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Forum: European Armoury 13th January 2022, 06:44 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
I agree, while its been over 40 years since I...

I agree, while its been over 40 years since I fenced, I know how important balance is, and these I have handled are typically remarkably balanced .
It seems no wonder they remained in service with...
Forum: European Armoury 12th January 2022, 05:19 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Interesting. Actually the 'espada ancha' (in...

Interesting.
Actually the 'espada ancha' (in period termed machete) was indeed worn 'on the trail' by horsemen, both civilian as well as soldados.
The machete was never intended as a combative...
Forum: European Armoury 12th January 2022, 04:08 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Heavy espada ancha ' New Mexico?

This example is extremely heavy and seems an earlier form, of 18th c. and is said to be from New Mexico, so presumably Santa Fe regions. Note the detail in the guard and the elaborate engraved panel...
Forum: European Armoury 12th January 2022, 03:52 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Espada ancha -Nuevo Laredo

In keeping with what I have asked here, I am going through old notes (Ive been on this topic since early 90s and earlier) and am trying to add what I can to the examples I have.

This example was...
Forum: European Armoury 12th January 2022, 02:22 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Round tang espada

This is a form known as a 'round tang' espada, as per Adams, (1984, op. cit.). as it is stated the hilt, typically wood or horn, is drilled out to receive the tang. This seems unusual as some of...
Forum: European Armoury 12th January 2022, 01:58 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Espada Ancha -Potosi style

This is an example of espada ancha that has been claimed to be of San Luis Potosi/ Guanajuato regions (just northeast of Mexico city). This is noted in "The Unique Swords of Old Mexico" (Bill Adams,...
Forum: European Armoury 12th January 2022, 01:15 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
The Avila Sword

This is an example of the 'espada ancha' type hilt but mounted with one of the double edged dragoon blades typically found on the bilbo as well as the later cavalry hilt (three bar guard) sabers of...
Forum: European Armoury 12th January 2022, 12:36 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
You bet David :) It truly is, and while we have...

You bet David :)
It truly is, and while we have brought it up for many years around here, we still have barely scratched the surface. Granted there is not a huge number of enthusiasts in this field,...
Forum: European Armoury 11th January 2022, 09:38 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
JT, absolutely brilliantly written and...

JT, absolutely brilliantly written and outstanding documentation on these venerable Spanish arming swords. They are believed to have been around since reasonably early in the 17th century, possibly...
Forum: European Armoury 11th January 2022, 06:06 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
The Espada Ancha-

In recent research, traveling over old roads from years ago on these intriguing short swords of the frontiers of New Spain, I was informed of the source for the curious misnomer referring to these. ...
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