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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th May 2018, 08:33 PM
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Posted By Philip
I had a conversation about these years ago with...

I had a conversation about these years ago with Thom Richardson of the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds. When I pointed out that I have encountered a great number of these over the years in sets...
Forum: European Armoury 12th February 2018, 08:33 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 9,930
Posted By Philip
Obrigado, Nando, pelas fotos! This is all news...

Obrigado, Nando, pelas fotos! This is all news to me -- I am familiar with the details of this tragic expedition but the books I read do not mention the "talismanic" role of royal swords! Where...
Forum: European Armoury 12th February 2018, 04:13 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 9,930
Posted By Philip
So he's Denmark's counterpart to Friedrich...

So he's Denmark's counterpart to Friedrich Barbarossa? Or perhaps to Portugal's King Sebastião, whom it is believed did not actually die on the battlefield fighting the Moors in Morocco in 1578,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th February 2018, 05:46 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,173
Posted By Philip
Air space in a chamber or barrel can created...

Air space in a chamber or barrel can created dangerous pressures no matter what the breech configuration or powder requirements of a firearm are. I've had a lot of experience handloading cartridges...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd February 2018, 10:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,821
Posted By Philip
so what's work?

So true, Bob. Profound thinkers have said it so eloquently:

"Work is the curse of the drinking classes"

"The worst day fishing beats the best day at work"
Forum: European Armoury 28th January 2018, 04:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 937
Posted By Philip
Thanks, Fernando, for clarifying with the...

Thanks, Fernando, for clarifying with the complete phrase.
Forum: European Armoury 28th January 2018, 04:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 937
Posted By Philip
The popular use of religious/patriotic slogans in...

The popular use of religious/patriotic slogans in Latin on sword blades predates the 19th cent. revival. You see this going all the way back into the 17th cent.

As has been pointed out in previous...
Forum: European Armoury 28th January 2018, 05:18 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 937
Posted By Philip
Say, wouldn't your English version be VICTORIA...

Say, wouldn't your English version be VICTORIA HUNGARIAE MEAE?

A Polish saber in my collection is inscribed VINCERE AUT MORI and I've seen others with the same inscription including the country...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th January 2018, 04:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,192
Posted By Philip
The inscription, badly spelled, should read...

The inscription, badly spelled, should read VINCERE AUT MORI HUNGARIA -- conquer or die for Hungary. It was frequently used on northern and eastern European blades of the 17th and 18th cents. --...
Forum: European Armoury 17th January 2018, 03:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 674
Posted By Philip
functionality of scythes

A scythe blade has to be thin to be able to mow hay and grass efficiently; I've used them on occasion for this job and light weight is a virtue when you have to swing it for hours on end. The...
Forum: European Armoury 17th January 2018, 07:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 625
Posted By Philip
This saying, along with "pro Christo et...

This saying, along with "pro Christo et Patria" and "Vincere aut mori" are also on the blade of the Polish saber I referenced above.

It is likely that the style of decoration was widely copied by...
Forum: European Armoury 17th January 2018, 06:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 674
Posted By Philip
have you read this...

This has the potential of growing into an interesting discussion of the evolution of agricultural into military implements, a reversal of the "beating...spears into pruning hooks" process. Looking...
Forum: European Armoury 17th January 2018, 05:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 674
Posted By Philip
etymology

Somewhere along the way, I was led to believe that the term machaira was Greek and it referred to some sort of short sword, perhaps a version of the kopis ? The term falchion does seem to have...
Forum: European Armoury 17th January 2018, 05:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 625
Posted By Philip
The blade could well be 17th cent. I have in my...

The blade could well be 17th cent. I have in my collection a Polish saber (ex-Salm-Reifferscheidt zu Schloss Dyck, E.36, dated mid-17th cent. per the Ehrenthal catalogue) with very similar motifs,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th January 2018, 04:58 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,186
Posted By Philip
I agree. The pattern on each side does reveal a...

I agree. The pattern on each side does reveal a twisted structure, but to be twist-CORE, this structure would have to go the entire thickness of the blade, with the edges being "stack"-welded to the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th January 2018, 09:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,186
Posted By Philip
the "natural" look

Robert Cato, in his book Moro Swords (1996), states:
"Blades that are still found in the Philippines are often dusky in appearance, not bright. They frequently exhibit some form of patterning on the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th January 2018, 08:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,051
Posted By Philip
Judging from photos taken at the close of the...

Judging from photos taken at the close of the 19th cent. until the 1930s, these short jian were not typically part of these street mountebanks' and brawlers' kit. Most often seen in these images are...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th January 2018, 01:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,051
Posted By Philip
By and large, these wee indeed decorative, mostly...

By and large, these wee indeed decorative, mostly made for the curio trade. But once in awhile you get a rather nice much older blade in these rather late fittings (the style of the FITTINGS can be...
Forum: European Armoury 12th January 2018, 05:12 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,396
Posted By Philip
side-by-side comparison

Just discovered this illustration in Alarico Gattia's Fucili e Pistole (Milan, Rizzoli Editore, 1968, p 40. Three versions of the lock commonly known to collectors as "miquelet" are shown. On the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th January 2018, 10:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,799
Posted By Philip
Italian origin of this style of Omani barrel?

Here's an image of two barrels in the Museo di Artiglieria in Turin, both made for guns originally fitted with matchlocks, 16th cent. similar 3-stage format with fluted ends, faceted or round...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th January 2018, 08:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 645
Posted By Philip
strength of old powder / consistency in grain size

Hi, Rick
Very useful info!

1. As regards the relative strengths of the powder in the cartridges used in the comparison test, I would still make an allowance for some deterioration in performance as...
Forum: European Armoury 5th January 2018, 07:38 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,396
Posted By Philip
I follow auctions in the States, the EU, and the...

I follow auctions in the States, the EU, and the UK via their online catalogs and through bidder alert services and these guns do pop up with some regularity. Examples of exceptional quality and...
Forum: European Armoury 5th January 2018, 05:59 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,396
Posted By Philip
tubular thingie

I haven't seen mention of it in the references I have so far; am waiting for Gen. A. Gaibi's Armi da Fuoco Italiane to arrive in the mail with hopes that me has addressed the question. When I...
Forum: European Armoury 5th January 2018, 06:29 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,396
Posted By Philip
Congratulations on a very interesting gun (which...

Congratulations on a very interesting gun (which really should be discussed on the European Armoury board since the island of Sardegna is European territory despite the very Oriental appearance of...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd January 2018, 08:40 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,842
Posted By Philip
Obrigado pelas fotos! Now I see the distinction...

Obrigado pelas fotos! Now I see the distinction that collection curators make in the quality of the various blades -- I have always wondered about the fact that it varies, and that some have...
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