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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 06:50 AM
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Posted By TVV
Jim, thank you for your thorough comments. I have...

Jim, thank you for your thorough comments. I have the Furusiyya Foundation book and it is a great reference. It shows a nimcha with a hilt, covered by turtle shell and silver (#41), and then mentions...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 05:12 AM
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Posted By TVV
Kubur has already given you all the correct info....

Kubur has already given you all the correct info. I can only add that a knife with a similar hilt is the first item shown in "Panga Na Visu", where Zirngibl identifies it as Mandingo based on the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 12:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 159
Posted By TVV
Thank you Kubur, I appreciate it. Jose, it is...

Thank you Kubur, I appreciate it.



Jose, it is not patina. It looks like remnants of paint or enamel.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 09:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 159
Posted By TVV
Thank you Stu, I find the connections between the...

Thank you Stu, I find the connections between the Zanzibari nimchas (Zanzibari used here to refer to all nimchas from Southern Arabia and the Eastern coastline of Africa) and the Maghrebi ones...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 08:38 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 77
Posted By TVV
Based on the socket decoration, this spearhead...

Based on the socket decoration, this spearhead probably comes from the Sahel or the Mandara mountains. The brass plates almost certainly have some ceremonial or cult significance, but I personally do...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th January 2021, 11:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 159
Posted By TVV
Nimcha for Comments and Musings on Nimchas

I have always wanted an older nimcha and I believe this one is 18th century or earlier. Buttin shows a similar one as #991 in his catalogue and dates it to the 14th/15th century, but with all due...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th January 2021, 05:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 962
Posted By TVV
I can help with that.

I can help with that.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd January 2021, 05:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 810
Posted By TVV
Happy New Year Ariel, and congratulations on this...

Happy New Year Ariel, and congratulations on this excellent acquisition. This is as nice as it can get and I actually liked it more than some other shamshirs that sold for more at the auction, so I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th December 2020, 04:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 559
Posted By TVV
I cannot say whether the hilt is rhino or not...

I cannot say whether the hilt is rhino or not based on the pictures, but I also do not think that this is so important. Rhino horn might be the more exotic material, but it comes with its own set of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th December 2020, 07:36 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,080
Posted By TVV
Jose, not only is your execution flawless, but...

Jose, not only is your execution flawless, but you have obviously also spent a significant amount of time and effort studying other examples, as your work is true to originals in character. I admit...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th December 2020, 04:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,001
Posted By TVV
They were most certainly used in Yemen. There is...

They were most certainly used in Yemen. There is a picture in Hales of the Sultan of Lahej with such a sword.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th December 2020, 07:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,001
Posted By TVV
First of all, congratulations on this extremely...

First of all, congratulations on this extremely nice saif. Your observations on the flower motives are accurate and supported by both Elgood and Hales. Both authors state that while these swords were...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th December 2020, 10:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 871
Posted By TVV
Well written and researched post Yvain....

Well written and researched post Yvain. Information on giles and billaos tends to be scarce, with some examples shown in Tirri's books and a brief mention in Spring in the chapter on the horn of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th October 2020, 09:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,258
Posted By TVV
It looks like an older European blade, but...

It looks like an older European blade, but whether from the 19th century or earlier is for me personally hard to determine. Trade blades came in two main patterns, one of which included a single...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th September 2020, 08:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,608
Posted By TVV
Sabre takoubas tend to be rarer in my personal...

Sabre takoubas tend to be rarer in my personal experience, and so this is a nice find. The leather wrap on the hilt has some similarity to a takouba shown in Waffen aus Zentral-Afrika by Johanna...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th September 2020, 06:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,608
Posted By TVV
Welcome to the forum Marc, always great to see...

Welcome to the forum Marc, always great to see another takouba enthusiast. You have presented a nice little collection with some interesting examples. Is the takouba with the double fullered European...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th August 2020, 12:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,271
Posted By TVV
Thank you Yvain, much appreciated. The article...

Thank you Yvain, much appreciated. The article was written almost 70 years ago, and before Oakeshott, so it is understandable that Lohte's knowledge at the time would be outdated by now, with plenty...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th August 2020, 06:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,514
Posted By TVV
There are people in Bulgaria (and elsewhere I am...

There are people in Bulgaria (and elsewhere I am sure), who make tubes of horn and brass rods inside and then cut them into small rounds, which are then ready to be inserted. Perhaps if you contact...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th August 2020, 06:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,839
Posted By TVV
Great to see you here again Zifir, hope you are...

Great to see you here again Zifir, hope you are doing well.

Teodor
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th August 2020, 02:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,466
Posted By TVV
Looks like the scabbard chape of a jambiya from...

Looks like the scabbard chape of a jambiya from Southern Yemen. A search for "gusbi" in the forum should produce some results for comparison.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th August 2020, 06:38 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,839
Posted By TVV
Here is a picture, courtesy of Tatiana Dianova,...

Here is a picture, courtesy of Tatiana Dianova, from the Turkish room in Dresden. The problem with the Dresden collection is that not all of it originates from items captures during the Second Siege...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th August 2020, 05:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,839
Posted By TVV
There are multiple yataghans from the 19th...

There are multiple yataghans from the 19th century that carry earlier dates to the 16th and 17th centuries. Why, I am not sure: maybe it was a reference to some date of importance to the owner or...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th July 2020, 11:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,023
Posted By TVV
Both are Algerian. There are multiple threads on...

Both are Algerian. There are multiple threads on the issue, but it generally appears that the flyssa originated from the yataghan. I have one that has retained many yataghan features, but shorter...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th July 2020, 05:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,181
Posted By TVV
I think it is from Asia Minor, though I suspect...

I think it is from Asia Minor, though I suspect the ears were relatively small as opposed to the large T-shaped hilts usually associated with zeybeks.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th July 2020, 07:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,181
Posted By TVV
On this one you can clearly see the layers of...

On this one you can clearly see the layers of Turkish ribbon (twistcore) in the blade. It is worth carefully etching to bring the pattern contrast out.
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