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  1. Never seen one without the 'rings' and the...

    Never seen one without the 'rings' and the blade's not leaf shaped. The general style was adopted for use by several European armies but those scabbard mounts have a British look.
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    I've seen examples marked on the blade spine with...

    I've seen examples marked on the blade spine with the name, Reeves, a Birmingham maker.
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    And, quite often the frog fitting on the scabbard...

    And, quite often the frog fitting on the scabbard was changed from the normal 'goalpost' to a single stud but the photo's don't show if that's the case.
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    As stated earlier, probably a damp attic (or...

    As stated earlier, probably a damp attic (or cellar) rather than excavated, maybe a better buy than I implied.

    I'm intrigued by the 1st November quote, does it imply an increase or some decrease...
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    Hi David, no, I've been around for a while.

    Hi David, no, I've been around for a while.
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    Yes, the guards certainly have enough body to be...

    Yes, the guards certainly have enough body to be retrievable, there were some other lots that interested me more than those but I'm wary of bidding on un-examined lots, not to mention the hassle of...
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    I'll take that as a No, then:-)

    I'll take that as a No, then:-)
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    Interesting group of swords in Ireland

    Wondering if anyone else here noticed the group of swords included in the recent auction in Ireland? An interesting set of three early Dragoon's with triangle guards was hotly contested, regardless...
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    Magnus, 40 Km by road from York.

    Magnus, 40 Km by road from York.
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    Probably shorter than you would guess Eric,...

    Probably shorter than you would guess Eric, according to Google Earth, 4453 miles, as the crow flies. Give me a call when you're somewhere near.
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    And, there's good parking nearby, plus a water...

    And, there's good parking nearby, plus a water taxi from the canal just outside the museum which is useful for dispatching the less interested family members to the nearby shopping centre.
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    Royal Armouries Leeds

    Living up in County Durham I'm fortunate in having the Royal Armouries in Leeds only a little more than an hours drive from home, It's impossible for anyone to tire of seeing the collection, I was...
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    May be worth a mention here, as with steel,...

    May be worth a mention here, as with steel, copper based metals can be annealed, which makes them less inclined to crack during the bending process. The method of annealing copper is similar to that...
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    It would be my opinion that the sword would not...

    It would be my opinion that the sword would not have left Wilkinson's factory without a better finished riveting job than the one seen here.
    Whilst I don't wish to sound like I'm telling my Granny...
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    Thank you Eric. Mel.

    Thank you Eric.
    Mel.
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    Thanks Eric, I wasn't getting very exited, when I...

    Thanks Eric, I wasn't getting very exited, when I first found it I wondered if it was possibly cut down for WWI trench use, which I suppose could be feasible, it handles well, but the CSA stamping...
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    Photo's

    Photo's
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    Hi there Eric, the sun's actually shining...

    Hi there Eric, the sun's actually shining brightly up here in Durham this morning so I would say that there's a good chance of a couple of pic's following.
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    Shortened Gladius

    I'm sure that we all have a few acquisitions lying around in the miscellaneous department titled, dunno why I kept it, but it may turn out to be be interesting.
    One that I have, is a straight...
  20. Thread: Donkey Foot?

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    Ben, Max, thank you. I've always accepted that...

    Ben, Max, thank you. I've always accepted that Pas d'ane referred to the rings, we all learn something new every day;)
    There was a mixture of smallsword styles shown on the site that I visited,...
  21. Thread: Donkey Foot?

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    Donkey Foot?

    Whilst looking at some swords online a couple of days since, I came upon a reference to a 'Donkey foot' in regard to a French smallsword. Not something I've heard before, can someone here enlighten...
  22. Possibly worth a mention, I've just noticed that...

    Possibly worth a mention, I've just noticed that the two swords have a slight difference in the positioning of the HAC letters inside of the 'garter'.
  23. Nice sword, great to see such nicely preserved...

    Nice sword, great to see such nicely preserved blade etching, here's a couple of pics of mine for comparison, no proof slug, the etching is rather worn but can just be seen to be from a well known...
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    I think boatshell hilted smallswords are very...

    I think boatshell hilted smallswords are very nice, finding a silver one is a real bonus. :-) That's a beauty.
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    Not one I've seen before, does the guard fold on...

    Not one I've seen before, does the guard fold on both sides?
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