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Forum: European Armoury 29th October 2020, 11:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 735
Posted By Lee
Please refer to page 11 of Dr. Edward Hunley's...

Please refer to page 11 of Dr. Edward Hunley's kaskara monograph (http://www.vikingsword.com/ethsword/hunley/kaskara_fullers.pdf) to see a similar engraved mark. As to whether this came with a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd October 2020, 01:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 952
Posted By Lee
Lew had one of these...

Lew had one of these (http://www.vikingsword.com/lew/w1040/w1040.html) in his collection:
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th October 2020, 10:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,357
Posted By Lee
I am not finding it either. Give me some time and...

I am not finding it either. Give me some time and I will re-photograph the sword I am thinking of with the snake and lion on an older blade in Agadez style silver mounts - it may be a week or two...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th October 2020, 10:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,357
Posted By Lee
Thumbs up Nice!

A very nice takouba indeed! I believe that your assessment in dating is correct, the mounts from the last half century and a blade from the 19th century or even earlier. It is not at all uncommon to...
Forum: Swap Forum 3rd October 2020, 01:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 785
Posted By Lee
Exclamation It's not a bug... it's a feature

This is because only the member starting the thread or a moderator may reply to swap forum threads. This has been the case for at least a decade and this policy came about when dealers would...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th August 2020, 12:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,159
Posted By Lee
On the basis of form, construction and some of...

On the basis of form, construction and some of the decorative elements, I believe this is Moroccan, later 20th Century, probably made to appeal to the traveler. Considering the amount of hand work...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th August 2020, 09:29 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,762
Posted By Lee
At least the shiny black plastic electrical tape...

At least the shiny black plastic electrical tape has held up well, but I know what you are talking about and having found it this way I have no plans to disturb it.

The pira (without scabbard)...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th August 2020, 04:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,140
Posted By Lee
Very nice and similar in the core parts to that I...

Very nice and similar in the core parts to that I posted in your other thread. The additional wrappings on your family's example surely show evidence of a well cherished blade.

With your family...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th August 2020, 04:20 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,762
Posted By Lee
Shiny!

Shiny!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th August 2020, 04:51 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,762
Posted By Lee
It was certainly not new in the mid 1970s when I...

It was certainly not new in the mid 1970s when I acquired it and it has not added much appearance of further aging, so it surely could be older than my guess. Perhaps, if not very likely, the black...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th August 2020, 12:29 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,762
Posted By Lee
It will be a few days before I will be able to...

It will be a few days before I will be able to organize fresh pictures. The scabbard mouth is very plain, except for the profile and the hilt extends up to about a centimetre into a recess. The edges...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th August 2020, 07:38 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,762
Posted By Lee
Smile A favorite of mine!

Here is my very similar pira purchased by myself in the market in Zamboanga City in the early to mid 1970s. The scabbard has been wrapped with black plastic electrical tape - so much like what I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th August 2020, 04:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,163
Posted By Lee
I can surely see the similarities in workmanship...

I can surely see the similarities in workmanship between Rareis' example and Sajen's with the orange cord above. I also accept the mid-20th century dating stated by several observers above. As with...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th August 2020, 04:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,163
Posted By Lee
Thumbs up I think this is the 'real deal' intended for...

I think this is the 'real deal' intended for local wear and use and not a tourist special. It does not appear to be of the highest order of craftsmanship, but does appear to be respectable handmade...
Forum: European Armoury 10th August 2020, 04:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,813
Posted By Lee
Scarf weld?

Sometimes there will be a transverse difference in patination down in the lower forte like in your images reflecting different materials owing to a 'scarf' or overlapping weld where the tang is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th July 2020, 01:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,253
Posted By Lee
It is intended as neither cynical nor humorous,...

It is intended as neither cynical nor humorous, but my candid, honest reply when asked about the ultimate disposition of my collection is "This is not my problem - I have enough problems. I will be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd July 2020, 11:56 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,105
Posted By Lee
Question Katar for comments from new member dawgdad1

Inherited from an uncle and wondering how old it is and where itís from?
Forum: European Armoury 18th June 2020, 11:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,774
Posted By Lee
Yes, very much the same 'onion' shaped pommel and...

Yes, very much the same 'onion' shaped pommel and threaded tang button! How do you attribute this excavated sword?

Also, belatedly, here are photos of the running wolves and seriously rubbed blade...
Forum: European Armoury 7th June 2020, 03:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,774
Posted By Lee
Red face Thank you Gentlemen. Here are closer-up up...

Thank you Gentlemen.

Here are closer-up up views of the threading. I wonder if the obvious diagonal weld line in one of the views indicates material added at the last restoration to 'beef up' the...
Forum: European Armoury 6th June 2020, 04:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,774
Posted By Lee
Wink Technical details

However, the sword has clearly seen some use and substantial wear and it was clearly made for and shows evidence of use and not mere parade display. The plano-convex stiffening rods are attached to...
Forum: European Armoury 6th June 2020, 04:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,774
Posted By Lee
Smile Big British Basket Hilted Sword

Following a discussion in another thread I promised to present an example of a threaded tang on a British sword dating to around 1600. Having dismounted the pommel, I am doubting that the actual...
Forum: European Armoury 2nd June 2020, 04:01 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 8,114
Posted By Lee
Bladesmiths of my acquaintance have always warned...

Bladesmiths of my acquaintance have always warned that threaded tangs were failures waiting to happen, sharply cut threads being a failure point just as is the small deliberately placed cut along the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st May 2020, 01:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,447
Posted By Lee
Cool Similar but likely older

Lew had a similar club (http://vikingsword.com/lew/w0202/w0202.html) in his collection.
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 22nd May 2020, 12:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,900
Posted By Lee
These are described as 'gondola hooks' in The...

These are described as 'gondola hooks' in The Upper Ten: A Novel of the Snobocracy by William Hosea Ballou (1890), p. 75, courtesy of Google Books.
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 20th May 2020, 12:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,900
Posted By Lee
I saw a 'degenerate' version with a typical...

I saw a 'degenerate' version with a typical modern cast chrome plated hook, red fabric covering and rather unattractive modern aluminum coins for sale in Venice in the 1980s. This prepared me when I...
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