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Forum: European Armoury Today, 02:43 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Semantics often becomes the nemesis of the...

Semantics often becomes the nemesis of the historian and researcher in following the accounts and records of the times in studying arms. This is often the case where transliterations take place from...
Forum: European Armoury Today, 02:31 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Hi Capn, Very good analogies! Nautical battles...

Hi Capn,
Very good analogies! Nautical battles were indeed very much like chess, and the strategies and tactics very different than warfare on terra firma. Your description of these vessels as...
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 11:56 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
British saber believed of Papal Army volunteers

This is another of my 'mystery' swords acquired back in the 1970s. This was among piles of old swords on a table at a gun show, and pretty much simply scoffed at by those circling the table.

I...
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 05:31 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you for sharing this update! This was a...

Thank you for sharing this update! This was a great discussion and good to see the family traditions, and that of this fine sword, continuing in good form.
Well done!
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 05:22 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you for this picture, all I could find were...

Thank you for this picture, all I could find were the drawings of the sword.
Where was this found?

If only now we could find the actual sword.

The photo of it with the gun barrel against the...
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 03:29 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thanks Rick! I found a note saying something...

Thanks Rick!

I found a note saying something about Samuel Wagstaff Jr. (1921-1987) selling to J.Paul Getty Museum in 1984,..,..but it was along with the old 1870s photo, so I thought it referred...
Forum: European Armoury 14th May 2021, 11:52 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Well noted Capn! It is amazing how much...

Well noted Capn!
It is amazing how much gentleman's courtesy was observed in the communications between these two captains, and as you mention, there was a great deal of maneuvering by both ships to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th May 2021, 10:50 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Im with you Stu, the 'gile' has such a distinct...

Im with you Stu, the 'gile' has such a distinct blade shape, and these are used by the Afar people and associated tribes. The Afar region (depression) is in NE Ethiopia near Eritrea and these tribes...
Forum: European Armoury 14th May 2021, 08:59 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Sword of Myles Standish

In much of the lore of American history, the tales of the Puritans and Pilgrims and the establishment of Plymouth Colony in 1920 , Myles Standish is heralded as the military advisor and leader of the...
Forum: European Armoury 12th May 2021, 04:28 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Just looking further into the markings on this...

Just looking further into the markings on this tulwar hilt and found some notes from discussions here regarding similar acronyms (?) on others posted here in 2010-14.
It seems during the British...
Forum: European Armoury 11th May 2021, 06:56 PM
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Views: 883
Posted By Jim McDougall
In hopes of finding our original topic, and...

In hopes of finding our original topic, and looking more at the connection between the sawback of this interesting example hanger and other sawback weapons (Spanish and Prussian), we return to the...
Forum: European Armoury 10th May 2021, 11:20 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Most forensic Fernando, so the context determines...

Most forensic Fernando, so the context determines which category an item is classified.
In analogy, I recall years ago a guy calling me to identify what resulted being a very valuable Caucasian...
Forum: European Armoury 10th May 2021, 05:51 PM
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Views: 883
Posted By Jim McDougall
Fernando thank you for the elucidation :) I am...

Fernando thank you for the elucidation :) I am now well versed in understanding what a machete is and how it is used, and that it indeed does cut much as a kitchen knife. But then is a kitchen knife...
Forum: European Armoury 10th May 2021, 04:30 PM
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Views: 883
Posted By Jim McDougall
Ahah! So the 1803 is called a sappers machete, or...

Ahah! So the 1803 is called a sappers machete, or as Calvo puts it, saw machete. Thing brings up machetes, which even into modern times (I will not give examples as that will be 20th century and...
Forum: European Armoury 9th May 2021, 11:46 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
You're right, and I was immediately apprehensive...

You're right, and I was immediately apprehensive about using the word 'tool' in describing these weapons, but even the sage Richard Burton described the use of these weapons for utility in these...
Forum: European Armoury 9th May 2021, 04:24 PM
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Views: 883
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you Cathey.

Thank you Cathey.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th May 2021, 11:39 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Absolutely! my pleasure, glad I could be of some...

Absolutely! my pleasure, glad I could be of some help. It is a great subject area, and always learning.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th May 2021, 07:54 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Nihl, this is an incredibly unique item!! and...

Nihl, this is an incredibly unique item!! and with remarkably exotic character.
I very much agree with Marius' well described observations, especially with the fact that like many ethnographic...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th May 2021, 05:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 542
Posted By Jim McDougall
Well noted Richard, I recall having a couple of...

Well noted Richard, I recall having a couple of those 'MOLE' marked tulwars years ago and always thought them most interesting. I believe there were considerable others that were unmarked (I think...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th May 2021, 05:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 542
Posted By Jim McDougall
Nihl, we are all 'students' of this most...

Nihl, we are all 'students' of this most intriguing field, and constantly learning. That is what is most important, as we share observations, notes, ideas and examples we all advance in the shared...
Forum: European Armoury 8th May 2021, 04:30 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 883
Posted By Jim McDougall
Cathey, this is truly an anomaly, and you're spot...

Cathey, this is truly an anomaly, and you're spot on with the 'pioneer' attribution in my opinion. These 'saw back' weapons were key to these engineer units for utility in constructing field...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th May 2021, 12:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 542
Posted By Jim McDougall
[QUOTE=Kubur;262367]Well I agree but this...

[QUOTE=Kubur;262367]Well I agree but this statment applies to at least of 80% of ethno swords, not only Indian ones...:cool:
From Takouba to Katana[/QUOTE

Very well noted, in the ethnographic...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2021, 08:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 542
Posted By Jim McDougall
I am with Nihl on this, and this is pretty much...

I am with Nihl on this, and this is pretty much the well known styling on many tulwar hilts from Rajasthan, as noted the Rajputs are known to have had these sharply defined bulge in center grip. ...
Forum: European Armoury 2nd May 2021, 01:42 AM
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Views: 1,131
Posted By Jim McDougall
Add photos

Adding the photo for previous post as unable to find manage photos attachment in edit.
Forum: European Armoury 1st May 2021, 10:27 PM
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Views: 1,131
Posted By Jim McDougall
The 'Transylvanian knot', if I understand...

The 'Transylvanian knot', if I understand correctly, is simply an idiom describing a phrase or group of symbols or words in acronym or combinations thereof which are intended as talismanic or magical...
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