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Thread: Cult of the Small-Sword

  1. #901
    Hello all,

    Just want to share my photo's of small swords for anyone who enjoys the craftmanship!

    http://www.smallsword.nl

    could be nice to share more "hidden" website's.

  2. #902
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    Hello Rob, that's a lovely selection, and a great website,
    I'll take the oportunty to ask if you know of an 18th C. smallsword maker / seller from Middelberg, with the name of Martinus Merks. ( I'll have a look at the sword later and check the spelling ).
    I've asked before with little success, I've seen another in an old Christies catalogue, so he produced more than one. I asked at the town museum on a visit to Zeeland but they had no information to offer.
    Thanks, Mel.

  3. #903
    They have a sword from him at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam! see: http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.376313
    No more information about Martinus. In the documents of Zeeland, where Middelburg is part of, they have one Martinus Merckse baptized at 12-03-1721 in Hulst. (about 50 km from Middelburg). It is clear that at that time there where numerous silversmiths in Middelburg. They were famous for their Silverwork.

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    Many thanks for the prompt reply, I've had a look at the photo and will be sure to look in the museum next time I'm in Amsterdam ( I've been several times to the museum but never noticed this sword, or thought to ask ! ). A kind Netherlands member here on the forum once did some research and found a printing family, of the same name, in Middelburg.
    Thanks also for the link to the other Netherlands sword site. Information on Dutch swords is hard to find here in the U.K. I've already identified some models I had through my hands in the past ( I thought they were hunting hangers but now see that they were Police swords).
    Mel.

  5. #905
    Hello Mel,
    At the legermuseum (army museum) they have a dossier with photos of sabers of him. See http://www.collectie.legermuseum.nl/...bibliotheek&q=
    Also there no more information about him. Good luck with your investigations!

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    Rob, thanks again, I had not heard of the Legermuseum, though I must have passed close by many times. when visiting Utrecht and the surrounding area. I'll try to fit it in next time.
    Thank you, Mel.

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    So it looks like it has been a few minutes since anyone has posted here. Even though I posted it in another thread I will add my small sword here. BTW thanks to Juan and Tom for their help with IDing the sword.

    This is a sword for an Oficial de Infantería de la Guardia Real Provincial. La Guardia Real Provincial were a rual militia loyal to the King, in this case Ferdinand the 7th. This sword was made between 1824 and 1833. The "PS" monogram stands for "ProvincialeS" and the fleur de lis is from the kings own heraldry.

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    Anyway enjoy and I hope to see some more small swords here again
    Chris Covington

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    As I said, Christopher, it's a nice sword--enjoy!
    Tom Donoho

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    It seems far too long since there have been additions to this thread, so I will add these few pictures here. Adopted from a French lady on ebay, this late 18th century cutie is proving somewhat difficult to photograph.

    I suspect it to be from the 1790s, when silver hallmarks were discarded for the moment. What first looked like silver on brass. That in viewing the auction pictures but as soon as I unwrapped it, gold onlay on the silver dish is apparent. These onlays are not brass but a gold alloy. The guard and pommel gold on the silver. I may be mistaken and the piece English work with gold on Britannia but it just doesn't polish like Britannia. The annelets show silver and at the base of the pommel it is apparent.

    In gentle cleaning of the grip, the two ribbons are copper and silver plated copper. It is all there but the grip core has shrunk enough that there is some accordion play. I am undecided as to how to stabilize that for good but I am considering Pecards, as it is basically beeswax and distilate. Ren Wax would be more difficult to reverse if a need arose. Pecards would get under and fill the gaps, while more easily buffing off the outside surface. Another thought was hairspray but that would be literally tacky and likely not solve the looseness.

    A darn pretty piece. I don't see any remnant of gilt an blue on the blade etchings but there may well have been.

    More overall pictures another time. Some of mine on paper towel and the auction pictures on the rose. There was a significant bend in the blade at the base of the foible I have pretty much straightened out, a bit at a time. I will resist taking coarse papers to the blade but I did Windex and brush the grip. Simi-chrome on other parts in a sparingly amount. A scent I have enjoyed since the 1960s, introduced from dad's adventures.

    open the images in a new tab or window for a larger view

    Cheers
    GC










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    Very nice piece. I absolutely agree on timing and English origin. Regarding material I know pieces out of brass with silver inlays....so that seems similar. Best frank
    Non soli cedit!

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