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ANCIENT 1558 - 1570 Japanese Naginata Pole Arm Blade With Signed Tang ‘Kanabo Masa Sada (School Variation)’ By ‘Yamato Den (School)’ Sword Smith, Japanese Maple Blade Protector Scabbard & Hilt & Japanese Assessment Documents (ED 2234/15519 Daggers Swords) - ED 2234 / 15519
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. On the 5th January 1998, the curved blade which has a cutting edge of 17 ¾”, was assessed by a panel of sword smith judges in Japan. The sword is accompanied by the original judgement documents from the Japanese NBTHK Society 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. The documents numbered 142803 with Judges seal have been photocopied and translated by UK based Japanese Sword expert Bill Tagg. The copies and his translation notes accompany the original Japanese documents. In the judgement, the blade is assessed to be :Toku Betsu Hozon (specially worthy of preservation), made by Kanabo (School) Masa Sada (variation), dated circa 1558-1570 (Eiroku period). The translation notes describe the blade as having mint polish and being made by the sword smith Yamato Den (School) who worked in the Eiroku era 1558-70 (see Swordsmiths of Japan by Marcus Sesko page 105 for sword smith reference). The blade has pronounced well defined hamon and fullers. To protect the blade it is fitted with a Japanese Maple wood hilt and scabbard in superb condition. The price for this ancient piece judged by Japanese experts as worthy of special preservation with documentation & translation notes includes UK delivery. ED 2234 / 15519
£2,750.00

**SOLD** 1/8*1390-1393 2nd Generation Kanezane Sword Smith Japanese Blade With Mint Polish, Maple Blade Protector Scabbard & Hilt With Original Assessment Documents & Translation From Japan. Later 19thC Fittings Incl Whale Baleen Hilt. ED 2230 / 15515 - ED 2230 / 15515
This ancient Japanese sword blade is in excellent condition. It was found in the quality, early 19th century scabbard, early 19th Century Whale Baleen bound hilt and mounts that accompany this piece. In 2015 the blade which has a cutting edge of 27”, was assessed by a panel of sword smith judges in Japan and it is accompanied by original judgement documents from the Nihon Token Hozon Kai (NPO) with stylised Japanese script, translation, 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 with certificate dated 13th December 2015 and numbered 70105 the blade is assessed to have been made in the Meitoku era 1390-1393 and attributed to the sword smith Kanezane, made in the Yamato tradition, Tegai School ( likely 2nd generation Kane Zane 1394-1428 (son of 1st generation Kanezane who worked in the Koan period). See Swordsmiths of Japan Vol 1 by Marcus Sesko page 331 for reference. The following detail is also recorded: ‘Signature- O-suriage Mumei, construction of blade- Shinogi zukuri lori mune, forging-Itame (nothing else legible) hamon- Niehotsure sugu (ha), boshi- illegible, Nakago ana-two count Yasurime Kiri, Biko not very clear Meitoku era = 1390/93, Shinsa In/ Natsu In: Seals Of Judges’. NB £600 was spent on this sword for professional polishing in London. To protect the blade it is fitted with a Japanese Maple wood hilt and scabbard in superb condition. The blade comes with the best quality 19th Century hilt and scabbard in which it was found. For presentation the hilt has been fitted with a wooden blade. The saya and tsuka have handachi fittings in iron with gold karakusavine inlay, split Kogai (Wari Kogai) fitted in the saya, iron handachi tsuba inlaid with brass heianjo-zogan in Yoshiro style. The hilt is bound with Whale Baleen (filaments from the mouth of a whale). The binding covers the fish skin hilt and menuki. The sword blade in its protective hilt & scabbard and 19th C hilt and scabbard are contained in cloth covers with draw cords. The price for this superb piece with Japanese assessment papers includes UK delivery. ED 2230 / 15515
£0.00

ANCIENT BLADE C1350 – 1450’s Japanese Koto Ko-Tachi Imperial Daimyo Lord / Nobleman’s, Emperor’s Court Sword With Minamoto Clan Signed Tang, Cords & Edo Period Scabbard With Royal Family Kiri Mons & Hangers With Expert’s Assessment. ED 2231 / 15516 - ED 2231 / 15516
This is a spectacular Court sword which would have been carried by a member of the Imperial Royal family in the Emperor’s Court. The ancient blade is in the form and structure made pre 1600 possibly 1350’s to 1450’s. The Court sword is 30” overall length and the clean sharp blade’s cutting edge is 20 ½”” length. The pierced tang has Japanese characters which are indistinct. A UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg provided an assessment of this sword and scabbard which is included with this piece. The description describes the blade and fittings as: ‘An ancient blade Koto (old sword period), pre 1600 could be 1350’s to 1450’s. ½ the Kanji from 2 characters (in the signature) are missing with a double mekuki ana punched through them, mounted asa-tachi (small) in top quality edo period mounts for use as a court sword by a Daimyo Lord. The Saya has kiri mons used by relatives of the imperial family. A dramatic looking Tachi worthy of further research in Japan’. The accompanying paperwork also has black and white image of the marks on the tang with note indicating ‘Minamoto Clan name’. The price for this rare Japanese piece with ancient blade & Imperial Japanese Royal family connections includes UK delivery. ED 2231 / 15516
£4,500.00

ANCIENT 1644-1704 Japanese Wakazashi Blade, Osaka-Tanba Lineage Of The Tamba No Kami Yohi Michi Family Of Sword Smiths With Japanese Maple Blade Protector Scabbard & Hilt And Expert Assessment . ED 2232 / 15517 - ED 2232 / 15517
This ancient Japanese sword blade is in excellent condition. The blade which has a cutting edge of 21 ½”, was assessed by a UK based Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. His assessment accompanies this piece. In the assessment he details how the Tamba No Kami Yohi Michi Family Of Sword Smiths worked for 3 generations between 1644-1704. The family were allowed to stamp the tangs of their blades with the Imperial Chrysanthemum mon. The family were divided into 2 branches, the other being the Osaka Tanba line. The Osaka -Tanba were not allowed to mark their blades with the Imperial mon. The family was from the Mishina school and moved to Kyoto in 1593. In the description he states ‘I think this (blade) is Osaka-Tanba’ and describes the blade as having a subdued Sudareba (Bamboo curtain) hamon. His description also includes an image and translation of the tang signature which is without mon. To protect the blade it is fitted with a Japanese Maple wood hilt and scabbard in superb condition. The piece comes with its cloth cover with draw cord. The price for this ancient piece with expert assessment includes UK delivery. ED 2232 / 15517
£1,450.00

ANCIENT BLADE 1532-1555 Japanese Katana With 3rd Generation Yakuoji Suke Tsugu Sword Smith Signed Tang, 19th Century Polish & Fine 18th Century Fittings, Scabbard & Original Assessment Documents From Japan With Translation. ED 2233 / 15518 - ED 2233 / 15518
This is an excellent Japanese katana with ancient blade. The blade of this katana has a cutting edge of 25” and signed tang. At some point in its life the blade was sent to Japan and assessed by a panel of sword smith judges. The sword is accompanied by original judgement documents from the Nihon Token Hozon Kai (NTHK) with stylised Japanese script, translation, 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 T0532 and T140532 the blade is assessed to have been made in the Mikawa province between 1532-1555 by the 3rd generation sword smith Yakuoji Suke Tsugu and has the seal of Judges (see Swordsmiths of Japan by Marcus Sesko page 103 for sword smith reference). 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. In his notes he states, ‘The blade made in an era when there were many battles has 2 small nibbles in the edge near to the point. The blade is suriage (cut down) to yakote line. The hamon is based on suguha and has a massive boshi point which is down to yakote line. In in old sleepy 19th Century polish. Fine 18th century iron tsuba, musashi style with cut outs in rim inlaid with gold shakudo fuchi kashira with inlaid Gold Dragons & best quality hilt wrappings’. The lacquered wood scabbard is undamaged with just light surface wear. The sword and scabbard are contained in cloth covers with draw cords. The price for this superb piece with Japanese assessment papers includes UK delivery. ED 2233
£3,450.00

SOLD SOLD (04/07) American Civil War 1863 Dated, Model 1860 / M1862 U.S. Cavalry Sabre With Scabbard. Sn 14894:35 - 14894:35
The design of American Infantry swords of the Civil war era were influenced by French designs (see page 211 of World Swords by Withers). The Model 1860 Light Cavalry Sabre was also known as the M1862 as this was when the first 800 were issued. This model of sword was used by US cavalry from the American Civil War until the end of the Indian wars; some were still in use during the Spanish–American War. The M1860 sabre received its name to distinguish it from the larger and heavier Model 1840 Heavy Cavalry Sabre that it replaced. Like its predecessor it had a brass guard, leather-wrapped grip and steel scabbard but unlike the M1840 it was easier to handle. By the end of the Civil War over 300,000 1860 sabres had been produced: 200,000 by Ames, 32,000 by Roby and many more by firms such as Tiffany and Co, Glaze, Justice, and Emerson and Silver. Famous users of the Model 1860 sabre include George Armstrong Custer and J.E.B. Stuart. This is an excellent original civil war dated example of the Model 1860 sword complete with its original steel scabbard (see page plate 27a of the book American Swords By Flayderman). It has a 34 ¼” elegantly curved blade with fullers on both sides and it is 40 ¾” overall. The blade has staining consistent with age but no rust. The cutting edge is sharp and has just a few very small nicks consistent with age and service use. The blade has its original leather hilt washer. The ricasso is marked ‘US’ (Army) and has a factory armourer’s inspection mark ‘D.R’ together with 1863 date. There are no visible manufacturer marks on this sword. This sword came to us with no grip. We have had the grip professionally re-bound in leather and brass wire which reproduces the original period version exactly. It has the correct voided brass bar knuckle guard & brass pommel cap, The sword is complete with its original steel scabbard with 2 original hanging rings. The scabbard has even patina. The price for this American Civil War era Cavalry sabre with scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 14894:35
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 12/07 ) American Civil War Era Model 1840 Horstmann’s Philadelphia ‘Old Wrist Breaker’ Dragoon Heavy Cavalry Sabre With Scabbard. Sn 14894:34 - 14894:34
The design of American Infantry swords of the Civil war era were influenced by French designs (see page 211 of World Swords by Withers). In 1840 the U.S. War Department adopted a new model sabre for the Army's three Regiments of Dragoons. This sword, which followed closely the French light cavalry model of 1822, set the pattern for American cavalry sabres and won the name of "Old Wrist Breaker" from the men who used it. Although replaced with lighter,1850 and 1860 pattern sabres these 1840 pattern sabres continued to be used during the American Civil War. This is an excellent original example of the Model 1840 sword complete with its original steel scabbard (see page plate 27c of the book American Swords By Flayderman). It has a 36” elegantly curved blade with fullers on both sides and it is 41 ½” overall. The blade is clean & sharp. The ricasso is crisply marked by the manufacturer ‘Horstmann’s Phila’ on one side and has a small ‘w’ armoury inspection mark on the reverse. The cutting edge of the blade has no nicks or damage. This sword came to us with no grip. We have had the grip professionally re-bound in leather and brass wire which reproduces the original period version exactly. It has the correct original voided brass knuckle guard & brass pommel cap, The sword is complete with its original steel scabbard with 2 original hanging rings. The price for this American Civil war Dragoon Heavy Cavalry sabre with scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 14894:34
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (16/07) MATCHING NUMBERS, WW2 Japanese NCO's Type 95 Katana With Seki Swords Company & Kokura Arsenal Marks & Scabbard. Sn 15487 - 15487
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 '84440' 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 has just light surface wear consistent with age and service use but no dents. The throat of the scabbard is stamped with matching number. This piece is clearly a bring back, surrendered or recovered from the battlefield. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15487
£0.00

Victorian, 1855, British Pattern 1827 Chatsworth Rifles Officer's Sword With Queen’s Crown Etched Blade By Henry Wilkinson Pall Mall London 'Matlock Families Motto ‘Multa Tuli Fecique’ (I Have Suffered And Done Many Things) & Scabbard. Sn 15312 - 15312
Originally raised as the King’s Royal Rifle Corps in 1755, the Rifle Brigade was officially formed in 1800. Initially Officer’s carried a lighter version of the 1796 pattern Light cavalry sabre, later adopting the 1803 pattern Infantry Officer’s Sword with strung bugle motif placed within the knuckle bow. The Regiment, always renowned for its individuality both in uniform and tactics, it was no wonder that they eventually gained their own distinctive pattern of sword. The 1827 pattern is defined by an all steel hilt coupled with the replacement of the usual Royal Cypher with a strung bugle and Queen’s Crown in the hilt .This is an excellent, original example 1827 Pattern Sword with Scabbard. It has a 32” long elegantly curved blade with fullers (38 ¼” overall). The blade has just light staining consistent with age and is etched on both sides with foliate panels including Queen’s crown & ‘Chatsworth Rifles’ within panels (one of the oldest Volunteer Corps. In 1915 the 16th (Service) Battalion Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment was inaugurated by the Duke of Devonshire and took the name Chatsworth Rifles). One side has the stylised ‘VR’ Victoria Regina monogram. The blade has the ordnance acceptance star with inlaid roundel at the ricasso on one side together with panel containing stylised Eagle, latin motto ‘Multa Tuli Fecique’ (I have suffered and done many things. This motto features on Coats of Arms Of The Matlock Families 1817 and before ) and stylised Monogram. The reverse has manufacturer detail ‘Henry Wilkinson Pall Mall London’. The back of the blade is numbered ‘6623’ (The number dates the blade to 1855. Wilkinson keep extensive records of their blades and enquires with Wilkinson may reveal the name of the Officer who commissioned this sword). It has a voided knuckle guard with the correct Rifle Brigade Queen’s crown with strung bugle motif, curved stepped pommel with ball end and wire bound grooved wood grip with skin fish skin covering. It is complete with steel scabbard with 2 hanging rings. The scabbard has light staining consistent with age and just a few small dents. The price for this sword worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 15312
£695.00

Early 20th Century British Cogswell & Harrison 168 Piccadilly London Swagger Sword Stick With Niello Siver Mounts & Etched Blade (Previously Owned By Colonel Alec Salmon, late Highland Light Infantry, Chief of Staff 1950-52). Sn 153463 - 15463
Cogswell & Harrison were established in May 1770 and is London’s oldest surviving gun maker. The company has manufactured an exceptionally diverse range of sporting weapons during its long and colourful history. This is an attractive Swagger Sword Stick made by Cogswell and Harrison sometime in the early 20th Century and during its history was owned by Colonel Alec Salmon, late Highland Light Infantry, Chief of Staff (1950-52) to Sir John Bagot Glubb (known as Glubb Pasha), Commanding General, Transjordan Arab Legion. The 32.5 cm double edged blade is clean and tapers to a pin sharp point. It has a n etched foliate panel on one side containing manufacturer detail ‘ Cogswell & Harrison Ltd, Gun Makers 168 Piccadilly London’. The leather covered wood handle and scabbard have ornate niello silver mounts, the pommel with floral decoration and relief with crown. The sword stick is 60cm overall length in its scabbard. The leather covering is clean and intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15463
£575.00
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