A Fabulous 'Wild West' Double Barrel Original Remington DerringerA true icon of the American Wild West era. The Remington double barrel Derringer is one of the all time famous guns, that has a profile recognised around the whole world. Colonel George Armstrong Custer is known on one occasion to have been given a derringer pistol in case of capture before going into an Indian encampment under a truce. The fear of Indian mutilation whilst an officer was still a live may have made the ‘secret’ carrying of such weapons a common practice. One eyewitness claim about the body of Custer is that he shot himself in the head with a Derringer type pistol. The famous Remington Derringer design doubled the capacity of the normal Derringer single shot, while maintaining the compact size, by adding a second barrel on top of the first and pivoting the barrels upwards to reload. Each barrel then held one round, and a cam on the hammer alternated between top and bottom barrels. The earliest Remington Derringer was in .41 Rimfire caliber and achieved wide popularity. The .41 Rimfire bullet moved very slowly, at about 425 feet per second (a modern .45 ACP travels at 850 feet per second). It could be seen in flight, but at very close range, such as at a casino or saloon card table, it could easily kill. The Remington Derringer was sold from 1866. Deringers sometimes had the dubious reputation of being a favoured tool of assassins. The single most famous Derringer, a single shot used for this purpose, was fired by John Wilkes Booth in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
Code: 22778Price: 1150.00 GBP
A Most Beautiful & Delightful British Midshipman's Dirk In superb ConditionSquare section hilt with S quillon crossguard and fluted ivory grip, square section mounts and low pyramidical pommel. Double ring mounted scabbard. Traces of original fine gilt remaining to the recessed areas of the dagger and scabbard. A most elegant small stiletto type dagger. The engraving to the onverse side of the scabbard is most finely executed and includes acannon drum flags and pre 1803 pattern Union flag emblazoned shield. Double edged blade with matching trumpet cannon and flagpole décor. The rank of midshipman originated during the Tudor and Stuart eras, and originally referred to a post for an experienced seaman promoted from the ordinary deck hands, who worked in between the main and mizzen masts and had more responsibility than an ordinary seaman, but was not a military officer or an officer in training. The first published use of the term midshipman was in 1662. The word derives from an area aboard a ship, amidships, but it refers either to the location where midshipmen worked on the ship, or the location where midshipmen were berthed.
By the 18th century, four types of midshipman existed: midshipman (original rating), midshipman extraordinary, midshipman (apprentice officer), and midshipman ordinary. Some midshipmen were older men, and while most were officer candidates who failed to pass the lieutenant examination or were passed over for promotion, some members of the original rating served, as late as 1822, 9.5 inches long overall in its scabbard
Code: 22777Price: 945.00 GBP
Why Not Choose A Gift From Europe's Finest Antique & Vintage Militaria ShopWhy not get Santa to bring an antique or vintage militaria collectable for your Christmas loved one, or even yourself! Every year we try our utmost to supply all our customers with that something special and unique, and this year we believe have some amazing offerings, from all over the world, from ancient to vintage, and every one a little part of history. Deliveries in the UK will be up to Christmas Eve. All items supplied with our unique lifetime guarantee of authenticity detailing its full history as known.
Code: 22775Price: On Request
100 Year Celebration 'Massively Discounted!!' Antique Samurai SwordAs a great big thank you to all our regulars to celebrate our 100th anniversary of our family business in Brighton, we are offering, with our sincerest Christmas compliments, this wonderful sword, at well, well below cost, and where the buyer can SAVE AN AMAZING £3,655. Way below cost and LESS THAN HALF PRICE. We have made some very special discounted well below cost items this year as a special offer intended for our regulars, but open to all first come first served basis. This is our fourth individualy offered sword so far this year. A Stunning and Most Beautiful Katana Signed Unshi Moritoshi. Original Edo period pure gold decorated fushi of a stunning folded parasol and a kanji script scroll, fine buffalo horn kashira Edo tsuba, fine menuki, and black lacquer saya [than bears a few very small natural age bruises] and fantastic complicatedly bound micro cord tsukaito [hilt bindinding]
We specialise in samurai weapons from all the great eras of samurai history. Yet the last century of the samurai, the 19th, had some of the finest swords made in all their history. We show this fine sword from the late era, from before the Satsuma rebellion [that effectively saw the end of the samurai era forever] to show just how fine and wonderful a senior ranking samurai katana could be. A typical and very fine samurai shibui battle sword worthy of a most senior ranking samurai, of the era of Emperor Komei who was the fourth son of Emperor Ninko and his consort Tsuneko Fujiwara. Komei's Imperial family lived with him in the Dairi of the Heian Palace. The family included six children, four daughters and two sons; but the future Emperor Meiji was the only one to survive childhood.
The Komei principal consort was Asako Kujo. This sword would have seen service in the era of the Mito rebellion. Mito bakumatsu soran, also called the Kanto Insurrection or the Tenguto Rebellion was a civil war that occurred in the area of Mito Domain in Japan between May 1864 and January 1865. It involved an uprising and terrorist actions against the central power of the Shogunate in favour of the Sonno Joi ("Revere the emperor, expel the barbarians") policy
The swords master smith was Unshi Moritoshi who was an exemplary student of Chounsai Tsunatoshi.
A fine substantial blade now repolished. The mounts are all in battle black including the black coloured same and black lacquered menuki. The fushi is superb in patinated copper decorated with a pure gold parasol and banner. The province within which he worked work was Suo.
The starting era of his working life was Koka (1844-1848)
the end in the Era Bunkyu (1861-1864)
His active period was 1844-1864. Tsunatoshi's working period was 1830-1844 his School was the Suishinshi Masahide and his father was Kunihide. The family name was Kato and he was born around 1800. He was the son of Dewa (no) Kuni Kunihide and he was the younger brother of Kato Tsunahide. The Kato family smiths were originally from Yonezawa in Dewa. Tsunatoshi was called Kato Hachiro. He has dated works from around 1823 that he made at Azabu, Edo where he did most of his work. He received the title of Chounsai in Ansei Gannen (1854). He handed down this title to his son, Koretoshi, in 1856 and took the new title of Chojusai for himself. It is said that he received a stipend from the Uesugi Clan. He died at the age of 66 on the fifth day of December 1863.
Tsunatoshi's sword making group prospered greatly in Edo (Tokyo). He and his students greatly excelled in the making of Bizen style swords. His skill was great enough to surpass the famous sword-making group led by Suishinshi Masahide. One of the most famous of all Shinshinto sword smiths, Koyama Munetsugu, is said in some reference books to have been a student of Chounsai Tsunatoshi. Others have Munetsugu as a contemporary of Tsunatoshi's and a student of his older brother Tsunahide. [akn. F. Weissberg]. Woodblock print in the gallery by Utagawa Kuniteru depicting Mito rebels under the "Sonno Joi" banner battling the shogunal army in Tsukuba. Not available for layaway or part exchange, this is an offer for outright purchase only. Total 41.5 inches, blade 27.5 inches 41.5 inches long approx overall in saya
Code: 22774Price: 2995.00 GBP
Prussian Warrior Association Member Badge, Ist FormFor a 1st World War German veteran. Preussischer Landeskriegerverband. The first form of the badge differs from the 2nd form by the raised embossed eagle on the blazon. The first form was issued until about 1920, then the version with Kyffhäuser monument in place. Unusual example with crossed swords mounted on the silk ribbon tassles. A stamped 3-line the manufacturer name and address:
-HEINR.- TIMM - / - BERLIN - C - 19 - / - WALLSTR. - 21/22 -.
Code: 22772Price: 22.00 GBP
German 3rd Reich 'Day 'Gau' Badge' Ist May 1936, The 4th NSDAP Gau BadgeIntroduced in 1933, the NSDAP declared May 1st the “Day of National Work” as an official state holiday to celebrate labourers and the working classes. It is constructed out of a die struck aluminum-alloy base. The round shaped obverse depicts an old style plow, riveting hammer and downward pointing broad sword behind a German national eagle and reads “1. Mai 1936” (top left) along with a small “RK” (bottom left). The reverse shows a full back and a horizontally crimped on well working steel pin. It is also maker marked
Code: 22771Price: 28.00 GBP
An Original WW2 German War Merit Cross With Swords..In bronze, with date 1939 to reverse, and with relief Swastika to front. A medal for bravery when in military service but not necessarily when facing the enemy. For example, awarded for rescuing wounded in minefields, bomb disposal or bravery during aerial bombardment. Curiously the bravery required to achieve this medal could be greater than was required to receive the traditional combat bravery medal, the Iron Cross, as the recipient would have had little or no combat adrenaline rush to aid his heroic act. In superb condition with original ribbon of issue. Picture in the gallery of Gotlob Berger wearing his Knights Cross War Merit Cross With Swords [not included]
Code: 22769Price: 75.00 GBP
Mid 19th Century Fine French Patent Swivel Powder Flask By Boche of ParisA very good example of these desirable scarce and fine quality powder flasks. Flattened horn body and brass fittings with rotational spout to deliver a pre-determined amount of powder. A. Boche 45 Rue des Vinaigriers Paris, a noted seller of Sporting Gun Equipment in the 1867 Exposition catalogue (see page 118 of Riling’s book). A swivel top with a two clear through-glass apertures to view the powder charge
Code: 22766Price: 395.00 GBP
A Very Good & Intriguing 19th Century 'Cult' Stiletto DaggerA wonderfully fascinating Victorian secret society dagger from one of the mysterious mystical cults. Signed blade, twin headed four breasted goddess dagger hilt. The scabbard's belt hook is a hand holding a snake and the scabbard is engraved with symbolic plants and leaves. It would be from one of the cult that existed in 19th century society and the took many forms, such as 'The Decadent Movement'
In Europe, around the mid-19th century, artists began to rebel against the wide eyes, determined naturalism, and apple-cheeked wholesome idealism of the romantic movement. Tired of celebrating "naturally" good humans and unaffected art, they turned to darker themes, heavy symbolism, and a kind of spiritual subversiveness. And they found Satan. These were the people who started toying with Satan as an intriguing, sympathetic, or even heroic figure. Charles Baudelaire was a famous Decadent, and wrote, "The Flowers of Evil," and "Litanies to Satan."
Code: 22762Price: 675.00 GBP
A Stunning Condition & Very Fine Bowie Knife by Manson of Sheffield19th century from the US Civil War period onwards. With almost all its original bright polish finish on the blade. Frosted etched motto "Never Draw Me Without Reason Nor Sheath Me Without Honour". Original nickel mounted scabbard in tooled red leather. Embossed grave vine pattern handle 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 Clift 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 Clift 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 War bonnet Creek).
The popularity of the Bowie knife declined late in the nineteenth century. Large calibre reliable revolvers were available by the mid-1870s, reducing a knife advantage. The frontier rapidly vanished, reducing the number of hunters and trappers. Large knives had limited utility, so Bowies shrunk. 9.75 inches overall, 5 inch blade. Only the scabbard throat button is lacking, very small grey finger print staining to small areas of the blade
Code: 22760Price: 875.00 GBP
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