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Forum: European Armoury 19th October 2021, 08:41 PM
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Jim, I think you hit the nail on the head...

Jim, I think you hit the nail on the head regarding the Pandours and the curious notch on the sword. Franziskus Freiherr von der Trenck must have been a remarkable man. I read what purports to be his...
Forum: European Armoury 18th October 2021, 07:04 PM
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Posted By Victrix
Everyoneís dream :cool::D

Everyoneís dream :cool::D
Forum: European Armoury 17th October 2021, 08:50 PM
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Posted By Victrix
Hi Jim, Thank you so much for posting photos of...

Hi Jim, Thank you so much for posting photos of your interesting pandour sword! In fact it’s the first time I see what it really looks like, as I had only seen Wagner’s drawing of it before. It’s...
Forum: European Armoury 17th October 2021, 03:38 PM
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Posted By Victrix
Maybe it’s the Bavarian Pottenstein :D Note...

Maybe it’s the Bavarian Pottenstein :D

Note that there is a senior and a junior Melchior Steiner (see the text). The factory was started by the uncle and continued with the nephew (knighted)...
Forum: European Armoury 17th October 2021, 01:03 PM
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Posted By Victrix
There would be no Pottenstein blades marked as...

There would be no Pottenstein blades marked as such prior to 1765 as the previous factory was based in Sollenau (see text).

The gilding would be reserved for Army officers, not private estate...
Forum: European Armoury 17th October 2021, 09:55 AM
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Posted By Victrix
In the 18thC Austria manufactured sword blades...

In the 18thC Austria manufactured sword blades mainly in Pottenstein and Weiz. Melchior Steiner started production of sword blades in Pottenstein (lower Austria) in 1765. He successfully competed...
Forum: European Armoury 16th October 2021, 09:21 PM
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Posted By Victrix
This is Pottenstein in lower Austria. See:...

This is Pottenstein in lower Austria. See: https://www.biographien.ac.at/oebl/oebl_S/Steiner_Melchior_1762_1837.xml
Forum: European Armoury 10th October 2021, 10:37 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,906
Posted By Victrix
My sword is only good for pricking with in its...

My sword is only good for pricking with in its current condition. In the early 20thC Swedish Dragoons were trained in cut and thrust sabre (more correctly termed pallash) fencing. First they received...
Forum: European Armoury 10th October 2021, 09:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 841
Posted By Victrix
Hi Jim, I first learned about this Bosnian...

Hi Jim, I first learned about this Bosnian alphabet in this forum, see post #51: http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=14049&page=2. I understand it was used primarily in the territory of...
Forum: European Armoury 9th October 2021, 01:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,906
Posted By Victrix
Here are some pictures of my unsharpened...

Here are some pictures of my unsharpened pallasch. In Sweden itís defined as Cavalry Sabre m/1893 for Officers. The blade is in good quality steel with two fullers. Although the tip is sharp the...
Forum: European Armoury 9th October 2021, 12:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 841
Posted By Victrix
An observerís comment on an inscription on a...

An observerís comment on an inscription on a schiavona once alerted me to the now extinct Bosnian Cyrillic language: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bosnian_Cyrillic. ĒAfter the Ottoman conquest,...
Forum: European Armoury 9th October 2021, 12:06 PM
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Views: 841
Posted By Victrix
Hi Jim, This is a curious sword. The blade...

Hi Jim,

This is a curious sword. The blade has a kind of concave shape like a sickle and I wonder how it would be handled. Perhaps almost like scythe?
Forum: European Armoury 6th October 2021, 07:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 614
Posted By Victrix
Iím not an expert on this but typically I believe...

Iím not an expert on this but typically I believe these 17thC swords have pommels with a button, on top of which the tang is peened. You should then see a round flattened sphere at the top of the...
Forum: European Armoury 6th October 2021, 04:15 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,906
Posted By Victrix
I have a pallasch from an ancestor who was an...

I have a pallasch from an ancestor who was an officer in the Kungliga Norrlands Dragoner in early 20thC which is unsharpened. I believe the reason for this is that the swords were only sharpened for...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd October 2021, 01:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,025
Posted By Victrix
Kronckew, that looks extremely smart! :eek: Now I...

Kronckew, that looks extremely smart! :eek: Now I need to figure out where to get hold of a k.k portepee to complete the look, following your example. I will make another washer for the sword as...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd October 2021, 09:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,025
Posted By Victrix
Jim, I share your sentiment completely, and like...

Jim, I share your sentiment completely, and like the wider and more businesslike blades. But in this particular case I fell for the eagle decoration on the guard. I believe Austro-Hungarian cavalry...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd October 2021, 08:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,025
Posted By Victrix
The slits are for the wrist cord/portapee. Looks...

The slits are for the wrist cord/portapee. Looks rather smart in my opinion. Itís not easy to see properly, but it seems most of the soldiers in the photos wear the cord in the prescribed manner.
Forum: European Armoury 2nd October 2021, 03:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,025
Posted By Victrix
Hi Jim, Many thanks for your comments. This...

Hi Jim,

Many thanks for your comments. This is the officers’ version of the M1869 and a private purchase. The cavalry trooper’s sabre has a 3.6cm wide blade and a simpler guard perforated with...
Forum: European Armoury 25th September 2021, 02:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,025
Posted By Victrix
Austro-Hungarian cavalry sword M1869

I recently acquired an Austro-Hungarian Imperial and Royal (k.k.) cavalry sabre M1869 for officers. Itís a nickelplated version with scabbard. Thereís a fuller down one side of the 83.5cm long blade...
Forum: European Armoury 29th August 2021, 06:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,258
Posted By Victrix
I so wish I had met Ewart Oakeshott!:eek: I have...

I so wish I had met Ewart Oakeshott!:eek: I have read many of his outstanding books and am a big fan. It’s a great sword. It must have seen a lot. Pity it’s so hard to see the letters. The sequence...
Forum: European Armoury 28th August 2021, 07:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,658
Posted By Victrix
For sure I would love a copy as well. ;)

For sure I would love a copy as well. ;)
Forum: European Armoury 2nd August 2021, 08:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,955
Posted By Victrix
At the Wallace Collection: ” “War Hammer...

At the Wallace Collection:

” “War Hammer (CzŠkany), with a square, stepped, hammer-head with a square face and moulded neck, balanced by a long, slightly drooping, fluted beak. Short, socket...
Forum: European Armoury 1st August 2021, 09:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,968
Posted By Victrix
If I recall correctly I have seen a snake makerís...

If I recall correctly I have seen a snake makerís mark attributed to Milan.
Forum: European Armoury 26th July 2021, 08:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,758
Posted By Victrix
Armour used by machine gunners apparently....

Armour used by machine gunners apparently. Perhaps it accounts for the enlarged arm opening on the right hand side? Otherwise I speculate it could be to swing and throw stick grenades.
Forum: European Armoury 19th July 2021, 08:56 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,006
Posted By Victrix
Quoted from Britannica: Ē Sekhmet, also spelled...

Quoted from Britannica: Ē Sekhmet, also spelled Sakhmet, in Egyptian religion, a goddess of war and the destroyer of the enemies of the sun god Re... Like other fierce goddesses in the Egyptian...
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