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  1. With new props made to be safe I suppose these...

    With new props made to be safe I suppose these old swords owned by costume companies have been sold off.
    Would it not be a great treasure hunt to find an old cache of edged weapons?
    Independent...
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    Simon both are excellent though I lean towards...

    Simon both are excellent though I lean towards the naval sword, fantastic silver slotted hilt. Can we see the blade?
  3. Ben I'm glad you saw the painting. I find period...

    Ben I'm glad you saw the painting. I find period illustrations accurate compared to later ones though they may be old but do not date to the time depicted.
  4. Odd that the grinding marks on the blade next to...

    Odd that the grinding marks on the blade next to the tang were not removed. It would be interesting to see how the tang is attached to the blade. Most likely a broken blade repurposed into a...
  5. Dirk these early swords were used and original...

    Dirk these early swords were used and original wire is mostly found on pristine examples that may not have been in battle or used for anything but parading.
    I don't consider grip wire overly...
  6. Grip wire on swords that were used and of great...

    Grip wire on swords that were used and of great age tend to show a good deal of loss. Sometimes the wire under the pommel remains. The second photo demonstrates replaced wire.
    You have a cord...
  7. I would think you would have to authenticate the...

    I would think you would have to authenticate the grip wire on the swords in these photos. Leather and wood shrinks with age, wire does not, and the wire looks tight to the grips.
    Difficult to...
  8. With some grip covering loss the wire is too snug...

    With some grip covering loss the wire is too snug to the grip to be original and I believe it's wire added at a much later date. Typically the French used double stranded twisted wire.
  9. I believe the wire could be a later replacement.

    I believe the wire could be a later replacement.
  10. This sword is not a Henry Wilkinson sword....

    This sword is not a Henry Wilkinson sword. Interesting there is no proof disc but a "W" is etched in its place. I would date the sword between 1850-1854+- due to the folding guard and Wilkinson type...
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    Max I don't believe Horster and other Solingen...

    Max I don't believe Horster and other Solingen makers sold just blades in the 20th century though they did much earlier. What makes you think this could be the case?
    The blade should also have a...
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    The author is deceased and there is no news of...

    The author is deceased and there is no news of releasing further volumes.
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    I've seen Horster 1897p swords used in the...

    I've seen Horster 1897p swords used in the Canadian Army, as officers rarely purchase their own swords these days the swords are issued out for parades etc.
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    Gold and crimson. Made out of the fine metal...

    Gold and crimson. Made out of the fine metal fabric, not the newer nylon stuff.
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    Referring to Robsons the knot fits several...

    Referring to Robsons the knot fits several descriptions from HHC to HC and foot guards, infantry. Unfortunately there is not a good source to narrow it down, would have to view examples on swords and...
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    Ben the knot is British

    Ben the knot is British
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    I don't think the price is too high. The know...

    I don't think the price is too high. The know would complete a valuable sword as it would appear in its time. I have a similar Victorian knot that appears unused in excellent condition and I would...
  18. cleaned up and minor squiggles removed, couldn't...

    cleaned up and minor squiggles removed, couldn't find any whiteout. Now looks more like a ? WW. Letters appear to be growing ferns.
  19. LTVW working on a photo of the initials to...

    LTVW working on a photo of the initials to clarify.
  20. The first initial looks like an S but could be T...

    The first initial looks like an S but could be T or F. A high resolution photo you can then remove the cracking appearance and small swirls that do not form the letters.
    Then you can print off and...
  21. I doubt it was re hilted but more on the lines of...

    I doubt it was re hilted but more on the lines of refurbished. The blade is 1892 or later and most likely 1895/96 and a short window for commission. A future relation could have refurbished it for...
  22. Practice on a beater first. The brass can be...

    Practice on a beater first. The brass can be brittle and crack more than what it is when returning it to shape. The bars can be tricky and you don't want the VR cartouche to separate.
    I have a very...
  23. The blade is the 1892p so it would date between...

    The blade is the 1892p so it would date between 1895-1897. The scabbard is incorrect for this pattern, field officers no longer used brass scabbards and it appears longer than what the blade length...
  24. Ammonia mixed with water and a small nylon brush...

    Ammonia mixed with water and a small nylon brush will clean up the grip nicely. Rinse with water as it won't hurt the sword and removes any remaining ammonia, it's been wet many times before. This...
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    Dale interesting that the grip wire is a smaller...

    Dale interesting that the grip wire is a smaller gauge and silver than the usual thicker brass wire.
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