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WW2 Japanese Officer’s Sword With 1840 -1860 Hand Forged Old Family Blade, Sword Smith Signed Tang ‘Kishu Ju Nobi (or Nori) Katsu (Enju Nobu Katsu)’ Silver Family Mon, Scabbard & Translation. Sn 14351 - 14351
It was common practice for WW2 Japanese Officers use old family blades as their side arms and carry them into battle. This is a very good WW2 Japanese Officers Sword with old family blade & scabbard in as found, un-messed with condition. 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 and has an inlaid silver family mon. The tang is crisply signed by the sword smith with Japanese script on one side ‘Kishu Ju Nobi (or Nori) Katsu’ (illustrated in image 2). We have struggled to find the sword smith as the 1st Kanji of the signature can be read in different ways Nobu or Nori. We believe the signature to be that of Enju Nobu Katsu, real name Take Naga Kizo Emon who worked as a smith C1840 to C1860. He died in 1871 aged 75 (see markus Sesko page 327 for reference). The original 21 ¼” hand forged blade has a couple of old finger marks to its original polish and light scratches to the sharp cutting edge. The hamon is Sugwa with Nie Deki. The sword measures 31 ¼” overall length. It is carried in its wood scabbard with polished ray skin cover. The scabbard has no damage but the covering has areas of wear consistent with age and use. A translation of the signature and image of the tang signature accompany this sword. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14351
£1,200.00

Scarce Pair Of Post 1952 QE II Wilkinson Sword London Factory Trademark Advertising Display Swords With Etched Blades. Sn 14340 - 14340
Wilkinson Sword was founded as a company in London in 1772 by Henry Nock as a manufacturer of swords, made in Shotley Bridge in County Durham . The company has throughout its history been famous for producing the highest quality military and commercial blades. Their iconic crossed swords trademark is recognised throughout the world. This is a pair of post 1952 Wilkinson sword made advertising pieces , no doubt displayed in the manner of their trademark on a wall either at the Wilkinson factory or a quality retailer of Wilkinson blades. These quality made swords would also display the quality of craftsmanship involved in production of their swords and other edged weapons. Each of the 2 swords measure 37” overall and have 30 ½” clean blades etched on both sides with Wilkinson’s crossed swords legend and QE II Royal Appointment. Both sides of each blade are also etched with foliate decoration. They both have military form voided bowl guards incorporating the embossed crossed swords mark and Wilkinson Sword name and undamaged fish skin grips with wire binding which is tight and intact. These swords by an iconic manufacturer would make a superb display and conversation piece. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14340
£595.00

SOLD SOLD 2nd YEAR LUCKY DAY DRAGON, WW2 Japanese Officer's Sword, Hand Forged Blade, Wave Hamon, Double Signed Tang ‘NI NEN TORA TOSHI NE GATSU KICHI JITSU TATSU’ Silver Family Mon, Scabbard With Field Combat Cover & Translation - 14364
This is a superb Japanese sword & scabbard which is, as was common, an old family blade carried by a Japanese Officer during WW2 . The sword has a fish skin handle bound with cord. It has its original copper and brass fittings including floral menuki and a silver family mon incorporated in the binding (illustrated). The pommel has its original lanyard ring. The tang is signed on both sides with Japanese script characters (illustrated) including the Sword Smith’s & family names ‘NI NEN TORA TOSHI NE GATSU KICHI JITSU TATSU’ together with date 1866 (Year of the Tiger, 2nd year lucky day Dragon’ (images of the tang and translation which were acquired with this sword are illustrated in image 3 & included). The clean blade with excellent original polish is 28 ½” length and the sword measures 38 ½” overall length. The blade is razor sharp and has crisp, pronounced wave hamon on both sides. The sword is carried in its original steel scabbard with single hanging ring. The scabbard is fitted with its original brown leather field combat cover which has 3 press stud fasteners at the throat. The leather is clean and intact. The price for this impressive Japanese sword with an old family blade, worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 14364
£0.00

British Officer's 1912 Pattern Cavalry Officer’s Sword With Etched Blade, Kings Crown Royal Cypher By Wilkinson Sword London & Leather Covered Field Service Scabbard. Sn 14316 - 14316
This is a very good, British Officer's 1912 pattern Sword & Scabbard made by Wilkinson with scabbard. The sword has a 35" single edged blade with fuller. The blade has staining consistent with age. The blade is etched on both sides with foliate panels and has Royal Cypher, Crown 'GR' (George Rex). The ricasso is marked with ordnance quality star and insert on one side and the reverse by the manufacturer Wilkinson Sword London together with crossed swords legend and Royal appointment. The blade is fitted with original leather hilt washer. The full knuckle guard is decorated with a foliate design and crisp Kings Crown & Royal Cypher. it has a stepped ornate pommel. Its fish skin bound grip with thumb recess & wire binding is undamaged & the wire is tight and intact. The sword is complete with its leather covered field service steel scabbard. The scabbard has no dents and the leather is clean and intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14316
£675.00

MATCHING MANUFACTURER & REGIMENT MARKS, ROYAL HORSE GUARDS (RHG) WW1 Era 1910-1913 Dated WD 1908 Pattern British WD Heavy Cavalry Troopers Sword By Wilkinson Sword Company (WSC) With Leather Cord & 1911 Dated WSC Scabbard. Sn 14315 - 14315
The Royal Horse Guards ( ‘The Blues & Royals’, The Household Cavalry since 1969) have battle honours stretching back to Tangiers 1662-1680 and include the Battle of Waterloo where they captured the Napoleonic Eagle of the French 105th Infantry Regiment. During the Great War 1914-1918 the Regiment deployed mounted and also served in the trenches as part of the Guards Machine Gun Battalions. Losses were heavy, but contrary to public perception, successful cavalry charges did take place. This is a very good original, WW1 era British 1908 Pattern Heavy Cavalry Troopers Sword & scabbard to the RHG. 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 ‘12 ‘10 ( Dec 1910) and ’13 (1913) together with WD inspection marks and the reverse with ‘Wilkinson’ manufacturer’s name and inspection marks. The back of the blade is stamped ’P08’ (1908 Pattern). The bowl guard is marked R.H.G. to the Royal Horse Guards above weapon number number 200. It has the correct stippled dark brown composite grip with thumb recess. The hilt is fitted with its original brown leather cord with tasselled end. It is complete with its original steel scabbard with fixed hanging rings. The scabbard has matching Regiment mark at the throat and is marked by the manufacturer ‘WSC’ (Wilkinson Sword Company) together with WD inspection marks and ’11 (1911) date. The scabbard has even patina and a couple of small dents consistent with age and service use. The price for this sword and scabbard to a prestigious British Cavalry Regiment includes UK delivery. Sn 14315
£795.00

RARE, British Pattern 1896 Mountain Artillery 'All Ranks' Sword (North West Frontier Era) India Stores Department ‘ISD’ & WD Arrow Mark, Regiment Marked 1/191 & WW1 1915 WD Marked Scabbard. Sn 14314 - 14314
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 29 ½” single edged blade with fuller (35 ¼” overall). The blade has staining consistent with age but no rust and the cutting edge no nicks. The ricasso is marked on one side with the India Stores dept ‘ISD with WD arrow’ mark and the reverse with Regiment mark ‘1/191’ below WD arrow. The back of the blade has indistinct lettering (all marks illustrated). It has a brass flat bow guard and correct grooved cast iron ribbed grip. It is complete with its original correct leather scabbard with brass mounts. The throat mount and chape have small inspection marks. The chape is dented but secure and intact. The leather is impressed with ’15 (1915) date ‘WD arrow above AO’ mark and Crown inspection mark. All stitching & leather of the scabbard are intact. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 14314
£695.00

1930 SHOWA, WW2 Japanese Officer's Sword With Hand Forged Blade, Tang Double Signed 'NOSHU NOJU TERUHIDE’ & Scabbard. ED 2189 - ED 2189
This is an excellent, original WW2 Japanese Officers sword & scabbard no doubt a family sword carried by a Japanese Officer during WW2. The sword has a fish skin handle bound with cord. It has its original copper and brass fittings and floral menuki. The pommel has its original hanging ring. The tang is signed with Japanese script characters on both sides 'NOSHU NOJU TERUHIDE’ and dated 1930 Showa. The sword smith Teruhide made medium to high grade Gendiato swords and was 1st seat in the 1941 Exhibition (see Slough’s book ‘Modern Japanese Sword Smiths’ page 171). The hilt is fitted with its fully functioning push button scabbard retaining clip. The 26 ¾” hand forged blade has wave hamon. The blade has just small areas of staining consistent with age. It is carried in its original steel scabbard with ornate copper fittings, original green paint and a single hanging ring. Price for this nicely marked sword which is worthy of further research includes UK delivery. ED 2189
£975.00

WW2 1938 /1944 Japanese Officer's Shin-Gunto Sword With Signed Tang 'Seki Ju Kane Matsu Kazu Nori Saku' With Officer’s Cord, Scabbard and Leather Field Combat Cover. Sn 14317 - 14317
This is an excellent original WW2 Japanese Officers sword and scabbard with leather field combat cover. The sword has a fish skin handle bound with cord. It has its original copper and brass fittings including floral Menuki. The pommel has a fine leather lanyard ring fitted with Officers blue and brown cord. The tang is signed with Japanese script characters including the Sword Smith’s name Seki Ju Kane Matsu Kazu Nori Saku. Kazunori's real name is Nakano Renji. He is the son of 2nd generation Hirosaburo Kazunori. His ancestor studied under Unju Korekazu and was a swordsmith for the Lida clan in Shinshu, (see page 80-81 of Modern Japanese Swordsmiths by John Slough. The special order long blade is 27 3/4" length (37 1/2” overall). The blade is razor sharp, clean with original polish and has well defined wave hamon. The sword is carried in its metal scabbard with single hanging ring. The scabbard is fitted with its original brown leather field combat cover laced with cord at the throat. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14317
£1,275.00

SUPERB, British Pattern 1827 Officer's Sword With Etched Blade By Gaunt & Son Presented To Capt A.F. Hordern CBE AFC KPM On His Retirement 1926 While Serving With The South Staffordshire Regt (He Later Became Chief Constable Of Cheshire Police). - ED 2185
Archibald Frederick Hordern CBE AFC KPM was born on 15th June 1889. He entered Sandhurst in 1913 and became a Flight Officer with the Royal Flying Corps and served throughout the Great War gaining the rank of Captain. He was awarded the Air Force Cross on 10th October 1919 and this was published in the London Gazette 14th October 1919. He became Adjutant on 9th March 1923. He then joined the South Staffordshire Regiment before retiring on 4th May 1926. He then joined Cheshire Constabulary as an Inspector on 29th June 1926 and became Chief Constable in 1935. On 16th July 1935 there was a special parade of the Constabulary held at Wigan drill hall to welcome the new Chief Constable. He was awarded the CBE in 1942 and the King’s Police Medal. He was later invested as an Officer in the most venerable order of the Hospital of St John’s of Jerusalem. He died on 17th April 1950. This is his original 1827 Pattern Officer’s Sword presented to Captain Hordern on his retirement from the army in 1926 presented by the Sergeant’s Mess of the 5th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment (the 1827 pattern is defined by an all steel hilt coupled with the strung bugle in the hilt cartouche, see page 174 of World Swords by Withers). The sword is in superb condition. It has a pristine 33” blade (39" overall) with partial fullers. The blade is beautifully etched on both sides including King’s Crown ‘GR’ Royal Cypher (George Rex) together with foliate panels. The blade also has the ordnance acceptance star with inlaid roundel at the ricasso and an etched panel on one side ‘Presented to Captain A.F. Hordern AFC by members of the Sergeant’s Mess 5th Bn The South Staffordshire Regiment on his retirement May 4th 1926’. The ricasso is also etched & blued by the manufacturer ‘JR Gaunt & Son Limited Late Edward Thurkle London & Birmingham’. It has a nickel plated voided full knuckle guard with correct Rifle Brigade 'Crown with bugle' badge the outer edge of which is later engraved ‘East Riding Constabulary’ indicating that the sword was used for ceremonial purposes by Hordern while serving as a Police Officer. The hilt has a curved stepped pommel with ball end. The fish skin grip with wire binding is in superb condition. The guard is fitted with original leather strap/ cord and 'acorn' knot. It is complete with nickel plated steel scabbard with 2 hanging rings and shoe. The scabbard is in similar excellent condition. Price for this superb sword & scabbard to an Army Officer & Police Chief Constable who served with distinction in both roles and worthy of further research includes UK delivery. ED 2185
£1,475.00

British WD 1892 & 1895 Dated 1856 Pattern Pioneers Sawback Short Sword Sidearm By Wilkinson & 1895 Dated Scabbard Regiment Marked To The Essex Militia. Sn 14233 - 14233
This is an original 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 and measures 27 ½” overall. The ricasso is faintly marked by the manufacturer 'Wilkinson London' & is dated ‘9/92’ (Sept 1892). The reverse is stamped with War Dept ‘WD with arrow’ and inspection marks. 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 date stamped '11.95' (Nov 1895). The sidearm is complete with original leather scabbard with brass mounts. All stitching and leather of the scabbard is intact. The throat of the upper mount is crisply date stamped '12.1892' (Dec 1892) and Regiment marked ‘M.3.Ex.5' to the Essex Militia. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 14233
£375.00
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