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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th February 2021, 12:42 PM
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Posted By colin henshaw
Incorrect. Extract from "The History of...

Incorrect.

Extract from "The History of Mankind" by F Ratzel, 1896 and another extract from "The British Museum Handbook to the Ethnographical Collections", 1910 :-
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th February 2021, 09:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 578
Posted By colin henshaw
As far as I can make out, the peoples of...

As far as I can make out, the peoples of Madagascar did not really use "swords" in the historic period. Their main weapon before the introduction of firearms was the spear.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th February 2021, 01:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 437
Posted By colin henshaw
Here is a relevant extract from a book I have to...

Here is a relevant extract from a book I have to hand ... "Man & his Handiwork" by the Rev. J G Wood 1886, that describes these shields and mentioning the visual aid aspect. The shield shown by Wood...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd February 2021, 08:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 437
Posted By colin henshaw
I read somewhere that the cutouts were to improve...

I read somewhere that the cutouts were to improve the vision of the person holding the shield...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd February 2021, 03:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 437
Posted By colin henshaw
A good example Norman, thanks for posting. They...

A good example Norman, thanks for posting. They are often found damaged/buckled.

Regards.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st February 2021, 03:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 236
Posted By colin henshaw
Many thanks for the link, Ken. Mughal, say early...

Many thanks for the link, Ken. Mughal, say early 19th century for my arrows seems about right.

Regards
Colin
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th February 2021, 11:28 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 236
Posted By colin henshaw
Indian arrows (Mughal ?)

Something a bit different ... I was able to pick up these four arrows out of interest quite cheaply a little while ago. Can anyone give me more information about them ? The quality of workmanship is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th February 2021, 05:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 367
Posted By colin henshaw
Looks OK to me, Ken.

Looks OK to me, Ken.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th February 2021, 08:32 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 480
Posted By colin henshaw
Regarding the age of spears from Southern Africa....

Regarding the age of spears from Southern Africa. Unlike with European Arms, it is difficult to judge the age of African spears, without a collection provenance, old labels etc. In addition the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th February 2021, 12:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 480
Posted By colin henshaw
Ken, from your description this sounds like from...

Ken, from your description this sounds like from further north, maybe Zimbabwe or Malawi areas.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th February 2021, 08:33 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 480
Posted By colin henshaw
Very nice Nguni collection Norman, thanks for...

Very nice Nguni collection Norman, thanks for showing.
Forum: European Armoury 5th February 2021, 03:42 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 2,130
Posted By colin henshaw
Yes, very true - there was a market for basic...

Yes, very true - there was a market for basic muzzle-loading firearms in Africa in the late 19th century particularly. However, as well as the specifically made lower quality "trade" guns, large...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th February 2021, 02:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 710
Posted By colin henshaw
It looks like the blade from a Sudanese arm...

It looks like the blade from a Sudanese arm dagger on a modern Indian hilt :(
Forum: European Armoury 5th February 2021, 12:26 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 2,130
Posted By colin henshaw
Hi Mark An interesting pistol topic, thanks for...

Hi Mark

An interesting pistol topic, thanks for posting. Certainly your reasons for a lack of a ramrod make sense and are plausible. I can't comment about British Cavalry of the period, but...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th January 2021, 09:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 667
Posted By colin henshaw
A nice item. From West Africa somewhere (can't...

A nice item. From West Africa somewhere (can't remember where exactly). I've seen similar in the past. That diamond shaped brass stud nailed to the wood can sometimes be found on dagger hilts from...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st January 2021, 12:27 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 15,929
Posted By colin henshaw
This item sold in the UK a little while ago... it...

This item sold in the UK a little while ago... it is the most bizarre example yet I have seen of this Sudanese souvenir genre. As such, it's appropriate for me to add an image to this old thread on...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th January 2021, 09:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,078
Posted By colin henshaw
Good observation by Motan. The sophisticated...

Good observation by Motan. The sophisticated construction and style of these daggers (as originally posted by Mefidk), also the inclusion of those small brass circles as decoration in the wood is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th January 2021, 03:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 791
Posted By colin henshaw
A most interesting and unusual African spearhead....

A most interesting and unusual African spearhead. Probably a high status prestige item from West Africa.

The closest example I can find is in the "Oldman Collection Catalogue of Ethnographical...
Forum: European Armoury 10th January 2021, 04:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,248
Posted By colin henshaw
This looks to be an impressive and rare pistol,...

This looks to be an impressive and rare pistol, so as no one else has, I will post a comment, however antique firearms is not a subject I have studied.

I believe "carabiniers" were basically cavalry...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th January 2021, 09:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,644
Posted By colin henshaw
An observation : the sword no. 109 in the...

An observation : the sword no. 109 in the "Panga na Visu" book, appears to have to the quillons more or less copied from German hunting swords (see attached image).

Cameroon (Kamerun) was of course...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st December 2020, 12:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,644
Posted By colin henshaw
An interesting sword, thanks for posting. I would...

An interesting sword, thanks for posting. I would place it as from the Cameroon Grasslands area. The rather crudely cast brass hilt likely represents a lion's head. The lion has long been a popular...
Forum: European Armoury 31st December 2020, 10:53 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 758
Posted By colin henshaw
Thanks Mark, glad you like it. As you say,...

Thanks Mark, glad you like it. As you say, strange there is no maker's mark to the blade, unless after removing the rust something will be revealed.. Given the size of the reptile scales, I am...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th December 2020, 04:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,237
Posted By colin henshaw
To me, only the sheath looks African while the...

To me, only the sheath looks African while the knife looks European all the way.

Certainly, of course the actual knife part was made in Europe (or US ?)
Forum: European Armoury 29th December 2020, 04:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,408
Posted By colin henshaw
Hi Mark Interesting thread. I do like the...

Hi Mark

Interesting thread. I do like the primitive knife with the antler handle.

Regarding "American Indian" tomahawks and pipe tomahawks ... I've seen quite a few around here in the UK over the...
Forum: European Armoury 29th December 2020, 11:33 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 758
Posted By colin henshaw
European blade in an African context

I am posting this recently acquired weapon in this section, as the blade is of European origin. I believe however the knife/short sword was used by tribal peoples in the Cameroon Grasslands area of...
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