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A Scarce 'Wilkinson' ERII Emperor Haile Selassie, Ethiopia Regimental Sword
Only the second we have had in over 35 years. Made for the military service of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia. Bright steel half basket hilt with Ethiopian Crest, traditional wire bound sharkskin grip. Fully mirror bright blade with counter frosting. Very fine deluxe bespoke blade with the Emperor's symbol and crest and his inscription, written in Ge'ez: the ancient language used by the Ethiopian Coptic Church. Part of the inscription reads; Ethiopia reaches out to to God. He was the last Emperor of the Solomonic dynasty, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, King of Kings and Elect of God. The Emperor, 23 July 1892 – died 27 August 1975, was born Tafari Makonnen Woldemikael, he was Ethiopia's regent from 1916 to 1930 and Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974. He was the heir to a dynasty that traced its origins by tradition from King Solomon and Queen Makeda, Empress of Axum, known in the Abrahamic tradition as the Queen of Sheba. Haile Selassie is a defining figure in both Ethiopian and African history.

At the League of Nations in 1936, the Emperor condemned the use of chemical weapons by Italy against his people during the Second Italo–Ethiopian War. His internationalist views led to Ethiopia's becoming a charter member of the United Nations, and his political thought and experience in promoting multilateralism and collective security have proved seminal and enduring. His suppression of rebellions among the nobles (mekwannint), as well as what some critics perceived to be Ethiopia's failure to modernize adequately, earned him criticism among some contemporaries and historians. He has also received criticism from groups such as Human Rights Watch for allegedly ruling in a repressive and undemocratic manner. He spent decades trying to reduce the power of the nobles and decrease the burden of taxes on the peasantry. On 27 August 1942, Haile Selassie abolished the legal basis of slavery throughout the empire and imposed severe penalties, including death, for slave trading. In keeping with the principle of collective security, for which he was an outspoken proponent, he sent a contingent under General Mulugueta Bulli, known as the Kagnew Battalion, to take part in the Korean War by supporting the United Nations Command. It was attached to the American 7th Infantry Division, and fought in a number of engagements including the Battle of Pork Chop Hill.Haile Selassie contributed Ethiopian troops to the United Nations Operation in the Congo peacekeeping force during the 1960 Congo Crisis, to consolidate Congolese integrity and independence from Belgian troops, per United Nations Security Council Resolution 143. Haile Selassie contributed Ethiopian troops to the United Nations Operation in the Congo peacekeeping force during the 1960 Congo Crisis, to consolidate Congolese integrity and independence from Belgian troops, per United Nations Security Council Resolution 143. While he had fully approved of, and assured Ethiopia's participation in, UN-approved collective security operations, including Korea and Congo, Haile Selassie drew a distinction with the non-UN approved foreign intervention in Indochina, and consistently deplored it as needless suffering, calling for the Vietnam War to end on several occasions. At the same time he remained open toward the United States and commended it for making progress with African Americans' Civil Rights legislation in the 1950s and 1960s, while visiting the US several times during these years.

Among the Rastafari movement, whose followers are estimated at between 200,000 and 800,000, Haile Selassie is revered as the returned messiah of the Bible, God incarnate. Beginning in Jamaica in the 1930s, the Rastafari movement perceives Haile Selassie as a messianic figure who will lead a future golden age of eternal peace, righteousness, and prosperity Outside of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie continued to enjoy enormous prestige and respect. As the longest-serving head of state in power, he was often given precedence over other leaders at state events, such as the state funerals of John F. Kennedy and Charles de Gaulle, the summits of the Non-Aligned Movement, and the 1971 celebration of the 2,500 years of the Persian Empire. In 1970 he visited Italy as a guest of President Giuseppe Saragat, and in Milan he met Giordano Dell'Amore, President of Italian Savings Banks Association. He visited China in October 1971, and was the first foreign head of state to meet Mao Zedong following the death of Mao's designated successor Lin Biao in a plane crash in Mongolia. However, after a coup his family were deposed and the Emperor put under house arrest. On 28 August 1975, the state media reported that the "ex-monarch" Haile Selassie had died on 27 August of "respiratory failure" following complications from a prostate operation. His doctor, Asrat Woldeyes, denied that complications had occurred and rejected the government version of his death. Some imperial loyalists believed that the emperor had in fact been assassinated, and this belief remains widely held to this day.
Photo in the gallery of Emperor Hialie Selassie on Time Magazine cover in 1930

Code: 20673Price: On Request

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A Superb German Nazi Schutzpolizei Tschako Helmet Dated 1941
Superb condition overall, and handwritten named to the owner. A now very scarcely seen original helmet of the Third Reich. Made by C. Pose, Wehrausrustungen of Berlin and bearing a very good maker marking and overall in super condition. This sturdy-framed shako has a green wool mid section, with a polished fiber circular top, straight front and domed back with protruding neck guard, in the traditional police helmet style, that was established in 1920s and lasted until 1945. The front is adorned with a gilt aluminum Third Reich Berlin City Police shako plate, illustrating a spread-winged eagle sitting upon an oak leaf clustered wreath centred by a swastika insignia. Immediately above the shako plate is an oval aluminum cockade, with a painted red centre surrounded by rows of silver gilt and black paint, attached to the helmet via a u-shaped prong on the back of the cockade and slid through a slot behind the shako plate. Interior with yellow leather sweatband and Berlin maker mark. A very good example of a German police helmet Typical pre-war pattern. The Ordnungspolizei was separate from the SS and maintained a system of insignia and Orpo ranks. It was possible for policemen to be members of the SS but without active duties. Police generals who were members of the SS were referred to simultaneously by both rank titles during the war. For instance, a Generalleutnant in the Police who was also an SS member would be referred to as SS Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Polizei. In addition, those Orpo police generals that undertook the duties of both Senior SS and Police Leader (Höhere SS und Polizeiführer) gained equivalent Waffen-SS ranks in August 1944 when Himmler was appointed Chef der Ersatzheeres (Chief of Home Army), because they had authority over the prisoner-of-war camps in their area.
Heinrich Himmler's ultimate aim was to replace the regular police forces of Germany with a combined racial/state protection corps (Staatsschutzkorps) of pure SS units. Local law enforcement would be undertaken by the Allgemeine-SS with the Waffen-SS providing homeland-security and political-police functions. Historical analysis of the Third Reich has revealed that senior Orpo personnel knew of Himmler's plan and were opposed to it.

Code: 20672Price: 900.00 GBP

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A Simply Fabulous 1843 Hallmarked Sheffield Silver Bowie Knife Handle
A most rare find. A large, original, hallmarked Sheffield silver and ivory 'American Import' horses head Bowie knife hilt. This original 1840's design of Bowie hilt is one of the most desirable and collectable ever made. With blades fitted they are known to fetch up to 18,000 dollars US. This is a superb example, perfect for refitting to an old Bowie blade, or displayed as a wonderful, early 1840's, original American Wild West Frontier artifact. The finest and most desirable Bowies were imported from Sheffield in England and this is one of the very best ever made, in hallmarked silver and carved ivory. The term "Bowie knife" appeared in advertising by 1835, about 8 years after the Bowie's famous sandbar knife brawl, while James Bowie was still alive.The first knife, with which Bowie became famous, allegedly was designed by Jim Bowie's brother Rezin in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana and smithed by blacksmith Jesse Clifft out of an old file. Period court documents indicate that Rezin Bowie and Clifft were well acquainted with one another. Rezin's granddaughter claimed in an 1885 letter to Louisiana State University that she personally witnessed Clifft make the knife for her grandfather.
This knife became famous as the knife used by Bowie at the Sandbar Fight, a famous 1827 duel between Bowie and several men including a Major Norris Wright of Alexandria, Louisiana. The fight took place on a sandbar in the Mississippi River across from Natchez, Mississippi, and is the only documented fight in which Bowie was known to have employed his Bowie knife design. In this battle Bowie was stabbed, shot, and beaten half to death but managed to win the fight using the large knife.
From context, "Bowie knife" needed no description then, but the spelling was variable. Among the first mentions was a plan to combine a Bowie knife and pistol. Cutlers were shipping sheath knives from Sheffield England by the early 1830s. By 1838 a writer in a Baltimore newspaper (posted from New Orleans) suggested that every reader had seen a Bowie knife.

The Bowie knife found its greatest popularity in the Old Southwest of the mid-19th century, where several knife fighting schools were established to teach students the art of fighting with the Bowie knife pattern.

Bowie knives had a role in the American conflicts of the nineteenth century. They are historically mentioned in the independence of Texas, in the Mexican War, the California gold rush, the civil strife in Kansas, the Civil War and later conflicts with the American Indians. John Brown (the abolitionist) carried a Bowie (which was taken by J. E. B. Stuart). John Wilkes Booth (assassin of Abraham Lincoln) dropped a large Bowie knife as he escaped. "Buffalo Bill" Cody reportedly scalped a sub-chief in 1876 in revenge for Custer (the Battle of Warbonnet Creek). We show in the gallery a pre Civil War American advertisement for a horse head Bowie circa 1860.Approx 7.5 inches x 2.75 inches

Code: 20670Price: 3250.00 GBP

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A Good German WW2 High Seas Fleet Badge by R.S.&S.
RS&S ( Richard Simm & Sohne] WW2 issue In zinc, wreath gilded (about 85% of the original gold wash remains). This is a German military decoration (worn on the lower part of the left breast pocket of the naval service tunic]. It was worn underneath the 1st class Iron Cross if awarded, [or equivalent grade) and awarded for combat service to the crews of the High Seas Fleet, mainly of the battleships and cruisers, but also those ships that supported them operationally for which there was no other award given. Required qualifications included e.g. active duty on 1 or more 12 week cruises, wounds or sinking in action. This striking design was created by the well known artist Adolf Bock of Berlin and the design was approved and adopted in 1941 by the then Grand Admiral Raeder, Commander in Chief of the German Navy. Although the award was instituted in 1941, awards could be rendered in retrospect of service from the beginning of World War II.

Although the award was instituted in April 1941, it could be awarded for actions that took place prior to this date and could highlight the struggle against the British fleet.To be eligible to receive the badge one must have twelve weeks service on a battleship or cruiser, with proof of distinction and good conduct. The number of weeks were reduced if one of these conditions were met:
If the recipient was wounded or killed during the voyage.
Outstanding achievements in an engagement.
If the cruise was successful.
Individual's ship was sunk in action. (Bismarck, Admiral Graf Spee, Blücher)
For participation in “Rawalpindi” and “Jan Mayen”.
All crew members of the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau received the award in view of the operational effectiveness of the ships.
To every sailor who was present on the Tirpitz when it was bombed and sunk by the British R.A.F. in Tromsö Fjord on November 12th, 1944.

Code: 20665Price: 385.00 GBP

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A Superb Large Edo Period Japanese Hachi-Wari Helmet and Sword Breaker
This is probably the most attractive and fine quality example we have ever had. The uncommon type, mounted like a sword, to be used as a counter weapon, likely left handed, alongside a katana or wakazashi in order to catch or break a blade. And thus likely disarm a samurai opponent, or, to smash the top of a samurai helmet. This is a spectacular piece, a lot more substantial than one normally sees, and far more attractively decorated than usual as well. Hachi-wari is also known as the Kabuto-wari or sometimes as known as the Katana-wari. In a fully polished, overlaid and coloured green, giant rayskin decorated mount. Unusually large, most impressive and a beautiful defensive weapon. Fully decorated throughout the blade faces and tsuba with grasshoppers, a powerful image in Japanese culture as a symbol for good luck. Most hachiwara in existence today are from the Edo period, but it should be said that there is a hachiwara that has been signed by Goro Nyudo Masamune and dated 1331, but this should not be taken too literally.
Legend says that Masamune invented the hachiwara, but there are many stories about Masamune, and this could very well be one of them (even so, there is a small chance that this legend is actually true, despite how unlikely it may seem to be).
Apparently, Hachiwara existed as far back in time as during the reign of the Ashikaga bakufu (that would date these weapons some time during the Muromachi period, possibly as early as the Nambokucho war), so these weapons may very well have existed during the Onin jidai. Chinese noblemen introduced the practice of listening to "singing insects," such as crickets and grasshoppers, to Japan. The Japanese court particularly enjoyed this form of entertainment, typically as a seasonal event
Images of grasshoppers often appear in Japanese paintings, such as Shibata Zeshin's painted scroll "Grasshopper and Flowering Vine" We show in the gallery an old photo of a practice fight, with a jitte being used in the left hand to counter a blade strike, but his sword breaker has a bar crossguard as opposed to a tsuba. They were considered a hidden weapon, but seems to have been considered more of a blocking device. Still practiced today by the Enmei Jitte Ryu the Tetsujin Nito Ryu and the Tetsujin Jitte Ryu. 32 inches overall, out of saya, 31 inches, blade 20 inches, tsuka 9.75 inches.

Code: 20664Price: 2250.00 GBP

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A Very Good German WW2 Iron Cross 1st Class, Domed Top, Pin Back
Code stamped 4 which is the number for the maker Steinhauer und Luck, Ludenscheid The Iron Cross comes in two grades, Second Class and First Class. This example the Iron Cross First Class could only be awarded for an act of outstanding bravery and also to one who had previously received the Iron Cross Second Class. Hence, the First Class was more restricted and more highly prized. When the Iron Cross First Class was awarded, the Iron Cross Second Class was signified with a small ribbon attached to a button. Adolf Hitler was awarded this identical type of 1st Class Iron Cross in WW1, and always wore it throughout WW2 with pride. Next to the Victoria Cross, it is the most famous medal in the world. The Iron Cross was awarded for bravery in battle as well as other conspicuous military contributions in a battlefield environment. In order to receive the Iron Cross 1st Class Heer and Waffen SS men would have to perform three to four further acts of courage from the one that earned him the 2nd Class; The Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine had the following criteria; the award was regularly awarded to U-boat Commanders upon sinking 50,000 tons and to Luftwaffe pilots when they achieved six or seven confirmed
kills; Of course these were only guidelines, and a single act of great importance or a long steady career could earn the individual the Cross. The Iron Cross 2nd Class came with a ribbon and was worn in one of two different methods: When in formal dress, the entire cross was worn mounted alone or as part of a medal bar. For everyday wear, only the ribbon was worn from the second hole in the tunic button.
The Iron Cross is a black four-pointed cross with white trim, with the arms widening toward the ends, similar to a cross pattée. It was designed by the neoclassical architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel and reflects the cross borne by the Teutonic Knights in the 14th century.

Initially the Iron Cross was worn with the blank side out. This did not change until 1838 when the sprig facing could be presented.

Since the Iron Cross was issued over several different periods of German history, it was annotated with the year indicating the era in which it was issued. For example, an Iron Cross from the First World War bears the year "1914", while the same decoration from the Second World War is annotated "1939". The reverse of the 1870, 1914 and 1939 series of Iron Crosses have the year "1813" appearing on the lower arm, symbolizing the year the award was created. The 1813 decoration also has the initials "FW" for King Frederick William III, while the next two have a "W" for the respective kaisers, Wilhelm I and Wilhelm II. The final version shows a swastika. A cross was the symbol of the Teutonic Knights (a heraldic cross pattée), and the cross design (but not the specific decoration) has been the symbol of Germany's armed forces (now the Bundeswehr) since 1871. As with all our items, each one comes with our unique, lifetime guarantee, certificate of authenticity

Code: 20660Price: 295.00 GBP

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Youngest Member of Lanes Armoury, Interviews Mark Wahlberg for Press Assoc.
Well Done Emily!!, our most junior assistant [still acting-unpaid] daughter of Victoria, both of The Lanes Armoury, interviews Hollywood Movie Star Mark Wahlberg and the leading cast members who star of the latest blockbuster Transformers; The Last Knight, Age of Extinction, as a junior reporter for the Press Association. Emily was part of the premiere's press interviews, she personally interviewed all of the stars present, Mark Wahlberg, Isabela Moner, Josh Duhamel, Laura Haddock and Jerrod Carmichael, and was a guest [with mum and dad] at the blue carpet London Premiere on Sunday the 18th. The interviews will be shown on TV and online soon.

Code: 20657Price: On Request

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A Fine 18th Century Blunderbuss by John Rea of London
A very fine example with finest juglans regia walnut stock with exceptional patina, fine brass furniture finely engraved throughout. Acorn finail trigger guard and brss cannon barrel with Tower proofs. A similar blunderbuss by John Rea, and the same size, is on display in the Cody Firearms Museum, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, in Cody, Wyoming, from the Winchester Arms Collection This blunderbuss is of the so-called "cannon mouth" pattern. It is typical of the British Naval blunderbuss and dates from circa 1780. This type of weapon fires a multitude of shot about .25 inch in diameter. John Rea is listed as working in London from 1782 to 1793. The Blunderbuss (born of the Dutch word "Donderbus", appropriately meaning "Thunder Pipe" or "Thunder Gun") came to prominence in the early part of the 18th Century (1701-1800) and was more akin to the modern day shotgun than a "long gun" musket or heavy pistol of the time. As such, she excelled in close-in fighting, be it within the confines of naval warfare or walled nature of the urban environment, where her spread of shot could inflict maximum damage to targets at close ranges. Its manageable size, coupled with its spread shot, ensured some level of accuracy for even the novice user and its appearance was rather intimidating to those unfortunate enough to be staring down the business end. As with modern firearms, the Blunderbuss also made for an excellent security-minded weapon and soon found popularity amongst all matter of operators - military, civilian and, of course, criminal parties - by the middle of the 1700s. Even George Washington championed the Blunderbuss for Continental Army "Dragoon" units of the burgeoning American military as opposed to the carbine this being nothing more than a full-featured long gun of lesser overall length, proving suitable for horse-mounted handling 16 inch barrel 31 inches long overall

Code: 20654Price: 3650.00 GBP

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A Fine Antique Maasai [or Masai] Warrior 'Lion Hunters' Seme Sword
A very good original antique sword of a Masai herdsman. 19th century, with double edged flared blade, cord under leather bound handle in a stained hardened red leather scabbard. A Fine Antique Maasai Warrior 'Lion Hunters' Seme Sword. Traditionally, lion hunting with hand weapons (ie not missile weapons) was an integral part of Maasai custom. In a lion hunt the seme would be a weapon of last resort. In war the Masai were relatively well organised and fielded war-bands of shield-bearing spearmen who often fought in fairly close-order, shoulder to shoulder. Again the seme would be a side-arm to be used if the spear was lost. Two photos in the gallery of vintage Maasai, including a Kokuyu Maasai. The in days long past fearless lion hunter of the Masai killed their first Lion to become a recognised Moran [warrior] of the tribe [providing they survived to claim the title of course]. The Maasai territory reached its largest size in the mid-19th century, and covered almost all of the Great Rift Valley and adjacent lands from Mount Marsabit in the north to Dodoma in the south. At this time the Maasai, as well as the larger Nilotic group they were part of, raised cattle as far east as the Tanga coast in Tanganyika (now mainland Tanzania). Raiders used spears and shields, but were most feared for throwing clubs (orinka) which could be accurately thrown from up to 70 paces (appx. 100 metres). In 1852, there was a report of a concentration of 800 Maasai warriors on the move in what is now Kenya. In 1857, after having depopulated the "Wakuafi wilderness" in what is now southeastern Kenya, Maasai warriors threatened Mombasa on the Kenyan coast. The Maasai people stood against slavery and lived alongside most wild animals with an aversion to eating game and birds. Maasai land now has East Africa's finest game areas. Maasai society never condoned traffic of human beings, and outsiders looking for people to enslave avoided the Maasai

Code: 20653Price: 285.00 GBP

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A Fine Mortimer Greatcoat Flintlock Pistol By H.W.Mortimer Snr
Late 18th century. A superb pistol for an officer or gentleman in the Napoleonic Wars. H.W.Mortimer & Son, London Gun-Maker to His Majesty 4 inch barrel with hook breech. Along the division between breech and barrel is a band of roulette engraving. Fine lock plate with sliding safety and engraved name H.W.Mortimer & Son and address 89, Fleet St. in block capitols. Approx 20 bore. Finely browned barrel with H.W Mortimer senior's personal crowned barrel proof stamp to the underside with serial number. Chequered grips and sunburst carved butt. Steel mounts finely engraveed with an pineapple finial to the trigger guard. Mortimer is one of the great names in English gunmaking

Harvey Walklate Son of Samuel Mortimer, born 1753. Apprenticed to father, 1772; free of Farriers Co., 1782; elected Assistant, 1807. Gunmaker, at Mr Greens ironmonger, 6 Kings Street., Lincolns Inn Fields, 1779; 89 Fleet Street., 1782-99. Appointed Gunmaker to George III, 1783. Contractor to East India Co., 1796-1806. Specialised in repeating pistols and gold mounted guns for the Eastern market. Advertised For the Inspection of the Curious, just finished, Three pair of Elegant Pistols, mounted in solid gold value 547 intended as a present to a foreign Prince, 1784 (Morning Herald, 20 August). Registered mark as small worker at Goldsmiths Hall, 1798. Made gold-mounted firearms set with diamonds for the U.S. Government as present for Bey of Tunis, 1801-2. Member of Law Association Volunteers, provided their muskets, 1803. His own musket in Inns of Court Museum, London. Became H. W. Mortimer, Son & T. Mortimer. Retired, 1811. Died 1819.H.W. Mortimer bore a Royal Warrant having supplied weapons to the Royal family and was well known for supplying weapons to The Royal Mail Coaches. Probably the best known and one of the most revered gun makers of the period. Available for delivery in around 10 days due to gun servicing.

Code: 20652Price: 1150.00 GBP

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