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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 06:29 AM
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Posted By M ELEY
Hi Alan and thanks for the clarification. I am...

Hi Alan and thanks for the clarification. I am actually mortified by the fact that I took your quote of the 'she' to be an actual female!!! :o Now, in reference to the size of these larger lantaka,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 03:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 243
Posted By M ELEY
Thank you, Alan, for providing me with this...

Thank you, Alan, for providing me with this interesting tidbit. As a collector of 'all things pirate', I was unaware of the name of the small, double barreled lantaka that almost looks like a pistol...
Forum: European Armoury 7th June 2019, 08:51 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 540
Posted By M ELEY
Pirates of the Mississippi

Let us not forget others that carried such pieces. I know we've already discussed Lafitte briefly, but few have heard of the nefarious Harpe brothers and their bloodthirsty exploits on the Ohio and...
Forum: European Armoury 7th June 2019, 03:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 393
Posted By M ELEY
No expert, but I agree it looks legit. Love to...

No expert, but I agree it looks legit. Love to have a piece like this, even with the fix-ups. Congrats- :)
Forum: European Armoury 6th June 2019, 06:08 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 540
Posted By M ELEY
"Nando, you make me want to pack my bags and...

"Nando, you make me want to pack my bags and go right now! Just had a friend that went and did a cemetary tour of the city. She was completely blown away! I hear that the bar where Jean Lafette used...
Forum: European Armoury 4th June 2019, 05:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 540
Posted By M ELEY
:D :D :D You guys are cracking me up! Never...

:D :D :D You guys are cracking me up! Never been to New Orleans, but absolutely intend to some day. Jim, you brought up an excellent point with migrants bringing these types of dirks over from...
Forum: European Armoury 4th June 2019, 02:54 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 540
Posted By M ELEY
Hi Wayne. While no expert, this appears to be a...

Hi Wayne. While no expert, this appears to be a 19th c. "boot dagger" or gambler's dirk. They were a mode of self defense and popular in the Old West (American, that is). I'm sure with their...
Forum: European Armoury 1st May 2019, 03:33 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,075
Posted By M ELEY
Cerjak, what an amazing swivel you have! I have...

Cerjak, what an amazing swivel you have! I have always wanted to add one of these to my maritime/naval collection. These 'rail guns' were used both to attack an opposing ship via a broadside blast,...
Forum: European Armoury 29th April 2019, 10:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 628
Posted By M ELEY
A very nice 4-slot hilt! The shagreen wrapping in...

A very nice 4-slot hilt! The shagreen wrapping in excellent condition. I think your original dating to be correct, 1760-80. The bun pommel reminds me of those found on basket hilts from this period..
Forum: European Armoury 7th April 2019, 04:33 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 977
Posted By M ELEY
I see your point, Will. What I meant was to be...

I see your point, Will. What I meant was to be careful if deciding to cut into the casing itself. This is a popular action that both museums and some collectors do, to actually show the interior of...
Forum: European Armoury 7th April 2019, 03:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 591
Posted By M ELEY
Hi Ken, As Fernando said, it could be a toy due...

Hi Ken,

As Fernando said, it could be a toy due to its tiny size. That being said,I think it could still be a miniature signal gun. Some were indeed diminutive and were used to signal the hour on...
Forum: European Armoury 7th April 2019, 03:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 977
Posted By M ELEY
I have this grenado that is still filled with...

I have this grenado that is still filled with dried powder/shot. I keep it in a very dry place with a coat of wax over the hole.
Forum: European Armoury 7th April 2019, 02:15 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 977
Posted By M ELEY
I would use 'excessive' caution if you decide to...

I would use 'excessive' caution if you decide to dis-assemble or cut one of these in half, as some collectors have. Old black powder has a surprisingly long half life and some people have been...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd April 2019, 10:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 631
Posted By M ELEY
An amazing sword! This beast would really cleave...

An amazing sword! This beast would really cleave a man in two! Last of the 'thumb ring' models...a classic!
Forum: European Armoury 3rd April 2019, 03:54 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 600
Posted By M ELEY
Thank you so much, kind sir, for posting this...

Thank you so much, kind sir, for posting this link! Absolutely amazing articles and a plethora of info to absorb here! Sorry it takes up much of your time, but I must say that it is a benefit to...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd April 2019, 02:39 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 977
Posted By M ELEY
Hmm. Those are interesting. My initial thought...

Hmm. Those are interesting. My initial thought was that they might be one of the many cannonball look-alikes (shot puts, counter weights, etc), but then I wasn't so sure. Could these be coehorn...
Forum: European Armoury 2nd April 2019, 09:33 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,219
Posted By M ELEY
Oh yes! Always in debt over my collecting as...

Oh yes! Always in debt over my collecting as well. I'm really starting to love these type swords. Saw one at an antique mall in Gettysburg many years ago, but just couldn't swing the price.

I guess...
Forum: European Armoury 2nd April 2019, 03:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,219
Posted By M ELEY
Very nice sword, Glenn! I've never heard the term...

Very nice sword, Glenn! I've never heard the term 'haudegen' before. I also wasn't sure about the screw to the pommel being a decider of dating, as I saw mid-17th c. examples with knuckle bows...
Forum: European Armoury 1st April 2019, 02:10 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,219
Posted By M ELEY
I'd like to thank everyone who took the time to...

I'd like to thank everyone who took the time to comment on this piece. I understand that there are slight differences in the portraits of the monarchs, but I would always have described the marking...
Forum: European Armoury 31st March 2019, 07:38 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,219
Posted By M ELEY
LOL, Wayne! :D I didn't want to point that out...

LOL, Wayne! :D I didn't want to point that out but, yep, he has the lip. Surprised they didn't downplay this in his caricature.
Forum: European Armoury 31st March 2019, 12:05 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,219
Posted By M ELEY
Proof?

Here's coins with Emperor Leopold I. Note his large hawkish nose and similar mustache. I think we have our proof!
Forum: European Armoury 30th March 2019, 04:54 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,219
Posted By M ELEY
Wow! That is a match in my book! Even the way his...

Wow! That is a match in my book! Even the way his mustache is wedge-shaped seems to match the profile on the blade. Based on Jim's succinct time frame and country of origin, it nicely works out!...
Forum: European Armoury 29th March 2019, 04:38 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,219
Posted By M ELEY
Hello Jim,old friend,and thanks for responding. I...

Hello Jim,old friend,and thanks for responding. I also suspected that my dating to the earlier period might be incorrect, but it is hard to tell with this pattern, as the changes over time were...
Forum: European Armoury 26th March 2019, 06:35 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,219
Posted By M ELEY
Details of profile head

A close-up...

Wait a minute! I know who it is!! A famous pirate! :D :rolleyes:
Forum: European Armoury 26th March 2019, 06:23 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,219
Posted By M ELEY
More pics...

Blade measures 28.5"

Any opinions as to origin? Dutch? Germanic? East European? Does the Roman head design give anyone a clue? Thanks in advance-
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