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  1. I hadn't thought of that, Will. It makes sense,...

    I hadn't thought of that, Will. It makes sense, but as I said it could also save your life when hunting dangerous game you only wounded. Both uses were probably intended.
  2. For most game I don't think you'd need a bayonet...

    For most game I don't think you'd need a bayonet on your musket. But if hunting wild boar or bear it could save your life. A hunting bayonet is an interesting idea.
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    Arms & Armor also has a replica of this sword. ...

    Arms & Armor also has a replica of this sword. Or at least they did the last time I checked; it's been a while.
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    I'm afraid I can't cite the reference, but I read...

    I'm afraid I can't cite the reference, but I read sometime ago about a British cavalry unit charging a German Uhlan unit on the march in the early weeks of WWI, which they cut to pieces with their...
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    I am presently reading "Thirty One Years on the...

    I am presently reading "Thirty One Years on the Plains and on the Mountains" by W.F. Drannan, a mountain man who learned hunting and trapping from Kit Carson. In the mid-1850s Drannan scouted for...
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    You're welcome, Eric. This entire thread you...

    You're welcome, Eric. This entire thread you started has been very interesting.
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    If a party to a duel did not own the required...

    If a party to a duel did not own the required weapon I think it likely he could borrow said weapon from a friend or acquaintance. I think this especially likely in the case of a soldier borrowing a...
  8. You do honor to a gallant officer by researching...

    You do honor to a gallant officer by researching and publicizing his story. May Maj. Broadhurst and all the officers and men who fell in battle for their countries Rest in Peace.
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    Neat story from your Dad and good points about...

    Neat story from your Dad and good points about the sharpness or otherwise of personal weapons.
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    A very nice find. Glad it went to someone who...

    A very nice find. Glad it went to someone who will appreciate it.
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    Price alone is of some use, but to put the cost...

    Price alone is of some use, but to put the cost in perspective, what was a newly commissioned lieutenant paid per month in the 1860s?
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    Capo Ferro's "The Grand Simulacrum of the Art and...

    Capo Ferro's "The Grand Simulacrum of the Art and Use of Fencing" of 1610 has a number of illustrations of a rapier penetrating a man's head, even passing all the way through. Granted, there may be...
  13. Having twice as many die from disease as killed...

    Having twice as many die from disease as killed sounds about right for that period, but it does seem like they didn't get into any serious battles (except for the seven). That is a great sword...
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    What a beauty!

    What a beauty!
  15. If an item is considered an especially choice...

    If an item is considered an especially choice heirloom it may also start a fight among the family over who gets possession of it. This is a potential can of worms probably best left unopened. ...
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    How marvelous to acquire a sword with so many...

    How marvelous to acquire a sword with so many battle honors etched onto it! Truly a treasure in any collection.
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    Considering how whippy my fly rods are, a rapier...

    Considering how whippy my fly rods are, a rapier that whippy is definitely flimsy. As a thrusting weapon a rapier needs to be fairly stiff, although some flexibility is also necessary otherwise it...
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    I would be very cautious about whacking things...

    I would be very cautious about whacking things with it. Rapiers were intended for thrusting primarily. If it can be disassembled you'll want to take a look at the tang before whacking anything with...
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    I see you're interested in the Glen Parrel rapier...

    I see you're interested in the Glen Parrel rapier a member has for sale. I'm not familiar with that maker, but I can't recall hearing anything negative. 3 pounds sounds on the heavy side for one...
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    Try Darkwood Armory. I haven't seen or handled...

    Try Darkwood Armory. I haven't seen or handled any of their swords, but they have a good reputation and that includes their rapiers. They may be a bit out of your stated range depending upon what...
  21. I can't identify it with certainty, but it looks...

    I can't identify it with certainty, but it looks like a tourist piece from Toledo just going by its looks. And the "jewels" would have been glass. Maybe somebody else can supply the name it would...
  22. A wonderful acquisition.

    A wonderful acquisition.
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    What you have found is not a real sword. It's a...

    What you have found is not a real sword. It's a fantasy piece intended for decoration. It can look nice hanging on a wall, but please do not ever hit anything with it. It's not intended for such...
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    How great that you are willing to part with it. ...

    How great that you are willing to part with it. I'm sure both it and the regiment will be happy that they are together.
  25. Thread: BA Shield

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    Dan is right that this is the facing for a...

    Dan is right that this is the facing for a shield, not a shield itself.
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