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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th March 2019, 08:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 430
Posted By Iain
Hi Martin, as Jim has stated this does not appear...

Hi Martin, as Jim has stated this does not appear to be a Kull blade, but to my eyes does look to be a European stamp, especially considering the volume of blades Ethiopia imported from European...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th March 2019, 08:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 430
Posted By Iain
Agree with Ed and Jim, 20th century, likely...

Agree with Ed and Jim, 20th century, likely 1920-1950s blade, locally made the marks imitating the well respected and desired Kull pattern from the mid 19th century.
Forum: European Armoury 6th March 2019, 11:06 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,060
Posted By Iain
Thanks for bringing the book up, definitely going...

Thanks for bringing the book up, definitely going on my list and I see it is available as a Kindle Edition as well for those of us who like having electronic copies.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th January 2019, 09:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 841
Posted By Iain
Agreed, the armour does not appear to be the iron...

Agreed, the armour does not appear to be the iron cuirass type known from Bornu.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th January 2019, 06:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 839
Posted By Iain
Massai or similar tribe.

Massai or similar tribe.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st January 2019, 08:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 690
Posted By Iain
Thanks Teodor, I really quite like these basic...

Thanks Teodor, I really quite like these basic swords. An example with a similar fuller was posted quite some time ago on the forum. http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?p=20199

The fuller...
Forum: European Armoury 21st January 2019, 07:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 759
Posted By Iain
The Furusiyya example is noted as 17th century...

The Furusiyya example is noted as 17th century but could be late 16th. There is another I am aware of that sold a few years ago and was discussed here:...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th January 2019, 10:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 690
Posted By Iain
The holes make me wonder if brass plates were...

The holes make me wonder if brass plates were fitted.
Forum: European Armoury 20th January 2019, 08:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 759
Posted By Iain
Hi Teodor, Yes, the example you posted is in the...

Hi Teodor,

Yes, the example you posted is in the Furusiyya Art Foundation Collection now and is likely Mamluk and 13th-14th century.

The type was certaintly pervasive throughout the region and the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th January 2019, 08:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 690
Posted By Iain
Cameroon regions takouba

I don't typically purchase 19th century examples these days, but I've always enjoyed takouba from the Cameroon regions, nice hilt wraps and pommels usually. This is a shorter example with a native...
Forum: Swap Forum 16th January 2019, 03:01 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 540
Posted By Iain
SOLD

SOLD
Forum: Swap Forum 16th January 2019, 09:12 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 540
Posted By Iain
Couple takouba priced to sell

Cleaning out a few items. These are nice items with genuine age. More images on request, just send me a private message or email at iain.norman@live.com.

110 EUR including shipping inside the EU,...
Forum: European Armoury 14th January 2019, 09:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 759
Posted By Iain
A Likely Byzantine or Fatimid Sword of the Xth – XIth Centuries

Lee was kind enough to allow me to do a write up on this intriguing sword.

For those interested in this rather rare form, I've put it up on my personal site at:...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th January 2019, 01:50 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,535
Posted By Iain
To be clear these are two different swords. The...

To be clear these are two different swords. The images on the white background are from the Alava sword.

I think it is likely there was another ring that was lost at some point, yes they were used...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th January 2019, 01:15 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,535
Posted By Iain
I don't think this example was added yet from the...

I don't think this example was added yet from the Alava Arms Museum, as well as another recently uncovered at Ain castle in Castellón.
Forum: European Armoury 11th January 2019, 07:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 788
Posted By Iain
Hi Jim, I don't want to diverge too far into the...

Hi Jim, I don't want to diverge too far into the blade trade in this thread, however the Mamluk context for the trade is generally earlier rather than later.

Back to the topic at hand, the pattern...
Forum: European Armoury 10th January 2019, 01:25 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 551
Posted By Iain
14th century sword from Ain (Castellón)

I don't think this was posted yet, but a recent find from Spain of a rare 14th century type.

News article in Spanish here...
Forum: European Armoury 10th January 2019, 12:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 788
Posted By Iain
The hilt is in my opinion the first fitted once...

The hilt is in my opinion the first fitted once the blade entered the Sahel. I have a few of my own where I suspect the same.
Forum: European Armoury 10th January 2019, 11:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 788
Posted By Iain
Thanks for adding your insights to this Jim, I...

Thanks for adding your insights to this Jim, I know this is an oddly specific topic, but I would have thought a similar blade would be lurking out there somewhere! I agree on the dating.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th January 2019, 07:21 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 8,301
Posted By Iain
Hi Ariel, I agree with Colin, the illustrated...

Hi Ariel,

I agree with Colin, the illustrated kaskara is artistic license. The guard and pommel are taken from a typical European sword rather than a kaskara.



I was using the 2018 index. ;) Sadly...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th January 2019, 05:37 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 8,301
Posted By Iain
Hi Colin, An excellent bit of info, really shows...

Hi Colin,

An excellent bit of info, really shows the extent of this trade and of course as you say this is before the most infamous period in the British involvement in the Sudan when interest...
Forum: European Armoury 6th January 2019, 11:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 788
Posted By Iain
late 17th or 18th century French blade

Hi all,

First of all this sword is not in my collection but was sold at Hermann Historica in 2013 and then offered later at Del Mar but not sold. I'm curious about the blade and to see any others...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th December 2018, 03:29 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 19,032
Posted By Iain
Hi Ed, Thanks for the kind words, it does appear...

Hi Ed,

Thanks for the kind words, it does appear to have a good deal of age, hammer marks, and has been through a lot.

Weight, I haven't had a chance to get it on a scale, I'd say a few kilos. Not...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th December 2018, 01:07 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 19,032
Posted By Iain
Hi Kubur, I'm aware of these expeditions and they...

Hi Kubur, I'm aware of these expeditions and they of course do offer fascinating possibilities. However, I still find the difference in construction and form of the cuirass to be quite different from...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th December 2018, 09:55 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 19,032
Posted By Iain
The difference is we can make a case for the...

The difference is we can make a case for the "when" and the "how" for the kaskara and the takouba taking influence from Mamluk and outside sources includes details of trade routes, political and...
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