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Forum: European Armoury 16th October 2017, 06:47 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,950
Posted By Raf
A myth revisited ?

Just in case the link vanishes here are a few stills to complete the thread.
Forum: European Armoury 12th October 2017, 09:59 AM
Replies: 291
Views: 5,322
Posted By Raf
I dont know whether this of interest but I bought...

I dont know whether this of interest but I bought this sad little sword the other day. The blade definitely qualifies as hollow ground but isnt Colichemarde type.
Forum: European Armoury 4th January 2017, 05:38 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,143
Posted By Raf
Identifying early steel plate

Hi Marcus.
I think the first thing to look for is flaws and inclusions in the plate . Most genuine armour will show some stress cracks , flaws and other imperfections that are part of the material...
Forum: European Armoury 11th November 2015, 05:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,416
Posted By Raf
Thanks Marcus . So to be absolutely clear the...

Thanks Marcus . So to be absolutely clear the smaller iron cored projectiles have a diameter of around 2.5 cm , 1 inch imperial . About the bore of an average anti personnel hand - cannon of the...
Forum: European Armoury 11th November 2015, 03:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,416
Posted By Raf
Of course your right . Makes no sense as an...

Of course your right . Makes no sense as an armour piercing projectile unless someone digs up a smaller version. Simply mis read Marcus ( very clear ) description. Still intrigued by the square...
Forum: European Armoury 11th November 2015, 01:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,416
Posted By Raf
I am sure someone will have made this observation...

I am sure someone will have made this observation before, but one interpretation of clod shot is that it is an early, and probably quite instinctual, appreciation of the principle of armour piercing...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 10th November 2015, 04:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,400
Posted By Raf
Thanks for that . I will try to be less oblique...

Thanks for that . I will try to be less oblique in future.
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 9th November 2015, 10:29 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,400
Posted By Raf
I chose the words romantic and kinaesthetic with...

I chose the words romantic and kinaesthetic with some care. The classic definition of romanticism being action contemplated in repose. That is a reflection on an experience containing an element of...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 5th November 2015, 07:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,400
Posted By Raf
3--2-1 .

Admit it . For some of us our obsession with ancient firearms developed as children from the romance of history and in a simple kinesthetic delight in things that go bang. . So here as nostalgia for...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd November 2015, 08:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,599
Posted By Raf
I have one similar to Cerjaks but put together...

I have one similar to Cerjaks but put together in a more naive way. It was described by Bonham's as a reproduction of a funery helmet in a seventeenth century style . Which seemed a little odd ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th July 2015, 09:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,358
Posted By Raf
A while ago I posted this barrel in the European...

A while ago I posted this barrel in the European forum. It had been faked up as a European matchlock so the pan and cover are modern. The muzzle looked Indian but the strange lump to the breech and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th July 2015, 01:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,046
Posted By Raf
Hi . 1. The ramrod doesn't go all the way through...

Hi .
1. The ramrod doesn't go all the way through but it is a detachable rod ; not just carved in the stock
2. Its nailed
3 . Attached. Note what was a rather well executed pierced side plate ; the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th July 2015, 10:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,046
Posted By Raf
An early ottoman pistol ?

Anyone brave enough to take a stab at dating this one ? And perhaps give an opinion on wether the dating criterion we might apply to European firearms ( lock shape , lack of frizzen bridle , cock...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th July 2015, 11:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,588
Posted By Raf
Hi . Sorry I cant help you much with the barrel...

Hi . Sorry I cant help you much with the barrel mark. I have two of these guns both of which have stamped European looking marks ( a T within a diamond and numbers ) but the barrels are not I think...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd July 2015, 10:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,631
Posted By Raf
Sorry to labour the point . If we are going to...

Sorry to labour the point . If we are going to assume the diagonal line across the lock plate is an external mainspring then in both miquelet and toe locks the mainspring starts being roughly...
Forum: European Armoury 2nd July 2015, 09:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,631
Posted By Raf
A comparison with one of our Algerian toe locks...

A comparison with one of our Algerian toe locks shown cocked and viewed at a similar oblique angle . Surely it has to be a toe lock which is one of the simplest and probably earliest form of...
Forum: European Armoury 27th June 2015, 10:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,659
Posted By Raf
To clarify . The picture I posted was from a...

To clarify . The picture I posted was from a 1760s sea service lock in order to show the lack of a frizzen bridle and the distinctive shape of the termination of the frizzen spring. Two features...
Forum: European Armoury 27th June 2015, 01:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,659
Posted By Raf
Im happy with the GR and crown . True it doesn't...

Im happy with the GR and crown .
True it doesn't conform to normal markings on an ordnance issue but I think we are agreed this isn't an ordnance musket ( no broad arrow or acceptance stamps ) but...
Forum: European Armoury 27th June 2015, 12:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,162
Posted By Raf
I agree but if you look at the relationship...

I agree but if you look at the relationship between the GP and the crown on the 1702 version the crown is considerably larger than the GP and on my version it is the other way round . I never know...
Forum: European Armoury 26th June 2015, 11:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,659
Posted By Raf
Surely the give away here is the lack of a...

Surely the give away here is the lack of a frizzen bridle and the pointed leaf shaped termination of the frizzen spring . Both characteristics of sea service muskets not seen on the regulation Brown...
Forum: European Armoury 25th June 2015, 07:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,162
Posted By Raf
Guess you take your choice. Personally I would...

Guess you take your choice. Personally I would rather go on style.
Forum: European Armoury 25th June 2015, 10:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,162
Posted By Raf
Barrel for comment

This sad relic turned up the other day.From an early cannon barrelled turn off flintlock. Clear London proof marks. Decoration on English firearms is unusual and in this case consists of a sort of...
Forum: European Armoury 11th November 2014, 06:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,878
Posted By Raf
The most significant thing about this find might...

The most significant thing about this find might well turn out to be the humble lump of pyrites itself. Assuming that is that pyrites was unearthed with the gun . Pyrites varies hugely in its form...
Forum: European Armoury 7th November 2014, 08:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,608
Posted By Raf
Congratulations . Nice find ; very Pirates of the...

Congratulations . Nice find ; very Pirates of the Caribbean. Before someone else points it out the stock looks early pattern Brown Bess but without details of the inletting for the missing brass work...
Forum: European Armoury 26th October 2014, 11:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,176
Posted By Raf
The whole question of period screws seems under...

The whole question of period screws seems under researched which is surprising since it is a good guide to confirming dating and spotting 'restorations'. I would describe these tools as...
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