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Forum: European Armoury 18th June 2016, 03:30 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 619
Posted By M ELEY
Good catch, Jasper!! I agree that it looks much...

Good catch, Jasper!! I agree that it looks much newer. Historismus?
Mark
Forum: European Armoury 13th June 2016, 05:20 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 608
Posted By M ELEY
Could Wyatt be the merchant that sold the sword?...

Could Wyatt be the merchant that sold the sword? Many guns of the period were marked not by the maker, but by the Birmingham merchants that sold the goods to the clientele. Perhaps a search of...
Forum: European Armoury 11th June 2016, 10:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 608
Posted By M ELEY
I still say (from my earlier opinion!) that it's...

I still say (from my earlier opinion!) that it's British, based on the quality, hilt style/wrap and bun-shaped pommel (makes me think of Scot/Brit baskethilts). The clipped blade is a little bit of a...
Forum: European Armoury 9th June 2016, 11:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 899
Posted By M ELEY
Hmm...I remain unconvinced that it is a...

Hmm...I remain unconvinced that it is a decorative fence spike. A tool perhaps, as those implements are always popping up resembling their military cousins. The crosspiece looks too much like a guard...
Forum: European Armoury 8th June 2016, 11:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 899
Posted By M ELEY
Spanish colonial would be as good a guess as any....

Spanish colonial would be as good a guess as any. It is from the right area and era. Likewise, Span colonial pieces could be incredibly primitive and rudimentary due to their isolation in the New...
Forum: European Armoury 7th June 2016, 09:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 500
Posted By M ELEY
Hi Jim! I envy you for getting to go to Winslow....

Hi Jim!
I envy you for getting to go to Winslow. That crater is awe-inspiring! I read that the meteor was estimated to have been 150 feet long before entry to our atmosphere! Some iron scrap company...
Forum: European Armoury 5th June 2016, 02:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 500
Posted By M ELEY
Makes me want to add a meteorite to the...

Makes me want to add a meteorite to the collection just for the conversation value!
Forum: European Armoury 3rd June 2016, 03:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,104
Posted By M ELEY
And of course, you picked up two of them in order...

And of course, you picked up two of them in order to give one to your bestest friend on this side of the pond! :D ;)

Congrats, Fernando! Very nice edition to your collection!
Forum: European Armoury 3rd June 2016, 03:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 500
Posted By M ELEY
Too cool!

I know we've discussed the use of meteoric iron over on the Ethnographic side before in relation to Malay keris. Still, this is pretty incredible! I just got back from the Raleigh, NC museum, where a...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd April 2016, 03:53 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,330
Posted By M ELEY
Awesome early blunderbuss, Fernando! It kind of...

Awesome early blunderbuss, Fernando! It kind of reminded me of a wall gun (as in those mammoth swivel types protecting forts). I know it's not, based on the length, but I'm with Richard that it could...
Forum: European Armoury 26th March 2016, 03:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 504
Posted By M ELEY
I'm very sorry to hear of his passing! It seems...

I'm very sorry to hear of his passing! It seems lately that we are losing so many talented people, not just from our field, but many (musicians, comedians, artists, etc). I guess I'm getting...
Forum: European Armoury 24th March 2016, 03:11 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 782
Posted By M ELEY
Gilkerson's "Boarders Away II" is an...

Gilkerson's "Boarders Away II" is an excellent resource for sea service pistols as well. Every naval enthusiast should have a copy.
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 18th March 2016, 03:34 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 500
Posted By M ELEY
That is a very interesting piece! Could it be the...

That is a very interesting piece! Could it be the end of a wax stamper? That head looks like one someone posted recently, but I can't remember which item! It was a French king, if I remember right?...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd March 2016, 01:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 713
Posted By M ELEY
I wouldn't say lack of interest, but some old...

I wouldn't say lack of interest, but some old relics are hard to pin down. I agree with Glenn that it doesn't appear to be a traditional boarding pike (and I see 'nautical/pirate' in everything!!)....
Forum: European Armoury 3rd March 2016, 01:16 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,318
Posted By M ELEY
Yes, that is the one Jim pointed out to be a...

Yes, that is the one Jim pointed out to be a tinder lighter. I've seen these types to be used with linstocks and, I'm assuming, to ignite gaslight posts?

What a spectacular selection of Queen Anne...
Forum: European Armoury 4th February 2016, 02:27 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,150
Posted By M ELEY
Of course! Northern ports of call! That one...

Of course! Northern ports of call! That one slipped past my tired brain! Likewise, a pawned item lost to debts or gambling makes total sense.Totally sound argument on the disrespect for edged weapons...
Forum: European Armoury 2nd February 2016, 11:23 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,150
Posted By M ELEY
That was great work, CC! And Fernando for...

That was great work, CC! And Fernando for confirming that the mark existed from that article. Considering the date of manufacture, we can rule out War of 1812 and privateering.

What's left? A...
Forum: European Armoury 29th January 2016, 03:29 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 789
Posted By M ELEY
I'm inclined to believe Fernando K is correct...

I'm inclined to believe Fernando K is correct here. Check out this old thread concerning imported pistols from Europe going to the Barbary States (Turkey, Algiers, etc). Those odd markings match...
Forum: European Armoury 24th January 2016, 11:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 693
Posted By M ELEY
Hello CC. Didn't see this until now. Not much to...

Hello CC. Didn't see this until now. Not much to add but conjecture. Both the cavalry style hilt and naval blade were contemporaries from the same period. They appear to likewise be a contemporary...
Forum: European Armoury 24th January 2016, 11:10 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,150
Posted By M ELEY
Jim, great story about that bomb of yours!!...

Jim, great story about that bomb of yours!! Priceless! In our past correspondence, I've always enjoyed your incredible stories!

Back to this mystery sword. I had factored in the possibility of a...
Forum: European Armoury 24th January 2016, 10:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 779
Posted By M ELEY
Fine job of pinning this one down, Jasper! Very...

Fine job of pinning this one down, Jasper! Very conclusive! Those pics you posted are great, supporting the facts. I wasn't too far off with a ca. 1740 date!
Forum: European Armoury 23rd January 2016, 11:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,150
Posted By M ELEY
As Ulfberth pointed out, this is the French...

As Ulfberth pointed out, this is the French boarding cutlass M1811 or 33 (so hard to tell those two apart!). Battara makes a good case for possible CW usage as well. If I had to guess, I'd say Civil...
Forum: European Armoury 23rd January 2016, 10:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 430
Posted By M ELEY
It's always a sorrow to hear of another's passing...

It's always a sorrow to hear of another's passing and, especially for us, when it is a scholar in a particularly unique field. RIP-
Forum: European Armoury 22nd January 2016, 10:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 779
Posted By M ELEY
What an absolutely beautiful example! Not my...

What an absolutely beautiful example! Not my forte, but just a few obvious pointers to start in the indentification process. Based on the open pas d'ane and pommel styling, yours would date to the...
Forum: European Armoury 21st January 2016, 11:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 630
Posted By M ELEY
Thanks for responding, Jim and always great to...

Thanks for responding, Jim and always great to hear from you! I had been following your correspondence on that spectacular cuphilt on the other thread. As you pointed out, there seems to have been...
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