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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

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

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

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

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

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

Victorian London Constabulary Parker Field & Sons Police Hanger / Sword With Etched Panel Blade & Scabbard. Sn 15314 - 15314
This is a very good original Victorian Police Hanger & scabbard. Manufactured by Parker Field & Sons (who had premises at 233 Holborn London C1850) it has a 23" blade with pronounced curve and fuller. The blade has just light staining consistent with age and no damage. The hilt is fitted with original leather washer and flat scabbard retaining spring. It's Shagreen handle is in good order with a brass handguard & stepped pommel. The overall length of the sword is 28 1/4". The blade has a nice crisp etched panel on one side 'Parker Field & Sons'. It's black leather scabbard is undamaged condition with just the scuffs to be expected & brass mounts. The upper mount has an oval brass locket and brass button to release the scabbard retaining clip on the blade. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15314

WW2 High Grade Showa-To Japanese Officer's Seki Arsenal Sword With Signed Tang 'SAKA MUKI KANE SHIGE SAKU' & Oil Tempered Blade With Scabbard. Sn 15294 - 15294
This is an excellent original WW2 Japanese Officers sword and scabbard. The sword has a fish skin handle bound with cord. It has its original copper and brass fittings including floral Menuki. The pommel its original lanyard ring. The hilt has a push button scabbard retaining catch which works as it should. The tang is signed with Japanese script characters including the Sword Smith’s name 'SAKA MUKI KANE SHIGE SAKU' and seki arsenal mark (see Fuller & Gregory list No. 106 Oshigata 28 & 29 for reference. Men using these kanji worked as Gunto Smiths 1938-1944 see Markus seko page No 269). The cutting edge of the blade is 26” length. The blade with well defined wave hamon, is sharp and has just staining consistent with age. The sword is carried in its original steel scabbard with single hanging ring. The scabbard has just small light dents consistent with age and service use. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15294

British WD 1856 Pattern Pioneers Sawback Short Sword Sidearm, 1884 Dated & Regiment Marked ‘V.MX 3’ To The 3rd Middlesex Volunteers & 1893 Dated Scabbard By Mole. Sn 15300 - 15300
This is an excellent 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 (27 ½” overall). The blade has just light staining consistent with age. The ricasso has an indistinct very faint manufacturer mark & crisp British WD ordnance inspection mark. 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 stamped ‘V.MX 3’ To The 3rd Middlesex Volunteers and dated ’12 (December).1884’ . The sidearm is complete with original leather scabbard with brass mounts. The throat of the upper mount is crisply date stamped '2 (February).1893'. The mount is stamped by the manufacturer ‘Mole’ (Birmingham). The bottom of the brass chape is open and the tip of the leather scabbard holed and exposed (possibly a contemporary field adaption to allow water to drain out of the scabbard). The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15300

Post 1901 & WW1 Era British Manton & Co 1827 Pattern Royal Navy Officer’s Sword With King’s Crown Etched Panels & Gilt Brass Basket Hilt, Officer’s Bullion Cord With Portepee & Scabbard. Sn 15299 - 15299
The year 1827 brought about a radical change in the design of British Naval Officer’s swords. The Napoleonic stirrup hilt was replaced with a solid gilt brass half basket hilt based on the 1822 pattern Infantry Officer’s sword (see page 247 of World Swords by Withers). This is an excellent example of the 1827 pattern British Royal Navy Officer’s Sword and Scabbard. The Sword has a polished steel single edged blade with fullers which is 31 3/4" in length (37 1/2" overall). The clean blade is crisply etched with foliate panels on both sides, King’s Crown above Naval fouled anchor on one side And KC with heraldic arms on the reverse. The riccaso is marked on one side by the manufacturer ‘Manton & Co England’ (the Manton family were English gunmakers beginning with John in the early 1800's, then his younger brother Joseph who operated circa 1825-35. J. Manton and Son operated circa 1832-1862 and J. Manton & Co is later listed as operating in London and Calcutta). The reverse has the ordnance acceptance proof star and inlaid ‘proof’ roundel. It has the correct gilt brass lions head with mane pommel and grip strap & half basket knuckle guard with the Royal Navy KC and fouled anchor motif. The hilt is fitted with its original bullion Officer’s cord & portepee. The sword’s dark brown stippled leather or fish skin grip with wire binding is undamaged. The sword is complete with its black leather scabbard which has gilt brass mounts and 2 hanging rings. The throat mount has an applied shield embossed ‘Manton & Co England’. The leather has a contemporary repair towards the bottom section. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15299
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