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Joachim Elsander




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PostPosted: Thu 03 Mar, 2005 1:55 am    Post subject: Question about a company?         Reply with quote

Hi!
I am looking for an older sword/sabre and I found this company: http://www.michaeldlong.com/
Have anyone bought anything from them, what about the prices? What about the items?
I am a complete novice when it comes to this things so any info is welcome.
Click “Shop” and then “Edged Weapons”,
Then click “Other”. What about there U.S.A REGULATION ARMY SWORD? (Item number 98107, 98197)
For £165 (about $316). It looks like a interesting sword but then again I am a
Total novice. Please give me your opinions and some info on that sword.
Thank you!
Joachim Elsander
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William Goodwin




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PostPosted: Thu 03 Mar, 2005 3:26 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Have browsed Michael D. Long's site quite often but never purchased anything from them.
As far as the sword...looks to be a model 1902 U.S. Army sword. They are readily available on E-bay for much less.


Bill

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Don Stanko




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PostPosted: Thu 03 Mar, 2005 10:09 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I've purchased from Michael Long. This was before he passed away, I haven't done business with them since. I have always been happy with my purchases, well packed and arriving in a timely fashion.

Hope this helps. Don
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Joachim Elsander




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PostPosted: Fri 04 Mar, 2005 11:00 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank Bill you for the ebay tip.
Which one of these, if any, would you advise me to buy?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem...eName=WDVW
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem...eName=WDVW
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem...eName=WDVW

I have heard that the older they are (the 1902 swords) the better quality, is that correct? In that case is the one with the metal grip the oldest and presumably the one with best quality or is it more complicated than that?

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William Goodwin




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PostPosted: Fri 04 Mar, 2005 11:24 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The best quality one's were made M.C. Lilley Co. Early models with the wooden grips seem to always go for more $ than others,you may want to wait and see is one of these turns up. Like I said, they are always to be found on E-bay. There is a book by Richard Bezdek on American Sword Makers and it lists the years & specific marks. The 1902 U.S. Army sword was made by many companys. Some good, some not so good. The earliest models were actually carried at some extent during war-time but most were a "dress issue" sword.
One's with a German made blade also seem to be of better quality. I know someone else out there has more info. about this particular sword. My knowledge of them is limited, thought have fancied having one of the nicer pieces as part of my collection.

Good luck in your search and I'm always glad to be of help. That's what makes this site so great , so many resources to tap into. Use the search feature here to turn up more info. I had similar questions awhile back and had great respone, just type in 1902. Take time and do your research, it will pay off in the end.


Cheers,
Bill

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Joachim Elsander




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PostPosted: Fri 04 Mar, 2005 11:40 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you Don, yes this site is really great!
I´ll wait and check Ebay now and than and maybe the right one will turn up!
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Joachim Elsander




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PostPosted: Fri 04 Mar, 2005 11:45 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

And thank you Bill!! (sorry for confusing the name)!!!!
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