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Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 10:34 PM
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Posted By Philip
Those markings in the blade fullers ring a bell,...

Those markings in the blade fullers ring a bell, I've seen them before... Like on military manufacture from early- mid 20th cent. Spain -- Fábrica Nacional de Toledo, or the Santa Bárbara arsenal at...
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 10:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 278
Posted By Philip
not for poking piggy

The globose thickening at the base of the points will not serve as stops for a boar-spear head. These things will keep going on in and Hogzilla will be on top of the hunter in a flash. Take a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 10:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 129
Posted By Philip
I don't see why this thing couldn't serve equally...

I don't see why this thing couldn't serve equally well as a farm tool or a weapon. I'm thinking of its Okinawan equivalent, with has a martial technique developed for it (used singly or in each...
Forum: European Armoury 24th January 2021, 04:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 389
Posted By Philip
Here is an example of a very early (for a Spanish...

Here is an example of a very early (for a Spanish patilla-style miquelet), ca 1630, made in Brescia, Italy. It has both half- and full-cock sears but getting back to your comment, note that it is...
Forum: European Armoury 24th January 2021, 06:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 389
Posted By Philip
The stock designed to rest against the cheek, not...

The stock designed to rest against the cheek, not shoulder. Just like on German wheellocks, and most Far Eastern / Malay matchlocks.

The polygonal rifling is useful in a smaller bore like this. ...
Forum: European Armoury 24th January 2021, 06:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 389
Posted By Philip
Thanks, Ulrik. The essentials of this...

Thanks, Ulrik. The essentials of this mechanism, i.e the action of an external spring on the hammer and the means of release from cocked position, can be traced to Central Europe, possibly south...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th January 2021, 06:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 166
Posted By Philip
The only letter that is distinguishably Cyrillic...

The only letter that is distinguishably Cyrillic is the backward N which is equivalent to the Latin I. The lower case i and o are common to Greek and Latin miniscule.
Forum: European Armoury 19th January 2021, 05:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 389
Posted By Philip
Truly remarkable that it got to your hands in...

Truly remarkable that it got to your hands in "untouched" condition. If you do some more conservation work and light cleaning, please share pics of the result. Am especially interested in seeing...
Forum: European Armoury 19th January 2021, 04:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 389
Posted By Philip
Rick, True, the butts on both are of essentially...

Rick,
True, the butts on both are of essentially triangular shape but... note that the Balkan gun is designed to be held against the shoulder when aimed, whereas this Finnish gun has a cheek-stock,...
Forum: European Armoury 19th January 2021, 05:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 389
Posted By Philip
Thanks, Ulrik, for sharing such a rare and...

Thanks, Ulrik, for sharing such a rare and unusual gun! All the more amazing that it dates from the 1880s, when the rest of Europe had moved beyond muzzle-loading into breech-loading technology...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th January 2021, 07:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 423
Posted By Philip
Nando, the photos you added are worthy of...

Nando, the photos you added are worthy of comment. There is a demilune below a trident, they were separate classes of weapons. In China (as well as Korea and Vietnam) the trident was much more...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th January 2021, 07:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 423
Posted By Philip
like peas in a pod

Thank you, the Met example is practically identical to the one in this painting.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th January 2021, 07:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 423
Posted By Philip
it gets complicated

Thanks, Bruno, for posting the pics. The text is an 11th cent. military encyclopedia, Wujing Zongyao It has a plethora of polearms, which scholars like David Nicolle have commented that such a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th January 2021, 07:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 423
Posted By Philip
Met Museum catalog keywords

Nando, I first became aware of the example in the Met by way of Stone's Glossary... page 276, under the entry "Half Moon, Demilune" . So try Half Moon in the Met's online catalog search engine. ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th January 2021, 06:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 423
Posted By Philip
clearing up the terminology

The term "gekken" is irrelevant to the weapon under discussion:
1. The word is Japanese and is literally "moon sword".
2. In Chinese the label "sword" is never applied to these weapons, they are...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th January 2021, 05:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 423
Posted By Philip
As far as I am aware these were used by...

As far as I am aware these were used by civilians, and were not a military pattern. They have an equivalent in 16th-17th cent. Europe, where they were commonly known as demilune or "half moon". ...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd December 2020, 04:59 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,079
Posted By Philip
Your lance shows signs of age on it, but its...

Your lance shows signs of age on it, but its configuration is markedly different from the Polish hussar lances that have been published from museum collections as seen in the attached images of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th December 2020, 11:52 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,439
Posted By Philip
Bravo, Bovinias!

Bravo, Bovinias!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th December 2020, 11:08 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,128
Posted By Philip
postwar production

The production seemed to have continued, at a respectable quality level, after WW II and even post-Mao. On two trips to China during the 1970s, I was taken to artisanal "factories" where various...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th December 2020, 10:40 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,128
Posted By Philip
Hello, Mahratt! Let's say that the overall shape...

Hello, Mahratt!

Let's say that the overall shape of these knives can be described as "Chinese-ish" . Or as I like to say, "close but no cigar". Let's see:

1. The blade shape resembles the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th December 2020, 10:22 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,128
Posted By Philip
The style of the motifs themselves, the color...

The style of the motifs themselves, the color scheme, and the workmanship of the cloisonnée are indeed consistent with that medium as seen on any number of curio articles produced in China during...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th December 2020, 12:48 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,128
Posted By Philip
"in the style of...

Jim,
I first saw these in great number on my trips to Hong Kong in the mid 1970s, ( even bought a very nice one as resale merch, whose blade was probably wootz based on what appeared from etching). ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th December 2020, 12:29 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,128
Posted By Philip
Agreed. These daggers come in a wide variety of...

Agreed. These daggers come in a wide variety of configurations, some short swords actually (even with cut-down old Chinese and Japanese blades with clumsily reshaped tips and even pseudo Manchu or...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st December 2020, 07:06 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 11,077
Posted By Philip
It appears both ways in Buddhist iconography, and...

It appears both ways in Buddhist iconography, and both are counted among the 64 sacred emblems on Buddha's foot, as depicted in talismanic representations.
Forum: European Armoury 27th November 2020, 05:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,205
Posted By Philip
book recommendation

This is a spectacular, must-have book for anyone interested in Italian armes-blanches. It can be hard to find, I got my copy at a Czernys auction and find that it was published thanks to...
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