reverse mounted


British Presentation Sword, first quarter of the 19th century

Osborn & Gunby Prince of Wales sword has a slightly curved 32-¾" blade with double wide fullers and clip-point. Upper portion of blade with fire-blued finish, the left side profusely decorated with gold-inlaid images of warriors, crown, eagle, maidens and floral motifs. Right side with Poseidon, eagle, crown, centaur and floral details. Stirrup hilt with rouletted languets, twist gold-inlaid grip. Dark red transparent cabochons. Steel gold-inlaid scabbard with sculpted gold-finished mounts, the top with four vertical rows of circles with floral drape below. The central mount with poly-chromed oval containing three-feather Prince of Wales emblem with Latin motto that reads: ‘He adds honour to the Ancestral Honour’. Two rope pattern ring mounts. Reverse side of scabbard engraved with legend: Osborn / and / Gunby / Sword Cutlers / To His Majesty / & His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales / Birmingham / Pall Mall / London. Surrounded by engraved wreath. Drag with ornate gold-inlaid floral patterns, the obverse deeply engraved. Blade and scabbard with wear and losses to finish. Minor dents present.

Show us the blade, for the love of Evolution!


There’s a little bold jumper that I see near my door every once in a while. It’s the perfect subject to practice with my reverse lens mount…if it would stay still! The first photo I got with my phone camera, before I went into the house. After I grabbed my DSLR and reverse mounted my lens, I realized I had scared my poor little jumper and it hid in a crack between the door frame and the siding. This was the best photo I could get of it – at least you can see it’s gorgeous green chelicerae!


Elephant Trunk Nebula by Darren Knight
Via Flickr:
Two panel mosaic in HA 44 x 30 minute exposures, but 5 were discarded, making a total of 19.5 hours of data used. Dark, Flats and bias to suit Atik 490 cooled to -10 Avalon fast reverse linear mount Tak 85 refractor. Lodestar guide camera on an OAG