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Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 4th April 2021, 02:42 AM
Replies: 7
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Posted By M ELEY
Hello Jim and thanks for posting on this thread....

Hello Jim and thanks for posting on this thread. I know there's questionability with this story, but it is an interesting theory and, as you pointed out, Arabic coins bearing that early date here in...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 2nd April 2021, 03:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 249
Posted By M ELEY
Discovered pirate coins might solve mystery...Arrgh!

Sorry, couldn't resist. Everyone on this Forum knows my obsession with the sea dogs. Here's another incredible find that indeed might solve the mystery of what really happened to the nefarious Henry...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 29th March 2021, 04:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 415
Posted By M ELEY
OK! Well, the verdict finally came back from the...

OK! Well, the verdict finally came back from the experts at the Smithsonian. It is a Chinese censur (as Francantolin had surmised), an incense burner probably for a temple or private home. The...
Forum: European Armoury 29th March 2021, 02:44 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,244
Posted By M ELEY
Yeah, this one throws me a bit. If the...

Yeah, this one throws me a bit. If the construction were slightly different, I might suggest a 'Halberd-style' tomahawk ax from the trade period. Believe me, there are some real odd ones out there...
Forum: European Armoury 29th March 2021, 02:36 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,811
Posted By M ELEY
OPPS!!! :o That's what I get for not...

OPPS!!! :o That's what I get for not remembering my geography! In any case (!), NOT Belgian naval piece. As I have never really heard of the Belgian navy, just the sheer amount of these...
Forum: European Armoury 28th March 2021, 04:08 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,811
Posted By M ELEY
Thank you, Norman, for clarifying some of the...

Thank you, Norman, for clarifying some of the questions with these pistols. I always thought it a little strange that a Belgian pistol made by a land-locked country would have a need for a naval...
Forum: European Armoury 26th March 2021, 03:45 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 854
Posted By M ELEY
Just to add a few notes to support pretty much...

Just to add a few notes to support pretty much what others have said, I am now in agreement that it is probably French. The Basque connotation was from a fur trapper ax book I have, with an ax very...
Forum: European Armoury 16th March 2021, 11:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 854
Posted By M ELEY
Ha! It's always incredible where some of this...

Ha! It's always incredible where some of this stuff turns up! As it is a Spanish trade item, I'm guessing it to be around 1800 or so, assuming it was over here and not in one of the numerous other...
Forum: European Armoury 16th March 2021, 10:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 854
Posted By M ELEY
Hello David and good to see you on this side of...

Hello David and good to see you on this side of the Forum! I'm no expert, but I think these are Spanish 'Biscayne'-type trade ax heads. I know they look like early Viking pieces, but I've seen the...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 16th March 2021, 10:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 415
Posted By M ELEY
Thanks for commenting, Francantolin. Yes, I...

Thanks for commenting, Francantolin. Yes, I really like this piece. It was 'rewired' back in the thirties with a lightbulb and listed as 'an Old Salem lamp'. Old Salem here in NC is a colonial town...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 15th March 2021, 02:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 415
Posted By M ELEY
More pics...

As the casting looks more primitive, I'm wondering if this is a testament to the piece's age? Also, after searching multiple auction catalogs, antique price guides, etc, I did see something very...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 15th March 2021, 02:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 415
Posted By M ELEY
An old temple lantern-Japanese? Chinese?

I picked this up a number of years ago and had it hanging from a hook on the ceiling (I think the chain is much later and possibly modern), but it has little 'feet', so I'm assuming it sat on the...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 12th March 2021, 02:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 753
Posted By M ELEY
Wow! What a difference that picture makes! You...

Wow! What a difference that picture makes! You are right, much better quality and you might be right that it could be from a temple statue or some such. Hard to date, because much of what was coming...
Forum: European Armoury 9th March 2021, 02:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 829
Posted By M ELEY
Oh, I remember your amazing piece, Rick!!...

Oh, I remember your amazing piece, Rick!! Remember me in your will someday! ;) These are amazing guns that transcend the 'rougher' examples sometimes produced in the Mediterranean for the N. African...
Forum: European Armoury 6th March 2021, 11:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 829
Posted By M ELEY
Excellent pistols indeed! These types might have...

Excellent pistols indeed! These types might have seen service with the Corsairs as well!
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 24th February 2021, 07:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 753
Posted By M ELEY
Sorry! Didn't mean pot metal but cast iron, hence...

Sorry! Didn't mean pot metal but cast iron, hence the later date. If it's forged, though, it must have some official use. I like it...whatever it is! :D
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 24th February 2021, 02:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 753
Posted By M ELEY
Looks Japanese to me. I've seen that design...

Looks Japanese to me. I've seen that design before (the triangle and also the point resembling something I've seen on Samurai helmet?) Pot metal? Late Meiji period, but what is it? A symbolic staff?
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 22nd February 2021, 05:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 652
Posted By M ELEY
OPPS! Sorry, Rick! My sleep-weary eyes are...

OPPS! Sorry, Rick! My sleep-weary eyes are playing tricks! Just got off pulling 4 twelve hour night shifts and I'm seeing leprechauns right now! I'll keep your invite in mind if I can ever make my...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 21st February 2021, 11:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 652
Posted By M ELEY
Incredible quote, Will! I am unfamiliar with that...

Incredible quote, Will! I am unfamiliar with that particular verse and will definitely have to look that one up!

The thing about Sam Bellamy is that although he was a pirate, there are no records...
Forum: European Armoury 21st February 2021, 04:41 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,688
Posted By M ELEY
Thank you both for posting these great...

Thank you both for posting these great contributions to this thread. I particularly like the naval pattern spadroons, of which I haven't yet added to my maritime collection. I've always been drawn to...
Forum: European Armoury 17th February 2021, 07:00 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,688
Posted By M ELEY
Very fine example! Now would you say this...

Very fine example! Now would you say this Portuguese smallsword was decorated based on French 1st Empire style? I'm guessing that this styling, having affected so many other countries, inspired the...
Forum: European Armoury 17th February 2021, 02:33 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,688
Posted By M ELEY
Absolutely beautiful examples, Fernando! True...

Absolutely beautiful examples, Fernando! True works of art in their design! I find it fascinating to see the divergence in forms, not only in function (rapier versus much lighter smallsword) but in...
Forum: European Armoury 17th February 2021, 04:42 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,811
Posted By M ELEY
Hello Jim and thanks for your comments. I was...

Hello Jim and thanks for your comments. I was just thinking about even the food that the sailors were subjected to as a reference to the penny-pinching involved in the navies and ships of the era....
Forum: European Armoury 16th February 2021, 09:28 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,811
Posted By M ELEY
Interesting you mention this, Norman, going back...

Interesting you mention this, Norman, going back to this gun's primary function. Private purchase weapons were always made on the cheap, often to be used only in a pinch and often at the cheapest...
Forum: European Armoury 16th February 2021, 02:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 759
Posted By M ELEY
Thank you all for commenting on the piece. I had...

Thank you all for commenting on the piece. I had also noticed the 'feathered/eyed' hammer found on many percussion pieces of the period. I am leery on taking the gun apart to look at the lock from...
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