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Forum: Swap Forum 16th September 2019, 03:40 PM
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Posted By MForde
A Wootz Katar for Sale

As can be seen, at one point, this entire piece was heavily rusted and pitted but this has been ground back by someone to show fresh steel in places. The blade is in better condition and swirling,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th September 2019, 10:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 540
Posted By MForde
Some collectors see a scabbard as vital but I...

Some collectors see a scabbard as vital but I have never cared that much for their presence, viewing them as a bonus only. Perhaps this is because I've always liked to display my swords with the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th August 2019, 10:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,604
Posted By MForde
What a delightful object - rather reminds me of...

What a delightful object - rather reminds me of the European lantern shield.
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 6th August 2019, 02:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,089
Posted By MForde
With the advent of the big online auction...

With the advent of the big online auction platforms of recent years it makes sense that fees have gone up as the houses have found a greater audience and with this connectivity has come greater...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 4th August 2019, 12:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,089
Posted By MForde
Auction houses are notorious for poor accuracy....

Auction houses are notorious for poor accuracy. While I am firmly in the don't look for malice where ignorance is enough camp (they have a bewildering array of items to know, after all), I do believe...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th July 2019, 09:20 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,171
Posted By MForde
Hi Philip, I'm not sure but it's certainly...

Hi Philip, I'm not sure but it's certainly possible. I generally use the same cardboard box to ship swords and it's 125cm long.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th July 2019, 09:27 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,171
Posted By MForde
Was it a larger item than usual? I've sent many...

Was it a larger item than usual? I've sent many swords from the UK to Canada and the US and the average cost for, say, an 1845 Pattern is £40. Parcelforce have been excellent for me and I describe...
Forum: European Armoury 9th July 2019, 11:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 627
Posted By MForde
Thanks for pointing it out! I thought I'd already...

Thanks for pointing it out! I thought I'd already browsed all the historical programmes on Netflix.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th June 2019, 09:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,201
Posted By MForde
Thank you for that, Mr McDougall - a most...

Thank you for that, Mr McDougall - a most interesting read.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th June 2019, 11:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,201
Posted By MForde
I've read that handles that look fairly long and...

I've read that handles that look fairly long and spacious like this one are associated with Scinde - or is that a bit of a myth?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st June 2019, 09:21 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,521
Posted By MForde
Regarding guard additions and perforations I...

Regarding guard additions and perforations I share two I've had with those features (hopefully I can attach the photos correctly):
Forum: European Armoury 2nd May 2019, 09:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 696
Posted By MForde
I've seen these described as sailors' knives made...

I've seen these described as sailors' knives made in 'the Spanish style'. A fine retrieval from any scrap heap.
Forum: European Armoury 21st April 2019, 12:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,045
Posted By MForde
I have a tantalisingly similar mark on a hanger....

I have a tantalisingly similar mark on a hanger. No crown though, alas.
Forum: European Armoury 20th April 2019, 11:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,012
Posted By MForde
I've heard of a variety of strange techniques for...

I've heard of a variety of strange techniques for removing the dents (filling the scabbard with sand, for instance) but I've never had a go myself. The 'normal' way was to use a metal mandrel shaped...
Forum: European Armoury 18th April 2019, 09:46 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,720
Posted By MForde
There are certainly Indian-made variations on the...

There are certainly Indian-made variations on the 1845 Pattern Sabre. I think I had one for the State of Kotar that replaced the Victoria Regina in the cartouche for a more local symbol.
Forum: European Armoury 2nd April 2019, 11:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,410
Posted By MForde
Corrado26, I don't suppose you have the cavalry...

Corrado26, I don't suppose you have the cavalry volume of Bartocci's and Salvatici's book at all?
Forum: European Armoury 1st April 2019, 11:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,410
Posted By MForde
Your M1888 is likely to be from the early 1900s...

Your M1888 is likely to be from the early 1900s and you're correct about this particular pipe-backed blade being rather flimsy. Obviously, the sword as a fighting weapon was obsolete by then, and I...
Forum: European Armoury 28th March 2019, 02:51 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,507
Posted By MForde
That's fantastic. So much history in the hand!

That's fantastic. So much history in the hand!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th March 2019, 10:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 881
Posted By MForde
The fuller and curve don't quite fit the 1796...

The fuller and curve don't quite fit the 1796 troopers' sabre so perhaps it was an officer's 'fighting' version, devoid of decoration. Certainly, very similar and quite possibly mid-Victorian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th March 2019, 10:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,028
Posted By MForde
Apologies Robert - I shall be able to change it...

Apologies Robert - I shall be able to change it later on.

Thank you Kubur. The two extra pins seem incongruous though. I'm sure it's just a quirk. :)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd March 2019, 01:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,028
Posted By MForde
Mother-of-Pearl Kard

Hello all, I wonder if any of you have come across a similar stud arrangement to that found on this dagger's handle. From what I can see, the two extra studs near the pommel are not necessary at all...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st September 2018, 07:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,713
Posted By MForde
Hi Blacksmith, I'm trying to send you a message...

Hi Blacksmith, I'm trying to send you a message but your inbox is full. Please can you delete a few?

Many thanks!
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