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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th November 2017, 10:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,363
Posted By Ian
I was at a gun show here in Minnesota a couple of...

I was at a gun show here in Minnesota a couple of weeks ago and came across another example of this sword form. This one has a horn grip with brass ferrules, and the blade has the usual "Negrito...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th November 2017, 02:53 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,049
Posted By Ian
The emblem characterizing Tipu Sultan was the...

The emblem characterizing Tipu Sultan was the tiger. He identified strongly with this symbol and was called the "Tiger of Mysore." There is a very famous item in the V&A Museum called Tipu's Tiger...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th November 2017, 04:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 145
Posted By Ian
Hi Kubur: Thanks for the thoughts. The yellow...

Hi Kubur:

Thanks for the thoughts. The yellow does not look like any ivory I have seen before. As I mentioned, it is very cold to the touch. It's more like stone in texture. Could be old polished...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th November 2017, 03:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 145
Posted By Ian
Another N. African (?) dagger

Guys, you were so much help to my friend that he sent pictures of another knife in his collection for which he would appreciate information about where it comes from and when it was made.

The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th November 2017, 04:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 224
Posted By Ian
DhaDha: Thanks for these most interesting...

DhaDha:

Thanks for these most interesting pictures. I see the kastana is listed as a court sword for people of nobility, largely ornamental in its use.

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th November 2017, 04:30 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 944
Posted By Ian
Patience my friend. I have some mysteries that...

Patience my friend. I have some mysteries that have not been solved for 15+ years--like this one (http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=685).
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th November 2017, 12:28 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 944
Posted By Ian
Hi drac: I agree with Detlef--the additional...

Hi drac:

I agree with Detlef--the additional pictures don't help much in identifying this unusual knife. For completeness, it would be nice to have the dimensions recorded here so that when another...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th November 2017, 05:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 333
Posted By Ian
Thanks Ron. The scabbard in the catalogue looks...

Thanks Ron. The scabbard in the catalogue looks very similar to the one I showed, and the knife has some strong similarities too, although the blade shape is obviously different.

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th November 2017, 03:02 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,981
Posted By Ian
Hi Robert. Picture of the two blades are...

Hi Robert. Picture of the two blades are attached. Difficult to get a good pic because the blades have been cleaned and polished. Will try to get a better shot when my usual light table is set...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th November 2017, 02:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 333
Posted By Ian
Thanks guys. I greatly appreciate the feedback....

Thanks guys. I greatly appreciate the feedback. Motan, thank you for pictures of your knives, some of which have similarly engraved blades.

I'm not feeling quite so stupid now that I have seen what...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th November 2017, 11:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 333
Posted By Ian
African (?) -- from where?

A friend asked me what this knife was and how old it might be. I feel that I should know what this one is but a quick search of my files turned up nothing. The stacked, full tang hilt seems to be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th November 2017, 04:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 422
Posted By Ian
Hi Drac: I've known some folks who have been...

Hi Drac:

I've known some folks who have been bitten by these things. They say it is extremely painful. One equated it to a sting by a scorpion (which are also present in the Philippines. In...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th November 2017, 02:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 422
Posted By Ian
Agree with Battara. The depiction is of the...

Agree with Battara. The depiction is of the Philippine centipede (Scolopendra spinosissima) a poisonous form known to cause occasional deaths from its venomous bite. It can grow up to 25 cm in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th November 2017, 05:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 422
Posted By Ian
Hi Drac: Most unusual. I've not seen another one...

Hi Drac:

Most unusual. I've not seen another one like it. Good find.

I'm assuming the yellow metal fittings are brass or some other copper alloy. For such a heavy blade, the rings fixing it to the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th November 2017, 04:44 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,981
Posted By Ian
In the original post in this thread I mentioned...

In the original post in this thread I mentioned that I owned a second of these knives, but at that time it had been misplaced in moving house twice in the last ten years. That knife has now been...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th November 2017, 05:07 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 836
Posted By Ian
Just as an aside, we see the VVVV... motif also...

Just as an aside, we see the VVVV... motif also on some of the jamdhar katari. A nice example here (http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showpost.php?p=137458&postcount=10).

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th November 2017, 04:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 477
Posted By Ian
Hi David: Yes, I agree that your friend's arrows...

Hi David:

Yes, I agree that your friend's arrows are most likely Negrito. BTW, they are the finest examples of Negrito arrows I have seen. The workmanship on these is first class! The carving of the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th November 2017, 06:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 485
Posted By Ian
Lovely kris Charles. I wondered who won this one...

Lovely kris Charles. I wondered who won this one (http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=23077). :rolleyes:

Congrats on having a rare Naga-hilted version. Cato says this is one of the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th November 2017, 06:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 477
Posted By Ian
David--I sent you a PM regarding similar arrows...

David--I sent you a PM regarding similar arrows in an online auction that is active.

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th November 2017, 05:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 477
Posted By Ian
The fletching looks either Negrito or Igorot....

The fletching looks either Negrito or Igorot. Both are from Central/Northern Luzon. There are similarly shaped arrow heads shown in Krieger's plates elsewhere on this site—those hunting arrowheads...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st October 2017, 05:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 600
Posted By Ian
Hello Bojan: Thanks for posting the additional...

Hello Bojan:

Thanks for posting the additional picture of the complete sword.

As I look at the inscriptions on the blade (none of which I can read, by the way) it seems that you have at least three...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st October 2017, 05:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,849
Posted By Ian
Hi Bandook: I posted pictures more than 10 years...

Hi Bandook:

I posted pictures more than 10 years ago of a similar chopper that also had a turned wooden hilt. That post is here...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th October 2017, 08:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,849
Posted By Ian
Hi Miguel: There are many tales about the origin...

Hi Miguel:

There are many tales about the origin of the Coorg. Perhaps the most romantic is that they are the descendants of some of Alexander the Great's soldiers who stayed and married local...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th October 2017, 06:51 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,784
Posted By Ian
Welcome to the forum, donaghy77. More pictures...

Welcome to the forum, donaghy77.

More pictures of this sword would be helpful I think.

Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th October 2017, 05:03 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 944
Posted By Ian
Guys: I think we have enough pictures here...

Guys:

I think we have enough pictures here to make a reasonably confident identification of the animal whose head adorns the end of the hilt of the mystery knife. I believe it is a proboscis...
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