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Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 25th September 2022, 08:41 AM
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Posted By colin henshaw
I agree with kahnjar1, in that the stamps on...

I agree with kahnjar1, in that the stamps on thinreadline's item closely resemble those to be found on Gulf region coffee pots (dallah). So, most probably its a container for coffee.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th September 2022, 12:56 PM
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Posted By colin henshaw
Certainly an interesting topic and its good to...

Certainly an interesting topic and its good to see American Indian weapons being discussed on the forum. Coincidentally, I have just finished reading an excellent and scholarly essay by James A....
Forum: European Armoury 13th September 2022, 01:11 PM
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Views: 1,364
Posted By colin henshaw
Wink Wayne, if you do a search of YouTube for "Indian...

Wayne, if you do a search of YouTube for "Indian Bowie knives" you will find them straight away ;)
Forum: European Armoury 13th September 2022, 12:34 PM
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Views: 1,364
Posted By colin henshaw
For anyone interested- a bit more information is...

For anyone interested- a bit more information is to be found about these knives on a couple of YouTube videos by Matt Easton (Scholagladiatoria). Unfortunately I don't seem to able to do a link to...
Forum: European Armoury 12th September 2022, 06:31 PM
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Posted By colin henshaw
Just trying to find out a bit more about these...

Just trying to find out a bit more about these knives... it seems many were made by a British cutler who moved to Salem, Madras, India; some knives are marked "Arnachellum". I read that the steel of...
Forum: European Armoury 10th September 2022, 08:17 PM
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Posted By colin henshaw
Here is another one, more like francantolin's...

Here is another one, more like francantolin's knife, without a crossguard.
Forum: European Armoury 10th September 2022, 08:22 AM
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Posted By colin henshaw
Mark, here are some similar examples taken off...

Mark, here are some similar examples taken off the internet for comparison...
Forum: European Armoury 9th September 2022, 08:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,364
Posted By colin henshaw
I'm not completely certain, but I believe this...

I'm not completely certain, but I believe this type of knife was made in India in the 19th century for the colonial market.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th August 2022, 02:12 PM
Replies: 3
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Posted By colin henshaw
A bit of a guess, but with the blade profile,...

A bit of a guess, but with the blade profile, length of shaft, metal coil to the butt and flattened blade midrib.... I will vote they are from the Ethiopia or Eritrea area.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd July 2022, 03:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,882
Posted By colin henshaw
If of any interest... here is a kukri-like...

If of any interest... here is a kukri-like chopping knife that came with some African stuff I wanted. Its a large heavy piece, with a thick spine. Length is approx. 44cm. Don't know where its from,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th June 2022, 04:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,947
Posted By colin henshaw
Thanks, glad you like the spears. The photo is...

Thanks, glad you like the spears. The photo is 30+ years ago. Regarding the "European spear blades" - perhaps both possibilities are correct.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th June 2022, 08:50 PM
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Views: 2,947
Posted By colin henshaw
An interesting spear, it reminds me of one I had...

An interesting spear, it reminds me of one I had many years ago, which was made from a repurposed "Sorby" brand chisel. Luckily, I kept this old polaroid photo (its the spear in the middle). Maybe...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 23rd June 2022, 10:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,372
Posted By colin henshaw
Here are a couple of examples of Chokwe carving...

Here are a couple of examples of Chokwe carving from the internet, you can see the style similarities...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 21st June 2022, 03:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,372
Posted By colin henshaw
It looks like its meant to be a Chokwe...

It looks like its meant to be a Chokwe (Angola/Congo area) staff of office. However, given the low quality carving I would guess it was likely made for selling to Europeans (tourists).
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th June 2022, 05:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,722
Posted By colin henshaw
Nice shield, its from the Kimberly area of...

Nice shield, its from the Kimberly area of Western Australia. This type is sometimes referred to as a La Grange shield. Difficult to attribute age accurately, maybe late 19th/early 20th century. ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th May 2022, 09:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,483
Posted By colin henshaw
There was a publication "Sudan Notes and Records"...

There was a publication "Sudan Notes and Records" (1920s-1930s) that had an article on Sudanese chain mail making in one of its issues. I don't have a copy to hand, but it would certainly be useful...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th May 2022, 12:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,483
Posted By colin henshaw
Interesting piece, it could be Sudanese as this...

Interesting piece, it could be Sudanese as this jacket I had for sale some years ago also had similar simple butted rings...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 8th May 2022, 03:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,532
Posted By colin henshaw
Seems to be just an ordinary betel cutter...

Seems to be just an ordinary betel cutter...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 4th May 2022, 08:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,938
Posted By colin henshaw
Here are a couple of Surya images in bronze,...

Here are a couple of Surya images in bronze, taken from the internet for comparison...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 4th May 2022, 01:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,938
Posted By colin henshaw
Looks a good old piece. I think this probably...

Looks a good old piece. I think this probably represents Surya, the Hindu sun god. I once had a bronze figure with a very similar pose, holding a sunflower in each hand. Its likely the two flowers...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th April 2022, 10:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,175
Posted By colin henshaw
Agree Solomon Islands, as it has the shallow...

Agree Solomon Islands, as it has the shallow diamond section blade and that type of pointed butt finial. What are the dimensions ? Heavy or lighter wood ?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd April 2022, 08:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,440
Posted By colin henshaw
African spears can often be difficult to...

African spears can often be difficult to attribute (sometimes impossible), however there are a few basic pointers :-

a) Blades with sockets are to be found north of the Zambesi (though there are...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th April 2022, 07:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,367
Posted By colin henshaw
Here is an image from the internet of a Shompen...

Here is an image from the internet of a Shompen tribesman holding a spear. The profile of the spearhead looks similar to the Pitt-Rivers example. The Shompen people lived on Great Nicobar Island.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th April 2022, 05:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,367
Posted By colin henshaw
This thread caught my attention as I could not...

This thread caught my attention as I could not remember having seen weapons from the Nicobar Islands before now. As you mention they are a quite separate people from the Andamanese.

The old...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th March 2022, 01:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,584
Posted By colin henshaw
The sheath is a bit like that to be found on the...

The sheath is a bit like that to be found on the Moroccan sword "s'boula", with those thin brass hanging rings and raised transverse bands. On the other hand, it must be said the incised designs to...
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