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Forum: European Armoury 26th November 2021, 11:29 AM
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Posted By fernando
Ah ... now i am learning :cool:. What can one...

Ah ... now i am learning :cool:.
What can one (smith) do to make a living :rolleyes:.
Thank you so much Jasper, for the rather precious info .
Vrolijk Kerstfeest :)
Forum: European Armoury 25th November 2021, 08:08 PM
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Posted By fernando
Red face What am i missing ?

I would not be surprised, neither many of us that, some German (Solingen) smiths latinized their names to atract the Iberian market. What is new for me is their stamping punzones in blade ricassos as...
Forum: European Armoury 25th November 2021, 11:04 AM
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Posted By fernando
Excelent pictures; you sure have a steady wrist...

Excelent pictures; you sure have a steady wrist ... and a good camera :cool:.
All i took were from the (open air) cannon patio; one the largest bronze cannon collections out there. But cannons are...
Forum: European Armoury 24th November 2021, 08:30 PM
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Posted By fernando
He could have; i am not sure. The punch is in a...

He could have; i am not sure. The punch is in a place typically used by 'real' Toledan smiths; although it doesn't appear in Palomares nomina.
What about if Triarii showed us the other side of the...
Forum: European Armoury 24th November 2021, 07:36 PM
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Posted By fernando
If the punch mark pictures were in the inverted...

If the punch mark pictures were in the inverted position, some Toledo marks would (sort of) match that one. But the name on the blade being JOHANNIS, i don't think Toledo is a possibility.
Beautiful...
Forum: European Armoury 24th November 2021, 01:37 PM
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Posted By fernando
Comparing swords on how you can handle each of...

Comparing swords on how you can handle each of them is a tricky number. A slight difference in thickness along the whole blade makes a hell of a difference in weight. On the other hand, a sword being...
Forum: European Armoury 24th November 2021, 01:13 PM
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Views: 500
Posted By fernando
Very fine pictures. I visited the museum three...

Very fine pictures. I visited the museum three times in the past and they never allowed me to take pictures. Would have they changed the rules ?
Forum: European Armoury 23rd November 2021, 08:32 PM
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Posted By fernando
As per post #6 :o.

As per post #6 :o.
Forum: European Armoury 22nd November 2021, 07:33 PM
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Posted By fernando
The grip (tang) and pommel were included in the 5...

The grip (tang) and pommel were included in the 5 palms (spans) law; inequivocal. This is circa 43.3".
As are included in the 'off mark' 7 palms rapiers critical length.


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Forum: European Armoury 22nd November 2021, 06:15 PM
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Views: 500
Posted By fernando
Cryptic terms indeed; besides some mispellings...

Cryptic terms indeed; besides some mispellings also being visible in the page.
May i take a shot at this one; "English Rapiers with Letters" (inscriptions) ? :o.
Forum: European Armoury 22nd November 2021, 12:36 PM
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Views: 500
Posted By fernando
No problem ... at all :cool:. I wouldn't think...

No problem ... at all :cool:.
I wouldn't think that, the reduction of swords length in connection with fashion issues, was already in place by the time of these early rapiers.
When we consider such...
Forum: European Armoury 21st November 2021, 09:07 PM
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Views: 500
Posted By fernando
It's Fernando; don't Spanishize me ;).

It's Fernando; don't Spanishize me ;).
Forum: European Armoury 21st November 2021, 04:55 PM
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Views: 500
Posted By fernando
Not talking forgers ...

Precisely ... the reach is the issue. The laws legislate on how far you can reach (your foe) with a whole sword and not how long is the blade. Blades may be short and hilts may be long; it is the...
Forum: European Armoury 21st November 2021, 12:39 PM
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Views: 500
Posted By fernando
In Portugal ...

Swords "off mark" (fora de marca) were those with more than 5 spans (palmos) with 43" full length, as per law published by King Dom Joćo III in 1539. It is known that swords with a longer length...
Forum: European Armoury 15th November 2021, 02:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 983
Posted By fernando
Heel erg bedankt ...

Jasper, i am so much obliged for your comprehensive input, which i will save to my file supporting this sword category; a XVIII century Dutch smallsword for the Russian market; all details...
Forum: European Armoury 14th November 2021, 03:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 983
Posted By fernando
Thank you Wayne. This is one of the roads i have...

Thank you Wayne. This is one of the roads i have hit. Didn't help my case, though.
Forum: European Armoury 12th November 2021, 06:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 983
Posted By fernando
In both cases (M1796 + Norman) the guard indeed...

In both cases (M1796 + Norman) the guard indeed forms a 'broken' heart, but misses the pas d'ane. All in all, a different thing.
I follow Jim in that these these particular small swords are result...
Forum: European Armoury 11th November 2021, 02:25 PM
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Views: 983
Posted By fernando
Thanks much Jim, for all that material. Indded i...

Thanks much Jim, for all that material. Indded i have previously browsed duble headed eagle crests in heraldy, masonry and religion (papal) but, so far, i found no clue.
It is naturaly admittable...
Forum: European Armoury 10th November 2021, 01:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 983
Posted By fernando
Thank you Gentlemen for your impressions. It...

Thank you Gentlemen for your impressions.
It appears that the double headed eagle holding the scepter and orb is the most seen and used. This one, on the contrary, has the eagle holding two swords....
Forum: European Armoury 9th November 2021, 10:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 983
Posted By fernando
A silver hilted small sword for comments.

Not only the hilt but also the scabbard with silver mounts. It looks like some of the motivs in the hilt depict zoomorfic figures. Pity that the scabbard was broken. I realized that gluing the two...
Forum: European Armoury 9th November 2021, 07:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,181
Posted By fernando
All's well that ends well :D.

All's well that ends well :D.
Forum: European Armoury 9th November 2021, 01:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,181
Posted By fernando
At last ...

I would like to say that i found the support text of this item when it was last included in an auction.
"Spanish, with a repurposed sword blade".
Judging by the fact that also the Spanish had their...
Forum: European Armoury 8th November 2021, 02:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,181
Posted By fernando
Thank you Jim, for sharing all that knowledge. ...

Thank you Jim, for sharing all that knowledge.
I will follow your assumption on the " but there were of course exceptions " part.
Whether 'my' author mentioning could be a fantasy, i find more...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th November 2021, 08:52 PM
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Posted By fernando
Humidity; the worst of enemies, specially for who...

Humidity; the worst of enemies, specially for who lives by the sea (up to 90%).
I keep the (shoulder) guns in the 'spare' room, where i have connected a dehumidifier; gun barrels rust so fast. At...
Forum: European Armoury 7th November 2021, 07:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,181
Posted By fernando
Broken blades ...

Jim, do you mean to say that infantry swords were not meant for combat, or this pattern in particular ?
Call it a flaw from the abovementioned book author but, in fact, Queen Dona Maria II reigned...
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