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A Rare Japanese WW2 Shell Around 45mm Possibly Anti Tank Gun
It does have naval markings to the case. More research is needed to identify it. Japanese shells are very rare in the UK. Total shell height 235mm x round width 45mm. Inert and safe not suitable for export. For sale to over 18s only.

Code: 20553Price: 195.00 GBP


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A Fabulous Wakazashi by Master Sadahide Student of Masahide Dated 1830
A simply wonderful wide and sizeable blade with fine hamon and incredible tight grain hada. Copper patinated fushi kashira od the tiger and bamboon. A very good signed copper tsuba with samurai. Original black lacquer saya with fine kodzuka utility knife. As Sukehiro and Shinkai were highly praised by Kamada Natae in his book he wrote in this period swordsmiths begun to imitate their works making strong shape and Hamon in Toran-Ha. Swords in this period imitated the Osaka style. Then Masahide ( one of most famous sword smiths in Shinshinto time ) advocated in his book that "we should make swords by the method of the Koto era." With this final aim swordsmiths begun to create their own steels trying to reach the quality of the ancient one. Combining materials which have different quantity of carbon, a good Jihada will appear. Therefore, swordsmiths used a lot of materials like old nails and the like to adjust the quantity of carbon to be suitable for swordmaking.Even today this steel is called Oroshi-gane. As already said an easy way to produce Tamahagane was available in Shinto time and swordsmith could get good quality Tamahagane. Therefore, it seems that most of them didn't make their own Oroshi-gane. But some swordsmiths like Kotetsu or Hankei followed Masahide suggestions and reached a top-quality level combining ancient iron/steel with modern one. In effect Ko-Tetsu means "ancient steel".

Code: 20552Price: 5450.00 GBP


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A Wonderful 18th Century French Small-Sword of Parcel Gilt and Blued Steel
Just returned after almost 100 hours of specialist conservation. Possibly made by a Royal swordsmith of King Louis XVIth, such as Lecourt of Paris, but unsigned. A finest grade sword of the form as was made for the king to present to favoured nobles and friends. A simply superb small-sword, with stunningly engraved chiselled steel hilt, overlaid with pure gold over a fish-roe background,, decorated with hand chiselled scenes in the rococo Italianate renaissance style depicting various hunting scenes, of hunting hounds and game birds. The multi wire spiral bound grip is finest silver, in with Turks head finials. The blade is in the typical trefoil form, ideal for the gentleman's art of duelling. The degree of craftsmanship of this spectacular sword is simply astounding, worthy of the best though most lengthy, conservation, revealing an attention to detail and the skill of it's execution second to none. Other most similar swords are in the British Royal Collection and in Les Invalides in Paris. This small sword would most certainly have been commissioned for a gentleman of Royalty from one of the great houses of Europe in the 18th century. Swords of this type were similarly carried by nobility born British officers in the American Revolutionary War era, or, the volunteer French, German and Dutch Royal officers that fought on Americas side against the British. The trefoil bladed swords had a special popularity with the officers of the French and Indian War period. Even George Washington had a very fine one just as this example. For example of the workmanship and identical style favoured by the King and Marie Antoinette we show the keys for the Louis XVI Secretary Desk (Circa 1783) made for Marie-Antoinette by Jean Henri Riesener one of the worlds finest cabinetmakers and whose works are the most valuable in the world. The steel and gold metalwork key for Marie Antoinette's desk, is attributed to Pierre Gouthière (1732–1813), the most famous Parisian bronzeworker of the late eighteenth century who became gilder to the king in 1767. This sword bears identical workmanship and style to that magnificent key. Another picture in the gallery is a mounted King Louis XVIth brandishing his same sword, and lastly the King's Scottish Officer of his personal guard, Charles Grant Viscount De Vaux, similarly wearing his gold embellished sword. This is the quality of sword one might have expected find inscribed upon the blade 'Ex Dono Regis' [given by the King]. Very good condition overall, with natural aged patination throughout.

Code: 20550Price: On Request


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An Original Autograph of Admiral of the Fleet Earl Mountbatten of Burma
Admiral of the Fleet Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, KG, GCB, OM, GCSI, GCIE, GCVO, DSO, PC, FRS (born Prince Louis of Battenberg; 25 June 1900 – 27 August 1979) Last Viceroy of India. He was a British naval officer and statesman, an uncle of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and second cousin once removed of Elizabeth II. During the Second World War, he was Supreme Allied Commander, South East Asia Command (1943–46). He was the last Viceroy of India (1947) and the first Governor-General of independent India (1947–48).

From 1954 until 1959 he was First Sea Lord, a position that had been held by his father, Prince Louis of Battenberg, some forty years earlier. Thereafter he served as Chief of the Defence Staff until 1965, making him the longest serving professional head of the British Armed Forces to date. During this period Mountbatten also served as Chairman of the NATO Military Committee for a year.
In 1979, Mountbatten, his young grandson Nicholas aged 14, 83-year-old 'Dodo', the Dowager Lady Brabourne and a young family friend, 15-year-old Paul Maxwell, were cruelly slaughtered by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) member Thomas McMahon and two others, who had placed a bomb in his fishing boat, Shadow V, in Mullaghmore, County Sligo, Ireland. Nicholas's brother Tim [see photo of both young brothers together] survived but blinded in one eye.
For the sergeant's Mess Ball in the Guildhall, City of Portsmouth, 18th May 1973 6.5 inches x 8.75 inches folded.

Code: 20549Price: 135.00 GBP


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A Good Elizabeth 1st Period Swept Hilt Two Ring Rapier With Armourers Marks
Late 16th century, probably Spanish. It also bears a former museum exhibit number '11' on a small affixed brass plate at the quillon block. We show a most similar examples worn in portrait of nobles of the era. Long flattened quillon with spatulate terminals, the blade is inlaid with the gold alloy remains of an armouers symbol that may be antlers of a sort, and the blade bears two armourers stamps [one either side] that are likely representations of stylized profiles of heads. The outer guard hilt has flattened bars of two rings, the inner guards has rounded bars. Turks head knot terminated spiral twist grip. The inner guard and pommel form appears in the seminal work, The Rapier and Small Sword 1460-1820 by A.V.B. Norman, as inner guard 30 [circa 1590] page 231. Thibault d'Anvers (ca. 1574–1627) was a Dutch fencing master and author of the 1628 rapier manual Academie de l'Espée. His manual is one of the most detailed and elaborate extant sources on rapier combat, painstakingly utilizing geometry and logic to defend his unorthodox style of swordsmanship.

The form of rapier used for offence and defence in the early 17th century and for the sport of rapier duelling. Ridolfo Capoferro or Capo Ferro of Cagli was a fencing master in the city of Siena best known for his rapier fencing manual published in 1610. His book covers the use of single rapier, including basic sword grappling, as well as Rapier and dagger, Rapier and cloak, and Rapier and Rotella, a most unusual combination for the period, though far more common in the tradition of swordsmanship of the 16th century which preceded it. Ridolfo Capo Ferro was a legend in his own lifetime and his intricate and exact instructions were copied and emulated throughout a Europe bewitched by this Italian's grace and style. The manual, illustrated with 43 striking illustrations, gives a very real flavour of the panache of this expert in swordsmanship and mastery of that most lethal of weapons - the rapier. Ferro examines different kinds of swords, their component parts and their suitability, before going on to discuss their actual use. There he expounds his theory as to the timing and direction of thrusts, the essential distances and the need for complete control. He also looks at defensive measures, guards, parries, the need for quick footwork. Capo Ferro's text is a practical guide to fighting and one which builds on the theory to show exactly how a superior form of swordsmanship could be learned by Europe's elite. His illustrations clearly show the best methods and also show how a rapier could be lethally effective when used with a dagger or with a cloak. Queen Elizabeth was somewhat concerned with the over elaborate form of dress and the increasing length of edged weapons carried by her nobles, that she decreed by an edict. Detailed here as it appears in; Enforcing Statutes of Apparel [Greenwich, 12 February 1566], Elizabeth I " Item, her majesty also ordereth and commandeth that no person shall wear any sword, rapier, or suchlike weapon that shall pass the length of one yard and half-a-quarter of the blade at the uttermost, nor any dagger above the length of 12 inches in blade at the most, nor any buckler with any point or pike above two inches in length. And if any cutler or other artifices shall sell, make, or keep in his house any sword, rapier, dagger, buckler, or suchlike contrary thereunto, the same to be imprisoned and to make fine at the Queen's majesty's pleasure, and the weapon to be forfeited; and if any such person shall offend a second time, then the same to be vanished from the place and town of his dwelling. " The length of a sword was limited to "one yard and half-a-quarter of the blade". Without knowing specifically how this term was meant to be interpreted by Elizabeth's Magistrates and Officers, we can not be sure how long this is. The use of the word 'and' indicates that it was over one yard by something called 'half-a-quarter'. Some interpretation maybe that it meant an additional half-a-quarter yard. This gives us a maximum blade length of 1, 1/8 yards, or 40.5 Inches. This sword is 43,5 inches long overall, with a blade measured from the quillons of 37.5 inches long.

Code: 20548Price: 4495.00 GBP


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A Beautiful Bizen Koto Katana Circa 1380 Nambokochu Era
Made in the transitional period between Nambokochu and Muramachi. Super ancient narrow blade with wonderful curvature and typical narrow hamon of the Nambokochu era. Delightful original Edo fittings including its superb Edo lacquer saya with deep ribbing and a court cap pattern saya-jiri [bottom chape mount]. The iron fushi kashira have pure gold inlaid ancient kinbuntai kanji. The iron tsuba is beautifully chisseled with crisp edges. Looking at the late Nanbokucho period, the main Bizen smiths last signed eras (the last dated examples do not always coincide with the end of the smith’s career) were Joji for Motoshige, Koryaku for Chogi, and Oei for Omiya Morishige. Many of the Bizen dates moved up to Eiwa, Koryaku, Eitoku, Shitoku, Kakei, Ko-o, and Meitoku, and the tachi shapes changed to become narrower. Choji’s Koryaku era tachi are narrow, but without other style changes. Morikage’s work from the end of the Nanbokucho period have a narrow shape with small hamon which is similar to Kosori work. Also, there are many Bizen smiths who are not belong to famous schools and do not have a clear school style (similar to this Masamitsu work), and people called all of these smiths Kosori smiths. Overall, at the end of the Nanbukucho period, Bizen swords became narrower, and at the same time, the mainstream schools’ characteristics gradually disappeared and smaller hamon become popular.

Code: 20545Price: 4995.00 GBP


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A Prussian Model 1852 Infantryman's Hanger Used in the Franco Prussian War
Fully regimentally marked, made by P.D. Lundschloss of Solingen. All brass hilt. The Franco-Prussian War or Franco-German War , often referred to in France as the War of 1870 (19 July 1870 – 10 May 1871), was a conflict between the Second French Empire of Napoleon III and the German states of the North German Confederation led by the Kingdom of Prussia. The conflict was caused by Prussian ambitions to extend German unification and French fears of the shift in the European balance of power that would result if the Prussians succeeded. Some historians argue that the Prussian chancellor Otto von Bismarck deliberately provoked a French attack in order to draw the independent southern German states—Baden, Württemberg, Bavaria and Hesse-Darmstadt—into an alliance with the North German Confederation dominated by Prussia, while others contend that Bismarck did not plan anything and merely exploited the circumstances as they unfolded.

On 16 July 1870, the French parliament voted to declare war on the German Kingdom of Prussia and hostilities began three days later. The German coalition mobilised its troops much more quickly than the French and rapidly invaded north-eastern France. The German forces were superior in numbers, had better training and leadership and made more effective use of modern technology, particularly railroads and artillery.

A series of swift Prussian and German victories in eastern France, culminating in the Siege of Metz and the Battle of Sedan, saw Napoleon III captured and the army of the Second Empire decisively defeated. A Government of National Defence declared the Third Republic in Paris on 4 September and continued the war for another five months; the German forces fought and defeated new French armies in northern France. Following the Siege of Paris, the capital fell on 28 January 1871, and then a revolutionary uprising called the Paris Commune seized power in the capital and held it for two months, until it was bloodily suppressed by the regular French army at the end of May 1871.

Code: 20544Price: 295.00 GBP


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A French Napoleonic Wars Cuirassier Sword, 1814 Dated Blade
With the French regulation cuirassier sword 1854 modification pommel and guard for use in the Crimean War. A sword that was used the Napoleonic Wars, made before when Napoleon was exiled to Elba, but used during the 100 days war, after his return to France, that culminated in Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo by the Duke of Wellington, and then sent to the Crimean War in Russia in 1854 to 1856, and last used in the Franco Prussian War in 1871. Made in the period that Napoleon was incarcerated at Elba, and used at Waterloo in the 100 days. All Napoleon's heavy Cavalry Regiments fought at Waterloo, there were no reserve regiments, and all the Cuirassiers, without exception fought with their extraordinary resolve, bravery and determination. The Hundred Days started after Napoleon, separated from his wife and son, who had come under Austrian control, was cut off from the allowance guaranteed to him by the Treaty of Fontainebleau, and aware of rumours he was about to be banished to a remote island in the Atlantic Ocean, Napoleon escaped from Elba on 26 February 1815. He landed at Golfe-Juan on the French mainland, two days later. The French 5th Regiment was sent to intercept him and made contact just south of Grenoble on 7 March 1815. Napoleon approached the regiment alone, dismounted his horse and, when he was within gunshot range, shouted, "Here I am. Kill your Emperor, if you wish." The soldiers responded with, "Vive L'Empereur!" and marched with Napoleon to Paris; Louis XVIII fled. On 13 March, the powers at the Congress of Vienna declared Napoleon an outlaw and four days later Great Britain, the Netherlands, Russia, Austria and Prussia bound themselves to put 150,000 men into the field to end his rule. Napoleon arrived in Paris on 20 March and governed for a period now called the Hundred Days. By the start of June the armed forces available to him had reached 200,000 and he decided to go on the offensive to attempt to drive a wedge between the oncoming British and Prussian armies. The French Army of the North crossed the frontier into the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, in modern-day Belgium. Napoleon's forces fought the allies, led by Wellington and Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, at the Battle of Waterloo on 18 June 1815. Wellington's army withstood repeated attacks by the French and drove them from the field while the Prussians arrived in force and broke through Napoleon's right flank. The French army left the battlefield in disorder, which allowed Coalition forces to enter France and restore Louis XVIII to the French throne. Off the port of Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, after consideration of an escape to the United States, Napoleon formally demanded political asylum from the British Captain Frederick Maitland on HMS Bellerophon on 15 July 1815.

Code: 20543Price: 950.00 GBP


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A Very Good WW1 1908 Pattern British Cavalry Trooper's Sword
Darkened lacquer war finish with very good blade in clean polish. Regimentally marked hilt and scabbard and overall a great sword. An original sword as can be seen used to incredible effect in the magnificent epic, by Steven Spielberg, 'Warhorse'. A vintage trooper's sword with full ordnance markings, used in the frontline British cavalry regiments during WW1. The current Cavalry pattern used by all forms of the current British Cavalry. Considered to be the best designed cavalry sword ever made. In exceptionally good condition for age, a superb collector's item from the finest cavalry in the world. Early in WW1, cavalry skirmishes occurred on several fronts, and horse-mounted troops were widely used for reconnaissance. Britain's cavalry were trained to fight both on foot and mounted, but most other European cavalry still relied on the shock tactic of mounted charges. There were isolated instances of successful shock combat on the Western Front, where cavalry divisions also provided important mobile fire-power. Beginning in 1917, cavalry was deployed alongside tanks and aircraft, notably at the Battle of Cambrai, where cavalry was expected to exploit breakthroughs in the lines that the slower tanks could not. At Cambrai, troops from Great Britain, Canada, India and Germany participated in mounted actions. Cavalry was still deployed late in the war, with Allied cavalry troops harassing retreating German forces in 1918 during the Hundred Days Offensive, when horses and tanks continued to be used in the same battles. In comparison to their limited usefulness on the Western Front, "cavalry was literally indispensable" on the Eastern front and in the Middle East.

Code: 20542Price: 745.00 GBP


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A Very Fine & Beautiful Koto O-Tanto Circa 1550
Of large, impressive and powerful size, with a rare unokubi zukuri blade, but it is rarer still, as the tapered champhering on either side of the back edge is deliberately unequal [see photo]. Unokubi Zukuri literally means 'neck of the Cormorant' which refers to the tapering of the monouchi. Gilded raindrop habaki, pure gold decorated kurigata on the saya in the form af a dragon's head. The fushi on the tsuka is signed, bears further inscription to the side, possibly a poem or an indication of it's story, and is made of silver with gold highlights within the flower decoration. It has a kodzuka utility knife with a signed blade. All the fittings wrap and saya are original Edo period, the pure gold decoarted menuki are of clan mon [crests] the fushi is of carved buffallo horn and the tsuba in barss with silver inlaid lines. The ribbed décor black lacquer saya is a;lso original Edo period, has some lengthwise thin surface cracking, not surprising considering it's age, but not obtrusive. The tanto was invented partway through the Heian period. With the beginning of the Kamakura period, tant? were forged to be more aesthetically pleasing, and hira and uchi-sori tanto becoming the most popular styles. Near the middle of the Kamakura period, more tant? artisans were seen, increasing the abundance of the weapon, and the kanmuri-otoshi style became prevalent in the cities of Kyoto and Yamato. Because of the style introduced by the tachi in the late Kamakura period, tant? began to be forged longer and wider. The introduction of the Hachiman faith became visible in the carvings in the hilts around this time. The hamon (line of temper) is similar to that of the tachi, except for the absence of choji-midare, which is nioi and utsuri. Gunomi-midare and suguha are found to have taken its place.

During the era of the Northern and Southern Courts, the tanto were forged to be up to forty centimetres as opposed to the normal one shaku (about thirty centimetres) length. The blades became thinner between the uri and the omote, and wider between the ha and mune. At this point in time, two styles of hamon were prevalent: the older style, which was subtle and artistic, and the newer, more popular style. With the beginning of the Muromachi period, constant fighting caused the greater production of blades. Blades that were custom-forged still were of exceptional quality. As the end of the period neared, the average blade narrowed and the curvature shallowed

Code: 20541Price: 4450.00 GBP

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