cartespostalesantiques: Salon 1909CHARLES MICH…


Salon 1909
CHARLES MICHEL – Le Tiroir aux Poupees

Vintage postcard

cuirassier: Charge of the 21st Lancers at the …


Charge of the 21st Lancers at the battle of Omdurman, 2 September 1898, drawn by Stanley Berkeley

You can read more about this decisive engagement during the Mahdist war here.

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Original Vintage postcard, by Kirchner. Mailed. 


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A heavily curved Naval Dirk,

  • OaL: 11.6 in/29.5 cm

English, ca. early 19th century, from Czerny’s International Auction House.

cartespostalesantiques: French vintage postcar…


French vintage postcards

Britishmuzzleloaders in South Africa: PART T…

Britishmuzzleloaders in South Africa: PART TWO

In this video, we explore some of the details of the Organization, Formations and Manoeuvre and Tactics used by the Army in the 1870s.  This is in order to lend greater clarity to follow on discussions regarding the battles that will be featured.

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Paris. – Hotel Continental – Un coin du Salon Mauresque

French Vintage Postcard. Unmailed

Wootz Katar, Possibly 17th Century

Wootz Katar, Possibly 17th Century

Of robust size and high quality, this venerable Southern Indian katar is perhaps as old as the 1600s. Its blade is held in place by twin elephants, sacred animals, and entirely made of wootz and shows all the beautiful patterns and swirls you’d expect from that mysterious steel.

The hilt has been hand-carved extensively, not just to show floral elements but also zig-zag patterns and hundreds of holes and stars—perforations reminiscent of jali screens.

Despite its centuries of wear this is still a sturdy, historical and aesthetically pleasing piece. It is accompanied by a modern sheath.

cartespostalesantiques: swedish vintage post…


swedish vintage postcard

British Cutlass or Lead Cutter, Mid-19th Centu…

British Cutlass or Lead Cutter, Mid-19th Century

An unidentified British naval cutlass, or perhaps a lead cutter. This sword has only one marking, a stamp on the ricasso which looks like a number 3. So technically it could be any nationality – however the form of the grip strongly suggests that it is British. The guard is narrower than most later Victorian cutlasses and coupled with the grip style this could indicate a pre-1845 experimental cutlass. However, the blade is unusually long for a cutlass at 31 inches. This may indicate it is a sword for Lead Cutting or other similar sword feats and indeed it has been edged and retains a fine edge, of not being exactly sharp anymore. However, the cutlass is not heavy like a typical Lead Cutter and is relatively light for the size. This is a pleasing sword in the hand and everything is solid.