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Rick Pds





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PostPosted: Thu 10 Dec, 2015 10:45 am    Post subject: Identifying (old) rusty fencing foil         Reply with quote

I just bought this rusty fencing foil on an auction. The middle part seems to be replaced. Could someone help me with determining its origin and time period, or if it is just some replica?


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PostPosted: Thu 10 Dec, 2015 12:28 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It's probably a Spanish tourist item from the mid 20th by the looks of it.
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PostPosted: Thu 10 Dec, 2015 1:41 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The style is an Italian foil grip. The rings-and-quillons section looks like a zinc-aluminium alloy casting (probably original, rather than a replacement). That being zinc-aluminium, and the decoration on the cup, make it probably a Spanish tourist sword.
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PostPosted: Sun 13 Dec, 2015 5:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Identifying (old) rusty fencing foil         Reply with quote

I guess this foil needs cleaning. What's more, I've never seen a fencing sword with engravings on its guard.

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