A Good Pre-War K98 Mauser Bayonet Dated 1936Maker coded S/185. Original blued blade good overall condition used throughout the entire war with some small service denting to the wooden grips. Made before the war, this interesting piece would have been used throughout the entire war period from 1939, right from the eras of the invasion of Poland, then France, Norway, Holland, Belgium etc.. Then during the period when only Britain and the Commonwealth forces fought against Germany on their own, until the end of 1941, when Germany declared war on America, followed by the war in Africa with the Afrika Korps under the command of Rommel, and also during Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union. Then during the allies liberation of France, and subsequently the liberation by the British, Canadians and Americans of the whole of the enslaved Western Europe, combined with the liberation of Eastern Europe and the capture of Berlin by the Red Army. Exactly where it was used, in it's nine year working service life, is impossible to say, but the possibilities are certainly most intriguing. The Karabiner 98 kurz (German; "carbine 98 short", often abbreviated Kar98k or K98k and often incorrectly referred to as a "K98" (which was a Polish Carbine), is a bolt-action rifle chambered for the 7.92 ×57mm Mauser cartridge that was adopted on 21 June 1935 as the standard service rifle by the German Wehrmacht. It was one of the final developments in the long line of Mauser military rifles. Although supplemented by semi- and fully automatic rifles during World War II, it remained the primary German service rifle until the end of the war in 1945.
Code: 22546Price: 120.00 GBP
Just Arrived, Amazing Lifetime Collection of WW1 & WW2 Campaign MedalsBought by the collector in the 1950's and 60's. Groups, trios, pairs and singles. WW1 regimental medals, good and rare regiments, [all named as usual], WW2 medals, and most campaign stars, such as 1939-45, France and Germany, Italy, Africa, Pacific, Burma [unnamed as usual] unless boxed, plus numerous territorial medals [most named]. Most of the boxed medals have never been mounted or worn, all in their original boxes, all are groups of up to 6 medals. The collection contained many hundreds, of all original issue medals, 99% British, all in stored and uncleaned condition, from the Boer War up to the 1950's. Numerous original miniature groups. A campaign medal is a military decoration which is awarded to a member of the military who serves in a designated military operation or performs duty in a geographical theatre. Campaign medals are very similar to service medals but carry a higher status as the award usually involves deployment to a foreign region or service in a combat zone. Campaign medals were first invented to recognize general military service in war, in contrast to meritorious decorations which were only issued on a small scale for acts of heroism and bravery. The first widespread use of campaign medals dates to the era of the Napoleonic Wars when Napoleon Bonaparte ordered a large number of ribbons and medals for issue to the soldiers serving under his command.
Code: 22545Price: On Request
A Very Fine & Amazing 60 Million Year Old Original Shark's Tooth in MatrixA stunning large Otodus shark's tooth fossil in matrix [a sedimentary rock material that encompassed the tooth on discovery] and in super condition. From a collection of early fossils and flints we were delighted to acquire. It would make a stunning desk ornament, as an impressive collector's item and conversation piece. Otodus is an extinct genus of mackerel shark which lived from the Paleocene to the Miocene epoch. Otodus likely preyed upon large bony fish, other sharks, and from the Eocene until the genus' extinct during the Miocene, marine mammals. It was among the top predators of its time.The fossils of Otodus indicate that it was a very large macro-predatory shark. The largest known teeth measure about 104 millimetres (4.1 in) in height. The vertebral centrum of this shark are over 12.7 cm (5 inch) wide. Scientists suggest that this shark at least reached 9.1 metres (30 ft) in total length , with a maximum length of 12.2 metres (40 ft) The Paleocene Epoch is bracketed by two major events in Earth's history. It started with the mass extinction event at the end of the Cretaceous, known as the Cretaceous–Paleogene (K–Pg) boundary. This was a time marked by the demise of non-avian dinosaurs, giant marine reptiles and much other fauna and flora. The die-off of the dinosaurs left unfilled ecological niches worldwide. The Paleocene ended with the Paleocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum, a geologically brief (~0.2 million year) interval characterized by extreme changes in climate and carbon cycling. The otodus was likely the ancestor of the [Giant White] Meglodon shark of 40 million years later. As with all our items it comes complete with our certificate of authenticity. 4 inches long overall in matrix [sedimentary rock deposits that surrounded the tooth]
Code: 22544Price: 125.00 GBP
Fossil fish jaw bone (Saurocephalus sp.) from Cretaceous period,
Code: 22543Price: On Request
A Simply Stunning Quality 18th Century Large Double Barrel Pistol,Similar to the large double barrel pistol once belonging to General Richard Montgomery, hero of the American Revolution. A large variation of the form of pistol categorised as 'Queen Anne' style. Made by a finest Bavarian maker, who marked his pistols with his monogram alone 'F.S', who worked in Dingolfing, Bavaria [also spelt Dinglfing]. There are several very fine early similar quality guns in the Metropolitan Museum from Dingolfing. Large full sized holster pistol, with a fabulous carved walnut stock and steel mounts with superb engraving in the wonderous Chinoiserie style, made most famous in England by its finest cabinetmaker and designer, Thomas Chipendale. The wonderful Chinoisserie style influenced everything from architectire, to furniture, to paintings, gun fittings, silver, and clocks. Twin individual steel barrels, with rare screw breech plugs. Good tight actions. Fine scroll Chinoiserie engraving to match throughout the steel mounts. Flintlock actions converted to cap lock in or around the 1830's. It was very common in the 1830's to convert highly prized or valuable flintlock pistols to the new and far more efficient percussion cap lock action. Flintlocks, famously, could not operate in the rain, or even in high winds, as the flintlocks pan powder could be wet or blow away, thus stopping the pistol from operating, problems that the new percussion helped to aleviate, The exposed pan of the flintlock action of a pistol was removed from the action entirely and replaced with the new enclosed cap system. This is a stunning double barrelled pistol is of a form that were often chosen by the most senior or high status officers, such as the wealthiest and most influential figures, of distinguished families of the 18th century, in both England and America. Such as, for example, General Sir John Cope who had similar such pistols. He was one of the commanders of British forces fighting Charles Stuart [the so-called Pretender, Bonnie Prince Charlie] in Scotland. General Cope was defeated at the Battle of Prestonpans, with a force of around 2500 men, by the army of Prince Charles. Another was General Richard Montgomery who was a hero of the American Revolutionary War of 1775. He was a gentleman of Anglo Irish descent who first served in the British Army in the Americas, but through his Whig ideals went on to become one of Washington's loyal Generals. He was on the committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence and led the army into the Invasion of Canada. He died at the Battle of Quebec, in December 1775, after capturing Montreal. Another pair of fine Queen Anne style pistols were presented by Captain Hardy to Admiral Nelson and are in the National Maritime Collection [exhibit number E857] They are inscribed on the Silver escutcheon To Adm. Nelson from his Friend Cpt. Hardy June 1801. Fine quality, large size, 18th century twin barrel pistols are highly collectable and very scarce indeed. A picture in the gallery is of the death of General Montgomery at the Battle of Quebec; American general Richard Montgomery's body, that lies in the snow along with a few others, and he is surrounded by his officers, including men in army uniforms and hunting garb. A cannon lies broken in the foreground, and snow and gun smoke swirl around the scene. Chinoiserie, from 'chinois' the French for Chinese, was a style inspired by art and design from China, Japan and other Asian countries in the 18th century. At its height in Britain from 1750 to 1765, this fanciful style relied more on the designer's and craftsman's imagination than on accurately portraying oriental motifs and ornament. Chinoiserie entered European art and decoration in the mid-to-late 17th century; the work of Athanasius Kircher influenced the study of orientalism. The popularity of chinoiserie peaked around the middle of the 18th century when it was associated with the rococo style and with works by François Boucher, Thomas Chippendale, and Jean-Baptist Pillement. It was also popularized by the influx of Chinese and Indian goods brought annually to Europe aboard English, Dutch, French, and Swedish East India Companies.Though chinoiserie never fully went out of fashion, it declined in Europe by the 1760s when the neoclassical style gained popularity, though remained popular in the newly formed United States through the early 19th century. As with all our antique guns no license is required as they are all unrestricted antique collectables
Code: 22542Price: 3850.00 GBP
A Percussion Ring Trigger, Self Cocking 6 Barrel Pepperbox Revolver,1840.A J. R.Cooper's English Patent 6 Shot Under Hammer Revolver with good ring pull trigger action. A scarce pistol and this is a nice example of it's kind.
A Coopers patent 6 barreled, pepperbox revolver c1840 with walnut bag shaped butt and foliate engraving, signed J. R. Coopers Patent. James Rock Cooper operated a shop in Birmingham c. 1840-1853 and recorded a pepperbox patent in 1843 according to A. Merwyn Carey in ENGLISH, IRISH AND SCOTTISH FIREARMS MAKERS. Examples of his pepperbox pistols are very similar from the frame back and this revolver is clearly an evolution of his earlier designs. J.R. Cooper and Co. is listed as gun makers at 32 Woodcock Street in CORPORATION GENERAL AND TRADES DIRECTORY OF BIRMINGHAM… (1861). As with all our antique guns no license is required as they are all unrestricted antique collectables
Code: 22541Price: 985.00 GBP
A Rare US Civil War Moore's Patent 32 Cal. 'Teat Fire' Revolver.A rare Moore's patent .32 cal. Teat Fire revolver. Finely engraved silver plated frame, birds head butt. Good action. Fine over lacquered grips. The Teat Fire system, patented by Moore, was a most unusual front loading cartridge action, and his .45 calibre version, of the same action gun, is one of the rarest and most collectable guns of that era. Designed and made in 1864, during the Civil War, this is a very fine pocket sized revolver that saw much good service as a back-up or defensive arm for officers, and was very popular with riverboat and saloon gamblers, such as Doc Holliday and George Devol. There is a picture of an antique 19th century poster advertising Devol's gambling book. For information only not included. It utilized a special .32 caliber teat-fire cartridge designed by Daniel Moore and David Williamson. It was loaded from the front with the "teat" to the rear.
This 6 shot revolver has a 3¼" barrel. Overall it measures 7-1/8" It has a fine silver plated frame. The barrel has some remaining original deep blue finish. The bird's head butt has 2 piece walnut grips. This model has a small hinged swivel gate on the right side of the barrel lug in front of the cylinder that prevents the cartridges from falling out after they are inserted.
The barrel markings are "MOORE'S PAT. FIREARMS CO. BROOKLYN, N.Y.", in a single line on the top. As with all our antique guns no license is required as they are all unrestricted antique collectables
Code: 22540Price: 895.00 GBP
A Most Intriguing, Early, Carved Lion Head Hilted, Tail-Bladed KnifeTraces of an early armourer's stamp at the ricasso of the blade, carved hardwood hilt in the form of a Sinhalese simha [lion]. The hilt has a pair of rivets through which the blade tang is held in place, and the rivet heads have copper rosette collars, very similar to the rosettes found on 17th century cabassat helmet rivets. A wide blade with an unusual recurved tail, and a single cutting edge. It is of a most unusual form and may for sacrificial purposes, or, a ceremonial implement of another function entirely. We feel it may be Sinhalese, by the hilt design, possible even loosely based on a very large piha kaetta knife, but it may be from another location entirely. 13.5 inches long overall.
Code: 22539Price: 265.00 GBP
A Most Rare Edo Period Samurai Tsukinari Katakama YariCreated with a combination of the tsukinari yari a crescent moon shaped bladed yari and the katakama yari single sided sickle spear. Very rare to find and a most intrigueing samurai weapon. With an attractive partial haft decorated with traditional polished inlaid abilone shell. One could go years before another one appears on the collectors market. We are sending it to be polished. Early yari are believed to have been derived from Chinese spears, these hoko yari are thought to be from the Nara period (710-794), and while they were present in early Japan's history, the term yari appeared for the first time in written sources in 1334 but this type of spear did not become popular until the late 15th century. The original warfare of the bushi was not a thing for commoners; it was a ritualized combat usually between two warriors who would challenge each other via horseback archery. However, the attempted Mongol invasions of Japan in 1274 and 1281 changed Japanese weaponry and warfare. The Mongols employed Chinese and Korean footmen wielding long pikes and fought in tight formations. They moved in large units to stave off cavalry. Polearms (including naginata and yari) were of much greater military use than swords, due to their significantly longer reach, lighter weight per unit length (though overall a polearm would be fairly hefty), and their great piercing ability. Swords in a full battle situation were therefore relegated to emergency sidearm status from the Heian through the Muromachi periods. Around the latter half of the 16th century, ashigaru holding pikes (nagae yari) with length of 4.5 to 6.5 m (15 to 21 ft) became the main forces in armies. They formed lines, combined with soldiers bearing firearms (tanegashima (Japanese matchlock)) and short spears. Pikemen formed a two or three row line, and were trained to move their pikes in unison under command.
The yari eventually became more popular than the longbow as a weapon for the samurai, and foot troops (ashigaru) followed suit and used them extensively. With the coming of the Edo period the yari had fallen into disuse. Greater emphasis was placed on small-scale, close quarters combat, so the convenience of swords (as opposed to long battlefield weapons), polearms and archery lost their practical value. During the Edo era yari were produced, sometimes by renowned sword smiths.
Code: 22538Price: 2695.00 GBP
A Most Attractive Singhalese Kastane SwordThe kastane is unique to Sri Lanka. It is a dress sword that was popular in both the central Kandy Kingdom and the low, coastal areas. Kastanes found their way to Europe and elsewhere in the seventeenth and later centuries as highly decorative curios. Sir Alexander Popham, an English seventeenth century military figure, was painted in his equestrian portrait wearing a kastane.
This especially pleasing kastane has a pommel chiselled as a typical simha (lion) head with a prominent crest made up of an entwined liya-pata motif. A narrow, gilded pala-peti design is around the mouth. The gaping mouth has a prominent projecting tongue that points upwards and fine rows of pointed teeth. The nostrils on the snout are formed by a characteristic ‘S’ scroll. The eyes are large and distinct, the ears are prominent and in leaf form.
The simha’s main comprises a series of semi-circular whirls on top and a spectacular array of whirls about the neck. The grip is almost octagonal; the ventral surface has decorated finger grooves. It is also embossed with columns of liya pata.
The narrow crossguard has two serapendiya head quillon finials. An ‘S’-shaped knuckle guard issues from the mouth one and this guard terminates in a serapendiya head with a flat, floral scroll that emits from its mouth and which does not quite join with its neck. The outward face of the knuckle guard is further decorated with a kirtimukha face amid scrolled foliage. A pair of serapendiya heads are joined at their backs to the two quillons.
The blade, of steel, is single edged and curved. It finishes with a point.
The scabbard is finely chased with typically Kandyan scrolling vegetal and floral patterns. The chape has a rounded scrolled end that finished with a sphere finial.
The form and motifs employed on the hilt and scabbard are similar to kasthanes in the National Museum in Colombo (illustrated in De Silva & Wickramasinghe, 2006). 19th to 20th century
Code: 22537Price: 295.00 GBP
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