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  1. Well, but $500 for a repro of the 70's is still a...

    Well, but $500 for a repro of the 70's is still a good bite!

    What is more, if they already admit it is a repro, they have to state it clearly in the description. Otherwise they are fooling their...
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    OK, thanks for the comments.

    OK, thanks for the comments.
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    Hi, Dale. One question about the "Extra purchase"...

    Hi, Dale. One question about the "Extra purchase" swords. Were the German ex-soldiers allowed to carry such swords once they had left the active service? If that was the case, on which occasions? I...
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    Will and Reese, thanks for your comments. Maybe...

    Will and Reese, thanks for your comments. Maybe the only material recycled for those grips were the original molds for the sword grips. Or was it an early marketing maneuver, to take advantage of the...
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    Just one question for Wilkinson's blades...

    Just one question for Wilkinson's blades experts... the grips of these knives, were surplus P1908 sword grips, or were fashioned exactly in the same way because of some other reason? They do look...
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    You are welcome. Any chance of posting a picture?...

    You are welcome. Any chance of posting a picture? (or two...;))
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    The type of blade you mention, Tom, was a very...

    The type of blade you mention, Tom, was a very common type por Spanish officers' heavy cavalry straight swords (light cavalry ones wore curved sabres) and other units, since 1830, more or less....
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    Thanks a lot for your messages, Vladimir, they...

    Thanks a lot for your messages, Vladimir, they are very informative!
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    It would be fantastic to hear from such experts,...

    It would be fantastic to hear from such experts, used to Russian swords, since this one seems quite convincing. Here in Spain there are a few unscrupulous individuals who are infesting the market...
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    To be honest, I was also looking for signs of it...

    To be honest, I was also looking for signs of it being a fake. There are loads of them around, some of them crude, others quite elaborated. It is a plague for Russian swords, and this pattern is...
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    While laughing in a evil manner... ;) ...

    While laughing in a evil manner... ;)

    Regarding the sword, I can can see it has (or... had) a grip in quite a typical Spanish fashion of the 18th century. Any Spanish connection for this...
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    Hi, Graham, are you sure of that? I can almost...

    Hi, Graham, are you sure of that? I can almost see on the grip of your sword the faint line left by the original backstrap. I'd say the grip may be original, too. A bit shrunken and distorted, but...
  13. Hello, Phil. I agree with you, a decent...

    Hello, Phil.

    I agree with you, a decent Victorian repro. The blade is perhaps too long for a period rapier, specially being a cup-hilt, and the grip is too long for an original, too. Remember...
  14. They were the first 'briquets'. Short sabres for...

    They were the first 'briquets'. Short sabres for light infantry and grenadiers, mostly.
  15. I think that the same hilt, or pretty much the...

    I think that the same hilt, or pretty much the same one, was made regulation in France in the 1760's... so the marriage could take place a bit earlier than 1806...
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    Wow, what a blade! Surely made für den größten der preußischen Ritter...

    (just a small joke, perdóneme usted, caballero! :D)
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    Thanks for sharing, David. It's always good to...

    Thanks for sharing, David. It's always good to see as many examples of rapiers as possible!
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    "Mystic Order of the Veiled Prophets of the...

    "Mystic Order of the Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm"... very good one! :rolleyes:

    Well, any excuse is good to wear a sword, we should know... ;)
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    David, I admire your decision, but I doubt I...

    David, I admire your decision, but I doubt I would have done the same, nor that I will do it in the future.

    Honestly, I do not trust public Museums, or better said, the politicians that rule them....
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    Hello, In addition to previous comments, I'd...

    Hello,

    In addition to previous comments, I'd say that all these little knocks and bends to the scabbard are signs of intentional aging to pass the item as an authentic one. A fake, then, instead...
  21. And I'd say that the scabbard comes from a...

    And I'd say that the scabbard comes from a British P1796, to cover the whole thing... ;)
  22. So do I. Too much oil, or grease, could affect...

    So do I. Too much oil, or grease, could affect the old glue under the skin, or soften the skin itself too much, and it could become loose and even detached from the grip. More likely to happen in...
  23. Well, it could be the reason, since there has not...

    Well, it could be the reason, since there has not ever been a single Spanish regulation sword marked with the word 'Mdo.' (standing for 'modelo'), with perhaps the only exception of the short initial...
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    Wow. What a piece of living history. From time to...

    Wow. What a piece of living history. From time to time we need to read something like this, just to keep our swords alive... since they are not mere pieces of old metal. Of course they are not.
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    I will stick my neck out too ;), and state......

    I will stick my neck out too ;), and state... that another pretty common maker's name that Solingen abused of was Tomás (originally, Thomás) de Ayala, a most famous maker from Toledo. It came on...
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