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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th October 2021, 09:45 AM
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Posted By colin henshaw
Great collection, Detlef !

Great collection, Detlef !
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th October 2021, 02:56 PM
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Views: 5,695
Posted By colin henshaw
This knife posted by Peter B. and the similar...

This knife posted by Peter B. and the similar one posted by Ibrahim Al Balooshi are both crude modern items produced in bulk for the tourist trade. I would guess they are made in West Africa...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th October 2021, 06:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,159
Posted By colin henshaw
Many thanks Ren Ren, much appreciated ! Vietnam...

Many thanks Ren Ren, much appreciated ! Vietnam looks right for the top crossbow in my photo, but the lower one has a different shaped stock and bone lock mechanism. Could it be from elsewhere or...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd October 2021, 02:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,848
Posted By colin henshaw
Unearthed some more old pictures of these East...

Unearthed some more old pictures of these East African spear examples, for interest. Note that one image shows Kikuyu not Masai warriors...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd October 2021, 11:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,159
Posted By colin henshaw
Hello Ren Ren. An interesting topic, thanks for...

Hello Ren Ren. An interesting topic, thanks for posting. I have these two crossbows, but never been able to identify their specific areas of origin, except for "South-East Asia". Can you help me...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th September 2021, 07:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,567
Posted By colin henshaw
This is a Beja spear from Eastern Sudan.

This is a Beja spear from Eastern Sudan.
Forum: European Armoury 25th September 2021, 03:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,487
Posted By colin henshaw
It slightly reminds me of the French 1832...

It slightly reminds me of the French 1832 artillery short sword "cabbage cutter", the inspiration perhaps ??
Forum: European Armoury 21st September 2021, 12:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,487
Posted By colin henshaw
Good observation Richard, its a possibility...

Good observation Richard, its a possibility...
Forum: European Armoury 21st September 2021, 10:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,487
Posted By colin henshaw
An interesting item, from the old rust patina it...

An interesting item, from the old rust patina it seems to have some fair age to it. Another possibility to add to the mix as to its origin ... is that of a piece made on board a sailing ship for...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th September 2021, 05:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,848
Posted By colin henshaw
Here are some extracts from "The British Museum...

Here are some extracts from "The British Museum Handbook to the Ethnographical Collections" 1910 that mention these types of spear. The handbook also illustrates an older type of Masai spear with a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th September 2021, 09:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,567
Posted By colin henshaw
These are rare shields, I have only ever seen one...

These are rare shields, I have only ever seen one for sale many years ago...
Forum: European Armoury 14th September 2021, 10:23 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,759
Posted By colin henshaw
Mark, I know very little about Europeans swords...

Mark, I know very little about Europeans swords ... about the blade, is it a Solingen production ? any marks, running wolf etc ? Did they make sword blades in Scotland at all ?? The blade seems to...
Forum: European Armoury 13th September 2021, 09:24 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,759
Posted By colin henshaw
Great sword, Mark. Congratulations !

Great sword, Mark. Congratulations !
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd August 2021, 03:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,848
Posted By colin henshaw
Nice image from the book "Through Masai Land" by...

Nice image from the book "Through Masai Land" by Joseph Thomson, 1885.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd August 2021, 08:32 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,848
Posted By colin henshaw
The top spear is a good old example,...

The top spear is a good old example, congratulations. The lower one is much later, mid-late 20th century. As Tim mentioned ... this pattern of spear was used in the historic period by several...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th August 2021, 08:42 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,022
Posted By colin henshaw
A good honest little dagger, thanks for posting....

A good honest little dagger, thanks for posting. Probably Hausa or nearby.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th August 2021, 04:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,149
Posted By colin henshaw
Unusual African knives for I.D.

Here are a couple of African knives I acquired a little while ago. Usually this type is described as "Shona", from Zimbabwe, however there are a few unusual features being ... not an "ogee" profiled...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd August 2021, 02:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,024
Posted By colin henshaw
Oops forgot photo.

Oops forgot photo.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd August 2021, 02:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,024
Posted By colin henshaw
The belt loop looks a bit similar to the one on...

The belt loop looks a bit similar to the one on the sheath for this knife, that I posted a little while ago, and is from Cameroon...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th July 2021, 09:05 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,511
Posted By colin henshaw
A most interesting find ... well done and thanks...

A most interesting find ... well done and thanks for posting.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th July 2021, 10:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,537
Posted By colin henshaw
A good, older example of a Sudanese kaskara, well...

A good, older example of a Sudanese kaskara, well preserved... congratulations. I agree the blade was a single edged European blade, that has been altered to double edged.

Would be nice to have...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd July 2021, 11:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 996
Posted By colin henshaw
I'm not an expert, but both clubs look African to...

I'm not an expert, but both clubs look African to me, the second one probably Chokwe, not sure about the other. The Congo figure is interesting...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th June 2021, 01:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,134
Posted By colin henshaw
It might be from the South Sudan ... the Nuer had...

It might be from the South Sudan ... the Nuer had similar, smaller type shields, but without the cutouts.
Forum: European Armoury 19th June 2021, 08:32 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,353
Posted By colin henshaw
This might well be right, as there seems to be...

This might well be right, as there seems to be the remains of "wings" on the back of the horse ? on my blade. The suggestion of a dissection instrument also seems correct, a large autopsy or "organ"...
Forum: European Armoury 7th June 2021, 01:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,353
Posted By colin henshaw
Further, it would seem the most pertinent news...

Further, it would seem the most pertinent news that this scabbard is not crocodile, as appears in photos, but 'gutta percha' which is a latex type material produced from sap in Malaysian trees from...
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