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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th June 2021, 12:15 AM
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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, 05:07 AM
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Views: 1,180
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, 06:00 PM
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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, 04:49 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,327
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, 03:43 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,246
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 16th February 2021, 11:36 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,246
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, 05:12 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,246
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, 06:01 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,246
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, 05:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,149
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, 04:11 AM
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Posted By TVV
Yes, most definitely Abyssinian.

Yes, most definitely Abyssinian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th January 2021, 03:26 AM
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Views: 2,149
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, 05:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,149
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...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th January 2021, 05:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,652
Posted By TVV
I have no idea what Wolfgang's plans are for his...

I have no idea what Wolfgang's plans are for his collection, but since we are all only temporary holders of our items, the natural thing is that they all pass to other collectors to cherish and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th January 2021, 06:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,149
Posted By TVV
Jim, thank you for your thorough comments. I have...

Jim, thank you for your thorough comments. I have the Furusiyya Foundation book and it is a great reference. It shows a nimcha with a hilt, covered by turtle shell and silver (#41), and then mentions...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th January 2021, 05:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,652
Posted By TVV
Kubur has already given you all the correct info....

Kubur has already given you all the correct info. I can only add that a knife with a similar hilt is the first item shown in "Panga Na Visu", where Zirngibl identifies it as Mandingo based on the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th January 2021, 12:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,149
Posted By TVV
Thank you Kubur, I appreciate it. ...

Thank you Kubur, I appreciate it.



Jose, it is not patina. It looks like remnants of paint or enamel.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th January 2021, 09:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,149
Posted By TVV
Thank you Stu, I find the connections between the...

Thank you Stu, I find the connections between the Zanzibari nimchas (Zanzibari used here to refer to all nimchas from Southern Arabia and the Eastern coastline of Africa) and the Maghrebi ones...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th January 2021, 08:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,105
Posted By TVV
Based on the socket decoration, this spearhead...

Based on the socket decoration, this spearhead probably comes from the Sahel or the Mandara mountains. The brass plates almost certainly have some ceremonial or cult significance, but I personally do...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th January 2021, 11:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,149
Posted By TVV
Nimcha for Comments and Musings on Nimchas

I have always wanted an older nimcha and I believe this one is 18th century or earlier. Buttin shows a similar one as #991 in his catalogue and dates it to the 14th/15th century, but with all due...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th January 2021, 05:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,227
Posted By TVV
I can help with that.

I can help with that.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd January 2021, 05:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,878
Posted By TVV
Happy New Year Ariel, and congratulations on this...

Happy New Year Ariel, and congratulations on this excellent acquisition. This is as nice as it can get and I actually liked it more than some other shamshirs that sold for more at the auction, so I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th December 2020, 04:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,880
Posted By TVV
I cannot say whether the hilt is rhino or not...

I cannot say whether the hilt is rhino or not based on the pictures, but I also do not think that this is so important. Rhino horn might be the more exotic material, but it comes with its own set of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th December 2020, 07:36 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,935
Posted By TVV
Jose, not only is your execution flawless, but...

Jose, not only is your execution flawless, but you have obviously also spent a significant amount of time and effort studying other examples, as your work is true to originals in character. I admit...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th December 2020, 04:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,299
Posted By TVV
They were most certainly used in Yemen. There is...

They were most certainly used in Yemen. There is a picture in Hales of the Sultan of Lahej with such a sword.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th December 2020, 07:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,299
Posted By TVV
First of all, congratulations on this extremely...

First of all, congratulations on this extremely nice saif. Your observations on the flower motives are accurate and supported by both Elgood and Hales. Both authors state that while these swords were...
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