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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 03:07 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
A very wise arms writer once told me,...

A very wise arms writer once told me, 'ethnographic weapons have no geographic boundaries', as Mahratt has very well explained.
When Mr. Seifert spoke to me regarding the Black Sea yataghan he had...
Forum: European Armoury 1st July 2022, 11:02 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you so much!!These are excellent...

Thank you so much!!These are excellent observations and insights, and all very well placed. With the 'Spanish motto' blades, there has long been a 'back and forth' on whether these were Solingen or...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st July 2022, 08:25 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
addendum

I found the title of the Hungarian work I referred to, but as yet have not found the illustrations, which show these Transcaucasian forms with cleft pommel but with wide range of blades. It is "A...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st July 2022, 06:19 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thanks Ariel, Its funny to think back then in...

Thanks Ariel,
Its funny to think back then in those late 1990s and all the research. I must admit, then, as always, I have been obsessive about finding out as much as I could on every weapon form I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st July 2022, 12:22 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
That is an interesting twist on the possible...

That is an interesting twist on the possible origins of these, and I agree, Mr, Tirri was notably knowledgeable. Knowing that the Laz, while not involved with the Janissaries and such Ottoman forces,...
Forum: European Armoury 29th June 2022, 02:08 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Its quite possible its a trade blade, as these...

Its quite possible its a trade blade, as these were prevalent through the Arab/Indian trade entrepots. Indian armorers as far as I have known did not use makers marks like in Europe but did use...
Forum: European Armoury 28th June 2022, 06:54 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Very true, even the locals in Alta California...

Very true, even the locals in Alta California writing accounts in those times presumed 'every sword' was made in Toledo. This powerful reputation prevailed in literature and much public thought for...
Forum: European Armoury 28th June 2022, 06:47 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Potosi(?) knife

Here is an example of the turn back pommel that seems associated with Potosi, but still seeking more evidence. This resembles the hilt on the similarly pommeled espada ancha I posted, and was found...
Forum: European Armoury 28th June 2022, 06:01 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thanks Fernando, sure would love to see a picture...

Thanks Fernando, sure would love to see a picture of that. Just to clarify, my suggestion was that the examples of the serpent feature with some sort of provenance imply a certain preponderance in...
Forum: European Armoury 28th June 2022, 04:16 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Absolutely! and that observation of yours was one...

Absolutely! and that observation of yours was one of the key breakthroughs in my understanding of these locally produced machetes (=espada anchas).
In Brinckerhoff & Chamberlain (1972) it was noted...
Forum: European Armoury 28th June 2022, 06:27 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
In post #5, the bowl type shell guard, note the...

In post #5, the bowl type shell guard, note the serpent creeping near one edge. As we know from examples with provenance from South America on these, and we can presume they were among 'Spanish Main'...
Forum: European Armoury 27th June 2022, 10:51 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you! Yes, it is indeed my sword which I...

Thank you! Yes, it is indeed my sword which I acquired some years ago. While I simply wanted an example, I had not anticipated the depth of the history associated with this one. While schiavona are...
Forum: European Armoury 27th June 2022, 06:14 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
The 'round tang' and branched hilt

In around 1810-20s the European style hilts with branched guards became popular in New Spain northern frontier regions it seems. According to Adams (1985), he called these multi quillon branched...
Forum: European Armoury 27th June 2022, 07:02 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
The espada ancha 'type' of hilts with full length...

The espada ancha 'type' of hilts with full length blades were found in the southern sectors of New Spain as well as Caribbean and into South America. These regions were part of the "Spanish Main"...
Forum: European Armoury 27th June 2022, 12:37 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Nice example of northwestern India talwar,...

Nice example of northwestern India talwar, probably Rajasthan or Sind, as per the decorative element center of cross guard, the swan neck knuckle guard from Rajasthan areas. It resembles the type...
Forum: European Armoury 27th June 2022, 12:27 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thanks very much ! the 1870s sounds right as well...

Thanks very much ! the 1870s sounds right as well as these '1840' style hilts were around for some time. I know they were referred to as cutlass, but am not aware if they had a naval connection...
Forum: European Armoury 26th June 2022, 09:54 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you Fernando! as always very interesting...

Thank you Fernando! as always very interesting responses.
I will say that this treatment on the history of these is wonderfully entertaining and well illustrates the kind of 'lore' that has...
Forum: European Armoury 26th June 2022, 05:06 PM
Replies: 23
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Posted By Jim McDougall
The Espada Ancha Myth

In recent browsing through another forum, I found this curious heading and opened the thread hoping to find what this title meant. The author was inquiring if someone might direct him to references...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd June 2022, 04:53 AM
Replies: 58
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thanks Fernando, and you're right, finding things...

Thanks Fernando, and you're right, finding things these days is a lot easier with the 'magic box'. Its a good thing as my mountains of notes, files, index cards, books of decades are hopelessly...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd June 2022, 03:38 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Looks like a blade from a 'nimcha' mid 19th+ with...

Looks like a blade from a 'nimcha' mid 19th+ with this assembly of 'cosmological' theme resembling the Schimmelbusch style marking. This is typically a comet with this grouping of stars, but a moon...
Forum: European Armoury 19th June 2022, 06:12 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Fernando, I am remiss in not thanking you for...

Fernando, I am remiss in not thanking you for this great entry on the painting of gun carraiges red in honor of this practice/tradition. I am wondering if any form of this remained vestigially after...
Forum: European Armoury 19th June 2022, 05:00 PM
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Views: 4,162
Posted By Jim McDougall
Wow! That is a MAGNIFICENT collection, and right...

Wow! That is a MAGNIFICENT collection, and right you are to be focused on these beautiful swords which indeed proudly represent your heritage. It has always been my understanding that these were...
Forum: European Armoury 19th June 2022, 05:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 505
Posted By Jim McDougall
By who? We always ask for photos of entire weapon...

By who? We always ask for photos of entire weapon for inscriptions, marks etc. It makes a difference.
Forum: European Armoury 18th June 2022, 05:12 PM
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Views: 505
Posted By Jim McDougall
I agree Udo, I went through Kinman's excellent...

I agree Udo, I went through Kinman's excellent book, which is one of the most compehensive to date and found nothing notably like this. I was hoping you might find something as your background and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th June 2022, 04:14 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
That would be a good assumption ideally, but in...

That would be a good assumption ideally, but in the volatile tribal regions in Afghanistan, local artisans busily refurbish and repurpose weaponry constantly as they have for centuries. It is true...
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