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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 04:21 PM
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Oh, so then this is what Zirngibl means by...

Oh, so then this is what Zirngibl means by "decorated with poisonous seeds". I was not quite sure how to interpret that part when I read the text to the illustration in Panga Na Visu, but your...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 04:11 PM
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Posted By TVV
Charles, this example is sublime, among the best,...

Charles, this example is sublime, among the best, if not the best nimcha we have seen on this forum. Thank you for sharing!

As far as dating goes, the earliest reliably dated nimcha is one in the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 05:39 AM
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Posted By TVV
Yes LJ, this is another example of these...

Yes LJ, this is another example of these objects.

I just read the text to the illustrations in Panga Na Visu and if my poor German has not failed me, the use Zirngibl suggests for these Cult spears...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 04:45 PM
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Posted By TVV
Gentlemen, I really appreciate your responses...

Gentlemen,

I really appreciate your responses and the excellent examples you have added to this thread. I should have looked in Panga Na Visu myself, not sure why I forgot to do that before posting...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st April 2019, 06:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 299
Posted By TVV
Thank you for your comments Jim. For reference,...

Thank you for your comments Jim.

For reference, I am attaching a picture of the baton, pictured in Mr. Pradines' paper.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th April 2019, 07:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 299
Posted By TVV
Sudanese Command Batons

Here is a somewhat unusual item - based on a paper by Stephane Pradnies from 2016, titled "A Late Military Use of the Sphero-conical in the 19th Century Sudan", I believe it to be two Sudanese...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th March 2019, 04:13 PM
Replies: 10
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Posted By TVV
You have a very nice Ottoman shamshir. The...

You have a very nice Ottoman shamshir. The scabbard chape is an old replacement, probably done in Syria.

Teodor
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th March 2019, 06:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 470
Posted By TVV
You have a very nice Balkan yataghan, and if I am...

You have a very nice Balkan yataghan, and if I am reading the date correctly, it would be from 1863-64. These hilts of large walrus ivory slabs with rounded ears were popular throughout the area in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th March 2019, 04:34 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,540
Posted By TVV
According to the full account of the battle of...

According to the full account of the battle of Mactan, Magellan was indeed hit by a poisoned arrow in the leg while in the middle of burning some houses down. It may have ultimately killed him, had...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th March 2019, 12:08 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,540
Posted By TVV
According to Pigafetta's account, while Magellan...

According to Pigafetta's account, while Magellan was initially wounded by a bamboo spear, it is unclear what actually delivered the killing blow, though a hit with a sword more or less sealed his...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th March 2019, 07:28 PM
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Views: 1,033
Posted By TVV
Tim, are you rating the quality of the silver...

Tim, are you rating the quality of the silver work on this sword compared to other late 19th century Ottoman military swords, or against master pieces of silversmiths from around the world and of all...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th March 2019, 06:19 AM
Replies: 19
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Posted By TVV
What I find interesting on the sword you are...

What I find interesting on the sword you are showing Ariel, is the hilt construction - two horn scales riveted to the tang instead of a solid horn piece with the tang peened on the pommel. And then...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th March 2019, 11:12 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,376
Posted By TVV
Ariel is right, the Ali/Zulfiqar inscription was...

Ariel is right, the Ali/Zulfiqar inscription was quite popular and used throughout the Ottoman Empire, and cannot really be used to point to a specific area of origin.

Here is one on a yataghan from...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th March 2019, 11:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 529
Posted By TVV
Well, in fairness to Mr. Buttin, the similarity...

Well, in fairness to Mr. Buttin, the similarity in pommel style to the 16th century cinquedea is quite strong. It appears that traditional Moroccan arms formed for the most part in the 16th-17th...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th March 2019, 09:24 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,376
Posted By TVV
The zig-zag decoration on the brass scabbard...

The zig-zag decoration on the brass scabbard parts also looks like a typical Balkan decorative element to me.

A lot of arms made in the Balkans at one point traveled to Syria and Egypt - seeing a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th March 2019, 03:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,376
Posted By TVV
To me it looks Balkan, based on the brass...

To me it looks Balkan, based on the brass scabbard furniture and the style of the inscriptions on the blade, which is very similar to what you find on Bosnian yataghans. But styles and decoration...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th January 2019, 11:16 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,155
Posted By TVV
Thank you Fernando, So now the Montjuic examples...

Thank you Fernando,

So now the Montjuic examples have been confirmed to be Dominican as well. Personally, based on the factual evidence we have, for me these swords are Dominican. Others can make...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd January 2019, 07:34 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,155
Posted By TVV
Though fuzzy the label does indeed seem to state...

Though fuzzy the label does indeed seem to state that the sword is from Morocco with an English blade, which is the first actual evidence we have that these may be from Africa. The decoration does...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st January 2019, 08:30 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,155
Posted By TVV
Because none of the parts of these machetes were...

Because none of the parts of these machetes were made in Africa: hilts and blades were produced in Spain for use by Spanish colonial troops. An unmodified Gras bayonet is just that, a Gras bayonet.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st January 2019, 05:29 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,155
Posted By TVV
I am just curious, what is the basis for the...

I am just curious, what is the basis for the Moroccan attribution of this Spanish machete made for Spanish colonial forces? We know these were made in Spain and worn by Spanish officers in the...
Forum: European Armoury 20th January 2019, 07:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 860
Posted By TVV
I only know of 2 such Bosnian swords - one in...

I only know of 2 such Bosnian swords - one in Hales book and one from the Furusiyya book. Both are late - 16th century. I suspect this hilt style may have been reintroduced by the Ottomans,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th January 2019, 06:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 764
Posted By TVV
Nice sword, I like the short fuller which is...

Nice sword, I like the short fuller which is reminiscent of earlier import blades.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th January 2019, 07:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 871
Posted By TVV
I have seen similar khanjars on OmaniSilver.com...

I have seen similar khanjars on OmaniSilver.com dated to the 19th century, but then even Artzi refrained from putting a date on a very similar khanjar he sold recently, so age, especially in terms of...
Forum: European Armoury 16th January 2019, 03:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 860
Posted By TVV
Iain, thank you for a well written essay on a...

Iain, thank you for a well written essay on a very interesting and important topic. Frankish made swords, often referred to as Viking, from the 8th-10th centuries AD are well studied, yet we have no...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th January 2019, 10:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 871
Posted By TVV
Omani Saidi Khanjar

I think this one is from the 19th century.
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