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**RARE**WW2 VETERAN BRING BACK LINEN SURRENDER LABELLED** Japanese Officer’s Shin Gunto Katana Seki Sword Smith Signed ‘OKADA KANE YOSHI SAKU’, Scabbard With Leather Field Combat Cover & Expert Assessment. Sn 19020 - 19020
When Japanese Officer’s surrendered their swords during WW2 they would often attach their personal details to their sword in the hope that one day their sword would be returned to them. This surrendered WW2 Japanese sword has its original linen surrender label attached with the name and rank & unit information of the surrendering Officer in Japanese ink script. The sword and surrender label has been assessed by a UK based Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. His assessment accompanies this piece. In exerts from the assessment he states “Officer’s shin gunto with showa to oil tempered blade. Signed by seki arsenal smith ‘OKADA KANE YOSHI SAKU’, family name Okada Takeshi born 1908 died 1972 worked as a gunto (army) sword smith. Rated by Master Aki Hide as Joko No Retsu (master). Took 4th seat at 1941 sword making competition. Rated as making low to medium grade showa to in John Slough’s book. Blade is bright condition but has lots of finger rust & scratches which are obscuring the hamon & grain (forging) details. Needs a professional polish to bring out its workmanship. Leather covered wood saya in good condition. Standard mid war quality tsuba and mid war clean quality hilt with original copper sarute loop. What makes this sword interesting is its original linen surrender label which was tied to the ashi hanging ring on saya. This has the previous owners name,rank and unit written on it (army Captain Kawakawai Isao who was an army paymaster (important man) Headquarters 37th Division). These are hard to find now. A Genuine sword with rare provenance”. Bill has attached the linen label to a separate piece of paper to preserve it and translates the writing. In his illustrations of the blade he states overall length just under 34”, cutting edge just under 25 ½”. He describes the blade as 33mm wide and 8mm thick at the hilt, identifies a seki arsenal stamp and translates the tang signature. The price for this sword with rare to find surrender label & expert assessment includes UK delivery. Sn 19020
£1,595.00

**BEST CUTTING EDGE SMITH**WW2 Japanese Army Officer’s Shin Gunto Gendaito Katana Sword With Smith Signed Tang ‘Ichi Hara Naga Mitsu’ With Scabbard & Expert Assessment. ED 2578 - ED 2578
This 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 “A Shin Gunto with Gendaito blade by genuine smith signature ‘Ichi Hara Naga Mitsu’. He made Medium to high grade gendaito. He made some of the best cutting swords in WW2 (sharp). This is a big strong blade with a well forged hamon of very tight gunome midare (small Ko) and small ashi (legs) down into yakiba, nearly looks Suguha (straight) based on Nioi crystals with deep boshi in good old polish (done in last 40 years). Has one defect possible sword cut on mune ¾ way down blade. In good quality shin gunto (army) mounts. Saya possible re-paint black after 1943 ( a lot of saya were painted black). Big pierced quality gunto tsuba. Tsuka is in good condition. Has its locking catch but missing sarute loop. There is a small hole in the back of top mount where a mon badge of Samurai family has been removed”. In illustrations of the blade & tang which accompany the assessment, one side has the translated smith signature and he observes a polisher’s mark & right slant O Sujikai file marks. He describes the tang end as Irayamagata Shape. Cutting edge is 26 ¼”, total length is 34”. Kissaki point big 40mm. Blade 9mm thick (at hilt). The price for this sword with expert assessment includes UK delivery. ED 2578
£1,475.00

SOLD SOLD (01/12) **SUPER OLD POLISH BLADE**An Early WW2 Era C1940 Japanese Gendaito Civilian Katana Long Sword With Smith Signed Tang ‘Chounsai Emua Saku’ (He Was Warden Of Okyama Prison) Scabbard & Expert Assessment. Sn 18983 - 18983
This 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 “A civilian Katana long sword with a good quality gendaito blade signed with genuine signature of ‘Chounsai Emua Saku (made this)’ a well known but apparently self taught swordsmith who made swords as a hobby while warden of Okyama prison. Several prisoners both made & polished blades under instructions from Emura & Yoshikawa Tsunejiro (polisher) rated as making Medium to high grade gendaito (hand made water tempered). This hamon is a variant from his usual one, being O (large) Notare (waves) some of which have ashi (legs) in Nioi Deki. Also has grain (Ji hada) of tight itame (wood) grain and some Nashiji (mixed in). A super blade in very good old polish. Saya is black Lacquer with horn Kurigata which has its original brass eyelets for Sageo cord to go through. Tsuba is cast iron plate with slight rim has remains of black lacquer on plate. Tsuka has plain iron fuchi kashira with pouch clasp menuki of fish and ito bound possible old re-bind. An interesting sword”. In images of the blade & tang which accompany the assessment, one side has the translated smith signature. He states overall length 32 ½”. Cutting edge 24 ½”. He describes the Kissaki (point) as 32mm and end of tang as Irayama shape. The price for this sword with expert assessment includes UK delivery. Sn 18983
£0.00

**MINT POLISH SUPERB HAMON**WW2 Japanese Army Officer’s Shin Gunto Gendaito Katana Sword With Smith Signed Tang ‘BISHU JU (MANO) MASA YASU’ With Secret Smith Stamp, Officer’s Cord, Scabbard & Expert Assessment. Sn 18982 - 18982
This 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 “Gendaito by ‘(MANO) MASA YASU’. He made Medium grade gendaito as an army approved smith. This is a good example of his work. A big powerful blade with Ko-Notare hamon based on Suguha (straight small waves) with edge of nioi heavily sprinkled with Nie crystals. A superb tasteful quiet hamon line. Very tight forging with some Masame mixed with Nashiji grain. In nearly mint polish one patch of old rust & one kizu flaw. Scabbard metal parade Gunto in very good condition, lots of original paint and finish to mounts. Tsuba is large, type usually carried by high ranks (pierced). Tsuka in very good condition but ito (wrap) broken near base of hilt (needs re-bind). Its locking catch is missing. With its original Officer’s Lieutenant to Captain rank tasselled cord in un-touched condition. In illustrations of the blade & tang which accompany the assessment, one side has the translated smith signature and he observes a wartime polisher’s mark & curved Yasuri Mei file marks. He describes the tang end as Kuri Jiri Shape (rounded). He notes a possible secret mark of the smith ‘Masa Yasu’. Cutting edge is 26 ½”, total length is 34 ½”. Kissaki point big 36mm. The price for this sword with expert assessment includes UK delivery. Sn 18982
£1,575.00

**MASTER SWORD SMITH**WW2 Era Japanese Army Officer’s Showa-To Shin Gunto Possibly Gendaito Sword With Smith Signed Tang ‘Fuji Wara (Asano) Kane Zane’ & Officer ‘Motto Yoshi’, Signed Scabbard With Leather Field Combat Cover & Expert Assessment. Sn 18984 - 18984
This 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 “A Shin Gunto with possible Gendaito blade genuine signature of (Asano) Kane. This smith was known maker of High Grade Showa To & medium Genai. There is a photo of him in John Slough’s book of swords page 76. He was rated as Joko No Retsu (Master). The blade has not got any arsenal stamps and is probably a Gendaito . He won 2nd seat in a 1941 sword making competition. The blade is in reasonable condition but has several small chips to the edge and it has lots of scratches from use (in war?). It needs a polish to bring out beauty of the gunome midare (Nio based) hamon. Saya is leather covered good condition with hessian wrap under leather. There is a very faint kanji signature of Officer who owned this sword on top of the cover possibly ‘Moto Yoshi’. The rest of mounts are in super condition for its age with lots of original patina, gilding and sarute loop. A very good original collector’s sword”. In images of the blade & tang which accompany the assessment, one side has the translated smith signature. He states overall length 34 ¾”. Cutting edge 26 ¾”. He describes the Kissaki (point) as 23mm and end of tang as Kur Jiri (rounded) shape. The price for this sword with expert assessment includes UK delivery. Sn 18984
£1,475.00

SOLD SOLD (01/12) **DAISHO PAIR**Of Japanese Swords Kantun Era 1660-1680 Sho Mounted Wakizashi Smith Signed Tang ‘Kishu Ju Yasu Shige’ & Showa Dai 1890’s To 1930’s Katana With Scabbards & Expert Assessment. Sn 18981 - 18981
These swords have been assessed by a UK based Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. His assessment accompanies the swords. In exerts from the assessment he states “A Wakizashi mounted as a Sho in a pair of swords i.e Daisho. The wakizashi is typical of kanbun period 1660 to 1680 made for rich merchants as town swords. Signed ‘Kishu Ju Yasu Shige’.Bit of confusion in book listed first Meirike 1665 to 1668 then using alternative kanji for Yasu working 1660 – 1680 from Kii. This has been a good quality blade in its day. Very showy small notare up to O Notare (waves) mixed with Hakko box top and O Gunome. Ha Buchi is in brilliant Nie crystals and has sunagashi in yakiba and Nijuba on Ji of blade. In original old polish showing grain wear in places. Mounts black lacquer saya with line decoration, short sword has soft metal side knife with replacement blade in very good condition. Tsuba are matched pair of Owari school pierced mokko 4 lobed shape good quality and lovely black patina, Edo period. Tsuka late export quality soft metal fuchi Kashira in Shakudo metal with depictions of rats & Daikons. Menuki are Dragons in copper. Katana long sword mounted as Daisho (this is the Dai). Unsigned sword mint re-polished blade looks to date from late Meiji period into early showa 1890’s to 1930’s. Possibly put together as a pair in the early 20th century for export out of Japan. In images of the blades which accompany the assessment he translates the wakizashi tang signature. Re the wakizashi he states overall length 26 ½” cutting edge 21”. He identifies original polisher’s mark, describes the Kissaki (point) as 32mm and end of tang as Kur Jiri (rounded) shape. Re the katana he states overall length 33 ¾” cutting edge 26”. He describes the Kissaki (point) as 31mm and describes the Hamon as being put on with polishing stone. The price for this nice set of swords with expert assessment includes UK delivery. Sn 18981
£0.00

Victorian / Edwardian Era Bamboo Sword Stick With Triangular Section Blade & Curved Root Ball Handle. Sn 19008 - 19008
A quality Bamboo Sword Stick. It has a 26 ¾” Triangular Section Blade which is straight & tapers to a pin sharp point. The hilt has a brass ferrule. It measures 33 ¾” overall and has a curved bamboo handle with bulbous root ball top (the sword stick measures 36 ½” overall in its scabbard). The scabbard has a brass collar and conical brass end cap. The price for this attractive sword stick includes UK delivery. Sn
£475.00

WW1 Era Imperial German Cavalry Officer’s Dress Sword With ‘Jewelled’ Eyes Lion’s Head Pommel & Scabbard. ED 2562 - ED 2562
This is an attractive, original Imperial German Cavalry Officer's dress sword. The sword has a brass guard ornately decorated with Oak leaves and cross guard with Puma’s head finial. The cross guard has langets, one decorated with Cavalry crossed swords device the other with shield containing an engraved monogram ‘CS’. The impressive Lion’s head pommel has red glass ‘jewelled’ eyes and the grip strap has Lion’s mane and Oak leaves. It has an undamaged grooved wire bound fish skin grip. All wire is intact and secure. The sword measures 38” overall and its 32 ½” single edged, curved blade is clean. There are no visible manufacturer marks on the blade under the langets. The blade has its original leather hilt washer. The sword is complete with its original black painted steel scabbard with hanging ring mount fitted with original hanging ring and fixed strap bar. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2562
£595.00

*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
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