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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st January 2021, 12:27 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 14,921
Posted By colin henshaw
This item sold in the UK a little while ago... it...

This item sold in the UK a little while ago... it is the most bizarre example yet I have seen of this Sudanese souvenir genre. As such, it's appropriate for me to add an image to this old thread on...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th January 2021, 09:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 494
Posted By colin henshaw
Good observation by Motan. The sophisticated...

Good observation by Motan. The sophisticated construction and style of these daggers (as originally posted by Mefidk), also the inclusion of those small brass circles as decoration in the wood is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th January 2021, 03:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 312
Posted By colin henshaw
A most interesting and unusual African spearhead....

A most interesting and unusual African spearhead. Probably a high status prestige item from West Africa.

The closest example I can find is in the "Oldman Collection Catalogue of Ethnographical...
Forum: European Armoury 10th January 2021, 04:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 607
Posted By colin henshaw
This looks to be an impressive and rare pistol,...

This looks to be an impressive and rare pistol, so as no one else has, I will post a comment, however antique firearms is not a subject I have studied.

I believe "carabiniers" were basically cavalry...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th January 2021, 09:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,079
Posted By colin henshaw
An observation : the sword no. 109 in the...

An observation : the sword no. 109 in the "Panga na Visu" book, appears to have to the quillons more or less copied from German hunting swords (see attached image).

Cameroon (Kamerun) was of course...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st December 2020, 12:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,079
Posted By colin henshaw
An interesting sword, thanks for posting. I would...

An interesting sword, thanks for posting. I would place it as from the Cameroon Grasslands area. The rather crudely cast brass hilt likely represents a lion's head. The lion has long been a popular...
Forum: European Armoury 31st December 2020, 10:53 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 396
Posted By colin henshaw
Thanks Mark, glad you like it. As you say,...

Thanks Mark, glad you like it. As you say, strange there is no maker's mark to the blade, unless after removing the rust something will be revealed.. Given the size of the reptile scales, I am...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th December 2020, 04:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 731
Posted By colin henshaw
To me, only the sheath looks African while the...

To me, only the sheath looks African while the knife looks European all the way.

Certainly, of course the actual knife part was made in Europe (or US ?)
Forum: European Armoury 29th December 2020, 04:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 631
Posted By colin henshaw
Hi Mark Interesting thread. I do like the...

Hi Mark

Interesting thread. I do like the primitive knife with the antler handle.

Regarding "American Indian" tomahawks and pipe tomahawks ... I've seen quite a few around here in the UK over the...
Forum: European Armoury 29th December 2020, 11:33 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 396
Posted By colin henshaw
European blade in an African context

I am posting this recently acquired weapon in this section, as the blade is of European origin. I believe however the knife/short sword was used by tribal peoples in the Cameroon Grasslands area of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th December 2020, 11:19 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 731
Posted By colin henshaw
Helpful input from Tim, Wayne and Ian, thanks....

Helpful input from Tim, Wayne and Ian, thanks. The suggestion of the hilt scales being made of "gutta-percha" is interesting and may well be correct.

The reasons for my thinking this knife is from...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd December 2020, 02:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 731
Posted By colin henshaw
Unusual African knife or short sword

Here is a recently acquired unusual African knife which has a cross-cultural element to it ... making it of extra interest (to me at least). At first I thought it could be Sudanese, given the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th December 2020, 06:40 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,702
Posted By colin henshaw
For some reason this mark reminds of those...

For some reason this mark reminds of those enigmatic comet or shooting-star type marks occasionally found on Sudanese kaskara blades ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th December 2020, 08:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 954
Posted By colin henshaw
There are similar (but not identical), carved...

There are similar (but not identical), carved wooden objects displayed in the Powell-Cotton Museum, Birchington, Kent ... described as "spear holders".
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th December 2020, 08:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 954
Posted By colin henshaw
Good research, thanks for posting. The...

Good research, thanks for posting. The conclusions are particularly strengthened by the inclusion of literary references and period photographs. :)
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 27th November 2020, 09:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,125
Posted By colin henshaw
An impressive piece. A way to kill off insect...

An impressive piece. A way to kill off insect infestation in such objects is to first carefully wrap and seal the items in plastic and leave them in the freezer compartment for a couple of days.
Forum: European Armoury 23rd November 2020, 01:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,424
Posted By colin henshaw
Here are some more instances of repurposing old...

Here are some more instances of repurposing old weapons, found while trawling the internet. (It seems the practice was more widespread than previously thought) :-

a) After the Battle of Trafalgar,...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd November 2020, 03:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,424
Posted By colin henshaw
Hi Jim Thanks, yes a new thread is probably a...

Hi Jim

Thanks, yes a new thread is probably a good idea...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd November 2020, 09:33 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,424
Posted By colin henshaw
This is a bit off-topic but I am posting it...

This is a bit off-topic but I am posting it anyway for interest, as there are parallels with the sword fence discussed already. When searching for information on fences made from redundant weapons, I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th November 2020, 07:53 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 793
Posted By colin henshaw
Well said Philip, my sentiments as well.

Well said Philip, my sentiments as well.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th November 2020, 01:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 793
Posted By colin henshaw
Sir Samuel Baker - comments on the kaskara

As there is interest on the forum about the Sudanese double-edged sword "kaskara", I am attaching extracts from Sir Samuel Baker's book (which I am currently reading) ... "The Nile Tributaries of...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 26th October 2020, 10:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 881
Posted By colin henshaw
Look well made ... any idea of its age ? is it...

Look well made ... any idea of its age ? is it just a child's toy or part of some sort of display ?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th October 2020, 02:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,321
Posted By colin henshaw
An extract from W. O. Oldman "Illustrated...

An extract from W. O. Oldman "Illustrated Catalogue of Ethnographical Specimens" showing different blades forms of this type of axe.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th October 2020, 01:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,321
Posted By colin henshaw
Nice piece Wayne, well done. I saw it but did not...

Nice piece Wayne, well done. I saw it but did not bid. Guess it must be from the Chota Nagpur area ?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th October 2020, 06:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,350
Posted By colin henshaw
Yes, that age range seems about right in my view,...

Yes, that age range seems about right in my view, could even be earlier. I once had a similar but shorter example that an American art dealer confirmed to me as Plains Indian.
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