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Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 8th December 2019, 06:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,086
Posted By Rick
I wonder if the carvers are using Mastodon ivory...

I wonder if the carvers are using Mastodon ivory at all these days.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th November 2019, 09:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 714
Posted By Rick
Talisman

That could be the right insignia.
Since I have an overactive imagination I'll guess that the emblem was burned into the wood with a red hot uniform button.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th November 2019, 03:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 714
Posted By Rick
Interesting indeed. :) Most fouled anchor...

Interesting indeed. :)

Most fouled anchor devices have the shank and flukes entwined along with the stock.
What is the size of the impression?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th November 2019, 03:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 714
Posted By Rick
The marking appears to be burnt into the wood. I...

The marking appears to be burnt into the wood.
I have not been able to find an anchor device with a caduceus wrapped around the stock as this one is.
It also looks like multiple impressions. :shrug:
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 25th October 2019, 01:09 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,689
Posted By Rick
The architect Mies van de Rohe's quote "Less...

The architect Mies van de Rohe's quote "Less is more." may apply here.
It looks like it has been drilled to be strung on each side the same way netsuke are.
It's a lovely and powerful form in and of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th October 2019, 02:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,732
Posted By Rick
Magpie's Blood

I understood it to mean that the blackthorn stick itself had the magpie's blood applied to it; not the fire hardened pickled knob at its end.
It seems to me more like an anointment than a treatment...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th September 2019, 10:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 571
Posted By Rick
I see an excess of solder on the grip wires which...

I see an excess of solder on the grip wires which seems a bit unusual for such a fancy thing. :confused:
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th September 2019, 03:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 581
Posted By Rick
It looks like a picklock Navaja of some sort;...

It looks like a picklock Navaja of some sort; possibly Spanish or French.
The picklock is a feature new to my experience with Navaja's, not that I've seen that many. :shrug:
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2019, 02:40 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 53,650
Posted By Rick
Could this have been for cutting the betel nut;...

Could this have been for cutting the betel nut; or are they too hard to use something like this on.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th September 2019, 09:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 892
Posted By Rick
Kubur, if you go to the bottom of the ethno arms...

Kubur, if you go to the bottom of the ethno arms and armor page you can see how many people/entities are browsing the forum.
405 as this post is being written.

Only 6 members though.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th September 2019, 05:23 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,874
Posted By Rick
We don't have a full picture uploaded to the...

We don't have a full picture uploaded to the database; only a link from what I can see. :shrug:
Links have a way of disappearing.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th September 2019, 09:32 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,874
Posted By Rick
I would like to add that in this entire...

I would like to add that in this entire discussion we have not seen a single picture of this sword in its entirety.
Why is that?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th September 2019, 01:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 655
Posted By Rick
I think it may represent the crest of a bird's...

I think it may represent the crest of a bird's head, possibly the Cockatoo.
Unlike your example mine has notches.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th September 2019, 10:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,488
Posted By Rick
Another Rhino horn property, it doesn't get...

Another Rhino horn property, it doesn't get slippery in a wet hand.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th September 2019, 02:15 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,245
Posted By Rick
My 2 cents, polish more; and what is the brown...

My 2 cents, polish more; and what is the brown color coming up when you etch?
Maybe try a different etchant to avoid the brown tones? :shrug:


It is a very nice old warrior.
Forum: European Armoury 1st September 2019, 12:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 840
Posted By Rick
Blade from a trench knife maybe?

Blade from a trench knife maybe?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st August 2019, 12:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 820
Posted By Rick
Judging from the last picture I can't recommend...

Judging from the last picture I can't recommend cleaning this sword. To get it clean you would be venturing into the territory of stock removal.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th August 2019, 04:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 756
Posted By Rick
Philippine interpretations of Japanese swords are...

Philippine interpretations of Japanese swords are not unknown. This one looks older than most that I have seen.
I have never seen one with a guard marked like this before..
Every now and then you...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th August 2019, 04:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,279
Posted By Rick
I doubt that this one was over zealously polished...

I doubt that this one was over zealously polished by someone outside the culture. :shrug:

Looks like I have to do a little polishing though. :o
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th August 2019, 01:14 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,279
Posted By Rick
Is the tang round?

Is the tang round?
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 21st August 2019, 10:46 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,617
Posted By Rick
Inconclusive as far as that hole being a natural...

Inconclusive as far as that hole being a natural feature of the material. :shrug:
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 21st August 2019, 12:55 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,617
Posted By Rick
I think I see a core showing on the underside of...

I think I see a core showing on the underside of the beak.
Need a better picture or better photoshop skills than mine. :o

Beside it is a picture of the core in the pommel of the avatar Kris that...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 20th August 2019, 09:58 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,617
Posted By Rick
As I said in my last post 'possibly' dugong. So...

As I said in my last post 'possibly' dugong.
So if it is not dugong I still believe it to be marine ivory.
As far as craftsmanship, well I guess that depends on the individual 'Craftsman' and this...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 20th August 2019, 06:18 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,617
Posted By Rick
Two Cents

The purchase and sale of antique marine ivory (for scrimshaw) is still legal in Massachusetts where I live.
I've seen my fair share of examples close up and that really looks like marine ivory to...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 20th August 2019, 03:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 885
Posted By Rick
Another clue you gave was the impression of...

Another clue you gave was the impression of heavyness and being cool to the touch. Then there is the matter of all the 'gunk' in the crevices.
When I was first collecting kerisses I received a very...
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