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Sword-Site The Largest Free Online Sword Museum
Quote:I don't want to discourage you by our criticism, but I applaud your efforts in putting this site together. This is a useful compilation of images and statistics about several blades.

I'm sure you would do well to consult a handful of our members here through private message if you have questions about a piece.

Keep up the good work, and please don't be discouraged to ask for help if you need it.

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this is definitelly interesting and I am sure with the help of the specialists here in RAT it will be one of the most visited sites
Gelu I.
Quote:Respectfully fellas I'll side with Bonhams and Withers, practising vendors as opposed to non professional (i.e. non vocational) 'expertise' when selecting pieces.

From what I can tell they deal with all kinds of swords from many different periods. I respect their expertise and professionalism however with such a vast subject of weapons it creates a larger probability for a few to slip through the cracks. There are many people on here who specialize on roman weaponry as you can tell and I personaly would take their word for what its worth. a Specialist will have a better eye for any sort of flaws then someone who is a generalist. Not saying Bonhams and Withers are not as credible being generalist in swords, just as I said before it allows more room for error. People who zero in one a single subject will have alot more knowlage in it then someone who covers a larger range.
David C
There is a big difference between being a vendor and a scolar (be it "vocational" or not). A vendor wants to sell things at the highest possible take, a scolar ie one who studies a certain period just wants the scientific facts. It was not difficult to spot the inconsistancies with that "Roman" sword, good picture evidence was supplied bt Markus on the non-period scabbard pieces with a clear paralel to a well documented find. Which is why the initial response by mr Blake suprised me a bit, as there is a wealth of knowledge on the Roman period and its armaments on RAT. Between us, we have just about all the books and plenty of museum visits. We may not always get it right, but boy do we try ::-): .
Salvete et Valete

Nil volentibus arduum

Robert P. Wimmers Big Grin
Quote:Respectfully fellas I'll side with Bonhams and Withers, practising vendors as opposed to non professional (i.e. non vocational) 'expertise' when selecting pieces.
Bill, I can't say anythink about this sword being real or not, but even very respected institutions such as museums manage to buy fake objects (the Toledo Helmet). And as we all know, antiques is all about making money.

I watched Lovejoy in the past. :whistle:
Robert Vermaat
FECTIO Late Romans
(Maurikios-Strategikon, book VIII.2: Maxim 12)
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Quote:Right, I gotta find the one. I'm at school right now though so I'll have to wait until I get home.

Das Hunnen Reich by Istvan Bona, Konrad Theiss Verlag 1991

"And the four bare walls stand on the seashore. a wreck a skeleton a monument of that instability and vicissitude to which all things human are subject. Not a dwelling within sight, and the farm labourer, and curious traveller, are the only persons that ever visit the scene where once so many thousands were congregated." T.Lewin 1867

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