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SOLD SOLD (17/04) C1885 Into WW2 Japanese Officer's Katana Sword With Murato Oil Tempered Blade, Steel Scabbard & Officer’s Tasselled Cord. Sn 16117 - 16117
This is a very good original Japanese Officers sword with murato oil tempered blade (the method of oil tempering was developed by Colonel Murato in Government Arsenals in th 1890’s to 1920’s). Oil tempered blades were not signed by smiths. Our example has an un-signed tang. This Katana was originally a Kyu-Gunto C 1885 and as was common passed on to a Son C1930’s and re-hilted in Arsenal with Shin Gunto Tsuka. The hilt is missing a family mon badge (these were often removed by the owner before surrender). The sword has a fish skin handle bound with cord. It has its original copper and brass fittings including floral Menuki. The pommel has lanyard ring fitted with an original Officer’s tasselled cord. The hilt has a push button scabbard retaining clip which functions as it should. The cutting edge of the grooved blade is 29 ½” length and is razor sharp. The hamon edge pattern is either acid or stone applied. The polished steel scabbard has single hanging ring. The scabbard has no dents. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16117
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (17/04) English 19th Century Gentleman’s Holly Sword Stick With Concealed Release Button & Etched Blade ‘Defence Not Defiance Peace With Honour’. Sn 16206 - 16206
An excellent 19th Century Sword Stick. It has a 27” steel blade with fullers. The blade is clean is beautifully etched with foliate panels. On one side it has wording ‘Defence Not Defiance’ (a popular motto of British rifle Regiments in that era). The reverse has wording ‘Peace With Honour’. It measures 35 ½” overall in its scabbard. The handle has a concealed button which resembles a nodule of a tree branch which operates the scabbard release catch. The scabbard is undamaged and has a brass insert at the throat. It also has a conical brass end cap. The price for this attractive sword stick includes UK delivery. Sn 16206
£0.00

WW1 Era British 1897 Pattern Henry Wilkinson London Officer's Sword With Etched & Blued Blade Inscribed To Captain C.E.E. Saunders Blade No. 44640, Presented By Manchester University With Field Service Scabbard. Sn 16146 - 16146
This is an 1897 pattern Infantry Officer's presentation Sword By Henry Wilkinson. It has an 81.5cm blade with partial fuller. The blade is clean & etched and blued panels on both sides including decorative foliate panels and Kings crown Royal Cypher. The blade is also etched by the manufacturer 'Henry Wilkinson Pall Mall London' and has the ordnance acceptance star with roundel. One side of the blade is inscribed ‘Captain C.E.E. Saunders From The University Of Manchester’ (most likely Captain C.E.E.H. Saunders Mentioned in Despatches 7th Bn Lancashire Fusiliers. The MID was reported in the London Gazette 18th December 1917 ). The back of the blade is stamped with number '44640'. It has a full 1897 Pattern knuckle guard with King George Crown. It has a curved stepped pommel with ball end, fish skin grip with wire binding in superb condition. It is complete with leather covered wood field service scabbard with hanger tab & German silver throat mount. The price for this presentation sword worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 16146
£945.00

British 1897 Pattern Henry Wilkinson London Officer's Presentation Sword With Etched Blade Inscribed ‘BRIGADIER T. HART DYKE DSO’ (Awarded June 1944 Fontenay) & ‘GIVEN TO CAPT. J.E. GRIFFIN 1959’ Blade No. 60158, Cord, Knot & Field Service Scabbard - 16145
Brigadier Trevor Hart Dyke DSO served with the 2nd Battalion The Queen's Royal Regiment, India, Sudan, and the UK, August 1924 - April 1930; 4th Battalion the King's African Rifles, East Africa, April 1930 - May 1936; 2nd Queens, May 1936 - October 1936; War Office, October 1936 - May 1937; as GSO3, MO4, Operations Branch, War Office, September 1939 - March 1940; Brigade Major, 55th Brigade (18th Division), UK, March - September 1940; GSO2, Gibraltar, September 1940 - May 1941; GSO2, 5 Corps, August - October 1941, and GSO1, Hampshire and Dorset District, June - December 1942, in Salisbury; OC Hallamshire Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment (146th Brigade, 49th Division), UK and North-West Europe, autumn 1943 - April 1945; GSO1, 7th Indian Division and 11th East African Division, April - October 1945, and GOC 25th East African Brigade, October 1945 - April 1946, in Burma and India; OC 5th KAR, Kenya, Abyssinia and Somalia, 1946 - 1947; OC 1st Queens, Berlin airlift, 1948 - 1949; BGS (SD), Northern Army Group, BAOR, March 1953 - April 1956. He was awarded his DSO for his actions in June 1944 during a battle at Fontenay near Caen while serving with the Hallamshire Battalion of the York and Lancaster Regiment. This is an 1897 pattern Infantry Officer's presentation Sword By Henry Wilkinson. It has a has an 82.5cm blade with partial fuller. The blade is clean etched on both sides. Both sides have decorative foliate panels and Kings crown Royal Cypher. The blade is also etched by the manufacturer 'Henry Wilkinson Pall Mall London' and has the ordnance acceptance star with roundel. One side of the blade is inscribed ‘BRIGADIER T. HART DYKE DSO’, the reverse ‘GIVEN TO CAPT. J.E. GRIFFIN 1959’. The back of the blade is stamped with number '60158'. It has a full 1897 Pattern knuckle guard with King George Crown. The guard is fitted with original leather strap/ cord and 'acorn' knot. It has a curved stepped pommel with ball end, fish skin grip with wire binding in superb condition. It is complete with leather covered wood field service scabbard with German silver throat mount. The price for this presentation sword worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 16145
£975.00

MINT, Cased, One Of Only 250, Wilkinson London, Sterling Silver Hilted, QE II Centenary Scottish Officer’s Sword With Etched Blade. Sn 16147 - 16147
In the 2000 Wilkinson Sword produced a limited edition sword to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II Centenary year. This near mint cased example is numbered 019. It has an 82cm bright blade with matt ground etched with maker's panel, scrolling thistles, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Centenary Sword, further decorated with the badges of all the Regiments of which she was Colonel in Chief, Commandant in Chief and Honorary Colonel. The back of the blade is numbered ‘019’ and it has its original leather hilt washer. It has a pierced sterling silver hilt lined with red leather facing. The hilt is decorated with thistles, stamped with London silver hallmarks for 2000, further decorated with the crest of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and Centenary Year 2000. It has a wire bound fish skin grip and is mounted with, red tassels & blue ribbons. The sword comes with its original presentation case with hinged lid, clasp fasteners with locks, 2 keys and carry handle. The case is lined with blue felt and padded white material which has the Wilkinson Sword name and Royal Appointments highlighted in gold. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16147
£1,100.00

WW2 1943 Shin Gunto Japanese Officer's Katana Sword With Smith Double Signed Tang 'TAKE HISA’ & Steel Scabbard. Sn 16095 - 16095
This is a very good 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 and floral menuki. The tang is signed on both sides with Japanese script identifying the sword smith as 'TAKE HISA’, together with Autumn 1943 date. There is also a small ‘w’ inspector’s mark on one side of the tang (see Modern Japanese sword Smiths by Slough page 169 where a sword tang with identical markings to ours is illustrated). The hilt is fitted with push button scabbard retaining clip which works correctly. The pommel is holed for lanyard and has remnants of a wrist cord. The 26 ¼” blade has staining consistent with age. The cutting edge is sharp. It is carried in its original steel scabbard with single hanging ring. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16095
£1,195.00

EXTREMELY RARE, ORIGINAL, WW1 British Lord Howard De Walden’s Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers ‘Welsh Trench Sword’ With Correct ‘For the Honour of Wales’ Motto,‘JO’ Mark, Folding Hand Guard, Cord Bound Hilt & Original Webbing Covered Leather Scabbard - 16157
The famed & fearsome ‘Welsh Trench Sword’ was used by the Royal Welch Fusiliers during WW1. Privately provided by Lord Howard De Walden to his Battalion (De Walden was a military man who had served with the 10th Hussars in the Second Boer War and on his return to Britain he joined the 2nd County of London Yeomanry. An accomplished fencer, he was a member the British 1908 Olympic squad and this passion led to his interest in arms and armour, especially that of the Middle Ages and of his native Wales. As a result of this hobby, he commissioned Joubert to make him a bespoke reproduction 14th-century harness so he could better understand how armour worked. With the outbreak of the First World War, De Walden made repeated requests to find a more active posting and was subsequently sent to Gallipoli. On his return to England in a staff role, he used his family connections to once again be transferred to the front. Soon he was appointed second-in-command of the 9th Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers, a post he remained in until he was recalled to the War Office in December 1917). The weapon was based on the Welsh design of the ancient ‘Cledd’ knife / sword and was designed and patented by Felix Joubert in 1917 (see pages 16-18 of Flook's book British & Commonwealth Military Knives). These swords are extremely rare to find. Our original example is in excellent condition, complete and undamaged. The 18” leaf shaped flexible blade and hilt with pointed blade shaped tang end are forged from one piece of steel. It has the correct pommel plate holed for wrist cord and it has the correct back folding circular handguard. It measures 23 ½” overall length. The blade is undamaged and has just light staining consistent with age. It is inscribed with the correct regiment motto ‘Dros Urddas Cymru’ (For the Honour of Wales) and combined ‘JO’ mark which Flook describes as being found on these weapons. The hilt is correctly cord bound. The original cord is tight and intact. Its original correct scabbard is webbing bound leather with integral belt loop. The scabbard is clean and all material is intact. A similar scabbard is illustrated in Flooks book, plate 16. Flook states that leather scabbards without webbing have also been seen). The price for this extremely rare WW1 trench warfare weapon includes UK delivery. Sn 16157
£3,450.00

WW1 British George V 1895/ 1897 Pattern Presentation Infantry Officer’s Sword With Etched & Blued Panels Blade To Highly Decorated Air Vice-Marshal C. T. Maclean, Royal Fusiliers, RFC, RAF Scabbard, Sam Browne Pattern Frog & Copy Aviator's Certificate. - 16140
Cuthbert Trelawder Maclean was born in Wanganui, New Zealand, in October 1886. He was the son of the Reverend T. B. Maclean and was educated at Wanganui Collegiate School and Auckland University. Maclean was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the New Zealand Land Forces in 1911, and served during the Great War as an infantry officer with the 4th Battalion Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) in the French theatre of war from 13 August 1914 (Mentioned in Despatches and awarded an early Military Cross). Maclean was attached to the Royal Flying Corps in 1915, and after initial training as a pilot was posted for operational service with the newly formed 25 (Fighter) Squadron. Operating out of Auchel, and flying F.E.2b’s, Maclean was credited with the destruction of an enemy aircraft, 22 June 1916, ‘Capt. C. T. Maclean and Lt Barraclough, in a F.E. of 25 Sqn, attacked a Roland biplane east of Lens at 8 a.m. while on patrol duty at 10,000 feet. The F.E. dived at the Roland, and following it down to 5,000 fired two drums at close range. At 5,000 feet the German dived perpendicularly, the F.E. overshooting it. Subsequently Capt Maclean saw the Roland on the ground.’ (Royal Flying Corps, Communiques 1915-1916, Edited by C. Cole refers) Maclean commanded 11 Squadron (F.E.2b’s and Bristol Fighters) at Le Hameau and Bellevue, 1916-17. During the latter period the Squadron, containing Albert Ball, were mainly tasked with offensive patrols and reconnaissance missions. At the start of the German Spring Offensive, 21 March 1918, Maclean held the overall command of the Tenth (Army) Wing’s 141 Camels, Bristol Fighters, D.H.4’s and S.E.5a’s at Bruay. Receiving a senior Permanent Commission in the Royal Air Force in 1919, Maclean’s subsequent postings included as Officer Commanding British Forces in Aden, 1929-31; Director of Postings, Air Ministry, 1931-34; Air Officer Commanding, R.A.F., Middle East, 1934-38; and A.O.C. No. 2 (Bomber) Group. He advanced to Air Vice-Marshal and was retired from the Service in 1940. In later life Maclean resided at Whiteway Copse, Cirencester, Gloucester. He died in 1969 (see the following references regarding the Officer’s WW1 medal awards: C.B. London Gazette 2 January 1933. D.S.O. London Gazette 3 June 1919 (France). M.C. London Gazette 18 February 1915. M.I.D. London Gazettes 14 January 1915, 16 March 1916, and 8 November 1918.France, Legion of Honour, Chevalier London Gazette 17 August 1918). This is the Officer’s, original, 1895/97 Pattern British Infantry Officers Sword purchased via London Auctioneers Dix Noonan & Webb from the Officer’s family (unfortunately the Officer’s medals went elsewhere). These swords were a great improvement on previous patterns with better protection to the hand through its ¾ basket hilt (see page 179 of World Swords by Withers). The Sword has a 32 ½” single edged blade with partial fullers (38 ¾” overall). The blade has light staining to be expected with age. There are no manufacturer marks visible on this sword. The ricasso has the ordnance acceptance star and inlaid ‘proof’ roundel. Both sides of the blade have etched & blued foliate panels, one both sides featuring the Kings Crown and Royal Cypher ‘GR’ (George Rex). The back of the blade is marked ‘London Made’ and one side of the blade is inscribed ‘C.J. Maclean Royal fusiliers’. The hilt is fitted with its original leather washer. It has the correct ¾ bowl guard voided with foliate design and George V ’Kings Crown GR V’. It has the correct fish skin grip with wire binding which is tight and intact. The sword has its brown leather covered wood scabbard which has a German Silver throat mount. The scabbard is fitted with an original Sam Browne pattern brown leather frog with straps, brass stud and buckles. The leather of the scabbard has areas of service wear. The sword comes with a photocopy of the Officers 1915 dated Royal Aero Club Aviator’s certificate which contains a portrait of the Officer. The price for this sword to a highly decorated Officer includes UK delivery. Sn 16140
£745.00

EXTREMELY RARE, ONE OF ONLY 6000, Original, Pre WW2 Japanese NCO's 1st Pattern, Type 95 Katana With Solid Copper Hilt, Suya (Harp) & Tokyo Kokura Arsenal Marks & Scabbard. Sn 16059 - 16059
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). Only approx. 6,000 1st type copper hilt NCO swords were made before introduction of alloy hilt variants. This is an original extremely 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 blackened brass tsuba and scabbard retaining clip. It has an undamaged, fullered, 27 ½” blade which has just light staining consistent with age. The blade is numbered ‘2987’ (of 6000) on one side above the fuller together with inspection mark. The copper 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 period scabbard which has a single hanging ring. The scabbard’s finish has wear consistent with age and service use but no damage or dents. The throat of the scabbard is numbered ‘76876’. The price for this nicely marked extremely rare piece includes UK delivery. Sn 16059
£2,250.00

**LOFT FIND**RARE** Original, WW2 Era Nazi German SS Officer’s 1936 Pattern ‘SS-Fuhrerdegen’ Honour Sword & Scabbard. Sn 15938 - 15938
This is an excellent original WW2 period Nazi German Nazi German SS Officer’s 1936 Pattern ‘SS-Fuhrerdegen’ Honour Sword & Scabbard recently found in a loft and un-messed with. These Honour swords were issued to SS- Officer candidates (see pages 231-233 of the book Swords Of Germany By Angolia). The sword has the correct nickel plated hilt, nickel plated Nazi SS-runes circular button on black background (the NCO version has an oval button) & black stained wood handle with original wire binding. The pommel has the correct knurled edge nickel plated cap. The hilt has its original Oak leaves form nickel plated ferrule. The sword measures 38 ½” overall and the ricasso of its 33 ¼” long, single edged, fullered blade has its original hilt washer. The blade is undamaged and has just staining consistent with age. There are no visible manufacturer marks on this sword. The sword is complete with its original black painted steel scabbard with single steel hanging ring, fixed hanging bar, Nickel plated throat mount and Officer’s pattern nickel plated chape (NCO versions have a drag). The scabbard retains much of its original finish and has no dents. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15938
£2,250.00
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