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WW2 Era Imperial German WKC (Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Cie Solingen), Army Officer's Dress Sword With Nickel Plated Fittings And Scabbard. ED 2472. - ED 2472
This is an excellent original WW1 period Imperial German WKC (Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Cie AG Solingen) Army Officer's Dress Sword. It a nickel plated knuckle bow, rolled quillon cross guard grip & langets. It has a wire bound grooved grip. All wire is tight and intact. The sword measures 35 ¾” overall and the ricasso of its clean, nickel plated 31" single edged, curved, fullered blade is stamped with the WKC Solingen makers mark and Helm legend hidden by one of the langets. The blade is fitted with original leather hilt washer. The sword is complete with its black painted scabbard with single steel hanging ring, belt bar and shoe. The scabbard’s paint is rubbed in areas consistent with age. It has no dents. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2472.
£345.00

**ATTIC FIND**UN-CLEANED**WW2 Era Nazi German Police NCO’s Sword By Paul Weyersberg & Co, Solingen & Scabbard. Sn 19970. - Sn 19970
This is an original WW2 period German Nazi Police NCO’s Sword recently found in an attic (see page 251 of the book ‘Swords Of Germany’ By Angolia). We have left the sword in as found, un-cleaned condition. The sword measures 36 ½” overall and the ricasso of its 311/4” single edged blade with partial fullers is stamped with the Paul Weyersberg & Co, Solingen manufacturer’s name and trademark. The blade has its original leather hilt washer and has areas of staining consistent with storage and age. Its ribbed wood grip is undamaged and inlaid with the correct Police Eagle with swastika and wreath white metal insert. The handle has on ornate oak Leaf motif ferrule, plain knuckle guard and stepped pommel. The sword is complete with its original black painted steel scabbard with single steel hanging ring, fixed strap bar and shoe. The throat has an ornate steel mount with geometric design. The scabbard has no dents, the paint finish has some surface wear consistent with age and storage. The price for this Nazi sword, most likely a WW2 veterans bring back includes UK delivery. Sn 19970.
£845.00

WW1 Era Imperial German Kingdom of Wurttemberg Army Officer’s Clamshell Sword By Weyersberg Solingen With Regiment Marked ‘B.K.122 L II’ to the Bezirkskommando Landwehrbezirke 122 (weapon number ) II (District 2) & Scabbard. Sn 16367. - 16367
This is an original, WW1 Era, German Kingdom of Wurttemberg Army Officer’s Sword & Scabbard. The Sword is in very good condition. It has a single edged, fullered, 30” blade. The blade is manufacturer marked ‘Gebr Weyersberg Solingen’. The blade has just light staining consistent with age. Its brass cross guard, knuckle bow, & urn shaped pommel are undamaged. The hilt’s clamshell is cast with the heraldic arms of the Kingdom of Württemberg. The arms show an impalement of the three antlers that represent Wurttemberg on the dexter (viewer's left) side, and the three lions passant of medieval Swabia on the sinister(viewer's right) side and banner with motto ‘Furchtlos und treu’ (Fearless & Loyal). See page 462 of ‘Swords Of Germany’ by Angolia where an illustrated sword although different in form, has a hilt with the same Wurttemberg heraldic arms on the hilt. It has an undamaged chequered horn grip. The hilt is stamped with Regiment mark ‘B.K.122 L II’ to the Bezirkskommando Landwehrbezirke 122 (weapon number ) II (District 2) . The district commanders of the Bezirkskommando were high ranking Officers responsible for training and supply of Landwehr (military) districts (see page 32 of German Small Arms Markings by Gortz & Bryans where the Regiment mark B.K is Identified as Bezirkskommando’. The sword is complete with its original black leather scabbard with brass mounts. The mounts have some denting and the leather some service wear to be expected with age. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16367.
£475.00

**BLADE NUMBERED ON SIDE**Original, WW2 Japanese NCO's Type 95 Katana Sword With Suya Sword Shop Tokyo (Harp) & Kokura Arsenal Marks With Scabbard. Sn 20901 - 20901
This is an original WW2 Japanese NCO's Katana and scabbard. The sword has the typical aluminium cast handle with lanyard ring hole and fully functioning scabbard retaining clip. The hilt retains much of its original brown paint and has its original lanyard ring. Its fullered, 26” blade is stamped on one side '40104' and with inspection mark. The blade has light areas of staining consistent with age and the cutting edge has some small nibbles consistent with service use. The hilt is stamped with 1929-45 Kokura Arsenal mark and Suya Sword Shop Tokyo (harp) mark (see page 185 of Swords Of Imperial Japan by Dawson) together with inspection mark. It is complete with its original scabbard which has a single hanging ring. The scabbard has no dents and retains its original olive green paint. The throat of the scabbard is stamped with a partially visible number which looks like 50489. This piece is clearly a bring back, surrendered or recovered from the battlefield. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 20901
£895.00

WW2 1944 Dated Japanese Officer’s Arsenal Gunto Sword With Smith Signed Tang ‘KATSU NORI’, Scabbard With Leather Field Service Cover, Expert Assessment & Carry Bag / Cover. Sn 20891 - 20891
An original late WW2 Japanese officers sword. 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 “An arsenal blade (no stamps) Murato bar stock steel, oil tempered with an artificial temperline put on with polishing stones. Late war quality dated 1944 signed ‘Katsu or Kiyo or Tatsu Nori’ (Katsu Nori is the preferred reading). In bright condition. Only one man in my books using this name. An R.J.J (army approved smith) in Tottori. Family name Yoshida probably not him. He was a good smith. Couple of finger marks some scratches. Saya plain honoki wood (no paint) with a tidy leather cover. Tsuba gunto pattern, cast brass all its gilt. Late war quality mixed metal seppa washers. Tsuka hilt gunto pattern all complete brown ito bind and fish skin intact. Hilt mounts all their finish. No sarute loop. Menuki lost its gilt. A very tidy example of a late war arsenal officer’s Gunto”. In his illustrations of the tang and blade he describes the cutting edge of the blade length as 65 cm & full length as 85.5 cm. He also translates the tang date and smith signature and describes other blade characteristics and dimensions (illustrated in image 2). The sword is accompanied by a cloth carry bag cover. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 20891
£1,275.00

**SUPERB BLADE** FULL POLISH**1870-1912 (Meiji Into Taisho Era) Japanese Hand Forged Blade, Smith Signed ‘Kong –O- Sai (Family) Mune Hiro (Sword Name), Kosherae & Shira Saya Resting Scabbards & Hilts, Japanese Shinsa & UK Assessments. (swords & daggers) - 20896
This is a superb Japanese tanto blade with resting mounts and Japanese Shinsa papers which has been assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. His hand written assessment notes accompany this tanto. Extracts from the assessment and notes include “A tanto blade with Kosherae and shira saya. Modern restoration in Japan, mint condition plus Japanese opinion / shinsa papers, blade signed ‘Kong –o- Sai (family) Mune Hiro (sword name). I cannot find a man using this art name in my books or online. This blade is late looks 1870-1912 (Meiji Into Taisho Era). It is a superb blade well forged in mint polish as near perfect as you can get. I found a man using the Go Kong o sai working 1912-26 into Showa period. He is using smith name Masa Tsugu son of Masatsugu and later adopted into the Sakuri family when presumably he changed his name (Go) using Kong o Sai. From then he studied under the famous smith 2nd gen Munet sugu and later under Ise Hiro Tsugu. Needs better papers in Japan to clear up mystery and pin point maker. Kosherae mounts, a shaped shira saya covered dark red/brown crackled lacquer with high quality embossed dragon fixed to saya thick lacquer stand out quality. Small old repair to tsuka otherwise good condition. The papers again a bit of a mystery never seen them like this before. Says on envelope Ho-Jin Bi Jutsu Token (incorporated Art Study Group) then it says Judgement Appraisal Club. The format layout looks like NTHK organisation possibly old type not used now. This is dated 15/2/1984. A superb blade & mount worthy of further research acknowledged in the papers as genuine”. Bill goes on to qualify that he is not a Japanese language expert but relies on his many years of experience regarding the translations and acknowledges that the wording may be open to other interpretation by Japanese experts. In his illustrations of the blade he describes the cutting edge as 10 ½”. Total length just over 14 ½”. He also translates the tang signature and describes other blade measurements and characteristics. The blade and mounts come with 2 cloth bags in which they were found. The price for this superb blade with Japanese & UK expert opinions includes UK delivery. Sn 20896
£1,975.00

British George V Henry Wilkinson London 1887 Pattern Cavalry Sword With Patent Solid Hilt, Etched Blade Number 43550 To ‘DMcMK’ (Colonel Sir Dermot McMorrough Kavanagh 11th Hussars Equerry To King George VI & QE II) With Provenance. - 20892
**NAMED**WW1 Era British George V Henry Wilkinson London 1887 Pattern Cavalry Sword With Patent Solid Hilt, Etched Blade Number 43550 To ‘DMcMK’ (Colonel Sir Dermot McMorrough Kavanagh 11th Hussars Equerry To King George VI & Queen Elizabeth II) Cord Acorn Knot & Field Service Scabbard With Provenance. Sn 20892 Colonel Sir Dermot McMorrough Kavanagh GCVO (9 January 1890 – 27 May 1958) was an Irish-born Crown Equerry of the Royal Household of the Sovereign of the United Kingdom from 1941 to 1955. He was educated at Eton College, and served in the 11th Hussars from 1909. McMorrough Kavanagh was Assistant Military Secretary in Eastern Command from 1926 to 1930, and, on promotion to lieutenant-colonel, commanding officer of the 11th Hussars from 1932 to 1936. In 1939 he was promoted to colonel, and served in France in 1940. He was appointed as Equerry in 1937 and was promoted to Crown Equerry in 1941, succeeding Sir Arthur Erskine. He was Crown Equerry until 1955, when he resigned and took the post of Extra Equerry until his death in London in 1958. This is Colonel Sir Dermot McMorrough Kavanagh’s excellent sword carried by him throughout WW1 & afterwards. Provenance paperwork which accompanies the sword identifies it as an 1887 pattern cavalry sword. A copy of Wilkinson archive research states the sword blade number 43550 is a ‘Cavalry Sword With Patent Tang (fitter in ) assembled / sold 15th May 1912 purchased by D. Kavanagh 11th Hussars. The paperwork lists the officer’s service promotions and states he was mentioned in despatches 1917. The sword has a clean 33 ¼” long blade with partial fullers. The blade is quality etched on both sides with decorative foliate panels. The etchings include Kings crown Royal Cypher ‘GR V’ (George V Rex), heraldic arms, Regimental badge of the 11th Hussars and panel ‘DMcMK’ To Colonel Sir Dermot McMorrough Kavanagh. The blade also has the ordnance acceptance star with inlaid brass proof roundel and manufacturer detail with Royal warrant ‘ Patent Solid Hilt Henry Wilkinson Pall Mall London’. The spine of the blade is numbered 43550 and has ‘London Made’. It has a full knuckle guard with pierced decoration. It has a curved knurled pommel and knurled back strap for grip, solid chequered grip with wire binding all in excellent condition. The hilt is fitted with original Officer’s leather cord and acorn knot. The sword has its original leather covered wood field service scabbard. The throat has a German silver insert and it retains its leather tab hanger strap. All leather and stitching are clean and intact. The price for this excellent named sword to a distinguished British Officer includes UK delivery. Sn 20892
£1,975.00

**SPECIAL ORDER**WW2 Japanese Army Officer’s Type 98 Shin Gunto Seki Arsenal Sword With Extra Long Blade Smith Signed ‘ENDO ICHI MON (Or NON) JI’, Scabbard & Expert Assessment. Sn 20808 - 20808
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 Army Officer’s sword possibly a special order blade (extra-long), one to 1 ½” longer than regulation length. It looks high grade showa to arsenal seki made blade, oil quenched producing a nioi edged sugha hamon temperline. It is signed by (2 possible readings) ‘ENDO (Endu Masa Yuki real name) ICHI MON (Or NON) JI’. See Markus Sesko page 154. This man worked as an army smith 1939-45. Needing a polish, bright condition but covered in fine scratches and old finger rust in places making it difficult to see work. Scabbard, saya is late war in the field repaired. Honoki wood covered in Hessian sacking, stitch seam with a black lacquer paint covering and leather end cap with slip on hanging ring (ashi) and brass scabbard mouth. Made to replace damaged sya? Tsuba gunto pattern good for its age with seppa no gilding left. Tsuka (hilt) is gunto pattern, lots of original brown finish on metal mounts. Binding and fish skin complete. Sarute knot loop missing and with 2 ana peg holes (unusual) to compensate for longer blade”. In illustrations of the blade which are included in the assessment he translates the tang markings. He states overall length just under 36 ¼”, Cutting edge just under 27 ½”. He also describes other blade dimensions and characteristics which can be seen in image 2. The price for this special order sword with expert assessment includes UK delivery. Sn 20808.
£1,245.00

**MINT POLISH SUPERB HAMON**WW2 Japanese Army Officer’s Shin Gunto Gendaito Katana Sword With Smith Signed Tang ‘BISHU JU (MANO) MASA YASU’ With Secret Smith Stamp, Officer’s Cord, Scabbard & Expert Assessment. Sn 18982. - 18982
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 “Gendaito by ‘(MANO) MASA YASU’. He made Medium grade gendaito as an army approved smith. This is a good example of his work. A big powerful blade with Ko-Notare hamon based on Suguha (straight small waves) with edge of nioi heavily sprinkled with Nie crystals. A superb tasteful quiet hamon line. Very tight forging with some Masame mixed with Nashiji grain. In nearly mint polish one patch of old rust & one kizu flaw. Scabbard metal parade Gunto in very good condition, lots of original paint and finish to mounts. Tsuba is large, type usually carried by high ranks (pierced). Tsuka in very good condition but ito (wrap) broken near base of hilt (needs re-bind). Its locking catch is missing. With its original Officer’s Lieutenant to Captain rank tasselled cord in un-touched condition. In illustrations of the blade & tang which accompany the assessment, one side has the translated smith signature and he observes a wartime polisher’s mark & curved Yasuri Mei file marks. He describes the tang end as Kuri Jiri Shape (rounded). He notes a possible secret mark of the smith ‘Masa Yasu’. Cutting edge is 26 ½”, total length is 34 ½”. Kissaki point big 36mm. The price for this sword with expert assessment includes UK delivery. Sn 18982.
£1,545.00

**FAR EAST BRING BACK**WW2 Japanese NCO's Type 95 Katana Gifu Prefecture Swords Coop, Kokura Arsenal Marks, Scabbard Brought Home By British Cpl John Weddle Bowater 114th (Sussex) Field Regt Royal Artillery 25th Indian Div & Original Photo Of The Sn. 2082 - 20827
The 25th Indian Infantry Division was an infantry division of the Indian Army during World War II which fought in the Burma Campaign. The 114th (Sussex) Field Regiment Royal Artillery was formed in May 1939 with two batteries. The Regiment served in the far east during WW2 as part of the 25th India Division and was re-designated 114th Jungle Field Regiment. Post war the Regiment was disbanded in January 1947. British Corporal John Weddle Bowater served with the 114th Field Regiment 25th India Div in India, Burma, Malaya & Egypt. Towards the end of WW2 the 25th Div took many Japanese army prisoners and many surrendered Officer’s swords. This excellent original Japanese NCO’s Katana was brought back from the Far East by Cpl Bowater and it remained in his possession resting un-touched leaning against his fire place at home. John passed away in 2002 and the sword was inherited by his Grandson. This sword, new to the market has the typical aluminium cast handle with lanyard ring and fully functioning scabbard retaining clip. The handle retains much of its original brown paint. Its fullered, 27 ½” blade is stamped on one side '18469' and with inspection mark. The blade is clean. The hilt is stamped with 1929-45 Kokura Arsenal mark and Gifu Prefecture Swords Cooperative / Union mark (see page 185 of Swords Of Imperial Japan by Dawson) together with inspection mark. It is complete with its original scabbard which has a single hanging ring. Its throat mount has faint number which looks like 44364. The scabbard has period hand applied paint marks on both sides. One side has ‘114th Field Regt 25th Indian Div’ the reverse has ‘India, Burma, Malaya & Egypt’, most likely all applied in the field by Cpl Bowater before return to his home in England. The sword is accompanied by an original black & white 4 ½” x 3 ¼” photograph of Cpl Bowater (in uniform) and an off duty colleague, which looks to have been taken in barracks somewhere in the Far East. The price for this sword worthy of further research regarding Cpl Bowater’s service includes UK delivery. Sn 20827.
£1,245.00
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