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Forum: European Armoury 10th September 2022, 11:43 AM
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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, 09:34 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,091
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, 10:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 908
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, 06:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,057
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, 08:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,117
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, 09:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,057
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, 07:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,057
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, 08:25 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 11,058
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, 07:19 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 11,058
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, 09:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,030
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, 03:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,608
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, 11:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,869
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, 07:29 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,044
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, 01:42 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 11,058
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, 08:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,468
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, 02:48 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 11,058
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, 06:22 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 10,219
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, 06:17 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 10,219
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, 07:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 8,064
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, 08:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,511
Posted By Victrix
See post #2 above. Kinman’s book is highly...

See post #2 above. Kinman’s book is highly recommended.
Forum: European Armoury 5th May 2022, 09:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,511
Posted By Victrix
True. These type of swords have many names like...

True. These type of swords have many names like Felddegen, Reiterdegen, Walloon sword, etc.
Forum: European Armoury 4th May 2022, 07:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,511
Posted By Victrix
Congratulations on your acquisition. Staffan...

Congratulations on your acquisition. Staffan Kinman’s European Makers of Edged Weapons, Their Marks (2015) lists two Solingen smiths with marks consisting of Moorish heads: i) Johan (Johannis) Beugel...
Forum: European Armoury 1st May 2022, 09:36 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 22,859
Posted By Victrix
Not sure how ”Swedish” this piece could be. The...

Not sure how ”Swedish” this piece could be. The lion as an animal was frequently used to represent the Kingdom of Sweden. Swords were mostly imported by Sweden from Netherlands and Germany until...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th April 2022, 08:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,267
Posted By Victrix
Thx for your replies. It was listed as 19thC...

Thx for your replies. It was listed as 19thC Omani kattara but failed auction several times and was returned to seller. Now we know why. :cool:
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th April 2022, 07:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,267
Posted By Victrix
Your thoughts on this kattara

Hi all, I’d like your thoughts on this kattara. Does it look like a genuine Omani antique? It looks in remarkably good condition and I was thrown back by the double headed eagle which looks more a...
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