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Old 16th June 2020, 09:21 PM   #1
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Default A recycled smallsword shell-guard ?

Hi everyone !

I wanted to share this with you, as I'm pretty sure an old piece of furniture at my new workplace has two halves of a smallsword shell-guard recycled as keyhole plates.


I'm thinking French (maybe English ?), around 1780, what do you think ? Any similar example you know of ?

Anyway, I thought it was a pretty funny and clever reuse of weapon parts (the piece of furniture itself is most likely from the XIXth century).
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Old 17th June 2020, 04:05 AM   #2
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I think you are right! Good eyes!
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Old 17th June 2020, 08:12 AM   #3
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Ditto!
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Wow, most people would have seen nothing! Interesting
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Old 17th June 2020, 06:01 PM   #5
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Thanks ! This is coming from a rather poor, mountainous region, so I guess people just decided to reuse that nice, but otherwise useless, metal plate to fancy up their furniture. I had never seen anything like this before though !
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Old 22nd June 2020, 05:47 PM   #6
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Indeed this is a worthy thread, but....
If this "guard" was found in East Asia, it would be classified as a a "Namban tsuba" of some kind.
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