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MATCHING MANUFACTURER MARKS, British WD 1882/1885/1890 Pattern Cavalry Troopers Sword By Robert Mole & Son & Robert Mole & Son Marked Scabbard. Sn 15382 - 15382
These swords were designed during the period when the British army was continuing to argue on the merits of the ‘cut’ versus the ‘thrust’ of British cavalry blades (see page 101 of World Swords by Withers). The hilt design was first introduced for the 1864 pattern, this was primarily a new hilt mated with the existing 1853 pattern blade which is 34 ¼” long, curved with fullers. The Maltese Cross motif cut into the knuckle guard is a distinctive feature of these swords. This is an excellent original, 1882/1885/1890 Pattern British Cavalry Troopers Sword & Scabbard. The Sword’s blade is clean. The ricasso is marked on one side by the manufacturer Robert Mole & Son and fitted with original leather washer. The knuckle guard has the correct pierced Maltese cross and is WD arrow marked. It has the correct boiled leather chequered scales secured by the correct 5 rivets which are excellent and undamaged. It is complete with its original steel scabbard with correct 2 fixed hanging rings. The scabbard has a matching Mole & Son mark. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15382
£495.00

Victorian 1875 Sheffield Gentleman’s Ebonised Wood Sword Stick With Brass Collar Marked Crown VR & Handle Inlaid With Head of Queen Victoria Cut From An Old British Copper Penny. Sn 15372:1 - 15372:1
This Victorian Gentleman’s sword stick has an undamaged ebonised wood scabbard and curved handle. It measures 35” overall in its scabbard. The scabbard has a blackened brass collar stamped ‘Crown VR’ (Victoria Regina)and dated ‘1875’ & marked ‘Sheffield’ . The tip has a copper collar and chequered steel tip. The back of the handle is inlaid with the head of Queen Victoria contemporaneously cut from an old British copper penny. The sturdy triangular section blade measures 23 ¼” in length and tapers to a sharp point. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15372:1
£295.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 06/06) SCARCE, Post 1901 British WD Kings Crown Household Cavalry Regiment Pattern 1892 MK II Sword With Scabbard. Sn 15311 - 15311
The British Household Cavalry consists of The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals. They are the oldest and most senior Regiments in the British Army. Household Cavalry Regiment Pattern 1892 MK II Sword With Scabbard (see page 177 of World Swords by Withers). It has a curved 34 ½” blade (41 ½” overall) with fullers. The blade has staining consistent with age and has WD with arrow inspection marks at the ricasso. It has the correct pierced full knuckle guard with correct St Edwards Crown introduced in 1902 with the accession of King Edward VII (see page 121 of ‘Swords Of The British army’ by Robson). It has a curved stepped pommel and fish skin grip with wire binding which is tight and intact. It is complete with steel scabbard with 2 hanging ring mounts and one hanging ring. The scabbard has some staining and minor dents consistent with age and service wear. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15311
£0.00

Victorian London Constabulary Parker Field & Sons Police Hanger / Sword With Etched Panel Blade & Scabbard. Sn 15314 - 15314
This is a very good original Victorian Police Hanger & scabbard. Manufactured by Parker Field & Sons (who had premises at 233 Holborn London C1850) it has a 23" blade with pronounced curve and fuller. The blade has just light staining consistent with age and no damage. The hilt is fitted with original leather washer and flat scabbard retaining spring. It's Shagreen handle is in good order with a brass handguard & stepped pommel. The overall length of the sword is 28 1/4". The blade has a nice crisp etched panel on one side 'Parker Field & Sons'. It's black leather scabbard is undamaged condition with just the scuffs to be expected & brass mounts. The upper mount has an oval brass locket and brass button to release the scabbard retaining clip on the blade. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15314
£345.00

SOLD SOLD (20/06) RARE, WW2 1943 Dated Shin Gunto Japanese Army Officer's Sword With Quality Gendaito Showa Period Hand Forged Blade With Double Signed Tang ‘BIZEN JU ICHI HARA NAGA MITSU SAKU’ & Red Steel Scabbard. ED 2240 - ED 2240
This is an original WW2 dated Japanese Officer's sword with its scabbard. It has a 26 ¾” clean Gedaito hand forged blade with superb wave hamon. The tang is nicely signed on both sides with Japanese script characters which are the Smith’s details and date ‘BIZEN JU ICHI HARA NAGA MITSU SAKU’ and ‘Showa Started 1926 1st Month (January) 18th Year Of Showa (1943)’. The smith made high grade Gendaito swords reputed to have the best cutting blades of the war years (see John Slough Page 123-125, Markus Sesko Vol II Page 249, Fuller & Gregory list numbers 292-294, Oshigata 59/60 190/ 61/110/132 for references). It is rare to find dated examples of his blades. The Olive green binding over the fish skin handle is complete and intact. It’s heavy brass tsuba & copper & brass fittings are original, correct and present (illustrated). The hilt has a scabbard retaining clip. It's pommel is holed for lanyard ring / wrist cord which is absent. The sword is complete with it's steel scabbard with ornate fittings. The scabbard retains its single brass hanging ring and retains its original red lacquered finish. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2240
£0.00

WW2 High Grade Showa-To Japanese Officer's Seki Arsenal Sword With Signed Tang 'SAKA MUKI KANE SHIGE SAKU' & Oil Tempered Blade With Scabbard. Sn 15294 - 15294
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 copper and brass fittings including floral Menuki. The pommel its original lanyard ring. The hilt has a push button scabbard retaining catch which works as it should. The tang is signed with Japanese script characters including the Sword Smith’s name 'SAKA MUKI KANE SHIGE SAKU' and seki arsenal mark (see Fuller & Gregory list No. 106 Oshigata 28 & 29 for reference. Men using these kanji worked as Gunto Smiths 1938-1944 see Markus seko page No 269). The cutting edge of the blade is 26” length. The blade with well defined wave hamon, is sharp and has just staining consistent with age. The sword is carried in its original steel scabbard with single hanging ring. The scabbard has just small light dents consistent with age and service use. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15294
£1,295.00

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

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
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