An Ancestral Bladed Koto Katana Mounted For A WW2 OfficerSurrendered after one of Japan's greatest defeats of WW2 to a senior officer within General Slim's overall command in the 8th Gurkha Rifles, under General Scoones. An absolute beauty, with a circa 450 year old blade. Signed Shigetaka. Blade shows what appears to be a notare hamon based on sugaha. Very nice wooden saya with horn kurigata combat leather covered. Traditional gunto mounted tsuka with single menuki. Iron plate pierced tsuba with clan mon. The blade is a bright as a button, and the condition overall is exceptional and the leather covered saya has a wonderful patina. Surrendered nearing the end of WW2 by a Japanese commanding officer to a British Colonel, serving under General Slim, after The Battle of Imphal. It took place in the region around the city of Imphal, the capital of the state of Manipur in North-East India from March until July 1944. Japanese armies attempted to destroy the Allied forces at Imphal and invade India, but were driven back into Burma with heavy losses. Together with the simultaneous Battle of Kohima on the road by which the encircled Allied forces at Imphal were relieved, the battle was the turning point of the Burma Campaign, part of the South-East Asian Theatre of the Second World War. The defeat at Kohima and Imphal was the largest defeat to that date in Japanese history. The defeat at Kohima and Imphal was the largest defeat to that date in Japanese history. They had suffered 55,000 casualties, including 13,500 dead. Most of these losses were the result of starvation, disease and exhaustion. (The Allies suffered 17,500 casualties, almost entirely from battle.) The Japanese had also lost almost every one of the 12,000 pack horses and mules in their transport units and the 30,000 cattle used either as beasts of burden or as rations. The loss of pack animals was to cripple several of their divisions during the following year.
Mutaguchi had sacked all of his divisions' commanders during the battle. Both he and Kawabe were themselves subsequently relieved of command.
In December, Slim and three of his corps commanders (Scoones, Christison and Stopford) were knighted by the viceroy Lord Wavell, at a ceremony at Imphal in front of Scottish, Gurkha and Punjab regiments. Slim was created KCB, the others were made KBEs.
Code: 18735Price: 2850.00 GBP
Edo Period Iron Plate Carved Kebori Tsuba Decorated with Mount FujiA large Katana tsuba circa 1700. Mount Fuji, the queen of all mountains, is surrounded with as dense a layer of mythology as it is with clouds. It symbolizes the power and strength to overcome all obstacles - thus a symbol of success in life. Another common presentation theme.The Tsuba, or Japanese sword guard, is a refined utilitarian object. It is essentially a sheath for the blade to fit through, protecting the hand of the warrior. The Tsuba can be solid, semi pierced of fully pierced, with an overall perforated design, but it always a central opening which narrows at its peak for the blade to fit within. It often can have openings for the kozuka and kogai to pass through, and these openings can also often be filled with metal to seal them closed. For the Samurai, it also functioned as an article of distinction, as his sole personal ornament. Tsuba are usually finely decorated, and are highly desirable collectors' items in their own right. Tsuba were made by whole dynasties of craftsmen whose only craft was making tsuba. They were usually lavishly decorated. In addition to being collectors items, they were often used as heirlooms, passed from one generation to the next. Japanese families with samurai roots sometimes have their family crest (mon) crafted onto a tsuba. Tsuba can be found in a variety of metals and alloys, including iron, steel, brass, copper and shakudo. In a duel, two participants may lock their katana together at the point of the tsuba and push, trying to gain a better position from which to strike the other down. This is known as tsubazeriai pushing tsuba against each other. 8cm across. Ana 30mm x 8mm.
Code: 18734Price: 325.00 GBP
A Very Nice Koto Katana Signed Tadamitsu Circa 500 Years OldThis sword is signed Tadamitsu and dates to around 1505 during the heart of the Sengoku Jidai (Warring States period).
It is a beautiful and impressive sword with just one hole in the ubu-nakago (an unaltered tang). Hamon Chu-suguha (straight temperline), and shallow notare-kokoro (wave-like patterns within it)
Jihada (surface skin), Tight itame hada (wood grain pattern) Blade length: 69.5cm tsuba to tip. Fushi kashira with kebori fine line engraving of the Tiger in a Bamboo grove theme. The tiger has the power to control the wind, and wind is its constant companion, and bamboo can resist the strongest winds without breaking. Therefore, the two are distinctly balanced. Introduced through Buddhism, the tiger represents the three principals of strength, nobility, and courage. Based likely on the smith Bizen no Kuni Osafune Tadamitsu, but the signature is rather more faint than one would expect, so possibly a pupil of his school. The hamon and grain capture the work beautifully. The saya is being relacquered.
Code: 18733Price: 4950.00 GBP
A Superb 17th to18th Cent. Silver Hilted Indo Persian Damascus Blade TulwarA Moghul, Islamic sword. With a very good Damascus steel blade with traces of a gold seal mark. All silver covered hilt decorated with flower design with single bar guard, lined cap pommel. Strong and powerful blade of substance. Emperor Aurangzeb [or Muhiuddin Mohammed] was the last significant Mughal emperor. His reign lasted from 1658 to 1707. During this phase, the empire had reached its largest geographical expansion. Nevertheless it was during this time period that the first sign of decline of the great Moghul Empire was noticed. The reasons were many. The bureaucracy became corrupted and the army implemented outdated tactics and obsolete weaponry. The Moghul Empire was descended from Turko-Mongol, Rajput and Persian origins. It reigned a significant part of the subcontinent of Asia from the initial part of the 16th century to the middle of the 19th century. When it was at the peak of its power, around the 18th century, it controlled a major part of the Asian subcontinent and portions of the current Afghanistan. To understand it's wealth and influence, in 1600 the Emperor Akbar had revenues from his empire of £17.5 million pounds, and 200 years later, in 1800, the exchequer of the entire British Empire had revenues of just £16 million pounds. 31 inch blade [measured across the curve]
Code: 18732Price: 1195.00 GBP
A Most Intriguing and Interesting King George IIIrd British SabreCopper gilt two bar hilt, 1796 cavalry blade but a little shorter than regular, with an engraved number 500 near the hilt. Copper gilt mounts, P hilt with additional conjoined side bars. Wire bound leather grip. Blade with old pitted areas, but still sound and effective. Probably for Horse Artillery in the Napoleonic Wars Waterloo era. Leather copper gilt mounted scabbard with large additional support leather back strip to rear. In 1793, four troops of Royal Horse Artillery were raised to provide fire support for the cavalry. The Royal Irish Artillery was absorbed in 1801.
British horse gunners. Picture by de Beaufort. The British artillery of the Napoleonic Wars was well trained, efficient and motivated. Ther officers were very much educated professionals. They did not, could not, buy their commissions or promotions. However, the effects of all this excellent training and schooling was often negated by the small size of the artillery corps and the fact that promotion was by seniority rather than by merit.
In 1812 at Salamanca the artillery was under Ltn.-Col. Hoylet Framingham
British foot batteries: Lawson's, Gardiner's, Greene's, Douglas', May's
British horse batteries: Ross's, Bull's, Macdonald's
Portuguese battery: Arriaga's
In 1813 at Vittoria the artillery under Ltn.-Col. Alexander Dickson.
He entered the Royal Military Academy in 1793. As a captain he took part in the unfortunate Montevideo Expedition of 1806-07, and in 1809 he accompanied Howorth to the Peninsular War. Dickson soon obtained a command in the Portuguese artillery, and as a lieutenant-colonel of the Portuguese service took part in the various battles of 1810-11. Wellington had the highest opinion of him.
Sir George Wood In 1815 at Waterloo Wellington's artillery was under Lt-Col. Sir George Wood.
Sir George Wood served under Sir John Moore at Corunna 1809, and commanded the artillery in Lord Lynedoch's expedition to Holland in 1814. The French had a high opinion about the British artillery. General Maximilien Foy writes: "The artillery holds the first rank in the army; it is better paid, its recruits are more carefully selected, and its period of enlistment is limited to 12 years. The gunners are distinguished from other soldiers by their excellent spirit. In battle they display judicious activity, a perfect coup d'oeil, and stoical bravery. …
English troops take few guns into the field with them; the most that Lord Wellington ever had in the Peninsula, barely amounted to two for every thousand men. Frames, caissons, barrels, and bullets, powder, and every part of the equipage, are remarkable for the goodness of the materials, as well as excellent workmanship."
Code: 18731Price: 1100.00 GBP
A Beautiful, Original, Colt .44 &.45 Wild West 1870's USA Leather HolsterA nice rarely seen original collectors piece of the Wild West, and would compliment any suitable gun perfectly. It has the open-toe feature with belt mount. It came with an 1870's Colt 45 revolver fitted within it [now seperated from the holster] but an earlier 1860 Civil War .44 Colt Army fits it perfectly as well.
Code: 18729Price: 275.00 GBP
A Most Fine & Beautiful Katana Signed Sukesada of Bizen Dated 1560Signed Bizen kuni ju Osafune Sukesada. One of the Sukesada, Bizen smiths. A very nice Koto blade, that has seen battle, with fine mounts and most unusually and very interestingly, embossed leather wrapped tsuka, with cloisonne enamel menuki. Embossed leather was imported to Japan by the Portuguese in the 16th century and was highly prized as screens and other decorative works of art. We have also seen, although most rarely, other items decorated with this distinctive leatherwork such as samurai purses and saya coverings. The embossing on the leather are various insects, highly popular in samurai fittings décor. The fushi tsuka mount is very fine, signed by the maker, and decorated with flowers and gold buds. Harima, Mimasaka and Bizen provinces were prospering under the protection of the Akamatsu family. Above all, Bizen province turned out a great many talented swordsmiths. A large number of swords were made there in the late Muromachi period not only supplying the demand of the Age of Provincial Wars in Japan but also as an important exporting item to the Ming dynasty in China. At the onset of the decline of the Ashikaga shogunate in 1565 ad., and Yoshiteru's assassination the shogunate of Yoshiteru was filled by his two-year old son, Yoshiaki. Yoshiteru's brother was the abbot of a Buddhist monastery. He resigned this position and attempted to assume the shogunate. These efforts ultimately failed. The demand for swords began an accent to unimaginable levels. The national unrest and violent civil war did not cease until the successful takeover of the shogunate by Tokugawa Iyeyasu. The "Osafune - Kozori" group was the major supplier of blades for these events. 29 inch blade Tsuba to tip. On just one side of the blade there are combat stress hagire marks near the top section. This blade has certainly seen battle use, and is ideal for the historical collector of beautiful samurai weaponry, as opposed to those seeking blade condition perfection.
Code: 18728Price: 6450.00 GBP
A German 1930'sNSDAP Armband. In Standard Cotton With Woven Swastika CentreA better quality example with 2 colour woven disc. Overall good but unstitched join at the rear. [ideally, simply needs a gentle ironing]
Code: 18727Price: 85.00 GBP
A German WW2 Early 1927-36 SS & SA Eagle Tie PinIn good overall condition. Wingspan 11mm length of pin total 53mm
Code: 18726Price: 45.00 GBP
A Superb, Ching Dynasty, Chinese Pirates Sword With Armour Piercing BladeWith brass guard, cross-hatched carved hardwood grip and a most substantial and very powerful wedge shaped armour piercing blade in fantastic condition bearing just surface rust, almost an incredible half inch thick at the forte of the blade. There is no Chinese armour or chain mail that this blade could not penetrate with the skill of the best swordsman. Circa 1800, In it's original hard leather scabbard [now in two parts] Even though it has damage it is very are to see the original 200 year old hard leather scabbards on these swords. Brass 'D' shaped guard with elongated quillon, deep wide blade. In an untouched condition, not cleaned or tended for likely over 100 years. Known as the pirates swords in the Ching period. The most powerful Chinese pirates emerged mid-way through the Ching dynasty and flourished in Fujian and Canton provinces. Between 1802 and 1804, Zhen Yi and his wife Zheng Yi Sao were the most powerful pirates known in Chinese history. They formed a pirate coalition that grew to over 10,000 men. Zheng Yi belonged to a family of successful pirates who traced their criminal origins back to the mid-Seventeenth century. Following his marriage to Ching Shih, Zheng Yi used military assertion and his family's reputation to gather a coalition of competing Cantonese pirate fleets into an alliance. By 1804, this coalition was a formidable force, and one of the most powerful pirate fleets in all of China.
In 1807, Zheng Yi died, and Ching Shih maneuvered her way into his leadership position. The fleet under her command established hegemony over many coastal villages, in some cases even imposing levies and taxes on settlements. According to Robert Antony, Ching Shih "robbed towns, markets, and villages, from Macau to Canton."
She ended her career in 1810, accepting an amnesty offer from the Chinese government. She kept her loot, married her lieutenant and adoptive son Cheung Po Tsai, and opened a gambling house.
She died in 1844, at the age of 69. Sword's blade 19.5 inches, scabbard although in two pieces could be repaired relatively simply.
Code: 18724Price: 1175.00 GBP
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