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Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 11:42 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you so much for fixing Jims mistake,...

Thank you so much for fixing Jims mistake, actually I opened the new thread as the misplaced one was not yet moved. Your skills at these technical adjustments are amazing. Now I'll go take another...
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 08:19 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
British saber-Napoleonic? Naval?

This is an officers saber of the stirrup hilt M1796 style and appears British, though the squared sword knot fixture on the guard apparently for sword knot seems unusual.
It seems to have been gilt...
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 05:12 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
[QUOTE=fernando;276659]Jim, are you intentionally...

[QUOTE=fernando;276659]Jim, are you intentionally posting this nice saber in the Ethno forum, and intentionally omitting pictures of the (quote) "strange fixture on the guard which seems to be to...
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 02:40 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you CC, I totally missed your response. ...

Thank you CC, I totally missed your response.
Solingen did seem most obliging in producing blades with whatever identifying markings or phrases were favored or required by clientele.
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 02:29 AM
Replies: 12
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Napoleonic saber-Naval ?

This saber of M1796 light cavalry form seems British of course, but it seems unusual in having been gilt bronze, ivory grip, and a strange fixture on the guard which seems to be to hold a sword knot....
Forum: European Armoury 28th November 2022, 08:50 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you Peter! That really deepens the texture...

Thank you Peter! That really deepens the texture of these border regions in this more complex understanding. MOST interesting! Thank you.
Forum: European Armoury 28th November 2022, 06:46 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
An interesting item I found as I continue...

An interesting item I found as I continue researching aspects of the Reivers topic,refers to the term 'marches'.

I discovered that 'marches' refer to the regional divisions of border territories...
Forum: European Armoury 28th November 2022, 02:05 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
In the varying terrains of these regions the...

In the varying terrains of these regions the tactics would be pretty dependent on conditions and type of terrain as Peter has noted. It seems another of the most deterring factors in mounted attack...
Forum: European Armoury 27th November 2022, 08:31 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
With the 'assembled' nature of these organized...

With the 'assembled' nature of these organized groups of 'reivers', while there was a typical range of weaponry and dress, there were no regulations or standards, so 'anything was possible'....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th November 2022, 07:42 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
It has been some time since we covered the...

It has been some time since we covered the particulars on these swords, and I recall it does seem the Omani sayf, with open cylindrical hilt as discussed, evolved as a derivative of the 'sayf...
Forum: European Armoury 26th November 2022, 05:44 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
More great perspective Peter, and it is great to...

More great perspective Peter, and it is great to have more dimension revealed on how these distinct Reiver groups were indeed factored into armies in these cases.
As agreed the use of their weapon...
Forum: European Armoury 26th November 2022, 04:26 PM
Replies: 33
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Posted By Jim McDougall
As noted, this is a fascinating topic, and seldom...

As noted, this is a fascinating topic, and seldom specified in most historical studies of Great Britain, but the 'Reivers' were a distinguishable group for centuries in these border regions between...
Forum: European Armoury 25th November 2022, 08:10 AM
Replies: 33
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Posted By Jim McDougall
This is indeed a fascinating and esoteric topic,...

This is indeed a fascinating and esoteric topic, and as Mark has noted, the fact that their allegiance was primarily to their family or clan likely made them less than reliable for incorporating into...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th November 2022, 02:09 PM
Replies: 19
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Posted By Jim McDougall
As Peter has said, it is a common perception that...

As Peter has said, it is a common perception that these were fighting swords as the hilt form was shared by the lighter dance (Razha) forms LOOKED the same as the many examples which DID have...
Forum: European Armoury 23rd November 2022, 07:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 291
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thats the thing Richard, this is not the kind of...

Thats the thing Richard, this is not the kind of thing that would be considered a red letter moment in the career of this stellar silversmith, who is renowned for his artistic and technical skill in...
Forum: European Armoury 23rd November 2022, 04:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 291
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you Richard. The Pierre Somme possibility...

Thank you Richard. The Pierre Somme possibility has been suggested privately, but in reviewing his marks he seems to have used his middle initial as well, and it seems in France poincons appear to be...
Forum: European Armoury 23rd November 2022, 05:07 AM
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Views: 291
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you Ian, mi faux pas :)

Thank you Ian, mi faux pas :)
Forum: European Armoury 23rd November 2022, 02:02 AM
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Views: 291
Posted By Jim McDougall
[QUOTE=Edster;276515]Jim, You probably have...

[QUOTE=Edster;276515]Jim,

You probably have this one for his mark:

https://www.louiseantiquites.com/en/orfevres/pns-somme-pierre-nicolas-an-acorn-and-two-stars/

Best,
Ed[/QUOTE

Thanks...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd November 2022, 08:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 291
Posted By Jim McDougall
French fourbisseur PIERRE SOMME 1760-1806

Anybody out there know this maker/supplier in Paris 1760-1806. Hoping to find an example of any weapons by him or examples of his markings on same.
Would be most grateful to have input from those...
Forum: European Armoury 21st November 2022, 11:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 357
Posted By Jim McDougall
Its funny, maybe I've been in this game too long....

Its funny, maybe I've been in this game too long. When I first started researching this sword and of course the French ones, there was no doubt about what a briquet was. In the following decades, any...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st November 2022, 07:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 368
Posted By Jim McDougall
As well observed by everyone here already, this...

As well observed by everyone here already, this is most clearly a dress item which is of course likely for a naval officer as shown by the fouled anchor on the blade. These kinds of items were...
Forum: European Armoury 21st November 2022, 04:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 357
Posted By Jim McDougall
Actually the example of the French hanger I...

Actually the example of the French hanger I posted , with the characteristic ribbed brass single piece grip in its distinct shape is the only thing termed a briquet. It was a colloquial nickname as...
Forum: European Armoury 20th November 2022, 11:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 357
Posted By Jim McDougall
These munitions grade hanger/swords were...

These munitions grade hanger/swords were basically infantry/grenadiers weapons in France which were made with cast brass hilts and were well known prior to Napoleonic period and after.
Apparently...
Forum: European Armoury 20th November 2022, 06:55 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 357
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you Udo, excellent cite and thanks for the...

Thank you Udo, excellent cite and thanks for the source detail. The swords for civil service are another area which is it seems not well covered in research material, so this reference is much...
Forum: European Armoury 20th November 2022, 06:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 357
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thanks David for clarifying, I misunderstood. I...

Thanks David for clarifying, I misunderstood. I recall decades ago when I got the Wooley & Deakin sword where it was classified a cavalry officers sword. But the blade was so short for cavalry, later...
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