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Forum: European Armoury 24th March 2021, 07:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 725
Posted By adrian
If I oil it, is there any risk that the oil...

If I oil it, is there any risk that the oil undermines the delaminated areas an increase delamination?

The best treatment is to wax it with a microcrystalline wax such as museums use for metals,...
Forum: European Armoury 15th February 2021, 08:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 474
Posted By adrian
I know itís made by Ezekiel Baker and the guy I...

I know itís made by Ezekiel Baker and the guy I bought it off of showed me the tower mark

Ezekiel Baker died in 1836 and if this pistol is from after that, as it seems, then it will be his family...
Forum: European Armoury 15th February 2021, 08:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 774
Posted By adrian
I agree with all Fernando K's comments and I...

I agree with all Fernando K's comments and I would also go further re the original configuration of this pistol to state that I think it has not been converted from flint. I see no sign of the holes...
Forum: European Armoury 6th February 2021, 08:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 688
Posted By adrian
The brits set up an inspection team there and...

The brits set up an inspection team there and these blades were stamped with an S for Solingen as opposed to E for Enfield or B for Birmingham.

I suspect that if viewers were sent to Solingen to...
Forum: European Armoury 4th February 2021, 07:45 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,418
Posted By adrian
Does anyone know when the broad arrow was first...

Does anyone know when the broad arrow was first used on weapons to signify government ownership?

During the reign of of Queen Anne, the Rose and Crown mark was replaced by the Crown and Crossed...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th January 2021, 09:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,589
Posted By adrian
Thank you everyone, I think camel bone is the...

Thank you everyone, I think camel bone is the most likely from the discussions so far. I googled 'dyed stabilised camel bone' and that does look the same on some images.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th January 2021, 04:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,589
Posted By adrian
oops double post

oops double post
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th January 2021, 03:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,589
Posted By adrian
I've just tried a red hot wire, it doesn't melt...

I've just tried a red hot wire, it doesn't melt the material on the gun, just leaves a tiny char dot. I applied the same wire to hard plastic (a tape measure case) & it melted straight in & raised...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th January 2021, 08:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,589
Posted By adrian
More close ups etc below. There is just the...

More close ups etc below. There is just the single trigger. It has one serpentine and the other is missing, the slot it operated from is evident.

It is in a large collection of antique Ethnographic...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th January 2021, 07:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,589
Posted By adrian
Superimposed load Torador query

Hi I am curious as to what the small decorative panels covering the stock of this Torador are made of. About the only thing I can think of is dyed horn, I suspect it is not dyed ivory, but I have not...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd November 2020, 07:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,850
Posted By adrian
If anyone knows of more instances of fences made...

If anyone knows of more instances of fences made from old weapons..., please do so.

Below is a fence made from artillery shells in Brighton, a suburb of Melbourne in Australia. It is a corner...
Forum: European Armoury 10th November 2020, 07:43 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,738
Posted By adrian
I do not know what the purpose of these hooks is,...

I do not know what the purpose of these hooks is, to me they appear rather weak to have a serious & direct offensive or defensive role & they immediately remind me of the lashing 'hooks' on this...
Forum: European Armoury 21st October 2020, 07:25 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,885
Posted By adrian
Nice sword, have you found out the meaning of the...

Nice sword, have you found out the meaning of the lettering on the hilt?


Hi Bviera, in case you are unaware, that 'R7/F/31 is a Portuguese marking & represents Regiment 7, Troop F, no. 31.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th July 2020, 10:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 9,033
Posted By adrian
In my opinion - for the average to very nice...

In my opinion - for the average to very nice collection - the best thing is to have a good catalogue that identifies each item & includes a current estimate of it value, this to guide an auctioneer...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th July 2020, 09:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,325
Posted By adrian
Congratulations, you seem to be the first kid on...

Congratulations, you seem to be the first kid on the block to have one of these, and it's a mighty big block.

It is not mine, it just happened to be in amongst an assortment of antique small arms...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th July 2020, 08:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,325
Posted By adrian
Thank you all for your thoughts & ideas. One...

Thank you all for your thoughts & ideas. One of my first impressions was that it might be a 'rubber band gun' as well. However India rubber, in the period we are looking at, was not, I think, up to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th July 2020, 09:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,325
Posted By adrian
There is also an inscription near the breech...

There is also an inscription near the breech...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th July 2020, 08:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,325
Posted By adrian
Indian Combination Matchlock & Crossbow?

Hello I am requesting help with identification of this combination matchlock &, I presume, a cross bow.

The 'bow' itself is missing, however the attachment points to bind it to with leather thongs...
Forum: European Armoury 6th April 2020, 12:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,419
Posted By adrian
So ... what would the marks refer to; foundry,...

So ... what would the marks refer to; foundry, destination ID initials ?

I do not know for certain. The logical answer is the foundry/maker & the year.
Forum: European Armoury 6th April 2020, 08:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,419
Posted By adrian
That is certainly an unusual design for a mortar....

That is certainly an unusual design for a mortar. Its flat base & horizontal priming dish point to it as being a piece that was designed to be fired vertically. I suspect that it is actually a large...
Forum: European Armoury 12th March 2020, 07:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,125
Posted By adrian
That spike/rod is too large in diameter to enter...

That spike/rod is too large in diameter to enter the vent of an artillery piece.
Forum: European Armoury 24th February 2020, 05:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,160
Posted By adrian
I find it very difficult to believe that the...

I find it very difficult to believe that the 'before' and 'after' photos are of the same item & strongly suspect that there has been a mistake made in that article.
Forum: European Armoury 26th January 2020, 09:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,964
Posted By adrian
I have another Lobster Pot exactly the same as...

I have another Lobster Pot exactly the same as the one that is the subject of this thread, also marked with the L. It was acquired by my uncle many decades ago at an auction of a farm's contents...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th May 2019, 12:00 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 6,493
Posted By adrian
Their general stature was much smaller than the...

Their general stature was much smaller than the average of today. My Katar is also too small for my hand, as is my Tulwar.
That is a nice example.
Forum: European Armoury 12th April 2019, 10:40 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,051
Posted By adrian
Here is the enlargement of the marking. Sorry I...

Here is the enlargement of the marking.

Sorry I can't tell what unit that may be. Lancers almost certainly, but not sure who.
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