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**HIGH QUALITY GENDAITO SPECIAL ORDER BLADE**1935/38 & WW2 Japanese Army Officer’s Shin Gunto Sword With Signed Tang ‘AMACHI MASATSUNE’, Scabbard With leather Combat Cover, Cloth Cover Bag & Expert Assessment. Sn 18702 - 18702
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 Gendaito or else a mill steel Gendaito signed by ‘AMACHI MASATSUNE’ born 1894working in gifu prefecture listed 1944 working in Seki city. He won 4th seat in the 1941 sword making competition. This is a special order blade with none standard grooved blade and shows signs of being forged. Light / balanced with Ko (small) midare hamon with edgings of Nie crystals. Made with high temperature tempering and possible water hardening. This is a pre- war quality blade made to special order by a known Tosho in old scratched polish obscuring any grain. Spots of old rust needing polish to bring out its beauty. The Honoki wood Tsay is done in a light black lacquer with slide on ashi suspension ring & covered in leather combat cover (some damage at throat). Tsuka is in good overall condition with its sarute knot loop. Habaki has number 48926 engraved onto it, possible army number of veteran who brought it home or British arsenal storage number after being surrendered. High quality, A true collector’s Japanese sword circa 1935/38 period”. In his illustrations of the blade he states blade cutting edge is 26”, overall length 34 ½, Kissaki (point) 34mm. He translates the aforementioned signature & describes the blade groove as Bo-Bi (single). A later cloth carry bag cover with draw string is included. The price for this sword with expert assessment includes UK delivery. Sn 18702
£1,750.00

WW2 Japanese Army Officer’s Shin Gunto Possibly Gendaito Sword With Signed Tang ‘ISHIDO TERU HIDE’, Scabbard, Cloth Cover Bag & Expert Assessment. Sn 18701 - 18701
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 Possible Gendaito made & signed by Ishido Teru Hide working in Tokyo war time period. Possibly related to meiji period Ishido Teru Hide who claimed to be 7th generation from famous Kore Kazu. Made medium grade Showato & Gendaito hand forged blades. The blade has been over cleaned & polished bright obscuring the polishing details. A well made blade which has nice hand fied tang. Needs a proper stone polish to reveal workmanship & beauty of blade. In Showa period military mounts. Scabbard has worn paint old rust missing bottom mount. Good quality tsuba. Several well made seppa. Tsuka hilt is in reasonable condition. Small amount of skin missing around Ana hole for peg. Modern replacement sarute loop. A collector’s sword needing some restoration”. In his illustrations of the blade he states blade cutting edge is 26 ¼”, overall length 35”. He describes the Kissaki (point) as 45mm and end of tang as Kur Jiri shape. A later cloth carry bag cover with draw string is included. The price for this sword with expert assessment includes UK delivery. Sn 18701
£1,750.00

SOLD SOLD (15/12) Tachi Era C1890 - 1926 Japanese Ceremonial Parade Sword (Possibly Made For Enthronement Of Emperor Hiro Hito 1926) Chrysanthemum Habaki, Scabbard, Cloth Cover Bag & Expert Assessment. Sn 18700 - 18700
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 “Made circa 1890-1926 period. The blade very light with deep sori curve. It has a very thin hamon of Nioi cystals with a hazy hadori polish (old). Grain is Ko (small) itame tightly forged. Unsigned by any maker. Difficult to ascribe to any school. Mounted as an Ito-Maki Tachi (saya wrapped same as hilt). Come undone at top half. The 2 ashi suspension mounts are missing their loops. Whole sword in good conditionaprt from this. The tsuba is in 3 parts, centre block is wood which indicates never made for war. Made for Shinto parades possibly for the Enthronement Of Emperor Hiro Hito 1926. Tsuka is unusual with sheet metal dimpled like Ray skin under binding. Never seen this before”. In his illustrations of the blade he states blade cutting edge is just under 23”, overall length 28 ¼”. He describes the tang features as “Ubu original Nakago with Sujikai file marks and 1 Ana, Kur Jiri shape (end of tang)”. He also describes the sarute loop as ‘clasping hands’. A later cloth carry bag cover with draw string is included. The price for this sword with expert assessment includes UK delivery. Sn 18700
£0.00

**AS FOUND**ANCIENT BLADE C1450-1550** Japanese Naginata Naoshi (Pole Arm Blade Shape) Wakizashi Sword, Scabbard, Cloth Bag Cover & Expert Assessment. Sn 18698 - 18698
This ancient Japanese Naginata Naoshi (pole arm blade shape) Wakizashi Sword has been assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. A copy of his hand written notes with illustrations accompany the tanto. Extracts from the notes include “An ancient blade made in the style of a Naginata with very heavy (black) rust on tang, if it was signed it has long gone. A pre 1600 manufacture could easily date to 1450 to 1550 period. In bright old polish with a very faint irregular hamon showing in 1st half of blade, indistinct towards point. Has remains of 2 decorative grooves just up from the Machis. Been polished away over the centuries. Hamon looks based on Nioi. Getting a little tired now but still got all its skin steel only a couple of tiny grain openings. It has 18th century iron Han dachi (Half tachi) mounts decorated with silver Karakuja vine inlays some missing with old black rust. A mokko 4 lobe shape iron pierced tsuba which again looks 18th century. In a crackle lacquer saya (small amount of damage) with Kodjuka slot (empty). A good pair of Shakudo menuki of Dragons under binding. Small amount of Fish skin missing. An interesting ancient study piece”. In his drawings of the blade He states “ cutting edge is just under 19”. Total length is 24 ¼”. Kuri Jiri shape (tang)”. Included is a later cloth carry bag cover with draw string. The price for this ancient blade with expert opinion includes UK delivery. Sn 18698
£1,450.00

**MINT POLISH**WW2 Circa 1943 Kai Gunto Japanese Navy Officer’s Sword Experimental Stainless Steel (Tai-Sabi- Ko) Blade 3 Kanji Smith Signed Tang Possibly ‘Uji (Taka or Fusa) Saku’, Toyokawa Arsenal Anchor Inspection Mark, Scabbard & Expert Assessment. - 18690
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 Kai Gunto Navy sword. This has a stainless steel blade which were mostly used by Navy Officers. An Experimental & Expensive Stainless Steel in this period called Tai-Sabi- Ko (anti rust steel). Probably made circa 1943. It has a 3 kanji signature in shosu art script very difficult to translate. My translation is open to question. Cannot find any oshigata to compare. I am reading it as Uji (Taka or Fusa) Saku (made this). There is a man 2nd war working as gunto smith real name Shinoda Hiroyoshi won 3rd seat in sword competition 1941. This is a well made sword with a very good tang and lovely and lovely calligraphy. In mint original polish. This has no grain & is oil quenched with an artificial hamon put on by stone polisher. Sya is covered in fish skin which has shrunk otherwise good condition. Tsuka hilt has an old repair to cotton wrap. 3 piece shakudo tsuba with 2 large O-Seppa with rising sun rays (Navy). Gilding faded. Numbered ‘113’ (or 311) for assembly purpose”. In his illustrations of the blade he states “Cutting edge is 24 ¾”, overall length 33 ½”, dress file marks on tang”. He also translates the aforementioned Kanji and identifies the Naval anchor within roundel mark as that of Toyokawa arsenal”. The price for this nicely marked Japanese WW2 Naval Officer’s sword with expert assessment includes UK delivery. Sn 18690
£1,450.00

**MASTER SWORD SMITH HIGH GRADE GENDAITO**WW2 1942 Dated Japanese Army Officer’s Show-To Shin Gunto Gendaito Sword With Double Signed Tang ‘NOSHU SEKI JU___ KANE TOSHI SAKU KORE’, Scabbard & Expert Assessment. Sn 18560 - 18560
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 “Officer’s Shin Gunto with fine quality Gendaito blade signed by its maker ‘NOSHU SEKI JU___ KANE TOSHI SAKU KORE’. Not big for a katana with 24 ½” cutting edge but is a superb shape with a good weight. A brilliant quality polish which is original. Just a couple of scratches & finger marks with 2 minor edge chips otherwise perfect. Shows a very complicated hamon of midare (irregular), very dense pear skin grain with a nice shape to the tang with hawk feather file marks. Mentioned in books as making medium to high grade Gendaito. Won 2nd seat in sword competition 1941 rated as a master sword maker. The hamon has lots of very bright nie crystals (good sign) in good quality shin gunto mounts with leather cover over wood saya good quality. Tsuba, Seppa and hilt mount gilding faded with war use & age. Binding in good condition with original knot loop. In images of the tang which accompany the assessment, one side has the translated smith signature the reverse has the manufacture date which translates to March 1942.. In his illustrations of the blade he states overall length 33 ¼”. He identifies original polisher’s mark and describes the Kissaki (point) as 43mm and end of tang as Kur Jiri (rounded)shape. The price for this sword with expert assessment includes UK delivery. Sn 18560
£2,750.00

SOLD SOLD (20/12) **MINT**SUPERIOR ARTISAN SMITH**WW2 Japanese Army Officer’s Showa-To Shin Gunto Type 98 Gendaito Sword With Signed Tang ‘SEKI JUNIN KANE HIRO SAKU’, Scabbard & Expert Assessment. Sn 18559 - 18559
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 “Mint, rare to find in its condition Officer’s Shin Gunto Type 98 sword. The blade of this sword is signed by its maker ‘SEKI JUNIN KANE HIRO’ ‘Resident of seki kane made this’. A Showa-To (none traditional made) made in Seki arsenal mill steel Gendaito undergoing Yaki ire process & quenched in oil, which produces a nioi based hamon indicates forged at lower temperature. The Smith took 4th seat at a 1941 sword making competition and is classed as a superior skilled artisan. The shin gunto mounts are in very good condition. Metal saya has most of its original paint (not faded), tsuba seppa and tsuka mounts have most of the gilt and patination when 1st made with its original knot loop (sarute). In images of the tang which accompany the assessment, one side has the translated smith signature the reverse has red paint markings which he describes as arsenal assembly marks’. In his illustrations of the blade he states blade cutting edge is 26 ½”, overall length 34 ¾”. He describes the Hamon as typical Mino / Seki and observes ‘pear skin grain gunome midare hamon’ together with ‘Taka-No Ha Yasuri Mei’ Hawks feather file marks’ (on the tang). He describes the Kissaki (point) as 41mm and end of tang as Kur Jiri shape. The price for this sword with expert assessment includes UK delivery. Sn 18559
£0.00

**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

SOLD SOLD 1879 French Chatellerault Arsenal 1845 Pattern Infantry Officer’s Sword & Scabbard. Sn 18532 - 18532
The French Infantry Officer's Pattern 1845 sword was the standard Infantry Officer’s sword from the 1840’s through to the 1900’s. These swords had a great influence on the sword designs of other nations, most notably the USA where the US Model 1850 Staff & Field Officer’s sword and Model 1852 Naval officer’s sword are almost identical copies (see pages 191 & 193 of World Swords by Withers). Our example is in excellent condition. It has a clean 30 ½” single edged blade with fullers and measures 36” overall length. The spine is signed and dated in French which roughly translates to ‘Manufactured by the Chatellerault Arsenal July 1879 Model 1845’. The brass guard has pierced foliate decoration. It has brass stepped rounded pommel with foliate decoration. Its leather covered wood grip has wire binding all present and tight. The sword is complete with steel scabbard. The scabbard has a small ‘B’ cartouche inspection mark. The scabbard has one dent and is clean. It has a single hanging ring and shoe. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18532
£0.00

ISOLD SOLD (29/12) mperial Prussian 1811 Pattern 'Blucher' Light Cavalry Sabre (Napoleonic Wars British Pattern 1796) Regiment Marked ’26.A.12.3’ & Scabbard Regiment Marked ‘R.P.G.8.40’. Sn 18524:16 - 18524:16
This is the German version of the British 1796 Light Cavalry Sabre used during the Napoleonic Wars. It was adopted by the Prussians as the 'Blucher’ or '1811 Pattern' Sabre. This original 'Blucher' Sabre is in very good condition. It has a clean single edged, fullered 32” Sabre blade (37 ¼” overall). Its cross guard with langets , knuckle guard, pommel and ribbed wood grips are undamaged. The back edge of the blade is stamped with numbers ‘355’ and another indistinct mark (illustrated). The cross guard is Regiment marked ’26.A.12.3’. The Sabre is complete with its original steel scabbard with 2 hanging rings. The scabbard has surface wear to be expected but no dents. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18524:16
£0.00
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