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Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania Yesterday, 09:58 PM
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Posted By Bob A
Newly arrived. Supposedly from Bali, late...

Newly arrived. Supposedly from Bali, late 19th-early 20th century?. Very sharp.

These seem hard to come by in these seemingly decadent times/places.
Forum: European Armoury 13th July 2021, 06:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 524
Posted By Bob A
Might the split in the skirt involve leg...

Might the split in the skirt involve leg protection on some fashion? Cavalry was mentioned; however, it seems like it might be pretty uncomfortable to wear on horseback, at least without some padding...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th May 2021, 08:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,218
Posted By Bob A
Not everyone can afford top of the line knives. I...

Not everyone can afford top of the line knives. I don't know the extent of the tourist trade in Kurdistan, but you didn't over-pay.

Since the knife displeases you, by all means pass it along.
Forum: European Armoury 19th May 2021, 12:39 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,547
Posted By Bob A
Doubtless you've all heard the story about the...

Doubtless you've all heard the story about the naval captain and his red shirt?
Forum: European Armoury 18th May 2021, 06:17 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,807
Posted By Bob A
I would hazard a guess that chain and bar shot...

I would hazard a guess that chain and bar shot would have been used to incapacitate an opponents vessel through wrecking the rigging; loading grape would make sense as the boarding vessel approached,...
Forum: European Armoury 17th May 2021, 01:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,807
Posted By Bob A
Sharpshooters in crow's nests did for Admiral...

Sharpshooters in crow's nests did for Admiral Nelson, and many others as well. Deck cannons loaded with grapeshot did great slaughter to boarding parties.

In addition to the desperate fight to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th May 2021, 05:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,725
Posted By Bob A
While the arrows have an overall appearance of...

While the arrows have an overall appearance of age, the nocks don't look as though the arrows have ever been used - no wear from a bowstring.

But I'm no archer, so I could be wrong.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th April 2021, 06:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,704
Posted By Bob A
That's a remarkable axe. The last photo is...

That's a remarkable axe. The last photo is eye-opening; I'd never have expected that it would be such a thick section. Attractive wood as well. The effort put into forging and engraving the blade...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th April 2021, 05:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,346
Posted By Bob A
Thank you for the 1921 Sudan document. I'd...

Thank you for the 1921 Sudan document.

I'd mention that the Sufic influence came from as far West as Spain in the form of Ibn Arabi who dates to the late 1100s, and whose travels took him across...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th April 2021, 05:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,435
Posted By Bob A
That's a very interesting and thought-provoking...

That's a very interesting and thought-provoking question.

While steel hones are not regularly encountered, rocks are readily available. Steel of the same hardness as the blade would not have a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th April 2021, 12:35 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,428
Posted By Bob A
Yes, the shift/reload worked for me, per a...

Yes, the shift/reload worked for me, per a suggestion from Alan Maisey.

Many thanks to those who contribute to the site and solve irs problems!
Forum: European Armoury 5th March 2021, 05:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,870
Posted By Bob A
To my untrained and increasingly elderly eyes,...

To my untrained and increasingly elderly eyes, some of the markings - the "floral" set specifically - look unusually crisp, given the erosion of the surface of the sword. I'd have thought they'd have...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 28th February 2021, 06:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,087
Posted By Bob A
I'd go with Central Asia, and guesstimate...

I'd go with Central Asia, and guesstimate mid-20th century.

It does have delusions of grandeur. Too bad the valve is missing - if it was mine, I might have one made to fit.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th January 2021, 08:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 831
Posted By Bob A
Can't help with ID, but close-up pictures of the...

Can't help with ID, but close-up pictures of the wood might point to a geographical area - not that I have the skill to identify the wood either, sadly.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th January 2021, 04:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,519
Posted By Bob A
That's a very elegant koumaya, to my eyes....

That's a very elegant koumaya, to my eyes. There's a restraint in the ornamentation which I find appealing, though I don't know if the locals would see it the same way.

What is the material used...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th January 2021, 04:19 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,507
Posted By Bob A
I'd agree with "recent" as well as with its being...

I'd agree with "recent" as well as with its being a very handsome piece of work.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th January 2021, 07:58 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,057
Posted By Bob A
Pictures would be useful if you can upload them.

Pictures would be useful if you can upload them.
Forum: European Armoury 17th December 2020, 11:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,118
Posted By Bob A
I wonder whether it might get pretty hot to hold?...

I wonder whether it might get pretty hot to hold? Aside from considerations of weight, wooden furniture has insulating value.

I'm not familiar with operating muzzle-loading firearms, so I don't...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th December 2020, 07:41 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,300
Posted By Bob A
Truly remarkable, meticulous and authentic piece...

Truly remarkable, meticulous and authentic piece of work. One could say that the learning experience was its own reward, but obviously the real reward is the yataghan, restored to former glory. Well...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 18th November 2020, 09:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,527
Posted By Bob A
Not Balinese, but wondering a bit over the...

Not Balinese, but wondering a bit over the symbolism of three.

I get Lt ear, Rt ear, both ears. Would it occur to the Balinese that there is a fourth possibility, namely no flower? Three is a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th November 2020, 07:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,461
Posted By Bob A
An odd duck indeed. Based on zero experience with...

An odd duck indeed. Based on zero experience with a dagger of this appearance - so merely a wild guess - I'd think N.Africa myself, but I'm probably wrong.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th November 2020, 03:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,828
Posted By Bob A
I don't think it's been stripped; looks to be...

I don't think it's been stripped; looks to be complete, just very basic village work. Everyone needs a knife, but not everyone has the funds for fancy ornamentation.

Most of the Kurdish daggers...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th October 2020, 08:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,153
Posted By Bob A
I've never seen anything like that from Africa. ...

I've never seen anything like that from Africa.

Certainly looks SE Asian to me.
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 15th October 2020, 04:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,530
Posted By Bob A
I can't help with the use of this piece, but it...

I can't help with the use of this piece, but it looks as though the elephant is rather more recent than the shaft.

Of course, appearances can be deceiving.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th October 2020, 09:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,841
Posted By Bob A
I have at present eight of these knives. The only...

I have at present eight of these knives. The only two with pamor style blades are modern.

I've not seen pictures of any older ones with pamor/damascus blades.
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