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Some years ago a large quantity of these unissued holsters were found, none of them had the flap closed and thus we have portrayed it as they were found with the flap open. They were all sold around the world, this is one of the last examples, marked inside the flap ‘For Pistol 37M (UNG) Kal.7.65 MM’. Marked on the belt loop Luftwaffe acceptance stamp ‘CDC42’. All good white stitching visible.
A silver version of the Infantry Assault Badge, only faint traces of the silvering remaining but produced by the unusual maker for this badge of Hermann Aurich of Dresden. Complete with its hinge set in a circular raised base. Original pin and hook.
An absolutely magnificent mint untouched example of an unmarked Infantry Assault Badge in bronze. Complete with its original pin, hook, hinge and all bronze finish.
A good clean Japanese officers WWII sword having a 66.5cm blade, which is in good condition, very minor chipping to the lower section of the blade, still in good polish, very faint yakiba on the fighting edge. Good deep signature to the tang of five characters. Standard military tsuba with four sepa (spacers) in place. The wood scabbard is fully covered in its leather combat cover. The hilt has good service wear with all its correct mounts. The cloth binding shows good wear but not damaged and all in place, the ray skin below the cloth binding is perfect. Complete with the pommel with its portapee hanging ring. Accompanying this sword is the original bring-back document issued to British forces headed ‘Souvenirs certificate of retention’ certifying that a 1st Lieutenant Edge has been permitted to retain as a souvenir the following captured items, then handwritten ‘Japanese sword’ signed by a local Commander and dated ’24.2.46’. Please do not ask for any further images of this sword, this is a standard Japanese WWII officers sword, which we believe is machine made although deeply signed and is priced according to market conditions for a sword of this type.
A very fine condition model 24 stick grenade retaining virtually all of the paint finish to the head with some slight rust losses . The wood haft being marked ’43 BNB’. There would appear to be initials ‘F.J’ hand applied to the haft, the meaning of this we cannot explain. The end cap all in place with its internal porcelain ball and string pull. Finding stick grenades as good as this is very difficult. Please be aware we cannot export this item out of the United Kingdom.
A good 65.5cm blade with good clear yakiba showing proudly in a semi cloud pattern from the remainder of the still well polished blade. One minor chip to the lower section of the blade. Some areas of minor staining but generally overall still in excellent polish. The tang has a five character signature to one side with a Seki arsenal stamp and two character signature to the opposite side. Basically a Shin Gunto pattern sword. The smith has been identified as Kane Tatso, who was working circa 1940, rated 8 points on the level of swordsmiths. The sword is dated as of ‘1943’ and comes with a full print-out of the tang description with all the history of the sword by a recognised British Japanese sword expert. The tsuba (cross guard) standard military pattern with all of the correct amount of sepa (washers) in place. The hilt has service wear but with cloth binding totally undamaged, also the underlay ray skin without damage, with its portapee hanging ring to the top pommel, its sprung loaded sword release system in place. The metal scabbard has been covered in a suede combat cover, which is shredded to the lower part of scabbard as can be seen in our web images. Accompanying the sword is the original owner’s surrender label, which is now separated from the sword but is with the description. Also it is complete with its war trophy certificate from the 23rd Indian Division. The certificate has been signed to a corporal, the name appears to be Forty of the 23rd Indian Division Signals. An accompanying group of 46 loose photographs of the soldier’s service in India, some of the images are highly interesting, good uniform shots wearing the slouch hats with all divisional insignia visible. A group of photographs we believe may have been taken from a Japanese dead soldier or a prisoner, shots of life in Japan with female photographs. Life with his British corporal’s comrades in South East Asia. Various military vehicles being shown. Indian colleagues in his unit. Pictures of the English soldier’s wife or girlfriend at home. A nice typical South East Asia grouping. Double medal ribbon bar of the 1939-45 Star with the Burma Star ribbon. Supplementary clothing book issued to ‘D.Forty’ of ‘London NW9’ with some accompanying letters. A very interesting charge sheet in Batavia, for absenting himself without leave in that he was absent from 22.00 hours until reporting himself to the Orderly NCO at 07.00 hours, absent for 9 hours, his punishment was admonished, from an Indian colleaguea letter in which the Indian colleague addresses him as Corporal Potti, the English used by his Indian colleague is superb. A complete highly interesting group, sword, certificate, identification of the sword and identification of the soldier who brought the sword back. Please be aware we will not be offering any more photographs of this sword, we have given it an excellent description and are offering it at a price of a standard market Japanese sword with extra papers.
A standard Japanese all canvas service cap worn by a rank known as a Socho (Sergeant Major). This cap has a lovely combat feel to it, much sweat use around the forehead area. The material to the peak is well worn where the cap has been repeatedly removed and replaced. Complete with its yellow on olive brown canvas armed forces star, black chinstrap, plain side buttons. To the left hand side of the cap as the cap is worn is the three star rank insignia of a Sergeant Major with a hand embroidered motif to the right of the insignia, which may indicate a rank or arm of service. Most Japanese caps that turn up on the market are unused, this is a field combat worn example.
A good matched number K98 bayonet, blade has lost its blueing and slight evidence of sharpening to the fighting edge but the profile is still good. Numbered ‘9917’ with matched number ‘9917’ to the upper throat area of the scabbard. All celluloid grips undamaged. Maker marked ‘Elite/Diamant’ on the reverse side of the upper portion of the blade. Twin waffen amt stamps to the upper pommel. Rifle fitting sprung loaded system present and working correctly. In its original scabbard which is undated and retains much original blueing and its brown leather combat frog.
The blade has lost all its blueing, some evidence of sharpening but the profile is still good. Numbered ‘9356’ to one side of the upper section of the blade, to the opposite side coded ’41 ASW’. Slight loss of blueing to the cross guard, Bakelite grips complete and undamaged. Twin waffen amt stamps to the upper pommel. The sprung loaded rifle fixing system all in place and working correctly. In its original matched number scabbard, which has lost its blueing, with a good example of the style of frog with the closing strap for the hilt.
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