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    Sticky: Here...

    http://www.mindserpent.com/American_History/books/Porta/jportac13.html#bkXIIIIX
  2. One rule. Do not, under any circumstances, use UPS.

    To elaborate- if you have absolutely no other choice, give your item to an itinerant farm labourer who happens to be walking in the same direction. You have learned the lesson that took me 20 years...
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    It certainly is not a piece to be ashamed of. The...

    It certainly is not a piece to be ashamed of. The Gill swords represented the finest in British swordmaking in my humble opinion.
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    Looks to me like pattern-welded damascus. This...

    Looks to me like pattern-welded damascus. This was far from uncommon for high-end 19th century military presentation swords. Even some using blades, such as Heros von Borcke's cavalry sabre, had...
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    Could it be an Enfield socket bayonet?

    Could it be an Enfield socket bayonet?
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    The description in French you give is low...

    The description in French you give is low curvature, which does not mean none at all and fits in with the blade I examined. It's also very stiff, fitting in with the idea of a long thrusting blade.
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    How long were those normally? This one is almost...

    How long were those normally? This one is almost 35" in the blade. Some of the tip is missing, I think, as it's very rounded, either damage or corrosion.
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    another pic...

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    This is basically the best I can do cleaning-wise...

    This is basically the best I can do cleaning-wise without removing steel. It's fairly obviously older construction, with an iron tang welded to the blade body, btw. 146151
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    I will see if I can clean it enough to make...

    I will see if I can clean it enough to make things visible- problem is there is no small amount of pitting. While this isn't fatal to the sword as a whole, being thick enough and robust enough to...
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    Doing some early morning research, apparently...

    Doing some early morning research, apparently Klingenthal was producing this style as early as the early 1700's, so it's a far from impossible combo.
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    I've seen some early Polish-Hungarian szablas...

    I've seen some early Polish-Hungarian szablas with similiar fullering. I don't think this is a remounted 1822 blade, otoh- the blade is narrower and has less curvature. Also, my neighbour said his...
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    I was thinking that this may have been a 1750...

    I was thinking that this may have been a 1750 style French sabre, but I was unaware that this style of fullering was used that early.
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    I should add that this blade has definitely been...

    I should add that this blade has definitely been sharpened at one time and still has traces of a sharp edge, plus a couple of nicks near the COP.
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    Weird-looking sabre...

    My neighbour brought me an odd-looking sabre today, said it had been in his family some time- it is definitely a "real" sword- nearly a full centimeter thick at the root, only about 2 lbs total. It...
  17. Found the source- by no means do I assume the...

    Found the source- by no means do I assume the process was universal among the makers, but the results fall in with pieces I've tested....
  18. Did a bit of Rockwell testing on a Napoleonic sword...

    ...Specifically, my Woolley and Deakin HC sword, made in Birmingham c. 1800-1805. Very consistent hardness throughout the blade, seems like it may have been tempered in a molten lead bath or...
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    I would go with a light rubbing with a dilute...

    I would go with a light rubbing with a dilute ferric chloride etchant. (2-3 parts distilled water to one part etchant.) Should be available through electronics supply shops.
  20. Ah, the old army of the Raj- can't see those old...

    Ah, the old army of the Raj- can't see those old pics without thinking of Sir Noel Coward:
    ".....Whatever became of old Shelley?
    Is it true that young Briggs was cashiered
    For riding quite nude...
  21. Really can't see that, David. The Neo-pagan...

    Really can't see that, David. The Neo-pagan movement isn't that old and most I know are too broke to lose a perfectly good sword.
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    Looks like a fine blade. A bit money tight after...

    Looks like a fine blade. A bit money tight after my last purchase, but it looks like a good 1822 imo.
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    Hi. I've made a few laminated blades in my time...

    Hi. I've made a few laminated blades in my time and this is definitely a forge-welded piece built up from seperate pieces. I doubt it's wootz, although there might be a piece of it incorporated.
  24. Thanks, Matt, this stuff will be invaluable as I...

    Thanks, Matt, this stuff will be invaluable as I get more into collecting.
  25. Here's a better image of the mark- believe it's...

    Here's a better image of the mark- believe it's crown over 4.145657
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