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Forum: European Armoury Today, 12:53 AM
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Posted By Radboud
Interesting, thank you for the share. It looks...

Interesting, thank you for the share. It looks like a transitional design from the ‘screw in the pommel’ to the later, simpler join of the slot-hilts you show.

I hadn’t noticed it before, so went...
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 01:33 AM
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Posted By Radboud
An interesting sword, are you sure that the...

An interesting sword, are you sure that the unique pommel ring isn't unique to the American-made example?

It might be me, but I don't see it represented in any of the other photos you post. It...
Forum: European Armoury 1st December 2022, 04:48 AM
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Posted By Radboud
This is one of those grey areas. The steel...

This is one of those grey areas. The steel scabbard would be more typical for a cavalry officer as it is harder wearing for when mounted. Leather is lighter and makes less noise when walking about....
Forum: European Armoury 1st December 2022, 03:23 AM
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Posted By Radboud
Unfortunately, I don't have any ivory hilted 1796...

Unfortunately, I don't have any ivory hilted 1796 style sabres in my collection, but here are some examples I've previously come across on the web:

Probable Light Cavalry Officers frock (dress)...
Forum: European Armoury 30th November 2022, 10:41 PM
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Posted By Radboud
On reflection, I think it is telling just how few...

On reflection, I think it is telling just how few presentation or exceptionally high quality swords we see of the 1796 Pattern infantry / heavy cavalry officers (dress) type.

To my thinking it...
Forum: European Armoury 30th November 2022, 11:04 AM
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Posted By Radboud
I think that really depends on your definition of...

I think that really depends on your definition of the 1796 pattern (the Europeans use model, not the British) form.

It is not uncommon to find them, many of the Lloyds Patriotic funds swords are...
Forum: European Armoury 30th November 2022, 01:51 AM
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Posted By Radboud
I think the ivory = navy notion is just another...

I think the ivory = navy notion is just another of those misconceptions created by early collectors and then spread by less-than-scrupulous dealers looking to cash in on a "navy premium".

It's a...
Forum: European Armoury 29th November 2022, 09:29 PM
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Views: 438
Posted By Radboud
It would be nice to see more of the blade...

It would be nice to see more of the blade markings from Jim's sabre, but from what I can see, they look similar to the ones supplied by J J Runkel. If true, this would date it to pre-1808.

This...
Forum: European Armoury 29th November 2022, 09:15 PM
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Posted By Radboud
A nice, high-grade, standard Georgian British...

A nice, high-grade, standard Georgian British officer's sabre is about all that can be said of it. Some general rules of thumb can be followed, such as the gilt hilt is more likely to be...
Forum: European Armoury 8th November 2022, 09:14 AM
Replies: 76
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Posted By Radboud
You need to get Richard Dellars book on the...

You need to get Richard Dellars book on the British Cavalry Swords, he has two excellent chapters on Gill and J J Runkel which covers this period in a lot of detail.

Thomas Gill II did a lot of...
Forum: European Armoury 8th November 2022, 09:09 AM
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Posted By Radboud
I get the impression that you are mixing your...

I get the impression that you are mixing your history together. The so-called 'Sword Scandals' are a specific event that occurred in the 1880s which Matt Easton describes in the following video:
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Forum: European Armoury 8th November 2022, 12:46 AM
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Posted By Radboud
Thomas Gill Snr. Was most certainly manufacturing...

Thomas Gill Snr. Was most certainly manufacturing his own blades before his death in 1801, since this was the whole point of the tests, to prove that the blades he made were the best available. (It...
Forum: European Armoury 7th November 2022, 09:18 PM
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Posted By Radboud
Jim, do you happen to have any photographs of the...

Jim, do you happen to have any photographs of the J. Gill stamp?

There is evidence that James Gill did continue as a cutler for a time after the passing of his father, however, it is believed...
Forum: European Armoury 7th November 2022, 09:07 PM
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Posted By Radboud
Jim, this is not true. The 'sword scandals' came...

Jim, this is not true. The 'sword scandals' came much later in the Victorian era and extended to include bayonets as well.

In the era that we are talking about blades of German manufacture were...
Forum: European Armoury 7th November 2022, 08:58 PM
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Posted By Radboud
Morning Robert, Steve Langham has done a lot of...

Morning Robert, Steve Langham has done a lot of research on British cutlers and maintains an excellent online database:

'Gill Cutlers'...
Forum: European Armoury 27th October 2022, 08:14 AM
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Posted By Radboud
I’m not comfortable with the casting of the...

I’m not comfortable with the casting of the bronze grip. It’s too unrefined / unfinished for a French officer sabre or for the Imperial Guard. Looking at the langets, I have to wonder if the sword as...
Forum: European Armoury 13th October 2022, 09:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,600
Posted By Radboud
Thank you all for the feedback and the additional...

Thank you all for the feedback and the additional examples Jim and Kronckew.

Jim, I'd be interested to hear how the dimensions of the blade on your example compare to mine.
Forum: European Armoury 13th October 2022, 12:08 AM
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Views: 1,600
Posted By Radboud
It's another head, just the face is a bit worn....

It's another head, just the face is a bit worn. These faces are a prominent feature of these hilts and where the name 'Mortuary' sword comes from. Late Victorian collectors theorised that the face...
Forum: European Armoury 12th October 2022, 10:27 PM
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Views: 1,600
Posted By Radboud
The sword arrived yesterday, so can put up some...

The sword arrived yesterday, so can put up some more photos. My first impression is that it's a lot lighter than I expected, at 860 grams. The blade is 830mm long, but has lost a bit off the point. ...
Forum: European Armoury 23rd September 2022, 12:22 AM
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Views: 13,118
Posted By Radboud
Sad to see these kinds of things still happening....

Sad to see these kinds of things still happening. Was it a professional auction company or just an eBay style auction?
Forum: European Armoury 22nd September 2022, 01:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,600
Posted By Radboud
I've tried using Google image search, but it...

I've tried using Google image search, but it doesn't return a lot of results. My guess is that there just aren't enough people posting them.
Forum: European Armoury 21st September 2022, 11:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,600
Posted By Radboud
Thank you for the feedback Jim. It is as you say...

Thank you for the feedback Jim. It is as you say an unusual configuration, especially the orientation of the wolf and that pannel in between the fullers.

I saw Boeker's mark in Kinman but...
Forum: European Armoury 21st September 2022, 05:52 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,600
Posted By Radboud
Help with ID on a Solingen 'Tree' mark

Does anyone recognise this distinctive 'tree with roots' stamp from a Solingen-made blade on a mortuary sword?

The blade is marked:
ME FECIT Running wolf Tree SAHAGVM
SOLINGEN ...
Forum: European Armoury 20th September 2022, 12:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 902
Posted By Radboud
I think there’d be a serious risk of loosing your...

I think there’d be a serious risk of loosing your fingers if you tried to use those slots to catch an opponents blade. Also, using them to break the blade? Highly unlikely.
Forum: European Armoury 16th September 2022, 07:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 930
Posted By Radboud
Interesting knife, not my area but the markings...

Interesting knife, not my area but the markings and blade piercing is almost identical to one of my smallswords:

http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=27980
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