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  •  g'day all. up to get ready to run some errands (8+ / 0-)

    and pick up a new boom pole.

    Dunno if this is creepy or not but I picked up a Yemeni royal saif which was supposedly used to actually execute a person.  Provenance is the family were some sort of envoys or emissaries to Yemen and were invited to a royal function where a person was executed as the "entertainment".  They were then presented with a signed photo of the event and were presented the sword as a memento, along the pic signed by the royal family or whoever was in charge at that time.  I am uncertain as to the date of the supposed event and don't know if the estate's executor means "ruling family" instead of "royal family" since either is possible dependent on the date.  the family is retaining the picture (the gods know why) but I am waiting for the COA to get the particulars on the item.

    •  Um, "entertainment." Okay. (5+ / 0-)

      I guess a court jester was not an option? Knowing the date would be very interesting =)

      "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony

      by BadKitties on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 06:34:06 AM PDT

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      •  It didn't pay to be the court jester, either, at (4+ / 0-)
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        times.  If you didn't make them laugh.........pffft!

        That's why they call it 'dying' on stage.  (no, I can't prove it, but it's as good an analogy as any.)  I do know that royalty take their privileges verrrry seriously.

        No freakin' sense of humour that lot!

        And also......ewww.

        We cannot call ourselves a civilised society if we refuse to protect the weakest among us.

        by The Marti on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 09:33:23 AM PDT

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        •  I also have a barong which was captured during (5+ / 0-)

          the Philippine Huk revolution.  I have the battle report where 2 Marines were killed along with several rebels.  Provenance is everything when it comes to edged weapons.

          •  Provenance is everything for almost any piece of (4+ / 0-)
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            historical material, though.

            Being able to prove who and where and when...not only makes the item valuable monetarily, but helps historians in their quests for information.

            Otherwise, as one friend so cynically quoted Henry Ford:
            All history is bunk.

            We cannot call ourselves a civilised society if we refuse to protect the weakest among us.

            by The Marti on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 10:32:30 AM PDT

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            •  drat. I hope that didn't sound snarky. Rereading (4+ / 0-)
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              it, I'm afraid it might have come off that way.  If it did, I do apologise!

              Not at my quickest today, I'm afraid.

              Marti

              We cannot call ourselves a civilised society if we refuse to protect the weakest among us.

              by The Marti on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 10:34:21 AM PDT

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              •  You are correct about provenance. (3+ / 0-)
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                I grew up with French 18th-century furniture. Daddy knew the history of every piece. Fascinating :)

                "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony

                by BadKitties on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 12:01:25 PM PDT

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