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  1. Trooper_D Regular Member Silver Membership 412 posts Location:London Report post #4 Posted 5 hours ago (edited) Radarone The Royal Armouries hold a number of examples of this sword. You (and Brian, if you haven't already seen it) will, I think, be interested in the discussion about the type in the Notes section
  2. Many thanks Trooper_D, a very interesting read. I personally doubt that any such sword found with a leaf shape blade was made for the British. I've seen a few examples over the years and they are usually simply identified as "European". How's that for a safe and quite broad identification; just put everything in one of two categories, British and non-British.😄 Thanks again, Regards Brian I have posted the link above to the "Lets Talk British Swords" area for future readers of that section. I believe it is well worthwhile. Regards Brian
  3. Hi radarone, Yes you indeed have a Land Transport Sword, c.1856. The number under the crown is an inspector's mark and I can't make out the other marking to be sure of what it is. If it is a knight's head then it would denote that the blade was made in Germany, which was common at that time. I don't recognise what the markings on the cross guard stand for but perhaps another member with more knowledge will be able to help. You are probably aware that this particular model of sword was probably never actually issued; at least from what I have read on the topic there are no supporti
  4. Thank you for your comment. So far, here in Canada, we are not under such attacks. However, as is said about many other issues, it is only a matter of time. As to that designation I must say that I am a nasty, hateful and racist individual as are most people to some degree or another (seriously I don't really see myself in those terms but isn't our own opinion of ourselves quite sterile). I would put the question to those with high PC ideals as to whether their lives could stand the scrutiny they apply to others. Whatever happened to that worn out statement, "Those who forget the past are
  5. Fair enough. Seems that I share that same fate as well, thanks for your comments.👍 Regards Brian
  6. Hmmm, that's strange as it is in print and every knows that if it is on the television or in print it has to be correct and 100% believable. Have I been wrong all of these years and if so how can I face the upcoming year knowing this? Happy New Year Regards Brian
  7. You might not have much of a life if you are working on compiling material for a book titled, My Most Memorable Games of Solitaire, or writing a blog titled. Why Collect? – The Best Answer In my ongoing quest to ascertain why things are they way they are and why people do what they do, I offer the following blog. A question often asked on forums and by people we meet who are aware that we collect is “why do you collect”. For the sake of this discussion I will stay within military collecting but the answer to that question is generic to all forms of collect
  8. That's a tricky question as prices vary greatly from country to country and even from dealer to dealer; auction prices realised are all over the board so I won't even try to guess about those "houses of craziness". Here in Canada I would expect to pay in the range of $800. to $1,000. (maybe as high as $1,200) from the dealers from whom I purchase my swords. Your sword has some "issues" especially concerning the missing wire wrap on the grip but I would not see that as affecting what I would expect this to sell for here. The scabbard having only one ring is still acceptable, in my opini
  9. The spikes are called "langets" and I believe it helped to keep water rain out of the scabbard. I have read that they may have been used to break the opponents blade but I think that very doubtful. German made blades are not all that rare on British swords as many of the better quality blades came from Germany at this time. The British Royal family was German during this period and some German states were allied with Britain and the Dutch during the Napoleonic Wars. I would not presume to rule out a Saxon or other German state connection, all of my books dealing with the Light Cavalr
  10. Hello Dansson, I believe you indeed have a Pattern 1788 British Light Cavalry Sabre, so basically the Pattern just before the 1796 Light Cavalry, as you probably already know. The P. 1788 has a scabbard with two scabbard suspension rings which is the same scabbard as the 1796. That is not to say that this is the wrong scabbard but it is not the typical design as far as the rings are concerned however the scabbard shoe, also called the drag, differs from the typical 1788 and 1796. My guess is that this cold either be the wrong scabbard or the sword and scabbard were used by a different
  11. I would like to set the record straight regarding the 1908 (and 1912 Officer’s) Cavalry Sword being too long and unwieldy. The sayings, “Get off your high horse” and “Keep your feet solidly on the ground”, do not apply when talking about the 1908. These swords were designed to be used from horseback and for “giving point” or thrusting and never as a cutting or slashing weapon. They replaced the lance for all intents and purposes. For this use they may very well have been the best sword ever produced anywhere and at anytime. Unfortunately warfare changed drastically shortly after 1914 and the
  12. Thank you all for your comments. For some reason your comments were not related to me through the email process we use here otherwise I would have responded sooner. Before I slam the system, I might have accidentally deleted the notices as this new computer came with updated programs and I am still getting used to them. Thanks again for your comments, it is always good to know my musings are being read. Regards Brian
  13. It’s that time of the year when being a cynic and more than slightly sarcastic becomes just too easy. With the in mind I decided that I would leave the stating of the obvious hypocrisies of the season to younger cynics just starting out in their careers and make this blog more of a public service to the members. It seems that all the yearlong we answer question after question solving problem after problem as they arise then that annual question that seems to have no answer is thrown at us. “What do you want for Christmas?” The mind goes blank and all that we seems able to offer
  14. Hello David, I like the side by side images of the different obverses of the SCLS medals. Thanks for posting this photo. I am reminded of a very good friend of mine from also from Australia with whom I correspond frequently. Once in a while we will send an image that is upside down as a joke as I live in Canada. I know it is an old and quite tired joke but we still think it's funny. Thanks again. Regards Brian
  15. It has been a week since Remembrance Day and I still see people wearing their poppy, the symbol of remembrance, on their jackets, coats, hats and even toques. The poppy is to be worn from November 1st until 11:00 o’clock November 11th at which time it is to be left at the cenotaph or at least removed from your apparel. To be without a poppy from Nov. 1 to Nov. 11, for me, would be the same as being out of uniform for a service person. Of course no RSM will ream you out and I’m not allowed to do so, such is the pity of that, still there is a protocol that should be followed. One could use th
  16. Thanks for your comment. Certainly not many pieces in mint condition. if any, in my collection; veterans all. Regards Brian
  17. In apologise that I could not post an image of the whole rifle as I am still learning this new version of Photo Shop I purchased with the new PC. There is just enough differences to produce a new learning curve. It worked! . Regards Brian
  18. Priceless! Thanks for that one, Michael. Regards Brian
  19. Hello and welcome to my blog which may start out insulting some and to that I will apologize in advance as insult is not my intention; a serendipitous plus perhaps... Four years ago (2014) the Chairman suggested that starting with August and continuing to Nov. 11, 2018 might be an excellent time to run articles and content dealing with the First World War. From what I can see there has been little effort in that area, though I will admit to two factors. First that I was away for some time fighting an ongoing medical “condition” that has, happily for me, gone into remission. Second
  20. Hi JustinG, I meant to respond to your Latin phrase "Qui novit omnia" then got distracted, it's a age thing. To answer your rhetorical question, that would be my ex-wife and scares the heck out of me. Regards Brian
  21. Hi Stuart, Thanks for your comment and compliment, it is appreciated (your cheque is in the mail). As a note to new members who might not know, Stuart and I have been long time friends, though from opposite sides of the earth so he really isn't expecting a cheque; yep I'm that cheap. I'm sure the distance between us has prevented him from strangling me at times, I can be annoying, or so I have been told by those who don't really matter. I think it is important not to get too distracted and thereby let those in power get away with whatever it is that they might be getting away with.
  22. Hi Larks, Richard Dellar's book is excellent with several photos of scabbard and sword markings. Keep in mind this book deals only with Cavalry Swords. If you are thinking of collecting infantry or other department's swords (artillery for example) these will not be covered in this excellent resource. Brian Robson as well as Harvey Whithers' books cover all aspects of the British sword, including cavalry and infantry. Both of these books are excellent with Whithers' book containing excellent photographs. Brian Robson's book contains a good number of markings but that are in the form
  23. Here is a list of books I would recommend. Listed from the personally most referred to starting at the top, but all are very good books. I could list more but these are the best in their field. All are currently available. Swords of the British Army, Brian Robson British Military Swords, Harvey Whithers also look for books by the author on specific swords such as the 1796 Light and Heavy Cavalry The British Cavalry Sword 1788 - 1912, Richard Dellar Mr. Dellar tells me there is a companion book coming out later this year. The British Pattern 1796 Cavalry Sword and Other
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