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1832 French Pattern 1831 Foreign Legion / Infantry “Coupe Choux” (Cabbage Chopper) Gladius Short Sword / Side Arm & Scabbard. Sn 18717. - 18717
This is an excellent original 1832 dated French Infantry 1831 Pattern Gladius side arm (see page 190 of World Swords by Withers). The Soldiers who carried these weapons referred to them as “coupe choux” which means “cabbage chopper”. These side arms were used by French Infantry including the Famous Foreign Legion during the Mexican expedition. The weapons were In service during Louis-Philippe until the Second Empire with Napoléon III. The swords have a Neo-classical design based upon the Roman Gladius. The hilt is constructed entirely of brass with a grip patterned with 26 raised ribs or rings. This example of the French 1831 pattern sword has the correct double-edged diamond-cross-section blade which is 19 ¼” in length and correct 26 ribbed brass handle. On one side, the ricasso has a rubbed indistinct manufacturer mark and 1832 date. The reverse has a small indistinct inspection mark. The handle has a small inspection mark and is numbered 1438. The Sword is complete with original Leather Scabbard with brass locket and chape. The throat mount is numbered 696. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18717.

Imperial German WW1 Era Kinder (Child’s) Dress Sabre With Lion’s Head Pommel Scabbard. Sn 16199 - 16199
This is an excellent Original Imperial German Era Kinder (Child’s) Dress Sabre With Scabbard. The sword has crossed sabres insignia on a foliate background on the langet and a plain shield reverse langet. It has a fish skin wire bound grip. The wire is tight and intact. It has flat knuckle bow and Lion’s head pommel with mane grip strap. The cross guard finial is ‘Puma’s head’ form. The sabre measures a short 30” overall and a 25” single edged, curved blade with fullers. The blade has light staining consistent with age. The ricasso has a very faint indistinct trademark obscured by one of the langets. The blade is fitted with original leather hilt washer. The sabre is complete with its original black painted steel scabbard with 2 steel hanging rings and shoe. The scabbard has no dents but the original paint has surface wear to be expected. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 16199

American Civil War Era French Import U.S. Army Model 1840 NCO’s Type Sword With ‘Eagle’ Device Clamshell Guard, Brass Hilt & Brass Mounted Leather Scabbard. ED 2166 - ED 2166
This is an excellent original Infantry Officer’s Sword most likely made in France for the U.S. Military during the American Civil War. It has a French form hilt and rapier type blade similar to the U.S. Army model 1840 NCO’s sword (see page 211 of World Swords by Withers) a bulbous brass wire bound handle which is undamaged with all wire tight and intact, brass knuckle bow with urn shaped pommel and correct kidney shaped clamshell guards, one hinged for folding. The fixed clamshell has a riveted brass Eagle device indicating U.S. army use. The 32 ¼” rapier shaped blade with double partial fullers is straight and undamaged and has just staining consistent with age. The ricasso has a small inspection mark (illustrated). The sword measures 38 ½” overall. The sword has its original Brass Mounted Leather Scabbard. The throat mount has a frog locket. The end of the chape is open. The price for this sword worthy of further research includes UK delivery. ED 2166

**ANCIENT BLADE EDO PERIOD C1600-1800**Japanese Horseman’s Su-Yari San Kaku Shaped Armour Piercing Fighting Spear Blade & Expert Assessment. Sn 20602 - 20602
Yari is the term for a traditionally-made Japanese blade in the form of a spear, or more specifically, the straight-headed spear. San kaku yari "triangle spear" have a point that resembles a narrow spike with a triangular cross-section. A sankaku yari therefore had no cutting edge, only a sharp point at the end. The sankaku yari was therefore best suited for penetrating armour, even armour made of metal, which a standard yari was not as suited. This ancient Japanese Horseman’s Su-Yari San Kaku spear has been assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. A copy of his hand written notes with illustrations accompany the spear. In his illustrations and notes all of which can be clearly read in the images Bill provides an estimated age of this Su-yari & identifies and describes other blade characteristics and measurements. The price for this ancient blade & expert opinion includes UK delivery. Sn 20602

WW2 Japanese Army Officer’s Type 98 Shin Gunto Seki Arsenal Sword With Smith Signature ‘NOSHU SEKI JU HATTORI MASA HIRO SAKU’, Scabbard With Leather War Service Cover & Expert Assessment. Sn 20599 - 20599
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 . This is a medium grade showa-To oil tempered blade made Seki arsenal using Yaki Ire process to produce its temperline (Hamon) not visible with rust. It is signed Kazu Uchi Mei, I think this means another man actually signed the Nakago, probably his job to sign for a lot of other arsenal smiths ‘‘NOSHU (province) SEKI (city) JU (living in) HATTORI (family name) MASA HIRO (art name) SAKU (made this)’. He is rated as making either low to medium grade Showa-To (none traditional forged) or medium grade Gendaito (hand forged). This is a good example of his work but needs a polish to see what is in it. Saya is Honoki wood, leather covered for war service, used condition with a period reinforcing brass collar put on mouth of Saya. Tsuba good quality Gunto pattern with lots of gilt on it, also good quality Gunto mounts, some gilt and colour remaining. Ito wrap & fish skin good but skin shrunk revealing small gaps. Needing a sarute (knot loop) to complete it”. In his illustrations of the blade he describes the cutting edge of blade as 66 cms. Total length 86 cms. He also translates the tang signature & describes other blade characteristics and dimensions (illustrated). The price for this sword with expert assessment includes UK delivery. Sn 20599

**EXTREMELY RARE, ONE OF ONLY APPROX 6000**Original, Pre WW2 Japanese NCO's 1st Pattern, Type 95 Katana With Solid Copper Hilt, Suya (Harp) & Tokyo Kokura Arsenal Marks & 2nd Pattern Scabbard. Sn 20649 - 20649
On September 16th 1935 a new sword was authorised for Japanese army NCo’s. 1st type sword hilts were made from solid unpainted copper, later variants had cast alloy painted hilts (see page 183 of Swords Of Imperial Japan 1868-1945 by Dawson). Only approx. 6,000 1st type copper hilt NCO swords were made before introduction of alloy hilt variants. This is an original extremely rare 1st type pre WW2 Japanese NCO's Katana with copper hilt and scabbard. The sword has the correct solid copper unpainted cast handle with lanyard ring hole fitted with steel cord loop, quality heavy brass tsuba and scabbard retaining clip which functions as it should. It has an undamaged, fullered, 27 ½” blade which has just light staining consistent with age. The blade is numbered ‘6321’ on one side above the fuller. The copper hilt is stamped with 1929-45 Kokura Arsenal mark, Suya sword shop (Harp) mark (see page 185 of Dawson’s book) and inspection mark. It is complete with its original 2nd pattern scabbard which has a single hanging ring. The scabbard has no damage or dents. The throat of the scabbard is numbered ‘7199’ which is in relatively close number sequence to the sword indicating that this was one of the last 1st types to be made in the transitional period when the 2nd type NCO’s Katana was being introduced and our example ended up being issued with a 2nd type scabbard, or a mistake in the factory production line resulting in our example being issued with a mis-matching but relatively close numbered scabbard. The price for this nicely marked extremely rare piece includes UK delivery. Sn 20649

RARE, NOBLEMAN’s QUALITY, Large, English, George III, 1786 Dated Clamshell Stag / Boar Hunting Dagger / Sidearm With Etched, Blued & Gilt Blade Signed ‘Johann Friedrick Roab Hertberg’ With Stag Antler Grip & Scabbard. 14659. - 14659
This is a rare, quality made Georgian Clamshell Hunting Dagger / Sidearm. These substantial weapons were carried when hunting large game such as Stag or Boar for self-defence and to deliver the 'death blow' to the hunted prey. This dagger has a heavy Stag Antler hilt with heavy brass fittings including cross guard, large clamshell, ferrule and butt cap with finial. The blade is 1 ¼” broad at its widest and is 22” length. The dagger measures 28” overall length. The blade has beautiful etched, blued and gilt panels on both sides and the back of the blade featuring, Stags in the field, horns, Antlers and foliate designs together with British heraldic arms and Crown above Royal Cypher ‘Crown GR III’ (George II Rex). The back of the blade is signed ‘Johann Friedrick Roab Hertberg’ and dated ‘1786’. The weapon is complete with its original brown leather scabbard with brass chape and throat mount with locket. The throat mount is slotted for small skinning knife which is absent. The leather & stitching of the scabbard are clean, undamaged & intact. The price for this quality Nobleman’s hunting sidearm worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 14659. (Bucket)

**ANCIENT PRE 1600 BLADE**Japanese Soshuden School Yori Doshi (Armour Piercing) Dagger Blade In Wood Shira Saya Resting Mounts, Previous Owners Research Notes & Expert Assessment. Sn 20631 - 20631
This ancient blade has been assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. A copy of a previous owners research notes which contain copies of images of this blade and a copy of Bill’s hand written notes and illustrations accompany the blade. In extracts from his notes Bill states “Ancient Yori Doshi (Armour Piercing Dagger). This is undoubtedly pre 1600 in manufacture and it does look Soshuden school work. Armour piercing daggers are not that common, you don’t see them often. A massive blade, but feels light in the hand. Nakago big taper to a very small jiri (end). Very reminiscent of Mura Masa of ise style. Circa 1490’s-1510’s. The hamon is based on Sugha (straight) on one side, on the other it has irregularities, small gunome. There is a lot of work going on inside hamon. Needs a stone polish to bring it out. The grain is hard to see in places but quite wild in other parts. Probably restored and polished in Meiji period and not touched since. A study piece”. In his illustrations of the blade he describes the cutting edge of blade as 26 cms. Total length 38 cms. He also describes other blade characteristics and dimensions (illustrated). The price includes UK delivery. Sn 20631

WW1 Era British Officers Brown Leather Covered Swagger / Riding Crop Sword Stick & Scabbard With Retaining Strap. Sn 20560 - 20560
This is an excellent original British Officers brown leather covered swagger / riding crop sword stick. It has a clean 10 ½” steel blade which narrows to a sharp point (The sword stick itself is 14 ¼” overall length). In its scabbard the swagger / crop measures 20 ½” overall. The blade has no maker or date marks. The wood grip with ball end & wood scabbard are expertly bound in strips of woven brown leather with a leather riding crop flap tip and a leather cord near to the throat which when looped over the ball end pommel prevents the sword stick from falling from the scabbard. NB this loop is not a wrist strap and to protect it from damage should only be used for its intended purpose. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 20560

Pre WW2 December 1938 Dated Japanese Civilian Sword With Possible Gendaito Artisan Smith Signed Regulation Military Length Blade Possibly ‘TOMO KAZU SUKE’ / ‘SUKE MITSU’ With Scabbard & Expert Assessment. Sn 20547 - 20547
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 “Civilian katana, pre-war manufacture December 1938. This blade possibly made by an artisan & not trained sword smith. The mei (signature) is crudely written, especially the 1st kanji of name, cannot pin it down, tried numerous translations could be ‘Tomo Mitsu’, ‘Kazu Mitsu’ or ‘Suke Mitsu’. There is one Suke Mitsu showa period, a smith working as a gunto arsenal smith. Regulation military length at 25 ½”, no arsenal marks could be basic Gendai. Or high grade showa-to with a Nioi oil tempered blade, hamon unusual Hosho Suguha, no grain visible, a very clumsy looking sword, not in good polish. Saya good quality Honoki wood with thick black lacquer with its Kurikata for Sageo cord. Tsuba is Mokko (4 lobe) shape in a Sentoku brass metal possibly been blackened to match Shakudo Fuchi & Kashira on hilt (Tsuka). With Gunto Cherry Blossom menuki. Hilt with brown ito tape which is frayed with age. An interesting example, needs more research”. In illustrations of the blade & tang which accompany the assessment, Bill states that the cutting edge is 25 ½”, total length is 32 ¼”. He translates the tang date & signature as far as possible and describes other blade characteristics and dimensions (illustrated). The price for this interesting Katana worthy of further research with expert assessment includes UK delivery. Sn 20547
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