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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 01:13 AM
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Posted By Battara
I'm not sure what I can see, but the engravings...

I'm not sure what I can see, but the engravings are "choppy" which for me places the age no earlier than the 1930's. A true shin gunto.
Forum: European Armoury 23rd November 2021, 12:32 AM
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Posted By Battara
I'm moving this over to the Euro side for better...

I'm moving this over to the Euro side for better responses.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st November 2021, 10:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 468
Posted By Battara
I'm still wondering if the former owner etched...

I'm still wondering if the former owner etched this in this way to bring out the brass inlays on the blade surface. When Balinese do this and there is nickel present in the blade, the nickel stands...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th November 2021, 05:23 AM
Replies: 12
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Posted By Battara
Actually I do see different colors of steel which...

Actually I do see different colors of steel which might indicate that there are different carbon steels laminated together.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th November 2021, 07:56 PM
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Posted By Battara
On the hilt I see leeches and stylized asos. ...

On the hilt I see leeches and stylized asos.

Everything looks to be from the mid-19c. I find it fascinating that the European blade has an Arabic stamping on it. A maker's mark?

Could the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th November 2021, 07:54 PM
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Views: 764
Posted By Battara
On the hilt I see leeches and stylized asos. ...

On the hilt I see leeches and stylized asos.

Everything looks to be from the mid-19c. I find it fascinating that the European blade has an Arabic stamping on it. A maker's mark?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd November 2021, 02:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 770
Posted By Battara
Welcome to our little forum! Looks like a...

Welcome to our little forum!

Looks like a mixture of Filipino, Nepalese, Moroccan, and even a WWII Japanese tanto. Looking forward to better pictures.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd November 2021, 02:29 AM
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Views: 949
Posted By Battara
Welcome to our little forum! The section of...

Welcome to our little forum!

The section of number 2 is a stylized aso, or dog-dragon. It is of the face with the teeth.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2021, 03:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,012
Posted By Battara
The Yakan often use a horn ferrule on their...

The Yakan often use a horn ferrule on their weaponry, especially their barongs. I wonder if this could be an unclassified and very rare Yakan piece. Rare even for Moro peoples on Borneo.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2021, 03:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 946
Posted By Battara
I agree Xasterix. This might be one of the many...

I agree Xasterix. This might be one of the many Katipunan cults or independence groups at that time in the Philippines.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th October 2021, 02:54 AM
Replies: 3
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Posted By Battara
The cowrie shell beads look like West Africa to...

The cowrie shell beads look like West Africa to me.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th October 2021, 07:39 PM
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Posted By Battara
Oh I would say Bagobo (though possibly T'boli)...

Oh I would say Bagobo (though possibly T'boli) and perhaps 1910 - 1930s based on the use of the types of beads and on the mother-of-pearl on the scabbard.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th October 2021, 07:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,451
Posted By Battara
Very nice. Then the top ring around the pommel...

Very nice. Then the top ring around the pommel was also gold or 14k gold thick plate (which I suspect your bottom ferrule is also).
Forum: European Armoury 24th October 2021, 02:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,325
Posted By Battara
I agree. Nothing fishy to me (except the motif...

I agree. Nothing fishy to me (except the motif :D).
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th October 2021, 01:57 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,599
Posted By Battara
Here is the translation and commentary in my...

Here is the translation and commentary in my notes:

"Victory from ALLAH and a conquest in the near future, and give glad tidings to the believers."

According to Ahmed Helal Hussein, “This is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st October 2021, 12:11 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 19,412
Posted By Battara
So the more coffee I drink the darker my insides...

So the more coffee I drink the darker my insides get? :D
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th October 2021, 05:36 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,599
Posted By Battara
Here is my Ottoman kard from the early 18c. The...

Here is my Ottoman kard from the early 18c. The hilt is jade with a ruby stone at the end, gold koftgari, and wootz blade.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th October 2021, 05:35 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,599
Posted By Battara
Saracen, that is one nice kard!

Saracen, that is one nice kard!
Forum: European Armoury 19th October 2021, 02:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,439
Posted By Battara
Rsword calls this "the price for...

Rsword calls this "the price for education".
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th October 2021, 02:34 AM
Replies: 50
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Posted By Battara
I will only add one more thing - Turkish wootz...

I will only add one more thing - Turkish wootz does not pop out like Persian or Indian wootz. This pala might be Turkish wootz.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th October 2021, 02:28 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 11,271
Posted By Battara
I am aware that one use is to place it through...

I am aware that one use is to place it through the ear of carabao, so blood could be a factor. Another use is to bless newly wed couples with the blade scooping up some wet rice and throwing it on...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th October 2021, 09:00 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 11,271
Posted By Battara
Detlef, I love your new lopah! :)

Detlef, I love your new lopah! :)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th October 2021, 01:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,273
Posted By Battara
This may be Maranao based on the okir on the...

This may be Maranao based on the okir on the scabbard. Great okir work too.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th October 2021, 01:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,451
Posted By Battara
Again Ian is spot on.

Again Ian is spot on.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th October 2021, 12:39 AM
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Views: 25,103
Posted By Battara
How wonderful and thank you for sharing these.

How wonderful and thank you for sharing these.
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