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A Super 1930's Stag Handled Combat/Hunting Bowie Knife by J.A.Henckels Zwillingswerk

A Super 1930's Stag Handled Combat/Hunting Bowie Knife by J.A.Henckels Zwillingswerk

This is a model 4760 which was shown in their 1922 catalogue. The knife has a good stag handle and a clipped back Bowie blade. Henckels' bowie-style knives are seldom available and are prized for their quality and fine old-world German craftsmanship. In original leather scabbard with stud button crossover retaining strap, and metal chape. overall in very good condition, blade very sharp. maker marked blade, with company dancing men logo . Ironically with the successful reach of its maker having contracts for Berlin, America and Britain before the war, this kind of combat knife could be just as likely found on a Tommy, GI, or Herman during WW2, although not that many have survived the war period. J. A. Henckels opened the first trading outlet in 1818 in Berlin, opening a shop in New York City in 1883 and followed a year later by Vienna. The company exhibited its products at the 1851 Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace in Great Britain, being awarded an international knifesmithing medal

J. A. Henckels was awarded the Grand Prix prize in Paris in 1900 and the Grand Prix of St. Louis in 1904. It was also awarded with the Prussian State Golden Medal. Henckels was also given a royal warrant of appointment as purveyors of knives to the Imperial and Royal Court of Austria-Hungary.

Knife overall approx 10" long in scabbard.

Code: 23954

325.00 GBP

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A Superb WW2 Ghurkha's Kukri Combat Knife

A Superb WW2 Ghurkha's Kukri Combat Knife "Ayo Gorkali" The Gurkha Battle Call "The Gurkhas Are Coming!" Field Marshall Manekshaw once said, " If someone says he does not fear death, then he is either telling a lie or he is a Gurkha".

The Gukhas are probably the finest and bravest, combat soldiers in the world, and universally agreed as the most feared, with legendary loyalty to the British Crown. In traditional military type brown leather over wood scabbard. When worn in combat it would normally be in a khaki canvas cover. With traditional accessories of sharpening tool and small utility/skinning knife, both with matching horn hilts. Superb tempered steel blade and deluxe quality carved horn hilt with bi-metal pommel cap, overall in fabulous condition. Field Marshall Sam Manekshaw once said, " If someone says he does not fear death, then he is either telling a lie or he is a Gurkha". On 12/13 May 1945 at Taungdaw, Burma now Myanmar, Rifleman Lachhiman Gurung VC was manning the most forward post of his platoon which bore the brunt of an attack by at least 200 of the Japanese enemy. Twice he hurled back grenades which had fallen on his trench, but the third exploded in his right hand, blowing off his fingers, shattering his arm and severely wounding him in the face, body and right leg. His two comrades were also badly wounded but the rifleman, now alone and disregarding his wounds, loaded and fired his rifle with his left hand for four hours, calmly waiting for each attack which he met with fire at point blank range. Afterwards, when the casualties were counted, it is reported that there were 31 dead Japanese around his position which he had killed, with only one arm.In the Falklands War in 1982 the Argentinians abandoned Mount William without a fight simply because the enemy forces advancing towards them were the 2nd Battalion, 7th Ghurka Rifles. The blade shape descended from the classic Greek sword of Kopis, which is about 2500 years old. The Kukri is the renown and famous weapon of the Nepalese Gurkha. Probably the most respected and feared warriors in the world, the Gurkhas of Nepal have fought in the Gurkha regiments of the British Army for around two centuries. With a degree of loyalty and dedication that is legendary, there is no greater soldier to be at one's side when in battle than the noble Gurkha. With a Kukri in his hand and the battle cry called, "Ayo Gorkhali!" "the Gurkhas are coming!", no foe's head was safe on his shoulders. Battle hardened German Infantry in WW1, or in WW2, the notorious Japanese Shock Troops, have both been known to tremble in their boots at the knowledge that they would be facing the Gurkhas in battle. Some of the most amazing feats of heroism have resulted in the most revered medal, the British Victoria Cross the world's greatest and most difficult to qualify for gallantry medal being awarded to Ghurkas.
Some say it originated from a form of knife first used by the Mallas who came to power in Nepal in the 13th Century. There are some Khukuris displaying on the walls of National Museum at Chhauni in Kathmandu which are 500 years old or even older, among them, one that once belonged to Drabya Shah, the founder king of the kingdom of Gorkha, in 1627 AD. But, some say that the Khukuri's history is possibly centuries older this. It is suggested that the Khukuri was first used by Kiratis who came to power in Nepal before Lichchhavi age, in about the 7th Century. In the hands of an experienced wielder Khukuri or Kukri is about as formidable a weapon as can be conceived. Like all really good weapons, Khukuri's or Kukri's efficiency depends much more upon skill than the strength of the wielder. And thus so that it happens, that a diminutive Gurkha, a mere boy in regards to his stature, could easily cut to pieces a gigantic adversary, who simply does not understand the little Gurkha's mode of attack and fearsome skill. The Gurkha generally strikes upwards with his Kukri, possibly in order to avoid wounding himself should his blow fail, and possibly because an upward cut is just the one that can be least guarded against however strong his opponent. 16.5 inches long overall in scabbard,

Code: 23955

385.00 GBP

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A Near Mint Black and Silver German Officer's Sword Knot

A Near Mint Black and Silver German Officer's Sword Knot

This german senior officer's sword knot was surrendered, with its sword, to Field Marshal Montgomery's staff at the negotiation of the terms of surrender of the German Armed Forces on the 3rd of May 1945. The German delegation, headed by Admiral von Friedeburg, General Kinzel and Rear Admiral Wagner, on behalf of Gross Admiral Donitz at Montgomery's headquarters on the Timeloberg hill at Wendisch Evern. We have its sword, and an original official photo of the ceremony taken at the time, but they are all for sale separately [see our code item number 23891]. Unfortunately it is not known which general officer surrendered which sword and knot at the time as apparently no note was made [that has survived], as all of the delegation were voluntarily disarmed as a group prior to being in Montgomery's presence. The silver and black pattern was also most popular with the early SS as it portrayed their black and silver colours perfectly. It could perfectly compliment any original SS sword, either the pre 1936 type, or the regulation approved 1936 Polizei/SS pattern degan sword.

Code: 23910

325.00 GBP

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The Indian Mutiny of 1857 by Colonel G.B. Malleson

The Indian Mutiny of 1857 by Colonel G.B. Malleson

Full leather binding with stunning blue marble paper fronts. The Grange Folkstone gilt crest to front cover. Signs of very light use and wear, but overall excellent. Published by Seeley & Co, Great Russel st. London 1901

Contemporary review from the Athenaeum: It only be remarked that Colonel Malleson wields his pen with so much skill that while giving a realistic account of all important operations, passing over no really noteworthy act of talent or heroism, and acutely criticising everything which demands criticism, he abstains from overlaying his narrative with details which would have increased the bulk of his book beyond all reason. Another characteristic of Colonel Malleson is that he never hesitates to condemn conduct of which he disapproves or to draw attention to errors which he conceives were committed, whatever the rank or position of those who are the objects of his criticism. The result is that many of the actors in the drama will find their laurels somewhat injured, while others, who from official prejudice have not yet received full credit for their exploits, obtain from the author due praise for their services. The rewards given for the Mutiny were liberal, but it is distressing to find that some of them were undeserved, while on the other hand, many able and gallant men have received no recognition at all There are many highly-placed officials whose fame is sadly tarnished by the frank, truthful criticisms of the fearless, uncompromising author of the book before us. 7.75 inches by 5.5 inches x 1.5 inches

Code: 23814

110.00 GBP

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An Oriental Bronze 'Okimono' of a Red Headed Centipede that Moves with Articulation

An Oriental Bronze 'Okimono' of a Red Headed Centipede that Moves with Articulation

20th century, a most intriguing flexible articulated piece, in nice condition.
Butterflies fluttering over flowers, cicadas buzzing on trees and dragonflies darting across rice fields — insects have long been symbols of different seasons in Japan. In China they are also considered lucky omens due to their delicate and mystical appearances. Chinese ideology and Western sketching and painting techniques have helped Japan foster many forms of expression in depicting insects. The giant centipedes in Japanese folklore are the result of the Divine Dragon’s immortality-granting waters These monstrous centipedes have a basis in real-life: the mukade, or giant poisonous centipede, which is native to Japan. There are, like all mythical insects,there are numerous tales about supersized variants. Whilst the real centipedes grow to a maximum of twenty centimeters, their mythical yōkai counterparts known as ōmukade are said to be able to grow to titanic proportions, with elder variants coiling themselves around mountain ranges and scaring off even the dragons.

Pictures of Japanese insect art in the gallery

Tawara Toda killing the giant centipede by Toyohara Chikanobu

Katydid (Umaoi-mushi) and Centipede, (Mukade), from the Picture Book of Crawling Creatures (Ehon mushi erami)
1788

A red lacquered saddle decorated with a centipede in Osaka Museum

15.5cm long measured straight.

Code: 23907

145.00 GBP

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A German Cross of Honour For Front Line Combatants Medal & Award Certificate signed by the NSDAP Oberburgomeister of Herford Freiderich 'Fritz' Kliem in 1935

A German Cross of Honour For Front Line Combatants Medal & Award Certificate signed by the NSDAP Oberburgomeister of Herford Freiderich 'Fritz' Kliem in 1935

Fritz Kliem, NSDAP Oberburgermeister served from May 1st 1933 to April 2 1945, until he died in a British Internment camp in December 1945. He was appointed by his political friend Gauleiter Alfred Meyer
Fritz Kleim NSDAP Lord Mayor
On May 1, 1933, he joined the National Socialist German Workers' Party . In 1933 he became Lord Mayor of the then independent city or the urban district of Herford in the East Westphalian part of the Prussian province of Westphalia . His appointment was largely due to Gauleiter Alfred Meyer .

Kleim began to study law at the University of Jena . In 1908 he was reciprocated in the Corps Franconia Jena . 1 As Inactive he moved to the University of Marburg . After the exams and the preparatory service , he was first mayor of Soest . On May 1, 1933, he joined the National Socialist German Workers' Party . In 1933 he became Lord Mayor of the then independent city or the urban district of Herford in the East Westphalian part of the Prussian province of Westphalia . His appointment was largely due to Gauleiter Alfred Meyer . From August 1, 1933, Kleim was initially only provisional in the mayor's office; his term of office, which was scheduled for twelve years, officially began on May 22, 1934. His predecessor as mayor was Ernst Althaus , who's only in 1928 started scheduled for twelve years term after the seizure of power could not lead to the end of the Nazi Party. When the district administrator of the Herford district , Erich Hartmann, became district administrator in the Bielefeld district , Kleim also held office from December 1944 until the end of the Nazi stateas provisional district administrator in the Herford district. From August 1, 1943 to May 30, 1944, he also acted together with Hartmann as provisional district administrator in the Minden district . From November 30, 1944, the government assessor Ulrich Kleibömer from the Bielefeld district office took over the official business of the Herford mayor's office. After the surrender of the Wehrmacht in Ravensberger Land, Kleim was replaced by a successor appointed by the Control Commission for Germany / British Element . He died in British internment. Heinrich Tiemann succeeded him briefly in the office of Lord Mayor of Herford on April 5, 1945, although after about two months he had already passedFriedrich Holzapfel was replaced. Friedrich von Laer followed him as District Administrator of the Herford district .Gustav Alfred Julius Meyer[1] (5 October 1891 in Göttingen – 11 April 1945 in Hessisch Oldendorf) was a Nazi official. He joined the Nazi party in 1928 and was the Gauleiter of North Westphalia from 1931 to 1945, the Oberpräsident of the Province of Westphalia from 1938 to 1945 and the Reichsstatthalter of Lippe and Schaumburg-Lippe from 1933 to 1945.

By the time of his death at the end of World War II in Europe, he was a State Secretary and Deputy Reichsminister in the Reich Ministry for the Occupied Eastern Territories (Reichministerium für die Besetzten Ostgebiete or Ostministerium). He represented the ministry with Georg Leibbrandt in the Wannsee Conference.

Meyer committed suicide in April 1945. Most intriguing original Third Reich medal and award document with interesting history. Both in superb condition

Code: 23895

95.00 GBP

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A Beautiful 1889 Pattern German Infantry Officer's Sword of The Great War. and Used into WW2 Until May 1945

A Beautiful 1889 Pattern German Infantry Officer's Sword of The Great War. and Used into WW2 Until May 1945

1889 Pattern Prussian Officers sword with cast Eagle guard, multi wire bound sharkskin grip, excellent condition double fullered blade and black lacquered steel combat scabbard. Most rare steel hilted example, as they were almost always made with brass hilts. Kaiser Willhelm Crest to grip. Folding eagle guard Used by a German infantry officer serving in the Great War. Many of these swords were also used in the 3rd Reich by veteran officers serving in WW2. Numerous Vintage photographs of WW2 German Officers show them wearing this pattern of sword, including one in the gallery of Generalleutnant Hans von Donat with his identical sword. This sword was taken at the official event of the German high command requesting surrender terms to Montgomery at 2nd army HQ on May 3rd, all of the participants were disarmed, unfortunately it is not known from whom this sword was taken. See our original official photograph from this special and monumentally important historical event, taken on the 3rd of May 1945. Is of Field Marshal Montgomery, Admiral von Friedeburg, General Kinzel and Rear Admiral Wagner [plus aides] .The unconditional surrender was not ‘officially signed until a few days later as Stalin insisted his generals must be present. Overall this sword is in excellent condition.
Field Marshal Montgomery greeted for the surrender the German delegation (Admiral von Friedeburg, General Kinzel and Rear Admiral Wagner).

Field Marshal Montgomery signed the terms of the surrender watched by Rear Admiral Wagner and Admiral von Friedeburg.
On 4 May 1945, at 18:30 British Double Summer Time, at Lüneburg Heath, south of Hamburg, Field Marshal Sir Bernard Law Montgomery accepted the unconditional surrender of the German forces in the Netherlands, northwest Germany including all islands, in Denmark and all naval ships in those areas. The surrender preceded the end of World War II in Europe and was signed in a carpeted tent at Montgomery's headquarters on the Timeloberg hill at Wendisch Evern. Lüneburg had been captured by the British forces on 18 April 1945 with Montgomery establishing his headquarters at a villa in the village of Häcklingen. A German delegation arrived at his tactical headquarters on the Timeloberg hill by car on 3 May, having been sent by Großadmiral Karl Dönitz who had been nominated President and Supreme Commander of the German armed forces by Adolf Hitler in his last will and testament on 29 April. Dönitz was aware of the allied occupation zones intended for Germany from a plan that had fallen into German hands. He therefore hoped that protracted partial and local surrender negotiations might buy time for troops and refugees in the east to seek refuge from the Red Army, whilst holding open a pocket to provide sanctuary on the west bank of the River Elbe.

Dönitz did not think it appropriate to negotiate personally with a field marshal as he had become the head of state following the death of Adolf Hitler. He therefore sent the delegation headed by the new Commander-in-Chief of the German navy Admiral Hans-Georg von Friedeburg. Montgomery refused an initial offer to surrender Army Group Vistula which was being cut off to the east by the Red Army and demanded the unconditional surrender of all forces on his northern and western flanks. The Germans stated that they did not have the authority to accept Montgomery's terms. However they agreed to return to their headquarters to obtain permission from Dönitz.

The German officers returned the next day at 18:00 with an additional delegate, (Colonel Fritz Poleck) representing the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht, (the German armed forces high command). Von Friedeburg was ushered into Montgomery's command caravan for confirmation that they were ready to sign. For the surrender ceremony Montgomery sat at the head of a table with an army blanket draped over it and two BBC microphones in front of him; he called on each delegate in turn to sign the instrument of surrender document at 18.30. The surrender ceremony was filmed by the British Pathé News and recorded for broadcast on radio by the BBC with a commentary by the Australian war correspondent Chester Wilmot. The intimate detail of document translation and conversation interpretation was supervised by one of Montgomery's senior intelligence officers Colonel James Oliver Ewart. Our original, and potentially uniquely surviving and for sale photo from this actual event, taken on the 3rd May, is for sale separately from the sword, we also have the sword's officer's knot for sale separately [see item code 23910].

Code: 23891

695.00 GBP

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A German WW2 Type 38 Bomb Fuze From an Unexploded Ship Bomb

A German WW2 Type 38 Bomb Fuze From an Unexploded Ship Bomb

What an evocative item and a fabulous souvenir of the London Blitz. With full waffenamt markings of the Luftwaffe, marked ELAZ [electric fuse] 38 [for the 50 to 2500kg bombs] anti Ship bombs to penetrate ship armour or submaring hulls. Dated 1942. Batch 9a. Made by bmv. The Wartime Bomb Disposal Organisation was created in the early part of the war to combat the unexploded ordnance dropping throughout England.In September 1939 the First Steps were made for the setting of priorities.
In the beginning there were many conferences and meetings between The Home Office and The War Office as to who would be responsible for the disposal of unexploded bombs and missiles.It was agreed that the Armed Services should be responsible for all unexploded ordnance (UXO). The Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force would be responsible for UXO on their property and installations whilst the Army would be responsible for UXO on their property and installations plus all civilian areas.
In the early days of Bomb Disposal, the responsibility of UXO of RAF property rested with the Armament personnel on nominated "X" Stations. Some primitive equipment and instruction was available for the purpose of these "X" Stations. The nominated personnel were known as "X" Station Demolition Squads and consisted of three Armament personnel of Senior Non Commissioned or Junior Non Commissioned Rank.
At the time the "X" Squads were operating, there was little information available on German bombs and bomb components or even other types of enemy ammunition.

The procedure followed by the "X" squads was to uncover or recover German bombs, unscrew the locking ring holding the electrical fuze and remove the fuze. The bomb was then demolished in situ or transported to a safe site for disposal later. One schematic in the gallery of a No 15 Fuze. In the centre is a sectioned drawing of a N0 15 Fuze

The fuze however was sent post haste to BD Headquarters for examination and dismantling to find a method of immunisation. Once a method for a particular fuze was determined and the necessary equipment manufactured it was sent to all squads with instructions and correct procedures for its use in dealing with that particular type of fuze.
17 Th October 1939 first German bombs dropped in Hoy in the Orkney's, that failed to explode they were all 50Kg and were fuzed with the simple impact fuze type(15) which could be rendered safe using a crabtree discharger, a device that shorted out the electrical charge,contained in capacitors inside the fuze. Not suitable for export

Code: 22780

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SOLD A Good Third Reich Mid War Period SA Sturmabteilung Dagger by Arthur Schuttelhofer & Co

SOLD A Good Third Reich Mid War Period SA Sturmabteilung Dagger by Arthur Schuttelhofer & Co

This SA Dagger – RZM M7/13 by Arthur Schuttelhofer & Co who apparently only made 8000 daggers before and during the war. The blade and overall dagger is very nice! The dark and crisp acid etched “Alles für Deutschland” motto and RZM M7/13 by Arthur Schuttelhofer & Co maker mark are both beautifully executed. It has just a couple of small nicks along the blade and light runners marks, mostly from sliding back and fourth into the scabbard. The grip on this dagger is great, with a nice even finish and nice colour. There are a couple of extremely minor handling marks to the wood, but no cracks or chips. the grip fit is very nice and does not have any typical age shrinkage of the wood. The SA enamel emblem and grip eagle show very little wear and are in pristine condition. The plated crossguard has normal wear. This SA Dagger – RZM M7/13 is complete with its scabbard. This SA Dagger – RZM M7/13 by Arthur Schuttelhofer & Co is very attractive and seem to be very difficult to find as attractive as this these days. In September 1930, as a consequence of the Stennes Revolt in Berlin, Hitler assumed supreme command of the SA as its new Oberster SA-Führer. He sent a personal request to Röhm, asking him to return to serve as the SA's chief of staff. Röhm accepted this offer and began his new assignment on January 5, 1931. He brought radical new ideas to the SA and appointed several close friends to its senior leadership. Previously, the SA formations were subordinate to the Nazi Party leadership of each Gau.

Röhm established new Gruppen that had no regional Nazi Party oversight. Each Gruppe extended over several regions and was commanded by a SA Gruppenführer who answered only to Röhm or Hitler. Under Röhm as its popular leader and Stabschef (Staff Chief), the SA grew in importance within the Nazi power structure and expanded to have thousands of members. In the early 1930s, the Nazis expanded from an extremist fringe group to the largest political party in Germany, and the SA expanded with it. By January 1932, the SA numbered approximately 400,000 men.

Many of these stormtroopers believed in the socialist promise of National Socialism. They expected the Nazi regime to take more radical economic action, such as breaking up the vast landed estates of the aristocracy, once they obtained national power. By the time Hitler assumed power in January 1933, Hitler was also concerned that Röhm and the SA had the power to remove him as leader. Göring and Himmler played on this fear by constantly feeding Hitler with new information on Röhm's proposed coup. A masterstroke was to claim that Gregor Strasser, whom Hitler hated, was part of the planned conspiracy against him. With this news, Hitler ordered all the SA leaders to attend a meeting in the Hanselbauer Hotel in Bad Wiessee.

On June 30, 1934, Hitler, accompanied by SS units, arrived at Bad Wiessee, where he personally placed Röhm and other high-ranking SA leaders under arrest. Over the next 48 hours, 200 other senior SA officers were arrested on the way to Wiessee. Many were shot and killed as soon as they were captured, but Hitler decided to pardon Röhm because of his past services to the movement. On July 1, after much pressure from Göring and Himmler, Hitler agreed that Röhm should die. Hitler insisted that Röhm should first be allowed to commit suicide. When Röhm refused to do so, he was shot by two SS officers, Theodor Eicke and Michael Lippert. Though the names of 85 victims are known, estimates place the total number killed at between 150 and 200 men, the rest of whom remain unidentified.

Some Germans were shocked by the executions, but many others perceived Hitler to have restored "order" to the country. Goebbels's propaganda highlighted the "Röhm-Putsch" in the days that followed. The homosexuality of Röhm and other SA leaders was made public to add "shock value", although Hitler and other Nazi leaders had known for years about the sexuality of Röhm and other named SA leaders

Code: 23887

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