18th Century Asian sword found in River Towy


Blackleaf
#1
Mystery surrounds the discovery of an 18th Century sword found on a riverbed in Carmarthenshire.

It was dredged up by coracleman Andrew Davies while casting his nets on the River Towy in Carmarthen.

These types of swords are strongly associated with Indonesia, but can also be found in Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines

18th Century sword found in River Towy in Carmarthen


16 May 2017
BBC News



Mystery surrounds the discovery of an 18th Century sword found on a riverbed in Carmarthenshire.

It was dredged up by coracleman Andrew Davies while casting his nets on the River Towy in Carmarthen.

These types of swords are strongly associated with Indonesia, but can also be found in Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines.

Pictures have been sent to the British Museum to find out how it reached the river and how long it has been there.

Mr Davies said he was fishing for sea trout in the river behind the town's B&Q store at night.

"As I pulled the net in, the sword was hanging in the back," he said.

"It is about 3ft long and has an eagle's head where the handle is."

He took the sword to Carmarthenshire County Museum in nearby Abergwili.

Curator Gavin Evans said the sword gave an initial impression of being Roman, but on closer inspection he realised it was "something much more exotic".





He said: "Carmarthen, up until the industrial revolution, was in some senses the most important town in Wales, so there would have been a lot of comings and goings of goods and of people to the town."

Mr Evans said there were "a number of scenarios" for why the sword ended up in the River Towy, with the most likely that it was brought back by a sailor who had been travelling around the world and it had fallen overboard.

Mr Davies said he thinks he will get to keep the sword, although "it is not the sort of thing you can hang on the wall in the house"

"As far a value is concerned, it's the historical value more than anything," he added.



18th Century sword found in River Towy in Carmarthen - BBC News
 
Musky
#2
If an underage girl held this would it turn you on?

Perv....
 
Blackleaf
#3
Quote: Originally Posted by Musky View Post

If an underage girl held this would it turn you on?

Perv....

If an underage* girl - provided she was fit - laid her soft, young fingers on my massive, manly sword, then I would be very pleased.

(* Whether someone is underage or not depends on where you are in the world).
 
darkbeaver
#4
The sword is from the 12th century BC Vedic invasion of Britland
 
Curious Cdn
#5
Does it glow blue when Orcs are about?
 
darkbeaver
#6
What is the metalic composition of the item in question?
 
Musky
#7
Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

If an underage* girl - provided she was fit - laid her soft, young fingers on my massive, manly sword, then I would be very pleased.

(* Whether someone is underage or not depends on where you are in the world).

Does it*

This guy gets a pass eh Chris....what a joke.

Does any other person see this guy for what he is?

Cancon allows a phedo...because he holds right wing views.
 
coldstream
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I'd say you could trace it back the East India Company and the trade of Opium for Chinese Tea, from which it profited mightily, to the misery of millions. Trinkets like these were the spoils of the business, and trophies hung in the parlours of the manors of merchant princes.
 
Blackleaf
#9
Quote: Originally Posted by coldstream View Post

I'd say you could trace it back the East India Company and the trade of Opium for Chinese Tea, from which it profited mightily, to the misery of millions. Trinkets like these were the spoils of the business, and trophies hung in the parlours of the manors of merchant princes.

The Chinese government itself bought tons and tons of opium from India to distribute to its people so, in reality, it had no problem with its people taking the stuff.
 
coldstream
#10
Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

The Chinese government itself bought tons and tons of opium from India to distribute to its people so, in reality, it had no problem with its people taking the stuff.



The Chinese desperately tried to stop opium from entering the country in the 1840s. The British Empire and its Navy differed and kept the trade open by force of arms and war.. in support of 'Free' Trade.
 

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