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  • Nation : Japanese
  • Local Price : £6950
Click and use the code 24473 to search for this item on the dealer website Most Beautiful, Elegant & Breathtaking Shinto Period Yamato Katana With All Original Edo Period Sword Mounts. Brown Ishime Stone Finish Lacquer Saya & The Blade Shows Incredible Running Grain, Called, in Fine Damascus Steel Circles ´Maiden Hair&acut
  • Nation : Indian
  • Local Price : £9¸000
Beautiful Antique Silver Indo-Persian Rulers Sword. Beautiful Antique Silver Indo-Persian Rulers Sword\"This is a long curved¸ early antique Mughal Blade and is very rare. It is almost last 17th and early 18th century old sword and belongs to North India (at that time). The Hilt of this sword is called kuftgari hilt and is Silver.
  • Nation : North European
  • Local Price : £6850
Fine North European Military Sword “Tessak” Dating To Circa 1600. A fine North European military sword dating to circa 1600. The hilt type conforms to the general group also known as “Sinclair Sables”, with which the ill-fated Scottish mercenary expedition to Norway was equipped in 1612. Surviving swords are mounted mainly with curved, and more infrequently with straight blades, as is this piece. This is a good example, in original condition, well balanced and practical whilst aesthetically pleasing to the eye. A sword with an identical hilt is illustrated in “The Price Guide To Antique Edged Weapons”, Leslie Southwick, Antique Collectors Club, 1982, page 139, fig 374. The imposing gently tapering blade is just over 37 inches (94 cm) long and is single edged for half of its length after which it becomes double edged to its tip. The blade is of thick stiff construction capable of being used both for cutting, thrusting through mail and teasing through the joints in plate armour. On one side the worn mark of a cross in raised relief inside a panel is stamped and corresponds with the mark of Wundes Theis a German maker recorded as working in Solingen in the 16th century. The well executed and complex hilt has a broad quillon span of 9.5 inches (24 cm). The quillons are well formed of octagonal section swelling towards the ends and terminating in delicate waisted bands and large globular terminals with the surfaces filed into a complex trellis in raised relief terminating in small knops. The quillons are vertically counter-curved with the front quillon turned upwards and the rear quillon faced downwards to form a wristguard. Guard plates are attached to the quillon block either side. A thumb loop is applied to one side and the knuckle bow turns upwards from the top of the front quillon to form a scrolled terminal at the pommel. The solid pommel is mushroom shaped with a flared waisted neck below. It is skilfully incised with a seven sided floret on top and surrounded with similar raised trellis patterns in raised relief to those seen on the quillon terminals. The wooden grip retains its original shagreen cover now blackened with age. This is an interesting and rare sword which holds a place in the evolution of complex hilt design in the late 16th century. Overall length 43.25 inches (110 cm).
  • Nation : British
  • Local Price : 8,900.00 USD
FINE AND RARE ENGLISH BROADSWORD C.1640. Of the so-called mortuary sword type. Iron hilt with semi-bowl guard. The forward edge rolled, with bars connecting to the pommel at the other three-quarter points, further enclosed by pairs of scrolling bars. The guard chiseled with characterful portraits of Charles at the three-quarter points alternating with portraits of Henrietta flanked by angel wings. A further matching portrait on the knuckle bow. The pommel was chiseled in a radial motif over a slightly depressed medial, stopped by a band at the transition and likely fire gilt in the depressions originally. The right side with a chiseled running fox or wolf mark about identical to that illustrated as 9c, European Swords and Daggers in the Tower of London, which is found on a “Claymore, early 17th century." The mark here was originally inlaid in latten which it retains in one of the strokes. Original black leather over wood scabbard in fragile but substantially complete condition. An excellent example of one of the most desirable forms of 17th-century swords.
  • Nation : American
  • Local Price : £6800
Click and use the code 24795 to search for this item on the dealer website Original & Rare Flintlock ´Chief´s Grade´ Hudson&#acute;s Bay Co. Trade Musket. The Identical Form of Parker Field Trade Musket Used By Chief Sitting Bull of The Little Big Horn
  • Nation : North European
  • Local Price : £6750
North European Sabre of “Sinclair Sable” Type Circa 1600. An imposing and robust North European sabre dating to circa 1600. The hilt type conforms to the general group known as “Sinclair Sables”, with which the ill-fated Scottish mercenary expedition to Norway was equipped in 1612. This is a well balanced and practical example. The sabre is featured in a paper by Hagen Seehase in DWJ (Deutschland Waffen-Journal), April 2021, pages 84 & 85. The imposing, heavy, stiff, curved blade is single edged, becoming double edged for the last quarter of its length, with a broad shallow fuller running underneath the spine from hilt to tip. Near the hilt on one side a rubbed  armourers mark is present inside an oblong panel, now indistinct. The hilt is constructed from a solid block from which two vertically counter curved quillons of rounded oval section extend to terminate in swollen spoon shaped terminals. A knuckle bow extends from the front quillon upper surface, the terminal of which is secured in an aperture in the lower part of the pommel front. The outside of the hilt is formed with a strong scallop shell shaped guard joined to the pommel in a similar manner to the knuckle bow, by a single bar  emerging from its top. Cut ridges radiate from the base of the shell guard where it joins the quillon block to accentuate the scallop appearance. An “S” shape bar of rounded section strengthens the structure by joining the shell with the knuckle bow. The inside of the guard is formed with an inner ring guard and thumb loop joined with the knuckle bow by two further scrolling round section bars above. The original leather covered grip swells to its top where it meets with the underside of the pommel and is mounted with a copper ferrule at its base. The oblong shaped pommel radiates filed lines of “scallop” form similar to the clam guard from its truncated pyramid shaped pommel button. The pommel is cut with double decorative lines around its edge. Beneath, the pommel base narrows to accommodate the oval shaped grip top. This is an interesting and rare sword which holds a place in the evolution of complex hilt design in the late 16th century. Blade 30.5 inches (80 cm) long and overall 37 inches (94 cm). Provenance: Sotheby’s  New York, 23rd November 1988, lot 501
  • Nation : Japanese
  • Local Price : £6750
Click and use the code 23939 to search for this item on the dealer website Simply Stunning 15th Century Sengoku Period Wakizashi Samurai Short Sword Circa 1480 With Shobu Zukuri Form Blade
  • Nation : British
  • Local Price : £6700
Scottish Basket Hilted Sword for a Horseman dating to circa 1720 to 1730. A Scottish basket hilted sword dating to circa 1725. The hilt is of traditional Scottish type forged from flattened iron bars and mounted with a Horseman’s oval ring which replaces one of the two frontal guard plates more usually seen mounted on traditional Scottish swords. This open ring became more common as the first half of the 18th century progressed. Swords with this feature could be used by foot soldiers as well as cavalry. The double edged blade is of exceptional quality from a German workshop. The sword is in fine and original condition and a good representation of the Scottish armourer’s craft during the period between the  failed Jacobite Rebellions of 1715/19 and 1745. The basket guard is made in the traditional Scottish manner. The guard arm tops are secured in a groove chiselled around the pommel just below its middle. The main front guard plate is pierced with circle and triangle shapes, incised with border lines and filed at its four edges with a merlon. The knucklebow and side guard plates are pierced in the same manner with vertical incised lines on each plate with lateral lines at the bottom. The oval guard is mounted on four separate bars of saltire shape. The rear quillon is cut with decorative lines underneath at the places where the rear and secondary rear guard bars are fixed and terminates in a wide downwardly scrolled wrist guard. Forward loop guard bars emanate downwards from the side bars and curve forwards to join the front quillon at the base of the knucklebow. The cross bar of the guard forming the front and rear quillons slopes markedly downwards from back to front in early style. The pommel is a flattened dome shape and mounted with a button of separate manufacture on top from which four sets of triple lines radiate to the pommel edge. The grip is made from a baluster shaped spirally grooved wooden core, covered with shagreen. The original wire binding is now missing. The hilt retains its original thick leather liner stitched into shape.   The broad blade is of exceptional quality as is often found on 17th and early 18th century Scottish basket hilted swords. It is 33.5 inches (85 cm) long and tapers gradually to its tip. A prominent ricasso of 2 inches (5 cm) length is incised with pairs of border lines on each side, and on one side with two indistinct blade makers stamps. Two deep and well formed fullers extend from the hilt on each side along the middle tapering gently in line with the blade to terminate 5.5 inches (14 cm) from the tip. Each fuller is stamped in capitals with “A N D R I A  F E R A R A” accompanied by double “X” marks at the middle and sides.  The blade was probably made in Solingen in modern day Germany. The name Andria Ferara seems to refer to a late 16th century Italian smith who forged a great reputation. For nearly two centuries afterwards the name was adopted by many German blade makers and stamped onto their blades in various guises as a mark of quality. Although mainly illiterate the name seems to have been significant with Scottish Highlanders given the frequency with which it occurs on surviving Scottish swords from the period.  The sword is in good condition. The blackened patchy patination is consistent all over. These blackened patches are best described as shallow blackened stains rather than rust.   
  • Nation : Italian
  • Local Price : $8500.00
Rare Venetian Hand-and-a-half Sword, ca. 1490. Featuring hand-forged iron hilt of half-round and diamond-section bars with single side ring joined to a large pas d'ane. Single quillon with scroll finial, short knuckle bow ensuite and a diagonal bar extending from the base of the knuckle bow to the center of the side ring with a grasping hand at the junction. Large iron pommel of schiavona style; leather-wrapped wood grip. Broad 39 5/8″ double-edged blade with half-length central fuller, stamped with an “S” maker's mark on both sides on the ricasso (reverse strike weak). In a modern wood storage scabbard with collection label at the throat. Overall length 47 7/8″, not inlcuding scabbard. Very good condition for its age and does not appear to have ever been apart; the hilt with dark brown patina, blade moderately pitted with a few shallow edge nicks. Grip wrap possibly an old replacement. For similar Venetian swords, see “Armi Bianche Italiane”. The “S” mark is found on other Venetian swords of the late 15th Century.
  • Nation : British
  • Local Price : £6350
Click and use the code 20427 to search for this item on the dealer website Sword of W.C. Cuninghame, Distinguished Hero of the 79th Foot in the Crimean War & Subsequently Elevated, Due to His Gallantry, to a Position WIthin the Queen&#acute;s Bodyguard of H.M Queen Victoria
  • Nation : British
  • Local Price : £6250
Fine Early English Rapier dating to circa 1600 to 1630 mounted with a Blade by Tomaso Ayala of Toledo. An attractive early English rapier dating to the first part of the 17th century. The rapier is of elegant construction and in fine original condition. It retains its overall length of 46.5 inches (108 cm). The guard is of typical English construction mounted with a floral guard plate. The blade is of fine quality with a slotted fuller at the ricasso. The hilt is of a high standard comprised of well executed and rounded bars which give a smoothly contoured, elegant and well balanced appearance to the hilt. A boldly formed quillon block of oval section has a rear quillon which curls downwards towards its swollen knopped and ribbed terminal. The front quillon curls upwards into a knucklebow flattened and angled at the top where it is secured to the pommel with a screw. At the base of the bow a second quillon extends downwards and terminates in the same manner as the first. Two symmetrical side rings emanate from the quillons near the block, with knops ribbed front and back in the middle. A similar knop is present near the lower middle of the knucklebow. Two curved bars extend downwards from just below this knop and terminate in scrolls forged onto the side rings to strengthen the hilt structure in the English manner. The block at the sides is chiselled with English “Green Man” masks with donkey / ass-like ears. The dish guard is formed in one piece as an oval floral shape with six petals which are rounded to the edges and cut with low relief framed panels inside. The two petals directly to the sides of the block are slightly larger than the others as fitting for the oval shape. The larger petal panels are pierced with a lattice of pierced ovals whist the smaller ones are pierced with circles. The pommel is of solid onion shape with an integral raised button on top and a waisted neck beneath. The cylindrical grip is of spirally fluted wood decorated with contra-twisted ropes separated by a single width of thin rounded brass wire sunken  into the spiral grooves on the grip. Brass woven ropes form “Turk’s Heads” top and bottom. The exceptional 39.5 inches (100 cm) long blade is of stiff construction designed mainly for thrusting. It has a pronounced 7 inch (18 cm) ricasso with rounded blunt sides and terminates with defined  shoulders after which the blade is of tapering flattened diamond section with an edge to both sides to the tip. A deep fuller extends from the hilt on each side along the middle and terminates 4 inches (10 cm) beyond the ricasso. It is pierced with decorative keyhole slots, circles and rectangles. Two further fullers flank the first within the ricasso. The blade on both side is incised in the fullers with the maker’s name “TOMASO AYALA ME FECIT”. This is the mark of an accomplished Toledo blade maker working in the late 16th and early 17th centuries who was well known at the time. His mark was copied by other lesser bladesmiths hoping to add a spurious mark of quality to their work. The high quality of the blade discussed here strongly suggests it was made by Ayala himself.
  • Nation : Hungarian
  • Local Price : 7995.00 USD
Ex Rare Mid 18th Century Hungarian Horseman’s Saber With Pistol Grip!. Here is a great rarity in outstanding condition. This great, great massive Hungarian saber dates to circa 1750. It retains its original wood covered with leather scabbard add its pistol grip shaped iron grip with original fish skin covering! MASSIVE BUTCHER CLEAVER BLADE WITH LARGE RELIGIOUS ENGRAVINGS! See photos. Blade is just over 2” wide x 30” long. Blade retains much of its original luster with only some very small areas of pitting and darkening. Grip retains all original fish skin covering and iron mounted scabbard retains all original leather covering! MUSEUM QUALITY! (old description tag and hanging rope included) We bought this rare saber from a Belgium collection over 20 years ago and paid 12k for it at that time! Price is firm. Thanks for looking! Check out our other listings for more great antique blades! Our direct email address is: fineartlimited@yahoo.com
  • Nation : British
  • Local Price : £5,995.00
Rifled Flintlock Artillery Officers Pistols by Thomas Styan of Manchester, very fine pair. SN X3025. A Very Fine Pair of Rifled Flintlock Artillery Officers Pistols by Thomas Styan of Manchester. 12&194;&190;&157; overall, 6&157; carbine .650 bore octagonal barrels with seven deeply rifled lands, bead foresight, top flat engraved in script ´Styan Manchester´, underside stamped with ´TED´ barrelsmith´s mark, no proofs. Two gold lines at breech engraved with wheat ears and chevrons, &194;&160;platinum touch hole. Engraved trophy of arms and canon at the breech, Flat stepped bolted locks engraved with military trophies, canon and piled canon balls, and signed ´Styan´, French cocks fitted with sliding safeties, waterproof V pans lined in gold, rollers on the frizzen springs. Trigger guard engraved with trophy of arms, canon, blasting canon muzzle at butt end and pineapple finials. Highly figured semi saw handle inclined butts, with chequered &194;&160;butt and fore end, flat butts with engraved plates, original brass end ramrods both with worms. Circa 1810-15.&194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160;&194;&160; Pistols of very high quality by a little known maker, in good condition, though no original finish remains, one cock retaining screw late replacement.&194;&160; &194;&160; &194;&160; Thomas Styan of Manchester Broome Street 1803-1811, 6 Market Street 1811-1814 4 Hanging Ditich 1815-38 then his widow Mrs Martha Styan until 1840. See ’Der Neue Stöckel’, vol. II, page 1236.&194;&160; Images courtesy of West Street Antiques (https://antiquearmsandarmour.com/)
  • Nation : British
  • Local Price : £5995
Click and use the code 23138 to search for this item on the dealer website Wonderful 18th Century French Small-Sword of Parcel Gilt and Blued Steel
  • Nation : British
  • Local Price : £5995
Click and use the code 20889 to search for this item on the dealer website Exceptional Original Finest Antique Museum Piece, An All Silver Mounted Flintlock Musket, 18th to Early 19th century of Royal Quality
  • Nation : British
  • Local Price : £5995
Click and use the code 23162 to search for this item on the dealer website Wonderful 18th Century French Small-Sword of Parcel Gilt Silver, Steel
  • Nation : Japanese
  • Local Price : £5995
Click and use the code 25118 to search for this item on the dealer website Simply Stunning Near 400 Year Old Bladed Ancestral ´Tsuda Clan´ Officer´s Sword, Signed Echizen Ju Sagami no Kami Fujiwara Kunitsuna, Of A Senior IJA Officer of WW2, Possibly Lt General Yoshitake Tsuda (æ´¥ç"
  • Nation : Italian
  • Local Price : 7,800.00 USD
FINE ITALIAN BROADSWORD C.1650. This sword draws upon two closely related groups for form. Its finely embossed and chiseled guard with its central medallion of a classical figure is a variation of the sail form guards used on Maine gauches, Italian rapiers and broad swords. Those swords, are generally from a larger group of crab claw hilted swords which includes examples with and without the sail form guard. The form of its quillons places this sword in that group. The vast majority in the group are plain or modestly embellished for use by foot or mounted troops. This example, distinguished by the quality, and theme of its decoration, was made for an officer or member of an elite guard group. It is closely related to an example in the Royal Armouries, Leeds, #XV-178. 32 1/4" length blade.
  • Nation : Indian
  • Local Price : €7200
South Indian cobra tip sword - An early fighting piece with strong reinforcing langet and broad, cobra shaped tip..
  • Nation : -
  • Local Price : £5,950.00
1796 Silver Hilt Renfrewshire Yeomanry Presentation Sword. 1796 Hallmarked Silver Gilt Hilted Renfrewshire Yeomanry Presentation sword. 1796 Infantry officer&#acute;s hilt made of solid silver with gilt finish with some age wear so the silver is showing through in area&#acute;s plus super decoration and hallmarks. The blade is fully engraved to the tip with GR crown, St Andrew holding the cross, trophies of arms, standing Britannia, Winged Victory and early Renfrewshire crest all surrounded by floral decoration, note some engraving is inlayed with gilt and some is not. The presentation reads as follows: A Present From The Non “ Commiss&#acute;d Officers & Privates Of the 3rd Company Renfrewshire Yeomanry to Capt Andrew Wilson Bring An Expression Of Their Esteem & Attachment To Him For His Persevering Attention To Their Discipline & Oeconomy While They Had The Honour Of Being Commanded By Him As Their Captain 27th February 1802. It is complete with black leather scabbard with hallmarked silver mounts please note age repairs.
  • Nation : British
  • Local Price : £5850
Scottish Basket Hilted Sword with “S” Bar Hilt and Scabbard circa 1700. An early Scottish sword mounted with a basket hilt of “S” Bar form dating to the late 17th or turn of the 18th century. The basket guard is a sturdy example wrought with square and oblong section iron structural bars. The sword retains its scabbard which is a rare feature for a sword of this age. Early “S” Bar Scottish basket hilts of this type are not excessively rare, but they do not appear for sale very often compared to other types. The “S” bar feature is a throwback to the earlier 17th century baskets of ribbon-hilted, and other early Scottish basket forms, which were manufactured with more rudimentary “S” bars which fill the spaces between the side guard bars and rear guard bars. The guard is formed from square and rectangular section structural bars and mounted with two main frontal guard panels which are pierced with four heart shapes with the points directed to a pierced circle in the middle. The panels are incised with border lines inside each side and the edges are filed with decorative grooves and cusps. A secondary guard panel, to the front, forms the knucklebow which is decorated with similar edges and a single pierced heart at the base, above which four pierced circles are applied and the whole finished with three vertical filed lines which converge towards the top. Lateral lines are filed at the base in more defined form, consisting of a broad groove flanked by narrower incised lines. The side guards are formed with “S” shaped bars with grooved cusped  merlons beneath. Two forward loop guards are applied to the front in the usual manner. The three upper guard arm terminals are tucked into a pronounced groove cut around the lower half of the pommel. The pommel is cone shaped top and bottom. It is mounted with a pronounced circular pommel button on top from which radiate four sets of lines, each with a broad groove in the middle, flanked by narrower incised lines, similar to the grooves at the base of the knucklebow. The broader middle groove in each case is decorated with punched dots which is a 17th / early 18th century feature. A thick leather liner lies in contour with the base of the basket guard interior.  The spirally fluted baluster shaped grip has a hard wood core and is wrapped with shagreen and bound with metal strip. The scabbard is of early type and a rare survivor. It consists of two slats of wood bound with leather which is stitched together along the middle of the back. Two decorative lines run in parallel along each edge on both sides. The front is mounted with two filed and shaped suspension clips which are also an early feature. Patterns all along this side between the parallel lines are formed from the application of a single small punch in the approximate form of thistles. The chape is a modern replacement. Of tapering double edged form the blade has a pronounced ricasso extending for extending for 1.5 inches (4 cm) from the hilt. The remnants of vertical line decoration is present near each edge. From the end of the ricasso the blade is of lenticular section and a short central shallow fuller extends for 6.25 inches (16 cm) along the middle of the blade on each side.   The remnants of floral decoration at the forte is present on one side. Generally the sword is in good condition although shows wear. The hilt has maintained its original shape and condition. The blade has light blackened age patches in places as often happens when a blade is left in its scabbard for too long without attention. For similar swords see Cyril Mazansky, “British Basket-Hilted Swords”, The Boydell Press, 2005, pages 86 to 93.
  • Nation : Japanese
  • Local Price : £5850
Click and use the code 24348 to search for this item on the dealer website Very Rare Edo Period O-Tanto, Signed Michitsugu, of Echigo, the Matsunaga Family of Master Sword Smiths. Mounted With a Most Rare Form of Beautiful Koshirae {Sword Fittings} the Like of Which We Have Not Seen Before
  • Nation : Dutch
  • Local Price : 7500.00 USD
Dutch Voc Silver Hilted Officer's Saber With Scabbard Dated 1771!. A very rare VOC, Dutch East India Company, officers saber with deep blade marks of the VOC, Amsterdam and dated 1771 both sides! Exceptional early saber with full scabbard and silver mounts (scabbard age shrunken and cracked in 2 beneath mid mound, but displays perfectly.) See photos. Blade is about 29” long. The silver hilt has no cracks or repairs, just a little age deformation. It can use a better cleaning. Grip and grip wire is completely intact and grip has some age cracking. This great sword most probably belonged to a VOC captain or admiral. Original silver hilted Dutch VOC swords are very seldom, if ever, encountered! Price is firm. Thanks for looking! Be sure to check out our other listings for more great swords, arms and armor! Our direct email address is: fineartlimited@yahoo.com
  • Nation : British
  • Local Price : £5750
Mid 18th Century British Dragoon Basket Hilted Sword with a “G R” Cypher on the blade by HARVEY. An impressive example of a horseman's basket hilted back sword made for an Officer, or Trooper, of a North British / Scottish Regiment of Dragoons towards the middle and third quarter of the 18th century. These swords were issued by the Board of Ordnance and were manufactured in the Scottish manner. The type was first issued in the second quarter of the 18th century and used during the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, Britain's wars in Europe and the French Indian War in North America and the American Revolutionary War. The blade is of fine quality stamped “HARVEY” and incised with the royal Cypher of King George II or III. The sword is a rare survivor, well preserved and in undamaged condition, as is visible in the photographs. The fully formed basket is pierced with hearts and circles in the main front and side panel guards which are also finely fretted at the edges with chevrons and merlons. One of the more usual frontal guard plates has been replaced in the hilt design with an oval ring in the “horseman” fashion. The arms of the guard are forged onto a circle of iron into which the base of the bun shaped pommel sits. The pronounced button is integral with the pommel and not of separate manufacture. The original spirally fluted grip is of hardwood with a shagreen cover, and retains its twisted brass wire binding. The hilt retains its leather buff coloured liner. The imposing fine quality tapering blade is just under 36 inches long (just over 91 cm) and made by HARVEY of Birmingham, a noted contractor to the British Board of Ordnance at the time, and typical of this heavy blade type. The blade is intended mainly for striking downwards at opposing infantry soldiers and cavalry with great force and reach. The blade has a thick spine and is double edged for the last 13 inches (33 cm) towards the point after the fuller terminates and the back edge has been sharpened to the tip. It has a short ricasso from which three conjoined broad fullers extend along the blade for an inch from the hilt (2.5 cm). A broad fuller commences 5 inches (13 cm) from the blade and tapers to the tip.  From the same place a narrower deeper fuller runs underneath the spine on both sides until the blade becomes double edged. The space between the two sets of fullers is engraved on both sides with the “G R” Cypher with crown above, and “HARVEY” beneath. Although many swords of this type survive with blades of shorter length, the majority of these have been shortened during their working lives. This blade retains its original length. Overall the sword is in fine condition. For a further example of this sword type see Cyril Mazansky, British Basket-Hilted Swords, Boydell Press / Royal Armouries, 2005, plate F1e page 97, for a sword in the National Museums of Scotland, collection reference LA33.
  • Nation : Japanese
  • Local Price : £5650
Click and use the code 24338 to search for this item on the dealer website Captivating Shinto Era Wakizashi, Circa 1650, Signed Fuyuhiro. A Wonderful and Elegant Edo Period Sword of Exceptional Sophistication.
  • Nation : British
  • Local Price : £5600
English Rapier dating to circa 1620 to 1630. A rare and interesting English Dish Hilted Rapier dating to the second quarter of the 17th century. The guard is sumptuously pierced and engraved in the highest quality English manner for the time. The hilt is very similar to that illustrated by Keith Dowen in “Arms and Armour of the English Civil Wars”, Royal Armouries Museum, 2019, page 73 and on the front cover. The rapier is in the Royal Armouries collection reference: IX.883. Both rapiers were most likely manufactured by the same man. The hilt consists of a bold rectangular quillon block from which downward facing pointed langets are forged tight against the ricasso of the blade. A knucklebow emerges horizontally at the front and curls upwards towards the pommel front where its flattened terminal is bent to the vertical, pierced and screwed to the pommel. To the rear a horizontal quillon emerges and curls downwards in a scroll and terminates in a beast’s head finial. From beneath the knucklebow and the quillon two pas d’ane rings curl downwards with the terminals forged onto the dish guard.  The dish is a symmetrical bowl with an upward facing tapering extension to the front, the end of which which is forged onto the knucklebow, about a quarter of the way up. The pommel is of slightly flattened globular form with a pronounced ribbed integral pommel button on top and a flared neck beneath with a grooved rim. The chiselled and pierced decoration to the hilt is quintessentially English for the time period and of exceptional quality. The dish guard is formed with four primary circular panels with secondary overlapping arched panels between. The four primary panels are sculpted with the head of a wigged man inside a roundel in the centre, flanked by beast’s heads either side which face the masks, held together by intricate foliate shapes and tendrils. The secondary panels incorporate the same beast’s heads to face away from each other, and above these in each case is the head of a cherub and a floret beneath. The upward extension to the dish at the front is centred with another wigged head with counter facing beasts beneath, both features of larger form, supported by further tendrils and foliage. The knucklebow and quillon are decorated with fluted lines and knops towards the terminals. A similar masked head forms a roundel on each side of the knucklebow at halfway. Front and back the pommel is decorated with the chiselled masked head faced by beasts on each side amongst tendrils and foliage. The pommel base is cut to resemble a classical Corinthian column with similar, but less detailed design, applied to the quillon block. As is usual with the best English swords of this period the grip is an impressive piece  craftsmanship in its own right. It has a wooden core of slight baluster profile and rounded oblong section. It is tightly spirally grooved with each groove bound with flat copper strip with thinner wires of rounded section on each side. The ridges between are mounted with two counter facing copper ropes with thinner twists on each side. Tightly woven copper “Turks Heads” are mounted top and bottom. The stiff tapering blade is of lenticular section with a pronounced deep fuller extending for 9 inches (23 cm) from the hilt. Letters repeated on each side inside the fuller are spaced with dots and read the name of the blademaker “SEBASTIAN HERNANI” with a quatrefoil of dots punched after the end of each name and between.  Shortly after the fuller terminates an orb and cross mark is incised on both sides. The condition of the rapier is lightly pitted and patinated overall which in no way detracts from the fine quality of the workmanship. There are no repairs, breaks or noticeable damages to the hilt which retains its pleasing original shape. The blade is of fine quality though as yet we have not identified the blade maker. The blade is 35 inches (89 cm) long and overall the rapier is 42.25 inches (just over 107 cm) long overall. The length of the blade is shorter than that employed specifically for duelling and indicates that the rapier may have been put to a more general military use by a member of the English officer class.
  • Nation : Italian
  • Local Price : 7,100.00 USD
FINE NORTH ITALIAN RAPIER C.1640-60. Milanese or Brescian. Iron hilt with double shell guards pierced with birds in foliage flanking portrait medallions. The shell edges and knuckle bow with scrolling foliage and ribbed central swells. Portrait medallion to the quillon block. The pommel with two portrait medallions on scrolling foliage ground. Fine copper and brass wire wrapped grip. 36 3/4" blade with fuller at the forte pierced with circles and key slots and stopped with a mark. Flattened diamond section blade with slightly concave edges and four facets to the flats, below the marks. Exceptional condition. The blade crisp with mottled patina. Hilt undoubtedly plated originally.
  • Nation : British
  • Local Price : £5450
Click and use the code 23637 to search for this item on the dealer website Very Rare WW1 German Airship Bataillon ´Luftschiffer´ Regt. Nr.1 Officer&#acute;s Sword, of the Elite Imperial German Kaiser´s Zeppelin and Airship Guarde Infantry, Only The Second We Have Seen in 30 Years
  • Nation : -
  • Local Price : $5295.00
Exceptional Ottoman Silver-Mounted Flintlock Pistol with Folding Bayonet, ca. 1830. Featuring octagonal 8″ barrel of approximately .65 caliber, with the upper three planes engraved and decorated with silver damascening in foliate pattern; maker's mark in silver on the tang. Spring-mounted folding bayonet with sliding catch and push button release decorated ensuite. Lock with roller and gold-lined flash pan, finely engraved with foliate decor. Figured hardwood full stock profusely inlaid with silver wire in foliate pattern (minor silver loss). Steel trigger guard and twin side plates, each engraved with foliage and checkering ensuite. Cast and chased silver buttcap, wrist escutcheon, and barrel tang surround. Exceptional workmanship with nearly every surface decorated in fine detail. Mechanically fine with very strong mainspring. Overall length 14″ with bayonet folded, 17 3/4″ with bayonet extended. Please email us for high resolution photos of this extraordinary piece.
  • Nation : British
  • Local Price : £5250
English “Mortuary” hilted sword dating to the middle part of the 17th century. A fine English “Mortuary” hilted sword dating to the middle part of the 17th century and the English Civil War, Commonwealth and Protectorate periods. The hilt of this sword is of typical form consisting of a broad saucer-shaped guard plate from which three main curved flattened guard bars taper upwards ending with flattened angled terminals screwed into the pommel. The sword is notable because of its robust build, fine condition and the higher than average quality of the chiselled decoration. The convex surface of the guard plate is covered with the finely executed busts of eight men, four located either side of the blade. Two, opposite each other, are wigged figures, probably judges. The others have a more grotesque appearance. The remaining spaces are filled with panels of delicate foliage and fine swirling tendrils. The pommel is decorated in the same foliate style. Two downward facing bars emanate from each side of the knuckle bow towards its middle and join the base of each side guard bar to add strength to the structure. The base of each side guard bar is strengthened with a fishtail or merlon terminal which joins the bars to the dish.  The downwardly curled ribbed wrist guard strengthens the rear edge of the plate. The guard bars are decorated with chiselled lines. The pommel is globular in shape and has an integral button on top and a pronounced flared neck beneath. The grip is wrapped with a leather binding which covers the original grip covering of surface mounted wire. The base sits on an iron flanged plug mounted onto the inside of the guard plate from which two langets extend through the tang aperture to flank the blade either side for a short distance below the hilt. The single-edged blade has a pronounced fullered ricasso. A broad shallow fuller runs from the hilt underneath the blunt spine of the blade and terminates a short distance from the tip after which the blade is double edged. A second shorter fuller of similar width opposite the first runs each side for the length of the ricasso after which the main cutting edge of the blade begins. An unknown Blade Maker's stamp is applied on each side within the fuller as is an orb and cross mark a short distance away. The blade was probably made in Solingen in Germany. Huge numbers of blades were imported into Britain during the Civil War period to fulfil demand for swords on both Royalist and Parliamentarian sides.  The blade is 33.75 inches long (86 cm) and overall the sword measures 40 inches (101.5 cm) long. Stuart C Mowbray in “British Military Swords”, Mowbray Publishing, 2013, dedicates a section to Mortuary Swords in pages 178 to 225, as does Cyril Mazansky, in “British Basket Hilted Swords”, Boydell Press 2005, Chapter 11, pages 233 to 280. The similarities between the engraved patterns on the hilts of the swords illustrated in these books and our sword, although they are all somewhat different, shows that the quality of chiselling and engraving present on our sword is of superior quality compared to most other than those known to have been commissioned for nobility of one form or another. This sword is of a style which does not adopt the secondary rear guard bars which appear on some mortuary swords which extend downwards from the  side guard bars to fix on the guard plate nearer to the wrist guard edge.  The robust and broad expanse of the guard of this sword dispenses with the need as can be seen in the examples present in Mowbray and Mazansky.
  • Nation : British
  • Local Price : £4,995.00
Small Sword English Cut Steel Hilt made at Woodstock, very fine & rare. SN 8976. A Very Fine & Rare English Cut Steel Hilt Small&194;&160;Sword made at Woodstock. 39&157; overall, 33&157; slender tapering blade of hollow triangular section, etched with scrolls over the forte. Burnished steel hilt comprising pierced petal shaped shell guard centring round a star, a pair of slender pas d’ âne, knurled quillon, waisted quillon block, slender knuckle guard with a pierced central moulding & tall ovoid pommel chiselled with a flowerhead front & back. The entire hilt enriched with a profusion of faceted beads in imitation of brilliants and retaining its original grip of plaited copper wire and ribband, the latter decorated en suite with the hilt and retaining much of its original bright polish throughout. In its white vellum covered wooden scabbard with burnished steel mounts comprising locket, chape and middle band, the former two each fitted with a suspension ring. Circa 1770. A very rare and fine sword in very good condition, the beads with 4 very small losses. Two similar examples are exhibited in the Metropolitan New York and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The sword’s hilt was made in Woodstock near Oxford, Woodstock steel was renowned for its quality. The studs decorating the surface of the hilt are fitted individually and threaded onto the main body. Similar works from Birmingham, including the renowned factory of Matthew Boulton, made rivetted studs that were not removable and of poorer quality. A contemporary diarist, Sylas Neville, wrote, "Steel goods and gloves are the two staples of Woodstock. Their watch-chains and sword hilts are more highly polished and better standard than those of Birmingham. They polish all with hand. Their studs screw, and everything they make can be taken to pieces and cleaned whereas the Birmingham studs are rivetted." The small Woodstock workshops famed for cut steel jewellery, buckles and Cut-steel small swords were particularly sought after. Sold locally, but also in London its international reputation was spread by fashionable tourists visiting Blenheim Palace. In 1742 Horace Walpole sent Woodstock steel wares to the British Consul in Florence requesting that they be given as diplomatic gifts. In 1759 buckles were ordered for the King of Prussia and in 1768 the King of Denmark, The design of the present sword perhaps inspired those of Matthew Boulton and James Watt. The former went on to develop mechanised production techniques, including steam powered polishing wheels, that would see the decline of the Woodstock Manufactory. The production of steel goods near Woodstock can be traced back to 1643 with the establishment of a sword mill at nearby Wolvercott. The following century the area became well known for the high quality of its work, Count Frederick Kielmansegge wrote in his diary of 1761-2 that ’.....the best steel goods in London come from Woodstock and there is hardly a steelworker who does not employ several workmen’. Victoria & Albert Museum item number: M.29-1957&194;&160; Metropolitan NY association number:&194;&160;26.145.307 The Oxfordshire Museum. For an account of Woodstock hilts see The Rapier and Small Sword 1480-1820 by Norman 1980, pp 409 - 410. Dean, Bashford.&194;&160;Catalogue of European Court Swords and Hunting Swords: Including the Ellis, De Dino, Riggs, and Reubell Collections. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1929. no. 109, pl. LXXX. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Helmut Nickel, Stuart W. Pyhrr, Leonid Tarassuk, and American Federation of Arts.&194;&160;The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art: An Exhibition. New York: The Federation, 1982. p, 113, no. 66, ill. Holcomb, Melanie, ed.&194;&160;Jewelry: The Body Transformed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2018. pp. 140"e;43, pl. 112. Images courtesy of West Street Antiques (https://antiquearmsandarmour.com/)
  • Nation : ?
  • Local Price : £4950.00
Cased Flintlock Sporting Gun by Bailes of Ipswich. A Cased Flintlock Sporting Gun by H. Bailes of Ipswich. With sighted octagonal to round barrel signed in gold along the top-flat, 'H. Bailes Ipswich' with patent breech with four platinum lines and a gold touch hole, profusely engraved lock decorated with scrolling foliage and game, waterproof pan, half-stocked in walnut, cut with a band of chequering at the grip, profusely engraved mounts comprising butt plate, trigger guard and ramrod pipes: in relined mahogany case with accessories including powder flask and turn-screw, the exterior with flush fitting brass carrying handle. BAILES Dimensions: Bore: 14 Bore Barrel Length: 32 Inches (81.28 cm) Overall Length: 48 1/8 Inches (121.90 cm)
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