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Victorian Era British 1827 Pattern Royal Navy Officer’s Sword With Brass Basket Hilt, Post 1846 Fullered Blade & Scabbard By E&W Seagrove Portsea. Sn 17261 - 17261
The year 1827 brought about a radical change in the design of British Naval Officer’s swords. The Napoleonic stirrup hilt was replaced with a solid gilt brass half basket hilt based on the 1822 pattern Infantry Officer’s sword. Post 1846 examples have fullered blades (see page 247 of World Swords by Withers). This is a good example of the 1827 pattern British Royal Navy Officer’s Sword and Scabbard. The Sword has a single edged blade with post 1846 fullers which is 29 ¾” in length (36” overall). The blade has heavy staining consistent with age which may be hiding etched decoration. There is no visible manufacturer name on the blade but again may be present under the staining. The blade has the ordnance acceptance proof star and inlaid ‘proof’ roundel. It has the correct gilt brass lions head with mane pommel and grip strap & half basket knuckle guard with the Royal Navy Queen Victoria Crown and fouled anchor motif. One side of the guard has a small hinged folding langet which, when folded flat fastens to a pin on the throat mount of its scabbard and holds the sword securely in place. The sword’s fish skin grip with wire binding is undamaged. The sword is complete with its black leather scabbard which has gilt brass mounts and 2 hanging rings. The leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact. The lower section of the scabbard has an ornate brass mount with the name of the manufacturer (illustrated). The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17261
£675.00

MATCHING DATE & REGIMENT MARKS British WD 1893 Dated 1885 Pattern Cavalry Troopers Sword With German Made Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Co Solingen Regiment Marked ‘Y NTBH’ To The Northumberland Yeomanry Hussars & Scabbard. Sn 17136:4 - 17136:4
There were two distinctions for which the Northumberland (Hussars) were especially proud. The first was that the regiment was the sole ‘Imperial Service’ Yeomanry regiment before the Great War, during which the second distinction was that the First Line was the first Territorial Force unit in action. The Northumberland (Hussars) could trace its origins to December 1819 when the Northumberland and Newcastle Volunteer Corps of Cavalry formed, under the command of Charles John Brandling, of Gosforth House. Justification for its formation was attributed to the revolutionary spirit then especially prevalent in the North of England. On a pro rata basis Northumberland and Durham sent more volunteers to South Africa than any other district. Ninety-seven officers and men of the contingents from the two counties gave their lives for their country in the South African campaign. This is an excellent original, 1885 Pattern British Cavalry Troopers Sword with Scabbard both Regiment marked to the Northumberland Yeomanry Hussars & dated 1893. These swords were designed during the period when the British army was continuing to argue on the merits of the ‘cut’ versus the ‘thrust’ of British cavalry blades. The hilt design features a Maltese Cross motif cut into the knuckle guard and is a distinctive feature of these swords (see pages 48 – 57 of Swords Of The British army by Robson). The Sword’s fullered 34 ¼” blade has just light staining consistent with age. It measures 39 ½” overall length. The grip strap and blade have WD inspection marks. The ricasso is marked by the German manufacturer ‘Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Co Solingen’. The back of the blade has inspection marks. The knuckle guard has the correct Maltese cross motif which has Regiment marks ‘‘Y NTBH’ To The Northumberland Yeomanry Hussars it is also dated ‘11/1893’ (November 1893) & weapon number ‘121’. It has the correct boiled leather chequered scales in very good condition secured by the correct 5 rivets. It is complete with its steel scabbard which has 2 fixed hanging rings. The scabbard has matching Regiment, date & weapon number marks The price includes UK delivery. Sn 17136:4
£745.00

Victorian Customs Officer's Briar Wood Rummage Sword Stick By Mole Birmingham. Sn 17095 - 17095
Victorian Customs Officer's carried sword sticks not only for self defence against smugglers but also to rummage & test bales and other consignments for hidden contraband. This is a very good, original, Victorian era Customs Officer's sword stick. Made of briar, it is 36 ¾” overall in its scabbard. The heavy duty square blade is 29 ½” in length tapering to a sharp point. The blade is undamaged with just staining consistent with age and is stamped by the prestigious blade maker 'Mole, Birm' (Birmingham). The handle has a brass ferrule. The blade fits snugly into its scabbard which has a brass throat mount. There is no ferrule on the tip of the scabbard which is holed most likely to allow water to run out when searching ships or barges at docks. The price for this sturdy Victorian Sword stick includes UK delivery. Sn 17095
£475.00

1885 Period Into WW1 & WW2 Japanese Officer’s Army Kyu Gunto Parade Sword With Gendaito Hand Forged Blade, Scabbard With Replacement Leather Field Combat Cover & Later Carry Bag Cover. Sn 16923 - 16923
This is an original Japanese Officer’s Army Officer's Parade sword. The sword has been assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. A copy of his hand written notes accompany the sword. In extracts from his notes he states “An 1885 period Kyu Gunto sword with traditional Gendaito hand forged blade. Looks like Hizen school work from tang shape & forgingwhich is Suguha (straight) with Nie crystals on the Ha-Buchi. Blade has a cutting edge of 27”. Hada is very fine wood grain. The tang is un signed. Hilt is missing a family mon badge, can see small hole in fuchi where it would have been. The whole sword is of 19th century manufacture, a sword carried in both world wars”. The hilt has a push button scabbard retaining clip which is complete but does not lock into the throat mount of the scabbard. The Ray skin covered handle has small areas of wear to be expected and its original wire binding is intact. All the fittings are original. The sword is complete with wood scabbard which has a single hanging ring. The scabbard is fitted with a replacement field combat cover. All leather and stitching of the cover are intact. Also included is a later carry bag cover with draw cord. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16923
£1,750.00

Set Of 4 Books On Japanese Swords. BO 335 - BO 335
This is a set of 4 books on Japanese swords. The Samurai Swordsman by Stephen Turnbull, a 1st edition of 2008 in a mint condition with its dust wrapper. A Primer of Japanese Sword Blades by B.W. Robinson. This paper book was published in 1974 by the Arms and Armour Society. Shosankenshu, a List of Names and Kakihan by Henri Joly. This is the amended edition of 1985 and was published by The Holland Press. The book is in a mint condition with its dust wrapper. These books are well illustrated and is a must for anyone collecting or studying Japanese swords. The price includes U.K. delivery. BO 335
£150.00

WW2 Nazi German Eickhorn Solingen, Pattern Nr 1693 ‘Wrangel’ Army Officer's Dress Sword, Lion’s Head Pommel With Red Glass Eyes & Scabbard. Sn 16567 - 16567
This is a very good original WW2 period German Nazi Eickhorn, Solingen, German Army Officer's Sword. The sword is the ‘Wrangel’ Nr 1693 pattern With Nazi National Emblem ‘Eagle with outstretched wings & Swastika’ on the langet and a plain oval shield on the reverse langet (see page 77 of the book Swords Of Germany By Angolia). It has a flat knuckle bow and undamaged wire bound grip. The knuckle bow and ferrule are adorned with oak leaf decoration. It has a Lion’s head pommel with original red glass eyes and cast mane along the grip strap. The alloy hilts gilding has areas of surface wear consistent with age. The sword measures 34 ¾” overall and the ricasso of its clean, 29 ½” single edged, curved, fullered blade is stamped with the Eickhorn, Solingen makers mark and Squirrel trademark. The blade is fitted with original leather hilt washer. The sword is complete with its original black painted steel scabbard with single steel hanging ring and fixed strap bar. The paint of the scabbard has some scuffs consistent with age & use. The Price includes UK delivery. Sn 16567
£475.00

Imperial German WW1 Era Kinder (Child’s) Dress Sabre With Lion’s Head Pommel Scabbard. Sn 16199 - 16199
This is an excellent Original Imperial German Era Kinder (Child’s) Dress Sabre With Scabbard. The sword has crossed sabres insignia on a foliate background on the langet and a plain shield reverse langet. It has a fish skin wire bound grip. The wire is tight and intact. It has flat knuckle bow and Lion’s head pommel with mane grip strap. The cross guard finial is ‘Puma’s head’ form. The sabre measures a short 30” overall and a 25” single edged, curved blade with fullers. The blade has light staining consistent with age. The ricasso has a very faint indistinct trademark obscured by one of the langets. The blade is fitted with original leather hilt washer. The sabre is complete with its original black painted steel scabbard with 2 steel hanging rings and shoe. The scabbard has no dents but the original paint has surface wear to be expected. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16199
£295.00

WW2 1943 Shin Gunto Japanese Officer's Katana Sword With Smith Double Signed Tang 'TAKE HISA’ & Steel Scabbard. Sn 16095 - 16095
This is a very good original WW2 Japanese Officers Sword & scabbard. The sword has a fish skin handle bound with brown cord. It has its original copper and brass fittings and floral menuki. The tang is signed on both sides with Japanese script identifying the sword smith as 'TAKE HISA’, together with Autumn 1943 date. There is also a small ‘w’ inspector’s mark on one side of the tang (see Modern Japanese sword Smiths by Slough page 169 where a sword tang with identical markings to ours is illustrated). The hilt is fitted with push button scabbard retaining clip which works correctly. The pommel is holed for lanyard and has remnants of a wrist cord. The 26 ¼” blade has staining consistent with age. The cutting edge is sharp. It is carried in its original steel scabbard with single hanging ring. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16095
£1,195.00

SOLD SOLD (28/09) MASSIVE, Early 20th Century Pesh-Kabz Choora / Khyber Afghan Knife / Sword With Polished Horn Scales, Fullered T- Section Blade & Rare To Find Original Scabbard. Sn 15992 - 15992
The Pesh-Kabz or Choora is a type of Perso-Afghan knife (see page 494 of Stone's book 'A Glossary Of Arms & Armour'). The knives were typically used a a thrusting weapon, however their heavy blades also possessed considerable slicing performance, and as such may also be used effectively with slashing or cutting strokes. During the British Colonial rule in India, the British frequently referred to all Afghan blades of this pattern collectively as "Afghan knives" or "Khyber knives", after the Khyber Pass that marked the transition from British India to the nation of Afghanistan. In India, manufacture of the pesh-kabz was centred in the northern city of Bhera, now part of Pakistan. During the First and Second Anglo-Afghan wars, the pesh-kabz was frequently the weapon of choice for finishing off wounded British and colonial troops, as the Afghan tribesmen did not take prisoners except for use as hostages. This is an excellent, massive example of the pesh-kabz / choora form knife made some time in the early 20th Century. It has a heavy 23 ½” single edged blade (29” overall). The blade has fullers and is 2 ¼” wide at its broadest. The blade is clean, sharp and undamaged. It has the correct curved pommel and finger guard. The pommel has a small fixed lanyard lug. The grip frame has thick polished horn scales secured by rivets. The knife is complete with its original rare to find wood lined, leather covered scabbard. The scabbard has hand tooled geometric decoration and a large conical steel chape with ball end. The scabbard has some areas of surface wear consistent with age. The knife fits the open top scabbard snugly. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15992
£0.00

Imperial German Weimar Republic Army Officer’s Dress Sword By Pack & Sohne Solingen With Nickel Plated Brass Hilt, Officer’s Cord, Portepee & Scabbard. Sn 15793:22 - 15793:22
This is an original Weimar Republic Army Officer’s dress sword in good condition. The curved blade with fullers is 29 ¾” in length (35” overall). The ricasso has the manufacturer’s name E. Pack & Sohne, Solingen together with Company trademark. The blade has its original leather hilt washer. It has a flat nickel plated brass knuckle guard and cross guard with plain langets, undecorated curved quillon, grip back strap and curved pommel. Much of its original nickel plating is present. Its black ribbed grip with twisted wire binding are undamaged and the wire tight. The sword is fitted with its original officer’s leather strap with bullion stitching and portepee. The strap has wear consistent with age and service use. A section of the strap has perished and become separated but could easily be re-stitched. The portepee is intact. The Sword is complete its original black painted steel scabbard with single fixed hanging bar and separate hanging ring. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15793:22
£395.00
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