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Backpiece ears

Post by Richard » Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:58 pm

Bryce made a comment about backpiece ears on another thread so I thought maybe it would be interesting to take a look at the various shapes associated with different makers (I know this is a somewhat esoteric subject but that's what we're here for).

So, the first three:

Thomas Gill - triangular shape
James Woolley - pretty much the same as troopers' sword
Henry Osborn - the 'comma' shaped ears

As far as 'comma' shaped ears go, these are probably the most common encountered. I think many makers used this style but I have always thought the Osborn was the originator
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Re: Backpiece ears

Post by Richard » Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:00 pm

Next three examples:

Brunn - curling or exaggerated 'comma'
Parker - circular
Prosser - downward 'comma'
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Re: Backpiece ears

Post by Jim McDougall » Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:05 pm

Richard, that is the great joy of these swords! The esoteric nuances and conundrums that actually DO exist in theoretically 'regulation' military swords. I began collecting British cavalry swords in my youngest years (back in the 60s and after WAY too many times watching Errol Flynn and Bengal Lancers etc) and my life has truly been a more exciting adventure investigating all of these things.
I see here it was indeed Osborn with the comma shape ears I mentioned on another post.

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Re: Backpiece ears

Post by Bryce » Sun Mar 03, 2019 2:25 am

G'day Richard,

Here is another variation I would call "tear-drop" shaped. This is an unmarked 1796 HCO sword.

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Re: Backpiece ears

Post by Bryce » Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:30 pm

Here is a Thomas Gill with "Tear-drop" ears.
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Re: Backpiece ears

Post by Bryce » Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:29 am

There was a lot of variation in backpiece ears, even by the same maker. Here are two examples of Osborn's "comma" ears.

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Re: Backpiece ears

Post by Richard » Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:24 am

It would seem then that Osborn put on a little weight later in life like the rest of us ....

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Re: Backpiece ears

Post by RGJDEE » Sun Mar 24, 2019 9:30 pm

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Members of the forum , your expertise would be much appreciated in identifying the maker of my P 1796, also any comments or observations you may have. Q, Sabre with regard to silver wire to grip, Trooper or Officer?
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Re: Backpiece ears

Post by Rob O'Reilly » Sun Mar 24, 2019 9:42 pm

I would say officer, due to the wire, facetted grip band and officer's scabbard. I have an almost identical one, though the knucklebow and backstop on mine are also facetted.

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Re: Backpiece ears

Post by RGJDEE » Sun Mar 24, 2019 11:14 pm

Any idea on maker ?
Thanks for getting back to me
R

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