Tang marking

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Tang marking

Postby Gordons Horse » Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:30 am

In terms of proprietary markings that were applied to the tangs of blades, does anybody recognize this particular marking, and/or has anyone seen the same or similar marking on any blades that are additionally etched with a maker or retailors name.

Believed to be of British trade origin, and badly (unevenly) stamped with the punch tilted to the left, this particular marking dates to the period of King William IV, and is believed to be "R ampersand ...?" (R & ...?)

Any comments or opinions welcome.
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Re: Tang marking

Postby Bryce » Sat Sep 01, 2018 7:27 am

G'day Gordon,

Could it be R&B like the Patriotc Fund sword tangs in the thread below?

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Re: Tang marking

Postby Gordons Horse » Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:18 pm

Hi Bryce,

That is one possibility. Not the easiest subject to study, as the tang is generally not seen unless the hilt is removed, thus numbers of examples are limited.

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Re: Tang marking

Postby sword335 » Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:58 am

The R&B stamps that we have seen have either been one stamp or three individual stamps. We have presumed that they were for Reddell & Bate although they ceased working in 1815. What type of sword is it ? You say of British trade origin. Could it be old stock ? Quite possible if it is a 1796 L/C type blade.

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Re: Tang marking

Postby Gordons Horse » Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:29 am

Hi Chris,

Made in Britain way past 1815; an 1821 pattern Light Cavalry sword produced during the reign of William IV.

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