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**SUPERB**VERY RARE**NAPOLEONIC PENINSULAR WARS ERA** British W. Parker London Warranted 1796 Pattern Infantry Officer’s Sword With Blued & Gilt Etched Blade. ED 2594 - ED 2594
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). 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. It has a 31 ¾” 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 GR (George Rex) & heraldic devices. There is also a maker’s banner ‘W. Parker London Warranted’ (Parker, William [1790-1840] Shop in Holborn, London. He was the founder of a famous firm of gunmakers. Had the Royal Warrant. Made blades & boxlock flintlock pocket pistols, flintlock holster pistols and brass barrel blunderbusses. Under Royal Government contract made flintlock musketoons. In 1829 when Sir Robert Peel organized the London Police, William Parker made flintlock and later percussion pistols for the Police). All of the etching, gilt and blueing are crisp. AS is common this sword is without scabbard. The price for this very rare, sword and scabbard includes UK delivery. ED 2594
£1,450.00

**Ancient Blade Possibly 1460’s-1480’s**Highly Rated Smith Signed** Bizen Kuni Ju Osafune Katsu Mitsu Japanese Wakizashi / Uchigatana Sword Blade With Honoki Wood Shira Saya Blade Protector Hilt & Scabbard Resting Mounts & Expert Assessment Notes. - 19251:1
This antique Japanese Wakizashi sword blade & Shira Saya have been assessed by UK based Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. His assessment accompanies this piece. In exerts from the assessment he states ‘Ancient blade, this wakizashi is very old and inscribed by a very highly rated swordsmith Bizen Kuni Ju Osafune (Katsu ?) Mitsu. The nakago has been re-shaped & altered shortened machi okuri (moving shoulders down), takes away its traditional Bizen shaped tang. The bottom ¾ of the tang is rusted obscuring some of the kanji making it hard to see. Especially the kanji for katsu ?. If this is 1st Generation (shodai) it would date to 1460’s up to 1480’s. This is a very elegant blade, good 19mm curve with a shallow / gentle notare hamon temperline based on thick band of nioi crystals and a ji-hada (faded) of dense Ko-itame with well cut grooves (Hi) one each side. Very healthy condition, good old polish, odd bit of open grain. Hamon in boshi getting thin with old age but all there. In old Honoki wood shira saya with antiqe ivory eyelets around mekugi ana (nice touch). This is a well cut signature very compatible with oshigata in my books but needs sending to japan for papers (NBTHK or NTHK) to authenticate the mei (signature). A very good example of its type. A Muramachi period Uchigatana single handed sword’. In his illustrations of the blade & tang he translates the tang signature & comments ‘cutting edge is 19 ¾” Total length 26”. Point kissaki is 31mm. 7mm thickness, Jiri tang end cut square’. The price includes UK delivery. (NB Ivory Content Comprises less Than 10% Volume & Weight). Sn 19251:1
£1,950.00

French Model ‘1831’ Infantry or Bandsman Sword and Scabbard. ED 2366. - ED 2366
A French Model ‘1831’ Infantry or Bandsman sword and scabbard maker marked ‘Talabot F.S Paris’. The French M1831 Foot Artillery Sword was patterned after the Roman Gladius doubled edged weapon manufactured by Talabot of Paris. The French M1831 Sword was indirectly used as a model for the US Army's M1832 Foot Artillery Sword and the US Navy's M1841 Ames Naval Cutlass. The French soldiers used to call this sword a "coupe Chou" which translates to cabbage cutter for its practical uses. The cruciform hilt is of solid brass with circumferential grooves to help grip in combat, the cross guard terminates with finials of concentric circles. The handle has decreasing circles below an extended pommel. The 47cm blade is showing signs of age related wear, the sword is 62cm overall. The scabbard is thick leather and has an illegible makers mark in the leather; it has a brass chape with an inspection mark, and brass throat. See page 190 of ‘Withers World of Swords. The price includes UK postage. ED 2366.
£395.00

French Model ‘1831’ Infantry or Bandsman Sword and Scabbard. ED 2365. - ED 2365
A French Model ‘1831’ Infantry or Bandsman sword and scabbard maker marked ‘Talabot F.S Paris’ . The French M1831 Foot Artillery Sword was patterned after the Roman Gladius doubled edged weapon manufactured by Talabot of Paris. The French M1831 Sword was indirectly used as a model for the US Army's M1832 Foot Artillery Sword and the US Navy's M1841 Ames Naval Cutlass. The French soldiers used to call this sword a "coupe chou" which translates to cabbage cutter for its practical uses. The cruciform hilt is of solid brass with circumferential grooves to help grip in combat, the cross guard terminates with finials of concentric circles. The handle has decreasing circles below an extended pommel. The 47cm blade is showing signs of age related wear, the sword is 62cm overall. The scabbard is thick leather * the stitching is loose to the rear, it has a brass chape with inspection marks, and a brass throat. See page 190 of ‘Withers World of Swords. The price includes UK postage. ED 2365.
£375.00

855 Pattern Imperial Prussian Infantry Pioneer’s Brass Hilt Short Sword Faschinenmesser (Fascine Knife) ED 2364. - ED 2364
This is an original, 1855 Prussian Infantry Pioneers Short Sword (see page 196 of World Swords 1400-1945 By Withers). It has 1 ½” broad, 19” long, heavy single edged blade and measures 24 ¼ ” overall. It has a rugged brass handle deeply grooved for grip with ball pommel and the straight cross guard has the correct rolled ends. The cross guard is crisply marked with two crosses and a ‘7’. The ricasso of the blade is marked with an Imperial Prussian Crown & Monogram inspection mark to one side and the maker ‘P.D.L’ (P. D. Luneschloss, Solingen). The Sword is without scabbard. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2364.
£295.00

Early 1800’s English Or French Court / Diplomatic Small Sword With Etched Blade. ED 2363 - ED 2363
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 Circa early 1800’s 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 copper wire bound hilt, with pierced finger guard and knuckle bow. The pommel is urn shaped. The slim 32 ¼”” blade is straight and undamaged and has just staining consistent with age. The staining obscures the blade’s foliate decoration which covers the whole of the blade. The sword measures 39 ½” overall. As is common our example is without scabbard. The price for this attractive Court / Diplomatic small sword includes UK delivery. ED 2363
£595.00

**RARE**NAPOLEONIC PENINSULAR WARS ERA**, British Thomas Gill Birmingham Warranted 1786 Pattern 5 Ball Spadroon Infantry Officer’s Sword With C1760 George II Etched Blade ‘Never To Fall’ & Antique Ivory Hilt. ED 2362 - ED 2362
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 just light surface blemishes consistent with ivory of this age. It has a 32” long single edged, diamond section blade. The blade is etched on both sides with martial arms and foliate panels together with King’s Crown. One side has King’s crown above ‘II’ indicating that this sword was made using an earlier C1760 George II blade (GR II Reign June 1727 – October 1760) . One side of the ricasso is signed ‘T. Gill Birmingham’ (Thomas Gill began manufacturing Swords in Birmingham during the mid to late 1700’s and is last recorded at St James, London in 1816), the reverse ‘Warranted Never To Fall’. The blade has staining consistent with age. As is typical this sword is without scabbard. The price for this rare spadroon includes UK delivery. ED 2362 (NB Ivory Content Comprises less Than 10% Volume & Weight)
£895.00

**EXPERT ASSESSED**Boxed, Japanese Mid Edo Period 1700-1750 Echizen Kinai Family Katana Size Perced Iron Tsuba Depicting A Male Sword tail Dragon Chasing His Tail. Sn 19173:10 - 19173:10
This is an original Mid Edo period Iron Tsuba of the Echizen Kinai Family. It has been assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. A label with his assessment can be read in the images and accompanies the piece. The later wood box has a removable lid. The box has a padded insert to protect the tsuba. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19173:10
£325.00

**EXPERT ASSESSED** VERY UNUSUAL LARGE DESIRABLE**Boxed, Japanese Early Edo Period 1600-1680’s Tembo Armourer’s Work Mokko 4 Lobe Shape Iron Tsuba For Handachi (Half Dachi) Katana Decorated With Kiri Mon Badges. Sn 19173:9 - 19173:9
This is an original early Edo period Iron Tsuba. It has been assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. A label with his assessment can be read in the images and accompanies the piece. The later wood box has a removable lid (one edge of lid absent). The box has a padded insert to protect the tsuba. The box also contains an image of the tsuba which bears a Japanese ink cartouche. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19173:9
£395.00

**EXPERT ASSESSED**Japanese Mid Edo Period (C 1700’s) Wakizashi Size Owari School Form Pierced Iron Tsuba With Later Cloth Bag. Sn 19173:8 - 19173:8
This is an original mid Edo period Wakizashi Size Iron Tsuba. It has been assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. A label with his assessment can be read in image 1 and accompanies the piece. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19173:8
£225.00
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