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A Japanese early katana blade in mixed fittings including WW2 cloth and ray skin bound hilt
reshaped at the tip, engraved characters to the tang. Provenance: bought back to NZ by Naval Lieutenant H Prins (Dental) who was serving on HMNZS Achilles at war's end after the Japanese surrender. With original linen (surrender?) tag, and translation attributing the blade to Sadamasa c.1410.
A 19thC Scottish Officer’s Regimental Dirk of the 74th Highlanders
with notched backed fullered blade, etched one side with regimental badge, battle honours of the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War, the Second Anglo-Maratha War and the Peninsular War; to the other side with the battle honour Assaye (elephant superscribed Assaye) regimental badge and crowned VR cypher within symmetrical foliage. Maker marked Hamburger, Rogers & Co, 30 King Street, Covent Garden, London. The basket weave, brass studded ebonised baluster grip set with a simulated cairngorm; the hilt and leather scabbard with gilt-brass mounts cast and chased with the regimental badge, St. Andrew, battle honour to Assaye and silver '74'; accompanying by-knife and fork (missing stone) en suite with the dirk. Overall L.460mm
A pair of Irish flintlock coach pistols
early 18th century, the locks each marked 'Byrne fecit', walnut stocks with brass furniture including butts terminating in moulded mask bosses. Overall L.375mm. c.1700-1750. No licence required. The same engraving “Byrne Fecit” appears faintly on both pistols on the top straps of the barrels. Other markings are one the top strap behind the barrel – one above the fixing screw ‘32’ and one below the fixing screw ‘33’, both punched not engraved and of a later sans serif font. “No. 33” has a rejoined crack at the grip, filled borer holes, replacement ramrod, the front rod collar has a small split to the front edge and slight loss to the front edge, forward of the front rod collar hidden by the rod is an area with some wood filler. Apart from overall small handling knocks there’s a dent right forestock above the rear rod collar. “No 32” has a replaced ramrod, forward of the front rod collar hidden by the rod is a loose crack to the woodwork. Apart from overall small handling knocks there’s a small sliver of wood inlaid to a 2cm crack between the brass butt and the trigger back strap (paler colour), and a tight crack forward of the frizzen spring and diagonally up to the barrel.
A rare WWI Martinsyde Aviation (1908-1922) two-bladed airplane propeller
as used by the G102 Elephant. Laminated mahogany pegged construction, each central section with four bolt holes. Original shield form label attached, War Department stamped arrow and WD together with 'BEARDMORE MARTINSYDE'. Note: The Martinsyde G.100 ‘Elephant’ and the G.102 were British fighter bomber aircraft of the First World War built by Martinsyde. The type gained the name ‘Elephant’ from its relatively large size and lack of manoeuvrability. The G.100 was gradually succeeded by the more powerful G.102 with a 160 hp Beardmore engine. Family provenance: This propeller comes from the family of Godfrey Gleeson Johnstone who was flying with the Royal Flying Corps when he was killed in action flying a Bristol Fighter on 30/1/18, a photo of G. G. Johnstone being sold with this lot, together with a silver medal farming certificate awarded to R. Johnstone of Motuotaria New Zealand, presumably this is Robert, Godfrey's father, as noted in the document attached.
A Japanese type 98 military shin-gunto katana
with cloth bound ray skin covered hilt, the tang with incised and painted characters. Some small chips to blade edge. Blade L.890mm. Overall 1060mm.
A pair of French percussion pistols
walnut with checkered grips, steel locks, actions at fault, 22-gauge octagonal steel barrels (165mm 6½"), otherwise brass furniture all with decorative engraving, ramrods absent. Overall L.300mm. No license required.
A rare WWI Military Cross and service medal
awarded to 10/11/54 2nd Lt. Athol Richard McIsaac 1a Coy. 1st Bn. Wgtn. Reg., together with original typed document dated 23 Sep. '18. The award was 'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He worked with most untiring energy and determination for three days when in charge of a carrying party whose duty it was to keep his Bn. supplied with material from the Brigade dump. It was necessary to make each trip under very heavy shell-fire & it was due to his fine personal example that this supply was maintained'. Granted 15-8-17. McIsaac served October 1914 to January 1919 in Egypt, Gallipoli and Western Europe. In 1916 he was Court Martialled for drunkenness.
An 18thC East India Co. blunderbuss
steel barrel, the steel lock with engraved East India Co. mark and 'DEBENHAM', brass trigger guard and fittings to the captured steel ramrod. Some faults. L.765mm.
A George II brass barrelled blunderbuss
mahogany stock, brass furniture, steel lock, the brass barrel with proof marks, Government crown above GP and B apparently for Barker of Wigan. Captured ramrod. L.660mm.
A rare WWII L.R.D.G. (Long Range Desert Group) 9ct.gold and silver Sweetheart brooch
Egyptian made, the pierced central panel with scorpion above the letters 'L.R.D.G.' and framed by an encircling ring of 20 small diamonds. 3.96gm. L.152mm. Stamped '9ct' and Egyptian 'hallmarks'. Note: The exploits of the L.R.D.G. are well-known, being originally formed by David Stirling and employing the services of many British, Rhodesian and New Zealanders who fought against Rommel’s Afrika Korps in North Africa, conducting a campaign of harassment against German forces, often operating behind enemy lines.