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'Final Victory' Michael Turner Print, Signed by Spitfire Pilot Flying Officer Town Superb limited edition print of the last engagement of Spitfire TB 752 which is now housed in the Spitfire Memorial museum at RAF Manston. By famous aviation artist Michael Turner, the print depicts its fourth & final victory against a Heinkel HE 111 on the 3rd May 1945 whilst flown by Flying Officer Frederick W.Town of 403 Squadron R.C.A.F whose signature is also on the print. A certificate of authenticity dated June 1985 from RAF Manston & signed by its then Officer Commanding Wing Commander Ward is also present which confirms that this is number 783 of 850 copies which were commissioned to record the 40th anniversary of Spitfire TB752's last operational flight in World War II. Historic piece of signed WW2 Aviation memorabilia. ***Please call to discuss delivery options or collection by arrangement*******
'Lancaster VC' Print , Signed by Two RAF VC Winners This superb limited edition print by the famous combat aviation artist Robert Taylor entitled 'The Lancaster VC's' depicts two Avro Lancaster bombers heading out towards Germany & is a tribute to all the brave aircrew members who flew with Lancasters & RAF Bomber Command during World War Two. The print is individually signed by the artist & also two Victoria Cross winners Flight Lieutenant William 'Bill' Reid VC 61 Squadron, RAFVR & Sergeant Norman Jackson VC 106 Squadron RAFVR. Bill Reid received his VC on the night of the 3rd November 1943 folowing a mission to attack Dusseldorf. On the way to the target his plane was strafed by a Messerchmitt 110 & the pilots windscreen shattered. During the fight Flight Lieutenant Reid was wounded in the head,shoulders & hands although remarkably he continued on for another 200 miles to deliver his bomb load. With his navigator killed & his wireless operator fatally wounded he dropped his bombs on the target & in his crippled & defenceless plane managed to get back across the North Sea & to an airfield where he was able to land. Norman Jackson was a flight engineer in a Lancaster bomber on his way to attack Schweinfurt on the night of 26th April 1944 when after succesfully having dropped their bombs they were attacked by a fighter at about 20,000 feet which started a fire near a petrol tank on the upper surface of the starboard wing between the fuselage & the inner engine. Receiving wounds from shell splinters in the right leg & shoulder Sgt Jackson tucked a fire extinguisher into his jacket & put on a parachute pack before climbing out onto the Starboard wing to tackle the blaze. Clinging on for his life the extinguisher was blown away causing Sgt Jackson severe burns as the fire spread. Unable to hold on any longer he was swept through the flames with his burning & only partially inflated parachute flailing behind him. As the Captain gave the order for everyone to bail out Sgt Jackson was descending heavily to the ground resulting in a broken ankle. He somehow managed to crawl to a nearby village where he was taken prisoner spending the next 10 months in a hospital needing extensive treatment for the severe burns to his hands. Four of the other crew members survived, the Captain & the rear gunner were killed in the crash. This superb print is a moment captured in time & a fitting tribute to those such men. **Please contact to discuss postal options***
1936 HMSO 'Textbook of Ammunition' This highly sought after 1936 HMSO manual 'Textbook of Ammunition' was & still is one of the bibles of the day on ammunition of the era with 322 pages of information , illustrations, diagrams & pull out colour plates covering the vast & popular subject of British ordnance. Twelve chapters each with numerous sub headings go into detail on subjects such as Explosives used in the Production of Ammunition, Cartridges, Tubes, Primers, Projectiles (I.e, Types;Design of; Length;Driving Bands ect) , Armour Piercing, H.E, Shrapnel Shells, Star Shells, Mortar ammunition, Fuzes & Gains, Markings of, Small Arms ammunition (I.e, .303 ball;.303 Armour Piercing;.303 tracer;.303 observation;.303 blank;.455 revolver & varieties etc), Grenades (I.e, Hand;Rifle; Signal; Markings of etc) Demolition & Blasting Explosives, Detonators etc etc to name but a few of the subjects covered. If you are interested in British ordnance then this pre WW2 manual is for you. An extremely sought after manual by ordnance collectors today.
1982 Falklands War Argentinian Infantry Helmet If you are looking for one iconic example of an Argentinian infantry helmet this superb \' been in the thick of it \' recently acquired example may be for you. Typical of the conscripts of the Argentinian Infantry regiments the green hood from the winter parka has been fitted around the shell with rubber inner tube used as a securing band. Totally original to the helmet this has always been in place & shows an unweathered freshness of colour to the unexposed areas underneath the rubber band. Helmet shell is an American made example , surplus stocks of US M1 shells were used, as well as their own in roughly equal quantities ( Around 50%) . Webbing straps very typically showing heavy wear with hook end minus. Helmet liner shows typical Argentinian features to the liner with ad hoc rivet placement from Argentinian depot refurbishment. A classic one look Argentinian camouflage helmet that has come straight from the battlefield of the Falklands Islands.
1982 Falklands War Argentinian Named Battle For Goose Green Helmet (R.I.12) A classic Falklands war used Argentinian army helmet which was brought back from the Islands as a souvenir after the campaign. This helmet is named to a soldier \'ALAMAN\' from Infantry regiment 12 ( RI12) who fought at Goose Green & Darwin losing 35 killed & 72 wounded. This helmet is typical of the many seen in period photographs being worn by the Argentinian conscripts with winter parka hoods as camouflage covers as seen here. The \' Ejercito Argentina \' clothing label on the hood can be seen to the interior of the helmet with extensive weathering , grime & wear to its outside. The black rubber band has always been in place on the helmet & shows an unweathered freshness of colour to the covered areas underneath it. Helmet shell appears to be an American made example , surplus stocks of US M1 shells were used, as well as their own , in great quantities by their forces. Helmet liner shows typical Argentinian refurbishment to the liner band rivets & the band itself is marked with the Argentinian \' FM\' for \' \' Direccion General De Fabricaciones Militares\' . A textbook one look Argentinian camouflage helmet that has come straight from the battlefield with Goose Green provenance.
Anglo-Boer War British 18th Hussars Queens South African Campaign Medal & Regimental Honours Silk Interesting family pair of items to a cavalry private of the 18th Hussars who served in the Anglo Boer war of the 1899 to 1902 period. Medal is of the second type Queens South Africa medal with very faint ghost date the recipient having seen service for which he received the clasps for the Relief of Ladysmith, Belfast, Laings Nek & Orange Free State. Coming with the medal is an 18\' by 11\' frame containing a mounted silk with the crest of the 18th Hussars & entitled \' Engagements Of XVIII Hussars, South Africa \' Listed are all of the regiments South Africa engagements including March To Dundee, Battle of Talana, Retired on Ladysmith, Siege of Ladysmith, Amerdfoort, Bush Veldt to name but a few. An interesting pair coming direct from the family & totally unresearched.
Army/Luftwaffe Tan & Water Winter Parka Good strong coloured winter parka as issued to Army & Luftwaffe troops for cold weather use & seeing much use in the Ardennes Battle of the Bulge in 1944 & 45.. Jacket is of the non reversible pattern which was introduced to replace its reversible to white counterpart. These non reversible uniforms were widely issued to various Army units & also to ground troops of the Luftwaffe as well as the Volksgrenadier units raised by Hitler for the Ardennes offensive. With light overall service use all black bakelite buttons are originally sewn on minus one which is missing from the front right pocket. There are also several small holes around the bottom edge of the hood but it is otherwise sound. Grey artificial silk lining is complete & with its green to white waist ties to draw the jacket in for insulation. RB Number is still partially visible under the wind flap along with size mark of 'II' . Excellent camouflage combat garment.
Battle For France \'June 1940\' Worn Adrian Helmet With Dated Newspaper Cutting Inside Helmet A WW1 M15 French Adrian artillery soldiers helmet that has specific Battle For France interest with a newspaper cutting dated June 1940 folded down inside the rear of the liner. . WW1 Adrian helmets still in service in the thirties were overpainted in khaki to match the new uniform & M26 model helmet as is the case here. Quite often one can find folded newspaper tucked into the liners to act as insulation etc & so it is another pleasant surprise to find one here. Careful pulling back of the liner to expose the newspaper in situ reveals its date of 1st June 1940 at the time when the Battle for France was in full swing so this helmet was being worn during this pivotal battle. The liner itself is the second model of issue used from 1916 onwards being of multi construction to save on leather cuttings. Chinstrap is perfectly intact. A fascinating item of Adrian helmet history as well as that of the history of France with June 1940 interest. Le Jouet De Paris
Brand New Schiffer Book: Fallschirmjager In Portrait A little more than 30,000 men of the Wehrmacht and SS were qualified to wear the famed Fallschirmschützenabzeichen, or Paratrooper Badge, between 1936 and 1944. The badges they wore, and the images of the men who wore them, are avidly sought by collectors and historians around the world today. The authors have assembled over 300 indoor and outdoor posed portrait photographs of the Fallschirmjäger for this volume, most never before published, providing a fascinating representation of the photographers art in World War II and a superb study of their uniforms, badges and insignia. In poses ranging from fierce to thoughtful and even poignant, the German paratroops of World War II are seen here in perfect focus, as they wanted to be seen, preserved in deliberate portraiture for posterity. Brand new in stock.
British 1902 Pattern Shortened Service Trousers A pair of WW1 British '02 pattern trousers which have been shortened , apparently out of service , to just below the knees. This pattern of trouser underwent a few slight changes as the war progressed the most obvious being the doubling up of the number of waist buttons from six to twelve in June 1916. Although only now having six buttons to the waist there is evidence of the twelve having once been there & so we can date them from June 1916 onwards. There are two lines of stitching to the bottom of the side pockets with one earlier underneath this & so these may have been reinforced at a later date to their original manufacture. Two of the buttons at least are most certainly later replacements although all of the zinc dished buttons remain to front fly. Lined in the typical bleached cotton drill there are paired broad arrow markings indicating out of service with a faint black WD broad arrow marking . The unit stores mark ' DSMA '& service number 820531 may well be worthy of further research . A spattering of stitch repaired moth is visible to the front of the trousers with a very small number of moth nips to the rear being seen only upon close inspection . Some additional tailoring to the trousers can be seen to the rear seat plus a large patch replaced on the front right knee area.
British 1908 Pattern Webbing Equipment Set Near matching set of green blancoed 1908 pattern webbing as used by British troops in WW1 right through to the early part of WW2. Comprising this set are waistbelt, cartridge pouches, shoulder straps, bayonet frog, \' 07 bayonet & scabbard & smallpack. All parts are in excellent condition with a couple of WW1 dates visible. Cartridge pouches are marked with MeCo stampings also these are barely visible now , waistbelt is dated 1937. Smallpack is a good WW1 bag being clearly marked & dated \' MECo 1915\'. The 1907 bayonet with this set is dated \' November 1914 & bears the manufacturer markings of \'EFD\' (Enfield) . Cartridge pouches are of the MkII type with fastening straps on the left pouch to prevent ammunition falling out when firing leant up against parapets. Scarce set to find now.
British Civilian Chocolate/Gas Mask Box. Commercially produced dual purpose metal tin sold containing in this case 'Turnwrights Devon Cream Dainties'. Many variations of these tins can be found all of the same size & dimension but with different designs & colours relating to the product contained within. The commercial genius behind these innovative metal tins thought up the idea that once the product had been consumed (more often than not biscuits or chocolates) the empty box could be used as a gas mask container & a stronger alternative to the flimsy cardboard gas mask box of issue. This example has a brown coloured honeycomb type design on its outside with an advertisement for the chocolates on the inside of the lid. The metal catch is standard as with all these tins although the metal carrying handle on the top is unfortunately missing. Interesting Home Front item.
British Lieutenant Denim Overall Set 1940 Dated Used condition green British Army Denim Overalls being Denim Blouse & Trousers both still retaining their calico clothing labels & both dated 1940. These denims were intended for working & training in but were often worn in combat being lighter than the normal BD. This set came from the effects of a WW2 British officer with the shoulders on the Blouse bearing two officer rank pips totally untouched & wartime fitted on as found. Label on the Blouse is very worn out although parts of it can still be seen including some of the size markings (Size '9') & the date 1940. Buttons on the Blouse are of the revolving shank variety. Trousers retain their label which is clear & still legible being also a size '9' & made by 'The REGO Clothiers' in 1940. All buttons on the trousers are of pressed brass. A used set with no gaping holes or rips just light service wear & some soldierly dirt as would be expected.
British Victorian Wilkinson Sword Of Lord Ashburton , Hampshire Carabiniers A superb high quality Wilkinson made Victorian Cavalry sword of the Hampshire Carabiniers . With 1857 pattern honeysuckle hilt the guard incorporates the crowned cross carbines and device of the Hampshire Yeomanry (Carabiniers). Sword is serial numbered 35726 (6th April 1898), the left hand side of the blade has the same etched regimental device as on the guard with decorative foliage & HENRY WILKINSON PALL MALL LONDON maker logo. The right hand side of the blade is etched with the Victorian crowned Royal Coat of Arms and foliage, the letters AA surmounted by a Barons Coronet, and Royal Coat of Arms under which the words BY WARRANT with indented circular brass proof mark stamped HW. Complete in its brown leather field service scabbard with frog. Wilkinson records show that the sword was sold to Lord Ashburton on 6th April 1898 however it is interesting that the blade is etched A.A & not F.D. E which were the initials of Lord Ashburton . This would certainly imply that he bought the sword for a fellow officer & so further research would greatly enhance its history. Sword has survived with an immaculate blade & generally excellent condition throughout .
Canadian Air Force Armourers Manual A very interesting WW2 manual from a Canadian Air Force Armourer entitled \' Armament Notes \' with \'Air Ministry\' to front & \'AAS Ontario Mountain View \' . Also marked to front \' FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY \' . Inside this thick manual are various printed notes & instructional line drawings on weaponry such as smallarms & grenades ( Thompson , Revolver , MiIls Bomb, Lee Enfield Rifle Etc ) as well as Aircraft equipment such as Tail Drift Sights , Anti Gas Equipment , Vickers Machine Gun , Cine Gun Cameras , Reflector Sights , 20mm Hispano cannon , Hand Operated Firing Mechanisms , a coloured ammunition markings chart, Air Sighting & loads more. A handwritten sticker is stuck to the front reading \' Armament Notes From R.WILSON one time CO of 238 ATC Dated about 1939-45 ? \' . No doubt kept as a memento of this mans war service. In very good condition.
D Day British Veteran group : Medals,Paybook,Paperwork Etc. Nice group to a British infantry soldier who joined the Boy Service aged 14 in July 1935 & then served in various infantry regiments including 151 Parachute Battalion before ending up in the Hampshire Regiment & landing in the first wave of assault troops on Gold Beach on D Day 6th June 1944. After being in heavy action in Normandy (a bren gunner in a carrier platoon) for 38 days with little rest or sleep he suffered serious front line battle stress & was Court Martialled after one day being requested to join another section for further action & stating he was unable to do so. Various paperwork & reports by psychiatrists on his mental state detail all the above as a Pension Tribunal was held to assess his correct entitlement. These reports outline his service, dates of service & with which regiment from 10/7/1935 right through to 6/10/1946 & show him serving with the Hampshires from 12/4/44 to 8/3/1945. He also served in the Middle East & saw action in N.Africa prior to this. Included in this grouping are his \'45 Issued replacement AB64 Paybook, various period documentation on his pension appeal & service, his Soldiers Release Book, a letter from the Surrey branch of the British Legion , a letter from the Infantry Records office regards his being Discharged from the Royal Army Reserve & his medals. These are the 1939-45 Star, Africa Star, France & Germany Star, Defence Medal & War Medal. There is also some ephemera from after the war including photographs & newspaper cuttings involving him but on unrelated subjects. A fascinating & rare British infantryman group greatly enhanced by its D-Day connection. A true combat veteran.
D-Day US M1 Engineer Special Brigade Helmet Scarce WW2 US helmet bearing the painted emblem of the Engineer Special Brigade.These men landed in Normandy on D Day & were to act as Sappers & Mine Clearers. Due to the heavy German resistance they were forced to abandon their demolition mission & fight alongside their infantry comrades. This example has fixed bails with tan web chinstrap that is in good condition. The overall finish of the shell is of an aged dark olive green with the remains of the emblem visible on the front & overall aging to the exterior. Much of the paint on the rim has come off through use. Helmet displays stress fractures to its rear although one of the cracks may be battle damage being more of a small dent which has caused the metal to slightly split down near to its bottom rim. Helmet is minus its liner & the inside is well weathered. Rare helmet recovered from the St.Marie Du Mont area of Normandy.
Early British 1907 Pattern Hooked Quillon Bayonet & Mk1 Matching Scabbard Rare & highly desirable early WW1 British bayonet being the hooked quillon style with Mk1 Scabbard. The 1907 Pattern bayonet was for use with the MkIII Lee Enfield Rifle & its earliest examples were produced with the hooked quillon as seen here. As of 1913 the quillons were ordered removed & hence surviving examples are very hard to find. This one recently surfaced out of the woodwork & is complimented by still having its matching Mk 1 scabbard. Wooden grips are in excellent condition not being oily or damaged & the pommel is marked to the 4th Battalion, Rifle Brigade reading ' 4. R.B. ' & the number '751' which is also on the scabbard throat. Blade is maker marked' SANDERSON' & has an acceptance stamp of '10 09' with also the ER cipher & the pattern date of '1907'. Exterior of bayonet is in superb condition with some minor surface aging to the blade. Black scabbard is stamped with numbers ' 751' on its upper throat matching the numbers on the pommel & making it a nice matching set. Leather body of the scabbard is clean & extends down its whole length with a metal tip strengthening the bottom as is typical of Mk1 scabbard manufacture. Markings against the rear seam are on one side the view codes & the other 'H.G.R 09' (1909) matching the date on the bayonet. A very nice piece of World War 1 soldiers weaponry & very hard to find in this condition.
Early Untouched WW1 M15 French Infantry Adrian Helmet With Abbeville Soldiers Nametag To Liner A wonderful M15 Adrian helmet from the early war period in the first grey blue factory paint finish that predated those of 1916. This totally untouched \'sleepy\' piece sums up the iconic \'Poilu\' of 1915 & is complete with its original chinstrap & intact liner system. Inspection of the underside of the liner also reveals a paper tag with name & regiment written on in hand by the soldier himself. This label appears to read \' R.Bodelot , Commission Regiment **** , Abbeville \' Abbeville is of course the well known WW1 place 30km from Amiens . Commission Regiment translates to \' Regimental Commission\' so may refer to his regimental enrolment the date of which or number now sadly illegible. The flaming grenade infantry badge to front is 100% original to the helmet & the construction determined by the rivet style to each side leads me to believe this is an example made by \'Reflex\' .The chinstrap is totally intact & supple . A super example .
Early WW2 French \'Airaile\' Aviators Helmet 1940 A scarce example of the French \'Airaile\' flying helmet which dates from the pre & early war period. This helmet was in use The French air force played an active role during the Battle of France in 1940 often attacking German troops as they advanced & causing considerable losses to the Germans. Casualties were high with 20 French bombers shot down in May whilst attacking the German crossings across the Meuse. Made by E. Gueneau & Cie of Paris this helmet is made from a hard shell covered in polished leather with soft padded leather flaps extending below this to house Gosport tubes or radio receivers. There are press studded goggle straps to the rear of the helmet with a laced leather liner system to the interior. Used during the 1930s and into the early part of WW2 by the French Air Force, Free French and Paratroop units. An excellent example of this interesting helmet
Falklands War 1982 , Argentinian Army Camouflage Helmet A classic Falklands war used Argentinian army helmet which was brought back from the Islands as a souvenir after the campaign. This helmet is typical of the many seen in period photographs being worn by the Argentinian conscripts with winter parka hoods as camouflage covers as seen here. The ' Ejercito Argentina ' clothing label on the hood can be seen to the interior of the helmet with extensive weathering , grime & wear to its outside. The thick black rubber band has always been in place on the helmet & shows an unweathered freshness of colour to the covered areas underneath it. Helmet shell is an American made example , surplus stocks of US M1 shells were used, as well as their own in roughly equal quantities by their forces. Helmet liner shows typical Argentinian refurbishment to the liner band with new rivets & heavy wear inside. A textbook one look Argentinian camouflage helmet that has come straight from the battlefield with an illegible roughly written in to the helmets interior. I recently purchased this helmet from a Falklands war veteran who brought it back from the campaign & had kept it in the bottom of his old kitbag in the loft until now.
Falklands War 1982 - Argentinian Camouflage Helmet An interesting Argentinian camouflage helmet brought back as a souvenir from the Falklands campaign . This striking helmet has a camouflage cover made from the ERDL camouflage army shirt & shows much wear to the inside & out. Held tightly in place by a cut rubber band the cover has some holes & is stained & grubby from use. The exterior of the Argentinian made shell can be seen in places underneath the cover with its rough textured green finish. Argentinian forces used two types of M1 shell , those that came from American surplus stocks & those that were made by Argentina themselves. The latter are recognisable from the US made shells by a few minor details such as a slightly more pronounced lip & deeper fitted chinstrap bales. As is typical on Falklands used helmets the metal fittings of the chinstrap have rusted . Liner displays the typical Argentinian depot refurbishing of replacement liner rivets as well as a green leather sweatband to the interior. A 'been there' battle worn helmet in an interesting camouflage cover configuration. This item comes from a long established Falklands War collection we have recently acquired . Many of the items were sourced in the 1980s from servicemen who had returned home with them .
Falklands War 1982 Argentinian Army Airborne Artillery Unit Camouflage Helmet With Para Liner & Goggles If you are looking for an Argentinian helmet that has clearly seen heavy use in the bitter fighting of the Falklands campaign then this one may be for you. A very well worn Falklands conflict bringback this helmet has its original well worn & frayed ERDL camouflage cover with original black rubber band & para liner. These para liners are known to have been used by Airborne Artillery Units fighting near Port Stanley. This helmet also comes as seen with its Argentinian issue goggles. The helmet shell itself has had repairs with tape to one of its chinstrap lugs whilst the other one is minus. The edges of the camouflage cover have had a soldier adapted tightening cord fitted this being visible within the shell itself. The one remaining para chinstrap is Argentinian rivetted with rust to the metal fittings & heavy fraying around the loop. The American \'Westinghouse\' produced para liner has had Argentinian depot refurbishment with two coats of green paint to the exterior. Goggles & dressing are correct Argentinian issue with the wording \' FRAVIDA No109 INDUSTRIA ARGENTINA \' to rubber of the goggles. There is a name to the inside sponge of the goggles so a possibility of research . All items coming recently from a private collection as brought back from the Falklands campaign in 1982.
Falklands War 1982 Argentinian Army Helmet A classic Falklands war used Argentinian army helmet which was brought back from the Islands as a souvenir after the campaign. This helmet is typical of the many seen in period photographs being worn by the Argentinian conscripts with winter parka hoods as camouflage covers as seen here. The \' Ejercito Argentina \' clothing label on the hood can be seen to the interior of the helmet with extensive weathering , grime & wear to its outside. The black rubber band has always been in place on the helmet & shows an unweathered freshness of colour to the covered areas underneath it. Helmet shell appears to be an American made example , surplus stocks of US M1 shells were used, as well as their own , in great quantities by their forces. Helmet liner shows typical Argentinian refurbishment to the liner band rivets & the band itself is made from green leather as is commonly seen. A textbook one look Argentinian camouflage helmet that has come straight from the battlefield, the fate of its previous owner is unknown. This item comes from a long established Falklands War collection we have recently acquired . Many of the items were sourced in the 1980s from servicemen who had returned home with them .
Falklands War 1982 Argentinian Army Helmet An Argentinian army helmet from the Falklands campaign of 1982 brought back as a souvenir by a British serviceman. Helmet shell is Argentinian made with deeper set chinstrap brackets & pronounced front lip , the paint finish is in rough green with some rust bleed coming through as is always seen on Argentinian helmets from this campaign. A brush painted marking of 'B' under a half moon appears to inside crown. Liner has soldiers name which appears to read ' GORZELANY ALLIANDAO ' lending itself to research. The 'ad hoc' construction of the liner is typical of Argentinian examples with all manner of materials used in their construction. A ' been there' helmet the fate of the soldoer who wore it as yet unknown. This item comes from a long established Falklands War collection we have recently acquired . Many of the items were sourced in the 1980s from servicemen who had returned home with them .
Falklands War 1982 Argentinian Camouflage Helmet With R.I.25 Interest A well worn Argentinian combat helmet brought back from the Falklands campaign by a British soldier in 1982. This helmet recently came to me via a private source & is presented completely as found , uncleaned & just as it was brought back. On this example we can see the ex American stocks camouflage Mitchell cover fitted onto the helmet with a thick black rubber band holding it in place. Careful lifting of the band enables us to see the discolouration comparison due to weathering on the cover. Known to have been used by Argentinian troops many of these were purchased by soldiers of RI25 ( Infantry Regiment 25 ) from the army surplus store \' Charlies Surplus \' prior to Falklands deployment. Lifting the inside tongues of the cover a cross can be seen marked onto the material this applied by the US & indicating obsolete stocks. Much engrained dirt & wear can be seen to its outside. Chinstraps are both of typical Argentinian depot refurb standard with rivets & heavy wear to each side. Liner is well worn with the usual rusty metal clips & fittings typical of Falklands recovered helmets. An iconic piece which was most likely worn by a member of R.I.25. C Company of RI 25 fought at Goose Green & was considered an elite formation which had received commando training.
Falklands War 1982 Argentinian Camouflage Netted Helmet A rare Argentinian camouflage helmet with distinctive cover which attributable to Infantry Reg 25. This regiment were the first unit of the Argentine Army to set foot on Malvinas territory & were in combat throughout most of the campaign. This Argentinian produced helmet & liner has a heavily weathered American \'Mitchell\' camouflage cover which has an ink marked \'X\' to the underside of one of its tongues. The I.R.25 purchased a large number of these covers from a surplus shop in Argentina & all have the black X indicating out of service by the US . On top of this is a thin gauge (faded in places) string net with black rubber band around its circumference. Both chinstraps are present & again heavily weathered. Liner is an Argentinian produced model with brown leather sweatband that bears the distinctive Argentinian marking \'FM\' of \'Direccion General De Fabricaciones Militares\' . A rare helmet & one that has undoubtedly seen much action. This item comes from a long established Falklands War collection we have recently acquired . Many of the items were sourced in the 1980s from servicemen who had returned home with them .
Falklands War 1982 Argentinian Combat helmet A classic example of an Argentinian steel combat helmet brought back from the Islands after the 1982 conflict. This helmet displays very typical attributes of an Argentinian helmet of the period with thick granulated dark green camouflage paint to exterior of the shell & the distinctive reed green paint left untouched to the inside. The green vinyl type chinstraps are again typical of Argentinian adaptation with a crude fastening hook to left side & a mixture of stainless steel & steel to the other side. The crudely rivetted liner is again distinctive with liner cradle being of the striped multi coloured webbing with the same chinstrap green vinyl type material used for the headband. Heavy wear is visible to the lining & to the helmet overall. No doubt one that , by its appearance , saw much use in the Falklands campaign & a fine example of the vast array of crude construction techniques so typical of Argentinian combat helmets in use during this campaign.
Falklands War 1982 Argentinian Marine Infantry Camouflage Helmet A battlefield recovered Argentinian Marine infantry helmet with camouflage cover. This iconic helmet has the Marine cover made from Argentine ERDL fabric Marine camouflage uniform & has had British Royal Marine white Arctic camouflage tape applied to the inside of the shell. This is another well used , well worn helmet indicative of the hard fighting that took place on the Falklands. There is quite alot of writing on the interior of the shell underneath the tape certainly worthy of further research. The tape appears to have been applied to hold the underside edges of the cover in place. The liner displays again ad hoc Argentinian refurbishment with a mixture of different rivets securing the cradle in place. A very interesting battlefield worn Argentinian combat helmet . This item comes from a long established Falklands War collection we have recently acquired . Many of the items were sourced in the 1980s from servicemen who had returned home with them .
Falklands War 1982 Argentinian Marine Infantry Camouflage Helmet A battlefield recovered Argentinian Marine infantry helmet with fitted camouflage cover. This iconic helmet has the Marine cover made from Argentine Marine ERDL shirt material & is of multi piece construction made to fit the helmet. It shows very heavy wear with dirt & grime engrained into the helmet typical of those that saw prolonged action in the hard fought Falklands campaign. The liner is well worn with a large 'B' drawn on the top of the helmet & faint traces of a name to the underside of the webbing yoke. A fabulous battlefield worn Argentinian combat helmet becoming very hard to find in this untouched 'brought back' condition. This helmet comes from a recently rediscovered private collection I have just purchased of Argentinian items that were gathered from Falklands veterans in the 1980s' & 1990s'.
Falklands War 1982 Argentinian Named Combat Helmet An Argentinian combat helmet with what appears to be an ornately written name & rank to the dome of the shell ( See pictures ) . This very well used helmet has seen harsh combat service with much of the rough green sawdust mixed non reflective exterior camouflage paint worn away. The shell is a good example of old American surplus stocks used by Argentinian forces , these were acquired & refurbished with repairs to straps & fittings as is seen in many of the examples used in the campaign. Both long & short webbing chinstraps are still present with rusted fittings typical of the sea salt prevailing conditions encountered on the Islands. Liner is also very well used with repairs to the webbing straps & headband in places. A well used helmet that do doubt saw action during the campaign.
Falklands War 1982 Argentinian PM (Military Police) Helmet Rare Argentinian Military Police helmet brought back from the Falkland Islands after the conflict. These helmets are seen being worn by Argentine personnel around Port Stanley & are distinctive in their white paint with large black band & \'PM \' initials to front. This helmet has seen much wear with chips to the paint & evidence of their being another previous white paint layer underneath this one. There is , as with most of these helmets . rust in places & only a part of one side of the chinstrap remaining. Liner has the same \' PM\' paint scheme with most of the liner system now minus. Overall a rare helmet from one of the few Police personnel involved in the campaign. This item comes from a long established Falklands War collection we have recently acquired . Many of the items were sourced in the 1980s from servicemen who had returned home with them .
Falklands War 1982 Battle Damaged Argentinian Army Helmet A 'straight from the battlefield' Argentinian combat helmet that has battle damage to the front right of the shell & the liner. Helmet was originally a fully netted helmet this now visible around the base of the helmet extending where it is fitted underneath & around the chinstrap brackets. The shell is an Argentinian depot made example with lower fitted chinstrap brackets than the American versions & with a slightly more protruding front lip. Liner has the number '28' to top & has the familiar crude rivetting holding the webbing in place. The distinctive green leatherette type headband is also very typical. Displaying heavy wear throughout & a timeless piece of Falklands war history. This helmet comes from a recently rediscovered private collection I have just purchased of Argentinian items that were gathered from Falklands veterans in the 1980s' & 1990s'.
Falklands War 1982 Named Argentinian Army Helmet An iconic Argentinian soldiers helmet worn during the Falklands campaign & brought back by a British soldier as a souvenir at the end of hostilities. This helmet is typical of those seen in wear by the conscripted soldiers who fought as infantry during this campaign with the green parka hood being utilised as a camouflage cover. The black rubber band was a common method of holding them in place & is seen on most but not all helmets used there. Upon lifting of the band the difference in colour fading due to heavy weathering is immediately apparent with wear & what appears to be some rust staining in places. Helmet liner is typical of an Argentinian reworked example with ad hoc rivetting of the replacement white vinyl liner system evident . The name \' SEGOVIA\' can be seen on the underside of the central yoke. One end of the chinstrap has a hook replacement this is totally period & very typical of that found on Argentinian helmets. A combat veteran & iconic Falklands war piece.
Falklands War 1982 Named Argentinian Army Helmet With Cover An Argentinian combat helmet from the Falklands campaign this piece with a camouflage green cover made from shirt material. Many different types of camouflage cover can be found on these combat helmets ranging from the very standard green parka hood to those camouflage covers made from shirts used by the Marines & the army. This example is one of shirt material , camouflage cover converted & cut to fit the helmet. It was in place right through the conflict & displays typical wear & fraying with some dark staining in places. To the inside of the shell can be seen the yellow painted number '155 ' with some green paint marking. Exactly the same marks & number appear on the front of the liner leaving no doubt that they have always been together with the same soldier. The liner displays typical Argentinian refurbishment with the name of 'Pagnotta' & the class number ' SC/62 ' . There is also some other writing written on the liner ' MARINO'... please see images. An interesting helmet & another veteran of the South Atlantic.
Falklands War 1982 Rare Argentinian Medics Helmet A rare Argentinian medics helmet from the Falklands war .. clearly original & offered as it was brought back from the campaign. This helmet displays to its exterior a very rough green overpaint with four medics Red Cross roundels to the helmets sides. There are some considerable wear scars & abrasion to the exterior paint with age yellowing to the roundels. Interior of the US made shell shows typical swivel bales with one of these crudely resoldered into position. The handwritten number \'12\' is visible to dome. Helmet liner is well worn with a name written to the underside of the webbing cradle yoke. A very rare helmet . This item comes from a long established Falklands War collection we have recently acquired . Many of the items were sourced in the 1980s from servicemen who had returned home with them .
Falklands War 1982 Worn British 9th Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers Beret With Letter Of Provenance ... This well weathered British Airborne beret comes with a letter of provenance dated 27th April 1988 from a former member of 9 Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers stating that he wore it during operations in the Falklands campaign in April/June 1982 as well as on two seperate tours of Northern Ireland whilst attached to A COY 2 PARA from Pathfinder Platoon where , incidentally , he was still serving now as a Warrant Officer at the time of typing the letter. The beret is a classic Victors produced example as worn from the late 1970s until the mid 1990s . These berets were privately purchased by soldiers & had a distinctively small crown. The black painted Royal Engineers badge is as it came on the beret. In April 1982, 9 PARA squadron R.E embarked for the Falkland Islands as part of 5 Infantry Brigade. In true sapper tradition, the squadron was involved in the thick of the action from clearing minefields to repairing bridges.
Falklands War Argentinian Helmet ( British Soldier Bringback ) Interesting captured Argentinian helmet from the Falklands war having been brought back by a British serviceman as a souvenir. Helmet is of the M1 style with the distinct olive green cover & rubber band as often seen in images of ground strewn abandoned Argentinian equipment in the aftermath of the Falklands conflict. The familiar green helmet cover is the issue parka hood with an Argentinian military clothing label still present to its underside ( see images ) . Much weathering is evident to the cover this being very clear when the rubber band is lifted to see the original colour still underneath. Green fibre glass liner is one of several patterns associated with Argentinian issue & embossed on the leather headband with FM for the Argentinian Fabricacions Militares. The first Argentinian helmets were US surplus however they are known to have produced both shells and liners themselves. A soldiers name is scrawled onto the inside of one of the web straps. A well worn & iconic battlefield worn combat helmet that could no doubt tell the story of a short but brutal conflict .
Falklands War Argentinian Helmet ( British Soldier Bringback ) Interesting captured Argentinian helmet from the Falklands war having been brought back by a British serviceman as a souvenir. Helmet is of the M1 style with the distinct olive green cover & rubber band as often seen in images of ground strewn abandoned Argentinian equipment in the aftermath of the Falklands conflict. The familiar green helmet cover is the Argentinian issue parka hood held in place by a black rubber band. Much weathering is evident to the cover this being very clear when the rubber band is slightly lifted to see the discolouration comparison of the fabric underneath. Inside of the shell there is much wear with the fabric colour fresher in the non weather exposed areas. Rust bleed stains around the inside edge have come through the cover from the shell. The name 'Freire' can be faintly discerned scribbled onto the inside of the shell along with a handpainted number '63' Liner is one of several patterns associated with Argentinian issue the rough fitting of the securing studs around its circumference being very typical. The first Argentinian helmets were US surplus however they are known to have produced both shells and liners themselves this being such an example. Traces of a pen scrawled name are to be seen on the outside shell with initials to the leather headband. A well worn & iconic battlefield worn combat helmet that could no doubt tell the story of a short but brutal conflict .
Father & Sons War Service Document Grouping ( RAF & Welch Regiment ) Document group to a father ( John Tudor Hughes) & son ( Bernard David Tudor Hughes ) both of whom saw war service the father in World War One as an NCO with the Royal Welch Fusiliers then as an officer in the Welch Regiment as of 1917. He continued on & saw service in WW2 finally being discharged from the RWF in 1948. Much paperwork including his May 1917 Temporary Commission relates to his service & amongst other related documentation present is a Welch Regiment stamped Regimental Record outlining his postings at the age of 25 from 1915 as an Orderly Room Sergeant with the 20th RWF then Drill Sergeant with the 63rd Training Battalion. In April 1917 he was commissioned into the Welch Regiment & in May 1917 posted to the 51st Bn Welsh Regiment as Platoon Commander & Acting Company Commander. During WW2 he served as a Major in an Army Records office to which a reference written by a Colonel refers in 1948. Finally his Officers Release Book details his release from Military service in December 1948. His son joined the RAF in 1941 & became a fully trained pilot as of 11/12/1942. In November 1942 he completed , as a Sergeant Pilot , the Naval Aviators Course of the United States Navy as a certificate from a Naval Air Station in Florida testifies. His Royal Air Force Airmans Service & Pay Book is present & dates from 1941. Detailing his training & medical examinations it shows also his entitlement to the 1939-45 Star, Italy Star & Defence medal ( Most probably also war Medal). His last posting is shown as being as a Flight Lieutenant with 294 Squadron ( Iraq & Persia ) as of December 1945. Much paperwork related to his RAF service including wedding photographs, two Dinner Menus from his visit to the USA in 1942. A Certificate of Competence inside his paybook gives his qualification to ferry the Wellington Bomber & also Warwicks. There are also some HMSO publications relating to the RAF including the 'ABC of the RAF'. Certainly a thoroughly researchable group.
Field Marshall Henry Maitland Wilson Attributed Binoculars This pair of time forgotten binoculars bear the engraved name \' CAPT. H.M.WILSON - RIFLE BRIGADE \' & become a fascinating slice of history when the career of the man who once owned them is researched. With the maker name \' J.WICH PARIS\' & \'MERCEDES\' they have survived in excellent condition & are still serviceable as an acceptable pair of binoculars. Field Marshall Henry Maitland Wilson , 1st Baron Wilson GCB,GBE & DSO was a senior British army officer who saw active service in the Second Boer War & in the First World war at The Somme & Passchendaele. Educated at Eton & Sandhurst he was commissioned into the Rifle Brigade as a second lieutenant on 10th March 1900. He came up through the ranks & was promoted to Captain on 2nd April 1908. He reached substantive rank of Major in September 1915 & was sent to the Western Front, France in December. He became General Staff Officer of the 41st Division on The Somme & of the XIX Corps at Passchendaele. His career goes on until the 1960s the details of which can be found without any difficulty via an internet search.
Framed & Signed Irvin Parachute Piece From DFC Winner John Bentley Beard , Hurricane Fighter Pilot 249 Sqn RAF. A framed piece of April 1940 dated Irvin parachute signed by the DFC decorated Hurricane fighter pilot John Bentley-Beard who baled out of his aircraft twice during the Battle of Britain . Rare in itself the Irvin parachute piece with a date of April 1940 predates the Battle of Britain & thus it is interesting to note the ' IRVIN AIR-CHUTE' nomenclature as well as the inspection dates of 22 FEB, 11 APR 1940 & 9 APR 1940. Handwritten on to the fabric is the dedication ' Saved me 7th Sept Hurricane 2440 and 25th Oct Hurricane 3615 1940 ' with his signature & squadron underneath this. It is not implausible to conclude that this is a piece of the actual parachute which saved his life on at least one of the occasions although sadly I cannot ,of course, guarantee it! This fighter pilots history is well recorded having started with 609 Sqn in December 1939. Moving to 249 Sqn he was attributed six victories in September 1940 before being shot down on the 7th September by British anti-aircraft fire. Lightning unfortunately struck twice on October 25th when he was shot down over Kent by ME109s & obliged to bale out again spending time recouperating in Pembury Hospital before returning to the Sqn in December. A DFC winner , he was also awarded the Air Force Cross for his work in the armament field .
Framed WW1 RFA Gunners Grouping of Badges,Insignia Etc Interesting grouping of First World War badges, buttons, insignia & other memorabilia relating to one mans service in the Royal Field Artillery & mounted onto a board as a souvenir piece. Included in the group are his early brass cap badge with rotating wheel, RFA Shoulder Titles & Cloth Flashes, RFA buttons, Crossed Flags, .303 Charger Clip & his Queen Mary Gift Tin. Also is a humorous Xmas Card with a small piece of shrapnel mounted onto the front of it the personal significance of which we'll sadly never know. The items have been mounted with wire onto a blue cloth ( now faded) backing then onto a board underneath with a glass wooden framed cover allowing it to be hung from the wall. Nice personal souvenir to one mans service in the Royal Field Artillery during the First World War.
French Colonial Infantry ( Marines ) Uniform Grouping With \'Battle For France\' 502nd Tank Regiment Interest A rare French \'Grande Tenue\' ( Best Dress ) uniform grouping to a Colonial infantry officer comprising Kepi , tunic , epaulettes , dress belt & trousers . These well respected elite troops are regarded as Marines in the French military although not directly attached to the French Navy. It is interesting to note that the Kepi has a gold embossed tailor name \' Loux\' to the sweatband & a unit marking \' 502 Chars d\'Assault \' this most likely being the tailor for that unit & this Colonial Infantry officer being attached to them at the time & having his Kepi made by their tailor \' Loux\' . The 502nd are a famous french tank regiment that saw action during the Battle for France in 1939 . The tunic here is made by a Brest tailor with name label dated 1939 so it is almost certain that this officer took part in the Battle for France at that time. This whole uniform grouping dates from the early thirties with the nine gilt anchor buttoned tunic being of the model 1933. The epaulettes are in beautiful gold bullion with the dress belt having double anchor gilted buckles. Kepi has , of course, the bullion embroidered anchor to fron for Colonial officer & three gold rank braids to crown signifying rank of Major. The elongated style of the Hungarian knot to top of the Kepi denotes early thirties manufacture still using the earlier burlap lining to interior sides. This uniform was well looked after in the postwar years as all components are in immaculate condition with just some minor service wear typical of an officers best dress. There is one small moth nip to side of Kepi.
French Colonial Infantry ( Marines ) Uniform Grouping With \'Battle For France\' 502nd Tank Regiment Interest A rare French \'Grande Tenue\' ( Best Dress ) uniform grouping to a Colonial infantry officer comprising Kepi , tunic , epaulettes , dress belt & trousers . These well respected elite troops are regarded as Marines in the French military although not directly attached to the French Navy. It is interesting to note that the Kepi has a gold embossed tailor name \' Loux\' to the sweatband & a unit marking \' 502 Chars d\'Assault \' this most likely being the tailor for that unit & this Colonial Infantry officer being attached to them at the time & having his Kepi made by their tailor \' Loux\' . The 502nd are a famous french tank regiment that saw action during the Battle for France in 1939 . The tunic here is made by a Brest tailor with name label dated 1939 so it is almost certain that this officer took part in the Battle for France at that time. This whole uniform grouping dates from the early thirties with the nine gilt anchor buttoned tunic being of the model 1933. Two medal ribbons adorn the breast these being the Colonial medal & the Croix De Guerre. The epaulettes are in beautiful gold bullion with the dress belt having double anchor gilted buckles. Kepi has , of course, the bullion embroidered anchor to front for Colonial officer & three gold rank braids to crown signifying rank of Major. The elongated style of the Hungarian knot to top of the Kepi denotes early thirties manufacture still using the earlier burlap lining to interior sides. This uniform was well looked after in the postwar years as all components are in immaculate condition with just some minor service wear typical of an officers best dress. There is one small moth nip to side of Kepi.
French M1872/1874 Dragoon Helmet ( As Worn August 1914 ) A magnificent French Dragoon helmet of the M1872/1874 pattern for other ranks. These were still being worn in August 1914 by the troops of the French Dragoons who were at that early war time time engaged in reconnaissance , guarding the flanks & covering the infantry as well as liason & escort. The Dragoon helmet is identical to that worn by the Cuiraissiers with the minor difference of no plume socket (marmouset) to the top of the crest. The skull , peak & neckguard are made from cast sheet steel which form a lobster tail to the rear with Medusas head to the front of the crest & thirteen palmettes seperated by water lillies. All of the fittings & the badge are of brass this including the chin scales which are adjusted by use of a partially concealed strap inner buckle system. The plume socket is set into the side of the helmet & retains its original often missing red plume which would not have been worn in the field. The front plate has a grenade set into two laurel branches this integrating with the bottom edge of the crest as the top grenade flame reaches upwards. To the crest is mounted black horsehair with a pleat which allowed it to be tied up so it did not flutter in the face of the cavalryman. There is a maker mark to the rear of the helmet for the firm \'SHF\' a well known maker of these helmets . Interior of the helmet has survived in very good order with the undersides of each peak lined in card . The sheepskin liner tongues are all good with no damage to holes. A fabulous helmet which would take pride of place in any WW1 headgear collection.
German First Aid Kit & Contents Verbandkasten) Green painted wood & metal construction First Aid Box with the German lettering of ' Verbandkasten ' on the lid & the serial number of the box. These kits were carried on vehicles & various transports to carry medical supplies such as bandages, tourniquets etc & were filled according to the requirement of the medical personnel using them. This box has inside various German medical items including several 1942 dated field dressings, several large paper wrapped bandages, 2 x 1942 dated powders in their boxes (Chloraminpuder) , Foot Cream, Vaseline in its porcelain container, salt tablets, sugar lumps, footpowder, antiseptic cream & various other pills & solutions used by medical personnel. Nice full medical kit probably from a field dressing station.
German M36 Panzer Gefreiter Service Tunic Sound example of the M36 tunic with dark green collar having rose pink piped collar litzen & Gefreiter rank to left arm. Tunic is of typical good quality early wool construction with five button front & bevo national emblem machine stitched to right breast. Early bevo collar litzen is machine stitched on a black backing & has the early central green stripe flanked by two rose pink bolts for Panzer troops. They appear to be originally sewn to the tunic with no trace of any other stitching tracks to the collar underside. Markings to interior of jacket are in the usual dice stamp form with the maker name of 'G.ASSMAN Halle' & the depot stamp 'ML39' denoting the date 1939. Size of tunic is relatively broad in the shoulders although this tunic has evidently been worn by a small statured Panzer soldier or youth due it having been considerably shortened by a tailor of the period. Gefreiter chevron to left arm & single award loops to left breast pocket. Shoulder straps are non period & are included for visual effect only. Overall a good clean example of the Panzer piped service tunic.
German MP34 Sub Machine Gun & Accessories Classic sub machine gun of the early Third Reich period being the MP34 as used by German Army, Police & other ancillary units throughout WW2. These early weapons were extremely well made with all parts being of an unusually high standard having provision for a side mounted bayonet & a unique stripper clip device built into the magazine port for ease of recharging empty magazines whilst still in place. The Overall condition of the wood & metalwork is excellent with all matching numbers & profuse waffenampt markings. This example is an old specification deactivation & as such cocks & dryfires. Comes with three spare waffenampt stamped magazines in their brown leather ammunition pouch , bayonet with scabbard & sling, all in excellent condition. ***Supplied with Home office issued certificate of deactivation***
German Soldier Document grouping Documents relating to a Gefreiter ( Corporal) Jacob Gerhard GROITZSCH wounded twice in February 1943 in Russia & subsequently ending his military service in hospital until returning to the Russian Occupied Zone of Germany in 1945. Group includes a good portrait size photograph of the soldier in M36 Service Tunic & M34 Cap obviously being an early shot before he was wounded. Also is a handwritten sheet ( probably for his Soldbuch) listing his injuries & dates & showing them as received in action & stamped from his unit Infantry Regiment 514 , a paper document issued as an Ausweis in half Russian & half German & dated 17th September 1945. This was issued when the soldier was back in the Occupied Russian Zone of Germany to act as his pass & to be produced on demand. Also is another pass or ' Passierschein' in Russian & German also for getting about in the Russian Zone & valid from the 25th October till the 31st December 1945. It is more than likely the man was fighting as a Panzergrenadier due to his number '479 217/ Panzer' being typed after his name on the Ausweis.
German WW1 Prussian Pickelhaube , Time Capsule Untouched ! An interesting example of a Prussian WW1 pickelhaube which comes completely as found uncleaned & with years of accumulated storage dust & age contributing to the charactor of the helmet. This helmet is a good example of those that can be encountered from 1915 onwards with a mix of brass & grey painted steel fittings used by manufacturers to meet demand as WW1 raged on . The Prussian helmet plate to front is firmly affixed to the helmet having not been off since it was taken from the battlefield. Chinstrap is a very rare original example with brass eyes & buckles & in very good undamaged condition. The soldiers name is handwritten in pencil to underside of the rear peak . A circular manufacturers ink stamp can be seen to crown of shell. Untouched & just as found.
M35 Single Decal Army Helmet Early Model 1935 helmet with leather liner , aluminium band & early brass liner rivets. This is an example of one of the earliest runs with the brass rivets & aluminium band which were found to be too weak for service use & often broke. The band on this helmet has snapped at the stress points on the sides then been field repaired which is a common feature of early M35 helmets. A small portion of the band is missing where it has snapped & dropped out. Outside of helmet is in classic factory painted apple green which has then been overpainted to comply with the 1940 order to roughen the surface finish. Army decal is mostly remaining & has been painted around when the second coat of dark green paint has been applied. National shield has originally been painted around but then removed to comply with regulations . Small traces are still visible. Good honest helmet that has seen much service use.
M38 Gas Mask & Canister, Complete. Super example of standard WW2 German Gas Mask & Canister with all its original straps complete. Gas Mask has the green rubber style facepiece ( Size 3) dated 1941. Snout of the mask is maker coded 'gbv' & also dated 1941. There are the numbers '466' handpainted onto the snout by the soldier & all its straps are complete. Filter is of the FE41 type & is dated '43'. Factory olive green painted canister is maker coded 'eph' & dated 1943 & has two spare gas mask lense packets still contained within its lense compartment which also has a paper label bearing the soldiers rank & name of a 'Gren.Pasch Michael' ( Rank of Grenadier). Inside & at the bottom of the tin are its issue cleaning cloth & retainer which holds it in place. Both the long & short straps are present & are original German WW2 issue & not post war Bundeswehr replacements as is commonly found. This is an excellent untouched & complete example of the standard Wehrmacht Gas Mask & Canister as used by the Army, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine & Waffen SS combat formations in WW2. Overall excellent original condition.
M40 German Helmet , (British Soldier Souvenir) Original M40 German Helmet acquired recently from the family of a WW2 British soldier who brought it back as a souvenir. Helmet is interesting as it has had two decals painted over its original paint to copy the early double decal style. Its not clear when this was done but was more than likely put on to enhance its appearance at some point after the war. Helmet is a steel banded classic reissue with its original rough coat of dark green paint over its factory finish & original leather liner which has never been out. Leather is still in good supple condition with some stitching having come away at the rear seam. Unable to see the inside stampings due to its wartime repaint but size appears to be a 64 as it fits an average mannequin head with no problems. There are a few chips & dings to the outer shell paint & the chinstrap is long gone but this is nevertheless a good example of a classic souvenir pickup.
May 1945 General Dempsey Thankyou Communication To Members Of 83 Group RAF A May 1945 dated thankyou communication from Lt.General Dempsey thanking members of 83 Group RAF for their support under his command. Black composite framed under what appears to be perspex. No. 83 (Composite) Group was formed on 1 April 1943 within the Second Tactical Air Force. By the eve of the D-Day landings, 83 Group had grown to a strength of 29 fighter, ground-attack and reconnaissance squadrons and four artillery observation squadrons, grouped into ten wings. At the time of Operation Market Garden it consisted of the RCAF's 39 Reconnaissance Wing, 121, 122, 123 and 143 Wings flying Hawker Typhoon fighter-bombers, 125 Wing with Supermarine Spitfire fighters, and the RCAF 126 and 127 Wings also flying Spitfires. No 401 (Ram) Squadron with Spitfires was one of its squadrons from 1943. The Group HQ was at RAF Eindhoven from 1 October 1944 to 10 April 1945. It was absorbed into No. 84 Group RAF on 21 April 1946.
Named Falklands War 1982 Argentinian Marine Infantry Helmet With Camouflage \'ARA\' Cover A battlefield recovered Argentinian Marine infantry helmet with camouflage cover & original rubber band. This iconic helmet has the Marine cover with \'ARA\' contract label still attached. The \'ARA\' initials denote \'Armada de la Republica Argentina\' or \'Argentinian Navy\' . Lifting of the rubber band displays the discolouration to the fabric caused by continual wear & weathering. The helmet shell is an ex American M1 helmet , old stocks of these purchased from the USA & Argentinian produced helmet shells were both used by Argentinian forces in the Falklands. The handpainted marking in white paint \'Cdo\' is visible to interior crown. The Argentinian reworked liner is well worn with rust to the internal washers as is the case with most genuine Falklands campaign used helmets. Lifting the internal webbing yoke a handwritten name & what appears to be a date can be seen . I am unsure of the spelling of the name so have included a clear picture which may assist in identifying the correct name of the wearer. A very interesting battlefield worn Argentinian combat helmet.
Named Falklands War 1982 Netted Argentinian Army Helmet With Goggles Argentinian combat helmet with standard issue rubber banded net & rough green textured finish to shell exterior. A pair of goggles are fitted to the net. This configuration of helmet camouflage is very typical of the standard army conscript soldier ... the helmet shell is a typical Argentinian refurbished US M1 with a mix of typically rusted fittings to the chinstrap system. Liner is a typical depot refurbishment with shoddily replaced liner rivets & head strap system. There is alot of soldier applied scratching to the outside of the liner , A small part of what I can read is ' Ramires Domingo' & ' Guadia 13/3/77' . The number '45' is written to the crown. Lifting the web yoke of the liner system the name of what appears to be 'Aichino' can be seen. A photograph of this can be seen in the images. Coming completely as found , this item comes from a long established Falklands War collection we have recently acquired . Many of the items were sourced in the 1980s from servicemen who had returned home with them .
Painting of Japanese Lunghwa Allied Internee Camp in Shanghai. This appears to be a copy of an original picture, now held in archive in the Imperial War Museum, painted by a former internee of Lunghwa Camp in Shanghai which was a camp run by the occupying Japanese forces for allied internees. The front of the picture is titled Lunghwa Camp 1943-1945 & the back has handwritten information made by the artist & former prisoner Irene (Duguid) Kilpatrick. This is an old copy of the picture she made which was presented to her whilst her original was donated to the museum & kept in archive. Lunghwa Camp was opened by the Japanese in Feb 1943 & closed in Sept 1945 holding 1700 occupants in its duration. An interesting & historic picture from the possession of a former internee of the infamous Japanese Camp Lunghwa.
Personalised WW2 RAF Irvine Flying Jacket 1941 A quite stunning Irvine Flying Jacket with personalised motif painted to upper left breast & label intact bearing sizes & 1941 date. The Irvine flying jacket is an iconic piece of RAF flying kit with dated & personalised examples becoming very hard to find now. This particular piece bears its original factory sewn clothing label with nomenclature , sizes & clear date of 1941. The initials \' S.T.M.\' have been written across it by the original owner however these do not seem to match the motif painted onto the breast . Its half waist belt remains totally intact with both sleeve & front zips all \'DOT\' marked & in fully working order. Quite remarkably there are no rips or tears anywhere on the jacket with it still being incredibly supple upon handling. The thick pile fleece is complete & undamaged. Overall a superb RAF piece from the early part of WW2 !
Postwar British MKII Paratrooper Helmet A good untouched British MKII paratrooper helmet with all of its original green factory paint, webbing straps & chin cup. Upon inspection of the liner screws to the exterior of the shell it becomes immediately apparent that they are totally unmolested & match completely the colour & wear on the rest of the helmet. This is an attribute not often encountered on many that are now offered . The exterior paint finish displays an attractive patina of service wear with some very roughly & randomly applied splotches of a now subdued dull tan camouflage colour visible in places. Interior of the helmet is all present & correct with the often missing dome crash pad intact. The leather is very supple with no damage & the chamois lining is still present to the underside of the chin cup. The maker mark , size & date 'CCL 7 1/2 1956 ' are impressed into the sweatband. Identical to a wartime dated MK2 paratrooper helmet , & referred to today as the MkIII by collectors , this excellent example of the 'Helmet Steel, Airborne Troops ' would be perfect for mannequin display & considerably more affordable.
Prewar Photo Album of German Battleship Deutschland Funeral & Spanish War, Chinese War Etc An interesting photograph album containing a mix of photographs from immediate prewar campaigns & actions having been period compiled by a British soldier from captured photographs taken from prisoners. The soldier has indexed the pages contained within on the front inside cover starting with views of Gibralter & Spain then moving into shots of a funeral from the German battleship Deutschland. History tells us that the Deutschland was attacked by Soviet bombers in 1937 which fits in well with the prewar period & the shots of Kriegsmarine personnel & swastika flag draped coffins. One photograph also appears to be of Adolf Hitler although from a distance present at the military funeral service. The album then goes on into photographs of HMS Hunter & the Chinese War before more photographs of the Spanish War follow. Many shots of different personnel are present & also some showing corpses & an apparent execution both spanning the Chinese & Spanish war section. The origins of this album & its owner are not known.
Princess Mary Christmas Gift Tin 1914 & Christmas Card Nice example of the famous 1914 Christmas Gift Tin presented as a gift from Princess Mary to the troops in the first year of the Great War. As supply demands were very high for these tins their distribution to the troops ( & also war widows) took some time & as the war dragged on unexpectedly the quality of the tins declined with plating being used for the exterior finish. This example is of early production in good brass with some weight to it & with the decoration detail still being very clear. Also with the tin is a Christmas card bearing good wishes for the New Year from Princess Mary bearing her monogram on the front of it & the date 1915. Outer part of the card is split in two but inside pages bearing the message are intact. Very nice WW1 piece of history & hard to find still with the card.
RAF 1925/37 Pattern Pistol Order Webbing Set Matching set of RAF webbing that is as it was worn during WW2 & in original condition with all of its original components. Set comprises the scarce 1925 pattern pistol ammunition pouch ( wider than the '37 patt & dated 1939 ) 1925 pattern pistol holster dated 1939 & 1937 pattern belt dated 1941. The RAF used much 1925 pattern equipment upon the outbreak of WW2 this being gradually replaced by the 1937 pattern from 1941 onwards. AM stamp with crown is visible on the belt & holster with 'MECo' manufacturer stamp also present. Pistol ammunition pouch is clearly stamped 'MECo 1939'. This set was evidently worn together for a very long time as it is washed out but matching with only very minor traces of blue/grey blanco on some small obscured areas. 1925 pattern RAF webbing is very hard to find now this set having recently surfaced from the effects of a former WW2 RAF pilot.
RAF B Type Flying Helmet 1939 Type 'B' Flying Helmet ( Designation 22C/65 ) standard flying helmet of RAF aircrew personnel between 1936 & 1941. In dark brown leather the helmet is lined in chamois & has a layer of cotton padding between the leather shell & chamois lining. Helmet has a leather chinstrap fitted with a friction buckle & also a similar leather strap & buckle arrangement at the back where there is an opening that has apparently been stitched shut. The Air Ministry designation of 'AM 22C/65' is clearly visible impressed into the leather on the right side & the manufacturer label intact on the inside is still present. This shows the maker as being 'Wareings of Northampton LTD No3 size 7 1/8 - 7 3/8. There is also the clear date 1939. Helmet has had its earcups removed & has certainly seen much use. Would certainly benefit from a good clean. Nice RAF item.
RAOC Captains Service Dress Jacket, Trousers & Sam Browne Set. Nice clean example of the WW2 British officers service dress jacket & trousers belonging to a member of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Jacket is the pre 1942 pattern with box pleated breast pockets, buttoned bottom pockets & built on cuffs in khaki drab material. Also RAOC buttons throughout with correct officers RAOC badges to lapel. Three pips to each shoulder strap indicate rank of Captain with interesting medal ribbons mounted above left pocket. They show that this officer was a North Africa veteran having been awarded the 1939-45 Star, Africa Star & Italy Star & also has the distinction of having been mentioned in despatches represented by the oakleaf sewn next to his ribbons. Interestingly, the uniform was made by a tailor in Egypt , as the label testifies, tying in nicely with his medal entitlement. Comes complete with his Sam browne belt & shoulder strap. Overall in excellent condition with two very small moth nips to the rear shoulder blade area. Leather of Sam Browne is excellent with no dryness & retaining its suppleness.
Rare Early WW1 French Infantry Officers \' Horizon Blue\' Kepi 1914/15 A rare early WW1 officers private purchase kepi of the semi Foulard style & in blue grey wool. Extremely difficult to find today these early blue examples were seen in the field by 1915 with the Hungarian knot & double rank braiding ( Lieutenant ) being a carryover from the pre WW1 period. Rank insignia & unit numbering on kepis were forbidden towards the end of 1914 however many examples were produced commercially which simply ignored this regulation. This Kepis early war manufacture is denoted by the \' Demi Foulard\' style which was a popular style from 1884 onwards. Chinstrap is of matching blue cloth with both chinstrap buttons in gilt & having the flaming grenade of the infantry. When one carefully pulls back the chinstrap to reveal the unweathered cloth its light blue colour is quite striking. Interior has a high quality blue satin lining with tailor label for \'Beviere\' of \' 11 Rue Nationale , Tours\' . Having survived in quite excellent condition it has only two or three very small moth nips that are only noticeable upon close inspection. A rare piece of early WW1 French headdress & one of the first to be produced.
Rare Falklands War Argentinian Helmet From 7th Inf. Regiment Who Fought At Mount Longdon & Wireless Ridge An iconic & now very rare Falklands war Argentinian army helmet from Regiment Infantry 7 who fought at Mount Longdon & Wireless Ridge. This helmet was brought back from the Islands as a souvenir after the campaign. Typical of many seen in period photographs being worn by the Argentinian conscripts with winter parka hoods as camouflage covers the exterior has extensive weathering , grime & wear to its outside typically indicative of those Argentinian combat helmets that were actually worn in the Falklands campaign. The thick black rubber band has always been in place on the helmet & shows an unweathered freshness of colour to the unexposed areas underneath it. On examination of the covers underside within the helmet the black ink marking 'RI7' can be clearly seen which I believe is a regiment stamp. Helmet shell is an American made example , surplus stocks of US M1 shells were used, as well as their own in roughly equal quantities by their forces. Helmet liner shows typical Argentinian features to the liner with ad hoc rivet placement. The soldiers name has been handwritten onto the leather headband with the conscript intake number 'S/C 68' still being legible, The name is very hard to read however maybe decipherable upon closer inspection. A textbook one look Argentinian camouflage helmet that has come straight from the battlefield brought back by a British soldier who served there. This helmet comes from a recently rediscovered private collection I have just purchased of Argentinian items that were gathered from Falklands veterans in the 1980s' & 1990s'.
Rare Transitional M18 Kriegsmarine Double Decal Helmet With Kriegsmarine Marked Chinstrap It is well recorded that Kriegsmarine double decal helmets are very hard to find with only approximately 1/10 of German helmets produced being for the German Navy. With the speed in which the Kriegsmarine were able to procure the M35 helmet this left only a very limited number of transitional double decal KM helmets remaining in service. This time capsule of a piece is an M18 model with M31 liner system installed . It has been roughly brush painted then decals applied to both sides of the exterior. The national colours are still very intact with the distinctive gold/yellow decal of the Kriegsmarine remaining in superb condition. Close examination of the aluminium buckled chinstrap finds the rare Marine marking to its underside. Very faint maker markings can be seen to its pointed end although now not discernible. Age wear & natural oxidisation to the chinstrap studs confirm that it has been undisturbed for many years , coming still on the helmet when recently found. Liner band is of the earliest production being 1931 dated with split pins of the early 1930s period used before the M31 split pin became available. Liner is ink size stamped to one finger tip. A rare piece completely as found & never having been in collector hands before.
Rare WW1 British .303 Cartridge Bandoleer 1914 Dated The only 1914 dated WW1 British cartridge bandoleer I have ever had in my possession many of these did not survive WW1 & are consequently nearly impossible to find today. Very simply constructed of tan canvas there are five buttoned compartments both for holding two 5 round chargers of .303 ammunition, 50 rounds in total . Marked & dated 'ME Co Ltd 11.14.' for the firm Mills Equipment in November 1914 there is a filling marking in red ink dated May 1915 to show that this bandoleer contained 50 rounds of MkVII .303 Ball ammunition in chargers ( Shown in symbol form of the base of a .303 ammunition charger of the early pattern ) . Original black japanned buttons to pockets. These were often issued full before an attack thus surviving examples are very rare.
Rare WW1 British 1914 Pattern Bayonet Frog & Helve Carrier A rare 1914 pattern leather equipment entrenching tool helve carrier coming complete with its correct \'14 pattern frog as would have been worn with the rest of the infantry equipment. All components of the 1914 pattern infantry equipment are very difficult to find the helve carrier probably being the most difficult with only a few ever making the collectors market. This piece is a guaranteed original example with some of its original markings still visible where stamped into the leather. Those that can be seen I have included in the images with this being a British made example having typical rivets & brass buckles used in its construction. It is in excellent supple condition & in mid to dark brown colour the shades of brown encountered differing considerably. The \'14 pattern frog is also in excellent supple condition with maker mark of \'J.TATE & SON , BOLTON \' . A very rare piece from WW1.
Rare WW1 British Anti-Gas \' Spicer\' Goggles A rare pair of the WW1 \'Spicer\' Anti gas goggles first issued to the British soldier in the 1915 period along with the P helmet. These were made to be worn in a tear gas attack when eye protection was required instead of the gas helmet. The goggles were named the \'Spicer\' goggles after their designer in the gas warfare department. Cheap & simple to produce they were made from two layers of fairly stiff khaki cotton that were stitched together with two celluloid eyepieces sandwiched & stitched between. To the reverse is a soft flannelette & also long tapes to facilitate tying to the head . On the front of the goggles are written the soldiers details in hand these appearing to be \' BARNES No. 41037\' & \'RGA\' for the Royal Garrison Artillery. As with all items of WW1 anti gas equipment these are very rare & would be nearly impossible to find again.
Rare WW1 British Army Regimentally Marked Cold Weather Fur Waistcoat A rare regimentally marked WW1 British soldiers fur waistcoat as worn by the BEF early on in WW1. A very similar example can be seen in the archives of the Imperial War Museum this being a recognised pattern & certainly one of a variety of different examples that were utilised at that time. This piece has a large WW1 ink stamp of \' 7 MR 13 \'to its interior in the style typical of those WW1 regimental marks sometimes found. This would most logically signify either the 7th Battalion Middlesex or Manchester regiment. There is a name to the reverse of \' R.LEES \' which may well lend itself to research. These sleeveless jerkins were both issued & locally made & were widely used during the early war winters of 1914 & 1915 before the introduction of the well known blanket lined leather jerkin. Constructed with the fleece on the inside it fastens by means of a double breasted toggle tied front. There is also a corner fastening such as seen on the \'wrapover\' RFC Maternity tunics. There are heavy leather reinforcing patches used in the construction on weaker areas such as the shoulder seam area & also as the platforms for toggle fasteners which would be prone to stress during use. A tightening system is visible to the rear again using the crude toggle tie fasteners. Overall condition is very good with all of the string ties present & toggles undamaged . Just one stress tear to front corner edge of the skin for which I can make no apologies ! A rare item & a recorded pattern .. not many survive today.
Rare WW1 British Army Regimentally Marked Cold Weather Fur Waistcoat A rare regimentally marked WW1 British soldiers fur waistcoat as worn by the BEF early on in WW1. A very similar example can be seen in the archives of the Imperial War Museum this being a recognised pattern & certainly one of a variety of different examples that were utilised at that time. This piece has a large WW1 ink stamp of \' 7 MR 13 \'to its interior in the style typical of those WW1 regimental marks sometimes found. This would most logically signify either the 7th Battalion Middlesex or Manchester regiment. There is a name to the reverse of \' R.LEES \' which may well lend itself to research. These sleeveless jerkins were both issued & locally made & were widely used during the early war winters of 1914 & 1915 before the introduction of the well known blanket lined leather jerkin. Constructed with the fleece on the inside it fastens by means of a double breasted toggle tied front. There is also a corner fastening such as seen on the \'wrapover\' RFC Maternity tunics. There are heavy leather reinforcing patches used in the construction on weaker areas such as the shoulder seam area & also as the platforms for toggle fasteners which would be prone to stress during use. A tightening system is visible to the rear again using the crude toggle tie fasteners. Overall condition is very good with all of the string ties present & toggles undamaged . Just one stress tear to front corner edge of the skin for which I can make no apologies ! A rare item & a recorded pattern .. not many survive today.
Rare WW1 French 1884 Pattern 10th Infantry Regiment Other Ranks Kepi As Worn August 1914 An exceptionally rare French infantry other ranks 1884 model kepi as was still being worn by French infantry soldiers in the very early stages of WW1 . This Kepi belonged to a soldier of the 10th Infantry regiment as is denoted by the number of the regiment on a patch sewn to its front. This regiment were involved in the earliest campaigns of 1914 a short list of which I have written below. With soft black peak & black leather double slider chinstrap the body of the cap is in the garish madder red wool with dark blue cord piping & cap band. The side ventilation grommets are of red painted brass with two small tombac chinstrap buttons decorated with the grenade for infantry to each side. The heavily worn interior has black leather sweatband with a leather covered padded crown that incorporates a lift up patch for the soldiers name to be written if desired. A full lining is sewn to the whole interior for insulation. I believe the 10th infantry patch to front to be originally sewn to the kepi it is roughly hand stitched around in khaki thread very typically of the period.An example of this can be seen in the Winter & Aiolfi book \' Exotisch French Kepis of the Twentieth Century \' on page 115 . A heavily used kepi there are some moth nips & tracks to the fine wool although not detracting in any way at all from this rare other ranks French infantry item of headdress. The 10th Infantry Regiment were part of the 15th Division as of August 1914 & were involved in many of the early battles such as Battle of the Frontiers in August 1914 & the Battle of Sarrebourg to name only two.
Rare WW1 French M15 \' Troupes D\'Afrique \' Adrian Helmet ( Zouave & Tirailleur ) An excellent WW1 M15 French Adrian helmet for African troops ( Armee D\' Afrique ) worn with this mustard colour & crescent badge by Chausseurs d\'Afrique, the Spahis , the Zouaves & the Tirailleurs . These troops were recruited from or stationed in French North Africa from 1830 & as such were part of the French Metropolitan army many of whom were sent to fight in France at the beginning of WW1. The mustard colour of the helmets was to match the colour of their uniforms & first issues of the helmet were mustard painted over the factory blue when received . They were then mustard painted directly at the factory during manufacture & so this example is one of the very first African Army issues. A heavily worn combat helmet the original blue is visible through the chips & scuffs of the outer paint. All fititngs are still firm & intact with the early first model one piece liner & its corrugated ventilation strips still in place. With its original brown leather chinstrap there are some small dents to the exterior right side & also to the crest all testament to its active service in WW1.
Rare WW2 British R.A.S.C Beach Group Helmet A heavily used British D-Day Beach Group helmet of the Royal Army Service Corps with the official \'Beach Group \' identification band around its circumference & the blue , yellow & white flash of the RASC to side. The Beach Group RASC had the important responsibility for the transport & distribution of supplies needed by advancing troops & supported the landing troops on Sword , Gold & Juno beaches on D-Day. This MkII helmet has clearly had a heavy service life with the rough green overpaint of 1940 thickly applied on the outer shell & then the Beach Group designation marking applied over this sometime prior to the invasion. There is heavy wear to the thick overpaint on the outside with the earlier smooth lighter khaki factory finish visible in places underneath. The liner screw is totally undisturbed & completely original to the helmet. To the helmets underside the earlier factory paint is visible with correlating wear to the paint . The liner has age crackling through years of poor storage however is not brittle & faint partial markings can just about be seen to one arm of the liner cradle. The partial date of \'193*\' can be seen however the determining digit is not discernable. Webbing chinstrap is well used with matching wear & is original to the helmet . Overall a rare piece of \'D-Day\' history unlikely to come on to the collectors market again.
Rare WW2 Canadian Normandy Unit Flashed helmet - 1st Canadian Armoured Car Regiment A 1943 dated Canadian steel helmet with rare flash for troops of the 1st Canadian Armoured Carrier Regiment . Recently surfacing in Europe & never having been in a collection before the helmet is in its original untouched khaki paint with flash in excellent order on right side. Some field wear exhibits itself to the exterior of the shell with only minor scuffing to the flash. On the underside of the shell can be seen the maker markings 'G.S.W.' for the Canadian maker General Steel Wares with 'MK1' & date 1941. There is dirt & cobwebs from prolonged farm storage to the inside crown which I have made no attempt to clean. The liner has some dryness with crazing , chinstrap minus. The string remains to each chinstrap lug where it was hung up in a barn for many years , again I have left this untouched. A rare helmet from an often unheard of unit which saw action right through Europe until the end of WW2. Following the successful attack on Falaise in August 1944 using tanks converted for carrying infantry troops to their objectives this regiment was formed on August 28th 1944 thereby revolutionising the then new concept of Armoured Personnel Carriers . Due to the success of the allies final victory in Europe & now being surplus to requirements they were disbanded at 2359 hours on June 20, 1945.
Rare WW2 German Luftwaffe Rubber Motorcyclists Coat 1940 A rare luftwaffe issue rubberised 3/4 length motorcyclists coat dated 1940. These luftwaffe versions were blue grey overall with a blue cloth fronted collar & blue cloth reinforcement under the armpits. Buttons are of pebbled luftwaffe blue. Unlike the army versions they had no shoulder tabs for the attachment of shoulder boards. Complete with its adjustable half belt to rear it has two deep fastening flap covered pockets to the front & one chest pocket on the right side. There is a blue grey cotton lining to the interior with buttons to top neck opening & one button remaining to left cuff. All three of its rear skirt opening \'LW\' (Luftwaffe) buttons are still present . There are three armpit vents to each side & a coat hook hanger to inside collar. Buttons are minus from both front waist pockets & there is the usual fraying to bottom hem of the coat with one small tear to front right side. Interior of coat has black inkstamped maker of \'A.Siegfried & Co , Berlin \' with \'Decemebr 1940\' date & dice stamped size markings . Recently found in Northern France this scarce coat would make a superb addition to your Luftwaffe mannequin !
Rare WW2 German Stick Grenade Rack ( Einsatz ) A rare second model rack for the retention of 15 stick grenades within their metal carrying case. This racking was seperate from the case & was lifted in & out as required. It could be carried into combat holding the grenades without the case if necessary & has a wooden swivel handle similar to that on the metal cases to facilitate this. The handle here is original to the racking. The three compartment box at top held one box of 15 Brennzunder 24 & one box of 15 Sprengkapseln Nr.8 ( Detonators & Fuses ) . Both the swivel handle & spring clips are fully functionable on this example with three of its wire clips minus to one side. A rare piece of equipment those that do surface are only ever found in ground dug or water raised condition . This piece bears remnants of the red oxide paint finish & is pitted through age. *** CARRYING CASE FOR DISPLAY ONLY BUT CAN BE PURCHASED SEPERATELY ****
Rare WW2 Kings Own Scottish Borderers , 3rd Infantry Division Battledress , Caen - June 1944 A rare Normandy campaign battledress blouse to a soldier of the Kings Own Scottish Borderers serving with the 3rd Infantry Division . The 1st Battalion KOSB were fighting with the 3rd Infantry Division in June 1944 & were heavily involved in the Battle for Caen & its surrounding areas. Battledress is of the \'40 pattern with the Leslie tartan of the KOSB to both soldiers & battle patches of the 3rd Infantry Division with brigade strips to each arm. The clothing label is still present & giving sizes & the maker as Bourne Clothing Co. Ltd . A well worn blouse there is sweat staining to the inside of the collar & the cuffs. Retaining its top button, hook & eye closure to faciliitate fastening at the neck as per regulations the soldier has also lined the inside of the lapels according to personal preference. In very good well worn condition & a rare N.W Europe British infantry unit to find.
Schiffer Book: Imperial German Field Uniforms & Equipment Vol 1 This two volume set provides the reader with an insight into the wide range of uniforms, weapons and field equipment used by the Imperial German Army during the First World War. The devastating and dramatic character of the war required many innovations in military clothing and equipment. New uniforms and adequate protection was a must and steel helmets appeared on the battlefield, replacing the outdated spiked helmets. Even medieval looking items, like steel breastplates and trench clubs, were produced, giving the soldiers a fearful appearance. The threat of poison gas caused the immediate development of gas masks. It was also the time of the tank, observation balloons, mine warfare, the Zeppelin, airplanes, flame throwers, deadly machine guns, and other war machinery that saw service, sometimes for the first time. Using over 1,000 colour and period photographs from private collections and museums, the author succeeds in showing a broad range of artifacts, together with full and to the point descriptions. This series is aimed towards the novice or advanced German World War I collector and enthusiast, military history student, modeller, researcher and re enactor. Brand new in stock.
Schiffer Book:Imperial German Field Uniforms & Equipment Vol 2 This two volume set provides the reader with an insight into the wide range of uniforms, weapons and field equipment used by the Imperial German Army during the First World War. The devastating and dramatic character of the war required many innovations in military clothing and equipment. New uniforms and adequate protection was a must, and steel helmets appeared on the battlefield, replacing the outdated spiked helmets. Even medieval-looking items, like steel breastplates and trench clubs, were produced, giving the soldiers a fearful appearance. The threat of poison gas caused the immediate development of gas masks. It was also the time of the tank, observation balloons, mine warfare, the Zeppelin, airplanes, flame throwers, deadly machine guns, and other war machinery that saw service, sometimes for the first time. Using over 1,000 color and period photographs from private collections and museums, the author succeeds in showing a broad range of artifacts, together with full and to the point descriptions. This series is aimed towards the novice or advanced German World War I collector and enthusiast, military history student, modeller, researcher and re-enactor. Brand new in stock.
Splinter Pattern Camouflage Luftwaffe Ground Forces Jacket ( Field Division Etc) Classic Luftwaffe Ground Forces Splinter Pattern camouflage Jacket originally designed for use by the Luftwaffe Field Divisions as of 1942 & seeing service in many theatres including Russia , Italy & more popularly in Normandy, France. It was also worn by other Luftwaffe Ground Forces Units including Paratroopers & Army Officer personnel on attachment. Jacket has without doubt seen much combat service evidenced by its used condition but nevertheless retains good strong colours. Jacket is in the earlier & rarer cotton pattern as HBT versions replaced these from mid war onwards.Buttons are of the correct metal dish variety & are all complete with pebbled buttons on the shoulders & cloth retaining loop for shoulder straps still in place. Inside pockets are in blue HBT & there is a wartime repair to the right bottom pocket area where splinter camouflage material has been used as a patch then overstitched several times for strength. Breast eagle removed. Good combat jacket much used in Normandy by Luftwaffe Ground Forces. Helmet & combat equipment shown for display only.
Third Reich Hitler Youth Drum & Hanger Sound example of the Hitler Youth drum as used by the 'Hitler Jugend' movement of the Third Reich era. This piece has been totally restored & as such is in excellent condition & would compliment any Hitler Youth display. Drum skin is constructed of calfskin with four cat gut cords (snares) strung across the lower drum skin. The outer ring of the drum is made from thick wood with thin copper sheet covering the outer ring. Outer sides are triangularly patterned in the white & red of the Hitler Youth with a two hole plate on its upper edge for attachment of the belt hanger. Beneath this on the lower edge is a metal handle for pulling to the body when in use. Faint markings remaining on the belt hanger plate, the hanger itself has some rust to its loop rivets but is otherwise sound.
Third Reich Hitler Youth Uniform & HJ Dagger Nice representation of the standard Hitler Youth uniform as worn from approx 1935 onwards this set comprising the tunic, summer cap, scarf, leather knot, HJ belt & buckle, cross strap ( belt loops are replacements) & dagger. Summer cap is in tan cotton with the RZM marked metal diamond HJ badge affixed to its front. Tan twill tunic was authorised for wear as of August 1935 onwards & is made of heavy ribbed cotton with four pockets & a fixed collar. Swastika HJ armband present with the white on black triangular district badge sewn to the left upper arm for ' nord niedersachsen ' & on each shoulder of the tunic a shoulder strap with standard red piping & the number ' 539 '. The underside of one of the straps is complete with its RZM label intact. All buttons are present. Black HJ scarf is original & still has its RZM label denoting use by the ' HJ,DJ or BDM. Hitler Youth dagger is in excellent condition with black painted scabbard ( 96% paint intact) & brown leather belt loop & keeper having no damage. Dagger itself has brown leather buffer to top of blade under hilt & sprung HJ diamond emblem in its handle. Maker marked ' RZM M7/38' which denotes the firm Paul Seilheimer it is in overall excellent condition. Belt leather is a shortened youth version with some personalisation in the form of initials stitched into the leather. Buckle is original although with some ageing to its prongs. Complete set is offered together as one lot in overall excellent conditon.
Untouched Souvenir Time Capsule WW2 US M1 Fixed Bales , Front Seam Helmet A recently surfaced & untouched from WW2 US M1 steel helmet complete with its original rare early war leather liner chinstrap . This front seam , fixed bales helmet can easily be dated at around the 1943 period & was probably issued to one of the Gis billleted in England just prior to the D Day landings. Its cork mixed olive green paint can be seen to exterior of the Schleuter made shell with stainless steel rim still bearing a large proportion of the paint. The Schlueter Manufacturing Company were contracted to produce shells from June 6th 1942. The fixed bales date this piece to before the end of 1943 with the front seam remaining unchanged until November 1944. Both of the webbing chinstraps are early with sharp J hook edges & raised bar cast buckle. Liner bears the MA motif for the firm \' Mine Safety Appliances \' actually one of those who produced an only minimal number of liners compared to some other firms. The A washers are in green painted steel used around the period from mid 1943 - mid 1944 the green coating believed to have been introduced to avoid corrosion to the steel. Liner system is intact with leather sewn handband & nape strap bearing the production number \'16874\' by the firm SMC which denotes a contract issued on October 28th 1943. The rare first type leather chinstrap is still on the helmet this being a very difficult component to find today. Its early wartime manufacture is denoted by the flat steel straight edge buckle used on helmets of the 1942 to mid 1943 period. It is totally intact undamaged example with the \'UNITED CARR\' name to reverse of rivet head. Exterior of the liner is painted in the typical wartime green . At some point the helmet has had the name \'MUNSON\' painted onto the front of it with four stars drawn underneath . We can only draw our own conclusions as to the story behind it however I ma inclined to go with soldiers humour ! An overall fabulously complete & untouched M1 helmet representing the American GI of the midwar period onwards.
US Vietnam M1 Combat Helmet A text book example US combat helmet of the Vietnam period with all parts dating from mid conflict period. Helmet has the early camouflage cover in twill material dating from the mid 1960s , these were made from a different material soon after this date & the contract number on the underside of one of the tongues gives us the date of \'65 incorporated into the number. The helmet band in place around the helmet is of period origin the later postwar issues being of a different design. All of the blackened chinstrap hardware is totally correct for the period with anchor manufacturer logo to the buckle seen in use from the late 1950s until 1967. This company changed after this date & no longer used the anchor design. Liner is marked with several markings which give us the dates of its components the most obvious being the clipped in headband which is ink stamped by Steinberg Bros with the \'DSA\' letters & date \'71\' again incorporated into the contract number. The initials \'DSA\' are an ordnance contract marking only used up to 1976 , it was replaced after this date by different lettering. The webbing of the fixed liner system is stamped with the date \'18FEB64\' . Overall a superb early piece which dates from the thick of the Vietnam fighting.
US Vietnam M1C Paratrooper Combat Helmet If you want one good classic Vietnam period US combat helmet to go with your M1 helmet collection then this piece may be for you. Complete with its camouflage cover & issue helmet band this heavily worn helmet has all the charactor of one that has been in the thick of jungle action with a well fielded camouflage cover showing dirt , grime & rust bleed that has come through from the helmet shell beneath it. Upon examination of the cover with the liner removed it is immediately apparent that it has not been off the helmet for many years & would have to be literally peeled off if one were to try to remove it in its entirety. This really is how a field lived in combat helmet & cover should be ! The helmet band when pulled back displays age discolouration & weathering to the non exposed areas evidencing its prolonged fitment to this helmet. The contract number under one of the tongues date it to the mid 1960s & there is much wear at the creases of the cover where folded over the rim. Helmet shell has olive green chinstraps & buckles typical of the Vietnam period with anchorless fastening buckle as was seen from 1967 onwards. The liner has ink markings to one side very typical of the 1960s period & white tab to underside of the central headstrap yoke. This white tab stopped being applied from around the early 1970s. Being the paratrooper M1C helmet it has the four holed webbing chincup system with marking \'US\' to webbing of the chincup. There is rust to liner rivets & a tear to front headband section. A fabulous M1C combat helmet .
Waffen SS 'Reichsfuhrer-SS' KIA Document & Photograph Grouping Interesting group to a member of the SS Panzer Grenadier Division 'Reichsfuhrer-SS' who joined the Waffen SS in January 1944 & was Killed In Action in Italy in 1944 . Group comprises five photographs of SS Sturmann Dieter Albrecht in SS service uniform with runes evidently taken early in his service when he was still a junior rank. One of the photographs is a large size with also two framed shots which have been in the family. There are also two smaller photographs of members of the family, looking like mother & sister, & also two of him when he was a boy. A typed letter from SS Unterscharfuhrer Hans Wendland who was the adjutant of 3KP SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment 36 at the time is dated 14/10/1944 & is addressed to the Albrecht family. It states how on 10/10/44 Dieter died from a head shot in battle & goes on to give further details of the action in which he was killed. The final photograph accompanying the group is of his grave & headstone. There is also an obituary in a 'Mitteilungsblatt' periodical dated 1963 stating him to be a gymnast prior to joining the Wafen SS. SS PZ. Gren Reg 36 was one of the main combat units of the Division which is recorded at this time to have been much used for security duties & anti- partisan sweeps.
Waffen SS Officers M43 Einheitsfeldmutze From Normandy If you are looking for an M43 officers cap that you can definitively identify as Waffen SS then this 'salty' heavily worn piece may be for you. Coming some years ago from the area of St Denis la Gast in the August 1944 Operation Cobra area this cap has been stripped of its insignia however has the distinct imprint of where the SS skull was situated to the front & the SS cap eagle to the side. The rest of the nap of the cloth of the cap is very well weathered down & highlights the imprint of the removed insignia very well ( See images ) . There is sweat staining coming through the area where the brim meets the body of the cap this visible also on the underside. The officers crown piping is very well worn down with only a few stitches of its placement being now visible. Both silver officer buttons to the front are totally original to the cap & show the very typical chain stitch to reverse. There is a small hole from what appears to be a cigarette burn to the front right of where the skull sat measuring approx 1/2 cm in diameter. Inside of the cap again shows heavy wear with a torn lining which nicely exposes the construction of the cap. Underneath the rayon lining can be seen a jute lining around the sides of the cap with the underside of the officers piping seated in areas of the crown. The lining still has some very faint now illegible markings however the last line appears to be the maker address of ' Boxhagen Strase16' or similar . I have provided images & am confident that further research would identify this maker. A true SS Officer combat cap & a one off that has without doubt seen much action.
WW1 / WW2 US M17A1 Steel Helmet With Officer Rank Markings An interesting study of early WW2 US headgear would certainly include the M17A1 helmet which was the standard steel helmet used by US forces up until the introduction of the M1 in 1941 . A British WW1 pattern adopted by the US army in 1917 the helmet was upgraded in 1936 with the addition of a new leather liner & buckled chinstrap. This is an excellent textbook example with the web chinstrap & buckle hook arrangement being instantly recognisable as that carried over to the M1. Original rough green paint to its exterior with officers Lieutenant rank bars painted to front . Underside of helmet shows typical smooth finish with steel lot number \' Z0216 \' . Soldiers name & number to leather of liner . Strengthening stitching to long strap where frayed. A very nice example.
WW1 1908 Pattern Webbing Equipment Set ( 1915 Belt ) A near complete & very close pea green colour matched set of the First world war soldiers 1908 pattern web equipment . Set comprises the following with dates shown where are legible; Waistbelt 1915 1 Pr Shoulder straps N/K 1 Pr Cartridge pouches L-1918 , R - Faded 1 Bayonet frog with helve strap N/K 1 Entrenching tool carrier 1918 1 Waterbottle & carrier 1919 Some dates are visible ( as above ) & some not. Cartridge pouches have various regimental/issue markings with the date being visible only on the left side. Only one stud minus from left side lower pouch. Bayonet frog is the scarcer correct WW1 issue still with its helve strap most, of which, were later removed. The hard to come by entrenching tool carrier is 1918 dated & also N marked for naval issue . Overall a very good set with some service use & a good representation of the WW1 British infantry soldier. ( Tunic for display & not for sale ) .
WW1 1908 Pattern Webbing Equipment Set ( 1915 Belt ) A pea green colour matched set of the First world war soldiers 1908 pattern web equipment . Set comprises the following with dates shown where are legible; Waistbelt 1915 1 Pr Shoulder straps N/K 1 Pr Cartridge pouches L-1918 , R - Faded 1 Bayonet frog with helve strap N/K 1 Entrenching tool carrier 1918 1 Waterbottle & carrier 1919 Cartridge pouches have various regimental/issue markings with the date 1918 being visible only on the left side. 1915 date to belt & 1918 to entrenching tool carrier.( '19 to waterbottle cradle) . Only one stud minus from left side lower pouch. Bayonet frog is the scarcer correct WW1 issue still with its helve strap most, of which, were later removed. The hard to come by entrenching tool carrier is 1918 dated & also N marked for naval issue . Overall a very good set with some service use & a good representation of the WW1 British infantry soldier. ( Tunic for display & not for sale ) .
WW1 Australian KIA Soldier Handwritten & Drawn Notes From Bombing School ( Sgt Fred Gray Died March 6th 1918 ) A fabulous hand drawn book by an Australian Sergeant of the 10th Battalion Australian Infantry Force completed whilst attending a Bombing Course at the Mitcham , Australia Bombing School from May 30th to June 12th 1916. The book is totally hand written & drawn by Sergeant 1074 Fred Gray who has written his name & the date 'May 30th 1916' to the front inside page of the first diagram at the beginning of the book . This first 'Diagram A' is a quite excellent hand drawn & annotated four page pullout of a trench system showing such details as First Line Fire Trench ', Officers Shelter , Support Trench , Loop Holes , Latrine , Bomb Thrower Emplacements , Attack or Jumping Trench Etc. The index of diagrams lists further trench related drawings with many of the grenades themselves shown in some very fine detail. Grenades drawn include the Hair Brush grenade, Mexican Grenade, .303 Short Rifle Grenade , Wests SPring Gun , Stokes Gun & Catapult Trench . A long list of bomb related topics including detonators, dynamite , explosives as well as general trench information are noted upon . At the back of the book are the names of the instructional personnel who ran the course including Chief Instructor Captain Cresswell , Sgt Major Korner & Sergeant Willaston. A truly unique item it is of sad note that Sergeant Fred Gray died on the 6th March 1918 & is buried in Adelaide military cemetery . I have not researched the cause of his death however the Kerwick Garrison MIlitary Hospital is located near to the cemetery & he may well have died there as a result of wounds received. Accompanying the book is a small booklet entitled ' 1914-1919 Remembering Those Years' in which several relevant poems are printed & sergeant Fred Gray is commemorated .
WW1 Australian Soldiers Handwritten & Drawn Notes From Bombing School ( Sgt Fred Gray Died March 6th 1918 ) A fabulous hand drawn book by an Australian Sergeant of the 10th Battalion Australian Infantry Force completed whilst attending a Bombing Course at the Mitcham , Australia Bombing School from May 30th to June 12th 1916. The book is totally hand written & drawn by Sergeant 1074 Fred Gray who has written his name & the date 'May 30th 1916' to the front inside page of the first diagram at the beginning of the book . This first 'Diagram A' is a quite excellent hand drawn & annotated four page pullout of a trench system showing such details as First Line Fire Trench ', Officers Shelter , Support Trench , Loop Holes , Latrine , Bomb Thrower Emplacements , Attack or Jumping Trench Etc. The index of diagrams lists further trench related drawings with many of the grenades themselves shown in some very fine detail. Grenades drawn include the Hair Brush grenade, Mexican Grenade, .303 Short Rifle Grenade , Wests SPring Gun , Stokes Gun & Catapult Trench . A long list of bomb related topics including detonators, dynamite , explosives as well as general trench information are noted upon . At the back of the book are the names of the instructional personnel who ran the course including Chief Instructor Captain Cresswell , Sgt Major Korner & Sergeant Willaston. A truly unique item it is of sad note that Sergeant Fred Gray died on the 6th March 1918 & is buried in Adelaide military cemetery . I have not researched the cause of his death however the Kerwick Garrison MIlitary Hospital is located near to the cemetery & he may well have died there as a result of wounds received. Accompanying the book is a small booklet entitled ' 1914-1919 Remembering Those Years' in which several relevant poems are printed & sergeant Fred Gray is commemorated .
WW1 Austrian Berndorfer Helmet A very rare Austrian 'Berndorfer' helmet complete with its original liner & chinstrap. This was the first steel helmet to be produced by Austria during the Great War its total production reaching only just under 140,000 . Made by 'Arthur Krupp A.G. Berndorf ' these were accepted into service in October 1916 , the first delivery taking place in May 1917. Production ceased in November 1917 when the last of the remaining 1,200 helmets were delivered. Distinctive in its wide brimmed appearance this helmet has the factory painted typically smooth light brown finish with the Krupp trademark of a bear & the size '64' stamped into the underside of its flared rear rim. The protruding disc to the top of the helmet is a part of the helmets ventilation system with their being four holes in the crown of the helmet underneath this. Fitted with a metal banded three pad leather liner system , the metal reinforcing eyelets to each tongue are distinctive to this helmet & were to take the drawstring . Coming complete with its original woven chinstrap , fastened with a clamp buckle as can also be found on the Model 1917 & 1918 Austrian helmets. Leather reinforcement is applied to the end & underside of the chinstrap in the areas prone to fraying. A rare opportunity to own one of these rarely seen Austrian combat helmets.
WW1 Austrian M16/17 Steel Combat Helmet Loft Find Helmet A superb untouched example of a recently 'loft found' Austrian M16/17 helmet. No doubt a British soldier souvenir of the Great War it is unusual to find any German helmet bringback now let alone an Austrian one. Much rarer than their German made counterparts the Austrian helmet is distinctive with its metal eyeletted liner pads, metal liner band , webbing chinstrap & the seperate placement of its lugs. The shell is marked 'AW' for the manufacturer 'A.Western , Cilli ' . Having not seen the light of day for many years a thin film of dirt covers the helmet with its Austrian factory brown colour being visible in places through the dirt. The interior of the helmet is the same but with its leather & webbing prong & buckle chinstrap very much intact. The three leather metal eyeletted liner pads are present & although one remains fully intact the four tongues are torn & only partially still present. I have made no attempt to clean this helmet however I believe its appearance would be enhanced with the most minimal of efforts.
WW1 Austrian M17 helmet One of the rarest camouflage helmets to find being the First World War M16-17 Austrian helmet. In 1918 German storm troops arrived in Austria from the Eastern front where the fighting had stopped due to the Russian revolution. Their presence on the Austrian front caused many changes to their tactics and almost caused the total defeat of the Italians. This helmet shows an Austrian interpretation of helmet camouflage in the three tone colours of green, yellow ochre & rust brown highly typical of combat pieces of the period. The helmet although incomplete in respect of liner and chinstrap still retains its Austrian metal liner band and high chinstrap brackets, their presence indicating early ( i.e,WW1 ) use as opposed to interwar or early Second War use. Some abrasions present to exterior of helmet from service use with light surface rust to interior.
WW1 Bavarian M16 Enlisted Mans Greatcoat A superb example of the M16 Bavarian greatcoat with shoulderboards applicable to the 19th Bavarian Infantry Regiment. Imperial German uniform underwent modification as of September 1915 this including the greatcoat which was now of thicker material & with a better lining intended to be warmer for the troops wearing it . It is of note that the Bavarians kept their collar in field grey 'grundtuch' this possibly to remain identifiable from other troops. This pattern of greatcoat has several early features which were carried over to the new M1916 style with barrel cuffs & the earlier 1894/08 style of backless painted steel buttons . All buttons are present & original to the coat. Of depot issue , there is a clear boxed ink stamp denoting acceptance by the Bavarian III Corps clothing depot in 1917. Size markings appear below this. Having survived exceptionally well for a coat that is 100 years old there are some very modest repairs in places with some holes to the lower edge right cuff only noticeable when examined closely. A very rare item not often seen outside of well established museums today.
WW1 Belgian M15 Adrian Helmet A rare WW1 Belgian M15 Adrian helmet coming complete with original chinstrap & original lions head badge to front. By October 1915 the French began delivery of the first Adrian helmets to its allies , approximately 210,000 helmets had been delivered to the Belgians by the end of 1916. This magnificent example is in excellent condition with badge firm to the helmet & a very high percentage of its original brown paint remaining. Various shades of brown & other paint finishes may be encountered on the Belgian issues , this has received two coats with a slightly lighter brown finish visible to the interior crown area. To the underside of the front peak can be seen the scratched soldiers name with some punched in numbers to the underside of the rear . The liner is of post 1916 multi construction complete with drawstring & all intact tongues . The brown leather chinstrap is in impressively good condition with adjustment buckle intact. A superb example of the Belgian Adrian helmet & very hard to find now.
WW1 Belgian M15 Adrian Helmet A rare WW1 Belgian M15 Adrian helmet coming complete with original chinstrap & original lions head badge to front. By October 1915 the French began delivery of the first Adrian helmets to its allies , approximately 210,000 helmets had been delivered to the Belgians by the end of 1916. This magnificent example is in excellent condition with badge firm to the helmet & a very high percentage of its original brown paint remaining. Various shades of brown & other paint finishes may be encountered on the Belgian issues , this helmet still retains its original first factory issue paint throughout. The liner is of post 1916 multi construction complete with drawstring & all intact tongues . The often missing brown leather chinstrap is in impressively good condition with adjustment buckle intact. A superb example of the Belgian Adrian helmet & one that has become very hard to find now.
WW1 Belgian M15 Adrian Helmet A rare WW1 Belgian M15 Adrian helmet coming complete with original chinstrap & original lions head badge to front. By October 1915 the French began delivery of the first Adrian helmets to its allies , approximately 210,000 helmets had been delivered to the Belgians by the end of 1916. This field used example is in trench worn condition with badge firm to the helmet & a good percentage of its original khaki brown paint remaining. Various shades of brown & other paint finishes may be encountered on the Belgian issues . Liner is of post 1916 multi construction complete with all intact tongues . The often missing leather chinstrap is in impressively good condition with adjustment buckle intact. A superb example of the Belgian Adrian helmet & one that has become very hard to find now. The name 'SCHEPPER' can be seen scratched to the underside of the front lip.
WW1 Bringback Souvenir Grouping Of German Items An interesting grouping of items that were all brought back by the same British soldier from WW1. I recently acquired this grouping privately so have kept it together untouched & as it came. Group comprises : 1. \'07 Feldmutze ( 6th Army Group Marked ) 2. Cartridge ammunition Pouch ( Spandau marked & 16 Dated ) 3. 1914 Dated & Hamburg Marked Prussian Belt Buckle 4. 1917 Dated Belt Leather 5. 37th Infantry Regiment M15 Shoulder Strap 6. 141st Infantry regiment Simplified M15 shoulder strap 7. Scarce Minenwerfer ( Trench Mortar ) Shoulder Strap With red chainstitched lettering & numbers \'MW35\' The souvenired \'07 pattern feldmutze is of early construction with red piped black band & with one cockade remaining to front. The issue stamp of the 6th Army Group is visible to interior lining. Prussian buckle is leather tabbed with clear maker & 1914 date. The belt leather is \'LZA\' & maker marked with 1917 dated. It has been shortened & now with no tongue. All three of the shoulder straps have moth having been stored away for many years. Very nice little lot of WW1 German items.
WW1 British '08 Pattern Rare Pre War Early Smallpack With Waterbottle Tab To Top Flap A hard to find component of the '08 webbing equipment this haversack is of the November 1909 pattern with tab & strap to attach the waterbottle on its top flap. These were simplified in Feb/March of 1914 with this provision removed. Undoubtedly these would have still been in use by British troops in the earliest 1914 battles of WW1 with their service continuing through with troops that already had them. This piece is broad arrow marked & dated 1912 with the pre war makers name of a well established leather equipment producer Hazel & Co . Although Mills ( MECo ) & M.Wright & Sons (MW&S) were the only companies authorised to produce the 1908 pattern webbing equipment this well established pre war maker struck a deal with Mills to handle sales to the Territorial Associations until its until war broke out in August 1914. Thus actual piece is featured in the '08 Haversack' section of the superb website ' Karkee web ' where more detaill can be sen regarding its manufacture.
WW1 British .303 Matching Numbers P14 Rifle With Volley Sight Dial & Early Brass Butt Disc Iconic 1914 pattern (P14) British service rifle of the First World War period. A bolt action rifle the P14 was said to be an advanced design of its time being possibly the most advanced service rifle of WW1. It was more accurate, more durable & had nearly the same rate of fire as the SMLE however the magazine had only half the capacity & on the whole it was much heavier . Due to the need for smallarms in the WW1 period & the already stretched industrial output the British government contracted with US manufacturers this example being made by Eddystone. The P14 was well used by the Home Guard in WW2 . Eddystone marking of 'ERA' is to be seen on the receiver of this rifle with matching serial numbers to receiver & its dog leg bolt. This rifle is still in its WW1 configuration complete with volley fire sight dial ( No arm ) & early brass butt disc which are in most cases missing on P14 rifles seen today. Woodwork is excellent with typical light service use & profuse ordnance markings throughout inclluding ' Patt '14 ' to stock. Metal surfaces still retain most of their original blueing. Rifle capable of being cocked & dryfired & still with a nicely workable bolt action. Deactivated to Home Office specifications with deactivation certificate supplied. UK sales only.
WW1 British .303 P14 Rifle With Volley Sights & Early Brass Butt Disc Iconic 1914 pattern (P14) British service rifle of the First World War period. A bolt action rifle the P14 was said to be an advanced design of its time being possibly the most advanced service rifle of WW1. It was more accurate, more durable & had nearly the same rate of fire as the SMLE however the magazine had only half the capacity & on the whole it was much heavier . Due to the need for smallarms in the WW1 period & the already stretched industrial output the British government contracted with US manufacturers this example being made by Remington. The P14 was well used by the Home Guard in WW2 . Remington marking of 'RE' is to be seen on the receiver of this rifle with matching serial numbers to receiver & its dog leg bolt. This rifle is still in its WW1 configuration complete with volley fire sights & early brass butt disc which are in most cases missing on P14 rifles seen today. Woodwork is excellent with typical light service use also metal surfaces still retain most of their original blueing. Rifle capable of being cocked & dryfired & still with a nicely workable bolt action. Deactivated to Home Office specifications with deactivation certificate supplied. UK sales only.
WW1 British 1902 Pattern Army Service Corps Divisional Ammunition Supply Originally Badged Tunic A WW1 standard issue 1902 pattern tunic to a member of the Army Service Corps serving with a Divisional Ammunition Supply Column. The 'Shellshifters' were responsible for the important task of moving ammunition & wore the shell shaped handsewn badge in Divisional colours ( Light blue & dark blue here ) to both shoulders . This tunic has brass ASC titles to both shoulders with all ASC buttons to shoulders & front fastening. The cloth flashes are crudely hand applied but in my opinion totally original to the tunic. There are two blue overseas chevrons to lower right sleeve. Its interior partial lining shows a common mix of glazed cotton for the pocket reinforcements & khaki drill for the pockets. Remnants of the paper label & only one rear brass equipment hook remains. There is some moth to the front of the tunic in between the second & third buttonhole down, also to the rear ( See pictures ) . An untouched WW1 tunic with original insignia straight out of the attic !
WW1 British 1902 Pattern ORs Greatcoat A fine example of the rare 1902 pattern dismounted Greatcoat. This is the second type as issued during the First World War from the 1915 to 1917 timeframe. The Greatcoat retains the deep turnback cuffs which were eliminated in 1917 & has half white wool lining to shoulders & the WW1 off white lining & reinforcements . Pocket flap backings in wool consumate with all WW1 ORs garments. Faint number over letter marking to pocketbag. Although WW1 OR garments came in a plethora of different hues & tones of khaki, this garment is in the sought after classic ginger colour! The garment has one or two cancelled theatrical stamps to the interior & two small old repairs to the front skirt however not detracting from the overall external appearance. All buttons & closure hooks remain to the epaulettes, there are a period pair of curved Middlesex shoulder titles with a collector repair however this does not detract from its external appearance. Good opportunity to acquire an important element of WW1 'Tommy' clothing.
WW1 British 1902 Pattern Service Dress Tunic A scarce WW1 British other ranks service tunic in khaki wool & of the 1902/07 pattern which was being worn by Britains troops as they marched into the first world war. Tunic has two hook fastening to its stand & fall collar ( 1915 onwards ) & also the expected ' two dart ' stitching to upper breast/collar area. This was changed to only one dart in 1918. Other typical characteristics are its WW1 off white reinforcement lining to interior with all pocket flap backings in wool which is totally correct for all WW1 OR garments. All of its brass GS buttons are original to the tunic , there are also three blue overseas chevrons to lower right sleeve indicating this tunic having seen field use with the wearer on active service overseas. Number over letter ink stamp clearly visible on inside reinforcing panel. War & Victory medal ribbons to left breast. There is , of course , a fair spattering of moth to the tunic as can be seen in the images however being a surviving service worn field tunic of the first world war it is prudent that some allowance be made given the history of this wonderful piece.
WW1 British 1902 Pattern Service Tunic A rare WW1 British four pocket service tunic of the wartime 1902 pattern still with much of its manufacturers paper label remaining to inside. This is a tunic that has clearly seen WW1 service & is presented as found with its period placed three blue embroidered overseas service chevrons to lower right sleeve & Army Service Corps brass shoulder titles to each shoulder. These do appear to have been on the tunic for a considerable amount of time with correlating age shadowing visible underneath the outer edges. Paper label is largely remaining with a good proportion of its nomenclature still being legible. Two brass belt equipment hooks are , as expected , stitched into waist with the instantly recognisable 'two dart' stitching to upper breast/collar area. This changed to only one dart in 1918 firmly dating this to a wartime manufacture. Other classic period features are its off white cotton drill lining to interior with strip backing for the top pockets ( denoting mid to late manufacture ) & field dressing pocket to lower right side. All buttons are brass General Service & appearing to be original to the tunic. Condition is overall very good for a scarce tunic of this now sought after period which does display very well with belt equipment however certain allowances must of course be made for the inevitable few moth nips which can be seen on the lower front , arms & back in various places. ( Belt not included ) .
WW1 British 1902 Pattern Service Tunic A WW1 British four pocket service tunic of the wartime 1902 pattern still with much of its manufacturers paper label remaining to inside. This is a tunic that has clearly seen WW1 service & is presented as found with its period placed three blue embroidered overseas service chevrons to lower right sleeve. Paper label is largely remaining with a good proportion of its nomenclature still being legible. Two brass belt equipment hooks are , as expected , stitched into waist with the instantly recognisable two dart stitching to upper breast/collar area. This changed to only one dart in 1918 firmly dating this to a wartime manufacture. Other classic period features are its off white cotton drill lining to interior with strip backing for the top pockets ( denoting mid to late manufacture ) & field dressing pocket to lower right side. All buttons are brass General Service & appearing to be original to the tunic. Condition is overall very good for a scarce tunic of this now sought after period which does display very well with belt equipment however certain allowances must of course be made for the inevitable few moth nips which can be seen on the lower front , arms & back .
WW1 British 1902 Pattern Tunic A rare WW1 British four pocket service tunic of the wartime 1902 pattern still with much of its manufacturers paper label remaining to inside. This is a tunic that has clearly seen WW1 service & is presented as found with its period placed three blue embroidered overseas service chevrons to lower right sleeve & Army Service Corps brass shoulder titles to each shoulder. These do appear to have been on the tunic for a considerable amount of time with correlating age shadowing visible underneath the outer edges. Paper label is largely remaining with a good proportion of its nomenclature still being legible. Two brass belt equipment hooks are , as expected , stitched into waist with the instantly recognisable 'two dart' stitching to upper breast/collar area. This changed to only one dart in 1918 firmly dating this to a wartime manufacture. Other classic period features are its off white cotton drill lining to interior with strip backing for the top pockets ( denoting mid to late manufacture ) & field dressing pocket to lower right side. All buttons are brass General Service & appearing to be original to the tunic. Condition is overall very good for a scarce tunic of this now sought after period which does display very well with belt equipment however certain allowances must of course be made for the inevitable few moth nips which can be seen on the lower front , arms & back in various places. ( Belt not included ) .
WW1 British 1902 Pattern Tunic , 1914 Dated A scarce 1914 dated 1902 pattern tunic showing all of the typical manufacturing traits one would expect to see on a tunic of this early period. There is also an interesting regimental ink stamp to inside top buttonhole area appearing to be for the Sussex regiment ( SX) & of the type commonly seen stamped onto '08 pattern webbing equipment. Remains of the paper label can still be seen to the inside with a detached part of it still preserved & with the tunic showing clear date of 1914. This of course ties in with the construction detail of the interior breast pocket reinforcement in the form of squares of glazed cotton later replaced by one piece strips running straight across the rear of the pocket. Glazed cotton field dressing pocket is intact showing hand stitching around its longer edges most common on earlier production pieces . Brass GS buttons are present throughout with sergeant chevrons to both sleeves & also Machine Gun patch to lower left . Four overseas service chevrons to lower right . In a good large size & surprisingly with no moth at all this is a rare early tunic to find in such excellent condition.
WW1 British 1907 Pattern Hooked Quillon 'Gallipoli' 4th South Wales Borderers Marked Bayonet A scarce first world war 1907 pattern hooked quillon bayonet with unit markings for the 4th battalion South Wales Borderers who took heavy casualties in the Dardenelles campaign in June 1915 . This is a fabulously clean example in excellent condition having virtually all of its original factory blueing remaining & only very light signs of its age in places . Walnut grips are excellent . Made by Enfield the ricasso has the expected 1907 pattern date & issue date of September 1911. Broad arrow & inspection markings to reverse side. It has the correct early brown MK1 internally chaped scabbard with ordnance markings & the date 1909 clearly visible to reverse. Not only is this a desirable example by its condition but also by the unit to which it belonged. The 4th South Wales Borderers were raised as part of the new army in 1914 & landed at Sulva on 15th July 1915. They met heavy fire on the beach & took heavy casualties including their Commanding officer. A highly desirable example & one which most likely saw action at Gallipoli.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Webbing Cartridge Pouch 1914 Dated First World War 1908 pattern Left side webbing cartridge carrier clearly broad arrow marked & dated 1914. 75 rounds were intended to be carried in these pouches , this being the Mk II pattern introduced in 1914 with straps to prevent accidental loss of ammunition. Overall in used condition but with clear black ink markings on rear strap for ' MECO 1914 L ' ( Mills Equipment Company 1914 Left ) . There is what appears to be green blanco to the front of the pouch which has begun to flake in places however just the original untouched finish to rear as was in 1914. Top right section has damage to lower pop stud although not visible when flap closed also one of the the thin belt securement straps & lower left strap female stud . Very scarce pouch with 1914 date.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Webbing Set ( Unblancoed & Mostly 1915 Dated |) An unblancoed , untouched & matching 1908 pattern webbing set which has been together since World War One. Component parts with visible markings have 1915 dates with the exception of the '18 dated entrenching tool cover. Set comprises the following : 1 X Waistbelt 1 X Pr Cartridge Pouches 1 X Bayonet Frog With Helve Strap 1 X Waterbottle & Carrier 1 X Entrenching Tool Carrier 1 X Pr Shoulder Straps Both cartridge pouches have 1915 date with this also being visible on the belt. Faint markings to rear of helve strapped bayonet frog . Waterbottle carrier has 'MW&S' maker with only the first part of the date '19' having ever been ink stamped on . It is clear from its correlating age wear that this is an original component to the set & not a later addition. Bottle itself is of the correct blue enamel WW1 construction with the distinct ridge to top & bottom. Felt cover has some considerable moth. This set is totally 'as found' with only the shoulder straps & rare helve holder not being present when discovered . The close matching shoulder straps have been added here for display & will come with the set. I have left this set in the condition in which it was found therefore no attempt to clean any of the components has been made .
WW1 British 1910 Matching Numbers & Volley Sights No.1 Mk III Lee Enfield Rifle A pre WW1 example of the iconic No.1 MK III British Short Magazine Lee Enfield Rifle with volley sights , peep sight & original brass numbered butt disc . Dated 1910 this piece has remained in its World War One format with rarely found matching numbers to bolt , receiver & nosecap and same matching serial number to be seen on the muzzle bayonet roundel. Correct pre 1916 round cocking piece still present to bolt. Wrist strap is clearly marked E.R ( Edwardius Rex ) denoting King Edward reign with Enfield maker & date 1910. Some expected light age is apparent in places confirming its original finish & 103 year old age . Profusely British inspection stamped it is a used British rifle that no doubt saw action during the first world war.
WW1 British 1914 Pattern Large Pack A WW1 1914 pattern large pack in excellent condition with all of its correct straps & fittings present & in very good order. This piece is an American made example with double cap rivets & small brass clips to the reverse of each buckle tab. There is also a strip of longitudinal webbing to the rear behind the brace tabs this not being present on British made examples. A broad arrow numbered inspection mark & a soldiers handwritten name can be seen on the underside of the flap. The decision to produce the new leather set to supplement the 1908 pattern webbing was made in early 1914 with the contracted requirement of one million sets being undertaken early on in 1914. Over sixty leather manufacturers were involved however due to the high demand needing to be met , it is estimated that as much as fifty percent of it was made by American firms these pieces being fundamentally the same with only minor manufacturing differences.
WW1 British 1914 Pattern Large Pack & 1914 Pattern Leather Straps Rare large pack being the second model for the 1914 pattern leather equipment with brass buckles to top & bottom rear & a highly desirable pair of 1914 leather shoulder straps attached. Pack has the typical eyeleted tabs on the back ( rivetted ) with \'14 pattern buckles mounted to the side of each for the helmet straps. Pack is marked on the inside of the flap with Mills Equipment Company stamp ( ME CO ) & desirable date of 1915. Both of the 1914 pattern leather straps have markings being very faint & unreadable on one of them . The left strap has the maker name \' JW Mackintosh & Co \' with the date 1915 & a broad arrow & number marking further down the strap. Large pack has been locally used after WW1 as is evidenced by the stitched repairs & fraying to some areas. Straps are generally good with minor cracks in places as would be expected. Faint traces of soldiers details to inside of flap. Nicely dated piece with the very rare 1914 pattern straps attached.
WW1 British 1914 Pattern Pack , Officer Named To London Regiment Very rare 1914 pattern second issue pack with a combination of leather & web fittings all in good intact condition. This unmarked and undated second issue example meets the 1914 pattern specification but differs very slightly having some internal edges which are selvedged in brown cloth. The construction closely resembles that of the Sam Browne equipment leading me to suspect that it was made by a firm that usually dealt in officer\'s private purchase gear. All fittings are very much intact having only very light disturbance to the stitching to one of the upper rear tabs & one of the lower rear also. Interestingly the front flap has an officers name \'Capt Maple A Coy, 6th London Regiment written onto it making the possibilities of researching the war service of this piece quite unique. Without doubt a rare find & in much need of thorough research.
WW1 British 1916 Map of German Positions : 2nd Battalion ,13th Regiment VII Corps, West of Aubers ( Copy Of Sketch Found On German Officer Captured On 25/9/15 ) This is a British March 1916 produced map which , according to the title , is taken from a sketch map found on a German officer captured on 25/9/1915. Shows positions of the 2nd Battalion , 13th Regiment VII Corps West of Aubers. Detailed are the trenches & related positions of the 13th Regiment such as minenwerfer & machine gun emplacements as well as Orderlies dugout, 'Schmidts Post' , Officers dugout , 13th Regt Post , Support Trenches , front line trenches , Battalion boundaries with the 17th regt to its Eastern edge & many more relating to the whole trench position of this particular regiment. A fascinating map & no doubt of vital importance to any troops who were to consider assaulting it. Just one small tear to corner at bottom left edge.
WW1 British 1916 Mills Cavalry Webbing Equipment Set A very rare set of the 1916 Mills Cavalry Web Equipment an almost experimental set of equipment designed for use by Britains cavalry but , due to the commitments of the Great War , never officially issued until it became the Web Equipment cavalry Pattern in 1940. Trials for a Webbing equipment set for the cavalry were taking place as early as 1913 with , at their succesful conclusion , recommendation for adoption given by General Sir John French . Due to the onset of war in 1914 this never happened however Mills (MECo) continued with a programme of development from 1911 right up until 1925. The 1916 design was manufactured by U.S. Mills Woven Cartridge Belt Company of Worcester, Massachusetts, (M.W.C.B. Co.) & is believed to have been done so to satisfy a European contract. Some belief exists that this was Belgian or Portugal with it being known that Britain did supply her oldest ally , Portugal , with webbing equipment or components of , in the first world war. In support of this theory , it is of note that when recently discovered in non collector hands this webbing set still had on it a black leather frog for the Portuguese 1904 pattern Mauser. All the components of the set are Mills marked with the date 1916 being clear . A totally homogenous straight out of the loft & the only one I have seen outside of the Brussels Army Museum. ( More information can be found on the excellent equipment website 'Karkee Web' ) .
WW1 British 1916 Pattern Soft Service Dress Cap I am fortunate to be able to offer this extremely rare & original 1916 pattern soft service dress cap this being the late war pattern in gabardine material. Often erroneously called the 'Trench Cap' these were introduced to replace the impractical stiff SD cap & due to being unstiffened could be placed into the haversack or rolled up & carried in the pocket by the soldier. This is an excellent surviving example having recently been purchased privately from source. It is totally as it came , attic stored , so i havent cleaned or brushed it leaving this up to the next owners individual preference. It is in overall excellent condition with only a very minor area of surface moth tracking to one small area on the caps underside. The American cloth lining is very good indeed being surprisingly supple & without cracks. Chinstrap is intact having no damage or brittle areas , brass GS buttons are present to sides. Underside of cap body has two large ventilation holes to each side , i have taken photographs of these & the stitching so that its originality can be decisively determined from the images provided.
WW1 British 1917 Dated '02 Pattern Field Service Tunic , Grenadier Guards A scarce WW1 1902 pattern four pocket field service tunic still with its paper manufacturers label bearing the date 1917. Becoming very hard to come by now this tunic has had its GS buttons period replaced by those worn by the Grenadier Guards & Honourable Artillery Company. In classic khaki serge all pockets are typically bellows pleated with white cotton drill lining to interior. Inside of tunic has field dressing pocket to lower right with single horizontal strips of cotton lining to interior pocket reinforcement which is correct for a tunic of this period. Two brass belt hooks are stitched in to each side of waist. Its original paper manufacturers label is still present to inside right breast giving sizes , maker & the date ' Hollington Bros. 1917 ' . 'W /I D' broad arrow ink marking surmounts the depot stamp letter 'S'. Two blue embroidered overseas service chevrons to lower right sleeve . All four pocket buttons are present with three of its buttons remaining to front. These are all leather laced to rear by the wearer to allow for easy replacement. One button remains to shoulder strap. Condition is very good with some minor moth pricks ( & two nips to front pockets ) . Other than this there are a few dirt marks in places this having been a service used jacket . Very hard to find an example still bearing its 1917 dated label these in most cases having worn off with wear.
WW1 British 25th (County Of London) Cylists Battalion , London Regiment Ephemera Group Large group of ephemera to a WW1 British soldier George DUDLEY of the 25th (County of London ) Cyclists Battalion , London Regiment who saw active service in the First World War. In this group is to be found , amongst other things, his certified Copy of Attestation showing enlistment into the 25th London Regiment following an initial short period from June 1913 to October 1914 in the 19th Battalion. It is also shown as his initial wish on the form to join the Army Cyclist Corps. His Certificate of Employment is also here giving his regimental number & showing his rank initially as 'Drummer'. On the Regimental Employment particulars he is shown as being a Stretcher Bearer in March to August 1917 for which he is commended by the Officer Commanding of B Coy, 25 Bn London Regiment. There are many regimental related letters & post WW1 correspondence regarding apparent difficult personal circumstances , & many photographs of him in uniform in WW1 & in civilian clothes after the war right up until old age. Other photographs of soldiers appear to be his father ( who appears again in his wedding photo ) & brother . Discharge certificates again list details of his service including his medal entitlement to the British War medal, Victory Medal & India General Service. I enclose a copy of his medal index card from the national Archives confirming these awards. No doubt much more research can be done on this man & his military service.
WW1 British Battle Of The Somme KIA Framed Memorial Scoll , 13th Rifle Brigade Period framed memorial scroll to Rifleman James John Leach of the Rifle Brigade killed during the Battle of the Somme in July 1916. Some preliminary research reveals him belonging to the 13th Battalion , killed on the 16th July following the capture of Contalmaison as the Somme offensive pushed on. In its black wood contemporary frame the original accompanying standard letter from Buckingham Palace is affixed to the rear . The following combat report describes the action in which Rifleman James Leach lost his life : 'At 4.30pm the attack on Contalmaison by 23rd Division was made and this time it was successful. At this stage, 13th Rifle Brigade of 111 Brigade were ordered to renew the offensive and at 8.45 pm they set off, just before orders arrived cancelling their attack. As they moved forward they were raked by machine gun fire from Ovillers but despite this they managed to penetrate three lines of enemy trenches and take two hundred prisoners. Then the orders cancelling the attack finally reached them and they pulled back to their starting positions. 13th Rifle Brigade sustained over three hundred casualties in this needless operation, one of whom was James Leach.
WW1 British Binoculars, Named & Paris Made 1917 WW1 French made binoculars made under contract for the British War Department & maker marked on the top of the lenses with ' L'Petit Fab Paris' . Each neck bears British markings of the War Department broad arrow & the designation 'MkV.SPL 68222'. Of quality construction the binoculars have brown leather coverings to each grip & extendable rain/mist shields on each end. One of the bottom lenses is slightly crazed with age. Brown leather case is complete with its carrying strap & cradle although the often impractical handle has been removed from the top of the lid. There are two wide belt loops on its rear & construction is designed to withstand service use being mainly rivetted . The name of 'W.SWART & 1917' has been impressed into the top of the lid & is more than likely the maker. On the back of the case running alongside the belt loops is a name which appears to be 'CPL H BODDY , D COMPANY. There is some writing on the front of the case also. Fastening buckle & strap arrangement is good with overall the leather remaining in excellent condition. Nice WW1 set with the researchable name of an NCO.
WW1 British Boxed \' Lifeguard Periscope \' Complete With Original Pack Of Rare Spare Mirrors & Instruction Card Rare piece of WW1 officers trench equipment being the 1915 Patent \'Lifeguard\' Periscope by \' F.Duerr \' of Manchester. Complete in original card box it has original instruction card & a packet of spare lenses contained within its paper packet. The Duerr Lifeguard Periscope is well known to have been commercially produced for purchase by British officers & was a popular piece of equipment for trench use. First appearing in 1915 this is an early manufacture & difficult to find still with its accessories. All mirrors are in very good order with no damage & the hinged concertina action of the device itself works perfectly. There si damage to cardboard box where seams have gone with age. ( See picture ) . A very rare piece.
WW1 British Brodie Helmet , 52nd ( Lowland ) Division Markings A scarce British Brodie helmet of the early first pattern with raw edge shell & bearing markings to the 4th Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 52nd ( Lowland ) Division. This helmet is a surviving example of the system of coloured bars used by the Scottish 52nd ( Lowland ) Division which denoted by colour the brigade & number of the battalion. These four red bars are brush applied horizontally to each side of the helmet over its rough textured sand mixed khaki paint with patches of the earlier smooth green paint showing through. Helmet is an early production with this first green paint base colour being apparent in places. A later reissue has then seen the early non hard wearing liner replaced & the rough paint applied over the top before the unit markings were then applied. Inside of helmet is in generally good order with brown leather chinstrap good & supple. Red ink stamp Brodie markings remain to underside of liner with a 6 3/4 size marking to cradle strap. Felt padding to inner crown has moth. Overall a total sleeper of a Brodie helmet that has recently surfaced & is fresh onto the collectors market.
WW1 British Coldstream Guards Military Medal Grouping A WW1 Military Medal grouping to ' 21167 Pte H.Barraclough ' of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards. Group consists of Military Medal , War & Victory Medal with Coldstream Guards cap badge & 'CG' brass titles. I have carried out only partial research into this soldier however the award of his MM appeared in the London Gazette on 27th June 1918, he was from BrigHouse, Yorkshire. Having served in the 1st battalion Coldstream Guards he transferred to the Army Service Corps on 28/08/1918. The MM was most likely for an action during the April German Spring Offensive. Wounds received may well have rendered unfit for frontline service hence his transfer to the ASC. Medal index card states that he is entitled to the BWM and VM only along with his MM so this group is complete. Comes mounted as seen .
WW1 British Dorset Regiment 'Somme' KIA Medal Group , Death Plaque Etc A fascinating KIA medal, death plaque & paperwork group to a soldier of the Dorset regiment killed in the closing stages of the Somme offensive near Beaumont Hamel on 19th November 1916. Within the group are the following contents : Medal trio comprising 1914-15 Star , War & Victory medal. Death Plaque. Memorial scroll. Death Notification from Infantry Record Office dated 8th Dec 1916. Handwritten letter to wife from Platoon Commander Lieutenant Wood dated 27th November 1916 regarding the death of her husband . Handwritten letter to Reverend Bloomfield ( Presumably of the Parish on behalf of Mrs Parsons ) from Lieutenant Wood giving further information on the death of her husband. A photocopy of a studio portrait of Pte Parsons in uniform with wife & son. Lieutenant Wood gives light to the circumstances of his death writing ' The battalion was holding a captured position in the second line of German trenches under very heavy artillery & rifle fire when Parsons was hit & killed instantly in the trench by a sniper. The men who were with him at the time say that his death must have been quite painless. ' Eventually buried at Thiepval Memorial cemetery it is of note that Parsons was wounded three times previously . At the time of his death he was 27 years old.
WW1 British Double Flashed Insignia Brodie Helmet An interesting WW1 British Brodie helmet with double flashed insignia of a yellow V on green square . With some suggestion that this was for a cavalry unit , it is interesting to note that an outer coating of black paint has been applied to the helmet indicating some post WW1 use most likely of civil defence purposes in the early WW2 period. With some early war experimentation of the steel helmet concept this pattern of helmet with steel rim is officially titled the 'Helmet Steel Mark 1 ' & was in service by June 1916. Both chinstrap & liner are of the Mk1 pattern with chinstrap having survived remarkably well. The rubber ring was incorporated into helmets after May 1917 following the suggestion that more protection from blows was necessary. An interesting helmet with usual age to crown pad.
WW1 British Flashed Insignia Raw Edge Brodie Helmet A regimentally flashed WW1 British Brodie helmet believed to be of the Lincolnshire regiment with red cross on square to front of helmet. This helmet has an early to midwar manufactured shell of the 'War Office Pattern' recognisable immediately by the lack of edging around its rim. With the introduction of the new Mark 1 shell , liner & chinstrap system around May 1916 existing stocks of the earlier pattern were modified with the new liner & chinstrap now fitted as here. Upon close examination traces of the early smooth green paint finish can be seen underneath its existing rough textured paint finish, this was done to eliminate the shiny reflective surface of the early green paint finish. Surviving in very good condition with intact leather chinstrap & ' BRODIES STEEL HELMET' marking in red ink to underside of liner.
WW1 British Greatcoat 1914/15 ( American Made Simplified Pattern ) A rare 1915 dated example of the 'Greatcoat, Drab Mixture, Dismounted ,Simplified' introduced as of late 1914 early 1915 . This pattern of greatcoat simplified wartime production with the intricate details of the earlier versions such as turn up cuffs & internal pocket fastenings now omitted. These American made versions were of a higher quality than their British counterparts but rarely turn up in good condition. This particular piece is in quite phenominal condition with correct full khaki cotton drill lining to sleeves & pockets. A darker brown drill lines the undersides of the pocket flap. All brass GS buttons are present to front fly & rear skirt pleat with a good proportion of the original paper label bearing the American makers company name ' Burton Pierce Company' with date February 1915. There are two sections of seperate material used in the construction of this greatcoat along the bottom edge one still bearing a partial paper label from the same maker. There are also stampings from a New York costume company on each interior pocket lining. All brass GS buttons are present these being with no markings to reverse typical of American made clothing. Having survived in astoundingly good condition these are a couple of small moth holes only noticeable upon close inspection. Stitching away on one side of coat hanger loop to rear if collar .
WW1 British Gunsighting Telescope 1916 ( W.Ottway maker) Brass washed 1916 dated Gunsighting Telescope complete in its original wooden transit box. Item has knurled rotation components for changing power at the eyepiece end & is also clearly marked with manufacturers details. This clearly reads ' "GUNSIGHTING" PATENT V.P. 5.t.o15 W. OTTWAY & Co LTD EALING 1916 ' . Wooden transit box has general wear & tear with a seperate compartment at one end. Contained within this is the optical eye that screws on to the main body of the scope although the screws for this are missing. Fittings on the box are of brass as would be expected for this period & there are the stencilled initials 'REP' on one end. W.Ottway are a famous optical manufacturer of the early period & made many different telescopes for the military & commercially over the years. Lenses inside are cloudy although visually this is an excellent display piece of the mid First World War period. Please call to discuss delivery options/ pickup as this is a heavy item.
WW1 British Hooked Quillon 1908 Dated ( 5th Wiltshires ) A 1908 dated hooked quillon bayonet with matching numbered Mk1 scabbard . Regimental markings to pommel were formally that of the '2.R.I.R' ( 2nd Batt , Royal Irish Rifles ) however these have been crossed out & then ' 5 WTS ' (5th Batt, Wiltshire Regiment ) added. Both weapon numbers on pommel match that on the scabbard throat. Ricasso markings are that of Enfield with an initial issue date of December 1908 . The subsequent issue date of ' 10 13' is also seen apparently denoting the transfer of regiment most likely according to the mans service. Scabbard date is of the scarcer internal chape Mk1 with matching date & maker 'EFD '08 ' ( Enfield 1908 ) . An interesting bayonet that has had some rigorous cleaning of metal surfaces due to previous bad storage. Some pitting still to be seen in areas of the blade. Leatherwork is excellent.
WW1 British Hooked Quillon Bayonet & 1908 Pattern Frog 1913 A good 1913 dated 1907 pattern hooked quillon bayonet with brown leather scabbard & 1908 pattern webbing frog. Bayonet is an Enfield production with the expected '1907' pattern date to ricasso . Issue date is of ' 11 13 ' . Reverse is inspection marked & broad arrow complimented. Brown leather scabbard is of the mkII with external chape & totally correct for this bayonets 1913 production date. Marked on leather 'HGR 15' for Hepburn, Gale & Ross 1915 it also is inspection stamped & broad arrow marked. Webbing frog is a scarce unconverted wartime example still with its helve strap to rear. These were ordered removed in 1919 due to the obsolescence of the helve carrier. A close inspection of the faint ink markings discover them to read 'MECO 1915 '. Overall scarce example of a very early WW1 British bayonet.
WW1 British Kidney Shaped Mess Tin & Cover Super condition 1903 pattern Mess Tin still in its original khaki canvas cover with two leather keepers on the rear to attach to the waistbelt & a brass D ring originally intended to attach to the greatcoat carrier. The 1903 Pattern equipment was used in second line service in the First World War & saw active service in Gallipoli in 1915 so this is certainly a good WW1 piece. The classic kidney shaped messtin remained the same throughout & only the canvas cover altered slightly as the war progressed. Messtin has a broad arrow with the number 8 stamped into the metal to its rear & the canvas carrier has some numbers including what is probably the date of \'03\' stamped into the leather of one of the keepers. All stitching is good with only the fastening button missing from the front. The WW1 British messtin is now a scarce piece of equipment & to find one still with its cover is exceptionally difficult these days.
WW1 British Kings Royal Rifle Corps Officer Tunic 1918 WW1 Service Dress tunic to a Lieutenant of the KRRC with officer named & 1918 dated Aldershot tailor label. This tunic presents well the regiment specific tunic cut of the KRRC with non mitred cuffs & shoulder rank with red backing to pips. This appearance is applicable for the entire war period as the KRRC never used cuff rank or collar insignia . All of the buttons are totally correct with the front fly buttons being of the round ball design representing musket balls for this rifle regiment. Evidence of overseas stripes having been removed to right sleeve. The tailors label is for ' FLIGHT LTD of Winchester, Aldershot with officers name ' E.B.Turner ' & the date ' 14.8.18' . With much research that can be done he is already listed as a 2nd Lieutenant on 26 September 1917 . A well used working field tunic there are equipment hooks to the rear for the Sam Browne belt equipment with cloth covering to the reverse interior lining to add comfort. There is a stitch repair to the front left breast pocket & a small area of loose stitching to the right armpit . There are a few very small matchstick head sized holes to the cloth of the tunic , not detracting from what is a good field officers jacket from a very popular British rifle regiment.
WW1 British Kings Royal Rifles Corps Officer Service Dress Jacket A First world war British Kings Royal Rifle Corps officer shoulder rank service tunic of the 1912 pattern with large 'bag' type pockets to front & multi cloth construction to front waist area & back pleat. This officer shows the rank of Lieutenant Colonel who has WW1 medal ribbons of War medal, Victory medal & Indian General Service. It is of note that in WW1 the KRRC had twenty two battalions & saw much service on the Western Front, Macedonia & Italy. After 1918 they were returned to garrison duties in India, Palestine & Ireland so the India General Service medal points towards a post WW1 posting to India in the case of this officer. Kings Royal Rifle Corps buttons have been added to this tunic at some point with rank badges scarlet backed for infantry & green cloth rectangular patches to each shoulder. An interesting piece with field wear evident , some dirt marks in places.
WW1 British Lincolnshire Regiment POW Indecent Assault Conviction Paperwork Interesting small grouping to a Horace Lacenby of the Lincolnshire Regiment convicted of Indecent Assault whilst a Prisoner of War in German captivity . A later English handwritten translation has been affixed to the rear of the frame . The German typed sheet is dated 21st December 1917 & issued by the 7th Army Corps , Deputy Commanding General. The content of the order states that following the investigation into the case of Indecent Assault by Horace Lacenby the verdict of the Upper Court Martial by the Deputy Commanding General of the 7th Army Corps on 7th December 1917 is upheld. The document goes on to confirm that the verdict is legally correct & by the verdict of the Inspectorate of Prisoners Of War camps under the jurisdiction of 7th Army Corps on 17th October 1917 the verdict is to be carried out. This last wording is slightly confusing as it most likely refers to the sentencing being carried out the nature of which is currently unresearched. Contained with a non period frame along with a studio portrait of the man as well as cap badge, shoulder title & button. Certainly an interesting research project!
WW1 British Machine Gun Corps Named Binoculars & Case An interesting pair of British military X8 binoculars made by the Paris firm 'B.Leger' during the WW1 period. The owner of these binoculars was an ' HEG Cunningham' part of the 'M.E.F' Meditteranean Expeditionary Force serving with the 6th Battalion Machine Gun Corps as has been handwritten onto the rear of the case. Binoculars have the War Department broad arrow to bottom & also to their brown leather case. The inventory number 'S.I. 934011' has been hand painted to right shoulder . Dunsterforce was formed in 1918 under the command of Major General Lionel Charles Dunsterville in the Middle East. Dunsterville was a school friend of Kipling and 'Stalky' was based on him. His force was organised in Baghdad consisting of only a small number of British Officers and NCO's. on reaching the Caspian sea he recruited Cossacks who were trained by his British troops. As the Turks threatened to capture the Baku oil fields he was sent more British troops. The story is very interesting involving any manner of people and adventures including a Gallipoli style retreat across the Caspian sea. A real boys own adventure story at the end of WW1 whose effects are still being felt today. Optics are usable but with some marking to internal lenses.
WW1 British Machine Gun Corps Trench Cap A fine example of the late WW1 pattern of British soldiers field trench cap badged to the Machine Gun Corps & with 1918 date to interior. In quite excellent condition this pattern of cap was widely seen in the late war period & due to its lightweight construction could be easily stowed away in the soldiers kit when not being worn. The clear fold down the length of this caps top is clear evidence of this & demonstrated as such in the images. Its black interior lining is still clearly marked with the maker name of ' MYERS & Co' surmounting the date 1918. Its number coded broad arrow WD marking is also pleasingly visible. It is of note that the MGC cap badge is securely affixed to the front of the cap with a card backing that does show signs of wear however I am unable to determine definitively when this was done. A scarce cap & hard to find with a good clear date.
WW1 British Mk 1 1916 Brodie Helmet A superb untouched example of the Mk 1 1916 Brodie steel helmet with seperate folded rim & two part liner. Exterior of shell has its original matt khaki finish achieved by mixing sand , sawdust or crushed cork into the paint. This continues through to the inside of the shell where can be seen the markings of the steel supplier 'HS' for the firm Hadfield Ltd who were in production from Jan 1916 to 1919. The interior liner still has its drawstrung net with instruction label for headsize adjustment , also the red ink War Office Pattern stamp to interior of headband. This is the 1916 pattern as no rubber ring is present in the crown pad. There is some dryness to the leather with chinstrap in two due to this . Buckle intact. Overall a striking untouched helmet certainly indicative of the WW1 Tommy.
WW1 British Mounted Issue Trench Boots 1917 A very scarce pair of the 1917 issue full lace up mounted issue trench boots worn very much by Royal Field Artillery personnel & other troops who were lucky enough to acquire them. These boots were well received by the troops answering the need for stout footwear in the harsh muddy conditions of the trenches. Several patterns existed these being the full length 14 eyelet pairs of lace up with a strap & buckle tightener to the top of each boot. Both boots have an impressed broad arrow stamped into each denoting War Department issue. In quite excellent condition the leather is still supple with no damage to the strap & buckle tightener at the top of each boot. As with most of these practical items of footwear they have a very old French resole being , no doubt , put to good use by a French civilian after the war . Any WW1 boots are hard to find this mounted pattern being no exception.
WW1 British Named Military Cross Winner Observer/Pilot RFC Maternity Tunic With Berkshire Regiment Interest A historically fascinating Royal Flying Corps tunic named to Observer/Pilot Captain E.E Burney who served with 59 Squadron on the Western Front in 1916 & won the Military Cross serving with the Berkshire regiment in February 1915 prior to joining the RFC. This wonderful plastron fronted tunic is in the wrapover \'maternity\' style so called for its resemblance to clothing worn by pregnant women. There is an \'Abbot & Co, Conduit St \' tailors label to the inside breast pocket giving the date \'20/1/17\' & his name written as \' Lt E.Burney R.F.C. \' . There is also a number \' 6699\' which , as officers did not have service numbers in WW1 , would likely be the tailors reference for this man so as his measurements & details could be kept on file for future orders. The originally sewn embroidered on blue cloth RFC Flying badge is present to left breast & his Military Cross & 1914 Star medal ribbons mounted beneath. Each shoulder has three worsted rank pips for captain & there are bronze RFC officer collars. Upon close examination of the collars it is very clearly evident that these have never been off of the tunic with correlating wear indentation to the collar cloth underneath & also some oxidisation to the underside which has bled into the cloth. These are not seen on all RFC tunics it seemingly being down to the individual preference of the officer. There is plenty of period photographic evidence showing them with & without in wartime wear. The tunic is fastened by five concealed buttons to its right side with a double press stud arrangement to the top of the right shoulder. All of these fastenings are 100% original to the tunic. With a thick champagne lined lining showing heavy wear to the inside collar area there is a double hook & eye fastening to the stand & fall collar. In quite excellent condition there are one or two surface moth nips seen only upon close examination. I have carried out research on Burney hence the information here & will forward what I have in the form of his service record upon sale. In brief, Edmund Ernest Burney was born on 2/6/1890 & went to R.M.A Sandhurst from 1911-1912. He initially joined the 1st Royal Berkshires & disembarked to France on 13/8/1914 . He won the Military Cross on 20/2/1915 & was Mentioned In Despatches 22/6/15. Promoted to Lieutenant on 1/6/16 he transferred to the RFC in mid 1916 joining 59 Squadron on 29/9/16. No.59 Squadron was formed at Narborough Airfield in Norfolk on 1 August 1916 as a squadron of the Royal Flying Corps. On 13 February 1917, the Squadron crossed the English Channel, deploying to Saint-Omer in northern France to operate in the army co-operation role . There is alot of information on his service records still left to decipher however he is distinctly shown as an Artillery Observer /Pilot hence his RFC flying badge. Awards won were the Military Cross & the 1914 Star .
WW1 British No.30 Trench Periscope 1917 Superb example of the No.30 Trench periscope manufactured by Adams & Co in 1917. One of the rarer trench scopes from WW1, these were used by spotters and snipers in front line areas. The large tubular metal body is painted in a green finish & is in excellent hardly used condition still with its Adams & Co 1917 paper label intact & completey discernable on front. On the label are instructions for use and the nomenclature 'Periscope No.30 Adams & Co., 1917' . Complete with the optics are the two disc covers to be placed over the large bottom view point one with a hole in to prevent any broken glass from inside the periscope damaging the users eyes. Faint black WD broad arrow stamp to front. Khaki carrying bag is used but good with carrying strap in good order. Buckle & strap are not present to flap however the black ink stamped War Department broad arrow denotes an issue item on a unit rather than individual level. There is a dent to front area with two small paint chips however this does not detract from what is a rare trench optic seldom seen outside of regimental museums & long established collections.
WW1 British Officer MC Winner Uniform Grouping A rare & historic uniform grouping to a British First World War Military Cross winner of the 7th Battalion , The Wiltshire regiment. Major H.Wayland saw much action with the battalion which left for France on 22nd September 1915. Being heavily engaged against enemy forces after being deployed in Salonika Captain H. Wayland ( A Coy ) is listed as wounded on Wednesday 25th April 1917 in an attack on enemy positions where 2 officers & 7 Other Ranks were killed. On 6th July 1917 Major Wayland was invalided back to England due to his injuries where on 1st January 1918 he was awarded the MIlitary Cross. On 23rd January 1918 he is also listed as having been Mentioned in Despatches. In this group is his field worn high quality officers four pocket tunic field modified from a cuff rank to a shoulder rank often done to minimise the snipers targeting officers in the field the cuff ranks being easier to spot. There is a slight change in shade to the cuff mitres that may also indicate the change to shoulder rank upon his promotion to Major thereby negating the need to change the Captains cuff rank to that of a Major. There is no evidence of any other insignia other than the early correct cuff rank style Crown to the eppaulette. All matching Wiltshires buttons & collars are present with blue 26th Division battle insignia tabs to each shoulder. Also present are a wound stripe & overseas stripes to each sleeve respectively most certainly pertinent to this officers active service. Medal ribbons of Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, War Medal & Victory Medal with Oakleaves present on left breast. Named to Capt. Wayland & dated 1916 on inside tailors nametag Accompanying the tunic is a nicely worn ' Gor Blimey ' trench cap with quilted liner to crown & neck curtain to rear. Matching Sam Browne completes the set which will come with some initial research on the officer & his Battalion. Dug in around the towns of Albert & Meaulte the Division ( 7th Wilts were part of the 79th Brigade of the 26th Division ) became experienced in Trench Warfare before being redeployed to Salonika , arriving on the 21st November 1915. Following a period of digging in & preparation the Wiltshires entered the frontline on 30th July 1916 relieving French troops. With the pushing forward of the frontline they found themselves in positions overlooking Lake Doiran & very much entrenched on the Doiran frontline. Characterized by trench warfare similar to that of the Western Front they were launched into heavy action during the battles for Doiran seeing much action against the Bulgarians , Turks & Austrians where the Battalions losses were heavy. Moved back to a training camp on the 3rd July 1917 this was the first time they had moved out of the shell area since coming up the line at the end of July 1916. Going back into a quieter sector in August they were eventually moved back to France in June 1918 before joining the attack on the Hindenburg Line on 3rd October.
WW1 British Officer Named Trench Map With Trenches & Positions Drawn On Map British Captain Named 1916 dated Trench Map in 1/20000 scale of the North Flanders area with hand drawn German trench positions in red pencil as well as other handwritten notes such as a wooded area being marked 'TANKS' & also many blue pencil marked areas of interest.. One area is marked '51st DAC' being the 51st Divisional Ammunition Column with other blue pencil marked places of interest indicated at Joffre Farm, Iron Cross, Rudolphe Farm, St.Julien, Irish Farm, La Brique & 'Dirty Bucket Corner' at one crossroads. . The map covers some very well known areas in the North Flanders area such as Ypres, Boesinghe , Vlamertinghe , Poperinghe & Peselhoek . Captain Strafford Byng-Maddick served with the Royal Army Service Corps & ended the war as a major.
WW1 British Officer Paperwork Group Ephemera group to a First World War Cavalry officer comprised of photographs, military manuals etc. Several of the books are named to a man named Alan Leonard with all photographs apparently being of the one officer. A large portrait picture of the officer as a second lieutenant weraing uniform & Sam Browne is signed by a Cedric Briggs & dated 1918. An Army Field Service Note Book dated 1917 interestingly contains many handwritten notes on the use of Cavalry in 'modern' warfare as well as notes on the use of the Mills Bomb, Defensive Positions & the feeding of horses. A typed memo dated 1917 from the First Army Corps gives new orders on the use of bombs (handheld) due to accidents happening during Bombing practices. There is also a Training pamphlet entitled ' Physical Training & Bayonet Fighting Lessons ' as well as a manual dated 1915 entitled ' Notes on Map Reading '. A postcard book of the Versailles & Trianons area gives some good prewar shots of the area. Certainly worthy of some research this an interesting group of items to the one WW1 officer.
WW1 British Officer Private Purchase Brodie Helmet With Camouflage Cover A wonderful & impressive First World War period private purchase British officers helmet with its original khaki trench cover & high quality tailor made liner. British officers are known to have used a variety of private purchase helmets & so the quality & number of makers are numerous. This piece has had a two piece centrally seamed & drawstrung cotton khaki cover fitted & is of a type typically seen being worn in the trenches by combatants. It is still tight on the shell & certainly does not appear to have been removed since WW1. The officer purchase liner has been made with the use of a slightly quilted & diamond patterned champagne silk headband with white leather base in which the tightening cord has been mounted. There is quite alot of wear to the band indicating a well fielded officer who must have worn this helmet extensively . Viewing the interior crown there is a black felt mounted skull cap which is integral to the rest of the liner system. It is perforated with four holes for air circulation between that & the shell of the helmet . The front of the liner has a cushioned section to ease pressure on the forehead during prolonged wear. Chinstrap has survived very well & has a brass fastening buckle in a style very typical of the period. The leather is slightly dry but very good. When one examines the helmet further much grubby wear can be discerned to the exterior with some age spots to the canvas & some minor dents to the shell. There is wear around the rim of the helmet with the rusted metal of the shell edges visible through the cover in places. This is a very rare British officers trench helmet & one that has certainly seen action in WW1.
WW1 British Officers Binoculars & Case Complete with its regulation shoulder strap this pair of binoculars in their brown leather issue binocular case is the pattern often seen in use by officers in the trenches of the First World War in conjunction with the Sam Browne belt equipment set. Binoculars are manufactured by Watson & Sons & have the War Department broad arrow on one of the extendable rain shields. In early blackened brass there are leather sleeves around the body one of which has its stitching undone at its central seam. Optics good. Case has War Department broad arrow to front of body with maker name impressed to lid & date 1918. Carrying strap to lid is intact. Rivetted construction is still good with some very minor dryness to strap in places. Brass buckles to sides. Overall fine example.
WW1 British Officers Binoculars & Case 1917 WW1 French made binoculars made under contract for the British War Department & maker marked on the top of the lenses with ' L'Petit Fab Paris' . One neck bears the markings 'MkV.SPL 39016'. Of quality construction the binoculars have brown leather coverings to each grip & extendable rain/mist shields on each end. Both lenses are excellent. Brown leather case is complete with its top strap which is intact & undamaged. There are two wide belt loops on its rear & construction is designed to withstand service use being mainly rivetted . The name of 'J.CRIPPS 1917' has been impressed into the top of the lid with the WD broad arrow visible on the front of the case. On the back of the case running alongside the belt loops is a unit name written in pen that has been crossed out & may be dechipherable upon close inspection . Fastening buckle & strap arrangement is good with leather overall remaining in excellent condition. Classic British Officers Trench Item.
WW1 British Officers Binoculars 1916 Complete with its regulation shoulder strap this pair of binoculars in their brown leather issue binocular case is the pattern often seen in use by officers in the trenches of the First World War in conjunction with the Sam Browne belt equipment set. Binoculars are Paris maker made under contract for the British army & have the War Department broad arrow on neck. In early blackened brass there are leather sleeves around the body in excellent condition. Optics good. Case has War Department broad arrow to front of body with maker name impressed to lid & date 1916. Carrying strap to lid is intact. Rivetted construction is still good with some very minor dryness to strap in places. Brass buckle to front with rivetted & stitched construction typicla of WW1 produced pieces. Overall fine example of WW1 trench binoculars.
WW1 British Officers Binoculars 1917 Complete with its regulation shoulder strap this pair of binoculars in their brown leather issue binocular case is the pattern often seen in use by officers in the trenches of the First World War in conjunction with the Sam Browne belt equipment set. Binoculars are Paris made under contract for the British army & have the War Department broad arrow on neck with Paris maker to eyepieces. In early blackened brass there are leather sleeves around the body in excellent condition. Optics good with extendable lens shields at ends. Case has War Department broad arrow to front of body with maker name J.Cripps impressed to lid & date 1917. Carrying strap to lid is intact. Rivetted construction is still good. Brass buckle to front with rivetted & stitched construction typical of WW1 produced pieces. Overall fine example of the WW1 trench binocular.
WW1 British Officers Brodie Helmet With Private Purchase Liner Brodie helmets worn by officers were often fitted with a privately purchased liner this being such an example. The helmet shell is typically of issue standard with a dark matt black paint colour to the exterior & brim underside. The factory applied brown paint can be seen in places to the shells interior however the darker finish shows age that would suggest it having been applied the same time as the liner & purely down to the wearers preference . Of a champagne coloured soft silk type material the liner is very well made & shows even wear commensurate with actual service use. Shell marked HH/O 174 denoting the manufacturer & steel supplier Harrison Bros & Howson /Osborn who came under the organisation of the Sheffield Munitions Committee. Chinstrap detached at one end .
WW1 British Officers map case & 1914 Map of France WW1 British Officers private purchase mapcase used in conjunction with the Sam Browne set & dated 1918. Complete with a 1914 dated map of the Amiens area of France. Mapcase is a typical private purchase item as was the case with officers whose responsibility it was to buy their own equipment. This example is made with a brown leather body & a tinted plastic front into which the map would be placed. The flap is closed with two brass press studs. Reverse of the case has two brass D rings for a carrying strap & the markings 'JB BROOKS & Co LTD 1918'. Map is a 1: 250,000 scale of France & shows the French Coast of Etaples down to Le Havre & also inland many well known places as well as Amiens. Overall interesting British officer accoutrement from WW1.
WW1 British Officers MKVI Webley Holster An excellent representation of one of many patterns of the British service revolver holster as purchased by officers in the First World War. Intended to be worn with the Sam Browne equipment set this example is of the closed flap type with belt slide on the back & buckles for attachment of the shoulder strap. In good quality brown leather the maker markings of 'T.Thomasson & Co 1917' are present on the main body of the holster. Interestingly on the underside of the flap can be seen a broad arrow marking with two illegible numbers or letters underneath. Attached to the two buckles on the back of the holster are two buckled belt strap loops to facilitate hanging from the belt, they would also fit a 1908 pattern belt which was worn in action by some officers according to his preference at the time.
WW1 British Officers Privately Made Webbing Set ( 1914 Date ) An interesting unblancoed \'08 webbing set that has been acquired by an officer & converted at his own preference. This was most likely early on in the war as the waistbelt is dated 1914. Many different elements of this set make an interesting example of such \'field expedient\' pieces where the officer clearly preferred the use of a practical weight distributing webbing set against the option of a leather Sam Browne. The option of all other field accoutrements to be carried by him is given with the addition of four equipment hangers from a Sam Browne belt being stitched to the bottom edge of the waistbelt. Items such as a waterbottle , haversack , mapcase etc could be clipped on accordingly these perhaps being less obvious to enemy observers or just more practical. Both shoulder braces have been stitched in place at the top edge onto the waistbelt on the front side with the rear ends being length adjustable in the rear buckle tabs. The MkVI Webley holster is maker marked & 1916 dated with ammunition pouch \'Thomasson\' marked & 1917 dated. The lower edge of stitching on the holster belt slide has had a crude repair . Both the holster & pouch are removeable . All of the webbing components are unblancoed with the date of 1914 visible to the belt on close examination. There are also some unit markings now very faint .
WW1 British Officers Whipcord Breeches A pair of WW1 British officers ' Knickerbocker ' type breeches in the favoured whipcord of the period extending down to the ankles with lace fastening at the cuff. Worn with the service dress the lack of reinforcement around the inside of the legs & seat would indicate wear by a non mounted officer. Waist buttons are in pairs ( midwar onwards ) with the tailor name E.Barnes & Sons Ltd , Bournemouth to each. Interior waistband has a quality striped silk lining to its top edge with sturdy off white & khaki cotton drill used for the pockets. It is of note that a small amount of the very early khaki glazed cotton lining has been used at the rear of the waist section . There are , of course , a couple of small areas of moth repair noticeable only upon close inspection as well as a spattering of moth holes to the front top of right side which would be covered by the skirt of the service dress tunic when displayed. Waist measures an approx 37 inches with inside leg an approx 22 inches.
WW1 British P13 Bayonet, Scabbard & Frog 1916 Sound example of the British issue 1913 pattern bayonet designed for the P14 rifle & made by the American firm Remington in May 1916. The bayonet was actually accepted for service in 1913 whereas the rifle not until 1914 hence the confusion over the preceding pattern dates! This example is in overall good condition with what is believed to be a Home Guard marking to pommel of 'X.J 196' . Pattern date of 1913 to be clearly seen on ricasso with date of manufacture '5 16' . Broad arrow acceptance markings to reverse. There is a good finish to metal surfaces with no unsightly damage to blade . Black leather scabbard also shows British ordnance markings but is made again by Remington as denoted by the initials 'RE' on the chape. Brown leather frog is that of a 1939 pattern Home Guard issue with broad arrow & number to reverse. Overall in good used condition & an interesting marked example.
WW1 British Policemans Special Constable Medal & Paperwork Grouping Interesting lot of service certificates, photograph , medals & insignia to a Metropolitan Police Special Constable who served during the First World War. A period framed case , evidently a momento of his former service, has mounted inside it his Special Constabulary Long Service Medal which has the 'GREAT WAR 1914-18' clasp indicating he qualified for the medal during the First World War. Also in the case are his bronze Special Constabulary & SC Long Service 1914 badges as well as his SC & Kings Crown titles & also the Divisional letters of WZ his service being with Wandsworth Division. A black & white photograph shows him wearing his medal & is accompanied by two letters from Buckingham Palace thanking him for his service & awarding him the Long Service Medal for his War Service. A coloured pamphlet entitled the 'Metropolitan Observation Service ' acknowledges again his efforts & contains within it other thankyou letters from various associated Governmental & Civil Defence bodies. Finally a certificate awarded to Special Constable Charles Judge of W Division announces his proficiency in Elementary Drill & is signed by the Divisional Drill Instructor. Overall an interesting group relating to Britains Home Defence history & also that of the Metropolitan Police.
WW1 British Princess Mary Xmas 1914 Fund Writing Case Fine example of the very rarely seen writing case given to non-smokers as part of the Xmas 1914 Fund Gift Set. Upon the Princess Mary gift tin containing tobacco had been decided upon Rowland Berkeley, the Comittees Honorary Secretary, reported that he had received strong representations that an alternative gift should be made available for non-smokers. After some discussion the presiding Committee agreed that non-smokers should be regarded as a special group and decreed that they should receive the brass box, a packet of acid tablets, a khaki writing case containing pencil, paper and envelopes together with the Christmas card and photograph of the Princess. This is a surviving example of the khaki writing case the contents sadly having long gone. Having seen some very practical use as a case for such items it still contains its divider & popper in good order. Measures 19cm across & 12.5 cm high.
WW1 British Private Purchase \'Pullman A1\' Body Armour Shield An exceptionally rare \'Pullman A1 Shield\' in excellent complete condition & the only I know of in existence today. Many models of body armour were available to purchase in WW1 from private retailers , an advert offering this exact model appeared in \'The Buffs\' regimental magazine of October 1916 . A copy of the advert will come with it & is pictured in the attached images. Made from overlapping steel plates it is surprisingly light & was sold as having been Government tested to be proof against \'shrapnel bullets at 700 feet per second velocity , any enemy service revolver at point blank & bayonet or lance. \' The individual steel plates fold down compactly into one so as it could be stowed in a canvas carrying bag that came with it ( Not provided ) . An oxide anti rust finish has been applied to each plate still largely remaining now. A large canvas inner piece lines the interior so as it could be worn under the uniform & heavy duty canvas straps join each segment . All of the canvas pieces are in excellent order & take the weight of this practical piece of kit with ease. A
WW1 British Queens ( Royal West Surrey Regiment ) KIA Medal & Death Plaque Group WW1 medal group to a Lance Corporal of The Queens ( Royal West Surrey Regiment ) who was Killed In Action in France on 13th November 1915 . Included in the group are his 1914-15 Star, War & Victory medal in original box of issue , Death Plaque in original cardboard envelope, dog tag bearing his full details ,a pendant with his photo inside & a sweetheart card sent home to his family with his dedication on reverse. There is also a retirement card presented to his daughter upon her leaving the NAAFI service in June 1970. The group has been fully researched it having been discovered that Booth was one of four reported as a casualty on that day as a result of enemy shelling. It appears that he may well have been one of the Battalion machine gunners who had been hit by shrapnel during a bombardment of the British lines. Overall a nice complete group complimented by the presence of his field removed dogtag. All research papers regards this group will be provided to purchaser.
WW1 British RAMC Soldier Document Group Group of letters & documents to a WW1 British warrant officer serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps at the Combined Clearing Hospital with Middle Eastern Command & refering to his Leave granted in October 1919 & his travel to the Transit camp at Port Said en route back to the UK. One warrant dated 1919 issued from Haifa on October 10th 1919 gives details of his intended travel to the UK whilst another is a nominal roll stating that he had been despatched from the EEF theatre having signed on for the Army of Occupation for one year from 28/4/1919. Aso gives his home address of Farnham in Surrey whilst on leave for the period of four weeks. Another telegram instructs him to urgently return to the Officers hospital at Cairo whilst other documents refer to his War Pension having been undergoing treatment for a Tropical Disease since 4th February 1920. This is clearly a senior NCO who has served through WW1 ending his service as part of the occupation army in Egypt. It is certainly worth research as to his part played during hostilities his senior rank od Sergeant Major also being noteworthy.
WW1 British Regimentally Marked 1914 Pattern Smallpack , Lancashire Fusiliers A scarce example of a 9th battalion Lancashire Fusiliers marked 1914 pattern smallpack ( first pattern ) with the distinctive leather fastening straps to front. A great historical piece from a regiment that saw much fighting in WW1 at places including Suvla Bay & the Somme. Rear leather tabs have been cut down & side buckles removed. Regimental markings to inside front flap. 9th Battalion Lancashire Fusliers were formed at Bury on 31 August 1914 as part of K1 and came under orders of 34th Brigade, 11th (Northern) Division. Moved to Belton Park near Grantham. In April 1915 moved to Witley Camp near Godalming in Surrey. Sailed from Liverpool on 5 July 1915, going via Mudros to Suvla Bay, disembarking on 6 August 1915. January 1916 : moved to Egypt. Went on to France in July 1916. 12 February 1918 : disbanded in France.
WW1 British RFC \' Cowl \' Flying Helmet A superb fresh to the market standard Royal Flying Corps helmet used from 1916 onwards. This was the 'Cowl' helmet of hood form with slit opening to front for vision. Although excellent for protecting the ears & neck from the cold they were visually restrictive & therefore favoured more by Observers who could still function efficiently whilst manning the Lewis gun. The tan leather helmet has an adjustable buckle & strap arrangement which could be secured under the chin or around the back of the head according to the wearers preference. The interior of the helmet has a partial fur lining with broad arrow WD marks to the reverse of the leather to prevent theft by those involved in its construction . An 'AH Levey' tailor label bears a date however although '191* ' can be made out the last digit is unreadable due to wear. A veteran of the Great War this helmet came with the recently sold RFC coat & shows service wear throughout with some fraying & fur patches minus from the inside. Rust to forehead buckles. A small area approx 5 inches in length & one inch in depth has been cut from the left side lower edge. This can be seen clearly on picture 1.
WW1 British Royal Artillery Officers Service Dress Cap & Carrying Box An early WW1 period British officers service dress cap with tropical cap cover as was still being worn in August 1914 when alot of British officers were transferred to the Western Front from India. The London maker of this high quality cap is found embossed in gold on the leather sweatband \' J.Daniels & Co , 1 Artillery Place , Woolwich & 34 Bury Street , St James S.W.\' As can be seen by their Woolwich address they were a prolific maker of caps for the Royal Artillery who were based there. It is also of note that the postcode is in the earlier WW1 style before the numbering system of sub districts began being used. The red band around the body denotes Headquarters Staff with an officers quality Royal Artillery cap badge firmly affixed. Both side buttons are present with the typical patent leather chinstrap. Interior lining is made with quilted & cotton fibre padded silk , the rear half of the leather sweatband has an adjustable silk cord for comfort. The underside of the peak is made of green leather cloth & is very much a sign in this style of a prewar or early war officers cap. Comes in original Hobson & Sons of London tailors hat carrying tin.
WW1 British Royal Field Artillery Haversack Early piece of WW1 webbing equipment being the haversack issued to mounted personnel more often Field Artillery Gunners who werent issued the full '08 or '14 equipment set. In typical strong web material the top flap is fastened with a small leather tongue onto one of two studs on the main body secured on the reverse by leather reinforced tabs. It has an integral shoulder strap fitted with a size adjustment buckle & is similar to the pattern issued with the 1903 equipment but without the side pocket so is likely to be a slightly later variation. On the inside flap are markings to a Royal Field Artillery soldier reading in red ink ' RFA 288982 .which is stamped over some previous markings that exist in black ink. Condition is good in need of a cleaning.
WW1 British Royal Flying Corps Photograph & Newspaper Cutting Album Fascinating photograph album of the Royal Flying Corps filled with original black & white photos of life in the RFC as well as period newspaper cuttings featuring RFC personalities & their actions, honours & deaths in combat. It is most probable that this was put together in the immediate post WW1 period by a former member of the RFC who during the Great War has kept many newspaper cuttings relating to the Corps as they were published in the daily newspapers at the time. The first few pages of the album have a number photographs with flying personnel & their ground crews at work & at rest showing various states of dress most commonly being the 'maternity' jacket & some wearing pistol order 1908 pattern webbing. There are also some interesting shots of aircraft some of them intact & some after they have crashed with personnel posing around them. Many of the cuttings feature flying personnel who have been involved in acts of bravery much relished by the newspapers of the time as well as many cuttings from the casualty pages with the pictures of the men Killed In Action & a brief description of where killed. Upon studying the various articles about the men it becomes apparent that some were related to known personalities of the era such as sons of politicians & were highly decorated with VCs,MCs,DSOs etc. The very back pages of the book have pictures of the first tanks to see action as recorded by the Daily Mirror again giving accounts of their various actions & MC winners. The 28 pages of this album have been very well collated by its original owner without doubt immortalising the famous & much admired Royal Flying Corps for prosperity.
WW1 British Sam Browne Belt & Shoulder Strap Scarce & in excellent condition officers EZ ON Sam browne being a high quality private purchase piece with a remopveable brass fastening buckle. This design had a brass plate rivetted onto the belts end with a prong on which the buckle would slide thereby making the polishing of it much easier due to it removeability. The plate is marked 'Reg Design 770578' E.Z.ON ie., the design was patented by Austin Reed & called EZ ON. There is also the Austin Reed address of Regent Street London W1 sewn to the inside of the belt on a leather tab which in itself is very professionally done (Austin Reed opened its flagship Regent Street store in the 1920s). Shoulder strap is complete & matches the belt in its colour a good indication of having been together for many years.
WW1 British SMLE Aldis Sniper Scope & Matching Numbered Case 1916 A rare WW1 1916 dated Aldis sniper scope for the SMLE MKIII complete with its original mounts, optics covers & matching serial numbered leather carrying case. Several patterns of sniper scope & mounts were used with the SMLE in WW1 most being offset mounted as here to enable charger loading & use of the open sights. Aldis Bros, Birmingham were one of the main manufacturers with their name & 1916 date of manufacture clearly impressed onto one end. . Mounts are maker marked to Purdey & Sons this firm still being very well known today. The focussing of the scope works on a screw tightened slide adjustment with an attached dust cover , the optics & their adjustment when viewed are excellent. Drum ranging is from 1 to 6 representing one to six hundred yards. A crossed out marking \'RIFLE 5945\' has been replaced by another mark \'F4335\' which is matching to the brown leather carrying case bearing the same number. It is in excellent supple undamaged condition , all original & with carrying strap intact. A scarce item untouched to this day & a rare accessory for the WW1 SMLE.
WW1 British Tank Corps Officer Cased Military Cross & Newspaper Cutting ... A WW1 Military Cross attributed to 2nd Lt S.Pavey of the Tank Corps . The name , corps & date '2nd Sept.1918' are engraved to rear. This totally original British gallantry award comes in its original George V case of issue with Military Cross period silk ribbon & pin bar. There is also a newspaper cutting of the period detailing his action & another relevant newspaper cutting with regard to the anniversary of the fighting at Delville Wood. 2nd Lt Paveys' actions are described in the newspaper cutting below : ' T/Sec. Lt S.PAVEY , Tank Corps attd 14th Bn-For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an attack. When his tank was knocked out by a direct hit he found another where crew were nearly all casualties , raised a fresh crew , and went on & cleared a village. Though badly shaken by the direct hit , he then went and , unsupported , drove the enemy from a point which had held up the infantry for some time. He showed great courage and endurance throughout. ' As is commonly known the Military Cross was issued plain & so the naming here would have been at the expense of the officer or his family. It is of note that this medal was originally bought at auction some years ago & comes in its 24th June 1987 dated brown packaging from the reputable auction firm Glendining & Co of Blenheim Street , London.
WW1 British Tank Crew Face Mask With the current market full of fake WW1 British tank masks I am pleased to be able to offer this totally 100% original example. One of the best examples that I have ever had the pleasure to handle it is complete with all of its leather face covering , its inner chamois face lining & its totally original ties. Showing minor wear the leather is undamaged & free from rot with all of the chainmail intact. A manual inspection would be welcome at one of the large shows so please email if you would like to see it in person. These iconic chainmail masks were issued to British tank crewmen in WW1 to protect against splinters & bullet splash which were an ever present hazard within the confines of Britains early tanks. Available as of November 1917 it consisted of a leather covered two part metal plate with slitted eyepieces & a chainmail face guard . To the face side of the mask was a cotton wool lined soft chamois leather covering handstitched at its outer edges where the outer covering meets the inner. Two head ties are stitched to the side brackets. A rare original item of WW1 British tank crewmens protective headgear.
WW1 British Tank Crew Mask With the current market full of fake WW1 British tank masks I am pleased to be able to offer this totally 100% original example complete with its original fastening tapes which have never been off. These iconic chainmail masks were issued to British tank crewmen in WW1 to protect against splinters & bullet splash which were an ever present hazard within the confines of Britains early tanks. Available as of November 1917 it consisted of a leather covered two part metal plate with slitted eyepieces & a chainmail face guard . To the face side of the mask was a cotton wool lined soft chamois leather covering neatly handstitched at its outer edges where the outer covering meets the inner. Two head ties are stitched to the side brackets. This example is complete with all of its leather face covering , its inner chamois face lining & its totally original ties. Showing minor wear the leather is undamaged & free from rot with all of the chainmail intact. The stitching around the edges is very skilfully applied & well seated in as only natural age can do. A rare original item of WW1 British tank crewmens protective headgear.
WW1 British Trench Cap Foul Weather Cover A very rare original example of the WW1 trench cap cover used by infantry in the case of inclement weather prior to the introduction of the steel Brodie helmet. It was worn well after by support troops in the rear who were able to continue wearing the soft cap whilst away from the front. Worn in conjunction with the issue groundsheet or cape it has the recognisable 'Gor Blimey' style neck curtain with two ties to enable this to be worn up when not in use. The 'peak' of the cover has a lip around the underside which slipped over the visor of the stiff service cap. The cover is of khaki duck canvas with a now worn rubber coating to its inside. Faint 'WD' & broad arrow marking visible to inside with a pencil scribbled partial soldiers number visible next to it . Scarce item which was found in the loft of a house & as such does exhibit age & wear.
WW1 British Unissued Service Tunic , 1917 Dated Label Intact I am very pleased to be able to offer this original WW1 service dress tunic still complete with its intact 1917 dated paper clothing label. Very typical of the British WW1 service tunics of the period this piece has never been issued having surfaced some years ago from a film costumiers. Constructed in a light khaki wool mix it has the distinctive 'rifle patches' to chest with double darted stitching to each side & a two piece back. All brass General Service buttons are present with lining in bleached cotton drill . The intact paper label bears the manufacturer name ' Kettering Clothing Manufacturing Society Ltd ' with sizings & 1917 dates. This firm are a well recorded maker of military garments from both world wars with their original premises still standing today. The W /I D acceptance ink stamp over letter 'M' is clearly visible the letter representing the particular depot through which this garment passed through on inspection. This is a definitive sign of WW1 manufacture the letter being placed over the 'WD' in later productions. In quite superb condition the tunic has two belt hooks stitched into its rear waist with just two very small holes to lower left skirt area.
WW1 British Untouched Matching Numbered P13 Bayonet With \'14 Pattern 1915 Dated & Essex Regiment Marked Frog & Helve Strap A very good matching numbered P13 bayonet for the P14 rifle with Essex Regiment marked \'14 pattern frog & helve strap completely as found. I was fortunate enough to recently acquire this whole untouched set which appears to have always been together since WW1. The bayonet itself has the scabbard matching number 659 to pommel with a first issue date to ricasso of \' 12 15\' . The markings are still clear with the 1913 pattern date & Remington maker present. Reverse of ricasso displays inspection marks with no further issue dates appearing. The dark brown leather scabbard is also \'15 dated with \'RE\' Remington marking to chape. The 1914 pattern frog is maker marked \'HAZEL & CO , C & M 1915 \' . The number \'236\' appears above a broad arrow with the regimental marking \' 2 5 EX \' ( 2/5th Essex Regiment ) beneath this . I have not made any attempt to remove the frog as the frog stud securing strap is worn at the buckle prong point. A very nice set the bayonet has almost all of its original blueing remaining . Parkerised blade excellent.
WW1 British Western Front Sapper 1914-15 Star Trio & Dogtags, Metal \'Devon RE \' Shoulder Titles & Tunic Insignia An interesting grouping of items to 'Sapper 51439 Frederick Harold Clarke' of 70th Field Company Royal Engineers .This soldier was originally 'Sapper 300 Devon ( Fortress) RE , a territorial in Exeter before being called up & given the aforementioned new serial number when assigned to 70th Field Company , Royal Engineers. Serving on the Western Front all of the items presented were kept by him as a souvenir of his service . Included in the group are : 1.1914-15 Medal Trio 2. Early Royal Engineers cap badge (Edward 7th) 3.Royal Engineers cap badge ( GR) 4.Dogtag Pair ( Worn throughout his service ) 5.Overseas chevron flash (Picked from tunic) 6.Brass Wound Strip With Backing 7.Pr Brass 'T' R.E DEVON' Shoulder Titles 8.Nine (9) Royal Engineers buttons
WW1 British \' First Army Corps Front \' Oppy Line/Gavrelle Trench Map Of Captain C.T Chevallier , Ox & Bucks Light Infantry - Commanding Light Mortar Btn ... This map of the Oppy Line /Gavrelle marked ' First Army Corps Front Map' & 'N Corps Situation Up To 8-10PM' is one of several listed seperately from Captain CT Chevallier who was Officer Commanding Light Mortar Battery , Ox & Bucks Light Infantry. It is named to him on the reverse with the date 23/4/17. A very well used example of a Trench Map clearly referred to by him on many an occasion with dirty thumb marks from the muddy conditions & much folding to the creases. It is well marked with German MG positions & a Strong Point as well as an Observation Post in the church at Oppy & the telephone exchange. The vicious fighting for Gavrelle ,as part of the Arras Offensive, involved the infamous German 'Oppy Line' which was only partially breached by the Salient into Gavrelle itself . The rest of the Oppy Line North was not taken & this situation can clearly be seen on the map which is marked as up to date until 8-10pm. Map is handwritten to reverse as 'SECRET' with 'CT Chevallier, Gavrelle 23.4.17' . A superb piece of Arras/ Ox & Bucks history. Captain Chevallier was Mentioned in Despatches on 15/6/16 & received the 1914-15 Star, British & Victory medals.
WW1 British \'07 Pattern SMLE Hooked Quillon Bayonet With Turkish Gallipoli Campaign Capture Markings An interesting \'07 pattern hooked quillon bayonet that has Turkish capture markings to handle & scabbard. The ricasso on this piece bears only one issue date of August 1911 ( 8 11 ) with 1907 pattern date & the usual inspectors markings to reverse side. The early brown scabbard is broad arrow Enfield marked (EFD) & dated 1914. On both sides of the wooden grip & the leather of the scabbard are Turkish numbers which could relate to a soldiers service or weapon number. I believe this bayonet to have been captured by the Turks during the Gallipolli campaign & then later recaptured by the British in a later campaign such as Mesopatamia & the captured by the soldier as a souvenir. Very good condition piece which was until recently still in private hands.
WW1 British \'08 Pattern Largepack & Matching Army Number Helmet Straps 1916 An \' as found from one man \' 1916 dated British 1908 pattern largepack which comes complete with helmet straps still attached which have the same army serial number as the largepack. In unblancoed condition the underside of the flap is marked to \'MW&S Ltd 1916\' & the army serial number of 18880 appears stamped beneath this . Both helmet straps match 100% in condition & age & one has the same serial number stamped identically to its underside. There is very faint handwriting to the rear of the pack in which the same army number can be made out. No doubt written by the soldier this may reveal some information with close examination. A used piece there is some general wear with a hole to the rear & to the rear buckle tabs.
WW1 British \'14 Pattern Entrenching Tool Carrier 1915 One of the rarest components of the WW1 1914 pattern leather equipment is the entrenching tool carrier this piece being in excellent supple condition & 1915 dated . An American made piece it displays the typical features of such a production these being the double cap rivets of nickel plated steel & the date 1915 with the American manufacturer name \' COOK\'. Totally complete & with all original parts a reinforcing strip has been applied to the rear of the long fastening strap to increase its longevity these often becoming dry & brittle with age. A practically unobtainable component of the legendary \'14 pattern equipment set. The decision to produce the new leather set to supplement the 1908 pattern webbing was made in early 1914 with the contracted requirement of one million sets being undertaken early on in 1914. Over sixty leather manufacturers were involved however due to the high demand needing to be met , it is estimated that as much as fifty percent of it was made by American firms these pieces being fundamentally the same with only minor manufacturing differences.
WW1 British \'14 Pattern Water Bottle Carrier & Rare WW1 MkVI Water Bottle With Service Name & Number A scarce untouched piece this early MkVI water bottle comes within its \'14 pattern leather carrier & is a textbook example of how an early WW1 waterbottle set would have been issued to the British soldier. We have two rare components here both having come together & as far as I can tell having never been apart. Firstly there is always much discussion regarding the true format of a correct WW1 issue waterbottle however there are several details that answer this question. The thick \';ginger\' felted covers are made from a type of \'shoddy\' cloth this being a cheap cloth made from wool which is chopped & then compressed into a felt type material. These are handstitched together & have no metal loop to the top for the cork string this being sewn to the cover only. These attributes should all feature in a true MkVI bottle this piece being such an example. Adding to its desirability there is a crudely handscrawled name & number to the reverse side of the felt which I believe could be read with some time & inclination to do so. The leather carrier itself is of British construction with the usual superimposed grained leather finish applied by a rolling process during manufacture. All fittings are firm with both brass equipment buckles intact & its brass securing b stud & fastening strap in perfect order. The initials \' R P \' are scratched into one of the front straps. A rare textbook early war set to find & in very good condition.
WW1 British \'Battle Of The Somme\' Trench Map Of Captain C.T Chevallier , Ox & Bucks Light Infantry - Commanding Light Mortar Btn ... A Trench map of part of the Battle of the Somme area 'Martinpuich' with Trenches Corrected To 6-7-16 . This map is one of several recently acquired ( Listed seperately ) which came from the effects of Captain CT Chevallier who was Officer Commanding Light Mortar Battery , Ox & Bucks Light Infantry. The Martinpuich area was the site of various German supply dumps & was eventually captured on 15th September by the 15th Scottish Division. Several air operations by the Royal Flying Corps were mounted to attack German supply dumps prior to this. Map is of 1/20,000 scale & shows the many German trenches & wire positions which allied troops faced upon their attack. Areas such as the Thiepval Rd, Pozieres , Contalmaison ,Courcelette & Flers are shown in detail. Captain Chevallier was Mentioned in Despatches on 15/6/16 & received the 1914-15 Star, British & Victory medals.
WW1 British \'Cambrai\' 1917 Trench Map Of Captain C.T Chevallier , Ox & Bucks Light Infantry - Commanding Light Mortar Btn A hand annotated Trench Map dated 1/11/17 of the Cambrai area named to Captain CT Chevallier, Officer Commanding Light Mortar Battery , Ox & Bucks Light Infantry . This is a large scale ( 1:20000 ) map of 'Detail & Trenches' with the Divisions holding each area handwritten on the map in blue pencil . Classified as 'SECRET' these are the '51st Div' , '2nd Div' & '4th Div' with dividing borders drawn in blue pencil . Also marked on are MG positions with other now faint strategic markings south of Moeuvres. . All of these Divisions were involved in the harsh fighting around the Hindenburg Line , the 51st Div pushed up to take Bourlon Wood in their famous tank battle on 20th November 1917. The extensive German Hindenburg Line can be studied on this map with all of the surrounding position names marked on in detail. Again a Trench map showing considerable use , with a couple of burn marks most likely from a well earned Woodbine . Leaving for France on 19/5/1915 Captain Chevallier was Mentioned in Despatches on 15/6/16 & received the 1914-15 Star, British & Victory medals. I have uploaded some service documents of Captain Chevallier onto the images of two of his other maps now listed as stock codes 8071 & 8069 .
WW1 British \'Passchendaele\' Trench Map Of Captain C.T Chevallier, Ox & Bucks Light Infantry - Commanding Light Mortar Btn ( Embarked France 19/5/15 ) One of four Trench Maps ( All seperately listed ) named to Captain CT Chevallier who was Officer Commanding the Light Mortar Battery , Ox & Bucks Light Infantry . Map entitled \'YPRES BATTLEFRONT Sheet 2 \' & of 1,100000 scale. British Lines are shown from June 30th 1917 - October 14th 1917 shown in blue & German Defence Lines & Wire shown in red . This map was originally marked with British Lines until the date October 3rd as shown on the key however an additional new line in purple was added to show advances ( Polygon Wood Area ) in the British Lines up until October 14th as the Battle for Passchendaele raged on. Many well known places appear such as Glencorse Wood , Polygon Wood , \' Plug Street\' , Armentieres , Zillebeke & German trenches shown in red such as Passchendaele-Terhand- Line , Dadizeele - Line , Roulers Line & many more. Marked in red handwriting to Capt. Chevallier ( Orderly Room crossed out ) . A fascinating piece of WW1 history. Captain Chevallier was Mentioned in Despatches on 15/6/16 & received the 1914-15 Star, British & Victory medals.
WW1 British \'Western Front, Battle of Ypres\' Trench Map With German Positions August 1917 A rare British Trench Map from the August 1917 period showing the Western Front Battle of Langemarck area with situation marked as up to 5 PM on the 20th August ,1917. The area shown was attacked on the 16-18th August by Anglo French forces during the Third Battle of Ypres this map giving the German positions with approximate Allied Line in the few days after the battle. Marked to bottom right hand corner \' Trenches corrected from information received up to 3.8.17 \' . This well used map has been recently framed within this mounting however can be removed easily if so desired. Inspecting the rear of the map there is a handwritten in pencil list of British names ( Pictured ) which may well be , amongst other things, a casualty list by the officer who had this map. An interesting display piece from an item that has clearly been in the trenches of this Western Front sector.
WW1 Canadian Army Dismounted Greatcoat A very nice example of the WW1 Canadian soldiers greatcoat with all original brass buttons marked 'CANADA' with Canadian cypher. A wartime production garment these differ from the British equivalent by their lack of shoulder straps or rear buttoned central pleat. With full cotton lining to sleeves a heavy cotton drill material serves as the pocket interior with a rough off white partial lining to breast & upper back. The soldiers initials of 'JWB' appear handwritten onto one of the pocket linings with the broad arrow within 'C' ( faintly) to right breast. A small remnant of the original paper label still remains to skirt with 'MONTREAL' visible. There is some minor moth tracking in places certainly not detracting from what is a very hard to find WW1 Canadian garment.
WW1 French 1892 Pattern Holster, Regiment Marked & 1915 Dated A very nice WW1 issued & regimentally marked 1915 dated French pistol holster of the 1892 pattern. Alot of French equipment from the pre 1900s was still in use during the early stages of WW1 hence the early model date but the clear inspection date of 1915. This holster was very much the standard issue until long after the first war so WW1 dates are very hard to find . In excellent condition the rear belt slider is totally intact with a remarkably supple brass studded & buckled shoulder strap still affixed to the mounts at the top rear edge of the holster. The knotted securing strap as used by cavalry troops is still affixed with early brass fastening studs. Underneath the flap is the spare ammunition pouch to the body of the holster. Underside of the flap is clearly marked with the 28th Artillery Regiment inspection mark & 1915 date but also the regimental mark of \' 28 ART \' stamped within it. Closure brass stud & eye perfect.
WW1 French 1915 'Coutrot' Trench Dagger Rare French WW1 trench knife complete with sheath & belt loop. The French army in the First world war were not issued with a knife as the bayonet was deemed to be the edged weapon of the infantryman . Combat experience quickly demonstrated the need for a hand held edged weapon that would be effective during chance encounters with enemy patrols this leading to a number of military & civilian variants being used. Lieutenant Colonel Coutrot was posted to arms production at Chatellerault & took responsibility for having several types of knives made by different firms using military blades as the starting point. The piece offered here is an example of one such knife conceived by him in the second half of 1915 & is known as the Model No.1. It has a 15 cm blade which is based on the M1886 sword bayonet. It has a steel hilt with the initials 'G.P.' within a rectangle from the private firm who manufactured it . Brown leather sheath has a studded loop on the reverse for belt attachment with stitiched edges. Overall in excellent condition & a rare fighting knife of the WW1 French infantryman.
WW1 French 1st Infantry Regiment M1884 Other Ranks Kepi A rare french infantry M1884 kepi with numeral \'1\' of the 1st Infantry Regiment . The M1884 kepi was the form of headdress worn by French troops at the outset of the First World War & was not made obsolete until introduction of the horizon blue uniform that came into general service in 1915. The 1884 kepi was standard throughout the French army, differing only in the colour that defined the arm of service. Infantry regiments were further identified by the red numbers attached to the front of the cap. This wonderful example has all the hallmarks of a private purchase piece with a full leather interior lining over the linen, double dark blue braid & higher quality leather chinstrap originally intended more for best dress rather than field wear. The \'1\' numeral to the front is quite clearly 100% originally period sewn as is evidenced by the buildup of dirt around it & the wear & weathering correlation to the band beneath it. The whole Kepi has remained remarkably intact with the fine red cloth showing only minimal wear to the nap of the cloth around the top edge & a minimal amount of surface only tracking to top. A fabulous piece of French infantry history as was being worn at the early battles of 1914. The French 1st Infantry Regiment is one of the oldest regiments in French active service & has battle honours for Guise-St.Quentin 1914 , Verdun-L\'Yser 1916-17 & The Somme 1916 .
WW1 French 2 Litre Waterbottle In Ersatz Cover A French 2 litre waterbottle of the early WW1 period in ribbed blue grey cloth typical of the many differing \'ersatz\' forms of bottle authorised on 28th October 1914. Initially infantry troops in the European theatre were issued with one litre bottles however after the first few battles at the opening of WW1 they were all issued with the 2 litre version which , due to the sudden high demand, came in a wide variety of different covers . Regulations stipulated that they must be attachable to the body on the march & able to sit with stability on a table. This example has survived in very good condition with buckled leather carrying strap & cork stopper intact . A well used bottle it is in very good condition for a WW1 piece typical of those carried by the \'Poilu\' in the trenches of WW1.
WW1 French 21st Infantry Regiment NCOs Kepi A very early infantry NCOs kepi of the 21st Infantry Regiment with \'Langres\' maker to its silk lining which is where they were garrisoned in 1914 . This kepi is of the Saumur pattern which was a very early prewar style popular with older officers until replaced by the slightly later polo style. It has a high body of red wool which is of slightly higher quality than the lower enlisted ranks. The black band has the regimental numbers embroidered directly onto it in red & it is fitted with officers gilt chinstrap & side buttons. The interior of the kepi is finished in skilled hand with a quality leather sweatband that has an adjustment tape & the Langres maker name of \' Antony Boully\' embossed onto the crown lining. In overall very good condition there is only minimal moth tracking to the red wool. The 21st Infantry regiment was one of the oldest of French infantry regiments raised in 1610 & dissolved in 1963. They were garrisoned in Langres in 1914 & saw heavy fighting in WW1 from the beginning 1914 right through until 1918. Actions included battle of the Marne, Artois, Verdun , Champagne , Battle of the Somme , Battle of the Aisne to name only a few.
WW1 French 40th Infantry Officers \'Saumur\' Style Kepi An early French officer kepi of the 40th Infantry regiment in the pre war \'Saumur\' or \'Foulard\' style. This kepi typifies those worn from 1883 onwards right into the very beginning of WW1 by serving French infantry officers. These early prewar versions were distinctive with their tall madder red turban & slanted back . The regimental numbers are metal badges affixed to the front. The thick double gold rank braiding signifies Lieutenant rank & the officers knot to top is for junior officers. Officers chinstrap is in gold with flaming grenade embossed chinstrap buttons for infantry. Interior of the kepi is finished in fine quality with champagne silk lining bearing makers details. The half leather sweatband has an adjustable tie with officers initials in metal ciphers affixed to crown. Certainly a field worn piece there is service wear overall with sweat to leather band & underside of peak. As with all examples encountered there are a couple of moth tracks to the right side with the odd nip here & there only noticeable upon close inspection. The 40th Infantry regiment suffered the loss of a whole battalion at the bayonet fought battle of Lagarde on the German frontier in August 1914 & at Dieuze during the Battle of Lorraine lost the equivalent of a second battalion bringing their strength of 63 officers & 3,119 down to 900 in the first two weeks of war. They were also in action at Verdun & Monastir in 1916.
WW1 French 5th Infantry Regiment Officers Tunic A very good representative example of an infantry officers tunic of the 5th Regiment , this being in the so called \'New\' style that appeared after the Spring of 1915. Modelled on the British officers tunic it has a wide cut with long skirt , very large & practical pockets , a pique back , turn down collar & seven visible gilt infantry buttons. Their are still many tunics of the \'New \' style that will be encountered with minor variations according to the officers preference. \' Reduced\' rank bars to lower sleeves as here were in use after Autumn 1914 . Rank is for a Sous Lieutenant. Dark blue braid to collars for infantry with large gilt numbers reserved only for officers after May 1915. Showing some wear overall their are a few pin prick moth holes visible upon close inspection & a couple of small stress tears under the left armpit ( See images ). Lining well worn with some displacement of stitches.
WW1 French 5th Tirailleur Regiment Kepi A heavily worn WW1 5th Tirailleurs Kepi that exudes charactor with a wonderfully shaped peak & moth , dirt & sweat marks to its entirety. In the classic \'Polo style preferred by younger officers at the start of WW1 it is interesting to note how the peak has been dipped by the officer at the front to give it that more \'over the eyes\' authoritarian appearance . There are four rank braids of a Major with WW1 style knot to crown & gilt regiment number \'5\' . Interior has tailor name to sweatband & gilted initials of officer embossed into underside of peak. There is a fair spatter of moth to its entirety & the peak is loose on one side. The Tirailleurs were light infantry units mostly made up of Natives from the French North African colonies. They saw much action in WW1 on the Western Front & at Gallipolli & incurred heavy losses.
WW1 French 6th Engineer Regiment Officers Kepi A WW1 period Paris tailor made French engineers Kepi to an officer of the 6th Engineer regiment who were in action during the Battle of the Marne in 1914. This kepi is in the black colour of engineers with gold braiding denoting rank of second Lieutenant. The gold braided Hungarian knot to crown is of the short looped WW1 pattern which changed to a distinctive more elongated pattern in 1919. This kepi is of the \'Polo\' style popular with younger officers in 1914 & in the years immediately preceding it ( From 1910). The officers gold chinstrap to front has engineers \'Cuirass\' gilted officer buttons to each side. A wonderful item of French headdress of the early WW1 period in overall excellent condition with some of the usual hardly detracting moth tracking to crown. The French 6th Engineer Regiment was actively involved at the following famous battles : 1914: The Marne 1916 : Verdun 1917: L\'Aisne 1918 : Champagne
WW1 French 6th Infantry Regiment Officers Trench Weight Tunic WW1 French officers tunic dating from the midwar period in Horizon Blue for a Lieutenant of the 6th Infantry Regiment . Horizon Blue uniforms began to replace the earlier issues as of 1915 & there were many different cuts, conversions & styles of the Officer tunic much depending on the officers preference. Constructed in heavy wool with French cuffs , turn down collar & four pocket frontage the buttons are leather rugby ball style often copied from those worn by British officers during the same period. The collar tabs on this piece appeared after May 1915 & show the black branch piping for infantry & the regiment number \'6\' in gilt stamped metal. The two short rank bars to left sleeve denote Lieutenant . Lined in heavy cotton there is a faint manufacturer /tailor stamp now illegible.
WW1 French 89th Infantry Colonel Kepi A fabulous high quality French high ranking infantry officers kepi of the 89th regiment famous for their actions attached to the 10th Infantry Division at such battles as The Marne & The Somme. This high quality private purchase example has a Paris tailor logo to interior & is of the 1873/83 model worn right up to the beginning of WW1 by French officers. It is in the early \'Saumur\' style with sunken crown & also the thick gold rank braids & early Hungarian officers knot to top. The gold infantry officers chinstrap is present underneath the black leather gold edged dress chinstrap fitted over the top. Gold infantry buttons to side. Interior of the kepi has a black leather gold decorated sweatband with green leather underside to visor. In remarkably good condition there are two small matchstick head sized moth nips to the right side black band.
WW1 French Adrian Model 1915 Helmet With Period High Quality Mustard Brown Gloss Finish This stunning Infantry badged French M15 Adrian helmet is finished in a high quality mustard brown gloss to its exterior & brim undersides most likely denoting use by either the Foreign Legion or Colonial troops . With the flaming grenade badge to front of the helmet for infantry , cavalry etc this is tight to the helmet & totally undisturbed. The original factory issue blue paint can be seen to interior bowl of the helmet with a second type leather liner having original drawstring present. Manufacturer mark of the firm \' La Compagnie Coloniale \' to bowl with size marking \'B3\' .The perfectly intact brown leather chinstrap is a private purchase example with open ended brass securing eyelets & two adjustable buckles . A very clean helmet & another variation of the iconic WW1 French Adrian helmet.
WW1 French Army 1915 Pattern Pack Scarce piece of WW1 French soldiers kit this being the 1915 version of the french 1894 marching pack known by the French Poilu as the "as du carreau " (ace of diamonds ) . In 1915 the French adopted brown leather & green grey canvas equipment this being a classic example of such a piece. In used condition with some of the edging having come away from the top flap there is the name 'Bernard Niort' to the inside of the flap & interestingly the traces of some handwriting to one side where the word 'Stalag' is still legible. This indicates that the owner was captured & took the pack with him into captivity being one of the issue equipment items that he would be allowed to keep. Some leather food would no doubt enhance in certain areas this being a very hard to find item of French fieldgear to find today.
WW1 French Artillery Adrian Helmet With Named Souvenir Plaque A fresh from the attic found WW1 French M15 Adrian helmet with named & 1917 dated Great War souvenir plaque to front brim. At the end of WW1 each officer & soldier of the armed forces was awarded a helmet as a souvenir by a grateful French government . These were awarded with a laurel wreath decorated brass souvenir plaque embossed with the words \' SOLDAT DE LA GRANDE GUERRE 1914-1918 \' & with a blank space on which the recipient may insert his name & other details if he wished. Most encountered are blank however this example has the name & details \' Jacques Henri Le Camus En 1917\' engraved onto it. The name of \'CAMUS\' can also be seen scratched into the underside of the rear brim so the name on the plaque matches the actual owner of this helmet. Complete with its original chinstrap the first pattern one piece liner is present to its interior with original tightening cord still affixed. To the interior crown can be seen the black ink stamped manufacturers name of \'Jouet De Paris\' with size stampings beneath this. The M15 artillery badge is firmly affixed to the front with original brown leather chinstrap intact . Showing wear to the exterior paint of the helmet it still retains its natural dust & dirt buildup fro many years of forgotten storage & so , as always , I have made no attempt to clean it any way at all. A wonderful \' time capsule\' of the Great war .
WW1 French Artillery M15 Adrian Helmet A good untouched example of the WW1 French Adrian with crossed cannons insignia for Artillery troops. This famous helmet worn by the WW1 soldier of France is an earlier war 1915 made piece with construction features indicating manufacture by the maker \'JAPY\'. It has had two coats of paint , the first being the lighter blue grey & then the darker blue grey which appeared in 1916 when covers & mud daubing for camouflage were prohibited due to the higher risk of head wound infection. Artillery troops badge to front is totally original to the helmet. The liner is the first pattern in one piece blackened sheeps leather with blue uniform cloth to its inside edging . This version began to be replaced in 1916 with multi construction liners from different parts to save on leather. The size is stamped into the outside of the leather liner. With a couple of the usual minor dents to the thin skull this is a super combat Adrian straight from the trench warfare of WW1.
WW1 French Artillery M15 Adrian Helmet A very nice WW1 M15 Artillery Adrian helmet coming complete with its original chinstrap. A helmet that for me exudes charactor with both sides of the front peak turned downwards by the soldier for a more \'old sweat\' look. This was a practice known to have been carried out by NCOs with the dipped peak exerting an authority much in the same way as a \'slashed peak\' on a British SD cap. The helmet has had two coats of blue paint in its service the latter being a thicker dark blue coat over its first factory issue. Both coats are of a mid to dark blue colour with the second pattern multi construction liner allowing us to conclude that this helmet was produced from 1916 onwards. Examination of the side skirt joining rivets & rear of the top comb ascertains the manufacturer to be \'Dupeyron\' . To the underside of the rear peak is a name scratched into the paint which appears to be \'Lanedu\' . The original chinstrap is present & has two rodent bites which I have photographed. It is always a bonus to get the chinstrap still with it in any condition. Nice sleepy Adrian straight out of the Great War .
WW1 French Artillery Officer Adrian Helmet An early M15 French Artillery officers Adrian helmet in the distinctive horizon blue colour & with leather braided officers chinstrap. French officers in the field normally wore the same issue helmet as the other ranks however often adorned these early style braided chinstraps which were available for private purchase from retailers & other outlets. Many different varieties can be encountered with this piece having a nickel fastening buckle & each end stitched to the chinstrap loops rather than rivetted as is often the case. A visual examination of the shell construction & the two rivets on each side indicates an example made by Dupeyron of Paris , this is confirmed by the presence of their maker logo just about visible on the underside of the crown. The brown leather liner is of the first model in one piece construction with size mark \'B2\' stamped into leather at the forehead area . Upon lifting the liner the blue uniform cloth of the headband can be seen to be in very good condition. An iconic French officers piece difficult to find with leather braided chinstrap.
WW1 French Artillery Officers Tunic A rather pleasing named & April 1918 dated gabardine French Artillery officers tunic with Paris tailor label attributable to a frontline officer ' Georges Steinhard ' . Of the so called ' New Tunic ' style which appeared after the spring of 1915 this officer has seen three years of action at the front as is denoted by the embroidered chevron to left upper arm. His rank of ' Sous - Lieutenant ' is indicated by its sleeve rank insignia & his branch of artillery by the red scalloped collar tabs affixed to its stand up collar. The crossed cannon buttons also denote same. Collar tabs do appear to have been resewn. The Paris tailor ' Geo Harrison ' is known to have made military uniforms of some elegance this piece being no exception. Its interior left breast pocket bears the printed cloth tailor name label with soldiers name & April 1918 date handwritten on . In overall excellent condition with light wear in places & the appearance of one worn for every day duty rather than best dress. A worthy research project & a tunic worn by a man with , no doubt , some interesting WW1 service.
WW1 French Artillery Officers \'New\' Tunic , Spring 1915 A WW1 French Officers tunic of the 31st Artillery Regiment in the \'New\' style which appeared in service after the Spring of 1915. In light blue gabardine , this example displays the typical artillery officers double gold braid to collar patches & red flecked gold chevrons to sleeve for rank of Adjutant. In the French army the rank of \'Adjutant\' was slightly different to that of the British army as it was with senior NCO status. Crossed cannon buttons for artillery . Tunic is wide cut & has the typical large flapped lower pockets with squared uppers. Also the turn down collar with shoulder straps & French cuffs are typical of the period. two brass equipment support hooks to rear. A service used tunic , there is only minimal wear overall to the nap of the cloth with some very typical moth nips to the seam at the bottom of the lower pockets .
WW1 French Artillery Officers \'Polo\' Style Kepi A classic WW1 period kepi for an Artillery officer in the Polo style seen in use by young officers from around 1910 onwards. A wide myriad of different Kepis continued to be worn during WW1 these prewar examples being prevalent in the early war period. The Hungarian knot to the top is typical of the period with the knot of the later 1919 model being very different. Constructed in fine quality black Melton type material with gold chinstrap & crossed cannons for artillery on each chinstrap button. There are two rank braids for lieutenant. The flaming grenade insignia to front denotes Staff Officer. Interior of the cap has a blue silk lining with leather sweatband which has deteriorated somewhat on one side with age. It does, however , allow us to see the jute/burlap stiffening material which is specific to early pieces. An iconic WW1 item of French headgear.
WW1 French Artillery \'Time Capsule\' Adrian Helmet The timeless expression \'straight out of the woodwork\' was made for a helmet such as this ! An attempt to wipe away the years of accumulated age , dust , & minor surface rust would not only devalue it but also ruin its time capsule history , charm & pure individuality! An early manufacture French M15 of artillery troops this helmet still comes with the piece of wire from which it hung in an outbuilding until now. The early factory issue light \'Horizon blue\' paint finish can be seen in places with the midwar darker blue finish hand applied over the top. Complete with its original chinstrap the interior early one piece liner has used offcuts of the red infantry trouser material as backing. Newspaper has been folded down into the liner for extra fit or insulation .. this I have left undisturbed. The whole interior is filthy with all dust & spider corpses guaranteed original !
WW1 French Battle Damaged Artillery Adrian Helmet An always evocative piece of militaria to find this WW1 French M15 Artillery Adrian helmet has had two bullet strikes one with an entry & exit hole from right to left & the other being a bullet strike going right through the top comb square on from the side. The Adrian has much of its dark blue paint remaining to exterior of shell with its original first world war applied crossed cannons front plate of the Artillery still fixed to the front. Top comb is still firm. Chinstrap is totally original to the helmet although slightly delicate at each of the chinstrap loops. Liner is the early one piece black first model with blue uniform cloth offcuts used in its construction. Their is a name to the underside of the front brim which appears to be \' BAUSSAIN \' .
WW1 French Chausseur Model 15 Adrian Helmet With Souvenir Plaque A rare M15 Adrian helmet of Chausseurs with a named veterans plaque & one that started life as a Russian M1915-16 helmet. . The previous existence of a Russian badge to the front of the helmet is discernible by the visible outline it has left upon its removal. It is certainly known that Adrian helmets were reissued & so this may be one such example. At the end of WW1 each officer & soldier of the armed forces was awarded a helmet as a souvenir by a grateful French government . These were awarded with a laurel wreath decorated brass souvenir plaque embossed with the words \' SOLDAT DE LA GRANDE GUERRE 1914-1918 \' & with a blank space on which the recipient may insert his name & other details if he wished. Most encountered are blank however this example has the name & details \'Sergent Chambon\' engraved onto it. The whole helmet has a very dark almost black paint finish to its entirety with the hunting horn of the Chausseurs firmly affixed to the front. Liner is of the early first pattern one piece & the brown leather chinstrap most likeley a slightly later replacement.
WW1 French Engineers Adrian Helmet ( Machine Guns ) A french M15 Adrian helmet of Engineers with helmet & breastplate badge to front . This helmet has some interesting markings scratched into the underside of the front & rear brims with the non french sounding name \' Meyer\' appearing to both but with the addition of a unit marking \'3e\' & what appears to be \'Campagnie\' & the word \' Mitrailleurs\' translating to \' Machine Guns \' so this soldier was most likely on one of the machine guns that were a small part of an Engineer units armament for protection. Helmet has received a hand applied darker blue finish over its lighter factory blue , this according to an order given in 1916 to repaint the conspicuous earlier finish. Engineers badge & crown are firmly affixed with original chinstrap intact. Liner is of two parts , used from 1916 onwards with drawcord intact. Cuts of blue uniform cloth have been used in the construction of the liner system, one of many types of uniform material used. A complete helmet & with a high proportion of its original paint finish remaining,
WW1 French Engineers M15 Adrian Helmet A scarce WW1 French Adrian helmet with badge to the front for \'Engineers\' \' . This iconic French helmet has its first factory issue \'horizon blue\' paint visible to the inside & out with some service wear to its outer paint finish. A distinct area of thumb wear to the underside of its front lip has been caused by the constant taking on & off of the helmet by the soldier over its military lifetime. The Engineers badge is still tight to the helmet with no movement whatsoever. The liner fitted within this helmet is the second pattern found from around the 1916 period onwards. These are constructed from several different leather pieces to save on materials at this stage of the war. Its corrugated insert between the shell & the leather liner remains in good order with the liner still firmly attached by the standard method of liner pins. Leather chinstrap is of the first sheepskin pattern. These were found to be too brittle & were later replaced by goatskin. A super combat Engineers Adrian straight from the trench warfare of WW1.
WW1 French Ersatz Waterbottle 1914 A French 2 litre waterbottle of the early WW1 period in ribbed grey cloth typical of the many differing \'ersatz\' forms of bottle authorised on 28th October 1914. Initially infantry troops in the European theatre were issued with one litre bottles however after the first few battles at the opening of WW1 they were all issued with the 2 litre version which , due to the sudden high demand, came in a wide variety of different covers . Regulations stipulated that they must be attachable to the body on the march & able to sit with stability on a table. This example has survived in very good condition with buckled leather carrying strap & cork stopper intact . A well used bottle it is in good condition for a WW1 piece typical of those carried by the \'Poilu\' in the trenches of WW1.
WW1 French Field Pack With Entrenching Tool , Mess Kit , Groundsheet Etc A scarce late WW1 French canvas field pack with field equipment items carried by the French soldier in WW1. Typical of one of the 'makeshift' type riveted canvas strap type packs these were approved for use in 1917 & were used alongside their already existing leather strapped prewar counterparts for the duration of the war. The French ordnance ink stamp can be seen to the underside of the packs flap with 1917 approval date just about legible. Included with this set are the following items : Field pack with equipment straps Cook Pot Mess kit & blanket strap Canvas Water Carrier Entrenching tool in late war 'makeshift' brown canvas cover Canvas groundsheet ( French ink stamped ) Non standard blanket 4 X tent pegs ( two later German issue & two French ) Interesting to note that the entrenching tool cover is of the late brown rivetted canvas webbing .This has survived in excellent condition. Pack is in good used condition but with all straps & stitching still firm . Two small holes exist to the front flap of the pack. Nice display set.
WW1 French Gendarmerie/ Military Police M15 Adrian Helmet A rare WW1 French Adrian helmet with white painted flaming grenade on the front for Gendarmerie . The Gendarmerie branch was given the Adrian helmet on 5th November 1915 with the non regulation white painting of the grenade carried out at unit level & to purvey their \' esprit de corps\' . This example has had a darker blue colour handpainted over its first brighter factory finish which was carried out from 1916 onwards for better camouflage effect. The grenade badge is firmly affixed to the front & the brown chinstrap a private purchase example. The interior lining is of the first one piece pattern complete with its drawcord & displaying an interesting ad hoc field repair to one of the chinstrap mounts . Hard to find piece. The Gendarmerie were active WW1 army troops acting in a police role responsible for maintaining order amongst the mobilising soldiers in their territorial areas as well as alongside their provost arm dealing with everything concerning crime , offences & breaches of law in the army zone.
WW1 French Infantry Adrian Helmet A good untouched example of the WW1 French Adrian with infantry badge of flaming bomb to front with 'RF' (Republique Francais) embossed. This famous helmet worn by the 'Poilu' has the 1916 hand brush darker blue grey paint finish with the earlier lighter blue visible in places underneath this. Construction features appear to indicate manufacture by the firm 'La Compagnie Coloniale' . The 1916 pattern of liner incorporating a separate headband & six separately sewn in fingers is present here nicely dating this piece to the 1916 period onwards . All of its four piece corrugated liner band remains totally intact with the leather liner still firmly held in place by its liner pins. It is of note that dark blue wool uniform off cuts ( Such as from the early war Kepi & Greatcoat ) have been used to the inside edge of the leather as is expected of WW1 produced pieces. A super combat infantry Adrian straight from the trench warfare of WW1.
WW1 French Infantry Adrian Souvenir Helmet A very nice example of the WW1 M15 French Adrian helmet with brass veterans souvenir plaque mounted to the front brim. At the end of WW1 the French government awarded each officer & soldier of the armed forces a helmet as a souvenir with an embossed brass plaque designed to be mounted on the front brim. The inscription on the plaque read ' SOLDAT DE LA GRANDE GUERRE 1914-1918 ' . Helmet has a very high proportion of its original blue factory paint remaining with infantry flaming grenade 'RF' marked badge to front which is totally original to the helmet. Chinstrap intact. Liner is of the early first M15 model in one piece construction issued up until 1916 when multi piece liners were constructed to save on leather. An iconic piece of WW1 French history.
WW1 French Infantry M15 Battle Damaged Adrian Helmet A souvenir of the Great War this M15 Infantry Adrian helmet has received three bullet strikes with one to the comb of the helmet passing straight through one side & out of the other. There are two large gashes to the left side which may be a result of the bullets exiting or seperate shrapnel strikes. A machine gun burst is most likely to have caused the three bullet holes in close proximity to each other. The flaming grenade \'RF\' badge to front is still intact & firm . The liner has received internal damage from the hits passing through the shell & their is dryness & staining to the leather tongues . A certain amount of its blue paint remains to the shell however I have made no attempt to clean this wonderful time capsule piece straight from the battlefields of WW1.
WW1 French Infantry Officers M15 Adrian Helmet A WW1 French infantry Adrian Model 1915 helmet with brown leather private purchase officers style braided chinstrap. Helmet has had a thick overbrush of darker blue paint to the exterior its earlier mid blue still visible to underside. The flaming grenade badge of infantry is firmly affixed to the front with top comb having all of its rivets. Shell manufactured by the firm \'La Societe Des Phares Autoroche\' with its ink stamp visible to interior. Size is A3. The currugated aluminium ventilation spacers are still present to each side. Liner is of the second model ( Introduced 1916) constructed of several different pieces to save on leather usage. Liner band is in dark blue early uniform cloth. The brass buckled chinstrap is a very typical officer adornment privately purchased at the preference of the officer but by no means obligatory.
WW1 French Infantry Other Ranks Trousers (Marked To 133rd Infantry Regiment) A very rare pair of the French M1897 Other Ranks Line Infantry trousers in excellent condition .This pattern of trouser was being worn by French infantry during the first actions of 1914 when war broke out & was only replaced in 1915 by the introduction of the Horizon Blue uniform. Dated 1913 they have all of their correct & originally applied \' Equipmente Militaire\' buttons to front fly & waistband & profuse markings to interior. To the lining of the fly is the inspection stamp dated 24th June 1913 with a round stamp next to it denoting unit & Inspectors initial. The size is seen on the lininf of the waistband itself with the round manufacturers stamp beneath this dated March 1913. They have an ink stamp \' 133 de L\' for 133 Infantry Regiment of the line who saw much action in WW1. In quite excellent condition & nearly impossible to find today they have a couple of small stitch repairs to left leg . An approx 30in waist & 32 in leg. In August 1914 the 133rd regiment became part of the 41st Infantry Division & fought at ALsace, Vosges & Saulcy where nearly two thousand men were put out of action in in 10 days.
WW1 French Infantry \'Adrian\' Combat Infantry helmet Named after the French officer responsible for its design , Louis Adrian , the M15 'Adrian' steel combat helmet was adopted for use by the French in 1915 after its already existing soft cap was deemed no longer suitable for adequate protection against head injuries. This example has its first factory issue 'horizon blue' paint visible to the inside & according to the largescale order of July 1916 has then been overpainted on the outside with a dark greenish grey shade of khaki. Some of the first blue paint finish is showing through in a couple of places on the outside. This famous helmet worn by the 'Poilu' has the pre 1916 first pattern of blackened & varnished one piece sheepskin liner. It was discovered that the use of one piece was in fact very wasteful so a second design incorporating several pieces was adopted after 1916. A good proportion of the corrugation remains with approx half of the liner still being held in place by its liner pins. Leather chinstrap is of the first sheepskin pattern. These were found to be too brittle & were later replaced by goatskin. Only one side of the strap remains although complete with its iron buckle there is a repair of the two ends about half way along. Infantry badge of grenade to front with 'RF' (Republique Francais) embossed. There are a few blast dents on the helmet indicative of its combat use. A super combat Adrian straight from the trench warfare of WW1.
WW1 French Infantry \'Adrian\' Combat Infantry helmet Named after the French officer responsible for its design , Louis Adrian , the M15 'Adrian' steel combat helmet was adopted for use by the French in 1915 after its already existing soft cap was deemed no longer suitable for adequate protection against head injuries. This example has its first factory issue 'horizon blue' paint visible to the inside & according to the largescale order of July 1916 has then been overpainted on the outside with a dark greenish grey shade of khaki. Some of the first blue paint finish is showing through in a couple of places on the outside. This famous helmet worn by the 'Poilu' has the pre 1916 first pattern of blackened & varnished one piece sheepskin liner. It was discovered that the use of one piece was in fact very wasteful so a second design incorporating several pieces was adopted after 1916. A good proportion of the corrugation remains with approx half of the liner still being held in place by its liner pins. Leather chinstrap is of the first sheepskin pattern. These were found to be too brittle & were later replaced by goatskin. Only one side of the strap remains although complete with its iron buckle there is a repair of the two ends about half way along. Infantry badge of grenade to front with 'RF' (Republique Francais) embossed. There are a few blast dents on the helmet indicative of its combat use. A super combat Adrian straight from the trench warfare of WW1.
WW1 French M15 Adrian Helmet With Veterans Souvenir Plaque A very nice example of the WW1 M15 French Adrian helmet with veterans souvenir plaque mounted to the front brim. At the end of WW1 the French government awarded each officer & soldier of the armed forces a helmet as a souvenir with an embossed brass plaque designed to be mounted on the front brim. The inscription on the plaque read \' SOLDAT DE LA GRANDE GUERRE 1914-1918 \' . Helmet has a very high proportion of its original blue factory remaining with infantry flaming grenade \'RF\' marked badge to front. Original chinstrap intact. Leather liner is a multi construction example dating from September 1916 onwards when the one piece liners were stopped to prevent wastage of leather. A very nice French Adrian from a veteran \'Poilu\' of WW1.
WW1 French M15 Adrian Souvenir Plaque Helmet A very nice example of the WW1 M15 French Adrian helmet with veterans souvenir plaque mounted to the front brim. At the end of WW1 the French government awarded each officer & soldier of the armed forces a helmet as a souvenir with an embossed brass plaque designed to be mounted on the front brim. The inscription on the plaque read \' SOLDAT DE LA GRANDE GUERRE 1914-1918 \' . Helmet has a very high proportion of its original blue factory paint remaining with infantry flaming grenade \'RF\' marked badge to front which is totally original to the helmet. Chinstrap intact. Liner is of the early first M15 model in one piece construction issued up until 1916 when multi piece liners were constructed to save on leather. An iconic piece of WW1 French history.
WW1 French M15 Adrian \'Colonial\' Infantry Overpaint Helmet This interesting M15 Adrian helmet has actually had three coats of paint & was first issued to Colonial troops with the mustard colour paint for these troops evident to its underside. Having first left the factory in the standard \' Horizon\' blue finish it then received the mustard coating for Colonial issue before receiving a final khaki brown finish at a later date. The original flaming grenade \'RF\' badge remains firm to the front of the helmet with a small movement of the badge revealing the first early blue finish at one edge of the badge. The original brown chinstrap remains intact with one small repair to right side & a midwar onwards multi construction brown leather liner in excellent condition. The numbers \'55\' & an indechiperable name can be seen written on the leather. A very nice display example.
WW1 French M15 Artillery Helmet A complete WW1 M15 French Adrian helmet complete with its original chinstrap. This helmet is a very early manufacture with its first \'Horizon Blue\' factory paint finish being visible under a second hand brushed blue paint overcoat. The M15 pattern crossed cannons artillery badge to front is unmolested & totally original to it. Interior displays the pre 1916 first pattern one piece liner with chinstrap which has a totally WW1 period soldier repair to one side. The eyeletted end of the leather chinstrap has been tied to the helmet lug with a short end of lace displaying extensive wear commensurate with the rest of the helmet. The liner retains its central tightening lace & has soem decay to the leather in places. A super Adrian straight from the trenches of WW1.
WW1 French M15 Battle Damaged Infantry Adrian Helmet A very nice early issue M15 Adrian. This piece predates 1916 as it is still in its light blue factory paint & with one piece liner. Both paint finish & liner were changed in 1916. Many Adrian helmets can be found with various minor personalisations & field expedients such as here where the chinstrap from a kepi has been period fitted . Both ends of the kepi strap have been stitched onto the chinstrap lugs with the tightening system remaining intact. A small period affixed label bearing the numbers \'473\' can be seen to one of the liner tongues this being , typically, the last three digits of his army number. Drawstring is still present to liner. A well used helmet there are several small dents to the exterior of the shell with an impact dent to the rear which appears to have come from a shell fragment or low calibre round fired at long range. The lack of rivets to the side skirt of the helmet indicates one produced by the firm \'JAPY\' . A very good untouched piece.
WW1 French M15 Early War Engineers Adrian Helmet An example of one of the earliest 1915 issues of M15 French Adrian helmet with helmet & breastplate insignia for Engineers. This Adrian helmet is found in the first lighter \'Horizon Blue\' colour only encountered on early issues , the shade of blue was ordered darkened in June 1916 for reasons of camouflage. Those already in the field by that time were repainted by the troops themselves & so it is difficult to find good early examples with the first early light blue paint left untouched as here. The \'Japy\' manufactured helmet shell also has the first pattern one piece liner , these were changed to multi construction in September 1916 to prevent the unnecessary wastage of leather which occurred when making a liner in one piece. Complete with its original brown leather chinstrap it is interesting to note the soldiers name hand scratched into the paint on the underside of the front lip. A textbook example of the Model 15 French Adrian .
WW1 French M15 Engineers Adrian Helmet An early issue M1915 French Adrian helmet with the early first issue light blue factory paint still intact. These early production helmets with the light blue finish were worn up until 1916 when orders dictated that a darker blue finish was to be hand applied over the top for camouflage purposes. This example has the M15 breastplate badge of the Engineers firmly affixed to front also still in its early blue paint & matching the rest of the helmet. Liner is totally undisturbed & of the pre 1916 one piece construction with the red wool of the early/prewar trouser material having been used in its rear backing construction. Complete with its original chinstrap there are a few small dents to the shell typical of a field worn combat engineers Adrian helmet.
WW1 French M15 Infantry Adrian Helmet A true \'sleeper\' in every sense of the word this M15 infantry Adrian helmet is just as one would expect to find when fresh to the market. An early manufacture this helmets first factory painting of light blue can be seen underneath the dark blue paint applied as per the 1916 order. The chinstrap fixed around the rim has clearly been undisturbed for many years & was most likely worn like this in the trenches of WW1. The flaming grenade \'RF\' infantry badge is firmly affixed & 100% original to this helmet. The black leather liner is of the first model in one piece construction with its original lace tie still in place & undisturbed from WW1. Stampings in the leather of the liner at the forehead area denote size. I have not lifted the tongues to look for maker in order to preserve the currently stable condition of the leather ends. A very nice example totally of the Great War period.
WW1 French M15 Infantry Battle Damaged Adrian Helmet A rare French M15 infantry Adrian helmet with battle damage to left side . Any battle damaged WW1 helmet in non relic condition is very hard to find the iconic French Adrian being no exception. A visual inspection of the damage ascertains a clear entry point with a large exit next to it on the same side. Having entered the left rear wall of the shell it has then skimmed along the side wall of the helmet & exited approximately 3-4cm further along. The leather liner displays light scarring at the entry point however due to the trajectory of its entry this has not been penetrated. I am unable to definatively ascertain whether it is shrapnel or bullet damage however either are equally as sobering ! This early production \'Poilu\' helmet still has its totally original flaming grenade badge of the infantry to front with dark blue overpaint to its earlier blue finish. Liner is of the early one piece first pattern with dark blue uniform cloth off cut to reverse. The size \'57\' is stamped into the front of the liner. Chinstrap only partially present. In very good condition & a scarce Adrian .
WW1 French M1877 Canteen ( WW1 Standard \'Ersatz\' Issue ) A French 2 litre waterbottle of the early WW1 period in ribbed grey cloth typical of the many differing \'ersatz\' forms of bottle authorised on 28th October 1914. Initially infantry troops in the European theatre were issued with one litre bottles however after the first few battles at the opening of WW1 they were all issued with the 2 litre version which , due to the sudden high demand, came in a wide variety of different covers . Regulations stipulated that they must be attachable to the body on the march & able to sit with stability on a table. This example has survived in very good condition with black iron buckled leather carrying strap, cork stopper & leather lacing fastener intact to cover. There is one small tear to the leather at one end. Name/unit issue label to bottom .
WW1 French Medical M15 Adrian Helmet A rare example of the French M15 Adrian helmet for medical personel . Totally untouched , this helmet displays the distinctive medical insignia to front of Caduceus with the serpent of Epidaurus encircling the mirror of prudence . This is flanked by the letters \'RF\' & surrounded by a laurel & oakleaves in its entirety. This insignia was adopted in August 1915 when the War Ministry recommended issuing the helmet to medics & doctors. It is clear that the badge is totally original to the helmet with its holding pins to reverse totally undisturbed. The helmet shell is finished in its original dark blue paint with one piece liner lined in blue uniform cloth to its reverse. This helmet dates from around the 1916 period onwards when the lighter horizon blue of the first issues was darkened for greater camouflage effect. Complete with chinstrap this is a rare helmet that has survived in very good condition.
WW1 French NCOs 2nd Engineer Regiment Tunic A very nice field worn WW1 French four pocket trench weight tunic for an NCO of the 2nd Engineer Regiment. Tunic is in thick blue wool with all of its blackened buttons stamped with the helmet & breastplate specifically for Engineers. Having a half saxon collar with buttoned shoulder straps & four pleated straight flapped pockets the lozenge shaped collar tabs are of the style adopted in January 1917. They are of black wool cloth with scarlet braid & with gilted metal numbers. Interior lining is intact & has one of its interior pockets removed no doubt for some practical use elsewhere. NCOs sergeant rank insignia to each sleeve . This would make a superb representative combat display piece on a bust with belt equipment & other accoutrements. Overall the condition of this wonderful , no doubt , trench worn piece is very good with wear to the nap of the wool & some moth tracking visible to the collar & tunic body visible upon close inspection.
WW1 French Officers Kepi , 35th Infantry Regiment An early pre WW1 infantry Lieutenants officers Kepi from the 35th infantry regiment. This regiment were in action at Verdun in 1917 as well as other battles in 1914 & 1915 which I have listed below. This kepi is typical of officers dress in August 1914 having the classic \'polo\' shape being more cylindrical & reduced in size than the earlier 1885 wider topped version . The officers single front stripe & braid system to the fine red cloth top denote Lieutenant whilst the Hungarian knot of braid denotes in this form a junior officer. The regiments numbers are embroidered to the front in cannetille. The chinstrap buttons are small & in the branch of service which , here, is gold for infantry. Interior of the Kepi is very finely made with a black leather sweatband & Paris tailor maker to the crown. A well service worn piece , it has survived in remarkably excellent condition with only some minor pin prick moth holes in places. To the top rear of the seam there are a couple of slightly larger holes only noticeable when the low sunken crown is stretched out to reveal the crease where it joins the side of the cap. I have left this item completely as recently found most encountered now of this date being very moth damaged with detached peaks etc. A superb \'charactor\' piece representing French forces in the early stages of WW1. This French infantry regiment were in action at the following battles : 1914 : Alsace l\'Ourcq 1915 : Champagne 1916 : Verdun 1918 : Reims
WW1 French Standard WW1 Issue Model 1893/14 Field Pack An excellent example of the French field pack in grey green canvas with brown leather straps & dated 1918. This model originates from the earlier 1893 model which was very similar but in black. In 1914 it was changed to this model in grey green canvas with a few improvements to the interior & then made right up until the end of the war. Very hard to find in any condition that is even near acceptable this piece has survived remarkably well with all of its leather straps & fittings being undamaged , supple & in good order. Its two carrying straps to the rear are both intact with leather tabs for the strapping of other equipment to the top , sides & bottom of the pack. A makers name from \'Rouen\' can be seen stamped into the leather of the top tabs with a soliders name written in pencil to the rear canvas back. An inspection stamp can be clearly seen to the underside of the top flap with the markings & date of \' Commission De Reception 25 / 3 1917 \' .
WW1 French Standard WW1 Issue Model 1893/14 Field Pack An excellent example of the French field pack in grey green canvas with its brown leather carrying & equipment straps & 1918 date . To the rear is the name of an infantryman from Infantry Regiment 95. This model originates from the earlier 1893 model which was very similar but in black. In 1914 it was changed to this model in grey green canvas with a few improvements to the interior & then made right up until the end of the war. Very hard to find in any condition that is even near acceptable this piece has survived remarkably well with all of its leather straps & fittings being undamaged , supple & in good order. Its two carrying straps to the rear are both intact with leather tabs for the strapping of other equipment to the top , sides & bottom of the pack. An inspection stamp can be clearly seen to the underside of the top flap with the date of 1918 . To the rear of the pack has been handwritten the details of the soldier \' ROS M.D.L. HERAL.R Ri 95\' an infantryman from Regiment Infantry 95.
WW1 French Standard WW1 Issue Model 1893/14 Field Pack An excellent example of the French field pack in grey green canvas with its brown leather carrying straps to rear & equipment straps still rolled to top. This model originates from the earlier 1893 model which was very similar but in black. In 1914 it was changed to this model in grey green canvas with a few improvements to the interior & then made right up until the end of the war. Very hard to find in any condition that is even near acceptable this piece has survived remarkably well with all of its leather straps & fittings being in good order. Its two carrying straps to the rear are both intact with leather tabs for the strapping of other equipment to the top . Profuse stampings can be clearly seen to the underside of the top flap with a soldiers name \' BRUYERE\' handwritten to the rear. Classic equipment item of the WW1 French soldier .
WW1 French Waterbottle & Drinking Cup In Rare Horizon Blue A fabulous example of the iconic early WW1 French waterbottle with blue wool cover & drinking cup attached for convenience by the soldier. It is so hard to find French WW1 waterbottles in anything other than poor condition especially in the classic wartime \'Horizon Blue\' of this period. This is the 2 Litre Model 1877 which was in use by French troops when WW1 began. Although initially reserved for use by Colonial infantry in the prewar period the 2 litre model was then made general issue to infantry early on in WW1. This example has survived exceptionally well & has the early brass buckled brown leather carrying strap still fitted. It is of note that in typical wartime form a seperate piece of the earlier iron blue grey wool has been used in its construction. A linen name tag is sewn to the bottom of the bottle this very typical of wartime issue pieces. With signs of only very minimal use it comes with the zinc plated sheet steel drinking cup which was on issue to every man .
WW1 French Waterbottle In Rare Horizon Blue With Cup A second fabulous example of the iconic early WW1 French waterbottle with blue wool cover & drinking cup. This example came from the same WW1 collection as the last we recently listed & has been in his astounding collection ever since. It is so hard to find French WW1 waterbottles in anything other than poor condition especially in the classic wartime \'Horizon Blue\' of this period. This is the 2 Litre Model 1877 which was in use by French troops when WW1 began. Although initially reserved for use by Colonial infantry in the prewar period the 2 litre model was then made general issue to infantry early on in WW1. This example has survived exceptionally well & has the early brass buckled brown leather carrying strap still fitted. A linen name tag is sewn to the bottom of the bottle this very typical of wartime issue pieces. With signs of only very minimal use it comes with the zinc plated sheet steel Paris maker marked drinking cup which was on issue to every man .
WW1 French \'Engineers\' Adrian Steel Helmet A scarce WW1 French Adrian helmet with badge to the front for 'Engineers' ' . This iconic French helmet has its first factory issue 'horizon blue' paint visible to the inside & out with some service wear to its outer paint finish. A distinct area of thumb wear to the underside of its front lip can be seen caused by the constant taking on & off of the helmet by the soldier over its military lifetime. The Engineers badge is still tight to the helmet with no movement whatsoever. The liner fitted within this helmet is the second pattern found from around the 1916 period onwards. These are constructed from several different leather pieces to save on materials at this stage of the war. Its corrugated insert between the shell & the leather liner remains in good order with the liner still firmly attached by the standard method of liner pins. Leather chinstrap is of the first sheepskin pattern. These were found to be too brittle & were later replaced by goatskin. A super combat Engineers Adrian straight from the trench warfare of WW1.
WW1 French \'Horizon Blue\' 1st Infantry Regiment Sergeants Tunic A very good French Infantry NCOs tunic in the 1915 pattern of \'Horizon Blue\' with insignia of the 1st Infantry Regiment. Many different variations of the NCOs tunic will be encountered in varying standards & all of them collectable in their own right. This piece is four pocket fronted with seven flaming grenade embossed Paris marked buttons for infantry. Each sleeve has the reduced rank insignia of sergeant in gold braid with black braid to collar for infantry branch of service & number \'1\' in gilt for regiment . Brass equipment hooks to waist. As with many French uniforms beneath officer rank of this period the interior lining bears stamps for the large Paris film company \' Traonouez\' . There is some wear to the nap of the cloth & a couple of very small moth nips to the wool in places.
WW1 German \'Stirnpanzer\' Brow Plate A rare opportunity to own a fabulous piece of Great War trench armour this being the helmet brow plate or \'Stirnpanzer\' as it was known then by its official title. Produced from 1916 onwards ( The same time as the M16 helmet ) it was designed as a form of armoured , frontal protection shield that could be fitted onto the front of the German steel helmet for wear by troops during trench fighting or in static positions etc. Due to its weight it was not a popular item of equipment . With a thickness of 5-6mm it was proposed that one in twenty helmets be fitted with them. This piece still has a very good proportion of its original green factory paint to both inside & out this being more evident to the inside . The maker mark of \' BE\' & batch number of what appears to be \' 231\' are stamped onto one inside corner. Having both of its original securing straps one is still attached & one not but still present. Made of black leather they were secured to each end with two double rivets as can still be seen here. The attached buckled side shows well the double rivet fixture to fix them to the plate & the detached adjustment side demonstrates the impractically large number of holes which is very typical of the strap for the brow plate. Although detached it is totally original & still has one of the rivets remaining to the leather. On examination of the brow plate itself the securing & vent lug holes have been roughly cut into each side with this being \'fettled\' to remove any sharp edges afterwards. There is further evidence of fettling with grinding tools to smooth down the rough edges of the plate after casting. There are two small shrapnel ball strikes discernible when examined closely. Interesting to note also the distinct \'ring\' of the plate when hung up and tapped. A rare iconic piece not often encountered in todays market.
WW1 German ' Kaiserliche Marine ' Turret Binoculars , Cased With Mounts 1916-1920 A fine pair of the rare Emil Busch, Rathenow made WW1 Imperial German Kriegsmarine turret binoculars coming cased & with both pivot & German marked foot mounts. In their original battleship grey these binoculars were made by Busch in the 1916-1920 period & were acquired by the Admiralty for Royal Navy use as denoted by the broad arrow marking added by them upon thier acquisition. Fitted with two swivel oculars to each side the larger is of powerful 12 X 80 magnification & the smaller of 12 X 20 magnification. The focus on both is very good with both swivels working perfectly . The right hand lense has suffered a chip in its long lifetime ( As pictured ) however the viewing through both is not affected at all. One small dent to body casing. . Both extendable rain shields & lens covers are intact with their original leather attachment straps. Coming complete with original wooden case in which the whole set can be safely stored when not in use. ***I will ship worldwide but please contact to discuss delivery costs/options to your location***
WW1 German 6 X 24 Doppelfernrohr 03 Binoculars With Buttoning Tab & Lense Protector In \'03 Carrying Case With Instruction Card To Lid A set of WW1 German 6 X 24 Dienstglas complete with buttoning tab & lense cover all contained within a Fernglas 03 case that has the soldiers number written onto the instructional card underneath the lid. The D.F.03 Dienstglas are made by the firm \' C.P. Goerz of Berlin \' & marked \'DF03 UF No.6682 DInestglas 6 Fach\' . Optics are good. Both butting tab & lense cover are original to them with a small period stitch repair where the stud to one of the strap arms is minus. There are a couple of chips to the body covering through wear. Carrying case is of a black painted wood construction with intact belt loops to rear. Instructional label beneath lid is near perfect. Both leather securing tabs to each side are undamaged.
WW1 German Ammunition Bandolier A very rare WW1 German ammunition bandolier in blue cotton . Contrary to popular belief , these bandoliers were not a late war item & were already in service before the outbreak of war in 1914. Actually conceived in 1908 , they were an important part of German ammunition issue & saw much use in the trenches of WW1. Made from varying shades of blue cotton material this example is in used condition & has a few rust stains to the cotton from the clips of German ammunition that were originally found within them. The imprint of these rounds can still be seen on each compartment ,which were made to take the chargers with tips downwards. A cloth strip was simply sewn in place across the top to hold them in place. One of the end cloth strips is marked with an ink stamp which gives the ammunition production companys details & the filling date 17/10/13. The bandolier has had card inserts sewn into each compartment for display purposes by the previous owner. A near impossible to find item of equipment of the WW1 German soldier.
WW1 German Artillery Long Luger Holster 1917 With Original Cleaning Rod & Stripping Tool A 1917 dated Hoffman of Berlin brown leather holster for the long Artillery luger PO8 pistol coming complete with its original \'lange\' luger cleaning rod & stripping tool. This scarce holster has clear maker name & date to underside of top flap with a handwritten soldiers name to rear of pouch \' Pfeiffer\' . All of its original stitching is still intact. The small stripping tool pouch to inside of flap is intact with closure stud firm. The tool that was still in the holster is sold with it , this is an unmarked example typical of all DWM examples that were made ( See the excellent Luger book by Jan Still ). The cleaning rod is also completely original to the holster & so all offered together completely as it came. In quite superb condition & a scarce holster to find.
WW1 German Battle Damaged M16 Helmet With \'Aisne\' Capture Label Testament to the heavy fighting around the Aisne a souvenir paper label stuck to the inside of this trench helmet reads \' FROM THE RUINS OF LAON\' \' which was a town captured by the Germans in the Autumn of 1914 and held until the Allied offensive in the summer of 1918. This WW1 German M16 helmet is battle damaged with an entry hole to front forehead area & a shrapnel rip to the top of the helmet. Completely untouched the helmet has a much of its original green factory paint finish still remaining with all of its three liner pins totally original to the helmet. The leather liner band is still in place with one of its three pads still present. The leather on this is very dark stained & decayed & may be a result of trauma received from the visible head wound that this wearer would have received. The maker mark of \'Si66\' is visible to flared rim of the helmet for the firm \'Eisenhutte Silesia\' . Fabulous piece of battlefield history.
WW1 German Combat Belt With G98 Pouch & Breadbag ,1915 & 1917 Dates A WW1 German Prussian other ranks belt & buckle with G98 cartridge pouch & breadbag still on the belt as it was recovered in the Verdun area some years ago. The grey painted steel belt buckle retains its tab with the maker name & date \' D.AROEVER, MAGDEBURG 1917\' . Belt leather is also faintly maker marked , now mostly illegible , however the date 1915 is discernable. The cartridge pouch has early brass fittings with internal spacers & maker & date 1915 marked to rear. Breadbag has all of its fittings with some rust & dryness to leather. To the rear of the breadbag is ink stamped an Armee korps marking with the date \'15. Underside of flap has markings \'BJA\' & \'F\' indicating it has been through a repair depot & is thus fit for Field use. Overall dirt & grime I have made no attempt to clean any of it !
WW1 German Ersatz 'Rolled Edge' Felt Pickelhaube With Shrapnel Hole A rare Ersatz 'rolled edge' felt Pickelhaube completely untouched from WW1 & straight from the battlefield. Having remained in family hands until now this time capsule of a piece is still caked in mud & also has a small shrapnel hole which has sliced through down into the liner. The Ersatz Pickelhauben were produced to meet a severe leather shortage at the beginning of WW1 brought about by the sudden demand on German industry. Different variations exist albeit in very small numbers . This piece has been made in the Model 1895 style with brass fittings but no rear spine or front visor trim . A rolled & stitched edging can be seen around the whole bottom edge of the helmet intended to help retain its shape. Spike & base plate are still firm to the top of the helmet with its original chinstrap still in place. It is of note that a small shrapnel hole is present in the top side of the felt which upon examination has sliced through into the leather liner underneath causing a corresponding hole & an apparent scorch mark to the surrounding leather. An Army Corps ink stamp is partially visible to the rear brim with the maker name logo embossed into the leather liner. It is fascinating to see the amount of dried mud visible to the inside of the helmet & also up inside the spike. Being undisturbed for many years in a house there is dust to the exterior which I have not attempted to clean off. The helmet plate is original to the helmet although has been off at some point in its life ( matchstick used to rescure) . It has lasted very well for this pattern of helmet with only some slight distortion & a tear to the liner . A rare piece, never in collectors hands before & straight from the battlefields of WW1.
WW1 German Ersatz Model 1915 Prussian Infantry Pickelhaube A rare WW1 Ersatz Model 1915 Prussian infantry pickelhaube in felt ( Filzhelme) with M1915 grey fittings & original chinstrap & buckles. The felt pickelhaube began to be fitted with grey steel fittings at this point of the war to save on the previous silver & brass which were now needed elsewhere. Some manufacturers utilised existing supplies of brass & silver & so these were still used alongside but painted in matching grey as is the case here . All of the fittings to this pickelhaube are original with no damage to the Prussian front plate or the original brown leather chinstrap. There are a couple of small \'kinks\' to the front peak edging however all of the metal fittings are sound. The top spike is firm to the mounting & does not detach , this is brass that has been grey overpainted as can be seen on the neck area. Both cockades present. A rare felt pickelhaube that has survived in very good condition.
WW1 German Ersatz \' Filzhelme\' (Felt Pickelhaube ) Of Prussia From Dragoon Regiment 14. I am very pleased to be able to offer a fabulous recently acquired ersatz felt pickelhaube with name tag to an \'Ersatz\' Squadron of \' Kurm Drag. Regt Nr.14\' ( Kurmarkisches Drag. Regt 14 ) . Although cavalry troops received their own Dragoon helmets these were still in short supply & so most only received the standard ersatz infantry issues such as seen here. Ersatz felt pickelhaubes were first manufactured in 1914 with identical fittings in brass as the M1895 pickelhaube . This piece has front brass plate for Prussia with brass front visor trim & its original leather chinstrap & cockades still in place. An imprint of the edges of the plate sunk into the felt can be clearly discerned this evidencing its originality on this piece. The felt construction is interesting with thick felt mounts being present on the side on which the chinstrap lugs are mounted. Both cockades are 100% original. Interior of the helmet has a black leather lining complete still with its drawcord & all in excellent undamaged condition. Although partially damaged the paper nametag present to the inside skull of the helmet reads \' Drag *** , Ersatz . Estadr ** Kurm.Drag.Regt. Nr.14 \'. Therefore this pickelhaube belonged to a cavalryman from the Dragoon Regiment 14 who were raised in September 1866 & garrisoned in Colmar ( Elsass ) . They came under the command of XV Army Corps who fought on the Western Front throughout WW1 & were involved in such battles as the Battle of the Frontiers , Battle of Mulhouse & the First Battle of Ypres. A stunning Ersatz piece in excellent undamaged condition & one that would be difficult to find again.
WW1 German Ersatz \' Tinned\' Messtin 1915 Dated A WW1 model of German messtin this being one of the earliest \'Ersatz\' models in tin replacing the already existing aluminium which needed to be conserved for the war effort. These crude messtins were produced up until the use of enamel & were coated , more often than not , in grey or black paint . This messtin is marked to both hinges & lid with \' THIEL - SCHTE 15\' & has very faint traces of a circular mark to the lid now barely visible. Very well used , its black paint finish is very worn however the steel hinged lid handle is undamaged as is the carrying wire. The excellent work \'Feldzug 1917\' by the late Michael Baldwin describes in detail the varying patterns of messtin from 1914 onwards . Very hard to find 1915 dated messtins now most long since used to destruction.
WW1 German Fur Tornister Pack Dated 1915 & 20th Infantry Regiment Marked A WW1 German issue fur tornister as was issued from 1914 onwards when the demand for packs far outstripped the supply & differing Ersatz models were used. This pack would be ideal for manneuin display where it could be worn buckled onto the cartridge pouches. Constructed with leather edged full fur to front & back the interior is of brown canvas. A Berlin maker mark & date \'M.LIEMANN1915\' is visible to the lower rear section . Both shoulder straps are complete to rear & have carbine hooks for use with the cartridge pouches. One strap is marked to the \'20th JR\' ( 20th Infantry Regiment ) who saw much heavy fighting in WW1. In overall very good condition for a 1915 piece many of these have not survived either having been discarded after WW1 or used to destruction in the postwar years. The rear straps on this piece are complete with a depot replacement to the swivel & small strap using an early brass mount on one side & their is some wear to the leather at the top bar where the shoulder straps are rivetted ( See images ) . Both of the top flap securing straps are totally intact with damage to the two leather buckle straps of the interior compartment. The 20th (3rd Brandenburg) Infantry \"Count Tauentzien von Wittenberg\' was part of the III Army Corps & were active at Mons , The Marne , Verdun & Amiens.
WW1 German M15 Enlisted Mans Wurttemburg Infantry Pickelhaube A very clean example Wurttemberg infantry pickelhaube of the M15 model complete with removeable spike & all of its original fittings. A stunning example the Wurttemburg front plate retains almost all of its grey paint finish & is firmly affixed to the helmet with correlating wear on the leather underneath to confirm its originality to the body. All other fittings are firm with a high amount of patinated grey finish throughout. The shellac coating is still quite immaculate with only minor crazing overall. The nine tongue leather liner has kept its tan coloured finish & is complete with drawstring. The skull of the helmet displays the black ink stamped size of \' 57\' with all of the crown pins unmolested & showing natural age. A quite superb textbook other ranks piece .
WW1 German M15 Wurtemburg Pickelhaube A very clean example Wurttemberg infantry pickelhaube of the M15 model complete with removeable spike & all of its original fittings. A stunning example the Wurttemburg front plate retains almost all of its grey paint finish & is firmly affixed to the helmet with correlating wear on the leather underneath to confirm its originality to the body. All other fittings are firm with a high amount of patinated grey finish throughout. The shellac coating is still quite immaculate with only minor crazing overall. The nine tongue leather liner has kept its tan coloured finish & is complete with drawstring. The skull of the helmet displays the black ink stamped size of \' 57\' with all of the crown pins unmolested & showing natural age. A quite superb textbook other ranks piece .
WW1 German M16 Trench Helmet A WW1 German M16 helmet that has all three of its liner pads still remaining with all three inner cushions. This helmet is a representative example of the classic WW1 German helmet & one that has been found after some considerable time having been picked up then tucked away in a loft or barn. The exterior of the shell has lost most of its paint with the effects of long term storage being evident. Some small remnants of paint remain to the interior however it\'s overall appearance still retains an original aged patina which has its own \'straight out of the woodwork\' appeal. The maker mark & size \'N.J 62\' are visible to skirt underside. It is very difficult to find a helmet that still has all three of its pads with all three of its inner cushions remaining to each as is the case here. The leather is still relatively soft on each & all of the finger ends are actually undamaged with the drawcord still present. The front pad has a very typical stress tear halfway across at the top edge of the band. On inspection , it is clear that all three of the liner pins fitted onto the leather M16 band are undisturbed & original to the helmet. A very appealing straight from the battlefield WW1 helmet.
WW1 German M16 Trench Helmet With Chinstrap A very good & 100 % complete example of the WW1 Imperial German M16 steel combat helmet the standard issue of helmet worn by German soldiers in the trenches as of 1916. It is becoming increasingly harder to find good complete examples of the German WW1 helmet this piece ticking all of the boxes that we would hope for. It has a very high percentage of its green factory paint finish to inside & out of shell with all three of the liner pins totally original to the helmet. The maker & size marking \' TJ66\' can be seen to the rims underside for the firm \' C. Thiel & Söhne, - Lübeck \' & a good large size of \'66\'. The leather liner band is totally intact with all of the pins still firmly affixed in place with no damage. All three of the liner fingers are intact with all three of the cushion inserts still present. Tightening string intact. A superb example , a good size & totally complete !
WW1 German M16 \'Square Dip\' Helmet With Battle Damage A rare WW1 German M16 \'Square Dip\' helmet so called because of its sharp angled appearance where visor meets apron. Thought to be the first version of the M16 helmet these \' Square dip\' helmets were found to suffer a large number of \'fails\' during pressing of the shells due to excessive stress being placed on this part of the \'dip \'. Only a small number were manufactured before the design was soon changed however examples that passed the manufacturing process were still issued & used. The field used helmets are likely to have suffered a high number of failures due to the fault or were simply lost in action so original examples are very hard to find now. This piece comes in a good field used condition with what appears to be a small impact indentation to the left side which has just broken the surface of the metal. This has created a split as is typical of a high impact shrapnel hit . Shell retains some of its original factory green paint with some dry rust age overall. . Features distinctive to this helmet & ones that would be expected of a \' square dip\' are maker mark ( ET) to the firm Eisenhuttenwerk Thale A.G. who were the sole producer of these helmets. Most are a size 64 as is the case here. The leather liner band is of a thinner leather than usual this with a size stamped into the front , as here , a \' 64\' . The three pads are still present these being the exact correct type for the Square Dip with unturned back raw edges to the leather & the rear pocket in leather to hold the cushions. With only two tongues remaining , one of these has a large amount of non discernible handwriting in ink no doubt of the previous owner as is often found on WW1 German helmets. Both front pins are of a slightly unusual variation & appear to have always been with the helmet. A rare example not often encountered today.
WW1 German M17 Camouflage Helmet A WW1 German M17 camouflage helmet with thickly brushed camouflage applied over its factory green paint. The colours here are typical with a yellow ochre & dark brown & the factory green paint left exposed to make up the green segments within the scheme. All three of the liner pins are untouched & original to the helmet with the metal liner band tight & two of the leather pads still remaining albeit one not in good condition. The front pad retains its cushion. A portion of the original chinstrap with buckle is tied to one pad with the opposite pad tied to the band to prevent further deterioration. A black ink stamped \'64\' on the rear of the flared rim denotes size, this is often seen in late war helmets especially those that have been refurbished from the battlefield.
WW1 German M17 Gas Mask & Carrying Tin WW1 Imperial German leather gas mask model 1917 coming complete with carrying tin & straps. . This mask replaced the earlier \'Gummimaske\' version & is distinguishable from the later Model 1918 version by the presence of its thin metal spider reinforcement behind the lenses. In very good condition its canvas head straps remain undamaged with lenses uncracked. It comes with the original filter canister which is August 1918 dated. Gas mask tin is of the correct 1917/18 pattern with spare lense compartment to interior of lid & April 1918 dated spare lenses present in protective paper packet. A very good proportion of the original green paint remains to tin with its well used original short leather edged ersatz strap being torn at one end. Long strap is original & retains white leather tongue at one end. These are becoming very hard to find now.
WW1 German M17 Gas Mask With Rare \' Schnappdeckel\' Filter Attachment & Deep Lid Carrying Tin This iconic WW1 German gas mask is the Model 17 with \' spider\' reinforcement to eyepieces & the rare additional smoke /arsenic filter clipped onto the bottom. These were introduced in May 1918 however not many seem to have survived. The mask is in excellent order with all of its headstrap system intact , a capture tag is tied to the long neck strap. This is now illegible having soaked up the oil from the oil impregnated facepiece which was intended to prevent the penetration of gas. The often missing front adjustment string is still present. Filter is dated March 1918 & still with virtually all of its grey paint finish remaining. Carrying tin is the \'deep lid\' variant intended for the M17 mask. These are invariably recycled Gummimaske tins that have had latches added & a deeper lid to accomodate the bulkier M17 leather mask. Both long & short strap are original & intact completing this very nice set.
WW1 German M17 Helmet With Original Chinstrap A very nice unmessed with & untouched WW1 German M17 helmet complete with liner & its original chinstrap still attached. Much of this helmets original factory green paint finish is remaining to inside & out with the maker mark & size to shell \'Si 62\' for the firm \' Eisenhüttenwerk Schlesien Paruschowitz/ Oberschlesien \' . The metal liner band is tight to the shell with all three liner pins totally unmolested & 100% original to the helmet. All three of the cream leather pads still have their cushions with some tears to the forehead pad which is minus its two fingers. The excellent original leather chinstrap is an early example with brass buckles & post brackets that were overpainted in grey in line with the new M15 grey colour of the pickelhaube. With some light surface age I have made no attempt to clean the shell leaving it completely as it was recently found.
WW1 German M17 Trench Helmet With Bullet Entry & Exit Holes A heavily worn WW1 German trench helmet this being another item from the fabulous First World war collection recently acquired. This iconic piece has entry & exit bullet damage to front & rear. Bullet has entered into the front left side & exited through the back leaving splintering of the metal. This later M17 model has much age patination to its exterior with all three liner pins present. Interior inspection shows a maker code & size \'G.62\' for the firm \'Gebruder Gnüchtel Lauter/Sachsen\' . The factory green is prevalent around the rims underside & although with typically damaged fingers & very heavy age wear there are two of the original off white chromed leather pads. These began to be used as they were more moisture resistant than the previous vegetable tanned leather. All of the three rivets are tight to the liner band & show no disturbance. An iconic helmet typical of the later war issues.
WW1 German M18 Combat Helmet Scarce WW1 German M18 steel combat helmet coming in excellent order & complete with original chinstrap & totally intact liner. . This was the last model of WW1 German helmet used in WW1 with its metal band having integral chinstrap loops. A very high proportion of its original green grey factory paint remains to shell with maker mark & size \'ET64\' ( Eisenhuttenwerk Thale ) to flared rim. All of the three liner rivets are undisturbed with all three of the late war cream leather pads in excellent order. There is dirt & grime to each from wear however all three retain their horse hair filled inner cushions. Particularly appealing is the original brown leather carbine hooked chinstrap still on the helmet with faint \'Dresden\' maker visible. A super example of a rare helmet.
WW1 German M1895 Ersatz \'Eisenblech\' ( Tin Plate ) Prussian Infantry Pickelhaube A fabulous example of the rare M1895 ersatz pickelhaube in tin with Prussian front plate & its original chinstrap. These \'Ersatz\' pickelhaubes were produced from 1914 to 1915 meet the huge demand in pickelhaubes needed to equip millions of soldiers. When this demand was met & the leather shortage problem resolved these Ersatz versions were withdrawn from frontline service & normal manufacture resumed . This has the distinctive \' Eisenblech Ersatz-Helme\' features of a main body made from black lacquered tin plate & a spike base made all from one piece & having a non detachable spike that has been crimped into place on the helmet skull. The rear spine stops short of the spike base & has no sliding vent. Both the national & Prussian state cockade are present & original to the helmet. The clear manufacturer mark for the firm \' Heyden , Berlin \' & date \'1915\' can be seen to the underside of the front peak with size mark of \'56\'. Interior of the helmet has a brown felt covering to the skull with leather liner undamaged & with original leather drawcord to to