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Forum: European Armoury 13th November 2021, 02:08 AM
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Posted By M ELEY
Fascinating peasant weapon! Would it have been...

Fascinating peasant weapon! Would it have been used against those on horseback? I know many of these types evolved from agricultural tools (Bohemian ear spoons, Kriegsickles, etc), so I'm assuming...
Forum: European Armoury 29th October 2021, 03:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,652
Posted By M ELEY
The two swords I posted were for reference to the...

The two swords I posted were for reference to the figural quillon downfacing from the hilt and of a form found in espadas and colonial broadswords. I made no definite conclusion to this, just a...
Forum: European Armoury 26th October 2021, 05:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,652
Posted By M ELEY
Very nice piece! Not an expert, but I think this...

Very nice piece! Not an expert, but I think this would be classified as a 'Spanish colonial' broadsword of provincial manufacture. Very similar to the Spanish colonial Caribbean rapiers and bilbos...
Forum: European Armoury 24th October 2021, 11:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,402
Posted By M ELEY
A very nice hanger of the period. I like the...

A very nice hanger of the period. I like the 'ring' guard found on some of these, a throwback to earlier forms. Here's a brass hanger of mine with the same type of extended ring guard. Note also the...
Forum: European Armoury 21st October 2021, 07:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,698
Posted By M ELEY
This is indeed an incredible find! The encrusted...

This is indeed an incredible find! The encrusted pieces literally take years to soak and clean. I just read an indepth volume on the archaeological preservation of the QAR wreck. The cannons soaked...
Forum: European Armoury 19th October 2021, 01:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,504
Posted By M ELEY
Opps! So sorry for that. I think it's happened to...

Opps! So sorry for that. I think it's happened to all of us before...
Forum: European Armoury 18th October 2021, 09:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,504
Posted By M ELEY
But old enough to be Celtic? Scottish dirks take...

But old enough to be Celtic? Scottish dirks take their wooden hilt knotwork design from Celt/Viking designs. Could this be a side knife from Scotland? :shrug::shrug:
Forum: European Armoury 7th October 2021, 11:08 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,162
Posted By M ELEY
From Robert's/Toaster5sgn's excellent article on...

From Robert's/Toaster5sgn's excellent article on Scottish fencing! Finally! An explanation of the added wrist guard to Scottish baskets and their significance to defending against the 'dreaded' hand...
Forum: European Armoury 7th October 2021, 06:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,750
Posted By M ELEY
[QUOTE=Jim McDougall;266703]p.304: "...here it...

[QUOTE=Jim McDougall;266703]p.304:
"...here it may be remarked that the introduction of Jacobite emblems in the design of sword hilts described above shows the difference between the Scottish and...
Forum: European Armoury 23rd September 2021, 08:04 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,162
Posted By M ELEY
I know these things sometimes get shady, like the...

I know these things sometimes get shady, like the 'gun that Jesse James used' in such and such a bank robbery, but then again, MANY of these items do have some provenance. We know which dress swords...
Forum: European Armoury 21st September 2021, 05:00 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,162
Posted By M ELEY
Thank you Jim for this great information...

Thank you Jim for this great information (again!). I would love to see a pic of Rob Roy's (reported) sword if anyone can find a pic. I know he was a hero in his own time, so the survival of his blade...
Forum: European Armoury 20th September 2021, 10:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,077
Posted By M ELEY
The only reason I mentioned a 'Confederate'...

The only reason I mentioned a 'Confederate' possibility is the use of those brass 'studs. Brass and copper lugs became popular in the U.S. mid-1850's and you do see a lot of side knives, primitive...
Forum: European Armoury 20th September 2021, 07:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,077
Posted By M ELEY
I'm in agreement with you both. The problem with...

I'm in agreement with you both. The problem with these one-off creations is, unless you have a history, a smith's name or some sort of provenance, it will always be a mystery sword. Jim's excellent...
Forum: European Armoury 18th September 2021, 10:28 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,162
Posted By M ELEY
Thanks, 'Nando. I'll do so!:D:rolleyes:

Thanks, 'Nando. I'll do so!:D:rolleyes:
Forum: European Armoury 18th September 2021, 05:11 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,162
Posted By M ELEY
[QUOTE=Jim McDougall;266171]That the basket hilt...

[QUOTE=Jim McDougall;266171]That the basket hilt had a long presence in the American colonies has no doubt. Scots and Irish, hence Scotch-Irish, had been coming to America, and in the Carolinas for...
Forum: European Armoury 18th September 2021, 05:03 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,162
Posted By M ELEY
That is pretty cool that some of the old ways...

That is pretty cool that some of the old ways made it 'over the pond' to the New World. Just as so much of the 'mountain traditions' were from the Old Country, such things transitioned over here....
Forum: European Armoury 18th September 2021, 04:49 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,162
Posted By M ELEY
Hello Battara! I know this practice was done on...

Hello Battara! I know this practice was done on occasion, but whether out of respect or just to re-market an old basket, I can't say! I used to own such a piece. The basket was the m1828 and solidly...
Forum: European Armoury 17th September 2021, 10:48 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,162
Posted By M ELEY
Wow! That is shocking and very interesting...

Wow! That is shocking and very interesting information! I'm a transplant to NC and have lived here for about 30 years. Likewise, I live mid-state, but I wouldn't be at all surprised to learn of such...
Forum: European Armoury 17th September 2021, 03:47 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,162
Posted By M ELEY
Beautifully put, Jim and, of course, you are...

Beautifully put, Jim and, of course, you are right. I just got caught up in the wasted destruction of these amazing pieces. In reality, this type of thing goes on even when it isn't war-related. Back...
Forum: European Armoury 16th September 2021, 10:32 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,162
Posted By M ELEY
It is shocking to think about how many of these...

It is shocking to think about how many of these baskets we're lost, between the aftermath of 1745, the outlawing of swords and the unfortunate (but necessary) cut-down of swords to make dirks. That...
Forum: European Armoury 15th September 2021, 09:53 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,162
Posted By M ELEY
Jim, you are amazing!! Thank you for this...

Jim, you are amazing!! Thank you for this incredible back information and the comparison to MacGregor's sword is humbling! I wasn't aware Rob Roy's weapon still survived! I had also wondered about...
Forum: European Armoury 15th September 2021, 04:16 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,162
Posted By M ELEY
Hello Robert and welcome to the Forum! Thank you...

Hello Robert and welcome to the Forum! Thank you very much for these references. I will assuredly get a copy to try and understand the nuances of Scottish fencing with the basket versus the typical...
Forum: European Armoury 15th September 2021, 04:14 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,162
Posted By M ELEY
Jim, that is an amazing description of the...

Jim, that is an amazing description of the battlefield at Culloden, both exciting and terrible in the slaughter. It would have been a sight to see. What I found interesting is that there were no...
Forum: European Armoury 14th September 2021, 11:30 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,162
Posted By M ELEY
Thank you, Jim, for coming in on this one. I know...

Thank you, Jim, for coming in on this one. I know you are the expert when it comes to the Scottish pieces. I had forgotten about the German smiths of Houndslow, but, as you said, they were long gone....
Forum: European Armoury 14th September 2021, 03:15 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,162
Posted By M ELEY
Hello Colin. It is my understanding that the vast...

Hello Colin. It is my understanding that the vast majority of blades coming into the British Isles at this time were of German manufacture. This blade apears to be a common pattern, of lenticular...
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