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    Eagle head sword Prop??

    I just saw this pic. It looks like the sword grip is should have wire wrap and the side grip is missing...perhaps the photographer had just broken his sword, which would explain the stern look?? Or, perhaps another of those "hold a sword for the picture" props?
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    Last edited by Simon R.; 07-26-2013 at 05:41 PM.

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    Not the cheeriest person I've ever seen. His epaulettes indicate he is an officer so it may be his sword... or a studio prop. We will probably never know.
    "Ancora imparo - Michelangelo Buonarotti"

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    Definitely staged, as the photo is in reverse (tunic/jacket and sword give it away). He is holding the sword in his right hand so as to have it appear on the faux left. A prop instance for sure.

    Yes, missing pearl or bone and wire.

    Cheers

    Hotspur; look for sword belt, scabbards, straps, stuff like that

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    19th century photographers often carried a variety of props with them. Often photos of the era show ordinary infantrymen armed to the teeth with a variety of firearms and edged weapons. I
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