A Stunning Samurai TantoWith a very fine hamon and superb blade graining in the hada. Signed Munefushi
Code: 19453Price: On Request
The Book of the Dead. Papyri of Hunefer, Anhai, Kerasher and Netchemet & NuElephant folio. Printed By Order of the Trustees of the British Museum by Budge, E.A. Wallis. The Book of the Dead. Facsimiles of the Papyri of Hunefer, Anhai, Kerasher and Netchemet with supplementary text from the Papyrus of Nu, London: British Museum, 1899, 98 plates, some double page and chromolithographed, contemporary green half morocco. Preface & contents + 64pp of text with in-text hieroglyphics; followed by Papyrus of Hunefer with 11 coloured plates with eight of them double page followed by Papyrus of Anhai with 8 coloured plates, of which 7 are double page followed by The Book of Breathings. The Papyrus of Kerasher, 3 plates with one of them coloured; followed by Papyrus of Queen Netchement with 12 Black and White plates; followed by Papyrus of Nu with 1 pp facsimile of original text, plus 63pp transcript in hieroglyphic type plates. Sir Ernest Alfred Thompson Wallis Budge (1857-1934) was an English Egyptologist who worked for the British Museum and published numerous works on the ancient Near East. During his years in the British Museum, Budge sought to establish ties with local antiquities dealers in Egypt and Iraq so that the Museum would be able to obtain antiquities from them without the uncertainty and cost of excavating. Budge returned from his many missions to Egypt and Iraq with enormous collections of cuneiform tablets, Syriac, Coptic and Greek manuscripts, as well as significant collections of hieroglyphic papyri. Perhaps his most famous acquisitions from this time were the beautiful Papyrus of Ani, a copy of Aristotle's lost Constitution of Athens, and the Tell al-Amarna tablets. Budge's prolific and well-planned acquisitions gave the British Museum arguably the best Ancient Near East collections in the world;
Code: 19452Price: On Request
19th Century 1870 Zulu War Officer's Campaign Knife and Fork Set,'Scotia' J.McClory & Sons Sheffield, with mahogany handles. From a family's Zulu War effects of an ancestor who fought in war and three items were preserved. His sword a long Zulu knopkerrie and his Scotia campaign knife and fork set. We are selling all three, but seperately.
Code: 19451Price: On Request
A Very Fine Koto Handachi Katana Signed Echigo no kami TameshigeNow repolished. Named to it's recipient in Circa 1550. With original Edo fittings all inlaid with pure gold, original Edo lacquer saya with kodzuka and kogai pocket. Signed by the smith with an additional inscription that will likely be the samurai for whom it was made, or presented to, in the equivalent era of King Henry VIIIth of England. A fabulous sword that reveals a stunning midare hamon of irregular form. Delightful iron Koto Tsuba in a laced rattan design inlaid withy pure gold tendrils.
Code: 19450Price: 7450.00 GBP
German Luftwaffe Officer's Dagger With Straps and PortopeeMade by WKC of Solingen. All aeronautical alloy fittings, and overall in super condition. The daggers alloy is age patinated, but this is purely natural, genuine aging, that takes 60 plus years to appear, and could be polished off, but for many collectors it is important to keep this patina present. With amber ivorine wirebound grip, and a very good blade stunningly bright. Aeronautical alloy pommel and crossguard to dagger. Overall in excellent+ + condition with signs of wear etc. It is a very nice original dagger indeed with all it's original fittings. Although, strictly speaking, pilots and officers were not allowed to carry their daggers on board their planes, many indeed did. And there are a few in British museum collections, that were recovered or captured from downed pilots, during the blitz of London and the Battle of Britain on the south coast. This is the pattern most commonly worn by the Battle of Britain pilots in Goring's Luftwaffe. Aero alloy hilt mounts, ivorine grip wire bound. Saved as a war souvenir of WW2 by a British soldier. It was in a brief meeting with fighter hero and ace, General Adolf Galland, in Brighton, Sussex, while giving a lecture at Mark Hawkins alma mata, who mentioned and confirmed that the alloy hilt of the second pattern dagger was made with the same alloy as used in the Messerschmitt fighter planes. It has been the tradition of soldiers of all nations for thousands of years to claim trophies of war, for it was once written "Man thirsts more for glory than virtue. The armour of an enemy, his broken helmet, the flag ripped from a conquered trireme, are treasures valued beyond all human riches. It is to obtain these tokens of glory that Generals, be they Roman, Greek or barbarian, brave a thousand perils and endure a thousand exertions". Juvenal, Roman poet, Ist Century AD. Both swastikas on this dagger are clearly visible and undamaged to the top pommel. Good quality and defined Luftwaffe cross guard. The luftwaffe dagger is one of the most collectable of the German WW2 daggers for several reasons, firstly the romance of the fighter pilot, secondly it was a far smaller force so much fewer made than the SA or Army dagger, and the beauty of the dagger's design is unquestioned.
Code: 19449Price: 995.00 GBP
A Spectacular Koto Katana Signed Bizen Osafune Sukesada Circa 1580Original Edo mounts and fittings based around han dachi mounts [semi tachi] form. It has a magnificent and splendorous blade, that has now been polished and shows a breathtakingly extravagant and beautiful hamon, that is absolutely rapturous, and has been utterly transformed by repolishing. This katana dates from the very end of the koto Bizen tradition. The Bizen Sukesada line of swordsmiths descended in the Osafune school and are recorded as far back as the end of the Nambokucho period (around 1394). The sword was made around 1580 and it was only 10 years later that the Yoshii river catastrophically flooded, wiping out the forges in Osafune and sounding the death knell for the greatest of the koto traditions. The early Sukesada smiths produced swords of outstanding quality. Hikobeijo and Yososaemonjo Sukesada are both ranking O-Wazamono and Fujishiro gives them both Saijosaku rankings. 28.4 inch blade tsuba to tip.
Code: 19448Price: 7950.00 GBP
A Very Fine Early SMLE MK3 Rifle Bayonet Oxs & Bucks. 4th [VC] BattalionEarly hook quillon [removed] bayonet with the removed quillon adaption as ordered by HMG Ordnance. Originally issued in Feb 1910. Regimentally marked to the twice Victoria Cross awarded Battalion, the 4th Battalion Oxs and Bucks Light Infantry Regt. During the war, the Ox and Bucks raised 12 battalions (17 in all), six of which fought on the Western Front, two in Italy, two in Macedonia and one in Mesopotamia. The regiment won 59 battle honours and four theatre honours. Many gallantry honours were awarded to the Ox and Bucks, including two Victoria Crosses – the most prestigious honour for bravery in the face of the enemy – that were awarded to Company Sergeant Major Edward Brooks and Lance-Corporal Alfred Wilcox, both of the 2/4th Battalion Ox and Bucks. Bayonet maker marked J.A.C. [James A. Chapman] bearing the 1910 King Edward VII Crown. An absolute beauty, used in WW1 & WW2 but kept in lovely condition, then and since. The SMLE was a redesign of the Lee-Metford rifle which had been adopted by the British Army in 1888, the Lee-Enfield superseded the earlier Martini-Henry, Martini-Enfield, and Lee-Metford rifles. It was first the Long Lee then the SMLE, it featured a ten-round box magazine which was loaded with the .303 British cartridge manually from the top, either one round at a time or by means of five-round chargers. 5,878 officers and men of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry lost their lives during the First World War.
Code: 19447Price: 350.00 GBP
A Most Attractive Tanto By Tosa Choson, Master Smith, Horimono Dragon BladeShinshinto period aikuchi tanto. Now re-polished and looking fabulous. Tokugawa mon represented throughout the fittings. Circa 1822 [Hawley CHO 16, 30 points]. Tosa Choson was one of the great 19th century sword smiths and this is a fine example of his work, with stunning grain in the blade's hada.. Decorated with a dragon chasing the pearl of wisdom carved horimono to one side of the blade, and prunus tree and a Buddhist bonji to the other. He 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. Overall 19 inches long.
Code: 19446Price: 4995.00 GBP
A Very Good Japanese Officer's Sword, Early Shinto Ancestral BladeSigned blade in pristine condition, made around 350 years ago. A shorter blade usually associated with Japanese pilots or tank officers. A very good Shin Gunto mounted officer's sword, with a fine Shinto ancestral blade, with a good Hamon and in 95% original polish. With Habaki. It is a short gunto most likely made for aircrew pilot, or possibly even submarine crew [but this is only educated conjecture]. The shorter military and naval mounted sword was made during WW2 for those that inhabited, during combat, a small and restricted area that was most unsuitable for the standard long sword, such as in a plane, submarine or even a tank. Photo in the gallery shows a Kamikaze pilot being issued his Kaiten in a ritual ceremony, please note on his belt he is wearing his 'Aircrew' Short Gunto sword, another photo shows a pilot captain of Special-Attack Party Hakk?-Second Party Ichiu-Unit, holding his short crew gunto, that he carried in his plane when on combat missions. [for information only photos not included]. The early ancestral blade was custom fitted into standard WW2 Shingunto type 94 [1934 pattern] mounts, in order to use the blade by the officer in WW2, the blade is very snug in the saya. Tsuba to blade tip, 21.5 inches
Code: 19445Price: 2450.00 GBP
A Very Long Barrelled 18th Century Holster PistolWith an escutcheon of a British naval crown. This is a beautifully long flintlock pistol with a most attractive chiselled steel barrel and complimentary chiselled flintlock decorated with hand carved sea serpents. Fine walnut stock, good tight action. Made in the Mediterranean region around 1790. Wonderful and most impressive pistol. Approx. 22 inches long overall Trigger guard an old contemporary replacement. The naval crown may have a piracy connotation
Code: 19444Price: 1295.00 GBP
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