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Forum: European Armoury Today, 04:59 AM
Replies: 16
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Posted By Philip
Barrel details, unconverted Eibar pistol

Here is the top flat of the breech of the Aguirre pistol, showing the traditional Spanish octagonal-to-round stages with chiseled "wedding band" transition (here detailed with inset gold foil),...
Forum: European Armoury Today, 04:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 266
Posted By Philip
Example of Eibar miq pistol

Here is one of those Eibar pistols with steel backstrap and birds head pommel, stocked Ó la franšaise, on a gun made by JosÚ Aguirre, first decade 19th cent. The gun has a gold lined touchhole, a...
Forum: European Armoury Today, 04:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 266
Posted By Philip
Hi, Rick and Nando A couple of comments...

Hi, Rick and Nando

A couple of comments regarding your posts.

1. I agree that this lock is not a conversion, it was made as perc. If it was converted from flint, I would expect to see two...
Forum: European Armoury Today, 03:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 363
Posted By Philip
Thanks, Jim. The more of these things I see, the...

Thanks, Jim. The more of these things I see, the more variety in blade shapes there seem to be. It's easy to assume that there's a "classic form" of blade on these things that forms a defining...
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 04:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 363
Posted By Philip
Nando, it fits the characteristics of size and...

Nando, it fits the characteristics of size and configuration that would identify it as a storta -- a short, cutlass-type hilt weapon with a single edged blade, popular in northern Italy. This...
Forum: European Armoury 28th August 2019, 09:27 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 2,657
Posted By Philip
terminology can be confusing

Nando, the problem is that in the literature, a weapon can be called different things depending on the language of the writer. Back when these things were in current use, there must have been...
Forum: European Armoury 28th August 2019, 09:05 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 2,657
Posted By Philip
Runkas and tridents

I agree, a trident's lateral tines extend forward more, their tips are not far to the rear of the central spike. The images in Fernando's post above depict several examples of weapons that fit this...
Forum: European Armoury 28th August 2019, 08:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 557
Posted By Philip
I agree, David. Not only is the hilt very...

I agree, David. Not only is the hilt very 19th-century but stylistically there's nothing Polish about it. A marriage of convenience to an earlier blade.
Forum: European Armoury 28th August 2019, 04:36 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 2,657
Posted By Philip
the importance of spears and lances in Spanish service

We tend to associate late-medieval and Renaissance Spain with the art of the sword, first the broadsword and then the rapier. An interesting 15th cent. series of books by a Spanish professional...
Forum: European Armoury 19th August 2019, 09:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 460
Posted By Philip
Perhaps the scarcity of surviving examples is due...

Perhaps the scarcity of surviving examples is due to the perishable nature of the organic materials comprising the bow. After all, Asiatic composite bows from the medieval period are few in number...
Forum: European Armoury 18th August 2019, 10:23 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 2,657
Posted By Philip
gun flints

The subject of the flint-knapping industry worldwide is an under-researched field other than that dealing with England and France, which led the world in volume and the longevity of production of a...
Forum: European Armoury 12th August 2019, 03:33 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 789
Posted By Philip
design parameters in oared vessels

Good point regarding stability. After all, oar-powered warships tended to be narrow of beam and shallow of draught. The Mediterranean, with its particular maritime conditions, favored the use of...
Forum: European Armoury 12th August 2019, 06:00 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 789
Posted By Philip
You can still see the Rostra (named using the...

You can still see the Rostra (named using the plural form of the neuter noun, since it was once adorned with several trophy beaks taken at Actium) today in the ruins of the Forum Romanum. History...
Forum: European Armoury 12th August 2019, 05:51 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 789
Posted By Philip
merrily down the rabbit hole agan

The corvine analogy also also extends to the name of a late-medieval to Renaissance-era polearm used by infantry, essentially a war-hammer mounted on a long staff, whose French name is bec de corbin....
Forum: European Armoury 10th August 2019, 09:58 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 789
Posted By Philip
Thanks for sharing. I don't know anything about...

Thanks for sharing. I don't know anything about the sword you are inquiring about but can't help but admire the quality of the photographic image. Considering that this artistic medium was still in...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd August 2019, 10:22 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 2,657
Posted By Philip
combustion and explosion

Jim -- you have it pegged. The impression I get from the literature and being a layman taking advice from shooters who reload their own cartridges, is this: burning (combusion) and explosion (or...
Forum: European Armoury 2nd August 2019, 04:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 703
Posted By Philip
The workmanship, and the appearance of the metal...

The workmanship, and the appearance of the metal surface on the underside, look right to me as well. Outside appears to have been rather strenuously cleaned sometime in the past, but that applies to...
Forum: European Armoury 2nd August 2019, 04:47 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 2,657
Posted By Philip
ammo quality, recoil

Jim, here are some tidbits of data that might be germane to your post, put here in no particular order:

1. Yes, black powder can degrade during long storage, or transport in unfavorable weather. ...
Forum: European Armoury 1st August 2019, 10:32 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 2,657
Posted By Philip
good or bad -- by what standards?

The Brown Bess had its fans and detractors on both sides during its day. Robert Held , in his classic The Age of Firearms (1957) quotes part of a report by a British officer complaining of the...
Forum: European Armoury 1st August 2019, 06:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 579
Posted By Philip
Nando, Agreed, Phil's crossbow is quite an...

Nando,
Agreed, Phil's crossbow is quite an attractive thing. Walleyes and Wallis used to sell some really good items back in the day. Looks like a good quality sporting weapon that a hunter might...
Forum: European Armoury 1st August 2019, 06:17 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 2,657
Posted By Philip
British military surplus firearms

I think that this statement needs some re-examination and possible emendation. As re the Baker rifle, may I refer you to the late Harold L Peterson's discussion of it on pp 141-42 of Pollard's...
Forum: European Armoury 1st August 2019, 05:57 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 2,657
Posted By Philip
who is a "true Mexican"?

Perhaps you are not aware that Mexico, like the United States and Canada, has a population which is a blend of ethnic bloodlines going back centuries. Europeans from the Iberian Peninsula arrived in...
Forum: European Armoury 1st August 2019, 05:09 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,458
Posted By Philip
Impressive example of the medieval revival in...

Impressive example of the medieval revival in art, and the neo-Gothic architecture which wdrere iconic elements of 19th cent. Romanticist taste (the movement that's responsible for all those...
Forum: European Armoury 31st July 2019, 05:25 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 2,657
Posted By Philip
ingredients, quality manufacture, and corruption

Thanks, Jim, for initiating a thread on a very interesting subject.

It's true that black powder was made of just three ingredients. The procurement of sulfur would perhaps be more of a challenge...
Forum: European Armoury 31st July 2019, 04:47 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,458
Posted By Philip
Thanks for posting this image! Would you happen...

Thanks for posting this image! Would you happen to know approximately what year the interior and its decoration were installed? I'm trying to pin a date on the scene itself, the costumes look a...
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