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WW1 British George V 1895/ 1897 Pattern Presentation Infantry Officer’s Sword With Etched & Blued Panels Blade To Highly Decorated Air Vice-Marshal C. T. Maclean, Royal Fusiliers, RFC, RAF Scabbard, Sam Browne Pattern Frog & Copy Aviator's Certificate. - 16140
Cuthbert Trelawder Maclean was born in Wanganui, New Zealand, in October 1886. He was the son of the Reverend T. B. Maclean and was educated at Wanganui Collegiate School and Auckland University. Maclean was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the New Zealand Land Forces in 1911, and served during the Great War as an infantry officer with the 4th Battalion Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) in the French theatre of war from 13 August 1914 (Mentioned in Despatches and awarded an early Military Cross). Maclean was attached to the Royal Flying Corps in 1915, and after initial training as a pilot was posted for operational service with the newly formed 25 (Fighter) Squadron. Operating out of Auchel, and flying F.E.2b’s, Maclean was credited with the destruction of an enemy aircraft, 22 June 1916, ‘Capt. C. T. Maclean and Lt Barraclough, in a F.E. of 25 Sqn, attacked a Roland biplane east of Lens at 8 a.m. while on patrol duty at 10,000 feet. The F.E. dived at the Roland, and following it down to 5,000 fired two drums at close range. At 5,000 feet the German dived perpendicularly, the F.E. overshooting it. Subsequently Capt Maclean saw the Roland on the ground.’ (Royal Flying Corps, Communiques 1915-1916, Edited by C. Cole refers) Maclean commanded 11 Squadron (F.E.2b’s and Bristol Fighters) at Le Hameau and Bellevue, 1916-17. During the latter period the Squadron, containing Albert Ball, were mainly tasked with offensive patrols and reconnaissance missions. At the start of the German Spring Offensive, 21 March 1918, Maclean held the overall command of the Tenth (Army) Wing’s 141 Camels, Bristol Fighters, D.H.4’s and S.E.5a’s at Bruay. Receiving a senior Permanent Commission in the Royal Air Force in 1919, Maclean’s subsequent postings included as Officer Commanding British Forces in Aden, 1929-31; Director of Postings, Air Ministry, 1931-34; Air Officer Commanding, R.A.F., Middle East, 1934-38; and A.O.C. No. 2 (Bomber) Group. He advanced to Air Vice-Marshal and was retired from the Service in 1940. In later life Maclean resided at Whiteway Copse, Cirencester, Gloucester. He died in 1969 (see the following references regarding the Officer’s WW1 medal awards: C.B. London Gazette 2 January 1933. D.S.O. London Gazette 3 June 1919 (France). M.C. London Gazette 18 February 1915. M.I.D. London Gazettes 14 January 1915, 16 March 1916, and 8 November 1918.France, Legion of Honour, Chevalier London Gazette 17 August 1918). This is the Officer’s, original, 1895/97 Pattern British Infantry Officers Sword purchased via London Auctioneers Dix Noonan & Webb from the Officer’s family (unfortunately the Officer’s medals went elsewhere). 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 both sides featuring the Kings Crown and Royal Cypher ‘GR’ (George Rex). The back of the blade is marked ‘London Made’ and one side of the blade is inscribed ‘C.J. Maclean Royal fusiliers’. 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’. 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. The leather of the scabbard has areas of service wear. The sword comes with a photocopy of the Officers 1915 dated Royal Aero Club Aviator’s certificate which contains a portrait of the Officer. The price for this sword to a highly decorated Officer includes UK delivery. Sn 16140
£745.00

EXTREMELY RARE, 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 & Scabbard. Sn 16059 - 16059
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 before introduction of alloy hilt variants. 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 hole, quality heavy blackened brass tsuba and scabbard retaining clip. It has an undamaged, fullered, 27 ½” blade which has just light staining consistent with age. The blade is numbered ‘2987’ (of 6000) on one side above the fuller together with inspection mark. 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 period 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 ‘76876’. The price for this nicely marked extremely rare piece includes UK delivery. Sn 16059
£2,250.00

**LOFT FIND**RARE** Original, WW2 Era Nazi German SS Officer’s 1936 Pattern ‘SS-Fuhrerdegen’ Honour Sword & Scabbard. Sn 15938 - 15938
This is an excellent original WW2 period Nazi German Nazi German SS Officer’s 1936 Pattern ‘SS-Fuhrerdegen’ Honour Sword & Scabbard recently found in a loft and un-messed with. These Honour swords were issued to SS- Officer candidates (see pages 231-233 of the book Swords Of Germany By Angolia). The sword has the correct nickel plated hilt, nickel plated Nazi SS-runes circular button on black background (the NCO version has an oval button) & black stained wood handle with original wire binding. The pommel has the correct knurled edge nickel plated cap. The hilt has its original Oak leaves form nickel plated ferrule. The sword measures 38 ½” overall and the ricasso of its 33 ¼” long, single edged, fullered blade has its original hilt washer. The blade is undamaged and has just staining consistent with age. There are no visible manufacturer marks on this sword. The sword is complete with its original black painted steel scabbard with single steel hanging ring, fixed hanging bar, Nickel plated throat mount and Officer’s pattern nickel plated chape (NCO versions have a drag). The scabbard retains much of its original finish and has no dents. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15938
£2,250.00

WAFFEN- SS CONNECTIONS, WW2 Era Nazi German Eickhorn Solingen, Pattern Nr 1765 ‘Prinz Eugen’ Army Officer's Dress Sword & Scabbard. Sn 15934 - 15934
This is an excellent original WW2 period Nazi German Eickhorn, Solingen, German Army Officer's Sword. The sword is the Nr 1765 ‘Prinz Eugen’ Pattern with correct alloy hilt, Nazi National Emblem ‘Eagle with Swastika’ on the langet and a plain shield on the reverse langet. This pattern of sword was also worn by members of the Waffen-SS (see page 82 of the book Swords Of Germany By Angolia). It has a flat knuckle bow and wire bound grip. The knuckle bow and back strap have oak leaf decoration. The pommel is embossewed with stylised Nazi Eagle with Swastika. The sword measures 39 ½” overall and the ricasso of its 34 ¼” long, single edged, elegantly curved, fullered blade is stamped with the Eickhorn, Solingen makers mark and Squirrel trademark (obscured under the shield langet). The blade is undamaged and has just staining consistent with age. The blade is fitted with original leather hilt washer. The sword is complete with its original black painted steel scabbard with single steel hanging ring, fixed hanging bar and small shoe. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15934
£695.00

RARE, C1770 British Infantryman’s Hanger Short Sword Sidearm Regiment Marked To The ‘6/2 Norfolk M.E.R.’ (Militia) With German Passau Sword Guild ‘Running Wolf / Fox’ Marked Blade & Rare Scabbard. Sn 16019 - 16019
An original C1770 British Infantryman’s Hanger Short Sword Sidearm. See page 154 of World Swords 1400-1945 By Withers where these hangers particularly complete with scabbards are described as rare. Our example has a 27 ¼” long, single edged curved and fullered blade and measures 33 ½” overall. The blade has staining consistent with age but no damage. The blade is marked on both sides with the running ‘Wolf / Fox’ mark of the German Passau guild of swordmakers (these marks in various forms were used by sword makers in Passau, Bavaria and then later by Solingen manufacturers. It was common for British swords to be made using German blades in the era). It has leather bound handle, heart shaped brass hand guard with curved knuckle bar and urn shaped pommel. The guard is crisply Regiment maked ‘6/2 Norfolk M.E.R’ most likely a unit of the Norfolk Militia which was formed under the Militia Act of 1757, replacing earlier less formal arrangements.The Sword is complete with its rare to find original leather scabbard with correct elongated brass belt hook near to the throat (identical to the example illustrated on page 154 of Wither’s book). The leather is supple but has areas of wear to be expected with age and service use. The stitching of the rear seam is absent as its brass chape. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16019
£795.00

NAPOLEONIC PENINSULAR WARS ERA, British 1786 / 96 Pattern Infantry Officer’s Sword Regiment With Etched Blade Regiment Marked ’79 Regt’ To The 79th Foot (Cameron Highlanders). ED 2409 - ED 2409
The 79th Regiment of Foot (Cameron Highlanders) was a line infantry regiment of the British Army, raised in 1793. It amalgamated with the Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, The Duke of Albany's) to form the Queen's Own Highlanders in 1961. In July 1808 the 79th Foot was deployed to Portugal for service in the Peninsular War. The regiment took part in the Battle of Corunna in January 1809 and was subsequently evacuated to England. The regiment returned to Portugal in January 1810 and saw action at the Battle of Bussaco in September 1810, the Battle of Fuentes de Oñoro in May 1811 and the Siege of Badajoz in March 1812. It fought at the Battle of Salamanca in July 1812, and took part in the occupation of Madrid in August 1812 and the Siege of Burgos in September 1812. It also saw combat at the Battle of the Pyrenees in July 1813,the Battle of Nivelle in November 1813 and the Battle of the Nive in December 1813 before taking part in the Battle of Toulouse in April 1814. Following the abdication of Napoleon in April 1814, the regiment moved to Cork, Ireland. However, with the return of Napoleon from exile, the 79th Foot travelled to Belgium in May 1815. The regiment took part in the final battles of the Napoleonic Wars at Quatre Bras and Waterloo in June 1815. This is an original example of a British 1786/ 96 Pattern Infantry Officer's sword (see page 159 of World Swords by Withers where an NCO’s example is illustrated. Withers states that Officer’s versions had decorated blades and hilts). It has the correct rigid shell guard with tooled decoration. The inside of the shell is crisply marked ’79 Regt’ to the 79th Foot (Cameron Highlanders) and weapon number '25'. It has the correct knuckle bow and urn shaped pommel and quillon which has been professionally repaired at some point in its life. We have had the grip re-bound with bronze wire. It has a 30m ½” long fullered, single edged, ‘T’ back blade with fullers. The blade is etched on both sides. One side has decorative panels with Crown and Heraldic arms. There are no visible date or manufacturer marks. As is common our example is without scabbard. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2409
£695.00

British 1821 Heavy Cavalry Officer’s Sword With Ordnance Acceptance Star, Edwardian ERVII & Royal Artillery Etched Blade & Scabbard. Sn 16007:4 - 16007:4
An original British 1821 Pattern Heavy Cavalry Officer’s sword (see page 95 of World Swords by Withers). It has full knuckle bow with voided foliate decoration, steel mounts with a knurled steel section back strap grip, knurled rounded pommel cap and fish skin covered wood handle with wire binding. It has a 33", flat backed steel blade with broad fullers. The has the correct ordnance acceptance star and the back of the blade is marked ‘London Made’. The blade has etched panels on both sides. One side has foliate panels and ‘Royal Artillery’ with stylised winged arms device. The reverse has foliate panels & Kings crown together with heraldic arms, latin motto and Edwardian ‘ERVII’ Royal cypher (Edward VII Rex). It has its original steel scabbard with 2 hanging rings and shoe. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16007:4
£345.00

WW1 1916 Dated, British WD Pattern 1908 Heavy Cavalry Troopers Sword & Scabbard. Sn 16007:1 - 16007:1
This is a very good, original, WW1 dated British 1908 Pattern Heavy Cavalry Troopers Sword & scabbard. The Sword has a 35 " single edged blade with fuller (43" overall). The blade has some light staining but no rust. The ricasso is marked with ’16 (1916 date) & WD inspection marks. The reverse also has inspection marks. The hilt is fitted with its original leather washer. It has the correct full bowl guard and stippled brown grip with thumb recess. There are no visible manufacturer, date or Regiment marks on the sword. It is complete with its original steel scabbard with single hanging ring. The scabbard is numbered 25770. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16007:1
£475.00

RARE, WW2 Era Japanese Officer's Shin Gunto Katana Sword With Pre 1938 Possible Hand Forged Gendiato Blade, Unknown Smith Signed Tang & Rare To Find ‘Certain Victory’ Patriotic Slogan With Original Green Painted Steel Scabbard & Translation Document. - 15900
This is an excellent original WW2 era Japanese Officers sword and scabbard. The sword's wooden handle has sections of fish skin bound with cord. It has its original copper and brass fittings including floral Menuki and lanyard ring. The tang is signed by an unknown smith on one side and has a rare to find patriotic slogan all in Japanese script characters 'Tomo Hissho Shige Saburo Suke Haru’’. The tang signature has been translated by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg and a copy of his original hand written translation notes / assessment accompany this sword. In exerts of his notes he describes the sword as ‘Pre 1938 possible Gengiato hand forged, some evidence of hand working, no Arsenal stamps, blade needs polishing to see if Gendai. Looks typical seki (mino) temper line, cannot find any mention of the smith name in any of my reference books, there are a couple of Kanji which have more than one translation. Patriotic slogans are quite rare on swords’. The blade has a cutting edge of 26 ½” length and is clean & sharp. The hamon is well defined. The original green painted metal scabbard has single hanging ring, retains it’s original paint and ornate mounts. The paint finish is rubbed in some areas and the scabbard has a few small dents to be expected with age and service use. The price for this sword worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 15900
£1,195.00

Early WW2 C1940 Japanese Officer's Shin Gunto Seki Arsenal Katana Sword With Family name ‘Nagata’ & Smith Signed Tang 'Suke Nori’ With Scabbard, Leather Field Combat Cover & Translation Document. Sn 15996 - 15996
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 tang is signed on one side with Japanese script characters including Family name ‘Nagata’ & the Sword Smith’s name 'Suke Nori’ together with Seki Arsenal stamp. The tang signature has been translated by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg and his original hand written translation notes / assessment accompany this sword. In exerts of his notes he describes the sword as having a cutting edge of 23” for the smaller man. A shin gunto seki arsenal stamp post 1939 C 1940-41 medium – better quality grade showa- to, typical pointed gunome midare hamon metal saya has good leather cover fitted Civilian mounts to Tsuka’. The blade is sharp and the hamon well defined. The metal scabbard has single hanging ring. The scabbard’s original brown leather field combat cover is laced with cord at the throat and has all leather & stitching intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15996
£975.00
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