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Forum: European Armoury 30th May 2021, 09:48 PM
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Posted By CutlassCollector
Hi, From 1859 the history is very confusing...

Hi,

From 1859 the history is very confusing for British cutlasses. Swords for Sea Service make an attempt at explaining all the various modifications and design changes mixed in with the cutlass...
Forum: European Armoury 18th May 2021, 11:43 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,863
Posted By CutlassCollector
Great display Mark. I like pikes almost as much...

Great display Mark. I like pikes almost as much as axes.

It must have been a lot of work to shave/turn that whole length of shaft from a diameter large enough to get all the nuances of tapering...
Forum: European Armoury 16th May 2021, 07:56 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,906
Posted By CutlassCollector
You're right Jim - the experience and skill...

You're right Jim - the experience and skill needed to navigate, maneuver and fight a sailing warship was exceptional. One of the reasons for the decline of the French navy after the revolution was...
Forum: European Armoury 14th May 2021, 04:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,906
Posted By CutlassCollector
Hi Mark, yes these sea battles are fascinating...

Hi Mark, yes these sea battles are fascinating and some are well documented. Check out my favorite HMS Ambuscade v. Bayonaisse. The small French corvette with half the number of guns and a much...
Forum: European Armoury 12th May 2021, 10:47 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,906
Posted By CutlassCollector
Capt. Broke's Sword

Sim Comfort has produced a presentation on Capt. Broke's sword and the frigate battle between HMS Shannon and USS Chesapeake.

Worth a look at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5I6xj8clfU
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th April 2021, 01:48 PM
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Views: 6,747
Posted By CutlassCollector
For comparison, here is something similar from...

For comparison, here is something similar from the Chinese Sword Museum - unfortunately my knowledge is minimal and not much improved by my visit, as almost all text was in Mandarin.
The sword was...
Forum: European Armoury 18th April 2021, 01:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,694
Posted By CutlassCollector
Is it possible the small screw held a lightweight...

Is it possible the small screw held a lightweight attachment for pennant or small flag?
Forum: European Armoury 26th March 2021, 01:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,673
Posted By CutlassCollector
Blacksmiths were amazingly skilled and ingenuous...

Blacksmiths were amazingly skilled and ingenuous in making and fixing almost anything made of metal and were forge welding successfully everyday. So no disrespect intended but what I meant was if you...
Forum: European Armoury 17th March 2021, 10:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,673
Posted By CutlassCollector
I have picked up a number of axe books along the...

I have picked up a number of axe books along the way and I have had a browse looking for a makers name to match - no luck I'm afraid.

I also think the words look French so switching google search...
Forum: European Armoury 6th February 2021, 10:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,425
Posted By CutlassCollector
I don't know if this is any help as it is later,...

I don't know if this is any help as it is later, around 1850s.

The Royal Navy was having trouble procuring enough good quality cutlass blades in England so thousands were ordered from several...
Forum: European Armoury 5th February 2021, 08:40 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,311
Posted By CutlassCollector
Hi Fernando, Yes our posts crossed. All I...

Hi Fernando,
Yes our posts crossed.
All I can say is that in general the 1804 cutlasses did not have the broad arrow mark. They often have a royal cypher and crown on the blade and an inspectors...
Forum: European Armoury 5th February 2021, 05:48 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,311
Posted By CutlassCollector
Thanks everyone for the input. So summing up...

Thanks everyone for the input.

So summing up - broad arrow on firearms definitely go back to Queen Anne's reign which started in 1707.
For cannon it seems even earlier and perhaps through the...
Forum: European Armoury 5th February 2021, 04:58 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 6,484
Posted By CutlassCollector
My Belgian sea service pistol is marked with the...

My Belgian sea service pistol is marked with the ELG - no crown and does not appear to have an inspectors mark.

With reference to the lack of a ramrod in some pistols. Pistols were of limited...
Forum: European Armoury 4th February 2021, 09:57 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,311
Posted By CutlassCollector
Fernando K and Will - yes according to Wiki it...

Fernando K and Will - yes according to Wiki it does seem to be a stylised representation of a metal arrow head. The symbol pointing down is used in English heraldry. And I guess the link may well be...
Forum: European Armoury 4th February 2021, 09:44 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,311
Posted By CutlassCollector
And thanks Jim and Adrian for your great research...

And thanks Jim and Adrian for your great research that really pushes the date back for firearms to the early 1700s and still earlier for general use. That pretty much agrees with Corrado's estimate....
Forum: European Armoury 4th February 2021, 09:28 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,311
Posted By CutlassCollector
That's great info guys. Obviously my knowledge of...

That's great info guys. Obviously my knowledge of firearms is limited so thanks Corrado and Fernando for the pistol markings. The crown and cypher are obviously not necessarily exclusive of the broad...
Forum: European Armoury 4th February 2021, 12:30 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,311
Posted By CutlassCollector
The British Broad Arrow Mark

What is your earliest firearm or sword that is marked with the British broad arrow (pheon) mark of government ownership?


The mark has been around for centuries and was mainly used for marking...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd February 2021, 09:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 765
Posted By CutlassCollector
It can be hard to tell the models apart. The 1833...

It can be hard to tell the models apart. The 1833 had a smooth rounded quillion so this is one of the earlier versions with the lobed quillion. Without any markings the length of the blade may give...
Forum: European Armoury 29th December 2020, 09:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,479
Posted By CutlassCollector
Great display Mark, Apart from fire axes...

Great display Mark,

Apart from fire axes boarding axes, being light, were also a useful substitute for a tomahawk or belt axe with the haft shortened. Many found their way ashore.
Some have been...
Forum: European Armoury 29th December 2020, 02:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,695
Posted By CutlassCollector
Hi Mark, It is a great axe but very hard to...

Hi Mark,

It is a great axe but very hard to positively identify for all those reasons already expressed by Jim and others.
The evolutionary link to fire axes is well known. Early French personal...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 10th July 2020, 12:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,352
Posted By CutlassCollector
When I first went to sea many of the ships I...

When I first went to sea many of the ships I sailed on were old, built in the 1950s just after WW2. They were all fitted with sound powered emergency phones as a back up system - they work with no...
Forum: European Armoury 9th April 2020, 08:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,303
Posted By CutlassCollector
Hi Daniel, Well I'm sure the experts are...

Hi Daniel,

Well I'm sure the experts are correct but all the same it's a damn fine mounting and who's to say that the odd 'thundermug' did not get pressed into service as a mortar when the need...
Forum: European Armoury 8th April 2020, 09:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,140
Posted By CutlassCollector
Hi Mark, Good to see a cutlass post. ...

Hi Mark,

Good to see a cutlass post.
Congrats on a very nice piece - I see you have not lost your knack for seeking out the rare examples!

Regards
CC
Forum: European Armoury 16th February 2020, 05:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,486
Posted By CutlassCollector
Agreed!! But not as bad as the Nock Volley gun...

Agreed!!
But not as bad as the Nock Volley gun that fired all seven barrels at the same time.
Forum: European Armoury 16th February 2020, 05:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,486
Posted By CutlassCollector
I guess the gun was charged with powder into the...

I guess the gun was charged with powder into the first section smaller diameter of the barrel and then the stem of the grenade/missile is designed to match the larger diameter of the barrel and is...
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