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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th November 2018, 08:53 AM
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Posted By Iain
Very nice Martin, do you know what ethnic group...

Very nice Martin, do you know what ethnic group this may be from?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th November 2018, 10:42 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,086
Posted By Iain
Hi Martin, It should be this title I think....

Hi Martin, It should be this title I think. Unfortunately as I recall the text does not include much more detail and I don't believe there are any actual photos of similar pieces in the book - still...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th November 2018, 09:26 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,086
Posted By Iain
Hi Martin, I wish I could give you a better...

Hi Martin, I wish I could give you a better answer but I'm also not sure. My guess has always been Mundang or Wandala. I posted it before here http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=17871
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th November 2018, 06:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 768
Posted By Iain
One of the most intriguing aspects of this sword...

One of the most intriguing aspects of this sword for me is not the size or the hilt, but rather the blade. It is extremely unusual to see a takouba with a blade featuring a midrib. Flat or fullers...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th November 2018, 06:36 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,086
Posted By Iain
That's another monster Teodor! How long is that...

That's another monster Teodor! How long is that one? Also curious for the details of the attribution to the Mossi. I always found them a very interesting group often referenced but with very little...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th November 2018, 06:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 768
Posted By Iain
Sorry I'm late to this thread, I think you are...

Sorry I'm late to this thread, I think you are right Teodor, my original thoughts on these being Mandingo had mostly to do with the pommel spike and the similarity with the Mandingo pommels. But the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th November 2018, 05:15 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,086
Posted By Iain
I have yet to take proper pictures but members...

I have yet to take proper pictures but members might enjoy a quick look at a monster example from northern Nigeria recently acquired. This was in a museum since 1913 and field collected between 1905...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2018, 01:39 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,086
Posted By Iain
A near identical match to the Illorin example...

A near identical match to the Illorin example Gav. Impressive piece, the dimensions of the head are a little smaller than the two I owned that were similar, but not by much.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th July 2018, 03:32 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,303
Posted By Iain
I'm fascinated by the sword on the right in this...

I'm fascinated by the sword on the right in this image. Its almost takouba like in guard construction, including the scabbard fittings. Anyone know where it ended up or have more images?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th May 2018, 07:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,571
Posted By Iain
There were a number of arms dealers who imported...

There were a number of arms dealers who imported large quantities of blades into Abyssinia. Perhaps the most notable being the Terzian family. Usually their name was engraved on these blades. I can't...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd May 2018, 02:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,730
Posted By Iain
It might have been in takouba mounts but that was...

It might have been in takouba mounts but that was at some point mounted as a kaskara.

Takouba don't use a pin, but a full tang through the pommel.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th April 2018, 08:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 965
Posted By Iain
Nice piece Colin! The overall shape of the hilt...

Nice piece Colin! The overall shape of the hilt reminds me of Hausa daggers. I can't recall seeing an exact match in any references.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd April 2018, 07:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,730
Posted By Iain
I've seen some shortened older blades but these...

I've seen some shortened older blades but these are rare. There are mainly examples of poor quality thuluth blades and period quotations I have posted in the past of these being hawked to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd April 2018, 07:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,730
Posted By Iain
Looked shorter for some reason. That's about the...

Looked shorter for some reason. That's about the usual size. :)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th April 2018, 01:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,730
Posted By Iain
1970s sounds about right. I'd class it as a...

1970s sounds about right. I'd class it as a tourist object, these shorter examples were to a degree made to be easier to take back for tourists I think.

That's not to say its a bad little sword, its...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st November 2017, 05:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,411
Posted By Iain
The Toma are within the group of Mande peoples. I...

The Toma are within the group of Mande peoples. I agree the hilt seems to be the same as examples of Toma swords. I've seen a Toma sword in Wolf's collection which has a takouba blade. So I think its...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st November 2017, 04:53 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,191
Posted By Iain
I'd agree. The blade looks to be sheet steel and...

I'd agree. The blade looks to be sheet steel and very crude.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th November 2017, 04:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,411
Posted By Iain
Hi Charles, agree on the dating. Locally made...

Hi Charles, agree on the dating. Locally made blade I would think but hard to say given the amount of polishing on the fullers. Looks quite good quality though.

Scabbard doesn't look 'Tuareg' to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th October 2017, 07:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,366
Posted By Iain
That would require re-tempering the blade and is...

That would require re-tempering the blade and is utterly inconsistent with the characteristics of the blade.

This blade was obviously forged in the shape seen here. A lovely piece Martin, I agree...
Forum: Swap Forum 6th October 2017, 11:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,592
Posted By Iain
Still have these available. A bargain at 125 EUR...

Still have these available. A bargain at 125 EUR including shipping inside the EU.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th October 2017, 11:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,109
Posted By Iain
No problem, I suspect the attribution in the...

No problem, I suspect the attribution in the British museum to that location is simply the point of collection and may not necessarily indicate it is actually made there.

This Beja man is carrying...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th October 2017, 09:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,109
Posted By Iain
Its from Somalia. The faceted socket and shape to...

Its from Somalia. The faceted socket and shape to the head are distinctive....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th October 2017, 11:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,189
Posted By Iain
Very nice piece, looks much older than most...

Very nice piece, looks much older than most daggers I've seen with that style of hilt. The blade shape seems unusual as well?
Forum: Swap Forum 4th October 2017, 10:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 920
Posted By Iain
SOLD

SOLD
Forum: European Armoury 3rd October 2017, 12:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,274
Posted By Iain
The bird depicted on Martin's sword is a grouse...

The bird depicted on Martin's sword is a grouse or very similar game bird. The head and tail are distinctive.
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