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WW2 Nazi German Eickhorn Solingen, Pattern Nr 1714 ‘Freiherr Von Stein’ With Wehrmacht Pattern Nazi National Emblem, Army Officer's Dress Sword Retailed By & Meyer Munster & Scabbard. ED 2523 - ED 2523
This is an excellent original WW2 period Nazi German Eickhorn, Solingen, German Army Officer's Sword. The sword is the ‘Freiherr Von Stein’ Nr 1714 pattern With Wehrmacht Pattern Nazi National Emblem ‘Eagle with Swastika’ on the langet and a plain shield on the reverse langet (see page 79 of the book Swords Of Germany By Angolia). It has a flat knuckle bow and wire bound grip. The knuckle bow, hilt back strap and pommel are adorned with oak leaf decoration. The sword measures 36” overall and the ricasso of its clean, 31” single edged, elegantly curved, fullered blade is stamped with the Eickhorn, Solingen makers mark and Squirrel trademark on one side and retailer marked ‘Gebr meyer Munster’ on the reverse. The blade is fitted with original leather hilt washer. The sword is complete with its original black painted steel scabbard with single steel hanging ring and large shoe. The scabbard has no dents and most of its original black paint finish. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2523
£475.00

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

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

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

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

SOLD SOLD (11/09) WW2 Era George VII Scottish 3rd Volunteer Battalion (Royal Aberdeenshire Highland Militia) Gordon Highlanders Officer's Broadsword With Etched Blade & Scabbard. Sn 17738 - 17738
The Gordon Highlanders was a line infantry regiment of the British Army that existed for 113 years, from 1881 until 1994, when it was amalgamated with the Queen's Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons) to form the Highlanders (Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons). The 3rd (Royal Aberdeenshire Highland Militia) Battalion (Militia) Gordon Highlanders was based at the King Street Barracks in Aberdeen. During WW2 The Regiment gained the battle honours: Withdrawal to Escaut, Ypres-Comines Canal, Dunkirk 1940, Somme 1940, St. Valery-en-Caux, Odon, La Vie Crossing, Lower Maas, Venlo Pocket, Rhineland, Reichswald, Cleve, Goch, Rhine, North-West Europe 1940, '44–45, El Alamein, Advance on Tripoli, Mareth, Medjez Plain, North Africa 1942–43, Landing in Sicily, Sferro, Sicily 1943, Anzio, Rome, Italy 1944–45. This is an original WW2 Era Scottish 3rd Volunteer Battalion (3rd Royal Aberdeenshire Highland Militia) Gordon Highlanders Officer's Broadsword (see page 185 plate 177 of Robson's book Swords Of The British Army which illustrates a Scottish Officer’s broadsword hilt similar to ours). The sword measures 39 ¼” overall with a 33" double edged fullered blade which has etched panels on both sides. One side is etched with foliate design incorporating the Scottish Thistle emblem and 'Crown GRVII' (George Rex). There are no visible manufacturer marks on the blade. The reverse has ordnance acceptance star with inlaid roundel and is etched ‘3 VB Gordon Highlanders’. The blade is fitted with original leather hilt washer. It has the correct medieval appearance hilt with nickel plate fittings, cross guard, ribbed ferrule and bell shaped pommel cap with holed ball end. Its fish skin handle is complete with just light scuffs to be expected. The sword is complete with original black leather covered wood scabbard which has nickel plated throat mount and shoe. The scabbard is undamaged with all leather and stitching intact. The price for this attractive Scottish Officer’s broad sword to a prestigious Regiment includes UK delivery. Sn 17738
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (16/09) William IV British 1822 Pattern Infantry Officer’s Sword By Henry Tatham Cutler To The King London With Pre 1845 Etched Pipe Back Blade, Brass Guard & Scabbard. Sn 17737 - 17737
Henry Tatham was a London based blade smith and the follow entries can be found regarding his career. He appears in 1808 as "Tatham and Egg, Gun-Makers and Sword-Cutlers to His Majesty, 37, Charing Cross;" [W. Holden's "Triennial Directory", 1808] and at the same address in 1817-1822 Directories, [Andrew Johnstone's "London Commercial Directory", 1818; "Post Office London Directory", 1822] as "Henry Tatham, Gun-Maker and Sword-Cutler." He is identical with Henry Tatham, Gun-smith, 60, [? 61] Frith Street, Soho, in 1808. [Curtis] 04 Feb 1818. Henry Tatham. Bond: to export fire arms, Fort St George. Amount of security: £45. Sureties: Henry Tatham, Charing Cross. Ref: Z/O/1/8 No. 1908. 21 Dec 1818. Henry Tatham. Bond: to export fire arms, Bengal. Amount of security: £420. Sureties: Henry Tatham, Charing Cross, Sword Cutler. Authority of Court: 18 Dec 1818. Ref: Z/O/1/8 No. 1785. 28 May 1819. Henry Tatham. Bond: to export fire arms, Bombay. Amount of security: £360. Sureties: Henry Tatham, Charing Cross, Gun Maker. Authority of Court: 25 May 1819. Cancelled. Reef: Z/O/1/8 No. 2116. [HEIC] 12 Jun 1826. Henry Tatham. Bond: to export fire arms, Bombay. Amount of security: £150. Sureties: Henry Tatham, Pall Mall, Gunmaker. Authority of Court: 26 Apr 1826. Ref Z/O/1/9 No. 5523. [HEIC] 4 similar bonds in 1826 & 1827. Could refer to his eldest son Henry Tatham (1804-1860]. The 1822 pattern sword was a radical departure from previous designs, having a ‘gothic’ style pierced basket hilt so named after its resemblance to window shapes in gothic architecture and folding langet on one side. Pre 1845 these swords had pipe back blades. Post 1845 they were made with slightly curved fullered blades (see page 173 of World Swords by Withers & Page 159 of Robson). This original infantry Officer's Pattern 1822 sword has a pre 1845, 32” single edged blade pipe back blade (37 ½” overall). The blade has staining consistent with age and a few nibbles to the cutting edge consistent with age and service use. The blade is faintly signed ‘Tatham Cutler to The King London’. The blade is etched on both sides with stylised Royal Cypher ‘IV’ (William IV) and King’s Crown together with decorative foliate & Martial arms panels. The gothic style voided brass guard has stylised Royal Cypher IV & King’s Crown in the centre. It has the correct folding langet on one side. Its fish skin grip with finger grooves & wire binding is in very good condition. The sword is complete with its steel scabbard which has 2 hanging rings. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17737
£0.00

Victorian, 1866 Dated Huddersfield Rifles British Pattern 1827 Rifle Brigade Officer's Presentation Sword With Etched Blade To Major Greenwood (Former Captain IV Company). Sn 17681 - 17681
Originally raised as the King’s Royal Rifle Corps in 1755, the Rifle Brigade was officially formed in 1800. The Regiment was always renowned for its individuality both in uniform & tactics and its no wonder that they eventually gained their own distinctive pattern of sword. The 1827 pattern is defined by an all steel hilt coupled with the usual Royal Cypher with strung bugle in the hilt cartouche. Most Victorian era swords are from Volunteer / Militia Units and the blades marked accordingly (see page 174 of World Swords by Withers). The Huddersfield Rifles was a unit of Britain's Volunteer Force first raised in 1859. It later became a battalion of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment in the Territorial Army, serving as infantry on the Western Front in World War I and as an air defence unit during and after World War II. This is an original 1827 Pattern Officer’s presentation sword & Scabbard. The sword has an undamaged 32 ½” blade (38 ½” overall) with partial fuller. The blade is etched on both sides including 'Crown' (Victoria), the badge of the Rifle Brigade and ‘VR’Royal Cypher (Victoria Regina) together with foliate panels. The blade also has the ordnance acceptance star at the ricasso and an etched panel on one side ‘Presented By The Non-Commissioned Officers Of No.IV Company To Major Greenwood Their Late Captain As A Mark Of Respect And Esteem Huddersfield Nov 1866’. There are no visible manufacturer marks on the sword. It has the correct voided full knuckle guard with the Rifle Brigade 'Crown with bugle' badge and curved stepped pommel. The fish skin grip with wire binding is in excellent condition. It is complete with steel scabbard with 2 hanging rings and shoe. The scabbard has even patina. The price for this sword worthy of further research regarding the Huddersfield rifles and the named Officer includes UK delivery. Sn 17681
£745.00

SOLD ** SOLD **(11/09) RARE, ICONIC NAPOLEONIC WARS ERA**, British 1796 Pattern Heavy Cavalry Sword & Scabbard. Sn 17777 - 17777
The Pattern 1796 Heavy Cavalry sword is one of the most recognisable and, to the British at least, iconic swords of the Napoleonic period (see page 79 of World Swords by Withers). The sword was used by all Regiments of British Heavy Cavalry (Life Guards, Royal Horse Guards, Dragoon Guards and Dragoons) throughout the Peninsular War (1807-14) and during the Waterloo campaign. Although forever associated with Waterloo due to the swords use in the massed charge of the British heavy cavalry of the Household and Union brigades, Pattern 1796 Heavy Cavalry sword were also used by other countries. As part of supporting allied nations warring against the French, Britain exported numbers of the weapons to its allies over the course of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. The 1796 Heavy Cavalry Sword features in the painting ‘Scotland for Ever!’ by Lady Butler which captures the charge of the Scots greys at waterloo (illustrated inset in image 2). This rare, original British 1796 Heavy Cavalry Sword is in very good condition. It has a single edged, fullered 34 ¾” blade which is sharp and correctly slightly tapers along its length (39 ¾” overall). The blade is undamaged & has just staining consistent with age. There are no visible manufacturer or date marks on the sword. It has its original voided guard and retains its original hilt langets which are often found to be removed. Its ribbed grip is in very good condition. The sword is complete with its original steel scabbard with 2 hanging rings. The hanging rings are fitted with original leather tab hangers, each with buckles. The scabbard has even patina and no dents. The price for this rare, iconic, Napoleonic Wars era Heavy Cavalry Sword includes UK delivery. Sn 17777
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (10/09) NAPOLEONIC WARS ERA British 1796 Pattern Cavalry Sabre By Woolley & Deakin (Birmingham) & Scabbard. Sn 17776 - 17776
Woolley & Deakin of Birmingham produced their 1796 pattern sabres especially for the looming 100 Days War in March and April 1815, after the Congress of Vienna declared Napoleon an outlaw after his escape from his first exile to the Elba, and the Allies mobilized their armies accordingly. The Pattern 1796 Light Cavalry Sabre was used primarily by British Light Dragoons and Hussars during the Napoleonic Wars (see page 77 of World Swords by Withers). The blade is remembered today as one of the best of its time and has been described as the finest cutting sword ever manufactured in quantity. Officers of the famous 95th Rifles, Light Infantry Regiments and the "flank" Companies of Line Regiments adopted these Swords (The Hit Peninsular War, Book & TV series Sharpe's Rifles featured this pattern of Sword). This original 1796 Sabre by Woolley & Deakin is in very good condition. It has a single edged, fullered 33” Sabre blade (37 ¾” overall). The blade is undamaged & has just staining consistent with age. The back of the blade is marked by the manufacturer, with partially readable ‘Woolley & Deakin’ and crisp ‘R’ inspection mark. One side of the blade has a small ‘crown above 8’ inspection mark. Its cross guard with rounded langets, knuckle guard, pommel and ribbed grip are in very good condition and have even patina. The Sabre is complete with its original steel scabbard with 2 hanging rings. The scabbard has even patina and a few small dents consistent with age and service use. The price for this Napoleonic Wars era Cavalry Sword by a quality maker with Scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 17776
£0.00
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