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Sorry Item Number 18527 Jingasa Was Sold
We have received several queries regarding the Asano Naganori, [of the 47 Ronin fame ] Asano Jingasa. It is no longer on our site, we are sorry but it was sold late Saturday pm, but appears in our weekly latest additions newsletter.

Code: 18529Price: On Request


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A Beautiful Near 500 Year Old Koto Period Tachi, Circa 1500
With 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


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A Most Rare and Collectable Cap Badge of the Australian 5th Light Horse
In 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


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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


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A Scarce French Medical Officer's Sword Crimean War Franco Prussian War Era
Épée 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


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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


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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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A Shinto Katana With Han Dachi Mountings, Circa 1750
Nice undulationg hamon and a signed pierced o-sukashi tsuba in iron. Original Edo period handachi koshirae and original Edo period lacquer. The first use of "katana" as a word to describe a long sword that was different from a tachi occurs as early as the Kamakura Period (1185-1333). These references to "uchigatana" and "tsubagatana" seem to indicate a different style of sword, possibly a less costly sword for lower-ranking warriors. The evolution of the tachi into the katana seems to have started during the early Muromachi period (1337 to 1573). Starting around the year 1400, long swords signed with the "katana" signature were made. This was in response to samurai wearing their tachi in what is now called "katana style" (cutting edge up). Japanese swords are traditionally worn with the signature facing away from the wearer. When a tachi was worn in the style of a katana, with the cutting edge up, the tachi's signature would be facing the wrong way. The fact that swordsmiths started signing swords with a katana signature shows that some samurai of that time period had started wearing their swords in a different manner.

The rise in popularity of katana amongst samurai is believed to have come about due to the changing nature of close-combat warfare. The quicker draw of the sword was well suited to combat where victory depended heavily on fast response times. The katana further facilitated this by being worn thrust through a belt-like sash (obi) with the sharpened edge facing up. Ideally, samurai could draw the sword and strike the enemy in a single motion. Previously, the curved tachi had been worn with the edge of the blade facing down and suspended from a belt.

The length of the katana blade varied considerably during the course of its history. In the late 14th and early 15th centuries, katana blades tended to have lengths between 70 and 73 cm (27.5 and 28.5 in). During the early 16th century, the average length approached closer to 60 cm (23.5 in).

Code: 18519Price: 3250.00 GBP


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A Wild West J.M.Marlin Nickel Plated American Revolver In Rosewood Case
32 Rimfire. A Number 32 Standard of 1873. Good plated finish, good tight action and it's nice antique gun case [re-lined]. Fancy hardened rubber grips. John M. Marlin was born in Connecticut in 1836, and served his apprenticeship as a tool and die maker. During the Civil War, he worked at the Colt plant in Hartford, and in 1870 hung out his sign on State Street, New Haven, to start manufacturing his own line of revolvers and derringers. As with all our antique guns, no license is required as they are all unrestricted antique collectables

Code: 18518Price: 1195.00 GBP


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1700's Ottoman Kilij Formerly Of Col. Hanmer Warrington 4th Dragoon Guards
and Consul General of the Barbary Coast state of Tripoli. Acquired by us from a direct descendant of Consul General Col. Warrington, and through family history this sword was originally owned by Hanmer George Warrington (circa 1776 – 1847). During his earliest days as Consul General. Due to it's form and quality we reliably believe it was very probably given to Consul General Warrington by his close relationship with Pasha Yusuf Karamanli of Tripolitania, such as was the standard in Islamic tradition of giving golden bejewelled swords to emminent excellencies and royalty. He was born in Nantwich, Cheshire, England, and served in the British Army, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel of the 4th Dragoon Guards, and subsequently became British Consul General at Tripoli on the Barbary Coast (in present day Libya), in around 1800, a position he held for 32 years. An unresolved mystery surrounds the marriage of Hanmer Warrington to Jane-Eliza Pryce, who was rumoured to be the illegitimate child of the Prince Regent, later George IV. Although never proven, this tenuous connection may explain why Warrington was able to maintain himself in unusual style in a villa outside Tripoli, and why he was never recalled, in spite of repeated diplomatic infringements, particularly towards one French consul, Baron Joseph-Louis Rousseau. Indeed, he was required to explain his sometimes aggressive behaviour to the Colonial Office on more than one occasion. This seeming immunity to severe discipline meant that he was able to entrench himself in his office and thus become an influential actor in the region's affairs, and able to contribute to the various Niger expeditions originating from Tripoli in no small measure. At a time when British influence on the Barbary Coast was overshadowed by that of France, Hanmer Warrington nevertheless succeeded in developing a close relationship with the local ruler, known as the Pasha or Bashaw, Yusuf Karamanli. It may well be this very fine Islamic sword came from this ruler. "Immediately prior to Jefferson's inauguration in 1801, Congress passed naval legislation that, among other things, provided for six frigates that 'shall be officered and manned as the President of the United States may direct.' … In the event of a declaration of war on the United States by the Barbary powers, these ships were to 'protect our commerce & chastise their insolence—by sinking, burning or destroying their ships & Vessels wherever you shall find them.'" On Jefferson's inauguration as president in 1801, Yusuf Karamanli, the Pasha (or Bashaw) of Tripoli, demanded $225,000 from the new administration. (In 1800, Federal revenues totaled a little over $10 million.) Putting his long-held beliefs into practice, Jefferson refused the demand. Consequently, on 10 May 1801, the Pasha declared war on the U.S., not through any formal written documents but in the customary Barbary manner of cutting down the flagstaff in front of the U.S. Consulate. Algiers and Tunis did not follow their ally in Tripoli. The US Navy successfully blockaded Tripoli's harbors in 1803. After some initial military successes, most notably the capture of the USS Philadelphia, the pasha soon found himself threatened with invasion by American ground forces following the Battle of Derna and the reinstatement of his deposed brother, Hamet Karamanli, recruited by the American army officer William Eaton. He signed a treaty ending the war on June 10, 1805. During the Napoleonic Wars, the French conquest of Egypt brought these beautiful and functional swords to the attention of the Europeans. This type of sabre became very popular for light cavalry officers, in both France and Britain, and became a fashionable sword for senior officers to wear. In 1831 the "Mamaluke", as the sword was now called, became a regulation pattern for British general officers (the 1831 Pattern, still in use today). The American victory over the rebellious forces in the citadel of Tripoli in 1805 during the First Barbary War, led to the presentation of bejewelled examples of these swords to the senior officers of the US Marines. Officers of the US Marine Corps still use a mameluke pattern dress sword. Although some genuine Turkish kilij sabres were used by Westerners, most "mameluke sabres" were manufactured in Europe; their hilts were very similar in form to the Ottoman prototype, however, their blades, even when an expanded yelman was incorporated, tended to be longer, narrower and less curved than those of the true kilij. This sword has been in the conservation workshop for 60 expensive hours in order to clean and stabilise the gilt decoration, which has been achieved, and should last, once more, for hundreds of years.

Code: 18517Price: On Request

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