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'Bombarde' - vintage tinplate exploding cork-firing toy pistol A quirky little French toy designed to fire corks filled with a tiny explosive charge when struck by a spring-loaded 'firing pin' just inside the muzzle. Once fired, the firing pin is ‘re-cocked’ by pushing the trigger forward. An interesting and scarce collectable. Overall condition of the pistol is good apart from the muzzle area which has suffered some paint loss and surface rust owing to the corrosive nature of the explosive charge. Box is in reasonable condition - sellotape repair to one tuck-in flap and missing one small flap at either end. NB. Exploding corks now obsolete. Box: H:8.5 x W: 13.5cm Pistol: H:8 x W: 11.5cm UK sales only.
1938/1939 British Territorial Army buttonhole lapel badge Unmarked sterling silver. Issue number 29688 It was announced in Parliament in March 1938 that a TA badge was to be issued (together with a certificate) to all TA officers and ORs on enlistment. The badges were numbered - numbers 1 and 2 were presented to the King and Queen as Honorary Colonels of TA regiments. Issue ceased when the TA was absorbed into the army in 1939. The Territorial Force was originally formed on 1st April 1908 and combined and re-organised the old Volunteer Force with the Yeomanry. On 1st October 1920, the Territorial Force was renamed the Territorial Army - composition of divisions altered in line with the reduced need for cavalry. Good condition. Toned. H:22mm
8th Army Old Comrades Association letter stand/pen holder A functional handmade item, possibly from 'reclaimed' timber and quite charming in its simplicity. Overall very good condition. Slight tarnish to chrome bezel. The 8th Army was one of the best-known formations of the British Army during WWII, famously fighting Rommel in North Africa at Tobruk and El Alamein, eventually leading to the invasion of Sicily and mainland Italy. H:10 x W:23.4 x D:8cm
ARP - a Practical Guide for Householder and Air-Raid Warden - 5th Edition The definitive publication covering every conceivable aspect of warfare on the Home Front. Well illustrated with diagrams, black & white photographs and four pages of colour illustrations which formed the basis of the Wills's ARP cigarette cards series. A well used book, named on the front cover. Outer covers are grubby with some distress to the spine, the pages are well-thumbed with some corners turned over. Hint of a central fold mark on each page. No rips or tears. The overall condition certainly points to the likelihood of it having belonged to a warden. Essential reading for British Home Front collectors. H:21.5 x W:14cm
Artefacts recovered from U-534 - overview Sunk in 1945 and salvaged in 1993, U-534 is a permanent feature of Merseytravel's “U-Boat Story” exhibition at Birkenhead ( A wide variety of items recovered from inside the vessel can be seen; weapons, equipment, bottles, jars, crockery, medical instruments and personal belongings. Pockets of air aided preservation, even paperwork has been found in unbelievably good condition. Duplication made it unnecessary for everything recovered to be displayed, from both a visual perspective and also space considerations. Limited storage facilities determined that surplus items could be released into the public domain, thereby creating opportunities for anyone with an interest in U-534 to personally own and preserve a unique piece of U-Boat history. 4-page A6 size information leaflet with every order - click on images. Find all U-534 items in category: Recovered from U-534
Ashtray - R.E.M.E. British Army of the Rhine, Christmas 1948 Very heavy cast bronze ashtray (1.1kg) incorporating the R.E.M.E. cap badge and the words in relief: Rhine Army Christmas 1948. Produced in the R.E.M.E. workshops during the period of the first major international crisis of the Cold War when in June 1948, the Soviet Union blockaded access to the sectors of Berlin under Western control resulting in the organisation of the Berlin Airlift which lasted until September 1949. A poignant reminder of a period in time when, after the end of WWII, the prospect of peace dissolved into a new period of anxiety. It should be safe to assume that only a small quantity of these ashtrays were produced. Stained, particulary in the 'ash well' but commensurate with use and age. Overall good condition. L:13.4 x W:10.3 x D:2.5cm
BBC booklet Economical Cookery III - Autumn 1933 A collection of recipes required for reference during the morning talks on cookery broadcast by Mrs.Arthur Webb. 3rd October - 19th December 1933 The development of British radio broadcasting technology in the 1920s and 1930s and the progressively widespread use of radio sets established a new platform from which to engage and influence the population on a number of matters. The British Broadcasting Corporation's public service principles of programmes to inform, educate and entertain gave rise to various content experiments at a time when there were very few precedents. One such innovation was the cookery talk. This was broadcast live and of course without the possibility of practical demonstration, and constituted a new, and abstract form of communication primarily designed for women in their own homes. Nicely illustrated and an interesting insight into domestic life between the wars. Cover distressed at spine and has separated from main pages. The pages themselves have only minor issues and are all generally in good order. H:21.5 x W:14cm
Beer bottle - recovered from U-534 Green glass bottle with prominent mould seam and a large X in relief on base. The bottle will be dispatched in condition as recovered, with staining and silt residue. No cracks or damage. Some collectors may prefer to clean items for display, one photo shows what can be achieved. Please note - only a small number available. The image is representative and the item you receive will not necessarily be the one in the photograph. H:23.5 x Dia:6.3cm
Berlin Relic - German M-35 combat helmet Unearthed during work on the U-Bahn by site workers and purchased by a colleague via a contact in Berlin. Although in relic condition it is generally very solid with only minor perforations. There are a number of cracks which could possibly be blast damage. It has been chemically treated to remove surface rust and sediment and to stabilise corrosion. The outer has been waxed, the inner has been painted with rust inhibiting paint. It is an interesting display item, particularly because of its association with the Battle for Berlin.
Berlin relic - Worker's Day Badge 1st May 1936 Obtained by a colleague via a contact in Berlin, this is one of a number of tokens and badges found inside a buried ammunition box by workers on a construction site at Leipziger Platz in the centre of Berlin, in 2014. Logo 'N' within a triangle on the reverse. Manufactured by: BERG & NOLTE AG LÜDENSCHEID. Small pockets of corrosion and staining, date slightly obscured but remains legible. Pin has rusted away. Dia: 35mm
Berlin relic - Worker's Day Badge 1st May 1936 Obtained by a colleague via a contact in Berlin, this is one of a number of tokens and badges found inside a buried ammunition box by workers on a construction site at Leipziger Platz in the centre of Berlin, in 2014. Manufactured by: C. TH. DICKE LÜDENSCHEID. Small pockets of corrosion and staining. Pin has rusted away. Dia: 35mm
Berlin relic - Worker's Day Badge 1st May 1936 Obtained by a colleague via a contact in Berlin, this is one of a number of tokens and badges found inside a buried ammunition box by workers on a construction site at Leipziger Platz in the centre of Berlin, in 2014. Manufactured by: C. TH. DICKE LÜDENSCHEID (partially obscured). Small pockets of corrosion and staining. Pin has rusted away. Dia: 35mm
Berlin relic - Worker's Day Badge 1st May 1936 Obtained by a colleague via a contact in Berlin, this is one of a number of tokens and badges found inside a buried ammunition box by workers on a construction site at Leipziger Platz in the centre of Berlin, in 2014. Manufactured by: C. TH. DICKE LÜDENSCHEID (partially obscured). Small pockets of corrosion and staining. Date is obliterated to a large degree. Pin has rusted away. Dia: 35mm
Berlin relic - WWII Russian Ssh-40 combat helmet From the area now known as Teltow-Fläming in Brandenburg, the region around Berlin. This helmet was purchased by a colleague via a contact in Berlin. It has been cleaned to remove debris but has not been treated with a rust stabiliser. The metal is generally very solid with a few minor perforations in the crown. Liner pad metalwork and chinstrap bales are present. Some traces of paint remain. NB. There is a small fragment of metal missing from the rim area lower left behind the ear, with a crack in the helmet directly opposite. Possible shell splinter / blast damage. When the Allies halted their advance on 16th April 1945 to give the Soviets a free hand in crushing all German resistance and capturing Berlin, the battle which ensued, and its aftermath, remain one of the bloodiest and most controversial events of WWII.
Berlin relics - two Winterhilfswerk pin badges Designs incorporating the 'reversed' swastika of ancient civilisations. Brown plastic 'sun wheel' - dia: 29mm On the reverse: SOPHIENHOF / PO BRONZENE HANGEDOSE UM 1000 V D ZIR Silver finish plastic - dia: 32mm On the reverse: KÖLN-GOLDANHÄNGER MÜNGERSDORF 500-600 FRÄNKISCH Obtained by a colleague via a contact in Berlin, these two badges were found together with a number of other tokens and badges inside a buried ammunition box, by workers on a construction site at Leipziger Platz in the centre of Berlin in 2014. Both have pins missing and damage as shown. The flattened edge of the larger badge could have been caused by contact with a hot surface.
Book - Reception of His Imperial Majesty The German Emperor (Kaiser Wilhelm II) by The Corporation of the City of London at the Guildhall on 10th July 1891 Cloth bound with gold blocking to front cover and 59 gilt edged pages of facts relating to the Corporation and Guildhall's achievements. Printed letterpress by City Press, W.H. and L.Collingridge, 148 & 189 Aldersgate Street, London. Kaiser Wilhelm II, the eldest grandchild of Queen Victoria, was the last German Emperor and King of Prussia, ruling from June 1888 to November 1918. Having dismissed the Chancellor, Otto von Bismarck in 1890, he launched Germany on a belligerent "New Course" in foreign affairs that culminated in his support for Austria-Hungary in the crisis of July 1914 leading in a matter of days to outbreak of war. Generally in reasonably good condition. Front cover has some slight creasing to bottom right corner. Some foxing to end sheets and title page and one or two minor marks throughout. No tears or rips. H:16 x W:10.5cm
Book - Revolving Arms The Arms & Armour Series A. W. F. Taylerson First Edition - October 1967 Hardback - 123 pages Published by Herbert Jenkins, London. Covers the history of mechanically rotated revolving cylinder firearms in England, the Continent and the United States and traces the early history of Samuel Colt the "father' of revolvers as we know them today. Over 150 weapons and lock mechanisms are illustrated, revealing the ingenuity of designers and manufacturers from every part of the world. A most important contribution to the literature on the subject. Inside front dust jacket has bottom corner cut off to remove price. Overall not mint, but very good condition. Dust jacket is encapsulated in cellophane and has some hardly noticeable edge scuffs. Internally very nice, tightly bound with clean pages. Just the slightest trace of dustiness to page edges. H:24 x W:15.3 x D:2.2cm
Book - Roll of Honour - The Great War 1914-1918 The East Lancashire Regiment (Covers the period 1914 - 1921). R. Raymond Walsh and Jean M. Walsh Limited Edition - 21st May1999 Hardback - 164 pages with dust jacket Published by T.H.C.L. Books, Blackburn, Lancs., England. Condition - new. Dedication page has a sticker with an original signature in ink by John Kenneally VC who was remembered in Winston Churchill's broadcast speech "Five Years of War" on 13th May 1945. Raymond Walsh, born in Blackburn in 1925, was a former East Lancashire Regiment soldier who documented the burial places of all those who served in the regiment. He wrote and published over 95 military titles including the official WWII record for Stonyhurst College, the seven Victoria Cross recipients of Stonyhurst and the four VCs of Blackburn. He died in May 2018 at the age of 92. These books are from his estate - 3 available. H:30 x W:21.5 x D:1.5cm
Book - The Battle Book of Ypres Compiled by Beatrix Brice Second Edition - October 1927 Hardback - 273 pages Published by John Murray, Albemarle Street, London. Inside front cover glued-in inscription leaf with the printed words: "This book is inscribed to commemorate the service in the Ypres Salient of" and handwritten in ink: C. N. Mitchell. (Possibly C. N. Mitchell, King's Liverpool Regiment). Contains clear accounts of the fighting in the Ypres Salient during WWI with reference to the events in and around each hamlet, village or wood. The names given to each stage of the struggle by the Battle Nomenclature Committee are listed in the appendix together with a pull-out map in perfect condition. Also included is an index of formations and units. Good used condition with some yellowing to pages and page ends but no creasing or tears. Binding remains firm. Board covers showing some scuffing and colour loss to edges, spine dull. Ypres stands out as one of the many hard-fought battles on the Western Front and was the focal point of desperate fighting over 4 years. Officially there were four main battles in 1914, 1915, 1917 and 1918; these were more accurately peaks in a continuing struggle, for Ypres symbolised Belgian defiance, and the British continued to expend disproportionate resources on defending it. It never fell, although the Germans came close to its gates, and indeed its loss would have been a severe blow to morale. H:23 x W:615.5 x D:2.7cm
Book - War Pictures by British Artists No.4; Army Published by Oxford University Press, 1942 A collection of 50 interesting drawings and paintings reproduced from originals created by artists working under the official direction of the War Office. The subjects are varied and sometimes record important 'trivialities' of military life that are easily overlooked. There are 5 pages containing notes on the pictures at the back of the book. Pages show small areas of yellowing and foxing but remain firmly attached. Cover/dust jacket distressed and separating at spine. H:19 x W:12cm
Bottle - recovered from U-534 Moulded clear glass wide neck screw neck bottle, purpose unknown. Moulded in relief on base: Kau 50 The bottle will be dispatched in condition as recovered, with staining and silt residue. Screw cap absent. No cracks or damage. H:8 x Dia:4.2cm
Bottle - recovered from U-534 Moulded clear glass screw neck bottle with a number of small air bubbles trapped in the glass. Similar shape to the condiment bottle but smaller. Purpose unknown. The bottle will be dispatched in condition as recovered, with staining and silt residue. Screw cap absent. No cracks or damage. H:9.5 x D:3.6cm
Bradford Workhouse Copper Penny Token - 1812 Obverse: UNION COPPER COMPANY . BIRMINGHAM . 1812 Reverse: FOR PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION . BRADFORD WORKHOUSE - ONE PENNY TOKEN The workhouse (aka a spike) was a place where those unable to support themselves were offered accommodation and employment. In 1812, when there was a national shortage of coins, Bradford was one of several urban workhouses to issue poor relief in the form of specially minted workhouse tokens. These were usable at local shops and could be redeemed by the shopkeepers at the workhouse. Workhouse life was usually quite harsh to deter the able-bodied poor and to ensure only the truly destitute would apply. Quite a scarce token and an evocative relic from Dickensian social history. Condition: Heavily toned and worn condition. Dia: 36mm
Brass button stick - RAF issue dated 1940 Stamped with a crown over AM (Air Ministry) and the code B147101/40/CI(B) Some light surface marks/scratches but otherwise good condition. When cleaning buttons on a uniform, the button stick was placed behind the buttons to prevent the fabric being stained by polish. L:17.3cm
Brass button stick - West Riding Divisional Transport & Supply Column Stamped W. R. DIVL T&S and low service number 92. Manufactured by HIATT, a Birmingham company established c.1880 and more widely associated with the manufacture of handcuffs. The West Riding Division was a formation of the Territorial Force created as a result of the army reforms of 1908. During WWI it was retitled as part of the Divisional Train, Army Service Corps. Age related surface marks and a large circular scratch around HIATT. Does not lie flat, but otherwise good, cleaned condition. NB. The 'L' in 'DIVL' is raised to accomodate an underscore.
Buchenwald survivor's pin badge commemorating a Liberation Day meeting in 1954 International Liberation Day 11th April 1954 - The hand representing the sworn oath "Never again an SS Europe". This was linked to a campaign against the war treaties of Bonn and Paris favouring a revival of West German military power adding weight to Europe's defences during the Cold War. Buchenwald concentration camp, located near the City of Weimar, Germany, was liberated on 11th April 1945 by four US soldiers in the 6th Armoured Division commanded by General Patton. Just before the Americans arrived, the camp had already been taken over by the Communist prisoners. More information can be found at: under World War II history - Who liberated Buchenwald? Overall very good condition. H:5 x W:4.2cm
Cast aluminium ashtray - Ancona 1944-1945 Circular ashtray with cigarette rests (creating a lifebelt effect) together with King's Crown and crossed anchors, suported by three square-section legs. Probably sandcast, there is a small loss of material on the left bottom edge, no doubt occuring during manufacture. Some staining in the centre from the heat and ash of cigarettes, but otherwise in very nice condition. The Port of Ancona, on the Adriatic coast of Italy, became pivotal in the Allied plan to gain possession of a seaport closer to the front line than Pescara and Anzio in order to support the advance into Northern Italy. The Polish 2nd Corps serving as part of the British Army together with the 7th Queen's Own Hussars who were seconded to them, were tasked with capturing the city, which they accomplished between 16th June - 18th July 1944, the formal surrender of Italy taking place in May 1945. L:15.5 x W:12 x H:3cm
Chip carved wooden eagle with young From the bar area of a Polish Club which has closed down. Partially stained, this dramatic sculpture emphasises the majestic parent with the young bird below holding down a snake with its claws. The origin of the White Eagle being seen as a good omen and becoming Poland's national symbol over a thousand years ago is legendary. Historically, it has been utilised by Polish armed forces for a wide variety of insignia. Lovely vintage condition. H:36.5 x W:18 x D:7.5cm
Cigarette card album - Cycling 1839 - 1939 Issued by John Player & Sons A nicely illustrated and informative set of cards which are all present and correct, remaining bright and colourful. The pages are clean with no tears or creases and no ink or pencil marks apart from the date, June 1939, hand-written in ink inside front cover. Foxing to outer covers and to a far lesser degree throughout. Rust bleed from staples in the centre spread. H:12.7 x W:19cm
Cigarette card album - Our King and Queen Issued by W.D. & H.O. Wills to commemorate the Coronation of George VI on 12th May 1937 All cards are present and are very bright. There is some curvature to the pages owing to the added thickness of the cigarette cards but all pages are clean with no marks. The staples are badly rusted however and the centre leaves have come away, so priced accordingly. Despite the faults it remains a very informative booklet for anyone who has an interest in the Monarchy prior to WWII. H:12.7 x W:19cm
Cigarette card album - Sea Fishes Issued by John Player & Sons circa 1935 Well illustrated and interesting cards. All are present and correct but some have been glued in at a slight angle or slightly overlapping the printed borders. The pages are clean with no tears or creases and no ink or pencil marks. Rust bleed from staples in the centre spread. H:18.5 x W:12.5cm
Cold War era plaque - No. 247 (China British) Squadron, Royal Air Force Handpainted wooden plaque in original heavy duty cardboard retailer's box - unused condition. Stamped on reverse - Made in Gt. Britain. Known as China British squadron in recognition of the donations made by the British colonies during WWII which were established on the Chinese Coast. The financial gift also included the badge with the scroll with Chinese characters ‘Cheu Feng’ meaning “fierce wind or hurricane” and the motto “Rise from the East”. The squadron was heavily involved both in the defence of the UK during WWII and the Cold War. The squadron’s history is interesting - from its formation in 1918 as an anti-submarine and reconnaissance flying boat squadron patrolling the North Sea, to its final disbandment in 1963 as a Bristol Bloodhound surface-to-air missile unit. More information available online. Box: H:19.5 x W:17 x D:2.5cm Plaque: H:17.5 x W:14.7 x D:2cm
Cold War era Romanian M73/80 combat helmet Standard military issue during the regime of Nicolae Ceausescu. A replacement for the M73 (with frontal badge), the helmet design dates from pre-WWII and is a variant of the Dutch M34. Made from magnetic steel, it has a four-point chinstrap and insulated liner. It is believed the first two digits of the batch number date this to 1975. There are also several ink stamps to the inner band and the owner's name hand-written in ink. Overall very good used, but not abused condition with only light surface abrasions and minor paint loss under front rim. No dings or dents. Lace tie and one grommet in a liner tongue absent. NB. Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, Elena were executed by soldiers on Christmas Day, 1989 after a brief 'show trial' on charges of genocide and illegal gathering of wealth.
Cologne bottle, GLOCKENGASSE Köln No. 4711 - recovered from U-534 The world famous fragrance which is being made to this day originated in the beginning of the 18th Century and takes its name from the manufacturing address: No. 4711 in Glockengasse, Cologne, Germany. The Kriegsmarine issued vast amounts of 4711 to U-Boat crews as there were limited opportunities for bathing, and the scent was an attempt to improve the odour on board ship. Allegedly crew members didn't use much of it, preferring instead to take it home for the women in their lives. The bottle will be dispatched in condition as recovered, with staining and silt residue. No cracks or damage. No top. Some collectors may prefer to clean items for display, one photo shows what can be achieved. Please note - only a small number available. The image is representative and the item you receive will not necessarily be the one in the photograph. H:11 x W:4.2 x D:3.5cm
Condiment/sauce bottle - recovered from U-534 Moulded clear glass bottle with black bakelite screw-on top and moulded lettering and numerals in relief on base. Circular plug with a small central hole loose inside the bottle. The bottle will be dispatched in condition as recovered, with staining and silt residue. No cracks or damage. Some collectors may prefer to clean items for display, one photo shows what can be achieved. Please note - only a small number available. The image is representative and the item you receive will not necessarily be the one in the photograph. H:12 x Dia:4.5cm
Control valve position indicator - recovered from U-534 Specific application unknown. Ein = On Aus = Off Circular plaque - the inner edge is slightly bevelled - manufactured from a composite material with black facings. The lettering has been cut through the facing revealing the core material on which can be seen traces of white paint. Countersunk screw holes - three equal diameter, one smaller. Condition good with some minor scratch marks and slight damage to front edge 4 o'clock position. Staining to reverse. Dia: 9cm
Corgi Classics D-Day Anniversary boxed set No. 97714 Created to mark the 50th Anniversary of Operation Overlord June 6th 1944 - June 6th 1994. This four vehicle set comprises the Southampton double deck open top tram, Morris J RAF recruiting van, Ford Popular Royal Navy staff car and a Bedford O Series army stores vehicle. The vehicles have not been used as toys and are in excellent to mint condition. The box is in overall good condition with slight fading to the yellow background and vertical corners to lid and base are slightly stressed - minor faults and do not detract from the overall look. The polystyrene inner tray is in overall good condition with minimal signs of disturbance to the formed edges. There are finger holes in the base of the box and the polystyrene tray to enable the vehicles to be pushed up and extracted easily. Includes Classic Collectables leaflet with an invitation to send off for a free Collectors Pack - the reply section has been removed. The set should also contain a small serial numbered certificate which is absent. Box: H:6 x W:27.5 x D:18cm
Coronation of King George VI / Edward VIII commemorative set Edward VIII became king on the death of his father George V on 20th January 1936. Due to be crowned in 1937, he abdicated on 11th December 1936 having created a constitutional crisis by proposing marriage to socialite and divorcee Wallis Simpson. Edward was succeeded by his younger brother George VI, the coronation taking place on the day originally planned for Edward - 12th May 1937. The set includes the following: Pin brooch and a spoon with enamelled terminal, both inset with a gold coloured medallion with bust of Edward VIII facing right and the words Edward VIII Crowned May XII. MCM XXX VII. Capital letters G (George) and E (Edward) in blue enamel are incorporated into the brooch on either side of the medallion. Two medallions 36mm dia. - one in a silver finish and one in a gold finish suspended from a red, white and blue ribbon. The design of the medallions is identical. Both carry the busts (facing left) of George V and Elizabeth (Queen Mother to be) and the words George V. Elizabeth Crowned May XII. MCM XXX VII. The reverse bears an image of Britannia seated right with the words CANADA. INDIA S.AFRICA. AUSTRALIA. NEW ZEALAND. BRITAIN. Engraver's initials ECRP - Edward Carter Preston. The brooch is pinned into the velvet lining, the other three items are held in position with the original cotton thread and have never been removed. The box is made up from stiff card and is covered with a thin navy blue faux leather finish. The top has some minor indentations with slight wear to corners. The silk lining inside the lid is marked with the impressions of all four items. This is an unusual and scarce set and rare to find in this condition. NB. Edward and Wallis Simpson visited Germany in October 1937 and met with Adolph Hitler at his Obersalzberg retreat at Berchtesgaden. During the visit Edward gave full Nazi salutes. Hitler is reported to have said; "I am certain through him permanent friendly relations could have been achieved. If he had stayed, everything would have been different. His abdication was a severe loss to us". Box L:16.2 x W:10.3 x D:2.2cm
Cover, British combat helmet GS, Mk6 - Desert DP Size: Medium. Unissued and in original polythene wrapper dated 2010. Four available. The Mk 6 helmet was the standard issue helmet for the British Armed Forces introduced into service from 1985. It was replaced by the Mk7 helmet in 2009.
Deutsches Reich Reisepass - named to Elisabeth Tegge A German National travel passport belonging to a postal assistant from Potsdam, Berlin. Born 18.11.1896. This document has been de-nazified with the obliteration of all swastikas within official stamps and the cover has been removed. Majority of pages blank. Very good used condition, staining to top corner of every page. H:16.5 x W:11cm
Die Deutsche Arbeitsfront Mitgliedsbuch grouping WWII DAF Membership book to Hermann Schmidt - bricklayer Interesting group of three items. When found, the membership book contained a solicitor's letter confirming the signing of a house purchase contract and a Feldpost letter with a tantilising admission "I was with Ingrid alone in the cinema". The last two documents associated with a Paul Stolze. The book carries contribution stamps to confirm membership dues paid, from August 1935 to December 1944. The book is in particularly nice condition. The paperwork is in vintage condition with age fading and minor stains but little to criticise. When the Nazis came to power in Germany in1933, the free trade unions were dissolved and their members were absorbed into the newly created DAF - Deutsche Arbeitsfront (German Labour Front) and became the largest of all the various Nazi organizations. The aims were to create a national community of professional and manual labourers, and to educate them in National Socialist principles. Membership benefits included entertainment, sport, and travel opportunities provided by the attached KdF - "Kraft durch Freude" (Strength through Joy), welfare organization.
DJH Booklet - Ranzlein 1937 "Knapsack - A merry yearbook for small migrant people" written by von Otto Scholz a prolific author of 'inspirational books' for young people. Yearbook for the German Youth with 48 pages of stories, poems and puzzles, many with an NSDAP message or moral and also a calendar. Fair overall condition with page yellowing throughout. The front cover is stained and has started to split at the spine but remains firmly attached. A small number of the illustrations have been coloured in - a nice personal touch. DJH was the merger of the Deutsches Jugendherbergswerk (German Youth Hostel Association) into the Hitlerjugend (Hitler Youth). H:15.7 x W10.7cm
Film prop 9mm semi-auto pistol magazine used in Black Hawk Down Stamped P3 CAL 9 PARA MADE IN U.S.A. From Ridley Scott’s 2001 action film starring: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore and Eric Bana. An interesting item for display made from solid moulded rubber with painted 'bullets'. Used for set-dressing and to fill the ammo pouches of the US Rangers. Supplied with encapsulated Certificate of Authenticity from Movie Bits, Braintree, Essex. Magazine: H:12cm Certificate: A5 UK sales only.
Film prop Tommy helmet from Warner Bros. Dunkirk (2017) Specially manufactured one piece moulded lightweight plastic helmet with plain webbing chinstrap, supplied for secondary use, not close to camera. Simplicity is the keyword - there isn't even a liner. Effective enough on screen, the only giveaway is in one of the final scenes with discarded helmets on the beach, a few of which have the insides towards the camera. Obtained via a colleague with a connection to a film worker.
Five WWII era song sheets Great titles from the 40s - a reminder that music and entertainment were vitally important in morale boosting, both on the Fighting Front and the Home Front. These evocative cover designs epitomise the style and mood of the war years and conjure up images of sing-songs with British and American servicemen around the piano in the 'local'. Well-used condition, a few creases and the odd torn corner. Two sizes; H:31.5 x W:30cm and H:28 x W:21.5cm
Forever Young movie - original press pack A 1992 Warner Bros. film starring Mel Gibson and Jamie Lee Curtis In 1939, test pilot Daniel McCormick (Mel Gibson) has the perfect job - flying B-25s for the newly formed Air Corps and volunteers for a top secret cryogenics experiment that accidentally puts him into a frozen slumber for over 50 years. He awakens in 1992, lost, alone and out of step... Given out to the press/media just before the release of a film, press kits are put together once only and never re-issued. This complete kit comprises: Oversize A4 pocket folder containing an A4 4-page colour synopsis, a very interesting and lengthy typewritten background information document and 8 glossy 10 x 8in B&W bromide photographs. Slight creasing and signs of use to outside of folder. All contents in excellent unmarked condition.
Framed Coldstream Guards silver bullion badge - unique leaving gift A memento presented to a serving soldier who was leaving the regiment. Various signed good wishes are written on the reverse. The Coldstream Guards are recognised the world over by their scarlet tunics and black busbies worn when performing royal duties. An interesting one-off in overall good condition. Very slight discolouration to mount on left hand side. Overall: H:24 x W:24cm Badge size: H:9.5 x W:9.5cm
French postcard - April Fool's Day (Poisson D'Avril) Traditionally related to the classic April Fool's ritual of attaching paper fishes to the backs of unsuspecting victims without them noticing (inspired by the calendar reform of 1564) to being a device for a man to reveal his romantic feelings towards the woman of his desire - and with many other associations in-between. Poisson D'Avril cards certainly offer an incredible range of interesting designs to collect. Stamp and postmark to the front dated 1908, addressed to a Mademoiselle Sophie in Constantinople - this could certainly lead one to a romantic train of thought. Very good overall condition - one small crease bottom right corner.
Hand painted wooden plaque - Royal Army Pay Corps Granted the title ‘Royal’ at the end of WWI in recognition of its valuable service, the Royal Army Pay Corps deals with every kind of pay and allowance to all ranks, their wives, families and dependents. Things have changed enormously from the days of the Peninsular War when their forerunners (the Paymasters) hauled boxes of gold coins all over Spain. Some minor edge knocks and loss of finish to varnish on corners and edges. The artwork remains bright and is in very good condition with just two or three minor surface scratches which are not immediately noticeable. The original suspender has been removed and replaced with side mounting brackets. H:24.5 x W:24 x D:2cm
Honey jar - recovered from U-534 Clear glass jar with ribbed pattern on sides for better purchase when opening. Profuse moulded wording roughly translates as follows: REICHS FACHGRUPP IMKER - Reichs professional beekeeper - surrounding a graphic representation of bees flying to a hive within a dispenser. Around the circumference near the base: Gewähr für echten deutschen honig - Guarantee for real German honey. Repeated on base: Reichs professional beekeeper - also: D.R.G.M - Deutsches Reich Gebrauchsmuster - German Reich Registered Design. Nur für nahrungsmitter - Just for foodstuff. The jar will be dispatched in condition as recovered, with staining and silt residue in base. No cracks or damage. Some collectors may prefer to clean items for display, photos show what can be achieved. Please note - only a small number available. The image is representative and the item you receive will not necessarily be the one in the photograph. H:9.3 x Dia:8.3cm
Inert 12-bore shotgun cartridge - Agricultural Departments' Reserve Believed to be a WWII era cartridge (Ref. Imperial War Museum) loaded with English No.5 shot, a popular size for rabbit and pigeon control. Manufactured by Eley-Kynoch. No.5 shot is 2.79mm dia, with 220 pellets to the ounce. Some staining to brass but overall good condition with lettering clearly ink stamped. INERT - Propellant removed - primer oiled and shot has been inserted which rattles when shaken. Case wall has not been drilled. No licence is required to possess this inert cartridge in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. UK sales only.
Kriegsmarine Küchentuch The humble galley cloth can easily be overshadowed when in the company of more 'exotic' Kriegsmarine collectables. However, a navy sails on its stomach and items such as this are an important reminder of the wide array of stores and equipment needed simply for the process of feeding the crew. Horizontal stitched red band incorporating two Kriegsmarine motifs. Stitched-on cloth hook loop positioned centrally on left. All edges hemmed. Faded partial ink stamps top left corner. Only a few characters visible - these appear clearer under ulta-violet light. Used condition. Overall slightly off-white with larger areas of light staining and some dark spots. One hole with frayed edges measures 1.5 x 2cm approx positioned 11cm from bottom and centred under Kriegsmarine motif on left side. L:103 x D:44.5cm
L/Cpl Rambahadur Limbu VC - 2nd Bn 10th Princess Mary's Own Gurkha Rifles Two Christmas cards, each containing an original photograph of L/Cpl Rambahadur Limbu VC, one of which was taken during a reception held on July 18th 1968. The gentleman who is accompanying Rambahadur Limbu in both these two photographs sent the cards to his family friends with personal greetings which have not been shown out of courtesy. Lance Corporal Rambahadur Limbu (later promoted to Captain) was awarded his VC by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 12th July 1966 in recognition of his heroism during a battle that took place on 21st November 1965 in Sarawak, Borneo. He is the only surviving Gurkha VC winner and he gave evidence at a Parliamentary investigation in 2014 into alleged injustices faced by Gurkhas in terms of pay, pensions and welfare. Both cards are in good vintage condition - the front of the smaller one has yellowed with age.
Large WWII hand carved wooden wall plaque - 34 Bomber Squadron RAF Badge: In front of an increscent, a wolf passant. Motto: Lupus vult, lupus volant - wolf wishes, wolf flies. Inscription carved on the reverse: To the best ground staff I have worked with 34 Squadron May 1945 from F/O A.G. Webb R.A.A.F. An impressive and unique piece in overall very good vintage condition - the only fault being one corner of the scroll banner is missing (see images). The plaque was originally fixed to a batten - evidenced by an area of unstained wood on the reverse and four screw holes. Formed in 1916, 34 Squadron was disbanded after WWI, reforming in 1935. In 1939 it went to Singapore and remained until Japan entered the war in 1941. After two months of continuous action suffering heavy losses followed by a forced retreat, it ceased to exist as a fighting unit - the ground staff being evacuated to India. In April 1942 No.34 reformed at Chakrata with Blenheim IVs and carried out bombing raids on Japanese bases in Burma until April 1943. Conversion to Hurricanes then took place and fighter-bomber operations continued until March 1945 by which time the squadron had advanced deep into Burma. The Hurricanes were replaced by P-47 Thunderbolts which were mainly employed in ground attack missions until the end of the war. H:63.5 x W:52 x D:2.5cm A heavy item - 2.7kg. UK sales please order through the checkout in the normal way. Overseas sales including Republic of Ireland & Channel Islands please email your address details to place the item on hold (with no obligation) and await details of shipping costs before confirming your purchase.
Machine Gun Corps (MGC) buttons 5 available. Small dia:19mm - for service dress tunics/pockets/epaulettes. Very good condition. Toned. No traces of polish. All impressed with maker's mark - Bliss Bros. Birmingham. All in the same condition. Cost per single button.
Manchester City Police engraved commemorative tankard Inscription reads: Manchester City Police PC S. Griffiths 1925 - 1954 With service throughout the war years, no doubt having first hand experience of the heavy bombing during the Manchester (Christmas) Blitz, after which Nazi propaganda claimed that the entire city had been burned to the ground. Polished hammered pewter in overall good vintage condition with no dents. Slight staining to handle and interior with faint scratches on base which is stamped: Craftsman Pewter Sheffield Made in England H:19.5 x dia:9.1cm
Medical bottle - recovered from U-534 Attractive moulded amber coloured glass screw neck bottle with black bakelite cap. Vertical ribbing to three surfaces as can be seen in the photographs. The corresponding surfaces on the reverse are smooth. '100' moulded on base within a circle and radiating lines in Art Deco style. The bottle will be dispatched in condition as recovered, with staining and silt residue. No cracks or damage (NB. The white mark running diagonally on left side is debris). H:12 x W:6.5 x D:3.6cm
Medical bottle - recovered from U-534 Attractive moulded amber coloured glass screw neck bottle. Vertical ribbing to three surfaces as can be seen in the photographs. The corresponding surfaces on the reverse are smooth with hard to decipher moulded lettering on base plus the numerals 100. Emits a pungent aroma. Cork stopper loose inside. The bottle will be dispatched in condition as recovered, with staining and silt residue. No cracks or damage. Please note there is some sticky residue on one side and what is possibly the remains of a label on the other. H:13 x W:5 x D:3.7cm
Medicine bottle - recovered from U-534 Moulded clear glass screw neck bottle with faceted vertical corners, slightly concave sides and an internal 'humped' bottom which appears to have a slight green tinge when viewed through the sides. Two large air bubbles trapped in the glass. Believed to be medicinal. Moulded on base: B 100 The bottle will be dispatched in condition as recovered, with staining and silt residue. Screw cap absent. No cracks or damage. H:12.5 x W:5. x D:3.2cm
Military kitbag clasp Lockable hinged brass 'D-lock' designed to pass through the kitbag eyelets and secured with a padlock to prevent casual pilfering by 'comrades' as well as 'locals' when bags were piled up awaiting transportation. Not dated but possibly WWI era. Stamped with 'H' logo - see photo. Some staining but overall nice condition.
Miniature cabasset helmet A handmade half-size reproduction of a late 16th century cabasset helmet with typical brass rosette rivets and steel faced leather ear protection. Shaped so that sword blows would easily glance off, the cabasset was worn by foot soldiers from Italy, Spain and France in the second half of the 16th century and throughout the 17th century. The name is Italian and means ‘pear’ - the curious little point on the top is supposed to represent the stem - its real function is unknown. “Rustique” aged finish. L:18.5 x W:17 x H:11cm
Oil on canvas - unknown soldier Not signed or dated but almost certainly of WWI era. The cap badge appears to be a Birmingham Pals Battalion (Royal Warwickshire Regiment). A case of 'wounded in action', this painting arrived looking very drab and with a bullet sized hole through the canvas (approx. 3 o'clock) adding to the distress. A professional restorer repaired the damage and added some 'spit and polish'. The transformation was remarkable and well worth the cost involved. That was some years ago and since then our unknown hero has been 'standing to' in a historic home with many hundreds of visitors admiring his handsome looks. Without doubt he has done his tour of duty. Condition is commensurate with age. The wood stretcher has evidence of worm (long gone) in one small area and some of the tacks holding the canvas are now rusty. The outline of the stretcher can be seen from the front, as can evidence of the repair (utilising a patch) when viewed from a certain angle or with the light just catching it. 'Reeves & Sons Limited, London, prepared canvas' ink stamp to the reverse. Overall a very striking and captivating painting - probably by a gifted amateur. H:51 x W:41 x D:1.7cm
Original WWI aviation photographs An interesting collection of original bromides and associated memorabilia as follows: "Passenger bus" photos x 2 off - "Balfour flew in this one to the Peace Conference" - handwritten notes on the reverse of both. Halberstadt CLII x 3 off. Captured by the Allies and under guard. Ink stamp to the reverse of all three: 'No.3 Advanced Section, Army Printing and Stationery Services'. 'Tailplane of Gotha brought down by the French' x 3 different views. Friedrichshafen twin-engine machine damaged section x 1 off. Junker (armoured) two-seater x 4 off comprising a total of 7 views of damaged sections. Shell collection of 16 coins commemorating 'Man in Flight'. Aeronautical booklet - "Supplement to the Hotspur". All photos curled slightly but in good vintage condition. One or two slightly grubby, one with creases top right corner. Shell collection average condition. These have been together in a private collection. Largest photo - W:21.5 x D:16cm Smallest photo - W: 6.4 x D:4.4cm
Photo postcard - Hitler Youth From a Berlin house clearance. Signed and dated on the reverse. H:14 x W:9cm
Piper - 1st Bn Royal Irish Regiment Cyprus 1992 (No. 3 Dress Ceremonial) A framed fine art print from an original by Alix Baker FRSA PCAFAS, one of the UK's leading artists and an expert on military uniforms. In 2002 she was elected chairman of The Armed Forces Art Society and in 2009 she was elected a life member. The signature/reference code on the print is AB 92 1153. The print was originally purchased by a soldier serving with the regiment in Cyprus. The label on the reverse reads: Punjab House, M. Shahab Din & Sons, Episkopi Garrison, BFPO 53 (Cyprus). Tel: 05-221344. The print has never been hung, the screw-in cord eyelets remain taped to the reverse. Overall: H:32 x W:24 x D:1.2cm Print area: H:21 x W:13.7cm
Plaque - Guards Armoured Division Handpainted design representing the "eye of vigilance", the red and blue being the Household Brigade colours - a simplified version of the sign worn by the Guards Division, an infantry division formed during WWI. The main body of the plaque is made from 1cm thick plywood, the front has been stained and varnished and is in good vintage condition. It has all been hand cut and painted - apart from the title which is dry transfer lettering - this has minor abrasions in some areas. The reverse in a gloss black finish has some slight damage including a number of marks, scratches and vacant screw holes. The alloy hanger is stamped: ALBERICH REF. 2/60 NB. The Guards Armoured Division was formed during WWII on 17th June 1941 from elements of the Guards units and became part of 21 Army Group for the Invasion of Europe. Almost exactly 4 years later, on 12th June 1945 it was converted to an infantry division and became part of BAOR. H:31 x W:24 x D:1.8cm
Player’s Bachelor Cork Tips 50 cigarettes tin with unrelated contents Scarce cigarette tin with just a few minor dings in the lid - not particularly obvious unless viewed from the underside. The outer lid is grubby with minor corrosion spots which are also present on the sides. The base is grubby but corrosion free. Inside, the lid retains its original bright red finish and shiny reflective inner walls and base. The tin came with the following items: 1) Embroidered silk with a winter scene and the message - "Greetings from France". This has been encapsulated between glass and stiff card with a brass hanging loop. Handwritten on the card back in faded green crayon - "Never forget the Great War x". Minor foxing to fabric, stitching remains bright and colourful. 2) Attractive Over-Seas League Empire Day 1941 certificate awarded to Cyril Fields. This has been folded once. There are a number of creases over the full area, two corners are missing and there is damage to two edges. Colours remain bright. 3) George VI silver three pence coin dated 1937. Toned VF. 4) George V Canadian silver 5 cents dated 1917. Toned VF. 5) United States half dime dated 1851 with hole for suspension on a chain. Poor. 6) 2 Centimes - Leopold II, date worn away (circa 1869 - 1909). Poor. Tin: L:15.4 x W:11 x D:1.7cm
Postcard - a proud moment They say a picture is worth a thousand words... Blank reverse. H:14 x W:9cm
Presentation trophy teaspoon With revolver terminal and engraved on the stem: A BAD A. R. CLUB MARCH 1930 CLII Overall good vintage condition with some light surface scratches etc. commensurate with age. Overall length:12.5cm
Prospecting permit - Cripple Creek Colorado (Independence) Granted to Wilson & Co. from April 18 1925 to Jan 1 1926 and written in pencil 'Cancelled'. This has been folded several times but remains in good condition apart from where it has been torn from the filing mechanism. Watermark reads ??DINE PARCHMENT NB. Cripple Creek, was a former small mining town which grew out of nowhere when a prospector called Bob Womak found small amounts of gold in 1890. This soon led to the discovery of rich vein deposits they called the Independence Lode, creating a major gold rush. By the early 1900s Cripple Creek was fully established with a railroad passing through and by 1910 the town had produced 22million ounces of gold with no signs of slowing down. It is still in operation. H:33 x W:20.5cm
RAF Jet engine starter cartridge dated 1973 The following wording stamped on the base: CART. ELEC. ENG. START. RLB. 73/11 Broad arrow (Government ownership mark) 057 GD 73 Two groups of tiny numerals (partially struck) possibly inspection marks. Coffman engine starter (shotgun starter) used on a number of jet engines such as the Canberra and Hawker Hunter. When fired, an explosive release of gasses were channelled into the turbine to 'wind it up' creating a huge cloud of black smoke in the process. Dispensed with the need for heavy electric starter/battery installations. Overall good condition with minor surface scratches. No dings or dents to wall, rolled rim uneven - see photo. NB. The rim is rolled over to contain a steel collar (absent) from being ejected into the engine. Visit the International Ammunition Association website/engine starter casing for B.57 Canberra. H:18 x W:8.2cm approx. UK sales only
Relic British WWI No.83 artillery fuze dated 1917 - found Grandcourt Very similar to the No.80 fuze associated with the 18-pounder which originated from a design by Krupp in 1905 and was manufactured under license in the UK, royalties for which were paid to Krupp after the war ended. The No.83 shrapnel fuze was introduced in 1911 and is generally associated with the 60lb 5ins field gun. Chemically cleaned and in good relic condition with impact marks and surface pitting. Numerous clear markings including fuze type, date and broad arrow. From the collection of an associate who has made numerous visits to the Somme battlefields. Totally inert. UK sales only, age 18+
Relic German WWI Gr Z 04 artillery fuze dated 1916 - found Thiepval Extensively used with a variety of field guns and howitzers, it was mounted on HE shells, smoke shells and adapted for use on gas shells. Chemically cleaned and in good relic condition with impact abrasions and surface pitting. Clear identification marks as can be seen in the photos. From the collection of an associate who has made numerous visits to the Somme battlefields. Totally inert. UK sales only, age 18+
Relic German WWI HZ 14 artillery fuze - found Grandcourt The HZ (Haubitze Zunder) howitzer fuse was one of a generation of 1914 German fuzes based on a new fuze system developed in 1911 known as KZ 11. Initially dedicated to light field howitzers, the HZ range was eventually used with numerous other field guns and howitzers, mounted on both HE shells and gas shells. Chemically cleaned and in good relic condition with impact marks, surface pitting and reasonably clear markings: H.Z.14 over R.M.15 over 92. From the collection of an associate who has made numerous visits to the Somme battlefields. Totally inert. UK sales only, age 18+
Relic iron horse shoe - 17th -18th century Dated by the design, this interesting artefact was found in France. One nail head remaining. Chemically cleaned to remove loose rust and debris but without any further treatment. Clean to handle and in solid condition throughout. NB. Iron was considered to have magical properties because of its strength, and was used to ward off evil spirits - leading to the legend of St. Dunstan beating the Devil with a horseshoe until he swore never to enter a house with a horseshoe above the door. W:13.5 x L:15.5cm
Relic WWI bespoke trench knife - found Courcelette From the collection of an associate who has made numerous visits to the Somme battlefields. Chemically cleaned to remove loose rust and debris but without any further treatment of oil or wax. The cut down blade (which has similarities to a British Ptn.'07) has been 'married' to a length of flattened mild steel tubing. An attempt has been made to improve grip with the addition of indentations above and below the hilt. The blade has a significant kink but overall sound condition. No markings visible. UK sales only, age 18+
Relic WWI British 1908 pattern entrenching tool - found Thiepval From the collection of an associate who has made numerous visits to the Somme battlefields. Chemically cleaned to remove loose rust and debris but without further treatment of oil or wax. Clean to handle and in solid condition throughout. No markings visible.
Replica of the Seal of Charles University, Prague - flight crew fatigue connection Presented to Vivian Slight in recognition of a thesis on the legal aspects of flight crew fatigue, prepared for McGill University's Institute of Air and Space Law, Montreal in 1966. The seal is accompanied by a signed typewritten note explaining the significance of the award. Flight International 5th May 1966 carries a short feature entitled Canadian Pilot Fatigue Study which refers to Mr Vivian Slight who was Head of the Transport Division of the Scottish Council returning to Montreal to lead a four-man research team into the subject of flight crew fatigue. The study was sponsored by Professor Dr. Michael Milde, an associate director of Charles University, Prague who at that time was living in Montreal and served from 1966 - 1991 in senior legal positions in the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) including Director of the ICAO legal bureau. He later became Director of McGill University's Institute of Air and Space Law. Further information available online. Faux shagreen velvet lined presentation box with Art Nouveau style clasp. Box: Overall very good condition - very slight wear to base. Seal: Toned, E.F. Seal: Dia:7cm x thickness:0.5cm Box: L:11 x W:11 x D:2.5cm
Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (RAOB) medallion Armstrong Lodge - Inscribed on the reverse A. DINELY. Supplied pinned to velvet covered card (now quite fragile) which appears to have been a component of the original presentation box.
Royal Artillery sweetheart brooch in presentation box Gilded and enamelled brooch with Deco style three step suspension bar. Leatherette covered box with velvet covered pad and silk lining to lid. Gold foil lettering inside lid has almost completely worn away. It reads CO-OPERATIVE WHOLESALE SOCIETY LD MANCHESTER. The box shows wear to all surfaces, underside especially, and all corners and edges. The hinge is firmly attached and works perfectly as does the locking catch. The brooch shows wear to gilding on high points and red enamel is absent from crown. No maker's mark. The fact that this has had a life and not been put carefully at the back of a drawer for "safekeeping" adds so much to its charm. Box: L:7 x W:5.5 x D:2cm Brooch: H:4 x W:3.4cm
Rubber glove - recovered from U-534 No doubt there were a number of duties on board a U-Boat where rubber gloves would have been essential, in particular, for example, to protect against shock and arc flash in electrical applications. Heavyweight natural rubber giving off a pronounced odour. Some silt residue externally but remains very flexible and with no cracks. L: 31.5cm
Russian Airborne (VDV) jump headgear Unissued condition - two available. Thickly padded fabric headgear. Ear vents have button down flaps which can be repositioned vertically when wearing a headset. Quick release hook-on adjustable chinstrap. Label states size 56 and date of manufacture 1980 (prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union in the late 80s). The Russian Airborne Forces (VDV - Vozdushno-desantnye voyska Rossii) have been described as a unique phenomenon being a fully mechanised and numerically huge force with a wide array of armoured vehicles and artillery. Visit:
Sachsenhausen survivor's pin badge commemorating a meeting in 1961 Nazi concentration camps operated a classification system to differentiate between different types of prisoners. Eg. Criminals were identified with green inverted triangles - political prisoners with red. Sachsenhausen concentration camp, located near the town Oranienburg in Brandenburg, Germany, was used primarily for political prisoners from 1936 until May 1945. After the end of the war, Oranienberg was in the Soviet Occupation Zone and the camp was utilised as an NKVD special camp until 1950. Overall very good condition. H:4 x W:3cm
Scarce booklet - The Salient Facts (Ypres) Handbook written by Rev. G. H. Woolley VC, and Rev. P. B. Clayton. Third title in a series of 'Bangwent' sixpenny booklets published by 'Toc H' and printed by Marshall & Co. Ltd., Bermondsey, London, circa 1931. 16 pages plus 4-page cream coloured thin card cover, string binding. Used but good condition with overall slight grubbiness to outer cover, discolouration to edges of internal cover and foxing to white pages which remain quite bright. Binding remains tight. The son of a clergyman, Geoffrey Harold Woolley, VC, OBE, MC was the first British Territorial Army officer to be awarded the Victoria Cross. Commissioned into the Queen Victoria's Rifles, he won his VC for the significant part he played in the action that took place on Hill 60 to the South-East of Ypres during the night of 20th/21st April 1915. Being the only Officer on the hill, Second Lieutenant Woolley encouraged his men and repelled numerous attacks by the enemy whilst being heavily shelled, bombed and subjected to heavy machine gun fire. Of the 150-strong company, only 14 men remained when relieved the following morning. Woolley was ordained after the war and commissioned into the Royal Army Chaplains' Department eventually becoming Hon. Association Padre of the International Christian Movement Toc H (Talbot House) which emerged from the Rest and Recreation Centre founded in December 1915 at Poperinghe. Belgium. H:21.5 x W:13.5cm
Scarce Canadian Players Navy Cut 50 cigarette tin Embossed hinged lid with "Hero" sailor logo (from the name on the cap tally), the 'Players Navy Cut Cigarettes' lettering on the lid in pale gold rather than the more usual red. Lettering on back of tin: Manufactured by Imperial Tobacco Company of Canada Ltd. Montreal, Canada. Successor to John Players & Sons, England. NB. Imperial Tobacco Company of Canada Limited was incorporated in 1912. Remains of Canadian Government revenue stamp stuck to front, top of lid and back which states: Canada 50 cigarettes - Series "A". Series "A" dates this tin from circa 1926. Admittedly not in the best of condition with overall corrosion and loss of finish but quite sound with only minor dings/dents. Nonetheless it is a pleasing item - and much can be forgiven because of its scarcity. L:10.5 x W:8 x D:4cm
Scratchbuilt scale model - Napoleonic era British Naval cannon Fascinating model built and finished entirely by hand. The metal gun barrel has been turned on a lathe - the bucket of (dirty) water used to swab out the barrel and extinguish burning residue started life as a plastic bottle cap. An innovative way of recycling materials. This was lovingly created some years ago by a gentleman whose hobby was building model boats and working miniature steam engines before taking an interest in artillery pieces, of which he has only made a small number - each one is unique. Overall very good condition - three or four very minor paint chips, only visible under close scrutiny. All the elements are freestanding and the cannon balls are all individual. There are a number of painted parts which may possibly have been moveable when built and may now be partially seized/stiffened with age - generally where painted surfaces are in contact. A lovely item for display with all round appeal. Platform L:26.5 x W:23.8 x H:2cm Cannon L:26 x W:12 x H:12cm
Sheffield Workhouse Copper Penny Token - 1815 Obverse: SHEFFIELD PENNY TOKEN + Figure of Justice on a pedestal holding scales in raised left hand and an olive branch on lowered right hand. Reverse: OVERSEERS OF THE POOR + Image of the workhouse building. Edge: Grained ////// The workhouse (aka a spike) was a place where those unable to support themselves were offered accommodation and employment. In 1812, when there was a national shortage of coins, Sheffield was one of several urban workhouses to issue poor relief in the form of specially minted workhouse tokens. These were usable at local shops and could be redeemed by the shopkeepers at the workhouse. Workhouse life was usually quite harsh to deter the able-bodied poor and to ensure only the truly destitute would apply. An evocative relic from Dickensian social history. Condition: Heavily toned and worn condition. Dia: 33mm
Sierra APH-5 U.S. helicopter helmet The APH-5 (Aircrew Protective Helmet) was the result of studies during 1954-56 for a successor to the H-3 and H-4 series of helmets and although not without a number of shortcomings, the design was ground-breaking and set the standards for the majority of U.S. flight helmets until the early '80s. NB. A single visor/cover plate was something of an afterthought as the helmet was initially designed without a visor. The APH-5 was adopted by the U.S. Army from around 1959 (the U.S. Navy had it first) and early versions had thick tan coloured foam rubber edge roll with the chinstrap fixed to the outer shell, and were usually issued in white, repainted olive drab for the Army. This example is a later version with thin black rubber edge beading, chinstrap mounted inside the shell, upgraded 'ramshorn' dual visor housing and a later style of boom microphone (previously moulded plastic 'banana' shape). The U.S. Army became dissatisfied with the APH-5 because of noise issues and replaced them with the Sound Protective Helmet (SPH-4) from 1970. This example is in well used condition with a number of minor abrasions to shell with evidence of the white undersurface showing through and minor paint loss around visor housing and fixing screws etc. The clear visor has a few minor vertical scratches near the nose bridge (only visible close up), the dark visor is generally very clean. Both function and lock in place correctly. The nape strap, chin strap/comfort pad are grubby - the latter particularly so - as is the interior, which has a not unpleasant aroma. There is evidence that the tan coloured cushioned head pads have been replaced or re-formed. Clear Sierra manufacturer information labels inside the shell and inside the visor housing (see photos). All the coms equipment is profusely marked with serial numbers, the chin strap buckle stamped 'U.S. PARVA'. An interesting example of mid-century aviation history and a great display item. Size: Medium
Silver Plated Tablespoon Shooting Trophy Made c1930s by the firm Sternegg in the ancient city of Schaffhausen, Switzerland and marked 90 - 45 indicating the standard process for high durability silver plate. The motif comprises a Swiss Karabiner Model 31 military straight pull bolt-action rifle together with laurel leaves. This spoon was without doubt one of a set presented as a shooting trophy - prior to WWII. The Swiss culture venerated rifle skills and most towns had their own rifle ranges. Regular competitions were held and the rifles together with ammunition were supplied by the military. Good vintage condition. Some very fine surface scratches and isolated tiny knocks but overall pleasing condition for display. L:20.5 x W:4.5cm
The Royal Family in Wartime plus two official photographs First edition published by Odhams Press Limited, 1945 128 pages packed with over 100 black and white photos. This has been described as a little treasure of a book and the introduction says it all - "The illustrated story of the activities of the Royal Family in the service of People and Empire". The variety of the photos is immense and there are some very interesting and sometimes humorous anecdotes. Original official photographs of Queen Mary inspecting a mixed A.A. battery Along with the book are two pictures which have been removed from an album or mounting card. They are very faintly ink stamped on the reverse "British Official Photograph Crown Copyright Reserved. This photograph should not be reproduced without permission". Also something written in pencil which has been partially obscured. Ironically the photos came along first and the book a month later - it was an amazing coincidence to see one of the images reproduced on page 47. The dust jacket has a number of tears, the price on the inside flap (5/-) has not been removed. The binding remains firm, nearly all the pages suffer from cockling towards the spine and along the bottom - may have been stored in slightly damp atmosphere. However, the pages are all in generally reasonably good condition, all the images are strong and bright. The photographs do not lie flat, but there are no creases or tears. The exposure of the photos is darker than those in the book. Book: H:25.5 x W:18cm Photos: H:8.3 x W:13.5cm
The words of His Majesty the King A framed fine art print from an original watercolour by Sir William Russell Flint, one of the most celebrated British painters of the 20th century. The painting was commissioned for the Queen's Book of the Red Cross - a total of 50 British authors and artists contributed to the contents. The handwritten label on the reverse reads: The words of King George V. (1939) Illustrated by Sir William Russell Flint RA. Rare collectors item. There are two very minor marks to the frame - otherwise very good used condition. Overall: H:30.5 x W:25.8 x D:2cm Print area: H:18 x W:13cm
Unique WWII birthday card from a P.O.W. Kriegsgefangenenpost embellished to create a unique birthday card to his parents from a Scottish Prisoner of War held by the Germans. Dated 16th May 1944. This man obviously had an artistic flair with a good understanding of calligraphy and illustration and was possibly a commercial artist by trade. The phrase "Where will you find another?" comes to mind. Fold mark and two small tears but reasonable condition. H:9.5 x W:14.7cm
Victorian / Edwardian Wood-Milne steel button hook Promotional item for the Wood-Milne company - established in 1896 and based in London and Preston. They produced rubber heels and soles for boots and shoes, tyres and inner tubes for cars and motorcycles, drive belts, foot pumps and golf balls. In 1924 they were taken over by an American company and in 1934 became The British Tyre and Rubber Co. Minor corrosion stains. L:13 x W:2.5cm
Victorian Mangnall & Co. steel button hook “Wear Bective Boots & Shoes”. Promotional item for the boot and shoe manufacturer Mangnall & Co. 51 Market Street, Chorley. Patent date of 12.1.94 and the letters USA - the significance of the latter unresearched. Overall good condition for age - minor corrosion to shaft. L:15.5 x W:1.2cm
Vintage 1940s era Italian wooden napkin ring - bugler boy A great example of ANRI 'folk art'. Carved and hand-painted with 'nodding' head which is attached by elastic cord, it can be turned, lowered and elevated. This is one from a set that would have comprised 'musicians' with instruments including banjos and accordions. The ANRI company was set up by Josef Anton Riffeser. After WWI when he spent time as a POW in Siberia, he formulated a plan for a woodworking company to produce various types of novelty wooden figures which he successfully sold, mainly in the Alpine region. The firm is still in existence in South Tyrol, Italy, remaining in the same family. H:10.5 x W:5.5cm
Vintage 1950s era British police constable/sergeant night cape Cheshire constabulary, manufactured by Briggs, Jones & Gibson Ltd. Heavy and warm woollen unlined material, with upright collar and lion's heads/chain clasp. Three buttons, hidden closure. Label states to fit height 5' 10". Measurement from top of collar to bottom: 92cm. Width across shoulders: 55cm. Excellent condition, some minor fold marks - appears unworn.
Vintage Battle Picture Library bundle Fleetway Publications Ltd. Cover price 1/- (one shilling) No. 251 Vendetta - 1966 No. 292 Shield of Fate - 1967 No. 427 Armed Escort - 1969 Good used condition with only a few minor faults commensurate with age.
Vintage beret - French Armoured Cavalry Dark blue beret with sewn-in tailor's labels - ETAB. HENRI VEVRIER size 57 and feint ink stamp possibly 1150. Smaller label reads Preservé des Mites EULAN (moth proofed). Cloth in overall very good condition, just a small split in the leather headband (pictured) and of course no mothing. Badge has lost some of its finish. Lettering to the reverse reads BV 63600. AMBERT BERAUDY - VAURE Fittingly, the origins of the military beret can be attributed to the French. In the late 1800s the Chasseurs Alpins (Mountain Light Infantry) wore a wide floppy headdress which subsequently evolved into a smaller, tighter version which French armoured troops adopted towards the end of WWI - and the practice spread world wide. Most French forces wear the beret pulled to the left with the badge over the right eye - contrary to British practice.
Vintage Boy Scouts bundle Items comprising belt and beret of similar vintage and an earlier period photograph. The belt is named to H.C. James No.43. There is some corrosion to the metal fittings but nothing too serious and the leather shows age related wear but remains supple. The adjustment holes have been utilised to accomodate growth. The beret has no direct association with the belt. It is in good overall vintage condition with minor age-related wear. There are just a few tiny areas where the nap is missing, no doubt due to mothing, but the fabric is not holed and the areas are not particularly noticeable unless the beret is scrutinised. Traces of red screen printing remain on the inner crown. The badge is bright and shows very little wear. Raised lettering on the reverse reads: SCOUTS BP ASSCN. The image which is a cut down photographic postcard is handwritten in pencil on the reverse: Master Fred Crossley No. 8 Peel Street Cloughfold Nr Rawtenstall.
Vintage Brenco spanner BSW 3/8" Combination chrome vanadium ring/open ended spanner with blackened finish and bright accents made by Brenco Manufacturing Co. Ltd., Gateshead who produced parts for the Bren Gun during WWII (Contractor No. N10) . Two available direct from long-term storage in the original unopened wrapping - small areas of rust bleed can be seen through the paper. A third spanner has been used as an example for photography. It was finally wiped over with oil to remove the light application of Cosmoline type preservative - small areas of surface corrosion remain to be dealt with. Not for sale. O/A L:18.6cm
Vintage decorative cow horn Believed to originate from East Africa, skilfully decorated and bound with raffia and leather. This would have been carried utilising a cord - holes have been pierced in the leather to accomodate this. Possibly used as a drinking vessel. Generally in good condition with slight damage to the leather as shown with one further tiny split. This does not detract from the overall pleasing impresssion - an interesting display item. L:32 x dia:8cm
Vintage leather covered Flag Cigarettes tin W.D. and H.O. Wills tobacco company Impressed into the base: "FLAG CIGARETTES" The lettering impressed into the lid is now only partially readable. Skilfully covered in leather and decorated and bound with raffia, this type of work is believed to have originated in Africa. Possibly produced for troops as souvenirs. Found with a piece of handwritten note acting as a liner in the bottom. A cigarette tin treated in a similar way can be found in the collection at Manchester Museum. H:9 x Dia:7cm
Vintage Milbro 'junior' microscope Using the terminology of today this would be described as entry level, and was no doubt costed and manufactured to sell at a pocket money price - and therein lies its charm. Made in Japan, it is supplied with two plain glass slides and one pre-prepared with a fibre sample. Boxed and complete with corrugated card as it left the factory. Overall good condition. Some minor traces of corrosion under the base. Fully extended H:15cm x W:5cm approx.
Vintage pair of 10-point Eckenstein wrought iron climbing crampons Manufactured by Stubai, Austria and named after their inventor Oscar Eckenstein (1859 -1921). A respected mountaineer and bouldering pioneer, Oscar Eckenstein famously led the first serious attempt on K2 in 1902. In 1908, working with Italian blacksmith Henry Grivel, he designed what is considered to be the forerunner of the modern-day crampon. With 10 long spikes and light enough to be attached to normal hiking boots, they allowed the user to quite literally walk up mountains, whereas previously, climbers were arduously cutting steps in the ice with axes to make progress. Compared to modern crampons these appear large and cumbersome but were, without doubt, innovative at the time. Henry Grivel helped Eckenstein make the product commercially available to great success. In 1938, Grivel's son Laurent altered the design to include two front spikes - the 12-point crampon proving even more efficient. The points vary in length depending on their position from 3cm - 4cm. Ironwork has overall surface rust, but nothing serious (treated with ACF-50). The maroon coloured leatherwork (single application of saddle soap) has darkened in places but remains supple with very little surface wear or cracks. Karabiner for attaching crampons to belt or harness when not required. The following is stamped on each crampon: 44, Made in Austria, STUBAI (diamond logo) and ECKENSTEIN. Much about Eckenstein can be found online - for original blueprints visit:
Vintage promotional letter opener - Deutsche Spiegelglas - Ausfuhrges.m.b.H. Aachen Exporter of mirror glass based in Aachen, Germany. An interesting collectable manufactured by AMICUS, Solingen. One side of the blade is marked with imperial measurements and the word 'LONDON' and metric measurements on the reverse. Comprises one piece plated steel blade/hilt with Art Nouveau style cast brass picture facings riveted to hilt. Traces of corrosion on steel (largest area pictured) but generally pleasing condition. O/A length: 21cm Incorporated into the Siegfried Line, in late 1944 the city of Aachen became the centre of one of the largest urban battles fought by US forces during WWII, and the first city on German soil to be captured. The German army finally surrendered after much of the city was destroyed - both sides suffered heavy losses. The action significantly disrupted Allied plans for the advance into Germany.
Vintage souvenir brooch - Traisen Tyrolean hat and edelweiss - banner stamped Traisen Traisen is a small picturesque town in lower Austria and the Tyrolean (or Alpine) hat together with edelweiss (which grows at high altitudes) are the archetypal tourist symbols for the region. During WWI, the edelweiss insignia was granted to the German Alpine troops for their bravery, but its symbolic use in the miltary was introduced in the mid 19th century by the Swiss Armed Forces. H:3 x W:3.4cm
Vintage souvenir brooch, Grindelwald, Switzerland Climbing ice pick with cap, chain & cow bell - banner stamped Grindelwald Famous as a skiing /hiking destination and the starting point for ascents of the Eiger and the Wetterhorn. THe films On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Star Wars Episode III, Clint Eastwood’s The Eiger Sanction and The Golden Compass all brought Grindelwald to the cinema screen. It also appears as a race course in Gran Turismo 2 and the name is given to a character in the Harry Potter series - Gellert Grindelwald. Complete with ringing bell. H:2.5 x W:3.7cm
Vintage souvenir brooch, Oberjoch - Allgäu, Bavaria Crossed skis with eidelweiss - banner stamped Oberjoch - Allgäu. Oberjoch is the highest village in Germany, the perfect venue for winter sports. The Oberjoch Pass which lies just 1km west of the Austrian border was known as “Adolf Hitler Pass” during WWII. The scientist Wernher von Braun together with other scientists who developed the notorious V-2 rocket during WWII surrendered to US troops in Oberjoch - their knowledge proving to be a valuable commodity to the United States. H:2.5 x W:5cm
Vintage US Air Force fire resistant coveralls with captain's insignia and velcro backed embroidered cloth patches A summer weight one-piece garment with full length zip and a multitude of zipped pockets. Velcro fasteners to cuffs, ankles and waist band. 552d Air Control Wing is responsible to Air Combat Command in a number of roles including combat support of E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) and from 1976 has operated from Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Air Mobility Command provides global air mobility including airlift and aerial refuelling. Overall very good condition with only light wear and no damage and no moth. Minor faint red stain to left hip pocket and corresponding area at back of garment. Patches show minor marks associated with age and use but remain bright. Size 36 Short - Chest: 36in Waist: 32in Inside leg: 28in approx.
Vintage US Airmail photographs Framed original airbrushed bromide prints. Three 'snapshots' of the fascinating era of postal planes which took over carrying mail from the U.S. Army Air Service in 1918, originally using mainly WWI surplus aircraft. Much interesting information on the subject is available online. Plane 1: Signwriting on the fuselage - No. 1 NAT U.S. MAIL EXPRESS ©1925 NAT inc On the tail: CARRIER PIGEON Curtiss Plane 2: Signwriting on the fuselage - Survey Plane PACIFIC AIR TRANSPORT Air Mail On the tail: RYAN M-1 Los Angeles, Bakerfield, Fresno, San Francisco, Medford, Portland, Seattle Plane 3: Signwriting on the fuselage - U.S. AIR MAIL ROUTE C.A.M. 5 (Contract Air Mail - Route 5) On the tail: Swallow 3 There is a label on the back of each print for a picture framing company in Hyde, Cheshire, UK with pre 1995 telephone area code. All fitted with brass screw eyes and cord ready for hanging - in overall very good condition. Frame: H:29 x W:34cm Image: H:18 x W:23cm
Vintage War Picture Library bundle Fleetway Publications Ltd. 1966 Cover price 1/- (one shilling) No. 336 Deed of Valour No. 351 The Exiles No. 364 Sword of Oshima Good used condition with only a few minor faults commensurate with age.
Vintage wooden cigarette lighter Quirky style and remaining a bit of an enigma. First thoughts were along the lines of British WWII Civil Defence rescue chap with helmet lamp - but the helmet isn't quite the right shape. Then thoughts turned to miner - but the helmet isn't quite the right shape. So on we go... not knowing. Requires flint and fuel. Only traces of varnish remaining on the tunic and helmet, but 90% varnish remaining on head and neck. Apart from the loss of varnish and the odd scrape here and there it remains a nice thing. H:8.5 x W:5.5cm
Vintage wooden drill bit box - Manufrance MF (Manufrance) - Manufacture Française D'Armes et Cycles Saint-Étienne. In 1887, Étienne Mimard and Pierre Blachon founded Manufacture Française D'Armes et Cycles Saint-Étienne with the philosophy that diversity was the way to bigger profits. Together they developed the company as a mail order business that sold everything from guns, to sewing machines, to bicycles, as well as distributing weapons made by other manufacturers. They adopted the Manufrance trade name in 1911. NB. WWII had a heavy impact on the future of the company as Étienne Mimard refused to collaborate with the Germans. The wooden box with brass manufacturer's cartouche to lid is exactly as found. It contains a variety of bits and a triangular section file - 8 in total, some of which are likely to be original to the box. The bits have various levels of corrosion - mostly not in the best of condition - a couple corroded quite badly in the area gripped by the chuck. However, the box itself is a substantial item in pleasing vintage condition and appears to have a good deal of age to it - certainly a collector's item. O/A H:14 x Dia:6cm
Vintage ‘Bully Beef’ can opener The bull design theme originated in the mid 1800s and was issued by the US Army with its rations of canned ‘Bully Beef’ during the American Civil War. The design was adopted by manufacturers in Great Britain as well as the US, and a number of slight variations in design can be encountered. It was in use during the Boer War and was popular with Allied troops in WWI. Difficult to date precisely, this particular item is probably late Victorian/Edwardian and comprises a cast iron body with separate removable steel blade. Some staining and areas of corrosion to blade but in overall good condition. No visible manufacturers markings. O/A length:17cm
Wehrpass and Ausmusterungsschein (certificate of rejection) - Fritz Schweiniger Fritz Schweiniger was born 06/04/1894 and was registered for military service and issued with his Wehrpass on 21st August 1943. The same day he was also issued with a Ausmusterungsschein - a document given to those who were unfit/disabled and "totally unsuitable to serve the army". Both police and army officials had to sign off these documents and of course forging/misuse was a criminal offence. It is presumed from his photograph that Fritz was blind or at best, partially sighted. Overall excellent condition.
Wille und Macht (Will and Power) - February 1938 This was the official and regularly published magazine for the leaders of the Hitler-Jugend (Hitler Youth). Its editor was Baldur von Schirach who at that time was the head of the Hitler Youth and part of Hitler’s inner circle. He became known as “the man who educated Germany’s youngsters”. This edition has 64 text pages and a four-page black and white picture centre section. Roughly translated the contents include: A Letter from a Village Ways and Diversions of the German Film The Triumph of the Step-Son Film Art in Europe Filming in Red Russia Dramatisation of the German Film Catholic Action of the Holy Production Our Film Through the Eyes of Switzerland Reasonable condition, with page yellowing through age. It has been carried doubled over in early life and each page has a vertical fold mark. H:21 x W:16.7cm approx.
Wine bottle - recovered from U-534 Green glass bottle with prominent mould seam. Moulded in relief on base: DIN 0.7l Db The bottle will be dispatched in condition as recovered, with staining and silt residue. No cracks or damage. Some collectors may prefer to clean items for display, one photo shows what can be achieved. Please note - only a small number available. The image is representative and the item you receive will not necessarily be the one in the photograph. H:35.5 x Dia:7.5cm
WW1 era - City of London Yeomanry badge - manufacturer's pattern The City of London Yeomanry (Rough Riders) South Africa 1900-02 Non-ferrous metal sample mounted onto paper-covered fibreboard and fastened with string utilising holes drilled through the metal for the purpose. Pattern number in ink below. This is one of a number of different patterns originally mounted onto one board and subsequently separated - judging by appearances, some considerable time ago. Minor damage to paper/board. Badge in good overall condition with some minor EKs / contact wear. An interesting and ultra scarce item - quite possibly unique. Badge inc. surplus metal: H:3.1 x W:2.7cm
WW1 era - HMS Wallflower badge - manufacturer's pattern Non-ferrous metal sample mounted onto paper-covered fibreboard and fastened with string utilising holes drilled through the metal for the purpose. Pattern number in ink below. This is one of a number of different patterns originally mounted onto one board and subsequently separated - judging by appearances, some considerable time ago. Damage to paper/board. Badge has two contact scratches but good overall condition. An interesting and ultra scarce item - quite possibly unique. NB. HMS Wallflower, an Arabis-class minesweeping sloop launched November 1915; served in the Grand Fleet, at Queenstown, in the North Sea and the Mediterranean. Badge inc. surplus metal: H:3.9 x W:2.8cm
WW1 era - Reckitt's Hospital badge - manufacturer's pattern Reckitt and Sons Ltd - Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) hospital Non-ferrous metal sample mounted onto paper-covered fibreboard and fastened with string utilising holes drilled through the metal for the purpose. Pattern number in ink below. This is one of a number of different patterns originally mounted onto one board and subsequently separated - judging by appearances, some considerable time ago. Some damage to paper/board. Badge in good overall condition with some minor surface marks. An interesting and ultra scarce item - quite possibly unique. Beginning in 1840, Reckitt and Sons was a leading British manufacturer of household products (including Brasso and Windolene) based in Kingston upon Hull. Their social club hall was used as a Voluntary Aid Detachment hospital during WWI. Badge inc. surplus metal: H:3.5 x W:3.5cm
WW1 era - War Hospital badge - manufacturer's pattern Bournemouth Woodwork Depot Non-ferrous metal sample mounted onto paper-covered fibreboard and fastened with string utilising holes drilled through the metal for the purpose. Pattern number in ink below. This is one of a number of different patterns originally mounted onto one board and subsequently separated - judging by appearances, some considerable time ago. Damage to paper/board. Badge in good overall condition with some minor contact wear. An interesting and ultra scarce item - quite possibly unique. Bournemouth War Hospital Woodwork Depot was started in October 1915 utilising skilled volunteers to make useful items for hospitals in their spare time. Donated wooden boxes and tea chests were taken to pieces and reworked into bed rests, tables, trays, knife boxes, writing desks, ward cupboards and even crutches. The Depot closed in March 1919. Information taken from an interesting online publication: Bournemouth and the First World War (The Evergreen Valley 1914 to 1919) by M A Edgington. Badge inc. surplus metal: H:2.9 x W:2.9cm
WW1 era badge - manufacturer's pattern Fighting for King and Country Rd.652566 Non-ferrous metal sample mounted onto paper-covered fibreboard and fastened with string utilising holes drilled through the metal for the purpose. Pattern number in ink below. This is one of a number of different patterns originally mounted onto one board and subsequently separated - judging by appearances, some considerable time ago. Damage to paper/board. Badge in good overall condition with some minor contact wear. An interesting and ultra scarce item - quite possibly unique. Badge inc. surplus metal: H:3.7 x W:3.3cm
WWI 'Trench Art' coal scuttle Made from a 6-pdr Hotchkiss shell case Marked as follows: 6PR III Lot 9 (partially obscured) Broad Arrow - British Government ownership Anchor - Inspector's mark CF - Cordite Full Charge K - Manufacturer Kynoch, Birmingham 17 - Date 1917 The Quick-Firing (QF) 6-pounder Hotchkiss was a light 2.25in (57mm) naval and coastal defence gun developed in the late 1800s. In 1916 the British Army was faced with the difficulty of quickly providing armament for their new tanks and the existing 6-pounder appeared to most closely meet the need. Image 5 shows the unwieldy length of the 6-pdr gun barrel. H:10.5 /15 with handle vertical x L:11 x W:8cm
WWI - Daily Mirror Saturday, June 30, 1917 One of a bundle found in a loft. Twelve pages of war news, gossip, advertising and sport. Front cover feature: THE GLORIFICATION OF PIRACY BY THE GERMANS. Inside feature: GREECE NOW THE GERMANS' LATEST ENEMY. Condition reflects age and storage in loft. Pages have yellowed, folds are fragile with some small tears and creases, rough edges to some pages.
WWI - Daily Mirror, Monday, July 30, 1917 One of a bundle found in a loft. Twelve pages of war news, gossip, advertising and sport. Front cover feature: FREE FIGHT AT A PEACE MEETING - CHURCH BESIEGED. Inside: BRITISH SUBMARINE'S EXPLOIT IN NORTH SEA. Condition reflects age and storage in loft. Pages have yellowed, folds are fragile with some small tears and creases, rough edges to some pages.
WWI - Daily Mirror, Monday, May 28, 1917 One of a bundle found in a loft. Twelve pages of war news, gossip, advertising and sport. Front cover feature: LITTLE CHILDREN KILLED IN THE GREAT AIR RAID. Inside: MORE ITALIAN GAINS - AIR RAID TRAGEDIES. Condition reflects age and storage in loft. Pages have yellowed, folds are fragile with some small tears and creases, rough edges to some pages.
WWI - Daily Mirror, Saturday August 11, 1917 One of a bundle found in a loft. Twelve pages of war news, gossip, advertising and sport. Front cover features: LABOUR WILL GO TO STOCKHOLM / GIRL WRITERS IN NAVY. Inside: BRITISH TAKE WESTHOEK VILLAGE AND RIDGE. Condition reflects age and storage in loft. Pages have yellowed, folds are fragile with some small tears and creases, rough edges to some pages.
WWI - Daily Mirror, Tuesday, July10, 1917 One of a bundle found in a loft. Twelve pages of war news, gossip, advertising and sport. Front cover feature: WOMEN VICTIMS OF AIR RAID WANT GERMANY BOMBED. Inside: NEW AIR RAID CASUALTIES - RUSSIA'S SUCCESS. Condition reflects age and storage in loft. Pages have yellowed, folds are fragile with some small tears and creases, rough edges to some pages.
WWI - The Soldier's Bible - Gunner W. Firth The Holy Bible - containing the Old and New Testaments. Printed by Humphrey Milford at Oxford University Press, London. No printed published year present. Supplied for the Public Service. Includes colour maps of Egypt and Palestine. Printed on inside front cover 'A Soldier's Prayer' followed by a blank page and handwritten on the reverse: No. 173894 Gunner W. Firth 29th Reserve Battery Royal Field Artillery This page has had a small section cut from the top edge. Overall good used condition. There are no tears and binding remains firm. Some pages have corners turned over, edges are slightly grubby with some minor foxing and stains. Board covers each have a minor vertical pressure crease. H:13.5 x W:9 x D:3cm
WWI British Brodie steel helmet Liner absent. Impressed into the underside of the brim the maker initials FS (Thomas Firth & Sons Ltd., Sheffield) and a batch number. The familiar British steel bowl design of John L. Brodie was patented in 1915 - pressed from a single sheet of mild steel. Within a few weeks the first pattern was upgraded to hardened steel, strong enough to protect against a shrapnel ball and falling objects - but not, of course, a rifle or machine-gun round within range. The first steel helmets arrived on the Western Front in September 1915 and were kept at the line and used by each unit as they took turns in that sector before eventually becoming standard issue for all troops. A number of changes to the lining were implemented in April 1916 - together with fitting a mild (magnetic) steel rim and larger lugs with wire chin strap loops as this example. Older helmets recovered from the battlefield were often refurbished to the later spec. There are several dents in the crown, the rim has minor distortions, and there are areas of corrosion - particularly inside the dome - but with some paint remaining (see photos). Thumbnail: Troops of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment showing off their new steel helmets - 1916.
WWI British Field Post card dated August 22nd 1918 Stamped Passed by Censor No. 1484. This is the sixth version of the Censor stamp which appeared in October 1917. NB. It was decided soon after the outbreak of war that all letters and cards written by soldiers on active service could be sent unstamped - without payment by the serviceman and without any charge being made upon the recipient. However all mail was subject to censorship - usually by junior officers before being stamped "Passed by Censor". H:14 x W:9cm
WWI bullet ashtray - Anti-German propaganda A depiction of Reims Cathedral in flames as a result of German bombardment in 1914. The lettering reads: REIMS MARTYRE - Reims put to death in martyrdom. Overall condition very good but one corner bent over. Small areas of staining on the underside. A city in the Champagne-Ardenne region of France, Reims played a prominent ceremonial role as the city where French kings were traditionally crowned. During WWI, Reims was badly damaged by German artillery and a subsequent fire in 1914 severely damaged the cathedral - the ruins of which became one of France’s central images of anti-German propaganda, alongside the ruins of the Cloth Hall at Ypres and the University Library in Louvain. They were presented as evidence that German aggression targeted cultural landmarks of European civilisation. W:10 x 10 x H:1.5cm
WWI era Merchant Navy paperwork and photos - William Onslow Fearby Interesting grouping comprising the following: British Mercantile Marine Identity and Service Certificate No. 200637 William Onslow Fearby - Wireless Operator DOB 15 October 1899, Cardiff, Wales Plus other handwritten personal details and photograph. Valid protection from recruitment by the Armed Forces on back cover, signed and dated 26 October 1918. Ink stamp inside back page - Central Record Office of Shipping & Seamen, 12 January 1920. Seaman's Landing Permit Military Port Office 18, Marina, Valletta, Malta Made out for W O Fearby to land and return to SS Bylands Dated 17 June 1918 NB. SS Bylands was captured by the German submarine U-139 in the Atlantic and sunk by gunfire on 1st October 1918. United States of America - Alien Seaman's Identification Card Port of New York Made out for William Onslow Fearby Handwritten personal details, photograph and thumb print. "Vessel" - Baymano Dated December 10, 1918 Seaman's Landing Permit Port de Nantes, France Made out for W Fearby to temporarily land on shore from ship name Baymano Dated 9 January 1919 NB. Baymano was built as Cayo Romano for E. Bigland & Co., London, and in 1916 sold to Bay SS Co., London and renamed Baymano. Renamed three more times, she was sunk in 1943 off Morocco by a mine laid by U-455. Two photographs and a photographic postcard (unused and printed in Germany) entitled Wallaroo Shipping (small port in Australia). For condition see photographs - the cards are in very good order, photos are faded, the landing permits are fragile with tears on folds etc.
WWI era Postcard - HMS Leviathan Royal Marine Light Infantry football team Competition winners 1915-1916-1917-1918. Various badges visible including Bandsman, front row left and right. Good overall condition - slight fading to outer edges on front. Reverse clean and unused. Red ink stamp G. Dabell.
WWI Naval patriotic pin tray Pressed and formed from wafer thin aluminium with printed transfers - a Naval scene with warship and submarine in the foreground surrounded by flags representing Great Britain, France and Belgium plus the St. Andrew’s Cross - the Imperial Russian Naval ensign in existence from 1696 until the Revolution in 1917. As can be seen in the photos, the upper surface is suffering from oxidisation which is also showing through in the sky area. There is some loss of the main image left side and two scratches through to the metal in the foreground. The underneath, apart from minor blemishes is in pretty good condition. Remarkably, for such a delicate and easily deformed object, the shape is almost as perfect as the moment it was pressed. L:11 x W:7.3 X H:1cm
WWI Trench Art - French 75mm Field Gun shell case With a moose on a textured background and overstamped on the base - Soissons May 1917. This is a little different from other examples of the genre that we have seen, and until recently was in a large private collection. It has been polished some time ago and there is light patination in some areas and minor stains on the base. Overall nice condition with no damage. NB. In March 1917, German command launched operation Alberich, a strategic withdrawal of the front between Arras and Soissons in order to establish themselves behind vast impregnable fortifications. The French Army, lacking accurate information and believing the withdrawal to be a sign of weakness pressed ahead with an attack along a 40 kilometre front. The result was a total disaster - a fiasco that led to the French mutinies on 20th May. H:20.5cm
WWII Alexander Club, Rome - folder and postcards Published by NAAFI / EFI, this is the complete set of 16 cards with the original paper folder, depicting the full range of club facilities available to servicemen. The reverse of each card is captioned accordingly. The Club (named after General Alexander) was created in a commandeered department store, with six floors centred around a roofed open space and a huge candelabra hanging from the ceiling. Unfortunately, on one occasion this light fitting became the subject of a bet between a group of commandos and paras as to who could swing from it the best. After a short while the inevitable happened and the whole thing crashed to the ground, landing on top of the para that had been clinging on to it causing him serious injuries. The folder has suffered badly from light staining in some areas which contrasts vividly with the natural colour. The postcards have yellowed around the edges but this is far less noticeable, one in particular has yellowed on the reverse mimicking the stain on the front cover. Apart from the staining they are all in sound condition, corners remaining quite sharp and with no tears or creases. None have been written on. NB. The Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes (NAAFI) was created by the British Government in 1921 to provide recreational establishments and to sell goods to servicemen (and their families). The EFI (Expeditionary Force Institutes) provided NAAFI facilities in war zones. H:10.5 x W:15.5cm
WWII ATS & VAD Release Book Class "A" Together with Regulations for ATS Amendments No.3 and No.4. W/241844 Pte. Lilian Needham, a dressmaker from the Manchester area. "Exemplary military conduct". Release book in overall very good used condition, rust bleed to staple on Amendments No.4 .
WWII era ARP First Aid case - City of Nottingham Substantial and well made wooden box with safety locking hooks (a latch marked 'press' must be held down before the hook will swivel), leather handle and brass hinges. The sides are finger jointed, the base is fixed with countersunk brass screws. There are also a number of redundant small circular holes visible on the outer side of the base which have been filled - possibly suggesting the box originally had another use. A large faded cross is just visible on the outer lid. A fold-out advisory leaflet on the nature, properties and effects of war gasses issued by W. R. Burrows, City of Nottingham A.R.P. Dept. is fixed to the inside of the lid. There is a brown 'velvet' cloth liner in the bottom which has been cut with pinking shears. This was originally glued but has mostly come away. Contents include the following: Ogden's St. Julien tobacco tin containing a small pair of scissors, tweezers (marked DIXEY), Ever-Ready folding razor blade holder with inches 'ruler', 2 x safety pins and the front of a Pilot Match box. The "Crown" needle case (King George V and Queen Mary) - 1 needle present. Alum stick. Tincture of Iodine. Small tin with hinged lid containing 4 safety pins. Day's waterproof dubbin tin containing an Aromatic Ammonia capsule. B.P.C. bandages 2ins x 4yds - 2 off. B.P.C. packet of absorbent cotton wool. B.P.C. packet of absorbent lint. B.P.C. large plain wound dressing. Compressed triangular bandage. This is totally as found, still with the unmistakable aroma from within and an absolute gem for anyone with an interest in WWII British Home Front. NB. Because of the foresight of Chief Constable Athelstan Popkess, Nottingham was the first city in Britain to develop a comprehensive ARP network. Box O/A: L:28 x W:16.5 x D:5.4cm
WWII era badge - Cheshire Corps of Air Raid Wardens Pin fitting for female use. Unusual maker - Butt & Co. Ltd. Chester - a firm of jewellers dating back to the mid 1800s. Vintage condition with some loss of finish to high spots of plumes and coronet and the rim at 2 o'clock. The lettering around the circumference is generally good although the 'O' in Corps has lost some finish. Blue enamel intact but some light scratches can be seen under a glass. Pin and catch in good order. Dia: 2.5cm
WWII era British Military soap container Personal issue aluminium soap tin with hinged lid and stamped as follows: C.C.114 A.B.1945 together with the Broad Arrow (British Government ownership mark). Minor surface scratches and light staining inside and out but would polish up if required. Hinge pin bright with no corrosion. Overall very nice dent free condition. H:4 x L:9.5 x W:6.8cm approx.
WWII Era British S & A Class Submarines engineering drawing - 40BHP motor for compressors Printed on cloth - Makers drawing No. 1081/43L dated 07/10/43. Produced by Laurence Scott & Electromotors Ltd. Norwich - a business founded by the far-sighted William Harding Scott. The S Class submarines of the Royal Navy were originally designed and built during the modernisation of the submarine force in the early 1930s and were improved during the period 1940 - 1945. The A Class (Amphion) were designed to be used in the Pacific where speed, the ability to dive deep and effective air conditioning were vital requirements for operating in that theatre of war. Overall good condition, with fold creases. O/A: W:113 x H:80cm Folded: W:28 x H:19cm
WWII German Arbeitsbuch belonging to Else Scheurel D.O.B. 27 October 1913, Berlin Else's first employment (1930 - 1938) was as a salesperson with Herrmann Gerson GMBH, a company founded in the 1800s by a Jewish merchant who created the first luxury fashion house/department store in Berlin. In 1939 the building was taken over by the Reichskriminalpolizeiamt and during the course of the war it was destroyed. This is the first pattern of Arbeitsbuch with Weimar Eagle and a small swastika on each corner of every page. Good used condition with some minor creases. Small 'rust' coloured stain to the top edge of each page. The workbook was issued to document the work history of each German citizen. Employers would stamp the book with the date employment commenced on the left hand page and again on the right when the worker left thereby creating an employment history at a glance. It was also useful in providing proof that the individual had a need to be in a particular area if challenged by the authorities.
WWII German Luftschutz ‘gladiator' style helmet Members of the Air Protection Warning Service (Luftschutzwarndienst) were required to purchase (from own funds) a lightweight distinctively shaped helmet with winged emblem. This civilian force took on numerous responsibilities from helping to fight fires, clearing debris after bombing raids to being the last line of defence (famously in Berlin) when Germany was being overrun in 1945. Luftschutz personnel mainly comprised older men not fit for active service as well as many young women (Luftschutzhelferinnen) and boys. This is the first pattern helmet which utilises three sections welded together - subsequent versions were simplified. A variety of liners were incorporated as the war progressed, often from flimsy materials, indicative of the savings being made to help the fighting front. Interestingly, this helmet has a personal touch as the liner has been 'customised' by its owner with sewn in padded leather tongues, possibly from another helmet. There is a helmet information sticker under the rear neck protector together with the code RL2 - 38/28 impressed into the metal. (See photos). Very nice vintage condition. Deep blue paintwork has numerous light scratches and scuff marks commensurate with use. Minimal corrosion, some evident on interior around liner rivet holes. Chinstrap is a plastic version - slightly grubby and with folds from storage. This is not serious and could be remedied. Luftschutz emblem is in nice condition with only minor surface marks and very little loss to the decal. There is a white mark diagonally above the emblem which appears to be residue - perhaps from an item resting on top during storage - with a lighter diagonal scratch above that. No dents or dings. A good honest example.
WWII German Winterhilfswerk booklet Das Tapfere Schneiderlein (The Valiant Little Tailor) No.4 in a set of 10. Handed out by the Hitlerjugend and Bund Deutscher Mädel (boys and girls associations) in exchange for a few pfennigs to raise funds to provide necessities for the poor and needy during the winter months. Das Winterhilfswerk des Deutschen Volkes (Winter Relief of the German Peoples) ran from 1933 - 1945. Stain to front cover, otherwise very good used condition. H:5 x W:7cm
WWII NAAFI fork Stamped NAAFI 2904 T.Turner’s Hygienic One of the tines is slightly bent near the tip. General scuffs and scratches commensurate with age and use. Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes (NAAFI) is an organisation that was created by the British government in 1921 to provide retail, catering and recreational facilities for members of the armed forces all over the world. L:16.5cm
WWII original German photographs Three unrelated snapshots, two of which have handwritten inscriptions on the reverse, roughly translated as follows: Top - on field telephone (removed from an album): 'Our regiment's friend Oberst Friedrich'. Middle portrait - "My old darling, I am a prisoner of war, remember me 14/1/43". Bottom - German/Italian Axis powers - blank reverse. Two very good condition, middle photo has surface creasing marks. H:6 x W:9cm approx.
WWII phrase book - Sofort Französisch sprechen ohne Mühe "Speak French immediately without any problem", the essential handbook for German troops in occupied France. Divided into sections, it covers all the areas of normal civilian life that can be enjoyed in any town or city from visiting a cafe or restaurant to buying cigarettes / tobacco. Card covers with cloth spine in fragile condition. The glue holding the pages to the cloth spine has perished and some pages are now detached. Pages 27-28 and 29-30 have been torn out. H:13 x W:10.5cm
WWII Practical Cookery by Phyllis Davidson and Margaret Hindley Published by Blackie & Son Limited in 1939 according to War Economy Standards. Inside front cover carries the delightful hand-written momento for “Mum” from “Dadda and The Bhoys” (Bhoys maybe a reference to Celtic F.C.) to commemorate their Silver Wedding Day on 26th March 1943. The book itself is a collector’s item and has added appeal with the amusing inscription together with the wedding photograph which has been glued onto the page. A fascinating insight into British social history. Slight foxing to pages - otherwise very good used condition. H:16.5 x W:11.5cm
WWII theatre programme for Lot's Wife, Alexandria January 1945 Written by Peter Blackmore and presented by The ServiS Players for the benefit of service personnel. An interesting item of ephemera containing a wide variety of advertisements which in themselves are quite engrossing - particularly the one for Four Square cigarettes - "Everything ends in smoke" says the NFS girl, "but it might as well be good smoke. Probably few programmes have survived so assumed scarce. Reasonable condition with rust bled from staples. Centre section detached. H:20 x W:14cm
WWl Era embroidered sweetheart handkerchief Always popular with servicemen wanting to bring back a small gift for a mother, wife or sweetheart. Many flourishing cottage industries grew up in France producing a number of handkerchief designs which often included a patriotic combination of flags. Overall reasonably good aged condition with some foxing and storage creases. W:26 x D:26cm