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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 08:33 AM
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Posted By Iain
Thanks Colin and Lofty for the comments. Colin,...

Thanks Colin and Lofty for the comments.

Colin, I did not clean these beyond a light oiling. From the look of the metal I would surmise a light polishing compound was used at some point. I am...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th July 2014, 01:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 189
Posted By Iain
Hi Colin, Usually the brass inserts I've seen...

Hi Colin,

Usually the brass inserts I've seen seem quite obvious and carefully done round dots. This looks a little more like a repair? Perhaps filling in a forging flaw?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th July 2014, 09:36 AM
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Views: 119
Posted By Iain
More pics...

More pics...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th July 2014, 09:35 AM
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Views: 119
Posted By Iain
A little takouba and telek

Just a simple little village grade takouba, probably turn of the century or a bit after. Quite a simple thing with a soft iron blade. An interesting example of native forging.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th July 2014, 12:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 189
Posted By Iain
Hi Colin, I'd attribute both to North Nigeria or...

Hi Colin,

I'd attribute both to North Nigeria or Cameroon. The ones I have are similar to the second one you show and the butt cap also reminds me strongly of brass work from that region. Adamawa...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th July 2014, 09:47 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 8,501
Posted By Iain
It really is essential to the timeline and...

It really is essential to the timeline and history of the type as you've presented it I think, to show a flexible example dated to the 19th century. As I said, I have only seen 20th century examples...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th July 2014, 07:46 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 8,501
Posted By Iain
The example I'd be interested to see which I...

The example I'd be interested to see which I don't think I have yet in this thread or the other discussions about this type, would be a dated late 18th or early 19th century dance/parade sword. I've...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th July 2014, 06:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 615
Posted By Iain
Indeed, if you see the 4th post in this thread...

Indeed, if you see the 4th post in this thread (http://vikingsword.com/vb/showpost.php?p=171758&postcount=4) I posted the translation of the cartouche which seems to confirm this.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th July 2014, 07:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 170
Posted By Iain
I have often wondered if many of these smaller...

I have often wondered if many of these smaller examples are simply the result of making the weapon in a size that's easier for a visitor to take back with them... Compared to the usual length which...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th July 2014, 02:54 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 615
Posted By Iain
Hi Martin, thanks for the image, I've seen that...

Hi Martin, thanks for the image, I've seen that engraving of the kaskara before but never the full page.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th June 2014, 02:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 615
Posted By Iain
There don't seem to be many about. The one in...

There don't seem to be many about. The one in Leeds and the one in the MET are the only two off the top of my head I recall seeing... I'd be quite curious to see any others around!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd June 2014, 05:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 408
Posted By Iain
Hi Jim, Mauritania is a majority Arabic speaking...

Hi Jim, Mauritania is a majority Arabic speaking country these days, with less of a visible Berber culture from what I understand. :) But I could well be missing many of the intricacies of the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd June 2014, 05:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 408
Posted By Iain
Likely not coincidence that there is a...

Likely not coincidence that there is a relationship to Arab daggers since Maqil Arabs from Yemen settled and conquered Mauritania during 1644-75 or so.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd June 2014, 03:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 408
Posted By Iain
many do have the slits. I'll try to dig up a few...

many do have the slits. I'll try to dig up a few when I have more time.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd June 2014, 02:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 408
Posted By Iain
See:...

See: http://vikingsword.com/vb/showpost.php?p=161758&postcount=16 and go down a few posts as well. :) Seems to be a combination of bits as you suspect.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd June 2014, 06:11 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 615
Posted By Iain
Hi Ed, Sometimes I have problems with the forum...

Hi Ed,

Sometimes I have problems with the forum software timing out when I post. Also if you try and post quickly in succession it sometimes won't let you. Sounds like just a forum software glitch....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd June 2014, 10:04 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 615
Posted By Iain
Hi Ed, This is quite the question! But I'll give...

Hi Ed,

This is quite the question! But I'll give you my take on it, which is heavily influenced by my experiences with takouba as well.

Jim and Gav have covered some excellent points...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 21st June 2014, 06:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 263
Posted By Iain
Very neat! Never would have guessed that looking...

Very neat! Never would have guessed that looking at it. :)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st June 2014, 06:10 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 615
Posted By Iain
An item such as this sword blade seems perhaps...

An item such as this sword blade seems perhaps most likely to have arrived into the Sudan as a diplomatic gift. Perhaps it is also within the realm of possibility that some Sudanese would have...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st June 2014, 02:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 615
Posted By Iain
I checked through my notes on this one. According...

I checked through my notes on this one. According to Nickel, likely collected after the Siege of Omdurman and acquired by the MET along with several other very good swords.

It seems to be 19th...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st June 2014, 11:23 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 615
Posted By Iain
Double disc pommel kaskara

I think this could make for an interesting topic. To start it off, a sword from the MET. I'd seen poor quality images of this piece before but it seems since I last looked very clear images have been...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th June 2014, 10:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 463
Posted By Iain
I think there's still a lot to learn about this...

I think there's still a lot to learn about this type and we are only scratching the surface. The one example I linked to seems to be much older but I have a lot of questions still.

Are these always...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th June 2014, 07:39 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 281
Posted By Iain
Yes definitely African, looks West African to me...

Yes definitely African, looks West African to me from the chisel work and decorative motifs. Sadly I can't say much more than that.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th June 2014, 07:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 359
Posted By Iain
Hi Ed, I definitely think this is from Egypt....

Hi Ed,

I definitely think this is from Egypt. Note the use of a full tang rather than the usual pin to hold the hilt. This all indicates to me something that's a composite.

In terms of the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th June 2014, 10:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 359
Posted By Iain
At one time the blade was from a kaskara perhaps,...

At one time the blade was from a kaskara perhaps, however the current configuration looks like a fairly recent "bazaar" creation.
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