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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 10:33 AM
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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd December 2022, 11:10 PM
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Posted By Victrix
Freezing is an efficient way of getting rid of...

Freezing is an efficient way of getting rid of wood worm and possible eggs. I guess the sword is too big to fit in a freezer? I have a French Napoleonic sabre AN XI legere with woodworm holes in the...
Forum: European Armoury 2nd November 2022, 11:00 PM
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Views: 10,799
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Is it a “M” or a “W”? ;) I think at the very...

Is it a “M” or a “W”? ;)

I think at the very least it might be a batchmaker’s mark. These helmets seem to have been fairly mass produced.

Interestingly the lames on the neck guard look like...
Forum: European Armoury 2nd October 2022, 10:56 AM
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Posted By Victrix
Jim it seems it’s mainly in Germany they were...

Jim it seems it’s mainly in Germany they were called “Swedish swords” (Schwedendegen) and they were mostly produced on the European continent (i.e. not locally in Sweden). Most of Gustavus Adolphus’s...
Forum: European Armoury 1st October 2022, 04:30 PM
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Posted By Victrix
Whilst it’s true that Gustavus Adolphus started...

Whilst it’s true that Gustavus Adolphus started domestic production of military swords in Wira in 1630s and brought Casper Kohl of Solingen for this purpose, there is no evidence that Walloon type...
Forum: European Armoury 10th September 2022, 12:43 PM
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Posted By Victrix
Hi Cathey, I strongly discourage you from...

Hi Cathey,

I strongly discourage you from identifying these type of swords as Schwedendegen or Schwedensäbel since this means Swedish sword and sabre (not Swiss!). People from non-European...
Forum: European Armoury 10th September 2022, 10:34 AM
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Views: 2,161
Posted By Victrix
Interesting knife! At first sight the horn handle...

Interesting knife! At first sight the horn handle and the “pandour” tip makes it look like a hunting knife. This is further corroborated by the absence of a cross guard. On the other hand the large...
Forum: European Armoury 29th August 2022, 11:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,404
Posted By Victrix
Interesting looking sword. It seems to be a...

Interesting looking sword. It seems to be a combination of styles. The lion pommel, wired grip, and rounded langets is reminiscent of the Austro-Hungarian Prima Plana infantry sabres. The forward...
Forum: European Armoury 18th August 2022, 07:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,473
Posted By Victrix
This map of the 16thC shows how much of Dalmatia...

This map of the 16thC shows how much of Dalmatia was controlled by the Republic of Venice. The Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia was in dual monarchy with Hungary. When Hungary was in dual monarchy with...
Forum: European Armoury 18th August 2022, 09:16 AM
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Views: 3,230
Posted By Victrix
What magnificent swords! You must have a...

What magnificent swords! You must have a beautiful collection. :)

As far as I know Walloon are the French speaking people of Belgium. Not sure why this type of sword is named after them. Maybe...
Forum: European Armoury 17th August 2022, 10:51 PM
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Views: 1,473
Posted By Victrix
Absolutely. I would add that although the Kingdom...

Absolutely. I would add that although the Kingdom of Hungary often controlled the hinterland, Venice controlled much of the Dalmatian coast and cities. There was a lot of shipping and trade going on....
Forum: European Armoury 17th August 2022, 08:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,473
Posted By Victrix
Before schiavonas the square pommel was a feature...

Before schiavonas the square pommel was a feature on its predecessor, the spada schiavonesca (Slavonian sword) used in Hungary and neighbouring countries. I think the square pommel is basically a...
Forum: European Armoury 8th August 2022, 09:25 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 15,220
Posted By Victrix
That’s what I thought. I like it! The other two...

That’s what I thought. I like it! The other two are nice too.
Forum: European Armoury 8th August 2022, 08:19 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 15,220
Posted By Victrix
What were the marks on the schiavona with the...

What were the marks on the schiavona with the plain pommel? Feel free to let me know if you are about to let go of other items. :)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th August 2022, 10:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,306
Posted By Victrix
Reminds me of the time when I was in Muscat about...

Reminds me of the time when I was in Muscat about 15 years ago. I went to the exotic soukh (market) planning to buy a jambiya to take home. But I could feel the vendors beady eyes follow me...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd August 2022, 04:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,089
Posted By Victrix
I think the presence of a handguard marks this...

I think the presence of a handguard marks this out as a military weapon.
Forum: European Armoury 2nd August 2022, 12:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,322
Posted By Victrix
In te Domine speravi non confundar in aeternum...

In te Domine speravi non confundar in aeternum (Lat, “ In Thee, O Lord, have I put my trust, let me never be put to confusion”). See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psalm_31 .
Forum: European Armoury 7th July 2022, 08:29 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,896
Posted By Victrix
Are the wavy parts of the blade sharp at all?? If...

Are the wavy parts of the blade sharp at all?? If not, they are clearly not for cutting. Looks to me like its decorational for ceremonial use.
Forum: European Armoury 2nd July 2022, 02:42 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 15,220
Posted By Victrix
This is an example of a composite schiavona in...

This is an example of a composite schiavona in the collection of the Swedish Royal Armoury. The pommel, guard and blade are each from different centuries! The sword appears in White Arms of the Royal...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th June 2022, 09:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,646
Posted By Victrix
It doesn’t look like it was submerged in salt...

It doesn’t look like it was submerged in salt water for centuries. :shrug:
Forum: European Armoury 23rd June 2022, 03:48 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 15,220
Posted By Victrix
Yes in the 19thC the Victorians were avid...

Yes in the 19thC the Victorians were avid collectors of anything which was displayed in the stately homes for visitors to view. This included antique arms and armour and sometimes unscrupulous...
Forum: European Armoury 31st May 2022, 07:22 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 10,918
Posted By Victrix
Probably a better explanation than I offered in...

Probably a better explanation than I offered in the previous post. We can’t be sure but seems plausible.
Forum: European Armoury 31st May 2022, 07:17 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 10,918
Posted By Victrix
Quite possibly. I first encountered the idea that...

Quite possibly. I first encountered the idea that these numbers could refer to bible verses in a museum in Northern Sweden, and find it plausible. Not sure why the colon doesn’t appear though. Bible...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd May 2022, 08:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 8,576
Posted By Victrix
Through coincidence I came across this which may...

Through coincidence I came across this which may be of interest.

To boost the morale of the soldiers, General Douglas MacArthur shared this breathtaking battlefield story of Igorot heroism....
Forum: European Armoury 11th May 2022, 09:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,979
Posted By Victrix
See post #2 above. Kinman’s book is highly...

See post #2 above. Kinman’s book is highly recommended.
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