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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th November 2020, 08:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,473
Posted By kwiatek
Thanks for the extra photos. Unfortunately they...

Thanks for the extra photos. Unfortunately they are too worn to read from the photos - I would need a magnifying glass and Garo Kürkman’s book on Ottoman silver marks to identify them. They are for...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th November 2020, 08:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 384
Posted By kwiatek
Pleasure! Thanks for sharing your nice yataghan

Pleasure! Thanks for sharing your nice yataghan
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th November 2020, 05:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 384
Posted By kwiatek
I agree it looks like...

I agree it looks like ١٢٢٤ 1224/1809-10.

In the roundel are the names of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus and their dog.

There is a maker‘s inscription

عمل...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th October 2020, 12:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 837
Posted By kwiatek
Inscriptions are typical of the Caucasus. The...

Inscriptions are typical of the Caucasus. The poetic inscription is in one of the numerous difficult languages of the region, many of them language isolates, with Arabic loanwords. The first...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th October 2020, 08:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,473
Posted By kwiatek
The inscription on the blade is in Arabic and...

The inscription on the blade is in Arabic and reads

لا اله الا الله

"There is no god but God“

The stamps are an Ottoman...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st September 2020, 10:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,740
Posted By kwiatek
Pleasure! I suspect the inscription on the blade...

Pleasure! I suspect the inscription on the blade is in Kannada, but I’m far from sure
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st September 2020, 05:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,740
Posted By kwiatek
The Arabic inscriptions are invocations of...

The Arabic inscriptions are invocations of various Beautiful Names of God (traditionally held to be 99, though according to strict theology infinite in number), including

يا...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st September 2020, 05:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,391
Posted By kwiatek
It...

It says

عالمگیر شاهی ‌۱۱۱۵

“ ‘Alamgir Shahi 1115”

‘Alamgir was the regnal name of Aurangzeb and the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th August 2020, 08:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,549
Posted By kwiatek
I agree, Saracen

I agree, Saracen
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th July 2020, 08:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,729
Posted By kwiatek
The last post saved multiple times for some reason

The last post saved multiple times for some reason
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th July 2020, 08:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,729
Posted By kwiatek
These verses are in Ottoman Turkish, I have seen...

These verses are in Ottoman Turkish, I have seen them on one other piece but I cannot remember where! Here they are copied with mistakes. They compare the dagger’s blade to the shining crescent...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th July 2020, 08:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,263
Posted By kwiatek
This is inscribed with the...

This is inscribed with the classic

لا فتا (فتی) الا علی لا سیف الا...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th July 2020, 08:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,729
Posted By kwiatek
Saracen is correct, the names of the Seven...

Saracen is correct, the names of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus and their dog (worn and with mistakes). In the roundel at the beginning of the decoration is the name “Mahmud”, presumably the maker
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th July 2020, 08:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,140
Posted By kwiatek
It was copied without understanding what it...

It was copied without understanding what it should mean and with words missing,
probably by an illiterate artisan:

[Darbından bu] bıçağın cümle düşman tar ü mar...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th July 2020, 10:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,486
Posted By kwiatek
I googled a bit as well and saw some similar...

I googled a bit as well and saw some similar pieces but nothing with an inscription like yours. Interesting! Now just to find someone who can read it ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th July 2020, 06:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,486
Posted By kwiatek
Can’t read it, but pretty sure the inscription is...

Can’t read it, but pretty sure the inscription is Tibetan
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th July 2020, 07:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,123
Posted By kwiatek
Thanks for the photo, that’s much clearer, though...

Thanks for the photo, that’s much clearer, though I am not sure of the reading of “Topçu” now! The name is hard to make out. The fact that it is in Ottoman Turkish does not mean that the owner was...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th July 2020, 03:27 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,123
Posted By kwiatek
I think it’s almost certainly a personal name....

I think it’s almost certainly a personal name. Hoca is used very commonly as part of names and nicknames (most famously Nasrettin Hoca) or to denote someone who is master of a skill or a profession....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd July 2020, 09:53 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,123
Posted By kwiatek
The inscription on the barrel reads, with a...

The inscription on the barrel reads, with a misspelling

عاملى (كذا) حاجى شعبان

“Work of Haci...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th June 2020, 07:28 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,628
Posted By kwiatek
Thanks very much! Interesting mix of Persian and...

Thanks very much! Interesting mix of Persian and other things made to resemble Persian inscriptions. I recognise Dara Shikoh’s sword from the V&A in there
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th June 2020, 06:28 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,628
Posted By kwiatek
I think they are made to look as though they are...

I think they are made to look as though they are Arabic/Persian letters, reflecting the prestige associated with Persian swordsmiths, but in fact signify something else. I have seen similar designs,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th June 2020, 01:00 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,628
Posted By kwiatek
Don’t think it’s Arabic/Persian. Can’t help with...

Don’t think it’s Arabic/Persian. Can’t help with Devanagari or any Indian alphabets I’m afraid
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th June 2020, 09:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,369
Posted By kwiatek
Thanks! Yes, it's very worn, wouldn't want to...

Thanks! Yes, it's very worn, wouldn't want to make a suggestion. Someone might be able to read it with the aid of a magnifying glass
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th June 2020, 11:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,628
Posted By kwiatek
Can you send a closer shot of the inscription?

Can you send a closer shot of the inscription?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th June 2020, 11:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,369
Posted By kwiatek
If you send a close-up of the mark on the lock I...

If you send a close-up of the mark on the lock I might be able to help
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