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SOLD SOLD (29/11) **MINT, ANCIENT, HUGE LONG SWORD BLADE, CUT DOWN TO KATANA SIZE C1550**Tsuba Myochin Artist Signed ‘Mune Aki’ Scabbard & Later Carry Bag Cover & Expert Assessment. ED 2558 - ED 2558
This is an original Ancient Japanese long sword blade, cut down to katana size circa 1550 . The tang is un-signed. The sword has been assessed by UK Japanese sword expert Bill Tagg. A copy of his hand written notes and illustration of the blade & tang characteristics accompany the sword. In extracts from his notes he states “This is a very old sword. Entire tang (Nakago) been cut off and machi (notches) moved down. This was done a long time ago. There is plainly blade steel showing in in (new) tang which supports the shortening theory. They were cut to comply with changes to laws and changes in use. Biggest change Circa 1550 when war Lord Oda Nobunaga banned the wear of huge long swords. This is a puzzle. My first thought was a cut down Naga Maki big bladed halbard / pole arm who9se leaf shaped blades are 3 to 4 feet length with shaft of 2 to 3 feet. Very scarce now, not many survive in original un-touched condition. It could also be a Naginata Naoshi blade made in the shape of a spear. Definitely Pree I Goo Koto old sword period been restored in last 50 years with an hadori polish which obscures the hamon (very thin). Grain is fine itame. One scratch some open grain on back edge otherwise mint. In re-lacquered saya rebound (good work) tsuka with old iron mounts (bit worn) nice quality menuki tsuba is iron signed ‘Mune Aki’ from Ki late edo period. Possibly a Myochino artist. Pierced with 2 raindrops edged with brass. Good qulity iron nice patination. A very fine looking sword worthy of serious study’In illustrations of the blade and tang he notes ‘ cutting edge now 23 ¾”. Overall length now 30 ½”, widest (part of blade) 30mm. New Nakago Jiri’. Also included is a later carry bag cover with draw cord. The price for this ancient blade worthy of further research includes UK delivery. ED 2558
£0.00

Edwardian British A.G. Parker Birmingham 1897 Pattern Presentation Infantry Officer’s Sword Etched Blade To ‘Presented To Lieut J. Shirlaw By The Officers & Men Of C & D Companies 6th V.B Royal Highlanders Kirkcaldy 16th March 1904’ & Scabbard. Sn 18301 - 18301
This is an original 1897 British Infantry officer’s presentation sword. These swords were a great improvement on previous patterns with better protection to the hand through its ¾ basket hilt (see page 179 of World Swords by Withers & pages 165-167 of Swords of the British Army by Robson). The sword has an 81cms long single edged plated blade with partial fullers (96cms overall). The ricasso has a very faint manufacturer name which appears to ‘A.G. Parker Birmingham’ (to faint to photograph). The reverse has the ordnance acceptance ‘proof’ star. Both sides of the blade have etched panels featuring foliate panels, the Kings crown, heraldic devices & Royal Cypher ‘ER VII’ (Edward VII Rex). One side has an etched panel ‘Presented To Lieut J. Shirlaw By The Officers & Men Of C & D Companies 6th V.B Royal Highlanders Kirkcaldy 16th March 1904’. It has the correct ¾ bowl guard pierced with foliate design and Royal Cypher ‘ER VII’. It has the correct fish skin grip with wire binding which is tight and intact. The sword is complete with its plated steel scabbard which has 2 hanging rings and shoe. The price for this sword worthy of further research regarding the named Officer’s military service includes UK delivery. Sn 18301
£695.00

WW1 Era Dutch 1912 Pattern Army Officer’s Sword With German Alex Coppel Solingen Etched Blade ‘Yzerhouwer’ (Dutch ‘Iron Hacker’ Proof Mark), Brass Lion’s Head Pommel Hilt & Scabbard. Sn 18323:1 - 18323:1
This is an original, WW1 Era, Dutch 1912 pattern Army Officer’s Sword & Scabbard. The Sword is in very good condition. It has a single edged, fullered, curved, 34” blade. One side of the blade is crisply etched with banner containing the word ‘Yzerhouwer’ (Dutch: translates to ‘Iron Hacker’ a proof mark indicating that the blade was able to cut into iron). The blade is clean, has original leather hilt washer and is crisply marked by the German manufacturer ‘Alex Coppel Solingen’ together with the Company’s scales trademark. Its brass hilt has a Lion’s head pommel and mane back strap. The cross guard has a Puma’s head finial and plain langets. The grooved grip has all of its wire binding. The Sabre is complete with its original steel scabbard with single hanging ring. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18323:1
£425.00

SOLD SOLD (26/01) French 1845 / 1855 Pattern Infantry Officer’s Sword By Hoogaerts Fils Anvers With Etched Blade ‘Pour Le Roi Et La Patrie’ (For The King & The Fatherland) & Scabbard. Sn 18318 - 18318
The French Infantry Officer's Pattern 1845 / 55 sword was the standard Infantry Officer’s sword from the 1840’s through to the 1900’s. These swords had a great influence on the sword designs of other nations, most notably the USA where the US Model 1850 Staff & Field Officer’s sword and Model 1852 Naval officer’s sword are almost identical copies (see pages 191 & 193 of World Swords by Withers). Our example is in excellent condition. It has a 34” single edged blade with fullers and measures 40” overall length. One side of the blade is signed by the manufacturer or retailer ‘Hoogaerts Fils Anvers’. Both sides of the blade have etched panels. One side has the French motto ‘Pour Le Roi Et La Patrie’ (For The King & The Fatherland). The reverse has decorative panels, heraldic arms and stylised cypher. The brass guard has pierced foliate decoration. It has brass stepped rounded pommel with foliate decoration. Its grooved polished walnut hilt is undamaged. The sword is complete with its original brass mounted leather scabbard. The throat mount has a single hanging ring. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 18318
£0.00

WW2 British Royal Navy Officer’s 1827 Pattern George VI Sword With Etched Blade, Cord, Scabbard, Dirk By Gieves With Cord & Portepee, Scabbard Both With Belts By Gieves & Hanging Straps. The Sword & Dirk Marked To RN Commander ROE Caton With Documents - 18283
This is an excellent British RN sword & dirk collection to a distinguished WW2 RN Commander. Commander Caton served with the RN between 1939 & 1961. A dossier of documents accompanying the sword detail his service history including courses he participated in. There are 2 copies of images of ships he commanded HMS Sparrow 1949 and HMS Fortune 1940. There are also 2 photographs of Naval officer’s in uniform and a group photo of Officers and men on the deck of HMS Diamond (it is uncertain if Commander Caton is included in any of the photos). The Naval Officer’s sword has an 80cm long blade faintly etched with foliate panels and Kings crown. There is no visible manufacturer mark. It has an attractive Lion’s head pommel and the knuckle guard features King’s crown and RN motif. The ricasso has the inlaid ordnance acceptance roundel and star. The sword’s fish skin grip with wire binding is undamaged. One side of the guard has a folding langet which locks securely to a pin on the throat of the scabbard and holds it securely in place. The langet is signed ‘ROE Caton RN’. The hilt is fitted with original cord (portepee absent). The leather scabbard with brass fittings is in excellent condition. The leather sword belt is in excellent condition and is gold leaf marked by the manufacturer ‘Gieves’. The belt has the correct RN buckle and hanging straps with clips. The Dirk has a 46cm steel single edged straight blade marked Gieves. The blade is crisply etched King’s Crown and fouled anchor. It has a Lions head with mane pommel and grip strap, cross guard with acorn finials & King’s crown Royal Navy Crown and fouled anchor device. One side of the guard is holed for scabbard retaining clip on the scabbard throat which holds the sword securely in place. The dirk’s fish skin grip with wire binding is undamaged. The dirk is complete with its black leather scabbard which has brass mounts and 2 hanging rings. The scabbard is inscribed ‘ROEC’ to Commander Caton. The dirk’s leather belt is in excellent condition and is gold leaf marked by the manufacturer ‘Gieves’. The belt has the correct RN buckle and hanging straps with clips. The price for this excellent complete RN set to a high ranking WW2 RN Officer with Documentation includes UK delivery. Sn 18283
£1,200.00

**RARE**NAPOLEONIC PENINSULAR WARS ERA, C1800 British Senior Infantry Officer’s Sword With German J. J. Runkel Solingen Blade & Rare To Find Scabbard. Sn 10851:8 - 10851:8
This is an original rare to find example of a C1800 British Senior Infantry Officer's sword styled on the pattern 1796 Infantry Officer’s sword (see page 160 of World Swords by Withers). Our excellent example has the correct Georgian styling with brass shell guards with correct chased decoration. It has the correct brass knuckle bow and urn shaped pommel. The wire bound grip is excellent and retains its original quillon finials. All wire is tight and intact. It has a 32” long fullered blade with original leather hilt washer (38 ¾” overall). The blade has staining consistent with age. The fullers on both sides are signed by the German manufacturer ‘J.J. Runkel Solingen’. The sword comes with its rare to find original brass mounted black leather scabbard. The leather is complete. The rear seam stitching has become detached in areas over the years but could be re-stitched by a sadler or other leather worker. The surface of the leather has some scuffs to be expected with age and use. The throat mount has a frog locket and hanging ring, the mid section mount also has a single hanging ring. The price for this rare sword and scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 10851:8
£1,350.00

SOLD SOLD (17/01) VERY RARE**NAPOLEONIC PENINSULAR WARS ERA, British 1796 Pattern Infantry Officer’s Sword With Blued & Gilt Etched Blade, Cord, Portepee & Rare To Find Scabbard. Sn 10851:7 - 10851:7
This is an original very rare to find example of a British 1796 Pattern Infantry Officer's sword (see page 160 of World Swords by Withers where an example with similar blued and etched blade is illustrated. In his book withers states that most of these swords are found with missing quillons, worn blades and without scabbard). Our superb 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. The hilt is fitted with cloth cord with tasselled portepee. It has a 31” long fullered, single edged blade with leather hilt washer. The blade is correctly gold etched and blued on all sides for ¾ of its length. The etchings are foliate & Martial panels, Georgian Crown & heraldic devices. There are no discernible manufacturer marks. All of the etching, gilt and blueing are crisp. The sword comes with its rare to find original brass mounted black leather scabbard. The leather is complete. The throat mount has a frog locket and hanging ring, the mid section mount also has a single hanging ring. The price for this very rare, sword and scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 10851:7
£0.00

C1850 - 1871 Imperial French Gendarmerie Warrant Officer’s Sword With Clamshell Guard & Scabbard. Sn 10851:5 - 10851:5
This is an excellent original C1850 - 1871 Imperial French Gendarmerie Warrant Officer’s Sword (see page 187 of Wither’s book ‘World Swords’ for a similar sword but with different decoration on the clamshell). It has a cast brass handle featuring entwined oak leaves, knuckle bow and clamshell featuring cast martial arms. The 29 ¾” rapier shaped blade with double partial fullers is straight and undamaged and has just staining consistent with age. There are no visible manufacturer or date marks. The sword measures 36” overall. The sword has its original black leather brass mounted scabbard. The throat mount has frog stud. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact. The price for this attractive French sword rare to find with scabbard includes UK delivery. Sn 10851:5
£595.00

**NAPOLEONIC WARS ERA** British Woolley & Deakin's (Birmingham) Improved Steel 1796 Pattern Cavalry Sabre & Scabbard. ED 2553 - ED 2553
Woolley & Deakin of Birmingham produced their 1796 pattern sabres especially for the looming 100 Days War in March and April 1815, after the Congress of Vienna declared Napoleon an outlaw after his escape from his first exile to the Elba, and the Allies mobilised their armies accordingly. The Pattern 1796 Light Cavalry Sabre was used primarily by British Light Dragoons and Hussars during the Napoleonic Wars (see page 77 of World Swords by Withers). The blade is remembered today as one of the best of its time and has been described as the finest cutting sword ever manufactured in quantity. Officers of the famous 95th Rifles, Light Infantry Regiments and the "flank" Companies of Line Regiments adopted these Swords (The Hit Peninsular War, Book & TV series Sharpe's Rifles featured this pattern of Sword). This original 1796 Sabre by Woolley & Deakin is in good condition for its age. It has a single edged, fullered 33” Sabre blade (37 ¾” overall). The blade is undamaged & has just staining consistent with age. The back of the blade is signed by the manufacturer ‘Woolley & Deakin's Improv’d Steel’. Its cross guard with rounded langets, knuckle guard, pommel and ribbed grip are good condition . The ribbed wood grip has traces of its original leather covering and some original wire binding is present. The Sabre is complete with its original steel scabbard with 1 hanging ring (the 2nd is absent). The sword fits the scabbard tightly. The scabbard has even patina with no cracks or dents. The price for this Napoleonic Wars era Cavalry Sword by a quality maker with Scabbard includes UK delivery. ED 2553
£975.00

Victorian, British Pattern 1827 Officer's Presentation Sword With Etched Blade ‘F.S.F.S From G. Cadets Of B. Co R.M.C.S Xmas 1869’ By C. Smith & Son London & Scabbard. ED 2552 - ED 2552
This is an original 1827 Pattern Sword & Scabbard. It has a has a 32 ½” blade (38 ½” overall) with partial fuller. The blade has staining consistent with age & etched on both sides with decorative foliate panels and banners. Both sides have 'Crown VR' Royal Cypher (Victoria Regina) and foliate panels. The ricasso has the ordnance acceptance star . The blade is also signed by the manufacturer C. Smith & Son 5 New Burlington St London’ & Royal Appointment. One side is inscribed with presentation detail ‘‘F.S.F.S From G. Cadets Of B. Co R.M.C.S Xmas 1869’. It has a voided full knuckle guard with the Rifle Brigade / Militia 'Queen’s Crown Above Slung Horn' badge. It has a curved stepped pommel with ball end, fish skin grip with wire binding in excellent condition. It is complete with steel scabbard with 2 hanging rings and large shoe. The scabbard has even patina consistent with age and service wear. The price for this sword worthy of further research regarding the presentation inscription includes UK delivery. ED 2552
£695.00
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