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    Museums in Iran

    Hi. Lucky me, I'm off to Iran next week. There was an earlier thread about where to view Persian arms in Iran, but I couldn't find it. Would somebody be so kind to point me to the post? Making a new...
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    Check out, if you didn't already did that, Dr....

    Check out, if you didn't already did that, Dr. Melikian-Chirvani's 1979 (?) study on the Lotf'Ali tabarzin. From (failing...) memory, , he mentioned about 15 extant tabarzin.
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    Thank you for the info on the handle. I can't...

    Thank you for the info on the handle.
    I can't take anymore photos just now (very difficult glass case to open) of the tabarzin. But the back has a square head with a gold inlay border and two birds...
  4. Fixing a sword grip on the tang of a blade

    Some time ago, I bought a talwar with the usual 'Islamic' steel grip. It was in need of attention. Although of fine crucible steel, the blade had suffered at the base of the tang, and had been badly...
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    Agree fully with the modern make, although I...

    Agree fully with the modern make, although I think is is indeed 'Persian'. An Oriental carpet shop where I lived thirty years ago, sold a series of these as decorative pieces. He had a choice of...
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    Bump...

    Bump...
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    Yataghan cartouches

    Dear Community,

    our museum in Antwerp has a number of fine Yataghan, but unfortunately, no scjientific work has been done on them. But now, one has to be lend out for an exhibition. There is a...
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    Perhaps you can ask the Chief Moderator of this...

    Perhaps you can ask the Chief Moderator of this Forum (see 'Thread list page)? 8-)
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    Well, I can't read it, but the type of Arabic...

    Well, I can't read it, but the type of Arabic lettering looks like that of some parts of Indonesia. So, the language itself is probably not Arabic, but Achenese or Javanese. Just a guess.
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    Very probably indeed, but a good number of...

    Very probably indeed, but a good number of free-standing figurines (elephants mostly) on this type of arm have no steel core (use a magnet) . I believe they are made from a Tombak-type brass. The use...
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    The axes are Indian, definitely not Persian. The...

    The axes are Indian, definitely not Persian. The type is a ceremonial axe from Northern or North-West India, quite probably Gujerat. It was used during the rituals on the Navaratri festival, mainly...
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    Dear Eftitis, because I've never seen this...

    Dear Eftitis,

    because I've never seen this type of souvenir, and doubtful because of the messy layout and poor finish, that it would go this way! Thank you for looking at it.
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    Albanian / Greek dagger

    Dear forumites,

    a visitor to our museum has requested us to get more information on an Albanian-style dagger, brought in the sixties from Ruanda (!). Earlier research tells us the gold...
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    These 'execution' swords were used to sacrifice a...

    These 'execution' swords were used to sacrifice a bullock during the Dussehra/ Dashera / Navrarathi festival . In many parts of India, mainly Rajasthan, sword revering rituals are also held at that...
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    The top notch in the Netherlands is Gotcha...

    The top notch in the Netherlands is Gotcha Lagidse (he occasionally appears on this site). He restores arms and armour, but can make anything new in an accurate form.

    He's located at Roosendaal:
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    Dear Gotscha, a few weeks ago, we met when I...

    Dear Gotscha,

    a few weeks ago, we met when I admired your fabulous work firsthand at the Antwerp Arms Fair (Belgium). Your work is truly stunning.
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    Indeed, Tannic acid not easy to come by. That...

    Indeed, Tannic acid not easy to come by. That said, I've bought it some years ago on Ebay! Sorry, I've no trace anymore of the seller. A 10 % solution is what you need, but is rather unstable for...
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    Not much help from me , I'm afraid. My good lady...

    Not much help from me , I'm afraid. My good lady reads part of it as "sam" (year ) and the date 1854 .
    She doesn't think it is Sanscrit, but rather Gujerati or Marwari.
    However, we have a sword...
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    AFAIK there is no specific name attached to this...

    AFAIK there is no specific name attached to this type of katar, but a good number where made at the turn of the last century, as curios. They usually are plain steel with a typical feathering applied...
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    Qaddara

    With that form, and as it is single edged, it is a Qaddara (Quaddara) from (western) Iran.
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    I had a look at the original registration card...

    I had a look at the original registration card from 1951. No mention of origin. But that is no surprise, as it comes from an amateur collector (born 1870, died 1951) who left some 350 arms and armour...
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    Thank you, mr. Alsharif F for the translation...

    Thank you, mr. Alsharif F for the translation (from Farsi?), much obliged. Thank you all for the information and helpful suggestions.
    I'm replying this late, while I have been back at the museum,...
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    Qama from the museum vaults

    The local museum has decided to set up a special display case with "bling" items (jewelry, a few golden keris daggers, etc). We also have some votes for this Qama, on which I've started a cleaning...
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    Tomé, thank you for the great photos, especially of the often forgotten Military Museum. It seems only schoolchildren are dragged there! Reminds me, when I was visiting the museum five years ago, I...
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    Dear Francisco, a similar helmet in the...

    Dear Francisco,


    a similar helmet in the National Museum at Delhi is dated by Pant (cave..!) as ca 1640 C.E. (nr 77.172) and has a Delhi or Agra provenance . It has a similar relief pattern and...
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