A Very Fine French 18th Century Officer's Pistol By Foulon Of Parismaker to the King, of Rue St,Honore. Barrel inlaid with gold maker's name and Paris address. Fine walnut stock in the Boutet style. Brass furniture.
Code: 18515Price: 1750.00 GBP
A Japanese WW2 Officer's Sword Ritsumeikan Tarenjo Smith, Sakurai MasayukiA jolly nice gendaito blade by Masayuki, grey due to use, but showing superb potential with and incredibly vibrant hamon. All good traditional type 95 mounts and tsuba, with a leather bound combat steel saya. A very good and sound example of these much sought after swords of Imperial Japan, Ritsumeikan Tarenjo
Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto had a small forge (tanrenjo) set up during World War II which made swords for the military and the war effort. The forge was led by Sakurai Masayuki, the second son of Sakurai (Manji) Masatsugu, a well known early gendai swordsmith. He originally signed Masatsuna. He worked in Fukuoka, Osaka, and Kyoto (Ritsumeikan University). He was an early teacher of Seiho Sumitani (Sumitani Masamine), who became a Ningen Kokuho Tosho (Living National Treasure Swordsmith) from Kanazawa.
Several swordsmiths worked and trained at the Ritsumeikan Tanrenjo. Among them were Masayuki, Masatake, Yokota Masamitsu and Kawai Yoshikazu. Yoshikazu was a Jumei Tosho (Army approved swordsmith) and won the Nyusen prize at the sword competition held by Japanese army in the prewar Japan.
Most swords made at the Ritsumeikan University Tanrenjo are signed "Oite Ritsumeikan" (made at Ritsumeikan ) with the name of the swordsmith or swordsmiths. Many of the swordsmiths working there were Jumei Tosho (Army approved swordsmiths), thus many of the Ritsumeikan blades will bear a star stamp. There were several "swordsmiths in training" also working at the Ritsumeikan Tanrenjo. Not all bear the Jumei Tosho star stamp.
Sakurai Masayuki, the second son of Sakurai (Manji) Masatsugu, a well known early gendai swordsmith. He originally signed Masatsuna. He worked in Fukuoka, Osaka, and Kyoto (Ritsumeikan University). Most Ritsumeikan swords are found in shingunto koshirae.
Code: 18514Price: 2350.00 GBP
A Very Fine Victorian Royal Naval Officer's Combat SwordWith all it's original gilt remaining to the hilt and it's original scabbard leather. Plain, fighting weight combat blade, with proof stamp.In overall very nice condition and used from the period of the 1840's up to the 1900's. Used in the era when the Royal Navy still used the magnificent 100 gunner 'Man O' War' galleons, and the from before the start of when the great 'Iron Clads' were being produced for the new form of naval warfare. It was from this era that the world was to see the end of the great sailing ships that coursed the seven seas for the greatest navy the world has ever known. One picture in the gallery is a British Man O' War HMS Marlborough, and another the Bombardment, by the Royal Navy ship, HMS Bulldog, of Bomarsund, during the Crimean War. Traditional hilt with fine traditional detailing of a Royal Navy crowned fouled anchor, with shagreen wire bound grip, and copper gilt and leather mounted scabbard. Used in the incredible days of the Crimean War against Russia, and in the Baltic Sea, in Royal Naval service in the days of the beginning of the great steam driven Ships-of-the-Line. A Victorian officer used this sword for both dress and in combat on the new great warships, that at first glance appear to be ships of Trafalgar vintage, but were fitted with the first massive steam engines. This sword would have been used from then, and into the incredible very beginnings of the Ironclad Battleships. Iron reinforced and armoured ships that developed into the mighty Dreadnoughts of the 20th century that were the mainstay of the most powerful Navy that the world had ever seen. British Naval Officer's swords are traditionally the finest quality swords ever worn by any serving officer of the world's navies. It has an unusually straight blade, and it's gilt condition is so good that so it may well be serviceable for current naval use. The current Royal Naval service sword is the 1827 pattern /02 In overall excellent condition with just the fold down guard scabbard throat pin lacking.
Code: 18513Price: 895.00 GBP
A Singularly Beautiful 1803 Pattern British Senior Officer's SabreThe blade is superbly engraved with the royal crest and royal cypher of King George IIIrd, stands of arms, flags, standards and banners, and with a lot of it's original gilt highlighting the engraving. Used in the Peninsular War, Waterloo & The War of 1812 by a British senior officer of an infantry regiment. A singularly beautiful sword that was designed for battle but was superbly serviceable for full dress. It has a carved slotted hilt with the pierced cypher of King George IIIrd as the inner design within the knuckle bow and adorned with a wonderfully detailed lion's head pommel, with fine ivory grip. It has a fully engraved blade with all the devices of King George IIIrd. Making a sword several times more expensive to commission than a standard plain blade. This is the pattern of British Officer's sword carried by gentlemen who relished the idea of combat, but found the standard 1796 Infantry pattern sword too light for good combat. The light infantry regiments were made up of officers exactly of that mettle. The purpose of the rifles light infantry regiments was to work as skirmishers. The riflemen and officers 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 standard British infantry and light infantry 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 rearguard 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. The 1803 Sabre has frequently described as one of the most beautiful swords ever carried, and it was used, in combat, in some of the greatest and most formidable battles ever fought by the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars in Europe the Peninsular Campaign and Waterloo. This is a very attractive sword indeed and highly desirable, especially for devotees of the earliest era of the British Rifle Regiments, such as the 95th and the 60th. As a footnote, in Bernard Cornwall's books of 'Sharpe of the 95th', this is the Sabre Major Sharpe would have carried if he hadn't used the Heavy Cavalry Pattern Troopers Sword, given to him in the story in the first novel. Overall this battle cum dress sword is in very good order and quite stunning.The blade cutting edge has a lot of original sword combat edge to edge impacts. Lieutenant General Sir Thomas Picton GCB (24 August 1758 – 18 June 1815) was a British Army officer who fought in a number of campaigns for Britain in the Napoleonic wars. According to the historian Alessandro Barbero, Picton was "respected for his courage and feared for his irascible temperament." The Duke of Wellington called him "a rough foul-mouthed devil", but very capable.
Picton came to public attention initially for his alleged cruelty during his governorship of Trinidad, as a result of which he was put on trial in England for illegally torturing a woman. Though he was convicted, the conviction was later overturned.
He is chiefly remembered for his exploits under Wellington in the Iberian Peninsular War, during which he fought in many engagements displaying great bravery and persistence. He was killed fighting at the Battle of Waterloo, during a crucial bayonet charge in which his division stopped d'Erlon's corps' attack against the allied centre left. He was the most senior officer to die at Waterloo.His portrait shown in the gallery shows him holding his identical ivory hilted sword.
Code: 18510Price: 935.00 GBP
A Beautiful 18th Century Brass Blunderbuss By Barber of LondonBrass barrel engraved London and bears Tower armoury crossed sceptre proof marks. The blunderbuss furniture is all brass with an acorn finial trigger guard and a military style sideplate. The lock is somewhat in the early banana form, typical of the early to mid 18th century, with a the good and clear name of Mr. Barbar inscribed. It has a good and responsive action. The stock is fine walnut with some very fine 'fiddle back' grain on the butt. It has two ramrod pipes, and was made by one of the great makers and suppliers to the dragoon regiments and officers of his day, during the time of King George II. This would have seen service during the War known as King George's War of 1744-48, in America, and the 7 Years War, principally against the French but involving the whole of Europe, and once again, used in the era of the American Revolution and then in the Napaoleonic Wars. It would only have likeley to have stopped being used in the mid 19th century. Recognized experts like the late Keith Neal, D.H.L Back and Norman Dixon consider James Barbar to be the best gun maker of his day. Dixon states, "Almost without exception, original antique firearms made by James Barbar of London are of the highest quality". In Windsor Castle there are a superb pair of pistols by James Barbar and a Queen Anne Barbar pistol also appeared in the Clay P. Bedford exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Barbar supplied complete dragoon pistols for Churchill's Dragoons in 1745, also guns for the Duke of Cumberland's Dragoons during 1746 to 48, and all of the carbines for Lord Loudoun's regiment of light infantry in 1745.
James was apprenticed to his father Louis Barbar in October of 1714. Louis Barbar was a well known gun maker who had immigrated to England from France in 1688. He was among many Huguenots (French Protestants) who sought refuge in England after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes by Louis XIV in 1685. Louis was appointed Gentleman Armourer to King George I in 1717, and to George II in 1727. He died in 1741 .
James Barbar completed his apprenticeship in 1722 and was admitted as a freeman to the Company of Gunmakers. By 1726 James had established a successful shop on Portugal Street in Piccadilly. After his father's death in 1741, James succeeded him as Gentleman Armourer to George II, and furbisher at Hampton Court. He was elected Master of the Gunmakers` Company in 1742. James Barbar died in 1773.
The book "Great British Gunmakers 1740-1790" contains a detailed chapter on James Barbar and many fine photographs of his weapons. This lovely pistol is 19 inches long overall. It has had some past srvice restoration, but nothing at all onerous. The mainspring is replaced, the for-end stock has old repairs, and the rammer is a replacement. But, it is hardly surprising as this pistol may likely have seen rogourous combat service for upwards of 80 years. It is now a beauty and a fine example of the early British military gunsmiths art. As with all our antique guns no license is required as they are all unrestricted antique collectables. Overall in very nice condition for age, with some old hammering at the barrel breech. We were sent a fabulous photograph of a painting by Sasha Beliaev showing a pirate holding his blunderbuss, a remarkably skillfull painting of immense quality. One of the best portraits we have seen of it's type in forty years. [Shown for educational purposes only]
Code: 18509Price: 3495.00 GBP
A Fabulous, Huge, 2nd Model 'Dragoon' Double Action Tranter RevolverSingle trigger model. In fabulous condition for age, excellent action and much original blue remaining. These world famous second model Tranters were well recorded as being used by British officers during the Zulu War, in fact only a few years ago a relic of one was found under a rock at a famous battle site of the 1879 war, apparently also sold by Hayton of Grahamstown. World reknown Confederate General 'Jeb' Stuart' was also given the very same second model example [see photo] by his aide and friend, and used it in the Civil War. This is the big, Tranter 'Dragoon', a large calibre revolver sold by the famous South African gunsmith, John Hayton of Grahamstown. Of officer quality with blued finish, octagonal sighted barrel engraved around the muzzle and with scrolling foliage at the breech, blued border engraved top-strap with retailer's details, bright cylinder with knurled forward edge, blued border engraved frame, trigger-guard and ovoidal butt-cap decorated with scrolling foliage, blued hinged safety-stop and arbor-pin catch, bright foliate engraved patent rammer, and chequered rounded butt. John Hayton is recorded working in Grahamstown, South Africa, from about 1850 to 1873. He became famous as the designer of the Hayton or 'Cape' rifle. The Tranter revolver was a double-action cap & ball revolver invented around 1856 by English firearms designer William Tranter (1816–1890). Originally operated with a special dual-trigger mechanism (one to rotate the cylinder and cock the gun, a second to fire it) later models employed a single-trigger mechanism much the same as that found in the contemporary Beaumont-Adams Revolver.
Early Tranter revolvers were generally versions of the various Robert Adams-designed revolver models, of which Tranter had produced in excess of 8000 revolvers by 1853. The first model of his own design used the frame of an Adams-type revolver, with a modification in the mechanism which he had jointly developed with James Kerr. The first model was sold under the name Tranter-Adams-Kerr. After the American Civil War, production continued of the Tranter percussion revolver (despite the increasingly availability of cartridge-firing designs) because many people thought percussion firearms were safer and cheaper than the "new-fangled" cartridge-based designs of the time. In 1863, Tranter secured the patent for rimfire cartridges in England, and started production using the same frame as his existing models. As early as 1868, Tranter had also began the manufacture of centrefire cartridge revolvers. Famous users of Tranter revolvers included Allan Pinkerton, founder of the Pinkerton Detective Agency, the Confederate General James Ewell Brown Stuart, and Ben Hall, the Australian bushranger, and Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. It is also known that Dr Richard Jordan Gatling, inventor of the Gatling Gun owned a Tranter First Model (Pocket 109mm barrel) 80 bore retailed by Cogswell London in 1857. In 1878, Tranter received a contract from the British Army for the supply of revolvers for use in the Zulu War. Original antique percussion action revolver, no licence required in order to own or collect.
Code: 18506Price: 2950.00 GBP
A Stunning Spanish 'Blue & Gilt' Light Inf. Sword of Peninsular WarA very fine officer's sword, Circa 1800. A most rare and stunning beauty. With polished steel hilt and scabbard mounts over black leather The hilt has a wire bound sharkskin grip. The blade is superbly engraved with the crest of the Bourbon King Carlos IV and the Bourbon King's monogrammed CC back to back. Carlos was ousted by Napoleon, and made to abdicate in 1808. The blueing is in fabulous condition. With the blue and gilt crest of His Majesty King Charles IV of Spain. Under the terms of the Treaty of Fontainebleau, which divided the Kingdom of Portugal and all Portuguese dominions between France and Spain, Spain agreed to augment, by three Spanish columns (numbering 25,500 men), the 28,000 troops Junot was already leading through Spain to invade Portugal. Crossing into Spain on 12 October 1807, Junot started a difficult march through the country, finally entering Portugal on 19 November. The three columns were as follows:
General Caraffa's 9,500 men were to assemble at Salamanca and Ciudad Rodrigo and cooperate with Junot's main force.
General Francisco Solano's column of 9,500 soldiers, which was to advance from Badajoz to capture Elvas and its fortress, invaded Portugal on 2 December 1807.
General Taranco's 6,500 troops occupied Porto on 13 December. The general died the following January, and on 6 June 1808, when news of the rebellion in Spain reached Porto, the new commander of the garrison, General Belestá, arrested the French governor, General Quesnel, and his 30-man dragoon escort and joined the armies fighting the French. The Army of Spain refers to the Spanish military units that fought against France's Grande Armée during the Peninsular War (2 May 1808 (sometimes 27 October 1807) – 17 April 1814) a period which coincided with what is also termed the Spanish War of Independence
These regular troops were supplemented throughout the country by the guerrilla actions of local militias which, in the case of Catalonia, ran to thousands of well-organised "miquelets", or "somatenes", who had already proved their worth in the Catalan revolt of 1640 and in the War of the Spanish Succession (1701–1714), while in Andalusia, they were more modest in number, and sometimes little more than brigands who were, in some cases, feared by French troops and the civilian population alike but which were nevertheless a constant source of harassment to the French army and its lines of communication, as were the numerous spontaneous popular uprisings. So much so, that by summer 1811, French commanders deployed 70,000 troops only to keep said lines open between Madrid and the border with France. A list drawn up in 1812 puts the figure of such irregular troops at 38,520 men, divided into 22 guerrilla bands.
At some battles, such as the Battle of Salamanca, the Army of Spain fought side-by-side with their allies of the Anglo-Portuguese Army, led by General Wellesley (who would not become the Duke of Wellington until after the Peninsular War was over). The Light Companies were the skimishers, volitiguers and riflemen with officer's, either a separate part of a line Infantry Regt. Or, in dedicated line Light Infantry regts.
Code: 18507Price: 3295.00 GBP
A Most Impressive & Fine 19th Century Iron 'Signalling' CannonWith a fine oak carriage and iron carriage mounts. An accurate model of a 32 pounder cannon as used on HMS Victory and the 100 gunner man o'war ships of His Majesty's Royal Navy during the time of the Battle Of Trafalgar. A superb desk ornament, and ideal these days, say, for a yacht club commodore to start a transatlantic race. Historically cannon of this sort were also often made and presented to the Royal children [males] of Sovereign issue. Young King Charles Iind [when Prince of Wales] had around fifteen of such pieces of armament. It would look astounding on a desk, or as an embellishment to a fine and stately gentleman's library or office or indeed conference room. No better statement of power, grandeur and distinction can be reflected by this finest, original King George IIIrd period, working signal cannon based, on the great Royal Naval Cannon that bestrode the great 18th century 100 gunner warships, such as Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory, the leviathan of the seven seas.By the outbreak of the French Revolutionary Wars in 1793, technical innovations and the disorganization of the French Navy wrought by the revolution had combined to give British ships a distinct superiority over the ships of the French and Spanish navies. Britain had a far larger ocean trade than any of her principal enemies, and a much bigger reserve of professional seamen from which to man her warships. Throughout the 18th century the French and, particularly, the Spanish navy suffered from serious manning difficulties and were often forced to complete the ships’ crews with soldiers or landsmen.
British ships not only had a higher proportion of seamen in the first place, but the long months at sea on blockade or convoy escort gave British captains plenty of opportunities to train their crews. British gun crews seem to have achieved a much higher rate of fire than French or Spanish gun crews, contributing to the much higher casualties suffered by ships from those fleets. The better seamanship, faster gunnery and higher morale of British crews was a decisive advantage that could not be compensated for by any amount of bravery on the part of their opponents.
The leading British admirals like Howe devoted their thoughts to how to break the enemy’s line in order to bring on the kind of pell mell battle that would bring decisive results. At the Battle of the First of June in 1794, Lord Howe ordered his fleet to steer through the enemy, and then to engage the French ships from the leeward, so as to cut off their usual retreat. This had the effect of bringing his fleet into a melee in which the individual superiority of his ships would have free play.
Nelson's unorthodox head-on attack at the Battle of Trafalgar produced a mêlée that destroyed the Franco-Spanish fleet
Throughout the wars, which lasted, with a brief interval of peace, from 1793 to 1815, British admirals like Jervis, Duncan and particularly Nelson grew constantly bolder in the method they adopted for producing the desired mêlée or pell-mell action at the battles of Cape St. Vincent, Camperdown and Trafalgar. The most radical tactic was the head-on approach in column used by Nelson at Trafalgar, which invited a raking fire to which his own ships could not reply as they approached, but then produced a devastating raking fire as the British ships passed through the Franco-Spanish line.
This fabulous piece is around 40cm long overall and 17cm wide. Height max 20 cm Weighing approx 7 kilos
Code: 18504Price: 1995.00 GBP
A Small and Stout English Boxlock Percussion Pistol By Williamson of HullCirca 1830. Boxlock pistols were pocket pistols popular in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. The most unique feature of their design was the boxlock mechanism. Unlike most firearms which have the hammer located off to the side of the pistol, a boxlock pistol had the hammer located directly on top of the pistol. They were called a boxlocks because all of the working mechanisms for the hammer and the trigger was located in a “box” or receiver directly below the top mounted hammer. While the hammer obstructed the aim of the user, this system had the advantage of making the gun more compact and concealable than other pistols. The first boxlock pistols were flintlock and where later made in percussion lock. Unlike modern firearms, these pistols were not mass produced, but were hand made in gunsmith's workshops.
Code: 18503Price: 435.00 GBP
A Very Nice Koto Era Katana, Circa 1490, Muramachi Era.With a good polish showing a nice undulating hamon. The koshirae are nice patinated copper fittings with gold highlights and the Tsuba is iron with soft metal figures of peasant's fishing, decorated with gold, beneath flock of golden geese in flight. Already an antique ancestral sword when the greatest and most significant battle between the great clan powers in Japan. In 1590 Toyotomi Hideyoshi succeeded in uniting Japan under his rule. After his death there was a power struggle between a coalition of Eastern clans led by Tokugawa Ieyasu and a Western coalition led by Ishida Mitsunari. Their final showdown occurred near the town of Sekigahara in 1600 AD. The armies were evenly matched. Mitsunari deployed his army to block the vital Nakasendo road, with Kobayakawa Hideaki's large clan in position to threaten the Eastern army's left flank. However Hideaki had secretly promised Ieyasu that he would switch sides once the battle started. The Eastern army launched a determined attack and made good progress. Slowly the Western army drove them back and began to counterattack. Mitsunari and Ieyasu both tried to convince Hideaki to intervene on their side. Finally he made his decision and charged down the hill right into the flank of the Western army. His betrayal was decisive, and the Western army was routed. In the years following the battle Ieyasu was able to consolidate his power and become the Shogun of Japan. Japanese samurai swords, is, quite simply, way and above the finest steel in the world. Forged by a smith whose skill was unsurpassed throughout the world of blade making. A master smith who, through decades of training and experience, could tell the difference of, potentially, only 20 degrees, in the temperature of red/white hot steel, simply by it's variations in colour. And a man whose skill, over 500 years past, gave him the ability to make a piece of steel of better quality than anything NASA ever made in order to send a rocket to the moon. Samurai swords have a respect within Japanese culture than has been undiminished for a thousand years with every owner considering their sword to be their most prized and valued possession representing the embodiment of their honour
Code: 18502Price: 4450.00 GBP
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