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ORIGINAL, NAPOLEONIC WARS ERA, EARLY VARIANT, British 1796 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword By JJ Runkel Solingen & Scabbard. Sn 14439 - 14439
An original example of a British 1796 Pattern Infantry Officer's sword in its original scabbard (see page 159 of World Swords by Withers). It has its regulation gilt hilt with correct early variant rigid shell guard. Later variants of the 1796 Infantry sword had folding clamshells. It has the correct knuckle bow and urn shaped pommel. It has a wire bound grip, all very tight and undamaged. It has a 32" long rapier shaped blade with fullers. One side of the blade is marked by the German manufacturer ‘J.J. Runkel Solingen’. The blade has its original leather hilt washer. The sword has its original black leather scabbard with gilt mounts which is also in excellent undamaged condition. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14439
£1,195.00

ORIGINAL NAPOLEONIC WARS ERA British Georgian 1796 Pattern Officer’s Cavalry Sabre Marked ‘B77’ With Sash & Scabbard Named & Dated To Captain James Armitage Rhodes L.V. (Leeds Volunteer) Cavalry 1812 By Johnston Strand (London). Sn 14440 - 14440
James Armitage Rhodes was born on 9 February 1785, the son of Peter Rhodes of the Leeds Bank. Peter Rhodes decided his son would be raised as a gentleman's son so in 1802 he was sent to Queens' College Cambridge where he graduated BA in 1806, and MA in 1809. In 1812 he was ordained at Holy Trinity Church in Leeds on Boar Lane. However, the Reverend James Armitage Rhodes never sought a benefice where he could take spiritual charge of his parishioners, so he was known as a 'clerk with no cure of souls' and his participation in the church services was limited. In 1794 the Mayor of Leeds responding to the threat of invasion from France, supported the creation of militia units. Peter and James Armitage Rhodes together with other family members joined the Leeds Troop of Volunteer Cavalry. James Armitage attained the rank of Captain. The Pattern 1796 Light Cavalry Sabre was used primarily by British Light Dragoons and Hussars during the Napoleonic Wars. The blade is remembered today as one of the best of its time and has been described as the finest cutting sword ever manufactured in quantity. Officers of the famous 95th Rifles, Light Infantry Regiments and the "flank" Companies of Line Regiments adopted these Swords (The Hit Peninsular War, Book & TV series Sharpe's Rifles featured this pattern of Sword). This is an original Napoleonic Wars era Officer’s 1796 Sabre with 1812 dated scabbard to James Armitage Rhodes. It has a single edged, fullered 32 1/2” Sabre blade. The blade is clean. The back of the blade is marked ‘B 77’. Its cross guard with rounded langets, knuckle guard, pommel and ribbed grip with wire binding are in very good condition. The metal fittings have much of their original gilt finish. The guard is mounted with an original red cloth Officer’s sash. The Sabre is complete with its original steel scabbard with 2 hanging rings. The scabbard has even patina and retains much of its original gilt finish. The back edge of the scabbard is marked ‘I.R. No1’. The scabbard is engraved ‘James Armitage Rhodes L.V. (Leeds Volunteer) Cavalry’ together with date ‘1812’. The reverse has maker’s roundel inscribed ‘Johnston No.8 Newcastle Street Strand (London)’. The price for this Napoleonic Wars dated sword to a named Militia Cavalry Officer worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 14440
£1,895.00

MATCHING REGIMENT MARKS & DATES WW1 Era, 1908 Pattern British Heavy Cavalry Troopers Sword & Scabbard 1911 & 1913 Dated By Enfield Marked ‘CN’. Sn 14337 - 14337
This is a very good original, WW1 era British 1908 Pattern Heavy Cavalry Troopers Sword & Matching scabbard. This pattern of Sword was featured in the dramatic Cavalry charge scene in the Movie 'War Horse'. The Sword has a 35 " single edged blade with fuller (43" overall). The blade has some staining but no rust. The ricasso is marked ‘2 13’ (Feb 1913) with inspection marks and the reverse with Enfield ‘EFD’ inspection/ proof marks. The back of the blade is marked ‘p 08’ (pattern 1908). The hilt is fitted with its original leather washer. It has the correct full bowl guard and stippled brown grip with thumb recess. The bowl guard is Regiment or Unit marked ‘CN’ (unknown) and has small letters which appear to be 'F.B' (unknown) together with date ‘7 11’ (July 1911). It is complete with its original steel scabbard with fixed hanging rings. The scabbard has even patina and has Enfield inspection marks together with WD arrow and matching ‘7 11’ date and Regiment or Unit mark ‘CN’. The price for this sword worthy of further research regarding the Regiment mark includes UK delivery. Sn 14337
£595.00

Japanese Wakizashi Short Sword With Mino School Work 19th Century Blade & Meiji Period Mounts (October 23rd 1868 to 30th July 1912) With Scabbard. ED 2190 - ED 2190
This is a Japanese Wakizashi short sword made for fighting single handed. It has a 12 ¼” long blade made in the 19th century most likely Mino school work. The blade has Notare hamon temperline and has no damage. It measures 18 ¼” overall length. The Tang is unsigned. Its handle has fish skin and green cord binding with Meiji period mounts together with period menuki & iron tsuba which has an embossed tree bark pattern. The hilt fittings are loose, the cord binding fish skin have surface wear and the blade would benefit from a professional polish to bring out the form and lustre of the hamon. The weapon is complete with lacquered wood scabbard which has its original Japanese dealer’s import label with Japanese script characters (many Japanese swords were imported into the UK by Tiffany’s and other famous dealers in C1890 into the 1920’s). The scabbard has areas of surface wear. The scabbard is slotted for Kozuka short knife which is absent. This piece would make an excellent restoration project and would benefit from some attention to the furniture. Price includes UK delivery. ED 2190
£475.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY) WW2 Shin- Gunto Japanese Officer’s Sword Hand Forged Old Family Blade With 2 Fullers On One Side & One Fuller On The Reverse With Army Officer’s Cord & Steel Scabbard With Leather Field Service Cover. Sn 14357 - 14357
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 lanyard ring which is fitted with the remnants of an original Japanese Officer’s blue & brown cord. The tassels of the cord are absent. The hilt has a push button scabbard retaining clip which functions as it should. The tang is un signed and has 2 mekugi peg holes. The original 25 ¾” hand forged blade is an old family blade, hand forged. The blade has a sharp cutting edge and has fullers. One side has 2 fullers, the other side one fuller. The Notare hamon is faded with old polish and would benefit from professional polishing to bring out its full form and lustre. The sword measures 36 ¼” overall length. It is carried in its steel scabbard with copper mounts which has its original WW2 era Leather field service cover. The throat of the cover has 2 press stud fasteners. The leather and stitching of the cover are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14357
£0.00

WW2 Era Japanese Officer’s Sword With 1936-1938 Seki Arsenal Blade, Period Civilian Mounts, Sword Smith Signed Tang ‘Seki Ju Ikami Sada Hiro Saku’ & Scabbard With Leather Covered Field Service Scabbard . Sn 14353 - 14353
This is a very good WW2 Japanese Officers Sword & scabbard in as found, un-messed with condition. The sword has a fish skin handle bound with green cord. It has its original copper and brass civilian fittings including tsuba and menuki. The tang is crisply signed by the sword smith with Japanese script on one side ‘Seki Ju Ikami Sada Hiro Saku’ (illustrated in image 2, see Fuller & Gregory list No 695 & Oshigata 194/270 for reference) and has a Seki Arsenal stamp. The original 26” Seki arsenal blade has areas of light staining consistent with age and service use. It has a sharp cutting edge. The blade has well pronounced typical San Bon Suji (Mino) hamon. The sword measures 36 ½” overall length. It is carried in its lacquered wood scabbard with WW2 era Leather field service cover. The throat of the cover has a single stud on one side that fastens to a leather washer with retaining strap and stud fastener on the hilt of the sword. The other side of the throat has 3 press stud fasteners. The scabbard has no damage but the covering has areas of wear consistent with age and use. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14353
£950.00

UNTOUCHED COLLECTOR’s CONDITION, WW2 Era Japanese Officer’s Seki Arsenal Sword With Special Order Fullered Blade & Scabbard With Field Combat Cover. Sn 14352 - 14352
This is a collector’s condition WW2 era Japanese Officers Sword & scabbard as found and un-messed with. 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. The tang is unsigned. The original 24” clean blade appears to be good quality pre war Seki arsenal work, special order fullered (lighter) oil tempered. The blade has pronounced, pointed gunome hamon. The sword measures 35 ½” overall length. It is carried in its wood scabbard with single hanging ring. The scabbard is fitted with its original leather field combat cover with a single brass stud near to the throat. All leather and stitching of the cover are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14352
£850.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 09/10) 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
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (31/10) 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
£0.00

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
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