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Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 10:54 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you Victrix!!! As I noted, the profound...

Thank you Victrix!!!
As I noted, the profound complexity of all these principalities, duchies, etc. is so hard to grasp, at least for me. You have done a great job of condensing some of it for my...
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 06:46 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Very well placed notes, and actually I did...

Very well placed notes, and actually I did contact several 'Masters of Arms' to ask for their opinions on this 'notching'. They honestly had no idea what useful purpose these would serve (I think I...
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 06:39 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
LeMarchant and British M1796

JT88,
In your original post you noted LeMarchant and his creation of the British light cavalry saber in 1796. Indeed he did model his proposals for the first 'regulation' cavalry swords in 1796,...
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 06:21 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
When I first noticed the 'notches' in the...

When I first noticed the 'notches' in the drawings of Austrian swords in the Wagner book, I thought at first the same thing, must be damage.
But then as I looked at the other drawings (about 6 if I...
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 05:54 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
This is outstanding information Victrix! and...

This is outstanding information Victrix! and thank you for sharing the reference data. I had found that Pottenstein was mostly an administrative term for the town and castle which was in Bavaria, or...
Forum: European Armoury 16th October 2021, 11:17 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
I am curious about the reference to Wagner. My...

I am curious about the reference to Wagner.
My copy "Cut & Thrust Weapons" (Prague, 1967) shows virtually this exact saber among Austrian swords as Hungarian mid 18th c. and with Pottenstein as...
Forum: European Armoury 15th October 2021, 11:40 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
As Ausjulius has pointed out, it appears that the...

As Ausjulius has pointed out, it appears that the example in the original post, which was a European yataghan type hanger from a 2012 thread (Longfellow) does appear to have its style derived from...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th October 2021, 10:30 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you so much for this thorough and...

Thank you so much for this thorough and fascinating information. I know I appreciate this kind of detail for further research, and that you took the time to compile all of this and present it here. ...
Forum: European Armoury 15th October 2021, 07:35 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Very good points on influences, and European...

Very good points on influences, and European styles were indeed very much influenced by 'exotic' styling of the Middle East and Asia.
Actually I see what you mean on the particular guard I was...
Forum: European Armoury 12th October 2021, 03:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 697
Posted By Jim McDougall
Hi Bas, Thank you so much for this response,...

Hi Bas,
Thank you so much for this response, and for reaching me privately on the swords you mention involving Richard Dellar. Those two examples, apparently with sound provenance, perfectly answer...
Forum: European Armoury 12th October 2021, 05:44 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Hi Bas, The ANDREA FERARA suggests this blade...

Hi Bas,
The ANDREA FERARA suggests this blade has a 'heirloom' Scottish potential, as that name was a key tradition in the blades carried by Highlanders. It is understood that that term here...
Forum: European Armoury 12th October 2021, 02:14 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
This is curious. The 1822/45 pattern has yarn...

This is curious. The 1822/45 pattern has yarn wrapped around the inside guard, which would seem to be to prevent chafing of the uniform while worn. But the purpose of the folding guard is said to be...
Forum: European Armoury 12th October 2021, 01:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 643
Posted By Jim McDougall
Great comparisons! It seems there was a lot of...

Great comparisons! It seems there was a lot of comingling in these developed alphabets for 'secret' or 'occult' use, and one can find remarkable similarities in the oddest or most remote...
Forum: European Armoury 12th October 2021, 01:41 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 697
Posted By Jim McDougall
I agree Bryce, the blades being made in the 1790s...

I agree Bryce, the blades being made in the 1790s were either hollow ground wide fuller, or the Montmorency type fullered blades typically used by Wooley. It does seem the fullering here may be of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th October 2021, 08:25 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
GP, thank you SO very much for these amazing...

GP, thank you SO very much for these amazing titles and being so helpful with this important literature!
As you note, there is scant information on these Balkan weapons in the west, and many titles...
Forum: European Armoury 10th October 2021, 08:05 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Hi Victrix, It is indeed very curious as it...

Hi Victrix,

It is indeed very curious as it leaves the typical European sword realm and transcends into 'oriental', which was the trademark and character of the 'Pandour' styled forces using these...
Forum: European Armoury 10th October 2021, 12:56 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Guys, these are all totally amazing swords! and...

Guys, these are all totally amazing swords! and Bryce and Will I was glad to see you guys come in as you are pretty much specialized in this field of British regulation swords.

I see what you...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th October 2021, 05:28 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,596
Posted By Jim McDougall
Excellent synopsis GP, while the Pandours were...

Excellent synopsis GP, while the Pandours were indeed a specific group of diverse ethnicities formed into auxiliary forces for the armies of Maria Theresa in the wars of Spanish Succession in mid...
Forum: European Armoury 9th October 2021, 04:02 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 697
Posted By Jim McDougall
This is more bizarre than I thought. This is a...

This is more bizarre than I thought. This is a heavy cavalry M1796 sword scabbard of the standard troopers form, also of the 'ladder hilt' pattern carried by officers.
Apparently in little known...
Forum: European Armoury 9th October 2021, 12:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 686
Posted By Jim McDougall
The dusagge, or often termed 'Sinclair saber' of...

The dusagge, or often termed 'Sinclair saber' of North Europe was indeed the inspiration for the basket hilt which apparently actually came into Britain, before evolving into the Scottish basket...
Forum: European Armoury 8th October 2021, 10:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 686
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you Robert, and for the additional...

Thank you Robert, and for the additional explanation. Quite honestly the swordsmanship and HEMA factors are quite unknown to me overall, though I have a degree of familiarity. I find it all quite...
Forum: European Armoury 8th October 2021, 07:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 686
Posted By Jim McDougall
Ive been trying to determine more on these...

Ive been trying to determine more on these fencing circumstances, and while I was aware of the sword exercises for the cavalry of 1790, I had thought these carried well into the 19th c. These were of...
Forum: European Armoury 8th October 2021, 07:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 697
Posted By Jim McDougall
The balance issues as you have noted sound more...

The balance issues as you have noted sound more in line with what I would have expected, and I think I was more impressed with actually seeing it in person, but not in the necessary holding postures....
Forum: European Armoury 8th October 2021, 06:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 697
Posted By Jim McDougall
This is an absolutely beautiful sword, and it...

This is an absolutely beautiful sword, and it does not seem we see many of these. The video is excellent as well, as it shows how well this sword responds to handling, it seems very well balanced.
...
Forum: European Armoury 8th October 2021, 06:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 643
Posted By Jim McDougall
Fantastic Udo! Thank you so much! I have had...

Fantastic Udo! Thank you so much!
I have had this sword for a long time, but never had the diligence to follow up on this cypher on the blade.
I had thought this to be French from one of these...
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