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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th July 2016, 07:09 PM
Replies: 6
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Posted By TVV
Given the length, I would call this a Boyliya...

Given the length, I would call this a Boyliya (the name is derived from the word "boy", meaning a man's height). The shishanes tend to be shorter. Another main distiction is that boyliya is usually...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th July 2016, 04:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 716
Posted By TVV
Thor, Here is a picture of the hilt, hope this...

Thor,

Here is a picture of the hilt, hope this is what you were looking for. Interestingly, there is a layer of black leather between the scales and the tang.

Teodor
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th July 2016, 03:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 377
Posted By TVV
Agreed

Agreed
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th July 2016, 11:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 716
Posted By TVV
Thank you!

Thank you!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th July 2016, 10:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 716
Posted By TVV
Jim, thank you for your input. As usual, your...

Jim, thank you for your input. As usual, your vast knowledge allows you to see similarities with swords from Poland to Yemen to even India. I agree that there seem to be a lot of features, common...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th July 2016, 05:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 716
Posted By TVV
Gentlemen, thank you for the responses. Exploring...

Gentlemen, thank you for the responses. Exploring a Southern Yemen connection is interesting. The placement of the scabbard rings do indeed suggest it was worn on a baldric, and since the three leaf...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th July 2016, 05:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 716
Posted By TVV
Early Ottoman/Eastern European Sabre for Comment

A friend of mine in Bulgaria acquired this sword, which to me looks like it has a potential to be somewhat early, possibly as early as 17th century. The blade appears to be European - Styria perhaps,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th June 2016, 05:38 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 752
Posted By TVV
First

First
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th June 2016, 12:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 752
Posted By TVV
The scabbard is decorated in a characteristic...

The scabbard is decorated in a characteristic Balkan style. The hilt and blade look Greek to me.

Teodor
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th June 2016, 05:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 598
Posted By TVV
I have one. The barrel is by far its best...

I have one. The barrel is by far its best feature.

Teodor
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th June 2016, 04:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 770
Posted By TVV
Very nice yataghan, top quality. My guess would...

Very nice yataghan, top quality. My guess would be Balkan, and if I have to guess further, I would say Bosnia.

Teodor
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd June 2016, 03:43 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,556
Posted By TVV
While these are associated with the Tebu, they...

While these are associated with the Tebu, they seem to have been popular around lake Chad among other groups. In Smaldone, there is a picture of "Hausa daggers" from the collections of the...
Forum: European Armoury 27th May 2016, 05:10 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,582
Posted By TVV
True, but your essays happen to be well...

True, but your essays happen to be well supported, with observations based on a good amount of actual items, and referencing period sources like Barth. There is so little information out there that I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd May 2016, 08:51 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,571
Posted By TVV
These are good questions, and a forum search will...

These are good questions, and a forum search will probably show at least several threads that explain the materials and the process. For someone like me, who has no advanced knowledge of chemistry,...
Forum: European Armoury 20th May 2016, 03:34 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,582
Posted By TVV
I doubt the letters are Cyrillic....

I doubt the letters are Cyrillic.

Sincerely,
Teodor
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th April 2016, 10:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 943
Posted By TVV
I am sorry but this looks to me like an old blade...

I am sorry but this looks to me like an old blade with a fake modern stamp as well. Just because the item failed to achieve a high price, does not mean there was no such intent by whoever put the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th March 2016, 05:36 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,682
Posted By TVV
It is rare, but not completely uncommon for...

It is rare, but not completely uncommon for Afghan blades to have traveled West. Here is an example of such a blade, with a shashka hilt, in clearly Ottoman...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th March 2016, 05:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 867
Posted By TVV
Miguel, The so-called seal of Solomon was...

Miguel,

The so-called seal of Solomon was actually quite common on yataghans. Its symbolism perhaps was a representation of the vastness of the universe. If you do a search, I believe there have...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th March 2016, 03:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 683
Posted By TVV
Nice yataghan. I believe these to be from Greece,...

Nice yataghan. I believe these to be from Greece, and I understand that this is still a somewhat generic description. In Elgood's book on Balkan arms there are multiple examples, some with provenance...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 25th March 2016, 01:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 290
Posted By TVV
I admit to watching the show. I like the idea of...

I admit to watching the show. I like the idea of a show about swords and knives instead of another episode of pseudo scientific discussion about aliens in ancient times. Obviously, there is a lot of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd March 2016, 10:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 867
Posted By TVV
Very nice yataghans Miguel, thank you for...

Very nice yataghans Miguel, thank you for sharing. generally speaking, yataghans with big ears of walrus ivory are attributed to the Western Balkans. The first one is very typical, possibly made in...
Forum: European Armoury 19th March 2016, 08:40 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,582
Posted By TVV
Pity about the blade damage from rust, but...

Pity about the blade damage from rust, but otherwise a very nice and interesting takouba. Iain has similar Italian backsword blade mounted ones and I am sure he will chime in.

Teodor
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th March 2016, 10:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 868
Posted By TVV
I believe what Ariel was looking for would be a...

I believe what Ariel was looking for would be a hole under the langets.
Forum: European Armoury 13th March 2016, 01:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,397
Posted By TVV
Glenn, I was hoping you would respond. Thank you...

Glenn, I was hoping you would respond. Thank you very much for the thorough comment and the book recommendations. As a total novice I will probably start with the more general references.

Teodor
Forum: European Armoury 12th March 2016, 10:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,397
Posted By TVV
I just acquired this sword, and since my main...

I just acquired this sword, and since my main interests are ethnographic weapons and Bulgarian military patterns, I have to admit, I know very little about it. I am going to get a copy of Mowbray's...
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