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**RARE**NAPOLEONIC PENINSULAR WARS ERA**, British 1786 Pattern 5 Ball Spadroon Infantry Officer’s Sword With Etched Blade & Antique Ivory Hilt. Sn 18015:3 - 18015:3
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 no damage and just light surface blemishes consistent with ivory of this age. It has a 32” long fullered, single edged, ‘T’ back blade. The blade is lightly etched on both sides with arms and foliate panels. The blade has staining consistent with age which obscures the etching detail (a professional polish may enhance the detail). There is no manufacturer name visible. AS is typical this sword is without scabbard. The price for this rare spadroon includes UK delivery. Sn 18015:3 (NB Ivory Content Comprises less Than 5% Volume & Weight)
£795.00

**SUPERB**Genai Era 1868-1940’s Japanese Civilian Gendaito Hand Forged Katana Sword With Tribute Signed Tang ‘Idzumi Kami Fuji Wara Kuni Sada’ By Highly Skilled Smith Kajihi, Late Edo Signed Tsuba ‘Masa Sada Choshu’, Scabbard & Carry Bag/ Cover. Sn 18115 - 18115:5
This sword has been assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. A copy of his hand written notes illustration of the blade and rubbing of the tang accompany this sword. In extracts from his notes, he states “A very well mounted superb looking sword. Whole thing is probably late Edo to Meiji period mounts included. Inscribed with famous art name of ‘Idzumi Kami Fuji Wara Kuni Sada’ Father & son working 17th Century very highly rated. Signature possibly by Kajihi a very highly skilled smith working in the Meiji into Taisho era. He copied all the famous Shinto & Shin Shinto smiths. In good re-polished condition. Kosherae mounts are super quality & good condition. Mottled red & black lacquer saya with shita dome in kuri kata. Tsuba signed ‘Masa Sada Choshu’ Artist late Edo period, pierced with grasses and leaves, good highlights very good condition. Fuchi/ Kashira in shakudo with Nanako dots very fine work. Signed by ‘Komura Unsan Murokami school work of gold bats theme in super condition. Menuki are also high quality. This is a fine looking sword from an old collection”. In his illustration of the blade he notes ‘Machi are 29mm width. Hamon is O Gunome Midare / grain starts itame becomes small / tight. Tang end is irayama Gata. Has 3 tang holes, one plugged.Total length is just under 33 ¾”, cutting edge is 26”. Also included is a later carry bag cover with draw cord. The price for this superb katana includes UK delivery. Sn 18115:5
£3,000.00

SOLD SOLD (12/01) **ANCIENT BLADE** Late 1580’s – 1680’s Japanese Hand Forged Wakizashi Short Sword With Early 19th Century Samurai Rank Bound Hilt, Signed Iron Tsuba & Scabbard With Expert Assessment. Sn 18084 - 18084
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 could have been made anytime from 1580’s – 1680’s. Looks like an off shoot Bizen Den style Bingo/ Bungo? Shape of blade and tang are consistent with that. The blade is lightly pitted all over with speckled black old rust making hard to see the forging details. Hamon looks an even Choji Midare so regular it could be a scarce Patt Uma-No-Ha-Midare?.. Needs professional polish to see work in blade. Mountings are black crinkled lacquer. Saya been varnished over with fine quality Shakudo Nanako Handachi metal fittings all ensuite good quality Edo work. Tsuba is a bit unusual, iron Echizen Kine school piece signed & filled with gold / lacquer or paint depicting typical Aoi leaves. Nice dark patina. Binding is original early 19th century work in 2 colour silk binding. This is scarce. I was told in Token lecture years ago these different colours denoted the rank of Samurai carrying this sword. Needs more research to clarify. This is an interesting restoration project. Blade looks like it would take another polish cannot see any flaws”. In his illustrations of the blade and tang he notes “cutting edge is just under 21inches. Total length just under 26 inches. Original unaltered Nakago and Mekugi Ana, Jiri shape is Kuri Jiri (tang)”. The price for this ancient blade worthy of further research and restoration includes UK delivery. Sn 18084
£0.00

**ANCIENT MUROMACHI PERIOD** 14th Into 15th Century Japanese Samurai Hand Forged Bizen School Work Naginata (Halbard / Spear) With Lacquered Wood Blade Cover, Carry Bag / Cover & Expert Assessment Notes. Sn 18115:4 - 18115:4
This Naginata blade has been assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. A copy of his hand written notes which includes a sketch of the tang and blade characteristics accompany the blade. In extracts from his notes he states “Naginata dating from mid to late 14th into 15th century Muromachi period. Originally a lot bigger shortened at least 4-5” in ancient times. Would have been a 22 – 23” cutting edge blade plus a longer tang. Very well forged with fine nioi edge to hamon, sprinkled with nie crystals in gunome midare pattern with crabs claws inside hamon. An important recognition point for Bizen school work. In fine re-polished condition. Just one blister and open grain but very healthy for its great age. With newly made replacement cover with Bonji copied in gold lacquer on red background. This has a horimono carving on both sides of blade, an invocation to Bhuda. A lot of Samurai were Bhudists. Fine quality & good condition. Needs to go to Japan for papers to pin down its age and maker”. In his illustration of the blade and tang he states “cutting edge is now just under 17” total length 30”. Bhudist San Skrit symbol (blade). All original blade steel (tang). Hi-grooves Horimono go 4 or 5” into tang”. This piece comes with a carry bag / cover. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18115:4
£1,650.00

WW1 Era British Officers Brown Leather Bound Swagger Sword Stick With Heavy Steel Spike Trench Fighting Blade. ED 2536 - ED 2536
This is an original brown leather covered wood Swagger Sword Stick & Scabbard in the form popular with British Officers during WW1. It has an 11” long heavy steel spike blade that tapers to a pin sharp point and would be very effective as a trench fighting weapon. It measures 23” overall in its scabbard. The wood grip & scabbard are bound in brown leather. Leather cord is tightly wrapped around the hilt near to the blade which acts as a finger guard and the hilt is fitted with original leather cord wrist strap. All leather and stitching are clean & intact. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2536
£325.00

SOLD SOLD (06/01) WW1 British WD 1915 Dated 1908 Pattern Heavy Cavalry Troopers Sword By Enfield & Wilkinson Sword Company (WSC), Regiment Marked ‘LIN-Y’ To The Lincolnshire Yeomanry Cavalry & 1915 Dated WSC WD Steel Scabbard. ED 2535 - ED 2535
The Lincolnshire Yeomanry was a volunteer cavalry unit of the British Army formed in 1794. It saw action in the Second Boer War and the First World War before being disbanded in 1920. This is an original, WW1 British dated 1908 Pattern Heavy Cavalry Troopers Sword to the Lincolnshire Yeomanry Cavalry with its scabbard. The Sword has an undamaged 35 " single edged blade with fuller (43" overall). The blade has just light staining to be expected. The ricasso is marked ‘15 (1915) and has inspection marks. The reverse has Enfield ‘EFD’ with WD arrow manufacturer’s mark. The back of the blade is marked with 1908 pattern designation ‘PO8’. It has the correct full bowl guard with original stippled brown composite grip with thumb recess. The guard has ‘LIN-Y’ mark to the Lincolnshire Yeomanry Cavalry which has been struck out and number ‘135’ . There is also a WSC with broad arrow mark. It is complete with its original steel scabbard. The scabbard has ’15 date and WSC with broad arrow mark. The scabbard has a few dents but no cracks or rust. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2535
£0.00

Victorian British Army In India WD Mole & Sons Birmingham Pattern 1845 / 1854 Infantry Officer’s Sword With Brass Hilt, Etched Blade & Scabbard. Sn 18115:3 - 18115:3
The British 1845 / 1854 Pattern Infantry Officer’s sword was the successor to the 1822 pattern. The 1822 Pattern had a pipeback blade and fold down guard. The 1845 / 54 pattern does not have a folding guard and has a fullered single edged blade (see page 175 of World Swords By Withers). This original infantry Officer's Pattern 1845 / 54 sword has a clean 32 ½” single edged blade with fullers (38 ¾” overall). The blade is crisply etched & blued on both sides with scrollwork panels, Victoria Regina India ‘VRI’ Crowns and stylised Royal Cyphers, together with foliate panels. The ricasso has the ordnance acceptance proof star and inlaid ordnance acceptance roundel on one side and the maker’s name on the reverse ‘Robt Mole & Sons Makers Birmingham’. The back of the blade is signed ‘Mole’ and has India Arsenal ‘I’ mark & WD broad arrow. The voided brass knuckle guard inspired by Gothic architecture incorporates the Crown & stylised Royal Cypher ‘VRI’. It has a brass stepped round pommel. Its shark skin grip with finger grooves & wire binding are undamaged with all wire tight and intact. The sword is complete with its original steel scabbard with 2 hanging rings and shoe. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18115:3
£495.00

**SUPERB**VERY RARE**NAPOLEONIC PENINSULAR WARS ERA, British 1803 Pattern Light Infantry & Grenadiers Flank Officer’s Sword With Blued & Etched Warranted Sabre Blade Buff Leather Cord, Portepee & Scabbard With Buff Leather Belt Strap. Sn 18115:2 - 18115:2
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 with the royal cypher (GR) on the knuckle-guard, 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 1803 Officer’s sword was issued with a leather covered scabbard. 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). Our superb example has the correct pierced brass guard with Crown GR cypher and Lion’s head pommel. The wire bound shark skin grip is excellent. All wire is tight and intact. The hilt is fitted with buff leather cord with tasselled portepee. It has a 30 ½” long fullered, single edged sabre blade with leather hilt washer. The blade is correctly gold etched and blued on all sides for ½ of its length. The etchings are foliate & Martial panels, Georgian Crown GR cypher, heraldic devices and ‘Warranted’ banner. All of the etching and blueing are crisp. The sword comes with its original brass mounted black leather covered wood scabbard. The leather is complete. The surface of the leather has just light scuffs to be expected with age and use. The throat mount has a frog locket and hanging ring fitted with buff leather belt strap which has a brass buckle. The mid section mount also has a single hanging ring. The price for this quality sword and scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 18115:2
£2,750.00

C1890 Victorian Court / Diplomatic Small Sword With Ornate Brass Clam Shell Hilt & Scabbard. Sn 18015:2 - 18015:2
The small sword or smallsword (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 dueling sword (from which the épée developed. This is an excellent original late Victorian 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 the typical brass hilt with cross guard clam shell mount. The clam shell has ornate embossed decoration. It has a bar knuckle guard, Crown pommel & Dog’s head finial. The leather & wire binding on the wood handle is tight and intact. The slim 30” triangular section blade is straight and undamaged and has just staining consistent with age. The sword measures 35 ½” overall. It is complete with its original leather bound wood scabbard which has steel mounts and 2 hanging rings. The price for this attractive Court / Diplomatic small sword includes UK delivery. Sn 18015:2
£795.00

**SUPERB**VERY RARE**NAPOLEONIC PENINSULAR WARS ERA, British 1796 Pattern Infantry Officer’s Sword With Blued & Etched Blade By T.Archer & Son With Cord, Portepee & Rare To Find Scabbard By P & W. Ridge Army Clothers, Chichester. Sn 18015:1 - 18015:1
This is an original very rare to find example of a British 1796 Pattern Infantry Officer's sword (see page 160 of World Swords by Withers where an example with similar blued and etched blade is illustrated. In his book withers states that most of these swords are found with missing quillons, worn blades and without scabbard). Our superb example has the correct shell guard with foliate decoration, one shell correctly folds for scabbard carry. It has the correct knuckle bow and ornate urn shaped pommel. The wire bound grip is excellent and retains its original quillon finial. All wire is tight and intact. The hilt is fitted with cloth cord with tasselled portepee. It has a 31” long fullered, single edged blade with leather hilt washer. The blade is correctly gold etched and blued on all sides for ¾ of its length. The etchings are foliate & Martial panels, Georgian Crown, heraldic devices ‘Warranted’ banner and Manufacturer or retailer scrolling banner ‘T. Archer & Son’. All of the etching and blueing are crisp. The sword comes with its rare to find original brass mounted black leather scabbard. The leather is complete. At some point in its life the rear seam of the scabbard has opened up in the mid section, this could easily be re-stitched by a sadler or other leather worker. The surface of the leather has some scuffs to be expected with age and use. The throat mount has a frog locket and hanging ring, the mid section mount also has a single hanging ring. The throat mount is engraved P&W Ridge Army Clothers, Chichester. The price for this quality sword and scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 18015:1
£1,895.00
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