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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 11:38 PM
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Posted By ariel
That's more likely.

That's more likely.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 05:33 AM
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Posted By ariel
Looks like shiny metal border to me. Maybe, I do...

Looks like shiny metal border to me.
Maybe, I do need new glasses...
We can ask Lee to verify it with the owner.

Kubur: I cannot recall your earlier post about Afghani bandoliers.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th October 2019, 09:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 292
Posted By ariel
The upper pommel is concave: either NW India or...

The upper pommel is concave: either NW India or Afghanistan.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th October 2019, 09:33 PM
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Posted By ariel
Look at the very first pic. Pierced metal.

Look at the very first pic. Pierced metal.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th October 2019, 12:15 PM
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Posted By ariel
And pierced metal borders of the holder ( first...

And pierced metal borders of the holder ( first pic). Afghanis loved this element of decoration and used it widely.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th October 2019, 02:22 AM
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Posted By ariel
This is unquestionably Oriental, most likely...

This is unquestionably Oriental, most likely Islamic.
Artzi has a somewhat similar one ( see pic) attributed to the Ottomans.
I would put this one farther East: Afghanistan or Central Asia.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th October 2019, 01:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 333
Posted By ariel
Martin, The crenellated silver plates on the one...

Martin,
The crenellated silver plates on the one with mitigated handle look Cretan to me.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th October 2019, 01:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 333
Posted By ariel
I vaguely remember that Elgood mentioned Balkan...

I vaguely remember that Elgood mentioned Balkan masters exported blades. It ring true: the rest was much simpler and correctly ethnic.
I showed here once mine: agate handle ( one side lost) with...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th October 2019, 04:33 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 850
Posted By ariel
I am adding oil to the fire. Two pics with...

I am adding oil to the fire. Two pics with markings from both sides of the blade.

I am purposefully not showing the entire sword to have an opinion unbiased by any extraneous factors. .
When we...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th October 2019, 03:47 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 731
Posted By ariel
What was meant there by “ highly decorated? There...

What was meant there by “ highly decorated?
There are many ways besides wall-to-wall etching to decorate a blade.


How different in heft and sturdiness were these swords?
The Qajar era Revival...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th October 2019, 05:55 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 731
Posted By ariel
Jim, I think Marius did not mean anything...

Jim,
I think Marius did not mean anything objectionable. Likely, it was a grammar issue. In Russian and Hebrew conversational languages, for example, both innocuous and aggressive inquiries...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th October 2019, 05:28 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 724
Posted By ariel
Question to the professional blade smiths: Scarf...

Question to the professional blade smiths:

Scarf welding of wootz must have involved forging at low temperatures and involve only limited volumes of steel. Correct?
If so, how strong was the weld?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th October 2019, 02:21 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 850
Posted By ariel
I think you might be correct re. Inlay in some...

I think you might be correct re. Inlay in some cogwheels.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th October 2019, 02:12 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 850
Posted By ariel
Kubur, Do you have any examples of the “stars”...

Kubur,
Do you have any examples of the “stars” mark on European or Indian blades?
This one looks like a 7-star ( Ursa Major?) triangle
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th October 2019, 09:06 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 850
Posted By ariel
I also thought of Europe, but here is a tulwar...

I also thought of Europe, but here is a tulwar just sold on E-Bay
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th October 2019, 02:06 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 724
Posted By ariel
A bit of polishing and etching is likely to give...

A bit of polishing and etching is likely to give an answer.
Without it the cows will never come home:-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th October 2019, 10:10 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 731
Posted By ariel
Thumbs up Kubur: The hilt of this Qajar sword is not...

Kubur:
The hilt of this Qajar sword is not Indian, it is vice versa: Indian hilts of that configuration were modeled after Persian examples.
Indo-Persian culture was almost completely one-way...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th October 2019, 02:00 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 724
Posted By ariel
Andreas, There are many problems with Afghan...

Andreas,

There are many problems with Afghan weapons.
First, virtually all Afghan pulwars we encounter date back to the 19 century. As such, we lack good signs of any potential evolution . We...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th October 2019, 05:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 724
Posted By ariel
Sabers and rifles co- existed for a surprisingly...

Sabers and rifles co- existed for a surprisingly long time.

But any new development in military technology eventually kills some older instrument or a tactic. Invention of glacis radically...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th October 2019, 04:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 724
Posted By ariel
I see a semblance of delamination and some...

I see a semblance of delamination and some letters, but ....I may need new glasses...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th October 2019, 03:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 401
Posted By ariel
I really love it when a weapon can be pinpointed...

I really love it when a weapon can be pinpointed not only to a country ( tribe, island, region) , but to a precise locale.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th October 2019, 03:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 724
Posted By ariel
As a matter of fact, the great majority of...

As a matter of fact, the great majority of European blades dating back to the 19 century were NOT made from folded steel ( mechanical damascus); by that time all major European blademakers used...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd October 2019, 12:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 724
Posted By ariel
Honest munition grade examples. Blades are...

Honest munition grade examples. Blades are likely Indian trade, the decorations by the hilt were likely made locally.

I would polish their spines close to the hilt: if you find a longitudinal...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st October 2019, 05:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 371
Posted By ariel
A very unusual nimcha

Here it is, active rust removed, black rust left in place, protected with Renaissance wax.

This is the first one with at least 3 unusual features that I have encounered:

1. All-metal handle of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st October 2019, 05:22 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,022
Posted By ariel
Regretfully, neither reference was from...

Regretfully, neither reference was from professional anatomy or dentistry book. It is their opinion that I hoped to learn from.

Museum staff and collectors must also know what they are talking...
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