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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

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

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

Victorian Era Gentleman’s Bamboo Sword Stick With Blued Flat Diamond Section Blade Antique Ivory Handle With Carved Lion’s Head Device & Ornate Gold Collars. ED 2530 - ED 2530
This is an attractive Victorian Era Gentleman’s Sword Stick. The elegant handle is polished antique ivory with hand carved Lion’s head on the stem of the hilt . The handle has an ornate tooled gold collar. Its 27 ½” flat diamond section blued steel blade is undamaged, straight & tapers to a pin sharp point. The blade has staining consistent with age. The sword stick measures 32” overall (35 ¼” in its scabbard). The scabbard has a conical brass end cap and ornate tooled gold collar at the throat which matches that on the hilt. The sword stick has a scabbard retaining catch operated by pushing a button on the hilt collar. The sword stick locks securely into the scabbard. The price for this elegant Victorian piece includes UK delivery. (Ivory Content Comprises Less Than 5% Volume & Weight). ED 2530
£575.00

**SCARCE**1888 French Model 1887 Chatellerault Arsenal Grenadier Officer’s Epee Sword With Brass Hilt With Grenadier Ignited Grenade Device. ED 2507 - ED 2507
This is an excellent example of a French Model 1887 Line Officer's Epee, this example displays a Grenadier Badge on the outer guard clamshell. A very nice scarce sword with Grenadier affiliation. Manufactured at the Chatellerault Arsenal in 1988. The hilt is very similar to the US Model 1840 NCO sword. It has a Clamshell guard with the inner clamshell laying flat and the outer slightly extended. The blade is three-edged T-shaped, much like the Model 1874 Gras Epee bayonet. The blade inscription states the arsenal, manufacture month and year (March 1888), as well as the sword regulation pattern (see images). Overall length of the sword is 38 ¼”. The blade length is 32”. The blade is clean and has original hilt washer. The hilt is numbered 3858 and has inspection marks. The scabbard is steel with one hanging ring & is undamaged. The price for this sword with grenadier connections and crisp markings includes UK delivery. ED 2507
£795.00

C1900 French Army Medical Officer’s Sword By VPB With Brass Hilt Stylised Monogram & With Medical Victory Laurel & Entwined Snake Device With Scabbard. ED 2502 - ED 2502
This is an excellent example of a French army medical officer’s sword C1900.The brass hilt has one fixed guard with Medical Victory Laurel & Entwined Snake Device & a folding guard with engraved initials of a previous owner (DG or GD). The folding guard is released by depression of a steel button on the cross guard. The grip has perfect wire binding & the clean 32” double fullered blade has a small oval cartouche ‘VPB (most likely a maker’s or retailer mark). The scabbard is steel with one hanging ring & is undamaged. The price for this elegant sword includes UK delivery. ED 2502
£595.00

**RESERVED UNTIL 30/1**C1770 English Silver Hilt Small Sword With Tapering Triangular Form Blade. ED 2501 - ED 2501
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 C1770 small sword with hallmarked silver hilt (see page 270 of Wither’s book ‘World Swords’ where a similar C1770 silver hilt small sword is illustrated). It has a silver hilt with part bowl guard and knuckle bow. The bow has indistinct silver hallmarks. The urn chaped pommel has a ball top. The 32 ½” tapering triangular form blade is undamaged and has just staining consistent with age. The blade has indistinct traces of blued etched panels (to faint to photograph). The sword measures 39 ½” overall. There are no visible manufacturer marks on the sword. As is common our example is without scabbard. The price for this silver hilt small sword worthy of further research regarding the silver marks includes UK delivery. ED 2501
£1,650.00

1832 French Pattern 1831 Foreign Legion / Infantry “Coupe Choux” (Cabbage Chopper) Gladius Short Sword / Side Arm & Scabbard. Sn 18717 - 18717
This is an excellent original 1832 dated French Infantry 1831 Pattern Gladius side arm (see page 190 of World Swords by Withers). The Soldiers who carried these weapons referred to them as “coupe choux” which means “cabbage chopper”. These side arms were used by French Infantry including the Famous Foreign Legion during the Mexican expedition. The weapons were In service during Louis-Philippe until the Second Empire with Napoléon III. The swords have a Neo-classical design based upon the Roman Gladius. The hilt is constructed entirely of brass with a grip patterned with 26 raised ribs or rings. This example of the French 1831 pattern sword has the correct double-edged diamond-cross-section blade which is 19 ¼” in length and correct 26 ribbed brass handle. On one side, the ricasso has a rubbed indistinct manufacturer mark and 1832 date. The reverse has a small indistinct inspection mark. The handle has a small inspection mark and is numbered 1438. The Sword is complete with original Leather Scabbard with brass locket and chape. The throat mount is numbered 696. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18717
£395.00

**VERY RARE**Seven Years War & American Revolutionary War Era C1750 English Heavy Cavalry Horseman’s Basket Hilted Broadsword. Sn 18570 - 18570
This is an original very rare to find Circa 1750 English Heavy Cavalry Horseman’s Basket Hilted Broadsword. Similar swords are illustrated on page 39 of Wither’s book ‘World Swords’. The hilts of these swords varied in design but all have basket hilts. Many of these weapons saw service with British cavalry during the French and Indian War 1754–1763 (the North American conflict between Great Britain and France known as the Seven Years War), the American Revolutionary War (April 19, 1775 – September 3, 1783) and beyond. The massive blades of these swords would have been devastating when used as a slashing and cutting weapon, particularly on horseback and at speed. Our example has a 3 feet 1 inch long single edged sharp blade with fullers which has the even patina and staining typical of an English sword of this age. The blade has a faint indistinct maker’s name near to the hilt (illustrated). The sword has a voided steel basket hilt with side bars which is undamaged and has even patina. It has the typical stepped ball pommel and grooved Ebony or Bog Oak grip. The sword measures 43 ¼” overall length. As is typical this sword is without scabbard. The price for this historic piece includes UK delivery. Sn 18570
£3,450.00
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