I have seen crossugards for daggers from the 17th & 18th century which bear a likeness to this piece - in particular the receptacle for the grip to pass into. I have never seen a piece exactly like yours though, particularly with respect to the patterns. You can consider yourself the bearer of a very unique piece!
A little Indian brave who before he was ten/played war games inthe woods with his Indian friends/& he built a dream that when he grew up/he would be a Fierce Warrior Indian Chief
Many moons passed & for the boy the dream grew strong until tomorrow he would sing his first war song/& fight his first battle/but something went wrong
Suprise attack killed him in his sleep that night
And so castles made of sand/melt into the sea/eventually
Post by allesbranderke on Sept 27, 2015 15:38:09 GMT
Thanks for all to watch the piece and searching for answers but the piece remains a mystery to me.
though I continue to figure out of the characters are real or pure decoration.
I am a member of several detector clubs online in Europe and so far there are only two specimens found and in such good condition that this does directly ring a bell under us detector seekers with the conclusion that the piece is probably not as old as we think
However I have a few other pieces found in these last 9 years which certain are really old and authentic, i will place these foto's later in separated topics.
because the are for you guys perfect comparision material.
The characters are definitely Chinese. They are in a mirror symmetrical pattern facing away from the center. The 2 characters near the "mouth" of guard piece are both clearly the 龍 (Lóng) character. It means Dragon. There seems to be another Character near both ends of the Guard Piece, but I can't quite see it properly. I think it might be 泉 (Quán), but I'm not sure.
If that is the case, both symbols together (龍泉) literally mean "Dragon Fountain," but more specifically it refers to Longquan, a city in Zhejiang Province, which is very famous for making Chinese swords (as well as Japanese style, and Western Style swords).
What's also interesting is that the engravings are on the underside of the guard piece, facing the grip,
and not on the top, facing the blade, where they would be more visible.
I also think this is a fascinating find on your part. I hope what I have said was helpful to you.
If there was a more clear picture of this spot I could easily find out what it says with surety.
However, I want to help just because I'm curious. You actually don't really need my help in order to find out.