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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th November 2018, 12:17 AM
Replies: 12
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Posted By Philip
markings

Thanks. Wow, it's pretty worn but I bet what remains says "London". Too bad there isn't more to it.

I agree that it's quite long for a regulation musket, and not massive enough nor large of bore...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th October 2018, 07:38 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,536
Posted By Philip
Jim, do you have the magnificent and very weighty...

Jim, do you have the magnificent and very weighty exhibit catalog The Arts of the Muslim Knight: the Furisiyya Art Foundation Collection ed by Basher Mohamed (Milan, 2007)? There is a discussion...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th October 2018, 06:52 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,536
Posted By Philip
Haha :D Ariel. It's "Ferd" as in...

Haha :D Ariel. It's "Ferd" as in Ferdinand, not Fred. But the imagery is highly amusing. When I was in college we used to sing a ribald ballad about Christopher Columbus, with some hilarious...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th October 2018, 03:26 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,536
Posted By Philip
Thanks, Jim, for the much-needed clarification on...

Thanks, Jim, for the much-needed clarification on terminology, especially to counter the common use of Boabdil as an identifier and general descriptor of the genre. But didn't the Nasrid Dynasty...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th October 2018, 03:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,203
Posted By Philip
Wink knives in traditional society

Knives have traditionally not been considered appropriate presents in most Western cultures, either. This is something that I of course heartily disagree with! ;) However, the superstition is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th October 2018, 02:42 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,773
Posted By Philip
Ariel, your train of thought is quite plausible,...

Ariel, your train of thought is quite plausible, it makes perfect sense in light of the aesthetic requirement of making room for long inscriptions. But when I look at the image, I think of something...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th October 2018, 05:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,099
Posted By Philip
Yes, the knucklebow on the guard of this saber is...

Yes, the knucklebow on the guard of this saber is clearly a Western influence, probably from the cutlasses carried by sailors on foreign ships. You find this hybridization also on some important...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th October 2018, 05:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,099
Posted By Philip
Agreed, the blade is the most important aspect of...

Agreed, the blade is the most important aspect of ANY sword.
And I'm quite aware of the so-called Kango commerce and the importation of thousands of Japanese blades to China (and other trade which...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th October 2018, 10:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 844
Posted By Philip
How big is big?

First thing that comes to mind is whether it is necessarily a military weapon. I'm looking through Robert Held's The Age of Firearms (1957) at the moment, and note that some pretty large fowling...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd October 2018, 11:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,203
Posted By Philip
wedding jian

Are you talking about the short-bladed things with tortoise shell veneered scabbard and ribbed wood grips? They are quite common on the collector market as you probably have noticed. I haven't...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd October 2018, 03:42 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,773
Posted By Philip
Agreed. A large number of Japanese swords were...

Agreed. A large number of Japanese swords were exported to not only Vietnam but to Siam as well as early as the 16th cent., when expatriate colonies of Japanese merchants existed in towns such as...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd October 2018, 05:39 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,773
Posted By Philip
Origins of habaki in Japan

Per Leon Kapp, The Craft of the Japanese Sword, 1988: The chapter on habaki contains this historical background,

"Exactly how the habaki developed in Japan is not known. Like much of sword...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st October 2018, 07:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 617
Posted By Philip
Lucky you!

You grabbed a nice one. Complete, clean, en suite, and it doesn't look like it's been monkeyed with.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st October 2018, 07:03 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,773
Posted By Philip
tunkous, from Eastern and Western territorial limits

You might want to see how the concept survived the post-medieval period, here illustrated by examples from the Mamluk and Chinese culture-spheres. To keep things more evenly comparable, these are...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st October 2018, 03:40 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,773
Posted By Philip
Ariel, you raise some very interesting...

Ariel, you raise some very interesting issues.

The matter of specific shapes, especially whether the long side is on the edge or dorsal side of the blade, is interesting. I tend to put more...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th October 2018, 07:33 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,773
Posted By Philip
the tunkou concept, carried forward

Ariel,
'Thought you might like to compare the tunkou (sleeve at the forte of the blade) on your Qipchaq saber with a couple examples from later in history. The concept had a long shelf-life. ...
Forum: European Armoury 20th October 2018, 07:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 951
Posted By Philip
example of fullering concept

Here's a pic to show what I'm talking about. Here are 3 Chinese saber blades of "willow leaf" type, narrow and with curvature through most of length. The important thing is where the fullering ends....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th October 2018, 08:37 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,773
Posted By Philip
Just thought you'd like to see a polished section...

Just thought you'd like to see a polished section of a very similar blade in my collection, was fortuitously preserved with some surfaces including the crisply-defined ridges with virtually no...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th October 2018, 08:09 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,099
Posted By Philip
The only things remotely Japanese-looking about...

The only things remotely Japanese-looking about this saber are the disc-shaped guard, and the blade with the facets and ridges on the sides. The blade form is encountered in Korea and Vietnam as...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th October 2018, 07:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,203
Posted By Philip
The piece could also be Vietnamese; in that...

The piece could also be Vietnamese; in that country knives and sabers were often hilted without an expanded metal pommel as was typical in China. The decoration is also typical of Vietnam as well as...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th October 2018, 07:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 844
Posted By Philip
Thanks Lenny, would love to see more pics of...

Thanks Lenny, would love to see more pics of various aspects of the piece, including an overall view. Would it be too much trouble to take the lock off to photograph the internal mechanism?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th October 2018, 07:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,132
Posted By Philip
I wonder if the hole is a provision for a...

I wonder if the hole is a provision for a rudimentary safety -- will a transverse pin effectively block the serpentine from fully descending towards the pan? Come to think of it, the touchhole...
Forum: European Armoury 20th October 2018, 07:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 951
Posted By Philip
question re the guard

Is the guard made "in the solid" or is there an elliptical mouth or opening where the blade comes out, to reveal a hollow center? Typically, a jian guard on a Qing-era hilt is hollow, to accept the...
Forum: European Armoury 20th October 2018, 07:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 951
Posted By Philip
The decoration on the hilt is nowhere near any...

The decoration on the hilt is nowhere near any ornamental motif I've seen on either a Chinese or Vietnamese weapon.
Forum: European Armoury 20th October 2018, 07:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 951
Posted By Philip
The blade doesn't look Chinese at all to me. The...

The blade doesn't look Chinese at all to me. The almost universal characteristic of the fullering on Chinese curved single-edged blades (sabers and the like) is that they begin a short distance...
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