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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th January 2022, 11:08 AM
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Posted By colin henshaw
An interesting item, I like the "primitive"...

An interesting item, I like the "primitive" appearance, gives it great character. My guess is its from the Sahara/Sahel region, perhaps Tuareg. My reasonings are :-

a) The sheath looks like from...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th December 2021, 08:17 AM
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Views: 1,783
Posted By colin henshaw
Yes, interesting possibility, so perhaps its an...

Yes, interesting possibility, so perhaps its an Edo (Kingdom of Benin) piece... If I find any further information I will post it here.

Regards.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th December 2021, 02:26 PM
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Views: 1,783
Posted By colin henshaw
I can't really say. The coast of West Africa had...

I can't really say. The coast of West Africa had contact by European ships early on (15th & 16th centuries), and as far as I know, the inhabitants soon started to use muskets and European type swords...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th December 2021, 05:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 876
Posted By colin henshaw
I would say Northern Cameroon or perhaps Hausa,...

I would say Northern Cameroon or perhaps Hausa, Ken. I've seen that leather plaiting before from that area, also the engraving to the blade. Looks like a spear for fighting rather than ceremony to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th December 2021, 01:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,783
Posted By colin henshaw
Thanks. There is an image of a spear with a...

Thanks. There is an image of a spear with a similar profile (images attached), in the book "Illustrated Catalogue of Ethnographical Specimens" (reprint), described as Indian, Sonthal. However, I see...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th December 2021, 08:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,783
Posted By colin henshaw
Hi ShakaAmaZulu, can you please post an image...

Hi ShakaAmaZulu, can you please post an image showing the whole piece. Is there only a spear head, or do you have the entire spear ?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th December 2021, 09:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,562
Posted By colin henshaw
It really looks like a fairly recent made-up...

It really looks like a fairly recent made-up piece (perhaps by a hobbyist ?). The blade from an African Shona spearhead or knife, the carved bone hilt with a mixture of Chinese and African inspired...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 11th December 2021, 02:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,512
Posted By colin henshaw
Its a modern copy of a so-called Fijian "cannibal...

Its a modern copy of a so-called Fijian "cannibal fork".
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th December 2021, 11:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,815
Posted By colin henshaw
A nice example of a Boa/Azande Congo sword as...

A nice example of a Boa/Azande Congo sword as mentioned. They often have wire wrap to the hilt and I've seen them in a woven fibre sheath sometimes. The ridging to the blade acts to strengthen it,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th November 2021, 08:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,129
Posted By colin henshaw
Something similar here from a previous auction,...

Something similar here from a previous auction, described as African style axes... the same one ??
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th November 2021, 08:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,129
Posted By colin henshaw
I think its a fairly recent African dance axe,...

I think its a fairly recent African dance axe, probably from West Africa somewhere. I'll see if I can find out more.
Forum: European Armoury 13th November 2021, 10:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,516
Posted By colin henshaw
A very interesting item, I like the primitive,...

A very interesting item, I like the primitive, blacksmith-made appearance...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2021, 06:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,695
Posted By colin henshaw
Presumably, if the blade length was shorter...

Presumably, if the blade length was shorter (maybe due to iron availability), a longer handle would be required to get a better swing at the target...

It could also be just a matter of style...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2021, 03:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,695
Posted By colin henshaw
Its a nice dao, I particularly like the red-dyed...

Its a nice dao, I particularly like the red-dyed rattan and goat hair. These Naga/Assam daos come in different varieties and yours is a good example of its type.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2021, 09:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,503
Posted By colin henshaw
A fine Darfur kaskara. There was a very similar...

A fine Darfur kaskara. There was a very similar example in the British Museum exhibition about the Sudan, some years ago.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th October 2021, 10:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,097
Posted By colin henshaw
A fine sword - congratulations !

A fine sword - congratulations !
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th October 2021, 10:45 AM
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Posted By colin henshaw
Great collection, Detlef !

Great collection, Detlef !
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th October 2021, 03:56 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,515
Posted By colin henshaw
This knife posted by Peter B. and the similar...

This knife posted by Peter B. and the similar one posted by Ibrahim Al Balooshi are both crude modern items produced in bulk for the tourist trade. I would guess they are made in West Africa...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th October 2021, 07:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,344
Posted By colin henshaw
Many thanks Ren Ren, much appreciated ! Vietnam...

Many thanks Ren Ren, much appreciated ! Vietnam looks right for the top crossbow in my photo, but the lower one has a different shaped stock and bone lock mechanism. Could it be from elsewhere or...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd October 2021, 03:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,299
Posted By colin henshaw
Unearthed some more old pictures of these East...

Unearthed some more old pictures of these East African spear examples, for interest. Note that one image shows Kikuyu not Masai warriors...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd October 2021, 12:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,344
Posted By colin henshaw
Hello Ren Ren. An interesting topic, thanks for...

Hello Ren Ren. An interesting topic, thanks for posting. I have these two crossbows, but never been able to identify their specific areas of origin, except for "South-East Asia". Can you help me...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th September 2021, 08:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,365
Posted By colin henshaw
This is a Beja spear from Eastern Sudan.

This is a Beja spear from Eastern Sudan.
Forum: European Armoury 25th September 2021, 04:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,504
Posted By colin henshaw
It slightly reminds me of the French 1832...

It slightly reminds me of the French 1832 artillery short sword "cabbage cutter", the inspiration perhaps ??
Forum: European Armoury 21st September 2021, 01:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,504
Posted By colin henshaw
Good observation Richard, its a possibility...

Good observation Richard, its a possibility...
Forum: European Armoury 21st September 2021, 11:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,504
Posted By colin henshaw
An interesting item, from the old rust patina it...

An interesting item, from the old rust patina it seems to have some fair age to it. Another possibility to add to the mix as to its origin ... is that of a piece made on board a sailing ship for...
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