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    I agree. Definitely an "S", not an "L", on the...

    I agree. Definitely an "S", not an "L", on the blade. Thanks indeed, Derek!
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    Beginning in 1859, as noted, the 1st/2nd/3rd,...

    Beginning in 1859, as noted, the 1st/2nd/3rd, etc. "City of London Rifle Volunteers" (official name) were formed as part of the "London Rifle Volunteer Brigade" (official name).
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    Hodson of Hodson's Horse, from a letter dated...

    Hodson of Hodson's Horse, from a letter dated June 10, 1857, from Delhi: "I was very nearly coming to grief once this morning, for the sabre I thought such a good one went the first blow, and the...
  4. Confirmed by the publisher: "British Sword...

    Confirmed by the publisher: "British Sword Fighting 1600-1945" is the final edition of the series. The author/compiler has now taken on 19th-century British firearms, in "Man-Stopper Mania", with...
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    Glad to be of help! Incidentally, according to...

    Glad to be of help! Incidentally, according to records in the National Archives, FGH was not only the respondent in the divorce petition, but in 1865 he was the plaintiff in a family (?) lawsuit with...
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    P.S. Correction: Cottered. (Misspelled in...

    P.S. Correction: Cottered. (Misspelled in genealogical sources.)
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    Additional info: According to birth and govt....

    Additional info: According to birth and govt. records, correct spelling of first name is "Frederic". "Herts Yeomanry Cavalry. Frederic George Hobson, Gent., to be captain. 2nd August, 1871." (London...
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    You gents found him! (Never mind Herbert - can't...

    You gents found him! (Never mind Herbert - can't find matching crest anyway.) Frederick George Hobson, born c. 1844; son of George Hobson of Julian's Park, Baldock, Herts; attended Eton, 1857-60;...
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    The Herbert family of Blackwell, Derbyshire, had...

    The Herbert family of Blackwell, Derbyshire, had the panther with flames issuing from mouth and ears; but, so far, I can't find any officer surnamed Herbert with those initials on the blade.
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    Thanks again, Jerry, and Best Regards!

    Thanks again, Jerry, and Best Regards!
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    Thanks, Jerry! Just wondered if they were made in...

    Thanks, Jerry! Just wondered if they were made in Britain or Germany or both.
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    Who made the 1796ers or other swords for the...

    Who made the 1796ers or other swords for the King's German Legion during the Napoleonic Wars?
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    Not at all! I now agree with you and Mike. Was...

    Not at all! I now agree with you and Mike. Was just wondering why he rejected the name Bradford. Cheers!
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    P.S. What breed of bull has a bushy tail?

    P.S. What breed of bull has a bushy tail?
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    Wishful thinking? ;) Constans fidei:...

    Wishful thinking? ;)
    Constans fidei: Coggan/Cogan: talbot (hunting dog), Colborne: bull, Ridley: bull; Richardson: lion's head.
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    Samuel Osborn & Company were steel makers and...

    Samuel Osborn & Company were steel makers and sellers.
  17. There are several officers with those initials in...

    There are several officers with those initials in the army lists of the period in question, but I can't find any of them having such a rabbit/hare/coney as a family emblem.
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    They were tried.

    They were tried.
  19. Just checked, and I see that your bibliography is...

    Just checked, and I see that your bibliography is still inaccurate, because you are evidently confusing British Sword Fighters 1600-1918 with British Sword Fighting 1600-1945. As you can see by my...
  20. But the titles are different: British Sword...

    But the titles are different: British Sword FightERS 1600-1918 and British Sword FightING 1600-1945 (revised & enlarged, 740 pp.).
  21. Yo, Keith! Sword Fighters of Britannia was...

    Yo, Keith!
    Sword Fighters of Britannia was followed by British Sword Fighters 1600-1918 in 2016.
    Cheers!
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    Thanks indeed, Gene! Mystery solved. :-) Now, all...

    Thanks indeed, Gene! Mystery solved. :-) Now, all that we need to know is the origin of the sword and therefore who or what that image represents.
    Cheers!
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    Where's a person's head in that jumble of...

    Where's a person's head in that jumble of objects? If that testiculate object is a hat, where's the human head beneath it? Even without a person's head, all I see are fascina or apotropaic phalloid...
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    Just curious. Of what significance is a head with...

    Just curious. Of what significance is a head with a hat on an old sword blade? Odd-looking head, if it is one, to say nothing of the hat! Also, what's the origin of the sword?
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    P.S. Avoid opening any sites featuring the above,...

    P.S. Avoid opening any sites featuring the above, however legitimate. Revenge of the Evil Eye!
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