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Forum: Swap Forum 14th September 2022, 01:06 PM
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Sticky: Care with scam
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Posted By Lee
Exclamation A new scam trend?

We have had another report of a scam reply to a swap forum wanted item post.

Please do not get caught up in the excitement of maybe having found your grail and protect yourself whenever making...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th September 2022, 01:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 538
Posted By Lee
Following Peter Dekker's article...

Following Peter Dekker's article (https://www.mandarinmansion.com/article/typology-chinese-sabers) this looks most like a "goose quill saber" with a simplified "goose wing" termination. Hopefully...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th August 2022, 12:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,935
Posted By Lee
Here are the photos:

Here are the photos:
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th August 2022, 02:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 724
Posted By Lee
Perhaps a Swazi or Zulu Iklwa (Assegai) Stabbing...

Perhaps a Swazi or Zulu Iklwa (Assegai) Stabbing Spear (http://vikingsword.com/lew/w0215/w0215.html) from southern Africa?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th August 2022, 08:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 704
Posted By Lee
Yes, acquired decades ago through - you guessed...

Yes, acquired decades ago through - you guessed it - eBay.

Actually, I was a bit optimistic about the yield, as with the blade measuring 14 3/4 inches not including the tang, the best that could...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th August 2022, 06:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 704
Posted By Lee
Unhappy Nihonto collector's nightmare

I imagine enterprising GIs could get three of these out of a katana. This is probably coming from the forte, the grip is stacked plexiglass washers. It has a nice hamon with very tight grain and we...
Forum: Swap Forum 7th August 2022, 02:01 PM
Replies: 2
Sticky: Care with scam
Views: 942
Posted By Lee
Exclamation Exercise caution when transacting business with unknown parties.

This incident should be taken as a further warning to all to exercise extreme caution when dealing with persons they do not assuredly know at a distance.

As a practical matter we do not have any...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd August 2022, 02:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,751
Posted By Lee
Thumbs up I also really do like your knife

Personally, I consider an earlier Spanish Navaja as plausible. The work on the brass cap, the brass filled 'dots' on the scales and the brass washer around the pivot all resemble features of my...
Forum: European Armoury 30th July 2022, 06:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,077
Posted By Lee
My understanding is that it was found in river...

My understanding is that it was found in river workings between Horn and Roermond in Limburg Province.
Forum: European Armoury 29th July 2022, 07:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,077
Posted By Lee
In that case, renaissance wax should be entirely...

In that case, renaissance wax should be entirely adequate. I have an old sword of the same era dredged up from the very same river. The dredger operator put it on the casing over the engine to dry it...
Forum: European Armoury 29th July 2022, 07:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,077
Posted By Lee
Congratulations! I believe that you are correct...

Congratulations! I believe that you are correct in your identification of the form and the patina is convincing. I do not recall having encountered the thickened tip before in the limited number of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd July 2022, 12:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,372
Posted By Lee
The condition of the silver appears unremarkable...

The condition of the silver appears unremarkable to me. I have a similar example before me, two decades out of the Sahara environment with brightness remaining to a good degree in many of the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st July 2022, 04:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,372
Posted By Lee
Thumbs up Yes, this is a good one

I have heard these relatively uncommon silver mounted takoubas referred to as "wedding" takoubas by a Tuareg owner of one. I suspect that they are mostly commissioned by more 'urban' Tuareg who have...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th July 2022, 03:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,363
Posted By Lee
Years ago, I found an old powder horn at a gun...

Years ago, I found an old powder horn at a gun show, simply (and believably) inscribed "Gerrit Konstapel Hurley 1776." There is a great street of old Dutch stone houses in that small Hudson Valley...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th July 2022, 11:53 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,363
Posted By Lee
There was a significant Dutch presence in 18th...

There was a significant Dutch presence in 18th century and earlier New York, so this could be a long used and 'irregularly' repaired musket originally of Dutch origin. If it indeed has been in your...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th July 2022, 02:05 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,363
Posted By Lee
As a flintlock, I would suspect this musket would...

As a flintlock, I would suspect this musket would more likely be associated with the American Revolutionary War than the Civil War.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th July 2022, 03:15 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,562
Posted By Lee
It will be a day or two until I can again get the...

It will be a day or two until I can again get the sword in my hands and in good light, but the original set of images was prepared in overcast sunlight.

The scabbard mounts and the guard are in a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th July 2022, 07:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,562
Posted By Lee
Philip, thank you for your insights on these...

Philip, thank you for your insights on these swords as well the notes on their provenance. When I first saw them at the preview, it was clear that they had all required significant polishing and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd July 2022, 12:42 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,562
Posted By Lee
Question Garbage?

So, no interest in or comment on these swords? Are they all very, very recent 'fakes' - I am not afraid that I was 'taken' as I do not have a lot invested in them. So, please, enlighten me!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd June 2022, 06:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,562
Posted By Lee
I can provide a more detailed image, which I have...

I can provide a more detailed image, which I have done below, but unfortunately I am ignorant of the origins of the design. A few other dao in my collection have somewhat fancier and shorter metal...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st June 2022, 06:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,562
Posted By Lee
Thumbs up A Trio of Chinese Swords Joins the Accidental Collection

I do not ever hold high expectations of interesting swords showing up at a nearby general and estate sale auction that I frequent. Though one of a group of four Chinese swords in a recent sale...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th June 2022, 10:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,333
Posted By Lee
I think those could be later "purely practical"...

I think those could be later "purely practical" reinforcements for a scabbard that had split or had been cut through.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th June 2022, 06:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,693
Posted By Lee
Thank you for the insights. I find that a lot, if...

Thank you for the insights. I find that a lot, if not most, of the things I have collected lack signs of actual combative use.

This is the third Australian Aboriginal shield that I have acquired...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th June 2022, 06:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,921
Posted By Lee
I think it is lovely just as it is. If you sand...

I think it is lovely just as it is. If you sand it, you may change the pattern.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th June 2022, 04:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,693
Posted By Lee
Question Australian Aboriginal Shield

It is summer flea market season again :p and you never know what you will find among all the anthropological debris mostly of the last century. Here is yesterday's find from walking the fields. I...
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