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Forum: European Armoury 20th January 2022, 08:59 PM
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Posted By Radboud
British 1796 LC sabres with regimental/troop/rack...

British 1796 LC sabres with regimental/troop/rack numbers are significantly less commonly found than those without. Normally such numbers indicate foreign service, for example, with the Kingdom of...
Forum: European Armoury 19th January 2022, 11:45 PM
Replies: 9
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Posted By Radboud
I donít think either of these swords are British....

I donít think either of these swords are British.

The top one isnít a 1796 LC in any case. The blade shape is wrong, the ricasso too large, the guard too thick and itís missing the langetsÖ to...
Forum: European Armoury 16th January 2022, 10:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 187
Posted By Radboud
What is the distil taper like on the blade? Does...

What is the distil taper like on the blade? Does it go from thick at the base to very narrow at the tip?

It's an interesting looking sword, as you say very curvy, how long is the blade?
Forum: European Armoury 28th December 2021, 10:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 820
Posted By Radboud
Thank you, the inscription, N Tol, is very...

Thank you, the inscription, N Tol, is very similar to the one pictured on page 211 of Armes Blanches Symbolisme Inscriptions by Jean L'Hoste.

But as you say it could well be a Solingen blade...
Forum: European Armoury 28th December 2021, 09:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 820
Posted By Radboud
Regrettably again there are no hard and fast...

Regrettably again there are no hard and fast rules, as we see sword blades marked to J J Runkel (especially the earlier ones) with typical Solingen decorations mounted on late 18th Century British...
Forum: European Armoury 28th December 2021, 09:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 820
Posted By Radboud
I.C.B or sometimes I.G.B is believed to be the...

I.C.B or sometimes I.G.B is believed to be the mark for Johann and Clemens Boegel of Solingen.
Forum: European Armoury 28th December 2021, 09:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 820
Posted By Radboud
Hello, Of the two marked blades, only the...

Hello,

Of the two marked blades, only the Toledo is a colichmarde, and it has a later hilt. However the blade has always been a smallsword blade. I have posted it previously in this...
Forum: European Armoury 28th December 2021, 07:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 820
Posted By Radboud
I have a colichemarde blade that is marked N Tol...

I have a colichemarde blade that is marked N Tol for Toledo on one of my smallswords.

Another, with a regular tri-foil blade has the makers mark I.C.B on the ricasso. So we canít really say all...
Forum: European Armoury 28th December 2021, 04:32 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,040
Posted By Radboud
Hopefully these photos better explain what I...

Hopefully these photos better explain what I mean, they are all from early 19th Century British Cavalry Officer swords.

The first one is a Osborn 1796 Pattern light Cavalry from before 1801, the...
Forum: European Armoury 27th December 2021, 10:18 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,040
Posted By Radboud
The scabbard raises a couple of flags with me,...

The scabbard raises a couple of flags with me, rings are out of period. They could be replacements, but at the time split rings would be used for officer swords.

Also I canít see the brazing seam...
Forum: European Armoury 15th December 2021, 02:44 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,113
Posted By Radboud
Thanks for sharing that, kronckew. From my...

Thanks for sharing that, kronckew.

From my understanding, the idea of centralised proof testing of swords was still in it's infancy in the late 18th Century. It wasn't until the 1796 Pattern...
Forum: European Armoury 13th December 2021, 09:55 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,113
Posted By Radboud
The letter is reproduced from ďThe British...

The letter is reproduced from ďThe British Cavalry Sword 1788 - 1912Ē By Richard Dellar on pg. 285 - 286

The spine thickness was measured against a special gauge and then subjected to a bend test,...
Forum: European Armoury 13th December 2021, 08:18 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,113
Posted By Radboud
Results of the test, as you can imagine, Woolley...

Results of the test, as you can imagine, Woolley was not happy with the results and felt ambushed by the tests.
Forum: European Armoury 13th December 2021, 07:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,365
Posted By Radboud
Like Will says, that style of tip is fairly...

Like Will says, that style of tip is fairly common on British swords of the time. It creates a light but stiff blade.

My non-regulation grenadier officerís sabre has the same style on a 830mm...
Forum: European Armoury 13th December 2021, 03:22 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,113
Posted By Radboud
This is not strictly correct. While it is true...

This is not strictly correct. While it is true that the term "Warranted Never to Fail" originated with Thomas Gill, it did not come from the 'Sword Scandals' which actually occurred much later,...
Forum: European Armoury 12th December 2021, 08:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,365
Posted By Radboud
Hi Drack, According to John McGrath and...

Hi Drack,

According to John McGrath and Mark Barton, “British Naval Swords & Swordsmanship”

It is probable that 1803 Pattern swords were carried by officers of the Royal Marines and Royal...
Forum: European Armoury 12th December 2021, 01:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 974
Posted By Radboud
Hi Drack, Try Matthew Forde:...

Hi Drack,

Try Matthew Forde: https://www.fordemilitaryantiques.com/

He just wrote a book on Italian swords and at the very least should be able to point you in the right direction.

Cheers...
Forum: European Armoury 12th December 2021, 01:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,365
Posted By Radboud
Hi Drack, That is a neat 1803 you have...

Hi Drack,

That is a neat 1803 you have there, does it have a maker's name or cutler on it?

To answer your first question, the tip of your sword wouldn't have been officially shortened. These...
Forum: European Armoury 10th December 2021, 06:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,455
Posted By Radboud
I second Roberts comments that it is likely a...

I second Roberts comments that it is likely a composite of a spadroon blade and a cosmetic/theatrical hilt. Personally, I don't think it's a 1796 and more likely a later European type based on the...
Forum: European Armoury 5th December 2021, 08:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,208
Posted By Radboud
Hi Cathy, It could very well have been a...

Hi Cathy,

It could very well have been a navy officers sword. Just without any defining characteristics like an anchor motif itís anyoneís guess. Still a nice exotic early sword.

Cheers
Bas
Forum: European Armoury 4th December 2021, 10:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,208
Posted By Radboud
Great sword you have there Cathey. I had a look...

Great sword you have there Cathey. I had a look in my book on Gendarmerie arms, but unfortunately several of the earlier types listed don't have a corresponding image. Although the impression I get...
Forum: European Armoury 28th November 2021, 08:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,833
Posted By Radboud
I'm far from an expert on these, but from the...

I'm far from an expert on these, but from the ones I've glanced over in auction catalogues and looking at the replica's Todd Cuttler builds... These aren't giving me a warm feeling.

For starters,...
Forum: European Armoury 26th November 2021, 12:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,395
Posted By Radboud
Daggpil, Can you share a photo of the figure...

Daggpil,
Can you share a photo of the figure above the warranted line? I think I see an anchor behind his feet which could signify this sword was for a navy officer.
Cheers
Bas
Forum: European Armoury 26th November 2021, 11:59 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,113
Posted By Radboud
Interesting hanger Cel, does it have a Royal...

Interesting hanger Cel, does it have a Royal Cypher on the blade?
The markings look late 18th Century, very early 19th Century to me.

Personally I donít think the blade has been shortened as...
Forum: European Armoury 26th November 2021, 11:47 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,113
Posted By Radboud
If it helps, I have a 1796 LC marked Gillís...

If it helps, I have a 1796 LC marked Gillís Warranted that dates to no earlier than 1817.
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