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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th April 2022, 05:54 AM
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I saw a few of these composite weapons in an...

I saw a few of these composite weapons in an exhibit at the Historical Museum in Saigon back in 2007, it dealt with a Vietnamese military campaign up the Mekong River towards the Thai border in the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th April 2022, 05:43 AM
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The materials and decorative technique seen on...

The materials and decorative technique seen on the motifs of the guard are clearly Vietnamese. Similar inlaid copper work is also seen on the hilt components of Vietnamese kiem (swords with...
Forum: European Armoury 23rd April 2022, 11:00 PM
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Posted By Philip
I agree, the condition isn't all that bad, it...

I agree, the condition isn't all that bad, it would have benefited from a reasonable amount of cleaning and ended up looking a lot better than when it left the auction house. The trick is to stop...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd April 2022, 09:55 PM
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Posted By Philip
This sword has a truly remarkable hilt for its...

This sword has a truly remarkable hilt for its type. Not only is the carving exceptional, but the form is a far cry from the typical "gatormouth" with open jaws. The aesthetics of the decoration is...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd April 2022, 09:34 PM
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Posted By Philip
Fernando, this is quite an interesting sword. A...

Fernando, this is quite an interesting sword. A friend in Canada has one with the same style of guard, and he calls it a "proto-schiavona" too since its construction is even simpler than the...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd April 2022, 08:01 PM
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Posted By Philip
Thank you! As a return favor, here are a couple...

Thank you! As a return favor, here are a couple of images of a hand-and-half sword I used to own (all too briefly). Had to sell it to finance another purchase which was too tempting to pass up. ...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd April 2022, 07:43 PM
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Posted By Philip
I recall finding my copy of Vello / Tonin via the...

I recall finding my copy of Vello / Tonin via the worldwide bookfinder.com search engine, and was directed to Amazon (don't all roads lead to Rome, haha). Apparently it's a self-published,...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd April 2022, 07:28 PM
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Posted By Philip
Smile Hey, Victrix, I really dig that broadsword! ...

Hey, Victrix, I really dig that broadsword! Especially with the inscription on the blade! Do you have a pic of the entire thing? (I know this kind of sword is wandering from the topic of this...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd April 2022, 06:20 AM
Replies: 30
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Posted By Philip
the Hungarian imprint

Here are 3 swords that have a strong resemblance.

Top is a typical medieval Hungarian sword, 15th cent., this example in the Hungarian National Museum, Budapest, published in Vas, Ezüst és Arany...
Forum: European Armoury 21st April 2022, 10:24 PM
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Posted By Philip
Victrix, I agree wholeheartedly. You mention...

Victrix, I agree wholeheartedly.

You mention the düssage, another very interesting weapon. I note that this Germanic term seems related to the name tessak, applied to a short bladed and generally...
Forum: European Armoury 21st April 2022, 10:12 PM
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Posted By Philip
Blade production in Lombardy and Veneto was...

Blade production in Lombardy and Veneto was spread between several important towns with large-scale output, the Venetians who governed the areas exported them widely by means of their mercantile...
Forum: European Armoury 21st April 2022, 06:36 PM
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Posted By Philip
It would be logical to assume that the style of...

It would be logical to assume that the style of weaponry followed the custom of the mercenaries using it. Yes, the Stradioti were mostly Greek and Albanian, and with these troops one would expect the...
Forum: European Armoury 21st April 2022, 06:01 PM
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Posted By Philip
feline connection

Good point, Nando. Yes, even the Italian arms literature refers to "testa di gatto". Some see a stylized pussycat profile, others envision the Lion of St Mark. There is a certain zoological...
Forum: European Armoury 21st April 2022, 12:42 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,309
Posted By Philip
I am trying to research that point myself. ...

I am trying to research that point myself. Venice, essentially a city-state, was primarily a maritime power, defending its far flung network of island and coastal trading centers. But at various...
Forum: European Armoury 20th April 2022, 09:49 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By Philip
Thanks for sharing this useful document. I...

Thanks for sharing this useful document.
I am somewhat surprised not to find, in the illustrations of swords, the flatted square pommels with central bosses, characteristic of the late-medieval...
Forum: European Armoury 20th April 2022, 09:35 PM
Replies: 30
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Posted By Philip
Here are additional pics of the same schiavona. ...

Here are additional pics of the same schiavona. Note that the diagonal border of the basket, on the obverse side, is composed of two parallel bars, with "ladder rungs" in between them. This is...
Forum: European Armoury 20th April 2022, 09:30 PM
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Posted By Philip
Thumb rings are found on quite a number of...

Thumb rings are found on quite a number of different European sword types. For example, they are found on Styrian / Bellunese riding-sword hilts ca 1560-70, and also on Polish sabers from the 16th...
Forum: European Armoury 20th April 2022, 01:25 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,309
Posted By Philip
The plural is schiavone. The one in the image...

The plural is schiavone.
The one in the image you attached is a nice one. These swords don't have to be fancy to be appealing, they were workaday weapons made for mercenary soldiers. Condition is...
Forum: European Armoury 5th March 2022, 09:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,725
Posted By Philip
Use of screws as frizzen pivots

Several posts previously I quoted author James Lavin on the use of the fiel which Espinar's 1644 treatise Arte de ballestería y montería
precisely describes this component as "similar to headless...
Forum: European Armoury 5th March 2022, 09:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,725
Posted By Philip
This hole looks like it held a crosspin that...

This hole looks like it held a crosspin that retains the tenon that projects from the rear portion of the priming pan cover plate / bridle. This tenon fits into a corresponding hole or mortise in the...
Forum: European Armoury 5th March 2022, 06:33 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,725
Posted By Philip
I'm trying to decipher the translation of your...

I'm trying to decipher the translation of your post, but it seems that the translation software is not quite up to handling the specialized terminology of a subject that has been out of public...
Forum: European Armoury 5th March 2022, 06:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,725
Posted By Philip
Lions may not be part of the native fauna of the...

Lions may not be part of the native fauna of the Americas, but would have certainly been known to the human inhabitants of these continents after the arrival of Europeans via trans-Atlantic cultural...
Forum: European Armoury 5th March 2022, 05:28 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,725
Posted By Philip
I agree. The motifs strongly point to possible...

I agree. The motifs strongly point to possible production in Latin America, if so this would be an historically and ethnographically more significant object than the typical Neapolitan pistol in...
Forum: European Armoury 5th March 2022, 05:21 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,725
Posted By Philip
a matter of translation

Oh, what is described in the thread as a "faithful" is what is known in Spanish as a fiel which is a pin drilled transversely through a screw and its threaded hold to keep it from backing out or...
Forum: European Armoury 26th February 2022, 08:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,128
Posted By Philip
Yes, I agree that sometimes the distinction...

Yes, I agree that sometimes the distinction between rapier or riding-sword (Reitschwert / spada da cavallo) can get blurry. Riding-swords used the same style hilts (Oakeshott explains this in his...
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