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Late WW2 Japanese Army Gunzoku (Civilian Employee) Officer’s Gendaito Katana Long Sword Smith Signed Tang ‘Kane Tsune’ Scabbard With Campaign Leather Cover & Expert Assessment. Sn 19173:5 - 19173:5
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 “Civilian sword for military use by Gunzoku (civilians employed by the army). They wore uniform and were entitled to carry swords. 65cm Gendaito hand forged blade (says forged in Mei in inscription). Signed by its maker ‘Kane Tsune’, born in 1910 real name Nishimura Kazufumi. He worked as a gunto smith in Giffu. This is the only mention I can find of him cannot find any other Oshigata of him. The blade is in good old polish with only one chip in edge. A very unusual hamon which does not conform to standard types. Appears a bit wild and uncontrolled in places. Hada is also a bit wild with large patches of vivid O Itame. It does not appear to have had yakote line in point. Possible war time polish. Saya is wood withthin layer of lacquer covered in campaign leather cover worn in places. Tsuba soft metal showa period made . Lost its original seppa, leather put in place. Tsuka hilt very good quality han dachi mounts looks Meiji & good menuki. Very dirty brown binding intact. Missing a sarute loop for rank tassel. An interesting example of a civilian sword carried to war”. In his illustrations Bill translates the signature on the tang. He describes the tang end as Kuri Jiri (rounded) cutting edge 65cms total length 85cms. He describes the hamon as based on suguha medium Nioi crystals of Martensite, grain mixed masame goes into O (large) Itame in patches. He also identifies paint Arsenal assembly marks on the tang. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19173:5
£1,795.00

C19th Century Japanese Bamboo Sword Stick With Root Ball Hilt, Hand Carved Samurai Warrior Faces Decoration. Sn 19173:3 - 19173:3
This is an attractive Japanese sword stick. It has a cylindrical pointed blade which is 23 ½” length and tapers to a sharp point. The sword stick measures 34” overall length in its scabbard. The sword stick’s large root ball handle is secure and undamaged. The hilt and scabbard have brass fittings. The scabbard is hand crafted thick bamboo carved with images of Samurai warrior’s faces. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19173:3
£375.00

WW2 1942 Japanese 1944 Pattern Mounted Army Officer’s Sword With Gendaito Blade Double Signed Dated Tang ‘Hiro Gawa Aki Mitsu’, Scabbard & Expert Assessment. Sn 19156 - 19156
This sword has been assessed by UK based Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. His assessment accompanies this piece. In exerts from the assessment he states “A 1944 pattern Army Officer’s sword with Gendaito hand forged blade. Big strong looking signed by ‘Hiro Gawa Aki Mitsu’ a Rikugun Jumei Tosho (army approved smith). He has a good rating in the back of John Slough’s book on swordsmiths 1 million Yen. Real name Hiro Gawa Orie born 1899 lived in Gotenba. Sturdy blade in original old polish with some scratching obscuring any grain. Hamon is Ko (small) Midare in Nie Deki which is heavily scattered along edge of hamon (good sign). Mounted in 1944 pattern Kosherai. Saya iron mounts with thick crackled dark brown lacquer on Honoki wood base, damaged bottom end patches of lacquer missing. Tsuba darkened iron plate. Tsuka is coarse hessian wrapped with dark brown stippled lacquer applied to it. In very good condition but missing original steel screws. Only 1944 pattern swords had metal mekugi for locking sword in tsuka. It is possible to repair the lacquer damage (on saya) this would then be a good addition to any sword collection”. In images of the tang which accompany the assessment, one side has the translated smith signature the reverse has a translation of the markings ‘Made May 1942’. The cutting edge of the blade is just under 26 ¼” length. Total length just under 34 ¾”. Kissaki 33mm. He also identifies a polisher’s mark’. The hilt's locking catch works as it should securely retaining the sword in the scabbard. The price for sword with expert assessment includes UK delivery. Sn 19156
£1,950.00

**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

**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

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

**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
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