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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th November 2022, 06:58 AM
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Posted By Rick
I can't disagree w Mahratt about the age, but...

I can't disagree w Mahratt about the age, but from looking at the koftgari on the one with the Elephant and Tigers I notice that cross hatching done to the areas on the blade for a surface to apply...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 22nd November 2022, 06:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 348
Posted By Rick
Hi Lee, Is the second piece (w/television)...

Hi Lee,
Is the second piece (w/television) Indonesian as well?
I'll bet the pegs used on the first one are bamboo.
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 22nd November 2022, 02:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 348
Posted By Rick
Cool Is it about 4 feet tall, Lee? It looks like it...

Is it about 4 feet tall, Lee?
It looks like it is fastened together with small pegs instead of nails. Any idea of the type of wood used? The doors are charmingly mismatched. :)

Is that a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th November 2022, 02:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 645
Posted By Rick
I think it's a Buyo knife from the size of it. ...

I think it's a Buyo knife from the size of it.
Form follows function, decoration would be regional for a tool such as this one.
Dyak design elements, but with other (?) elements also.
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 1st November 2022, 11:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 826
Posted By Rick
Teaser

"39 pp.; 15 illustrations. Leiden, 2022. Pbk. After more than 100 years, a long-lost keris resurfaced in the Netherlands: the legendary "Knaud kris". In literature, this item was named after Charles...
Forum: European Armoury 23rd October 2022, 08:26 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,600
Posted By Rick
Cool Impressive

I'm at a loss for words, Fernando. :eek:
Were folders of this size ever legal to carry in your neck of the woods; it would be pretty hard to conceal one that big unless it was tucked into a sash...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd October 2022, 05:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 846
Posted By Rick
I would guess that the brass end of this...

I would guess that the brass end of this Watchman's Stick was a symbol of authority as was the English Tipstaff with the depiction of the British crown at one end.
Forum: European Armoury 23rd October 2022, 12:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 985
Posted By Rick
Some of these little devices look like Thunder...

Some of these little devices look like Thunder Mugs, or signal cannon.
Useful during fogs at sea like one would use a Foghorn.
Also used for a little noise and flash at parties.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd October 2022, 11:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 846
Posted By Rick
Smile Does it have a shorter English cousin known as a...

Does it have a shorter English cousin known as a Tipstaff?
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 20th October 2022, 01:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 790
Posted By Rick
Smile you need to post pictures. ...

you need to post pictures.
http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=13631
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th September 2022, 07:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 857
Posted By Rick
Smile I don't think you're wrong, Rich. I've seen my...

I don't think you're wrong, Rich.
I've seen my fair share of Indian made Springers/Lever locks. They have a certain home-made look to them.
As for 'best steel' you can see 'pure steel' on some...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th September 2022, 07:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,760
Posted By Rick
Birds don't sing upside down, and the shield...

Birds don't sing upside down, and the shield motif on the other side of the chape is also upside down. :confused:
Makes no sense so I'll vote for a 'married' piece with Indian made blade.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th September 2022, 08:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,760
Posted By Rick
The scabbard chape appears to be upside down....

The scabbard chape appears to be upside down. Could this be a repurposed fitting from a decorative element of a different scabbard?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th September 2022, 03:28 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,627
Posted By Rick
It's a great thrusting sword. No T spine, but...

It's a great thrusting sword.
No T spine, but it is sharpened about 2/3 of that length, and the point is thickened.
Would this blade be considered a firangi?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd September 2022, 07:27 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,627
Posted By Rick
Yes and some more than slightly forward curved. :)

Yes and some more than slightly forward curved. :)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2022, 12:56 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,155
Posted By Rick
I guess, but why shorten the scabbard if only the...

I guess, but why shorten the scabbard if only the blade tip broke. :confused:
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2022, 12:41 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,068
Posted By Rick
An xray might be interesting to see. Know anyone...

An xray might be interesting to see. Know anyone who works in a hospital or Dentist's office?
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 16th September 2022, 11:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,839
Posted By Rick
Whoa! :eek: I'm glad I have a backup copy....

Whoa! :eek:
I'm glad I have a backup copy. :cool:
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 16th September 2022, 08:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,839
Posted By Rick
Smile Suggest you get a copy of The World of the...

Suggest you get a copy of The World of the Javanese Keris if this is your interest by Garret Solyom. :)
Forum: European Armoury 16th September 2022, 01:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 930
Posted By Rick
I'm skeptical, the blade looks like it was made...

I'm skeptical, the blade looks like it was made yesterday. The decoration on the guard looks pretty crude compared to the rest of the piece.

Just my opinion though, this is not my field of...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 14th September 2022, 03:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,839
Posted By Rick
So 'nominal' is referring to the original forging...

So 'nominal' is referring to the original forging of the 'blank' (I've forgotten the term for it) :o, which is later finished into a complete keris; correct?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th September 2022, 10:56 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,001
Posted By Rick
Smile This is the same result that came up when you...

This is the same result that came up when you etched one of my krises, Jose.
Mystifying.... :confused:
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 12th September 2022, 08:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,069
Posted By Rick
Agree Fernando, possibly early 19thC. Steel...

Agree Fernando, possibly early 19thC.
Steel nibs were first commercially manufactured in 1822.

From the Itinerant Scribe site:
You find history’s first hint of metal nibs in a 1792 ad, The...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 12th September 2022, 04:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,069
Posted By Rick
Thumbs up I think DrD has ID'd this. Photo 2b makes a...

I think DrD has ID'd this.
Photo 2b makes a good argument for it being a quill cutter. Quite often these little tools had a very small knife included to clear the fibers inside the quill. I wonder...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th August 2022, 03:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,421
Posted By Rick
We should remember that when aluminum was first...

We should remember that when aluminum was first discovered in the mid 19th century it was considered a precious metal. This Jamdhar katar may be older than you think.
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