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Around 6000 Year Old, A Fabulous Neolithic Period Stone-Age Polished Hand Axe

Around 6000 Year Old, A Fabulous Neolithic Period Stone-Age Polished Hand Axe

Some of the most fascinating, interesting and intriguing hand made tools and weapons come from a time so far distant to us, it was thousands of years before history was ever recorded, yet they can be extraordinarily affordable. So beautiful and tactile, in fact as much an object d’art as an implement.
To hold within ones hands an implement that was last used by a person up to 4000 years before Julius Caesar even set foot upon this land with his cohorts of Roman Legionaries is simply awe inspiring. It is extraordinary that we have a remarkable knowledge about how they lived, farmed and thrived upon the earth, but not the remotest clue about how they spoke, what form of language they used, and even remotely how it might have sounded. Yet here one can be, holding a piece of amazing hand crafted Neolithica, a tool and vital artefact of person who had hopes, dreams, desires, fears, wants and needs just as we do, but not having the faintest clue how they thought, or communicated them, or even expressed them vocally to others. Ironically from a period around 4600 before the era known to the British as the Dark Ages, due to so precious little is known about British history between when the Roman’s left our shores and the Anglo Saxons ruled this land.

Mankind has effectively long past created a time machine, it is, simply, language, but only when combined with the ability to set it down, to be visually communicated from one to another, albeit on rock or stone, slate tablets, scrolls, parchment vellum or paper. That way once it can be understood, translated if you like, can we communicate with the past by knowing what they had recorded about their time. This is why the printed word, and not electronic data, is so absolutely vital to the continuation of humanity. Imagine, just, say 50 years into the future, it is possible that by then all recorded information around the world will be by electronic data alone, then imagine the simplest possibility of all electronic data being lost or inaccessible, by say an electro magnetic pulse. If that occurred 200 years in the future, without those 150 years being saved in print, we would have a new Dark Age, simply by not having any form of a hand held viewable and readable record.

Around 4,000-2,500BC, In the later Neolithic period, (known as the later stone age) people started to settle down and start farming. At places such as Springfield Lyons, these early settlements have been identified. It was also at this time when stone tools, which up until this point had been purely functional, started to take on a more symbolic meaning. Polished stone axes and other tools that were never used have been found across the county, showing changes in social hierarchy and possibly even the development of religion. The Neolithic also known as the "New Stone Age", the final division of the Stone Age, began about 12,000 years ago when the first development of farming appeared in the Epipalaeolithic Near East, and later in other parts of the world. The division lasted until the transitional period of the Chalcolithic from about 6,500 years ago (4500 BC), marked by the development of metallurgy, leading up to the Bronze Age and Iron Age. In Northern Europe, the Neolithic lasted until about 1700 BC, while in China it extended until 1200 BC. Other parts of the world (the New World) remained in the Neolithic stage of development until European contact.

The Neolithic comprises a progression of behavioral and cultural characteristics and changes, including the use of wild and domestic crops and of domesticated animals.

The term Neolithic derives from the Greek neos and lithos "New Stone Age". The term was coined by Sir John Lubbock in 1865 as a refinement of the three-age system2.5 inches long As with all our items it comes complete with our certificate of authenticity.

Code: 22388

295.00 GBP

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Badge with Scarlet Horse Hair Plume of the Officer of The Band of the Royal Corps of Signals, 1950's

Badge with Scarlet Horse Hair Plume of the Officer of The Band of the Royal Corps of Signals, 1950's

The wearing of Full Dress uniform by Officers of the Corps was approved by His Majesty King George V and authorised by the Corps Committee on the 11th June 1930. Officer's Full Dress uniform included the wearing of the Busby and Badge complete with Scarlet Plume. During the pre-war period the Corps Band, when wearing Full Dress uniform, also wore the Busby and Badge with the Scarlet horse hair plume. In the gallery is the 1930 Officer's Full Dress approved pattern busby and plumed badge of the 1950's, our badge does not come with the busby. This Busby Badge, is also dating from 1950's, has the St Edwards Crown with the red horse hair plume behind.

Communications have always been, and are still a vital part of the Army’s fighting power. Only with clear and trusted communications can commanders support, control, and lead their units and soldiers. The evolution of electrical communications in the last 150 years has been one of the most important developments humanity has ever witnessed. As the advantages from ever more complex equipment became apparent, the need for a technical arm of the Army who specialised in communication systems, became apparent. The Royal Corps of Signals was founded in 1920 and since its founding the Corps has been leading the development of communications; delivering them in a variety of operational theatres.

The first use of the electric telegraph in the Crimean War enabled Army commanders to report daily to London.

Field telephones and wireless communications are deployed for the first time in the Boer war.

The Fuller phone containing a form of mechanical encryption is developed to prevent interception of line communication.

9 inches long overall including plume

Code: 24295

165.00 GBP

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Victorian Jack the Ripper Period 'Derby' Pattern Best Warranted Wrought Hard Steel Handcuffs

Victorian Jack the Ripper Period 'Derby' Pattern Best Warranted Wrought Hard Steel Handcuffs

Two metal cuffs attached together by a metal ring on each cuff, linked with a swivel in the centre to join both ends together. One cuff has a metal key inserted in lock. Key locks, unlocks and unscrews nicely.

Hiatt & Company began manufacturing handcuffs and slave-chains in the 1780s and was the largest supplier of handcuffs to the British police.

The Whitechapel murders were committed in or near the largely impoverished Whitechapel district in the East End of London between 3 April 1888 and 13 February 1891. At various points some or all of these eleven unsolved murders of women have been ascribed to the notorious unidentified serial killer known as Jack the Ripper.

The murderer or murderers were never identified and the cases remain unsolved. Sensational reportage and the mystery surrounding the identity of the killer or killers fed the development of the character "Jack the Ripper", who was blamed for all or most of the murders. Hundreds of books and articles discuss the Whitechapel murders, and they feature in novels, short stories, comic books, television shows, and films of multiple genres.

The poor of the East End had long been ignored by affluent society, but the nature of the Whitechapel murders and of the victims' impoverished lifestyles drew national attention to their living conditions. The murders galvanised public opinion against the overcrowded, unsanitary slums of the East End, and led to demands for reform. On 24 September 1888, George Bernard Shaw commented sarcastically on the media's sudden concern with social justice in a letter to The Star newspaper:

Code: 24294

195.00 GBP

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A Fine Scarce, Antique, Chinese Dadao Sword, Ching Dynasty. The Ching or Qing Dynasty Was Founded From  1644 and Ruled Until 1912

A Fine Scarce, Antique, Chinese Dadao Sword, Ching Dynasty. The Ching or Qing Dynasty Was Founded From 1644 and Ruled Until 1912

Although this sword was likely made in the early 18th century up to 300 years ago, its use as an effective weapon would have been continued for around 200 years. There was little change in the form of swords in China for almost 1000 years, unlike Europe where the form, shape and size of swords could change through fashion dramatically, and often frequently.
Flared steel blade with twin fullers and cut crescents at the curvature of the blade back edge, and iron dish crossguard. With cord bound handle. A very simple yet artistically designed immensely effective and powerful sword whose origins go way back into the Ming Dynasty, and it's similar ancester but a longer sword known as the Huya Dao, the 'Tiger Tooth Sword'.

The Qing dynasty, officially the Great Qing, was the Manchu-led last dynasty in the imperial history of China. It was proclaimed in 1636 in Manchuria, in 1644 entered Beijing, extended its rule to cover all of China proper, and then extended the empire into Inner Asia. The dynasty lasted until 1912. The Qing Dynasty fell in 1911, overthrown by a revolution brewing since 1894 when western-educated revolutionary Sun Zhongshan formed the Revive China Society in Hawaii, then Hong Kong. In 1911, the Nationalist Party of China held an uprising in Wuchang, helped by Qing soldiers, and 15 provinces declared their independence from the empire. Within weeks the Qing court agreed to the creation of a republic with its top general, Yuan Shikai, as president.

Xuantog abdicated in 1912, with Sun creating a provisional constitution for the new country, which ushered in years of political unrest centered around Yuan.

In 1917, there was a brief attempt to reinstate the Qing government, with Xuantog being restored for less than two weeks during a military coup that ultimately failed.

A photo in the gallery shows a contemporary group of Boxers in Peking during the seige of the legations, and the Boxer in the fore front is carrying the very same kind of sword, with it's highly distinctive ring handle. The Boxer Rebellion, more properly called the Boxer Uprising, or the Righteous Harmony Society Movement was a violent anti-foreign, anti-Christian movement called the "Society of Righteous and Harmonious Fists" in China, but known as the "Boxers" in English. The main 'Boxer' era occurred between 1898 and 1901. This fascinating era was fairly well described in the Hollywood movie classic ' 55 Days in Peking' Starring Charlton Heston and David Niven. The film gives a little background of Ching Dynasty's humiliating military defeats suffered during the Opium Wars, Sino-French War and Sino-Japanese war or the effect of the Taiping Rebellion in weakening the Ching Qing Dynasty. However, situations in which the various colonial powers exerted influence over China (a great source of outrage that drove many Chinese to violence) are alluded to in the scene in which Sir Arthur Robinson and Major Lewis visit the Empress after the assassination of the German minister.

* Dowager Empress - "….the Boxer bandits will be dealt with, but the anger of the Chinese people cannot be quieted so easily. The Germans have seized Kiaochow, the Russians have seized Port Arthur, the French have obtained concessions in Yunnan, Kwan See and Kwantang. In all, 13 of the 18 provinces of China are under foreign control. Foreign warships occupy our harbours, foreign armies occupy our forts, foreign merchants administer our banks, foreign gods disturb the spirit of our ancestors. Is it surprising that our people are aroused?"
* Sir Arthur Robinson - "Your Majesty if you permit me to observe, the violence of the Boxers will not redress the grievences of China"
* Dowager Empress - "China is a prostrate cow, the powers are not content milking her, but must also butcher her."
* Sir Arthur Robinson - "If China is a cow your majesty, she is indeed a marvelous animal. She gives meat as well as milk…." The Dadao was continually used by Chinese Nationalist Army in the 1930's. the Pictures in the gallery of the Boxers 1900 and the combat in the siege. For information only not included. 26 inches long overall. No scabbard

Code: 23806

790.00 GBP

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A Fabulous, Earliest 1796 Pattern Light Dragoon Officer's Sword, With a Fully Deluxe Etched Blade, Made by The First Maker And Co-Designer of the 1796 Light Dragoon Sabre

A Fabulous, Earliest 1796 Pattern Light Dragoon Officer's Sword, With a Fully Deluxe Etched Blade, Made by The First Maker And Co-Designer of the 1796 Light Dragoon Sabre

One of the ground breaking Osborn-Le Marchant collaboration sabres, an earliest 1796 manufactured original example, that resulted from their partnership, to create the most effective, successful, and indeed feared, cavalry swords ever made. It is certainly near identical to Le Marchant’s own personal sword made in the Osborn bespoke sword workshop. The quality and beauty of the blade is simply breathtaking, and this sword may well be one of the very earliest swords that Le Marchant supervised during in its creation by Osborn’s workshop. Used through the entire Napoleonic Wars period right up to the Battle of Waterloo. In good condition for age with wonderful fully etched deluxe etching to the blade, with the pre 1801 royal coat of arms, royal cyphers of King George IIIrd, stands of arms and a depiction of a sabre wielding cavalry officer on horseback, which in all likelihood may be representation of Le Marchant himself. The 1796 Light Dragoon sabre was designed by British cavalry regiment commander Col. John Le Marchant and Henry Osborn, a Birmingham cutler, in an inspired collaboration to create the ultimate cavalry sword. In fact it was so successful that during the Napoleonic Wars the French government petitioned and pleaded with the British to stop using such a vicious weapon, as it inflicted such awful injuries against their French cavalrymen. See in the gallery a painting of Le Marchant with his identical earliest Osborn made 1796 Light Dragoon sabre. A fabulous and sprauncy sabre used to devastating effect against Napoleon's cavalry. This is one of those earliest Osborn made sabres made in 1795-6. Le Marchant served as a brigade major during the disastrous Low Countries campaign of 1793-95, and for a time had command of his regiment as the most senior officer present. His practical experience in the field brought to Le Marchant's attention the many deficiencies of equipment and training the British cavalry suffered from. He was impressed by the Austrian cavalry who were operating alongside the British, and was particularly struck by the disparaging remark of an Austrian officer who thought that the British swordsmanship was "most entertaining" but reminded him of "someone chopping wood".

On his return to Britain he exerted himself to improve the equipment and combat training of the British cavalry. In 1795-6 he designed, in collaboration with the Birmingham sword cutler Henry Osborn, a new cavalry sabre, which was adopted for the light cavalry. In 1796 his treatise of instruction in mounted swordsmanship was adopted by the army as part of its official regulations (The Rules and Regulations of the Sword Exercise of the Cavalry). The sword exercise became quite celebrated, the elderly king, George III, became familiar with it, and country lanes abounded with small boys practising the cuts with sticks. Le Marchant toured Britain teaching cadres, drawn from both regular and yeomanry cavalry units, his system of swordsmanship; his methods were practical and painstaking and he was himself a superb mounted swordsman. Le Marchant was also to have gone to Ireland to teach his sword exercise there but was prevented from doing so, his brother-in-law, Lt. Peter Carey (16th Light Dragoons), undertook this duty in his stead. Le Marchant attained the rank of lieutenant-colonel in 1797. His promotion was at the direct behest of the king (Le Marchant lacked the family influence and wealth which was normally necessary for advances in rank), with whom Le Marchant had developed a friendly relationship.

After his promotion he served as second-in-command of the 7th Light Dragoons which Henry, Lord Paget commanded. Paget, as the Earl of Uxbridge, was later to command the Anglo-allied cavalry at the Battle of Waterloo. Though a good relationship existed between himself and Paget, Le Marchant found it difficult to keep company with the immensely wealthy and fashionable peer. He therefore transferred to his old regiment the 2nd Dragoon Guards (Queen's Bays), becoming the regimental commander. One lancet removed.

Code: 22467

2650.00 GBP

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A Fabulous 1808 Napoleonic Wars Spanish Peninsular Campaign Cavalry Sword

A Fabulous 1808 Napoleonic Wars Spanish Peninsular Campaign Cavalry Sword

From the invasion of Spain by Napoleon's forces, in 1808. A fabulous, original, example of these scarce rapier based Spanish late 18th century broadswords. The hilt is in superb order, with excellent wire bound grip and large shaped bowl, as is the very long broadsword blade. In 1796 (although there is a controversy around the precise date) a new model sword for Spanish cavalry troopers was adopted. This beautiful example, showing very classic lines and a very similar construction to the previous pattern, presents an almost full cup-hilt in a rapier style, curved quillons and knuckle-bow. The blade was very similar to that of 1728 pattern, having these dimensions: length 940 mm, width 35, thickness 6 mm. Alongside the later 1803 pattern change these were predominantly used by cavalry at the Battle of Bailen, the crushing defeat of Napoleon's Grande Armee in the Spanish invasion.
Battle of Bailen
Fought July 19, 1808, between 15,000 Spaniards under Castaflos, and 20,000 French under Dupont. The French were totally defeated with a loss of over 2,000 men, and Dupont surrendered with his whole army. The Battle of Bailen was contested in 1808 between the Spanish Army of Andalusia, led by Generals Francisco Castanos and Theodor von Reding, and the Imperial French Army's II corps d'observation de la Gironde under General Pierre Dupont de l'Etang. The heaviest fighting took place near Bailen (sometimes anglicised Baylen), a village by the Guadalquivir river in the Jaen province of southern Spain.

In June 1808, following the widespread uprisings against the French occupation of Spain, Napoleon organised French units into flying columns to pacify Spain's major centres of resistance. One of these, under General Dupont, was dispatched across the Sierra Morena and south through Andalusia to the port of Cadiz where an French naval squadron lay at the mercy of the Spanish. The Emperor was confident that with 20,000 men, Dupont would crush any opposition encountered on the way. Events proved otherwise, and after storming and plundering Cordoba in July, Dupont retraced his steps to the north of the province to await reinforcements. Meanwhile, General Castanos, commanding the Spanish field army at San Roque, and General von Reding, Governor of Malaga, travelled to Seville to negotiate with the Seville Junta?a patriotic assembly committed to resisting the French incursions?and to turn the province's combined forces against the French.

Dupont's failure to leave Andalusia proved disastrous. Between 16 and 19 July, Spanish forces converged on the French positions stretched out along villages on the Guadalquivir and attacked at several points, forcing the confused French defenders to shift their divisions this way and that. With Castanos pinning Dupont downstream at Andujar, Reding successfully forced the river at Mengibar and seized Bailen, interposing himself between the two wings of the French army. Caught between Castanos and Reding, Dupont attempted vainly to break through the Spanish line at Bailen in three bloody and desperate charges, losing more than 2,500 men.

His counterattacks defeated, Dupont called for an armistice and was compelled to sign the Convention of Andujar which stipulated the surrender of almost 18,000 men, making Bailen the worst disaster and capitulation of the Peninsular War, and the first major defeat of Napoleon's Grande Armee. When news of the catastrophe reached the French high command in Madrid, the result was a general retreat to the Ebro, abandoning much of Spain to the insurgents. France's enemies in Spain and throughout Europe cheered at this first check to the hitherto unbeatable Imperial armies tales of Spanish heroism inspired Austria and showed the force of nation-wide resistance to Napoleon, setting in motion the rise of the Fifth Coalition against France. Painting in the gallery by Theodore Gericault. Of a wounded cuirassier, said to be a French cuirassier at the Battle of Bailen. We also show a print of the Spanish Heavy Cavalry of the Line Trooper, 1804, holding his identical sword

Code: 22330

1750.00 GBP

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A Very Good British 42

A Very Good British 42" Barrel Second Pattern 'Brown Bess' Musket

A superb 18th century .750 inch bore, Brown Bess volunteer's musket, the pattern used from the Revolutionary War period and into the war with France. Superb walnut stock, traditional brass furniture with full side plate, two sling swivels complete. Engraved flintlock, with good sound and strong action, partly distinct naming, which could be Harvey or Hadley [of London]. Britain's "Brown Bess" flintlock musket is simply one of the most important military arms ever devised. Beginning its life almost 300 years ago, it created one of the greatest empires the word has ever seen and, among other achievements, made the 'British Square' the almost undefeated form of infantry defence throughout the world. Made in four distinct patterns it originally started life as a 46 inch barrel musket called the Long Land or Ist pattern [Brown Bess]. Then in around 1768 the gun evolved and the barrel was shortened to 42 inches [as 46 was deemed unwieldy] and renamed the Short Land or 2nd pattern. Although the Long Land was made continually for another 20 years. With the onset of the Napoleonic Wars in the 1790s, the British Board of Ordnance found itself woefully short of the 250,000 muskets it would need to equip its forces. It managed to produce around 20,000 short land pattern muskets but this was simply not sufficient. At that time the British East India Company maintained it own troops and had contracted with makers to produce a simplified version of the Brown Bess musket with a 39-inch barrel and less ornate furniture and stock work. It was generally felt that the standard of these "India pattern" muskets was not up to the standard of the earlier Besses, but necessity required action so the authorities convinced Company officials to turn over their stores to the Crown. By 1797 the urgencies of war ultimately created the demise of the Short Pattern, and all manufacture was turned to building the more simple 'India' pattern. For the most part, the gun underwent few changes from its introduction until Waterloo, with the exception of the cock, which was altered from the traditional gooseneck style to a sturdier, reinforced version in around 1809. As well as British usage, some were also carried by King George's allies, among them the Russians and Prussians. The stock has an old hairline combat service partial crack in the stock at the wrist on just the reverse side [but perfectly sound]. As with all our antique guns no license is required as they are all unrestricted antique collectables

Code: 23180

3450.00 GBP

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A Fabulous Large American Revolutionary Period Flintlock Blunderbuss

A Fabulous Large American Revolutionary Period Flintlock Blunderbuss

Bronze gun-metal two stage cannon barrel, early banana form lock predominantly used in the early to mid 18th century. Hand carved hand-rail stock, with superb natural age patina, also with typical and distinctive 18th century naval service flat butt plate, as to be usually seen on the sea-service Brown Bess and blunderbusses at the time. All the metal apart from the lock is made of gun-metal bronze, a higher copper content than the more common brass barrel blunderbuss. A most rarely seen type of blunderbuss, used in the American Revolutionary War, possibly made in America itself as it is devoid of the usual top of the barrel proof marks as American gunsmiths no proof marks. Although potentially made in America it could still have been used in the Royal Navy at the time, for ships of the line were always re-stocked with provisions, and often re-armed, at their port of destination when required. 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. In fact, the short-form version of the Blunderbuss came to be known as the "Dragon", giving rise to the term "Dragoon" for such gun-wielding cavalrymen. Dragoons went on to form specialized units of mounted infantrymen within their respective armies during the end of the 17th Century and into the middle of the 18th Century - in a way, becoming an evolutionary step of the fabled mounted knight of the Middle Ages. Their use of Dragons soon gave way to the widely-accepted carbine musket. The Blunderbuss was also known as the "Blunderbuss" As with all our antique guns no license is required as they are all unrestricted antique collectables. Overall 33.5 inches long, barrell length 18 inches.

Code: 23168

4750.00 GBP

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Visit Us At The Lanes Armoury In Brighton, Open 6 Days a Week, Rain or Shine.

Visit Us At The Lanes Armoury In Brighton, Open 6 Days a Week, Rain or Shine.

As our family businesses have been based in Brighton Lanes for over 100 years we are known around the world to military veteran’s family’s, collectors and historians alike.

Due to our unique, generations long presence, visitors, in their hundreds of thousands from all around the globe travel to Brighton every year, through every season, and visit our gallery whether to buy, sell or simply view.
This means every day descendants of old war veterans from past wars bring their treasures and heirlooms to sell, or even just to enquire about their potential story if unknown. If we can help we are delighted to assist, and we never, ever charge. It is entirely free and offered with the greatest of pleasure.

It is why we are able to offer often unique souvenirs of combat veterans, sometimes remarkable, sometimes not so, but all are unique in their own way.

About Brighton;

It first came to the notice of King William [the Conqueror] when it was listed in the Domesday Book in 1086 when it was then called Brighthelmstone. The oldest still surviving part of Brighton is the Lanes, where we are based, and during its earliest history it was a simple farming and fishing community, only 14 miles South west of Lewes, the old capitol of Sussex. Brighthelmstone was a relatively peaceful place for many centuries apart from when it was was frequently raided and burnt to the ground by our jolly old French neighbours.

The Prince Regent and his court had first been visiting Brighton since 1783, and it is where he decided to build a summer palace.

Londoners have been travelling to Brighton for beach getaways ever since the railway arrived here in 1841. The pebbled beach, the Brighton Lanes, Brighton Pier's amusement arcade the Royal Pavilion the magnificent Brighton Marina are the main sights, but you'll also find hundreds of pubs and clubs catering to an energetic crowd. Not to mention the fabulous Theatre Royal.

Brighton has been colloquially known as London by the sea, and referred by millions as Britain’s favourite seaside town that is only 55 minutes from London by train and 40 minutes from London Gatwick airport.
It has probably the most cosmopolitan inhabitants of any city in Europe, and known by many as the centre of the ‘artistic’ life of the UK. Come and visit if you have never been, it may be an experience you will never forget.

We show in the gallery just a selection of the sites to be seen in Brighton, including the stunning Palace of King George IVth known as the pavilion, also one of Britain’s oldest pubs, the Cricketers, our family local for over 100 years, where Mark has imbibed with members of the artistic and entertainment fraternity, such as Lord ‘Larry’ Olivier, Graham Greene, & John Osborne, and his father David senior with Max Miller, & Dame Flora Robson [both late Brighton residents] and hundreds of their contemporaries [see photo 9 in the gallery].

See photo from the balcony of the all Soho House Members Club, for a jolly nice luncheon and just a few hundred yards from the front door of our late former Royal Crescent neighbour. Larry would have loved it!

More varied restaurants and watering establishments than you can imagine, and the all new exclusive Soho House Members Club has just opened too, opposite the Palace Pier see photo 10 in the gallery. Also, it is the perfect city for vegans. Be aware, may contain nuts.

Code: 24292


Huge 400 Year Old Samurai Tanto Signed Omi Kami Minamoto Kagahiro

Huge 400 Year Old Samurai Tanto Signed Omi Kami Minamoto Kagahiro

Shinto period from Settsu. A beautiful large samurai dagger with status blade. Squared sukashi tsuba in iron, pure gold inlaid shakudo fushi, decorated with constelation inlaid with gold over a nanako ground, with carved buffalo horn kashira. Pure gold and shakudo menuki of takabori crabs. Fine shakudo kozuka decorated in relief with mount Fuji, two piece habaki. Wide blade without ridge line flat sided with suguha hamon. A most impressive and sizeable tanto. It has its original Edo period lacquered saya [scabbard] in rich dark brown, with kozuka of shakudo decorated with a fishermen in a small boat with mount Fuiji in the distance. Kozuka blade very nicely signed. Shakudo is a billon of gold and copper (typically 4-10% gold, 96-90% copper) which can be treated to form an indigo/black patina resembling lacquer. Unpatinated shakudo Visually resembles bronze; the dark color is induced by applying and heating rokusho, a special patination formula.

Shakudo Was historically used in Japan to construct or decorate katana fittings such as tsuba, menuki, and kozuka; as well as other small ornaments. When it was introduced to the West in the mid-19th century, it was thought to be previously unknown outside Asia, but recent studies have suggested close similarities to certain decorative alloys used in ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. The lacquer surface of the saya has some age bruising etc. due to its vintage.

Code: 22206

3995.00 GBP

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