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Forum: European Armoury 22nd June 2022, 04:53 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thanks Fernando, and you're right, finding things...

Thanks Fernando, and you're right, finding things these days is a lot easier with the 'magic box'. Its a good thing as my mountains of notes, files, index cards, books of decades are hopelessly...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd June 2022, 03:38 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Looks like a blade from a 'nimcha' mid 19th+ with...

Looks like a blade from a 'nimcha' mid 19th+ with this assembly of 'cosmological' theme resembling the Schimmelbusch style marking. This is typically a comet with this grouping of stars, but a moon...
Forum: European Armoury 19th June 2022, 06:12 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Fernando, I am remiss in not thanking you for...

Fernando, I am remiss in not thanking you for this great entry on the painting of gun carraiges red in honor of this practice/tradition. I am wondering if any form of this remained vestigially after...
Forum: European Armoury 19th June 2022, 05:00 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Wow! That is a MAGNIFICENT collection, and right...

Wow! That is a MAGNIFICENT collection, and right you are to be focused on these beautiful swords which indeed proudly represent your heritage. It has always been my understanding that these were...
Forum: European Armoury 19th June 2022, 05:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 286
Posted By Jim McDougall
By who? We always ask for photos of entire weapon...

By who? We always ask for photos of entire weapon for inscriptions, marks etc. It makes a difference.
Forum: European Armoury 18th June 2022, 05:12 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
I agree Udo, I went through Kinman's excellent...

I agree Udo, I went through Kinman's excellent book, which is one of the most compehensive to date and found nothing notably like this. I was hoping you might find something as your background and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th June 2022, 04:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 631
Posted By Jim McDougall
That would be a good assumption ideally, but in...

That would be a good assumption ideally, but in the volatile tribal regions in Afghanistan, local artisans busily refurbish and repurpose weaponry constantly as they have for centuries. It is true...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th June 2022, 08:00 PM
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Views: 631
Posted By Jim McDougall
Dima I recall the fantastic research you did on...

Dima I recall the fantastic research you did on these while writing your book, and how much I learned about my own 'mysterious' Afghan sword during conversations with you then. I had obtained my...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th June 2022, 01:13 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,213
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you Dima. I had no idea they were there as...

Thank you Dima. I had no idea they were there as well, and it makes sense that their scales would make good armor.
I apparently misunderstood the earlier part of the discussion as pertains to the...
Forum: European Armoury 15th June 2022, 04:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 409
Posted By Jim McDougall
Just read this and it is superb!!! It is...

Just read this and it is superb!!! It is remarkably comprehensive and shows great examples to show the diversity of these important weapon/tools and illustrates the intriguing close connection to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th June 2022, 02:46 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,213
Posted By Jim McDougall
Guys, I am curious, I have never heard of a...

Guys, I am curious, I have never heard of a weapon/implement called a pangolin. As far as I have known this term applies to an animal known as a scaly anteater.

These are from sub Saharan Africa...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th June 2022, 03:45 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Well noted, the 'filters' I mentioned indeed...

Well noted, the 'filters' I mentioned indeed included Iran and Central Asia, and the diffusion of these influences in either direction were well traveled via 'the Silk Road'.
Also well noted on the...
Forum: European Armoury 12th June 2022, 10:37 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,871
Posted By Jim McDougall
Here is the article on the gun decks I have long...

Here is the article on the gun decks I have long recalled, from a 'Campaigns' magazine from 1977 (horrifying to realize this was 45 years ago and I'd been at it already over a decade). This was a...
Forum: European Armoury 12th June 2022, 09:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 628
Posted By Jim McDougall
These passage attributions are of course...

These passage attributions are of course reasonably suggested, but most regard the uses of numbers with magical or talismanic values as in astrological and alchemical symbolisms. The '4' is a lucky...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th June 2022, 09:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 716
Posted By Jim McDougall
Conversely, Here is a Chinese sword with...

Conversely,
Here is a Chinese sword with 'parrot head' style hilt in jade,;late 18th c. The Qianlong emperor (1735-1796) had an affinity for 'foreign' styling etc.
Forum: European Armoury 12th June 2022, 07:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 628
Posted By Jim McDougall
For anyone not familiar with the term gematria...

For anyone not familiar with the term gematria this is the name given to the numerical correspondence for letters in the Greek alphabet. Apparently random groupings of letters , typically 4 , can be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th June 2022, 06:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 716
Posted By Jim McDougall
The 'Deccan' attribution is indeed often...

The 'Deccan' attribution is indeed often difficult, not only in weaponry but in definition itself, whether geographic, cultural, religious or linguistic. Loosely it is largely the central area of the...
Forum: European Armoury 12th June 2022, 02:47 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,871
Posted By Jim McDougall
It makes sense that aiming for the deck and gun...

It makes sense that aiming for the deck and gun ports would be a most effective way of stabilizing the threat and opposition from an enemy ship without actually sinking it. The destruction of rigging...
Forum: European Armoury 12th June 2022, 02:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 628
Posted By Jim McDougall
You're welcome Udo, but I wish I could offer some...

You're welcome Udo, but I wish I could offer some more definitive info.
It has always intrigued me that these secret societies or groups, and often religious fraternities etc. used compilations of...
Forum: European Armoury 12th June 2022, 02:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 628
Posted By Jim McDougall
While I cannot offer a concise explanation for...

While I cannot offer a concise explanation for these markings, I might at least offer a suggestion. In the 16th into 17th century the traditions of using magical, occult and all manner of mysterious...
Forum: European Armoury 9th June 2022, 06:43 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,871
Posted By Jim McDougall
Excellent points Rick, well explained. That does...

Excellent points Rick, well explained. That does make sense, so the less destructive (to the hull) chain or double shot would seem to have been far more useful than all that round shot which seems to...
Forum: European Armoury 8th June 2022, 06:41 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,871
Posted By Jim McDougall
Capn, it seems I had heard the term partridge...

Capn, it seems I had heard the term partridge shot, it seems more toward shotguns' ammo, clearly for gaming . Most of the entries I have seen use the term 'hail shot' (perhaps a French term as...
Forum: European Armoury 7th June 2022, 04:53 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,871
Posted By Jim McDougall
From a reliable source I have been told that the...

From a reliable source I have been told that the French were notable users of chain shot in 17th century, naturally along with other powers. Notes of a French 5th rate ship of the line says that 100...
Forum: European Armoury 5th June 2022, 08:47 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,871
Posted By Jim McDougall
It seems an 'angel shot' is the bar shot with two...

It seems an 'angel shot' is the bar shot with two half spheres connected by a bar.
Spider shot is chain shot but with a number of chains.

The destructive force of any sort of cannon shot was...
Forum: European Armoury 5th June 2022, 04:46 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,871
Posted By Jim McDougall
This is incredible! and takes the use of...

This is incredible! and takes the use of 'langrange' to a new level!
I am not familiar with 'Pacific raider' term, though of course it suggests Dutch by your note. I know there were English pirates...
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