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Forum: European Armoury 5th March 2021, 05:27 PM
Replies: 7
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Posted By Bob A
To my untrained and increasingly elderly eyes,...

To my untrained and increasingly elderly eyes, some of the markings - the "floral" set specifically - look unusually crisp, given the erosion of the surface of the sword. I'd have thought they'd have...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 28th February 2021, 06:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 185
Posted By Bob A
I'd go with Central Asia, and guesstimate...

I'd go with Central Asia, and guesstimate mid-20th century.

It does have delusions of grandeur. Too bad the valve is missing - if it was mine, I might have one made to fit.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th January 2021, 08:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 600
Posted By Bob A
Can't help with ID, but close-up pictures of the...

Can't help with ID, but close-up pictures of the wood might point to a geographical area - not that I have the skill to identify the wood either, sadly.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th January 2021, 04:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 582
Posted By Bob A
That's a very elegant koumaya, to my eyes....

That's a very elegant koumaya, to my eyes. There's a restraint in the ornamentation which I find appealing, though I don't know if the locals would see it the same way.

What is the material used in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th January 2021, 04:19 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,741
Posted By Bob A
I'd agree with "recent" as well as with...

I'd agree with "recent" as well as with its being a very handsome piece of work.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th January 2021, 07:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,185
Posted By Bob A
Pictures would be useful if you can upload them.

Pictures would be useful if you can upload them.
Forum: European Armoury 17th December 2020, 11:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,896
Posted By Bob A
I wonder whether it might get pretty hot to hold?...

I wonder whether it might get pretty hot to hold? Aside from considerations of weight, wooden furniture has insulating value.

I'm not familiar with operating muzzle-loading firearms, so I don't know...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th December 2020, 07:41 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,992
Posted By Bob A
Truly remarkable, meticulous and authentic piece...

Truly remarkable, meticulous and authentic piece of work. One could say that the learning experience was its own reward, but obviously the real reward is the yataghan, restored to former glory. Well...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 18th November 2020, 09:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,548
Posted By Bob A
Not Balinese, but wondering a bit over the...

Not Balinese, but wondering a bit over the symbolism of three.

I get Lt ear, Rt ear, both ears. Would it occur to the Balinese that there is a fourth possibility, namely no flower? Three is a magic...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th November 2020, 07:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,725
Posted By Bob A
An odd duck indeed. Based on zero experience with...

An odd duck indeed. Based on zero experience with a dagger of this appearance - so merely a wild guess - I'd think N.Africa myself, but I'm probably wrong.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th November 2020, 03:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,201
Posted By Bob A
I don't think it's been stripped; looks to be...

I don't think it's been stripped; looks to be complete, just very basic village work. Everyone needs a knife, but not everyone has the funds for fancy ornamentation.

Most of the Kurdish daggers I've...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th October 2020, 08:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,590
Posted By Bob A
I've never seen anything like that from...

I've never seen anything like that from Africa.

Certainly looks SE Asian to me.
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 15th October 2020, 04:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,173
Posted By Bob A
I can't help with the use of this piece, but it...

I can't help with the use of this piece, but it looks as though the elephant is rather more recent than the shaft.

Of course, appearances can be deceiving.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th October 2020, 09:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,745
Posted By Bob A
I have at present eight of these knives. The only...

I have at present eight of these knives. The only two with pamor style blades are modern.

I've not seen pictures of any older ones with pamor/damascus blades.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st October 2020, 05:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,013
Posted By Bob A
I've used Obenauf's leather preservative with...

I've used Obenauf's leather preservative with some success. It restores the dried-out leather but doesn't render it soft and mushy.

Here's a link to part of their site, dealing with horse...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th September 2020, 10:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,917
Posted By Bob A
Yes, I like it.

Yes, I like it.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th September 2020, 10:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,141
Posted By Bob A
Quite attractive silver work on the hilt and top...

Quite attractive silver work on the hilt and top of scabbard. The square piece with the carved carnelian is very reminiscent of some Central Asian jewelry pieces we have. While carnelian is common in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th August 2020, 09:06 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,621
Posted By Bob A
A couple makers of khukris by traditional...

A couple makers of khukris by traditional methods:

https://kailashblades.com/traditional/ (http://)

https://www.thekhukurihouse.com/ (http://)

No personal experience, but people of my...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th August 2020, 05:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,210
Posted By Bob A
I'd agree with Lee. Perhaps the craftsmanship of...

I'd agree with Lee.

Perhaps the craftsmanship of the silver work is not extremely fine, but it makes up for that with bold and handsome design. Guessing mid-20th century.

I wouldn't mind at all...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th July 2020, 06:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,683
Posted By Bob A
Looks like a scarf weld from an earlier breakage....

Looks like a scarf weld from an earlier breakage. I assume this occurred well before it came into your possession. If it's recent, I have no explanation.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd July 2020, 05:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,806
Posted By Bob A
I'd be slightly inclined toward India as the...

I'd be slightly inclined toward India as the origin, based entirely on the vegetal ornamentation - Persian blades are often seen with animal representation. Steel scabbard also seems Indian to me....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th June 2020, 06:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,722
Posted By Bob A
Looks very North African to me....

Looks very North African to me. Morocco/Algeria/Tunisia. 20th century.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th June 2020, 01:08 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,577
Posted By Bob A
It does have a sort of Turkish/Caucasian vibe.

It does have a sort of Turkish/Caucasian vibe.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd June 2020, 09:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,154
Posted By Bob A
The opening in the scabbard seems most useful for...

The opening in the scabbard seems most useful for weapons that need to be withdrawn in a hurry.

Aside from "somewhere in the Malay Archepelago" that's all Ive got.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th June 2020, 10:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,260
Posted By Bob A
I'm unable to speculate regarging the hilt...

I'm unable to speculate regarging the hilt materiel, but the silver work is attractive.

The blade has an odd look, to me, making me wonder if it is solid, or a welded-together molded 2-piece...
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