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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th July 2021, 05:47 PM
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Posted By Lee
Ian, You got me thinking and happy to say,...

Ian,

You got me thinking and happy to say, the database had been transferred to the successor machine and I was just now able to start it up without 'incident.' There was a lot of forgotten...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th July 2021, 02:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 240
Posted By Lee
Thumbs up Use something simple to use otherwise you will never use it

This is, in my opinion, excellent advice. About a decade ago I built a Microsoft Access database and for about a year I was diligent in documenting my accessions in it along with images, saved sales...
Forum: European Armoury 6th July 2021, 04:47 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,724
Posted By Lee
Scan of text from Armi Bianche Italiane, p. 354:

Scan of text from Armi Bianche Italiane, p. 354:
Forum: European Armoury 1st July 2021, 12:27 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,724
Posted By Lee
Question Katzbalger - request for assistance in identifying blade mark

Received from a new member for posting:

This katzbalger is from my Collection.

Does anybody know where the inlaid smith's mark comes from?

On both sides is the Upper Reichsapfel sign that I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd June 2021, 06:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 874
Posted By Lee
Question African Shield for Identification & Comment

A reader sent the following text and images and requests identification and comment of this shield.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd June 2021, 02:23 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,409
Posted By Lee
XRF

Dave, there are a number of companies that offer short term rentals of these instruments as they may be used for environmental toxin detection and also for minerals prospecting. Very often junkyards...
Forum: European Armoury 14th June 2021, 10:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 835
Posted By Lee
I have never come across the presence of a steel...

I have never come across the presence of a steel sharpening hone in association with a European medieval sword that I can recall. As David notes, however, very few scabbards have survived.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th June 2021, 10:25 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,409
Posted By Lee
Smile Just before the pandemic struck, I had performed...

Just before the pandemic struck, I had performed a survey of my collection with an XRF analyzer. When we think of medieval Europe and twist-core patterns, iron with phosphorus was most often used to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th June 2021, 06:17 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,409
Posted By Lee
Very nice! Those narrow light colored curving...

Very nice! Those narrow light colored curving lines in the twist core (pattern-welded) panel of the left spear head will contain nickel.
Forum: European Armoury 20th May 2021, 07:54 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,691
Posted By Lee
Promised follow-up

Here are the promised images of my boarding pike. The overall length is 94 inches, with the head straps to tip 20 inches and the square spike 11 inches. The pole is just over 1 inches in diameter...
Forum: European Armoury 18th May 2021, 12:06 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,691
Posted By Lee
Thumbs up Nice!

I must say that I like the bulbous swelling on the end and the elegant tapering of the shaft. I acquired a pike with a very similar head, but a pole of uniform diameter with white and black paint in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th April 2021, 06:31 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,154
Posted By Lee
Yes, that's the one.

Yes, that's the one.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th April 2021, 12:17 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,154
Posted By Lee
Unhappy Not much if any progress

Not that I am aware of, though as we see with this thread, more examples continue to be found. The second I saw was headed to auction in Scotland.

I still hypothesize that the very plain wooden...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th April 2021, 02:34 PM
Replies: 11
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Posted By Lee
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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th April 2021, 12:30 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,508
Posted By Lee
Exclamation Phase 1 nearly done?

The interim upgrade to vBulletin 3.8.11 has been completed, but surely many tweaks will still be needed. Please report any concerning issues encountered by PM or email to ljones@vikingsword.com.
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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd April 2021, 12:57 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,508
Posted By Lee
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There has been a hitch (surprise, surprise) with the first phase of of the forums upgrade as an upgrade to PHP must occur beforehand.

Please expect these forums to be offline on Sunday, April 25...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st April 2021, 06:51 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,508
Posted By Lee
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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th April 2021, 02:15 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,508
Posted By Lee
Cool Bitter pill of change

Again, thank you for your kind words.

The advantages of https have been raised previously and were investigated in the context of the existing installation with the conclusion that a slowing of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th April 2021, 07:21 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,508
Posted By Lee
Lightbulb Looking Forward

Thank you all for your support and kind words. These forums started over two decades ago as a self-help feature, mostly because I would get a lot of questions I could not answer. Over that time the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th April 2021, 09:23 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,508
Posted By Lee
This reflects your browser using a cached page...

This reflects your browser using a cached page from a recent visit rather than getting a fresh copy from the server. If you look for the 'Reload this page' icon (a circular arrow on Google chrome)...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th April 2021, 02:51 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,508
Posted By Lee
Exclamation April 9 - 14 Service Outage and Looking to the Future

Please accept my apology for the recent service outage.

I presently believe that an issue with connectivity between the vBulletin programs server and its supporting SQL server generated a large...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th February 2021, 12:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,142
Posted By Lee
Posting Images Instructions...

Posting Images Instructions (http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showpost.php?p=118983&postcount=4)
Forum: European Armoury 26th January 2021, 03:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,523
Posted By Lee
Lightbulb Here is the link...

Here is the link (http://myarmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=39111) to the parallel discussion over at MyArmoury.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd January 2021, 01:07 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,561
Posted By Lee
It is a valid observation that you make and...

It is a valid observation that you make and applies to many different areas of collecting antiques.

As you observe, a simple cleaning of a coin seriously damages its grade and thus value, while...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th January 2021, 07:53 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,419
Posted By Lee
Take a look at this old thread...

Take a look at this old thread (http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=20828) as the bolster and a blade possibly recycled from previous mounts bring this type to mind.
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