Ah, instruments of death and destruction - more up Mr Horner senior's boulevard methinks! The last one looks less like an antique and more like something out of Lord of the Rings.
You are right Rog, although I placed these on the blog by accident. They are all blade weapons which I assembled from odds and sods around my workshop. I was looking for pictures of two of my favourite assemblages which I sold too many years ago to clientsin America and Portugal. Oh, apart from the sheath knife in the 5th picture which was given me by a Swedish army captain in return for a small favour I rendered him in the summer of 1999.
The 'small favour' was to completely rebuild the chimney to his home in the far north of Sweden. Captain Larson is married to my second daughter, Ruth.
They also gave my wife and I bed and board, some other very nice knives and several interesting tours of Sweden and a drive on his vintage Volvo tractor along with priceless memories. In any case it was entirely selfish, I couldn't have slept under the chimney in its then perilous condition nor in all conscience left them at such risk.