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*Rare* c1800 French Infantry Guard’s Sword and Brass Scabbard. ED 2628 - ED 2628
This is an original rare to find example of a c1800 French Infantry Guard's sword (see page 187 of World Swords by Withers). Our excellent example has the correct Georgian styling with brass guards with correct chased decoration. It has the correct brass knuckle bow and feathered helmet shaped pommel. The wire bound grip is excellent and retains its original quillon finials. All wire is tight and intact. It has a 31” long un-fullered blade with original leather hilt washer (37 ¾” overall). The blade has staining consistent with age. The sword comes with its rare to find original brass scabbard with two hanging rings has age related marks. The price for this rare sword and scabbard includes UK delivery. ED 2628.
£695.00

c1750 Silver metal Hilt Court / Diplomatic Small Sword With Blued & Gilt Blade. ED 2626 - ED 2626
The small sword (also court sword, French: epée 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 epée developed. This is an excellent original c1750 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 silver metal hilt with part bowl guard and knuckle bow. The urn crown pommel has a ball top. The slim 82 cm blade is straight and undamaged and has just staining consistent with age. The blade has its original hilt washer & etched panels on both sides featuring geometric designs. The sword measures 99 ½ cm overall. The leather scabbard has an aged patina with brass ornate chape and locket with a fancy frog stud. The owners name is inscribed to the rear of the locket: ‘Count Ferdinand de Baillet’ (A Count Ferdinand Charles Louis Antoine de Baillet–Latour (21 January 1850 – 18 September 1925) was a Belgian politician. He was governor of the province of Antwerp from 14 March 1908 until 31 December 1912. Baillet-Latour was born and died in Brussels. Ferdinand de Baillet-Latour was a member of the Antwerp provincial council for the canton Ekeren from 1 July 1902 until 14 March 1908. He was a member of the village council of Brasschaat from 1902 until 1908 and from 1913 until 1824. He was burgomaster of Brasschaat from 1902 until 1908, where he succeeded Armand Reussens, and (provincial) senator in the Belgian Senate from 1912 until 1921).The price for this attractive Court / Diplomatic small sword includes UK delivery. ED 2626. (Rack nr canon)
£1,095.00

SOLD SOLD (20/12) 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
£0.00

**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
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