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Forum: European Armoury Today, 04:11 AM
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Posted By M ELEY
[QUOTE=Jim McDougall;266171]That the basket hilt...

[QUOTE=Jim McDougall;266171]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...
Forum: European Armoury Today, 04:03 AM
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Posted By M ELEY
That is pretty cool that some of the old ways...

That is pretty cool that some of the old ways made it 'over the pond' to the New World. Just as so much of the 'mountain traditions' were from the Old Country, such things transitioned over here....
Forum: European Armoury Today, 03:49 AM
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Posted By M ELEY
Hello Battara! I know this practice was done on...

Hello Battara! I know this practice was done on occasion, but whether out of respect or just to re-market an old basket, I can't say! I used to own such a piece. The basket was the m1828 and solidly...
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 09:48 AM
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Posted By M ELEY
Wow! That is shocking and very interesting...

Wow! That is shocking and very interesting information! I'm a transplant to NC and have lived here for about 30 years. Likewise, I live mid-state, but I wouldn't be at all surprised to learn of such...
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 02:47 AM
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Posted By M ELEY
Beautifully put, Jim and, of course, you are...

Beautifully put, Jim and, of course, you are right. I just got caught up in the wasted destruction of these amazing pieces. In reality, this type of thing goes on even when it isn't war-related. Back...
Forum: European Armoury 16th September 2021, 09:32 AM
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Posted By M ELEY
It is shocking to think about how many of these...

It is shocking to think about how many of these baskets we're lost, between the aftermath of 1745, the outlawing of swords and the unfortunate (but necessary) cut-down of swords to make dirks. That...
Forum: European Armoury 15th September 2021, 08:53 PM
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Views: 741
Posted By M ELEY
Jim, you are amazing!! Thank you for this...

Jim, you are amazing!! Thank you for this incredible back information and the comparison to MacGregor's sword is humbling! I wasn't aware Rob Roy's weapon still survived! I had also wondered about...
Forum: European Armoury 15th September 2021, 03:16 PM
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Posted By M ELEY
Hello Robert and welcome to the Forum! Thank you...

Hello Robert and welcome to the Forum! Thank you very much for these references. I will assuredly get a copy to try and understand the nuances of Scottish fencing with the basket versus the typical...
Forum: European Armoury 15th September 2021, 03:14 PM
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Posted By M ELEY
Jim, that is an amazing description of the...

Jim, that is an amazing description of the battlefield at Culloden, both exciting and terrible in the slaughter. It would have been a sight to see. What I found interesting is that there were no...
Forum: European Armoury 14th September 2021, 10:30 PM
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Posted By M ELEY
Thank you, Jim, for coming in on this one. I know...

Thank you, Jim, for coming in on this one. I know you are the expert when it comes to the Scottish pieces. I had forgotten about the German smiths of Houndslow, but, as you said, they were long gone....
Forum: European Armoury 14th September 2021, 02:15 PM
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Posted By M ELEY
Hello Colin. It is my understanding that the vast...

Hello Colin. It is my understanding that the vast majority of blades coming into the British Isles at this time were of German manufacture. This blade apears to be a common pattern, of lenticular...
Forum: European Armoury 14th September 2021, 12:49 AM
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Posted By M ELEY
Excellent point as well. I forgot to thank you...

Excellent point as well. I forgot to thank you for your insight on the original peened tang. I know so many of these baskets saw major makeovers and repairs over the years (bars cut out, replaced...
Forum: European Armoury 13th September 2021, 10:01 PM
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Views: 263
Posted By M ELEY
Thanks, Corrado, for taking the time to post this...

Thanks, Corrado, for taking the time to post this magnificent thread! you just don't see such displays here in the states, with perhaps the Frazier arms Museum (KY) and the Cleveland Museum of Art...
Forum: European Armoury 13th September 2021, 06:06 PM
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Posted By M ELEY
Still more. What really speaks to me about these...

Still more. What really speaks to me about these pieces was the turbulent time in which they were created. The old ribbon-hilt style of basket was transitioning into these forms and after the '45...
Forum: European Armoury 13th September 2021, 06:05 PM
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Posted By M ELEY
More pics Jacobite era baskets

Here's the whole sword plus my 'S' guard basket for comparison of size, grip wrap, etc. Note this other basket also lacks the 'additional rear guard' bars.

I hadn't noticed until I was looking at...
Forum: European Armoury 13th September 2021, 04:19 PM
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Posted By M ELEY
Thank you, Colin!:)

Thank you, Colin!:)
Forum: European Armoury 13th September 2021, 05:02 AM
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Views: 741
Posted By M ELEY
Thanks so much for commenting, Battara. I will...

Thanks so much for commenting, Battara. I will snap a few more shots of the whole piece and also of my other basket just for comparison. I truly love this sword and I love the stories of how many of...
Forum: European Armoury 13th September 2021, 03:10 AM
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Posted By M ELEY
More basket hilt pics!

More basket hilt pics!
Forum: European Armoury 13th September 2021, 03:07 AM
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Posted By M ELEY
Some more pics...

Some more pics...
Forum: European Armoury 13th September 2021, 03:05 AM
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Views: 741
Posted By M ELEY
Awesome Jacobite period basket hilt broadsword

Hello folks! Here's the newest member of my collection (straying a little from the naval/pirate, but there were many Scots who were privateers!)

Here we have a nice early 18th century basket hilt,...
Forum: European Armoury 14th August 2021, 01:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,715
Posted By M ELEY
The king's head stamp is weak and hard to make...

The king's head stamp is weak and hard to make out. It does resemble (slightly) the Weyersburg king head marking, which looks quite different than that of the earlier Wundes king's head marks. It...
Forum: European Armoury 2nd August 2021, 11:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,875
Posted By M ELEY
Well, at least it's Victorian and not an outright...

Well, at least it's Victorian and not an outright falsely aged fake. These are still collectable and have value, just not as much as the 'real deal'!
Forum: European Armoury 2nd August 2021, 11:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,192
Posted By M ELEY
Thanks for coming in on this one, Jim! I was also...

Thanks for coming in on this one, Jim! I was also wondering if it might be earlier than my assumption of ca. 1700, as I know there were earlier hanger patterns. You also concurred with it being...
Forum: European Armoury 2nd August 2021, 04:41 PM
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Views: 1,192
Posted By M ELEY
This is a very interesting hanger indeed! You are...

This is a very interesting hanger indeed! You are right that it is a mystery, as I don't know of any pattern exactly like this one. That being said, many of the hangers of this time period didn't fit...
Forum: European Armoury 30th July 2021, 04:26 AM
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Posted By M ELEY
I personally think the ring is so you can hold...

I personally think the ring is so you can hold the basket and your fingers can still hold your pewter shot of Drambuie :D;)
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