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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th April 2019, 01:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,401
Posted By josh stout
Yes, I agonized over this. As a Chinese sword it...

Yes, I agonized over this. As a Chinese sword it is not very exciting, but as a Korean sword it is quite interesting. In terms of design characteristics it fits everything for a Korean sword, but...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th April 2019, 02:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,401
Posted By josh stout
So you think it is a bad Chinese copy of a...

So you think it is a bad Chinese copy of a Japanese blade? It is certainly not the best workmanship I have ever seen. If it were better, I would have bid higher.

An argument against it being...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th April 2019, 01:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,401
Posted By josh stout
More pics.

More pics.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th April 2019, 01:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,401
Posted By josh stout
Chinese or Korean dao

This is an ornate cloisonne dao that at first glance looks like a mediocre Chinese copy of a Japanese sword, made for show.

Close inspection of the blade shows what looks like an inserted edge and a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th March 2019, 04:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,101
Posted By josh stout
The decoration on the blade definitely says...

The decoration on the blade definitely says Vietnamese, and the rest of the construction is consistent with that, but the scabbard is a mystery.

Did they come from the same place, or are they just...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd February 2019, 02:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,338
Posted By josh stout
That is an amazing bronze, and I am glad to know...

That is an amazing bronze, and I am glad to know its provenance, because I assume every one I see is a modern fake. The patina is a wonderful blue green, and does indeed seem to have fabric...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th October 2018, 03:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,684
Posted By josh stout
Sorry, it was just something a Chinese collector...

Sorry, it was just something a Chinese collector friend told me. I showed him a set of short shuang jian, just as you are describing with the tortoise shell. I had thought it a particularly...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd October 2018, 05:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,684
Posted By josh stout
Interesting thought on the Vietnamese origin. I...

Interesting thought on the Vietnamese origin. I have not seen examples, so it is a good tidbit.

Village made double knives/swords frequently show solid riveted construction, while I have seen...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th October 2018, 01:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,684
Posted By josh stout
This was a one of a set of double fighting...

This was a one of a set of double fighting knives. Not for cutting paper.
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 16th October 2018, 08:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,742
Posted By josh stout
On another look, I am slightly suspicious of the...

On another look, I am slightly suspicious of the globs sitting on top of the gold. Is it trying to look like truly ancient encrusted mineral deposits? That is not a good sign. I don't think it is...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 16th October 2018, 08:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,742
Posted By josh stout
it's one of those "if genuine"...

it's one of those "if genuine" situations, but Qing figurines like this can be quite valuable.

I can't tell its age by looking at the pictures, nevertheless, I don't see anything wrong with it. ...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 16th October 2018, 07:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,910
Posted By josh stout
It doesn't have the feel of something 18thc or...

It doesn't have the feel of something 18thc or earlier, and I agree that the felt looks much later. I think it is a 19thc copy of an earlier style. Still, it is very nicely carved, much better than...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 15th October 2018, 12:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,910
Posted By josh stout
Thanks for putting it in the right place. The...

Thanks for putting it in the right place.

The Netherlands is a god tip. I was looking for carving good enough to look like resin, and found the "black Forest" carvings, but indeed they had no...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 14th October 2018, 12:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,976
Posted By josh stout
No, a keris could not fit in the hands. Really...

No, a keris could not fit in the hands. Really have no idea what it is. It is made to look like a single carving, but the joins are carefully hidden in the manner of things copying even older...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 13th October 2018, 11:43 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 905
Posted By josh stout
obat bottle: Sumatra?

This is an obat (medicine) bottle that, I think, comes from Sumatra.

Purchased in Bandung. Still smells like kerosene after sitting in my house for 25 years.
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 13th October 2018, 11:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,976
Posted By josh stout
Interesting. It looks like a more modern version...

Interesting. It looks like a more modern version of the same thing I happen to use as a kris holder, only I also make mine wear a Chinese helmet.

I bought mine in 1993 in Yogya, and have no...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 13th October 2018, 10:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,910
Posted By josh stout
need help: black forest? statue with cane

My apologies for this not being completely weapons based, but the gentleman seems to have a heavy walking stick (or perhaps it is the old woman's?), so it is slightly related.

The scene of a...
Forum: European Armoury 13th October 2018, 06:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,986
Posted By josh stout
If the lower third of the sword is not sharp, as...

If the lower third of the sword is not sharp, as indicated by the gripping techniques, then the round the neck cuts should actually use the neck. Wrapping techniques used in the Chinese dao, use the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th September 2018, 01:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,684
Posted By josh stout
Yes, a nice example of a double knife sadly...

Yes, a nice example of a double knife sadly missing its mate. The blade is in dire need of cleaning. Don't clean it too much, but take off the red rust to stabilize it.

Knives with similar guards...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th May 2018, 04:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,652
Posted By josh stout
I appreciate the comments. I am going to need...

I appreciate the comments. I am going to need help on this one.

So it is a green stone does not scratch with steel, it is translucent when held up to a light, and it has a density of 3.13. ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th May 2018, 03:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,652
Posted By josh stout
Too bad. I was hoping it might be old, but...

Too bad. I was hoping it might be old, but certainly thought it might be a new example given what I paid.

Can you give me any hints about what makes you think it is new? To me the tool marks...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st May 2018, 05:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,652
Posted By josh stout
mere pounamu

I recently have started carving jade and I was looking for examples of mere to copy when I ran across one for sale. I know originals are impossible to find, but something about this one made me...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st May 2018, 04:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,163
Posted By josh stout
Just a thought. I have seen a very similar...

Just a thought. I have seen a very similar example that was definitively from Thailand. I know nothing of the script, but the decoration looks very like the Thai example, and quite different than...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st May 2018, 04:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,209
Posted By josh stout
You see allot of these in the background of old...

You see allot of these in the background of old martial arts school photos from the 30s. Nevertheless, I agree that they were for show though rather than practice. I think they were sort of an...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th June 2017, 12:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,491
Posted By josh stout
It's interesting to see where the words go. I...

It's interesting to see where the words go. I think "ken" in Japanese is a sort of generic word for sword, despite it still being understood as a double edged temple sword. My teacher, speaking...
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