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**VICTORIAN ROYAL CONNECTIONS** A Pair Of Late 1700’s / Early 1800’s 10 Bore Bronze Ships Cannon On Wheeled Mahogany Deck Carriages Fired In Salute At The Duke of Connaught’s Wedding (Son Of Queen Victoria) Windsor Castle 13th March 1879 - 15200
Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, (Arthur William Patrick Albert; 1 May 1850 – 16 January 1942) was a member of the British Royal Family who served as the Governor General of Canada, the tenth since Canadian Confederation. Born the seventh child and third son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Arthur was educated by private tutors before entering the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich at the age of 16. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a lieutenant in the British Army, where he served for some 40 years, seeing service in various parts of the British Empire. During this time he was also created a royal duke, becoming the Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, as well as the Earl of Sussex. At St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, on 13 March 1879, Arthur married Princess Louise Margaret of Prussia, the daughter of Prince Frederick Charles and a great-niece of the German Emperor, Arthur's godfather, Wilhelm I. In 1911, he was appointed as Governor General of Canada, replacing the Earl Grey as viceroy. He occupied this post until he was succeeded by the Duke of Devonshire in 1916. He acted as the King's, and thus the Canadian Commander-in-Chief's, representative through the first years of the First World War. After the end of his viceregal tenure, Arthur returned to the United Kingdom and there, as well as in India, performed various royal duties, while also again taking up military duties. Though he retired from public life in 1928, he continued to make his presence known in the army well into the Second World War, before his death in 1942. He was Queen Victoria's last surviving son. These quality cannon were reputedly fired in salute at the Duke of Connaught’s wedding ceremony. The bronze cannon each measure 11 ½” overall length and are 10 Bore. The bores of each cannon are clean and their touch holes open. The cannon are working models of the weapons used on British War Ships in Napoleonic times (there are no visible manufacturer, date or proof marks). Each cannon is mounted on their original Mahogany wheeled deck carriages with blackened bronze fittings including thick rings on the left & right sides of each carriage which would be used for tying the cannon down prior to firing. Each cannon mounted on their carriages are 14 1/2" overall length and 9 1/2" wide. The price for this superb pair of bronze cannon with Victorian Royal connections includes UK delivery. NB. As antique black powder muzzle loading cannon no licence is required to own these items in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15200
£2,400.00

SOLD SOLD (21/05) Large 1810 Dated Indian / Afghan North West Frontier 26 Bore Flintlock Jezail Rifle With Brown Bess East India Company Lock, Wood Stock Ornately Decorated With Mother Of Pearl & Brass. Sn 15301 - 15301
The Jezail was a simple, cost-efficient and often handmade muzzle-loading long arm commonly used in British India, Central Asia and parts of the Middle East. Jezails were generally handmade weapons, and consequently they widely varied in their construction. Jezails were seen as very personal weapons, and unlike the typical military weapons of the time which were very plain and utilitarian, Jezails tended to be well crafted and were usually intricately decorated. Jezails tended to have very long barrels. The firing mechanism was typically either a matchlock or a flintlock. Since flintlock mechanisms were complex and difficult to manufacture, many Jezails used the lock mechanism from captured or broken Brown Bess muskets. The stocks were handmade and ornately decorated, featuring a distinctive curve which is not seen in the stocks of other muskets. The function of this curve is debated; it may be purely decorative, or it may have allowed the Jezail to be tucked under the arm and cradled tightly against the body, as opposed to being held to the shoulder like a typical musket or rifle. During the Anglo Afghan Wars the Jezail was the primary ranged weapon of Afghan warriors and was used with great effect against British troops. This is a very good quality Indian flintlock Jezail. It has a 41” long octagonal steel barrel with flared muzzle and brass barrel bands. The barrel has a brass bead fore sight and slotted block rear sight. The rifle is 26 Bore. The bore has staining and residue consistent with age and use and well defined rifling. It measures 55 ¾” overall length. The action is from a Brown Bess musket and is marked with the East India Company Rampant Lion mark together with 1810 date. Its wood stock is intricately hand inlaid with pieces of Mother of Pearl and brass. It has the typical Jezail curved butt. The wood and metal have the wear and patina to be expected of a native Indian weapon of its age. It has its original steel ram rod. As is common with these old native weapons the action does not function. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique flintlock weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15301
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (21/05) 1861 Dated British 1853 Pattern Enfield Tower 3 Band .577 Calibre Percussion Rifle With Volunteer Regiment Mark. Sn 15302 - 15302
This is a very good original Enfield Tower 3-band Percussion Rifle in .577" calibre. It is stamped on the action plate ‘Tower’ (Enfield), 1861 date and Crown VR (Victoria Regina). It has all original woodwork with brass butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang & fore end block. It has its original steel ramrod & single sling swivel. It has a block & blade foresight and ladder rear sight. The barrel has proof/ inspection marks. The butt plate tang is Volunteer Regiment marked (unknown Regiment markings illustrated). Total length is 54” with a 39" barrel. The barrel's rifled bore is clean. The metal has original finish and the wood has just minor bumps and bruises to be expected with age and service use. The stock has a Birmingham WD roundel. The cocking and firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique, obsolete calibre, percussion rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 15302
£0.00

RARE, MATCHING NUMBERS, Pre 1863 American Civil War Smith’s 1857 Patent .50” Calibre Break Action Percussion Cavalry Carbine Massachusetts Arms Co Distributed By Poultney & Trimble of Baltimore, Maryland With Leather Sling. Sn 15323 - 15323
The Smith Carbine is a .50” calibre breech loading rifle patented by Gilbert Smith on June 23, 1857. The weapon successfully completed the Military Trials of the late 1850s and was used by various Cavalry units during the American Civil War. The Smith Carbine was unique in that it broke apart in the middle for loading by depression of a break lever located within the trigger guard and it used rubber cartridges which sealed the gases in the breech. The downside was that these cartridges were difficult to remove. The carbines were built by the Massachusetts Arms Company in Chicopee Falls and other American manufacturers . The name of the distributor for the manufacturer, Poultney & Trimble of Baltimore, Maryland, is often stamped on the carbine's receivers. Early versions are often known to modern collectors as Artillery models, but all Smiths were issued to Cavalry units. Saddle bars and rings were only added to these carbines after 1863. This is an excellent original example of these rare carbines made pre 1863 and correctly without saddle bar & ring. The metal work has even patina throughout with no rust and original finish. Its wood work is all original with just the knocks bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. The carbine has a 21 ½” barrel which has a clean bore and crisp rifling. The carbine measures 38 ½” overall. It has a steel butt plate, trigger guard with extended tang, dolphin hammer, flip up graduated ladder rear sight, pinched fore sight and sling swivels fitted with leather sling. The trigger guard has the correct barrel release lever and the top of the frame and barrel have the correct flat barrel release bar. The frame is crisply stamped with Mass arms co name & address, Smith’s 1857 patent detail and by the distributor Poultney & Trimble of Baltimore, Maryland (all illustrated). The barrel block and trigger block have matching numbers ‘4806’. The loading and firing actions work perfectly. The price for this rare American Civil war piece includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre percussion rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15323
£1,895.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 15/05) RARE, C1890 & Into WW2 Japanese Officer’s Kyu Gunto (Old Military) Knuckle Bow Sword With Koto Pre 1600 Ancient Family Blade, C1890 Mounts, Officer’s Tasselled Cord, Steel Scabbard & Leather Field Service Cover. Sn 15309 - 15309
The first standard sword of the Japanese military was known as the kyu gunto (old military sword). Murata Tsuneyoshi (1838–1921), a Japanese general who previously made guns, started making what was probably the first mass-produced substitute for traditionally made swords. These swords are were carried in both the Sino-Japanese War (1894–1895) and the Russo-Japanese War (1904–1905). The kyu gunto was used from 1875 until 1934, and many styles closely resembled European and American swords of the time. Some of these swords were handed down to Sons of Officer’s and carried into WW2 by them often built using old family blades. This is not a mass produced Kyu Gunto but is one of the rarer examples with an old family blade. This excellent, original, Japanese Kyu Gunto sword & scabbard is as found and un-messed with. The sword has the correct fish skin bound grip with wire binding which is tight and intact. It has the correct ‘D’ shaped knuckle bow guard with finger guard, brass grip strap & pommel cap. The hilt is fitted with its original tasselled Officer’s cord and C1890 mounts. The blade is an Koto pre 1600 ancient family blade with cut down multi holed unsigned tang. The cutting edge is now 26 ¼” long and was 28” when 1st made, a sure sign of good age. The blade is clean with no damage. The blade is sharp. The sword measures 34” overall length and is carried in its wood scabbard with leather field service cover which has 2 press studs at the throat. The scabbard has its original single hanging ring. All leather and stitching of the cover are intact. The price for this Japanese officer’s sword with ancient family blade no doubt handed down from father to son and no doubt carried into WW2 where it was captured or surrendered includes UK delivery. Sn 15309
£0.00

WW2 High Grade Showa-To Japanese Officer's Seki Arsenal Sword With Signed Tang 'SAKA MUKI KANE SHIGE SAKU' & Oil Tempered Blade With Scabbard. Sn 15294 - 15294
This is an excellent original WW2 Japanese Officers sword and scabbard. The sword has a fish skin handle bound with cord. It has its original copper and brass fittings including floral Menuki. The pommel its original lanyard ring. The hilt has a push button scabbard retaining catch which works as it should. The tang is signed with Japanese script characters including the Sword Smith’s name 'SAKA MUKI KANE SHIGE SAKU' and seki arsenal mark (see Fuller & Gregory list No. 106 Oshigata 28 & 29 for reference. Men using these kanji worked as Gunto Smiths 1938-1944 see Markus seko page No 269). The cutting edge of the blade is 26” length. The blade with well defined wave hamon, is sharp and has just staining consistent with age. The sword is carried in its original steel scabbard with single hanging ring. The scabbard has just small light dents consistent with age and service use. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15294
£1,295.00

RARE, WW2 1943 Dated Shin Gunto Japanese Army Officer's Sword With Quality Gendaito Showa Period Hand Forged Blade With Double Signed Tang ‘BIZEN JU ICHI HARA NAGA MITSU SAKU’ & Red Steel Scabbard. ED 2240 - ED 2240
This is an original WW2 dated Japanese Officer's sword with its scabbard. It has a 26 ¾” clean Gedaito hand forged blade with superb wave hamon. The tang is nicely signed on both sides with Japanese script characters which are the Smith’s details and date ‘BIZEN JU ICHI HARA NAGA MITSU SAKU’ and ‘Showa Started 1926 1st Month (January) 18th Year Of Showa (1943)’. The smith made high grade Gendaito swords reputed to have the best cutting blades of the war years (see John Slough Page 123-125, Markus Sesko Vol II Page 249, Fuller & Gregory list numbers 292-294, Oshigata 59/60 190/ 61/110/132 for references). It is rare to find dated examples of his blades. The Olive green binding over the fish skin handle is complete and intact. It’s heavy brass tsuba & copper & brass fittings are original, correct and present (illustrated). The hilt has a scabbard retaining clip. It's pommel is holed for lanyard ring / wrist cord which is absent. The sword is complete with it's steel scabbard with ornate fittings. The scabbard retains its single brass hanging ring and retains its original red lacquered finish. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2240
£1,395.00

sold sold (10/05) C1906-1907 B.S.A. .177 Calibre Underlever Air Rifle. Sn 15269 - 15269
This is an original B.S.A. air rifle made C1906-1907. It has even patina and has its original wood stock with chequered wrist panels. It's steel butt plate is undamaged. The wood has just light bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. The rifle measures 43 ½” overall with a 19 ½” barrel. It has a blade foresight and adjustable dial rear sight. It is serial number 11693 (Page 147 of Knibb's book 'The BSA & Lincoln Jeffries Air Rifles' indicates the serial number to be in the range of Fifth batch BSA Standard & Light Pattern improved models made C1906-1907 although there is no 'S' (Standard) or 'L' (Light) serial number prefix on our example . The stock is impressed with BSA’s piled arms trademark. The cylinder is marked ‘BSA Air Rifle The Birmingham Small Arms Company Limited’. The loading tap is stamped ‘P.Pat’. The rifle's loading and firing actions work with a strong spring action. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 15269
£0.00

MINT Wilkinson Sword, Cased Commemorative Fairbairn Sykes 2nd Pattern FS Fighting Knife 'WW2 D-Day Invasion Sixth June 1944' Number 2102 With Etched Blade Commissioned by The American Historical Society With Original Numbered Certificate & Papers - 15319
The Normandy landings (codenamed Operation Neptune) were the landing operations on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 (termed D-Day) of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. The largest seaborne invasion in history, the operation began the liberation of German-occupied North Western Europe from Nazi control and contributed to the Allied victory in Europe. Prior to embarking on the mission American General Dwight Eisenhower addressed his troops ordering them to ‘Accept Nothing Less Than Full Victory’. This mint full size 2nd pattern FS Commando dagger was produced to Commemorate the 'WW2 D-Day Invasion Sixth June 1944' & Eisenhower’s inspirational order. The knife is in superb condition with all of its original plated finish. Its blade is etched on one side with decorative foliate panel and wording commemorating the Victory. The reverse is etched with the Wilkinson Sword London name & Crossed swords legend within a panel together with foliate decoration & the wording of Eisenhower’s order. The blade is numbered ‘2102’. The dagger is contained in its wooden case. The case has a hinged lid and clasp fasteners. The inside of the case is lined with felt & white material. It is contoured to snugly fit the dagger. The lining has D-Day commemorative lettering emblazoned in gold. The case contains its original numbered American Historical Society certificate of issue and inspection document. It also contains a printed reproduction of Eisenhower’s order which was issued with the these daggers. The price for this excellent WW2 commemorative piece includes UK delivery. Sn 15319
£575.00

Mid 1930s Japanese Arisaka Type 30 Bayonet And Scabbard. BAYO 282 - BAYO 282
This is a Japanese Arisaka Type 30 bayonet and scabbard made at the Kokura arsenal in the mid-1930s. The blade carries the 4 ring Kokura arsenal mark and the pommel carries the number 29354 denoting a bayonet made in the early production run of 157-228306. The scabbard is the standard metal ball tipped version. The bayonet has been rewirked and re-issued with a blued blade which was a common occurrence. See bayonets of Japan by Raymond C.Labar LB-73 page 96. The price includes UK delivery. BAYO 282
£225.00

Rare, Italian M 1891/97 Mannlicher Carcano Truppi Speciale Carbine Knife Bayonet , Scabbard And Frog. BAYO 282 - BAYO 283
This is an unusual and scarce bayonet issued to special troops who carried the Carcano carbine. The button catch on the top of the pommel and the locking slot is placed on the back of the pommel to fit the transversal stud on the carbine. The blade is fullered on both sides and the crossguard and caries the number BH 6857. The grips are made of wood held on by 2 rivets. The scabbard is brass mounted leather and carries the impressed mark of ARET 1931 next to the rear seam. The frog is the standard Italian leather version. See White and Watts NO 433 on pages 190 and 195. The price includes UK delivery. BAYO 283
£275.00

MINT Wilkinson Sword Cased Commemorative Fairbairn Sykes 2nd Pattern FS Fighting Knife 'Battle Of The Bulge' Number 2102 With Etched Blade Commissioned by The American Historical Society With Original Numbered Certificate & Papers. Sn 15320 - 15320
U.S. General Anthony Clement "Nuts" McAuliffe was the acting Division Commander of the 101st Airborne Division defending Bastogne, Belgium, during World War II's Battle of the Bulge (16th December 1944 - 26th January 1945). He is famous for his single-word reply of "Nuts!" in response to a German surrender ultimatum. After the Battle of the Bulge, McAuliffe was given command of his own division, the 103rd Infantry Division. This mint full size 2nd pattern FS Commando dagger was commissioned by the American Historical Society to Commemorate the WW2 Battle of the Bulge, McAuliffe's defiant response & the Americans stoic defence. The knife is in superb condition with all of its original finish. Its blade is blued and gilt etched on one side with decorative foliate panel and wording commemorating the battle, the US Forces stoic defence & McAuliffe's legendary response to the Germans. The reverse is etched with the Wilkinson Sword London name & Crossed swords legend within a panel. The blade is numbered 2102. The dagger is contained in its original case. The case has a hinged lid and 2 clasp fasteners. The inside of the case is lined with felt & white material. It is contoured to snugly fit the dagger. The inside of the lid has wording to commemorate the battle of the Bulge emblazoned in Gold. The case contains its original numbered American Historical Society certificate of issue, an account of the action where McAuliffe gave his defiant response and a printed portrait of the American General Patton, all of which were issued with the these daggers. The price for this excellent WW2 commemorative piece includes UK delivery. Sn 15320
£575.00
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