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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 01:06 PM
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Posted By colin henshaw
Looks like you did well there, Fernando. ...

Looks like you did well there, Fernando. Congratulations !
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th November 2022, 08:15 AM
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Posted By colin henshaw
Looks a genuine old naginata. Personally, I like...

Looks a genuine old naginata. Personally, I like to see such good old, honest signs of age and wear. Not so keen on the woodworm holes though. But, judging Japanese arms and armour is a very...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th November 2022, 02:49 PM
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Views: 2,250
Posted By colin henshaw
As there is a fair interest on the forum...

As there is a fair interest on the forum regarding Omani/Zanzibari Arabs and their antique weapons ... here are a couple of images I took quite a while ago at the Musee Royal De L'Afrique Centrale...
Forum: European Armoury 5th November 2022, 06:22 PM
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Views: 909
Posted By colin henshaw
The blades from the Mauritania area are often to...

The blades from the Mauritania area are often to be found with that same shallow diamond cross-section blade, as per this example. They are also to be found with straight blades.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th November 2022, 12:57 PM
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Views: 2,250
Posted By colin henshaw
Jim, Oman historically was always a fractious and...

Jim, Oman historically was always a fractious and violent place, with many tribal rivalries, dynastic struggles, uprisings etc. The countryside was/is studded with old fortresses, both large and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th November 2022, 10:07 PM
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Views: 2,250
Posted By colin henshaw
I don't see this as being accurate Jim. The...

I don't see this as being accurate Jim. The flimsy type sword shown above is a modern production, and as already discussed previously in many posts by others, the historic swords were made for and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th November 2022, 09:24 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,250
Posted By colin henshaw
I believe you are correct here Jim, in that...

I believe you are correct here Jim, in that modern Omani swords are currently produced purely for display and dancing type purposes. Here is a fairly recent picture of Prince Charles (now King...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd November 2022, 07:15 PM
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Views: 909
Posted By colin henshaw
Seems like to be North African, Mauritania area,...

Seems like to be North African, Mauritania area, with those small brass inlays to the wooden hilt. Scabbard probably from a repurposed European bayonet or sword.... Interesting piece, probably...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd November 2022, 04:43 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,250
Posted By colin henshaw
Thought I would comment on this topic as I was in...

Thought I would comment on this topic as I was in fact resident in Muscat, Oman for some time in the early 1970s. I visited the souk in Muttrah several times and saw many of these swords for sale...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th October 2022, 03:15 PM
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Views: 1,218
Posted By colin henshaw
Not my area... but I like the piece and it does...

Not my area... but I like the piece and it does seem to have some age at least to it. Interested in the comments of others who specialise in these.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th October 2022, 01:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,316
Posted By colin henshaw
Beautiful gun !

Beautiful gun !
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 25th September 2022, 09:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,406
Posted By colin henshaw
I agree with kahnjar1, in that the stamps on...

I agree with kahnjar1, in that the stamps on thinreadline's item closely resemble those to be found on Gulf region coffee pots (dallah). So, most probably its a container for coffee.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th September 2022, 01:56 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,557
Posted By colin henshaw
Certainly an interesting topic and its good to...

Certainly an interesting topic and its good to see American Indian weapons being discussed on the forum. Coincidentally, I have just finished reading an excellent and scholarly essay by James A....
Forum: European Armoury 13th September 2022, 02:11 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,143
Posted By colin henshaw
Wink Wayne, if you do a search of YouTube for "Indian...

Wayne, if you do a search of YouTube for "Indian Bowie knives" you will find them straight away ;)
Forum: European Armoury 13th September 2022, 01:34 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,143
Posted By colin henshaw
For anyone interested- a bit more information is...

For anyone interested- a bit more information is to be found about these knives on a couple of YouTube videos by Matt Easton (Scholagladiatoria). Unfortunately I don't seem to able to do a link to...
Forum: European Armoury 12th September 2022, 07:31 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,143
Posted By colin henshaw
Just trying to find out a bit more about these...

Just trying to find out a bit more about these knives... it seems many were made by a British cutler who moved to Salem, Madras, India; some knives are marked "Arnachellum". I read that the steel of...
Forum: European Armoury 10th September 2022, 09:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,143
Posted By colin henshaw
Here is another one, more like francantolin's...

Here is another one, more like francantolin's knife, without a crossguard.
Forum: European Armoury 10th September 2022, 09:22 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,143
Posted By colin henshaw
Mark, here are some similar examples taken off...

Mark, here are some similar examples taken off the internet for comparison...
Forum: European Armoury 9th September 2022, 09:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,143
Posted By colin henshaw
I'm not completely certain, but I believe this...

I'm not completely certain, but I believe this type of knife was made in India in the 19th century for the colonial market.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th August 2022, 03:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,164
Posted By colin henshaw
A bit of a guess, but with the blade profile,...

A bit of a guess, but with the blade profile, length of shaft, metal coil to the butt and flattened blade midrib.... I will vote they are from the Ethiopia or Eritrea area.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd July 2022, 04:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,328
Posted By colin henshaw
If of any interest... here is a kukri-like...

If of any interest... here is a kukri-like chopping knife that came with some African stuff I wanted. Its a large heavy piece, with a thick spine. Length is approx. 44cm. Don't know where its from,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th June 2022, 05:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,313
Posted By colin henshaw
Thanks, glad you like the spears. The photo is...

Thanks, glad you like the spears. The photo is 30+ years ago. Regarding the "European spear blades" - perhaps both possibilities are correct.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th June 2022, 09:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,313
Posted By colin henshaw
An interesting spear, it reminds me of one I had...

An interesting spear, it reminds me of one I had many years ago, which was made from a repurposed "Sorby" brand chisel. Luckily, I kept this old polaroid photo (its the spear in the middle). Maybe...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 23rd June 2022, 11:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,522
Posted By colin henshaw
Here are a couple of examples of Chokwe carving...

Here are a couple of examples of Chokwe carving from the internet, you can see the style similarities...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 21st June 2022, 04:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,522
Posted By colin henshaw
It looks like its meant to be a Chokwe...

It looks like its meant to be a Chokwe (Angola/Congo area) staff of office. However, given the low quality carving I would guess it was likely made for selling to Europeans (tourists).
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