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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th November 2021, 08:25 PM
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Posted By colin henshaw
Something similar here from a previous auction,...

Something similar here from a previous auction, described as African style axes... the same one ??
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th November 2021, 08:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 625
Posted By colin henshaw
I think its a fairly recent African dance axe,...

I think its a fairly recent African dance axe, probably from West Africa somewhere. I'll see if I can find out more.
Forum: European Armoury 13th November 2021, 10:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 751
Posted By colin henshaw
A very interesting item, I like the primitive,...

A very interesting item, I like the primitive, blacksmith-made appearance...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2021, 06:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,430
Posted By colin henshaw
Presumably, if the blade length was shorter...

Presumably, if the blade length was shorter (maybe due to iron availability), a longer handle would be required to get a better swing at the target...

It could also be just a matter of style...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2021, 03:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,430
Posted By colin henshaw
Its a nice dao, I particularly like the red-dyed...

Its a nice dao, I particularly like the red-dyed rattan and goat hair. These Naga/Assam daos come in different varieties and yours is a good example of its type.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2021, 09:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,582
Posted By colin henshaw
A fine Darfur kaskara. There was a very similar...

A fine Darfur kaskara. There was a very similar example in the British Museum exhibition about the Sudan, some years ago.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th October 2021, 10:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 959
Posted By colin henshaw
A fine sword - congratulations !

A fine sword - congratulations !
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th October 2021, 10:45 AM
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Views: 25,334
Posted By colin henshaw
Great collection, Detlef !

Great collection, Detlef !
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th October 2021, 03:56 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,986
Posted By colin henshaw
This knife posted by Peter B. and the similar...

This knife posted by Peter B. and the similar one posted by Ibrahim Al Balooshi are both crude modern items produced in bulk for the tourist trade. I would guess they are made in West Africa...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th October 2021, 07:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,985
Posted By colin henshaw
Many thanks Ren Ren, much appreciated ! Vietnam...

Many thanks Ren Ren, much appreciated ! Vietnam looks right for the top crossbow in my photo, but the lower one has a different shaped stock and bone lock mechanism. Could it be from elsewhere or...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd October 2021, 03:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,801
Posted By colin henshaw
Unearthed some more old pictures of these East...

Unearthed some more old pictures of these East African spear examples, for interest. Note that one image shows Kikuyu not Masai warriors...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd October 2021, 12:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,985
Posted By colin henshaw
Hello Ren Ren. An interesting topic, thanks for...

Hello Ren Ren. An interesting topic, thanks for posting. I have these two crossbows, but never been able to identify their specific areas of origin, except for "South-East Asia". Can you help me...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th September 2021, 08:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,040
Posted By colin henshaw
This is a Beja spear from Eastern Sudan.

This is a Beja spear from Eastern Sudan.
Forum: European Armoury 25th September 2021, 04:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,054
Posted By colin henshaw
It slightly reminds me of the French 1832...

It slightly reminds me of the French 1832 artillery short sword "cabbage cutter", the inspiration perhaps ??
Forum: European Armoury 21st September 2021, 01:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,054
Posted By colin henshaw
Good observation Richard, its a possibility...

Good observation Richard, its a possibility...
Forum: European Armoury 21st September 2021, 11:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,054
Posted By colin henshaw
An interesting item, from the old rust patina it...

An interesting item, from the old rust patina it seems to have some fair age to it. Another possibility to add to the mix as to its origin ... is that of a piece made on board a sailing ship for...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th September 2021, 06:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,801
Posted By colin henshaw
Here are some extracts from "The British Museum...

Here are some extracts from "The British Museum Handbook to the Ethnographical Collections" 1910 that mention these types of spear. The handbook also illustrates an older type of Masai spear with a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th September 2021, 10:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,040
Posted By colin henshaw
These are rare shields, I have only ever seen one...

These are rare shields, I have only ever seen one for sale many years ago...
Forum: European Armoury 14th September 2021, 11:23 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,095
Posted By colin henshaw
Mark, I know very little about Europeans swords...

Mark, I know very little about Europeans swords ... about the blade, is it a Solingen production ? any marks, running wolf etc ? Did they make sword blades in Scotland at all ?? The blade seems to...
Forum: European Armoury 13th September 2021, 10:24 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,095
Posted By colin henshaw
Great sword, Mark. Congratulations !

Great sword, Mark. Congratulations !
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd August 2021, 04:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,801
Posted By colin henshaw
Nice image from the book "Through Masai Land" by...

Nice image from the book "Through Masai Land" by Joseph Thomson, 1885.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd August 2021, 09:32 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,801
Posted By colin henshaw
The top spear is a good old example,...

The top spear is a good old example, congratulations. The lower one is much later, mid-late 20th century. As Tim mentioned ... this pattern of spear was used in the historic period by several...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th August 2021, 09:42 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,182
Posted By colin henshaw
A good honest little dagger, thanks for posting....

A good honest little dagger, thanks for posting. Probably Hausa or nearby.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th August 2021, 05:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,328
Posted By colin henshaw
Unusual African knives for I.D.

Here are a couple of African knives I acquired a little while ago. Usually this type is described as "Shona", from Zimbabwe, however there are a few unusual features being ... not an "ogee" profiled...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd August 2021, 03:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,170
Posted By colin henshaw
Oops forgot photo.

Oops forgot photo.
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