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Robert Amyot




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PostPosted: Fri 23 Sep, 2011 11:47 am    Post subject: Very Special Antique Hunting Sword         Reply with quote

Dear friends, I am new here and I would like to share this with you.

I was able to take photos of this incredible sword.

It seems to be an ancient hunting sword. The blade could be older than the rest.

The workmanship is amazing.


































Any more information would be welcome.


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Robert

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Robert
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Stephane Rabier




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PostPosted: Fri 23 Sep, 2011 11:59 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Robert,
nice to see you here (long time since St chartier!).
It would be perfect as a piper's sword Wink
Anyway, congratulations, it's gorgeous!
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Robert Amyot




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PostPosted: Fri 23 Sep, 2011 12:51 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you Stephane !
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Robert
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Doug Lester




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PostPosted: Fri 23 Sep, 2011 2:02 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That is an very complex hilt for a hunting sword especially with that thumb ring. I would think that it's more of a hanger for use in combat at close quarters.
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Robert Amyot




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PostPosted: Fri 23 Sep, 2011 4:49 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It could be a katzbalger. They do have a very similar handle...











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Robert

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Robert
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Jack W. Englund




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PostPosted: Fri 23 Sep, 2011 7:19 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Robert, Hi my Friend. Glad you "found" us decided the "share"

Jack
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Roger Hooper




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PostPosted: Fri 23 Sep, 2011 8:29 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I love that sword. I agree with Doug that it is more like a hanger than a hunting sword. (or maybe it is a rehilted hunting sword). With it's thumb ring and other hilt features, I see only a coincidental resemblance to a katzbalger.

It looks like a good sword to have by your side when walking down a late 17th century footpad infested alley.
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PostPosted: Fri 23 Sep, 2011 10:00 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It's not a katzbalger. It's a sword. Composite. Replaced grip. Just my opinion.
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Robert Amyot




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PostPosted: Sat 24 Sep, 2011 9:49 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I came up with the strangest idea today:

Imagine a sword, brand new. We're in 1598...

One day the blade gets damaged. The sword is put aside until the next generation... 20 years later, the blade is changed, but is is different from the previous one (shorter, longer, thicker, thinner...).

Then the handle has to be changed? for some reason it isn't exactly the same as the previous one. Then, this sword simply goes out of style say, 70 after it's been made originally.

It "goes to sleep",hung on a castle wall or in it's attic for a hundred and fifty years.

We are now in 1818 ! The sword is completely obsolete but the romantic influence of the time makes it come back out in daylight. The guard, the quillian is not “medieval” enough and remade, careless of the proper use and balance of the sword in it's original function. While they are at it, the handle, or grip, is changed for a second time!

Conclusion : Every thing has been change through time , and the sword, as it is today, is the unpractical avatar of an original prototype lost forever !

Nice story huh ?


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Robert

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Robert
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