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**SOLD**30/5**RARE**NAPOLEONIC WARS**Model 1811 French Naval Boarding Cutlass With Correct Naval Anchor Blade Markings. Sn 21509 (Swords) - 21509
It is rare to find decent examples of these swords which were very effective during close combat onboard ships (see page 251 of World Swords by Withers). It has the correct smooth tubular grip and large bowl guard with elaborate turned down quillon as illustrated in Wither’s book. The elaborate quillon was removed on later models. This is a very good original example, it has a 26 ¾” long curved and fullered cutlass blade (32 ¼” overall). The cutlass has even patina throughout. The blade has correct Naval Anchors on both sides, the same as illustrated in Wither’s book. One side of the blade has small indistinct letters which look like ‘ASFCS’ (illustrated). As is common this cutlass is without scabbard. The price for this rare collector’s piece includes UK delivery. Sn 21509

NAPOLEONIC PENINSULAR WARS ERA, French / Continental Form Hanger / Sword With Etched Sabre Blade. Sn 18524:13. - 18524:13
This is a sword or hanger in French or Continental form most likely made sometime in the Napoleonic period. It has a 30” long fullered, single edged sabre blade with leather hilt washer. The blade is etched on both sides with foliate panels hard to see under the blade staining. The ricasso has gilt signatures within panels on both sides which are indistinct (illustrated). The hilt has a leather bound wood grip with wire binding all tight and intact. It has a brass back strap curved and stepped at the pommel typically found on French swords, re-curving brass cross guard with leaf shaped langets. Our example is without scabbard. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18524:13.

**BURMA SURRENDERED**WW2 1943 Japanese Officer's Type 98 Shin Gunto Arsenal Katana Sword With Dated & Smith Signed Tang ‘KANE NORI’, Scabbard With 1945 Dated War Trophy Retention Certificate Ink Signed Patriotic Headband, Translation & Expert Assessment. - 21447
An original WW2 dated, Burma surrendered Japanese Officer's Sword with signed tang, scabbard, original War Trophy retention certificate & Patriotic headband of the Japanese Oficer who surrendered the sword. The sword has been assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. A copy of his hand written notes, translations and illustrations accompany the sword. In extracts from his notes he states “A Type 98 shin gunto army officer’s sword dated June 1943. Kane Nori is a well known sword smith made low to medium grade showa to & medium to high grade gendaito. He won 1st seat in 1941 competition & is rated 1 million Yen in John Slough’s book of sword smiths pages 56-57. This blade looks like a medium grade showa to oil tempered sword not a gendaito, with an arsenal stamp. Smith was army approved & rated as superior master smith by Aki Hide. In bright scratched condition with no visible temperline. Saya is gunto pattern metal parade with some paint missing, seen lots of use. Tsuba is standard gunto brass pattern. Tsuka has lost its ito binding and menuki & has a leather combat cover laced around. The hilt looks a war time repair, complete with its locking catch & sarute knot loop. A well carried sword. Also came with a souvenier retention certificate from Burma command dated November 1945 giving permission to bring home a sword to J.E. Armstrong Corporal 14916814 (hard to find now). Also with this sword is a hachimaki patriotic head band”. The script on the headband is translated as ‘Go Man Gun Ko’ (Make the Emperor proud of this army of 10,000). He adds that: “Wartime ones were made in their thousands but are very rare now” and confirms the headband is silk. In his illustrations Bill translates the tang signature and 1943 date. He describes the cutting edge as 66.5 cm and total length 87.5 cm. He also describes and illustrates other blade measurements and characteristics (illustrated in image 2). The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21447

**MINT**WW2 Kai Gunto Japanese Navy Officer’s Tachi Sword With Tai Sabi Ko Stainless Steel Blade Smith Signed ‘MITSU NAGA SAKU’ & Toyokowa Naval Arsenal Anchor Mark, Scarce Scabbard & Expert Assessment. Sn 21448 - 21448
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 “Kai Gunto Navy officer’s tachi with a type of Tai Sabi Ko stainless steel blade developed for the Navy, made in the Toyokawa Naval Arsenal. Tachi swords have 2 ring hangers. This is late war after 1943. Signed by an obscure smith ‘Mitsu Naga Saku (made this). Only a couple of mentions of him, real name Noguchi Heiichi, born 1918 worked as a gunto smith see Markus Sesko book on smiths page 135. Also in Fuller & Gregory books. In practically mint condition. Saya has scarce black leather cover over honoki wood. Saya has been wrapped in sacking then black lacquered, a hard item to find now. Tsuba is steel, oval shaped blackened with 2 small seppa, not O seppa with sunrays found on earlier swords. Tsuka late war quality, blackened steel mounts & menuki. Wood wrapped in sacking and painted black simulating fish skin. A flat Navy wrapped ito (cotton). Very good condition and a good example of its type”. In his illustrations he translates the Smith signature as above and identities the navy arsenal mark and notes Arsenal assembly ink marks. He describes the cutting edge length as 63 cms and the overall length as 84.5 cms. He also describes other blade characteristics and measurements which can be read in the images. The price for this nicely marked Japanese WW2 Naval Officer’s sword with expert assessment includes UK delivery. Sn 21448

WW1 Era Indian Troops Talwar (Aka Talwaar Or Tulwar) Fighting Sword / Sabre & Khaki Field Covered Scabbard. Sn 21449:15 - 21449:15
The talwar (also spelled talwaar and tulwar, is a type of curved sword or sabre from the Indian subcontinent). Like many swords from around the world with an etymology derived from a term meaning simply 'sword'. The typical Talwar is a type of sabre, characterised by a curved blade (without the radical curve of some Persian swords), possessing an all-metal hilt with integral quillons and a disc-shaped pommel (sometimes called the 'Indo-Muslim hilt' or 'standard Indian hilt'). The Talwar was used by both Cavalry and Infantry. When a blow was struck by a skilled warrior, limbs could be amputated and persons decapitated. The spike attached to the pommel could be used for striking the opponent in extreme close quarter circumstances when it was not always possible to use the blade (see pages 601 and 602 of A Glossary of Arms & Armor by Stone where similar Talwars are described and illustrated). Our example From the WW1 era is of the type issued to Indian troops. It has all of the correct Talwar characteristics such all metal construction, small grip, disc with point pommel, curved 32 ½” long, fullered sabre blade, knuckle guard and hilt langets. The Talwar measures 37” overall length. The Talwar has even patina and the blade has just light staining consistent with age. There are no maker or date marks on the sword. The sword is accompanied by its khaki canvas covered wood scabbard indicating WW1 issue. The scabbard has a steel chape. The scabbard is undamaged and clean. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21449:15

Victorian C1885 Siege Of Khartoum Era Large Native Sudanese / Arab Warrior's kASKARA With MEDIEVAL Blade & Rare To Find Leather Scabbard. Sn 21449:9 - 21449:9
The Kaskara is a type of traditional sword, which is characteristic of Sudan, Chad, and Eritrea. They are found with both straight and spatulate tips (see page 339 of A Glossary of Arms & Armor by Stone where similar Kaskara are described and illustrated). The blade of the Kaskara was usually about a yard long & double edged. While most surviving examples are from the 19th century, Kaskara are believed to have originated around the early 14th century, and may represent a localized survival of the straight, double-edged medieval Arab sword. Many 19th century examples such as ours were made with medieval blades. The Kaskara was worn horizontally across the back or between the upper arm and thorax. According to British Museum curator Christopher Spring, "in the central and eastern Sudan, from Chad through Darfur and across to the Red Sea province, the straight, double-edged swords known as Kaskara were an essential possession of most men". Our example most likely from the Victorian era is of the type used by tribesmen against the British at the siege of Khartoum. It has all of the correct Kaskara characteristics such broad cross guard, brass hilt and round domed pommel cap. It has 32 ½” long, triple fullered steel blade & measures 37 ¾” overall length. The blade which may be much earlier possibly from the medieval era has even patina and staining consistent with age. There are no visible maker or date marks on the sword. The sword is accompanied by its rare to find period leather scabbard which has 2 large leather loops holed for cord to attach to the warrior’s body (cord absent). The throat of the scabbard is mounted with an original thin brass plate with hand tooled with decoration. The leather of the scabbard also has some small areas of tooled decoration. The leather is clean with just light areas of wear to be expected. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21449:9 (wall rack armoury)

WWII Period Royal Navy Midshipmans Dirk/Short Sword and Scabbard. 21436. - 21436
A very good original example of a Midshipman's Dirk (The rank of midshipman originated during the Tudor and Stuart eras, and originally referred to a post for an experienced seaman promoted from the ordinary deck hands, who worked in between the main and mizzen masts and had more responsibility than an ordinary seaman, but was not a military officer or an officer in training. The first published use of the term midshipman was in 1662. The word derives from an area aboard a ship, amidships, but it refers either to the location where midshipmen worked on the ship, or the location where midshipmen were berthed). This excellent example is accompanied by its original leather and gilded scabbard. The hilt has an attractive Lionshead pommel with the backstrap formed as the lions mane, black sharkskin grip bound with brass twist wire which is all complete. A good amount of gilt remaining. The crossguard with acorn finials, and crowned fouled anchor. The 18” blade, beautifully engraved for three quarters of its length on both sides. Some minor old staining, the floral decoration, crowned VR cypher and fouled anchor is bright and clear. The black leather scabbard with gilded mounts, the uppermost complete with twin hanging rings. The leather body is solid *opening beneath the top metalwork - not visible*, and the stitching is loose in parts. A very good, early untouched example, which are now proving hard to find. The price includes UK delivery. 21436. (Bucket)

Boer War Era 1890-1901 Dated British WD 1885 Pattern Cavalry Troopers Sword Regiment Marked ‘RA’ To The Royal Artillery. Sn 21412:1 - 21412:1
The Royal Artillery colloquially known as "The Gunners", is one of two regiments that make up the artillery arm of the British Army. The Royal Regiment of Artillery comprises thirteen Regular Army regiments, the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery and five Army Reserve regiments. The regiment has been involved in all major campaigns from the Napoleonic Wars to the present day. This is an excellent original, 1885 Pattern British Cavalry Troopers Sword to the Royal Artillery with Scabbard. 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 33 ¼” blade is clean. It measures 39 ¼” overall length. The blade and hilt have WD inspection marks & dates ranging from 1890-1901 (illustrated). There are no visible maker marks. The back of the blade has inspection marks. The knuckle guard has the correct Maltese cross motif which has Regiment mark ‘RA’ to the Royal Artillery and other struck out numbers. 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 even aged patina & some struck out unreadable numbers. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 21412:1

WWI & WII Era Japanese Type 32 Army & Cavalry Trooper’s Sword With Kokura Arsenal Marks & Scabbard. ED 2653. - ED 2653
An excellent, WWI & WWII era Japanese type 32 army and Cavalry Troopers sword with scabbard (see Swords Of Imperial Japan By Dawson Chapter 11). The sword has a regulation steel and wood chequered hilt. It has its regulation steel guard with cord slot & its spring loaded scabbard release catch works perfectly. The guard has small Kokura arsenal marks. It has a clean, 30 ¾” fullered curved steel blade with serial number 100731 at the ricasso. It is complete with original steel scabbard with single steel hanging ring. The shoe of the scabbard has struck out letters or numbers and number ‘40610’. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2653.

**RARE**NAPOLEONIC PENINSULAR WARS ERA, C1800 British Senior Infantry Officer’s Sword With German J. J. Runkel Solingen Blade & Rare To Find Scabbard. Sn 10851:8. - 10851:8
This is an original rare to find example of a C1800 British Senior Infantry Officer's sword styled on the pattern 1796 Infantry Officer’s sword (see page 160 of World Swords by Withers). Our excellent example has the correct Georgian styling with brass shell guards with correct chased decoration. It has the correct brass knuckle bow and urn shaped pommel. The wire bound grip is excellent and retains its original quillon finials. All wire is tight and intact. It has a 32” long fullered blade with original leather hilt washer (38 ¾” overall). The blade has staining consistent with age. The fullers on both sides are signed by the German manufacturer ‘J.J. Runkel Solingen’. The sword comes with its rare to find original brass mounted black leather scabbard. The leather is complete. The rear seam stitching has become detached in areas over the years but could be re-stitched by a Sadler or other leather worker. The surface of the leather has some scuffs to be expected with age and use. The throat mount has a frog locket and hanging ring, the mid-section mount also has a single hanging ring. The price for this rare sword and scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 10851:8.
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