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SOLD SOLD (26/08) **ANCIENT BLADE MUROMACHI PERIOD 15th INTO 16th CENTURY**Japanese Naginata Long Pole Arm With Japanese Oak Pole & Expert Assessment Notes. Sn 18547 - 18547
The Japanese Naginata was a pole arm with pronounced, curved, heavy, slashing blade mounted on long poles used by Japanese warriors not only to attack opposing infantry but also to cut down horses of attacking cavalry. This ancient Japanese piece has been assessed by UK based Japanese Sword expert Bill Tagg. A copy of his notes accompany the Naginata. Exerts from the assessment include “Ancient Naginata. It is very difficult to judge exact age of Naginata. This is reminiscent of Hojoji school 14th century but I don’t think it is that old. Safer would be Muromachi period 15th into 16th Century. The tang has been re-worked and has hammer markings and had a large hole plugged in it. Also machi shortened by having notches moved down blade. This was done to hide a kizu flaw. In very old faded polish showing vague notare hamon based on nioi crystals and also showing coarse open grain which is seen on Bishu / Bizen blades of the 16th century especially Suke Sada line. There is no maker’s name on the tang which is very dark with ancient rust. Re-mounted in 18th or 19th century in a fine Japanese Oak pole. The bottom iron fitting is missing otherwise in good condition. Pole sections of decorative black crackle lacquer with some split Bamboo wrap which is red lacquered. Blade cover missing. A good display piece”. In his drawings of the blade He states “Cutting edge is 37.5cms”. Total length is 72 cms”. He describes the hamon as nioi based notare and describes the tang as 8mm thick on back. Due to overall length (2.38 metres), delivery of this Naginata with ancient blade & expert opinion will be within the UK only and at cost. Sn 18547

SOLD SOLD (26/08) **FINE CONDITION ANCIENT BLADE 1550’s -1650’s OR EARLIER** Japanese Horseman’s Yari Spear With Japanese Oak Shaft & Expert Assessment. Sn 18544 - 18544
This ancient Japanese Horseman’s Yari with ancient blade has been assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. A copy of his hand written notes with illustrations accompany the spear. Extracts from the notes include “Dating to early Edo or even earlier possible 1550’s to 1650’s, difficult to date Yari styles seldom changed over the centuries. Unsigned in lovely old polish. Fine condition no damage. Good black rust patina on slightly shortened tang. Probably re-mounted 18th or 19th century. In a good quality Japanese Oak shaft with copper bands & lacquered string binding. In very good un-touched condirion only missing a cover for the head (blade) to complete it . A great display piece”. In his drawings of the blade He states “Head is 10.75cms”. Total length is 26.3 cms”. He describes the hamon as nioi based notare, identifies an original polisher’s mark and describes the tang as unsigned with right slant file marks. Due to overall length (1.95 metres), delivery of this Horseman’s spear with ancient blade & expert opinion will be within the UK only and at cost. Sn 18544

**MASSIVE 14 FEET OVERALL LENGTH**WW1 Turkish / Ottoman Prisoner Of War Hand Made Beaded Snake With Beaded Script ‘Turkish Prisoners Ypres, Dardanelles’. Sn 18346 - 18346
WW1 Turkish / Ottoman Empire prisoners of war made many items whilst in captivity. It kept them occupied and was an avenue for them to earn money to supplement their rations and purchase items they required. Some prisoners even sent them home as gifts for family members or used them to barter with other prisoners. The Australian Memorial's collection of Ottoman prisoner beadwork includes snakes, lizards, bags, bookmarks and jewellery. All were handmade with small glass beads using either beaded crochet method or weaving on small looms. Crochet beaded snakes were the most popular of the beaded souvenirs created in the prisoner of war camps. Nearly half the Memorial's collection of beadwork items is made up of snakes. This is probably for two reasons, firstly a snake is basically a tube, a very easy shape to make with bead crochet. Secondly, snakes were a symbol of good luck in parts of South East Europe, so the prisoner of war snakes could have had a symbolic importance for their makers. The text on the belly usually says ‘TURKISH PRISONER’. However this does not mean that all the prisoners who made the items were ethnically Turkish. The Ottoman Empire stretched from the Balkans to the Sinai. This means that the makers could have been Turkish, Kurdish, Arab, Greek, or Eastern European. This massive hand made WW1 Turkish / Ottoman Prisoner Of War Beaded Snake measures a massive 14 feet overall length and is decorated with colourful beads in typical snake skin diamond back design. The belly of the snake has beaded script ‘Turkish Prisoners Ypres, Dardanelles’ and other indistinct lettering and or numbers (illustrated). It has the correct snake’s head with typical forked tongue. The body has over its lifetime had a few small repairs but these are only visible on close inspection. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18346

SOLD SOLD WW1 1916 Jones & Foster Ltd, Birmingham British Officer’s Blackened Steel Folding Trench Dug Out Candle Lantern. Sn 18620 - 18620
This is an excellent original undamaged fully functioning candle lantern as used by British Officer’s in their dug outs. This example measures: Height with handle unfolded 390mm, width 147mm. The interior has the correct candle holder, domed top & vent holes. The glass is clean and undamaged. The front of the lantern has a brass plaque ‘1916 Jones & Foster Ltd, Birmingham’. The lantern has the correct hinged metal wire bars which when released allow folding (there is no rust but several of the bars are firmly in place. To avoid possible damage we have not attempted to move the bars for folding. The price for this fully functioning piece of WW1 era British Officer’s equipment includes UK delivery. Sn 18620

WW1 Era British Field Made Tree Branch Nail Spiked Trench Fighting Club. MISC 884 - MISC 884
During WW1 Military Units on both sides improvised their own trench warfare weapons which they saw as being of more use than issued weapons, when fighting hand to hand. This is an original, WW1 British Trench Club. The club field made from a section of tree branch measures 26 ½” overall length. The head of the wood is studded with heavy duty iron nails. The wood has all the patina of a field made weapon of this age, no damage and no woodworm. All nails have just light surface rust to be expected but are secure. The butt end of the wood shaft has an iron ring for wrist cord. The price for this hard to find reminder of the brutal nature of trench warfare includes UK delivery. MISC 884

**VERY RARE**Original, WW1 Era British Tank Driver’s Armoured Leather ‘Splatter’ Face Mask With Chain Mail Veil & Original Correct Double Cloth Tape Ties. Sn 18043 - 18043
This is a very rare, original WW1 British Tank Driver’s Steel & Leather ‘Splatter’ Face Mask With Chain Mail Veil. The steel mask with slotted steel eye guard protection and ridged nose guard is leather covered and has a padded chamois leather backing. It has its original, correct double cloth head ties either side of the eye guards and original chain mail veil to protect the driver’s mouth and chin. The steel, leather and material are clean & intact. The price for this very rare piece of WW1 tanker’s equipment includes UK delivery. Sn 18043

Large, Framed Original WW2 Japanese 'Yosegaki Hinomaru' (Or Good Luck) Battle Flag. Sn 18125:4 - 18125:4
This is a nice original large, WW2 Japanese 'yosegaki hinomaru' or good luck Battle Flag. It is made of white silk and has a central vivid red painted roundel surrounded by numerous Japanese script signatures. The flag has some staining and fraying consistent with age. 2 corners of the flag have their original leather tabs with cord for pole hanging. The Flag is contained in it's lightweight plastic frame with clear celluloid panel. This item including frame measures 39” x 28 ½” x ½”. The price for this nice WW2 Japanese flag which is framed and ready for wall mounting includes UK delivery. Sn 18125:4

British Officers WW1 1915 Hallmarked Quality Silver Folding Cigarette Case By A and J Zimmerman - MISC 883
This is a quality good sized English Sterling silver British officers WW1 folding silver cigarette case made by A and J Zimmerman. The case measures 3 ½ inches square and is curved in shape. The case is kept closed by a spring strap and there are two elastic straps to keep the cigarettes secure when the case is carried and opened. The cigarette case has a vertical striped pattern engraved on the front and rear of the case together with a monogram J P McV engraved in the cartouche. The case weighs 4.32 ounces and has a gilt finish to the inside. The case is hallmarked sterling silver to A and J Zimmerman for the years 1915 to 1916. The price includes U.K. delivery. MISC 883

WW2 German MG34/MG42 Spent Cartridge Case Catcher - MISC 882
This is an original German WW2 MG34/42 spent cartridge case catcher. The catcher was fitted to the underside of the MG34/42 when used in a confined environment, eg inside a vehicle. This catcher is made of a steel frame with a coarse green cloth bag closed by 2 studs held to the frame by 6 rivets. Both the exterior circumference of the catcher and the stud holes are lined with leather edging sewn on. The steel frame retains much of its original green finish. The price includes U.K. delivery. MISC 882

British WW1 SMLE Rifle Bayonet Attachment, Trench Mirror - MISC 880
This is a rare WW1 British trench mirror for attaching to the tip of a bayonet for looking over a parapet. The mirror is has a swivel attachment with a small hole in it to fit on the tip of a bayonet to secure it. The glass mirror is intact and it retains most of its original khaki painted finish, but the metal mirror protecting cover has become detached at some time in its life. The price for this rare item includes U.K. delivery. MISC 880
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