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Forum: European Armoury 21st January 2022, 05:48 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thanks Wayne, Actually I am not certain about...

Thanks Wayne,
Actually I am not certain about lengths of these blades' generality, but the initial course of their development with the widened forte for parry, and the foible remaining narrow for...
Forum: European Armoury 15th January 2022, 07:17 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Lee, thank you so much for entering this topic at...

Lee, thank you so much for entering this topic at hand, and especially for the salient notes regarding this very esoteric field of study.

I think your observation on terming the D guard swords we...
Forum: European Armoury 14th January 2022, 07:21 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you again! In a 1927 paper I found that...

Thank you again!
In a 1927 paper I found that in the northwest colonial regions of Mexico and New Mexico small swords were present, and one of the forms was colichemarde. I have yet to find more,...
Forum: European Armoury 14th January 2022, 04:40 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you Midelburgo, wonderfully done synopsis...

Thank you Midelburgo, wonderfully done synopsis of this very esoteric material, and important insights to the complex and mysterious practice of this type fencing system.
I have come across come of...
Forum: European Armoury 13th January 2022, 07:44 PM
Replies: 13
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Posted By Jim McDougall
I agree, while its been over 40 years since I...

I agree, while its been over 40 years since I fenced, I know how important balance is, and these I have handled are typically remarkably balanced .
It seems no wonder they remained in service with...
Forum: European Armoury 13th January 2022, 07:36 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you so much for this thoughtful and...

Thank you so much for this thoughtful and perfectly explained response and for the kind words.
In posting this I honestly was less than optimistic for responses. The fencing topic alone is...
Forum: European Armoury 13th January 2022, 07:12 PM
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Views: 740
Posted By Jim McDougall
No problem, thank you for the correction.

No problem, thank you for the correction.
Forum: European Armoury 12th January 2022, 06:19 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Interesting. Actually the 'espada ancha' (in...

Interesting.
Actually the 'espada ancha' (in period termed machete) was indeed worn 'on the trail' by horsemen, both civilian as well as soldados.
The machete was never intended as a combative...
Forum: European Armoury 12th January 2022, 05:08 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Heavy espada ancha ' New Mexico?

This example is extremely heavy and seems an earlier form, of 18th c. and is said to be from New Mexico, so presumably Santa Fe regions. Note the detail in the guard and the elaborate engraved panel...
Forum: European Armoury 12th January 2022, 04:52 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Espada ancha -Nuevo Laredo

In keeping with what I have asked here, I am going through old notes (Ive been on this topic since early 90s and earlier) and am trying to add what I can to the examples I have.

This example was...
Forum: European Armoury 12th January 2022, 03:22 AM
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Views: 414
Posted By Jim McDougall
Round tang espada

This is a form known as a 'round tang' espada, as per Adams, (1984, op. cit.). as it is stated the hilt, typically wood or horn, is drilled out to receive the tang. This seems unusual as some of...
Forum: European Armoury 12th January 2022, 02:58 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Espada Ancha -Potosi style

This is an example of espada ancha that has been claimed to be of San Luis Potosi/ Guanajuato regions (just northeast of Mexico city). This is noted in "The Unique Swords of Old Mexico" (Bill Adams,...
Forum: European Armoury 12th January 2022, 02:15 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
The Avila Sword

This is an example of the 'espada ancha' type hilt but mounted with one of the double edged dragoon blades typically found on the bilbo as well as the later cavalry hilt (three bar guard) sabers of...
Forum: European Armoury 12th January 2022, 01:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 414
Posted By Jim McDougall
You bet David :) It truly is, and while we have...

You bet David :)
It truly is, and while we have brought it up for many years around here, we still have barely scratched the surface. Granted there is not a huge number of enthusiasts in this field,...
Forum: European Armoury 11th January 2022, 10:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 414
Posted By Jim McDougall
JT, absolutely brilliantly written and...

JT, absolutely brilliantly written and outstanding documentation on these venerable Spanish arming swords. They are believed to have been around since reasonably early in the 17th century, possibly...
Forum: European Armoury 11th January 2022, 07:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 422
Posted By Jim McDougall
Fencing, Dueling and Rapiers in Spanish Colonial California

In the colonies of New Spain from the 17th century until Mexico won its independence in 1821, the sword had its presence in numerous variations throughout, and seems to maintained its place in...
Forum: European Armoury 11th January 2022, 07:06 PM
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Views: 414
Posted By Jim McDougall
The Espada Ancha-

In recent research, traveling over old roads from years ago on these intriguing short swords of the frontiers of New Spain, I was informed of the source for the curious misnomer referring to these. ...
Forum: European Armoury 9th January 2022, 11:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 478
Posted By Jim McDougall
Interesting topic! I dont think there is a...

Interesting topic!
I dont think there is a rule of thumb, and I think application of these fixtures sort of depends on period, makers assembly processes etc.
It seems with the 1845 (British)...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th January 2022, 11:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 603
Posted By Jim McDougall
Amazing descriptions people put on swords!...

Amazing descriptions people put on swords! Auction descriptions are an entertainment all their own.

This is of course a 'Khyber Knife' (siliwar) from the Khyber regions of Northwest Frontier...
Forum: European Armoury 9th January 2022, 06:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 740
Posted By Jim McDougall
Very well noted Udo. With small swords, as we are...

Very well noted Udo. With small swords, as we are aware, while they were around through 17th c. with their use extending through the 18th, but by the time of the funeral of Louis XV their character...
Forum: European Armoury 8th January 2022, 09:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 740
Posted By Jim McDougall
Udo, very interesting example of what was deemed...

Udo, very interesting example of what was deemed a 'mourning sword' in the 18th c. These are discussed briefly in "The Smallsword in England" (J.Aylward, 1945, p.54-55), noting these arose probably...
Forum: European Armoury 7th January 2022, 09:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 740
Posted By Jim McDougall
This is a most interesting topic, and one that...

This is a most interesting topic, and one that could be broadened into a book quite frankly (maybe even a movie!) :)
That is, that of collectors terms for the weapons of history. I had heard of the...
Forum: European Armoury 6th January 2022, 03:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 740
Posted By Jim McDougall
This is a very good question, and while the term...

This is a very good question, and while the term 'mortuary' sword has been is general use since the Victorian era, when it was coined, I'm not sure if anyone can exact the first date of its use or...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st December 2021, 11:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,179
Posted By Jim McDougall
I see what you mean Richard, possible just a...

I see what you mean Richard, possible just a covering over the rhino Ottoman hilt. I have never taken apart one of my swords, so probably would not on this. It is an interesting suggestion though,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st December 2021, 01:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,179
Posted By Jim McDougall
Wow Charles!! Forgot those! THAT firmly places...

Wow Charles!! Forgot those! THAT firmly places this in Sudan along with those great examples, thank you so much,:) and its great hearing from you.
Richard, Teodor and Ed, thank you guys.
Great...
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