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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th January 2020, 10:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 787
Posted By Philip
Vietnam's situation was complicated by the fact...

Vietnam's situation was complicated by the fact that the Nguyen Dynasty came to power after a period of internal conflict, with considerable assistance in the form of arms and military expertise...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th January 2020, 06:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 787
Posted By Philip
There were many such events in Vietnam during the...

There were many such events in Vietnam during the first half of the 19th cent., during which many European missionaries and native converts were executed. The early rulers of the Nguyen Dynasty,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th January 2020, 03:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 787
Posted By Philip
Engraved blade deco

Vietnamese blades are often distinguishable from Chinese ones by the simplistic vegetal scrollwork engraved on them. The motif is inspired by the inlaid floral mother of pearl inlays on the hardwood...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th January 2020, 05:37 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 787
Posted By Philip
quite likely Vietnamese

I agree with Ren Ren's assessment of the guard deco. The Vietnamese name for this weapon is dao truong.

While it could have been used as a headsman's implement, falchions of this type were not...
Forum: European Armoury 17th December 2019, 06:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 741
Posted By Philip
Every fire ax I've seen (at least those used in...

Every fire ax I've seen (at least those used in the US) has a spike opposite the blade, not a flat poll. Also they are full sized, the length of a woodsman's felling ax, they are not small for...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th December 2019, 06:46 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 10,620
Posted By Philip
Linseed is the old standby for wood, not leather....

Linseed is the old standby for wood, not leather. For the latter, mink oil is highly recommended and I’ve followed that. advice for years with excellent results. It has a soft waxy texture not...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th December 2019, 10:26 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 10,620
Posted By Philip
nose butter

One of my old hunting buddies in Hawaii used to squeeze some body oil from the outside of his nose and rub it on his carbon steel knife blades to prevent rust. I'm not making this up. In the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th November 2019, 04:29 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,323
Posted By Philip
I wonder about the reaction of the typical camel...

I wonder about the reaction of the typical camel to any one of those guns being discharged above its head. I've read somewhere that it takes a bit of training to accustom a cavalry horse to the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2019, 10:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,055
Posted By Philip
artistic license

Charming period illustrations of Ottoman Janissaries. Elements such as clothing, especially headgear, are pretty true-to-form but anyone who has examined surviving armament from the place and time...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2019, 10:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,414
Posted By Philip
tracking -- subject to human fallacies

It may very well be true. However, the tracking system depends on the handlers of the mail (whether they may be working for customs or the post), scanning the parcel into the system as it moves en...
Forum: European Armoury 2nd November 2019, 06:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 912
Posted By Philip
The name is Pérez, but I can find no listing for...

The name is Pérez, but I can find no listing for that surname in the directories of Spanish makers in the Neal and Lavin books, which admittedly are not encyclopedic as these were pioneering efforts...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2019, 05:23 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,710
Posted By Philip
Southern catter hilts are often a tad cramped,...

Southern catter hilts are often a tad cramped, the peoples of the deep south are mostly of Dravidian stock and are of smaller stature than northerners. They sure were great metalworkers, though. ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2019, 05:13 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,414
Posted By Philip
Are you sure the delay, in this case, is with US...

Are you sure the delay, in this case, is with US Customs and not the US postal system itself? In my experience, there have been frequent delays with parcels arriving from Europe or Israel, which...
Forum: European Armoury 31st October 2019, 05:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,041
Posted By Philip
Fernando, did you notice that letters like the C...

Fernando, did you notice that letters like the C and the L are formed with serifs at the ends of the strokes (the E has dots terminating them), where as those V marks lack them and for this reason...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st October 2019, 04:50 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,710
Posted By Philip
An attractive and quite interesting catter,...

An attractive and quite interesting catter, kronkew! Looks like a recycled European blade, or the tip end thereof? Interesting that laminations are visible which are in keeping with ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th October 2019, 03:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,154
Posted By Philip
buying antiques on eBay

Will, I agree with you 110% as re dealing on eBay, and my aversion applies to antiques in general. It used to be easy and often lucrative, but because of the policies being discussed, and the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th October 2019, 10:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,478
Posted By Philip
I agree with your suggestion that it may well be...

I agree with your suggestion that it may well be from SE Asia, Philippines or, as has been previously posted, the hill tribes of the Vietnam/Laos/Cambodia region. As re its being from a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th October 2019, 02:52 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,478
Posted By Philip
Agreed, too thin (and small) to be from a...

Agreed, too thin (and small) to be from a hudiedao or any polearm, The non ferrous additions don’t look very Chinese to me, the workmanship reminds me of some SE Asian areas. The lamellar structure...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd October 2019, 06:27 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,999
Posted By Philip
Not even in front of armchairs??

Not even in front of armchairs??
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd October 2019, 06:21 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,069
Posted By Philip
what a difference one letter can make

Hello, Mel
You're spot on about those double S's , or 'ff' as the case may be.

It seems that "furnisher" is a term more aptly applied to someone who supplies, purveys, or provides goods. In other...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd October 2019, 05:53 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,478
Posted By Philip
Is there more of a socket / ferrule / sleeve...

Is there more of a socket / ferrule / sleeve below the blade than is in the photo you provided? What is the diameter of the shaft? There appear to be two non--ferrous sleeves or bands added on,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd October 2019, 05:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,118
Posted By Philip
The guard on the sword in your post was not...

The guard on the sword in your post was not installed backward. It is put on the proper way, it's just that it's a different design with the "quillons" facing forward. You can see the hollow part...
Forum: European Armoury 16th October 2019, 06:08 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,309
Posted By Philip
shooting antique firearms

Bruno, I should hope he doesn't plan to. Another post on this thread commented that these guns look like they are unfired. The thing about flintlocks is that each and every time the cock (bearing...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th October 2019, 02:38 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,171
Posted By Philip
the tactical / ninja camouflage

Back in the 1990s, when CITES enforcement was not what it is now, some dealer colleagues from the UK used to come to US antique arms fairs to buy. As a favor I would handle shipping for them, and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th October 2019, 02:20 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,171
Posted By Philip
shooting craps with alligators

Yep, the feds can't inspect every parcel. But recent experiences show that the gamble isn't worth it. Call me paranoid, but it seems to me that offenders whose shipments get snagged are put on...
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