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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th September 2021, 09:30 PM
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Posted By ariel
Jim: "On the top 'firangi' it seems odd that...

Jim:
"On the top 'firangi' it seems odd that this is double edged, as I had thought the fuller grouping would be at center, rather than along one side as here."

Jim, I am blushing: it IS single...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th September 2021, 09:23 PM
Replies: 36
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Posted By ariel
Agree. Afghanis were kept in check by Babur in...

Agree. Afghanis were kept in check by Babur in 1526 ( First Battle of Panipat), but were victorious in 1761 ( Third Battle of Panipat) against the Maratha Empire. Both battles occured north of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th September 2021, 04:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 899
Posted By ariel
Hi Peter, Thanks for this beautiful review. ...

Hi Peter,
Thanks for this beautiful review.
One comment only: I am from Michigan, and we get mightily offended when some people refer to " Great Lakes" as something not surrounding our state:...
Forum: European Armoury 5th September 2021, 04:52 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,888
Posted By ariel
Fig 6. was just sold on liveauctioneers for $750...

Fig 6. was just sold on liveauctioneers for $750 + 23% fee.. It was described as Russian Cossack Ukrainian or Don. I asked a question on what grounds , but did not receive any answer.
Pics and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th September 2021, 12:58 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,544
Posted By ariel
Two more firangis: Indian? European?

Here are two more with questionable datings and attributions.
The first pic shows them together: blade length of the long one is 38", definitely qualifying it as Asa Shamshir ( staff sword). The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th September 2021, 12:28 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,544
Posted By ariel
Real firangi.

This is an unquestionably real Firangi from the South.
European double-edged blade wit a single wide fuller and a " Genoese"/"Styrian"/ make your guess. trade blade. Blade is marked , see last pic....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th September 2021, 12:11 AM
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Views: 1,544
Posted By ariel
My understanding ( as per Elgood) that a Firangi...

My understanding ( as per Elgood) that a Firangi ( European blade) migrated North and was called Dhup in the Deccan and Asa Shamshir in North India.
And yes, those were usually quite long, but,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th September 2021, 11:22 PM
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Views: 596
Posted By ariel
These daggers originated from a Golan Druze...

These daggers originated from a Golan Druze village Majjal Shams, Tower of the Sun.
They became popular as souvenirs especially when the Golan Heights were captured by Israel in 1967.
Then they...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th August 2021, 01:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,153
Posted By ariel
Regretfully you are correct. Even more...

Regretfully you are correct. Even more regretfully, this situation has very deep roots: even Egerton did not venture there and British army had only small penetration raids into Massouds’ areas at...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th August 2021, 07:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,153
Posted By ariel
Afghani “ khyber knives” ( realistically, ...

Afghani “ khyber knives” ( realistically, “selava”) come with various blades: straight, curved one way or another and recurved.
Their handles are also different: simple “ bird head” or...
Forum: European Armoury 13th August 2021, 03:09 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,348
Posted By ariel
I noticed this tread just now . I am very busy...

I noticed this tread just now . I am very busy these days editing a big textbook about pituitary diseases ( which is my speciality and real expertise) and go to my favourite Fora only occasionally,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th August 2021, 12:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,370
Posted By ariel
As noticed by Kwiatek, there certainly were more...

As noticed by Kwiatek, there certainly were more than one Muhammed Jafars between Iran and Bengal and between 1798 and 1898.

I do not think we can be certain that the scabbard is original or not...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th August 2021, 11:31 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,096
Posted By ariel
Thanks Kwiatek!

Thanks Kwiatek!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th August 2021, 11:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,370
Posted By ariel
It is a Khandjar , Persian or North Indian. ...

It is a Khandjar , Persian or North Indian. Velvet covering of the scabbard makes me put North India first. I have never seen any Caucasia weapon bearing a name Muhammad Ja’far, it just did not...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st July 2021, 02:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 864
Posted By ariel
I recall some Greek yataghans with thin ears....

I recall some Greek yataghans with thin ears. Masters tried to skimp on walrus ivory and used halves of longitudinally cut walrus tusks ( primary dentin by the tang, a layer of the secondary one...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th July 2021, 04:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,109
Posted By ariel
Ian, My hat is off to you... Awesome...

Ian,
My hat is off to you...
Awesome knowledge of such diverse facts. Were you there during the Vietnam War?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th July 2021, 03:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,517
Posted By ariel
Very good tulwar! One would definitely...

Very good tulwar!


One would definitely wish for such elegant and high class tulwar to have a wootz blade and a cartouche with some famous name, but the previous owner performed a barbaric...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 12th July 2021, 06:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,130
Posted By ariel
Nice!!! Great carving and beautiful patination. ...

Nice!!! Great carving and beautiful patination.
Since you presumably do not have a carriage, it might serve just as a splendid wall hanging. Do you have a fireplace?
BTW, there is something...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th July 2021, 02:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,448
Posted By ariel
If this indeed belonged to one of the Pulahanes,...

If this indeed belonged to one of the Pulahanes, you got yourself a part of history.
But I always remember a saying from somebody on this Forum: Buy the sword, not its history:-(((
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th July 2021, 05:03 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,096
Posted By ariel
Interested Party, Seems to me that the spine...

Interested Party,

Seems to me that the spine of the terminal third of the blade is tilting down just a little, and the edge follows the same direction. Of course, physical examination of the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th July 2021, 04:32 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,096
Posted By ariel
Slander, especially attributed to anonymous...

Slander, especially attributed to anonymous sources, is very high on my list of despicable behaviors.

Just an aside.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th July 2021, 10:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,740
Posted By ariel
Kai and Battara, Guys, that’s exactly what I...

Kai and Battara,
Guys, that’s exactly what I had in mind and was saying about the kris presented here: dark edges due to tempering.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th July 2021, 02:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,453
Posted By ariel
Strictly speaking, this is not a Kindjal. ...

Strictly speaking, this is not a Kindjal. Kindjal is a russified version of the name for a Caucasian ( and Transcaucasian) straight double-edged dagger, locally called Khandjali in Georgian, a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th July 2021, 11:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,395
Posted By ariel
Agree with Ian 100%. Exceptionally nice piece. ...

Agree with Ian 100%. Exceptionally nice piece. Congratulations!
I particularly love this style of a crossguard: it is a faithful homage to the old Mamluk examples. The wrapping is old, either...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th July 2021, 02:13 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,096
Posted By ariel
Ian, The two Russian forumites ( if they exist...

Ian,
The two Russian forumites ( if they exist at all) suggesting that there are some circumstantial hair-splitting inconsistencies may not be entirely blamed. They may be just exhibiting a...
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