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Old 18th October 2015, 09:33 PM   #1
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Hello,
I baught this helmet when i was in Lhasa (Tibet) in 1987.



I just wanted to know if it is an antique tibetan helmet (18e or 19e century), or if it is a fake ?
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Old 18th October 2015, 10:44 PM   #2
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Short answer endeavour192, it is a modern helmet, despite what some very reputable arms and armour auction houses and some of the big three international names write about the type.

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Old 18th October 2015, 10:48 PM   #3
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Agree with Gavin, it is a modern copy.
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Old 18th October 2015, 11:29 PM   #4
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Thank you both for your quick answer !

And what about this buthanese sword ?
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Old 19th October 2015, 12:02 AM   #5
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The sword looks much better but without full disclosure of the blade I could not confirm as the art of sword making is still carried through to today...it does however show nice age patina.

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Old 19th October 2015, 02:45 AM   #6
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I just wanted to know if it is an antique tibetan helmet (18e or 19e century), or if it is a fake ?


In addition to the opinion above, I'll add that the lamellar neck-guard is laced incorrectly. Not just a little wrong, but completely wrong.
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Old 19th October 2015, 08:01 AM   #7
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bhutan swords are still part of the national dress, the king wears his frequently on state occasions. makes it harder to date them as they are actively being traditionally made as i type.

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Old 19th October 2015, 09:13 AM   #8
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also, the swords come in various lengths and grades. my 'villager' model:
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Old 19th October 2015, 11:09 AM   #9
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I had one of those, many years ago. I greatly regret letting it go, a very well made blade, very simply mounted.
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Old 20th October 2015, 12:27 AM   #10
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That's a baanmok, a Lepcha knife from Sikkim. There are similarities to the working knives of Bhutan.

I have often wondered if the baanmok blades of the fullered type were made by Nepalese smiths.
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