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An Attractive 19th C.Nickel Plated American Wild West Derringer .32 Rimfire
The term derringer is a genericized misspelling of the last name of Henry Deringer, a famous 19th-century maker of small pocket pistols. Many copies of the original Philadelphia Deringer pistol were made by other gun makers worldwide, and the name was often misspelled; this misspelling soon became an alternative generic term for any pocket pistol, along with the generic phrase palm pistol Deringer's competitors invented and used in their advertising. The original Deringer pistol was a single-shot muzzleloading pistol; with the advent of cartridge firearms, pistols began to be produced in the modern form still known as a Derringer. Because of their small size and easy availability, Deringers sometimes had the dubious reputation of being a favored tool of assassins. The most famous Deringer used for this purpose was fired by John Wilkes Booth in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Booth's Deringer was unusual in that the rifling twisted counterclockwise (left-handed twist), rather than the typical clockwise twist used on most Philadelphia Deringers. As with all our antique guns no license is required as they are all unrestricted antique collectables

Code: 19268Price: 475.00 GBP

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A Rohm .38 Special Pistol
Röhm Gesellschaft, often referred as simply RG, is a German brand of firearms and related shooting equipment. RG developed as a diversification of Röhm GmbH in the 1950s. Following 1968, a US division, RG Industries was established in Miami and lasted until 1986. Deactivated not for sale to under 18's not suitable for export. Shown with it's inert half cut shell cases in the cylinder.

Code: 19267Price: 195.00 GBP

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Auxiliary Fire Service Badge WW2
The Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS) was first formed in 1938 in Great Britain as part of the Civil Defence Service. Its role was to supplement the work of brigades at local level. In this job it was hampered severely by the incompatibility of equipment used by these different brigades — most importantly the lack of a standard size of hydrant valve. The Auxiliary Fire Service and the local brigades were superseded in August 1941 by the National Fire Service.

Members of the AFS were unpaid part-time volunteers, but could be called up for whole-time paid service if necessary.

Code: 19266Price: 25.00 GBP

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National Hunting Association Officers Uniform Sleeve Shield & Pipe
This NHA Sleeve Shield is constructed of green wool. It consists of some very beautiful aluminum brocade work, which takes the form of the German Hunting Association logo; an stag's head whose antlers enclosed a coruscating black swastika. Beneath this is a band bearing the initials of the Association, “D. J.” The head of the stag is woven in a different pattern than that which can be seen in the antlers, making for a very beautiful contrast.
A really fantastic item here, one that will set off a Hunting Cutlass in high style. The German National Hunting Association was under direction of National Hunting Master, Herman Goering. Field Marshal Goering was instrumental in designing some of the daggers worn by hunters and foresters of the time. The German National Hunting Association was in existence before the Nazi party and the 3rd Reich. Its main function was to conserve, regulate, control and organize hunting throughout Germany and its extensive forests and land.

Extensive regulations and controls were policed and managed through the German National Hunting Association.

Herman Goring was eventually appointed as its head, and given the title of National Hunt Master. This suited Herman Goring as hunting was a favorite pastime of his. He further developed, in the 1930's, the German Shooting Association. The Shooting Association was an off-shoot association, and effectively it's rigorous marksmanship training and competition shooting created some of the best German snipers of WW2. This is a fabulous early, Nazi Hunting Association officer's badge and now thet are very rarely seen indeed.

Code: 19264Price: On Request

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A Most Impressive Ho-oh Bird Kuge (Yefu) No Tachi in Jindachi-Zukuri mounts
A phoenix hilt Japanese tachi now with an very fine re-polished blade. As may once have been seen at in the Emperor's Court. The phoenix was known as a Ho-oh bird in China and Japan. This sword is a variation of the efu tachi and were carried as court swords during many periods of Japanese history, and they continued to be made as presentation swords into the Showa era. Efu tachi, also called Hoso tachi, were likewise only worn by the highest ranking daimyo and officials of the court. Efu tachi have a distinctive shitogi tsuba. These are generally considered ceremonial mountings rather than combat mountings. Efu (Hoso) tachi were made from Koto through Showa times. This sword was very likely made from the late Edo to early Showa period. The Phoenix design is of course the private reserve of the Emperor and his family. Though it varied upon rank and occasion, this type of mounting was often designated for the Royal Palace Guards. The legendary Ho-oh Bird has been used throughout Japanese history, even by the Tokugawas. The sword has a Shitogi Tsuba, Fuchi, Kabuto-Gane of Ho-oh bird (10 in.), 2-piece Seppa (Rope & Scallop) and applied Tawara-Pyo (5 Rice Barrels). It was made as either a presentation/ceremonial piece or to be used by the Palace guards to show their leader's affluence. In fact, two "Kokubo" (National Treasure) Bird's-Heads Tachi's remain unaccounted for after the post WWII occupation by American forces. The phoenix is a mythical Chinese bird, thought to have been introduced to Japan in the Asuka period (mid 6th to mid 7th century AD). The phoenix has a bird's beak, a swallow's jaw, and a snake's neck; the front half of its body is thought to resemble a giraffe, the back half a deer. Its back resembles a tortoise, and its tail is like a fish.

Code: 19260Price: 6950.00 GBP

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A WW2 German Third Reich Fire/Police Helmet
Plain black paint overall, some surface paint losses. Original strap and liner.

Code: 19259Price: 285.00 GBP

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A Peerless & Unrivalled Example of An [11th LD Hussars] 1796 Troopers Sword
Fantastic and remarkable condition for a 1796 battle sword of this age [made by ordnance contract in 1802/3]. Obviously used in battle, but it has it has been revered and respected ever since in order for it to remain in the condition that it was in 1815. Regimentally engraved for K Troop, sword number 54 on both the hilt and the scabbard, and ordnance inspection stamp to blade. Maker marked by T. Craven at the back edge of the blade, Thomas Craven of Birmingham had an ordnance contract for supplying swords [for the 11th] and bayonets from Sept 1802 to July 1803. The Museum of The King's Royal Hussars have recently acquired an 11th Light Dragoon troopers issue Paget carbine, almost identically engraved for K Troop, carbine number 50 [see photograph]. In fact the hand that engraved the carbine is near identical to the engraving on our sabre. The 11th Light Dragoons [later became the 11th Hussars].There is every chance that the trooper who carried that carbine in the Napoleonic Wars rode alongside the trooper that carried this sabre. The 11th fought at both the Peninsular War and at the Battle of Waterloo, and were awarded almost 500 medals for Waterloo. After a spell in Ireland the 11th were sent to Spain and Portugal to reinforce Wellington's army. Their strength, normally around 300 in peacetime was raised to 725. They arrived in June 1811 and, as in Egypt, they had a bad start. A dawn attack by the French in woods between Elvas and the Guadiana forced the 11th to retire on to what they thought were friendly portugese lines. When they realised they were French, their commander Capt Lutyens ordered the charge. The shock tactic worked and they were able to drive their way through, but a second line of enemy troops was able to resist them. They lost 8 killed, 22 wounded and 77 taken prisoner.
The regiment had more success at El Bodon near Cuidad Rodrigo on 25th September. By this time they were commanded by Lt Col Cumming, a brave and efficient cavalry officer. A large force of French cavalry was threatening Allied infantry and artillery on the plain in front of the 11th and a squardon of the King's German Legion who were well placed on high ground. Although they were vastely outnumbered the 11th and KGL charged at the enemy again and again, 20 times in all.

The 11th were part of Wellington's great victory over Marmont at Salamanca on 22nd July 1812 but by 3rd April 1813 they had to give up their horses and embark for England much to the regret of Sir Stapleton Cotton who was in command of the cavalry in the Peninsula. It had been a hard two years for them having lost 417 men and 555 horses.

During their time in the Peninsula many changes had been made to the uniforms of the British Army. The Prince Regent had a keen eye for dress and with his newly acquired position of supreme power was determined to push through his ideas dased on continental military trends. The 11th exchanged it's light dragoon Tarleton helmet for a shako. The new jacket was still dark blue but had a buff plastron covering the chest, and white epaulettes, silver for officers. With the return of Napoleon in March 1815 the war with France resumed and the 11th arrived at Ostend on 2nd April. They were in Vandeleur's brigade with the 12th and 16th and had an unprecedented strength of 947 men. They came under heavy attack at Quatre Bras but did not suffer badly. On the 18th June 1815 the Battle of Waterloo began after a terrible night of torrential rain. It was a frustrating morning for the British cavalry who had to stand and watch an infantry battle. Against Wellington's wishes, the heavy cavalry made a brilliant charge that was spoiled by it's failure to re-form. The 11th under the command of Lt Col Money were sent into action when it looked as if the enemy were breaking up. They broke a French infantry square and carried on with the pursuit of Naploeon's fleeing soldiers.
Wellington entered Paris in triumph on 7th July escorted by the 11th and others. The regiment bivouacked on the Champs Elysees and became part of the army of occupation in France and Belgium. On 20th November they eventually arrived home after 3 years on the continent

Code: 19258Price: 2650.00 GBP

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A Most Resplendent, Victorian, Royal Horse Guards Fanfare Trumpet Banner
Rarely seen or available these wondrous pieces of magnificent, British, Royal Household regalia were never made for use other than for royal service within the bodyguard of the reigning British monarch. They were and are always made of the finest quality materials, such as silk, purest gold and silver, by craftsmen and women with superlative skill and dedication. When taken from service these wonderful pieces were more often than not hung in churches or cathedrals to commemorate men or officers of the Household Cavalry lost in battle. This banner is composed of crimson silk damask, embroidered with the 1837 Royal Arms of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, in silks, gold and silver bullion wire. Edged with a gold thread fringe. It is now in faded and worn condition as to be expected for a piece of such age and use. The present royal service trumpet banner conforms to the design type first introduced in the reign of Charles II (1660-1685).
The history of the Band of The Life Guards began when King Charles II entered London accompanied by a throng of 20,000 horse and foot on his birthday, 29th May 1660. On this day, commemorated as Oakapple Day in recognition of his escape when a fugitive by hiding in the Boscobel Oak Tree, it is recorded that, at the public entry into London, he was escorted by three troops of The Life Guards each preceded by it’s own kettledrummer and four trumpeters. The origins of the Band you hear today derive from this proud occasion. At this time the use of kettledrums and trumpets was confined to the Army and the nobility and, even among the Kings troops. The Life Guards alone had the privilege of using kettledrums. The musicians held warrants of appointment from the King were paid at the rate of five shillings per day. In 1678 they wore uniforms of velvet, silver laced, and their instruments had richly embroidered and trimmed banners, the whole cost defrayed by the King. This is the origin of the State Dress worn to this day by the Band and Trumpeters. The design was based on that of the King’s racing colours and, when Parliament refused to cover the full cost of the Gold Coats, the Lord Mayor of London met the outstanding debt. In recognition of this he is the only person outside the Royal Family for whom Gold Coats are worn.

The Royal Horse Guards were formed in 1661 from cavalry of the former New Model Army and were given the nickname of the Oxford Blues, in recognition of their first colonel, the Earl of Oxford, and to their blue uniforms. It is recorded that from the outset that the Regiment had kettledrummers and trumpeters. In 1661 the Tangier Horse was raised for service on the Mediterranean coast of Africa. By 1702 the Tangier had changed to a Dragon Regiment and evolved to be The Royal Dragoons (1st Dragoons) and had a band consisting of 8 drummers and 8 hautbois (an early form of oboe). Soon after, in 1710, kettledrummers were added and in 1766 the drummers were converted to trumpeters. The Royal Horse Guards (The Blues) had also acquired trumpeters and drummers and in 1805 King George III personally presented a pair of solid silver kettledrums as testimony to their ‘Honourable and Military conduct on all occasions’. These kettledrums continue to be used today and can be seen carried and played by the mounted drummer on the Queen’s Birthday Parade on Horse Guards. In 1969 The Royal Horse Guards (The Blues) amalgamated with 1st The Royal Dragoons (The Royals) to become The Blues and Royals (Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons). This banner would have been used in the eras of; First Opium War 1839–1842
First Anglo Marri War 1840
First Anglo-Sikh War 1845–1846
Second Anglo-Burmese War 1852–1853
Crimean War 1853–1856
Anglo-Persian War 1856–1857
Second Opium War 1856–1860
Indian Rebellion 1857
New Zealand land wars 1845–1872
Second Anglo-Sikh War 1848–1849
Second Ashanti War 1863–1864
Bhutan War 1864–1865
Third Ashanti War 1873–1874
Second Anglo-Afghan War 1878–1880
Anglo-Zulu War 1879
Second Anglo Marri War 1880
First Boer War 1880–1881
Third Anglo-Burmese War 1885
Mahdist War 1891–1899
Fourth Ashanti War 1894
Anglo-Zanzibar War 1896 Shortest war in history lasted 38 minutes
Boxer Rebellion 1899–1901
Second Boer War 1899–1902
Framed and glazed in a simple modern gilt frame. It could be so much complimented by a fine antique Georgian or Victorian frame

Code: 19256Price: 2850.00 GBP

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A Super, Prussian Navy 'Bolo' Cutlass Model of 1852
With highly distinctive bolo blade that both curves and widens, often considerably so, at its tip. This moves the centre of gravity as far forward as possible, giving the sword extra momentum for chopping. Lots of Prussian naval inspection marks and markings plus maker marked blade. Very scarce in that compared to the huge British navy the Prussian navy was very small, and few ships survived the 19th century. Based on the French Napoleonic pattern cutlass of the early 1800's. With a traditional blackened steel 3/4 bowl guard, wide single edged and powerful blade. The 1852 Bolo model is the rarest of all the Prussian cutlass types. The Prussian Navy was the naval force of the Kingdom of Prussia. It was created from the former Brandenburg Navy, following the elevation of the Duke of Prussia to King in Prussia in 1701. At that time, Brandenburg and Prussia formed a double state ruled in personal union by the House of Hohenzollern. The Prussian Navy existed, without any long interruption, until the founding of the North German Confederation in 1867, at which point the Prussian Navy was absorbed into the Norddeutsche Bundesmarine (North German Federal Navy).

Throughout the centuries, Prussia’s military consistently concentrated on its land power, and never sought a similar power at sea. Yet historically there were always Prussian naval forces, beginning in the days when "Prussia" meant only the Margraviate of Brandenburg.After the end of the Napoleonic Wars, Prussia slowly began to build its own small fleet for coastal defense. Again, more value was placed on the development of a merchant fleet than on a navy. In this connection, the Prussian Maritime Enterprise played a significant role. Its ships were armed to protect against pirates and flew the Prussian war ensign. This protective fleet existed until around 1850.During the Revolutionary era of 1848–1852, at the behest of the Frankfurt National Assembly, the prince was given the responsibility of reestablishing an Imperial fleet (Reichsflotte) -- a mission which the revolutionary parliament had undertaken in the face of the war with Denmark. After the failure of the Revolutions of 1848, Adalbert was able to resume his plans for the establishment of a Prussian Navy. He began with the construction of warships and naval education and training. From the middle of the 1850s, one could find Prussian corvettes and frigates upon all the world’s seas. The last photo in the gallery are of the gun room on the SMS Navaro [see the very same form of cutlasses are racked around the mast] plus a painting of the Battle of Lissa. The Austro-Prussian War (1866) was fought between the Austrian Empire on one side, and Prussia and the Kingdom of Italy on the other side. Prussia sought to gain greater control over Germany, while Italy wanted to take Venetia from the Austrians. The largest naval engagement occurred near the island of Lissa in the Adriatic Sea. There an Austrian fleet of ironclads and steam powered wooden ships fought a larger Italian fleet. The Austrians caught the Italians unprepared and succeeded in "crossing the T" of the Italian fleet. The heavy side belt armour of the ironclads was invulnerable to gunnery, and the most effect offensive tactic was ramming. The Austrian fleet emerged victorious. In the war, however, Austria was defeated and ceded territory to both Prussia and Italy. 23 inch blade.

Code: 19254Price: 695.00 GBP

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An Outstanding Koto Blade Katana Signed Bizen Osafune Sukesada Circa 1580
Original Edo mounts and fittings based around han dachi mounts semi tachi form. It has a magnificent and splenderous blade that once it is re-polished will clearly show a breathtakingly extravagent hamon, that is clearly visible at the moment but certainly a long way from it's potential best. It is very grey at present but will be utterly transformed. 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: 19253Price: 7750.00 GBP

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