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**WORTHY OF RESEARCH**C1800 NAPOLEONIC PENINSULAR WARS ERA** British Infantry / Naval Officer’s Sword With Single Edged Double Fullered Blade Possibly Solingen Germany Made & Antique Ivory Hilt. Sn 19234 - 19234
This is British Infantry or Naval Officer’s sword made C1800 sword. It has characteristics of both the pattern 1786 and 1796 swords (see pages 159 & 160 of World Swords by Withers), e.g. brass hilts with folding clamshell guard and urn pommel of the 1786 & 1796 infantry swords and antique ivory hilt favoured by Naval officer’s. The early blade is also unusual, possibly German made with double fullers and indistinct marks, possibly Solingen Germany made (illustrated). Our sword 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 hand guard is missing a finial end. The grooved antique ivory hilt is undamaged. It has a 33” long double fullered single edged sharp blade with indistinct marks between the fullers on both sides (39 ¼” overall). The sword is without scabbard. The price for this sword worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 19234 (Ivory Content Comprises Less Than 10% Volume & Weight)
£595.00

SOLD SOLD (06/05) **VERY RARE**NAPOLEONIC PENINSULAR WARS ERA, British 1803 Pattern Light Infantry & Grenadiers Senior Flank Officer’s Sword With Blued & Gilt Etched Sabre Blade, Antique Ivory Hilt & Scabbard. Sn 19211 - 19211
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 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 with ring & knuckle bow incorporating King’s Crown GR (George Rex). The stippled Senior Officer’s antique ivory hilt is secure and intact with just one small chip which can be seen in image 2. It has a 30” 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 traces of original blueing are present. The etchings are foliate panels, Georgian Crown GR royal cypher, Martial arms and Britannia figure. The sword comes with its original rare to find brass mounted black leather scabbard. The leather is complete. The surface of the leather has just light scuffs to be expected with age and use and it has tooled Geometric decoration in the top section. The throat mount has a frog locket and it has 2 brass hanging rings. The price for this very rare sword includes UK delivery. Sn 19211 (Ivory Content Comprises Less Than 10% Volume & Weight)
£0.00

**NAPOLEONIC PENINSULAR WARS ERA** British 1796 Pattern Infantry Officer’s Sword With Etched Blade & Scabbard With Etched Panel ‘J. READ DUBLIN’ . Sn 19226 - 19226
This is an original British 1796 Pattern Infantry Officer's sword (see page 160 of World Swords by Withers where an example with blued and etched blade is illustrated. In his book withers states that most of these swords are found with missing quillons, & worn blades). Our excellent 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. It has a 32 ½” long fullered, single edged blade. The blade is etched on all sides. The etchings are foliate & Martial panels, and Turkish / Ottoman themed devices. All of the etchings are crisp. Its original scabbard has brass mounts and 2 hanging rings. The throat mount has a frog bar and has a nice oval etched panel, ‘J. Read Dublin’ (either a retailer or the Officer who originally owned the sword). The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19226
£1,350.00

WW2 Japanese Army Officer’s Shin Gunto Showa To Katana Sword Smith Signed Tang ‘YAMADA TOSHI CHIKA’ Scabbard & Expert Assessment. Sn 19502 - 19502
This 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 Shin Gunto army Officer’s sword, Mid to late war, no arsenal stamps, looks like a Showa To blade, bar stock, shaped & forged & to finish given Yaki-Ire treatment (clay covered & heated) producing a Nioi (crystals) hamon temperline, signed by its maker ‘YAMADA TOSHI CHIKA’. I can only find one reference to this man, see Fuller & Gregory book list 212. This will be an oil tempered blade most Showa To were. Saya is wood with black lacquer finish possibly paint, looks refurbished nice condition with Kurikata (Sageo Cord Loop). Tsuba & Seppa gunto with lots of gilt & finish on them. Would have had a leather cover on it (missing). Tsuka is Gunto in good condition with all of its fittings, lots of finish & gilt, including good sarute loop. Blade is bright, lots of original polish but scratches and some old rust spots obscuring forging details”. In his illustrations Bill translates the signature on the tang, provides measurement of the blade and other dimensions / characteristics which can be seen in image 2”. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19502
£1,295.00

WW2 1943 Japanese Army Officer's Shin Gunto Showa To Katana Sword Smith Signed Tang ‘Bu’ (Military Patriot?) Or ‘Take’ (Shi Family Name?)’ Scabbard & Expert Assessment. Sn 19501 - 19501
This 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 Shin Gunto army Officer’s sword with Showa To bar stock? Oil tempered blade (heavy). It has been buffed bright so I cannot see forging work. Signed with one kanji name? Can be read as TAKE or BU (military). There is an oshigata by this smith or pupil of this smith in John Slough’s book of Modern Japanese Sword Smiths page 169 for comparison where he signs TAKE HISA and also has 2 x ‘W’ stamps on Nakago same as this blade (please note unable to photograph the ‘W’ marks identified by Bill). He (the smith) is listed working in Aichi in Showa period and making medium grade Showa To. Needs polish to see work in mid war quality parade metal saya, green paint finish is worn but in overall reasonable condition. Gunto tsuba in good condition some original patina, matching numbers on seppa and tsuba. Tsuka good condition complete with fuchi matching number to tsuba and seppa. All hilt mounts have finish and gilding (broken locking latch). Only needs sarute loop to complete it. Don’t know why he (smith) did not complete his art name. Same as book definitely the same man as in Slough’s book, same hand cut both inscriptions. An interesting example of its type”. In his illustrations Bill translates the signature on the tang and date (Spring 1943), provides measurement of the blade and other dimensions which can be seen in image 2”. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19501
£1,295.00

**RARE**SUPER CONDITION**WW2 Japanese Army Gunzoku (Civilian Employee) Officer’s Shin Gunto Seki Arsenal Katana Sword Smith Signed Tang ‘NOSHU SEKI JUNIN KOJIMA KANE NORI SAKU’ Tsuba Signed ‘KAZU NORI’ Scabbard With Campaign Cover & Expert Assessment - 19532
This 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 “Officer’s Shin Gunto in civilian mounts for Gunzoku (civilians employed by the army) (they wore uniform and were entitled to carry swords). This sword is in superb condition overall, hard to find as good as this. In original wartime polish 95%, just odd scratchs picked up nearly 80yrs and odd rust spots. Gunome Midare hamon temperline which is nioi crystal based. A medium quality Showa-To blade which has undergone Yaki-Ire process to produce a hamon with Nioi and very tight grain. Structure pear skin grain in body of blade. Genuine signature of ‘NOSHU SEKI JUNIN KOJIMA KANE NORI SAKU’ real name Kojima Taro younger bother od kane Michi. During war served as army approved smith. He also made Gendaito to a high grade. Saya Honoki wood, black lacquered with original kurikata then covered with foul weathr campaign leather cover. Tsuba is rounded square iron with blackened finish copying shakudo, with incised leaf & branch decoration. It is signed by its maker ‘KAZU NORI’, looks 1930’s work, good condition. Tsuka hilt civilian fuchi kashira in iron, black finish with decoration of sea shells?. Menuki are male Dragons (sword tail). Bound in green ito over Ray skin in very good condition. No sign of a hole for a sarute (tassel loop). In his illustrations Bill translates the signature on the tang and tsuba and provides measurement of the blade and other dimensions which can be seen in image 2”. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19532
£1,975.00

**CORNWALL COUNTRY HOUSE FIND**Victorian British Dockyard Or River Police Brass Hilt Sword / Hanger Sidearm & Scabbard. Sn 19107:1 - 19107:1
This is an original Victorian British Naval Dockyard Or River Police Brass Hilt Sword / Hanger Sidearm & Scabbard recently found in a Cornwall country house. It has a fullered 24 ¾” clean polished steel blade which is very sharp. The blade has its original leather hilt washer. There are no dates, maker or manufacturer marks on the blade. The brass hilt is in excellent order with bar guard. The bar guard has what looks like a period hand applied ‘III’ mark (illustrated). The fish skin bound handle with finger grooves is undamaged & it has a stepped pommel. The push button scabbard retaining clip functions as it should. The overall length of the hanger is 30 ¼” and it locks firmly into the scabbard. The leather scabbard with brass mounts is in very good condition with all leather & stitching intact. The brass throat mount has a frog locket. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19107:1
£575.00

Victorian Era British Naval Midshipman’s Dress Dirk / Small Sword With Lion’s Head Pommel, Etched Blade & Scabbard Retailer Marked ‘Dudley Grand Parade Portsmouth’. Sn 19239 - 19239
Naval forces began to use dirks in the mid to late 1700s. Historians differ on whether dirks originated with the Danish Navy or the British Royal Navy but they were widely used by England’s sea service. Despite the popular notion that only Midshipmen used dirks, early paintings show dirks worn by high-ranking Naval Officers as well as Midshipmen. This original British Navy Midshipman’s dirk / small sword has a 19 ½” long tri-form steel blade. The blade has no visible manufacturer or date marks and has light etched foliate decoration. The dirk measures 23 ¾” overall and has a fish skin bound grip with copper wire binding all intact. It has a brass guard with Lion’s Head pommel whose mane travels down the spine of the hilt. The pommel has 2 brass rings attached for cord. The guard langets have cast Queen’s crown and Naval fouled anchor devices. The bar guard has foliate tooled decoration. The dirk is complete with original brass mounted leather scabbard. The scabbard has ornate foliate mounts and 2 brass hanging rings. The troat mount has a nicely engraved Lion Statant above panel ‘Dudley Grand Parade Portsmouth’ (Dudley was a 19th century, jeweller, silversmith and sword cutter, Grand Parade, Portsmouth, Hampshire) . All leather and stitching of the scabbard are clean and intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19239
£795.00

SOLD SOLD (03/05) PENINSULAR WARS ERA** British Pattern 1796 Infantry Officer’s Sword With German J. J. Runkel Solingen Blued & Gilt Etched Blade & Rare To Find Scabbard With Engraved Roundel ‘S.Brunni, Number 55 Charing Cross, London'. Sn 19353 - 19353
This is an original rare to find example of a 1796 Pattern Infantry Officer’s sword in excellent condition (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 finial. All wire is tight and intact. It has a 32 ½” long fullered blade with original leather hilt washer (38 ½” overall). The blade has crisp gilt etching on a field of blue on both sides featuring heraldic arms, Kings crown GR (George Rex) martial arms and foliate panels. The spine of the blade is 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 and stitching are complete and it has light tooled geometric decoration on the upper section which can be seen in image 3. The throat mount has a frog locket and an engraved panel ‘S.Brunni, Number 55 Charing Cross, London' most likely the name of the Officer who owned this sword. The price for this rare sword with scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 19353
£0.00

**ANCIENT LATE EDO PERIOD C1700’s CORMORANTS NECK BLADE ** Japanese Gendaito Mino School Ko-Wakizashi Small Sword With Kodjuka By-Knife Hilt With Silvered Mount Fuji Device, Scabbard, Cloth Bag Cover & Expert Assessment. Sn 19465 - 19465
This ancient blade Japanese Ko (small) Wakizashi Sword has been assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. A copy of his hand written notes with illustrations accompany the sword. Extracts from the notes include “Mino School / Style blade made in the late Edo period C1700’s. The small unsigned blade is shaped U-No-Kubi-Zukuri (like a Cormorant’s neck) back edge. This shape popular in Muromachi period. This looks later into Shinto. In good old Hadori polish showing Nioi edged gunome midare temper line hamon. Cannot see grain, later work usually has small/ tight forging. Saya is black lacquer good quality on Honoki wood in very good condition with horn Kuri Kata fitted with Shita Dome eyelets. Koi Guchi throat mount is silver plated copper in Han Dachi style. Matches fittings on tsuka, also Han Dachi style finished with silver menuki of a Vraja Bhudist ghost knife and bound in light blue ito. All the mounts look Meiji period. With an iron Tachi style Tsuba, plain black iron with 2 Hitsu Ana cut outs, good 19th century patina. Ha Baki is gold foil overlaid , small amount of damage. There is a Kodjuka hilt in the slot in Saya (By-Knife Hilt). It has replacement blade in wood, original missing. Shakudo plate showing a silvered mount Fuji (worn) with some contact marks”. In his illustrations he describes sword dimensions (illustrated in the images). The price for this ancient blade with expert opinion includes UK delivery. Sn 19465
£1,345.00
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