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Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 02:01 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,713
Posted By M ELEY
Incredible topic and quite fascinating! I agree...

Incredible topic and quite fascinating! I agree with Jim that these 'memorials' are a much better fate to these historically important items. Reminds me of the tomb of Otway Burns, a famous privateer...
Forum: European Armoury 13th November 2020, 03:53 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 902
Posted By M ELEY
I agree with Philip. I hate it when you can't...

I agree with Philip. I hate it when you can't even get close enough to study the details of a collection. Reminds me of the living room at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville (Yeah, the 'living room' I...
Forum: European Armoury 21st October 2020, 05:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 964
Posted By M ELEY
Shayde, you mentioned the possibility it is...

Shayde, you mentioned the possibility it is marked? Interesting. Perhaps a very conservative cleaning of the area you suspect?? :shrug:
Forum: European Armoury 19th October 2020, 11:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 964
Posted By M ELEY
Excellent discussion, gentlemen! I have also...

Excellent discussion, gentlemen! I have also always been drawn like a moth to the flame with these Spanish colonial pieces. What they may lack in their refinement (compared to their European...
Forum: European Armoury 18th October 2020, 10:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 964
Posted By M ELEY
Thanks, Jim. I was lucky enough to win this one...

Thanks, Jim. I was lucky enough to win this one on an eBay auction quite a while back. I had never thought about the subtle nuances in the decoration to this item. The 'refinements' do stand out from...
Forum: European Armoury 16th October 2020, 10:33 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 964
Posted By M ELEY
Victrix, you bring up an excellent point and it...

Victrix, you bring up an excellent point and it is possible that we are looking at saltwater errosion here. While many of these types were made from various odds and ends the smiths could come by in...
Forum: European Armoury 16th October 2020, 04:05 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 964
Posted By M ELEY
Great piece with terrific character!! Not much...

Great piece with terrific character!! Not much more to add than what Jim has already succinctly covered. They were indeed from the Spanish Main during the later era of piracy and have naval...
Forum: European Armoury 15th October 2020, 10:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,196
Posted By M ELEY
I like this model very much, Norman. That is a...

I like this model very much, Norman. That is a true fighting blade and not just a 'show of rank' dress blade. Nice and sturdy weapon!
Forum: European Armoury 5th October 2020, 04:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,713
Posted By M ELEY
The more and more I look at this sword, I love...

The more and more I look at this sword, I love her!! Just an amazing piece of history. Jim, I think you hit it on the head when you mention the assortment of folks that really made up the Jacobite...
Forum: European Armoury 30th September 2020, 09:10 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,212
Posted By M ELEY
Despite the commonness of the briquet, i think...

Despite the commonness of the briquet, i think the history behind it is quite fascinating. Already, I have been illuminated by information presented by others here. For a munitions grade weapon, this...
Forum: European Armoury 29th September 2020, 09:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,713
Posted By M ELEY
This is an amazing basket, Jim! Either way you...

This is an amazing basket, Jim! Either way you look at it, such a sword could have been used in the "45". You bring up a compelling argument concerning the possible usage of French blades melded with...
Forum: European Armoury 28th September 2020, 09:07 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,212
Posted By M ELEY
Arrggh! Wayne, you are killing me! No, actually...

Arrggh! Wayne, you are killing me! No, actually this is good information and it supports my earlier point that not all anchor-stamped swords are necessarily naval, but apparently some of the briquets...
Forum: European Armoury 28th September 2020, 02:23 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,212
Posted By M ELEY
Wow, 'Nando! Thank you very much for this...

Wow, 'Nando! Thank you very much for this information! I have seen that very mark (the anchor stamp) on the more common briquet patterns, but assumed they were not necessarily proof of naval usage-...
Forum: European Armoury 28th September 2020, 12:38 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,212
Posted By M ELEY
Amazing back story!!

Wow, Jim! That is an incredible unfolding story on your briquet! It is always extremely satisfying when one can pin down an origin, maker, time period or battle-used item so succinctly! Glad you...
Forum: European Armoury 7th September 2020, 12:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 6,628
Posted By M ELEY
Awesome to finally pinpoint any smith's marking...

Awesome to finally pinpoint any smith's marking or arsenal stamp on ANY piece! Helps to build the historic record and fill in the puzzle pieces! Good work, Casey!
Forum: European Armoury 15th August 2020, 06:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,909
Posted By M ELEY
Hello Ahmad. Judging from the files you...

Hello Ahmad. Judging from the files you originally uploaded, I am of the opinion that your weapon is an espada of Spanish colonial manufacture. The flat tang with side slats and rivets are classical...
Forum: European Armoury 25th July 2020, 05:55 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,654
Posted By M ELEY
Other possible areas to expand one's...

Other possible areas to expand one's searches...

A variant form of Jim Bowie's amazing design is the so-called "Arkansas toothpick". If I recall, they didn't have the the clipped point, but were...
Forum: European Armoury 25th July 2020, 05:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,048
Posted By M ELEY
To me, it appears to be what you indicated. A...

To me, it appears to be what you indicated. A hunting knife made from a cut-down German sword. This was not an uncommon event at all. I have a British naval dirk ca. 1800 with an old sword cut-down...
Forum: European Armoury 19th July 2020, 04:20 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,564
Posted By M ELEY
Of course!! :o Forgot my Old Testament for a...

Of course!! :o Forgot my Old Testament for a minute there!
Forum: European Armoury 18th July 2020, 06:13 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,564
Posted By M ELEY
Absolutely incredible reference material from...

Absolutely incredible reference material from this time period, Shayde! Thank you so very much for posting it! It is not only a monstrously important volume due to its historical reference, but also...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th July 2020, 10:51 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,851
Posted By M ELEY
This is still a hard one to pinpoint. I was sort...

This is still a hard one to pinpoint. I was sort of imagining an Igorot spear, but if so, it would have been cut down and had the two curved 'spines' removed at the back. It is indeed possible that...
Forum: European Armoury 5th July 2020, 11:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,654
Posted By M ELEY
Looking back at the base of the blade near the...

Looking back at the base of the blade near the guard, you'll note the separate distinctive forte that says to me this isn't a cut-down espada sword, but always a dagger-style blade. I am unaware of...
Forum: European Armoury 5th July 2020, 10:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,654
Posted By M ELEY
Wow!!!

Holy crap, Colin!!! That is a beautiful bowie knife!! Judging from the style of the blade and hilt (I am NO expert, but have handled a few over the years), I'd say it could range from 1830's (based...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th July 2020, 08:48 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,851
Posted By M ELEY
Exactly, Shayde, concerning origin. You are right...

Exactly, Shayde, concerning origin. You are right about the tombak and the beautiful pamour to those spear heads. I also agree concerning the Spanish Albacete style hilt, but with Spanish and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th July 2020, 03:55 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,851
Posted By M ELEY
Hello Richard. I also had wondered about a...

Hello Richard. I also had wondered about a repurposed spear-head, but was afraid to propose it as it is not my area of expertise. I've had a dagger fashioned from a Malay spear-head and I know such...
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