cartespostalesantiques: Chanteurs de cour Vin…


Chanteurs de cour

Vintage postcard form Paris. Unmailed

cartespostalesantiques: Ugly dog French Vinta…


Ugly dog

French Vintage postcard. Mailed
Ed. Unknown, XX. serie 232.

grandegyptianmuseum: Kohl tube in the form of…


Kohl tube in the form of a nude female and cosmetic dish in the form of an ibex with bound legs (ivory), from Tomb 562, Qaw el-Kebir (Tjebu). New Kingdom, 19th Dynasty, ca. 1292-1189 BC. Now in the Ashmolean Museum.

waylandsforge: The Sword of Osman (Ottoman Tu…


The Sword of Osman (Ottoman Turkish: Taklid-i Seyf; Turkish: Osman Kılıcı) was an important sword of state used during the coronation ceremony (Turkish: ‘Kılıç alayı’) of the sultans of the Ottoman Empire. The sword was named after Osman I, founder of the Ottoman Dynasty. The practice started when Osman I was girt with the sword of Islam by his mentor and father-in-law Sheikh Edebali. The girding of the sword of Osman was a vital ceremony which took place within two weeks of a sultan’s accession to the throne. It was held at the tomb complex at Eyüp, on the Golden Horn waterway in the capital Constantinople. Even though the journey from Topkapı Palace (where the sultan resided) to the Golden Horn was short, the sultan would board a boat amid much pomp to go there. The Eyüp tomb complex was built by Mehmed II in honour of Abu Ayyub al-Ansari, a companion of Muhammad who had died during the first Muslim siege of Constantinople in the 7th century. The sword girding thus occurred on what was regarded as sacred grounds, and linked the newly enthroned sultan both to his 13th-century ancestors and to Muhammad himself.

The fact that the emblem by which a sultan was enthroned consisted of a sword was highly symbolic: it showed that the office with which he was invested was first and foremost that of a warrior. The Sword of Osman was girded on to the new sultan by the Sharif of Konya, a Mevlevi dervish, who was summoned to Constantinople for that purpose. Such a privilege was reserved to the men of this Sufi order from the time Osman I had established his residence in Konya in 1299, before the capital was moved to Bursa and later to Constantinople.

Until the late 19th century, non-Muslims were banned from entering the Eyüp Mosque and witnessing the girding ceremony. The first to depart from this tradition was Mehmed V, whose girding ceremony was open to people of different faiths. Held on 10 May 1909, it was attended by representatives of all the religious communities present in the empire, notably the Sheikh ul-Islam, Greek Patriarch, the chief rabbi and a representative of the Armenian Church. The fact that non-Muslims were allowed to see the ceremony enabled The New York Times to write an extremely detailed account of it. Mehmed V’s brother and successor, Mehmed VI, went even further by allowing his girding ceremony to be filmed. Since he was the last reigning Ottoman sultan, this is the only such ceremony that was ever put on film.

Image Source: ”Taklide-Seif at display 2014-05-29 11-28” by User:Gatefp – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons 

cartespostalesantiques: Bonne Fete French vint…


Bonne Fete

French vintage postcard. Mailed



German soldiers peeing, World War II

Bronze sword, Europe, Circa 1100 BC

Bronze sword, Europe, Circa 1100 BC

from Antiquities

Historical Orthodox, Revisionism, and Post-Rev…

Historical Orthodox, Revisionism, and Post-Revisionism

from The Cynical Historian

Wild plums are getting ready to bloom. . . ….

Wild plums are getting ready to bloom.
#stonehouseartifacts #plumblossoms #yayforspring #tbt

historicalfirearms: 1800 Pattern Baker Rifle R…


1800 Pattern Baker Rifle

Rob of BritishMuzzleLoaders returns with another video on the Baker Rifle. Rob’s covered the Baker in the past but this time he runs a simulated skirmish wearing a full period uniform and kit of the 95th Rifles. 

The Baker Rifle and the 95th entered British military legend during the Peninsular War in Spain. The 95th were elite light infantry training in scouting, skirmishing and marksmanship. Rob demonstrates loading from a ‘ball bag’ a practice Rob explains the documentary evidence of. 

The video sees Rob engage targets at a variety of ranges from cover, just as the 95th wood have. Unlike their line infantry counterparts the 95th were trained to use the landscape and the available cover. I’m really looking forward to seeing Rob delve deeper into the Baker rifle and the tactics of the British riflemen of the Napoleonic Period

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