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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th March 2019, 09:40 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,799
Posted By William Fox
Not necessarily. There are plenty of locals who...

Not necessarily. There are plenty of locals who browse at the Burj Khalifa, and they are sometimes the worst suckers for paying too much for things: too much money and took little knowledge.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th March 2019, 12:47 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,282
Posted By William Fox
Jim, the centre and bottom blades both seem to...

Jim, the centre and bottom blades both seem to have a similar configuration in edge geometry and fuller position. And both lions are stamped at roughly the same place on the blade. Must be a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th March 2019, 01:08 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,282
Posted By William Fox
Thanks Jim for such great information. I will...

Thanks Jim for such great information. I will read Ed's work this week. I do recall reading it some time ago, but clearly didn't retain the information as you have done!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th March 2019, 02:24 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 555
Posted By William Fox
Omani Khanjar

Salam alaikam,

Hello everyone, I bought this khanjar from a friend when I was in Muscat a few years ago. Im not sure how old it is, or which parts of it are old, or more recent additions: I know...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th March 2019, 02:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,282
Posted By William Fox
And more photos

And more photos
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th March 2019, 02:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,282
Posted By William Fox
Kaskara

I have cleaned this up and would love to know more about it. All opinions most welcome!

The blade has a short central fuller, with cross mounted orbs on either side of the blade. On one side is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th March 2019, 09:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,638
Posted By William Fox
Thanks Motan. So true. I have a Japanese sword...

Thanks Motan. So true.
I have a Japanese sword with a 15th century blade in WW2 mounts. British officers remounted Persian wootz shamshir blades in 19th regulation century cavalry hilts. Quality...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th March 2019, 01:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,283
Posted By William Fox
I have heard it said that the sultanic tughra has...

I have heard it said that the sultanic tughra has certain key elements that were included for all Ottoman Sultans and had a significance.

The three lines stand for the three horse tail standard...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd March 2019, 12:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,638
Posted By William Fox
Very similar

Very similar
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd March 2019, 07:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,638
Posted By William Fox
I am curious about the varying quality of wootz...

I am curious about the varying quality of wootz steel. This dagger blade is attractive, but the pattern appears crude compared with the Persian sword I own that I posted on this site some time ago. ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st March 2019, 09:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,638
Posted By William Fox
I am so impressed by the knowledge of the people...

I am so impressed by the knowledge of the people who contribute to this forum. Thank you so much for your advice.

The handle looks used, (pretty old), but I agree not as old as the blade. I attach...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st March 2019, 03:25 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,638
Posted By William Fox
Wootz Dagger, Persian?

Hi gents.

Please see some photos of a dagger I purchased recently. It has a green leather scabbard, which is quite worn and so I've given it a bit of light leather oil.

The blade appears to be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th January 2019, 11:38 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 7,072
Posted By William Fox
A huge thank you to Oliver Pinchot for Kindly...

A huge thank you to Oliver Pinchot for Kindly translating the calligraphy. It has enhanced my appreciation of this beautiful sword.

If anyone has photos of other magic squares used on blades,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th January 2019, 10:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,571
Posted By William Fox
A huge thank you to everyone who commented and...

A huge thank you to everyone who commented and certainly educated me on the history of this sword and others like it.

Especially thanks to Ibrahim and Jim.

Happy New Year to you all.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th November 2018, 08:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,571
Posted By William Fox
Dear Ibrahiim, Thank you so much for your kind...

Dear Ibrahiim,

Thank you so much for your kind help and interest!

I look forward to learning what the upper and lower cartouche mean, and I am also very excited to learn more about talismanic...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th November 2018, 01:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,571
Posted By William Fox
Dear Ibrahiim, Thank you for taking the time to...

Dear Ibrahiim,

Thank you for taking the time to help me with this, I am indebted to you.

So the Arabic script running along the blade says: "With Gods help we will win this battle."

The upper...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th November 2018, 09:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,571
Posted By William Fox
Thank you. Thats a very similar cartouche. I am...

Thank you. Thats a very similar cartouche. I am just hoping that someone who can translate this cartouche will see this posting. It would be lovely to know how old this blade is, and who made it....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th November 2018, 08:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,571
Posted By William Fox
I have uploaded obverse and reverse of the sword,...

I have uploaded obverse and reverse of the sword, and also some close ups running along the blade.

The cross guard is also made of crucible steel, but there is the faint trace of a gilded pattern...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th November 2018, 08:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,571
Posted By William Fox
Shamshir cartouche, calligraphy help

Dear Sirs,

Please see attached some close up photos I have taken of the calligraphy on a Persian sword that I own.

I was wondering if anyone can help with the translation of the various parts of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st October 2016, 09:45 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 11,606
Posted By William Fox
Thank you, and everyone here, for sharing your...

Thank you, and everyone here, for sharing your knowledge and helping me to understand this sword a little better. I have recently acquired a decent camera so will take some better photos and post...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th February 2016, 10:23 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 11,606
Posted By William Fox
Thanks. You are correct. To me, it looks like...

Thanks.

You are correct. To me, it looks like the blade is an old quality piece, but the hilt has been repaired, or the blade re-hilted, in an unskilled way. It is firm in the hilt and could be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th February 2016, 09:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,912
Posted By William Fox
Help needed with Persian shamshir cartouche

Dear members,

This is my first post on this forum. I have been collecting antique edged weapons for many years, since I was twelve, I'm now 36.

Years ago I started collecting German pattern...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th February 2016, 09:22 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 11,606
Posted By William Fox
Help needed identifying shamshir wootz blade

Dear members,

This is my first post on this forum. I have been collecting antique edged weapons for many years, since I was twelve, I'm now 36.

Years ago I started collecting German pattern...
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