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**RARE**SUPER CONDITION**WW2 Japanese Army Gunzoku (Civilian Employee) Officer’s Shin Gunto Seki Arsenal Katana Sword Smith Signed Tang ‘NOSHU SEKI JUNIN KOJIMA KANE NORI SAKU’ Tsuba Signed ‘KAZU NORI’ Scabbard With Campaign Cover & Expert Assessment - 19532
This sword has been assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. A copy of his hand written notes and illustrations accompany the sword. In extracts from his notes he states “Officer’s Shin Gunto in civilian mounts for Gunzoku (civilians employed by the army) (they wore uniform and were entitled to carry swords). This sword is in superb condition overall, hard to find as good as this. In original wartime polish 95%, just odd scratchs picked up nearly 80yrs and odd rust spots. Gunome Midare hamon temperline which is nioi crystal based. A medium quality Showa-To blade which has undergone Yaki-Ire process to produce a hamon with Nioi and very tight grain. Structure pear skin grain in body of blade. Genuine signature of ‘NOSHU SEKI JUNIN KOJIMA KANE NORI SAKU’ real name Kojima Taro younger bother od kane Michi. During war served as army approved smith. He also made Gendaito to a high grade. Saya Honoki wood, black lacquered with original kurikata then covered with foul weathr campaign leather cover. Tsuba is rounded square iron with blackened finish copying shakudo, with incised leaf & branch decoration. It is signed by its maker ‘KAZU NORI’, looks 1930’s work, good condition. Tsuka hilt civilian fuchi kashira in iron, black finish with decoration of sea shells?. Menuki are male Dragons (sword tail). Bound in green ito over Ray skin in very good condition. No sign of a hole for a sarute (tassel loop). In his illustrations Bill translates the signature on the tang and tsuba and provides measurement of the blade and other dimensions which can be seen in image 2”. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19532
£1,975.00

WW2 Era Nazi German F.W. Höller Solingen Kriegsmarine Dagger with Etched Blade & Scabbard. 19431 - 19431
An original, German Kriegsmarine Dagger & Scabbard. The Kriegsmarine was the navy of Nazi Germany from 1935 to 1945. It superseded the Imperial German Navy of the German Empire (1871–1918) and the inter-war Reichsmarine (1919–1935) of the Weimar Republic. The Kriegsmarine was one of three official branches, along with the Heer and the Luftwaffe, of the Wehrmacht, the German armed forces from 1935 to 1945. The dagger’s blade is excellent and clean with feint etching on both sides with marine fouled Anchors together with scroll work panels. The ricasso is marked with the makers name and trademark ‘F.W. Höller Solingen’ (F.W. Höller was founded in 1866 and ceased production in 1974. During this period this company were known as cutlery and sword makers. After WW2, besides professional cutlery and scissors it still produced swords). It has the distinctive Kriegsmarine 'Eagle Pommel, ornate cross guard with scabbard retaining button that works as it should, and correct Ivory hue resin grip with wire binding which is tight and secure. The dagger is complete with original scabbard which is decorated with a 'hammered' and etched design. The scabbard has a few minor dents but no splits or cracks and the operation is not affected. The scabbard has 2 hanging ring mounts with Oak leaf decoration. The mounts are fitted with original hanging rings. The price includes UK delivery. 19431.
£575.00

WW2 1943 Japanese Army Officer's Shin Gunto Showa To Katana Sword Smith Signed Tang ‘Bu’ (Military Patriot?) Or ‘Take’ (Shi Family Name?)’ Scabbard & Expert Assessment. Sn 19501 - 19501
This sword has been assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. A copy of his hand written notes and illustrations accompany the sword. In extracts from his notes he states “A Shin Gunto army Officer’s sword with Showa To bar stock? Oil tempered blade (heavy). It has been buffed bright so I cannot see forging work. Signed with one kanji name? Can be read as TAKE or BU (military). There is an oshigata by this smith or pupil of this smith in John Slough’s book of Modern Japanese Sword Smiths page 169 for comparison where he signs TAKE HISA and also has 2 x ‘W’ stamps on Nakago same as this blade (please note unable to photograph the ‘W’ marks identified by Bill). He (the smith) is listed working in Aichi in Showa period and making medium grade Showa To. Needs polish to see work in mid war quality parade metal saya, green paint finish is worn but in overall reasonable condition. Gunto tsuba in good condition some original patina, matching numbers on seppa and tsuba. Tsuka good condition complete with fuchi matching number to tsuba and seppa. All hilt mounts have finish and gilding (broken locking latch). Only needs sarute loop to complete it. Don’t know why he (smith) did not complete his art name. Same as book definitely the same man as in Slough’s book, same hand cut both inscriptions. An interesting example of its type”. In his illustrations Bill translates the signature on the tang and date (Spring 1943), provides measurement of the blade and other dimensions which can be seen in image 2”. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19501
£1,295.00

Boer War .303 x 50 Round Leather Bandolier. L 403. - L 403
This is a Boer War era British 50 round leather Bandolier for the .303 round. These bandoliers were used by British forces during the Boer wars and often used if captured by Boer forces (A bandolier or a bandoleer is a pocketed belt for holding either individual bullets, or belts of ammunition. It is usually slung sash-style over the shoulder and chest, with the ammunition pockets across the midriff and chest. Though functionally similar, they are distinct from chest rigs, which are designed to hold magazines instead). This example is made from thick chestnut coloured leather with fully working brass buckle and fastening studs and 122cm in length. Made to hold 50 x .303 rounds (The .303 British (designated as the 303 British by the C.I.P. and SAAMI or 7.7×56mmR, is a .303-inch (7.7 mm) calibre rimmed rifle cartridge, It was the standard British and Commonwealth military cartridge for rifles and machine guns from 1889 until the 1950s when it was replaced by the 7.62×51mm NATO). This would have been used by British forces in the Boer War of 1899-1902 (South African War, also called Boer War, Second Boer War, or Anglo-Boer War; to Afrikaners, also called Second War of Independence, war fought from October 11, 1899, to May 31, 1902, between Great Britain and the two Boer (Afrikaner) republics—the South African Republic (Transvaal) and the Orange Free State—resulting in British victory). With a nice aged patina this bandolier is in near perfect condition for its years. Stamped to the end of the strap Walmone? The price includes UK delivery. L 403.
£295.00

WW2 Japanese Army Officer’s Shin Gunto Showa To Katana Sword Smith Signed Tang ‘YAMADA TOSHI CHIKA’ Scabbard & Expert Assessment. Sn 19502 - 19502
This sword has been assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. A copy of his hand written notes and illustrations accompany the sword. In extracts from his notes he states “A Shin Gunto army Officer’s sword, Mid to late war, no arsenal stamps, looks like a Showa To blade, bar stock, shaped & forged & to finish given Yaki-Ire treatment (clay covered & heated) producing a Nioi (crystals) hamon temperline, signed by its maker ‘YAMADA TOSHI CHIKA’. I can only find one reference to this man, see Fuller & Gregory book list 212. This will be an oil tempered blade most Showa To were. Saya is wood with black lacquer finish possibly paint, looks refurbished nice condition with Kurikata (Sageo Cord Loop). Tsuba & Seppa gunto with lots of gilt & finish on them. Would have had a leather cover on it (missing). Tsuka is Gunto in good condition with all of its fittings, lots of finish & gilt, including good sarute loop. Blade is bright, lots of original polish but scratches and some old rust spots obscuring forging details”. In his illustrations Bill translates the signature on the tang, provides measurement of the blade and other dimensions / characteristics which can be seen in image 2”. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19502
£1,295.00

RARE, 1930's Webley Service MK II 3rd Series/ Type .22 Calibre Air Rifle. 19507 - 19507
An excellent condition, 1930's, Webley Service MK II 2nd Series/ Type, air rifle in .22 calibre (see pages 40-43 of Christopher Thrale's book Webley Air Rifles 1925-2005). The Left side of the cylinder is stamped 'WEBLEY SERVICE AIR RIFLE MK II". 'MANUFACTURED BY WEBLEY & SCOTT LTD, BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND and with the Webley 'winged pellet logo'. The barrel is stamped '.22 CALIBRE' It has the Great Britain, USA, Spain, Germany and Canada 1925 patents stamped on the Right Side of the cylinder together with the correct patent Number '371548'. It has an excellent stock with chequered panel neck and ribbed horn butt plate which has the Webley name imprinted. The weapon is serial number 'S9350' which is stamped to the rear of the trigger guard. The weapon cocks loads and shoots as it should. The price for this rare air rifle includes UK delivery. 19507.
£695.00

C1850, Victorian George Wallis Junior Of Hull Double Barrelled 15 Bore Muzzle Loading Percussion Shotgun. Sn 19505 - 19505
George Wallis Junior of Hull was the son of the master flintlock gunmaker of the same name, a distinguished gunmaker and antiquary who assisted William Constable of Burton Constable Hall with the maintenance of his magnificent collection. This is a very good Victorian double barrel muzzle loading percussion shotgun made Circa 1850 by George Wallis Junior of Hull. It has all original Walnut furniture with chequered panels at the wrist. The wood has knocks bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The top of the wrist has a void silver escutcheon & It has a steel butt plate. The shotgun with double 27 ¼”, brown wash steel barrels, has double hammers & triggers. It measures 44 ¼” overall. The action has silver roundels and the barrel has 2 silver bands inlaid. The barrel rib has a bead fore sight. The action, hammers and trigger guard with extended tang have foliate engraved decoration. The action plates are signed ‘Wallis Hull’. The cocking & firing actions of the weapon work crisply. The barrels smooth bores have just light staining consistent with age and use. The shotgun has an ebonised wood ram rod with brass end cap and brass tip which unscrews to reveal a worm. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading percussion shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 19505
£675.00

1908-1914. B.S.A. Improved Model D, .177 Calibre Underlever Air Rifle Pistol Grip Stock Variant. 19508. - 19508
This is a very good original BSA Improved Model D Air Rifle. These rifles were made with both straight hand and pistol grip stocks and in different variations between 1908 and 1914 (see ‘The Book of the BSA Air Rifle 1905-1939’ pages 50 to 56. Signed hardback copies available on our site). This example has its original pistol grip wood stock with correct chequered panels on the grip and BSA trademark to the left side which was removed on the later models. The stock has a removable steel butt plate. The cocking arm has a ribbed release lever on the left side. It has a 19” rifled barrel and measures 43½” overall. It has a blade foresight and adjustable dial rear sight. The metal work has even patina throughout. The air cylinder has BSA Improved Model D detail. The left side of the weapon bears the serial number ‘No21515’. The loading port area is marked ‘Load’ and has the BSA piled arms logo. The loading tap has patent detail ‘Patent 8246/06’ and underside of the cocking lever ‘Lincoln Jeffries-Patent. 8761/04’. The Rifle cocks, loads & fires as it should with a strong spring action. The price includes UK delivery. 19508.
£425.00

C1850, Victorian George Snowdon Alnwick Northumberland Double Barrelled 18 Bore Muzzle Loading Percussion Shotgun. Sn 19506. - 19506
George Snowdon was an English gunmaker with premises at 30 Narrowgate, Alnwick, Northumberland 1833-1858 (see page 336 of British Gunmakers Vol2 by Brown). This is a very good Victorian double barrel muzzle loading percussion shotgun made Circa 1850 by Snowdon. It has all original Walnut furniture with chequered panels at the wrist. The wood has light knocks bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The top of the wrist has a void silver escutcheon & it has a steel butt plate. The shotgun with double 27 ½”, brown wash steel barrels, has double hammers & triggers. It measures 45 ½” overall. The barrel rib has a bead fore sight. The action, hammers and trigger guard with extended tang have foliate engraved decoration. The action plates are signed ‘Snowdon’ and have engraved scenes of Game birds in the field. The cocking & firing actions of the weapon work crisply. The barrels smooth bores have just light staining consistent with age and use. The shotgun has an ebonised wood ram rod with brass end cap and brass tip which unscrews to reveal a worm. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique muzzle loading percussion shotgun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 19506
£475.00

Boer War Era, South African Republic (ZAR) Contract British Martini Henry 577x 450 Obsolete Calibre Cavalry Carbine With ‘W’ Initial & ‘Religious Cross’ Or ‘T’ Initial Carved Stock. Sn 19474 - 19474
Prior to the Boer War, British gun makers sold private contract shipments of their Martini Action 577 x 450 Calibre Rifles & Carbines to the Boer, South African Republic (ZAR or Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek). The stopping Power of the large Martini 577x 450 round, simplicity of the Martini Action were favoured by the Dutch farmers. During the Boer War the weapons were used by South African Republic (ZAR) and Orange free State (OVS) forces against the British Army in most of the Major Battles. This is a good original example of a British Cavalry carbine sold to the ZAR. It has all original metalwork and wood furniture which has even patina throughout. There are no externally visible maker or date marks on the carbine. The wood has just light knocks bumps and bruises to be expected of a weapon of this age. One side of the shoulder stock has a large ‘W’ Initial & ‘Religious Cross’ Or ‘T’ Initial, period hand carved into the wood (it was common practice for Boers to carve their names, initials or religious imagery into the stocks of their weapons). It is complete with steel butt plate, block and blade fore sight, flip up ladder rear sight & sling swivels. One side of the action is stamped ‘ZAR’ above weapon number ‘3849’. The bore of its 21” barrel is clean with crisp rifling. The barrel has proof / inspection marks. The carbine measures 38” overall. The loading and firing actions work crisply. The price for this rare historic Boer War era piece includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre antique firearm no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 19474
£1,475.00

SOLD SOLD (26/04) **MINT BORE**American, Providence Tool Company, Providence, Rhode Island, Peabody’s 1862 Patent .41 Peabody Rim Fire (10.4 Vetterli) Obsolete Calibre Martini Type Breech Loading Rifle. Sn 19467 - 19467
The Peabody action was an early form of breech loading firearm action, where the heavy breechblock tilted downwards across a bolt mounted in the rear of the breechblock, operated by a lever under the rifle similar to the British Martini action. The Peabody action was developed by Henry O. Peabody from Boston, Massachusetts, and was first patented on July 22, 1862. Peabody carbines and rifles were made by the Providence Tool Company, Providence, Rhode Island & Sharps & Hankins. While the Peabody was not perfected in time for the American Civil War, a few were entered in the trials of 1864 with favourable reports. The majority of Peabody's production was for foreign contracts, they were adopted by the militaries of Canada, Spain, Mexico, France, Romania and Switzerland. Our example by Providence Tool Co USA is in excellent condition. The weapon is 51 ½” overall length. By operating the under lever, the breech plates falls to allow loading of a cartridge. The weapon has a 32” long, blued barrel. The barrel’s bore is near mint, clean and bright with crisp rifling. The metal work is clean and undamaged and has several factory inspector’s marks. It has a blade foresight and adjustable rear sight. The left side of the frame is crisply stamped with manufacturer and patent detail (illustrated in image 2). It is serial number 7132. The all original wood work is undamaged with just light bumps and bruises to be expected with age. The butt plate and fore end block are steel and it has single sling swivels & steel cleaning rod. The loading and firing actions work crisply. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre rifle no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 19467
£0.00

1932-1939 BSA ‘Breakdown Pattern’ .177 Air Rifle. 19509 - 19509
The breakdown pattern , as BSA named it was marked for the Junior market rather than those who wanted a target or sporting air rifle. This was BSA’s first attempt at making a break barrel air rifle before 1939. The barrel is 18 ½” long, 41” overall. (See ‘The Book of the BSA Air Rifle 1905-1939’ pages 147 to 155. Signed hardback copies available on our site). The Rifle cocks, loads & fires as it should with a strong spring action. The metal work has even patina throughout. It has open rear sights with thumb wheel adjuster. The serial No is displayed above the trigger ‘B2907’. The beech stock is showing signs of use related wear but in very nice condition for its age with a chequered grip with the BSA logo. The price includes UK delivery. 19509.
£295.00
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