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1ST DRAGOONS PLUME AND SHAPING BAR ACCESSORY. An extremely rare item of pre WWI British military headdress being the plume for the 1st Dragoons 1871 pattern helmet, attached to its original shaping storage bar. The plume of all the Dragoon and Dragoon Guards had an elegant gently undulating pattern throughout its length when worn on the helmet, this was achieved by attaching the plume to a shaped wooden bar for storage. The bar was a complicated affair with multiple teeth, this was bound to the plume using thick twine and held in place throughout its storage. The plume itself is in good condition overall, the original long stork is present with its special attaching nut still in place. The old twine is still firmly in place, one can see areas where the twine being pulled very tight to the wooden bar has caused polishing and slight indentation to the soft wood. The item clearly has remained undisturbed since the helmet was last demounted. There is a name 'Smith' very neatly written to the side. The overall condition is excellent. This would make an intriguing item for the advanced headdress collector's display.
AMERICAN MILITARY BELTS AND RELATED EQUIPMENT BY DORSEY. A good example of this hard to find paperback book, profusely illustrated with many accoutrements and belts as well as cartridge boxes of the American Army. The copy is good with a little ripping to the base of the spine. There is a little foxing and yellowing to some pages, however a good working document.
AUSTRIAN PRE 1902 PATTERN SENIOR NCO SHAKO A very good condition Austrian Infantry Shako for senior NCO, good strong body to helmet , good bright lace , one small moth nip at back of body, leather liner and inner lining material all good and undamaged, metal cockade missing.
AUSTRIAN SWORD SOCKET BAYONET. A super Austrian produced Napoleonic period socket bayonet, the overall condition being absolutely superb. These bayonets generally were used for the Jager carbines and various models were produced. What makes this bayonet particularly collectible is the original sheet steel scabbard with its fine leather covering, which is 98% intact with some scuffs and a little flaking to the top. The top and bottom chapes are of sheet steel having a wooden main body and an elegantly flattened base to the tip with wide belt hook. The scabbard with a little remedial wax polish would come up like a mirror and has a wonderful deep patination throughout. The bayonet is good and clean and free of any deep pitting and is cleaned back to an ordnance standard, which has lightly subdued and is not overly bright. There are traces of grease and storage wax to the blade. There are various small stampings as well as those upon the back strap. The item is full length with a good tip and an unsharpened edge.
AUSTRO/ HUNGARIAN 1873 WAR MEDAL IN CASE OF ISSUE. A very good condition bronze gilt example of the Austro/Hungarian 1873 War Medal, complete with its ribbon, in original Austrian style wrap. To the upper inner lid is affixed a paper label of the Military Uniforms and Order Retailers in Vienna. The leather case is good although the lid is slightly distorted. The case is titled to the exterior, originally in gilt toned to a dark grey bordering on black.
BOER WAR PAPER EPHEMERA. Two items of highly interesting bookwork from the Boer War, the first being the well known work Lest We Forget Them, our soldiers and sailors 1899 to 1900, compiled by Lady Glover. Very colourful hard cover showing a Boer War officer carrying the Union Flag, followed by over 50 pages of black and white images of soldiers, Generals and notable personages of the British units in the Boer War. Sheet music with accompanying words. Autographs of the Generals. The ships that carried the troops to South Africa and at the very end units in or under orders for South Africa, which comprises of a full list of regular British Army units and Imperial Yeomanry, plus a full list of the Colonial Corps in Cape Colony. The second being a small soft back pamphlet containing 10 loosely bound beautifully coloured images, the book entitled Native Types of South Africa, published by F.E.Des-Jardins, Queens Stores, Dock Road, Cape Town. The front cover shows a half naked Zulu woman with the wording beneath ‘Kaffir Belle’. The majority of the images of the template are of Zulu women published possibly to appeal to the soldiers in the field and could be interpreted as an early form of eroticism.
BRITISH 8TH (KINGS ROYAL IRISH) HUSSARS SABRETACHE. A extremely rare and beautiful quality sabretache for an officer in the 8th Royal Irish Hussars. In our opinion the sabretache dates from approximately 1840. It is normally considered that pre Crimea sabretaches are of a large size, the size of this sabretache is slightly smaller than the post Crimea sized sabretaches. The 8th Royal Irish Hussars were formed as a Hussar Regiment in 1825, it was not until 1855 that the Regiment was allowed to add the Battle Honours of Hindoostan and Leswarree, these battles actually took place prior to them being formed as The Royal Irish Hussars. The Regiment then won four further Battle Honours in the Crimea and two in Central India and Afghanistan, all post Crimea, therefore this sabretache without any Battle Honours added can be dated at approximately 1840. The gilt lace work to the very edge of the sabretache is in beautiful condition with the shamrock woven into the gilt lace, the remainder of the hand embroidery to the central panel is absolutely superb, of very high quality and extremely deep with the Irish harp at the base surmounted by the Roman numerals 'VIII' with the scroll work to either side of the harp, which reads The Kings Own Irish Hussars. The sabretache is complete with its rear message pouch, the three suspension rings and is complete with its red Morocco leather foul weather cover.
BRITISH BOER WAR RARE CYCLIST PHOTOGRAPH. An incredibly rare photograph measuring 20cms x 15cms of a tandem unit of a British or Cape Colony cyclist unit. From the very early days of cycling, this tandem, fitted with rifle bucket, two soldiers in Boer War slouch hats, one carrying an extra ammunition bandolier. Slight repair to the left hand side. This image came from the effects of a Major Francis Hood Fernie DSO., The image is inscribed on the reverse side ‘CAPTAIN J.V. IN S.AFRICA 1900/1’.
BRITISH GERMAN LEGION SABRETACHE. An extremely rare piece of uniform accoutrement being the sabretache for an officer in the British German Legion. An excellent condition all leather sabretache being of the same sizes as the post 1856 British sabretache. To the exterior edge two wavy lines of bullion wire in the same manner as standard German officers sabretaches. To the centre a very finely struck gilt Victorian Crown with cipher below and below the cipher an intricate scroll work which reads 'Light Cavalry British German Legion'. The rear message pouch is intact as are the three suspension rings for the carrying straps. Mercenary soldiers have been active throughout history and the Crimean War was no example. Based on the fact that the Kings German Legion assisted the British in the Napoleonic Wars when the Crimean War broke out a force of Italian, Swiss and German soldiers were raised to assist in the war against Russia. The Commanding Officer was Major General Richard Charles Von Stutterheim and in 1856 members of the Legion were billeted in the Colchester Garrison in England. The force was disbanded near the end of 1856 after the war had ended and facing difficulties in repatriation by having served a foreign country the majority of the members of the Legion were resettled in the Eastern Cape colony in South Africa, as a result to this day there are place names of German origin in and around King Williamstown including the town of Stutterheim. There were 441 German officers in the Legion, therefore this sabretache is one of possibly only approximately 400 ever produced. For further very interesting reading on this unusual unit the U.K. National Archives web site is an excellent source.
BRITISH ROYAL DRAGOONS ENLISTED MANS HELMET. A very good example of the 1871 pattern troopers helmet for the 1st Royal Dragoons. The all nickel skull is in excellent condition with just minor pin head indentations and one slight crease to the skull to the right hand side of the front plate as the helmet is viewed. All of the brass fittings, which include the spike/plume holder, cruciform spike base, front peak trim, front and rear floriated bands, side rosettes, chin scales and front plate starburst all match in colour and condition. The silvered circlet to the front plate with the Royal scroll is in white metal with the number '1' in brass. The leather backing to the chin chain is the original from the period and has not dried out and flaked away. The interior liner has all of its tongues present and its original leather drawstring, most of the tongues had their original brass eyelets either intact to the leather or running loose along the original drawstring. The green leather is still attached to the interior of the front peak and there are two fixing nuts missing from the total of four that secure the cruciform spike base to the helmet. Correct black horsehair plume complete and in excellent condition. This is a very large size helmet.
BRITISH ROYAL IRISH RIFLES VICTORIAN FROCK COAT. An absolutely magnificent item of British military uniform being the four pocket frock coat, these were a working tunic in regimental colours and were in many ways a field worn garment. Following the format of a typical tunic having four pleated pockets and having to the front Norfolk jacket type pleats. The lower cuffs are in a green Melton and there is a piped line to the lower collar in the same material. Buttons throughout are Queens Crown Irish Rifles type with harp and full scroll. The original blackened small pips are now missing to the epaulettes, however these would be easy to find and one button is now minus. The original faux colour is sewn inside the tunic. The overall condition is exceptionally good with only one or two tiny nips and a little wear to the black silk lining. The tunic incorporates a belt with a single large prong in the Omdurman fashion.
BRITISH THE WEST RIDING REGIMENT OFFICERS HOME SERVICE HELMET. A very fine condition 1881 pattern British officers home service helmet worn and owned by Alfred Bairstow Clarkson of The West Riding Regiment. Large size helmet, the superb Melton covered cork bodied helmet is without any moth damage or any moth tracking to any part of the cloth. The leather trim that runs around the back nape of the helmet is dry and supple with no cracking. All of the fittings, which include the back strap, the fluted pointed spike, the cruciform spike base with rose decoration, large West Riding officers front plate with King's crown 1902 to 10, front peak trim, side rosettes and full length chin chain with its original velvet backing all match in colour. The silvered scroll to the front plate reading 'The West Riding Regiment'. On inverting the helmet the green Morocco leather used for lining the front and back peaks is superb and bright. The beautifully grained mid tan leather sweat band shows very little wear use and has the name applied 'A.B.Clarkson'. The red inner silk lining also present and not shot. The interior upper inner crown area still retains the majority of its white cream canvas finish. To the very top of the inner skull a red leather circlet with gold blocked to the red leather the maker's name of 'Hebbert & Company Limited, London'. The helmet is contained in its original transit case with the name 'A.B.Clarkson 6th Battalion West Riding Regiment engraved to the name plaque. Accompanying paperwork with the helmet and tin show Anthony Bairstow Clarkson born March 1885 in Keithley Yorkshire. Enlisted 1907, joined West Riding Regiment as a Lieutenant 1st July 1910, served throughout WWI safely and retired in 1922. He won the MC 1916, DSO 1919 and was Mentioned in Despatches twice in 1916 and in 1919. Records show that he was a Major in June 1016 subsequently Lieutenant Colonel November 1918. Accompanying the records is an original invoice when the helmet was sold in 1990. A very impressive helmet to a very well known Yorkshire Regiment, worthy of further research as to the winning of his MC and DSO.
BRITISH VICTORIAN JOSEPH RODGERS BOWIE KNIFE. An extremely nice condition Bowie knife produced by Joseph Rodgers and Sons, Cutlers to Her Majesty. The Bowie style blade is generally in good order with some slight cloudiness and with slight chipping. Marked ‘VR’ with central crown. Steel ball ended cross guard with double sided stag grips held together with three rivets in undamaged condition. All fitted into its excellent condition leather scabbard with original belt loop. Riveted to the belt loop is the original leather hilt retaining strap with its securing loop. Leather to the scabbard excellent with its nickel plated chape. We believe the production period of this piece to be around 1880 however Joseph Rodgers was definitely making this exact style of knife prior to the American Civil War in the early 1860’s.
BRITISH VICTORIAN PATTERN 1888 BAYONET. Excellent bright blade measuring 12 inches , 30 cm long, marked ‘Wilkinson, London’. Grips good, Victorian crown ‘49’ over ‘W’ to both sides of the grip. Slight surface rust to the cross guard and top pommel. Fitted into its original leather scabbard with integral belt loop.
BRITISH WORCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT OFFICERS BLUECLOTH HELMET. A very fine condition officers 1881 pattern Home Service helmet to the Worcestershire Regiment. The cork body is in superb form, no moth to any part of the blue cloth covering. The helmet is fitted with a Kings Crown version 1901 to 1910 of the helmet plate with the centre for the Worcestershire Regiment. The gilt to the helmet plate is good and bright, the remainder of the fittings the gilt is dull. Complete with its original chin strap with its velvet lining. To the interior, attached to the white Morocco lining is the original wearer’s name and regiment. To the inner upper crown there is gold blocked leather label of ‘F.W.Flight Military Outfitters, Winchester.
CAUCASIAN MINIATURE KINJAL. A very attractive piece of probably ladies jewellery in the form of a miniature kinjal. The kinjal can be drawn from its scabbard and has some impressed silver markings. Beautiful niello work surmounted by a crescent and star and long suspension chain.
EARLY TO MID 19TH CENTURY SCOTTISH KNIFE. An absolutely intriguing item of the utmost quality and possibly a unique custom made item of the time. We can surmise that the blade for this extremely heavy and solid weapon is that of a Claymore sword. The configuration and fuller clearly follow that of the traditional Scottish weapon and shows extreme high quality grinding and much polish to the steel with just a little staining in places. The mounting of the weapon again is of extraordinary quality having a typical blackened carved hardwood handle very much in the Scottish and Celtic design style with small silver studs to the herringbone-like pattern of the deeply incised wood engraving. All fittings are of good solid hallmarked silver construction with a beautiful untouched patination throughout. Hallmarks to the pommel would indicate post 1820 manufacture in London, England, by a manufacturer originally based in Dublin, Ireland, who extended operations to the English mainland. The scabbard again reflects very much Scottish traditions with typical high quality silver mounts, each hallmarked and bearing the initials of another engraver, these projects were often shared by silversmiths who would produce unique items combining skill of a number of artisan craftsmen. To the front of the scabbard is mounted a single Scottish traditional castle with fine quality red silk decoration. Clearly the tassel is derived from what would have been worn upon the traditional Scottish sporran. The silver mounted cup to the decoration is decorated with sea-like monster creatures and the small boss attaching it to the scabbard’s body is a typical face in the Romanesque style and very typical of interpretations of antiquity derived from ancient history and reborn during the Regency and Georgian period. To the reverse is the original belt hanger, this being of typical patent leather material showing the usual congealing to the otherwise supple patent leather. The scabbard itself is completely covered in a super and fine quality very subtly tooled leather, this is in remarkably good condition with some loss of colour to the blackening, obvious areas of rubbing and bruising however the overall patination of the leather is extremely pleasing and again enhances the object massively. The silver pitting fittings throughout have developed a wonderful slightly darkened patination with metal still bright but not showing signs of polishing or over-cleaning. Custom weapons such as these were extremely popular with British officers particularly those posted to Colonial outposts where the necessity to carry a sword was impractical and thus an explorer or soldier type knife was a common affectation particularly of the wealthy classes who would commission such objects and we believe this has been produced from a fine quality Scottish officers broad sword blade. An absolutely unique item and a centrepiece to a knife collection.
ENGLISH 1803 LIGHT COMPANY OFFICERS SWORD WITH HISTORY. A very good example of the classic 1803 pattern Light Company infantry officers sword having a broad curved 30 inch fullered blade. Marked on the flat back section of the blade ‘WOOLLEY & DEAKINS’ in pressed steel. Woolley & Deakins were a famous sword maker in Birmingham, England, who supplied swords to both the British and American armed forces. Both sides of the blade has virtually all the gold inlaid colour remaining clearly showing the coat of arms decoration and the stands of arms. The opposite side again all of the gold inlay is visible, which includes the ‘GR’ with crown above, the standing soldier carrying the sword wearing the Tarleton helmet, plus the inlaid circlet, which to the centre again has the ‘Woolley & Deakins’. To that particular side there is a reasonable amount of the blued panel remaining. To the opposite side virtually of the blue has disappeared. The blade has some black spotting towards the hatchet type tip, the edge of the blade has not been abused, its fighting edge below the blued and gold panel has been sharpened for combat. The sword has the standard 1803 pattern cut out hilt showing ‘GR’ under a crown, the slotted guard with three loops each side with the crowned ‘GR’ cipher and fluted and knuckle bow, lion’s head pommel. The hilt at one time has taken a slight knock upwards, probably in the battle, which is described below. There is a minor distortion, in the lion’s mouth there is a portapee ring, the grip is good with all its grip wire intact and has at least 85% of the original gilt remaining to the hilt itself and engraved along the back strap ‘J.H.Toyne Esquire, AD 1848’. The whole sword is fitted into its totally original scabbard. The degree of gilt to the three scabbard mounts is probably only 35% however they remain a good colour and is the completely original scabbard to the sword. One of the main problems in any of the leather mounted scabbards of the early 19th century is that the leather rots and we are glad to say this is in superb condition, there is no weakness at all to the scabbard. There are some cracks to the surface tanning and some minor abrasions that has gone through the tanning, the stitching on the rear of the leather is absolutely complete and undamaged. Because of leather shrinkage the scabbard stops short of the hilt by 1 half on an inch. The top mount is engraved ‘Lieutenant Charles Parker, to J.A.Toyne Esquire AD 1848’. The Upper Canada Rebellion took place in 1838, after the rebellion by disaffected Upper Canadians were suppressed in 1837. The majority of the rebel leaders fled to the United States, the battle of the Windmill was a battle fought in November 1838, Loyalist forces of the Upper Canadian Government defeated an invasion by hunter patriot insurgents based in the U.S. on the morning of the 13th November 1838. Lieutenant Colonel Young ordered an attack in two columns, the right one under Ogle Gowan the left column under Lieutenant Colonel Richard Frazer of the 2nd Grenville Regiment. Gowan Vanguard of 44 men from the 83rd Regiment were commanded by Lieutenant William Johnson, which was Frazer’s vanguard of which 30 were Royal Marines under the command of Lieutenant Charles Parker. There is much further reading involved with this story ‘THE BATTLE OF THE WINDMILL’, which gives a list of combatants on both sides. Another work is ‘A TROUBLESOME BIRTH’ the journal of 1st Lieutenant Charles Parker Royal Marines, THE CANADA YEARS 1830 TO 1840 by Robert J. Andrews. The name of J.H.Toyne Esquire is unknown to us, we can only imagine that 10 years later Lieutenant Charles Parker presented his sword as a gift to J.H. Toyne. As can be seen by the dates both on the upper scabbard mount and the back strap this was 10 years after the event. It is most likely that this sword was used by Lieutenant Charles Parker in the Battle of the Windmill in 1838. A lovely 1803 sword with identified provenance and history.
ENGLISH 1855 PATTERN OFFICERS SHAKO OF THE 82ND REGIMENT. A rare and extremely good condition pattern 1855 officers shako of the 82nd Regiment of Foot. Unusually 82nd did not develop any County or regional connections during its 88 years of existence until, under the Army Reforms of 1881, it became the 2nd Battalion The South Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales Volunteers). Due to the lightweight construction of this type of headdress they normally have suffered greatly over the years through neglect, this is in superb condition. All of the beaver skin to the body is superb, no damage to the patent leather crown or front and back peaks apart from normal congealing to the peaks, which in itself is extremely light. The interior still has its complete mid tan Morocco leather sweat band and the greater majority of its internal scarlet silk. It is complete with its patent leather fully adjustable chin strap and finished with a beautiful condition 82nd Regiment officers Victorian crown shako plate. Unfortunately the red and white pompom and gilt plume holder is missing, nevertheless an extremely rare piece of headdress.
ENGLISH 1ST SURREY RIFLES VICTORIAN OFFICERS REGIMENTAL HELMET CIRCA 1860. A magnificent condition and extremely rare helmet, which is totally unique to this regiment. First designed, produced and worn in the early 1860's which was 20 years before the introduction of the classic English Home Service helmet. This all pressed felt helmet resembles the subsequent 1st pattern home service helmet incredibly closely and we wonder whether the design of the Home Service helmet was taken in part from this early 1860's piece. The skull is of one-piece black fur felt with very pronounced front and rear peaks with the spike being in fluted form with a cruciform cross base secured to the helmet skull by four rosettes. The front plate in beautiful deep mercury gilt with frosted highlights has a Victorian crown, oak leaf surround, First Surrey Rifles circlet with a bugle horn to the centre, completed with a '1' in white metal. The helmet is fitted with lion's faced rosette chin chain attachments to each lower side, across the upper part of the peak is a roped ring style gilded trim and the helmet is complete with its original interlinked chin chain with leather backing, the stitching is slightly loose and is also complete with its extra links for the hanging on of the chain when the chin chain is not in use. There are two decorative small rosettes either side of the skull, one at the reverse side, which contains the hook to retain the chin chain. The whole of the body is leather edged both to the sides, front and back peaks. The interior lining is of high officers quality being in maroon silk, which is multi stitched and thankfully the silk has not shot. The interior of the front and back peaks are lined in a green Morocco leather. The interior skull in raw felt. Adhered to the interior skull is a beautiful condition 'W.Smith & Sons, Makers, 3 Leicester Place, Leicester Square, W.C.' Behind the front plate an area of the felt has been cut out, presumably to allow for air flow through the helmet and at the rear of the helmet below the rosette that has the attachment hook for the chain there is a small octagonal hole specifically punched in this shape, we can only assume this is for air flow at the rear of the helmet. We have been fortunate to be able to find two pages of the Illustrated London News dated 1861 showing four officers of the 1st Surrey Rifles, three of them wearing this identical helmet with their scarlet parade plumes, with the accompanying text clearly describing this felt helmet. The attachment screw to the interior of one of the cruciform rosettes is missing, otherwise the helmet is in magnificent visual and technical condition. We have specialised in English headdress for over 30 years and this must rank amongst one of the rarest helmets that we have had, also its connection to the subsequent Home Service helmet is historically important in the lineage of this type of helmet.
ENGLISH 3RD DRAGOON GUARDS ENLISTED RANKS HELMET. A very good 1871 pattern troopers helmet of the 3rd Dragoon Guards. This is a very large size helmet, which makes it even more impressive. It has an excellent skull with just two minor indentations to the right hand side of the body as the helmet is worn. All of the fittings, which include the plume base, the cruciform plume holder and all the attached foliage work and the chin chain all match in colour and condition. The helmet is complete with its 8 pointed nickel star front plate. The central brass circlet has the Royal cipher. To the centre of the circlet is a regimental number ‘3’ in nickel. The helmet is complete with its correct black and red other ranks quality horse hair plume, its side rosettes and its chin chain with its original leather backing intact. To the interior the helmet has its original liner, which is all complete and in good condition. All of the brass eyelets attached to the tongues of the liner, none have broken or rotted, the drawstring is absent. To the interior of the front peak the green leather is still intact and all the correct nuts and washers are present. To the rear nape of the helmet it is clearly stamped ‘3 DG’ with various other numbers. 3rd (Prince of Wales) Dragoon Guards can trace their lineage back to 1685 and up until the Boer War had won 9 Battle Honours. The vast majority of these British Dragoon Guard helmets on the market have been restored, upgraded and have mismatched parts, this is a totally untouched original helmet.
ENGLISH EDWARDIAN BOWIE KNIFE. A very nice condition Bowie knife, one side of the blade is very bright with slight corrosion showing, manufactured by J. Howill & Son of Sheffield, England, the other side of the blade is toned with slight lifting of plating. Standard oval cross guard with totally undamaged straight stag grip. All encased in its stored condition Bowie style scabbard with faintly stamped 'Made in England' to the upper part, its male/female closure stud is complete but frail.
ENGLISH NORFOLK YEOMANRY TROOPERS HELMET. A A rare 1830 to 1837 model of a troopers helmet of the Norfolk Yeomanry. As with many other helmets of this period it is constructed in the Roman comb style of all metal construction. The helmet is quite lightweight in comparison to some of the other Roman style helmets of the period and appears to have been constructed in tin instead of the more commonly encountered brass and gilded brass of the regular Dragoon regiments. Finished in black overall, there is a certain degree of re-finish and minor rippling to the skull. The Roman comb, which normally is the part that gets damaged or weathers through fatigue is in superb condition with all of its scalloped brass riveted trim in place. All of the gilded fittings contrast beautifully against the black body of the helmet, which include the large Maltese Cross front plate with inter-twined scroll of William IV, who reigned from June 1830 until June 1837. The front chin scales, again in superb condition with their side rosettes showing a lion standing on a crown. The gilded trim to the helmet running its complete circumference, again superb and is complete with its long horse hair plume. To the interior the front and back peaks are still lined with their original Morocco leather with some losses. The original liner band is all intact with the original silk liner shredded and missing. As stated previously the helmet has had minor restoration and repairs, which is conversant with a helmet of this great age. A beautiful visual item.
ENGLISH ROYAL SUSSEX REGIMENT IDENTIFIED OFFICERS COMPLETE UNIFORM. A most superb 1881 pattern tunic, trousers, blue cloth helmet, sash, waist belt and sword slings belonging to Major N. G. Messel. The 1881 scarlet tunic in a good large size constructed in a most superb red Melton cloth, the nap to the material overall is magnificent. Three small moth track lines to the lower front skirt. There is no other moth damage, staining or discolouring of the tunic or trousers on any part. The high stand collar is edged with gilt lace and is complete with its beautiful Royal Sussex Regiment enamelled officers quality collar badges. The shoulder boards are the standard inter-twined gold wire with the velvet and silver wire Major's crowns with a silver wire woven letter 'T' and the base of each board indicating that he had transferred into the Territorial Battalion of the Royal Sussex. All of the buttons are a most beautiful gilded type with the insignia of the Royal Sussex Regiment. Three loops for medal ribbon bar to the upper left breast. All of the heavy padded silk lace to each lower sleeve is in superb condition. The tailor's label with Major Messels name is attached to the interior of the tunic. The silk lining in the high quality Victorian style multi stitched pattern to the interior and the silk unusually has not shot, which is quite a common occurrence with this beautiful lining that it would just rot, known as shot, after many years. The long dark blue overalls with their ¼ inch wide red stripe to the side again in near mint condition with minor service wear. Attached at a mid way point to the left hand sleeve is the most beautiful crepe black mourning armband, this would possibly be for the funeral of Queen Victoria. Accompanying the tunic and overalls is the most beautiful relatively large size Royal Sussex Regiment blue cloth Home Service helmet. We have had many of these helmets over the past 30 years, very few come into the condition area as this piece. The nap of the cloth is absolutely superb. All the gilt matches to the back strap, spike, cruciform spike base, chain rosettes and central helmet plate. The helmet plate is with the 02 to 10 pattern crown, the plate has a very pronounced dished shape to it making the helmet plate very proud of the helmet itself. The central Coat of Arms being the beautifully red and blue enamelled insignia of the Royal Sussex Regiment with the Regimental scroll below. All of the original leather and velvet backing to the chin chain is intact. To the interior the white Morocco leather sweat band shows very minor wear use with much original colour visible. The 1½ inch wide inner silk lining is still present but has shot badly. The canvas panels to the interior of the helmet skull are, with the exception of a few storage spots, in superb bright condition with a gold blocked paper label adhered to the canvas of the makers 'Herbert Johnson, 38 New Bond Street, London W'. The helmet plate is held in place to the interior skull with three leather brads cut from the same white/cream grained leather as the inner sweat band. Accompanying the uniform is the full dress gold and crimson tasselled sash, the General Service full dress red Morocco leather and gold braided waist belt with beautifully gilt belt buckle with central lion over Victorian crown, plus a very fine set of red Morocco leather and heavy bullion wire full dress sword slings with the webbing under belt. Also accompanying is the red crimson sash, which was worn on non levee or State occasions. We have been able to conduct limited research on Major Messel, he was originally educated at Eton School, the London Gazette entry November 14th 1902 states 'H.G.Messel Lieutenant, 2nd Volunteer Battalion The Royal Sussex Regiment.' It is also believed that he published a work on South Africa. Condition:
ENGLISH SEA SERVICE FLINTLOCK PISTOL. The most wonderful example of the famous Flintlock Sea Service pistol, the metal work is excellent overall without corrosion, profusely stamped, the lock being marked 'Tower' with crown over 'GR', with crown over '2', the lock fully functioning in all its positions, complete with its steel belt strap, the rammer fitted in between its correct brass holder, all brass to the trigger guard and the butt cap is superb. Marked to one side of the butt cap '12' over the letter 'S'. Wood is excellent with one small repair just forward of the lock. Good grain with incised 3 Roman numeral XXX to the right hand side of the grip. A very fine example.
ENGLISH SIEGE WEIGHT LOBSTER TAIL HELMET. An excellent semi siege weight helmet of good heavy proportions with a riveted two-piece shot resistant skull. The skull is extremely heavy however not of the massive proportions of those for static warfare. The thickness and weight of this skull very much reflects the advance in firearms at the time. The rear neck of the helmet is of a single form lobster tail without articulations, again reminiscent of a helmet worn for non mounted duties. To the front is an excellent decorative triple bar fixed visor with moustache type central gently undulating bars and al heat welded reverse finial to the base. The helmet is in excellent condition with a good deep brown patination overall with gentle highlighting and a pleasing wax deep shine overall. There are one or two stress cracks to the rear peak. To the interior the munitions black paint is untouched and there are numerous hammer blow planishing marks with typical large round headed rivets and those rivets are backed with small remnants of leather from where the liner was once affixed. The whole interior of the helmet is completely untouched, dusty with a fine russet rust overall. Condition:
ENGLISH TRIPLE BAR LOBSTER TAIL HELMET. An absolutely marvellous relic of the English Civil War being a triple bar lobster tail helmet. Unfortunately the helmet has lost both ear pieces and neck piece, interestingly many of these elements may have actually been removed at the time of wear as they were impractical and something of an annoyance. The overall condition of the helmet is utterly untouched with much of the original munitions black finish to the exterior. The triple bar visor is excellent with a heat welded finial to the base of the triple bars. The central medial ridge is excellent, folded and beaten. The interior shows hammer marks and typical riveting throughout. To the interior and exterior are light russet rust spots however these are perfectly stable. A really good example of an early field helmet.
ENGLISH VICTORIAN 21ST LANCERS ENLISTED RANKS LANCE CAP. The smallest and shortest lived regiment of lancers in the British Army were the 21st Lancers. Formed in 1897 out of Hussar units being named the 21st Lancers. In 1898 the single Battle Honour, which goes down in history as being the last large cavalry charge of the British Army at the Battle of Omdurman within the Mahdist war in the Sudan. In that battle the regiment won 3 Victoria Crosses. Also notable within this charge was the presence of the young Winston Churchill as an attached officer. In 1921 the regiment was disbanded. This particular helmet is a post Battle of Omdurman example with its large triangular Victorian plate having the Battle Honour' Khartoum' to the centre next to the scroll '21st (Empress of India's) Lancers'. Because of the short-lived nature of the regiment and its smallness it has always been the most difficult of all the enlisted ranks lance caps to obtain. Generally when found they have suffered dramatically from moth, the mortarboard is normally damaged and many have been made up from parts, this is a totally original example, the mortarboard top is totally undamaged but has the standard crazing to the leather, which all leather lance caps have, the French grey mortarboard cloth sided upper part is totally free of any moth damage. It would appear that this helmet was originally issue to an NCO, at the base of the mortarboard top underneath the yellow regimental tape is a section of NCO's lace and one would presume it was re-issued to an enlisted rank. The leather body, again totally without damage but again the standard crazing. The yellow and French grey pompom all in place with its original correct regimental button. The two lion's head side bosses and its rear chain mount is all complete. The chin chain is also complete, the leather backing to the chain has some degrading but otherwise complete. The interior cloth lining is complete but lying loose within the helmet. The upper inner crown of the mortarboard top is clearly WD marked, also stamped '21' '83' presumably 21st Lancers 1883 being the original date of issue of the helmet, followed by a further date of '3' '06' 3rd month 1906. The plume unfortunately is the incorrect colour, the normal colour plume for this helmet should be white, the plume obtained with this helmet is a grey, black and white plume for the 9th Lancers, but complete with its correct plume holder, which is a rare accessory.
ENGLISH VICTORIAN BOWIE/EXPLORER KNIFE. A very good Bowie/explorer knife, manufactured by Paget of Piccadilly London. 26cm in length with a blade of 15cm. Stag grip held to the steel tang with five rivets. Oval steel cross guard. The blade in its original form, some black spotting. All fitted into its excellent condition leather scabbard with its belt loop intact, the loop that secures the knife intact within the scabbard has broken but the leather covered buckle and securing prong are still in place. The Company of Richard Paget first recorded as a cutler, in 1823 at 163 Piccadilly. The last recorded entry of the Company of Richard Paget was in 1888. At least two examples of his excellent work are shown in full colour in The London Knife Book, An A to Z Guide to London Cutlers 1820 to 1945.
ENGLISH VICTORIAN LONDON MADE EXPLORER KNIFE. A superb example produced by the well known Company of Thornhill of London who have a history going back to 1734. This superb knife measuring 32cm in length with a 19cm blade, the blade in original form has been polished with a clear ‘VR’ over ‘Thornhill, London’. Attached to the steel tang is the most beautiful black chequered horn grip, straight steel cross guard, fitted into its original leather scabbard that has its original very narrow belt loop fitted. The grip is secured to the steel hilt by three rivets and has wonderful cross hatched detail. A varied variety of knives manufactured by Thornhill of London are illustrated in full colour in The London Knife Book, An A to Z Guide to London Cutlers 1820 to 1945. The Company of Thornhill, London closed its business in 1912.
ENGLISH VICTORIAN OR GEORGIAN CAP LINES. A rare set of gold woven cap lines for fitting to one of the early shakos of the Georgian of Victorian period.
ENGLISH VICTORIAN THE BORDER REGIMENT OFFICERS WAIST BELT CLASP. Excellent condition waist belt clasp for an officer in the Border Regiment. Central starburst which is very similar to a Guards Regiment. Red enamel undamaged. Good gilt.
EUROPEAN HELMET BOOK (EUROPAISCHE HELME). A magnificent book, first published in 1971 in the then East Germany relating to the history of armoured and military helmets starting from the middle ages to date. It was extremely unusual for a book like this to be published in the then communist East Germany in the 1970’s. It was an extremely rare book at the time and when it found its way onto the European collectors market was highly sought-after. The book contains 402 pages with virtually every page having a photograph of some form of military helmet from all of the states of Europe. The countries included in the book are too many to mention. There is obviously a predominance towards German helmets but every other country is covered in steel helmets, armoured helmets, soft helmet and leather helmets, the text of course is all in German. The book was put together using all of the helmets that belonged to the old German History Museum in the then DDR. We have had a copy of this book in our library for many years. On a recent trip to Dresden we found this lone copy sitting on the bookshelves of the Rustkammer in Dresden. It is complete with its original fly leaf, which has a few scuffed edges and still with its original card box. We were informed this was the very last copy available to the museum. Published by the Militarverlag Der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik. Interestingly on the last page the name of Egon Krenz is printed in the list of contributors to the book, Egon Krenz was the last leader of the DDR and was sentenced to 6½ years in prison for manslaughter for his crimes during the course of the DDR regime. A must for any military library.
FREDERICK THE GREAT COMMEMORATIVE TOBACCO BOX. A very interesting 18th century German brass and copper oblong tobacco box, measuring 6¼ x 1 ¾ the hinge lid is embossed with a three quarter length crowned portrait of the famous German leader Frederick The Great, in a panel surmounted by an eagle and a Latin motto ‘Pro Gloria Et Patria’ and below the image ‘Fredericus Magnus Borussorum Rex’, the base embossed with crown ‘FR’ cipher above the Prussian eagle and with the mottos ‘HEROS SECULI DEFENSOR GERMANIA PROTECTOR PATRIA ET RELIGIONIS’ followed by the maker’s name. These rare tobacco tins were produced in the 18th century as a commemoration of Frederick the Great. Hinge perfect.
FRENCH 1810 HEAVY CAVALRY SWORD. A superb condition French Heavy Cavalry sword, which possibly could have been used at Waterloo, with its double fullered full length spear point blade, which is in excellent condition, small evidence of sharpening marks otherwise no corrosion. Fitted into its all heavy brass hilt. Leather over wood grip with some leather binding loose. The leather ferrul between the bowl and the blade is missing, also grip wire missing from the grip. Excellent colour to the patinated hilt. The blade is marked and dated '1810', in its correct scabbard that is slightly corroded overall but totally undented.
FRENCH OFFICERS FULL DRESS SHOULDER EPAULETTES IN BOX. An absolutely magnificent set of items held within their wood and paper board shaped box, this includes a set of full dress epaulettes in absolutely wonderful quality flamed gilt bullion with light toning which adds to the beauty, black velvet underlay in superb condition. There is the pompom, again in gilt for a kepi and the insignia, which would attach to the standard kepi for full dress wear, this includes a marvellous flame gilt bullion grenade with a rosette above, all attached to their special rear panel and completing the set is the sword knot, again the sword knot is in superb condition with a beautiful toning to the bullion. To the base of the box is the original tissue paper. These would have been the items carried by the officer and used for walking out and ceremonial dress and these items would most certainly have been carried by the officer in the early period of the Great War. A wonderful decorative set.
GALWAY MILITIA OFFICERS COATEE. An exceedingly rare Irish Militia coatee dating from the period 1820 to approximately 1850. Any of early British uniform items of this style are extremely difficult to find, this example has an excellent scarlet cloth with mustard coloured facings to the cuffs and collar. The collar is with silver bullion lace, each breast is tailored for 10 silvered regimental buttons arranged in pairs, these depicting a crown over 'GM'. The buttons are closed back with makers details of 'P & S Firmin, 150 Strand.' To the reverse side are two false pockets ornamented with lace and four buttons and the tails again with mustard facings. On the base of each tail there is the beautifully embroidered in gold and silver wire and green thread plus sequins the Order of St. Patrick. The interior with silk padded lining, the overall condition is good, some minor staining to the lower left hand cuff and some light mothing. The silk has shot in minor places to the interior. Unusually all of the 42 regimental buttons are complete. The four tailored holes for affixing the shoulder boards when present are clear and visible. Before the development of a standing army Britain and her overseas territories depended for defence in times of war upon locally raised citizen forces, in Ireland the first militia were raised in 1715. The Galway Militia was raised prior to 1752. The Galway Militia were associated with the regular line regiment of the Connaught Rangers.
GOLD INLAID HILTED TULWAR A super example of a tulwar with a beautifully patinated gold inlaid hilt. The blade is of high quality and extremely sharp throughout showing a good quality iron blade, this has an excellent deep cartouche with script within. The blade is in good order with some light pitting and some areas of russet rust, however excellent throughout.
IMPERIAL GERMAN 1866 BAVARIAN CAMPAIGN CROSS. The small bronze Bavarian Cross for the war of 1866 complete with its blue and white ribbon.
IMPERIAL GERMAN BAVARIAN 1866 MILITARY SERVICE CROSS. Excellent quality bronze struck Bavarian medal with blue, white and black ribbon being the Military Service Cross 1866 for Bavaria.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PRUSSIAN 1847 ENLISTED MANS BUCKLE. The large 1847 Prussian enlisted mans buckle in heavy brass with nickel overlay plate, with its belt securing prongs missing.
IMPERIAL GERMAN UNIFORM BOOKLETS. Seven individual booklets published between 1897 and 1898by Verlag Von Mar Babenzien.Each individual booklet has pull out beautiful colour drawings of German and overseas uniforms. This very well known German artist, Knodel, was born in 1857 and dedicated his life to military artwork. His works have been reproduced in print form all over the world. His son, Herbert Knotel was also a leading artist in the period of the Third Reich. Folder 1 has Bavarian troops, 1814, Russian troops, English Dragoons, more Bavarian, Swiss. Folder 2 has Prussian troops, Hessen-Kassel, followed by Hessen-Darmstadt, French Dragoons, Swedish troops. Folder 3 has two Bavarian Uhlan 1813-1822, Bavarian Uhlans 1865, Sardinian troops 1758, Westfalien 1812, Bavarian Cuirassier 1865. Folder 4 has Prussian Reiter Regiment 1713, Swiss Infantry 1792, French Hussars 1808, Mecklenberg Schwerin 1813, Hanovarian Occupation troops in France 1815 to 1900. Folder 5 has French Carabiniers 1812, Hanover Dragoons 1854, Hanover Hussars 1864, Russian Artillery 1757 and Polish Cavalry 1808. Folder 6 has Hessen-Darmstadt Guard du Corps 1809, Hessen Darmstadt Artillery 1809, Swiss Dragoons 1862, Swedish Leib Grenadier Corps 1807 and Russian Grenadiers 1732. Folder 7 has Prussian Guard Hussar Regiment 1820, Hanover Guard Infantry Regiment 1840, Swedish Artillery Regiment 1807, Sardinian Infantry 1744, Swiss Artillery 1862. All of the drawings are measured 10 inches x 6 inches and are a superb reference to early uniforms.
INDIAN TRAVELLING FOLDING SCREEN. A most elegant and high quality item of Indian furniture being a four screen folding panel, this has intricate fret work to each panel and extremely well executed painted figures to cartouches within the panels as well as foliate decoration to the edges. The decorations appear to be that of a nobleman and his wife in typical Indian dress wearing crown-like turbans and bejewelled throughout. There is some chipping and areas of light scratching to the deep enamel paintwork, however the overall condition is very good. All paint is very bright and the detailing is absolutely superb throughout. There is a little warping to one of the wooden panels, however the whole lot stands well and makes an absolutely stunning presentation item that would greatly compliment any Indian display.
JAVANESE KRIS. An extremely attractive Javanese kris having a 13½ inch absolutely beautiful watered steel blade with gold pierced edging. The blade has 13 luks, all kris blades have odd number luks. The blade is beautifully forged with a Damascene type effect. The complete edge and length of the blade is finished in a washed gold with dragon serpents heads close to the hilt. The edges of the blade also pierced with circular holes the full length with 36 pierced holes. A rudimentary wood carved hilt but with imitation stones at the base of the hilt, all fitted into its wood scabbard with carved decoration on one side in a traditional style. The origins of the Javanese or Malaysian kris are fascinating and the symbolism attached to them also has great fascination. In-depth reading on the subject can be found on the Wikipedia page of Goggle.
NORTHAMPTONSHIRE REGIMENT PAPER GROUPING An absolutely stunning set being an outstanding time caption of original ephemera appertaining to Battery Quartermaster Sergeant William Pentney. This soldier was formerly a member of the 1st Volunteer Battalion the Northamptonshire Regiment. This amazing archive is held within a very decorative tin travelling bureau type set with beautifully sign written name to the top and holding a huge amount of original literature and very fine quality large format photographs. Amongst the contents is the original pencil written diary from 1900 while this soldier served in South Africa with the Volunteer Company of the 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment. There are a number of excellent entries in the pocket diary as well as some beautiful photographs including scenes of India, including many wonderful buildings and images of Colonial splendour.. There are numerous small photographs as well as his original highly polished cap badge, a beautiful set of small field binoculars still held in their Calcutta made leather carrying case, ink wells, stamps, Carte de Visit and other small objects. A really interesting and fascinating group to study and research, all appertaining to one soldier serving in many Colonial locations at the turn of the century. This soldier’s medal entitlement was Queen’s South Africa with 4 clasps, Volunteer Long Service and good conduct medal.
PRE WWI BACK PACK. We have been unable to identify this very unusual enlisted mans back pack, it is certainly pre WWI and possibly 19th century. It is totally without markings to help identify it, however it is all complete and generally in good condition. If any of our web viewers have information on this item we would be pleased to hear from them. Condition:
SARDINIAN NAVAL BOARDING CUTLASS. A highly interesting boarding cutlass German maker marked 'A. & E Holler of Solingen'. Excellent condition all steel grip with matching condition protective grip bowl. The blade measures 26 inches or 65cm in length. The blade is in its original form, however it has suffered from some corrosion, which hopefully can be viewed on our web images. Unusually it still retains its excellent condition all leather scabbard, which is solid with the stitching on the rear side generally good with a gap of about 10 inches in the stitching. The scabbard still retains both its upper and lower brass scabbard mounts and is complete with the front half of its belt frog only. The cutlass is a good fit to the scabbard, which has not shrunk. Traces of the original tinning still showing to the hilt bowl. Condition:
SCOTTISH BLACK WATCH OFFICERS SPORRAN. A good officers sporran possibly either late Victorian or Edwardian. Excellent quality cantle with the insignia of the Black Watch cast into the cantle. Gilt dull. Complete with all its white horse hair and beautifully constructed gold wire tassels. The reverse side in red Morocco leather, complete with its twin belt loops and its message pouch. SC46
SCOTTISH FLAG BOOK. A beautiful book published in 1885 entitled Old Scottish Regimental Colours by Andrew Ross. The book is individually numbered '100', it measures '11½ inches by 17½ inches and has 141 pages. It has a huge amount of written information including a background to the old Scottish regimental colours, followed by the lists of the Military Forces of Scotland and the individual regiments, followed by arms and equipment. On page 75 through to 140 each page is a colour plate of the flags, guidons, standards, trumpet banners and drum drapes of the Scottish regiments, with all the history of the accompanying regiments. This is a most wonderful printed book and with a huge research possibilities. Throughout the book there are pencil annotations, which could be removed by rubber if so desired. Just minor age foxing, all of the colour plates with good bright colour, no tears or damage to any of the plates. The spine of the book is superb.
SWEDISH LEIB GUARD DRESS HELMET. A beautiful condition all leather helmet modelled on the Prussian 1842 pickelhaube. This very impressive helmet measuring 35 cm from top to bottom, the leather body is good and strong, however some of the shellac finish has removed itself over the period of time from areas of the skull. The front and back peaks are strong and firm with crazing of a similar nature that occurs to German pickelhaubes, these were probably made in Germany. The beautifully gilded large front plate showing the Swedish crown with deep blue enamelled centre with two lighter blue enamelled crosses below, slight chipping to one of the crosses. The helmet plate consists of two lions, the central panel in deep blue enamel with three Swedish crowns with the collar of the Order of the Seraphin at the base of the plate, all this is in the most beautiful deep mercury gilt. Complete with its beautifully constructed silk single cockade to one side of the helmet. Chin straps complete. The buckle that secures the chin straps together is missing and minor restoration is needed in this area. To the interior the helmet retains much original light tan colour. All the original nuts to the front plate, all the original washers behind the split pins. The interior liner is virtually complete, one of the tongues has been eaten by a rodent. All of the other tongues are complete and supple. A superb decorative helmet.
USA 1796 PATTERN CAVALRY OFFICERS SWORD. A superb example of a possibly British made 1796 pattern sword for a U.S. cavalry officer. Early weapons for use in America are scarce and generally in poor condition, this example having its curved blade with its near complete blue and gilt panel with the clear coat of arms of the USA to the centre. The last 8 inches of the blade has the top section clipped back. There is one minor chip to the blade just below the end of the blued and gilt panel. The term ‘Warranted’ is clear in the gilt panel close to the all steel D guard hilt, which is with its original fish skin binding and its original wire in totally undamaged condition. The all steel scabbard with its double ring hanging again very good with one indentation close to the bottom drag.
VICTORIAN ANGLO-INDIAN BOWIE KNIFE. An important and most unusual collectors Bowie knife. It is logical that European styled Bowie knives would have been produced in India by local craftsmen. Many items of this Anglo-Indian manufacture can be found within furnishings and other craftsmen items. The proportions of the knife as well as form remain strictly European however, the silver wire kofi work to the hilt as well as punch decoration and tooling to the leather work betray Indian manufacture. Knives such as these would have been used for hunting and military purposes and would have been carried on active service in places such as the North West Frontier.
VICTORIAN ROYAL WARWICKSHIRE REGIMENT OFFICER HELMET PLATE A superb condition Officers Home Service helmet plate for the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, beautifull fire gilding with the Victorian Crown, all helmet fitting intact .
VICTORIAN SUFFOLK REGIMENT OFFICERS HELMET PLATE. A very nice condition Officer Home Service Officers helmet plate for The Suffolk Regiment, good gilt, 2 of the tips slightly distorted, all helmet fittings intact , Victorian Crown.