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**ANCIENT 17th CENTURY JAPANESE FAMILY BLADE MOUNTED FOR WW2 WAR SERVICE**O’Wakizashi / Uchi Gatana One Handed Short Sword, Smith Signed Tang ‘Hoshu Takada Ju Mori Yuki’, Scabbard With WW2 War Service Leather Cover, Suspension Mount & Expert Assessment. - 18250
An antique O’Wakizashi / Uchi Gatana One Handed Short Sword. It was common for WW2 Japanese Officers to carry old family blades into war. This sword has been assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. A copy of his hand written notes which includes a sketch of the tang signature and hamon accompany the sword. In extracts from his notes he states “A large wakizashi blade possibly used as a town sword in 17th Century peaceful Japan. It is a Bungo Takada school work with lots of Bizen traits (shape & forging). There are 2 generations of smiths using the name and titles ‘Hoshu Takada Ju Mori Yuki’. One 1661-73 2nd 1688-1704. I think this is 1st Generation. They made average quality blades and have no rankings in my books. I cannot find any oshigata of these men to compare but I think this would be a genuine signature. Blade is covered in fine scratches & spots of old rust obscuring grain but is in healthy condition apart from one kin blister under habaki. In un-touched war souvenir bring back condition with civilian black lacquer saya covered with original war service leather cover and original slip on ashi (suspension mount). Tsuka hilt has been put together in arsenal using 19th century soft metal fuchi & civilian Dragon menuki. Military tsuba & original sarute knot loop. A Genuine un-touched military sword with antique family blade”. In his illustrations he translates the afore mentioned signature on the tang, describes the cutting edge as 21 ¼”, total length 27 ¼”, Kissaki 34mm. He describes the hamon as “ wild midare uneven with gunome & choji, nioi based with nie crystals”. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18250
£1,675.00

**RARE**NAPOLEONIC PENINSULAR WARS ERA, C1800 British Senior Infantry Officer’s Sword With German J. J. Runkel Solingen Blade & Rare To Find Scabbard. Sn 10851:8 - 10851:8
This is an original rare to find example of a C1800 British Senior Infantry Officer's sword styled on the pattern 1796 Infantry Officer’s sword (see page 160 of World Swords by Withers). Our excellent example has the correct Georgian styling with brass shell guards with correct chased decoration. It has the correct brass knuckle bow and urn shaped pommel. The wire bound grip is excellent and retains its original quillon finials. All wire is tight and intact. It has a 32” long fullered blade with original leather hilt washer (38 ¾” overall). The blade has staining consistent with age. The fullers on both sides are signed by the German manufacturer ‘J.J. Runkel Solingen’. The sword comes with its rare to find original brass mounted black leather scabbard. The leather is complete. The rear seam stitching has become detached in areas over the years but could 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 price for this rare sword and scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 10851:8
£1,350.00

**SUPERB**VERY RARE**NAPOLEONIC PENINSULAR WARS ERA, British 1796 Pattern Infantry Officer’s Sword With Blued & Gilt Etched Blade, Cord, Portepee & Rare To Find Scabbard. Sn 10851:7 - 10851:7
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. There are no discernible manufacturer marks. All of the etching, gilt and blueing are crisp. The sword comes with its rare to find original brass mounted black leather scabbard. The leather is complete. The throat mount has a frog locket and hanging ring, the mid section mount also has a single hanging ring. The price for this very rare, sword and scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 10851:7
£1,875.00

American Civil War Era French Form U.S. Army Officer’s Sword With Embossed ‘Eagle’ Clamshell Guard, Polished Bone & Brass Hilt & Scabbard. Sn 10851:6 - 10851:6
This is an excellent original Infantry Officer’s Sword most likely made in France for the U.S. Military during the American Civil War. It has a bulbous polished bone handle which is undamaged, brass knuckle bow and clamshell. The clamshell has an American type eagle with arrows badge riveted to it indicating issue to U.S. Army. The guard is numbered '298'. The 30 ½” rapier shaped blade with double partial fullers is straight and undamaged and has just staining consistent with age. The ricasso has a small indistinct cartouche and signature most likely the manufacturer & the guard is notched 'XIII'. The sword measures 36 ½” overall. The sword has its original black painted steel scabbard with 2 hanging rings. The price for this sword worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 10851:6
£695.00

C1850 - 1871 Imperial French Gendarmerie Warrant Officer’s Sword With Clamshell Guard & Scabbard. Sn 10851:5 - 10851:5
This is an excellent original C1850 - 1871 Imperial French Gendarmerie Warrant Officer’s Sword (see page 187 of Wither’s book ‘World Swords’ for a similar sword but with different decoration on the clamshell). It has a cast brass handle featuring entwined oak leaves, knuckle bow and clamshell featuring cast martial arms. The 29 ¾” rapier shaped blade with double partial fullers is straight and undamaged and has just staining consistent with age. There are no visible manufacturer or date marks. The sword measures 36” overall. The sword has its original black leather brass mounted scabbard. The throat mount has frog stud. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact. The price for this attractive French sword rare to find with scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 10851:5
£595.00

Gendai Era 1868-1945 Japanese Civilian Katana Sword With Gendaito Hand Forged Blade Lacquered Wood Scabbard, Later Carry Bag Cover & Expert Assessment. ED 2554 - ED 2554
This sword has been assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. A copy of his hand written notes & illustrations of the blade accompany the sword. In extracts from his notes he states “Civilian Gendaito Katana made in Gendai era 1868-1945. An un-signed but good piece of work. Total length 30 ½” cutting edge 24 ¾”. Hamon temperline is gunome midare edged with nioi crystals and a grain of O itame (large) wood grain. In fine polish has been well restored in last 50 years (possibly in Japan). New black lacquer saya mint condition and soft metal fittings. Good quality fuchi / kashira in (sentoku) of a village scene. Good menuki (cannot see what). Tsuba is copper inscribed with grasses and leaves. Tsuba and fittings are 19th century. Kojiri (bottom of saya mount) is circa 1800, iron with gold vine inlays good quality and condition. In his illustrations of the blade and tang he notes a polishers mark on the blade and slanted file marks sujikai on the tang. He also states tang end shape is Iryamaghta”. Also included is a later carry bag cover with draw cord. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2554
£1,295.00

**NAPOLEONIC WARS ERA** British Woolley & Deakin's (Birmingham) Improved Steel 1796 Pattern Cavalry Sabre & Scabbard. ED 2553 - ED 2553
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 mobilised 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 good condition for its age. 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 signed by the manufacturer ‘Woolley & Deakin's Improv’d Steel’. Its cross guard with rounded langets, knuckle guard, pommel and ribbed grip are good condition . The ribbed wood grip has traces of its original leather covering and some original wire binding is present. The Sabre is complete with its original steel scabbard with 1 hanging ring (the 2nd is absent). The sword fits the scabbard tightly. The scabbard has even patina with no cracks or dents. The price for this Napoleonic Wars era Cavalry Sword by a quality maker with Scabbard includes UK delivery. ED 2553
£975.00

SOLD SOLD (18/03) **RECENT HOUSE FIND**Victorian British 1821 Pattern Light Cavalry Officer’s Sword With Etched Blade By Henry Wilkinson London To The 16th The Queen's Lancers & Scabbard. Sn 18225 - 18225
This is a scarce, original, Cavalry Officer’s 1821 Pattern sword of the 16th The Queen's Lancers recently found in a Lake District house. The sword was found together with an original sepia photograph of the Lancer’s Officer holding this cap & other items of his 16th Lancers equipment. The name of the Officer is unknown but the card that the image is mounted on has a period hand written signature which is indistinct (the photograph is reproduced in image 3). In the image, the Officer is seen wearing his Lance cap which was found at the same time as the sword and is available separately on this website stock number Sn 18224. Also found was the Officer’s Sabretache and Pair of Lances with pennants available separately on this website Sn 18227 & 18226. The 16th The Queen's Lancers was a Cavalry Regiment of the British Army, first raised in 1759. It saw service for two centuries, before being amalgamated with the 5th Royal Irish Lancers to form the 16th/5th Lancers) in 1922. The Regiment was raised in 1759 by Colonel John Burgoyne as the 16th Regiment of (Light) Dragoons, being the second of the new Regiments of Light Dragoons; it was also known as Burgoyne's Light Horse. The Regiment was closely involved, undertaking several cavalry charges, in the action leading up to the capture of the French Garrison of Belle Île in April 1761 during the Seven Years' War. It also made a major contribution to the British victories against the Spaniards at the Battle of Valencia de Alcántara in August 1762 and at the Battle of Vila Velha in October 1762 during the Anglo-Spanish War. In 1766 the Regiment was renamed after Queen Charlotte as the 2nd (or The Queen's) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons, the number being an attempt to create a new numbering system for the Light Dragoon Regiments. However, the old system was quickly re-established, with the Regiment returning as the 16th (The Queen's) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons in 1769. The Regiment arrived in New York in October 1776 for service in the American Revolutionary War. It was involved in fighting at the Battle of White Plains in October 1776, the Battle of Brandywine in September 1777 and the Battle of Germantown in October 1777 before seeing more action at the Battle of Crooked Billet in May 1778, the Battle of Barren Hill later that month and the Battle of Monmouth in June 1778. The Regiment returned to England in spring 1779. The Regiment next landed at Ostend in April 1793 for service in the Flanders Campaign and was present at the Siege of Valenciennes in June 1793, the Siege of Dunkirk in August 1793 and the Siege of Landrecies in April 1794. It also took part in the Battle of Beaumont in April 1794, the Battle of Willems in May 1794 and the Battle of Tournay in later that month before returning to England in February 1796. The Regiment was then based in Ireland between autumn 1802 and 1805. During the Napoleonic Wars the Regiment were ordered to support Sir Arthur Wellesley's Army on the Iberian Peninsula and landed at Lisbon in April 1809. The Regiment fought at the Second Battle of Porto in May 1809, the Battle of Talavera in July 1809 and the Siege of Ciudad Rodrigo in April 1810. The Regiment also saw action at the Battle of Bussaco in September 1810 the Battle of Sabugal in April 1811 and the Battle of Fuentes de Oñoro in May 1811. It next fought at the Battle of Salamanca in July 1812, the Siege of Burgos in September 1812 and the Battle of Vitoria in June 1813. It was next in action at the Siege of San Sebastián in August 1813 and having advanced into France, at the Battle of Nivelle in November 1813. The regiment took part in the Hundred Days landing at Ostend in May 1815. It charged with John Vandeleur's Cavalry Brigade at the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815. After the battle, their commander, Lieutenant-colonel James Hay, lay so badly injured that he could not be moved from the field for eight days. The Regiment had been the sole British Cavalry Regiment to serve throughout the Peninsular War and at the Hundred Days. In the Victorian era, the Regiment was dispatched to Ireland in March 1816 where it was re-designated as a Lancer Regiment in September 1816, becoming the 16th (The Queen's) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons (Lancers). It returned from Ireland in June 1819 and was sent to India in 1822 where it saw action, using lances, against the Marathas at the Siege of Bharatpur in January 1826. It saw action again at the capture of Ghuznee in July 1839 during the First Anglo-Afghan War and at the Battle of Maharajpore in December 1843 during the Gwalior Campaign. It also took part in the Battle of Aliwal in January 1846, when the Regiment charged and dispersed a body of Sikhs ten times its size, and also fought at the Battle of Sobraon in February 1846 during the First Anglo-Sikh War. The Regiment’s title was simplified to the 16th (The Queen's) Lancers in 1861. It served in India between 1865 and 1876 and again between 1890 and 1899. Prior to the Boer Wars 1899-1902 the Regiment was awarded Battle Honours: Talavera, Fuentes d'Onor, Salamanca, Vittoria, Nive, Peninsula, Waterloo, Bhurtpore, Ghuznee 1839, Afghanistan 1839, Maharajpore, Aliwal, Sobraon. This 16th Lancer’s 1821 pattern Officer’s Cavalry sword and scabbard is all original and as found and un-messed with (see page 94 Of Swords Of The British Army by Robson & page 99 of World Swords by Withers). It has a 35” blade with fullers and measures 41” overall. It has the correct fish skin grip with wire binding which is intact and tight and correct 3 bar guard hilt. The blade is etched on both sides with foliate panels . One side is etched with battle honours either side of Queen’s Crown and wreathed crossed lances ‘16’ of the 16th Lancers. There is also a panel with stylised monogram and ordnance star with inlaid proof roundel. The reverse has Queen's Crown VR Royal cypher and foliate panels. The ricasso is marked by the maker with Royal Appointment & 'Henry Wilkinson Pall Mall London'. The blade is clean and the spine numbered ‘13931’ (Wilkinson keep good records of their blades and enquiries with them may identify the name of the Lancer’s Officer who commissioned this sword). The steel scabbard with 2 hanging rings has just light staining consistent with age. The price for this sword worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 18225
£0.00

Victorian, British Pattern 1827 Officer's Presentation Sword With Etched Blade ‘F.S.F.S From G. Cadets Of B. Co R.M.C.S Xmas 1869’ By C. Smith & Son London & Scabbard. ED 2552 - ED 2552
This is an original 1827 Pattern Sword & Scabbard. It has a has a 32 ½” blade (38 ½” overall) with partial fuller. The blade has staining consistent with age & etched on both sides with decorative foliate panels and banners. Both sides have 'Crown VR' Royal Cypher (Victoria Regina) and foliate panels. The ricasso has the ordnance acceptance star . The blade is also signed by the manufacturer C. Smith & Son 5 New Burlington St London’ & Royal Appointment. One side is inscribed with presentation detail ‘‘F.S.F.S From G. Cadets Of B. Co R.M.C.S Xmas 1869’. It has a voided full knuckle guard with the Rifle Brigade / Militia 'Queen’s Crown Above Slung Horn' badge. It has a curved stepped pommel with ball end, fish skin grip with wire binding in excellent condition. It is complete with steel scabbard with 2 hanging rings and large shoe. The scabbard has even patina consistent with age and service wear. The price for this sword worthy of further research regarding the presentation inscription includes UK delivery. ED 2552
£695.00

SOLD SOLD (19/03) Edwardian British Mameluke Pattern 1831 General Officer's Sword With Etched Blade, Antique Ivory Hilt & Scabbard. ED 2551 - ED 2551
The introduction of the 1831 pattern sword followed a vogue for mameluke style swords during the 1800’s. This pattern of sword is still worn today by British General Officers and Lord Lieutenants (see page 176 of World Swords by Withers and page 206 of Swords of the British Army by Robson). This is an original Edwardian British Mameluke Pattern 1831 General Officer's Sword. It has an etched blade and antique ivory scales. The sword has an undamaged 32” blade (37 ½” overall). The blade is fitted with original leather hilt washer. The blade has the ordnance acceptance proof roundel and star. There is no visible manufacturer’s name. The blade has decorative etched panels on both sides featuring foliate panels, crossed arms, Royal Cypher ‘ER VII’ (Edward VII Rex) & King’s Crown. The blade has staining consistent with age. The hilt has undamaged antique ivory scales and ornate gilded brass fittings including cross guard with ball finials, central wreathed crossed arms, pommel hole mounts and grooved decorated back strap. The sword has its original leather scabbard with brass mounts & 2 hanging rings. The scabbard has some service wear but no tears and all stitching is intact. The price includes UK delivery. (Ivory Content Comprises less Than 5% Volume & Weight). ED 2551
£0.00
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