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Very Good German WW2 25 Year Silver Faithfull Service Award To The Reich
With blue silk ribbon. In super condition The design of the medal consisted of a cross pattern, similar to the Iron Cross award, with a square frame in the center that contains a large black swastika. An oakleaf garland connects every arm of the cross at about the midpoint.
The back of the medal has an inscription that reads "Fur Treue Dienfte", which translates to "For Faithful Service".
The body of the medal is of silver colour. A suspension ring is attached to the upper arm.

Code: 20612Price: 95.00 GBP


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A German Third Reich May Day Gau Badge 1939
A 35mm diameter, cast alloy badge to whose obverse face is the image of a young woman in a sheer dress dropping flowers from the bouquet cradled in her other arm. An eagle clutching a wreathed, mobile swastika is behind her, with a scroll emanating from it and passing under her, which reads "Ostmark," "Alt Reich" and "Sudetenland." "1. Mai 1939" arches over the eagle, and the designer’s initials may be seen beneath the second section of the scroll. The vertical pin-back device crimped to its reverse. This badge was the last of the Labour Day party badges

Code: 20611Price: 28.00 GBP


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Original German WW2 SA [StormTroopers] Military Sports Badge Award
Fully maker marked to the reverse. A most impressive award. Maker marked And numbered. Pin back.. The tests for the award consisted of three groups: physical exercises, defence exercises and field exercises: The tests for the award consisted of three groups: physical exercises, defence exercises and field exercises:
Group 1. Physical Exercise
a) 100 yard sprint
b) Long Jump
c) Putting the Weight
d) Long-distance throw (with dummy grenade)
e) 3000 metre run
Group 2.Defence Exercise (Wehrsport)
a) 25 kilometre route march with a 27.5 lb pack
b) Small calibre arms fire
c) Aimed grenade throwing
d) 200 metre race in gas-mask, over 4 obstacles a miniature "assault course"
e) Swimming or cycling speed test
f) Test of elementary First Aid techniques
Group 3. Field Exercises (Gelandedienst)
a) Map reading
b) Judging terrain and estimating ranges
c) Signalling
d) Reconnaissance work Only members of the SA was eligible for this award 1933-1935. Instituted as the SA

Code: 20610Price: 145.00 GBP


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A Good WW1 Imperial German Iron Cross With Small Jewellers Repair
A very good medal with silver rim and iron centre. Original silk ribbon. Mounting ring bears maker hallmark. The small repair on the ring mount actually makes it a little more interesting than usual as it has been achieved so well. Next to the Victoria Cross, it is the most famous medal in the world. The Iron Cross was awarded for bravery in battle as well as other conspicuous military contributions in a battlefield environment. The Iron Cross 2nd Class came with a ribbon and was worn in one of two different methods: When in formal dress, the entire cross was worn mounted alone or as part of a medal bar. For everyday wear, only the ribbon was worn from the second hole in the tunic button.
The Iron Cross is a black four-pointed cross with white trim, with the arms widening toward the ends, similar to a cross pattée. It was designed by the neoclassical architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel and reflects the cross borne by the Teutonic Knights in the 14th century.

The ribbon for the 1813, 1870 and 1914 Iron Cross (2nd Class) was black with two thin white bands, the colours of Prussia. The non-combatant version of this award had the same medal, but the black and white colours on the ribbon were reversed.

Initially the Iron Cross was worn with the blank side out. This did not change until 1838 when the sprig facing could be presented.

Since the Iron Cross was issued over several different periods of German history, it was annotated with the year indicating the era in which it was issued. For example, an Iron Cross from the First World War bears the year "1914", while the same decoration from the Second World War is annotated "1939". The reverse of the 1870, 1914 and 1939 series of Iron Crosses have the year "1813" appearing on the lower arm, symbolizing the year the award was created. The 1813 decoration also has the initials "FW" for King Frederick William III, while the next two have a "W" for the respective kaisers, Wilhelm I and Wilhelm II. The final version shows a swastika.

It was also possible for a holder of the 1914 Iron Cross to be awarded a second or higher grade of the 1939 Iron Cross. In such cases, a "1939 Clasp" (Spange) would be worn on the original 1914 Iron Cross. (A similar award was made in 1914 but was quite rare, since there were few in service who held the 1870 Iron Cross.) For the First Class award the Spange appears as an eagle with the date "1939" that was pinned above the Cross. Although two separate awards, in some cases the holders soldered them together.

A cross was the symbol of the Teutonic Knights (a heraldic cross pattée), and the cross design (but not the specific decoration) has been the symbol of Germany's armed forces (now the Bundeswehr) since 1871. Photo in the gallery of Ernst Hess, Adolf Hitler's commanding officer in WW1 wearing his identical Iron Cross. As with all our items, each one comes with our unique, lifetime guarantee, certificate of authenticity

Code: 20609Price: 155.00 GBP


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A Good and Sound WW2 Imperial Japanese Naval Officer's Sword Hilt.
Absolutely perfect if one needs an original spare tsuka for a naval kaigunto sword blade of the Pacific war. Approx 9.5 inches long. Nice tight ito wrap with average wear. All original fittings and black rayskin.

Code: 20608Price: 160.00 GBP


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A Good German WW1 Trench Knife
This is an original German WW1 Trench Dagger. It has a carved ebony handle with brass crossguard. It has a clean 5 3/4" blade with medial ridge (10" long dagger overall). The blade is crisply marked by the manufacturer 'Acier Superieur Garanti' between 2 Anchors, a well recorded supplier to the Kaisers armed forces.

Code: 20607Price: 195.00 GBP


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A Very Nicely presented Koto Period Samurai Katana Circa 1520
With ribbed and brown ishime stone lacquer in mid brown. The binding is original Edo silk and the fushi kashira mounts are early Higo style in ancient iron with inlaid birds. Nice blade with undulating gunome hamon. Very charmingly presented in lovely order and all original Edo fittings. The name katana derives from two old Japanese written characters or symbols: kata, meaning’side,’ and na, or ‘edge.’ Thus a katana is a single-edged sword that has had few rivals in the annals of war, either in the East or the West. Because the sword was the main battle weapon of Japan’s knightly man-at-arms (although spears and bows were also carried), an entire martial art grew up around learning how to use it. This was kenjutsu, the art of sword fighting, or kendo in its modern, non-warlike incarnation. The importance of studying kenjutsu and the other martial arts such as kyujutsu, the art of the bow, was so critical to the samurai — a very real matter of life or death — that Miyamoto Musashi, most renowned of all swordsmen, warned in his classic The Book of Five Rings: ‘The science of martial arts for warriors requires construction of various weapons and understanding the properties of the weapons. A member of a warrior family who does not learn to use weapons and understand the specific advantages of each weapon would seem to be somewhat uncultivated.’ 26.75 inch blade, sword overall 38 inches long in saya.

Code: 20604Price: 3950.00 GBP


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A Very Good Fur Cap Plume Badge Of The Royal Welch Fusiliers
An original metal, other ranks Fur Cap Grenade of The Royal Welch Fusiliers worn 1888 - 1908. In excellent condition and complete with its 2 long rear loops. In the nineteenth century, the regiment took part in the Crimean War, the Second Opium War, the Indian Mutiny and the Third Anglo-Burmese War. The regiment was not fundamentally affected by the Cardwell Reforms of the 1870s, which gave it a depot at Hightown Barracks in Wrexham from 1873, or by the Childers reforms of 1881 – as it already possessed two battalions, there was no need for it to amalgamate with another regiment. Under the reforms, the regiment became The Royal Welch Fusiliers on 1 July 1881. The regiment went on to serve in the Second Boer War of 1899-1902.

Code: 20603Price: 110.00 GBP


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Original Pembroke Yeomanry Regiment Cap Badge
All white metal version. The Pembroke Yeomanry were formed in 1794, by Lord Milford when King George III was on the throne, William Pitt the Younger was Prime Minister of Great Britain, and across the English Channel, Britain was faced by a French nation that had recently guillotined its King and which possessed a revolutionary army numbering half a million men. The 1/1st Pembroke Yeomanry was mobilised on 4 August 1914 as part of the South Wales Mounted Brigade on the outbreak of the First World War. The brigade was assembled at Hereford and moved to East Anglia by the end of August 1914. It joined the 1st Mounted Division in August 1914, replacing 1st South Midland Mounted Brigade which moved to 2nd Mounted Division. In November 1915, the brigade was dismounted. It was replaced in 1st Mounted Division by 2/1st Eastern Mounted Brigade when it departed for Egypt.

With the brigade, the regiment was posted to Egypt in March 1916. On arrival a detachment from the regiment formed part of the Imperial Camel Corps. On 20 March, South Wales Mounted Brigade was absorbed into the 4th Dismounted Brigade (along with the Welsh Border Mounted Brigade). In March 1917 they were re-roled as infantry and together with the Glamorgan Yeomanry were converted into the 24th (Pembroke & Glamorgan) Battalion, The Welsh Regiment. They joined 231st Brigade in the 74th (Yeomanry) Division. In May 1918, the Division moved to France, and the battalion saw action on the Western Front. As part of the 74th Yeomanry Division they were involved in the following battles Second Battle of Gaza, Third Battle of Gaza, Battle of Beersheba and the Battle of Epehy. The 24th Welch entered Ath on 11 November 1918, only two and a half hours before hostilities ceased.

The 2nd Line regiment was formed in 1914. Early in 1915 it joined the 2/1st South Wales Mounted Brigade at Carmarthen and later moved to Llandilo and Dorchester. In September 1915, it moved with the brigade to the Yoxford area and joined the 1st Mounted Division. On 31 March 1916, the remaining Mounted Brigades were ordered to be numbered in a single sequence and the brigade became 4th Mounted Brigade. The regiment was based at Southwold during the raid by Admiral Boedicker's battle cruisers on Lowestoft in 1916.
In July 1916 there was a major reorganization of 2nd Line yeomanry units in the United Kingdom. All but 12 regiments were converted to cyclists and as a consequence the regiment was dismounted and the brigade converted to 2nd Cyclist Brigade (and the division to 1st Cyclist Division). Further reorganization in November 1916 saw the regiment departing for the 1st Cyclist Brigade where it was amalgamated with the 2/1st Glamorgan Yeomanry as the 2nd (Pembroke and Glamorgan) Yeomanry Cyclist Regiment.[a] The regiment resumed its separate identity as 2/1st Pembroke Yeomanry in March 1917 at Aldeburgh. It moved to Benacre in July and to Lowestoft at the end of the year. It was still at Lowestoft in 1st Cyclist Brigade at the end of the war.

During the Second World War, the Pembroke Yeomany on mobilisation formed two regiments - the 102nd Field Regiment and the 2nd Line 146th Field Regiment. The first line 102nd Field Regiment, formed from the two Pembrokeshire Batteries, landed at Algiers in February 1943 as part of the British First Army. After the fall of Tunis and the end of the Tunisia Campaign they converted to a medium artillery regiment and landed in Italy with the British Eighth Army, in December 1943, and fought in the Italian Campaign and by the end of the war they were on the banks of the River Po.

Code: 20602Price: 55.00 GBP


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SUPERB 500 YEAR OLD SAMURAI SWORD DISCOUNT OFFER!!! Save An Amazing £3,000
HUGELY DISCOUNTED ORIGINAL AND STUNNING SAMURAI SWORD SAVING AN AMAZING £3000, and thus sold at well below our actual cost from our back catalogue. Offered as a personal thank you for our Japanese regulars by Mark Hawkins who has been a partner in the company and trading in samurai swords now for 45 years. Act fast though our below cost discounted swords never last long!! A stunningly beautiful ancient bladed battle sword, around 500 years old, in lovely condition. Previously offered for sale in our back catalogue, and now we have reduced it on special discount offer from £5995 to an unbelievable £2,995, SAVING A MASSIVE £3000 [as this is well below cost offer, it is for an immediate sale only, and not eligible for any part exchange or lay away]. Our shop is particularly stacked to the rafters and we simply have no room left. Our regulars know we only offer one-off sale items just a very few times a year, and it is usually to pre-empt and influx of another new collection, and it is always aimed for the benefit at our regular customers who view our site every day or week, but open to all comers of course.
A Beautiful Early Samurai Katana, Koto Era Circa 1500
Showing traces of a fabulous, and intricate fine and very deep hamon. A suite of matching iron Higo school mounts, inlaid with thin curlicue lines of silver and soft metal. Shi-shi lion dog minuki. Red and black speckled saya in original Edo period lacquer. Unusual and very attractive, original Edo era two colour Tsuke wrap. This sword has been most gently and sypathetically cleaned by our conservator, as it had likely been untouched and stored for nigh on 150 years or more. Every effort has been made to remove accumulated grime but to highlight all the fine detail and to keep it's natural and original Edo period 'feel' and condition. 40 inches long approx overall in saya, the blade length from tsuba to tip is 26.75 inches

Code: 20601Price: 2995.00 GBP

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