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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th April 2021, 04:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 241
Posted By Ian
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Hi David,

Interesting sword. Would you please post a picture of the entire sword. This is a requirement for submitting a request for translation of an inscription (as stated in the "sticky"...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th April 2021, 04:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 492
Posted By Ian
Hi Jim, The Koli people are still found in...

Hi Jim,

The Koli people are still found in Gujarat today. I worked with a large group of them and studied the nutritional status of their children (which was surprisingly good compared with the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th April 2021, 06:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 449
Posted By Ian
In response to gp's question, I'm no authority on...

In response to gp's question, I'm no authority on these daggers but it has been my understanding that these daggers are the form of jambiya used in southern Iraq, and that the style (particularly the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th April 2021, 06:18 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 575
Posted By Ian
Several possibilities. Sometimes the silver is a...

Several possibilities. Sometimes the silver is a silver wash over a copper alloy (brass). The yellowing comes through when the silver is dull (i.e., oxidized)--after polishing, the bright silver...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd April 2021, 10:28 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 879
Posted By Ian
Patrick, Congratulations on getting it to...

Patrick,

Congratulations on getting it to shoot.

All pics need to be added as attachments.

Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st April 2021, 08:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 500
Posted By Ian
Iain, A very elegant solution. Also three...

Iain,

A very elegant solution. Also three very nice Thai daab.

I notice that a few folks appear to be storing swords in their scabbards. That has been a problem for me in that residual...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st April 2021, 12:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 492
Posted By Ian
Welcome to the forum David. That's a lovely...

Welcome to the forum David.

That's a lovely mace. I recall seeing a similar one in Egerton's book, and his extensive personal collection mostly ended up at the Victoria and Albert Museum, so maybe...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st April 2021, 11:48 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 575
Posted By Ian
Hi H0ll0wman: Very nice gunong. It's unusual...

Hi H0ll0wman:


Very nice gunong. It's unusual to see so much lamination in a gunong blade, probably because they are seldom etched. The wood is high quality banati (bunti) with good grain...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st April 2021, 11:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 333
Posted By Ian
Hi xas. Yep, still got him!

Hi xas. Yep, still got him!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st March 2021, 10:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 405
Posted By Ian
Hi Yves, Thanks for sharing two more...

Hi Yves,

Thanks for sharing two more interesting blades. The first one needs better pictures. I cannot make out much detail at all from what you posted.

The second one does look Tagalog...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st March 2021, 10:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 333
Posted By Ian
Yves, Thanks for showing your Antipolo bolos....

Yves,

Thanks for showing your Antipolo bolos. I have a smaller version with a nice horse head hilt carved from horn.

Ian.

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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th March 2021, 12:35 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 15,972
Posted By Ian
Just a formatting error I think--now adjusted to...

Just a formatting error I think--now adjusted to normal size. :)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th March 2021, 12:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 484
Posted By Ian
The use of Philips head screws is very unusual....

The use of Philips head screws is very unusual. The narrower fuller is seen also on some Lilley Ames blades made under contract for the KNIL. Another minor anomaly is the slightly upturned tip...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th March 2021, 02:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 484
Posted By Ian
Hi cel7. There is quite a lot of material on...

Hi cel7.

There is quite a lot of material on these pages regarding the "Dutch klewang" and its U.S. versions. You can find it through the Search function.
Several U.S. companies produced these...
Forum: European Armoury 28th March 2021, 01:53 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,239
Posted By Ian
TxHunt, Welcome to the Forum! Would you...

TxHunt,

Welcome to the Forum!

Would you mind posting some dimensions of this piece? Also, some pictures of the writing that appears on the shaft just below the head of the axe would be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th March 2021, 01:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 281
Posted By Ian
Hello Clément, Glad I could be of help. Ian.

Hello Clément,


Glad I could be of help.


Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th March 2021, 09:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 281
Posted By Ian
Hi CNK1: Your question seems simple but, like...

Hi CNK1:

Your question seems simple but, like so many questions about edged weapons in SE Asia, the answer is not so simple.

The silver work, especially the design of the sheath and its...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th March 2021, 10:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 339
Posted By Ian
Hi Ken. Being sharpened on the concave edge puts...

Hi Ken. Being sharpened on the concave edge puts them into the sickle-like category, and therefore common to many parts of the world. These both look like everyday tools from the Indian...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th March 2021, 09:43 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 20,251
Posted By Ian
Xas, Nice that it has a Chinese mark. The...

Xas,

Nice that it has a Chinese mark. The blade appears to have a nice laminated pattern with an inserted edge. Do you plan to etch it?

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th March 2021, 05:48 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,082
Posted By Ian
I agree with Rick. These appear to have been...

I agree with Rick. These appear to have been mounted on the railing of a vessel, which is why they were sometimes called "rail guns." Additional pictures would be very helpful, especially if you...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd March 2021, 09:08 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 20,251
Posted By Ian
Hi Xas. Very nice old barung. The hilt looks...

Hi Xas. Very nice old barung. The hilt looks Yakan to me--would you agree?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd March 2021, 09:02 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 20,251
Posted By Ian
Wayne, as a physician let me translate this early...

Wayne, as a physician let me translate this early 20th C "doctor's handwriting." :rolleyes:

From Moro Village
the(?) Island of Jolo
Bought by Col Bird(?)
April 4 1900
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd March 2021, 10:34 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,082
Posted By Ian
Peter, Welcome to the Forum. Please see the...

Peter,

Welcome to the Forum. Please see the following document located on the Ethnographic main page (third item down from the top):
http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=13631
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 22nd March 2021, 09:54 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,615
Posted By Ian
Is edscottite produced during usual forging...

Is edscottite produced during usual forging procedures? I don't know. We do know, however, that edscottite is a rare finding in meteoritic Fe-Ni substances--likely formed in the dense core of a...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 22nd March 2021, 09:43 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,615
Posted By Ian
Thanks David, and I agree. However, I was...

Thanks David, and I agree. However, I was responding to Alan's firm admonition that his question was not about keris, but rather about the certain identification of meteoritic Fe-Ni.
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