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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 12:39 PM
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Posted By Ian
Kubur, I am not a paleographist, but I have...

Kubur,

I am not a paleographist, but I have an undergraduate minor in English with particular reference to the Victorian period. Since you call into question my credentials for commenting on the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 10:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 46
Posted By Ian
Hi Mahratt. Great picture! I enlarged it a...

Hi Mahratt.

Great picture! I enlarged it a bit and adjusted the contrast to show the hilt of his dagger more clearly. In answer to your question, no I have not seen another picture with someone...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 10:36 AM
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Views: 215
Posted By Ian
Speaking of provenance, that's a crude...

Speaking of provenance, that's a crude inscription for such an important guy. The "late 44th GR" reference means, I presume, that he was a member of the 44th Gurkha Rifles at the time of his...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th September 2021, 02:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 7,382
Posted By Ian
Badkarma, Welcome to the Forum! Thank...

Badkarma,

Welcome to the Forum!

Thank you for diving into the archives to find this old thread and provide an update.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th September 2021, 02:31 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 12,743
Posted By Ian
JT88, it sounds as though your ferric chloride...

JT88, it sounds as though your ferric chloride solution is too strong. I would suggest a 1:20 solution of FeCl3 in water and see how that works for you. It may take several minutes to bring out a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th September 2021, 02:06 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,545
Posted By Ian
Thumbs up Nihl, Your "ramblings" are perhaps the most...

Nihl,

Your "ramblings" are perhaps the most coherent description of these swords that I have read. Thank you for making sense of a subject that has bothered me for some time.

Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th September 2021, 02:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 660
Posted By Ian
Hi Jose, I also think your knife is from the...

Hi Jose,

I also think your knife is from the Philippines--Central or Northern Luzon. Rick's is a bit harder to place given the hilt style, but could also be from the Philippines. Apart from a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th September 2021, 01:56 AM
Replies: 377
Views: 197,319
Posted By Ian
Hello Peter and welcome back. Thank you for...

Hello Peter and welcome back.

Thank you for this excellent reference. Unfortunately, the file size exceeds the maximum allowed for this site. It would have been nice to post it here as an...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th September 2021, 06:30 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,171
Posted By Ian
Hi David. I agree pretty much with all you...

Hi David.

I agree pretty much with all you have said. There certainly were better made gunong in the past. This was mostly in terms of high end materials, as you note, rather than departure from a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th September 2021, 01:59 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,171
Posted By Ian
Hi Detlef: The issue of laminated blades in...

Hi Detlef:

The issue of laminated blades in Moro weapons, especially in the mid- and late-20th C, is an interesting one. Some of the following information comes from our forum friend xasterix who,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th September 2021, 03:32 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,171
Posted By Ian
Hi Drac, I'm sure there was quite a lot of...

Hi Drac,

I'm sure there was quite a lot of aluminum on Clark AFB prior to WWII. The military had many uses for it. However, it would have been in engines and other structural components that would...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th September 2021, 03:06 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,171
Posted By Ian
Hi Detlef, In earlier discussion I used...

Hi Detlef,

In earlier discussion I used "late 20th C" to mean the last quarter of the 20th C (1975–2000).

As you know, dating Filipino pieces is difficult. It is hard to know how long it...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th September 2021, 02:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 611
Posted By Ian
Hi Wayne, There's a possibility this one...

Hi Wayne,

There's a possibility this one could be from the Philippines (Central/Northern Luzon). Examples of similar recurved blades can be found there, and the full tang hilt with brass ferrules,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th September 2021, 12:10 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,171
Posted By Ian
Guys, Let's remember that WWII ended 75...

Guys,


Let's remember that WWII ended 75 years ago, and 1970 was 50 years ago! Some of these post-WWII knives will look quite old--and they do. Much of my dating of gunong comes from observations...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th September 2021, 01:55 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,171
Posted By Ian
Hi Detlef, Of the examples you show, the one...

Hi Detlef,

Of the examples you show, the one in the top left is the oldest in style. The hilt, guard, and scabbard may well be pre-WWII. The blade style seems later, although it may be an earlier...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th September 2021, 10:44 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 39,869
Posted By Ian
Gunar, Rick has pointed to the historical...

Gunar,

Rick has pointed to the historical connection between the US and the Philippines. The US had a lot of trouble with the Moros in the southern parts of the country after "inheriting"...
Forum: European Armoury 4th September 2021, 09:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,890
Posted By Ian
Transferred to Euro Forum.

Transferred to Euro Forum.
Forum: European Armoury 4th September 2021, 09:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,890
Posted By Ian
awdaniec666, Thank you for all the time and...

awdaniec666,

Thank you for all the time and effort you have put into these posts. It is greatly appreciated.

I have received a request to transfer this thread to the European Armoury Forum on...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th September 2021, 01:47 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,171
Posted By Ian
Hi drac. This dagger is fairly recent,...

Hi drac.

This dagger is fairly recent, including the engraved blade. I'd say late 20th C from the Lake Lanao area of Mindanao. It is Maranao workmanship and a nice looking piece.

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd September 2021, 02:18 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,545
Posted By Ian
Hi Stu, This does look like a firangi...

Hi Stu,

This does look like a firangi (foreign) blade, but I would not exclude the possibility that it was a local copy. Most firangi I have seen were longer than the usual tulwar. Hard to judge...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd September 2021, 02:13 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 39,869
Posted By Ian
Lovely refit Xas. That is also a beautiful etch...

Lovely refit Xas. That is also a beautiful etch on the blade too.


A fully authentic Sulu barung, with modern fittings!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd September 2021, 02:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 545
Posted By Ian
ASPaulding, Welcome to the Forum! Your...

ASPaulding,

Welcome to the Forum!

Your sword does seem to be a mix of different cultures. The hilt reminds me of the eagle head style found on some Polish karabela sabers. This is far from my...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th August 2021, 06:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 803
Posted By Ian
I agree with Battara and Wayne. Looks Asian to me...

I agree with Battara and Wayne. Looks Asian to me also. Possibly SE Asian, including mainland SE Asia, with a strong Chinese influence. The snake could be a python.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th August 2021, 06:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 761
Posted By Ian
Some more examples of unusually long dha of...

Some more examples of unusually long dha of similar manufacture.



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Forum: European Armoury 29th August 2021, 10:54 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,377
Posted By Ian
Moving this one over to the European Arms and...

Moving this one over to the European Arms and Armoury Forum where there may be further people interested in the discussion.
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