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    Sabres very unlikely as they are generally held...

    Sabres very unlikely as they are generally held to be cavalry weapons and even cavalry officers often wore a different dress sword when on foot, usually a spadroon. Two officers or an officer and a...
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    Yours is British, the Indian model used wood...

    Yours is British, the Indian model used wood grips.
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    Thanks, obvious when you know what you're talking...

    Thanks, obvious when you know what you're talking about, which sadly I didn't. The trench use seems a bit of a stretch now and I suspect theatrical use, home defence or maybe toasting fork wasn't too...
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    Here's a challenge

    I picked this up at auction as a job lot with a Burmese Dha I wanted.

    Catalogue description:
    French converted short sword, possibly a trench weapon. 24 inch square form blade with French maker...
  5. Point well taken Gordon, what I was trying to get...

    Point well taken Gordon, what I was trying to get across is that this was not an Indian Army but more an army of British occupation utilising native under British (Company) leadership and control....
  6. It is certainly an 1822 pattern officers sword...

    It is certainly an 1822 pattern officers sword but it is for an infantry officer, not cavalry. The pipe back blade would indicate pre 1845 for a British Army sword. Remember the Indian Army or East...
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    It is a Burmese Dha. By the looks of it it is a...

    It is a Burmese Dha. By the looks of it it is a fairly recent piece in nice condition but probably made for the tourist trade. However, I am far from an expert in these swords having just purchased...
  8. Thread: My Gurkha Kukri

    by Guy C
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    I'll hazard a reply to this to start the ball...

    I'll hazard a reply to this to start the ball rolling. I don't think this is a kukri, Gurka or otherwise. The form of the blade looks much more Burmese than Nepalese.
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    Sadly yes it is junk. Cheap Chinese attempt at...

    Sadly yes it is junk. Cheap Chinese attempt at Japanese WW2 Gunto. Not genuine, not old, not good, not valuable.
  10. All I can say is that those look pretty much like...

    All I can say is that those look pretty much like standard cutlery hilts. I am suggesting the possibility of domestic rather than military use.
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    Gene I had just assumed wire but its...

    Gene
    I had just assumed wire but its non-magnetic and does not feel cold or harsh. I got out the USB microscope and I now think it could be horse hair. Can't be certain but light scratching with a...
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    Another photo to show a comparison of blade...

    Another photo to show a comparison of blade widths. Some members of another forum were asking how much bigger it really was. Hope this helps.

    Left to right:
    1. Epee du Soldat French Foot...
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    Substantial Small-sword

    I'm on a bit of a small-sword run at the moment, so here is my latest. Substantial and Small-sword may seem a bit contradictory but this has the broadest forte of any standard triangular bladed...
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    Thanks, Max. I had not thought of this...

    Thanks, Max. I had not thought of this possibility because the blade is so light and insubstantial, however, a sergeant's sword would be lighter than an enlisted man's, so this is a distinct...
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    Thank you Magnus. I'll keep working on the rest.

    Thank you Magnus. I'll keep working on the rest.
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    The Small Sword in England by J.D. Alward...

    The Small Sword in England by J.D. Alward (Hutchinson's Scientific &Technical Publications 1945) discusses early colichemarde blades with a flat hexagonal section dated around 1675 and triangular...
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    Early Small-Sword?

    I recently acquired a small-sword at auction. The catalogue description was:

    Early 18th Century Small Sword with engraved blade. 28 inch double edged narrow blade. Both sides with engraved...
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    The patent hilt was a slab grip arrangement that...

    The patent hilt was a slab grip arrangement that often did not have the usual fishskin covering, see link below from www.antique-swords.eu for an example.

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    I never feel totally confident judging a sword just from pictures, but this looks like a ''proper'' one to me. It would be nice to have a makers name but many (most?) did not. The Crown over 1 is a...
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    I think it's an 1821 pattern Heavy Cavalry...

    I think it's an 1821 pattern Heavy Cavalry Officers sword with Wilkinson Patent Hilt. The serial number would suggest WWI (probably) It may be possible to get further details from...
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    Most interesting about the dates given, I had...

    Most interesting about the dates given, I had ought the swords slightly later but this is great information. would like to raise a point about Norman's article though. That is the statement about...
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    Brandon Links to my experience, hope they help....

    Brandon
    Links to my experience, hope they help.

    http://www.swordforum.com/forums/showthread.php?117256-The-Wrong-Lutel
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    Also used by Victorian Prison Officers. Datewise...

    Also used by Victorian Prison Officers. Datewise 1890s. Some are marked to particular Constabularies or prisons but many have no marks. You also see variations with a retaining catch to lock the...
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    I have an identical hanger (apart from the tang...

    I have an identical hanger (apart from the tang button, which is a story in its self, see link). Mine has British army stamps but nothing to indicate who made it. I wonder if these were produced in...
  25. Thread: Sword Scabbard ?

    by Guy C
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    Japanese 1877 cavalry? Missing throat piece if it...

    Japanese 1877 cavalry? Missing throat piece if it is.
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