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WW2 1944 Japanese Sword With Gendaito Hand Forged Blade Signed Tang ‘(Baba) Tsugukiyo’, Civilian Mounts & Lacquered Black Scabbard. Sn 16598 - 16598
An original WW2 dated Japanese Sword. The Katana’s blade, which is in full polish, has a cutting edge of 27”.The tang is signed on both sides with crisp Smith’s name in Japanese script characters and date. The signature has been translated and the sword assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. His hand written notes accompany the sword. In extracts from his notes he states “Gendaito Hand Forged Blade by maker Baba tsugukiyo (Tsukuru Kore: respectfully worked). (The Japanese) date works out to August 1944. Blade with choji midare hamon with nie deki grain looks large wood grain itame. This sword was probably mounted in 1944 pattern gunto mounts indicated by 2 mekugi holes, now mounted as civilian katana with 19th century iron tsuba and soft metal fuchi. See John Slough’s book Modern Japanese Swordsmiths pa/no 177 listed as making medium to high grade Gendaito”. The brown binding over the shagreen handle is complete and intact. The sword is complete with its black lacquered wood scabbard which has a fixed hanging lug. The scabbard retains its original finish. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16598
£1,745.00

MINT, WW2 Japanese Officer's Sword With Han Dachi High Quality Half Tachi Mounts Signed Tang ‘Take Yama Yoshi Tomi’ & Lacquered Red Scabbard With Cord. Sn 16600 - 16600
An original WW2 Japanese Officer's Sword. The Katana’s Special Order blade, which is in full polish, has a cutting edge of 26”.The tang is signed on one side with crisp Smith’s name in Japanese script characters. The signature has been translated and the sword assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. His hand written notes accompany the sword. In extracts from his notes he states “A Han Dachi mounted sword. Meeiji period into showa quality mounts half tachi. Blade with large peaked unome hamon typical mino work. No grain visible has a seki arsenal stamp means made after 1939. Whole sword mint condition, see John Slough’s book Modern Japanese Swordsmiths pa/no 202 & Fuller & Gregory list No 505 Oshigatas 86 & 259”. The khaki binding over the shagreen handle is complete and intact with just light surface wear to be expected and all the fittings are original, correct and present (illustrated). The sword is complete with its red lacquered wood scabbard which has a fixed hanging lug fitted with cord. The scabbard retains its original finish. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16600
£1,745.00

SOLD SOLD (19/08) HIGH GRADE SHOWA-TO WW2 Japanese Officer's Shin-Gunto Sword With Special Order ‘Hot Stamped’ Blade Smith Signed Tang ‘Kane Shige’, Lieutenant To Captain Rank Tasselled Cord & Black Lacquered Scabbard. Sn 16599 - 16599
An original WW2 Japanese Officer's Sword. The Katana’s Special Order blade, in full polish, has a cutting edge of 27 ¼”.The tang is signed on one side with crisp Smith’s name in Japanese script characters and with the maker’s ‘hot stamp’. The signature has been translated and the sword assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. His hand written notes accompany the sword. In extracts from his notes he states “A high grade Showa-To special order blade, blade has full length groove both sides. Hamon is very tight Choji Midare Muji Hada. Signed Noshu (province) Seki (city) Kane Shige (art name) Saku (made this) the hot stamp used to indicate wrapped steel (Kobuse) construction (not Gendaito but High Grade Showa-To), see reference Sesko Swordsmiths 3 Vols A to K page No. 268, also John Slough’s book Modern Japanese Swordsmiths pa/no’s 64 & 65”. The brown binding over the shagreen handle is complete and intact and all the fittings are original, correct and present (illustrated). It has a heavy brass tsuba. Its lanyard ring is fitted with original Lieutenant to Captain rank tasselled cord in excellent condition. The sword is complete with its black lacquered wood scabbard which has a single hanging ring. The scabbard retains its original finish. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16599
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (16/08) WW2 Japanese Officer's Gendaito Sword With Hand Forged Blade Smith Signed Tang ‘Emura Saku’ & Metal Parade Scabbard. Sn 16508 - 16508
An original WW2 Japanese Officer's Sword. The Katana’s blade has a cutting edge of 26”. The tang is signed on one side with crisp Smith’s name in Japanese script characters. The signature has been translated and the sword assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. A copy of his hand written notes accompany the sword. In extracts from his notes he states “Emura Saku (made this). Full name Chounsai Emura Saku. He came from Kochi Tosa Province. A self taught smith, In 1940 he became Governer of Okayama prison where he made swords using convict labour. He made Gendaito hand forged blades for the army. See reference John Slough’s book Modern Japanese Swordsmiths pa/no 28 also Sesko Swordsmiths pa/no 70. Blade old sleepy polish with a Choji Midare Hamon, tight forging with small Ashi (legs)” . The dark khaki binding over the shagreen handle is complete and intact and all the fittings are original, correct and present (illustrated). It has a heavy brass tsuba, lanyard ring and push button scabbard retaining clip which functions as it should. The sword is complete with its metal parade scabbard which has a single hanging ring. The scabbard retains its original paint finish. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16508
£0.00

WW2 1944 Japanese Officer's Shin-Gunto Sword With Showa-To Murato Oil Tempered Blade Smith Double Signed Tang ‘Kane Haru’, Lieutenant To Captain Rank Tasselled Cord & Metal Parade Scabbard. Sn 16522 - 16522
An original WW2 Japanese Officer's Sword. The Shin-Gunto Katana’s blade has a cutting edge of 26”. The blade is murato oil tempered. The tang is signed on both sides with crisp Smith’s name & date in Japanese script characters. The signature has been translated and the sword assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. His hand written notes accompany the sword. In extracts from his notes he states “A Shin Gunto signed by the maker Kane Haru and dated February 1944. This is a late war murato oil tempered Showa-To produced in Seki Arsenal see reference Fuller & Gregory Sword Smiths pa/list/no No.158/262. See also John Slough’s book Modern Japanese Swordsmiths pa/no 40”. The dark khaki binding over the shagreen handle is complete and intact and all the fittings are original, correct and present (illustrated). It has a heavy brass tsuba and push button scabbard retaining clip which functions as it should. Its lanyard ring is fitted with original Lieutenant to Captain rank variation tasselled cord in excellent condition. The sword is complete with its metal parade scabbard which has a single hanging ring. The scabbard retains its original paint finish. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16522
£1,200.00

SURRENDERED MALAYA WW2 Japanese Officer's Shin-Gunto Sword With Seki Blade Showa-To Oil Tempered Blade Smith Signed Tang Suke Mitsu Nobu Mitsu & Scabbard With Leather Field Combat Cover Mounted With 1945 Presentation Plate To WOII A. J. Somerton RASC By H - 16523
An original surrendered WW2 Japanese Officer's Sword. The Shin-Gunto Katana’s blade has a cutting edge of 24 ¾”. The blade is oil tempered. The tang is signed on one side with crisp Smith’s name in Japanese script characters & Seki Arsenal stamp. The signature has been translated and the sword assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. His hand written notes accompany the sword. In extracts of his notes he states “Surrender Shin Gunto. Sword is made by Suke Mitsu (family name) Nobu Mitsu (Smith’s name) Saku (made this). Seki Arsenal stamp means made after 1939 and it is a showa-to low to medium grade oil tempered blade. Suke Mitsu family name can also be read Sa-Ko Reference Fuller & Gregory Sword list No.245,126,178. See also John Slough’s book Modern Japanese Swordsmiths pa/no 135”. The dark khaki binding over the shagreen handle is complete and intact and all the fittings are original, correct and present (illustrated). It has a heavy brass tsuba. The sword is complete with its wood scabbard which retains its single hanging ring. The scabbard is covered with its original leather field combat cover which has 3 press studs at the throat. The scabbard is mounted with a brass plate inscribed ‘Presented to WOII A.J. Somerton RASC (Royal Army Service Corps) By HQBMA (Headquarters British Military Administration) Malaya 1945’. The price for this WW2 surrender piece worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 16523
£1,575.00

MINT, ANCIENT BLADE 1661-1673 Japanese Omi Ishido Yasu Tsuna Sword Smith Wakizashi Short Sword & Scabbard With Kozuka Knife Silk Bag & Original Assessment Documents From Japan With Translation Notes. Sn 16602 - 16602
This is a near mint Japanese Wakizashi with ancient blade in full polish. This sword was sent to Japan for assssment by the Nihon Token Hozon Kai (NTHK) a panel of sword smith judges, one of the the official bodies licensed by the Japanese Government to judge blades. The Wakizashi is accompanied by the original judgement document from the NTHK with stylised Japanese script, ink stamps and an original rubbing of the blade tang taken during the assessment. The accompanying original NTHK document has 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. In extracts of his notes he states “In mint restored condition. Unsigned but attributed to Den (school) Omi Ishido Yasu Tsuna. Listed in Markus Sesko book Vol III pa/no 342 Yasutsuna (Shodai) 1st generation working 1661-1673 rated Chu-Saku quality. Blade is 18 ¾” cutting edge with Choji hamon & mokume grain with soft metal mounts and iron 100 Monkeys tsuba”. The Wakizashi’s fish skin hilt is cord bound and has menuki. The lacquered wood scabbard is undamaged and slotted for Kozuka small knife. The copper hilt of the Kozuka has embossed animals in the field and its 4” single edged blade has Japanese script characters (illustrated in image 3). The scabbard is fitted with cord. The Wakizashi and scabbard are contained in a later colourful cloth bag with tasselled cords. The price for this superb piece with Japanese assessment papers includes UK delivery. Sn 16602
£2,750.00

ONE OF THE RAREST, Victorian British Army In India North West Frontier Era Mole Birmingham Mountain Artillery Pattern 1896 'All Ranks' Sword With Scabbard. Sn 16617 - 16617
In 1896 a special Pattern of sword was introduced for all ranks of the Mountain Artillery Batteries. This pattern of sword is one of the rarest of regulation patterns and was used by British & Indian troops during campaigns on the North West Frontier (see pages 228-230 of Robson's book Swords Of The British Army). This is an excellent original example. The Sword has a 30 " single edged blade with fullers (36” overall). The blade has staining consistent with age but no rust or damage. The ricasso is marked ‘ISD with WD arrow’ denoting British production for use by the British Army in India. The back of the blade is stamped by the manufacturer ‘Mole’ (Birmingham) & with ‘I & WD arrow mark’ denoting acceptance by the India Stores Depot for use in the Indian Services. The blade has its original leather hilt washer. It has a steel bow guard and correct grooved cast iron ribbed grip. The sword is complete with its original correct leather scabbard with brass mounts. The locket of the throat mount is numbered ‘275’. All stitching & leather of the scabbard are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16617
£795.00

AS FOUND UN-MESSED WITH French 1822 Pattern Light Cavalry Trooper’s Sword With Scabbard. Sn 16471 - 16471
This pattern of sword were used by French cavalry during the Crimean War, Mexican Expedition, Prussian War & were used by confederate cavalry during the American Civil war. Our example is in as found un-messed with condition. It has a 36” single edged sabre blade with fullers (42 ½” overall). The blade is undamaged and has just staining consistent with age. There are no visible manufacturer’s marks on the blade. The brass guard and pommel cap are undamaged. It's original leather griphas service wear but is secure with no tears. The sword is complete with its original steel scabbard with hanging ring and shoe . The scabbard has staining consistent with age but no dents. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16471
£595.00

WW1 British Henry Wilkinson Sword London 1912 Pattern Heavy Cavalry Officer’s Sword With Etched King’s Crown Blade Numbered 63380 & Panel To J.W. Wilder King’s Dragoon Guards , Leather Covered Field Service Scabbard & Sam Browne Pattern Leather Frog. Sn 1 - 16503
The King’s Dragoon Guards Regiment was formed in 1685 as The Queen’s Regiment of Horse, named in honour of Queen Mary, consort of King James II. It was renamed The King’s Own Regiment of Horse in 1714 in honour of George I. The regiment attained the title 1st The King’s Dragoon Guards in 1751. The regiment served as horse cavalry until 1937 when it was mechanised with light tanks. The regiment became part of the Royal Armoured Corps in 1939. The regiment saw action at the Battle of Festubert in May 1915, the Second Battle of Ypres also in May 1915 and the Battle of Morvalin September 1916. This is an original, WW1 British 1912 Pattern Heavy Cavalry Officer’s Sword to a named Officer of the King’s Dragoon Guards with its scabbard & Frog. The Sword has an undamaged 35" single edged blade with fuller (43" overall). The blade has staining consistent with age and is etched on both sides with foliate panels and King George Crown with ‘GR’ Royal Cypher (George Rex). The ricasso is crisply marked on one side by the manufacturer ‘Wilkinson Sword Co Ltd London’ together with Royal Warrant. The reverse has the ordnance acceptance star with inlaid brass roundel. It has a full bowl guard with ornate tooled decoration and fish skin wire bound grip with thumb recess. The back of the blade is numbered ‘63380’ which may assist to identify the person who originally commissioned this sword and ‘London Made’. The sword has no visible Regiment / WD Marks or dates. It is complete with its original leather bound field service scabbard. The scabbard is fitted with an original Sam Brown pattern leather frog with brass stud to the front and 2 hanging straps with brass buckles. There are no visible manufacturer or date marks on the scabbard or frog. All leather and stitching of the scabbard and frog are intact. The price for this sword worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 16503
£845.00
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