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American Swords and Sword Makers: v. 1 (American Swords & Sword Makers) [Paperback]

Richard H. Bezdek
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1 Mar 1994 American Swords & Sword Makers (Book 1)
This is the first book ever to span the complete history of American swords, sword makers and sword dealers from Colonial times to the present. More than 200 exquisite photos of important cavalry, infantry, artillery and naval swords and the most complete bibliography in print on swords and sword makers make this the definitive volume for collectors and historians.

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  • Paperback: 648 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press,U.S. (1 Mar 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873647653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873647656
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 22.4 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,155,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Richard H. Bezdek has been collecting English and Scottish swords for more than 25 years. He has become a leading authority on the history of edged weapons in the United States as well as a highly sought after sword appraiser.

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5.0 out of 5 stars American Sword collectors need this book. 21 Dec 1998
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The best way to increase the value of a sword that you have in your collection or wish to purchase is to identify it by maker, date and period ownership. American sword makers, and thier products, can be found easily in this book, and their dates of manufacture can often be identified as well. Reference works such as this, with plentiful illustrations, are essential for all collectors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars American Sword collectors need this book. 21 Dec 1998
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Format:Paperback
The best way to increase the value of a sword that you have in your collection or wish to purchase is to identify it by maker, date and period ownership. American sword makers, and thier products, can be found easily in this book, and their dates of manufacture can often be identified as well. Reference works such as this, with plentiful illustrations, are essential for all collectors.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A MUST FOR ANY SWORD COLLECTOR'S LIBRARY! 29 Sep 2006
By Mike Miner - Published on Amazon.com
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The author has broken new ground on one of the most collected fields of collecting. His intensive research is obvious, and the information you find here is seldom encountered elsewhere.

It is a massive work. The author definitely didn't gloss over the subject, something which is much appreciated in books on militaria these days.

While there are a few photographs, I think the format is such that many more could have been offered without significantly adding to the number of pages, enhancing and braking up the text better. Don't get me wrong, the book is about the information within, but more photographs or illustrations scattered throughout would have made the hours you will want to spend with this book just a bit more visual appealing.

Don't pass this one up if you have any interest in sword collecting what-so-ever!
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