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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

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

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

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

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

SUPERB, British Pattern 1827 Officer's Sword With Etched Blade By Gaunt & Son Presented To Capt A.F. Hordern CBE AFC KPM On His Retirement 1926 While Serving With The South Staffordshire Regt (He Later Became Chief Constable Of Cheshire Police). - ED 2185
Archibald Frederick Hordern CBE AFC KPM was born on 15th June 1889. He entered Sandhurst in 1913 and became a Flight Officer with the Royal Flying Corps and served throughout the Great War gaining the rank of Captain. He was awarded the Air Force Cross on 10th October 1919 and this was published in the London Gazette 14th October 1919. He became Adjutant on 9th March 1923. He then joined the South Staffordshire Regiment before retiring on 4th May 1926. He then joined Cheshire Constabulary as an Inspector on 29th June 1926 and became Chief Constable in 1935. On 16th July 1935 there was a special parade of the Constabulary held at Wigan drill hall to welcome the new Chief Constable. He was awarded the CBE in 1942 and the King’s Police Medal. He was later invested as an Officer in the most venerable order of the Hospital of St John’s of Jerusalem. He died on 17th April 1950. This is his original 1827 Pattern Officer’s Sword presented to Captain Hordern on his retirement from the army in 1926 presented by the Sergeant’s Mess of the 5th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment (the 1827 pattern is defined by an all steel hilt coupled with the strung bugle in the hilt cartouche, see page 174 of World Swords by Withers). The sword is in superb condition. It has a pristine 33” blade (39" overall) with partial fullers. The blade is beautifully etched on both sides including King’s Crown ‘GR’ Royal Cypher (George Rex) together with foliate panels. The blade also has the ordnance acceptance star with inlaid roundel at the ricasso and an etched panel on one side ‘Presented to Captain A.F. Hordern AFC by members of the Sergeant’s Mess 5th Bn The South Staffordshire Regiment on his retirement May 4th 1926’. The ricasso is also etched & blued by the manufacturer ‘JR Gaunt & Son Limited Late Edward Thurkle London & Birmingham’. It has a nickel plated voided full knuckle guard with correct Rifle Brigade 'Crown with bugle' badge the outer edge of which is later engraved ‘East Riding Constabulary’ indicating that the sword was used for ceremonial purposes by Hordern while serving as a Police Officer. The hilt has a curved stepped pommel with ball end. The fish skin grip with wire binding is in superb condition. The guard is fitted with original leather strap/ cord and 'acorn' knot. It is complete with nickel plated steel scabbard with 2 hanging rings and shoe. The scabbard is in similar excellent condition. Price for this superb sword & scabbard to an Army Officer & Police Chief Constable who served with distinction in both roles and worthy of further research includes UK delivery. ED 2185

AS FOUND RESTORATION PROJECT Shinto Period 1598-1800 Ancient Bladed Mino School Japanese Wakizashi Short Sword, Smith Signed Tang ‘SADDA MITSU’ With Antique Baleen Whale Keretin Binding & Lacquered Wood Scabbard. Sn 14217 - 14217
An original Japanese Wakizashi Sword made for one handed use with ancient blade and scabbard. The sword is as found, un-messed with and would make a great restoration project. It measures 17 ½” overall with an 11 ¾” hand forged ancient blade made during the Shinto period 1598-1800 in the Mino school form. The blade is has no rust. The hilt has brass and copper fittings with voided iron tsuba and ornate Dragon Menuki. It has fish skin covered grip with antique Baleen Whale keratin binding which is tight and undamaged. The tang is signed by the sword smith ‘SADDA MITSU’ a Mino smith working during the Shinto period. The signature was also used later by the smith Gassan Nobru 3rd Living Treasure Swordsmith born 1907 (see page 148 of Slough’s book Modern Japanese Swordsmiths), however, we believe this blade to be by the original SADDA MITSU. The sword has a lacquered wood scabbard with brass throat mount. The price for this piece which is worthy of further research and restoration includes UK delivery. Sn 14217

Model 1860 Imperial Prussian Infantry Brass Handled Short Sword Sidearm & Scabbard Both With Regiment Marks. ED 2164 - ED 2164
This is an excellent, original, Model 1860 Imperial Prussian Infantry short sword side arm (see page 196 of World Swords by Withers). It has a heavy 17 ¼” curved single edged steel blade and measures 22 ¾” overall. There are no visible manufacturer marks on the blade but the back of the blade has a small indistinct inspection mark (illustrated). It has a rugged brass handle with correct grooved panel on one side to assist grip. The hilt incorporates a cast birds head pommel and returning curve cross guard with rounded ends. The cross guard is Regiment marked ‘7.R.H.65’. The Sword is complete with correct, original leather scabbard with brass throat mount which has a fixed frog bar and brass chape with ball end. The throat mount is Regiment marked ‘2.R.A.5.27’. Both the throat mount and chape have small Imperial inspection marks. All leather & stitching of the scabbard are intact. The price for this Imperial sidearm, rare to find with scabbard includes UK delivery. ED 2164

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY) WW2 1940 /1941 Japanese Officer's Seki Arsenal Shin-Gunto Sword With Special Order Blade Smith Signed Tang ‘KANE MICHI (aka Kin Michi Won Special Honour Seat at 1941 Exhibition) With Officer’s Cord Scabbard Leather Field Combat Cov - 14125
This is an excellent original WW2 Japanese Officers sword & scabbard. 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 fitted with Officers cord. The tang is signed with Japanese script characters including the Sword Smith’s name Kane Michi and 3 Kanji family name and 1940-41 arsenal stamp. Kojima KANE MICHI aka Kin Michi was born July 1902. His real name was Kojima Tokijiro. He was a highly rated Smith who won a Special Honour Seat at the Japanese 1941 Exhibition (see page 46 of Modern Japanese Swordsmiths by John Slough and ref TK-132 Toko Taikan & KAN-1401,1392 Hawleys list). The special order long blade with full length fullers is 25 ¼” length (35 ¼” overall). The blade is razor sharp, clean with original polish and has well defined wave 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 14125

WW1 British Royal Artillery Officer’s Sword With Etched Blade By Boyton & Son Clerkenwell London & Leather Covered Wood Scabbard. ED 2162 - ED 2162
An original Royal Artillery Officer’s sword & Scabbard. It has a heavy 35” blade with fullers and measures 41 ¾” overall. The blade is fitted with original leather hilt washer. It has the correct fish skin grip with wire binding which is intact and tight and steel voided bar knuckle guard. It has a brass hilt with stippled back strap and stepped pommel with ball top. The blade is etched on both sides with foliate panels. One side is etched with Royal Artillery Cannon with banners and motto below Kings Crown and the reverse with King’s Crown and Royal Cypher. The ricasso is marked on one side by the maker ‘G.Boyton & Son Clerkenwell EC (London)’ and the reverse with ordnance star and inlaid roundel. The blade has staining consistent with age. The wood scabbard has a brass throat mount and is tightly bound with brown leather. The scabbard has a leather belt / frog strap with eyelet near to the throat. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2162
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