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Some of The Best Ideas For Unique Christmas Gifts
Have Come From The Lanes Armoury. Now is the time to choose that perfect gift for Christmas, even if it's for yourself!! Unique and beautiful items are our speciality, and be sure and certain that anything from us will be the best choice you can make this Christmas time. Every item will be accompanied with our unique, presentation quality, 'Certificate of Authenticity' that will not only fully certify it's genuineness, but it will detail the circumstance of it's origin, and where and when it may have been used in it's specific or generic history. And please be further assured, all gift purchases may be changed after Christmas for any form of suitable alternatives.

Code: 21828Price: On Request


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A Good & Sound Original 1796 British Light Dragoon Cavalry Sword
A souvenir of a cavalry man's service in the Peninsular War and Waterloo. Blackened steel hilt with leather covered wooden grip with original wire binding. Blackened steel blade and overall in jolly sound condition, signs of use naturally but a super and historical example. A great swash buckling beauty of a combat sword, with no frills or fancy details, just standard regulation pattern original sabre used from the late 1790's and used to incredible effect in combat in the Napoleonic Wars, the Peninsular campaign and Waterloo. Used by the great iconic front rank regiments such as the 10th, 13th & 15th Light Dragoons. An amazingly effective sword of good and fine quality. British Light dragoons were first raised in the 18th century. Initially they formed part of a cavalry regiment (scouting, reconnaissance etc), but due to their successes in this role, (and also in charging and harassing the enemy), they soon acquired a reputation for courage and skill. Whole regiments dedicated to this role were soon raised; the 15th Light Dragoons 1759 were the first, followed by the 18th Light Dragoons and the 19th Light Dragoons.
The 13th Light Dragoons were initially heavy dragoons known as Richard Munden’s Regiment of Dragoons 1715. By 1751 the regiment title was simplified to the 13th Regiment of Dragoons and by 1783 had been converted to the light role. In 1796 a new form of sabre was designed by a brave and serving officer, Le Marchant. Le Marchant commanded the cavalry squadron during the Flanders campaign against the French (1793-94). Taking notice of comments made to him by an Austrian Officer describing British Troopers swordplay as "reminiscent of a farmer chopping wood", he designed a new light cavalry sword to improve the British cavalryman's success. It was adopted by the Army in 1797 and was used for 20 years. Le Marchant was highly praised by many for his superb design and he further developed special training and exercise regimes. King George IIIrd was especially impressed and learnt them all by heart and encouraged their use throughout the cavalry corps. For a reward Le Marchant was promoted to Lt Colonel and given command of the 7th Light Dragoons. He soon realized that the course for educating the officers in his own regiment would spread no further in the Army without suitably trained instructors. His vision was to educate officers at a central military college and train them in the art of warfare. Despite many objections and prejudices by existing powerful members of the establishment, he gained the support of the Duke of York in establishing the Royal Military College, later to become the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and the Army Staff College. In 1804 Le Marchant received the personal thanks of King George who said "The country is greatly indebted to you." In 1811, when nearing completion of this task, he was removed from his post as Lieutenant Governor of the College by Lord Wellington to command the heavy cavalry in the Peninsula. Appointed as Major General, he arrived in Lisbon fifteen days after leaving Portsmouth. On 22nd July 1812, Lord Wellington and the Allied Army of 48,500 men and 60 cannon were situated at Salamanca, Spain, against the French Commander Marshal Marmont. Wellington had ordered his baggage trains westwards to provide a covering force in the event of a full scale retreat, however Marmont mistakenly took the movement to be the retreat of the Army itself and ordered eight divisions of Infantry and a cavalry division westwards in an attempt to outflank the retreat. Wellington on seeing the enemy's army now spread out over four miles and therefore losing it's positional advantage, ordered the full attack. Le Marchant, at the head of one thousand British cavalry rode at a gallop towards the surprised French infantrymen, who had no time to form squares, and reduced their numbers greatly. The Heavy Brigade had received thorough training under Le Marchant and on reforming their lines charged repeatedly, until five battalions of the French left wing had been destroyed. After twenty minutes, in the final charge, Le Marchant fell from his horse having received a fatal musket shot and General Packenham who watched the attack later remarked " the fellow died sabre in hand…giving the most princely example".
Two days later, he was buried, in his military cloak, near an olive grove where he had fallen. Aged forty-six John Le Marchant was buried on the field of battle, however, a monument to him was erected in St Paul's Cathedral, London. The survival today of this sword is a testament to the now little known British hero, who, in many ways transformed the way that cavalry sword combat, and many military tactics were conducted for many decades after his valorous death. His fearsome sabre was, it is said, so feared by the French that protests were submitted to the British government stating that it was simply too gruesome for use in civilized warfare. No Scabbard

Code: 21827Price: 785.00 GBP


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Fine Original English Civil War Cavalryman's Cuirass Warwick Castle Armoury
A very fine original English Civil War New Model Army cavalry trooper's cuirass direct from the Armoury of Britain's greatest medieval castle, Warwick Castle. It was sold to assist the restoration of the great hall at the castle. This armour would very nicely companion, our original English Civil War cavalry man's helmet, a martial lobster pot helmet. Item number 20469 [sold seperately]. This breast plate still has the Warwick castle armoury inventory metal tag still affixed to it. The breast plate has fine Civil War period armourer's marks of the London Armourers Company [*see below] of the 'A' mark [for the Commonwealth], and also the helmet mark to the back plate. During the Civil War the Castle was besieged by the Royalists, they failed in their endeavours and they were captured and incarcerated within the castle dungeons. It most likely possible this armour was used in this conflict and placed in the armoury at the castle and remained there ever since until we bought it. William the Conqueror ordered the start of the building of Warwick in the 11th century, and by the 14th century the great Towers were completed. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have the opportunity to acquire some wonderful arms and weaponry from a small disposal from the Castle Armoury, in order to benefit the restoration of the Castle. In the year 1264, the castle was seized by the forces of Simon de Montfort, who consequently imprisoned the then current Earl, William Mauduit, and his Countess at Kenilworth (who were supporters of the king and loyals to the barons) until a ransom was paid. After the death of William Mauduit, the title and castle were passed to William de Beauchamp. Following the death of William de Beauchamp, Warwick Castle subsequently passed through seven generations of the Beauchamp family, who over the next 180 years were responsible for the majority of the additions made to Warwick Castle. After the death of the last direct-line Beauchamp, Anne, the title of Earl of Warwick, as well as the castle, passed to Richard Neville ("the Kingmaker"), who married the sister of the last Earl (Warwick was unusual in that the earldom could be inherited through the female line). Warwick Castle then passed from Neville to his son-in-law (and brother of Edward IV of England), George Plantagenet, and shortly before the Duke's death, to his son, Edward. Several Kings owned Warwick including King Henry VIIth, and Henry VIIIth, James Ist, and also Queen Elizabeth.* In 1322, in the reign of King Edward II, the Guild of St George of the Armourers was instituted, by ordinance of the City of London, which laid down regulations for the control of the trade. King Henry VI presented the Armourers with their first Royal Charter in May 1453. The New Model Army's elite troops were its Regiments of Horse. They were armed and equipped in the style known at the time as harquebusiers, rather than as heavily armoured cuirassiers. They wore a back-and-front breastplate over a buff leather coat, which itself gave some protection against sword cuts, and normally a "lobster-tailed pot" helmet with a movable three-barred visor, and a bridle gauntlet on the left hand. The sleeves of the buff coats were often decorated with strips of braid, which may have been arranged in a regimental pattern. Leather "bucket-topped" riding boots gave some protection to the legs.

Regiments were organised into six troops, of one hundred troopers plus officers, non-commissioned officers and specialists (drummers, farriers etc.). Each troop had its own standard, 2 feet (61 cm) square. On the battlefield, a regiment was normally formed as two "divisions" of three troops, one commanded by the regiment's Colonel (or the Major, if the Colonel was not present), the other by the Lieutenant Colonel.

Their discipline was markedly superior to that of their Royalist counterparts. Cromwell specifically forbade his men to gallop after a fleeing enemy, but demanded they hold the battlefield. This meant that the New Model cavalry could charge, break an enemy force, regroup and charge again at another objective. On the other hand, when required to pursue, they did so relentlessly, not breaking ranks to loot abandoned enemy baggage as Royalist horse often did
One picture in the gallery shows Warwick Castle today [for information only, not included]

Code: 21825Price: 4750.00 GBP


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Simply Beautiful Ancient Koto Katana Circa 1450 With Wonderous Gold Mounts
This stunning sword also has some very fine, original, shibuishi iron mounts decorated with a sea dragon crashing through turbulant waves of pure gold embellishment. The blade has a fabulous extremely vibrant gunome hamon and o-kissaki [long tip]. This sword is an absolute beauty, both ancient and enchanting, and fitted with stunning Edo mounts of superb quality. The original Edo period saya simple black lacquer. The tang is mumei. A Fine Yanagawa School Katana Tsuba Signed Naomasa [1692-1757]
Mokko-shaped tsuba with shishi, or lion dog, over decorated with gold embellishments. He was a pupil of the early Yokoya as well as of the Yoshioka and combined the characteristics of both these schools. So completely was the resulting style assimilated by his numerous following that few great schools may be said to present a more perfect continuity of manner. This notable school almost takes rank with the Goto, the Nara and the Yokoya in the extent of its influence, the numbers of its pupils, and the importance of the branch schools founded by them. The Bakufu government set a law which prohibited holding swords above a set length (in Genna 3 (1617), Kan'ei 3 (1626) and Shoho2 (1645)).
After the law was put into practice, were cut down to the shorter legal size.
The method of polishing is also different. Because of their size, Odachi were usually hung from the ceiling or placed in a stationary position to be polished, unlike normal swords which are moved over polishing stones.
The sword is and now has a blade 26.75, overall 36 inches inches long. Around 550 years old. Mounted with very fine gold and iron mounts and pure gold decorated dragon menuki. A fine blade with a vibrant, undulating gunome hamon..

Code: 21823Price: 6675.00 GBP


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Large Porcelain Figure of Napoleon Bonaparte After a Sculpture by Guillemin
Guillemin, Emile H. (French, 1841 – 1907) . Late 19th Century.
It features Napoleon standing contrapposto in uniform wearing a bicorn hat, epaulettes, chivalrous orders and military decorations, waistcoat, sword and knee-high boots.
Émile Guillemin
Born Émile-Coriolan Hippolyte Guillemin
Awards from the Louvre Museum, 1897
Émile Coriolan Hippolyte Guillemin (16 October 1841 – 1907) was a French sculptor of the Belle Époque. He worked in bronze. He studied under his father, the painter Auguste Guillemin, and under Jean-Jules Salmson. He showed work at the Salon of Paris from 1870 to 1899, and in 1897 received an honourable mention there.
Napoleon
Napoléon Bonaparte [15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) was a French statesman and military leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and led several successful campaigns during the French Revolutionary Wars. He was Emperor of the French from 1804 until 1814 and again briefly in 1815 during the Hundred Days. Napoleon dominated European and global affairs for more than a decade while leading France against a series of coalitions in the Napoleonic Wars. He won most of these wars and the vast majority of his battles, building a large empire that ruled over continental Europe before its final collapse in 1815. He is considered one of the greatest commanders in history, and his wars and campaigns are studied at military schools worldwide. Napoleon's political and cultural legacy has endured as one of the most celebrated and controversial leaders in human history. On the figures left side bottom section is a hairline crack that goes across the base. It gives the appearance of a firing crack in the manufacture but may not be. Figure 15.75 inches high

Code: 21822Price: On Request


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A Stunning Miniature Model Webley Model 1913 Automatic Pistol By Ron Platt
Made by the reknown late engineer and miniature gun maker Ron Platt. A miniature so good it is near impossible to tell from the photographs this is not a full scale original pistol. William Whiting created his full size military automatic pistol and presented it to the British Army and Navy. Whiting’s pistol was run through comparison testing against John M. Browning’s Colt M1911 and was declared to be superior to the Colt. The first official issue of the pistols was to the Royal Horse Artillery in 1913 followed by a limited issue by the Royal Navy on 14th May 1914 and the newly formed Royal Flying Corps on 26th April 1915.

Of special interest to collectors is that William Whiting had designed both military and commercial versions of his full size pistol and they were available in both the military .455 Webley Automatic calibre and in John M. Browning’s .38ACP. These Webley Automatic pistols are finished to commercial quality and were sold by some of the most prestigious London gunmakers including Holland & Holland. The gun went through a few alterations for various models but visually they are all most similar. 52m long overall

Code: 21821Price: 475.00 GBP


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Japanese Samurai's Edo Period Gold Lacquer Wood Maedate Helmet Mount
Circa 1750. The wooden body has an old repair at the rear and shows opening at the bottom edge. Although pricipally made as a samurai's helmet adornment they are highly collecatable in their own right as object d'art for display as fine Japanese works of art from the great Edo period of samurai history. Kabuto is a type of helmet first used by ancient Japanese warriors, and in later periods, they became an important part of the traditional Japanese armour worn by the samurai class and their retainers in feudal Japan. Japanese helmets dating from the fifth century (long before the rise of the samurai class) have been found in excavated tombs. Called mabizashi-tsuke kabuto (visor-attached helmet), the style of these ancient helmets came from China and Korea and they had a pronounced central ridge.

The kabuto was an important part of the equipment of the samurai, and played a symbolic role as well, which may explain the Japanese expressions, sayings and codes related to them. One example is Katte kabuto no o o shimeyo ( "Tighten the string of the kabuto after winning the war"). This means don't lower your efforts after succeeding (compare to "not to rest on one's laurels"). Also, kabuto o nugu ( "to take off the kabuto") means to surrender

Code: 21820Price: 295.00 GBP


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Complete Collection of Original East Sussex Constabulary 1840 Truncheons
27 original hand painted Victorian truncheons 1840, all numbered and decorated with the shields and monogram ESC [East Sussex Constabulary] used from the days when police officer's wore top hats. Some bases are stamped SC for Sussex Constabulary and most have considerable use wear on the painted décor, Some more than others. Used from 1840's when it was formed, serving the Chief Constable from 1840–1881: Lt-Colonel Henry Fowler Mackay. East Sussex Constabulary was formed in 1840 and covered the area of East Sussex except for the boroughs of Brighton, Hove, Eastbourne and Hastings, which were served by their own borough police forces. During the Second World War these forces, together with West Sussex Constabulary, were temporarily amalgamated in 1943 to form the Sussex Police Force. After the war, the forces reverted in 1947 to their previous formation, except that Hove remained part of East Sussex Constabulary, whose headquarters were relocated to Malling House, Lewes in 1948. In addition there were divisional headquarters at East Grinstead, Lewes, Bexhill and Hove. All of these truncheons were used in service for likely 80 years, they are priced from £65 to £110 each depending on paint wear and condition. Can be sold in groups, pairs, or singles. They would look superb suitably framed. The Brighton trunk murders were two murders linked to Brighton, England, in 1934. In each, the body of a murdered woman was placed in a trunk.

The murders led to Brighton being dubbed "The Queen of Slaughtering Places" (a play on "The Queen of Watering Places"

Code: 21818Price: On Request


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Victorian Police Jack the Ripper Era Handcuffs or 'Derby's' & Original Key
Good flattened head key type, the type as was made and used in the early Victorian era from the very beginnings of the British Police service, and on well into the next century. Excellent working order early flat key type. A good and fine condition pair of original 'Derby' cuffs used by the 'Bobbies' or 'Peelers', with the traditional rotating spiral key action. The very type that were used, and as can be seen, in all the old films of the Whitechapel Murders, and Sherlock Holmes' adventures in the gloomy London Fog.

Code: 21817Price: 235.00 GBP


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A Good Original Early Issue Polish WW2 1939-45 Partisan Cross
Krzyz Partyzancici. The Partisan Cross was a Polish military decoration awarded to World War II partisans (part of resistance movement fighting in the countryside). It was introduced by the Council of Ministers on October 26, 1945. `Za Polske Wolnosc I Lud` Translated `For Poland Liberty & the People

It was awarded to organizers, commanders and members of partisan units who fought against Germans on a Polish territory, or to Poles who fought in partisan units in the USSR, Yugoslavia and France, or to foreigners, who fought in partisan units on a Polish territory. It could be given also to cities or villages, that distinguished themselves in supporting the partisan movement. The Polish resistance movement in World War II, with the Polish Home Army at its forefront, was the largest underground resistance movement in all of occupied Europe, covering both German and Soviet zones of occupation. The Polish resistance is most notable for disrupting German supply lines to the Eastern Front, providing military intelligence to the British, and for saving more Jewish lives in the Holocaust than any other Western Allied organization or government. It was a part of the Polish Underground State. The largest of all Polish resistance organizations was the Armia Krajowa (Home Army, AK), loyal to the Polish government in exile in London. The AK was formed in 1942 from the Union for Armed Combat (Zwi?zek Walki Zbrojnej or ZWZ, itself created in 1939) and would eventually incorporate most other Polish armed resistance groups (except for the communists and some far-right groups). It was the military arm of the Polish Underground State and loyal to the Polish government in Exile.

Most of the other Polish underground armed organizations were created by a political party or faction, and included:

The Bataliony Ch?opskie (Peasants' Battalions). Created by the leftist People's Party around 1940–1941, it would partially merge with AK around 1942–1943.
The Gwardia Ludowa WRN (People's Guard of WRN) of Polish Socialist Party (PPS) (joined ZWZ around 1940, subsequently merged into AK)
The Konfederacja Narodu (Confederation of the Nation). Created in 1940 by far-right Oboz Narodowo Radykalny-Falanga (National Radical Camp Falanga). It would partially merge with ZWZ around 1941 and finally join AK around the autumn 1943.
The Narodowa Organizacja Wojskowa (National Military Organisation), established by the National Party in 1939, mostly integrated with AK around 1942.
Narodowe Si?y Zbrojne (National Armed Forces); created in 1943 from dissatisfied NOW units, which refused to be subordinated to the AK.
The Oboz Polski Walcz?cej (Camp of Fighting Poland), established by the Oboz Zjednoczenia Narodowego (Camp of National Unity) around 1942, subordinated to AK. In 1943.
The largest groups that refused to join the AK were the National Armed Forces and the pro-Soviet and communist People's Army (Polish Armia Ludowa or AL), backed by the Soviet Union and established by the Polish Workers' Party (Polish Polska Partia Robotnicza or PPR).

"Within the framework of the entire enemy intelligence operations directed against Germany, the intelligence service of the Polish resistance movement assumed major significance. The scope and importance of the operations of the Polish resistance movement, which was ramified down to the smallest splinter group and brilliantly organized, have been in (various sources) disclosed in connection with carrying out of major police security operations." Heinrich Himmler, 31 December 1942.

Code: 21815Price: 125.00 GBP

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