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Boer War 1901 1903 & WW1 1914 Dated, 1899 Pattern, British Heavy Cavalry Troopers Sword Regiment marked ‘2DG’ To 2nd (Queen’s Bays) Dragoon Guards For Boer war Use & Later WW1 Use By The C.R.H.A (Commander Royal Horse Artillery) Leather Cord & Scabbard. - 15584:1
The 2nd (Queen’s Bays) Dragoon Guards sailed on the Orotava on 18th November 1901, and arrived in South Africa in December. In Lord Kitchener's despatch of 8th February 1902 it was stated that a brigade was being formed under Colonel the Honourable R T Lawley, consisting of this Regiment and the 7th Hussars, to operate in the Winburg district. The brigade was for some time in the north of the Orange River Colony. They took part in General Elliot's great drive in the last half of February, which was the most productive of the very numerous operations of that nature. During this drive heavy losses were inflicted on the Boers. In March 1902 Lawley's brigade was moved to Springs in the Transvaal, and on 1st April had severe fighting. In his despatch of 8th April Lord Kitchener says that Colonel Lawley sent out Colonel Fanshawe with three squadrons Queen's Bays and 30 National Scouts to make a detour preparatory to co-operating with his own advance. At 3.15 am Fanshawe surrounded a farm, where several Boers were captured; he then went on and tried to surround a laager, but the enemy were on the alert and he "was received by a very heavy fire, and realising that he was in presence of superior numbers, ordered a gradual retirement upon Leeuwkop. Close fighting then went on for several hours. The Bays, who were skilfully handled, retired steadily by alternate squadrons, whilst the Boers followed, pressing the withdrawal with the greatest determination and persistence". Leeuwkop was found to be in the enemy's hands, and Fanshawe had to make for another ridge, "where he received the timely support of the 7th Hussars and Lieutenant Colonel Lawley's guns". The Boers then fell quickly back. "In this affair, although the Bays were capably handled and displayed steadiness and gallantry in face of superior numbers, their losses were, I regret to say, heavy. Two squadron-leaders and 10 non-commissioned officers and men were killed, and 5 officers and 59 men were wounded". During the short time the regiment was in the campaign 1 officer and five non-commissioned officers and men were mentioned in Lord Kitchener's despatches. During WW1 the Commander Royal Horse Artillery (CRHA) Division batteries were permanently assigned to the cavalry brigades from October 1914 onwards. In 1914, the division saw action in the defence of Antwerp (9 and 10 October) and the First Battle of Ypres, notably the battles of Langemarck (21–24 October), Gheluvelt (29–31 October) and Nonne Bosschen (11 November). In 1915, it took part in the Second Battle of Ypres (Battle of Frezenberg Ridge, 11–13 May) and the Battle of Loos (26–28 September). In 1917 the division saw action in the Battle of Arras (First Battle of the Scarpe, 9–12 April). This is an original, Boer War & WW1 British 1899 Pattern Cavalry Troopers Sword to the 2nd (Queens Bays) Dragoon Guards & later the CRHA with scabbard (see page 101 of World Swords By Withers). The Sword has a 33 ½” single edged, slightly curved blade with fuller (40" overall). The blade is undamaged and clean. The ricasso is marked on both sides with Enfield inspection/ proof marks and War Dept arrow. One side has 01’ date (1901). The back of the blade is stamped '/99' (1899 Pattern). The full bowl guard is Regiment marked on the inside '2. D.G.' to the Queens Bays '09 03' (Sept 1903 date) together with CRHA to the Commander Royal Horse Artillery and ’14 (1914 date), indicating that after Boer war use by the Queen’s bays 1901-1903 it went on to be issued to the CRHA Division at the outbreak of WW1 1914. The Sword's black leather chequered grips with 3 rivets are secure and undamaged. The hilt is fitted with a period brown leather tasselled cord. It is complete with its original steel scabbard with 2 fixed hanging rings. The scabbard has period lacquer covering which has just light surface wear to be expected. There are no visible Regiment or date marks on the scabbard but they may be present under the lacquer. The price for this nicely marked Boer War Sword to Cavalry Regiments that saw much action during the Boer war & WW1 includes UK delivery. Sn 15584:1
£675.00

Model 1853 / 1889 Austrian Infantry Pioneer’s Sword / Sidearm & Scabbard. Sn 15497 - 15497
This is an original, Model 1853 / 1889 Austrian Infantry Pioneer’s Sword / Sidearm & Scabbard. These swords were issued to technical troops and designed for clearing woodland. They were also an intimidating weapon (see page 232 of World Swords by Withers). It has a heavy 18 ¼” single edged steel blade which is 2 ¼” at its widest and measures 25” overall. The blade is fullered on one side. There are no visible manufacturer marks on the blade. It has a rugged handle with thick wood scales secured by 3 rivets. The hilt incorporates a cast cross guard with rounded ends. The cross guard is numbered ‘1400’. The Sword is complete with correct, original wood scabbard with steel throat mount which has a fixed frog bar and steel chape. At some point in its life the scabbard has been covered with black oil cloth. The price for this impressive Austrian sidearm with scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 15497
£295.00

ANCIENT BLADE C1350 – 1450’s Japanese Koto Ko-Tachi Imperial Daimyo Lord / Nobleman’s, Emperor’s Court Sword With Minamoto Clan Signed Tang, Cords & Edo Period Scabbard With Royal Family Kiri Mons & Hangers With Expert’s Assessment. ED 2231 / 15516 - ED 2231 / 15516
This is a spectacular Court sword which would have been carried by a member of the Imperial Royal family in the Emperor’s Court. The ancient blade is in the form and structure made pre 1600 possibly 1350’s to 1450’s. The Court sword is 30” overall length and the clean sharp blade’s cutting edge is 20 ½”” length. The pierced tang has Japanese characters which are indistinct. A UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg provided an assessment of this sword and scabbard which is included with this piece. The description describes the blade and fittings as: ‘An ancient blade Koto (old sword period), pre 1600 could be 1350’s to 1450’s. ½ the Kanji from 2 characters (in the signature) are missing with a double mekuki ana punched through them, mounted asa-tachi (small) in top quality edo period mounts for use as a court sword by a Daimyo Lord. The Saya has kiri mons used by relatives of the imperial family. A dramatic looking Tachi worthy of further research in Japan’. The accompanying paperwork also has black and white image of the marks on the tang with note indicating ‘Minamoto Clan name’. The price for this rare Japanese piece with ancient blade & Imperial Japanese Royal family connections includes UK delivery. ED 2231 / 15516
£4,500.00

ANCIENT 1644-1704 Japanese Wakazashi Blade, Osaka-Tanba Lineage Of The Tamba No Kami Yohi Michi Family Of Sword Smiths With Japanese Maple Blade Protector Scabbard & Hilt And Expert Assessment . ED 2232 / 15517 - ED 2232 / 15517
This ancient Japanese sword blade is in excellent condition. The blade which has a cutting edge of 21 ½”, was assessed by a UK based Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. His assessment accompanies this piece. In the assessment he details how the Tamba No Kami Yohi Michi Family Of Sword Smiths worked for 3 generations between 1644-1704. The family were allowed to stamp the tangs of their blades with the Imperial Chrysanthemum mon. The family were divided into 2 branches, the other being the Osaka Tanba line. The Osaka -Tanba were not allowed to mark their blades with the Imperial mon. The family was from the Mishina school and moved to Kyoto in 1593. In the description he states ‘I think this (blade) is Osaka-Tanba’ and describes the blade as having a subdued Sudareba (Bamboo curtain) hamon. His description also includes an image and translation of the tang signature which is without mon. To protect the blade it is fitted with a Japanese Maple wood hilt and scabbard in superb condition. The piece comes with its cloth cover with draw cord. The price for this ancient piece with expert assessment includes UK delivery. ED 2232 / 15517
£1,450.00

ANCIENT BLADE 1532-1555 Japanese Katana With 3rd Generation Yakuoji Suke Tsugu Sword Smith Signed Tang, 19th Century Polish & Fine 18th Century Fittings, Scabbard & Original Assessment Documents From Japan With Translation. ED 2233 / 15518 - ED 2233 / 15518
This is an excellent Japanese katana with ancient blade. The blade of this katana has a cutting edge of 25” and signed tang. At some point in its life the blade was sent to Japan and assessed by a panel of sword smith judges. The sword is accompanied by original judgement documents from the Nihon Token Hozon Kai (NTHK) with stylised Japanese script, translation, ink stamps and an original photograph of the blade tang taken during the assessment. Exerts from the assessment are illustrated in the images. In the accompanying documents numbered T0532 and T140532 the blade is assessed to have been made in the Mikawa province between 1532-1555 by the 3rd generation sword smith Yakuoji Suke Tsugu and has the seal of Judges (see Swordsmiths of Japan by Marcus Sesko page 103 for sword smith reference). The documents have been translated by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg and photocopies of the original Japanese assessment documents with his hand written translation notes are also included. In his notes he states, ‘The blade made in an era when there were many battles has 2 small nibbles in the edge near to the point. The blade is suriage (cut down) to yakote line. The hamon is based on suguha and has a massive boshi point which is down to yakote line. In in old sleepy 19th Century polish. Fine 18th century iron tsuba, musashi style with cut outs in rim inlaid with gold shakudo fuchi kashira with inlaid Gold Dragons & best quality hilt wrappings’. The lacquered wood scabbard is undamaged with just light surface wear. The sword and scabbard are contained in cloth covers with draw cords. The price for this superb piece with Japanese assessment papers includes UK delivery. ED 2233
£3,450.00

SOLD SOLD (29/10) American Civil War Era Model 1840 Horstmann’s Philadelphia ‘Old Wrist Breaker’ Dragoon Heavy Cavalry Sabre With Scabbard. Sn 14894:34 - 14894:34
The design of American Infantry swords of the Civil war era were influenced by French designs (see page 211 of World Swords by Withers). In 1840 the U.S. War Department adopted a new model sabre for the Army's three Regiments of Dragoons. This sword, which followed closely the French light cavalry model of 1822, set the pattern for American cavalry sabres and won the name of "Old Wrist Breaker" from the men who used it. Although replaced with lighter,1850 and 1860 pattern sabres these 1840 pattern sabres continued to be used during the American Civil War. This is an excellent original example of the Model 1840 sword complete with its original steel scabbard (see page plate 27c of the book American Swords By Flayderman). It has a 36” elegantly curved blade with fullers on both sides and it is 41 ½” overall. The blade is clean & sharp. The ricasso is crisply marked by the manufacturer ‘Horstmann’s Phila’ on one side and has a small ‘w’ armoury inspection mark on the reverse. The cutting edge of the blade has no nicks or damage. This sword came to us with no grip. We have had the grip professionally re-bound in leather and brass wire which reproduces the original period version exactly. It has the correct original voided brass knuckle guard & brass pommel cap, The sword is complete with its original steel scabbard with 2 original hanging rings. The price for this American Civil war Dragoon Heavy Cavalry sabre with scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 14894:34
£0.00

Victorian, 1855, British Pattern 1827 Chatsworth Rifles Officer's Sword With Queen’s Crown Etched Blade By Henry Wilkinson Pall Mall London 'Matlock Families Motto ‘Multa Tuli Fecique’ (I Have Suffered And Done Many Things) & Scabbard. Sn 15312 - 15312
Originally raised as the King’s Royal Rifle Corps in 1755, the Rifle Brigade was officially formed in 1800. Initially Officer’s carried a lighter version of the 1796 pattern Light cavalry sabre, later adopting the 1803 pattern Infantry Officer’s Sword with strung bugle motif placed within the knuckle bow. The Regiment, always renowned for its individuality both in uniform and tactics, it was no wonder that they eventually gained their own distinctive pattern of sword. The 1827 pattern is defined by an all steel hilt coupled with the replacement of the usual Royal Cypher with a strung bugle and Queen’s Crown in the hilt .This is an excellent, original example 1827 Pattern Sword with Scabbard. It has a 32” long elegantly curved blade with fullers (38 ¼” overall). The blade has just light staining consistent with age and is etched on both sides with foliate panels including Queen’s crown & ‘Chatsworth Rifles’ within panels (one of the oldest Volunteer Corps. In 1915 the 16th (Service) Battalion Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment was inaugurated by the Duke of Devonshire and took the name Chatsworth Rifles). One side has the stylised ‘VR’ Victoria Regina monogram. The blade has the ordnance acceptance star with inlaid roundel at the ricasso on one side together with panel containing stylised Eagle, latin motto ‘Multa Tuli Fecique’ (I have suffered and done many things. This motto features on Coats of Arms Of The Matlock Families 1817 and before ) and stylised Monogram. The reverse has manufacturer detail ‘Henry Wilkinson Pall Mall London’. The back of the blade is numbered ‘6623’ (The number dates the blade to 1855. Wilkinson keep extensive records of their blades and enquires with Wilkinson may reveal the name of the Officer who commissioned this sword). It has a voided knuckle guard with the correct Rifle Brigade Queen’s crown with strung bugle motif, curved stepped pommel with ball end and wire bound grooved wood grip with skin fish skin covering. It is complete with steel scabbard with 2 hanging rings. The scabbard has light staining consistent with age and just a few small dents. The price for this sword worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 15312
£695.00

Victorian Era Mallaca Cosh Short Sword Stick With Weighted Ball Top & Cruciform Blade. Sn 15400 - 15400
An original mallaca cosh sword stick made sometime in the Victorian era. The Mallaca handle and scabbard have just light scuffs consistent with age but no damage. The handle has tightly bound lacquered leather cord ball top weighted most likely with lead to form a heavy cosh. The hilt is fitted with a 12 ¾” blackened steel cruciform blade. The scabbard has a brass plate at the throat and conical brass tip. The sword stick measures 25 ¼” overall length in its scabbard. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15400
£375.00

Victorian Era British Customs Officer's Briar Sword Stick. Sn 15407 - 15407
Victorian Customs Officer's carried sword sticks not only for self defence against smugglers but also to test bales and other consignments for hidden contraband. This is an excellent, original Victorian Customs Officer's sword stick. Made of briar, it is 36" overall in its scabbard. The heavy duty square blade is 29 ½” in length tapering to a needle sharp point. The blade is undamaged with just light staining consistent with age. There are no visible manufacturer or date marks on this sword stick. The handle has an iron ferrule. The blade fits snugly into its scabbard which has an iron throat mount and conical iron end cap. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15407
£375.00

Victorian, British Pattern 1845 Infantry Officers' Sword By Hobson & Sons London With Etched Blade To The 1st Lincoln Rifle Volunteers & Scabbard. Sn 15378 - 15378
Fears of War with france led to calls for the formation of Volunteer Corps in 1858 / 1859. General Peel, the secretary of State for war authorised the formation of Volunteer rifle corps. The 1st Lincoln Rifle Volunteers formed in 1859 and by 1883 became the 1st Volunteer Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment. This original British Infantry Officer's Pattern 1845 sword has a 32 ½” single edged blade with part fullers (38 ½” overall). The blade is etched on both sides with scrollwork panels and includes stylised Royal Cypher Crown VR (Victoria Regina) together with ‘Lincoln 1 R.V’ to the 1st Lincoln Rifle Volunteers above the Rifle Brigade bugle / horn motif. The ricasso has the ordnance acceptance star and inlaid rounde on one side and the reverse is marked by the manufacturer ‘ Hobson & Sons Little Windmill St London’ (Hobson was at 37/38 Little Windmill street before they moved to their Lexington Street address C1878-1886). The voided brass bowl guard has stylised Royal Cypher & Crown VR in the centre. It has brass stepped round pommel with ball end. It's fish skin covered grip with finger grooves & wire binding is in excellent condition. The sword is complete with its steel scabbard with 2 hanging rings. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15378
£475.00
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