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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th July 2016, 01:48 PM
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Posted By Iain
Just a note to the very good information already...

Just a note to the very good information already shared in this thread, I have not encountered a single source, in addition to what Erik has posted, that has identified riveted maille made in Africa....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th June 2016, 10:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 725
Posted By Iain
Hi Jim, just a small thing, the last image with...

Hi Jim, just a small thing, the last image with the dukari is one of mine. ;) The blade is I am 99.9% sure, European. ;)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th June 2016, 04:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 725
Posted By Iain
Oddly enough from the images the fullers are not...

Oddly enough from the images the fullers are not inform to my eye and ground, not forged. All signs of later manufacture. But opinions will always differ. ;)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd June 2016, 09:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 725
Posted By Iain
I'd lean towards 20th century locally made blade...

I'd lean towards 20th century locally made blade myself, it's subtle but the fullers and profile of the blade don't strike me as one of the older European trade blades. Just an opinion though based...
Forum: European Armoury 27th May 2016, 06:08 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,577
Posted By Iain
Thanks Teodor, There are times I struggle to...

Thanks Teodor,

There are times I struggle to write due to a lack of inspiration and ideas. This thread is a bright spot in what is often a figurative desert with most extant examples being modern....
Forum: European Armoury 27th May 2016, 04:35 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,577
Posted By Iain
There's always a chance of a European blade...

There's always a chance of a European blade having been made this way. The one's I've handled typically have the last 1/2 to 1/3 sharpened on the upper side.
Forum: European Armoury 27th May 2016, 07:22 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,577
Posted By Iain
I'm flattered folks, but please keep in my what...

I'm flattered folks, but please keep in my what you find on that link are only one person's opinion. :o
Forum: European Armoury 27th May 2016, 07:15 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,577
Posted By Iain
The style of letters in use in European stamps...

The style of letters in use in European stamps depends entirely on region, date, etc. There's no standard rule about "tails".

Missed strikes and depth are down to how much care, attention and force...
Forum: European Armoury 27th May 2016, 06:55 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,577
Posted By Iain
I would be pretty confident the second edge was...

I would be pretty confident the second edge was done locally. I've seen this on other backsword blades in takouba mounts.
Forum: European Armoury 26th May 2016, 08:25 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,577
Posted By Iain
Yes, its a very standard design and one I think...

Yes, its a very standard design and one I think of as solidly 19th century to best of what we know.

It's defined by the peaked mid ridge, often the use of a small bronze cap and engraved lateral...
Forum: European Armoury 25th May 2016, 03:19 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,577
Posted By Iain
I think it's an M but the stamp wasn't fully...

I think it's an M but the stamp wasn't fully flat. Could be wrong. :)
Forum: European Armoury 25th May 2016, 10:06 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,577
Posted By Iain
Interesting discussion. However I think it's...

Interesting discussion. However I think it's important to keep in mind two things.

1. The markings on the forte plates was certainly done locally, it is engraved, not stamped as is typical and the...
Forum: Swap Forum 23rd April 2016, 04:38 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 393
Posted By Iain
SOLD

SOLD
Forum: Swap Forum 23rd April 2016, 09:29 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 393
Posted By Iain
West African dagger for sale

Good age and lovely brasswork on this dagger from Mauritania.Not easy to find these in this quality. :)

Looking for 90 EUR. Shipping will be 8 EUR inside the EU, 12 EUR to outside the EU.

Contact...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd April 2016, 06:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,066
Posted By Iain
What Ed said. :) Locally made blade. An...

What Ed said. :) Locally made blade. An attractive piece.
Forum: European Armoury 8th April 2016, 01:14 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,577
Posted By Iain
Yep, best to contact the carrier stateside, did...

Yep, best to contact the carrier stateside, did you try the tracking number in the USPS site?
Forum: European Armoury 8th April 2016, 12:27 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,577
Posted By Iain
Colissimo is delivered by USPS usually I believe....

Colissimo is delivered by USPS usually I believe. Did you contact them to see what the explanation was?
Forum: European Armoury 1st April 2016, 10:55 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,577
Posted By Iain
Can be ground to be more narrow at the tip as it...

Can be ground to be more narrow at the tip as it wouldn't surprise me if it was double edged at the tip.
Forum: European Armoury 1st April 2016, 07:59 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,577
Posted By Iain
I noticed it as well, an interesting little...

I noticed it as well, an interesting little piece. Relatively modern with a blade which appears to be sourced from sheet steel. But the dimensions I find rather attractive, almost machete like.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st March 2016, 05:36 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,676
Posted By Iain
There was a time I attempted a classification...

There was a time I attempted a classification study on takouba. Didn't take long to find the folly in it. Trying to classify swords that cross linguistic and ethnic boundaries, not to mention use...
Forum: European Armoury 30th March 2016, 01:47 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,577
Posted By Iain
Did you get the sword yet blue lander? :)...

Did you get the sword yet blue lander? :) Interested to seem more pictures.
Forum: European Armoury 21st March 2016, 09:05 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,577
Posted By Iain
By exported I mean they were made in Europe, some...

By exported I mean they were made in Europe, some were mounted in Europe, some were exported as bare blades.

As an example one of the swords I posted above next to a schiavonesca. The blades are...
Forum: European Armoury 21st March 2016, 07:59 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,577
Posted By Iain
A combination I think. I have seen other takouba...

A combination I think. I have seen other takouba blades with abuse to the edge that looks more than just coincidental...
Forum: European Armoury 21st March 2016, 07:53 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,577
Posted By Iain
These blades were widely exported, including to...

These blades were widely exported, including to North Africa and then into the Sahel region. So not unusual at all really to see early blades in takouba mounts. If you look at the ones I posted...
Forum: European Armoury 21st March 2016, 07:54 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 596
Posted By Iain
Thanks for posting this. :) Very well illustrated.

Thanks for posting this. :) Very well illustrated.
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