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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th September 2022, 04:44 AM
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Posted By Philip
This looks like an agricultural implement...

This looks like an agricultural implement repurposed as a "weapon", the jingly rings often seen on sabers, knives, and spears used for choreographic entertainment at marketplaces and temple fairs. ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2022, 03:20 PM
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Posted By Philip
In this photo they don't look all that bad. The...

In this photo they don't look all that bad. The whole surface is disfigured by patches of corrosion. In my experience in restoring antique swords, a proper polish will make these fullers look real...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2022, 03:12 PM
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Posted By Philip
The subject of this thread is remarkably similar...

The subject of this thread is remarkably similar to "B" in the array of illustrated examples. At any rate, the tunkou or sleeve at the base of the blade was a common feature of Inner Asian sabers...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2022, 05:54 AM
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Posted By Philip
Blade shape is usually called fengchidao ...

Blade shape is usually called fengchidao (phoenix wing saber). The type does indeed date back to the Ming if not earlier, as indicated by depiction in art of the era, and a few surviving specimens....
Forum: European Armoury 11th September 2022, 06:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,630
Posted By Philip
Victorian or later

I agree with Neil. The view of the pommel and tang mushroom says it all. Notice the sharp, precise demarcation between the mushroom (whose top is too neatly shaped to be true), and the crisp...
Forum: European Armoury 9th August 2022, 06:03 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 11,793
Posted By Philip
Oh my, I sure wish I was around when you let go...

Oh my, I sure wish I was around when you let go of it! Not only the blade, but the inlaid hilt is gorgeous. I like inlay work so much better than the damascene or overlay work because the designs...
Forum: European Armoury 29th July 2022, 06:32 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,108
Posted By Philip
Could it also be a catapult projectile as well as...

Could it also be a catapult projectile as well as a cannonball? The use of mechanical artillery and cannons did overlap for awhile in the late Middle Ages. Or the sphere could be a lot older than...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd July 2022, 04:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,447
Posted By Philip
Thanks for posting the additional pics. They...

Thanks for posting the additional pics. They reinforce my initial notion that this is Korean.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th July 2022, 08:36 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,114
Posted By Philip
somewhat close but definitely no cigar

It looks like the guy who made this thing was inspired in his dreams by a British Pattern 1907 bayonet but didn't have enough steel to make it long enough. And needless to say lacked the equipment...
Forum: European Armoury 18th July 2022, 09:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,569
Posted By Philip
source?

I'm not familiar with the UK book trade, so does this Mr Watson have an online retailing site? I tried to Google him and I get a David Watson who's the author of a number of books that mix religion ...
Forum: European Armoury 17th July 2022, 07:08 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 11,793
Posted By Philip
Perhaps the moderator was not aware that the...

Perhaps the moderator was not aware that the auction had closed before you posted it. I understand that it is alright to post about auctions already dead and gone, not live upcoming ones.
Forum: European Armoury 16th July 2022, 06:43 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 11,793
Posted By Philip
Looks like a recently-assembled composite to me. ...

Looks like a recently-assembled composite to me. There is nothing remotely schiavona-ish (schiavonesque? schiavonoid?) about the basket guard. The fit of guard to blade looks clumsy. The peening...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th July 2022, 06:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,524
Posted By Philip
It is likely that folding knives such as this...

It is likely that folding knives such as this type were a Western concept, perhaps first brought to China by the Portuguese who were the first Europeans to reach China in significant numbers as early...
Forum: European Armoury 7th July 2022, 05:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,504
Posted By Philip
Quite a nice little pistol! Juan Santos is...

Quite a nice little pistol! Juan Santos is believed to have been in the trade until ca. 1750 and was a master gunsmith who taught Francisco López who became a commissioned artisan to the Royal...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th July 2022, 04:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,447
Posted By Philip
I have had the chance to restore a few Korean...

I have had the chance to restore a few Korean single edged blades over the years and the appearance of the tangs is pretty consistent with this knife. They lack the more careful shaping, and the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th July 2022, 05:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,315
Posted By Philip
Thank you for the interesting linguistic and...

Thank you for the interesting linguistic and technical information. A couple of comments:

The black color of the wutong / shakudo alloy is induced by a chemical process commonly called...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th July 2022, 05:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,447
Posted By Philip
Despite the Japanese-ish touches throughout, it's...

Despite the Japanese-ish touches throughout, it's one of those "close but no cigar" situations. It's definitely an old piece and not some latter-day fantasy. Looking at the materials, the overall...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th July 2022, 05:15 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,629
Posted By Philip
Thanks, Lee. You confirmed my initial suspicion...

Thanks, Lee. You confirmed my initial suspicion about color difference between the components. I agree that the scabbard finish and the metal hardware are not new, they have some age though not...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th July 2022, 11:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,629
Posted By Philip
Another question

Lee, I know that photos can sometimes deceive when it comes to color and tone when camera angle and ambient lighting come into play. With the piece in your hands, do you notice any difference in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th July 2022, 11:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,629
Posted By Philip
more on the scabbard fittings

Another thing about this set of metal hardware that's a bit funny -- the chape has a chased border with a decorative curlicue at the apex. The throat and two bands lack any border. This runs...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th July 2022, 11:12 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,629
Posted By Philip
You're most welcome. Odd how that ring pommeled...

You're most welcome. Odd how that ring pommeled knife that I did the extensive restoration / rebuild on went all the way from the Sandwich Isles to a rural sale in the upcountry Empire State.
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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd July 2022, 11:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,629
Posted By Philip
This bottom one is my favorite as well. The...

This bottom one is my favorite as well. The blade looks like one of my polish jobs, probably done in the last couple decades (after doing so many of these things, memory gets fuzzy as to whose sword...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd July 2022, 11:09 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,629
Posted By Philip
Tim, those militaria people are next to useless...

Tim, those militaria people are next to useless when evaluating anything ethnographic, or even pre-Industrial Revolution European weapons. I've lost track of the times when, at a gun show, some...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd July 2022, 11:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,629
Posted By Philip
A most interesting saber. The blade is...

A most interesting saber. The blade is definitely old, though without having it in hand I'd be hesitant to say whether late 17th, 18th, or turn of 19th. The tunkou doesn't look stylistically quite...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd July 2022, 10:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,629
Posted By Philip
Lee, what a great scoop. Amazing how this stuff...

Lee, what a great scoop. Amazing how this stuff gets around. I know the ring pommeled one well, it was owned by a collector in Hawaii in the 1970s. It was in ratty shape when he got it, the wood...
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