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  1. Thread: Best of 2020

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    I'd like to think English but there's such a...

    I'd like to think English but there's such a variety of them, that without a maker or retailers name I can't be sure.
  2. Thread: Best of 2020

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    A bit of a lean year for all of us I would guess...

    A bit of a lean year for all of us I would guess but I managed to get out and find a nice early Naval dirk after the first lock down ended.
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    Dale, George. Many thanks. Mel

    Dale, George. Many thanks.

    Mel
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    Imperial German stirrup hilted sabre

    Just picked up a nice sabre, no makers name unfortunately but good quality etching on the blade. Mit Gott fur Kaiser und Reich. The guard is marked, 26. A. 2. 121.
    I'd be grateful for any help with...
  5. Thread: Old Claymore ID?

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  6. Thread: small swords

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    Four very nice smallswords. Max hits the nail...

    Four very nice smallswords.
    Max hits the nail on the head with his comment.
    I've noticed that quite a lot of them have little or no information on the blades, a fair proportion of the ones that...
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    Two beautiful swords, I don't often get envious...

    Two beautiful swords, I don't often get envious but they're tempting me towards a dose of it.
  8. Thread: french bayonet

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    The double recurved blade has been in use for...

    The double recurved blade has been in use for many years in middle eastern swords, generally known as a Yataghan, the blade style was adopted throughout Europe on a large selection of nineteenth C....
  9. Thread: french bayonet

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    There will be a fair bit of information on this...

    There will be a fair bit of information on this forum if you do some research, 'poincon' may be a useful word to use in the searches.
  10. Thread: french bayonet

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    Made for the Model 1866 Chassepot Rifled Infantry...

    Made for the Model 1866 Chassepot Rifled Infantry needle fire Musket, the style of the blade is generally known as a 'Yataghan'. They are not particularly rare.
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    Yes Gene, just one of those small things that...

    Yes Gene, just one of those small things that brings on a smile.
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    The name appears to be FLENCK. The sword was...

    The name appears to be FLENCK. The sword was retailed by the Deutscher Officer Verein Berlin which translates as German Officer Society. A friend who lived in Germany for a long time said that he had...
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    Nice to see so many examples turning up again as...

    Nice to see so many examples turning up again as the year comes to an end. Being a bit of an eclectic collector, my favourite finds this year have been four nice pistols, two percussion and two...
  14. Thread: Sad News.

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    Sad News.

    Sorry to hear of the untimely passing of the well regarded Geoff Sherwin last weekend, well known on the U.K. fair circuit, he traded as, The Antique Sword Trader.
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    Really nice example.

    Really nice example.
  16. 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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