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A Superb Victorian London-Scottish Rifle Volunteer Regt. Doublet
In wonderful condition for age, just a few very tiny moth holes, all the original regimental buttons are present. The tunic and buttons were tailored by Hobson & Sons of London, and it bears a makers label and an original old storage label. In 1859 the London Scottish Rifle Volunteers were raised, sponsored by the Highland Society and the Caledonian Society of London, and commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Lord Elcho. The soldiers were given a uniform of homespun cloth known as Hodden Grey to avoid inter-clan rivalry and kilts today are still made of this distinctive material.
During the Boer War, the Regiment supplied contingents of Volunteers who served with the Gordon Highlanders and those links survive still. In 1908 the Volunteer Force ceased to exist and became the Territorial Force. The 7th Middlesex (London Scottish) Volunteer Rifle Corps changed its name to the 14th (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (London Scottish).
The 1st Battalion was mobilised on 5 August 1914 and was the first Territorial battalion to go into action against the Germans at Messines, near Ypres on 31 October. The Battalion continued to serve in France and Flanders throughout the War taking part in all the major offensives. The 2nd Battalion served in France, the Balkans and Palestine, while a 3rd Battalion was a Reserve Battalion and supplied drafts to the other two. Two Victoria Crosses and nineteen Distinguished Service Orders were awarded to members of the Regiment. We have a very fine and pristine antique London Scottish regimental silver buckle and belt for sale seperately [website catalogue number 20999]. We show in the gallery a picture of a London Scottish soldier in profile wearing his same doublet from the Zulu War period, holding his Martini Henry MK 1/11 Rifle

Code: 21066Price: 995.00 GBP


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Rare Victorian Waist Belt Buckle of The Dundee Volunteer Rifles
In jolly good condition, and a most rarely seen Scottish military buckle. With roccoco acanthus terminals, Dundee City arms to the centre.

Code: 21065Price: 235.00 GBP


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An Astoundingly Beautiful Signed Shinto Katana of Great Status and Form
A most fabulous sword made in the Kanbun era between 1661 to 1673, Shinto period, with all original Edo silver mounts. The katana is signed Bungo Takata Daijo fujiwara Yoshiyuki of the Takad school of smiths. The school was active from Koto times right through to Shinto, with relatively few smiths working in Shinshinto times. During the Shinto period, swordsmiths of this school gained a reputation for making good practical swords that has a reputation for both sturdiness and excellent cutting ability. They seem to have worked to improve their swords, since they frequently adapted the best ideas in contemporary swordsmithing to their work. As a result, their swords were greatly sought after by samurai. Members of this school are also known as Fuijwara Takada because they used Fujiwara as a family name in their signatures. Made in the equivalent era of King Charles Iind of England. Silver fushi kashira mounts to the hilt and silver sayajiri [scabbard bottom mount]. A pair of chiselled silver dragon menuki and a very fine iron signed mokko tsuba inlaid with silver and gold dragons and bound in a silver mimi [rim]. The blade has a spectacular hamon of incredible activity and vibrancy. It has some small localised surface marking but this will be removed in polishing. The skill of the ancient samurai swordsmith was unsurpassed in the world and could take up to 30 years or more for a smith to fully master.
This 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 considearble 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. In many regards it will have represented the only thing that stood between its samurai owner, of which there may have been 20 or more during this swords great history, and his ultimate downfall in a combat situation 40.25 inches long overall in saya, 27.5 inche long blade 1.25 inches wide at the habaki.

Code: 21064Price: 7750.00 GBP


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A Good Original WW2 German MP38/MP40 Sub Machine Gun Magazine Loader
With heerswaffenamt stamp inspection mark 214 for Wilhelm Gustloff Werke. Gustloff Werke Weimar, was located in Weimar Germany, the facility was the lead firm of the Wilhelm Gustloff Foundation (Wilhelm-Gustloff-Stiftung), which was a state owned corporation founded upon nationalized Jewish property the National Socialist seized during its early consolidation phase 1933-1936. By 1938 the concern consisted of 5 branches:All original and rare. The MP38 & MP40 (Maschinenpistole 38 or 40, literally "machine pistol 38 or 40") was a submachine gun developed in Germany and used extensively by paratroopers and platoon and squad leaders, and other troops during World War II. The MP38 and it's successor the MP40 had a relatively lower rate of fire and low recoil, which made it more manageable than other contemporary submachine guns. The MP38/40 was often called the Schmeisser by the Allies, after weapons designer Hugo Schmeisser. Although the name was evocative, Hugo Schmeisser himself did not design the MP40, but helped with the design of the MP41 which was effectively a MP40 with an old-fashioned wooden rifle stock. It is impossible to reconstruct how Schmeisser was honoured with this legend, but it must have been inspiring for the soldiers: the German slang-word "Schmeisser" describes someone who throws something inaccurately, but with high force. Schmeisser did produce the MP40 magazines and his name was engraved on them, which may explain the confusion. Shown fitted onto a regular magazine for demonstration purposes only, not included.

Code: 21063Price: 110.00 GBP


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The Lanes Armoury Store Will Be Closed This Saturday 9th Re-open on the11th
Website continues as normal. We return and open for all the usual hours on Monday the 11th December, and we will be contactable 24/7 on 07721 010085 for all and any enquiries.

Code: 21062Price: On Request


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18th Century Samurai Katana Late Shinto Period Circa 1750
A very good and beautifully mounted sword. Higo iron mounts with pure gold decoration, Higo tsuba with gold, decorated with two figures, one with a yari polearm another with a basket, one standing one seated, both with silver faces and hands. Black kuro kanshitsu ishime nuri and koiguchi saya, that looks stunning. The culture of the samurai traditionally revolved around Bushido. "Bushido" means "Way of the Warrior." It was at the heart of the beliefs and conduct of the Samurai. The philosophy of Bushido is "freedom from fear." It meant that the Samurai transcended his fear of death. That gave him the peace and power to serve his master faithfully and loyally and die well if necessary. "Duty" is a primary philosophy of the Samurai.

Code: 21060Price: 4950.00 GBP


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Scottish Regimental Bonnet Badge Thistle and St Andrews Cross
52nd Lowland Regt. Post 1953, Very high quality heavy silver plate badge. With garter motto "Nemo me impune lacessit" 2" x 2"

Code: 21059Price: 65.00 GBP


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A Victorian Light Walking Cane With a Carved Ivory Lion Handle
The haft is decorated with lacquer gilt and geometric cross patterns. Not suitable for export

Code: 21058Price: 125.00 GBP


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A Northamptonshire Yeomanry Lapel Badge
In blue enamel and silver The Northamptonshire Yeomanry was a unit of the British Army, formed in 1794 as volunteer cavalry. It later served in an armoured role before being reduced to squadron level in 1956. It ceased to have a separate existence in 1969. In accordance with the Territorial and Reserve Forces Act 1907 (7 Edw.7, c.9), which brought the Territorial Force into being, the TF was intended to be a home defence force for service during wartime and members could not be compelled to serve outside the country. However, on the outbreak of war on 4 August 1914, many members volunteered for Imperial Service. Therefore, TF units were split in August and September 1914 into 1st Line (liable for overseas service) and 2nd Line (home service for those unable or unwilling to serve overseas) units. Later, a 3rd Line was formed to act as a reserve, providing trained replacements for the 1st and 2nd Line regiments. The 2/1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry was formed in September 1914. In February 1915, the regiment joined the 59th (2nd North Midland) Division. In April 1917, the regiment began to split up, with the RHQ and A Squadron joining the 69th (2nd East Anglian) Division. One Squadron was attached to the 67th (2nd Home Counties) Division in October 1916. During the following winter, the remaining squadron went to France, where it was absorbed into the Tank Corps around August 1917. Of the two squadrons remaining in the United Kingdom, one was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Cavalry Regiment in March 1917, the other was disbanded. During World War II, 1st Northants Yeo (TA) remained in the United Kingdom and from 1941 - 1942 were part of the Coats Mission, the plan to evacuate the Royal Family in the event of a German invasion. In 1944, now as a part of the 33rd Armoured Brigade, they participated in the Normandy Landings on D Day, 6 June. The brigade's three regiments, which included the East Riding of Yorkshire Yeomanry and the 144 Regiment RAC, landed on Gold Beach in Normandy. Their role was to support any infantry who were in need of armour support, therefore the Brigade rarely fought as one entity. One of the occasions when the Brigade did undertake an operation on its own was at Le Mesnil-Patry, Rots on 11 June 1944. Further battles they were involved in were around Caen, including Operation Charnwood 7 July, the battle to capture Caen. On 16 July 1944, it was involved in Operation Pomegranate, where it come under the command of the 59th (Staffordshire) Infantry Division. On 8 August 1944, it was involved in Operation Totalize, a planned breakout from the Caen Salient. It was during Operation Totalize that Joe Ekins, a Sherman Tank gunner of the Northamptonshire Yeomanry, gained recognition for killing the renowned German tank commander, Michael Wittmann, the 4th top scoring tank ace in history, near St. Aignan de Cramesnil, France. The regiment was briefly attached to the 51st (Highland) Division for the actions around the Battle of the Bulge. The Regiment was reformed and re-equipped with LVT 4 Buffalo amphibious armoured fighting vehicles, for the Rhine crossing and was placed under the command of the 79th Armoured Division

Code: 21057Price: 12.00 GBP


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A Superb Quality Post 1953 Royal Hampshire Regt. Officers Badge.
In pristine near mint condition. Cut silver star mounted with gilt crowned pierce Garter on a rich blue translucent enamel ground; to the centre, a red enamelled rose with green sepals; cap of the crown in crimson velvet

Code: 21056Price: 65.00 GBP

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