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AS FOUND, UN-MESSED WITH, WW2 Era Seki Arsenal Japanese Officer's Katana Sword Family Name & Smith Signed Tang ‘Okada’ By ‘Ju Kane Yoshi Saku’ & Scabbard With Leather Field Combat Cover. Sn 15997 - 15997
This is a very good original WW2 Era Japanese Officer's Sword. It has a 26 ¼” undamaged blade which has staining consistent with age. The tang is crisply signed with Japanese script characters of the Sword Smith ‘Ju (living in) Kane Yoshi (smith's name) Saku (made this)’ and Seki Arsenal stamp ( indicates post 1939 manufacture). The tang is also marked with family name ‘Okada’. The fish skin handle with cord binding and floral Menuki is complete and undamaged. Its copper and brass fittings including 2 leather spacers are all present and correct. It is carried in its original steel scabbard with single hanging ring. The scabbard is fitted with its original brown leather field combat cover which has 2 press stud fasteners at the throat. The tip of the cover is absent. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15997
£945.00

MASSIVE, Early 20th Century Pesh-Kabz Choora / Khyber Afghan Knife / Sword With Polished Horn Scales, Fullered T- Section Blade & Rare To Find Original Scabbard. Sn 15992 - 15992
The Pesh-Kabz or Choora is a type of Perso-Afghan knife (see page 494 of Stone's book 'A Glossary Of Arms & Armour'). The knives were typically used a a thrusting weapon, however their heavy blades also possessed considerable slicing performance, and as such may also be used effectively with slashing or cutting strokes. During the British Colonial rule in India, the British frequently referred to all Afghan blades of this pattern collectively as "Afghan knives" or "Khyber knives", after the Khyber Pass that marked the transition from British India to the nation of Afghanistan. In India, manufacture of the pesh-kabz was centred in the northern city of Bhera, now part of Pakistan. During the First and Second Anglo-Afghan wars, the pesh-kabz was frequently the weapon of choice for finishing off wounded British and colonial troops, as the Afghan tribesmen did not take prisoners except for use as hostages. This is an excellent, massive example of the pesh-kabz / choora form knife made some time in the early 20th Century. It has a heavy 23 ½” single edged blade (29” overall). The blade has fullers and is 2 ¼” wide at its broadest. The blade is clean, sharp and undamaged. It has the correct curved pommel and finger guard. The pommel has a small fixed lanyard lug. The grip frame has thick polished horn scales secured by rivets. The knife is complete with its original rare to find wood lined, leather covered scabbard. The scabbard has hand tooled geometric decoration and a large conical steel chape with ball end. The scabbard has some areas of surface wear consistent with age. The knife fits the open top scabbard snugly. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15992
£645.00

AS FOUND Shinto Period C1700 Ancient Blade Mino School Work Japanese Wakizashi Short Sword Period made from Cut Down Katana Blade With Kanji Marked Tang & Lacquered Wood Scabbard. ED 2405 - ED 2405
An original Japanese Wakizashi Sword made for one handed use with ancient blade and scabbard. The sword is as found & un-messed with. It measures 21” overall with a 14 ¼” hand forged ancient blade made during the Shinto period C1700. The blade has wave hamon. The tang has a small kanji which appears to be Mino work. The hilt has copper spacers & polished horn tsuba. The hilt has fish skin covering bound with leather cord which is all present but has become detached in the centre section. The hilt has brass ‘fishermen in boats’ menuki on either side and lacquered wood pommel which is undamaged and secure but does have some chips to the lacquer. The Wakizashi has an undamaged lacquered wood scabbard slotted for short knife which is absent. The includes UK delivery. ED 2405
£675.00

MINT POLISH, WW2 Era Japanese Officer's Showa - To Seki Arsenal Katana Sword With Special Order Fullered Blade, Signed Tang 'Seki Ju Nin Ko – Jima Kane Nori Saku' With Scabbard, Leather Field Combat Cover & Translation Document. Sn 15994 - 15994
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 pommel has its original lanyard ring. The tang is signed on one side with Japanese script characters including the Sword Smith’s name 'Seki Ju Nin Ko – Jima Kane Nori Saku'. 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 references pages 56-57 of Modern Japanese Swordsmiths by John Slough and describes the Smith ‘real name Kojima Taro born 1907 younger Brother of Kane Michi. During WW2 served as a Rikcugun Jumei Tosho. This in my opinion is medium grade Showa- To special order blade in mint polish, full length groove, cutting edge just under 26”. Civilian mounts to Tsuka’. The blade is razor sharp and has well defined 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 15994
£1,495.00

C1860-1864 Italian Model 1860 Heavy Cavalry Trooper’s Sword By ‘S&K’ (Schnitzler & Kirschbaum, Solingen, Germany) With Scabbard. Sn 15980:7 - 15980:7
An original Italian Model 1860 heavy cavalry troopers sword made circa 1860 -1864, by German maker S&K (Schnitzler & Kirschbaum, Solingen, According to Bezdek's German Swords and Sword Makers, this firm was active between 1811 and 1864). Withers in his book World swords (page 121), states that German sword makers produced large quantities of swords for export to both European & American markets during the mid-19th century including both Union & Confederate forces during the American Civil War, many of these swords were not marked with German identification marks, signifying Germany’s reluctance to identify or align themselves with any particular combatant allowing them to sell to both warring Governments. Our example of the Model 1860 is in excellent condition. It has a 35" long, curved, fullered steel blade which has just small areas of light staining consistent with age. It measures 41 ¾” overall length. One side of the ricasso is marked ‘S&K’ which is the manufacturer mark of Schnitzler & Kirschbaum. The reverse has a small inspection mark (all illustrated). The blade is fitted with original leather hilt washer. It has the correct voided steel bowl guard which is slotted for cord and stepped pommel cap. Its original leather covered grooved grip has its original wire binding which is intact and tight. It is complete with its original steel scabbard which has its original hanging rings and long shoe. The scabbard has no dents or damage. Sn 15980:7
£545.00

C1900 & WW1 Era Alexander Coppell (Alcoso) Solingen, Imperial German Prussian Cavalry Officer's Dress Sword, Lion’s Head Pommel With Jewelled Eyes & Scabbard. Sn 15612 - 15612
This is an original C1900 Alex Coppell (Alcoso), Solingen, Prussian Cavalry Officer's dress sword (see page 119 of World Swords by Withers). The sword has crossed sabres Cavalry insignia on a foliate background on the langet and a plain reverse langet. It has an undamaged wire bound grip. The wire is tight and intact. The flat knuckle bow, hilt back strap and pommel are adorned with intricate decoration and it has a finely detailed Lion’s head pommel with red ‘jewelled’ eyes inset. The cross guard finial is ‘Puma’s head’ form. The sabre measures 35 ¼” overall and the ricasso of its 30 ¼” single edged, curved blade with fullers is stamped with the Coppell, Solingen makers ‘ACS with scales’ trademark (partially obscured by the langet). The blade has small areas of staining consistent with age & is fitted with original leather hilt washer. The sabre is complete with its original black painted steel scabbard with single steel hanging ring, fixed hanging bar and shoe. The scabbard has no dents. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15612
£425.00

WW1 Era British Officers Brown Leather Covered Swagger Sword Stick By G. Lion, Paris With Plaited Leather Wrist Strap. Sn 15974 - 15974
This is a nicely marked original British Officers brown leather covered wood Swagger Sword Stick & Scabbard. It has a 15" square rapier blade that tapers to a pin sharp point. It measures 22 ¼” overall in its scabbard. The blade is stamped by the manufacturer on 2 sides 'G.Lion Paris' together with the manufacturer's Lion trademark & number 5. One side is stamped ‘’Made In france’. The wood grip & scabbard are bound in brown leather. The leather has some light scuffing consistent with age and the throat of the scabbard is securely mounted with a plaited leather wrist strap. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15974
£395.00

Victorian British Maidstone Police (Kent Constabulary) Mounted Police Hanger / Sword & Scabbard. Sn 15903 - 15903
On 14 January 1857, a 222-strong Kent County Constabulary was formed under Chief Constable John Henry Hay Ruxton. The first headquarters was at Wrens Cross, Stone Street, Maidstone. It was responsible for policing those parts of the county not already under the jurisdiction of local Borough police forces. The constabulary employed horses until 1943, when the last was retired. This is an original Victorian Mounted Police Hanger to the Maidstone Police. It has a 28 ¼” long elegantly curved blade which has staining consistent with age but no damage (33” overall length). The lacquered grooved wood grip is undamaged with just light areas of wear to the lacquer finish. It has a brass knuckle guard with curved pommel. The hilt frame is crisply engraved ‘Maidstone Police’. There are no visible manufacturer or date marks on the sword. The leather scabbard with brass mounts and in good condition with service wear to be expected. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15903
£475.00

Shinto Blade 1673-1681 in WW2 Mounts Japanese Officer’s Katana Sword Smith Signed Tang YOSHU NAGA Officer’s Tasseled Cord & Scabbard. Sn 15902 - 15902
This is an outstanding Shinto Family Blade C 1680 mounted for use in WW2. The sword has a fish skin handle bound with cord. It has its original copper and brass fittings including floral Menuki. The pommel has lanyard ring fitted with original blue & brown tasseled Officers cord. The hilt has a push button scabbard retaining catch which works as it should. The tang is signed SETTSU YOSHU NAGA. Yoshu Naga, 1673-1691 was famed for the superior cutting edges to his blades.The razor sharp cutting edge of the blade is 24” length. The blade has minor stains consistent with age and a wave hamon. The blade would benefit from professional polishing. The sword is carried in its original steel scabbard with single hanging ring. The scabbard has copper mounts and retains its original brown paint finish. This is an outstanding example of an ancient blade which was carried by a Japanese Officer during WW2; it has not been cleaned or messed with since its capture or surrender. The price includes UK delivery. it. Sn 15902
£2,250.00

WW2 1943 Dated Japanese Officer’s Katana Sword With Double Signed Tang By Sword Smith ‘KIKU HIDE’ & Scabbard. Sn 15899 - 15899
TThis is an excellent original WW2 Japanese Officers sword with double signed tang. The sword has a fish skin handle bound with cord. It has its original copper and brass fittings including floral Menuki. The pommel is holed for lanyard. The hilt has a push button scabbard retaining catch which works as it should. The tang is double signed with Japanese script characters on both sides with the Sword Smith’s name ‘KIKU HIDE’ (born 21st Sept 1905 Gunto Smith deceased April 1952 Real name ‘Mura Yama Kikuo, listed in Yoshi Hara’s book od sword smiths one of 209 Smiths registered in Seki 1944 see Sesko page 357 for reference) & ‘Made July 1943 by Kiku Hide’. The cutting edge of the blade is 26” length. The blade is clean with original polish and razor sharp. The sword is carried in its original steel scabbard with single hanging ring. The scabbard has copper mounts and retains its original brown paint finish. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15899
£1,295.00
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