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Forum: European Armoury 6th November 2019, 03:39 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 10,445
Posted By M ELEY
Hi Jim!

Hello Jim and good to hear from you. Wow, I had almost forgotten about this old post! Has it really been almost 10 years??! Getting old! Unfortunately, I don't have that sword anymore. It was a nice...
Forum: Swap Forum 3rd November 2019, 11:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,897
Posted By M ELEY
New novel

Hello folks! Haven't updated this in a while. My new novel (4th in the Pirate Straits series) is out on Amazon and Kindle. Lots of pirates, action/adventure, history, pirates, weaponry/fighting,...
Forum: European Armoury 26th October 2019, 02:43 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,374
Posted By M ELEY
I assumed that not ALL weapons had the ban, just...

I assumed that not ALL weapons had the ban, just stilettos based on their concealability and assumed use as an 'assassin's weapon', much as switchblade knives were/are illegal in parts of the U.S.
Forum: European Armoury 24th October 2019, 08:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,971
Posted By M ELEY
Hello Alex. Sorry for the late reply!! I must...

Hello Alex. Sorry for the late reply!! I must have missed your posting. I am still under the belief that yours is also a 'French style'. Neumann has several pictured in 'Swords and Blades of the...
Forum: European Armoury 5th October 2019, 10:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 587
Posted By M ELEY
An exceptional and thorough article, David! Thank...

An exceptional and thorough article, David! Thank you for posting it here for us 'sea-fairers'! In regards to your next article on the American types, be sure to check out Hartzler's book on American...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd October 2019, 10:10 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,374
Posted By M ELEY
Awesome to see the real deal, my friend! I am...

Awesome to see the real deal, my friend! I am green with envy! :cool:
Forum: European Armoury 30th September 2019, 06:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 709
Posted By M ELEY
Point well taken, Wayne. It's just so hard to say...

Point well taken, Wayne. It's just so hard to say with these type pieces. A blacksmith-made weapon and primitive nature is not what's in question. I think Ibrahiim's point is a question of actual age...
Forum: European Armoury 30th September 2019, 04:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 709
Posted By M ELEY
Hello Ibrahiim and good to hear from you. Well,...

Hello Ibrahiim and good to hear from you. Well, you do have a point there. Hard to tell without the item in hand (yes, I know. The ole fall-back :eek: )
Forum: European Armoury 30th September 2019, 01:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 709
Posted By M ELEY
Here are two examples from my collection. The...

Here are two examples from my collection. The first has interesting iron-work bars to the hilt with an over sized horn grip.

The second is a takeoff of the m1728 pattern, with a homemade wooden...
Forum: European Armoury 30th September 2019, 01:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 709
Posted By M ELEY
The workmanship of Spanish colonial can be both...

The workmanship of Spanish colonial can be both bizarre and quite creative. When in a fix, they knew how to improvise. Because of the 'ersatz' nature of these pieces, it can cause much confusion in...
Forum: European Armoury 29th September 2019, 04:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 709
Posted By M ELEY
Hmmm...Out of my comfort zone to usually reply on...

Hmmm...Out of my comfort zone to usually reply on such pieces, but my first impression was that it was a fantasy-type reproduction of a Spanish main gauche. Old, certainly, but odd and exaggerated in...
Forum: European Armoury 26th September 2019, 07:09 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,374
Posted By M ELEY
Awesome piece, Fernando! Looks like the real deal...

Awesome piece, Fernando! Looks like the real deal to me as well! Any numbers on the blade? (Gunner's piece?)-
Forum: European Armoury 22nd September 2019, 08:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,083
Posted By M ELEY
Congratulations again, Jean-Luc, on finding the...

Congratulations again, Jean-Luc, on finding the provenance on this amazing piece! One could only be so lucky!
Forum: European Armoury 8th September 2019, 10:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 940
Posted By M ELEY
I love this breastplate, Fernando! As armor isn't...

I love this breastplate, Fernando! As armor isn't my forte, I'll just say that if I collected such, this is exactly the type of piece I'd seek; munitions-grade worn by the troops in the field and not...
Forum: European Armoury 1st September 2019, 09:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 774
Posted By M ELEY
I think its safe to guess that it is indeed a...

I think its safe to guess that it is indeed a dirk, judging from where the pommel would have screwed onto the tang. The trefoil blades were seen on some naval pieces, as David pointed out. Likewise,...
Forum: European Armoury 21st August 2019, 05:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,091
Posted By M ELEY
Thanks for the fascinating link, Peter!

Thanks for the fascinating link, Peter!
Forum: European Armoury 11th August 2019, 04:32 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 973
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 6th August 2019, 12:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 857
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, 04:30 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,299
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, 10:44 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,609
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, 08:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,122
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, 06:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,122
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, 06:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,447
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 13th July 2019, 12:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,090
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, 04:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 799
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...
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