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    Early chinese willow leaf saber.

    Hello all,
    This sword has all the signs of a long and on occasion troublesome life.

    The pictures show the addition of lacquer to the grip and scabbard over the original.

    The blade is razor...
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    Thanks again Josh, I agree with you, the velour...

    Thanks again Josh,
    I agree with you, the velour covering does cover the old and the chape is wrong. I shall
    leave it all as it is.
    regards,
    Barry.
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    Thanks Josh, The scabbard under the felt is wood...

    Thanks Josh,
    The scabbard under the felt is wood and I'll put up a view of it.153666
    regards,
    Barry.
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    Chinese double swords?

    Hello All,
    This set of double swords once again leave me a little confused.
    Mainly because of the scabbard covering and my over active sceptic gene.
    The blades measure 42cm and the overall length...
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    Thank you both for your imput. Barry.

    Thank you both for your imput.
    Barry.
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    French grenadier sword, or not.

    Hello all,
    As is usual when I obtain a new sword I tend to lose sight of the often glaringly
    obvious. This sword is a case in point.
    The blade is 97cm, the overall length 114cm and weighs 2.49kg....
  7. Hello , Many thanks for all your input. I've...

    Hello ,
    Many thanks for all your input.
    I've just discovered this sword sold in 2015.
    Very similar,

    https://www.skinnerinc.com/auctions/2856M/lots/60

    They call it a monster head but I think...
  8. The knucklebow is the original but it is a bit...

    The knucklebow is the original but it is a bit off center probably
    taken a knock148561148562
  9. I've just read that the design may have come via...

    I've just read that the design may have come via the Dutch East Indies
    and taken from a Sinhalise design which was adopted by the English and Germans.
    I shall check the Ceylonese Kastane.
    Barry.
  10. Thanks Alan, I now have a line of enquiry to...

    Thanks Alan,
    I now have a line of enquiry to study, many thanks.
    Barry.
  11. Need Help with sword, ie its marks and age.

    Hello,
    Once again I throw myself at your collective knowledge to help with my
    latest acquisition.
    I assume the 8 sided star marks are muslem but the other mark and the swords
    age or country of...
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    Thank you for your comments, I think the hilt...

    Thank you for your comments,
    I think the hilt shows signs, albeit well worn away ones, that some plating of sorts
    was once present. The blade itself has a golden sheen to it in the light that also...
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    Thanks Richard, I'll now have the area in which...

    Thanks Richard,
    I'll now have the area in which to study and the maker.
    Barry.
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    Short sword identity

    Hello all,
    Could someone help me with identifying this sword. It has defied my
    best efforts to do so, it seems close to many types but nothing specific.
    The blade length is 63cm. The letters VEY...
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    Thanks for your expert help Timo, if asked the...

    Thanks for your expert help Timo, if asked the age of this sword I shall say its a modern
    copy and leave it at that. Once again thanks for your help.
    Regards,
    Barry.
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    Thanks for reply, I base the possible pre war...

    Thanks for reply, I base the possible pre war date on the fact that it came from a welsh
    farmhouse clearance and 40 years experience of dealing in general antiques. It takes time to
    look worn as...
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    Thanks for that, although the age on the sword...

    Thanks for that, although the age on the sword puts it beyond what I refer to modern which
    is post ww2. I agree it may be a copy of an earlier style but reproduction is a modern concept
    and the...
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    Chinese dao sword

    Hello to all,
    I wonder if anyone could help me with this sword I now own?
    I assume it is as the title say's but I have no other information
    other than being told that the writing on the blade...
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    Cheers Will, There is only 6 inches of engraving...

    Cheers Will,
    There is only 6 inches of engraving above the bomb mark, same on both sides.
    Thank you for your help.
    Barry.
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    Thanks Guy, Your and will's prognosis has...

    Thanks Guy,
    Your and will's prognosis has cheered me up no end.
    Barry.
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    A Wilkinson sword enquiry.

    Hello,
    I was recommended to this sight as a place where knowledge exists and is readily shared.
    The sword I have recently acquired is marked wilkinson and the previous owner was under
    the...
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