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SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 20/06) **MINT BLADE**WW2 1944 Dated Japanese Officer's 1944 Pattern Shin Gunto Katana Sword With Smith Signed Tang ‘KANE TOSHI’, Tasseled Cord, Scabbard & Expert Assessment. Sn 21764 - 21764
An original WW2 dated 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 1944 Pattern Shin Gunto for Army Officers, late war quality. This is second class. Mounts all steel (heavy) painted black finish. The mounts are very good condition overall with original plain brown tassel used by all ranks. Signed ‘KANE TOSHI’ ? Could be Kumazawa Kane Toshi worked as a gunto smith born 1899 see Fuller & Gregory list No. 264 for Oshigata, see Markus Sesko Page 285 Sword Smiths of Japan for details. This blade is a murato oil quenched bar stock steel in near mint condition. If you want a 1944 2nd class sword this is the one for your collection. No wonder its mint as war was ending when made (made December 1944)”. In his illustrations Bill translates the tang signature and December 1944 date. He describes the cutting edge as 66 cms length and total length 89 cms”. He also identifies a Showa arsenal stamp & describes and illustrates other blade measurements and characteristics (illustrated in image 2). The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21764
£0.00

WWII Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Second Pattern Type C Pilots Flying Helmet. 21667. - 21667
This original WWII era 2nd Pattern Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm pilot's Type C leather flying helmet. These helmets were introduced in 1941 (see page 53 & 215 of the book Vintage Flying Helmets by Mick. J. Prodger). The helmet is made of the correct brown leather with correct chamois leather lining and padded leather ear roundels. It has the correct webbing chin strap *showing signs of wear*, press stud fasteners, hook and straps. It also has the correct leather ear cups with brass zips which contain their original Gosport communication tubes and original foam padding. The ear cup zips are angled and in good working order and the zips are both functional. The interior of the ears still retain the foam cups. The beige leather lining of the helmet is still soft and supple. Approximate size 6. The price includes UK delivery. 21667.
£395.00

WW2 Japanese Officer's Seki Arsenal Shin Gunto Pattern Katana Sword With Smith Signed Tang ‘HOSHI YA YOSHI NAGA’, Tasseled Officer’s Cord, Scabbard With Leather Field Service Cover & Expert Assessment. Sn 21765 - 21765
An original WW2 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 “Officer’s Shin Gunto pattern katana with leather service covered scabbard. Blade is Showa-To oil quenched bar stock steel (not traditionally forged). In bright old polish which is scratched and stained in places obscuring the uneven gunome midare temperline hamon. A typical Seki Mino hamon with nioi crystal edge. A badly stamped Seki inspection mark shows it as an arsenal made sword. Signed by its maker ‘HOSHI YA YOSHI NAGA’, made gunto for the army 2nd war. Saya is wood covered with leather worn but reasonable condition. Tsuba is gunto pattern good quality some gilt left with multiple serrated seppa. Tsuka hilt is complete with all its mounts, lock catch, sarute knot loop & Lieutenant to Captain rank tassel. Tidy but used condition. A nice example of a Shin Gunto that was taken to war”. In his illustrations Bill translates the tang signature. He describes the cutting edge as 64 cms length and total length 88 cms”. He also identifies the Seki arsenal stamp & describes and illustrates other blade measurements & characteristics (illustrated in image 2). The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21765
£1,295.00

*Rare* c1905 The Britannia Anglo Sure Shot Mk.1 .177 Air Rifle. AI 601. - AI 610
The Britannia air rifle was distributed by Ramsbottom of Manchester as the Anglo Sure Shot Mark 1 around 120 years ago. The Anglo Sure Shot is rarer than a standard Britannia, making up around 35% of the surviving Britannias. Numbered 1320, which is one of the lower serial numbers and is numbers matching. This is therefore an early production model, with associated features including a ribbed trigger, shorter barrel than later models (21 inches long rather than the 23 inch later barrel). The trigger adjustment screw access hole is through the swell of the pistol grip and can therefore be accessed without the rifle having to be held open. Clearly stamped ‘ANGLO SURE SHOT MARK 1 MADE FOR RAMSBOTTOM MANCHESTER’ and with Cox’s Patent and Britannia Trademark. The see-saw rear sight is fully functional and the bladed foresight is present also. The wooden stock is good with only minor age related marks *damage to the top/rear right hand side* and the initials C.H.C to the right hand side. See page 13 of Hillers Air Rifles for reference. The loading and firing actions work perfectly. The price includes UK delivery for this very rare rifle. AI 610.
£745.00

**MINT**HIGH GRADE**RARE KOSHIKAWA / KOKURA ARSENAL MARK**1934-36 WW2 Era Japanese Officer’s Private Purchase Type 98 Shin Gunto Katana Sword With Rare Major Or Colonel Rank Tassel, Scabbard & Expert Assessment. Sn 21766 - 21766
A rare original WW2 Japanese Officer's Sword in mint condition. 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 high grade Type 98 Shin Gunto Army Officer’s sword made circa 1934-36. Pre War quality product, never signed, first one I have seen with an arsenal stamp. Nicely shaped delicate looking, looks like antique koto tachi blade. An oil tempered none traditional made blade probably re-worked bar stock steel. A lot of handwork to produce this quality. Privately purchased from the army officer’s club in Tokyo, the Kaiko-Sha. In original polish & mint condition. Saya metal parade with bronzed fittings, high gloss brown paint in very good condition. Tsuba good quality pierced cast brass some gilt remaining with matching numbers to tsuba and seppa. Tsuka hilt mint condition overall. All original mounts & working lock catch. Finished with rare high rank red/brown tassel for a Major or Colonel rank. A near mint example of its type for a military sword collection”. In his illustrations Bill identifies the rare to find arsenal stamp as being used by Koshikawa and Kokura arsenals in Tokyo between 1929-1935. He describes the cutting edge as just over 66 cms length and total length 82 cms”. He also describes and illustrates other blade measurements and characteristics (illustrated in image 2). The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21766
£1,645.00

*Rare* Pre-war Česká Zbrojovka (Czech Arms Factory) Vz.35 Military Multi-shot BB Trainer Rifle Including a Tin of Correct Size BB pellets. AI 602. - AI 602
The trainer rifle emulates the standard Czechoslovak Vz.24 battle rifle. Relatively few Vz.35 airguns were produced, total production figures are unknown, but serial numbers in the high 27,000’s have been observed. In the 1930’s Adolf Hitler became Chancellor in neighbouring Germany. He made open demands for territorial concessions containing ethnic Germans. This included the Sudetenland of Western Czechoslovakia. Czechoslovakia prepared defences. In the rush to train more troops, the VTLU (“Military Technical and Aviation Institute”) recognised they were wearing out rifle bores. In December of 1934, the VTLU solicited proposals for a new training rifle. The technical specification called specifically for an air rifle, one that would closely emulate the standard Vz.24 battle rifle. The winning design came from the noted small arms designer František Myška. Myška was lead designer at Česká Zbrojovka’s factory in the town of Strakonice. The new training rifle was designated the vzor 35, or “model of 1935.” Between 1935 and 1938, 9,843 of these air rifles would be produced for the Czechoslovak Army. The top of the cylinder has the double-tailed lion crest which is a sovereign symbol, followed by the manufacturer name, the model name, and finally the serial number ‘9420’. Vz.35’s produced under occupation are fairly easy to recognise as they omitted the large CS Lion crest and CS Army acceptance stamps, and typically have serial numbers above 10,000. Another major mark is on the side of the hopper, where the BB’s are loaded, this example has ‘E7 Lion 38’ Brno (indicated by the letter E). This is the army acceptance mark. Brno (Brno was a large plant, already set up for powder-burning rifle production. The Vz. 35 fires 4.5mm lead balls that are gravity-fed through a hopper on top of the action. When the rifle is cocked by pulling back on the bolt handle, a long rod on the nose of the piston moves back, allowing one ball to fall from the hopper into the tube just ahead of the rod. The metalwork is in good overall condition with a few minor use related scars. The woodwork and butt plate are very good also, again with a few minor age related knocks. Its loading and firing actions work as they should with a strong action. The price for this very rare Military training rifle includes UK delivery. AI 602.
£895.00

WWI era Hardwood Framed Picture of Musketry Instructors from the 8th (Service) Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. PI 135. - PI 135
The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry was a light infantry regiment of the British Army that existed from 1881 until 1958, serving in the Second Boer War, World War I and World War II. The regiment was formed as a consequence of the 1881 Childers Reforms, a continuation of the Cardwell Reforms, by the amalgamation of the 43rd (Monmouthshire) Regiment of Foot (Light Infantry) and the 52nd (Oxfordshire) Regiment of Foot (Light Infantry), forming the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the Oxfordshire Light Infantry on 1 July 1881. In 1908, as part of the Haldane Reforms, the regiment's title was altered to become the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, commonly shortened to the Ox and Bucks. After service in many conflicts and wars, the Ox and Bucks Light Infantry was, in 1948, reduced to a single Regular Army battalion and on 7th November 1958, following Duncan Sandys' 1957 Defence White Paper, it was renamed the 1st Green Jackets (43rd and 52nd), forming part of the Green Jackets Brigade. This double mounted original photograph includes the Musketry Instructors and hand signed beneath including ‘8th (SB) Ox & Bucks Lt Infy, taken by photographer Norman Taylor of Oxford. The reverse still has the original picture shop advertising sticker intact. Measuring: 59 ½ X 50 cm. The price for this piece of captured history includes UK delivery. PI 135.
£175.00

**SKILLED ARTISAN SMITH**WW2 1944 Dated Japanese Officer's Type 98 Shin Gunto Pattern Katana Sword With Smith Signed Tang ‘NOBU MITSU’, Period Owner’s Name Written In Japanese On The Hilt, Rank Tassel, Scabbard & Expert Assessment. Sn 21767 - 21767
An original WW2 dated 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 Type 98 Shin Gunto Officer’s sword katana. The blade is a low to medium grade Showa-To oil quenched tempering made from bar stock or scrap steel. Made late war January 1944 by Nobu Mitsu real name Sake Shin Ichi student of Kojima Katsu Masa worked as a gunto smith rated skilled artisan see Markus Sesko book page 307 & John Slough book on sword smiths page 135. In bright old faded polish with very faint nioi edged suguha straight hamon. Saya metal parade with some gilt finish left on mounts with olive green paint in reasonable condition, some wear and bumps in steel. Tsuba standard gunto pattern with several seppa, dirty with some original gilt. Tsuka good quality & condition with working locking catch & saute knot loop which has a Lieutenant to captain rank tassel blue and brown colour. What appears to be original Japanese owner’s name written in inkon the fish skin inside top mount, not translated needs research”. In his illustrations Bill translates the tang signature, identifies arsenal inspection marks and January 1944 date. He describes the cutting edge as 66 cms length and total length 89 cms”. He also describes and illustrates other blade measurements and characteristics (illustrated in image 2). The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21767
£1,395.00

**VERY RARE**ONE OF 4,000**1st VARIANT**WW2 1942 Spanish Star Nazi German Military Contract Model B / Colt M1911 9mm Parabellum Calibre Semi Automatic Pistol For Nazi Heer, Kriegsmarine, Luftwaffe & Fallschirmjager / Paratroopers**2018 UK/EU DEACTIVATION - 20648
The whole family of the "Star" pistol was (and still is) manufactured by the Spain-based company Bonifacio Echeverria, SA. Back in the 1920s the company began to develop semi-automatic pistols, based on the iconic Colt M1911 design. These pistols were more or less similar to the original M1911, but usually chambered for 9x19mm Luger rounds. This is a very rare Second World War Nazi contract 1st Variant Star model B pistol (see Axis Pistols by Still page 120 and pages 123 and 124 where 2nd variant, 3rd & 4th variants are illustrated (1st Variants are not illustrated in his book). During WWII Germany contracted various arms manufactures from different countries to supply it with weapons. Although Spain remained neutral during WWII it did supply the Nazis with military support and materials. Spanish arms firm Star were contracted to supply Germany with its version of the legendary Colt M1911, the Model B pistol. Initially a small quantity was ordered and in early 1942, 4,000 pistols were delivered. They are referred to as the "first variant" , and differ from all other variants by not being Waffen coded (German acceptance marked) and can only be identified and dated by the serial number and Spanish inspection and proof stamps. The weapons were well built and issued to specialist units within the Nazi army, navy and air force including paratroopers. This example has the correct letter N = 1942 code, letter X within a box symbol and letter P within a flaming grenade proofs. The serial number of our pistol falls within the known range B210951 to B260250 of 1st variants. Correctly there are no external visible Nazi marks on this pistol all confirming it to be a Nazi contract 1st variant. The right place to find all older Star pistol model numbers is on the butt, on the flat plate on the bottom of the gun, just rear of where the magazine is inserted and comprises of a letter and serial number. Our weapon is marked on the butt ‘B’ (model) and number 236808 (within 1st variant Nazi Contract number range). The pistol correctly has matching numbers ‘808’ on the breech and slide. The pistol has manufacturer marks and correct proofs previously listed including ‘N’ which denotes manufacture in 1942. The pistol retains its original blue finish & measures 8 ½” overall. It has fixed combat sights, military lanyard ring and correct original chequered panel wood grips as found on period Colt M1911 pistols. The weapon comes with its original ‘Star’ marked removable 9 round magazine. Deactivated to UK/EU specification in 2018 the pistol cocks & dry fires and the action locks back as it should. The pistol is correctly without the Colt grip safety and its safety catch locks the slide as it should. The price includes UK/EU deactivation certificate & UK delivery. Sn 20648.
£2,150.00

**RARE**WW2 Nazi German Occupied Poland Production, Radom Vis WZ. 35 / P35 (P), 9 mm Semi Auto Pistol**UK 2004 DEACTIVATION CERTIFICATED**Sn 20067:7. - 20067:7
The Polish Vis Pistolet WZ. 35, Nazi designation 9 mm Pistole 35(p), often referred to as the Radom is a 9 mm calibre, single-action, semi-automatic pistol. It was originally designed by Piotr Wilniewczyc and Jan Skrzypiñski in 1930 at the Fabryka Broni (Arms Factory) in Radom. It was adopted in 1935 as the standard handgun of the Polish Army and was considered by many to be one of the finest handguns ever produced. After the Polish defeat in 1939, the Germans took over the Radom Armoury and continued production of the Vis. Nazi German pistols of the first series had inscriptions VIS Mod.35 and P.35(p) on the left side. The pistols were issued to German Paratroopers and Nazi Police. This is a superb example of an original Nazi made 9mm Parabellum Radom Semi-automatic pistol. It is serial number J0056. The slide has faint Nazi production 'F.B. Radom Vis Mod 35 and P 35 (P)' designation. The frame and slide have faint Heer Eagle with swastika army acceptance marks & Waffenamt. The magazine is waffenamt (all illustrated). The metal work and fine chequered ribbed black composite grips are undamaged. The butt has a fixed military lanyard ring. Deactivated to UK specification in 2004 the weapon cocks and dry fires and the magazine can be removed. The price for this iconic weapon includes deactivation certificate and UK delivery. Sn 20067:7
£1,275.00

**HIGH GRADE SHOWA SKILLED ARTISAN SMITH**WW2 Era Japanese Toyokawa Navy Arsenal Marked Naval Officer's Kai Gunto Tachi Sword With Seki Arsenal Smith Signed Tang ‘SEKI FUJI KANE OTO SAKU’, Blade Number 7451, Rank Tassel, Scabbard & Expert Assessment. - 21768
An original WW2 dated Japanese Naval Officer’s Kai Gunto 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 Navy Officer’s Kai Gunto Tachi authorised 1937. This blade is a high grade Showa-To. Oil quenched bar stock or scrap steel which has had a lot of hand work forging to make. High grade Showa-To. Maker ‘SEKI FUJI KANE OTO SAKU’. See Markus Sesko page 254 for info and Fuller & Gregory list 101. This smith was rated ‘Skilled Artisan’ by Aki Hide, he was also an army approved smith. In bright old polish but some staining & lots of scratch marks obscuring the hamon. Saya scabbard black lacquered wood with gilt brass mounts, 2 rings for tachi mount good overall condition a few pieces of missing lacquer. Tsuba is kai Gunto pattern, bronze with large O’ seppa decorated with rising sun rays for Navy all marked with unidentified inspectors mark. Tsuka is Kai Gunto pattern with gilt brass mounts. Ito wrapping a bit delicate in places. Complete with knot loop and rank tassel. One seppa is stamped with the mark of the Toyokawa Navy Arsenal and a maker’s initials T.EC never seen before. A nice example of a Kai Gunto pre war quality un-touched condition. In his illustrations Bill translates the tang signature and blade number, he also identifies the Navy and Seki arsenal marks. He describes the cutting edge as 66 cms length and total length 90 cms”. He also describes and illustrates other blade measurements and characteristics (illustrated in image 2). The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21768
£1,845.00

SOLD SOLD (23/06) ANCIENT FAMILY BLADE CARRIED IN WW2*Japanese Koto Period Officer’s Katana Sword Smith Signed ‘SADA MITSU’ Gendaito Blade With Silver Mon Family Badge WW2 Type 98 Gunto Mounts, Rank Tassel & Expensive Scabbard With Expert Assessment. - 21769
This Sword with ancient blade has been examined by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg and a copy of his assessment notes accompany the sword. In extracts of his notes he states “Ancient blade in type 98 shin gunto pattern mounts. This is a family blade with a Mon badge on top of the handle fitting kabuto Gane. Family sword carried to war. Blade is koto (old sword) period & is over 400 years old, signed with 2 kanji ‘SADA MITSU’. Several swordsmiths used name from 14th century up to end of Koto period in 1600. 2 possible men, one working Bishu province 1558-1570 other in Bungo no fixed dates. In bright condition old sleepy polish. Hamon based on suguha (straight) with small midare (uneven), no grain visible, couple tired spots & kizu flaws but reasonable for its age. Saya scabbard lightweight aluminium (expensive) with bronzed gunto fittings, lost a lot of original paint. Tsuba standard gunto with several seppa, good quality & condition. Tsuka hilt complete & good condition with locking catch, knot loop sarute & rank tassel Lieutenant to Captain. Silver Mon on Kabuto Gane design is kikko (Tortoise shell), needs research to identify family”. In his illustrations of the blade Bill describes the cutting edge of blade as 63cms length. Total length 77cms. He also translates the tang signature and describes other blade characteristics and dimensions which can be seen in the images. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21769
£0.00
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