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English Hanger, Mid-17th Century With curved …

English Hanger, Mid-17th Century

With curved fullered blade double-edged and widening towards the point, cut with a series of notches along the back and incised with waved lines between dots along the back edge on both sides, long ricasso struck twice on each side with a maker’s mark, a crowned recumbent stag (?), hilt comprising lobed rear quillon with small button terminal, side-guard with central double swelling divided by a slender oval and enclosing a pair of short scrolls, knuckle-guard with central feature en suite and secured by a screw to the pommel, the latter with a beaked heart-shaped top and button finial, and natural buckhorn grip with central and basal moulded iron ferrules. 58 cm blade. The bladesmith’s mark appears to be that of Jaspar Bongen [of Solingen].

victoriansword: A Reproduction Henry VIII G…

victoriansword:

A Reproduction Henry VIII Gun-Shield

Of russeted steel, with shaped brass barrel mount and five brass rosettes on the outside, the interior lined in leather and with breech-loading matchlock mechanism mounted on the grip, and spirally-grooved barrel with pierced grill above for vision. 

45.5 cm diameter. 

This appears to be based on the gun-shield from Henry VIII’s military stores and now in the Royal Armouries, Leeds (inv. no. V.99), which is one of a group thought to have been made by Giovanni Battista and his company of Ravenna, presumably for a royal bodyguard.

A Victorian replica? IDK, but I’m posting it.

English Rapier, c.1630-50 Fine and Classic En…

English Rapier, c.1630-50

Fine and Classic English Civil War Period Rapier c.1630-1650, straight double edge Solingen blade deeply struck with makers devices and the apocryphal date 1535, iron hilt of Norman type 87 comprising an arcaded gallery, pierced and engraved bowl, quillons and side bars all with typical scrolled finials, tall swollen fluted pommel, wire bound grip. Overall length 108 cm, blade 87 cm. Excellent age patina overall. Good condition. This rapier would have been owned by a Protestant. 1535 is of seminal importance in English history and commemorates the year Henry 8th declared himself head of the Church of England. 

I have a soft spot for this type of hilt.

English “Mortuary” Sword, 17th Century An Ear…

English “Mortuary” Sword, 17th Century

An Early 17th Century Officer’s Sword, the 83 cm straight blade with single fuller and stamped ‘CLEMENS B_____?’ and ‘ME FECIT SOLIGEN’ on both sides also a maker’s mark an orb with a double cross, on both sides, ribbed wooden hand grip lacking any binding, ornate pierced iron hand guard incorporating grotesque masks, a bird and a hound’s head plus other lined decoration, bulbous pommel with grotesque masks and line decoration and three point guard attachment.

The mortuary sword was common during the English Civil War, and earned its name in more modern times because the faces often seen engraved on the guards were thought to commemorate Charles I.

The Past Lives of my Angry Retired English Tea…

“Texting, tweets, computers, they’re all ruining everything! Especially texting, kids these days text so much that it’s actually changing the English language! In another hundred years people will be speaking an entirely different language!”

—Angry Retired English Teacher Friend

“I am much dismay’d at the prolif’ration of moveable typeth printing presses.  Such mechanical w’rks shall changeth the language of fair albion until t beest m’re babbling of knaves, rampallions, and fustilarians!“

—Elizabethan Era Angry Retired English Teacher

Yfel lîefan and sê sê godcund r¯ædlic râd wrîting bêo onwards êac wægn! Sê forðcuman of unrîm wr¯æsnan wægn!

— 10th Century Angry Retired English Teacher

victoriansword: English Hunting Sword or Hang…

victoriansword:

English Hunting Sword or Hanger, Early 18th Century

I’ve always wanted one of these.

Elizabethan Corbel Beam Support

Elizabethan Corbel Beam Support

A carved oak corbel beam support displaying a horned male head in high relief; ovoid with fierce-looking lentoid eyes, curiously scrolled ears of bovine (or ovicaprid?) character, large upturned bull’s horns, flame-like locks of hair ringed by a headband mounted with seven balls, a neatly-trimmed Elizabethan-style beard, and a flowing walrus mustache with ends turned up to echo his upturned bull’s horns; apparently of British workmanship, with old iron suspension plate to the reverse. 3.2 kg, 35×21.5cm (13 ¾ x 8 ½").

Elizabethan Corbel Beam Support

Elizabethan Corbel Beam Support

A carved oak corbel beam support displaying a horned male head in high relief; ovoid with fierce-looking lentoid eyes, curiously scrolled ears of bovine (or ovicaprid?) character, large upturned bull’s horns, flame-like locks of hair ringed by a headband mounted with seven balls, a neatly-trimmed Elizabethan-style beard, and a flowing walrus mustache with ends turned up to echo his upturned bull’s horns; apparently of British workmanship, with old iron suspension plate to the reverse. 3.2 kg, 35×21.5cm (13 ¾ x 8 ½").

Tudor Oak Chest with Roses, 16th-Early 17th …

Tudor Oak Chest with Roses,

16th-Early 17th Century AD

A
rectangular oak chest with drop handle and sliding lid; the case with
iron bands to the sidewalls, clout nails and reinforcing straps to the
corners, applied decorative studs with acanthus leaf and Tudor rose
motifs, four stub feet; sliding lid with chamfered edges, acanthus-leaf
studs, drop handle with notched edge; the interior faces with slots for
inner compartments (removed). 7.7 kg, 58 x 24 x 23cm (22 ¾ x 9 ½ x
9"). 

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