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American and European swords in the historical collections of the United States National Museum (Bulletin of the United States National Museum)

Author : Theodore Thomas Belote
Book Type : Collection catalog
ISBN :

Comment : This is an old fashion catalog (dated 1932), meaning precise, structured & complete, but showing only small, black and white photographs. With a single photo of each of the more that 250 swords, we need to rely all the more on their description. Fortunately, that description is qualitative and completed by information on the former owner of the sword whenever available.
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AMI magazine number 2, p 40-42 : Le Sabre d'Officier d'Infanterie Belge mod.1889

Author : F. Koekelberg et G. Hardy
Book Type : Article
ISBN :

Comment : This is a rarity, one of the two articles and one book I know of which foccusses on Belgian edged weapons.

This article describes the Belgian infantry sword model 1889. This sword type is actually still in use nowadays in both the military and the Gendarmerie.
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AMI magazine number 30, p20-23 : Les Epees des Officiers Belges

Author : Claude Feys
Book Type : Article
ISBN :

Comment : Again, this is a rarity, if only because it treats of Belgian edged weapons. This article describes the five types (dutch type, 1st and 2nd general types for officers/staff officers) of Belgian military epees. It also shows the sword given to general Mathieu Brialmont by the officers of the second regiment in 1830.

This article is not always coherent with L.Leconte's work (regarding the dating of the First and Second General type, and the description of general Brialmont's sword as being of the Dutch type) and I believe it is Leconte who is in the right.
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An Introduction to European Swords

Author : Anthony North
Book Type : Collection Catalog
ISBN : 0 11 290378 9

Comment : This book is meant as an introduction to the different types of European Swords, but gives a lot of attention to the smallsword.

The text, though short, is instructive. The photographs are very well, though now a little dated, and show exceptional items.
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Armes blanches : symbolisme, inscriptions, marquages, fourbisseurs, manufactures

Author : Jean Lhoste, Jean-Jacques Buigne
Book Type : Reference
ISBN : 978-2865510412

Comment : A book on a very specific subject. Clearly useful as reference but not a very easy read.
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Armes et Armures / Wapens en Harnassen

Author : Musee royal de l'Armee et d'Histoire militaire, Bruxelles
Book Type : Collection Catalog
ISBN : 90-71936-074

Comment : This book is important to me, if only because it is one of the very few books related to arms and armour collections in Belgium. It explains how the collection came to be and where it was housed before being place in the Porte de Hall, goes on to briefly describe the evolution of both edged weapons and firearms, and ends by presenting more than 150 objects from the collection. Each is illustrated by a single photograph, most in black and white, but 25 in color.

Of course, this is a but a sample from the impressive collection now housed in the Musee de l'Armee, in Brussels.
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Armours from the Pidhirtsi Castle

Author : Maciej Downar-Dukowicz, Jan Sliwinski
Book Type : Collection Catalog
ISBN : 978-83-937701-1-3

Comment : This is a book on very specific subject. It traces the whereabouts of a series of armours which were located at Pidhirtsi castle in 1939 and have since been removed and separated. It then describes the armors in astounding detail, up to marks left by the smith's hammer and their possible meaning. Photographs are plenty and of great quality

All text is in Polish, English and Ukrainian.
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Belgian Smallswords, Status Symbols of Times Past

Author : Benoit Dupont
Book Type : Reference
ISBN : 978-2-9601949-0-6

Comment : This is the book I dreamed about when I started collecting smallswords and could not find any relevant detailed information regarding Belgian models.

Years later, I finally decided to write it myself.

I give you the only book on Belgian smallswords and a must-have for any smallsword enthousiast !!
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Blankwaffen aus drei Jahrhunderten

Author : Klaus Hilbert
Book Type : Reference
ISBN : 3894881232, 978-3894881238

Comment : A very rich and well structured book on edged weapons from Saxony. Showing more than 200 swords, daggers and staff weapons. Apart from 16 colors plates, all photos are in black and white. The small format bellies the amount of information this book contains.

The text is in German only, unfortunately. But hey ! Why not learn a little German ? It might come handy, especially if the collection is ever expanded to other German states.
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Blankwaffen: Fuhrer Durch Die Ausstellung [Deutsches Klingenmuseum Solingen]

Author : Hans-Ulrich Haedeke
Book Type : Collection Catalog
ISBN : 3-7972-0523-0

Comment : This catalog presents the edged weapons found in Solingen's Blades Museum.

It is meant as a support to the exhibition, and contains a succinct description of objects, display case per display case, with pictures of the 50 most beautiful or remarkable ones.
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British Military Swords, Volume I: 1600 to 1660 The English Civil Wars and the Birth of the British Standing Army

Author : Stuart C. Mowbray
Book Type : Reference
ISBN : 1931464618, 978-1931464611

Comment : This is the first volume of an ongoing series of books on British military swords up to the 1780's. Mr Mowbray and his friend Joe Puleo crisscrossed Britain in order to visit 19 different museums and used his mobile photo studio to take the 1000+ pictures found in the book. The writing is clearly American in style and though the quips can either amuse or detract from the subject, it makes for a reference book that can actually be read from cover to cover.
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Bron Katalog zbiorow Catalogue of the Weapons Collection from the Museum at Kielce

Author : Ryszard de Latour
Book Type : Collection Catalog
ISBN :

Comment : The description of 91 objects from the National Museum in Kielce, Poland, with black and white photographs and captions in both Polish and English. The chosen items are varied but represent mostly swords, with a few pieces of armour and very few guns. A series of Polish sabers is, of course, to be found.
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Des Sabres et des Epees : Tome Troisieme : Troupes a pieds - de Louis XIV a nos jours

Author : Michel Petard
Book Type : Reference
ISBN : 2-912430-10-0

Comment : This book is the third and last of a series, the first two concentrating of cavalry weapons (vol 1: up to the Empire, vol 2: from the Empire on). Both of these are quite hard to find and fetch premium prices.

This third volume presents 736 infantry weapons. Though there are quite a few photographs in the book, the most remarkable are the numerous and beautiful line drawings by the author. The weapons are presented chronologically and the result if a mammoth work on the subject.
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Documentaires Alpha : Armes Blanches et Armes Defensives

Author : Aldo G. Cimarelli, Clement Bosson
Book Type : Overview
ISBN : 68 0243 3 73 5

Comment : This book is part of a series of documentaries, each foccussing on a specific subject. As it is bound to happen, there is no room for in-depth analysis of as subject such as this. Apart from the 12 pages of text, the book is made up of well taken color pictures associated to fairly long captions.

A nice picture book, especially interesting for the part on armor photography.
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Echoes of Glory : Arms and Equipment of the Confederacy

Author : Time-Life books
Book Type : Reference
ISBN : 0-8094-8851-5

Comment : I am always perplexed to see glory associated with slaughter, but besides this difference in point of view, I can but appreciate the scope of these two volumes on the American civil war. You will find just about every type of equipment linked to the conflict represented here : flags, boots, guns, swords, canteens, uniforms ... The text is informative and an easy read.
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Echoes of Glory : Arms and Equipment of the Union

Author : Time-Life books
Book Type : Reference
ISBN : 0-8094-8855-8

Comment : I am always perplexed to see glory associated with slaughter, but besides this difference in point of view, I can but appreciate the scope of these two volumes on the American civil war. You will find just about every type of equipment linked to the conflict represented here : flags, boots, guns, swords, canteens, uniforms ... The text is informative and an easy read.
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Edged Weapons : Sabres of the Habsburg Monarchy 16th-20th Century

Author : Petr Konopisky, Petr Moudry
Book Type : Reference
ISBN : 80-900833-0-7

Comment : This book presents all models of edged weapons from the Habsburg monarchy. Though the title pages is in three languages(Polish, English and German), the captions are all in Polish. Only the caption's titles are in said three languages.

When you don't know any Polish, what you then get is the model's name and two very neat line drawing of the corresponding sword. This can still be quite useful to identify a sword.
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Edged Weapons in Sweden

Author : Staffan Kinman
Book Type : Reference
ISBN : 978-91-978012-5-6

Comment : This work started as an inventory of swords found in churches all over Sweden and the book reflects it. Given the beauty of Swedish swords found at auction and in museums, the state and quality of these swords was a disappointment to me. The text is both in Swedish and English. The book focuses on swords up to the middle of the 19th century and also presents some banners, signal instruments, spurs and a few pieces of armor. I believe this book to be the result of a huge task and it certainly contains a trove of information. It is the scope of weapons, and a few quirks at the level of photography which put it in another category from the gorgeous books that can be found nowadays.
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Encyclopedia of European Historical Weapons

Author : Vladimir Dolinek, Jan Durdik
Book Type : Reference
ISBN : 0600575381, 978-0600575382

Comment : This book gives an overview of both edged weapons and firearms found in Europe, foccussing on the period between the 15th and 19th century.

It should be considered as a detailed introduction to the subject, sporting more than 400 photographs, including those of remarkable and beautiful pieces.
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European and American Arms

Author : Claude Blair
Book Type : Reference
ISBN :

Comment : Given the scope of this book, it can only be an introduction, but it is a qualitative and extensive one. 160 of the 650 photographs are of swords, the other of guns, daggers and staff weapons.

The last section of the book concentrates on regulation weapons and maker's marks using line drawings to illustrate both of these.
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European edged weapons

Author : Terence Wise
Book Type : Reference
ISBN : 0855241500, 978-0855241506

Comment : This is a quick overview of the subject. It can be used as an introduction to edged weapons, but will leave the more informed reader wishing for more.
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European Swords and Daggers in the Tower of London

Author : Arthur Richard Dufty, Great Britain. Dept. of the Environment
Book Type : Collection Catalog
ISBN : 0116705728, 978-0116705723

Comment : Described in the introduction as a 'picture book', this volume certainly lives up to its goal.

It includes about 350 large black and white pictures from the Tower's collection. The corresponding descriptions are succinct but contain only that which is complementary to the pictures. It also presents the marks found on the items, along with their lengths and inventory references.
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European Weapons and Armour: From the Renaissance to the Industrial Revolution

Author : Ewart Oakeshott
Book Type : Reference
ISBN : 184383720X, 978-1843837206

Comment : This book looks like the support for a course. Do not buy it expecting beautiful pictures of gorgeous swords, as there are none. What you will find, however, is a very complete text on both swords and armour (in an almost equal share) and some information on staff weapons.

The text is illustrated by an impressive number of line drawings, which prove to be an ideal tool to show the evolution of hilts. The four pages on swept hilts is particularly impressive.
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German Swords and Sword Makers : Edged Weapon Makers form the 14th to the 20th Centuries

Author : Richard H. Bezdek
Book Type : Reference
ISBN : 978-1-58160-057-5

Comment : This is really a reference book and was never meant to be read from cover to cover. It contains alphabetically ordered lists of sword makers, armourers and even rulers from both Germany and Austria. Early swordmaking manufactories are described as are maker''s marks. The book also offers a small photo section, enhanced by a series of line drawings.

All in all, an impressive compilation of useful information.
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German Swords XVIII-XX Century

Author : Janusz Jaroslawski
Book Type : Collection catalog
ISBN : 978-83-937680-3-5

Comment : This book presents part of Janusz Jaroslawski sword collection. The 50 swords shown are all German (either Empire, Republic or 3rd Reich). The author wrote this with the counsel of an edged weapons expert (Wlodzimierz Kwasniewics). This is not a complete representation of sword models available in Germany during this period and the author himself signals that there is but one sword from the 18th century in the series. I therefore do not include it in the Reference category.
Photography by the author is extremely good, varied and coherent as a set. The text is very detailed.
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Imperial German Edged Weaponry : Volume One : Army and Cavalry

Author : Thomas M. Johnson, LTC (Ret.), with Victor Diehl & Thomas Wittmann
Book Type : Reference
ISBN : 978-0-7643-2934-0

Comment : This series fits between reference books and collection catalogs. There is little text, but a myriad big format quality pictures of both swords and people wearing them. What is not clear to me is the completeness of the coverage.
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Imperial German Edged Weaponry : Volume Three : Automobile and Aero Corps, Government and Civilian, Hunting - Colonial - Kinder

Author : Thomas M. Johnson, LTC (Ret.), with Victor Diehl & Thomas Wittmann
Book Type : Reference
ISBN : 978-0-7643-2936-4

Comment : This series fits between reference books and collection catalogs. There is little text, but a myriad big format quality pictures of both swords and people wearing them. What is not clear to me is the completeness of the coverage.
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Imperial German Edged Weaponry : Volume Two : Naval Dirks and Sabers

Author : Thomas M. Johnson, LTC (Ret.), with Victor Diehl & Thomas Wittmann
Book Type : Reference
ISBN : 978-0-7643-2935-7

Comment : This series fits between reference books and collection catalogs. There is little text, but a myriad big format quality pictures of both swords and people wearing them. What is not clear to me is the completeness of the coverage.
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Infanterie-offizierdegen 1889 und varianten

Author : Reiner Herrmann and Peter Hartmann
Book Type : Reference
ISBN : 3613029553, 978-3613029552

Comment : This is a book in German that I was able to read even though I do not known any German. Of course, Dutch helped, but the book itself if very well structured and all the terminology well explained at the beginning of the book, so you can build on that. The subject is quite specific, and treated in depth. The book presents all variations of this sword, along with detailed descriptions and period pictures. There does not seem to be anything left to add. I was quite keen on this type of sword, until I had one in my hands, that is. They are a lot lighter than I expected, given the pallasch-like look, and this was not to my taste. Still, they sometimes sport gorgeous blades.
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L'Armamento Della Cavalleria Napoleonica

Author : Tiziano Tonelli
Book Type : Reference
ISBN : 88-87372-16-0

Comment : This book presents both swords and guns from the Italian and Napolitan parts of the then French Empire. For some reason, picture captions are in both Italian and French, the rest of the text in Italian only.

The book is neat and well printed, the cover is sturdy but shows scratches and fingermarks.
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L'Art des Choses : Armes Occidentales

Author : Alfred P. Zeller
Book Type : Overview
ISBN :

Comment : A relatively basic introductory book with some nice, small format color photographs. A handy format to carry with you.
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La manufacture d'armes blanches du Klingenthal

Author : Association pour la Sauvegarde du Klingenthal
Book Type : History
ISBN : 9782917909126

Comment : This book reviews the impact of the making of edged weapons in the village and valley of Klingenthal. It shows the buildings, describes the functioning of the manufacture, presents the tools of the trade and some of the key figures through the ages.

It is very nice little book and really made me want to go there and see it all. In particular, it contains a picture from the museum, showing steel blades of different, beautiful colors obtained by 'simply' heating the blades.
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Les armes blanches - Encyclopedie illustree

Author : Jan Sach, traduction de Jean-Pierre Dauliac
Book Type : Reference
ISBN : 2-7000-1847-8

Comment : A very nice picture book, with quality photography. The arms, taken from around 1450 to 1900 are arranged per period and the captions informative.
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Les epees portees en France des origines a nos jours

Author : Jean Lhoste
Book Type : Reference
ISBN : 978-2865510351

Comment : A great reference book on all French swords. A mammoth work spanning an impressive number of swords, types and periods.
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Les Sabres portes par l'armee francaise

Author : Jean Lhoste
Book Type : Reference
ISBN : 978-2865510481

Comment : A very nice reference book on French swords presenting a huge number of different items.
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Masterpieces of European Arms and Armour in the Wallace Collection Complete Digital Catalogue + Book

Author : Tobias Capwell, David Edge & Jeremy Warren
Book Type : Collection catalog
ISBN : 978 0 900785 93 1

Comment : WOW !!
This book is simply stunning, with great pictures and quality text. It is a thing of beauty in itself, but it takes an additional dimension when you take in the riches of the contents of the USB stick. Items in the collection are richly documented and described through myriad pictures and the corresponding quotes from the different collection catalogs, starting from 1909. Given the scope and quality of the collection itself, this is a book you will never regret buying.
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Officer Swords of the German Navy 1806-1945

Author : Claus P Stefanski, Dirk Stefanski
Book Type : Reference
ISBN : 0-7643-1674-5

Comment : This is a very complete book on this specific subject. It mixes period pictures with extensive item descriptions and photographs.

Photographic quality is quite good, with a few unfortunate exceptions.
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Polska Bron

Author : Andrzej Nadolski
Book Type : Reference
ISBN : 83-04-00865-3

Comment : This is the original Polish version of this book, which has since been translated to English under the title 'Polish Arms - Side Arms'.

I really should buy the English version. Lacking any knowledge of Polish, the extensive text is lost on me, but the illustrations themselves are numerous and the few color pictures show some very beautiful Polish sabers.
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Rapiers : An Illustrated Reference Guide to the Rapiers of the 16th and 17th Centuries and their Companions

Author : Eric Valentine
Book Type : Collection Catalog
ISBN :

Comment : This book presents 42 rapiers and several left-hand daggers, all at one time part of the author's collection. The black and white illustrations focus on the hilts and pommels. Both approximate dates and detailed measurements are given for each item.
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Russian Swords ... Collections Catalogue

Author : Janusz Jaroslawski
Book Type : Collection catalog
ISBN : 978-83-937680-8-0

Comment : This book presents part of Janusz Jaroslawski sword collection. The 31 swords and 6 bayonets are all Russian. Again, the author wrote this with the counsel of an edged weapons expert (Wlodzimierz Kwasniewics). This is clearly presented as a collection catalog and is not meant to be an overview of Russian swords through the ages.

Photography by the author is extremely good, varied and coherent as a set. The text is very detailed and will be useful to collectors. It includes a list of marks found on Zlatoust weapons during the 1820-1946 period.
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Sabres Francais de la Troisieme Republique

Author : Jean Ondry
Book Type : Reference
ISBN : 979-1028300814

Comment : This is a very recent book (Oct 2015), which focuses on a subject which was not yet successfully treated. The book is well structured and very detailed, with lots of beautiful color pictures of swords, mixed with period pictures.

As an aside, the author also uses this book to get even with some institutions which did not live up to his expectations.
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Scottish Swords from the Battlefield at Culloden

Author : Lord Archibald Campbell, edited and annotated by E. Andrew Mowbray
Book Type : Essay
ISBN : 0917218043, 978-0917218040

Comment : It is difficult to find a more specific subject than that treated in this book. The author is solely concerned by a series of sword blades from a specific 18th century battle.

The manner in which these sword blades came to be studied is a savory story in itself.
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Swedish Weaponry Since 1630

Author : Bengt M. Holmquist and Birger Gripstad
Book Type : Reference
ISBN : 9138071754, 978-9138071755

Comment : This is not only a reference book on weapons of the Swedish Army (including swords, guns, cannon and others), but it also relates the evolution of the Swedish army in relation to political evolution of the land. It is very complete and an interesting read.
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Swords and Sabers of the United States Army, 1867-1918

Author : Dusan P. Farrington
Book Type : Reference
ISBN : 1931464707, 978-1931464703

Comment : I was both surprised and very impressed by this book.

If you pay a bit more attention than I did, you will expect this 300+ pages book, being true to its full title, to present not hundreds, but dozens of swords and sabers in incredible detail (incl. b&w photos). This is clearly a scholar's work and the amount of information from primary sources contained in this book is simply amazing. Watch out, the only color pictures are those on the book's front and back covers.
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Swords and Sword Makers of England and Scotland

Author : Richard H. Bezdek
Book Type : Reference
ISBN : 1581606737, 978-1581606737

Comment : This is really a reference book and was, never meant to be read from cover to cover. It contains alphabetically ordered lists of sword makers, cutlers, dealers, merchants, outfitters, armourers and even rulers from both Britain and Scotland. Early swordmaking communities are described as are maker's marks. The book also offers a huge photo section of more than 450 black and white hilt and sword pictures.

In total, a huge compilation of useful information.
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Swords from Public Collections in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: With New Information Regarding Swordmakers of the Philadelphia Area

Author : Bruce S. Bazelon
Book Type : Collection Catalog
ISBN : 0917218264, 978-0917218262

Comment : This book is based on the fact that institutions sometimes hold in storage some of their most beautiful pieces and therefore presents 63 exceptional swords, mostly American presentation swords, from Pennsylvanian museums, including pieces that are not presently on display. It also includes information on recipients.

A specific section foccusses on swordmakers and, when possible, exemplifies their production with a given piece.
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Szabel nam nie zabraknie...Bron biala zolnierza polskiego z XVIII-XX wieku opis ksiazki

Author : Pawel Komorowski
Book Type : Reference
ISBN : 8393251834, 9788393251834

Comment : A very good presentation of sabers used by the Polish army since the 18th century. This includes Polish, but also English, French, Austrian, Prussian and Russian sabers. It also contains a lot of period pictures of soldiers wearing sabers.
This book is often referenced as being paperback and in Polish, but the one I have, sporting the second ISBN, is hardback and, more importantly, contains a translation to English of the whole text !! Given my non-existent Polish, this is a real treat. Thank you, Mr Komorowski and Malgorzata Mozdzynska-Nawotka.
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THE BRITISH CAVALRY SWORD 1788 1912, Some New Perspectives

Author : Richard Dellar
Book Type : Reference
ISBN : 978-0992644901

Comment : A gorgeous book which covers the subject impeccably. Mr. Dellar's book presents an impressive amount of research in a way that is both rigorous and, sometimes, entertaining. A must have for any British sword enthusiast and a wonderful read even for people like me, whose interest lie elsewhere
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The Noble Art of the Sword ... Fashion and Fencing in Renaissance Europe 1520-1630

Author : Tobias Capwell & Al
Book Type : Essays
ISBN : 978 0 900785 43 6

Comment : Again, a beautiful book by Tobias Capwell, with essays from seven other authors. This volume focuses on the sword as fashion accessory and on fencing technique, books and masters. The swords shown in this book are simply exceptional. I am looking forward to more of this kind of work from The Wallace Collection.
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The Rapier and Small-Sword 1460-1820

Author : A.V.B. Norman
Book Type : Reference
ISBN : 978-1-905074-99-0

Comment : You will find this book referenced by all serious, and sometimes less serious, works on the subject. The copy I have is a re-print by the A.V.B. Norman Research Trust and the paperback cover leaves a little to be desired. The contents, on the other hand, are really impressive. I would think that you could find anything you want on small-swords in this book, provided you are not interested in examples dating from after 1820, like I am ;-)
The book offers lots of clues on dating swords based on pommels, guards and hilts and a whole chapter on decoration techniques.
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Treasures from the Tower of London

Author : A.V.B. Norman and G.M. Wilson
Book Type : Collection Catalog
ISBN : 0 946009 00 7, 0 946009 01 5

Comment : This is the catalogue from an exhibition of items from the tower of London. The exhibition was held in London, Ontario and Cincinnati and features a larger panel of different items.

The catalogue includes 23 color pictures, 111 black and white pictures, all of great quality. On top of this, you will find extensive and qualitative captions, along with a few pages on the Armouries's history and on the history of arms and armour.
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Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Cie., Solingen : Catalogue of 1892

Author : Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Cie
Book Type : Commercial catalogue
ISBN : 0-046696-26-8

Comment : This is the reprint of an original WKC catalogue from 1892 or 1893. This iconic fabric was founded in 1883 and still exists today. The diagrams are wonderfully executed and the scope of the items available from the company impressive. WKC was creating and shipping swords the world over, so this catalog is not limited to German items and neither is it limited to swords, but to a variety of edged weapons and instruments including knives, axes, pickaxes, machetes, ...
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Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Cie., Solingen : Catalogue of around 1900

Author : Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Cie
Book Type : Commercial catalogue
ISBN :

Comment : This is the reprint of an original WKC catalogue from around 1900. Its more than 250 beautiful drawings show the swords, cutlasses and bayonets produced by the company for use in Germany at the time. The majority of these weapons are military models, some were meant for firefighters or members of the administration. Some drawings represent blade etching with beautiful detail.

The large format is perfect for this book, but the printing, though precise, does not do justice to the original drawings.
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With drawn sword, Austro-Hungarian edged weapons 1848 - 1918

Author : Dr. M. Christian Ortner, Erich Artlieb
Book Type : Reference
ISBN : 978-3-9501642-3-7

Comment : A very good reference book on Austro-Hungarian swords, including an impressive number of pictures and lots of facts about the swords themselves, but also about the corresponding historical period in Austro-Hungarian history. An impressive volume and a beautiful object.