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Forum: European Armoury 1st July 2022, 11:02 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you so much!!These are excellent...

Thank you so much!!These are excellent observations and insights, and all very well placed. With the 'Spanish motto' blades, there has long been a 'back and forth' on whether these were Solingen or...
Forum: European Armoury 28th June 2022, 06:54 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Very true, even the locals in Alta California...

Very true, even the locals in Alta California writing accounts in those times presumed 'every sword' was made in Toledo. This powerful reputation prevailed in literature and much public thought for...
Forum: European Armoury 28th June 2022, 06:47 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Potosi(?) knife

Here is an example of the turn back pommel that seems associated with Potosi, but still seeking more evidence. This resembles the hilt on the similarly pommeled espada ancha I posted, and was found...
Forum: European Armoury 28th June 2022, 06:01 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thanks Fernando, sure would love to see a picture...

Thanks Fernando, sure would love to see a picture of that. Just to clarify, my suggestion was that the examples of the serpent feature with some sort of provenance imply a certain preponderance in...
Forum: European Armoury 28th June 2022, 04:16 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Absolutely! and that observation of yours was one...

Absolutely! and that observation of yours was one of the key breakthroughs in my understanding of these locally produced machetes (=espada anchas).
In Brinckerhoff & Chamberlain (1972) it was noted...
Forum: European Armoury 28th June 2022, 06:27 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
In post #5, the bowl type shell guard, note the...

In post #5, the bowl type shell guard, note the serpent creeping near one edge. As we know from examples with provenance from South America on these, and we can presume they were among 'Spanish Main'...
Forum: European Armoury 27th June 2022, 06:14 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
The 'round tang' and branched hilt

In around 1810-20s the European style hilts with branched guards became popular in New Spain northern frontier regions it seems. According to Adams (1985), he called these multi quillon branched...
Forum: European Armoury 27th June 2022, 07:02 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
The espada ancha 'type' of hilts with full length...

The espada ancha 'type' of hilts with full length blades were found in the southern sectors of New Spain as well as Caribbean and into South America. These regions were part of the "Spanish Main"...
Forum: European Armoury 27th June 2022, 12:27 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thanks very much ! the 1870s sounds right as well...

Thanks very much ! the 1870s sounds right as well as these '1840' style hilts were around for some time. I know they were referred to as cutlass, but am not aware if they had a naval connection...
Forum: European Armoury 26th June 2022, 09:54 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you Fernando! as always very interesting...

Thank you Fernando! as always very interesting responses.
I will say that this treatment on the history of these is wonderfully entertaining and well illustrates the kind of 'lore' that has...
Forum: European Armoury 26th June 2022, 05:06 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
The Espada Ancha Myth

In recent browsing through another forum, I found this curious heading and opened the thread hoping to find what this title meant. The author was inquiring if someone might direct him to references...
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