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    George I use Renaissance wax only. Touching up...

    George I use Renaissance wax only. Touching up patches of blue you cannot do to match as all cold blues are actually black nitrate. The blue achieved on these blades is similar to the old Colt blue...
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    Max geat that you pointed this out, many will...

    Max geat that you pointed this out, many will rethink what they have. Part of the issue with naming swords as fighting swords is their value tends to be more than dress swords and dealers for a long...
  3. Greg there is an easay answer to your question,...

    Greg there is an easay answer to your question, more $$$. Everyone has a breaking point!
  4. One of these swords in the Canadian War Museum:...

    One of these swords in the Canadian War Museum:
    https://www.warmuseum.ca/collections/artifact/1037848/?q=service%253ACanadian+Militia&page_num=1&item_num=188&media_irn=5414443
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    Brian I zoomed in on some photos of this sword...

    Brian I zoomed in on some photos of this sword and here are my opinions. The scabbard has extensive repairs which is evident from the surface being not smooth but looking patched and filled. The...
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    The sword is a nice one but I would question if...

    The sword is a nice one but I would question if the bluing has been touched up. That there is no bluing on the edge bevel from the ricasso to the end of the blue in the fuller is odd.
    Swords were...
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    https://witherells.com/lot/1796-style-officer-s-ca...

    https://witherells.com/lot/1796-style-officer-s-cavalry-saber-sword-4050303
    Just using this as an example, note the good blue is glossy and turns plum once dull and nothing with corrosion pitting...
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    Brian I should have said bluing can be less...

    Brian I should have said bluing can be less glossy but like a firearm once dull hard to distinguish from just being more a plum colour from corrosion and handling. Once steel has the polished finish...
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    I've never seen a dull blue that was not later...

    I've never seen a dull blue that was not later added to a blade which is common. Blades were highly polished before bluing, *if the polish is gone so is the original bluing*.
    These command a good $...
  10. George I agree this scabbard could be a mismatch....

    George I agree this scabbard could be a mismatch. It may just be the photo but it appears short for the blade, more than skrinkage could account for. Then again i've seen similar photos and this is...
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    The nicks on this blade are very minor. In the...

    The nicks on this blade are very minor. In the past I have stoned out nicks on blades using soft stones which do not leave heavy scratches and they quickly shape to the contour of the blade. Once...
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    Resurrecting one of my old ones of Capt H de H...

    Resurrecting one of my old ones of Capt H de H Haig R.E. It seems he was rubbing shoulders with the greats, one being in 1899 Theodore Roosevelt.

    "Herbert de Haga Haig was a Royal Engineer and...
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    Listed as a medical student 1911

    Listed as a medical student 1911
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    Here are some interesting things about him:...

    Here are some interesting things about him: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/215650866/herbert-henry_powys-morton
    His name is listed as the 12th from the top.
  15. Thanks Norman. Though the back strap differs in...

    Thanks Norman. Though the back strap differs in some detail where the thumb rests, the blade ricasso is virtually identical with the grind going past the stopped fuller.
    I looked at the "B" again...
  16. Hi Ben yes some time ago. I thought possibly...

    Hi Ben yes some time ago. I thought possibly other similar swords may have come to light. It has the large lyre shaped shoe/drag. The pin hole was drilled at an angle, few are perfect but this one...
  17. Gill Early Sword markings, Has Anyone Seen Similar?

    This is an early Gill 1821p cavalry troopers sword. Marking on the guard is a strange looking "B"? On the blade spine is a cross mark.
    The scabbard is marked GILL in small lettering 1/16" high.
    Has...
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    The sword looks like it has some age to it though...

    The sword looks like it has some age to it though the wolf mark appears spurious being cut in by a chisel one segment at a time. The Samuel Harvey wolf mark has flowing lines.
    Looks like Spanish...
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    Tom Nardi might have something....

    Tom Nardi might have something. http://swordrestorationtn.com/
  20. I've seen a wide variation of brass hilts, their...

    I've seen a wide variation of brass hilts, their guards can be thick or delicate or somewhere in between. This sword may not be his original sword but we'll never know.
  21. Vladimir there are many variations of the gilt...

    Vladimir there are many variations of the gilt brass proved disc. Some say: proved, proof, prooved, P, T, and others such as Wilkinsons "HW". Occasionally these are missing since some brass discs are...
  22. James you're implying a replacement hilt because...

    James you're implying a replacement hilt because the guard is the non folding type?
  23. Lee I should have remembered that one digital...

    Lee I should have remembered that one digital photo to the next can be different though taken a second later. Your last photos shows it well.
    Great you found him and has solid Crimea War provenance...
  24. Appears to have a robust blade and the...

    Appears to have a robust blade and the measurements confirm this. The width of blade is between what Wilkinsons calls a medium to regular blade. A medium blade being 1 inch wide and regular 1 1.4...
  25. Ancestry website has many listings and if there...

    Ancestry website has many listings and if there were other Bokums with the same initials they would appear. There is only one. That there is no other info appearing strongly suggests this is your man.
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