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WW2 Japanese Officer’s Sword With 1840 -1860 Hand Forged Old Family Blade, Sword Smith Signed Tang ‘Kishu Ju Nobi (or Nori) Katsu (Enju Nobu Katsu)’ Silver Family Mon, Scabbard & Translation. Sn 14351 - 14351
It was common practice for WW2 Japanese Officers use old family blades as their side arms and carry them into battle. This is a very good WW2 Japanese Officers Sword with old family blade & scabbard in as found, un-messed with condition. The sword has a fish skin handle bound with brown cord. It has its original copper and brass fittings including tsuba and floral menuki. The pommel has its original lanyard ring and has an inlaid silver family mon. The tang is crisply signed by the sword smith with Japanese script on one side ‘Kishu Ju Nobi (or Nori) Katsu’ (illustrated in image 2). We have struggled to find the sword smith as the 1st Kanji of the signature can be read in different ways Nobu or Nori. We believe the signature to be that of Enju Nobu Katsu, real name Take Naga Kizo Emon who worked as a smith C1840 to C1860. He died in 1871 aged 75 (see markus Sesko page 327 for reference). The original 21 ¼” hand forged blade has a couple of old finger marks to its original polish and light scratches to the sharp cutting edge. The hamon is Sugwa with Nie Deki. The sword measures 31 ¼” overall length. It is carried in its wood scabbard with polished ray skin cover. The scabbard has no damage but the covering has areas of wear consistent with age and use. A translation of the signature and image of the tang signature accompany this sword. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14351
£1,200.00

UNTOUCHED COLLECTOR’s CONDITION, WW2 Era Japanese Officer’s Seki Arsenal Sword With Special Order Fullered Blade & Scabbard With Field Combat Cover. Sn 14352 - 14352
This is a collector’s condition WW2 era Japanese Officers Sword & scabbard as found and un-messed with. The sword has a fish skin handle bound with brown cord. It has its original copper and brass fittings including tsuba and floral menuki. The pommel has its original lanyard ring. The tang is unsigned. The original 24” clean blade appears to be good quality pre war Seki arsenal work, special order fullered (lighter) oil tempered. The blade has pronounced, pointed gunome hamon. The sword measures 35 ½” overall length. It is carried in its wood scabbard with single hanging ring. The scabbard is fitted with its original leather field combat cover with a single brass stud near to the throat. All leather and stitching of the cover are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14352
£850.00

WW2 Era Japanese Officer’s Sword With 1936-1938 Seki Arsenal Blade, Period Civilian Mounts, Sword Smith Signed Tang ‘Seki Ju Ikami Sada Hiro Saku’ & Scabbard With Leather Covered Field Service Scabbard . Sn 14353 - 14353
This is a very good WW2 Japanese Officers Sword & scabbard in as found, un-messed with condition. The sword has a fish skin handle bound with green cord. It has its original copper and brass civilian fittings including tsuba and menuki. The tang is crisply signed by the sword smith with Japanese script on one side ‘Seki Ju Ikami Sada Hiro Saku’ (illustrated in image 2, see Fuller & Gregory list No 695 & Oshigata 194/270 for reference) and has a Seki Arsenal stamp. The original 26” Seki arsenal blade has areas of light staining consistent with age and service use. It has a sharp cutting edge. The blade has well pronounced typical San Bon Suji (Mino) hamon. The sword measures 36 ½” overall length. It is carried in its lacquered wood scabbard with WW2 era Leather field service cover. The throat of the cover has a single stud on one side that fastens to a leather washer with retaining strap and stud fastener on the hilt of the sword. The other side of the throat has 3 press stud fasteners. The scabbard has no damage but the covering has areas of wear consistent with age and use. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14353
£950.00

RESERVED WW2 Era Japanese Officer’s Sword With Late Shin Shinto Or Early Showa Hand Forged Blade & Scabbard With Leather Field Service Cover. Sn 14354 - 14354
This is a very good WW2 Japanese Officers Sword & scabbard in as found, un-messed with condition. The sword has a fish skin handle bound with brown cord. It has its original copper and brass fittings including tsuba and menuki. The tang is unsigned but is hand forged and made in the late Sin Shinto or early Showa period. The tang has 2 Mekugi holes. The original 27 ¼” blade has areas of light staining consistent with age and service use. It has a sharp cutting edge. The blade has well pronounced wave hamon. The sword measures 39 ½” overall length. It is carried in its wood scabbard with WW2 era Leather field service cover. The throat of the cover has a single stud on one side that fastens to a leather retaining strap. One end of the retaining strap has perished with age and become detached. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14354
£0.00

CAPTURED, WW2 Era Japanese Officer’s Showa -To Seki Arsenal Sword With Signed Tang ‘Noshu Seki Ju ?????? Sada Mitsu’ , Cord & Original Japanese Army Brass Dog Tags & Scabbard With Field Combat Cover. Sn 14355 - 14355
This is a very good WW2 era Japanese Officers Sword & scabbard as found and un-messed with. The sword has a fish skin handle bound with brown cord. It has its original copper and brass fittings including tsuba and floral menuki. The pommel is fitted with original cord and dog tag impressed with Japanese script characters, no doubt those of the original Officer who owned the sword during WW2 (it was common practice for Soldiers surrendering their swords to affix their dog tags or some other identification in the mistaken hope that post war the allies might return their swords to them). The tang is signed by the sword smith ‘Noshu Seki Ju ?????? Sada Mitsu (we are in the process of having the full signature translated. The translation will accompany the sword). The original 24 ¾” blade has oil tempered wave hamon (the hamon is visible but would benefit from a professional polish to bring out its full form & lustre). The sword measures 35 ¾” overall length. It is carried in its wood scabbard with single hanging ring. The scabbard is fitted with its original leather field combat cover with a single brass stud near to the throat. All leather and stitching of the cover are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14355
£1,095.00

HIGH GRADE MAKER, WW2 Era Japanese Officer's Katana Sword With Signed Tang ‘NOSU JU ASANO KANEZANE SAKU’ With Award Winning Sword Smith’s Seal, Special Order Blade & Steel Scabbard. Sn 14356 - 14356
This is a very good original WW2 Era Japanese Officer's Sword & scabbard in as found un-messed with condition. It has a 26 ½” inch blade (37 ¾” overall). The blade has pronounced wave hamon and would benefit from a professional polish to bring out its full lustre. The tang is crisply signed with Japanese script characters of the Sword Smith ‘NOSU JU ASANO KANEZANE SAKU’. The tang also has the Sword Smith’s ‘Kukuin’ or seal denoting special order blade (Asano Kanezane was awarded 2nd seat at the 1941 exhibition. He made High Grade blades, see page 76 of Modern Japanese Swordsmiths by Slough). The fish skin handle has brown cord binding and menuki. It has its original copper and brass fittings. The sword is complete with its original steel scabbard with brass fittings and hanging ring. The scabbard has a few small dents consistent with age and service use. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14356
£1,095.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY) WW2 Shin- Gunto Japanese Officer’s Sword Hand Forged Old Family Blade With 2 Fullers On One Side & One Fuller On The Reverse With Army Officer’s Cord & Steel Scabbard With Leather Field Service Cover. Sn 14357 - 14357
It was common practice for WW2 Japanese Officers use old family blades as their side arms and carry them into battle. This is a very good WW2 Japanese Officers Sword with old family blade & scabbard in as found, un-messed with condition. The sword has a fish skin handle bound with brown cord. It has its original copper and brass fittings including tsuba and floral menuki. The pommel has its lanyard ring which is fitted with the remnants of an original Japanese Officer’s blue & brown cord. The tassels of the cord are absent. The hilt has a push button scabbard retaining clip which functions as it should. The tang is un signed and has 2 mekugi peg holes. The original 25 ¾” hand forged blade is an old family blade, hand forged. The blade has a sharp cutting edge and has fullers. One side has 2 fullers, the other side one fuller. The Notare hamon is faded with old polish and would benefit from professional polishing to bring out its full form and lustre. The sword measures 36 ¼” overall length. It is carried in its steel scabbard with copper mounts which has its original WW2 era Leather field service cover. The throat of the cover has 2 press stud fasteners. The leather and stitching of the cover are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14357
£0.00

RESERVED , WW2 Japanese Naval Arsenal Smith Made Naval Officer's / Marine Landings Kai-Gunto Sword With ‘Sun Ray’ Fittings, Signed ‘Inanami’ With Naval Anchor Arsenal Marks & Wood Scabbard With Brass Naval Mounts & Rare Leather Campaign Combat Cover. - 14358
This is an excellent, original, rare to find WW2 Japanese Naval Officer’s / Marine Landings Kai-Gunto sword & scabbard, as found and un-messed with. These swords were carried into battle by Japanese Naval Officer’s during Marine landing assaults. The sword has a leather bound handle with brown cord binding and late war copper, iron and brass fittings. It has Naval ‘Sun Ray’ design on 2 of the hilt fittings. The pommel hole is fitted with a small cord loop. The tang has 2 Mekugi peg holes (one has a wooden mekugi peg the other unusually has a period brass peg). The tang is crisply marked on one side with Japanese script characters ‘Inanami’ no doubt the signature of the Naval arsenal smith who made this blade (see Fuller & Gregory List No 322 page 206 for reference). On the same side are 2 Naval inspection marks one in the form of an anchor within a roundel. The 24 ¾” murato oil tempered blade is excellent with no damage. The blade is sharp. The sword measures 35 ¾” overall length and is carried in its original wood scabbard with brass mount and single hanging ring. The scabbard is fitted with its rare to find black leather campaign combat cover. All leather and stitching of the cover are intact and it has 2 press stud fasteners at the throat. Price for this excellent Naval sword with signed tang includes UK delivery. Sn 14358
£1,450.00

WW2 Japanese NCO's Type 95 Katana With Seki Swords Company & Kokura Arsenal Marks & Scabbard. Sn 14359 - 14359
This is an original WW2 Japanese NCO's Katana and scabbard. The sword has the typical brown painted aluminium cast handle with lanyard ring hole and fully functioning scabbard retaining clip. The handle retains much of its original colour. Its fullered, 26 ¼” blade is crisply stamped '119767' and with inspection mark. The hilt is stamped with 1929-45 Kokura Arsenal marks and Seki Swords Company roundel (see pages 185 and 187 of Swords of Imperial Japan by Dawson) and inspection mark. It is complete with its original scabbard which has a single hanging ring. The scabbard is original and has surface wear consistent with age and service use. The throat of the scabbard is stamped with number ‘347441’. This piece is clearly a bring back, surrendered or recovered from the battlefield. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14359
£475.00

Japanese Wakizashi Short Sword With Mino School Work 19th Century Blade & Meiji Period Mounts (October 23rd 1868 to 30th July 1912) With Scabbard. ED 2190 - ED 2190
This is a Japanese Wakizashi short sword made for fighting single handed. It has a 12 ¼” long blade made in the 19th century most likely Mino school work. The blade has Notare hamon temperline and has no damage. It measures 18 ¼” overall length. The Tang is unsigned. Its handle has fish skin and green cord binding with Meiji period mounts together with period menuki & iron tsuba which has an embossed tree bark pattern. The hilt fittings are loose, the cord binding fish skin have surface wear and the blade would benefit from a professional polish to bring out the form and lustre of the hamon. The weapon is complete with lacquered wood scabbard which has its original Japanese dealer’s import label with Japanese script characters (many Japanese swords were imported into the UK by Tiffany’s and other famous dealers in C1890 into the 1920’s). The scabbard has areas of surface wear. The scabbard is slotted for Kozuka short knife which is absent. This piece would make an excellent restoration project and would benefit from some attention to the furniture. Price includes UK delivery. ED 2190
£475.00

ANCIENT BLADE, Japanese Wakizashi Short Sword With Early Edo Period Hand Forged Blade (C1600-1650) & Later 19th Century Mounts With Scabbard. ED 2191 - ED 2191
This is a Japanese Wakizashi short sword made for fighting single handed. It has a 13 ¾” long hand forged blade made in the early Edo period C1600-1650. The blade is of Hirazukuri shape (no ridge line) and the unsigned tang has 3 over drilled Mekugi peg holes. The blade has bright polish and no visible hamon. The blade is sharp with no damage. It measures 19 ¼” overall length. The Tang is unsigned. Its later handle has fish skin and black cord binding with floral Menuki, brasss and copper fittings and polished horn tsuba. The hilt fittings were most likely made in the 19th century. The weapon is complete with lacquered wood scabbard. The scabbard is undamaged & slotted for Kozuka short knife which is absent. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2191
£575.00

INERT DEACTIVATED. Museum Quality Hispano-Suiza HS 404 MKII 20mm Cannon Barrel In Transit Box. O 1245 - O 1245 / 12864
INERT DEACTIVATED. This is museum standard deactivated Hispano-Suiza HS 404 MKII 20mm replacement cannon barrel. The Hispano-Suiza HS 404 MKII cannon first entered service in 1941 and was fitted to a variety of British aircraft including the Supermarine Spitfire, Hawker Hurricane, Westland Whirlwind and Bristol Beaufighter and Hawker Typhoon. The gun became an upgrade for the standard armament of Browning .303 machine guns. This is an original Hispano-Suiza HS 404 MKII 20mm replacement cannon barrel which retains most of its original black finish in its fitted original olive green wooden transit case with rope handles at each of the box. The barrel is an impressive 68 inches long. The wooden transit case is 79 inches long. There is a worn printed label on the box lid with ‘acture and Research Co Ltd GRAN’ which is British Manufacture and Research Co Ltd at Grantham, their WW2 address and were better known as BMARC. BMARC also developed the HS804 30mm cannon experimentally during WW2, this being a larger calibre than the 20mm HS 404 but it was not adopted. No licence is required to possess this inert cannon barrel in the UK if retained as part of a collection or displays. Delivery is by arrangement and at cost. O 1245
£975.00
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