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Forum: European Armoury 13th February 2021, 01:05 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
bottom's up

Regarding the cartouche: mother-in-law did suggest "culo casto" as being a bawdy refrain; as I said earlier, her description was "common parlance in colloquial dialect". She obviously left it to her...
Forum: European Armoury 13th February 2021, 12:46 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
ET speaks

Hi Fernando. I assumed this was a reference to my online name i.e. Urbanspaceman.
The world of 'Militaria' and etc does appear like an alien planet on frequent occasions; present company excepted...
Forum: European Armoury 12th February 2021, 11:25 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
lingua Franca

No, it is definitely not Italian: my mother-in-law declared that.
However, she did say it may well be a colloquial dialect common parlance... she meant 'slang'.
Forum: European Armoury 12th February 2021, 09:29 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
Point well made Marius. My two swords I...

Point well made Marius. My two swords I mentioned with old rapier blades and new court-sword hilts are very definitely 'Courtswords' but with rapier blades (short and narrow). It is the blade I was...
Forum: European Armoury 12th February 2021, 09:20 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
Capitals

BTW Marius, that is a magnificent sword; is it from your collection? I am jealous indeed.
Re. capital letters: this is yet another possibility that keeps confusing me. They could be capitals or...
Forum: European Armoury 12th February 2021, 09:15 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
Urban Spacemen

Yes, Fernando, I only visit this planet occasionally.
Forum: European Armoury 12th February 2021, 09:09 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
Opinions

I have to disagree Marius, considering the huge difference between Pappenheimers and Swept Hilts and Cup hilts and etc... the only constant is the blade.
Forum: European Armoury 12th February 2021, 09:04 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
Marius

Reference Marius: yes, when Shotley Bridge began work in 1687 the smallswords they initially produced were all narrow broadsword blades (see pic). They were actually all Solingen manufacture and...
Forum: European Armoury 12th February 2021, 08:15 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
confusion

Now this is where I also get confused: it is unquestionably a smallsword hilt (see pic) but that style of blade has always suggested rapier to me.
The sword is too late to fit into the chronological...
Forum: European Armoury 12th February 2021, 08:02 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
words and pictures

The blade is a flattened lozenge. With regard to a triangular blade: what confuses the eye is a soft flat along its length from the bottom of the engraving which is almost a gentle groove.
I...
Forum: European Armoury 12th February 2021, 07:49 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
alt pic

this picture shows the proportions more accurately
Forum: European Armoury 12th February 2021, 07:31 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
error

maybe that is an ampersand third from the right?
Forum: European Armoury 12th February 2021, 07:29 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
ps

it is a large hilt as well, hence the deceptive proportions
Forum: European Armoury 12th February 2021, 07:26 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
blade length

It is a 36" /92cm blade; very sharp on both sides.
A wedding present from the bride's family perhaps; it is the lower line that stump me as it is one word and my mother-in-law couldn't identify it...
Forum: European Armoury 12th February 2021, 05:24 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
addo

I saw this on an early 18thC French smallsword and it seems to bear some resemblance:
Forum: European Armoury 12th February 2021, 03:27 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
cartouche

ps
Here is the entire sword:
Forum: European Armoury 12th February 2021, 03:20 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
cartouche

I've been unable to identify the origin and meaning of this cartouche on what I understand is an Italian transitional rapier of the second half of the 18th C.
I've had my [ex] Sicilian...
Forum: European Armoury 2nd January 2021, 02:33 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
colichemardes and beyond

Yes Fernando, this 'quoted as extremely rare' sword is a typical example of the machine rolled battlefield smallsword; although slightly more elaborate in the hilt compared to my friend's example;...
Forum: European Armoury 2nd January 2021, 12:09 AM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
Infernal machines

Much of the enduring tale of the German swordmakers of Shotley Bridge was based on myth, fallacy and deliberate obfuscation; this encouraged some chroniclers to either abandon or simply replicate the...
Forum: European Armoury 1st January 2021, 05:33 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
hi-jack

I'm sorry, I've done it again: hi-jacked a thread: my apologies Shayde.
I suppose we are dealing with court swords and smallswords here, so maybe it is not too far 'off the reservation'.
I've...
Forum: European Armoury 1st January 2021, 12:55 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
nomenclature

Thank-you Shayde, an erudite and informed essay on the issue: it is much appreciated.
I agree with your opinion regarding 'munition's grade' as this was a ceremonial weapon that would probably never...
Forum: European Armoury 1st January 2021, 12:31 AM
Replies: 12
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Posted By urbanspaceman
book suggestion

Thank-you, it certainly looks like a very suitable book to answer my question but it is not available in all the places I searched today.
In complete frankness, I have no profound interest in the...
Forum: European Armoury 30th December 2020, 11:21 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
Dutch blade shapes

These fortified blade trans raps are fascinating; thank-you.
The slim unsharpened style of blade seems to have been especially common in the Netherlands.
I have a late 1600s transitional...
Forum: European Armoury 30th December 2020, 03:53 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
ps BTW

Cornelistromp, I nearly forgot:
the sword on the right dated 1640 is an equally fascinating blade: is it yours?
It looks Dutch.
Forum: European Armoury 30th December 2020, 03:47 PM
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Posted By urbanspaceman
Colichemardes

I am sorry, I appear to be confusing the issue rather than illuminating it.
In brief:
all colichemardes observed to date - by myself and the numerous dealers and collectors I have consulted - have...
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