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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th August 2022, 11:11 PM
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I can only guess from First Principles: Like the...

I can only guess from First Principles: Like the dots, a semi-circle could be deeply engraved with an internal lip and an alloy heated and hammered into the depression. Hopefully, someone who really...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th August 2022, 08:08 PM
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Posted By Edster
To my eyes the semi-circle looks above the...

To my eyes the semi-circle looks above the surface of the blade; could be shadowing, and not below the surface as a stamp. Could just be my eyes and the photograph. An indented stamp is a typical...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th August 2022, 06:01 PM
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Posted By Edster
Jim, The arc looks to me to be rinsed,...

Jim,

The arc looks to me to be rinsed, perhaps an inlay rather than an indented/stamped mark. If correct to me that would place the mark into a "higher??" category of presentation and rarity....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th August 2022, 08:23 PM
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Posted By Edster
Yep, anyone who consciously employs a publicly...

Yep, anyone who consciously employs a publicly viewed symbol does so to establish or enhance their personal or social identity. Dress, body art, brand of car, type of entertainment, sword type and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th August 2022, 05:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 288
Posted By Edster
Smile Jim, Interesting question. Symbolic analysis...

Jim,

Interesting question. Symbolic analysis get pretty fuzzy pretty quickly, especially in an African & Islamic context. Cutting to "ownership", we recall that the Fung used to "drum & sticks"...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th August 2022, 10:31 PM
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Posted By Edster
Jim, The Tuareg Veil Key or Weight has a...

Jim,

The Tuareg Veil Key or Weight has a similar design to the Enigmatic Mark. The key has a circle, a center piece and a bottom one with three legs. The Mark only has the circle & the three...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th August 2022, 01:52 PM
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Views: 731
Posted By Edster
My only guess about limited distribution would be...

My only guess about limited distribution would be sample size. EAA collectors have identified several (identified in the various threads) and I don't know how many kaskara or takouba are in the hands...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th August 2022, 01:53 AM
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Posted By Edster
Sorry, Jim, but I can't warm to the Cross of...

Sorry, Jim, but I can't warm to the Cross of Agadez as being the stylistic parent of The Mark. The Mark is too sophisticated to be its derivative.

While the Cross was relevant to the Tuareg...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th August 2022, 02:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 731
Posted By Edster
Jim, Thanks for your summary and astute...

Jim,

Thanks for your summary and astute analysis of the Cross of Agadez. However I'd like to offer another perspective.

From Briggs' Plate XX, B. are marks from the sword of Adembar said to be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th August 2022, 01:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 731
Posted By Edster
Kaskara & Takouba "Enigmatic" Mark Revisited

The so-called "enigmatic mark" found on some 19th C. takouba and kaskara has been a persistent mystery among the EAA Forum's members, including its most informed, for many years. Who engraved it on...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th July 2022, 07:11 PM
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Views: 1,622
Posted By Edster
I noted five 5-fullered kaskaras in my Kaskara...

I noted five 5-fullered kaskaras in my Kaskara Fullers paper. One was collected in 1881-82 and mine was reported made in 1914 in Kassala. Five fullers are called Mukhammas.
From the paper"...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd July 2022, 04:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,512
Posted By Edster
Smile I've always liked "teach a man to fish and he can...

I've always liked "teach a man to fish and he can feed you for a lifetime ":) :-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th June 2022, 07:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,422
Posted By Edster
Rick, Since this isn't a one-off item, but...

Rick,

Since this isn't a one-off item, but as you say ethnically common, it must have some cultural significance and not likely a bag to carry extra socks. What could/would be carried to produce...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th June 2022, 01:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,422
Posted By Edster
Asphidity bag for medicines or eating?

Asphidity bag for medicines or eating?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th May 2022, 11:07 PM
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Views: 1,839
Posted By Edster
Tim, Here is a link to Arkell's article on...

Tim,

Here is a link to Arkell's article on making chainmail in Omdurman.

http://www.erikds.com/pdf/tmrs_pdf_9.pdf

Best,
Ed
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2022, 12:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,565
Posted By Edster
The caption of the photo says the Huniedoara...

The caption of the photo says the Huniedoara District. This area has long been a major iron, tools and weapons producing area. Also, Hungarians were/are a significant minority. Knife makers of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th May 2022, 02:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,565
Posted By Edster
This example shows a little closer to the iconic...

This example shows a little closer to the iconic Finnish knife style. Nice design, but to me yet no cigar.

https://imgur.com/gallery/uJh6j

Ed
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th April 2022, 01:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,611
Posted By Edster
Gunar, I like the copper piece that covers...

Gunar,

I like the copper piece that covers the end of the horn scales, also with Detlef's knife. Nice detail and clever "shim" attachment to the scales.

Ed
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th April 2022, 12:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,119
Posted By Edster
David, I really like the blade. Never seen...

David,

I really like the blade. Never seen its style before. Likely early 20C. Had a useful but rough life. Looks like a small fish engraved on the blade. Can you get better pics on the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th March 2022, 08:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,709
Posted By Edster
Jack, Nice museum quality jibba. The design...

Jack,

Nice museum quality jibba. The design and detailed motifs are similar to those in several collections shown on the web suggest the best ones were made in a workshop of experts in Omdurman...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th March 2022, 02:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,432
Posted By Edster
Fernando, Absolutely, I'm not convinced that...

Fernando,

Absolutely, I'm not convinced that even the experts are sure. Each point was crafted by an individual napper who had a style and I doubt there was a style book shared by someone during...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th March 2022, 04:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,432
Posted By Edster
Here's a good source to help in IDing period...

Here's a good source to help in IDing period types/styles found in Tennessee. Styles & periods likely to overlap into other areas as points were widely traded.
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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th March 2022, 08:32 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,284
Posted By Edster
The last pic has a stamp that looks like an...

The last pic has a stamp that looks like an Ethiopian lion, and the lettering in the fuller looks like what has been IDed on other threads as Ethiopian. Could be an Eritrean/Beni Amer adapted...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th February 2022, 01:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,280
Posted By Edster
Sorry, Jack, I can't help you there. Ed

Sorry, Jack, I can't help you there.
Ed
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th February 2022, 10:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,280
Posted By Edster
Jack, The tassel still looks off-spec to me....

Jack,

The tassel still looks off-spec to me. Also, purple doesn't seem to be in the Beja's palette.

Attached are a couple of pics that show tassels of different ages and the details of the wrap...
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