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Forum: European Armoury 5th November 2021, 09:10 PM
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Posted By Iain
Thanks for the detailed write up Jim summarizing...

Thanks for the detailed write up Jim summarizing your earlier points and finding the source you were referring to. Of course the sword we are discussing and these early medieval Byzantine and Islamic...
Forum: Swap Forum 5th November 2021, 10:48 AM
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Posted By Iain
Assorted African items for sale

A mix of various knives and pieces I got in mixed lots over the last year. These don't fit my collection but perhaps they will for someone else!

I'd prefer to sell them all together, but if only...
Forum: European Armoury 4th November 2021, 10:15 PM
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Views: 1,936
Posted By Iain
That link basically uses all the papers and...

That link basically uses all the papers and sources I posted. :)

Thanks for the clear picture Evgeny of the blade.

These cuff hilts can appear with a curved blade. There's actually a couple...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd November 2021, 08:55 PM
Replies: 23
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Posted By Iain
This is not a steppes sword or design as we'd...

This is not a steppes sword or design as we'd classically define it. Rather it filters out of Persia and finds common use among both Islamic and Byzantine forces perhaps as early as the 8th century...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd November 2021, 05:04 PM
Replies: 23
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Posted By Iain
Hi Evgeny, Its possible the guard is in the...

Hi Evgeny,

Its possible the guard is in the correct orientation, I don't have the benefit of the sword in hand, typically the cuff over the guard is the "wider" element while the lower half of the...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd November 2021, 04:24 PM
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Posted By Iain
This is part of a family of 'cuff' hilted swords...

This is part of a family of 'cuff' hilted swords common across the Byzantine empire and areas of its influence. The style actually dates back to Samanid period. In later times it can be observed as...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2021, 01:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,733
Posted By Iain
I would not be surprised if the price realized is...

I would not be surprised if the price realized is due to one or more Islamic art museums in the middle east bidding on it. It is almost certainly from the same workshop as the Ali Dinar swords. As Ed...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd October 2021, 02:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,141
Posted By Iain
Thanks Charles, The tonkou feature is not...

Thanks Charles,

The tonkou feature is not particularly common but also not massively rare. This style of tonkou is similar to those found on Chinese and Vietnamese weapons.




Hi Ian, I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st October 2021, 05:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,141
Posted By Iain
Old northern Thai daab

Been waiting a while for this one to show up and quite pleased with it. An unusual example (although others that are similar are out there) with a tankou that differs from the ones found on Thai made...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th September 2021, 04:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,681
Posted By Iain
Absolutely agree, my point was more that this is...

Absolutely agree, my point was more that this is likely older than the typical Vietnamese blades we see that came back in colonial times of 19th century manufacture. The imperfections in the fuller...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th September 2021, 12:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,681
Posted By Iain
Hi Philip, thanks for the comments, of course...

Hi Philip, thanks for the comments, of course very much inline with my own thinking, the Hermitage example for the guard was also what came immediately to my mind as well when I decided to buy this...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th September 2021, 09:01 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,681
Posted By Iain
Hi Ian, Yes, some of these are Ayutthaya...

Hi Ian,

Yes, some of these are Ayutthaya period, some are later. Its important to keep in mind just how influential Japanese mercenaries were at the time, Yamada Nagamasa is perhaps the most...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th September 2021, 10:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,681
Posted By Iain
Hi Ian, I'm attaching a few pics so others can...

Hi Ian, I'm attaching a few pics so others can see some Thai examples.

The cross section of the hilt is somewhat more rounded by the guard but generally rectangular.

A feature that is also...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th September 2021, 10:34 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,681
Posted By Iain
Unfortunately with the lacquer in place its...

Unfortunately with the lacquer in place its impossible to tell if there's a rivet or a peg. This type of lacquer over cord is very hard.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th September 2021, 05:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,681
Posted By Iain
Possible but I feel the style of the hilt wrap...

Possible but I feel the style of the hilt wrap and scabbard doesn't point that way. But I'm not all that familiar with Korean arms.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th September 2021, 10:55 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,681
Posted By Iain
Hi Jeff, There are several reasons, but I'll...

Hi Jeff,

There are several reasons, but I'll elaborate a little more in response to Ian's post.




Hi Ian, the Thai examples are a little different, mine uses a two part wooden hilt, similar...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th September 2021, 10:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,681
Posted By Iain
Thanks Alan, there was a strong presence in the...

Thanks Alan, there was a strong presence in the Ayutthaya period in Thailand as well as populations in Malaysia, the Philippines, Burma, Cambodia and Vietnam to name a few. Actually the well known...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd September 2021, 05:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,681
Posted By Iain
S.E. Asian katana

Some may enjoy seeing this, I'm still working to pin down exactly where its from, which may prove difficult as this overall form diffused widely with the Japanese trading and mercenary presence in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th August 2021, 07:59 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,207
Posted By Iain
The inscription above the peacock simply says...

The inscription above the peacock simply says "Burma peacock King."
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th August 2021, 09:57 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,207
Posted By Iain
Both swords are obviously from either the same...

Both swords are obviously from either the same workshop or a similar point of origin. I think nobody commented because it was quite clear?

The peacock is not British, it was used by the Konbaung...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th August 2021, 10:50 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,207
Posted By Iain
Its worth noting that many cities and districts...

Its worth noting that many cities and districts were renamed post 1989, at times these name changes reflect an effort to make the names more Burmese rather than the local language version. A good...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th August 2021, 02:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,861
Posted By Iain
Nice to see another similar knife. With yours the...

Nice to see another similar knife. With yours the blade does seem quite old and is of a form I've seen on other working knives from the region, which makes sense with the smaller size.

To be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th August 2021, 11:13 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,207
Posted By Iain
I would guess it was simply one smith or workshop...

I would guess it was simply one smith or workshop who was perhaps annoyed at some cheaper competition...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th August 2021, 06:26 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,207
Posted By Iain
A friend was able to translate the script. Quite...

A friend was able to translate the script. Quite interesting... It says "beware of forgeries!"
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th August 2021, 11:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,491
Posted By Iain
It's perhaps worth showing as well the pommel...

It's perhaps worth showing as well the pommel with its 'flaw' as some members might not be familiar with the way in which daab are constructed when there is a hilt of this type.

The hilt is cast...
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