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Forum: European Armoury 4th February 2016, 03:27 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 667
Posted By M ELEY
Of course! Northern ports of call! That one...

Of course! Northern ports of call! That one slipped past my tired brain! Likewise, a pawned item lost to debts or gambling makes total sense.Totally sound argument on the disrespect for edged weapons...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd February 2016, 12:23 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 667
Posted By M ELEY
That was great work, CC! And Fernando for...

That was great work, CC! And Fernando for confirming that the mark existed from that article. Considering the date of manufacture, we can rule out War of 1812 and privateering.

What's left? A...
Forum: European Armoury 29th January 2016, 04:29 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 445
Posted By M ELEY
I'm inclined to believe Fernando K is correct...

I'm inclined to believe Fernando K is correct here. Check out this old thread concerning imported pistols from Europe going to the Barbary States (Turkey, Algiers, etc). Those odd markings match...
Forum: European Armoury 25th January 2016, 12:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 453
Posted By M ELEY
Hello CC. Didn't see this until now. Not much to...

Hello CC. Didn't see this until now. Not much to add but conjecture. Both the cavalry style hilt and naval blade were contemporaries from the same period. They appear to likewise be a contemporary...
Forum: European Armoury 25th January 2016, 12:10 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 667
Posted By M ELEY
Jim, great story about that bomb of yours!!...

Jim, great story about that bomb of yours!! Priceless! In our past correspondence, I've always enjoyed your incredible stories!

Back to this mystery sword. I had factored in the possibility of a...
Forum: European Armoury 24th January 2016, 11:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 481
Posted By M ELEY
Fine job of pinning this one down, Jasper! Very...

Fine job of pinning this one down, Jasper! Very conclusive! Those pics you posted are great, supporting the facts. I wasn't too far off with a ca. 1740 date!
Forum: European Armoury 24th January 2016, 12:17 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 667
Posted By M ELEY
As Ulfberth pointed out, this is the French...

As Ulfberth pointed out, this is the French boarding cutlass M1811 or 33 (so hard to tell those two apart!). Battara makes a good case for possible CW usage as well. If I had to guess, I'd say Civil...
Forum: European Armoury 23rd January 2016, 11:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 264
Posted By M ELEY
It's always a sorrow to hear of another's passing...

It's always a sorrow to hear of another's passing and, especially for us, when it is a scholar in a particularly unique field. RIP-
Forum: European Armoury 22nd January 2016, 11:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 481
Posted By M ELEY
What an absolutely beautiful example! Not my...

What an absolutely beautiful example! Not my forte, but just a few obvious pointers to start in the indentification process. Based on the open pas d'ane and pommel styling, yours would date to the...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd January 2016, 12:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 378
Posted By M ELEY
Thanks for responding, Jim and always great to...

Thanks for responding, Jim and always great to hear from you! I had been following your correspondence on that spectacular cuphilt on the other thread. As you pointed out, there seems to have been...
Forum: European Armoury 19th January 2016, 09:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 378
Posted By M ELEY
18th century hanger

Here's an old soldier with an unfortunately cut down blade. Still, a classic pattern dating from the Revolution used by hunters, infantry and sailors. The grip is stag antler and the fine shell guard...
Forum: European Armoury 10th January 2016, 09:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 477
Posted By M ELEY
An excellent acquisition, Fernando! As you...

An excellent acquisition, Fernando! As you stated, swords such as these did make it to sea. Contingents of soldiers were placed aboard the Treasure Fleets (for obvious reasons) and, in my opinion, to...
Forum: European Armoury 28th December 2015, 02:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 558
Posted By M ELEY
What...?! Looks like Colonal Sanders has become...

What...?! Looks like Colonal Sanders has become General Tso!
Forum: European Armoury 25th December 2015, 03:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 558
Posted By M ELEY
Here at last! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays...

Here at last! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!
Mark
Forum: European Armoury 29th November 2015, 07:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 520
Posted By M ELEY
I like the zigzag patterning on the side, as seen...

I like the zigzag patterning on the side, as seen on many Spanish colonial pieces/espada ancha as well! It's always cool when you hear a story like this concerning a piece found hidden in a wall or...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 22nd November 2015, 11:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 626
Posted By M ELEY
I'm assuming the sheer number of edged weapons...

I'm assuming the sheer number of edged weapons carried by these chaps in the etchings are for artistic license only. The firearms, on the other hand, may be accurate. Pirates liked to carry an...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st November 2015, 10:55 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 967
Posted By M ELEY
Ahhh, yes, Rick! Thy wicked tongue of the shrew...

Ahhh, yes, Rick! Thy wicked tongue of the shrew is truly the worst! :D

Maori bone daggers, if I recall, were used among the Dani and Asmat tribal women to slay straying husbands! Not my area of...
Forum: European Armoury 17th October 2015, 06:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 743
Posted By M ELEY
I agree with Ulfberth as far as a gentleman's...

I agree with Ulfberth as far as a gentleman's sword. I would venture the possibility that it might be Spanish colonial in origin. If so, it would still be a "composite", but one of the contemporary...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th September 2015, 10:05 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 20,045
Posted By M ELEY
Amen, Jim, to controversy when it comes to wreck...

Amen, Jim, to controversy when it comes to wreck diving, claims on who owns it, authenticity. Glad to hear from you, Jim. You have a PM-
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th September 2015, 10:02 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 20,045
Posted By M ELEY
Yes, an amazing find and as you noted, a great...

Yes, an amazing find and as you noted, a great tourist draw. Living here in NC, piracy has always been a popular subject! The QAR became stuck on the shoals and Blackbeard moved all of the gold to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th September 2015, 04:18 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 20,045
Posted By M ELEY
Here's the real deal!

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/08/110829-blackbeard-shipwreck-pirates-archaeology-science/
Forum: European Armoury 13th September 2015, 03:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 971
Posted By M ELEY
Thanks, Jim. I was just trying to deduce how this...

Thanks, Jim. I was just trying to deduce how this ersatz sword might have come about. Of course, we'll probably never know for sure, unless another shows up. I was following the deductive reasoning...
Forum: European Armoury 5th September 2015, 11:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 971
Posted By M ELEY
A put-together sword? Not necessarily a bad...

A put-together sword? Not necessarily a bad thing, as many colonial types were such. The pommel does indeed look like the cat pattern cap from a shiavonna. I think the piece could certainly be...
Forum: European Armoury 5th September 2015, 03:58 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,273
Posted By M ELEY
I also don't remember seeing this beauty! Glad...

I also don't remember seeing this beauty! Glad Fernando posted on it, bringing it back to life! A superb example. I've seen swords with the so-called 'crab-claw' construction for catching an...
Forum: European Armoury 18th August 2015, 09:15 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,954
Posted By M ELEY
Wow! Fernando, I had no idea you had so many! You...

Wow! Fernando, I had no idea you had so many! You are right to change your name from 'Nando the Rapier' to 'The blunderbuss Fury' or some such... :D :rolleyes:

Very nice examples of which I am...
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