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SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 14/09) 19th Century Japanese Wakazashi Short Sword With Scabbard & Kozuka Short Knife. Sn 15683 - 15683
This is a very good Wakazashi Short Sword made for fighting one handed most likely made sometime in the 19th century. The Wakazashi is 29” overall length and the blade with wave hamon is 19 ¾” length. The tang is unsigned. Its fish skin wrapped handle has fresh binding with foliate menuki. It has original copper and brass fittings and iron tsuba decorated with the depiction of fruit in white metal. The Wakazashi is accompanied by its original 8 ½” long Kozuka blade which sits perfectly in the scabbard. The kozuka has a copper handle with embossed decoration depicting a monk in a garden setting. The scabbard with single cord mount has a black lacquered finish and is undamaged. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15683
£0.00

RARE, Ancient Blade 1615-1624 Japanese Naginata Blade Smith Signed Tang ‘Bishu Kiyosu Ju Nobu Fusa Saku’, Long Pole Arm Wood Shaft Decorated With Fused Samurai Marriage Family Mon & Translation/ Assessment Notes. Sn 15696 - 15696
The Japanese Naginata was a pole arm with pronounced, curved, heavy, slashing blade mounted on long poles used by Japanese warriors not only to attack opposing infantry but also to cut down horses of attacking cavalry. This ancient Japanese Naginata blade is in excellent condition and comes with the wood pole arm shaft in which it was found. The signature and condition of blade have been assessed & translated by the UK based Japanese Sword expert Bill Tagg. Exerts from the assessment are illustrated in the images and accompany the Naginata. In the notes, the blade is described as : “Signed Tang Bishu Kiyosu Ju Nobu Fusa Saku (Eisho) 1615-1624 Owari Tanba (see Swordsmiths of Japan by Marcus Sesko page 321) Blade overall length 34 ½” cutting edge 17 ¾”, Hamon based on Choji Midare, quench is nie fine crystals, grain looks Itame”. The blade has fullers and the tang has 2 peg holes. The blade mounted on the pole arm shaft measures a massive 2.527 Metres overall length. The shaft has its original copper bands & mounts and crescent shaped iron ‘foot’. The shaft has its original black lacquer and painted ‘fused’ family mon / badge denoting a marriage between 2 Samurai families which can be seen in image 2. The copper bands and mounts of the shaft have ornate foliate decoration and has red cord binding together with what appears to remnants of slivers of mother of pearl backed by thin leather on the upper section. The shaft has some areas of old stable damage. The price for this impressive ancient piece with translation / assessment notes includes UK delivery. Sn 15696
£2,250.00

**SOLD**29/8**WW2 Era Japanese Officer's Katana Sword With Signed Tang 'Fujiwara Sada Hiro’ Early Shinto Hand Forged Blade, Shin Gunto Mounts, Family Mon Badge ‘Kawa Haru’, Officer's Cord & Original Scabbard With Part Field Service Cover & Sword Slip. - 15627
This is an excellent original WW2 Japanese Officers Sword & scabbard. The sword has a fish skin handle bound with brown cord. It has its original copper and brass Shin Gunto mounts and floral menuki. The pommel has its original lanyard ring fitted with original tasselled Officer’s cord. The hilt is fitted with push button scabbard retaining clip which works correctly. This sword has been assessed and the tang signature translated by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. His assessment notes accompany this sword. The Kabuto has a family mon badge, most likely ‘Kawa Haru’. The blade looks early Shinto with some Koto traits. The tang is signed with Japanese script identifying the sword smith as 'Fujiwara Sada Hiro’ (Hawley’s ref SAD-352,353,355). The cutting edge of the blade is 27” length and has well defined Wild Choji Midare Hamon with dense Nioi crystals (Jihada looks Itame in places). The cutting edge is sharp. The sword It is carried in its original steel scabbard with ornate copper fittings and a single hanging ring. The scabbard retains its original green paint finish. The scabbard is fitted with a section of leather field service cover. The sword comes with a cloth slip / bag with draw string. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15627
£0.00

**SOLD**SOLD**28/8**NEW TO MARKET, OLD FAMILY BLADE, WW2 Japanese Officer’s Sword Hand Forged Old Family Blade & Scabbard From The Estate Of A Burma Veteran. Sn 15607 - 15607
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 direct from the estate of a British Army Burma Veteran. The sword has a fish skin handle bound with brown cord. It has its many 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 functions as it should. The tang is un- signed and has 2 peg holes indicating that this blade is an old family blade re-fitted with WW2 era mounts for war use. The original 24 ¾” hand forged fullered blade is an old family blade, hand forged. The blade has a sharp cutting edge, original polish and wave hamon. The sword measures 35 ¾” overall length. It is carried in its steel scabbard with copper mounts, single hanging ring and retains its original brown paint. The scabbard has just a few small dents to be expected with age and service use. The price for this WW2 era Japanese sword with old family blade clearly captured or recovered from the battle field includes UK delivery. Sn 15607
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (09/080 WW2 1943 Japanese Officer's Double Signed Signed Tang 'TAKE HISA’ Katana With Hand Forged Blade in polish with officer's Cord & original Scabbard. Sn 15587 - 15587
This is an excellent original 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 a pierced tsuba and floral menuki. The pommel has its original lanyard ring fitted with original Officer’s cord. The tang is signed on both sides with Japanese script identifying the sword smith as 'TAKE HISA’ (a maker of quality swords , see Fuller& Gregory list no.398 Oshigata 72), together with November 1943 date and seki variation arsenal stamp. The hilt is fitted with push button scabbard retaining clip which works correctly. The 27 ¼” blade has excellent polish and a well defined hamon. The cutting edge is sharp. It is carried in its original steel scabbard with ornate copper fittings and a single hanging ring. The scabbard retains its original green paint finish. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15587
£0.00

1889 Dated British WD 1882/1885/1890 Pattern Cavalry Troopers Sword & Scabbard. Sn 15584:5 - 15584:5
These swords were designed during the period when the British army was continuing to argue on the merits of the ‘cut’ versus the ‘thrust’ of British cavalry blades. The hilt design was first introduced for the 1864 pattern, this was primarily a new hilt mated with the existing 1853 pattern blade. The Maltese Cross motif cut into the knuckle guard is a distinctive feature of these swords. British manufacturer’s struggled to keep pace with the demand for these swords and many were produced with German made blades (see page 101 of World Swords by Withers). This is a good original, 1882/1885/1890 Pattern British Cavalry Troopers Sword with Scabbard. The Sword’s fullered 33 ¼” blade has just light staining consistent with age. It measures 38 ¾” overall length. The grip strap has ordnance inspection marks. The ricasso has WD inspection marks and 4/89 date (April 1889). The knuckle guard has the correct Maltese cross motif which has indistinct letters and numbers. It has the correct boiled leather chequered scales secured by the correct 5 rivets which are in good condition with just light surface wear. It is complete with its steel scabbard which has 2 fixed hanging rings. The scabbard has WD with arrow mark and other indistinct marks. The scabbard has even patina. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15584:5
£575.00

Boer War Era British Mole 1882/85/90 Pattern Nickel Plated Cavalry Officer’s Ceremonial Parade Sword With Period Leather Cord & 1899 Dated Scabbard Regiment Marked ’YC DLO’ To The Duke Of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry Cavalry. Sn 15584:4 - 15584:4
These swords were designed during the period when the British army was continuing to argue on the merits of the ‘cut’ versus the ‘thrust’ of British cavalry blades. The hilt design was first introduced for the 1864 pattern, this was primarily a new hilt mated with the existing 1853 pattern blade. The Maltese Cross motif cut into the knuckle guard is a distinctive feature of these swords. British manufacturer’s struggled to keep pace with the demand for these swords and many were produced with German made blades (see page 101 of World Swords by Withers). The Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry has its origins in the various troops of horse raised in the eighteenth century in the county of Lancaster when Britain was under threat of invasion from Revolutionary France. The earliest of the troops was the Bolton Light Horse formed in 1798. In June 1828 the Lancashire Corps of Yeomanry Cavalry assembled. In 1834, by special act, King William IV granted the title “Duke of Lancaster’s Corps of Yeomanry Cavalry” and since that date the Sovereign, as the Duke of Lancaster, has traditionally been Colonel-in-Chief. The Regiment sent mounted infantry for service in the Boer War, serving in the Imperial Yeomanry between 1900 and 1902; notably seeing action at Faber’s Putt. This is an original, 1882/1885/1890 Pattern British Cavalry Ceremonial Parade Sword by Mole & Scabbard to the Duke Of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry Cavalry. The Sword’s fullered 34 ½” blade has just light staining consistent with age. The blade’s nickel finish has areas of wear. The blade has no manufacturer, inspection or date marks. The sword measures 40 ½” overall length. The nickel plated knuckle guard is double stamped by the maker 'Mole' & has the correct Maltese cross motif. The guard is fitted with original leather cord. It has the correct boiled leather chequered scales secured by the correct 5 rivets which are good but have patches of aged staining. It is complete with its original nickel plated steel scabbard with correct 2 fixed hanging rings. The scabbard is faintly marked near the throat with what appears to be very faint ‘YC’ above ’DLO’ & ‘9’ to the Duke Of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry Cavalry weapon number 9. There is also a faint date which appears to be '1/99' (Jan 1899). The scabbard has even patina. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15584:4
£595.00

British Wilkinson 1882/1885/1890 Pattern Cavalry Troopers Sword & Scabbard Regiment Marked ’13 H’ To The 13th Hussars . Sn 15584:3 - 15584:3
These swords were designed during the period when the British army was continuing to argue on the merits of the ‘cut’ versus the ‘thrust’ of British cavalry blades. The hilt design was first introduced for the 1864 pattern, this was primarily a new hilt mated with the existing 1853 pattern blade. The Maltese Cross motif cut into the knuckle guard is a distinctive feature of these swords. British manufacturer’s struggled to keep pace with the demand for these swords and many were produced with German made blades (see page 101 of World Swords by Withers). The 13th Hussars (previously the 13th Light Dragoons) was a cavalry regiment of the British Army established in 1715. It saw service for three centuries including the Napoleonic Wars, the Crimean War and the First World War but then amalgamated with the 18th Royal Hussars, to form the 13th/18th Royal Hussars in 1922. This is an excellent original, 1882/1885/1890 Pattern British Cavalry Troopers Sword with British Wilkinson blade & Scabbard to the 13th Hussars. The Sword’s fullered 33 1/2" blade has just light staining consistent with age. It measures 39 1/4" overall length. The ricasso is marked on one side by the maker ‘Wilkinson’. The hilt has its original washer. The knuckle guard has the correct Maltese cross motif. It has the correct boiled leather chequered scales secured by the correct 5 rivets which are very good and undamaged. It is complete with its original steel scabbard with correct 2 fixed hanging rings. The scabbard is crisply marked ’13 H 362’ To the 13th Hussars weapon number 362. The scabbard has even patina. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15584:3
£645.00

Boer War 1901 -1905 Dated & 1910 Dated, 1899 Pattern, British Wilkinson Heavy Cavalry Sword Regt Marked ‘3DG’ To 3rd (Prince of Wales's) Dragoon Guards For Boer war Use & Later Use By The RGH (Royal Gloucestershire Hussars) Leather Cord & Scabbard. - 15584:2
The 3rd Dragoon Guards was first raised by Thomas Hickman-Windsor, 1st Earl of Plymouth as the Earl of Plymouth's Regiment of Horse in 1685 as part of the response to the Monmouth Rebellion. In 1746 it was ranked as the 3rd Dragoon Guards, and formally titled in 1751 as the 3rd Regiment of Dragoon Guards. Shortly thereafter, in 1765, it took the title 3rd (Prince of Wales's) Dragoon Guards, for the future George IV. The Regiment was employed chasing the elusive General Christiaan de Wet in spring 1901 during the Second Boer War. The Regiment was retitled the 3rd Dragoon Guards (Prince of Wales's) in 1921, and was amalgamated with the 6th Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers) to form the 3rd/6th Dragoon Guards the following year. The Royal Gloucestershire Hussars' first battle honour was won in South Africa during the Second Boer War, when a contingent of Gloucestershire yeomanry served as mounted infantry in the Imperial Yeomanry. Before the First World War, all volunteer forces, including the yeomanry, were brought into the Territorial Force. On the outbreak of the war the regiment raised a second-line unit, which remained in the UK and became a cyclist unit in 1916, and a third-line unit, which served as a reserve. The first-line unit saw action as infantry at Gallipoli and as cavalry in the Sinai and Palestine Campaign; in the latter it fought both mounted and dismounted from the Suez Canal to Aleppo in modern day Syria. Following the war, the regiment was downsized and converted to the 21st (Royal Gloucestershire Hussars) Armoured Car Company. This is an original, Boer War dated British 1899 Pattern Cavalry Troopers Sword to the 3rd (Prince of Wales's) Dragoon Guards & later to the RGH with scabbard (see page 101 of World Swords By Withers). The Sword has a 33 ½” single edged, slightly curved blade with fuller (40" overall). The blade is undamaged and clean. The ricasso is marked on both sides with Enfield inspection/ proof marks and War Dept arrow. One side has 11 01 date (November 1901) and manufacturer name Wilkinnson. The back of the blade is stamped '/99' (1899 Pattern) together with inspection mark. The full bowl guard is Regiment marked on the inside '3. D.G.' to 3rd (Prince of Wales's) Dragoon Guards '01 05' (Jan 1905 date) and numbers ‘10’ and ‘644’. The grip strap is stamped with what appears to be ‘RGH’ to the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars and ’10 (1910 date), indicating that after Boer war use by the Dragoon Guards 1901-1905 it went on to be issued to the RGH in 1910. The Sword's black leather chequered grips with 3 rivets are secure and undamaged. The hilt is fitted with a period brown leather tasselled cord. It is complete with its original steel scabbard with 2 fixed hanging rings. The scabbard has period brown finish and just light surface wear to be expected. There are faint / indistinct WD inspection marks on the scabbard. The price for this Regiment marked Boer War Sword includes UK delivery. Sn 15584:2
£675.00

Boer War 1901 1903 & WW1 1914 Dated, 1899 Pattern, British Heavy Cavalry Troopers Sword Regiment marked ‘2DG’ To 2nd (Queen’s Bays) Dragoon Guards For Boer war Use & Later WW1 Use By The C.R.H.A (Commander Royal Horse Artillery) Leather Cord & Scabbard. - 15584:1
The 2nd (Queen’s Bays) Dragoon Guards sailed on the Orotava on 18th November 1901, and arrived in South Africa in December. In Lord Kitchener's despatch of 8th February 1902 it was stated that a brigade was being formed under Colonel the Honourable R T Lawley, consisting of this Regiment and the 7th Hussars, to operate in the Winburg district. The brigade was for some time in the north of the Orange River Colony. They took part in General Elliot's great drive in the last half of February, which was the most productive of the very numerous operations of that nature. During this drive heavy losses were inflicted on the Boers. In March 1902 Lawley's brigade was moved to Springs in the Transvaal, and on 1st April had severe fighting. In his despatch of 8th April Lord Kitchener says that Colonel Lawley sent out Colonel Fanshawe with three squadrons Queen's Bays and 30 National Scouts to make a detour preparatory to co-operating with his own advance. At 3.15 am Fanshawe surrounded a farm, where several Boers were captured; he then went on and tried to surround a laager, but the enemy were on the alert and he "was received by a very heavy fire, and realising that he was in presence of superior numbers, ordered a gradual retirement upon Leeuwkop. Close fighting then went on for several hours. The Bays, who were skilfully handled, retired steadily by alternate squadrons, whilst the Boers followed, pressing the withdrawal with the greatest determination and persistence". Leeuwkop was found to be in the enemy's hands, and Fanshawe had to make for another ridge, "where he received the timely support of the 7th Hussars and Lieutenant Colonel Lawley's guns". The Boers then fell quickly back. "In this affair, although the Bays were capably handled and displayed steadiness and gallantry in face of superior numbers, their losses were, I regret to say, heavy. Two squadron-leaders and 10 non-commissioned officers and men were killed, and 5 officers and 59 men were wounded". During the short time the regiment was in the campaign 1 officer and five non-commissioned officers and men were mentioned in Lord Kitchener's despatches. During WW1 the Commander Royal Horse Artillery (CRHA) Division batteries were permanently assigned to the cavalry brigades from October 1914 onwards. In 1914, the division saw action in the defence of Antwerp (9 and 10 October) and the First Battle of Ypres, notably the battles of Langemarck (21–24 October), Gheluvelt (29–31 October) and Nonne Bosschen (11 November). In 1915, it took part in the Second Battle of Ypres (Battle of Frezenberg Ridge, 11–13 May) and the Battle of Loos (26–28 September). In 1917 the division saw action in the Battle of Arras (First Battle of the Scarpe, 9–12 April). This is an original, Boer War & WW1 British 1899 Pattern Cavalry Troopers Sword to the 2nd (Queens Bays) Dragoon Guards & later the CRHA with scabbard (see page 101 of World Swords By Withers). The Sword has a 33 ½” single edged, slightly curved blade with fuller (40" overall). The blade is undamaged and clean. The ricasso is marked on both sides with Enfield inspection/ proof marks and War Dept arrow. One side has 01’ date (1901). The back of the blade is stamped '/99' (1899 Pattern). The full bowl guard is Regiment marked on the inside '2. D.G.' to the Queens Bays '09 03' (Sept 1903 date) together with CRHA to the Commander Royal Horse Artillery and ’14 (1914 date), indicating that after Boer war use by the Queen’s bays 1901-1903 it went on to be issued to the CRHA Division at the outbreak of WW1 1914. The Sword's black leather chequered grips with 3 rivets are secure and undamaged. The hilt is fitted with a period brown leather tasselled cord. It is complete with its original steel scabbard with 2 fixed hanging rings. The scabbard has period lacquer covering which has just light surface wear to be expected. There are no visible Regiment or date marks on the scabbard but they may be present under the lacquer. The price for this nicely marked Boer War Sword to Cavalry Regiments that saw much action during the Boer war & WW1 includes UK delivery. Sn 15584:1
£675.00
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