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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th April 2021, 07:00 PM
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Posted By Philip
Nice to have the native terminology for all the...

Nice to have the native terminology for all the components. Interesting that the artist did not show the flint that ought to be in the hammer for a spark to strike off the frizzen. I have often...
Forum: European Armoury 23rd April 2021, 06:08 AM
Replies: 10
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Posted By Philip
The grain structure points to maple, which as you...

The grain structure points to maple, which as you say was a common wood for gunstocks in the northeastern part of America into the first half of the 19th cent. Its use on firearms seems to have...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st April 2021, 09:38 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,553
Posted By Philip
Fantastic. Thanks, Lee, for all your hard work.

Fantastic. Thanks, Lee, for all your hard work.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st April 2021, 07:21 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,858
Posted By Philip
You're most welcome, Marius! It might be...

You're most welcome, Marius!

It might be useful to remember also that the anti-aristocratic attitude predates Mao, we see it after the 1911 revolution that toppled the monarchy. Just like in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st April 2021, 07:09 AM
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Views: 1,858
Posted By Philip
Ian, after thinking about it more, I also can't...

Ian, after thinking about it more, I also can't help but find his comments to be, as you say, "fuzzy". There seems to be no clear nexus between the jian and Confucian ideology (essentially a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th April 2021, 09:31 PM
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Views: 1,858
Posted By Philip
Context?

Well, the foray into Confucious and the Chinese civil service is quite a stretch, isn't it? What the examination system had to do with the jian and its use isn't exactly clear, but let me think...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th April 2021, 03:48 PM
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Posted By Philip
Yes indeed. The two posts just previous, by...

Yes indeed. The two posts just previous, by Kubur and Kronckew, aptly point out the hazards of relying on "experts". Relying on Chinese auction "experts" has special shortcomings. The antiques...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th April 2021, 05:49 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,858
Posted By Philip
Having handled, researched, and restored many of...

Having handled, researched, and restored many of these "extreme rarity" swords since the 1970s, I must disagree. It's easy to assume from the tons of crappy fakes floating around that the genuine...
Forum: European Armoury 18th April 2021, 08:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 983
Posted By Philip
Hi, Colin To answer your questions, I pored...

Hi, Colin

To answer your questions, I pored through two references covering the subject:
1. Ewart Oakeshott, European Weapons and Armour from the Renaissance to the Industrial Revolution, chap....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th April 2021, 08:09 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,858
Posted By Philip
Hi, Joe Thanks much for sharing additional...

Hi, Joe

Thanks much for sharing additional pics. The one in the scabbard, shown diagonally with a karabela pommel below, has features that point to it being a bona fide antique, probably late...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th April 2021, 03:39 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,858
Posted By Philip
Don't we all dream of finding the saber carried...

Don't we all dream of finding the saber carried by Genghis Cohen?
Dig deep enough on the internet, one of us lucky bums might just find it!

Some years ago, I saw something written by some chap...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th April 2021, 03:33 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,858
Posted By Philip
Jim, you might have a better grasp of this after...

Jim, you might have a better grasp of this after digging deeper into the historical narrative. The Dutch sinologist R van Gulick wrote an interesting article on the significance of the jian, along...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th April 2021, 06:31 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,858
Posted By Philip
David, you've hit the nail right on the head. ...

David, you've hit the nail right on the head. No use over-intellectualizing the Buddhistic symbolism, this thing is bogus. The uneven workmanship, the assembly of the hilt (note especially the...
Forum: European Armoury 17th April 2021, 12:09 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 983
Posted By Philip
In some parts of Europe, in pre-industrial times,...

In some parts of Europe, in pre-industrial times, cutting tools for domestic and craft uses were often deeply marked with punched-in stamps. The Germanic countries were well known for this. Of...
Forum: European Armoury 17th April 2021, 12:05 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 983
Posted By Philip
The blade details (look also at cross-section,...

The blade details (look also at cross-section, bevels, and the manner of fullering) are distinctly different between this, and the Asiatic examples you cite. Close (in profile) to be sure, but not a...
Forum: European Armoury 16th April 2021, 11:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 983
Posted By Philip
Thanks, Bob, for the additional pics. Are those...

Thanks, Bob, for the additional pics. Are those straps physically attached to the socket? They look separate in the photo but with the piece in hand, you might see differently.

What strikes...
Forum: European Armoury 16th April 2021, 12:07 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 983
Posted By Philip
Design and construction aren't close to any...

Design and construction aren't close to any glaive I've seen, Chinese, European, or otherwise.

How secure is the socket-to-shaft attachment? Like with a cross pin or rivet?
A flensing knife...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th April 2021, 12:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 883
Posted By Philip
Well, Iran has quite a tradition of eroticism in...

Well, Iran has quite a tradition of eroticism in the arts. I thought that the poetic expression was Sufistic spiritualism expressed in a physical metaphor, but some years ago a collector showed me a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th April 2021, 05:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 883
Posted By Philip
I wonder what the significance is of the...

I wonder what the significance is of the tokhes-shaped or gluteoform tip.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th April 2021, 03:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,073
Posted By Philip
Pighorns : brass has class

Thanks for the links, carynx has a lot of musical possibilities -- what an otherworldly sound! Both eerie and awe-inspiring. Some years ago I saw a display in a vitrine at the Museum of Scotland...
Forum: European Armoury 5th April 2021, 07:00 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,022
Posted By Philip
Olá, Nando You provide some interesting...

Olá, Nando
You provide some interesting background info. I think the padded cotton is not necessarily lower than the layers of only skin, based on experiments conducted by archer friends in the...
Forum: European Armoury 5th April 2021, 06:44 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,191
Posted By Philip
I wonder how long it takes for your lady friend...

I wonder how long it takes for your lady friend to apply sunblock on a 300 lb piggy (by the way, how old is it -- if still a young 'un I wonder if he be a Hogzilla in the making, or perhaps a...
Forum: European Armoury 5th April 2021, 03:26 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,191
Posted By Philip
On a very hot day it might be a matter of...

On a very hot day it might be a matter of survival for them.
This is an animal that tends not to thrive in environments like the depths of the Sahara desert.
Forum: European Armoury 5th April 2021, 03:10 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,191
Posted By Philip
Horses sweat like we do, but not pigs. That's...

Horses sweat like we do, but not pigs. That's why they need to immerse themselves or wallow in puddles to cool off.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th April 2021, 01:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,073
Posted By Philip
going after sleeping tigers

David, I know you have a martial arts background, but please refrain from trying this at your local zoo. Even if the shaft of your mace does have an iron core!

Seriously, the legend makes it a...
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