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1879 French Chatellerault Arsenal 1845 Pattern Infantry Officer’s Sword & Scabbard. Sn 18532 - 18532
The French Infantry Officer's Pattern 1845 sword was the standard Infantry Officer’s sword from the 1840’s through to the 1900’s. These swords had a great influence on the sword designs of other nations, most notably the USA where the US Model 1850 Staff & Field Officer’s sword and Model 1852 Naval officer’s sword are almost identical copies (see pages 191 & 193 of World Swords by Withers). Our example is in excellent condition. It has a clean 30 ½” single edged blade with fullers and measures 36” overall length. The spine is signed and dated in French which roughly translates to ‘Manufactured by the Chatellerault Arsenal July 1879 Model 1845’. The brass guard has pierced foliate decoration. It has brass stepped rounded pommel with foliate decoration. Its leather covered wood grip has wire binding all present and tight. The sword is complete with steel scabbard. The scabbard has a small ‘B’ cartouche inspection mark. The scabbard has one dent and is clean. It has a single hanging ring and shoe. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18532
£495.00

Victorian, British Henry Wilkinson Pall Mall London Pattern 1827 Rifle Brigade Officer's Sword With Queen’s Crown Etched Blade Numbered 10995, Officer’s Leather Cord Acorn Knot & Scabbard. Sn 18524:17 - 18524:17
Originally raised as the King’s Royal Rifle Corps in 1755, the Rifle Brigade was officially formed in 1800. Initially Officer’s carried a lighter version of the 1796 pattern Light cavalry sabre, later adopting the 1803 pattern Infantry Officer’s Sword with strung bugle motif placed within the knuckle bow. The Regiment, always renowned for its individuality both in uniform and tactics, it was 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 replacement of the usual Royal Cypher with a strung bugle and Queen’s Crown in the hilt .This is a very good, original example 1827 Pattern Sword with Scabbard. It has a 32” long blade with fullers. The blade has just light staining consistent with age and is etched on both sides with foliate panels including Queen’s crown with Royal cypher ‘VR’ (Victoria Regina) on one side and Queen’s Crown with Rifle Brigade badge on the reverse. It also has the ordnance acceptance star with inlaid roundel at the ricasso on one side. The reverse has manufacturer detail Henry Wilkinson Pall Mall London''. The spine is numbered 10995 (Wilkinson keep good records of blades they have made. Research with them may reveal the name of the Officer who commissioned this sword and the date it was made). It has the correct voided knuckle guard with correct Rifle Brigade Queen’s crown with strung bugle motif, curved stepped pommel with ball end and Fish skin covered wire bound grooved wood grip in excellent condition. The hilt is fitted with Officer’s leather cord and acorn knot. It is complete with original steel scabbard with 2 hanging rings. The scabbard has staining consistent with age. The price for this sword worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 18524:17
£675.00

Imperial Prussian 1811 Pattern 'Blucher' Light Cavalry Sabre (Napoleonic Wars British Pattern 1796) Regiment Marked ’26.A.12.3’ & Scabbard Regiment Marked ‘R.P.G.8.40’. Sn 18524:16 - 18524:16
This is the German version of the British 1796 Light Cavalry Sabre used during the Napoleonic Wars. It was adopted by the Prussians as the 'Blucher’ or '1811 Pattern' Sabre. This original 'Blucher' Sabre is in very good condition. It has a clean single edged, fullered 32” Sabre blade (37 ¼” overall). Its cross guard with langets , knuckle guard, pommel and ribbed wood grips are undamaged. The back edge of the blade is stamped with numbers ‘355’ and another indistinct mark (illustrated). The cross guard is Regiment marked ’26.A.12.3’. The Sabre is complete with its original steel scabbard with 2 hanging rings. The scabbard has surface wear to be expected but no dents. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18524:16
£795.00

WW1 1914 British Enfield WD 1908 Pattern Heavy Cavalry Troopers Sword & 1915 Enfield WD Scabbard. Sn 18524:15 - 18245:15
This is an original British 1908 Pattern Heavy Cavalry Troopers sword & scabbard. It has an undamaged 35" single edged blade with fullers (43" overall). The ricasso is date marked ’12 14 (December 1914) and fitted with leather hilt washer. There are also inspection marks including EFD (Enfield) mark and WD broad arrow. The spine of the blade has ‘P08’ designation (pattern 1908) and the underside of the blade shank has a ‘K’ factory inspector’s mark. The bowl guard has no visible Regiment or date marks. It has a clean undamaged chequered wood grip with correct thumb recess. It is complete with its original steel scabbard with fixed hanging rings. The scabbard has some minor dents consistent with age and service use. The scabbard has WD inspection marks, EFD Enfield mark together with ‘1*’ and ’15 double stamped dates (1915). The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18245:15
£875.00

Victorian, British 1854 Foot Guards Pattern Coldstream Guards Regiment Officer's Sword With Etched Battle Honours Picquet (Light Weight) Blade & Regimental Badge Hilt Blade Numbered 22783 With Scabbard. Sn 18524:14 - 18524:14
The Coldstream Guards are one of the 5 Foot Guards Regiments in the British Army Household Division - the personal troops of Her Majesty the Queen. Formed in 1650 as part of the New Model Army during the English Civil War, the Coldstream Guards swore allegiance to King Charles II in 1660 and has guarded the country's monarchs since. The Regiment’s anniversary is 23rd April (St George’s Day). The Regiment has fought in every major conflict involving British troops since their creation. This is an original 1854 Pattern Coldstream Guards Officer’s Sword & Scabbard. These swords are almost identical to the 1827 pattern except the 1854 Pattern is specific to the Regiments of Foot Guards and are normally etched on both sides of the blade with Regimental devices and battle honours. Many are found with light or Picquet weight slender blades (see page 177 of World Swords by Withers). Our example has a 33" Picquet weight blade (38 ¾” overall) with partial fullers. The blade has staining consistent with age but no rust and is correctly etched on both sides with decorative foliate panels and battle honours together with Crown VR (Victoria Regina) and Regimental badge of the Coldstream Guards. It also has the inlaid ordnance roundel and star. The blade has no visible manufacturer’s name but the spine of the blade is numbered 22783. It has the correct voided full knuckle guard with Coldstream Guards. It has a curved stepped pommel and fish skin grip with wire binding in excellent condition. It is complete with steel scabbard with 2 hanging rings and shoe. The scabbard has some staining and minor dents consistent with age and service wear. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18524:14
£975.00

NAPOLEONIC PENINSULAR WARS ERA, French / Continental Form Hanger / Sword With Etched Sabre Blade. Sn 18524:13 - 18524:13
This is a sword or hanger in French or Continental form most likely made sometime in the Napoleonic period. It has a 30” long fullered, single edged sabre blade with leather hilt washer. The blade is etched on both sides with foliate panels hard to see under the blade staining. The ricasso has gilt signatures within panels on both sides which are indistinct (illustrated). The hilt has a leather bound wood grip with wire binding all tight and intact. It has a brass back strap curved and stepped at the pommel typically found on French swords, re-curving brass cross guard with leaf shaped langets. Our example is without scabbard. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18524:13
£1,195.00

**VERY RARE**NAPOLEONIC PENINSULAR WARS ERA, GEORGE III British 1803 Pattern Grenadiers Light Infantry Senior Flank Officer’s Sword With Blued & Gilt Etched Sabre Blade & Antique Ivory Hilt. Sn 18524:12 - 18524:12
The development of the Pattern 1803 Flank Officer's sword goes back to the late 18th century, when light infantry units were formed in the British Army. The Grenadiers and light companies of a battalion were considered the elite of these infantry regiments, and could be detached and deployed separately as skirmishers. Grenadiers were the senior company of any infantry battalion and would typically lead an assault. When the battalion was deployed in line, the grenadier and light companies were deployed on the right and left flanks respectively, and both companies could be could be called upon to operate in looser formations and semi-independently. The added element of risk associated with detached skirmishing in looser formations meant that officers of light infantry needed a more robust fighting sword. By 1799, sufficient numbers of officers of these regiments and companies were using sabres rather than the Pattern 1796 Infantry Officer’s sword, enough for them to be given official leave to wear sabres instead. In addition to being a more practical weapon, these sabres could be more easily hitched up, as they were suspended on slings rather than the shoulder belt and frog of the Pattern 1796 Infantry Officer's sword. This ensured that the weapon did not inhibit movement when skirmishing over broken ground. This need for a more robust weapon was formally acknowledged by the King in 1803, when he approved 'a Pattern Sword for the Officers of Grenadiers and Light Infantry'. Despite this regulation there exists a great deal of variety in 1803 Pattern swords. Most have a slotted hilt, which joins the head of the back piece at a Lion's head pommel. The blade is commonly quite broad for an infantry sword, with a single fuller. In terms of general form, the sword is similar to the curved sabres of the light cavalry, and the blade is comparable to a slighter version of the 1796 Light Cavalry sword. This similarity was perhaps deliberate, as at this time light infantry across Europe were increasingly taking their military stylings from their light cavalry counterparts. Both light infantry and cavalry considered themselves an elite, and were keen to distinguish themselves from their comrades in the line through different uniform and equipment. The sword was approved for both flank officers of line infantry regiments as well as those few regiments in the British Army designated as light infantry. In addition to this, Regimental officers (Majors, Lieutenant-Colonels and Colonels) were permitted to carry the sword. This is an original very rare to find example of a British 1803 Pattern Flank Officer's sword (see page 168 of World Swords by Withers & page 151 of Swords Of The British Army by Robson. Withers comments that senior Officer’s examples had ivory hilts). Our example has the correct brass Lion’s head pommel guard with voided knuckle bow incorporating King’s Crown GR (George Rex) Royal Cypher and Grenadier’s ignited grenade device. The wire bound Senior Officer’s antique ivory hilt is secure and intact with just old stable fine cracks consistent with age. All wire binding is tight and intact. It has a 28 ½” long fullered, single edged sabre blade with leather hilt washer. The blade is correctly gold etched on both sides for ½ of its length and original blueing is present. The etchings are foliate panels, Georgian Crown GR royal cypher, banners & arms. As is common our example is without scabbard. The price for this very rare sword includes UK delivery. Sn 18524:12 (Ivory Content Comprises Less Than 5% Volume & Weight)
£1,195.00

**MINT**Post 1952 QEII British 1895 / 97 Pattern Infantry Officer's Chrome Plated Parade Sword Blade Numbered ‘A O 322’ With Etched Panels, Cord, Portepee, Steel Scabbard, Leather Bound Field Scabbard, Leather Belt Rig & Sash. Sn 18524:11 - 18524:11
This is a British 1895/ 1897 Infantry Officer’s parade sword (see page 179 of World Swords by Withers). It has a 32 ½” single edged clean chromed steel blade with fullers. Both sides have crisp foliate panel blued etching with ‘ER II’ cypher (Queen Elizabeth II Regina) and heraldic arms. The back of the blade is numbered ‘A O 322’ (There are no manufacturer’s name on this sword). It has the correct ornate chrome plated bowl guard with Queen’s crown ER II Royal Cypher and undamaged wire bound fish skin grip together with stepped steel pommel with ball top. It is complete with its chrome plated steel scabbard which has 2 hanging rings fitted with Red leather hanging straps with clips attached to its red leather parade belt (approx. 34” waist). There are no date or manufacturer marks on the belt rig. The sword also comes with its additional brown leather covered field scabbard. The red cloth parade sash is in similar mint condition with brass hook fastener and tassels. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18524:11
£895.00

SOLD SOLD (16/07) **ANCIENT BLADE**Late Muromaci / Early Edo Period 1550’s-1650’s Mino Bizen Influence Japanese Wakizashi Short Sword With Shin Gunto Mounts, Scabbard With WW2 Leather Combat Cover & Expert Assessment. Sn 18691 - 18691
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 “This short sword has an antique blade which dates from the late Muromaci / early Edo period 1550’s-1650’s. It is unsigned and looks like it has been cut (suriage) from end of tang, then moving down the machi notches, this is what the hibachi blade collar sits on. This shortens the cutting edge now 181/2”. There are a couple of folding flaws visible in the rusty tang, may be the reason it was shortened. It was probably done by a smith who put a nice mino den Nakago Jiri on the Jiri (end) on it. Blade is quite deeply curved with 16mm curvature mid section. Possible Bizen-Den influence. The presence of 2 ana one more modern drilled, the older one hot punched to use when mounted 2nd time. Blade looks healthy (1 tiny flaw) but is covered in fine scratches and old rust obscuring polish (grain). Needs a professional polish to bring out work. A nice old blade. Original old black lacquer & wood saya leather covered for war work good condition. Old iron hand forged tsuba brass inlaid with vine leaves and flowers circa 1800-1850’s. Military tsuka hilt damaged, brown wrapping (ito). Has old silver foil covered habaki, bit of damage but good quality, well made”. In his illustrations of the tang and blade he observes “Hamon based on Suguha with Ko-Notare. Kissaki approx. 39mm. Yakote line worn away. Total length of wakizashi 23 ¼”. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18691
£0.00

WW2 1944 Japanese Officer's Gendaito Katana Long Sword With Hand Forged Blade Smith Signed Tang ‘BA BA TSUGU KIYO TSUKURU KORE-WO’, Mid Edo Period Signed Fuchi ‘SOHEISHI NYUDO SO TEN SEI’, Scabbard & Expert Assessment. ED 2477 - ED 2477
An original WW2 dated Japanese Officer's Sword with signed tang and Fuchi. 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 Katana long sword in restored mounts and polish signed by its maker ‘BA BA (family name) TSUGU KIYO (art name) TSUKURU KORE-WO (worked this)’. Date translates to August 1944 which is right for having 2 mekugi ana peg holes. 1944 pattern mounts were replacing the old 98 army mounts. This is what it would have been mounted in. Turned into a civilian sword within last 50 years. Tsugu Kiyo made medium to High grade gendaito. Water quenched tamahagane blade in good old polish. Showing large O-Itame wood grain in places and also Ni-Juba in body of blade. This is good work longer than standard gunto blades.Saya has been re-finished in blck paint (good job) not proper lacquer. Tsuba is iron 9round) nice dark patina depicting boatman hauling his craft out of the water with chidori birds over head inlaid with brass & silver, circa 1850’s. Tsuka extra long (3 hands) well wrapped fish skin & brown ito. Good pair of Dragon menuki. Has a good quality signed Fuchi (bottom mount) with gold inlays ‘‘SOHEISHI NYUDO (Priest name) SO TEN (art name) SEI’. There were 2 generations working Mid Edo period 1700-1750’s. Top mount Kashira is black Buffalo horn. A good quality attractive looking sword. In his illustrations Bill translates the tang and Fuchi signatures and describes the Kuri Jiri as rounded shape. He also identifies a polisher’s mark on the blade. Kissaki 35mm, cutting edge 68.5cm total length 91.5cm”. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2477
£1,975.00
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