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**SCARCE**AS FOUND**Late WW2 Japanese Army Gunzoku (Civilian Employee) Officer’s Katana Sword With Murato Oil Quenched Blade Honoki Wood Scabbard With Regulation Leather Cover & Expert Assessment. Sn 18790 - 18790
An original late WW2 Japanese Officer's Sword and Scabbard. The 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 sword for the gunzoku (late war0. This blade is murato oil tempered, bar stock steel, polished bright and an artificial stone polished (suguha / straight) hamon put on. Probably made in one of the many private sword factories in seki. A showa –To saya scabbard Honoki wood with regulation leather cover. Tsuba non-regulation iron cast from an older tsuba circa 1930’s. Hilt is civilian style with military brown ito wrap over fish skin. With soft metal fitting, copper alloy fuchi, kashira. Fuchi showing bones / skull Musashi plains battle legend. Finished off with Dogs of Fo menuki. Small damage to ito. I think this sword has been carried by a civilian working for the army (Gunzoku) who were authorised to carry a sword. A private purchase item. There is a similar sword illustrated in Dawson’s cyclopedia of Japanese swords. Blade is bright but has some heavy rust & pitting. Needing a re-polish to make it look better. A scarce sword, as found condition.” In his illustrations Bill states un-signed (tang) shortened notches moved down blade, type of Kengyo Jiri (tang end) cutting edge 68cm total length 84.5cm”. The price for this scarce sword includes UK delivery. Sn 18790

1920’s, Webley Mark 1 (2nd Series) Air Pistol, .177 Calibre Air Pistol. AI 640 - AI 640
The Webley mark 1 Air Pistol was produced between 1924 and 1964 with refinements being made to the model throughout the production period. This is a nice Pre WW2 Webley Mark I Air Pistol. The pistol is stamped above the left hand grip with batch number "29308". It has the correct Pre WW2 spring clip barrel catch and piston only accessible from the rear end of the cylinder and walnut grips and brass medallion appearing on the left side only. It has ‘’Webley & Scott Ltd Birmingham & London on the left side of the cylinder together with ‘Webley Air Pistol Mark 1’. It is also stamped ‘Webley Patents’ on the rear sight. It retains most of its original blue finish with numerous age related marks. (see pages 15-32 of Webley Air Pistols by Gordon Bruce). The pistol cocks and fires with a strong spring action. The price includes UK delivery. NB As a post 1939 Air Weapon the restrictions of the Crime Reduction Bill apply to the sale & delivery of this item. AI 640

1940-1942 WW2 Japanese Fuku Moto Amahide Gunto Civilian Factory Army Seki Arsenal Contract Wartime Blade Signed ‘Soshu Seki Ju Ido Hide Toshi’, Scabbard & Expert Assessment. Sn 18880 - 18880
An original WW2 era Japanese Officer's Sword with signed tang. The 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 civilian katana wartime blade circa 1940-1942 made in Fuku Moto Amahide’s Gunto Civilian Factory Army Contract Wartime Blade AKAZU UCHI IMEI (signed by some other smith) ‘Soshu Seki Ju Ido Hide Toshi’’ the factory owner’s son produced under army contract. It has a seki arsenal stamp 9passed quality control). It looks medium quality showa-to which has undergone Yak ire (covered in clay) then heated and quenched in oil producing a hamon with a ha-Buchi edge of Nioi crystals. It has had a reasonable polish and is in good condition, bright and showing hamon well. Some small scratches and odd bit of finger rust. The saya is its original gunto honoki wood mount with thin layer of dark lacquer. It has a Sageo cord tied in a bow for martial arts use. Tsuba is old late Edo period octagonal iron plate with inscribed with Dragon in clouds motif. It is un-signed. The tsuka is retored civilian hilt with good quality black ito wrap around quality Ray skin. Soft metal shakudo, nanako fuchi kashira showing Tori gates & cherry blossoms. Cannot identify the menuki, look Meiji period in age. Nice looking sword”. In his illustrations Bill translates the tang signatures and describes the tang end as Nakago Jiri cut square. Hamon Midare Ba irregular mixture of Bizen crab claws and mino gunome. Hada Nishiji (pear grain). He also identifies a polisher’s mark on the blade. Kissaki 39mm, cutting edge 66cm total length 84.5cm”. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18880

Inter War 1938 British Officer’s Army & Navy Stores London 1821 Pattern Presentation Sword With Etched Blade To ‘Lieut F.A. Burridge RASC (Royal Army Service Corps)’(Awarded OBE & MBE Attained Rank Of Lieut Colonel) Acorn Knot & Scabbard. Sn 18861 - 18861
Frederick Arthur Burridge was born in Norwich in 1896 and attested for the Army Service Corps during the Great War in Gallipoli from 29 July 1915. For his services during the Great War he was Mentioned in Despatches for his services with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force (London Gazette 6 July 1917), was advanced Squadron Quartermaster Sergeant, and was awarded an ‘Immediate’ Meritorious Service Medal. He re-enlisted in the Royal Army Service Corps on 23 January 1919 following the cessation of hostilities, and was commissioned Lieutenant (Quartermaster) on 22 February 1938. He was promoted Acting Major, Extra Regimentally Employed List, in March 1940, and was shortly afterwards appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire whilst serving as an Assistant Adjutant General in the Adjutant-General’s Department. He was advanced an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 1946 New Year’s Honours’ List, and retired with the honorary rank of Lieutenant-Colonel on 1 September 1948 (references:. O.B.E. London Gazette 1 January 1946. M.B.E. London Gazette 11 July 1940. M.S.M. London Gazette 1 January 1919 ‘In recognition of valuable service rendered with the Forces in Egypt). This is an original 1821 pattern Officer’s sword (see page 99 of World Swords by Withers) presented to F.A. Burridge on his promotion to Lieutenant in 1938. The sword has a 34” blade with fullers and measures 40 ¼” overall. The blade has its original leather hilt washer. It has the correct fish skin grip with wire binding which is intact and tight and correct 3 bar brass guard hilt. The pommel has a stepped knurled pommel and a knurled grip spine to assist grip. The hilt is fitted with original brown leather cord & acorn knot. The blade is etched and blued on both sides with foliate panels . One side is etched to the ‘Royal Army Service Corps’ King’s Crown, heraldic arms, proof star, inlaid proof roundel & foliate panels. The reverse has panel inscribed ‘Presented by the Officers RASC To Lieut F.A. Burridge 22.3.38’, King’s Crown and Royal cypher ‘GRVI’ (George VI Rex) together with maker’s detail ‘Army & Navy Stores 105 Victoria St London SW’ together with foliate panels. The spine of the blade is numbered 17060 & is marked ‘Made In England’. The blade and hilt retain most of their original nickel plating. The leather covered wood field scabbard has a German Silver throat mount and has a leather tab belt loop. The price for this sword to a highly decorated high ranking Officer who served with distinction in both WW1 & WW2 includes UK delivery. Sn 18861

*El Gamo Center .177 Air Pistol. AI 641. - AI 641
Gamo Outdoor S.L.U, or simply Gamo, is a Spanish airgun manufacturer based in Barcelona, Spain, and is the largest producer of airguns in Europe and the largest producer of airgun pellets in the world. The company was founded in 1959, as El Gamo, and airgun production first started in 1961.The Gamo Center is a .177 caliber pellet pistol with under lever cocking, and spring piston power plant. The rear sight is fully adjustable. These were made in Spain between 1973 and 1994. It was the first pistol manufactured by Gamo. It has an aluminium Stock and adjustable handle for tilt. This right handed example retains 95% of it its bluing and is in very good condition for its age. It is stamped on the cylinder ‘El Gamo’ with the company logo and ‘Cal 4 ‘5 .177- Made in Spain and serial No H27111’. It has plastic wood like match grips held by two screws. The pistol cocks and fires with a strong spring action. A very sought after pistol for the collector. The price includes UK delivery. NB As a post 1939 Air Weapon the restrictions of the Crime Reduction Bill apply to the sale & delivery of this item. AI 641.

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 22/10) **RARE**NAPOLEONIC PENINSULAR WARS ERA** British 1786 Pattern Infantry Officer’s Sword With Etched Heraldic Arms Blade & Antique Ivory Hilt. ED 2537 - ED 2537
This is an original rare to find example of a British 1786 Pattern Infantry Officer's sword (see pages 155 & 159 of World Swords by Withers where similar 1786 pattern swords are illustrated). It has the correct iron bar guard & has a ‘wave & heart’ shaped finger guard. It has a single hanging ring hole on the pommel. The correct ribbed antique ivory grip has no damage. It has a 32 ¼” long blade (38” overall). The blade is etched on both sides with Royal heraldic arms. The riccaso of both sides and the spine near to the hilt have hand tooled decoration. The blade has staining consistent with age. There is no manufacturer name or date visible. These swords are hardly ever found with their scabbards, ours is contained in its original leather scabbard with metal chape and throat mount which has a frog locket. All leather & stitching are intact. The price for this rare sword with scabbard includes UK delivery. ED 2537 (NB Ivory Content Comprises less Than 10% Volume & Weight)

*1918 WW1 Era British Officer's Military Marching Compass By ‘S.Mordand & Co’ With WW1 Era Brown Leather Case marked 'Jabez Cliff Walsall'. OPT 819. - OPT 819
S.Mordand & Co were British manufacturers of WW1 marching compasses favoured by British Officers. S. Mordan & Co made mainly Verner's pattern compasses during WW1. This item is called a mirror compass and is a variation on a model designed and produced by Cruchon & Emons and PLAN Ltd. in Switzerland for the U.S. Corps of Engineers. This is an excellent fully functioning WW1 British Officer's Military Compass By S.Mordand & Co. It has a brass case and is mounted with lanyard ring. The glass face and brass case is perfectly intact. The rear casing is stamped with ‘S.Mordand & Co-5028 – 1918’ . It is complete with brown leather case with flap cover and stud fastener. The case has impressed 'Jabez Cliff Walsall' (In 1906 Not far from the Cliff factory were the premises of the world renowned saddle making company J. A. Barnsby and Sons, who were situated at Globe Works in Lower Forster Street. Jabez Cliff Tibbits put in a bid for the firm. Their offer was accepted, and the two companies amalgamated. Jabez Cliff and Co saddles retained the prestigious Barnsby label, whilst the high quality bridles were manufactured under the Cliff name, thus creating the saddlery brand Cliff-Barnsby.) Price for this nice WW1 cased piece of equipment includes UK delivery. OPT 819.

**SUPERB**ORNATE**C1740 French Maupetit & Sons Orleans & Paris Court / Diplomatic Small Sword With Etched Colichemarde (Triangular Section Blade). ED 2538 - ED 2538
The small sword (also court sword, French: épée de cour or dress sword) is a light one-handed sword designed for thrusting which evolved out of the longer and heavier rapier of the late Renaissance. The height of the small sword's popularity was between mid 17th and late 18th century. It is thought to have appeared in France and spread quickly across the rest of Europe. The small sword was the immediate predecessor of the French duelling sword (from which the épée developed. This is a superb original C1740 Court / Diplomatic small sword (see pages 270 to 282 of Wither’s book ‘World Swords’ where many variants of small sword are illustrated). It has ‘Colichemarde’ blade (the shape of a colichemarde blade features a wide forte, which abruptly tapers to a much narrower form at a point varying between a fifth to a third of the blade length from the hilt. The blade cross section was most often triangular and hollow-ground. This configuration combines good parrying characteristics, due to the wide blade forte, with the good maneuverability and thrusting characteristics imparted by the narrow blade point).The 32 "blade (39 1/4" overall) is heavily engraved from the tip to the ricasso with panels either side of the ricasso ‘Maupetit & Fils’ (maker) and text ‘Duc De Orleans & Paris’ The brass shell guard knuckle bow and pommel are also heavily decorated on all surfaces & the grip is wire bound. A stunning early French small sword. As is common this small sword is without scabbard. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2538

*Unused Puma ‘Gnicker’ Carved Horn Hunting Knife. 18584. - 18584
‘Puma’ previously ‘Lauterjung’ was founded in Germany in 1769, before the French Revolution. This example has a 4 ¼ “partially serrated stainless steel blade and beautiful carved horn handle comes with the manufacturers plastic casing and card sleeve. The blade has The Puma logo and ’11 3596 Handarbeit – PUMA GNICKER-Germany Inox’ etched on to the blade. The 4“ stag handle has a 1” ricasso acting as a crossguard. The handle is held with three brass studs. The blade still has its factory edge and has never been sharpened, carried, or cleaned. The sheath is a very dark green leather with a chape and ornate straps with brass fasteners and a brass Puma logo. A beautiful collectors piece. The price includes U.K. delivery. 18584.

**QUALITY**British Robert Mole & Sons Birmingham Sword With Blued & Gilt Etched Blade Ornate Gilt Crown Pommel & Lion With Crown Guard. ED 2539 - ED 2539
Robert Mole and Sons of Birmingham (1835-1920) supplied swords and bayonets to the War Office, the Admiralty and the Government of India as well as for private and trade customers. This is an unknown Victorian pattern of sword made by Mole & Sons. The high quality & form of the sword would indicate that it may have been carried by a Court or Parliament Guards Officer. It has a 31 ¼” blade with gilt panels on a field of blue that ends in a maltese cross in the mid section of the blade (36 ¼” overall). The gilt panels feature Crown VR (Victoria Regina) foliate devices and heraldic arms. The ricasso and spine of the blade are signed by the maker ‘Robt Mole & Sons Birmingham’. One side of the blade shank has a small inspection proof mark similar to marks seen on military issue swords and bayonets (illustrated). The gilt 3 bar guard incorporates a crown with crowned Lion device. The hilt has an ornate Crown pommel the fish skin grip is wire bound. The sword is without scabbard. An excellent, quality made sword worthy of further research. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2539

SOLD SOLD (25/10) *Puma ‘White Hunter’ Hunting Knife and Scabbard. 18585. - 18585
‘Puma’ previously Lauterjung" was founded in Germany in 1769, before the French Revolution. This handmade ‘White Hunter’ model has a blade length: 155 mm, thickness: 5 mm, total length: 270mm, weight: 240g. The blade is partially serrated on the edge and the top spine and has ‘6377-Handmade-PUMA WHITE HUNTER-Genuine Pumaster Steel- West Germany’ engraved to the cheek of the blade. The blade has some signs of use, as does the scabbard. The crossguard is stamped ‘13971’ which tells us that it was made in 1979’. The beautiful horn grips are held with three brass studs and there is a lanyard hole a quarter of the way down. The scabbard is thick tan leather with a belt loop and leather leg strap with a press studded strap with the Puma logo. An excellent piece for the collector. The price includes U.K. delivery. 18585

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 25/10) SCARCE SHORT VARIANT**Nazi German Firemans Dress Bayonet, Scabbard & Frog. Sn BAYO 721 - BAYO 721
This is a Fireman's Dress Bayonet and scabbard (see 'German Clamshells' book pages 125, 126 & 127 by Gary L. Walker and R. J. Weinand). The basic design is taken from the standard military dress bayonet but is without the rifle mortise and stud button. The cross guard is lengthened to give a re curve appearance. This is the scarce short version with 7 ¾” blade. There are no visible manufacturer marks. It has chequered grips secured with two pins and retains its original leather hilt washer. The bayonets metal work retains its original factory nickel finish. It comes with the correct scabbard which is free of dents and leather frog. The frog has numbers impressed into the back of the belt loop (illustrated) . The price includes UK delivery. BAYO 721
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