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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

Victorian British 1895/ 1897 Pattern British Officer’s Private Purchase Sword With Etched Blade To W.H Bourke 1st Middlesex Engineers By Wiseman & Co Sackville Street London With Scabbard. ED 2181 - ED 2181
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). This is an excellent original, 1895/97 Pattern British Infantry Officer’s private purchase sword & scabbard. It has a 32 ½” single edged blade with partial fullers (38 ¾” overall). The blade has light staining to be expected but is undamaged. The ricasso is marked by the manufacturer ‘Wiseman & Co Sackville St London W’. Both sides of the blade have etched panels one side featuring Royal Crown and ignited grenade amongst foliate decoration. The reverse has foliate panels, banners and arms together with wording ‘W.H Bourke’ (no doubt the name of the Officer who commissioned this sword) and ‘1st Middlesex Engineers’. The hilt is fitted with its original leather washer. It has the correct ¾ bowl guard voided with foliate design Queen’s Crown with Royal Cypher ‘VR’ (Victoria Regina). It has the correct fish skin grip with wire binding which is tight and intact. The sword is complete with its steel scabbard which has 2 hanging rings. Price for this WW1 presentation sword worthy of further research regarding the Officer and the Regiment includes UK delivery. ED 2181
£475.00

MINT, QE II British Royal Navy Officer’s Sword With Etched Blade By Crown Swords, With Proofed Hand Engraved Fighting Blade Bullion Cord, Portepee and Scabbard With Cover, Leather Case & Unopened RN Sword Belt. Sn 14199 - 14199
This is mint British Royal Navy Officer’s Sword and Scabbard with Covers and unworn unopened sword belt in its original packaging. All were recently acquired from an ex Royal Navy Officer. The sword has a pristine single edged straight blade which is 32” in length with central fuller (37 ¾” overall). The blade is a fighting blade, heavier than the usual dress blade. The blade is crisply hand engraved with Naval fouled anchor & foliate panels on both sides together with ‘Crown E II R’ (Queen Elizabeth II Regina) One side is engraved RN (Royal Navy) within banner below heraldic arms. The riccaso is marked on one side by the manufacturer Crown Swords, England with crossed swords legend and the reverse has the ordnance acceptance proof star. It has a gilt brass lions head with mane pommel and grip strap & full knuckle guard with the Royal Navy Queen’s 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 bullion wire binding is undamaged. Attached to the guard is its twisted bullion cord and portepee. The sword is complete with its black leather scabbard which has gilt brass mounts and 2 hanging rings. The sword is accompanied by its original cloth cover with draw cord top and similarly mint brown leather transit case / cover with full flap top and buckle fastener. Also included is the Officer’s RN sword belt which is in its unopened clear polythene packaging. The black leather belt has the correct gilded brass Queens Crown buckle with laurel wreath and marine fouled anchor and gilded brass hanging bars and sprung clips. The packaging has a small label 28-44” (waist size). The price for this mint complete Royal navy officer’s sword set includes UK delivery. Sn 14199
£875.00

AS FOUND RESTORATION PROJECT Shinto Period 1598-1800 Ancient Bladed Mino School Japanese Wakizashi Short Sword, Smith Signed Tang ‘SADDA MITSU’ With Antique Baleen Whale Keretin Binding & Lacquered Wood Scabbard. Sn 14217 - 14217
An original Japanese Wakizashi Sword made for one handed use with ancient blade and scabbard. The sword is as found, un-messed with and would make a great restoration project. It measures 17 ½” overall with an 11 ¾” hand forged ancient blade made during the Shinto period 1598-1800 in the Mino school form. The blade is has no rust. The hilt has brass and copper fittings with voided iron tsuba and ornate Dragon Menuki. It has fish skin covered grip with antique Baleen Whale keratin binding which is tight and undamaged. The tang is signed by the sword smith ‘SADDA MITSU’ a Mino smith working during the Shinto period. The signature was also used later by the smith Gassan Nobru 3rd Living Treasure Swordsmith born 1907 (see page 148 of Slough’s book Modern Japanese Swordsmiths), however, we believe this blade to be by the original SADDA MITSU. The sword has a lacquered wood scabbard with brass throat mount. The price for this piece which is worthy of further research and restoration includes UK delivery. Sn 14217
£850.00

Model 1860 Imperial Prussian Infantry Brass Handled Short Sword Sidearm & Scabbard Both With Regiment Marks. ED 2164 - ED 2164
This is an excellent, original, Model 1860 Imperial Prussian Infantry short sword side arm (see page 196 of World Swords by Withers). It has a heavy 17 ¼” curved single edged steel blade and measures 22 ¾” overall. There are no visible manufacturer marks on the blade but the back of the blade has a small indistinct inspection mark (illustrated). It has a rugged brass handle with correct grooved panel on one side to assist grip. The hilt incorporates a cast birds head pommel and returning curve cross guard with rounded ends. The cross guard is Regiment marked ‘7.R.H.65’. The Sword is complete with correct, original leather scabbard with brass throat mount which has a fixed frog bar and brass chape with ball end. The throat mount is Regiment marked ‘2.R.A.5.27’. Both the throat mount and chape have small Imperial inspection marks. All leather & stitching of the scabbard are intact. The price for this Imperial sidearm, rare to find with scabbard includes UK delivery. ED 2164
£475.00

WW2 Japanese Officer's Showa-To Seki Arsenal Katana With Smith Signed Tang 'KANE AKI ', Original Officer’s Cord With Tassel & Scabbard. Sn 14115 - 14115
This is an excellent original WW2 Japanese Officers Showa-To Sword & scabbard. The sword has a fish skin handle bound with brown cord. It has its original copper and brass fittings including a pierced tsuba and floral menuki. The pommel has its original lanyard ring fitted with original Japanese Officer’s brown and green cord with tasselled end (one of the2 tassels is absent). The tang is signed by the smith with Japanese script 'KANE AKI ' (His real name was Kuriyama Kagijiro and he was born in 1888. He was a student of Watanabe Kanenaga and served as Rikugun Jumei Tosho during WW2). He made medium to high grade Gendiato and was awarded 2nd seat at the 1941 exhibition. For reference see page 37 & 38 of Slough’s Modern Japanese Swordsmiths, NMK-125 listing in Nihonto Meikan and KAN-614,621, 641, 642 list numbers in Hawley’s Japanese Swordsmiths. It also has a small Seki Arsenal mark (all illustrated). The hilt is fitted with push button scabbard retaining clip. The 26” blade has just staining consistent with age. It is carried in its original steel scabbard with ornate copper fittings and a single hanging ring. The scabbard retains its original paint which has some surface wear consistent with age and service use. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 14115
£975.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 12/9) WW2 Japanese Officer's Shin-Gunto Seki Arsenal Katana With Murato Oil Tempered Blade, Signed & 1943 Dated Tang 'KIYO KANE ', Original Officer’s Cord With Tassels & Scabbard. Sn 14107 - 14107
This is an excellent original WW2 Japanese Officers Shi-Gunto Sword & scabbard. The sword has a fish skin handle bound with brown cord . It has its original copper and brass fittings including a pierced tsuba and floral menuki. The pommel has its original lanyard ring fitted with original Japanese Officer’s brown and green cord with tasselled ends. The tang is signed on both sides by the smith with Japanese script 'KIYO KANE ' (His real name was Tsutsui Seiichi and he was born in 1907. His family were swordsmiths of the Okazaki clan since the 1st generation. He was a student of Kurihara Akihide and served as Rikugun Jumei Tosho during WW2. He made high grade Gendiato and was awarded 3rd seat at the 1941 exhibition. For reference see page 84 of Slough’s Modern Japanese Swordsmiths and KIY-113,112 list numbers in Hawley’s Japanese Sword smiths. It also has a small Seki Arsenal mark and March 1943 date (all illustrated). The hilt is fitted with its fully functioning push button scabbard retaining clip. The 27” murato oil tempered blade has just staining consistent with age and a few very small nicks to the cutting edge only visible on close inspection. It is carried in its original steel scabbard with ornate copper fittings and a single hanging ring. The scabbard is undamaged with no dents and retains its original paint. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 14107
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY) WW2 1940 /1941 Japanese Officer's Seki Arsenal Shin-Gunto Sword With Special Order Blade Smith Signed Tang ‘KANE MICHI (aka Kin Michi Won Special Honour Seat at 1941 Exhibition) With Officer’s Cord Scabbard Leather Field Combat Cov - 14125
This is an excellent original WW2 Japanese Officers sword & scabbard. The sword has a fish skin handle bound with cord. It has its original copper and brass fittings including floral menuki. The pommel has its original lanyard ring fitted with Officers cord. The tang is signed with Japanese script characters including the Sword Smith’s name Kane Michi and 3 Kanji family name and 1940-41 arsenal stamp. Kojima KANE MICHI aka Kin Michi was born July 1902. His real name was Kojima Tokijiro. He was a highly rated Smith who won a Special Honour Seat at the Japanese 1941 Exhibition (see page 46 of Modern Japanese Swordsmiths by John Slough and ref TK-132 Toko Taikan & KAN-1401,1392 Hawleys list). The special order long blade with full length fullers is 25 ¼” length (35 ¼” overall). The blade is razor sharp, clean with original polish and has well defined wave hamon. The sword is carried in its wood 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 14125
£0.00

WW1 British Royal Artillery Officer’s Sword With Etched Blade By Boyton & Son Clerkenwell London & Leather Covered Wood Scabbard. ED 2162 - ED 2162
An original Royal Artillery Officer’s sword & Scabbard. It has a heavy 35” blade with fullers and measures 41 ¾” overall. The blade is fitted with original leather hilt washer. It has the correct fish skin grip with wire binding which is intact and tight and steel voided bar knuckle guard. It has a brass hilt with stippled back strap and stepped pommel with ball top. The blade is etched on both sides with foliate panels. One side is etched with Royal Artillery Cannon with banners and motto below Kings Crown and the reverse with King’s Crown and Royal Cypher. The ricasso is marked on one side by the maker ‘G.Boyton & Son Clerkenwell EC (London)’ and the reverse with ordnance star and inlaid roundel. The blade has staining consistent with age. The wood scabbard has a brass throat mount and is tightly bound with brown leather. The scabbard has a leather belt / frog strap with eyelet near to the throat. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2162
£595.00
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