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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd October 2018, 11:28 PM
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Posted By TVV
To me it looks 100% Turkish. Teodor

To me it looks 100% Turkish.

Teodor
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd October 2018, 06:44 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,485
Posted By TVV
I do not see a tunkou/habaki on the wide bladed...

I do not see a tunkou/habaki on the wide bladed takouba. It is not unusual for takouba blades to be mounted with a sandwich construction to the hilt, especially older and re-used blades where the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st October 2018, 05:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 166
Posted By TVV
If I had to vote, I would vote Greek too. But the...

If I had to vote, I would vote Greek too. But the most appropriate way to describe this gun would be simply as "very nice", congratulations.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st October 2018, 05:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,485
Posted By TVV
Unfortunately I cannot tell for certain. It is...

Unfortunately I cannot tell for certain. It is very possible that there was a hole (or holes) but those were closed by accumulation of rust/dirt when the sword was berried and then sealed when it was...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st October 2018, 05:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 253
Posted By TVV
This is not connected to Bulgarian shepherd's...

This is not connected to Bulgarian shepherd's knives for sure. To me it is reminiscent of Central Asian knives, such as the Uzbek pichok (you can see some earlier Bukhara examples in the Moser...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st October 2018, 05:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,008
Posted By TVV
This is interesting food for thought, and there...

This is interesting food for thought, and there could be a link. In the early 14th century, the Golden Horde became an important ally to the Bulgarian state, and supplied troops to virtually all...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th September 2018, 04:58 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,485
Posted By TVV
Here is a later sword, probably from the 14th...

Here is a later sword, probably from the 14th century, from the period the Golden Horde was at its apex. It is of diamond cross section as well, there is no tunkou/habaki and the guard is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st September 2018, 04:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 881
Posted By TVV
I had the same suspicion, but it looks like the...

I had the same suspicion, but it looks like the blade at least is old and just recently enhanced with fresh koftgari. Or am I wrong and blade is a newly made wootz blade?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th September 2018, 02:20 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 403
Posted By TVV
Short Takouba with Spike Hilt and Random Musings on Origin

Here is another of these shorter takoubas with a "spike" protruding from the pommel. It is only about 30.5 inches long with a 23.5inches blade. The blade is unusual in that it is of a diamond cross...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th September 2018, 07:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,155
Posted By TVV
Ed, thank you for the third installment of your...

Ed, thank you for the third installment of your research on kaskaras. You have done a great job summarizing and explaining the blade types and local terminology.

I completely agree with you that...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th August 2018, 08:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 702
Posted By TVV
First of all, this is a very nice gun,...

First of all, this is a very nice gun, congratulations. On the question of origin, I do not know where it is from, but I do not think ti is from the Balkans. I do not think you will find any of these...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th August 2018, 09:15 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,485
Posted By TVV
Nice swords Ariel, I especially like the Cuman...

Nice swords Ariel, I especially like the Cuman period one, which is not only extremely well preserved but is also of beautiful proportions. I have been interested in these ever since I read a book...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th August 2018, 11:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 539
Posted By TVV
You are right, there are at least 2 such...

You are right, there are at least 2 such swords/long daggers, possibly even originating from the same shop. The decorative motif on the hilts and scabbards is 100% Moroccan. The bird's head on the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th August 2018, 09:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 539
Posted By TVV
I do not think there is any doubt that this was...

I do not think there is any doubt that this was made in Morocco - blade, hilt and scabbard. It is also a very unique piece, possibly one of a kind. The three rings are interesting, giving two...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th August 2018, 03:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 591
Posted By TVV
I believe Eytan is correct - see the thread...

I believe Eytan is correct - see the thread below:

http://vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=20240

Teodor
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th August 2018, 06:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 518
Posted By TVV
It is Sudanese, and the etched blade shows the...

It is Sudanese, and the etched blade shows the considerable influence Persian arms from the late 19th century had in Sudan.
Forum: Swap Forum 3rd August 2018, 10:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 434
Posted By TVV
All items sold.

All items sold.
Forum: Swap Forum 3rd August 2018, 03:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 434
Posted By TVV
Finally, a Moro budiak with a laminated blade....

Finally, a Moro budiak with a laminated blade. The shaft has been cut in half, probably for transportation purposes and is held together with the brass band in the middle. Asking $200.
Forum: Swap Forum 3rd August 2018, 03:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 434
Posted By TVV
Third is this Peurise, asking $200.

Third is this Peurise, asking $200.
Forum: Swap Forum 3rd August 2018, 03:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 434
Posted By TVV
Next is an Aceh rencong with a pamor blade - it...

Next is an Aceh rencong with a pamor blade - it can probably also use a stain to bring the pattern out. Asking price for the rencong is $250.
Forum: Swap Forum 3rd August 2018, 03:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 434
Posted By TVV
Pakayun, Aceh Pieces and a Budiak

These are some of my favorite SE Asian pieces left, but the time has come to let go so that I can focus entirely on African Islamic arms.


First is a pakayun, with a blade that I suspect has a very...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st July 2018, 04:15 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,439
Posted By TVV
Libya is an interesting question, but we have to...

Libya is an interesting question, but we have to remember that historically it was divided into a Fezzan, with a mostly Tuareg culture and weapons, Cyrenaica and Tripolitania. We know that there was...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th July 2018, 10:16 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,439
Posted By TVV
Good question, which you may have answered in...

Good question, which you may have answered in your opening post. It really was not until Mohammad Ali attempted to arm the local peasants and drill them in European manner that the local population...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th July 2018, 03:50 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,882
Posted By TVV
Great images Ed, thank you for digging those up....

Great images Ed, thank you for digging those up. I know the discussion is on the hilts, but the one you posted from the Victoria & Albert Museum has a really interesting blade, probably Persian and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th July 2018, 04:58 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,882
Posted By TVV
On the subject of silver hilted kaskara in...

On the subject of silver hilted kaskara in published works, it is true that there is a scarcity of images. In Tirri's "Islamic and Native Weapons of Colonial Africa" in fig. 1-13 there are a couple...
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