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Shahril Dzulkifli




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PostPosted: Tue 12 Aug, 2008 9:03 am    Post subject: Random Swords Thread         Reply with quote

In this new thread you can post any photo of sword plus its description (Swords made by present-day companies can also be included). First, let me start:
Here is an antique M1881 Imperial Russian Officer's Shashka. Details: A slightly curved single-edged, nickel-plated steel blade cut with a pair of narrow fullers along the back-edge stamped on the one side of the forte with the retailer name "F.FICHTE SOLINGEN" and on the other side with the King's head, a Knight's helmet, and the initials WK&C (Weyersberg, Kirschbaum, & Cie). A regulation brass stirrup hilt with a spirally-carved ebony wood grip in its original black lacquered wooden scabbard with regulation brass mounts stamped with the letter "A ". Many Russian swords from the second half of the 19th century have Solingen blades with the marking "F.FICHTE SOLINGEN". Condition: The ebony grip has a crack on both sides, the bottom of the scabbard is worn out and the brass fitting on the scabbard is absent.
Measurements: Overall length with the scabbard: 86.5 cm (34 inches), the length without the scabbard: 86 cm (33 7/8 inches), length of the blade: 71.5 cm (28 1/4 inches).

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PostPosted: Tue 12 Aug, 2008 10:33 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

From Hessink, an antique Italian rapier from around 1600, 110cm overall length


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PostPosted: Wed 13 Aug, 2008 4:57 pm    Post subject: Random Swords Thread         Reply with quote


Above is a Swiss Infantry Hanger from the year 1760. The 5 3/4" curved single-edged, narrow fullered blade etched with the bear for Bern Canton. The iron hilt has a single loop side guard and is connected to the knuckle bow with double broad scrolling bars. Integral back strap and pommel. Original chevron oilcloth-covered grip. Metal shows smooth gray staining with mottled black oxidation, minor pitting only. The blade has a few tiny edge nicks while the etching is quite crisp. The grip shows some surface wear to the high spots only and this hanger likely saw Napoleonic Wars service. No scabbard.


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PostPosted: Thu 14 Aug, 2008 12:59 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Early bronze age sword from Denmark (1700-1500BC). Generally swords of this period are very short, dagger sized. This one is roughly 90cm in length, and a huge sword even compared to most late bronze age swords. The sword is extremely well made. The blade has undoubtely had a lot of hammering after casting, as aside from the midrib, the blade is quite thin. But there is no uneveness in the surface anywhere, it's as sharply defined as if it would come out of a modern milling machine. The blade is set in a hollow bronze hilt, and attached with two rivets. The other three are fake rivets, probably copying the organic hilted versions, which had 5 capped rivets to attach the blade to the hilt. On the blade and on the hilt there is also very fine decoration hammered in (see close up: http://1501bc.com/page/Umha_Aois_2008/Nationa...190124.jpg).
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PostPosted: Thu 14 Aug, 2008 12:34 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Here's an early medieval sword that (I think) was found in Poland.


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PostPosted: Thu 14 Aug, 2008 12:55 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

From Hermann Historica, a German military sword from around 1680, 35.5 inches overall length. It's interesting how the inboard counterguard size was reduced to just cover the thumb ring.


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PostPosted: Thu 14 Aug, 2008 4:27 pm    Post subject: Random Swords Thread         Reply with quote


A rare American Revolutionary War period sabre with a slightly curved single-edged, heavy and thick blade struck with the maker’s name “Wooley & Deakin” (18th century sword smiths from Birmingham). Only few of American swords with Wooley & Deakin blades survived to the present date, for example in the book “American Swords” from the Philip Medicus Collection are illustrated only two swords made by Wooley & Deakin, both of them have American-made hilts. The hilt of this sword is also American-made and is a rare example of an early American hilt pattern. Details: Brass stirrup hilt with brass pommel and reeded wooden grip. Condition: Crack on the side of the handle. Measurements: Overall length 87cm (34 ¼ inches), blade length: 75cm (29 ½ inches).
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PostPosted: Thu 14 Aug, 2008 5:03 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Roger Hooper wrote:
From Hessink, an antique Italian rapier from around 1600, 110cm overall length


What a beatiful rapier! Thanks for posting it, Roger.

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PostPosted: Sun 17 Aug, 2008 12:51 am    Post subject: Random Swords Thread         Reply with quote

This is a British 1831 Pattern General and Staff Officer's Mameluke Sword. Its grip is made from brass and ivory while its plain blade is complete with a nickel-plated scabbard and original carrying straps. The length of this sword's blade is 32 inches (37 inches overall).
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PostPosted: Mon 18 Aug, 2008 12:37 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

From Hermann Historica, another of those Amsterdam Town Guard Walloons, dated 1650, with an 108cm overall length. Many of these swords have "Sahagum" engraved in the fuller. Sahagun was the name of a famous Spanish swordmaking family. The name got abused and mispelled,much like Andrea Ferrara on Scottish baskethilts, so people thought they were getting a fine Spanish blade instead of one from Solingen (not that there's anything wrong with a Solingen blade).


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PostPosted: Fri 22 Aug, 2008 8:27 am    Post subject: Random Swords Thread         Reply with quote

Here is a Tibetan backsword from the 17th-18th century. The 24 1/4” curved single-edged blade with a long false edge shows distinct lineal laminar graining. It has a concave iron disc guard while the bronze pommel is tapered. This sword's grip is covered with black yak leather. The blade and guard shows good smooth mottled age patina while its pommel is about excellent. Its grip is sound, complete and slightly dry.
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PostPosted: Sat 30 Aug, 2008 6:00 am    Post subject: Random Swords Thread         Reply with quote


A rare antique 1765 pattern Austro-Hungarian sabre of a senior non-commissioned officer of the "Prima Plana" infantry. Details: A typical 18th century Eastern European hussar-style brass stirrup hilt merging into cross-shaped langets, a plain backstrap rising up to form a maned lion head pommel and retains its original wooden grip bound with cord and covered with leather. Its broad, slightly curved single-edged blade is cut with a broad full-length fuller on both sides and the back point. In its original black lacquered leather scabbard with brass chape and locket with heart-shaped hanging lug. This particular sword model was used by the Austrian Grenadiers through the Napoleonic Wars.
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PostPosted: Mon 15 Sep, 2008 11:44 pm    Post subject: Random Swords Thread         Reply with quote

This is a French Infantry Hanger which dates back to the French Revolution. The 25" curved narrow fullered single-edged blade shows brown surface rusting and scattered light pitting. The sword's brass hilt has a broad ribbed grip, delineated back strap and pommel while its stirrup-form guard shows dark patina with stabilized light oxidation. No scabbard.

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PostPosted: Tue 16 Sep, 2008 9:20 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Continuing my obsession with Continental Military swords, here is a German one, from 1700, 95 cm overal length


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PostPosted: Thu 18 Sep, 2008 12:09 am    Post subject: Random Swords Thread         Reply with quote

Below is an antique late 18th century Hussar sword with a curved, broad fullered single-edged blade. The gold-gilded brass stirrup hilt of typical Eastern European Hussar form has langets, a helmet-shaped pommel and a backpiece in one (retaining traces of gilding) plus a ribbed leather-covered grip bound with twisted copper wire. In its original black leather scabbard with shaped liner engraved gild-brass mounts (gilding worn overall) with two iron suspension rings. Measurements: Overall length with scabbard: 97 cm (38 1/4 in), overall length without scabbard: 93 cm (36 5/8), blade length: 79.7 cm (31 3/8 in). Condition: This sword is in good condition considering its age, over 200 years old, with minor wear.
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PostPosted: Thu 18 Sep, 2008 11:07 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Tim Lison wrote:
Here's an early medieval sword that (I think) was found in Poland.


I...

Want...

One! (or two, or three!)

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Rhaegar fought valiantly.
Rhaegar fought honorably.
And Rhaegar died."

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PostPosted: Tue 23 Sep, 2008 5:07 pm    Post subject: Random Swords Thread         Reply with quote


Above is a German Infantry Sword dating from the year 1795. The 23 1/8" blade retains virtually 100% original bright polish - the finest of its kind for condition that we have seen. This sword's one piece brass hilt was hastily produced in response to Napoleon's growing threat, with a few casting flaws which would not have been accepted except for the war.
Jeremiah, you seem so interested with Tim Lison's sword.
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PostPosted: Wed 08 Oct, 2008 10:12 am    Post subject: Random Swords Thread         Reply with quote


Here is an Austrian M1861 Infantry Officer's Sword with an especially heavy fighting blade. The 32 3/4" curved, broad-fullered blade with regimental maker's and issue marks to the forte and is unplated. It is predominately smooth and bright with little pitting to the extreme point. The original iron scabbard has a cleaned light to medium pitting. The hilt is mostly smooth with some cleaned pitting to the inside of the guard and protected areas. This sword's grip retains a single wire with little wear to the sharkskin at the heel.
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PostPosted: Thu 23 Oct, 2008 4:33 pm    Post subject: Random Swords Thread         Reply with quote

Below is an antique Napoleonic Hussar Officers' sword from the year 1800. Details: A brass stirrup hilt of a Hussar Officer pattern with langets, a plain backstrap rising up to the form of a lion head pommel and retains its original wooden grip covered with leather and bound with a triple brass wire. A slightly curved fullered single-edged blade engraved and gilt with garlands and trophies. The blade is marked by the maker engraved in two rows of letters on the gilded ricasso, but since the maker's name is behind the langet and there is some rust, it is difficult to read. The sword has its original brass scabbard with two suspension rings and this is an officer's issue and all officers' swords were custom-made by various different makers. Condition: Some minor pitting to the blade, the scabbard is with dents and some cracks, one of the suspension rings is with repair, otherwise in good condition. Measurements: Overall length with the scabbard: 100 cm (39 3/8 in), the length without the scabbard: 96.5 cm (38 in), length of the blade: 82.5 cm (32 1/2 in).

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PostPosted: Sun 02 Nov, 2008 6:18 pm    Post subject: Random Swords Thread         Reply with quote


Above is an extremely rare French custom-made Hussar Officer's Sword from the period of the Consulate - the First Empire. A massive bronze Hussar-style stirrup hilt similar to the pattern "Sabre des Chasseurs-à-Cheval de La Garde Consulaire puis Impériale, 2e modèle 1803" except for the pommel which is in the form of a ram's head and the grip is bound with roped copper wire. A broad, slightly curved single-edged blade has a wide full-length fuller, which is the same as in the 1803 trooper's sword but is engraved with a crescent moon and stars, a Turk's head and a dragon. What makes this sword special from the other Napoleonic swords is that not only does it have a ram's head pommel, but it also has the L'ordre national de la Légion d'honneur (Order of the Legion of Honour) deeply stamped on the outer side of the crossguard just near the letter "D" and this is perhaps a presentation sword associated with the early period of establishing this order. There are also other marks on the hilt; the face of the knuckle bow is stamped with "E31" while the quillon is stamped with the initials "D.U.C." Condition: The sword is in good condition overall considering its age, except that the blade is slightly pitted, the previous owner professionally removed the rust from the steel blade which makes it very difficult to see the engravings on the blade. Measurements: Overall length: 94.5 cm (37 1/4 inches); blade length: 79.5 cm (31 1/4 inches).
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