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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd October 2014, 07:38 AM
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Posted By ALEX
Martin, I do not see/think it has any particular...

Martin, I do not see/think it has any particular pattern, although I see one weak streak, but hard to tell. extensive pitting and mechanical cleaning do weaken the pattern and make it harder to etch.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st October 2014, 05:09 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 731
Posted By ALEX
I do not recommend comparing pictures/images when...

I do not recommend comparing pictures/images when determining origin. yes, this is great way to study, but the devil is in details that can be seen only with experience and the "gut feeling" that...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st October 2014, 09:19 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 731
Posted By ALEX
Roland, the key word is "similar"....

Roland, the key word is "similar". these two blades have common features, like most of the blades general forms kept similar for very long time, but they are centuries and continents apart. I am...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th October 2014, 05:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 731
Posted By ALEX
Roland, Thank you for closeup of the handle. It...

Roland,
Thank you for closeup of the handle. It helps a lot... now, the bad news...
as A.alnakkas and Ariel noted, it is not Mamluk, Ottoman, and not 17th Century. The handle is recently added. the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th October 2014, 09:01 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 731
Posted By ALEX
This is one way to tell. Another is to NOT to...

This is one way to tell. Another is to NOT to look at the hilt, and look at the blade alone as the hilt and/or cross can be old. but seeing closeups will certainly help.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th October 2014, 01:27 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 731
Posted By ALEX
Kurt, speaking of blade only - below is a typical...

Kurt, speaking of blade only - below is a typical Afghan pulowar with Kilij profile, false edge and central fuller. I cannot recall early Ottoman blade with narrowly cut central fuller like this....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th October 2014, 06:36 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 731
Posted By ALEX
Good observation! the blade remainds of what one...

Good observation! the blade remainds of what one would expext on Indian/Afghan pulowar. I also think it is not Ottoman. The steel could be sham wootz, but need to see more.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th October 2014, 08:00 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 731
Posted By ALEX
Roland, The blade is certainly...

Roland,
The blade is certainly tempered/heat-treated if it is that tough. My first impression was that it is sheer steel or sham wootz, although it has appearance of wootz near the edge. The fact...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th October 2014, 02:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 455
Posted By ALEX
I second Ilias opinion. It is certainly early...

I second Ilias opinion. It is certainly early Ottoman dagger (both hilt and blade are perfect match). I have few similar with identical pattern. this type of wootz pattern is distinctive of early,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th April 2014, 01:43 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,460
Posted By ALEX
The blade could be something similar to this....

The blade could be something similar to this. This one is not bayonet's, could be a spear, alam or something similar. I've seen another Ottoman dagger with a huge ivory handle and short 4-edged blade...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th April 2014, 06:24 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,460
Posted By ALEX
I tend to agree, it is likely a bayonet blade....

I tend to agree, it is likely a bayonet blade. it's an old marriage though. the gold was added to make it more decorative
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st April 2014, 03:44 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,460
Posted By ALEX
I'd advise not to add anything, and leave it as...

I'd advise not to add anything, and leave it as is. There's not much to base the restoration on and it's better not to disturb it's character and to leave it untouched).
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st April 2014, 02:31 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,460
Posted By ALEX
both handle and blade are of substantial age, so...

both handle and blade are of substantial age, so could be original or of same period. The handle had some sort of attachment in the past, so this made me think it was lost and blade added later.....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st April 2014, 02:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,460
Posted By ALEX
It is Ottoman. Could be a marriage of Court...

It is Ottoman. Could be a marriage of Court dagger handle and a Hancer dagger blade. the handle could be retrofitted for crossguard or bolster, and the blade yet another later addition. it is of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st April 2014, 02:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 606
Posted By ALEX
Both are Ottoman, most likely Balkan/Albanian. I...

Both are Ottoman, most likely Balkan/Albanian. I also see what can be wootz pattern on one with ivory hilt. Nice attic find)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st March 2014, 08:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 727
Posted By ALEX
Read about Durbar Here...

Read about Durbar Here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durbar_(court))
In terms of dating, it is impossible to be sure without date inscription or maker/date mark. It is always an educated guess. Mine...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st March 2014, 03:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 727
Posted By ALEX
Dana's blade is undoubtedly tulwar. It has all...

Dana's blade is undoubtedly tulwar. It has all tulwar features including a signature ricasso. The blades shown on Stone's and second on OA site - could be Indian shamshirs' if there are no ricassos,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st March 2014, 02:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 727
Posted By ALEX
Good comments, Jens. Please allow me to come to...

Good comments, Jens. Please allow me to come to Paolo's rescue, and also Stone's :)
There are known Persian (or Indo-Persian) chiseled shamshirs. One of them can be seen
Here...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st March 2014, 02:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 815
Posted By ALEX
Here is another Mughal sword with Latin crest. It...

Here is another Mughal sword with Latin crest. It is not of same provenance, but I think of the same British Raj concept. What's interesting here is that the blade has similar cartouches on both...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th March 2014, 10:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,137
Posted By ALEX
I totally agree, the fittings are of high...

I totally agree, the fittings are of high quality, and properly made. The cartouche is also of higher than average quality (compare to more recent work shown above). Overall, it is a quality sword, a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th March 2014, 07:50 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,137
Posted By ALEX
I think it is neither brand new nor repro being...

I think it is neither brand new nor repro being made yesterday. However, the cartouches remind me of late Indian made. Attached below are late 20th Century cartouches on contemporary blades. The hilt...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th March 2014, 03:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 727
Posted By ALEX
This is undoubtedly an Indian tulwar with hand...

This is undoubtedly an Indian tulwar with hand chiseled blade. Sometimes it is called "hunting" because it shows hunting scenes. You're right, the hilt is decorated in coftgari. The similar sword you...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th March 2014, 04:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 708
Posted By ALEX
Do not put the sticky tape directly on coftgari,...

Do not put the sticky tape directly on coftgari, it may lift it off the blade and you do not want this to happen. Use a thin layer between the tape and coftgari for protection.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd March 2014, 11:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,068
Posted By ALEX
Burak, one simply cannot call this sword a...

Burak, one simply cannot call this sword a replica. It is most certainly not, just as Kapalicarsi is full of anything like this :) The blade is at least 19th Century, potentially earlier. The handle,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st March 2014, 06:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 935
Posted By ALEX
One of Arabic translations of wootz, i.e. Jawhar...

One of Arabic translations of wootz, i.e. Jawhar is... diamond(s). So technically, we got it right :)
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