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MATCHING NUMBERS, Original, WW2 Japanese NCO's Type 95 Katana With Kaneshiro Sakugan Ki ‘K Within Star’ Mark, Kokura Arsenal Mark & Scabbard. Sn 13930 - 13930
This is an original WW2 Japanese NCO's Katana and scabbard. The sword has the typical brown painted alloy cast handle with lanyard ring and fully functioning scabbard retaining clip. The handle retains much of its original paint. Its fullered, 27 ¼” blade is crisply stamped '38717' on one side of the blade. The hilt is stamped with ‘K Within Star’ Mark & Kokura Arsenal Mark (see page 185 of Swords Of Imperial Japan by Dawson where he describes the ‘K’ within star mark as unknown, possibly denoting ‘Kaneshiro Sakugan Ki’). It is complete with its original scabbard which has a single hanging ring. The throat of the scabbard is stamped with matching number ‘38717’. This piece is clearly a bring back, surrendered or recovered from the battlefield. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13930
£695.00

SOLD SOLD SOLD VERY RARE, Original, Pre WW2 Japanese NCO's 1st Pattern, Type 95 Katana With Solid Copper Hilt, Suya (Harp) & Tokyo Kokura Arsenal Marks & Scabbard. Sn 13931 - 13931
On September 16th 1935 a new sword was authorised for Japanese army NCo’s. 1st type sword hilts were made from solid unpainted copper later variants had cast alloy painted hilts (see page 183 of Swords Of Imperial Japan 1868-1945 by Dawson). This is an original very rare 1st type pre WW2 Japanese NCO's Katana with copper hilt and scabbard. The sword has the correct solid copper unpainted cast handle with lanyard ring hole, quality heavy brass tsuba and scabbard retaining clip. It has an undamaged, fullered, 27 ½” blade which has just light staining consistent with age. There are no visible numbers on the blade. The hilt is stamped with 1929-45 Kokura Arsenal mark, Suya sword shop (harp) mark (see page 185 of Dawson’s book) and inspection mark. It is complete with its original scabbard which has a single hanging ring and retains its original green paint finish. The scabbard’s finish has wear consistent with age and service use. The throat of the scabbard is stamped with faint unreadable number. This very rare piece is clearly a bring back, surrendered or recovered from the battlefield. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13931
£0.00

WW2 1942 Showa Japanese Officer’s Sword With Hand Forged Seki Arsenal Blade, Double Signed Tang ‘Noshu Seki Masa Yuki Saku’ With Leather Field Combat Hilt Cover, Scabbard With Field Combat Cover & Translation. Sn 13904 - 13904
This is an excellent WW2 Japanese Officers Sword & scabbard. 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 crisply signed with Japanese script on both sides (illustrated inset in image 2). One side ‘Noshu Seki Masa Yuki Saku’ which translates to ‘Masa Yuki made this in Seki City Noshu Province in the year of showa 1942’ (He was a registered swordsmith of Seki, see Slough’s book Modern Swordsmiths of Japan 1868-1945 and Kapp & Yoshihara for reference). The other side translates to ‘17th year of showa 1942’ (black & white photocopy images of the tang markings with translation & a small label referencing the sword smith accompanies this piece). The original 25 ½” blade has pronounced hamon (illustrated inset in image 3). The blade is clean with original polish. The hilt has its original laced brown leather field combat cover which has contemporarily applied Japanese ink script characters (illustrated inset in image 3). It is carried in its wood scabbard with metal fittings and a single hanging ring. The scabbard is fitted with its original leather field combat cover which is laced at the throat. All leather and stitching of the covers are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13904
£1,195.00

WW2 High Grade Showa-To Japanese Officer’s Gendiato Sword With Hand Forged Blade, Sword Smith Signed Tang ‘Noshu Ju Asano Kane Zane Saku’ With Smith’s Kokuin Special Order Hot Stamp Personal Seal & Scabbard With Field Combat Cover & Translation. Sn 13879 - 13879
This is a Hi grade Showa-To Japanese Officers Sword & scabbard. 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 hilt has a push button scabbard retaining clip which works as it should. The tang is crisply signed with Japanese script on one ‘Noshu Ju Asano Kane Zane Saku’ & with the Smith’s Kokuin special order hot stamp personal seal. This Smith won 2nd seat at the 1941 Sword exhibition with Seki. The Smith’s real name was Asano Shin Ichi. He was born in 1912 student of Kane Michi and worked as a Gunto Smith. He was well a well known prolific sword maker and he died 1986. See John Slough’s book ‘Modern Japanese Swordsmiths 1868-1945’ page No’s 76 & 77 for reference and photo of the Smith and other tang markings bearing his name & Kokuin (photocopies of those pages together with a small label referencing the pages accompanies this piece). The original 25 ½” hand forged blade has O Gunome Midare wave hamon (illustrated inset in image 3). The blade has just areas of light staining consistent with age. It is carried in its wood scabbard with metal fittings and a single hanging ring. The scabbard is fitted with its original leather field combat cover which is fastened by studs at the throat. All leather and stitching of the cover are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13879
£1,150.00

WW2 Showa Period Japanese Officer’s Gendiato Sword With Hand Forged Blade, Sword Smith Signed Tang ‘Seki Ju Kane Mitsu’ & Scabbard With Field Combat Cover. Sn 13880 - 13880
This is a very good Showa Period Japanese Officers Sword & scabbard. 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 holed for lanyard ring. The tang is crisply signed with Japanese script on one side 'Seki Ju Kane Mitsu’ (illustrated in image 2). There are at least 5 references to this sword smith in Hawley’s list KAN1428/47/48/81/83, also, Fuller & Gregory List No 90/91/635/636 and John Slough’s book Modern Japanese Swordsmiths 1868-1945 page No. 49. The original 27 ¾” clean hand forged blade has O Gunome Midare wave hamon (illustrated inset in image 3). The blade has just areas of light staining consistent with age and a couple of very small nicks to the sharp cutting edge which are only visible on close inspection. It is carried in its wood scabbard with metal fittings and a single hanging ring. The scabbard is fitted with its original leather field combat cover which is laced with leather at the throat and has a single brass stud. All leather and stitching of the cover are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13880
£1,195.00

WW2 Japanese Shin Gunto Army Officer's Sword By No Shu Seki Ju Kojima Katsu Misa Saku With Signed Tang & Scabbard With Leather Field Combat Cover. Sn 13844 - 13844
This is an original WW2 Japanese Officer's Shin Gunto sword with its scabbard. It has a 27 ½” blade with original polish and wave hamon. The blade has some light areas of staining consistent with age but the cutting edge is razor sharp with no nicks. The tang is nicely signed on one side with Arsenal mark & By the maker 'No Shu Seki Ju Kojima Katsu Misa Saku'. The reverse has contemporarily applied indistinct blue paint script characters. The brown cord binding over the fish skin handle is complete tight and intact. Its brass & iron fittings including tsuba and floral menuki are original, correct and present (illustrated). The sword is complete with its steel scabbard with original brown paint & ornate fittings with single hanging ring. The scabbard is fitted with original brown leather field combat cover which is bound with cord at the throat. All leather and stitching of the cover are intact. This sword is worthy of further research regarding the signature. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13844
£975.00

RARE, ORIGINAL, Early American Civil War 1862 Dated U.S. Navy Officer’s Model 1860 ‘Ames’ Cutlass With Brass Bowl Knuckle Serial Number ‘24M492’ & Scabbard. Sn 13338 - 13338
American Navy Officers both during and after the American Revolutionary War carried swords of English & French style. The Model 1860 cutlass was produced by the American Ames Company and has a distinct form. Their design was based on the French Model 1801 & 1833 cutlass except the American Model 1860 has Brass furniture as opposed to the French blackened iron furniture. The Model 1860 had a long service life and was only replaced in 1917 (see page 236 of World Swords by Withers). At the written request of the US Navy the Ames Company stamped a serial number on each and every cutlass. This serial number will always be found on the inside of the guard. This serial number consists of 2 digits and an M on the first line and 3 digits on the line below. The top number represents thousands and the bottom number represents hundreds. This is an excellent original American Civil War dated U.S.N marked example of the Model 1860 cutlass complete with original scabbard. It has the correct 26” long curved and fullered cutlass blade. The blade is stamped on one side to the United States Navy ‘U.S.N.’ together with early American Civil War date ‘1862’ and with armourer’s inspection mark ‘DR’. The reverse is correctly stamped ‘Made By Ames Mfg Co Chicopee Mass’ in small scripted text within a scroll box. It has the correct brass bowl knuckle guard with riveted seam edge and stepped brass pommel. The inside of the guard is stamped with serial number ‘24M’ above ‘492’ (denoting weapon production number 24,492). Its leather bound grooved wood grip is undamaged but the leather has surface wear consistent with age. The cutlass is complete with its original brown leather scabbard which has brass rivets near to the throat and long brass chape. The leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact but the surface has areas of surface wear to be expected. The price for this rare American Civil war collector’s piece includes UK delivery. Sn 13338
£875.00

EXTREMELY RARE, British 1864 Pattern Cavalry Troopers Sword By Robert Mole & Sons Birmingham & Enfield WD Marked Scabbard To The 4th Light Dragoons. Sn 13843 - 13843
1864 Pattern Cavalry trooper's swords are rare to find. It is known that 12,000 of the weapons were in stock for use in the second Afghan war (see page 100 of World Swords by Withers where this pattern of sword is described as extremely rare). This is an original, 1864 Pattern British Cavalry Troopers Sword & Scabbard. The Sword has a 32 ½” single edged slightly curved blade with fullers (38 ½” overall). The blade has light staining to be expected with age. The ricasso is marked by the manufacturer 'Robt Mole & Sons Birmingham'. The reverse has a small inspection mark. The back of the blade is stamped ‘Mole’ and with matching inspection mark. It has the correct full bowl guard with 4 pierced triangles forming a stylised cross. The guard also has 2 sword knot slits (this is not seen on any other British Military regulation sword). It has the correct chequered black leather scales secured by 5 rivets. The sword is complete with its steel scabbard with 2 hanging rings. The scabbard is undamaged and is nicely Regiment marked near to the throat on one side ‘IVLD’ to the 4th Light Dragoons, above weapon number ‘69’. The reverse is marked ‘Enfield’ together with WD inspection mark. The price for this extremely rare piece includes UK delivery. Sn 13843
£1,595.00

***SOLD***SOLD***QUALITY, Victorian, 1873 British Light Cavalry Officer's Sword With Etched Blade By Wilkinson Sword Pall Mall London Blade No. 32083 Retailed by Hawkes & Co London & Scabbard With Copy Of Original Wilkinson Sword Sale / Completion Record. - 13840
An excellent, quality made Victorian Officer's Light Cavalry Sword and scabbard in excellent condition. The clean 35" fullered blade has etched panels on both sides with Crown VR (Victoria Regina) Royal Cypher decorative foliate panels .The ricasso is inlaid with ordnance acceptance roundel and etched 'star' on one side and the retailers name and London address ‘Hawkes & Co’ together with Royal Appointment on the reverse. The back of the blade is numbered ‘32083’ and has an etched panel with the manufacturer’s name ‘Manufactured By Wilkinson Sword Pall Mall London’. It's knuckle bow with side bars, stepped pommel and fish skin covered hilt with original tight wires are excellent and undamaged. It is complete with original steel scabbard with 2 hanging rings and large shoe. The sword is accompanied by a copy of the original Wilkinson sword Sale / completion register indicating that the blade was proved on 9th March 1893. The record states that the item is a ‘Light Cavalry Fitter In’. The enquiry to Wilkinson re the sword was made by arms researcher Richard Milner Ltd who states that the term ‘fitter in’ indicates some sort of contemporary alteration to the hilt or blade. The single A4 size page correspondence from Milner Ltd confirming date of manufacturer and the term ‘fitter in’ also accompanies the sword. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 13840
£0.00

ORIGINAL NAPOLEONIC WARS ERA British 1796 Pattern Officer's Quality Light Cavalry Sabre & Scabbard. Sn 13410 - 13410
The Pattern 1796 Light Cavalry Sabre was used primarily by British Light Dragoons and Hussars during the Napoleonic Wars. The blade is remembered today as one of the best of its time and has been described as the finest cutting sword ever manufactured in quantity. Officers of the famous 95th Rifles, Light Infantry Regiments and the "flank" Companies of Line Regiments adopted these Swords (The Hit Peninsular War, Book & TV series Sharpe's Rifles featured this pattern of Sword). This original Officer's quality 1796 Sabre is a fighting sword intended for combat and has obviously seen service. It has a single edged, fullered 32 ½” sabre blade (37 ½” overall). The blade has some staining consistent with age but no rust. The cutting edge has just a few minor nicks only visible on close inspection. Its cross guard with langets, knuckle guard, pommel are undamaged. It has a ribbed leather bound wood handle with wire binding which is intact. The leather has some surface wear consistent with age and service use. The Sabre is complete with its original steel scabbard with 2 hanging rings. The scabbard has even patina. The sword and scabbard have no visible manufacturer, Regiment or date marks. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13410
£595.00
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