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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th December 2019, 04:08 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 9,351
Posted By Will M
I don't use oil on any of my collection, messy...

I don't use oil on any of my collection, messy and gets where you don't want it and gravity pulls it down. Boiled Linseed oil has chemicals in it so it hardens and dries, raw never dries. WD40 is a...
Forum: European Armoury 30th November 2019, 02:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 265
Posted By Will M
I can only compare your sword to a hanger I have...

I can only compare your sword to a hanger I have that is British circ 1790
The pommel has that extended tip or point facing downwards which is not typical of other swords.
I would say it's British...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st November 2019, 05:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 771
Posted By Will M
When it comes to militaria shows I find less than...

When it comes to militaria shows I find less than 1% of a large city attend, in fact 0.0001%. I base this on Toronto of 3 million and 300 people attend the Etobicoke show.
I think many collectors...
Forum: European Armoury 20th November 2019, 11:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 479
Posted By Will M
The inspection marking Crown/E/23, "E"...

The inspection marking Crown/E/23, "E" being Enfield. Most likely a Household Cavalry cuirasse. Very nice find, wish I had one!
Forum: European Armoury 14th November 2019, 03:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 702
Posted By Will M
I would think originally it had a flintlock...

I would think originally it had a flintlock mechanism. The wood appears to be later without a way to mount a mechanism.
Forum: European Armoury 6th November 2019, 06:42 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 967
Posted By Will M
The lettering could have been done somewhat...

The lettering could have been done somewhat hastily in the field when many regiments were together and needed ownership markings on their arms.
Anyone with minimum skills could be drafted to help...
Forum: European Armoury 5th November 2019, 11:01 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 967
Posted By Will M
In the link posted is this: "Another cast...

In the link posted is this:
"Another cast lion hilt in Neumann's to consider is attached below here. I have it handy as an example of brass work from another discussion. What is listed there as...
Forum: European Armoury 5th November 2019, 02:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 754
Posted By Will M
Any context to where it was found and when? i...

Any context to where it was found and when?
i would say not more than a century old.
The ball on the end could be a pivot point. It's not a weapon or part of one.
Forum: European Armoury 4th November 2019, 03:12 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 967
Posted By Will M
The sword is a British pattern and is a patent...

The sword is a British pattern and is a patent hilt design with the full tang visible through the grip.
Interesting the link shows the reference book as it's a French naval sword but actually a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th October 2019, 03:12 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,653
Posted By Will M
Silver solder creates a very strong bond. I've...

Silver solder creates a very strong bond. I've used silver solder many times and it can flow into areas and fill them. Heat is more than lead solder but I believe less than brazing. Difficult to find...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th October 2019, 01:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 974
Posted By Will M
I too have learned that lesson, never buy if the...

I too have learned that lesson, never buy if the seller uses GSP. Between Ebay fees and fees on the shipping costs it takes a 20% bite out of the sellers profits.
Ebay dreams up blanket restrictions...
Forum: European Armoury 20th October 2019, 03:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 711
Posted By Will M
Spanish Sidearm, Artillery or???

A recent find and so far and now know it is Spanish 1843p but I do not know what the markings signify on the crossguard. From what I've read it could be artillery, pioneers or infantry, possibly...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th September 2019, 02:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,420
Posted By Will M
In regards to British pattern swords, scabbards...

In regards to British pattern swords, scabbards can be as valuable as the sword itself. Swords are always priced lower when missing their scabbard.
I tend to pass on scabbard less swords and wait for...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th September 2019, 03:54 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,894
Posted By Will M
What use is a 16th century signature on a modern...

What use is a 16th century signature on a modern made sword? Reproduced proof markings also are fake as the weapon was never officially proofed. Whether old repros/fakes or modern these items are...
Forum: European Armoury 7th September 2019, 04:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,085
Posted By Will M
Wonderful find of a substantial breast plate....

Wonderful find of a substantial breast plate. Since this is not my area of collecting do you have any illustrations of what the soldier would look like wearing this plate? What type of swords would...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th September 2019, 02:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 688
Posted By Will M
Great results with the metal end. Try googling...

Great results with the metal end.
Try googling building a forge, should not be difficult for you. I would think more difficult to source the coal.
Forum: European Armoury 22nd August 2019, 03:21 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,231
Posted By Will M
Very nice find, the date 1776 is attractive to US...

Very nice find, the date 1776 is attractive to US collectors.
The join in the brass hilt is interesting, any idea why it is there? Possibly a repaired casting flaw? The wear from polishing on the...
Forum: European Armoury 20th August 2019, 01:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 885
Posted By Will M
The sword appears authentic, the grip ray skin...

The sword appears authentic, the grip ray skin covering replaced at some point and the back strap/pommel a replacement, a poor casting most likely from a copy of this pattern of sword. The guard at...
Forum: European Armoury 19th August 2019, 12:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 885
Posted By Will M
I agree the proved disc cannot be used to...

I agree the proved disc cannot be used to identify maker. It is possible this is a copy, the etching at the ricasso is indicative of these.
I would like to see photos of the blade etching and where...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th August 2019, 02:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,008
Posted By Will M
How was it decided a Tulwar blade without any...

How was it decided a Tulwar blade without any hilt? Looks like a French line cavalry blade (may have been altered) but no pic of the whole blade.
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 5th August 2019, 05:00 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,373
Posted By Will M
I find interesting items and put in low bids...

I find interesting items and put in low bids without looking until the auction is over. I recently won two items this way and both are worth 6x and more of what I paid in total. If you do not have a...
Forum: European Armoury 31st July 2019, 02:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,256
Posted By Will M
Unfortunately I did miss the museum in Rastatt....

Unfortunately I did miss the museum in Rastatt. Yes the base is long gone from when I was there in 1988/89 just before the wall came down.
I did enjoy driving the autobahn in my Mercedes, 220 kmh I...
Forum: European Armoury 30th July 2019, 01:53 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,256
Posted By Will M
Beautiful pistol from a beautiful city Baden...

Beautiful pistol from a beautiful city Baden Baden. I was there for a year on the Canadian base and regret not seeing more historical sites and searching out antique militaria. The art in their...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st July 2019, 09:38 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,184
Posted By Will M
It can seem as a scam when you know the actual...

It can seem as a scam when you know the actual price of shipping, a box and bubble wrap is inexpensive. You pay for the labour but they would be picking up many items in an auction making one or two...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st July 2019, 07:53 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,184
Posted By Will M
My last sword cost 134£ to pack and ship from the...

My last sword cost 134£ to pack and ship from the UK to Canada.
Once I bought a small lot of 3 kukri and they wanted 150£. I told them I have shipped boxes 3x the size for 100£ and they then dropped...
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