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ANCIENT BLADE Late 15th Century Into 16th Century Muromachi Period Japanese Wakizashi Short Sword Smith Signed Tsuba ‘Jakushi’ ( 3 Generations 1690-1799) & Scabbard With Kozuka Knife & Expert Assessment. Sn 17687 - 17687
This is a Japanese Wakizashi with ancient blade. The sword has been examined by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg and a copy of his hand written notes accompany the sword. In extracts of his notes he states “An ancient blade, circa 15th into 16th century Muromachi period. Unsigned 2 mounting holes. Ubu not shortened. Cutting edge is 20 ¼” with deep (sori) curvature to the blade. Typical shape of its time. Forging is Gunome Midare sprinkled with Nie crystals along the edge (Ha-Buchi) gain is large (Otame) and small point typical of koto swords. In old polish with some speckled rust and scratches. The mounts are all 19th century in very good condition. Mottled Saya, soft metal mounts in Shakudo with gilt dragons all matching. Tsuba is iron, large with coiled Dragon in waves gilt highlights. Signed in Sushu Kanji (grass writing) used by the artists which is the Smith ‘Jakushi’ ( 3 generations working 1690-1799 all good tsuba makers). The white silk binding is usually done for high ranking Daimyo level samurai. Needing a good Japanese polish to bring out beauty of the blade. To find out school and name of Smith it needs sending to Japan for papers’. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17687
£1,500.00

ANCIENT BLADE 17th Century Edo Period Japanese Wakizashi Short Sword With Dragon Horimono Carved Blade & Scabbard With Smith Signed Ko-Gatana Knife ‘TAMBA NOKAMI YOSHI MICHI’ & Expert Assessment. Sn 17688 - 17688
This is a Japanese Wakizashi with ancient blade. The sword has been examined by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg and a copy of his hand written notes accompany the sword. In extracts of his notes he states ‘ Wakizashi in Han Dachi (Half tachi) mounts. Blade shortened a long time ago (suriage) removing any signature. It dates to early Edo period (17th century) and has been mounted several times (3 mekugi Anna).A wide blade slight sori (curvature) typical of shinto blade. Just out of polish, forging looks suguha from habaki on and becomes wild midare (nearly Hi tatsura) at bottom half of blade. Grain hard to see looks itame under habaki. There is a large horimono carving on top half of blade of a Dragon wrapped around both sides. This looks Atabori, carved later than when 1st made, probably done in the 19th century. Needing polish to bring out hamon and grain. Mountings are all 19th century. Good quality Han-Dachi mounts in shakudo metal. Good Ko-Gatana knife signed ‘TAMBA NOKAMI YOSHI MICHI’ (several generations using this name 17th to 19th century). The tsuka is reddish brown lacquer with pine needles set into lacquer. A dramatic looking Wakizashi good for display’. The cutting edge of the blade is 18”. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17688
£1,600.00

Late WW2 Burma Japanese Army / Native Armourer Field Made Campaign Sword With Leather Combat Covered Wood Hilt & Scabbard. Sn 17689 - 17689
This is a late war Theatre made Japanese sword. The sword has been examined by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg and his hand written label accompanies the sword. In his notes on the label he states ’Made on Campaign sword late war. Made in jaoanese occupied countries i.e. Burma / Philippines / Malay by Japanese armourers or native sword makers / blacksmiths. Also carried by Officer’s (local natives) in Militia Units fighting with the Japanese (the Japanese army would not give them swords from Japan). The cutting edge of the blade is 28” (38” overall length). The blade has staining consistent with age. The wood hilt is leather covered with stitched seam and has a brass ring at the pommel. The hilt has a brass guard numbered ‘5’. The wood scabbard has its leather combat cover. The scabbard has shrunk over time and is a very tight fit. The scabbard has a single hanging ring and leather shoe. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17689
£495.00

SOLD SOLD (21/09) **QUALITY MAKER**SUPERB BLADE**SAMURAI WEDDING** C1830-1844 Japanese Short Katana Sword ( Shoto Or Chisa Katana) Smith Signed Tang ‘Hisu Dotanuki Mune Hiro’, 2 Family Mon Badges, Scabbard & Expert Assessment. Sn 17686 - 17686
This is a short Japanese katana. The sword has been examined by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg and a copy of his hand written notes accompany the sword. In extracts of his notes he states ’ Katana (short) more correctly described Shoto Or Chisa Katana. The blade is just under katana length (24”). It has a cutting edge of 23 ½”. It has a superb blade in good polish and overall condition is very good. The tang is signed with a very good name ‘Hisu (province) Dotanuki (school name) Mune Hiro (art name)’. His real name was otama Hisataro student of Hideki Naomune. Mune Hiro counted himself as 10th generation Dotanuki school. He had a long life and made lots of swords The forging and shape are Bizen work deep curvature suggesting 15th / 16th century, but actually made circa 1830-1844. It has Ko Gunome Choji edged with Ko-Nie deki. Good quality and condition 19th century mounts half Hidachi style soft metal in Shakado & gilt. The Tsuka has 2 mon badges on either side of the top mount (Kabutogane). This indicates a bond between two high ranking Samurai possibly a marriage between the 2 Samurai families (a wedding sword). Needs sending to japan for verification of signature and papers. Very good collectors condition’. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17686
£0.00

MINT BORE, Cased, Victorian C1850's Deane Adams & Deane London Bridge, 54 Bore Five Shot Double Action Percussion Revolver With Accessories. Sn 17806 - 17806
The famous English gunsmith's Deane Adams and Deane had premises at 30 King William Street, London Bridge, London in 1852. Until the arrival of Samuel Colt at the Great Exhibition of 1851 with his display of percussion revolvers, British gun makers had largely neglected this style of weapon except for pepperbox revolvers. The arrival of Colt with his American methods of promoting business caused much resentment in the British gun trade. The outcome was a surge in quality revolver design and production by British makers including Deane Adams & Deane. This is an excellent, original, cased, Deane Adams & Deane 5 shot percussion revolver with spurless hammer. The weapon's double action firing mechanism works as it should, correctly, in double action only. It has a 6” octagonal barrel (12 ½” overall). The bore is near mint, clean & bright with crisp rifling. The barrel has a blade fore sight & notched plate frame rear sight. The top of the frame and top barrel flat are crisply marked 'Deane Adams & Deane 30 King William Street, London Bridge' . It has foliate engraving to the frame & trigger guard. The frame is engraved ‘Adams Patent’ and ‘No. 12,206.R’. The frame is also stamped ‘54’ (bore). The cylinder and barrel have Victorian black powder proofs. It’s finely chequered walnut grip is in excellent undamaged condition and it has a steel butt plate with trap. The pistol's metal work is undamaged with original blue finish. The cylinder can be quickly removed by for speed loading. The pistol is contained in its original wood case with hinged lid. The top of the lid is inlaid with a void central brass roundel. The case has a brass lock (key absent). The case is lined with green felt and has a nice Deane Adams & Deane trade label. The case has compartments which contain accessories including an empty ‘Joyce & Co London’ labelled percussion cap tin, a white metal tin, a double brass and steel conical bullet & round ball mould marked ‘54’ bore and with Adams patent cartouche, 3 tools, a white metal oil container with screw top lid and integral applicator, a small number of moulded lead balls & bullets and felt wads. The price for this cased pistol with accessories includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion revolver no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 17806
£2,450.00

London Colt Navy **1855 CRIMEA WAR ERA**ALL MATCHING NUMBERS** British Colt London Navy Model 1851.36 Calibre Cap & Ball Revolver. Sn 17805 - 17805
The Colt Model 1851 Navy was a muzzle-loading, single action, cap & ball .36 calibre revolver used during the American Civil War. It was used as a side arm by Cavalry, Infantry, Artillery troops, and Naval forces. The weapons were also favoured by British Officer’s during the Crimean War due to their innovative design and ease of loading. During the Crimea War, The British Government ordered 9,000 Colt revolvers. This Model 1851 Navy revolver is in superb original condition. The pistol has a 7 ½” octagonal steel barrel and measures 13 ½” overall. The weapon has a brass post foresight and 'notched hammer' rear sight. It has a captive 'lever' ramrod. The barrel is crisply stamped with manufacturer detail 'Address Col. Colt London'. The steel frame and cylinder have British Victorian ‘Crown V’ and ‘Crown P’ proof marks and the frame is stamped 'Colt's Patent'. It has all matching serial numbers '32681' on the barrel block, frame, trigger guard, butt strap & cylinder which dates its manufacturer to 1855 during the Crimea war (1853-1856). It has an undamaged Walnut grip and the pistol's firing action works correctly. The price for this rare historic British Crimea War era revolver includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre percussion revolver no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 17805
£2,400.00

American War Of 1812 & Napoleonic Wars Era, George III British Officer’s Enfield Tower .650 Carbine Calibre Flintlock Holster Pistol Regiment Marked ‘N41’ To The British Naval Squadron Crew 41st (Welch) Regiment of Foot. Sn 17807 - 17807
The 41st (Welch) Regiment of Foot was an infantry regiment of the British Army, raised in 1719. Under the Childers Reforms it amalgamated with the 69th (South Lincolnshire) Regiment of Foot to form the Welch Regiment in 1881. On 23 January 1788, Arthur Wellesley, the future Duke of Wellington, joined the regiment as a young Lieutenant. The Regiment embarked for the West Indies in 1793 for service in the French Revolutionary Wars; it took part in the capture of Martinique in March 1794 and the attack on Guadeloupe in April 1794 before returning to England in October 1796. It was posted to Canada in 1800 and saw service there during the War of 1812. It fought under Major General Isaac Brock at the Siege of Detroit in August 1812 and the Battle of Queenston Heights in October 1812. Following Brock's death, it fought under Major-General Henry Procter at the Battle of Frenchtown in January 1813 and formed the bulk of the attacking force at the Siege of Fort Meigs in April 1813. It then formed part of the crew of the British Naval Squadron which was defeated at the Battle of Lake Erie in September 1813 and faced defeat again at the Battle of the Thames in October 1813. It also took part in the successful Capture of Fort Niagara in December 1813. The Regiment was posted to India in July 1822 and was deployed to Rangoon for service in the First Anglo-Burmese War in May 1824. It formed part of an army which advanced up the River Irrawaddy to the Kingdom of Ava and then captured Bagan in February 1826. This is an original George III [1760 - 1820] Tower Lock Flintlock Holster pistol Regiment marked ‘N41’ to the British Naval Squadron Crew of the 41st (Welch) Regiment of Foot. It is 15 ½” overall length, with a nicely stamped Enfield ‘Tower’ marked lock plate. The lock plate is also marked with the King’s Crown and ‘GR’ (George Rex) and inspection mark. It has brass furniture including brass cudgel butt cap and trigger guard with extended tang. The trigger guard is Regiment marked ‘N41’ to the British Naval Squadron Crew 41st (Welch) Regiment of Foot. It has its wood ram rod with brass end cap and undamaged walnut full stock. The smooth bore of the 9” round steel barrel has just light staining consistent with age and use. The top of the barrel has a partially visible black powder proof mark. The lock’s cocking and firing actions work as they should. The price includes UK delivery. NB. As an antique flintlock pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 17807
£1,675.00

SOLD SOLD (16/09) C1840 English Twigg London 86 Bore Percussion Muff Pistol With Turn Off Barrel, Black Powder Proofs, Safety Bolt & Concealed Folding Trigger Contained In A Concealable 'Bible' Book Case. A 1056 - A 1056
John Fox Twigg was born at Grantham, Linconshire, in 1732 and is listed by Heer (1978) as being apprenticed to the Irish gunmaker, Edward Newton (active 1718-1764), though no dates for the apprenticeship are offered. By 1755, Blackmore (1986) lists Twigg working as a gunmaker from Angel Ct., Charing Cross until 1760 when he moved to 132 Strand, opposite Catherine St., and continued at this address until 1776. He moved again in 1776, this time to Piccadilly where he remained until 1790. During these 14 years he opened several warehouses; at little Somerset Street in 1771; 30 Cornhill, 1777 and Tower Hill in 1779. His only son, John, was apprenticed in 1786 to Henry Nock, and subsequently inherited his father's business. This is a very good percussion muff pistol by Twigg. The frame is signed by the maker ‘Twigg’ on one side within Martial banners and arms. The reverse ‘London’ within Martial banners & arms. The small pistol measures 4 ¾” overall & has a 1 ½” screw off barrel. The barrel’s smooth bore has staining & residue consistent with age & use (a tool is required to remove the barrel, we do not have the tool). The pistol has black powder proofs on the underside of the action and barrel & is marked ‘86’ (bore). The pistol has a safety bolt. It has an undamaged bag shape walnut stock. The pistol’s action is strong. It is contained in a period hand crafted case purposely made from a book for concealment in a library/ book case. The books original pages have been glued together and a compartment to house the pistol 'cut out' to give the appearance of individual pages when closed. The spine of the 'book' has gold coloured lettering 'Holy Bible Reference Notes'. The book has brass edges & opens to reveal a green felt lined compartment to hold the pistol. The book has a clasp fastener. The price includes UK delivery. NB No licence is required to own this antique percussion pistol in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. A 1056
£0.00

**MINT BORE**AMERICAN CIVIL WAR U.S. ARMY IMPORT SERIAL NUMBER RANGE** Large Frame, French Lefaucheux Patent Model 1854 12mm Pin Fire Obsolete Calibre Single Action Military Revolver. Sn 17811 - 17811
In 1854, Frenchman Eugene Lefaucheux introduced the Lefaucheux Patent revolver notable as being the first revolver to use self-contained metallic cartridges rather than loose powder, pistol ball, and percussion caps. Their initial Model 1854 French military revolvers and subsequent models were chambered for the 12 mm pinfire cartridge, based on a design by Casimir Lefaucheux (his father, also a gun designer). In many ways the large bore marital pinfire revolver, based upon the patents of Casimir and Eugene Lefaucheux was one of the most modern and advanced handguns to see use on the battlefield during the American Civil War. Thousands of these pinfire revolvers were imported for use by U.S troops, and at least a few hundred saw service with Confederate troops as well. Although US government purchases only record about 13,000 M-1854 Lefaucheux patent pin-fire revolvers as being officially purchased (along with over 2.2 million cartridges), surviving examples and regimental records indicate that far more than that were imported. The Springfield Research Service serial number books list the serial numbers for 69 Lefaucheux revolvers that were in the possession of Company B of the 9th Missouri State Militia Cavalry during 1863. These 69 revolvers range from serial number 33,895 through 42,522. This 9,000+ range of serial numbers within a single company of US cavalry makes it relatively easy to extrapolate that Lefaucheux revolvers within the 25,XXX through at least the 45,XXX range are within the realistic realm of Civil War used revolvers. Our example is serial number 40893 putting it in the serial number range for imported U.S Army Lefaucheux revolvers. The left side of the frame is marked with the usual two line oval Lefaucheux patent cartouche, which reads INVON E. LEFAUCHEUX / BREVETÉ SGDG (PARIS). The revolver is additionally marked with the standard smoking pistol / LF Lefaucheux trademark as a prefix to the serial number 40893. The pistol is 12 ½” overall with a 6 ¼” 2 stage steel barrel. The bore is near mint clean & bright with crisp rifling. The pistol’s metalwork is clean and undamaged as is its walnut grip with stepped steel butt cap & military lanyard ring. It is side gate loading & is correctly single action only. The cocking and firing action is nice and tight. The pistol has its original captive ejector rod, triangular plate with ball top fore sight and notched hammer rear sight. This would be a fantastic addition to any advanced collection of American Civil War arms. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an obsolete calibre pin fire weapon, no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 17811
£995.00

**MINT BORE**C1860 Victorian English Era Richard Henry Bate & Son Webley Wedge Frame (Webley Bentley) Double Action .54 Bore Percussion 5 Shot Revolver. Sn 17812 - 17812
Richard Henry Bate established his business in 1850 at 97 Steelhouse Lane, but he was not recorded in the street directories until 1853. In 1855 Bate moved to 132 Steelhouse Lane and took additional premises at 88 Weaman Street. In 1861 the Weaman Street premises were given up in favour of 4 Aston Road which suggests the firm bought or established a barrel making business there. An 1862 advertisement stated: "R H Bate, 132 Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham. Military Rifle, Gun and Pistol Manufacturer. Double Action Revolving Pistols of every description. Gun Barrel and Rifle Barrel Maker. N.B. Old guns re-stocked and altered into Percussion on most approved principle. Barrels re-bored." In 1868 the firm was recorded only at 132 Steelhouse Lane. R H Bate appears to retired or died between 1878 and 1881 and his son, George Bate took over the firm re-naming it after himself by 1890. In 1898 George probably gave up the Aston Road premises because he acquired other premises at 2 Easy Row; it is likely the Easy Row premises were vacated soon after 1900. This is an original example of the English Webley Wedge Frame double-action percussion revolver, as produced in the late-1850’s through about the mid-1860’s By Bate & Son. These guns use a 2-piece frame and barrel design, similar to that of Colt revolvers, with the two parts held together via a “wedge”. Adams and Tranter revolvers utilized one-piece frame/barrel assemblies that were forged from a single piece of iron. The “wedge” frame design is attributed to Birmingham gun maker Philip Webley, although Webley himself seemed to have manufactured very few of the guns. The simplified double-action lock mechanism typically encountered in these revolvers is usually of the Joseph Bentley design, and these guns are often referred to as Webley-Bentley revolvers, even though they were produced by many Birmingham gun makers and are often unmarked. This Webley wedge frame is very well made and has a single & double-action mechanism. The gun is typical of larger bore English double-action revolvers in that it features a 5 shot cylinder. The revolver has a5” long octagonal barrel near mint bore, clean and bright with crisp rifling and is chambered in the popular 54-bore calibre. The barrel and cylinder have small proof marks. The pistols metal has even patina throughout and its chequered Walnut grips are undamaged. It has a captive loading lever, a small post fore sight and notch block frame rear sight. The gun bears manufacturer marking on the top strap ‘R.H. Bate & Son’. The firing mechanism functions as it should in both single & double action. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion revolver no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 17812
£975.00

**RARE**C1850's Victorian English Unwin & Rodgers Sheffield Patent 'NON*XLL .25 Rim Fire Obsolete Calibre Combination Knife Pistol With Polished Horn Scales. Sn 17790 - 17790
This is a very good, rare to find, original Unwin & Rodgers .25 RF calibre combination knife pistol. The pistol dates to around the mid 1850s when the Sheffield company was granted a patent for rim fire cartridge guns. Overall the pistol when closed is 6 ½” length. The barrel, frame, bolsters and integral cartridge box with hinged lid on the rear of the frame are brass. The 3 ½” barrel has a small bead foresight and the rear sight consists of a ‘v’ notch plate at the breech. The smooth bore has staining & residue consistent with age and use. One barrel flat is crisply marked with two English proof marks. It is also engraved ‘NON*XLL’ and ‘Unwin & Rodgers Patentees Sheffield’. It has a steel hammer and folding trigger. Its cocking & firing actions are nice & strong. There are two folding knife blades, one single edged blade measures 3 ¾” length and is etched on one side with manufacturer detail. The other blade is single edged with drop point and measures 2 ¼” length and has manufacturer detail (all illustrated). It has excellent undamaged polished horn grips and a hinged box to the rear of the action. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique obsolete calibre weapon, no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 17790
£945.00

SOLD SOLD (16/09) MATCHING NUMBERS, WW2 1944 ‘byf’ (Mauser-Werke KG, Oberndorf on the Neckar) P38 9mm Parabellum, Semi Automatic Pistol. **UK/EU DEACTIVATION CERTIFICATED** Sn 17789 - 17789
The Walther P38 was a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol developed by Walther as a service pistol of the Wehrmacht in 1938. This is an original example of the Walther P38 Pistol. Its metal work has all of its original finish. Its bakelite grooved grips have no cracks and are totally secure. The left side of the grip frame has the correct fixed lanyard ring. The left side of its slide is crisply stamped 'P38' and with serial number '10121'. The slide is also stamped with the Nazi German War time manufacturer and date code ‘byf’ (Mauser-Werke KG, Oberndorf on the Neckar), ‘44’ (1944). The frame and slide are Waffenamt. The pistol also has the Eagle with Swastika German army acceptance mark. The frame and barrel block are stamped with matching number ‘10121’. The pistol’s magazine is removable. Deactivated to UK/EU specification in 2020 the weapon’s slide moves and locks back & the hammer & the trigger move. The price includes UK/EU deactivation certificate and UK delivery. Sn 17789
£0.00
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