Category Archives: Armory

Just put it on Craig’s List: Hastings Sword doesn’t sell!

_76214770_swordcompPity the fools!

The BBC writes: “A medieval sword possibly taken as a trophy during the Battle of Hastings has failed to sell at auction. The “extremely rare” broadsword belonged to Humphrey De Bohun, a kinsman of William The Conqueror.

Sir Humphrey fought at Hastings in 1066, where Christie’s auctioneers think he could have captured the sword.

It had been hoped the sword would fetch up to £120,000 in the auction house’s Out of the Ordinary sale in South Kensington The weapon has an earlier Viking blade, dating from the mid-11th Century.”

But no—nobody cared!

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Weapons: The Ziegenhainer Walking Stick

ImageApart from a few late imports, wooden staves or sticks disappear from the printed instructional record of 18th- and 19th-century German martial arts literature.

There’s only one example of a wooden weapon being used in a more or less organized combative context in the early 19th century:

The Ziegenhainer walking stick. 

And even this leaves something to be desired… Continue reading

Weapons: The Subtlety of the Modern Sports Sabers

Collectors of modern sports weapons face a bit of a dilemma. It’s almost impossible to tell a piece of recent scrap metal found in the back of the club armory from a weapon with at least budding historical value.

Luckily, some old fencing equipment catalogs provide a clue at dating and contextual placement. Like the 1938 catalog of Vince Fencing Equipment, Inc., which provides some clues to early sports sabers… Continue reading

Sword Shows: See you at the Timonium Cow Palace

If your idea of fun is spending a morning rifling through 1,000 tables full of antique weapons, we have just the thing for you.

Like every year since 1955, the Maryland Arms and Armor Collectors Association is putting on its sale and trading show on March 17-18, 2012 in Timonium, just north of the Baltimore Belway.

We hope to see you there! Continue reading

Antique Weapons Update: Saddam’s Sword Sold

There’s no accounting for taste.

Two weeks ago, we alerted you to the opportunity of buying a sword once owned by the late Saddam Hussein.

The prices achieved on this auction have just been posted… Continue reading

Current Auction: Another “Transitional”

A few weeks ago, we examined Eight Dueling Épées.

Today, we noticed a variant of one of the older specimens up for auction: A cousin of “The Transitional”… Continue reading

Follow-up: 1796-Pattern American Saber

We’ve received a number of questions regarding the American “War of 1812” saber we described in a previous posting.

Several inquiries touched on the valuation of a weapon like this.

We dug up a few references… Continue reading