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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th October 2018, 02:12 PM
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Posted By colin henshaw
Hi Stu You may be interested to know that the...

Hi Stu

You may be interested to know that the middle gun you have illustrated (no. 125) now in the Kuwait Museum, was the one once owned by me. Bought in an antique shop in Abu Dhabi and which I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th October 2018, 05:08 PM
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Views: 394
Posted By colin henshaw
Thanks to Tim for his comments. Here are a couple...

Thanks to Tim for his comments. Here are a couple more references on South American arrows I found in the books "Man and his Handiwork" 1886 and "Indianer und Weisse" 1923.

If anyone has more input,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th September 2018, 12:55 PM
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Posted By colin henshaw
Amazon arrows

Something a little different ... here are images of three arrows I have that are probably from the Amazon basin of South America. Can anyone help with more accurate identification ?

I would guess...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th September 2018, 07:19 AM
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Views: 468
Posted By colin henshaw
Great metalwork ! Thanks for posting.

Great metalwork ! Thanks for posting.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd September 2018, 08:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 486
Posted By colin henshaw
Nice piece, Ottoman with walrus hilt. A bit like...

Nice piece, Ottoman with walrus hilt. A bit like this one I had a few years ago.
Forum: European Armoury 18th September 2018, 02:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 477
Posted By colin henshaw
Great piece Mark. Looks almost like a West...

Great piece Mark. Looks almost like a West African sword !
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th September 2018, 11:37 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 950
Posted By colin henshaw
No warriors shown on this one ...the famous...

No warriors shown on this one ...the famous "Minto Stone" or "Stone of Sanggurah". 10th century ancient Java and brought to Scotland in 1812 by Sir Stamford Raffles.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th September 2018, 11:50 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,369
Posted By colin henshaw
Giving a bit more thought to the subject, a...

Giving a bit more thought to the subject, a couple of further reasons for adding the wooden butt pad could be :-

1. From memory, the matchlock I owned had a very heavy long barrel. The butt
pad...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 11th September 2018, 06:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 382
Posted By colin henshaw
Last week is more likely...

Last week is more likely...
Forum: European Armoury 9th September 2018, 02:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 685
Posted By colin henshaw
A nice buy Mark, congratulations. I like the...

A nice buy Mark, congratulations. I like the "primitive" look. Are you going to clean the blade any, or leave it as it is ?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th September 2018, 04:39 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,369
Posted By colin henshaw
I've never really understood the purpose of the...

I've never really understood the purpose of the half-moon shaped wood butt caps on these guns.

I remember reading somewhere (maybe one of Freya Stark's books), that the large rounded wooden "pad"...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th September 2018, 08:40 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,369
Posted By colin henshaw
I had one of these type of guns at one time. It...

I had one of these type of guns at one time. It was matchlock with a lot of applied silver, a large wooden butt "pad" with some bone inlay. Can anyone say which parts/adornments were usually...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th August 2018, 10:19 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 493
Posted By colin henshaw
Looks a genuine old piece. I'll vote for Samoa,...

Looks a genuine old piece. I'll vote for Samoa, but Tonga is also possible ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th August 2018, 11:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 697
Posted By colin henshaw
Just as an aside ... for anyone interested in...

Just as an aside ... for anyone interested in historic warfare in the Solomon Islands, I can recommend reading the true story of an Orkney sailor who was held captive there for several years... "The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th August 2018, 07:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 544
Posted By colin henshaw
Unusual and interesting. The shaft seems to have...

Unusual and interesting. The shaft seems to have elements from European metal object(s) in its making. Don't know what the hook is for, maybe the attachment of decorations or streamers. It could also...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th August 2018, 08:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 946
Posted By colin henshaw
Thanks Gavin. Fine spears ... the shafts are of a...

Thanks Gavin. Fine spears ... the shafts are of a similar material (Nile reed ?) to the stick on my shield.

If possible, please post images of your two shields as they would be interesting...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th August 2018, 07:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 946
Posted By colin henshaw
Thanks. The image I believe shows a chain mail...

Thanks. The image I believe shows a chain mail jacket, however Blair Castle does have a padded tunic(s). Here are a few more images.

The marks in my shield could have been for the attachment of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th August 2018, 06:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 946
Posted By colin henshaw
Glad you like it. This type of shield seems...

Glad you like it. This type of shield seems fairly scarce, I have only come across one or two for sale in the past. Looking at my example more closely ... there are down each side in the hide, four...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th August 2018, 03:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 946
Posted By colin henshaw
Useful post from thinreadline. So, I think its...

Useful post from thinreadline. So, I think its safe to say these shields were used by the northern Sudanese riverine tribes (Nubian) in the late 19th century. Likely, many of the examples found in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th August 2018, 07:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 946
Posted By colin henshaw
Here are the illustrations from the British...

Here are the illustrations from the British Museum database. (Thanks to LJ).
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th August 2018, 07:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 946
Posted By colin henshaw
Many thanks to Sajen and LJ for their input on...

Many thanks to Sajen and LJ for their input on the shield. I've checked the website mentioned by Detlef that gives the "Funj" attribution, however could not see any references etc in support ? But...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th August 2018, 05:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 946
Posted By colin henshaw
PS: I am a little bit surprised that Colin don't...

PS: I am a little bit surprised that Colin don't respond until now to his own thread! :shrug

"Patience is a virtue", Detlef
:D
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th August 2018, 06:47 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 946
Posted By colin henshaw
African (Nubian ?) shield

Something a bit different ... this is a recent acquisition, made of heavy hide (hippo ?), with a boss of crocodile.

I think these are Sudanese and have read them described as "Nubian" somewhere. Can...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd July 2018, 02:29 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,805
Posted By colin henshaw
I meant on the coin they look like foliage, but...

I meant on the coin they look like foliage, but on the sword, could well be comets ?

Regards.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd July 2018, 11:28 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,805
Posted By colin henshaw
A most useful piece of research by Edster. The...

A most useful piece of research by Edster.

The motif of stars is also to be found on coins from the Mahdist era (see image attached). The coins also sometimes have similar "comet or shooting star"...
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