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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th October 2021, 07:19 PM
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Posted By Silver John
I thought I’d add a little related information,...

I thought I’d add a little related information, as this photo has just come up for auction with the following description:

“A Nihang bodyguard serving in the Nizam of Hyderabad's irregular Sikh...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th August 2021, 10:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,306
Posted By Silver John
Many thanks for the info Peter, it really is...

Many thanks for the info Peter, it really is appreciated.

Regard
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th August 2021, 05:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,306
Posted By Silver John
Fijian Clubs for comment

Hello Gentlemen,

At a recent meal with my father-in-law, the topic of conversation turned to ethnographic weapons. He asked me if I might be able to find some information on a pair of clubs that...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th August 2021, 11:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,291
Posted By Silver John
Also, on the topic of restoration, I just...

Also, on the topic of restoration, I just stumbled upon this interesting and informative article...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th August 2021, 10:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,291
Posted By Silver John
Apologies for the blurry pics. I think my phones...

Apologies for the blurry pics. I think my phones camera is on the way out!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th August 2021, 10:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,291
Posted By Silver John
Many thanks for the comments Gentlemen. Much...

Many thanks for the comments Gentlemen. Much appreciated.



Kubur, that's a very good point! Thank you.

Regarding the use of coffee, it was a first for me and something that I learned about...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th August 2021, 12:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,291
Posted By Silver John
Pesh Kabz for comment

I recently picked up this Pesh Kabz at auction. It was described as an "Ivory handled short sword, brought back from Tibet".

This kind of thing is very much out of my wheelhouse, but it doesn't...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th February 2021, 07:17 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 10,291
Posted By Silver John
I recently saw this video:...

I recently saw this video: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iwsYool-JVI

The smith uses modern bearing steel (52100?) melted in a crucible with small amount of powdered graphite and glass. The knife...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th July 2020, 08:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 7,011
Posted By Silver John
Hi Battara, The blade is a Nepalese Army...

Hi Battara,

The blade is a Nepalese Army piece, marked to the era of Chandra Shumsher Jang Bahadur Rana (1901-1929), that has been placed in a tulwar handle. Iíve seen quite a few like this and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th November 2019, 06:11 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 23,310
Posted By Silver John
Itís hard to tell, the entire handle was a rusty...

Itís hard to tell, the entire handle was a rusty brown when I bought it. I have rubbed it down with 000 wire wool as mineral oil which has revealed a few tiny flecks of gold at the edge of one of the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th November 2019, 05:09 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 23,310
Posted By Silver John
Encouraged by Jens on a separate thread, I have...

Encouraged by Jens on a separate thread, I have decided to post the only Indian piece I own with cut steel decoration.

A modest tulwar, sadly missing the pommel disc. The blade is a decent size;...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th June 2017, 04:46 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 12,758
Posted By Silver John
Unbelievably I didn't spot those peacocks! ...

Unbelievably I didn't spot those peacocks!

I'll have to see if my very basic photoshop skills will allow me to point out what I see. Though I strongly suspect what I am seeing will be more like a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th June 2017, 03:39 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 12,758
Posted By Silver John
Hello Jens, I'd like to ask, do you see the...

Hello Jens,

I'd like to ask, do you see the peacocks in the gilt sections, or in the negative of the bare steel? Or both?

I was recently looking at peacock imagery on some kukris, so perhaps...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th June 2017, 02:45 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 12,758
Posted By Silver John
I remembered seeing a few examples with jade...

I remembered seeing a few examples with jade handles, so I searched for "Indian kukri jade handle" and went from there.

There are three more similar examples in this thread too:...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th June 2017, 07:15 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 12,758
Posted By Silver John
Hi Miguel, I know you were addressing...

Hi Miguel,

I know you were addressing another member, but I thought I'd chime in. I have seen a number of these knives over the years, though never in the flesh. IMHO it's definitely a style of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st August 2015, 09:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,492
Posted By Silver John
Katar with scabbard

Hello,

I have a wootz katar that I picked up in a mixed lot at auction. Though the katar itself is very plain, I was wondering if it is possible to date or place it, perhaps based on the scabbard?...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th August 2015, 07:06 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 29,110
Posted By Silver John
Not at all Chris! I just hope I'm not boring...

Not at all Chris! I just hope I'm not boring everyone to tears, or enraging those whose language I'm butchering.

Thanks for the clearer pictures. To me it looks like the fifth character is Tha +...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th August 2015, 06:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,313
Posted By Silver John
The scabbard looks to have an almost identical...

The scabbard looks to have an almost identical style carving to many kukri scabbards I have seen (perhaps a dozen or more). It's Nepalese alright, at least the scabbard is.

Here are some very...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th August 2015, 07:49 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 29,110
Posted By Silver John
Sorry to keep clogging this thread with more...

Sorry to keep clogging this thread with more waffle, if I wasn't still in modded status I'd have tried to edit it all into one post.

Just discovered that Riyasata means something like...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th August 2015, 05:57 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 29,110
Posted By Silver John
That would be interesting to see. I do not...

That would be interesting to see.

I do not have enough knowledge on the topic to say with any confidence, but I believe the inscription is Marathi.

When I'm attempting these translations, I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd August 2015, 12:13 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 29,110
Posted By Silver John
Very sorry if my last post came across as rude...

Very sorry if my last post came across as rude Jens, re-reading it I should have phrased it differently and started the post with "I think..." I am very new to these translations and still have a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd August 2015, 07:59 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 29,110
Posted By Silver John
Hi Chris & Jens, I thought I'd posted up a...

Hi Chris & Jens,

I thought I'd posted up a crude translation last night, but it's either still waiting for a Mods approval or it's been lost in the ether, so I'll try again.

I don't know if...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd August 2015, 09:40 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 29,110
Posted By Silver John
Hi Chris, I don't know if it'll be any help...

Hi Chris,

I don't know if it'll be any help identifying where the sword came from, but I believe the six characters on the guard in the top picture are; Ri Ya S Ta Ha Ta(long a).

I'm not sure...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th July 2015, 11:00 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 11,343
Posted By Silver John
There is evidently a huge difference between...

There is evidently a huge difference between accumulating information for our own personal interest and conducting legitimate research.

Can anyone recommend a text that lays out the correct way...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th July 2015, 08:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,093
Posted By Silver John
I think you wonder this more often than most...

I think you wonder this more often than most because the cornerstone of many of your arguments is an appeal to authority. Other posters rightly question or reject such logical fallacies and you are...
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