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**SOLD**SOLD**12/6**Victorian Parker Field & Sons London, Chatham Prison Officer’s Hanger Sidearm With Etched Blade ‘Chatham Prison’ & Scabbard. Sn 16267 - 16267
Chatham Prison was located near the Dockyard on the site that later became HMS Pembroke Royal Naval Barracks. Today the Site is used by Canterbury Christ Church University. The Prison was built in the early 1850's and was purposely built to house 1,200 serious long term Convicts. Before the Prison was built the prisoners were accommodated in prison ships constructed from former Warships. Prisoners were made to work long hours and discipline was harsh. In 1861 there was a major riot at the Prison and there was much damage. As punishment many prisoners were chained and locked in their cells for a week, some suffered the lash. The Prisoners resented the Warders and one Warder was murdered a few years later. In the 1860's the Convicts were used to build the Victorian extension to the Dockyard. After all the work was finished in 1885 some prisoners were transferred to other Prisons. As there was less work to do the Prison became run down and was finally closed in 1893. The Prison was demolished in 1897 and the construction of HMS Pembroke Royal Naval Barracks commenced on the site. This is an original Victorian Prison Officer’s hanger marked to Chatham Prison & scabbard. It has a fullered 21 ¾” swept blade which has staining to be expected with age (27 ½” overall). The blade has an etched panel on one side ‘Chatham Prison’ and the reverse has an etched foliate panel with very faint manufacturer detail ‘Parker Field & Sons 233 Holborn London’ (all illustrated). The fish skin handle has just light service wear with correct Prison Officer’s steel knuckle guard & stepped pommel. The leather scabbard has brass mounts. The throat mount has a frog button. The leather has just light scuffs consistent with age and service use. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16267
£0.00

Victorian Malacca Sword Stick With Etched Triangular Form Blade, Solid Polished Horn Handle Inlaid With Antique Ivory Roundels & Scabbard. Sn 16359 - 16359
This is an attractive Victorian Sword Stick. The curved polished horn handle has a large 1” wide copper collar which is tooled with a foliate design and void shield (illustrated). It has triangular form blade etched on all sides with geometric and foliate patterns . The 24 ¼” long blade is straight, clean and tapers to a pin sharp point. The sword stick itself measures 30 ½” overall length. The sword stick measures 34 ½” overall in its scabbard. The scabbard has a conical brass end cap and horn ferrule at the throat. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16359
£575.00

Victorian Malacca Sword Stick With Birmingham Sterling Silver Hall Marked Collar, Superb Cruciform Blade, Stag Horn Handle & Scabbard. Sn 16358 - 16358
This is an attractive Victorian Sword Stick. The Curved stag horn handle has a large 1” wide Birmingham sterling silver hallmarked collar which is tooled with a foliate design and void silver shield. The silver hallmark is indistinct but the Birmingham Anchor mark is visible (all illustrated). It has a fine cruciform blade The 20 ½” long blade is straight, clean and tapers to a pin sharp point. The sword stick itself measures 26 ½” overall length. The sword stick measures 31 ½” overall in its scabbard. The scabbard has a conical brass end cap and silver ferrule at the throat. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16358
£495.00

RARE, British 1830 Pattern Pioneers Sawback Short Sword Sidearm With Georgian Form Lions Head Brass Hilt & Rare To Find Original Scabbard. Sn 16368 - 16368
This is a rare to find 1830 Pattern British Pioneers Sawback Short Sword Sidearm. These weapons do not appear to have had any official designation and are the forerunner of the 1856 pattern Pioneer’s side arm. The Lions head pommel is very much indicative of Georgian military styling. Not many of these swords are found with their original scabbards and they do not normally have Regiment markings (see page 169 of World swords by Withers). It has a broad 22 ½” long blade with deeply cut sawback section . The blade has just staining consistent with age. The weapon has no visible manufacturer, date or Regiment marks. It has a heavy ribbed Brass handle with full knuckle bow, slotted for lanyard. The tip of the cross guard stirrup is absent. It has the correct Lions head pommel with mane on the brass grip strap. The sidearm is complete with original leather scabbard with brass mounts. The brass mounts have areas of light denting and all leather is intact with just light surface scuffs. The stitched rear seam is absent some areas of stitching, all consistent with age and service use. The price for this historic edged weapon, rare to find with scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 16368
£575.00

WW1 Era Imperial German Kingdom of Wurttemberg Army Officer’s Clamshell Sword By Weyersberg Solingen With Regiment Marked ‘B.K.122 L II’ to the Bezirkskommando Landwehrbezirke 122 (weapon number ) II (District 2) & Scabbard. Sn 16367 - 16367
WW1 Era Imperial German Kingdom of Wurttemberg Army Officer’s Clamshell Sword By Weyersberg Solingen With Regiment Marked ‘B.K.122 L II’ to the Bezirkskommando Landwehrbezirke 122 (weapon number ) II (District 2) & Scabbard. Sn 16367 This is an original, WW1 Era, German Kingdom of Wurttemberg Army Officer’s Sword & Scabbard. The Sword is in very good condition. It has a single edged, fullered, 30” blade. The blade is manufacturer marked ‘Gebr Weyersberg Solingen’. The blade has just light staining consistent with age. Its brass cross guard, knuckle bow, & urn shaped pommel are undamaged. The hilt’s clamshell is cast with the heraldic arms of the Kingdom of Württemberg. The arms show an impalement of the three antlers that represent Wurttemberg on the dexter (viewer's left) side, and the three lions passant of medieval Swabia on the sinister(viewer's right) side and banner with motto ‘Furchtlos und treu’ (Fearless & Loyal). See page 462 of ‘Swords Of Germany’ by Angolia where an illustrated sword although different in form, has a hilt with the same Wurttemberg heraldic arms on the hilt. It has an undamaged chequered horn grip. The hilt is stamped with Regiment mark ‘B.K.122 L II’ to the Bezirkskommando Landwehrbezirke 122 (weapon number ) II (District 2) . The district commanders of the Bezirkskommando were high ranking Officers responsible for training and supply of Landwehr (military) districts (see page 32 of German Small Arms Markings by Gortz & Bryans where the Regiment mark B.K is Identified as Bezirkskommando’. The sword is complete with its original black leather scabbard with brass mounts. The mounts have some denting and the leather some service wear to be expected with age. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16367
£475.00

WW2 Japanese NCO's Type 95 Katana With Seki Swords Company & Kokura Arsenal Marks & Scabbard. Sn 16361 - 16361
This is an original WW2 Japanese NCO's Katana and scabbard in as found un-messed with condition. The sword has the typical brown painted aluminium cast handle with lanyard ring and fully functioning scabbard retaining clip. The handle retains much of its original colour. Its fullered, 27 ¼” blade is crisply stamped '100516' 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 retains its original olive green paint. It has just light surface wear consistent with age and service use. The throat of the scabbard is stamped with indistinct numbers ‘***399’. This piece is clearly a bring back, surrendered or recovered from the battlefield. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16361
£675.00

**SOLD**SOLD**28/5 Ancient Japanese Sword Blade With Signed Tang ‘SUKE SADA’, Pronounced Hamon & Protective Japanese Maple Wood Hilt & Scabbard With Original Hozon Assessment Documents From Japan, Translation Notes & Later Colourful Silk Bag. - 16320
This ancient Japanese sword blade is in superb condition with pronounced hamon & full polish. The blade has a cutting edge of 25 ¾” and has a smith signed tang. This blade was sent to Japan and assessed by a panel of sword smith judges. The sword is accompanied by original judgement documents from the Nipon Bijujsu Token Hozon Kai with stylised Japanese script, ink stamps and an original photograph of the blade tang taken during the assessment. Exerts from the assessment are illustrated in the images. In the accompanying documents numbered 29201701 and 3015209 the blade is assessed to have been made by the smith ‘Suke Sada’ (the sword smith Suke Sada is recorded as working in Osafune Village, Bizen Province C1715. See Toko Taikan page TK-701 & Hawley SUK-946 for reference). The assessment continues to describe the blade as ‘Hozon' (worthy of preservation) and has the stamped seal of Judges. The documents have been translated by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg and photocopies of the original Japanese assessment documents with his hand written translation notes are also included. To protect the blade it is fitted with a Japanese Maple wood hilt and scabbard in superb condition. The weapon comes with a quality made, later silk bag with embroidered designs of Dragons & Flowers. The bag is clean and has tasselled gold cords. The price for ancient blade with original Japanese Hozon papers and translation notes includes UK delivery. Sn 16320
£0.00

WW1 Era British Kings Crown Henry Wilkinson Royal Navy Officer’s Sword Retailed By Gieves With Etched & Ordnance Proofed Blade, Bullion Cord, Portepee and Scabbard With Leather Transit Cover & RN Sword Belt With Hanging Straps By Gieves . Sn 16303 - 16303
This is an excellent WW1 era British Royal Navy Officer’s Sword and Scabbard with Cover and sword belt with straps. The sword has a clean single edged straight blade which is 31½” in length with central fuller (37 ½” overall). The blade is crisply etched with Naval fouled anchor & foliate panels on both sides together with King’s crown and heraldic arms. The riccaso is marked on one side by the manufacturer Henry Wilkinson Pall Mall London together with Royal Warrant and the reverse has the ordnance acceptance proof star with inlaid roundel and retailer mark ‘Gieves’ together with their office addresses and Royal appointment. The back of the blade is numbered '44187' (Wilkinson keep records of their sword manufacture and this number may assist to determine when & by who this sword was commissioned). It has a gilt brass lions head with mane pommel and grip strap & full knuckle guard with the Royal Navy Kings Crown and fouled anchor motif. The sword’s fish skin grip with bullion wire binding is undamaged. Attached to the guard is its bullion cord and portepee. The sword is complete with its black leather scabbard which has gilt brass mounts and 2 hanging rings. The throat mount has a n embossed shield with Henry Wilkinson manufacturer detail. The scabbard has a retaining clip which functions as it should, holding the sword securely in the scabbard. The sword is accompanied by its original black leather cover with chamois leather lining with full flap top and buckle fastener. Also included is an original Officer’s RN sword belt. The black leather belt has the correct gilded brass King’s Crown buckle with laurel wreath and marine fouled anchor and gilded brass hanging bars, straps and sprung clips. The belt is marked by Gieves together with their Royal Appointment. The belt is 37” length and 1 ½” wide. The price for this complete Royal Navy officer’s sword set includes UK delivery. Sn 16303
£675.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 23/05) RARE, 1715 ANCIENT BLADE Japanese Wakizashi Short Sword With Double Signed Tang ‘SUKE SADA’, Pronounced Hamon & Scabbard With Signed Kodzuka Short Knife, Cord & Later Colourful Silk Bag. Sn 16319 - 16319
This is an original Japanese Wakizashi Short Sword with ancient blade. The Wakizashi’s 19 ¼”blade is undamaged and has pronounced hamon. The tang is crisply signed on both sides with Japanese script which roughly translates to ‘Made by Suke Sada Living in Osafune Village, Bizen Province On a Day in February 1715’ (see Toko Taikan page TK-701 & Hawley SUK-946 for reference). The hilt has quality fittings and cord bound fish skin handle with floral menuki. The brass hilt Kodzuka short knife has tooled foliate decoration to one side of the hilt and the 3 ¾” steel blade has faint Japanese script characters on one side. The lacquered wood scabbard is undamaged with original finish and is fitted with brown cord. The Kodzuka fits neatly into a purpose made slot near to the throat of the scabbard. The weapon comes with a quality made, later silk bag with colourful embroidered designs of long tailed Ho Ho Birds, Dragons & Flowers. The bag is clean and has tasseled gold cords. The price for this Wakizashi with ancient blade includes UK delivery. Sn 16319
£0.00

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
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