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SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 27/10) *c1760* English or French Small sword. ED 2551. - ED 2551
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 an unusual small sword in that it has a plain brass grip as well as the shell guard, knuckle bow and pommel being of brass which is all heavily decorated. Normally the grip would be wire bound, but this one is smooth with two decorative bands to the top and bottom. The blade is 29 ¾” with a short 6 ½” fuller at the ricasso and is devoid of any decoration. The blade face has the usual age related wear and the brass work is very well preserved. An unusual collectors item worthy of further investigation. The price includes U.K. delivery. ED 2551.
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**SUPERB**Late 18th Century English Small Sword With Etched Colichemarde (Triangular Section Blade) & Scabbard By Cullen King’s Cutler London. ED 2549 - ED 2549
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 superb original C18th century English small sword (see pages 270 to 282 of Wither’s book ‘World Swords’ where similar variants of small sword are illustrated). It has ‘Colichemarde’ blade (the shape of a colichemarde blade features a wide forte, which abruptly tapers to a much narrower form at a point varying between a fifth to a third of the blade length from the hilt. The blade cross section was most often triangular and hollow-ground. This configuration combines good parrying characteristics, due to the wide blade forte, with the good maneuverability and thrusting characteristics imparted by the narrow blade point). This beautiful small sword with 30 ¾” Colichemarde blade is etched with stands of arms panels to the front and rear. It has a brass oval guard with ribbed sun ray decoration, brass knuckle guard and brass urn shaped pommel. The grip is silver wire bound. The sword measures 37 ¾” overall length. The rare to find scabbard is brown leather with brass chape and 2 brass mounts fitted with 2 brass hanging rings. The throat mount is stipple engraved with ‘Cullen King’s Cutler Charing Cross’ (M.Cullen was a cutler / sword maker to King George III and had premises at 9 Charing Cross London from C1770 -1797 when the business was then taken over by John Prosser, this dates the sword to the third quarter of the 18th century. One of the nicest small swords we have had. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2549
£1,450.00

**QUALITY**British Robert Mole & Sons Birmingham Sword With Blued & Gilt Etched Blade Ornate Gilt Crown Pommel & Lion With Crown Guard. ED 2539 - ED 2539
Robert Mole and Sons of Birmingham (1835-1920) supplied swords and bayonets to the War Office, the Admiralty and the Government of India as well as for private and trade customers. This is an unknown Victorian pattern of sword made by Mole & Sons. The high quality & form of the sword would indicate that it may have been carried by a Court or Parliament Guards Officer. It has a 31 ¼” blade with gilt panels on a field of blue that ends in a maltese cross in the mid section of the blade (36 ¼” overall). The gilt panels feature Crown VR (Victoria Regina) foliate devices and heraldic arms. The ricasso and spine of the blade are signed by the maker ‘Robt Mole & Sons Birmingham’. One side of the blade shank has a small inspection proof mark similar to marks seen on military issue swords and bayonets (illustrated). The gilt 3 bar guard incorporates a crown with crowned Lion device. The hilt has an ornate Crown pommel the fish skin grip is wire bound. The sword is without scabbard. An excellent, quality made sword worthy of further research. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2539
£795.00

SOLD SOLD (07/12) **SUPERB**ORNATE**C1740 French Maupetit & Sons Orleans & Paris Court / Diplomatic Small Sword With Etched Colichemarde (Triangular Section Blade). ED 2538 - ED 2538
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 superb original C1740 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 ‘Colichemarde’ blade (the shape of a colichemarde blade features a wide forte, which abruptly tapers to a much narrower form at a point varying between a fifth to a third of the blade length from the hilt. The blade cross section was most often triangular and hollow-ground. This configuration combines good parrying characteristics, due to the wide blade forte, with the good maneuverability and thrusting characteristics imparted by the narrow blade point).The 32 "blade (39 1/4" overall) is heavily engraved from the tip to the ricasso with panels either side of the ricasso ‘Maupetit & Fils’ (maker) and text ‘Duc De Orleans & Paris’ The brass shell guard knuckle bow and pommel are also heavily decorated on all surfaces & the grip is wire bound. A stunning early French small sword. As is common this small sword is without scabbard. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2538
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SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 22/10) **RARE**NAPOLEONIC PENINSULAR WARS ERA** British 1786 Pattern Infantry Officer’s Sword With Etched Heraldic Arms Blade & Antique Ivory Hilt. ED 2537 - ED 2537
This is an original rare to find example of a British 1786 Pattern Infantry Officer's sword (see pages 155 & 159 of World Swords by Withers where similar 1786 pattern swords are illustrated). It has the correct iron bar guard & has a ‘wave & heart’ shaped finger guard. It has a single hanging ring hole on the pommel. The correct ribbed antique ivory grip has no damage. It has a 32 ¼” long blade (38” overall). The blade is etched on both sides with Royal heraldic arms. The riccaso of both sides and the spine near to the hilt have hand tooled decoration. The blade has staining consistent with age. There is no manufacturer name or date visible. These swords are hardly ever found with their scabbards, ours is contained in its original leather scabbard with metal chape and throat mount which has a frog locket. All leather & stitching are intact. The price for this rare sword with scabbard includes UK delivery. ED 2537 (NB Ivory Content Comprises less Than 10% Volume & Weight)
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1940-1942 WW2 Japanese Fuku Moto Amahide Gunto Civilian Factory Army Seki Arsenal Contract Wartime Blade Signed ‘Soshu Seki Ju Ido Hide Toshi’, Scabbard & Expert Assessment. Sn 18880 - 18880
An original WW2 era Japanese Officer's Sword with signed tang. 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 civilian katana wartime blade circa 1940-1942 made in Fuku Moto Amahide’s Gunto Civilian Factory Army Contract Wartime Blade AKAZU UCHI IMEI (signed by some other smith) ‘Soshu Seki Ju Ido Hide Toshi’’ the factory owner’s son produced under army contract. It has a seki arsenal stamp 9passed quality control). It looks medium quality showa-to which has undergone Yak ire (covered in clay) then heated and quenched in oil producing a hamon with a ha-Buchi edge of Nioi crystals. It has had a reasonable polish and is in good condition, bright and showing hamon well. Some small scratches and odd bit of finger rust. The saya is its original gunto honoki wood mount with thin layer of dark lacquer. It has a Sageo cord tied in a bow for martial arts use. Tsuba is old late Edo period octagonal iron plate with inscribed with Dragon in clouds motif. It is un-signed. The tsuka is retored civilian hilt with good quality black ito wrap around quality Ray skin. Soft metal shakudo, nanako fuchi kashira showing Tori gates & cherry blossoms. Cannot identify the menuki, look Meiji period in age. Nice looking sword”. In his illustrations Bill translates the tang signatures and describes the tang end as Nakago Jiri cut square. Hamon Midare Ba irregular mixture of Bizen crab claws and mino gunome. Hada Nishiji (pear grain). He also identifies a polisher’s mark on the blade. Kissaki 39mm, cutting edge 66cm total length 84.5cm”. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18880
£1,250.00

**SCARCE**AS FOUND**Late WW2 Japanese Army Gunzoku (Civilian Employee) Officer’s Katana Sword With Murato Oil Quenched Blade Honoki Wood Scabbard With Regulation Leather Cover & Expert Assessment. Sn 18790 - 18790
An original late WW2 Japanese Officer's Sword and Scabbard. 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 “Officer’s sword for the gunzoku (late war0. This blade is murato oil tempered, bar stock steel, polished bright and an artificial stone polished (suguha / straight) hamon put on. Probably made in one of the many private sword factories in seki. A showa –To saya scabbard Honoki wood with regulation leather cover. Tsuba non-regulation iron cast from an older tsuba circa 1930’s. Hilt is civilian style with military brown ito wrap over fish skin. With soft metal fitting, copper alloy fuchi, kashira. Fuchi showing bones / skull Musashi plains battle legend. Finished off with Dogs of Fo menuki. Small damage to ito. I think this sword has been carried by a civilian working for the army (Gunzoku) who were authorised to carry a sword. A private purchase item. There is a similar sword illustrated in Dawson’s cyclopedia of Japanese swords. Blade is bright but has some heavy rust & pitting. Needing a re-polish to make it look better. A scarce sword, as found condition.” In his illustrations Bill states un-signed (tang) shortened notches moved down blade, type of Kengyo Jiri (tang end) cutting edge 68cm total length 84.5cm”. The price for this scarce sword includes UK delivery. Sn 18790
£745.00

Victorian / Edwardian Era Gentleman’s Malacca Sword Stick With Ornate White Metal Ball Top & Flat Diamond Section Steel Blade. Sn 18785 - 18785
This is an original Victorian / Edwardian Gentleman’s Sword Stick. It has an ornate foliate design white metal ball top & blackened brass ferrule. The ball top has some denting consistent with age and use. It has a 22 ½” Flat Diamond Section Steel Blade and measures 30” overall length. The blade has light staining consistent with age & tapers to a pin sharp point. The blade has a brass collar at the hilt. The sword stick measures 35 ¾” overall in its scabbard. The handle and scabbard are undamaged. The scabbard has a ribbed blackened brass end cap with ball end . The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18785
£395.00

WW2 Era Turkish Army Officer's Brass Hilt Dress Sword With Etched Blade ‘Ankara H-O 1.3.1940’ & Nickel Plated Brass Scabbard. ED 2536 - ED 2536
With the opening up and consequent modernisation of Turkey to the West during the 19th century, the Ottoman Empire adopted many European influences both in Military dress and equipment. This was especially so with regards to swords. Many Turkish swords in that era were manufactured in Germany or based on German patterns (see page 216 of World Swords by Withers where a similar sword to our example is illustrated but without the Ankara etching). This is an original WW2 era Turkish Army Officer's Dress Sword and Scabbard. It has a wire bound black grip with finger grooves. It has a brass knuckle guard and curved pommel with lanyard ring. The cross guard has 2 langets one bears the Turkish ‘Crescent Moon & Star’ symbol. Its 31 ¼” tapering curved blade is beautifully etched on both sides with foliate panels. One side incorporates the Turkish ‘Crescent Moon & Star’. The ricasso is etched with a combined ‘TC’ mark & ‘Ankara H-O 1.3.1940’. Its brass scabbard with 2 hanging rings and large shoe is undented and retains its original nickel plating. Price includes UK delivery. ED 2536
£575.00

C1760 English Or European Silver Plated Hilt Court / Diplomatic Small Sword With Etched Indistinct Letters Within The Blade Fullers. ED 2488 - ED 2488
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 an excellent original C1760 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 a brass hilt with part bowl guard and knuckle bow. There are traces of original silver plating silver plating. The urn chaped pommel has a ball top. The slim 28 ¼” blade is straight and undamaged and has just staining consistent with age. The fullers on either side have indistinct etched lettering within. The blade has its original hilt washer. The sword measures 34 ¾” overall. As is common our example is without scabbard. The price for this attractive Court / Diplomatic small sword worthy of further research includes UK delivery. ED 2488
£495.00
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