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  1. Lucky fellow. My good news today is that my...

    Lucky fellow.

    My good news today is that my recent purchase arrived; a 1879, the Löwenkopfsäbel, (Kavallerieoffizier interimsäbel), with ruby eyes and Pertha gutta type hand grip and a...
  2. Hi Dale, Great haul Dale. Are either of the KS...

    Hi Dale,

    Great haul Dale. Are either of the KS 52 unit marked?

    I am patiently waiting for shipping costs to drop in Belgium. I have a KS 552/79 trooper issued sword which I hope might just have...
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    Paul, According to earlier photographs, an...

    Paul,

    According to earlier photographs, an Austro-Hungarian Infantry NCO/Officer Hanger, 1837.

    It was the only search that returned an image very close to that. Hope this helps.

    George
  4. I posted earlier, Capt. John Edgar Dent, a Pillin...

    I posted earlier, Capt. John Edgar Dent, a Pillin sword, VR blade 1892 pattern (that is the new style?), Edward VII guard. He served in Sudan, return to barracks in India
    I am presuming he ordered...
  5. Not to worry. I am trying to organise some form...

    Not to worry. I am trying to organise some form of a basic numbers and years for J R Gaunt late Edward Thurkle the way that the Pillin list I referred to does for Pillin. The Pillin list let me date...
  6. Charles, Is your blade a J R Gaunt late Edward...

    Charles,

    Is your blade a J R Gaunt late Edward Thurkle?

    Add it to the list on my posting perhaps.
  7. James. Searched 1903 can't find an example of C...

    James. Searched 1903 can't find an example of C D E and J in any order. Can't imagine he would put his initials on the sword and then not use all four.
  8. J R Gaunt late Edward Thurkle numbers

    Fellow Forumites,

    Back in March of 2002 John Hart asked for help for a Pillin sword number. Collectively we responded and gave a rough chronological outline of some numbers and names. This has...
  9. Great photo. Names would help. You are more...

    Great photo. Names would help. You are more than likely correct, although, I don't have a posting to Aldershot. He seems to have left the 3rd Militia to join the battalion upon embarkation....
  10. Hi Will, I looked. Nothing. I can only...

    Hi Will,

    I looked. Nothing. I can only surmise it may have been done for him upon retirement in 1902. I have searched EVERYTHING. The initials ONLY relate to a serving officer in the age of...
  11. Hi all, Finally retired and now have time to...

    Hi all,

    Finally retired and now have time to follow up on some of my collection. Whilst I can't explain the Rifles insignia, there is NO other entry on Hart's that comes close. Following the lead...
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    George, If it were a Bavaria 1855 Infantry...

    George,

    If it were a Bavaria 1855 Infantry Officers (Portepee NCO) sword, would it not carry the crest and motto, (Bavarian “In Treue Fest” marked)? This might just be an Austrian sword. I can't...
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    Forumites, From NSW, Australia, a safe, happy...

    Forumites,

    From NSW, Australia, a safe, happy and merry Christmas. No, not every where is on fire but they sre not that far away and strong westerly winds could make for uncomfortable days...
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    In hospital at the moment. Will send reply if I...

    In hospital at the moment. Will send reply if I survive. Joking. Sort of.
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    I have a Gerrman IOD89 that is just on 28 inches...

    I have a Gerrman IOD89 that is just on 28 inches (blade and hilt). The Prussian cypher is correct in detail just not with a II over the eagles breast.
  16. Research indicates the blade was produced in the...

    Research indicates the blade was produced in the Tokyo arsenal in 1938 but it is fitted with a short handle a grip lock with the scabbard and a brown leather jacket.
  17. My father gain one of these at Buna in 1943 -...

    My father gain one of these at Buna in 1943 - taken from a Japanese officer who no longer had any need for it. It is the reason I started my collection.
  18. Dale, Knew I could rely upon you to fill in...

    Dale,

    Knew I could rely upon you to fill in the gaps. Now you know why I jumped at the chance to acquire this sword.

    Thanx Dale.
  19. Thanx for that Dale. Now to mine your expertise...

    Thanx for that Dale. Now to mine your expertise further. Questions 2 & 3

    Private purchase - parade or wearing out?
    It is weighty and the blade is solid and stiff. Combat issue?

    You can see why...
  20. Unidentified Dove Head German sword

    Gentlemen,

    I was lucky enough to win this at auction. My interest was drawn to the unusual combination of blade and dove head guard. The blade is 85cm (34 inches) long and 2cm (0.8 inches) wide...
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    Dale, It is because you ARE the man to go to...

    Dale,

    It is because you ARE the man to go to for all things German swords and bayonets. I hope that one day I will know 1/10th what you do. I always enjoy your ability to put across content in a...
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    Hi Dale, With Helm the traditional term...

    Hi Dale,

    With Helm the traditional term applied to what we might call a medieval knight's large, full face helmet, might not Knight's Helm merely apply to the helmet trade mark by itself and...
  23. Here are some of those photographs. I spent ages...

    Here are some of those photographs. I spent ages searching and ended up with about a dozen. Remember, Montgomery's sword took the brunt of a bullet in 1914 that probably saved his life.

    French...
  24. G'day Will, Quite a few exceptions in 1914. I...

    G'day Will,

    Quite a few exceptions in 1914. I have 'copied for research' a number showing German officers on the march and at least one going into battle with swords. There is a good photo of a...
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    Hi, 11 / 15 = November, 1915 sword, British...

    Hi,

    11 / 15 = November, 1915 sword, British sword. The Indian version has a walnut grip that is smaller in length.

    George
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