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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th November 2014, 06:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 410
Posted By Ian
On further looking into the Moi people, it...

On further looking into the Moi people, it appears that moi was a pejorative Vietnamese term meaning "savage" and was applied to various tribal groups in the central and southern Vietnamese...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th November 2014, 04:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 410
Posted By Ian
Excellent collection of very uncommon spears. ...

Excellent collection of very uncommon spears.

The asymmetrical spear head (fourth from the top of those mounted on the wall) seems to stand out from the rest in terms of style, and it particularly...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th November 2014, 07:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 461
Posted By Ian
I would just add to Spiral's comment that these...

I would just add to Spiral's comment that these "modified" machetes were indeed common in the West Indies, and I have several with Island names stamped into the leather sheaths (Trinidad, Tobago,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th October 2014, 12:38 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 927
Posted By Ian
Hi Blue: Interesting knife. I think it was...

Hi Blue:

Interesting knife. I think it was quenched in a fairly deep container of oil to get that extensive line of hardening. Not surprising that it would take a keen edge.

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th October 2014, 12:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 349
Posted By Ian
Hello Royston: Thank you for putting up...

Hello Royston:

Thank you for putting up pictures of these dha of which there are very few around. I have seen maybe a half dozen in the last 20+ years but never found one for sale. I don't have...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th October 2014, 04:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 486
Posted By Ian
Robert: The blade shape of the top one reminds...

Robert:

The blade shape of the top one reminds me of an Indonesian/Malay parang pendek. If it has a long unsharpened ricasso it could be one of the other parang types (e.g., parang lading). This...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th October 2014, 08:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 292
Posted By Ian
Hi Drac2k: This looks like European colonial...

Hi Drac2k:

This looks like European colonial work to me, perhaps Spanish but could be Dutch or French or British colonial work also. I don't think there is anything really specific to the style to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th October 2014, 05:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 421
Posted By Ian
Thumbs up Nice examples and well presented

Hi Timo:

You have some interesting examples here and I would like to offer my two cents on a few of them.

No. 2 has a hilt very similar to the kakatua on a N. Borneo/Sabah barung that I posted...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th October 2014, 01:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 462
Posted By Ian
Hi David: Interesting WWII-era piece. Looks like...

Hi David:

Interesting WWII-era piece. Looks like a dressed up sword from the western Visayas--probably from Panay. As you say, the aluminum decorations are a good guide to age. It's not the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th October 2014, 04:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 382
Posted By Ian
Timo: Can you show us close-ups of the hilts and...

Timo:

Can you show us close-ups of the hilts and gangya areas. It's hard to see some of those details which would help determine where these may be from.

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th October 2014, 04:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 845
Posted By Ian
Hi Marcus: The example you show is the Atacameņo...

Hi Marcus:

The example you show is the Atacameņo version of the FAMAE-produced series. This is the NCO model of the corvo.

Similar knives have been produced by the Spanish firm SAMI, and you can...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd October 2014, 03:30 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,814
Posted By Ian
Ausjulius and Spiral: I really think we are...

Ausjulius and Spiral:

I really think we are agreed on the possible place these luxury goods might have had in Burmese society of 1900. As I noted in my original post:So who would have bought these...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st October 2014, 04:03 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,126
Posted By Ian
Fernando: Thanks for the link to this excellent...

Fernando:

Thanks for the link to this excellent reference article.

Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st October 2014, 05:21 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,814
Posted By Ian
Hi Stephen: Yes, the price is per dozen, but if...

Hi Stephen:

Yes, the price is per dozen, but if one does the calculation of cost per item (including shipping to Burma from England), we come out with a number that would have been beyond that...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th September 2014, 06:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 451
Posted By Ian
Another example

This one also finished on eBay in the last week. It is probably from about the same era. Unfortunately part of the hilt is missing so we don't know how long it would have been originally. Both have...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th September 2014, 05:41 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,814
Posted By Ian
Ausjulius: You are essentially making the same...

Ausjulius:

You are essentially making the same point that I was making. If you look at the last sentence that you quoted from my earlier post,

"Even so, it is apparent that the cost of William...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th September 2014, 01:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 451
Posted By Ian
Hi Detlef and Jose: What makes this a Lao...

Hi Detlef and Jose:

What makes this a Lao daab? There are a few distinguishing features. First is the unusually long hilt relative to the blade--the hilt-to-blade ratio can be close to one for...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th September 2014, 08:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 566
Posted By Ian
Hello Robert: Nice knife. I think it is very...

Hello Robert:

Nice knife. I think it is very likely to be Filipino and mid-20th C from Luzon. There are other examples of deeply clipped blades like this, mainly coming from Cebu right after...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th September 2014, 04:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 451
Posted By Ian
Lao daab-probably 18th C

This nice Lao daab finished recently on eBay.
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 28th September 2014, 05:12 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,301
Posted By Ian
Barry, your picture reminded me of the dog I grew...

Barry, your picture reminded me of the dog I grew up with many years ago in Australia. My father had this dog during WWII when he was stationed in Darwin. The dog was a mix of Australian kelpie and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th September 2014, 04:31 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 304
Posted By Ian
Hi Terry: I agree with Battara. This is a...

Hi Terry:

I agree with Battara. This is a kris-like knife that probably comes from the Yakan people of Basilan Island. The style of rattan wrap to the scabbard is, I have been told by art dealers in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th September 2014, 04:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 406
Posted By Ian
Very nice piece Jose. Congratulations on a great...

Very nice piece Jose. Congratulations on a great find and for restoring it to its former glory. How many hours work on this one?

Is the blade cross section a diamond shape or triangular? I've seen...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th September 2014, 06:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 626
Posted By Ian
Hi Dave: I think it is unlikely that a person...

Hi Dave:

I think it is unlikely that a person brought up as a Moro (meaning the various Muslim tribal groups that are found in the southern Philippines and nearby areas) would deliberately mount a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th September 2014, 03:59 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 306
Posted By Ian
There are a few of these unusual hilts around and...

There are a few of these unusual hilts around and they represent a significant departure from the more common varieties. To me it looks like the open mouth of a crocodile. If we compare the shape of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th September 2014, 03:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 385
Posted By Ian
The French inscription translates to ...

The French inscription translates to

"Music Bazaar"
"Istanbul-Galata"

Galata is a district in Istanbul that lies on the Golden Horn directly across from old Constantinople. Historically...
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