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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd October 2019, 06:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 826
Posted By ALEX
Vilhelmsson, you do not have to change the...

Vilhelmsson, you do not have to change the handle. Some people are too quick posing their opinions as ultimate guides for everyone to follow. This is quite inconsiderate because it does not regard...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 22nd July 2019, 01:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 797
Posted By ALEX
Yes, the last image is Ottoman hammam bowl...

Yes, the last image is Ottoman hammam bowl indeed. It combines Ottoman and Asian influences evidenced in mihrab and lotus flower designs. The former bowl has similar looking elements, so its easy to...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 22nd July 2019, 10:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 797
Posted By ALEX
Hi Motan, The floral pattern as well as overall...

Hi Motan,
The floral pattern as well as overall shape is not of Ottoman hammam bowl.
It is Asian, I believe Malaysian. Here is Malay bowl of similar size (25 x 7 cm). This one has a Keris/Kris part...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th July 2019, 09:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,432
Posted By ALEX
Thanks to all for information and an interesting...

Thanks to all for information and an interesting discussion.

Ariel, I did not even notice the 'hammer and sickle' symbol. The knife was found in Uzbekistan indeed, so the historical references you...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 20th July 2019, 09:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 797
Posted By ALEX
Hi Motan, This is Asian, Sri Lanka or Siam (Thai)...

Hi Motan,
This is Asian, Sri Lanka or Siam (Thai) bowl, probably for Songkran water festival. It is most likely silver. Are there any marks or inscriptions?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th July 2019, 08:59 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,432
Posted By ALEX
Fernando, Thanks for moving it to more...

Fernando,
Thanks for moving it to more appropriate forum.

Detlef,
There is no lock mechanism. As Kronckew pointed, the blade simply opens and closes by force.

Also, here is another knife, also...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th July 2019, 08:21 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,432
Posted By ALEX
Is this a Navaja knife?

A small folding clasp knife dated 1939. The blade stamped with several marks and has unusual brass/silver? inlay. Does it look like Navaja knife? Thanks!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th July 2019, 11:32 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,706
Posted By ALEX
As Ariel noted, this is a modern kindjal. It is...

As Ariel noted, this is a modern kindjal. It is of white metal, they mostly use 'melchior alloy' which is mix of copper and nickel, or alpaka - another white metal alloy that visually resembles...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th June 2019, 08:21 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,385
Posted By ALEX
You're most welcome! Also, I had similar blade...

You're most welcome!
Also, I had similar blade with similar welded tang. The blade was antique wootz of similar pattern, it was also Persian or Syrian, and I know that the weld repair was done in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th June 2019, 08:11 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,385
Posted By ALEX
Not bad at all !!! Good job etching! I was also...

Not bad at all !!! Good job etching!
I was also surprised by some negative comments on this blade. It is not to be confused with modern blades from Istanbul, other markets and on-line, it is nothing...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th June 2019, 07:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 970
Posted By ALEX
Could it be Indo-Persian? Similar acid-etched...

Could it be Indo-Persian? Similar acid-etched 'revival' shields were/are produced in India. Although it looks like it in design, the motive is not common for Indo-Persian shields, so could be from...
Forum: European Armoury 12th June 2019, 07:15 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,470
Posted By ALEX
It is Polish (made in Poland) and I believe more...

It is Polish (made in Poland) and I believe more recent, likely late 20thC if not early 21st. I believe the blade is stiff and heavy, which would indicate its decorative nature, the hilt is stained...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st May 2019, 11:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 985
Posted By ALEX
Agree with Marius. The hilt could be hardwood,...

Agree with Marius. The hilt could be hardwood, hard to tell from photos. You may put the strong flashlight to the side of the hilt and see how translucent it is, if you see the light going through to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th May 2019, 07:59 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,184
Posted By ALEX
Ariel, An interesting story and analogy indeed....

Ariel,
An interesting story and analogy indeed. Here is another one of those "giant" Khybers... but even longer, 56" overall with 47" blade! There may be more than one giant in Afghanistan, or these...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th April 2019, 03:23 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,099
Posted By ALEX
Jim, I believe that more comparative analysis and...

Jim,
I believe that more comparative analysis and samples of similarly detailed arms, or other objects made in similar technique, would benefit the research. Beyond mounting, the artistic...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th April 2019, 10:55 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,099
Posted By ALEX
Kubur, this is a nice example. It looks like...

Kubur, this is a nice example. It looks like enamel/champleve work, is it possible to see it closer? Also, is there an attribution or more details on this nimcha?
Looking at details of technique,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th April 2019, 10:06 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,099
Posted By ALEX
Of course this is (north-west) African nimcha,...

Of course this is (north-west) African nimcha, and enamel was certainly used elsewhere (and not only in Muslim countries)... I am surprised you thought this was even an argument :shrug:
The point...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th April 2019, 06:54 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,099
Posted By ALEX
Charles, I cannot help but say: 'what a...

Charles, I cannot help but say: 'what a sword!!!!!!!" Congratulations!
To elaborate on Ariel's 'gut feeling', here is Bukharan enamel box that displays some similarities in pattern and technique. I...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 22nd April 2019, 12:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 589
Posted By ALEX
Very nice! Quite rare item, seems complete and in...

Very nice! Quite rare item, seems complete and in fine condition, the repairs are unnoticeable. A cute little thing indeed:)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd March 2019, 10:22 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,269
Posted By ALEX
I am not a proponent of high shipping costs, but...

I am not a proponent of high shipping costs, but these auctions do not pack and ship themselves. They do not share the shipping cost as some eBay sellers do. They contract full service...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th March 2019, 05:48 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,187
Posted By ALEX
What is the connection between the Bektashi...

What is the connection between the Bektashi mystical order, which was "widespread in the Ottoman Empire" or any other Sufi movements, and the subject Pala, or any arm or sword for that matter? Did...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 8th March 2019, 04:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 891
Posted By ALEX
Arabic Script on the Ewer

Here is Central Asian ewer with inscribed handle. I can read the year 1332/1913. Hope our Arabic speaking colleagues will be able to translate the rest.
Thanks in advance.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th March 2019, 03:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,187
Posted By ALEX
Kubur, I am sure Ariel can tell this Pala is not...

Kubur, I am sure Ariel can tell this Pala is not a replica. He referred to the fact they are produced in Syria up until this day, and there is reason it can be Syrian, but no reason calling others...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 8th March 2019, 09:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 750
Posted By ALEX
Thank you Bob and Battara, I agree it is a Kufic...

Thank you Bob and Battara,
I agree it is a Kufic style. I'd be interested to know if such "Kufic style" can be read/translated by someone who reads Arabic.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th March 2019, 08:56 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,187
Posted By ALEX
Agree with Ariel. The silver coftgari does look...

Agree with Ariel. The silver coftgari does look similar to some Balkan Yataghans, but overall this Ottoman Pala was likely made in Syria. Here's similar:
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