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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th August 2021, 07:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,507
Posted By kwiatek
Muhammad Ja’far is a very common name in many...

Muhammad Ja’far is a very common name in many places and there is no indication this is meant to be the maker rather than the owner
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th August 2021, 05:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,507
Posted By kwiatek
Pleasure! Yes, I think is is the owner's name

Pleasure! Yes, I think is is the owner's name
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th August 2021, 03:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 9,566
Posted By kwiatek
I am far from sure, but I think this is, slightly...

I am far from sure, but I think this is, slightly misspelled,

ارجع لحولك

irja' li-hawlaka

This is the name of a popular song in the Yemen. These pieces seem to be mostly inscribed with the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th August 2021, 03:23 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,257
Posted By kwiatek
I cannot make a lot out of it, what is legible...

I cannot make a lot out of it, what is legible appears to be the usual stuff such as Qur'an 48:1. There is also a maker's inscription

عمل ابر[ا]هيم

'Work of Ibrahim'
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th August 2021, 03:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,496
Posted By kwiatek
It looks like الله شام محمد روفان ١١٨٧...

It looks like

الله
شام محمد
روفان
١١٨٧

'God. Syria(Damascus), Muhammad Rufan(?). 1187'

It does not look old
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th August 2021, 03:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,205
Posted By kwiatek
The inscriptions are the Ayat al-Kursi, or the...

The inscriptions are the Ayat al-Kursi, or the Throne Verse, which is Qur'an 2:255, perhaps the most frequently inscribed Qur'aicn verse. There is also an Arabic prayer beginning "O God, we ask you...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th August 2021, 02:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,907
Posted By kwiatek
The inscriptions are in Arabic. The first is...

The inscriptions are in Arabic.

The first is

ان فتحنا[لك] فتحا مبينا

'Indeed We have granted you a clear conquest' (Qur'an 48:1)

The second is the shahada or profession of faith
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th August 2021, 02:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,507
Posted By kwiatek
It says Muhammad Ja'far 1213 (1798-9 AD)

It says

Muhammad Ja'far 1213 (1798-9 AD)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th July 2021, 01:18 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,210
Posted By kwiatek
Nice inscription too. They are Arabic verses from...

Nice inscription too. They are Arabic verses from al-Busiri‘s Qasidat al-Burda (Ode of the Mantle), which are common on kaskaras

SIDE A

ومن تكن برسول الله نصرته إن تلقه الأسد فى آجامها تجم
...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd July 2021, 09:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 879
Posted By kwiatek
The inscription at the muzzle is part of Qur'an...

The inscription at the muzzle is part of Qur'an 8:17

وما رميت اذ رميت ولاكن (كذا) الله رمى

"And it was not you who threw when you threw, but rather it was God who threw"

The verse is about...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 2nd July 2021, 09:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,448
Posted By kwiatek
The first is a nice Greek Ottoman seal نقوله...

The first is a nice Greek Ottoman seal

نقوله بنده (؟) ولد دمترى

“Nikola Bende (?), son of Dimitri”

The second one, apart from the date of 1272, does not read in any of Arabic, Persian or...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st July 2021, 11:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,669
Posted By kwiatek
Side A In the large cartouche, in two lines,...

Side A

In the large cartouche, in two lines, a Turkish couplet

Olunca düşman-ı küffar nümayan
Yararım sinesini ya lutf-ı yezdan

“When the infidel enemy appears
I cleave his breast, O God’s...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st July 2021, 01:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,654
Posted By kwiatek
It says ‘Aziz al-Din Haji Ilyas Shah,...

It says

‘Aziz al-Din Haji Ilyas Shah, Bombay, Lahore, Kashmir

:-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th June 2021, 11:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,736
Posted By kwiatek
I cannot make sense of this as Arabic or Persian,...

I cannot make sense of this as Arabic or Persian, though there are Arabic/Persian words in it. The first words look like

عمل شاه محمود

'amal-i shah mahmud

'Work of Shah Mahmud'

and the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th June 2021, 11:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,840
Posted By kwiatek
Sorry for long delay in replying. This is a...

Sorry for long delay in replying. This is a variation on a very common inscription on yataghans. It has one spelling mistake

بچاق الده سرک [گرک] دلده یا سبحان سنه ۱۲۱۱

bıçak elde gerek dilde ya...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th May 2021, 09:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,615
Posted By kwiatek
It opens with the beginning of Qur'an 61:13,...

It opens with the beginning of Qur'an 61:13, "Help from God and a speedy victory". This is followed by the opening lines of the Dala'il al-Khayrat, a collection of prayers in praise of the Prophet...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th May 2021, 03:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,992
Posted By kwiatek
The inscriptions are عمل محرم 'Work of...

The inscriptions are

عمل محرم

'Work of Muharram (Muharrem in Turkish spelling)"

صاحب محمود پاشا سنه ١١٨٢

"The owner Mahmud Pasha. Year 1182 (1768-9)"
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th May 2021, 01:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,558
Posted By kwiatek
An owner's inscription: sahib mehmed ağa ...

An owner's inscription:

sahib mehmed ağa
tawakkaltu 'ala allah 1243

"The owner Mehmed Ağa.
I put my trust in God. 1243 (1827-8)"

Verses in cartouches
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th April 2021, 08:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,003
Posted By kwiatek
Pleasure. Yes, it is a six-pointed star of...

Pleasure.

Yes, it is a six-pointed star of course, not five as I wrote. As far as I remember it is normally associated with the Seal of Suleyman (Solomon)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th April 2021, 10:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,003
Posted By kwiatek
The upper inscription is the ubiquitous لا...

The upper inscription is the ubiquitous

لا فتا (فتى) الا علي لا سيف الا ذ[و] الفقار

“There is no hero but ‘Ali, no sword but Dhu’l-Fiqar”

The lower, long inscription is Qur’an 48:1-4

In...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th April 2021, 10:18 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,212
Posted By kwiatek
It might be 'Mir 'Ali', though it is written very...

It might be 'Mir 'Ali', though it is written very strangely, as you point out
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd April 2021, 08:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,636
Posted By kwiatek
“General Cunningham” :-)

“General Cunningham”

:-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th March 2021, 12:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,816
Posted By kwiatek
The Turkish inscription says: Ustası Giridli...

The Turkish inscription says:

Ustası Giridli Selim [1]322

“Its maker, Selim from Crete. [1]322 (1904-5 AD)“
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd March 2021, 11:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,161
Posted By kwiatek
Thank you for sharing photos and to all of you...

Thank you for sharing photos and to all of you for your knowledge. That is what is nice about forums like this one
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd March 2021, 07:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,161
Posted By kwiatek
This inscription looks genuine to me. Other...

This inscription looks genuine to me. Other members of the forum will be able to give technical information that I cannot about the lock etc and whether all of the parts belong together. If it's...
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