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Old 19th May 2024, 06:38 AM   #1
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Default LePage and a puzzle

Still work by Rainer Daenhdardt on a sword from his collection ...


Here comes the most important discovery on the LEPAGE SWORD OF HONOUR.
The maker did something never seen before. He dedicated some time to create a puzzle which he chisselled on the inner side of the guard.
Among many well alined decorations he spread a number of gothic letters all around. Gothic became again a taste of time.
It took a while to find out why.
He wrote: “LEPAGE LARQUEBUSIER DU ROI ET DU LEMPEREUR”.


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Old 19th May 2024, 07:03 AM   #2
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The LePage family (1717->????)was renowned for their firearms work and that was their main product. Known also for swords but the LARQUEBUSIER is literally l'arquebusier. So, advertising?

I'm pretty sure that is cast art, not chiseled. Masters carved. Scabbards embossed and joined.

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... I'm pretty sure that is cast art, not chiseled. Masters carved. Scabbards embossed and joined.
Something beyond my knowledge Glen. A question of wrong terminology ? Or this means the outer part is also cast ...


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Yes, lost wax casting. There is inevitable clean up with chasing some detail and then gilded. Wax masters to create molds. As basic as a bronze sword that was once a wood master to create the clay mold. The designs are carved into the masters. Even in the first photo, one can see the rounded edges of the high points. I'd love to see the whole sword, apparently based on an 1817. I would tend to think between the 1st and 2nd empires?

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Yes, lost wax casting. There is inevitable clean up with chasing some detail and then gilded. Wax masters to create molds. As basic as a bronze sword that was once a wood master to create the clay mold. The designs are carved into the masters. Even in the first photo, one can see the rounded edges of the high points. I'd love to see the whole sword, apparently based on an 1817. I would tend to think between the 1st and 2nd empires?

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Please see the FIRST THREAD on this topic; will hopefully enlighten you.
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I see. thank you. I had the wrong Marie in mind.
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