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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th June 2022, 06:28 AM
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Views: 723
Posted By Bob A
The carving on the silver looks fresh. There's no...

The carving on the silver looks fresh. There's no wear on the edges from carrying. It looks like it was either made recently, or boxed right after being finished and never used or carried.

Given...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th June 2022, 05:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 919
Posted By Bob A
There seems to be little wear observed on the...

There seems to be little wear observed on the decoratively striated hand grip of the piece. I'd expect more, and perhaps damage to the face of the shield, if used in a violent encounter. This is not...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd April 2022, 06:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,470
Posted By Bob A
Beautiful and impressive sword! Clearly,...

Beautiful and impressive sword!

Clearly, Philip Tom is a "resurrection man." Kudos.
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 14th April 2022, 05:09 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,685
Posted By Bob A
Has anyone considered or actually used antimony...

Has anyone considered or actually used antimony trioxide in place of arsenic trioxide for the purpose of staining keris?

From what I can cursorily discover, it is considerably less toxic than the...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 29th March 2022, 08:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,653
Posted By Bob A
More than one party with plenty of money wanted...

More than one party with plenty of money wanted it.
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 29th March 2022, 05:11 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 14,107
Posted By Bob A
My question above was intended to consider how to...

My question above was intended to consider how to evaluate garap in light of the effects of time and use on a blade, rather than as a determination of monetary value. (It would have behooved me to...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 29th March 2022, 01:52 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 14,107
Posted By Bob A
How might one allow for the wear and tear of...

How might one allow for the wear and tear of decades or centuries of the corrosive effects of time and treatment of a keris, in judging the workmanship of the blade?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th March 2022, 05:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,142
Posted By Bob A
Great find, and very attractive silver work. ...

Great find, and very attractive silver work.

I can't say that I've seen silver pommels on these weapons before; I assume they're quite rare?
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 19th March 2022, 11:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,734
Posted By Bob A
Well, the MACA Timonium show was a great success...

Well, the MACA Timonium show was a great success - still is, since it will run thru tomorrow. The crowd was thronging about, making up for two lost years, There were fewer exhibitors than last time,...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 17th March 2022, 11:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,734
Posted By Bob A
Thanks; will do. Other attendees, feel free...

Thanks; will do.

Other attendees, feel free to divulge your locations.
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 15th March 2022, 05:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,331
Posted By Bob A
The horror, the horror!

The horror, the horror!
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 12th March 2022, 06:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,734
Posted By Bob A
Timonium Arms Show

At long last, the Timonium show will be happening next weekend, after being cancelled by the Plague for the last two years.

It will be smaller than the previous shows - the big hall will be full,...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 25th February 2022, 03:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,685
Posted By Bob A
Could hardly be anything else. Could you...

Could hardly be anything else.

Could you post a pic of the back of the mask, please?
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 1st February 2022, 09:30 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 11,612
Posted By Bob A
For preservation of ferrous metals, I've long...

For preservation of ferrous metals, I've long used a product called "Eezox" which is comprised of a solvent/carrier with cleaning properties, dissolved in which there is a surface protectant, left...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th January 2022, 09:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,071
Posted By Bob A
Electrochemical restoration? ...

Electrochemical restoration?

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10008-009-0876-4
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 28th December 2021, 11:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,465
Posted By Bob A
Depicts pretty much a classical Dionysian orgy...

Depicts pretty much a classical Dionysian orgy scene, with naked ladies, satyrs, drunks, and all the expected trimmings and carryings-on.

I can't say where it comes from, other than the human...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th December 2021, 10:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,037
Posted By Bob A
The grip looks more like bone than ivory to me,...

The grip looks more like bone than ivory to me, and has a certain African flavor in the carving. the pommel cap looks like copper to me, and again points to Africa, in my uninformed lack of...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 11th December 2021, 06:21 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 22,709
Posted By Bob A
Having been alerted to the scarcity of these...

Having been alerted to the scarcity of these chicken swords, when another set became available I jumped on it, so to speak. See below . . .

Having just been apprised of a Japanese tradition of...
Forum: European Armoury 2nd December 2021, 06:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,927
Posted By Bob A
Impressive, but I'd not care to wear it; that...

Impressive, but I'd not care to wear it; that wing-nut would definitely make an impression on the wearer. Far outside my area of expertise, though. While corrosion is worrisome, addressing it is not...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th November 2021, 11:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,709
Posted By Bob A
Would there be any reason to think that the...

Would there be any reason to think that the "blackening" of the blade was intended to function as a rust preventive, similar to the bluing or browning of Western firearms?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th November 2021, 01:49 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,966
Posted By Bob A
As you've indicated you desire comment, I'm...

As you've indicated you desire comment, I'm pleased to oblige.

I like everything about the mandau very much, except the blade, which is of course the absolute heart of the thing.

While the...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 18th October 2021, 08:59 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 22,709
Posted By Bob A
Re: little ham, perhaps you're thinking of Mickey...

Re: little ham, perhaps you're thinking of Mickey Rooney? Actors are the only little hams with speaking parts.

Hamlets are little villages; while they are said to speak with one voice regarding...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd September 2021, 05:47 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,542
Posted By Bob A
I absolutely agree, Alan. I might not have...

I absolutely agree, Alan.

I might not have made myself entirely clear, but I attempted to indicate that the more global or oceanic examination, which would correspond to Ian's well-stated concept...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd September 2021, 07:06 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,542
Posted By Bob A
The question of the value and nature of research,...

The question of the value and nature of research, as applied to representative depictions of weapons for example, is more complex than it might appear.

Research, embodying observation leading to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd September 2021, 05:36 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,542
Posted By Bob A
Personally, I like pictures. Worth a thousand...

Personally, I like pictures. Worth a thousand words, or so I was told.

Being able to make a mental tie-in between an antique weapon and the person or persons who might have utilised it adds a...
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