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Sebastian Szukalski





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PostPosted: Sun 23 Aug, 2015 4:42 am    Post subject: A gallery of arms and armor from my travels in Poland.         Reply with quote

http://imgur.com/gallery/HJvOa

This is from every museum I could find.

Two of them were however closed, so i just looked wistfully into the windows.

Sorry about the reflections, guys.
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Vasilly T





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PostPosted: Sun 23 Aug, 2015 5:22 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Those are great photos, Sebastian! Is that you on the last photo? Did they allow you to wear a museum exhibit or is that a replica?
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Neil Melville




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PostPosted: Sun 23 Aug, 2015 5:26 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Some cracking good photos, Sebastian. Any chance you could give us a rough indication of which museums they are from?
It's fate - there is always one (or more) museum closed especially when you have travelled a long way specifically to see some stuff. But you got to see a fair bit.
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Sebastian Szukalski





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PostPosted: Sun 23 Aug, 2015 5:40 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Replica, but in a museum. The guy curating had a good hour long talk with me. He was very animated and enthusiastic. Got a free book out of that encounter, too.
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Sebastian Szukalski





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PostPosted: Sun 23 Aug, 2015 5:44 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Most were the Army Museum, Warsaw (Muzeum Wojska Polskiego).
Some were from small towns (Sandomierz, and most notably Zamosc).

I recommend Zamosc SOOO much. Three buildings of weapons from 3 eras', one of which had some amazingly unique swords.
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Lafayette C Curtis




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PostPosted: Thu 10 Sep, 2015 1:50 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very interesting. Many of the hussar armour sets seem to be correctly proportioned and I wouldn't be surprised if some (or many) of them were originals. The suits of "German" and other Western European armour largely seem to be ill-proportioned (the armour worn by the "Landsknechts" are obviously way too long in the torso) and in many cases the combinations are outright wrong (for instance, a great helm with 16th-century armour from the neck down). So maybe the museums have plenty of real antique Polish arms and armour (or at least very good reproductions) but have had to source rather dodgy replicas to represent Western armour?
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Shahril Dzulkifli




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PostPosted: Fri 11 Sep, 2015 9:28 pm    Post subject: A gallery of arms and armour from my travels in Poland         Reply with quote


I think that is true. Scimitars are quite popular in Poland after Poles started swapping their broadswords with captured Turkish scimitars during the Ottoman era and later designed their own swords after the Turkish ones.

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Henry R. Gower




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PostPosted: Fri 11 Sep, 2015 10:58 pm    Post subject: Polish Museums         Reply with quote

Ages ago, when I was a boy,(1950's) my mom took me to Poland to see her birth-country. Yes, I liked these things even then. Unfortunately, the only place I saw knightly arms and armour was in Kracow Castle and Czestochowa monastery. All the other places were at that time, "closed for renovation." It was not so long after the war and there had been much damage, even part of Warsaw, the old town, was still in ruins; which I still remember as if it was yesterday.
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Matthew G.M. Korenkiewicz




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PostPosted: Sat 12 Sep, 2015 5:58 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

... some really fabulous Polish and Hungarian war sabers pictured throughout, many
look familiar to me from several of the books I own -- can't say the photos did some
much justice, so it is great to see them " for real " as it were ...

Dang, I had hoped to have enough in me to commission a karabella one day ... and
some of those pictures would have been perfect templates !

Thankyou for sharing, SS !
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Tomek Kowmal Ciupinski
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PostPosted: Wed 16 Sep, 2015 9:46 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Sebastian Great pictures, nice to see some more time.
Shahril, Yes. Poles in the wars won and a Turkish sabers they chose.
Sabre Karabela clothing was worn to the nobility.
The first witness to use karabela saber in Poland from 1497-1498 year.
the census expedition against the Turks and Italians.
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Harry Marinakis




PostPosted: Fri 18 Sep, 2015 7:05 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wanna go to Poland very badly. Thanks for the photos.
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