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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th May 2021, 09:16 PM
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Posted By kwiatek
It opens with the beginning of Qur'an 61:13,...

It opens with the beginning of Qur'an 61:13, "Help from God and a speedy victory". This is followed by the opening lines of the Dala'il al-Khayrat, a collection of prayers in praise of the Prophet...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th May 2021, 03:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 613
Posted By kwiatek
The inscriptions are عمل محرم 'Work of...

The inscriptions are

عمل محرم

'Work of Muharram (Muharrem in Turkish spelling)"

صاحب محمود پاشا سنه ١١٨٢

"The owner Mahmud Pasha. Year 1182 (1768-9)"
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th May 2021, 01:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,070
Posted By kwiatek
An owner's inscription: sahib mehmed ağa ...

An owner's inscription:

sahib mehmed ağa
tawakkaltu 'ala allah 1243

"The owner Mehmed Ağa.
I put my trust in God. 1243 (1827-8)"

Verses in cartouches
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th April 2021, 08:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,001
Posted By kwiatek
Pleasure. Yes, it is a six-pointed star of...

Pleasure.

Yes, it is a six-pointed star of course, not five as I wrote. As far as I remember it is normally associated with the Seal of Suleyman (Solomon)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th April 2021, 10:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,001
Posted By kwiatek
The upper inscription is the ubiquitous لا...

The upper inscription is the ubiquitous

لا فتا (فتى) الا علي لا سيف الا ذ[و] الفقار

“There is no hero but ‘Ali, no sword but Dhu’l-Fiqar”

The lower, long inscription is Qur’an 48:1-4

In...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th April 2021, 10:18 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 749
Posted By kwiatek
It might be 'Mir 'Ali', though it is written very...

It might be 'Mir 'Ali', though it is written very strangely, as you point out
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd April 2021, 08:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 975
Posted By kwiatek
“General Cunningham” :-)

“General Cunningham”

:-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th March 2021, 12:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,149
Posted By kwiatek
The Turkish inscription says: Ustası Giridli...

The Turkish inscription says:

Ustası Giridli Selim [1]322

“Its maker, Selim from Crete. [1]322 (1904-5 AD)“
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd March 2021, 11:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 741
Posted By kwiatek
Thank you for sharing photos and to all of you...

Thank you for sharing photos and to all of you for your knowledge. That is what is nice about forums like this one
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd March 2021, 07:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 741
Posted By kwiatek
This inscription looks genuine to me. Other...

This inscription looks genuine to me. Other members of the forum will be able to give technical information that I cannot about the lock etc and whether all of the parts belong together. If it's...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th March 2021, 02:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 741
Posted By kwiatek
And I should add, it's Persian, not Arabic

And I should add, it's Persian, not Arabic
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th March 2021, 02:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 741
Posted By kwiatek
The inscription is of a type associated with the...

The inscription is of a type associated with the Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Nizam 'Ali Khan Asaf Jah II (d. 1803). I have only ever seen these on Char Aina, but yours is the same style of inscription....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th March 2021, 09:11 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,433
Posted By kwiatek
The inscription on the barrel says ستة ٢٨٢ ...

The inscription on the barrel says

ستة ٢٨٢

“Year (1)282” which is equivalent to 1865-6

The other inscription is more tricky. I think it says

عمل ساسي
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th March 2021, 10:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,047
Posted By kwiatek
Very interesting piece. I don’t think it’s a...

Very interesting piece. I don’t think it’s a date. It looks like, with a slightly strange spelling

الحافظا الله

“The Protector is God”

You would instead expect it to be

فالله خیر حافظا
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th March 2021, 10:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,032
Posted By kwiatek
Thanks for posting these. Interesting pieces. I...

Thanks for posting these. Interesting pieces. I would read them as you have done and give a reading for one of the names:

1334 AH (1915-16)
Work of Lutf (Latif?), owner ‘Ali Muhammad Vali Oghli...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st March 2021, 10:34 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,378
Posted By kwiatek
I think I answered this before but perhaps it...

I think I answered this before but perhaps it wasn’t clear. This isn’t a royal tughra, it’s an owner’s inscription in tughra form, which is quite common

صاحب حسین

“The owner, Husayn”

There...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th February 2021, 09:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,044
Posted By kwiatek
I may be barking up the wrong tree, but is that...

I may be barking up the wrong tree, but is that not a very small trisula in the point of the cartouche? I wonder if this is not a hybrid stamp made by a Hindu artisan/for a Hindu patron but inspired...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th February 2021, 07:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,044
Posted By kwiatek
I think this contains a form of the ubiquitous...

I think this contains a form of the ubiquitous legend

banda-yi shah-i vilayat ...

'Slave of the King of Trusteeship (i.e. 'Ali)', found in association with the name of one of the Safavid...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd February 2021, 03:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,043
Posted By kwiatek
سنه sana “Year” I seem to remember...

سنه

sana

“Year”

I seem to remember that there are loads of these daggers in Bern in the Historisches Museum. There might be one with the same design - I would check the catalogue but the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd February 2021, 02:33 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,043
Posted By kwiatek
I think you are probably right. I agree it looks...

I think you are probably right. I agree it looks 19th-century and that 125(0) would fit better. Also, normally only one digit is normally missed out in a date.

Though Persians never wrote 5 this...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd February 2021, 11:19 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,043
Posted By kwiatek
I would suggest the date rather as سنه...

I would suggest the date rather as

سنه (٠٠)١٢

"Year 12(00)”

1200=1785-6

What people have read as two zeros/fives are part of the decoration/flowers. A zero would be a small...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th January 2021, 07:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,003
Posted By kwiatek
This is a couplet in Urdu from a Marsiya (a...

This is a couplet in Urdu from a Marsiya (a Shi’ite elegiac poem on the martyrs of Karbala) by the famous Urdu poet Mirza Salaamat Ali Dabir


شمشیر بکف دیکھ کے حیدر کے پسر کو
جبریل لرزتے ہیں...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th January 2021, 01:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,839
Posted By kwiatek
You are welcome, thanks for sharing your knife...

You are welcome, thanks for sharing your knife with us.

Actually, since it is Turkish you should probably transliterate it as

amel-i hüseyin

“Work of Hüseyin”
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th January 2021, 12:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,839
Posted By kwiatek
It is عمل حسين 'amal husayn 'Work...

It is

عمل حسين

'amal husayn

'Work of Husayn'
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th December 2020, 10:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,356
Posted By kwiatek
I am familiar with calculating Abjad but if you...

I am familiar with calculating Abjad but if you are referring to the sword you posted a link to, I doubt very much it is an abjad chronogram.
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