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Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 18th November 2016, 02:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,759
Posted By Shakethetrees
I thank you, Fernando. Your "gizmo" is...

I thank you, Fernando.

Your "gizmo" is similar to a spring hammer used in silversmithing to stretch and thin silver sheet. When you're faced with hours of hammering to achieve a mundane but...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 16th November 2016, 01:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,759
Posted By Shakethetrees
It's a setup used to make gold leaf. Small...

It's a setup used to make gold leaf.

Small pieces of pure gold are interleaved with chamois or some other leather and stacked up. This stack is hammered until the gold is so thin it becomes somewhat...
Forum: European Armoury 20th October 2016, 08:47 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,167
Posted By Shakethetrees
A wonderful thread! Matchlock would be weighing...

A wonderful thread! Matchlock would be weighing in I'm sure.

To see the x ray scan that leaves a clear image of the hidden construction details is something we only dreamed of just a few years...
Forum: European Armoury 4th October 2016, 06:00 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,046
Posted By Shakethetrees
Beautiful piece! The orange jewel is called a...

Beautiful piece!
The orange jewel is called a cairngorm. I'm not sure of the origin of the word, probably old Scottish.

I believe it is topaz or sometime smoky quartz if it's a more brownish color.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th September 2016, 05:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,069
Posted By Shakethetrees
I like it. Can you give dimensions?

I like it.

Can you give dimensions?
Forum: European Armoury 24th September 2016, 03:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 988
Posted By Shakethetrees
I wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole!...

I wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole! Strictly tourist.

The lock and iron bits appear to be cast. I doubt a file ever passed over any of the parts I can see.

There is no patina at the...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 10th September 2016, 05:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 712
Posted By Shakethetrees
The pliers are from a cobbler's bench. The...

The pliers are from a cobbler's bench.

The hammer could be for slate work.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th September 2016, 03:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,975
Posted By Shakethetrees
The perfect consistency of the wire rings and...

The perfect consistency of the wire rings and identically round holes without wear on either component alone tell me that this is not very old.

But the "pitting" on the plates is hammered texture....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th September 2016, 04:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 982
Posted By Shakethetrees
I love the wear on the grip!

I love the wear on the grip!
Forum: European Armoury 10th August 2016, 09:28 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,632
Posted By Shakethetrees
...and speaking of the French-Mexican design...

...and speaking of the French-Mexican design continuum, I recently picked this saber's up right out of the woodwork!

And, to boot, it came from a kid I went to grammar school with fifty years ago!...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th July 2016, 03:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,767
Posted By Shakethetrees
This project looks like a real basket case to...

This project looks like a real basket case to me!

I do not think it's possible to execute a sympathetic restoration. Your time involvement will build incrementally to the point where you'll have...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 2nd July 2016, 06:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,384
Posted By Shakethetrees
When I was a kid my grandfather told me about...

When I was a kid my grandfather told me about this kind of trap. As he would have had to be a teenager or thereabouts, this would have been sometime in the first decade of the 20th century that he...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 25th June 2016, 12:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 853
Posted By Shakethetrees
Spot on!

Spot on!
Forum: European Armoury 25th June 2016, 04:40 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,903
Posted By Shakethetrees
Ivory. I have seen a lot of both, and ivory is...

Ivory.

I have seen a lot of both, and ivory is the only material that would crack like this.
Forum: European Armoury 20th June 2016, 12:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,504
Posted By Shakethetrees
No apparent consideration of wearer comfort!

No apparent consideration of wearer comfort!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th June 2016, 04:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,733
Posted By Shakethetrees
There almost certainly had to be some type of die...

There almost certainly had to be some type of die involved. The links are too perfectly round when compared to the riveted links. The edges appear to be perfectly square with the surface.

The...
Forum: European Armoury 16th June 2016, 03:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 18,315
Posted By Shakethetrees
We tend to forget that people were just as smart,...

We tend to forget that people were just as smart, clever, and creative in every era as we are today. When a problem arose they solved it.
Forum: European Armoury 16th June 2016, 03:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,034
Posted By Shakethetrees
That would be a possibility, but a boar spear...

That would be a possibility, but a boar spear usually has a sharpened blade and a slot through which a peg is inserted. A spike won't do enough damage to stop a boar in its tracks. Unless something...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th June 2016, 05:53 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,498
Posted By Shakethetrees
Do you mean eight sided?

Do you mean eight sided?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th May 2016, 01:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,015
Posted By Shakethetrees
Perhaps a fly which with a symbolic or talismanic...

Perhaps a fly which with a symbolic or talismanic adz below the grip for someone of rank?

I've never seen such a piece.

I don't think it's American, but African, Asian or maybe elsewhere.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th May 2016, 03:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,462
Posted By Shakethetrees
Battara, beautiful piece!

Battara, beautiful piece!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th May 2016, 04:28 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 11,247
Posted By Shakethetrees
Last year I visited the Peabody Museum at...

Last year I visited the Peabody Museum at Harvard. It had been about forty years since I last visited and remember viewing a group of Gilbert Islands weapons and fiber armor.

I didn't have great...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 24th May 2016, 03:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 773
Posted By Shakethetrees
Thanks! The Frasier Museum was a real gem...

Thanks!

The Frasier Museum was a real gem located downtown across from the Louisville Slugger baseball bat factory.

While baseball is definitely not my thing, the 40 foot tall bat is a good...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 12th May 2016, 04:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 773
Posted By Shakethetrees
Going to Louisville next week. Any suggestions?

I haven't been to Louisville in ten years, and am curious to know of any antique malls, museums, etc. that I could visit.

I collect a wide variety of things, not all weapons related.

Thanks for...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd May 2016, 11:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,537
Posted By Shakethetrees
The scabbard is of European design and...

The scabbard is of European design and manufacture.
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