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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th June 2014, 09:25 AM
Replies: 15
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Posted By Matt Easton
Many thanks Olikara, this is very useful. I will...

Many thanks Olikara, this is very useful.
I will let you all know if I find any connections.

Thanks!
Matt
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th June 2014, 06:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,311
Posted By Matt Easton
Many thanks gentlemen. Yes the Sanskrit letters...

Many thanks gentlemen.
Yes the Sanskrit letters seemed to be IPI to me, or perhaps IPE. I had not looked into EPE. Unfortunately though, those letters do not match any officer of the Coldtream Guards...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th June 2014, 04:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,311
Posted By Matt Easton
Hi Jim, The Coldstream Guards never went to...

Hi Jim,
The Coldstream Guards never went to India, but they fought in the Crimean War in 1854-56 and a lot of the officers purchased new swords (and revolvers) around that time as a result. However,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th June 2014, 03:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,311
Posted By Matt Easton
Hi Greg - yes my assumption has generally been...

Hi Greg - yes my assumption has generally been that it was the owner's initials, but I was coming up with IPI or IPE, which matches none of the possible owners (there only being a limited number in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th June 2014, 12:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,311
Posted By Matt Easton
This doesn't mean anything to anyone...

This doesn't mean anything to anyone here?
Regards,
Matt
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th May 2014, 03:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,678
Posted By Matt Easton
Thanks guys, very interesting. So this may have...

Thanks guys, very interesting. So this may have been added fairly crudely to what seems an basic-quality tulwar appeal to a Muslim buyer who probably wouldn't be able to read anyway?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th May 2014, 06:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,311
Posted By Matt Easton
Indian script on British sword

Hi guys,
I was wondering whether the following script means anything to anyone here? I believe that the letters equal I-F-E (probably) in phonetic English? Perhaps these equate to initials (though I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th May 2014, 06:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,678
Posted By Matt Easton
Strange symbol on tulwar blade?

Hi folks - below is a nice simple tulwar of decent quality that has come into my hands. The blade is nicely made, with one full on one side and twin fullers on the other, it is sharp and flexible...
Forum: European Armoury 1st May 2014, 02:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,235
Posted By Matt Easton
Yeomanry cavalry, I would say. Brass hilts of...

Yeomanry cavalry, I would say. Brass hilts of this general form were quite popular for yeomanry between about 1800 and 1825. The grip looks like a replacement.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd February 2014, 06:45 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 8,343
Posted By Matt Easton
Thanks Jim. Yes I think the imitation of European...

Thanks Jim.
Yes I think the imitation of European marks may well have led to these crosses, just as with the eyelash marks so often seen.

What do you make of marks like this though, lifted from...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th February 2014, 09:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 8,343
Posted By Matt Easton
Interesting that - I have seen EIG on...

Interesting that - I have seen EIG on firearms:

http://imageshack.us/a/img11/8808/bnm1.jpg

Though these marks I'm referring to are nothing to do with European or imitation European stamps - as...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th February 2014, 07:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 8,343
Posted By Matt Easton
Thanks Steve, I'll go and have a read.

Thanks Steve, I'll go and have a read.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th February 2014, 03:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,368
Posted By Matt Easton
Archer, I have a similar (though different shape)...

Archer, I have a similar (though different shape) mark on an Indian blade of mine and am also curious to know if these are makers' stamps (which is what I believe them to be).
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th February 2014, 03:37 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 8,343
Posted By Matt Easton
Thanks. Yes I have doubted the 'killing marks'...

Thanks.
Yes I have doubted the 'killing marks' explanation for those crosses as well. Though if they aren't that, I wonder what they are?
I have come across Indo-Persian sources talking about testing...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th February 2014, 02:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 8,343
Posted By Matt Easton
An official rule? I'm not really asking...

An official rule? I'm not really asking specifically about this tulwar, but rather tulwars in general, but anyway, here is the rest of that sword :)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th February 2014, 12:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 8,343
Posted By Matt Easton
Tulwar stamped blade mark question

Hi folks,
I come across quite a lot of tulwars here in the UK and many of them have blade markings which I would like to understand a bit more about.

For example, some better quality blades seem to...
Forum: European Armoury 21st October 2013, 12:56 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,448
Posted By Matt Easton
Some videos about weapons, fencing and other things

Hi guys,
I've been making a few videos recently for fun, about a fairly wide range of topics that some of you might be interested in.
For examples -
Different ways hilts are attached to sword tangs:...
Forum: European Armoury 27th April 2013, 09:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,908
Posted By Matt Easton
They are not uncommon. If you Google search...

They are not uncommon. If you Google search British bandsman's sword you will find quite a lot of examples.

I'll be honest, something about this example doesn't look correct to me. I don't want to...
Forum: European Armoury 27th April 2013, 04:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,908
Posted By Matt Easton
Hi, This is a cavalry bandsman's sword, marked to...

Hi,
This is a cavalry bandsman's sword, marked to the 2nd West India regiment (ie. Caribbean, not India).
This type of sword was carried by bandsmen from around 1820 to the late-19th century.
Matt
Forum: European Armoury 26th April 2013, 05:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,449
Posted By Matt Easton
Fantastic! Many thanks - This was the lead I...

Fantastic! Many thanks - This was the lead I needed - apparently it is a typical style of hilt used in Brazil and called a Sorocaba. So I guess mine is, as stated, made in England for the Brazilian...
Forum: European Armoury 25th April 2013, 06:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,449
Posted By Matt Easton
Many thanks - Googling this maker does turn up...

Many thanks - Googling this maker does turn up another knife - this example is described by the dealer as probably being for the South American market - it has a similar hilt ferule/bolster, though...
Forum: European Armoury 24th April 2013, 05:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,449
Posted By Matt Easton
A bowie knife by Sauerland

Hi all,
I picked up this bowie knife recently. It is big, with a 12.5 inch blade (17.5 inch overall) and the hilt is a kind of pistol grip design, with a groove for the little finger and a weighted...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd April 2013, 12:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,175
Posted By Matt Easton
Thanks David, I got one essentially free in an...

Thanks David,
I got one essentially free in an auction lot of other items I wanted, so I'm not bothered if this is a tourist piece and not worth much. :)
Thanks very much for the info - I knew I had...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd April 2013, 08:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,175
Posted By Matt Easton
Dagger identification

Hi guys, if possible could you please tell me where this kind of dagger comes from?
Thanks in advance.
Forum: Swap Forum 13th April 2013, 11:22 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,534
Posted By Matt Easton
New book covering British and colonial combat accounts

D.A.Kinsley's new edition, Swordsmen of the British Empire, with an introductory essay by Matt Easton of Schola Gladiatoria (me) - http://www.fioredeiliberi.org/swordsmen-of-the-british-empire/

The...
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