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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 12:51 AM
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Posted By Ian
Hi Green: Battara has nailed this one for...

Hi Green:

Battara has nailed this one for you. Maguindanao, late 19th-early 20th C. I have seen similar upturned gangya on other Maguindanao kris, and this may not be an area of damage on your...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th April 2017, 11:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 177
Posted By Ian
I've seen two examples in southern India...

I've seen two examples in southern India (Karnataka) but never seen one used. The examples I saw were of recent manufacture and made roughly from poor quality spring steel. They seemed like a novelty...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th April 2017, 11:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 296
Posted By Ian
Be cautious here. Can you handle these or are...

Be cautious here. Can you handle these or are they being sold to you via the pictures? I would not buy them myself if only the pictures are available.

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th April 2017, 01:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 456
Posted By Ian
Craig, Good to have you here. Your knowledge of...

Craig,

Good to have you here. Your knowledge of Lumad textiles and other arts and crafts will be very helpful. I think you are so right about the textiles, brass items and bead work that comes from...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th April 2017, 01:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 376
Posted By Ian
Stu, you are so right. When my father died 20...

Stu, you are so right. When my father died 20 years ago, he had a nice collection of old cigar boxes, cigarette lighters, and other smoking-related memorabilia. Since he died from lung cancer due to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th April 2017, 11:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 456
Posted By Ian
Marbel, thanks for the information about how...

Marbel, thanks for the information about how these hilts were decorated. Some time ago while in southern Mindanao I had the opportunity to visit a Tboli smith. His tools were fairly standard for a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th April 2017, 12:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 376
Posted By Ian
Hi Ferguson: Great questions. I have always...

Hi Ferguson:

Great questions. I have always used tags. I started with small price tags which simply had a catalog number. Then moved to larger tags that have the catalog number, brief description,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th April 2017, 11:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 456
Posted By Ian
Hi marbel: I agree with battara. The scabbard...

Hi marbel:

I agree with battara. The scabbard is hard to place. Sorry I can't be more helpful on this one.

You are fortunate to have many Tboli blades. They are often well made swords and knives,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th April 2017, 11:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 456
Posted By Ian
Hi marbel: You pose an interesting question...

Hi marbel:

You pose an interesting question with this one. All metal hilts are fairly common among the Lumad tribes of eastern and south-eastern Mindanao. The T'boli use all metal hilts on their...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th April 2017, 02:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 537
Posted By Ian
Yes, that's a good quality blade. A typical...

Yes, that's a good quality blade. A typical working daab.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th April 2017, 11:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 537
Posted By Ian
Hi Detlef and Rick: Thanks for the comments on...

Hi Detlef and Rick:

Thanks for the comments on the quality of this sword. My previous comments were perhaps too cryptic, so let me expand on them.

When speaking of the "S"-shaped marks on this...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th April 2017, 12:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 537
Posted By Ian
Hi again chief: Yes, this is a 20th C Thai...

Hi again chief:

Yes, this is a 20th C Thai daab. The engraved lines and "S" shaped markings are typical of post-WWII northern Thai work.

If you look among the Classic Threads at the top of the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th April 2017, 03:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 537
Posted By Ian
Hi chief: There are a couple of possibilities...

Hi chief:

There are a couple of possibilities for this one. Can you show us some better pics of the blade? Also, what are the dimensions--overall length, blade length, etc.?

The brass slug set into...
Forum: European Armoury 10th April 2017, 03:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 641
Posted By Ian
Neivalf99: I took the liberty of rotating and...

Neivalf99:

I took the liberty of rotating and adjusting the picture showing an inscription. The best I can make of the name is

G Dimūsco

That perhaps sounds Romanian or Albanian--not too far...
Forum: European Armoury 9th April 2017, 11:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 641
Posted By Ian
Moderator's comment

Neivalf99:

I think this one would get more attention over in the European Forum, so I'm redirecting it there.

Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th April 2017, 11:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 430
Posted By Ian
Looks like 1944 inscribed on the back strap. Some...

Looks like 1944 inscribed on the back strap. Some of our members may be able to translate the rest.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th April 2017, 11:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 492
Posted By Ian
Ilocano or Pampangan?

Hi Jose:

Your question raises a few important points, and I want to take a little space to discuss Ilocano knives and their description by that ethnic group, and also make a few comments...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th April 2017, 09:19 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 496
Posted By Ian
Hi Jose, That's a good quality blade which is...

Hi Jose,

That's a good quality blade which is probably about the same age as the fittings. Your sword was likely intended for a sawbwa (local leader) originally. As I noted above, this is a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th April 2017, 12:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 492
Posted By Ian
Here is a link...

Here is a link (http://www.vikingsword.com/lew/archive.html) to another example from Lew Waldman's Collection (http://www.vikingsword.com/lew/archive.html) posted on this web site. The hilt on this...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th April 2017, 10:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 496
Posted By Ian
Hi Jose. A very nice Shan dha made in...

Hi Jose.

A very nice Shan dha made in the Burmese style with an intricately carved ivory hilt.

The carved ivory hilt says Burmese. The v-ground blade (no deep fullers), the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th April 2017, 10:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 558
Posted By Ian
Lovely gunong, Jose. Congrats on owning such a...

Lovely gunong, Jose. Congrats on owning such a distinguished piece.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd April 2017, 07:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 688
Posted By Ian
Hi Nathaniel: The blade is just over 1/8 inch...

Hi Nathaniel:

The blade is just over 1/8 inch thick at the spine as it starts to bend towards the tip.

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd April 2017, 07:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 492
Posted By Ian
Carlos: Thanks very much for posting your...

Carlos:

Thanks very much for posting your picture.

Looks like another nice example of an Ilocano tabak in its leather sheath. This one could be older judging from the three-part Spanish...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd April 2017, 07:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 492
Posted By Ian
Could be Detlef. However, Fox has made one...

Could be Detlef. However, Fox has made one mistake in this figure and labeled the dipalata as a katana and vice versa. It is possible that he made another mistake about the scabbard for the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd April 2017, 07:00 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,085
Posted By Ian
Aha! It was you who outbid me. I thought it might...

Aha! It was you who outbid me. I thought it might be. We were the only ones willing to go that high. ;) :eek:

Good catch Detlef and I hope you can restore the hilt to its former glory. Very nice...
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