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Forum: European Armoury 15th February 2019, 09:41 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
Lightbulb return of the prodigal

As may easily be discerned, I have been away a long time, but my research into The Shotley Bridge Swordmakers has continued apace, albeit with a three month hiatus beginning last November.
I have...
Forum: European Armoury 14th December 2017, 08:19 AM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
intermission

Paused for holidays.
Forum: European Armoury 10th December 2017, 07:47 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
ps

Magnificent piece by the way. Considering that six months ago I had no connection with the sword world I am rapidly becoming desirous of a variety of examples, and a rapier like yours is on the list.
Forum: European Armoury 10th December 2017, 07:41 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
blade markings

There doesn't appear to be bold markings present; maybe a shift in the lighting angle will show them up.
Forum: European Armoury 5th December 2017, 07:57 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
Ah So!

So, we have an image of a genuine SB small-sword then: surely a rarity.
Has anyone else ever seen such a thing?
Forum: European Armoury 4th December 2017, 04:05 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
hollow promises

Do we think this may be a re-hilting of a cut-down broadsword blade?
Can you tell by observation of the blade?
Forum: European Armoury 1st December 2017, 10:16 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
second blade

sorry, this image didn't upload the first time.
The second is described by the dealer as a late 17th C. Shotley Bridge Smallsword with 'TLE xx on one side and Bridg xx on the other plus a running...
Forum: European Armoury 1st December 2017, 10:08 PM
Replies: 297
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Posted By urbanspaceman
endless search

During my endless searches for examples of SB blades I occasionally come across interesting examples and such was the case this evening.
The first is a Scottish (long) dirk dating to c.1720 according...
Forum: European Armoury 26th November 2017, 08:36 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
Myth can eventually becomes fact!

Hi Glenn. Please don't concern yourself with my fanciful theory; I agree that the consonant is the clincher, but I was just hoping for a break. They are very keen, over here, to retain the story...
Forum: European Armoury 25th November 2017, 08:31 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
a mole in the oley

I've just had a thought regarding the arrival of Richard Oley in Birmingham in 1724 and the apparent lack of connection between the Shotley Bridge Mohll and the Brummie Mole.
Is it possible that it...
Forum: European Armoury 23rd November 2017, 10:46 PM
Replies: 297
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Posted By urbanspaceman
check's in the post

Yes, the money!
There are three things going-on here on Tyneside:
one, I'm trying to compile the definitive account of the SB swordmakers;
two, there is a plan afoot to create a permanent...
Forum: European Armoury 23rd November 2017, 09:44 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
Holy Orders

I have to disagree for two - possibly three - reasons:
Primarily, the smiths did not (ostensibly) work for themselves, they were under contract, first to the initial syndicate, later to the Blade...
Forum: European Armoury 23rd November 2017, 12:57 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
update

No additional knowledge to report; just a note to say that Alnwick Castle and their incorporated Northumberland Fusiliers Museum have no Shotley bridge swords to offer me.
The Bowes Museum deny all...
Forum: European Armoury 20th November 2017, 01:41 PM
Replies: 297
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Posted By urbanspaceman
Brummy Oley

Bezdek doesn't list Richard Oley as working in Birmingham, I got that info from a source that needs to be verified (this week at SB again) unless anyone can help.

I need to find details of this...
Forum: European Armoury 20th November 2017, 12:13 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
add photo

forgot to attach this photo[IMG]
Forum: European Armoury 20th November 2017, 12:08 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
various

Hello Jim. That is precisely what I was looking for; I was wondering where I might find some early German sword history; thank-you.
So we can ignore the Archduke and the Passau guilds… good! ...
Forum: European Armoury 19th November 2017, 06:30 PM
Replies: 297
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Posted By urbanspaceman
Apropos of the above, I came across this in one...

Apropos of the above, I came across this in one of the SB books:

The earliest swordmaking centres of Europe were at Milan,
Brescia, Toledo, Strasburg, Passau and Solingen. The distribution point
was...
Forum: European Armoury 19th November 2017, 10:08 AM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
various

I agree Ibrahiim, writers have given much pertinence to this image on the ceiling, but I also feel it is not representative of the fox or the wolf. It is more likely a builder's mark.

Has anyone...
Forum: European Armoury 18th November 2017, 08:55 PM
Replies: 297
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Posted By urbanspaceman
Various

Every book, article or account I have read to date has all remarked on the same issue: that cessation of warfare over the years had impacted greatly on the business at SB; which implies that they...
Forum: European Armoury 17th November 2017, 10:05 AM
Replies: 297
Views: 22,024
Posted By urbanspaceman
Thanks

Ref. Previous post from Hotspur:
thank-you Glen, I will set-to and look at the links you have provided.
I need this kind of help because, up until the summer of this year, I knew absolutely nothing...
Forum: European Armoury 16th November 2017, 10:09 PM
Replies: 297
Views: 22,024
Posted By urbanspaceman
foxy lady

I’ve been convinced for some time that the bushy-tailed running fox was first used by the Oleys.
That vendor and auctioneer last year were certain of it.
Oley based the Guild of the Running Fox...
Forum: European Armoury 16th November 2017, 08:18 PM
Replies: 297
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Posted By urbanspaceman
amen

I'm still nose to the grindstone Ibrahiim.
Forum: European Armoury 15th November 2017, 07:26 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
rolling mill

About 1880, when over here, Fritz Weyersberg saw, then purchased the patent for a blade roll forge invented in England. Apparently it is still in use at WKC; although Andre Wilms didn't want to talk...
Forum: European Armoury 15th November 2017, 07:05 PM
Replies: 297
Views: 22,024
Posted By urbanspaceman
Cabbages and Kings

Thank-you Gentlemen, an abundance of pertinent information.

Initially, let me flag the info regarding lead rolling mills, as Vintner was descended from a family of lead mining and processing...
Forum: European Armoury 14th November 2017, 10:03 PM
Replies: 297
Views: 22,024
Posted By urbanspaceman
mine's a dime

Ah so! Nickel plating eh? Well that would explain the shine. Mind you, I have bought hand-made knives in the USA that are carbon steel and have a superb shine, so maybe it's just the steel well...
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