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Re: How Late For This Eagle?
Posted by: Hotspur (IP Logged)
Date: April 10, 2008 08:46AM

Thanks very much for your thoughts Don. I'm still not sure about the pommel alloy, as maybe I am just being a poor judge of the weight. I did note just in the past day that the oxidation is covering/muting some brillance (it would shine if I shined it). That makes me think not zinc or aliminum but it still seems way too light to be silver. Something I'm seeing on some quite early Bolton birds appears to be a British alloy called Britannia that has been gilded. Perhaps this is something similar. Whatever it is retains a seam from casting and the Widmann like tombstones are almost French Impressionist painting in detail quaility. Nothing very crisp about the pommel detail.

The thoughts regarding timeline make a lot of sense and your Mexican point well is taken. Blade shape didn't dawn on me until you mention it but I did figure a pretty late date for it. That gives me some thought of what other searches I can make. Yes bone and as typical, the show side is less conspicuous.

Speaking of Mexican eagles, this bird seems to be near identical to one head Ames used, as well as some from B'ham.

Thanks again for the reply. I had put it aside for another project but can now move on with it a bit.

Cheers

GC
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