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Original Polish HIGH GRADE, WW2 Japanese Officer's Seki Arsenal Showa-To Shin-Gunto Sword Signed Tang ‘KOJIMA KUNI FUSA (Sword Smith Working In Seki Mino Province, Real Name Kojima Yuzo) With Rare Military Iron Tsuba & Scabbard With Field Combat Cover - 13711
This is an original condition as found, original WW2 Japanese Officers Shin-Gunto sword & scabbard. The sword has a fish skin handle bound with cord. It has its original copper and brass fittings including floral menuki. Unusually it is also fitted with a rare Iron military tsuba which are usually made of brass. The tang is signed on one side with Japanese script characters ‘KOJIMA KUNI FUSA’ a Sword Smith Working In Seki Mino Province whose real name was Kojima Yuzo. Yuzo was born 23rd June 1914 & worked as a Gunto Sword Smith (see Markus Sessko page number 412). The tang also has Showa-To Seki Arsenal stamp. The blade is 26 ½” length, has its original polish and has well defined hamon. The blade is razor sharp. The sword is carried in its wood scabbard with single hanging ring. The scabbard is fitted with its original brown leather field combat cover which has 2 press stud fasteners at the throat. The cover has some areas of service wear consistent with age and use. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 13711
£1,275.00

SOLD SOLD SOLD COLLECTOR’S CONDITION, WW2 Japanese Officer's Seki Arsenal Shin-Gunto Sword Double Signed Tang Sword Smith ‘YAMA GUCHI TOSHI CHIKA’, Original polish to blade & Steel Scabbard. Sn 13710 - 13710
This is an untouched, as found, collector’s condition, original WW2 Japanese Officers Shin-Gunto sword & scabbard. The sword has a fish skin handle bound with cord. It has its original copper and brass fittings including floral menuki. The pommel has its original lanyard ring. The tang is marked on both sides with stamped and green painted Japanese script characters including Sword Smith name ‘YAMA GUCHI TOSHI CHIKA’ (see Fuller & Gregory List No. 215 Page Number 124). The Seki arsenal oil tempered Murato blade which retains its original polish, is 26 1/2" length and has well defined straight Hamon. The blade is razor sharp. The sword is carried in its original brown painted steel scabbard with ornate copper fittings & single hanging ring. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 13710
£0.00

HIGHLY RATED MAKER, UNTOUCHED, WW2 Japanese Officer's Seki Arsenal Shin-Gunto Sword Double Signed Tang ‘KANE MICHI SAKU’ (Won Special Honour Seat at 1941 Exhibition), original polish to blade & a Scabbard With Leather Field Combat Cover. Sn 13709 - 13709
This is an untouched, as found, original WW2 Japanese Officers Shin-Gunto sword & scabbard. The sword has a fish skin handle bound with cord. It has its original copper and brass fittings including floral menuki. The pommel has its original lanyard ring. The tang is marked on both sides with Japanese script characters including the Sword Smith’s name and Showa-To stamp ‘KANE MICHI SAKU’ (A highly rated Smith who won a Special Honour Seat at the Japanese 1941 Exhibition). The habaki has contemporary hand tooled naïve initials possibly the original owners. The special order long blade is 27 ½” length. The blade retains its original polish, is razor sharp and has well defined wave hamon. The sword is carried in its wood scabbard with single hanging ring. The scabbard is fitted with its original brown leather field combat cover which has 2 press stud fasteners at the throat. The cover has some areas of service wear consistent with age and use. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 13709
£1,295.00

WW2 Japanese Naval Officer's Kai-Gunto Sword With Naval ‘Sun Ray’ Tsuba , Signed Tang ‘Mihara Yoshiteru’ (Mihara- City Founded in 1936 in Hiroshima Prefecture) & Lacquered Wood Scabbard With Brass Naval Mounts. Sn 13688 - 13688
This is an excellent, original WW2 Japanese Naval Officers Kai-Gunto sword & scabbard. The sword has a fully bound Tsuka with gided copper Naval fuchi-kashira & 3 cherry blossom menuki each stippled & moulded/chiselled in high relief. The outer bottom of the fuchi (collar) has 3 characters stamped in it & the corresponding base of the handle has 2 on each side. It has oval blued flat tsuba with “& 30” stamped on one side. The 4 small seppa & the 2 large seppa have “& 30” stamped into their rear. It has silvered copper habaki and it has a brown cloth tassel loop. It has Naval ‘Sun Ray’ design on 2 of the hilt fittings. The tang is crisply marked on one side with 4 Japanese script characters ‘Mihara Yoshiteru’ (Mihara is a City founded in 1936 in Hiroshima Prefecture). On the same side is a small indistinct arsenal stamp of a Japanese character where the tang becomes the blade. The 26” oil quenched blade is excellent with original polish and typical ‘Wave’ hamon. The blade is razor sharp. The sword is carried in its original lacquered wood scabbard with brass Naval mounts and 2 hanging rings. The lacquered surface of the scabbard has small areas of surface wear consistent with age and service use, this does not detract from the attractiveness of the piece. Price for this excellent Naval sword with signed tang includes UK delivery. Sn 13688
£1,595.00

MATCHING DATES, WW1 1916 Dated WD 1908 Pattern British WD Heavy Cavalry Troopers Sword With Enfield & SB&N Ltd Marks & 1916 Dated Scabbard. Sn 12461 - 12461
This is an excellent original, WW1 British 1908 Pattern Heavy Cavalry Troopers Sword 1916 dated with its scabbard. The Sword has an undamaged 35 " single edged blade with fuller (43" overall). The blade has areas of light staining consistent with age. The ricasso is marked ‘4 ‘16 ( April 1916) with Enfield ‘EFD’ inspection marks & WD arrow. The reverse is stamped ‘SB&N Ld’ with WD inspection marks. The back of the blade is stamped ’P08’ (1908 Pattern). The hilt is fitted with its original leather washer. It has the correct full bowl guard and stippled light brown composite grip with thumb recess. The guard has no visible Regiment Marks. It is complete with its original steel scabbard with fixed hanging rings. Again there are no visible Regiment marks but it has faint matching date ‘16’ (1916). The scabbard has even patina consistent with age and service use. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 12461
£645.00

ORIGINAL NAPOLEONIC WARS ERA British 1796 Pattern Officer's Light Cavalry Sabre By Gill, London & Scabbard Presented To Captain John Guy Lovedon Volunteers By Duke Of Rutland For Service During Defence Of Belvoir Castle C1814 & Certificate Of Commission - 13644
Thomas Gill began manufacturing Swords in Birmingham during 1774 and is last recorded at St James, London in 1816. 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). Belvoir Castle is a stately home in the English county of Leicestershire, overlooking the Vale of Belvoir (grid reference SK820337). A corner of the castle is still used as the family home of the Manners family and remains the seat of the Dukes of Rutland, most of whom are buried in the grounds of the mausoleum there. This original Officer's quality 1796 Sabre by Gill is in excellent condition and has a handwritten cardboard label attached ‘Presented To Captain John Guy (Lovedon Volunteer Infantry Lincolnshire) By The Duke Of Rutland For Services Relating To A Defence Of Belvoir Castle During Riots About 1814. John Guy’s Commission 1804’. It has a single edged, fullered 33” sabre blade (38 ½” overall). The blade has some staining consistent with age but no rust or damage. One side of the blade near to the hilt has traces of blue and gilt etched decoration. The back of the blade is stamped by the manufacturer ‘Gill’. Its cross guard with rounded langets, knuckle guard, pommel are undamaged. It has a ribbed Ivory handle which has a couple of fine stable cracks consistent with age. The grip is secure. The Sabre is complete with its original steel scabbard with 2 hanging rings. The scabbard has even patina and no dents. The Officer’s Original hand written certificate of commission (illustrated) accompanies the piece and has original seals applied together with the original signature of the Lord Lieutenant and 1804 date. The certificate is mounted in a dark wood glazed frame and has hanging rings and cord to the rear for wall mounting. Price for this excellent Napoleonic Wars Era dated piece with interesting history to a named Officer worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 13644
£1,750.00

Rare, WW1 1915, Pattern 1896 British Mountain Artillery 'All Ranks' Sword (North West Frontier Era) By Mole Birmingham & John Round & Son Limited Sheffield With Scabbard. Sn 13428 - 13428
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 & WW1 (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 fuller (34 ½” overall). The blade has staining consistent with age but no rust and the cutting edge has just a few small nicks to be expected with age and service use. The nicks are only visible on close inspection. The ricasso is marked John Round & Son Limited Sheffield on one side and the reverse with WD arrow mark, inspection marks and WW1 ‘8 15’ date (August 1915). The back of the blade is stamped with an inspection mark. It has a steel flat bow guard and grooved correct cast iron ribbed grip. The guard has inspection marks and is stamped ‘Mole’ (Birmingham). It is complete with its original correct leather scabbard with brass mounts. All stitching & leather of the scabbard is intact. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 13428
£895.00

sold sold sold WW2 Era Japanese Officer’s Sword With Signed Tang ‘KUNI NAGA’, Arsenal Made Rust Resistant (Early Stainless Steel) Murato Oil Tempered Blade & Scabbard With Leather Field Service Cover. Sn 13601 - 13601
This is an excellent original WW2 era 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 fitted with a small lanyard cord. The hilt has a press button scabbard retaining catch which functions as it should. The tang is crisply signed with Japanese script on one side ' Kuni Naga’ (illustrated in image 2). The 26” clean murato oil tempered Arsenal made blade is razor sharp, made of rust resistant steel (early stainless steel) and has pronounced straight hamon (illustrated inset in image 3). It is carried in its steel scabbard with ornate copper fittings and a single hanging ring. The scabbard has its original brown leather field service cover which has a reinforced shoe and 2 press studs at the throat. The leather has some minor surface scuffs consistent with age and service use. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13601
£0.00

SOLD SOLD SOLD 'Swords of Imperial Japan 1868-1945 Cyclopeddia Edition' Book by Jim Dawson. BO 302 - 13694
This is a mint, as new copy of the 'Swords of Imperial Japan 1868-1945 Cyclopedia Edition' by Jim Dawson. Anyone having an interest in WWII Japanese Swords or simply Japanese swords in general should buy this book. For those WWII collectors interested in purchasing Japanese Swords it is critical to have the information in this book to avoid cheap fake swords being produced in china currently and aged to appear real. This book is full of photos, information, and pictures of Japanese military soldiers carrying the swords they were issued or purchased during the war, and any collector should be armed with this overall view of the items before trying to purchase one. Highly recommend it for any Japanese sword collector. It consists of 448 pages, is packed with colour and black and white photographs, sketches and drawing. It is in mint condition. It measures 11 1/4" x 9". The price includes UK delivery. BO 302 sn 13694
£0.00

WW2 1941 Japanese Army Officer’s Shonato Arsenal Sword With Sword Smith and Family Signed Tang 'KANE SUMI SA TO', Post 1939 Showa Stamp & Scabbard. ED 2137 - ED 2137
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 tsuba and floral menuki. The pommel has its original lanyard ring. The tang is signed with Japanese script on both sides which translate as Tang 'KANE SUMI (Sword Smith) SA TO (Family Name), Dated 16th Year Of Showa (1941) Shonato Arsenal (see page number 66 of John Slough’s book re Shonato). The 26 ½” blade has pronounced wave hamon. It is carried in its original brown painted steel scabbard with ornate copper fittings and a single hanging ring. Price includes UK delivery. ED 2137
£1,150.00
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