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**ANCIENT BLADE**1661-1673 Shinto Period Kan Bun Era Japanese Uchigatana Single Handed Sword Blade Smith Signed ‘BITCHU KAMI TACHIBANA SADA SHIGE SAKU’ With Re-Furbished Hilt Fittings & Scabbard With Expert Assessment. Sn 21347 - 21347
This is a Japanese Uchigatana with ancient blade. The sword has been examined by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg and a copy of his assessment notes accompany the sword. In extracts of his notes he states “Uchigatana Single Handed Sword dating to Shinto period Kan Bun era 1661-1673. Big wide powerful looking with shallow curvature, a typical shape for this time in Japanese history. Been polished in recent times, bright hamon visible & grain. Had a good high temperature quench lots of nie crystals. Good quality blade signed ‘BITCHU KAMI TACHIBANA SADA SHIGE SAKU’. This man working around Kan Bun era originally came from Taijima Hojoji school to Musashi. Saya is restored Honoki wood finished in black paint? with Buffalo horn mounts. Tsuba looks cast iron late Edo period. Tsuka is modern refurbishment with new fish skin (shrunk), black cotton ito wrapwith good quality fuchi kashira look Soten school, warriors in a forest in shakudo / nanoko (faded) & a good pair of gilt menuki Dragons (mint). Would look better with a professional hilt re-build. A powerful looking sword”. In his illustrations of the blade he describes the cutting edge of blade as 57 cms. Total length 73 cms. He also describes other blade characteristics and dimensions which can be seen in the images. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21347
£1,645.00

**ANCIENT 1580’s -1680’s BLADE**Japanese Wakizashi Short Sword Tribute Signed ‘BISHU OSAFUNE MOTO SHIGE’ By Unknown Smith In Homage To An Earlier 14th Century Famous Smith With C1600-50’s Iron Tsuba, Ko-Gatana Knife Scabbard & Expert Assessment. Sn 21350 - 21350
This Wakizashi with ancient blade has been examined by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg and a copy of his assessment notes accompany the sword. In extracts of his notes he states “It appears to date to 1580’s to 1680’s period, end of Koto (old sword) into Shinto period. It has a very good Bizen curve & shape and has a good strong stone polish, with precise shinobi and yakote lines, still healthy & good thickness to sides. Looks like it would polish well. Surface is covered in old black finger rust and fine scratches, obscuring any grain. You can only se the hamon in some clear patches. Looks a nioi edged ko-notare based on suguha but the original polish is obscuring the activity in the hamon. Signature looks like a homage one put on as a tribute to a famous smith, signed ‘BISHU OSAFUNE MOTO SHIGE’, this is definitely not a 14th century blade which is when this man worked, so a quality blade by an unknown smith. Needs a good professional polish. Saya is good quality Honoki wood covered with black lacquer good condition but some small patches of damage. Finished with horn kurikata & a Ko-Gatana in side pocket withreplacement blade. Has a good quality kodjuka soft metal in shakadu with Nanako & gold leaf, crayfish & banner all gilt intact, one small bit of damage to edge. Tsuba is ancient iron oval plate pattern copying Musashi work Circa 1600-1650, good condition, some old rust. Tsuka hilt is 19th century put together, blue ito wrap, fish skin small bits missing. Menuki tiny pouch clasps (odd), copper plain fuchi with very good kashira carp in waterfall. A nice looking sword”. In his illustrations of the blade he describes the cutting edge of blade as 44cms. Total length 56cms. He also describes other blade characteristics and dimensions which can be seen in the images. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21350
£1,245.00

**MINT**ANCIENT BLADE**Mid To Late 17th Century Japanese Mino School Wakizashi Short Sword Blade In Protective Honoki Wood Shira Saya Resting Mounts & Expert Assessment. Sn 21262 - 21262
This is an ancient Japanese Wakizashi blade which has been assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. A copy of his hand written assessment notes accompany this Tanto. Extracts from the assessment and notes include “A Wakizashi short sword in Shira Saya at some time been restored in Japan in near mint polish. Some odd faint scratches, odd finger mark. Mid to late 17th century probably mino school work but with some other influences. At this time smith’s travelled about studying different schools and styles of sword making. It would take study by a Japanese Shinsa panel to suggest a maker. Mounted in Honoki wood shira saya resting mounts with Buffalo horn end caps & around Mekugi Ana. One side has some coarse open grain otherwise good. A nice example of its type”. In his illustrations of the blade he adds “cutting edge is 52.5 cms, total length is just under 67.5 cms. He also describes other blade and tang characteristics and dimensions which can be seen in the images. The price for this ancient blade with original expert assessment includes UK delivery. Sn 21262
£1,095.00

**ANCIENT BLADE** Satsuma Rebellion Clan**Post 1600 Japanese Shinto Style Large O’ Wakizashi Or Uchigatana Single Handed Sword With Edo Open Winged Crane Iron Tsuba & Scabbard With Expert Assessment. Sn 21228 - 21228
This is a Japanese O’ Wakizashi or Uchigatana with ancient blade. The sword has been examined by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg and a copy of his assessment notes accompany the sword. In extracts of his notes he states “A Large O’ Wakizashi Or Uchigatana Single Handed Sword under 24” cutting edge. This style & size became popular in the Shinto post 1600 period age of peace. It has an unsigned tang & is out of polish, cannot see the hamon on most of the blade making it difficult to assign it to an individual school of work. From the tang shape its mino style but very complicated hamon (what I can see) looks Bizen work. It needs a professional polish to show the beauty of the work but worth it. Smiths started to blend different influences into their blades at this time. Saya is Honoki wood with what was a bright red lacquer finish, some damage towards mouth with old repair. Quality horn ito loop finished with one shakudo shita dome. Tsuba is in cast iron copied off earlier pierced example, theme is open winged Crane, wing touching beak. Eyes inlaid with shakudo metal (nice quality) late Edo Period. Tsuka is Satsuma Rebellion period hilt 1870’s, munition quality wrap, 2 pieces of rusty metal as menuki, with red saya & rebellion hilt possibly carried by Satsuma Clan Rebels. Taken out of storage &put together for the rebellion late 19th century. An interesting sword. The Kashira on handle is possible Mino / Goto school piece”. In his illustrations of the blade he describes the cutting edge of blade as 54.5cms. Total length 69.5 cms. He also describes other blade characteristics and dimensions which can be seen in the images. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21228
£1,250.00

WW1/WW2 Era King’s Crown British Royal Navy Officer’s Sword Retailed By Sigley London With Brass Hilt Lion’s Head Pommel Etched Blade and Scabbard. Sn 21255 - 21255
This is an original British Royal Navy NCO’s Sword and Scabbard. The Sword has a steel single edged straight blade which is 31 ¼” in length with central fuller (37” overall). The blade which has areas of staining consistent with age is etched with foliate panels on both sides. One side has the arms of Great Britain and the reverse has the King’s Crown and the Royal Navy fouled anchor. The riccaso is marked on one side by the retailer ‘H. Sigley 33 New Compton Street London WC’. The reverse has the ordnance acceptance proof star and inlaid roundel. It has a brass Lion’s head hilt, Lion’s mane grip strap & knuckle guard with the Royal Navy King’s 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 in great condition. The sword is complete with its black leather scabbard which has brass mounts and 2 hanging rings. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21255
£575.00

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.
£1,775.00

1868-1912 Japanese Meiji Period Decorated Bone & Buffalo Horn Mounted Aikuchi (dagger / dirk without a guard) / Possible Samurai Ladies Knife With Dragon & Cloud Carved Blade & Scabbard With Expert Assessment. Sn 18828. - 18828
This is a Japanese Aikuchi (dagger / dirk without a guard) . The piece has been examined by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg and a copy of his hand written notes accompany the sword. In extracts of his notes he states “Aikuchi dagger meiji period export ware 1868-192 Possibly sold as a Samurai Ladies Knife. With no demand internally due to the ban on Sanurai wearing swords, artisans started to make things like this aikuchi for markets outside of Japan. A basic one piece forged blade which has very simple hormino (both sides). Blade carving of Dragon & clouds with simulated hamon put on with stones. It will have been tempered in oil to harden it. Cannot strip to examine tang (they are usually un-signed). It is mounted in a bone & Buffalo horn mount. Bone is painted with gold lacquer cherry tree & blossoms & birds. In original un-touched condition. Some small patches of old rust near habaki collar”. In his illustration of the blade he notes: Cutting edge Cutting edge of blade is just under 6”. Total length 9 ¾”. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18828.
£675.00

British Edward VII Holt & Sons London 1845 / 1854 Pattern Infantry Officer’s Sword With Etched Blade To The Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC), Acorn Knot, Scabbard, Leather Field Combat Cover & Frog. Sn 21227 - 21227
Formed in 1898 the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) is a specialist corps in the British Army which provides medical services to all Army personnel and their families, in war and in peace. The RAMC, the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, the Royal Army Dental Corps and Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps form the Army Medical Services. The 1845/54 pattern sword was the successor to the 1822 pattern, the main change being the folding langet of the Pattern 1822 being removed (see page 175 of World Swords by Withers). This original infantry Officer's Pattern 1845 / 54 sword to the RAMC has a 32 ½” single edged blade with part fullers (39" overall). The blade is clean. The blade is etched on both sides with foliate panels, King’s Crown ER VII (Edward VII Rex). The ricasso has the ordnance acceptance star and inlaid roundel. The blade is signed by the maker ‘Holt & Son Sackville Street London’ together with Royal Appointment and has the etched serpent coiled around a staff badge of the RAMC (this symbol is known as the Rod of Asclepius, after the ancient Greek god of healing & medicine) and the Regiment motto ‘In arduis fidelis’ (Faithful In Adversity). The blade is fitted with original hilt washer. The voided brass bowl guard has stylised Royal Cypher ‘ER VII’ & King’s Crown in the centre. It has brass stepped round pommel with ball top. It's fish skin grip with finger grooves & wire binding is intact. The hilt is fitted with leather cord and acorn knot. The sword is complete with its leather covered wood scabbard with German silver insert at the mouth. The scabbard is fitted with original leather frog with 2 hanging straps, buckles and brass stud. All leather and stitching of the scabbard & frog are clean & intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21227
£695.00

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

C1890 Victorian Court / Diplomatic Small Sword With Ornate Brass Clam Shell Hilt & Scabbard. Sn 18015:2. - 18015:2
The small sword or smallsword (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 late Victorian 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 the typical brass hilt with cross guard clam shell mount. The clam shell has ornate embossed decoration. It has a bar knuckle guard, Crown pommel & Dog’s head finial. The leather & wire binding on the wood handle is tight and intact. The slim 30” triangular section blade is straight and undamaged and has just staining consistent with age. The sword measures 35 ½” overall. It is complete with its original leather bound wood scabbard which has steel mounts and 2 hanging rings. The price for this attractive Court / Diplomatic small sword includes UK delivery. Sn 18015:2.
£795.00
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