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    Posted 9 years ago

    Stillwater
    (214 items)

    Always thought this was neat. The handle is shark skin and it looks like it was a fancy sword. Looks pretty old too. The guard has a hinge in it, not sure what its purpose was though. Hope you like!

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    1. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Nice trench art!

      scott
    2. Stillwater Stillwater, 9 years ago
      Thanks Scott!
    3. OCAD OCAD, 9 years ago
      Looks like a British sword to me. Perhaps originally Naval
    4. Stillwater Stillwater, 9 years ago
      Thanks a lot for the info OCAD, I'll write a little tag on it so I remember
    5. Chrisnp Chrisnp, 9 years ago
      I agree that the overall pattern looks British, but where I would expect to find an anchor and crown seems to be an anchor and sunburst with a face? Many countries copied British patterns, and I think that’s what happened here. So, I searched the web and found this insignia that looks close:

      http://combathelmets.blogspot.com/2007/02/peruvian-model-1934-combat-helmet.html

      The hinged piece was so that the sword would lay flatter against the wearer’s side when hanging from his belt.

      I have seen other swords converted to candle holders, and often they were post WWI from old German swords. Although this candle holder does not look like it was made from German parts, it might date from the same era.
    6. Stillwater Stillwater, 9 years ago
      Wow thanks Chris, you sure are knowledgeable
    7. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 9 years ago
      Guess there wasn't a demand for plow-shares then. The grip wraps were very often found in shark & ray as is coarse & gives a non-slip grip. This could be either but I'm guessing ray.
    8. Stillwater Stillwater, 9 years ago
      Yes it is shark skin, in case your hand got bloody in battle. I always thought that was neat about old swords in a morbid sort of way lol
    9. Stillwater Stillwater, 9 years ago
      The bumps on ray skin are larger, it looks like a bunch of little circles. They make wallets out of it nowadays. Its on a lot of Japanese things too, like wasabi grinders
    10. Aimathena Aimathena, 9 years ago
      It's gorgeous. Love the lion head, and sword look.

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