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  1. Here are some pictures of the Hotchkiss being used.
  2. The Hotchkiss Portative light machine gun was designed by famous French arms-making company Hotchkiss in around 1907, and was produced for both domestic use (mostly on early aircraft) and for export. Commercial versions of this gun were also sold to Belgium and Sweden. The American version was known as Benet-Mercie machine rifle, M1909. The British version was known as .303 Hotchkiss Portable Machine gun M 1909 Mark I, officially adopted for cavalry service in 1916. It was again a slightly modified Hotchkiss Portative, adapted to .303 British ammunition; other changes include a separate pistol
  3. This Japanese smoothbore musket is often referred to as a Tanegashima (種子島), after the island where a Chinese junk with Portuguese adventurers on board was driven to anchor by a storm in 1543. The local lord purchased two matchlocks from the Portuguese, and then had his swordsmith copy the weapon. These were also often called in Japanese and sometimes in English hinawajū (火縄銃), or "matchlock gun." These muskets were used by the samurai class and their foot soldiers (ashigaru). In a country that venerated tradition, the use of the Tanegashima continued for over 300 years, until the 1870s and ea
  4. Here is a 1893 design Imperial Japanese Navy dirk with high quality fittings with applied cherry blossoms, shagreen covered scabbard and a raindrop pattern habaki. The photograph shows the dirk being worn by a Japanese naval officer identified as Ensign Uebayashi.
  5. Very interesting sword and great information. Thanks! Dick
  6. Here is a Naval Kai-Gunto officers pattern sword introduced to the navy in the early 1930’s based on the traditional tachi (slung sword) and a Shin Guntō used by the Imperial Japanese Army. Both of these swords have early signed blades and were surrendered to Rear Admiral James Kepler Davis in 1945.
  7. Beautiful helmet!!! Thank you for sharing it with us. Dick
  8. Here is an Imperial German Military Reservist`s round porcelain flask enclosed in a pressed pewter case, with painted military motifs and scenes of soldiers on leave, the screw-top surmounted with an eagle, having a black and white cord strap.
  9. Here is a period framed portrait by Wilhelm Schodde (1883-1951) of Friedrich Wilhelm Victor August Ernst (6 May 1882 – 20 July 1951) of the House of Hohenzollern. He was the last Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Prussia and the German Empire. Size: 9 1/2” X 12”
  10. The lance cap, pouch and 1909 Roth Steyr are stunning. The only suggestion I would make for the photo would be to include the hilt of a lancer sword. Thank you for posting the picture. Dick
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