Originally Posted by blue lander
I know the man in the moon faces originated in Europe, but the ones I've seen on European blades seem to usually be larger and very ornate. I thought these smaller simpler ones were usually locally applied imitations?
I tend to agree that of the European marks commonly copied they include single or double Moons either funny face or blank moons in the new moon phase, stars, crosses,...and Passau wolf marks. On the red sea blades there are often Peter Munich copies of his famous Bishop ...with the moon plus various other squigles in the likeness of Munichs ornate blades...It is generally accepted that Peter Munich placed these marks as talismen rather than blade marks per se
....and I think the talismanic effect is the major reason for the other decorations being copied ...
For Peter Munich (Solingen) See #225 at http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showt...ted=1#post54709
Ibrahiim al Balooshi.