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Forum: Swap Forum 21st January 2020, 04:03 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 281
Posted By Lee
Book Wanted: IX-XIII a. baltų kalavijai

I am trying to find a copy of IX-XIII a. baltų kalavijai by Vytautas Kazakevičius.
If you have one for sale, please contact me by PM or at ljones@vikingsword.com with asking price and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th January 2020, 04:26 PM
Replies: 10
Sticky: Posting Photos
Views: 39,933
Posted By Lee
Wink Updated size limit and how to use built in Windows 10 features to prepare your images

The size limit for images of most types that may be used for attachments has been doubled to 2 Mb. The maximum pixel limit in either dimension remains 1280.

In Windows 10 you may use two of the...
Forum: European Armoury 7th January 2020, 06:03 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,590
Posted By Lee
I have set the image file size restriction up to...

I have set the image file size restriction up to 2 Mb; the pixel width/height is set to 1280 - this is mostly for formatting so the text does not require using the slider-bar to read.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd January 2020, 11:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 726
Posted By Lee
I imagine some sort of hard to get license would...

I imagine some sort of hard to get license would be required to legally send such a thing out of China, but there are a lot of great items that have been in Europe for decades, if not centuries and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd January 2020, 11:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 726
Posted By Lee
I would think, if the item is coming from the UK,...

I would think, if the item is coming from the UK, then the China trade sanctions would not be applicable and the EU sanctions should not involve this type of item. Was the item imported as...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd January 2020, 01:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 830
Posted By Lee
Quick non-destructive elemental analysis of...

Quick non-destructive elemental analysis of metallic components may be made by X-ray fluorescence (XRF). A local scrapyard or precious metals dealer may have a such unit for scrap sorting and offer a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th December 2019, 01:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,363
Posted By Lee
Red face Weirdly enough, at a holiday "winter...

Weirdly enough, at a holiday "winter solstice" party just this past Saturday, a friend showed me a leather whip of penile origin and indicated that it was from a bull. Until then I was in blissful...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th November 2019, 05:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 897
Posted By Lee
Here are the steps for attaching images:

Here are the steps for attaching images:
Forum: European Armoury 8th November 2019, 04:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,013
Posted By Lee
I think the features are just too close for this...

I think the features are just too close for this not to be the frame of a scabbard for a Celtic / Roman knife of the style shown above. Sometimes we do see Celtic iron artifacts with provenance of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th November 2019, 11:55 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 11,148
Posted By Lee
Thumbs up Nice, very nice!

Two very, very nice spearheads.

The early winged one appears to definitely have one band of pattern-welding. If the meandering side to side is the 'mirror image' on the back side, then this likely...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th October 2019, 02:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,239
Posted By Lee
Often, when I was listing, the eBay system 'saw'...

Often, when I was listing, the eBay system 'saw' a keyword of 'concern' and did not offer GSP. Good for them. But, PB and eBay need to get together and harmonize their systems so that GSP is never...
Forum: European Armoury 27th October 2019, 04:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,110
Posted By Lee
Thumbs up Beautiful!

That is one beautiful sword regardless of where the blade was made! My initial impression is for a European origin for the blade and we know from Oakeshott’s writings that inscriptions on many old...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th October 2019, 01:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,239
Posted By Lee
Angry If you go to the official eBay community forums...

If you go to the official eBay community forums you will find endless GSP horror stories and complaints along these lines of inappropriate but reimbursed seizure, about shoddy repacking leading to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th October 2019, 04:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,412
Posted By Lee
Question Bandolier for Identification

Received in my e-mail with a request for identification of origin and age
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st October 2019, 08:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,267
Posted By Lee
This kris is in the Museo del Ejército (Army...

This kris is in the Museo del Ejército (Army Museum) in Toledo, Spain. My thoughts on its age were similar to those expressed above, despite the fact that I have long carried a strong suspicion that...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th September 2019, 05:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 807
Posted By Lee
Here is an old thread showing several more...

Here is an old thread showing several more examples (http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=22851)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th September 2019, 05:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,267
Posted By Lee
Question Kris behind glass

Here are a few images of a kris on display in an important museum. For now, I'll not prejudice the discussion with details from the museum's descriptive tag.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th September 2019, 08:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 901
Posted By Lee
Thumbs up exactly how I like them

Really nice and exactly how I like them! Whatever the reason for the unassuming hilt - and Ian's thoughts about it being mounted for serious use as a weapon make sense to me - I much prefer a great...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 10th September 2019, 11:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,368
Posted By Lee
Red face I expect this technology could give an airport...

I expect this technology could give an airport luggage or postal parcel X-ray inspection device an ability to present a fairly accurate description of the contents to a customs officer without the...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 22nd July 2019, 03:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,362
Posted By Lee
Some back of envelope calculations

So, this budiak (http://vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=12538) is obviously not a keris, but perhaps it may, through some back of envelope conclusions provide some insight. X-Ray fluorescence...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st July 2019, 05:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 925
Posted By Lee
... or not. Please check these instructions...

... or not.

Please check these instructions (http://vikingsword.com/vb/showpost.php?p=118983&postcount=4)

The text in the window also explains image size restrictions.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th July 2019, 06:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,907
Posted By Lee
Here are the images and description of this item...

Here are the images and description of this item from the sale of Lew's Estate: http://vikingsword.com/lew/w1103/w1103.html
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th July 2019, 03:31 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 11,148
Posted By Lee
Cool Technical details

The contrast within the twist core pattern-welding of the budiak that this thread started with appears to have been enhanced by a small percentage of Nickel. X-Ray fluorescence analysis (so, surface...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st July 2019, 04:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,583
Posted By Lee
Red face No magic bullet

I think Philip is absolutely correct and that the first and primary defense against items made to deceive is having seen and handled an adequate number of known genuine artifacts in the particular...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th June 2019, 11:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,388
Posted By Lee
Not wootz, but...

This blade is made of a coarsely laminated steel in which layers of contrasting alloys have first been forged parallel to the flat faces of the 'proto -' blade and then a design drilled out and the...
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