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Forum: European Armoury 21st September 2021, 06:43 PM
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Posted By Mel H
Silver is not the hardest of materials but pewter...

Silver is not the hardest of materials but pewter being lead derived wouldn't be a good choice, Britannia metals are a little harder. Paktong, the mystery metal from China may be more be suitable, it...
Forum: European Armoury 17th September 2021, 03:26 PM
Replies: 16
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Posted By Mel H
Hallmarks are sometimes found on the top of the...

Hallmarks are sometimes found on the top of the guard close to the pommel.
Forum: European Armoury 16th September 2021, 10:13 PM
Replies: 16
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Posted By Mel H
Yes, I've seen the Kinman one, very nice, I do...

Yes, I've seen the Kinman one, very nice, I do have a couple of others with similar crenulated foil grips, I think one of them is French.
Forum: European Armoury 14th September 2021, 06:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,137
Posted By Mel H
Pinning down the nationality of an unmarked...

Pinning down the nationality of an unmarked smallsword is always something of an enigma The component parts were available to furbishers from various sources and international trade was well...
Forum: European Armoury 29th July 2021, 08:19 PM
Replies: 13
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Posted By Mel H
There was some discussion quite a while since...

There was some discussion quite a while since among collectors regarding the oval ring, the thinking being that it was there in order for a horseman to be able to quickly pass the sword temporarily...
Forum: European Armoury 25th June 2021, 06:50 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,722
Posted By Mel H
Mensurshlager

Mark Twain devoted part of his well known 1880 book, A Tramp Abroad, to a view of his own observations of Heidelberg students' fencing.
An amusing read.
Forum: European Armoury 5th June 2021, 01:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,857
Posted By Mel H
It was quite normal in earlier writings to...

It was quite normal in earlier writings to express the letter U as a V but I can't say that I've ever noticed the reverse of that, as we see here.
Forum: European Armoury 4th May 2021, 11:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,693
Posted By Mel H
Well, search duly completed. The truth is, we do...

Well, search duly completed. The truth is, we do learn something new every day. Gravity can be beaten by a spark.
Forum: European Armoury 3rd May 2021, 05:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,693
Posted By Mel H
An under hammer flintlock, It's May 1st, not...

An under hammer flintlock, It's May 1st, not April :)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th April 2021, 05:45 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,866
Posted By Mel H
I was still getting "temporarily disabled" till...

I was still getting "temporarily disabled" till I pressed Ctrl together with F5
Seems to be OK now.
Forum: European Armoury 19th July 2020, 02:08 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 11,342
Posted By Mel H
I learned a little German many years since and...

I learned a little German many years since and can sometimes pick my way through text, I was a little surprised at the clarity / readability of the 15th, C. 'gothic' script used in this document,...
Forum: European Armoury 18th July 2020, 05:11 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 11,342
Posted By Mel H
While I would agree that there is a lot of...

While I would agree that there is a lot of savagery included there, I think that the 'blood' is probably intended to be the Waves of the Red Sea, closing on the pursuers, after being parted by Moses.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th July 2020, 03:10 PM
Replies: 9
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Posted By Mel H
Grateful for all of your thoughts, I've had them...

Grateful for all of your thoughts, I've had them for quite a while and never quite made up my mind about either of them. I did wonder about the Pipe back but was always thrown by the construction of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th July 2020, 05:26 PM
Replies: 9
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Posted By Mel H
Two Shamshir / Killij / Scimitar for comment

One with horn grips and a reasonably heavily curved 78 cm un-fullered blade having a slightly broadened, double edged tip (27 cm).

The other, has Ivory grips and a very wide cross guard (18.5 cm)...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th June 2020, 01:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 8,188
Posted By Mel H
I had one more than twenty years since that...

I had one more than twenty years since that someone had attempted to sharpen on a wheel, resulting in the partial separation of the two halves.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st May 2020, 08:36 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 57,580
Posted By Mel H
Another one.

Another one.
Forum: European Armoury 10th May 2020, 02:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 7,261
Posted By Mel H
Photo attached, First thought is a Broad arrow,...

Photo attached, First thought is a Broad arrow, but I'm not convinced that an arrow could be so badly mis-stamped , it could be a '1' or a poor 'K'
Forum: European Armoury 8th May 2020, 07:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 7,261
Posted By Mel H
Thanks Ken, I've been all over it but it is...

Thanks Ken, I've been all over it but it is rather patinated, the only thing I can see is an unprecise stamped letter at the inside top right.

Mel.
Forum: European Armoury 1st May 2020, 06:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 7,261
Posted By Mel H
Breast plate cuirasse information please

I have a substantial steel breast plate which I assumed was probably from a 19th C. British cavalry regiment. I've been looking online at similar examples, both British and Continental and am now not...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th April 2020, 01:38 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 37,789
Posted By Mel H
Another thought on the same theme. I've had an...

Another thought on the same theme. I've had an interest in model engineering most of my life and have a small but reasonably well equipped workshop.
By way of coincidence, very similar questions...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd April 2020, 11:37 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 37,789
Posted By Mel H
I think that sums me up nicely as well. ;)

I think that sums me up nicely as well. ;)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd April 2020, 07:11 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 37,789
Posted By Mel H
Just turned 72 and been collecting since I was...

Just turned 72 and been collecting since I was fourteen, I can remember swapping my collection of half a dozen German badges (there were plenty available as there had been a POW camp not far away)...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd April 2020, 06:02 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 24,683
Posted By Mel H
Sajen, Yes, thanks for the memory jog (or should...

Sajen, Yes, thanks for the memory jog (or should I say eselsbrücke ) The one I had was more like the first one in your photo, as I said it was a long time since. :eek:
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd April 2020, 03:39 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 24,683
Posted By Mel H
Sajen, Just a comment regarding your miniature...

Sajen, Just a comment regarding your miniature Dha. My memory's not what it was, but I had a similar one many years since and was told by the previous owner that it was a 'mead moah' (could be a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st April 2020, 04:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,820
Posted By Mel H
I assume that the query is about the second gun...

I assume that the query is about the second gun that I've included in the thread, I have been careful not to over clean the markings on this one. I hope to have a good look at them soon.
Mel.
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