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Forum: European Armoury 28th May 2021, 07:20 PM
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Posted By Helleri
So it's down to the very nature of participating...

So it's down to the very nature of participating in an auction. Part of that nature being a degree of risk. A gamble on what you are paying for what you are getting.

There is another aspect to...
Forum: European Armoury 28th May 2021, 06:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,189
Posted By Helleri
That answers one of the questions. But the other...

That answers one of the questions. But the other (to clarify) is could you have come to this realization about the nature of the piece prior to winning the bid had you a mind to investigate it then?...
Forum: European Armoury 28th May 2021, 04:31 PM
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Views: 2,189
Posted By Helleri
This is more of an ethical query than anything...

This is more of an ethical query than anything else. A good question here would be, could you have discovered all this prior to placing your winning bid? Another question would be, do you think the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th May 2021, 04:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,884
Posted By Helleri
[edit] Okay this axe was bothering me and I could...

[edit] Okay this axe was bothering me and I could swear I'd seen something very similar to it before in my reference material. So I've been digging and found something in one of my glossaries. The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th May 2021, 04:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,071
Posted By Helleri
The flare at the base of the shaft on yours is...

The flare at the base of the shaft on yours is subtle. That could simply be from the maker cutting the cane off at a knot so as to ward against the shaft splintering from the end. But over all the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th May 2021, 03:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,071
Posted By Helleri
Note that the two immediately to the right of the...

Note that the two immediately to the right of the loin cloth are not only the ones with the most robust shafts. But also the only ones with significant edge damage (of an angle and shape that would...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th May 2021, 02:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,884
Posted By Helleri
They all definitely look South African. Given the...

They all definitely look South African. Given the Zulu are the largest ethnic group there chances are it's all Zulu as well. The Swazi is a little...Odd? Not as pronounced in it's shape as I'd...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th May 2021, 02:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,071
Posted By Helleri
The head shape/length really depends on what it's...

The head shape/length really depends on what it's meant to go through. But spears that are primarily meant to be thrown tend to have slender flexible shafts. One might often carry a few throwing...
Forum: European Armoury 21st July 2020, 04:08 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 7,403
Posted By Helleri
croix fourchée on one side of pommel and bend...

croix fourchée on one side of pommel and bend shield with two points on the bend, on nice little rounded square/oval engraving plates... feels very french, maybe 14th c. same for the quillons? And...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 23rd December 2019, 06:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,905
Posted By Helleri
That's a nice looking hookah. Have you smoked...

That's a nice looking hookah. Have you smoked from it yet?
Forum: European Armoury 23rd December 2019, 05:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,831
Posted By Helleri
Over the past 8-10 years I've played around a lot...

Over the past 8-10 years I've played around a lot with learning how to make different types of armor and messed around with demo-designs (I've dropped a few images here of the pieces I have left for...
Forum: European Armoury 23rd December 2019, 02:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,900
Posted By Helleri
Morphologically it most resembles a Tomahawk to...

Morphologically it most resembles a Tomahawk to me. Heavy headed with a down angled bit, and a slight recurve towards the top edge. A convex grind with a stout butt (which on tomahawks are largely...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd December 2019, 01:50 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,946
Posted By Helleri
I'm just going to call that a Kukwar, lol.

I'm just going to call that a Kukwar, lol.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd December 2019, 01:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,837
Posted By Helleri
So is that a shorthand then? Kind of like if I...

So is that a shorthand then? Kind of like if I were to write 19' instead of 2019?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd December 2019, 01:32 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 18,699
Posted By Helleri
For a blade itself (it's fittings, handles and...

For a blade itself (it's fittings, handles and such not considered here) I use mineral oil. It's not a fast drying, relatively low inclusion/grit, has low free acidity, and is food safe.


...
Forum: European Armoury 12th December 2019, 12:33 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,141
Posted By Helleri
These marks seem to be serif and somewhat random...

These marks seem to be serif and somewhat random or unpredictable in their form. I wonder if this was meant to act in a similar fashion the cattle brand marks which were designed to ward against...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 28th September 2019, 11:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,084
Posted By Helleri
Given the oval shape, lengthwise ostrodentine...

Given the oval shape, lengthwise ostrodentine voiding cracks that interupt the dentine and present as radial cracks in cross section, the small dots of cementum at the core, that appear to go all the...
Forum: European Armoury 23rd September 2019, 03:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,840
Posted By Helleri
Rattlesnake is among the tougher (as is any viper...

Rattlesnake is among the tougher (as is any viper really) kinds of snakeskin out there. The scales are keeled and they are rather thick. You don't have to worry too much about rattlesnake getting...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd September 2019, 05:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,840
Posted By Helleri
Well there are plenty of species of snake in that...

Well there are plenty of species of snake in that area of the world to source the skin from. Very few places in the world don't have any native snakes. Usually the only places where people live that...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd September 2019, 04:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,840
Posted By Helleri
Does appear to be snake skin that's been (perhaps...

Does appear to be snake skin that's been (perhaps interestingly) properly upholstered on. Though it would be nearly impossible from looking at it to identify the exact species, given that any...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th September 2019, 08:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,894
Posted By Helleri
With the few things I've collected I've always...

With the few things I've collected I've always made sure it comes with some sort of scabbard that seems original. Even if the scabbard is damaged, it feels like half a piece without one. The only...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th September 2019, 12:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 8,686
Posted By Helleri
Could it be a letter opener?

Could it be a letter opener?
Forum: European Armoury 3rd September 2019, 11:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,606
Posted By Helleri
Yeah... Well I mean it really looks like one. The...

Yeah... Well I mean it really looks like one. The shape of the knuckle guard. Angle of the hilt. The langets. The blade itself. Lion head is a little more stylized and differently portrayed than I'd...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd September 2019, 07:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,606
Posted By Helleri
Looks like a Prussian officer's saber.

Looks like a Prussian officer's saber.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd September 2019, 07:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,341
Posted By Helleri
That butt though. It tempts me to twirl it on my...

That butt though. It tempts me to twirl it on my finger.
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