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    Combination sword

    Hi all

    This is my first post so be gentle ;-)
    I collect antique firearms as a rule, but now and then stray over to the odd sword. The slippery slope gets ever nearer!
    With this in mind, combination swords tick both boxes for me (I have a thing about 'gadget' guns etc).
    I spotted this example whilst trawling the internet and would value your thoughts. It is unusual (as far as combination swords go) in that it is English and quite large. Most combination swords are German and classed as hunting swords and are of medium length.

    http://www.gunstar.co.uk/Antique-Pis...e-gs96204.aspx

    I did wonder at first if it was a 'marriage' but the workmanship is quite good so I'm not so sure. The description states that it is late 1700's but the proof marks date it to post 1813 (not an encouraging start!). Is the blade recognisable as belonging to a specific type of sword?

    Any thoughts are welcome

    kind regards
    Nick

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    Hi Nick

    Welcome aboard

    It can be really difficult to discuss linked sales. Indeed, the please read first posts in this section mention discussion of auctions, etc.

    I know that whenever I have interest in a questionable item, I dig deep and perhaps you already have in this case and hit a wall. However, keep in mind that a seller may well be passing on information given them when they came into the item. I do purchase unknowns on a hunch at times but whenever I see something at all questionable in my own mind, I keep looking elsewhere. There may be perfect reasoning for what you see but if not, maybe start with contacting the seller. There really is no reason to expect the seller might not be reading this very thread and conflicts arise, as well as ill will.

    Cheers

    Hotspur; I believe the largest sword gun posted here so far is a refitted Patton 1913

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    Thanks Glen
    Good advice. I think the problem I have with these combination swords is that they are quite a specialist thing and even the experienced antique arms dealers draw a bit of a blank.
    I will continue with me research.
    cheers
    Nick

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    First of all welcome to the forum Nick. Glen is quite right about discussing swords that are currently for sale but you ask an interesting question in general. Where to draw the line? I know that I have bought rifles just to get the bayonet. I know that crosses the line at some juncture but a fellow has to do what he has to do. Do one collect just pointy things or just firearms... slipping into combinations is indeed the slippery slope.

    My advice is don't get too carried away with a combination that is unknown. The experimental Patton sword/gun that Glen mentions is a known quantity while this one is not.

    I hope we have been helpful.
    "You can't please everyone, so you have to please yourself." Ricky Nelson

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    Quote Originally Posted by George Wheeler View Post
    First of all welcome to the forum Nick. Glen is quite right about discussing swords that are currently for sale but you ask an interesting question in general. Where to draw the line? I know that I have bought rifles just to get the bayonet. I know that crosses the line at some juncture but a fellow has to do what he has to do. Do one collect just pointy things or just firearms... slipping into combinations is indeed the slippery slope.

    My advice is don't get too carried away with a combination that is unknown. The experimental Patton sword/gun that Glen mentions is a known quantity while this one is not.

    I hope we have been helpful.
    Thank you George
    You have been most helpful.
    I will keep you all posted of my endeavours into the world of combination swords!
    kind regards
    Nick

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