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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2022, 12:22 AM
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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: 495
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: 9
Views: 803
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: 1,241
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: 1,259
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: 1,845
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: 1,845
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.
...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th March 2022, 08:32 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,472
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: 1,693
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: 1,693
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...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th February 2022, 04:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,693
Posted By Edster
Hello Jack, Nice addition to your kaskara...

Hello Jack,

Nice addition to your kaskara collection. The blade & crossguard are nicely mated and likely late 19th C. Have you looked under the langets for a European maker's mark?

The silver...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th January 2022, 02:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,167
Posted By Edster
Jack, Nice kaskara. The blade may have been...

Jack,

Nice kaskara. The blade may have been locally made, but the photos suggest a sophistication not usual on local blades. The blade appears to have both distal and profile tapers. The center...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st December 2021, 05:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,057
Posted By Edster
Jim, The scabbards shape for both your &...

Jim,

The scabbards shape for both your & CharlesS sabers are virtually identical including the reptile skin of the strap attachments. Also, the diamond motifs on both grips and the dress on your...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th December 2021, 11:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,057
Posted By Edster
El Tounsy's trip was 1803-1810, but wasn't...

El Tounsy's trip was 1803-1810, but wasn't translated into English until 1845 and published in two parts in 1851 & 1854. That could place your sword earlier in the Fezzan trade market.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th December 2021, 11:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,057
Posted By Edster
Jim, I looked at the Summary of Historical...

Jim,

I looked at the Summary of Historical Notes portion of my Kaskara Crossguards paper and found a couple of saber use notes.
1. 1700-1702 Father Krump observed sabers used by Funj horse &...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th December 2021, 07:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,115
Posted By Edster
Smile Thanks Jim for the kind words. I'll try to live...

Thanks Jim for the kind words. I'll try to live up to your expectations. :)

The blade with the deep full length channel/khur fuller may be Ethiopian. They seemed to do a lot of that style, but...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th December 2021, 02:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,057
Posted By Edster
Interesting sword, Jim. The heptagram (7-pointed...

Interesting sword, Jim. The heptagram (7-pointed star on the pommel is unique for me. It has symbolic meaning in all three Abrahamic religions as per Wiki below:
"*The heptagram was used in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd December 2021, 08:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,564
Posted By Edster
Jim, I wrote a reply a couple of hours ago,...

Jim,

I wrote a reply a couple of hours ago, but it didn't post. I'll try to recreate it now, at least recall the core.

I had never considered the slavery aspect of croc. elements use for...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd December 2021, 05:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,564
Posted By Edster
Jack, The croc treatment is rich in exotica...

Jack,

The croc treatment is rich in exotica and certainly attractive, worth having. I found this short report on a croc cult in Upper Egypt c. IV c. BCE in American Anthropologist 1932, p.550. So...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd December 2021, 04:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,564
Posted By Edster
Jack, Your last sword has a righteous...

Jack,

Your last sword has a righteous imported 19th C. blade with nicely done fullers and half moon etchings. To me the croc skins were incorporated to appeal to Victorian travelers...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd December 2021, 02:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,564
Posted By Edster
Thanks, Jim for adding your expertise. Based on...

Thanks, Jim for adding your expertise. Based on your comments I suggest that available examples here and on other Forum posts indicates there are two kinds of Mahdiya era thuluth swords with...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st December 2021, 04:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,564
Posted By Edster
Jack, This type kaskara with the Thuluth...

Jack,

This type kaskara with the Thuluth etching on the blade and the cast copper alloy crossguard is a fairly common thread on the Forum. Jim is the resident expert on the subject. Search on...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th December 2021, 01:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,444
Posted By Edster
Nice kaskara. Likely imported blade. Any marks...

Nice kaskara. Likely imported blade. Any marks under langets? Being rigid it wasn't made of lorry spring steel widely used post-British conquest. Don't know how to assess cracks on top of crossguard....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th December 2021, 04:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,114
Posted By Edster
drac2k, The two quillion halves are forge welded...

drac2k, The two quillion halves are forge welded via the langets into a unified piece. This crossguard looks to have been made to custom fit the blade rather than just a general piece. I don't know...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th December 2021, 01:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,114
Posted By Edster
Jack, Nice older kaskara. Blade most likely...

Jack,

Nice older kaskara. Blade most likely imported, pre-Mahdiya. Has older style 4-piece welded crossguard. Mahdiya era blades often had roughly engraved characters and text, but many Sudanese...
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