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Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 07:10 PM
Replies: 6
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Interesting item, and the European 'hunting...

Interesting item, and the European 'hunting sword' idea is I think pretty much spot on. The hilt shape recalls the couteau de chasse hunting hangers of the 18th century, while the blade seems very...
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 05:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 152
Posted By Jim McDougall
This type of Spanish colonial espada is most...

This type of Spanish colonial espada is most interesting as in form it leans more toward more traditional sword forms, but its primary curiosity is that these carry elements put together in a...
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 04:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 394
Posted By Jim McDougall
I am inclined to go with Mark's original...

I am inclined to go with Mark's original assessment of this unusual composite as most probably assembled in a colonial shop in one of the Spanish colonies and in the time period he suggested. These...
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 04:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 394
Posted By Jim McDougall
I am inclined to go with Mark's original...

I am inclined to go with Mark's original assessment of this unusual composite as most probably assembled in a colonial shop in one of the Spanish colonies and in the time period he suggested. These...
Forum: European Armoury 18th October 2018, 09:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 288
Posted By Jim McDougall
I will have to move toward correction as well as...

I will have to move toward correction as well as I was thinking that the application of this REEVES marking and BIRMN was not in the typical English manner, and that perhaps Spanish blades were being...
Forum: European Armoury 18th October 2018, 01:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 288
Posted By Jim McDougall
While not relevent specifically to the matter of...

While not relevent specifically to the matter of the nationality of this sword I was curious on the actual origin of this pattern M1821 form and it seems John Prosser, a London maker proposed the...
Forum: European Armoury 17th October 2018, 05:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 288
Posted By Jim McDougall
Q.E.D........if the original post had more...

Q.E.D........if the original post had more details indeed we may have less circuitous discourse. Just the same it is interesting to see a variant of a sword form recognized as the British M1821 light...
Forum: European Armoury 16th October 2018, 10:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 288
Posted By Jim McDougall
So then it WAS made in Spain......interesting...

So then it WAS made in Spain......interesting exercise in research. It would have been far less entertaining if we had this information in the original post explaining why this was a Portuguese...
Forum: European Armoury 16th October 2018, 06:25 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,535
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you Midelburgo, outstanding detail which I...

Thank you Midelburgo, outstanding detail which I have not seen and valuable to add to our understanding of these Spanish and Mexican swords.
Forum: European Armoury 16th October 2018, 06:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 288
Posted By Jim McDougall
I have only seen one of these offered by a very...

I have only seen one of these offered by a very reputable dealer.....who I will not name as there are notable restrictions regarding commercial traffic here. In this case it was virtually identical...
Forum: European Armoury 16th October 2018, 03:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 288
Posted By Jim McDougall
Surely an anomaly. Charles Reeves is believed to...

Surely an anomaly.
Charles Reeves is believed to have begun with partner Joseph Greaves in 1829. While the blade marking is inconsistent with the manner of stamping blades at this time...usually on...
Forum: European Armoury 15th October 2018, 09:36 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,535
Posted By Jim McDougall
Yes.....should have added the title.

Yes.....should have added the title.
Forum: European Armoury 11th October 2018, 09:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 325
Posted By Jim McDougall
BV, A very nice example of these cavalry sabres...

BV,
A very nice example of these cavalry sabres which are getting to be harder to find.
If you collect British cavalry swords you might consider "Swords of the British Army" by Brian Robson which was...
Forum: European Armoury 9th October 2018, 02:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 550
Posted By Jim McDougall
With these kinds of sword finds, I always hope...

With these kinds of sword finds, I always hope for further discussion as to better classification and period to join with the sound provenance of its location of discovery. The speculations as to how...
Forum: European Armoury 8th October 2018, 03:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 541
Posted By Jim McDougall
Nicely researched Mark, and reflects the years of...

Nicely researched Mark, and reflects the years of material archived here and many places online. While very 'old school' and still drawn to my books, there is so much data online continually...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th September 2018, 04:42 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 954
Posted By Jim McDougall
Jens, This is a fascinating topic and while not...

Jens,
This is a fascinating topic and while not always conducive to weapon study per se' it does represent well the warriors who used these arms in battle. In many cases, particularly it seems in...
Forum: European Armoury 11th September 2018, 09:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 636
Posted By Jim McDougall
Cap'n Mark.......stay safe my friend, batten them...

Cap'n Mark.......stay safe my friend, batten them hatches. Hoping all will be OK with that big'n looming off the coast.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th September 2018, 03:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,080
Posted By Jim McDougall
I just wanted to echo the congratulations,...

I just wanted to echo the congratulations, appreciation and respect to Ed for this outstanding work on the conundrums of the kaskara, which actually preempted Reed in JAAS (1987) and held material...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd August 2018, 06:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 810
Posted By Jim McDougall
I cannot express the sadness in the passing of...

I cannot express the sadness in the passing of this true Southern gentleman, whom along with Jens I have known for many years in communications. While his entries were not prolific, his contributions...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd July 2018, 03:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 970
Posted By Jim McDougall
While I cannot comment on the rarity of this...

While I cannot comment on the rarity of this example of the weapons termed 'throwing knives' in Central to East African regions, it is a very attractive one. It seems that while there are certain...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th June 2018, 05:01 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,207
Posted By Jim McDougall
I think avoiding the name game is advisable, as...

I think avoiding the name game is advisable, as has been noted, these type blades (i.e. stabbing, thrusting, armor piercing etc.) have been known in various countries and cultures. As with blades of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th June 2018, 06:13 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,207
Posted By Jim McDougall
The good thing about Tirri's book is that its a...

The good thing about Tirri's book is that its a great collectors handbook, and shows examples of a wide spectrum of weapons that typically come up in sales etc. This is one of the anomalies in that...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th June 2018, 03:02 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,080
Posted By Jim McDougall
That is an extremely well placed question, which...

That is an extremely well placed question, which has come up many times.I think the explanation is in degree as complex, but in the short version.....it is trade that is the conduit which brought the...
Forum: European Armoury 18th June 2018, 05:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,883
Posted By Jim McDougall
Hi Bryce, It remains a mystery, the actual...

Hi Bryce,
It remains a mystery, the actual purpose or meanings of these capital letters at the forte in these blades.
Bezdek ("Swords & Sword Makers of England and Scotland", 2003) notes on p.32 that...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th June 2018, 02:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,024
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you Victrix :) As noted, heavy polishing...

Thank you Victrix :)

As noted, heavy polishing does take is toll over many years, and a high polish was always favored on blades as well as dramatic sharpness of course.
The plate I posted was to...
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