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A Scottish, Beak-Nose, Ribbon Basket Hilted Broadsword
From the times of King James Stuart Vith born 9 June 1566 at Edinburgh Castle, son of Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley and Mary I, and King Charles Stuart Ist, born 19 November 1600 at Dunfermline Palace, Dunfermline, son of James VI and Anne of Denmark. With the early flat bars known as ribbons, with the beak nose front. Awaiting expert restoration with our artisans. Unsigned blade possibly German with three fullers down around one third of it's length. The blade is at present unseated so this is being attended to, and then the sword will be available.The Stewarts of Lennox were a junior branch of the Stewart family; they were not, however, direct male line descendants of Robert II, the first Stewart who became King of Scots, but rather that of his ancestor Alexander Stewart, 4th High Steward of Scotland. In the past, through the means of the Auld Alliance with France, they had adapted their surname to the French form, Stuart. Consequently, when the son of the Earl of Lennox, Henry, Lord Darnley, married the Queen of Scots, Mary I, their son, as the first King of the Lennox branch of the Stewart family, ruled as a Stuart.

James VI also became King of England and Ireland as James I in 1603, when his cousin Elizabeth I died; thereafter, although the two crowns of England and Scotland remained separate, the monarchy was based chiefly in England.

Charles I, James's son, found himself faced with Civil War; the resultant conflict lasted eight years, and ended in his execution. The English Parliament then decreed their monarchy to be at an end; the Scots Parliament, after some deliberation, broke their links with England, and declared that Charles II, son and heir of Charles I, would become King. He ruled until 1651; however, the armies of Oliver Cromwell occupied Scotland and drove him into exile. Sword blade length around 82 cm.

Code: 18448Price: On Request


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A German WW1 'Butcher' Bayonet By Erfurt.
Excellent condition and maker marked and issue dated.

Code: 18447Price: 95.00 GBP


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An Exemplary British WW1 SMLE 1907 Pattern Wilkinson Sword Bayonet
With original British Army canvas frog. In very good condition. An excellent WW1 example, used in WW1 & WW2, of the Pattern 1907 British bayonet for the .303 SMLE rifle, complete with it's scabbard and original webbing frog. The ricasso of the bayonet is stamped by the manufacturer 'Wilkinson' and Crown GR , blade with original blueing to ricasso. The reverse is stamped with inspection marks. The grips are also ordnance crown stamped and dated 1915. The blade is in excellent condition and it's wood grips are undamaged and perfectly secure. It is complete with a nice original steel mounted leather scabbard and original webbing Frog. All stitching of the scabbard and frog is intact and inspection dated 1942. Many other re-inspection ordnance marks including 1918 and 1924. Scabbard leather inspection marked and dated HGR1915 and ordnance broad arrow marked as well.

Code: 18446Price: 185.00 GBP


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A Zulu War Period 1870's Royal Engineers Tropical Helmet Plate
The same form of badge as worn by Lt. Chard at Rorke's Drift. On 2 December 1878 the 5th Company Royal Engineers were sent to the Colony of Natal in response to a request from Lord Chelmsford, commander of the British forces in southern Africa, for an additional unit of engineers to assist with preparations for the invasion of the Zulu Kingdom. After their arrival on 5 January, Chard was dispatched with a small group of sappers to repair and maintain the ponts at one of the few crossings of the Buffalo River which ran along the border of Natal and the Zulu Kingdom. A short distance downstream was Rorke's Drift, an isolated mission station used as a staging post for the British invasion force. It consisted of two thatched bungalows about 30 metres (98 ft) apart—the western building was used as a hospital, and the eastern building had been converted into a storehouse. Garrisoned at the Drift were Chelmsford's quartermaster general, Major Henry Spalding, a company of the 2nd Battalion 24th Regiment of Foot commanded by Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead, and a large company of the 3rd Natal Native Contingent (NNC).

Chard's group arrived on 19 January and set up camp near the crossing. On the morning of 22 January he received an order that his sappers were required at Isandlwana 10 miles (16 km) to the east, where Chelmsford had set up an advanced camp for his main invasion column which had marched into Zulu territory two weeks before. However, when he arrived Chard was informed that only his men were required and that he should return to Rorke's Drift. While at Isandlwana, Chard had witnessed a Zulu army approaching the camp in the distance and upon his return to the Drift at about 1pm he informed Spalding of the situation. Spalding decided to depart the Drift to hurry British reinforcements en route from Helpmekaar, but before he left he checked a copy of the Army List which confirmed that Chard was senior to Bromhead. Therefore Chard, a "notoriously relaxed" man with no combat experience, was unexpectedly placed in command of the small garrison.
Unconcerned by the presence of the Zulus nearby, Chard returned to his tent by the river crossing but he was soon after disturbed by two NNC officers on horseback who informed him that the camp at Isandlwana had been overwhelmed and annihilated by the Zulus. Returning to the station, Chard found Bromhead and Assistant Commissary James Dalton had already instructed the troops to use mealie bags to construct a defensive perimeter between the storehouse and hospital. Chard consented and by 4pm the hastily constructed perimeter was complete. Soon afterwards, the Zulu impi, which contained some 3,000–4,000 men, was sighted advancing on their position. This caused the NNC troops to panic and desert the station, reducing the number of defenders from around 350 to approximately 140 (including 30 sick and wounded).Chard immediately ordered an additional barricade of biscuit boxes to be built across the inner perimeter to provide a smaller fall-back area should the Zulu's overwhelm a part of the thinly manned perimeter.

The first waves of Zulu assault were repulsed by British volley fire but the attackers pushed on relentlessly, particularly along a vulnerable section of the British perimeter by the hospital which became the centre of fierce hand-to-hand combat.With British casualties mounting, Chard ordered his troops to withdraw behind the biscuit boxes which left the western half of the station in Zulu hands, including the hospital which was subsequently set alight by the attackers. Once inside, Chard ordered the construction of a redoubt made from a tall pyramid of mealie bags to provide shelter to the wounded and form the last line of defence. The Zulus continued to attack in intermittent waves during the night but they were illuminated by the burning thatch which enabled the defenders to spot their advances. By 5am, the exhausted Zulus had abandoned the attack and British reinforcements arrived later that morning. Chard counted 351 dead Zulus scattered around the perimeter.The British suffered 17 killed and 10 wounded

Code: 18445Price: 365.00 GBP


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A Very Good Edward VIIth Boer War Royal Engineers Busby Plume Holder
A very fine gilt officers type in fabulous condition. A Heavy and fine quality piece. It would be difficult to conceive of a campaign in which the work of the Engineers would be more arduous than it was in South Africa, or in which the difference between middling and excellent service on their part would be more acutely felt by those in command or by the body of the fighting troops. The corps is fortunate in that in no quarter, official or unofficial, has there been the slightest attempt to bestow on them anything but the heartiest commendations. The difficulties they had to contend with and overcame were appreciated by all the generals. It has often been remarked that the natural courage required to prevent men running away from a shower of shrapnel or a hail of rifle-bullets, where the men have the power of returning the storm even in diminished force, is a totally different quality from the trained, inculcated heroism which enables men to go out in the face of certain extreme danger to repair a telegraph line, examine a bit of railway, or build a bridge without the excitement afforded by the opportunity of returning fire. The Engineers had to do all these things and a hundred others. The splendid conduct of Major Irvine's pontoon company in "constructing well and rapidly, under fire", the bridges required on the Tugela, was said by General Buller "to deserve much praise"; and unofficial writers were wonder-struck at the cool, methodical work, flurry, haste, or anything slipshod being unseen. Every plank set in its place, every knot tied as if at a drill. Any detailed account of the work of the Royal Engineers it is impossible to give, but it must not be forgotten that they were constantly in the thick of the fighting, as when half of the 37th company were on the shell-riven and bullet-swept summit of Spion Kop on 24th January, or as when the 7th company, with the Canadian Regiment, made the last grand advance at Paardeberg on the night of the 26th February. It weighs 62 grams, 3.25 inches high, 2 inches wide, 1.3 inches deep.

Code: 18444Price: 145.00 GBP


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A Singularly Magnificent Museum Grade Samurai Wakizashi By Master Kanenori
NOW REPOLISHED!! Signed Echizen ju Kanenori. Circa 1600's. Blade with his famed horimono carving, and now fully repolished, showing a delightful undulating notare hamon, superb Edo saya with original lacquer and a silver saya bottom mount. Sword mounted in stunning quality, pure gold decorated, patinated takebori fittings, probably Soten school. The Soten school was created by one of Masamune's students, named Kanemitsu. A most pleasing wakizashi from one of the most interesting eras of samurai history at the ending of the turbulent times of the Tokugawa after the Battle of Sekigahara and the Edo period. This Samurai wakizashi was made in the era of some of the most interesting periods of warfare. Samurai warfare is simply extraordinary, such as the incredible Battle of Okehazama, where a force of 1500 samurai routed a far superior army of 35,000 samurai through skill, adacity and cunning. In this battle, Oda Nobunaga defeated Imagawa Yoshimoto and established himself as one of the front-running warlords in the Sengoku period.

In May or June 1560, Imagawa Yoshimoto, with an army of perhaps 35,000 men, set forth on a march to Kyoto. Entering the Oda territories in Owari Province, he first took the border fortresses of Washizu and Marune before setting up camp in a wooded gorge known as Dengaku-hazama. This was all reported to Oda Nobunaga by his scouts and, in response, Nobunaga then led his own forces into position at a temple called Zenshoji, a short distance away, on the other side of the Tokaido.

Had Nobunaga decided on a frontal assault, the battle would have been deceptively easy to predict; his army was outnumbered ten to one by the Imagawa forces. A frontal assault would be suicidal and an attempt to hold out at Zensho-ji would only last a few days. Because of the odds against their side, some of Nobunaga's advisers even suggested a surrender. Nobunaga, however, decided to launch a surprise attack on the Imagawa camp. When he made his decision, he gave this speech:
"Imagawa has 40,000 men marching toward this place? I don't believe that. He 'only' has 35,000 soldiers. Yes, that is still too many. So, Sado, you want me to surrender. What if we do surrender? Will you get content with losing your life that way? Or what if we hold on like Katsuie wants me to? What if we stay here in this castle, lock it up, and wait until the Imagawas lose appetite and stop the siege and go home? We will be able to prolong our lives for 5 or 10 days, and what we cannot defend will still be undefendable. We are at the bottom of the pit, you know. And our fate is interesting. Of course the misery is too great, too. But this is how I see it: this is a chance in a lifetime. I can't afford to miss this. Do you really want to spend your entire lives praying for longevity? We were born in order to die! Whoever is with me, come to the battlefield tomorrow morning. Whoever is not, just stay wherever you are and watch me win it!" Nobunaga left a small force at the temple with a large number of banners, to give the impression that this was the location of his main force. Meanwhile, Oda's main force (about 1,500 men) moved through the forest undetected to the rear of the Imagawa army.

The Imagawa samurai, not unsurprisingly, did not expect an attack, and that afternoon was very hot. The histories say that the Imagawa samurai were celebrating their recent victories with song, dance, and sake. An afternoon rainstorm further aided Oda's soldiers who arrived at the Imagawa camp just as the rains came down (this was the afternoon of 12 June).

When the storm passed, Nobunaga's men poured into the camp from the north, and the Imagawa warriors lost all discipline and fled from the attackers. This left their commander's tent undefended, and the Oda warriors closed in rapidly. Imagawa Yoshimoto, unaware of what had transpired, heard the noise and emerged from his tent shouting at his men to quit their drunken revelry and return to their posts. By the time he realized, moments later, that the samurai before him were not his own, it was far too late. He deflected one samurai's spear thrust, but was beheaded by another.
With their leader dead, and all but two of the senior officers killed, the remaining Imagawa officers joined Oda's army. Soon the Imagawa faction was no more and Oda Nobunaga was famous as his victory was hailed by many in Japan as miraculous. The most important of the samurai lords who joined Oda after this battle was Tokugawa Ieyasu from Mikawa Province. Ieyasu would remain a loyal ally of Nobunaga from this time until the latter's death

Code: 18443Price: 7550.00 GBP


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A Signed WW2 Shin Gunto Katana in Part Old Samurai Mounting
A WW2 Japanese officer's katana that has a typical shingunto hilt but a traditional samurai katana saya in fine lacquer [this would have been leather combat covered during the war], and a traditional katana tsuba with kodzuka ana and kogai ana brass infill. The nicely signed blade is quite grey and shows a notare to sugaha hamon. This is a very charming original, signed, Japanese sword that has more of the traditional samurai sword appearance, than a fully military mounted WW2 sword usually has. Ideal for a collector who would like a very inexpensive totally original samurai sword, that is a lot less costly than an earlier traditional sword would be. What one might call a superb first rung on the ladder of fine Japanese sword collecting. Furthermore, the tsuka could also be rebound, mounted old style, and the blade beautifully repolished, to thus make the whole sword have it's completely traditional samurai appearance. We haven't translated the tang as of yet.

Code: 18442Price: 1475.00 GBP


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Scarce, Victorian, 3rd City of London Silvered Shako Helmet Plate
An extremely fine example in silver plate being a crowned eight pointed star with overlays of oak sprays and central strap ‘Domine Dirige Nos’ enclosing a number 3
bearing the arms of the City, over a shield and London. A rare and most collectable piece of Victorian militaria. Two loop fasteners very good condition. 4.75 inches x 3.85 inches

Code: 18441Price: 325.00 GBP


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A Rare Zulu War 1879 Gaika [Assegai] Spear
Brought back by a serving officer as a souvenir from the 1879 South Africa Zulu wars. A Gaika assegai in fabulous untouched for 130 years condition. Differing from regular Zulu assegai by it's bound steel band form at the head's haft and the base instead of being bound in metal wire or leather. No British campaign medal wasactually instituted exclusively for the Zulu War. Bloody and hard-fought as it was, the War was no doubt regarded in Britain as but a part of the general fighting that took place from 1877 to 1879 between the various African tribes in Southern Africa and their British and Colonial overlords.

In 1854 royal sanction had been given for the award of a medal to the survivors of British regular troops who had served in any one of the three campaigns of 1835-36, 1846-47, or 1850-53, on the Eastern Frontier of the Cape Province. Designed by William and L.C. Wyon, this medal bears on the obverse a beautiful portrayal of Victoria as the young queen, wearing a coronet. The reverse shows a lion, half-crouching watchfully, behind a protea bush, with the date '1853' in the exergue.

In 1880 it was ordained that the same medal should he awarded to all personnel - Colonial volunteers and native levies as well as British regulars - who had served in any of the campaigns in South Africa between September 1877 and December 1879, namely the Gaika / Galeka War, the Northern Border War, the lst and 2nd Sekukuni Wars, the Moirosi's Mountain campaign in Basutoland, and the Zulu War. A bar or clasp was to be attached to the suspender of the medal hearing the date or dates of the year or years in which the recipient had actually served in any of those campaigns. Military personnel who had been mobilized in Natal, but had not crossed the Tugela River into Zululand, were to receive the medal without any bar. 51 inches long overall.

Code: 18440Price: 435.00 GBP


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With Napoleon at Waterloo, Edward Bruce Low
Other unpublished documents of the Waterloo and Peninsular Campaigns. Also papers on Waterloo by the late Edward Bruce Low MA, edited with an introduction by Mackenzie MacBride. Included are two cuttings from the London Times, a 100 year anniversary [1912] of the burning of Moscow. With 32 illustrations, published in 1911. 244 pages. 26cm x 16.5 cm x 4.5cm

Code: 18439Price: 85.00 GBP

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