Shinto Katana Signed Echizen ju Shimosaka Yasuuji, Stylized Dragon DécorMade in the reign of emperor Go-Sai-tenno called the Manji reign of 1658-1651. A Most attractive sword with a very nice blade [in need of polish] with fine edo mounts and a most scarce Edo period lacquer saya decorated with rare and very highly prized coral, to represent the Japanese tradition of a stylized form of dragon. We have only ever seen this on wakazashi and tanto never a katana. Iron fushi kashira inlaid with pure gold matching design of stylized dragons, flying in a circular pattern within scrolling clouds.
Code: 21131Price: 3950.00 GBP
An Iron Signed Wakazashi Tsuba Edo Period Crashing Wave Pattern18th century. Takebori crashing waves, in the style that later influenced one of the worlds greatest artists, Hokusai.
Code: 21130Price: 265.00 GBP
A Rare 'Banzai', Loyalty to the Emperor Engraved Katana, Sesshu ju SuketakaMade around 1770. A very rare samurai sword that bears the inscription 'Banzai' on the tang to one side, a traditional exclamation of deepest loyalty to the emperor, but we simply have never seen it signed onto a sword before. The smith signature, to the other side of the tang, reads Sesshu ju Suketaka [Osaka] in cursive script. The blade has a beautiful undulating gunome hamon now looks stunning after re-polishing. The tsuba has a fine sukashi piercing of a mon, and the rays of buddha. It also has Yotsuma mon menuki under the original Edo silk wrap, for a samurai of the Minamoto clan, especially by the Uda Genji, decendants of Emperor Uda. They eventually separated into many clans
The ancient coarse iron Higo school fuchi kashira bear a most charming rabbit with some gold highlights. Mon of Maruni Sumitate Yotsumei Circle and Four Eyelets on the Edge of the Uda Genji. The Chinese term was introduced to Japan as 'Banzai' in the 8th century, and was used to express respect for the Emperor in much the same manner as its Chinese cognate.
Even earlier, however, according to the Nihongi, during the reign of Empress Kogyoku, A.D. 642, 8th Month, 1st Day: The Emperor made a progress to the river source of Minabuchi. Here, she knelt down and prayed, worshipping towards the four quarters and looking up to the Heaven. Straightway there was thunder and a great rain, which eventually fell for 5 days, and plentifully bedewed the Empire. Hereupon the peasantry throughout the Empire cried with one voice: "Banzei" and said "an Emperor of exceeding virtue".
Code: 21129Price: 4495.00 GBP
A Very Fine Ancient Wakazashi, Signed Soshu ju Masasane 1504Superbly fitted 500 year old samurai sword with an original suite of finest Edo mounts [koshirae] with the fushi kashira decorated with pure gold and shakudo carved birds in flight, and gold inlaid fishing nets on a patinated copper nanako ground. Blade now re-polished and looks wonderful. Early Edo octagonal tsuba in iron with a rolled edge and inlaid with relief water lillies with gold leaves, flower heads and shibui birds. Edo period original gold silk wrap [ito] over gold inlaid and silver samurai menuki with katana with same [giant rayskin, pronounced sarmay]. The original saya is in superb Edo lacquer finish and within it's side pocket contains a nice kodzuka decorated in relief with gold decorated figures. The wakizashi was used as a backup or auxiliary sword; it was also used for close quarters fighting, and also to behead a defeated opponent and sometimes to commit ritual suicide. The wakizashi was one of several short swords available for use by samurai including the yoroi toshi, the chisa-katana and the tanto. The term wakizashi did not originally specify swords of any official blade length and was an abbreviation of "wakizashi no katana" ("sword thrust at one's side"); the term was applied to companion swords of all sizes. It was not until the Edo period in 1638 when the rulers of Japan tried to regulate the types of swords and the social groups which were allowed to wear them that the lengths of katana and wakizashi were officially set.
Kanzan Sato, in his book titled "The Japanese Sword", suggests that the wakizashi may have become more popular than the tanto due to the wakizashi being more suited for indoor fighting. He mentions the custom of leaving the katana at the door of a castle or palace when entering while continuing to wear the wakizashi inside. Wakizashi were worn on the left side, secured to the obi.
Code: 21128Price: 4850.00 GBP
A Solid 9ct Gold Parachure Regt. Sweetheart BadgeIn superb condition, fully hallmarked 9 carat gold. The Parachute Regiment, colloquially known as the Paras, is an elite airborne infantry regiment of the British Army. The regiment is one of the most elite units in the world. The first battalion is permanently under the command of the Director Special Forces in the Special Forces Support Group. The other battalions are the parachute infantry component of the British Army's rapid response formation, 16 Air Assault Brigade. The Paras are the only line infantry regiment of the British Army that has not been amalgamated with another unit since the end of the Second World War.
The Parachute Regiment was formed on 22 June 1940 during the Second World War and eventually raised 17 battalions. In Europe, these battalions formed part of the 1st Airborne Division, the 6th Airborne Division and the 2nd Independent Parachute Brigade Group. Another three battalions served with the British Indian Army in India and Burma. The regiment took part in six major parachute assault operations in North Africa, Italy, Greece, France, the Netherlands and Germany, often landing ahead of all other troops.
At the end of the Second World War, the regiment was reduced to three regular army battalions first assigned to the 16th Parachute Brigade and later the 5th Airborne Brigade. The reserve 16th Airborne Division was formed using the regiment reserve battalions in the Territorial Army. Defence cuts gradually reduced the TA formations to a parachute brigade and then a single reserve battalion. In the same time period, the regular army battalions have taken part in operations in Suez, Cyprus, Borneo, Aden, Northern Ireland, the Falklands, the Balkans, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Afghanistan, at times being reinforced by men from the reserve battalion.
Code: 21127Price: 145.00 GBP
A Superb Victorian British Officers Cartridge Pouch and Cross beltIn silver, bullion and black leather. Silver bullion wire work in triple bands across black morocco leather with cast acanthus leaf decorated buckle and bars with double silver bullion banded pouch bearing a central silver Victoria's VR cypher surmounted by the queen's crown. In the 1864 British army dress regulations the number of bands across the belt could indicate the seniority of rank, three with Morocco leather for the highest, say Colonel or General, two with Morocco for Lt Col or Major, and plain patent leather for junior ranks. A typical example of the finest English craftsmanship employed to create some of the finest quality uniforms and accoutrements in the world. In the Victorian Empire period the quality and extravagance was unsurpassed and this is an example of the stunning silver and leather work that combined to create an officers cartridge pouch and cross belt to be worn across the left shoulder by officers in uniform. Although one might assume these were solely for dress purposes but often they were used in combat and regular service in the days before khaki and camouflage uniforms were deemed more suitable for regular service dress. The last photo in the gallery of just a few examples of the different kinds of cartridge pouches and bullion belts worn by British officers in the Victorian era. Versions of them are still worn today. Cross belts originally were used from the 16th century onwards, to hang swords, called at the time, a baldric, - later, with the early wheel and flint lock muskets, they added a pouch to carry musket or pistol balls - the powder was always carried in a powder horn. As the centuries moved on, in the 18th and 19th century, they were solely used to carry pre-made up cartridges by officers in service uniform. These were always far more decorative than in previous eras, and often had the royal arms or regimental devices in gilt or silver decorated onto the front flap or lid. They were mounted on silver or gold wire bullion decorated leather cross belts.
Code: 21126Price: 1350.00 GBP
A Most Elegant 18th Century Italianate Flintlock PistolFine carved walnut stock all iron mounts in rococo style a most beautiful long holster pistol. Chiselled steel barrel with panel engraved with the name of barrel maker L. Cominazo. Fully chiselled lock with rococo scrolling and designs to match the rest of the flintlock. Engraved with lock makers name. Very strong and tight spring. Steel ramrod. Overall in very nice condition with stunning patination on all parts. Some very small old stock damage and repairs perfectly commensurate with age. Made and used from the 1740's until circa 1820. During the age of the flintlock the largest sizes would be carried in holsters across a horse's back just ahead of the saddle. In-between sizes included the coat pocket pistol, or coat pistol, which would fit into a large pocket, the coach pistol, meant to be carried on or under the seat of a coach in a bag or box, and belt pistols, sometimes equipped with a hook designed to slip over a belt or waistband. Larger pistols were called horse pistols. As a result of the flintlock's long active life, it left lasting marks on the language. Terms such as: "lock, stock and barrel", "going off half-cocked" and "flash in the pan" remain current in English. Long overall 17 inches, barrel 11.25 inches long.
Code: 21125Price: 1195.00 GBP
A Very Good 1870's Zulu War Period Knopkerrie Club-Staff[Part of the three item Zulu War collection]. Carved from a traditional, huge size, hardwood root, the Knopkerrie was one of the main arms of the Zulu warrior, used alongside his assegai spear. Interestingly the war club was frequently more effective in battle than the spear. This type were used with a double purpose, by chiefs as a walking staff and as a combat club. In one to one combat, the Zulu Impi [warrior] was expertly trained to aim his club blow at an opponents head, which often gave a more catastrophic and urgently needed instant and debilitating result, whereas a spear stab, which may indeed give a mortal wound, might leave an opponent that could still effectively fight back for some considerable time. During the 1879 Zulu War, two of most famous pair of engagements in the British army's history, during the last quarter of the 19th century, happened over two consecutive days. Curiously, it is fair to say that these two engagements, by the 24th Foot, against the mighty Zulu Impi, are iconic examples of how successful or unsuccessful leadership can result, in either the very best conclusion, or the very worst. And amazingly, within only one day of each other. The 1879 Zulu War, for the 24th Foot, will, for many, only mean two significant events, Isandlhwana and Rorke's Drift. This is the brief story of the 24th Foot in South Africa; In 1875 the 1st Battalion arrived in Southern Africa and subsequently saw service, along with the 2nd Battalion, in the 9th Xhosa War in 1878. In 1879 both battalions took part in the Zulu War, begun after a British invasion of Zululand, ruled by Cetshwayo. The 24th Foot took part in the crossing of the Buffalo River on 11 January, entering Zululand. The first engagement (and the most disastrous for the British) came at Isandhlwana. The British had pitched camp at Isandhlwana and not established any fortifications due to the sheer size of the force, the hard ground and a shortage of entrenching tools. The 24th Foot provided most of the British force and when the overall commander, Lord Chelmsford, split his forces on 22 January to search for the Zulus, the 1st Battalion (5 companies) and a company of the 2nd Battalion were left behind to guard the camp, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Pulleine (CO of the 1/24th Foot).
The Zulus, 22,000 strong, attacked the camp and their sheer numbers overwhelmed the British. As the officers paced their men far too far apart to face the coming onslaught. During the battle Lieutenant-Colonel Pulleine ordered Lieutenants Coghill and Melvill to save the Queen's Colour—the Regimental Colour was located at Helpmakaar with G Company. The two Lieutenants attempted to escape by crossing the Buffalo River where the Colour fell and was lost downstream, later being recovered. Both officers were killed. At this time the Victoria Cross (VC) was not awarded posthumously. This changed in the early 1900s when both Lieutenants were awarded posthumous Victoria Crosses for their bravery. 37 inches
Code: 21124Price: 345.00 GBP
British Napoleonic Wars Light Dragoon Trooper's Pistol of Regulation FormA great, historical, front line, regimental issue, British cavalry flintlock. What can be called a sleeper in that it has been hardly touched other than gentle cleaning for over 200 years. With a very good stock with excellent patina. Good tight action. Ring neck cock flintlock with Tower armoury mark, and Crown GR with inspection stamp, stock stamped with regulation BO [Board of Ordnance] mark, the lock plate, steel barrel in great order with no traces of pitting just natural age colouring. Wooden ramrod, and the pistol has very good original, untouched, brass furniture Lock in very good tight crisp action. The light dragoon pistol was the result of a need for a smaller lighter cavalry sidearm than the longer. Heavy Dragoon Pattern which had seen service throughout the Seven Year War. The Elliott Pattern saw service through the American War of Independence and into the Napoleonic Wars.
Its short 9” barrel made it a light and extremely manoeuvrable weapon in .62 cal. Smoothbore fitted with brass furniture throughout, it has much simpler lines than its predecessor. Lacking the raised carving around the trigger guard and lock, and also lacking a ramrod entry pipe, it was easier, faster to produce. It was very slightly improved over the decades of it service with the earlier examples having a slightly banana shaped lock with swan neck cock, the later ones like this example having a straighter lock and a ring neck cock. This pistol was an arm that would have seen incredible service as the faithful sidearm to a British light dragoon/hussar trooper. The pistol was named after George Augustus Elliot, a man of renown efficiency. Scottish born in 1717, he rose through the ranks to become Aide-de-Camp to King George II by 1756. In 1759, he raised and commanded the 1st Light Horse and thus began the concept of Light Dragoons in the British Army. At the time, commanders of irregular forces could outfit the men as they chose, and Elliot went about designing improved weapons and equipment for his Troop of Horse. This flintlock would have seen service with such as any of the Light Dragoon regiments at Waterloo. For example the 12th, Although Wellington had, in general, a low opinion of British cavalry he made an exception of the 12th Light Dragoons who he felt, under the able command of Fred Ponsonby, could be trusted to stop when required and not go galloping off in all directions. Ironically, it would be the 12th who, of all the British light cavalry, showed most impetuosity at Waterloo and displayed exactly those bad tendencies upon which Wellington frowned. The 12th were an experienced Peninsula regiment having seen action at Salamanca, Vitoria, Nivelle and Nive, with a few men even having served as far back as Egypt in 1801.
The Regiment was a mix of Scottish (particularly from Lanarkshire), Irish (particularly from Clones), and English (particularly from Leicestershire).
The regiment had a nominal strength of 436 men at Waterloo, divided into six Troops, although with typically around 15-20% of any cavalry regiment left in the rear echelon, the number of men actually drawing their sabres on 18th June would probably have been nearer to 60 men per Troop. Number 1 Troop was commanded by Captain Edwin W.T. Sandys who died of wounds received in the battle. A further 8 men of Sandys' Troop lost their lives - Troop Sergeant Major Robert Neilson, Sergeant James Kirby, Corporal William Marsh, and Privates Daniel Murphy, Hugh Denneghan, Jeremiah Hickey, and John Glass. Regimental Sergeant Major Carruthers led the troop in the clash with the French lancers at Waterloo,
“…the first lancer came bravely on and the gallant Sergeant Major resolved to grapple with him single-handed…The lunge of the Frenchman was dextrously parried and the sabre in an instant thrust through his body.” The commander of the 12th, Lieutenant-Colonel ‘Fred’ Ponsonby, was wounded on the French ridge, up amongst their guns, having fallen “into the same error which we went down to correct” – that is, having got carried away and gone charging off instead of forming up and maintaining discipline. His account of the ordeal that followed is often recounted in Waterloo books. While lying on the ground he was skewered through the back by a passing lancer and blood gushed into his mouth.
He was then robbed by a French light infantryman but received kinder treatment from a French officer who gave him brandy. Another tirailleur appeared who "knelt and fired over me, loading and firing many times, and conversing with gaiety all the while. At last he ran off." Later in the day he was trampled over by Prussian cavalry “lifting me from the ground and tumbling me about cruelly.” As night fell he was again rifled for plunder, this time by a German soldier. Help came at last in the form of an English soldier who stood sentry over him until morning when he was taken to a farmhouse and placed in the bed from which Sir Alexander Gordon had just been carried out dead.
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Code: 21123Price: 1750.00 GBP
A Good German WW1 Gew 98 'Butcher' BayonetVery good blade in bright polish and no pitting, fine wooden grip with traditional hooked quillon, with maker mark. We photographed it with another almost identical example acquired , once mounted together crossed for display. The Mauser Gew98 the so called 'Butcher' bayonet was issued in WW1 with the saw or plain back. It was commonly alleged that a German soldier captured alive with his 'saw back' type intact would be immediately killed by his allied captors, as the gruesomeness of the bayonet was much resented by the allied soldiers. This bayonet however is completely unaltered and plain. Good condition. The popular image of a trench assault is of a wave of soldiers, bayonets fixed, going "over the top" and marching in a line across no man's land into a hail of enemy fire. This was the standard method early in the war and successful examples are few. The more common tactic was to attack at night from an advanced post in no man's land, having cut the barbed wire beforehand. In 1917, the Germans innovated with infiltration tactics where small groups of highly trained and well-equipped troops would attack vulnerable points and bypass strong points, driving deep into the rear areas. The distance they could advance was still limited by their ability to supply and communicate.
The role of artillery in an infantry attack was twofold. The first aim of a bombardment was to prepare the ground for an infantry assault, killing or demoralising the enemy garrison and destroying his defences. The duration of these initial bombardments varied, from seconds to days. The problem with artillery bombardments prior to infantry assaults was that they were often ineffective at destroying enemy defences and only served to provide the enemy with advance notice that an attack was imminent. The British bombardment that began the Battle of the Somme lasted eight days but did little damage to either the German barbed wire or their deep dug-outs where the defenders were able to wait out the bombardment in relative safety.
A super, piece in nice order overall. 14.5 inch blade
Code: 21121Price: 160.00 GBP
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