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Simply put, this is the best book on British Swords since Brian Robson's "Swords of the British Army". The book itself is very high quality, and it is generously illustrated throughout with color photos. Dellar expands upon, and in some cases, corrects details from Robson. He includes both regulation and non-regulation patterns, as well as interesting ...
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—Updated Apr 5, 2014



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As with many Osprey titles, this is a good introduction to the subject, but it was written in the mid-1980s and may be a bit out of date. One last gripe--I wish that more of the information was cited. However, I am sure I could find out some of the sources for certain statements by consulting the "further reading" section towards the end of the book or by ...
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Published in 1945, this is still the best reference on small swords. Aylward's approach is comprehensive, covering not just sword forms, but materials, construction, production, swordsmen, various schools of small sword fencing, and advice for the collector. More sword types deserve the treatment Aylward gives the small sword. Although parts of it are ...
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—Updated Aug 3, 2010



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This two volume work examines the history of the Wilkinson sword company beginning with its inception making guns under Henry Nock, and progressing through the acquisition of the firm by James Wilkinson, its rise to prominence under Henry Wilkinson, and the transition to John Latham. Also discussed are the industrial activities of the firm, including the ...
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This two volume work examines the history of the Wilkinson sword company beginning with its inception making guns under Henry Nock, and progressing through the acquisition of the firm by James Wilkinson, its rise to prominence under Henry Wilkinson, and the transition to John Latham. Also discussed are the industrial activities of the firm, including the ...
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—Updated Aug 3, 2010



British Military Swords: From 1800 to the Present Day
by John Wilkinson-Latham

British Military Swords: From 1800 to the Present Day by John Wilkinson-Latham.

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This book, the second major study of British military swords, is unfortunately not much use to one who is new to British swords. There are enough errors in the text so as to leave one thoroughly misinformed on a number of sword patterns and their periods of use. As a supplement to more modern literature (namely Brian Robson's "Swords of the British Army") ...
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—Updated Aug 3, 2010



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This should not be used as a stand alone reference, but will be a great supplement for anyone who studies British swords. Of particular interest to me were the many special patterns of the 19th century that are discussed and illustrated in this book. The book covers early basket hilts, mortuary hilts, the numerous non-pattern swords of the period ...
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—Updated Jan 31, 2010



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Wilkinson Sword Patterns and Blade Rubs - Including Index and Details, 1844-1954 follows the design scheme of other books by Pooley Publishing; paperback format, black and white images, and a cover with a relevant image (in this case, the etching studio at Wilkinson) and the Pooley Sword logo in the background.

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—Updated Jan 9, 2009



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"Victorian Army in Photographs" offers a wide selection of photographs that are organized by subject: people, equipment and uniforms, training, transport and communications, recreation, and campaigns. It covers the late 1840s through 1901. There is much to be gleaned from this pictorial primary source. In addition to the swords (my primary interest), the ...
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—Updated Feb 19, 2008



Teaching & Interpreting Historical Swordsmanship
by Brian R. Price

Brian R. Price, the founder of the Schola Saint George and activist in the development of the historical swordsmanship community, has collected a series of essays ...

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I am a newcomer to Western Martial Arts (WMA). So new, in fact, that I am still at the reading stage. At first I felt unqulified to say anything about any books dealing with WMA, but this book has changed my mind. I think that this book is an excellent tool for students of WMA in that it provides insights into pedagogies employed by instructors and ...
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—Updated Jan 8, 2007



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