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Victorian British 1895 Pattern Rifle Brigade Officer’s Sword With Etched Blade By Firmino & Sons 153 Strand (London), Buff Cord & Acorn Knot & Scabbard. Sn 17136:9 - 17136:9
This is an original 1895 pattern officer’s sword. These swords were a great improvement on previous patterns with better protection to the hand through its ¾ basket hilt. !895 pattern sword guards were without the turned down edge of the 1897 pattern (see page 166 figures 157 and 158 of Swords of the British Army by Robson). The sword has a 32” single edged blade with partial fullers. The blade has its original hilt washer. The ricasso is marked by the manufacturer ‘Firmino & Sons 153 Strand’ (London). The reverse has the ordnance acceptance ‘proof’ star and roundel. Both sides of the blade have etched panels featuring foliate devices, Queen’s crown ‘VR’ (Victoria Regina). It also has the strung bugle device of the Rifle brigade. It has the correct ¾ bowl guard voided with foliate design and ‘Queen’s Crown VR’. The edge of the 1895 pattern guard is correctly straight. The guard is fitted with buff cord and acorn knot. It has the correct fish skin grip with wire binding which is intact. The sword is complete with its steel scabbard which has even patina and 2 hanging rings. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17136:9
£395.00

WW1 Era British 1895 / 1897 Pattern Infantry Officer’s Sword With Pre WW1 German Made Blade By Henckels Zwillingswerk, Acorn Knot Scabbard Sam Browne Frog. Sn 17136:8 - 17136:8
This is an original 1895/97 British Infantry officer’s sword. These swords were a great improvement on previous patterns with better protection to the hand through its ¾ basket hilt (see page 179 of World Swords by Withers & pages 165-167 of Swords of the British Army by Robson). Pre WW1 it was common for British military edged weapons to have German made blades. The sword has a 32” single edged blade with partial fullers. The ricasso is marked by the German manufacturer ‘Henckels Zwillingswerk’ together with trademark. The reverse has the ordnance acceptance ‘proof’ star and roundel. Both sides of the blade have etched panels featuring foliate devices, the Kings Crown, Heraldic Arms and King George V Royal Cypher ‘GR V’ (George Rex). It has the correct ¾ bowl guard voided with foliate design and ‘Kings Crown V GR’. The guard is fitted with leather cord and acorn knot. It has the correct fish skin grip with wire binding which is tight and intact. The sword is complete with its leather covered field scabbard which has a steel throat mount and frog strap (the strap is absent its tip which could easily be replaced). It is fitted with its original leather sam browne frog with 2 hanging straps and correct brass stud and brass buckles. The leather and stitching of the scabbard and frog are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17136:8
£475.00

WW2 1939 British 1895 / 1897 Pattern Flights Ltd London Infantry Officer’s Presentation Sword To Sgt Major A.G.A Mines RAMC On His Appointment To H.M’s Commission’ Acorn Knot Scabbard Sam Browne Frog. Sn 17136:7 - 17136:7
This is an original 1895/97 Infantry officer’s sword presented by members of the Sgt’s mess No.1 Company to Sgt Major A.G.A Mines Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) 24th February 1939 on his appointment to His Majesty’s Commission. These swords were a great improvement on previous patterns with better protection to the hand through its ¾ basket hilt (see page 179 of World Swords by Withers & pages 165-167 of Swords of the British Army by Robson). The sword has a 32 ½” single edged blade with partial fullers. The blade has its original leather hilt washer. The ricasso is marked by the manufacturer ‘Flights Ltd London’. The reverse has the ordnance acceptance ‘proof’ star and roundel. Both sides of the blade have etched panels featuring the Kings Crown, Heraldic Arms and King George VI Royal Cypher ‘GR VI’ (George Rex) and RAMC Regiment device. It has the correct ¾ bowl guard voided with foliate design and ‘Kings Crown VI GR’. It has the correct fish skin grip with wire binding which is tight and intact. One side of the blade has a crisp panel with presentation detail (illustrated). The back of the blade is numbered ‘17287’ which may assist to identify the date the sword was commissioned. The back of the blade is also etched ‘Made In England). The sword is complete with its leather covered field scabbard which has a brass throat mount and frog strap. It is fitted with its original leather sam browne frog with 2 hanging straps and correct brass stud and brass buckles. The leather and stitching of the scabbard and frog are intact. The price for WW1 presentation sword worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 17136:7
£795.00

British Officer’s 1821 Pattern Light Cavalry / Mounted Artillery Officer’s Sword With Etched Blade By W.W. White, Woolwich To The 1st Newcastle (Upon Tyne) Artillery Volunteers, Stylised Monogram & Scabbard. Sn 17136:6 - 17136:6
The 1st Newcastle Artillery Volunteer Corps was a unit of the Volunteer Force raised to supplement the British Army at a time of a perceived French threat in 1860. Attached to the 1st Newcastle AV were the 1st Berwick-on-Tweed Artillery Volunteers from 1863 until 1866. In addition the 2nd Northumberland Artillery Volunteers were attached during 1863 and 1864 and the 3rd Durham Artillery Volunteers from 1873 until 1890. In 1899 the Headquarters for the Corps was built. Named as the Angus Hall Drill Hall, it was constructed at Liddell Terrace, Gateshead. This is an original 1821 pattern Volunteer Artillery Officer’s sword to the 1st Newcastle Artillery Volunteers & Scabbard (see page 94 Of Swords Of The British Army by Robson & page 99 of World Swords by Withers). It has a 32 ½” blade with fullers and measures 38” overall. It has the correct fish skin grip with wire binding which is intact and tight and correct 3 bar guard hilt. The blade is etched and blued on both sides with foliate panels . One side is etched to the ‘1st Newcastle VA’ (Volunteer Artillery) together with martial arms & stylised monogram below Griffin device . The ricasso is marked on one side by the maker ‘W.W. White, Frances St, Woolwich’ and the reverse with ordnance star and inlaid roundel. The blade has staining consistent with age. The hilt is fitted with remnants of an officer’s cord. The scabbard with 2 hanging rings has no dents and just staining / patina consistent with age. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17136:6
£645.00

British Officer’s 1821 Pattern Light Cavalry / Artillery Officer’s Sword With Etched Blade By Hobson & Sons London To The 2nd (Seaham) Durham Artillery Volunteer Corps, Stylised Monogram & Scabbard. Sn 17136:5 - 17136:5
The 2nd (Seaham) Durham Artillery Volunteer Corps was a part-time unit of Britain's Royal Artillery raised in County Durham by the Vane-Tempest family during an invasion crisis in 1860. It became a permanent part of the Volunteer Force and later the Territorial Force, and fought as field artillery on the Western Front in World War I. Before World War II it became an anti-aircraft unit that served in the Battle of Britain, the Blitz and in the Far East where it converted to medium artillery in the Burma Campaign. Post war, it continued to serve in the air defence role in the Territorial Army until 1955. This is an original 1821 pattern Volunteer Artillery Officer’s sword to the 2nd Durham Artillery & Scabbard (see page 94 Of Swords Of The British Army by Robson & page 99 of World Swords by Withers). It has a 32 ½” blade with fullers and measures 38” overall. It has the correct fish skin grip with wire binding which is intact and tight and correct 3 bar guard hilt. The blade is etched and blued on both sides with foliate panels . One side is etched to the ‘2nd Durham Artillery’ together with martial arms & stylised monogram (illustrated). The reverse has cannon and ignited grenade. The ricasso is marked on one side by the maker ‘Hobson & sons 94 St Martins Lane, London’ and the reverse with ordnance star and inlaid roundel. The blade has staining consistent with age. The scabbard with 2 hanging rings has no dents and just staining / patina consistent with age. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17136:5
£575.00

MATCHING DATE & REGIMENT MARKS British WD 1893 Dated 1885 Pattern Cavalry Troopers Sword With German Made Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Co Solingen Regiment Marked ‘Y NTBH’ To The Northumberland Yeomanry Hussars & Scabbard. Sn 17136:4 - 17136:4
There were two distinctions for which the Northumberland (Hussars) were especially proud. The first was that the regiment was the sole ‘Imperial Service’ Yeomanry regiment before the Great War, during which the second distinction was that the First Line was the first Territorial Force unit in action. The Northumberland (Hussars) could trace its origins to December 1819 when the Northumberland and Newcastle Volunteer Corps of Cavalry formed, under the command of Charles John Brandling, of Gosforth House. Justification for its formation was attributed to the revolutionary spirit then especially prevalent in the North of England. On a pro rata basis Northumberland and Durham sent more volunteers to South Africa than any other district. Ninety-seven officers and men of the contingents from the two counties gave their lives for their country in the South African campaign. This is an excellent original, 1885 Pattern British Cavalry Troopers Sword with Scabbard both Regiment marked to the Northumberland Yeomanry Hussars & dated 1893. These swords were designed during the period when the British army was continuing to argue on the merits of the ‘cut’ versus the ‘thrust’ of British cavalry blades. The hilt design features a Maltese Cross motif cut into the knuckle guard and is a distinctive feature of these swords (see pages 48 – 57 of Swords Of The British army by Robson). The Sword’s fullered 34 ¼” blade has just light staining consistent with age. It measures 39 ½” overall length. The grip strap and blade have WD inspection marks. The ricasso is marked by the German manufacturer ‘Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Co Solingen’. The back of the blade has inspection marks. The knuckle guard has the correct Maltese cross motif which has Regiment marks ‘‘Y NTBH’ To The Northumberland Yeomanry Hussars it is also dated ‘11/1893’ (November 1893) & weapon number ‘121’. It has the correct boiled leather chequered scales in very good condition secured by the correct 5 rivets. It is complete with its steel scabbard which has 2 fixed hanging rings. The scabbard has matching Regiment, date & weapon number marks The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17136:4
£745.00

RARE, WW1 Era Scottish Highland Regiments Staff Sergeant’s / Officer’s Samuel Moses Mansell St E.C. (London) Basket Hilt Broadsword With Etched Blade & Scabbard. Sn 17136:3 - 17136:3
This is an original sought after Highland regiment’s Staff Sergeants / Officer’s basket hilt broadsword similar in form to those illustrated 187-195 of Swords Of The British Army by Robson). The Scottish basket hilt Broadsword has become one of the most sought after swords for collectors (see page 35 of World Swords by Withers). The sword measures 39 ½” overall with a 32 ½” double edged fullered blade which has etched panels of Thistles and other foliate devices on both sides. The ricasso is marked by the manufacturer / retailer Samuel Moses Mansell St E.C. (London) '. The reverse has the ordnance acceptance star and inlaid roundel. It has the correct medieval appearance hilt with nickel plate fittings, flat cross guard, ribbed ferrule and bell shaped pommel cap with holed ball end. Its fish skin handle is tight and undamaged as is its full ‘heart design’ pierced steel basket hilt with original leather lining. The hilt is fitted with its original red tassel. The sword is complete with original brown leather scabbard which has a nickel plated throat mount & chape . The scabbard is undamaged with just surface scuffs consistent with age. The price for this sought after sword with scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 17136:3
£945.00

SOLD SOLD (25/01) Boer War 1900 Dated 1899 Pattern, British WD Enfield Heavy Cavalry Sword Regt Marked ‘Y NTT’ To The Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Cavalry / South Notts Hussars & 1900 / 1901 Dated Enfield Scabbard Sn 17136:2 - 17136:2
The various Troops that eventually became the Nottinghamshire yeomanry cavalry /South Notts Yeomanry Cavalry were raised in the 1790s. The Nottingham Town Troop can be said to be the first Troop of the South Notts Yeomanry.The Regiment was keen to send men to South Africa after Black Week in December 1899. Selected men were reorganised as Mounted Infantry and formed the 12th Company of the 3rd Battalion Imperial Yeomanry. They sailed to South Africa in 1900 and were present at the Relief of Mafeking which they entered on 17th Aug 1900. During their time in South Africa they suffered 120 casualties of which one officer and 20 other ranks lost their lives. The Yeomanry had proved themselves on active service abroad and as a result the whole attitude to part-time soldiering changed and was the basis of the new Territorial Force that was formed in 1908. This is an excellent, original, Boer War dated British 1899 Pattern Cavalry Troopers Sword to the Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Cavalry (South Notts Hussars). See pages 54 & 55 of Swords of The British Army by Robson. The Sword has a 33 ½” single edged, slightly curved blade with fullers. The blade is undamaged and clean. The ricasso is marked on both sides with Enfield inspection/ proof marks and War Dept arrow. One side has ’00 (1900) date. The back of the blade is stamped '/99' (1899 Pattern) together with inspection mark. The full bowl guard is Regiment marked on the inside ’6.1900 (June 1900 date) ‘Y. NTT’ to the Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Cavalry / South Notts Hussars & weapon number ‘206’. There are also other struck out Regiment marks (illustrated). The Sword's black leather chequered grips with 3 rivets are secure and undamaged. It is complete with its original steel scabbard with 2 fixed hanging rings. The scabbard has just light surface wear to be expected. There are WD inspection marks on the scabbard together with ’00 (1900) and ‘5 ’01 (May 1901) dates. The price for this Regiment marked Boer War Sword includes UK delivery. Sn 17136:2
£0.00

Scarce, 1872, British 1853 Pattern British Cavalry Troopers Sword & Regiment Marked ‘11 H’ To The 11th Hussars and 1870 Dated Scabbard Regiment Marked ‘RHA’ To The Royal Horse Artillery. Sn 17136:1 - 17136:1
The 1853 Pattern Cavalry trooper's sword was a unique attempt by the British to marry the characteristics of both heavy and light Cavalry swords. It first saw service during the Crimean War (see pages 28 & 29 Swords Of The British Army by Robson). This is an excellent original example. The Sword has a clean 35 ¼” slightly curved single edged blade with fullers. The blade has no visible manufacturer’s marks but does have a small ordnance inspection mark and original leather hilt washer. The manufacturer’s name may be under the hilt washer which is tight and may be damaged if removal attempted. It has the correct voided knuckle guard and stippled black leather grips secured by the correct 5 rivets. The guard is 1872 dated & marked ‘11 H’ To The 11th Hussars Weapon Number or Squadron Number ‘15’ (The 11th Hussars (Prince Albert's Own) was a cavalry regiment of the British Army established in 1715. It saw service for three centuries including the First World War and Second World War but then amalgamated with the 10th Royal Hussars (Prince of Wales' Own) to form the Royal Hussars in 1969). It is complete with its steel scabbard which has 2 hanging rings. The steel scabbard is excellent. It has staining consistent with age and no dents. The scabbard is dated 1870 and has other regiment marks (illustrated) including ‘RHA’ to the Royal Horse Artillery (The Royal Horse Artillery (RHA) was formed in 1793 as a distinct arm of the Royal Regiment of Artillery (commonly termed Royal Artillery) of the British Army. Horses are still in service for ceremonial purposes but were phased out from operational deployment during the 1930s). The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17136:1
£895.00

Ancient Blade C1650-1700 Japanese Wakizashi Short Sword, Blade In Full Polish, 18th Century Iron Fuchi Kashira, Later Fittings Requiring Restoration & Scabbard With Expert Assessment Notes. Sn 17108:1 - 17108:1
An antique Japanese Wakizashi short sword with ancient blade. The Wakizashi has been assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. His hand written notes accompany the sword. In extracts from his notes he states “Made from a cut down katana blade. Circa 1650-1700 cut down in 19th Century. Mounted as a Wakizashi with red swirling lacquer simulating bark no kodjuka in slot. Hilt needs re-bind/ restoration to complete it. Nice patinated copper tsuba. Fuchi Kashira on hilt 18th Century iron. Needs menuki for handle. Blade is in polish with Sugha Hamaon, Notare edged with Nie crystals in healthy condition” . The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17108:1
£475.00
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