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Code: 20627Price: On Request
A Fabulous, 16th Century, Dated and Signed Koto Period WakazashiSigned Nishu ju Kanefusa from Hyuga province, Gassan school. Dated Dai-ei reign. Bound in Imperial white silk over black giant ray skin, with two menuki of a large cockeral and possibly a koro incense burner. The fushi is chisseled patinated copper of takabori pure gold decorated flowering plants over a nanako ground. Carved buffalo horn fushi. Koto period Higo style tsuba in the five lobed mokko form in iron. The saya is beautifully lacquered in ishime stone finish. The blade looks absolutely beautiful and the whole sword is just a joy the hold and admire. The Imperial white silk hilt is not only stunningly attractive it is a sign of wealth and status. The Gassan school derives, as its name suggests, from Mt. Gassan in the old province of Dewa (present-day Yamagata prefecture), and is characterized by a wavy grain called ayasugi hada. According to tradition, it was founded by a smith named Kiomaru (or Kishin Dayu, as he was also known), who lived in the sacred grounds of Mt. Gassan back in the 12th century. Ever since, swordsmiths have flourished at the foot of Mt. Gassan, and a number of masters have appeared, in a long succession. The Gassan school origins remains to this day one of the most prestigious and successful lines of sword forging. The roots of Gassan extend far back into the Kamakura period (1185-1333 AD), and it is suspected perhaps even as early as Heian period (794-1185 AD). The home of Gassan was in Dewa province in the northern region of Honshu where they were the only indigenous school to Dewa. The name “Gassan” actually refers to one of three sacred mountains of Dewa, or “Dewa Sanzan”, the other two being Mt. Haguro and Mt. Yudono. It is a very mountainous and remote region, and was even more so in the earliest days of the school. Some Gassan smiths left Dewa and travelled to work in Hyuga, as did Gassan Masatsugu
Code: 20626Price: 3750.00 GBP
Huge Celebration Discount!! A Piece Of an Original WW1 Combat ZeppelinA piece of the Duralumin structure frame from the L31 Crash site, Potters Bar October 2nd 1916. A rare, rare piece of earliest aeronautica of WW1. Reduced from £795 to £445 Way below cost price with £350 off.!!!!. This is part of special discounted pieces to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Mark Hawkins with the company, since June 1972. It is from the back catalogue, and they are all offered at well, well, below cost. For these great bargains though, it will be strictly, a 'first come first served' basis, and for an immediate sale only. Very distinctive and easily identifiable original piece of a main construction frame from of one of the mighty German Zeppelin bombers of WW1. Very collectable artifact of the early aeronautical warfare ships from the Great War. On the afternoon of Sunday 1 October 1916, eleven Zeppelins took off from their North German bases on a bombing raid against Britain. Among them was L31.
Commanded by the 33-year-old airship ace Heinrich Mathy, it was one of a new generation of super-Zeppelins designed to overpower the increasingly sophisticated British air-defences.
A master navigator and aerial tactician, Mathy was a veteran of numerous raids, during which he had acquired a reputation for cool determination and daring. But something of the old confidence had gone. He was the sole survivor among a core group of veteran commanders in a highly specialised service. The tight-knit military elite of which he was the leading representative had recently been shaken by heavy losses.
When history’s first strategic bombing campaign had begun early in 1915, the giant airships had come and gone with impunity. Mathy’s airship was a giant cigar-shaped cylinder of gas bubbles filled with highly flammable hydrogen. It flew only because it was lighter than air. A huge lightweight framework of duralumin girders and steel wires supported a row of 19 gas-bags made of animal membrane, cotton fabric, and glue, which, when inflated, contained two million cubic feet of gas and filled almost the entire internal space.
Stretched over the exterior of the framework was an envelope of light cotton fabric, coated in dope, laced together, and pulled taut. The keel of the duralumin framework formed a gangway running the length of the ship, and here were stowed water-ballast sacks, petrol tanks, and bomb racks. Slung beneath the keel were the forward control gondola and three engine gondolas, a large one towards the rear, two smaller ones amidships.
The airship’s six engines, which powered an array of six propellers, one at the back of each gondola, and two suspended directly beneath the hull, afforded a maximum speed of 63mph. Direction was controlled by cables which ran from the forward gondola to movable rudders and elevators attached to the ends of the four tail-fins. A triumph of German engineering, at almost 200m long and 24m across, L31 was bigger than a battleship.
The crew of an airship were all volunteers. Around 20 in total, half were machinists serving the engines, which required constant maintenance and occasional in-flight repairs. Though warmed by the engines during the long hours of flight, the machinists were assailed by a head-splitting roar and an asphyxiating mix of oil and exhaust fumes.
In the control car, on the other hand, the commander, the executive officer, the navigator, two petty officers operating rudders and elevators, and two more working in the soundproof wireless compartment, all endured extremes of cold. Even in summer, temperatures could sink below -25°C. At high altitudes, airship crew wore thick woollen underwear, blue naval uniforms, leather overalls, fur overcoats, scarves, goggles, leather helmets, thick gloves of leather and wool, and large felt overshoes covering their boots. They were sustained by generous rations of bread, sausage, stew, chocolate, and thermos flasks of strong coffee.
Thus did the pioneers of military aviation enter the strange new combat zone of the upper skies. The technology was unreliable. The risks were high. The wartime casualty rate among German airship crew was 40%. And two and a half miles up, there were special terrors not faced by men on the ground. There was nowhere to run to, no way of escape; one lived or died as the machine flew or crashed. Men perished in the airships because engines failed, or storms blew up, or commanders simply lost their way and ran out of fuel.
On the morning of 2 February 1916, the crew of L19 were seen clinging to the wreckage of their airship by a British trawler captain 110 miles east of the Yorkshire coast. He refused to rescue them, fearful they might seize his vessel, and they were left to be consumed by the cold wastes of the North Sea. Six months later, a message in a bottle washed up on the Swedish coast was found to contain
the German commander’s last official report. Frame piece is 7inches x 7 inches x 6.5 inches triangular section
Code: 20623Price: 445.00 GBP
A Rare Cavalry Troopers Queen's South African Medal, Brabants Horse.With Cape Colony bar in delightful condition and for a most romantic sounding regiment now very rarely found. Lord Roberts had in January announced the appointment of Brigadier General Brabant as Commander of the Colonial Division, which included the two regiments of this corps, and under that general they did excellent work in the clearing of the north-east of Cape Colony. In the fighting about Dordrecht, in the second half of February 1900, the corps took a very prominent part and were several times very heavily engaged. In Lord Roberts' telegram of 18th February he mentioned that Brabant "had attacked Boer position on 16th. He gradually closed in on laager during the day. Fighting lasted from 9 am till dusk. At midnight Captain Flanagan, 1st Brabant's Horse, attacked and took laager at the point of the bayonet, capturing the stores". Captain Crallen and Lieutenant Chandler and 4 non-commissioned officers and men were killed, and 5 non-commissioned officers and men wounded. On 5th March there was again severe fighting near Dordrecht, in which the Cape Mounted Rifles bore the heaviest share of the losses. At Aliwal North, on the 11th, Brabant's Horse had 3 killed and 6 wounded.
Code: 20622Price: 195.00 GBP
A Good WW2 RAF Squadron Leader's Medal GroupDefence Medal, War Medal 39/45 Star and Africa Star. Squadron Leader E.G.Evans M.B.E. He was awarded the M.B.E distinction in the King's Birthday Honours list in 1944. From 1 April 1918 to 31 July 1919, the RAF used major as the equivalent rank to squadron leader. Royal Naval Air Service lieutenant-commanders and Royal Flying Corps majors on 31 March 1918 became RAF majors on 1 April 1918. On 31 August 1919, the RAF rank of major was superseded by squadron leader which has remained in continuous usage ever since. Promotion to squadron leader is strictly on merit, and requires the individual to be appointed to a Career Commission, which will see them remain in the RAF until retirement or voluntary resignation.
Before the Second World War, a squadron leader commanded a squadron of aircraft. We have had no time at all to research these medals unfortunately.
Code: 20621Price: 240.00 GBP
A Great Father & Son's Medals & London Scottish Regimental BadgesWW1 pair and a WW2 four medal group with their traditional Scottish Glengarry cap badges, a sharpshooters cross rifle qualification badge, and shoulder titles and a dog tag. The regiment raised three battalions during World War I, with the 1/14th (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (London Scottish) serving on the Western Front.
The 1/14th Battalion was mobilized on the outbreak of war, departing for France on 15 September 1914. On 31 October 1914 the battalion encountered German forces at [[Battle of Messines (1914) (Messines) in Belgium. It was the first territorial unit to see active service in this war. Following ongoing action on the Western Front throughout 1914-18, the 1/14th formed part of the British army of occupation at Cologne.
The 2nd Battalion of the London Scottish embarked for France in June 1916 but was then transferred to Salonika and Palestine. A third battalion served as a training and reserve unit, supplying reinforcements to the two fighting battalions of the London Scottish throughout the war.
The London Scottish lost about 2,500 people who died in World War I. In 1918, two Victoria Crosses were awarded to soldiers of the regiment during fighting near Jerusalem. As in World War I, the London Scottish raised three battalions during World War II, two of which served overseas. Both of the overseas battalions served with the Middle Eastern Forces in Sicily and Italy. The battalions were:
1st Battalion - The regular peacetime battalion of the regiment, served as infantry within the 168th (London) Infantry Brigade (alongside the 1st London Irish Rifles and 10th Royal Berkshire Regiment), part of the 56th (London) Infantry Division (nicknamed "The Black Cats"), playing a significant part in the Italian Campaign, fighting in the Allied invasion of Sicily, fighting at Monte Camino, Battle of Anzio, Gothic Line (afterwards transferred to 167th (London) Infantry Brigade) and Operation Grapeshot, the final offensive in Italy in 1945.
Code: 20620Price: 295.00 GBP
A Fascinating 19th Century Edo Japanese Samurai 'Boy's Sword'A delightful original antique Japanese sword of half size katana dimensions. With tradition fittings of copper with gilt highlights. O-sukashi iron tsuba of bamboo leaves. Original Edo silk ito wrapped around traditional giant rayskin. Brown lacquer saya and a grey steel blade. Being a late Edo boys sword the blade is somewhat rudimentary and it will be unlikely to have a hamon. Probably for a son of a middle ranking samurai. In 1185 AD the aristocratic court government of classical Japan was replaced by a warrior-administration ushering in the Age of the Samurai. Just as the sons of aristocracy underwent the ceremony of genpuku to signify their adulthood, so did the sons of warrior nobility. The central feature of genpuku throughout this time period was the placing of a samurai helmet, rather than court cap, by a high status warrior. Adult samurai received their swords and armor at this time. After going through genpuku, youths were expected to do adult labour, and samurai-class men acquired full warrior status and were expected to fight in open battle. In addition, youths gained the right to marry, and to officiate at shrine ceremonies. The ceremony acted to bind youth to the previously mentioned high status warrior. Often this practice was used to confirm and solidify the social status of samurai families. For example, a samurai family of lower status might, through the ceremony of genpuku, become tied to a higher status family. The lower status son would then act as a retainer to the higher status warrior to whom he was tied. After genpuku, warrior sons were accepted as full adults and welcomed to a career in the warrior-administration.Overall 19 inches long, blade 10.25 inches.
Code: 20619Price: 545.00 GBP
A Stunning Discounted Signed Shinto  Wakizashi of Most Elegant FormReduced from our back catalogue at £3545 to, a simply incredible £2,400, saving an amazing £1,145 and offered at well, well below cost price!! This is part of the 45th anniversary of Mark Hawkins with the company, since June 1972. From the back catalogue, and all offered at well, well, below cost.
A Shinto, Wakizashi, signed Heianjo ju Kunitake Saku. A student of Kunihiro. Very fine pair of shakudo fittings, full relief decorated with a samurai's pony, wearing a saddle, tied to a tree. Ribbed lacquer saya. The saya kozuka pocket is photographed with a kodzuka in position for illustrative purposes only, this kozuka is not included with the sword. Excellent condition in all parts. A really beautiful samurai short sword.
Code: 20618Price: 2400.00 GBP
The 45th Year Anniversary Celebration Continues With Special DiscountsAct quickly for of those we have put on, five have sold already!! …..A few very special discounted offers, suitable for all budgets, will be added to the site for the benefit of our website clients. This is part of the 45th anniversary of Mark Hawkins with the company, since June 1972. They will be from the back catalogue, and all offered at well, well, below cost. For these great bargains though, it will be strictly, a 'first come first served' basis, and for an immediate sale only. Mark has decided to donate £50,000 worth of selected discounts, of all manner of items, of high and low individual values, from just a few hundred to many thousands, by way of thanks to all our customers, and his sincere wish for you all to join him in his anniversary. A photo in the gallery of our shop in Meetinghouse Lane taken in 1920, and a somewhat youthful looking Mark Hawkins on his way to Pinewood Studios in 1977.
Code: 20617Price: On Request
Huge Celebration Discount!! Most Attractive Brevet Colt Navy Revolver.36Made for the US Civil War. Reduced from £1595 to an incredible £795 and hugely below our cost price, saving an amazing £800!!!. A long barrel Colt pattern .36 calibre pocket revolver. This is part of the 45th anniversary of Mark Hawkins with the company, since June 1972. They will be from the back catalogue, and all offered at well, well, below cost. For these great bargains though, it will be strictly, a 'first come first served' basis, and for an immediate sale only. In polished steel, overall scroll & foliate engraved with a most unusual engraved cylinder decorated with iron clad steam ships and a bridge, with beautifully patinated horn or ivory grips. Barrell stamped Address Col Colt London, cylinder has continental Belgian proof mark. The Pocket Navy calibre pistol is most scarce, and very sought after at the time as that it was a most useful, yet slightly reduced size pistol, but still fired the large .36 calibre round. During the Civil War both protagonists required huge quantities of arms, and frankly, neither side could fulfill the required manufactured quantity, especially in the South. Contractors were sent by both sides to scour Europe for arms, and Britain and Belgium became the dominant suppliers for the Civil War. This pistol is from the latter country, Belgium, modelled on the Colt, and even marked as such. A jolly interesting and intrigueng arm from the most fascinating period of American, 19th century Civil War history. Fully cocking action without half cock and the cylinder revolves comfortably. 11 inches long overall. As with all our antique guns, no license is required as they are all unrestricted antique collectables
Code: 20615Price: 795.00 GBP
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