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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th July 2021, 02:34 AM
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Posted By G. Mansfield
Sajen, my humble guess of its origin would be the...

Sajen, my humble guess of its origin would be the area near Northeast Turkey. The bifurcated horn pommel and blade decoration reminds me of the laz bichaq swords (Black Sea Yataghan). Interesting...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd July 2021, 08:03 PM
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Views: 72,116
Posted By G. Mansfield
Here is one to add for the records, acquired a...

Here is one to add for the records, acquired a few weeks ago from a friend.

-Geoff
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th June 2021, 11:48 PM
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Posted By G. Mansfield
Nice kaskara Marc! Glad to see some more Sudanese...

Nice kaskara Marc! Glad to see some more Sudanese blades on the forum. While black tassels are most common, I believe the green braided tassels suggests that the owner has performed the hajj. Also,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st January 2021, 10:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,352
Posted By G. Mansfield
Hi Robin, I cannot help with the translation but...

Hi Robin, I cannot help with the translation but I believe you are correct with the description. Attached are two in my collection very similar.

-Geoff
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th January 2021, 06:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,382
Posted By G. Mansfield
Chris, this is a very nice Mande' dagger from the...

Chris, this is a very nice Mande' dagger from the Western Sahara regions complete with sheath, certainly 19th century. Here is one from my collection made of ivory but unfortunately missing its...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th November 2020, 08:59 PM
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Posted By G. Mansfield
Kubur is correct. Here is a similar example in my...

Kubur is correct. Here is a similar example in my collection with the stacked horn composition.

-Geoff
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th November 2020, 08:39 PM
Replies: 117
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Posted By G. Mansfield
GP and others, I too have had experience with the...

GP and others, I too have had experience with the questionable practices of this auction house when I had "won" an item in their online contest but never received the item. Previously to that, I had...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th November 2020, 08:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,988
Posted By G. Mansfield
Hi Marc and Duccio, both arm dagger examples are...

Hi Marc and Duccio, both arm dagger examples are from around mid-20th century or shortly after, but are good examples for that approximate date. The quality dramatically decreased after this time...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th June 2020, 01:39 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 4,176
Posted By G. Mansfield
Thank you Kwiatek for the translation! Does...

Thank you Kwiatek for the translation! Does anybody have a guess of the date of this example? While the hilt is pretty standard and basic, the blade is very heavy, balanced, and of better quality...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th June 2020, 11:47 PM
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Posted By G. Mansfield
Pulwar cartouche translation requested

This pulwar sword arrived last week sporting an interesting heavy blade taking the form of the yelman style with an Inidan ricasso but without the t-spine. After a bit of cleaning the rust and grime,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th January 2020, 06:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,054
Posted By G. Mansfield
It is a typical Syrian khanjar, likely 1960's. It...

It is a typical Syrian khanjar, likely 1960's. It may have been made in Jordan for the Damascus tourists market. The Arabic writing on it may hold some clues if translated but better pictures of the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th January 2020, 08:16 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By G. Mansfield
Very interesting post Martin. Could it be a...

Very interesting post Martin. Could it be a product of trade from the prewar era, specifically after the Treaty of Friendship and Commerce in 1930 into the beginning of the alliance of economic and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th January 2020, 07:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,553
Posted By G. Mansfield
Battera, certainly the best example of these type...

Battera, certainly the best example of these type daggers that I have seen. The work is most certainly influenced by Yemeni silver work and similar to Abyssinian pieces. As others have noted, the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd January 2020, 09:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,088
Posted By G. Mansfield
Thank You Kwiatek for the translation and...

Thank You Kwiatek for the translation and everyone else for the positive feedback. This item is one of the nicer ones in my collection. As per request Kwiatek, Attached is a closer image of the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th December 2019, 10:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,088
Posted By G. Mansfield
Forgot two of the whole sword

Forgot two of the whole sword
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th December 2019, 10:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,088
Posted By G. Mansfield
Yataghan for Translation

Hello everybody, I bought myself a little Christmas present but I am unable to read it unfortunately. I am looking for somebody who can translate. Hopefully, a town, maker and/or owner in the script....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th December 2019, 03:24 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 15,852
Posted By G. Mansfield
Here is a similar decorated bichaq in Balkan form...

Here is a similar decorated bichaq in Balkan form next to the Tunisian dagger. Notice how the coral and brass inlays are almost identical between the two. Could the Bizerte dagger's decoration have...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th December 2019, 03:46 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 15,852
Posted By G. Mansfield
I believe these examples are from the early 20th...

I believe these examples are from the early 20th century, souk pieces, but post #1 is definitely an older piece. I have also seen similar hilt decoration with the brass circle-dot, brass wire, tacks,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th December 2019, 07:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,145
Posted By G. Mansfield
Here are some examples of the flyssa and...

Here are some examples of the flyssa and "wedding" nimcha dagger blades similar to the kastane posted. Does anyone have ideas of how this North African blade could have made its way mounted onto a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st December 2019, 03:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,145
Posted By G. Mansfield
A Different Kastane Trade Blade

This Sinhalese Kastane sold at auction recently for a good price. It is not very old, late 19th or early 20th century. The interesting characteristic is that the blade is not the common local forged...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th May 2019, 07:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,714
Posted By G. Mansfield
Seeking another translation for another Majdali dagger

This one was purchased a few weeks ago and I am seeking a translation for another Majdali dagger. It is a bit rough with some losses and damage but nevertheless a good early example. Size is as...
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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th May 2019, 08:30 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 20,340
Posted By G. Mansfield
I am still unsure about the origin or transitions...

I am still unsure about the origin or transitions of the flissa, though the yataghan seems to have had a strong influence from the Ottomans in the older deep belly flissas as much noted earlier....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd May 2019, 01:21 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 20,340
Posted By G. Mansfield
I am wondering why the description of 1580 is...

I am wondering why the description of 1580 is listed as "Dagger of the Kabyles", which is a yatagan, while 1604 is the flissa listed as "gourma, or dagger". Could this have been a mistake on as the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th April 2019, 11:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,486
Posted By G. Mansfield
You have gotten very lucky with this dagger as it...

You have gotten very lucky with this dagger as it is a fine example! I believe these types judging from the blade forging and hilt style as coming from the southern Sudan rather than the typical...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th April 2019, 11:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,605
Posted By G. Mansfield
I sold a khodmi a few months back and spoke with...

I sold a khodmi a few months back and spoke with the purchaser. He collected a number of these as he was from the region of production in Southern Algeria explaining that "Khodmi mean Knife in the...
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