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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 06:08 AM
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Posted By Philip
Hi, Jim I agree entirely with your comments on...

Hi, Jim
I agree entirely with your comments on the wolf.

Poring over the images of the blade, it's hard to tell from the surface in its current state whether it is recycled Western industrial steel,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th October 2020, 05:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 407
Posted By Philip
Hey Rick, From the photos it's hard for me to...

Hey Rick,

From the photos it's hard for me to tell what the approximate dimensions are. Question: is the grip long enough to get a comfortable hold on, without the iron protrusions of the "pommel"...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th October 2020, 05:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 379
Posted By Philip
Thanks for the numbers, Rick! Here's an early...

Thanks for the numbers, Rick!

Here's an early example of the same style blade on a German "bastard" (hand-and-a-half grip) hilted sword ca. 1520-30. Blade is 36", width 1 3/4" at the hilt, and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th October 2020, 05:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 379
Posted By Philip
Can you provide basic dimensions of the blade...

Can you provide basic dimensions of the blade itself -- length, width at forte, width just below the point?

I'm intrigued at what might be under those brass plates, from the photos there appears to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th October 2020, 10:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 330
Posted By Philip
The Arabic inscriptions look to be etched, the...

The Arabic inscriptions look to be etched, the penmanship being far neater than what is usually encountered on these blades. There is considerable wear to the lettering, "Mohammed" is the only thing...
Forum: European Armoury 25th October 2020, 10:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 422
Posted By Philip
Historically important mechanical system. This...

Historically important mechanical system. This was the snapping lock on the muskets, of Bohemian or South German origin, sold to the Portuguese Crown late in the 15th cent., and which were refined...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th October 2020, 09:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 720
Posted By Philip
made for the battlefield or parade field?

Seems to me that something that is both ornamented yet well-designed and crafted of proper materials can function just well on the battlefield as at a ceremonial gala or public display. Look at the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th October 2020, 05:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 720
Posted By Philip
See the two images in post #4 on this thread.

See the two images in post #4 on this thread.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th October 2020, 05:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 758
Posted By Philip
Bhutan lowlands (river valley) and the various...

Bhutan lowlands (river valley) and the various mountain tribes of Taiwan as well.
Forum: European Armoury 18th September 2020, 06:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 780
Posted By Philip
Robert Held anthologies

The late Mr Held, an expat American scholar who resided in Italy, wrote two remarkable anthologies containing articles on a variety of arms by a number of European and British authors, the former all...
Forum: European Armoury 18th September 2020, 05:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 780
Posted By Philip
More Spanish

Álvaro Soler del Campo, Catálogo de arcabucería madrileña (1687-1833) (catalog of Madrid gunmaking), an exhibition of works of the Spanish royal gunmakers in the collection of the Royal Armory of...
Forum: European Armoury 18th September 2020, 05:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 780
Posted By Philip
German flintlock rifles , plus other reference "classics"

Recently picked up an excellent German publication on Jäger rifles and can recommend it most highly:

Erhard Wolf, Steinschloss-Jägerbüchsen: Kunstwerke der Büchsenmacher aus dem 18. Jahrhundert ...
Forum: European Armoury 18th September 2020, 05:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 780
Posted By Philip
Italy: a general but thorough survey

For a wide-ranging and respected intro to Italian firearms (civil and military) from the beginning to the 19th cent., a good beginning is Agostino Gaibi's Armi da Fuoco Italiane (Italian Firearms),...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th September 2020, 05:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 688
Posted By Philip
I recall from the dim past, when I was interested...

I recall from the dim past, when I was interested in collecting and shooting late 19th/early 20th cent. military rifles (European models), that I saw a book entitled (per recollection) Military...
Forum: European Armoury 12th September 2020, 04:21 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,506
Posted By Philip
Yes this is the one I was referring to. Thanks...

Yes this is the one I was referring to. Thanks for identifying artist and date.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th September 2020, 10:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,650
Posted By Philip
Great intro to the subject, Jim. Hmong are...

Great intro to the subject, Jim. Hmong are just one of a number of tribes inhabiting the Vietnam / Laos / Cambodia border areas and as you say are ethnically and therefore linguistically distinct...
Forum: European Armoury 8th September 2020, 09:38 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,506
Posted By Philip
Of all the "action shots", the one...

Of all the "action shots", the one showing Judy with sword upraised in a two handed grip seems to follow the Biblical narrative most closely, which as quoted previously mentions that she took two...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd September 2020, 10:28 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,506
Posted By Philip
OK, fish it out for a photo op but for goodness'...

OK, fish it out for a photo op but for goodness' sake don't go fishing near those dockyards! Or if you do, don't eat the fish you catch! We'd like to see you contributing great threads for...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st September 2020, 03:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,152
Posted By Philip
Only in the case of blades (and other categories...

Only in the case of blades (and other categories of art) deemed important enough by the Ministry of Culture to be National Treasures, and in such case must remain in-country.

Otherwise, swords are...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st September 2020, 01:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,338
Posted By Philip
I am glad to see that you are doing this work,...

I am glad to see that you are doing this work, your skills are on a high level.
Forum: European Armoury 29th August 2020, 09:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,218
Posted By Philip
Yes, at least not external ones like beagles do. ...

Yes, at least not external ones like beagles do. I'm sure these birds are capable of hearing, though. ;)
Forum: European Armoury 29th August 2020, 04:50 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,506
Posted By Philip
heads they lost

In this thread we see two paintings based on Biblical narratives, and featuring beheadings. It is interesting to note one thing in common, besides them featuring heroic figures in the Jewish...
Forum: European Armoury 29th August 2020, 04:25 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,506
Posted By Philip
get the lead out!

Jim, you might also want to know that white lead, until the last century, was widely used in many places for architectural and maritime applications. It was considered efficacious in protecting the...
Forum: European Armoury 28th August 2020, 12:17 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,506
Posted By Philip
Smile it's on the tip of my tongue !!

Jim, you raise some very valid and quite interesting points!

1. Regarding paint chemistry, I'm not at all certain how many artists' pigments of the Middle Ages and Renaissance contained lead. Also...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th August 2020, 03:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,338
Posted By Philip
Congratulations on an excellent job!

Congratulations on an excellent job!
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