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Forum: European Armoury 1st August 2021, 06:02 AM
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A very interesting study piece! On the one hand,...

A very interesting study piece! On the one hand, we shudder at a fine sword which has suffered so much from exposure to the elephants. On the other, the corrosion reveals the fine, controlled...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st July 2021, 05:19 AM
Replies: 8
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Posted By Philip
There are an unknown number of these cannons in...

There are an unknown number of these cannons in private hands as well. One, of the middling size with its wheels, sold a few years ago at an antique firearms auction in the US. I wouldn't be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st July 2021, 05:15 AM
Replies: 8
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Posted By Philip
In 1994 I also saw a pair of these on the terrace...

In 1994 I also saw a pair of these on the terrace outside the National Museum, Budapest.

A smaller sized barrel of field-gun size, similar markings, and in a Chinese-style carriage with wooden...
Forum: European Armoury 28th July 2021, 06:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 432
Posted By Philip
Thanks for these close up photos. Yes, the tip...

Thanks for these close up photos. Yes, the tip area definitely looks like it was ground down to reshape a possibly broken-off bit of the point, at some time in the past. You'd almost expect this,...
Forum: European Armoury 27th July 2021, 05:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 432
Posted By Philip
It has a businesslike look to it, and shows signs...

It has a businesslike look to it, and shows signs of being round the block more than a couple times -- quite encouraging.

Rather unusual and intriguing thing. In terms of overall form, it seems...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th July 2021, 11:47 PM
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Posted By Philip
Good observation as re physical characteristics. ...

Good observation as re physical characteristics. The guard reminds me of an abbreviated version of the full knucklebow as seen on later (Nguyen Dynasty) sabers. Same for the scabbard profile, the...
Forum: European Armoury 14th July 2021, 10:36 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,264
Posted By Philip
Well, understandable considering the English love...

Well, understandable considering the English love of and expertise in gardening. Maybe if he he had an ovicultural background, he might have seen a sheep-comb:
Forum: European Armoury 12th July 2021, 11:18 PM
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Posted By Philip
Could it be a "retailored" European...

Could it be a "retailored" European hauberk?
Forum: European Armoury 7th July 2021, 07:14 PM
Replies: 48
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Posted By Philip
Sorry, Nando, my copy of [IArmi Bianche...

Sorry, Nando, my copy of [IArmi Bianche Italiane[/I] is an edition printed without the marks section, too! Same editor, I guess you and I have the economy version :(
Forum: European Armoury 4th July 2021, 11:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,273
Posted By Philip
Nando, I believe that the illustration...

Nando,

I believe that the illustration posted by David is from Stone's GLOSSARY... under the entry "military fork". page 450. The transition between socket and central spike on his example is...
Forum: European Armoury 4th July 2021, 10:54 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,264
Posted By Philip
clarification please

Do you mean crucifer instead, from fero/ferre "to carry", so as to mean a cross-bearing globe?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th July 2021, 10:41 PM
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Posted By Philip
it's also consistent with a lot of Ottoman blades.

it's also consistent with a lot of Ottoman blades.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th July 2021, 10:38 PM
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Posted By Philip
They're probably more dangerous when they tempt...

They're probably more dangerous when they tempt you with apple clenched in fangs!:eek:
Forum: European Armoury 3rd July 2021, 07:49 PM
Replies: 14
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Posted By Philip
Interesting suggestion. But from a purely...

Interesting suggestion. But from a purely functional standpoint, would such a fixture be necessary for a weapon of relatively small caliber such as this? Oarlock swivels were commonly employed for...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st July 2021, 06:42 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,855
Posted By Philip
This is a typical rank-and-file military sword...

This is a typical rank-and-file military sword (saber, actually) of the late Joseon period (ending 1910). It is called hwando. Not all types of Korean hilts were made with cord wrapping on the grip...
Forum: European Armoury 30th June 2021, 07:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,937
Posted By Philip
A Chinese-marked M1796 is not such an oddity...

A Chinese-marked M1796 is not such an oddity considering that the Qing Dynasty was constantly at war with rebel and insurgent forces from the mid-19th cent. until its downfall. Arms merchants made...
Forum: European Armoury 30th June 2021, 06:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,629
Posted By Philip
Thanks, Marcus. Even if it is Indian and not...

Thanks, Marcus. Even if it is Indian and not European, it could still be significant. A chronological benchmark would be useful. Surviving examples of handgonnes from the Subcontinent are quite...
Forum: European Armoury 30th June 2021, 02:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,629
Posted By Philip
Yes! The same gun I was talking about. Good...

Yes! The same gun I was talking about. Good that you found a much better image than the one in Blackmore's book.

These early guns were not very powerful for a number of reasons. Primarily,...
Forum: European Armoury 29th June 2021, 06:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,937
Posted By Philip
Hi, Peter Your comments have prompted me to...

Hi, Peter

Your comments have prompted me to look at this sword yet again, and to be frank, the more I see of it the less inclined I am to think that this is a Japanese conversion. Most apparent...
Forum: European Armoury 29th June 2021, 05:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,937
Posted By Philip
And here's something similar...

The backstory on the piece cited in Peter's post #7...

In the same article referenced in my previous post is mentioned and illustrated this tanto. At the time of writing, it was in a British...
Forum: European Armoury 29th June 2021, 05:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,937
Posted By Philip
A European blade remounted as a katana

This somewhat earlier example of what we're discussing has been published thanks to Per Terje Norheim in "A Euro-Japanese Sword in the National Museum in Copenhagen", Vaabenhistorisker Aarboger Vol....
Forum: European Armoury 29th June 2021, 12:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,629
Posted By Philip
Rara avis

Thanks for posting a very interesting acquisition.

This could possibly be a late handgonne, perhaps first half 15th cent. by virtue of its side-mounted integral priming pan and corresponding...
Forum: European Armoury 27th June 2021, 05:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,937
Posted By Philip
Before we get further along into the weeds, could...

Before we get further along into the weeds, could you please post some images of the sword completely disassembled -- hilt off, showing the entirety of the tang, and the pommel and ferrule taken off...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th June 2021, 04:23 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,855
Posted By Philip
That was the case with the talwar used by the...

That was the case with the talwar used by the Mughals. As you know, many of these sabers have quite small grips. Whereas the talwar was a traditional weapon in the Muslim-influenced northern part...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th June 2021, 02:08 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 7,378
Posted By Philip
I recognize these markings as being typical of a...

I recognize these markings as being typical of a 19th century trade gun from Braga, Portugal.
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