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Forum: European Armoury Today, 12:56 AM
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Posted By M ELEY
Excellent pistols indeed! These types might have...

Excellent pistols indeed! These types might have seen service with the Corsairs as well!
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 24th February 2021, 08:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 266
Posted By M ELEY
Sorry! Didn't mean pot metal but cast iron, hence...

Sorry! Didn't mean pot metal but cast iron, hence the later date. If it's forged, though, it must have some official use. I like it...whatever it is! :D
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 24th February 2021, 03:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 266
Posted By M ELEY
Looks Japanese to me. I've seen that design...

Looks Japanese to me. I've seen that design before (the triangle and also the point resembling something I've seen on Samurai helmet?) Pot metal? Late Meiji period, but what is it? A symbolic staff?
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 22nd February 2021, 06:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 305
Posted By M ELEY
OPPS! Sorry, Rick! My sleep-weary eyes are...

OPPS! Sorry, Rick! My sleep-weary eyes are playing tricks! Just got off pulling 4 twelve hour night shifts and I'm seeing leprechauns right now! I'll keep your invite in mind if I can ever make my...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 22nd February 2021, 12:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 305
Posted By M ELEY
Incredible quote, Will! I am unfamiliar with that...

Incredible quote, Will! I am unfamiliar with that particular verse and will definitely have to look that one up!

The thing about Sam Bellamy is that although he was a pirate, there are no records...
Forum: European Armoury 21st February 2021, 05:41 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,239
Posted By M ELEY
Thank you both for posting these great...

Thank you both for posting these great contributions to this thread. I particularly like the naval pattern spadroons, of which I haven't yet added to my maritime collection. I've always been drawn to...
Forum: European Armoury 17th February 2021, 08:00 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,239
Posted By M ELEY
Very fine example! Now would you say this...

Very fine example! Now would you say this Portuguese smallsword was decorated based on French 1st Empire style? I'm guessing that this styling, having affected so many other countries, inspired the...
Forum: European Armoury 17th February 2021, 03:33 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,239
Posted By M ELEY
Absolutely beautiful examples, Fernando! True...

Absolutely beautiful examples, Fernando! True works of art in their design! I find it fascinating to see the divergence in forms, not only in function (rapier versus much lighter smallsword) but in...
Forum: European Armoury 17th February 2021, 05:42 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 2,439
Posted By M ELEY
Hello Jim and thanks for your comments. I was...

Hello Jim and thanks for your comments. I was just thinking about even the food that the sailors were subjected to as a reference to the penny-pinching involved in the navies and ships of the era....
Forum: European Armoury 16th February 2021, 10:28 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 2,439
Posted By M ELEY
Interesting you mention this, Norman, going back...

Interesting you mention this, Norman, going back to this gun's primary function. Private purchase weapons were always made on the cheap, often to be used only in a pinch and often at the cheapest...
Forum: European Armoury 16th February 2021, 03:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 477
Posted By M ELEY
Thank you all for commenting on the piece. I had...

Thank you all for commenting on the piece. I had also noticed the 'feathered/eyed' hammer found on many percussion pieces of the period. I am leery on taking the gun apart to look at the lock from...
Forum: European Armoury 16th February 2021, 02:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 477
Posted By M ELEY
Thank you, Fernando K and Adrian, for your input....

Thank you, Fernando K and Adrian, for your input. Adrian, you are correct that the lock on mine has no filled holes and the existing lock fits snugly. I guess the reason I thought perhaps a...
Forum: European Armoury 16th February 2021, 12:26 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,239
Posted By M ELEY
Thank you, Jim, for shedding light on the topic....

Thank you, Jim, for shedding light on the topic. I also know that (believe it or not! :D), smallswords went to sea. Spanish naval officers were reported to wear these as dress and while they probably...
Forum: European Armoury 15th February 2021, 06:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,239
Posted By M ELEY
Very nice sword pair, Norman! particularly like...

Very nice sword pair, Norman! particularly like the example with the colichemarde blade! I had also read somewhere that the plain smallswords, many blackened, were NCO or 'sergeant' swords? I've had...
Forum: European Armoury 15th February 2021, 06:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 477
Posted By M ELEY
[QUOTE=fernando]If it is a conversion work, is...

[QUOTE=fernando]If it is a conversion work, is very well 'disguised', Mark.
Trying to get it back to flint is an option; which i wouldn' adopt myself.
It is admitable that a gun converted to...
Forum: European Armoury 15th February 2021, 03:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 477
Posted By M ELEY
More pics...

Some more pics of the pistol-
Forum: European Armoury 15th February 2021, 03:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 477
Posted By M ELEY
Old flintlock conversion to percussion

Here is a pistol that started me into collecting over 30 years ago. I received it from a great uncle and I must confess that I didn't pay it too much attention as I assumed it was a target pistol and...
Forum: European Armoury 15th February 2021, 01:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 676
Posted By M ELEY
The designs to the bone, a dot within a circle,...

The designs to the bone, a dot within a circle, is a decoration used primarily in ethnographic settings (I know! After you got it moved over here!!). I agree with the others as far as the second and...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 14th February 2021, 08:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 305
Posted By M ELEY
Pirate remains from the Whydah!!

Wow! This is incredible! The wreck was found many years ago, but these are the first substantial remains discovered...

https://www.yahoo.com/huffpost/black-sam-pirate-skeletons-101726435.html
Forum: European Armoury 12th February 2021, 09:02 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 2,439
Posted By M ELEY
Of course, Rick! You bring up a good point; more...

Of course, Rick! You bring up a good point; more than one Acheron! Which means the marking could be legit. I was thinking of THE Acheron of Nelson's era-
Forum: European Armoury 10th February 2021, 09:09 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 2,439
Posted By M ELEY
Ahh, the Achercon! If only it were not spurious!...

Ahh, the Achercon! If only it were not spurious! :mad:
I finally took the barrel off of mine, but the only marking on it was 'HK'...
Forum: European Armoury 10th February 2021, 04:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 454
Posted By M ELEY
Whew!! I'm just relieved that this isn't a...

Whew!! I'm just relieved that this isn't a surprise test...I forgot to study! :D :rolleyes:
Forum: European Armoury 9th February 2021, 05:00 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 2,439
Posted By M ELEY
You guys are killing me! We had only one day of...

You guys are killing me! We had only one day of snow here in the southern U.S. I am also hoping for some clarity on the Liege markings. I am still convinced that some of these pistols date to the...
Forum: European Armoury 8th February 2021, 03:15 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 2,439
Posted By M ELEY
I've handled an old Bannerman catalog many years...

I've handled an old Bannerman catalog many years ago and actually took a tour on the Hudson, sailing right past the remnants of his castle complex. His catalogs actually contained a lot of amazing...
Forum: European Armoury 8th February 2021, 01:56 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 2,439
Posted By M ELEY
Danish pirates!

Just another interesting tidbit going on during the time these pistols started hitting the market. Hey, I gotta get in my pirate barb whenever I can, right!:D Just saying that these pistols, if...
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