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Dave C




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PostPosted: Tue 12 Jun, 2018 7:07 am    Post subject: ID Help Please! Antique short-sword/dagger         Reply with quote

Photos: https://imgur.com/a/If0JaGz

Picked this up a few days ago. Listed as an antique parrying dagger. Any idea of its nationality or when it might’ve been made?

It’s 24” in length and the blade is 18.5”. Only marking is at the base of the blade and it looks like a “G” with two lines over it (maybe). You can see it in photos 4 and 6. The handle is wooden with a brass ring around it.

Any help is appreciated!

- Dave C
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Sam Barris




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PostPosted: Tue 12 Jun, 2018 4:40 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

A theatrical prop, maybe? Some things about its construction (like the welded filler where the blade meets the guard, the design of the guard and pommel, the lack of a peen, etc.) make me doubt it's all that old. I might also go for decorative Victorian piece, but it lacks the exaggerated ornateness of some of those.
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Sam Barris

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Glen A Cleeton




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PostPosted: Tue 12 Jun, 2018 10:11 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Northern Mexican vaquero saddle short sword/knife.late 19th-early 20th century.

Cheers
GC

An edit to include some found across the Latin American countries and the Philippines but the consensus is primarily found in Mexico.



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Sam Barris




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PostPosted: Wed 13 Jun, 2018 5:08 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Glen A Cleeton wrote:
Northern Mexican vaquero saddle short sword/knife.late 19th-early 20th century.

Neat! Had no idea that was a thing. Happy

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Sam Barris

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