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Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 02:22 PM
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Austro-Hungarian cavalry sword M1869

I recently acquired an Austro-Hungarian Imperial and Royal (k.k.) cavalry sabre M1869 for officers. It’s a nickelplated version with scabbard. There’s a fuller down one side of the 83.5cm long blade...
Forum: European Armoury 29th August 2021, 06:50 PM
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Posted By Victrix
I so wish I had met Ewart Oakeshott!:eek: I have...

I so wish I had met Ewart Oakeshott!:eek: I have read many of his outstanding books and am a big fan. It’s a great sword. It must have seen a lot. Pity it’s so hard to see the letters. The sequence...
Forum: European Armoury 28th August 2021, 07:50 AM
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Posted By Victrix
For sure I would love a copy as well. ;)

For sure I would love a copy as well. ;)
Forum: European Armoury 2nd August 2021, 08:37 PM
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Posted By Victrix
At the Wallace Collection: ” “War Hammer...

At the Wallace Collection:

” “War Hammer (Czákany), with a square, stepped, hammer-head with a square face and moulded neck, balanced by a long, slightly drooping, fluted beak. Short, socket...
Forum: European Armoury 1st August 2021, 09:03 AM
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Posted By Victrix
If I recall correctly I have seen a snake maker’s...

If I recall correctly I have seen a snake maker’s mark attributed to Milan.
Forum: European Armoury 26th July 2021, 08:41 PM
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Posted By Victrix
Armour used by machine gunners apparently....

Armour used by machine gunners apparently. Perhaps it accounts for the enlarged arm opening on the right hand side? Otherwise I speculate it could be to swing and throw stick grenades.
Forum: European Armoury 19th July 2021, 08:56 PM
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Posted By Victrix
Quoted from Britannica: ” Sekhmet, also spelled...

Quoted from Britannica: ” Sekhmet, also spelled Sakhmet, in Egyptian religion, a goddess of war and the destroyer of the enemies of the sun god Re... Like other fierce goddesses in the Egyptian...
Forum: European Armoury 18th July 2021, 12:44 PM
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Posted By Victrix
What about the foliage depicted on the scabbard?...

What about the foliage depicted on the scabbard? Looks like trefoil clover and some other flower. The big flower is not lotus (which has several layers of partially overlapping petals). Also, could...
Forum: European Armoury 8th July 2021, 07:56 PM
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Views: 5,315
Posted By Victrix
For whatÂ’s itÂ’s worth, Milan is also a Catholic...

For what’s it’s worth, Milan is also a Catholic Archdiocese headed by an Archbishop whose symbol is a double cross. ”The Archdiocese of Milan is the metropolitan see of the ecclesiastical province...
Forum: European Armoury 6th July 2021, 06:17 PM
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Posted By Victrix
I’m not an Italian speaker but understand the...

I’m not an Italian speaker but understand the sword is believed to have belonged to Gian Giacomo Trivulzio (https://military.wikia.org/wiki/Gian_Giacomo_Trivulzio) and here is a photo of the sword...
Forum: European Armoury 5th July 2021, 06:38 PM
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Posted By Victrix
Very interesting observations which seem...

Very interesting observations which seem plausible. I saw it as an upside down W but it makes more sense as a M. This letter must have had some significance since one might otherwise assume that the...
Forum: European Armoury 5th July 2021, 09:36 AM
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Posted By Victrix
http://www.1066.co.nz/Mosaic%20DVD/stamford%20brid...

http://www.1066.co.nz/Mosaic%20DVD/stamford%20bridge/Globus%20cruciger.htm
Forum: European Armoury 4th July 2021, 08:11 PM
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Views: 5,315
Posted By Victrix
The orb with a single cross was also used as a...

The orb with a single cross was also used as a symbol for the Holy Roman Empire, which sometimes was at odds with the Vatican for temporal power. Not sure whether the single cross orbs sometimes seen...
Forum: European Armoury 4th July 2021, 01:54 PM
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Posted By Victrix
The book just states Italia. So the mark appears...

The book just states Italia. So the mark appears on a sword believed to be Italian. Obviously this sword can be fitted with a German blade. I would have thought this katzbalger has a Passau blade,...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd July 2021, 12:28 PM
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Posted By Victrix
That’s a stunning katzbalger sword! Very Germanic...

That’s a stunning katzbalger sword! Very Germanic looking. No doubt it once belonged to someone of great importance.

The orb is a Globus cruciger, a Christian symbol of authority since the Middle...
Forum: European Armoury 12th June 2021, 09:14 AM
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Posted By Victrix
I found this website in English with bits and...

I found this website in English with bits and pieces on Hungarian history as well as arms & armour: https://www.hungarianottomanwars.com/. It has a local flavour with a lot of info not previously...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th June 2021, 07:53 AM
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Views: 6,873
Posted By Victrix
A similar sword was recently up for auction in...

A similar sword was recently up for auction in Italy. Interesting but outside my immediate area of interest.
Forum: European Armoury 1st June 2021, 05:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,753
Posted By Victrix
Many thanks for that! Bashford Dean must have...

Many thanks for that! Bashford Dean must have been a remarkable man. :)
Forum: European Armoury 30th May 2021, 12:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,407
Posted By Victrix
Jim, thank you for posting this most interesting...

Jim, thank you for posting this most interesting sword. The hilt looks like what Ewart Oakeshott describes as a Type 2 schiavona in “European Weapons and Armour” (1989). I therefore wonder if the...
Forum: European Armoury 26th May 2021, 07:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,556
Posted By Victrix
And here is my 17thC Austrian felddegen, sin...

And here is my 17thC Austrian felddegen, sin barretas.
Forum: European Armoury 26th May 2021, 07:30 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,556
Posted By Victrix
I agree with Philip and have had the same...

I agree with Philip and have had the same thoughts. If there had once been strips in the recesses there would have been empty spaces where they had been secured under the turk’s head knots. I have a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th May 2021, 09:26 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 12,725
Posted By Victrix
That’s very interesting. I can imagine the...

That’s very interesting. I can imagine the frustration on horse/camelback when fiddling with a ramrod and dropping it to the ground. Can see why “tap loading” might be a preferred method.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th May 2021, 06:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,284
Posted By Victrix
Congrats on your new musket! I find it...

Congrats on your new musket! I find it interesting with the added buttstock and brass studs which adds to its tribal character and uniqueness.

I always marvel at the curious Arab and Afghan rifle...
Forum: European Armoury 12th May 2021, 11:33 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,314
Posted By Victrix
Excellent! Well worth watching.:)

Excellent! Well worth watching.:)
Forum: European Armoury 8th May 2021, 12:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,906
Posted By Victrix
I think some zischägges and other helmets and...

I think some zischägges and other helmets and armour were blackened whilst others were not. Probably some of the more munitions grade items used in the field/in action were blackened, but some more...
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