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SOLD SOLD (17/05) Ancient Hand Forged Nobukini Sword Smith, Family Blade WW2 / Malaya Campaign Japanese Officer’s Sword With WW2 Mounts, Officer’s Tasselled Cord & Scabbard Surrendered To British Corporal T/14943466 Evans J RASC. - 16285
Corporal T/14943466 Evans. J served with the Royal Army service Corps (RASC) during WW2 and in Malaya 1945-1947 as part of the 2nd Division. On re-organisation of the 2nd Division in 1947 the Corporal, received a Divisional commendation from Major General J.B. Churcher of the 2nd Division, thanking him for his service in Malaya. During his War service the Corporal captured this Japanese sword. It was surrendered to him by Japanese Captain T. Kuroki and is accompanied by its original note of surrender dated 20th October 1946 & signed by the Japanese Captain. In the note addressed to Corporal Evans, the Captain describes the sword as ‘ I certify that this sword was tempered by one of the most famous swordsmiths in Japan some 350 years ago named Nobukuni at the reign of Tokugawa Shogunet Governmet’ and goes on to describe the importance of Japanese swords in the Samurai Warrior culture (the first generation Nobukuni was from Yamashiro Province. He was the son of Ryôkai Hisanobu and he is thought to have been one of the three great students of Soshu Sadamun . He was active in the early to mid 1300’s. The second generation Nobukuni made blades in the middle of the 1300’s while the third generation of smiths by this name worked in the last decade of the 1300’s through about 1430 in the Oei era. Following him in the Oei era there were two Nobukuni smiths of high repute. The first was Minamoto Saemon no Jo Nobukuni and the second was Minamoto Shikibu no Jo Nobukuni. The third generation Nobukuni & successive generations of smiths by this name continued to make high quality blades). The sword also comes with its original British ‘certificate of retention of enemy equipment’ dated 26th February 1947 signed by the Colonel of HQ 555 Sub Area Malaya authorising Corporal Evans to retain the sword as his own property. The sword in its scabbard and with its original papers were recently found by the family of Corporal Evans, shortly after his death, concealed behind a wardrobe in his family home. The sword has a WW2 era hilt with fish skin handle bound with cord. It has its original high quality copper and brass fittings including floral Menuki. The pommel is holed for lanyard and is fitted with an original Officer’s tasselled cord which is in excellent clean condition. The cutting edge of the hand forged blade is 26 ½” length and is sharp. The blade is undamaged but has staining consistent with age, the blade has wave hamon but is indistinct and would benefit from professional polishing to bring out the full lustre. The tang is un-signed. The steel scabbard has single hanging ring and retains its original brown paint and ornate mounts. At the throat the scabbard has an original section of stitched leather field service cover. The scabbard has no dents. The price for this sword worthy of further research includes UK delivery and all of the original paperwork described and illustrated in the images. Sn 16285
£0.00

RESERVED RESERVED WW2 1944 American Soldier’s Sutton & Sons Ltd Private Purchase Alloy Hilt Knuckle Knife To ‘S. Gray’ Marked With Battle Honours ‘D Day France & Germany’ And Matching 1944 Dated Leather Scabbard. Sn 16257 - 16257
This is an original WW2 dated alloy hilt knuckle knife. These close quarter combat knives were popular American G.I. private purchase weapons. Similar knuckle knives are illustrated on page 71 of Theatre Made Military Knives Of World War II by Bill & Debbie Wright. This is an excellent original example made by Sutton & Sons Ltd in 1944 with original matching date scabbard. It has the correct cast alloy grip with 4 finger rings. The hilt is stamped by the manufacturer ‘Sutton & Sons Ltd’ and dated ‘1944’. The hilt also has period applied hand inscribed wording ‘S.Gray’ repeated 3 times, most likely the name of the American Soldier who bought this weapon and ‘D.Day France & Germany’ most likely applied by the Soldier after his service in those theatres of war. The hilt retains traces of original green paint. Its polished 7 ¼” steel single edged Bowie type blade is undamaged. The knife measures 11” overall length. It is complete with its original leather scabbard with integral riveted rear belt loop. The front of the scabbard is impressed with stylised American eagle and the name ‘S. Gray’. The belt loop is dated ‘44’ (1944), numbered ‘0794’ and has a small manufacturer’s cartouche roundel. The body of the scabbard has reinforced stitched edges and rows of round top metal staples. The price for this fighting knife worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 16257
£745.00

WW2 Era leather Japanese Nambu Type 14 Clam Shell Pistol Holster. Sn 16308 - 16308
An excellent WW2 era brown leather clam shell holster for the Nambu Type 14 Pistol. Complete with hard front cover, closing strap and stud. It has a rear belt loop for belt carry and pair of steel hanging rings for shoulder strap carry. Under the clam shell cover stitched to the body is a n ammunition pouch with flap cover and stud fastener. The inside of the pouch are 12 stitched leather loops to hold individual rounds of pistol ammunition. There are no manufacturer or date marks on the holster. All leather and stitching is clean and intact. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 16308
£495.00

WW2 Hungarian FEG Model 1937 (37M) 9mm Semi Automatic Pistol Tan Leather Holster As Procured For Nazi Luftwaffe Use. L 317 - L 317
Manufactured by Fémáru Fegyver- és Gépgyár R.T. Budapest (FEG) , the 9mm Model 1937 (37M) semi automatic pistol was adopted by the Hungarian Armed Forces in 1937 & were used throughout WW2 by Hungarian troops. They were procured independently by the Nazi German Luftwaffe after occupation of the country (see page 206 of German Pistols & Holsters1934-1945 by Whittington). This original WW2 era tan leather holster with full flap cover & magazine carrier to the right aspect is in excellent condition. The flap has a single steel stud which fastens to a leather tab retaining strap with eyelet on the front of the holster’s body. The open top of the magazine carrier is covered by the holster flap when closed. The rear of the holster has a single belt loop. There are no manufacturer or date marks on this holster. All leather & stitching are intact. The price includes UK delivery. L 317
£375.00

WW2 Nazi German Marked Czech CZ Model 27 7.65 mm Semi Automatic Pistol Holster. L 320 - L 320
CZ Model 27 pistols were manufactured in WW2 by Germany in occupied Czechoslovakia . This is an original Nazi marked CZ Model 27 pistol holster (see page 207 of German Pistols & Holsters1934-1945 by Whittington where a Mod 27 holster with the same Nazi waffenanmt and configuration is illustrated). The holster made of dark brown cow hide has a single retaining strap, single steel stud fastener and full flap cover. The front aspect of the holster's body has a single open top magazine carrier, the top of which is covered when the flap is closed. The rear of the holster has a single belt loop. The back of the holster is waffenamt ‘WaA76’. All stitching and leather of the holster are intact. The price includes UK delivery and deactivation certificate. L 320
£195.00

Nazi German M98 Fireman’s (Faschinenmesser) Dress Bayonet By Ernst Pack & Sohne Solingen & Scabbard. BAYO 412 - BAYO 412
This is an original Nazi Fireman's dress bayonet and scabbard. The basic design is taken from the standard military dress bayonet but is without the rifle mortise and stud button (see 'German Clamshells' book pages 125 - 131 by Gary L. Walker and R. J. Weinand). The cross guard is lengthened to give a re curve appearance. It has a clean polished 9 ¾” blade with fullers. The blade is crisply marked by the maker Ernst Pack & Sohne Solingen together with their trademark and has its original leather hilt washer. It has undamaged chequered grips secured with two rivets. The hilt and cross guard are chrome plated. The chrome plating has some small areas of wear consistent with age. It comes with the correct scabbard which is free of dents. The scabbard retains its original black paint finish and has the correct fixed frog bar. The price includes UK delivery. BAYO 412
£225.00

British WD 1853 Pattern Socket Bayonet & WD Scabbard. BAYO 413 - BAYO 413
This is a standard 1853 pattern bayonet with an overall length of 20.5", a blade length of 17" and a socket length of 3". The muzzle ring diameter is 20mm. The blade is marked with an arrow over W.D. and an inspection stamp. The scabbard is the standard black leather and brass and this also has a very clear broad arrow over W.D. stamped into the leather under the tear drop frog stud, (see Skennerton's item B145, pages 105-109). The price includes UK delivery. BAYO 413
£225.00

RESERVED RESERVED WW2 Australian WD Whittingslowe Engineering Wood Hilt Fighting Knife & Kangaroo Leather Scabbard. ED 2427 - ED 2427
William Thomas Whittingslowe was born in Wales in 1888 & arrived in Australia in 1912. He set up an Engineering firm specialising in ironworking & knife manufacturer. During WW2 he produced commando & other fighting knives for the Australian Government. This is one of his WW2 fighting knives made for the Australian WD. The 6” spear point blade is sharp and has just staining consistent with age. The blade is marked on one side with Whittingslowe Engineering’s combined ‘WE’ mark. Its original, undamaged, slab wood scales are secured by 3 rivets. Its cross guard has a poorly stamped Broad Arrow mark. The original Kangaroo skin leather scabbard has a retaing strap with press stud fastener and a wire belt bar. The riveted and stitched scabbard is clean and intact (see page 174 in 'The British and Commonwealth Military Knives' book by Ron Flook. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2427
£475.00

MINT, Boxed, Post 1978, Webley Tempest .22 Calibre Air Pistol & Accessories. AI 687 - AI 687
The Webley Tempest was introduced in 1978. This is a near mint , boxed example in .22 Calibre. The pistol has all of its original blue finish and fires with a strong spring action. The body is marked with the Webley & Scott manufacture's detail and 'Webley Tempest' model detail. It has excellent undamaged contoured target grips & a thumb operated safety catch. The pistol is contained in its original foam lined cardboard box with hinged lid. The accessories consist of its illustrated instruction leaflets, a plastic bag with a quantity of .22 calibre lead pellets and a small allen key tool. The price includes UK delivery. NB As a post 1939 Air Weapon the restrictions of the Crime Reduction Bill apply to the sale and delivery of this item. AI 687
£275.00

SOLD SOLD (23/05) English, 1799-1833, Theophilus Richards, Birmingham, 3 Bore Flintlock Blunderbuss With Integral Folding Bayonet. Sn 16316 - 16316
This an excellent Flintlock Blunderbuss made By Theophilus (Theop's) Richards a quality English Gun maker & Silver gun furniture maker located at various premises on High Street Birmingham between 1799-1833. Between 1818 & 1833 his premises were known as 'The Royal Patent Waterproof Gun Manufactory' where patents for waterproof locks fashionable in the day were produced. Two Theophilus Richards are recorded. One the Father of the renowned gunmaker William Wesley Richards, the other his elder Brother (see page 50 of English Gunmakers By Bailey & Nie). This Blunderbuss is 30” overall with a 14” steel cannon barrel with flared muzzle. The smooth bore has just staining consistent with age. The flared muzzle opening is a large 30mm (approx. 3 Bore). It has a steel swan neck hammer fitted with flint, Walnut full stock and brass mounts including butt plate, trigger guard with acanthus bud finial & ramrod mounts. The steel lock plate is nicely marked by the maker 'Theop’s Richards'. The top of the barrel is also signed ‘Theop’s Richards’ and has crisp black powder proofs. It has its original wood ramrod with brass end cap. The blunderbuss has its original integral folding bayonet mounted on top of the barrel which is retained by a spring clip at the muzzle end & sliding catch at the breech. The spring clips works correctly and the 11 ½” triangular shaped blade tapers to a pin sharp point. The weapon’s cocking and firing actions work as they should. The price for this Blunderbuss which was made by a relative of the famous London based William Wesley Richards & worthy of further research 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 private collection or display. Sn 16316
£0.00

EXTREMELY RARE & UNIQUE, 1856-1864, Colt 1855 Patent Root’s Side Hammer .56 Calibre 5 Shot Cap & Ball Revolving Saddle Carbine Rifle With Saddle Ring & Victorian London Proofs Prize Rifle In 1866 To ‘Lc.Cl. S Moneypenny 19th Middlesex Rifle Volunteers - 16318
The Colt revolving rifles were early repeating rifles produced by the Colt's Manufacturing Company from 1856 until 1864. The design was essentially similar to revolver type pistols, with a rotating cylinder that held five or six rounds in a variety of calibres from .36 to .64 inches. In 1855, with his Model 1855 patent, Colt introduced a spur-trigger revolver that featured a fully enclosed cylinder. These handguns were officially named Side hammer revolvers, but they also were known as "Root" revolvers after Elisha K. Root, who at that time was employed as Colt's factory superintendent and Chief Engineer. These ‘Root’ side hammers are found on Colt 1855 patent revolving rifles. A combination of Colt revolving pistols and revolving rifles were used on the Pony Express by the eight men who guarded the dangerous run between Independence, Missouri, and Santa Fe. When doubts were expressed about the ability of these eight men to deliver the letters on this run reliably, the Missouri government declared that "these eight men are ready in case of attack to discharge 136 shots without having to reload. We have no fears for the safety of the mail." All mail deliveries on this route were completed safely. The U.S. Government had purchased 765 Colt revolving carbines and rifles prior to the Civil War. Many of these were shipped to southern locations and ended up being used by the Confederacy. After the war began, the Union purchased many more rifles and carbines. Sources disagree over the exact number purchased, but approximately 4,400 to 4,800 were purchased in total over the length of the war. The weapon performed superbly in combat, seeing action with the 21st Ohio Volunteer Infantry Union forces at Snodgrass Hill during the Battle of Chickamauga during the American Civil War.The volume of fire from this weapon proved to be so useful that the Confederate forces were convinced that they were attacking an entire division, not just a single regiment. This is an extremely rare, Colt 1855 Patent ‘Root’s Side Hammer .56 Calibre 5 Shot Cap & Ball Revolving Saddle Carbine Rifle. It is in excellent condition. It has a round steel barrel which is 21" long and the carbine size rifle is 39 ¾” overall length. The bore is clean with crisp rifling. It has a 5 shot revolving cylinder and the weapon’s single action firing mechanism functions perfectly. The frame is fitted with a steel saddle ring and it has the correct under lever captive ram rod which featured on the Colt pistols of the era. It has a brass blade fore sight and block ‘v’ notch rear sight graduated to 100 yards. The block has 2 folding ‘v’ notch leaf sights graduated to 300 and 600 yards. The cylinder & frame have Victorian London Black Powder proofs. The top of the frame is marked with Colt’s name and USA address and the cylinder is marked ‘Patented Sept 10th 1855 (55 is obscured by Victorian proof mark)’. The underside of the barrel is numbered ‘11784’. The original walnut stock is undamaged. It has a curved steel butt plate and brass trigger guard with extended tang with matching number ‘11784’. Uniquely, the stock is mounted with a silver presentation plate engraved ‘19th Middx R.V (British Army 19th Battalion Middlesex Rifle Volunteer Regiment) Presented By C** H.H. Williams Won By Lc.Cl. S Moneypenny). The price for superb piece of firearms history includes UK delivery. NB As an antique cap and ball firearm no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of collection or display. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16318
£9,750.00

RARE, American Civil War Sharps 1859 Patent, Sharps & Hankins Model 1862 Navy Model .52 Rim Fire Obsolete Calibre Breech Loading Carbine With Correct Rare To Find Leather Barrel Cover. Sn 16317 - 16317
Christian Sharps was in partnership with William Hankins from 1862 until 1866. Referred to as the Sharps & Hankins Model 1862 carbine, this weapon is an American Civil War .52 calibre, rim fire, breech loading firearm designed by Hartford, Connecticut native Christian Sharps. Presented is an excellent original specimen of the Sharps & Hankins Navy Model carbine (The only difference between the Navy Model to the Army version is that the Navy Model had a leather barrel cover secured by 2 screws at the breech end to protect against sea water). The carbines were produced by the Sharps and Hankins firm in Philadelphia, PA. They are chambered for the No. 56 Sharps & Hankins metallic cartridge. The weapon is 38 ¾” long overall. By operating the under lever, the barrel slides forward to accommodate the Sharps rim fire cartridge. The weapon has a 24” long, blued barrel. The barrel has a clean bore with crisp rifling. The barrel at the breech has the correct screws either side to secure its original and rare to find leather barrel cover. The cover has a stitched seam which is intact and the leather has scuffs consistent with age but no tears. It has a block & blade foresight and graduated tangent type rear sight. The right side of the frame is stamped ‘Sharps & Hankins Philada’. The left side ‘Sharps Patent 1859’. The walnut shoulder stock is original and undamaged. The butt plate is brass and it has a single sling swivel. The action tang is numbered 5953 and the loading lever has matching number. The loading and firing actions work as they should. This Sharps & Hankins Model 1862 Navy carbine is a rare Civil War arm. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre carbine no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 16317
£1,945.00
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