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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 11:21 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Indeed a kaskara of the Sudan, and it has always...

Indeed a kaskara of the Sudan, and it has always been interesting that these broadsword 'cousins' of North Africa have maintained their own autonomy in design while in many cases the smiths producing...
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 10:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 135
Posted By Jim McDougall
This engraved mark is just that, an engraved...

This engraved mark is just that, an engraved design which back in 2009, an effort was made to associate this with a comet in Sudanese religious lore.
The mark was never meant to be 'gilt', in which...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 05:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 744
Posted By Jim McDougall
This has been a most interesting discussion, and...

This has been a most interesting discussion, and though outside my usual fields,and I have been learning from the entries here.
While I cannot add anything substantial, I would just agree, the terms...
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 01:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 135
Posted By Jim McDougall
I am totally in accord with Lee's...

I am totally in accord with Lee's observations.
This marking is one that seems to be appropriately called 'the enigma' and is described in Briggs (1965) as having been found on Tuareg swords during...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th October 2020, 02:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 386
Posted By Jim McDougall
It is my impression that brass had a highly...

It is my impression that brass had a highly apotropaic character in these regions in the folk religions that were practiced pretty much intertribally.
The position of the bolster/adabal on that...
Forum: European Armoury 28th October 2020, 04:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 208
Posted By Jim McDougall
From what I can see the crown looks Swedish, and...

From what I can see the crown looks Swedish, and the letters, if indeed there are three, would be a ligature of initials of an individual. Possibly with the crown, those of baronial figure and likely...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th October 2020, 03:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 386
Posted By Jim McDougall
It appears that in the construction of this...

It appears that in the construction of this takouba, the crossguard must have been damaged or broken away, leaving the remainder of the sword intact.
The blade is clearly European, and does seem...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th October 2020, 01:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 415
Posted By Jim McDougall
Yes you do Rick!!! and you've brought up and...

Yes you do Rick!!! and you've brought up and solved a lot of em over all these years! :)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th October 2020, 03:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 268
Posted By Jim McDougall
Ian, thank you so much for responding on this. SE...

Ian, thank you so much for responding on this. SE Asia is really far out of my league in collecting and study, though I have found the material you and others have written here over the years...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th October 2020, 09:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 415
Posted By Jim McDougall
Well Rick, I guess nobody is gonna take a shot at...

Well Rick, I guess nobody is gonna take a shot at this, so I'll take a stab :)
It looks like the whole thing is made out of a single piece of stock, and the blade shape resembles those from the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th October 2020, 02:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 268
Posted By Jim McDougall
Dha, Viet Nam, Laos, Hmong

This dha is believed to be a 'bring back' from Viet Nam in late 60s. While I am not very familiar with SE Asian weapons, I found this interesting. In research I found it was likely a Hmong weapon,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th October 2020, 11:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 621
Posted By Jim McDougall
odds and ends from old notes

This is a VERY nice takouba! and I just wanted to add some notes 'passim' from some years back. A guy who had been working in the Sahara and had acquired some takouba's noted one he had with a lion...
Forum: European Armoury 23rd October 2020, 09:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 706
Posted By Jim McDougall
Excellent illustration Fernando! Interesting to...

Excellent illustration Fernando! Interesting to see one of these in gold metal!

To the subject of the quantities, tenure and other uses of the M1796 sabers, in this case, the blades.

In india,...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd October 2020, 10:45 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 706
Posted By Jim McDougall
How the heck did I miss that!??? Thank you...

How the heck did I miss that!??? Thank you Norman!!!
I had not thought of 'those' markings for some time, though now I do recall seeing this detail. What I was thinking of was the familiar EIC...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd October 2020, 04:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 333
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you Norman, exactly right, there were so...

Thank you Norman, exactly right, there were so many elaborations in the decorative motifs of these hussar officers sabers as fashion was key and there was considerable carte blanche' among them....
Forum: European Armoury 22nd October 2020, 02:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 333
Posted By Jim McDougall
With this little to go on, I would say this is...

With this little to go on, I would say this is probably a French Hussar officers saber of the 1790s into the Napoleonic period. The general style of the hilt, guard, langets all direct to that...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd October 2020, 01:46 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 706
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thanks Bryce, Here's what I found in Robson,...

Thanks Bryce,
Here's what I found in Robson, p.190:
"...from 1796 onwards, swords from whatever source had to be inspected for quality at the Tower and thus view marks began to appear -initially in...
Forum: European Armoury 20th October 2020, 07:12 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 706
Posted By Jim McDougall
That is an outstanding saber! I've always liked...

That is an outstanding saber! I've always liked the canted hilt style for some reason, and this one is really attractive. Now that you mention it, it was the heavy cavalry disc hilt that saw some...
Forum: European Armoury 20th October 2020, 01:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 706
Posted By Jim McDougall
This is my example of M1796, also entirely...

This is my example of M1796, also entirely unmarked. There may be the stamped crown mid blade but too dark too see and needs cleaning, but there is no makers stamp at blade back near hilt either.
It...
Forum: European Armoury 19th October 2020, 07:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 572
Posted By Jim McDougall
Shayde, that is an absolutely thorough and...

Shayde, that is an absolutely thorough and fascinating look into this topic, and especially interesting on the rompepuntas from a fencing perspective. Thank you for going into this detail as I find...
Forum: European Armoury 19th October 2020, 04:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 572
Posted By Jim McDougall
The styling, fine rim on the cup, and grip...

The styling, fine rim on the cup, and grip especially, suggest more officers grade. While of course there will be argument that these were used in the Continent, it was officers FROM the Continent...
Forum: European Armoury 19th October 2020, 04:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 572
Posted By Jim McDougall
It has been a great discussion and wonderful to...

It has been a great discussion and wonderful to see these wonderful cup hilts together! Thank you Shayde for recognizing my position on maintaining as much of the well earned patina on the 'old...
Forum: European Armoury 18th October 2020, 03:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 572
Posted By Jim McDougall
Capn, that is a SUPERB example!!!! Beautiful...

Capn, that is a SUPERB example!!!! Beautiful ebony grip, nicely turned quillon terminals and the edge around the cup a nice touch. I think one of the best examples of these I've seen.
Mine I am...
Forum: European Armoury 18th October 2020, 04:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 613
Posted By Jim McDougall
To add to the previous post on these distinctly...

To add to the previous post on these distinctly 'English' hilts:
From "Scottish Swords from the Battlefield at Culloden", by Andrew Mowbray (1971) which is a summarized version of the very rare...
Forum: European Armoury 18th October 2020, 03:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 948
Posted By Jim McDougall
Actually I have a small monograph of the original...

Actually I have a small monograph of the original work by Lord Archibald Campbell in 1894 (limited print and very rare) which was republished by the late Andrew Mowbray in 1971. In it there are a...
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