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Early 1900’s British Pattern 1827 Rifle Brigade Officer's Sword With King’s Crown Etched Blade By Hawkes & Co London & Scabbard. Sn 14667:7 - 14667:7
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 in the hilt .This is a very good, original example 1827 Pattern Sword with Scabbard. It has an 83cm long blade with fullers (98 cm overall). The blade has just light staining consistent with age and is etched on both sides with foliate panels including King’s crown with Royal cypher on one side and King’s crown with Rifle Brigade badge on the reverse . It also has the ordnance acceptance star with inlaid roundel at the ricasso on one side and manufacturer detail 'Hawkes & Co 14 Piccadilly London W’ on the reverse. The back of the blade has a small inspection mark and is numbered ‘7336’ which may assist to identify the Rifle Brigade Officer who commissioned this sword. It has a voided knuckle guard with the correct Rifle Brigade King’s crown with strung bugle motif, curved stepped pommel with ball end and fish skin grip with silver wire binding. The wire is tight and intact. The fish skin is secure but does have small areas of wear to be expected with age and service use. It is complete with steel scabbard with 2 fixed hanging rings. The scabbard has even patina and no dents or damage. The throat of the scabbard is numbered ‘174’. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14667:7

French 1919 Dated 1882 Pattern Infantry Officer’s Sword By The Chatellerault Arsenal & Scabbard. Sn 14667:4 - 14667:4
This is an excellent original French 1882 Pattern Infantry Officer’s Sword (see page 192 of World Swords by Withers). Our example of the 1882 has a clean, 85 cm long, polished steel blade with fullers (99cm overall). One side of the blade is crisply engraved by the French Chatellerault Arsenal manufacturer, dated ‘Mars (March) 1919’ and ‘1882’ pattern designation (illustrated). It has a voided nickel plated guard and rounded pommel. The back of the hilt near the pommel has a small inspection mark (illustrated). Its grooved polished horn hilt has its original copper wire binding. There is a small area of service wear to the horn near the guard ferrule. The sword is complete with its original steel scabbard. The scabbard with shoe has even patina and no dents or damage. It is fitted with single hanging ring. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14667:4

French 1845 / 1855 Pattern Infantry Officer’s Sword By G. Barre Paris & Scabbard. Sn 14667:2 - 14667:2
The French Infantry Officer's Pattern 1845 / 55 sword was the standard Infantry Officer’s sword from the 1840’s through to the 1900’s. These swords had a great influence on the sword designs of other nations, most notably the USA where the US Model 1850 Staff & Field Officer’s sword and Model 1852 Naval officer’s sword are almost identical copies (see pages 191 & 193 of World Swords by Withers). Our example is in excellent condition. It has a clean, 85 cm long, single edged blade with fullers (100 cm overall). One side of the blade has a small manufacturer’s roundel ‘G.Barre Fab A Paris’ (Barre is recorded as working in Paris from 1873-1910). The blade is fitted with original hilt washer. The brass guard has pierced foliate decoration. It has brass stepped rounded pommel with a banner of foliate decoration. Its grooved polished horn hilt is undamaged. The sword is complete with its original steel scabbard. The scabbard with shoe has even patina and no dents or damage. It is fitted with single hanging ring. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14667:2

Victorian 1857 Dated Brass Handled Military Short Sword Sidearm Hanger With Scabbard, Frog & Belt. ED 2215 - ED 2215
This is an excellent, original, British Military short sword side arm. It has 23 ¼” heavy single edged curved blade and measures 29” overall. The blade has a small continental ‘crown above R’ mark and has its original hilt washer. It has a rugged brass handle deeply grooved for grip with full knuckle bar, curved quillon cross guard with ball end and rounded pommel. The knuckle guard is dated ‘1857’ with indistinct letter. The Sword is complete with original Leather Scabbard with brass locket and chape. The scabbard is fitted with its original leather frog which has leather strap hangers & metal buckles. The frog is stamped with letters and numbers. Also included is its original leather belt. The leather belt is 2” wide and 44 ½” length. The belt tab is stamped with letters and numbers. The belt has a white metal buckle and stud. The belt is holed to accommodate the buckle prongs and stud. All marks on the sword, frog and belt are illustrated in the images. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2215

WW1 Era British George V 1845 / 1854 Pattern Infantry Officer’s Sword With Etched Blade Numbered 1301.5, Ordnance Roundel Inlaid To ‘James Howarth’, Scabbard, Leather Field Combat Cover & Frog. Sn 14442 - 14442
The 1845/54 pattern sword was the successor to the 1822 pattern, the main change being the folding langet of the Pattern 1822 being removed (see page 175 of World Swords by Withers). This original infantry Officer's Pattern 1845 / 54 sword has a 32 ½” single edged blade with part fullers (39" overall). The blade is undamaged with just light areas of staining consistent with age. There are no visible manufacturer’s marks on the blade but the back of the blade is numbered ‘1301.5’ which may, with further research assist to identify the manufacturer. The ricasso has the ordnance acceptance star and inlaid roundel. The blade is fitted with original hilt washer and etched on both sides with stylised Royal Cypher and Crown together with decorative panels on both sides. The voided brass bowl guard has stylised Royal Cypher ‘GR’ (GeorgeRex) & King’s Crown in the centre. It has brass stepped round pommel with ball end. The guard is contemporarily engraved ‘James Howorth’ most likely the name of the Officer who owned this sword. It's fish skin grip with finger grooves & gilt binding is in superb condition. The sword is complete with its leather covered wood scabbard with German silver insert at the mouth. The scabbard is fitted with original leather frog with 2 hanging straps, brass buckles and brass stud. All leather and stitching of the scabbard & frog are clean & intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14442

Ancient 15th Century Tachi Yamato/ Yamashiro Den Japanese Hand Forged Sword Blade Worthy Of Being Sent To Japan For Expert Appraisal With Japanese Magnolia Handle & Scabbard With Cloth Bag Cover. Sn 14475:5 - 14475:5
This Tachi Japanese sword blade made in the 15th century appears to be cut down from a larger blade and in excellent condition for its age. It looks Yamato/ Yamashiro Den. The blade is 25 ¼” suriage cut from approx. 28”. The hamon is suguha with fine nie crystals hada large wood grain. 2 mekugi peg holes in tang which is suriage. The tang is unsigned. The handle and scabbard are traditional honuki Japanese magnolia wood. This blade is worthy of of being sent to Japan for expert appraisal and dating. A cloth bag cover accompanies the sword. The price for this Wakazashi with ancient blade and appraisal document includes UK delivery. Sn 14475:5

20th Century Gentleman’s Mallaca Sword Stick By Toye Kenning & Spencer (London) With British Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) Regiment Badge & Spanish Toledo Blade Etched With Masonic Devices . Sn 14449 - 14449
The sword stick’s nickel plated pommel cap has the badge of the British RAMC on one side. It has a 27 ½” blade and measures 33 ½” overall length. The blade is clean and tapers to a pin sharp point. Both sides of the blade have etched panels ‘Toye Kenning & Spencer’ and crisp panels with foliate designs, banners and masonic devices (Toye Kenning & Spencer, London, now the Toye Company was founded in 1685. Throughout the ages, their craftsmen have created exceptional products for civil and military markets. The company are specialist suppliers of Masonic Regalia) . The ricasso is marked ‘Toledo Spain’ (the Spanish City of Toledo has for centuries been famous for the quality of its blades). The sword stick measures 35 ½” overall in its scabbard. The Mallaca scabbard is undamaged. The throat has an antique ivory insert. The scabbard has a nickel plated conical end cap. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14449

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

SOLD SOLD (27/02) 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
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