Here’s a thought I’ve been mulling over. When did Civil War fakes start getting churned out in great numbers? I have a pretty good idea that it started earlier for bowies, but I’m not sure about swords, especially the less common ones. Back in the late 80’s, my family went to Gettysburg. There were a number of antique shops in town, and one of them had a jumbled bin of swords. There was a musician’s pattern 1840 in there that really caught my fancy. I was all set to shell out the whopping sum of $80 for it (it would have cleared out my 11 year old savings), but my father vetoed this decision. It was to be another 7 years before I started the collection, and it was with nothing even remotely as good as an 1840 musician.
I still regret not getting it. It’s a cool pattern, but I’m not ready to spend what good condition examples go for these days. I guess it would make me feel better if the one that got away was a fake. From what I can remember, it looked legitimately old, but I can’t really say. Were there fakes of similar patterns circulating already before the boom in Civil War interest of the 90’s?
The centennial was when the first real push for ACW reproductions began. Even after WWII, there was still a lot of "stuff" around but the centennial brought demand not just for swords but uniform/regulation items. "The House Of Swords" was one such company that produced a number of sword types, from trooper cavalry swords to cutlasses and fancy presentation swords.
By the 1980s you have a greater presence growing with Atlanta Cutlery (before Museum Replicas was even born) and even Lynn Thompson (Cold Steel) dipping his toes in the import pond.
Post WWII saw another surge in general and GIs from WWII and Korea not only collected bring backs but ushered in the swords such as the Spanish made wallhangers of the 1950s.
$80 for an authentic period musician sword in the 1980s would have been a fair dealer price but premium for a reproduction at that point.
Fair condition musician swords without a scabbard can be found on eBay at about the $200 level (or less on a good day). Swords with sound original scabbards are getting scarcer and pricier.
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.
Apr 21, 2019 0:11:34 GMT
ouroboros: Sorry Scott. Hope time off comes soon
Apr 20, 2019 18:33:48 GMT
Scott: I'm working all weekend
Apr 20, 2019 17:39:39 GMT
ouroboros: Easter Greetings to you too!
Apr 20, 2019 14:32:37 GMT
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!
Apr 20, 2019 14:23:49 GMT
ouroboros: Highway between us and Ottawa that follows the river is closed today for some flood proofing and sandbag work ... and 6 of 6 seedlings are showing their first set o leaves in the grow space under 600w of led lighting...
Apr 20, 2019 12:34:26 GMT
ouroboros: Got 2 crazies of 11 and 7 years home with me today. Just ended morning tachikaze session and the weathers gearing up for another wet day.
Apr 20, 2019 12:32:51 GMT
redscorpion: yeah, cars. Always spending money on those things. I just had to put spark plugs in my older Jag. $300 just about covers cost of materials (plugs and gaskets) - then it's a 4 hour job to change them out.
Apr 20, 2019 11:02:17 GMT
christain: TGIF, y'all....Anyone have any cool weekend plans ? Perfect weather tomorrow for Ren-Fest here, but after having to drop $300 on car repairs ....maybe next weekend/paycheck. Even had my kit packed up and ready.
Apr 20, 2019 3:09:55 GMT
redscorpion: Ah, I see now. I stand (or rather sit) corrected. Nice seax. Been thinking about picking one up for myself.
Apr 19, 2019 1:16:10 GMT
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.....
Apr 18, 2019 23:59:48 GMT
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