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Collectors showcase

Postby mark cloke » Thu Mar 08, 2012 2:15 pm

An opportunity for collectors to show off their latest additions or just show off anything in your collection.
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Re: Collectors showcase

Postby hargrove999 » Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:29 am

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A silver mounted sword presented by the Prince Regent of Portugal for the capture of Cayenne from the French on 6th Jan 1809. A number of swords were presented to the crew of "Confiance" (under the command of Captain Yeo). The sword presented to Lieut George Forder was exhibited at the 1891 RN exhibition and subsequently sold at Sothebys in the 1960-70s. This is not Forder's sword by comparison of photographs from the catalogue. Swords were also presented to: Lieut Mulcaster (a gold sword), Lieut Blyth (£150 to buy a sword or other memorial), Mr Thomas Savory £100 for a similar purpose, Mr James Largue and Mr William Taylor fifty guineas for the purchase of swords; to each of the midshipmen employed at Cayenne, Messrs George Forder, David Irwin, William Moore, Edward Bryant and George Yeo his highness gives a sword with the word "CAYENNE" and a suitable inscription engraved thereon. This sword being virtually identical to the Forder sword is likely one presented to one of the other four midshipmen.
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Re: Collectors showcase

Postby David C » Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:34 pm

Lovely sword Paul,

Interesting that the lieutenant's sword that the Mids copied obviously made a nodding reference to the unsanctioned version of the 1805 with the fishskin grip and lion head pommel in the design.

Here is a rather plainer lieutenants sword with a pipeback blade
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Re: Collectors showcase

Postby Juan J. Perez » Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:22 pm

David, could you show us the text of the ad behind the sword, in full? Looks amazing!

(copyright observed, and only for personal educational purposes, of course! ;) )
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Re: Collectors showcase

Postby David C » Sat Mar 10, 2012 8:15 am

Here you are Juan, Its a reproduction of the type of Royal Navy recruiting poster captains used to have printed when they came into port
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Re: Collectors showcase

Postby Juan J. Perez » Sat Mar 10, 2012 10:33 am

Great David!

'to capture the rich Spanish Galleons'.. who could resist such a temptation? ;)

(to tell the truth, we the Spaniards normally showed some opposition, but, well, it was our duty!)

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Re: Collectors showcase

Postby Richard » Thu Mar 29, 2012 4:54 pm

Here are some photos of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers' sword I just bought. My first infantry swords!
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Re: Collectors showcase

Postby sword335 » Thu Mar 29, 2012 5:53 pm

Richard wrote: My first infantry swords!


Can we guess the title of volume two of the book ? :)

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Re: Collectors showcase

Postby michael » Wed Apr 11, 2012 10:48 am

This is my latest buy, hi, I was able to buy this sword from a auction in france, as i have always wanted something from napoleons old guard and was happy that this sword turned up. the blade as had the emperial eagle and imperial guarde removed, you can just make out the eagle between the blued part of the blade and the Honor and patrie in the picture. there is a nice silver bust of napoleon which did remain in place, maybe the owner was able to cover this up with the sword knot. this dates the sword to the fall of napoleon, i would say 1814, as the guard was removed from paris and disbanded soon after waterloo. maybe one day i will be able to get a cavalry sabre to go along with this. would look nice together. michael
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Re: Collectors showcase

Postby michael » Sat Apr 14, 2012 7:38 pm

part of my collection waiting forme to display. I remove the scabbards if the weapon as a nice blade and place them in a safe position, if leather i coat with leather soap to stop any further drying out and shirnkage, the blades get a coat of renaissance wax. michael
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Re: Collectors showcase

Postby Richard » Sun Apr 15, 2012 7:39 am

Very nice Michael. The P1796 with the so-called 'quill-point' blade looks interesting?
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Re: Collectors showcase

Postby michael » Sun Apr 15, 2012 8:25 am

thank you Richard, the 1796 is a very nice sword, light blade nice balance in the hand. I can see captain Brown using this weapon as he knew the power of the point over the edge after being stabbed i think 3 times in combat with the french cavalry and had a breast plate made of boiled leather which he wore under his shirt when the french got to near. but not so fast as the french light cavalry sabre in the brass scabbard which has a thin very light german blade. I like french weapons of the napoleonic period best, and the old guard officers sword in the middle of the display is one of my loves, what history that sword would of seen. if only they talk. michael
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Re: Collectors showcase

Postby Richard » Mon Apr 16, 2012 6:41 am

Michael

Does your P1796 (quill point) have any maker's name or other markings? I am interested in whether it is dateable?

Here is one I have which is by Prosser (who I believe was the originator of the 'quill-point' blade) and marked to the 1st regiment of Bombay Light Cavalry. I think it dates from the 1820's.

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Re: Collectors showcase

Postby michael » Mon Apr 16, 2012 8:02 am

hi, there are no makers marks on the sword, just the flowers etc along the blade. Its nice to see a second of these weapons. michael
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Re: Collectors showcase

Postby michael » Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:26 pm

hi, this is a picture showing part of my collection, I like flintlock guns, and one of my nicest bits is the charleville musket to the right of the picture, on the blued barrel its names to the cent swiss of le roi. in this case louis XV111, dated to 1814 and a great gun. michael
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Re: Collectors showcase

Postby Ian » Sat Apr 21, 2012 11:08 am

Very nice collection Michael.

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Re: Collectors showcase

Postby Richard » Mon Apr 23, 2012 4:57 pm

Here's a sword that I bought recently from one of our fellow members (after badgering him to sell for some considerable time it must be said). Blade by J J Runkel Sohlingen. Its a cracker, the Royal Armouries has 2 like it (IX-1282 and IX-989) and as a recall John Morgan used to have one as well. These are the only 4 I have ever seen.
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Re: Collectors showcase

Postby Rob O'Reilly » Tue Apr 24, 2012 2:38 am

A real beauty Richard.

Is this the sword of Jon's you were referencing? I recall it from the Wallis sale.

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Re: Collectors showcase

Postby Richard » Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:33 am

Rob,

Yes, that must be it. I wonder why they stopped making them that way. Cost? Ease of assembley? who knows ...

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Re: Collectors showcase

Postby Ian » Tue Apr 24, 2012 9:04 am

Superb Richard.

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Reeves 1821p Cavalry Patent Hilt 1861

Postby Will Mathieson » Fri Aug 10, 2012 2:47 pm

A plain but elegant 1821p cavalry sword by Reeves with patent hilt, Presented by Capt. Sir Wm Baillie to the Dalmahoy Squadron of R.M.L.Y.C. for competition in swordsmanship Won by Adam P. Atkinson 25th July 1861.
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Re: Collectors showcase

Postby Richard » Sat Aug 11, 2012 7:12 am

Hi Will
Nice to see an early example of Reeves 'Patent Solid Tang' - patented by Reeves on 20 October 1853 as 'An Invention of An Improvement or Improvements to British Swords' (British Patent 960).
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Re: Collectors showcase

Postby Marbot » Fri Nov 02, 2012 9:42 am

Just for fun, a light cavalerie officier sabre, around 1800.
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Re: Collectors showcase

Postby Marbot » Fri Nov 02, 2012 9:56 am

Another French sabre, sabre d'officier de Cavalerie légère argenté Epoque Consulat., perhaps for a Commisaire des Guerre...
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Re: Collectors showcase

Postby michael » Fri Nov 02, 2012 10:16 am

Marc, you may know the answer to this, As you must be aware in napoleonic armies, officers of the light infantry regiments had all blue uniforms and silver lace. I have seen a few silver plated swords from the period, could these be light infantry officers weapons, or did line infantry officers also carry silver plated weapons. michael
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