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2nd DIVISION EXPEDITIONARY FORCE IN FRANCE 17-19. This is a reprint of the original divisional record, this reprint itself was produced in 1989 and is now long out of print. There is a huge amount of detail, some good photographs and maps that cover the actions of this most interesting of U.S. divisions that were formed primarily of U.S. Marine Corps with Army support elements. The book is in good condition with just a little marking to the outer cover and a little fading. The jacket has never had a dust cover.
3 X WWI RELATED BOOKS. German Infantry 14-18 by Nash, German Weapons and Uniform by Hicks and Austrian Storm Troopers. These three books are excellent, the Storm Trooper book being in Austrian with much detail and excellent black and white pictures of Austrian Storm Troops. The German Infantry book being an early Almark book with excellent line drawings and many period and colour plates. The German Uniforms and Insignia by Hicks is a very good American long out of print book with excellent plates, particularly of trench mortars and other trench weaponry, as well as good period plates of weapons and grenades. Priced for the three books.
A GUIDE TO COLLECTOR THE HEADGEAR OF THE 1914 GERMAN ARMY. A 237 page work authored by James D. Turinetti. Although this work is only ring bounded and the paper quality is slightly lower than standard the work itself is superb and it has to be a must in anybodies library who is interested in the collecting of Imperial German headdress. This is the ultimate pickelhaube collector German headdress collecting for dummies. James Turinetti takes us through all of the individual features of both the officers and men's helmets of the Imperial German Army. He gives translations of all the parts of the helmet with in-depth photographs of all the minutiae of both the officers and men's helmets, which includes standard pickelhaubes, shakos and fur busbies and Uhlan helmets, in fact the whole range of headdress. The collecting of Imperial German helmets in our opinion has always lacked in-depth details such as this especially in the English language. Condition:
AMERICA'S FIRST EAGLES BY THAYER. This Bender book is one of the early editions and very hard to find now. The original dust cover is present. There are some tears and areas of creasing and a little surface wear to the dust jacket. The overall condition of the book itself is excellent throughout with only minor foxing to a few page edges. The information found within the book is excellent and covers the fascinating history of the early American flyer.
AUSTRALIAN M.15 PATTERN HOLSTER. An extremely scarce holster for use by Australian troops throughout WWI being of the Australian 1915 pattern equipment. Australia officially designated their equipment M.15 however it is believed this equipment may have been produced well before this date, Australia had a very limited weaving industry and had little or no webbing or cotton suppliers. The decision was taken to copy the British 08 pattern equipment, however, in leather, there was a plentiful supply of leather which came from sheep, cattle and kangaroos. Australian equipment appears in a green colour, an orange colour or a deep brown colour, this particular holster is in near mint condition and clearly has had little service wear, it is in the olive green coloured leather. The holster itself was designed to take the issue large frame Webley Mark IV revolver. The overall condition is very good, the leather is supple throughout, there are stampings for South Australia and the Australia designation, there is no date, this is very common with this type of equipment. To the rear of the holster are the belt mounting attachments, shoulder brace buckle and a slide so the cleaning rod could be stowed behind the holster. An extremely rare element of Commonwealth equipment. Condition:
AUSTRIAN ARMOURED BROW PLATE FOR THE AUSTRIAN DRAGOON HELMET. One of the very rarest of all of the First World War experimental body armour elements being the makeshift brow plate that was produced in limited numbers in late 1915, these were to be worn upon the Dragoon helmet which was stripped of all its fittings and had to be worn reversed with the steel forehead cover in place. The only known examples of these are in various museums throughout the world including the Austrian War Museum. This example has been excavated from the battlefield area upon the Italian border and although in an excavated state is extremely stable and good for display purposes. There are some very deep pits to one side and the rest of the surface obviously has pin prick rusting, however this is stable and has been treated and it has been attractively lightly cleaned. The features include an approximate 9mm thickness overall, the item sounds like a bell when it is gently suspended and struck, the rear attachment hole is counter-sunk. Some copies of these did appear in the mid 90's which emanated from the Sovak Republic, however these were vastly inferior of a very thick cast nature, had non counter-sunk holes to the frontal area and the medial ridge to the centre being the joining point, which showed obvious welding and grind marks. This incontestably original example is the only one that we have ever seen on the open market for sale and surely must be one of the most interesting of the body armour story elements from WWI. Because of the appalling conditions and high rates of head injuries all armies rushed to defend their troops by means of helmets from 1915 onwards and thus the war created some of the most oddball and interesting areas of collecting ever.
AUSTRIAN FIBRE BOARD AMMUNITION POUCH. A scarce single ammunition pouch made of a composition material, similar to cardboard, where only the closing flap and the belt loop and hinge are constructed of leather. Some scuffing to fibre material but generally good and strong with all leather complete. An excellent example is shown on page 431 of The Emperor's Coat, Uniforms and Equipment of the Austro/Hungarian Army from 1914-18.
AUSTRIAN GASSER M.98 POUCH. The pistol utilised by many Austrian troops in WWI was the Rast and Gasser M.98, this was a high calibre pistol and was carried upon belts or shoulder straps by the cavalry. The ammunition pouch is extremely scarce for this item and any item of Austrian field equipment must be considered very hard to find. The pouch is in excellent condition and of a mid brown leather, dusty from storage however showing only mild use. There is a good Austrian acceptance stamp to the interior of the lid in an oval with the letters 'HG' and there are traces of other stamps within the lid. The interior has segmented rounded loop-like partitions within. The whole item is untouched from the war's end and would make an absolutely fantastic accompaniment to go with a pistol and holster. This is the first of these pouches we have ever owned.
AUSTRIAN GERMAN MADE WWI ENTRENCHING TOOL. An entrenching tool, maker marked 'Beckmann' dated '1915' with standard wood haft, in an unusual German Chemnitz 1916 dated excellent condition leather carrier. Observing the leather closely it was originally designed for the leather carrier to be held on a belt with the shovel facing downwards. Two leather loops have been added to the upper part of the carrier for the shovel and holder to be carried in the standard method by a belt with the haft hanging down.
AUSTRIAN LEATHER FROG. A very long 13 inch leather frog with belt suspension loop, for the M15 sword for mounted troops
AUSTRIAN M.16 HELMET. A well above average example of this scarce helmet in its original configuration with the mid brown Austrian colour. All rivets are in place. There is a metal liner band of Austrian style. The three pads are intact and housed in their leather holders. The overall condition of the lining is well above average. There is some loss to a few of the finger ends, however many of the original steel rivets rest in place on the Austrian specific liner. The original chin strap is also present in a thick canvas material with metal eyelets and steel buckle with its original brown leather tabs still present. The interior paintwork is very good. All rivets are in place and tight. To one skirt is the Austrian depot acceptance stamp, which is still good and visible. A very much above average example of a scarce helmet to find in its complete state. Condition:
AUSTRIAN SWORD. Blade excellent and bright, marked 'AK' to the flat side of the top of the blade, the reverse side has an unidentified makers mark of Solingen below. The fish skin grip and wire in excellent undamaged condition. All fittings to the sword are in matching colour, the half basket hilt having the Austrian double headed eagle fretted out in fine detail. The leather covering to the metal scabbard has broken away in many places and little remains. The sword model is an Austrian Administrative Official's sword.
AUSTRIAN WWI CAP COCKADES. An interesting small bundle recently purchased being the late Karl buttons, manufactured in two piece tin construction with a typical field grey paint overall. These are old stock and are being sold individually. Price for each cockade.
AUSTRIAN WWI PROPELLER. A restored Austrian WWI propeller being 8’ in length, when discovered this propeller was virtually in parts, it has been re-assembled, it was full of woodworm which has been cured, all the woodworm holes are still visible. The faint traces of the Austrian double headed eagle manufacturers decals are remaining to both ends of the propeller. Both tips are damaged, the central boss is profusely marked, around the base of the boss some small sections of wood have been inserted. A rare item of WWI Austrian aviation.
AUSTRIAN WWI TRENCH HELMET. The exterior of the helmet retains virtually all of its original Austrian brown paint which has suffered from corrosion and lost their paint, which can be viewed on the images. Of the interior liner, the liner band remains with the relic remains of one pad with its inner horse hair. The chin strap is all complete but extremely frail and care needs to the taken in the handling of this helmet. Excellent Austrian stampings with clear date 1915 to the lower left hand inner skirt of the helmet.
AUSTRIAN/GERMAN BROTHERS IN ARMS PRINT, WWI. A superbly coloured print from the famous painting known as The Brothers in Arms. The image depicts Austrian and German soldiers advancing together on the field of battle, measuring 37 inches x 23 inches. It depicts the Kaiser, mounted alongside Franz Josef with a mixed retinue of Generals and enlisted men all wearing different coloured uniforms and different forms of headdress. The frame is in carved wood surmounted by the Austrian eagle with a brass plate at the base, which reads 'Ludwig Koch Die Grosse Zeit' (The Great Time), it is signed 'Ludwig Koch 1915' in the lower right hand corner of the print. Very minor cracks to the plaster work of the foliage on the wood frame, the frame is otherwise in generally good condition.accompanying the print is a separate printed view of the print with all of the main characters number coded and identified
AUSTRO HUNGARIAN DOUBLE VOLUME BOOKS. The Austro Hungarian Army of the First World War, Uniforms & Equipment. This 864 page two volume work compiled with a tremendous amount of detail is the most comprehensive portrayal to date of items of uniforms and equipment used in the Austro Hungarian Army, from the day its soldiers marched to war in 1914 to the disillusion of the collapse of the Austro Hungarian Empire in 1918. This is a typical Verlag Militaria work, superb quality photographs, great text all in English and the greatest research material available for the equipment of the Austro Hungarian Army. Both volumes fitted into one cardboard slip protective case. Condition:
BAVARIAN INFANTRY OFFICERS HELMET. An extremely good Bavarian Infantry officers helmet having all leather skull with just minor crazing. Good bright overall. Flat chin scales for Infantry. Helmet is complete with its correct officers national and State cockade. Interior leather liner retaining much mid tan colour with some sweat stains to forehead area. Hand applied to skull size ‘57’. Interior silk is complete but frayed slightly. Condition:
BAVARIAN POLICE PICKELHAUBE. A superb condition all fibre bodied pickelhaube worn by a Police officer of the Bavarian State. To the interior the leather liner is in its original light coloured finish and is made by the company Erel and is complete with its inner artificial silk gold lining. Behind the forehead area there is the remains of the foam cushion, which has solidified. Condition:
BELGIUM BRITISH MADE FIGHTING KNIFE. An excellent example of the scarce trench weapon, these were extensively issued to Belgian troops and were particularly popular with tank crews towards the end of the war and into the inter war years. These were produced using shortened British 08 swords and the item has to the upper recasso the Sanderson full address. The blade is good and bright with just some areas of darkening with a good sharp tip. The original wide plate-like cross guard is excellent and again bright. The hardwood handle is good and with only one or two stains and small knocks. The scabbard is excellent and is the all metal type very reminiscent of bayonet scabbards with a particular turned over metal belt clip.
BRITISH 1919 PATTERN NAVAL EQUIPMENT FROG. An exceedingly scarce element of combat equipment being the frog specifically designed for the 1919 naval web equipment. This web equipment was manufactured by Mills in small numbers and was issued to sailors engaged in land based operations and raiding parties. The frog clearly influenced the later 37 pattern and its main difference is having the female crown type press stud fitted three quarters of the way up so it could be married to the specific three part naval belt. The item is in good used condition with a good early press stud affixed. There is a good ME.Co stamp to the rear dating it to 1926. The frog would be designed to carry the 1907 type bayonet. Although only a small element of a larger equipment set it is one of the harder pieces to find to complete the extremely rare naval equipment.
BRITISH 4TH HUSSARS BRODIE HELMET. A barn find WWI Brodie helmet, which is still with its original chin strap, which has solidified and hardened, it has lost its liner. Some minor corrosion to edges and some paint loss but with a good clear halved rectangular 4th Hussars yellow and red unit flash.
BRITISH 4TH KOSB BRODIE RELICS. A fascinating set of items that have come directly to us from the collector who found these in barn storage in Scotland. The lot consists of an original Brodie steel helmet, painted to the exterior with blue bars to either side, this system denoted 4th Battalion the King's Own Scots Borderers, this unit serving with the 52nd Lowland Division. Some units adopted universal schemes and the KOSB were one such unit within this division. The exterior of the helmet has several dents, rust bleed, dust and some flaking. The interior liner is present however extremely dusty and somewhat deformed from storage and the leather chin strap is all complete and in place however again a little stiff, however slightly supple and in a semi relic state. Within the helmet itself was the face piece, tube and part of the canister of a small box respirator, this together with a small bicycle type lantern all sat together within this helmet when they were discovered by a house clearer and made their way directly to the collector. One can clearly see in prints upon the tube of the respirator where it sat upon the wire of the chin strap bale, the original canister has completely corroded away and this obviously happened some time ago and the rust is stable. The bicycle lamp again is in a similar condition and may have no directly link whatsoever to the set but at once had been the possession of the soldier. These items may well have been played with by children and simply left in the barn outbuilding for many years. An intriguing set of undoubtedly original items. SC71
BRITISH AVIATION PHOTOGRAPH GROUPING. A very neat small set of items that belonged to an airman during WWI, the airman serving in various stations and keeping a good photographic record. The lot consists of a small photographic album with some excellent shots inside, including photos from ships and from land. There are numerous very good uniform details including cowl helmets and flying leather jackets as well as cut down helmets and numerous orders of dress and many good photos of members of the WRAF in their early Russian blue uniforms. There is a good large station photograph that has a multiplicity of different uniform details within as is in many respects a wonderful textbook cross section of what appeared in the late era following WWI, the picture being dated February 1919. Uniforms within the group show WAAFs in WAAF uniform, WAAC members in their uniforms, officers of both RFC and RAF in khaki, airmen of the RAF, interesting combinations of uniform including an RNAS or RAS medic wearing medic's arm badges and an early black peaked cap. Other details shows officers still in RFC uniform as well as other ranks in RFC uniform. This picture really demonstrates the chaos within uniform regulation at this transitional period. The third item of the grouping is an excellent small postcard size but fairly thick autograph album, this airman was clearly a popular man and numerous people have entered messages, signatures and there are some wonderful caricatures and items of artwork to the interior with some amusing pictures and a very high degree of draftsmanship throughout. A stunning set that very much represents the RAF at the time and an important item of social history.
BRITISH BOOK, GAS, THE STORY OF THE SPECIAL BRIGADE. A fascinating WWI book, printed in 1934 and gives excellent details throughout of the Special Brigade. These were formed whilst gas warfare was in its infancy, the book is profusely illustrated with photos and maps and is a highly interesting read. The condition throughout is good with some foxing etc., however all remains stable. Interestingly the book was supplied by Boots the Chemist.
BRITISH COMMONWEALTH COLT 1911 HOLSTER. An extremely scarce and impressive holster being for the Colt 1911 pistol. Large amounts of Colts were purchased by the Canadian Government and certain British officers obtained them and carried them in the trenches. This is a most interesting open top flop holster known as the Tracy design holster with provision for one spare magazine to the front and a leg strap. The strap buckle is of typical British military saddlery leather, the stud and quality of leather again is of typical Commonwealth styling and quality. A very impressive holster for the trench officer. Condition:
BRITISH DE-FROCKED CRUISE VISOR HELMET. An extremely scarce example of the British steel helmet which had the addition of the chain mail cruise visor to the front, these were found to be extremely inefficient and were generally despised by all who wore them, they were subsequently de-frocked, this meant having the chain mail element taken off. The example has the original housing element, which once held the wire which suspended the mail. The helmet is pitted lightly overall and it is clear that the visor attachment element has always been with the helmet. The liner is present, again dry, with the chin strap missing, however an untouched example of a scarce helmet. A complete example in good condition with all its elements would easily be in excess of £3,000, this historic and combat worn item in its untouched condition is priced at a fraction of that.
BRITISH DIVISIONALLY MARKED BRODIE HELMET. An interesting Brodie helmet that has to each side divisional insignias which appear to be grey rectangles, we have yet to establish the origin of these patches, however further research may prove fruitful. The finish to the helmet is of the typical Calais sanded finish, this is believed to have been applied at the Calais depot. The sand is extremely heavy to the exterior of the helmet. The lining is of the correct mid to late war style with the rubber donut in place, there is a little looseness to the leather and the chinstrap is missing, however the original black cloth is good and complete. There is little moth to the felt inner pad. The helmet is completely untouched and has not been cleaned in any way.
BRITISH DIVISONALLY MARKED BRODIE HELMET. An excellent example of an early brodie helmet depot refinished and relined in 1918. This particular helmet has to the exterior a secondry coat of typical dark grey green paint with two large insignias being a yellow over black. Both insignias show congealing and age pattination. The underline apple green finish shows through in places, however, the paint finish in general is very good. There is some white paint splatter from poor probable garage storage. The liner is of the typical apple green coloured metal to the flared edges. The original chin strap is present and in excellent condition and supple throughout. There is a soldiers name written to the cross piece of leather. There is some mothing to the orange felt pad, however, still very good overall and the helmet is clearly marked 'M & S.' This is one of the rarer makers and this particular stamp is seldom found, it stood for Miris steel company. It is difficult to speculate about what the insignia indicates as this is obviously a vast and complicated subject. The format could well be Australian, however, we can not be sure of this and further research would undoubtedly prove fruitful.
BRITISH EARLY PATTERN PO8 WAIST BELT. An early item of the 1908 equipment being the basic belt, however with the crimped buckles to the rear. These were very short lived and in List of Changes 15048 22nd November 1909 they were discontinued and replaced by the familiar riveted eyeleted type strap ends. This item is in good used condition, there is a little fraying to the edges and there are profuse markings to the interior including 'Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders'. The date is a little hard to read but is present. A rare early item of equipment.
BRITISH EXPERIMENTAL MACHINE GUN PHOTOGRAPH. Recently Regimentals have been lucky enough to buy an excellent and well put together Machine Gun Corps related collection. A most intriguing photo worthy of much research. The photo itself clearly shows two Canadian ordinance corps colour sergeants wearing very early Canadian 02 type tunics with stand collars and separate epaulettes with coloured edging. The both have artificers cross tool badges to the upper arms stood with various civilians and a senior looking colour sergeant of a British unit wearing a British 02 tunic. They are stood around an enormous machine gun which we believe to be a version of the 37 mm pom pom gun. To the front are two chalked tablets one reading 'Enfield Maxim gun course,' and the next is showing various Canadian insignias. One would imagine Canadian artificers travelling to the UK to receive advanced training in machine gun maintenance and possibly they would be evaluating the issued guns. It is believed 722 were manufactured and were mostly exported to the U.S for U.S Navy use. Interestingly to the reverse of the card is a staff sergeant's name and address and he mentions upon the card that shortly he will be returning to Canada. We cannot ascertain whether this man was in fact a Canadian or a British soldier, however, research is necessary. The card was probably produced by a photograph taken by a photographer and only reproduced in very limited numbers. The ink stamp to the reverse reads 'August 24 1912.' An intriguing and important card, overall in very good condition unfortunately with one fold 3/4 of the way along, however, the image remains good and strong.
BRITISH GENERAL’S SERVICE DRESS CAP. An absolutely classic example of the high quality peaked cap specifically for staff and General Officers of the Great War period. The large floppy type top is very reminiscent of those worn by Haig and various other Generals would have obviously emulated this appearance. The cap is of the highest quality and made by the well known maker Herbert Johnson with both velvet interior and velvet deep headband. The integral red sweat band is made as part of the cap and is not a laid on band. To the front is a very good quality bronze General Officers insignia. The chinstrap again is of the utmost quality and is in a wonderful slightly green shaded leather of the correct very narrow dimensions with two leather buttons to the side. The cap is made from the usual mid to lightweight twill material with some moth nipping to the peak and a little staining to the top, which appears to be of tar, this could well be removed carefully with acetone or spirit. The whole cap is completely untouched and dusty from storage in a very good large size. A wonderful stylish garment of high quality that very much embodies the General Officer of the Great War.
BRITISH GUARDSMEN'S SENTRY MONEY BOX. Just prior to WWI Huntley and Palmer the biscuit and sweet maker produced a series of sweet tins that doubled as money boxes with various exteriors for export, this example is in the form of a sentry box with a slot at the top for inserting money. It was for export to France and showed British Guardsmen at their sentry boxes on two sides. The drummer image is faint, the Guardsman in his box is good, clear, with bright colour. Some light scratches and indentations. The tin contained toffee.
BRITISH ISSUE BOLSTER. A rare element of soldiers equipment being the linen bolster, these were of unbleached natural linen cloth and would be part of the soldiers equipment, they were to be stuffed with straw and used as a rudimentary pillow. These would have been used in France and are typical of the items that would have been used in the behind the lines areas. Troops rotated regularly from line trench positions and billeted in farms, disused factories and large buildings. In many accounts one reads of how exhausted soldiers arrived back to find their bedding laid out and stuffed with straw. This particular example is stored and absolutely mint with only a few very small areas of staining. There is a large manufacturer's label and a date '1917'. To the exterior is the typical broad arrow equipment numbered stamping. Condition:
BRITISH ISSUE ROYAL FLYING CORPS COWL HELMET. An above average example of the scarce WWI cowl helmet, this is an unmodified version with full cowl in place, made from a typical mid brown redish tan leather with all ear flaps present and the original fur lining still in place to the inner crown. The original tightening rope to the chin section is also present with buckle. There are one or two worm nips to the leather, however this is stable and the item remains very displayable. To the inner crown is a very good silk 1918 dated manufacturers label.
BRITISH LEWIS SUPPLEMENTARY POUCH SUPPORT STRAPS. A scarce pair of the white straps to support the drum magazine pouches, these are a good matched pair in unblancoed service worn condition, both are clearly marked '1st G.O.R.' this stood for Gordon Highlanders. A rare element of trench equipment.
BRITISH MACHETE. An interesting machete that has been re-issued. The scabbard appears to be dated '1916' and is of typical British construction. The tool itself has some russet rust to the blade, however this would clean back easily. There are broad arrow markings etc., The grips are good with just a little distortion to the tip. An excellent issue item for jungle warfare as well as being carried in vehicles etc., in the European theatre.
BRITISH MACHINE GUN CORPS BALL TOP SWAGGER STICK. A nice example of a long swagger stick at almost walking stick height that would be used by other ranks and NCO's for walking out dress. The top is a little dented in places and has a heavy patination, however the badge of the Machine Gun Corps and motto are clear to the top.
BRITISH MACHINE GUN CORPS BATTALION PHOTO. One of a recent excellent Machine Gun Corps related collection we purchased and this is one of the full length full battalion assembly photograph. The quality of the photo is absolutely superb and shows members of A & B Company, 3rd Battalion Machine Gun Corps, British Army of the Rhine June 1919. Many of the troops in the first three rows wear the cavalry type bandolier and breeches, however troops in the second and third rows are clearly seen wearing 08 waist belts, a mixture of stiff 02 caps and the later trench style cap with stitched peaks are evident. Some troops still wearing the 14 pattern belt. Many of the officers stiff retain cuff rank, however some have the shoulder rank. A mixture of puttees, riding boots and leather gaiters are evident amongst the elegant officers, many of whom sport Wound stripes. The item is approximately 1 metre long and approximately 40cm deep housed in an excellent quality modern frame, this frame is missing the glass.
BRITISH MACHINE GUN CORPS CAVALRY ILLUMINATED CERTIFICATE. An absolutely beautiful certificate of good conduct issued by the unit and clearly marked with a most beautiful brightly coloured heraldic design incorporated around the cap badge' Machine Gun Corps Cavalry'. This is signed by the officer commanding and is in appreciation of the service of 41464 Lance Corporal H. Eastland of the Machine Gun Corps Cavalry who served from May 15th 1915 through to March 29th 1918. The item is signed by Lt. Colonel Commanding. To either side of the written section are illuminated panels with Battle Honours starting with Mons and ending in the Persian Gulf. A wonderful piece expertly reframed in a period dark oak style frame with a beautiful contrasting maroon mount.
BRITISH MACHINE GUN CORPS FRAMED PICTURE. An excellent and well defined period photograph clearly showing Machine Gun Corps infantry troops adding water to the cooling jacket of a Vickers machine gun, clearly can be seen are MGCI titles, all three wear Brodie helmets, 02 tunics, trousers and puttees and they are administering the water to the barrel jacket with a can or saucepan-like item. Interestingly the Vickers gun is mounted upon the large tripod, to the front is the quick firing bipod mount still bolted in place. The item is beautifully reframed in a period looking dark oak and gold bordered frame.
BRITISH MACHINE GUN CORPS INDUSTRIAL APPRECIATION CERTIFICATE. A most interesting illuminated certificate for service in the war 1914-1919, this was issued by the Company of Siemen's Brothers, who were a dynamo works in Staffordshire. The item is facsimile signed by the Works Manager and dated '1919'. A most interesting item and worthy of research having a clear name of 'Private Clarence Perry' neatly inscribed to the top. All housed in its original dark oak frame with original paint which is a little loose to the back, however the original framers card is still glued in place.
BRITISH MACHINE GUN CORPS OFFICER PHOTOGRAPH. An excellent period framed photograph clearly showing an officer of Machine Gun Corps wearing cuff rank. The officer appears to be decorated including the Military Cross. To his collars he appears to have large silver coloured Machine Gun Corps crossed gun badges and one can clearly see to the upper arm battle insignia which appears to be one of the Rhine occupation units of the late 1918-19 period. He is pictured with a female of similar age in period costume who may be a sister or wife. To see any pictures with divisional insignia is fairly rare in British photographs of the period.
BRITISH MACHINE GUN CORPS PAINTED SILK. A fascinating item that was almost definitely a unit pennant. These were often painted particularly in France and Belgium upon fine quality silk by draftsmen and artists of considerable skill, this is some such item. It is beautifully framed in an oak frame of the period and has a wonderful scroll written 9th Cavalry Machine Gun Squadron with the Machine Gun Corps badge to the front. There are areas of flaking where the item at some time has been folded, however the overall presentation is excellent and there is a high quality deep card mount to the rear. Upon the back there is an interesting unit research, this includes that they were part of the 9th Cavalry Division and formed from various Machine Gun sections, 15th Hussars 19th and the Bedfordshire Yeomanry and they saw extensive service upon the Western Front including Somme, Hindenburg Line and final advance.
BRITISH MACHINE GUN OFFICERS CADRE PHOTOGRAPH. A most interesting First World War group photo of officers clearly undertaking machine gun training, many of the officers appear to be from various Scottish units including the Royal Scots, Argyle & Sutherlands and the uniform details are most interesting. Many of the rear officers still wear Scottish glengarry caps with Scottish collars and some with Machine Gun Corps collar. The officers who presumably are in charge of the Corps wear a mixture of uniforms including Gor Blimey caps, Machine Gun Corps collars and one officer interestingly wears these upon a Scottish cut tunic, another officer clearly wears a tunic but has had the cuff rank removed, however the silhouette of the rear facing cloth remains clear. There is a little spotting to the photograph and each of the subjects is named. To the top is an excellent blue embossed Machine Gun Corps crest and scroll. An interesting group and worthy of more research housed in a very good high quality frame and mount.
BRITISH NAMED RAF 1st PATTERN TUNIC. An absolutely magnificent example of the scarce khaki tunic worn at the end of WWI and into the early pre war years by the Royal Air Force. This tunic is named to Captain C.S.Krabbe and is clearly dated '12.15'. The tunic started out life as his high quality cuff rank tunic and it is clear that this man transferred into the Royal Air Force. Some anecdotal evidence from the person we purchased the tunic from indicated that he may well have served with the Ox & Bucks Light Infantry prior to joining the Flying Corps and the RAF. The tunic is very well tailored into the 1st pattern style with the correct single pronged belt of exactly the same material as the tunic. There are two small holes that would possibly indicate Ox & Bucks collar devices or that of Staff. There is a medal ribbon of the OBE to the chest. The label is a Bond Street manufacturers. The overall condition of the tunic is very good with only very light moth nipping to a few tiny areas of the shoulder. All buttons are matching, the roped edge RAF type in excellent high quality gilt. There are three bands of RAF specific khaki braid to either cuff and the correct bird and crown insignias to either cuff. The size of the tunic is a medium large. There is some research material including photostats of Air Ministry records showing that Charles Frederick Krabbe date of birth 10th November 1880. A continuation of study of the photostated documents shows he qualified for rifle and Vickers machine gun at Bisley in 1915. He was mentioned on the 24.2.1917 and given the citation for OBE 1.1.19. Copies of the London Gazette show that he was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on the 20th January 1903. Again some anecdotal evidence, which suggest that the unusual name of Krabbe is linked to the Danish Royal Family who had links with our Royal Family and served in various regiments throughout their history. A super garment that much further research would surely prove fruitful.
BRITISH NAVAL OFFICERS UNIFORM/SWORD GROUPING. To find any First World War naval officers uniform seems disproportionately difficult in comparison with that of army uniforms. This set consists of many super quality items belonging to one officer. There is a naval sword with wonderful gold toned gilt fittings throughout with white shark skin grip, correct naval knot still tied in place with complete fine quality black Moroccan leather sword belt with flamed gilt buckle and fixtures. The blade is very good, clean and bright with wonderful acid etched detail throughout and the usual Star of David with approved brass tablet to the centre. Other items include his cocked hat in its original tinned box, the cocked hat is in absolutely magnificent condition with the gilt wonderfully fresh and bright throughout. The body of the hat is absolutely superb with only very minor wear to the edges. There is an excellent white deep tooled leather lining with a very fine quality gold block London maker 'royal Naval Outfitters' label to the inner crown. There is a full length naval frock coat of the highest quality fine Melton wool with all gilt buttons in place. The coat has a wonderful padded silk lining throughout. The general condition is very good with one or two small moth holes, however the item remains extremely good for display and would make the basis for a fine bust. There is a super quality lightweight naval officers cap in fine black Melton wool being a good quality Gieves Limited example. The cap itself is a working cap and has grease build and some staining and there is a significant repair to the rear of the cap. An excellent period wind stiffened collar is also part of the group and another super element are the naval officers full dress epaulettes, they are of a red/gold colour and are in absolutely magnificent condition with gold block Naval Outfitters address to the reverse Moroccan leather liner. There is a mounted bar of three medals including WWI pair and Naval Long Service Medal, all are marked to the same sailor being 'A.V.Burgess', the Naval Long Service also having HMS Victory marked to the rim. There is an excellent cabinet portrait of the officer wearing the jacket and medals with sword in hand and cocked hat in place. The photograph is a fine quality thick card cabinet quality photograph. This officer started out life as an ordinary rating, rising through the ranks to Senior Warrant Officer status and finished his career as a training officer upon HMS Victory. Interestingly in the cabinet photo for a Junior Officer he does appear of mature years and this again clearly indicates promotion through the ranks.
BRITISH NAVAL PATTERN LARGE PACK. A mysterious object that we received with a number or naval related equipment items. We believe that this is the WWI devised back pack that would be worn with the 1901 naval equipment. The format is very much in the WWI fashion, with the very large 08 type buckles that are extremely square in their method of manufacture. To the rear are two non detachable shoulder straps. It is clear this would be worn as a nap sack and could be worn independently of the equipment. The 1901 bandolier equipment was an awkward item for the naval soldier and had no means of carrying equipment and we believe this pack was designed to supplement that equipment.
BRITISH OFFICER BRODIE WITH ARISTOCRACTIC PROVENANCE. An absolutely magnificent helmet being a typical Brodie helmet that has had an officers quality liner applied, this is the Woodrow type liner, this is of the highest quality and ventilated to the inner crown. Also is the original Woodrow supplied officers helmet cover. This helmet cover has never been off this helmet and one can clearly see rust bleeds and slight areas of fragility to the edges, however in terms of condition it is very stable. There is a distinct kink to one side of the skirt, this was where the original owner, the 21st Baron Hastings must have at some time been subjected to overhead bombardment or some form of shock that has caused the bending to the helmet. What is most interesting about this helmet is the collector/owner did much research and the helmet has appeared in many books and magazine articles. Pictures of Hastings, who later went on to command Home Guard units in WWII still wearing the helmet exist and are held in the Imperial War Museum library. The helmet is in very good presentable condition and must be considered to be historically important with a good degree of photographic evidence to link it with its original owner.
BRITISH OFFICER TRENCH BOOTS. An excellent and above average condition pair of the boots worn by field officers including the infantry in the trenches from the early war until the end. These particular boots are slightly lower than the mounted style boots and come to probably just above mid calf length. The typical high quality brown leather is excellent and supple throughout and these, with a gentle wax polish, would come up like mirrors. The soles are very good and show minimal wear. The uppers are the typical moccasin toe type, which was very fashionable in the mid to late Great War period. The boots have their original full laces, which are steel tipped and in excellent condition. The boots appear to be of a good medium size and would greatly compliment an infantry trench soldier type mannequin.
BRITISH OFFICERS CAMPAIGN MIRROR. A magnificent item of British craftsmanship being a three framed folding mirror ( 1 mirror cracked ), these would have been carried on campaign and hung over beds or rested upon the officers dressing table. This item is magnificent quality, the mercury mirror glass lenses are excellent and suffer from very little spotting, however they have the most wonderful distinct slightly goldie tone about them. The framework is of high quality nickel metal with brass hinges throughout and the entire rear of each frame is covered in a high quality Moroccan leather in a crocodile skin type design. These items make wonderful decorative pieces and would greatly compliment an officers display from the Victorian era through to WWI.
BRITISH OFFICERS MOSQUITO NET. A very scarce Colonial item of equipment in excellent condition being off white cotton and netting throughout. These mosquito nets were absolutely essential equipment and this particular example is of high quality and has a small officer's set of initials neatly sewn upon a name tag to the interior, in very good condition for its age.
BRITISH OFFICERS RFC WINGS AND INSIGNIA. An interesting set of insignia removed from a Brigadiers tunic, the Brigadier served with the Manchester Regiment before his staff appointment. He clearly served with the Royal Flying Corps during WWI and retain the wings upon many of his jackets. These are an excellent silk embroidered type upon wool with a blackened backing. There are three rows of medal ribbons and his gorget patches also included.
BRITISH OFFICERS SAM BROWNE SIDE BAG. The scarce Sam Browne bag that saw extensive service in both the Boer War and continued around the August 1914 period for officers in marching order. This is made from lightly rubberised canvas and is in general excellent condition with a little staining to the surface and a little fraying around the buttonhole of the front flap. This comes complete with both lead type clips in brass to fit to the Sam Browne as well as a marching order shoulder strap, this strap would double as the greatcoat holder and would have had two simple straps passed through it. An excellent set for mannquin building.
BRITISH OFFICER’S TRENCH ADAPTED PISTOL HOLSTER. A highly unusual and interesting holster that appears to be manufactured for the standard service revolver. The construction is squared to one side and most unusual. The leather is of typical extremely high English standards with all brass fittings throughout. To the rear of the holster is a very wide belt strap clearly for mounting on the ’08 webbing belt. There is a slider to the rear that incorporates the original cleaning rod, which is still present, as well as two short straps that are to attach the holster to the sword frog mounting D rings of the Sam Brown equipment. The overall condition is excellent, the leather is highly pliable with a beautiful mid-brown colour throughout. The quality and workmanship is extraordinarily good and this is one of the finest examples of a trench holster we have ever had.
BRITISH PAIR OF MACHINE GUN CORPS OFFICERS PHOTOGRAPHS. Two very well framed items, both having typical turn of the century style frames. The first one is originally framed at the time and has an excellent framers pasted address to the reverse of the frame and the image is of Hugh Clay Carter Machine Gun Corps, and dated '1919', he can clearly be seen wearing the Military Cross and Machine Gun Corps collars to his whipcord tunic and he appears to have two pips or a crown and pip upon each epaulette. The other photo is a typical officer grouping showing the Colonel to the centre in cuff rank tunic and flanked by two Machine Gun Corps officers being a Lieutenant and a Captain, these appear to be Canadian Machine Gun Corps troops and have divisional signs for each arm, which are forward pointing arrows with a bar underneath. This should be relatively easy to research.
BRITISH PERIOD FRAMED MACHINE GUN CORPS PHOTO. An excellent photo of a Lewis gunner operating the Lewis gun in the anti aircraft improvised configuration, this was where a wagon wheel was applied to an axled upright post and the gun was lashed to it thus the item was highly manoeuvrable against aircraft. The gunner wears a Brodie helmet with MGC collar badges with binoculars around his neck, to the rear one can see the large wooden crate of loose ammunition which has been opened for ease of reloading. All housed in an excellent period looking modern frame and mount.
BRITISH RAF 1ST PATTERN KHAKI TUNIC. An excellent working tunic in the RAF specific cut having the single pronged belt. To either cuff are the flight lieutenant stripes with bird and crown above. An excellent pair of WWI silk RAF wings. The lining is of brushed cotton. All buttons are present and matching and are the roped edge 1st pattern type. The jacket is of a good medium size. There are one or two small nicks and what possibly are marks from use. The tunic displays very well and is in a good khaki colour.
BRITISH RAF 1ST PATTERN SLEEVE EAGLE. A typical issue example for the khaki service dress being in the tombstone form and having a red bird with black overlay embroidered upon it. The rear is of a fine Hessian type material. There is one moth nip near the end of one wing, however in general the item is very presentable and a good example of a scarce to find insignia.
BRITISH RAF VICTORY MEDAL. A nice example of the standard single Victory medal, this is well numbered and named to the edge. There is one sheet of research that has been carried out from official records in the form of a photocopy and it appears this man served with the RFC from 5th September 1916 and then with the RAF. It appears to have transferred to RAF Reserve in 1920.
BRITISH RFC FLYING COAT. An absolutely magnificent private purchase example of the long flying coat, these coats were initially all private purchase and government issue contracts took over. It must be remembered that many items of flying uniform and equipment were then universal across Continental Europe and this jacket would also have been worn by French and Belgium flyers. The coat is in the classic flyers cut with large angled map pocket to the chest, leg straps and a wonderful grey/blue/brown coloured wool lining. The lining is of very fine quality wool and of the utmost quality. The overall condition of the jacket is absolutely superb and very supple. Many surviving flying jackets can be very weak on seams etc., and difficult to mount upon mannequins, this example is perfectly supple and good in a beautiful mid brown colour. All large horn buttons remain in place and to the underside of the flap is a wonderful cut away type swing section that would allow for seating. To each cuff are double buttons, this was to facilitate using with large gauntlets. An absolutely super example that would make a wonderful flyer mannequin type display.
BRITISH RFC HALF FACE GOGGLES. A pair of the goggles situated upon a half face veg tan brown leather backing, the backing is good and supple with flaking to the surface, this would benefit from a coat of clear wax polish. The rear is of a flannel-like material with some areas of moth damage. There is a good replacement elastic cord present. SC3D
BRITISH RFC OFFICER MANNEQUIN. A stunning museum quality mannequin consisting of an outfit worn by a young lieutenant during the war years. The unit consists of a super quality RFC 1912 plastron tunic in mid weight whipcord. The tunic is excellent and a large size with super quality embroidered pips as well as matching bronze collars and a fine quality padded observer wing. There are three overseas stripes to the right hand cuff. The breeches are of whipcord, breeches of the time being heavy duty working weight, typical of flyers. There is a pair of mid green puttees and a pair of period boots, these boots are not issue boots but make excellent display pieces and would be typical of the style worn. There is a single brace Same Browne belt in supple condition all colour matched and finishing the outfit is an excellent officers side cap in matching whipcord material with bronze buttons and badge, slight staining and grease wear to the inner. The whole lot is upon a good quality mannequin in a good pose.
BRITISH RFC RUBBER GOGGLES. A scarce set of the goggles, these were supplied in large numbers, particularly at the start of the war, this is an above average set in good supple condition, the rubber often perishing and going hard, this pair are still perfect for mounting upon a helmet. The glass lenses are good and clear and just dusty from storage and the original elastic strap is complete with of course the elastic being a little brittle. These goggles also were utilised to some extent as anti gas equipment in the early war period. SC56
BRITISH RFC SWAGGER STICK. A nice example of the classic swagger stick with white metal thimble top with excellent large outstretched stylised RFC wings. The body of the stick is in native flexible bamboo with brass tip, the bamboo is in lovely condition with very gentle crackling to the surface. The head and base is beautifully polished. SC+
BRITISH RNAS HALF FACE FLYING GOGGLES. An excellent pair of flying goggles on a very wide backing for half face cover, these are typical of WWI construction and made with black leather backing, this was a typical affectation of the Royal Naval Air Service who very much promoted an enjoyed their different customs from the army. The overall condition is very good, leather being supple and good. The elastic strap remains intact, however there is a little splitting to the elastic and as ever the elastic has hardened somewhat with time. The original hook arrangement remains to the back. An excellent item to display, the glass being very good and clear upon the laminated lenses.
BRITISH ROYAL ENGINEERS COLONEL’S CUFF RANK TUNIC. An outstanding example of an early cuff rank tunic, this clearly belonged to a career soldier and was initially purchased in the 1912 style having the closed collar, this has been extensively re-tailored to the front, which is very typical of tunics of the early Great War period. The expert re-tailoring has formed the open collar, which was worn with a shirt and tie. All features are absolutely classic of the August 1914 period. The tunic is made from a very fine woollen material, again an early cloth, lined throughout in brushed cotton with a half lining and having the lower half unlined, in the classic early short style cut with short stubby angular pockets with very large flaps. There is to the waistband the strip of reinforcing cloth, which would lie under the Sam Browne belt and there is the typical small ticket pocket. Epaulettes, yet again are classic First World War style being of wide mitred tipped construction. To each cuff is a set of excellent matching cuff ranking to Full Colonel with five rows of green braid and four rows of cuff tape as well as a typical very stylistic gauntlet type cuff with the reinforcing laying behind the gauntlet area. There are a set of mismatched pips for Colonel being two pips and a crown, it is clear this officer was promoted and thus the use of slightly mismatched crowns would be absolutely normal. There are a full compliment of matching George V officers Royal Engineers buttons to both the fly front and the pockets. To each collar are excellent matched bronze engineers flaming grenades and one can see below them evidence of where the territorial ‘T’s were removed, this again is a very common feature of Great War tunics where the officer has moved initially from a territorial unit into a regular unit and thus removed the ‘T’s. The reverse of the tunic has the correct heavy quality brass hooks for mounting the Sam Browne. The whole tunic is in very good condition with one or two very minor pin prick moth spots, however the general display is very much above average and the tunic is in a wonderful light khaki coloration. It is now very difficult to find decent untouched cuff rank tunics in this level of condition and this particular example makes an above average outstanding example in a good mannequin mountable size.
BRITISH ROYAL FLYING CORPS COWL HELMET. An excellent used example of the scarce cowl helmet, these are an issue item made from typical vegetable tanned orange-like leather, which is good and supple with only a few areas of surface scratching and general wear. The rolled protectors that deflected wind from the ear entries have been very carefully removed, this was carried out at the time. The original chin strap is present and to the interior the lining remains all in place, however all the fur has been lost from the interior.
BRITISH ROYAL FLYING CORPS FUR AND LEATHER GAUNTLET MITTENS. A good service used pair of leather palmed fur backed and fur gauntlet covered mittens for use by WWI aviators. The fur has not been attacked by moth, all the stitching to the finger sections are good and strong. SC4C
BRITISH ROYAL FLYING CORPS SWAGGER STICK. A nice well used example of another ranks swagger stick with silver coloured thimble top, this is slightly battered and cracked to the top, however very distinct with the RFC flying wings. There is a neatly cut set of initials 'FB', presumably the original owner to the canes top. The whole item is in typical other ranks proportions, an excellent evocative item of Flying Corps militaria.
BRITISH ROYAL FLYING CORPS TOOL OR PERSONAL CHEST. An absolutely magnificent item that would make a splendid decorative element of furniture in any period home. The item is an extremely high quality robust cedar wood chest, being of cedar wood this would suggest that this would be for clothing. The trunk is painted in a wonderful deep emerald green with a super deep patination and areas of crackling to the paint. To the top is an extremely well executed sign writer quality set of initials being 'A.W.' over 'RFC'. these are undoubtedly real and have a huge amount of depth, crackling and discoloration to them. The chest has brass handles to either end and runners to the bottom. The dimension are relatively compact being approximately three quarters of a metre by half a metre deep. The original hinges are present and are of good quality brass and there is a good brass lock with its original key present. An item of very decorative interest.
BRITISH ROYAL NAVAL AIR SERVICE AND RAF PHOTOGRAPHS. A large amount of large format photographs pertaining to 207 Squadron Royal Air Force. The collection was originally taken by William Turner who was an aircraft fitter from 1914 to 1918, he served finally with 207 Squadron who were based at Buchan Newton in Norfolk in England. There is a good studio portrait of Turner in a seated position with an interesting uniform combination being standard 02 tunic with breeches and puttees as well as an 08 webbing belt. To each upper arm are red albatross insignias, these are sewn to the tunic's upper arms facing forward. There is a modern enlargement which has been expertly taken that shows the insignia in fine detail, this compliments the original picture well. There is approximately 30 large format photographs of approximately 8 inches x 6 inches. There is an excellent aerial view of the air station showing many of the large hangers. There are numerous aircraft views. There are photographs of crashes, a crashed Zeppelin. A very fine portrait of a group of air crew who are about to embark on a mission, they are photographed alongside their aircraft, it reads that the aircraft crashed in Italy on the way to Egypt, the officer Major Danley was killed, the aircraft is a Vickers Vimy. In the photo they are wearing flying helmets with hearing tubes, goggles, one member wears an RAF short greatcoat, one can see both RNAS insignias and RAF insignias to the headdress. One officer has a good luck charm pinned through the front turn-up of his flying helmet. An extremely evocative photo. All photos have ink copper plate written descriptions to the rear. There are other air crew shots clearly showing airmen in the early Sidcot suits. One officer wears his suit with a 1st pattern RAF peaked cap. One can also view cut down fug boots. There is an interesting low level aerial photograph of Salonika showing the town after bombardment, there is huge destruction to one area of the port town, one can clearly see a small castle-type turret on the port coast land as well as numerous small vessels in the water. The photo has a dedication to the rear and shows in the writing that much of the damage was caused by the ensuing fire storm. There is a good image of a Zeppelin that has been strafed at Potters Bar, interestingly in the background there is a wooden slatted framed building which looks almost ghost-like in the background as the photo is viewed through the original metal framework which has lost all of its outer skin due to the crash. Another interesting image is a Douglas motorcycle, which has been pushed through the inner tube of a bomber tyre. 207 Squadron RAF had an interesting lineage, they initially started as No.7 Squadron RNAS. On formation of the Royal Air Force on the 1st April 1918 it became 207 Squadron RAF, they were also part of the occupation force in German in January 1919, they were eventually disbanded on 20th January 1920. The Squadron was reformed on the 1st February 1920 and saw service in Turkey in 1922, service in the Greek Turkish War and their service continued through to the Second World War. The squadron was mostly involved in bomber type operations.
BRITISH ROYAL NAVAL AIR SHIP CYCLING CLUB BADGE. A very rare 1¼ inch circumference badge, the central feature being an air ship with a gondola below, with running through the spokes of a wheel, above and below the air ship in gold and blue enamel two scrolls reading 'Naval Airship Cycling Club'. Standard pin back construction. Non maker marked. It can only be imagined how few of these badges were produced.
BRITISH ROYAL NAVY CHAPLAIN'S BADGE. Probably one of the rarest items of naval insignia one could hope to find being the breast badge worn by Royal Navy Chaplains during the latter part of WWI. This is an extremely impressive badge of the utmost quality and is of bronze/brass construction with very high definition to the relief and a naval type crown above the cross and the wording 'Chaplain Royal Navy'. To the back is the typical bladed fixture, however this is abridged and a piece of Great War medal miniature ribbon with its mounting pin has been carefully mounted to the back, this is for wear upon the breast. The history of these badges is most interesting, there was no official Navy Chaplains uniform during WWI and this caused many problems due to security and Chaplains being estranged from their fellow sailors, it was decided in February of 1918 that they were to be issued with a special bronze badge of large proportions, which would be worn on the right lapel of their clerical dress or civilian attire. The badge was abolished in 1923 thus this badge had a very short service life. What makes the lot particularly appealing is the Chaplains 14/18 Medal is complete with it and is named to 'Chaplain C. Moore, Royal Navy' and this is contained within the issue cardboard carton, this is reinforced with special metal corners and in wonderful old script to the lid reading 'chaplains Badge and 14/18 War Medal belonging to Chaplain Moore, Chaplain and Instructor Commanders Royal Navy'. To find this ultra rare insignia is difficult but to find one with provenance is almost impossible to improve upon. An extremely scarce item and something seldom found in even the most advanced Naval insignia collections.
BRITISH ROYAL NAVY LONG SERVICE MEDAL GROUP & HUGE DOCUMENTATION. A highly interesting group of four WWI medals comprising the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal, Victory Medal and the Naval Long Service Combat Medal along with their accompanying medal ribbon bar all awarded to Petty Officer (Torpedo Man) W.V.Powell, Royal Navy. All medals are named and mounted for wearing. W.V.Powell eventually rising to the rank of Petty Officer in the Royal Navy served a total of 35 unbroken years of service. William Vaughan Powell born in Exmouth on the 4th July 1894, volunteered for service in the Royal Navy on the 11th April 1910 and left the Royal Navy in October 1945. A career spanning 35 years. He served on numerous ships including HMS Vivid, HMS Defiant, HMS Erin and many others. This grouping, large though it is, it is worthy of much further research, there are huge amounts of original service documentation plus many items of mementos from his service of 35 years, the most important being his service papers which charts his service from April 1910 to August 1945, his gunnery and torpedo history sheets, a collection of naval rank related cloth, plus cap tallies and many hand written accounts, one of the most interesting being a hand written account of his service in Russia to the Bolshevik War. On H.M. Destroyer Vesper from August 5th 1919 to November 5th 1919 there is a beautiful frame display with his original cap tally from H.M.S.Erin, a photograph of Rear Admiral the Honourable Victory Stanley who was Captain of Erin from August 1914 to 1917. A Royal Navy Torpedo Man's gilt wire rank insignia. A Princess Mary gift tin with the Princess Mary's gift tin presentation card below. Displayed also are the pen and pencil from the gift tin, what remains of the contents within the tin is unknown as it is sealed within this beautiful glass frame. There are various other diaries of cruises in the South Pacific. There is the most superb two-page hand written account of the loss of the Royal Navy submarine C.11. It is written in Prose style in a highly emotive patriotic style and this itself is worthy of publication. A small extract reads 'whilst England's people slumbered and slept the stars were shining bright o'er the deep North Sea ran a cry that woke the peaceful night', it told of a sad disaster to a British submarine and finishes 'while serving their King and Country in a cold North Sea rest'. A beautiful set of Royal Navy King's Crown Chief Petty Officers arm insignia plus torpedo insignia. An extra set of medal ribbons attached to uniform cloth. Various booklets, pamphlets, diaries, relating to WWI and WWII. Other items of ephemera. Field made lighters. Compact cases with the badge of H.M.S.Tiger. Three cap tallies including a German WWI torpedo boat cap tally. A photograph cut from a 1926 issued passport showing Powell in Chief Petty Officers uniform. Finally a group of WWII medals comprising the War and Defence Medal with an accompanying letter from the Secretary of the Admiralty in which 'the Lord Commissioners share your sorry that William V.Powell, Petty Officer D/J 8131 in respect of whose service these awards are granted did not live to receive them.' The medals are in a box sent to Mrs. A.N.Powell in Filton Bristol, we can only assume that WV Powell died just after the end of WWII.. A further group of four WWII British medals in their issue box, delivered to Mr.W.F.Yabsley of the same address of Mrs. A.N. Powell comprising the 1939-45 Star, the Italy Star, the France and Germany Star and the War Medal with their accompanying issue documents, what relation Yabsley is to Powell is unfortunately unknown to us. A highly interesting grouping with accompanying two large colour tinted prints of both H.M.S.Princess Royal and H.M.S. Lion. Worthy of much further research.
BRITISH TANK CORPS RECRUITMENT POSTER. An exceptionally nice poster of excellent graphic quality being from the late WWI period and into the early 20's. the poster is a military produced poster and relates to recruiting. The portrait is Professor Tank, a tank-like caricature with professor's head wearing mortarboard hat and in the chair is a soldier being educated on the mechanics of a tank. One must remember during this period the Tank Corps was a complete mystery and something of an elite and the recruitment of new members was highly selective. The overall condition is excellent, there are signs that the poster has at one time been folded, it has been very well pasted upon a hard wooden background and expertly mounted within an unglazed frame. On close examination there is some foxing and a little staining, however the condition is excellent and tear free. The colours remain good and the overall screen printed quality is excellent.
BRITISH TERRITORIAL 08 AMMO POUCH. A very scarce ammunition pouch being a single left hand pouch in the early configuration. These were often supplied to territorial units and this particular example is in excellent unblancoed condition and is complete except the long strap has been neatly cut from the rear. Any pre war item of 08 webbing must be considered rare. This interestingly has continued in service and has had khaki canvas tongues very neatly sewn to the inner side of the pouches, this does not show on display. All press studs function well. A scarce pouch.
BRITISH UNIDENTIFIED 08 TYPE BAYONET FROG. A fascinating variation on the Mills frog being dated and marked 'MECo 1911' to the reverse. The item is to the face fairly standard, however to the rear there are two small leather passes neatly sewn in place to the reverse of the frog. The frog is quite wide and could possibly be for the naval boarding cutlass or a bayonet.
BRITISH UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT OF THE FIRST WAR BOOK. Volume 1 describes clothing and necessaries. It is with great pleasure that we announce publication of a book collectors have been requesting for years. This is an amazing work by John Bodsworth. A huge volume ( 422 pages ) with an enormous amount of information and some fine illustrations. Many period photos, in colour and black and white and excellent copies of period advertising. A wealth of information for the advanced collector of WWI commonwealth militaria. It's not often one can say that a book will become the bench mark. However, this we believe has already reached this milestone. In the forthcoming armourer magazine the reviews are excellent. These books are printed to order so there is no back stock. We have ordered a small number of these books. The subjects covered within the volume include badges and insignia, other ranks service dress, officer's service dress, head dress, foot and leg wear, khaki drill, coats and greatcoats, steel helmets and body armour, other items of clothing, miscellaneous, other uniforms including RFC, female, scouts, volunteers, Derby scheme, training reserve plus a section on the Dominions, Volume 2 is expected soon.
BRITISH WOMAN'S ROYAL AIR FORCE INSIGNIA. Woman's Royal Air Force eagle, the single eagle embroidered in white on very dark blue backing cloth for the Woman's Royal Air Force tunic formed in 1918. Both the shoulder title and the eagle were worn as a pair on each sleeve. An excellent image of this being worn can be seen in colour plate E in the Men at Arms series, British Air Forces 1914-18.
BRITISH WRAF TUNIC. An exceptionally rare garment being a transitional jacket of the pattern worn by the Woman's Auxiliary Army Corps, however slightly modified for wear by a member of the early Woman's Royal Air Force. The uniform is of fine quality ribbed khaki wool, which is typical of officers tunics. The tunic itself has been commissioned by an other rank of the Royal Air Force, female other ranks generally did purchase their own uniforms. There is a tailor's label to the rear of the tunic with the address of 'Blandford', Blandford in Dorset has been a long time garrison area and was a posting for T.H.Lawrence when he served in the early Royal Air Force. Any Royal Air Force khaki garment is considered rare, especially to find a female item of this type. Some interesting Royal Air Force regulations has been applied, there has never been collar badges to this tunic and the belt is the single pronged version that is regulation only with Royal Air Force garments, generally there would have been a button belt with this garment, however the tailoring stipulations would have varied greatly as there was no clear regulation to the exactness of these uniforms. All buttons throughout are the roped edged gilt Royal Air Force type. There are two buttons to each cuff, one of these cuff buttons is missing. The rest of the buttons are all intact throughout. The condition is extremely good. To each upper arm are the red bird badges, these are silk embroidered on a woollen background and the heads face forward, this in fact is contrary to regulations but many examples in collections and in period photographs shows the bird flying forward when it should have in fact been flying backward. There is much excellent information about woman's uniforms in the excellent book British Air Forces 14-18 volume 2 by the McCormack Brothers by Osprey publishing.
BRITISH WWI CERTIFICATE OF DISABILITY. A beautiful large illuminated document with many interesting aspects including the large amount of Colonial names written around the central frame. The item is in excellent condition with only minor foxing mounted upon thick card. The certificate has the most wonderful script including service number and details to Corporal Fred Charles Berchley of the Machine Gun Corps Infantry who previously served with the Warwickshire Yeomanry. Dated '28th May 1919 and has a facsimile George signature. The certificate is unframed, however would merit from framing.
BRITISH WWI COMMONWEALTH EXPERIMENTAL WATER BOTTLE. A most intriguing item being in the general shape of the 08 bottle but approximately 1/3rd shorter in depth. The item is of green enamel and is covered in a typical thick orangey beige wool cover which most other ranks bottles were covered with during WWI. Interestingly on carefully peeling back the base one can see a broad arrow with two letters, which appear to be 'BE' stamped below, this broad arrow stamp clearly indicates that these are an ordnance issued item and often items with this broad arrow and letter combination below are of Australian origin, it is believed the letters would have denoted the Military Department of issue. The top cap is a most interesting item, very similar to the clip on a light bulb, which has two pins and depresses and twists. The original cork to the interior is broken but still present and the top cap works perfectly. We have not been absolutely positively identify this item but interestingly many Australian leather water bottle carriers are of a very short nature and will not close upon the normal 08 bottle. It is our belief that this an Australian item of equipment and thus very rare.
BRITISH WWI FLYING HELMET. The all tan leather half head flying helmet seen used in huge numbers by British aviators in WWI, constructed in the vegetable tan leather material. Wool and fur lined. Some abrasions to the leather covering at the crown area, the side ear covering is all in place with their male/female pop studs complete. Neck strap and buckle excellent. Some losses to the fur around the front fold down peak of the flying helmet. SC4D
BRITISH WWI GORDON HIGHLANDERS 02 TUNIC. One of the finest examples of the cut away Scottish 02 tunics that we have had in many years being an absolutely standard issue 02 tunic that has been expertly lightly re-tailored to the cut away format for Scottish troops. This has involved trimming away of the pocket bags and re-sewing and even re-positioning of the shell dressing pocket. There are some interesting smart features including an excellent stand up collar and an addition of an extra pleat so this tunic now has three pleats to the collar. There are overseas stripes and good conduct stripes to the lower arms and a white blancoed lanyard to the pocket. The original hooks remain to the rear. Most of the nap of the cloth remains good with a few minor moth nips and an excellent number over letter stamping to the inner lining cloth. The whole tunic is in very good condition and is of a good medium size and would make a fantastic bust display. One of the best examples of this desirable tunic that we have had for many years.
BRITISH WWI GROUP OF 3 MEDALS, WONDERFUL DIARY & DOCUMENTATION. A highly interesting and emotive group of three medals for the First World War which belonged to driver Herbert John Camp, late serving in the Highland Light Infantry and Royal Horse Artillery. The medals comprise the rare 1914 Star with the 5th August to 22nd November clasp and rosette, named on the reverse side '61860 Dvr.H.Camp R.H.A.' plus the British War and Victory Medals named identically. All mounted for wearing. Private Herbert John Camp enlisted at St.George's Barracks Westminster in London on the 31st December 1906 age 17, he was posted to India and on the 15th September 1908 transferred to S.Battery of the Royal Horse Artillery. In march 1910 he returned home. On the 31st October 1913 he was discharged into the Army Reserve and reported back to Woolwich Barracks 1914 for War Service. There is a huge amount of documentation plus one worn uniform jacket and framed photographs with this group but we can begin this description with the motive emotive part of the whole grouping linking the group together historically, which is his 23 page written account. The diary was the account, which was obviously written either at the end of the war or just after, charts his life in the armed forces from his enlistment in 1906 to his first discharge in 1917 and it would appear that he re-enlisted in the Royal Horse Artillery but was put on light duties. His account of the first battle of Ypres in 1914 is absolutely superb, he writes 'the first day we started we were in action at dawn waiting for them to come along, at about 8.a.m the cavalry reported that a large force of Germans was coming in our direction, so we 'stood too' by the guns, the horses were only 200 yards away in case of emergency. In about an hour from when we had the order we saw them in thin grey masses coming along (a fine target for artillery). We started, opening fire on them and as soon as we had got the range we started sending shrapnel into them as fast as we could fire, it was murder as we could see the shells bursting from where we were and they were tearing holes into the ranks of the German infantry, still they came on, their idea was to rush the guns, but nothing doing as they had no artillery with them, (at least none opened fire on us that day) we shortened our range and gave it to them for all we were worth. He then further accounts about the battle of Passchendale. The next day we were off again at 5.a.m and went into action at a place called Passchendale and it was our turn to catch it that day. I was wheel driver then of a sub section gun team. My riding horse has had his nose blown off and was still alive, I shot him and put him out of his agony quickly and put a gunners horse in his place, then the hand centre horse of our team got hit broadside and we had to shoot him. Further action at Whyschate. I was going up to bring my gun out of action with our team when my horse got killed and I was wounded in the arm and leg. I was pulled out from underneath my horse and taken down on a stretcher'. This is just a brief résumé of his account, it then goes on with far more and ever more interesting accounts of his life at the battle front from 1914 through to 1917. Accompanying this account there is a small booklet 21 pages long, which is a printed accompaniment to this diary entitled 'A soldier's tour of duty, a brief account in his own words of the experiences of Private Herbert John Camp 1906 to 1917 transcribed from his own hand written text by Roy Smith. Reading the foreword it would appear that Roy Smith was the grandson of Herbert John Camp. Mr. Smith has painstakingly transcribed the sometimes difficult to read hand written account into a full printed account making it easier for the present day collector/researcher to understand and read. It would appear that he stayed with the Royal Horse Artillery until leaving the colours in March 1920, subsequently applied to join the Fire Service, he was refused admission because of his medical condition and then turned his skills to the London Smithfield Meat Market where he became a meat porter remaining there until retirement in 1954 and was then assistant caretaker at Hatfield Technical College in Hertfordshire, finally hanging up his broom in the mid 1960's and subsequently passed away in May 1971. Diaries and accounts such as these are of huge interest, now close to 100 years on from the events and this account deserves further in-depth research. Accompanying the medals and the accounts is John Camp's Royal Horse Artillery full dress tunic, the exterior being in excellent condition with its full compliment of Royal Artillery domed buttons. The interior heavy cotton lining is badly mothed and accompanying the tunic are various photographs of him actually wearing this same tunic, one being a very large framed photograph. With the tunic are his yellow busby cap lines attached. The group has the addition of 53 good photographs virtually all from the period of his service in India showing Many of himself and colleagues in various forms of military dress. His 1920's certificate of discharge from the colours, which shows his medal entitlement. Instruction in bayonet fighting booklet. The original cover and certificate and other documents of his demobilisation card. A letter of reference from his Commanding Officer dated 7th March 1913, commending Driver H.Camp who has served in the Royal Horse Artillery for three years and is now about to return to civilian life and he is highly recommended by his Commanding Officer. A highly interesting and colourful 56th London Division 1917 Christmas card. Various other small documents, plus his Old Contemptible Association membership card, plus Royal Horse Artillery Old Comrades Association card. Two army certificates of education, his chain epaulettes of the Royal Artillery and two full dress uniform Skill at Arms badges in heavy gold wire laid onto red backing cloth, plus other small documentation. Lastly two large framed photographs of the Battery of the Royal Horse Artillery in Bangalore India 1912, both images have been colour tinted. A highly interesting and very historical grouping of medals.
BRITISH WWI MACHINE GUN CORPS DRUM MAJOR'S MACE. A unique item recently purchased by us from a very advanced Machine Gun Corps collector being a Drum Major's mace which originated from the Machine Gun Corps base depot BEF in July 1918. The item is very much typical of the style being a very heavy hard wooden pole with brass top and finial with a musicians cords running in a zigzag fashion up its entire length. The lower line is clearly engraved 'M.G.C. Base Depot B.E.F. July 1918' What makes this particularly intriguing is the inscription that reads 'BEHOLD WHEN ERE YOU SEE THE DRUMMERS PASS' (the following line beneath reads) 'A BROKEN TENT POLE AND A LAMP OF BRASS', this clearly indicates this object was in fact made from a tent pole and lamp probably found in the ruins of a French or Belgium property and one can clearly see that this item has been constructed in such a style. The top cap being from a lamp is slightly loose to the body and turns and on examination of the interior one see that there is a concrete-like solution set inside. The finial, again, has clearly been produced from a lamp fitting and the bulbous lower body also probably from some such object. The engraving is typical of the time and extremely well executed in a very neat manner. The pole has a deep patination and has clearly been handled for many years. There is slight tobacco staining to the entire object. The history of the Drum Major within the British Forces is most interesting and these personnel would be highly important upon the battlefield and used to mace for positioning the signalling to troops, obviously throughout time this became more of a significant and less functional object, however still today these are carried at the head of marching drums, drummers have many important roles within battalions and were often used as disciplinarians and in the period around Waterloo they were in fact in charge of flogging soldiers who had carried breeches of discipline. The Machine Gun Corps base depot was situated at Camiers and this was within the area of the Pas De Calais.
BRITISH WWI RFC FULL LENGTH FLYING COAT. An absolutely wonderful example of this very scarce early flying garment made from the mid dark orange vegetable tanned leather. The leather throughout is good and supple with some rubbing to the high points. There are various areas of small and well executed repair to seams, etc., and the front pocket, although attached to the body, has lost many stitches, however the bar tacks to the corner hold it in place and it displays perfectly. There are the usual sprung cage type Made in England press stud fasteners throughout and the lining is of a fawn blanket material. Most of the buttons are present however one or two are missing, these are of the large horn type. The inner leg straps are present with their press stud closures etc., To the rear is the typical wide belt with single prong leather covered buckle. The coat has one or two stains to one arm which could in fact be blood or some form of engine oil. The whole item is in very presentable condition and would make a wonderful basis for a stunning WWI aviator mannequin. SC14C
BRITISH WWI ROBINS OF DUDLEY RARE VARIATION KNIFE. All of the Robbins knuckle knives are scarce desirable by collectors. The most commonly encountered is the knuckleduster push dagger. The very rare variation of the push dagger is shown on page 26 of British Commonwealth Military Knives by Ron Flook, plate 37. This rare knife, 5.8 inches long, 235mm long, has a beautiful twin fullered blade, heavy aluminium grip with steel knuckleduster fitted into the aluminium grip. The Robbins of Dudley marking on the top pommel has been partially obscured and it is complete with its totally original leather scabbard, complete with integral belt loop. As Flook states on 233 of his excellent work 'Robbins of Dudley knives, these have been extensively copied', we can assure any prospective purchasers of this knife this is an undoubted original.
BRITISH WWI ROYAL NAVAL AIR SERVICE MEDAL GROUPING & INSIGNIA. An extremely rare grouping to a Royal Naval Air Service Petty Officer, F.C.Wheeler. comprising the 1914/15 Star, named. British War and Victory Medal, both named. The medals are loose contained in their original cardboard boxes accompanied with their correct ribbons. To the exterior of the lid are the typed attached labels describing the enclosed medal and the recipient’s name. All three medals are mint, unworn. They have never had their ribbons fitted. Situated in a nicely crafted painted decorated edged oval frame measuring 5 x 4 inches is the ultra rare Royal Naval Air Ship Coxswain Badge, which is beautifully embroidered in heavy gold wire on dark blue backing cloth. Surrounding the Coxswain’s Badge are examples of his three WWI medal ribbons and two items of V shaped rank lace. To the reverse of the frame there is old paper covering with a hook for wall hanging. Also accompanying the group is an 8½ inch length of pierced aluminium frame with an engraved plaque attached to the wooden mounting plate ‘Naval Airship C.18’. Petty Officer Frank Charles Wheeler enlisted into the Royal Naval Air Service as a Petty Officer Mechanic in May 1915, he remained at this rank until February 1917 and is then shown as an Air Mechanic 1. He saw service at Cranwell and the Naval Air Station at Wormwood Scrubs in London, which operated airships. He was appointed a Leading Mechanic in August 1917 and was later re-appointed a Petty Officer. Any items whether it be medals or artefacts to the Royal Naval Airship units are extremely desirable and rare. Accompanying the grouping is a photocopy of his WWI service record.
BRITISH WWI WOMAN'S ROYAL AIR FORCE INSIGNIA. An extremely rare p of insignia items being the W.R.A.F. embroidered white on dark blue backing shoulder title for the Woman's Royal Air Force formed in 1918.
BULGARIAN WWI ENTRENCHING TOOL. An extremely rare piece of equipment from WWI being a 1915 dated Bulgarian entrenching shovel. We have not translated the Cyrillic script but we have been firmly assured it is Bulgarian and not Russian. Maker marked. One rivet missing to shovel head. Good wood. Leather cradle missing.
CAMPAIGN 1914 BY CHRIS POLLENDINE. The new publication from Military Mode Publishing, due out November 30th 2013, we are now accepting orders for this hard back 175 page book on uniforms, equipment and ephemera of the British Soldier in WW1. The first of 5 volumes each covering a single year of the Great War WW1, Filled with excellent high resolution photography and informative text, this work will educate and enlighten collectors and enthusiasts alike. Finally after high demand and a long awaited period, Military Mode have produced an image led coffee table style book to run parallel with the successful Feldzug series. The images shown here are pre proof read selections.
CAMPAIGN 1914 BY CHRIS POLLENDINE. The new publication from Military Mode Publishing, due out November 30th 2013, we are now accepting orders for this hard back 175 page book on uniforms, equipment and ephemera of the British Soldier in WW1. The first of 5 volumes each covering a single year of the Great War WW1, Filled with excellent high resolution photography and informative text, this work will educate and enlighten collectors and enthusiasts alike. Finally after high demand and a long awaited period, Military Mode have produced an image led coffee table style book to run parallel with the successful Feldzug series. The images shown here are pre proof read selections.
CAMPAIGN 1914 VOL 1 BY CHRIS POLLENDINE. From Military Mode Publishing, A hard back 175 page book on uniforms, equipment and ephemera of the British Soldier in WW1. The first of 5 volumes each covering a single year of the Great War WW1, Filled with excellent high resolution photography and informative text, this work will educate and enlighten collectors and enthusiasts alike. Finally after high demand and a long awaited period, Military Mode have produced an image led coffee table style book to run parallel with the successful Feldzug series. The images shown here are pre proof read selections.
CAMPAIGN 1914 VOLUME 1 BY CHRIS POLLENDINE. The new publication from Military Mode Publishing, due out November 30th 2013, we are now accepting orders for this hard back 175 page book on uniforms, equipment and ephemera of the British Soldier in WW1. The first of 5 volumes each covering a single year of the Great War WW1, Filled with excellent high resolution photography and informative text, this work will educate and enlighten collectors and enthusiasts alike. Finally after high demand and a long awaited period, Military Mode have produced an image led coffee table style book to run parallel with the successful Feldzug series. The images shown here are pre proof read selections.
CAMPAIGN 1915 VOL 2 BY CHRIS POLLENDINE. Campaign 1915 Volume 2 will cover a huge range of items that were to be used and developed as the war was to enter it's tragic second year. The realisation that the stalelmate of Trench warfare was now established meant new and often radical measures were to be implemented at all levels. This work will show at great photographic and written lengths how these changes were to effect the British Service man. A very wide and detailed study of uniforms and equipment that was to be employed by both the Army and Navy. This work by Military Mode Publishing is a massive step forward in terms of the range of material covered, many items being of extreme rarity that have never been shown in previously published works at this or any other level. 254 pages profusely Illustrated with studio photography and period images. Due for relased in early March, Pre orders are now being taken.
CAMPAIGN 1915 VOLUME 2 BY CHRIS POLLENDINE. Campaign 1915 Volume 2 will cover a huge range of items that were to be used and developed as the war was to enter it's tragic second year. The realisation that the stalelmate of Trench warfare was now established meant new and often radical measures were to be implemented at all levels. This work will show at great photographic and written lengths how these changes were to effect the British Service man. A very wide and detailed study of uniforms and equipment that was to be employed by both the Army and Navy. This work by Military Mode Publishing is a massive step forward in terms of the range of material covered, many items being of extreme rarity that have never been shown in previously published works at this or any other level. 254 pages profusely Illustrated with studio photography and period images. Due for relased in early March, Pre orders are now being taken. Condition:
CANADIAN CUFF RANK TUNIC. An absolutely beautiful quality named cuff rank tunic in excellent condition throughout, it is manufactured from a lightweight woollen material. The condition is outstanding for a tunic of this age with no fading and only very minor surface mothing in a few areas, however the condition remains crisp and fine. The tunic is clearly named to the interior pocket to a 'Lieutenant P. Donnelly' and the tailor is 'F.W.Beeton of Vancouver'. There is a clear ink stamp for 'April 13 1916' to the interior pocket. Both collar badges are matching and are to the 6th Battalion of the Duke of Connaughts Own Light Infantry. This unit had typical Light Infantry traditions and distinctions. The buttons throughout are horn black crowned bugle buttons and to the arm is the original Overseas Battalion lanyard of a thick black and dark green silk cord holding a Birmingham produced officers whistle. Also found in the interior pocket is a medal for the 6th Battalion Connaught's Own Rifles. This may well be a Liberty medallion, these were carried whilst troops were upon leave. This actual tunic appears on page 343 of the superb book Military Antiques & Collectibles of the Great War, A Canadian Collection by the well known authority J.Victor Taboika. The tunic is pictured twice in this book with a close-up of the collar badge and mention of the overseas draft. The tunic is interesting in that it has both cuffs and collar rank, the cuff rank would have been upon the tunic when it was bought off the peg from the tailors. The shoulder rank has been applied being the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in black Light Infantry pips. The pips had clearly never been sewn upon the sleeves and many Canadians and British officers can be seen wearing this configuration. The tunic is of an excellent mannequin size with all refinements including the typical reinforcing to the waist area and a most interesting internal buckle arrangement for a smart fit. The lining is of brown cotton and there are various attachments for fob watches, etc., An outstanding tunic in excellent condition and worthy of research.
CANADIAN MOUNTED RIFLES INTELLIEGENCE OFFICERS PEAKED CAP. An absolutely magnificent British made mid wool stiff top cap with dark rifle green band and the Canadian Mounted Rifles overseas insignia to the front. Various Canadian Mounted units came to Europe and fought on the Western Front, many within the 3rd Division. This cap shows extensive service wear and has to the interior what appears to be a British tailor's label. The white Moroccan inner band is good however greasy from use. The wool is good throughout however there are some areas of mothing and damage to the crown and some areas of wear through the front peak area, all that said and excellent cap with a wonderful patination throughout.
CANADIAN ROYAL FLYING CORPS BREECHES. An extremely rare pair of other ranks issued breeches, these are in typical Canadian coarse other ranks wool and have no reinforcing to the inner legs and would have be worn with puttees. The Canadian military provided a great deal of personnel in terms of flying and much training was undertaken in Canada. This particular pair of breeches have a good paper label still intact, printed 'Royal Flying Corps' and Toronto 1918. There are other acceptance stamps throughout. The lining is of coarse olive linen. The buttons are Canadian all metal types including the fly button, which is a mechanically attached riveted type button. Unfortunately these have suffered greatly from moth and this has been well restored to the legs and these still would make an intriguing display item. Any item of RFC clothing has always been considered rare, this is the first pair of Canadian breeches we have ever encountered.
CZECH LEGION BOOKS. This remarkable four volume set records the famous Czech Legion in Russia's history from their conception whilst part of the Russian Army to when they became independent, they fought their way across Russia to Siberia and then commenced a world tour before repatriation to the new country of Czechoslovakia. These are beautifully illustrated with thousands of black and white pictures, most of which have never been seen before in recent publication. To the covers are wonderful patriotic art deco type images. The whole set is in good condition with a little wear to the outer covers and the usual slight yellow foxing to the pages, however the condition remains good. A most interesting set of books seldom encountered today.
CZECHOSLOAKIAN LEGION IN FRANCE ADRIAN HELMET. A superb untouched example of this scarce helmet being a late war produced French Adrian having the all matt finish mid blue, which has a wonderful frosted appearance overall with some rust bleed and one or two dents and scrapes to the surface, however generally very good. To the front is the Czechoslovakian lion plate which again is French manufactured and factory installed at the time of production. The colour of the plate is an exact match to the helmet and clearly shows it was painted at the time of the helmet's production. The liner is all black and the two-piece type with horizon blue liner band, which is in good order and has suffered little from moth. The leather is good and stable with a few age cracks and some damage to one finger. The original tie cord is present as are the four aluminium spacers. As ever with the majority of French helmets the thin leather chin strap is missing. The helmet is an untouched barn found example showing a great dust patination overall. There is a build-up of dust etc., to the interior of the crown and the item is completely untouched throughout.
DEFROCKED CANADIAN CRUISE HELMET. An absolutely magnificent, totally untouched example of a defrocked cruise helmet having the early configuration of cruise visors, this helmet has been slightly dismounted, the cruise visor itself proved to be not a great success and helmets were stripped of their chain mail visors on mass. This particular helmet is most interest for various factors. The helmet itself has the original cruise type lugs, traces of welding to the front and the tab to the side where the original curtain was attached to the rail, the rail itself has been completely removed from the helmet. The original chin strap is present and this retains both the original cruise visor hooks, these were designed to hold the visor closer to the face and steady it from swaying. The original liner is present with the felt piece mothed away, however the chin strap and the curtains as well as oilcloth liner band are all excellent. To the exterior is a very good set of battle insignia to both sides being for the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles, this unit was part of the Canadian 3rd Division and fought as part of an Infantry Division on the Western Front until the Armistice. Interestingly on close examination one can clearly see to one side there was another insignia of the 3rd Division which has carefully been painted over and these secondary insignias applied. Much of the roughened finish is remaining and this has darkened to a rust-like colour. Both the external hooks remain to the outside of the helmet for attachment of the cruise visor when not in wear. An absolutely superb untouched helmet with no waxing, oiling or treatment whatsoever with wonderful gentle paint patination, gentle crazing to the insignia and an absolutely barn found loft-like appearance.
FELDZUG 1914 VOL 1 BY MICHAEL BALDWIN. Feldzug 1914 volume 1 by Michael Baldwin is a 167 page hardback book fully illustrated with high resolution photography. The work is the first volume of five, focusing on the outstanding collection of WW1 German combat uniforms, headdress and equipment compiled by the author over a 40 year period. The artefacts presented in the book are brought to life through ultra close up detailed imagery and are accompanied by highly informative text and helpful tips to guide the reader in purchasing authentic WW1 German militaria. Volume 1 covers the early part of The Great War featuring items manufactured or worn during 1914. Each subsequent volume with follow the same format with Feldzug 1915 volume 2 already in production and due for publication in June 2013. (Please note the images used are pre production samples)
FELDZUG 1914 VOLUME 1 BY MICHAEL BALDWIN. Feldzug 1914 volume 1 by Michael Baldwin is a 167 page hardback book fully illustrated with high resolution photography. The work is the first volume of five, focusing on the outstanding collection of WW1 German combat uniforms, headdress and equipment compiled by the author over a 40 year period. The artefacts presented in the book are brought to life through ultra close up detailed imagery and are accompanied by highly informative text and helpful tips to guide the reader in purchasing authentic WW1 German militaria. Volume 1 covers the early part of The Great War featuring items manufactured or worn during 1914. Each subsequent volume with follow the same format.
FELDZUG 1914 VOLUME 1 BY MICHAEL BALDWIN. Feldzug 1914 Volume 1 by Michael Baldwin is a 167 page hardback book fully illustrated with high resolution photography. The work is the first volume of five, focusing on the outstanding collection of WW1 German combat uniforms, headdress and equipment compiled by the author over a 40 year period. The artefacts presented in the book are brought to life through ultra close up detailed imagery and are accompanied by highly informative text and helpful tips to guide the reader in purchasing authentic WW1 German militaria. Volume 1 covers the early part of The Great War featuring items manufactured or worn during 1914. Each subsequent volume with follow the same format.
FELDZUG 1915 VOL 2 BY MICHAEL BALDWIN. Volume 2 in the magnificent series of books published by Military Mode Publishing. This second volume covers 1915, the artefacts worn, produced and used within that year of the Great War by German troops in combat. The work is over 200 pages, hard back and packed with detailed illustrations and in depth information invaluable to collectors of WW1 German militaria.
FELDZUG 1915 VOLUME 2 BY MICHAEL BALDWIN Volume 2 in the magnificent series of books published by Military Mode Publishing. This second volume covers 1915, the artefacts worn, produced and used within that year of the Great War by German troops in combat. The work is over 200 pages, hard back and packed with detailed illustrations and in depth information invaluable to collectors of WW1 German militaria.
FELDZUG 1915 VOLUME 2 BY MICHAEL BALDWIN. Volume 2 in the magnificent series of books published by Military Mode Publishing. This second volume covers 1915, the artefacts worn, produced and used within that year of the Great War by German troops in combat. The work is over 200 pages, hard back and packed with detailed illustrations and in depth information invaluable to collectors of WW1 German militaria.
FELDZUG 1915 VOLUME 2 BY MICHAEL BALDWIN. Volume 2 in the magnificent series of books published by Military Mode Publishing. This second volume covers 1915, the artefacts worn, produced and used within that year of the Great War by German troops in combat. The work is over 200 pages, hard back and packed with detailed illustrations and in depth information invaluable to collectors of WW1 German militaria. Condition:
FELDZUG 1915 VOLUME 2 BY MICHAEL BALDWIN. Volume 2 in the magnificent series of books published by Military Mode Publishing. This second volume covers 1915, the artefacts worn, produced and used within that year of the Great War by German troops in combat. The work is over 200 pages, hard back and packed with detailed illustrations and in depth information invaluable to collectors of WW1 German militaria.
FELDZUG 1916 VOL 3 BY MICHAEL BALDWIN. Regimentals are pleased to offer the third volume of Feldzug buy the publisher Military Mode. Covering the year of 1916, this hard back, large format book with over 200 pages continues to examine and explore at great depth the German Soldier of WW1. 1916 saw huge changes and developments in the appearance of the German Army, such as the partial introduction of factory produced steel helmets and the wide spread use of the practical and better suited to combat bluse. Although radical changes were afoot, the tradition rich Kaiser’s Army continued to issue the famous pickelhaube, although details were to develop and change. All these fascinating details are covered within this work. In depth and well thought out text will accompany highly detailed close up photographs that will bring this painstakingly produced volume to life.
FELDZUG 1916 VOLUME 3 BY MICHAEL BALDWIN Regimentals are pleased to offer the third volume of Feldzug buy the publisher Military Mode. Covering the year of 1916, this hard back, large format book with over 200 pages continues to examine and explore at great depth the German Soldier of WW1. 1916 saw huge changes and developments in the appearance of the German Army, such as the partial introduction of factory produced steel helmets and the wide spread use of the practical and better suited to combat bluse. Although radical changes were afoot, the tradition rich Kaiser’s Army continued to issue the famous pickelhaube, although details were to develop and change. All these fascinating details are covered within this work. In depth and well thought out text will accompany highly detailed close up photographs that will bring this painstakingly produced volume to life.
FELDZUG 1916 VOLUME 3 BY MICHAEL BALDWIN, Regimentals are pleased to offer the third volume of Feldzug buy the publisher Military Mode. Covering the year of 1916, this hard back, large format book with over 200 pages continues to examine and explore at great depth the German Soldier of WW1. 1916 saw huge changes and developments in the appearance of the German Army, such as the partial introduction of factory produced steel helmets and the wide spread use of the practical and better suited to combat bluse. Although radical changes were afoot, the tradition rich Kaiser’s Army continued to issue the famous pickelhaube, although details were to develop and change. All these fascinating details are covered within this work. In depth and well thought out text will accompany highly detailed close up photographs that will bring this painstakingly produced volume to life.
FELDZUG 1916 VOLUME 3 BY MICHAEL BALDWIN. Regimentals are pleased to offer the third volume of Feldzug buy the publisher Military Mode. Covering the year of 1916, this hard back, large format book with over 200 pages continues to examine and explore at great depth the German Soldier of WW1. 1916 saw huge changes and developments in the appearance of the German Army, such as the partial introduction of factory produced steel helmets and the wide spread use of the practical and better suited to combat bluse. Although radical changes were afoot, the tradition rich Kaiser’s Army continued to issue the famous pickelhaube, although details were to develop and change. All these fascinating details are covered within this work. In depth and well thought out text will accompany highly detailed close up photographs that will bring this painstakingly produced volume to life.
FELDZUG 1916 VOLUME 3 BY MICHAEL BALDWIN. Regimentals are pleased to offer the third volume of Feldzug buy the publisher Military Mode. Covering the year of 1916, this hard back, large format book with over 200 pages continues to examine and explore at great depth the German Soldier of WW1. 1916 saw huge changes and developments in the appearance of the German Army, such as the partial introduction of factory produced steel helmets and the wide spread use of the practical and better suited to combat bluse. Although radical changes were afoot, the tradition rich Kaiser’s Army continued to issue the famous pickelhaube, although details were to develop and change. All these fascinating details are covered within this work. In depth and well thought out text will accompany highly detailed close up photographs that will bring this painstakingly produced volume to life.
FELDZUG 1916 VOLUME 3 BY MICHAEL BALDWIN. Regimentals are pleased to offer the third volume of Feldzug buy the publisher Military Mode. Covering the year of 1916, this hard back, large format book with over 200 pages continues to examine and explore at great depth the German Soldier of WW1. 1916 saw huge changes and developments in the appearance of the German Army, such as the partial introduction of factory produced steel helmets and the wide spread use of the practical and better suited to combat bluse. Although radical changes were afoot, the tradition rich Kaiser’s Army continued to issue the famous pickelhaube, although details were to develop and change. All these fascinating details are covered within this work. In depth and well thought out text will accompany highly detailed close up photographs that will bring this painstakingly produced volume to life.
FIELD GREY BY MICHAEL BALDWIN & MALCOLM FISHER. FIELD GREY UNIFORMS OF THE IMPERIAL GERMAN ARMY 1907-1918. This large work on this highly interesting subject has come to fruition after over 15 years of work. In 1998 Regimentals were offered the largest collection in the world of the field grey uniforms of the Imperial German Army during the First World War. The collection was situated in Arizona, U.S.A. it was purchased and shipped to the United Kingdom. There were a total of 202 field grey uniforms, plus a huge amount of associated equipment and headdress. Up to that point in time and in the intervening years there has been no one specific work on the wartime uniforms of the Imperial German Army. Never before had a huge quantity of field grey uniforms been held by any dealership, museum or individuals and a work needed to be published on this subject. The work took a lot longer than anticipated but with the publishing skills of Schiffer Publishing this most magnificent work has at last been made available to the collector, museums and researchers. This is possibly the largest format book ever produced by Schiffer Publishing. It measures 31 cm x 42 cm, solid hard cover and with its own card slip case. Authored by Michael Baldwin and Malcolm Fisher. It has 270 fully coloured pages, virtually every page showing a single field grey uniform of all the branches of the Imperial German Army. The tunics run from the inception of the field grey tunic for the army being the 1907 pattern enlisted mans tunic, more commonly known amongst most collectors as the model 1910, right the way through the cavalry patterns, the proposed post war walking out tunics, the 1915 bluses and the many variations of the officers tunics whether they be for foot or mounted troops. The photography is accompanied by a huge amount of text, which the authors hope will allow the collector/researcher to have an insight into the complex systems of recognition through insignia and colours of the Imperial German Army. Interspersed with the images of the actual items are a large amount of period black and white photographs, many never published before showing examples of the uniforms in field service wear. Each copy purchased through Regimentals will be author signed. It should also be noted that one of the authors, Michael Baldwin, is also the author of the new series available through Military Mode Publishing and Regimentals web site of the Feldzug series, which charts the history of the Imperial German Army in five separate volumes, through from 1914 to 1918. As previously stated this book is extremely large its weight is 4.6 kg and the postage will be as follows regardless of the websites automated postage calculator, the postage fee will be charged manually and the online quote will be deducted:- Inland U.K. £12, other European destinations £25, USA & the Far East £53, Australia £56 Condition:
FINNISH M.15 ADRIAN HELMET. The Adrian was one of the most exported helmets of the WWI era, the Finnish Army had a massive shortfall in equipment when fighting the Soviets in the 30’s, they ordered helmets from many European countries including France, this is an example of a standard blue helmet supplied to Finland and given a subsequent coat of the grey green tone of paint that many Finnish combat helmets could be found in. At some time there has been another badge fitted to the front at some period during its long service history. This helmet has been updated with the removal of the badge and yet another coat of paint. The French liner remains intact and in good order. The chin strap remains in place over the brim of the helmet. Finnish helmets are a fascinating subject in themselves and offer the collector an enormous range of helmets worn in combat by the Finnish soldier.
FIVE IMPERIAL GERMAN POSTCARD PHOTOGRAPHS CAVALRY. Five excellent shots, four of postcard size and one smaller. One excellent shot of Uhlan's in field grey uniform wearing the Uhlan helmets with covers. Others are all Cavalry related either Hussars or Uhlan's. One posted and sent and dated ''1916.'' Two others posted and sent but with no date.
FIVE IMPERIAL GERMAN POSTCARDS ALL WEARING VISOR CAPS. Five excellent postcard size photo cards all of NCOs or Officers wearing various shapes and forms of visor caps. One signed and dated on the reverse 1918 and another signed and dated 1915, the three others are blank.
FIVE IMPERIAL POSTCARDS ONE WEARING A FUR BUSBY. Five Imperial German postcards. Three have been written, posted, dated ''1918'' and two ''1916.'' One excellent one of a women possibly the girlfriend or wife of an Officer in a Guard Hussar regiment, the guard star just visible. One coloured photograph of a women wearing field grey uniform and a pickelhaube and cover. Two other studio shots and one of a group of Generals wearing helmets with covers and M16 helmets. Condition:
FIVE IMPERIAL POSTCARDS WITH CAMOUFLAGE FELDMUTZES. Five studio shots of Imperial German soldiers wearing a mixture of 1910 and 1915 uniforms, all wearing Feldmutzes. Some with camouflage cover bands.
FOUR IMPERIAL GERMAN POSTCARDS ALL WEARING FELDMUTZES. Four postcard size photographs, one that has been written, franked and posted and one other written but no postal franking. Of four Imperial German soldiers wearing 1910 pattern uniforms and all wearing Feldmutzes.
FRENCH ARMOURED PLATE FOR ADRIAN HELMET. One of the scarcest and most unusual items of French military headdress accoutrements is the armoured plate for the Adrian. Clearly inspired by the German Stirnpanzer, the French undertook a similar experiment and it appears to have been undertaken in a very small way, approximately one or two regiments only received these in the frontline in the Verdun sector. An excellent article has been written by the superb French magazine Militaria in one of their special dossier editions, a high quality photostat of this article will be provided with the item and there is much information uncovered by this, including a copy of the original instruction leaflets which shows the item was actually held in place with a harness to the rear of the soldier's tunic, which had a special hand held device for levelling the item when looking upwards. There is much note of the specifications etc., It is important to note that some copies have been manufactured of these rare items, however this example has many of the characteristic that are absent from the copies. The metal is clearly of an extremely heavy pressed material and on sounding it the ring is a wonderful tone and very much reminiscent of a church bell. The frontal lobe area where the comb housing is pressed out is in a very distinctive shape and this has clearly been hammered out using some form of high powered steam hammer. The chin strap slots are carefully cut in and have been ground carefully to remove the sharpness. The item has been recovered from the ground and there is deep pitting, however this reveals an excellent stratified high quality dense steel in a typical linear corrosion that would indicate the item has been bent from a sheet of flat steel. Also to the underside of the beak when rested upon a flat surface there is a distinctive upward curve, this again is absent from the copies. The overall thickness is exactly the same throughout and there is a serrated edge where the item has been cut through during pressing. There is a slight nib to the rear of the area that covers the comb, this again is a very original feature. Details of these can be found in the superb book by Verlag Publishing, The French Army 14-18 and the item is also covered in various other specialist publications. This is one of the first we have ever seen on the market and only a handful of these exist in private collections and museums, probably the hardest Adrian accessory to find of all.
FRENCH COLLAPSIBLE POP KEPI. A most fascinating object of the hat makers art being a standard polo shaped infantry kepi that would have been worn from just before the Great War in this form throughout the war and until the end. This kepi has a collapsible hinge system to it not dissimilar to that of top hats with depressing the two spring catches either side the kepi can be folded completed flat. The item is of good quality with a fine Melton band and red Melton top. There are one or two areas of moth nipping and somewhat interestingly there appears to be no insignia embroidered to the front and virtually no traces of any insignia being mounted to the centre. The lieutenants gold bars running around the circumference of the kepi have to the centre a central red marking, this inserted area may simply be to marry it with the top on promotion. The thin gilt chin strap is in place as well as both brass infantry brigade buttons. The interior is of good quality dark blue silk with a leather sweat band, this actual hat is a fascinating example of a WWI officers kepi.
FRENCH COMMERCIAL SECRETE. A fascinating French early effort at providing ballistic protection for troops, these were designed upon a medieval idea that would be a concealed helmet worn below a kepi. These were commercially produced and sold through various outlets including chemists. This particular example is in very presentable condition with a deep russet patination overall with light pitting to the surface. The helmet itself is of lightweight construction and of three piece design, welded together and finished to the exterior to a smooth finish. An example of this item can be seen on page 396 of the super Verlag Militaria book French Army 14 to 18. A very scarce item of French military headdress.
FRENCH GRAS BAYONET WITH GERMAN WWI CONVERSION. A very unusual modification to an 1876 dated bayonet for the Gras rifle. The blade is excellent with standard French configuration with the exception of the muzzle ring added to the back side, converted from captured French stocks by Imperial Germany to fit either the GEW88 or GEW98 rifle in WWI.
FRENCH KEPI & COVER. An interesting set that includes a typical polo form kepi of horizon blue wool with some mothing and complete with its original horizon blue chin strap and side buttons. What makes the set particularly appealing is the original early kepi cover that has clearly been worn over this kepi for many years. The cover is typical of those worn in August 14 and is of a blue almost indigo dyed colour that has beautifully faded to the top, the cover is of a lightweight cotton material and absolutely typical of those worn by officers in the early months of the war. This has obviously been utilised for this later worn kepi, an interesting set.
FRENCH LEBEL BAYONET, BARN FOUND. An item recovered from a barn, this is clearly a war souvenir. It has been gently cleaned and there is some deep pitting to the metal scabbard, however the whole exterior is relatively presentable. This may make a good candidate to mount with a mannequin or simply as a fascinating Great War souvenir.
FRENCH M.15 ADRIAN ENGINEERS HELMET. The Adrian helmet bearing the engineers badge is surprisingly hard to find for the collector and we believe this to be one of the harder versions to find. The helmet is completely untouched and in dusty condition. The elegant helmet plate bearing the Romanesque helmet and Cuirass is in a exact matching blue finish to the helmet. The helmet still bears the scarce rare and fragile French chin strap. The lining is of the brown two-piece type with a mid blue woollen headband. All aluminium spacers remain. All of the lining attachment clips are still present. The original draw cord is present and the item is finished in the factory sprayed finish, which has achieved a very attractive frost-like matt appearance overall. There are some chips and dings and a few areas of rust bleed, however the helmet remains totally untouched and would display well. The size stamping and manufacturer's ink stamp still remain present to the inner of the crown.
FRENCH M.15 OFFICERS HELMET. A really interesting helmet being the standard M.15 Adrian that has received multiple coats of horizon blue paint, to the front is the infantry grenade insignia. What makes this helmet unique is the plaited chin strap system, which could be worn clipped to the side of the helmet or down as a chin strap. There are some interesting bracket-like constructions that are riveted to the side and the interior of the helmet. The chin strap itself has special brass clips that fit to the these brackets, this is the only version we have ever encountered in this style. The overall condition is good with a good one-piece black leather lining with some repairs to the black leather. An intriguing variant.
FRENCH M.18 SIDE CAP. A typical private purchased side cap made from horizon blue material. Some surface moth. Original headband present in a good size. An impressive item of trench headdress.
FRENCH M.1884 KEPI. A well used kepi with much character being for a member of the 142nd Regiment of Infantry. The kepi has many areas of the original blue piping missing, this has clearly been devoured by moths over the years. The red body of the kepi is relatively good with only a few nips and some tracking. Both original pepper pots for ventilation are in place and there are some period repairs. The original red on blue backing figures are all in place to the front. The original chin strap and buttons are present. The interior is good with the original leather crown pad and hinged leather window for unit identification. There are various stamps to the interior and the band is in place. There is a little dryness and stiffness to the leather, however it remains relatively supple. What compliments greatly the item is a picture of the original soldier wearing the kepi with the numbers clearly visible to the front of his cap. The standard issue French kepi for the August 1914 period of the war is one of the hardest items of Great War headdress to find in any condition.
FRENCH M.1896 CUIRASSIER OFFICERS SABRE FOR THE RESERVE CAVALRY. An absolutely magnificent sword and one of the harder French fighting swords from the Great War period to find. This particular example has a high quality very sharp combat blade in beautiful condition, manufactured by the well known maker of Chatellerault, this is beautifully inscribed to the reverse of the blade. The other inscription is that for 'Sabre of Cavalry Officer Model 1896'. The hilt is superb and of high quality brass with multiple decoration including the Medusa's head. The grip is of horn with one age split to the rear, all wire is in place. What makes the sword particularly nice, along with the April 1914 date is the First World War field type covering, this has been permanently sewn in place over the white metal scabbard and has been undertaken beautifully. There is also the leather hanger with brass clip for mounting to the officers belt. The overall condition is clean and untouched. There is a beautiful patination to the leather. There is some bruising and small areas of grazing to the leather, however there is a deep shine. A magnificent poignant item of Great War militaria.
FRENCH MOUNTED GENDARMERIE TROOPERS HELMET. An extremely good condition Model 1913 brass and nickel helmet for the French Mounted Gendarmerie. The brass skull is in excellent condition with just very minor rippling to the brass metal work. No undue damage, splits or resoldering. The nickel Roman style comb, front plate, chin strap and lion's head side rosettes are all complete with good nickel and in excellent condition. Edge trim for the complete helmet is also in nickel and makes a fine contrast against the brass skull. There is a makers mark on the rear lobster tail beneath the leather of the horse hair plume. A small area of the brush plume is missing from the comb. The leather to the reverse of the chin strap is good, complete with its inner lining with the tips of two tongues broken but with the remains of the original drawstring in place.
FRENCH OFFICERS EQUIPMENT SET. The set consists of continental produced Sam Browne belt, cross strap, sword carrying strap with hook and original issue quality holster. The holster is good with ammunition loops to the front. The whole set is a good colour match, all leather supple throughout and a hard set to complete the officer or Senior NCO display.
FRENCH OS 1915 GRENADE. An excellent example, very well restored and repainted in horizon blue paint with original brass element to the top.
FRENCH POSTER. BON BRIGHT & CO, PARIS. One of several superbly mounted original posters we have been lucky enough to purchase, these posters are all in excellent condition and have been professionally laid upon a canvas backing, thus making them easy to transport and display. These would certainly merit framing and would greatly enhance a First World War display. The first poster dated '1920' and reads 'EMPRUNT NATIONAL 5%'. This shows the image of a Poilu in horizon blue beautifully executed in its styling, holding a patriotic spray of laurels with the French colours wrapped around them. To the base of the poster is' Bon Bright & Co, Paris'. The poster is in excellent condition with only very minor foxing, however the overall condition is superb and as mentioned previously it is mounted upon canvas. The dimensions are approximately 1 metre x 1½ metres. An impressive large poster.
FRENCH SWORD SADDLE MOUNTING HARNESS. An extremely scarce item of WWI French equipment being the brown leather harness for attaching the sword to the saddle. All fittings are iron throughout with typical French leather work and a large number stamped across the face.
FRENCH TENT PEGS. Three of the tent pegs known as sardines and the double socket type tent poles for the shelter quarter, all held together with the original tent string with waxed wrapped ends. The pegs are in good used patinated condition and the pole is in stock condition and only showing very minor russet to the blue metalwork.
FRENCH TENT PEGS. A good issue set of the pegs known as sardines. These pegs have been lightly used but are excellent with their original tie cords still present.
FRENCH WWI ARMY DE AFRIQUE ADRIAN HELMET. A standard horizon blue WWI enlisted mans helmet that has been over painted in the mustard green colour for service in North Africa, for service with the Army De Afrique. Some minor abrasions to the skull with the horizon blue showing through, otherwise excellent condition, complete with its strap. The liner virtually mint with all of its aluminium spacers fitted.
FRENCH WWI FIGHTING KNIFE WITH UNUSUAL MAKER. A good example of the Avenger knife of WWI. Good blade, slightly re-profiled to the tip, marked within an oval 'S.G.C.G.'. Excellent condition wood grip, good finish to the cross guard, all fitted into its correct pressed and single shouldered scabbard very similar to the French made American 1917 fighting knife. Complete with its single belt loop.
FRENCH WWI HORIZON BLUE M.18 OVERSEAS CAP. This is the large square M.18 version in good condition overall with some moth nips and a little wear to the nap of the cloth. This is completely unlined and the remains of the sweat band have long since disappeared, this was probably of a fine leather material. A good cap in an excellent size and a great way to complete the French bust display.
FRENCH WWI LEBEL BATTLE DAMAGED FIGHTING KNIFE. A highly interesting battlefield relic being a Lebel bayonet with the blade ground to fighting knife size and subsequently severely battle damaged, this has been dug from the ground and corrosion to the steel parts is quite considerable, nevertheless a fine battlefield relic. Large bullet or shrapnel hole through the top upper hilt section indicating the sort of damage to a human body that shrapnel or a round can make. This item was found in the Verdun area of France.
FRENCH WWI MUSEUM REPLICA CHAUCHAT. The machine gun of 1915 introduced by the French Army and was extensively used also by the Americans. The weapon itself was issued in large numbers however was due to manufacturing problems, a constant problem, however this was one of the most iconic machine guns of the First World War and was one of the very first light machine guns. This is a museum grade copy that has been made from steel and wood and is extremely robust and heavy. The item has been very lightly aged for TV and display work and makes a wonderful substitute for an extremely hard to find and expensive weapon to find as a de-activated version.
FRENCH/AMERICAN DUNAND EXPERIMENTAL HELMET. A most interesting and extremely scarce and possibly unique helmet being the machine produced helmet that was developed from various hand made helmets that were the responsibility of the talented armour maker, sculptor and metal smith Jean Dunand. This inventor invented many slightly over complicated visored helmets, very elegant in their form and style. Some were pressed into forms, however there was a good degree of difficulty in producing his complicated designs but a small amount were produced and pressed in a factory, this is one such of these helmets. This particular example was never visored, however it has a reinforced secondary plate riveted to the exterior. This helmet does appear in various publications and it is well known that the American Expeditionary Force reviewed, experimented and tested numerous designs. In Bashford Dean's book of 1919 within the pages of this book there are several pages devoted to this maker. There are also photographs of other helmets including the Liberty Bell helmet with the same type of extra plate riveted to the exterior. The book, although excellent and invaluable to anyone interested in early body armour and helmets is far from complete and there are obvious huge sections of armour that have not been included in the book, this is one such helmet. This was originally found many years ago in a flea market in France. The exterior paint is the deep forest green type. Although there is light russet pitting overall the general depth of the pitting is not severe. The interior has some surface rust and shows signs of light oiling. There is no liner present however the chin strap bales remain in place. The helmet is in very displayable condition and this must be a once in a lifetime chance to find another missing link in the fascinating story of the U.S. helmet.
GERMAN 1 YEAR VOLUNTEER GREATCOAT. A magnificent greatcoat of other ranks cut, however in officer quality construction. This is a tailor made garment for a 1 year volunteer. The item has the typical Jaeger deep green collar with magnificent scarlet underside. Matching shoulder boards with beautiful matching green backing and edging. There is a printed name label with 1 year volunteer, the man's name and 2nd Company Jaeger Battalion No.7 ink stamped to it. The liner is of a beautiful powder grey colour. There is a little shredding a degradation to the lining which is typical of ancient silk, it does remain good and stable. The exterior Melton is of the utmost quality. There are one or two very small moth nips. The two faces of the greatcoat remain excellent throughout. There is no fading to the garment and all of the rose gold coloured buttons are present.
GERMAN AIR WAR WEAPONS BOOK. A very good book entitled ‘Die Waffen Der Luftstreitkrafte’ (The Weapons of the Air War). Published in 1935 this much illustrated book containing 275 pages shows the weapons used in the air war through from WWI up to and including 1935. On the early pages which cover WWI there are very good close-ups of the Flechettes that were dropped from aircraft, good close-ups of the aerial machine guns used in air combat in WWI and all of their various mountings, followed by all of the types of bombs used in WWI and the post war era. Superb close-up details of the Scarf and other mountings for the Lewis machine guns of WWI and many German aircraft. Aerial tactics for both fighter planes and bombers. An excellent book for the aviation historian and researcher.
GERMAN ARMY VISOR CAPS 1871-1945 BY TONY VICKERS The new Military Mode Publication, 'German Army Visor Caps 1871-1945'. The book has been penned by, well known collector and enthusiast Tony Vickers and produced by Military Mode as a follow up to the successful books Einheitsfeldmutze and Afrika Korps. The work is a photographic study of the development of the Army visor cap from 1871 right through the First World War, looking closely at the period between the wars, a subject that is very much over-looked until now and then a detailed over-view of the Third Reich period and finally, a look in to the Veteran associations. The book informs the reader on the changes in shape using clever and helpful graphic drawings and of coarse the changes in insignia, colours and styles. All the caps featured in the book are from the authors collection and they are backed up by numerous previously un-published period images. The release date for this book is estimated to be November 2012. The images shown on this listing are pre editing. Condition:
GERMAN ARMY VISOR CAPS 1871-1945 BY TONY VICKERS. The Military Mode Publication, 'German Army Visor Caps 1871-1945'. The book has been penned by, well known collector and enthusiast Tony Vickers and produced by Military Mode as a follow up to the successful books Einheitsfeldmutze and Afrika Korps. The work is a photographic study of the development of the Army visor cap from 1871 right through the First World War, looking closely at the period between the wars, a subject that is very much over-looked until now and then a detailed over-view of the Third Reich period and finally, a look in to the Veteran associations. The book informs the reader on the changes in shape using clever and helpful graphic drawings and of coarse the changes in insignia, colours and styles. All the caps featured in the book are from the authors collection and they are backed up by numerous previously un-published period images. The release date for this book is estimated to be November 2012. The images shown on this listing are pre editing.
GERMAN CYCLISTS POUCH. This item is part of an extensive Imperial German collection recently purchased. An extremely rare item of pre war equipment being the bag for cyclists. This particular example is in the red/brown material and has the fixtures for shoulder straps to the rear which have clearly never been fitted. There is a date of ''1888'' to the top throat. All closures are good and supple. There are various markings inside of the bag. This item has clearly never been issued and remains in superb stored condition.
GERMAN DRUMMERS STICKS AND CARRYING SET. This item is part of an extensive Imperial German collection recently purchased. A scarce item of equipment being the imperial German drummers stick holder. This is in a bayonet configuration with a frog in many respects of the same dimensions of a bayonet frog, however, with two tubular loops. The two hard wood period drum sticks are present and although slightly mismatched are clearly of the period. The item is of a typical tarred leather material. The Germans did go into action with both buglers and drummers marching in columns with combat troops.
GERMAN ERSATZ FERNGLAS 03 CASE ONLY This item is part of an extensive Imperial German collection recently purchased. A scarce item of field equipment being the mid to late war constructed box to carry the earlier generation of binoculars. Although superseded by the 08 model, they continued in service throughout the German army. The binoculars case is of brown tan canvas with brown leather fittings throughout and typical German style riveting. There are faint traces of stamps to the inner lid as well as a label. The leather hinge and closure strap are good, supple and stable. A rare item of German field equipment and the first we have ever encountered. Condition:
GERMAN M.18 CAMOUFLAGE HELMET. An AL64 sized M.18 trench helmet, shell only, still retaining its metal liner band. All the interior leather missing. The exterior has at least 60% of its original camouflage paint finish remaining in a three-colour camouflage of maroon, green and tan with black separation lines. The finish is missing from the crown area of the helmet. To alleviate any doubt when purchasing German helmets, Regimentals now offer an extended inspection period on all helmets of 28 days.
GERMAN M.18 CAMOUFLAGE STEEL HELMET. One of the rarer of the Third Reich steel helmets to find is the camouflaged M.18. The model was issued late in the war and many were in fact only used in the Reichwehr period, however this is a WWI model with an absolutely classic rendition of the camouflage scheme that was ordered in late 18, forest green, ochre and brown areas throughout, divided by angular black lines. The patination to the paint is unmistakeably original and there is only minor damage and scuffing with some rust bleed showing to the ochre portions of the paintwork. The pins are good and present and not loose. The 1918 type liner is present and is of the light coloured leather. All three pads are present. The chin strap, as with most M.18's, is missing, however the short riveted stub remains in place to one side. The helmet is of a good large size and clearly marked 'ET68'. Much of the original field grey is again present to the interior with a little light rusting to the interior dome but this could easily be cleaned, we have left it as it is. Interestingly to the pad is a name and what appears to be 2nd Company markings. Condition:
GERMAN M16 DRINKING CUP. This item is part of an extensive Imperial German collection recently purchased. An interesting example of the standard enamelled late war cup, however, in a very bright shade of lime green. Most of these are in a very definite field grey colour, however, this interesting variation shows the massive amount of difference in production in a wartime country.
GERMAN MAGNIFICENT WILHELM SAUTER SERRE (SOMME) 16 PAINTING. An absolutely magnificent atmospheric and evocative painting by the extremely well known German painter Wilhelm Sauter, he was born in 1896 and passing in 1948. The painting itself is a calm depiction of an otherwise violent scene being the extensive destruction of farm buildings on the Somme front. The painting comprises of a wonderful blue background with muted colours throughout, these colours held within a similarly coloured frame make an absolutely wonderful picture that would grace any stylish interior. Interestingly in the foreground of the picture is a well defined British tommy helmet laying next to an abandoned 303 rifle. The method of media is oil tempera upon wood, it is signed to the lower right 'W.Sauter' and is circa 1942. Sauter's history is most interesting and he was recognised as one of the most important artists of the Third Reich era having work published in the Kunst Dem Volk August 1940 publication. This expensive publication was produced during the war to promote art that the hierarchy of the Third Reich believed to be highly important in fostering national pride. The work itself is of good large dimensions being 64cm x 105cm and when held within the frame 73cm x 114.5cm. To the reverse is an original mounted label from a German art exhibition of 1942, this being the Great Art Exhibition, this document is signed with swastika devices etc., as well as details of the painter, dates of birth etc., Sauter himself a frontline soldier did take part in the battle of the Somme. The overall condition of the work is magnificent with only a few signs of rubbing to the frame and just a very gentle patination to the paintwork itself.
GERMAN MAUSER 71/84 BOLT ACTION RIFLE. The Mauser Model 71/84 was Germany's first infantry repeating rifle as a further evolution of Paul Mauser's first successful military rifle, the Model 71. The 71/84 has the important addition of a tubular magazine, itself based on the Winchester system in the front fore stock and Paul Mauser designed a lifting mechanism to make it into a repeater. Each round was drawn up into the chamber by the action of the bolt. The tubular magazine took 8 rounds and although it was too late for use within the Franco Prussian War it saw service with German Reserve Units throughout WW 1. These are regarded as an obsolete calibre weapon by British Government regulations and does not require any license This example has an excellent stock and just minor bruising. The front strap attachment loop is missing. All other correct fittings are in place. Slight surface rusting to the all metal butt stock. The gun is numbered '4884'. The bolt numbered '5533'. Good blueing overall, profusely stamped with Imperial German acceptance stamps, plus the crown over 'Spandau' indicating its factory of manufacture. Front sight excellent. The bayonet lug is complete. An excellent example of this fine weapon.
GERMAN NAVAL FLYERS PHOTOGRAPH. An excellent desk photograph of a head and shoulders study of a German naval flyer. The photo itself is in an oval and clearly shows with great detail the soft leather flying helmet upon which he wears his typical WWI flying goggles. A thick knitted scarf is worn around his neck and one can clearly see to the issue black leather jacket large gilt naval buttons. The item is in its original cromed metal frame. The frame to the rear has the extending leg and is in good condition with just a little crushing to the top portion of the metal. There is some foxing to the mount, however the image is good, sharp and extremely detailed.
GERMAN NAVY BREAD BAG. Although the item was issued and used pre war, these were used also during WWI by naval troops engaged in land combat. This is of typical construction with a fixed very wide shoulder strap and a single button closure to the front. It is profusely stamped to the interior with a very clear 'BAW 15.5.07' date as well as various unit markings being 'HM2 630' and a printed German name tape sewn in place. The item is of the pre war reddish brown heavy canvas material that has faded in places, there is some staining however no rips or tears or damage to the material. A excellent and rare item of equipment.
GERMAN OFFICERS PICKELHAUBE COVER. An excellent lightweight cotton version with good signs of field wear and a little staining and areas of discoloration where it has laid against a pickelhaube for many years. This cover has the typical envelope type officers fitting to both the front and rear peaks and to the rear peak is the German word 'Vorn'. The original spike cover is complete with its tapes holding it in place. An excellent item to place with a field used pickelhaube, greatly enhancing it.
GERMAN PAINTING OF KAISER WILHELM II. A most fabulous WWI period oil painting of Kaiser Wilhelm II. The painting which measures 35 inches across x 48 inches high shows the Kaiser in his wartime field grey uniform with full decorations at his neck, Field Marshall's collar patches to his field grey uniform, leather waist belt and wearing his Guard pickelhaube complete with field grey cover. Over the tunic he is wearing his cloak with fur collar. To the upper right of the painting are the Coat of Arms of the Kaiser surmounted by the Imperial crown. The detail to the Kaiser's face and his uniform is absolutely superb. There are faint traces of a signature to the lower right hand corner of the painting but unfortunately we are unable to identify the artist or the name. When we first obtained this painting in 2011 in Germany it was virtually black through nicotine and was unframed. We have had the painting professionally cleaned, which has brought out the beautiful depth of all the colours and we have had a German WWI style period frame constructed to fit the painting. This beautiful piece of art would make a wonderful backdrop for an Imperial German collection. Condition:
GERMAN POLE CARRYING CASE. An interesting WWI German pole carrying case, we presume probably for a collapsible flag pole or some sort of signals device. This is made in fleck German material, which is most often encountered in pickelhaube covers. The item is in a similar shade and style to a gun carrying sleeve, however slightly wider and divided into three equal sections by machine sewn lines to the entire length, this is closed by a horn button and there is a simple hand carrying handle. The overall workmanship is excellent throughout and would indicate a factory manufactured item.
GERMAN THIRD REICH WEST WALL MEDAL CITATION. A single A5 size citation, unusually double punch holed and folded in good condition, awarded to Unteroffizier Fritz Schepp on the 28th February 1940 by the Commander of Army Group Area VI. Facsimile ink stamp of the General Lieutenant with rubber ink stamp. Schepp was part of the 78th Infantry Regiment, which was part of the 26th Infantry Division and fought at the battle of Kursk.BCC19
GERMAN TRENCH KNIFE. A super example of one of the numerous commercially produced knives that were carried in the trenches, this has the typical leather with metal mounted scabbard having to the throat the early press stud closure as well as belt loop incorporating a button loop so these could be worn buttoned into the tunic flap. The hilt is of a heavy stag horn with a very good wide grip and the blade is nicely marked 'Lauterjung & Co, Solingen'. There is some original polish remaining to the blade, a few spots of rust staining and areas of sharpening, however the blade is good and bright. White metal fittings are good throughout with a little russet rust in places and again to the cross guard there is a little russet rust, however the knife remains excellent and a large proportioned double edged weapon.
GERMAN WWI ACES BOELCKE & IMMELMANN SIGNATURES. A very rare Sanke card that has been cut from a WWI album showing a group of 13 WWI German flying officers, which include Hauptmann Boelcke & Oberleutnant Immelmann. Both Boelcke and Immelmann have signed this card. They are both signed in ink, the signatures are slightly faded, however individually both of these signatures are extremely rare, to have both of them sign the same card is possibly unique. Boelcke has signed his name with the 'O' for Oswald, Immelmann has used his full name of Max Immelmann in the signature. Both of these air aces of WWI were killed during the Great War.
GERMAN WWI AVIATION ALBUM. An album containing 48 images charting the life on an aviators station in WWI. 14 of the images contain machines, at least four are very good air to air shots. Aircraft lined up on the landing fields outside their pilot engineers tents. Spectacular crashes. Aircraft taking off. One image taken just after a crash with the aircraft still burning. Other shots of pilots of the squadron either in their mess studying maps discussing tactics, this is by high ranking officers of the squadron. Officers in motor vehicles. Destroyed French buildings. Five air to ground shots.
GERMAN WWI BALLOON AND AVIATION ALBUM. A very interesting album containing 59 images, the first is of a large German observation balloon with a large Iron Cross on the side being hoisted aloft, followed by Western Front images. Groups of army officers and NCOs. Air to ground shots. Destroyed buildings. An excellent shot, side on view very large format of a Maxim 08 being used in its anti aircraft role with its three man gunner crew and NCO observing, followed by more images of balloons being hoisted aloft. An excellent large shot of a captured French aircraft with unusual insignia to the fuselage. More images of officers being hoisted into observation balloons. 17 loose images all large format excellent exposure of close-ups of all the balloon unit's equipment, trolleyed radio telephone units, the winch vehicles, portable hangers, a balloon crashed in a forest, an observer just being lifted off the ground in the balloon wearing his full flying equipment. Excellent close-ups of the wicker basket. Accompanying the album is the owner's WWII Third Reich period wherpass. A photograph of himself in civilian dress, age of birth 1894. Page 12 and 13 give a full list of his units and service from 1914 through to 1918 in balloon units. A good album for the ballooning enthusiast.
GERMAN WWI DE ACTIVATED FLARE PISTOL. A nice example in untouched condition with some very fine russet pin prick rust that has gently coloured to a deep brown colour. It has it's serial number and various markings. The hard wood is good with a few bruises etc.
GERMAN WWI ERSATZ ALL STEEL BAYONET. One of the many variations upon the emergency bayonet, this is entirely metal. The hilt retains approximately 20% of the original field grey paint, however there is obviously much wear and chipping. The release button works well. The scabbard has approximately 10% of the field grey present and a little russet surface rust, however this is not deep. The blade is relatively good with a little acid staining but there is no deep pitting whatsoever. There is a very small acceptance stamp to the rear of the blade. The item remains good and would make an excellent candidate to display upon a mannequin.
GERMAN WWI GAS MASK TIN 1918 PATTERN. An example of the rare 1918 pattern gas mask canister having the deeper closing lid for ease of storage. The interior is in good condition with much of the original black enamelled surface remaining and the original small compartment for spare lenses. The exterior paint is approximately 60% present with a good rust patination to small areas of damage, however this is not deeply pitted and is stable. The wire closure is good and functioning. These items are hard to find and this is one of the rarer of the models of German can.
GERMAN WWI K98 BAYONET. A very nice Herder marked bayonet with hard wood slab grips, 16 acceptance mark to the rear of the blade and complete with Berlin marked 30's frog and Third Reich era knot.
GERMAN WWI M18 CAMOUFLAGE STEEL HELMET. finished in the classic camouflage finish being of brick red, ochre and green. The helmet exterior has rust bleed and pin prick corrosion however, remains visually very good and bright. The interior is in a similar condition with some rust bleed. All three white pad holders remain present and there are some remnants of the M.18 specific chin strap. The whole item is completely untouched other than a fine coat of oil and clearly is loft or barn stored. Condition:
GERMAN/TURKISH MAUSER GEW98. A very fine example of a German produced GEW98 bolt action rifle being the standard German rifle of WWI. Maker marked 'Waffenfabrik Mauser AG, Oberndorf' and dated '1918', with the addition of Turkish acceptance stamps. This weapon, de-activated to U.K. standards has been laying in either a Public House or a very heavy smoker's room, the whole weapon is covered in a coating of cigarette nicotine, however this has given it a very nice sleepy untouched appearance. This weapon was obviously brought back from WWI as a souvenir and at some time in its life has been British Proof marked. It is complete with its very rare original leather sling, which is in excellent solid condition and is in no danger of damage. It has its original muzzle cap and cleaning rod. The receiver and the barrel are match numbered '5759'. The magazine plate is numbered '7756'. The bolt is numbered '5472'. The wood stock is profusely marked with the Imperial German Acceptance stamps. There is some old bruising to the wood with one small chip just forward of the rear sight and another to the stock at the end of the receiver. The weapon is regimentally marked to the brass stock cylindrical plate. This weapon is obviously from a batch of late war rifles initially issued to German forces and then supplied to the Turkish forces. A superb example of an untouched WWI classic rifle.
GUARD KUIRASSIER REGIMENT NCO’S LOBSTER TAIL HELMET WITH EAGLE. A rare Guard Kuirassier NCO’s helmet in complete condition. This rare and always very attractive Imperial German helmet has a good heavy duty body with just slight ripples and one slight stress fracture to the skull. There are no repairs or restorations. The helmet has its original eagle top, which has lost the majority of its finish with copper colouring seen below the nickel plating. All of the plating remaining to the unique Guard du Corps front plate with the black Eagle Order to the centre. The helmet is with its NCO large sized cockades, complete undamaged large domed screw-in chin scales. The interior liner is complete. There are no extra holes behind the front plate. When the eagle top is removed after parade it is normally replaced by the spike and spike base, there are four holes situated on the crown of the helmet for the spike base and two extra holes where a separate spike base has been applied at some time during its life. To the rear of the lobster tail from the exterior are the large markings ‘GKR’ (Guard Kuirassier Regiment). Original liner is in place and in excellent condition. The Guard Kuirassier Regiment who were part of the Guard Corps were formed in 1815 with their headquarters in Berlin. They were a sister regiment to the Guard du Corps.
HUNGARIAN WWI WAR MEDAL. All finish remaining, complete with its Austro Hungarian style of ribbon mounting. Good patina finish remaining to the lower field of the award.
IMPERIAL AUSTRIAN WWI AVIATION AND TRENCH ALBUM. A 10 inch or 25cm x 7 inch or 17.5cm classic WWI style photograph album from an Austrian unit. The album itself contains only 17 images, all of large format, mainly comprising of an Austrian artillery unit in the field. Images of Austrian artillery men at their guns, groups of soldiers with the Schwarzlose machine guns, larger guns firing, mounted horse artillery. Within the album there are two images of artillery observation balloons being hoisted aloft with images of Austrian flying machines complete with their Schwarzlose machine guns. One superb shot of an Austrian aviator within the cockpit of his machine with his flying helmet laid to his side on the wing. Nine accompanying loose images of aviation interest showing German troops surrounding a crashed British or French machine with the bodies of the dead clearly in view. One of the cards has a handwritten annotation to the reverse side dated 'June 1916'. Other images with German troops surrounding a captured French or British machine. A further grouping of the images of German troops in the field with both M.16 helmets on, and field caps. A group of captured Hindu Commonwealth soldiers, a Sanke Berlin published postcard size images of Manfred Von Richthofen. A good grouping of trench and aviation related albums and images plus four large Austrian War Ministry official photographs showing Russian prisoners, naval forces at work, trench warfare all dated '1915' on the reverse sides. A good interesting grouping.
IMPERIAL GERMAN CAVALRY ENTRENCHING TOOL COVER. A rare cavalry cover, brown leather in excellent condition complete with both belt loops. Maker marked 'Berlin' dated '1916' with various other issue stamps. The variation is that the normal skeleton leather cover has had two sections added to the base of the cover close to where the leather strap loops around the wood haft, the intension seems to be protection of the ears of the entrenching tool itself, we have never encountered this variation previously. Stitching good and strong overall, slight wear to the haft leather loop close to where it is stitched to the main body, otherwise generally good. Condition:
IMPERIAL GERMAN NCO’S VISOR CAP. A rare cap from WWI being the worn by a member of one the Saxon Duchies . No moth, damage or staining. The mid green centre band contrasting against the main body. Complete with two enlisted mans cockades, one being the national cockade, the other being Saxon Duchies in green and white. Much crazing to the visor. The interior sweat band is of an ersatz material, it has one split on the inner reverse side. The artificial silk lining in good condition with what appears to be a theatrical costumiers inventory stamp to the inner crown. One very minor moth nip to the very top of the crown at the front of the cap, otherwise complete moth free.
IMPERIAL GERMAN 10TH JAGER BATTALION PRE 1914 TUNIC. A superb quality and condition parade tunic for an enlisted man in the 10th Jager Battalion. This rare unit were the only Jager Regiment allowed to wear the Gibraltar cuff title. Standard mountain green cloth body, red collar, red cuffs, red stitch-in shoulder boards with beautifully embroidered regimental number '10' to each board. Red piped rear skirt with all brass domed buttons intact. Beautiful brass Prussian buttons to the collar. Black lining superb. Condition:
IMPERIAL GERMAN 1917 BADEN DRAGOON OFFICERS FIELD BLOUSE This is the second tunic we have managed to purchase that came from the same soldier, a whole group of uniforms were discovered in a loft in Germany Regimentals managed to purchase 2 examples,clearly marked to the Baden 21st Dragoon Regiment. The tunic is a very high quality field tunic made from a beautiful grey doe skin material with tailored upper pockets. The tunic had been stored in a loft since the war’s end and did have some mildew markings, however these have been professionally cleaned away and the tunic remains excellent and completely stable. There are excellent shoulder boards mounted in with a wonderful toning to the bullion work and good gilt overlaid numbers and stars. All buttons match throughout. There is a 1st Class iron cross ribbon and Bavarian award to the second button down. The lining is very good and clean and in a very fine rough cotton silk material with correct inner pockets to both rear skirts. The tunic is of a good medium size and any First World War cavalry tunic must be considered very hard to find. This makes an excellent and totally original example for display. Condition:
IMPERIAL GERMAN 1930's FLYER AND 1930'S BALLOONING ALBUM. A fabulous album containing 183 images, starting in WWI with images of the pilot sitting in his single wing monoplane carrying his flying helmet. Another Sanke card of Otto Stiefvater and Jeannin-Stahltaub at the Johannisthal Flying School, which is pen signed and dated '1913'. Men and vehicles of the Feldflieger Abteilung 47 standing next to one of their vehicles with the unit markings clearly showing on the vehicle. Many more images of mechanics standing next to their machines. Aviators standing in their cockpits of their machines posing for the camera. Crashed aircraft in the snow. Air to air shots of First War machines. Uniforms with flying distinction badges being shown. Observation balloons being erected with Iron Crosses on the balloons. Air to ground shots. A wonderful large size format image of an Imperial German aviator wearing a full length cross over flying suit wearing a visor cap carrying his classic German flying helmet. More images of aircraft on the ground. The men of the unit at rest. A wonderful shot of a machine having a very distinctive camouflage and starburst insignia to the right hand side of the fuselage. Damaged French towns and cities. The album then moves on the late 1920's and early 1930's with images of aeroplanes with accompanying logo of Deutscher Luft-Lloyd on both the aeroplanes and buildings. A great image of post being loaded onto a Deutscher Luft-Lloyd aircraft. Operations Room for the aircraft with engine repair shots. A De Havilland Aircraft Company large bi-plane landed in Germany. Flying days with lots of aircraft lined up. Many more crashed aircraft shots of bi-planes. The album then moves into what we identified as the early 1930's with monoplanes crashed in a forest. Danish bi-planes. Latvian Air Force bi-planes in camouflage. An Aero Lloyd passenger aircraft loading passengers. Japanese aviators. Seaplanes. A Russian bi-plane visiting. Images of a military style funeral in the Reichswher Period. All of the men wearing the M.16 trench helmets. A very interesting shot of a group of men at a party, we presume they may be members of a Reichswher Flying Unit, they are all wearing winged propeller collar insignia and one with Imperial German Flying Badge at his breast. More group images of the same unit with more Imperial badges in evidence. One shot of all the officers and men sitting together with a background notice on the wall 'Flugwache Adlershof'. More shots of different groups of officers and men in this flying unit. The album then moves onto ballooning where the officers and men are wearing police style uniforms, one with an armband clearly marked 'Luftfahrt' with a propeller below, followed by the letters 'Uberwachung' with great detail close-up shots of wickerwork baskets loaded with men about to embark on a balloon flight. A highly detailed and interesting album charting aviation, mainly German, between WWI and the middle 1930's.
IMPERIAL GERMAN ALL BRASS TWO-PIECE BELT BUCKLE. An unusual Prussian enlisted ranks belt buckle with both the separately applied central circlet and the base both constructed in stamped brass, normally they are in separate metals of nickel and brass. Good overall. A good dome shape to the central circlet with the motto ‘Gott Mit Uns’ surrounding the central Prussian crown. Complete with its double pronged system.
IMPERIAL GERMAN ARTILLERY OFFICERS HELMET COVER. A mint unissued condition helmet cover when the helmet is worn in field service use. Complete with its ball top cover, no damage or staining. An original circular label containing the numbers ‘3 32/54’ is attached to the cover, possibly indicating that this is for a size 54 helmet.
IMPERIAL GERMAN AVIATION PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM. A soft cover hand applied Fliegerstation Schwerin. Schwerin is a town just beside the borders of the old East Germany, east of Hamburg. This album containing only 21 images, however of good quality and one excellent shot of Rittmeister Von Richthofen. The album is a record of events at Schwerin in 1917. The first image is a huge size image from the air of the castle at Schwerin, which was in the State of Mecklenburg. Other images from the sky of the air station. The canteen and men's kitchens. An aircraft wreck on August 1917. Whole air to air shots at 1500 to 2000 metres. A shot from the ground of the Geschwader in the air. Very good shots of machines close up with ground crew and pilots. A marvellous close up shot of six people, obviously testing the aeroplanes, of the six people one of them is the designer Fokker, the other in aviation kit ready for flight is Rittmeister Von Richthofen standing next to an automobile. Further large images of aircraft slightly damaged, aircraft under repair within the hangers. An unusual image of aeroplane crashed through the roof of one of the men's barracks at the air station. A high ranking visit of Generals to the station.
IMPERIAL GERMAN AVIATION PHOTOGRAPHS. A very fine group of 21 images all of large size between 5 3/4 and 4¼. It is difficult to ascertain whether these are press photographs or privately taken large shots, one has a hand annotation on the reverse side, the others all have typed annotations, plus a series numbers which may possibly be inventory numbers, however the contents of these photographs are superb from a technical aspect. The hand annotated image shows a beautifully camouflage German flying machine crashed, Marine bi planes on their airfield on the edge of the North Sea in preparation for flying, a superb close up shot of a German machine gun with both its crew in the cockpit with a clear view of the machine gun, one small image of what may be a French or British machine crashed with its squadron insignia painted on the side, a large image of German mechanics working on a machine refilling or servicing, pigeon carriers being loaded upon a German machine with the observer receiving the pigeons next to his machine gun, a wonderful close up of an observer wearing a feldmutze with a machine gun in the observer position, one small postcard size image of what possibly could be a French machine with the pilot and observer sitting on the wing and standing, an excellent close up of Flieger Leutnant Immelmann standing in front of his Fokka monoplane, a See Flieger Abteilung machine being winched aboard its mother ship, a large group of pilots and mechanics from a naval See Flieger unit standing in front of a naval flying machine 16 persons in the image wearing a variety of uniforms and flying clothing, a postcard size image of an extremely good close up of a rare aircraft machine gun with two German aviators in the machine, one large image of an aircraft camera being loaded aboard a machine, another very rare image of an observer or pilot seated in his plane wearing a parachute harness. The remaining images all of excellent detail and quality for German WWI aviation.
IMPERIAL GERMAN AVIATION SHOULDER BOARDS. A superb pair of the lightweight grey cotton square pointed shoulder boards which were originally issued to an infantryman of Infantry Regiment 94. Highly interestingly the embroidered letters numbered '94' have been unpicked and the shoulder boards have been re-machine embroidered with the winged propeller with the numeral '1' below of the 1st Flieger Abteilung. Attached to each shoulder board is an Imperial German crown button.
IMPERIAL GERMAN AVIATIORS HELMET AND PHOTOGRAPH. A good small group comprising a well service used Imperial German flying helmet of the standard form. The outer crown crazed overall through heat. Some abrasions to the leather of the edge and crown cushion. Complete with its front peak, ear protectors and neck flap. The neck flap is issue stamped, however through dirt and age it is difficult to clearly make out any of the markings. Inside the front peak the initials ‘HO’ have been hand applied. Accompanying the helmet is a studio portrait, head and shoulders of an Imperial German aviator wearing the Litewka tunic with his flying wing propeller shoulder boards clearly visible, the picture is slightly faded. Situated in its black wood frame, interestingly the backing to the frame including its stand is profusely covered in impregnated iron crosses. The condition of the frame and picture are identical in storage staining to the helmet, indicating that the picture and the helmet belonged to the same man.
IMPERIAL GERMAN AVIATORS WHERPASS AND PHOTOGRAPHS. The militarpass belonging to Friedrich Karl Baumeister, born 27th January 1891, initially a member of Infantry Regiment No.30. He then went to join the Prussian Regiment No.30 subsequently joined the Prussian Aviation Service. There are many stamps within the wherpass of aviation units. Many pages full with details, the most interesting being the centre two pages giving details of a crash he had in a machine with notations on his recovery and the machines. Thee accompanying postcard size images, one of Baumeister standing on his flying machine with another flyer, another in a classroom, the third being a group of aviation officers standing outside a building with flying badges in evidence.
IMPERIAL GERMAN BADEN 109TH ENLISTED RANKS PICKELHAUBE. One of the rarest pickelhaubes of the Imperial German Army is the enlisted ranks version worn by a soldier in the Baden Regiment 109. A good sized skull in magnificent bright condition with one small area of the shellac covering of the leather skull broken away, which we hope is visible in our web images. The skull is otherwise undamaged, is in its original form, standard congealing to the front and back peaks but both the peaks are attached to the body firmly. All of the fittings in the standard white metal for the Baden 109th with enlisted ranks back strap, removable spike and circular spike base. The large Baden front plate with its ‘109th Regiment’ overlay with its unique scroll below, which reads ‘Mit Gott F.Fuerst U. Vaterland’. Silvered front peak trim, which has the standard kinks to the interior edge. The helmet to the interior is dated ‘1911’ which corresponds to the fact that the wearer is still wearing silvered flat clip over chin scales, to the right hand side of the helmet is an nco'SState cockade and to the opposite NCO’s Baden State cockade, indicating that this was worn by a 1 year volunteer of the Regiment. To the interior the leather liner is in superb undamaged condition and attached to the interior of the liner at the rear is the original owner’s name label, printed in German, which reads (in English) ‘1 Year volunteer Kluver 5th Company’. To the interior back peak are superb clear markings ‘R.109 (within a block, followed by the date) 1912’ (also within a rectangular block). A circular maker’s mark with the clear date ‘1911’ is stamped to the interior of the crown, the maker’s name unfortunately is illegible. As with any of the rarer unit pickelhaubes it is important that the regimental numbers of identifications are clearly visible to the style of front plate, to assure the collector that the plate is original to the skull.
IMPERIAL GERMAN BADEN FELDMUTZE. A superb condition field grey feldmutze worn by an enlisted man in a Baden regiment. All field grey cloth, no moth holes or moth tracking to the nap. Superb red centre band and waffenfarbe to the top of the crown, complete with its correct enlisted ranks both national and Baden State cockades. The heavy duty cream cotton lining is clearly maker marked, stamped size '54' with the correct Army Group marking for a Baden Regiment 'B.A.XIV' within a rectangle.
IMPERIAL GERMAN BADEN OFFICERS COCKADE. A scarce non serrated cockade for the Baden officers pickelhaube. Some paint fading.
IMPERIAL GERMAN BADEN PICKELHAUBE. A very fine condition all leather size 54 pickelhaube worn by an infantryman in a Baden regimental unit. Viewing the helmet it would actually seem to be larger than its stamp size 54. The skull is absolutely firm and solid with some light spider crazing. The front and back peaks, as is normal with 99% of pickelhaubes has some congealing. One minor nick out of the lower rear peak. The chemically finished enlisted ranks style back strap, removable spike and circular spike base and front peak trim all match in colour and consistency. The Baden enlisted ranks front plate has toned to a darker finish, there are faint traces of the original grey chemical finish within the lower field of the plate, notably in the area of the Baden motto at the lower section of the plate, we have noticed this on other Baden field grey helmets we have had. The helmet has a very good leather chin strap with matching field grey fitted buckles. A good national red, white and black cockade, viewing the Baden cockade in gold and red we feel that this may be a collector replacement. To the interior the leather liner is generally good, it has the tips of two of the leather tongues broken, the remainder are all intact and supple with some slight loss to the finish in the lower area where the liner meets the lower edge of the skull. The interior of the skull has very good original colour remaining, clearly stamped '54' with a very good army group stamp of 'B.A.X1V.' within a stamped rectangle. Condition:
IMPERIAL GERMAN BAVARIAN ADMINISTRATION OFFICERS TUNIC. A scarce field grey friedensrock (proposed post war parade tunic) for a Bavarian Administration officer. All field grey body. Minor moth nips across the back panel. All gilded domed buttons fitted. White piped rear skirt, collar and front flap of tunic plus cuffs. The stand collar is in dark blue wool cloth with the blue and silver Bavarian lace running around the upper edge of the collar. Slip-on Bavarian Administration officers shoulder boards with the crown over the central shield in Bavarian colours, one rank pip below indicating the rank of Oberleutnant. The boards themselves are Bavarian blue flecked amongst the toned exterior of the boards. Interior lining virtually perfect in a lightweight grey green ribbed cotton.
IMPERIAL GERMAN BAVARIAN RESERVE OFFICERS PICKELHAUBE. A super boxed set in completely untouched condition being a medium sized pickelhaube with a good degree of congealing and crazing to the body the gilt metal fixtures are all excellent throughout with a very good high quality plate with deep relief and flame gilt highlights with a white metal reserve cross to the centre. The flat chin scales are excellent and lightly toned. Both the original cockades are present being the typical national type and the Bavarian State cockade to the opposite side. The off cream silk liner is very good and complete. There is a very good label to the interior in paper reading ‘Prima Qualtat’. The whole helmet is completely untouched and stored in its original wartime quality paste paper carton carrying box with fine officers name written in script to the inside of the lid. An absolutely untouched set with a very pleasant overall untouched appearance.
IMPERIAL GERMAN COLONIAL TUNIC SHOULDER BOARDS. Two unbacked shoulder boards for the Imperial German Colonial tunic in the inter-twined white, red and black weave.
IMPERIAL GERMAN COMMEMORATIVE PIPE. The imperial German reservist soldier was able to purchase through the barracks store many porcelain items to commemorate his service time as a reservist. Commemorative pipes in many different sizes were available. This example approx. 27 inches or 67 cm long with all of its correct black, red and white tassels. The removable lower bowl has the image of the Kaiser's son, the Crown Prince, wearing field grey hussar officers uniform of the Leib Guard Hussars To the reverse side of the bowl into the glaze 5. Armee Weihnachten (Christmas) 1914.
IMPERIAL GERMAN DECORATED SUBMARINE BALL. A very interesting artefact of WWI. A 5 inch cylindrical hollow glass ball which was at one time one of the flotation balls for a British anti submarine net. It has been captured by German Naval forces. On one side it has been over painted in black with on the complete circumference to the width of 3/4 of an inch, The black, white and red colours of Germany and on the complete face side a painted scene of two German float planes attacking and bombing presumably an English ship. To the very top of the painted image in Gothic German it reads 'Glass flotation from an English submarine net'. Some minor scratches. Good original hand painted artefacts from a German sailor or air man of WWI.
IMPERIAL GERMAN EISENBAHN RESERVISTS STEIN. In the realms of stein collecting the Eisenbahn stein is one of the far scarcer arms of the service to obtain, this very fine condition half litre pottery stein was purchased by a Reservist in Garde Eisenbahn Regt No.2, 5th Kompanie in Berlin. The main body of the stein with all of its transfer and painted applied work in the most superb bright condition. All of the names of the reservist colleagues in the unit between 1901 and 1903 are all visible, we mention this as quite often these can be obliterated with time. All of the colours to the stein are bright. The reservist's name at the bottom with the Guard Star to the central section. A large steam engine impression to the right hand side of the stein as the stein is viewed. The lid is surmounted by a railway engine with the thumb lift being a Garde du Korps eagle with crown.
IMPERIAL GERMAN ENLISTED RANKS PICKELHAUBE COVER. It is enormously difficult to find enlisted ranks helmet covers of a large size, this is a size 59 or 60 helmet cover in excellent condition, slight age staining. One of the three hooks that secure the cover to the helmet at the front of the helmet is missing, otherwise in excellent condition.
IMPERIAL GERMAN ENLISTED RANKS PICKELHAUBE SPIKE AND CIRCULAR SPIKE BASE. A rare accessory being the all brass circular spike base and non removable spike for an all brass fitted Imperial German enlisted ranks pickelhaube.
IMPERIAL GERMAN ERSATZ LINE TESTER BOX. A scarce ancillary box to carry the line testing set being of the Imperial German paper cloth material, this was a woven material made from wood pulp that increasingly became used during the mid to final stages of the First World War. The sides and closure are in black leather. There is a linen lining. The lid is stable and fixed, however a little split to the rear. There is one mouse chew to the black sides. Any element of this scarce paper cloth material must be considered rare, an unusual item.
IMPERIAL GERMAN EXCAVATED M.16 SNOW COVERED CAMOUFLAGE HELMET. A very scarce M.16 German trench helmet clearly stamped 'ET64' to the inner shell, which appears to have been buried but still has stayed relatively intact. We have never before had in our stock an original white painted snow camouflaged M.16 helmet. The white is concentrated over the whole of the shell with some abrasions to the crown area. There are various other chips. It would appear that the helmet may also have been struck by shrapnel as there is a V section missing from the lower rear skirt area, plus a split in the steel at this point. The turned over rim of the helmet is missing through rust to at least 50% of the rim, there are four very minute perforations to the steel in the skull area. In the holes for the front armoured plate fixing there is congealed mud in those air holes, also around the chin strap lugs. Interestingly the liner has gone, also the rivets. In the area around where the rivets were originally fitted through the holes in the skull the paint has chipped away. This is a rare helmet to find, probably used on the Eastern Front.
IMPERIAL GERMAN FELDGENDARMERIE FIELD UNIFORM. A rare uniform comprising of M.15 bluse with matching cap for an NCO in an Imperial German Military Police unit. A large size M.15 bluse, prolific markings to the interior both of size and Army Group, which unfortunately are indistinct with a deep good clear date of '1915'. Standard cut of deep barrel cuffs, six button fly closing front, double skirted back with pre fitted and stitched belt support hooks. Some collector moth repair close to the two upper front buttons. One moth nip to the upper back central panel and two to a lower right back panel. Twin angled lower front pockets with button flaps. The collar is a unique police green. There are minor moth nips to the collar both on the exterior and the interior. It is fitted with NCO's field grey braid with the litzen in matt grey with stripes of yellow and dark green. The collar is red piped as is the edge of the shoulder boards, which are also police green centred with two stripes of NCO matt grey braid. Also fitted to the collar are two large olive drab painted NCO's discs. Accompanying the tunic is the virtually matching visor cap with the colour of the field grey material very close to the colour of the tunic. Red piped around the crown and the upper and lower sections of the police green centre band. The cap is fitted with officers quality national and State cockades, its original leather strap, which is of the buckled variety, soft leather visor. The interior is of an ersatz lining with a substitute material russet brown upper inner crown and inner lining with a Bitburg maker's label. There are minor moth nips to the waffenfarbe to the cap overall, one moth nip to the dark green centre band and a slightly open seam on the reverse of the upper part of the cap. We have had many Imperial German uniforms over many years but never a Field Police uniform. For further details of the colour combination and in-depth detail, a virtually identical tunic to a Bavarian Field Police NCO is shown on page 524 of The German Army in the First World War, Uniforms and Equipment 1914 to 1918 by Jurgen Kraus.
IMPERIAL GERMAN FIELD ARTILLERY FRIEDENSROCK. The proposed post war parade tunic for the Imperial German Army, the Friedensrock, this example is in more of a slate grey than a field grey green. Good condition overall, ribbed material, slight moth to the upper right hand shoulder and some moth damage to the regimental numbers of the shoulder board. The main body of the tunic is excellent, all gold domed buttons, black collar, NCO’s gold lace around the collar and the upper part of the cuffs. Red based shoulder boards with applied yellow flaming grenade and chain stitched regimental numbers ‘246’. Loops to the upper left breast for two awards. Standard skirted back with domed buttons. Excellent condition green artificial silk inner lining. To the interior pocket there is a Leipzig tailor’s label with the original owner’s name, which is difficult to read but a clear date of ’26.10.17’. One further moth holes to the upper right breast. Condition:
IMPERIAL GERMAN FIELD GREY ENLISTED MANS BELT BUCKLE. A very good, virtually mint, all one piece stamped Prussian enlisted ranks belt buckle. Complete with its double pronged belt fixing system. Gott Mit Uns scroll. Central raised crown.
IMPERIAL GERMAN FIELD GREY PICKELHAUBE SPIKE BASE. The chemically treated all steel circular spike base without its bayonet fixed spike for a field grey all leather pickelhaube.
IMPERIAL GERMAN FLYING GOGGLE POUCH. A single pressed board pouch for the Imperial German Flying Corps issue goggles.
IMPERIAL GERMAN GEW.98 RIFLE, MINT, UNISSUED. In approximately 2007 or 2008 a quantity in the region of 14 to 15 Mauser GEW.98's and Reichs Commission model 88 rifles were imported into the U.K. and sold by a U.K. auction house. They had all come from a Mauser museum within Germany. The weapons were imported with a form of German deactivation that had to be re-deactivated to U.K. Government standards. The quality of the deactivation is superb, the weapons all cock and dry fire. All of the weapons were absolutely mint or near mint museum/exhibition quality pieces. Regimentals at the time had two of these pieces, they were subsequently sold by us, one of which we have bought back within a group of seven of the original weapons recently. This Mauser GEW.98 rifle being the standard bolt action rifle of the German Armed Forces in WWI. This is the last of our GEW.98's and is possibly the rarest of them all. It is an extremely low number '911' and is probably a trials rifle. It is marked to the left hand receiver 'Deutsche Waffen-Und Munitions Fabriken Berlin'. There are no markings or dates on the top of the receiver. Most issue weapons are literally covered in Imperial German acceptance stamps both to parts of the metalwork and the woodwork and virtually every piece of an issue rifle is match numbered. This weapon is number matched '911' to the barrel and the receiver and the wood stock, the bolt itself is Imperial proofed. The metalwork, which includes the barrel, the adjustable sight, is all in its factory deep blue finish. The actual bolt and the receiver area section is in mint bright steel. The wood stock is absolutely superb with just minor light markings. All of the upper edges of the stock in the area of the receiver and the front sight are sharp as is the lower part of the stock at the muzzle end of the barrel. The trigger guard, barrel rings are in deep blue. For further superb reading on the GEW98 the recently released work 'Rifle & Carbine M.98 Firearms of the German Army 1898 to 1918' author Dieter Storz, published by Verlag militaria in Vienna. This important publication is published in both German and English.
IMPERIAL GERMAN GEW71/84 AND GEW88 MAGAZINE POUCH. A much modified single magazine pouch for either the GEW71/84 or the GEW88. All stitching good and strong, old stitches are present where the pouch has been modified for further use, maker marked on the reverse side, all fittings intact, all brass good.
IMPERIAL GERMAN GEW88 MAGAZINE POUCH. A superb condition and extremely hard to find magazine pouch for the GEW88 rifle. All the stitching is strong, the interior leather cover is good, all closing tabs and brass closure fittings are complete and in good condition. To the interior there are excellent regimental markings of '120.R.' with a good clear rectangular date of '1888' with a faint further re-issue date to the exterior of '1912', when it was possibly used by Landwehr forces.
IMPERIAL GERMAN GRABENPANZER (BODY ARMOUR). A fabulous example of one of the most iconic items of German equipment from the First World War being the body armour. This superb set unusually having all its original tapes and pads on the reverse side that hold the three lower plates to the large chest cuirass. Manufactured by Krupp with the three circles Krupp makers mark stamped into the reverse side of one of the lower plates. Rubber ink stamped remains of a size number ‘2’. This example has at least 60% of its original grey green paint finish remaining. There is one area of corrosion where the chest section has probably laid in damp ground at the very face side on the left as the armour is viewed. This is one of the best sets we have had for a long time.
IMPERIAL GERMAN GROUP OF POSTCARDS. One large format studio photograph 20cm x 10cm, showing a Saxon infantryman wearing his model 1910 tunic and trousers with an ersatz felt Saxon pickelhaube with brass fittings, with six other mixed postcard and slightly larger size photographs of both infantry soldiers and NCOs.
IMPERIAL GERMAN GUARD DU CORPS ENLISTED RANKS HELMET PLATE. A rare other ranks helmet plate for the enlisted mans Guard du Corps helmet. The Guard du Corps were the Kaiser's bodyguard and wore the brass or tombak helmet with the large crown adorned eagle. The plate has lost one lug on the reverse side, however the two main fixing lugs are in their original positions. There is minor distortion to the tip directly above the central Guard eagle.
IMPERIAL GERMAN GUARD ERSATZ SHAKO. One of the rarest of the Imperial German ersatz range of pickelhaubes that were produced is the shako. This ultra rare Guard Jager or Guard Machine Gunner shako is in superb form. Being constructed of felt these helmets, before the introduction of the steel helmet, were prone to very easy damage. This example is in a thicker than normal formed felt has terrific shape . There is some moth tracking, mainly to the rear of the skull with one moth hole right the way through the rear skirt and another through the front peak, otherwise the felt has excellent nap. one field grey painted air vent to either side of the skull, complete with its field grey matching strap posts and front strap, lugs and buckles, which match the field grey enlisted ranks one-piece stamped Guard Star. The star itself has virtually imprinted itself onto the main felt body. The shako is with its original brown leather chinstrap, itself correct field cockade, which again has a slight attack of moth damage. The original national field disc shaped cockade is to the right hand side of the helmet. The interior ersatz style very thin sweat band has lost two of the tongues with the remainder of the liner intact but delicate. Serious collectors will appreciate the rarity of this helmet.
IMPERIAL GERMAN GUARD KUIRASSIER HELMET WITH GUARD EAGLE. A highly impressive Imperial German lobster tailed helmet worn by an NCO in one of the Guard Kuirassier Regiments who were part of the Guard Corps and entitled to wear the helmet with parade eagle. The skull is of excellent shape and style. One light fracture to the left hand side of the skull close to the eagle base plate. The skull retains excellent gold colour, it is stamped 'G.K.R.' onto the exterior rear of the lobster tail. All of the silver trim to the skull is intact. All of the nickel plated rivets in place with its Guard front plate with all tips to the plate complete. The impressive eagle sits on its oval enlisted ranks/NCO's shaped base plate. The eagle itself retains much original colour with rubbing to the high spots with the base material colour seen below. The crown is undamaged. The helmet is complete with its large brass domed shaped straps on their original leather backing. The helmet is fitted with its correct large size officers State and national cockades indicating that it was worn by an NCO. The helmet has its totally original interior leather liner complete and undamaged. To the upper inner crown there are extra holes for the fitting of the spike when the helmet is not in parade use.
IMPERIAL GERMAN GUARD UNIT PICKELHAUBE. A very good all leather field grey fitted pickelhaube worn by a soldier in an Imperial Guard Infantry Regiment. The leather skull is strong with small areas of the black patent finish cracked and spots missing. Clearly size stamped ‘57’ to the interior of the skull and maker marked and dated ‘1916. Some minor congealing to the front and back peaks. All of the chemically applied field grey finish to the back strap, removable spike, circular spike base and large Guard plate match in colour with some losses to the chemical finish, mainly on the back strap and on the high points of the wings of the Guard eagle. The fittings to the brown leather strap also are the correct field grey variety. The helmet is complete with both its national and State cockades, some slight rust to the red and black of the national cockade. The mid tan leather lining is all complete, all of the tongues present with some splits between the drawstring hole and the tip of the tongue on four of the tongues. The original leather brads for holding the large Guard front plate in place are present. To the inner rear peak having clear Guard acceptance markings within a rectangle, followed by as further date of ‘1916’, plus one other smaller rectangular ink marking beginning with ‘G’ but the last two letters indecipherable. A very good example of an unusually large sized all leather pickelhaube to one of the Imperial Guard infantry units. Condition:
IMPERIAL GERMAN HALF LITRE STEIN. A beautiful condition half litre all porcelain commemorative beer stein for a Musketier Gaupp, who served his 3 year National Service with the 11th Company Infantry Regiment Kaiser Wilhelm King of Prussian 2nd Wurttemberg No.120 Ulm 1911-13. The porcelain section of the stein absolutely undamaged, no chips, no cracks, no discoloration of the beautiful colour images. Good clear image in the base of the soldier saying goodbye to his lady. The thumb lift, again perfect condition. A bird in the thumb lift motif with two infantry soldiers surmounting the top.
IMPERIAL GERMAN HESSIAN FIELD ARTILLERY OFFICERS PICKELHAUBE. An extremely scarce good large size all leather pickelhaube, size probably 58 to 60, as worn by an officer in one of the two only Hessian Field Artillery Regiments No 25 or 61. The leather skull is in good condition with slight crazing, a good form to the skull. Both the front and rear peaks have the normal lacquer crazing found on the majority of officers pickelhaubes. The gilt to the back strap, ball top, cross base for the ball top, Hessian front plate, domed front chin scales and front peak trim all match, the gilt is subdued overall but is clearly below years of grime and dirt and would react favourably to a wash with a light mix of ammonia and washing up liquid. All of the scales to the chin scales themselves are good and tight to their leather backing. The helmet is complete with its correct officers State and national cockade. All stars in place and all the interior nuts are complete with their original washers. The interior mid tan leather liner is all complete with the leather supple, also the upper internal ribbed silk liner is excellent. The 1st Hessian Field Artillery Regiment was raised in 1719 in Darnstadt and the 2nd Artillery Regiment No.61 was raised in 1899 in Darnstadt-Babenhausen and both were part of the 18th Army Corps. A very rare helmet.
IMPERIAL GERMAN IRON CROSS 1ST CLASS, DISC BACK. A good Iron Cross 1st Class, complete with its original disc back fitting and nut. Non maker marked. Good finish remaining to the frame. Slight rubbing of black finish to the high points of the crown, the ‘W’ and the ‘1914’. BC195
IMPERIAL GERMAN IRON CROSS 1ST CLASS. A convex version, non maker marked Iron Cross 1st Class. Some light toning to the central Iron core, complete with its original pin.
IMPERIAL GERMAN IRON CROSS 1ST CLASS. An extremely good condition convex constructed 1914 dated Iron Cross 1st Class. Very fine detail to the ribbed frame of the black centre. Good definition to the crown and the letter 'W'. Most of the original finish remaining on the reverse side with its wide tapering pin.
IMPERIAL GERMAN IRON CROSS 1ST CLASS. A superb example of a flat constructed Iron Cross 1st Class, screw back. Excellent detail to the face side. All finish to the central iron core good. To the rear of the award is fitted the threaded tube to which over fits a domed uniform fitting disc and then its thread studded serrated edged circular closure disc. B C 145
IMPERIAL GERMAN IRON CROSS 1ST CLASS. A good condition Iron Cross 1st Class, all the original finish remaining to the central Iron centre. Tapering pin to reverse side.
IMPERIAL GERMAN IRON CROSS 2ND CLASS. 800 SILVER MARKED. An extremely good ‘800’ silver marked Iron Cross 2nd Class. All black finish remaining to the iron centre. Good finish remaining to the frame. Complete with a full length section of black and white ribbon with some slight nicks to this ribbon. BC93
IMPERIAL GERMAN JAGER BATTALION TUNIC. A scarce Prussian Jager Battalion M.1915 friedensrock. The friedensrock was designed in 1915 to be used as a post war parade tunic. Good large size, constructed in the classic Jager green with a darker green collar, cuff facings and shoulder board underlay. All domed gold buttons fitted. No moth damage or staining. Three loops for short medal ribbon bar to the upper left breast. Prussian shoulder boards fitted for a Leutnant. Lining all complete and totally undamaged. Classic Prussian rear skirt with six gold domed buttons.
IMPERIAL GERMAN LANDWEHR CAVALRY OFFICERS TUNIC. A superb example of a field grey model 1910 officers feldrock of an Oberleutnant serving with a Landwehr Cavalry formation attached to the 9th Corps. This superb and rare tunic having one moth hole close to the bottom front button, one red ink line close to the lower rear skirt edge with other very small areas of moth. The silver lace work to the collar and cuffs are superb. The stitch in shoulder boards are excellent with the black and silver piping for Prussia. All matching Prussian buttons. Some parts of the lining coming adrift from the main body of the tunic. A Hamburg theatre costumiers stamp to the lining. The tunic is shown in full length in the recently published Field Grey Uniforms of the Imperial German Army 1907 to 1918 by Baldwin and Fisher. When Regimentals purchased this collection in 1998 the tunic was very shortly sold, it has recently been repurchased by Regimentals.
IMPERIAL GERMAN LUBECK OFFICERS PICKELHAUBE. A rare helmet being a standard Prussian officers all leather pickelhaube of a small size. Standard officers fittings, tall spike with a beautifully deep struck Prussian officers helmet plate with frosting visible. Flat chin scales. To the right hand side of the helmet as it is worn is the officers quality national cockade and to the left hand side is the very rare cockade of the Hanseatic State of Lubeck. The cockade is very similar in design to the Hamburg cockade, it differs to the points of the red central Maltese Cross. The back peak is slightly distorted. The inner leather liner is complete with age foxing and natural service wear to the inner silk cream lining. Only torn traces of the original Berlin manufacturer’s label to the interior skull. There were only three Free City States, Bremen, Hamburg and Lubeck known as the Hanseatic States, the full title of the Regiment being Regiment No. 162 Infantry Regiment Lubeck 3. Hanseatisches.
IMPERIAL GERMAN LUGER HOLSTER. A good firm condition all leather holster for the Luger PO8 semi automatic pistol. Deep brown colour. Good white stitching visible. Some minor abrasions to the leather. Clearly maker marked 'Herman Thieme, Magdeburg' and clearly dated '1917'.
IMPERIAL GERMAN LUGER HOLSTER. A very good condition brown leather holster for the Luger PO8 semi automatic pistol. The body of the holster has a good form, it is supple, it has not been crushed or damaged in any way, all of the white stitching is good clear to all of its elements. The closing leather strap, although cracked to the surface is dry and supple and is not in danger of breaking. The steel buckle has not caused any rusting to the leather holding it to the body of the holster. It is still with its pouch for the stripping tool, its strip of leather for ease of removing the pistol from the holster, beautifully maker marked to the interior and dated '1918'. The numbers '1938' have been hand inscribed to the exterior rear of the holster, we do not believe this to be a date and possibly is a gun number. The holster has both of its original belt loops fitted to the reverse side. An excellent condition WWI Luger holster.
IMPERIAL GERMAN M.08 BADEN DRAGOON REGIMENT 21 WAFFENROCK. A really magnificent tunic with all insignia and in completely untouched condition. This is one or two tunics recently purchased by us in Germany and prior to us purchasing them these had come straight from loft storage in Germany. There was a little mildew to the tunics, however they have been professionally cleaned and stabilised and there is no further deterioration whatsoever. The condition is superb and field worn with a very gentle patination, however no discernable moth damage. The shoulder boards are lemon yellow backed with ‘21’ ciphers in bright gilt. One of the epaulettes has clearly rested against perhaps a damp surface and the button and the rank star have become patinated and rust stained, however they remain completely original to the tunic and clearly show the shoulder boards have always been upon this field tunic. The tunic shows combat use and has at the time excellent tailor repairs to both elbows, these have been small patches that have been let in to repair obvious field wear and damage. The cloth to carry out these repairs was snipped away from the interior by the tailor at the time and has been replaced by a small section of civilian tweed-like material. The lining is excellent and in a deep green colour with the correct pockets to both of the rear vents and again with field repairs. There is a 2nd class iron cross ribbon and Bavarian award ribbon, originally sewn to the second button hole down. A very difficult tunic to improve upon in terms of originality.
IMPERIAL GERMAN M.15 HERRINGBONE TWILL TROUSERS. An absolutely mint pair of the light tan herringbone twill work trousers. An excellent image of these herringbone twill trousers is shown on page 211 of The German Army in the First World War by Jurgen Kraus. They are known as the M.15 twill trousers for troops, they were worn in a light colour and many were dyed field grey. Two side pockets, one watch fob pocket to the front, large adjuster straps to the rear of the waist. Fully size stamped and marked ‘B.A.X.1916’ (Army Group 10).
IMPERIAL GERMAN M.15 MEDICAL TUNIC. The kleiner rock was a universal garment for officers introduced in 1915, it replaced the earlier jacket that was commonly known as the litewka. These officers garments can frequently be seen worn in many roles, originally designed for behind the lines wear, they can be seen in frontline service and this particular example is an elegant large size tunic for a medical officer. The tunic has the deep apple green collar of the M.15 style, red piped throughout with red piping to the front and cuffs. The universal piping was generally always red for all branches wearing this pattern of tunic. The epaulettes are blue velvet backed with medical insignias as well as single pips, all buttons are matching gold throughout. The overall condition is absolutely superb and the wool is a fine quality tricot wool. There are the usual field repairs to areas of the lining. The interior pockets are in good order, one to either inner breast. There are one or two tiny moth nips, however the overall appearance remains superb. An excellent First World War working tunic.
IMPERIAL GERMAN M.16 CAMOUFLAGE HELMET. An excellent M.16 camouflage variation with the typical forest green and brick red sections, however the yellow sections are of a slightly brighter yellow paint. The finger wide black separations are excellent, there is much bruising and areas of rust bleed to the original painted surface. The interior has the field grey paint present with some rust bleed, a name and soldier's rank details are painted to the inner skirt. The original leather liner is present, this has been lightly reinforced and has some collector grade restoration to it. The original brown leather pad holders are present with one or two fingers damaged. Condition:
IMPERIAL GERMAN M.16 CAMOUFLAGE HELMET. An interesting camouflage helmet having a variation on the scheme having very fine black separation lines. The colours are somewhat subdued and the helmet has an autumnal feel to the entire scheme. There is rust bleed and the usual areas of chipping to the exterior. The interior has the early all white leather pads, these are in excellent condition attached to the M.17 all metal headband. Two of the chin strap attachment buckles are still present, however the chin strap is missing. The helmet is produced by ET and size 66. The item remains dusty and untouched.
IMPERIAL GERMAN M.17 CAMOUFLAGE HELMET. A most interesting variation on a camouflage helmet being a very standard M.17 helmet with sheet metal band and off white leather pads, however having to the exterior an interesting interpretation of the regulation paint finish being in ochre, brick red and green however having zigzag-like black separation lines to represent shadow. The paint is approximately 80% present with some chipping, areas of rust bleed and a good deep patination. The interior is excellent with much of the original field grey paint being an ET in a size 64. There is damage to two of the finger ends, however one of the pads remains present, the others are missing. There are the usual names written to the interior and the ink AK64 stamp to the rear.
IMPERIAL GERMAN M.17 HELMET. An absolutely super variation on the standard configuration having forest green and ochre sections only, divided by a multitude of thin black lines. The interior of the helmet is excellent and untouched with much original field grey paint finish. 64 and AK stamps to the rear. The original fragile chin strap is still in place and intact. The liner system is good with all white leather pads correct and only minor damage to the end of one or two fingers. The original cushions are all in place. The exterior patination is absolutely superb with areas of chipping, scratching and some minor rust bleed, however the whole helmet has an absolutely untouched super pleasant appearance to the paintwork. A beautiful example.
IMPERIAL GERMAN M.17 SOUVENIR TYPE HELMET. A most intriguing helmet being what appears to be a standard issue M.17 helmet shell with original sheet steel band still in place. To the front of the helmet is a large interpretation of an Imperial type eagle, the painting skill is evident in the brush stroke application. Above the eagle is a large Baltic type cross also painted in the same manner. The paintwork has been applied over an original field grey finish. The helmet retains approximately 85% of all of its original paint and the interior is in very much the same condition. The helmet is a good large size SI66. The chin strap, as ever is minus, as are all liner pads, however all rivets remain good and strong and in place. A most attractive helmet.
IMPERIAL GERMAN MAUSER C96 SEMI AUTOMATIC PISTOL, DE-ACTIVATED. A most superb example of the famous world’s first semi automatic pistol produced on a large scale. This superb example has all its original blued finish, every piece number matches ‘965865’ with German commercial proof marks. The right hand side of the frame clearly marked ‘Waffenfabrik Mauser Obendorf A.Neckar’. The wood grips are in superb condition with light service wear evident. Calibre 7.63, fitted into its totally original wooden holster, which doubles as the shoulder stock and when being carried would be removed from the weapon, the weapon placed inside the shoulder stock and the shoulder stock slung into a skeleton leather frame attached to the wearer’s belt. Good blueing remaining to the hinge of the holster. The shoulder stock numbered ‘23917’ with two stamped manufacturer’s markings into the wood. Light abrasions only to the wood, no splits or areas of wood missing, closure lock is working perfectly. Complete with its U.K. de-activation certificate, the gun is fully functional and dry fires. De-activation date May 2012. The only item missing is the lanyard ring that is normally fitted to the fixed ring at the base of the pistol grip.
IMPERIAL GERMAN MEDAL BOOK. Die Ehrenzeichen Des Deutschen Reiches by Dr. Von Hessenthal/Schreiber. An excellent work which would appear to be a reprint of a 1940 work of 560 pages of medals and awards of all of the individual German States up until 1940, the early years of the NSDAP. The book is in alphabetic order and starts with the State of Anhalt and finish with Wurrtemberg. There is a short section on four pages only of the NSDAP. At the end of the book are 32 plates in black and white illustrating a large majority of the medals and awards described within the work.
IMPERIAL GERMAN MEDICAL PHOTOGRAPHS. A group of six postcard size images all relating to the German medical services and hospitals. One posted Stuttgart with 1915 franking.
IMPERIAL GERMAN NAVAL AVIATION CAP TALLY. A rare Imperial German Naval cap tally for the naval air service of Seeflieger Abteilung I. Very fine weave to the lettering. The tally is absolutely complete in length. One slight tear to the silk woven tally just to the right of the numeral I.
IMPERIAL GERMAN NAVAL LUGER HOLSTER. A highly interesting holster, originally produced as a holster for the Luger 8 inch artillery model. This holster has been contemporarily converted to take the short barrelled 4 inch Luger, produced in a stippled brown leather, standard all white stitching. It is maker marked 'Berlin' dated '1916', complete with the Imperial German crown over 'M' stamp inside the flap. Inside the stripping tool container the original stripping tool is intact. Within the cleaning rod container the original cleaning rod is all intact. On the reverse side of the holster a grey leather belt loop has been attached for belt mounting instead of the normal double strap mounting when it was originally made for the 8 inch artillery Luger. Condition:
IMPERIAL GERMAN NAVY FLYERS CAP TALLY. A rare cap tally finely machine woven in silver on black silk cap tally for a Marine Flieger Abteilung No.2. Full length uncut.
IMPERIAL GERMAN NAVY OFFICERS VISOR CAP. A very rare piece of Imperial German Naval headdress being the white/cream visor cap worn by Imperial German naval officers in the tropics. The form of the cap is the typical Imperial style. It is fitted with the European style blue backed gold wire Imperial Naval cockade, undoubtedly totally original to the cap as the crown is pulled forward the shadow of the crown can clearly be seen against the cream material behind. Some light shredding to some of the bullion wire to the insignia. The cap has anchor side buttons, each surmounted with the Imperial Naval crown and the leather strap is in the grey green material, again typical of tropical items. The material covering to the cap has shredded in place, primarily on the right hand side of the peak and on the left overhang of the cap, hopefully the shredding can be clearly seen in our web images. To the interior the cap has its original mid tan grained leather sweat band intact which shows wear use to the forehead area. It is lined with a perforated canvas with an embossed black maker's stamp to the single solid centre of the crown 'Rudolph Hertzog, Berlin'.
IMPERIAL GERMAN NAVY STEIN. A good example of the rare 1 litre pottery stein belonging to a reservist in the Imperial German Navy. The owner of the stein 'Seaman K.Franke' served his statutory two years reserve naval service on the heavy cruiser Friedrich Karl between 1909 and 1911. This tall pottery stein is completely undamaged. The lithophane to the upper right hand side of the central naval scene, which gives the name of the ship and the date served has some scratches, the rest of the lithophane is perfect, complete with a list of all Franke's colleagues. The naval scene shows a three funnelled heavy cruiser to one side, the opposite side showing scenes in the torpedo loading room. The lid is complete, it has suffered a dent to the reverse side close to the beak of the Imperial German eagle. The finial still retains its original German naval image of a seaman standing with the Reichskriegs flag above his head. The miniature photograph held in his hand, obviously his wife or girlfriend, has faded. Any German naval stein is considered rare. The Freidrich Karl was built in 1902 and had a compliment of 591 men.
IMPERIAL GERMAN NURSE'S MEDAL GROUP. A very interesting grouping of medals, badges, documents and photographs of Bertha Frommann. Born in August 1892, Bertha Fuirtericke, later married and took the name Frommann, she was a fully qualified nurse, she served in WWI and in WWII. Four postcard size photographs, one dated February 1915, with a group of patients and nurses at the Cham Hospital. Cham is in Bavaria, close to the Czech border, This grouping was obtained in this area. Bertha Frommann is picked out in the photograph with a cross. There are three other photographs of groups in the hospital in Cham. All four of the postcards are either annotated or addressed on the reverse side. There is another photograph of Sister Bertha Frommann in Cham 1918 being a studio portrait, wearing her Sister's uniform with a pair of medals attached, which are within this group. The medals comprise of the WWI Red Cross 3rd Class medal with the Bavarian King Ludwig Cross. These are worn in the studio photgraph,plus the individulally numbered Red Cross KP badge at her neck, The Third Reich Social Welfare medal with all its finish remaining which is hard to find in this condition fitted unusually with the Red Cross WW1 medal ribbon, a section of the standard Third Reich Social Welfare medal ribbon is spare in the group.Third Reich 3 rd Class Social Welfare Cross with totally undamaged enamel and with its complete ribbon.Third Reich Sister's Cross for 10 years service without neck chain, enamel slightly cracked. Two associated medal ribbon Bars. One individually numbered ( 255 ) pre Third Reich 40 mm diameter Association of German Mothers House Red Cross centered badge, 2 Identical but seperatley numbered Third Reich ( 35 and 78 ) 40 mm diameter active Red Cross membership brooches one with slight cracking to enamel,oneThird Reich 25 mm diameter Red Cross samariten neck badge ,two, small Red Cross collar patches. Another plain 25 mm Red Cross badge with cracked and chipped enamel. A beautifully constructed neck crucifix with chain, to the reverse side is engraved 'FIDELITER ET CONSTANTER'. A similar cross can be seen being worn in the WWI photographs. A Third Reich period stamped Red Cross arm band. Various other ancillary papers and photocopied citations of some of the WWI medals and the Original WWII 1940 award citation for the German Social Welfare Medal to Bertha Frommann, this has been folded in four and punch-holed a annotation has been added in pencil to the top right hand side which seems to relate to her war service, another small pass photo of Bertha Frommann with her Third Reich 10 years Sisters cross around her neck , a what appears to be pure gold XXV ( 25 years ) in latin numerals pin brooch .A very interesting nursing group from both WWI and WWII. Also accompanying this group is a photocopy of the life's story of Bertha Frommann, which is in German and has not been translated, she passed away in 1976 in Bavaria.
IMPERIAL GERMAN OFFICERS HELMET COVER. A good helmet cover which has seen some light service wear for an officers helmet, complete with spike covering. Marked ‘DRP’ to the interior front folded peak.
IMPERIAL GERMAN OFFICERS JAGER ZU PFERDE COLLAR. A rare tunic being an officers quality collar worn by a Major in the 7th Jager Zu Pferde Regiment. High quality thick material. No moth tracking anywhere on the tunic. Beautiful mixture of green and pink litzen to the collar with green and pink underlay to the black and white flecked Prussian twisted cord shoulder boards, each board having a gilt regimental number '7' attached. All buttons both to the front closing cuffs and rear skirt are of the white metal style. Two loops for one award on the upper left hand breast and two smaller loops to the upper breast for a short medal ribbon bar. The tunic is fully lined to the interior with an enlisted ranks style heavy cotton twill cream lining, clearly dated to the inside '1918'.
IMPERIAL GERMAN OFFICERS PICKELHAUBE COVER. A standard cover for an infantry officers spike pickelhaube having the typical DRP acceptance patent mark to the front. One of the envelope stiffeners is slightly broken to the rear, however this would still mount perfectly upon a pickelhaube. The cover is in a mid to late war grey material with high peak cover.
IMPERIAL GERMAN ORDER OF BATTLE MAP. A British produced map showing German positions including those of the 2nd Naval North Group. The map is dated 'July 1917' and is well framed in a contemporary aluminium frame.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM AND PAPERWORK. A small album of a German driver both on the Western and Eastern Fronts of WWI. The album contains 47 images, French scenes around Verdun with German soldiers, observation balloons being used over the battlefield. An Interesting shot of Jager Zu Pferde soldiers wearing gas masks. Trench scenes. Officers identified. A large format picture of what appears to be an Austrian soldier lying dead. A destroyed airship. Burning railways station in Warsaw. At the rear of the album is a mounted Cossack officer dated 1916 plus captured Bulgarian officers with an Austrian officer. Accompanying the album are both the wehrpass and the soldier of Feldwebel Richard Hubner. It is very difficult to obtain both the wehrpass and the soldier of the same soldier, both books are profusely filled out with many inlaid documents. He is also attached at one stage to the Prussian flying station at Cologne. Accompanying the two soldbuch are a huge amount of other documents including citations to the Iron Cross 2nd Class, the Bulgarian WWI award, which was awarded in 1939, a Third Reich awarded 1914 War Honour Cross, a certificate for an award from the City of Bremen, plus other related military documents from the period. Also wedding photographs of Hubner dated '30th March 1918' in full military uniform with his wife. An interesting identified documentation and album group.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PIONEER BATTALION 24 PICKELHAUBE. A good medium sized all leather bodied pickelhaube to a member of Pioneer Battalion 24. The skull is in excellent shape, light crazing overall. Some misshaping to one side of the leather rear peak, front peak good. The back strap, Prussian front plate, front peak trim and strap bosses are all in white metal for Pioneers. Interestingly the spike and circular spike base have been depot replaced during WWI and are in the chemically finished field grey, The front peak trim has the pretty standard crimping to the inside and one split to the middle. The interior colour of the helmet is superb, retaining all of its original mid tan colour. The liner is absolutely complete with some age foxing to the leather, with its original leather drawstring. Beautifully stamped to the interior of the back peak ‘B.A.VII’ (Army Group 7). Clearly dated ‘1908’ and very deeply ink stamped ‘P.B.24’. There is a manufacturers stamp in the upper crown, but this has been obscured by the further unit marking of ‘P.P.24’. The helmet is complete with its national cockade, its Prussian State cockade is missing. The chin strap is frail.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PRESENTATION SWORD. A most superb model 1889 Imperial German sword with a presentation blue gilt and Damascus blade. The form of the blade is the standard 1889 pattern having a double fuller running virtually the whole length of the blade. The first half of the blade comprises of a double sided etched, blued and gilt panel. To one side the central blued panel is inlaid in gilt with a scroll with the name 'Von Der Derken', followed by the second half of the scroll, which reads 'Von Munrgow'. To either side of the central panel are floriated scenes with flags and weapons. The opposite side has the same length etched, blued and gilt panel with the central section having a spray of armour and flags with floriated and military type scenes either side. The remaining lower section of the blade is in the most beautiful Damascus. The back edge of the blade as far as the end of the blued and gilt panel is in floriated gilt with the inlaid name of the retailer 'A.Klucke & Company, Berlin'. The form of the hilt is the standard 1889 pattern with the eagle of Wilhelm II and his scroll to the centre on the lower part of the hilt. The rest of the hilt is far above average from the standard 1889, it is deeply cut in floriated pattern, the oval button cap to the top of the hilt being inlaid with the Coat of Arms of the family of the owner. The pure ray skin grip, again in superb condition with all its original wire wrap with the Coat of Arms of Wilhelm II to the centre. The scabbard is the standard 1889 scabbard in blued finish with double hanging rings. It is without any denting or damage. Further research of the original owner of this sword would be highly recommended.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PRUSSIAN BRASS AND NICKEL BUCKLE. A good two piece constructed heavyweight brass buckle with the overlay plate having the Gott Mit Uns scroll and central raised crown in nickel. Complete with its double pronged belt fixing system.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PRUSSIAN COMMEMORATIVE FLYERS BADGE. An exceptionally clean example of the one piece stamped version of the Prussian Flyers Commemorative Badge. Superb finish to the face side with frosted highlights to the bow at the base. Cut out centre, thick needle pin.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PRUSSIAN COMMEMORATIVE FLYERS BADGE. A very good quality double hollow constructed Flyers Commemorative Badge, non maker marked. This badge is an exceptionally thick piece, very fine thick needle pin to the reverse side.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PRUSSIAN GUARD DU CORPS OFFICERS HELMET PLATE. A mint condition and extremely rare helmet plate for the Guard Du Corps officers helmet. All white metal star, multi coloured white, black, red, green and gold enamelled finish to the centre with both of its fixing screw threads and original nuts and washers present.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PRUSSIAN GUARD JAGER SHAKO. A very good example of a pre WWI constructed and then depot altered enlisted ranks Guard Jager shako. Good heavy leather body with thick rimmed front peak, which is an indicator to its time period of manufacture, the later WWI shakos have a much thinner peak. Minor abrasions to the body but no damage. Some congealing to the back peak with light crazing to the front peak. The helmet is complete with its black and white Prussian field cockade and its field grey Guard front plate changed from brass in mid war. The leather strap has field grey matched fittings. The black, red and white national cockade fitted to the right hand side of the helmet is unfortunately missing. The leather liner is all intact, it is rather frail but none of the tips of the tongues are missing and it even has its original drawstring in place. There is the remains of a manufacturers stamp to the interior of the rear skull, however this has been slightly abrased and detail of the name and/or date is difficult to read. The interior of the helmet has a nice dusty storage feel to it, it should be noted that although we have given the title of this helmet as a Guard Jager shako it could also have been worn by the Guard Schutzen Battalion, a Guard Luftschiffer Battalion and a Guard Flieger Battalion, also a Guard Telegraph Battalion. Condition:
IMPERIAL GERMAN PRUSSIAN GUARD REGT PICKELHAUBE. An exceptionally good condition and very large size all leather pickelhaube worn by an enlisted man in a Prussian Guard Regiment. It is extremely difficult to find enlisted ranks pickelhaubes in a size such as this and a condition such as this. The front and back peaks have the normal areas of congealing and light crazing. The skull is virtually untouched. There is no damage, the skull has its original bright polish finish. There is some light crazing on the lower back part of the skull. The front peak has normal congealing marks and also the commonly encountered split to the interior of the front peak trim and two other slight ripples in the peak trim. It is amazing over the years of how many pickelhaubes we have had through our hands at least 90% of all pickelhaubes have some kinking or splits to the front peak trim, even near mint examples. All of the fittings, which include the spike, circular spike base, back strap, large Prussian Guard plate and front peak trim plus the fittings for the leather strap all match in colour. There is a minor indentation to the very tip of the spike and one indentation to the back strap. The original leather strap has slight age to the tanning of the leather but is strong and thick. The helmet has both its national and State cockades. The nickelled Guard Star which overlays the large brass Prussian front plate has one of its fixing pins missing and the star tends to lay over to one side, these could easily be remedied by placing a small amount of an adhesive known as Blue Tack behind the star to hold it in place without involving major surgery to re-affix the missing fitting pin. To the interior the helmet has all of its liner intact, the leather is good, strong and supple, all of the tongues are intact and its original leather drawstring is complete. There are two groups of significant markings to the back peak, firstly in indelible pen or pencil there is the original owner's name and secondly there is the highly desired rectangular stamp 'K.B.A.G.' dated '1915' indicating that this helmet was issued at the Guard Clothing Depot in Berlin.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PRUSSIAN INFANTRY KLEINERROCK TUNIC. A superb condition all field grey Kleinerrock tunic worn by a Hauptmann in Prussian infantry regiment no.19. A large size with high quality cloth with no moth or damage anywhere on the tunic. Red piped to the collar, front skirt of tunic and edges of barrel cuffs. White facings to the apple green collar. Domed brass buttons overall are all complete. There are two lower front pockets with flaps. The interior lining is all complete in a light weight cotton. It has one large patch to the interior lining where presumably it has been damaged. The M15/16 infantry Kleinerrock was a replacement uniform for the pre war Uberrock and the Litewka which it resembled closely.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PRUSSIAN OBSERVERS BADGE. A very fine condition Observers Badge for the Prussian Aviation Service. Good finish overall, slightly dull to the tips of the oak and laurel leaf wreath, totally undamaged chequerboard central enamel motifs. The double constructed badge has the classic rayed back, thick needle pin.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PRUSSIAN SCHAUMBERG LIPPE SHAKO COCKADE. An ultra rare, totally original cockade in white, red and blue for the Jager shako of Schaumberg Lippe.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PRUSSIAN TWO PIECE BUCKLE, PLUS LEATHER TAB. A good all brass bodied enlisted ranks belt buckle having the nickel overlay ‘Gott Mit Uns’ scroll. Complete with its original leather tab.
IMPERIAL GERMAN REGIMENT NO.79 GROUP PHOTOGRAPH. An impressive oak framed photograph, the photograph itself measures 9 inches x 11 inches, the overall frame measures 18 inches x 18 inches, an individually named group of Gefreiters from the 7th Company Infantry Regiment No.79. The image is taken between 1911 and 1913. All of the enlisted ranks are wearing the Gibraltar cuff title on their right sleeve. A cuff title was awarded for regiments that participated with Great Britain through their Hanoverian connection in the siege of Gibraltar in 1784.
IMPERIAL GERMAN RELIC BROW PLATE. An absolutely fascinating relic that would be a marvellous talking point from any collection. This brow plate was found many years ago in France and has clearly lain at the bottom of a trench for many years, most of these helmet plates in fact proved next to useless as their design was hugely uncomfortable and did find themselves being thrown away. There are many elements of original sandbag that have through time encrusted themselves to the helmet plate, interestingly this appears to have been very neatly folded over the brow plate at the time and held in place with wire and although we cannot be certain we believe that this in fact was carried out to camouflage or to subdue the noise of the heavy plate upon the helmet. This particular item featured in the superb book Helmets of the First World War by Branaslav Radovic and Michael Haselgrove. The condition of the helmet plate at present is stable, however the item requires very gentle handling simply because of the delicate nature of the sandbag covering. A fascinating centrepiece for the Imperial German collector.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SAXON STATES BUCKLE. A very rare belt buckle being the buckle worn by one of the Saxon Sates. Basic brass construction with nickel overlay with the l motto 'FIDELITER ET CONSTANTER' with the Saxon Coat of Arms to the centre. This could be either Saxon-Altenburg, Saxon-Coburg-Gotha or Saxon -Meiningen Beautifully Dresden maker marked to the rear and clearly dated '1914'.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SAXON OVERLAY PLATE FOR A PICKELHAUBE. The coat of arms of Saxony used as the overlay plate for the Prussian style helmet plate with the motto including the word ‘FUERST’, blacking its starburst backing but complete with its two screw threaded pegs.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SEE FLIEGER ABTEILUNG II CAP TALLY. A rare cap tally for the Imperial German Naval Air Service of See Flieger Abteilung II. Mint unissued condition, full length.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SEEFLIEGER ABTEILUNG CAP TALLY IN GOLD. A slightly shortened silk woven naval cap tally for the 1.Seeflieger.Abteilung.I. All of the tallies in the past we have encountered have always been of silver weave. This for reasons unknown to us is in a gold weave.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SHAKO COVER. The rare field grey cover to be worn over the officers Imperial German shako, complete with faint traces of its makers stamp to the interior. Stitched hole at the front for the field cockade to fit through.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SINGLE GEW98 POUCH. An interesting pouch, possibly cut from a set of three or possibly manufactured in this way. These single pouches were popular with naval troops etc., and are to be considered scarce. The item is in good used condition, a little dark from oiling, however the leather is excellent and supple throughout with contrasting off white stitching.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SNOW PICKELHAUBE COVER. A rare accessory being the all white pickelhaube cover for officers helmets, generally considered to be snow camouflage or for manoeuvre. Some minor rust spotting stains as can be seen on our web images but otherwise good.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SOLDIER'S DRINKING CUP. An excellent example of a field grey green enamelled drinking cup for the German soldier. Marked to the base 'Bing' with date '18'. All of the enamel finish is intact with just minor chipping, even with its one quarter litre rubber ink stamping intact.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SOLDIERS HUNTING KNIFE. During WWI many commercially sold knives were used at the front line by officers, men and NCO's of the Imperial German Army, this example has a deer's foot grip, the blade of which is the standard style of blade for this pattern of knife and has some light evidence of sharpening and minor rust in the upper area. The S guarded cross guard has some rust showing through. Nickel plated bottom mount to the deer foot grip, all contained in its unusual leather scabbard, brown tooled leather with an upper and lower nickel plated mounts. There is a long clip to the front of the upper mount, which indicates that this knife originally may have been worn suspended by a bayonet style frog.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SOLDIER’S MESS TIN. A 1914 dated Imperial German soldier’s mess tin, originally in black but with only faint traces of the original finish remaining. Fully maker marked in the Bavarian town of Freising and accepted to the Bavarian Armed Forces in 1914. Also duplicate maker’s mark on one of the aluminium side lugs that the carrying handle is affixed to. Original soldier’s name hand engraved into the reverse of the tin.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SOUVENIR BUCKLE. A highly unusual buckle, the base buckle being an all brass French enlisted mans belt plate from the Franco/Prussian war with an Imperial German Gott Mit Uns Prussian crowned centreplate affixed to the French buckle. This is more than likely a souvenir by a German soldier of the 1870 Franco/Prussian conflict.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SUBMARINERS BADGE. An excellent example of the Imperial German Submariners Badge, manufactured by the Company Walter Schot, constructed in a solid form. Excellent detail to the WWI style submarine with the Imperial crown above. Horizontal pin and hook, slight distortion to the pin, which indicates this has actually been worn by a recipient. Maker marked ‘Walter Schot FEC.’ below the name. All the badges manufactured by this Company are the most popular amongst collectors, anything in a hollow form is normally regarded as of a post WWI construction purchased by many veterans in the 1920’s and 30’s.
IMPERIAL GERMAN TRENCH AND TANK RELATED PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM. A medium sized album where every page has been slotted for the fitting of postcard size images. The main album contains 98 postcard size images, some are parts of sets that could be purchased at the time, some are individual images printed in postcard size of destroyed French villages, an interesting early French large bi-plane. Groups of British prisoners. Many if not all of the images are annotated on the reverse side as to the place and the dates taken. German sledge teams in the snow bringing up supplies. Good detail of the Imperial German soldiers uniforms, balloon and air observation units. German barracks, grenades exploding. Trench mortars ready for firing. Views along wooden strengthened trenches. Trench railway systems. Dug out interior of mine craters. German troops being taken to the front in a narrow gauge railway. German graves. Excellent shot on the Eastern Front Russian prisoner of war seemingly dressed in rags with the reverse side being a fully completed field postcard dated '21.10.16' with the feldpost stamp of the 87th Infantry Division. Pontoon bridges being built across rivers. Good close-up of what appears to be a late war German storm trooper carrying the GEW98K carbine wearing a bread bag strap around his neck to support his ammunition pouches wearing a pork pie hat. The crashed wreckage of an English aircraft dated '24 February 1918'. Trench emplacements in forests. Accompanying the album there are 46 loose images made up of original prints and cards formed from sets. Good detail of destroyed English tanks which are all annotated on the reverse side as to the date and place. Two excellent shots of a German medical orderly with his Red Cross armband sitting astride a destroyed French tank. Many other interesting details of trench warfare.
IMPERIAL GERMAN TROUSERS. An excellent condition pair of the all cream herringbone twill model 1910 trousers. Generally designed for fatigue use, but many images seen being worn in combat. The trousers are the exact same configuration as the Model 1910 combat trousers, these are profusely stamped to the interior to Regiment Field Artillery No.63, initial issue date of '1907', with a further issue date of '1910', plus 6th Battalion markings with a rectangle, plus all size markings. No moth, damage or staining.
IMPERIAL GERMAN WOUND BADGE IN SILVER. A good example of the all silvered hollow stamped Wound Badge for WWI. All silvered finish remaining to the exterior. Thick needle pin.
IMPERIAL GUARD REGIMENT SHOULDER BOARDS. A pair of 2nd Guard Regiment Zu Fuss 1915 pattern officers shoulder boards. These are slip-on style, white base, subdued Prussian grey white and black flecked outer lace with red underlay. One subdued field grey rank pip to each board. These are a scarce set of boards that would be fitted to the 1910 field grey tunic.
IMPERIAL RUSSIAN BERDAN 2 RIFLE. A superb quality Berdan, manufactured at the Izhevsk Armoury in 1883 in 10.4mm (.42 Berdan). It has 90% of its original blue finish with original finish to the stock. The rifle has all matching numbers to the receiver, barrel, stock, butt plate, bolt and cleaning rod including the dated inspectors roundel to the stock and inspectors mark to the breech. Introduced in 1870, the Berdan 2 continued in frontline service until replaced by the Mosin Nagant until the 1890's, although many remained in second line service until WWI. The rifle has excellent bore, at the moment it is of obsolete calibre and exempt from any certification in the U.K. and is regarded as an antique in the USA.
INTER WAR GERMAN AVIATION LARGE PHOTOGRAPGH An extremely large format photograph being approximately 1 metre high x 3/4 of a metre wide. The excellent photographic image has been period blown up and shows a young Flieger NCO wearing a converted bluse with top pockets added, Iron Cross 1st Class and the Air Crew badge below the cross. The picture itself has a pen date of '1920' to the base. This was almost definitely a First World War photo that has been blown up by the family after the soldier's death. The item is mounted on thick card and is original and completely untouched. A highly impressive large image.
INTRIGUING BRITISH 51ST DIVISION ARTILLERY PERSONALISED BRODIE. On occasion one finds items that clearly reflect the personality of the owner and this helmet is one such item. We have placed it in the Great War category, however it is somewhat difficult to define the exact date of its usage. It is well known that the Brodie helmet was issued from 1915 and was still in service in the early years of WWII. This helmet is clearly of W W 1 vintage and has to the front a beautifully executed Royal Artillery insignia hand painted in oils and to the side an equally well executed Highland Division badge in the early format of red upon white. What makes this helmet particularly interesting is the fact that the soldier has intricately formed a high quality lining using a pith helmet, he has carefully dissected the pith helmet, re-introduced it to the lining and multiply bolted it around the circumference of the helmet, then overlaid the original chin strap bales over the original flanges of the pith helmet shell. The pith helmet's exact date is difficult to ascertain but we believe probably of inter-war vintage. The 51st Highland Division fought with incredible honour during W W 1 and then were made into a Territorial Division in the inter-war years. In early WW II they were part of the BEF and then moved to North Africa and onto Italy. We believe, although only a theory, that this helmet was probably an officers helmet that saw Great War service and moved right through the 20's and even possibly into the early WWII period, thus this type of helmet could have covered many regions and campaigns. As an example of a Brodie helmet it is absolutely unique and we have never seen one like it. We hope the images on our web site will reflect the amazing appearance of the helmet and we thoroughly recommend hands-on inspection to ascertain the fact that it is so obviously real and has not been tampered with in any way. A fascinating item for the advanced helmet collector.
ITALIAN ARTILLERY KEPI COVER. An extremely rare accessory for an equally rare hat, this cover is made from a typical Italian light duck cotton material and the badge itself is made exactly from the same cloth, which has been neatly over-embroidered, the embroidery is of the highest standard carried out over a card backing template. There is a small hole at the front to incorporate the cockade for the shako. There is dirt, wear and some areas where the embroidery has come slightly adrift, however the item is very stable. Any cover from the WWI period must be considered extremely rare.
JAGER ZU PFERDE 1 YEAR VOLUNTEER LOBSTER TAIL HELMET. In both the Imperial German Army and the British Army of the late Victorian and early 20th Century period NCO's helmet are scarcer than either officers or enlisted men. The classic deep lobster-tail shape of an officers helmet with stepped peak fitted with the correct large size enlisted mans cockades. Domed gilt officers chin scales. Officers cut out crown helmet plate. Domed screws for fitting the clover leaf spike base to the skull. Officers liner with grey velvet lining to the rear lobster tail with the front peak being unlined. The helmet has suffered some indentations to the skull in the area either side of the raised rim that runs down the back of the lobster tail and a very small area of plating missing from the very lower part of the lobster tail, otherwise the helmet is in excellent condition. Good gilt to chin scales. All paint remaining to the enlisted mans cockades. All silver finish remaining to officers plate. Mid tan leather sweat band showing some wear use with the officers quality silk inner liner present with some minor wear use. The inner edges of the grey velvet lobster tail lining slightly frayed. The helmet is complete with its original studs and washers for fitting of the spike base and plate. The Jager Zu Pferde units were first introduced and known as Meldreiter units, and saw extensive service in WWI as reconnaissance troops.
JAGER Zu PFHERDE OFFICERS SHOULDER BOARDS.. A scarce pair of wide pattern shoulder boards for a Hauptmann of Oberleutnant in the Jager zu Pfherde units. Black and white inter-twined bullion with Jager zu Pfherde, base colour in green. One rank pip to each board. Boards are a slip-on style. The marks where a rank pip has been fitted to each board is clearly visible.
MANCHESTER CASUALTY TEACHER’S GROUPING. An exceptional small grouping of documents that in themselves are extremely poignant, they are a certificate of best wishes for a Bombardier J. Halworth East Lancs Royal Field Artillery, a beautiful illuminated document awarded from the Manchester Teachers Association of the National Union of Teachers. The document itself is excellent and in very good order with no rips or tears with a beautifully inked name inscription. The picture itself again is poignant and shows typical Great War propaganda type images, interestingly these images are explained within the letter, which reads ‘Description of card sent to teacher soldiers Easter 1917’, again the reading is very much of the time. There is a National Union of Teachers letter from Brooks Bar Manchester to the soldier, he is addressed as ‘Dear Friend and Colleague’ again dated ‘1917’. There is a very interesting scholars souvenir No.2. sheet of paper, this presumably would be coloured in and cut out by school pupils showing typical patriotic images throughout. There is a coloured postcard of Lord Kitchener from the period and much research has been carried out upon this super grouping. Like to many others Thomas Halworth was a casualty and died on the 28th March 1918 aged 29, he served C Battery 211 Brigade RFA. There is a Commonwealth Graves Commission memorial paper with a photo showing the gravestones. There is research for more than a name showing again details of Bombardier Halworth. Good clear photocopies of the censors of England and Wales. Various Photostats of documents relating to his death and a good copy from the medals roll document listing Halworth. A super talking point and a great centre point to a First World War document collection.
MAXIM MODEL 10 AMMUNTION BOX. A plain ammunition box for the Russian Maxim Model 1910, complete with Finnish over-stamp. These pieces of equipment were captured from the Russians in the winter war and later re-issued to the Finnish Forces. Complete with long section of ammunition links.
MECKLENBERG OFFICERS SHAKO. An extremely rare all leather officers shako for the Mecklenberg Jager Battalion No.14. Formed in 1821 in Colmar, part of the 15th Army Corps. The leather body of the shako is generally good with some minor solidifying and distortion to the body. Fitted with the officers flat gilded chin scales. It’s rare Mecklenberg plate with its equally rare officers Mecklenberg yellow, blue, red and silver wire officers cockade. Two very simple drilled air vent holes through the upper side of the shako close to the fold of the crown. Fitted with the single national black, red and white cockade. Interior grained dark leather sweat band is in excellent condition with its original inner dark tan silk lining. Faint traces of the original owner’s name hand applied with a very interesting old museum or collection label affixed to the upper inner crown identifying the helmet as being from Mecklenberg and dated 1901.
OFFICERS PICKELHAUBE COVER. A large size officers pickelhaube cover, marked 'DRP' to the inside fold-back peak. Some light rust staining. Two small holes.
POLISH LEGION PAPERWORK. An interesting small grouping of items being a certificate for a sergeant who served with the Polish army in France from 1918 to 1920. This presumably is the citation for the medal. An interesting photo of a sergeant major in an officers quality uniform with excellent detail of hat and insignia and medals. This comes with a small piece of paper in the form of a desk memo gifting this item to the collector. There is another earlier photo of the same man in training in Niagra where the Polish forces trained prior to their departure to France as America at that time was still neutral. So to have as many interesting details including the early US uniform, a slouch hat turned up to the side in the European fashion. An arm band and a very archaic looking percussion musket used presumably for training. He has a belt with the socket bayonet scabbard mounted to it. There is also an interesting booklet from the Niagra historical society and has various details to the front including the Polish forces in Niagra and Polish relief work there also. The booklet is date ''1923,'' and is highly interesting with many details and photos of training officer's of Canadian origin who worked training the unit prior to their departure to France. Any item of Polish Legion militaria must be considered extremely rare and any paperwork is of huge value to the collector.
PORTUGUESE 1886 STEYR BAYONET. An impressive bayonet with a Yatagan type blade. The weapon is very clean and has been well polished. The blade is extremely good and bright with numerous markings. To both weapon and scabbard the dark hardwood grip is good with some bruising, however no cracking and remains good. A highly collectible bayonet.
PORTUGUESE OFFICERS AUTOMATIC PISTOL HOLSTER. An extremely scarce item of equipment being a Portuguese produced holster to fit to the British supplied 08 webbing. To the reverse the holster is the typical large C clips that were used with Sam Browne equipment. The item is in excellent supple condition with a little flaking to the leather. This would greatly benefit from a coat of clear wax polish. The twin pouches for the magazines are good, however the press studs to the interior have pulled throughout, this is not noticeable in the closed position. Period pictures during WWI of Portuguese troops using these automatic holsters have been observed. The actual auto pistol used by Portugese officers has not been identified Any item of WWI Portuguese militaria must be considered extremely rare.
PRUSSIAN RESERVE CUIRASSIER OFFICERS HELMET. A good example of a rare helmet being the lightweight officers version as worn by a Prussian Reserve Cuirassier officer. The all white metal skull is generally in good condition, very minor indentations to the back of the skull, some areas of the plating lifting mainly on the lower rear lobster tail and on some areas of the double stepped front peak. The helmet is of a very large size, which is unusual for the late 19th century, the wearer obviously being a very large man. We have not attempted to clean the skull of this helmet, that task we would leave to the ultimate purchaser of this scarce item. The gilt is good to the Prussian front plate, which of course being a reserve officer has the 'FR' in raised relief to the centre of the eagle's breast with the reserve officers white metal cross below. Standard domed officers chin scales with side clover leaf and correct officers large size cockades. The white metal fluted spike, which is removable, is undamaged. It would appear that one of the domed nuts holding the clover leaf spike base to the helmet has been replaced, three have nuts and bolts, one has a split pin. To the interior of the helmet the green leather to the interior of the front peak is all complete and in good order. The light tan leather to the interior of the back peak has suffered and is shredded in places. The interior leather sweat band is complete and in good order with obvious wear use and is still complete with its artificial silk inner liner.
RFC ACE BILLY BISHOP SIGNATURE. A pen signed signature of Lt.Colonel W.A.Bishop VC., DSO., MC., DFC (Billy Bishop). Signed below a photograph of Billy Bishop on a page torn from the book 'THE PEOPLE'S WAR BOOK'. Wearing full uniform, seated, carrying visor cap.
ROYAL FLYING CORPS GAUNTLETS A fine pair of all leather and fleece lined dark brown leather gauntlets, which are fleece lined to the hand section, used by Royal Flying Corps personnel. Complete with their adjustable male/female pop studs, connectors at the wrist section. Condition:
ROYAL FLYING CORPS SOUVENIR SILK. A magnificent and beautifully framed silk soldiers souvenir piece being of a good large dimension being approx. 2 1/2 feet by 2 1/2 feet in height and length. The item pertains to the Royal flying corps and in the central area is a brass royal flying corps badge and to each corner Royal flying corps embroidered titles. The overall colour is a little faded and the item has been expertly re framed. The condition is very good and stable. There are one of two small areas of shredding to the silk however, this now remains isolated and has been placed in the frame in such a way that no further degradation will take place. An excellent item with two rare embroidered shoulder titles within.
RUMANIAN WWI ADRIAN HELMET. A super and completely untouched example of the scarce M.15 helmet exported to Rumania for use by their army. The helmet is an absolutely standard mid war M.15 helmet with the original factory sprayed finish overall, which is in the dark slightly subdued grey blue colour. The badge to the front matches exactly and is clearly factory applied. There is patination and dust overall with many scratches and minor blemishes to the painted surface, one or two tiny dents to both the shell and the comb. The original liner is present and is of brown leather with a horizon blue cloth headband. There are one or two of the original eyelets missing from the fingers and the two aluminium spacers remain in place. All of the original liner retention staples are present and unbroken. The interior is dusty and dirty from storage. An absolutely untouched example of a scarce WWI helmet.
RUSSIAN BANDOLIER. A scarce item of imperial Russian militaria, being the supplementary ammunition bandolier. The Russians were notoriously under equipped when they embarked to war in 1914 and many substitute items were introduced including items made of a very specifically Russian linen material. This particular bandolier has a strap and buckle arrangement, again very Russian. It is profusely stamped throughout. There is a large set of Cyrillic letters to the underside of the cover flap, as well as numerous markings to the rear. Any item of First World War Russian equipment must be considered extremely scarce.
RUSSIAN BLUE ADRIAN SHELL. An exceptionally interesting shell of an Adrian helmet painted blue and supplied to the Russians. Some research has shown us that it is quite possible the initial deliveries of Adrian helmets to the Russian Government were in fact blue, this was also the case with the Belgians and the Italians, the initial deliveries were supplied in French standard blue grey colour. This particular helmet is photographed in the excellent book The History of the Steel Helmet in the First World War by Michael Haselgrove and Branaslav Radovic and published by Schiffer Books. The helmet is pictured on page 632. Another picture of Adrian helmets with vastly different coloured badges can be found on page 204 of The Russian Imperial Guard by Gorokhoff. This period photo shows a large grouping of troops all wearing the Adrian helmet, some appear to wear no badge where the vast majority seem to wear what is obviously difficult to ascertain from a black and white photo but a very light coloured helmet probably in the sand colour, however the badge is much darker and appears to be blue. Due to the desperate nature of the issuing of equipment it is quite possible it was issued in odd batches. The helmet itself is in fairly average condition, there is an area where the comb has rusted through to the rear, there is no liner or chin strap. An historically important helmet.
RUSSIAN COPPER MESS TIN. A rare early all copper mess tin of the Imperial Russian Army. This is in a semi round fashion with original wire carrying bales still present. There are profuse stampings to the copper. There are numerous stampings which are for a Moscow manufacturer as well as the ordnance department stamping. The overall condition is slightly dented in areas from combat use, however the item has a wonderful green patination to many areas of the copper and no attempt has been made to clean this item.
RUSSIAN WWI ZELINSKI GAS MASK CAN. One of the hardest pieces of WWI gas equipment to find is the standard issue Russian gas mask. This particular item is the filter and the carrying tin combined. The original rubberised hood would have been stored in the small lower portion, unfortunately this is now missing however both upper and bottom carrying can elements remain and the original Russian webbing carrying strap. There is a typical tinned number plate to the side and the impressed initials of the central War Committee to the base of the can. Much of the original pea green paint remains with some obvious chipping and areas of very minor denting. This would make an excellent candidate to display upon the WWI Russian soldier mannequin.
SAXON UHLAN REGIMENT NO.17 ENLISTED MANS CZAPSKA. An extremely rare Model 1868 Imperial German Saxon Uhlan Regiment No.17 enlisted mans czapska. The leather body in exceptionally good condition with just minor crazing to the peak. The larger square mortarboard top totally undamaged but with crazing overall. The white material to the lower sides of the mortarboard top has suffered severely from moth, which we have tried to indicate on our web site images, however the correct white material for Regiment 17 is clear. The helmet is with its correct domed chin scales. Saxon enlisted mans front plate and Saxon green and white field cockade. The interior liner is again in exceptional condition with very slight rodent nips to two areas in the lower section of the liner. Fitted to the inside of the skull is the original owners name label 'Gefreiter Buchner' his unit details are exactly correct, he was a member of 1.ESK (Squadron) 1.Uhlan Regiment No.17. Kaiser Franz Josef Von Osterreich Konig Von Ungarn (Hungary). Peak trim is virtually undamaged with just one small kink to the inner edge. The trim is maker marked 'G.H.Osang' who as all collectors will know originate from Dresden, Saxony. A very rare early Franco Prussian War Uhlan helmet in untouched condition. This regiment formed in 1867, the garrison town of Oschatz, they were part of the 12th Army Corps.
SCOTTISH LEWIS GUNNERS PHOTO. An excellent photo clearly showing Scottish troops around the 1916 period attending a Lewis gun cadre. Many of the troops wear the simplified '16 style tunic with one pleated pocket and many of them can clearly be seen wearing the brown leather belts imported from Japan. The Lewis guns to the front are two mounted upon the rare Vickers type mounts and two on typical bi pods as well as a typical optical device placed in front of the officers. The photograph is particularly clear and distinct mounted in a molten period style frame.
SIX IMPERIAL GERMAN VISOR CAP IMAGES. Six excellent images of officers, NCO's and enlisted men all wearing various forms of visor caps. One studio shot of an officer and his family, the officer is carrying what appears to be the lightweight silk visor cap, one officer mounted with four mixed other visor cap shots.
STORM TROOPS. Excellent Verlag Militaria work on the Austro/Hungarian assault units and commandos in the First World War. Tactics, organisation, uniforms and equipment. This magnificently produced book comprises 320 pages of the assault troops in the elite units of the Austro/Hungarian Army. Highly trained and capable of enormous physical effort the Storm Troops were employed in small offensive and raiding groups in trench warfare. Equipped with steel helmets, shortened rifles and hand grenades supported by machine guns, submachine guns and infantry guns. The assault trooper of the First World War ultimately epitomises the modern soldier of the 20th century. There are more than 850 contemporary black and white photographs and full colour photographs, most of these artefacts were drawn from the infantry of the Army Museum in Vienna. The staff of Regimentals have visited this Army Museum in Vienna and consider it without doubt the finest military museum we have ever visited, especially pre 1918 period
THE EMPEROR'S COAT. AUSTRIAN ARMY. A magnificent book, published by Verlag Militaria of Vienna, traces the uniforms and equipment of Austro/Hungarian Army from 1914 to 18. Full text in English language. 500 page book, this is very first publication by Verlag Militaria in 2002. There are more than 1200 colour illustrations, some of the items including the personal uniform of Kaiser Franz Josef 1st that have never been seen. There are 250 contemporary photographs giving an excellent impression of how soldiers in the Austro/Hungarian Army looked in WWI. For the student of the Austro/Hungarian forces or for the historical researcher this is the bible and undoubtedly after its print run has exhausted will become a valuable collectible book in its own right. Complete with its fly cover.
THREE FRAMED LARGE PHOTOGRAPHS, 2nd 7th LONDON REGIMENT Three very nice framed long photographs clearly the property of a soldier who served with the 2nd 7th Battalion, London Regiment. The pictures have matching hardwood coloured frames. There is a large Company sized photograph showing soldiers wearing 14 pattern leather equipment, soft caps and 02 tunics, their officers sat to the front including their Chaplain, interestingly the senior NCO's all wear the soft Gor'Blimey cap, this is clearly a mark of their past service in the trenches. Another photograph clearly says to the bottom 'B.COMPANY 2ND 7TH' and again shows soldiers in stiff caps with 14 pattern waist belts. There are various officers, again, sat to the front from the rank of 2nd Lieutenant up to the grade of Captain. There is a third photograph showing the Brigadier Generals and officers 2nd 7th Battalion, dated '1917', this particular photo has marvellous details of various officers costumes, some wearing soft trench caps, others wearing soft Gor'Blimey caps, the Chaplain himself wearing a soft cap and clearly showing details of his tunic, most officers wearing cuff rank tunics. It is difficult to find regimentally marked photographs, however to find three to the same unit and presumably to the same man is indeed rare. These have always been within the frames and the original frame has paper sealing still remaining to the rear of each frame. The 7th Battalion were known as 'The Shiny 7th', they served Arras, Ypres and Passchendaele. They were part of the 174th Brigade of the 54th London Division.
THREE IMPERIAL GERMAN WOUND BADGE IMAGES. Three postcard size images of groups of four and two soldiers with at least one soldier in each image wearing the wound badge in black, wearing a mixture of 1910 and 1915 pattern uniforms. Condition:
THREE WWI FRAMED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS. These interesting Machine Gun Corps related pictures are beautifully framed in nice period looking modern frames. They consist of an interest photograph of the King speaking to a Scottish Machine Gun Corps soldier wearing the tam-o-shanter with Machine Gun Corps badge in marching order. An excellent photo probably from the Palestine campaign showing British troops with toupees goggles and rear sun flaps to their Wolsey helmets behind a Vickers gun and another Vickers gun Scots Guardsman, an excellent study of the Vickers gun including the cooling element.
TURKISH GRENADE THROWERS PIONEER TRENCH KNIFE. Probably one of the rarest of hand held fighting weapons of WWI being the Turkish Pioneers side arm. These were clearly based on bayonet designs, however were a combat knife. Recently very informative articles have been written on these knive and are available mainly via the internet, there are examples clearly on display at the Turkish Army Museum in Istanbul. There profuse Arabic markings to the cross guard, the item itself is clearly Austrian or German produced, the quality is excellent throughout with a typical Germanic bayonet scabbard. The blade is unmarked but in excellent overall condition with some light staining. To either side of the cross guard are Arabic number stamps presumably for arsenal use. These knives have appeared with either wooden or horn grips, this particular example has the slightly rarer horn grip, interestingly to the rear of the grip, inset behind the horn are two tools, one being a spike the other being a blade, very similar to the WWII produced German so-called MG34 knife. The grips are good with a slight chipping at the base on one side. They are secured by three rivets to the tang of the blade. The overall construction is excellent and solid throughout. Complete with the knife is its original brown leather frog which may possibly be Turkish produced. It would appear that a small number of these rare knives have been discovered recently either in Turkey or possibly Afghanistan. We have specialised in combat knives for many years and this small grouping that has appeared on the collectors market is the first of these knives we have ever had into our inventory. The only photograph in any book that we have been able to find is on page 265 of The Military Knife and Bayonet by Homer Brett, published 2001. Condition:
TURKISH M.18 STEEL HELMET. Ranking amongst the most rare and desirable of all First World War combat helmets is the German produced M.18 full visored helmet for the Turkish Army. This is the only helmet with photographic evidence showing it being worn by Turkish troops. A very small amount of these were imported and these were worn upon various fronts mostly by elite Turkish storm troopers. This particular example is probably the finest we have ever handled. To the exterior is approximately 99% of the original field grey factory finish with only one or two areas of small rust and some rust bleed patination to the field grey colour. The overall patination and toning to the paint is absolutely superb and completely untouched from the war. All three split pins are present and in place. To the interior the liner is the typical German 18 period type in off white rabbit skin leather. The metal press band has the two attachments for the M.18 chin strap. The chin strap itself is now missing. The helmet is clearly stamped 'ET66' with a dome stamp of 'R1481'. To the rear of the skirt are the original ink stampings with the AK monogram and the size '66' clearly in dark ink. To the interior is some russet areas of minor rust build, however this is not particularly deep. There is the usual rusting to the base of the interior of the lug posts. The skirts retain a high degree of the field grey paint. The fingers of the leather pads are in general very good condition with one rip through that has been expertly collector repaired. All other fingers remain intact and complete and the original padding cushions remain in place. This would be the crowning glory in any WWI helmet collection and one of the very few surviving examples known in existence today.
TWO IMPERIAL MILITARIA RELATED BOOKS. Austro Hungarian Infantry 1914-18 and Cuirassiers and Heavy Cavalry. These two books produced by the well known Almark Publications range are excellent reference with much detail and a huge amount of black and white photography and well as colour plates. Essential reading for anyone interested in these subjects. Price per pair.
TWO LARGE IMPERIAL GERMAN MAXIM PHOTOGRAPHS. Two Imperial German machine gunner photographs, both measuring 9 x 5½ inches. One image shows the machine gun crew refilling their water buckets whilst another refills the water jacket of the machine gun. The second shows the carrying of what appears to be a captured Russian Maxim 1910 carriage on horse transport, two soldiers are loading the wheeled carriage another is carrying the ribbed jacketed Maxim. Excellent technical details.
TWO WWI FLYING RELATED BOOKS. The first book being America's First Air War by Tredwell, the second book being Royal Flying Corps Communication 1917-1918. Both books in excellent used condition with just light marking and a few marks to the outer covers. The books have a wealth of interesting information and make excellent reading for the aviation fan. Price per pair.
U.S. AIR COOLED COLT AMMUNITION BOX. A wooden ammunition box complete with its 250 round web belt for the U.S.M.17 A1 air cooled heavy machine gun.
U.S. CAMOUFLAGE COVERED HELMET. One of the rarest of all the American steel helmets to find is one that has the original sand bag covers. Sand bag covering of helmets was immensely popular amongst British troops, however far less so within American ranks. Period photographs do show that certain American troops, particularly those engaged alongside British troops did in fact adopt this practise and it could well be that the helmet cover itself came from British stocks. It is a purpose made item using typical sand bags and being of reasonably sophisticated manufacture having a central seam and a sewn in tunnel tube for tightening around the base of the interior of the helmet. The cover is rather fragile and completely stable if handled gently. A large proportion of the rim has broken through the cover. Interestingly there is period graffiti with the letters 'FR' and what appears to be a crocodile inked to the side of the helmet, this is interest as the graffiti of helmet covers has remained a popular pastime amongst U.S. soldiers. On carefully examining the helmet underneath it is in fact a British produced example. The lining has now long gone. There are traces of the original chin strap and the original crown pad remains in place, however again this is dry and dusty from American loft storage. The insignia painted neatly to the front is that of the 77th Division, this unit came from New York and displayed the Statue of Liberty as their insignia. The 77th were after WWI knwn as the Lost Battalion, they were heavily engaged in the Argonne Forest of France. Much in-depth reading is available on the Division on Wikepedia. This is a most intriguing set and one of only a handful of covered First World War U.S. helmets we have ever been lucky enough to encountered.
U.S. CAVALRY PICKET CARRIER. A scarce element of equipment which fitted to the scabbard of the pattern sword, this was to carry the picket post for tethering the horse to. The leather is reasonably supple throughout with a little dryness in place. An original closure strap is good, however the top mounting strap is broken in one place, this could be repaired. The leather would benefit from some treatment. This would make an excellent display item attached to a pattern sword. XJLP
U.S. M.18 COLT 1911 MAG POUCH. An excellent example dated 1918 with various stamps under the lid. It is in stored condition with one or two stains, however no surface damage.
U.S. MARINE CORPS WOOLLEN BLANKET. A super example of the classic forest green blanket carried by Marines within the doe boy packs. This example is in excellent condition and has the chain stitched 'U.S.M.C.' to the centre. What makes it particularly nice is to one of the darker stripes to the edge is typical marine stencil work with a name stencilled in white, the letters are distinct although there is some obvious flaking to the congealed paint. An excellent item as a backdrop to a Marine Corps display or to complete the pack set.
U.S. MICHIGAN STATE GUARD 1912 SUMMER UNIFORM. A super set of uniform being in the lightweight material. There is trousers in a matching material and shade as well as a woollen knitted tank top. There are the correct MSG cotton woven '20' insignias to the collar's Corporal's ranks. The item is in a good size and is a most interesting item of American military uniform with matching State buttons.
US WWI 1918 NAVY PATTERN GAS MASK An exceptionally rare gas mask from WWI being the U.S.Navy produced M.18 mouth canister gas mask. The gas mask itself was designed to overcome the problems of the long tube associated with the 1917 pattern box respirator. The gas mask is very closely designed to the Austrian Kuk gas mask. The face piece of the 1918 American gas is the British pattern with eyepieces held in by string wrapping around the metal surrounds. The canister is attached to the face piece directly. The mouthpiece within the gas mask face is the typical British type which was to be bitten on and worn inside the mouth. There is some information about these rare gas masks in the excellent book ‘U.S.Chemical and Biological Defence Respirators’ by Christopher T.Carey. There are many illustrations and details on page 33, also on page 201 is a reprint from a wartime produced document about gas warfare. There seems to be two types of these gas masks, the first pattern as this is having elastic straps to the exterior face to give extra support to the gas mask, the second model having these same straps affixed to the interior of the face piece. Interestingly there is no storage canister in the text, but it is assumed it was carried within a canister, however our example comes in a typical American gas mask bag for the M.17, the gas mask bag has never been fitted with press studs to the corners and has a belt type arrangement to the middle thus making this also experimental. The example shown in the book is in far worse condition than the example shown by us.
VICKERS GUN PHOTOGRAPH. Two excellent period photographs, one appearing to be a squad of machine gunners sat with Vickers in front of them, flanked by officers and horse drawn carriages. This photo was clearly taken at the end of one of the classic Victorian type barrack room areas and is housed in an excellent quality modern frame in an old style. There is another photo, which appears to be a Machine Gun Corps with mixed cap badges, both officers and men and in front of the soldiers are Lewis guns and Hotchkiss machine guns. An excellent clear image.
WELSH GUARDS PRIVATE PURCHASE BRODIE HELMET. The classic officers helmet having to the front the white Welsh Guards leek insignia, this appears to have been carried out throughout the regiment in the final years of the war. The exterior has been painted in a chocolate brown colour, there are many areas of chipping and grazing and a little rust bleed. The liner system itself is one that is to be encountered on numerous helmets, particularly of Guard's origin. This particular helmet has an excellent Savile Row stamping to the brown leather and what makes it most interesting is that it has been inserted over the original issue liner, thus having a two layer liner system. The original other ranks chin strap affixed. Completely untouched with no waxing or oiling this excellent helmet has appeared in publications and books. A very fine First War Guards item.
WW1 CONVEX IRON CROSS 1st CLASS A very fine condition possibly 1930's produced, convex shaped, Imperial German Iron Cross 1st Class. The surrounding frame retains virtually all its original frosted finish with good paint to the centre. Wide tapering pin on the reverse side. Non maker marked.
WWI AMERICAN P17 BAYONET FOR CANADA. A rare example of the P17 bayonet made by Winchester and clearly stamped '1917'. These bayonets were made initially by the Americans and then exported to the U.K. and other allied countries. This particular model has no attachment for the frog to the scabbard, this was to be held within the Canadian pattern sleeve frog. The bayonet itself is in overall good condition. The grips show little bruising and shows good bright colour. There is much of the original parkerised finish to the hilt. The blade is clean but would benefit from a very light cleaning. There is no deep rust whatsoever, just some surface speckles. The scabbard has been painted in a thick black contemporary paint. There is some rust to the release catch, however this would clean back with a little oiling. A rare bayonet.
WWI ANTI GAS GOGGLES. There is much confusion as to the exact designation of these goggles, however these were issued from the early to mid war period. They were an independent goggle, which can be seen carried with the PH hood in the separate part of the bag and still it is believed to be carried after their issue with the small box respirator. These goggles are in typical condition for their age with some cracking to the oilskin and loss of oilskin to the central portion, this seems to be common on all known pairs of these goggles. To the reverse is the typical orange Latex sponge material, some people refer to these as sponge goggles and others a Spicer goggles, however it is believed the Spicer goggle had a separate lens of a flexible nature. The tie cord is present and what remains of the oilcloth is good and supple. Items such as these very rarely survive and although the condition is average with a crack to one of the glass lenses these are all but impossible to find and this is the only pair that we have owned in approximately 15 years.
WWI AUSTRALIAN PILOTS WING SET. A fascinating set of articles being a small collection pertaining to 'Jeffrey Wall.' He published a book called 'Songs Of An Airman' in October 1917. Wool himself died as a casualty of the war. Included in the lot are three copies of his book. Each copy being a different addition and with different covers. A good studio portrait of Wool wearing a British worn coat RFC flying gauntlets and RFC overseas cap. This is framed in a period gilt desk type frame. A highly interesting set of high quality silk embroidered Australian type RFC wings. These are the regular wing with RFC to the centre. However, in manufacturer interpretation they clearly show an Australian type shape. There were many interpretations of wings made and classic Canadian wings have a certain shape as do Australian wings. This is one of the first Australian sets we have ever encountered. The wings themselves are a little grubby and show use from being sewn to a tunic. There is some glue and paper still stuck to the backing cloth. The wings themselves appear at some time to have been removed from the photo frame and the clear outline can be seen on the frame also with this lot. Condition:
WWI AUSTRIAN M.16 HELMET & BROW PLATE. An exceedingly rare combination being the standard issue Austrian M.16 helmet in its typical Austrian brown finish with canvas and leather chin strap. There is a good degree of patination and some damage to the leather pads, however they remain intact with breakage to the finger ends. There is a little rust build to the inner of the crown. The steel helmet itself has a pleasant slightly rust spotted appearance to the whole exterior. The exceedingly rare 2nd type Berndorfer produced brown plate is present, this was slightly different to the original German style version but of a similar thickness, this too has its original strap in place, however the buckle has now broken away. There are traces of the original Austrian stampings to the interior, some rust bleeds, areas of scratching and bubbling of paint.
WWI AUSTRIAN MARINE TROOPS FIELD BELT. An exceptionally rare item of Austrian field equipment being the officers field belt worn by Marine land based troops of the Austrian Empire during WWI. A standard brown leather Austrian belt with clear manufacturer’s marks and logos to the rear and the rare two-piece high quality bronze naval infantry buckle to the front being the crowned anchor with scrolls either side and the oak leaf and laurel buckle surround. These belts are manufactured as one unit and therefore cannot be changed as with other German buckles and Austrian buckles. The overall condition is excellent, there is some scuffing but the leather remains good and clear. Some of the original grey felt lining cloth is still present however much has disappeared with time. An exceptionally rare item of WWI equipment.
WWI AUSTRIAN WAIST BELT. A typical wartime produced waist belt in grained brown leather with the large Corps type buckle in black japanned steel. The overall condition is excellent and supple with some service staining and normal wear and tear, however perfectly usable for a display.
WWI BADGE RELATED BOOKS. Three books by Short, Ripley and Wilkinson, Buttons of the British Army, Badges of the British Army and Special Forces Insignia of the British Army. Excellent small guides now out of print with many illustrations and descriptions. Priced for three books.
WWI BELGIUM OFFICERS TRENCH CAP. An extremely rare trench cap, clearly modelled on the British style of cap. Belgium adopted khaki in 1915 and 1916, they took great influence from both the French and the British. This cap is in the typical jaunty soft top trench style having Belgium rosette insignia to the front in cloth form with the number '1' and blue piping around the crown, interestingly the chin strap is clearly of British manufacture type which would be used on both officers and men's side caps. The buttons are domed. The interior is of a brushed yellow cotton material with brown leather headband. There are one or two repairs to the headband but the overall condition is excellent with light staining and one or two very tiny nips to the cloth. Any Belgium khaki First War item of headdress must be considered very rare.
WWI BOOKS -FLANDERS THEN AND NOW & PHOTO HISTORY OF WWI. Both are excellent books, the photo history being packed with black and white images of First World War subjects. Xlibris in very good condition with only some minor turning to the corners, etc., The Then and Now book is good, however the dust jacket and outer cover has become detached from the main book, with a little elementary DIY gluing this would be perfectly good, the book is perfectly readable as it is. Price per pair.
WWI BRITISH ARCTIC STYLE MITTENS. These interesting mittens of a long fur pelt type are typical of those seen in photographs of North Russia. These may well also have been used by WWI flyers and often appear in period photographs. The lining is of quilted silk with extremely decorative type quilt machine sewn formation and an inner wool cuff. They are clearly of the utmost quality and would greatly enhance a mannequin or display. Items of arctic clothing of The Great War are extremely scarce.SC 130
WWI BRITISH BATTLE DAMAGED BRODIE HELMET. An excellent example of the typical Brodie steel helmet of late war production with rim to the edge and rubber donut fitted underneath the felt head pad. The whole helmet is in very nice untouched condition and has come from a small regimental museum and still has tiny numbering from the museum acquisition to the band. To the side is a very small hole that clearly a grain of shrapnel has driven through the helmet side, this is only very lightly damaged to the leather at the exterior of the lining band. The chinstrap is good and complete and unbroken with just a little dryness to one end and a little staining, this would appear possibly to be small splatters of blood, probably from the small impact of the shrapnel. The helmet is in above average condition with most of the felt pad remaining with a little moth and displacement to the felt, however good and complete. There is the typical Brodie patent pink stamp to the underside of the Rexene band that again is very good and again in a highly polished state with little cracking and crazing to it. The helmet is marked ‘MWS’ and ‘6’ stamped into the metal and the exterior finish, which is 85% present, appears to be an initial coat of smooth green that has received a subsequent coat of very finely textured sand-type finish.
WWI BRITISH BRODIE STEEL HELMET. A nice example of the standard Brodie helmet worn by all British troops during WWI. This particular example has had multiple coats of paint and to the exterior has a bronze green finish with the flash to the side in white, yellow and blue representing Army Service Corps. It can clearly be seen when examining in the light there is another larger insignia below this. The lining is the standard 3rd type lining with the oilskin to the sweat band. The rubber doughnut which began to be affixed to helmets in late 1917 is present however the felt section of the crown pad is now missing. The brown leather chin strap is complete and is broken at one end, this could be fixed with some gentle restoration. The inner of the crown is the typical mustard coloured paint. The helmet manufacturer’s mark appears to be ‘HV’. An untouched and interesting helmet of WWI and the inter-war period.
WWI BRITISH BUCKINGHAMSHIRE BATTALION BRODIE HELMET. An absolutely untouched barn found Brodie shell having mounted to the front by means of a screw post Buckinghamshire Battalion insignia, this is a rimmed Brodie helmet with remains of the orange felt pad and part of the chinstrap present. The item is in very dusty condition with cobwebs and dust build to the interior. There is a high degree of verdigris to both the badge and the rivet. There is approximately 60% of the chocolate brown camouflage paint remaining. A superb and scarce version of a Brodie helmet with badge.
WWI BRITISH MOUNTED OTHER RANKS BOOTS. A pair of high laced boots as worn by mounted troops such as cavalry and mounted artillery during the Great War. The boots are of pebbled brown leather and consist of hooks and eyes and eyelets. There is a single strap to the upper cuffs. This single strap configuration is consistent with early issued boots. The sole is of the other ranks pattern with horseshoe heel guards and nailed but unstudded soles as is concurrent with artillery boots. Many photographs of these boots can be found when studying images of the Great War and although these boots do not appear to have WD stampings, many of these types of equipment were purchased semi privately by militia and territorial units. The boots are of a good size 9, the leather is supple. There is a little splitting to the rear calves, however this does not affect the overall appearance. The lower part of the boots is almost identical to the rare B1 infantry boots in cut, style and squared toe.
WWI BRITISH PRIVATE PURCHASE OFFICERS HELMET. One of the very early production officer helmets made for commercial sale, these proved to be something of a disaster and were banned by Parliament. They were made from a very mild steel, which on impact with shrapnel and shell fragments tended to be more of a hindrance than a protection. The helmet has much of the original typical mid brown paint, the original leather elegant band to the exterior. The lining is complete however is a little dry in places with areas of very high quality collector grade repairs. The original felt four piece inner lining is good and present with some moth. The original chin strap is missing. Famous pictures exist of the later Field Marshall Montgomery wearing exactly this type of helmet, which was very much the epitome of what came to be known as 'The Battle Bowler'.
WWI BRITISH RFC OFFICERS SIDE CAP. An exceptionally nice example of the iconic RFC side cap, this appears to be a very early produced example made from an extremely heavy whipcord type material having a cream silk lining throughout and having the original thin leather chinstrap being slightly offset to either side so it could be worn at a jaunty angle. This very thin leather chinstrap is held in place by small brass hooks, these are deeply verdigris patinated and the very thin elegant leather chinstrap remains good and supple. There is a very good RFC badge with all of its blackened finish to the exterior and to the front simple black leather football buttons. The high fronted form and excellent quality all indicate possibly pre First World War production making this a most interesting and rare item of RFC headdress.
WWI BRITISH ROYAL NAVAL AIR SERVICE TYPE FLYING HELMET. A black leather flying helmet with a faux fur lining with English makers label to the inside with complicated press stud chin cover. The overall condition is good and supple with just a little flaking to the black leather. SC26B
WWI BRITISH VTC/CHAPLAIN'S SAM BROWNE BELT. A rare configuration to find being the Sam Browne belt in London brown colour however with white nickel plated brass fittings, these fittings are excellent throughout and only showing minor rubbing. The leather is good and supple. The shoulder strap is a good matching colour, the fittings are of brass. SC25C
WWI BRITISH WIRE CUTTERS BY CHATER LEA 1917. A pair of folding wire cutters by Chater Lea dated 1917.
WWI BULGARIAN INTER WAR ADRIAN HELMET. An interesting large size French manufactured Adrian helmet. These helmets were captured during the Great War and subsequently depot refitted by the Bulgarian Army in the 20's. The helmet has received a dark green finish to the interior and exterior over the original horizon blue paint. The lining is of Bulgarian National manufacture and has several issue stamps to it. The chinstrap is also a retro fitted Bulgarian chin strap. To the front there is no insignia and these helmet were worn always without insignia.
WWI CANADIAN 02 ENGINEERS TUNIC. A really impressive Great War tunic being a British issued jacket to a member of the Canadian forces who would have been one of the original contingent. This is evident by the blue facings to the epaulettes. The original Canadian produced tunic had detachable and then attached coloured shoulder boards, this was worn by the 1st contingent in 1914 and these coloured epaulettes were retained to show that you had served with the original contingent and thus were a prized item. The tunic has Canadian titles overlaid the blue shoulder straps, Lance Corporal, Good Conduct, two wound and a full set of overseas service stripes including ‘1914’ in red and to the breast an honourable service Canada insignia. This is clearly his best tunic and would have been worn home to Canada. The tunic has some wear to the nap of the cloth and a little moth nipping, however it is very presentable and is a nice version in the light slightly ginger green colour. The interior lining is in the typical British off white and it is very clear that this tunic has received some excellent re-tailoring for smartness. Interestingly with the tunic is the original Ebay listing that shows that it was sold in America in February 2012 and there is much description including the actual provenance of the tunic. It states the tunic belonged to 1293 Corporal Robert Henshaw and also that the tunic was directly sourced from his grandson. This soldier had previous service with the British Army, previous to August 1914. To find any First World War tunic in totally original condition with original insignia is difficult and this is an absolutely super and evocative WWI Canadian used tunic.
WWI CZECH LEGION CAP. An excellent version of the distinctive cap worn by Czech Legion volunteers who fought their way across Russia. These caps were particularly popular while in Vladivostok awaiting repatriation and were often made from Japanese imported cloth. The cap is in very much above average condition with typical Czech Lion Sovak Cross insignia to the front as well as red and white ribbon. There are one or two tiny moth nips and the original headband is present as is the liner.
WWI CZECH LEGION IN FRANCE ADRIAN HELMET. An absolutely super utterly untouched example of the scarce helmet produced in France for Czech Legion troops fighting on the French fronts. This helmet is of a typical mid to late war dark blue satin finish and the badge matches the helmet perfectly, clearly factory fitted at the time. The liner is of black leather with separate tongues, one tongue has suffered a little from mouse chewing, however all other remain in place with original cord present. The chin strap is present but only one third remains and one end has snapped away from the bracket. The helmet has never been oiled or waxed in any way and there is a good degree of dust build and light russet rust to areas of chipping with no deep pitting whatsoever. A really super example of a classic Adrian helmet.
WWI DUTCH MANNLICHER M.1895 BAYONET. An excellent condition M.1895 Mannlicher bayonet. Good blade marked 'Hembrug'. Undamaged wood, light surface rusting to the pommel and cross guard. The hilt is numbered '4333200'. Fitted into its leather scabbard with metal tip, the leather is slightly scuffed but generally good and complete with its long frog, all useable and supple.
WWI FIFE CASE. A scarce case for the Fife musical instrument. These cases have a very wide slider to the rear, this was to attach to the 1908 webbing belt, these were indeed carried on field operations. To the front flap is a very clear maker’s mark ‘J.A.Jacobs & Co Limited 1915’. The leather remains good and supple and a good deep brown colour.
WWI FOX'S RIFLE GREEN PUTTEES. A mint condition set of the Company Fox's puttees. Manufactured in rifle green for Rifle regiments, still with their Fox's paper label attached.
WWI FRENCH ADRIAN SHELL. An interesting infantry variation and one that we have only encountered on a few occasion being made complete offset, this shows human error in the manufacture, this was clearly continued into service and issued as such. The badge is clearly out of line to the comb and the whole helmet remains completely untouched. There is much original blue paint, however a rust build and areas of deep pitting to one side. A very interesting variation to the Adrian.
WWI FRENCH AVIATORS HELMET. An interesting variation on the cork hard shell flyers crash helmet, numerous manufacturers were engaged in manufacturing protective headdress and the Roold Company were by far the most famous, however Roold themselves made numerous variations as well as other now unknown companies. This particular helmet is of an extremely complex constructed lining with a typical brown oilskin outer covering, which is identical to those produced by the Roold factory. The interior has leather fold down curtains and various press stud elements. Helmets such as this would have been worn from the Great War era into the 20's. This particular helmet is in completely untouched condition with its original tie cords and complex leather strapping to the interior. To the exterior is a large format trench aviation wing of the highest quality that has been affixed to the shell of the helmet. The single propeller and highly detailed wings are patinated throughout.
WWI FRENCH CHILDS SHAPI BORRELLO JACKET. A beautiful child's Borrello jacket depicting a Shapi tunic made of felt, the Borrello short jacket has beautiful braiding in a scarlet colour with blue facings and black lace work. Gold ball buttons to front and one single hook closure to the front. Light moth overall although the colour remains good and fresh. A little fraying to the rear of one cuff, however a beautiful item to display.
WWI FRENCH COLONIAL SAHARIENNE TROUSERS. An interesting pair of heavily pleated off white light weight trousers in a fine high quality poplin material. Button flied with a high waste and button closure ankle cuffs that are again multi pleated. There is some age yellow staining and a few tiny nicks and period repairs. These would have seen service in North Africa and on occasion even Europe.
WWI FRENCH OFFICERS FULL DRESS KEPI. An excellent WWI or just pre WWI full dress kepi to the artillery. The item is in good overall condition with excellent Melton wool throughout with one or two tiny moth nips and tracks, however virtually no hole marks. The peak has the usual congealing. To the front is a super quality grenade and crossed cannon barrel gilt insignia with rosette and tri-coloured feathers upon plume to the front. There are ball artillery buttons to the sides and a very thin bullion type chin strap. The lining is good throughout with leather headband and two buttons to the interior for provision of a thin chin strap for mounted use. This kepi appears in the book Exotische volume II.
WWI FRENCH OFFICERS POLO KEPI. An excellent kepi in the low polo form that was used throughout the Great War, numbered directly to the front with bullion embroidery the numbers '115'. This actual kepi appears in the book Exotische and is photographed upon page 128. The inner lining is excellent and shows manufacturers details for a tailor in Marseille. There is also tooled leather markings to the leather sweat band. The 115 were in fact disbanded on the 31st December 1919 only to be re-formed in September 1939. With this time frame in mind this surely dates this kepi to, at the very latest late 1919, however is almost certainly a Great War example. They fought in Verdun in 1914 as well as Tracy Le Mont, returning to Verdun in 1915 and again in 1916. The kepi has a good patination overall with one small moth nip to the crown and a little deformation which would easily be pushed out by the use of a card liner.
WWI FRENCH/CONTINENTAL MILLS WEB BELT. The great success of the Mills Company meant that many countries including France experimented and had small factories producing items in the Mills style. This belt is most interesting being of approximately 2¼ inches in width and having U.S. twig type buckles. The item has been used and has faded to a light khaki colour with a gentle hint of grey overall. The item is very good throughout and is to be considered a rare item of webbing.
WWI GARIBALDI ITALIAN FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION SOUVENIR CARDS. An interesting pair of documents relating to the Garibaldi Legion, the Garibaldi Legion were a unit of the French Foreign Legion formed from Italians who were in Paris in August 14 and volunteered en mass to defend France's liberty and join the Foreign Legion, initially Foreign Legion units received such huge numbers of volunteers at the onslaught of WWI they formed National Companies, however due to the heavy attrition rate on the battlefields of the Western Front this was changed in 1915 to 1916. The lineage of the Garibaldi Legion is fascinating, Giusseppe Garibaldi was a famous Italian revolutionary and military enthusiast, he was born in Nice, France of Italian heritage, at that time Nice changed hands many times. In about 1860 he proposed and formed a small Foreign Legion unit to liberate Italy, known as the International Foreign Legion, this at that time had no links to the French Foreign Legion. Garibaldi became a national hero of Italy, he fought in many campaigns including South America. Statues of him can be found as far a field as New York. His grandson Peppino Garibaldi was one of the initial volunteers for this Legion, several members of the family fought and died under the command of the French during WWI. The lot consists of a period coloured patriotic postcard in English written For Liberty and Justice Souvenir of the Garibaldi Legion, with members of the family and Garibaldi himself to the centre of the picture. Below his picture is his son, Ricciotti Garibaldi, being the fourth son of Giusseppe, he himself had an amazing military career, he fought alongside his father in many battles and also fought in the Franco Prussian War as part of an Italian Expedition to support the French. Ricciotti has signed the card in ink and dated it '1917', he died in 1924. Accompanying the card is a slightly larger version, this being the original pen and graph design for the card, a beautifully executed piece with the coloured images of the officers cut from printed sources and glued directly to the design. This must have been the original draft for the postcard itself. The artist has signed and dated the picture '1915' and in pencil written 'Drawing for the Garibaldi Legion PC'. The pair have fairly recently been framed in a good quality wooden frame. A fine and historically important Foreign Legion grouping.
WWI GERMAN AVIATION PHOTOGRAPHS. A very fine group of 21 images all of large size, between 5 3/4 and 4¼, with only at 5½ inches x 3¼ inches. It is difficult to ascertain whether these are press photographs or privately taken in large shots. One has hand annotation on the reverse side, the others all have typed annotations plus a series of numbers which may possibly be inventory numbers, however the content of these photographs are superb from a technical aspect. The hand annotated image shows a beautifully camouflaged German machine crashed, Marine bi-planes on their airfield on the edge of the North Sea in preparation for flying, a superb close-up shot of a German machine with both of its crew in the cockpit with a clear view of the machine gun. One small image of what may be a French or British machine, crashed with its squadron insignia painted to the side. A large image of German mechanics working on a machine, refilling oil and servicing. Pigeon carriers being loaded aboard a German machine with the observer receiving the pigeons next to his machine gun. A wonderful close-up of an observer wearing a feldmutze with a machine gun in the observer position. One small postcard sized image of what possibly could be a French machine with a the pilot and observer sitting on the wing and standing. Excellent close-up of Flieger Leutnant Immelmann standing in front of his Fokker monoplane. A See Flieger Abteilung machine being winched aboard its mother ship. A large group of pilots and mechanics from a Naval See Flieger unit standing in front of a naval flying machine, 16 persons in the image wearing a variety of uniforms and flying clothing. A postcard size image, an extremely good close-up of a rare aircraft machine gun with two German aviators in the machine. One large image of an aircraft camera being loaded aboard a machine. Another very rare image of an observer or pilot seated in his plane wearing a parachute harness. The remaining images all of excellent detail and quality of German WWI aviation. Condition:
WWI GERMAN BAVARIAN OFFICERS FIELD BELT. A very rare set being the black leather combat belt for imperial officers. Fitted with the subdued finish officers clasp buckle. The whole item is in very good stored condition with 95% remaining to the buckle. There is much fine age crazing to the paint upon the reverse. Both original scarce sliders remain present. A rare accoutrement to complete the WWI officer display.
WWI GERMAN FLANNEL DRAWERS. An excellent pair of flannel draws as worn underneath the field trousers during WWI, they have the characteristic high fishtail back with the loops for shoulder braces. The soft flannel lining is complete. The outer cream material is excellent with the characteristic pin stripes. They are profusely size marked, factory marked and army group marked. The BA group marking is for BAX VIII, this was Stuttgart Im Wurttemburg. A rare WWI accessory.
WWI GERMAN M.17 CAMOUFLAGED HELMET. A magnificent variation example of the camouflage helmet. The interpretation of the 1918 order varied greatly between the soldiers who applied the paint. This is a particularly interesting example for two reasons. The soldier has clearly mixed a very light silica like sand finish with elements of the paint to give it a non reflective finish. The interpretation of the order is most interesting and to the reverse there is a cross like design within a diamond. This may indicate unit or simply be a soldiers artwork. To the very front is again an interesting shaped segment. The colours are the typical forest green with ocre segments. There is no brick red to this pattern and the over all condition of the paint is excellent and very very dry from typical American storage. To the top crown there is some rust bleed where the helmet has been inverted for many years. There has clearly been no oil, grease or wax whatsoever ever applied to this helmet. The lining is in a very similar condition with some areas of light dust and a stable now stopped mildew. The metal liner band is good and tightly in place. One chin strap lug remains however it is slightly broken through and the other elements of the chin strap are now completely absent. The helmet is an ET in a good size 64.
WWI GERMAN MOUNTED JAGER FELDMUTZE AND EPAULETTES. An interesting ensemble being the M.08 pattern feldmutze for Jager Zu Pferde. The rare cap in the blue green of the Jager is in overall good condition suffering a few light moth nips, there is one moth nip to the front lower bottle green band and a few other nips to the rear of the band, however this does not detract from the overall condition of this very scarce item of headdress. The upper crown is piped in lemon yellow and there are two further bands of piping around the cap band. To the interior of the cap the white linen has suffered a little around the head band from various fraying and snagging. To the interior of the cap is a printed clothing tab naming this to a Jager of the 2nd Squadron of Jager Regiment No.12. There is a faint ink manufacturer's stamp dating the cap to 1913 and a sizing stamp of '57'. Together with the hat are two matched epaulettes of the 12th Jager Regiment. Each Jager Regiment had their own piping colour, these are in the correct black piping for the 12th Regiment. In all there were 13 Jager Zu Pferde regiments, the 8th to the 13th Regiment were raised in 1913. The 12th were garrisoned in St.Avold. They were a Mounted Reconnaissance Unit. Both the epaulettes are in excellent condition with one tiny moth nip to one epaulette. They have the correct chain stitched red number '12', they are backed in field grey, the exterior colour being the deep Jager green. These items were recently sourced directly from Germany via a house clearer.
WWI GERMAN NAVAL HAVERSACK. An extremely rare element of imperial equipment being the standard issue haversack for marine troops. Marine troops fought in various areas and even formed divisions. This particular haversack is of the early brown coloured canvas with brass fittings. The item has an integral very thick shoulder strap as is characteristic of navy equipment. This has been sewn to one end permanently in place. The belt hook has the central d ring mounted upon it. There is a name tape to the interior. The item remains good and used with some fading and surface staining, however, remains perfectly stable and useable for display and mannequin mounting. Marine field equipment is seldom ever found these days due to the small elements of troops that would have been issued the items at the time.
WWI GERMAN SCHUTZE TRUPPEN PHOTO STUDY. A very good slightly larger than normal cabinet type photograph showing a German soldier in full uniform of the East African campaign. The soldier is wearing the typical German version of the slouch hat known as The Hut. The cockade is visible to the side. The lightweight tunic below this, corduroy breeches and leather marching boots. He wears the rare Colonial equipment set which is very clearly visible in the photo. He carries a GEW.98 with the large 98 needle bayonet attached. In gold block lettering to the base of the photo is the word 'Auf Wiedersehn! The photo itself is still housed in its original frame, a beautiful frame being of chip carved form, this form of carving is also known as Black Forest Work in Germany, it was a series of thin wooden elements usually coming from cigar boxes, which were carefully carved and then applied over each other. The rear of the photo has profuse pencil annotations and is clearly dated '1914'. The tape and pins to the rear of the photograph shown that it has never been removed from the frame.
WWI GERMAN SHELTER QUARTER. An absolutely magnificent example of the mid to late war shelter quarter in stunning condition. Clearly never field used and possibly never issued but in stored folded condition. There are just one or two very minor storage stains. All of the three hole zinc buttons remain present as do all zinc eyelets. There is a very clear boxed 'BAIX' stamp and a clear date of '1918.' To find one in better condition we believe would be almost impossible and this would make a superb item for a collector who wants an example of the very best.
WWI GERMAN WURTTEMBURG FIELD ARTILLERY NCO's PICKELHAUBE. A scarce Wurttemberg Field Artillery NCOs or 1 Year volunteer all leather picklelhaube. Good size skull which is size marked ‘55½ in pencil to the interior skull. Some crazing to the upper outer skull area with minor creases. All of the fittings are of officers quality in gilt brass with extremely good gilt to the Wurttemberg front plate, which includes undamaged antlers on the standing deer, these are invariably broken on Wurttemberg helmets. Ball top indicating artillery. Domes instead of stars to the base plate to the artillery ball indicating NCO rank. Officers domed chin scales with enlisted mans national and Wurttemberg cockades fitted with officers front peak trim. To the interior the leather liner and inner artificial silk liner are of officers quality. The leather retains good colour and is undamaged. The artificial silk is intact but slightly shredded in places. The interior skull retaining much original colour. The domed chin scales indicating that this is a field artillery regiment of which Wurttemberg only had three regiments of field artillery, No.29, 49 and 65.
WWI INDIAN TRANSPORT CORPS OFFICERS COR BLIMEY CAP. A highly evocative item of headdress being a high quality officers soft trench cap with neck flap produced from a very light weight khaki mustard fabric. Bearing to the front the scarce insignia of the Indian Transport Corps. This particular unit saw extensive service during the Gallipoli campaign. Being responsible for much of the mule transported supply. The cap is of a light weight nature and would be typical of caps worn by British officers serving with this unit. There is light field wear and some moth tracking to the top as well as some repairs to the front edge of the peak. This is clearly where the cap had been taken off and put on repeatedly during hard field conditions.
WWI INSIGNIA. A fascinating pair of cloth insignias recently found in Austria being a portion of French cloth with the letters 'KG' which would indicate a prisoner of war, this would be stencilled onto the garments of prisoners of war. A very large insignia being a yellow velvet star overlaid on grey green cloth with the white and red Czechoslovakian colours underneath. These are both mounted on cards with original period annotations about their origin, we can only theorise that this was formulated by an Austrian intelligence officer or equivalent to identify enemy troops as well as categorise prisoners of war. The label appears to be dated '1917' and '1918'. To the rear of one of the labels is a modern translation, which we believe pertains to their Czechoslovakian Legion in Italy. Two have some moth and there is much dust and areas of moth residue, we have left these completely untouched and uncleaned and the cards they are mounted on are old and somewhat brittle but the two items remain a highly fascinating piece of WWI history.
WWI ITALIAN COASTAL DEFENCE GUN ITEMS. Two interesting items brought back at the end of WWII by a British officer being two impressive brass items removed from an Italian Coastal Defence gun in the area of Naples. The larger piece is maker marked and dated 'January 1918' with beautifully engraved crossed cannons. To the interior engraved to a flat section 'Elevation gearbox cover plate from Coast Defence gun, Isle of Capri, Italy, captured 1944'. There is a further paper label attached which reads 'Taken from Coastal Defence Battery, Capri Islands, Naples by Lt. Commander D.R.Moore, Royal Navy, HMS Falknor 1943/4'. Accompanying this large piece is a smaller square manufacturer's plate, we presume taken from the same gun which reads 'Ansaldo S.A. Genoa' with a full address.
WWI ITALIAN SPLINTER GOGGLES. An exceptionally rare pair of splinter goggles, these were issued items to Italian troops during the latter part of the Great War. A huge amount of experimentation took place during the war to defend troops against the terrible losses, the nature of trench warfare meant that the head area was the most exposed part of the body, helmets were developed and various facial defences were also developed against the horrendous injuries caused by shell fragments, these often resulted in blinding. The pair of goggles are a configuration that many nations experimented with being of oval pressed metal eyepieces with a series of thin eye slots. These eyepieces are pressed into a larger metal sheet, each eye and a considerable area of the cheek is covered by steel, the steel itself is encased in a typical Italian colour grey green flannel envelope type frame. The elastic strap to the rear has button adjustments and buttonholes to the period elastic. The paint of the eyepieces is the Italian grey green colour. The overall condition is very good with some light rust staining and a little wear to the nap of the cloth. The elastic remains flexible although a little brittle. These items of facial defence proved impractical and were often disguarded by the troops at the front making these items exceptionally rare today. Many illustrations exist of this particular pair of goggles, the excellent but hard to find Italian book Storia Dell Elmetto Italiano show these exact goggles in illustration number 14, unfortunately the pages are not numbered in this book. Also in Bashford Dean's brilliant work on helmets and body armour similar goggles and considerable text can be found on page 234. These goggles can often be seen worn tied around the helmet itself by Italian troops during the Great War period.
WWI NAVAL BRITISH HOUSEWIFE. A very much a time capsule item being a WWI or pre WWI sailor's housewife set, this is made from heavy linen material and is of much larger format than the army version having individual pockets with button closures. There is typical stencilling for a sailor with the name 'I.E.Isaac' to the exterior. There are numerous very heavy grade needles placed through the flaps clearly for sale stitching. Inside each pouch are numerous threads and cords and laces etc., There is some rust and a little moth damage to some of the wool segments which were attached in place to hold elements of needles etc., The whole set is in completely untouched condition and would make an absolutely wonderful display piece. Great War period naval items have always been difficult to find.
WWI TRENCH UNIT SIGN. A stunning example of a unit related sign from WWI. Painted on a roughly cut piece of ration or petrol tin, the sign depicts a red bearded devil type face on a black and white background. The paint itself is beautifully patinated and has the cracking overall associated with old oil paints. There are two holes to either side where it was presumably attached to either a vehicle or a sign, unfortunately we have not been able to identify the unit that this sign belonged to however extensive research could prove fruitful.
WWI U-BOAT COMMANDER'S GROUPING. A large grouping of paperwork, photographs and documentation belonging to the former Oberleutnant Zur See Helmut Lorenz. He was born October 1889, he joined the Reich Marine. During WWI he was Commander of UC14 from July 1917 to September 1917. Commander of UB10 from the 8th September 1917 to the 16th October 1917. Finally Commander of UC48 from October 1917 to March 1918. During his career on these three submarines there were three ships sunk for a total of 1,757 tons and one ship damaged. The total number of ships sunk by UC48 was 35. All but two of these were under the command of Kurt Ramien. On the 22nd October 1917 under the command of Helmut Lorenz UC48 sunk a Spanish ship and on the 17th November 1917 also under the command of Helmut Lorenz it sank of Norwegian ship. On the 20th March 1918 the UC48 was badly damaged by depth charges from the RMS Loyal, the submarine limped into the Spanish port at El Ferrol, Spain where the submarine and the crew were interned. The Spanish authorities removed the propeller from the submarine to prevent any breakout. Included in the group is the award document for the U-Boat badge dated 12th January 1920 with his original single stamped version of the WWI Submariner's badge. There is a large typed report on the damaging and eventual internment of UC48 in Spain typed at the time of the interment plus the 1919 Reich Marine Headquarters report on the incident. A 1975 signed letter to the still surviving wife of Helmut Lorenz from Karl Donitz and pen signed by Donitz, who was a First World War submarine officer himself and commanded the Submarine Service in WWII and was the last Chancellor of Germany in 1945. Newspaper cuttings from Madrid in 1919. German and French newspapers from WWI. A huge amount of personal and family photographs and other memorabilia relating to his service in the Reich Marine. Lastly a nickel plated cup with engraved plaque to the base 'Herrn Helmut Lorenz Zur Bootsubernahme Von U48'.
WWI U.S. FATIGUE HAT. One of the rarest items of WWI doe boy headdress is the working hat. These simple hats known as Bob's were wore for fatigue dress and can be seen worn in France by cooks and other troops undertaking fatigue type duties, this is a well washed out used version. Complete with all eyelets and lining remaining. The simple cardboard tag has long since disappeared, however this is most definitely a WWI example in a good reasonable size. A scarce element of headdress to find for the WWI U.S. collector. XJLP