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Forum: European Armoury 11th August 2019, 03:32 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 395
Posted By M ELEY
Pretty sure it's medical officer's sword. These...

Pretty sure it's medical officer's sword. These weapons fetch a pretty penny these days...

Ha! Jim, you and I nearly collided on that one!
Forum: European Armoury 5th August 2019, 11:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 491
Posted By M ELEY
Yeah, what Jim Said! :D In all seriousness, Jim...

Yeah, what Jim Said! :D In all seriousness, Jim has succinctly described this hanger to a 'T'. The German made blades of this period (late 17th/early 18th) often had king's head markings. Those...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd July 2019, 03:30 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,760
Posted By M ELEY
Now, that's what I'm talking about!! Sorry,...

Now, that's what I'm talking about!! Sorry, couldn't resist- :D As I mentioned, brass and bronze blunderbuss, particularly those on a swivel (rail gun) very popular with the naval men. Quite...
Forum: European Armoury 20th July 2019, 09:44 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,071
Posted By M ELEY
This is an amazing weapon, Fernando and it has...

This is an amazing weapon, Fernando and it has your name on it! Perhaps it was yours in a former life! :D ;) Not a gun person, but of course I must point out (if no one else previously has done...
Forum: European Armoury 17th July 2019, 07:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 667
Posted By M ELEY
Agreed! And now stabilized so the hilt won't...

Agreed! And now stabilized so the hilt won't crack more...
Forum: European Armoury 17th July 2019, 05:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 667
Posted By M ELEY
Normally, I'm not for restoring, but it wouldn't...

Normally, I'm not for restoring, but it wouldn't take too much to bring this fine midshipman's dress dirk back to form. I'd clean up the blade and use epoxy to stabilize the grip. Unless I could find...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 16th July 2019, 05:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 549
Posted By M ELEY
A total guess. Could it possibly be an Inuit...

A total guess. Could it possibly be an Inuit harpoon rest (inside the canoe?). The ivory walrus tusk? :shrug:
Forum: European Armoury 12th July 2019, 11:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 848
Posted By M ELEY
Nice knife! This one is a mystery, but I'll take...

Nice knife! This one is a mystery, but I'll take a stab. Obviously, the blade is a German import. The clipped point bowie-style blade type was popular in the Americas in the early 19th and later...
Forum: European Armoury 12th July 2019, 03:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 548
Posted By M ELEY
Very nice pike head and I do suspect that it is...

Very nice pike head and I do suspect that it is naval, as others have already pointed out. If this British item was indeed 'mustered' out, it could very easily have ended up sold in a private...
Forum: European Armoury 1st July 2019, 10:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 995
Posted By M ELEY
That is a very good point, Victrix, concerning...

That is a very good point, Victrix, concerning the dolphin/sea monster finial. I also wanted to immediately blurt out 'sea service' sword, but we all know my biases when it comes to that! Of course,...
Forum: European Armoury 29th June 2019, 07:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 995
Posted By M ELEY
How did I miss this one? Jasper, you've got a...

How did I miss this one? Jasper, you've got a great eye for cutlasses! This one is a real beauty! Unfortunately, I've nothing to add on your export theory. Seems plausible enough. Lord knows the...
Forum: European Armoury 29th June 2019, 07:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 708
Posted By M ELEY
Jim, I think you have done an amazing job of...

Jim, I think you have done an amazing job of noting the characteristics of Blackbeard as noted by his peers and other contemporary accounts. Your sheer amount of knowledge on the subject and keen...
Forum: European Armoury 19th June 2019, 01:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,392
Posted By M ELEY
Perhaps the handle is a more modern replacement?...

Perhaps the handle is a more modern replacement? The cross guard and blade seem to show honest aging. A nice piece, but also a puzzle- :shrug:
Forum: European Armoury 18th June 2019, 09:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,008
Posted By M ELEY
Excellent find, Lee! Is it yours? Not much to add...

Excellent find, Lee! Is it yours? Not much to add other than that many folks misunderstand the 'hammer' end and assume only tools had these. They could, of course, be used as such, but it is my...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th June 2019, 06:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 882
Posted By M ELEY
Hi Alan and thanks for the clarification. I am...

Hi Alan and thanks for the clarification. I am actually mortified by the fact that I took your quote of the 'she' to be an actual female!!! :o Now, in reference to the size of these larger lantaka,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th June 2019, 03:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 882
Posted By M ELEY
Thank you, Alan, for providing me with this...

Thank you, Alan, for providing me with this interesting tidbit. As a collector of 'all things pirate', I was unaware of the name of the small, double barreled lantaka that almost looks like a pistol...
Forum: European Armoury 7th June 2019, 08:51 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,119
Posted By M ELEY
Pirates of the Mississippi

Let us not forget others that carried such pieces. I know we've already discussed Lafitte briefly, but few have heard of the nefarious Harpe brothers and their bloodthirsty exploits on the Ohio and...
Forum: European Armoury 7th June 2019, 03:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 897
Posted By M ELEY
No expert, but I agree it looks legit. Love to...

No expert, but I agree it looks legit. Love to have a piece like this, even with the fix-ups. Congrats- :)
Forum: European Armoury 6th June 2019, 06:08 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,119
Posted By M ELEY
"Nando, you make me want to pack my bags and...

"Nando, you make me want to pack my bags and go right now! Just had a friend that went and did a cemetary tour of the city. She was completely blown away! I hear that the bar where Jean Lafette used...
Forum: European Armoury 4th June 2019, 05:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,119
Posted By M ELEY
:D :D :D You guys are cracking me up! Never...

:D :D :D You guys are cracking me up! Never been to New Orleans, but absolutely intend to some day. Jim, you brought up an excellent point with migrants bringing these types of dirks over from...
Forum: European Armoury 4th June 2019, 02:54 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,119
Posted By M ELEY
Hi Wayne. While no expert, this appears to be a...

Hi Wayne. While no expert, this appears to be a 19th c. "boot dagger" or gambler's dirk. They were a mode of self defense and popular in the Old West (American, that is). I'm sure with their...
Forum: European Armoury 1st May 2019, 03:33 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,348
Posted By M ELEY
Cerjak, what an amazing swivel you have! I have...

Cerjak, what an amazing swivel you have! I have always wanted to add one of these to my maritime/naval collection. These 'rail guns' were used both to attack an opposing ship via a broadside blast,...
Forum: European Armoury 29th April 2019, 10:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 831
Posted By M ELEY
A very nice 4-slot hilt! The shagreen wrapping in...

A very nice 4-slot hilt! The shagreen wrapping in excellent condition. I think your original dating to be correct, 1760-80. The bun pommel reminds me of those found on basket hilts from this period..
Forum: European Armoury 7th April 2019, 04:33 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,202
Posted By M ELEY
I see your point, Will. What I meant was to be...

I see your point, Will. What I meant was to be careful if deciding to cut into the casing itself. This is a popular action that both museums and some collectors do, to actually show the interior of...
Forum: European Armoury 7th April 2019, 03:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 729
Posted By M ELEY
Hi Ken, As Fernando said, it could be a toy due...

Hi Ken,

As Fernando said, it could be a toy due to its tiny size. That being said,I think it could still be a miniature signal gun. Some were indeed diminutive and were used to signal the hour on...
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