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Forum: European Armoury 19th September 2016, 11:02 PM
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Posted By Ed
These engravings show a classic 16th century...

These engravings show a classic 16th century battle scene with a medallion of Marcus Curtius descending into hell.

For completeness I am also showing the medallion from the other side. This shows...
Forum: European Armoury 19th September 2016, 10:46 PM
Replies: 7
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Posted By Ed
Schloss Erbach contains a well known armory from...

Schloss Erbach contains a well known armory from which piecs were sold at a number of well known sales early in the past century.

The post card that is reproduced shows the sword on display. At...
Forum: European Armoury 19th September 2016, 10:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,217
Posted By Ed
The Erbach Sword

I was fortunate to own the sword that I am going to share with you. I obtained it from George Douglass, actually his estate after he died back in 1995. I sold it two years ago to the Met where it...
Forum: European Armoury 12th July 2016, 02:55 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,722
Posted By Ed
Sort of. What it means is that something that is...

Sort of. What it means is that something that is depicted must, necessarily, have been around for a while. Might be a year, might be a decade. Appearance in art can only tell you that the thing...
Forum: European Armoury 11th July 2016, 05:05 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,722
Posted By Ed
If in early post medieval Europe, a certain thing...

If in early post medieval Europe, a certain thing or object was common enough to become "popularized" in manuscripts, for how many years had these objects in question been circulating?

The point is...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 7th July 2016, 01:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,308
Posted By Ed
Huh? I have no idea what you are talking about. ...

Huh? I have no idea what you are talking about. Are you referring to the sword I posted?

What I wrote on this thread is about an issue that I have been thinking about for ages. That of the...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 7th July 2016, 02:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,308
Posted By Ed
I think that you are reading too much into what I...

I think that you are reading too much into what I am saying.

To strip the argument to it's bare bones, when we say that a piece is "good", ie authentic, based on hard evidence, we are probably...
Forum: European Armoury 6th July 2016, 02:23 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,139
Posted By Ed
A Forum Project

Just thought of this one.

I bought an almost precise replica of the Loshult Gun some years ago. The guy who made it did work for the US National Park Service (a really estimable organization) and...
Forum: European Armoury 5th July 2016, 05:07 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,722
Posted By Ed
Some measurements Weight: 2lbs 7oz Length o/a:...

Some measurements

Weight: 2lbs 7oz
Length o/a: 3ft 4in
Width of cross: 8in

I hadn't looked closely at this sword in some time. It is remarkable how well it sits in the hand. Sort of how a Luger...
Forum: European Armoury 5th July 2016, 02:31 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,722
Posted By Ed
This one. About which YOU said :D You...

This one.

About which YOU said



:D

You know, I have read that Burton, in claiming that captured Crusader sword blades were still being used in the mid-east, mistook the sort of blade on this...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 5th July 2016, 12:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,308
Posted By Ed
What do we know? I mean really.

This thought has been with me for some time and I think that I actually posted something along these lines ages ago but I thought that it would be worthwhile to revisit the idea.

I will speak for...
Forum: European Armoury 4th July 2016, 11:17 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,722
Posted By Ed
It was not unusual for blades to be hilted or...

It was not unusual for blades to be hilted or rehilted in countries far from their manufacture. I sold a two handed court sword whose blade was German and whose hilt was Italian but whose wrapping...
Forum: European Armoury 4th July 2016, 12:42 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,722
Posted By Ed
Here are a couple more. I can take it down and...

Here are a couple more. I can take it down and get the others that you'd like later.

There was some discussion about the Pommel being a weight originally. I sorta doubt that.

If you have...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd July 2016, 02:48 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,722
Posted By Ed
Mr. Oakeshott's Sword

I bought this some years ago, as I have been thinning my collection, I have kept it because it really appeals to me in terms of it's appearance and the way it feels in the hand. Take a look.

I...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd July 2016, 02:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,848
Posted By Ed
I wonder about the slag part. The cannon in...

I wonder about the slag part. The cannon in question were rifled so that impurities that changed the cross sectional weight distribution would not be "averaged out" during flight. That would lead...
Forum: European Armoury 27th June 2016, 03:58 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,350
Posted By Ed
Hi. Ivory vs bone is easy. Bone has tiny holes...

Hi. Ivory vs bone is easy. Bone has tiny holes that you can see under magnification.

The "Hot wire" test is good for distinguishing between plastics and ivory though not all plastics will react...
Forum: European Armoury 27th June 2016, 03:20 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 10,129
Posted By Ed
Michael RIP

I just popped by after a very long absence and I saw "Deceased" under Michael's name. I have not communicated with Michael for a couple of years so I had no idea. I am shocked.

I met Michael thru...
Forum: European Armoury 27th June 2016, 02:58 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,580
Posted By Ed
Looks Swiss-ish, maybe 17th century? If you look...

Looks Swiss-ish, maybe 17th century?

If you look at the relative thickness of the contact point of the blade to the length of the blade, the closer they are to being the same, the older the piece....
Forum: Swap Forum 21st October 2012, 12:15 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,206
Posted By Ed
From our buddy Atlantia whom I thank :D

From our buddy Atlantia whom I thank :D
Forum: Swap Forum 20th October 2012, 08:48 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,206
Posted By Ed
Interesting Ethnographic Spearhead

There was an interesting shop in the mall in Santa Monica that I used to stop in at ages ago. Guy was a hippie tturned entrpeneur and he sold great stuff: fossils, books, ethnographic items and so...
Forum: Swap Forum 20th October 2012, 08:42 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,291
Posted By Ed
Winged Spear

This is the shorter of the two that are nicely made with folded iron. Probably a water find, a bit pitted overall. Length is 17" and it still has a sharp point, amazingly. Ferrule is a bit...
Forum: Swap Forum 20th October 2012, 08:36 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,021
Posted By Ed
Stone's Glossary, First Edition

Nice copy not ex-library. You all know it but do you have it in a first? Aha!! Caught you!!! Get it here. God knows why I have two copies.

Cost: $350 USD plus shipping
Forum: Swap Forum 20th October 2012, 08:34 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,176
Posted By Ed
Forgot to add the picture. Sorry.

Forgot to add the picture. Sorry.
Forum: Swap Forum 20th October 2012, 08:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,176
Posted By Ed
Winged Spear

I have three winged spears from the Axt collection. This one is 12.5" and clearly a river find (it is heavily encrusted with the iron compound characteristic of such things whose name escapes me). ...
Forum: Swap Forum 20th October 2012, 06:32 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,833
Posted By Ed
Ethiopian "Magic" Scroll

This is a 19th-20th century Ethiopian “magic scroll.” It is on parchment, probably goatskin, and in the language of Ge’ez (pronounced guh-UHZ, sometimes known as Ethiopic). It’s about 72 inches long...
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