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Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 19th April 2015, 04:42 PM
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Posted By Iain
Easy sword cases

This might be of interest for some. I have been testing out some sword case ideas recently.

These have glass doors and I have fitted LED lights inside. The stands inside are rough and not a final...
Forum: Swap Forum 18th April 2015, 02:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 452
Posted By Iain
SOLD

SOLD
Forum: European Armoury 17th April 2015, 07:26 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 789
Posted By Iain
Hi Jasper, agreed, however the presence of these...

Hi Jasper, agreed, however the presence of these stamped paired moons seems to be not particularly common in European mounts?
Forum: European Armoury 16th April 2015, 10:48 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 789
Posted By Iain
Not seeing an image. :)

Not seeing an image. :)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th April 2015, 09:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 461
Posted By Iain
On the Bornu attribution; my impression is that...

On the Bornu attribution; my impression is that the designations in that title are based purely on the collection locale. Obviously with a wide ranging group like the Tuareg this means there's a real...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th April 2015, 06:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 264
Posted By Iain
Good question, the surface texture is quite odd...

Good question, the surface texture is quite odd on most of these wide blades and unlike other blades I've found. A lot of surface pitting is usual. Frankly I'm not 100% sure of the steel source....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th April 2015, 05:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 264
Posted By Iain
Hi Tim and Jim, Thanks for the comments. Yes I...

Hi Tim and Jim,

Thanks for the comments.

Yes I agree this is likely Hausa or Nupe work. Bida is a strong possibility. They were known best for brass work.

These wide blades seem to be some kind of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th April 2015, 04:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 461
Posted By Iain
Hi Tim, should be Nupe from Bida. But that...

Hi Tim, should be Nupe from Bida. But that doesn't mean they didn't export them for Tuaregs!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th April 2015, 02:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 264
Posted By Iain
Just a new takouba

Not the most exciting one. But a nice decorative motif on the guard.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th April 2015, 01:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 461
Posted By Iain
Hi Colin, To echo what Martin has written, as...

Hi Colin,

To echo what Martin has written, as far as I know these are more or less a Tuareg exclusive. There are apparently regional differences in terms of the hilt styles.

While forms like the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th April 2015, 11:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,020
Posted By Iain
While not my spear I can answer that. :) these...

While not my spear I can answer that. :) these big ones are cavalry lances for thrusting.

Lighter examples were made to be thrown and a rider would carry three or so.

To get a sense of why you...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th April 2015, 07:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 723
Posted By Iain
I remember it well!...

I remember it well! http://vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=12999

A great complete example. There seem to be some subtle differences with these depending on the region. But the overall form stays...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th April 2015, 05:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 723
Posted By Iain
I was fortunate enough to acquire this lance from...

I was fortunate enough to acquire this lance from our fellow forumite. He has shown the details pretty well I think but I took a few images to show the real scale of how big this lance is!

I'm also...
Forum: Swap Forum 9th April 2015, 07:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 452
Posted By Iain
ON HOLD.

ON HOLD.
Forum: Swap Forum 6th April 2015, 12:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 452
Posted By Iain
Pics

Pics
Forum: Swap Forum 6th April 2015, 12:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 452
Posted By Iain
Nimcha for sale (cheap!)

This is a old and somewhat beat up nimcha. I got it on a mixed lot and have no use for it.

75 EUR or best offer will take it. :) PM me or iain.norman@live.com

Shipping is from Czech Republic with...
Forum: European Armoury 4th April 2015, 10:03 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 789
Posted By Iain
Good idea to split this out into another topic...

Good idea to split this out into another topic Jim. As others have noted these moon stamps are derived from engraving styles which have existed for centuries. Probably the closest to a transitional...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd April 2015, 07:29 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 10,067
Posted By Iain
Hi Jim, Just a brief footnote, as the owner of...

Hi Jim,

Just a brief footnote, as the owner of quite a few of these export oriented triple fullers, I have no problem with many of them being placed in the 18th century potentially. Certainly I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd April 2015, 05:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 383
Posted By Iain
I'd forgotten about those! Good ID Colin and...

I'd forgotten about those! Good ID Colin and Martin I think you are spot on.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd April 2015, 04:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 383
Posted By Iain
An interesting one. Pommel construction and style...

An interesting one. Pommel construction and style of a takouba, blade style of a jambiya. The general style makes me think of work from the Niger region. Afraid I can't say much more. Very much looks...
Forum: European Armoury 30th March 2015, 12:42 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 10,067
Posted By Iain
I hope nobody feels I've derailed this thread by...

I hope nobody feels I've derailed this thread by bringing up the African aspect. :)

Here's a couple larger images of the Czerny sword. It really does seem a twin.
Forum: European Armoury 30th March 2015, 08:06 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 10,067
Posted By Iain
Hi Cathey, Thanks for the additional references....

Hi Cathey,

Thanks for the additional references. All very correct, a couple of the blades I showed are 18th century. The puzzle for collectors like myself on the ethnographic side has always been...
Forum: European Armoury 29th March 2015, 09:45 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 10,067
Posted By Iain
The sword with three fullers is more or less...

The sword with three fullers is more or less identical to the crescents found on blades common to African broadswords, kaskara and takouba. This version of the mark is typically later (19th century)...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd March 2015, 04:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 875
Posted By Iain
Ok, as you probably know a great number of blades...

Ok, as you probably know a great number of blades found in this style of mount are trade blades from the 18th century and some from the 17th. At a guess this one would fall into the 18th century...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd March 2015, 01:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 875
Posted By Iain
Any markings on the blade?

Any markings on the blade?
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