An Original Autograph of Admiral of the Fleet Earl Mountbatten of BurmaAdmiral of the Fleet Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, KG, GCB, OM, GCSI, GCIE, GCVO, DSO, PC, FRS (born Prince Louis of Battenberg; 25 June 1900 – 27 August 1979) Last Viceroy of India. He was a British naval officer and statesman, an uncle of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and second cousin once removed of Elizabeth II. During the Second World War, he was Supreme Allied Commander, South East Asia Command (1943–46). He was the last Viceroy of India (1947) and the first Governor-General of independent India (1947–48).
From 1954 until 1959 he was First Sea Lord, a position that had been held by his father, Prince Louis of Battenberg, some forty years earlier. Thereafter he served as Chief of the Defence Staff until 1965, making him the longest serving professional head of the British Armed Forces to date. During this period Mountbatten also served as Chairman of the NATO Military Committee for a year.
In 1979, Mountbatten, his young grandson Nicholas aged 14, 83-year-old 'Dodo', the Dowager Lady Brabourne and a young family friend, 15-year-old Paul Maxwell, were cruelly slaughtered by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) member Thomas McMahon and two others, who had placed a bomb in his fishing boat, Shadow V, in Mullaghmore, County Sligo, Ireland. Nicholas's brother Tim [see photo of both young brothers together] survived but blinded in one eye.
For the sergeant's Mess Ball in the Guildhall, City of Portsmouth, 18th May 1973 6.5 inches x 8.75 inches folded.
Code: 20549Price: 135.00 GBP
An Exceptional Silk WW2 Japanese Yosegaki Hinomaru. A Good Luck FlagIn superb condition and perefct for framing. Flags like this were carried by many Japanese soldiers for good luck, folded up in their helmet or packs. They were also tied to their rifles and carried into battle. Often, as in this case, these flags are found with battle damage and blood on them, for the Japanese soldiers rarely surrendered. The bold kanji on thefar right of the flag is Ki Buun Choukyuu "Prayers for Eternal Good Fortune in Battle". The kanji ? is "kun" which is used when addressing young males, so next to that, is kun followed by his name the three kanji in bold, second collumn on the right. Often within the text and names of Yosegaki there is a well-known slogan ???? Kichikubeiei, Satanic America and Britain. Also the term beast and expression exerminate. You will see a photograph of a young Japanese soldier Tomio Aikawa with two Yosegaki Hinomaru tied across his chest. Perhaps one hinomaru was from his family and the other may have been from workers at his place of employment. Or maybe one was from his family and the other from his wife and children. Some Japanese received two or three hinomarus. Size 27 inches x 41 inches
Code: 20547Price: 265.00 GBP
A Beautiful Bizen Koto Katana Circa 1380 Nambokochu EraMade in the transitional period between Nambokochu and Muramachi. Super ancient narrow blade with wonderful curvature and typical narrow hamon of the Nambokochu era. Delightful original Edo fittings including its superb Edo lacquer saya with deep ribbing and a court cap pattern saya-jiri [bottom chape mount]. The iron fushi kashira have pure gold inlaid ancient kinbuntai kanji. The iron tsuba is beautifully chisseled with crisp edges. Looking at the late Nanbokucho period, the main Bizen smiths last signed eras (the last dated examples do not always coincide with the end of the smith’s career) were Joji for Motoshige, Koryaku for Chogi, and Oei for Omiya Morishige. Many of the Bizen dates moved up to Eiwa, Koryaku, Eitoku, Shitoku, Kakei, Ko-o, and Meitoku, and the tachi shapes changed to become narrower. Choji’s Koryaku era tachi are narrow, but without other style changes. Morikage’s work from the end of the Nanbokucho period have a narrow shape with small hamon which is similar to Kosori work. Also, there are many Bizen smiths who are not belong to famous schools and do not have a clear school style (similar to this Masamitsu work), and people called all of these smiths Kosori smiths. Overall, at the end of the Nanbukucho period, Bizen swords became narrower, and at the same time, the mainstream schools’ characteristics gradually disappeared and smaller hamon become popular.
Code: 20545Price: 4995.00 GBP
A Prussian Model 1852 Infantryman's Hanger Used in the Franco Prussian WarFully regimentally marked, made by P.D. Lundschloss of Solingen. All brass hilt. The Franco-Prussian War or Franco-German War , often referred to in France as the War of 1870 (19 July 1870 – 10 May 1871), was a conflict between the Second French Empire of Napoleon III and the German states of the North German Confederation led by the Kingdom of Prussia. The conflict was caused by Prussian ambitions to extend German unification and French fears of the shift in the European balance of power that would result if the Prussians succeeded. Some historians argue that the Prussian chancellor Otto von Bismarck deliberately provoked a French attack in order to draw the independent southern German states—Baden, Württemberg, Bavaria and Hesse-Darmstadt—into an alliance with the North German Confederation dominated by Prussia, while others contend that Bismarck did not plan anything and merely exploited the circumstances as they unfolded.
On 16 July 1870, the French parliament voted to declare war on the German Kingdom of Prussia and hostilities began three days later. The German coalition mobilised its troops much more quickly than the French and rapidly invaded north-eastern France. The German forces were superior in numbers, had better training and leadership and made more effective use of modern technology, particularly railroads and artillery.
A series of swift Prussian and German victories in eastern France, culminating in the Siege of Metz and the Battle of Sedan, saw Napoleon III captured and the army of the Second Empire decisively defeated. A Government of National Defence declared the Third Republic in Paris on 4 September and continued the war for another five months; the German forces fought and defeated new French armies in northern France. Following the Siege of Paris, the capital fell on 28 January 1871, and then a revolutionary uprising called the Paris Commune seized power in the capital and held it for two months, until it was bloodily suppressed by the regular French army at the end of May 1871.
Code: 20544Price: 295.00 GBP
A French Napoleonic Wars Cuirassier Sword, 1814 Dated BladeWith the French regulation cuirassier sword 1854 modification pommel and guard for use in the Crimean War. A sword that was used the Napoleonic Wars, made before when Napoleon was exiled to Elba, but used during the 100 days war, after his return to France, that culminated in Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo by the Duke of Wellington, and then sent to the Crimean War in Russia in 1854 to 1856, and last used in the Franco Prussian War in 1871. Made in the period that Napoleon was incarcerated at Elba, and used at Waterloo in the 100 days. All Napoleon's heavy Cavalry Regiments fought at Waterloo, there were no reserve regiments, and all the Cuirassiers, without exception fought with their extraordinary resolve, bravery and determination. The Hundred Days started after Napoleon, separated from his wife and son, who had come under Austrian control, was cut off from the allowance guaranteed to him by the Treaty of Fontainebleau, and aware of rumours he was about to be banished to a remote island in the Atlantic Ocean, Napoleon escaped from Elba on 26 February 1815. He landed at Golfe-Juan on the French mainland, two days later. The French 5th Regiment was sent to intercept him and made contact just south of Grenoble on 7 March 1815. Napoleon approached the regiment alone, dismounted his horse and, when he was within gunshot range, shouted, "Here I am. Kill your Emperor, if you wish." The soldiers responded with, "Vive L'Empereur!" and marched with Napoleon to Paris; Louis XVIII fled. On 13 March, the powers at the Congress of Vienna declared Napoleon an outlaw and four days later Great Britain, the Netherlands, Russia, Austria and Prussia bound themselves to put 150,000 men into the field to end his rule. Napoleon arrived in Paris on 20 March and governed for a period now called the Hundred Days. By the start of June the armed forces available to him had reached 200,000 and he decided to go on the offensive to attempt to drive a wedge between the oncoming British and Prussian armies. The French Army of the North crossed the frontier into the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, in modern-day Belgium. Napoleon's forces fought the allies, led by Wellington and Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, at the Battle of Waterloo on 18 June 1815. Wellington's army withstood repeated attacks by the French and drove them from the field while the Prussians arrived in force and broke through Napoleon's right flank. The French army left the battlefield in disorder, which allowed Coalition forces to enter France and restore Louis XVIII to the French throne. Off the port of Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, after consideration of an escape to the United States, Napoleon formally demanded political asylum from the British Captain Frederick Maitland on HMS Bellerophon on 15 July 1815.
Code: 20543Price: 950.00 GBP
A Very Good WW1 1908 Pattern British Cavalry Trooper's SwordDarkened lacquer war finish with very good blade in clean polish. Regimentally marked hilt and scabbard and overall a great sword. An original sword as can be seen used to incredible effect in the magnificent epic, by Steven Spielberg, 'Warhorse'. A vintage trooper's sword with full ordnance markings, used in the frontline British cavalry regiments during WW1. The current Cavalry pattern used by all forms of the current British Cavalry. Considered to be the best designed cavalry sword ever made. In exceptionally good condition for age, a superb collector's item from the finest cavalry in the world. Early in WW1, cavalry skirmishes occurred on several fronts, and horse-mounted troops were widely used for reconnaissance. Britain's cavalry were trained to fight both on foot and mounted, but most other European cavalry still relied on the shock tactic of mounted charges. There were isolated instances of successful shock combat on the Western Front, where cavalry divisions also provided important mobile fire-power. Beginning in 1917, cavalry was deployed alongside tanks and aircraft, notably at the Battle of Cambrai, where cavalry was expected to exploit breakthroughs in the lines that the slower tanks could not. At Cambrai, troops from Great Britain, Canada, India and Germany participated in mounted actions. Cavalry was still deployed late in the war, with Allied cavalry troops harassing retreating German forces in 1918 during the Hundred Days Offensive, when horses and tanks continued to be used in the same battles. In comparison to their limited usefulness on the Western Front, "cavalry was literally indispensable" on the Eastern front and in the Middle East.
Code: 20542Price: 745.00 GBP
A Very Fine & Beautiful Koto O-Tanto Circa 1550Of large, impressive and powerful size, with a rare unokubi zukuri blade, but it is rarer still, as the tapered champhering on either side of the back edge is deliberately unequal [see photo]. Unokubi Zukuri literally means 'neck of the Cormorant' which refers to the tapering of the monouchi. Gilded raindrop habaki, pure gold decorated kurigata on the saya in the form af a dragon's head. The fushi on the tsuka is signed, bears further inscription to the side, possibly a poem or an indication of it's story, and is made of silver with gold highlights within the flower decoration. It has a kodzuka utility knife with a signed blade. All the fittings wrap and saya are original Edo period, the pure gold decoarted menuki are of clan mon [crests] the fushi is of carved buffallo horn and the tsuba in barss with silver inlaid lines. The ribbed décor black lacquer saya is a;lso original Edo period, has some lengthwise thin surface cracking, not surprising considering it's age, but not obtrusive. The tanto was invented partway through the Heian period. With the beginning of the Kamakura period, tant? were forged to be more aesthetically pleasing, and hira and uchi-sori tanto becoming the most popular styles. Near the middle of the Kamakura period, more tant? 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, tant? began to be forged longer and wider. The introduction of the Hachiman faith became visible in the carvings in the 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.
During the era of the Northern and Southern Courts, the tanto were forged to be up to forty centimetres as opposed to the normal one shaku (about thirty centimetres) length. The 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. With the beginning of the Muromachi period, constant fighting caused the greater production of blades. Blades that were custom-forged still were of exceptional quality. As the end of the period neared, the average blade narrowed and the curvature shallowed
Code: 20541Price: 4450.00 GBP
Cold War Minox Spy Camera, As Used By James Bond & Harry PalmerActually from a former intelligence service agent, and used by him OHMSS [not the film], in its original leather case with serpent type chain. Late 1950's to 60's Minox Model B Subminiature Camera with Case, Chain. It would go very nicely with a PPK. Minox-B is a small high-quality subminiature camera that is small enough to fit in the palm of a hand. It was built by Minox in Germany as the successor to the post-war Minox A. For Many years it was the worlds most famous and widely used camera for espionage photography.
Like its predecessor, the Minox-A, the body of the camera is made of aluminum. When closed, it measures only 97 x 27 x 15 mm, allowing it to be concealed easily, e.g. in the palm of a hand or somewhere in the operator's clothing.
The camera is operated by opened by pulling it outwards from both ends. When closed, the film is advanced to the next position. The image on the right shows a Minox-B camera ready for use. A chain, that also acted as a measuring device, could be attached to one side of the camera, allowing it to be affixed to the user's clothing.
The negatives are only 8 x 11 mm small. The Minox-B is fitted with a very high quality lens. When used in combination with high-grade film, it allowed black & white images with enormous detail to be obtained from the small negatives. The film strip itself is 9.2 mm wide and is rolled-up on a supply spool inside a small cartridge. It has no sprocket holes and allows 50 images to be taken with a single cartridge. In later years, colour film became available for the Minox-B, but it had signifficantly lower detail than the high-grade black & white film.
The Minox-B was the first Minox subminiature camera to have a built-in light meter. The meter didn't require any batteries as it was based on a selenium cell. This ensured that the camera was always ready for use, even if it had been stored for a long period of time. Because of the built-in light meter, the Minox B was about 15 mm longer that its predecessors the Minox Riga and the Minox A. Minox-B cameras have been in production from 1958 to 1969. We have no doubt he was as he was alleged to be, for not only was he most cynical in nature, and highly non descript looking, he showed us two of his expired 1960's passports, both bearing different names, and an old pass document. None of which he should have kept naturally. He also gave us his name, Charles Brown, neither of which were on the passports. In a passing comment, giving no clue whatsoever but a merest hint, he mentioned that if he could have kept what he photographed he would have been a millionaire decades ago [but only in South America].
Code: 20540Price: 495.00 GBP
A Good Victorian Painted Truncheon With Unusual Crest and Brass Base CapGood hardwood turned truncheon with gilt and coloured VR Crown and heraldic shield. Brass turned base cap with swivel lanyard loop and leasther lanyard complete. In 1829 the Metropolitan Police Force, organised by Sir Robert Peel, was established to keep the order in London. The force, under a Commissioner of the Police with headquarters at Scotland Yard, was essentially a civilian one: its members were armed only with wooden truncheons and at first wore top-hats and blue frock-coats. The "Peelers" or "Bobbies" were greeted largely with derision by Londoners, but they did become accepted fairly quickly. Their primary purpose was to prevent crime, and some London criminals left their haunting grounds of London for the larger provincial towns, which in turn established their own forces on the Metropolitan model. The pattern followed through to the small villages and countryside. To secure co-operation between the spreading network and establish further forces, Parliament passed an act in 1856 to co-ordinate the work of the various forces and gave the Home Secretary the power to inspect them. In the counties, under the Police Act of 1890, the police became the combined responsibility of the local authorities - the County Councils - and the Justice of the Peace, while in London, the Metropolitan Police at Scotland Yard remained under the Commissioner appointed by the Home Office. At the turn of the century, the British police force established a reputation for humane and kindly efficiency. Their mere existence undoubtedly did a lot to prevent crime, and they built up what was on the whole a highly effective system of investigation and arrest.
Code: 20539Price: 245.00 GBP
A Good Small Japanese Samurai Aikuchi Tanto Edo Period Circa 1700All original Edo fittings with period lacquer. Nicely polished blade with a gunome hamon based on suhaga. Dark red saya and tsuka over-dappled with black lacquer with contrasting matt and bright highlights. Silver falling rain engraved habaki and golden shi-shi lion dogs mounted to the bottom section of the saya. Small denting to the saya lacquer on the obverse side. 10.5 inches overall, 6.75 inch blade hilt to tip
Code: 20538Price: 850.00 GBP
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