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Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 22nd August 2018, 11:34 AM
Replies: 4
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Posted By Madnumforce
Looks like an Italian "mannaia" (meat...

Looks like an Italian "mannaia" (meat cleaver). The all steel construction is common for butchery cleavers in France, but here both the blade shape and handle shape indicates an Italian...
Forum: European Armoury 10th August 2018, 09:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 911
Posted By Madnumforce
I don't have any expertise, but I'm...

I don't have any expertise, but I'm curious.
Having a plain, unfullered blade strikes me as a rather unusual feature on a light cavalry saber. Was it more common than I thought?
Also, the hilt has...
Forum: European Armoury 31st July 2018, 08:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 813
Posted By Madnumforce
Being a billhook collector, this is obviously a...

Being a billhook collector, this is obviously a late 19th, early 20th century billhook, and I would say very likely French. Germany doesn't have a great tradition of billhooks, and I may be wrong,...
Forum: European Armoury 31st July 2018, 08:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 547
Posted By Madnumforce
The two with a brass "branch and a...

The two with a brass "branch and a half" hilt are copies of the French 1821 infantry officer saber, the one with the largest grip being the more accurate. That's all I can say.
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 14th February 2018, 12:06 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,110
Posted By Madnumforce
I have two or three coupe-foins américains, I'll...

I have two or three coupe-foins américains, I'll check in what side is the front handle. I don't think it's very significant though, as precisely the coupe-foin américain should be held with the rear...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 14th February 2018, 09:38 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,110
Posted By Madnumforce
Yes, it's relatively frequent to see agricultural...

Yes, it's relatively frequent to see agricultural or woodworking tools sold as weapons on auction sites, but also in legitimate auctions, and even displayed as such in museums. Not only is there a...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 14th February 2018, 01:51 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,110
Posted By Madnumforce
I don't know if it can help, Fernando, but in...

I don't know if it can help, Fernando, but in French hay knives are called "coupe-foin", hay-cutters. And the one you have there is refered to in catalogs as "coupe-foin américain", as there were...
Forum: European Armoury 17th January 2018, 12:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,103
Posted By Madnumforce
The word...

The word "machaira"/"machaera" is indeed Greek in origin (μάχαιρα), and as far as I know it's still unclear what it referred to. From what I had read, it meant...
Forum: European Armoury 12th January 2018, 11:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,103
Posted By Madnumforce
Help to identify a machete-falchion-billhook thing

Hello there,

Since I know are very highly knowledgeable people round here, I would like to ask for your help. A while ago, I stumbled on Facebook by accident on a picture taken in an Italian museum...
Forum: European Armoury 1st January 2018, 10:47 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,720
Posted By Madnumforce
All this is rather interesting. Thank you...

All this is rather interesting. Thank you Fernando for the complementary information. I'm not that surprised that finally I discover a type of sword with a bent-over tang, but just the aspect of it,...
Forum: European Armoury 1st January 2018, 05:41 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,720
Posted By Madnumforce
I'm sorry, but as much as I'd like it to be true...

I'm sorry, but as much as I'd like it to be true (because this kind of folded tang is very often seen on French billhooks, and I search every bridge I can find between tools and swords), I find this...
Forum: European Armoury 1st January 2018, 05:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,476
Posted By Madnumforce
That's extremely interesting. Well, I'm not so...

That's extremely interesting. Well, I'm not so interested in maker's marks, but discovering the Spanish tradition is something new to me. It's amazing to see typically Spanish designs surviving in...
Forum: European Armoury 31st December 2017, 01:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,917
Posted By Madnumforce
No problem if you have French text to translate....

No problem if you have French text to translate. Best is doing it here on the forum so that everybody can benefit from it.

Actually, I have to admit that my only reference "book" is the complete 30...
Forum: European Armoury 31st December 2017, 12:00 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,917
Posted By Madnumforce
Oh damn. That's really just a case of a complete...

Oh damn. That's really just a case of a complete absence of a translation, or complete misunderstanding. The paragraph numbered 303, mentioning Coullier, describes the sword numbered as picture 14,...
Forum: European Armoury 30th December 2017, 12:54 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,917
Posted By Madnumforce
Mmmhhh...... I'm quite sceptical. It's a bit...

Mmmhhh...... I'm quite sceptical.

It's a bit difficult to know exactly with he means as he's using vague terms for things which are very specific, but what he's talking about sounds like it could...
Forum: European Armoury 29th December 2017, 02:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,917
Posted By Madnumforce
I'm not much versed into specific manufacturers,...

I'm not much versed into specific manufacturers, but after a brief search on Google, Coullier, successeur de Monsieur Pichon à Paris, doesn't seems to have any connection with sabers at all, only...
Forum: European Armoury 11th December 2017, 11:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,917
Posted By Madnumforce
It can also be described as a "petit...

It can also be described as a "petit Montmorency" (especially since it has a Montemorency blade), and can be refered to as "sabre de mineur", "sabre de Volontaire", "sabre de Garde Nationale", etc......
Forum: European Armoury 8th December 2017, 02:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 837
Posted By Madnumforce
This is really a magnificent briquet. For 50$,...

This is really a magnificent briquet. For 50$, you could practically have stolen it, it would make no difference.

But it's an oddball. I count 31 ribs on the grip. The An IX had 36, the An XI had...
Forum: European Armoury 1st December 2017, 12:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,059
Posted By Madnumforce
The etymology given for the word...

The etymology given for the word "cutlass" is partly wrong. Cutlass, in it's current form, comes directly from French "coutelasse"/"coutelace" (thus the double S in English, if it had come from the...
Forum: European Armoury 24th November 2017, 11:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,127
Posted By Madnumforce
I was rather suspicious of this style of...

I was rather suspicious of this style of "remplage" (don't know the name in English, it's the sculpted stonework inside a gothic window bay), so I looked around. The Fleur de lys is an unusual motif...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd November 2017, 08:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 651
Posted By Madnumforce
Hello Fernando and Benoît, First, sorry for not...

Hello Fernando and Benoît,

First, sorry for not having used the proper procedure for posting pictures. This will not happen in the future.

Second, thank you very much for the identification! But...
Forum: European Armoury 21st November 2017, 10:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 651
Posted By Madnumforce
Identifying an unknown, probably Austrian hanger

Hello,

This is probably my first post, but I badly need your knowledge to help me identify a rather peculiar (to me) short saber I bought at a flea market. The hilt really looks like that of the...
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