A Miniature Martini Henry 450 577 Rifle Probably The Gurkha Variant1870's MkII style, made post war by renown miniaturist engineer Ronald Platt. With the short lever, but a brass frame, brass long indicator, and brass butt cap. 7.75 inches long. Non working original hand engineered miniature.
Code: 21260Price: 295.00 GBP
A German 1930's German Infantry Heer Officers Dagger by WKC SolingenMade by WKC of Solingen. With small hairline cracking damage the rear of the amber spiral celluloid grip. The German Army, or Heer, was the land forces component of the Wehrmacht, the German armed forces, from 1935 to 1945. The Wehrmacht also included the Kriegsmarine (Navy) and the Luftwaffe (Air Force). During World War II, a total of about 15 million soldiers served in the German Army, of whom about seven million became casualties. Separate from the army, the Waffen-SS (Armed SS) was a multi-ethnic and multi-national military force of the Third Reich. Growing from three regiments to over 38 divisions during World War II, it served alongside the army but was never formally part of it.
Only 17 months after Hitler announced publicly the rearmament program, the Army reached its projected goal of 36 divisions. During the autumn of 1937, two more corps were formed. In 1938, four additional corps were formed with the inclusion of the five divisions of the Austrian Army after the Anschluss in March. During the period of its expansion by Adolf Hitler, the German Army continued to develop concepts pioneered during World War I, combining ground (Heer) and air (Luftwaffe) assets into combined arms teams. Coupled with operational and tactical methods such as encirclements and the "battle of annihilation", the German military managed quick victories in the two initial years of World War II, prompting the use of the word Blitzkrieg (literally lightning war, meaning lightning-fast war) for the techniques used.
Code: 21257Price: 475.00 GBP
A Miniature Martini Henry MKII RifleVery nicely engineered representation of the rifle used at Rorke's Drift in the Zulu War of 1879. The Martini-Henry was a breech-loading lever-actuated rifle adopted by the British, combining an action worked on by Friedrich von Martini, with the rifled barrel designed by Scotsman Alexander Henry. It was the first British service rifle that was a true breech-loading rifle using metallic cartridges. During the Martini-Henry period in service, the British army were involved in a large number of colonial wars, most notably the Anglo-Zulu War in 1879. This Martini Henry, 450-577, Short Lever, MKII rifle was the type used by the company of the 2nd Battalion, 24th Regiment of Foot present at Rourke's Drift during the eponymous battle. The MkI had a small design fault in that the actions hinge pin was initially made of brass, which was too soft for continual use. The rare and early MKI's were converted by removing this pin, replacing it with a steel pin , and then redesignated the MKII. 7.75 inches long Non working original hand engineered miniature, made post war by renown miniaturist engineer Ronald Platt.
Code: 21256Price: 295.00 GBP
Early 19th Century 'Tiger's Claw' Horn Hilted Khanjar DaggerA most attractive antique dagger with an impressive blade. A middle eastern long bladed dagger, also called a jambiya. With a long, curved double-edged sturdy steel blade, with a medial ridge. Beautifully hand carved horn hilt of elegant form with waisted grip with central carved spiral and typical hooked pommel. In its original leather covered wooden scabbard with metal conical chape. Jambiya were taken by travellers to other cultures including Persia, the Ottoman empire, and India, where they were adopted with slight differences to the blade, hilt and scabbard. The horn hilt has old small losses to some surfaces. Blade 9 inches overall in scabbard 16.25 inches long, both measured straight across
Code: 21254Price: 475.00 GBP
A Late Koto Samurai Wakazashi, With The Clan Mon of The Last Samurai's ClanNow with a stunning polish, revealing a most beautiful hamon on the fine Koto blade. A beautiful 450 year old samurai sword, carried for over 300 years in combat service, by likely 20 different successive samurai, and finally used in combat by a samurai serving the 'last samurai of Kagoshima', Saigo Takamori (1828-77), the Meiji Emperor's most loyal general. The sword's mount [fushi] bears the general's Katsuwa-mon engraved on the sword's fushi. He is considered in Japanese history to be the very last warrior samurai of Japan, and probably the most famous samurai in history and was the basis of the 2003 movie The Last Samurai played by Ken Watanabe [with the fictional name Katsumoto] starring Tom Cruise. The sword has a good gunome hamon late Koto blade circa 1565, with a very fine original Edo period saya decorated with 'pine needle' design lacquer and a very good kodzuka utility knife with a shakudo hilt bearing the depiction of a grasshopper. Oval iron tsuba and engraved fushi kashira and the Katsuwa Saigo mon. On a muddy field outside Kagoshima on September 25, 1877, the feudal system that had dominated Japan for 700 years died, not with a whimper but with a defiant roar. At 6 that morning, the 40 remaining warriors of the 9,000 Satsuma samurai, of the last traditional samurai army in Japanese history [including it's commander Saigo Takemori, General of the Emperor] rose from their foxholes, drew their swords and charged into the guns of the 30,000-man-strong imperial army. A charge that unsurprisingly was not to end well for those most gallant samurai, who despite the outward appearance, were the most faithful and devoted warriors of their Meiji Emperor whose army they were fighting. In order to more easily understand the complexities of the Satsuma Rebellion one ought to watch the Last Samurai film. The greatest threat to the Meiji government was also the last of a series of civil wars that had raged through Japan for 1,500 years. Ironically, the conflict did more to defeat samurai goals than any act of legislation could have done. Fighting to preserve the old order, the samurai had gone down in bloody defeat to modern weapons wielded by the lower-class soldiers they despised. The modern Japanese army had passed its first test and would soon develop into a force that would terrorize Asia and briefly humble the Western forces of Russia, Germany, Britain, the Netherlands and the United States.
In spite of the futility of his cause, however, Takamori Saigo’s integrity and strength of convictions left a lasting impression on both the people and the government he had opposed. The latter posthumously withdrew the brand of traitor from his name and made his son a marquess. Later honoured by a statue in Tokyo’s Ueno Park, Saigo is still popularly regarded as a heroic figure: the last of the noble samurai. Blade 15 inches from tsuba to tip, 24 inches overall in saya.
Code: 21253Price: 4250.00 GBP
A Very Good WW1 1916 Vernier Prismatic Officer's Compass & Used in WW2An example of the finest engineering in instrument making of the early 20th century. Last used in WW2 by a British Expeditionary Force Officer evacuated from Dunkirk. The compass has a British ordnance issue stamp and maker mark. Also marked to the case [matching the compass] to the WW1 268 SB [268th Siege Battery].Siege Batteries RGA were equipped with heavy howitzers, sending large calibre high explosive shells in high trajectory, plunging fire. The usual armaments were 6 inch, 8 inch and 9.2 inch howitzers, although some had huge railway- or road-mounted 12 inch howitzers. As British artillery tactics developed, the Siege Batteries were most often employed in destroying or neutralising the enemy artillery, as well as putting destructive fire down on strongpoints, dumps, store, roads and railways behind enemy lines. The case also has an additional 306 battery number and stamp RA [for Royal Artillery] for its service use by an officer in WW2. The 306 Battery, 77th Field Rgt was part of the WW2 B.E.F. The 77 Field Regiment were in the UK at Bordon until the 2nd February 1940 and at 0400 hours when they sailed to France on SS Fenella and arrived Le Havre at 1000 hours on the 3rd February 1940. Part of the BEF fighting the German advance into France to 5th June 1940 whereupon surviving officers and men were evacuated from Dunkirk. Made by Koehn Genève Switzerland, 1916 with broad arrow mark. When the lid is opened, the prism viewer can be folded over the compass to function as a rear sight. Simultaneous viewing of the compass card and the sighted object is achieved by a magnifier located in the prism. To focus on the compass card, the height of the prismatic viewer can be adjusted. The lid has a scribed line in a glass window that serves as the front sight, and an exterior guard protects the glass. As most know there are 360 degrees in a circle. There are 6,400 mils in a circle or 17.78 mils per degree. This allowed the experienced user the ability to plot very accurately using the aiming posts and prism that were attached to the compass. This compass was used with the sun compass in navigating of the vast desert. Excellent working condition. The Royal Garrison Artillery was formed in 1899 as a distinct arm of the British Army's Royal Regiment of Artillery serving alongside the other two arms of the Regiment, the Royal Field Artillery and the Royal Horse Artillery. The RGA were the 'technical' branch of the Royal Artillery who were responsible for much of the professionalization of technical gunnery that was to occur during the First World War. However it was originally tasked with manning the guns of the British Empire's forts and fortresses, including coastal artillery batteries, the heavy gun batteries attached to each infantry division, and the guns of the siege artillery. The RGA were amalgamated with their sister arm the RFA in 1924, from this point onwards the only two arms within the Royal Regiment of Artillery are the Royal Artillery and the Royal Horse Artillery.
Code: 21252Price: 275.00 GBP
WW1 & WW2 Medal Group of Four Highland Light InfantryWW1 War medal in silver, the Victory medal, and the WW2 war medal and defence medal. The Regiment raised a total of 26 Battalion, these included 3 ‘pals’ battalions formed as part of Lord Darby’s scheme but the Glasgow battalions were never known as such having nicknames each other; The Boozy First (The 15th), The Holy Second (The 16th) and The Featherbeds (The 17th). The Regiment was awarded 65 Battle Honours and 7 Victoria Crosses losing 10,030 men during the course of the war. The 1st Battalion landed at Marseille as part of the Sirhind Brigade in the 3rd (Lahore) Division in December 1914 for service on the Western Front and saw action at the Defence of Festubert in November 1914, the Battle of Neuve Chapelle in March 1915, the Battle of St Julien in May 1915 and the Second Battle of Ypres later in May 1915. It then moved to Mesopotamia in December 1915 and saw action at the Siege of Kut in Spring 1916 and the Battle of Sharqat in October 1918.
The 2nd Battalion landed at Boulogne-sur-Mer as part of the 5th Brigade in the 2nd Division in August 1914 for service on the Western Front. It saw action at the Battle of Aisne in September 1914, the Battle of Ypres in November 1914, the Battle of Loos in October 1915, the Battle of the Somme in Summer 1916, the Battle of Arras in April 1917, the Battle of Cambrai in December 1917 and the advance to the Hindenburg Line in September 1918. The 1/5th (City of Glasgow) Battalion, the 1/6th (City of Glasgow) Battalion and the 1/7th (Blythswood) Battalion landed at Cape Helles in Gallipoli as part of the 157th Brigade in the 52nd (Lowland) Division in July 1915; after being evacuated to Egypt in January 1916 they moved to Marseille in April 1918 for service on the Western Front. The 1/9th (Glasgow Highland) Battalion landed in France as part of the 5th Brigade in the 2nd Division in November 1914 for service on the Western Front
Code: 21251Price: 110.00 GBP
Scarce Leather Bound Copy of Oliver Cromwell by Samuel Rawson GardinerGoupil & Co, London, 1899. Limited edition of 627/1475. iii, 216pp + plates. Illustrated from contemporary works of art by 44 plates with printed tissue-guards (Illustration shows frontispiece.) in Good condition. Almost all the first edition volumes were cloth bound, this wonderful example is beautifully bound in Morocco leather and gilt tooling, by Jean Boussod, Manzi, Joyant & Co. At Asnieres-sur-Seine, Nr Paris 1899. Samuel Rawson Gardiner (4 March 1829 – 24 February 1902) was an English historian, who specialized in 17th-century English history. He is the foremost historian of the Puritan revolution and the English Civil War as explained by historian John Morrill who says:
Gardiner was a brilliant historian, who tested the veracity, accuracy, and biases of every source and picked his way through the evidence with a care and clarity of exposition which brooks no equal for this or any other period. As a foremost historian of the era, Gardiner's evaluation of Oliver Cromwell is especially significant. No figure in English history has called forth a greater range of evaluations. Gardiner concluded:
"The man—it is ever so with the noblest—was greater than his work. In his own heart lay the resolution to subordinate self to public ends, and to subordinate material to moral and spiritual objects of desire. He was limited by the defects which make imperfect the character and intellect even of the noblest and the wisest of mankind. He was limited still more by the unwillingness of his contemporaries to mould themselves after his ideas. The blows that he had struck against the older system had their enduring effects. Few wished for the revival of the absolute kingship, of the absolute authority of a single House of Parliament, or of the Laudian system of governing the Church….The living forces of England—forces making for the destruction of those barriers which he was himself breaking through, buoyed him up—as a strong and self-confident swimmer, he was carried onward by the flowing tide." Ex libris label of Shipton Court Oxon; Shipton Court is in the village of Shipton-under-Wychwood. It was built circa 1603 by the Lacey family and was occupied by them until 1663 when it was purchased by Sir Compton Reade. It remained in this family until 1868 when, on the death of Sir John Reade, it was left to his footman Joseph Wakefield, on condition that he took the name Reade. Subsequently, the estate was purchased from Joseph Reade by W F Pepper in 1900. Pepper undertook significant restorations and alterations including the addition of a billiard room and Winter Garden, using the architects Perkins and Bulmer. 12.75 inches x 10.25 inches x 1.5 inches.
Code: 21249Price: 255.00 GBP
Rare 1st Edition 'Reveries or Memoirs Upon The Art of War', Printed in 1757An important classic. First Edition in English. (8-1/4 x 10-1/2 inches) leather bound of 195 pages, and a page of advertisements for other books by the publisher. 40 copper plates, some fold out, on 34 pages. First edition in English of a classic 18th century military work by Saxe (1696-1750) the renowned soldier. The book is divided into 2 parts, the first examining the raising, feeding, clothing, exercising, paying, encamping, and moving of an army, and the 2nd covering the strategic aspects of combat, including attack and defence in various terrains. A nice rare copy with former owner's and name plate, Thomas Best of Park House, Boxley, Kent. Added some original Letters, upon various Military Subjects, wrote by the Count to the late King of Poland, and M. de Folard, which were never before made public: Together with His Reflections upon the Propagation of the Human Species. Translated from the French. This is the first edition in English of a classic military work by one of the world's most famous soldiers. At the age of twelve, Dresden-born Maurice de Saxe (1696–1750) entered the Saxon army, beginning a long and successful military career that culminated in his promotion to Marshal of France, where he retained full command of the main army in Flanders directly under Louis XV. Again and again, de Saxe achieved enormous victories over his enemies, becoming one of the greatest military leaders of the eighteenth century. Combining his memoirs and general observations with brilliant military thinking, Reveries on the Art of War was written in a mere thirteen days. Introducing revolutionary approaches to battles and campaigning at a time of changing military tactics and leadership styles, it stands as a classic of early modern military theory.
De Saxe's Reveries offered numerous procedural innovations for raising and training troops. His descriptions for establishing field camps were soon standard procedure. His ideas advanced weapon technology, including the invention of a gun specially designed for infantrymen and the acceptance of breech-loading muskets and cannons. De Saxe heightened existing battle formations by introducing a specific attack column that required less training, and he rediscovered a military practice lost since the ancient Romans — the art of marching in cadence. He even delved into the minds and emotions of soldiers on the battlefield, obtaining a deeper understanding of their daily motivations.
Written by a military officer of great acumen, Reveries on the Art of War has deeply impacted modern military tactics. Enduringly relevant, this landmark work belongs in the library of anyone interested in the history, tactics, and weapons of European warfare. We show a wax miniature of the books owner, Thomas Best, in full military uniform. The miniature is held as part of the Victoria and Albert Museum Collection.
Code: 21247Price: 595.00 GBP
Charles 1st Impartial History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England,First Edition. This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it.Bearing an armorial bookplate of Talbot of Gonvile's Hall, Wymondham, Norfolk. With Arms of Talbot of 12 quarterings. A rare and most desireable book, First Edition. CHARLES I, King of England. By Jacob Hooper, Impartial History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England, During the Reign of King Charles the First with the Precedent Passages and Actions That Contribruted Thereto and the Happy End and Conclusion Thereof by the Restoration of King… London: Printed, and states; "Sold By All the Booksellers in Town and Country, in 1738".
Contemporary calf boards 629 p, [26 plates]. (Measures 29 1/2 x 19 1/2 cm.). Complete with frontispiece and 26 plates. A very good copy. The Talbot family was long-established in Wymondham as a junior branch of the great family who had come to England with the Conqueror. In the Elizabethan period, Thomas Talbot LL.D. had acquired Gonville Hall in the parish from Sir Edward Clere. King versus Parliament
The strength of feeling against the King's policies in Church and State resulted in vehement criticism and lack of co-operation from the Short Parliament of April 1640 and its successor the Long Parliament. The opposition was orchestrated by John Pym in the House of Commons in collaboration with a small group of Puritan nobles in the Lords. Rather than making a direct political attack, Pym successfully undermined the King's position by blaming the nation's grievances upon the malign influence of his principal ministers Archbishop Laud and the Earl of Strafford. To great popular acclaim, Parliament impeached Laud and Strafford and condemned them to death, with Charles doing little to help them.
In November 1641, news of the Irish Uprising reached London, provoking a crisis over whether King or Parliament should control the army that was needed to quell the rebellion. Against a background of riots and civil unrest, the King and royal family were forced to flee from London in January 1642 following Charles' disastrous attempt to arrest the Five Members regarded as his leading opponents in Parliament. During the spring and summer of 1642, as King and Parliament appealed for the support of the nation and manoeuvred to gain control of the armed forces, a violent confrontation became inevitable. King Charles raised his battle standard at Nottingham Castle on 22 August 1642, which was his call-to-arms and the beginning of the English Civil War. Ironically, the navy that Charles had built on the proceeds of ship-money declared for Parliament. Having lost London to the Parliamentarians, Charles set up his court and military headquarters at Oxford.
Although he lacked military experience, Charles was courageous and always accompanied the Oxford army on campaign. He employed the Scottish veteran Patrick Ruthven, Earl of Forth, as his chief military adviser. However, the Royalist war effort was hampered by arguments and jealousies amongst its senior commanders, with Charles himself frequently indecisive or capricious. He was easily swayed by his counsellors, notably Lord Digby, who was himself conducting a personal vendetta against Prince Rupert. When the King began shipping government troops back from Ireland as reinforcements in 1643, Parliament mounted a successful propaganda campaign, raising fears of a Catholic conspiracy against English Protestants that greatly damaged the Royalist cause. The combination of Parliament's alliance with the Scottish Covenanters and the formation of the professionally-run New Model Army brought about the defeat of the Royalists in 1645-6.
Code: 21246Price: 1125.00 GBP
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