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*British* ‘c1770’ Pattern Infantry Officers Sword. ED 2555. - ED 2555
This is an attractive ‘c1770’ pattern sword with a 31” blade. The blade carries traces of engraving with ‘HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE’ and ‘DIEU ET MON DRUIT’ to both sides, together with ornate engraving to both sides of the ricasso. The brass heart shaped guard, knuckle bow and pommel also have ornate engraving and the wire bound grip is in perfect condition. As is usual with swords of this age, the scabbard is absent. An attractive late 18th Century sword in excellent condition. The price includes U.K. delivery. ED 2555.
£795.00

A ‘c1750’ English Brass Hilted Small Sword with Copper bound Grip. ED 2554. - ED 2554
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 a nice ‘c1750’ small sword with a 30 ½ “ blade with twin 5” fullers from the cross guard. These carry engravings and the word ‘Toledo’ repeated four times within the fullers. The shell guard is heavily decorated on both sides with ‘stand of arms’, as is the knuckle bow and bulbous pommel. The copper wire bound grip has decorative banding at the top and bottom, and is undamaged. A lovely Mid-18th Century small sword. The price includes U.K. delivery. ED 2554.
£795.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 27/10) *c1760* English or French Small sword. ED 2551. - ED 2551
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 unusual small sword in that it has a plain brass grip as well as the shell guard, knuckle bow and pommel being of brass which is all heavily decorated. Normally the grip would be wire bound, but this one is smooth with two decorative bands to the top and bottom. The blade is 29 ¾” with a short 6 ½” fuller at the ricasso and is devoid of any decoration. The blade face has the usual age related wear and the brass work is very well preserved. An unusual collectors item worthy of further investigation. The price includes U.K. delivery. ED 2551.
£0.00

**MATCHING NUMBERS** WW2 Era 1937 Nazi German Army Officer’s Mauser (Code S/42) Luger PO8 9mm Parabellum Pistol & 1940 Holster By ‘Berghaus’. D 1474 - D 1474
This excellent, original, WW2 era Luger, PO8 9mm parabellum pistol is the standard Nazi German Infantry Officer’s 4” barrel. It is complete with its original chequered wood grips which are undamaged. It has clear Nazi Waffenamt inspection marks and matching serial numbers (2447/47) except its original alloy butt magazine which is numbered 6076 above ‘h’ and Waffenamt (Eagle 63). The pistol is dated 1937 and bears the Mauser manufacturer’s Nazi wartime code ‘S/42’. Deactivated to UK specification in 2009 the pistol cocks and dry fires and the slide locks back. The original leather hard case holster is in excellent condition. Made of dark brown leather cow hide, the holster has an open top magazine pouch on its right aspect. It has a retaining strap with buckle and ‘quick draw’ leather strap with leather toggle. The holster has 2 belt loops to the rear. The inside of the holster has the correct stripping tool pocket with stud and flap cover. The rear of the holster above one of the belt loops has very faint impressed manufacturer lettering and date which looks like ‘Berghaus 1940’ below other unreadable lettering. The price includes deactivation certificate and UK delivery. **This Firearm is deactivated to one of the pre- 2nd May 2017, UK specifications. We can arrange for this firearm to be brought up to the latest UK/EU specification (customers can purchase on our lay-away scheme. The weapon will then be brought up to the EU specification and the relevant certificate obtained prior to the transfer of ownership and delivery)** D 1474
£1,750.00

**SUPERB**Late 18th Century English Small Sword With Etched Colichemarde (Triangular Section Blade) & Scabbard By Cullen King’s Cutler London. ED 2549 - ED 2549
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 a superb original C18th century English small sword (see pages 270 to 282 of Wither’s book ‘World Swords’ where similar variants of small sword are illustrated). It has ‘Colichemarde’ blade (the shape of a colichemarde blade features a wide forte, which abruptly tapers to a much narrower form at a point varying between a fifth to a third of the blade length from the hilt. The blade cross section was most often triangular and hollow-ground. This configuration combines good parrying characteristics, due to the wide blade forte, with the good maneuverability and thrusting characteristics imparted by the narrow blade point). This beautiful small sword with 30 ¾” Colichemarde blade is etched with stands of arms panels to the front and rear. It has a brass oval guard with ribbed sun ray decoration, brass knuckle guard and brass urn shaped pommel. The grip is silver wire bound. The sword measures 37 ¾” overall length. The rare to find scabbard is brown leather with brass chape and 2 brass mounts fitted with 2 brass hanging rings. The throat mount is stipple engraved with ‘Cullen King’s Cutler Charing Cross’ (M.Cullen was a cutler / sword maker to King George III and had premises at 9 Charing Cross London from C1770 -1797 when the business was then taken over by John Prosser, this dates the sword to the third quarter of the 18th century. One of the nicest small swords we have had. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2549
£1,450.00

**QUALITY**British Robert Mole & Sons Birmingham Sword With Blued & Gilt Etched Blade Ornate Gilt Crown Pommel & Lion With Crown Guard. ED 2539 - ED 2539
Robert Mole and Sons of Birmingham (1835-1920) supplied swords and bayonets to the War Office, the Admiralty and the Government of India as well as for private and trade customers. This is an unknown Victorian pattern of sword made by Mole & Sons. The high quality & form of the sword would indicate that it may have been carried by a Court or Parliament Guards Officer. It has a 31 ¼” blade with gilt panels on a field of blue that ends in a maltese cross in the mid section of the blade (36 ¼” overall). The gilt panels feature Crown VR (Victoria Regina) foliate devices and heraldic arms. The ricasso and spine of the blade are signed by the maker ‘Robt Mole & Sons Birmingham’. One side of the blade shank has a small inspection proof mark similar to marks seen on military issue swords and bayonets (illustrated). The gilt 3 bar guard incorporates a crown with crowned Lion device. The hilt has an ornate Crown pommel the fish skin grip is wire bound. The sword is without scabbard. An excellent, quality made sword worthy of further research. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2539
£795.00

**SUPERB**ORNATE**C1740 French Maupetit & Sons Orleans & Paris Court / Diplomatic Small Sword With Etched Colichemarde (Triangular Section Blade). ED 2538 - ED 2538
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 a superb original C1740 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 ‘Colichemarde’ blade (the shape of a colichemarde blade features a wide forte, which abruptly tapers to a much narrower form at a point varying between a fifth to a third of the blade length from the hilt. The blade cross section was most often triangular and hollow-ground. This configuration combines good parrying characteristics, due to the wide blade forte, with the good maneuverability and thrusting characteristics imparted by the narrow blade point).The 32 "blade (39 1/4" overall) is heavily engraved from the tip to the ricasso with panels either side of the ricasso ‘Maupetit & Fils’ (maker) and text ‘Duc De Orleans & Paris’ The brass shell guard knuckle bow and pommel are also heavily decorated on all surfaces & the grip is wire bound. A stunning early French small sword. As is common this small sword is without scabbard. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2538
£895.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 22/10) **RARE**NAPOLEONIC PENINSULAR WARS ERA** British 1786 Pattern Infantry Officer’s Sword With Etched Heraldic Arms Blade & Antique Ivory Hilt. ED 2537 - ED 2537
This is an original rare to find example of a British 1786 Pattern Infantry Officer's sword (see pages 155 & 159 of World Swords by Withers where similar 1786 pattern swords are illustrated). It has the correct iron bar guard & has a ‘wave & heart’ shaped finger guard. It has a single hanging ring hole on the pommel. The correct ribbed antique ivory grip has no damage. It has a 32 ¼” long blade (38” overall). The blade is etched on both sides with Royal heraldic arms. The riccaso of both sides and the spine near to the hilt have hand tooled decoration. The blade has staining consistent with age. There is no manufacturer name or date visible. These swords are hardly ever found with their scabbards, ours is contained in its original leather scabbard with metal chape and throat mount which has a frog locket. All leather & stitching are intact. The price for this rare sword with scabbard includes UK delivery. ED 2537 (NB Ivory Content Comprises less Than 10% Volume & Weight)
£0.00

Inter War 1938 British Officer’s Army & Navy Stores London 1821 Pattern Presentation Sword With Etched Blade To ‘Lieut F.A. Burridge RASC (Royal Army Service Corps)’(Awarded OBE & MBE Attained Rank Of Lieut Colonel) Acorn Knot & Scabbard. Sn 18861 - 18861
Frederick Arthur Burridge was born in Norwich in 1896 and attested for the Army Service Corps during the Great War in Gallipoli from 29 July 1915. For his services during the Great War he was Mentioned in Despatches for his services with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force (London Gazette 6 July 1917), was advanced Squadron Quartermaster Sergeant, and was awarded an ‘Immediate’ Meritorious Service Medal. He re-enlisted in the Royal Army Service Corps on 23 January 1919 following the cessation of hostilities, and was commissioned Lieutenant (Quartermaster) on 22 February 1938. He was promoted Acting Major, Extra Regimentally Employed List, in March 1940, and was shortly afterwards appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire whilst serving as an Assistant Adjutant General in the Adjutant-General’s Department. He was advanced an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 1946 New Year’s Honours’ List, and retired with the honorary rank of Lieutenant-Colonel on 1 September 1948 (references:. O.B.E. London Gazette 1 January 1946. M.B.E. London Gazette 11 July 1940. M.S.M. London Gazette 1 January 1919 ‘In recognition of valuable service rendered with the Forces in Egypt). This is an original 1821 pattern Officer’s sword (see page 99 of World Swords by Withers) presented to F.A. Burridge on his promotion to Lieutenant in 1938. The sword has a 34” blade with fullers and measures 40 ¼” overall. The blade has its original leather hilt washer. It has the correct fish skin grip with wire binding which is intact and tight and correct 3 bar brass guard hilt. The pommel has a stepped knurled pommel and a knurled grip spine to assist grip. The hilt is fitted with original brown leather cord & acorn knot. The blade is etched and blued on both sides with foliate panels . One side is etched to the ‘Royal Army Service Corps’ King’s Crown, heraldic arms, proof star, inlaid proof roundel & foliate panels. The reverse has panel inscribed ‘Presented by the Officers RASC To Lieut F.A. Burridge 22.3.38’, King’s Crown and Royal cypher ‘GRVI’ (George VI Rex) together with maker’s detail ‘Army & Navy Stores 105 Victoria St London SW’ together with foliate panels. The spine of the blade is numbered 17060 & is marked ‘Made In England’. The blade and hilt retain most of their original nickel plating. The leather covered wood field scabbard has a German Silver throat mount and has a leather tab belt loop. The price for this sword to a highly decorated high ranking Officer who served with distinction in both WW1 & WW2 includes UK delivery. Sn 18861
£795.00

1940-1942 WW2 Japanese Fuku Moto Amahide Gunto Civilian Factory Army Seki Arsenal Contract Wartime Blade Signed ‘Soshu Seki Ju Ido Hide Toshi’, Scabbard & Expert Assessment. Sn 18880 - 18880
An original WW2 era 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 civilian katana wartime blade circa 1940-1942 made in Fuku Moto Amahide’s Gunto Civilian Factory Army Contract Wartime Blade AKAZU UCHI IMEI (signed by some other smith) ‘Soshu Seki Ju Ido Hide Toshi’’ the factory owner’s son produced under army contract. It has a seki arsenal stamp 9passed quality control). It looks medium quality showa-to which has undergone Yak ire (covered in clay) then heated and quenched in oil producing a hamon with a ha-Buchi edge of Nioi crystals. It has had a reasonable polish and is in good condition, bright and showing hamon well. Some small scratches and odd bit of finger rust. The saya is its original gunto honoki wood mount with thin layer of dark lacquer. It has a Sageo cord tied in a bow for martial arts use. Tsuba is old late Edo period octagonal iron plate with inscribed with Dragon in clouds motif. It is un-signed. The tsuka is retored civilian hilt with good quality black ito wrap around quality Ray skin. Soft metal shakudo, nanako fuchi kashira showing Tori gates & cherry blossoms. Cannot identify the menuki, look Meiji period in age. Nice looking sword”. In his illustrations Bill translates the tang signatures and describes the tang end as Nakago Jiri cut square. Hamon Midare Ba irregular mixture of Bizen crab claws and mino gunome. Hada Nishiji (pear grain). He also identifies a polisher’s mark on the blade. Kissaki 39mm, cutting edge 66cm total length 84.5cm”. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18880
£1,250.00
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