The AcdntlPoet

Miscellany from the mind of Jason O'Donnell

Oct 1
specialcar: Dodge M-43 Power Wagon

specialcar: Dodge M-43 Power Wagon

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okstoopid:  Autumn Waterfall, Loretto, Kentucky

okstoopid:  Autumn Waterfall, Loretto, Kentucky

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occidental-martyr:  Thirty years war armour, photo taken by me in the Heeresgeschichtliches Museum, Wien.

occidental-martyr:  Thirty years war armour, photo taken by me in the Heeresgeschichtliches Museum, Wien.

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birdasaurus:  Dieter Rams Braun Audio 310

birdasaurus:  Dieter Rams Braun Audio 310

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minddisclosure: I had one of these in Africa.  Was really great, could fit 58 friends, a dog and 32,314 cans of beer in the thing.
The awesome part was the rear window was heated, kept the hands nice and warm when we had to push it!

minddisclosure: I had one of these in Africa.  Was really great, could fit 58 friends, a dog and 32,314 cans of beer in the thing.

The awesome part was the rear window was heated, kept the hands nice and warm when we had to push it!

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Sep 30

art-of-swordsLandsknecht Dagger

  • Dated: 17th Century
  • Culture: German
  • Measurements: length 41 cm

Source & Copyright: Bolk Antiques

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art-of-swords:   German Katzbalger “Landsknecht” Sword

  • Dated: 1508
  • Measurements: length 73 cm

On the blade lies a fine engraving with a birth date, the letters and the year "A - S 1504", plus the following inscription: "T……VERBUA - WR,WASW -  VI..ESE." 

Because of the shape of the blade (no pointy or slightly rounded tip) it is possible that this was actually an Executioner’s sword with the guard of the typical Katzbalger sword.

Sidenotes:

  • The German Landsknechte (German plural, singular Landsknecht), meaning "servants of the land", were colourful mercenary soldiers with a redoubtable reputation, who took over the Swiss forces’ legacy and became the most formidable military force of the late 15th and throughout 16th century Europe, consisting predominantly of German and Swiss mercenary pikemen and supporting foot soldiers, they achieved the reputation for being the universal mercenary of early modern Europe.
  • Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor from 1493 to 1519, formed the first mercenary Landsknecht regiments in 1487. He called upon Georg von Frundsberg (1473–1528), known by many as the Father of the Landsknechte, to assist him in their organization. Landsknechte later went on to fight in almost every 16th-century military campaign, sometimes on both sides of the engagement.

Photo source & Copyright: Bolk Antiques

Sidenotes source: Wikipedia 

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art-of-swords:  Two-handed Sword 

  • Dated: circa 1530
  • Culture: German
  • Measurements: overall length 138.5 cm. Blade 106 cm

The sword has a broad double-edged blade cut with a series of narrow fullers both on each side and over the ricasso; the latter is also stamped with three small marks on both sides. The iron hilt is fashioned in the Landsknecht style, with moulded and bold spirally fluted S-shaped guard, matching plummet-shaped pommel, and moulded leather-covered grip.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Hermann Historica

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