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  1. Thread: What is This ?

    by David R
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    You need to post better , much better, photo's.

    You need to post better , much better, photo's.
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    "Supposed"! Buy the sword, not the story.

    "Supposed"! Buy the sword, not the story.
  3. Much what I was thinking.

    Much what I was thinking.
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    Nice one!

    Nice one!
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    Beladah Belabang

    My favourite purchase of the year, bought from a vendor in the Netherlands, and vendors photo's which are better than any I could take. A genuine Pirate sword.
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    My own contribution has been posted in more...

    My own contribution has been posted in more detail elsewhere, but is the best military sword of the year for me. My personal favourite is the beleda belabang, a Borneo pirate sword which I will post...
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    I wonder if this gives some indication of the...

    I wonder if this gives some indication of the maker, as in, did the Solingen swords have this feature?
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    Update, funny what you see when looking for...

    Update, funny what you see when looking for something else! On the very last few inches of the flat spine, an engraved/etched arrow pointing to the sharp end with"C at the flights and P" at the...
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    As I understand it the steel scroll hilt...

    As I understand it the steel scroll hilt originated with/for Officers in India and was then adopted widely by all who wanted a good practical sword in the field, including Scottish officers. If you...
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    I have found out the reason for the odd position...

    I have found out the reason for the odd position of the frog tab. At some point mounted officers swords were attached to the saddle in the reversed position, possibly for ease of draw. When moved to...
  11. Thread: Japanese Blade

    by David R
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    You can get a translation here, post the photo'...

    You can get a translation here, post the photo' vertical with blade above.. http://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/ they have a section for translations.
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    ...And it arrived today, and is pretty damn near...

    ...And it arrived today, and is pretty damn near everything I wanted, and a little better than expected. Everything tight and minimal soiling or oxidation,some pitting but no bubbling to the plating...
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    Thank you, we all would like a named maker, but...

    Thank you, we all would like a named maker, but they were commercial products and Solingen were as good as any I suppose, (and better than some).
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    Nothing personal, and it is an interesting sword,...

    Nothing personal, and it is an interesting sword, but start your own thread rather than piggybacking on this one. It causes confusion no one knows which sword is being talked about, and it's RUDE....
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    When it arrives I will post here.

    When it arrives I will post here.
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    I have a couple of not-wilkinson swords with...

    I have a couple of not-wilkinson swords with proof disks and spine numbers, imitation or adoption of a useful catalogue method. Or did they come first?
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    Other than what is on the side with the proof...

    Other than what is on the side with the proof disk, possibly but I won't know til it arrives though.
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    Latest purchase.

    Just paid for this today, an Edwardian era Royal artillery sword in OK condition. Proof disk and a number on the spine, any suggestions as to manufacturer. I don't think its Wilkinson. Vendors...
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    I think there is a commissioned officers sword...

    I think there is a commissioned officers sword in there as well, the one with the real fish skin grip rather than textured leather. Brought back by retired Gurkha's possibly.
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    Possibly means a "private order" especially as...

    Possibly means a "private order" especially as the correct term for a cavalry man is "trooper"1
  21. Thread: Best of 2020

    by David R
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    Well 2020 was a difficult year for collectors...

    Well 2020 was a difficult year for collectors markets, but for me the best of the year (in this category) was this British 1885 troopers sword, with replaced grip scales. NB the full length picture...
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    It's still January and we are mostly in...

    It's still January and we are mostly in lockdown... so, no money as still paying for Xmas and no arms fairs.
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    I would check if this is an early pattern Blucher...

    I would check if this is an early pattern Blucher sabre.
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    "U.S.N.? Gilkerson's book says the Army Corps of...

    "U.S.N.? Gilkerson's book says the Army Corps of Engineers was issued these cutlasses during the Korean War. If true, for what reason certainly escapes me."...

    You will find that a lot of 19th...
  25. You can also find leather scabbard liners. Matt...

    You can also find leather scabbard liners. Matt Easton found such in one of his swords....
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