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Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 08:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 484
Posted By Bryce
G'day Jim, I think Wilkinson began using the...

G'day Jim,
I think Wilkinson began using the proof disc from around 1845 when his "new" blade design was introduced. This period isn't my main area of focus, so someone more knowledgeable may be able...
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 07:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 484
Posted By Bryce
G'day Guys, Here is the sword of Lt Edward...

G'day Guys,
Here is the sword of Lt Edward Lavallin Puxley who served with the 4th Light Dragoons in Crimea. He arrived in Crimea after the charge. It is not maker marked, but the proved poincon is...
Forum: European Armoury 4th January 2021, 08:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 429
Posted By Bryce
G'day Ulrik, To add to what Jim has posted, most...

G'day Ulrik,

To add to what Jim has posted, most of these stirrup-hilted lion head swords predate the 1803 pattern infantry officer sword. I have one with a horn grip which is dated 1799. Ivory...
Forum: European Armoury 21st December 2020, 08:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 688
Posted By Bryce
G'day Jim, It is possible. There is evidence that...

G'day Jim,
It is possible. There is evidence that these sabres were used in battle, rather than just kept for dress use. To achieve the level of distress that your sabre has it is likely that it has...
Forum: European Armoury 19th December 2020, 12:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 688
Posted By Bryce
G'day Jim, You are right that the original batch...

G'day Jim,
You are right that the original batch of 10th Hussars' swords used Solingen blades like my example below. Later examples had the flat, unfullered blades like the sword in this thread. In...
Forum: European Armoury 18th December 2020, 09:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 599
Posted By Bryce
G'day Ulrik, That style of blade is commonly...

G'day Ulrik,
That style of blade is commonly found on mortuary hilts. Here is one in my collection which was later mounted with a 1788 pattern heavy cavalry officer's style hilt.
Cheers,
Bryce
Forum: European Armoury 18th December 2020, 08:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 688
Posted By Bryce
G'day Ulrik, It is a 1796 light cavalry officer...

G'day Ulrik,
It is a 1796 light cavalry officer sword which is very much in the style of the sword cutler John Prosser. We will call it light cavalry, but the truth is it could also have been carried...
Forum: European Armoury 13th December 2020, 03:44 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,854
Posted By Bryce
G'day Guys, Just to further illustrate how...

G'day Guys,
Just to further illustrate how difficult it is to determine what branch of the army an unmarked 1796 style sabre may have been used in, on page 14 of Richard Dellar's "The British Cavalry...
Forum: European Armoury 12th December 2020, 08:53 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,854
Posted By Bryce
G'day Jim, Those sorts of dimensions mean it is...

G'day Jim,
Those sorts of dimensions mean it is just as likely that this is a cavalry officer's sword as an infantry officer's. It is a pity it no longer has its scabbard as this may have given us...
Forum: European Armoury 10th December 2020, 01:36 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,854
Posted By Bryce
Here is one of the earliest British pipe-back...

Here is one of the earliest British pipe-back swords I have seen. Made by James Wilkes around 1800. The intent was to make a better cutting sword by giving it a very fine cutting edge, with the...
Forum: European Armoury 10th December 2020, 01:26 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,854
Posted By Bryce
Here is a pipe-back sword which can be positively...

Here is a pipe-back sword which can be positively attributed to a flank company officer during the Napoleonic period. It was made by Prosser and marked to the grenadier company of the 45th Regiment...
Forum: European Armoury 8th December 2020, 11:55 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,854
Posted By Bryce
To show what I mean by a heavier blade compared...

To show what I mean by a heavier blade compared to one with a fine edge, here is the sword of Richard Beauchamp of the 16th LD circa 1811. Compare the fineness of the blade edge to the 7th Hussars...
Forum: European Armoury 8th December 2020, 11:47 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,854
Posted By Bryce
Here is a British pipe-back sabre circa 1816. It...

Here is a British pipe-back sabre circa 1816. It has a heavier blade like Jim's although much straighter. It was made by GS Reddell and is marked to the 7th Hussars, with the initials CJH for Charles...
Forum: European Armoury 7th December 2020, 09:02 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,854
Posted By Bryce
G'day Jim, The term "flank company"...

G'day Jim,
The term "flank company" refers to the Grenadier and Light companies of a British infantry regiment. The Grenadier company, symbolised by a flaming grenade was the largest (and generally...
Forum: European Armoury 7th December 2020, 03:08 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,854
Posted By Bryce
G'day Jim, That is a very interesting sword. I...

G'day Jim,
That is a very interesting sword. I haven't come across that combination of canted hilt and pipe-back blade before. Normally these canted hilts are associated with flat, unfullered blades....
Forum: European Armoury 20th October 2020, 09:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,446
Posted By Bryce
G'day Jim, I think they were stamped prior to...

G'day Jim,
I think they were stamped prior to being issued to a regiment. Royal Armouries examples are stamped as are the British examples recently sold from the Rijksmuseum in...
Forum: European Armoury 20th October 2020, 12:02 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,446
Posted By Bryce
G'day Norman, I haven't come across punch marks...

G'day Norman,
I haven't come across punch marks on a scabbard throat like these before. Are they just round or do they have a symbol inside? I agree that the lack of British acceptance stamps rules...
Forum: European Armoury 6th October 2020, 03:46 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,438
Posted By Bryce
Here is an excerpt of a journal article from the...

Here is an excerpt of a journal article from the 70's which also sheds some more light on this subject. The authors were calling this sword the "Prussian" pattern sword. I would like to find where...
Forum: European Armoury 6th October 2020, 03:36 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,438
Posted By Bryce
G'day Jim, I don't why this pattern of sword is...

G'day Jim,
I don't why this pattern of sword is called the "Spanish" Pattern. They were certainly in use before the Peninsular War. Here is one marked "Osborn". Henry Osborn stopped using this mark...
Forum: European Armoury 4th October 2020, 09:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,536
Posted By Bryce
G'day Jim, Is that something inscribed on the...

G'day Jim,
Is that something inscribed on the blade?
Cheers,
Bryce
Forum: European Armoury 4th October 2020, 09:39 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,438
Posted By Bryce
G'day Jim, Here is another example of a set of...

G'day Jim,
Here is another example of a set of initials in a cartouche on a brass hilt. In this case it is on a French ANXI light cavalry sabre.

If Paul Storr who was a silversmith was indeed...
Forum: European Armoury 2nd October 2020, 12:51 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,438
Posted By Bryce
G'day Jim, We have one great advantage now that...

G'day Jim,
We have one great advantage now that previous generations of sword researchers didn't have - the internet! With a few clicks of the mouse we can view more examples of any particular type...
Forum: European Armoury 1st October 2020, 05:51 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,438
Posted By Bryce
Thanks Jim, I knew I had seen the illustrations...

Thanks Jim,
I knew I had seen the illustrations you quoted, but I couldn't find them. Here they are and both show a straight bladed sword with a brass, straight stirrup guard and black grip, not a...
Forum: European Armoury 30th September 2020, 10:10 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,438
Posted By Bryce
G'day Jim, Apart from the references you cited I...

G'day Jim,
Apart from the references you cited I haven't found any convincing evidence that these briquets were used by British royal artillery gunners. There is plenty of evidence that they were...
Forum: European Armoury 29th September 2020, 08:41 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,438
Posted By Bryce
G'day Jim, I wasn't aware that the British ever...

G'day Jim,
I wasn't aware that the British ever used this type of sword. They did have the so called "Spanish" pattern artillery short sword. What makes you think your briquet is...
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