At Þingvellir - literally “Parliament Plains” - the Alþing general assembly was established around 930 and continued to convene there until 1798. Major events in the history of Iceland have taken place at Þingvellir and therefore the place is held in high esteem by all Icelanders and is now a national park

The Þingvellir area is part of a fissure zone running through Iceland, being situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.The faults and fissures of the area make evident the rifting of the earth’s crust.

A beautiful place to visit both summer and winter


Scottish Basket-hilt Broadsword Infantry Officers 1798 Pattern 

  • Used by the Wellington Army

The 1798 Pattern was the first attempt of the British to standardize sword patterns for the Scottish regiments. This standardization made the pattern become very “loose” in some aspects, with blades coming from Solingen, England and Scotland.

In the case of this sword we have a magnificent brass hilt, a truly impressive piece but fundamentally weaker than the steel hilts. The triple fullered blade is 84.5 cm long, and it has some very distinct temper lines. These kind of swords were carried in the battle of Waterloo.

The blade is marked "James Woolley" on one side and "Warranted" on the other one. The name stands for James Woolley from Camberwell who set up his shop on 74 Edmund Street Camberwell in 1798, a few miles south of London Bridge.

Source & Copyright: Swords Collection


Today’s Classic: The Fall of the Rebel Angels

1. By Luca Giordano (1866)

2. By Charles Le Brun (1680)

3. By Edward Dayes (1798)

4. By Sebastiano Ricci (1720)

5. By Gustave Doré (1866)

6. By Peter Paul Rubens (1620)