Swords, Knives, bayonets and edged weapons
Robbins Dudley Trench Knife
A Great War Trench Knife of the Push Dagger type made by Robbins Dudley of Worcester. Weapons of this sort were not issued to the army, but were made for private purchase by officers. Amongst the horrors of trench warfare were regular raiding parties undertaken by both sides. These were primarily for the purpose of taking prisoners. Stealth and speed were combined with appalling violence and firearms were discouraged. A new family of weapons were developed from knuckle dusters combined with daggers to home made clubs and knives. Robbins and Dudley of Worcester were better known for making fireside furniture but saw a commercial opportunity and offered this push dagger. This one was the property of an officer who served in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and the Gordon Highlanders and saw service on the Western Front from 1914 to 1916. He suffered severe burns and after treatment served in a civil capacity in India for the remainder of the war.
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.
Antique Sword Stick / Cane
An antique sword stick or sword cane. The unnamed fullered blade is 26" long and is in sound condition with some age discolouring and small patches of staining. The stick has a brass double ferrule which pinches up tightly when the blade is replaced. A classic sword stick in a good condition but unrestored.
Victorian Volunteer Engineers Leeve Sword
A brass hilted Volunteer Engineer Sword. In good condition with an extensively etched 33" blade. The blade has the Victorian cypher and winged thunderbolts with the words "Volunteer" and "Engineer" either side. The blade is free from pitting, but there are a few small areas of slight discolouration. Retailed by H Browne and Co. of New Bond Street, London. The sword is of the 1857 Pattern but the Volunteer Engineer units were a part of the wider volunteer movement which swept across the country in 1862, when an attack by France was considered likely. The fishskin grip is in good condition and the brass scabbard has only a few minor small dents or marks at the bottom end. A rare sword in good condition, all the rarer for having the spectacular brass scabbard.
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
Japanese Type 32 Cavalry Sword
A Japanese Type 32 1899 Cavalry Sword. Introduced in 1899 these swords saw service in the Russo Japan War of 1905 and up until WW2. The balde is 30 1/2? and is in good condition. There are some marks but no significant pitting. The guard shows pitting, but is in whole condition and good shape. The grip has the large chequering on both the metal back and hard wood front - both are clear and sharp. The catch securing the sword in the scabbard is in good working order. The metal scabbard is free from dents and creases and has been painted black.
Antique Sword stick / Cane - Rustic Style Stick
An antique sword cane of sword stick. This one is rather unusual in that it is a rustic country style black thorn or similar stick. Most sword sticks are rather more urban and polished in their style. The stick is of dark wood and has an old varnish type finish - possibly the original. There is a leather thong through the handle. The 27" fuller blade is in good condition but has some discolouration from age but no pitting. The overall length is 35". The end does not have a metal ferrule, and a small split has been repaired. The top of the "scabbard" part of the stick, where the blade enters has small splits which have been repaired.