A Pair Of Wonderful Original King George IIIrd Naval Cannon, Circa 1800'sAn amazing pair of original Trafalgar period British naval cannon, [officially spiked by the navy board]. Cast iron 6-pounder smoothbore muzzle loading carronades, Blomefield pattern, with breeching ring, crown impressed “6 Pr” beneath,, mounted on a wooden naval gun carriages, the cascabels with rope loops. Photos in the gallery show this actual pair in a country garden display, and other similar looking cannon of the same age recently shown aboard HMS Victory at Portsmouth. Artillery preserved in the province of Nova Scotia, at Annapolis Royal, Fort Anne, show on display an identical King George IIIrd naval 6 pdr carronade to these. Caronnades are higher powered but shorter cannon, able to fire very high powered charges but, conveniently, shorter in length than regular cannon of similar bore. At the Battle of Trafalgar one of the first shots fired by the British was a caronnade, that shot through the stern of a French ship, right through the ship's length, and killed around a quarter of the crew in one shot. Annapolis Royal is located in the western part of Annapolis County and was known as Port Royal until the British Conquest of Acadia in 1710 by Britain. The town was the capital of Acadia and later Nova Scotia for almost 150 years, until the founding of Halifax in 1749. It was attacked by the British six times before permanently changing hands in 1710. Over the next fifty years, the French and their allies made six unsuccessful military attempts to regain the capital. Including a raid during the American Revolution, Annapolis Royal faced a total of thirteen attacks, more than any other place in North America.The name carronade is attributed to the Carron Company of Falkirk, Scotland who produced these types of weapons from 1776. Initially the weapons were known as Marine Guns and those produced were sold to chiefly British and Spanish merchants who had to arm their own vessels, the guns were lighter than 'long' guns which was important to merchant vessels who at the time had to deal with privateers and American Naval vessels prowling off the British Isles.
This 'Marine' gun was in effect a prototype of the Carronade, the first carronades were installed on a ship called Spitfire which was of 200t and at the time fitting out in Liverpool. Spitfire was soon in action and reportedly did very well despite heavy odds.
The new weapon was also in demand by privateers sailing against vessels from America, the Captain of the Sharp of Glasgow attributed a victory in an engagement off Cape Clear to the new gun as did the Hawke (also from Glasgow) which fought off two privateers in the Bay of Biscay in July 1779.
The carronade had appeal because it offered a large calibre for relatively little size and weight, a 42 pounder carronade was shorter than a 3 pounder long gun and weighed less than a 12 pounder. Another advantage was a carronade took less men to operate, the normal crew for a 24 pounder long gun was 11men whilst a 42 pounder carronade could be operated by a crew of 4. The carronade was also easier and quicker to load and fire with 11 broadsides to an enemies 3 reported. The carronade guns were introduced into British naval service in 1779 and were produced in sizes up to 68 pounder, by January 1781 429 Royal Navy ships mounted 604 carronades. On later but old wooden carriages, like the HMS Victory cannon, they are all fitted on old but replaced carriages. Transport by arrangement only. 42 inches long overall each, 26 inches wide overall each [axle width]
Code: 20811Price: 18500.00 GBP
A Very Good Decorated Spanish Antique Albacete Fighting KnifeA 19th Century Spanish Fighting knife of Albacete, Spain; The knife measures 28cm in length with an elaborate ornately pierced blade. The blade has two holes and an open panel incised for decoration, with added pin point engraved decoration. The hilt is brass, inlaid with carved bone. The bone has been fluted length ways and further inlaid with decorative brass panels. A Handbook for Travellers in Spain (printed in 1855), by Richard Ford, has a commentary on the knife culture that prevailed in Spain at the time. When we read an account of an exotic land written by an English traveler in 19th century Albacete, Abula, he describes that as owing to its central position, from whence roads and rails branch to Aragon, Murcia, Valencia, and Madrid, it is a place of great traffic, and is a town of locomotives, from the English rail, the French dilly, to the Spanish donkey. . . . "Albacete is called the Sheffield of Spain, as Chatelherault is the knife making centre of France; but everything is by comparison, and the coarse cutlery turned out in each, at whose make and material an English artisan smiles, perfectly answers native ideas and wants. The object of a Spanish knife is to "chip bread and kill a man," "
Code: 20810Price: 325.00 GBP
1st Edition James Bond, Man with the Golden Gun, by Ian FlemingLondon: Jonathan Cape 1965. 1st Edition 1st Impression. Flemings 12th outing for Commander Bond. Minor spotting as to be expected. With dust jacket. Cover artist Richard Chopping (Jonathan Cape ed.). The Man with the Golden Gun is the twelfth novel (and thirteenth book) of Ian Fleming's James Bond series. It was first published by Jonathan Cape in the UK on 1 April 1965, eight months after the author's death. The novel was not as detailed or polished as the others in the series, leading to poor but polite reviews. Despite that, the book was a best-seller.
The story centres on the fictional British Secret Service operative James Bond, who had been posted missing, presumed dead, after his last mission in Japan. Bond returns to England via the Soviet Union, where he had been brainwashed to attempt to assassinate his superior, M. After being "cured" by the MI6 doctors, Bond is sent to the Caribbean to find and kill Francisco Scaramanga, the titular "Man with the Golden Gun".
The first draft and part of the editing process was completed before Fleming's death and the manuscript had passed through the hands of his copy editor, William Plomer, but it was not as polished as other Bond stories. Much of the detail contained in the previous novels was missing, as this was often added by Fleming in the second draft. Publishers Jonathan Cape passed the manuscript to Kingsley Amis for his thoughts and advice on the story, although his suggestions were not subsequently used.
The novel was serialised in 1965, firstly in the Daily Express and then in Playboy; in 1966 a daily comic strip adaptation was also published in the Daily Express. In 1974 the book was loosely adapted as the ninth film in the Eon Productions James Bond series, with Roger Moore playing Bond and Fleming's cousin, Christopher Lee, as Scaramanga.
The Man with the Golden Gun film was filmed in 1974 the ninth film entry in the James Bond series and the second to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. A loose adaptation of Ian Fleming's novel of the same name, the film has Bond sent after the Solex Agitator, a device that can harness the power of the sun, while facing the assassin Francisco Scaramanga, the "Man with the Golden Gun". The action culminates in a duel between them that settles the fate of the Solex.
The Man with the Golden Gun was the fourth and final film in the series directed by Guy Hamilton. The script was written by Richard Maibaum and Tom Mankiewicz. The film was set in the face of the 1973 energy crisis, a dominant theme in the script. Britain had still not yet fully overcome the crisis when the film was released in December 1974. The film also reflects the then popular martial arts film craze, with several kung fu scenes and a predominantly Asian location, being set and shot in Thailand, Hong Kong, and Macau. Part of the film is also set in Beirut, Lebanon, but it was not shot there. Ian Fleming wrote The Man with the Golden Gun at his Goldeneye estate in Jamaica in January and February 1964, completing it by the beginning of March. His health affected him badly during the writing process and he dropped from his usual rate of two thousand words a morning to a little over an hour's worth of work a day.
As with his previous novels, Fleming used events from his past as elements in his novel. Whilst at Kitzbühel in the 1930s, Fleming's car, a Standard Tourer, had been struck by a train at a level crossing and he had been dragged fifty yards down the track. From that time on he had associated trains with death, which led to their use as a plot device not just in The Man with the Golden Gun, but also in Diamonds Are Forever and From Russia, with Love. To show just how much all things original Bond are appreciated in the world of collectors the Walther pistol used by Connery in the poster of From Russia With Love, in 1963, and also drawn in the man With The Golden Gun poster [as shown here] an air pistol, .177 (4.5mm) Walther 'LP MOD.53' Air Pistol, Serial No. 054159, was sold by Christies in 2010 with an estimate of £15,000 to £20,000 for an incredible £277,000. [We dropped out of the bidding at £22,000] Incredible in that it was never used in any film, was an air pistol not a real automatic, and only used in promotional posters. It was 'said' to have been used by accident in fact as they couldn't find a correct Walther PPK on the day of the photoshoot.
Code: 20809Price: 1150.00 GBP
Our Worldwide Meet & GreetAs some of our regulars know we have a representative travelling the world, principally USA, Canada, Europe and the Middle East. To meet our regulars and make ourselves known to potential customers. In February it was held in British Columbia in Canada, in June it was in Lake Garda in Italy, and our latest, this August 2017, in LA, USA, was a great success, with a meeting at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel which succeeded in meeting some of our past and current West Coast clients and making new friends for the future
Code: 20808Price: On Request
A Good Original Imperial German Pickelhaube [German Spiked Helmet] CaseIn pressed fibreboard and leather strapping. Overall in very nice condition but the straps have either partially of fully seperated. A rare collectable that is now very scarcely seen. Ideal to accompany any good pickelhaube, either spike or ball topped. The Pickelhaube was originally designed in 1842 by King Frederick William IV of Prussia, perhaps as a design based on similar helmets that were adopted at the same time by the Russian military. It is not clear whether this was a case of imitation, parallel invention, or if both were based on the earlier Napoleonic cuirassier. The early Russian type (known as "The Helmet of Yaroslav Mudry") was also used by cavalry, which had used the spike as a holder for a horsehair plume in full dress, a practice also followed with some Prussian models.
Frederick William IV introduced the Pickelhaube for use by the majority of Prussian infantry on October 23, 1842 by a royal cabinet order. The use of the Pickelhaube spread rapidly to other German principalities. Oldenburg adopted it by 1849, Baden by 1870, and in 1887, the Kingdom of Bavaria was the last German state to adopt the Pickelhaube (since the Napoleonic Wars, they had had their own design of helmet, called the Raupenhelm.
From the second half of the 19th century onwards, the armies of a number of nations besides Russia, (including Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Portugal, Norway, Sweden and Venezuela,) adopted the Pickelhaube or something very similar.
The Russian version initially had a horsehair plume fitted to the end of the spike, but this was later discarded in some units. The Russian spike was topped with a grenade motif. At the beginning of the Crimean War, such helmets were common among infantry and grenadiers, but soon fell out of place in favour of the fatigue cap. After 1862 the spiked helmet ceased to be generally worn by the Russian Army, although it was retained until 1914 by the Cuirassier regiments of the Imperial Guard and the Gendarmerie. The Russians prolonged the history of the pointed military headgear with their own cloth Budenovka in the early 20th century. All helmets produced for the infantry before and during 1914 were made of leather. As the war progressed, Germany's leather stockpiles dwindled. After extensive imports from South America, particularly Argentina, the German government began producing ersatz Pickelhauben made of other materials. In 1915, some Pickelhauben began to be made from thin sheet steel. However, the German high command needed to produce an even greater number of helmets, leading to the usage of pressurized felt and even paper to construct Pickelhauben.
During the early months of World War I, it was soon discovered that the Pickelhaube did not measure up to the demanding conditions of trench warfare. The leather helmets offered virtually no protection against shell fragments and shrapnel and the conspicuous spike made its wearer a target. These shortcomings, combined with material shortages, led to the introduction of the simplified model 1915 helmet described above, with a detachable spike. In September 1915 it was ordered that the new helmets were to be worn without spikes, when in the front line
Code: 20806Price: 345.00 GBP
A Good & Attractive Victorian 19th Century Naval Officer's SwordWith very good quality mounts in nice condition sharkskin wire bound grip leather mounted scabbard with old repair at the bottom section and small nick of leather absent. Blade in bright polish with small areas of old sea salt pitting. A picture in the gallery of Commander James Clark Ross R.N. painted by J.R.Wildman, holding his identical sword. 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. 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. The current Royal Naval service sword is the 1827 pattern /02.
Code: 20804Price: 895.00 GBP
A South American Sorocabana Knife 'Faca De Ponta'"Sorocabana knife". It was the knife used by the bandeirantes of São Paulo and by the tropeiros who traveled between the south and southeast regions. Made from an imported blade from Gebruder Weyersberg Solingen. Gilt decorated makers panel. Carved ebony hilt In the southern region of Brazil , "tropeiro" was the conductor of mules troops from the city of Viamão , Rio Grande do Sul, to Sorocaba , São Paulo. These troops supplied the gold cycle in Minas Gerais in the eighteenth century . This activity was responsible for the founding of countless cities in the states of Rio Grande do Sul , Santa Catarina and Paraná . Before the railways , and long before the trucks , merchandise trade was done by drovers in regions where there were no alternatives for sea or river navigation for distribution. The interior regions, far from the coast, depended for a long time on this mode of transportation by mules . Since the end of the seventeenth century, mining works, for example, required the formation of groups of merchants in the domestic trade. Initially called men of the way, traffickers or passers-by, the tropeiros became fundamental in the trade of slaves , food and tools of the miners.
Far from being specialized merchants, the tropeiros bought and sold of everything a little: slaves, tools, clothes, etc. The existence of Tropeirismo was intimately related to the coming and going of roads and highways, especially the Estrada Real - road through which Minas Gerais gold arrived at the port of Rio de Janeiro and followed to Portugal .
Code: 20803Price: 285.00 GBP
A Fine Antique Indonesian Kris Daggerold keris or Kris with a superbly sculpted serpentine seven wave blade Keris Melayu Semenanjong with a serpentine blade with 7 Luk [seven curves or waves]. A good and scarce example of a keris from the southern Malaysian peninsular region of Johor or Selangor. Handle in the jawa demam form. This form of hilt is common in central or southern Sumatra, as well as the Malay peninsular regions. The Minang variant is usually more upright with a more flaring top.
The top sheath in the typical Malay tebeng form, are made from very well selected kemuning woods with flashing grains. Bottom stem are often made from well selected angsana woods with tiger’s stripe grains.
Pamor patterns are arranged in the mlumah technique of the wos utah or scattered rice variations which is said to enhance the owner’s material well being. The best material for creating pamor however, is acquired in a quite unusual way, as it is made from rare meteorite iron. Traditionally the pamor material for the kris smiths connected with the courts of Yogyakarta and Surakarta originates from an iron meteorite that fell to earth at the end of 18th century in the neighborhood of the Prambanan temple complex. The meteorite was excavated and transported to the keraton of Surakarta; from that time on the smiths of Vorstenlanden (the Royal territories) used small pieces of meteoric iron to produce pamor patterns in their kris, pikes, and other status weapons. After etching the blade with acidic substances, it is the small percentage of nickel present in meteoric iron that creates the distinctive silvery patterns that faintly light up against the dark background of iron or steel that become darkened by the effect of the acids.
Code: 20802Price: 345.00 GBP
A Good Koto Period O Sukashi TsubaCirtca 1550. Tsuba were made by whole dynasties of craftsmen whose only craft was making tsuba. They were usually lavishly decorated. In addition to being collectors items, they were often used as heirlooms, passed from one generation to the next. Japanese families with samurai roots sometimes have their family crest (mon) crafted onto a tsuba. Tsuba can be found in a variety of metals and alloys, including iron, steel, brass, copper and shakudo. In a duel, two participants may lock their katana together at the point of the tsuba and push, trying to gain a better position from which to strike the other down. This is known as tsubazeriai pushing tsuba against each other.
Code: 20801Price: 295.00 GBP
Japanese Armour and Helmet Piercing Dagger Signed Yoshimitsu Circa 1390Very fine suite of Edo fittings inlaid with gold and silver with a signed tsuba. Original Edo lacquer saya decorated with multi coloured lacquers. Saya fitted with a kodzuka utility knife and a pocket for a kogai. An ancient Samurai Tanto with an Armour piercing, single edged, triangular section mu-zori blade made around 1300 to 1400 a.d. in the Kamakura to Nambokochu era. Used throughout the great Warring era of Japan's ancient and turbulent history. In nice polish showing typical narrow hamon of the era. The Kamakura period [ Kamakura jidai 1185–1333] is a period of Japanese history that marks the governance by the Kamakura shogunate, officially established in 1192 in Kamakura by the first shogun, Minamoto no Yoritomo. The period is known for the emergence of the samurai, the warrior caste, and for the establishment of feudalism in Japan.
The Kamakura period ended in 1333 with the destruction of the shogunate and the short reestablishment of imperial rule under Emperor Go-Daigo by Ashikaga Takauji, Nitta Yoshisada, and Kusunoki Masashige. The Kamakura period marks the transition to land-based economies and a concentration of advanced military technologies in the hands of a specialized fighting class. Lords required the loyal services of vassals, who were rewarded with fiefs of their own. The fief holders exercised local military rule
Code: 20799Price: 1895.00 GBP
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