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WW2 Japanese Army Officer’s Shin Gunto 1933 Pattern Seki Arsenal Sword Signed ‘NOSHU SEKI JU KOJIMA KATSU MASA SAKU’ With Scabbard Which Has Remnants Of A Period Military ID Or Transit Label & Expert Assessment. Sn 19464 - 19464
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 “The blade is signed by its maker ‘NOSHU SEKI JU KOJIMA KATSU MASA SAKU’ a full page tang rubbing in John Slough’s book Modern Japanese swordsmiths. This man made low to Medium grade showa to blades, bar stock sand iron clay Yaki ire process quenched in oil. Produces fuzzy nioi crystals based hamon of gunome midare. Typical seki mino hamon pattern. This blade was carried and used in Burma campaign. It has lots of fine scratches obscuring the polish and grain, bright condition. Gunto mounts in good condition. Remains of a Period Military ID Or shipping label on scabbard (cannot read). Bought originally from an army veteran’s family. Owner was attached to a Ghurka unit and brought the sword home kept wrapped in wardrobe”. In his illustrations he translateds the signature and describes sword dimensions (illustrated in image 2). The price for this nicely marked Japanese WW2 Naval Officer’s sword with expert assessment includes UK delivery. Sn 19464
£1,375.00

Franco Prussian War / WW1 Era Imperial Prussian Cavalry Hussar Officer’s Etched Blade Presentation Dress Sword To ‘Fur Regt Konigin Wilhelmina Der Niederlande (Hann No 15)’ (Queen Wilhelmina Of Netherlands 15th Hussars) & Scabbard. ED 2618 - ED 2618
The Hussar Regiment "Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands" (Hannoversches) No. 15 , also known as the "Wandsbeker Hussaren ", was a cavalry unit of the Prussian Army . The regiment was originally formed on December 19, 1803 (Foundation Day) as a cavalry unit of the armed forces of the Kingdom of Hanover . After the lost war of 1866 and the annexation of the country by the Kingdom of Prussia , the association was incorporated into the Prussian army as the 15th Hussar Regiment (Hanoverian) No. In connection with the founding of the German Reich on January 18, 1871 in Versailles and the entry into force of the constitution of April 16, 1871, the regiment was transferred in June 1871 to the then city of Wandsbek (or Marienthal) relocated. This location provided the popular name "Wandsbeker Hussar". Kaiser Wilhelm II appointed Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands as regimental commander on August 31, 1898 and named the association after her. The Regiment saw action in the Franco Prussian war & WW1. This is an excellent, original Imperial Prussian Hussar’s dress presentation sword. The sword has nickel plated knuckle bow with pierced bowl guard incorporating Prussian eagle on a folding langet. It has an undamaged ribbed polished horn grip. The inside of the guard has remnants of an original leather hanger loop attached. The sword measures 33 ¾” overall and its 28 ¼” single edged, plated blade with fullers is beautifully etched with panels on both sides featuring Martial banners and arms including charging mounted cavalry scenes, battle honours on banne, Prussian Eagle, Horse’s head motifs and inscription ‘Fur Regt Konigin Wilhelmina Der Niederlande (Hann No 15)’ (Queen Wilhelmina Of Netherlands 15th Hussars). The sword is complete with its original plated steel scabbard with hanging ring. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2618
£595.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 03/05) REGIMENT British 1882/85/90 Pattern Cavalry Troopers Sword With 1886 /93 Dated German Blade By Kirschbaum & Cie Solingen, 1886/93 Dated Guard & 1895 Scabbard Both Marked ‘Y Above MG’ To The Montogomeryshire Yeomanry Cavalry - 19488
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 was first introduced for the 1864 pattern, this was primarily a new hilt mated with the existing 1853 pattern blade (34 ½” inches long 1 ¼” wide). The Maltese Cross motif cut into the knuckle guard is a distinctive feature of these swords. British manufacturer’s struggled to keep pace with the demand for these swords and many were produced with German made blades (see page 101 of World Swords by Withers). The Montgomeryshire Yeomanry unlike the other Yeomanry regiments was only formed in 1813 when the threat of a French invasion was almost over. They served as part of the Imperial Yeomanry during the Boer War and formed 3 Regiments for service during World War I. This is an excellent original, 1882/1885/1890 Pattern British Cavalry Troopers Sword & Scabbard to the Montogomeryshire Yeomanry Cavalry. The Sword’s blade is clean. The ricasso is marked on both sides with WD and inspection marks. There are several dates ranging from 1886 to 1893. The spine of the blade has inspection marks and it has its original leather hilt washer. The bowl knuckle guard has the correct Maltese cross motif. The blade is faintly marked by the German manufacturer ‘Kirschbaum & Cie Solingen’. The guard is Regiment marked ‘Y above MG’ to the Montogomeryshire Yeomanry together with 1886/93 dates and other struck out marks. It has the correct boiled hard leather chequered scales secured by the correct 5 rivets which are excellent and undamaged. It is complete with its original steel scabbard with correct 2 fixed hanging rings. The scabbard is dated 1895 and has matching Regiment marks. The scabbard has even patina throughout and just a few light dents. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19488
£0.00

*MOVIE INDUSTRY CONNECTIONS*Original George V Joseph Ridge & Co Sheffield 1897 Pattern Infantry Officer’s Sword With Etched Blade Used As A Film Prop In The Film Innocent & Presented to Andrew Hawley On His 1st Film From The Director John Mackenzie 1984' - 19416
This is an original 1897 British Infantry officer’s sword. These swords were a great improvement on previous patterns with better protection to the hand through its ¾ basket hilt (see page 179 of World Swords by Withers & pages 165-167 of Swords of the British Army by Robson). The sword has a 32 ½” single edged blade with partial fullers. The ricasso is signed by the British manufacturer ‘Joseph Ridge & Co Sheffield ’. The reverse has the ordnance acceptance ‘proof’ star and inlaid roundel. Both sides of the blade have etched panels featuring foliate devices, the King’s Crown & Royal Cypher ‘GRV’ (George Fifth Rex). It has the correct ¾ bowl guard voided with foliate design and ‘King’s Crown GRV’. The guard has much of its original nickel plating & has an etched plaque ‘To Andrew a memento of his first film from John Mackenzie September 1984’ (Provenance: Purchased in 1984 by Tempest films from Alan Beadle Antique Arms to be used as a film prop by Andrew Hawley in the film ‘The Innocent’ (Andrew Hawley is a producer and actor, known for Devil's Gold 2018 and The Innocent 1985). It was then presented by the Director John Mackenzie (He assisted Ken Loach on his classic early TV plays such as The Wednesday Play: Cathy Come Home (1966) and made many other films including The Long Good Friday starring Bob Hoskins in 1980). The sword has the correct fish skin covered grip with wire binding which is tight and intact. The hilt is fitted with original leather cord which has stapled repairs in places and acorn knot. The sword is complete with its leather field covered steel scabbard which has fixed hanging bar & shoe. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19416
£575.00

**QUALITY MAKER**George V British Robert Mole & Sons Birmingham Makers To The War & India Offices 1897 Pattern Infantry Officer’s Sword To ‘A.A. Harrison 4th Battalion Manchester Regiment’ With Etched Blade Number 6581 & Leather Field Covered Scabbard. Sn - 19437
The 4th Battalion (1900-1906) came into existence in 1900 at Aldershot, and for a short time Lieutenant-Colonel Gethin remained in charge of both, 3rd & 4th battalions, but on the 1 May 1900 Lieutenant-Colonel L. L. Steele was brought in from the Wiltshire Regiment to command the 4th Battalion. The summer of this year was passed at Aldershot, and then on the 4 and 5 December the battalion left by rail in two parties and proceeded to Portland, taking over quarters in the Citadel. During its brief existence the 4th Battalion seems to have been regarded by the authorities as a draft-producing unit, and from first to last it gave no fewer than 32 officers and 1,726 non-commissioned officers and men to other corps, mainly of course to the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the Regiment. The 4th battalion served in the Boer War and post war was merged with other Regiments in 1906. This is an original 1897 British Infantry officer’s sword to ‘A.A. Harrison 4th Battalion Manchester Regiment’. These swords were a great improvement on previous patterns with better protection to the hand through its ¾ basket hilt (see page 179 of World Swords by Withers & pages 165-167 of Swords of the British Army by Robson). The sword has a 32 ½” single edged blade with partial fullers. The ricasso is signed by quality British manufacturer ‘Robert Mole & Sons Birmingham Makers To The War & India Offices’. The reverse has the ordnance acceptance ‘proof’ star and inlaid roundel. Both sides of the blade have etched panels featuring foliate devices, the King’s crown & Royal Cypher ‘GRV’ (George Fifth Rex). The spine of the blade is numbered M6581. It has the correct ¾ bowl guard voided with foliate design and ‘King’s Crown GRV’. The guard near the KC is engraved ‘A.A. Harrison 4th Man Regt’. It has the correct fish skin covered grip with wire binding which is tight and intact. The sword is complete with its leather field covered steel scabbard which has fixed hanging bar & shoe. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19437
£575.00

**WILKINSON (LONDON)**Late Victorian Gentleman’s Mallaca Sword Stick. Sn 19419 - 19419
This is an original late Victorian Sword Stick. It has a clean 28” double edged blade tapering to a pin sharp point and measures 34 ¼” overall length (35 ¾” overall in its scabbard). The blade shank is marked ‘Blade By Wilkinson’. The Mallaca scabbard and handle has areas of light age wear and is in very good condition.. The handle has a bulbous copper pommel. The scabbard has a blackened conical metal tip. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19419
£575.00

**QUALITY**Late Victorian Gentleman’s Mallaca Sword Stick With Ornate Bulbous Copper or Brass Pommel With Hinged Handle Attachment. Sn 19415 - 19415
This is an attractive late Victorian Sword Stick. It has a clean 30” square section blade tapering to a pin sharp point and measures 35 ¼” overall length with handle attachment folded down (38” overall in its scabbard with handle attachment folded up). There are no manufacturer marks or dates on the sword stick. The Mallaca scabbard and handle are undamaged. The throat of the scabbard has an ornate polished brass or copper ferrule and brass tip. The handle has a brass ferrule and bulbous polished copper or brass pommel with deep ornate foliate decoration. Attached to the pommel is a hinged polished copper or brass square shaped handle with matching decoration most likely for wrist cord or hanging on a wall hook when not in use. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19415
£695.00

**ANCIENT BLADE**1660’s – 1680’s Kanbun Shinto Bizen / Bishu Japanese Wakizashi Short Sword Smith Signed ‘BISHU OSA FUNE JU SUKE SADA’ & Scabbard With Cord & Expert Assessment. Sn 19377:5 - 19377:5
This is a Japanese Wakizashi 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 Bizen / Bishu Wakizashi with a typical shape Kanbu / Shinto period robust strong blade circa 1660’s-1680’s. A lovely shape perfect lines, has had a very good polish (flat no unevenness) in 19th century polish. You can still see all the work in the hamon which is the usual midare ba (irregular) complicated with gunome and hataraki (activity in the hamon). Has some detached areas of hamon (tobiyaki) pearls. Based on Nioi Deki hamon. Signed ‘BISHU OSA FUNE JU SUKE SADA’. In my opinion this is a good quality blade by one of the better Suke Sada smiths. There were hundreds of men over a 300 year period using this art name. Needs to go to japan to get an expert opinion on which generation made it. Saya is high quality work in good condition Honoki wood with brown lacquer then scattered uneven patterns with gold / gilt abstract edging. Very attractive and well done horn Kurikata with shita dome eyelets. Side knife is missing from pocket. Tsuba is square in iron. Tsukashi pierced with window frame based on Nishigaki school work. Looks like mid 20th century work. Tsuka hilt wrapped in black ito silk over good quality fish skin with best quality soft metal fuchi kashira in shakudo alloy with nanako dots and heavy inlays of chrysanthemum and grass hoppers with gold details and menuki of mythical being in gold amongst grass in shakudo alloy. An impressive looking quality Wakizashi”. In his illustration of the blade he translates the signature, notes: Sujikai right slant file marks, cutting edge of blade just under 17 ½”. Total length just over 22 ¾”. Blade Big Kissaki Point 44mm. Kuri Jiri Nakago (rounded tang end). The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19377:5
£2,250.00

Early WW2 Japanese Army Officer’s Type 98 Shin Gunto Sword With Patial Smith Signature ‘HIZEN KUNI’ (Possible Gendaito) , Scabbard & Expert Assessment. Sn 19377:4 - 19377:4
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 Type 98 Shin Gunto with possible Gendaito blade. Partial Mei 2nd part rusted away due to jungle campaign ? Tsuka Hilt shows heavy use, water damage rotted most of fish skin under binding, which is intact but very dirty. Still got sarute loop and menuki. With a bit of detective work I have come up with 2 possible men who both started their Mei with the address HIZEN KUNI. This is a very uncommon prefix to a showa period name. John Slough has 2 men listed (Takaguchi family name) Masatsugu a RJT Swordsmith Star Stamp * made medium to high grade blades page 106-107 good comparison or Kino Shita (family name) Yosh Tada. He was also a RJT smith Rikugun Jumei Tosho army approved rated Medium to high grade swords. Very good match both men same Kanji style same horizontal kiri file marks & tang shape. Heavily buffed by previous owner needs professional polish to restore blade. The steel saya scabbard has also been heavily water damaged. It has been covered with a quality leather foul weather cover in 3 pieces fitted around carring ring and ashi mounts, professionally done by a qualified saddler ? attractive looking job. This could be restored polished to bring out beauty of blade. The 2 possible smiths are my conjecture. Made C1940”. In illustrations of the blade which are included in the assessment he translates the tang markings. He states overall length 33”. Cutting edge 24 ½”. He describes Hamon as’ Ko (small) Suguha with irregularities difficult to see’. He observes Yakote line buffed away. Tang end as Nakago Jiri shape (rounded). The price for this sword with expert assessment includes UK delivery. Sn 19377:4
£1,295.00

British WW1 Era British Officers Brown Leather Bound Swagger Sword Stick With Rectangular Blade. - ED 2612
This is an excellent British officers WW1 era brown leather covered wood swagger sword stick and scabbard in the form popular with British Officers. It has a 13” ‘T’ section steel blade. The rectangular blade measures 12 ½” is of a heavy construction coming to a point. The swagger stick measures 21” overall in its scabbard with a grip length of 6 1/2”. The grip & scabbard are bound in brown leather with a simple plait of leather at the mouth of the scabbard. All leather and stitching are clean & intact. The price for this swagger sword stick includes UK delivery. ED 2612
£295.00
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