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Peter Lyle




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PostPosted: Tue 16 Aug, 2011 7:04 pm    Post subject: Shield ID...help!         Reply with quote

I picked up this old looking shield at a garage sale, only because it looked cool. It has some rusted rivets, and what looks to be either copper, or brass around the outside and tip. I know NOTHING about old armor (or armour...) and I was wondering if it might be from a movie prop, or something (maybe just decorative?)

Measures about 16.5 inches across, and 10 inches from edge to tip (diagonally)

Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

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Shahril Dzulkifli




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PostPosted: Thu 06 Oct, 2011 5:24 am    Post subject: Shield I.D....help!         Reply with quote

Looks like a handmade shield to me.
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Sa'ar Nudel




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PostPosted: Thu 06 Oct, 2011 9:07 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

This is an Ethiopian buckler. The inner core is usualy made of thick hide.
Curator of Beit Ussishkin, regional nature & history museum, Upper Galilee.
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Gregory J. Liebau




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PostPosted: Thu 06 Oct, 2011 9:17 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I wouldn't have known what it was, but Sa'ar's observation seems on the money. Here we go...

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Buckler of buffalo leather, from Ethiopia. Black leather, silver knobs with geometrical and plant ornaments. Lined inside with light-coloured leather; leather grip. Booty from a Turkish camp.


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Timo Nieminen




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PostPosted: Thu 06 Oct, 2011 1:05 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The outside certainly looks like an Ethiopian shield. I've never seen one with a grip like this. Is this a modern decorative version?

(In the close-up of the boss, it looks like the black surface of the shield is black denim. It is cloth-covered?)

"In addition to being efficient, all pole arms were quite nice to look at." - Cherney Berg, A hideous history of weapons, Collier 1963.
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