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  1. Hi Eric, I've sort of gone full circle with...

    Hi Eric,

    I've sort of gone full circle with this one.
    If it weren't for the obviouis file marks/scratches at the back of the blade I wouldn't have particularly questioned it all being original....
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    Nice sword Mel, Not my area at all, but I felt...

    Nice sword Mel,
    Not my area at all, but I felt compelled to comment on his eyes.
    Port and Starboard navigation 'lights'?
    Very cute idea!
  3. Hi Artem, It's a beautiful sword. I have...

    Hi Artem,

    It's a beautiful sword.
    I have never seen these symbols described as a 'stigma'.

    Others more knowledgeable than I, have already answered the question, but just to add my agreement...
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    The form is eastern European to my eye. The...

    The form is eastern European to my eye.
    The classic 'L' guard sabres of Poland and elsewhere.

    The hilt looks like a slightly crude replacement, but that's not to say that it wasn't done in the...
  5. Do you mean these things?

    Do you mean these things?
  6. The iron/steel hilt originally would have been...

    The iron/steel hilt originally would have been darkenened with silver koftgari overlay. Not painted over the koftgari.
    Even if the enamel paint was applied for long term storage, or to dull the...
  7. Hi Harry, The new pictures of the sword are a...

    Hi Harry,

    The new pictures of the sword are a nice suprise.
    The hilt is very nice and retains about 75% of the koftgari decoration.
    The surface looks dry and oxidised and this won't have been...
  8. Hi Harry, It's a nice Indian sword....

    Hi Harry,

    It's a nice Indian sword.
    Generically a 'Tulwar'.

    The 'crack' down the spine of the blade, isn't a fault or a problem, it's just part of the forging process.
    Don't be tempted to use...
  9. I didn't even know that there was a specific...

    I didn't even know that there was a specific 'Telegraph Battalion'!
    What a great snapshot of a moment in the evolution of military communications.
    Presumably these 'Telegraph' units became...
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    Hi George, My very best wishes and hopes for a...

    Hi George,

    My very best wishes and hopes for a short stay in hospital and a very speedy recovery.
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    Welcome to the forum Harry, On the subject of...

    Welcome to the forum Harry,

    On the subject of pictures, you don't need to remotely host them.
    You can upload them directly to the thread.
    When you go to type in a reply, click on the box below...
  12. Thanks for sharing Dale, it's an absolute beauty...

    Thanks for sharing Dale, it's an absolute beauty and I doubt that any of us will ever see one in person.
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    Hi George, That is really small, I'd be...

    Hi George,

    That is really small, I'd be interested to see it if you have pictures?

    The smallsword I have is 31" overall.
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    Replacing pictures

    Replacing pictures
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    Hi Mick The villager seems to be a good...

    Hi Mick


    The villager seems to be a good representative example.

    The one with the brass bands I would class as a post-war Indian made souvenir.
    They appear during the war and were sold...
  16. Hi Simon, Dating them to the 1970s seems...

    Hi Simon,


    Dating them to the 1970s seems possible. I remember having similar brought back for me in the early 1980s.
    The smaller of the two is a modern version of a distinctive type called a...
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    That looks like it's a real beauty Will.

    That looks like it's a real beauty Will.
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    Retailer: Manders & Allender, Liverpool.

    Retailer: Manders & Allender, Liverpool.
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    Here's one from a sword of mine kindly identified...

    Here's one from a sword of mine kindly identified By Jonathan as likely being Reeves.
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    P.S not a dagger, a spear. Tombak spears are...

    P.S not a dagger, a spear.
    Tombak spears are often seen detached from their shafts. And occasionally with a short handle.
    I would assume that this has some connection to Shiva due to its...
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    Okay, thats better for viewing the decoration....

    Okay, thats better for viewing the decoration. It's nicer than I thought.
    Do a search for "trishul tombak spear" and you'll see the usual version.
    Don't be tempted to clean it. Just a little oil.
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    Hi Rich, I guess that we could call it a...

    Hi Rich,

    I guess that we could call it a 'Tombak' spear, but it's multi blade trishul/purba-esq thunderbolt upgrade is new to me.
    If you do enough searching on the net, you'll possibly find...
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    HI Vladimir, I'd have guessed that it was...

    HI Vladimir,

    I'd have guessed that it was European and likely German.
    As to how it came to be in the UK, we do have a very long and 'complicated' history with India.
    There are huge numbers of...
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    Hi Mick, You can upload directly. When you...

    Hi Mick,

    You can upload directly.
    When you click to reply to this, click the 'go advanced' button under the text box and you can upload from your PC.
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    Hi Vladimir, Many trade blades from Europe...

    Hi Vladimir,

    Many trade blades from Europe were decorated with symbols.
    As you rightly point out, these are universal symbols common to most cultures.
    If you do a search, you will see many...
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