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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 01:38 AM
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Posted By Ian
No information about whether they were used as...

No information about whether they were used as weapons, but he thought they were decorative items or souvenirs.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd May 2015, 11:51 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,144
Posted By Ian
Blu: A friend of mine tells me that your knives...

Blu:

A friend of mine tells me that your knives are from Mauritania. He has seen many in the bazaars there. They have been around at least since WWII, probably earlier than that.

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th April 2015, 04:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 356
Posted By Ian
Agree with Spiral. This is an Afghan attempt to...

Agree with Spiral. This is an Afghan attempt to imitate a Nepalese kukri, even down to the stylized cho at forte. The inscription of "Afghanistan" on the blade indicates it is a decorative item for...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th April 2015, 04:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 400
Posted By Ian
I would not be surprised if some of this work is...

I would not be surprised if some of this work is coming out of Rajastan. There are blades in Indian styles coming from there that are obviously new but the gold koftgari is of high quality. Some of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th April 2015, 04:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 582
Posted By Ian
I agree with Rick. This looks like a late...

I agree with Rick. This looks like a late 19th/early 20th C Maranao kris. There is an obvious visible line that suggests a separate gangya.

The apparent shortness of a kris like this is not...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th April 2015, 12:39 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,185
Posted By Ian
Unhappy Oh dear

These look purely decorative to me and seem to have been made out of sheet metal. There appears to be some stable corrosion remaining in some places, while other places look as though they have been...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th April 2015, 02:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 469
Posted By Ian
Looks like a typical Moro kampilan, most likely...

Looks like a typical Moro kampilan, most likely from the Lake Lanao area (i.e., Maranao) based on the particular hilt style--a very similar example can be found on a royal Maranao kampilan in the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st April 2015, 07:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 659
Posted By Ian
Hi Rick: Very nice and unusual piece. I think...

Hi Rick:

Very nice and unusual piece. I think Barry has probably identified this one for you. Would you say this is late 19th/early 20th C, or perhaps a bit earlier than that?

About 15 years...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st March 2015, 06:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 690
Posted By Ian
Sajen: I have a dha in the Kachin style that I...

Sajen:

I have a dha in the Kachin style that I purchased from Philip Tom several years ago that has the same lobulated form of guard with a similar three-part Burmese style hilt. Clearly a Chinese...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st March 2015, 06:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 553
Posted By Ian
Charles: I am grateful that you decided to part...

Charles:

I am grateful that you decided to part with it all those years ago.:D

The two dha are indeed similar and the silver work is very similar to some of the Shan style but with a distinctly...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st March 2015, 05:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 592
Posted By Ian
Detlef: Great pick up -- these are very hard...

Detlef:

Great pick up -- these are very hard to find. Do you see anywhere that MOP "dangles" might have been attached. I think such ornaments are quite common on these swords and so far I have...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st March 2015, 03:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 490
Posted By Ian
I agree that this is most likely southern Indian...

I agree that this is most likely southern Indian in origin, and the Malabar Coast area is a possibility. The Tirri picture shows three examples, and while I am familiar with the top one as definitely...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th March 2015, 09:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 446
Posted By Ian
Everything looks old and pretty correct to me....

Everything looks old and pretty correct to me. Perhaps the wooden hilt has been shaved down a bit, but it all seems to have been made at the same time and it all looks old.

Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th March 2015, 08:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 710
Posted By Ian
Yes TW, quite possibly a Vietnam-era bring back....

Yes TW, quite possibly a Vietnam-era bring back. In those days quite a few GIs ended up in places they "never were" ;)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th March 2015, 10:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 710
Posted By Ian
This one looks to have been altered a bit by its...

This one looks to have been altered a bit by its final owner. The hilt has been decorated with incised "V"s and the scabbard has some recent, heavier rattan work added to provided a belt loop or...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th March 2015, 09:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 722
Posted By Ian
Gehazi: The more I look at this one and the...

Gehazi:

The more I look at this one and the more you describe its metallurgical qualities, I am convinced that the most likely origin of the blade is from the the small ethnic group known as Husa,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd March 2015, 04:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 582
Posted By Ian
Hello Gehazi: Welcome to the forum. That is an...

Hello Gehazi:

Welcome to the forum. That is an impressive collection of mandau you show, but the one that interests me is the dha/dao which does resemble the Kachin style dha used mainly in northern...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd March 2015, 04:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 888
Posted By Ian
Hi Dave: Thanks for starting this page. These...

Hi Dave:

Thanks for starting this page. These are interesting cross-cultural weapons, and the ones I have handled have all been well made. It is interesting to see what some sellers believe they...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th February 2015, 01:23 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,879
Posted By Ian
Nonoy: Thanks for clarifying the terminology for...

Nonoy:

Thanks for clarifying the terminology for these knives. I notice you refer to otak as a generic term, and it seems to be very close to itak which is used in central Luzon in the same manner...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st February 2015, 10:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 983
Posted By Ian
Hello rvr. Thanks for posting this dha. As...

Hello rvr.

Thanks for posting this dha. As others have said, this is a Burmese style dha in what might be called the Shan/Tai form. The three segments of the hilt each of roughly equal length...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th February 2015, 12:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,239
Posted By Ian
Cerjak: I'm just coming to this thread after...

Cerjak:

I'm just coming to this thread after traveling in Australia the last three weeks.

Two very nice Northern Thai/Yunnan daab. Of the two, the first is by far the more interesting and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th February 2015, 08:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,054
Posted By Ian
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Hi Ron:

Yes, I agree, maybe not Major General Wood. I was basing my possible ID on the picture below from the Library of Congress--similar moustache and shape of the face, but with a "number 1"...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th February 2015, 05:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 533
Posted By Ian
Thanks Edster. That is a very...

Thanks Edster.

That is a very informative article.

I note that there is an earlier article by the same authors (Barzagli et al, 2013) in which they examined the characteristics of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th February 2015, 10:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 844
Posted By Ian
Hi dark: That is an interesting knife. The...

Hi dark:

That is an interesting knife.

The face depicted on the hilt appears to be Spanish, and I would say this dates to the period of Spanish occupation but the decoration is not from the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th February 2015, 09:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 833
Posted By Ian
ausjulius: Do these swords found today also...

ausjulius:

Do these swords found today also have the massive ivory hilt and silver fittings? It seems that they would have been expensive items when made.

Do you think there is any truth to...
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