"A Copse. Evening"

"A Copse. Evening"
A. Y. Jackson, 1918
"I don't make hell for nobody. I'm only the instrument of a laughing providence. Sometimes I don't like it myself, but I couldn't help it if I was born smart."

1st Sgt. Milton Anthony Warden.
"From here to Eternity"

Paul Valery

"You are in love with intelligence, until it frightens you. For your ideas are terrifying and your hearts are faint. Your acts of pity and cruelty are absurd, committed with no calm, as if they were irresistible. Finally, you fear blood more and more. Blood and time."

The Wisdom of the Ages

"When a young man, I read somewhere the following: God the Almighty said, 'All that is too complex is unnecessary, and it is simple that is needed',"

Mikhail Kalashnikov
"Here lies the bravest soldier I've seen since my mirror got grease on it."

Zapp Brannigan

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

A. G. Hicks, PS

Things just got more confusing, caused in large part by the poor quality of the pictures I've been viewing. First of all the knife is for sale. You can visit at its new home. I found an example, with the hooked pommel, for sale on Evil Bay - at five grand, so I think I'll be passing it up. What's surprising is that it's not put together the way I expected at all. Nor is it put together in the same way as the one on Wes Cowan's site (see earlier post). The lower line drawing of the identical knife is from the eminent Howard Cole who says they were made to fill a government contract. This may explain the why of the screwed-together brass and wood handle. Cheaper to produce in quantity but, from my perspective, angular and uncomfortable. The other difference is that the guand/ferrule combo is cast in one piece. The copy attached to the auction stated that the guard was a later Civil War replacement. The earlier ones being too thin and easily damaged.
So my "authenticity" just took a hit, but I'm not out for slavish reproduction anyway, just something in the spirit of the originals.

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