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    Two hunting swords

    Nice and remarkably rare hunting swords.
    The first one is English, second half of 17th cent. That's a rare variation of "mushroom cap hanger"... without the mushroom cap pommel.
    V&A museum has hanger with completely identical handle; probably they were made by the same person.
    Guard with typical silver "dots and trellis" decoration.
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    The second one is Swedish, around 1760.
    Again, completely identical hirshfanger is described by Olof Berg (probably that's Armemuseum collection). Likely also local Stockholm manufacturing.
    The blade is etched with crowned Adolf Fredrik's cypher, written in unusual way, with mirrored F and semi-mirrored A.
    Usually Swedish blades from this period have simple AF cypher.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivan B. View Post
    The second one is Swedish, around 1760.
    Again, completely identical hirshfanger is described by Olof Berg (probably that's Armemuseum collection). Likely also local Stockholm manufacturing.
    The blade is etched with crowned Adolf Fredrik's cypher, written in unusual way, with mirrored F and semi-mirrored A.
    Usually Swedish blades from this period have simple AF cypher.
    Amazing swords! The second one seems to be in the popular ”pandur” style with karabela hilt and blade clipped tip. There seems to be a loop at the pommel for securing a small chain but not sure where the other end goes. Maybe it was just for attaching a silk wristband? Also there seems to be some text on the blade just below the hilt in the third photo.

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    The first ones guard is in the Hounsloe style although the antler grip is closer to styles I have seen by Shotley Bridge.
    The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people." --- Tench Coxe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magnus K View Post
    Amazing swords! The second one seems to be in the popular ”pandur” style with karabela hilt and blade clipped tip. There seems to be a loop at the pommel for securing a small chain but not sure where the other end goes. Maybe it was just for attaching a silk wristband? Also there seems to be some text on the blade just below the hilt in the third photo.
    Thanks Magnus! Yes, there is no sign of another loop, so probably this loop is not for the chain. Possibly it was used to attach something decorative.
    Hirschfanger from Armemuseum has the same construction, with single loop.
    Text on the blade is probably maker's name, something like Öste. There was gravör Carl Fredrik Östedt who worked in Stockholm during 1770th; could be his signature, could be somebody else.

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