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Forum: European Armoury Today, 01:23 PM
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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 Yesterday, 11:38 PM
Replies: 9
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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 6th September 2020, 11:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,706
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, 05:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,254
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, 04:55 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,318
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, 04:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,565
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, 03:20 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,954
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, 05:13 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,954
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, 09:51 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,499
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, 10:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,318
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, 09:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,318
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, 07:48 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,499
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, 02:55 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,499
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...
Forum: European Armoury 4th July 2020, 02:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,672
Posted By M ELEY
Thank you for that information! I was unaware and...

Thank you for that information! I was unaware and will do a little research on it. Not to derail this thread in any way, but I always wondered if the same was true in the other regard- Scots carrying...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd July 2020, 02:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,672
Posted By M ELEY
I'm with Jim and Ulfberth on the conservation of...

I'm with Jim and Ulfberth on the conservation of this piece. Unbelievable find!!! Removing the active rust and stabilizing the grip are priorities. Jim is spot on with the French/Scottish Jacobite...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd July 2020, 02:10 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,499
Posted By M ELEY
A very nice piece, Shayde! It does indeed have...

A very nice piece, Shayde! It does indeed have many of the elements of a possible naval dirk, including the simple, but stylish guard and fluted grip/capped pommel. The blade shape and design,...
Forum: European Armoury 23rd June 2020, 03:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,927
Posted By M ELEY
The markings on the guard throw me a bit. The...

The markings on the guard throw me a bit. The "eye" pattern with dots are often seen on East Indian tulwar and some Afghan blades I've seen. However, my nimble memory might remember that this was, in...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd June 2020, 06:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,927
Posted By M ELEY
Very nice item!! No expert, but the hilt style,...

Very nice item!! No expert, but the hilt style, pommel and quillons nearly exactly match those found on Italian falchions from the 17th c. It might be a cut-down blade, but you are right that...
Forum: European Armoury 14th June 2020, 02:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,285
Posted By M ELEY
Hello Midelburgo. Beautiful cuphilt and I'm...

Hello Midelburgo. Beautiful cuphilt and I'm rather surprised no one has commented on it yet. I am but a novice when it comes to these, but I think you are on the right track when you mention a...
Forum: European Armoury 8th June 2020, 11:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,089
Posted By M ELEY
Beautiful basket hilt, Lee! Thanks for posting it...

Beautiful basket hilt, Lee! Thanks for posting it in regards to our questions of threaded tangs on that other post. One must also remember that basket swords were definitely one of those types that...
Forum: European Armoury 4th June 2020, 01:27 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,418
Posted By M ELEY
"In these often unusually contrived weapons,...

"In these often unusually contrived weapons, it is surprising to see such things as crossguard quillons mounted UNDER a cup guard ( entirely vestigial and redundant)."

Not to take away from 'Nando's...
Forum: European Armoury 2nd June 2020, 02:42 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,418
Posted By M ELEY
Thank you, Lee. I'd love to see pictures of this...

Thank you, Lee. I'd love to see pictures of this early example of a threaded tang for reference. Didn't know for sure how long the practice of threading was going on for-
Forum: European Armoury 1st June 2020, 11:26 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,418
Posted By M ELEY
Excellent arguments, gentlemen. All very...

Excellent arguments, gentlemen. All very important points either way. It really doesn't matter, though, as this piece is hardly a put-together or blacksmith rendition. The 'could be' might never be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st May 2020, 10:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,445
Posted By M ELEY
Very nice club! You could technically try the old...

Very nice club! You could technically try the old 'hot needle' test on one of the beads to see if its plastic. This trick has been used for years to differentiate plastic from fake...
Forum: European Armoury 31st May 2020, 09:54 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,418
Posted By M ELEY
I think the only reason that the...

I think the only reason that the "colonial" thought is still being tossed around is #1-the fancier types owned by private citizens, gentlemen, aristocrats, etc and #2-the confusion with the so-named...
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