|BOSLEYS ~ WEDNESDAY 8th MARCH 2006
EDGED WEAPONS AND ANTIQUE GUNS
Many of the lots are photographed in the catalogue which
is lavishly illustrated in both colour and black and white
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|981     East India Company Officers sword circa 1820.
A scarce early 19th Century example with slightly curved piped back blade with sharpened back edge. Decorated with etched Royal Coat of Arms, foliage and four scroll panels. Bearing the cutlers name of W. Parker London. The gothic scroll guard with folding back section is inlaid with a silvered cartouche of the East India Company Rampart Lion, standing over the letters EIC and semi-circled by a laurel wreath. The gilt brass back strap with a finely detailed lions head pommel. Shagreen grip with twist copper wire binding. Housed in original black leather and gilt mounted scabbard. These with both loose rings and floral detailed frog stud. Some age wear, overall GC Clean condition. (£300 - £400)
|982     Royal Marines WW2 Officers sword.
A good George VI example by Wilkinson of London. The blade, no. 68617, is etched with a Crowned GVIR cypher, and the regimental device. Infantry pattern guard with shagreen grip and twist wire binding. Housed in polished brown leather field scabbard. A little service wear, overall GC. (£240 - £300)
The sword was purchased from Wilkinson in 1940.
|983     A Scottish silver mounted skein dhu.
A good small size example bearing Edinburgh hallmarks for 1919. Slightly shortened steel blade mounted into a black bog oak handle of interlaced design surmounted by foiled citrine. Housed in black leather sheath with plain silver mounts. GC (£50 - £75)
|984     Cavalry Officers 1912 pattern sword.
A rare Elizabeth II example by Wilkinson Sword of London. The blade, numbered 104737, is etched with a Crowned EIIR Cypher and scrolling foliage decoration. The hilt is of the regulation pattern, with simulated shagreen grip with twist wire binding. Housed in polished steel scabbard. Near parade condition. VGC (£350 - £400)
|985     1822 British Infantry NCOs Sword.
Slightly curved single edged plain blade with a central fuller and sharpened back edge point. One piece brass Gothic hilt guard, inset with a Crowned VR Cypher. cartouche. Brass back strap, with shagreen grip. Housed in the original brass mounted leather scabbard,, fitted with two loose rings, and a frog stud. The end chape with a contemporary repair. GC (£100 - £120)
|986     2nd Life Guards Officers State pattern sword.
A good scarce Edward VII period example, the single edged spear point blade with retailers name of Hawkes & Co. London and is etched with a Crowned EVIIR Cypher and battle honours Peninsula, Waterloo , the last being South Africa 1899-1900 and Paardeberg. The reverse again with Crowned Regimental Crest. The plated guard is mounted with entwined gilt metal letters L.G 2 surmounted by a Crown and bears gilt metal stud decoration. Shagreen grip with twist wire binding. Housed in original steel scabbard with gilt metal mounts and two loose rings. The sword has minor age wear, etching remains clear and has been re-plated during its working life. GC (£800 - £1,000)
During the period 1901 to 1910 only 15 Officers were commissioned into the Regiment.
|987     Prince of Wales Regiment 1786 Pattern Officers five ball Spadroon.
A scarce example with a straight double edged blade with central fuller. The hilt with a gilt brass plain knuckle bow. and a five ball cross guard. Square urn shape pommel, surmounting a square ivory reeded grip, with a central fluted gilt band. Housed in original black leather and gilt brass mounted scabbard. The top mount with stud and ring. The leather with blind tooled line of Prince of Wales Plumes. The lower section of the blade has been broken and a crude repair attempted. The leather to the scabbard remains supple, chape absent. (£150 - £200)
|988     4th Lancashire Rifle Volunteers Victorian Officers Sword.
A good example of the Light Infantry pattern carried by Major Richard Charles Aubrey of the 4th Lancashire Rifle Volunteers, later 1st VB Manchester Regiment. The slightly curved single edged blade is etched with Royal Cypher, Light Infantry bugle over 4th Lancashire RV, floral panels and etched initial RCA. The hilt is of regulation pattern incorporating a Crowned strung bugle cartouche; shagreen grip with twist wire binding. Also retaining black leather sword knot. Housed in the original plated scabbard. Some nicks to blade edge, minor creases to scabbard, otherwise near VGC. (See Lot 348 for his headdress, pouchbelt etc. and 837 for his foreign service helmet) (£200 - £250)
Major Richard Charles Aubrey. was a mining Engineer and Manager by trade and was born in Cardiff on the 16th June 1846. He was originally commissioned into the 21st Lancashire Rifle Volunteers and in October 1880 was a Second Lieutenant of the the 4th Lancashire RV and later to become the 1st VB Manchester Regiment. He appears to have resigned his commission around 1900. See Accoutrements for further items of Major Aubrey
|989     2nd VB Royal West Kent Regiment Surgeons Sword.
An unusual example, The straight blade with central fuller and etched with a reverse entwined EVIIR Cypher. Also bearing the Regimental title 2 VB Royal West Kent Regt. and initials J.H. within a floral panel. The hilt of standard Royal Army Medical Corps pattern, brass gothic design guard incorporating a Crowned GVR Cypher. Chequered brass back strap and shagreen grip with twist wire binding. Housed in a plated steel scabbard. Complete with bullion sword knot. Some age wear with pitting to the forte. (£150 - £200)
Attributed to Major J. Hamilton, who was commissioned into the 2nd VB Royal West Kent Regiment in July 1901. He was promoted to Major in December 1914 and survived the war with this rank.
|990     Victorian 1st West Yorkshire Volunteer Artillery Officers sword.
Single edged slightly curved blade with etched decoration, comprising a flaming grenade over a Field Gun 1st West York Artilly Volt. Retailers details of Hobson. & Son Three bar open guard with shagreen grip and twist wire binding. Housed in original plated scabbard. The blade is in near parade sondition but sadly the exterior plated hilt and scabbard are in poor condition and A/F. (£120 - £150)
|991     Scottish Highland Officers sword
A very good example by Wilkinson Sword of an Elizabeth II period Scottish Highland 1831 pattern sword. The straight doubled edged blade with central fuller is etched with panels of thistles and Wilkinsons logo and crest. Blade numbered 110272. Full nickel plated basket guard with pierced heart panel design inclosing a shagreen grip with twist wire binding. Retaining full buff leather and scarlet faced lining, crimson tassel and blue ribbons. Scabbard is absent. Parade condition. (£350 - £400)
|992     WWII attributed Japanese Army Officers sword.
A good example of the regulation pattern. The blade is signed Kane Yasu December 1943. The hilt with military mounts, Complete with polished brown leather field service scabbard. The blade with some pitting and has been polished. Wear to the leather of the scabbard. GC... Accompanied by a typed letter dated 12th November 1945 from HQ Southern Command Poona it states that the sword was carried by Major Akaga warden of the Water Kamp itea. It mentions the sword was given for an exhibition. (£350 - £400)
Kamp itea refers to the Kempei Tai, Japans brutal military secret police.
|993     Zulu warriors knobkerry.
A good example, the turned wooden shaft with ball end. Length 23 inches. GC (£50 - £75)
|994     Zulu style warriors war shield.
A good scarce late 19th century oval shaped shield is of black animal hide. Typical lattice work design to the centre. Retaining a wooden shaft. This shield is fitted with a wrist loop and hide handle. Height 37 inches. GC (£400 - £600)
|998     Mid 18th Century Japanese Matchlock rifle.
A fine quality example with ornate lacquer decoration to the barrel. The heavy set barrel with fluted muzzle and triple sight arrangement, exquisitely decorated in gold and colour lacquerer work featuring a golden twisted branch of a tree with an exotic bird perched upon it. The pan with bronzed swivelling dust cover, simple extended matchlock hammer, with brass single side plate and small brass trigger. The well figured full length stock with slender shape butt. Barrel being retained by three pins. Gold work remains bright and clear GC. (£500 - £750)
The lacquer decoration probably dates to the late 19th Century.
|999     1856 Indian Mutiny Period three band Enfield Rifle.
A good example of the first model rifle. The rifled barrel with lift up leaf sight and military proof marks. The standard pattern lock, dated 1856 over Tower and Crowned VR to the tang. The barrel held in place by three steel barrel bands. Walnut stock and brass furniture. Complete with original jag ended ramrod and sling swivels. GC slight stock crack. Most bluing present to the steel. (£300 - £400)
This pattern of Enfield was also heavily used during the American Civil War.
|1000     Two band Enfield rifle.
A 577 regulation pattern bar on barrel two band Enfield. The barrel bears various proof stamps, the lock is stamped Dickson & Son, Edinburgh. Complete with rearsight and ram rod. This example with a heavy grained walnut stock and steel furniture. Complete with chained nipple protector. Some minor pitting GC. (£250 - £350)
|1001     Mk IV Martini Henry Long Lever military rifle.
A good example with 32.5 inch barrel, complete with rear ladder and blade fore sights, also with bayonet bar on band. Clear stamps to the right hand side Crowned VR Cypher and Enfield 1887. The under lever is a length of 8 1/2 inches. Complete with ram rod and stampings to the wood work. and fitted with a later leather sling. GC (£200 - £300)
|1002     Indian manufactured percussion musket.
Plain steel barrel held in place by three barrel bands. Percussion Enfield style lock, with Indian stampings. Brass furniture with polished wooden stock. Complete with ram rod. Gun has been lacquered. (£60 - £100)
|1008     A late 19th century German hunting dagger.
Single edged spear point blade with makers stamp of a pair of squirrels. The blade is faintly etched with deer, game and hunting scenes, to both sides, for three quarters the length of the blade. The hilt with a brass shell guard with S shaped crossguard terminating each end in a deers foot. The polished stag horn grip, mounted with three acorns and to the pommel a line decorated brass cap. Housed in original black line decorated brass mounted scabbard. The top mount with an acorn frog stud. GC (£100 - £200)
|1009     US 1917 Trench fighting knife.
A good example of the pattern issued to US troops. Three sided spike blade. The hilt with wood grip and steel guard made with six pyramid teeth. Complete with original green leather scabbard with belt attachment. Bearing cutlers mark of L F & Co 1917 GC. (£120 - £150)