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1914 PATTERN LARGE PACK. This is the 2nd type with all web fixtures for attachment to the all leather 1914 equipment. Eyelets to tabs. Claw buckles for carrying straps. Slightly service soiled. Faint manufacturers markings. No clear date.
1919 DATED GURKHA'S KUKRI. WITH MATCHING SCABBARD. Excellent condition 1919 dated kukri, blade near mint, profusely stamped 'DHW' followed by a broad arrow with the letter 'I' underneath, with the further letters 'IG' either side of the broad arrow. Roman numeral 'II' over '1919' over the number '25'. Wood grips have slight indentations with one chip out of the reverse side of the grip. In its matching 1919 dated leather over wood scabbard, which has its brass bottom chape complete, the leather has suffered some scuffing and slight rot but is firm.
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.
30th DIVISION WWI UNIT PATCH. An ultra rare 2 inch circular arm patch, embroidered in white, which has toned to a grey colour, showing the image of the Liver Bird. Remains of stitch marks where applied to tunic.
ADMIN STAFF OFFICERS TRENCH CAP. A mid to late war trench cap of soft form with a silver grey silk multi stitched lining. To the exterior of the cap is a detachable mid blue band, in WWI this indicated General Staff Admin officer and would probably have been a Captain. The exterior cloth is the typical mid weight Gabardine wool in good condition, however there are some areas of wear that have perforated the peak edge and exposed the fibreboard inner, but this does not affect the item being a display piece. There are one or two moth nips and to the rear of the blue band is an interesting hook arrangement. There are approximately 8 air vents to the underside of the rear flap. The badge is of a high quality flame gilt Staff Officer type with maroon velvet to the crown, this is fixed through the front by pins and a cotter pin arrangement.
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.
AMERICAN/FRENCH KNUCKLEDUSTER KNIFE. An interesting and field used example of the French made version, this has regimental stampings to the bronze hilt reading 'C5011'. The grip is in good condition with a deep patination. The knuckle spike is good and sharp as is the pommel nut which is good and has no scratching or deformity. The blade is good with some finish remaining, however it has been slightly shortened through period sharpening. Interestingly the scabbard is the French made version with the notoriously weak belt anchorage points this has been tinned in a very professional manner and carried out in the period, this is obviously a field adaptation and it makes this a highly interesting version. for export sale only
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 ASSAULT GAS MASK AND CLOTH CASE. Possibly the rarest item of any Austrian field equipment is the cloth bag, which held the spare filter and the complete gas mask unit for the M.17 gas mask. These were clearly based on German designs and were almost identical. The material is a rough linen material and slightly construction details differ, the German model is considered extremely scarce but the Austrian model is to be considered almost impossible to find, this is the first we have ever owned. The item itself is all housed within the specially shaped linen bag. To the rear of the bag are two D rings so it could be held using a bread bag strap when not in combat. There are also two wide belt loops, which are buttoned. To the interior there is an original Austrian produced filter clearly marked 'KUK' and dated '1918' in exceptionally good condition with hardly any rust damage and its original dust cap to the canister attachment area. The mask is held in the typical Austrian produced version of the M.17 tin, differing slightly from the German version. The item has its original carrying strap with slider buckle as well as a tunic hook strap to the rear. The mask itself is in excellent overall condition with an excellent supple face piece with totally clear eye pieces, again with profuse stamping throughout. The face piece is clearly marked and dated '18' with Austrian markings throughout. The head harness appears complete and good. The canister itself, again is excellent and comes with numerous stampings including the date '2.1918' and the 'KUK' in pressed relief. All items are in dusty stored condition, there is light rusting to the base of the can however this has not in any way affected the stability of the second canister. The metal tin that has clearly rested within the linen sack since the war's end shows a little corrosion in places to the paint where the damp has reacted with the canister, however, again the overall condition is exceptional. The front closure button to the linen sack is now absent, but this would be easy to replace. This must be the rarest item of Austrian stormtrooper equipment imaginable and these were carried by various frontline units but were most famously carried by the Austro/Hungarian stormtroopers during the latter years of the war.
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 FIELD ARTILLERY OFFICERS UNIFORM BUST GROUP. Regimentals have recently been lucky enough to purchase a small but excellent collection of WWI uniforms, within this collection were some extremely scarce Austrian items, Austrian items of combat clothing have always been one of the hardest to find. The uniform bust set consists of an M.15 officers quality field grey tunic with the correct Austrian upper pockets and fly front. To the stand and fall collar are the bullion rank stars for Hauptmann. The red side stripes to the collar indicating Artillery as is the single epaulette, one epaulette was regulation to be worn on these type of tunics. The tunic is in excellent condition and appears to have no moth damage whatsoever. The nap of the cloth is good and present and all insignia correct. The unit also consists of an M.15 pattern belt, these belts became regulation by 1917 and completely superseded the brass buckle belts by the end of the war, there is also the excellent and extremely rare mounted pattern holster for the Steyer M.12 pistol, this differed slightly from the infantry set, which could be belt mounted. There is also a bayonet and frog with the correct officers toggle to the bayonet, these were carried as a side arm by officers throughout the First World War. The unit is completed by a standard Austrian issue helmet in the original Austrian brown colour with webbing chinstrap, the condition of the helmet is stored and has some damage, there is one leather pad present however the other two are missing. The correct Austrian ink stamps to the interior of the helmet. The chinstrap is complete although a little frayed in places. The lot is mounted on a display bust which can be purchased with the lot at a nominal extra cost.
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 ISSUE BELT. An extremely rare item of equipment being the waist belt used by Austrian troops, this is the mid to late war type with a black roller buckle. Both the original passes are still present and the item is extremely good and supple and perfect for mannequin mounting. The colour is a good mid brown and not greatly stained. A very hard item to find in any condition.
AUSTRIAN LEATHER FROG. A very long 13 inch leather frog with belt suspension loop, for the M15 sword for mounted troops
AUSTRIAN M.16 AND 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.
AUSTRIAN M.16 HELMET. An untouched example of the helmet having approximately 80% of the original mid brown Austrian finish to the exterior. The interior again has the same amount of paint. There is a clear Austrian acceptance stamp to the rear as well as a soldier's name scraped to the rear neck. The leather lining portions are gone, one cushion remains and one loose pad, however this is extremely hard and brittle and broken away from the central band. The original leather band is present and it is a 64 marked Austrian type. The original Austrian folded webbing chin strap is present with metal eyelets and roller buckle, again there is corrosion to the eyelets. Although not in the best of conditions this is an utterly untouched correct period Austrian helmet and hard to find for any display. The exterior is visually excellent.
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.
AUSTRIAN M.16 HELMET. A standard M.16 manufactured by the Austrians with the Austrian style chin strap fixing. The helmet is complete and a very nice example of a rare helmet to find in this completely original configuration. The helmet has approximately 80% of its original Austrian grey brown paint. The flat rivets have matching paint to their heads. The inner is again with the same amount of paint. The leather pads are present with their metal eyelets. The liner band is the correct Austrian type. The chin strap is the typical folded canvas and multi stitched type, again with eyelets throughout. There is an interesting CPO type monogram scratched neatly into the front of the helmet as well as a word which may be of Hungarian or Czechoslovakian origin, which we believe may read ‘Struggle’. We cannot make out the manufacturer’s marks upon these helmets, but one rather interesting feature is that one of the lugs is slightly offset and of a different construction to the rest of the helmet, however this has clearly been fitted at the time and painted the same and the helmet has a slightly off-centre appearance. Condition:
AUSTRIAN OFFICERS BAYONET. Officers in the Austrian Army and Senior NCO's often carried bayonets as a side arm or a trench fighting weapon, this particular bayonet is in good used condition with a little of the nickel lifting from the pommel and cross guard. The blade is extremely bright and good and there is approximately 60% of the field grey paint to the metal scabbard. Complimenting the item is the affixed officers Austrian specific gold bullion knot with the typical K decoration embroidered within it. This is all housed in its original Austrian bound leather frog. A scarce accessory to complete the Austrian display.
AUSTRIAN OFFICERS FIELD TUNIC. An absolutely magnificent tunic, manufactured to the highest quality with the usual high degree of Austrian tailoring. The item is in the typical Austrian grey colour. The overall condition is excellent throughout with what appears to be no moth. There are high quality bullion stars to the collar and a red stripe indicating artillery. The single epaulette is present as well as the medal loops. To the interior of this sophisticated tunic are minimal lining panels and reinforced edged internal bellows pockets. Any Austrian tunic must be considered extremely rare and items of Austrian grey combat uniforms the rarest of all.
AUSTRIAN OTHER RANKS BELT AND BUCKLE. A scarce set being the 1888 one-piece Austrian ordinary soldier's buckle, the buckle is in an excellent condition with light surface wear overall and a few scratches. There is a deep patination overall. The corresponding hook on the leather belt is maker marked and is the correct style for this buckle, being made by Adolf Muller & Sohn, Wien. The belt is a deluxe type of fine brown leather with a brown leather pig skin slider to the reverse side and a lining of typical Austrian grey cloth. The lining has suffered from numerous moth nips, however this does not show when the belt is displayed. The leather is supple and of a mid brown colour. These deluxe type belt leathers would have been purchased separately and fitted to the soldier's requirements, this is evident by the fact that the stitching to the securing hook is of a slightly different coloured cotton, however completely contemporary to the rest of the belt and the reverse of the fitment has the ink stamp '44' for size. A scarce item of field equipment.
AUSTRIAN STEYR HOLSTER. This M.1912 version is in excellent supple condition and still has areas of trench mud to the exterior flap, we have left this as is however this could be carefully removed by light sponging. The leather is good and reasonably supple and there are clear stamps to the interior of the lid dating it to 1912 and the usual profuse amounts of stampings associated with Austrian items as well as a leather stamp with a marking that reads '52JR', presumably the regiment. The item comes with its original integral shoulder strap with passes so a belt could be place through it. Any Austrian field equipment is difficult to find and officers holsters of issue quality such as these. A rare relic of the trenches.
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:
AUSTRO/HUNGARIAN ENTRENCHING TOOL. An extremely scarce standard item of equipment as carried by the Austro/Hungarian infantryman in WWI. The item is in it's original shaped leather holder. The original belt strap is present. The leather is supple and useable. There is one small spilt to the base, however this does not affect the overall appearance. The original tool is present and well fitted to the leather. There are traces of concrete to the metal portions of the shovel. It has a good Hungarian manufacturers stamp to the metal haft. A very scarce item of equipment.
BADEN INFANTRY OFFICERS HELMET. The superb leather skulled Baden Infantry Officers helmet with large size skull. Gilding subdued to the Baden Griffin plate. This is a late war helmet having gilt chin scales, which at that period the gilt was very lightly washed and as a consequence some of the scales have lost their gilt completely, others are still complete with the gilt. The back strap to the helmet and the front trim are made of steel, which are also lightly gilded. The back strap has lost its gilt completely, the front trim has faint traces remaining. The spike and spike base are brass construction gilded, which is still good. Standard national cockade with the unusual serrated officers cockade for the State of Baden in red and gold. Interior of helmet shows hardly any wear use whatsoever. The front and back peaks still have their original red and green interior lining. The mid brown leather sweatband excellent, complete with its russet brown silk interior. The helmet retains all its original nuts and washers with the remains of a military suppliers label affixed to the interior crown. Condition:
BATTLE DAMAGED AUSTRIAN M.18 HELMET. HUNGARIAN MODEL. The helmet that collectors have termed over many years 'The Hungarian Model' however it is now believed that these are simply a 1918 production. Of all the mass produced helmets of WWI these are one of the hardest to find. The shell is basically as with the Austrian M.16, however there are two very small rivets just below the horns of the helmet and to the interior there is a more complicated Berndorfer style keyhole clipped chinstrap system. The helmet itself is absolutely untouched and is clearly a battlefield pick-up. Shrapnel has passed probably through the back of the head of the wearer and has exited through the front leaving an outward blast area of unmistakeable ballistic damage. The lining presumably at the time was ripped out because it was covered in blood and half the chinstrap simply ripped away. There is a definite discoloration to the interior of the skull, which would indicate blood damage. To the reverse of the inner skirt is traces of the Austrian issue stamp and to one side there is a stamp which appears to be an 'O' or a 'Q'. The typical Austrian brown finish is approximately 70% present with obvious scratches and areas of rust bleed, however the colour remains a frosty and very attractive finish throughout. These helmets are extremely hard to find and to find a battle damaged version is quite unique. This helmet was recently purchased in the U.S. and would most certainly have been brought back to The States by an American serviceman serving in Italy during WWI. A marvellous centrepiece to an advanced collection.
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 OR ADMINISTRATIVE PICKELHAUBE. A superb condition all fibre bodied pickelhaube worn by a Police officer or an administrative official 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.
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 1915 DATED KUKRI. A very rare kukri. Excellent blade dated ‘1915’ with the Indian Government broad arrow stamp, which is a broad arrow with the letters ‘IG’ over the number ‘9’. The hilt is very unusual, the variation on the standard style normally seen and is very similar to the WWII American produced 'case' machetes. The kukri is in its correct military style leather over wood scabbard with its brass bottom chape.
BRITISH 1917 TRENCH PERISCOPE. A good example of the issued periscope, the eyepiece is now missing, however the handle and the main body remain good with much of the deep bronze green present in the paintwork. There are areas of paint loss showing the brass body underneath. There is a good '1917' date and manufacturer's plate to the item.
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 1ST LIFEGUARDS/MACHINE GUN CORPS OFFICER NAMED SWORD SET. An absolutely magnificent set of items centring around a typical 1st Lifeguards specific pattern sword. The set itself is utterly untouched and has recently come out of storage. The bowl of the sword is in the very attractive typical Lifeguards fashion with regimental monogram crown and brass studding to the bowl. The bowl itself has a combat leather interior guard and original sword knot. The original cavalry type frog is present and the sword has its original brown pigskin combat scabbard and its dress all metal scabbard, this is all contained within the original Wilkinson brown leather sword carrying case. The blade is nicely engraved with the initials 'CDL'. We have carried research upon this item in a limited fashion and further research would undoubtedly prove fruitful. The sword was the property of Captain Christopher Digby Leyland of the 1st Lifeguards, he served in WWI and was entitled to the 14 Star trio. The January 1921 Army List shows 'Leyland Cavalry Reserve Officer 1st Lifeguards.' there is a copy of the National Archives listing that reads 'HE WAS AN ACTING CAPTAIN ATTACHED MACHINE GUN CORPS 16.NOVEMBER 16 TO 8.NOVEMBER 17'. The condition is untouched with a little loose wire to the grip. The leather work is unpolished however would come up beautifully with a single reviving secondary coat of clear wax. The blade is very good and bright with approximately 98% percent of the original polish remaining. The regimental monogram with Waterloo scroll to one side and the initials to the other side. There is typical Wilkinson Sword numbering to the back strap of the sword and again by checking these records there may be further information to be gleaned. The sword frog to the reverse is Company marked and even the sword bag is a Wilkinson product with Wilkinson stampings to the leather. To find such a complete untouched set is very difficult, particularly to a very prestigious regiment and named adds to its appeal. It must be remembered in August 1914 the British Forces deployed to France and Belgium carrying their swords upon their equipment in the field and it is highly likely that this sword was carried for field use in those early months of the Great War. An almost impossible set to improve upon.
BRITISH 48TH DIVISION BRODIE HELMET. A magnificent Brodie helmet painted with a very neat yellow band around the entire helmet, this we believe indicates the Gloucester Regiment contingent, who were part of the 48th Division who fought on both the Western Front and then moved to the Italian front in 1917. Interestingly a helmet with the exact same configuration now resides in the Gloustershire Regiment museum. The helmet is completely untouched and dusty from storage. The paint is approximately 80% present with some rust bleed, dings and general dirt. The helmet shell is the rimmed type with various coats of paint including a hand applied dark green coat with the yellow band laid upon it. The helmet is marked 'FKS', this was for Frank Steel. The liner is good and intact with moth damage to the orange woollen section. The black oilcloth headband remains excellent and slightly stiff from storage. The chin strap is missing and the helmet has been clearly hung from a wall by a length of old cord, which is still attached to the helmet. A very fine item of British battle insignia in very good presentable condition. Condition:
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 ALDIS SNIPER SCOPE. An excellent cased scope that appears to be made by Aldis, this is written in white embossed lettering around the aperture cover. This comes in its original fitted leather case with instructions to the interior of the lid. The optics appear fine but definitely could do with a clean. The case is supple and a typical example of fine quality British leather work. There seems to be a huge amount of Aldis scopes who seem to be the main maker for WWI scopes. Accompanying the set are an original pair of Parker Hale mounts, these were mounted upon the scope on purchase, we have carefully taken these off and cannot guarantee these are of military origin and would fit a military rifle. A beautiful set of optics.
BRITISH ARTILLERY LIEUTNENANT'S TUNIC. In terms of condition this is a stunning tunic and very much represents what was worn towards the war's end. The tunic is named and there is a good tailors label to the interior of the pocket for a Cirencester tailors and a name 'Lieutenant Blaglove'. An interesting old English name, further research would be possibly fruitful. There is a clear date of the '30.5.1918'. The tunic is made from fine lightweight quality wool making this a summer weight European type tunic. The features include the typical large bag pockets to the base, the pocket flaps are very high in line with the bottom button of the tunic. Very wide chisel tipped classic First World War epaulettes with large metal pips to the rank of Lieutenant. To the cuff there are overseas stripes for three years. All buttons are excellent matching artillery type, all originally sewn and to either collar are artillery grenade insignias. The lining is brush brown cotton. There are one or two tiny moth nips but overall the condition of the tunic is very much above average.
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 CHATER LEA 1917 ALL METAL WIRE CUTTERS. A pair of folding wire cutters by Chater Lea dated 1917.
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 DERBY SCHEME ARMBAND. A good armband lightly mothed in places with typical Derby sCHEMEstampings to the interior.
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 DOUBLE BRACE SAM BROWNE SET. A very complete set of First World War officers equipment, including a good '18' dated waist belt, sword frog, double matching cross straps, torch pouch, large frame pistol holster and matching ammunition pouch. The whole set is good and supple and is of good colour. The leather is excellent throughout and could benefit from a gentle light wax polishing throughout. One claw of the belt is now absent, this is contained within the ammunition pouch and when worn upon a mannequin this can simply be pushed through the existing hole and it does not disturb the appearance of the set whatsoever.
BRITISH DOUBLE BRACE SAM BROWNE SET. A super quality Sam Browne set consisting of double matching cross braces and belt as well as sword frog. The overall colour of the leather is excellent and supple and a good colour match, this would benefit from a light clear bees wax polish which would enhance the quality of this English leather work magnificently. The item comes with an officers map case, which was found with it during a house clearance. The whole set is in good condition. The central section has been removed from the map case covering, however in its folded state this is not evident at all.
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 FLUTED PRIVATE PURCHASE COVERED HELMET. An exceptional set being one of the early fluted helmets that were for sale by British tailors to gentlemen officers during the Great War. The helmet has a tailor produced woollen cloth cover, this cover has clearly been upon the helmet since the helmet was purchased, there is much rust bleed, staining and the cover is shrunken tight to the helmet shell. The original chin strap is present as is the leather band, which has suffered a little from damp but remains good and relatively supple. The original cork spacers are all in place and the felt remains good with just surface moth nipping to it. An exceptional item that would greatly compliment an early Great War officer display.
BRITISH FOXES OFFICERS PUTTEES. A very nice pair of high quality private purchase puttees, these are unusually in a beige Melton wool having the typical mastic colour throughout, these have toned beautifully. They have the correct full length ties and typical Foxes patent labels. These were worn from the turn of the century until the inter war period. These look particularly good with light coloured breeches upon First World War officer type mannequins.
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 HALF FACE FLYERS GOGGLES. An excellent pair of goggles mounted upon a soft leather half face backing. These are very typical of WWI aviators goggles having elasticated adjustable strapping and the overall condition is good with some surface wear, however stable throughout.
BRITISH HERTFORDSHIRE REGIMENT CUFF RANK TUNIC. An absolutely stunning cuff rank tunic in very good condition. The tunic has all its original insignia, including maker marked buttons throughout and Hertfordshire titles. The Hertford's were a very small unit and thus officers tunics from this unit must be considered rare. To either cuff are excellent Lieutenant's pips being of high form and beautifully hand embroidered. To each cuff the gauntlet cuff area is a separate laid on piece with typical chevron type lacing overlaying the seams. The tunic is a good medium large, which would suit a mannequin. The tailoring is extremely smart and this is clearly an expensive tunic, of a mid weight whipcord classic khaki cloth with brushed khaki cotton silk lining throughout. There is very little moth, just one or two tiny surface moth tracks. There appears to be no hole damage. To the left hand cuff is a single wound stripe in the purchased all metal version. Infantry cuff rank tunics have always been difficult to find and to find a complete original one completely unaltered or messed with in very good condition must be considered extremely rare.
BRITISH INTER WAR PERIOD FLYING HELMET. A good example, probably civilian produced and similar in format to the British 1918 pattern helmet. The helmet has the original Gosport tubes in place, it is of the utmost quality and of excellent supple leather throughout. There are signs of wear, a little grease to highlights etc., all press studs appear good and the buckle has a little wear to the leather covering, however is stable. A super looking helmet.
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.
BRITISH LABOUR CORPS OFFICERS UNTOUCHED TUNIC. A most interesting tunic that came to us directly from Belgium. This tunic is something that has clearly seen much service wear and is very evocative of the period. The tunic started out life as a cuff rank tunic, most likely it never had the cuff rank fitted and has been field converted into a shoulder rank. The cloth pips have been attached directly to the shoulder straps, these shoulder straps have never been pierced for metal pips. The lower cuffs have had the mitre design carefully sewn in, in the form of seams thus creating a faux mitred cuff, this has clearly been done on a budget and this officer probably was a typical soldier promoted from the ranks to serve with the Labour Corps. To the collars are the typical GS badges that the Labour Corps wore, this is a perfect matching pair. The buttons throughout are General Service type which would be correct for this unit, however of officer quality with the solid backs. The patina to all buttons is the same, two of the lower buttons are now missing, however these would be very easy to find to replace. The brushed cotton lining is excellent and shows typical WWI refinements, there is a little shredding to the lower area but in general it is very good. The item is dusty and untouched, to the exterior is the classic reinforcement behind the belt with the small ticket pocket, the very large bellows pockets and to the lower arm are five blue overseas stripes, which would probably indicate late 1918 1919 service, even these overseas stripes have been made by the appliqué process laying blue felt upon a khaki background. The collar when upturned has the tan button, which is associated with gas hood wear and a wonderful period feature. The overall condition is very good with no significant moth damage, there are period repairs below the arms but this is not visible when upon a mannequin. There is a clear fade line where a Sam Browne has been worn to the belt. To find any Labour Corps associated item is most interesting and these prove to be one of the most interesting units of the Great War. They work being far from glamorous, they worked with many Labour Corps volunteers from China as well as south Africa and Egypt and their history again is most interesting. A completely untouched WWI tunic.
BRITISH LARGE JACK KNIFE. A good well used jack knife with a sharpened blade. All fitments appear complete.
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 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 MACHINE GUNNERS WAISTCOAT. This was the waistcoat designed to carry the heavy legs of the Vickers gun. The item is the typical WWI produced item with Egyptian cotton edging. The item is in stored condition and appears basically moth free, the leather being supple and complete. These are an impressive item for the Machine Gun display.
BRITISH MAGNETIC BRODIE BATTLE DAMAGED SHELL. An evocative souvenir being a Brodie helmet in the early rimless magnetic steel with multiple stress fractures to the interior where it has clearly suffered from concussion damage and what appears to be one bullet hole to the front. The helmet has clearly been upon the battlefield for many years after the war, there is light russet rust overall and the chinstrap bales have rusted through. The pitting is not overly deep and one can clearly make out the NS manufacturers code the reverse. The helmet tests as magnetic and the brittle quality of the steel is clear in the shattering that has occurred. What makes the helmet particularly attractive is an original typed museum style note that has been gummed to the interior, which attests to the item being found near Poiziers shortly after the Great War. There is rust spotting to the yellow paper description that has clearly been glued upon the helmet for many years. The helmet appears to have been waxed or very lightly varnished. A great trench pick-up item.
BRITISH MEDAL GROUPING TO TWO BROTHERS. A wonderful item of WWI memorabilia being two pairs of medals to two brothers which have been lovingly mounted by the family within a hardwood and gilt frame with velvet backing. These have clearly remained upon this backing since they were originally mounted after the First World War and the fading is absolutely superb. All ribbons are faded and so is the velvet, however when you lift the medals up one can clearly see the absolute outline of where they rested upon this velvet for many years. All the medals have toned to a fabulous colour and the silver medals have gone almost completely black. The two brothers served in King's Regiment and the Cheshire Regiment, both units are fairly close geographically and the brothers family name was Nadine, both sets of medals are named to those two Regiments.
BRITISH MGC/GLOUCESTERS SHOULDER RANK TUNIC. Recently Regimentals have been lucky enough to buy an excellent and well put together Machine Gun Corps related collection. A wonderful First War tunic being of extremely heavy whipped cord material. This material is often associated with breeches, however, this man has ordered it for an extremely heavy winter type tunic. To either cuff are the leather reinforcing, these were placed upon tunics to alleviate wear and also have a rather jaunty sports look about them. All buttons are for the Gloucester Regiment, and the regimental style of plain cuffs with two buttons to the back is adhered to in this case. The Officer like many was attached to the MGC and thus has retained regimental buttons and replaced these with MGC collars. There is evidence of other collars being worn which would be totally logical. These have been very neatly sewn up and the Machine Gun collars added at the time. The epaulettes are the very parallel and square heavy tipped First War type, again mounted with very small WWI style blackened pips to the rank of a Captain. The tunic itself has a little staining in places, however, is good. The lining is a half lining, only covering the front area and some of the back shoulder area. The colour has faded a little and is now in a beautiful brown/khaki shade. To the lower left arm are three overseas stripes which are clearly faded and have always been upon this tunic. A beautiful trench type tunic.
BRITISH NAMED 1ST PATTERN RAF KHAKI 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 NAMED OFFICERS SHOULDER STOCK HOLSTER. An exceptionally rare and well made holster, this holster was to carry a shoulder stock, shoulder stocks were widely available through private purchase by officers and a number of companies made them to fit various revolvers, this was probably to fit a Webley service pistol of some kind. The basic construction is very similar to the normal Sam Browne equipment in fine quality brown leather. To the rear are two D rings for a shoulder strap plus a very wide belt loop which may have been intended to have been worn with the 1908 webbing equipment as well as the Sam Browne officers equipment. To the interior flap is the name 'H.F.C. Cruckshank Grenadier Guards'. We carried out some research and have found Cruckshank to be an officer of some note during the WWI period. Harry Cruckshank became the 1st Viscount Cruckshank, unfortunately due to his injuries during the First World War he could not have children and suffered terribly from these injuries during his life, he ended up as a Conservative MP for Gainsborough as well as many other civil positions including Postmaster General, Minister of Health, Lord of the Privy Seal, Leader of the House of Commons. He died in Chelsea aged 68 in 1956. We have various photostats of the Regimental log and histories plus other research. A group photo all in photostat form. A highly interesting and rare item of British officers field equipment of WWI in excellent condition.
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 NOTTS & DERBY OFFICERS TUNIC. A super example of a mid to late war WWI shoulder rank tunic. When examining photographs of the Great War one can clearly see, certainly towards the end of the war the shoulder rank was more prevalent. This was tactically superior to the cuff rank, which gave the officer away and made an attempting target for snipers. This tunic is in super condition being of typical WWI cut having very large bellows pockets with large flaps that are high up towards the centre band of the tunic having the small ticket pocket to the waist band, belt hooks and rectangular chisel tipped epaulettes. The fabric is the mid weight fine whipcord khaki ribbed wool. To each collar are excellent matched Notts & Derby bronze officers collars with Territorial 'T's pinned through underneath. The rank stars are the small bronze WWI type. There is a good label to the neck which is a Leicester tailor and the officers name is 'H.M.Clifford'. The tunic is dated 'July 1918'. All buttons match throughout and to the left cuff are three blue overseas stripes. Some research has been carried out and it shows Horace Montague Clifford was a member of the 2nd 5th Sherwood Foresters, initially joining the 5th Battalion Notts & Derbyshire with Foresters Territorials serving with the 5th Battalion until May 17th, March to April served in France, September 17th to April 18th, wounded April 14th, 1918. Copies of supplement to the Royal Gazettes are included in the lot as well as photocopies of service records. Interestingly during his service as part of the 2nd 5th he served in Ireland as part of the 4th to quell the Easter Rising. Further research into this officer would undoubtedly prove fruitful and this tunic is very much above average in terms of condition and makes an absolutely super representative example of the hard to find true First World War officers shoulder rank tunic.
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 OFFICERS BREECHES. An absolutely classic pair of whipcord breeches, these were worn early in the war from August 1914 onwards and can be seen throughout the whole conflict. Their construction is of typical British tailoring being extremely fine throughout. The heavy material is of trench weight and there is an original pair of adjustable braces still attached. To the rear is the tailor’s label from Liverpool to an officer with the name F.R.R.Lennon’, which in itself is an interesting Liverpool related name. There are one or two tiny moth nips to the crotch area and one or two small areas of mis-stitching to the base, however they are in excellent condition with calf skin inners to the thighs. These would greatly compliment a cuff rank type tunic and are absolutely typical of WWI officer issue.
BRITISH OFFICERS BRODIE HELMET AND CARRYING CASE. An exceptionally nice item of fine quality English craftsmanship being the standard Brodie shell, sand finished with an ace of clubs divisional sign to the side in cream paint. These divisional signs were used by many units and an exact identification is difficult, however many brigades within divisions used playing card images to identified sub units. The lining is a very high quality version of silk, felt and brown Moroccan leather. Embossed to the headband is Lincoln Bennett, Lincoln Bennett produced a huge array of caps and trench caps as well as luxury helmet liners etc., for officers. The helmet shell has probably been supplied by them and has their own style of small chin strap bale fitted. The original chin strap is present however a little fragile with some nicking to the centre, with delicate handling it should remain good. The steel shell has an excellent very deep green finish sanded to the exterior, which is close to black. Completing the unit is a wonderful carrying harness in tooled leather of the utmost quality, these harnesses were used to mount upon Sam Browne equipment or upon the officers saddle while carrying the helmet upon it.
BRITISH OFFICERS CAMPAIGN MIRROR. A magnificent item of British craftsmanship being a three framed folding mirror, 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 FOXES PUTTEES. A good full length pair of puttees in light beige tone known as Mastic, these are in good condition with original ties, one or two nicks with their 'Made in England' stamping and left and right tags upon them. Excellent items to complete the WWI mannequin.
BRITISH OFFICERS MESS KIT. A superb set of mess kit that would have been purchased by an officer prior to his departure to the front line, these mess kits came in a variety of styles and were supplied by private tailors and outfitters. This particular example has a lightweight khaki wool carrying case, this item has provision to be strapped upon an officers knapsack or hung from the Sam Brown belt. The cover is to alleviate the obvious reflection of the bright aluminium tin set. The inner tins are in excellent condition with some patination to the alloy. There is a thin leather retaining strap holding the unit together. To the interior is a secondary smaller alloy bowl and two pierced sided holders which a flame would be lit within and these would act as a rudimentary stove. There is also a handle for handling the hot pans when in use. There are one or two small moth nips to the outer woollen cover. The original horn button remains in place and the overall condition is extremely clean and good for display purposes.
BRITISH OFFICERS MUSTARD COLOURED PUTTEES. An excellent pair that have clearly been stored for a long time, they appear very good and almost completely moth free with some surface wear, one or two tiny nicks. The original full length beige coloured tie cords are present.
BRITISH OFFICERS SAM BROWNE SET. A super supple set showing just a little crazing to the surface of the leather. The overall condition is good and flexible and perfect for use upon a mannequin. The leather is a good matched colour being of a mid brown colour, not overly red and the stitching is a good contrasting cream colour. The shoulder strap has the pass so a second could be worn through it in the field. The set consists of belt and one shoulder brace. Although untouched, items such as these will polish absolutely to a super deep shine with minimum of work when using a natural wax polish.
BRITISH OFFICERS SURVEYING TAPE MEASURE. An excellent quality item of militaria being an exquisitely produced gentleman's large roller tape measure. This is a heavy duty item and would have been used for placement of artillery batteries and bridge laying etc., This particular item is clearly stamped 'Major C.G.Ling Royal Engineers' and interestingly is a German manufactured item, this could indicate possibly being captured or from the just pre war occupation period after WWI. The quality is exceptional and is of all brass and with a hardwood stained handle. The metal tape is in excellent condition and functions perfectly. An interesting and beautifully crafted tool.
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 OTHER RANKS PUTTEES. An interesting pair of puttees very much following other ranks configuration, these could be private purchase for both officers and men. These are wide and straight throughout and are of typical British colouring with long khaki brown tapes. There are traces of ink stampings to the interior of the puttees in white thus indicating other ranks issue. The overall condition is good with one or two moth tracks, however very good and would make an excellent set to mount upon a mannequin.
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 PATTERN 13 SWORD BAYONET. A good example of this bayonet in its original British type scabbard. The overall condition is good with the usual areas of rubbing. There is much of the original blue to the hilt and areas of very light rust spotting to the metalwork that would clean easily. The blade is good with markings for '517' and well as '1913' and various inspection stamps. The blade is good with a sharp combat edge.
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 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 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 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 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 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 SAM BROWNE BELT. An excellent textbook example of the Sam Browne belt in a beautiful mid ox blood brown colour with matching cross belt. All the leather work is good and supple and this would make a super candidate to complete the tunic display.
BRITISH STAFFORDS OFFICERS HELMET AND COVER. A super early apple green Brodie with a Walter Barnard private purchase high quality liner attached with an original leather high quality officers chin strap in place. The cover is of excellent tailored quality four piece type with a round-like sleeve to the front for attachment of a cap badge, in this case the North Stafford badge has clearly always been upon this helmet. There is a good degree of dust build and some light staining, however the whole unit remains in very good untouched condition. A beautiful officers helmet.
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 TELEPHONE HANDSET. A good 1918 dated field telephone handset with original wire. Both Bakelite mouth and earpieces present.
BRITISH TRENCH PERISCOPE.. A splendid example of the periscope No.30manufactured by Adams & Co, in 1917. This is an issued item of trench equipment and was used by spotters and snipers in front line areas during the war. The large tubular metal body is painted in a khaki finish with large broad arrow stamped front. The Adams & Co paper label is completely intact with some rust staining, however completely readable. There are a set of instructions and 'Periscope No.30 Adams & Co., 1917' written on it. The two lower angled housings for the mirrors are complete and are of zinc metal. The khaki cotton covered black Hessian carrying bag is complete, however it is a little shredded at the ends and the closure strap is minus. The shoulder strap is complete and although delicate it displays well with the item. The item is dusty and stored but in excellent overall condition and a rare item of issued British trench equipment.
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 UNIT MARKED BRODIE HELMET. A super Brodie shell of typical sharp rim style. The helmet has markings to the interior for 'The Royal Garrison Artillery. To the front is an extremely heavily painted insignia depicting crossed cannons and a playing card device. The patch appears to have been painted upon a paper or cloth and gummed to the helmet, it is coming away a little in places, however remains good and stable. A most interesting steel helmet.
BRITISH WOMAN'S ARMY CORPS BREECHES. An exceptionally rare pair of First World War female breeches, these would have been worn by female dispatch riders and drivers during the Great War. Their construction is very typical of First World War garments, they are side opening, interestingly they have within them markings reading '11 DOM ACR' and 'small' for the size, this would indicate these were held in some sort of pool and were issued when needs be. The overall condition is good with a little service wear and some small surface stains. They have been used, although show no signs of holes, fraying or damage. Another exceptionally rare item and an evocative display item that clearly demonstrates the woman's role within WWI.
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 WW1 OFFICERS PRIVATE PURCHASE 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'.
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 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 HERTFORDSHIRE OFFICERS BRODIE HELMET AND COVER. A superb example of a finely tailored helmet cover upon a private purchase helmet. This is the standard issue Brodie shell that has had an officers private purchased high quality leather lining applied. There are some light repairs to the interior of the helmet strapping, however the leather is good and supple and basically complete. The original chin strap is missing, however the studs remain. The liner to the exterior of the helmet is deluxe quality officers four piece type with original cap badge of the Hertford Regiment applied to the front. There is light rust staining and storage dust and a few mould stains to the cover, however it is stable and intact and in excellent condition throughout. A stunning combat helmet that would greatly compliment the WWI officer's display.
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 MACHINE GUNNERS CAPE. Described as a cape in the official military listing, introduced early in WWI, it is a short waistcoat with padded leather shoulders, this was issued to the number 1 gunner in the Vickers gun team, this was so he could rest the heavy tripod legs over his shoulder whilst in carriage and was used by many Machine Gun Corps troops to carry heavy objects, which would cut into the shoulder over rough terrain, basically a short bolero type waistcoat with reinforced shoulders and padded shoulder rolls to stop the item slipping from the shoulder. The edging to the arm apertures was a white linen material. The condition is mint stored with some light staining to the leather shoulder areas. Three buttons are of the General Service type, Kings Crown, with the interior tapes lined in Egyptian cotton.
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 AND 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 ROYAL NAVAL DIVISION CAP TALLY AND PHOTOGRAPHS. A well presented set being a complete Royal Naval Division cap tally neatly mounted upon mounting card with light patination to all the lettering and this includes the scarce silk tie that has clearly been removed directly from a khaki sailor's hat. The majority on the market are unissued and have never been tied, however this shows the elegant knot arrangement in a bow to one end and there are two original postcards of Naval Division troops, one wearing very early sailor outfits with the RND full title to their hats and another showing RND soldiers in around 1916 wearing simplified tunics and khaki topped sailors hats.
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.
BRITISH/ COMMONWEALTH SUPPLEMENTARY BANDOLIER. A WWI produced item made in Australia in 1918, this has subsequently been refilled and re-issued in 1946. There are numerous stamps etc., and the closures are the brass hook type.
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 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.
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 OFFICERS 75TH BATTALION CUFF RANK TUNIC. A super high quality jacket ranked to a Captain. To each cuff are the typical cuff rank gauntlet patches, the braid being mounted upon separate sewn on overlays with matching high quality embroidered pips to both cuffs with two rings of rank lace running around each cuff. There is a brass wound stripe to the left cuff and to each upper arm is the battalion patch of the 75th Canadian Infantry Battalion being a green square with a red semi circle above. Both the epaulettes are excellent with small officer quality brass Canada titles. There is a little bleaching from the verdigris to the cloth and this has created an attractive shadow effect to both epaulettes. All buttons appear to be excellent Canada type officer buttons. To each collar there is the Canadian maple leaf insignia in brass. Interestingly other collars have at some point been mounted upon the tunic and it is likely that this officer transferred from another unit. To the breast is a single silk ribbon for the Military Cross. The tunic has a typical seamed waist with large bellows pockets and is produced from a wonderful ginger shaded heavy whipcord material. The overall condition is very good with virtually no moth nipping to the wool. There are one or two areas where seams have been period tacked back in place. There is some minor fading, however this is even and does not affect the overall appearance of the tunic whatsoever. Condition:
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.
COMMONWEALTH WWI AUSTRALIAN BREECHES. An extremely scarce British made pair of breeches for Australian troops being ankle lace up however lacking any reinforcement to the interior. They are made of a thick whipcord material. They are lined in the typical off white British cloth and all buttons are the zinc British type. The condition is presentable however there are areas of weakness and ripping to the inner calves, this would be covered by puttees of leather gaiters. There are one or two repairs to the front. The size is a good medium large. These would be suitable for completing a mannequin.
CZECH LEGION UNIFORM. Uniform for a Lieutenant in the Czech Legion, the colour being in Russian brown is of very high quality wool, exact matching colour between the four pocket tunic and the trousers. Two plain epaulettes. Two cherry red infantry collar patches. To the upper right hand sleeve are three cherry red service stripes. To the upper left hand sleeve is a shield shaped patch with three inverted yellow stripes for rank with the regimental number below piped in cherry red. There are no visible markings to the tunic or trousers. The outfit is mint with no moth, damage or staining. The Czech Legion were formed to fight during WWI for their own independence, the Czechs in Russia became involved in the Civil War in what became Soviet Russia and the uniform was worn up to the middle 1930's.
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.
DANZIG TELEGRAPHERS BELT BUCKLE. The ultra rare heavy brass constructed belt buckle for a telegrapher/signalman, complete with the clips at front for the signalmans line reel with the silver overlay of the City of Danzig. We have re-listed this buckle to include it with the large collection of Imperial buckles we have just purchased.
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.
ENGLISH ROYAL FLYING CORPS MATCHED PAIR OF SHOULDER TITLES. An absolutely superb mint unissued matched pair of Royal Flying Corps enlisted ranks shoulder titles. Beautifully embroidered on dark blue backing cloth with a heavy canvas backing. No moth, damage or staining. A superb pair.
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 with Feldzug 1915 volume 2 already in production and due for publication in June 2013. (Please note the images used are pre production samples and not proofed) Condition:
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 with Feldzug 1915 volume 2 already in production and due for publication in June 2013. (Please note the images used are pre production samples and not proofed)
FELDZUG 1914 VOLUME 1 BY MICHAEL BALDWIN. Regimentals are now accepting pre orders of the new publication from Military Mode Publishing. 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 and not proofed)
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.
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 EXCELLENT IMPERIAL GERMAN POSTCARD PHOTOGRAPHS. A good mixture including a Prussian machine gunner wearing his green felt sided shako. A Bavarian officer wearing his pickelhaube. A Bavarian Jager wearing his pickelhaube. A Bavarian Jager wearing his shako with greatcoat, studio shot. Guard NCO wearing his visor cap in the field. A group of five Landwehr soldiers wearing leather caps, field mutzes and visor caps. One hand written on the reverse side. One typed on the reverse side with the original mans name and unit details and one field post stamped and posted.
FIVE IMPERIAL GERMAN IMAGES ALL WITH PICKELHAUBES. Five excellent Imperial German images all wearing field grey uniforms. Two are Guard unit all wearing Pickelhaubes four with covers and one Bavarian without a cover. One card has been posted and franked with a sealed post stamp on the 2nd Guard Infantry Division.
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.
FIVE IMPERIAL POSTCARDS WITH MIXTURE OF FELDMUTZES AND VISOR CAPS. Five excellent images of Imperial German soldiers. All postcard size. One has been written franked and sent dated 1917. Two with Feldmutzes of which one has a camouflage band. Three groups of NCOs including one guard group all wearing visored caps. Also including one Hussar Officer.
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.
FOX MASTIC COLOURED FULL LENGTH PUTTEES. A pair of the elegant puttees that were in the light pinky beige shade referred to as mastic. These were highly fashionable amongst officers during WWI who would wear breeches in the same colour however, this contrasted with the khaki of the tunic. This fashion came from contempory civilian sporting riding dress where the breeches would obviously contrast to the hunting coat. This particular pair are in excellent condition with minor surface wear and one or two tiny moth nips. The original matching coloured leg ties are present. These are typical Fox brand types and have the oval 'Made In England' stamp still faintly visible to one end of each puttee. Full length puttees such as these are now becoming extremely difficult to find to complete the WWI Officer display.
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.
FRENCH AMMUNITION POUCHES. A good colour matched pair of ammunition pouches, these have seen much service and one is of the ersatz riveted type whereas the other is of leather type. There appears to be one rivet repair to the front of one pouch. Still very good and supple throughout.
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 ARS GAS MASK. The ARS was a very advanced gas mask and was clearly designed after the German model, it came in a corrugated tin and at the end of the war and into the inter war period these tins were slightly extended as in this case. The mask itself is very good, the face piece being semi supple, however rigid and in place. All strapping is present and the original micre eye pieces are unbroken. There is much fantastic mustard coloured typical French paint to both the canister and the carrying tin. All instructions are clearly glued to the interior of the tin and the straps are all present including the short section for mounting upon the belt. An excellent completely untouched item.
FRENCH ARTILLERY UNIFORM. An interesting uniform in the iron blue/grey colour, this was very popular with artillery troops, having all buttons throughout and four pocket configuration. To the collars are artillery type scarlet '33rd' bullion officer quality numbers. There is a matching pair of trousers, interestingly black piped throughout, these match in shade exactly and are clearly French manufactured with French tailors buttons throughout. The overall condition of the jacket is field worn but good with some service repairs and wear to the nap of the cloth. The lining is of NCO quality and has numerous period repairs. The whole set would display very well. Interestingly these elegant uniforms were often worn by aviators attached to the Aviation Service from other branches.
FRENCH BRACELET GRENADE. An extremely scarce heavy ball grenade with much of the original wood plug remaining. The item has a little surface pitting however is very much above average.
FRENCH COMBAT Y STRAPS. A good supple pair of dark brown Y straps with their original correct WWI brass hardware, these are the riveted wartime constructed type. There is verdigris to the brass elements.
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 EARLY M.2 GAS MASK TIN. The scarce D shaped tin which was one of the earlier models for the French gas mask, these are much scarcer than the squared versions. It has matching lid and tin pressed body with much of the original hand applied mid grey blue finish. The original cord is present that has been broken in one point but neatly tied back together and this would be the correct length to mount around the ammunition pouch for mannequin display. Upon the base is a name and date '1919', this was probably scratched on by a civilian who would use such a tin for carrying food. A very rare accessory for the French soldier display.
FRENCH ENLISTED MANS GROUND SHEET. The scarce French enlisted mans ground sheet, regimentally marked. Some light tears and staining but having all of its correct buttons, hooks and eyes.
FRENCH ERSATZ PUTTEES. An extremely rare pair of the ersatz puttees, these would have been issued from 1915 onwards, these are of wool with a zigzag edge and have a red line of selvage running through them. The original ties are present and these are the in the straight un-curved form of early puttees. A scarce element to complete the mannequin.
FRENCH F1 GRENADE. An excellent example with an non-corroded lower tin body, this has been very well repainted in horizon blue paint with brass cap present.
FRENCH FLARE PISTOL. An all brass bodied version in excellent condition with some green verdigris to one side. The wooden grips appear a little shrunken. The item cocks and can be broken for loading purposes. Deactivated. Condition:
FRENCH FOLDING SAW. A scarce set to find in its original heavyweight HBT pouch with belt mounting loops to the rear. The item is in good condition. The saw blade is good and sharp and retaining much blueing. The two detachable brass handles are still present within the bag. A very hard item to find to complete the back pack display.
FRENCH GENDARMERIE HELMET. An extremely scarce M.15 Adrian with interesting features including the white metal grenade badge that signifies Military Police, i.e., Gendarmerie. The insignia is of wonderful deep bulbous form and is a version manufactured for Gendarmerie use. The exterior has an almost camo-like appearance with small black dots over the original finish, it is difficult to know whether this is actual camouflage or an unusual patination. The interior has the original leather lining, which is slightly shrunk and interestingly to it is a wonderful ink scripted label. The interior is of a dark blue/black colour. There is much dust build overall. Accompanying the set is a scarce pair of the rubber goggles that were worn by early aviators and were used for gas usage early on by the French in the trenches. The goggles are intact with slight fragility to the centre that with careful handling will remain good and stable.
FRENCH GRAS BAYONET. A good solid example of a Gras bayonet, this has clearly been used as a display item for many years and has a light coat of varnish or lacquer overall. The overall condition is very acceptable with good polish to the grips. The blade has some russet rusting, however no deep pitting, this would certainly benefit from a good clean. To the rear back of the blade is the typical manufacturing markings including '1876'.
FRENCH HORIZON BLUE PUTTEES. A good pair of the issue puttees in the typical wool construction, matching leg ties and leather re-enforcers to the heel.
FRENCH HORIZON BLUE WATER BOTTLE. An unusual corduroy version of the horizon blue covered enlisted mans water bottle. The blue has virtually bleached out to a far lighter tone. Complete with its original leather shoulder strap, cork and drinking cup. Both cork and drinking cup are held in place to the bottle with modern string.
FRENCH INFANTRY ADRIAN HELMET. A wonderful untouched example of a helmet straight from lost storage with dust. The second coat of depot re-finished horizon blue paint has slightly bleached down to a wonderful frost-like grey colour. The original chin strap is present as is the lining. The lining is a little mouse chewed and dirty from storage. The original aluminium spacers remain. An impressive looking untouched helmet.
FRENCH INFANTRY ADRIAN HELMET. A very large size standard Adrian with original chin strap and liner, both are good and supple, the liner being the single piece black type. The helmet has received two depot finishes and is typical of a mid to late war Adrian helmet.
FRENCH ISSUE TRENCH PERISCOPE. A super item coming in its original trench carrying case being of leather and canvas construction, these would have been issued to machine gun troops and held in trench stores. The periscope is of a large metre long type model in a grey painted material. The upper element is clearly Paris marked. To the base is a detachable screwed small eyepiece. The lenses appear to be foggy, however they could easily be cleaned. An unusual item of equipment.
FRENCH KEPI AND 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 KEPI AND COVER. A most intriguing kepi being of the typical polo form as used from the mid to late war period, made from fine woollen horizon blue cloth with a gold officers chin strap and matching gold artillery buttons. The cap is interesting in that is French produced by a tailor in Angouleme, however with American affiliation, being marked 'Willy Brown, Boston USA' presumably this was an American hat maker with a French outlet. This repatriation of tailors was not uncommon and shops such as this were set up to fit out American troops, ambulance volunteers and French officers who considered the product of a higher and more stylist quality. Complimenting the kepi is an original oilcloth foul weather cover, this tightly fitting cover is excellent and has hooks to the rear for attachment. There is one small stretch rip to the side, however this does not greatly affect the appearance and there is gentle cracking to the oilcloth cover. It is absolutely clear the oilcloth cover has sat upon this kepi since its purchase as the gentle folding and dust marks to the creases on the top match the kepi perfectly. A super example.
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 ARTILLERY ADRIAN HELMET. A good untouched example of the artillery helmet receiving at least two coats of dark blue grey paint with original undented insignia to the front with exact matching paint to the insignia. The liner has shrunk a little and has lots of mud build to the leather surface. The alloy spacers are present and the original leather chin strap is in place.
FRENCH M.15 ARTILLERY OFFICERS HELMET. A standard issue M.15 helmet, however in an exceptionally large size, probably the largest of all of the M.15 Adrians. The exterior has had multiple paint of a satin horizon blue paint with areas of chipping and paint loss. The original insignia to the front is excellent and undented. Mounted to the helmet is a high quality officers plaited chin strap. The liner is good and in place and is a single piece black type. A completely untouched rare very large Adrian helmet.
FRENCH M.15 ENGINEERS ADRIAN HELMET. A super large Adrian helmet having two coats of typical blue paint, original fragile chin strap is still present to the front and original brown two piece liner system is in place just slightly shrunken from age, original alloy spacers are still intact. An above average example of a fairly hard to find helmet.
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 MACHINE GUNNER SET. A rare full set including the gauntlets, these have chain male grips for removing hot machine gun barrels and the chain male chest pad that would be tied around the body for the weapons butt to be placed against. These are all in excellent condition with good supple leather throughout. The rear of the body pad is clearly stamped with manufacturer's markings for a Company in Lille. The gauntlets are a little darkened from weapon oil and grease and have number stamps to them. The press studs are complete and a little green from verdigris. A rare set.
FRENCH MESS KIT ITEMS. A typical WWI set being the tin mess tin and lid and the tin cup to hang from the water bottle. The tin is very good for display however there is rust perforation to the base of the can, although this would not be on display when mounted upon a pack. The cup is in good condition with much tinning present and free from any major dents or damage. Condition:
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 PACK OF GREASE TINS. A scarce element straight out of storage being three grease tins, these tins were standard issue to French infantrymen who carried weapon grease in one side and in the other side shoe grease. These have never been unpacked, the stack still remains together in its brown paper, one possibly has been removed from the top leaving a ripped upper edge, nevertheless a scarce and interesting WWI accoutrement.
FRENCH PATRIOTIC POSTER. A superb poster and part of one of the famous series. The item has a 1916 date and is affiliated to the Bank National. The poster depicts the Angel of Liberty flying with massed cavalry and infantry ranks and colours of the allies, these are seen flying over the glorious French dead. The coloration is absolutely magnificent and the poster's condition is excellent throughout and has been professionally mounted on a canvas backing, this would frame beautifully and would make a most attractive display in the collection room, or indeed upon the wall of any stylist abode.
FRENCH POSTER. An absolutely magnificent original poster, mounted upon a canvas backing. The poster is one of the best images of the many within the series, depicting a battle worn poilu, looking to the front wearing an Adrian helmet and carrying equipment. The coloration and the styling is absolutely stunning. The poster is for the Society Central and one that was published to raise bank funds throughout France, The Enprunt National. The poster is in very good condition with a little foxing and a few areas of tiny staining as well as small piercings where it was once pinned up, if anything the slight discoloration gives a wonderful special effect to the posters impact. An absolutely super item with a stunning image.
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 PUTTEES, HORIZON BLUE. Issue puttees in the shaped leg style being wider towards the calf, these have machine edging to alleviate fraying and are in used condition retaining some of the reinforcing to the heel area and original ties are present. Good used condition and perfect for a combat mannequin.
FRENCH SWORD HANGER. An excellent brown leather hanger in good condition, leather supple with a few areas of cracking, would benefit from a good polish. This has both the hook and the clip for attachment to the sword. A rare item to complete the French display.
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 VB GRENADE. An excavated example with original brass plug. The item is in reasonable displayed condition.
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 TIRAILLEUR REGIMENT KEPI. A super item of WWI militaria being an officers or senior NCO's kepi in the Polo form, these were very popular from the late mid war period through to the end of the Great War and were an extremely stylist alternative to the earlier higher forms of kepi. This kepi shows all the characteristics of something probably made locally in North Africa for use by an officer of this unit, which was formed in Algeria. The body of the kepi is in a typical WWI shade of khaki drill heavy cotton material, the top knot work is again very reminiscent of African work and of a slightly lighter piping than that of European origin. The two wire rank strips running around the cap are of a toned silver or gold metal. To the front the No.5 is directly embroidered into the material, below this is the crescent insignia which has been separately applied in metal, one can observe that originally these officers did not wear the crescent but as the war continued and regimental pride, it being part of the African army was greatly enhanced by the extreme bravery shown by these troops the crescent appeared more and more, even being worn by officers of European origin. The overall condition of the kepi is excellent, we have placed a stiffener inside to retain the original shape. The material remains hole free and in excellent condition, a little dusty from storage, there is much toning to the metal elements of the cap, the peak shows minor crazing as one would expect from an item of this age, the emerald green silk lining is a little soiled and dirty as is the headband. An extremely scarce item of WWI French militaria.
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 IRON CROSS 1ST CLASS, DISC BACK. A very good 800 silver stamped concave constructed WWI Iron Cross 1st Class. Good finish remaining to the frame. All of the blackening remaining to the iron core centre, with its plain screw threaded disc back.
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.
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.
GERMAN ARTILLERY OFFICERS PICKELHAUBE COVER. A scarce version with the rounded top cover for the ball of the pickelhaube. This is a lightweight mint version with envelope fixtures for both front and back, the rear having the German word 'Vorn' stamped to it. The cover is in mint stored condition with still proofing to the material. There are one or two tiny rust stains where this has overlaid cockades. One of the thin tapes that hold the cowl cover for the ball top has broken away and one is a little frayed, otherwise the cover is perfect, with a little remedial repair this could be an almost impossible to improve upon piece.
GERMAN BROW PLATE. An excellent example of the heavy armoured plate that would be worn on the front of the M.16 helmet, these were developed to protect troops in static locations such as machine gunners, snipers and look-outs. The heavy armoured plates were pressed using extremely heavy presses and one can see by close examination of the edges scored lines where the huge dye stamp would have shaped the brow plate. The plate retains approximately 85% of its original field grey paint to the exterior and 90% to the interior. This paint generally is lost from the vast majority of brow plates. The brow plate is marked clearly with a good deep strike 'RV 28'. The leather retaining strap is missing, which is the case on 90% of all these brow plates. This is an extremely rare item and due to their impracticality and great weight the vast majority with either simply thrown away and a large percentage were called back and melted down by the needy German industry. The brow plate has a wonderful bell-like sound when carefully struck to the side, this is a good sign of originality as copies are of cast metal and have a very dull thud sound when struck.
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 ERSATZ GAS MASK AND TIN. A most interesting item being a late war ersatz gas mask with tin. These containers were manufactured from a plywood material, which was bent and shaped and painted in a field grey colour with metal binding and metal lid. The Germans made great use of substitute materials particularly to the end of the war and this is a typical example. Having two of the original strap holders perfectly mountable upon a mannequin. The third belt mounting loop is now missing. There is a small area of cracking to the base of the can and some signs of delamination, which has led to a small hole, all that said it is still a very intriguing rare item. Within the tin is the original leather faced 2nd type mask, which is in excellent condition with none of the usual deep corrosion to the can. The original face cord is in place and the face mask is good, supple and still oiled. To the interior lid are spare lenses for the mask.
GERMAN FLIEGER PHOTOGRAPH. 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.
GERMAN GAS MASK AND M18 TIN. This item is part of an extensive Imperial German collection recently purchased. A rare set being the late war produced modified tin with the extra deep top cap. The can itself is excellent with approximately 80% of the deeply patinated field grey finish present. The carrying straps are now minus. The mask itself is an leather faced example in good condition throughout. The filter remains good and the bottom of the tin has been perforated in two places and the entire chemical contents now removed.
GERMAN GAS MASK CANISTER. 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 M.15 MEDICAL OFFICERS KLEINER ROCK. 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.
GERMAN M.16 CAMOUFLAGED HELMET. A classic version of the M.16 with leather band and typical 1918 camouflaging in three colours being brick red, forest green and yellow ochre, these are divided by finger wide black stripes. There is a good degree of patination and the helmet at some time has probably been oiled and this has subdued the colour a little, however it still remains relatively bright. The lining is good and untouched with one or two collector grade repairs, this involves the restitching of the leather pad slightly. What appears to be an original chin strap is present with all its white metal fixing buckles and straps. The chin strap is relatively supple although a little dry in places. The original leather adjusting cord is present and the helmet is a good large SI size 66.
GERMAN M.16 STEEL HELMET. An excellent and untouched helmet. The exterior paint is approximately 90% present with some rust spotting overall and one or two grazes, however the vast majority of the field grey remains good. All rivets are good and tight and the helmet is a good large 66 and is manufactured by TJ. The interior is in exactly the same condition, there are faint traces of the black AK stamp to the rear of the skirt. The lining is basically complete and is of the leather banded type. The three pads are present, there is some damage to the fingers, however they are all present and most are unbroken. One original front pad remains in place and the leather remains good and supple with some service wear and tear. A completely untouched helmet in a good size with good coloration.
GERMAN M.17 GAS MASK AND TIN. The standard issue infantry mask, this mask was introduced in 1917 and had a treated oiled leather face piece. The mask has the rare 1918 type canister extension, this was an extra clip on piece to the base of the canister to improve protection. The canister is reasonably good, however there are some areas of corrosion and some lifting to the tin, this appears stable. There is the usual stamps to the head of the canister. The leather face piece is supple. There is the paper cloth twine to the front to help suspend the heavy canister. All straps and neck strap remain in place. The tin is the standard issue type with a black enamel interior. To the lid there are numerous spare lenses. The straps are missing from the canister, the canister functions well and retains approximately 60% of its deeply patinated field grey factory finish.
GERMAN M.17 STEEL HELMET. A good untouched version of the helmet, retaining the M.17 metal type liner band as well as white rabbit skin type leather pad holders. One of two fingers are broken through and there is some grease and dirt build up to the pads. The original scarce chin strap is present, however broken to the middle but still mounted in place. The helmet shell is very good having approximately 80% of the field grey paint with some chips and areas of rust bleed. All of the liner retention pins are good and present. The maker is a little difficult to see, but we believe this to be BF. There is the size stamp visible to the inner skirt being 62. A completely untouched WWI helmet retaining much of its original very scarce chin strap.
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.
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 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 OLDENBURG TECHNICAL TROOPS VISOR CAP. A scarce cap of clear late war ersatz standards having a good quality velvet band to the centre and rare piping throughout, however the upper field grey cloth is of a very poor quality and shows a mixed fibre, probably containing much cotton, this is typical of late war German items. The actual consistency and quality of the cap manufacture remains the same throughout all periods, however the materials used are of an inferior nature. The interior is lined in a civil type ticking type material and to the walls of the liner is a very loose, almost paper cloth type of material. The sweat band is of a black painted cotton material. The peak is typical of the small patent leather type with some areas of faint crazing to the exterior, but generally very good. The overall condition of the cap is excellent and it is in a good shape. There are one or two small moth nips and very small areas of grazing to the cloth, however this remains an above average example of a late war cap.
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 PRUSSIAN 1870 IRON CROSS 2ND CLASS. A good example of the rare Prussian 1870 Iron Cross awarded for the Franco Prussian War. Good sharp detail to the Iron centre. Complete with its original black ribbon, plus its pin back breast suspension. It is estimated that 43,000 awards were made of the Iron Cross 2nd Class from the Franco/Prussian War to combatants of all ranks making this a rare award. Condition:
GERMAN PRUSSIAN ENLISTED MANS BELT BUCKLE. An all steel belt buckle worn by a Prussian enlisted man in WWI, retaining all its original grey green paint finish, with slight rust to the top right hand side of the crown. Complete with its double pronged belt fixing system. Condition:
GERMAN PRUSSIAN JAGER ZU PFERDE KOLLAR. A very good and scarce Jager Zu Pferde Kollar worn by an enlisted man in the Mounted Jager Detachment attached to the 11th Army Corps. Yellow and green woollen litzen surrounding the collar and both front flaps of the tunic plus cuffs. Domed white metal buttons fitted to both lower cuffs and rear skirt. Metal numerals for the 11th Army Corps to each shoulder board. Twin Fencing Proficiency strips. Enlisted mans quality cloth. Gefreiter Prussian adorned buttons to each side of the collar. Very minor moth tracking. Fully lined to the interior. The front is closed with a series of hook and eyes.
GERMAN PUTTEES. An extremely scarce ersatz quality pair of Imperial German puttees. The Germans gradually adopted puttees as a more practical alternative to the jack boot which was easily lost in the terrible muddy conditions of the western front. Storm troops in particular adopted them and these are a totally typical German ersatz pair in the shaped style with the gentle curve running throughout, which is absolutely characteristic of European produced puttees. They are in a black low quality wool and cotton ribbed mixed material. There is a black reinforced tape running the entire length of the lower edge of the puttees, this clearly shows the poor quality of the material used for initial construction. All black ties are present. These are in good worn condition with little moth damage and a few service nicks and holes. They are rather filthy and have moth eggs upon them, however these have been treated against moth and there is no moth active in them. They would make a wonderful finishing touch to a storm trooper type mannequin and because of their fragile nature imperial German puttees are quite obviously extremely difficult to find.
GERMAN SIDE ARMS AND BAYONETS 1740-1945 BY KLAUS LUBBE. An excellent and profusely illustrated book, this being volume 2 in the series. The information is excellent with multiple photographs both contemporary and period with German and English text giving dimensions, etc., and approximate price guides for the time. The overall condition of the book is excellent with very minor soiling to the outer cover. A hard book to find and hugely beneficial to a bayonet collector.
GERMAN SIMPLIFIED BACKPACK. This item is part of an extensive Imperial German collection recently purchased. A war time produced simplified pack. These packs were a simple bag like item with a single flap closure and very reminiscent of the mountain pack, however, lacking the outer pouches. This particular example has brown leather suspension straps which are mismatched but are period replacements. There are various repairs. This item would make an excellent item of equipment to stow collectables.
GERMAN SIMPLIFIED RUCKSACK. This item is part of an extensive Imperial German collection recently purchased. A large format simple pack, that would be carried by many elements of the German forces. These are based on the mountain rucksack, however, have no external pockets. There is a very good ''JR69'' stamp to the interior lid. The colour is a medium brown. The all canvas construction is dirty from storage and wear, however, remains excellent and displayable. There are the correct brown leather carrying straps riveted to the pack. One being detachable by hook for easy removal. The original draw cord is still present to the lid. A very scarce item of equipment.
GERMAN SOLDIERS MARCHING PACK. A super example of the late war pack having the typical framework to the interior. The pack is in excellent condition using many ersatz elements of cloth including a flecked edging material. The interior base is of a red material and areas of the inside are lined with a grey ticking type cloth. There is a very good BAIX 1917 marking to the interior. The rear is clearly marked and manufacture dated '1917'. The original shoulder straps are present with their mounting hooks as well as under arm steadying straps. All hooks are present, there is the shovel steadying ring to one side. The pack is in excellent with one closure strap broken, this does not affect the displayability of the pack. A well above average example of a now scarce item of field equipment.
GERMAN STICK GRENADE. A magnificent late WWI example of the classic weapon, this example has been rendered completely inert. The base of the can has been lightly opened by the very clever removal of part of the turnover sleeve, the entire contents emptied. The fuse within the handle has also been rendered completely inert with the removal of many elements. The stick grenade has much of the original field grey paint to the head with obvious chips and rust bleed, one can make out the white stencilled paint applied letters to the can and the haft one can still see the five second instructions printed to one side and the date '1918' to the other side, this is ink stamped upon the wood. The cogwheel type base cap is present, the base cap screw thread is a little loose and has pulled gently away from several of the retaining nails and could benefit from some very remedial attention. The original ceramic ball remains within the cap housing. There is the typical very well sprung metal belt loop still in place. An absolutely classic item for the trench warfare display.
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 WAR TIME PRODUCED SHELTER QUARTER. This item is part of an extensive Imperial German collection recently purchased. A typical great late war produced shelter quarter. There are some service repairs and well executed depot type repairs to various rips etc. Most buttons appear present. There is storage dirt and normal service wear throughout. This would be an excellent candidate to mount upon a mannequin for the assault type pack. There is a good large Frankfurt ''1917'' date and a depot stamp of ''1918.''
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 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 OR'S PICKELHAUBE COVER. A classic issued example with all of its brass retaining hooks present. The item is lightly used with some small rust staining where cockades once sat. It appears to be of a medium size with the leather integral line to the spike cover excellent and supple. There is a little fading and toning to the exterior surface. This would be a wonderful candidate to complete the pickelhaube set.
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.
GREAT WAR BOOK OF ABBREVIATIONS BY WILLIAMSON. A most useful book with thousands of sets of initials carefully researched. The countries covered include Britain and The Commonwealth, Germany, Turkey and some Axis nations. The overall condition is used by very good with just a few rounding marks to the edges.
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 1895 PATTERN BRASS AND NICKEL BUCKLE. A good example of the standard issue buckle to be found early in the war, this appears to be an early produced example with thin edge walls. To the front is the nickel design with the standard Gott Mit Unds motto. There is some distortion and a little denting to the Imperial crown. The item is untouched and has a beautiful deep patination overall. Condition:
IMPERIAL GERMAN 5TH BAVARIAN PIONEER BATTALION MODEL 1910 TUNIC. A scarce Model 1910 officers tunic of the 5th Bavarian Pioneers, constructed in standard field grey Model 1910 configuration. Black piped stand collar with black piped cuffs, red piped front closing flap of tunic with red piped rear skirt. Excellent nap to cloth. Some moth damage to the very lower front panel of the tunic with minor nips to the sleeves and the armpit area. All white metal Bavarian buttons. Black velvet based stitch-in shoulder boards with red underlay with the exterior of the boards being in the silver and blue fleck of Bavaria. Grey artificial silk lining generally in good condition, some minor staining. Gilt unit number ‘5’ attached to each shoulder board. The collar is constructed in a slightly heavier weight of field grey indicating it may possibly have been replaced due to a service wear, however there does not seem to be any indication of extra tailoring work.
IMPERIAL GERMAN ARMED FORCES BREAD BAG. A good slightly bleached German armed forces bread bag of WWI. Standard configuration, complete with all its zinc buttons. It would appear to have had an extra webbing strap machined to the reverse side of the bag to support the material where it had been torn and repaired, probably at ordnance depot level, the repair is visible from the interior. All internal straps present. Clearly maker marked and a large army group stamp of ‘B.A.V.1918’.
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 FELT PICKELHAUBE. A superb untouched example recently found in a farm in France of an all felt Baden infantry troopers helmet, as is mostly common with felt helmets they can be damaged, this skull is in superb condition, slightly distorted in shape from years of laying in a single position. The helmet is as it was picked up from the battlefield close to 100 years ago. The brass fittings to the spike and circular spike base have toned dark to match the brass peak trim, the once bright gilt on the Baden Griffin front plate has toned deeply with only traces of the gilt showing. The helmet is complete with its totally original national and Baden State cockades with again a totally original untouched chin strap, which is tight to the helmet. There is one slight split to the body where the peak trim meets the main body. On the rear peak there are stitch marks where it has had a piece of wire pass through to hang it from a wall in the typical souvenir fashion of the time. The interior lining is all complete, at the base of two tongues there are slight tears and one small tear to the right hand lower side. The original drawstring is all intact. This is a superb untouched relic of the WWI battlefields.
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.
IMPERIAL GERMAN BAVARIAN POLICE BUCKLE. A very early buckle being the Bavarian emblem but carrying the Gott Mit Uns motiff. A rare buckle in very good condition overall and a very deep convexed shape.
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 SCHWEREITER TUNIC. An excellent large proportion tunic to this Bavarian unit having full Bavarian buttons throughout of high quality with a brushed cotton lining with original German tailor's tag still present. The shoulder boards are marked to Regiment No.2. The overall condition is excellent with just a few moth nips to the front. The scarlet is good and crisp and the rear of the tunic is good with a few pulls and one or two moth nips. An excellent tunic which would suit a modern mannequin.
IMPERIAL GERMAN BREAD BAG AND STRAP, NEAR MINT. Probably the best Imperial German bread bag and strap we have ever owned. Absolutely superb condition, the bag and strap all matching in the field grey colour, it surely must be the original strap for the bag. The bag is clearly triple lined, 'Dusseldorf' maker, heavy date stamp '1915' with another series of numbers, which may relate to Guard Grenadier Regiment No.2, the lettering reads 'K.F.G.G.R.N.2'. The inside of the bag is further Guard stamped 'K.B.A.G 1918'. The one internal leather strap is split on one of its eyelets. A superb piece of Imperial German equipment all marked to a Guard Regiment.
IMPERIAL GERMAN BREAD BAG. An excellent wartime produced example in grey canvas having all of its fittings including the D rings to the rear and the central loop in brass to mount upon the belt. All buttons are the brass three hole type and are present. All leather is good and relatively supple. There are good markings to the interior including '3rd Company'. A very much above average example of a now hard to find combat accessory.
IMPERIAL GERMAN BUTCHER BAYONET. A completely untouched WWI relic being a standard butcher bayonet with metal scabbard. The scabbard is completely undented and the blade is fairly good with some light rust markings. The whole exterior of the weapon has a russet surface rust which would easily clean back, however the rust is very stable and the item is in totally untouched condition with paint splatters. This weapon was recently found by a plumber in a property and is a somewhat unusual example of a totally newly discovered First World War relic.
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 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 DEERS FOOT HUNTING/MILITARY 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 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 ENAMEL DRINKING CUP. A very good example of the issue drinking cap, all in field grey enamel. Some light chipping to the upper edge and one large chip to one side, otherwise excellent condition. Condition:
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 ERSATZ MESS TIN. An extremely scarce tin mess tin, these were the early economy type. The mess tin retains approximately 60% of its original field grey finish, this has been somewhat scratched due to cleaning, however is good and clear throughout. Much of the original tinning is present. The tin retains its original carrying bale, this particular model is to be considered extremely scarce, rarely encountered in even the most advanced collections.
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 FATIGUE JACKET. A scarce piece of Imperial German uniform clothing being the white/cream herringbone twill long sleeved collarless fatigue jacket. Five button front. Excellent condition overall, complete with the original soldier’s identification label to ‘Soldat Wabbler 3.Komp.15.INF.RGT.’ This fatigue jacket seen in many period photographs being worn by German soldiers also in the front line. One minor black mark to the lower right sleeve as the tunic is worn, otherwise excellent.
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 FELT ERSATZ PICKELHAUBE. A very good all felt bodied ersatz pickelhaube. It is very difficult to find any of these helmets with an undamaged skull due to the very crushable nature of the constructive material, this skull is in excellent undamaged condition. All brass fittings, which include the spike, circular spike base, front plate, strap posts and strap fittings all matching in colour and consistency. The spike is the non removable time from its base. There is a slight indentation to the point as there is on a huge amount of pickelhaubes. The Prussian front plate is in undamaged condition. The leather chin strap is original to the helmet and complete with its brass buckles. A front peak trim or a back strap was never fitted to this helmet, this must be one of the very last of the ersatz felt pickelhaubes. The interior liner has suffered from some degree from rot as can be seen from our web images, but it is generally 85% complete. The helmet is complete with its national and State cockades. This is a fine example for a pickelhaube enlisted ranks collection.
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 CAP. In 2012 we were fortunate to be able to obtain seven unissued condition Wurttemberg field grey field caps of the 07 model. We have just re-purchased the best one out of the group, a size 60 Wurttemberg field cap, red piping to the crown, red centre band, enlisted ranks Prussian black, white and red cockade with the Wurttemberg red and black cockade below. The nap of the cloth is superb overall with just minor moth tracking along the centre of the crown close to the fold line where the caps have lain folded ever since WWI. No actual moth holes. The interior canvas white cotton lining is profusely stamped ‘B.A.XIII.1914’ within a rectangle followed by the maker ‘M.Steiff’ which happens to be the Steiff Company makers of the famous teddy bear, followed by a large size ‘60’, followed ‘S.R.122’ within a block indicating Wurttemberg Infantry Regiment 122.
IMPERIAL GERMAN FIELD GREY COMBAT TROUSERS. A most superb and ultra rare pair of the stone grey red piped depot quality long straight trousers, known as the model 14 trousers. The waist band is of a good size. The trousers have not been altered in any way. All the nap of the cloth is present having all the correct features for a pair of issue trousers. Side pockets with button closure. Long rear waist adjusting strap of which the cloth is a slightly different shade than the main body of the trousers indicating that the strap has been produced from scraps from the floor. The wool to the interior of the pocket is also of a slightly different shade indicating the same manufacturing procedure. All of the zinc brace buttons are intact all with their original cotton threads. All fly buttons are present. A fascinating feature is all the hand stitched strengthened parts to the trousers. To the interior there is an off white grey cotton lining with a purple ink oval manufacturer's stamp, this is the identical stamp and manufacturer's name that we have seen on Imperial German feldmutzes. There is also a series of numbers above with a slightly obliterated what appears to be repeat manufacturer's name at the top. The second line we can only decipher the first half, which reads 'FUR HEIMATT' (for Homeland). Red piping to the outside seam of both legs as standard.
IMPERIAL GERMAN FIGHTING KNIFE/BAYONET. One of the classic trench weapons being the elegant all black short bayonet, which is used as a fighting knife. This has an excellent profile beak pommel with black composition matt chequered grips, a match black scabbard, this is mounted upon a late war paper cloth belt loop with a leather keeper. The condition is good throughout with some very minor russet rust and paint loss to the scabbard. The blade is good with just some staining and a little scratching to areas, however very presentable and one can still see much of the original factory finish.
IMPERIAL GERMAN FLYING GOGGLE POUCH. A single pressed board pouch for the Imperial German Flying Corps issue goggles.
IMPERIAL GERMAN FOREIGN SERVICE FLAG. An extremely rare flag in superb condition measuring 15 foot by 6 foot being the Special Foreign Service flag for all German Protectorates, introduced on the 1st April 1893. This flag was used by the Governors and authorities of the Colonies, except German East Africa and Kiautschou. In 1907 an independent institution was founded to administrate the German Colonies, the Reichskolonialant (Imperial Colonial Authority). For further in-depth reading on this subject Andreas Herzfeld, Flags Used in the German Colonies. The size of this flag indicates it would have probably have flown from an important Colonial Government office building.
IMPERIAL GERMAN FRIEDENSROCK/WAFFENROCK TUNIC. An excellent condition M15 private purchase Friedensrock/waffenrock of an enlisted man serving with the 48th Saxon Field artillery regiment. This very good condition tunic, heavy weight field grey cloth. Black facings to collar and red piping to collar, front of tunic, lower skirt and a Saxon rear skirt. Also red piped to black cuffs. Red shoulder boards with yellow artillery insignia with chain stitch regimental number 48. All brass domed buttons to front closure and lower cuffs. Two lower front angle pockets with both buttons missing. The tunic has very minor moth damage repairs to the rear skirt area and a minor peppering to the lower arms. At one stage of the tunics life the gilded brass buttons had been moved to accommodate a larger wearer they have now been reinstated in their original position. The interior lining is of the classic enlisted ranks issue material. There is a bandage pocket and a buttoned upper inner pocket and a Berlin theatrical costumiers stamp. This tunic will shortly be featured in a full page photograph on page 93 'Field Grey Uniforms Of The Imperial German Army' by Baldwin & Fisher in the recently published book by Schiffer Publishing.
IMPERIAL GERMAN GAS MASK An excellent example of the 2nd type mask with the oiled leather face piece, this is a well above average example. The leather work at the base is very supple, totally complete, with its original cord tie to the front, the original tin in place with only minor corrosion and a little rust bubbling to the exterior, this is however stable. The upper elements are excellent. Both eyepieces are very good with only slight yellowing to their lenses. The original 1918 type metal lens protectors are in place behind the lenses. All head straps are complete. The whole set is housed in an early type tin with its scarce original paper cloth hanging tape still in place, this has the original press zinc buckle present. There is a little fraying to the strap, again it is stable and complete. The small lower tab for belt mounting is missing. The original instructions are still in place to the base of the can. Approximately 60% of the original field grey remains to the exterior, which has an excellent mild brown coloration all over. A good complete set.
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 GEW98 POUCHES. A good virtually matching set of Imperial German GEW98 ammunition pouches. The standard infantry rifle for the Imperial German soldier, these pouches are virtually impossible to find in such a close match of construction and colour. Both are finished in brown pebbled leather, stitched closing lid, all brass fittings, semi matching brass D rings on the reverse side with the reverse being all riveted on both pouches. A clear date of '1915' on one pouch, the other pouch has no maker or date. Ideal for the Imperial German mannequin.
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 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 GUMMI MASK TIN. This early tin has much of the original field grey paint, there is some russet rusting. The original black japanned finish remains to the interior and the instructions are to the base of the can. A small remnant of the strapping still remains. A hard item to find to complete a display.
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 HAUPTMANN'S MEDICAL FIELD GREY TUNIC. A good field grey model 1910 tunic worn by a Bavarian medical hauptmann, constructed in the grey green ribbed officers material, the tunic has the correct configuration of a 1910 officers tunic. Blue bordering on purple velvet underlay to the shoulder straps, the outer part is in the subdued wartime grey lace with the inter-twined blue and white colours of Bavaria, with subdued grey medical motifs with twin hauptmann's rank pips. All buttons match in the Bavarian officer style with solid backs. Five loops for a long medical ribbon bar to the upper left breast. Blue piped collar. Light blue collar patches with red piping. Red piped front skirt and red piped rear skirt of the tunic with blue piped cuffs. Minor moth damage along the front only of the tunic, which hopefully can be seen within our web images.
IMPERIAL GERMAN HESSE BUCKLE. One of the hardest buckles to obtain for a First World War soldier is the standard rectangular buckle in steel for the small State of Hesse. This example with all steel finish visible, some slight rust staining, with its original leather tab with faint traces of the maker's mark stamped to the leather tab.
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 HUSSAR BUSBY, CASED. An extremely good example of an enlisted ranks Hussar pelmutze for Prussian Hussar Regiment No.16. The skull not sized but possibly 55 or 56, in excellent firm condition. The fur to the body is generally very good overall. Four small patches of fur missing at the very back with another small portion missing very close to the strap posts to one side of the body and small sections missing around the crown upper edge area. To the front the bandau, which has the standard Mit Gott Fur King and Fatherland scroll in white metal. The chin straps are brass arched clip over style. The fanschur in all white as stated by regulations, The kolpak (bag) is in its correct yellow gold, it has faded through wear. On inverting the kolpak the original deep yellow can be viewed. The item itself is in excellent condition. Beneath the kolpak on the leather skull there is beautiful heavy markings 'H.R.16' dated '1907' in two places. The interior liner is complete with all tongues and complete with its original leather drawstring. The helmet is complete with its correct black and white field cockade and its white horse hair parade plume of enlisted ranks quality. All fitted into its original leather travelling box, which has various amount of old travelling labels attached to it, one identifying the owner as a Rittmeister. The carrying strap for the box is present but broken. Hussar Regiment No.16 Schleswig-Holsteinisches founded in September 1866. Condition:
IMPERIAL GERMAN IRON CROSS 1914 2ND CLASS. A good souvenir bring-back Iron Cross 2nd Class from WWI. Iron core centre excellent with all its original finish with just light rusting with a short section of black and white ribbon.
IMPERIAL GERMAN IRON CROSS 1ST CLASS AND RECIPIENT PHOTOGRAPH. A good example of a convex screw back construction Iron Cross 1st Class WWI. Paint finish to the central Iron core good with some light rusting to the inner edge of the upper arm above the crown and slight paint loss to the left hand edge of the cross itself, otherwise all good. Complete with its long threaded screw peg to the reverse which retains a larger disc and a smaller disc with an applied turn key. Non maker marked. Accompanying the Iron Cross is a framed 7½ inch 18.7cm x 4½ inch 10.6cm photograph of the recipient officer in the Imperial German Army. An elegant image wearing his model 1910 officers style tunic, hatless, studio shot wearing the Iron Cross 1st Class with the Imperial German Wound Badge below.
IMPERIAL GERMAN IRON CROSS 1ST CLASS, DISC BACK. A very nice example of a convex constructed Iron Cross 1st Class. All of the paint to the central core is superb. Complete with its rayed large disc back.
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 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. An excellent condition Iron Cross 2nd class with an unusual style of ribbon wrap. All finish remaining to the central iron core excellent detail remaining, bright finish to the frame.
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 JAGER OFFICERS CRUSHER CAP. An absolutely magnificent cap worn by senior nco or officer of the German Jager troops having a typical field grey quality wool body as well as deep green piping and central band. There are officer quality two-piece matching cockades to the front in the Prussian configuration with typical black patent leather chin strap with press stud closure and buckle arrangement. The peak is a crusher type of very soft leather. There is obviously a good degree of cracking and congealing to the leather, however if anything this adds to the appearance. The interior is very good with an oilcloth type inner crown with a good makers embossed silver marking. The headband is of matching oilcloth and is unbroken and very good throughout. The whole cap has a completely untouched feel and is in an excellent jaunty officer pulled back style. There is a little surface moth nipping to the crown including one small hole and a little thinning of the nap of the cloth in places. The cap is of an excellent large size and is a super trench quality item. This would excellent for a Jager officer or for a Flieger officer of Jager origin.
IMPERIAL GERMAN JAGER ZU PFERDE ENLISTED RANKS HELMET. A very fine condition all steel lobster-tailed skull enlisted ranks helmet for a member of the Jager Zu Pferde Regiment. Excellent condition blueing to the skull, which has only very minor indentations. All of the rivet heads are in place. The square cut front peak is superb. All of the patinated chemically finished parts, which include the spike, cruciform spike base, unique Jager Zu Pferde style front plate and edge trim all match, complete with a set of national and State cockades and its totally original leather chin strap, which is frail and has had stitch repairs to the left hand side. The nine tongued leather liner is in excellent condition, none of the tips of the tongues are broken, the drawstring is missing. The green paint to the interior front peak is good and the black paint to the interior back peak. The helmet is stamped size '54' onto the back peak trim.
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 LARGE STEIN. A very impressive pottery beer stein with a 3 litre capacity. To the base there is an unidentified maker's mark. The quality is very similar to the Mettlach construction. The most attractive feature being the very large Prussian eagle to the centre with the crown above. The scroll work on both sides includes the legend ''Mitt Gott Fur Kaiser und Reich.'' The handle is perfect and totally un cracked with some crazing to the pottery. Good colour. A very impressive piece for an Imperial German display.
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 very fine condition brown leather holster for the Luger PO8 semi automatic pistol. The leather has good form, there is no rot. It is complete with its original period wooden based Luger spare magazine, its original stripping tool, the leather closure tab is good and strong and there is no rust around the base of the buckle. The leather loop attached to the buckle is all complete and it is heavily stamped ‘B.A.XIII’ (Army Group 13) dated ‘1913’ with the original owner’s name hand applied with the number of the gun ‘2248’. Both leather belt loops are still attached and the stitching is good and strong overall.
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.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.16 AND CAMOUFLAGE COVER. An absolutely incredibly scarce WWI German helmet with its paper cloth cover. The Germans utilised paper cloth or metal cloth for a multitude of items including sandbag production, this cover appears factory made and is complicated in its configuration with leather washers around the helmet's lugs. The helmet cover is held in place with a drawstring to the rear. The original leather liner is excellent and in place, however missing the cushions, there is slight ripping to the front pad. The original scarce chin strap is present. The helmet itself has an excellent degree of lightly patinated field grey paint present. A well above average example of a very scarce helmet.
IMPERIAL GERMAN M.16 CAMOUFLAGE HELMET. A good example of a camouflage helmet, originally being of the three colour configuration being forest green, brick red and ochre, however the soldier at the time has scratched away the ochre portions leaving approximately 10% of the ochre sections still present to expose the field grey beneath, presumably the ochre area was too light for the environment the soldier was fighting in. The paintwork is excellent throughout with black dividing lines. All rivets are present. The leather liner is present with its leather headband, however the front pad is missing. One of the three cushions remains present. The helmet appears to be manufactured by G and is in a size 62.
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. One of the most beautiful camouflages we have encountered in many years being of the typical configuration of ochre, brick red and mid forest green. The condition is very much above average with some rust bleed and areas of chipping to the crown, however a great majority of the paint remains and it has a wonderful frosted untouched appearance, it has clearly never been waxed, oiled or treated in any way. The liner is present and is the leather banded type with all three leather holders in place, one or two fingers are broken and there is a little dryness to the leather and a slight distortion to the headband. The scarce original chin strap is present, this has a few collector grade repairs to it. The whole interior is excellent and also frosty with faint traces of the size stamping and being manufactured by ES in a size 64. A stunning example of a camouflage helmet.
IMPERIAL GERMAN M.16 CAMOUFLAGE HELMET. A most interesting shell clearly being used by Frei Korps or flame thrower units. The helmet has an interesting camouflage scheme with black dividing lines which have been slightly artistically placed in a squiggle pattern. To the front is a skull and cross bones that is fairly naively applied, on close examination through a glass one can see minute crazing to the entire area of the skull and cross bones. The helmet at some time has received a light coat of wax or some form of shellac. The interior of the helmet has clearly been stripped at some point and there is some damage to the original field grey paint however it remains good and stable. Externally a very attractive and interesting helmet.
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.16 MACHINE GUNNERS HELMET SHELL. An intriguing helmet shell that shows some corrosion to the interior of the shell, however with a good degree of field grey paint to the exterior. There is some minor rust pitting to the top of the crown where the object has obviously sat in the open for many years. To the side is an interpretation of the Machine Gunner's insignia, this insignia has a small and wonderful crazed pattern overall when viewed under magnification and has clearly been upon the helmet for many years and must be considered an extremely rare example of a true Machine Gunner's helmet.
IMPERIAL GERMAN M.16 POST HOME HELMET. A stunning example of the post home helmet, these were helmets captured and found around the battlefield areas and sent home by U.S. servicemen. This was at the time a relatively common practice and these were not packed in any way, simple post labels attached with stamps and various approved stampings. Approximately 85% remains of the two labels and there is a very good address label to the front. To the side is another sender's label with details upon it and faint traces of stamps however these three stamps are approximately 20% present. Much of the original field grey paint is present with rust bleed and areas of grazing to the paint. The interior of the helmet is very good having the typical leather liner band with excellent leather pad holders in place, these leather pad holders are good and supple and all fingers remain untouched and unbroken. There are some light areas of staining, which could be blood to the leather. All three cushions remain in place. Interestingly to the front liner pad there appears to be a German acceptance stamp being 'K.LA', this is deeply incised into the leather and is almost certainly a German issue stamp. The helmet is a good large ET66, the chin strap is missing. The pins holding the liner in place are not the typical official German factory type however are clearly old and have been with the helmet a very long time, they match externally very well and these are probably U.S. servicemen replacements as the was probably sheered away due to concussion. A very nice example of a completely untouched war souvenir.
IMPERIAL GERMAN M.17 CAMOUFLAGE HELMET. A good M.17 German trench helmet which is marked ‘ET64’ being painted overall in a three colour camouflage, which is slightly subdued, the colours are a dark green, dark brown and maroon with black separation lines. To the interior only two of the three original liner pads are present and one of those two has its original inner horse hair pad. The second pad is with the helmet but is seperated from the steel band,. The helmet is with its rare original chin strap, however although it is complete it has broken away and great care should be taken in handling.
IMPERIAL GERMAN M.17 CAMOUFLAGE HELMET. A good example of the camouflage helmet showing typical 1918 regulation paint. The sheet metal band is good and present and all the pins are unaffected. All three pads remain, however two are completely loose from the band, only held in place by their tie loops, the other is complete and all have pads. One excellent feature is the retention of the original chin strap, these are extremely rare to find in position as they are often lost. To the interior there is approximately 85% of the paint and the helmet is SI size 66. The exterior has the three tone camouflage paint finish, this clearly has had a light oil which has dried and formed an excellent patinated skin over the camouflage finish.
IMPERIAL GERMAN M.17 CAMOUFLAGE 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 COMBAT HELMET. A good condition large size M.17 combat helmet. The exterior skull retains virtually all its original apple green finish with some thinness to the crown area. There appears to be what may be a slight shrapnel indentation to the front lower left hand side of the helmet. Some storage rust evident to the inner rear skirt and inner bowl, however the original M.17 steel banded leather liner is still intact to the helmet with the three pads in good condition, all retaining their inner horse hair pads. All three liner retaining rivets are intact and both of the original leather strap metal clips are attached to the attachment lugs.
IMPERIAL GERMAN M.1888 BAYONET. A good souvenir bayonet in presentable condition with its original leather scabbard still present and undamaged. There is russet rust to both rear mount and the base of the scabbard. The grip is oily with a few hairline cracks from dry storage. There are numerous numbers stamped to the cross guard. The blade itself is relatively good, with a few areas of spotting. The item is completely untouched and as brought back, however with some gentle cleaning could be vastly improved.
IMPERIAL GERMAN MARINE FLIEGER ABTEILUNG CAP TALLY. A rare tally for the Marine Aviation Service of WWI worn on the naval style cap, which reads in Roman numerals 'II.Marine-Flieger-Abteilung.II.' Slightly shortened one end.
IMPERIAL GERMAN MARINE RESERVISTS SOUVENIR PACK. A most intriguing early item of Imperial German equipment being the standard linen bag that was carried by sailors while on land based duties. The item is constructed of off white linen throughout, and has beautifully stamped buttons that read ''Kaiserliche Marine.'' There is profusely and highly professionally undertaken painting to the exterior of the bag including naval signal flags, the large reserve and marine pioneer insignia and the date ''1897-1900.'' Clearly this was this mans military service. To the interior are good clear naval type stamps reading ''II.W.3.'' This is presumably the depot as well as the mans name on a separate name label. Even the strap is painted with various patriotic and military slogans. A superb item of militaria with strong folk art connotations in its overall appearance and an important historical document. The overall condition is dirty, stored but superb. A bright and highly displayable item.
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 MAUSER HOLSTER. A good example of a brown pebbled leather holster for one of the varied small calibre semi automatic pistols privately purchased and government issued in WWI. Some light staining. Good colour remaining. Faint traces of its Army Group rubber stamping inside the lid. The last numbers have been obscured by the flap of the holster rubbing on the spare magazine that would have been within its own holder.
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 MODEL 87/88 AMMUNITION POUCHES. An exceedingly rare matched pair of pouches for the GEW88 rifle. These pouches and the rifle were used right up to and including WWI. Both pouches in superb condition, the leather is all supple, all of the belt loops are intact and strong and the side closing loops are complete. The stitching is strong. There is the remains of a paper label to both pouches. One side loop brass fixing stud missing. These pouches are clearly shown on page 601 of The German Army in the First World War Uniforms and Equipment of 1914 to 18 by Jurgen Kraus.
IMPERIAL GERMAN MOUNTED BOOTS. An excellent issued pair of high boots with the stiffened uppers, these have good soles with some nails remaining, original horseshoe plates still present. The leather is good and supple and perfectly mannequin mountable. There are one or two areas of repaired stitching. The original black and white Prussian type pull tapes are still present. These are in a good large size. These would have also been worn by officers etc., in the trenches.
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 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 OTHER RANKS PICKELHAUBE COVER. An excellent example of what is considered to be one of the intermediary patterns, many of the features lead it to being the M.15 type with the detachable spike, however the spike is machine sewn in place, this may be an adaption as it is clear that the spike material is somewhat different to the lower material. This has clearly lain upon a helmet for a long time there are light rust spots where a cockade has been to the interior. There are stitch marks where the spike cover has been at one time permanently sewn around the spike. The hooks are present and to the rear are the typical bar tacks so the cover could be worn up or down to reveal details. The hooks are the type with slightly flattened ends to the hooks. The cover has typical pleating all around including slightly extra pleating to the sides where they have been taken in for a tighter fit, many of these covers at the time were an appalling fit and were adjusted for smartness by the troops themselves. This adjustment has been carried out and the original overlapping cloth remains to the interior, this has not been cut short. A super example of a rare field accessory.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PAYMASTERS PICKELHAUBE. A very fine example of a very scarce Paymasters pickelhaube, these were of typical officer quality and this example is in well above average condition with a very good skull with only very minor crazing to the blackened leather surface. All fittings are white metal plate, retaining much of the original frosting to the low points and brightness to the high points. The spike has very minor tarnish and is of a good height. This pickelhaube has the typical round headed rivets to the base of the spike, which would be concurrent with this level of rank. The chin scales are lightly domed white metal, which shows a little brass beneath through rubbing, however the patination is extremely attractive. The cockades are high quality two piece types and retain all of their good deep enamelled paint. The peak binding is excellent and tight and again shows the same very minor attractive patination. The lining is very good with a decorated scalloped edge to the leather and both of the watered silk panels still present as is the spike base plate and all internal rivets, the underside of the front peak being green and the rear in the constraint claret red colour. There is one small area of worm to the leather sweat band, this is totally stable and does not affect the overall appearance whatsoever. A very attractive a bright helmet.
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 PRIVATE PURCHASE JACK BOOTS. A pair of privately tailored boots in good supple leather with excellent soles throughout, these appear to have been re-heeled probably in the inter war period and there is a hole for mannequin mounting. These appear externally almost identical to the issue examples and would make a fine display piece. The leather is supple and of a good size.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PRUSSIAN 1st GUARDS REGIMENT OF FOOT PHOTOGRAPH. A magnificent coloured tinted photograph, framed and glazed, the central photograph measuring 16 cm x 22 cm, all enclosed in a very fine frame, which measures to its extremities 40 cm x 45 cm. The central lower mount is printed to the photographers studio in Potsdam Berlin. The image shows an enlisted rank of the 1st Guard Regiment of Foot in full parade dress wearing his blue parade tunic, pickelhaube with white parade plume indicating he was a member of the 1st and 2nd Battalion and sitting on the table in front of him is his full parade mitre cap. A highly unusual photograph.
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 ENLISTED MANS BELT BUCKLE. A one piece stamped steel Prussian enlisted mans belt buckle with Gott Mit Uns scroll in a light earth brown finish.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PRUSSIAN FIELD GREY OFFICERS HELMET. A very unusual and rare helmet being a standard large size stamped ‘58’ enlisted ranks all leather pickelhaube with all officers fittings, in the field grey chemically treated finish. The skull is with good form, some of the black tanning to the leather on the rear left hand side of the skull has broken away with other parts with light crazing. Standard crazing to the front and back peaks. The back strap, spike, spike base, officers cut out crown deeply struck front plate, front peak trim and flak officers leather backed chin scales are all in the grey chemically treated finish. The officers pearled base spike is removable from the spike base, as is enlisted ranks helmets. Grey officers stars. The helmet is fitted with its correct officers State and national cockades. The interior leather liner is of the enlisted ranks style with good colour to the leather with all of the tongues complete with one split. The helmet is maker rubber stamped and dated ‘1916’. A very scarce helmet.
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.
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 NCO'S FIELD CAP. A slightly mothed and well used example of a field grade quality cap having grey wool to the crown, red piping and band throughout and a semi soft pressed card peak. This is clearly a very late war cap having a Rexene head band and paper cloth lining with the size stamp, which appears to be '56' to the interior. Although the condition is far from superb the item still remains an excellent historic piece. None the less an excellent item of late war German militaria.
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 PIONEER OFFICERS PICKELHAUBE. A large size skull, all leather, being the officers pickelhaube worn by an officer in a Prussian pioneer unit. The skull is generally good with some light crazing overall. Minor congealing to the finish of the front and back peaks. All of the fittings, which include the back strap, circular spike base, spike, large Prussian front plate and front peak trim all match in white metal finish in colour and consistency. The stars to the circular spike base are gilt as are the flat chin scales, this is the complete and correct configuration for a pioneer officer. There is minor damage to the wing of the Prussian eagle at the very front left hand side of the plate. The helmet is complete with its correct officers quality national and Prussian State cockades. All of the areas where the front and back peaks are stitched to the main body of the helmet are good and strong. The red and green imitation leather finish to the interior of the front and back peaks is all present with some scratching to the interior back peak. The original owner’s name has been partially obliterated. The mid tan leather liner is undamaged with evidence of minor service and storage. The helmet is complete with its cream inner silk lining, which is not shot. The interior skull also retains its light tan finish.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PRUSSIAN RESERVE OFFICERS PICKELHAUBE. The skull is good and strong with crazing to both the front and back peaks. All gilt matching overall. The front plate is the standard Prussian eagle with the Reserve Officers cross to the centre without the standard scroll work motto. The flat chin scales have two leaves missing from the left hand set. The helmet is complete with its national and State cockades. The interior light tan leather sweat band shows very minor wear use. The helmet is complete with its inner artificial silk lining which is slightly shredded. All of the washers to the fixing nuts are present.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PRUSSIAN TELEGRAPHERS BELT AND BUCKLE. A good and rare all steel Prussian Telegraphers buckle complete with its leather belt. The buckle with field grey paint over steel, the leather belt in superb condition. Some light re-touching of paint finish to the buckle.
IMPERIAL GERMAN RARE PRUSSIAN FIELD GREY BUCKLE. A highly unusual enlisted mans belt buckle, one piece stamped, measuring 3 inches in width, retaining all its original field grey finish. The folded top edge is slightly distorted to the top right hand side as the buckle is viewed, complete with its correct twin pronged fixing tube for the leather belt adjuster. Standard width for any Imperial enlisted mans buckle is 2¼ inches. The construction, style and shape is identical in every respect of the standard 2¼ inch width buckle.
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 SAW BACK SHOVEL. An extremely scarce implement being the standard shovel a clear '1905' date with an excellent set of factory installed saw teeth to one side. There appears to what maybe a little battle damage to one of the shoulders of the spade. The overall condition is excellent with a good colour to the metal, numerous stampings including date and regimental stamps, some of which have been cancelled. The hardwood haft is excellent, again with various stampings, the soldier's initials neatly carved into the woodwork.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SAXON ARTILLERY CAP. A superb boxed example of a just pre war parade cap or for walking out purposes, grass green top, red piping and central band, together with deluxe cockades in the national and Saxon colours. The front peak has some congealing. The leather sweat band has been glued in place to the front. The watered silk lining is excellent. The cap would display well. Completing the item is the original hatters box, which is complimented by a superb Dresden maker's label pasted to the box. The box is in reasonable condition with some deformity to the lower round section and the lid is a little loose in its circular fixing walls.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SAXON BELT BUCKLE. A rare all steel with zinc wash belt buckle for a Saxon Infantryman. The belt is double constructed with separate Saxon circular overlay on a steel zinc finished base. Complete with its original leather tab, which is clearly dated '1915'.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SAXON BUCKLE. A very good example of a field grey green painted enlisted ranks all steel buckle for a Saxon Infantry Regiment of WWI. At least 80% of the original paint finish remaining. The buckle is still with its original leather tab which is clearly maker marked and dated '1917'.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SAXON CUSTOMS BUCKLE. A very rare belt buckle being the buckle worn by the Saxon Customs Service. Basic brass construction with nickel overlay with the unusual motto 'FIDELITER ET CONSTANTER' with the Saxon Coat of Arms to the centre. Beautifully Dresden maker marked to the rear and clearly dated '1914'.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SAXON ENLISTED MANS BELT AND BUCKLE. a superb Saxon all brass belt buckle on its original brown leather belt. Standard rectangular brass buckle with the nickel overlay having the scroll for the State of Saxony. Beautifully marked on the reverse side 'G.H.Osang, Dresden' with the clear date '1914'. The buckle is with its completely original brown leather tab, which is constructed from the pebbled style leather. The brown leather belt is full length and large, complete with its correct brass hook. A superb Saxon buckle and original belt.
IMPERIAL GERMAN SAXON JAGER NCO’S VISOR CAP. A rare cap from WWI being the Jager green cap worn by a member of the Saxon Jager Battalion. No moth, damage or staining. The mid green centre band contrasting against the Jager green main body. Complete with two enlisted mans cockades, one being the national cockade, the other being Saxon 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 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 SOLDIER'S BACK PACK. The all reddish brown canvas exterior style back pack used by all German infantry troops. Maker marked and dated '1917' to the leather on the reverse side. All straps are good and complete. To the interior all of the canvas pockets are complete with their appropriate leather strapping and buckles. The leather is dry but still usable. The closing straps for the large back flap has points missing and the leather is very dry and sensitive.
IMPERIAL GERMAN STORM TROOPER WIRE CUTTERS. A good pair of 15 inch long wire cutters, cast into the handle DRGM on both sides plus the number '18' which may possibly be a date. These are not a dug up pair, they do not have any corrosion and are in superb condition.
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 WATER BOTTLE. The field grey all metal water bottle with its felt cover. The felt cover has suffered from some moth damage but it is still all intact. The all leather cradle and complete with its sprung loaded belt attachment clip is present, plus its field grey screw in nozzle cap. The leather strap that is attached to the closing cap is broken. Unidentified rubber ink stamped numbers to the rear of the felt cover.
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 GERMAN WURTTEMBERG ENLISTED RANKS BELT BUCKLE. A scarce Wurttemberg all brass and nickel belt buckle. Good brass base with the separately applied Wurttemberg overlay circlet. Slight wear to the central Wurttemberg Coat of Arms.
IMPERIAL GERMAN WWI SOLDIERS SHELTER QUARTER. A good heavily used example appears very good in the mid to late war grey colour. Many of the aluminium buttons are present. There are the usual nicks and areas of some fraying, however some of the corner ropes remain attached. A good item for display.
IMPERIAL GERMAN ZEISS MODEL 08 BINOCULARS, CASED. A most magnificent pair of the model 08 fernglas (binoculars). Fernglas 08 binoculars are relatively easy to obtain for collectors, however this set are not only in the most superb condition but have another unique history pertaining to them. Standard beautiful riveted and stitched steel bound carrying case with both of its closing tabs present, its rectangular shaped metal D hook for suspending from a shoulder strap, two belt loops for alternative suspension of a waist belt plus an extra added feature being a perforated loop enabling the binoculars to be suspended from a tunic button. The stitched box is clearly marked 'Carl Zeiss Jena'. The binoculars themselves still with all their original field grey paint. Optics near perfect with just two spots to one eyepiece. All of the stamped instructions clearly picked out in white, lens cover and original leather neck hanging piece. Further to the superb condition and unusual construction of the box and the binoculars, on opening the upper inner lid where the paper instructions are riveted in and written in German, these have had an overlay set of instructions, reprinted in English from a chemist and opticians company in Bristol, England. Also folded into the lid is a typed letter dated '22nd August 1922' where the headed address of 'S.N.Lennox 82 Stokes Croft, Bristol', which reads 'Mr. Lennox has pleasure in sending herewith the Zeiss field glass in accordance with your request and trust it will give you satisfaction.' The letter goes on to describe the perfect quality of these binoculars and an offer of a refund if the quality does not come to the customer's complete satisfaction. This unusual combination we have never encountered before, obviously these binoculars were either sold into the international community or possibly captured and sold from government sources after the end of WWI.
IMPERIAL GERMAN/BULGARIAN MAXIM BOX AND BELT. An unusual item being the original wooden banded box used by Bulgarian troops for machine gun belt carriage. This is in its scarce original Bulgarian paint. The Bulgarians used characteristically this light blue grey paint on many object. The interior belt is good and complete and is neatly stencilled 'BULG' and 'MG'. There are various code markings. The canvas is good and stable, however grubby from oil and field use, with both metal tabs to either end. The box has much character, obvious grease and oil staining and the original paint has much chipping and areas of cracking, however the colour is most appealing and the item is utterly untouched and free from any treatments, wax or oils.
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.
IMPERIALGERMAN SET OF FIVE PATRIOTIC CARDS. A set of five cards with wonderful coloured images upon them with various patriotic messages, many of these have been written from the front and have wartime postmarks. A very attractive item to display or frame.
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 WW1 CAVALRY ADRIAN HELMET. A super Italian produced helmet with welded comb and single piece construction having to the front the excellent large black cross insignia, this is in relief and is a stamped applied insignia being the black cross of Savoy. The interior is black leather and a typical Italian produced type and the chin straps are the cavalry specific wide type of green leather. The whole helmet is in excellent condition with some chipping and a few areas of rust, however extremely presentable.
ITALIAN ADRIAN HELMET. An excellent French produced Adrian supplied to Italy, finished in a very elegant grey green colour. The liner is the early single piece leather type and the chin strap is of Italian green leather origin. The overall condition is very good with areas of abrasion to the crown, the paint loss to the extremities of the comb only. There is a very gentle rust bleed to the paint. A nice untouched medium sized example of a scarce helmet.
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.
ITALIAN ARTILLERY OFFICERS KEPI. A late war high topped kepi as worn from 18 into the 20's, this is of beautiful grey green wool with only one or two light moth nips throughout. It has the artillery specific orange piping and a single band of golden lace for rank. To the front is a magnificent deep '29th Artillery' insignia of high quality bullion embroidery. The interior is excellent with leather sweat band good and supple and is clearly marked 'Unione Militare Roma'.
ITALIAN M.16 RE-ISSUED HELMET. A well above average example of the Lippman version of the Adrian helmet produced domestically in Italy during WWI. These were re-issued and this is a typical WWII re-issue. It has been completely re-finished in WWII style grey green paint. The original holes that were placed to the front in the 20's for mounting of the metal badge have been suppressed and have been carefully filled with solder and painted over, this is very typical of these helmets that were worn by many branches of the Italian Army in WWII including Coastal Artillery, 2nd Line units and to a degree in North Africa. The lining is of Italian manufacture in brown leather with the grey green woollen headband present. The chin strap is missing and there is one small area of battle damage being a very small slit that has pierced the side of the helmet. The paint is approximately 95% present with some scratches and abrasion and a little rust bleed, however a very well above average example in a good large size of a scarce helmet.
ITALIAN M.1909 OTHER RANKS TUNIC. Recently found from a good collection in America, a very nice example of the M.1909 other ranks tunic in the typical grey green Italian colour. This tunic is of issue quality throughout. The nap of the wool is extremely good and appears to have had virtually no wear whatsoever. There appears to be very little, and again no evident signs of moth damage. The lining is of the typical light off grey Italian material throughout with a small shell dressing pocket to the rear. The vents to both sides of the tunic are button closed types. There are two interior document pockets and a large stamping of '83' to one pocket lining. The collar has the correct small eyeleted holes for the star to be attached and to either shoulder there are the reinforced areas typical of infantry type tunics. The tunic has never had shoulder rolls fitted and many photographs clearly show that these were discontinued and not worn on many late tunics. This tunic has had the cuffs slightly let down for a bigger wearer and this is clearly period carried out and there appears to be no damage to the exterior of the tunic whatsoever, the lining remains free and hanging on the inside of the arm where it has never been tacked back in place. The most likely reason for this is the tunic rested in a theatre or film prop store and has seen limited use. Of all the First World War nations Italian men's clothing is some of the rarest to encounter. This tunic with some very limited remedial application of insignia and general tidying up would make a centrepiece for series WWI Italian collection.
ITALIAN WWI HELMET IN GREEN. The French produced and exported for the use of the Italian Forces Adrian helmet. The interior bowl still with its horizon blue French finish. The exterior bowl and inner peaks and skirt painted in the Italian green colour. Overall finish good with minor chips. The liner is of cloth construction with a chin strap possibly of post WWI vintage.
ITIALIAN WWI FOX BRAND PUTTEES. A very scarce pair of the full length officers puttees produced by the famous company of Foxes in Somerset, England, these were widely available to allied officers from various branches and were very popular, they were considered a deluxe officer item by the majority of allied officers. This particular pair are produced in Italian grey green fine wool and have an interesting closure system being three eyelets, which presumably would fix to the lace of mountain boots. These have the original English language Foxes label. The wool is of a fine grey green weave throughout and one puttee is clearly marked 'B' presumably to indicate which foot it should be worn upon. This is the first pair we have encountered in Italian wool colour such as these and were recently purchased from Austrian source. The overall condition is combat used with some small holes, nicks and a little fraying to the edges, however they are presentable and would display wonderfully upon a mannequin.
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.
KAISERINE PORCELAIN PLATE. An extremely attractive and very rare slightly dished dinner plate belonging to a set of porcelain specially ordered for the Kaiser's wife the Kaiserine. 9¼ inches in circumference. Beautiful inlay to the white porcelain of the Order of the Black Eagle with three others to the centre of the crowned Order of the Black Eagle with floriated designs. Gold edged. Marked to reverse with the Coat of Arms of the Kaiserine, above the trade mark of 'KPM' (Kaiser Porcelain Manufacture). This set can be dated as wartime above the Kaiserine Coat of Arms is the commemoration date of 150 years of Kaiser Porcelain Manufacture from 1763 to 1913. Plate individually numbered '223'. Completely undamaged.
L'UNIFORME GRIGIO-VERDE 1909 TO 1918. A super Italian work covering the uniforms of the Italian Army during WWI. There are many examples of official plates as well as excellent colour illustrations, many dimensional drawings. The book itself is in excellent condition with original dust cover with just a little folding to the edges. The book is an absolute must for those interested in WWI Italian items and is fairly easy to use even for the non Italian speaker. A super and hard to find work.
LATE WAR ERSATZ BREAD BAG. An interesting WWI German bread bag being of the extremely late manufacture. The cloth is a very rough Hessian material, the buttons are replaced by leather toggles. The belt hanging loop remains to the centre. The belt mounting loops are superseded by a fixed carrying strap. There is the single D ring and leather keeper for the water bottle as is on all WWI German bread bags. There are various difficult to read stamps to the interior, one has the number ‘18’. The overall condition is excellent with some storage staining and a little wear, there is no fraying or holes.
M.15 RUSSIAN ADRIAN HELMET. An absolutely magnificent example of this very scarce foreign export Adrian helmet, made in factories in France and finished in the factory applied mid khaki finish, the badge matches the helmet shell exactly. There is a super patination to the entire helmet, one or two small dents, some rust bleed and areas of abrasion, however the paint finish remains 90% present. The original thin brown leather chin strap is still present and the one-piece black liner is all complete. One or two of the small liner attachment clips have broken away, however examining the interior of the helmet it clearly shows traces of the original factory applied ink stamps to the painted surface. Two of the corrugated buffers remain to the front and back of the helmet. There are some initials which appear Cyrillic in style scratched to the underside of the front peak. The badge is of the classic original type having a very thin tin pressing and matching the helmet totally. One can see on areas of abrasion the correct tinned finish to these original badges. Although the Russian Imperial Adrian badge is heavily faked, originals are unmistakeable in their thin construction and metal type used. A super untouched example of a combat helmet.
M.16 BATTLE DAMAGED SHELL. A highly evocative item being a standard German M.16 steel helmet. The helmet itself has much of its original field grey finish remaining. The helmet is manufactured by BF and is a size 64. One rivet still remains in place, the other two are missing. To the exterior of the helmet are a series of deep dents caused by bullet strikes, there are two penetrations from small arms fire, one entry and one exit. The side lug on one side has been completely removed by the distortion of the shell due to the ballistic impacts. To the side of the helmet is a period applied paper tag, typed to the tag reads ‘A BOSH HELMET WHICH THE ORIGINAL OWNER WILL NEVER WEAR AGAIN.’ The paper has been glued to the helmet for a considerable time, there is much rust staining. To the interior rear of the helmet are a number of inscriptions, these appear to be in German and on careful study they could be interpreted. Both liner and chinstrap are missing from the helmet. This helmet has obviously been a talking point and again would be a talking point to anyone’s collection.
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.
MILITARY BOOK. LES CASQUES DE COMBAT. One of the best works on combat helmets, this is almost impossible to find and has been long out of print. This is volume 1 of this excellent work and written in French and extremely well illustrated and easy to follow. The first volume covered helmets of Belgium, Switzerland, France, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Holland, Poland and America. The work is profusely illustrated throughout with contemporary and modern pictures of helmets. This is an absolute must for the serious helmet collector. The overall condition of the book is excellent with its original fly cover, there is just a little fraying to the top of the fly cover, however the overall condition is well above average. XJLP
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.
PRUSSIAN DRAGOON RESERVE OFFICERS PICKELHAUBE. A very good large size all leather pickelhaube belonging to an officer of the Reserve unit of a Prussian Dragoon Regiment. Some minor crazing to crown of helmet, front and back peaks good, with again some very minor crazing. All white metal fittings to helmet with the exception of the gilded chin scales and gilded stars to the spike base. Standard Dragoon eagle with Reserve Officers cross to centre. The interior mid tan leather lining is all intact, it does have four minor rodent bites and is complete with its green inner silk lining. The end caps for the gild chin scales would normally be silvered, these end caps have lost their silvering.
PRUSSIAN ENLISTED MANS WWI BELT BUCKLE. An excellent condition all brass base with nickelled overlay disc for an enlisted man in the Prussian Army of WWI. The overlay disc is totally undented with very good detail.
PRUSSIAN MODEL 1887 DRAGOON HELMET. A very good example of an extremely rare 1887 Prussian enlisted mans Dragoons all leather pickelhaube. In the lineage of the shape of the pickelhaube the 1887 was the last but one shape, starting back in the early 19th Century with the very tall pickelhaube, it was gradually reduced in size through various model years. This example has its leather skull in excellent condition, just minor crazing to the front and back peaks with the square cut front peak having its correct white metal trim in place and undamaged. The helmet plate, spike and spike base all in white metal of which a lot of the plating is missing revealing a brass-like finish below. The clip-over chin scales are of the brass variety, the helmet is complete with its totally original national and State cockades. The interior of the helmet has its original liner of which one tongue is missing and one other has been replaced. There are other minor tears, but the leather is generally good and strong. In the area between the two plate fixing points there is the remains of the original owners name label, which clearly states 'Dragoon Regiment' apart from that the details are missing. There are also other painted markings of '2EI', there are other unit markings, which we have been unable to identify to the rear back peak. With the configuration of white metal, spike, spike base and plate and brass chin scales with white metal front peak trim the helmet could be narrowed down to Prussian Dragoon Regiment 4, 5, 6, 10, 12 and 15. One of the markings on the back peak is identifiable as a 5, which would further pin the regiment down to Dragoon Regiment Freiherr Von Manteuffel, who were formed in 1860, they were part of the 11th Army Corps from the garrison town of Hofgeismar.
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 MAXIM AMMUNITION CASE WITH LEATHER STRAP. A Soviet marked ammunition case for the Maxim 1910 machine gun embossed with large star to side of box. Leather carrying strap. Interior box contains long section of ammunition linkage.
RUSSIAN WWI STICK GRENADE. A good example of the extremely rare Russian WWI grenade. The main box has suffered lightly from corrosion but still have good clear Cyrillic markings plus date '1915'. The metal handle which is attached to what we believe to be a restored wood haft has suffered more from corrosion but the whole grenade is still intact.
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.
RUSSIAN? EXPERIMENTAL GAS MASK. An intriguing item of gas warfare equipment and clearly of a military origin, in many respects this follows the Russian principle of having the filter can as the carrying case. The item is utterly untouched and is painted to the exterior can in an olive green paint. The two end caps are of copper and a central filter element is of tin. Some research has revealed that an early Russian mask designed by A.A.Trusevich was built along these principles with a mouthpiece which was held in place by biting, a nose clip and a separate pair of goggles, these separate rubberised goggles are housed in the base of the can with the nose clip attached to the neck of the filter. The original rubber mouthpiece is still present and the only markings are a few moulded numerals. There is some corrosion to the case, however it is stable. The item is most intriguing and although we cannot be certain it is Russian it is clearly of WWI vintage being extremely well constructed, possibly a private purchase officers model, but further research could prove most fruitful.
SAXON ENLISTED MANS BELT AND BUCKLE. An excellent condition all stamped steel Saxon buckle, which has a very unusual fixing system. It has the original twin pronged locking system with an extra bar with prongs across the back side of the buckle. The buckle still has its original Saxony Leipzig maker's stamp with date '1915'. Complete with its leather belt of which four extra single holes have been punch to the centre of the leather. A rare buckle.
SAXON ONE PIECE STAMPED BUCKLE IN NICKEL.. An unusual all one piece stamped Saxon enlisted mans belt buckle which has areas of the plating lifting showing metal below.
SAXON TRAIN BATTALION OFFICERS VISOR CAP. Standard grey body with sky blue waffenfarbe to crown with a sky blue centre band. National officers cockade with Saxon cockade to the centre band. Standard style peak. Ersatz sweat band in good condition. Inner silk slightly shot with faint traces of makers name to crown. In two areas of the crown the steel sprung band has rusted through the cloth. Slight moth nips to centre band.Saxon Train Battalion numbers 12 or 19
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.
SCARCE BRITISH 1919 PATTERN NAVAL EQUIPMENT BELT. A large belt in very good condition, clearly marked '1921'. The belt is unblancoed and remains in the original tan colour. There is a little service staining however the item is in superb condition.
SCOTTISH GORDON HIGHLANDERS KILT. An excellent combat used kilt showing a good degree of fading, this is absolutely consummate with a combat worn item of this period. There are profuse stampings including those of American theatrical costumier. Large amounts of WWI clothing were bought in the 20's and held within these costume houses and a large amount appeared on the market. There is a clear Warner Brothers stamp to one edge of the off white woollen interlining. One strap is now pulled free from the kilt however remains intact. The nap of the cloth is good throughout however combat worn as mentioned above and there are various carefully sewn repairs to the reverse of the skirt, if anything these repairs add to the combat appearance of this garment.
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.
SCOTTISH OFFICERS PHOTO ALBUM. A magnificent photo album of the utmost quality produced by Harrods and labelled to the rear with gold blocked 'Photographs' written to the front and of a typical doe skin-like suede covering. The album was the property of Sigurd Harold MacCulloch, he served with the 2nd Battalion Seaforth Highlanders and he died on the 20th December 1915 aged 21. He is interred in the Mailly Maillet Cemetery. There is a dedication to the front of the album as well as numerous photographs of him. The photographs shows, surprisingly, early trench life and are of a good large format. Any frontline photographs privately taken by British troops must be considered rare. There are typical group shots including Highland cut away cuff rank tunics and kilt covers being worn. There are some interesting shots showing equipment configurations, often being other ranks 08 webbing with holsters added. There is a good picture of an early aircraft to the front and there are numerous pictures of ruins and trench life. The album is in very good condition with just a little fade to some photographs. Most of the photographs have annotated details below in indelible pen. There are several views of trenches with no people in them which make explanatory shots of how trenches looked, these show revetment using chicken wire and metal. There is one interesting pair of photographs of an officer wearing surprisingly sailors type sowester hat in the trenches, his 08 webbing is completed by the addition of a French ammunition pouch, presumably for cartridge carriage. There are numerous pictures of Albert with the tower with the leaning monument to the top and Albert Station. A super item of WWI memorabilia.
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
SWISS M.1918 SCHMIDT RUBIN BAYONET. The bayonet to fit the M.1911 and 1931 short rifles and submachine guns. Superb quality Swiss blade, all plating remaining to the hilt, undamaged wood, all blueing remaining to the scabbard which is undented.
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.
THE FRENCH ARMY IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR.VOLUME 1 A magnificent work, published by Verlag Militaria of Austria, The French Army in the First World War, To Battle 1914, Uniforms, Equipment, Armaments Volume 1, by Laurent Mirouze and Stephane Dekerle. This hard back 514 page work will be considered for years the bible of the French Army prior to 1914 with 500 original artefacts, this illustrated book shows for the first time the appearance of the French Army up until the outbreak of WWI. Approximately 1,000 photographs and 520 pages gives the reader a vivid picture of the different headgear, uniforms and items of clothing and equipment from all arms of the French Army. Many items have been sourced from the Musee De La Armee in Paris and another excellent museum in the South of France and is supplemented by major public and private collections. There are more than 300 carefully selected black and white period photographs. The book is beautifully published Verlag Militaria in association with the Musee De La Armee in Paris in the English Language. First published in 2007. Any of these books from Verlag Militaria, after the print run has exhausted, will become valuable and rare items in themselves. Condition:
THE FRENCH ARMY IN WWI, VOLUME 2. The magnificent 2nd edition of Verlag Militaria's The French Army in the First World War 1914-18 by Laurent Mirouze and Stephane Dekerle. Another superb publication by Verlag Militaria of Vienna, this concentrating on the French Army 14 to 18. The work has 640 pages and approximately 1700 photographs present the incredible development of uniforms, armament and equipment of the French Army from mobilisation in August 1914 until the Armistice in 1918. Several hundred uniforms, artefacts and weapons belonging to the Musee De La Armee in Paris, plus other prestigious museums and excellent private collections have been photographed in this book. There are approximately 400 unpublished period photographs. This work published in 2008 will undoubtedly when the print run is finished become a very valuable collectors item in itself and is a superb addition for the collector/researcher of the French Army in WWI.
THE GERMAN ARMY IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR. Now considered the bible for anybody interested in collecting or needing knowledge on the German Army in the field in WWI. Verlag Militaria. Published in 2004 in English language, it is a 640 page volume presenting for the first time a comprehensive picture of the uniforms and equipment of the German Army in the First World War. More than 1,400 magnificent colour photographs illustrate the full range of clothing and insignia from Private to Field Marshall. The book includes not only detailed descriptions of all the garments worn in the German Army during WWI but also the special uniforms and insignia of each branch of service. There are also 400 contemporary wartime photographs showing clearly how the items were actually worn. The majority of the items illustrated in this book are sourced from the Bavarian Army Museum in Inglostadt. This work is a must in the library of the researcher/collector. Any of these books from Verlag Militaria after the print run has exhausted will become valuable and rare items in themselves.
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.
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. BELT SET. A good used pistol belt with Mills markings and clearly dated ‘18’. The lot incorporates a large U.S. marked first aid packet cover. The items are combat used but good and would display well.
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. JERKIN. A scarce leather trench jerkin of U.S. manufacture, clearly highly influenced by the British. The leather is very good and supple throughout and has not darkened. There is a good blanket lining and the original label is present, however a little lacking in detail through wear. An excellent rare item in a good medium large size.
U.S. M.17 TRENCH KNIFE VARIATION. An extremely interesting variation on the standard M.17 knife, these knives were the first combat knives issued to American forces during WWI, they generally have a wire loop hanger, which could only be fitted to the 1910 type equipment with its small loops to the base of the belts. It was recognised that these fittings were not very versatile and various attempts were made in the field and in the factory to overcome this. This particular example has a well carried out modification being a steel belt loop. The belt loop has a deep blackened finish that matches the rest of the scabbard perfectly and there is no signs of removal of the original wire loop. The seam, which would normally be to the rear of the scabbard is now to the front. The knife is the very standard version with its six pyramidal knuckle points, there is a typical oak wooden handle, this has suffered a little from use with a chip to the top and various bruises where it has probably been used as a hammer at some time, however much of the original blueing does remain present with some light surface rust spotting. There is a clear 'U.S. LF & C 1917' to the base of the cross guard. A highly interesting variant of an iconic weapon.for export sale only
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. 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.
U.S. NAVY 1918 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.
U.S.A. M.17 SWORD BAYONET. A fine example of the U.S. M.17 for British use. The blade is superb with all original Parkerizing. Excellent finish to the top pommel. Two slight knocks to the wood grip. Scabbard retaining its original leather and bottom scabbard mount. Fitted with the 1914 grained leather pattern British frog, broad arrow over '84' marked on the reverse side.
UNMARKED MILITARY KUKRI. This kukri is well illustrated on page 195 of the book, British and Commonwealth Military Knives by Ron Flook, the construction is typical of commonwealth manufactured items. The distinctive cast alloy hilt, draws close comparison to many of the fighting knives of the period. It is believed to have been financed by the Maharaja of Jodhur. The workmanship is of India type, the leather covered wooden sheath has a most unusual side opening. The overall condition is good and shows normal wear and tear, some areas of the leather are a little fragile however, the items remains highly displayable.
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.
WURTTEMBERG NCO FIELD ARTILLERY PICKLEHAUBE. 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.
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.
WW1 DUTCH INFANTRY TUNIC. An absolutely beautifully tailored example of a tunic as worn by a Sergeant of the Dutch Infantry. Interestingly the tunic is tailored in fine heavy weight cotton material, this may indicate that it is for Colonial service in the East Indies, however it may well be a summer weight tunic. As with many Dutch tunics the standard of tailoring is some of the best one could encounter, the tunic has a high deep blue piped collar, fixed down small epaulettes, four pockets, the top two with the pleats to the centre, two each cuff are gold chevrons, again piped in blue and to the left arm a large gold chevron piped in blue. The bronze lion buttons to the front are complete. The tunic is in excellent condition and has no holes and very minor service wear. There are one or two tiny marks which would be removable with dry cleaning. The lining is excellent throughout. The four small lion buttons to the pockets are missing, but these would be relatively easy to replace. Any pre WWII item of Dutch military clothing must be considered rare and this is a superb example.
WW1 PORCELAIN & DOCUMENT GROUP. An extremely historical and interesting family group of artefacts, documents and photographs to a German military family dating back to 1810. The family name was Bruckner. Group begins with two military documents from Bavaria, the first dated 1810, the second dated 1824. Our interpretation of these documents is that they are a testiment for military service. The family came from the town of Kraiburg in Bavaria and is noted as such on these early documents. Both are larger than A4 size. The third document is dated 1853 to another member of the Bruckner family as a member of the 1st Infantry Brigade M1914. It appears there were three brothers who entered service in WWI. Josef Bruckner, Simon Bruckner and Vinzenz Bruckner. We have a half litre china stein in the most superb undamaged condition with no patina, belonging to Simon Bruckner as a member of the 8th Company 15th Bavarian Infantry Regiment, whilst doing his volunteer service time between 1910 and 1912. The lid is surmounted by an Infantryman helping a wounded colleague. Accompanying the stein is a studio portrait of Simon Bruckner wearing the model 1910 field grey combat uniform with pickelhaube and helmet cover with number '15' to the helmet cover with another colleague whilst serving in WWI. We have another half litre porcelain beer stein, again in undamaged condition with the unusual six sided glass lid with military scenes seen through the glass, again with Regiment number '15' to front of stein, named to Vinzenz Bruckner whilst serving his compulsory two year military service dated 1906 to 1908. Accompanying this stein is a photograph of Vinzenz Bruckner standing in the field wearing porkpie hat, ammunition pouches, binoculars and carrying GEW98 rifle. The third brother, Josef Bruckner was killed in action on the 20th August 1914, very early in WWI, his death card with photograph is part of the group. A 3 x 4 inch extremely attractive photograph over painted on glass of one of the Bruckner brothers, probably Vinzenz in a cross hatched wooden frame with number '15' to each shoulder board, wearing the blue parade uniform, hatless. Ten accompanying WWI postcard size studio shots of either other comrades or brothers, this cannot be ascertained. All wearing the 1910 pattern field grey combat uniform. WWI documents to Vinzenz Bruckner comprising the Bavarian Military Service Cross, 3rd Class with crown and swords dated 1920, the Bavarian Long Service Medal 3rd Class dated 1918, Wound Badge in Black dated 4th July 1918, Iron Cross 2nd Class dated November 1916. After WWI Bruckner was awarded the Honour Cross for Front Fighters for 1914, awarded 13th July 1934. After his service in WWI Vinzenz Bruckner rejoined the Military Forces in WWII as a member of one of the most well known Mountain Troop Regiments, Gebisjager Regt. No.100. With this Regiment he was awarded the Entry into Austria Medal which we have in its original case with ribbon, his original dog tag numbered '261 14th Company of Gebisjager Regt. 100'. This Medal is accompanied by both the large format A4 size citation dated 8th November 1938 plus the half size citation for the same award, of which there are two separate versions of, one as Gefreiten Vinzenz Bruckner, the other as Sanitats Gefreiten Vinzenz Bruckner issued later on 15th January 1940. Bruckner subsequently served in the invasion of the Balkans of which there is a double sided printed card record of their advance through the Balkans showing images of all the types of German soldiers in that campaign, the map of the route of march down through Rumania to Athens. A document signed to Bruckner in both German and Greek from the Commander in Chief of Athens Garrison dated 27.5.1941 allowing him free movement around Athens. A hand written letter by Bruckner showing a map, possibly of an important action. A sheet of bread stamps for use whilst on leave. Being a member of GBR.100, he was possibly involved in the battle of Crete. Accompanying the group is a July 1941 newspaper 'Wacht Im Sudosten' reporting the early stages of the invasion of Russia, the whole of the rear page is devoted to the Gebisjager Regiments in Crete. His further WWII decorations include: The Winter Medal in the East dated September 1942 (we have citation only) and War Service Cross 2nd Class with swords dated 1942 (we have citation only). A Soviet air dropped propaganda leaflet, 10 accompanying photographs in various formats of Bruckner wearing NCO's uniform, the short brimmed Mountain Troops visored field cap with standard saddle shaped NCO's visored cap, plus others in the field with comrades, three pre war photographs showing the unit, two in training, one showing Bruckner seated wearing the Mountain Troops parade tunic, hatless. Finalizing the group is another half litre beer stein given to Bruckner on the day of his wedding. Plus the Third Reich Kennkarte, plus Third Reich Arbeitsbuch belonging to Anna Bruckner, Vinzenz Bruckner's sister who this grouping was purchased from. There are three other identified civil documents of the Third Reich period relating to the Bruckner family. All documents are located in a large format envelope address to Heir Vinzenz Bruckner, Kraiburg, dated 1939 over-stamped from the 7th Company Gebisjager Regiment 100 in Berchtesgaden with large eagle and swastika stamp below. After WWII Anna Bruckner married a British soldier and came back to the United Kingdom, where this grouping has been in her possession every since. From historical location point of view the Regiment was stationed in Berchtesgaden, plus other documents relate to Bad Tolz the headquarters of the SS officers training school.
WWI ALLIED FLYING GOGGLES. A super high quality pair of goggles as worn by pilots of British, French and American forces. These have typical nickel plated frames, rubberised backing and elastic. The overall condition for their age is absolutely superb and these would make a super set to enhance a flying helmet.
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 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 BELGIAN MILLS WEBBING EQUIPMENT. An element of the exceedingly rare American supplied Mills equipment for the Belgian Army in 1915 being the soldiers side pack. The logo clearly is the ‘Mills’ word within the cartridge shape and dated ‘1915’. The colour throughout is a good tan colour with some light service staining. Accompanying this lot is the shoulder strap also marked ‘Mills 1915’. This Belgian webbing equipment is exceedingly rare and very rarely found outside of collections within Belgium itself.
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 ARMY AND NAVY STYLE BALACLAVA. These were worn universally in the trenches, particularly around 1915. This particular model was supplied by the Army and Navy Stores and this is in fact one of the hardest items of trench warfare headdress to find. Made from a wonderful high quality machine knitted wool construction in a super reddy buff colour with pompom to the top and in small peak. These could be folded up and worn as a cap images of British soldiers in the trenches around 1915 clearly show these. They would often be worn with goat skin coats or simply with 02 tunics. A very rare item to find.
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 FLYING GLOVES. An absolutely magnificent quality pair of gloves in beautiful condition, these are manufactured from the typically deep orange-like vegetable tanned leather, they are super in their suppleness and are free from any damage or signs of wear, just storage. There are four press studs reading 'Dense Make' and are of the highest quality throughout. These would greatly compliment the First World War flying display as gloves like this would have been universally worn by officers of various branches for cold weather duties.
WWI BRITISH GLENGARRY. An absolutely mint Glengarry cap in unworn condition. We were lucky enough to find a very small amount of these, each one has to the inside a red stamped manufacturer’s label, this particular one is Adam Ashworth & Sons and is clearly dated ‘1915’. The silk headband remains complete and undamaged. The pom pom remains complete, this particular hat is of a black colour with a black pom pom. The silk ribbons remain intact to the rear. The polished cotton lining is all complete and undamaged. There is one small area of surface moth tracking to the rear. A highly interesting item of headdress.
WWI BRITISH GUN SIGHTING TELESCOPE. An excellent item of British optical equipment housed within its original fitted case. The item is clearly marked '1918' with the makers being Watson of London. The brass has been exposed to the body of the item, however the patination is good and deep and there is some black japanning left to the eyepiece areas and to the rest of the body. It remains in excellent condition throughout and optics are good, clean and bright.
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 RNAS-RFC-RAF LIFE VEST. An exceedingly rare air crew life jacket known as the Perrin/Auliff vest. The item is illustrated and appears in period photographs in the excellent 'Men At Arms British Air Forces 1418 Volume II.' The vest itself was patented in 1913 it appears in store records in 1918 but was probably worn earlier. This actual example is in super supple condition with many stamps to the interior. The ink of the stamping is now a little faint but discernable. The integral braces and closure clips are present to the front. There is a brass housing to accommodate an inflation bottle. The bottle itself now being absent. Because of the fragile nature of these items they seldom survive.
WWI BRITISH SCOTS GREYS BRODIE HELMET. It would appear the Scots Greys were a unit that fitted on mass their insignia to the front of the Brodie helmet, this particular example is in absolutely super condition having approximately 90% of the original deep green buff paint, this paint application has been carried out by hand over a number of other layers including the factory paint. To the front is the other ranks insignia of The Royal Scots Greys, this is deeply patinated with much verdigris build. The interior of the helmet is excellent and very much above average with 95% of the oilcloth present to the Brodie liner. There is a little moth damage to the felt head pad but this is very much above average. The original rubber donut is still in place underneath the felt pad. The chin strap is good and complete and unbroken, however there has been some flaking, this has been treated and oiled at some time and is now stable. There is a very neatly painted name in white letters being the name 'Miller' to the reverse of the helmet. A very much above average helmet to a unit that saw extensive service on the Western Front from almost the very start of the war to the finish. They served as mounted units but also on foot. A super example of a WWI Brodie helmet.
WWI BRITISH TRENCH CLUB. A field made trench club which we believe to be British, WWI, measuring 21 inches long with the club head being 3½ inches at its widest point. Hand carved from a section of tree with boot hobnail studs with square heads hammered into the head of the club. A hole has been drilled into the base for the attachment of a section of leather or rope. We consider these handmade trench clubs are an art form in their own right, every one is individual are equally, if not more interesting than the officially produced clubs of all the combatant nations of WWI.
WWI BRITISH US MADE P14 FROG. A very nice example of the frog produced in the states for British use having the typical American mechanical rivets throughout. The leather work is good and supple and is of a mid-brown colour. The item appears un-marked throughout and there is a little verdigris build to the brass work. A very much above average example.
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 COMMONWEALTH 48TH HIGHLANDERS OF CANADA UNIFORM GROUPING. A wonderful grouping consisting of a British manufactured 02 tunic re-tailored to Scottish cutaway fashion complete with all original badges and issued Glengarry cap. The tunic itself is completely untouched and shows good signs of usage, having a full compliment of 48th buttons, collar insignias and shoulder titles. There are three overseas stripes to the lower right arm. The lining is typical British off white and beige reinforced material. The cap is in matching condition with a deep leather band and silk tassels to the rear. Having a beautiful toned militia badge as worn by the 15th Battalion. The 15th Battalion were members of the 1st Division. They saw extensive service on The Western Front. Originally consisting of 867 troops in 1914, 1406 other ranks died during The Great War. The overall condition of the lot is service used and stored with one or two moth nips to the tunic and a little wear to the leather cap band. All the insignia is totally original to the uniform and untouched. A SUPER SET.
WWI EARLY GERMAN BREAD BAG. An excellent pre or early war red/brown canvas bread bag. Being a super, lightly used and complete example in the distinctive brown terracotta shade. There are numerous small stampings, all brass three hole buttons remain complete. To the rear there are two small holes from use. A super item that would greatly enhance a mannequin or equipment display.
WWI FEMALE AVIATOR GOGGLES. An exceptionally interesting set that is in the original shop carton box reading 'Otto Lux & Brevett' upon the top. Otto Lux produced many of the very famous goggles worn by aviators from WWI through to the 30's. These goggles are interesting in that they are of much smaller proportions all around. These were either for women or children and are in the most superb stored condition. Clearly these have come from a tailor or military supplier's shop, they have an excellent 'Otto Lux' gold embossed label to each strap and fur backing to them, these are a wonderful example of craftsmanship for early aviation and motoring history. The box has three original pairs still inside and this is the only time we have ever encountered these goggles in this format.
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 AVIATORS GOGGLES. A super pair of French marked goggles, these would have been supplied to all the allied nations and in fact many produced prior to August 1914 and were bought by German pilots. These goggles have the typical continental curved glass lozenge shaped lenses, they are in excellent clear condition with their cushioning and original elastic strap. To the side reads 'Brevett S.G.D.G.France Etranger'.
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 GAS GOGGLE AND FACE MASKS POUCH. An exceedingly rare item of trench equipment being the blue grey rubberised pouch, which was designed to carry the two-piece early respirator set being the goggles with a separate mouthpiece, which was soaked in a chemical compound and worn around the mouth. This particular pouch carried the goggle element of the set. The pouch has a separate small area, which a pair of supplementary lenses would have been carried. The overall condition is supple and good. There is an early zinc button reading ‘Equipments Militaire. To the back is an original safety pin, these would have simply been safety pinned to the soldier’s greatcoat during combat operations. Early items of French gas equipment are exceedingly rare and seldom come on to the market. An essential element for an early French First World War mannequin.
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 ERSATZ FELDMUTZE. An interesting ersatz war time produced item being of standard Prussian construction. The field grey body is good throughout with only one or two tiny moth nips. The red woolen band has some tracking and one tiny hole. The piping has faded to a slightly pink/red colour that would indicate it was not made from the same material of the band. Interestingly the lining is made from a fine HBT cloth. Both cockades appear original and have the same amount of patination, however the lower one is a pin back NCO's type. The soldier has placed his initials to the lining of the band.
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 GAS MASK TIN. A rare WWI German converted gas mask tin. This is the early short tin for the Gummi mask. These masks were shorter than the later leather faced masks. The Germans converted many tins during the Great War period like this, an extension piece is soldered to the bottom of the can, this was done in recuperation depots to a high degree of engineering. The tin contains some of its original field grey/green paint, a series of numbers are printed to the top of the can lid. To the interior the spare lenses remain and a polishing cloth is to the bottom of the can. All straps are minus, all closures and hanging loops remain intact.
WWI GERMAN M.1910 TWILL TROUSERS. A magnificent pair of the twill under trousers, which were also worn as work wear by German troops during WWI, this pair are in stored near mint condition with one or two tiny stains, no rips or wear to the cloth and to the reverse is the original paper manufacturing label with the details inked in place. The stampings to the interior are extremely clear and read ‘JR 126’ and ‘BAXIII 1916’. This was for the Koblenz headquarters. An exact pair of these trousers can be found on page 233 of the superb book The German Army in the First World War, Uniforms & Equipment 1914-1918 by the Verlag Militaria Publishers. This pair of trousers would be almost impossible to better for the serious Imperial German collector.
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 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 NURSES MEDAL AND CITATION GROUPING. 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, from where Regimentals have recently spent a month on a buying trip. 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.
WWI OFFICERS CAMEL CORPS CONNECTION TUNIC. A fascinating item of British military heritage being a tunic worn by a member of the British Army who served alongside T.E.Lawrence in the Camel Corps fighting in the Middle East from the end of WWI into the 20's. We recently received an interesting Scots Guards high ranking officers tunic, the tunic is a classic Scots Guards pattern having the groups of three buttons to the front and three small buttons to each cuff together with the typical Guards pattern of flat pockets, Guards tunics are notoriously difficult to date unless labelled and dated, Guards pioneered the use of Barathia cloth, their particular shade was slightly browner than the normal green shade known as Guards Barathia, it was worn from 1914 onwards, the rest of the army copying the fashion as established by the Guards from approximately 1915 to 1916, however the Guards still wore their specific cut of tunic and still to this day wear their own specific cut of tunic. What makes the tunic highly interesting are the medal ribbons. We have researched this tunic thoroughly and this combination of medal ribbons only leads us to one candidate being a J.D.MacIndoe, James Douglas MacIndoe's military history is one of a typical regular army officer from a high class family of the pre Great War period, enlisting in 1909 and being promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in the prestigious Scots Guards, finally finishing his employment in 1941. Known as the Imperial Camel Corps were one of the first units to employ small unit tactics, these tactics went on to be used with great efficiency in WWII by such units as Long Range Desert Group and the SAS. The Camel Corps were made hugely famous by T.E.Lawrence, known as Lawrence of Arabia. Our researcher has carried out a large amount of research regarding this tunic and has produced for us a file of paperwork including an overall run-down of his career, various sections from the London Gazette, as well as numerous other interesting historical extracts from the writings of T.E.Lawrence mentioning MacIndoe. A truly fascinating tunic from an incredibly famous Regiment who went on to fight with an equally famous yet little known small scale unit. Overall condition is good, some light staining that would clean. There appears to be no external moth damage. The Staff red gorget patches are a little faded, however medal ribbons remain good and unfrayed. All buttons are typically highly polished but have now become nicely patinated, which is typical of Guards tunics. The lining is unfrayed and overall in good condition. This is a large size tunic.
WWI OFFICERS GAITERS. An unusual pair of short ankle gaiters. These would be worn in tropical conditions where shorts would be worn. They are the extremely high quality manufacture, each gaiter having a three buckle closure. The interior is lined with cotton. These are typical of items of British officers equipment, they show considerable service wear with some fraying to the exterior and are generally dirty and in well used condition. Slight rusting to some of the buckles. However they would clean and would make an excellent item for the British officer. One buckle is missing from one gaiter, however this could be easily replaced.
WWI RUSSIAN SOHLBERG HELMET. The Sohlberg helmet is one of the most interesting helmets of WWI, it was developed for use by the Imperial Russian Army and indeed small numbers were used by them during WWI and after. The two factories, one in the part of Russia which now known as Finland and the other near St.Petersburg produced these distinctive helmets. When Finland entered war against Russia at the end of WWI these helmets mostly remained in Finland, however some were used by Russian and Polish forces. To find these helmets in their original configuration is difficult, most were adapted and used by the Finnish Civil Defence forces later in the 20th century, however this model has the original liner and liner fittings of the original production, these are seldom encountered and due to their fragile nature seldom survived. There is a small element of the chin strap still remaining, however these are always found to be missing. The liner itself is in good condition, dusty with some staining but no moth damage. The blanket wool head band is intact and still held in place. The vast majority of the deep pea green paint remains. Some patination a little darkened by some rust spotting but generally in excellent presentable condition, there is a small dent probably battle damage to one side of the helmet however this does not detract from the helmet in any way.
WWI SCOTTISH RIFLES GLENGARRY CAP. An absolutely mint Glengarry cap that came from a small stock recently found. The dark green Rifles woollen body is in excellent condition with one tiny moth nip to the top. The silk ribbon remains good and complete. With some wear and damage to the front fold. To the interior the polished cloth remains excellent and unworn and it's a 'J Angus and Co 1915,' dated label glued to the inside. The silk ribbons remain good and complete as does the black pom pom to the centre. This cap has never had a badge fitted and remains in stored condition.
WWI SWISS M.18 COMBAT HELMET. A interesting example of the Swiss M.18 helmet. The Swiss developed their steel helmet along the basic lines of experimentation carried out by the American Government during WWI. Their helmet was of extremely good quality, as one would expect from the Swiss and showed many futuristic styles. This particular example is one of the earliest produced models. They were initially painted in a flat apple green paint, this proved insufficient in the field, they were subsequently coated with a dark rough finish, this has the dark roughed finish however areas of scratches and areas of paint loss clearly show the apple green paint coming through, most examples are later and are finished in the charcoal rough finish only. To the interior the three pad liners are all complete, the chin strap is also complete. It can clearly be seen the hand painted charcoal paint to the interior of the helmet. There is a small Swiss Army issue clothing tag still attached with the soldier's name. Please note, we have placed this helmet under Helmets/Allied although a neutral nation.
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
WWI WOMENS RECOGNITION POSTER. An interesting example of a poster produced by the British army education department to identify different branches of the British armed forces during the great war. This example is of the women's auxiliary army corps in 1917. It shows an officer of the clerical section.