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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 08:29 PM
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Any actual evidence for that? Yataghans were used...

Any actual evidence for that? Yataghans were used by many people, not just the janissaries, and given the extant examples we have plus some of the data on production from various esnafs, fairs, etc....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th November 2021, 01:50 AM
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Posted By TVV
The article below should be helpful in...

The article below should be helpful in understanding how the guards are constructed:
http://iainnorman.com/articles-2/23

The rivets hold the parts of the guard together, and sometimes also serve...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th November 2021, 12:22 AM
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Posted By TVV
On one of the photos there appear to be two more...

On one of the photos there appear to be two more dots towards the tip of the blade, so it might be 7 instead of 5 dots altogether. A reference to the seven sleepers? We probably will not know for...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2021, 11:45 PM
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Posted By TVV
First, welcome to the forum, glad to have you...

First, welcome to the forum, glad to have you here. Second, thank you for sharing these daggers, you have nice and genuine items. The koummaya looks like it has some age and the blade looks like a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st November 2021, 09:09 PM
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Posted By TVV
To be fair, this is a very nice kaskara, with a...

To be fair, this is a very nice kaskara, with a silver gilt pommel and a very high quality crossguard that also looks like it has been gilded. The blade looks like a 19th century European import and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th October 2021, 11:51 PM
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Posted By TVV
It looks Indian to me, in imitation of older...

It looks Indian to me, in imitation of older horse handle khanjars, though not antique.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th July 2021, 07:04 PM
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Posted By TVV
On thing we can all agree on is that this is a...

On thing we can all agree on is that this is a very nice yatagahan, congratulations.

My guess is that it is from the Western Balkans, probably the Dalmatian coast all the way down to Kotor...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th July 2021, 01:30 AM
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Posted By TVV
This sword is also a very interesting one. How is...

This sword is also a very interesting one. How is the blade fixed to the hilt: rivets or peened at the top of the pommel?

The scabbard with the characteristic widening looks like a kaskara...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th July 2021, 12:45 AM
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Views: 1,726
Posted By TVV
Are you absolutely sure the blades are plane, in...

Are you absolutely sure the blades are plane, in other words, have you tried cleaning and etching a small window to check for a pattern?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th July 2021, 07:18 PM
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Posted By TVV
Based on the existence of another very similar...

Based on the existence of another very similar published sword, we can conclude that this is not a one off creation, but rather a type that existed somewhere in the Sahel in the 19th century. Hales...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th July 2021, 12:31 AM
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Posted By TVV
I do not know what this knife is, but it is not...

I do not know what this knife is, but it is not Bulgarian.

Teodor
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th July 2021, 12:29 AM
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Posted By TVV
Kubur, Congratulations, what a spectacular...

Kubur,

Congratulations, what a spectacular sword. It is indeed very similar to the one in Hales' book. The scabbard fittings and the hilt construction are like a takouba, while the blade is more...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th June 2021, 05:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,555
Posted By TVV
It does look like wootz to me from the pictures -...

It does look like wootz to me from the pictures - nice old blade.

Teodor
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th June 2021, 01:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,424
Posted By TVV
I personally like it, it certainly shows age so...

I personally like it, it certainly shows age so it could be from the mid 20th century or even older, and as you point out, the blade is decent, forged with a nice fuller, and definitely not a piece...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th April 2021, 06:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,726
Posted By TVV
Robin has identified this correctly, it is an...

Robin has identified this correctly, it is an Omani so called "royal" khanjar, though this style is reportedly worn by all members of society and not exclusively reserved for the royal family. Your...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th April 2021, 07:00 PM
Replies: 38
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Posted By TVV
This sounds really exciting especially for those...

This sounds really exciting especially for those who like me live on the West Coast (not to mention members from all over the world). Look forward to the continued growth and evolution of this forum.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th March 2021, 05:49 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,089
Posted By TVV
I cannot read the date, but the barrel sure looks...

I cannot read the date, but the barrel sure looks very early. Very nice gun overall, but that barrel has the potential to be special,

Teodor
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th February 2021, 04:43 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,126
Posted By TVV
Joe, I agree with you that there is likely a...

Joe, I agree with you that there is likely a meaning behind the decoration on the blade of your nimcha. What looks like floral decoration to us, often had a symbolic meaning to the original owner and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th February 2021, 12:36 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,126
Posted By TVV
The materials used are not necessarily a good...

The materials used are not necessarily a good indicator of age. There are some great rhino hilt examples from the 19th century. The shape of the grip and the guard are more important. Yours are both...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th February 2021, 06:12 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,126
Posted By TVV
The nimcha as a form does not seem to have...

The nimcha as a form does not seem to have existed prior to the 16th century, and we are talking late 16th century at best. The nimchas with good provenance that exist in museum collections were...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd February 2021, 07:01 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,126
Posted By TVV
Congratulations on your sword, it is Moroccan...

Congratulations on your sword, it is Moroccan from the 19th century. The hilt looks bovine from the pictures.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th January 2021, 06:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,907
Posted By TVV
I believe this is simply a nimcha with a yataghan...

I believe this is simply a nimcha with a yataghan style hilt. While the nimcha style hilt was prevalent (in all its early variations), some preferred other hilt types. Claude shows a yataghan hilted...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th January 2021, 05:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,337
Posted By TVV
Yes, most definitely Abyssinian.

Yes, most definitely Abyssinian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th January 2021, 04:26 AM
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Posted By TVV
The Great Siege of Malta was all the way back in...

The Great Siege of Malta was all the way back in 1565. As far as I am aware, there are no trophies collected from the Ottomans during those events that have indisputable provenance. Only one of the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd January 2021, 06:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,907
Posted By TVV
David, in the link below you can see all of the...

David, in the link below you can see all of the nimchas and other Ottoman arms in the Knights' Armory in Valletta, most of them are fighting examples without the elaborate decoration reserved for...
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