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ANTIQUE FIREARMS BY FREDRICK WILKINSON. With its original fly leaf cover. Published 1979. 264 pages of mainly black and white photographs but with some colour images. Fantastic in-depth written detail of some of the most famous hand and long guns from early firearms to 1900.
BRITISH 1796 SWORD HANGER. An extremely rare accessory for the 1796 cavalry sword being the sword hanger measuring 22cms long, this triple ringed hanger complete with its sprung loaded clip, which is still operating correctly. Evidence of minor corrosion overall, nevertheless rare.
BRITISH 1ST AND 2ND LIFEGUARDS OFFICERS HORSE SHABRAQUE SECTION A beautifully displayed section of an officers horse shabraque for an officer in either the 1st or 2nd Lifeguards, the section which measures 26cms wide by 50cms long includes the Guelphic Crown, followed by the Battle Honours of Dettingen, Peninsular-Waterloo, Egypt-1882, Tel-El Kebir, Paardeberg, South Africa 1898 to 1900 and lastly Relief of Kimberley, with the intertwined scroll of the Lifeguards to the centre with the Order of the Garter Star below. Evidence of slight moth damage to the blue velvet of the Garter Star circlet and some light mothing between the letters of the intertwined central scroll otherwise superb condition, beautiful Victorian English embroidery and a fine wall display piece. All fitted to a black wood frame ready for mounting.
BRITISH BOER WAR AMMUNITION BANDOLIER. A nice condition grained leather pattern 1888 bandolier, all compartments are with empty cartridge cases, this was used with the Lee Metford and the Enfield rifle. The buckle is complete with its slider. One closure tip split but still present.
BRITISH BOER WAR FIELD SURGEON’S INSTRUMENT CASE. A very nice brass banded mahogany carrying case for a military field surgeon’s kit measuring 45 x 17cm. Oval disc to the lid, brass disc reads‘Surgeon instruments’ broad arrow marked, date ‘1901’. The upper inner lid is lined in purple velvet. A maker’s label of ‘Evans & Wormull 31 Stamford Street, Blackfriars, London’. The base has three surgeons knives only. All remainder of instruments missing.
BRITISH COLONIAL HELMET TIN. A nice japanned tin with travel labels reading ‘Cabin’ attached. Hand painted to the front ‘R.W.Edmeades, The Buffs’ complete with its Gieves Matthews and Seagrove Limited shield shaped plaque affixed to the tin.
BRITISH EDWARDIAN PERIOD BOWIE KNIFE. A very nice condition Bowie knife, one side of the blade is very bright with slight corrosion showing, manufactured by J. Howill & Son of Sheffield, England, the other side of the blade is toned with slight lifting of plating. Standard oval cross guard with totally undamaged straight stag grip. All encased in its stored condition Bowie style scabbard with faintly stamped 'Made in England' to the upper part, its male/female closure stud is complete but frail.
BRITISH GRENADIER GUARDS VICTORIAN IMAGES, FRAMED. Two identical size images of Grenadier Guards Victorian Generals. Both frames measure 38cms x 28cms, one being a black and white print of ‘Major General G.W.A.Higginson CB., Grenadier Guards, 1st October 1879 to 31st March 1884’, the other being a photograph of ‘Major General P.Smith CB., Grenadier Guards 1st April 1889 to 31st March 1892’. The applied labels are of museum quality black engraved on an early form of Perspex and would appear to be conversant with the framing to the 1940’s or 50’s period. Two very attractive pieces. Condition:
BRITISH LOTHIAN AND BERWICKSHIRE YEOMANRY OFFICERS FLAP POUCH. A circa 1880 silver lace and silver embroidered all subdued officers flap pouch cover only of the Lothian & Berwickshire Yeomanry. The box container has been removed from the pouch and this is the embroidered flap only, with a gentle clean the silver and gilt can be revived. The scrollwork surmounted by a heavy bullion Victorian crown.
BRITISH MIDDLESEX YEOMANRY CAVALRY OFFICERS SABRETACHE. A most magnificent condition late Victorian sabretache for an officer in the Middlesex Yeomanry Cavalry. The quality of the gold bullion embroidery cannot be overstated. The crown itself with its red velvet centre, green centre to the orb above the crown, the gold of the central VR logo with the leaf work below with the central scroll of ‘PRO.ARIS.ET.FOCI’. The embroidery work laid onto a black velvet centre, which is totally moth free. The gold and blue lacework surrounding the central heavy bullion embroidery again absolutely mint bright gilt. The period that this sabretache would have been used would be from 1860 to 1901.
BRITISH NORTH DEVON HUSSARS OFFICERS SABRETACHE. A lovely condition late Victorian sabretache to the North Devon Hussars. Excellent lacework, good bright scroll to the centre. The regimental title ‘North Devon Hussars’ embroidered onto blue velvet. Complete with two of its three suspension straps and its original leather cover.
BRITISH ROYAL IRISH RIFLES VICTORIAN FROCK COAT. An absolutely magnificent item of British military uniform being the four pocket frock coat, these were a working tunic in regimental colours and were in many ways a field worn garment. Following the format of a typical tunic having four pleated pockets and having to the front Norfolk jacket type pleats. The lower cuffs are in a green Melton and there is a piped line to the lower collar in the same material. Buttons throughout are Queens Crown Irish Rifles type with harp and full scroll. The original blackened small pips are now missing to the epaulettes, however these would be easy to find and one button is now minus. The original faux colour is sewn inside the tunic. The overall condition is exceptionally good with only one or two tiny nips and a little wear to the black silk lining. The tunic incorporates a belt with a single large prong in the Omdurman fashion.
BRITISH ROYAL NATIONAL LIFEBOAT INSTITUTION TELESCOPE. A lovely old telescope engraved to the body in block capitals ‘ROYAL NATIONAL LIFEBOAT INSTITUTION 1861. All in its original fitted wooden cylindrical case. Also engraved in Victorian style script ‘DOLLAND LONDON DAY AND NIGHT’. The telescope is operational, the lens is rather stained, the what appears to be copper exterior body with the remainder of the telescope all in brass. The telescope when extended is 100cms, with closure 57cms. The wooden carrying case is beautifully constructed in possibly mahogany with its brass hinges and brass closure catch. A lovely displayable item.
BRITISH VICTORIAN 15TH (THE KING’S) HUSSARS OFFICERS FULL DRESS SABRETACHE. An extremely nice 15th Hussars Officers sabretache, all of the gilt lace to the edges excellent, all the threads to the bullion work of the exotic centrepiece in place showing all of the Regiment’s Battle Honours up to and including Afghanistan 1880. The red backing material of the sabretache has some minor surface nap losses to the upper left hand side. No moth holes. Complete with its message pouch to the rear and its three gilt brass suspension straps.
BRITISH VICTORIAN 19TH HUSSARS OFFICERS SABRETACHE. A virtually mint condition officers full dress sabretache for the 19th Hussars, circa 1870 to 1901. The heavy gold embroidery laid on red cloth is magnificent, set against the maroon velvet of the centre of the Victorian crown, the blue ribbed cloth background of the letters ‘ASSAYE’ and ‘NIAGARA’. The gold and cream lace surrounding the edge of the sabretache again mint bright, all laid onto its red Morocco leather background and complete with its foul weather cover, which is velvet lined.
BRITISH VICTORIAN 1st GLOUCESTERSHIRE YEOMANRY HUSSARS OFFICERS SABRETACHE. An extremely rare pre 1855 large size officers sabretache for an officer in the 1st Royal Gloucestershire Yeomanry. The bullion work is absolutely superb with good bright lace. Some minor patched repairs to the blue lower field. Complete with its rear message pouch, three brass suspension bands and its correct matching large sized foul weather cover. The 1st or Cheltenham group of Gloucestershire Yeomanry was raised in August 1795 and remained independent to 1827. This beautiful sabretache is from circa 1840 to 1855.
BRITISH VICTORIAN 5TH ROYAL IRISH LANCERS LANCE CAP PLATE. A good condition front plate for the lance cap of the 5th Royal Irish enlisted mans, complete with Victorian crown. All Battle Honours. Both screw fixings to the rear side.
BRITISH VICTORIAN KING’S BRITISH GERMAN LEGION SABRETACHE. An extremely scarce piece of uniform accoutrement being the undress sabretache for an officer in the British German Legion being of the same size as the post 1856 British sabretache. To the exterior edge two wavy lines of bullion wire in the same manner as standard German officers sabretaches. To the centre a very finely struck gilt Victorian Crown with Victorian VR cipher below and the base of the sabretache the cipher in scrollwork, which reads ‘LIGHT CAVALRY BRITISH GERMAN LEGION’. Complete with its rare message pouch as well as the three suspension rings. When the Crimean War broke out, a force Italian, Swiss and German soldiers were raised to assist in the war against Russia, the Commanding Officer was Major General Richard Charles Von Stutterheim and in 1856 members of the Legion were billeted in the Colchester garrison in England, the force was disbanded near the end of 1856 after the war had ended. The majority of the members of the Legion were resettled in South Africa in around King Williamstown including the town of Stutterheim. There was 441 German officers in the Legion, therefore this sabretache is one of possibly only approximately 400 ever produced.
BRITISH VICTORIAN KUKRI. A scarce early pre 1900 military issued kukri, General good blade, some minor black spotting and minor corrosion to the point of the blade otherwise generally good. Good carved wood hilt with steel pommel top. All leather wrap and leather covered scabbard in excellent condition.
BRITISH VICTORIAN OFFICERS BOOTS. A nice condition pair of the calf high boots worn by British officers, the original leather soles have been covered by a more modern Phillip sticker sole, however the boots are in nice displayable condition and would go beautifully with a red officers tunic and blue trousers.
BRITISH VICTORIAN OFFICERS SABRETACHE LOYAL SUFFOLK HUSSARS. A very nice condition post 1855 period sabretache, red base, large Victorian crown beautifully bullion embroidered intertwined ‘VR’ within scrolls below in gold laid on blue velvet background ‘DUKE OF YORK’S OWN LOYAL SUFFOLK HUSSARS’. Some thinness to the velvet in the blue base of the scrollwork. Minor moth just underneath the crown, which surmounts the intertwined VR, all other lacework good and bright, with its reverse message pouch, its three brass suspension loops complete.
BRITISH VICTORIAN SABRETACHE COVER. A very fine condition red Morocco leather maroon velvet lined cover for an officer’s sabretache, probably cavalry, measuring 20cms across the top, 28cms at its widest point at the base and 32cms in height.
BRITISH VICTORIAN SABRETACHE TO THE 1ST ROYAL DEVON YEOMANRY. A very nice example of an 1860 to 1901 period slightly larger size sabretache to an officer in the 1st Royal Devon Yeomanry. The central silver heavy bullion embroidery with the silver lace to the side laid on black cloth, red velvet centre to the Victorian crown with the outline of the crown in silver and gilded embroidery work. Complete with its three suspension rings. Some slight moth damage to the mainly right hand edge of the cloth backing only on the very edges of the sabretache. Complete with its rear message pouch and its foul weather cover.
CAUCASIAN MINIATURE KINJAL. A very attractive piece of probably ladies jewellery in the form of a miniature kinjal. The kinjal can be drawn from its scabbard and has some impressed silver markings. Beautiful niello work surmounted by a crescent and star and long suspension chain.
CIVIL WAR GUNS. The complete story of Federal and Confederate small arms, fabulous 1962 hardback publication, complete with its original protective flyleaf cover, William B. Edwards. 435 pages of in-depth black and white photographs and a huge amount of text and background information on all of the weapons used by both the Confederacy and the Union.
CONTINENTAL KNIFE. An interesting European or Caucasian knife, overall length 35cm, excellent blade with central cut-out, floriated engraving to both sides to the upper part of the blade. Twisted nice quality grip, standard steel pommel, in its original scabbard with upper and lower mounts and tooled leather in gold centre to the scabbard.
CUT AND THRUST WEAPONS BY EDWARD WAGNER. First edition, published 1967, this huge work of 489 pages is a must for any interested parties in edge weapons of the world. Wonderful line drawings in both black and white and colour with much technical text and history of each individual weapon. Complete with its original fly leaf cover, which is torn to the top and bottom. This book is extremely heavy.
ENGLISH 14TH KING’S HUSSARS OFFICERS SABRETACHE. A mid to late Victorian sabretache to an officer in the 14th King’s Hussars. Gilt lace good with all embroidery complete, without any moth damage to the red field. Some dullness to the embroidered weave to the central panel with one moth nip between the left hand leg and the body of the lower central Dragoon eagle. The blue material behind the Battle Honours has degraded somewhat. There are 11 Battle Honours to the scroll work at the base of the sabretache which includes Douro, Talavera, Funtes d’Onor, Salamanca, Vittoria, Pyrenees, Orthes, Peninsular, Googerat, Punjaub, Persia. Some fraying to the velvet to each side of the crown. Complete with its mid tan backing leather and message pouch, to the inside of the message pouch complete with paper label to the well known accoutrement makers of Hamberger & Rogers, Gold Lace and Army Accoutrement Manufacturers, By Appointment to the Queen.’
ENGLISH 15TH KINGS ROYAL HUSSARS POUCH. A most superb condition beautifully embroidered full dress pouch for an officer of the 15th Hussars. Minor moth nip to the very right hand edge of the cloth, the remainder beautifully embroidered with all the Battle Honours up to Afghanistan in 1880. The Battle Honours embroidered on the pouch include Emsdorff, Villiers-En-Couche, Egmont-Op-Zee, Sahagun, Vittoria, Peninsula, Waterloo and Afghanistan 1878-80. Some light moth tracking to the wool on the back of the pouch, complete with both of its pouch belt suspension clips.
ENGLISH 1847 CALCUTTA MADE SOLAR PITH HELMET. This excellent example has a good firm body, toned in colour overall, made in Ezra Street, Calcutta. Calico covered, very light weight with a ruche pagri, although extremely popular in India it was worn right up until the late 1890’s and is seen in many illustrations in the Sudan campaign later in the century. It is complete with its interior leather lining, the original maker’s label normally adhered to the upper inner crown is missing, the stitching that attaches the leather edge trim to one side of the helmet has come loose from the body, the remainder of the interior is lined in a green lightweight cotton fabric which has lightened over the many years of this helmet’s existence. Good illustrations of an identical helmet can be seen on pages 36 and 53 of the excellent work on solar pith helmets The Jaunty Hat by C.P.Mills.
ENGLISH 18TH HUSSARS OFFICERS POUCH. A beautifully bullion embroidered red leather pouch for an officer in the 18th Hussars, King’s Crown period. All the Battle Honours. The word ‘SOUTH’ in South Africa 1899/1902 has degraded, also part of the word ‘LADYSMITH’. Complete with its correct shoulder belt with all correct gilded fittings.
ENGLISH BEAUMONT ADAMS CASED PERCUSSION REVOLVER. A five shot 54 calibre Beaumont Adams patent percussion revolver numbered ‘21040’ also ‘36839’. London Proof marks with ‘London Armoury Company’ stamp, side lever rammer, with sliding side safety catch. One piece chequered walnut grip in excellent undamaged condition. Fitted into its green felt lined oak case containing the original trade label to the inner upper lid of ‘John Blanch & Son’, the lid with a brass escutcheon to the exterior engraved ‘A.F.Thompson’. The box containing twin cavity brass mould, percussion cap tin named ‘F.Joyce & Co, London, England’ containing 9 percussion caps, a powder measure with a quantity of lead rounds, various cleaning materials. The weapon itself retains much of its original blued finish, action superb, just minor corrosion to the upper part of the frame on the right hand side of the pistol above the cylinder, the cylinder is number matched ‘36859’ to the frame. The original owner’s name engraved to the escutcheon plate, it may be possibly to research the name.
ENGLISH FLINTLOCK COACHING BRASS BARRELLED BLUNDERBUSS WITH SPRING BAYONET. A late 18th early 19th century coaching Blunderbuss generally nice condition, overall length 78cm, wood stock good, very small areas of repair to the stock just below the barrel area, the major part of the stock all good and undamaged. Slight discoloration to the wood in the area where the pins hold the barrel in place. All of the fittings, which include the engraved floriated trigger guard, butt stock, rammer pipes all matching. Steel sprung loaded bayonet, when the holding catch is released the bayonet only lifts a matter of 5cm, which indicates that the sprung loaded system needs attention. The Flintlock is in excellent working order, minor corrosion to the very left hand point of the lock. The maker ‘Smith’ is clear to the flat section.
ENGLISH GEORGIAN NAVAL DIRK. A highly unusual and beautiful condition unusual officers dirk constructed in the Turkish manner by Salter of 73 The Strand, London. The dirk measuring 40cms in overall length with the blade measuring 25cms. The wide scimitar style blade remains with good clear etching of crescents of diminishing size on each side of the blade. The two-piece fluted ivory grip generally in excellent condition with slight chipping below the upper mount having excellent gilt to all the three upper hilt fittings. The scabbard originally to the centre covered in velvet with the pile now missing. Both scabbard mounts have excellent gilt with again Turkish crescent style engraving to both sides and a small suspension loop to the face side. To the rear of the upper scabbard mount ‘Salter Fecit’ underneath ’73 Strand, London’.
ENGLISH SABRETACHE COVER. All dark green Morocco leather sabretache cover measuring 21cms across the top, lower width 27.5 cms, height 31cms.
ENGLISH SIEGE WEIGHT LOBSTER TAIL HELMET. An excellent semi siege weight helmet of good heavy proportions with a riveted two-piece shot resistant skull. The skull is extremely heavy however not of the massive proportions of those for static warfare. The thickness and weight of this skull very much reflects the advance in firearms at the time. The rear neck of the helmet is of a single form lobster tail without articulations, again reminiscent of a helmet worn for non mounted duties. To the front is an excellent decorative triple bar fixed visor with moustache type central gently undulating bars and al heat welded reverse finial to the base. The helmet is in excellent condition with a good deep brown patination overall with gentle highlighting and a pleasing wax deep shine overall. There are one or two stress cracks to the rear peak. To the interior the munitions black paint is untouched and there are numerous hammer blow planishing marks with typical large round headed rivets and those rivets are backed with small remnants of leather from where the liner was once affixed. The whole interior of the helmet is completely untouched, dusty with a fine russet rust overall. Condition:
ENGLISH VICTORIAN BOWIE/EXPLORER KNIFE. A very good Bowie/explorer knife, manufactured by Paget of Piccadilly London. 26cm in length with a blade of 15cm. Stag grip held to the steel tang with five rivets. Oval steel cross guard. The blade in its original form, some black spotting. All fitted into its excellent condition leather scabbard with its belt loop intact, the loop that secures the knife intact within the scabbard has broken but the leather covered buckle and securing prong are still in place. The Company of Richard Paget first recorded as a cutler, in 1823 at 163 Piccadilly. The last recorded entry of the Company of Richard Paget was in 1888. At least two examples of his excellent work are shown in full colour in The London Knife Book, An A to Z Guide to London Cutlers 1820 to 1945.
ENGLISH VICTORIAN LONDON MADE EXPLORER KNIFE. A superb example produced by the well known Company of Thornhill of London who have a history going back to 1734. This superb knife measuring 32cm in length with a 19cm blade, the blade in original form has been polished with a clear ‘VR’ over ‘Thornhill, London’. Attached to the steel tang is the most beautiful black chequered horn grip, straight steel cross guard, fitted into its original leather scabbard that has its original very narrow belt loop fitted. The grip is secured to the steel hilt by three rivets and has wonderful cross hatched detail. A varied variety of knives manufactured by Thornhill of London are illustrated in full colour in The London Knife Book, An A to Z Guide to London Cutlers 1820 to 1945. The Company of Thornhill, London closed its business in 1912.
ENGLISH VICTORIAN OR GEORGIAN CAP LINES. A rare set of gold woven cap lines for fitting to one of the early shakos of the Georgian of Victorian period.
ENGLISH VICTORIAN ROYAL ARTILLERY SABRETACHE FLAP. The front flap only of a Victorian Royal Artillery officer, some toning overall, wear to the velvet behind the scroll below the artillery gun.
EUROPEAN HELMET BOOK (EUROPAISCHE HELME). A magnificent book, first published in 1971 in the then East Germany relating to the history of armoured and military helmets starting from the middle ages to date. It was extremely unusual for a book like this to be published in the then communist East Germany in the 1970’s. It was an extremely rare book at the time and when it found its way onto the European collectors market was highly sought-after. The book contains 402 pages with virtually every page having a photograph of some form of military helmet from all of the states of Europe. The countries included in the book are too many to mention. There is obviously a predominance towards German helmets but every other country is covered in steel helmets, armoured helmets, soft helmet and leather helmets, the text of course is all in German. The book was put together using all of the helmets that belonged to the old German History Museum in the then DDR. We have had a copy of this book in our library for many years. On a recent trip to Dresden we found this lone copy sitting on the bookshelves of the Rustkammer in Dresden. It is complete with its original fly leaf, which has a few scuffed edges and still with its original card box. We were informed this was the very last copy available to the museum. Published by the Militarverlag Der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik. Interestingly on the last page the name of Egon Krenz is printed in the list of contributors to the book, Egon Krenz was the last leader of the DDR and was sentenced to 6½ years in prison for manslaughter for his crimes during the course of the DDR regime. A must for any military library.
FREDERICK THE GREAT COMMEMORATIVE TOBACCO BOX. A very interesting 18th century German brass and copper oblong tobacco box, measuring 6¼ x 1 ¾ the hinge lid is embossed with a three quarter length crowned portrait of the famous German leader Frederick The Great, in a panel surmounted by an eagle and a Latin motto ‘Pro Gloria Et Patria’ and below the image ‘Fredericus Magnus Borussorum Rex’, the base embossed with crown ‘FR’ cipher above the Prussian eagle and with the mottos ‘HEROS SECULI DEFENSOR GERMANIA PROTECTOR PATRIA ET RELIGIONIS’ followed by the maker’s name. These rare tobacco tins were produced in the 18th century as a commemoration of Frederick the Great. Hinge perfect.
FRENCH 1871 DRAGOON OFFICERS HELMET, CASED. This is the most magnificent example of a French Dragoon officers helmet a collector could wish to have, the main body is absolutely superb, no creases, dents or problems of any sort. Mint bright nickel plating to the skull. All of the decoration, which includes the Roman comb, front plate, the beautiful chin scales have excellent gilt. The helmet is complete with its long horse hair plume, its interior leather liner is all complete and supple. The green leather to the interior of the front peak and the brown leather to the interior of the rear peak is all complete and again supple. There is minor shrinkage to the rear peak leather. The helmet has been worn, finger marks to both the front and the back interior peaks are obvious. The helmet is with its red short feather plume with its bullion wire plume base. The plume has its own cardboard container and the complete group of the helmet and the plume is fitted into the most magnificent French helmet box, which we have encountered before, French helmets are placed in boxes like no other European helmet. The base of the box is sculptured to the shape of the helmet, lined in a chamois suede material, the upper inner lid is also lined in the same material and padded to protect the helmet. The exterior of the wood box is covered in a leatherette material, which has shredded in places which can be seen from our web images. The box is closed by two latches, which are secured with two turn keys, there is also a brass carrying handle. A superb item.
FRENCH GUARD DU CORPS DE LA MAISON DU ROI 1ST MODEL HELMET. An incredibly rare helmet being the model 1814/15 of the Guard Du Corps De La Maison Du Roi, excellent condition all black lacquered leather skull with silver plated intricately decorated silvered mounts, a tall Roman style comb embossed with feathers and black horsehair plume. The front plate is in the form of a sunburst with central Apollo mask and crowned mirrored monogram ‘L’ (King Louis XVIII) 1814-24. At the lower point of the front plate the inscription ‘NEC PLURIBUF IMPR’ which is the motto of the French Empire. The chin scales are backed with black velvet on Apollo mask bosses. On both sides of the skull two curled vines (palmes). The leather sweat band is all original, traces of the silk lining still intact. Side plume missing ,the side plume mount secured with later added wire. Some signs of restoration where the side palmes, which were added in 1815 have been re-attached with non contemporary wire. The Guard Du Corps De La Maison Cu Roi was re-established in 1814 and disbanded for good by King Louis Philippe on the 11th of August 1830. It comprised of six companies with a total of 2,686 men. The palmes were added as a decorative element on the 16th January 1815. This is in such superb condition even the original bullion decorative tassels which link the chin scales together are still present. The hook above the front plate for the chin scales to be hooked up to is all complete. Horsehair plume absolutely original, velvet backing to the chin scales again absolutely original.
FRENCH OFFICERS FULL DRESS SHOULDER EPAULETTES IN BOX. An absolutely magnificent set of items held within their wood and paper board shaped box, this includes a set of full dress epaulettes in absolutely wonderful quality flamed gilt bullion with light toning which adds to the beauty, black velvet underlay in superb condition. There is the pompom, again in gilt for a kepi and the insignia, which would attach to the standard kepi for full dress wear, this includes a marvellous flame gilt bullion grenade with a rosette above, all attached to their special rear panel and completing the set is the sword knot, again the sword knot is in superb condition with a beautiful toning to the bullion. To the base of the box is the original tissue paper. These would have been the items carried by the officer and used for walking out and ceremonial dress and these items would most certainly have been carried by the officer in the early period of the Great War. A wonderful decorative set.
GEORGIAN MIDSHIPMAN’S DIRK. A very beautiful and delicate midshipman’s dirk of the curved style. Overall length with scabbard 23.5cm, blade length 15cm. One of the most common problems encountered with any midshipman’s dirk of the Georgian period is the missing blue and gilt to the blade, this is a very fine example of a blade with virtually all of its blue and definitely all of its gilt present. The blade has very minor spots of corrosion, there is no distortion or reprofiling of the blade, the point is fine and the gilt set against the blue is superb. The gilding to the cross guard, which is in a form of leaves with acorn heads, with one crack to the reverse side with its scabbard having virtually all original gilding present, both its hanging rings and totally undented. A fine example of a Georgian midshipmans dirk.
GERMAN PRUSSIAN INFANTRY SWORD 1816. A good condition Prussian infantry sword, model 1816, 67cm blade in generally good clean condition, marked to both sides of the blade ‘FR’ under the Imperial German crown. Good brass hilt, complete with its rare Feldwebels sword knot portapee knot, scabbard missing. Markings to the D guard hilt ‘2 NO.121.28.L.R.’ ( 2. compagnie ( weapon number 121 ) 28 th landwehr Regiment.
IMPERIAL GERMAN 1866 BAVARIAN CAMPAIGN CROSS. The small bronze Bavarian Cross for the war of 1866 complete with its blue and white ribbon.
IMPERIAL GERMAN BAVARIAN 1866 MILITARY SERVICE CROSS. Excellent quality bronze struck Bavarian medal with blue, white and black ribbon being the Military Service Cross 1866 for Bavaria.
INDO PERSIAN KOFTGARI JAMBIYA KNIFE. An excellent double edged blade in good fine Damast surface having silver wire work to all of its iron hilt and scabbard in foliate decoration with sunbursts to the pommel and intricate other silver wire design overall. The patination to the exterior of the knife is excellent with a deep russet finish, which contrasts greatly with the bright silver work. There is some minor corrosion to the reverse side of the hilt. The blade is in a good condition with some areas of light pitting, however the Damast pattern is clear. An excellent item of good proportions and quality.
MAUSER C.96 BRITISH MADE HOLSTER. PRE 1900. A very rare all leather British made holster for the broom handled Mauser. Winston Churchill famously used the C.96 broom handled Mauser at the Charge of the 21st Lancers at Omdurman. The holster is in excellent condition, all stitching good and strong, one belt loop to the reverse side with male/female push stud closing catch to the flap.
NORTHAMPTONSHIRE REGIMENT PAPER GROUPING An absolutely stunning set being an outstanding time caption of original ephemera appertaining to Battery Quartermaster Sergeant William Pentney. This soldier was formerly a member of the 1st Volunteer Battalion the Northamptonshire Regiment. This amazing archive is held within a very decorative tin travelling bureau type set with beautifully sign written name to the top and holding a huge amount of original literature and very fine quality large format photographs. Amongst the contents is the original pencil written diary from 1900 while this soldier served in South Africa with the Volunteer Company of the 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment. There are a number of excellent entries in the pocket diary as well as some beautiful photographs including scenes of India, including many wonderful buildings and images of Colonial splendour.. There are numerous small photographs as well as his original highly polished cap badge, a beautiful set of small field binoculars still held in their Calcutta made leather carrying case, ink wells, stamps, Carte de Visit and other small objects. A really interesting and fascinating group to study and research, all appertaining to one soldier serving in many Colonial locations at the turn of the century. This soldier’s medal entitlement was Queen’s South Africa with 4 clasps, Volunteer Long Service and good conduct medal.
QUEEN’S OWN STAFFORDSHIRE YEOMANRY CAVALRY POUCH. A most beautiful silver embroidered pouch in the finest quality, the Staffordshire knot embroidered on a dark blue close to black velvet base, the silver lace surrounding the edge of the pouch is immaculate with its pouch box below and both silver coloured suspension rings attached. The Staffordshire knot is surmounted by a huge Victorian crown.
ROYAL NAVAL OFFICERS GEORGIAN OR VICTORIAN DIRK. Possibly one of the longest dirks we have ever encountered, 50cm curved blade, some evidence of only light surface corrosion cleaned away but a good amount of detail of the original gold decoration remaining to the blade. Stands of Arms floriated pattern to both sides of the blade. Ivory hilt with one crack, S shaped cross guard with some original fire gilt left. Lion’s head gilded back strap and top pommel. Complete with its original period chain. The scabbard is in superb condition, leather supple, stitching all together, which has not dried out, complete with all its three scabbard mounts, which retain light traces of the original gilding. Maker marked to the back of the upper scabbard mount ‘Bond, 45 Cornhill’.
ROYAL NAVAL OFFICERS SWORD. A most superb Royal Naval officers dress sword circa 1812 to 1825. Triangular section blade of 29 inches or 71cms etched with small trophies and standing figures with original blue and gilt decoration. The hilt is of the most delicate proportions having Georgian Crown fouled anchors to each langet, floral decoration to the hilt guard with lion’s head upper pommel, maker marked on the rear upper scabbard mount ‘Dudley, Grand Parade, Portsmouth’. The leather to the scabbard is absolutely superb in triangular form and uniquely the sword is with its original carrying bag. The hilt in ivory cross hatched carving in the area where the wire wrap is still all present to the hilt, one minor crack to the ivory below the lion’s head. To find early naval swords of this quality and condition with its original badge is quite unique.
ROYAL WILTSHIRE OWN SABRETACHE. A very nicely all silver heavy bullion embroidered post 1855 period sabretache of the Prince of Wales Own The Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry. Excellent condition red base cloth, slight wear to the blue velvet underneath the lettering on the scroll with its black and brown foul weather cover. The message pouch on the reverse side has been removed.
SCOTTISH FLAG BOOK. A beautiful book published in 1885 entitled Old Scottish Regimental Colours by Andrew Ross. The book is individually numbered '100', it measures '11½ inches by 17½ inches and has 141 pages. It has a huge amount of written information including a background to the old Scottish regimental colours, followed by the lists of the Military Forces of Scotland and the individual regiments, followed by arms and equipment. On page 75 through to 140 each page is a colour plate of the flags, guidons, standards, trumpet banners and drum drapes of the Scottish regiments, with all the history of the accompanying regiments. This is a most wonderful printed book and with a huge research possibilities. Throughout the book there are pencil annotations, which could be removed by rubber if so desired. Just minor age foxing, all of the colour plates with good bright colour, no tears or damage to any of the plates. The spine of the book is superb.
SCOTTISH HIGHLANDERS DIRK.. The most beautiful example of an officers dirk of the Highland Light Infantry, the Glasgow Highlanders. The magnificent blade measures 32cm with excellent etched panels of thistles to one side, the opposite side having ‘GR V (King George V) intertwined below the heraldic crown. The bog oak or ebony carved hilt is absolutely superb with the outline of an officers bearskin, complete with all its gilded fittings and upper pommel in a deep amber Cairngorm stone. The scabbard again with all gilded fittings matching with the insignia of the Glasgow Highlanders to the upper scabbard mount with thistle decoration to the two apertures for the smaller decorative knives, both of those with their undamaged Cairngorm stones. The leather over wooden scabbard is excellent, complete with its full dress lace belt loop.
US COLT NAVY PISTOL. A very nice example of the 1851 .36 calibre Colt 6 shot revolver. The full ‘Colonel Sam Colt New York’ address visible to the flat section to the top of the frame, the action excellent, as the hammer is withdrawn the revolving chamber turns exactly to its right position. The revolver has good colour overall with much original finish present. It is all matching in numbers ‘185357’ in four places. It is clearly marked ‘.36 calibre’. The wood grips are totally original and undamaged. Some abrasions overall to the wood and some metal parts but a good honest Colt navy pistol from the U.S.Civil War period.
VICTORIAN ANGLO-INDIAN BOWIE KNIFE. An important and most unusual collectors Bowie knife. It is logical that European styled Bowie knives would have been produced in India by local craftsmen. Many items of this Anglo-Indian manufacture can be found within furnishings and other craftsmen items. The proportions of the knife as well as form remain strictly European however, the silver wire kofi work to the hilt as well as punch decoration and tooling to the leather work betray Indian manufacture. Knives such as these would have been used for hunting and military purposes and would have been carried on active service in places such as the North West Frontier.
WELSH MONTGOMERYSHIRE YEOMANRY CAVALRY OFFICERS POUCH BELT AND FITTINGS. A most silver hallmarked and embroidered pouch and belt for an officer in the Montgomeryshire Yeomanry Cavalry. The silver lace belt having all of its correct 1901 hallmarked fittings, it is a superbly embroidered pouch, all with silver lace and silver embroidery with the exception of the Edward VII crown, which is in gilt embroidery with velvet base having the scrollwork of ‘MYC’ with the Welsh dragon below and complete with its foul weather cover. A complete magnificent item.
ZULU LEADER’S WOOD AND WIRE BOUND STAFF. These wire bound staffs were a form of insignia identifying ranks within the structure of the Zulu regiments, this example 86cms in length with wood ball top, which has at some time in its life been split and has been re-stapled together. The complete length of the haft is superbly decorated in brown and silver wire, these decorated staffs come in many forms and this is the longest wire bounded staff we have ever obtained.