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Rapier type thingy.

Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2007 10:30 pm
by Moon
Talking to a new neighbour earlier this evening and someone told him that I had an interest in swords so he gave me this which he's found in the attic of his previous home when he moved in.
Looks like a mid 20th century tourist blade to me.
Total length is about 45"



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You can just make out 'Toledo Spain' below the foliate work and there's a trace of gilt amidst the rust. :D



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Nice design on the 'cup' too.


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...and it didn't cost me a single penny. :D

Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 11:28 am
by Lucius Vorenus
What you gonna do with it Moon ? will you display it in all its rusty glory or hide it away in your loft?

I know you dont want to but i wouldnt be able to resist cleaning it up ;)

I actualy quite like it for a freebe :D

Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 12:31 pm
by Barry the Time Sprout
thats actually quite nice, made even better by being free

Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 9:45 pm
by Blackbird
Got some very nice elements o it plus hey its free :D Whats the plan then Moon ?

Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 1:13 am
by Moon
Blackbird wrote:Got some very nice elements o it plus hey its free :D Whats the plan then Moon ?
Well...the way I'm thinking right now Beeb,is that if I don't 'clean it up' and stick it in the attic or somewhere out of sight,the guy may feel that I don't appreciate the gift as he did say something like...'it could do with a good clean' when he gave it to me.
What do you or others suggest I do?

Cybermoose...don't even think about it and stay off my thread.

Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 11:58 am
by Lucius Vorenus
When you put it like that i think your maybe obliged to clean it up after all it was a gift from a new neighbour. Once gleaming display it if it dont look right amoungst all yer cool stuff give it him back as a present.....hey he might even develop an interest in swords and start collecting himself ;) ....youd get major kudos points for that Moon.

it definatley dosent deserve to end up back in a dusty loft (no sword deserves that fate)

Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 3:31 pm
by Blackbird
Im thinking if its got a nice patina then just get rid of any red rust and if you want to rig up a display set up. I'm thinking a bright n shiney clean up wont do it any favors.

Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 4:49 pm
by Lucius Vorenus
Moon has already explained that a bright and shiney clean up wont do the sword anygood, the Quote once gleaming was just a figure of speech and not advice on what to do, im not qualified to give advice on such matters im affraid :S

Posted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 1:32 am
by Geord
just shows how new i am too swords, id not have a clue how too clean it up.

Posted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 5:03 pm
by ashley
looks cool :GGG

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 3:39 pm
by kirisute
i have seen these before in various states of repair...mostly they are "prop" weapons bought in the boom era of spanish tourism.....
occasionally though you will find a decent blade that will handle a polish....
i have reworked one in the past by polishing the blade and reworking the grip and handle.....
they can turn out as a really nice mantelpiece ornament...sadly i dont have images of the piece i reworked....
the cup on the version i worked on was "painted" between the filligree engravings, as it would appear your example is.....i opted for a complete clean of guard, using a high pressure spray gun and thinners.....from there, after dismantling of course, i reproduced the paint with some enamel instead..using a deep crimson and black......but the same could easily be done with liquid acrylic paints....
if you do clean the blade back and discover it is cheaply chrome plated, then i would reccomend exchanging it for a schlager or epe duelling quality blade....you can purchase such "spares" via the internet.....

its a nice project for a freebie..for sure

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 11:40 pm
by Moon
I've just given the blade a wipe over with a little oil...it's not chrome plated and as it's just a tourist piece and the bloke who gave it to me buggered off with his boss' wife just before Xmas,it'll probably stay in our attic until it reaches antique status by which time,the rest of the UK will be confined to disposable plastic cutlery or chopsticks and I won't be here anyway lol. :D