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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd February 2021, 01:28 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
You bet Joe, Im glad I could add something...

You bet Joe, Im glad I could add something useful, and welcome the opportunity to learn more on these aspects of these weapons.
Actually, while many of these symbols, motifs and decorations exist in...
Forum: European Armoury 20th February 2021, 03:42 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 719
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you Fernando.

Thank you Fernando.
Forum: European Armoury 20th February 2021, 02:21 AM
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Views: 719
Posted By Jim McDougall
All very interesting. If I may interrupt the...

All very interesting. If I may interrupt the discussion, in the original post the question concerning four swords is asked. I seem to have missed something, what art work are these from? At least for...
Forum: European Armoury 19th February 2021, 07:06 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 719
Posted By Jim McDougall
I would be inclined to agree with you on this,...

I would be inclined to agree with you on this, but it is not the case of inability to recreate details of certain personal weapons in portraiture of those times, but the insistence of the artist to...
Forum: European Armoury 19th February 2021, 01:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,027
Posted By Jim McDougall
Very true Fernando. It is often perceived that...

Very true Fernando. It is often perceived that the highly embellished swords worn in the courts and dress events of those days were inadequate for any sort of defense. However, as you well note, in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th February 2021, 12:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,129
Posted By Jim McDougall
Joe, these observations on the possible meanings...

Joe, these observations on the possible meanings in the marking motif on the blade of your nimcha are most interesting. While my earlier comments on these kinds of markings were somewhat pragmatic,...
Forum: European Armoury 19th February 2021, 02:11 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,027
Posted By Jim McDougall
These military officers swords were designed...

These military officers swords were designed 'after' the styling of the civilian smallsword in general at the end of the 18th century,and carrying forth the traditional styling as favored by the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th February 2021, 06:57 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,129
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you Joe, it is interesting looking into...

Thank you Joe, it is interesting looking into these sabers which we know as 'nimcha' , but are actually simply termed in the Arab world, sa'if. As shown by Charles Buttin (1933), these Arab sabers...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th February 2021, 08:39 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,129
Posted By Jim McDougall
I have always found the 'Maghrebi' sa'if (known...

I have always found the 'Maghrebi' sa'if (known as nimchas) fascinating and attractive swords. Teodor (TVV) has studied these probably more than anyone else I know and frankly I have learned a great...
Forum: European Armoury 17th February 2021, 01:25 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 2,000
Posted By Jim McDougall
Capn, this is the best insight and perspective on...

Capn, this is the best insight and perspective on the weaponry typically used on vessels yet, and literally describes the nature of the quality issues as well as reasons for it or lack therof. As we...
Forum: European Armoury 16th February 2021, 02:09 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,027
Posted By Jim McDougall
Absolutely Mark! Officers, no matter in what...

Absolutely Mark!
Officers, no matter in what units they were in, had their share of small swords. At sea , the officers were not expected to participate in melee or combat, but to direct. As you...
Forum: European Armoury 15th February 2021, 10:06 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,027
Posted By Jim McDougall
I think it was probably Aylward (1945) who noted...

I think it was probably Aylward (1945) who noted these were of military dress type, but of course evolved from civilian dueling swords with apocryphal connections to John Phillip, a flamboyant...
Forum: European Armoury 12th February 2021, 07:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 358
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you so much Norman for these other...

Thank you so much Norman for these other examples, and Fernando for the insights into the term savate.
I agree these rather formidable looking weapons served as more a visual threat and...
Forum: European Armoury 9th February 2021, 07:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 389
Posted By Jim McDougall
Hi Bryce, Thank you very much for these insights....

Hi Bryce,
Thank you very much for these insights.
it seems Robson mentions early in the century that the crowned view or acceptance process used numbers for certain makers for example '9' for Gill...
Forum: European Armoury 9th February 2021, 06:18 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 2,000
Posted By Jim McDougall
Oh UDO!!! :)

Oh UDO!!! :)
Forum: European Armoury 8th February 2021, 11:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 389
Posted By Jim McDougall
It seems these large capital letters may have to...

It seems these large capital letters may have to do with the intrigue laden circumstances of the American eagle pommel swords period, which was roughly 1793-1815. After going through the outstanding...
Forum: European Armoury 7th February 2021, 09:32 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 2,000
Posted By Jim McDougall
Well noted Fernando, and thank you for sending me...

Well noted Fernando, and thank you for sending me details on activity in Liege where indeed certain weapon forms were commissioned and would have been marked at factory. Its always interesting to see...
Forum: European Armoury 7th February 2021, 09:23 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 2,000
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you Richard for noting this, apparently the...

Thank you Richard for noting this, apparently the markings have a bit more dimension having these factors set the variation with black powder, nitro and other terms pretty much unknown to the...
Forum: European Armoury 7th February 2021, 09:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 358
Posted By Jim McDougall
Apache knuckleduster pistol 1860s France

In the late 1950s I recall becoming aware of a bizarre French dance in a movie where the 'tough guy' would pretty much toss the girl partner around like a rag doll, sort of a full contact...
Forum: European Armoury 6th February 2021, 10:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 389
Posted By Jim McDougall
As Adrian has noted, according to Robson (1996),...

As Adrian has noted, according to Robson (1996), the viewing marks were:
B= Birmingham
BR= Birmingham repair
E= Enfield
L=Liege
S=Solingen
W=Wilkinson

These used from c. 1820 and were a crown over...
Forum: European Armoury 6th February 2021, 09:00 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 2,000
Posted By Jim McDougall
This is an excellent article Norman!!! Thank...

This is an excellent article Norman!!! Thank you!

This means that these familiar sea service pistols made in Belgium were well in use by this time (1815). Typically a 'pattern' or 'model' of a...
Forum: European Armoury 6th February 2021, 08:33 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 2,000
Posted By Jim McDougall
Naturally that is sensum communem that the Liege...

Naturally that is sensum communem that the Liege shops would not place anchors or any such defining symbol on the weapons they produced, as I have always thought of this arms center as producing a...
Forum: European Armoury 6th February 2021, 06:23 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 2,000
Posted By Jim McDougall
Hi Norman, Thank you so much for entries from...

Hi Norman,
Thank you so much for entries from this resource. I must say that while have studied swords most of my life, firearms have always seemed to elude me, so this great discussion is quite a...
Forum: European Armoury 6th February 2021, 04:06 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 2,000
Posted By Jim McDougall
From Blackmore, "British Military...

From Blackmore, "British Military Firearms", 1962,
"...but with the end of the war the demand for arms dropped dramatically. The Birmingham branch was the first to suffer. In 1814 the staff was...
Forum: European Armoury 5th February 2021, 11:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 406
Posted By Jim McDougall
OK Philip!!I was right with ya with Wallace, the...

OK Philip!!I was right with ya with Wallace, the japanning etc.......but what the!!? elephant exposure????
Something my Highland ancestors did not leave to me in their memoirs? :)
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