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Forum: European Armoury 23rd May 2015, 05:27 AM
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Posted By Cathey
Clemens Dinger

Upon cornelistromp advice I purchased copies of Solinger Schwertschmiede Des 16. Und 17. Jahrhundersts Und Ihre Erxeugenisse by ALber Weyersberg and Stephan Kinsman’s European Makers or Edges...
Forum: European Armoury 21st May 2015, 04:27 AM
Replies: 166
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Posted By Cathey
Basket Hilted Back Sword (Irish Hilt)

Hi Guys

Just looking back at what I have and haven’t posted on this thread already and realised I missed the third of my Spiracle Pommel Swords, so here it is.

Basket Hilted Back Sword (Irish...
Forum: European Armoury 16th May 2015, 06:44 AM
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Posted By Cathey
Scottish Basket Hilt by Thomas Gemmill

Hi Guys

Just working through what I have and haven’t posted and realised I had not put my favourite up yet, so here goes.

Scottish Basket Hilt by Thomas Gemmill
Date: Circa 1690-1720 (17-18th...
Forum: European Armoury 11th May 2015, 03:21 AM
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Posted By Cathey
Harveys

Hi Jim

Actually there are quite a few Harveys, according to my data base as follows:
Harvey, George: 1777 – 1780 21 Park St
Harvey, John: 1630 - 1645
Harvey, John: 1849 – 1854 40 High St,...
Forum: European Armoury 10th May 2015, 08:26 AM
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Posted By Cathey
Glasgow Scottish Basket Hilted Backsword

Hi Guys

As I mentioned, Rex and I went to Melbourne for an Arms and Armour Auction last weekend. Apart from a number of nice Georgian swords I had targeted an early Basket hilt which I was...
Forum: European Armoury 7th May 2015, 06:11 AM
Replies: 166
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Posted By Cathey
Scottish Basket Hilt C1680-1700

Here is another basket a bit of a hybrid between the early patterns and the emergence of pieced hearts’.

Scottish Basket Hilt
Nationality Scottish
Date C1680-1700
Overall Length 38 5/8” 98.1...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd May 2015, 05:34 AM
Replies: 166
Views: 11,815
Posted By Cathey
Punched out markings

Hi Eljay

We am sitting in a apartment in Melbourne having just come back from an auction much poorer than when we arrived. Picked up a nice basket hilt which I will post latter.

Now I can't make...
Forum: European Armoury 30th April 2015, 04:27 AM
Replies: 166
Views: 11,815
Posted By Cathey
Dutch Baskets

Hi Eljay and Cornelistromp

These Dutch baskets are so intricate in design, I had no idea such variety existed and can honestly say I have never had the pleasure of seeing one in the flesh. Any idea...
Forum: European Armoury 30th April 2015, 04:20 AM
Replies: 166
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Posted By Cathey
Brass hilted Basket Hilt Backsword

Thank you Mark for re-posting your sword, the variety of markings is most interesting. I have never seen punch marks like this before. I do have a sword where previous engraving has been obscured...
Forum: European Armoury 25th April 2015, 06:19 AM
Replies: 166
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Posted By Cathey
Origins of the Basket hilt

Hi Ibrahiim,

I suspect the Basket hilt in its simplest form did originate in England, although given that mercenary’s etc travelled all over Britain they may well have been in use by the Scott’s and...
Forum: European Armoury 23rd April 2015, 11:13 PM
Replies: 166
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Posted By Cathey
Early British Baskets

Hi Guys,

With the mention of the Mary Rose sword I thought I would post the information I have on that sword and the Thames sword, which I don’t think gets as much attention. The earliest sword in...
Forum: European Armoury 19th April 2015, 01:18 AM
Replies: 166
Views: 11,815
Posted By Cathey
The last mark

Hi Jasper

Great to see you join the thread, I am always thrilled to see your early swords. Sorry to disappoint you on this one though, I wish it was a rapier blade; the photograph must be...
Forum: European Armoury 18th April 2015, 12:54 AM
Replies: 166
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Posted By Cathey
Scottish Blade with numerous armourors marks!

Scottish Blade with numerous armourers marks!

Hi Jim, did you miss the sword I just posted #106. I put this up deliberately for those that get excited about sword blades and armourers marks as this...
Forum: European Armoury 17th April 2015, 03:12 AM
Replies: 166
Views: 11,815
Posted By Cathey
English Basket Hilted Backsword (Irish Hilt)

Hi Guys,

When it comes to blade marks this sword has a huge variety of them.

Date Circa 1610-40
Overall Length 39 ¾” 111cm
Blade length 34 1/8” 86.7 cm
Blade widest point 1 1/8” 2.8 cm
Hilt...
Forum: European Armoury 14th April 2015, 05:46 AM
Replies: 166
Views: 11,815
Posted By Cathey
Ethnographic Weapons

Dear Jim

My understanding is the Ethnographic Weapons forum exists to deal in detail with weapons such as African broadswords, kaskara and takouba etc, unless I am mistaken this is the European...
Forum: European Armoury 12th April 2015, 05:10 AM
Replies: 166
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Posted By Cathey
S-Bar Basket Hilts

Hi Stephen,

I think the engraving was purely patriotic, however I doubt we will ever know what the thinking was behind this one at the time. Anyway, I thought I would move on to another interesting...
Forum: European Armoury 11th April 2015, 06:29 AM
Replies: 166
Views: 11,815
Posted By Cathey
The question of blades

Hi Guys

I went back to my file of correspondence with the Baron of Earlshall, and noted that this sword was one he requested additional pictures of for his book back in 2007. The Baron dated the...
Forum: European Armoury 9th April 2015, 06:14 AM
Replies: 166
Views: 11,815
Posted By Cathey
English Dragoon Basket Hilt?

Hi Ulfberth,

I agree with Jim these are fabulous drawings, it would be great to access an English translation of what text may have accompanied them in the original book.

Now here is an Odd Basket...
Forum: European Armoury 7th April 2015, 10:41 PM
Replies: 166
Views: 11,815
Posted By Cathey
French Basket hilt

Hi Ulfberth,

I concur with Eljays thoughts on this sword and was wondering if you had any more pictures of this sword you could post. It would be great to see a close up of the hilt and pommel...
Forum: European Armoury 6th April 2015, 04:40 AM
Replies: 166
Views: 11,815
Posted By Cathey
The sword you traded

HI Eljay,

Very interesting sword, your right at first glance distinctly British. Did you keep pictures of the other sword you traded, if so I would love to see them.

Cheer Cathey and Rex
Forum: European Armoury 3rd April 2015, 11:46 PM
Replies: 166
Views: 11,815
Posted By Cathey
Basket hilt – English or Scottish?

Date Circa 1640-1660
Nationality Scottish/English
Overall Length 99.2 cm (39.1 inches)
Blade length 86.7 cm (34.1 inches)
Blade widest point 3.8 cm (1.5 inches)
Hilt widest point 10.5 cm ...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd April 2015, 11:41 PM
Replies: 166
Views: 11,815
Posted By Cathey
This has nothing to do with Africa

Hi Guys

I just want to put this to bed and get the thread back to its intended subject Basket Hilts not African blades.

Let me be clear, my sword has a German blade circa 1700, this has been...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd April 2015, 02:05 AM
Replies: 166
Views: 11,815
Posted By Cathey
Czerny lot 186

Hi Will

Actually I think lot 186 at Czerny’s recent sale is correct. Looking at the way they photograph things I think the strange colour is just the way they have cleaned up there photo’s on the...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd April 2015, 01:49 AM
Replies: 166
Views: 11,815
Posted By Cathey
Hi Ibrahiim

With the very early baskets there is certainly been some research to suggest that origins between Scottish, Irish and English are very blurred. There is a particularly good article written on the...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd April 2015, 01:17 AM
Replies: 166
Views: 11,815
Posted By Cathey
Its all about the Pommel

Hi Eljay and welcome Ibrahiim

Eljay you are correct, when it comes to hilt construction, actually there has been one posted on this site in the past. However, it is the pommel that sets the so...
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