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Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 05:08 AM
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Posted By Philip
shooting antique firearms

Bruno, I should hope he doesn't plan to. Another post on this thread commented that these guns look like they are unfired. The thing about flintlocks is that each and every time the cock (bearing...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th October 2019, 01:38 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,907
Posted By Philip
the tactical / ninja camouflage

Back in the 1990s, when CITES enforcement was not what it is now, some dealer colleagues from the UK used to come to US antique arms fairs to buy. As a favor I would handle shipping for them, and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th October 2019, 01:20 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,907
Posted By Philip
shooting craps with alligators

Yep, the feds can't inspect every parcel. But recent experiences show that the gamble isn't worth it. Call me paranoid, but it seems to me that offenders whose shipments get snagged are put on...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th October 2019, 03:45 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,907
Posted By Philip
Ouch! Just curious, did the shipping firm...

Ouch! Just curious, did the shipping firm itemize their price quote - CITES certificate fee, packing, shipping, insurance, their markup, etc? Once the paperwork is completed, what carrier will do...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th October 2019, 11:39 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,907
Posted By Philip
How much does a beja dagger weigh? I just got a ...

How much does a beja dagger weigh? I just got a sizeable book from the big auction house in Italy, package weight a little over 2 lb, was charged 80 euro for FedEx international economy. Got It...
Forum: European Armoury 9th October 2019, 07:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 433
Posted By Philip
The pan, being attached to the barrel, is totally...

The pan, being attached to the barrel, is totally separate from the lock plate. The illustration in the book I referenced earlier should say it all. I’d scan my copy but am away from home at...
Forum: European Armoury 8th October 2019, 09:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 433
Posted By Philip
Thanks, Ed. Will attend our local SPCA's next...

Thanks, Ed. Will attend our local SPCA's next cat adoption event...

I know about needing a strong nose for arms repair work. In India, the deep etch on damascus gun barrels was done by plugging...
Forum: European Armoury 8th October 2019, 09:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 433
Posted By Philip
Lock

Hey, Ed

Reading your original post again, I noticed that you provided a pic of a Schnapplunte mechanism with button trigger. Do you have this, or are trying to acquire it for your project? ...
Forum: European Armoury 8th October 2019, 09:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 433
Posted By Philip
Your're most welcome, Ed. 1. Thanks for...

Your're most welcome, Ed.

1. Thanks for suggesting kitty litter to age the exterior of an epoxy joint. New to me, will try it! I presume that you use new out-of -the-bag KL, not the stuff that...
Forum: European Armoury 4th October 2019, 05:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 288
Posted By Philip
By the way, did you ask if a comprehensive...

By the way, did you ask if a comprehensive catalog has been published of this collection? Or even a well illustrated book focusing on its highlights?
Forum: European Armoury 4th October 2019, 05:11 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 288
Posted By Philip
I am drooling over this stuff! Much more...

I am drooling over this stuff! Much more impressive material on display than I remember seeing in the Museo del Ejército in Madrid in the 1970s.

Say, Nando, isn't this museum housed in the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd October 2019, 09:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 433
Posted By Philip
I would imagine that the method works better on...

I would imagine that the method works better on short, relatively wide single edged blades than long narrow ones. And having polished a few antique kukris in my time, the technique worked well. ...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd October 2019, 04:36 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 553
Posted By Philip
looks kosher to me!

Parabens, Nando! Tão sorte!

So nice to see the real McCoy for a change--so many spurious ones at arms fairs and in collections.

I suppose you have Marcello Terenzi's informative intro to the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd October 2019, 04:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 433
Posted By Philip
Whether a blade can be stamped, engraved, or...

Whether a blade can be stamped, engraved, or chiseled post-heat treat depends on the hardness achieved, and also the area of the blade affected by said process. The latter point is important...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd October 2019, 05:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 433
Posted By Philip
letter and number patterns on blades -- historical context

In a European context, this tradition is explained very well by Oakeshott in Ch 12 of his masterful The Archaeology of Weapons which I am sure you have in your library. For the benefit of forumites...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 2nd October 2019, 04:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 959
Posted By Philip
Definitely ellyfunt. The pattern of checking in ...

Definitely ellyfunt. The pattern of checking in the material suggests it strongly.
Whether Asian or African bears closer scrutiny. The way those age cracks run, we can rule out walrus.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd October 2019, 04:17 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,713
Posted By Philip
Hey Rick, the ring attachment is not so...

Hey Rick, the ring attachment is not so imaginary. I've seen these fairly frequently on some types of Balkan guns as well -- you have quite a few of those and have no doubt encountered them.

I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd October 2019, 04:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 433
Posted By Philip
Interesting point, Jim. In the case of the blade...

Interesting point, Jim. In the case of the blade under discussion, maybe the letters aren't supposed to mean anything, like a specific name. Could well be that the workers at these entrepots, who...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st October 2019, 10:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,037
Posted By Philip
Hi, Ariel A debatable point. You can't convince...

Hi, Ariel

A debatable point. You can't convince the Japanese sword crowd of that, haha.

In my experience, keeping blades clean and oiled inside well-fitted scabbards with clean interior channels...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st October 2019, 09:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,713
Posted By Philip
Rick, excellent work on the stock. I especially...

Rick, excellent work on the stock. I especially like the ivory reconstruction, was great that your guy was able to secure walrus tusk in the appropriate dimensions.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st October 2019, 09:46 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,713
Posted By Philip
slings and barrel bands

Norman, the leather is correct. As an historical aside, the Russians became so enamored of this method of attaching a sling that they adopted it on their Model 1891 Mosin-Nagant rifles and...
Forum: European Armoury 1st October 2019, 09:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 433
Posted By Philip
priming pan construction and attachment

Congrats on a great acquisition, Ed. The priming pan was no doubt mechanically fitted via a dovetail joint in that groove, the extensive corrosion over centuries has eaten away at the undercutting....
Forum: European Armoury 1st October 2019, 09:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 358
Posted By Philip
Back in the 1970s there was an exhibition of...

Back in the 1970s there was an exhibition of traditional Balkan arms and I recall the catalog mentioning that Habsburg-administered areas like Bosnia suffered restrictions on the local manufacture of...
Forum: European Armoury 1st October 2019, 02:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 358
Posted By Philip
the reach of industry / France's influence

You hit the nail on the head. A bunch of small producers with pre-mechanized technology couldn't compete with a modern factory when it came to pricing. Recall that the steam driven textile...
Forum: European Armoury 1st October 2019, 05:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 358
Posted By Philip
My impression of blade manufacture on the...

My impression of blade manufacture on the Peninsula pre-1800 was a multitude of mostly family-owned workshops, the best-known ones by repute being in relatively small towns like Bergamo, Belluno,...
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