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WW2 Shin Gunto Japanese Army Officer's Sword With Signed Tang ‘NOSHU SEKI NO JUNIN 23rd GEN FUJIWARA KANEFUSA MADE’ Emperor Hirohito Mark, 1934 Pattern Mounts With Matching Numbers ‘118’, Azai Clan Silver Family Mon, Tasselled Cord & Scabbard - 15310
This is an excellent original WW2 Japanese Officers sword and scabbard . The sword has a fish skin handle bound with cord. It has its original 1934 pattern copper and brass fittings and floral Menuki. It has all matching assembly numbers ‘118’ to the seppa tsuba, fushi on the tsuka. The pommel has a silver family mon badge of the Azai clan (Azai Nagamasa was a Daimyo during the sengoku period. His clan were located in Northern Omi province). The lanyard ring is fitted with an original period Japanese army Officers blue and brown tasselled cord. The tang is signed on one side with Japanese script characters ‘NOSHU SEKI NO JUNIN 23rd GEN FUJIWARA KANEFUSA’ & Showa stamp of Emperor Hirohito (Kanefusa’s born name was Kato Koichi and worked in the Seki (mino / modern gifu prefecture). He won numerous awards in sword exhibitions and was ranked 1st seat (National Swordsmith) in the 6th exhibition of swords 1941. He was ranked Kibin No Retsu in 1942. Many of his blades are signed as prize winning blades (see Oshigata Book Of Modern Japanese Swordsmiths 1868-1945 by Slough). The blade is 27 ¼” length (38” overall). The blade is as found and unmessed with. It has no damage and has gunome hamon. The blade has small areas of staining consistent with age and would benefit from professional cleaning. The sword is carried in its wood scabbard with single hanging ring and ornate brass mounts. The throat mount has rare patent markings (for identical marks see Fuller & Gregory’s Japanese Military & Civil Swords & Dirks page 66 figure 12). The scabbard has its original leather field combat cover laced at the throat and original brass shoe drag (see similar in Fuller & Gregory page 70 plate 93). The price for this nicely marked Japanese sword by a prize winning swordsmith includes UK delivery. Sn 15310
£1,595.00

SOLD SOLD (04/05) 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 With Original NCO’s Leather Cord, Barrel Knot & Scabbard. Sn 15308 - 15308
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. 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, quality heavy brass tsuba and scabbard retaining clip. The hilt is fitted with its original rare to find NCO’s leather cord with barrel knot. It has an undamaged, fullered, 27 ½” blade which has just light staining consistent with age. The blade is numbered ‘5563’ (of 6000) on one side above the fuller. The ricasso has a kanji and number ‘1067’ partially obscured by the habaki. Interestingly this number featured on a copper hilt NCO sword illustrated in Fuller & Gregory’s book Japanese Military Civil Swords & Dirks plate 20 page 85. They describe this secondary number as the Army issue number. 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 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 ‘6522’. The price for this nicely marked extremely rare piece includes UK delivery. Sn 15308
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (21/05) AS FOUND WW2 1943 Dated Shin Gunto Japanese Officer's Sword With Double Signed Tang 'TAKE HISA', Army Officer’s Tasselled Cord & Quality Unusual Leather Bound Steel Scabbard. Sn 15188 - 15188
This is a very good original WW2 Japanese Officers sword and scabbard with quality made unusual leather covered scabbard. The sword has a fish skin handle bound with cord. The skin has some small areas of wear consistent with age. It has its original copper and brass fittings including floral Menuki and push button scabbard retaining clip which functions as it should. The pommel is fitted with an original period Japanese army Officers blue and brown tasselled cord. The tang is signed on both sides with Japanese script characters including the Sword Smith’s name 'Take Hisa' and dated Showa (started 1926) Ju Hachi (18th new Year Shun or haru (Spring of 1943). See Oshigata Book Of Modern Japanese Swordsmiths 1868-1945 by Slough & Fuller & Gregory list 260 page 156 for reference). The blade is 26 ½” length (37” overall). The blade is as found and unmessed with. It has no damage and has Suguha hamon. The blade has staining consistent with age and would benefit from professional cleaning. The sword is carried in its steel scabbard with single hanging ring and ornate brass mounts. Unusually the scabbard is tightly bound with quality brown leather. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15188
£0.00

British WD 1856 Pattern Pioneers Sawback Short Sword Sidearm, 1884 Dated & Regiment Marked ‘V.MX 3’ To The 3rd Middlesex Volunteers & 1893 Dated Scabbard By Mole. Sn 15300 - 15300
This is an excellent 1856 Pattern British Pioneers Sawback Short Sword Sidearm. (see page 173 of Robson's Swords of the British Army). It has a broad 22 ½” blade with deeply cut sawback (27 ½” overall). The blade has just light staining consistent with age. The ricasso has an indistinct very faint manufacturer mark & crisp British WD ordnance inspection mark. It has a heavy ribbed Brass handle with full knuckle bow, slotted at the base for lanyard. The back of the cross guard is crisply stamped ‘V.MX 3’ To The 3rd Middlesex Volunteers and dated ’12 (December).1884’ . The sidearm is complete with original leather scabbard with brass mounts. The throat of the upper mount is crisply date stamped '2 (February).1893'. The mount is stamped by the manufacturer ‘Mole’ (Birmingham). The bottom of the brass chape is open and the tip of the leather scabbard holed and exposed (possibly a contemporary field adaption to allow water to drain out of the scabbard). The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15300
£495.00

Post 1901 & WW1 Era British Manton & Co 1827 Pattern Royal Navy Officer’s Sword With King’s Crown Etched Panels & Gilt Brass Basket Hilt, Officer’s Bullion Cord With Portepee & Scabbard. Sn 15299 - 15299
The year 1827 brought about a radical change in the design of British Naval Officer’s swords. The Napoleonic stirrup hilt was replaced with a solid gilt brass half basket hilt based on the 1822 pattern Infantry Officer’s sword (see page 247 of World Swords by Withers). This is an excellent example of the 1827 pattern British Royal Navy Officer’s Sword and Scabbard. The Sword has a polished steel single edged blade with fullers which is 31 3/4" in length (37 1/2" overall). The clean blade is crisply etched with foliate panels on both sides, King’s Crown above Naval fouled anchor on one side And KC with heraldic arms on the reverse. The riccaso is marked on one side by the manufacturer ‘Manton & Co England’ (the Manton family were English gunmakers beginning with John in the early 1800's, then his younger brother Joseph who operated circa 1825-35. J. Manton and Son operated circa 1832-1862 and J. Manton & Co is later listed as operating in London and Calcutta). The reverse has the ordnance acceptance proof star and inlaid ‘proof’ roundel. It has the correct gilt brass lions head with mane pommel and grip strap & half basket knuckle guard with the Royal Navy KC and fouled anchor motif. The hilt is fitted with its original bullion Officer’s cord & portepee. The sword’s dark brown stippled leather or fish skin grip with wire binding is undamaged. The sword is complete with its black leather scabbard which has gilt brass mounts and 2 hanging rings. The throat mount has an applied shield embossed ‘Manton & Co England’. The leather has a contemporary repair towards the bottom section. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15299
£475.00

Late 19th / Early 20th Century Belgian Fonson & Co Fabricants Bruxcelles Infantry Officer’s Sword With Blued & Gilt Etched Blade ‘Le Roi Et La Patrie’ (The King & Homeland) & Scabbard. Sn 15248 - 15248
This is an excellent original Belgian Infantry Officer’s Sword made sometime in the late 19th / early 20th Century. Our example has a 37 ½” long steel blade and measures 44” overall. The blade has deep tooled / etched decoration on both sides with blued and gilt panels. One panel has a stylised Royal monogram and the reverse panel has heraldic arms and wording ‘Le Roi Et La Patrie’ (The King & Homeland). The ricasso has a crisp embossed rectangular manufacturer’s cartouche Fonson & Co Fabricants Bruxcelles’. The blade is fitted with original hilt washer. It has a pierced and gilded knuckle guard cast with foliate decoration and stepped pommel with matching decoration. Its grooved polished horn hilt is undamaged. The sword is complete with its original steel scabbard. The scabbard with shoe has even patina and no dents or damage. It is fitted with single hanging ring. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15248
£475.00

WW1 Era British 1895/ 1897 Pattern Infantry Officer’s Sword With Etched & Blued Panels Blade To G. Summer, The Royal Engineers, George V King’s Crown Royal Cypher, Scabbard With Leather Covered Field Scabbard & Sam Browne Pattern Leather Frog. Sn 6376 - 6376
This is a very good, original, 1895/97 Pattern British Infantry Officers Sword. 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 side featuring the Kings Crown, Heraldic Arms and Royal Cypher ‘GR’ (George Rex). The reverse with heraldic arms together with Royal Engineers badge. 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’. The guard is contemporaneously inscribed ‘G. Summer’ no doubt the Royal Engineer’s Officer who commissioned this sword. 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. All leather and stitching of the scabbard and frog are intact. The price for this sword worthy of further research regarding the named Royal Engineers Officer includes UK delivery. Sn 6376
£375.00

Victorian Era British 1827 Pattern Royal Navy Officer’s Sword With Etched Panels & Gilt Brass Basket Hilt By Bilney & Ashdown Portsea & Scabbard. Sn 15246 - 15246
The year 1827 brought about a radical change in the design of British Naval Officer’s swords. The Napoleonic stirrup hilt was replaced with a solid gilt brass half basket hilt based on the 1822 pattern Infantry Officer’s sword (see page 247 of World Swords by Withers). This is an excellent example of the 1827 pattern British Royal Navy Officer’s Sword and Scabbard. The Sword has a single edged blade with fullers which is 31” in length (36 ½” overall). The blade has just areas of light staining consistent with age and crisply etched with foliate panels on both sides and Queen Victoria crown above Naval fouled anchor on one side. The riccaso is marked on one side by the manufacturer ‘Bilney & Ashdown, Lion Terrace, Portsea’. The reverse has the ordnance acceptance proof star and inlaid ‘proof’ roundel. It has the correct gilt brass lions head with mane pommel and grip strap & half basket knuckle guard with the Royal Navy Queen Victoria Crown and fouled anchor motif. One side of the guard has a small hinged folding langet which, when folded flat fastens to a pin on the throat mount of its scabbard and holds the sword securely in place. The sword’s fish skin grip with wire binding is undamaged. The sword is complete with its black leather scabbard which has gilt brass mounts and 2 hanging rings. The leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15246
£575.00

**SOLD**SOLD**25/05**MATCHING WW1 1916 DATES, British WD Enfield 1908 Pattern British Heavy Cavalry Troopers Sword & Scabbard. Sn 15264 - 15264
This is an excellent original, WW1 British 1908 Pattern Heavy Cavalry Troopers Sword & scabbard. This pattern of Sword was featured in the dramatic Cavalry charge scene in the Movie 'War Horse'. The Sword has a 35 " single edged blade with fuller (43" overall). The blade has some staining but no rust. The ricasso is marked ‘4 16’ (April 1916) with inspection marks and the reverse with Enfield ‘EFD’ inspection/ proof marks. The back of the blade is marked ‘p 08’ (pattern 1908). The hilt is fitted with its original leather washer. It has the correct full bowl guard and stippled grip with thumb recess. The guard has no visible date or Regiment marks. It is complete with its original steel scabbard with fixed hanging rings. The scabbard retains much of its original brown paint. The scabbard has Enfield & WD inspection marks and matching ’16 (1916) date. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15264
£0.00

Victorian British Staffordshire Constabulary Police Hanger Weapon Number 98 With Etched Blade & Scabbard. Sn 15247 - 15247
The Staffordshire Constabulary was established in 1842 as the main police force for the county of Staffordshire, although a number of boroughs maintained their own forces until as late as 1968. The force went by a number of different names through its history - Staffordshire Constabulary, 1842-1929; Staffordshire County Police, 1929-1967; Staffordshire County and Stoke on Trent Constabulary, 1968-1974 – and since 1974 has been known as Staffordshire Police. This is an excellent Victorian Police Hanger to the Staffordshire Constabulary with original scabbard. On one side of the fullered and curved 23” long blade is a fine deeply etched panel ' Staffordshire Constabulary ' together with weapon number ‘98’ and Queen’s Crown. The blade has just small areas of staining consistent with age. The shagreen handle is in good order with brass knuckle guard and stepped pommel. The hilt is fitted with a brass button scabbard retaining catch which secures the hanger in its scabbard. The overall length of the hanger is 28 ½”. The cross guard is stamped ‘SCC’ (Staffordshire County Constabulary) and is numbered ‘316’. The leather scabbard with brass mounts is in similar excellent condition with all leather & stitching intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15247
£575.00
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