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John Piscopo




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PostPosted: Sun 18 Apr, 2004 6:33 pm    Post subject: German Hirschfangers with gambird shell guards         Reply with quote

Dear Friends,

Circa 1750 Hirschfangers were produced that had game birds as shell guards. These swords had a variety of hilt and blade forms but there is enough similarity within the styles to credit them as a sub genre of their own. My reference book, European Hunting Hangers (German, English and French) by Martin Stiegler. Published by the author. Pages 34 &35, copied below, show the dear foot style, I had more of these at one time but sold a few.



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I collect swords and bayonets dated WWI back to the Bronze Age from the US and Europe and ancient swords and other weapons from Eurasia. I participate in many historical forums for the study of ancient history and weapons. I am happy to share what expertise I have. John Piscopo
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