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James Moore





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PostPosted: Wed 25 Jan, 2012 5:48 pm    Post subject: Oakeshott er... what type?         Reply with quote

I was visiting a few museums over the last week, and one item caught my eye, and got me thinking, as it was rather puzzling.

Medieval sword, most likely mid-15th C, maybe early 15th, almost certainly a single-hander, though it might have just about been a hand and a half at a squeeze (no pommel on it any longer to guess the hilt shape better), with a relatively narrow blade, about 4cm at the base, tapering to a narrow point. only about 1cm at the tip.
Clearly a hexagonal cross-section throughout, very flat with little reinforcement in the tip, and no fuller(s), and no ricasso.

with a ricasso and fuller, it probably would fall under XVIa, I'd guess, but without? hrm. odd.
that's left me trying to decide what that sort of blade type it would be considered.


any thoughts as to what that sort of blade would be considered? or is it a form that's falling outside oakeshot's classifications?
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Glen A Cleeton




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PostPosted: Wed 25 Jan, 2012 7:05 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Actually, to me it reads as kind of like a XVII. Have you had a chance to read through the features section here?
http://www.myArmoury.com/features.html

A picture would help Wink

Cheers

GC
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James Moore





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PostPosted: Thu 26 Jan, 2012 3:17 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Glen A Cleeton wrote:
Actually, to me it reads as kind of like a XVII. Have you had a chance to read through the features section here?
http://www.myArmoury.com/features.html

A picture would help Wink

Cheers

GC


alas, no lighting for good pics.

and it was a very clear thin cross-section (no more than 2mm at the foible,) with no stiffening reenforcement, hence. combined with the fact its likely a singlehanded blade, I felt a XVII was'nt really appropriate.

(and yes, got a copy of "Records" at home, just not to hand.)
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Bartek Strojek




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PostPosted: Thu 26 Jan, 2012 3:21 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It indeed sounds very much like some sort of smallish, perhaps a bit unique single hand-able XVII....

Any info about museum etc. then?

Maybe some pictures are possible to find in the Net.
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