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SOLD SOLD (25/01) SUPERB MINT POLISH ANCIENT BLADE 1661-1673**Japanese Ko (Small) Wakizashi Sword With Signed Tang ‘ Tanba Kami Yosh Michi’ (Osaka Line Of Mishina School), Scabbard & Expert Assessment. Sn 19173:11 - 19173:11
This Ko Wakizashi Sword has been assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. A copy of his hand written notes with illustrations accompany the tanto. Extracts from the notes include “Ko Wakizashi (small) signed ‘Tanba Kami Yosh Michi’ Osaka line of Mishina School. He describes part of the signature as only being used by the Osaka line. I think this could be 2nd generation real name Mishina Gorobei (C1661-1673). This is a classic hamon of Sudare Ba developed by shodai and refined by later generations. To this wildness, echos of soshu hitatsura. This is a superb shaped blade with deep curve in mint polish. I think it is good enough to get NBTHK or NTHK papers (hozon) worthy of preservation. Saya is very dark brown lacquer with bamboo patter, good quality & condition missing its Kogatana by knife. Tsuba is tsukashi (pierced) iron plate possible late Edo owari style work. Tsuka hilt is in good condition with gold ito wrap well done, soft metal fuchi high quality inlaid with vines tendrils & gold flowers & iron kashira inlaid with tiny splashes of gold. Very good quality gilt menuki of Kabuto helmets martial theme in mint condition. Needs matching set of fuchi kashira & by knife. Worthy of any collection”. In his drawings of the blade He translates the tang signature and states “ cutting edge is just over 16 ½”. Total length is just over 22”. Nakago Jiri Shape is Irayama Gata (tang). Kissaki point 35mm classic Mishina Boshi pointed Kaeri with strings of Nie”. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19173:11

**BURMA BRING BACK BRITISH CAPT WILLIAM THOMPSON DIRECT FROM FAMILY**Japanese Army Officer’s Showa-To Shin Gunto Sword With Smith Signed Tang ‘Noshu Seki Ju Okada Kane Tada Saku Kore’, Scabbard With Leather Field Combat Cover & Expert Assessment. - 19207
This sword was received directly from the daughter of British Captain William Thompson who served in the WW2 Burma campaign and brought this sword home. The sword has been assessed by a UK based Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. His assessment accompanies this piece. In exerts from the assessment he states “Shin Gunto pattern army Officer’s sword with Showa To blade. Probably mill steel which has undergone some forging / shaping and had the Yaki Iri process done (clay covered with scratched in pattern). Heated in furnace then either oil or water quenched to produce the hamon pattern (midare bar uneven) with choji & gunome features based on nioi crystals . Signed ‘Noshu Seki Ju Okada Kane Tada Saku Kore’. Can only find one reference to this man in Fuller & Gregory books No.380 on list. A Gunto smith working in an arsenal C1940. Good condition but small amount of rust and light scratches obscuring forging details. Saya is wood leather cover good condition with makers ink stamp inside the top. Tsuba is sentoku (brass mix) depicting dancing crane, late meiji into showa period i.e. 1890-1920’s. Looks like been silvered but worn off. Fuchi on tsuka is matching brass with worn sivering. Rest of Gunto hilt reasonable condition but with replacement sarute loop. Needs a polish to bring out striking hamon”. In images of the blade & tang which accompany the assessment, one side has the translated smith signature and he identifies a showa blossom stamp. He states overall length 33 ¾”. Cutting edge 26”. He describes the Kissaki (point) as 22mm and end of tang as Jiri (rounded) shape. Sori curvature 16mm deep. Blade 8mm thick. The price for this sword with expert assessment includes UK delivery. Sn 19207

**ANCIENT BLADE SHINTO PERIOD 1600-1700** Japanese Shoto Small Sword (Just Short Of Katana Size) With WW2 Period Scabbard Leather Field Combat Cover & Expert Assessment. Sn 19249 - 19249
This 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 “Shoto Short sword just under katana length at 23 ½” cutting edge. The age looks Shinto period 1600-1700 difficult to judge with the tang being altered. All age and patination has gone. This sword has been1/2 restored by previous owner, looks half polished then stopped. Polishing is very hard and skilled job and the cost very expensive, its why people clean things themselves. Needs proper polish to reveal grain and hamon properly. The saya is wartime period (showa) lacquered wood with leather combat cover (patched). Tsuba is shin gunto pattern no gilt left on it. Tsuka is modern rebuild with antique iron fuchi kashira and modern Japanese menuki. An old blade taken to 2nd war and re-furbished in last 20-30 years”. In his illustrations Bill describes the hamon as Midare Ba (uneven) Nie based with mixture Gunome & Choji. He states that the unsigned tang has been altered by moving down Machi blade shoulders, Kissaki point as 40mm (large), cutting edge 23 ½” total length 31”. 6mm thickness”. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19249

Late WW2 Artisan Smith Japanese Katana Sword With Scabbard & Expert Assessment. Sn 19251 - 19251
An original late WW2 era Japanese Officer's Sword. 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 “Late War Katana made by artisan probably bar stock mill stell hammered and shaped then had clay covering (Yaki Ire process) with a hamon pattern scratched in then heat forged 600-700 degrees, quenched in oil / water producing a small notare (undulating) wave hamon based on nioi crystals. Unsigned it has its late war variant gunto tsuba (die stamped bit out of line). This blade has had a new polish which is not bad at all. Shows all of the temperline. A new wood saya which is lacquered black. Re-built saya with mixture of fuchi / kashira & old pouch clasps used for menuki. Good quality fish skin and brown ito binding. It has one big flaw and some pin hole rust otherwise good polish. Possibly mounted for martial arts practice, quite a heavy strong sword”. In his illustrations Bill describes the Kissaki point as 40mm (large), cutting edge 63.5cm total length just under 81.5cm Sori curvature 12mm, 8mm thickness”. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19251

**AS FOUND, BLADE NUMBERED ON SIDE** WW2 Japanese NCO's Type 95 Katana With Suya Sword Shop Tokyo (Harp) Mark, Kokura Arsenal Marks, Leather Strap With Barrel Knot & Scabbard. Sn 19250 - 19250
This is an original WW2 Japanese NCO's Katana and scabbard in as found condition. It has the typical aluminium cast handle with lanyard ring and fully functioning scabbard retaining clip. The handle retains some of its original brown paint. Its fullered, 27 ½” blade is stamped on one side '2638' and with inspection mark. The blade has light areas of staining consistent with age. The hilt is stamped with 1929-45 Kokura Arsenal mark and Suya Sword Shop Tokyo (harp) mark (see page 185 of Swords Of Imperial Japan by Dawson) together with inspection mark. The sarute loop on the hilt is fitted with its original leather cord and barrel knot. It is complete with its original scabbard which has a single hanging ring. The scabbard retains its original olive green paint. The throat of the scabbard has faint indistinct numbers which could probably be revealed by removing a little of the original paint. The scabbard has a single hanging ring. The price for this excellent, complete WW2 captured Japanese NCO sword set includes UK delivery. Sn 19250

Early 1800’s English Or French Court / Diplomatic Small Sword With Etched Blade. ED 2363 - ED 2363
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 an excellent original Circa early 1800’s 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 a copper wire bound hilt, with pierced finger guard and knuckle bow. The pommel is urn shaped. The slim 32 ¼”” blade is straight and undamaged and has just staining consistent with age. The staining obscures the blade’s foliate decoration which covers the whole of the blade. The sword measures 39 ½” overall. As is common our example is without scabbard. The price for this attractive Court / Diplomatic small sword includes UK delivery. ED 2363

**ORIGINAL & RARE**Early WW2 1940 Nazi German NSDAP (National Socialist German Workers Party) Double Sided Heavy Black Cotton Pennant With Swastikas & Original RZM NSDAP Label. Sn 19192 - 19192
This is an original superb construction triangular Nazi pennant. The pennant measures 16” x 9 ½”. It has no damage and made of double sided black cotton with intricate stitched edging. The hem has 2 brass ringed holes for mounting, excellent label with RZM roundel NSDAP mark & German script. The white hem is ink dated ‘1940’ and has ink swastika within roundel. Both sides of the pennant have red tape Swastikas on white cotton roundel panels. All material and correct superb stitching are clean & intact with no mothing. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19192

**RARE**NAPOLEONIC PENINSULAR WARS ERA**, British Thomas Gill Birmingham Warranted 1786 Pattern 5 Ball Spadroon Infantry Officer’s Sword With C1760 George II Etched Blade ‘Never To Fall’ & Antique Ivory Hilt. ED 2362 - ED 2362
This is an original rare to find example of a British 1786 Pattern 5 ball spadroon Infantry Officer's sword (see page 155 of World Swords by Withers & Robson’s Swords Of The British Army page 144 No.129 where similar spadroons are illustrated). It has the correct brass 5 ball guard and crown top. The correct ribbed antique ivory grip is excellent with just light surface blemishes consistent with ivory of this age. It has a 32” long single edged, diamond section blade. The blade is etched on both sides with martial arms and foliate panels together with King’s Crown. One side has King’s crown above ‘II’ indicating that this sword was made using an earlier C1760 George II blade (GR II Reign June 1727 – October 1760) . One side of the ricasso is signed ‘T. Gill Birmingham’ (Thomas Gill began manufacturing Swords in Birmingham during the mid to late 1700’s and is last recorded at St James, London in 1816), the reverse ‘Warranted Never To Fall’. The blade has staining consistent with age. As is typical this sword is without scabbard. The price for this rare spadroon includes UK delivery. ED 2362 (NB Ivory Content Comprises less Than 10% Volume & Weight)

SOLD SOLD (26/01) Victorian British WD Military Naval Dockyard Or River Police Brass Hilt Ordnance Marked Cutlass / Hanger Sidearm & Scabbard. Sn 19208. - 19208
This is an original Victorian British Naval Dockyard Or River Police Brass Hilt Ordnance Marked Culass / Hanger Sidearm & Scabbard. It has a fullered 27” polished steel swept cutlass blade which has just small areas of light staining consistent with age. The blade has its original leather hilt washer. The blade has one small ‘Crown above E6’ ordnance inspection mark. The brass hilt is in excellent order with Bar guard stamped with WD arrow. The brass handle is grooved for grip and it has a rounded stepped pommel. The push button scabbard retaining clip functions as it should. The overall length of the cutlass is 32 ¾” and it locks firmly into the scabbard. The leather scabbard with brass mounts is in very good condition with all leather & stitching intact. The brass throat mount has a frog locket. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19208

**EXPERT ASSESSED**Boxed, Japanese Mid Edo Period 1700-1750 Echizen Kinai Family Katana Size Perced Iron Tsuba Depicting A Male Sword tail Dragon Chasing His Tail. Sn 19173:10 - 19173:10
This is an original Mid Edo period Iron Tsuba of the Echizen Kinai Family. It has been assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. A label with his assessment can be read in the images and accompanies the piece. The later wood box has a removable lid. The box has a padded insert to protect the tsuba. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19173:10
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