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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

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

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 25/10) 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
£0.00

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
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