A Most Intriguing Full Size Austro German Crystal SwordA swept hilt style with blown crystal handle containing a spiral and a quatrefoil type blade. Undoubtedly a work of art, not by any means a functioning sword, but incredibly impressive with great presence. 39.5 long overall approx 2.5 kilos.
Code: 20929Price: 285.00 GBP
A WW2 Officer's Balmoral Cap Royal Warwickshire Regt, Monty's IronsidesAn absolute gem of a British Army D-Day Landing collector's piece. An original officer's Balmoral, used from the Normandy D-Day landings onwards right into VE Day by an officer of the Royal Warwicks. A fine and rarely seen original cap with its original bronzed officer's bonnet badge of highest quality [showing a separate wire rope within the design]. The 2nd Battalion Royal Warwicks in World War 2 were part of 185 Brigade 3rd Div. known as Monty's Ironsides. On 6 June 1944, Major-General Bernard Montgomery chose his 'Iron Sides', the famous British 3rd Division, to spearhead the Allied attack on the Normandy beaches on D-Day. As the only division in the British Liberation Army to participate in the savage fighting from D-Day all the way through to VE-Day, the Iron Sides' contribution to victory in Europe was immense. Their courageous efforts won them two Victoria Crosses, but the price in lives was high; the division suffered 15,000 casualties including 2,586 killed in action. The 3rd was probably the most 'British' of all the divisions fighting in North-West Europe. It included the King's Own Scottish Borderers, a Highland gunner regiment, the Royal Ulster Rifles, the two roses of East Yorkshire and South Lancashire, the East Anglians (Suffolk, Norfolk, Lincolns) and the Midlands (Warwick and Shropshire), besides cockneys from the Middlesex Regiment and the Recce Regiment from Northumberland. Excellent condition, interior lining stamped WD.
Code: 20928Price: 225.00 GBP
A Very Good Armour Piercing Bladed Tanto, Shinshinto Period1781 till 1863. Exceptionally thick and powerful blade, in full polish showing superb crabclaw hamon with back edge tempering. Fine red lacquer saya with Tokugawa Aoi mon. Buffalo horn fittings with gold inlaid Minuki under original Edo wrap. Kodzuka with nanako ground and two gilt and bronze phoenix in relief. Small hairline cracks in the lacquer near the kodzuka pocket. The tanto was invented partway through the Heian period, when it was mainly used as a weapon. With the beginning of the Kamakura period, tanto were forged to be more aesthetically pleasing, and hira and uchi-sori tanto were the most popular styles for wars in the kamakura period. Near the middle of the Kamakura period, more tanto 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, tanto began to be forged longer and wider. The introduction of the Hachiman faith became visible in the carvings in the tanto 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. In Nambokucho, the tanto were forged to be up to forty centimetres as opposed to the normal one shaku (about thirty centimetres) length. The tanto 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. Blades could be of exceptional quality. As the end of the period neared, the average blade narrowed and the sori became shallow. The aikuchi is a tanto koshirae where the fushi is flush with the mouth of the saya. There is no tsuba on this form of tanto.
Code: 20927Price: 2950.00 GBP
View Probably The Worlds Largest Selection of Original Japanese SwordsMany many hundreds of original vintage and antique Japanese swords and edged weaponry from the past 1000 years. Currently for sale we have swords from 800 years old, and polearms and daggers, through all the subsequent centuries and eras, right up to the Meiji period of the 1870's. And likely the largest selection of WW2 Japanese officers swords bearing ancestral blades, also up to 500 years old. We further offer a selection of original Edo period fine Yoroi [armours] and kabuto [helmets]. As well as indivudual tsuba [sword guards] similarly up to 600 years old, fine maedate [helmet crests] and samurai accessories. We have had, and have, swords presented by past great shoguns to daimyo, from daimyo to high ranking samurai, and swords from old museums and great private collections, such as the world famous Pitt Rivers Collection. We specialise in samurai weaponry of great beauty, significant historical interest and merit.
Code: 20926Price: On Request
A Good Shinto Aikuchi Tanto Samurai Dagger with a Fine BladeThe blade has a fine Hamon with a full, back edge temper, and a running itami grain Hada. With giant rayskin bound hilt and black speckled dark red lacquer saya. Pony kodsuka, black horn fittings. Shinto period circa 1620. Tanto first began to appear in the Heian period, however these blades lacked artistic qualities and were purely weapons. In the Early Kamakura period high quality tanto with artistic qualities began to appear, and the famous Yoshimitsu (the greatest tanto maker in Japanese history) began his forging. Tanto production increased greatly around the Muromachi period and then dropped off in the Shinto period. Shinto period tanto are quite rare. Tanto were mostly carried by Samurai; commoners did not generally carry them. Women sometimes carried a small tanto called a kaiken in their obi for self defence.It was sometimes worn as the shoto in place of a wakizashi in a daisho, especially on the battlefield. Before the 16th century it was common for a Samurai to carry a tachi and a tanto as opposed to a katana and a wakizashi.
Code: 20925Price: 2275.00 GBP
A British 1803 Rifles Regt. Officers Combat Cum Dress SwordWith fine gilt hilt. The very form of sabre used in the Peninsular War, Waterloo & The War of 1812 by an Officer in the 95th Rifles or The 60th Rifles. A beautiful sword, with carved slotted hilt with pierced cypher of the King George IIIrd, with Rifle regiment bugle above, as the knuckle bow and a lion's head pommel. Blackened russeted surface blade. Wire bound sharkskin grip with some skin lacking. In the book's of Bernard Cornwell his hero Major Sharpe of the 95th [if he had existed] would have used such a fine sword [although in the fictional books he uses a cavalry trooper's sword]. The purpose of the regiments was to work as skirmishers. The riflemen were trained to work in open order and be able to think for themselves. They were to operate in pairs and make best use of natural cover from which to harass the enemy with accurately aimed shots as opposed to releasing a mass volley, which was the orthodoxy of the day. The riflemen of the 95th were dressed in distinctive dark green uniforms, as opposed to the bright red coats of the British Line Infantry regiments. This tradition lives on today in the regiment’s modern equivalent, The Royal Green Jackets. The regiments fought in all campaigns during the Napoleonic Wars, seeing sea-service at the Battle of Copenhagen, engaging in most major battles during the Peninsular War in Spain, forming the rear-guard for the British armies retreat to Corunna, serving as an expeditionary force to America in the War of 1812, and holding their positions against tremendous odds at the Battle of Waterloo. Colonel Coote Manningham (c.1765 - 26 August 1809) was a British army officer who played a significant role in the creation and early development of the 95th Rifles.
Born the second son of Charles Manningham of Surrey, Manningham began his career as a subaltern in the 39th Foot serving under his uncle, Sir Robert Boyd, at the Siege of Gibraltar. On the outbreak of the French Revolutionary Wars in 1793, he was appointed as Major to the light infantry battalion where he fought in the Caribbean. He became Lieutenant-Colonel of the 81st Foot and then adjutant-general in Santo Domingo, under the command of Lieutenant-General Forbes.
In early 1800, Colonel Manningham and Lieutenant-Colonel William Stewart proposed, and were given the assignment, to use what they had learned while leading light infantry to train the Experimental Corps of Riflemen, later to become the 95th Rifles and then the Rifle Brigade. That summer the new corps was trained in exercises developed by Manningham and were quickly deployed to provide covering fire to the amphibious landings at Ferrol.
Manningham died 26 August, 1809 in Maidstone from illness contracted during the Retreat to Corunna in the opening stage of the Peninsular War in which the 95th Rifles were to demonstrate the tactical value of the approach developed by Manningham and Stewart. An inscription under a monument honouring Manningham in Westminster Abbey conveys the esteem in which he was held by his contemporaries.
Code: 20924Price: 695.00 GBP
A Gilbert Islands Sharks tooth Kiribati Warriors Sword Called a Tebute.A rarely seen early 20th century shark tooth sword, known as a tebute and was unique to the Gilbert Islands of Micronesia, the islands today are known as the nation of Kiribati.
The sword is made from seasoned wood of the coconut palm with cutting edges made from sharks teeth attached with fine fibrous cords. Most of these swords were destroyed by the maritime visitors to the islands. Kiribati has a history of contrived and ritualized duels. The armour was made of thickly woven sennit, a kind of coconut fibre. The duellists wore helmets made of blowfish remains. The helmets were resilient and, due to the structure of blowfish, covered with many points, which had the ability of damaging weapons. The weapons resembled broadswords with a serrated edge created with many shark teeth. The duels were performed mostly for the purpose of settling disputes and maintaining honour. The practicality of the duels is debatable. Due to the difficulty of moving in this armour, falling over and becoming unable to get back up was common enough that duel assistants were required. Kiribati has been known for its traditional martial arts which were kept within the secrets of several families for generations. The Kiribati arts of fighting as opposed to Asian martial arts are not often mentioned or even advertised to be known by the general public. Though, there may be some noticeable parallels in principle to that of Asian martial arts, they are merely really different. For instance, generally, there is no kicking as in Karate kicks or Kung Fu kicks, and speed is more important than power. A list of some of these traditional martial arts is as follows: Nabakai, Nakara, Ruabou, Tabiang, Taborara, Tebania, Temata-aua, Te Rawarawanimon, and Terotauea.
The essence of Kiribati traditional martial arts is the magical power of the spirits of the ancestral warriors. All these martial arts skills share one thing in common. That is, they came from an ancestral spirit.
"Nabakai" is a martial art from the island of Abaiang originated from the person named Nabakai. Nabakai was a member of the crab clan called "Tabukaokao". The three ancestral female spirits of this clan "Nei Tenaotarai", "Nei Temwanai" and "Nei Tereiatabuki" which usually believed to manifest themselves with a female crab came to him and taught him the fighting art. Overall 61 cm long.
Code: 20923Price: 1200.00 GBP
A Most Rare 1859 British Rifle Cutlass-Bayonet with Bowl Guard Leather GripThis is a very nice example of a rare Victorian bayonet with it's most impressive bowl guard. Made for the Royal Navy to fit on the Enfield rifle it had a duel purpose being a very long and effective bayonet when mounted on the rifle, and just as effective when used on it's own in close combat boarding and land patrol actions. 26.5 inch blade. Blade shows considerable edge to edge sword combat cut impacts. In 1858 a new bayonet for the navy was suggested using a cutlass style blade, with a guard designed by Colonel Dixon. The first type (above) pattern 1859 Naval Cutlass Bayonet was approved on 18th April 1859 and it followed the typical cutlass design with a heavy 26˝ inch (675mm) unfullered blade, and a wide steel half basket hilt and wooden grips A second type (above) pattern 1959 Naval Cutlass Bayonet was approved on 1st May 1859, but had the wooden grips replaced with impressed leather ones. These bayonets were meant for the .577 cal short naval Enfield rifles, and Naval snider conversions. One original photo in the gallery of Bayonet Cutlass Drill, and another of a print of an exhibition of the new Gatling hand revolving Machine Gun, shown alongside two stands of arms bearing cutlass bayonets mounted on Enfield rifles. This is a very nice example of the relatively scarce British Pattern 1859 Type II Naval Cutlass Bayonet for use on the Pattern 1858 “Enfield” Naval Rifle. These rifles had thicker barrels than the standard Pattern 1856 rifle and were rifled with 5 grooves instead of the normal 3 grooves. The British military wanted to create a dual-purpose bayonet for the rifle (much like Admiral Dahlgren did with his Bowie Knife/Bayonet for the US M-1861 Naval Rifle), and settled on a combination naval cutlass & bayonet as the most practical design. The length and weight of the bayonet must have made its use on the end of a rifle very awkward. In fact the bayonet had a massive long blade and an overall length of over 32”; the same length as the barrel of the rifle that it was intended to be attached to! The British military contracted for about many thousands of these cutlass bayonets, and it is interesting to note that aside from a small contract of less than 800 delivered by Reeves of Birmingham, all of the other contractors involved used Solingen made blades in the fabrication of their bayonets. In the 1870's the cutlass's barrel ring mounts were bushed to fit the new Martini Henry Rifle. Once the Solingen blades arrived in England, the contractors who had the contracts to produce the bayonets would assemble, hilt and deliver them to the Ordnance Department.
Code: 20922Price: 875.00 GBP
Original WW2 British Army Ghurka's Kukri With Belt FrogIn military issue leather over wooden scabbard, with traditional frog belt mount. Overal in very nice condition for age. Tempered steel blade and carved wood hilt and steel ovoid pommel cap. The Kukri is the renown and famous weapon of the Nepalese Gurkha. Probably the most respected and feared warriors in the world, the Gurkhas of Nepal have fought in the Gurkha regiments of the British Army for around two centuries. With a degree of loyalty and dedication that is legendary, there is no greater soldier to be at one's side when in battle than the noble Gurkha. With a Kukri in his hand and the battle cry called, "Ayo Gorkhali!" ["the Gurkhas are coming!"], no foe's head was safe on his shoulders. Battle hardened German Infantry in WW1, or WW2 Japanese Shock Troops, have been known to tremble in their boots at the knowledge that they would be facing the Gurkhas in battle. Some of the most amazing feats of heroism have resulted in the most revered medal, the British Victoria Cross [ the world's greatest and most difficult to qualify for gallantry medal] being awarded to Ghurkas. The blade shape descended from the classic Greek sword of Kopis, which is about 2500 years old.
Some say it originated from a form of knife first used by the Mallas who came to power in Nepal in the 13th Century. There are some Khukuris displaying on the walls of National Museum at Chhauni in Kathmandu which are 500 years old or even older, among them, one that once belonged to Drabya Shah, the founder king of the kingdom of Gorkha, in 1627 AD. But, some say that the Khukuri's history is possibly centuries older this. It is suggested that the Khukuri was first used by Kiratis who came to power in Nepal before Lichchhavi age, in about the 7th Century. In the hands of an experienced wielder Khukuri or Kukri is about as formidable a weapon as can be conceived. Like all really good weapons, Khukuri's or Kukri's efficiency depends much more upon skill than the strength of the wielder. And thus so that it happens, that a diminutive Gurkha, a mere boy in regards to his stature, could easily cut to pieces a gigantic adversary, who simply does not understand the little Gurkha's mode of attack and fearsome skill. The Gurkha generally strikes upwards with his Kukri, possibly in order to avoid wounding himself should his blow fail, and possibly because an upward cut is just the one that can be least guarded against however strong his opponent.
Code: 20921Price: 325.00 GBP
Watercolour, Zeppelin LZ 47 [Tactical No LZ 77] Bodensee by Manfred HasselSigned and In super condition. Mounted on card. An original early Aeronautical watercolour of WW1 beautifully executed. Attacks on England and France dropping a total of 12,610 kg (27,800 lb) of bombs. Destroyed by enemy fire on 21 February 1916 in the Battle of Verdun, killing the crew of 15. Reports at the time indicated LZ 77 had searchlights, eight machine guns, two so-called 'revolver' guns in the top lookout post, was accompanied by fixed-wing aircraft and at least one other Zeppelin and had orders to bomb the nearby railway lines. P Class Zeppelin Airships LZ 47 (LZ 77) and LZ 49 (LZ 79) were deployed to Namur in order to carry out bombing raid on Paris. LZ 49 (LZ 79) bombed Paris on the 29/30 of January, but was damaged by ground fire and was destroyed in a forced landing at Ath in Belgium. The Army Zeppelins were then used to support the German army in the early phases of the battle of Verdun. On 21 February, the first day of the German offensive, four of the six available Zeppelins set out to bomb the French supply lines. LZ 65 (LZ 95), the first Q class Zeppelin, was badly damaged by anti-aircraft fire and was destroyed in a crash landing at the base in Namur. The P class LZ 47 (LZ 77) was hit by anti-aircraft fire over Revigny, catching fire and killing the crew of 11, and LZ 58 (LZ 88) was forced to return to its base by squalls and snow showers. The P class was an enlarged version of the preceding M class. On 5 August 1914 the Zeppelin company put forward a proposal to the German Navy Ministry for a design based on LZ 26. This had been started as a passenger carrying craft for DELAG and was the first Zeppelin with a duralumin framework, and also had the strengthening keel inside the hull structure. The proposed design was larger, with the volume increased from 25,000 m3 (880,000 cu ft) to 31,900 m3 (1,126,000 cu ft) and a fourth engine was added. As well as being larger, allowing a greater range and bomb load, the P class introduced enclosed crew accommodation. The Zeppelin P Class was the first Zeppelin airship type to be produced in quantity after the outbreak of the First World War. 22 of the type were built as well as 12 of a lengthened version, the Q Class . They were used for many of the airship bombing raids on the United Kingdom in 1915-16, for naval patrol work over the North Sea and Baltic and were also deployed on the eastern and south-eastern fronts. Painting front size 16.25 x 9 inches
Code: 20920Price: 395.00 GBP
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