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Jun. 8th, 2006

A picture of the sword someone found at a garage sale and gave to me -- I thought cbtreks might be interested in this, both because she and her husband collect edged weapons and because I'm sure she'd like to run through the scumbag who broke into her car ...

But it's not really of much interest: It's old and battered, has absolutely no identifying marks on it, and has a dull edge, indicating it was for ceremonial use rather than combat. About the only other thing of interest is that the grip seems to be made of ivory, not that I'm much of a judge of materials.


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Jun. 8th, 2006 04:33 am (UTC)
pretty!! And, ooooh, shiny!
Jun. 8th, 2006 09:54 pm (UTC)
That's pretty much what I had to say, too. :-)

The truth is, I just like saying I've got a sword around the house; it's the soldier playing kid in me. :-)
Jun. 8th, 2006 04:59 am (UTC)
We don't collect but my husband loves edged weapons--though axes are more his thing. I'll have to show him the pic.
Jun. 8th, 2006 09:55 pm (UTC)
Sure, and while we're on the subject, remind me never to mess with your husband.
Jun. 14th, 2006 02:40 am (UTC)
I ran the pic past him, but unfortunately he didn't have much more to offer than anyone else.
Jun. 14th, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC)
I'll just call it the Sword of Mystery
Ah, well -- it'll still be there in case I ever get attacked by Mongols, or have to slice my own bread.
Jun. 8th, 2006 07:51 am (UTC)
it looks kind of civil war-ish.

but i'm no expert.
Jun. 8th, 2006 09:56 pm (UTC)
Civil war-ish
I thought that too. That might explain why there are no markings on it -- they were probably trying to turn them out in great numbers at the time, and may not have taken the time to properly identify them. But it still seems odd, not to have a serial number or manufacturer's mark, unless it's on the metal under the grip.
Jun. 8th, 2006 08:02 am (UTC)
Very nifty!!! *g*
Jun. 8th, 2006 01:24 pm (UTC)
Meh. I agree. If it doesnt look like it can take off an arm or a leg, not worth the interest.
It is shiny though.

Id say Civil war, or around the time period.
But, my american/general sword knowledge is limited to the mighty Katana family.
Jun. 8th, 2006 10:00 pm (UTC)
It's a little banged up, but that could just as likely be from poor storage or kids playing; it might even have been made for kids -- there was a time when we didn't worry about the whole safety thing, so much. Definitely not much of a cutting edge to it, although it could give you a nasty bruise ... like any good kid's toy of old. :->

I'd wondered if it might have belonged to a military school -- not West Point, but one of the places like Howe Military Academy, for teenagers. I assume there were plenty of those around throughout our history.
Jun. 8th, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC)
Like I told adriana_is, I was excited just to have a sword! I won't mention swinging it around and yelling "Hyah!", though.
Jun. 8th, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC)
Oooh, that's nice! I'll have to get Irish to a computer - next time we're at mom's, probably - to see what the thinks. (Though he's most knowledgeable about older weapons, being a ren rat. Not literally older, but historically older. If that made sense.)
Jun. 8th, 2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it makes sense, sorta. If you want, e-mail me your e-mail address, and I'll send you some more detailed pics of it so as not to bother the flist.

I sent Jillian in to get the pic, and she didn't get close enough or take the sword out of its scabbard (is that a word?) -- which I didn't realize until I'd downloaded the pics and she took off with the camera.
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