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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 07:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,880
Posted By motan
Hi Kubur, Thanks for keeping this thread going...

Hi Kubur,
Thanks for keeping this thread going with interesting examples. The first one is a piece I considered buying for a long time, but let it go eventually. I believe it is an early form of the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd September 2018, 07:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 200
Posted By motan
Hi Francantolin, I am not an expert, but this...

Hi Francantolin,

I am not an expert, but this dagger feels Persian to me, not Ottoman or Kurdish. It also looks old and original. The hilt is definitely walrus ivory. The shape of the hilt is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th September 2018, 11:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,880
Posted By motan
Hi Kubur, I respect your opinion and will be more...

Hi Kubur,
I respect your opinion and will be more than happy to find out that I own genuine 19th century shibriyas.
However, the meager evidence I have points against it. Photographs of Bedouin from...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th August 2018, 11:06 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,237
Posted By motan
Hello Kubur, Thanks. This is a significant...

Hello Kubur,
Thanks. This is a significant contribution. I suspected something in this direction, as you can read in my last post, but there was no evidence. It is there now. But still, it is strange...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th August 2018, 09:32 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,237
Posted By motan
Thank you all for your contributions. I am a bit...

Thank you all for your contributions. I am a bit wiser now :) but it is still a strange void. Egypt has produced some great weapons from the Old Kingdom and up to the great swords of Islamic...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th August 2018, 06:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 680
Posted By motan
Hi, I agree with Ariel (too often lately). A...

Hi,
I agree with Ariel (too often lately). A very generic type of Kindjal-like dagger that could be from anywhere in the Caucasus, Turkey or even Syria. Definitely not a tourist piece because it is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th August 2018, 10:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 761
Posted By motan
Hi, I agree with Ariel. Definitely Kurdish, not...

Hi, I agree with Ariel. Definitely Kurdish, not Albanian. The shape of the scabbard and particularly the point are Ottoman, but not necessarily Turkish - it was common in parts of the Ottoman Empire...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th August 2018, 10:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 571
Posted By motan
Another mistake. I miscalculated the date. Alex...

Another mistake. I miscalculated the date. Alex is right: 1799-1800, though you will never know which because Hijri years always fall in two different Gregorian years..
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th August 2018, 10:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 571
Posted By motan
OK. I figured I was wrong, so I asked a friend...

OK. I figured I was wrong, so I asked a friend who can really read. Made by Mohammad Nay. You can trust my source. :D
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th August 2018, 09:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 571
Posted By motan
Hi Mahratt, I am not proficient in Arabic, but...

Hi Mahratt,

I am not proficient in Arabic, but it looks to me like "A'mal Makhmai'd" (made by Makhmaid). Not a common name in Arab countries, but I know it exists.
As for the date, I can confirm:...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th August 2018, 06:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 522
Posted By motan
Hi Messia, This is not an expert opinion, but I...

Hi Messia,
This is not an expert opinion, but I seem to remember that this type is from Tunisia or Algeria. Have patience and someone who really knows will respond.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th August 2018, 06:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 719
Posted By motan
Hi ChristineR, I am sorry, but I have to join the...

Hi ChristineR,
I am sorry, but I have to join the rest, especially Shayde78 who put it to words elegantly.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th August 2018, 08:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 959
Posted By motan
Hi Helleri, You are right. Unfortunately, I don't...

Hi Helleri,
You are right. Unfortunately, I don't have any watertight alternative. Because "groups" of daggers are not actual entities, what you call a specific dagger is, to some degree, a matter of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th August 2018, 10:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 959
Posted By motan
Hi Helleri, Yes and no. The question of...

Hi Helleri,
Yes and no. The question of definitions and names has been discussed many times in this forum and has no clear answers. Do not forget that these are not natural categories like animal...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st July 2018, 08:17 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,237
Posted By motan
Hi, Thank you all for your response, but...

Hi,
Thank you all for your response, but particularly TVV who gave a good overview of the Egyptian situation. I think that this phenomenon is wider than Egypt alone.
In early Ottoman period, Ottoman...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th July 2018, 09:22 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,237
Posted By motan
Thanks Detlef, But, the dagger in thread is...

Thanks Detlef,
But, the dagger in thread is clearly an Ottoman style dagger, and made as a decorative piece. I could have been made in Egypt, but this is not an authentic Egyptian style. I am looking...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th July 2018, 09:43 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,237
Posted By motan
The question of Egypt

Hello,
This is just an attempt to draw information from the experts on this forum.
I collect daggers from Israel and the surrounding countries and I have noticed that Egyptian daggers are...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th July 2018, 07:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 959
Posted By motan
Talking Majdali dagger

Hello Hombre,

Indeed a Majdali (or Magdali) dagger from the village of Majdal Shams. There have been several threads where this type is discussed, among others, just a few days ago...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th July 2018, 09:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 671
Posted By motan
Majdali

You asked about the pommel of your Majdali. I don't see any writing, just decoration.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th July 2018, 09:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 671
Posted By motan
North Palestinian dagger

Hi Rajesh,
Sa'ar is an expert on local weapons and I cannot add much to what he already said. Yes, this dagger belongs to a family of small khanjars made somewhere in the wider area around the common...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th July 2018, 10:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 671
Posted By motan
Majdali

Hi Rajesh,
Indeed a classical Majdal Shams khanjar (or Magdal as some write it).
It is not the very best quality, but better than many others. Probably from around mid 20th c.
As for the exact...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th July 2018, 08:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 504
Posted By motan
Hi Stu, Is the hole in the copper spout round and...

Hi Stu,
Is the hole in the copper spout round and clean, like a gun barrel?
Is it possible that you could open and close the powder flow by turning the copper spout?
I agree with Rick that the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th July 2018, 01:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 459
Posted By motan
Hi, This blade is made from a metal file. Some...

Hi,
This blade is made from a metal file. Some people look down on that, but in remote areas, this steel (together with steel from taken from old weapons) was simply the best steel available. I think...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd July 2018, 10:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 509
Posted By motan
Hi, I must agree with Battara and Ian on this. It...

Hi,
I must agree with Battara and Ian on this. It is made for the tourist market, probably in Damascus, Syria. There used to be a lively scene of production of many types of bazar items there,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th May 2018, 11:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,023
Posted By motan
Hi Hombre, Nice lot you have there. I like the...

Hi Hombre,

Nice lot you have there. I like the Ngulu sword. Don't know much about them, but it looks great and authentic.

I like the other group too. All typical and good pieces. As for the exact...
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