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Forum: European Armoury 1st May 2022, 08:32 AM
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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, 09:29 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,797
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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, 09:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,926
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, 06:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,588
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, 02:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,087
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, 05:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,087
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, 03:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,824
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, 03:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,895
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, 12:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,555
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 10th November 2021, 11:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,860
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 8th October 2021, 11:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,501
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, 09:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,501
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...
Forum: European Armoury 7th October 2021, 08:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,501
Posted By toaster5sqn
Jim, that's an interesting hilt. I notice that...

Jim, that's an interesting hilt. I notice that the side bars have been lowered to the underside of the pommel to allow better wrist extension in the thrust.

Does anyone know just how early this...
Forum: European Armoury 5th October 2021, 08:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,793
Posted By toaster5sqn
While the folded pommel is odd I feel it could...

While the folded pommel is odd I feel it could argue in the direction of authenticity. When iron and steel where rare and valuable smiths would do what ever they could to reuse waste pieces, whereas...
Forum: European Armoury 29th September 2021, 08:47 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,194
Posted By toaster5sqn
Just remembered that the officers model of the...

Just remembered that the officers model of the 1821 Light Cavalry pattern had a pipe back blade (troopers model had a fuller) and a 3 bar hilt, this hilt doesn't really fit the pattern but officers...
Forum: European Armoury 29th September 2021, 08:41 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,194
Posted By toaster5sqn
I can't identify it but here are som observations...

I can't identify it but here are som observations that might help.

Pipe back blades were also used by other European countries, eg. the Prussians in the 1879 redesign of the M1852 Cavalry sabre....
Forum: European Armoury 15th September 2021, 06:07 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 9,773
Posted By toaster5sqn
M Eley, regarding your interest in knowing more...

M Eley, regarding your interest in knowing more about the Scottish fencing style the main 2 references would be:

Thomas Page's "The Use of the Broad Sword" published in 1746 and availiable online...
Forum: European Armoury 5th September 2021, 11:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,995
Posted By toaster5sqn
@Bas, Very easy to organise, I spoke to one of...

@Bas,
Very easy to organise, I spoke to one of the volunteer curators or gave me an email contact and a couple of emails later I had a selection of dates to choose from. We have been twice and will...
Forum: European Armoury 19th August 2021, 09:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,995
Posted By toaster5sqn
Yeah I know, but we have 2 hours to fully admire,...

Yeah I know, but we have 2 hours to fully admire, measure and weigh 10 swords so everyone just snaps as many pictures as we can and hopes for the best.

Robert
Forum: European Armoury 18th August 2021, 11:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,995
Posted By toaster5sqn
It's a mix, I have a good digital camera myself...

It's a mix, I have a good digital camera myself but some of the photos come from cellphones carried by other members of Auckland Sword and Shield. And the first pic showing the entire sword comes...
Forum: European Armoury 18th August 2021, 09:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,995
Posted By toaster5sqn
Auckland Museum Walloon sword

Here is another discovery from the Auckland museum which had it labeled as a rapier!
It has a Kings Head stamped on both sides of the blade, I initially thought it was a Wundes until I realised it...
Forum: European Armoury 17th August 2021, 10:29 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 10,418
Posted By toaster5sqn
The engraving on the blade seems to say officers...

The engraving on the blade seems to say officers sword more than police hanger. Also the shot of it in comparison with the other two hangers shows that if it has been shortened then its original...
Forum: European Armoury 15th August 2021, 04:47 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 10,418
Posted By toaster5sqn
The 1803 flank officers sabre had a slotted hilt...

The 1803 flank officers sabre had a slotted hilt guard rather than a simple stirrup so this is definitely not an 1803.

However sabres became popular with British infantry officers in 1796 when the...
Forum: European Armoury 10th August 2021, 09:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,940
Posted By toaster5sqn
Brilliant, thank you

Brilliant, thank you
Forum: European Armoury 9th August 2021, 09:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,940
Posted By toaster5sqn
Sorry for the lack of detail in my first post, I...

Sorry for the lack of detail in my first post, I was interrupted.
Overall Length: 123cm Blade Length: 106cm Weight: 965.2g Balance Point: 15cm
Profile Taper: Shoulder Width: 23mm Point Width: 12mm...
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