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Perhaps the heart of my business, which covers rapiers, backswords, broadswords, smallswords of the fighting era right through to the 19th and 20th century, principally Austrian, British, French and German. Good reference books include: Robson's book on British military swords (2nd edition); museum catalogues (in particular, for the 17th & 18th centuries, the Wallace Collection's two-volume set); the series (a set of some 30 volumes, out of print) on French military swords by Christian Aries; and, covering Scotland, The swords and the sorrows, the 1996 Culloden exhibition catalogue.

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militaria item 1st model Lutwaffe sword by E & F Horster, Solingen
- German
This is a good example of a first pattern sword, which could only be worn by officers and senior NCOs. It has the early nickel silver mounts throughout, together with most of the original EPNS finish. It was worn without a portepee on a lightweight baldric under the uniform jacket. The second pattern sword, with aluminium mounts, followed in 1938.)
£900.00
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militaria item Prussian artillery hanger, private purchase
- German
This is a gunner's 'walking out' hanger, akin in purpose to the dress bayonets of the Third Reich era, ie to be worn with dress uniform when not on duty in barracks. The issue version of this weapon was a much more substantial affair, although both continued in use throughout WW1.
£250.00
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militaria item 1st Empire naval officer's (possibly a surgeon) sword, Year 12 model
- French
This is a senior administrative officer's sword, probably either a surgeon or an apothecary, viz the twin-headed serpent on the guard. The little dolphin head at the end of the knuckle bow by the pommel indicates the naval branch of service. The mounts are ormolu and the grip is ebony.
£1400.00
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militaria item Silver-hilted smallsword
- Dutch
This early smallsword has an Italian blade, made probably at Belluno in the state of Venice in the late 16th century by Andria Ferara, undoubtedly the town's most famous blade smith. Belluno was the premier blade-making town in the Veneto and exported blades far and wide. Today it is located in the Alto Adige region, in the foothills of the Alps.
£1950.00
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militaria item Baden bridging column NCO's sword, model 1889
- German
The hilt is marked 'B.K.71.D.29.' for Brucken Kolonne (bridging column), weapon number 71, 29th Division. This unit was part of the 14th Baden Pioneer battalion. Ordnance stamps proliferate throughout the hilt. The blade is marked with a crown over W (for Wilhelm, Emperor of Germany) over 93 (for 1893), with an ordnance stamp below all.
£340.00
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militaria item Kaskara, silver-mounted
- Sudanese
This is almost certainly booty from the Omdurman campaign 1896-98, fought by the British to put the Khalifa el Mahdi out of business, as he had raised a jihad against them, based on his tribal levies from Sudan. The blade (36" long by 1.75" wide at the forte) is European and has been carefully sharpened for field service.
£975.00
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militaria item Cavalry trooper's sword by Carl Eickhorn
- Turkish
The guard of this fine sword (marked Carl Eickhorn in Arabic script at the forte) is pierced with the star and crescent, the emblem of the Ottoman Empire. Almanach de Gotha, 1912, gives the total cavalry strengths of the Turkish Army, including Kurdish levies, at about 40,000 horse, indicating this sword's rarity.
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militaria item Police inspector's sword, model 1868
- British
This is one of the rarest of the Victorian police swords and was carried by inspectors on special parade occasions and riot duty. It is modelled on the 1821 pattern Light Cavalry sword, with an 1845 pattern Wilkinson blade. The forte is marked WD with a broad arrow and an Enfield inspector's stamp, a crown over an E over a 12.
£500.00
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militaria item Prison Service officer's sword by WKC
- German
This is a marked (WKC) Weyersberg & Kirschbaum production from Solingen, which unusually has a solid bronze hilt, rare for the era, as most of these swords had aluminium hilts (gilt for the prison service and a silver finish for the justice administration officials). In 50 years of trading this is the first bronze hilt I have seen.
£1500.00
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militaria item Lion head cavalry officer sabre
- German
This was the walking out sabre for all German cavalry officers in the early 20th century. This sword was retailed by Ernst Pack of Solingen and is stamped with his logo at the forte, under the reverse langet. It has a Prussian officer's portepee and a rare original brown felt sword bag.
£350.00
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