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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 08:53 PM
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Posted By ariel
Jim, Caucasian shashkas were worn edge up. Here...

Jim,
Caucasian shashkas were worn edge up. Here hanging rings are located on the concave side of the scabbard: this sword was worn edge down.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 10:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 367
Posted By ariel
Personally, I see nothing Russian or Caucasian...

Personally, I see nothing Russian or Caucasian here. IMHO ,this is a garden variety Ottoman officer 19-20 century sword with perhaps a “blingy” silver handle ( or just silver plated). The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th March 2019, 09:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 360
Posted By ariel
Very beautiful! Congratulations and enjoy it!

Very beautiful!

Congratulations and enjoy it!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th March 2019, 01:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 427
Posted By ariel
Under normal circumstances the eBay or some...

Under normal circumstances the eBay or some auction houses state shipping prices from the get go. The buyer can calculate the total and make an informed decision whether to bid or not.
The problem...
Forum: European Armoury 23rd March 2019, 09:13 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 35,025
Posted By ariel
Sorry, double post.

Sorry, double post.
Forum: European Armoury 23rd March 2019, 06:41 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 35,025
Posted By ariel
INII likely stands for Iesus Nazorenus (I...?)...

INII likely stands for Iesus Nazorenus (I...?) Iudaeorum, i.e. “Jesus of Nazareth ( ?) of the Jews”.
Usually , it was INRI, with R meaning Rex, i.e. King.
I do not know what “I” means.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd March 2019, 08:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,804
Posted By ariel
Jim is 100% correct: at that time and even later...

Jim is 100% correct: at that time and even later on the borders were leaking like a sieve. In reality, there were no hermetic borders between the NW Frontier of British India and Afghanistan as well...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st March 2019, 03:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 270
Posted By ariel
Astvatsaturyan in her Russian book on Turkish...

Astvatsaturyan in her Russian book on Turkish weapons lumps yataghans with the image of a sword on the blade into a group hailing from Anatolia.
I have no idea on what grounds she reached this...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 21st March 2019, 03:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 344
Posted By ariel
Alan, This is like showing a Miss Universe...

Alan,
This is like showing a Miss Universe contestant wearing niqab and abaya.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th March 2019, 01:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 462
Posted By ariel
Thanks. It is useful.

Thanks. It is useful.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th March 2019, 01:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 462
Posted By ariel
Kubur, I suspect that the owners of both...

Kubur,

I suspect that the owners of both “Berber” and “Bedouin” varieties could not care less about proper ethnological nomenclature and just called them “saif”:-)

The very name “shashka” is a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th March 2019, 12:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 462
Posted By ariel
Midelburgo, Thanks for the reference....

Midelburgo,

Thanks for the reference. Regretfully, I can’t read it and do not understand what you are referring to. Can you specify?

Interestingly, all 3 examples are marked with the same year...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th March 2019, 11:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 462
Posted By ariel
Teodor, Professional Russian weapon historians...

Teodor,

Professional Russian weapon historians and dilettante collectors alike put forward one explanation after another of the unusual construction of a Caucasian shashka. Among them is one exactly...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th March 2019, 08:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 462
Posted By ariel
[QUOTE=midelburgo]Nueva Granada, after...

[QUOTE=midelburgo]Nueva Granada, after independence, would rather buy items from England than from Spain. Actually, there exist customs list of what ships were carrying to the new country and bundles...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th March 2019, 06:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 367
Posted By ariel
Hi Motan, I was intentionally brief and your...

Hi Motan,
I was intentionally brief and your comments filled the gaps. Many thanks!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th March 2019, 06:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 462
Posted By ariel
Moroccan " pseudo-shashka"

Some time ago we had a discussion about the definition of “shashka”. My point was that shashka is a uniquely Caucasian weapons and that this name should not be applied to any other object.
Some of my...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th March 2019, 05:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 299
Posted By ariel
Of course there was a common ancestor: Southern...

Of course there was a common ancestor: Southern Siberia:-)
From there Khazars and Alans, Bulgars and Kumans in Central Europe, Mamluks in Egypt, Seljuks in Anatolia, Uzbeks in India etc, etc,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th March 2019, 02:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 299
Posted By ariel
Thanks for the resizing reference. I shall try...

Thanks for the resizing reference. I shall try it.

Palas are relatively late form, appearing around 18 century. One can imagine that they were redesigned from the purely cavalry long Mamluk...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th March 2019, 11:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 367
Posted By ariel
Agree with A. alnakkas: just “ Lebanese...

Agree with A. alnakkas: just “ Lebanese Dagger”:-) Although one can legitimately call it "Jezzine dagger".


Majal Shams is a Druze village at the Golan Heights. It has its own style of daggers...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th March 2019, 06:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 299
Posted By ariel
Both have bulbous rhino handles, a lot of silver,...

Both have bulbous rhino handles, a lot of silver, open slits at the throats.
The bigger one has complex fullering reminding me of Afghani pulwars ( interrupted fullers with flat panels in between)....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th March 2019, 06:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 299
Posted By ariel
OK, my feeble attempt to solve the size problem...

OK, my feeble attempt to solve the size problem by myself:-(((
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th March 2019, 05:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 299
Posted By ariel
Ottoman " shamshirs"

Here are 2 Ottoman Kilic Acemi ( pronounced Kilidzh Adzhemi), or " Persian swords".

I can send better pics, but they will have to be resized. Any help with it?

Generally, they resemble Mamluk...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th March 2019, 05:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 367
Posted By ariel
Agree : Lebanon. And, BTW, Syrian silver...

Agree : Lebanon.
And, BTW, Syrian silver koftgari is very reminiscent of the one we have discussed in the Pala topic.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th March 2019, 03:12 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,009
Posted By ariel
Kubur, There are two points on which we all...

Kubur,
There are two points on which we all agree:
1. This is an Ottoman Pala
2. It is genuinely old, likely 19 century.

But the problem is that in the absence of place of manufacture indicated...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th March 2019, 09:50 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,009
Posted By ariel
The “ Ali/Zulfiqar” saying is attributed...

The “ Ali/Zulfiqar” saying is attributed directly to Mohammed. As such, it was and is widely used by Shia and Sunni alike. There is no religious divide here.

Implying that this Pala is Balkan and...
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