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Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 11:00 PM
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M. Thierbach book

Does anyone know if the work 'Die Geschichtliche Entwicklung Der Handfeuerwaffen [Historical Development of Firearms], 1965, by M. Thierbach is available English?
Forum: European Armoury 12th April 2022, 09:28 PM
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Posted By adrian
Barnett was one of several sizable & lasting...

Barnett was one of several sizable & lasting gunmakers who would make up affordable guns from obsolete ex Ordnance parts that they acquired. A good example is a rifled 'carbine' that I catalogued...
Forum: European Armoury 19th January 2022, 07:38 PM
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Posted By adrian
The common use of cast iron versus the rare use...

The common use of cast iron versus the rare use of cast steel in this period aside the two metals display markedly different corrosion characteristics and these guns have every appearance of being...
Forum: European Armoury 18th January 2022, 08:28 PM
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Posted By adrian
With the description 'cast steel' do you actually...

With the description 'cast steel' do you actually mean 'cast iron' ?
Forum: European Armoury 15th January 2022, 07:48 PM
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Posted By adrian
Aren't these too heavy/massive for swivels ......

Aren't these too heavy/massive for swivels ... and no aiming tail

At only 65cm long & about 35mm bore these are of correct size for swivel guns & although some swivel guns had an integral 'tail',...
Forum: European Armoury 15th January 2022, 12:20 AM
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Posted By adrian
I think you will find that the two main uses for...

I think you will find that the two main uses for guns of such small nature was either as swivel guns, whether on a boat, ship or fort's rampart or as largely decorative arms in stately manors,...
Forum: European Armoury 14th January 2022, 07:45 PM
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Posted By adrian
I have been involved, directly and indirectly, in...

I have been involved, directly and indirectly, in a number of restorations some of which have included new trunnions and the guns that are subject of this post do not appear to have welded on...
Forum: European Armoury 12th January 2022, 06:50 PM
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Posted By adrian
Their small size suggests that they may have been...

Their small size suggests that they may have been intended as swivel guns.
Forum: European Armoury 10th December 2021, 06:58 PM
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Posted By adrian
This sea bed recovered piece has suffered severe...

This sea bed recovered piece has suffered severe spalling of the surface metal, as is typical of untreated salvaged iron objects, it is not a result of very rough forging. I would suggest 18th or...
Forum: European Armoury 6th November 2021, 08:21 PM
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Views: 7,436
Posted By adrian
House of Commons Parliamentary Papers Online.

House of Commons Parliamentary Papers Online.
Forum: European Armoury 19th September 2021, 09:17 PM
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Views: 2,140
Posted By adrian
Hi Bade, in the detailed discourse about this...

Hi Bade, in the detailed discourse about this same pistol on British Militaria Forum you noted that "Thanks for all the support and further information. In the right light, I can definitely see the...
Forum: European Armoury 13th September 2021, 08:39 PM
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Views: 2,967
Posted By adrian
A stunning collection & those photos are great,...

A stunning collection & those photos are great, thank you.
Forum: European Armoury 11th July 2021, 09:12 PM
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Posted By adrian
Hi Will, It is certainly an intrigue. I don't...

Hi Will,
It is certainly an intrigue. I don't think the word that looks like "steel" can be "Med", it is not how the "M" was written & the "d" at the end is very unlike his "d" at the end of...
Forum: European Armoury 10th July 2021, 09:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,315
Posted By adrian
I'm guessing that Gren could be Gen for general...

I'm guessing that Gren could be Gen for general officers?

There is unquestionably an r in that word.

I am not a sword expert, was there a pattern of sword specifically for Grenadier Guards...
Forum: European Armoury 10th July 2021, 10:32 AM
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Views: 3,315
Posted By adrian
I read it as: Sword steel hilt...

I read it as:

Sword steel
hilt Grenadr ((the r (it might be an 'e') is super script which this forum's text range will not allow me to do)) - short for 'Grenadier'
(the next word baffles...
Forum: European Armoury 9th July 2021, 09:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,315
Posted By adrian
What is somewhat unclear is the Wilkinson blade...

What is somewhat unclear is the Wilkinson blade proof page, some of it has not been deciphered yet.

There would be a reasonable number of forum members who regularly wade through copperplate in...
Forum: European Armoury 15th June 2021, 09:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,946
Posted By adrian
There is no real way that I am aware of that will...

There is no real way that I am aware of that will determine when it was made, it could be 50 years old or 150. Those are not proof marks, merely decoration stamped by its maker.
Forum: European Armoury 14th June 2021, 08:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,946
Posted By adrian
It is a model of a mortar, and represents their...

It is a model of a mortar, and represents their general style rather than being an exact scale model. It has been cast & then turned on a lathe, the band around the trunnions still has the as cast...
Forum: European Armoury 12th June 2021, 09:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,539
Posted By adrian
As far as the etched numerals, can we assume...

As far as the etched numerals, can we assume these are rack numbers? Troop numbers?

Those were assembly marks, or "Reassembly identifying marks" (RIMs), and were common on products that included...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd June 2021, 11:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,692
Posted By adrian
Thank you for posting that.

Thank you for posting that.
Forum: European Armoury 30th May 2021, 09:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,487
Posted By adrian
It is also interesting that male bamboo is used...

It is also interesting that male bamboo is used for the shaft and male bamboo is solid, not hollow.
Forum: European Armoury 29th May 2021, 11:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,487
Posted By adrian
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Forum: European Armoury 24th March 2021, 08:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,435
Posted By adrian
If I oil it, is there any risk that the oil...

If I oil it, is there any risk that the oil undermines the delaminated areas an increase delamination?

The best treatment is to wax it with a microcrystalline wax such as museums use for metals,...
Forum: European Armoury 15th February 2021, 09:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,029
Posted By adrian
I know itís made by Ezekiel Baker and the guy I...

I know itís made by Ezekiel Baker and the guy I bought it off of showed me the tower mark

Ezekiel Baker died in 1836 and if this pistol is from after that, as it seems, then it will be his family...
Forum: European Armoury 15th February 2021, 09:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,600
Posted By adrian
I agree with all Fernando K's comments and I...

I agree with all Fernando K's comments and I would also go further re the original configuration of this pistol to state that I think it has not been converted from flint. I see no sign of the holes...
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