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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th November 2021, 02:05 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
While no kaskara 'expert', I have been fascinated...

While no kaskara 'expert', I have been fascinated by the kaskara for more years than I can say exactly.
The snakes you see here are remarkably similar to those seen on a good number of kaskara of...
Forum: European Armoury 15th November 2021, 01:23 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
My personal opinion, as everyone here knows, is...

My personal opinion, as everyone here knows, is do not overclean, simply stabilize with something light like WD40 which will clean and show the wonderful patina.
As a historian, this is well earned...
Forum: European Armoury 12th November 2021, 05:38 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you so much for the note on this! Norman's...

Thank you so much for the note on this! Norman's book is fantastic, and I overlooked checking it.
The thing about sword forms, structure and features is that they of course materialized over time,...
Forum: European Armoury 11th November 2021, 08:56 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thanks guys! These comparisons found in Dean...

Thanks guys!
These comparisons found in Dean (1928) offer some clues indeed, but as previously noted, these small sword hilts were artistic creations, often privately commissioned, so any sort of...
Forum: European Armoury 11th November 2021, 01:02 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Guys, all excellent interpretations and...

Guys, all excellent interpretations and suggestions, and I hope I may add mine after going through "Catalog of European Court and Hunting Swords" (Bashford Dean, 1928).

With the artistic range of...
Forum: European Armoury 9th November 2021, 03:53 PM
Replies: 16
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Posted By Jim McDougall
as they say here in Texas, "..well....there ya...

as they say here in Texas, "..well....there ya go!" :)
Forum: European Armoury 9th November 2021, 05:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 854
Posted By Jim McDougall
The late Mr. Blair's paper on basket hilts is...

The late Mr. Blair's paper on basket hilts is outstanding!
By London makers, I was referring mostly to Jeffries and Drury, who hilted these military basket hilts for infantry units including Black...
Forum: European Armoury 8th November 2021, 06:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 854
Posted By Jim McDougall
They were indeed used heavily in the Civil Wars...

They were indeed used heavily in the Civil Wars of mid 17th and through the century in the conflicts that endured into the Jacobite unrest. The fact that they were of munitions grade is due to being...
Forum: European Armoury 8th November 2021, 12:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 854
Posted By Jim McDougall
That blade type would then place this in the...

That blade type would then place this in the 1620s at earliest into 1640s, as these kinds of backsword blades were prevalent on cavalry swords in that period and well through 18th c. The well known...
Forum: European Armoury 7th November 2021, 11:46 PM
Replies: 16
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Posted By Jim McDougall
No, what I meant was that infantry did not really...

No, what I meant was that infantry did not really carry swords after 1780s (British), but these were officers swords. These were typically regarded as secondary of course, and to direct etc. Officers...
Forum: European Armoury 7th November 2021, 06:54 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
The blade appears single edged, is it?

The blade appears single edged, is it?
Forum: European Armoury 6th November 2021, 10:08 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
MOST interesting! as always Fernando. It seems...

MOST interesting! as always Fernando.
It seems that the Portuguese had a profound presence with their own versions of many sword types, and it is great that you furnish so much material on this...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th November 2021, 07:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,500
Posted By Jim McDougall
Gold or gold metal filled dots have certain...

Gold or gold metal filled dots have certain significance on Islamic blades as described in Yucel ("Islamic Swords and Swordsmiths", 2001). These appeared in varied groupings and numbers, however seem...
Forum: European Armoury 6th November 2021, 07:14 PM
Replies: 5
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Posted By Jim McDougall
It has always been amazing to me that these very...

It has always been amazing to me that these very early German sword types were in use so late and into WWI. It also seems that these stamped markings most often denote 'train battalion's'.
What...
Forum: European Armoury 6th November 2021, 07:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 854
Posted By Jim McDougall
Absolutely, we need to see the entire sword....

Absolutely, we need to see the entire sword. Blades were used in many cases almost randomly in many forms of hilts so identifying markings etc on blades., context is important.

The reference to...
Forum: European Armoury 6th November 2021, 06:17 PM
Replies: 16
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Just to add a few things, blades of this type...

Just to add a few things, blades of this type cross section were often referred to as 'pipe back' or 'ram rod' and seem to have first appeared noticeably in the latter 18th into 19th c. in England....
Forum: European Armoury 5th November 2021, 07:09 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,633
Posted By Jim McDougall
I wanted add some of my own perspective here in...

I wanted add some of my own perspective here in line with the excellent views that have been placed. While I have a great deal of familiarity with the swords of Asia, the Steppes and Central Asia...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd November 2021, 09:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,633
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thanks Iain. Well explained and great references....

Thanks Iain. Well explained and great references. Forgot about Bashir's book.
Forum: European Armoury 3rd November 2021, 08:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,633
Posted By Jim McDougall
I go along with Iain and his astute reference to...

I go along with Iain and his astute reference to the 'cuff' etc.
It seems to me that this resembles a Kirghiz (Kyrgyz) type sword that I saw in a panel of line drawings in a book by Michael...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2021, 01:44 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,500
Posted By Jim McDougall
This sword has a remarkable resemblance to one in...

This sword has a remarkable resemblance to one in the late Tony North's book on Islamic arms (the monograph) and was attributed to Ali Dinar. When I asked him about it (this was some years ago) as I...
Forum: European Armoury 31st October 2021, 02:01 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,542
Posted By Jim McDougall
Midelburgo, again I must thank you for adding the...

Midelburgo, again I must thank you for adding the detail and supportive material in your posts, it is most informative.
Actually, your astute reference to my obsession with Spanish colonial edged...
Forum: European Armoury 28th October 2021, 09:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,542
Posted By Jim McDougall
I think Mark and Jasper presented a very viable...

I think Mark and Jasper presented a very viable suggestion thier earlier posts, that this is quite possibly a Spanish colonial version of a 'bilbo' from 18th c.. It seems quite likely that the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th October 2021, 05:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,351
Posted By Jim McDougall
I'm glad to see this topic brought forward Peter....

I'm glad to see this topic brought forward Peter. We worked on compiling this material for a number of years, and it was surprising how much was completely unknown about these swords.
With Zanzibar...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th October 2021, 06:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,312
Posted By Jim McDougall
What an interesting post and kaskara Joe! I had...

What an interesting post and kaskara Joe!
I had never been aware of giraffes being hunted with kaskara, not being especially familiar with big game hunting in the first place. It does appear that...
Forum: European Armoury 26th October 2021, 05:15 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 20,688
Posted By Jim McDougall
Ausjulius, you have put some deep thought into...

Ausjulius, you have put some deep thought into this and I appreciate your perspectives. However, I began studying this curious phenomenon back in the 90s, and reached the museums holding the swords...
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