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Thread: Three roosters hallmark - has anyone seen this before?

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    Question Three roosters hallmark - has anyone seen this before?

    Hi All,

    I have an old cutlass with a curious hallmark on the blade. The hallmark looks like 3 roosters and there is also a bit of text that I cannot read. The weapon is quite heavy and not particularly refined. It seems also to have been modified at a later stage.

    Has anyone seen this hallmark before? Any help with dating and geographical placing of this weapon would be appreciated!

    Thanks,
    Tim
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    Beautiful, expressive cutlass! What do you know about it?
    Could you take an up-close photo of the writing?

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    Unfortunately no picture of the described mark but sounds likely: "These weapons are sometimes marked
    with the rooster or "faisceau de licteur " (beam lictor - revolutionary stamp ) they are
    trademarks of the national workshops."

    this is from: http://www.oldswords.com/articles/FR...20_PartIII.pdf

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    Boru'x? Gorun?
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    Your source talks about straight blades while this one is curvy. The roosters do hint to France though!

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    Try filling in the lettering with white grease pencil or chalk, may give a better definition to the letters.

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