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French WW1 Propaganda Piece, 'Liberty' Supporting an Infantryman in Combat
In polished bronze. Marianne is a national symbol of the French Republic, a personification of liberty and reason, and a portrayal of the Goddess of Liberty.
Marianne is displayed in many places in France and holds a place of honour in town halls and law courts. She symbolizes the Triumph of the Republic, a bronze sculpture overlooking the Place de la Nation in Paris, and is represented with another Parisian statue in the Place de la République. Her profile stands out on the official government logo of the country, is engraved on French euro coins and appears on French postage stamps; it was also featured on the former franc currency. Marianne is one of the most prominent symbols of the French Republic, and is officially used on most government documents. Marianne is a significant republican symbol. As a national icon she represents opposition to monarchy and the championship of freedom and democracy against all forms of oppression. Other national symbols of France include the tricolor flag, the national motto Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité, the national anthem "La Marseillaise", as well as the coat of arms and the official Great Seal of France.3.75 inches x 4.75 inches

Code: 21705Price: 115.00 GBP


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Davids 35th Year Celebration 2018, Phase Three.
A Very Special Phase of David's 35th Year 2018 anniversary online celebrations. Please email or call all +44 [0]1273 321357 or +44 [0]7721 010085 [24 hrs] for phone orders. David joined with Mark in the family partnership in 1983, and is celebrating his 35 years this March, some eleven years after Mark, who joined in 1972. A photo in the gallery is of our shop in Meetinghouse Lane, taken in 1920, plus some other photos of young David considering his future, and another of David in his very first month joining his brother Mark in the partnership in 1983, at the shop we had in Prince Albert St.

Code: 21704Price: On Request


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A Simply Superb & Beautiful Signed Samurai Koto Period Katana Circa 1575
Signed Tadayoshi saku. Beautiful, and long polished blade. Superb quality, gold vine and tendrils inlaid, suite of Higo school sword fittings [koshirae] including its very fine fully matching sayajiri [sword scabbard bottom mount]. Exceptional quality original Edo period carved and lacquered saya with crushed-abilone shell inlay, with a wide ribbed top section, and smooth lower section. Fine and beautiful blade with a subtle and elegant suguha [striaght] hamon. The first use of "katana" as a word to describe a long sword that was different from a tachi is found in the 12th century. These references to "uchigatana" and "tsubagatana" seem to indicate a different style of sword, possibly a less costly sword for lower ranking warriors. The evolution of the tachi into the katana seems to have started during the early Muromachi period (1337 to 1573). Starting around the year 1400, long swords signed with the "katana" signature were made. This was in response to samurai wearing their tachi in what is now called "katana style" (cutting edge up). Japanese swords are traditionally worn with the signature facing away from the wearer. When a tachi was worn in the style of a katana, with the cutting edge up, the tachi's signature would be facing the wrong way. The fact that swordsmiths started signing swords with a katana signature shows that some samurai of that time period had started wearing their swords in a different manner. However, it is thought by many, that as many as 70% of katana made were never signed at all.

The rise in popularity of katana by samurai is believed to have been due to the changing nature of close-combat warfare. The quicker draw of the sword was well suited to combat where victory depended heavily on fast response times. The katana further facilitated this by being worn thrust through a belt-like sash (obi) with the sharpened edge facing up. Ideally, samurai could draw the sword and strike the enemy in a single motion. Previously, the curved tachi had been worn with the edge of the blade facing down and suspended from a belt

The length of the katana blade varied considerably during the course of its history. In the late 14th and early 15th centuries, katana blades tended to be between 68 to 73 cm (26 to 28 in) in length. During the early 16th century, the average length was closer to 60 cm (23.5 in). By the late 16th century, the average length returned to greater lengths. However, with every new owner [and early blades may have had 20 owners] the blade could be reduced if required to fit, and the shorter samurai would need shorter swords however long the considered norm may have been. 27.25 inch blade from tsuba to tip, sword length overall in its saya 37.75 inches

Code: 21701Price: 6475.00 GBP


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A Super Shinto Samurai Sword Signed Mutsunokami Fujiwara Toshinage
Beautiful polished blade. Circa 1670 with a full suite of superb Goto mounts of takebori cranes including the tsuba and menuki. This katana we believe is a katana representating the work of the smith Toshinage who worked for Toudo clan in Tsu, Ise province, possibly with a special demand from a Bushi in Ise province. The smith Toshinaga with the Musunokami prefix title had moved from Awa province to Kyoto with his elder brother Toshinaga with the Yamashironokami title and younger brother Toshinaga with the Musashinokami title, all three being brothers of repute. All of them declared that they were a descendant of Hasebe Kunishige.
Toshinaga then moved to Ise province to work for Toudo feudal lord in Tsu, Ise province exclusively. Toudo Takatsugu ( January 4, 1602 – December 20, 1676) was a Japanese daimyo of the early Edo period. He was the 2nd daimyo from the Todo clan to rule Tsu Domain in Ise and Iga Provinces

Code: 21703Price: 6950.00 GBP


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Wonderful Moon Phase Tachi, Signed Bizen no kami Minamoto Sukekuni,1650
Beautifully polished blade. Incredible lacquer saya that is also original Edo period, fully decorated with gold hiramaki-e lacquer depicting creatures of the Asian lunar Zodiac. The Rat, Ox, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog. Over a part nishiji gold lacquer and crushed coloured abilone ground. The tachi fittings are in patinated copper and the tachi tsuba is beautfully line engraved with a trench border of flame patterns and four ken. The tsuka hilt wrap is complimentary gold Japanese silk over two menuki of two members of the Zodiac, the Tiger and the Dragon in gold. The blade is in beautiful polish showing a fine hamon with areas of notare undulation. The Asian zodiac is not based on constellations, as is the Western (Greek/Roman) zodiac. The Asian calendar is based on the twelve yearly phases of the moon, known as the twelve-month lunar year (each month lasting between 28 to 31 days). The Western (Greek/Roman) calendar is based on the annual path of the sun through twelve star constellations, known as the solar year. East Asia’s calendar is also based on the Twenty-Eight Constellations or 28 Moon Lodges, which added greater precision. The twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac are well-known symbols associated with forecasting people's futures and determining their character. By the 4th century BC, they were well established in Chinese thought. The earliest depictions appear in ceiling paintings from a tomb dated 533 BC. During the Tang dynasty, pottery representations of these symbols were placed in tombs, reflecting the court's fascination with divination and astrology.Blade engraved Bizen no kami Minamoto Sukekuni. Picture in the gallery ; Scroll, Twelve Zodiac Animals, by Nagasawa Rosetsu. Tachi are the Samurai swords not only worn in combat but worn on Court occasions by the Daimyo Lords of Japan. They are distinguished by the fact that they are worn with the cutting edge down, from one or two hangers in the centre of the saya. Katana are slid through the belt or Obi, and thus do not have these one or two hangers. Traditionally in the Edo era only Daimyo are allowed to wear Tachi and there were only about 50 Daimyo in any one period in all Japan.
In later Japanese feudal history, during the Sengoku and Edo periods, certain high-ranking warriors [daimyo] of what became the ruling class would wear their swords tachi mounted. This Tachi although mounted in the Edo period fittings, was made before the Edo period. The Edo started with the Tokugawa, who ruled Japan for around 460 years and it was founded after the battle of Sekigahara in 1598. The Tokugawa unified Japan and created a lasting dynasty of military rulers like none that had been before. 40 inches long approx overall in saya.

Code: 21699Price: 7950.00 GBP


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Very Good Princess Mary Box and Original Contents To Essex Regiment Regular
Gifted to '4239, H.Scrutton of the Essex regiment' who served as a regular throughout the Empire from 18th June 1894 to 24th March 1916. He was an 'Old Contemptable' and awarded the 1914 Mons Star, South Africa medal and four bars General Service Medal and LSGC in 1912 plus numerous others. The original Princess Box containing an original and intact tobacco packet, empty cigarette packet, a Christmas card from Princess Mary in its envelope, a photo of Princess Mary, and a signed gift note from the Princess. Plus a note written of Mr Scrutton's military career. The photo shows a Chinese Republic banknote, not connected to the set and sold seperately. They were sent to the British troops in the frontline trenches in WW1 at Christmas 1914. During World War One King George V and Queen Mary got very involved in active war work. The King mainly visited battlefields (as recorded on the ‘King at the Front’ postcards) while the queen organised clothing drives, visited hospitals and other welfare organisations. Princess Mary, then 18, often accompanied the Queen and according to the book ”Princess Mary, Viscount Lascelless“ became intensely concerned, with Christmas looming, about the well-being of the soldiers and sailors serving far from home. With her parents consent the following letter of appeal was published in November 1914.

” For many weeks we have all been greatly concerned for the welfare of the soldiers and sailors who are so valiantly fighting our battles by land and sea. Our first consideration has been to meet their more pressing needs and I have delayed making known a wish that has long been in my heart, for fear of encroaching on other funds, the claim of which have been more urgent. I want you all to help me send a Christmas present from the whole nation to every sailor afloat and every soldier at the Front. On Christmas Eve, when, like the shepherds of old, they were wont to hang out their stockings, wondered what the morrow had in store. I’m sure that we should all be happier to feel that we had helped to send our little token of love and sympathy on Christmas morning something that would be of useful and permanent value, and the making of which may be the means of providing employment for trades adversely affected by the war. Could there be anything more likely to hearten them in their struggle than a present received straight from home on Christmas Day? Please will you help me Mary“.

In support of this appeal many periodicals of the day published or referred to her letter.

The following example appeared in the Illustrated War News of 4 November 1914 ”Princess Mary is appealing for help to send a Christmas present, from the Nation, to ”every Sailor afloat and every Soldier at the front“. Remittance should be addressed to H.R.H. the Princess Mary, Buckingham Palace, S.W., the envelopes marked ”Sailors and Soldiers Christmas Fund“. The appeal was very successful for it had reached 131,000 Pounds by 16 December .It was initially decided that the ”Gift“ would be received by every sailor afloat and every soldier at the Front wearing the King’s uniform on Christmas Day 1914. The difficulty for the committee was deciding how many to get manufactured. They calculated that 145,000 sailors including Royal Marines and 350,000 soldiers including the Indian Contingent qualified. It was therefore calculated that between 55 and 60,000 pounds would be needed to cover the cost of nearly 500,000 gifts. The final Fund total was reported by the Committee on 30 June 1919 as 193,667 pounds 4s and 10d. Monies from the fund is also reported as having been used, to buy War Bonds and, in War Loans. The funds that remained at the end were apparently transferred to Queen Mary’s Maternity Home founded for the benefit of the wives and children of sailors, soldiers and airmen of the newly formed Royal Air Force. Abridged from an original article by Grahame Barber. 2nd Lieutenant R C Leach of the 1st Battalion, King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment wrote to his mother describing Christmas 1914:
“I think we must have had a decidedly more cheerful Christmas than you at home. For a start on getting into billet I found 15 parcels waiting for me. They had a special Post Office bag for them. Well on Christmas morn I spent till about 1.30 issuing presents to the men; both yours which were very welcome and those sent in bulk to be divided amongst the troops, each regiment getting a certain share. There were also Princess Mary’s presents which consisted of a packet of cigarettes, a pipe, a packet of tobacco and a Christmas card from King and Queen.” Also in the gallery a photo [for information only] of a soldier opening his Princess Mary Gift Tin, Christmas 1914.

Code: 21698Price: 375.00 GBP


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A Ist Gulf War Souvenir, A Russian Scud Missile Launcher 'Level' Site
A war trophy of the first gulf war, a Russian Scud Missile Rocket Launcher Level Site on adjustable tripod stand. Originaly designed for use with the USSR Red Army 'Frog' nuclear rocket. The Scud missiles targeting Israel were relatively ineffective, as firing at extreme range resulted in a dramatic reduction in accuracy and payload. Extensive property damage was caused, and according to Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, "Damage to general property consisted of 1,302 houses, 6,142 apartments, 23 public buildings, 200 shops and 50 cars." It was feared that Iraq would fire missiles filled with nerve agents such as sarin. As a result, Israel's government issued gas masks to its citizens. When the first Iraqi missiles hit Israel, some people injected themselves with an antidote for nerve gas. It has been suggested that the sturdy construction techniques used in Israeli cities, coupled with the fact that Scuds were only launched at night, played an important role in limiting the number of casualties from Scud attacks Missiles were a vital part of the Cold War. Intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) threatened to hurl nuclear payloads from one side of the globe to the other, obliterating humanity – a real war to end all wars.

Before a Scud level site it was made for the Russian USSR Frog rocket. Further down the scale of destructiveness, tactical missiles were an important part of the Soviet arsenal. Following Joseph Stalin’s death in 1952, Nikita Khrushchev came to power. A great believer in rocketry and nuclear weapons, he cut back on conventional forces while boosting the USSR’s missile systems.

It led to a proliferation of vehicle-mounted ballistic missiles for use in tactical rather than global engagements. The first tactical missiles added to the Soviet arsenal under Krushchev were the Free Rocket Over Ground (FROG) series.

FROG-1 entered service in 1955. An IS-2 tank chassis was modified to become the basis of the launch vehicle. On it was mounted a ten-meter-long rocket powered by a solid fuel engine. It could carry a conventional 1,200-kilogram high explosive fragmentation warhead. In keeping with Khrushchev’s faith in nuclear solutions, it could also carry a tactical nuclear warhead.

The vehicle had a maximum road speed of 41 kilometers per hour, which went down to 30kph while carrying the 3,200-kilogram weight of the rocket.

The rocket had a range of nearly 26 kilometers. Half the rockets fired by FROG-1 landed within 700 meters of their target point.

Code: 21696Price: 280.00 GBP


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A Most Rare Piece of Aeronautical Graf Zeppelin Lakehurst 1930 Memorabilia
A Graf Zeppelin Pan American Cruise Visitors Pass and Parking Permit. With rear printed instructions to the Marine Sentries to allow the holder access to the Air Station and Graf Zeppelin Hanger, in order for the named person [no name entered] to visit.
LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin (Deutsches Luftschiff Zeppelin #127; Registration: D-LZ 127) was a German-built and -operated, passenger-carrying, hydrogen-filled, rigid airship which operated commercially from 1928 to 1937. When it entered commercial service in 1928, it became the first commercial passenger transatlantic flight service in the world. It was named after the German pioneer of airships, Ferdinand von Zeppelin, who was a count (Graf) in the German nobility. During its operating life, the airship made 590 flights covering more than 1.7 million kilometers (over 1 million miles). It was designed to be operated by a crew of 36 officers and men. The LZ 127 was the longest rigid airship at the time of its completion and was only surpassed by the USS Akron in 1931. It was scrapped for fighter plane parts in 1940

Code: 21695Price: 125.00 GBP


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A Good WW2 German K98 Rifle Bayonet
Bakelite grip, maker marked in code bym, Genossenschafts Machinenhaus der Buchenmacher, Ferlach, and dated 1940. With considerable number of Swastika waffenamt markings. A bayonet for the standard arm used by the Heer [Army], Kriegsmarine [Navy], Luftwaffe [Air Force], and Waffen SS during the 3rd Reich. Made in the early war this interesting arm would have been used throughout the war period , from the time of the war in Africa under the command of Rommel, and then during Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union also during the allied liberation of France, and subsequently the whole of the enslaved Western Europe, until, finally, the capture of Berlin by the Red Army. Sold to over 18s only.

Code: 21694Price: 135.00 GBP


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An 18th Century Afghan Kyber Knife, Unusual All Steel Example
Steel spiral ribbed hilt and very long single edged yataghan, also known as a Salawar yataghan blade. This is a truly impressive piece, actually called a knife, yet this super 18th century example is the traditional sword edged weapon of the Afridis and many other tribes living in and near the Khyber Pass, Turkistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Straight and heavy single-edged possibly Damascus steel t section blade tapering gradually from the hilt to the point with wide rib at the back, the hilt is ribbed form steel. Many British officers had portraits commissioned while adorned in Moghul garb complete with a Khyber sword such as this, one such officer was Captain (later Lieutenant-General) Colin Mackenzie. Capt. Mackenzie played a remarkable role in the First Afghan War (1838-42), which was charted at almost every stage by the press. It probably encouraged the young, aspiring portraitist James Sant to create this dramatic canvas for exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1844.

Mackenzie was one of those taken hostage by the Afghans during the ill-fated retreat from Kabul in January 1842. He was then selected to act as messenger between his captor, Akbar Khan, and the British garrison at Jalalabad. All the hostages were liberated in September 1842. The Khyber salwar was the sword of the tribes living in and near the Khyber pass. This pass goes through the Spin Ghar mountans, from Afghanistan to Pakistan, connecting Central Asia with the Indian subcontinent. An integral part of the ancient Silk Road trade route, and of great strategic importance. The pass was used for invasions by no less than Alexander the Great, the Mongol Horde, and more recently, Ranjit Singh. The region is inhabited by Pashtun tribes such as Afridis and Shinwari. Most villages in the pass are Afridis, regarded by the British as "warlike people". The Shinwari offered "protection" to travellers for a fee.

Code: 21693Price: 595.00 GBP

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