A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor in All Countries and in All Times

A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor in All Countries and in All Times

George Cameron Stone / Aug 25, 2019

A Glossary of the Construction Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor in All Countries and in All Times Widely considered the classic book in the field George Cameron Stone s A Glossary of the Construction Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor in All Countries and in All Times is an indispensable resou

  • Title: A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor in All Countries and in All Times
  • Author: George Cameron Stone
  • ISBN: 9780486407265
  • Page: 326
  • Format: Paperback
  • Widely considered the classic book in the field, George Cameron Stone s A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor in All Countries and in All Times is an indispensable resource and reference tool for anyone interested in arms and armor Originally published in 1934, it remains an essential guide to the field To describe the worldwide range and vWidely considered the classic book in the field, George Cameron Stone s A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor in All Countries and in All Times is an indispensable resource and reference tool for anyone interested in arms and armor Originally published in 1934, it remains an essential guide to the field To describe the worldwide range and variety of weaponry, Stone drew upon the than 4,000 items in his private collection of Eastern arms and armor, as well as the European arms collection of New York s Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a variety of other sources Since the author subsequently bequeathed his entire collection to the Metropolitan Museum, this volume serves as an abbreviated visual reference to that institution s Arms and Armor collection.By profession a metallurgist, the author focused on techniques of manufacture and workmanship to derive his method of codifying the typology of weapons, relying on an alphabetized dictionary format to avoid the confusions he found in a field without standardized nomenclature This glossary format makes it easy for anyone to locate material on the astonishing variety of weapons covered These include arquebuses, blunderbusses, flintlocks, wheel locks, matchlocks, and other antique guns German armor French rapiers Roman short swords Turkish crossbows all the Japanese bladed weapons katana, wakizashi, naginata, etc the East Asian kris in its countless permutations and many .Illustrated with 875 detailed figures, incorporating thousands of individual photographs and drawings, the book was written from the unique viewpoint of an expert who devoted a lifetime to the field Hard to locate today original editions are worth hundreds of dollars , Stone s Glossary represents a peerless resource for scholars, experts, collectors, students, hobbyists, and institutions any student of the long history and development of weapons and armor around the world.

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    1. A flawed but classic study.My high school library had a copy of this book and I spent many hours poring over the descriptions of odd weapons and staring at the hundreds of photographs. When I grew up and started researching and writing military history, I consulted it again. What a disappointment! This book is filled with mistakes. Stone was an expert on Asian arms and armor but makes countless errors when he writes outside his area of expertise. He should have had a coauthor!That said, you can [...]


    2. It's awesome, although so big as to be daunting.So many things I spent half my life wondering about are in here.And then disappointingly there are things that aren't in it.It says a lot about the book that one can just assume it's ultimately comprehensive.


    3. This is an all-right reference. It's definitely a re-print of an older book. The layout is pretty poor. It's just one huge dictionary. There is no division of country or culture and both aren't consistently indicated. The amount of information for the terms varies between a lot of general stuff and one sentence definitions that don't say what the term has to do with weapons or what culture it's from. He also gives numbers for measurements but doesn't say if they're inches or feet. The reader als [...]


    4. This is one weighty tome. Originally published in 1934, this book is a hefty 700 page encyclopedia of weaponry and armor with a few other related topics, such as falconry. It focuses largely on Japan and Europe, but has a fair amount of information on the rest of the world. I read it cover to cover over a long period of time, but it is probably more sane to use it as a reference book.Of course it is a product of its time, and as such has some understandable shortcomings. The illustrations, for i [...]


    5. While this includes some Western information, it focuses primarily on non-Western European weaponry and armor. The author was a "professional hobbyist" who collected examples from Africa, Asia and the Americas, so most of the information covers those areas. While slightly out-dated in its writing style and perspective, this is one of the most comprehensive single sources to cover all these regions.


    6. Stone mag veraltert sein, hat ein paar Fehler (eine indische Waffe wird als Spanisch bezeichnet) und teilweise tendentiös aber als Nachschlagewerk ist er immer noch der Standard schlechthin. Ich wünschte, man würde Stone als überarbeitete Wiki online bringen. In vielen Bereichen - wie z.B. den yataghan, den britischen Armeekhurki und in den iranischen Blankwaffen sind in letzter Zeit Zusatzinformationen erschienen, die eigentlich erwähnt werden sollten.


    7. Great book. My only gripe is that the information on Chinese weapons is lacking. Sure, there's pictures of Chinese weapons, but the names of the weapons are not given, whereas all Japanese weapons shown are named.


    8. Mankind has always felt the urge to decorate their weapons. It sets the individual apart so that their feats of valor or powers are identifiable to others as it occurs. Many of the terms describing weapons and theeir use are described here.


    9. Although the organization takes getting used to, and it's an older work, this is still a valuable reference for identifying unusual pieces and bits of arms and armor. Yes, it has mistakes -- but it will lead you to the right place, more often than not, when used with a critical eye.



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