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Musée des Invalides

Postby Thearos » 29 Jun 2013 19:26

Recently I visited the Musee des Invalides, in Paris-- which has been renovated spectacularly and intelligently, since the old "uniforms in case" day. Alas, no camera. Among the many things I saw-- a two-handed messer (with ring for the index); lots of C15th-16th swords, often with small notches on blade; the "estoc" of Henry IV (long thrusting sword; a "rempart" flintlock piece which must have been 12 ft long; the excellent early modern to 1815 section, on uniform and weaponry (e.g. cavalry swords: rapiers; the birth of the cavalry sabre; C18th Hungarian sabres that have wheel pommel, hilt and cross as on a mediaeval sword; C18th cavalry backswords; clear origin of the Napoleonic heavy cav. sword in the 1750s German blades; military smallswords (French); military spadroons (Swedish); spadroons with curved blades (or very thin hangers, I suppose). I wish I'd spent the whole day.
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Re: Musée des Invalides

Postby Tyler Brandon » 30 Jun 2013 21:19

Thearos wrote:I wish I'd spent the whole day.


I feel the same way. I had to rush on my visit in April 2011 becuase the wife was bored. :?
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Re: Musée des Invalides

Postby Thearos » 01 Jul 2013 00:00

`The two-handed messer is the one Fab posted

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