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Forum: European Armoury Today, 05:39 AM
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Posted By Philip
images for comparison

Some examples of the genre to start the discussion. Line drawings show the gamut of hilt styles, from Ewart Oakeshott's European Weapons and Armour, fig 54. The simpler Group I guards are earlier,...
Forum: European Armoury Today, 05:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 81
Posted By Philip
Thanks for posting this, looks nice! Could you...

Thanks for posting this, looks nice! Could you please give us some measurements, and the position of the balance point? Also,a pic of the tang button?

The "straight line" that you mention -- ...
Forum: European Armoury Today, 04:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,090
Posted By Philip
You're most welcome. The term...

You're most welcome. The term "shagreen" is widely used, and in many cases it's not clear whether the writer or speaker is really describing something from surf (ray- or sharkskin) or turf...
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 09:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,090
Posted By Philip
It's worth mentioning, to elaborate on my comment...

It's worth mentioning, to elaborate on my comment above re donkey skin as used on Persian and Ottoman scabbards, that there there is yet another hide from a related equine species with a decidedly...
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 05:36 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 974
Posted By Philip
This combo function is also seen on the Spanish...

This combo function is also seen on the Spanish patilla lock (aka miquelet). Of course that type of lock has a half-cock safety so a notched stud that performs that function is attached to a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 05:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 233
Posted By Philip
Antecedent for Otto miq

Rick,

Here's an early version of the Spanish patilla miquelet lock made outside of Spain, in this case Brescia, in the region of Lombardy in northern Italy, ca 1630. Considering that the earliest...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 04:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 233
Posted By Philip
Dutch for comparison

Hi, Rick

Here's an example identified as Dutch, or Dutch style, in Robert Held, The Age of Firearms (1957), fig. 149.

Like yours, it has a plain, polished surface, with large round disc on the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 04:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 233
Posted By Philip
snaphaunce

Nice lock, Rick! The build quality and finish are indeed much better than what is normally encountered from North African workshops. Looking at it from a stylistic standpoint, do you think it...
Forum: European Armoury 5th August 2020, 05:20 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,123
Posted By Philip
Agreed, Ballistol is great for lubricating the...

Agreed, Ballistol is great for lubricating the mechanical components of guns, and moreover is not harmful to wood (softening/staining). But for the surfaces that will be in contact with wood, or...
Forum: European Armoury 4th August 2020, 05:59 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 974
Posted By Philip
But wouldn't the trigger rotate on a pin through...

But wouldn't the trigger rotate on a pin through the wood of the stock and thus not have to be attached to the lock itself? This is the case with virtually all guns with locks held by bolts to the...
Forum: European Armoury 4th August 2020, 05:48 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 34,992
Posted By Philip
Thank you, Patrick, for all the info you have...

Thank you, Patrick, for all the info you have given us so far. Now about those grooves -- how many and when you shine a light inside, do they look straight or spiraled? Can you tell...
Forum: European Armoury 31st July 2020, 09:31 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,123
Posted By Philip
Parabens, Nando! A truly rare blade form (half...

Parabens, Nando!

A truly rare blade form (half waved from the forte, straight towards tip) in a European context. Fairly common, however, among south Philippine kalis (kris) short swords, that...
Forum: European Armoury 29th July 2020, 05:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 777
Posted By Philip
Hi, Cathey To address your comments: Thanks for...

Hi, Cathey

To address your comments:

Thanks for the clarification on hilt materials and construction. A picture is worth a thousand words, as they say, but looking at pictures can't compare with...
Forum: European Armoury 28th July 2020, 04:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 474
Posted By Philip
Wouldn't you like to have your custom gunsmith...

Wouldn't you like to have your custom gunsmith make one of these so you have one to put on a gun to shoot? I bet these things are quite efficient. It's probably the bulkiness of the mechanism...
Forum: European Armoury 28th July 2020, 04:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 474
Posted By Philip
fotos of the real thing

Hi, Udo

Here are two pieces to compare your pistol to. Top one is the gun by Raffaelo Verdiani referenced in the above post, this image in Blackmore's Guns and Rifles of the World, (1965), plate...
Forum: European Armoury 28th July 2020, 12:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 474
Posted By Philip
You have what is called a "segment"...

You have what is called a "segment" lock, which employs the partial arc of a wheel, in rotating fashion, to generate sparks from the pyrites. As GIO notes, it eliminates the need to wind up a wheel...
Forum: European Armoury 28th July 2020, 12:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 511
Posted By Philip
Thanks for the images and your very interesting...

Thanks for the images and your very interesting comment.

Regarding wood removal for a smaller lock recess in the side of the stock: the deep internal channels for the sear spring and arms would...
Forum: European Armoury 27th July 2020, 11:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 511
Posted By Philip
When I re-read this from your previous post, the...

When I re-read this from your previous post, the phrase "these characteristics" implies more than one thing -- are you talking about both the downward tail and a certain position of the half-cock...
Forum: European Armoury 27th July 2020, 02:27 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 974
Posted By Philip
Thanks for providing this! The sear is designed...

Thanks for providing this! The sear is designed just like on your lock. Did your friend provide any information on where this is from and when?

At this point, following up with the screws should...
Forum: European Armoury 27th July 2020, 05:27 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 34,992
Posted By Philip
Interesting! Is there a touchhole drilled into...

Interesting! Is there a touchhole drilled into one side of the barrel, at the rear, that connects with the bore? Any markings? How is the smaller-diameter "stem" in back attached -- does it...
Forum: European Armoury 27th July 2020, 05:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 511
Posted By Philip
stylistic precedence and tradition?

Having proposed a functional basis for the downward-tilting tails common on Portuguese patilhas in requirements dictated by gunstock fashions of the time, it might also be interesting to explore a...
Forum: European Armoury 27th July 2020, 04:34 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 511
Posted By Philip
functional rationale for "drooping tail"?

Here are images of a beautiful Portuguese gun made by court gunsmith Josť Malaquias da Costa in Lisbon in 1820, formerly in the Clay Bedford Collection, published by Wallace Gusler and James Lavin in...
Forum: European Armoury 27th July 2020, 02:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 511
Posted By Philip
Yes, I did notice that. But I attach two images...

Yes, I did notice that. But I attach two images of this feature on separate locks, one Spanish, the other Portuguese. The Spanish gun is by Salvador Zenarro, 1790 (image from W K Neal, op cit...
Forum: European Armoury 26th July 2020, 09:07 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 974
Posted By Philip
Two are definitely modern as noted below by Rick,...

Two are definitely modern as noted below by Rick, the third is questionable per present discussion.
Forum: European Armoury 26th July 2020, 09:05 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 974
Posted By Philip
Oh, the quote you posted is spot on, have seen...

Oh, the quote you posted is spot on, have seen the same thing cited by other authors including Lenk, Blackmore, et al. A complete example believed to be one of those converted guns is in the...
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