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**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
£1,575.00

Victorian / Edwardian Era Bamboo Sword Stick With Triangular Section Blade & Curved Root Ball Handle. Sn 19008 - 19008
A quality Bamboo Sword Stick. It has a 26 ¾” Triangular Section Blade which is straight & tapers to a pin sharp point. The hilt has a brass ferrule. It measures 33 ¾” overall and has a curved bamboo handle with bulbous root ball top (the sword stick measures 36 ½” overall in its scabbard). The scabbard has a brass collar and conical brass end cap. The price for this attractive sword stick includes UK delivery. Sn
£475.00

WW1 Era Imperial German Cavalry Officer’s Dress Sword With ‘Jewelled’ Eyes Lion’s Head Pommel & Scabbard. ED 2562 - ED 2562
This is an attractive, original Imperial German Cavalry Officer's dress sword. The sword has a brass guard ornately decorated with Oak leaves and cross guard with Puma’s head finial. The cross guard has langets, one decorated with Cavalry crossed swords device the other with shield containing an engraved monogram ‘CS’. The impressive Lion’s head pommel has red glass ‘jewelled’ eyes and the grip strap has Lion’s mane and Oak leaves. It has an undamaged grooved wire bound fish skin grip. All wire is intact and secure. The sword measures 38” overall and its 32 ½” single edged, curved blade is clean. There are no visible manufacturer marks on the blade under the langets. The blade has its original leather hilt washer. The sword is complete with its original black painted steel scabbard with hanging ring mount fitted with original hanging ring and fixed strap bar. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2562
£595.00

*British* ‘c1770’ Pattern Infantry Officers Sword. ED 2555. - ED 2555
This is an attractive ‘c1770’ pattern sword with a 31” blade. The blade carries traces of engraving with ‘HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE’ and ‘DIEU ET MON DRUIT’ to both sides, together with ornate engraving to both sides of the ricasso. The brass heart shaped guard, knuckle bow and pommel also have ornate engraving and the wire bound grip is in perfect condition. As is usual with swords of this age, the scabbard is absent. An attractive late 18th Century sword in excellent condition. The price includes U.K. delivery. ED 2555.
£795.00

A ‘c1750’ English Brass Hilted Small Sword with Copper bound Grip. ED 2554. - ED 2554
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 ‘c1750’ small sword with a 30 ½ “ blade with twin 5” fullers from the cross guard. These carry engravings and the word ‘Toledo’ repeated four times within the fullers. The shell guard is heavily decorated on both sides with ‘stand of arms’, as is the knuckle bow and bulbous pommel. The copper wire bound grip has decorative banding at the top and bottom, and is undamaged. A lovely Mid-18th Century small sword. The price includes U.K. delivery. ED 2554.
£795.00

**SUPERB**Late 18th Century English Small Sword With Etched Colichemarde (Triangular Section Blade) & Scabbard By Cullen King’s Cutler London. ED 2549 - ED 2549
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 superb original C18th century English small sword (see pages 270 to 282 of Wither’s book ‘World Swords’ where similar variants of small sword are illustrated). It has ‘Colichemarde’ blade (the shape of a colichemarde blade features a wide forte, which abruptly tapers to a much narrower form at a point varying between a fifth to a third of the blade length from the hilt. The blade cross section was most often triangular and hollow-ground. This configuration combines good parrying characteristics, due to the wide blade forte, with the good maneuverability and thrusting characteristics imparted by the narrow blade point). This beautiful small sword with 30 ¾” Colichemarde blade is etched with stands of arms panels to the front and rear. It has a brass oval guard with ribbed sun ray decoration, brass knuckle guard and brass urn shaped pommel. The grip is silver wire bound. The sword measures 37 ¾” overall length. The rare to find scabbard is brown leather with brass chape and 2 brass mounts fitted with 2 brass hanging rings. The throat mount is stipple engraved with ‘Cullen King’s Cutler Charing Cross’ (M.Cullen was a cutler / sword maker to King George III and had premises at 9 Charing Cross London from C1770 -1797 when the business was then taken over by John Prosser, this dates the sword to the third quarter of the 18th century. One of the nicest small swords we have had. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2549
£1,450.00

**QUALITY**British Robert Mole & Sons Birmingham Sword With Blued & Gilt Etched Blade Ornate Gilt Crown Pommel & Lion With Crown Guard. ED 2539 - ED 2539
Robert Mole and Sons of Birmingham (1835-1920) supplied swords and bayonets to the War Office, the Admiralty and the Government of India as well as for private and trade customers. This is an unknown Victorian pattern of sword made by Mole & Sons. The high quality & form of the sword would indicate that it may have been carried by a Court or Parliament Guards Officer. It has a 31 ¼” blade with gilt panels on a field of blue that ends in a maltese cross in the mid section of the blade (36 ¼” overall). The gilt panels feature Crown VR (Victoria Regina) foliate devices and heraldic arms. The ricasso and spine of the blade are signed by the maker ‘Robt Mole & Sons Birmingham’. One side of the blade shank has a small inspection proof mark similar to marks seen on military issue swords and bayonets (illustrated). The gilt 3 bar guard incorporates a crown with crowned Lion device. The hilt has an ornate Crown pommel the fish skin grip is wire bound. The sword is without scabbard. An excellent, quality made sword worthy of further research. The price includes UK delivery. ED 2539
£795.00

1940-1942 WW2 Japanese Fuku Moto Amahide Gunto Civilian Factory Army Seki Arsenal Contract Wartime Blade Signed ‘Soshu Seki Ju Ido Hide Toshi’, Scabbard & Expert Assessment. Sn 18880 - 18880
An original WW2 era Japanese Officer's Sword with signed tang. 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 “A civilian katana wartime blade circa 1940-1942 made in Fuku Moto Amahide’s Gunto Civilian Factory Army Contract Wartime Blade AKAZU UCHI IMEI (signed by some other smith) ‘Soshu Seki Ju Ido Hide Toshi’’ the factory owner’s son produced under army contract. It has a seki arsenal stamp 9passed quality control). It looks medium quality showa-to which has undergone Yak ire (covered in clay) then heated and quenched in oil producing a hamon with a ha-Buchi edge of Nioi crystals. It has had a reasonable polish and is in good condition, bright and showing hamon well. Some small scratches and odd bit of finger rust. The saya is its original gunto honoki wood mount with thin layer of dark lacquer. It has a Sageo cord tied in a bow for martial arts use. Tsuba is old late Edo period octagonal iron plate with inscribed with Dragon in clouds motif. It is un-signed. The tsuka is retored civilian hilt with good quality black ito wrap around quality Ray skin. Soft metal shakudo, nanako fuchi kashira showing Tori gates & cherry blossoms. Cannot identify the menuki, look Meiji period in age. Nice looking sword”. In his illustrations Bill translates the tang signatures and describes the tang end as Nakago Jiri cut square. Hamon Midare Ba irregular mixture of Bizen crab claws and mino gunome. Hada Nishiji (pear grain). He also identifies a polisher’s mark on the blade. Kissaki 39mm, cutting edge 66cm total length 84.5cm”. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18880
£1,250.00

Victorian / Edwardian Era Gentleman’s Malacca Sword Stick With Ornate White Metal Ball Top & Flat Diamond Section Steel Blade. Sn 18785 - 18785
This is an original Victorian / Edwardian Gentleman’s Sword Stick. It has an ornate foliate design white metal ball top & blackened brass ferrule. The ball top has some denting consistent with age and use. It has a 22 ½” Flat Diamond Section Steel Blade and measures 30” overall length. The blade has light staining consistent with age & tapers to a pin sharp point. The blade has a brass collar at the hilt. The sword stick measures 35 ¾” overall in its scabbard. The handle and scabbard are undamaged. The scabbard has a ribbed blackened brass end cap with ball end . The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18785
£395.00

C1760 English Or European Silver Plated Hilt Court / Diplomatic Small Sword With Etched Indistinct Letters Within The Blade Fullers. ED 2488 - ED 2488
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 C1760 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 brass hilt with part bowl guard and knuckle bow. There are traces of original silver plating silver plating. The urn chaped pommel has a ball top. The slim 28 ¼” blade is straight and undamaged and has just staining consistent with age. The fullers on either side have indistinct etched lettering within. The blade has its original hilt washer. The sword measures 34 ¾” overall. As is common our example is without scabbard. The price for this attractive Court / Diplomatic small sword worthy of further research includes UK delivery. ED 2488
£495.00
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