A Very Good Pre-Revolutionary Chinese Long JianThe kind of Jian that is still most popular today with exponents of Tai Chi. Many Chinese made reproduction swords made today emulate this very form of sword, for in reality, almost all antique and vintage Chinese swords still remaining in China after WW2 were destroyed in the Cultural Revolution. It was only swords like this, that left China before WW2, that fortunately managed to escape their destruction. The forged blade on this sword is very fine with a gold inlaid dragon and Chinese characters to one side, and a copper inlaid dragon and other characters to the other. It is still remarkably flexible. The mounts are rather rudimentary, of course, without unnecessary decoration, and typical of the early Shanghai Tai Chi schools from the 1920's to 40's. But the exterior of this sword belies the quality of the inlaid workmanship of it's blade, that, by it's superior quality, may well indicate it could have been made much earlier. Chen Wei-Ming founded the Tai Chi Chuan school called Zhi-Rou Quan She (The Soft and Gentle Boxing Club) in 1925. Chen Wei-Ming was himself a senior student of Yang Cheng-Fu, the founder of the Yang school of Tai Chi Chuan . Chen Wei-Ming also taught Tai Chi in Shanghai in the 1930's and 40's before the revolution.
In 1925, Yang Cheng-Fu asked Chen Wei-Ming, to write a book entitled "Tai Chi Chuan", with detailed captions to Yang Cheng-Fu's pictures as illustrations. In 1931, Yang had all the pictures retaken and compiled into "The Methods of Taijiquan", which was revised two years later into "A Complete Book of Tai Chi Chuan".
Chen Wei-Ming was also allowed to author the book "Tai Chi Chuan Ta Wen", considered by most to be a modern classic in Tai Chi Chuan literature. This favorite pupil of Yang Cheng-Fu wrote three books on behalf of his teacher, whose desire it was to make Tai Chi Chuan more well-known to the public at large at the beginning of the last century. The third book written by Chen was "The Form of Tai Chi Chuan" (Taijiquan Shu, 1925).
"Tai Chi Sword and Other Writings" (1927) dedicates itself with texts and photos of the Tai Chi Sword form, as he learned from teacher Yang Cheng-Fu. The text is almost entirely a pure description of the individual movements of the sword form and probably originally served as a reminder to the pupils. We know, all too well, that even the most extensive texts and detailed designs and photos cannot replace a teacher, and thus the information in the available text is purely technical and contains nothing new about the form.
Chen went to Canton to represented his teacher to teach the southerners the Yang style of Tai Chi. Grandmaster Doc-Fai Wong's teacher, Hu Yuen-Chou studied with him for three years before Chen Wei-Ming returned to Shanghai and sent his teacher Yang Cheng-Fu to Canton to teach Hu Yuen-Chou and the other students the advanced level Tai Chi Chuan forms and Push Hands principles. One scabbard mount at the base replaced and the sword guard has an old repair with solder., but we have left it entirely untouched. 38.5 inches overall 29.5 inch blade.
Code: 18533Price: 935.00 GBP
An Intriguing South African 'Zulu War' Spear Late 1870's to 1880'sA most fascinating and unusual late Victorian spear with a carved hardwood shaft carved into the stylised form of a Martini Henry rifle. In our experience we have not seen anything quite of it's like in over 40 years. It may have been made by a Zulu veteran of the 1879 war, as a representation of his combat against the British. It's size of the blade and it's dimensions gives the appearance of a Chief's spear used to sit across the legs when seated, maybe held in one hand and used to dispense authority, with it's shape a reference to the owner's previous combat history status. 33 inches long overall.
Code: 18532Price: 395.00 GBP
A Most Beautiful Kamakura Tanto Probably Yamato Tradition Circa 1320An ancient blade around 700 years old. With a nice typical early blade with narrow hamon. With very fine Edo period soft-metal mounts over laid with pure gold and silver on a hand punched nanako ground all with the theme of exotic birds flowing trees and a turtle. The extended length saya is uniformly deep ridged ribbing with a pale amber lacquer. The saya has a silver kurigata of turbulant water and is deliberately extended to give the appearance that longer blade is within it. This has an added advantage of the advantage of a quicker withdraweral from the saya than it's appearance belies. An iron tsuba inlaid with gold flowers and butterflies. Yamato tradition blades has Its origin lies in the province of Yamato, which for Nara period was regarded as the center of Japanese culture. The province is located south of Kyoto in the region of Kinai ( "Heart of the Capital area"). The city of Heijo-kyo (now Nara ) in the province of Yamato was then the capital of the Japanese Empire, so that it was here that many sword smiths settled. According to legend, thus came from the first Japanese sword forging of Amakuni and Amakura, the Yamato tradition. Ascribed to them is the Kogarasu Maru sword, which is probably the best known example of Yamato sword making.
With the transfer of the capital to Heian-kyo (now Kyoto ) in 794, many swordsmiths left the province. Around the year 1200 the area around Nara, increasingly bellicose religious sects were formed, so that the demand for swords increased. In the course of that, thus more sword smiths were active in that state again, to meet the needs of the armed warrior monks and samurai. For this reason, temple names for the different schools were mostly used, for example there was the Tegai-School named after the gate of the temple Tegai-mon -ji Todai .
Code: 18531Price: 3950.00 GBP
A Shinto Aikuchi Tanto, Unokubi-Zukuri [with Hi] Blade & Insect EngravingCirca 1700. A very attractive Samurai tanto that has lain untouched for likely 140 odd years or more. All matching and most attractive Edo period bi-colour copper and bronze fittings, including a kodzuke, engraved with insects, a preying mantis, a wasp and a grasshopper. The menuki are of fine gold overlay of dragon, and the tsuka has imperial white silk binding. The blade is in a unokubi-zukuri form similar to naga nata. The original Edo lacquer saya is uniformly ribbed along it's length with small areas of cracking. Silvered habaki. Blade is in it's with original antique polish with tiny edge nicks. The tanto is commonly referred to as a knife or dagger. The blade can be single or double edged with a length between 15 and 30 cm (6-12 inches, in Japanese 1 shaku). The tanto was designed primarily as a stabbing weapon, but the edge can be used for slashing as well. Tanto are generally forged in hira-zukuri style (without ridgeline), meaning that their sides have no ridge line and are nearly flat, unlike the shinogi-zukuri structure of a katana. Some tanto have particularly thick cross-sections for armour-piercing duty, and are called yoroi toshi. Tanto were mostly carried by samurai, as commoners did not generally wear them. A picture in the gallery of General Akashi Gidayu writing his death poem before committing Seppuku in 1582
Code: 18530Price: 2200.00 GBP
A Beautiful Near 500 Year Old Koto Period Tachi, Circa 1500With a typical narrow sugaha hamon of the Koto period, and the blade is beautifully polished. The blade shows a fascinating, small, steel line insert that is a very ancient and highly skilled surface repair. Expertly achieved and quite remarkable. Most attractive black lacquer saya and gold ito wrap over traditional same with dragon menuki in gilt bronze. Gilded tachi koshirae. In the ancient period the tachi was used primarily on horseback, where it was able to be drawn efficiently for cutting down enemy foot soldiers. On the ground it was still an effective weapon, but somewhat awkward to use. The uchigatana was the predecessor to the katana as the battle-blade of feudal Japan's bushi (warrior class), and as it evolved into the later design, the two were often differentiated from each other only by how they were worn and by the fittings for the blades.
It was during the Mongol invasions that it was shown there were some weaknesses in the tachi sword which led to the development of the Katana. Tachi are the Samurai swords worn on Court occasions by the Daimyo Lords of Japan. They are distinguished by the fact that they are worn with the cutting edge down, from one or two hangers in the centre of the saya. Katana are slid through the belt or Obi, and thus do not have these two hangers. Traditionally in the Edo era only Daimyo are allowed to wear Tachi and there were only about 50 Daimyo in any one period in all Japan.
In later Japanese feudal history, during the Sengoku and Edo periods, certain high-ranking warriors [daimyo] of what became the ruling class would wear their swords tachi mounted. This Tachi although mounted in the Edo period fittings, was made before the Edo period. The Edo started with the Tokugawa, who ruled Japan for around 460 years and it was founded after the battle of Sekigahara in 1598. The Tokugawa unified Japan and created a lasting dynasty of military rulers like none that had been before. The most famous Shogun, Ieyasu Tokugawa had obliged the daimyo [the tachi wearing Japanese clan war lords] to pay homage to the Shogun every two years in a big, formal and costly procession to the court in Edo (Tokyo). The intention was to assure their loyalty and to weaken them by putting financial burdens on them.Imagawa Yoshimoto 1519 -1560) was one of the leading daimyo (feudal lords) in the Sengoku period Japan. Based in Suruga Province, he was one of the three daimyo that dominated the Tokaido region. He was also one of the dominant daimyo in Japan for a time, until his death in 1560. The blade has seen considerable combat use with three tiny hagire, thus this is the perfect sword for the collector of history and samurai artistry and beauty in combat, not for a nihonto specialist.
Code: 18528Price: 4995.00 GBP
A Most Rare and Collectable Cap Badge of the Australian 5th Light HorseIn silver in superb condition for age. A super original example used until the WW2 period. The 5th Light Horse Regiment was a mounted infantry regiment of the Australian Army during the First World War. The regiment was raised in August 1914, and assigned to the 2nd Light Horse Brigade. The regiment fought against the forces of the Ottoman Empire, in Egypt, at Gallipoli, on the Sinai Peninsula, and in Palestine and Jordan. After the armistice the regiment eventually returned to Australia in March 1919. For its role in the war the regiment was awarded sixteen battle honours.
During the inter-war years, the regiment was re-raised as a part-time unit based in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, adopting the designation of the "Wide Bay and Burnett Light Horse (QMI)". It was later converted to a motor regiment during the early years of the Second World War but it was disbanded in mid-1943. The 5th Light Horse Regiment was raised in September 1914 as part of the all volunteer Australian Imperial Force, at Brisbane from volunteers from Queensland, and was assigned to the 2nd Light Horse Brigade. Light horse regiments normally comprised twenty-five officers and 497 other ranks serving in three squadrons, each of six troops. Each troop was divided into eight sections, of four men each. In action one man of each section, was nominated as a horse holder reducing the regiment's rifle strength by a quarter.
All Australian Light Horse regiments used cavalry unit designations, but were mounted infantry, and mounted exclusively on the Australian Waler horse.
Code: 18525Price: 395.00 GBP
A Scarce Swedish Heavy Infantry Officer's Broad Sword with Regt. Markings.A very heavy grade, and sizeable antique Swedish regimental combat weight sword. Bronze hilt with wire bound wood grip, single knuckle bow and wide double edge broadsword blade. All steel combat scabbard. Overall in excellent condition for age.
Code: 18524Price: 595.00 GBP
A Scarce French Medical Officer's Sword Crimean War Franco Prussian War EraÉpée réglementaire Française des Services de Santé. Officer sword, gilt brass guard, horn wired grip, shell guard with the caduceus in a leaves coronet, double-edged blade, iron scabbard with one carrying ring. Very good condition overall. The health services of the French army and navy were set up by Louis XIV with the 17 January 1708 edict which established royal doctors and surgeons offices.
During The French Revolution (1789–1799) and the Napoleonic Empire (1804–1814), changes were required due to successive mobilisations. So, military hospitals were set up in religious buildings such as the Val-de-Grâce church in Paris. Notable characters in the history of the French military health services include: Baron Pierre-François Percy (1754-1825), surgeon-in-chief during the Revolution and the Empire;
Dominique Jean Larrey (1766-1842), father of emergency medicine;
Louis Jacques Bégin (1793-1859), surgeon of the First Empire and to the second president of the Academy of Medicine in 1847;
Robert Picqué (1877-1927), pioneer of medical transport by air;
Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran (1845-1922), won the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1907 for discovering that malaria is caused by a protozoan;
Code: 18522Price: 465.00 GBP
A Japanese WW2 NCO's Sword With Original Hilt Paint.With tradional cast alloy hilt, solid steel tsuba and steel fushi. Good sound blade with serial number and matching serial number to steel painted saya with paint losses.Type 95. A good and sound example, of an original Japanese NCO issue sword of Emperor Hiro Hito's armed forces from WW2, and now a much sought after collector's piece of the Japanese Pacific theatre of war.
Code: 18521Price: 675.00 GBP
A German 'Wedding Gift' Presentation Grade Adolf Hitler's 'Mein Kampf'Leather bound with cream covers. Given just three weks after the beginning of WW2 by the Burgermiester Paul Gerhardt of Nordhorn. Bearing the state crest of arms on the front cover. Condition very good to excellent. Mein Kampf ("My Struggle") is an autobiographical manifesto by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, in which he outlines his political ideology and future plans for Germany. Volume 1 of Mein Kampf was published in 1925 and Volume 2 in 1926. The book was edited by the former Hieronymite friar Bernhard Stempfle, who was murdered during the Night of the Long Knives.
Hitler began dictating the book to his deputy Rudolf Hess while imprisoned for what he considered to be "political crimes" following his failed Putsch in Munich in November 1923. Although Hitler received many visitors initially, he soon devoted himself entirely to the book. As he continued, Hitler realized that it would have to be a two-volume work, with the first volume scheduled for release in early 1925. The governor of Landsberg noted at the time that "he [Hitler] hopes the book will run into many editions, thus enabling him to fulfill his financial obligations and to defray the expenses incurred at the time of his trial."
Code: 18520Price: 365.00 GBP
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