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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th July 2021, 01:02 PM
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Posted By Edster
Very nice kaskara. I read somewhere that the type...

Very nice kaskara. I read somewhere that the type of rings on the scabbard are old. This is opposed to the round ones on most 20th C. pieces. This suggests that the scabbard could be original to the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th June 2021, 06:34 PM
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Posted By Edster
Thanks Iain & Marc for the clarifications. In my...

Thanks Iain & Marc for the clarifications. In my ignorance I would have thought the heat treated blade would be considerably harder than one freshly forged and considerably resist a hammer blow on a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th June 2021, 02:03 PM
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Posted By Edster
Stamped Makers Marks

Marc,

This is off topic, but since you are a blacksmith you no doubt have experience in applying stamps to metal. Your experience could help in identifying dates & origins of imported and locally...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th June 2021, 07:49 PM
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Posted By Edster
I don't know anything about the meaning of the...

I don't know anything about the meaning of the heavy tassel other than its the signature for the Beja swords. Although they may help with a more secure grip. They seem to look the same whether they...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th June 2021, 10:20 PM
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Posted By Edster
Hi Marc, Nice Beja kaskara. I agree it's...

Hi Marc,

Nice Beja kaskara. I agree it's likely European blade, but it appears much better quality than munitions grade blades supplied in the mid-late 19C. There are other Formites better...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd June 2021, 08:29 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,099
Posted By Edster
Kubur, I see you are a student of philosophy...

Kubur,

I see you are a student of philosophy as well as ethnographic weapons. In my simple way I meant that "symbolism" is a cultural expression while "art" is a personal expression. Both efforts...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st June 2021, 10:13 PM
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Posted By Edster
Why does the face have to be some sort of...

Why does the face have to be some sort of Symbolism? Why can't it just be Art? Images of Javanese facial masks are cultural, look similar, but without the ear. Once the face was made on the sword...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th June 2021, 06:52 PM
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Views: 774
Posted By Edster
Yep, all of the weapons/tools we consider, as...

Yep, all of the weapons/tools we consider, as others have observed, exist in/derive from social and cultural contexts. Once these contexts erode they become objects of art that we collectors and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th June 2021, 01:28 PM
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Views: 774
Posted By Edster
A Shade Tree Smith is a takeoff on a probably...

A Shade Tree Smith is a takeoff on a probably rural Southern US term for a Shade Tree Mechanic who would work on cars, rebuild engines, etc. under the shade of a household tree or other crude shelter...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th June 2021, 02:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 774
Posted By Edster
Here's my spear. Note the concave left half and...

Here's my spear. Note the concave left half and narrow surface to sharpen. Very similar to yours right side to my eye.

Ed
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th June 2021, 09:18 PM
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Posted By Edster
drac2k, The spear on the right looks to me...

drac2k,

The spear on the right looks to me like the Mahdist Era style. I have one similar. Photo highlights on yours suggests that one side is slightly concave while the flipped over the other...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd April 2021, 01:55 PM
Replies: 18
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Posted By Edster
Kubur, I'm always eager to learn. Would...

Kubur,

I'm always eager to learn. Would appreciate good references. Here's a more recent paper by a Sudanese scholar on the Sammaniya order, the one the Mahdi was first associated with and which...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd April 2021, 01:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,371
Posted By Edster
Kubur, We both have done our homework, but...

Kubur,

We both have done our homework, but we apparently see the Elephant from different positions. My reading of Sudanese Islam says that its Sunni Sufi orders came from places like Mecca, Iraq,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st April 2021, 12:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,371
Posted By Edster
Ian and Jim, thanks. Ah shucks, it weren't...

Ian and Jim, thanks. Ah shucks, it weren't nothin!!

But seriously, that kind of research was why I finally pursued anthropology at age 40 after watching Iranian craftsmen during the Peace Corps...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th April 2021, 08:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,371
Posted By Edster
Here is a 2018 JAAS article that links Sudanese...

Here is a 2018 JAAS article that links Sudanese thuluth decoration to Persian Sufi (Qajar) weapons influence. While good info is presented, I think the link is very speculative. Mainly because...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th April 2021, 01:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,371
Posted By Edster
Nice old sword. The thuluth etching is common on...

Nice old sword. The thuluth etching is common on a "type" related to the Mahdiya movement that was mainly destroyed after the 1898 Battle of Omdurman and the subsequent tracking down & death of the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th March 2021, 01:37 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,410
Posted By Edster
Peter, You say "since the 37mm gun as bolts...

Peter,

You say "since the 37mm gun as bolts into the chamber that will make removal of the castings difficult."

This suggests that a 37mm round could not be effectively inserted into the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th March 2021, 07:04 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,410
Posted By Edster
It might be informative to do a chamber cast and...

It might be informative to do a chamber cast and extended into the first part of the barrel. This would give an idea of the round along with bullet diameter used. Cerrosafe is the casting material...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th March 2021, 07:23 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,410
Posted By Edster
Are the barrels rifled? They may be ships signal...

Are the barrels rifled? They may be ships signal guns.

Ed
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th March 2021, 08:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,300
Posted By Edster
Impressive work. The steel of both pieces look...

Impressive work. The steel of both pieces look nearly the same. How did you make the weld? What did you use for a filler? Maybe small pieces or powder from the blade piece you welded on?

Best,
Ed
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd January 2021, 03:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 974
Posted By Edster
Kubar, Good question. I don't know anything...

Kubar,

Good question. I don't know anything about Tulwars or have examples for my argument, but can trot out some First Principles.

How were the handles made?

The handles are likely cast...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th December 2020, 06:47 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,938
Posted By Edster
Marc, Nice old "kaskara". I have a single...

Marc,

Nice old "kaskara". I have a single edge sword from Kassaka with a similar cast grip, c.1986. The blade looks to me like those from Ethiopia, especially with the lion. Double fullers are...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th December 2020, 01:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,244
Posted By Edster
Excellent. It says it all!!

Excellent. It says it all!!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th November 2020, 05:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,744
Posted By Edster
Great looking dagger. Previous thread from...

Great looking dagger. Previous thread from 2004-05 shows similar handle design motifs. See on attached thread link Post #15 for a date of 1899 and Post #20 for a made in Omdurman notation....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th October 2020, 02:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,729
Posted By Edster
The piece could well have been made in the...

The piece could well have been made in the Dongola region as Jim suggests. That area has a tradition of iron working that goes back to the Meroitic period. The Nubians from there were a separate...
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