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    “The three marks on the blade are called “Wira” marks but it’s no longer believed that these are foundry marks. Some of the marks are illegible and many look different. There should be a P inspection...
  2. Pic of the uniform of Charles XII at Royal...

    Pic of the uniform of Charles XII at Royal Armoury, Stockholm. In those days Swedish kings led their armies from the front.
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    I must confess I was completely thrown off by the...

    I must confess I was completely thrown off by the hilt, but Javier’s explanation makes sense. As for the blade it looks similar to my cuphilt rapier and may in fact be Solingen made.

    See:...
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    It would be interesting to view the whole sword...

    It would be interesting to view the whole sword if possible. It looks like what could be a Solingen blade to me. Is the blade sharpened?

    As Dmitri pointed out the I*N*I*N could refer to “ INRI is...
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    Yes this is the Austro-Hungarian double headed...

    Yes this is the Austro-Hungarian double headed eagle with haloes. These engravings tend to be slightly crude. Sometimes they have empty talons and sometimes they hold a sceptre.
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    I struggled a bit to differentiate between the...

    I struggled a bit to differentiate between the Imperial Russian and Austrian eagles in the past. But after some observation you will notice that the Russian holds a sceptre and an orb in its talons...
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    Other examples are: Albania, Serbia, Montenegro,...

    Other examples are: Albania, Serbia, Montenegro, Holy Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire...
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    Scabbard looks Ottoman style. Hard to see from...

    Scabbard looks Ottoman style. Hard to see from pics but blade might be wootz or something like that?
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    Amazing swords! The second one seems to be in the...

    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...
  10. The shape of the hilt reminds me of a Polish...

    The shape of the hilt reminds me of a Polish szabla. Does it have a thumb ring? Maybe it’s a magnate’s dress version.

    See http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=15437.
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    Might it be this one:...

    Might it be this one: https://www.catawiki.com/l/18336797-fiskars-m-35-bayonet-1936-to-1938-finland ? Click on ”View this lot.” Fiskars is one of Finland’s oldest companies dating from iron works...
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    Will, I fully agree. But at least the webpage...

    Will, I fully agree. But at least the webpage gives a couple of possible leads to research further.
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    British/Irish Dragoon Guards according to this...

    British/Irish Dragoon Guards according to this vendor: https://www.antique-swords.com/B95-1796P-1811P-Celtic-Hilt-British-Heavy-Cavalry-Sabre.html ??
  14. Typically for Austro-Hungarian swords J stands...

    Typically for Austro-Hungarian swords J stands for Jaeger and K for Kriegsschule or possibly Kompanie. Not sure if JK could be Feldjaeger Kriegsschule? Might it be German?
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    Interesting metallographic study which seems to...

    Interesting metallographic study which seems to prove scientifically that ”Thomas De Ayala” rapier blades of 17thC were produced in Solingen. Toledo blades fetched a higher price which may have...
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    Great idea! Why don’t you start one? I guess...

    Great idea! Why don’t you start one?

    I guess these items are sold through local auction houses or local online trading sites like ebay. Would be nice to buy without having to pay auction fees or...
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    One of the portraits may be of Swedish king...

    One of the portraits may be of Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus? 1628 is the year when the king was given authority by his Parliament to enter the 30 year war in Germany on the Protestant side. The...
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    Sometimes the other German states had quite...

    Sometimes the other German states had quite similar equipment to Austria but with slight variations, e.g. Bavaria. Might be of interest to trace the manufacturer E.S. Jung?

    That Ortner and Artlieb...
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    Spot on, Vladimir. Which publication is that...

    Spot on, Vladimir. Which publication is that from? Here is a pic of what is described as a Hungarian-Serbo-Croatian heavy hussar sabre from 1750. Its length is 95cm and blade width is 5.8cm (!). The...
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    Hi Norman, Your sword is magnificent. It must...

    Hi Norman,

    Your sword is magnificent. It must have been expensive to make those Ottoman inspired blades. I have seen them with pseudo-Arabic writing just for decoration. But I think there are some...
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    Did you visit the National Museum of Hungary in...

    Did you visit the National Museum of Hungary in Budapest? It’s amazing! Hungary had a fascinating history through the ages.
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    Hi Norman, The blade looks Ottoman, a pala. I...

    Hi Norman,

    The blade looks Ottoman, a pala. I think there was a fashion amongst the Hungarian nobility to recycle heirloom captured war booty blades. So much so that some were probably faked with...
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    With a beauty like that no wonder you are...

    With a beauty like that no wonder you are enamoured!;)
  24. It looks like an Austrian cavalry sabre. Not sure...

    It looks like an Austrian cavalry sabre. Not sure which particular model. The plain and unperforated knuckle guard doesn’t look familiar. Typically there would be some designs. The grip was probably...
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    My 1680s Austrian/German Reiterdegen cleaned,...

    My 1680s Austrian/German Reiterdegen cleaned, oiled and waxed in all its glory, ready for Christmas 2019.

    It was previously discussed here:...
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