Thurkle sword makers

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Thurkle sword makers

Postby Matt Easton » Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:45 pm

Hi folks,
Hopefully this article about the Thurkle family and swords will be of interest to some of you:
http://www.fioredeiliberi.org/antique-s ... s/thurkle/

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Matt
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Re: Thurkle sword makers

Postby sword335 » Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:05 pm

Great article, Matt. A real labour of love. I would like to add one little detail if I may.

My main interest is Georgian swords and over the years I have come across a number of swords by Francis Thurkle. These usually have a small stamp with the initials F T with a pellet between in a rectangle at the base of the guard, often partly obscured by the leather washer. This was Francis ll's silver mark but it seems to have been used on copper and brass hilts as well (without the other silver hallmarks of course).
There are further details of Francis l in Leslie Southwick's book London Silver Hilted Swords.

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Re: Thurkle sword makers

Postby Matt Easton » Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:16 am

That's great info, thanks Chris. I'd love to update the article with this and any further information. If it's at all possible to get any photos, or even just one, that would be perfect. Photos or not, would you mind me adding this info please?
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Re: Thurkle sword makers

Postby sword335 » Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:30 am

No problem Matt.
Unfortunately, I don't own any Thurkle swords but an appeal on this forum may well unearth on. There are several Thurkle items in Naval Swords and Dirks by Sim Comfort and a couple of pictures of the marks.

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