Swords, Knives, bayonets and edged weapons
Imperial German First World War Trench Flail
A cast spiked ball on an 8" length of chain attached to a 14" shaft. One swing of this device would be simply devastating and illustrated the brutality of trench warfare. Trench raids - or bashing parties - were sent over from both sides. Firearms were often prohibited as the raids were supposed to silent affairs to grab a prisoner or two and drag them back to your own trench system. Flails and clubs were used; some home made from bits of furniture or machinery. Others like this example were specifically made. The wood shaft has a number of metal studs pressed into it. I suspect these are a later addition. The ball is crudely cast, but is in keeping with other examples I have seen, and the imperfect alignment of the two halves would in no way reduce the effectiveness of this weapon. The whole is in good condition.
Pair of Naga "Head Hunter" Spears
This composed pair of spears is from the Naga people of North East India and North West Burma. The groups of tribes which forms the Naga people are famous for a war like history, sweeping down from their hill top villages to raid other tribes on the Plains below. They are perhaps most famous for their culture of head hunting, the head of an enemy being said to give power and strength to the victor. Thier head hunting activities are said to have continued into times as recent as the 1960s. The Nagas clashed with the British Imperial forces in 1828 when Assam was annexed, and despite various treaties violence sporadically broke out, as it continues to do today in clashes with the Indian government. These spears are from the 19th Century, and in good condition. The shafts are decorated with the typical Naga red and black woven trim and goat hair tufts. They measure 6' 4" in length.
£300 the pair
US Civil War NCO Sword
A NCO sword from the Union Army dated 1864. This sword was based on a French design and is known as the Model 1840. It has a cast brass hilt which is styled to look like the bound gold wire used on more expensive swords. It was issued to Sergeants by the Union Army, although plenty were captured by the Confederate Army and put to various uses. The hilt is in good condition, and has not been polished up. The guard has the inspectors initials "J.H.". The blade is straight and generally good and clean with a few small areas of discolouration and light corrosion. The base of the blade is marked " "U.S.", the inspectors intitials "LMW" and the date "1864". The other side has "Made by Ames Mfc.Co. Chicopee". The scabbard is complete but has failed stitching for a length of 3" at the bottom and a crease towards the top - not broken but the crease has cracked the chrome leather finish.
Victorian Walking Cane with concealed Dagger
A Bamboo walking cane with a concealed dagger. The bone handle has a white metal (I think sliver - but no Hall marks) cap. The handle withdraws to show a square section dagger of some 6 1/2". The dagger has a spring section to hold it in place. Dating from the middle of the 1800s concealed weapons of this type were popular with gentleman carrying valuables around town, and indeed around the empire. The cane is 34" tall.