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**RARE**WW1 Austro Hungarian Trench Fighting Knife By Resicka Vienna & Scabbard. ED 2541 - ED 2541
An original Austro Hungarian WW1 Fighting/Trench Knife & Scabbard. The knife has a single edge 8 ¼” steel blade with an overall length of 13 ¼”. The blade is undamaged and has just light staining consistent with age. The ricasso has the 'R' mark of the manufacturer Resicka Vienna. The smooth wooden scales are secured with steel pins. The oval cross guard has small inspection marks (illustrated). The scabbard is metal, has even patina and no dents. The rear of the throat has 2 fixed strap bars fitted with small webbing belt loop. This is a very good condition, rare WW1 trench knife and scabbard. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2541

**ANCIENT BLADE**Late 16th Century Muromachi Bizen Work Japanese Tanto Blade Smith Signed ‘Yuki Mune’, Protective Japanese Maple Wood Shira Saya Resting Mounts Additional Carved Ox Bone Hilt With Wood Blade, Scabbard & Expert Assessment Notes. Sn 18051:1 - 18051:1
This is an ancient Japanese tanto blade which has been assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. His hand written assessment notes accompany this tanto. Extracts from the assessment and notes include “Looks like late 16th century age (Muromachi) period. This is Bizen or associated provinces work. Its nakago tang shape is typical of this school’s style. The forging is also right for this school. Grain is running itame getting tired& worn on one side with use and polishing over many years. It has a hamon of suguha with very fine nie crystals along the edge. There is also activity inside the hamon which is a sign of good work. The 2 kanji signature I read as Yuki Mune. I can only find one man in my books at this period. Yuki Mune (Eisho 1504-1521 Buzen province used art names Ryokai Yuki Mune. He lived in Usa Buzen Province and was 2nd Generation to use this art name. It was mounted in ox bone carved mount in the late 19th Century, Meiji period for export . The carving is well done depicting Chinese Scholar reading to Children. A nice looking display item”. In his illustration of the blade he adds “cutting edge is just over 8”. Total length just over 10 ½”. Decorative file marks on tang are extreme right slant. Shape of Nakago Jiri is Kuri Jiri”. The price for this ancient blade with original UK expert opinion includes UK delivery. Sn 18051:1

SOLD SOLD (15/12) ANCIENT 1700-1800 Edo Period Ko-Gatana (By Knife) Signed ‘Furu Kawa Moto Yoshi’ & Koa / Kakihan (Personal Seal) With Silver Wild Boar Shakudo Panel & Expert Assessment Label . Sn 18046 - 18046
This is an excellent Ko-Gatana. It has been assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. His assessment label including translation of the signature accompany this knife. In his notes he states 1700-1800 Edo Period Ko-Gatana (By Knife) and translates the markings as ‘Furu Kawa Moto Yoshi’ & With Koa or Kakihan (Personal Seal). In (Meikan) book, good rating. Silver Wild Boar Shakudo Panel. The knife measures 7 ¼” overall and is presented on a wooden board secured by wire ties. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18046

**JAPANESE EXPERT ASSESSED WORTHY OF PRESERVATION**ANCIENT BLADE C1469-1487** Japanese Armour Piercing Ko-Tanto Blade Smith Signed By ‘Uda Kuni Mune’, Protective Japanese Maple Wood Shira Saya Resting Mounts Additional Sword Hilt Wood Blade, Scabbard, Bag - 18044
This ancient Japanese small tanto blade is in superb condition. In 1998 this blade was assessed by a Japanese blade expert. The sword is accompanied by original judgement documents from the expert with stylised Japanese script, ink stamps and an original rubbing of the blade tang taken during the assessment. 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 and his assessment are also included. Extracts from the assessment and notes include “Tanto (Ko small) yori doshi armour piercing. An ancient blade. It is in mint polish having been restored in Japan. Worn edge lost shape with polishing over centuries. Some small flaws but healthy good for its age. The blade is inscribed with the name Uda Kuni Mune. There are 6 generations working from 1381-1555. I have compared this tang to Osigata & it looks like 4th generation C1469-1487 Bunmei era. In Shira Saya resting mounts. It comes with a set of papers A Kan Tei Sho (written expert opinion). I have never seen this paper before. It is not one of the main 3 recognised by the Japanese government. I am struggling to read it because of its mixture of Japanese Kanji & Kana. It seems to be opinion by a shop/dealer or polisher based Musashiya Co Osaka and be an organisation calling itself JTK Juho Token Kensykai. It seems to be signed by a man called Enuo Kazu o.. Comes with 19th Century mounts, extended long but original saya. Nice old iron tsuba and good quality menuki. Good rated smith made superior sharp blades, needs more research. The paper certificate is stating a shoshin Genuine signature & worthy of preservation”. In his drawing of the blade bill states “ cutting edge is just over 7”. Hada grain itame mixed with masame. Suguha hamon edged with fine nie crystals and with Kin Suji lines in places. Large signature is a feature of this smith also placed in centre of tang Kuri Jiri shape”. The price for this ancient blade with original Japanese & UK expert opinions includes UK delivery. Sn 18044

**RARE** Victorian Era French Prostitute's Secret Garter Belt Dagger With Cruciform Blade, Polished Horn Hilt & German Silver Scabbard. Sn 18040 - 18040
This is a rare, original, Victorian era Ladies garter belt dagger in French form. These small concealable daggers were favoured by prostitutes to defend themselves against attack. It measures 9 ½” overall with a 4 ¾”cruciform blade which is clean and tapers to a pin sharp point. It has an undamaged solid polished horn hilt with diagonal grooves and rectangular block shaped pommel. It has a steel wave cross guard and German Silver ferrule. The dagger is complete with its original German Silver / Nickel scabbard. The scabbard’s tip has a small buckle in it which can be seen in the images. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18040

SOLD SOLD (07/12) 19th Century Small Burmese Dha Knife With Antique Ivory Peg Hilt & Scabbard. Sn 17923 - 17923
Dha (Burmese: also spelled dah) is the Burmese word for "knife". The term dha is conventionally used to refer to a wide variety of knives and swords used by many people across Southeast Asia, especially present-day Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Yunnan, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Dha vary considerably according to locality but they share a few features that define them apart from other weapons and tools of the area. These features are a gently curving blade (sometimes upward, other times downward in the direction of use) with a single edge, and no guard. This small Burmese Dha was made sometime in the 19th century. It has a 5 ¼” single edged blade gently curving downwards. The cutting edge is razor sharp and the blade has staining consistent with age. The knife measures 8 ¼ “ overall and has an undamaged solid antique ivory peg shaped hilt and white metal ferrule. Its original bamboo scabbard has 6 metal bands. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17923

**QUALITY** C1890’s Late Meiji Period Japanese Aikuchi (Dagger Without Tsuba) With Scabbard & Expert Assessment Notes. Sn 17844 - 17844
C1890’s Late Meiji Period Japanese Aikuchi with scabbard. The Aikuchi’s blade has a cutting edge of just under 7”. The tang is unsigned. The Aikuchi has been assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. A copy of his hand written notes and drawing of the blade accompany the sword. In extracts from his notes he states “Hira Zukuri (flat) no ridge line. I have seen a lot of them over the years. Basic smith work with a low temperature forging which produces Nioi crystals. Grain looks O Tame (large wood grain).In old polish good condition. Mounts are black lacquer wood scabbard mounted in horn to match hilt. Horn mounts fish skin wrap to handle. No menuki have been used. Medium export quality made late Meiji period Circa 1890’s. Tang end is Kuri Jiri shape, decorative Sujiki (slanting) file marks. Hamon is Notare (undulating)”. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17844

**ANCIENT BLADE**RESTORATION PROJECT** Japanese C1700-1850 Mino Or Soshu Work O’Tanto (Large Dagger) Or Ko-Wakizashi (Short One Handed Sword), Iron Tsuba & Scabbard With Expert Assessment Notes. Sn 17775:17 - 17775:17
An antique Japanese O’Tanto / Ko-Wakizashi. The weapon has been assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. His hand written notes and blade drawings accompany the sword. In extracts from his notes he states “Big & Wide has width of a katana. It has a cutting edge of 12 ¾”. The tang is unsigned with 2 mounting holes. Tang shape altered for remounting in past possibly been Mino work or Soshu. Looks to be Circa 1700-1850. In old 20th century polish. Hamon is Suguha with small irregularities edged in fine Nie crystals goes fuzzy towards point. The blade is marred by large kizu / flaw on one side and another on back of Mune. Plain iron 19th century tsuba with satsuma Rebellion munition quality hilt circa 1870’s. Old blades were taken out of storage and mounted quickly during the Rebellion in the Meiji restoration of the 1870’s. A sword for a new student / collector”. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17775:17

Late Victorian/ Edwardian Era Bali / Indonesian Native Kris Dagger With Antique Ivory Hilt, Hand Forged Acid Wash Blade, Antique Ivory Scabbard & Antique Ivory Chop Sticks / Hair Tools Mounted On Period Hand Carved Grotesque Murti Vengeful God Stand. - 17740
The Kris is a type of dagger, traditionally worn as a status symbol and carried by warriors. These daggers were said to have originated in Java in the 14th Century but were adopted in all parts of the Archipelago with broad variations between the islands of Bali, Java & Sumatra. The Kris is characterised by its distinctive wavy blade (see 383 to 393 of ‘A Glossary Of The Construction Decoration & Use Of Arms & Armour by Stone where many variants of Kris are described and illustrated). Often these daggers were mounted on carved wood Kris stands in the form of dancers or Grotesque Murti God figures for display in homes and temples (examples of these stands, two with similar grotesque faces as ours are illustrated on page 393 of Stone’s book). The blade of the Kris dagger is given its characteristic shape by folding different types of metal together and then washing it in acid. Kris were often infused with arsenic to add colour / brightness during their forging but the method of doing this was a closely guarded secret among Smiths. This is an excellent Bali / Indonesian Kris made in the late 1800's -Early 1900's. It has a 13 ½” long acid washed, hand forged Kris blade which incorporates its ornate barbed design at the hand guard. The antique ivory hilt is hand carved with typical stylised birds head form and it has an ornate copper or brass ferrule. The dagger measures 16” overall and is complete with its original antique ivory scabbard which has metal bands. The Kris is accompanied by 2 period antique ivory chop sticks / hair tools which are each 7 ¾” length. All are mounted on their original period Kris stand. Hand carved from tropical hardwood and painted in vivid red, white, green black and gold colours the full body sculpture of a kneeling Grotesque figure with ornate ceremonial crown, armour & war like face is typical of Murti vengeful / protective God sculptures seen in Bali / Indonesia. The stand measures 21” tall and the base width is 9 ½” diameter. The base is covered in red felt. One clenched fist of the sculpture is holed to fit the Kris in its scabbard and chop sticks / hair tools. The price for this highly decorative ethnic piece includes UK delivery. Sn 17740

Ancient Hand Forged Tanto Blade C1680’s- 1730’s Smith Signed ‘BUSHU SHITAHARA JU HIRO SHIGE’ Nara School Work Japanese Tanto With C1880’s Mounts, Scabbard, Ko-Gatana Short Knife & Expert Assessment Notes. Sn 17652 - 17652
An ancient Japanese Tanto blade in later mounts. The piece has been assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. A copy of his hand written notes and drawing of the blade accompany the sword. In extracts from his notes he states “The blade has a cutting edge of 12”. The blade is ascribed Signed ‘BUSHU SHITAHARA JU HIRO SHIGE’. There were 7 Generations of Hiro Shige in Musashi province working from 1624-1860. The first 2 well rated. Possibly 2nd Generation. There were also several other Smiths using the family name or title ‘Shitahara’. It would take a Japanese expert to work out which man made this. Hamon temper line is Suguha Straight. Difficult to see not in polish. Looks like Nie crystals to edge structure Jihada. To scratched and with fine old rust on surface obscuring the beauty of the forging. Otherwise looks healthy only tiny nibble on edge. A couple of small bends on back edge. Saya is 19th Century with a design of Chidori birds and Bamboo worked in different colour lacquer. Tsuba is rounded square in iron with carved bugs & plants C1800. Possibly Nara school work. Tsuka is missing binding & Menuki ornaments. Fuchi is cast silver metal worked with Rabbit theme circa 1880’s when this Tanto was put together for export sale from Japan. Been a reasonable quality item in its day. Ko-Gatana is 20th century replacement, needs good 19th century By-Knife. Tanto needing Polishing & Re-bind to complete”. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17652
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