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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 02:19 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Ed thank you for this response which is in line...

Ed thank you for this response which is in line with the 'key' suggestion I had noted. The interesting variation in geometric combinations really does present a degree of plausibility to comparison...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 07:52 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you so much JBG!!!

Thank you so much JBG!!!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 04:18 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Enigma mark...Tuareg into the kaskara realm

Ongoing,
So it seems we have established that the enigma mark was known in the period around WWI by the Tuareg, and it seems in the Air (Ayr) regions of that massif in Niger centered around Agadez. ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 03:52 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
While this topic is open here, I thought I would...

While this topic is open here, I thought I would take the opportunity to ask about am item I have had for some time, and with limited resources and knowledge on these weapons this seemed a good time....
Forum: European Armoury 7th August 2022, 05:53 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Without going deeper into references, at the...

Without going deeper into references, at the outset I would suggest this to be a hanger from French context in a lid to late 18th c. style. Looking forward to more specific observations of course.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th August 2022, 04:26 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
I think that may be a good resolution, that this...

I think that may be a good resolution, that this mark (enigma) might reflect as award or perhaps as you suggest, a level of achievement or status in a particular Tariqa in Sufi. That would explain...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th August 2022, 03:40 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Points well taken Ed, and I agree your suggestion...

Points well taken Ed, and I agree your suggestion of this Sufi order being a good possibility of being the source, especially with the notable commonality which would support its diffusion from...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th August 2022, 10:01 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Cross of Agadez

To follow up on my idea regarding the 'cross of Agadez', in doing more looking into this, I found the following.
The 'cross of Agadez' is in effect an item of jewelry, primarily a pendant with...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th August 2022, 07:03 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Catfish

In going through old notes etc. from what I realize now were from some years ago (where has the time gone?) I found another theory I had come up with but which seemed somewhat tenuous, despite the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th August 2022, 04:06 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thanks Ed, As you note, Briggs asserts (per...

Thanks Ed,
As you note, Briggs asserts (per Gaus '58) that the grouping of marks on the 'takouba' of the Tiounfara chief Adembar (XXb) are copied from those on the blade of the takouba of the chief...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th August 2022, 09:26 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Ed, thank you for this thread, and one of the...

Ed, thank you for this thread, and one of the greatest of the 'cold cases' on North African broadswords, the marking we enthusiasts of this field have dubbed 'the enigma'.

While it seems most of...
Forum: European Armoury 5th August 2022, 02:47 AM
Replies: 14
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Actually I was referring to the title, which...

Actually I was referring to the title, which terms this a Spanish rapier/broadsword......as I noted, this has nothing to do with broadswords...however as you note.......that key feature of a rapier...
Forum: European Armoury 4th August 2022, 10:36 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
It is always interesting when a sword is posted...

It is always interesting when a sword is posted without any information, thoughts or observations by the individual posting it. Just photos of a 'sword' or as in this case Spanish rapier /broadsword?...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd August 2022, 07:06 PM
Replies: 10
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Posted By Jim McDougall
The SEBASTIAN variation on blades from Solingen...

The SEBASTIAN variation on blades from Solingen seems to have had a reasonable occurrence, in my opinion mid to third quarter 17th c. On this Scottish basket hilt the Sebastian name with...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd August 2022, 06:54 PM
Replies: 9
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Nihl, I truly applaud your research work and...

Nihl,
I truly applaud your research work and well presented aspects of the particulars of these terms as applied to these weapons. Also for sharing this here in what has been a rather formidable and...
Forum: European Armoury 2nd August 2022, 02:11 PM
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Views: 869
Posted By Jim McDougall
My apologies Fernando for this oversight, I had...

My apologies Fernando for this oversight, I had not remembered you cited Laning as the author in your excerpt in that post, and I thought I had found support for that content in my effort. Whatever...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd August 2022, 04:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 437
Posted By Jim McDougall
Understood, and thank you for the note. My...

Understood, and thank you for the note. My concerns were of course also toward the troublesome thread of several weeks ago.
Forum: European Armoury 1st August 2022, 10:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 516
Posted By Jim McDougall
From my understanding with Spanish swords the...

From my understanding with Spanish swords the regulation patterns as far as classification were inclined to correspond with the year the regulations were instituted. With this being the case, it was...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st August 2022, 10:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 437
Posted By Jim McDougall
No levity intended toward this work, which as I...

No levity intended toward this work, which as I noted is in my opinion, brilliant, but more toward previous efforts at discussion on this topic.
Forum: European Armoury 1st August 2022, 09:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 869
Posted By Jim McDougall
CERCA TROVA!

The term (= seek and ye shall find) is from the mysterious inscription on the green flag (of Florentine soldiers defending Siena in the Battle of Marciano) in the fresco by Vasari.

I found this...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st August 2022, 07:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 437
Posted By Jim McDougall
Fasten your seatbelts! :) Meanwhile, VERY nice...

Fasten your seatbelts! :)
Meanwhile, VERY nice work Nihl.
Forum: European Armoury 1st August 2022, 07:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 516
Posted By Jim McDougall
This is truly a wonderful exemplar of this most...

This is truly a wonderful exemplar of this most important and as it has become apparent over the years, far more complex sword form than realized by collectors previously. While your particular areas...
Forum: European Armoury 1st August 2022, 01:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 564
Posted By Jim McDougall
Ahah! as I suspected..........the old 'pancake...

Ahah! as I suspected..........the old 'pancake turner' bayonet!!!!
Clever indeed...................good game :)
Forum: European Armoury 31st July 2022, 10:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 869
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you for explaining that further, as clearly...

Thank you for explaining that further, as clearly I am far from well versed in this area and it helps to understand the relative associations of numbers in these matters. Good note on the Tibetan...
Forum: European Armoury 31st July 2022, 07:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 869
Posted By Jim McDougall
Yup Fernando, definitely not postcard material!!!...

Yup Fernando, definitely not postcard material!!! :)
That is the point, there is no widespread presence of the paternoster term being used in sword nomenclature or terminology, in fact virtually...
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