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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th December 2014, 11:51 AM
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Posted By Iain
Thanks for posting that source Andreas. Very...

Thanks for posting that source Andreas. Very interesting. :-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th December 2014, 11:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 492
Posted By Iain
A good question, that required a somewhat...

A good question, that required a somewhat convoluted answer!

First of all 'kaskara' is something of a collectors' invention. You might enjoy this article...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th December 2014, 10:32 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 415
Posted By Iain
Yep, that makes sense. Forge welding packets.

Yep, that makes sense. Forge welding packets.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th December 2014, 02:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 492
Posted By Iain
I think when dating pieces like this, its...

I think when dating pieces like this, its important to make a distinction between the blade and the fittings.

The blade looks to be late 19th century. The hilt and fittings later, at a rough guess...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th December 2014, 08:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 492
Posted By Iain
Yes, that's a European blade made for Ethiopia....

Yes, that's a European blade made for Ethiopia. Not sure of the exact context of the numbered marking, possibly simply a batch identifier.

Nice piece. :)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th December 2014, 03:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 415
Posted By Iain
Hmm, could be, but it doesn't seem clear cut like...

Hmm, could be, but it doesn't seem clear cut like the example you and I had to examine. The join doesn't seem to cross the spine. Perhaps Marcus can add his thoughts? :)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th December 2014, 09:59 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 415
Posted By Iain
Hi Tim, I'm not seeing a weld on Marcus' sword?...

Hi Tim, I'm not seeing a weld on Marcus' sword? The one I showed is the same you used to own. :)

Colin, yes I think these are locally smelted iron.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th December 2014, 08:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 415
Posted By Iain
Hi Marcus, The term Tebu, or Toubou, is actually...

Hi Marcus,

The term Tebu, or Toubou, is actually a relatively late term, but most commonly is tied to the Teda.

However when I say the Teda and Daza are related, it refers to the linguistic group...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th December 2014, 09:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 415
Posted By Iain
Hi Marcus, A few points, there are a number of...

Hi Marcus,

A few points, there are a number of sub types within this general family of "skull crusher" pommeled swords and daggers.

It's always great to get "on the ground" information from someone...
Forum: European Armoury 1st December 2014, 08:24 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 703
Posted By Iain
I have nothing to contribute only to say thanks...

I have nothing to contribute only to say thanks for a very interesting topic! :)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th November 2014, 05:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 354
Posted By Iain
I remember when this sold. Interesting to see it...

I remember when this sold. Interesting to see it appear here. :)

This looks cut down to me. Unfortunate as the blade seems to be an older one.

There's sadly little way to determine where and when...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th November 2014, 08:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 354
Posted By Iain
Lovely display, thanks for sharing it! :)

Lovely display, thanks for sharing it! :)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th November 2014, 09:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 525
Posted By Iain
Beautiful set. Thanks for sharing.

Beautiful set. Thanks for sharing.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2014, 01:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 462
Posted By Iain
Hi Colin, nothing similar really comes to mind,...

Hi Colin, nothing similar really comes to mind, although I have to say more of a Congo, central African vibe occurs to me. But I sadly have no reference to anything comparable.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st October 2014, 09:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 495
Posted By Iain
To be perfectly honest I've spent the least...

To be perfectly honest I've spent the least amount of time studying the stacked pommel form. So...

I'd say the sword could be pre WWII, but I'd be more likely to assume it's 1950s-1970s.

The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd October 2014, 09:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 330
Posted By Iain
I have to say it looks like mono steel to me,...

I have to say it looks like mono steel to me, simply exhibiting aging due to exposure to dust/dirt etc.
Forum: European Armoury 13th October 2014, 05:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 451
Posted By Iain
Beautiful example. I particularly like the fuller...

Beautiful example. I particularly like the fuller arrangement. Thanks for sharing. :)
Forum: Swap Forum 16th September 2014, 06:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 837
Posted By Iain
#10 is sold.

#10 is sold.
Forum: Swap Forum 15th September 2014, 02:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 837
Posted By Iain
#1, #2 and #3 are now sold. :)

#1, #2 and #3 are now sold. :)
Forum: Swap Forum 13th September 2014, 11:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 837
Posted By Iain
Still want to sell the rest - 25 EUR off of...

Still want to sell the rest - 25 EUR off of everything remaining. :-) And still open to offers.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st September 2014, 03:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 718
Posted By Iain
I suspect it's a replacement because the form is...

I suspect it's a replacement because the form is simply not traditional. It is not unusual for kaskara to be modified in Europe to more closely resemble "medieval" swords. More images would certainly...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th August 2014, 10:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 718
Posted By Iain
Its a Sudanese kaskara with what looks to be a...

Its a Sudanese kaskara with what looks to be a replacement pommel.
Forum: Swap Forum 29th August 2014, 09:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 837
Posted By Iain
Open to offers on the remaining pieces. :)

Open to offers on the remaining pieces. :)
Forum: Swap Forum 25th August 2014, 08:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 837
Posted By Iain
#4 is now sold.

#4 is now sold.
Forum: Swap Forum 24th August 2014, 06:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 837
Posted By Iain
#9 is now sold.

#9 is now sold.
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