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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th November 2021, 09:09 PM
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Posted By Edster
Very interesting kaskara. The symbolism of the...

Very interesting kaskara. The symbolism of the fuller engravings is unique in my limited experience. Could be pre-Muslim. The exception is the cross & orb (Christion) symbol. It is like the Funj...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th November 2021, 07:57 PM
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Views: 473
Posted By Edster
Ian, Kaskaras are iconic swords worthy to...

Ian,

Kaskaras are iconic swords worthy to grace any collection. You did well to snag such a mysterious piece.

The blade looks imported from the pic (deep central fuller and blade not sharpened...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th November 2021, 05:27 PM
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Posted By Edster
Better pics of the Snake Fuller Kaskara at the...

Better pics of the Snake Fuller Kaskara at the MET.
https://victoriansword.tumblr.com/post/147827013466/kaskara-with-snake-fuller-19th-century/amp
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th November 2021, 02:36 PM
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Posted By Edster
VERY nice kaskara, Ian. I agree with Jim's...

VERY nice kaskara, Ian. I agree with Jim's assessment. I might add that it has similar elements to the famed Snake kaskara now in the MET. See attached link. The gold cartouche is striking and may...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th November 2021, 02:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,302
Posted By Edster
Giraffe Hunting

Joe,

In pursuit of your interest in giraffe hunting I dug up an article on the subject. But first the Alamy pics you show have it all wrong. No swords or camels involved. Runned down on horseback...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2021, 03:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,488
Posted By Edster
There are at least 3 other attributed Ali Dinar...

There are at least 3 other attributed Ali Dinar kaskaras previously auctioned for tens of thousands GBP. At least one is reported by the British Museum. Google search on "Ali Dinar swords auctions...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th October 2021, 11:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,004
Posted By Edster
Rick, Yes, good catch. Goat skin would be a...

Rick,

Yes, good catch. Goat skin would be a better choice and more "authentic" to a Sudanese context. My suggestion for sheep skin was perhaps better commercial availability in NZ as Kronckew...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th October 2021, 02:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,004
Posted By Edster
My Google search on "Leather Lace New Zealand"...

My Google search on "Leather Lace New Zealand" produced several suppliers. Prices seem high, but they likely can point you in the right direction. I can see your issues since most leather suppliers...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th October 2021, 04:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,302
Posted By Edster
Yep, one and the same Ed. Also you may like the...

Yep, one and the same Ed. Also you may like the three papers I wrote on Kaskara available on the Forum's Geographical Index under Africa.
http://vikingsword.com/ethsword/

Yes, the weld seam as...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th October 2021, 02:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,302
Posted By Edster
Joe, You have a nice well used Beja kaskara...

Joe,

You have a nice well used Beja kaskara made in Eastern Sudan. The worn tassel on the grip is a Beja stylistic signature. The blade has a nice distal taper signifying a very qualified...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd October 2021, 10:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,068
Posted By Edster
This is a tough one for me. The black panel is...

This is a tough one for me. The black panel is likely a replacement. The first part of the blade mark is the Arabic letter Jiim. The second one doesn't match anything I've seen. The folded leather...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th October 2021, 06:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,226
Posted By Edster
Andrew, I can't help with the translation....

Andrew,

I can't help with the translation. While the Thuluth is suggestive of blades available in Omdurman during the Mahdiya, the handle doesn't exhibit any Sudanese design motifs that I am aware...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th October 2021, 01:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,652
Posted By Edster
Thanks, Jim. We agree. Many attractive...

Thanks, Jim. We agree. Many attractive ethnographic arms worthy of collecting continue to be made to satisfy the collector market when they may be declining as cultural expressions in their native...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th October 2021, 12:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,703
Posted By Edster
The farm/butcher knives were made by a firm that...

The farm/butcher knives were made by a firm that operated between the early 1900s and 1960. Interesting firm. See overview article from the Watertown Historical Society.
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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th October 2021, 03:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,652
Posted By Edster
Even though the dagger is not "authentic", I find...

Even though the dagger is not "authentic", I find the horse's expression very appealing from maybe a folkart perspective. Art is really where you find it. Is the horse cast metal or carved wood with...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th September 2021, 03:19 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,289
Posted By Edster
Thanks Jim, excellent counterpoint. I, too, enjoy...

Thanks Jim, excellent counterpoint. I, too, enjoy the entertainment quality of good reasoned debate. However, as an example, I would also like to know the objective differences between a German made...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th September 2021, 12:49 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,289
Posted By Edster
I'm a perennial lurker on this Forum and read...

I'm a perennial lurker on this Forum and read most all the posts. Yogi Berra once said "You can observe a lot just by watching". This is what I have observed.

In my view we're are mostly asking...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st September 2021, 03:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,241
Posted By Edster
They don't look like potential weapons to me even...

They don't look like potential weapons to me even though they are pointed. Too much thin metal. Maybe drawn rather than folded & welded. End openings too large/out of proportion for a proper spear...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th July 2021, 02:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,679
Posted By Edster
Very nice kaskara. I read somewhere that the type...

Very nice kaskara. I read somewhere that the type of rings on the scabbard are old. This is opposed to the round ones on most 20th C. pieces. This suggests that the scabbard could be original to the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th June 2021, 07:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,408
Posted By Edster
Thanks Iain & Marc for the clarifications. In my...

Thanks Iain & Marc for the clarifications. In my ignorance I would have thought the heat treated blade would be considerably harder than one freshly forged and considerably resist a hammer blow on a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th June 2021, 03:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,408
Posted By Edster
Stamped Makers Marks

Marc,

This is off topic, but since you are a blacksmith you no doubt have experience in applying stamps to metal. Your experience could help in identifying dates & origins of imported and locally...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th June 2021, 08:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,408
Posted By Edster
I don't know anything about the meaning of the...

I don't know anything about the meaning of the heavy tassel other than its the signature for the Beja swords. Although they may help with a more secure grip. They seem to look the same whether they...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th June 2021, 11:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,408
Posted By Edster
Hi Marc, Nice Beja kaskara. I agree it's...

Hi Marc,

Nice Beja kaskara. I agree it's likely European blade, but it appears much better quality than munitions grade blades supplied in the mid-late 19C. There are other Formites better...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd June 2021, 09:29 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,079
Posted By Edster
Kubur, I see you are a student of philosophy...

Kubur,

I see you are a student of philosophy as well as ethnographic weapons. In my simple way I meant that "symbolism" is a cultural expression while "art" is a personal expression. Both efforts...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st June 2021, 11:13 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,079
Posted By Edster
Why does the face have to be some sort of...

Why does the face have to be some sort of Symbolism? Why can't it just be Art? Images of Javanese facial masks are cultural, look similar, but without the ear. Once the face was made on the sword...
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