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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd December 2021, 01:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 264
Posted By kwiatek
Inside the tughra it says in Turkish sahib...

Inside the tughra it says in Turkish

sahib ahmed ‘amel-i hüseyin kalfa

“The owner Ahmed, work of Hüseyin Kalfa”

The tughra form itself might be the word malik, another word for “owner”
...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th November 2021, 11:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 588
Posted By kwiatek
Along the bottom is Qur'an 48:1 followed by...

Along the bottom is Qur'an 48:1 followed by something else that is too worn to read. Better photos might yield results. At the beginning is what looks like 2021, which as you say might be the date...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th November 2021, 11:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 599
Posted By kwiatek
A more literal translation of this Turkish...

A more literal translation of this Turkish couplet is

“The entire enemy are scattered at this knife’s blow,
It takes revenge on the enemy like Zülfikar.”


zarbından bu bıçağın cümle düşman...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th October 2021, 04:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,271
Posted By kwiatek
The inscription is not clear, words run into each...

The inscription is not clear, words run into each other etc. and it is incomplete.

The style of the inscription goes back to the Mamluks, though this does not necessarily mean that it is that old...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th August 2021, 08:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,041
Posted By kwiatek
Muhammad Ja’far is a very common name in many...

Muhammad Ja’far is a very common name in many places and there is no indication this is meant to be the maker rather than the owner
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th August 2021, 06:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,041
Posted By kwiatek
Pleasure! Yes, I think is is the owner's name

Pleasure! Yes, I think is is the owner's name
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th August 2021, 04:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 10,056
Posted By kwiatek
I am far from sure, but I think this is, slightly...

I am far from sure, but I think this is, slightly misspelled,

ارجع لحولك

irja' li-hawlaka

This is the name of a popular song in the Yemen. These pieces seem to be mostly inscribed with the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th August 2021, 04:23 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 9,840
Posted By kwiatek
I cannot make a lot out of it, what is legible...

I cannot make a lot out of it, what is legible appears to be the usual stuff such as Qur'an 48:1. There is also a maker's inscription

عمل ابر[ا]هيم

'Work of Ibrahim'
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th August 2021, 04:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,698
Posted By kwiatek
It looks like الله شام محمد روفان ١١٨٧...

It looks like

الله
شام محمد
روفان
١١٨٧

'God. Syria(Damascus), Muhammad Rufan(?). 1187'

It does not look old
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th August 2021, 04:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,886
Posted By kwiatek
The inscriptions are the Ayat al-Kursi, or the...

The inscriptions are the Ayat al-Kursi, or the Throne Verse, which is Qur'an 2:255, perhaps the most frequently inscribed Qur'aicn verse. There is also an Arabic prayer beginning "O God, we ask you...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th August 2021, 03:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,189
Posted By kwiatek
The inscriptions are in Arabic. The first is...

The inscriptions are in Arabic.

The first is

ان فتحنا[لك] فتحا مبينا

'Indeed We have granted you a clear conquest' (Qur'an 48:1)

The second is the shahada or profession of faith
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th August 2021, 03:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,041
Posted By kwiatek
It says Muhammad Ja'far 1213 (1798-9 AD)

It says

Muhammad Ja'far 1213 (1798-9 AD)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th July 2021, 02:18 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,297
Posted By kwiatek
Nice inscription too. They are Arabic verses from...

Nice inscription too. They are Arabic verses from al-Busiri‘s Qasidat al-Burda (Ode of the Mantle), which are common on kaskaras

SIDE A

ومن تكن برسول الله نصرته إن تلقه الأسد فى آجامها تجم
...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd July 2021, 10:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,007
Posted By kwiatek
The inscription at the muzzle is part of Qur'an...

The inscription at the muzzle is part of Qur'an 8:17

وما رميت اذ رميت ولاكن (كذا) الله رمى

"And it was not you who threw when you threw, but rather it was God who threw"

The verse is about...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 2nd July 2021, 10:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,668
Posted By kwiatek
The first is a nice Greek Ottoman seal نقوله...

The first is a nice Greek Ottoman seal

نقوله بنده (؟) ولد دمترى

“Nikola Bende (?), son of Dimitri”

The second one, apart from the date of 1272, does not read in any of Arabic, Persian or...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd July 2021, 12:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,049
Posted By kwiatek
Side A In the large cartouche, in two lines,...

Side A

In the large cartouche, in two lines, a Turkish couplet

Olunca düşman-ı küffar nümayan
Yararım sinesini ya lutf-ı yezdan

“When the infidel enemy appears
I cleave his breast, O God’s...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st July 2021, 02:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,884
Posted By kwiatek
It says ‘Aziz al-Din Haji Ilyas Shah,...

It says

‘Aziz al-Din Haji Ilyas Shah, Bombay, Lahore, Kashmir

:-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th June 2021, 12:32 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,107
Posted By kwiatek
I cannot make sense of this as Arabic or Persian,...

I cannot make sense of this as Arabic or Persian, though there are Arabic/Persian words in it. The first words look like

عمل شاه محمود

'amal-i shah mahmud

'Work of Shah Mahmud'

and the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th June 2021, 12:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,032
Posted By kwiatek
Sorry for long delay in replying. This is a...

Sorry for long delay in replying. This is a variation on a very common inscription on yataghans. It has one spelling mistake

بچاق الده سرک [گرک] دلده یا سبحان سنه ۱۲۱۱

bıçak elde gerek dilde ya...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th May 2021, 10:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,760
Posted By kwiatek
It opens with the beginning of Qur'an 61:13,...

It opens with the beginning of Qur'an 61:13, "Help from God and a speedy victory". This is followed by the opening lines of the Dala'il al-Khayrat, a collection of prayers in praise of the Prophet...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th May 2021, 04:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,161
Posted By kwiatek
The inscriptions are عمل محرم 'Work of...

The inscriptions are

عمل محرم

'Work of Muharram (Muharrem in Turkish spelling)"

صاحب محمود پاشا سنه ١١٨٢

"The owner Mahmud Pasha. Year 1182 (1768-9)"
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th May 2021, 02:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,822
Posted By kwiatek
An owner's inscription: sahib mehmed ağa ...

An owner's inscription:

sahib mehmed ağa
tawakkaltu 'ala allah 1243

"The owner Mehmed Ağa.
I put my trust in God. 1243 (1827-8)"

Verses in cartouches
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th April 2021, 09:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,279
Posted By kwiatek
Pleasure. Yes, it is a six-pointed star of...

Pleasure.

Yes, it is a six-pointed star of course, not five as I wrote. As far as I remember it is normally associated with the Seal of Suleyman (Solomon)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th April 2021, 11:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,279
Posted By kwiatek
The upper inscription is the ubiquitous لا...

The upper inscription is the ubiquitous

لا فتا (فتى) الا علي لا سيف الا ذ[و] الفقار

“There is no hero but ‘Ali, no sword but Dhu’l-Fiqar”

The lower, long inscription is Qur’an 48:1-4

In...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th April 2021, 11:18 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,437
Posted By kwiatek
It might be 'Mir 'Ali', though it is written very...

It might be 'Mir 'Ali', though it is written very strangely, as you point out
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