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RESERVED A Fine & Rare Original German, Third Reich Issue, 1930’s Military Officer’s Wrist Watch, A Helma DH, Deutsches Heer

This watch was issued by the German military just before and during World War II, Helma were renowned for producing fine and accurate watches for the Nazi officers.
The case of the watch is nickel plated with light to average wear. The black dial is in good condition with Arabic numerals, sub seconds hand at 6, signed Helma. Working order. Post War brown leather military style strap. Appears to work fine, but a service recommended for wear purposes.

The movement is a hand wound Swiss movement. The watch sits on a brown leather military style strap. 1. This brand was one of the very few German Company’s to supply watches of this type to the Wehrmacht.
The great majority of the companies were Swiss .
2. Helma, with Glycine and Helios, are among the best used by the WW 2 German Army officers, stamped either side of the four figure serial number, is the official Wehrmacht D.H. See in the gallery three photographs of this watch type worn by officers during World War II in the German Heer/SS, one being Herbert Otto Gille, seen here as SS-Gruppenführer and commander of 5. SS Panzer Division Wiking

Code: 23542

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An Original Wilkinson Sword 'Finest' FS Knife Blade ERII

In good polish and great condition. Likely Korean War to Falklands War period. Full length tang with screw thread for mounting. Likely never been mounted to create a complete an FS Knife to replace a broken bladed knife but never used. Maker marked Wilkinson Sword with maker to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth IInd. Ideal for an FS collector as a collector's piece, or perfect for a collector that has an FS knife with a damaged blade. The British Commando knife was first designed in 1940 by close combat legends William Fairbairn and Eric Sykes, who established and taught the combative training methods for wartime special forces such as the independent companies, SOE, Commandos, U.S Rangers and OSS.
Though known as the FS Fighting knife, this was not designed to be a knife fighting knife, but primarily designed to be used in silent killing actions such as sentry take-outs. The techniques of effective use were taught to various special forces at Highland training centres such as Lochailort Special Training Centre (STC) and Achnacarry, which was the Commando Basic Training Centre (CBTC) from 1942-1945.

The 1st pattern knife was originally manufactured exclusively by Wilkinson Sword Company, and was in great demand from first production. Original 1st pattern knives are highly collectable and sought after today with top quality examples selling for thousands.
The 2nd pattern was manufactured by many companies throughout the UK, and has often been regarded as the most effective pattern of Commando knife ever made. The diamond knurled brass grip provides excellent purchase wet or dry. The hand-ground 7 inch high carbon steel blade carries both edges for the full length of the blade. The scabbard features an elastic retaining band for silent drawing, and rear tabs for stitching the scabbard to any piece of clothing or kit. Commandos were advised to carry their knives wherever they might find most convenient for access. 7 inch blade 12.20 inches long overall. Acquired from a deceased WW2 veterans estate, with two old FS knives [number 23540]

Code: 23541

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SOLD One Of The Most Impressive, Beautiful & Iconic Viking Axes. One Of The Most Fearsome We Have Ever Seen. A Fabulous Large Hook-Bearded Axe

10th-11th century AD, around 1000 to 1100 years old.
This is the archetypal Viking warrior’s battle axe, as depicted in paintings and films for decades, but an original version, of this particularly rare hook-bill type, as this one, is very rare to survive the ravages of over 1000 years. Never usually seen outside of Scandinavian museum collections.

An iron axehead with broad curved edge and hooked lower section, narrow neck and round socket. Approx 920grams, 9 inches Very fine condition, professionally cleaned, restored and conserved. The hook, or "beard" of the axe would also have been useful in battle, for example to pull weapons out of the defender's grasp, or to pull down a shield to allow another attacker to strike at the unprotected defender. In 793, terror descended on the coast of Northumbria as armed raiders attacked the defenceless monastery of St Cuthbert on Lindisfarne. The terrified monks watched helplessly as the invaders made off with a haul of treasure and a clutch of captives. It was the first recorded raid by the Vikings, seaborne pirates from Scandinavia who would prey on coastal communities in north-western Europe for more than two centuries and create for themselves a reputation as fierce and pitiless warriors. The Anglo-Saxon cleric Alcuin of York wrote dramatically of the Lindisfarne raid that the church was spattered with the blood of the priests of God, despoiled of all its ornaments given as a prey to pagan peoples and subsequent (mainly Christian) writers and chroniclers lost few opportunities to demonise the (mainly pagan) Vikings. Yet, though they undeniably carried out very destructive and violent attacks, from small-scale raids against churches to major campaigns involving thousands of warriors, the Vikings formed part of a complex and often sophisticated Scandinavian culture. As well as raiders they were traders, reaching as far east as the rivers of Russia and the Caspian Sea; explorers, sending ships far across the Atlantic to land on the coastline of North America five centuries before Columbus; poets, composing verse and prose sagas of great power, and artists, creating works of astonishing beauty.Their victims did not refer to them as Vikings. That name came later, becoming popularised by the 11th century and possibly deriving from the word vik, which in the Old Norse language the Vikings spoke means bay or inlet. Instead they were called Dani (Danes) there was no sense at the time that this should refer only to the inhabitants of what we now call Denmark pagani (pagans) or simply Normanni [Northmen] In medieval Scandinavian languages, a Vikingr is a pirate, a freebooter who seeks wealth either by ship-borne raids on foreign coasts or by waylaying more peaceful seafarers in home waters. There is also an abstract noun Viking, meaning ‘the act of going raiding overseas
From the family collection of a UK gentleman, then by descent in the early 1970s; previously acquired before 1960.
For reference; see Leppäaho, J., Späteisenzeitliche Wafen aus Finnland, Helsinki, 1964, table 62(1), for type. In the world of collecting early weaponry an axe is defined as it’s head, it’s haft was separate often made of vulnerable woods that can not survive the ravages of time. More photographs and information to be added As with all our items, it comes complete with a certificate authenticity

Code: 23525

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SOLD A Superb US Civil War & Wild West Remington 'New Model' Army Revolver, .44 Calibre, Martial Issue, With Government Inspector Stamps

In great condition for age with a really tight and crisp action. One of the most sought after and iconic American revolvers of the Civil War and Wild West era. A scarce 8 inch sighted octagonal barrel stamped with the manufacturer's details, plain cylinder and frame, the serial number has the last two digits repeated [142XXX], brass trigger guard, two-piece wooden grips, the left with inspector's stamp. Sub inspector letters stamped throughout 'R's and 'S's. The Remington Model 1858 was a cap & ball (also called "percussion") 44-calibre revolver used during the American Civil War from 1862 onwards. Overall in used order, and well functioning action. Single Civil War inspectors mark to the trigger guard. It was used primarily by Union soldiers, and widely favoured over the standard issue Colt Army Model 1860 by those who could afford it, due primarily to its durability and ability to quickly reload. Of course if a gun such as this was captured in a Confederate victory it would be eagerly used by it's new southern states owner as a highly prized trophy of war. It also saw considerable use in the American West, both in its original cap & ball configuration and as a metallic cartridge conversion.
A prized possession of the Remington Arms Company is similar, original, New Model Army with ivory grips once carried by William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody [see photo in our gallery]. The historic revolver is on display with Cody's simple handwritten note, "It never failed me". Cody carried the revolver in original percussion form well into the cartridge era, and never converted it to cartridge use. The Remington “Army” .44 percussion revolver was the primary competition to the Colt M1860 .44 percussion revolver during the American Civil War era. Although Sam Colt was the better salesman and marketer, Remington eventually beat Colt out of their military contracts by delivering a comparable (some felt superior) product for less money. In 1864, after the US government had finally beat Colt’s price down to $14.00 per revolver, they had been paying $20.00 or more per gun in the early days of the war, Remington agreed to furnish their “Army” revolver for only $12.00 per gun. That ended the reign of the Colt Army as the first choice for the Ordnance Department procurement officers.
In the field, even though the Colt revolver had the name and the mystique, many cavalry troopers preferred the much sturdier solid frame design of the Remington revolver. According to the research published in Remington Army & Navy Revolvers 1861-1868 by Donald L. Ware, Remington revolvers through serial #149,000 were accepted prior to the end of the Civil War. No license required to own or collect

Code: 23370

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SOLD...An Original Imperial Roman Bronze Ring, The Type Worn by the Praetorian Guard, Personal Guard of the Emperor 1st 2nd Cent

However, the Praetorians notoriously assassinated 13 Roman emperors it was sworn to protect, and even auctioned the throne to the highest bidder. 1st-2nd century AD. An Imperial Roman bronze ring engraved with a lion. From a private collection formed in the Netherlands; previously in a European collection formed prior to 1980. Roman rings with images of Mars were most often worn by legionaries, Mars being the god of war, and symbols of the lion were connected with Hercules and thus worn by the Praetorian Guard; The Praetorian Guard was a fixture of the imperial era, but their origins date back to groups of elite soldiers that protected generals during the Roman Republic. As early as the second century B.C., special units were selected to shadow famed Roman leaders such as Marc Antony, Scipio Africanus and Lucius Cornelius Sulla whenever they ventured into the field. Julius Caesar later enlisted his tenth legion as personal security, but the Praetorian Guard as we know it didn’t appear until shortly after Augustus became Rome’s first emperor in 27 B.C. After ascending to the throne, Augustus established his own imperial guards comprised of nine cohorts of 500 to 1,000 men each. The unit would endure as a symbol of imperial might for over 300 years. By A.D. 23, it even operated out of its own fortress, the Castra Praetoria, located on the outskirts of Rome. The Praetorian Guard often handled crowd control at the Roman games, but they occasionally stepped into the arena and played an active role in the bloodshed. There is evidence that the Guard took part in gruesome wild beast hunts to demonstrate their combat prowess, and they played a notorious role in a “naumachia,” or staged sea battle, hosted by Emperor Claudius in A.D. 52. The spectacle saw as many as 19,000 men and some 100 boats clash in a mock naval engagement on the Fucine Lake. Most of the participants were prisoners and slaves, and the Praetorians, armed with catapults and ballistae, surrounded the battle on rafts to add to the mayhem and prevent any of the condemned from escaping. The Praetorians’ may have been tasked with protecting the Roman Emperor, but they were also the single greatest threat to his life. The unit was a major player in the webs of deceit that characterized imperial Rome, and they were willing to slaughter and install new emperors when tempted by promises of money or power. Disgruntled Praetorians famously engineered the assassination of Caligula and the selection of Claudius as his successor in A.D. 41. Among others, the Guard or their prefect also played a part in the murder of Commodus in 192, Caracalla in 217, Elagabalus in 222 and Pupienus and Balbinus in 238. In some cases, the Praetorians were partially responsible for both installing andmurdering a would-be emperor. Galba ascended the throne in A.D. 68 after winning the support of the Guard, only to be killed at their hands the following year after he neglected to properly reward them. Likewise, Emperor Pertinax was confirmed by the Praetorians in 193 and then slain just three months later when he tried to force them to accept new disciplinary measures. in general the majority of rings recovered in provincial cities were made of bronze from local workshops. The most common alloy employed for the largest number of ornaments and with the greatest variety of shapes was brass, the alloy of copper and zinc. The high number of alloys with a different composition indicates that there was a significantly increased demand for jewellery similar in colour to precious metal, but cheaper and easy to produce..For examples see; Cf. Henkel, F., Die Römischen Fingerringe der Rheinlande und der Benachbarten Gebiete, Berlin, 1913, items 168, 202a,959 and 1785, for types. As with all our items it comes complete with our certificate of authenticity.

Code: 23532

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A Beautiful Early 17th Century Shinto Wakazashi

All original Edo period mountings, iron leaf shaped tsuba, most beautiful polished blade with elegant sugaha hamon. Delightful kozuka utility knife, Wakizashi have been in use as far back as the 15th or 16th century. The wakizashi was used as a backup or auxiliary sword; it was also used for close quarters fighting, and also to behead a defeated opponent and sometimes to commit ritual suicide. The wakizashi was one of several short swords available for use by samurai including the yoroi toshi, the chisa-katana and the tanto. The term wakizashi did not originally specify swords of any official blade length and was an abbreviation of "wakizashi no katana" ("sword thrust at one's side"); the term was applied to companion swords of all sizes. It was not until the Edo period in 1638 when the rulers of Japan tried to regulate the types of swords and the social groups which were allowed to wear them that the lengths of katana and wakizashi were officially set.

Kanzan Sato, in his book titled "The Japanese Sword", notes that the wakizashi may have become more popular than the tanto due to the wakizashi being more suited for indoor fighting. He mentions the custom of leaving the katana at the door of a castle or palace when entering while continuing to wear the wakizashi inside. Wakizashi were worn on the left side, secured to the obi [waist sash]. overall 24 inches long in saya, blade 17.25 inches long

Code: 23391

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SOLD A Very Handsome Shinshinto Era Samurai Katana

SOLD How most attractive original antique samurai sword, around 240 years old, with silk tsukaito binding, beautiful Edo period copper fittings engraved and a plain Edo period circular iron plate tsuba. This is a super example of an absolute bargain in the world samurai weaponry it has just arrived today and is a very nice antique sword for relative little expenditure. Blade has some tiny areas of age pitting throughout, but that is reflected in its very low price, we are rarely are able to offer original antique katana samurai swords at this kind of price level. It has a traditional wooden saya, Mumei tang

Code: 23445

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A Koto 16th Century Ancestral Bladed Japanese 'Crew-Gunto' Officer's Sword of WW2

SOLD...Its super blade was made around 500 years ago, and thus this sword would have seen service by up to 30 samurai within it's service lifetime. Then, by its very last owner it was mounted and taken to war by likely the eldest son, a pilot, from a family with samurai ancestry. The Japanese fighter plane often had a metal container within the cockpit that would hold the pilots katana. Although the pilot was never expected to need his sword while on a mission, he was expected to die with it if his plane should crash or explode, and if his plane was to crash land, and he survived, he would have a sword to maintain his life in potential enemy territory. The blade has a stunning hamon and in beautiful polish. A short Crew Gunto mounted sword, with an early Koto period ancestral chisa katana blade in full polish showing a simply fabulous and active hamon. The whole sword is simply in super condition for it's age. The blade is set with its silver covered Edo period habaki, all it's traditional WW2 Showa brass fittings, a fine 1936 pattern pierced gunto tsuba, with its black lacquer wooden saya. It is known as a short crew-gunto as carried by a Japanese fighter pilot from 1936 until 1945. The saya would once have had a leather protective cover. The shorter military mounted sword worn during WW2 for those that fought, during combat, in a small and restricted area that was most unsuitable for the standard long sword, such as the Zero fighter plane. Photo in the gallery shows a Kamikaze pilot after being issued his Kaiten in a ritual ceremony, please note he is holding while seated his 'Aircrew' short gunto sword, he was pilot captain of Special-Attack Party Hakkō-Second Party Ichiu-Unit, that he carried in his plane when on combat missions. Another two photos of Japanese pilots with their crew gunto swords, for information only photos not included. Collectors frequently seek Shin Gunto swords that have an original handed down 'Ancestral' blade, as it is said less than one in a hundred Japanese swords, surrendered in WW2, were swords such as this. This form of sword was often the perogative of an eldest born son, that went to fight for his Emperor in WW2, with his ancestor's blade set in traditional military mounts. This sword is an exceptional piece of WW2 Japanese historical interest, very early ancestral swords are scarce in themselves, outnumbered at least 10 to 1 by gendaito swords, but the short 'crew gunto' are much rarer than even that, in our experience, so this makes it potentially, in theory, well over a 100 times scarcer than a regular Japanese WW2 officers sword in our opinion. Apart from information on it's 1945 source, sadly, we do not know the name of it's WW2 officer owner that document was lost. Overall 31.5 inches long in black saya, Blade 19.5 inches from tsuba to tip [

Code: 23442

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A Very Good Japanese Shikome-zue Sword Stick, Probably a Koto 1400's Chisa Katana Bade

RESERVED. RVDA. This is one of the nicest of it's type we have ever seen, with a beautiful chisa katana blade up to around 600 years old. Fine smith made samurai blade of super quality in good polish for age with engraved hi and a pure gold decorated habaki, with engraved lines and rain drop pattern. Very finely carved wooden saya and tsuka to similate bamboo. In the 1870's the Meiji Emperor disbanded the fuedal samurai order and banned the wearing of the sword. This created much unrest between the samurai and the government and some samurai moved to carrying shikome-zue hidden sword. Therefore, via a circuitous route, they still remain armed, but with their katana hidden from view. But by that way they felt, least in part, their honour remained intact. With a long and most elegant blade. In ninjutsu shikomizue became quite popular, as it provided the night warriors with what they needed most – versatility, secrecy and mortality. The walking sticks were popular among all the classes and carrying it caused no suspicion. Combined with the impersonation skills, shikomizue was really a dangerous weapon attacking the enemy most suddenly. This is possibly one of the nicest of it's types we have ever seen. The blade is typical chisa katana with elegant central hi. Very nice sugaha hamon in very nice 95% original polish. The stick is fully and superbly hand carved to simulate bamboo . This piece absolutely reminds us of the world reknown fictional blind samurai Zatoichi. He does not carry a traditional katana, instead using a very well traditionally made shikomi-zue (cane sword) just as this sword is. Zatoichi's cane sword, his weapon was forged by a master bladesmith and is of superior quality, just like this rare, fine traditional ancient chisa katana bladed example. We show an 1817 Japanese print by Hokusai of his depiction of an all black clad warrior [so called ninja] climbing a rope, with what appears to be his shikomezue hidden sword stick. Blade 20.5 inches long, 35.5 inches long overall.

Code: 23323

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A Good Mid Edo Period Antique Samurai Katana

Nicely graduating curvature to the blade, very attractive tsukaito over traditional rayskin and gold embellished flowering menuki. Carved patinated fushigashira of nice quality. Iron Edo tsuba with feint traces of the rays of Buddha pattern chisseling. A samurai was recognised by his carrying the feared daisho, the big sword [daito], little sword [shoto] of the samurai warrior. These were the battle katana, the big sword, and the wakizashi, the little sword. The name katana derives from two old Japanese written characters or symbols: kata, meaning side, and na, or edge. Thus a katana is a single-edged sword that has had few rivals in the annals of war, either in the East or the West. Because the sword was the main battle weapon of Japan's knightly man-at-arms (although spears and bows were also carried), an entire martial art grew up around learning how to use it. This was kenjutsu, the art of sword fighting, or kendo in its modern, non-warlike incarnation. The importance of studying kenjutsu and the other martial arts such as kyujutsu, the art of the bow, was so critical to the samurai, a very real matter of life or death, that Miyamoto Musashi, most renowned of all swordsmen, warned in his classic The Book of Five Rings: The science of martial arts for warriors requires construction of various weapons and understanding the properties of the weapons. A member of a warrior family who does not learn to use weapons and understand the specific advantages of each weapon would seem to be somewhat uncultivated. This fine samurai sword, like all true and original samurai swords, would have been the prize possession of every samurai that owned it. It would most likely have cost more than his home, and would certainly have been more important.
This is just one reason why fine Japanese sword steel, even of this tremendous age, is in such good state of preservation. When a katana such as this has been, for its entire existence, so highly revered, treasured and appreciated, it will have been cared for most sensitively and treated with the utmost respect during its entire life. Leather covered wooden saya. In many regards it will have represented the only thing that stood between its samurai owner, of which there may have been several, during this swords history in the Edo period, and his ultimate downfall in a combat situation.
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A Good Mid Edo Period Antique Samurai Katana
Nicely graduating curvature to the blade, very attractive tsukaito over traditional rayskin and gold embellished flowering menuki. Carved with a vine leaf design, in patinated copper, a matching pair of fushigashira of nice quality. Silvered and gilt botanical menuki under the gold silk wrap, over traditional white giant rayskin on the tsuka [hilt]. Double copper habaki [blade collar]. Blade with suguha hamon and blade in nice condition showing natural aging. Typical long nakago of the period with good natural aging and traces of file marks , single mekugiana. Iron round plate Edo period tsuba with feint traces of the rays of Buddha pattern chisseling. A samurai was recognised by his carrying the feared daisho, the big sword daito, little sword shoto of the samurai warrior. These were the battle katana, the big sword, and the wakizashi, the little sword. The name katana derives from two old Japanese written characters or symbols: kata, meaning side, and na, or edge. Thus a katana is a single-edged sword that has had few rivals in the annals of war, either in the East or the West. Because the sword was the main battle weapon of Japan's knightly man-at-arms (although spears and bows were also carried), an entire martial art grew up around learning how to use it. This was kenjutsu, the art of sword fighting, or kendo in its modern, non-warlike incarnation. The importance of studying kenjutsu and the other martial arts such as kyujutsu, the art of the bow, was so critical to the samurai, a very real matter of life or death, that Miyamoto Musashi, most renowned of all swordsmen, warned in his classic The Book of Five Rings: The science of martial arts for warriors requires construction of various weapons and understanding the properties of the weapons. A member of a warrior family who does not learn to use weapons and understand the specific advantages of each weapon would seem to be somewhat uncultivated. This attractive samurai sword, like all true and original samurai swords, would have been the prize possession of every samurai that owned it. It would most likely have cost more than his home, and would certainly have been more important. This is just one reason why fine Japanese sword steel, even of this tremendous age, is in such good state of preservation. When a katana such as this has been, for its entire existence, so highly revered, treasured and appreciated, it will have been cared for most sensitively and treated with the utmost respect during its entire life. Leather combat covered wooden saya. In many regards it will have represented the only thing that stood between its samurai owner, of which there may have been several, during this swords history in the Edo period, and his ultimate downfall in a combat situation.

Code: 23454

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