Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bavaria, Germany - the center of 15th and 16th century gunmaking
Concerning your user name, please hang on.
Dmitry is right.
The rapier looks completely genuine and definitely 2nd half to late 17th century; it is preserved in virtually 'untouched' condition, its overall appearance suggesting private use rather than 'military'.
It looks quite dry and flaky, wanting a few drops of (olive) oil; applying them to a piece of linen cloth would preserve it for generations to come.
Now allow an excursion on ULFBERHT swords, this being the authentic spelling.
Those early knightly wrought-iron blades bear witness of the skills of the Romanesque period swordsmiths (1oth century):
For basic reading cf.
- Ewart Oakeshott's typology:
- Bill Blake's site:
- Alfred Geibig's PhD thesis:
Dr. Alfred Geibig documented his comprehensive research in Medieval swords carrying the reader along all the way.
Striving to achieve that specific style is basic of scholarly works which, by their academic prerequisites, are bound to make heavy reading.
Geibig is curator of the comprehensive historic arsenal collection of Arms & Armor preserved at the Veste Coburg, Upper Franconia/North Western Bavaria.
The Tage des Donners reenactments sheltered by the mighty Fortress of Coburg (the days of thunder actions) are notorious for making any weaponry enthusiast's dream come true employing all kinds of antique arms and equipment. The range of items firing black powder provided includes the esoteric corner of incendiary objects like arrows, grenades, quoits etc.
Andi will testify!
Though finally quitting the lectorate he still is the contemporary godfather of the Gesellschaft für historische Waffen- und Kostümkunde e.V. founded in 1896, and the inspiring impetus/driving force behind it all. Had it not been for him, our time-honored journal would have literally died 1o-15 years ago. His struggle saved it from years of agony, and breathed new and powerful life into it.
My dear friend Armin König is a friend of Alfred Geibig's.
Compared to their modesty, I'm Landsknecht natured; the archaic Bavarian Bos primigenius taurus believed extinct since 1627.
Among other things, I owe Alfred Geibig personal contacts that may help preserve what I defined my lifetime achievement four decades ago:
The Michael Trömner Collection.
Attached find some images of 10th c. swords.
from a chilly 7 degrees centigrade Bavarian night - with the calendar suggesting it is July,
P.S. I guess I will turn on the central heating today ... for the first time in any July I remember ...