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Forum: European Armoury Today, 12:43 AM
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The presence of 'foreign' swords in the colonies,...

The presence of 'foreign' swords in the colonies, and in America through the Revolution, and Civil War is well established, as seen in the amazingly comprehensive "Swords and Blades of the American...
Forum: European Armoury Today, 12:21 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
What I meant was that in the 19th century with...

What I meant was that in the 19th century with all the fervor over all things Scottish many old hilts were remounted with old blades, mostly German of course, which were still circulating around. I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 09:08 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
If these names are not confusing enough, the...

If these names are not confusing enough, the complexity of British regimental naming, numbering and amalgamations is over the top!

In entries I found that Capt. Kalu Thapa went to Shillong (NE...
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 07:27 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
That the basket hilt had a long presence in the...

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 some time, and were in place...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 06:20 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
While kukri's are far from my fields of study, I...

While kukri's are far from my fields of study, I had occasion to try to learn more on them many years back, and had several great communications for the late Byron Farwell ("The Gurkhas", 1984)....
Forum: European Armoury 16th September 2021, 05:50 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Capn, as we, along with so many others, are...

Capn, as we, along with so many others, are passionate students of history and these amazing weapons, I share your outrage intensely. It is impossible to study these things without being exposed to...
Forum: European Armoury 16th September 2021, 04:24 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Just as intriging are the sheer numer of baskets...

Just as intriging are the sheer numer of baskets absent from the field of Culloden after the battle. In other words, despite the massive numbers of fallen Scots, others retrieved their baskets and...
Forum: European Armoury 16th September 2021, 02:36 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Wow Jose!! very nice to say, but no need, I walk...

Wow Jose!! very nice to say, but no need, I walk among giants here, and we all have areas that we have chosen as favorites. I'm just so glad Mark posted this so I could revisit these things I've...
Forum: European Armoury 15th September 2021, 11:48 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
These are excellent references Robert! It is...

These are excellent references Robert! It is interesting that these masters approached 'fencing' but more in the sense of dueling and the small sword and rapier. It seems that 'fencing' is perhaps a...
Forum: European Armoury 15th September 2021, 11:30 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
After Culloden (1746), the Scots were forbidden...

After Culloden (1746), the Scots were forbidden to have weapons, or wear Highland dress, with these proscriptions in place for nearly 50 years. While swords were permitted in degree of course in the...
Forum: European Armoury 15th September 2021, 09:22 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you Capn, this was very exciting...

Thank you Capn, this was very exciting research!!! While my comparisons to the Rob Roy sword may seem optimistic to some, I think there is more than reasonable plausibility to place your sword in...
Forum: European Armoury 15th September 2021, 07:27 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Rob Roy MacGregor

Some years ago while researching Rob Roy, I found that the swords actually used in the fight between Rob Roy and an opponent much younger , Charles Stuart of Ardshiel, had been restored by an...
Forum: European Armoury 15th September 2021, 06:53 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Actually the CB (=casus belli) for individuals...

Actually the CB (=casus belli) for individuals varied, and mostly the reason was protest of the 1707 combining of Scottish and English parliaments.
Naturally there were Jacobites (those in support...
Forum: European Armoury 15th September 2021, 05:39 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
I'm surely no expert on these Capn, but thank...

I'm surely no expert on these Capn, but thank you! I do clearly have a passion for them, and though I have tried to study them for many years, their history is complex and elusive.

In reading...
Forum: European Armoury 14th September 2021, 05:18 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
There were not really any blade forgers in any...

There were not really any blade forgers in any degree in the British Isles until the mid to latter 17th century, these being the Hounslow makers who who primarily Germans brought in, later the...
Forum: European Armoury 11th September 2021, 08:34 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you very much Fernando!!!! :)

Thank you very much Fernando!!!! :)
Forum: European Armoury 11th September 2021, 04:52 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
I must say this thread you have posted is not...

I must say this thread you have posted is not only informative, but fascinating, and I am learning more on the actual use of the saber itself in combat, not just the karabela. While I have indeed...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th September 2021, 11:47 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Ariel! oops! I seem to be having more of those...

Ariel! oops! I seem to be having more of those moments too....are we gettin' old? Great descriptions on these overall just the same.......and good detail on the Afghan-Deccani situations.
All the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th September 2021, 08:24 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
On the top 'firangi' it seems odd that this is...

On the top 'firangi' it seems odd that this is double edged, as I had thought the fuller grouping would be at center, rather than along one side as here.
Could this have been a wider blade?
The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th September 2021, 08:05 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
The blade is probably Styrian, and the markings...

The blade is probably Styrian, and the markings approximating the so called 'Genoan' sickle marks as commonly found on blades from these regions. I usually consider these double edged blades as...
Forum: European Armoury 5th September 2021, 05:49 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
I would imagine this association may be based on...

I would imagine this association may be based on the well known 1891 painting by Ilya Repin, "Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mehmed IV of the Ottoman Empire" by painter Ilya Repin.
...
Forum: European Armoury 4th September 2021, 07:21 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
OK, so he gets to wear this great uniform and...

OK, so he gets to wear this great uniform and amazing weapons!!!!
My brother and I get these cheesy cowboy outfits and cap guns!! :(
No fair! :)
Forum: European Armoury 4th September 2021, 07:13 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Udo, you are amazing at finding this important...

Udo, you are amazing at finding this important information!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd September 2021, 06:58 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you Stu! All OK, wild weather is expected...

Thank you Stu! All OK, wild weather is expected this time of year, but of course nobody gets used to it......resilient yes, complacent no. We are lucky in this part of Texas our area is not like the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd September 2021, 06:52 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Hi Norman, I am inclined to believe that these...

Hi Norman,
I am inclined to believe that these 'dhup' are typically backswords (SE) as yours and Rick's, it seems other examples I have seen are single edged.

From the blade appearance of Stu's...
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