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Forum: European Armoury 26th March 2021, 12:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 854
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, 09:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 854
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 to...
Forum: European Armoury 6th February 2021, 09:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 680
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, 07:40 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,401
Posted By CutlassCollector
Hi Fernando, Yes our posts crossed. All I can...

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, 04:48 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,401
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 17th...
Forum: European Armoury 5th February 2021, 03:58 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,811
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 range...
Forum: European Armoury 4th February 2021, 08:57 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,401
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, 08:44 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,401
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...
Forum: European Armoury 4th February 2021, 08:28 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,401
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, 11:30 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,401
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, 08:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 614
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, 08:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,693
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, 01:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,253
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, 11:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,943
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, 07:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,374
Posted By CutlassCollector
Hi Daniel, Well I'm sure the experts are correct...

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, 08:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,580
Posted By CutlassCollector
Hi Mark, Good to see a cutlass post. Congrats...

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, 04:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,903
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, 04:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,903
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...
Forum: European Armoury 16th February 2020, 10:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,903
Posted By CutlassCollector
Yes, I wondered about that as well. Hand thrown...

Yes, I wondered about that as well.
Hand thrown grenades just had a fuse to light. But I did find this in Gilkerson - the missile extends beyond barrel to be ignited or have a fuse lit. I guess there...
Forum: European Armoury 2nd February 2020, 11:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,670
Posted By CutlassCollector
Hi Rick Your axe has many similar features to...

Hi Rick
Your axe has many similar features to boarding axes and even without langets I thought it a possibility so I'm glad Mark has identified it. I have been looking into US boarding axes recently...
Forum: European Armoury 8th January 2020, 12:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,927
Posted By CutlassCollector
Hi Spottedbull, I hope to have a paper published...

Hi Spottedbull,

I hope to have a paper published in the Arms and Armour journal later in the year. I had one published last year on British Boarding axes.
Once it's written I will update the...
Forum: European Armoury 7th January 2020, 08:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,927
Posted By CutlassCollector
American Boarding Axes

Hi all,

I am researching US boarding axes (1797-1860) with the aim of improving the current knowledge and identifying the variants.

So far I have had a great response from collectors in the US and...
Forum: European Armoury 17th December 2019, 11:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,068
Posted By CutlassCollector
I agree with Philip in that fire axes generally...

I agree with Philip in that fire axes generally have a spike. Could this one have been cut down to the poll? Fire fighters in the UK and much of Europe carried personal spiked hatchets in the late...
Forum: European Armoury 15th December 2019, 11:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,244
Posted By CutlassCollector
Hi Wayne, I agree with Mark - leave the blade...

Hi Wayne,

I agree with Mark - leave the blade clean. Be careful clearing the paint off, obviously on the ricasso, but also on the spine of the blade near the hilt as this is often where the makers...
Forum: European Armoury 15th October 2019, 06:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,576
Posted By CutlassCollector
Hi all, I still have a handful of links to this...

Hi all,

I still have a handful of links to this article on British Boarding axes which allows a free download - anyone interested pm me.

I am also looking for collectors of naval weapons with US...
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