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Gabriele Becattini





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PostPosted: Thu 21 Jul, 2011 1:58 pm    Post subject: inscriptions on scottish baldes         Reply with quote

could you tell me the most common phrases or mottoes incised on scottish swords and dirks?

i'm looking for a period covering the beginning of the XVIIth century till the jacobite era,

i would like to use one for my own scottish dirk but it could be also from a sword blade.

thanks for help
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GG Osborne





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PostPosted: Thu 21 Jul, 2011 3:41 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

"Fear God and do not Kil"

"A soft ansur turneth away wrath."

"Ask me not I pray thee My meister wil deny thee. Drink les and bye ane"

"My oath on it"

"God loves King James VIII"

"Prosperity to Schotland and No Union"

"I am neither lent nor borrowed"

"Those who live by the sword...will usually die with a huge, unpaid credit card balance!"
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David Wilson




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PostPosted: Thu 21 Jul, 2011 5:48 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

One of the most common phrases on Scottish sword blades: "Andrea Ferara". Spelling can vary.

Also, there are a few swords with blades called "Rhyming Blades". These have fairly lengthy statements engraved on them, usually of a Jacobite sentiment. I don't have any of my sources handy right now so I can't quote it, but it's probably a lot longer than you'd want (engraving/stamping adds cost!).

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