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Forum: European Armoury Today, 08:39 PM
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My thought as well on the espada reworking. I...

My thought as well on the espada reworking. I know there were both German and British retaiors selling their wares in the Americas at the turn of the 18th/19th century. This is a curious one, though....
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 07:37 PM
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Posted By M ELEY
I just bid on one of these in a London auction...

I just bid on one of these in a London auction several months ago. needless to say, I didn't even come close to winning! Just like this example from the old thread, t was missing it's flintlock...
Forum: European Armoury 18th June 2021, 03:02 AM
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Posted By M ELEY
Great point, Ausjulius! When i first commented on...

Great point, Ausjulius! When i first commented on this piece, I had assumed a more utilitarian use for the blade, but you bring up the point that it could have been a specialized tool (medical...
Forum: European Armoury 18th June 2021, 02:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 383
Posted By M ELEY
Forgot to thank you for this information, Adrian....

Forgot to thank you for this information, Adrian. That makes sense that they would be 'parts' numbers. I guess I'm always looking for 'rack numbers' being I collect maritime items and such markings...
Forum: European Armoury 18th June 2021, 02:55 AM
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Views: 383
Posted By M ELEY
I'm sure they do, Norman, and I wouldn't want to...

I'm sure they do, Norman, and I wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of either of them!
Forum: European Armoury 18th June 2021, 02:49 AM
Replies: 12
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Posted By M ELEY
Talking :D:D:D

:D:D:D
Forum: European Armoury 17th June 2021, 05:30 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 843
Posted By M ELEY
Glad you liked it, Keith. Admittedly, I'm a wuss...

Glad you liked it, Keith. Admittedly, I'm a wuss and would rather have not been scarred up in this way!:eek:
Forum: European Armoury 15th June 2021, 11:08 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 843
Posted By M ELEY
Fascinating information from all involved. I...

Fascinating information from all involved. I personally loved that movie 'The Duelist'. Just wanted to add that as far as fencing goes, the German academic schools also were heavily involved and it...
Forum: European Armoury 15th June 2021, 12:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 268
Posted By M ELEY
Yikes! Adrian is right. I wasn't paying attention...

Yikes! Adrian is right. I wasn't paying attention to the size you listed, so it is a model. Some of these could be quite old, though-:shrug:
Forum: European Armoury 14th June 2021, 06:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 268
Posted By M ELEY
Hello Rikkn. I am no expert on cannons, but i can...

Hello Rikkn. I am no expert on cannons, but i can tell you yours is a coehorn, or mortar and definitely more than just a signal gun. It would indeed have fired a small shell/grenade/carcass,...
Forum: European Armoury 14th June 2021, 12:36 AM
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Views: 329
Posted By M ELEY
Great information on those opposing dog head...

Great information on those opposing dog head finials, Jim! I always wondered if they had a name. 'Talbots'...very interesting! In themselves, they also IMHO lend to an earlier (pre-19th) dating. My...
Forum: European Armoury 13th June 2021, 06:34 AM
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Views: 329
Posted By M ELEY
Again, I would agree with my fellow Forumites!:) ...

Again, I would agree with my fellow Forumites!:)

I'd place it mid to late 18th due to the 'cap' type guard that would fit over the scabbard throat to prevent rain water drainage into the sheath...
Forum: European Armoury 13th June 2021, 06:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 383
Posted By M ELEY
I agree that in the standard sense, the spontoon...

I agree that in the standard sense, the spontoon was a regimental symbol and not used in combat, but there are always exceptions when it comes to pole-arms. I believe the Swiss Guard still...
Forum: European Armoury 12th June 2021, 03:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 383
Posted By M ELEY
Angry Thank you for posting these, Norman! You are a...

Thank you for posting these, Norman! You are a lucky guy to have uch great examples! I've wanted to add a spontoon to my own collection, but sticking with the pirate/nautical theme, I couldn't do...
Forum: European Armoury 8th June 2021, 09:12 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,084
Posted By M ELEY
I remember seeing and reading about other earlier...

I remember seeing and reading about other earlier swords that had their opposing guard (in the case of the 'kidney pattern' swords)bent downwards at an acute angle to prevent the annoyance of it...
Forum: European Armoury 8th June 2021, 01:01 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,084
Posted By M ELEY
Just chiming in with everyone else that this is a...

Just chiming in with everyone else that this is a spadrron-type, European/probably UK. I post this one only to show the folding back guard (yours appears to be missing) on the m1786 pattern. I think...
Forum: European Armoury 4th June 2021, 03:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 785
Posted By M ELEY
I am glad we are 'sifting through the mists' to...

I am glad we are 'sifting through the mists' to find the reality when it comes to these knives. I understand there is a lot of myth, but we also know that thousands of these type blades (both...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd June 2021, 04:01 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 785
Posted By M ELEY
I'm in total agreement, Jim, with the importance...

I'm in total agreement, Jim, with the importance and incredible history of these blades! During the American Civil War, many Confederate soldiers carried both 'types'. Likewise, many Sheffileld-made...
Forum: European Armoury 2nd June 2021, 08:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 785
Posted By M ELEY
I'm enthralled by both the bowie and Arkansas...

I'm enthralled by both the bowie and Arkansas toothpick knives! I used to own a nice one myself, but in my brainless youth, I traded it for a sword not worth a fifth of what it would have brought....
Forum: European Armoury 2nd June 2021, 03:07 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,942
Posted By M ELEY
Ahh, well in that case, I need one of these at my...

Ahh, well in that case, I need one of these at my work!;)

Thank you for clearing up the mystery of bough versus bow!
Forum: European Armoury 1st June 2021, 10:22 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,942
Posted By M ELEY
I'll hold you to it! Actually, this design would...

I'll hold you to it! Actually, this design would have to be used very carefully on a crowded deck. Otherwise, as Dmitri pointed out (pardon the pun!), you could easily stab the guy behind you!
Forum: European Armoury 1st June 2021, 10:20 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,942
Posted By M ELEY
Thanks for that clarification, David. I know many...

Thanks for that clarification, David. I know many nautical terms came and went depending on the advancements of sailing. In my writings, I was told by one gent that the proper spelling of the front...
Forum: European Armoury 1st June 2021, 03:45 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,942
Posted By M ELEY
Thank you for posting these, Fernando! I had...

Thank you for posting these, Fernando! I had heard of the rare, two-headed version, but only seen drawing of it and not the real deal! A very interesting type! I'd love to have one in my collection!
Forum: European Armoury 30th May 2021, 03:22 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,942
Posted By M ELEY
Thank you folks for explaining the odd...

Thank you folks for explaining the odd terminologies in maritime use. I just think it's strange that 'orlop' originated from Dutch, yet it was used pretty much across the board for all ships at the...
Forum: European Armoury 30th May 2021, 03:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,361
Posted By M ELEY
The topic of 'sword misadventures' would make a...

The topic of 'sword misadventures' would make a great thread on it's own! Really, the only thing I ever had happen was the time I was forcefully trying to remove a mekugi pin from a kyu gunto when...
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