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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 11:37 AM
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Posted By Iain
A heavy fighting Laos daab

A recent acquisition some might enjoy seeing. This is a heavy fighting sword from either Laos (the hilt type is often associated with the general Vientiane region) or just across the border in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st July 2021, 01:05 PM
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Posted By Iain
The sword in your first image was discussed here...

The sword in your first image was discussed here when it was on auction. Sadly the throwing knives and the sword are a bit suspect. This style of kaskara hilt appears to be one made in Egypt. The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st July 2021, 11:27 AM
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Posted By Iain
Besides the silver element I don't see that much...

Besides the silver element I don't see that much similarity. Sadly yours is missing the guard to make a detailed comparison.

The sword that used to be mine was unusual for the decorative motif...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th July 2021, 11:27 AM
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Posted By Iain
In this case pretty much any gallery software...

In this case pretty much any gallery software will work. Depends if you want it only sitting on your local PC, personally I prefer to keep things cloud based as it removes the issue of hardware...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th July 2021, 10:03 AM
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Posted By Iain
There are quite a few systems out there for...

There are quite a few systems out there for managing collections (mainly art) , some are paid subscription services while some like this appear to be free to collectors...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th July 2021, 11:29 AM
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Posted By Iain
One last point, even the brass pin in the guard...

One last point, even the brass pin in the guard of your example is odd, I have never seen this on any kaskara or takouba, again this doesn't mean it has to be a European modification but... as we can...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th July 2021, 11:25 AM
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Posted By Iain
The first sword is atypical but its of a...

The first sword is atypical but its of a construction that's recognisable for takouba and kaskara. :) We can debate the exact region its from but with or without the Hale example its quite clear its...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th July 2021, 11:04 AM
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Posted By Iain
I don't think shortened kaskara are made for the...

I don't think shortened kaskara are made for the stage, I think some short kaskara with the lizard or alligator scabbards with sheet metal blades are made for tourists.

I have seen several swords...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th July 2021, 10:01 AM
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Posted By Iain
The blade is a good one and much older than the...

The blade is a good one and much older than the the export patterns for Ethiopia. These astral symbols are found on European blades from the 17th century and into the early 18th century. I have seen...
Forum: Swap Forum 20th July 2021, 08:47 AM
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Posted By Iain
Removed from sale from this venue.

Removed from sale from this venue.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th July 2021, 08:18 PM
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Views: 1,390
Posted By Iain
And the top of the pommel is done in the same...

And the top of the pommel is done in the same manner as many takouba although not mixing metals (such as copper) as is usually seen.

A real cross cultural mix!
Forum: Swap Forum 19th July 2021, 05:28 PM
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Posted By Iain
Lets try 450 shipped inside the EU....

Lets try 450 shipped inside the EU....
Forum: Swap Forum 19th July 2021, 05:20 PM
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Posted By Iain
Massive Vietnamese Dao for sale

Very nice example that's got a massive blade with lovely engraving. 100cm overall with a width at the blade tip of 7.5cm, really a huge one!

Asking for 575 EUR with 20 EUR shipping inside the EU,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th July 2021, 09:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 731
Posted By Iain
I wouldn't have a problem to tentatively place it...

I wouldn't have a problem to tentatively place it to the 18th century given the form and wear. Regarding the region, I think its a fairly safe bet to say somewhere in the general vicinity of Lampang...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th July 2021, 05:33 PM
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Views: 731
Posted By Iain
Hi Ian, always a tricky question! The blade...

Hi Ian, always a tricky question! The blade condition of course is partly a factor of a lack of proper storage and humidity but I do think it should be 19th century at a minimum, the brass handle at...
Forum: Swap Forum 18th July 2021, 01:16 PM
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Views: 526
Posted By Iain
I'll do 480 with shipping included inside the EU.

I'll do 480 with shipping included inside the EU.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th July 2021, 07:19 AM
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Posted By Iain
Hi RenRen, the handle is of a type usually...

Hi RenRen, the handle is of a type usually associated with Vientiane and the surrounding region.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th July 2021, 03:41 PM
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Posted By Iain
Small dha (southern Laos)

Perhaps more of a large fighting knife at 54cm overall, despite the condition of the blade I quite like this one. Workmanlike with good steel and a pleasing curve to the blade. I've always like this...
Forum: Swap Forum 16th July 2021, 10:49 AM
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Posted By Iain
Burmese dha with inscribed blade for sale

A very nice Burmese dha I am releasing from my collection with the inscription (ဘေးယံကင်း = "Safe" and on the reverse ယံရှင်းဓား = "A sword to remove strife/danger"). Very nice piece, handle is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th July 2021, 10:01 PM
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Views: 1,390
Posted By Iain
I think I recall it but please do post!

I think I recall it but please do post!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th July 2021, 07:58 PM
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Views: 1,390
Posted By Iain
I'd add just a quick note to this that these long...

I'd add just a quick note to this that these long scabbard fittings seem to really pop up the most often on swords where you can find pictorial evidence of them in areas that are the Hausa/Fulani...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th July 2021, 12:26 PM
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Views: 1,390
Posted By Iain
I don't believe in boxes for takouba. ;) ...

I don't believe in boxes for takouba. ;)

The scabbard is perhaps not original to the sword. The chape is Hausa work.

The sword is not missing the entire guard rather the sheet metal structure...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th July 2021, 10:34 AM
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Views: 1,390
Posted By Iain
I was curious if someone here would pick it up....

I was curious if someone here would pick it up. It is indeed an interesting one, however I don't really see Kanem-Bornu, rather the hilt design is quite similar to some Yemeni designs, although made...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th July 2021, 10:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 883
Posted By Iain
Agreed, the blade is absolutely not locally made....

Agreed, the blade is absolutely not locally made. Any questions around the fullers and finish are due to long working life the blade has had in the Sudanese context. 3.2cm is about right for the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th July 2021, 09:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 883
Posted By Iain
A nice older piece, the blade looks to be from a...

A nice older piece, the blade looks to be from a British infantry officer's pattern, perhaps the 1845. Others with better knowledge of military patterns will doubtless be able to identify it. The...
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