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Forum: European Armoury 11th October 2021, 01:06 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,453
Posted By Bryce
G'day Jim, I agree this isn't the sort of blade...

G'day Jim,
I agree this isn't the sort of blade you would expect to find on a mortuary hilt like mine, but it is exactly the sort of blade you would find on an early 18th Century basket-hilt. The...
Forum: European Armoury 9th October 2021, 01:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,453
Posted By Bryce
G'day Guys, This sword is a cracker. I would...

G'day Guys,
This sword is a cracker. I would love to have it in my collection. I would say it is definitely an heirloom blade from the 17th or maybe early 18th century. It could be a 1796 heavy...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th October 2021, 11:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,682
Posted By Bryce
Beautiful examples! Unfortunately I don't have...

Beautiful examples! Unfortunately I don't have any to contribute, but I may have to put one on my Christmas wish list.
Cheers,
Bryce
Forum: European Armoury 7th October 2021, 05:03 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,856
Posted By Bryce
G'day Patrick, I can only comment from a...

G'day Patrick,
I can only comment from a British swords perspective, but like Victrix said, British swords were only sharpened when the owner left for active service. The type of edge they had prior...
Forum: European Armoury 30th September 2021, 10:46 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,856
Posted By Bryce
G'day Guys, Definitely not British. My vote is...

G'day Guys,
Definitely not British. My vote is European, possibly Swedish.
Cheers,
Bryce
Forum: European Armoury 16th August 2021, 02:58 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,024
Posted By Bryce
Thanks mate, 37mm puts it in the range of...

Thanks mate,
37mm puts it in the range of normal sized swords. If it started out life this short I would have expected it to be a bit narrower than this. Doesn't tell us when the shortening was...
Forum: European Armoury 15th August 2021, 10:44 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,024
Posted By Bryce
G'day Guys, My 5 cents worth. The grip and...

G'day Guys,
My 5 cents worth. The grip and knuckleguard are unusual for a sword of this time period. The rounded knucklebow/guard remind me of later constabulary hangers, but I guess is also similar...
Forum: European Armoury 20th July 2021, 04:42 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,478
Posted By Bryce
In this case we have the whole forequarters and...

In this case we have the whole forequarters and pelt, so not sure the Egyptian connection applies, but could be artistic license? The other possibility is its a tiger?
Cheers,
Bryce
Forum: European Armoury 19th July 2021, 10:21 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,478
Posted By Bryce
G'day Richard, For some reason I have always...

G'day Richard,
For some reason I have always thought this "stippled" blade decoration was Russian, but I am unsure where I got this from.
Cheers,
Bryce
Forum: European Armoury 19th July 2021, 04:59 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,478
Posted By Bryce
G'day Richard, Sorry I am a bit late to this...

G'day Richard,
Sorry I am a bit late to this discussion. It all sounds a bit mysterious. Without seeing the blade decoration, it certainly looks a lot more French than British. The blade design with...
Forum: European Armoury 27th June 2021, 11:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,156
Posted By Bryce
G'day Peter, As well as what the unmounted...

G'day Peter,
As well as what the unmounted blade looks like, the sori measurement would also be useful. I measured what the sori of a typical 1796 LC sabre would be if cut down to 71.5cm and it is...
Forum: European Armoury 25th June 2021, 06:48 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,156
Posted By Bryce
G'day Peter, At first glance I don't think this...

G'day Peter,
At first glance I don't think this was a British 1796 pattern light cavalry sabre (Sorry Jim). The blade fuller and ricasso don't look right and neither do the scabbard bands. 1796's...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th June 2021, 04:14 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 8,643
Posted By Bryce
G'day Norman, The new photos of the blade you...

G'day Norman,
The new photos of the blade you posted don't prove the blade is Japanese, but on the other hand they don't rule it out either. If you can see a hamon then that makes it more likely to...
Forum: European Armoury 14th June 2021, 04:00 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,433
Posted By Bryce
G'day Guys, Some British officers were carrying...

G'day Guys,
Some British officers were carrying military small swords during this time. Here is an example which seems to have been favoured by officers of the 1st Foot Guards. I have come across...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th June 2021, 01:30 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 8,643
Posted By Bryce
G'day Norman, A Japanese sword which has had...

G'day Norman,
A Japanese sword which has had this hard a life will have grain openings in the blade, which are evidence of folding during manufacture. If there aren't any openings on your blade than...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th June 2021, 11:25 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 8,643
Posted By Bryce
G'day Norman, It is a sword which was made in...

G'day Norman,
It is a sword which was made in an Asian country other than Japan, in imitation of a Japanese sword. Whether it was made 10 years ago or 80 years ago is hard to judge from the photos....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th June 2021, 02:55 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 8,643
Posted By Bryce
G'day Norman, Unfortunately this isn't Japanese...

G'day Norman,
Unfortunately this isn't Japanese and is probably a Chinese fake. Nothing about the tsuka (handle) is Japanese, the tsuba is crudely cast, the nakago is very crudely finished, blade...
Forum: European Armoury 28th April 2021, 11:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,770
Posted By Bryce
G'day Guys, Just giving this thread a bump....

G'day Guys,
Just giving this thread a bump. Does anyone have a Dawes marked officer's sword? They seem to be as scarce as hen's teeth.
Cheers,
Bryce
Forum: European Armoury 24th April 2021, 07:01 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 22,446
Posted By Bryce
G'day Jim, Here is the rest of the article on...

G'day Jim,
Here is the rest of the article on artillery swords.
Cheers,
Bryce
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd February 2021, 11:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,521
Posted By Bryce
This comparison photo with a British 1796 light...

This comparison photo with a British 1796 light cavalry sabre illustrates the "point" a little better. With a typical sabre, in order to deliver the point to the target, the user has to drop their...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st February 2021, 09:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,521
Posted By Bryce
G'day Guys, I have a British sword circa 1815...

G'day Guys,
I have a British sword circa 1815 with a recurved blade, similar to this one. My blade is a pipe-back and is 80cm long. The intent of the design seems to be to provide a curved cutting...
Forum: European Armoury 9th February 2021, 03:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,770
Posted By Bryce
G'day Jim, Henry Osborn was using the G and...

G'day Jim,
Henry Osborn was using the G and also GG long before he partnered with John Gunby. Recently I have become aware that earlier (possibly 1780's) Henry Osborn had been marking his swords...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th February 2021, 10:19 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 9,427
Posted By Bryce
G'day Alex, Where did you get the right hand...

G'day Alex,
Where did you get the right hand side photo from? To me it looks exactly like antique wootz. I have an antique blade with a very similar pattern.
Cheers,
Bryce
Forum: European Armoury 6th February 2021, 09:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,770
Posted By Bryce
Thanks CC, Originally I thought the S may have...

Thanks CC,
Originally I thought the S may have had something to do with Solingen, as I know Prosser did use Runkel marked blades from Solingen, but I no longer think so. I have also seen an S stamp...
Forum: European Armoury 5th February 2021, 06:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,770
Posted By Bryce
S Stamp on British Swords

G'day Guys,
I have come across several examples of British officers' swords from around 1800 that have an "S" stamp on their ricasso, in a similar way that Osborn marked swords have a "G" stamp....
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