Post by Jordan Williams on Dec 6, 2018 18:21:39 GMT
I believe the model 1850 based on the Scabbard mount being a scallop shape. I noticed this when my teacher pulled down a picture of McDowell on the big slide in a lecture hall. Thought some might find it interesting.
His choice of hat makes sense when I Google "Austrian Infantry Officer 1860s". I bought my brother this style of cap for his birthday a while back and experimented putting paper in it to make it stand up, and it did resemble a shako quite a lot. No cap detail or plume, and I don't think they let him wear a black coat though.
Yeah, I was referring to how he has it propped up. He seems to be one of the only ones with it like that.
A big horn hat badge would do that
A Scot/Irish raised in Ohio, schooled in France before the USMA, then teaching there. The scabbard is wrong for an 1850, see the disc ring mounts, also apparent from an exaggerated print done of him in 1861. I'm not sure why I am thinking of Bavaria as well but it might be possible it was his Mexican War sword. The scabbard more like an 1830s style. Perhaps a private purchase for his Mexican War tour of perhaps a pickup at the time. My New York Horstmann weirdo Saxon pallasch, a common type in the Americas during the 1840s.
I've little doubt the sword was always with the scabbard but the scabbard certainly not an 1850 Austrian style (much more like the Austrian 1837 cavalry scabbards but those the long P hilts)
No real catalog for all these possibles for nonregulation swords but the Flayderman/Mowbray Medicus Collection book and Peterson's old testament cover a great many oddballs of the 19th century. The more books on hand, the better odds of seeing something to cross reference. The Thillmann ACW books probably have that 1852 guard eBay sword listed and I might find that one in the Medicus or Furr books. The eBay sword has a Weyersburg blade but the sword not marked to them, so anything's possible. We know it wasn't meant for the rebels. Maiden Lane NYC was the gents shopping place for militaria. FWIW, Thillmann has a blooper or two in his books. No one source is infallible.
The Medicus book, Peterson's American Swords and Neumann's Swords and Blades of the American Revolution; three not horribly expensive books you would really benefit from. That's not snobbery but plain fact. Granted, the Peterson book is getting pricy but the other two real bargains. Peterson's old testament the real start of understanding. Medicus a great 19th century resource. There are so, so many more books, just as your interests lead down different paths. In the end, the books and archiving imagery end up being bargains.
christain: Don't feel alone, Scott. I gotta work Sunday while the rest of the family has Easter dinner. That's okay though...I'll just eat double when I get home.
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ouroboros: Sorry Scott. Hope time off comes soon
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Scott: I'm working all weekend
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ouroboros: Easter Greetings to you too!
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brothersteel: Finishing up "The Robe" as we're prepping for tomorrow. Seeing the one sword fight in the film last night, I laugh inwardly at how much Olympic fencing still reigned in Hollywood in those days. A blessed Easter to all!
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redscorpion: Ah, I see now. I stand (or rather sit) corrected. Nice seax. Been thinking about picking one up for myself.
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christain: Congrats, Nord! Nice looking seax you have there. You've waited patiently, and now...the reward! When you decide you want a Viking longship replica built, I know a couple'a guys.....
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