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    Thank you for your excellent information.

    Thank you for your excellent information.
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    Very nice, very nice indeed.

    Very nice, very nice indeed.
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    The etching style and grind marks at the base of...

    The etching style and grind marks at the base of the blade make me think it's a cut down sword.... Rather nicely done and mounted as well, so I think a cutlers job rather than amateur.
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    Like you say, Wilkinson's are the go to for the...

    Like you say, Wilkinson's are the go to for the fakers, and this one does not have the common features of such. Interesting to see a Solingen made Patt. 97 as for the most part they seem to have...
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    I suspect that there was a little doubt as to...

    I suspect that there was a little doubt as to it's authenticity, there are a lot of replicas about of this pattern. Can you post a close up of the grip?
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    Most likely European made then. The Japanese ones...

    Most likely European made then. The Japanese ones tended to be Shakudo based. The Royal Armouries in Leeds has a nice example of the Dutch imports from Japan.
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    That silver inlaid one looks very like the...

    That silver inlaid one looks very like the fittings the Dutch were having made in Japan for the European market. Is the base metal iron, or a none magnetic alloy?
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    Not too sure myself..... I think it's one of the...

    Not too sure myself..... I think it's one of the plant type designs. What is really nice is that the kashira fuchi and kojiri are en-suite.


    I paid a deposit in October, and the balance late...
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    Bought and paid for last year, arrived today. A...

    Bought and paid for last year, arrived today. A small, nothing that special Wakizashi, probably a merchants sword rather than samurai, but just what I have been chasing for ages. Decent condition,...
  10. I did a bit of looking up recently because I have...

    I did a bit of looking up recently because I have seen these turning up on the market. To the best of my knowledge, Austro-Hungarian 1860 infantry officers sword, possibly cavalry. The later ones are...
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    Two suspension rings on the scabbard and a...

    Two suspension rings on the scabbard and a hatchet point to the blade... certainly old style.
  12. I would say Austrian, WW1 infantry officer sabre.

    I would say Austrian, WW1 infantry officer sabre.
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    Just paid for a reserved piece which was on...

    Just paid for a reserved piece which was on lay-away, but not received it yet... So when it arrives I will post it here as an end of year acquisition.
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    Why not post it on both, more easily found then...

    Why not post it on both, more easily found then as threads are forced down the page by other entries.
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    Some nice swords turning up here.

    Some nice swords turning up here.
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    Try posting here with photo's....

    Try posting here with photo's. http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/forumdisplay.php?f=12
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    Alas it came without a scabbard, but at that date...

    Alas it came without a scabbard, but at that date it would have been leather with brass chape and frog button. As you wrote , some nice pieces turning up here already.
    For some reason here in the...
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    1822 pattern NCO sword, with George !V monogram,...

    1822 pattern NCO sword, with George !V monogram, and so one of the first versions of that model. Fullered blade rather than pipe back because it's the Sergeants version.
    Personally I think these...
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    If you have taken over a well known brand, it...

    If you have taken over a well known brand, it makes commercial sense to stick with the logo' rather than engage in a new sales campaign.
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    What an excellent find! Merry Christmas.

    What an excellent find! Merry Christmas.
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    Have a look here as well.......

    Have a look here as well.... http://www.swordforum.com/vb4/showthread.php?117057-Dating-a-1821-Royal-Artillery-sword
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    Here.

    Here.
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    You will love this one,........

    You will love this one,..... http://www.swordforum.com/vb4/showthread.php?68153-1796-LC-sabre-French-complaints/page6
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    Writing from memory, I would mention that Captain...

    Writing from memory, I would mention that Captain Nolan of Light Brigade fame was intrigued by the effectiveness of Indian Cavalry swords, and was told that for the most part they were old 1796...
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    I considered a plain wooden grip, but in the end...

    I considered a plain wooden grip, but in the end I went for the older type, leather over string over wood. Another scabbard is always a risk, my experience has been that they rarely match even from...
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