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Anita Johnson

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PostPosted: Fri 13 Mar, 2015 6:19 pm    Post subject: Need Information On This Sword         Reply with quote

Hello and thanks in advance for your help. This sword is in really rough shape, but I promised my sister I would try to find out how old it is and what type of sword it is. This sword belonged to her grandfather and she has no idea where he got it. The sword has been in her side of the family for many, many years. It is really rusted and worn. I had to scrap with a razor blade to find the print on the blade. The print on the blade reads:
Coulaux & C
The letters on the scabbage are large and easy to read. The handle is made of some type of thin rope. I have other pictures if needed. Any help would be greatly appreciated..........thanks again!

Also interested in knowing what can be used to clean it up, if that's possible.

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Timo Nieminen

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PostPosted: Fri 13 Mar, 2015 10:29 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It's a fraternal sword. The Internet tells me that "K of D" might be the Knights of Dunamis, which is/was part of the Eagle Scouts. For more, see

If it's Knights of Dunamis, then mid-20th century.

There some books devoted to fraternal swords, notably (but there are some others). If Knights of Dunamis isn't likely, this might be a good book to try.

"In addition to being efficient, all pole arms were quite nice to look at." - Cherney Berg, A hideous history of weapons, Collier 1963.
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Glen A Cleeton

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PostPosted: Sat 14 Mar, 2015 12:51 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

There are no swords associated with the scouts nor the Knights of Dunamis that I have ever seen from my scouting years during the 1960s in the US.. This sword is not shown in the fraternal sword bible linked and I see no mention of the scouts there either.. It is a fine book, including a forward of disclaimer, even with the dozens of examples from the Kaplan and Marino collections.

The blade marking would lead to a French flavor, as the blade maker is well known.

Keep in mind that academic swords are quite common in Europe, along with a whole other gaggle of fraternal swords.


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