petey wrote:Just stamped 32 REG in an old style letter stamp which is worn and hard to see. This item has genuine age. The 32nd regiment were an infantry Reg hence my idea of a battle keep sake and had stamped by the owner . Option 2 .. a ceremonial item but just a bit to plane for that.
Back to basics... is the shape English ?
ED, in Los Angeles wrote:petey's latest image posts show this item in a different light. There appears to be an open area on the socket with a remnant of a wood shaft still in the socket. That is how spontoon sockets are constructed from the images found on the internet. The slender square section on the shaft below the blade is where the cross bar was installed. Square shape of the shaft would prevent the crossbar from rotating after it was installed. Red-hot crossbar iron and hammered on, the old school way.
look....https://www.antiqueswordsonline.com/bri ... rding-pik/
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