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EXTREMELY RARE, ORIGINAL, C1600 Elizabethan Italian Cup Hilt Raper Renaissance Form Sword With Early Shell Guard Swept Hilt. Sn 14816 - 14816
Rapier is a loose term for a type of slender, sharply pointed sword. With such design features, the rapier is optimized to be a thrusting weapon, but cutting or slashing attacks were also recorded in some historical treatises. In the Elizabethan era (1558-1603) which Historians often depict as the golden age in English history, the size of a Gentleman’s Rapier indicated his status at court. These weapons were mainly used in Early Modern Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries. Our example is a massive 48” overall length. It has with a 39” double edged Rapier blade with fullers and as such must have been owned by a very important nobleman. Our example is Italian Renaissance form and both sides of the blade have indistinct markings (illustrated). The blade is undamaged and has just the staining consistent with age. The ornate swept bar hilt with upturned clam shells and gilt wire binding is similar in form to a rapier illustrated on page 525 item 3 of the book ‘A Glossary Of The Construction, Decoration & Use Of Arms & Armour’ by Stone which he describes as being made C1600. The price for this ancient Rapier in excellent condition includes UK delivery. Sn 14816 ** N.B. This Rapier is guaranteed to be period with an un-limited guarantee. It is NOT a Victorian copy.***
£4,750.00

WW2 Era Nazi German Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Cie Solingen (WKC), Pattern German Army Officer's Dress Sword & Scabbard. Sn 14769. - 14769
This is an original WW2 period German Nazi WKC pattern German Army Officer's Sword (see page 139 of Swords Of Germany By Angolia where an identical hilt pattern is illustrated). The sword has a curved grip strap and pommel adorned with cast Oak leaves decoration. The hilt has 2 langets. One with cast Nazi National emblem' of Eagle (with short spread wings) and Swastika with wreath and the reverse langet with void shield on a field of Oak leaves. It has a knuckle bow with ornate cast oak leaves decoration. The undamaged grooved grip is gilt wire bound. The hilt retains most of its original gilding. The sword measures 36 ¾” overall and the ricasso of its clean, 32" single edged, curved, fullered blade is stamped with the WKC Solingen makers mark and Helm legend. The sword is complete with its black painted scabbard with single steel hanging ring, fixed hanging bar and shoe. The scabbard has no dents. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14769
£475.00

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 Daggers & Swords) - ED 2234
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
£3,750.00

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 - ED 2233
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
£4,950.00

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 - ED 2232
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
£2,450.00

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 - ED 2231
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
£6,750.00

ANCIENT BLADE 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
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
£6,950.00

SOLD SOLD SOLD (2/12) WW1 Era British Officer's Brown Leather Cord Bound Wood Swagger Dagger / Sword Stick. Sn 14724 - 14724
An original WW1 era British Officer’s, brown leather cord covered swagger sword stick. It has an 11 ¾” double edged steel blade which narrows to a pin sharp point. The blade near to the hilt has small riveted leaf springs either side which retains the blade securely in the scabbard. It measures 21 ½” overall in its scabbard. The blade has some areas of light staining consistent with age, but is straight and undamaged (there are no manufacturer or date marks). The leather cord binding of the hilt and scabbard are tight and intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14724
£0.00

WW1 Imperial German Artillery Officer’s Sword With Etched Blade & Scabbard. Sn 14667:12 - 14667:12
This is an original, WW1 Era, German Artillery Officer’s Sword & Scabbard (see pages 199 and 204 of World Swords by Withers for similar WW1 German Artillery Swords). The Sword is in very good condition. It has a single edged, fullered, curved, 30” blade. Both sides of the blade are etched with a foliate design incorporating Martial banners and arms and cannons. The back edge of the blade is decorated with Oak leaves. The blade has just light staining consistent with age. Its cross guard, knuckle guard, pommel are undamaged. The black paint of its wood grip with finger grooves has areas of wear to be expected but is intact and secure. The Sabre is complete with its original steel scabbard with 2 hanging rings. The scabbard with small shoe has no dents and just even light staining to be expected of a sword scabbard of this age. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14667:12
£295.00

WW1 British 1912 Pattern Heavy Cavalry Troopers Sword By W. Anderson & Sons Leather Covered Field Service Scabbard & Sam Browne Pattern Leather Frog. Sn 11644. - 11644
This is an original, WW1 British 1912 Pattern Heavy Cavalry Troopers Sword with its scabbard & Frog. The Sword has an undamaged 35 " single edged blade with fuller (43" overall). The blade has light staining consistent with age. The ricasso is faintly marked on one side by the manufacturer which appears to be ‘W. Anderson & Sons’. The reverse has the inlaid ordnance acceptance roundel. It has a full bowl guard with ornate tooled decoration and fish skin wire bound grip with thumb recess. The sword has no visible Regiment / WD Marks or dates. It is complete with its original leather bound field service scabbard. The scabbard is fitted with an original Sam Brown pattern leather frog with brass stud to the front, hanging bar to the rear and 2 hanging straps with brass buckles. There are no visible manufacturer or date marks on the scabbard or frog. All leather and stitching of the scabbard and frog are intact. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 11644
£675.00
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