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Possibly The Earliest Known Type of Royal Sappers and Miners Sword 1843
A previously unrecorded example of sword. This pattern of sword, according to all the main seminal reference works, place its origin of manufacture, as a British military sword, from 1850 onwards, with, to the best of our knowledge, no known examples made or recorded prior to 1850. This incredibly rare regimental example is clearly etched and engraved by the manufacturer Reeves, Greaves and Reeves, and fully dated 1843. In superb condition for age and service history. This pattern of sword was formerly believed to have been designed for the Grenadier Guards, but it now appears they copied this sword for their later made design in 1850.The Royal Sappers and Miners Regiment has an incredible history that is now a regiment that is now part of the Royal Engineers. he origins of British military engineering can be traced back to the Anglo-Saxons and King Offa of Mercia in the late 8th Century. Later, in 1066, William the Conqueror’s King’s Engineer, Humphrey de Tilleul, erected a pre-fabricated fort at Hastings after the battle with King Harold. He was succeeded as King’s Engineer by a monk named Gundulph, who became Bishop of Rochester and famously oversaw the construction of the White Tower in the Tower of London. In 1415 Nicholas Merbury, who had been King Henry V’s King’s Engineer at the Battle of Agincourt, was made the first Master of the King’s Works and Ordnance under whom was established an Office of Ordnance, which in 1518 was renamed the Board of Ordnance.

Although the title of King’s Chief Engineer was increasingly used in the 17th Century, it was not a singleton appointment designating the head of an engineer branch until, in 1660, King Charles II appointed Sir Charles Lloyd as the first permanent Chief Engineer of England. In 1714 the organisation of the Board of Ordnance was reassessed and the then Chief Engineer, the Right Honourable Brigadier Michael Richards, proposed that artillery and engineers should be placed on separate establishments. This was subsequently enacted by Royal Warrant on 26th May 1716 and it is from this point that the Royal Artillery and the then Corps of Engineers pursued their separate paths, the latter consisting solely of officers, numbering 28 in all.

The growth of overseas garrisons and expeditions, and the need for engineer officers to support them, saw the Corps of Engineers increase and in 1757 they were given military officer rank. Thirty years later a Royal Warrant dated 25th April 1787 granted ‘Royal’ status, leading to the current Corps of Royal Engineers title.

In parallel with these developments, events in Gibraltar had inspired the Chief Engineer there to gain authority on 6th March 1772 to form the first ‘Soldier-Artificer Company’ - the fore-runners of today’s non-commissioned ranks. Later, on 10th October 1787, the Corps of Military Artificers was formed and on 6th March 1813 it became the Corps of Royal Sappers and Miners, both of which were officered by the Corps of Royal Engineers.

But it was not until the abolition of the Board of Ordnance in 1855 that, on 17th October 1856, the Corps of Royal Sappers and Miners was amalgamated with the Corps of Royal Engineers to form the Corps we know today. There is an engraving of the Royal Sappers and Miners dated 1843 and you can see the scabbard chapes in the picture.

Code: 20671Price: On Request


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A Simply Fabulous 1843 Hallmarked Sheffield Silver Bowie Knife Handle
A most rare find. A large, original, hallmarked Sheffield silver and ivory 'American Import' horses head Bowie knife hilt. This original 1840's design of Bowie hilt is one of the most desirable and collectable ever made. With blades fitted they are known to fetch up to 18,000 dollars US. This is a superb example, perfect for refitting to an old Bowie blade, or displayed as a wonderful, early 1840's, original American Wild West Frontier artifact. The finest and most desirable Bowies were imported from Sheffield in England and this is one of the very best ever made, in hallmarked silver and carved ivory. The term "Bowie knife" appeared in advertising by 1835, about 8 years after the Bowie's famous sandbar knife brawl, while James Bowie was still alive.The first knife, with which Bowie became famous, allegedly was designed by Jim Bowie's brother Rezin in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana and smithed by blacksmith Jesse Clifft out of an old file. Period court documents indicate that Rezin Bowie and Clifft were well acquainted with one another. Rezin's granddaughter claimed in an 1885 letter to Louisiana State University that she personally witnessed Clifft make the knife for her grandfather.
This knife became famous as the knife used by Bowie at the Sandbar Fight, a famous 1827 duel between Bowie and several men including a Major Norris Wright of Alexandria, Louisiana. The fight took place on a sandbar in the Mississippi River across from Natchez, Mississippi, and is the only documented fight in which Bowie was known to have employed his Bowie knife design. In this battle Bowie was stabbed, shot, and beaten half to death but managed to win the fight using the large knife.
From context, "Bowie knife" needed no description then, but the spelling was variable. Among the first mentions was a plan to combine a Bowie knife and pistol. Cutlers were shipping sheath knives from Sheffield England by the early 1830s. By 1838 a writer in a Baltimore newspaper (posted from New Orleans) suggested that every reader had seen a Bowie knife.

The Bowie knife found its greatest popularity in the Old Southwest of the mid-19th century, where several knife fighting schools were established to teach students the art of fighting with the Bowie knife pattern.

Bowie knives had a role in the American conflicts of the nineteenth century. They are historically mentioned in the independence of Texas, in the Mexican War, the California gold rush, the civil strife in Kansas, the Civil War and later conflicts with the American Indians. John Brown (the abolitionist) carried a Bowie (which was taken by J. E. B. Stuart). John Wilkes Booth (assassin of Abraham Lincoln) dropped a large Bowie knife as he escaped. "Buffalo Bill" Cody reportedly scalped a sub-chief in 1876 in revenge for Custer (the Battle of Warbonnet Creek). We show in the gallery a pre Civil War American advertisement for a horse head Bowie circa 1860.Approx 7.5 inches x 2.75 inches

Code: 20670Price: 3250.00 GBP


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A Good German WW2 High Seas Fleet Badge by R.S.&S.
RS&S ( Richard Simm & Sohne] WW2 issue In zinc, wreath gilded (about 85% of the original gold wash remains). This is a German military decoration (worn on the lower part of the left breast pocket of the naval service tunic]. It was worn underneath the 1st class Iron Cross if awarded, [or equivalent grade) and awarded for combat service to the crews of the High Seas Fleet, mainly of the battleships and cruisers, but also those ships that supported them operationally for which there was no other award given. Required qualifications included e.g. active duty on 1 or more 12 week cruises, wounds or sinking in action. This striking design was created by the well known artist Adolf Bock of Berlin and the design was approved and adopted in 1941 by the then Grand Admiral Raeder, Commander in Chief of the German Navy. Although the award was instituted in 1941, awards could be rendered in retrospect of service from the beginning of World War II.

Although the award was instituted in April 1941, it could be awarded for actions that took place prior to this date and could highlight the struggle against the British fleet.To be eligible to receive the badge one must have twelve weeks service on a battleship or cruiser, with proof of distinction and good conduct. The number of weeks were reduced if one of these conditions were met:
If the recipient was wounded or killed during the voyage.
Outstanding achievements in an engagement.
If the cruise was successful.
Individual's ship was sunk in action. (Bismarck, Admiral Graf Spee, Blücher)
For participation in “Rawalpindi” and “Jan Mayen”.
All crew members of the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau received the award in view of the operational effectiveness of the ships.
To every sailor who was present on the Tirpitz when it was bombed and sunk by the British R.A.F. in Tromsö Fjord on November 12th, 1944.

Code: 20665Price: 385.00 GBP


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A Superb Large Edo Period Japanese Hachi-Wari Helmet and Sword Breaker
RESERVED. This is probably the most attractive and fine quality example we have ever had. The uncommon type, mounted like a sword, to be used as a counter weapon, likely left handed, alongside a katana or wakazashi in order to catch or break a blade. And thus likely disarm a samurai opponent, or, to smash the top of a samurai helmet. This is a spectacular piece, a lot more substantial than one normally sees, and far more attractively decorated than usual as well. Hachi-wari is also known as the Kabuto-wari or sometimes as known as the Katana-wari. In a fully polished, overlaid and coloured green, giant rayskin decorated mount. Unusually large, most impressive and a beautiful defensive weapon. Fully decorated throughout the blade faces and tsuba with grasshoppers, a powerful image in Japanese culture as a symbol for good luck. Most hachiwara in existence today are from the Edo period, but it should be said that there is a hachiwara that has been signed by Goro Nyudo Masamune and dated 1331, but this should not be taken too literally.
Legend says that Masamune invented the hachiwara, but there are many stories about Masamune, and this could very well be one of them (even so, there is a small chance that this legend is actually true, despite how unlikely it may seem to be).
Apparently, Hachiwara existed as far back in time as during the reign of the Ashikaga bakufu (that would date these weapons some time during the Muromachi period, possibly as early as the Nambokucho war), so these weapons may very well have existed during the Onin jidai. Chinese noblemen introduced the practice of listening to "singing insects," such as crickets and grasshoppers, to Japan. The Japanese court particularly enjoyed this form of entertainment, typically as a seasonal event
Images of grasshoppers often appear in Japanese paintings, such as Shibata Zeshin's painted scroll "Grasshopper and Flowering Vine" We show in the gallery an old photo of a practice fight, with a jitte being used in the left hand to counter a blade strike, but his sword breaker has a bar crossguard as opposed to a tsuba. They were considered a hidden weapon, but seems to have been considered more of a blocking device. Still practiced today by the Enmei Jitte Ryu the Tetsujin Nito Ryu and the Tetsujin Jitte Ryu. 32 inches overall, out of saya, 31 inches, blade 20 inches, tsuka 9.75 inches.

Code: 20664Price: 2250.00 GBP


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A Super 'Civil War' Starr Army SA Revolver 44 Cal.'Long Barrel' version
A stunning, big and powerful revolver of the Civil War and early Wild West. Alongside the Colt Dragoon this was the biggest pistol of the Civil War, and it has amazing presence. It is in attractive finish, with an excellent, tight, almost as-new action. The grips are good and original. It was issued around February 1864. During the war the M-1863 Starr was issued to a number of US cavalry regiments, including the 1st Colorado Cavalry, the 6th & 7th Michigan Cavalry and the 11th New York Cavalry, just to name a few. The big Starr Army Long Barrel Revolver is the pistol that was chosen by the hero in Clint Eastwood's Academy Award winning movie 'The Unforgiven' [played by Clint Eastwood], and the pistol was in fact featured as the main promotional part of the film in the 'Unforgiven' poster, see picture of the Starr Revolver, in the poster, in our gallery [copyright Warner Bros]. The Starr pistols were often inspected for service inb the war by Lt. James S. Dudley. It is recorded that Lt James S. Dudley was, during his war service, in command of 2nd United States, Battery E, under Ulysses S. Grant at the Battle of The Wilderness. The battle was fought from May 5 to May 7, 1864, and was the first battle of Lt. Gen.Ulysses S. Grant's 1864 Virginia Overland Campaign, against General Robert E. Lee and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. Both armies suffered heavy casualties, a harbinger of a bloody war of attrition against Lee's army and, eventually, the Confederate capital, Richmond, Virginia. The battle was tactically inconclusive, as Grant disengaged and continued his offensive. After the war in 1867/8 Lt. Dudley was Commanding Officer of the San Franciso Presidio. As expected in over 45 years we have had a number of Starr Civil War revolvers, but as they were so popular for so long surviving examples tend to be very worn and show their age. This example however was lovingly cared for and is very good in it's condition.

Code: 20662Price: 2595.00 GBP


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A Very Good German WW2 Iron Cross 1st Class, Domed Top, Pin Back
Code stamped 4 which is the number for the maker Steinhauer und Luck, Ludenscheid The Iron Cross comes in two grades, Second Class and First Class. This example the Iron Cross First Class could only be awarded for an act of outstanding bravery and also to one who had previously received the Iron Cross Second Class. Hence, the First Class was more restricted and more highly prized. When the Iron Cross First Class was awarded, the Iron Cross Second Class was signified with a small ribbon attached to a button. Adolf Hitler was awarded this identical type of 1st Class Iron Cross in WW1, and always wore it throughout WW2 with pride. 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. In order to receive the Iron Cross 1st Class Heer and Waffen SS men would have to perform three to four further acts of courage from the one that earned him the 2nd Class; The Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine had the following criteria; the award was regularly awarded to U-boat Commanders upon sinking 50,000 tons and to Luftwaffe pilots when they achieved six or seven confirmed
kills; Of course these were only guidelines, and a single act of great importance or a long steady career could earn the individual the Cross. 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.

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. 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. As with all our items, each one comes with our unique, lifetime guarantee, certificate of authenticity

Code: 20660Price: 295.00 GBP


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A Wilkinson 1960's Emperor Haile Selassie Regimental Sword
Bright steel half basket hilt with Ethiopian Crest, traditional wire bound sharkskin grip. Very fine deluxe blade with the Emperor's symbol and crest and the inscription written in Ge'ez: the ancient language used by the Ethiopian Coptic Church. Part of the inscription reads; Ethiopia reaches out to to God.

Code: 20659Price: On Request


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Youngest Member of Lanes Armoury, Interviews Mark Wahlberg for Press Assoc.
Well Done Emily!!, our most junior assistant [still acting-unpaid] daughter of Victoria, both of The Lanes Armoury, interviews Hollywood Movie Star Mark Wahlberg and the leading cast members who star of the latest blockbuster Transformers; The Last Knight, Age of Extinction, as a junior reporter for the Press Association. Emily was part of the premiere's press interviews, she personally interviewed all of the stars present, Mark Wahlberg, Isabela Moner, Josh Duhamel, Laura Haddock and Jerrod Carmichael, and was a guest [with mum and dad] at the blue carpet London Premiere on Sunday the 18th. The interviews will be shown on TV and online soon.

Code: 20657Price: On Request


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A Fine 18th Century Blunderbuss by John Rea of London
A very fine example with finest juglans regia walnut stock with exceptional patina, fine brass furniture finely engraved throughout. Acorn finail trigger guard and brss cannon barrel with Tower proofs. A similar blunderbuss by John Rea, and the same size, is on display in the Cody Firearms Museum, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, in Cody, Wyoming, from the Winchester Arms Collection This blunderbuss is of the so-called "cannon mouth" pattern. It is typical of the British Naval blunderbuss and dates from circa 1780. This type of weapon fires a multitude of shot about .25 inch in diameter. John Rea is listed as working in London from 1782 to 1793. The Blunderbuss (born of the Dutch word "Donderbus", appropriately meaning "Thunder Pipe" or "Thunder Gun") came to prominence in the early part of the 18th Century (1701-1800) and was more akin to the modern day shotgun than a "long gun" musket or heavy pistol of the time. As such, she excelled in close-in fighting, be it within the confines of naval warfare or walled nature of the urban environment, where her spread of shot could inflict maximum damage to targets at close ranges. Its manageable size, coupled with its spread shot, ensured some level of accuracy for even the novice user and its appearance was rather intimidating to those unfortunate enough to be staring down the business end. As with modern firearms, the Blunderbuss also made for an excellent security-minded weapon and soon found popularity amongst all matter of operators - military, civilian and, of course, criminal parties - by the middle of the 1700s. Even George Washington championed the Blunderbuss for Continental Army "Dragoon" units of the burgeoning American military as opposed to the carbine this being nothing more than a full-featured long gun of lesser overall length, proving suitable for horse-mounted handling 16 inch barrel 31 inches long overall

Code: 20654Price: 3650.00 GBP


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A Fine Antique Maasai [or Masai] Warrior 'Lion Hunters' Seme Sword
A very good original antique sword of a Masai herdsman. 19th century, with double edged flared blade, cord under leather bound handle in a stained hardened red leather scabbard. A Fine Antique Maasai Warrior 'Lion Hunters' Seme Sword. Traditionally, lion hunting with hand weapons (ie not missile weapons) was an integral part of Maasai custom. In a lion hunt the seme would be a weapon of last resort. In war the Masai were relatively well organised and fielded war-bands of shield-bearing spearmen who often fought in fairly close-order, shoulder to shoulder. Again the seme would be a side-arm to be used if the spear was lost. Two photos in the gallery of vintage Maasai, including a Kokuyu Maasai. The in days long past fearless lion hunter of the Masai killed their first Lion to become a recognised Moran [warrior] of the tribe [providing they survived to claim the title of course]. The Maasai territory reached its largest size in the mid-19th century, and covered almost all of the Great Rift Valley and adjacent lands from Mount Marsabit in the north to Dodoma in the south. At this time the Maasai, as well as the larger Nilotic group they were part of, raised cattle as far east as the Tanga coast in Tanganyika (now mainland Tanzania). Raiders used spears and shields, but were most feared for throwing clubs (orinka) which could be accurately thrown from up to 70 paces (appx. 100 metres). In 1852, there was a report of a concentration of 800 Maasai warriors on the move in what is now Kenya. In 1857, after having depopulated the "Wakuafi wilderness" in what is now southeastern Kenya, Maasai warriors threatened Mombasa on the Kenyan coast. The Maasai people stood against slavery and lived alongside most wild animals with an aversion to eating game and birds. Maasai land now has East Africa's finest game areas. Maasai society never condoned traffic of human beings, and outsiders looking for people to enslave avoided the Maasai

Code: 20653Price: 285.00 GBP

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