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Forum: European Armoury 8th November 2022, 01:32 AM
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The more you learn the less clear cut it becomes!

The more you learn the less clear cut it becomes!
Forum: European Armoury 7th November 2022, 11:24 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,201
Posted By toaster5sqn
Thanks Radbound, I notice that among the sources...

Thanks Radbound, I notice that among the sources is an 1800 advert that notes the swords are fitted with German blades suggesting that the Gill family did not start manufacturing blades till after...
Forum: European Armoury 7th November 2022, 07:51 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,201
Posted By toaster5sqn
Jim, I've tried to make sense out of the I Gill,...

Jim, I've tried to make sense out of the I Gill, J Gill, T Gill situation with regard to dating an 1851 pattern hanger and I came away more confused than when I started, The original Gill was a file...
Forum: European Armoury 13th October 2022, 11:13 PM
Replies: 15
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Posted By toaster5sqn
I'm not sure that the face qualifies as a green...

I'm not sure that the face qualifies as a green man, while it has a foliage pattern around it it is not truly part of it. The true green man figure often has leaves for hair and branches emerging...
Forum: European Armoury 10th October 2022, 08:57 PM
Replies: 24
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Posted By toaster5sqn
Coming late to this thread, I just want to note...

Coming late to this thread, I just want to note that solid guards did exist before 1850 and hinged ones continued after due to the private purchase system meaning that individuals could choose which...
Forum: European Armoury 4th October 2022, 12:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,666
Posted By toaster5sqn
Jim, I believe the 1821 troopers blade was...

Jim, I believe the 1821 troopers blade was fullered while officers blades may have been pipeback as were infantry officers swords. Or the confusion could come from artillery officers swords which had...
Forum: European Armoury 29th September 2022, 10:00 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,230
Posted By toaster5sqn
So here is the walloon type sword with a kings...

So here is the walloon type sword with a kings head mark I found in the Auckland War Memorial Museum, which they had mislabeled as a rapier!
My initial research into the Kings Head turned up the...
Forum: European Armoury 5th August 2022, 03:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,032
Posted By toaster5sqn
Dimensions are definitely needed before any...

Dimensions are definitely needed before any further comments can be made. Some transitional rapier/smallswords can look very rapierish until placed next to a true rapier and only then does the fact...
Forum: European Armoury 8th June 2022, 07:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,667
Posted By toaster5sqn
Those quillons look remarkably even for the claim...

Those quillons look remarkably even for the claim that they have been bent after manufacture. Any sword with quillons bent back towards the user like that is unwieldable regardless of weight so I...
Forum: European Armoury 7th June 2022, 09:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,537
Posted By toaster5sqn
I'm going to have to disagree with it being a...

I'm going to have to disagree with it being a French sabre, the pommel is completely different to the French models shown.

Robert
Forum: European Armoury 2nd June 2022, 09:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,179
Posted By toaster5sqn
Very pretty. I believe you will find lead is too...

Very pretty. I believe you will find lead is too soft to hold up in such a role. the handle is most likely a lead/tin alloy variously known as 'white metal', 'casting alloy' or 'muck metal'.

Robert
Forum: European Armoury 25th May 2022, 07:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,548
Posted By toaster5sqn
Tod's Workshop sells crossbow plans...

Tod's Workshop sells crossbow plans (todcutler.com)
He also sells replica crossbows if your pocket is deep enough(todsworkshop.com).
Robert



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Forum: European Armoury 24th May 2022, 09:47 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,525
Posted By toaster5sqn
The Green Man is a human face, or sometimes a...

The Green Man is a human face, or sometimes a full figure with leaves for hair and often wrapped in vines and foliage. It's very common in church carvings from the middle ages and a Victorian era...
Forum: European Armoury 1st May 2022, 09:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,108
Posted By toaster5sqn
Not an expert either but that blade appears to be...

Not an expert either but that blade appears to be an enlarged copy of the British Regimental Broadsword 1828/1865 pattern blade, between that and the hex nut holding the pommel I think your Victorian...
Forum: European Armoury 20th April 2022, 10:29 PM
Replies: 60
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Posted By toaster5sqn
Werecow, thumbrings are on the left, the nagel...

Werecow, thumbrings are on the left, the nagel was on the right so no connection in their development. I do know that thumbrings were also common on Polish sabres and English mortuary hilts but which...
Forum: European Armoury 6th April 2022, 10:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,345
Posted By toaster5sqn
A good trick with faded engravings is to open the...

A good trick with faded engravings is to open the photo in paint or a similar program and highlight the visible engravings with red or a similar contrasting colour. Best done by the original poster...
Forum: European Armoury 20th January 2022, 07:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,243
Posted By toaster5sqn
I'd be inclined to agree with Radbound that it...

I'd be inclined to agree with Radbound that it looks slightly off for a 1796 LC. The heavier guard is generally an indication of the Prussian Model 1811 Light Cavalry sabre which was a copy of the...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd December 2021, 03:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,326
Posted By toaster5sqn
Sorry Andreas but the museum has no information...

Sorry Andreas but the museum has no information on the provenance of their sword. In fact until I corrected them they had it labelled as a rapier!

Basically any swords older than 200 years in NZ...
Forum: European Armoury 21st December 2021, 06:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,326
Posted By toaster5sqn
That hilt is identical to one in the Auckland War...

That hilt is identical to one in the Auckland War Memorial museum that is mounted on a blade with a Martino Antonio kings Head mark.
Forum: European Armoury 10th December 2021, 04:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,021
Posted By toaster5sqn
Given that the shoulders of the blade are visible...

Given that the shoulders of the blade are visible below the cross guard instead of being inset into it I suspect that you have an old blade that has been rehilted. The blade looks a lot like a...
Forum: European Armoury 10th December 2021, 04:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,571
Posted By toaster5sqn
To judge by the small amount of fuller showing it...

To judge by the small amount of fuller showing it looks like the blade is the tip of a sabre or hanger, probably the least distinctive part of most swords. I can't give you much hope for ever...
Forum: European Armoury 29th November 2021, 01:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,816
Posted By toaster5sqn
Another quick test is to undo one of the screws...

Another quick test is to undo one of the screws holding the various parts to the stock, a modern machine cut thread is a real giveaway.

Robert
Forum: European Armoury 11th November 2021, 12:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,765
Posted By toaster5sqn
They will not grow old as we that are left grow...

They will not grow old as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn.
Forum: European Armoury 9th October 2021, 12:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,645
Posted By toaster5sqn
Curved blades on basket hilts go back at least to...

Curved blades on basket hilts go back at least to the German Dussak (spelling?) which is outside my area of interest so I can't put a date to that without doing some research. Basically there is no...
Forum: European Armoury 8th October 2021, 10:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,645
Posted By toaster5sqn
Jim, I'm referring to how the side bars meet...

Jim,
I'm referring to how the side bars meet the pommel so as not to conflict with the wrist as seen in the attached photo. Traditionally they came in horizontally as per the left hand sketch but...
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