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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th August 2014, 07:10 AM
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Posted By M ELEY
Mine looked like yours on top, but it had an...

Mine looked like yours on top, but it had an interesting half-circle shape to the end of the haft. I think you are right concerning which of the two examples are older. The Malaitans, BTW, were quite...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th August 2014, 12:35 AM
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Views: 502
Posted By M ELEY
Very nice clubs with rich patina. Not my area of...

Very nice clubs with rich patina. Not my area of expertise, but I used to own one exactly like these and according to Edge-Partington's Ethnographic guide, they are from Malaita in the Solomans. Mine...
Forum: European Armoury 27th July 2014, 04:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 447
Posted By M ELEY
It seems inconceivable how events sometimes fall...

It seems inconceivable how events sometimes fall into place. It is shocking and incredibly sad that the death of one man, even a great one, could spark a conflict that would kill the equivelant...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd July 2014, 04:47 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 689
Posted By M ELEY
Yes, Fernado, perhaps you should send it my way...

Yes, Fernado, perhaps you should send it my way so I can carefully see if it fits in with my naval collection...for classification purposes only, I swear! :D ;) :cool:
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 22nd July 2014, 04:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 612
Posted By M ELEY
I've never seen...ahem, restraints like this...

I've never seen...ahem, restraints like this before, but I agree that they do appear very old. 19th c? Like nothing we used over here in the States. I've seen slave shackles, Old West handcuffs and...
Forum: European Armoury 21st July 2014, 12:33 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 514
Posted By M ELEY
Wow, Jim! Incredible work! You are by far the...

Wow, Jim! Incredible work! You are by far the most frequent enlightener when it comes to mystery things! I've often seen pole head types with the open seam and questioned how they could have...
Forum: European Armoury 20th July 2014, 08:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 429
Posted By M ELEY
Must have missed this one! Very nice, rustic...

Must have missed this one! Very nice, rustic piece of Spanish colonial manufacture! Just my kind of sword! It brings up thoughts of piracy and the Spanish Main! I would concur that it would be...
Forum: European Armoury 20th July 2014, 08:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 514
Posted By M ELEY
Nice pieces! Definitely period and not fakes....

Nice pieces! Definitely period and not fakes. Question is, what are they? While it is possible that they might be boarding pike heads, they don't fit the standard patterns seen on regulated British...
Forum: European Armoury 20th July 2014, 08:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 689
Posted By M ELEY
Hi Fernando, Per our discussion, I'm still apt to...

Hi Fernando,
Per our discussion, I'm still apt to believe that a piece like yours (beautiful, BTW) might have seen later sea service. Ivory grips, while unpopular on dueling pieces, were common on...
Forum: European Armoury 12th July 2014, 03:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 717
Posted By M ELEY
Yes, Michael, I must admit I'm a bit of a lurker...

Yes, Michael, I must admit I'm a bit of a lurker these days! But I do very much enjoy reading all of the posts from folks (rather like a daily newspaper, but much more interesting- ;) :D )

Rick!...
Forum: European Armoury 11th July 2014, 12:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 371
Posted By M ELEY
A great site with lots of material! Thanks, S!

A great site with lots of material! Thanks, S!
Forum: European Armoury 11th July 2014, 12:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 717
Posted By M ELEY
Forgot to comment on these haunting and...

Forgot to comment on these haunting and spectacular images! Thanks, Michael, for posting them!
Forum: European Armoury 3rd July 2014, 04:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 308
Posted By M ELEY
Opps! Sorry, mate! Wow! I envy you if you...

Opps! Sorry, mate! Wow! I envy you if you actually possess such a piece. I wasn't paying close enough attention to the dimensions of the piece. Hmm...an oar securer?
Forum: European Armoury 3rd July 2014, 12:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 308
Posted By M ELEY
Keep in mind, Dana, that these rampart guns were...

Keep in mind, Dana, that these rampart guns were more than flintlocks, but true monsters! They put them on a swivel on purpose to pack a wallop without disabling the shooter's arm! Swivel guns such...
Forum: European Armoury 1st July 2014, 01:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 409
Posted By M ELEY
Good work, Dana! As mentioned, the brass-hilted...

Good work, Dana! As mentioned, the brass-hilted French swords of that period were all very similar. The briquet and its many patterns are a study unto themselves. The marine model absolutely fits the...
Forum: European Armoury 29th June 2014, 01:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 409
Posted By M ELEY
Great! Looking forward to more pics!

Great! Looking forward to more pics!
Forum: European Armoury 28th June 2014, 03:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 409
Posted By M ELEY
Ha! I found it! Its a m1767 French Grenadiere...

Ha! I found it! Its a m1767 French Grenadiere sword. Remember that in this time period, there were no specific models of naval swords for any nation. Officers carried whatever pleased their own...
Forum: European Armoury 28th June 2014, 03:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 409
Posted By M ELEY
Awesome shipwreck find! You've probably heard me...

Awesome shipwreck find! You've probably heard me spout off in the past about how fascinating these types of items are. As you surmised, this appears to be the brass hilt (note the greenish blue...
Forum: European Armoury 20th June 2014, 02:58 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 459
Posted By M ELEY
Unbelievable!!!! I could only be so lucky! I've...

Unbelievable!!!! I could only be so lucky! I've been trying to land a swivel gun over the past decade and here we have a chap that finds one in a deserted building!! I think I'll take up renovating-...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 20th June 2014, 02:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 401
Posted By M ELEY
Beautiful old patina to the wood, whatever it...

Beautiful old patina to the wood, whatever it is!? Definitely very old. Robert could be right with his fid possibility. I'm thinking nautical as well, possibly a cauking wedge for finishing out a...
Forum: European Armoury 12th June 2014, 11:15 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,632
Posted By M ELEY
WOW! I want to be friends with Miqueleter!! I...

WOW! I want to be friends with Miqueleter!! I love shipwreck pieces, as they define a moment captured in time and usually under terrible (but historic) circumstances. Very nice piece!

BTW, anyone...
Forum: European Armoury 12th June 2014, 02:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 534
Posted By M ELEY
Ah, Norman, I think you do have a point here!...

Ah, Norman, I think you do have a point here! 'Nando has a spectacular collection of rapiers and cuphilts along with cannons and bombards! Coincidence?? I think not! There were Portuguese pirates off...
Forum: European Armoury 11th June 2014, 03:46 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 940
Posted By M ELEY
I'm wondering just how far back the fleur-de-lis...

I'm wondering just how far back the fleur-de-lis really goes on English blades?! I've personally seen at least two of the so-called 'doghead' Englsh naval swords (brass cast monster/dog gripped) from...
Forum: European Armoury 11th June 2014, 03:35 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 534
Posted By M ELEY
I'm right there with you on this one, Jim! The...

I'm right there with you on this one, Jim! The hanger remained popular with officers in the infantry, army and navy as well. The lack of a typical hunting motiff might hint at an officer's piece....
Forum: European Armoury 11th June 2014, 03:30 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,632
Posted By M ELEY
My Caribbean cuphilt

www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=17232

Just wanted to post this to show the mushroom-style pommel, welded bars of the guard and horn checkered grips. Examples of the 4-sided checkering of...
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