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WW1 Era British Officers Brown Leather Bound Swagger Sword Stick By Swaine Adeney London With Ibberson Sheffield Stradivarius Violin Trademark Etched Blade. Sn 19495 - 19495
Swaine Adeney (now Swaine Adney Brigg) is a quality British luggage maker and umbrella-maker founded in the mid-eighteenth century. The firm of Swaine & Adeney was said to have been founded in London in 1750, but the earliest documentary evidence goes back to around 1760 when a saddler named John Ross set up a whip manufactory in London.I n 1845, Edward Swaine took into partnership his nephew and son-in-law James Adeney, who had served a seven-year apprenticeship with him. For almost a hundred years, from 1848 to 1943, the firm bore the name Swaine & Adeney, Ibberson is a famous and popular name in the Sheffield cutlery industry from the mid-17th century to the beginning of the 19th century. In 1873, the company registered its world famous Stradivarius Violin trademark with The Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire. This mark, along with Ibberson’s other great trademark, ‘Doublesharp’ would go on to gain legendary status amongst knife enthusiasts the world over. This is an excellent WW1 era brown leather covered wood Swagger Sword Stick & Scabbard in the form popular with British Officers during WW1. It has a 13 ½” double edged steel blade. The blade is etched with foliate decoration on one side and has panel ‘Swaine & Adney Ltd 185 Piccadilly London W1’. The reverse is signed with Ibberson’s Stradivarius Violin trademark. Both sides of the blade near to the hilt have some old stable staining and light surface pitting. It measures 23” overall in its scabbard. The wood grip & scabbard are bound in brown leather. All leather and stitching are clean & intact. The leather has some scuffs and scratches consistent with age and service use. The price for this well marked swagger sword stick includes UK delivery. Sn 19495
£375.00

**RARE**WW1 1918 British Army In India Mole Birmingham Mountain Artillery Pattern 1896 'All Ranks' Sword With WD 1916 Scabbard. Sn 19548 - 19548
In 1896 a special Pattern of sword was introduced for all ranks of the Mountain Artillery Batteries. This pattern of sword is one of the rarest of regulation patterns and was used by British & Indian troops during campaigns on the North West frontier & WW1 (see pages 228-230 of Robson's book Swords Of The British Army). This is an excellent original example. The Sword has a 29 ¾” single edged blade with fullers (35 ¼” overall). The blade is clean with no damage. The ricasso is marked With ‘ISD’ denoting production for use by the British Army in India and ’18 date (1918). The back of the blade is stamped by the manufacturer ‘Mole’ (Birmingham). The blade has its original leather hilt washer. It has a brass flat bow guard and correct grooved cast iron ribbed grip with much original black paint. The sword is complete with its original correct brown leather scabbard with brass mounts. The leather is impressed with WD marks and ’16 date (1916). All stitching & leather of the scabbard are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19548
£975.00

**MINT GENDAI HAND FORGED BLADE**WW2 Japanese Army Officer’s Shin Gunto Pattern Sword With Gendaito Smith Signed Blade ‘TAKA HASHI HISA KUNI’, Scabbard With Leather Combat Cover & Expert Assessment. Sn 19531 - 19531
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 “Army officer’s Shin Gunto pattern sword in un-touched condition with a gendaito hand forged blade in mint old polish signed by its maker ‘TAKA HASHI HISA KUNI’ (no arsenal marks). I can only find one listing for a smith using this art name? List no 337Fuller & Gregory books Hisa Kuni of Shinano Province, no other info with it. There are 2 other smith’s listed in Markus Sesko books page No. 144, listed Fukuoka & working as a listed army sword smith, Father & son, but using different family or place name, both rated Smiths, by Aki Hide’s rating system. Needs further research to verify which man it is. Saya Honoki wood with basic black lacquer and slide on ashi (ring). Leather combat cover bits missing at throat. Very clean tsuba gunto pattern some gilt left. Tsuka complete, flat fish skin bound in brown ito tape., mid war quality. Plainer fuchi & Kabuto gane with plain wire sarute. Finish with iron menuki (rusty). A good quality & good condition sword with mint Gendai blade’. In his illustrations Bill translates the signature on the tang, provides measurements of the blade and other dimensions / Hamon characteristics which can be seen in image 2. The price for this excellent sword with expert assessment includes UK delivery. Sn 19531
£1,975.00

C1750 English Ornate Brass Hilt Small Sword With Flat Diamond Section Blade. Sn 19235 - 19235
The small sword (also court sword, French: épée de cour or dress sword) is a light one-handed sword designed for thrusting which evolved out of the longer and heavier rapier of the late Renaissance. The height of the small sword's popularity was between mid 17th and late 18th century. It is thought to have appeared in France and spread quickly across the rest of Europe. The small sword was the immediate predecessor of the French duelling sword (from which the épée developed. This is a nice original C1750 small sword (see page 277 of Wither’s book ‘World Swords’ where a small sword with similar brass hilt dating to C1750 is illustrated). It has an ornate brass hilt with part bowl guard, knuckle bow and ball top. The slim 28 ½” flat diamond section blade is straight and undamaged and has just light staining consistent with age. The blade has no maker or date marks. The sword measures 33 ¾” overall. As is common our example is without scabbard. The price for this attractive small sword includes UK delivery. Sn 19235
£475.00

**NAPOLEONIC PENINSULAR WARS ERA** British 1796 Pattern Infantry Officer’s Sword With Etched Blade & Scabbard With Etched Panel ‘J. READ DUBLIN’ . Sn 19226 - 19226
This is an original British 1796 Pattern Infantry Officer's sword (see page 160 of World Swords by Withers where an example with blued and etched blade is illustrated. In his book withers states that most of these swords are found with missing quillons, & worn blades). Our excellent example has the correct shell guard with foliate decoration, one shell correctly folds for scabbard carry. It has the correct knuckle bow and ornate urn shaped pommel. The wire bound grip is excellent and retains its original quillon finial. All wire is tight and intact. It has a 32 ½” long fullered, single edged blade. The blade is etched on all sides. The etchings are foliate & Martial panels, and Turkish / Ottoman themed devices. All of the etchings are crisp. Its original scabbard has brass mounts and 2 hanging rings. The throat mount has a frog bar and has a nice oval etched panel, ‘J. Read Dublin’ (either a retailer or the Officer who originally owned the sword). The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19226
£1,350.00

WW2 1943 Japanese Army Officer's Shin Gunto Showa To Katana Sword Smith Signed Tang ‘Bu’ (Military Patriot?) Or ‘Take’ (Shi Family Name?)’ Scabbard & Expert Assessment. Sn 19501 - 19501
This 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 “A Shin Gunto army Officer’s sword with Showa To bar stock? Oil tempered blade (heavy). It has been buffed bright so I cannot see forging work. Signed with one kanji name? Can be read as TAKE or BU (military). There is an oshigata by this smith or pupil of this smith in John Slough’s book of Modern Japanese Sword Smiths page 169 for comparison where he signs TAKE HISA and also has 2 x ‘W’ stamps on Nakago same as this blade (please note unable to photograph the ‘W’ marks identified by Bill). He (the smith) is listed working in Aichi in Showa period and making medium grade Showa To. Needs polish to see work in mid war quality parade metal saya, green paint finish is worn but in overall reasonable condition. Gunto tsuba in good condition some original patina, matching numbers on seppa and tsuba. Tsuka good condition complete with fuchi matching number to tsuba and seppa. All hilt mounts have finish and gilding (broken locking latch). Only needs sarute loop to complete it. Don’t know why he (smith) did not complete his art name. Same as book definitely the same man as in Slough’s book, same hand cut both inscriptions. An interesting example of its type”. In his illustrations Bill translates the signature on the tang and date (Spring 1943), provides measurement of the blade and other dimensions which can be seen in image 2”. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19501
£1,295.00

**CORNWALL COUNTRY HOUSE FIND**Victorian British Dockyard Or River Police Brass Hilt Sword / Hanger Sidearm & Scabbard. Sn 19107:1 - 19107:1
This is an original Victorian British Naval Dockyard Or River Police Brass Hilt Sword / Hanger Sidearm & Scabbard recently found in a Cornwall country house. It has a fullered 24 ¾” clean polished steel blade which is very sharp. The blade has its original leather hilt washer. There are no dates, maker or manufacturer marks on the blade. The brass hilt is in excellent order with bar guard. The bar guard has what looks like a period hand applied ‘III’ mark (illustrated). The fish skin bound handle with finger grooves is undamaged & it has a stepped pommel. The push button scabbard retaining clip functions as it should. The overall length of the hanger is 30 ¼” and it locks firmly into the scabbard. The leather scabbard with brass mounts is in very good condition with all leather & stitching intact. The brass throat mount has a frog locket. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19107:1
£575.00

Victorian Era British Naval Midshipman’s Dress Dirk / Small Sword With Lion’s Head Pommel, Etched Blade & Scabbard Retailer Marked ‘Dudley Grand Parade Portsmouth’. Sn 19239 - 19239
Naval forces began to use dirks in the mid to late 1700s. Historians differ on whether dirks originated with the Danish Navy or the British Royal Navy but they were widely used by England’s sea service. Despite the popular notion that only Midshipmen used dirks, early paintings show dirks worn by high-ranking Naval Officers as well as Midshipmen. This original British Navy Midshipman’s dirk / small sword has a 19 ½” long tri-form steel blade. The blade has no visible manufacturer or date marks and has light etched foliate decoration. The dirk measures 23 ¾” overall and has a fish skin bound grip with copper wire binding all intact. It has a brass guard with Lion’s Head pommel whose mane travels down the spine of the hilt. The pommel has 2 brass rings attached for cord. The guard langets have cast Queen’s crown and Naval fouled anchor devices. The bar guard has foliate tooled decoration. The dirk is complete with original brass mounted leather scabbard. The scabbard has ornate foliate mounts and 2 brass hanging rings. The troat mount has a nicely engraved Lion Statant above panel ‘Dudley Grand Parade Portsmouth’ (Dudley was a 19th century, jeweller, silversmith and sword cutter, Grand Parade, Portsmouth, Hampshire) . All leather and stitching of the scabbard are clean and intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19239
£795.00

**ANCIENT LATE EDO PERIOD C1700’s CORMORANTS NECK BLADE ** Japanese Gendaito Mino School Ko-Wakizashi Small Sword With Kodjuka By-Knife Hilt With Silvered Mount Fuji Device, Scabbard, Cloth Bag Cover & Expert Assessment. Sn 19465 - 19465
This ancient blade Japanese Ko (small) Wakizashi Sword has been assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. A copy of his hand written notes with illustrations accompany the sword. Extracts from the notes include “Mino School / Style blade made in the late Edo period C1700’s. The small unsigned blade is shaped U-No-Kubi-Zukuri (like a Cormorant’s neck) back edge. This shape popular in Muromachi period. This looks later into Shinto. In good old Hadori polish showing Nioi edged gunome midare temper line hamon. Cannot see grain, later work usually has small/ tight forging. Saya is black lacquer good quality on Honoki wood in very good condition with horn Kuri Kata fitted with Shita Dome eyelets. Koi Guchi throat mount is silver plated copper in Han Dachi style. Matches fittings on tsuka, also Han Dachi style finished with silver menuki of a Vraja Bhudist ghost knife and bound in light blue ito. All the mounts look Meiji period. With an iron Tachi style Tsuba, plain black iron with 2 Hitsu Ana cut outs, good 19th century patina. Ha Baki is gold foil overlaid , small amount of damage. There is a Kodjuka hilt in the slot in Saya (By-Knife Hilt). It has replacement blade in wood, original missing. Shakudo plate showing a silvered mount Fuji (worn) with some contact marks”. In his illustrations he describes sword dimensions (illustrated in the images). The price for this ancient blade with expert opinion includes UK delivery. Sn 19465
£1,345.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 30/08) WW2 Kai Gunto Japanese Type 97 Navy Officer’s Seki Arsenal Sword Smith Signed ‘NISHI BE MUNE NAGA’ With ‘NAKAIRISHIMEI MEI’ (Master & Pupil Working Together), Scabbard, Later Carry Bag & Expert Assessment. Sn 19463 - 19463
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 “Type 97 Kai Gunto Navy officer’s sword made by the han Tanren Abura Yaki Ire-To method, partly forged oil hardened, covered with clay pattern scratched in. Oil quenched producing a nioi like hamon with fine grain hard to see. Possibly special order blade longer than regulation length at 27 ½”. Signed by its maker ‘NISHI BE (not confirmed) MUNE NAGA’ with ‘NAKAIRISHIMEI MEI’ (Master & Pupil Working on it Together). See John Slough’s book on swordsmiths page 20. Name could be read ‘SEI BU MUNE NAGA’ see Markus Sesko page 219. A qualityseki arsenal marked blade by a not well known smith who is only known for working on gunto swords. In black lacquer with pine needle inlays (a small amount of damage) and good quality Navy arsenal mounts. Probably brought home from war by a veteran (Bill refers to a remnant of Officer’s cord being present, this is now absent). Bill also identifies a polisher’s mark and painted assemblty numbers on tang, also Tsuba, Seppa and Fuchi having matching ‘0’ marks”. In his illustrations he translates 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 19463
£0.00
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