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Forum: European Armoury 3rd June 2019, 09:56 PM
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Posted By stephen wood
Poincons on a Sabre Briquet.

Hello, does anyone recognize the poincons on this Sabre Briquet hilt?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th April 2019, 04:02 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,717
Posted By stephen wood
It's a very good one. I think it's an imported...

It's a very good one.

I think it's an imported blade with decoration done locally but not necessarily all at the same time. The Arabic script is very well done whereas some of the other motifs are...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th April 2019, 11:37 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,717
Posted By stephen wood
Tigre People

The Tigre people who Littmann was writing about live in what is now Eritrea and the Sudan rather than Ethiopia proper. They are related to the Beja and were governed by an Ethiopian official, seen...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th April 2019, 01:10 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,717
Posted By stephen wood
The Princeton Expedition to Abyssinia

Ed,

I don't know if you have seen this text published in 1910, there is a section about swords among the Tigre which describes fullers and markings. This text was the theme, along with Burckhardt,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th April 2019, 12:29 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,717
Posted By stephen wood
Peter Kull, Solingen.

A fascinating piece, thank you so much.

I used Pallme's "Travels..." extensively some years ago in one of my talks about the Kaskara to the Arms and Armour Society at the Tower of London.

"Knell"...
Forum: European Armoury 11th April 2015, 11:35 PM
Replies: 290
Views: 107,967
Posted By stephen wood
I also think the florid acid etching on the blade...

I also think the florid acid etching on the blade is Victorian or maybe earlier. The claim to be Wallace's sword seems ridiculous to us but would not have seemed so in the past. Quite a few swords...
Forum: European Armoury 6th April 2015, 12:57 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 10,882
Posted By stephen wood
I think the sword with the Irish hilt almost...

I think the sword with the Irish hilt almost certainly has a late 19th/early 20th German blade: I recognize the particular stamps. The invisible giveaway with these remounted kaskara blades is that...
Forum: European Armoury 18th November 2014, 12:21 AM
Replies: 290
Views: 107,967
Posted By stephen wood
Do you think this is one of the military pattern...

Do you think this is one of the military pattern swords? It is marked "No. 16" on the hilt.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th September 2014, 10:34 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,892
Posted By stephen wood
Smile I think the price is per dozen...

I think the price is per dozen...
Forum: European Armoury 31st July 2014, 08:44 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,450
Posted By stephen wood
Doloire

...interesting Doloire - "Wagoner's Axe" not much changed since medieval times. Like many tools still in use, a formal lineage back to antiquity...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd June 2014, 08:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,952
Posted By stephen wood
...it's here...

...it's here (http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=18565) Robert :)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th June 2014, 11:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,850
Posted By stephen wood
...actually, I've only ever seen one crocskara...

...actually, I've only ever seen one crocskara that showed evidence of local use - (probably quranic) talismen attached. The crossguard normally to be found on them is cast brass of a particular form...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th June 2014, 05:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,952
Posted By stephen wood
Help with Arabic translation please

...there is a partially worn inscription on this Sudanese sword (http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=18565) - could anyone suggest at least a partial translation.

With my thanks.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th June 2014, 06:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,707
Posted By stephen wood
...I agree. The shaft has been cut down - some...

...I agree. The shaft has been cut down - some are very long.

http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=17792&highlight=sudanese+spear
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th June 2014, 01:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,619
Posted By stephen wood
...now it has arrived I think it's a native blade...

...now it has arrived I think it's a native blade - a great deal of the shaping of the blade and guard has been done with files. Still, it's actually quite a good one and older than the grip and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th May 2014, 12:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,619
Posted By stephen wood
...glad you found it, Ed. I get the impression it...

...glad you found it, Ed. I get the impression it is contemporary.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th May 2014, 01:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,619
Posted By stephen wood
Ed many thanks for your insights. I actually...

Ed

many thanks for your insights. I actually came across an article about swords in Suakin/Sawakin on sudan.info just the other day but sadly the whole site has just disappeared :mad: There was an...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th May 2014, 05:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,619
Posted By stephen wood
Kaskara for Comment...

Based on the images I can't really decide whether the 36" blade is trade or native - certainly older than the hilt arrangement and scabbard. I seems to have a "lumpy" quality which I associate with...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd August 2013, 08:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,265
Posted By stephen wood
...many thanks for your help - are there any...

...many thanks for your help - are there any illustrations of this type being worn? Any suggestions as to a likely period?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd August 2013, 11:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,265
Posted By stephen wood
...Isn't it a bit long for that? Just over 2'...

...Isn't it a bit long for that? Just over 2' (620mm)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd August 2013, 11:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,265
Posted By stephen wood
Yataghan for Comment

...I know very little about the Yataghan - could any members help me with this one's possible origin?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th February 2013, 03:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,168
Posted By stephen wood
..I think it must be one of the earliest. The...

..I think it must be one of the earliest. The picture, from 1821, shows a King of Sennar.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th February 2013, 03:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,568
Posted By stephen wood
...some early nimcha or similar swords.

...some early nimcha or similar swords.
Forum: European Armoury 17th October 2012, 05:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,973
Posted By stephen wood
...many thanks for your interest. as far as I...

...many thanks for your interest.

as far as I know, Artillery Officers carried and continue to carry the variation on 1821 light Cavalry Swords. Other Ranks in the King's Troop carry the 1908.

At...
Forum: European Armoury 17th October 2012, 05:39 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 72,442
Posted By stephen wood
...wasn't Malchus the servant of the High Priest...

...wasn't Malchus the servant of the High Priest whose ear was cut off by St Peter and restored by Christ?
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