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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th July 2019, 06:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,940
Posted By CharlesS
No Willem. Perhaps resurrecting this old thread...

No Willem. Perhaps resurrecting this old thread will help!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th June 2019, 07:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 934
Posted By CharlesS
Kino, To be honest I let it sit overnight ...

Kino,

To be honest I let it sit overnight because I was so conflicted over cutting the rattan, but what finally pushed me over the edge to cut it was my thinking that with the hilt in the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th June 2019, 03:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 934
Posted By CharlesS
Smile A Moro Kriss: A Hunch That Was Correct!

Some of you may have seen this Moro kriss on eBay. When I first saw it I thought the rattan was a charming addition to the hilt to hold the blade in place, as we have seen many times before, or add...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th May 2019, 06:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,101
Posted By CharlesS
The blade reversed for easier Arabic script...

The blade reversed for easier Arabic script translation.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2019, 05:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,101
Posted By CharlesS
Teodor, The blade has been etched. There was a...

Teodor,

The blade has been etched. There was a distinct temper line, but no Turkish ribbon.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2019, 03:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,101
Posted By CharlesS
An Ottoman Yataghan That Landed Far Away From Home

I recently bought this yataghan from Artzi. It caught my attention because of the floral motifs to the scabbard and bolster. They did not look Ottoman to me but did look Indonesian or Malaysian, not...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2019, 11:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 777
Posted By CharlesS
A Unique Sword From The Dahomey Empire / Fon People

Here is a very nice example of a sword from the Kingdom of Dahomey or Fon people. It is certainly unique compared to other African swords. It likely dates to the early 20th century, perhaps...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th April 2019, 11:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,212
Posted By CharlesS
Yes!...a lovely blade, indeed! Like Battara said...

Yes!...a lovely blade, indeed! Like Battara said the scabbard is unusual for about any Moro area, and I have to wonder if it is later to the sword, which would not be unusual at all.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th April 2019, 04:51 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,448
Posted By CharlesS
Is it possible that they are arsenal marks rather...

Is it possible that they are arsenal marks rather than maker's marks??? :shrug: In other words, where they came from or belong vs. who made them. I realize, of course, that often the maker and the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th April 2019, 04:22 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,448
Posted By CharlesS
Fernando, Here are a couple of pics, but they...

Fernando,

Here are a couple of pics, but they are very difficult to make out, though the stamp on one side is much clearer than the other.

Let me know if you are able to decipher anything from it.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th April 2019, 11:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 954
Posted By CharlesS
Very impressive grouping! Thanks for these pics....

Very impressive grouping! Thanks for these pics. The number of blade variations speaks volumes, even with the later long straight blades missing.

The knuckle guard lacking on some is well noted, as...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th April 2019, 04:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 893
Posted By CharlesS
Awesome example! Just a case of nothing being...

Awesome example! Just a case of nothing being wasted in the right hands!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd April 2019, 07:39 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,448
Posted By CharlesS
Gentlemen, Thanks so much for your kind words...

Gentlemen,

Thanks so much for your kind words and your additional contributions of information and photos!

I knew this one was something special the moment I saw it!

Battara, if you think your...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd April 2019, 07:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 909
Posted By CharlesS
You know me well my friend. We traded for it. :D

You know me well my friend. We traded for it.
:D
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd April 2019, 11:33 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,448
Posted By CharlesS
A Very Nice Nimcha

I wanted to share this lovely nimcha with my forum "peeps". It has become one of my very favorite swords even though it far more "blingy" than I usually care for, and generally, I am no fan of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd April 2019, 04:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 909
Posted By CharlesS
Interesting Knife/Dagger...Sinhalese?

Here is a lovely little dagger with all sorts of interesting things going on with it, but I would like more feedback on its origins.

The dagger seems to borrow the hilt style of an Indonesian...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd April 2019, 03:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 888
Posted By CharlesS
A Philippines Spear...But Which Ethnic Group???

I bought this lovely spear from Arjan a few weeks ago. He thought it might be Moro, but I do don't think so.

When I saw the central panel's configuration I immediately thought Mandaya, but the panel...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th April 2019, 11:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,131
Posted By CharlesS
There are never too many gunongs when they are...

There are never too many gunongs when they are this nice Steve!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th April 2019, 03:36 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,634
Posted By CharlesS
Thanks, Spunjer and Steve...that's very kind, and...

Thanks, Spunjer and Steve...that's very kind, and means a lot!!! :o
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th April 2019, 11:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,372
Posted By CharlesS
Isn't it amazing what a little elbow grease and...

Isn't it amazing what a little elbow grease and clean-up will do!!?? You have really brought this barung back to life in such a way that the Moros of old would really appreciate it.

Well done, and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd April 2019, 12:17 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,759
Posted By CharlesS
I think it has been pretty clear beginning with...

I think it has been pretty clear beginning with Jim's initial post that "proof" here would be next to impossible. What this has given us the opportunity to do is look carefully at a "yes" to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st April 2019, 01:39 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,759
Posted By CharlesS
Jim, I think the "zig-zags" you are...

Jim,

I think the "zig-zags" you are referring to is Churchill's rendering of the cords that bind the top and bottom "heads" of what is often called the "talking drum" and is seen through large...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st March 2019, 04:17 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,759
Posted By CharlesS
Jim, In the pic attached you can see one guard...

Jim,

In the pic attached you can see one guard with a straight kattara, and another guard to the far right with his hand over what must surely be an Omani style nimcha or the style that collectors...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st March 2019, 04:10 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,759
Posted By CharlesS
Ibrahim, The photo of Tibu Tib is awesome, but I...

Ibrahim,

The photo of Tibu Tib is awesome, but I not a fan of your second posted pic. That one imho is too stylized and doesn't represent hardly a pretense of accuracy in the weapons depicted, and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st March 2019, 11:52 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,759
Posted By CharlesS
Here is a map of the Omani Empire ca. 1856. The...

Here is a map of the Omani Empire ca. 1856. The Omani style "nimcha" and the kattara were seen among Arab influenced Muslim populations all along the east coast of Africa including Madagascar and...
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