Join Date: Mar 2009
yes I noticed the lines on the back of the hilt, I have no idea why this is done.There are on this blade remains of crossed anchors with a double A
of the admiralty of Amsterdam.
Below a date, unfortunately only the one and the six are legible.see picture , for another AA example of the a similar etching.
it looks as though the date is engraved on early houwers before +-1740 and stamped on the later examples.