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Early 1800’s English Or French Court / Diplomatic Small Sword With Etched Blade. ED 2363 - ED 2363
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 an excellent original Circa early 1800’s Court / Diplomatic small sword (see pages 270 to 282 of Wither’s book ‘World Swords’ where many variants of small sword are illustrated. It has a copper wire bound hilt, with pierced finger guard and knuckle bow. The pommel is urn shaped. The slim 32 ¼”” blade is straight and undamaged and has just staining consistent with age. The staining obscures the blade’s foliate decoration which covers the whole of the blade. The sword measures 39 ½” overall. As is common our example is without scabbard. The price for this attractive Court / Diplomatic small sword includes UK delivery. ED 2363
£595.00

**RARE**NAPOLEONIC PENINSULAR WARS ERA**, British Thomas Gill Birmingham Warranted 1786 Pattern 5 Ball Spadroon Infantry Officer’s Sword With C1760 George II Etched Blade ‘Never To Fall’ & Antique Ivory Hilt. ED 2362 - ED 2362
This is an original rare to find example of a British 1786 Pattern 5 ball spadroon Infantry Officer's sword (see page 155 of World Swords by Withers & Robson’s Swords Of The British Army page 144 No.129 where similar spadroons are illustrated). It has the correct brass 5 ball guard and crown top. The correct ribbed antique ivory grip is excellent with just light surface blemishes consistent with ivory of this age. It has a 32” long single edged, diamond section blade. The blade is etched on both sides with martial arms and foliate panels together with King’s Crown. One side has King’s crown above ‘II’ indicating that this sword was made using an earlier C1760 George II blade (GR II Reign June 1727 – October 1760) . One side of the ricasso is signed ‘T. Gill Birmingham’ (Thomas Gill began manufacturing Swords in Birmingham during the mid to late 1700’s and is last recorded at St James, London in 1816), the reverse ‘Warranted Never To Fall’. The blade has staining consistent with age. As is typical this sword is without scabbard. The price for this rare spadroon includes UK delivery. ED 2362 (NB Ivory Content Comprises less Than 10% Volume & Weight)
£895.00

**EXPERT ASSESSED**Boxed, Japanese Mid Edo Period 1700-1750 Echizen Kinai Family Katana Size Perced Iron Tsuba Depicting A Male Sword tail Dragon Chasing His Tail. Sn 19173:10 - 19173:10
This is an original Mid Edo period Iron Tsuba of the Echizen Kinai Family. It has been assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. A label with his assessment can be read in the images and accompanies the piece. The later wood box has a removable lid. The box has a padded insert to protect the tsuba. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19173:10
£325.00

**EXPERT ASSESSED** VERY UNUSUAL LARGE DESIRABLE**Boxed, Japanese Early Edo Period 1600-1680’s Tembo Armourer’s Work Mokko 4 Lobe Shape Iron Tsuba For Handachi (Half Dachi) Katana Decorated With Kiri Mon Badges. Sn 19173:9 - 19173:9
This is an original early Edo period Iron Tsuba. It has been assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. A label with his assessment can be read in the images and accompanies the piece. The later wood box has a removable lid (one edge of lid absent). The box has a padded insert to protect the tsuba. The box also contains an image of the tsuba which bears a Japanese ink cartouche. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19173:9
£395.00

**EXPERT ASSESSED**Japanese Mid Edo Period (C 1700’s) Wakizashi Size Owari School Form Pierced Iron Tsuba With Later Cloth Bag. Sn 19173:8 - 19173:8
This is an original mid Edo period Wakizashi Size Iron Tsuba. It has been assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. A label with his assessment can be read in image 1 and accompanies the piece. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19173:8
£225.00

Late WW2 Japanese Army Gunzoku (Civilian Employee) Officer’s Gendaito Katana Long Sword Smith Signed Tang ‘Kane Tsune’ Scabbard With Campaign Leather Cover & Expert Assessment. Sn 19173:5 - 19173:5
An original late WW2 Japanese Officer's Sword and Scabbard. 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 “Civilian sword for military use by Gunzoku (civilians employed by the army). They wore uniform and were entitled to carry swords. 65cm Gendaito hand forged blade (says forged in Mei in inscription). Signed by its maker ‘Kane Tsune’, born in 1910 real name Nishimura Kazufumi. He worked as a gunto smith in Giffu. This is the only mention I can find of him cannot find any other Oshigata of him. The blade is in good old polish with only one chip in edge. A very unusual hamon which does not conform to standard types. Appears a bit wild and uncontrolled in places. Hada is also a bit wild with large patches of vivid O Itame. It does not appear to have had yakote line in point. Possible war time polish. Saya is wood withthin layer of lacquer covered in campaign leather cover worn in places. Tsuba soft metal showa period made . Lost its original seppa, leather put in place. Tsuka hilt very good quality han dachi mounts looks Meiji & good menuki. Very dirty brown binding intact. Missing a sarute loop for rank tassel. An interesting example of a civilian sword carried to war”. In his illustrations Bill translates the signature on the tang. He describes the tang end as Kuri Jiri (rounded) cutting edge 65cms total length 85cms. He describes the hamon as based on suguha medium Nioi crystals of Martensite, grain mixed masame goes into O (large) Itame in patches. He also identifies paint Arsenal assembly marks on the tang. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19173:5
£1,795.00

C19th Century Japanese Bamboo Sword Stick With Root Ball Hilt, Hand Carved Samurai Warrior Faces Decoration. Sn 19173:3 - 19173:3
This is an attractive Japanese sword stick. It has a cylindrical pointed blade which is 23 ½” length and tapers to a sharp point. The sword stick measures 34” overall length in its scabbard. The sword stick’s large root ball handle is secure and undamaged. The hilt and scabbard have brass fittings. The scabbard is hand crafted thick bamboo carved with images of Samurai warrior’s faces. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 19173:3
£375.00

WW2 1942 Japanese 1944 Pattern Mounted Army Officer’s Sword With Gendaito Blade Double Signed Dated Tang ‘Hiro Gawa Aki Mitsu’, Scabbard & Expert Assessment. Sn 19156 - 19156
This sword has been assessed by UK based Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. His assessment accompanies this piece. In exerts from the assessment he states “A 1944 pattern Army Officer’s sword with Gendaito hand forged blade. Big strong looking signed by ‘Hiro Gawa Aki Mitsu’ a Rikugun Jumei Tosho (army approved smith). He has a good rating in the back of John Slough’s book on swordsmiths 1 million Yen. Real name Hiro Gawa Orie born 1899 lived in Gotenba. Sturdy blade in original old polish with some scratching obscuring any grain. Hamon is Ko (small) Midare in Nie Deki which is heavily scattered along edge of hamon (good sign). Mounted in 1944 pattern Kosherai. Saya iron mounts with thick crackled dark brown lacquer on Honoki wood base, damaged bottom end patches of lacquer missing. Tsuba darkened iron plate. Tsuka is coarse hessian wrapped with dark brown stippled lacquer applied to it. In very good condition but missing original steel screws. Only 1944 pattern swords had metal mekugi for locking sword in tsuka. It is possible to repair the lacquer damage (on saya) this would then be a good addition to any sword collection”. In images of the tang which accompany the assessment, one side has the translated smith signature the reverse has a translation of the markings ‘Made May 1942’. The cutting edge of the blade is just under 26 ¼” length. Total length just under 34 ¾”. Kissaki 33mm. He also identifies a polisher’s mark’. The hilt's locking catch works as it should securely retaining the sword in the scabbard. The price for sword with expert assessment includes UK delivery. Sn 19156
£1,950.00

SOLD SOLD (12/06) *ANCIENT 14th CENTURY SAMURAI FAMILY GENDAITO BLADE** WW2 Japanese Officer’s Shin Gunto Sword With Single Kanji (Ari) Smith Tang Signature Remaining & Scabbard With Leather Field Combat Cover. Sn 19097 - 19097
This ancient Japanese sword blade has been assessed by UK sword expert Bill Tagg. In exerts from his assessment he states “Ancient blade in standard shin gunto mounts. A genuine Samurai blade, a family sword passed down and taken to 2nd war. This blade could be 14th century. It has all the characteristics i.e. greatly cut down, signed one kanji left (ari) difficult to translate. A big kanji typical of very early signatures. Original file marks and patina long gone lost 4 to 5 inches at least of original tang. It has been mounted at least 3 times (3 ana) re-shaped and filed. Signed on tachi side. The blade is still healthy no Kizu flaws or tired spots. The Ha (edge) is worn with polishing & sharpening over the centuries. If you want a genuine Samurai sword that has been used in battle, this is the one for you (has a small sword cut on back edge of point). Needs to go to japan for papers & to identify the sword maker (possible Bizen school work). In his illustrations of the blade & tang he identifies the kanji mark describes the cutting edge as 24 ½” length, total length just under 32 ½”, observes the last polisher’s mark and describes the kissaki point as 29mm. He describes the hamon as ‘itame grain, Ko (small) notare based on nie crystals running masame grain’. The price for this genuine ancient blade Samurai family sword taken to WW2 includes UK delivery. Sn 19097
£0.00

**BEST CUTTING EDGE SMITH**WW2 Japanese Army Officer’s Shin Gunto Gendaito Katana Sword With Smith Signed Tang ‘Ichi Hara Naga Mitsu’ With Scabbard & Expert Assessment. ED 2578 - ED 2578
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 Shin Gunto with Gendaito blade by genuine smith signature ‘Ichi Hara Naga Mitsu’. He made Medium to high grade gendaito. He made some of the best cutting swords in WW2 (sharp). This is a big strong blade with a well forged hamon of very tight gunome midare (small Ko) and small ashi (legs) down into yakiba, nearly looks Suguha (straight) based on Nioi crystals with deep boshi in good old polish (done in last 40 years). Has one defect possible sword cut on mune ¾ way down blade. In good quality shin gunto (army) mounts. Saya possible re-paint black after 1943 ( a lot of saya were painted black). Big pierced quality gunto tsuba. Tsuka is in good condition. Has its locking catch but missing sarute loop. There is a small hole in the back of top mount where a mon badge of Samurai family has been removed”. In illustrations of the blade & tang which accompany the assessment, one side has the translated smith signature and he observes a polisher’s mark & right slant O Sujikai file marks. He describes the tang end as Irayamagata Shape. Cutting edge is 26 ¼”, total length is 34”. Kissaki point big 40mm. Blade 9mm thick (at hilt). The price for this sword with expert assessment includes UK delivery. ED 2578
£1,475.00
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