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Forum: European Armoury 16th August 2022, 09:08 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Cathey, I have to say that I have always admired...

Cathey, I have to say that I have always admired the format and detail you use in describing the swords in your collection, which is important as you and Rex are among the most discerning collectors...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th August 2022, 10:02 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
That truly is interesting Ed, I dont have the...

That truly is interesting Ed, I dont have the sword handy right now so cant say for sure, but if this were raised I would have noted it as that would be incredibly unusual. I cannot say I have ever...
Forum: European Armoury 15th August 2022, 07:32 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
While more of a superficial observation, Im...

While more of a superficial observation, Im inclined to agree on the cavalry sword classification simply from my personal view of so called 'sinclair saber' category being shorter with stout heavy...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th August 2022, 06:42 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you Ed, the dots are indented, not through....

Thank you Ed, the dots are indented, not through.
What does rinse mean?
Higher category?
Curiouser and curioser :) story of my life :)

Also note this sword originated in Ouagadougou. The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th August 2022, 04:55 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Well noted Fernando, and this is the case in...

Well noted Fernando, and this is the case in point, perception.
While my initial reaction was that the mark, to me, resembled a horseshoe, It is hard to determine what the individual placing the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th August 2022, 02:43 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Again, I very much agree with you Ed. We in...

Again, I very much agree with you Ed. We in general do not have a significant grasp of the cultural demeanor, character or beliefs of these people. This is further complicated by the fact that while...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th August 2022, 08:00 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you for answering Ed! and as always, your...

Thank you for answering Ed! and as always, your observations are well placed, and we're on the same page. I was thinking that the mark probably was adopted by some local armorer using it as his mark...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th August 2022, 04:31 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Ausjulius, Again, thank you for elaborating...

Ausjulius,
Again, thank you for elaborating with these important details concerning Bhutan and the circumstances involving these people and in neighboring areas as well as use of these swords. This...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th August 2022, 04:42 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Takouba Blade Markings

The recent thread opened by Ed on the mysterious 'enigma' marking described by Briggs (1965) has inspired me to look into some of the other unusual or distinct markings found on takouba blades. In...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th August 2022, 11:50 PM
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Views: 1,770
Posted By Jim McDougall
Excellent info Wayne! Thank you. That makes...

Excellent info Wayne! Thank you. That makes sense, it seems in most ethnographic areas edged weapons prevail. Not sure what the source I was reading meant, but thats why I posted this, for feedback.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th August 2022, 05:16 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
I wanted to add that thanks to the information on...

I wanted to add that thanks to the information on my entry to this thread, with the info from JBG and Ausjulius noting my example as being a palag from Bhutan. With this I was able to find a bit more...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 10th August 2022, 05:22 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Rob, The 'running fox' has become quite an...

Rob,
The 'running fox' has become quite an icon in swords from 16th century into the 17th and has often become a point of contention in trying to fully comprehend its actual use. To be quite...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 10th August 2022, 01:01 AM
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Views: 275
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you for sharing this, and especially for...

Thank you for sharing this, and especially for the details from the research you have thoroughly completed! I have always thought that old tools were often a kind of interesting parallel to old...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th August 2022, 02:19 AM
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Views: 724
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 8th August 2022, 07:52 PM
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Views: 1,770
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you so much JBG!!!

Thank you so much JBG!!!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th August 2022, 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 8th August 2022, 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
Replies: 6
Views: 590
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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Views: 724
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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Views: 724
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
Replies: 12
Views: 724
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: 15
Views: 601
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...
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