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Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 11:04 PM
Replies: 2
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Posted By M ELEY
A fellow from another forum long ago mentioned...

A fellow from another forum long ago mentioned him. The person helping me had come to the conclusion that, although this gun dates pre-1800 based on style, design, proofs, etc, this Birmingham...
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 09:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 17
Posted By M ELEY
British officer's blunderbuss pistol

Here we have a British brass flintlock blunderbuss pistol from approximately 1770-80's. It is designed in the classic Waters patent style, with the lock situated in the middle and the spring-loaded...
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 03:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 88
Posted By M ELEY
Thank you so much, Corrado, for responding and...

Thank you so much, Corrado, for responding and posting your smallsword. Nice to know a country of origin! In looking at the tracing on the blade, I believe I see remnants of the wig and possible...
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 01:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 88
Posted By M ELEY
Two more...

Note that the pitted blade at one time had etched foliage and possibly a name? Saying? Too lost to tell-
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 01:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 88
Posted By M ELEY
A simple but interesting smallsword

Here's one I picked up a number of years ago on the cheap. Classic form bilobate guard, simple knuckle bow, large pas d'an, trefoil blade. Note the lack of decoration to guard, pommel, knucklebow. I...
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 01:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 278
Posted By M ELEY
Victrix, thank you for that pic of armor-piercing...

Victrix, thank you for that pic of armor-piercing heads. I was always under the assumption that this style of head was very late in pike history. Naval pikes with 4 sides appeared around 1800,...
Forum: European Armoury 24th January 2021, 02:38 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,364
Posted By M ELEY
Thanks, Jim, for commenting on my hanger. I don't...

Thanks, Jim, for commenting on my hanger. I don't want to call attention away from Jasper's magnificent VOC swords, so I won't comment further. I'm very happy with the piece and think it belongs in...
Forum: European Armoury 24th January 2021, 01:46 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,708
Posted By M ELEY
Thank you, David, for coming in on this one....

Thank you, David, for coming in on this one. Staff weapons are often non-descript and hard to pin-point. I had considered that possibility (thus, my 'trench spear' mention), but wasn't sure of pike...
Forum: European Armoury 23rd January 2021, 06:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,570
Posted By M ELEY
I added a red buffer cloth to the basket as it...

I added a red buffer cloth to the basket as it would have had back in the day. This sword is still the gem in my collection; untampered with, intact and dating to the period of Culloden- 1730-40's....
Forum: European Armoury 23rd January 2021, 06:36 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,708
Posted By M ELEY
A new discovery!

I'm dusting off this old thread because I have better pics of this item and I just discovered the head actually screws off and is tanged, while the ferrule holds it in place! Very interesting...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd January 2021, 05:32 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,364
Posted By M ELEY
Last two...always wondered what the carved symbol...

Last two...always wondered what the carved symbol on the hilt represented (S-shaped backing each other with wings?). If this hanger distracts from the topic at hand, let me know and I'll remove it!
Forum: European Armoury 22nd January 2021, 05:29 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,364
Posted By M ELEY
Wow, Jasper! I had forgotten about all of your...

Wow, Jasper! I had forgotten about all of your truly remarkable hangers/cutlasses! Would absolutely love to have one of these types someday. Here is a hanger you helped me identify a number of years...
Forum: European Armoury 16th January 2021, 04:19 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,007
Posted By M ELEY
Excellent point, Wayne, and exactly the type of...

Excellent point, Wayne, and exactly the type of thought process involved with naval fighting/boarding parties. Why kill if you can just take the fight out of them. Just as a surrendered ship was...
Forum: European Armoury 13th January 2021, 09:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 341
Posted By M ELEY
Very nice briquet. As discussed before with these...

Very nice briquet. As discussed before with these types, many were infantry swords, but some definitely were for sea service. It is an interesting side note that many boarding cutlasses did NOT have...
Forum: European Armoury 10th January 2021, 04:33 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 704
Posted By M ELEY
Thank you very much for these references,...

Thank you very much for these references, Stephan! I have that last one and hope to pick up a copy of Baldwin's soon. Of course, Peterson would be the jewel to the crown, but as it is out of print,...
Forum: European Armoury 2nd January 2021, 11:53 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 942
Posted By M ELEY
Most Spanish swords of this period had blades...

Most Spanish swords of this period had blades made in Solingen. Germany was basically producing for most of Europe at that time, with their blades being used in Scotland for basket-hilts, in American...
Forum: European Armoury 31st December 2020, 02:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 942
Posted By M ELEY
Very nice Spanish (or Portuguese?) cup-hilt,...

Very nice Spanish (or Portuguese?) cup-hilt, Bruno! I believe this pattern was referred to as a 'sail hilt' and dates to the last quarter of the 18th century. As you pointed out, the blade, cup and...
Forum: European Armoury 31st December 2020, 02:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 428
Posted By M ELEY
Hello Colin. Just wanted to say what a cool piece...

Hello Colin. Just wanted to say what a cool piece this is! Very strange that the knife wouldn't be maker-marked, as most 19th c. cutlery and such usually was...unless this was truly made for export...
Forum: European Armoury 30th December 2020, 05:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 632
Posted By M ELEY
More pics to clarify (or muddy the waters further...

More pics to clarify (or muddy the waters further :D :D ) of the ax. Note that the langets are extremely rough at the eye. Likewise, they are not identical to each other in length/thickness and they...
Forum: European Armoury 30th December 2020, 04:33 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 704
Posted By M ELEY
Hello Jim! Wow, do you have all of these sources?...

Hello Jim! Wow, do you have all of these sources? I'm still working on getting my hands on several of the sources you mention here. I'm making a copy of this thread for my own records, so thanks for...
Forum: European Armoury 30th December 2020, 04:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 704
Posted By M ELEY
Hello David. Thank you so much for posting that...

Hello David. Thank you so much for posting that piece! Yes, I had heard that boarding axes sometimes wound up in Native hands. It makes total sense, as both trade spike axes and boarding axes...
Forum: European Armoury 30th December 2020, 04:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 704
Posted By M ELEY
Hello Colin and thank you for responding to the...

Hello Colin and thank you for responding to the thread. Yes, you are absolutely correct that there are many fakes out there, but 95% of them are the pipe tomahawks, which fetch thousands and even...
Forum: European Armoury 30th December 2020, 03:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 632
Posted By M ELEY
Thanks for commenting, David. I get it and have...

Thanks for commenting, David. I get it and have to decide if I can 'live' with an uncertain piece in the collection or not. Perhaps I'll just buy one of the known examples. I'm just drawn to some of...
Forum: European Armoury 29th December 2020, 02:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 704
Posted By M ELEY
In 'Native American Weapons" by Colin...

In 'Native American Weapons" by Colin Taylor, we see a very similar knife to my stag hilted piece on pg. 55
Forum: European Armoury 28th December 2020, 10:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 632
Posted By M ELEY
Excellently put, Jim! And I appreciate those...

Excellently put, Jim! And I appreciate those quotes as well as I haven't looked at my copy in awhile. i was just about to make this very same statement, but not nearly as eloquently as you have! I...
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