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Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 11:07 AM
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Posted By Will M
Once something like this sells for $180,000 and...

Once something like this sells for $180,000 and has been in a museum claiming such provenance the story will stick as truth. Really not much to go on since WW1 and WW2 left plenty of firearms in the...
Forum: European Armoury 13th June 2019, 05:57 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 877
Posted By Will M
These are great pieces of history. No reason to...

These are great pieces of history. No reason to doubt authenticity as tons of it is still in the ground. Seems they are digging up stuff for decades and more.
I have 93rd Highlander buttons from a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd June 2019, 02:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 755
Posted By Will M
Something about the very good blade quality and...

Something about the very good blade quality and fullering that says French to me.
Forum: European Armoury 19th May 2019, 11:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 683
Posted By Will M
Smaller worn items tend to survive because larger...

Smaller worn items tend to survive because larger people cannot use the item. Armour, cloth uniforms, belts etc. all the small ones tend to survive because they cannot be reused as larger pieces can...
Forum: European Armoury 30th April 2019, 03:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 649
Posted By Will M
Jim are you aware of other American swords that...

Jim are you aware of other American swords that have been marked with a troop and rack number? I can't find any references to them being marked but could well be a carry over of British standards for...
Forum: European Armoury 30th April 2019, 02:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 649
Posted By Will M
Jim yes I have those books and many more....

Jim yes I have those books and many more. Neumanns book has a German sword with virtually identical blade.
Seems my other 1700's sword also remains a one of a kind, pic below. Marked on the inner...
Forum: European Armoury 30th April 2019, 12:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 649
Posted By Will M
Jim I did find one German sword with very similar...

Jim I did find one German sword with very similar blade, the wider fuller beginning further down the ricasso. Could be German imported blade with British hilt?
I have not found any portraits yet...
Forum: European Armoury 29th April 2019, 09:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 649
Posted By Will M
No markings

No markings
Forum: European Armoury 29th April 2019, 08:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 649
Posted By Will M
1760-80's British Cavalry Sword

An interesting British cavalry sword with a slotted four bar hilt and bun pommel. Blade is 39 inches long. The blade fullering I have seen on 1750's swords so it may be earlier?
I have not been able...
Forum: European Armoury 20th April 2019, 12:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 803
Posted By Will M
I have 3 mandrels, previous Wilkinson's I picked...

I have 3 mandrels, previous Wilkinson's I picked up without knowing what they fit. I found that if not the exact one that they will not work very well.
You will need a specific mandrel. The cost of...
Forum: European Armoury 18th April 2019, 04:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 845
Posted By Will M
Looks like a keeper! Early swords are available...

Looks like a keeper!
Early swords are available but prices keep climbing, don't get talked out of it.
I don't collect such early swords but I did acquire a mortuary sword, the price was extremely...
Forum: European Armoury 11th April 2019, 02:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 843
Posted By Will M
I agree with Jim, leave as is and just stabilize...

I agree with Jim, leave as is and just stabilize any active rust. The lance head appears to have been cleaned with some type of acid, probably very corroded previously by the appearance of the...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 10th April 2019, 01:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 983
Posted By Will M
The Colt pictured or the similar S&W in 455...

The Colt pictured or the similar S&W in 455 could fit.
Teddys holster in his (crowded hour on San Juan hill) had a 38 Colt in it recovered from the sunken battle ship USS Maine in Cuba in 1898. It...
Forum: European Armoury 8th April 2019, 11:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 843
Posted By Will M
...

https://collections.royalarmouries.org/first-world-war/type/rac-narrative-82.html

A good link
Forum: European Armoury 8th April 2019, 09:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 843
Posted By Will M
The type of bamboo for lances is "male...

The type of bamboo for lances is "male bamboo" or "Calcutta bamboo".
This type is solid and not hollow and very stiff. The lance heads are numbered for size since bamboo does not grow to one size...
Forum: European Armoury 8th April 2019, 06:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 843
Posted By Will M
Here is an RCD marked lance butt and holder....

Here is an RCD marked lance butt and holder. Marked A/RCD/34/F/28
The tip has an inspection mark and Enfield mark.
Forum: European Armoury 8th April 2019, 06:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 843
Posted By Will M
The lance butt appears different in profile than...

The lance butt appears different in profile than the British made ones that have a longer pointed tip. The ring around the butt might be made of two parts on yours?
Forum: European Armoury 7th April 2019, 03:30 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,021
Posted By Will M
Possibly my premise is incorrect but if such a...

Possibly my premise is incorrect but if such a cannon ball (not more modern artillery) has not detonated in 200 years it's unlikely to do so now with normal handling. I just can't prescribe to...
Forum: European Armoury 6th April 2019, 03:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,021
Posted By Will M
Unlikely the cannon ball is still with a charge...

Unlikely the cannon ball is still with a charge but you cannot know without disassembly. Being so old any powder should have degraded.
With guidelines of the day followed these type cannon balls...
Forum: European Armoury 6th April 2019, 02:19 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,645
Posted By Will M
For 17th Lancer fans, the Death or Glory Boys!...

For 17th Lancer fans, the Death or Glory Boys! Quite possibly from the Crimea era.
Forum: European Armoury 5th April 2019, 10:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,021
Posted By Will M
As CSinTX suggests is spherical shrapnel, cannon...

As CSinTX suggests is spherical shrapnel, cannon balls with smaller balls inside with a charge to burst. http://thepirateking.com/historical/cannon_projectiles.htm
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th April 2019, 05:07 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,239
Posted By Will M
I am finding now that UK packing/shipping swords...

I am finding now that UK packing/shipping swords to Canada is in excess of £100 and this is not including Canadian taxes/duty.
Only once I purchased a lot with 4 items, smaller knives. The shipping...
Forum: European Armoury 4th April 2019, 12:18 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,021
Posted By Will M
the bronze plug would not spark while inserting...

the bronze plug would not spark while inserting it. Should be hollow for a charge.
Pre 1800 British cannon balls have a broad arrow mark deeply in them.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th February 2019, 08:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,295
Posted By Will M
Held up at customs is at least a plausible...

Held up at customs is at least a plausible answer. The govt. shutdown may be the cause. That they acknowledge your package is positive.
Since the beginning of Nov is a problem, I agree that you...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd December 2018, 12:13 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,324
Posted By Will M
Fernando that is a lovely blade. I believe it is...

Fernando that is a lovely blade. I believe it is all original as many 1803's had blades that differed in width, length and curvature. The false edge is interesting as it helps in a thrust but with...
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