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Forum: European Armoury 27th November 2020, 05:52 AM
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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...
Forum: European Armoury 27th November 2020, 05:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 235
Posted By Philip
There is also a town called Desenzano del Guarda,...

There is also a town called Desenzano del Guarda, on the shores of Lake Guarda, that is not far southeast of Brescia, which is in turn south of Caino. I wonder if Tomaso Gorgonio D had family roots...
Forum: European Armoury 27th November 2020, 05:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 235
Posted By Philip
cities and region

Jim, Caino is a small town not far north of the city of Brescia, both municipalities being in the eastern part of the region known as Lombardy.

There is another Lombard city, Bergamo, located about...
Forum: European Armoury 24th November 2020, 05:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,780
Posted By Philip
what is typical for these?

Great displays! I like your choice of furniture as well.

There are some interesting things about your roncone, the unusually long dorsal spike is a nice touch. These weapons were extremely...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st November 2020, 05:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 399
Posted By Philip
I think they are coins and the dates indicate...

I think they are coins and the dates indicate when they were minted. Note the denomination "20 Lepta". The crown is probably that of the Greek monarchy.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th November 2020, 08:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 471
Posted By Philip
know before you ship

Yes, Ian, it is a problem but so far fairly easy to get around with describing the item in the right way. These outfits process a gazillion parcels daily, so if you do a reasonable job in keeping...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th November 2020, 07:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 471
Posted By Philip
a rose by any other name

In the US, the post and couriers like the object to be named in English, and nuance is everything. So "saber" is more subtle than "sword" and just about any dagger or short sword can pass as...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th November 2020, 01:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 471
Posted By Philip
a recommendation

Hi, Yves

Here's advice from a tribal arts dealer in the San Francisco area, who's shipped spears (and the small boat I mentioned previously) and he recommends this:

For large things shipped...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th November 2020, 05:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 471
Posted By Philip
some suggestions

I know that you said that the shafts are in one piece and shortening them is out of the question, but can the steel heads be detached for shipping? That might reduce the overall length by a foot or...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th November 2020, 10:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 471
Posted By Philip
shipping long objects

How long are the two budiaks with cane shafts that should not be cut?
The commercial courier services (UPS, DHL) sometimes allow longer parcels than the national post offices. You should check with...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th November 2020, 07:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 448
Posted By Philip
Roach-belly? Haven't heard that term before,...

Roach-belly? Haven't heard that term before, nice to know. I'm trying to recall all the cockroaches I've gotten up close to examine, and fail to see where the comparison lies. Maybe I was...
Forum: European Armoury 13th November 2020, 07:44 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,045
Posted By Philip
museum commissars

Easy to forget when you are fascinated by the objects and trying to conceal your activity. Our devices should have a "Museum Mode" setting that handles all the contingencies automatically, like...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th November 2020, 06:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,838
Posted By Philip
suspension

The scabbard design is structurally and functionally common to knife sheaths used in China, Mongolia, and Korea as well. The bar with ring is on the back side. The system was designed to attach...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th November 2020, 06:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,838
Posted By Philip
Congratulations on a very nice example of this...

Congratulations on a very nice example of this type!

The flat pommel with three cones is typical of hilts on daggers and swords from the Kham region of eastern Tibet, along the frontier with China. ...
Forum: European Armoury 13th November 2020, 06:15 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,045
Posted By Philip
Perhaps the reason that curators of a bygone age...

Perhaps the reason that curators of a bygone age put stuff high on the wall was to keep people like us from getting too close. Modern museums have those sensors connected to beepers or buzzers that...
Forum: European Armoury 13th November 2020, 02:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,780
Posted By Philip
Thanks for posting all the photos, and discussing...

Thanks for posting all the photos, and discussing comparable examples. I agree on your assessment of date. It's a nice example of a no-frills service weapon of a foot soldier of the era. ...
Forum: European Armoury 13th November 2020, 02:31 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,045
Posted By Philip
visual overload

When you have that much money, more is better.

The arrays look impressive from a distance in the halls of those palatial mansions, or in old-style museum displays, but the serious collector wanting...
Forum: European Armoury 11th November 2020, 07:51 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,045
Posted By Philip
bellissimo!

Thanks for posting your new treasure, it really deserves a thread all its own, hopefully we can have other members chime in regarding the development of the bill in other European countries besides...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th November 2020, 07:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,905
Posted By Philip
Ming sword in the RAM

The sword you have in mind was published in the Royal Armouries' Yearbook Vol. 1 (1996) in an article by Thom Richardson, Keeper of Armour. As a bit of background, it was originally acquired from...
Forum: European Armoury 11th November 2020, 02:33 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,045
Posted By Philip
So true. A thought just came to me: if we are...

So true. A thought just came to me: if we are to assume that this weapon is indeed of Polish origin, and since from our discussion so far it doesn't seem to fit the description of the kopia...
Forum: European Armoury 11th November 2020, 02:24 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,045
Posted By Philip
ronconi

Wow, please post it after it's fully unwrapped and you have had a chance to brandish and have some fun with it. I am a fan of these too; in general I try to stay away from polearms (mainly because...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th November 2020, 02:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 345
Posted By Philip
Thanks for posting these interesting knives. If...

Thanks for posting these interesting knives. If you will note the trefoil rondels embellishing the chatelaine on Artzi's example, this symbol (gan-shi) can also be seen on the suspension fittings...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th November 2020, 02:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,905
Posted By Philip
scabbard details

This style of Tibetan scabbard shows considerable Chinese influence, as displayed in its suspension system: a perforated bar, retained by metal bands around the scabbard, to which the straps which...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th November 2020, 02:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,905
Posted By Philip
Thanks for the explanation and terminology. ...

Thanks for the explanation and terminology. This trefoil rondel motif is also prominent in Japanese and Korean folk art and undoubtedly has the same origin considering the role that Mahayana...
Forum: European Armoury 10th November 2020, 04:57 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,045
Posted By Philip
what to make of those hooks?

That pair of hooks is indeed puzzling, especially as to their purpose. I would also rule out stacking -- a much smaller split-ring swivel on one side would perform that function a lot more...
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