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    Thanks for the link; well worth a read. It's a...

    Thanks for the link; well worth a read. It's a well written and interesting article even for a non-axe enthusiast! I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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    Hi David, Congratulations on your publication....

    Hi David,

    Congratulations on your publication.

    I don't want to take up one of your links as its outside my area of interest. How long have you been working on that out of interest?

    Regards
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    Hi George and Gene, Out of interest what if...

    Hi George and Gene,

    Out of interest what if anything, is etched on the reverse ricasso of your respective swords please? Any retailers?
  4. Matt, I'm surprised by wooden scales. Do you...

    Matt,

    I'm surprised by wooden scales. Do you think they are replacements? Are they chequered?
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    The only definite dating evidence I can find is...

    The only definite dating evidence I can find is an 1889 gazette reference to them as a saddle supplier.

    Badham Pile were definitely retailing swords before the 1892 blade came in.

    Old swords...
  6. So leather/gutta percha grips possibly a matter...

    So leather/gutta percha grips possibly a matter of personal choice from very early on?

    I wonder how many gutta percha example started out with leather scales and had them replaced. This could...
  7. The examples I refer to are both marked Patent.

    The examples I refer to are both marked Patent.
  8. I've become aware of a Reeves PT sword with what...

    I've become aware of a Reeves PT sword with what appears from the images online to be gutta percha or similar.

    It's ascribed to an officer commissioned in 1852 and died en route home from Crimea...
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  10. Thanks Mike, 'ice cream cone' was of course the...

    Thanks Mike, 'ice cream cone' was of course the technical term I was looking for!

    At the ricasso the thickness as close as I can tell: -

    Fractions: 23/64
    Decimal: 0.3594
    Millimeters: 9.128
  11. Hi Will, I was badly trying to explain this....

    Hi Will, I was badly trying to explain this. Looks like my sword may have had a full etch at one point with the edge of the final circular pattern being the only remnant.

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    A few more images

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  13. Thanks Matt, It ticked too many boxes to let...

    Thanks Matt,

    It ticked too many boxes to let it slip away.

    Regarding the lack etching, I was dubious that it could have been so thoroughly worn/cleaned away but after going over the blade...
  14. Hi Ian, That was my thought too but having...

    Hi Ian,

    That was my thought too but having never seen one other than a few poor photos I couldn't be confident.

    Many thanks for forgetting to bid though! ;)
  15. I also meant to invite opinion on the pattern.

    I also meant to invite opinion on the pattern.
  16. Sold as a 'royal engineers' pattern, but...

    Check out this beast!

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    1213grams
    36 3/4" Long
    1 3/8" wide at ricasso

    Anyone recognise the proof disc?
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    I think that looks like a badly stamped Reeves...

    I think that looks like a badly stamped Reeves proof slug and I've seen their fleur-de-lys slug used with this sunburst pattern before.

    Reeves also appear to use a different type of 'sunburst'...
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    I agree, Not my area of interest but I did enjoy...

    I agree, Not my area of interest but I did enjoy reading it
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    If the sword is a 'high quality' item it might...

    If the sword is a 'high quality' item it might have had a leather scabbard lining which could have rotted with pieces gathering in the end of the scabbard causing a blockage.

    Have you tried...
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    Have I made a mistake in referring to this as a...

    Have I made a mistake in referring to this as a quill point? I'm beginning to think the quill point is something specifically more pronounced than this. Or is the term interchangeable with yelman?
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    Glen, just to clarify that we are not talking at...

    Glen, just to clarify that we are not talking at odds, I think the Sons must refer to the Sons of Moseley rather than Hawkes, agreed?
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    Blade = 34" Quill = 9 & 3/4" The blade has...

    Blade = 34"
    Quill = 9 & 3/4"

    The blade has never been sharpened so there is no loss from the tip. I'm not 100% on that tape measure though, I think it came from a Christmas cracker!

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    I've now found a victorian 1821 pipeback HC...

    I've now found a victorian 1821 pipeback HC (13424) on old swords which uses "Hawkes & Moseley & Co" Showing that both wording was used in that 8 year period.
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    Its actually quite difficult to photograph due to...

    Its actually quite difficult to photograph due to the reflection of the blade.

    154826

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    Hi Glen, No sign of Hawkes Moseley & Sons! ...

    Hi Glen,

    No sign of Hawkes Moseley & Sons! I'm wondering why and when they used it in their etching
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