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Pr Late Victorian Silver Plated Nut Crackers. A good pair of Victorian silver plated nut crackers. They are in excellent condition with no loss to the silver plate on the handles and just a little wear to the crackers. Measuring 6 inches long.
Vintage No1 Dress Uniform Lieut Colonel Leicestershire Reg. A post war No1 dress Trousers, Waist Coat and Tunic worn by a Lieutenant Colonel of the Leicestershire regiment. the trousers are made of a dark woollen material with a red stripe and have leather foot straps at the bottom. The waistcoat is the same dark woollen blend with 4 original gilt and silver buttons showing the tiger from the Leicestershire regiment badge. The tunic is scarlet wool with dark facings, 4 gilt and silver buttons matching the waistcoat. It also has its two original shoulder epaulettes with matching gilt and silver buttons and bullion rank insignia. One Kings Crown is missing from the right shoulder. The whole ensemble was made by F. A. Stone & Sons, of Norwich and London and comes in superb condition. The Trousers have a 30 inch waist and the waist coat and tunic a 38 inch chest.
WW1 1915 Star Trio to Nurse Jones VAD. A 1914/15 star trio all correctly named to Nurse Dorothy Louise Jones of the Voluntary Aid Detachment. Dorothy was born on 15th February 1890 in Aberdare Glamorgan, but resided at Mydrim Vicarage, St Clears, Carmarthen when she registered for red cross service. In 1915 she volunteered for overseas service and on 11th September 1915 she arrived in Egypt serving at the military hospital, here she would have treated a lot of the sick and wounded from the Gallipoli campaign. As a rule, at the beginning of the war, all nonprofessional volunteer nurses could only serve a maximum of one year overseas, so after about six months she returned to England. On her arrival she was transferred to the Military Hospital Beckford on 24th May 1916 and stayed until Christmas eve 1916. On the 1st February 1917 she was briefly stationed at the Military Hospital, Prees Heath, Whitchurch, this was both a training camp and Military Hospital in the Great War and treated not only the wounded but also German interns and POW’s. she once again volunteered for overseas service, she must have had by now a lot of practical experience behind here, so from 27th May 1917 she was sent to France with the 128 VAD. She served on the western front until 9th May 1919 when she was found unfit for duty, probably due to sickness and she was discharged and awarded the silver war badge No B13103. After the war she became a school teacher and her last school, from which she retired was the Talbot heath School for Girls in Bournemouth. Sadly Dorothy Jones died 2nd December 1982 at the Christchurch Hospital in Hampshire. All three of her medals are in very good condition and on original ribbons. They comes with the original registered envelope in which her medals were delivered, and a rare officers transport pass in her name, for Harve in France, dated 4th April 1917. Plus various copy paperwork such as medal index card, red cross service cards etc. A wonderful trio to a working volunteer nurse, who was witness to two terrible campaigns, Egypt and France.
10 Assorted Commemorative Crowns. (2) 10 commemorative crowns including 1966 Commonwealth Games, Queens silver Jubilee 1977, queen mother 1980, Royal Wedding 1981 and other less common from Jersey, Isle of Man and the Falkland Islands. Every coin is different and uncirculated. A good collectors lot.
12 Vintage Mainly Britain’s Hand Painted Lead Soldiers 2 Here is a good group of early 20thC hand painted lead soldiers, seven of them are marked on the bottom for Britain’s, five are unmarked but are in a very similar style. The condition of each varies, they are all in a playworn condition but a couple are missing an arm and others have minor losses, the guy with the axe has an articulated arm and can swing the axe full circle, the taller ones stand 2.25 inches high.
12 WW1 Era Gale & Polden History & Traditions Postcards Prior to the 1914 1918 First World War the military regiments of Great Britain each had quite distinctive uniforms and, in the years leading up to that war, a wide range of postcards were published celebrating the history and uniform detail of those British regiments. One of the most collected of such postcards are the various 'History and Traditions' series published by Gale and Polden and featuring illustrations by artists Ernest Ibbetson and John McNeill. Here we have 12 such cards, the earliest dates from 1911, they come in very good condition but with some signs of age and two have been written on.
13 Del Prado – Men at War 1914 -1945 Series Lead Soldiers – German Units Here are 13 lead soldiers from the Del Prado men at war series depicting soldiers from various German regiments, 9 of them are still packaged and 4 are loose, Those in their original packaging come with booklets and are in good condition, a few have escaped the packaging but can be re sealed if desired.
15th & 19th Hussars Cap & Shoulder Badges. 15th & 19th Hussars solid brass cap badge, used from 1922 onwards, this one has a queens crown and comes with an original shoulder title. Both items date from the 1950’s period and come in excellent condition with a good untouched tone to the metal.
15th/16th C Spur Wheel. A decorated spur star wheel which must have been from a very highly decorated pair of spurs. A wonderful piece of history defiantly worn by a knight. It measures; 1.75 inches in diameter.
15th/16th Century Spur Parts. Bronze spur parts dating from the 15th / 16th century. It includes the main part of the spur body and the star wheel. It is a small size, so it may be a child’s spur, or were feet at that period that small. A great cabinet piece for anyone who has a love of history. the spur measures 2.75 inches long.
1792 John Wilkinson \'Iron Master\' Copper Token The famous Iron master John Wilkinson was the only person whose image appeared on coinage outside of Royalty during the 18th century, many of these copper tokens survive in varying conditions, from my research I have found conflicting information, this particular token has the Wilkinson name as 'Wilkison' one source suggests this error was acceptable and all tokens issued carried the error, another source suggests that copies were made of these tokens with various spelling mistakes and are considered forgeries, my feelings are that this token is right but has the miss spelling, either way it comes in good condition.
1798 Davidson’s Nile Medal. A wonderful example of the bronze medal awarded to naval ratings who were serving with Nelson’s fleet at the Battle of the Nile August 1778. This rare medal was commissioned by Alexander Davidson to celebrate the victory; it is inscribed around the rim ‘A Tribute of Regard from Alex’ Davidson’. This one comes in excellent original condition and with a nice even tone all over. This medal as well as all my items, comes with a full money back guarantee of authenticity. Terms and conditions apply.
17th - 19th Century Musket & Pistol Balls. 16 lead musket and pistol balls of various sizes all metal detector finds from around the UK. Lots may vary a little from picture but quantity the same.
1821 Pattern Light Cavalry NCO’s Sword. A very nice 1821 pattern light cavalry sword, this one is particularly interesting as it has an officer’s style hilt with an un-etched troopers or OR’s blade. It is regulation pattern with a plated steel three bar hilt, leading to steeped pommel and plain back strap and a silver wire bound fish skin grip. It has a slightly curved (Wilkinson type) blade with three quarter fuller on each side. There are no markings on the blade, except the makers mark of Sword Coy Ltd in an etched cartouche. It comes in its original steel scabbard with two hanging rings. This sword has been kept on wonderful condition with no damage to the hilt or blade just slight wear. The scabbard has some very light staining in small areas. Overall, a beautiful example. It measures 39 inches long. Ship to UK over 18\'s only
1845 Pattern Naval Cutlass by Reeves. This 1845 naval cutlass has the typical flat blade of 28.5inches. It features an all-iron hilt with a ribbed grip. to around 26 inches. The guard still has a fair amount of its original blackened Jappaned finish and the blade is marked Reeves with other proof marks. The blade may have undergone some later conversion around the 1880’s but it still quite long for a conversion piece, probably just slightly shortened due to use. The whole piece is in very good condition and in a good collector’s grade. There is no scabbard but most never issued with scabbards as they were stored in racks on board ship. A nice maker marked example measuring 33 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only via courier priced at £15.95
1849 French Silver 5 Francs. 1849 silver 5F. A mintmark for Paris and production mark of the Dogs Head for Jacques-Jean Barre, General coin engraver, Monnaie de Paris. 1849 a low mintage year for this coin. Obverse is VF condition, reverse has signs of brooch marks, hence price.
1853 Pattern Cavalry Sword & Scabbard. A wonderful example of this type of sword, issued just pre the Crimean war, this was the first sword that was issued to both light and heavy cavalry and when the 1864 pattern was issued to regular cavalry, these were mostly passed on to the yeomanry regiments. This one is in very good untouched condition and could do with a light clean, there are no major dings and dents to the scabbard and the blade is nice and clean; there are some markings on the guard but these are very difficult to make out and if original may have been cancelled out by the next regiment. A good scarce sword in very collectable order.
1854 Crimea Obverse Proof Medal. So many different designs were produced for the Crimean war medal and ribbon, I think this is a bronze proof of the obverse to be used, queen Victoria’s bust. It is one sided and, on a ring, and claw suspender with a period piece of General service medal ribbon. On the back it has been lightly stamped ‘Proof’ the top part of the word is now worn. The Crimea medal issued has obverse designed and engraved by William Wyon, with his named just under the Queens shoulder. This one has the monogram, what looks like E. T. it also looks like this medal was originally gilded, as traces of gilt are still present. I have had this medal for years and have never found another one, so it is probably a genuine one off. It is in very good order and measures 1.5 inches in diameter.
1854-95 Indian General Service Medal to Cheshire Regiment. A nice India General Service medal named in period script to 367 Private M. Martin Rochfort of the 22nd regiment, the Cheshire regiment. A good medal but with a later replaced suspender. The rim is a little knocked about so the naming is a little hard to read, but it is all still there. This medal was mounted at something, probably on a watch chain, so there is remains of silver at the 11 and 1 o-clock positions. The medal itself is in very good order, just wear to the high points. A very easy restoration to get this interesting medal back to a valuable collectable. You can buy very good solid silver replacement suspender bars online. This man is also entitled to the Burma 1887-89 clasp, which shows he was involved in the third Anglo-Burma war of 1885 to 1887; this was a conflict that took place during November 1885, with sporadic resistance and insurgency continuing into 1887. It was the final of three wars fought in the 19th century between the Burmese and the British. It took place in a territory known as Upper Burma, the region of Lower Burma having already been annexed by the British in 1853, as a result of the Second Anglo-Burmese War. This gave the British military its first taste of jungle warfare and only just over 3000 British took part, the rest of the force was made up from Indian Sepoys and the Royal Navy.
1856 Pattern Pioneer Sawback Short Sword by Wilkinson. A very fine example of the 1856 pattern Pioneers sword with saw back. It has a brass hilt and grip with an ‘ear shape’ guard with a scrolled quillon. It has a good steel blade with a sharp saw back used for clearing scrub, trees etc and at the ricasso it is marked ‘Wilkinson London’ with the date 5/94. It is in excellent original condition but no scabbard. It measures 27.5 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only via courier
1858 Enfield Percussion Rifle Lock. Almost complete Percussion rifle lock marked Enfield 1858 and comprises of, plate, hammer, main spring, sear, sear spring and tumbler. In very good condition, small brake or alteration to front screw hole. It measures 4.5 inches long.
1860’s -70’s Norfolk Regiment Shako Plate. A British army OR’s Shako plate for the Norfolk Regiment; it was originally gilt covered brass, but now all the gilt has worn away leaving the brass base metal. It has suffered some wear to the surface and both lugs on the back have been replaced. This one comes from my own collection and I had two new lugs put on some time ago so it could be worn on a shako. This is not a perfect specimen but a perfect one would fetch a considerably higher price, as these plates are quite rare, worn on the last Shako issued to the British army. This one is a great gap filler to a collection or a super example if collecting on a budget. Please see detailed pictures for condition.
1872 Copy of the Daily Telegraph A complete copy of the daily newspaper dated Wednesday July 3rd 1872 distributed in London, it proudly says 12 pages one penny and of those 12 pages at least 10 are full of adverts for events, positions and accommodations to mention but a few, it comes in super condition just yellowed with age.
1882 Egypt Medal to KOSB’s Superb Egypt medal correctly named to 2574Private W Smith of the 2nd Kings Own Scottish Borderers. This is mounted with the Gemaizah 1888 clasp which is correctly mounted and confirmed. This is one of the scarcer clasps awarded for the Anglo-Egypt campaign. This medal is in wonderful condition showing only slight wear to the surface high points. the clasp is in the same order and the swivel suspender works well. A really beautiful example which comes with medal roll confirming entitlement and also Private W Smith was entitled to the Sudan medal and the India Medal the rolls for both medals are included also.
1885 Pattern Cavalry Troopers Sword. A good and totally untouched cavalry trooper’s sword with a steel guard with Maltese cross piecing to the front, it has leather grips held on with five rivets each side. It has a long slightly curved blade with a single wide fuller on each side. On the ricasso area a number of proof and issue marking the first dating is September 1887. It is also marked with ‘YC’, so it was issued to Yeomanry cavalry at some point. It has its original steel scabbard with two hanger loops near the throat. This sword as mentioned is completely untouched, the guard and scabbard has some pitting, more so to the scabbard and a heavy crust of patination. The blade has no rust but again is heavily patinated to a dark colour. All in all a good example clean or leave as is, it measures 41 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only via courier priced at £15.95
1897 Kaiser Wilhelm I Centenary Medal. The medal issued to all serving armed forces and veterans of previous war to commemorate the 100th year of the birth of Kaiser Wilhelm I in 1797. The medal is made of gilded gunmetal from captured cannon of past wars, such as the Austro-Prussian War, and the Franco-Prussian War. This one is in very good condition and comes on its original ribbon.
1897 Pattern Boer War Officers Sword – Cheshire Regiment Engineers?. 1st Cheshire regiment Boer war officers sword of the 1897 pattern. It has a pierced basket type guard bearing Queen Victoria’s Cypher and a ray skin grip bound with twisted silver wire. The long straight steel blade is beautifully etched with foliage and ‘C’ scrolls; the centre of the etching on one side reads “ 1st Cheshire” and down a little further “R.E.V.” this may stand for the Royal Engineer Volunteers, please see further below. The blade is also etched with the original owners initials which looks like PD and below this the proof button. On the opposite side has the makers details of Hobson & Sons 1-3-5 Lexington St London W. This overall condition of this sword is very good, but obviously, it does have signs of wear and age. The ray skin on the grip has a small amount missing at the bottom of the grip. The guard has small areas of staining and inside the guard is quite heavily patinated. The blade is good and free from rust, however, again there is small areas of staining, this may be eliminated with some light cleaning. It comes in its original brown leather field scabbard which is also in very good order. R.E.V. There is a Boer War commemorative plaque on a wooden base in the Territorial Army Centre, Whitford Road, Birkenhead, Merseyside. It commemorates 60 men of the 1st Cheshire Royal Engineer Volunteers who died in the Boer war, the inscription reads; “This Plate Bearing the Names of Those Members of the First Cheshire Royal Engineers Volunteers Who Volunteered for Active Service and Served in the War in South Africa 1899-1902. Erected by The Corporation of Birkenhead as a Lasting Record of The High Appreciation by Their Fellow Townsmen of Their Patriotism Bravery and Devotion to Their Country. A rare and fine sword measuring 39 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only via courier priced at £15.95
1899 Print – Lord Kitchener by Spy from Vanity Fair Here is a good chromolithographic print created by ‘Spy’ and produced in the magazine ‘Vanity fair’ in 1899, it depicts Lord Kitchener the Chief of staff during the Boer war. The print has been mounted and clip framed probably circa the 1950’s, the print comes in good order but has yellowed with time, it measures 13.5 inches x 8 and the frame is 15 x 10. With the frame and the wood backing this piece is heavy if you just want the print please email for a revised shipping price.
18th C Laurie & Whittle Coloured Engraving HMS Brilliant at Battle A superb quality 18th century coloured engraving published 21st October 1798 by Laurie & Whittle 53 Fleet Street London. It shows three ships in battle in full sail, the title of the engraving reads; ‘Engagement between His Majesty’s Ship Brilliant of 28 guns, Capt H Blackwood & the L’Vertue & Renenue, French Frigates of 38 guns & 36 guns. Off Santa Cruz on the coast of Barbary, the 26th July 1798, when after a severe action which lasted from 2pm to ½ past 12, she obliged them both to sheer off. To Capt Blackwood, Lieut’s Cambell & F Trufcott, this plate is respectfully dedicated by their oblg’d friends.’ This refers to an action Between July 1796 and October 1798 Brilliant's captain was Henry Blackwood. On 27 July, at Tenerife, Brilliant observed the frigates Vertu and Régénérée preparing to sail for Rochefort.[6] At 6, the French frigates sailed and started firing on Brilliant; Régénérée was closing in on her opponent when Vertu, which had sailed large, touched the wind; Régénérée imitated her manoeuver, but lost her mizzen and bowsprit, allowing Brilliant to flee. Vertu gave chase, but could not overhaul her opponent and returned to Tenerife. There, Régénérée replaced her rigging, and both frigates eventually arrived in Rochefort on 5 September. This engraving is in excellent condition showing very little fading and no foxing. It was remounted with a hand wash line and framed sometime in the 1930’s and has been well looked after, it retains its original backing board and the frame is in good order. It measures 24 x 18. Laurie & Whittle. Robert Laurie Born about 1755, his background was the Lauries of Maxwelton, Dumfriesshire. He received from the Society of Arts in 1770 a silver palette for a drawing from a picture, and in 1773, 1775, and 1776 premiums for designs of patterns for calico-printing. His earliest portraits in mezzotint are dated 1771. He was a relatively early British user of the à la poupée method of printing in colours, extending the number of colours considerably, and for this received from the Society of Arts in 1776 a bounty of thirty guineas. Early in 1794, in partnership with James Whittle, he succeeded to the business carried on by Robert Sayer at the Golden Buck in Fleet Street, London as a publisher of engravings, maps, charts, and nautical works. He was the publisher of the charts of James Cook's Survey of the South Coast of Newfoundland (1776) and the Surveys of St. George's Channel, (1777). Laurie then gave up the practice of engraving. He retired from business in 1812, and the firm continued as Whittle & Laurie, but the business was run by his son, Richard Holmes Laurie, who, on the death of Whittle in 1818, became the sole proprietor. Sadly the glare on the glass in the photographs doesn't do justice to this wonderful historic print. Shipping via courier priced at £10.95
18th Century Brass Chamber Stick. A large 18th century chamber stick with long handle and rimmed base. It is decorated with a kind of hand wrought wriggle work on the handle and to the base, it also has a hole in the handle for hanging. This old piece has some wear to the surface but comes in very good condition with no repairs. The base measures 7 inches in diameter and the handle is 7.5 inches long.
18th Century European Officers Small Sword. A very fine brass hilted sword small sword, which is probably French although most European countries were producing similar sword designs between 1765 – 80. This one has a fancy hilt with a ball pommel, wore bound grip and shell guards, which would all have been gilded. There are still traces of gilt visible in the deep recesses. It has a long slender trefoil blade which has been cleaned back at some stage but is in very good condition. There looks like a small repair where the blade joins the guard. This must have come a little loose at some point and a little solder has been used to make it nice and ridged again. This has been very well done and it is hardly visible. The whole hilt is now heavily toned and under this it shows slight wear but in all a very nice example of this early sword. It measures 41 inches long. Ship to UK Mainland Only.
18th Century Hand Painted Portrait Miniature- Artist Signed. A beautiful well painted portrait miniature of a Georgian lady signed M. Rossetti. It is very finely painted in water colour and still in its original glazed gilt filigree frame. The back is also glazed and has a velvet cushion with an intertwined A M. the velvet is faded around the edges but the painting is in perfect condition. It measures 4 x 5 inches.
18th/19th Century Apothecary Scales. Set of Iron Apothecary scales with glass pans, they come in their original wooden box and come in somnolent condition and need a bit of a clean-up. The box measures 6.75 x 3.5 x 1.5 inches high.
18th/19th Century Horn Powder / Shot Flask. A nice 18th century to early 19th century powder flask. Provincially made from cow horn to hold powder or shot. It has blacksmith made iron fittings and the closed end is made of chip carved wood. It is in superb condition and has a beautiful patination, the horn and wood is almost black in colour where it has been handled over the years. its original stopper is missing, which is its only fault. A real provincial antique in lovely untouched condition. it measures 6.25 inches long.
18th/19th Century Musket & Pistol Balls. 16 lead musket and pistol balls of various sizes all metal detector finds from around the UK. Lots may vary a little from picture but quantity the same.
18th/19th Century Musket & Pistol Balls. 16 lead musket and pistol balls of various sizes all metal detector finds from around the UK. Lots may vary a little from picture but quantity the same.
18th/19th Century Musket & Pistol Balls. 5 16 lead musket and pistol balls of various sizes all metal detector finds from around the UK. Lots may vary a little from picture but quantity the same.
18th/19th Century Persian Shamshir Sabre. An antique Persian Shamshir Sabre. It has a very fine long thin blade with a double fuller on each side made of wootz or true Damascus. It has a typical ‘L’ shaped grip with ‘bone’ scales and an iron cross guard with double langets. Towards the top of the blade has been inlaid with pure silver with a kind of inscription or pattern with a cross to the centre, this can be found on both side. There is also a silver inlayed inscription on the back of the blade of Arabic writing. The whole piece is in very good condition considering its age. This is no ceremonial or high official’s sword, this is a soldier’s fighting sword and has been used, so there is a goodly amount of wear, especially to the hilt. It measures 34 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only via courier priced at £15.95
1900 Print - Field Marshall Lord Roberts by Spy from Vanity Fair Here is a good chromolithographic print created by ‘Spy’ and produced in the magazine ‘Vanity fair’ in June 1900, it depicts Field Marshall Lord Roberts with a background of cliffs during the time of the Boer war 1899-1902, rather cleverly in the right hand cliff is a further satirical caricature of Paul Kruger, a military adversary of Lord Roberts. The print has been mounted and clip framed probably circa the 1950’s, the print comes in good order but has yellowed with time, it measures 12 inches x 7.5 and the frame is 15 x 10. With the frame and the wood backing this piece is heavy if you just want the print please email for a revised shipping price..
1901 Print – General Sir Horace Smith-Dorrien by Spy from Vanity Fair Here is a good chromolithographic print created by ‘Spy’ and produced in the magazine ‘Vanity fair’ in 1901, it depicts General Sir Horace Smith-Dorrien otherwise known as ‘Doreen’ a highly respected soldier with a massive biography through multiple wars including this image for the Boer war. The print has been mounted and clip framed probably circa the 1950’s, the print comes in good order but has yellowed with time, it measures 11.5 inches x 7.5 and the frame is 15 x 10. . With the frame and the wood backing this piece is heavy if you just want the print please email for a revised shipping price.
1905 White Metal Medallion Anglo French Fleets Visit Portsmouth A white metal medallion commemorating the visits of the Anglo-French fleets, 1905. To the front Starboard broadside view of a French destroyer (foreground) and an English battleship, anchored side by side. Legend: 'PORTSMOUTH, AUG: 1905'. And below: 'RETURN VISIT OF THE FRENCH FLEET'. Reverse: A French (left) and English sailor (right) standing shaking hands; French and English ensigns, tied with a bow, flying behind them. And below: 'LIBERTY AND FRATERNITY'. Originally suspended from a bow fixing it comes in good condition with signs of age and the odd edge knock, it measures 1.25 inches in diameter.
1908 Issue Kaizer Franz Joseph 60 years Jubilee Medal –Rare Variant The Jubilee Medal (Signum Memoriae) was a military award of Austria–Hungary. Established on 21 October 1898 by Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria, it commemorates 50 years of his reign. The medal was awarded to members of the Austro–Hungarian armed forces. This example was issued on the occasion of the celebrations for the 60th year jubilee 1848-1908 a rare version of the medal given to the participents in the celebrations and the parade, it was designed by Josef Heu and struck by Schneider brothers in Vienna. It comes in very good condition but does have the wrong ribbon.
1909 German Saxony 3 Mark Coin Award. A 1909 Frederick August III of Saxony silver three Mark coin which has been made into an award to be worn on the front of the neck. Probably done during the first world war in the absence of any other medal to award good shot or behind the line competition. This coin was only minted from 1908 to 1913 so a scarce issued as a coin which would otherwise be in VF condition. It measures 1.25 inches in diameter. A very unusual stopgap award.
1911 Hallmarked Silver English/French Cricket Champion Fob An unusual little hallmarked silver award fob with enamel decoration, the initials in the middle USFSA appear to stand for ‘union des societies francais des sports athletiques’ with ‘cricket’ under, on the back is engraved ‘champt de France 1911 RCF champion’. Fully hallmarked and in very good condition it measures just under 1.5 inches long including the jump ring.
1914 Dated Brass Plaque – Met Police to Serving Doctor Bayley This little brass plaque was presented to a Doctor Bayley on the event of his marriage on September 12th 1914, it was given by the officers and men of the City Road station Metropolitan police, to go with the plaque is a file of paperwork detailing the life of Dr Bayley and he was an interesting chap, very briefly…..he was born in 1878 and qualified as a doctor in 1902, he went into general practice in the City of London and musy have been serving the City road station at the outbreak of the Great war, he joined the army and served on hospital ships twice going to Gallipoli, he worked in Egypt and after returning home he joined the Navy and served as a surgeon on HMS Warspite until the end of the war. He continues to have a very interesting life and then during WW2 he was in the home guard even being on duty at Electra house when it was bombed by a doodlebug. There is further reading to be had within the file including his medal index card. The brass plaque comes in very good condition and measures 3.25 inches long.
1914 Star to Baker 4th Suffolk Regiment Killed at Neuve Chapelle 1915. A single 1914 star correctly named to 1540 Private Alfred Edgar Baker of the 1/4th Battalion the Suffolk Regiment. Alfred was born in Leiston, Suffolk 1895. Although his father George and Mother Clara were also born in Suffolk, his other three siblings were born in east London, while George was working there as a Butcher. Before the war Alfred was an Apprentice Turner at R Garret & Sons, a manufacturer of agricultural machinery, steam engines and trolleybuses at their factory at Leiston Works, Suffolk. I do not know if Alfred was serving as a Territorial before the war or he enlisted into the 1/4th battalion, Suffolk regiment at Portman Road, Ipswich in August 1914. He landed at Le Havre on 8th November 1914 and came under command of the Jullundur Brigade of the 3rd (Lahore) Division. The battalion remained with the brigade through the bitter cold winter of 1914, taking their turn on the frontline in the area of Vieille Chapelle, Richebourg-l-Avoue. In February 1915, they were near Le Touret, even occupying trenches at “Dead Cow Farm”. On March 6, the 4th Battalion was in frontline trenches between Richebourg and Neuve Chapelle. The trenches were in a sorry condition; these were not extensive earthworks. In many cases they were simply extended ditches or linked shell holes and the winter weather had hampered any work to improve them. The sides often collapsed, and drainage was practically non-existent, the Suffolks had to contend with long days stood in cold, icy water, frost bite was common. On the 10th March, still part of the Lahore Division, the men of the 4th Suffolks left their billets in the village of Lestrem, along with the rest of the Julladur Brigade and marched a mile to Vieille Chapelle, arriving about an hour later.the front line, so they waited for the order to advance in support of the lead brigades. The first few hours of the battle went well and reports began to arrive that the German first-line trenches had been taken and shortly afterwards it was reported the village church was in British hands. Then around 10.15 a report stated the German second-line trenches had been captured, then at midday, orders were received for the brigade to move to Richebourg and await further orders. Because of the hard fighting they were allowed to rest for the rest of the day, but they were to be ready to reinforce next day at Bois du Biez. It was around here that the famous conference of officers took place in a shell hole, immortalised in a painting by Frederick Roe. The battalion attacked at noon, but this day things were a little different, the resistant offered by the enemy was described as ‘stubborn’, they were stalled by heavy shell and machine gun fire. They held the line until dark when they were ordered back to Neuve Chapelle, still under shell fire they made their way back to the Rue de Berceaux, which incurred many casualties. Even the billets they took a little rest in was hit by shell fire, most of the battalion just escaping before it was destroyed, taking cover in the trenches near Windy Corner. Shortly before dawn on the 12th March, the battalion was ordered to return to the position, they vacated the evening before. As they moved forward the Germans put down such a heavy barrage of shell fire, throwing the whole brigade into disorder. Under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Cruddas the battalion rallied quickly and was ordered to attack Bois du Biez, here they met the most severe fighting lasting all afternoon and into the night. It was on this day that Private Baker was killed in action. In referring to the part played by the Jullundur brigade in the battle of Neuve Chapelle, the corps commander General Sir John Willcocks said; “This brigade underwent a two-day fiery ordeal, both in support and in moving up to Neuve Chapelle. They had been very exposed and subjected to ceaseless fire from big and light guns, in addition to machine gun and rifles, and nearly 600 casualties resulted.” 1540 Private Alfred Edgar Baker is now remembered with honour at Cabaret Rouge British Cemetery and the Leiston Suffolk War memorial. He was 19 years old. His medal is in excellent condition and on its original ribbon. It comes with various copied research including Commonwealth war graves certificate, medal index card, medal roll, census information and an image of Leiston war memorial etc.
1914 Star Trio to Gunner Mintern 42nd Brigade RFA. A good 1914 star, British war and victory medal all correctly named to 72724 Gunner Herbert Mintern of the 42nd Brigade Royal Field Artillery. Herbert Mintern was born in Surrey around 1895 and enlisted into the RFA in the April of 1913. He was serving as a regular when war broke out in August 1914 and his brigade, the 42nd comprised of 29th, 41st and 45th Batteries, attached to the 3rd division. Before he joined at the age of 18, he was employed as a Carman, probably with the local railway, a horse drawn goods delivery driver. At 6pm on the 4th August the regiment got their orders to mobilise and by the 13th August they were ready to go. They were trained down to Southampton and then put on board four ships which landed at Rouen on 19th. They marched straight into action near Nouvelles on 23rd August at 3am forming part of Smith-Dorrien’s II corps, occupying defective positions on the left side of the Mons–Condé Canal. They remained in constant action until 9am on 24th when they were ordered to withdraw in conjunction with the 3rd Worcester’s. on the 25th they formed part of the rear guard of the 3rd division with the 7th Infantry. Each of the three batteries falling back one after the other to protect the retreating BEF. Having retreated from Mons the British II Corps was exhausted. The corps had become separated from the rest of the BEF because of the unexpected retreat by Sir Douglas Haig, the commander of I Corps, ignorant of the manoeuvre of I Corps, Smith-Dorrien intended to continue marching, but changed his mind, seeing the exhaustion of his troops and the disorder that could occur should the marching continue. With the enemy being so close, the battle at Le Cateau was inevitable. Unlike the Battle of Mons, where the majority of casualties inflicted by the British were from rifle fire, Le Cateau was a gunners battle, demonstrating the devastating results which modern quick-firing artillery using shrapnel shells could have on infantry advancing in the open. We deployed our artillery about 50–200 metres behind the infantry, while the German artillery used indirect fire from concealed positions. With the guns so close to the infantry, the British had unintentionally increased the effectiveness of the German artillery-fire, because shells aimed at the British infantry were easily hitting the British guns. The 3rd Division was in the centre, between Caudry and Inchy. At 3.30 am, Smith-Dorrien decided to \"strike the enemy hard and after he had done so, continue the retreat\" and a \"hold at all costs\" mentality was instructed. Holding their ground despite many casualties, around noon, the British right and then the left flank began to collapse. The arrival of a French Cavalry Corps provided a shield for the British left flank and enabled the British to slip away, despite German attempts to infiltrate and outflank them. That night, the Allies withdrew to Saint-Quentin. II Corps retreated on the morning of 27 August and in two days of marching, broke contact with the Germans. The official British historian James Edmonds, wrote that of the 40,000 British troops who fought at Le Cateau, 7,812 became casualties, 2,600 being taken prisoner. Thirty-eight guns were abandoned, most having their breech blocks removed and sights disabled by the gun crews. During 1914 the brigade also took part in the Battle of the Marne, the Battle of the Aisne and subsequent small operations and remained on the western front throughout the war taking part in nearly all the major battles and operations from 1914 to 18. As I cannot find any service records for Herbert, I can’t say for sure that he served in all of them and it is unlikely he came through completely unscathed. There were very few Old Contemptables still serving at the end, but not impossible; in Herbert’s case, there is no discharge date, or a silver war badge awarded in the paperwork I can find, and there is little doubt he was a survivor, so more research is needed. There was a major discrepancy with his surname, being recorded as Mintein and his medals were issued with this name. his medals were returned for correction; however, it looks like new ones were named and issued as it does not look like there are any corrections on this set of medals. Also, there is no mention on his mic that he is entitled to clasp and roses, although it clearly states he arrived in France on the 19th August 1914 as a Gunner. So, everything points to he was entitled to both, and an original silver rose is sewn to the ribbon of the star. The admission of the clasp is probably due to Herbert returning his medals for correction. The medals are in very good condition and come with relevant copied paperwork.
1914 Star Trio to McKeague No3 Amb Train RAMC Died 1917. A very sad 1914-star British war and victory medal all correctly named to 1082 Private Joseph McKeague Royal Army Medical Corps. Joseph McKeague was born around 1888 in Knockbride County Cavan, Ireland and by 1911 he was already serving in the RAMC at the age of 23. When the great war started, he was sent overseas to France on the 25th August 1914, maybe serving with the 11th general hospital, which was formed in Boulogne in October 1914. Around April 1917 this hospital was taken over by the US and it may have been then that he was transferred or volunteered for work on the Hospital trains, being posted to No 3 Ambulance train. This at the start was viewed as a bit of a cushy job, but in reality, it was anything but. They were essentially hospitals on wheels with the complexity of a working hospital with all the problems of a moving vehicle. Basic rolling stock were converted to accommodate wards for injured soldiers, pharmacy and operating rooms, and medical staff quarters. British ambulance trains could carry around 500 injured servicemen, along with 50 crew members including orderlies, nurses and medical officers all working extremely long hours in difficult cramped conditions with all the horrors of front-line clearing station or hospital. The war diary for the No3 Ambulance train is very basic just details destinations. During the 2nd half of 1917 it was moving wounded from Noisy-le-Sec (a small suburb east of Paris) to Pantin (a small suburb north of Paris) transporting wounded from the Aisne and the Marne region. I have not research and do not know just how much seeing the horrors of war effected Joseph during his time on the western front. But it looks like the constant vision of the terrible wounds and pain cause by human conflict was just too much for Joseph. He attempted suicide by taking an overdose of Morphine on 17th July 1917, sadly Joseph died two days later at the Military hospital in St Denis. He is now remembered with honour at the Levallois-Perret communal cemetery, Near Paris France. Thankfully his name appeared in Irelands memorial record and his next of kin receive his war gratuity. It is unrecorded weather his family was told his cause of death. At this point in time Suicide was illegal in both Great Britain and France and the family of the deceased could be prosecuted. It looks like this was overlooked by the army in Joseph’s case, he must have had an exemplary service record. All three medals are in very good original condition and come on replacement ribbons. They come with various copied paperwork confirming the above including medal index card Commonwealth war graves certificate, Irelands memorial records, 1911 census, page from No3 Ambulance Train war diary extract for the 13th – 28th July 1917, school report etc.
1914 Star Trio to Tell 19th Hussars When the war began in august 1914 the 19th Hussars were at their barracks at Tidworth in Wiltshire. On mobilisation the regiment was split into their three squadrons and used as divisional cavalry. If we look at what date Norman was sent overseas, we can tell he was part of A squadron, embarking on SS Clement from Southampton on the 18th August. They arrive in Rouen a day later being the divisional cavalry for the 5th Division. From their arrival until October they were on recognisance work moving every day at all hours, although they were in the line of falling shells at time to time they were not engaged until the action at La Bassée on the 11th October, where they supported the left flank of the 3rd division and after the battle of Armentières. The end of the year they spent their time near Ypres, here the squadron was dismounted and sent into the trenches. The regiment was brought together again in April 1915, and attached to the 9th Cavalry Brigade in the 1st Cavalry Division, with whom it served for the remainder of the war. It saw action at the Second Battle of Ypres in spring 1915, gaining battle honours for the Battle of St Julien in April 1915 and the Battle of Frezenberg in May 1915. The regiment went on to fight at the Battle of Flers–Courcelette in September 1916, part of the Battle of the Somme. It also served at the Battle of Cambrai in November 1917, at the Battle of Amiens in August 1918 and at the Pursuit to Mons in autumn 1918. By the Armistice, now remounted, the division was north of Mons, about 9 miles east of Ath on the Fifth Army front. On 16 November 1918, orders were received that the 1st Cavalry Division would lead the advance of the Second Army into Germany. Moving through Namur, the division crossed the frontier on 1 December and on 7 December the brigade reached the Rhine north of Cologne. On 12 December, the brigade crossed the Rhine on the Hohenzollern Bridge and reached its position on the perimeter of the bridgehead the next day. That is a very brief outline of the 19th hussars. On Norman’s medal roll for the Victory and British war medal; it states he was at some point transferred to the 13th Hussars. The 13th were part of the 7th (Meerut) Cavalry Brigade in the 2nd Indian Cavalry Division in December 1914 for action on the Western Front.39 The regiment then moved to Mesopotamia, with the same brigade, in July 1916. The regiment took part in the Second Battle of Kut in February 1917, the capture of Baghdad in March 1917 and the Battle of Sharqat in October 1918.35 At Sharquat the regiment charged the hill where the Turkish guns were, and made a dismounted charge up it with fixed bayonets, successfully capturing the guns: İsmail Hakkı Bey, the Turkish commander, was aware of the peace talks at Mudros, and decided to spare his men rather than fight or break out, surrendering on 30 October 1918. The regiment remained in Mesopotamia until March 1919 when it returned to India and then to England arriving in April 1919. To be honest, I can not substantiate an exact timeline for Norman. He could have been transferred in 1916 or even when he returned to England in 1919. This needs a lot more digging into his service perhaps writing or getting in touch with the regimental archives. Norman Tell survived the war and was discharged on 17th January 1920. There is a pension card for Norman which states he came from Clapham, London and a date of birth as 4 / 9 / 1879. All three medals are in very good original condition and come on their original ribbons. They come with various copied documents, including his medal index card, medal rolls and pension index card.
1914/15 Star Trio to Broad Army Cyclist Corps. An interesting 1914/15 star trio all medals correctly named to 3940 Private Charles Broad of the Army Cyclist Corps. Charles was born around 1895 and on enlistment he resided in Chester and was employed as a carter. He enlisted at Winchester in August 1914, so he must really wanted to join the Cyclist corps. After training and probably a little home defence he embarked from Southampton on the 19th May 1915 and arrived in France a day later with the 6th battalion ACC, part of the 14th Light Division. The primary roles of the cyclists were reconnaissance and communications. They were armed as infantry and could provide mobile firepower if required. Those units that went overseas continued in these roles but also during the less mobile phases of war had settled down into entrenched warfare and spent much time in trench-holding duties and on manual work. However during the spring of 1918 they found themselves fighting as infantry in the trenches, as every man was needed against the German spring offensive. Charles served through the whole of the war with just three leaves home. Research is needed to discover what the cyclists of this division did. They were in the region of Hooge in 1916 and the Somme in 16. During 1917 they stayed in the Somme area and on the whole were very active at both battles of Passchendaele. The three medals come in very good condition and come on their original ribbons. The BWM has some light contact marks, so this trio was probably mounted for wear at some point. With the medals come printed copies of his medal index card and what was left of his service papers. A lovely untouched trio.
1914/15 Star Trio to Burnet Devon Regiment Served Salonika. 1914/15 star, British war and Victory medal pair all correctly named to 18996 Private William James Burnett of the Devonshire Regiment. William John Burnett was born around 1881 in Wellington Somerst and first entered the war in France on the 21st December 1915 as part of a draft of troops for the 9th battalion Devon’s, who had been in France since 28th July 1915. The 9th battalion formed part of K2 attached to 20th light division as divisional troops. at soon as his arrival in France, William was transferred to the 10th service battalion of the Devon’s, they formed part of the 79th brigade, 26th division. The division concentrated at Flesselles and moved to Salonika via embarkation at Marseilles. On 26 December 1915, units began to move from Lembet to Happy Valley Camp and all units were in place there by 8 February 1916. The 26th Division remained in the Salonika theatre for the rest of the war. Although the Allies had 250,000 men they lacked the necessary equipment and supplies to fight along a 250 mile front. The front stretched from Albania to the mouth of the River Struma in Greece. In the beginning of August 1916 three French and one British divisions with 45,000 men and 400 guns launched an offensive against the Bulgarian positions at Lake Dojran. The attack began on 9 August with heavy artillery fire on the positions of the 27th Chepino Regiment and 9th Plovdiv Regiment. All four attacks that followed on 10th, 15th, 16th and 18th August were repulsed by the Second division and the Allies were forced to retreat to their original positions with heavy casualties. The only real success was the 7th Battalion of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry took Horseshoe Hill. Up until the start of 1917, positions pretty much remained the same, but attacks were planned for February, a major assault in the direction of Vardar and Doiran and on 9th and 10th February the Allies attacked the 33rd Svishtov and 34th Troyan Regiments but were repulsed by a decisive counter-attack by the Troyan Regiment. The British advance on 21st February was repulsed by Bulgarian artillery after a heavy two-day battle. The Allied command found that the Bulgarian positions were better fortified than in the previous year, so it ordered a systematic artillery barrage on these defenses. In the meantime, it continued the development of their forming-up ground which was 800–1,500 m from the defensive lines of the Pleven Division. To make the breakthrough, the British concentrated three divisions, the 22nd, 26th, 60th, with its artillery and more than 43,000 men. The battle for a breakthrough in the Bulgarian positions began on 22 April and continued intermittently until 9 May 1917. It was a arduous battle with attacks and counter attacks, in between long artillery barrages from both sides, one barrage, the Bulgarian artillery fired 10,000 shells in one hour. Due to criticism by their high command, the British made new attempts at a breakthrough. On 8 May, after a long artillery barrage, they began another attack. The main assault started at 9 pm with five waves of British troops including the Devon’s attacking the Bulgarian positions. After four attacks during the night of 8th and 9th May the British were defeated and suffered enormous casualties. A Times correspondent wrote that the British soldiers called it "the valley of death". In early 1918 the division lost a number of units, sent back to France to bolster the losses on the western front. The 10th Devon’s stayed in Salonika and further efforts were made to take the Bulgarian line near lake Doiran, once again the British-Greek assault failed, with the attackers sustaining over 7,000 casualties, but the Serbs broke through in the mountains to the west. With no reserves and a starving population at home, the Bulgarians were forced into a general retreat, harried by the pursuing Allies. Bulgaria finally signed an armistice on 28 September 1918. Somehow, Private William Burnett survived the Salonika campaign, called “the side show” by troops serving on the western front, it was anything but. The conditions for the men were terrible, lack of supplies, disease and the extremes in weather conditions. overcoats were frozen hard, and when some of the men tried to beat theirs to make them pliable to lie down in, they split like matchwood. The men could hardly hold their rifles as their hands froze to the cold metal and many lost hands and feet due to frostbite. In contrast, these same men faced a boiling summer climate and many succumbed to heatstroke; that all aside from the heavy casualties during the fierce fighting that took place, and of course the Mosquito. The 26th Division had suffered casualties of 8,022 killed, wounded and missing during the war but vastly larger numbers sick with malaria, dysentery and other diseases rife in the Salonika theatre. William would have been discharged on 24th may 1919 after serving three years in one of the worst places on earth. Sadly William died on 28th February 1929, where he lived at ‘Redlands’ Queens Road, Salisbury. He was 48 years old. He never got to see much of the freedom he fought so bravely for. His medals are in excellent original condition and have been court mounted with modern ribbons on a Firmin medal bar. They comes with copied medal index card, medal rolls etc, and copied divisional information.
1914/15 Star Trio to Sterling 7th Manchester Regiment. A weird little group comprising of a 1914/15 star renamed and period engraved to 3602 Private L Sterling Manchester regiment. British war and victory medal correctly named to 5128 Private Louis Sterling of the 7th battalion Manchester regiment. WW2 Defence medal unnamed as issued. All mounted on a brooch bar for wear. I can confirm that Louis Sterling is only entitled to the pair for his world war one service. He served with the 7th Manchester’s and I estimate he must have joined the regiment when they returned to France in 1917. Not taking anything away from this man, the 7th Manchester’s had a pretty rough time in France after serving in the Gallipoli campaign. Forming part of the 127th Brigade, 42nd (East Lancashire) Division in 1917 they saw action at the Third Battle of Ypres, or more popularly known as Passchendaele and were constantly in the thick of the fighting until the end of the war. His medal index card shows he was later transferred to the Royal Fusiliers, this was probably when the battalion was partly split to form the Army of Occupation in Germany after the war. He was also later promoted to Acting Serjeant, which shows he was a good soldier. I can not fathom why he had a star named to him, perhaps he felt left out of the Gallipoli action. The medals are in good condition some light wear to the high points but in no way over polished. An interesting group for research; it comes with copies of his medal index card and medal issue roll.
1920\'s Sterling Silver Scots Guards Sabre Sweetheart Brooch This is a superb quality Sterling silver sweetheart brooch fashioned as a sabre and having the emblem for the Scots Guards to the centre, the sabre has very nice detail on the handle and it is marked 925 for Sterling on the inside, superb condition with no obvious faults it measures just under 2.5 inches long.
1920’s Air League of the British Empire Enamel Badge. A 1920’s enamel badge for the Air League of the British Empire. The Air League was founded in 1909 to promote the importance of aircraft in military and civil uses. It was financed by public subscription and had a monthly magazine Air Review which held all sorts of information on the latest aeronautical advances. This badge is in excellent condition. Ref. AF20
1920’s Kyffauserbund Veterans Members Pin. 1920’s Enamel Kyffauserbundmembers pin, worn by German veterans of the great war. Marked on the back ‘Ges Gesch’ the German general supply or patent mark. It is in very good original, used condition
1920’s Royal Corps of Signals Cap Badge. The first pattern large bimetal badge issued from 1920. In very good condition showing virtually no wear. Ref. F18
1923 German Emergency Inflation 100,000 Mark Note I have a few of these notes mainly in good to fair condition. Reichsbank note, valued at 100,000 marks, distributed in Germany from February to November 1923. The front medallion depicts German artwork, Portrait of the Merchant Georg Gisze, created in 1532, by Hans Holbein der Jüngere. German efforts to finance World War I sent the nation into debt. Following their defeat, the Treaty of Versailles obligated Germany to pay reparations, which increased the nation’s financial struggles. The German government attempted to solve this problem by printing more money, which led to severe inflation. The inflation grew to critical levels between 1922 and1923, when the exchange rate of the mark to the United States dollar went from 2,000 marks per dollar to well over a million in a matter of months. The government printed higher and higher denominations, but were unable to keep up with the plunging rates. Germans began using the worthless bills as kindling, wallpaper, and children’s crafts.
1926 King Faisal’s War Medal King Faisal’s War Medal or the Iraq Active Service Medal, the gilt bronze medal was instituted in May 1926 and awarded to the British Army and Air Force for service in Iraq in the field on minor campaigns, on the recommendation King Faisal between 1924 and 1938. This one in gilt bronze, I believe was awarded to Army officers. This one is in near mint condition showing no wear. Mounted for wear.
1927 Gilt & Enamelled Fob Duke & Duchess of York. An historic gilt and enamel for given to all those who attended the reception of the Duke and Duchess of York at the Guild Hall London on 15th July 1927. This reception was a home coming welcome of the Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth) from their round the world tour. Made by Goldsmiths & Silversmiths London and in perfect condition.
1928 German White Metal Tinnie – Bowling Championship A well made pressed out white metal tinnie for a bowling championship held in Kiel 5.12 August 1928, comes in very good condition just needs a clean.
1928 Issue ‘Ten Years After’ from the Answers Illustrated Newspaper These four pencil drawings were produced by the soldier artist Adrian Hill and were featured in the illustrated newspaper known as the ‘answers’, they depict four locations in France in 1918 in their ruinous state and 1928 when they were under restoration, the locations include, Ypres, Arras, Albert and the Menin road. These examples come in very good but aged condition and measure double A4 size when open. they would all look great mounted and framed as a fine group of prints.
1929 German Trade fair Badge – Leipzig A very good quality white metal badge for a trade fair in Leipzig 1929, well marked to the back with A.E.G. Metallerke oberspree, herbstmesse 1929 beginn 25th August, it also has the issue number 000919. Comes in super condition and measures 1.25 inches long.
1930's Era RAF Elaborate Sweetheart Brooch This pretty RAF sweetheart brooch has been elaborately made, the body is white metal and the centre is decorated with coloured enamels, the wings have been stone set with multiple Marcasites, it comes in fair condition but has lost a few of the stones and the white enamel has a little damage, it measures 2.25 inches long.
1930's Silver and Enamel Zeppelin Brooch A beautiful silver brooch enamelled in transparent and opaque enamels with a zeppelin ship, the silver is also engraved to give the image texture and depth of clouds and the waves of the sea. The condition is wonderful and its only fault is a scratch on the back where someone has been less than sympathetic when testing the silver content which is 9.25 sterling. The pin and catch on the back is also perfect and it measures 2 x 1 inches and it is a good heavy gauge of silver.
1930’s Aircraft Sweetheart Brooch. A wonderful little pin back brooch, hand-made from brass, I think to represent an early civil aircraft like the Comet, but I could be wrong, it could be military. It comes in perfect original condition and measures 1.5 inches long.
1930’s Era Royal Corps of Signals Cap & Shoulder Badge Set. A nice early set of two badges for the Royal Corps of Signals. The cap badge in bi-metal with two lugs on the back comes with the three-line brass shoulder title. Both badges are in very good original condition.
1930’s German Army Lanyard Shield. First type German white metal army lanyard shield. It is in excellent original condition buy retaining only one of its original pins on the back. A very nice example that could still be used. It measures 1.5 inches long.
1930’s German Army Officer’s Sabre by Alcoso. (2) A 1930’s – WW2 German army officers sword. By Alcoso pattern number 119, it has a cast white metal hilt which was probably originally plated with eagle langet to one side and cartouche langet to the other. It has a very good long curved blade with a single fuller to bother sides and the Alcoso makers mark can be found on the ricasso under the Langet, but can be clearly seen. It has a steel scabbard, which if it had any kind if paint finish on it, this is now gone and the metal has pitting. This sword is in very good original condition, do damage, just wear to the surface of the hilt The blade is clean with very light staining. It also comes with its original sword knot, the strap is black leather with two lines of metal wire with a red line to the centre. The knot or acorn itself is silver metal bullion with green lines, this also has a green centre. This knot I believe was issued to Reich Municipal Protection Police, but as most officers served as Municipal on Jersey, this is a nice little oddity with this sword. The knot is in good order with wear and some loss to the bullion wire in places. It measures 38.5 inches long From the Jersey Collection. Shipping to UK mainland only via courier priced at £14.95
1930’s German Army Officer’s Sword by Alcoso A 1930’s – WW2 German army officers sword. By Alcoso pattern number 119, it has a cast gilt metal hilt with eagle langet to one side and cartouche langet to the other. It has a very good long slightly curved blade with a single fuller to bother sides and the Alcoso makers mark can be found on the ricasso under the Langet. It has a black steel scabbard, which still retains all of its original black finish. This sword is in excellent original condition, do damage, just a little loss to the gilt finish on the hilt. The blade is perfectly clean with no sign of rust or staining. It also comes with its original sword knot, the strap is black leather with three lines of metal wire and the knot or acorn itself is silver metal bullion with a black centre. This is also in superb condition. It measures 38.5 inches long From the Jersey Collection. Shipping to UK mainland only via courier priced at £14.95
1930’s German Army Officer’s Sword by Alcoso. (4) A 1930’s – WW2 German army officers sword. By Alcoso, it has a gilt metal hilt with scarcer engraved decoration and an engraved eagle langet to one side and cartouche langet to the other. It has a very good long slightly curved blade with a single fuller to bother sides and the Alcoso makers mark can be found on the ricasso under the Langet. It has a black steel scabbard, which still retains all of its original black finish with some scratches This sword is in excellent original condition, no damage, just a little loss to the gilt finish on the hilt. The blade is clean with some light pitting. It also comes with its original sword knot, the strap is black leather with two lines of metal wire with a red line to the centre. The knot or acorn itself is silver metal bullion with green lines, this also has a green centre. This knot I believe was issued to Reich Municipal Protection Police, but as most officers served as Municipal on Jersey, the knot is in excellent original condition. It measures 41 inches long From the Jersey Collection. Shipping to UK mainland only via courier priced at £14.95
1930’s German DAF Cap Badge. A DAF, Deutsche Arbeitsfront or German labour Front cap badge. made of embroidered cloth and mounted in a metal frame it has two prongs on the back to fix it to the cap. it also has the RZM mark which is obscured by slight rusting and it is also marked with Lieferant 357 at the bottom. Apart from the rusting on the back it is in very good condition, the front of the badge has no damage. It measures 1.5 x 2 inches.
1930’s German DLRG Proficiency Badge – Silver Class The small silver proficiency badge awarded by the DLRG, Deutsche Lebens-Rettungs-Gesellschaft, German Life Saving Association. In very good, used condition marked German Supply Ges Gesch.
1930’s German DLRG Proficiency Badge. The small bronze proficiency badge awarded by the DLRG, Deutsche Lebens-Rettungs-Gesellschaft, German Life Saving Association. In very good, used condition marked German Supply Ges Gesch.
1930’s German DRL Sports Badge (Bronze) The German DRL (Deutscher Reichsbund für Leibesübungen) Sports badge in Bronze class. It was instituted with the swastika in 1935 and both men and women were eligible and awarded for physical excellence in swimming, speed, Endurance and Physical strength etc. it is in excellent original condition with a nice wide pin and makers mark of \'Wernstein - Jena\' and is marked \'D.R.G.M. 35269.
1930’s German Gymnastics Association Members Stick Pin WW2 German Gymnastics Sports Association Members Lapel Stick Pin, D. T. Deutsche Turnerschaft in gilt. In very good condition, pin bent in places.
1930’s German Kyffhäuserbund Stick Pin. A lovely quality enamelled Veterans pin which comes in very good condition, no damage to the enamel, just a little dirty and the pin is slightly bent.
1930’s German NSKOV Veterans Pin. The NSKOV National Socialist War Victim’s Care (Nationalsozialistische Kriegsopferversorgung). Established in 1934, it was a social welfare organization for seriously wounded veterans and frontline fighters of World War I. it is in excellent condition with correct RZM mark on the back.
1930’s German NSV Stick Pin. 1930’s white metal stick pin for the NSV, the National Socialist People\'s Welfare Organization. It became part of the NSDAP on May 3, 1933 and aimed at developing and promoting the vibrant, healthy strengths of the German people. This pin is in very good used condition with RZM 76 mark on the back.
1930’s German One Peoples Badge. 1930’s tin badge displaying Hitler’s head and written around the outside is ‘Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Fuhrer’ ‘One nation one empire one leader’. It is in very good condition, original pin on the back may be re-glued.
1930’s German Railways Cap Eagle. German Railways visor cap eagle still retaining a lot of its original gilt finish but missing both pins on the back. It measures 1.5 inches wide.
1930’s German Reichbahn Officials Shoulder Boards. A very nice pair of German Reichbahn officials shoulder boards or epaulettes. The Reichbahn was the German national railway system created after the end of World War I from the regional railways of the individual states of the German Empire. Made of rayon cord with red woollen cloth backing and both come with their original buttons. Both are in excellent original condition, a little tatty at one end, where they were sewen to a uniform.
1930’s German Third Reich Forestry Schirmmuetze A scarce 1930’s German Forestry Service Schirmmuetze or visor cap circa 1934 -38. It is made of green wool with green piping, it has the Reich eagle and a green enamel cockade to the centre. It has its original two-colour cord chin strap and inside a silk liner with and leather sweat band. It comes in very good used condition, the eagle has one of its pins broken, this still remains in the cap, the second pin is holding the eagle in place. The two-colour cord chin strap is faded and a little dirty. There are as far as I can see, one small moth hole. But as usual it has been treated. A very attractive early cap in very nice condition.
1930’s German Tinnie or Day Badge National Military Sports Shooting A nice quality, very typical 1930’s German tinny or day badge for the 2nd national military sports shooting day in the town of Oberursel Taunus, made from a lightweight pressed out metal it carries the Swastika to the bottom, no makers mark and it comes in very good but lightly tarnished to the top condition, it measures just over two inches long at the longest point.
1930’s German WHW Porcelain Soldier Pin Badges Army Officer Winterhilfswerk (WHW) was an annual winter donation drive that started during the 1930’s depression to distribute. Food, clothing and fuel to the poor. Pin badges were sold to raise money for this fund and here is one of the less common porcelain badges sold. This was one of ten you could collect and include the different arms of the German military machine, in this instance an Army Officer. It is in perfect condition with original pin on the back and measures 2 inches high.
1930’s German WHW Porcelain Soldier Pin Badges Mountain Troops Winterhilfswerk (WHW) was an annual winter donation drive that started during the 1930’s depression to distribute. Food, clothing and fuel to the poor. Pin badges were sold to raise money for this fund and here is one of the less common porcelain badges sold. This was one of ten you could collect and include the different arms of the German military machine, in this instance a Mountain or Alpine Troops. It is in very good condition but has a little chip to the top of the ski’s with original pin on the back and measures 2 inches high.
1930’s German WHW Porcelain Soldier Pin Badges Pilot Winterhilfswerk (WHW) was an annual winter donation drive that started during the 1930’s depression to distribute. Food, clothing and fuel to the poor. Pin badges were sold to raise money for this fund and here is one of the less common porcelain badges sold. This was one of ten you could collect and include the different arms of the German military machine, in this instance a Luftwaffe Pilot. It is in perfect condition with original pin on the back and measures 2 inches high.
1930’s German WHW Porcelain Soldier Pin Badges SS Officer Winterhilfswerk (WHW) was an annual winter donation drive that started during the 1930’s depression to distribute. Food, clothing and fuel to the poor. Pin badges were sold to raise money for this fund and here is one of the less common porcelain badges sold. This was one of ten you could collect and include the different arms of the German military machine, in this instance an officer of the SS. It is in perfect condition with original pin on the back and measures 2 inches high.
1930’s Hitler Youth Drum & Hanger. A scarce side drum used in Hitler youth bands and corps of drums. This one is a lovely example and in good used condition, no damage just wear from use and it comes with its original eagle hanger in brass. The island saw many German bands perform during the occupation, this drum somehow remained on the island after the Germans had left. It measures 15 inches in diameter. Shipping via courier priced at £14.95
1930’s NSDAP Party Badge Painted Version. The less expensive painted NSDAP party badge. This one has some wear to the surface and back and is marked on the back with the RZM mark and the maker M1/105. Condition as pictured.
1930’s Polo U L Lift Arm Petrol Lighter Here is a good example of the 1930’s Polo UL lift arm petrol lighter, it is well marked to the base and appears to be complete so should work if serviced, it comes in very good but aged condition.
1930’s RAF Cap Badge. A very good quality gilt brass badge with rounded king’s crown. It is in excellent condition still retaining most of its original gilt finish. Ref. L21
1930’s Silver Boot Button Hook. A silver handled boot button hook, with a long steel hook and the silver engine turned handle clearly hallmarked for London 1931. It comes in very good condition with no damage. 9 inches long.
1930’s St Johns Ambulance Association Medal & Chain to Mabel Worsley. A bronze St Johns Ambulance qualification medal with six year bars which form a chain. They date from 1930 to 1935. The medal has engraved naming to; 313946 Mabel Worsley. The medal and chain bars are all in excellent condition. A great interwar nursing collectable, which measures 5.25 inches long.
1933-9 Air League Enamel Badge. The Air League badge made for the 1933 - 1939 Air League Day. The Air League or Empire Air Day on 20th May 1939, promised a dazzling aerial spectacle and it drew over one million people across Britain to 78 civil and military aerodromes. The show celebrated the power, modernity, martial values and claims of aerial supremacy to domestic and foreign audiences. This badge is in excellent condition. Ref. AF24
1934 5 Reichsmark Coin German .900 grade silver 5 Reichsmark 1934 with Berlin mint mark. First year anniversary coin of Nazi rule. Good condition, very nice detail on both sides, light scratching to surface, circulated.
1934 French Sterling Silver Medal – Long and Faithful Service Instituted in 1886 to reward long and faithful service the sterling silver example for 20 years service, this one is dated 1934 and was issued to G. Beaufils. The medal was designed and engraved by Alfred Borrel and is marked on the bust, it also carries French silver marks. The medal comes in very good but used condition and measures one inch in diameter.
1934 German Silver Five Mark Nazi Marked Coin A nice example of a German silver five Mark coin dated for 1934, on one side it has the German eagle with Swastikas either side of the date, it has the mint mark ‘E’ for Dresden, circulated but nice condition having one ding at the 9 o’clock condition.
1935 German Jugendfest Hitler Youth Tinnie or Day Badge A nice quality, very typical 1930’s German tinny or day badge for the Jugendfest or Hitler Youth, made from a lightweight pressed out metal it carries the Swastika to the centre, no makers mark and it comes in very good but lightly tarnished to the top condition, it measures just under 1.75 inches long.
1935 German Workers Tinnie or Day Badge – Maker Marked A nice quality, very typical 1930’s German tinny or day badge for the Tag der arbeit or workers, made from a lightweight metal it carries the Swastika to the bottom, maker marked to the back with Wilhelm Schwann Hanau and it comes in very good but lightly tarnished to the top condition, it measures 1.75 inches long.
1936 German Hindenburg 5 Mark Coin 1936 German silver 5 Reichs Mark coin with Paul Von Hindenburg bust and the Berlin (A) mint mark. Very Fine circulated condition.
1936 German May Day Badge. 1936 German Aluminium may day badge supporting agriculture and industry. Original pin and makers details on the back ‘Gebr. Hahne Ludenscheid.’. excellent condition. 1.5 inches in diameter.
1937 Edward VIII Coronation Procession Souvenir Ladies Purse Mirror Royal commemoratives come in an abundance of styles but I have not seen these before, designed as a mirror to go in a ladies handbag or purse and issued in commemoration of the coronation of King Edward VIII in 1937, to the front is a scene from the Coronation procession with Buckingham palace in the background and the reverse is a mirror, it comes in very good condition with signs of age and edge staining on the mirror, it measures just under 3 x 2 inches.
1937 George VI Silver Crown. The 1937 crown, George VI the first crown of his reign. This one is uncirculated but has a certain amount of light toning, it retains all of its original frosting, an all-round very nice collectable coin.
1937 German Hindenburg 2 Mark Coin 1937 German silver 2 Reichs Mark coin with Paul Von Hindenburg bust and the Berlin (A) mint mark. Fine circulated condition.
1937 Japanese China Incident Medal with Bar Awarded for service in China, 7 July 1937 (the Second Sino-Japanese War) until the Japanese surrender in 1945. It comes with its original combatants bar, which reads "War Medal". It comes on its original ribbon and in very good condition.
1937 Royal Life Saving Society Medal A good bronze life saving medal issued to J. A. Povey and dated July 1937, comes in its original box of issue which includes a small card for the Life Guards Corps inviting the medal recipient to join their society. The medal is in very good condition.
1939 German Aluminium Tinnie or Day Badge – Maker Marked This is an aluminium day badge for the 1st May 1939, it has a female figure to the front with the eagle and swastika, it is maker marked on the back with A. Donner Wuppertal-E, because it is made from a soft metal it has pitted and is a bit flat to look at, it measures just over 1.25 inches in diameter.
1939 German Hindenburg 2 Mark Coin 1939 German silver 2 Reichs Mark coin with Paul Von Hindenburg bust and the Hamburg (J) mint mark. Fine circulated condition.
1940’s Boy Scout Uniform & Accessories – Royal Duty Connection This interesting collection of 1940’s Boy Scout uniform and accessories comes with a letter addressed to Guilford and district boy Scouts association dated January 1948 instructing G.S.M. R.T. Wright to present himself for duty at the Royal wedding presents office at St James’s Palace on the 27th January, the late Queen Elizabeth was married in November 1947 and the wedding couple received 2,500 wedding gifts from around the world, they went on show at St James’s palace from Nov ‘47 to March ’48 and I assume the Scouts were in attendance to help and guide the public. The uniform consists of: shorts, made by ‘Klabro’ they have a 34 inch waist and come in good but used condition. A kaki coloured shirt with shoulder tabs and insignia with two service stars on the pocket for 3 and 5 year service, this has a 40 inch chest and is in good but used condition. A ‘Kangol’ made green beret in a medium size, used but in good order. A green neckerchief in very good order. A good leather Boy Scouts belt and buckle complete with knife in sheath and an Acme Scouts whistle, set at a 29 inch waist, used condition and the knife with wear. And finally a selection of badges, tie pins a woggle and some old keys. A great original lot.
1940’s Green Peppiatt One Pound Note This good vintage 1940’s green Peppiatt one pound note has been in circulation but is still in collectable condition with signs of age and the odd fold, it carries the facsimile signature of the chief cashier K.O. Peppiatt. I have a few of these so the serial number will be different from that photographed.
1940’s Silver Gilt Friendly Society Medal. Hallmarked silver gilt and enamelled Friendly Society medal. engraved on the back ‘Bro B. A. Goulter 1948. It has its original ribbon and silver gilt suspension bar at the top, which is marked ‘silver’. It comes in perfect condition, a wonderful little medal.
1941 Dated WW2 Anti-Gas Eyeshield in Packet of Issue Good original anti gas eyeshields in the packet of issue, I think there were a few in the packet when new but just the one pair now, they come in very good condition the packet showing signs of age.
1942 Large Booklet – Cloud Atlas for Aviators Issued by the department of transport air services branch meteorological division with Canada 1942 at the bottom, it basically describes and shows with photographs cloud formations enabling safe flying. A4 sized booklet with 23 pages, comes in ok but used condition and has been folded with creases.
1942 Police German Day Badge. German day badge supporting the police dated 1942 in silver washed base metal. In very good condition retaining original pin. 1.25 x 1 inch.
1950’s 3 Tool Jack Knife. 1950’s issue jack knife with three tools a knife blade, utility blade with tin opener, a fid spike and a screwdriver end. I have a number of these which came from old military stores still encased in grease, I’ve cleaned them up a bit, but they could still do with a final going over. They are not rusty, just stained with old copper grease. Closed up they measure 4 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only
1950’s Coldstream Guards OR’s Cap Badge The anodised cap badge worn by other ranks. It is in very good original condition, marked on the back J R Gaunt. London.
1950’s Enamel Civil Defence Instructor Badge, a great little queens crown badge that comes in perfect condition.
1950’s Hallmarked Silver Wallace Clan Brooch. A lovely clan plaid brooch with the motto ‘Sperandum Est’ meaning ‘It is to be hoped’, for the Wallace clan. The back is hallmarked for Edinburgh 1951 and the maker Thomas Kerr Ebbutt, a fine silversmith working from 1900 until 1969. It is in excellent condition with its original working pin on the back. It measures 1.25 inches in diameter.
1950’s Knotmaster Ships Log. A complete and in its original wooden box, Walker’s Knotmaster Log Model KDO Mk III. Most of the pieces are still in the original cellophane and it comes with instructions and oil bottle. Still very usable or an interesting collectable. The wooden box measures 12 x 6.6 x 6 inches high..
1950’s/60’s Lesney Scammell Breakdown truck No64 A good vintage tin plate truck dating from the late 1950’s early 60’s from the Lesney range, it comes in fair condition, there is some loss to the paint in places and it originally had a hook on the back, it measures 2.25 inches long.
1951 Dated Civil Defence Cold War Era Beret A good example with an embroidered Civil Defence Badge to front, marked to the interior with a manufacturers mark which is now unclear, you can pick out the date and the broad arrow at the bottom. Its hard to gauge the size but is probably small to medium fit, it comes in good but used condition with a darned repair to the top.
1952 Dated Royal Engineers Sports Medallion A good quality gilded sports medallion depicting a javelin thrower to the front and on the back the King’s crown with and Egyptian scene under and is engraved with ‘Engr. GR (E) 1952 2nd’, it comes in very good condition and measures 35mm in diameter.
1952 Reuters Press Photo – Princess Royal & WRACS An interesting Reuters press photo showing the Princess Royal meeting a WRAC who was due to fly to Gibraltar to join a mixed anti-aircraft battery, the first to do so. The Princess Royal was the Aunt of the current queen and during WW2 was the chief controller of the ATS, she later became the 'air chief commandant' of Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service. A good clear photo with a full typed description on the back, measures 10 inches x 6 and comes in very good condition.
1953 Coronation Scrap Books by Tucks. 2 children’s scrap books produced by Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd for the coronation of queen Elizabeth II 1953. One book has been done and all the scraps have been stuck in, the other has been started but has the rest of the original scraps unused at the back. Both books are in good condition for age, edges a little scruffy.
1960’s Ford Consul 315 Sales Brochure. An original colour sales brochure for the New Ford Consul circa 1961 to 1963. It is around A4 in size and comes in excellent original condition with no damage.
1970’s Nurses Cape. A lovely quality 1970’s State Registered Nurses cape. Made of dark blue wool and lined with red wool lining and cape ties. Made by Wells & Co London it comes in excellent condition, this style was used from post WW2 onwards, this one is dated 1976. A wonderful piece of nursing history, it was great to see the nurses coming off duty wearing these capes, they looked so smart. A traditional piece of uniform no longer required. One size.
1970’s Sales Brochure Volvo 144. An original coloured sales brochure dating from around 1975 for the Volvo 144 and including the 142. It is in excellent condition with no damage and measures about A4 in size.
1980’s 2nd Parachute Regiment Plaque. A 1980’s era 2nd Para regiment plaque, it consists of a large solid brass para wings with queens crown mounted onto a wooden disc. A nice piece for the para collector in excellent condition, the brass shows just a little wear. It measures 7.25 inches in diameter.
1980’s British Black High Combat Boots. A pair of Falklands war era British leather combat boots. These are unused and as new, size 276M using an online converter this translates to a size 12. But please check this out for yourself.
1989 British Airways Calendar. A large 1989 British Airways Calendar containing a page per month with photographs of Concord. It measures 19 x 24 inches and comes in good used condition.
19th C Hand Coloured Print – Lifeboat. A Scarce mid-19th Century print of a Lifeboat going to the rescue of a foundering ship. This picture is an engraving that has been beautifully hand coloured with water colours. It shows a lifeboat with a eleven man crew, two men having to hold the rudder in the terrible storm. On the front of the boat one crew member is preparing to fire a rocket line to the wreck, whose crew are hanging desperately from the ships rigging. It comes in very good condition and has been reframed and glazed at some point quite recently. It has a good quality gilt frame and it has been well mounted, which includes double ink lining. It measures 21 x 18 inches.
19th Century Brass Dog Whistle. A little brass dog whistle made of brass but now heavily patinated, originally it may have been silver plated. It works very well and gives a good high pitch tone. it measures; 2 inches long.
19th Century Brass Keg Tap. A heavy brass Keg tap marked Fiddian. It appears to be in good working order. Measuring 6 inches long.
19th Century Brass Pistol Powder Flask. A superb little late 19thC pistol size powder flask. Bade of brass in this fluted design with a long adjustable measuring spout with good working spring. It is in wonderful condition; no damage or split seams and it has a nice mellow patination. It measures 5.5 inches including spout.
19th Century Dixon Type Pistol Flask. A good 19th Century pistol flask for muzzle loading pistols of the time. It has a copper bag shaped body with a brass top, conical spout and steel spring. It comes in excellent working condition but has a two very small dents to the body. It comes with an untouched dark patination and measures, just a little over 5 inches long.
19th Century Indo-Persian Pesh Kabz Dagger Early to mid-19th century Indo-Persian Pesh Kabz Dagger and sheath. It has a pair of handle scales are fixed to the full-tang grip, which features a hooked pommel all held in place with decorated white metal mounts terminating in a ‘T’ type guard also in decorated white metal. It has a good steel blade, broad at the guard end tapering to a needle point with a wide flat spine, originally designed to penetrate chain mail. The blade edge is still sharp with one small nick to the edge. It comes in its original decorated leather sheath which has been embellished with mother of pearl inlay at the top on one side. Although it has signs of age and use it remains in excellent condition. The blade is free from any rust and has a nice patination and doesn’t look like it has ever been polished. It measures 13.5 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only
19th Century Large Bore Pocket Percussion Pistol. A beautiful little 19th century pocket pistol, probably of Belgian origin. It has a high-quality walnut grip, a box lock with integral large bore barrel. It comes in wonderful condition; the lock works well and has a half and full cock. These were never an expensive pistol in its day, nearly everybody carried a defensive weapon in one way or another, streets were dangerous especially at night and these Belgian imports were a lot cheaper than British or American guns, and this one is a lovely example of its type. It measures 7.25 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only
19th Century Mid Shipman’s Brass Telescope This is a nice example of a 19th century brass telescope as used by the Navy mid shipmen, it has three draws and day and night section on the end. It comes in good physical condition given its age but I cant get it to focus, from the bottom end you can see through but the business end has problems, it may be missing a lense or one is out of place so some sympathetic restoration required, it comes in its original leather case and measures 8 inches closed and 25 inches fully extended.
19th Century Pepperbox Revolver by Smith of London. A good six-barrel Pepperbox percussion revolver by Smith of London with revolving barrel stamped with proof marks, flared nipple shield, engraved side plates, plain hammer, single trigger and trigger guard, walnut grips with heavy and engraved butt cap, circa 1850. The engraved side plates have the makers name of Smith London, this refers to William Smith of No.59, corner of Princes Street, Coventry Street, Leicester Square, London Formerly of Lisle Street, London. He was first registered in 1820 and became gun maker to his Majesty George IV, H.R.H. the Duke of Gloucester, the Emperor of Russia & the King of Bavaria. It looks to be in an untouched condition, it has a beautiful deep dark patination, it is in working order, although the trigger is a little sticky, but it dry fires and revolves when firing. The walnut grips, again are well patinated and have a non-original screw retaining one side, but this screw looks antique itself so was probably replaced a very long time ago. With a few small tweaks it could become a very valuable piece. It measures 8 inches long.
19th Century Percussion Pocket Pistol by Briscoe of London. A very fine large bore percussion pocket pistol with turn off barrel, slab hard wood grip and blued steel box lock, which is engraved on both sides with flags and pennants and the maker’s name of Briscoe of London. It has a nice tight lock which dry fires well; for some reason it does not half cock, this might be the way it was made or the notch on the hammer for the half cock is worn; but as the rest of this little pistol is in such excellent condition, I would think it was made with a single cocking facility. It has both sets of proof marks under the barrel and the whole piece is free from any rust and has a wonderful patination. It measures 6 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only
19th Century Prattware Pot Lid in Frame. Shepherd Boy. A good Prattware pot lid showing a Shepherd boy with his sheep and dog. It comes in perfect condition and it is mounted in its original 19th century wood frame. It measures 6 inches in diameter. Every one of the printed designs had a name, and with a little research, the official name of this print could be found. Felix and Richard Pratt discovered or invented a way that coloured transfer prints could be fired under glaze. Before this any coloured decoration had to be hand painted. This revolutionized the pottery industry; no long did that have to employ professional decorators to paint their wares. In addition, these coloured prints could be applied to low cost pottery as well as porcelain. Just like today with crazes, the public went mad for this new and quite beautiful printed wears; Pratt produced 100’s of different printed lids for potted food and cosmetic products as well as plates and all kinds of utilitarian wares. Pot lids were highly collected in their day but when tin cans were widely introduced, this killed the potted goods industry.
19th Century Prussian Infantry Hanger. German infantry hanger and scabbard from around the 1880’s. it has a solid brass guard with a short downturned quillon. It has a good steel plain blade with no fullers. The blade is marked W K & Co for Weyersberg, Kirschbeum and Company and it bears the joint mark of the two makers, which was in use from 1883. The black leather scabbard has a brass top locket and centre band with hanger rings and a brass chape with a shoe piece. This sword is in excellent condition, there is no real damage to report, the blade is clean and free from any rust or pitting and its only fault I can see is a shallow dent to the chape on one side. It is a fabulous example of this type of sword which was popular in Europe the 19th century; this style of hanger was used in Germany, Holland, France Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Turkey and Great Britain in the early 19th century. It measures 34.5 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only via courier priced at £15.95
19th Century Tirolian Meacham Pipe. A Late 19th century Tirolian pipe out of Meacham or Sepiolite, which is a soft white clay like material which is sometimes found floating on the Black Sea, hence its name ‘Meacham’ meaning sea foam. This pie is beautifully carved with a horse running through a village, the base of the large bowl is carved with a wave of scrolls, also the date of 1809. The stem is mostly wood covered with mother of pearl with copper fittings and a horn mouthpiece. The bowl cap is made of brass with a stamp of XL, which I think just means extra larg. Back to the date of 1809. I do not think this is the date of manufacture but the date of the Tyrolean Rebellion of 1809. This was a rebellion of peasants in the County of Tyrol led by Andreas Hofer against the occupation of their homeland by the French and Bavarian troops during the Napoleonic wars. This pipe is in beautiful condition no cracks or chips to the bowl and the bowl is a wonderful amber colour. The metal parts have some wear but no damage and its only fault as far as I can see is; at the bottom of the stem, this is removable so the pipe will fit into a pocket. What holds the stem in place is a cork surround, this has obviously shrunken and broken down over the years and has been wrapped with sellotape at some point. a beautiful used pipe in just splendid condition, measuring 8.5 inches from tip of mouthpiece to base of bow.
19th P.W.O Hussars Cap Badge. The white metal single scroll cap badge worn by the regiment from 1898 to 1902. This one comes in very good used condition slightly toned to the front, heavily toned on reverse.
19thC Figural Copper & Brass Powder Shot Flask Probably a hunting shot flask due to the imagery on the front and back of hanging game including a hare, pheasant and birds, it has the word patent around the top with a potential makers name rubbed away, it comes in good condition for its age with signs of use and it measures 8 inches long.
19thC Percussion Musket Lock. Almost complete lock for an early percussion musket. It comprises of the plate, hammer, mainspring (needs reseating) sear and sear spring and tumbler. In good condition with some pitting. The plate measures 6 inches.
19thC Prisoner-Of-War Work Miniature Bone Dominoes I love the history of these kind of items, made by the French prisoner-of-war in the early 1800's from scraps of cow bone to either while away the time gaming or to be sold for food money. This part set comes in a delicate light wood box with a sliding lid, they are a miniature size measuring just 15mm long x 8mm wide. The condition is excellent but a few are missing from the set, there are 22 in all one being duplicated.
19thC Staffordshire Pottery Nelson Toby Jug The first thing to say about this figure is what wonderful condition it is in, it would date around 1830 and is a hand painted example, it stands 11.5 inches high and has Nelson in typical pose with his right arm tucked into his jacket and holding what looks like a bottle or perhaps a scroll in his left hand. He is in super condition with just some very mild crazing to the glaze.
2 Books Relating to Paratroopers – Arnhem and the Algerian War. Two fascinating books, the first is Pierre Leulliette’s 1960’s Autobiography, St Michael and the Dragon. The story of a young French paratrooper fighting through Algeria, Crete and Egypt. Handwritten dedication inside cover to P Penny 1st parachute Regiment. This book is used but is complete and it still retains its original dust cover. The second, Airborne Forever, the life story of an Arnhem veteran. By Laurens Van Aggelen 2013. The life story of Johnny Peters who fought with the Airborne in Operation Market Garden to Arnhem. This book is unused but has some light shelf wear.
2 Large Vintage WW2 Fighter Aircraft. Here we have two vintage model aircraft, one the legendary Supermarine Spitfire is made of tin and the other a Messerschmitt Bf 109, this one is made of wood and hand painted. Both measure around 16 inches long and would look great suspended on wires engaged in a dog fight. Both are in excellent condition, the 109 has one propeller blade missing, but paintwork on both still very good.
2 Large WW2 Era German Elastolin Soldiers. A pair of WW2 German soldiers made from Elstoline a mixture of sawdust and glue, cast in parts, put together and hand painted. Elstoline first appeared during the first world war, I believe, when there was no metal available for making toys. Here we have a pair of German soldiers shooting rifles in full field kit. Marked on the bottom with the Elastoline trade mark and both are in very good condition, one soldier missing part of rifle; measuring just under 3 inches high.
2 New Books Ships and Shore Establishments of the Royal Navy. Here we have two specialist books, the first is the Ships of the Royal Navy by J. J. College. This lists every ship that the British navy have ever had afloat from the 15th Century to present times. The next is Shore Establishments of the Royal Navy by Lt Cdr B. Warlow R.N. this lists every Static Ship and Shore Establishment of the Royal Navy from the 19th century to present. Both books are new and unused
2 Portrait Photos Berkshire Volunteer Rifle Corps. 2 beautiful portrait photographs of a young man of the 2nd Berkshire Volunteer Rifle Corps around the 1880’s. He stands poising in his new blue/grey uniform and home service helmet. The photographs were taken by Alfred D Kissack of 130 High Street Eton Windsor. Both photographs are in wonderful condition and it shows good detail of the uniform. Each phot measures 4.25 x 6.5 inches.
2 RAF Queen’s Crown Cap Badges. Here we have two examples of the RAF Queens Crown cap badge, the first in brass, note, a lot of the deep definition of the badge has gone on this thinly made badge, manufacturers still feeling the lack of brass from the war, used for a short time from 1953 to 54. Next the adonised badge which was introduced from 1954. Obviously, there were a few years of change over with the RAF as in the 1950’s they were serving all over the world. Both are in excellent condition. Ref. L22
2 Vintage New Zealand Navy Cap Tally’s. Two New Zealand Navy silk cap Tally’s for the 1942 cruiser Bellona, which entered New Zealand service in 1946. Both Tally’s are in very good used condition.
2 WW1 French Engineer Officers Collar Tabs. Although these collar tabs are non-matching, they probably belonged to the same officer a sub-lieutenant of the French engineers worn on no1 service dress circa 1914. Both are made of gold bullion wire on a black woollen cloth backing and both are in good used condition.
21st Parachute Regiment Presentation Box. A wooden box laid out inside with a modern issue commando (Fairbairn Sykes Type) dagger in leather sheath. A modern type of Para Jump wings with a modern issue Parachute regiment badge and old style jump wings. Inside the lid are two brass plaques, engraved ‘No1 Platoon 21st Independent Parachute Company’ ‘First In’. Also, with the name of Malcolm Van White printed on the inside of the lid. On the outside top of the box is another engraved brass plaque, which reads ‘Arnhem 1944’. The box was given to members of the 21st Para Regiment or the Pathfinder Platoon as it became, in 1994. The box has also two brass catches and a leather carrying handle and its and contents are in perfect condition. Ship to UK over 18\'s only
2nd Dragoon Guards (Queens Bays) Cap Badge. A WW1 era 2nd Dragoon Guards cap badge. The bays kept the same badge for over sixty years only changing when they merged with the 1st DG in 1959. This badge is in excellent condition, still nice and bright. Ref. C4
3 Books Personal Accounts WW2. Three interesting books of personal accounts of the second world war. Troop Target by J. H. Fullarton. Royal Artillery in North Africa, Greece and Crete. Blue linin bound average condition. The Second World War – The Struggle for Europe by Chester Wilmot. Dark blue linin bound in very good condition. Crusade in Europe by Dwight D Eisenhower 1948. Red linin bound in good condition.
3 Large US Coin Medallions. Three large medallions, copies of the 1877 Indian head one cent. 1907 Liberty 20 Dollar piece and the 1916 Dime. All three measure 3 inches in diameter and in good order.
3 Medal Ribbon Bar, with a long brooch pin on the back, this bar is for three full size medals. Most other sizes available.
3 Vintage French Navy Cap Tally’s. The old French naval cap Tally’s for the 1939 French cruiser De Grasse, one that reads Malgache and the last which reads Cadets de la Mer, which I assume is sea cadets. All three are in very good used condition.
3 Vintage Naval Interest Books. Three interesting vintage titles with naval interest. The Admiralty Regrets… by Warren & Benson 1958 green linin bound in VG condition. Under the Red Sea by Hans Hass 1953 English edition, dark blur linin bound, in VG condition. And One of Our Submarines by Edward Young 1952 first edition, green linin bound, in VG condition.
3 x Edwardian Berkshire School Medals to Girls. Three very attractive solid bronze school medals awarded by the Berkshire education committee. They are named to; Winnie Stanley, Emily Jones, and Dorothy Bedwell. All are in good condition buy they vary in the amount of patination, one still retains its original lustre. They measure 1.5 inches in diameter.
3 x Miniature Medal Mounting Bars. 2 x 8 medal and 1 x 6 medal mounting bars, all with a pin and catch on the back and all three are in perfect condition.
3rd Regiment of Foot Officers Glengarry Badge Pre 1881 3rd regiment officer Glengarry badge. Made of very fine gilt metal with white metal centre boss, probably silver but not tested, on a black silk velvet background. Post 1881 the 3rd became the Buffs, East Kent Regiment. This badge is in excellent condition only very light wear to the surface, the back of the badge is toned. It measures 1.75 x 3 inches.
4 Scarce Parachute Regiment Brass Buttons. 4 rare Kings Crown Parachute regiment brass buttons. 2 large by Gaunt London and 2 smaller by Buttons Ltd Birmingham. All in very good condition.
4 Victorian Solid Silver Half Crowns. A group of four Victorian young head half crowns. The years are 1845, 1874, 1879 and 1884. All are in good grade with obverse and reverse still nice and visible.
4 WW2 Officers Cloth Pips. Four large size cloth pips worn on the Battle Dress or shirt of a Infantry Lieutenant. All come in good used condition, measuring just over 1 inch square.
5 WW1 German Postcards Another case of wishing I could read German! Here we have 5 postcards, two photographic showing soldiers in uniform and 3 general ones all having been sent by Feldpost and date 1915/17, they come in good but postally used condition.
56th (London) Infantry Division Cloth Patch. A post WW2 divisional sleeve patch embroidered on to a red silk backing and worn by the 56th (London) Infantry Division from 1951 to 1961. This one is in lovely original condition and measures 2.25 x 2.5 inches.
6 Imperial German Tunic Buttons. Six mid-size Prussian white metal tunic buttons for reserve regiments, all are by the same maker and size and all are in excellent condition measuring 12mm in diameter.
7 Volumes The Times History of the War (WW1) Seven various bound volumes of the Times newspaper history of the great war. for any scholar or researcher of the Great war, these are a must, they hold in depth information that you never find in historical accounts. They include just about every detail of the war from weapons used to the diseases and sickness that plagued the hospitals. From Victoria crosses won in the war to aerial photography. And of course the reports for the Times were on the front line so here we have genuine accounts in sometimes vivid detail. All are in very good condition and each roughly contains around 500 hundred pages with photographs and illustrations, bound in red linin. A superb reference work. Please note these are incredibly heavy so shipping will be via courier.
7th Duke of Edinburgh’s Own Gurkhas Cap Badge. A post 1970 small white metal cap or beret badge with solid D of E monogram; in perfect condition. Ref N16
8 Victorian Threepence’s. Eight Victorian three pence pieces from 1871 to 1894, conditions vary. An interesting lot.
9th Royal Norfolk Regiment Wooden Shield A good display shield made from light oak and painted in colours with the crest for the Royal Norfolk regiment and in particular the 9th battalion, below is a very brief bit of information regarding the 9th. The shield comes in very good condition with light signs of use, it measures 7 inches long. The battalion was renumbered as the 9th Battalion in October and was assigned to the 220th Independent Infantry Brigade, part of Norfolk County Division in early 1941
A 1980’s German Sports medallion with Honour 1936 Berlin Olympics Bronze A bit complicated this one, the very large bronze medallion is an almost direct copy of the 1936 Berlin Olympics, just lacking the swastika to the front, it is of a large size measuring 2.75 inches in diameter, this is attached to its original ribbon still in the 1936 style and in turn this is fed through another bronze plaque which translated reads ‘8th international fun run, hiking and cycling’ and is dated 1983. It appears that during the 1980’s major sports events copied the 1936 Olympic medal, added the upper plaque and gave them as awards. This example comes in good condition, the ribbon showing signs of age and use.
A collection of US Cloth Badges Original and Used. A collection of various American military cloth badges, ten in all. All are post war, probably Vietnam era, earlier and later. All have been used and taken from a uniform, so condition varies. Please see pictures. A good lot for the US collector.
A Fine Victorian Silver Plated Kettle on Spirit Burner Stand A Fine Vintage Silver Plated Kettle on Spirit Burner Stand This is a high quality late Victorian/turn of the century silver plated kettle on a spirit burner stand finished with bone handle and knop, it is also hinged on the stand and kettle for safe pouring and this is stabilised with a pin fitting on a chain. Complete with its central burner it comes in very good condition, there is some light wear to the plate on one side and the high points due to cleaning, it stands 12 inches high and is 8 inches wide.
A George V Long Service Group 4 to Main RFA & R Co of Signals. An interesting group of 4 medals comprising of the British war and victory medal correctly named to 59314 Driver William Charles Main Royal Artillery. India General Service medal with Afghanistan NWF 1919 clasp correctly named to 59314 Serjeant William Charles Main Royal Field Artillery. Army Long Service and Good Conduct medal correctly named to 2307233 Corporal William Charles Main Royal Corps of Signals. William Charles Main was born in Loughborough, Leicestershire in 1885. By the age of 16 he was working as a Tool Setter in Birmingham. He was already serving with the Royal Field Artillery in 1911 with the 81st Battery half of the 5th brigade and part of the 7th (Meerut) Division of the Indian Army, moving to the 3rd (Lahore) Division on 22 November 1914; serving in India before the war. For some reason William didn’t sale with the brigade on the first wave to France in 1914, Despatching from India was delayed by the activities of the German raiders Emden and Konigsberg operating in the Indian Ocean, and by the slow speed of the transport vessels. The first two brigades landed at Marseilles on 26 September 1914, the rest were delayed and split in Egypt, William probably didn’t arrive in France until February / March 1915. Frome here the division next took part in the Battles of Neuve Chapelle, Aubers Ridge, Festubert and Loos in 1915. They remained in France when the Lahore Division moved to Mesopotamia in December 1915. Between the 20th of March and 13th of July 1916 the brigade came under command of the 3rd Canadian Division and were in action during The Battle of Mount Sorrel and on the Somme. They transferred to 4th Canadian Division in September 1916, seeing action on Vimy Ridge and in the battle of Arras. In July 1917 5 Brigade RFA became an Army Brigade and served with Second Army in October 1917, Third Army in December 1917, First Army in February 1918, Fifth Army in July 1918 and Fourth Army in October 1918. William was transferred to the North West Frontier around February 1919 and took part in the Third Anglo-Afghan War, which began on 6th May 1919 when the Emirate of Afghanistan invaded British India and ended with an armistice on 8th August 1919. The Anglo-Afghan Treaty of 1919 resulted in the Afghans gaining control of foreign affairs from Britain and the British recognizing the Durand Line as the border between Afghanistan and British India. In 1919, the Afghan regular army was not a very formidable force and was only able to muster some 50,000 men. These men were organised into 21 cavalry regiments and 75 infantry battalions, with about 280 modern artillery pieces, organised into 70 batteries, in support. In addition to this, however, in a boost to the army\'s strength, the Afghan command could call upon the loyalty of up to 80,000 frontier tribesmen and an indeterminate number of deserters from local militia units under British command In meeting this threat, the British could call on a much larger force. In May 1919, the British and British Indian Army, not including frontier militia, totalled eight divisions, as well as five independent brigades of infantry and three of cavalry. However, of this force, the entire North-West Frontier Province had three infantry divisions and two cavalry brigades, although there was also GHQ India\'s central reserve of one infantry division and one cavalry brigade. From this, they formed a striking force of two infantry divisions and two cavalry brigades for offensive operations on the Kyber front with the possibility of using it also in the Tochi and Kurram areas. Artillery was also in short supply, and the three frontier divisions each had a British Field Artillery brigades with two batteries of 18-pounders and one battery of 4.5-inch howitzers, and an Indian mountain brigade with two batteries of 2.75-inch mountain guns. As usual with military operations in places such as Afghanistan, Mesopotamia, Salonika etc, it was disease more than wounds which cause the highest rate of casualties. Approximately 1,000 Afghans killed in action, while the British and Indian forces faced around 1,751 dead or wounded, with hundreds of others dying of disease not included in the figures. The treaty of Rawalpindi was concluded on 8th August 1919 with Afghanistan becoming independent. William was discharged from the RFA on 18th October 1919 at the rank of Serjeant and re-entered the army into the Royal Engineers 2nd Divisional Signals Coy and in June 1920 the regiment officially became the Royal Corps of Signals. Due to William’s service experience, he was made corporal and later Lance Serjeant. Frome here he gets lost, he was still serving in 1921 but due to his name ‘Main’ there may be a lot of information with an incorrect spelling. On his medal index card, is written ‘(Staff) Poor Law Institution in Chesterfield Derbyshire’ as a place to send his medals in September 1924. It seems these buildings were in use by the Lancashire regiment until around 1930, when the premises was converted to a Children’s home. There is a William Charles Mayne with the same date of birth serving with a Royal Artillery Anti – Aircraft training battery as a 2nd Lieutenant from 1941, but this is conjecture. His medals are in very good original condition and come mounted as worn, original ribbons now a little tatty. They come with photographs, silk postcards, badges and insignia and some copied paperwork including Medal index card, medal roll 1891, 1911 census and absent voters list.
A Pair of Military Marked 1953 Dated Civil Defence Corps Arm Band Made by Atwell & Jenner Ltd these Civil Defence Corps Welfare arm bands are cloth with sewn not printed detail, they are marked to the back with the makers mark and CD/48 the broad arrow, 1953. They come in very good condition on the cloth but the metalware has some rust.
A PWL – Price Western Leather Police Baton Holster This is an all leather Police baton holder made by the company PWL or Price Western leather, it has a serial number of Z-147 on the back and the possible production date of 1995, the condition is very good however the previous owner has shortened the top leather strap by cutting and glueing it back in a shorter position, it measures 5.5 inches long.
A superb WW2 Group to Flt Lieut Spikins MID RAF. Killed 1941 More Pictures of the above group to Light Lieutenant Spikins.
A superb WW2 Group to Flt Lieut Spikins MID RAF. Killed 1941 Firstly, let me describe what this lot comprises of, first the medals; 1939/45 star, Atlantic star, Defence medal, 1939/45 war medal, George V Jubilee medal, George VI Coronation medal, the Royal Air Force LS&GC medal correctly named to 314895 Flight Sergeant F Spikins R.A.F. Three Royal Navy temperance society medals and MID oak leaf in original packet. RAF Identification plate and WW1 Medal Bar, he is also entitled to a 1914 star Trio, more about that below Also various original paperwork including Warrant Certificate, Commission Certificate, award certificate for both the Jubilee and Coronation medals, RAF training Pilots log book, training exercise book, photographs, Memorial Certificate and Kings letter slip, Runnymede memorial register booklet, given to next of kin. Medal issue slip, condolence type. As well as all of this original paperwork, included is also various copied paperwork and research, medal roll, service papers, London gazette entries, census details, Commonwealth war graves certificate, RAF muster rolls etc. Frank Spikins was bone in Hammersmith London around 1896. He trained as an engineer fitter, taking after his father George. In 1913 Frank decided to join the Royal Navy Reserve as a Boy II and by the time war broke out in just over a year later, Frank was serving on board HMS Exmouth. HMS Exmouth was a Duncan-class pre-dreadnought battleship of the Royal Navy, during WW1 she was with the 3rd Battle Squadron of the Grand Fleet, to patrol the English Channel and cover the movement of the British Expeditionary Force to France. She also saw service at Scapa Flow, Exmouth worked with the Grand Fleet\'s cruisers on the Northern Patrol and later transferred to Sheerness on 30th December 1914 to relieve the 5th Battle Squadron there in guarding against a German invasion of the United Kingdom. On the 12th May 1915 she left for service in the Dardanelles Campaign; in June, Exmouth, the battleship Swiftsure, and the protected cruiser Talbot went to Cape Helles to support an Allied attack on the Turkish-held heights at Achi Baba, Frank still serving on board. After the Dardanelles in November 1915 she transferred to the Aegean Sea to become Flagship, 3rd Detached Squadron, a force based at Salonika that had been organized to assist the French Navy in blockading the Aegean coast of Greece and Bulgaria and to reinforce the Suez Canal Patrol. She then took part in the pro-Allied coup against the monarchy in the Noemvriana, which the Allies sought to support. Exmouth participated in the seizure of the Greek fleet at Salamis and landed Royal Marines at Athens on 1st December 1916. When HMS Exmouth transferred to the East Indies Station in March 1917, Frank left the ship and transferred to the Vivid I, at this point a Signalling and Telegraphy School in Devonport and then to HMS Defiance the Royal Navy\'s torpedo school, now at the Rating of Able seaman. On the 2nd February 1918 he is seen aboard HMS President; whether it was the shore establishment of the Royal Naval Reserve, based on the northern bank of the River Thames near Tower Bridge or the newly built anti-Submarine ship, is unknown, but he applied for an was granted a place in the newly formed RAF in March 1918. For his service in the Royal Navy and Royal Naval reserve he was awarded the 1914 Star, British war and Victory medal. This trio of medals are missing, probably because they would have been mounted for wearing and his later group wasn’t awarded until after he had died. It appears that Frank made the RAF his sole career, steadily rising in rank through the years in the Technical Engineer department, to Warrant officer in 1938, to a commissioned officer of Flying Officer and finally Flight Lieutenant in 1941 and he was mentioned in dispatches that same year. He became an Auto pilot expert and became flight crew as flight lieutenant / engineer. He took part in many flights, his logbook is full, and it seems to me he was an on-board engineer testing aircraft after repair particularly auto pilot systems, navigational instruments and torpedo operation, also he may have also been training pilots to use this equipment. He was also serving on resonance missions in the North Atlantic, spotting U-boats. But this is a very limited description of his many duties. He probably served with more than one squadron in his 23 years with the RAF, but towards that latter part he was serving with 612 squadron. This Squadron was formed at Dyce on 1 June 1937 as an army co-operation unit of the Auxiliary Air Force. At the end of the year, it received Hectors, but on 1 November 1938 it was redesignated a general reconnaissance squadron, receiving Ansons in July 1939. Hectors were retained until November, but the Ansons began coastal patrols on the outbreak of World War Two. In November 1940, conversion to Whitley’s began and these flew their first patrols in February 1941, though it was the end of the year before the last Anson left. In December 1941, 612 Sqn moved to Iceland. It was on a transfer flight on 25th December 1941 that the Whitley Z6810 went down over the sea. Pilot Officer J F Catchpole, Pilot Officer P J Halliday, Sergeant J H Taylor, Sergeant W Jamison, Sergeant W H Lamond, Sergeant J Wilson, Flying Officer E C Scholefield, Flying Officer J Fiddes and Flight Lieutenant F Spikins were reported missing believed killed. The entire aircraft and crew were missing and never found, Frank Spikins and his crew members are now remembered with honour at Runnymede Memorial. The son of George Thomas and Elizabeth Spikins and Husband of Ella Spikins of Acton Middlesex. Frank Spikins had three different service numbers during the time he served, J.22908 with the Navy, 314895 RAF first number and 43569 RAF second number. All confirmed in accompanying paperwork. I think Frank was an incredible man obviously a very talented engineer, I often wonder what men such as Frank could have achieved had they survived and what great things they could have contributed to the world. All medals and paperwork are in very good used condition you get everything you see in the pictures, too much to list every item.
A WW2 AM mark 116B/151 bubble sextant, Manufactured by Henry Hughes & Sons and used on aircraft from 1940 to 1942 and used by the navigator for obtaining the altitude of the sun or other celestial body. It was carried on all multi-manned aircraft including wartime bombers, its typical use was RAF WWII nighttime flyers for star fixes to navigate in the RAF such as Anson’s, Lancaster and Wellington Bombers. The Hughes factory was bombed during the Blitz between Sept 1940 and May 1941, however this sextant was soon superseded by more advanced instrument made by Samuel Smith and Son. The Sextants were hung on the inside of the fuselage ready for use, this one comes as it was taken down with the front of the case missing. apart from that, it looks to be complete and comes good used condition, although the electrical wire has become detached but still present. In the case it measures 9 x 7 inches.
Adjutant Generals Corps (Female) Lanyard. Twisted cord lanyard worn by the female soldiers of the Adjutant Generals Corps. A scarce one to find. It comes in very good condition.
Afghanistan Medal to 12th Bengal Cavalry. A really beautiful medal, one of the best Victorian medals ever produced and when you see one in good condition, it is a joy to behold. It was awarded to all those who took part in the 2nd Afghan war 1878-79 & 80. This one is correctly named to Sowar (trooper) Jaf Ram of the 12th Bengal Cavalry. This medal has no bar, this doesn’t mean this man is not entitled to one or many with this medal. The 12th cavalry were one of the leading regiments in the battle of Kabul and the battle of Charasiab in 1880 and 1879, the latter was the inspiration for the reverse of this medal; it shows the elephant battery of Artillery advancing through the mountains. This medal comes in lovely original condition, still showing wonderful detail to the reverse, however it does have a couple of edge knocks which are obvious from the obverse or queens head side, but from the other side, the side with the elephants, the knocks are not obvious at all, and this medal displays very well. Please see pictures.
Air Training Corps badge & Button Set. All original, 13 white metal buttons and cap badge for the Air Training Corps. All in good condition.
Air Training Corps Civilian Instructor Lapel Badge. Gilt metal lapel badge for the Air Training Corps civilian instructors denoted by the ‘CI’ between the eagle’s wings. Worn from 1958 with other ATC insignia. In very good order. Ref. AF 25
Air Training Corps Welfare Lapel Badge. Gilt metal lapel badge for the Air Training Corps ‘Welfare’ section denoted by the ‘W’ between the eagle’s wings. Worn by civilian personnel from 1958 with other ATC insignia. In very good order. Ref. AF 26
Aldington Bonnington War Memorial Ltd Edition Collectors Coin (3) This is a limited edition war memorial collectors coin issued in 2016 by the Aldington Bonnington and Hurst war memorial to commemorate the fallen of the two wars, it comes in its capsule of issue and signed certificate by Lieutenant Colonel F.W. Fifield who was a local resident, superb condition.
Amazing WW1 Trench Art Silhouette ‘Bombs’ The word trench art has come to mean a whole host of different items usually made from the discarded shell casings of spent projectiles; here we have trench art in its truest form. Each leaf has been painstakingly picked out with a small needle leaving behind a silhouette of trench life on the front line during the Great War. In this example we see wounded being brought back from the trenches, you can see the men wearing their Adrian Helmets and even the blanket draped over the soldiers body. One man on a stretcher looks like he is wearing a Pickelhaube, maybe this is to show the medics caring for the enemy. Below, to emphasize the title is a bomb and other symbols with the title ‘Les Bombardes 1917’ The must have taken the man who created these wonderful pieces of art hours upon hours, and how have they survived for 95 years, the leaf is so delicate and thinner than a piece of tissue paper. I have had them carefully mounted between two sheets of acid free Perspex, hopefully to keep them safe for another 95 years, I have never seen anything like it before and I doubt I will ever again, each is totally unique. This one measures 10 x 7.5 inches mounted.
Amazing WW1 Trench Art Silhouette ‘Cards’ The word trench art has come to mean a whole host of different items usually made from the discarded shell casings of spent projectiles; here we have trench art in its truest form. Each leaf has been painstakingly picked out with a small needle leaving behind a silhouette of trench life on the front line during the Great War. In this example we see French soldiers relaxing with a game of cards, they are drinking and one is even smoking a pipe, it has a title at the bottom of the piece which reads ‘Aux Cartes 1917’. The must have taken the man who created these wonderful pieces of art hours upon hours, and how have they survived for 95 years, the leaf is so delicate and thinner than a piece of tissue paper. I have had them carefully mounted between two sheets of acid free Perspex, hopefully to keep them safe for another 95 years, I have never seen anything like it before and I doubt I will ever again, each is totally unique. This one measures 10 x 6 inches mounted.
Amazing WW1 Trench Art Silhouette ‘Machine Gunner’ The word trench art has come to mean a whole host of different items usually made from the discarded shell casings of spent projectiles; here we have trench art in its truest form. Each leaf has been painstakingly picked out with a small needle leaving behind a silhouette of trench life on the front line during the Great War. This leaf is a little smaller than the rest, here the artist has used an oak leaf which must has been a little harder to form, as the silhouettes on these leaves are a little less detailed. In this example we see a machine gunner in his trench, this is also dated 1917. The must have taken the man who created these wonderful pieces of art hours upon hours, and how have they survived for 95 years, the leaf is so delicate and thinner than a piece of tissue paper. I have had them carefully mounted between two sheets of acid free Perspex, hopefully to keep them safe for another 95 years, I have never seen anything like it before and I doubt I will ever again, each is totally unique. This one measures 8 x 6 inches mounted.
An Important Officers Blue Cloth Helmet - RA Major KIA Boer War. A truly historically important Victorian blue cloth home service helmet, which is named inside in period writing ‘J. F. Fisher. R.G.A.’ The helmet is in very good condition and comes just as found and totally untouched, this means the brass fittings, helmet plate and chin scales are heavily patinated and un-polished, so it hasn’t been touched since the officer put it away well over a hundred years ago. It belonged to Captain / Major John Francis Fisher of the Royal Garrison Artillery. He was born in the June of 1868, the eldest son of John Fisher of St Ediths, Wiltshire. He was educated at Winchester and joined the RA in July 1887. He was promoted to Lieutenant July 1890 and Captain in the April of 1898. He served on the North West Frontier 1897-98 under Sir William Lockhart with the Tirah Expeditionary Force earning the IGSM with 2 clasps. He served in South Africa from 1899 on special services where he was again promoted to the rank of Major. At this time he was commanding a battalion of Railway Pioneers at Villersdrop when it was suddenly attacked; Major John F Fisher was shot and mortally wounded on the 20th November 1901. History of this action and other research is included.
Ancient Roman Steelyard Weight Emperors Face . An ancient Roman Lead Steelyard weight, in the shape, of a mans face, probably an emperor. This is a metal detector find, so it is a little encrusted on the surface. A small iron ring which would have hung him on the scale, is missing, this would have rotted away in the ground, sadly. He measures 2.25 inches long.
Ancient Romano British Silver Ring. A scarce find, this ancient Roman silver rings dates from around the 3rd century BC. It is made of nearly pure silver and is a typical style for the time. Sometimes you find the centre button engraved, depending what they are engraved with, they can make thousands of pounds; this one is blank and it looks like it has never been engraved. During the 3rd century BC in Britain, Saxons were raiding the southeast coast forts built at Reculver and Branodunum (Brancaster). The re-building of forts near Hadrian's Wall begins due to the increasing aggression of the northern tribes. The first mention on record of the Picts attacking from the north in Eumenius' Panegyrici Latini and Mausaeus Carausius takes power in Britain and proclaims himself Emperor. This ring for its age is in remarkable condition, with a lovely patination, there is one tiny area on the shank which has been cleaned, I had to do this to test it for silver grade.
Antique 12 Bore Wad Cutter. A good old steel 12 Boer wad cutter. In good condition, could still be used but it would need re profiling and sharpening.
Antique Chinese Wicker Coolie Hat (round) This interesting hand made wicker coolie hat was worn by the Chinese/Japanese rice field workers as a sun shade, probably dating from the early part of the last century it comes in remarkable condition and is just a bit grubby. It measures 14 inches on the longest side.
Antique Clay Pipe with Soldier Head Bowl A great 19th century clay pipe with the head of a soldier as the bowl, the stem is broken but retains most of the impressed makers mark along the top (which I cant make out) it has been used but otherwise the condition is good, it measures just under 3 inches long.
Antique Dray Horse Martingale & Blinker Brow Band Cups. The title says it all really, these are good original fittings used on the dray or heavy horses and probably date from the early part of the 20th century or a little earlier. The condition is very good on the brass and the leather, no damage, just a little wear.
Antique Fireable Brass Desk Cannon on Wood Base This antique brass barrelled cannon measures 9 inches long, the barrel which is hollow with a taper hole on the top looks like it is firable and based on the colour inside has I think been fired in the past, it is mounted on a stepped wooden carriage and attached by a tight string. Ideal for a desk ornament it is heavy and comes in good condition with signs of age and use.
Antique HMS Ganges Teak Pot or Display Stand with Plaque HMS Ganges was an 84-gun second-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 10 November 1821 at Bombay Dockyard, constructed from teak. She was the last sailing ship of the Navy to serve as a flagship, and was the second ship to bear the name. She was broken up in 1930 and much of her wood was used to make souvenirs mostly with brass plaques attached such as this however all of the examples I can find are much smaller this pot or display stand measures 7 inches in diameter. It has the plaque to the front edge which reads ‘from the teak of H.M.S. Ganges the last sailing ship to serve as a seagoing flagship’. It comes in very good condition.
Antique Miniature Empereur Napoleon Tomb Token This tiny token or medallion is just 14mm in diameter, it depicts the head of the emperor Napoleon to one side and in French his tomb on the reverse, made from brass it comes in very good condition.
Antique Oak from HMS Ganges 1821 Barrel with Plaque A regular style barrel made from the wood of a famous sailing ship however the brass plaque on the front is a bit more unusual, it reads, ‘H.M.S. Ganges later Tenedos III Indus V & Impregnable III, built at Bombay 1821 broken up at Plymouth 1930, The last sailing ship to serve as sea going flagship, monomark BCM/OKETUB London W.C.1 world address’. The barrel comes in very good condition with no cracks and measures 3 inches high.
Antique Priory ¾ Wad Cutter. A good old steel ¾ inch wad cutter made by Priory England. In good condition, could still be used.
Antique Spanish Navaja Ipaya Ibi Pocket Knife A good antique Spanish made pocket/pen knife, the blade is marked Ipaya Ibi, the only one I can find of this type was sold through a Spanish auction. This example with a steel blade and wood hafts, one side inset with a white metal shape comes in good condition, the blade however has a nick in it and has been much sharpened, it measures 6.5 inches open and 3.75 closed. Shipping to UK mainland only
Antique Very Large Royal Naval White Ensign Sewn Section Flag This is a lovely example of a large Royal Naval White Ensign flag which has been constructed in sewn sections, it is marked along the hoist with the broad arrow mark, the words ‘white ens’ and the numbers 615713299, the hoist also has inset metal rings, strong thick chord sewn in and to one end a solid 9 inch what feels like a piece of wood. Condition wise for its age it is quite good, there is some roughness to the bottom edge and one tear on the bottom of the red cross, it measures roughly 8 foot 6 inches x 50 inches.
Antique White Metal Sunday School Award of Merit Medal Dating from the early part of the last century this base metal medal was awarded for regular and punctual attendance at Sunday School, around the inner rim it reads ‘patient, continuance, in well doing’/ It comes on its original ribbon and is in good but well used condition the metal being a little worn. It measures 1.5 inches in diameter.
Antique Zulu Assegai Throwing Spear. 19th Century Assegai throwing spear from the Nguni peoples. It has a 10.5 inch hand wrought spear head, a hammered stem which goes into a 37 inch slightly tapering wooden shaft, which is weighted at the bottom. The spear head is held in the shaft by a very well-made metal binding. A cleverly made spear, made for throwing. It is in very good condition very slight rusting to metal parts but all sound. Total measurement 48.5 inches. Ship to UK Mainland Only.
Antique Zulu Iklwa Stabbing Spear. A 19th century Zulu Iklwa or stabbing spear. It has a 11.5 inch hand wrought spear head with a stem going in to a 16 inch shaft and held in place by a leather binding. It is in order but needs a bit of a clean-up. The head has some light rusting, and the tip of the spear is missing, the shaft has a stable split at the bottom. A good original piece which needs a little restoration. Total length 29 inches. Ship to UK Mainland Only
Arab Tribal Stirrup. A late 19th – early 20th century wrought iron stirrup worn by the Arab tribal horsemen on the plains of Mesopotamia. It is hand wrought and decorated with incised geometric lines. A good historic piece, measuring 4.5 inches wide.
Army Emergency Reserve Cloth Badge An interesting screen printed cloth badge which has been cut but remains un-used and in perfect condition.
Art Deco Era Wooden Hand Painted Cigarette Box/Dispenser A lovely little box which has a little dogs head on the front, it is designed as a cigarette holder/dispenser, it has a sliding top lid, when opened a drawer comes out of the bottom and a cigarette would be picked up and placed in the dogs mouth, close the lid and everything goes back in place leaving the ciggy on offer. The box is made from a light soft wood and the top lid and the inner lid have been hand painted with a mountain and house in a landscape scene. It comes in very good condition for its age just a little faded on the paintwork on the top, it measures 4 inches long and just under 3 high.
Art Deco Period Scotty Dog Corkscrew A nice example of an Art Deco period corkscrew in the form of a scotty dog, he has a white metal body and has a registration number on one leg, measuring 4.25 inches long he comes in good condition, there is some loss to the metal on the body and the tail is rusty however the worm (screw) is complete.
Art Nouveau Pewter Inkwell This ornate Art Nouveau pewter inkwell has some lovely stylised decoration of flowers up the body and on the lid, these are obscured by years of tarnish but I’m sure in the right hands this will clean up a treat, it has the original glass inkwell this however has a large chip in the rim, it measures 6.5 inches wide.
Artillery Training Vol II Gunnery 1934 This version of the book was reprinted in 1939 with amendments from the 1934 issue but still carries the ’34 title, issued by the war office it was for use strictly by holders of an official position within his Majesty’s service. 277 pages of text with diagrams, it comes in good condition for its age with signs of use.
Attractive Pair of Vintage Framed & Glazed Prints ‘Officers of the British Army. An attractive pair of prints taken from the series \'officers of the British army\' and dating I should think from the early to mid 20th century. The first is an officer from the \'1st life guards\' and the second an officer from the 13th Light Dragoons. Both were printed by W. Kohler. They come in very good condition, some light foxing to the paper, the measure 15 inches x 11.5 and are strung ready for hanging.
Austrian Franz Joseph Jubilee Cross Austrian Franz Joseph Jubilee Cross The gilt bronze Jubilee Cross was founded by Emperor Franz Joseph on 14 August 1908 in preparation for his approaching 60th anniversary of reign. This one comes on a white ribbon with red stripes for the military forces. This, a most underrated medal comes in perfect condition, no loss to any of the gilt surface and the original silk ribbon is still clean and free from damage, a real beauty.
Austrian Maria Theresa Silver Thaler. The solid fine silver Maria Theresa (1740-1780) Silver Thaler coin, 23.39 grams. The Maria Theresa Thaler was originally struck in Austria between 1740 and 1780. It was the circulating currency of the Holy Roman Empire and its dominions, and it was one of the most important trade coins in Europe and the world. Since the death of Maria Theresa in 1780, the coin has always been dated 1780. It has been continuously minted in various mints around the world: Birmingham, Bombay, Brussels, London, Paris, Rome, and Utrecht, in addition to the Habsburg mints in Günzburg, Hall, Karlsburg, Kremnica, Milan, Prague, and Vienna. This one is an older posthumous issue and in superb EF condition.
Barrack Room Ballads by Rudyard Kipling. The 1961 reprint of this quaint little book, which contains various poems and verses with a military theme, which spoke to the British soldier serving in the far off reaches of the Empire. It was also the book that first referred to the average British soldier as Tommy Atkins. A great little book full of Victorian history and attitudes. It measures 4.5 x 7 inches. 208 pages. Blue Linen Boards. Original paper dust cover, overall good condition.
Beautiful Imperial German Naval Medal & Badge Group. When I saw this set, I just had to have it, it has all been so beautifully fitted into this velvet and silk lined case. Imperial Kaiserlichemarine group awarded to a Senior Wireless Operator and Petty Officer 2nd class, which includes the Iron Cross 2nd Class, a rare gilt metal Senior Wireless Operator and Petty Officer II badge, this is complete with its backing cloth, the scarcer widows cross of the honour cross and a scarce Kaiserlichemarine Silver Wound badge all in wonderful condition, and as mentioned, all in this beautiful fitted case which, by the look was done a very long time ago. A wonderful set, something you just don’t see every day, I have priced the set at what you would pay for each individual item, even though there is usually a premium for a set or group.
Beautiful WW1 Silver and Rose Gold Sweetheart Brooch – Royal Artillery This is a high quality sweetheart brooch for the Royal Artillery, the body is made from sterling silver and is marked 'sterling' to the back, the central part with the badge for the RA is silver with a covering of rose gold, it comes in super condition and measures one inch in diameter. It will be sent in a gift box.
Belgian King Albert War Veterans Medal. The Belgian Federation National des Veterans du Roi Albert medal awarded for long service in the war veterans organisation. This one has one bronze palm for three years and two silver palms for five years each, so a total of thirteen years’ service. It is in very good condition with just slight wear to the original gilt finish.
BEM Group to Mrs A Oliphant WVS. A scarce group of three awarded to Mrs Ann Oliphant for her service in the Women’s Voluntary Service during the Second World War and after. The group is comprised of the QEII British Empire Medal, this is named to Ann Mrs Oliphant, the naming looks worn as someone has tried to erase the naming but haven’t done a very good job as the naming is still very visible, please see pictures; the WW2 defence medal and the Women’s Voluntary Service, Long Service Medal. Women’s Voluntary Service for civil defence was established in 1938 by Lady Reading for the enrolment of women for Air Raid Precaution Services of Local Authorities, but after war broke out the service was renowned for any job needed doing, it was done, which included a whole host of war work by the women volunteers. The WVS played a key part in the evacuation of civilians and children from urban areas, collecting clothing required for the needy, known as "Bundles for Britain", When troops returned to ports after the evacuation at Dunkirk, members of the WVS were there to greet them and hand out food, drink and warm clothing. By the time of the Blitz, women in the WVS were adept at providing food and drink around the clock. While ARP wardens and firemen fought the fires, women in the WVS set up mobile canteens to keep them refreshed, thus placing themselves in serious physical danger with collapsing buildings a constant threat. When the raids ended, the WVS also played a part in looking after those who were injured and had lost their homes. Records indicate that the WVS dealt with and helped over 10,000 people every night of the Blitz, in the streets and at rest Centre’s around London; but working so near to the Centre of the bombing inevitably led to casualties, 241 members of the WVS were killed during the Blitz and many more were wounded, 25 WVS offices were destroyed, but these women continued to work on. Needless to say, I have only touched on the work of the WVS and WRVS during and after the war and into the present day. The BEM or its official title ‘The Medal of the Order of the British Empire for Meritorious Service’ is a hard earned and prestigious order not given lightly, so I am sure this wonderful woman’s group will prove to be a great research project, as no research has been done on this lady who served during the war and for a good many years after. All three medals are in excellent condition and mounted on a brooch back bar to be worn. Lastly on her medals still resides her WW2 WVS Civil Defence badge, this is also in very good condition.
Boer War Era Bedfordshire Slouch Hat Badge. The large white metal slouch hat badge of the Bedfordshire regiment issued from 1898 to around 1920. It comes in very good condition with light wear and toning. It measures 2.25 inches in diameter.
Boer War Era Commemorative Mug – Union is Strength This is a wonderful condition Boer war era commemorative mug , it was made by J.G. & N. London and features to the front the motto ‘ union is strength - peace with honour’, along the top edge is South Africa 1899-1900, it comes in super condition with no chips or cracks, it is transfer printed and there is slight wear to the transfer, it stands 3.25 inches high.
Boer War Era Commemorative Tea Spoon General French A super quality silver plated commemorative tea spoon depicting General French on the handle with a Beaver on the top of the terminal. On the back is the makers mark of R.C. Co (probably Rogers and Co) with the retailers name of Bravingtons. Comes in very good condition with some light surface scuffs.
Boer War Era General French Lapel Badge – USA Made An interesting Boer war era lapel pin badge with the image of General French a British officer who was a hero in both the Boer and Great wars, the badge has a lable in the back for Whitehead & Hoag of Newark New Jersey with the date of 1896, it comes in very good condition with some rust on the metal on the back and it measures 22mm in diameter.
Boer War Pair to Trimnell Wiltshire Reg. POW Casualty. A scarce Boer War Queen South Africa and Kings South Africa pair to a man who died while a Boer prisoner of war. Both medals are correctly named to 5232 Private Albert Trimnell of the 2nd Battalion (The Duke of Edinburgh's) Wilshire Regiment; the QSA has three clasps, the Cape Colony, Orange Free State and Transvaal; the KSA has the South Africa 01 & 02 claps. Upon arrival, the 2nd Wiltshire’s were with the 12th Brigade under Major General Clements. The brigade was used as an independent force dispatched to the Colesberg district, they were soon on the defensive against Boer raids once the cavalry were withdrawn to be used to use in the relief of Kimberly. They were assigned to defend an exposed position at the town of Rensburg where they met some very heavy fighting, the 2nd Wilts lost 14 men killed, 57 wounded, and more than a 100 taken as prisoners, of which private Trimnell was one. The Boers were even less prepared for prisoners of war than were the British. The first crop came in the first few days of the war, at Kraaipan. Officers were held at the State Model School in Pretoria and NCOs and men were held separately at Waterval, north of Pretoria, in the Transvaal region. Most of the time the Boers just let their prisoner go after a couple of days, the Boers stripping the prisoners of their boots and equipment, those that were held were kept in pretty poor conditions in a barbed wire enclosure with little if no shelter and food and water were scarce so the handful of British prisoners that did die in captivity (only 97) died of disease or wounds suffered in the action they were taken prisoner, unfortunately there is no record to say in which circumstance Albert Trimnell died. Both medals are in very good condition, the KSA has a light edge knock over the ‘W’ of Wiltshire, but it’s not unsightly and doesn’t really affect the value. A very interesting pair well worth further research, one of only 97 POW’s who died in captivity. It comes with the Boer war medal roll confirming his medal and clasp entitlement, his entry in the casualties of the Boer war list and the Boer War Prisoners 1899-1902 - Soldier details.
Boer War Period Lead Soldiers – Scottish Regiment Here are a set of ten, most likely Brittains lead soldiers, they have been base painted in cream and are a Scottish regiment, they came from a diarama and were inset into a scene so are missing their bases, good condition, some wear to the paintwork.
Book Knights of the Iron Cross by Gordon Williamson A history from 1939-1945 of the winners who became Knights of the Iron Cross written by Gordon Williamson and issued in 1989. 153 pages of text and photographs, the book comes in very good condition.
Book – 1st Edition the Desert Rat Sketch Book by Clifford Saber 1959 An excellent large sketch book with text covering the Desert Rat campaign in North Africa 1942-43, ‘written and illustrated on the spot, in full colour by Clifford Saber’, it comes in its original yellow protective cover, 183 pages in super condition, the outer protective cover has some damage and age related wear.
Book – A History of the Royal Army Ordinance Corps 1920-45 Written by Brigadier A. H. Fernyhough CBE MC during the 1950’s, the book details the history of the Royal army Ordinance Corps from 1920 – 45, 473 pages of text which comes in good condition with some marks to the outer cover.
Book – Air Facts and Feats by Guinness Superlatives 1970 In 1970, Guinness Superlatives launched the first in a series of books, known as the "Facts and Feats Series", as spin-offs from the popular Guinness Book of Records. The Facts and Feats books were full volumes dedicated to a single topic, which could provide greater depth to their subject matter. The first book published was "Air Facts and Feats". This example has 199 pages of facts, figures and pictures, it comes in good condition but has signs of age and use on the outer cover.
Book – Brassey’s Companion to the British Army A. Makepeace -Warne Starting with a foreword by Field Marshal Lord Bramall this 1998 flexicover edition of Brassey’s companion of the British army has 386 pages in an a-z format detailing all aspects of army terminology, histories, regiments and much more, collated and written by Antony Makepeace – Warne, the book comes in good condition with mild signs of use.
Book – History of the Baltic Campaign of 1854 A semi recent issue by Naval and Military press Ltd this book covers the history of the Baltic campaign of 1854 from documents and other materials furnished by Vice-Admiral Sir C. Napier K.C.B. Over 600 pages of text the book comes in very good condition with signs of light use and originally retailed for £22.
Book – History of the Queen’s Royal Regiment Ninth Lancers This book is a bit of a pickle, the inner contents are Victorian in date, the outer cover probably from the late 1980’s when it was rebound. On the spine it reads ‘Cannon History of the Queen’s Royal Regiment Ninth Lancers’ Cannon being Richard Cannon Esq adjutant generals officer Horse Guards, the inner Victorian frontispiece has ‘by command of his late majesty (William IV) her majesty the Queen historical records of the British army’ on another leaf ‘historical record of the ninth or the Queen’s Royal regiment of Light Dragoon Lancers from 1715 to 1841’ and this is what the book appears to be about. I think it was originally in a library and was subsequently cancelled then rebound, someone has noted a missing plate and there is a loose page at the back otherwise it is in very good condition.
Book – Horse Guards – a Definitive History from 1660 to WW2 Issued in 2006 and written by Barney White-Spunner this large and heavy book details the history of the Horse Guards from 1660 through WW2, just over 600 pages of text and pictures with later photographs it comes in very good hardly used condition.
Book – Kaiser Wilhelm II and His Navy. Published in Germany in 1912 it tells the history of the Imperial German Navy and the involvement of the Kaiser. The book itself is in poor condition but it still has some interesting features; all of its coloured plates still remain, these are usually removed and framed, also it has a screw back imperial German U-Boat badge attached to the front, this was added after the First World War as a memento, no doubt. This book comes totally as found, some of the pages inside have come loose and a section of the back is missing, but it is untouched and still a rare find.
Book – Marching with The Tigers History of the Leicester Reg 1955-1975 A good sized book entitled Marching with The Tigers the history of the Royal Leicestershire regiment 1955 -1975 by Michael Goldschmidt, published in 2009, nearly 400 pages of text and photographs. The book comes in very good condition.
Book – Nelson’s Navy 1793 – 1815 by Brian Lavery A good large sized book issued in 1992 detailing the British Navy during the Napoleonic wars, 350 pages of text and pictures it comes in as new condition with mild signs of use, originally £35 new. Large and heavy so shipping will be charged at £7.95
Book – Order of Battle of the British Armies in France Nov 1918 Issued by the Imperial War Museum as a facsimile reprint number 1 in 1989, the original book entitled ‘order of battle of the British armies in France’ was a secret serial publication compiled by the General Staff for use by the General and Staff Officers. With this copy originating from the Imperial war museum is an introduction letter about the history of the book. 121 pages of lists of regiments, it comes in very good condition.
Book – The 1st Household Cavalry 1943-44 by Garry O’Connor Subtitled ‘in the shadow of Monte Amaro’ and taken from the war diaries of 1st Household Cavalry officers. 184 pages of text with some photographs published in 2013, the book comes in excellent condition.
Book – The 7th Queen’s Own Hussars by J.M. Brereton From the ‘famous regiments’ series this 1975 issue of the 7th Queen’s Own Hussars by J.M. Brereton comes with its original dust jacket and contains 220 pages of text and photo’s, it comes in very good condition with light signs of use.
Book – The Bond of Sacrifice – Officers who fell in the Great War Vol 1 & 2 These two volumes entitled ‘the bond of sacrifice’ are a biographical record of all British officers who fell in the Great War, volume one covers August to December 1914 and vol 2 January to June 1915, between them there are best part of a thousand pages of text most if not all with photo’s of the officers, an incredible sad waste of human life. Both books are in excellent condition and are hard cover editions, large and weighty they will be £8.95 to ship.
Book – The Complete Encyclopedia of Hunting Rifles by A.E. Hartink Published in 1997 the book is a comprehensive guide to shotguns and other game guns from around the world. Over 300 pages with pictures and descriptions including a brief history, it comes in very good hardly used condition.
Book – The Grenadier Guards by R.H. Whitworth From the ‘famous regiments’ series this 1974 issue of the Grenadier Guards by R.H. Whitworth comes with its original dust jacket and contains 120 pages of text and photo’s, it comes in very good condition with light signs of use.
Book – The Last Post – Officers who Died in the South African War This book entitled ‘The Last Post’ is subtitled ‘A roll of all officers (Naval, Military or Colonial) who gave their lives for their Queen, King and Country in the South African War 1899-1902’ by Mildred G. Dooner. This edition was issued in 1980 by J.B. Hayward & Son and comes in excellent condition with a well fitted plastic protection cover.
Book – The Royal Army Service Corps by Graeme Crew From the ‘famous regiments’ series this 1970 issue of the Royal Army Service Corps by Graeme Crew comes with its original dust jacket and contains 320 pages of text and photo’s, it comes in very good condition with light signs of use.
Book – The Royal Yacht Britannia – The Official History This large hard back book comes still sealed in film and dates from circa 2003, entitled ‘The Royal Yacht – Britannia the official history’ written by Richard Johnstone-Bryden with a foreword by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, the book comes in super condition.
Book – The Sail & Steam Navy List 1815 -1889 This large book with around 350 pages of text and pictures details ‘all the ships of the Royal Navy from 1815 to 1889’ written by David Lyon and Rif Winfield and dates from 2004, even second hand this appears to be an expensive book, it comes in very good condition with mild signs of use.
Book – War memoirs of David Lloyd George Vol 2 A nice clean example of the book issued circa 1936 entitled ‘the war memoirs of David Lloyd George’ Volume two, a comprehensive recollection of the late Great War years and beyond, over 2000 pages with some pictures, it comes in good but used condition.
Book. 1879 The History of Napoleon Bonaparte by R.H. Horne An Scarce 1879 revised edition of ‘the history of Napoleon Bonaparte’ by the renowned English poet and critic Richard Henry Horne, a good biography and historical record of the famous Corsican ultimately self styled French Emperor. 520 pages of text and pictures the book, for its age is in very good condition with some wear to the spine.
Book.. Firearms Past and Present by Jaroslav Lugs Issued in two volumes and written by Jaroslav Lugs, entitled ‘firearms past and present’ and subtitled ‘a complete review of firearms systems and their histories’. Printed in 1973 the two volumes cover the earliest matchlocks to post WW2 weapons. The two books are housed in a stiff card outer cover, they come in very good condition with the outer cover having wear and a split to one edge. Together they weight heavy so shipping will be £7.95
Book.. The Queen’s Body Guard, Yeomen of the Guard Roll 1990-2006 Issued in 2006 this book details all of the personnel who served with the Queen’s body guard of the Yeoman of the guard between 1990 and 2006, it comes in very good condition having hardly been used.
Booklet – Coronation & Royal Commemorative Medals 1887-1977 Issued in 1977 to coincide with the silver jubilee and compiled by Lieutenant Colonel Howard N. Cole in conjunction with J.B. Hayward & Sons medal specialists London, 68 pages of text with odd pictures explaining the issue of the medals. Booklet size in very good condition with dust jacket.
Books – Two Volumes of the Army Quarterly 1956 and 1964 Both edited by Brigadier C.N. Barclay each booklet contains editorial and reviews of all things army covering a wide historical timeline, an internal banner describes the book as ‘not an official publication’. Both come in good but used condition.
Book….The Scots Guards 1919 – 1955 by David Erskine A modern issue book detailing the history of the Scots Guard regiment from 1919 to 1955 paying particular attention to the second world war, laid out in date order similar to a large diary. The book comes in very good hardly used condition.
Book…Spitfire a Complete Fighting History by Alfred Price A 1991 edition which combines two books first published in 1974 and 1985 under the titles ‘Spitfire at war’ and ‘Spitfire at war 2’. This edition has 301 pages of text and pictures, it comes in very good hardly used condition. A large and heavy volume.
Boxed Vintage Britain’s Die Cast Model – The Mark 1 Howitzer with Detachment 1914 This well detailed group of 5 models comes from the Britain’s Premier series and dates from the early 1990’s, this one numbered 8914 comes in its original box with certificate and features The Mark 1 4.5in Howitzer with a four piece R.A. gun detachment from circa 1914, the soldiers measures 2.35 inches high and the gun measures 5 inches long and all come in very good condition, the box showing mild storage wear. Original price ticket £94.99
Boxed Vintage Britain’s Die Cast Model – U.S. Machine Gun Section with Hotchkiss This well detailed group of 3 models comes from the Britain’s Premier series and dates from the early 1990’s, this one numbered 8938 comes in its original box with certificate and features a U.S machine gun section with a Hotchkiss 8mm machine gun, the soldiers measures 1.75 inches high and comes in very good condition, the box showing mild storage wear.
Brass Warrant Officer’s Sleeve Insignia. Brass WW1 – WW2 kings crown sleeve insignia worn by WO2. This one comes in excellent used condition with slight wear to the high points and with original backing plate.
Britain’s Collectors Club Norfolk Yeomanry. Mint. From W Britain Collectors club comes this exclusive set only available to club members and to become a member you must first pay a fee of $75 a year to be offered these wonderful detailed sets, which are now no longer available. This set is the special collector’s edition (1996) of The Norfolk Yeomanry. This set has never been out of the box and a comparable item retails for $139. See www.wbritain.com. These sets were not available in shops and all hand decorated metal figures with great detail, for collectors and investors. The Horse measures 3 inches long.
Britain’s Collectors Club WW1 German Over the Top. Mint. From W Britain Collectors club comes this exclusive set only available to club members and to become a member you must first pay a fee of $75 a year to be offered these wonderful detailed sets, which are now no longer available. This set is the special collector’s edition WW1 German Over the top. This set has never been out of the box and a comparable item retails for $195. See www.wbritain.com. These sets were not available in shops and all hand decorated metal figures with great detail, for collectors and investors. It measures around 2.75 inches high.
Britain’s Premier Series Mounted RA Officer. A WW1 Mounted Royal Artillery officer by Charles Biggs for Britain’s Premier Series. This figure comes in mint condition and in its original box and measures 3.75 inches high.
British War medal to Longhurst BRC & St J of J Ambulance Driver. A very interesting a scarce WW1 British War medal correctly named to Frederick Longhurst of the British Red Cross and St John of Jerusalem. Motor Ambulance Unit No 2. As soon as war was declared in France the Red Cross together with the St Johns Ambulance were Mobilised very quickly, sending volunteers out to France and Belgium. Frederick Longhurst landed in France on 2nd Oct 1914 and as a motor driver, this was classed as a Chauffeur and these men and later women were to drive anything they could find or was donated to bring wounded from the clearing stations to the base hospitals. The first Red Cross Ambulance garage was in Boulogne from October 1914. Before the war Frederick worked and lived at St Michaels Garage, Sunninghill, Ascot, so he was probably a confident mechanic and driver. There were in fact, two Frederick Longhurst’s at this address in 1911. A Frederick Cecil Longhurst age 5 and what looks like his uncle Frederick Longhurst aged 51, proprietor of the Cycle and Motor Garage. So, our Frederick must be the older man, who was to old to join the army in 1914, so he turned to his skills of driver machinic for the Red Cross. He would have driven from the main base in Boulogne at first and then probably moved closer to the front or on one of the ambulance convoys. Fred served with the BRC until October 1919 and he is entitled to the 1914 Star trio and the BRCS medal for the great war and two Good Conduct certificates. This medal is in excellent condition a nice scarcity to a non combatant.
Bronze Field Marshal Lord Roberts Shooting Medallion Issued by the Society of Miniature Rifle Clubs in the Edwardian period, its president was field Marshal Lord Roberts of Kandahar who is depicted on the reverse. Comes in very good condition and measures 30mm or just over an inch in diameter.
BWM & Miniature to Sister Young ARRC. QAIMNSR. A very interesting WW1 British war medal and an original WW1 era miniature silver and enamel Royal Red Cross 2nd class. Sister Agnes Patterson Young was born in Glasgow around 1886. She trained as a nurse at St Thomas’s hospital London. She enlisted into the Queens Alexandria Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve and was mobilised on 17th August 1914. She was first posted to the No 11 General Hospital, Boulogne. She moved around to many different Stationary and General hospitals, going to wherever she was needed, including a couple of stints 3rd general hospital in Abbeville during major offensives. She was a dedicated nurse a very good ward sister, her superiors thought very highly of her. In the latter part of 1917, the strain was beginning to tell, she was suffering from “Anaemia and Disability as a result of continuous duty and active service” and sent back to England. She recovered enough to still serve but she was not to return to France. She was posted to No1 Military Hospital in Canterbury, where she worked tirelessly. In June 1919 Glasgow children’s home wrote to the war office requesting her release so she could take a position there as Matron. She was demobilised in July 1919. She was awarded the Associates of the Royal Red Cross for ‘Distinguished Service’, and this appeared in the London gazette on 21st June 1918. Her full medal entitlement is the 1914-star, British war medal, Victory medal and the ARRC. This BWM and Miniature ARRC are in excellent condition and comes with various copied paperwork including her service papers, medal index card, RRC register entry, London Gazette details etc. What is needed is a thorough look through her service papers and match dates with hospitals in France and discover an accurate timeline for this lady’s incredible work in the hospitals in France.
Cameron Highlanders Glengarry Badge. The large white metal badge with Cameron Scroll issued from around 1913 but most men of the regiment preferred to wear the scroll-less, earlier badge during the fist world war. A lovely quality badge of quite early manufacture in excellent condition. Ref. C3
Canadian Royal Armoured Corps Cap Badge. A gilt metal badge with Queens crown worn by the CRAC from 1954. It comes in near perfect condition with just a little use. Ref. F11
Carved Oak Wooden Box. A delightful hand carved oak box, an apprentice piece by a young wood carver in the 1930’s. It was wrought by a young man Stephen Blake at the age of 15. It is very nicely carved in the medieval style with scrolls, on the top and around all four sides. Inside there is a little tray the pulls out, this is also made of oak with little handles on the side. It is no Grinling Gibbons, but a charming piece, which measures 10 x 6 x 4 inches high.
Carved Wood Box Earl of Carrick’s Own Ayrshire Yeomanry This very well carved wood box dates I think from the early 1920’s, it has the badge for the Earl of Carrick’s Own Ayrshire Yeomanry carved to the lid and the subtle changes to the badge leads me to think that it was produced in the early 20’s when the regiment was in the middle East post the Great War and this is born out by the carved panel on the front which appears to be Arab style writing, the lid also has a name carved in ‘schiano’ which I am unable to trace. The box is a simple fitted lid with no hinge and it comes in very good condition with mild signs of use and wear, it measures10.5 long.
Cased Vintage Civil Defence Medal – Un named with Instructions The Civil Defence Medal (CDM) is a long service award by the United Kingdom, instituted by Queen Elizabeth II in March 1961 and awarded for 15 years continuous service in a variety of different organisations including the Civil Defence Corps (CD), the Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS), the National Hospital Service Reserve . This example has not been named and comes mounted on its ribbon with two extra bits of ribbon and the original printed instructions for use and position of wear. The box was produced by the Royal Mint and is marked accordingly in the lid. The medal comes in very good condition, it has been worn and shows a little tarnish in places, the box is in good order with some staining to the silk in the lid.
Cased Vintage Six Piece Technical Drawing Set A good quality 6 piece vintage technical drawing set, it was made in Germany and the larger pieces are marked accordingly, it has a lable in the lid for a previous owner, D. Thompson form U3c Manchester grammar school. The set comes in good condition with signs of age and use housed in a leather case which opens by way of pulling out a pin on the side. The case measures just under 5.5 inches long.
Centurions of a Century. Suffolk 12th Regiment of Foot. By C. H. Gardiner. 1st Edition. Centurions of a Century (19th century) is an interesting book and covers the wars between 1748, the seven years’ war and 1902, the Anglo Boer war. It first describes how an army was raised and a little about army law and then a brief history up to the seven years’ war 1748. It is full of historical facts concerning every war from the date above and the roll in which the Suffolk’s played in important battles. It is not too heavy for an easy read and very enlightening to anyone who loves military history. all plates are present, the first plate “off to the Crimea” is loose. This book is in good readable condition, linen with light scuffing to the front cover and front and back boards slightly detached. Written by C. H. Gardiner who served with the Suffolk regiment as an officer for 27 years.
Charles I Hammered Silver Shilling. Charles I (1600 – 1649) hammered silver Shilling. Bust visible slight deformation to edge otherwise very good.
Circa 1936 Spanish Civil War Era Leather Belt and Brass Buckle A nice quality strong leather adjustable belt with a brass buckle dating from the Spanish civil war era circa 1936, it currently measures 38 inches but would adjust by a couple of inches more, comes in good but used condition with signs of age and use.
Cloth Formation Patch – Northern Army Group A super quality embroidered cloth formation patch for the Northern Army Group, comes in super condition and has been mounted on a card.
Coldstream Guards NCO’s Puggaree Badge. A Staff Sergeant’s, Warrant Officer’s Puggaree badge in white metal with enamelled detail. Quite a nice old piece in excellent used condition, lightly toned and measures 3 x 3.5 inches.
Coldstream Guards Officers Cap Badge. A nice old super quality officers dress cap badge, white metal, with gilt centre of pierced metal and enamel. It is in excellent original condition with some toning.
Coldstream Guards OR’s Puggaree Badge. An other ranks Puggaree badge in gilding metal with a good amount of age. It is in excellent used condition, lightly toned and measures 3 x 3.5 inches.
Collection of Antique RE Buttons. Here we have a collection of Royal Engineers uniform buttons; 3 x Edward VII, 3 x George V and one rare Edward VII Royal Engineers Volunteer button. Seven in all.
Collection of Vintage Scouting Badges Etc. A nice collection of scouting badges and also a Jamboree silk handkerchief. Including Boy Scout cap badge, Be Prepared badge, 100 year jamboree commemorative badge 1957. Jamboree pin badge, three buttonhole badges and the handkerchief, this is made of silk and is screen printed with the Union flag with ‘Be Prepared’ and other patriotic sayings on each side; I think this date from the WW2 era or earlier. All of these items ate in very good condition and without damage.
Collection of Women’s Royal Army Corps Insignia. A framed collection of the cap badges worn by the WRAC, from the scarce kings crown badge issued from 1949 to 1953, a pair of kings crown officers collar badges, issued same date as cap badge. To the queens crown badges issued from 1953 to 1992, in their various metals and finishes. All are good original badges, which come in good but used condition; the officer’s collar dogs are particularly fine in gilt brass. All are now mounted and glazed in an attractive little wood frame, ready for display.
Complete Pair of German MG13 Magazines & Pouches. A pair of German MG 13 machine Gun pouches full of original magazines. The MG 13 was introduced into service in 1930, where it served as the standard light machine gun until 1935 and some were sold off to aid Spain in the Spanish Civil war, the rest were put in storage, these later saw use in World War II by second line German units. As it was easy to handle and reload, many second line troops could use the MG 13 with efficiency. This was one of the main weapons used in the machine gun emplacements during the German occupation. This full set of eight magazines and heavy weight pouches were left behind when the Germans left in 1945. They are in excellent condition; each magazine has the relevant German marking and the pouches, which are also in very good order have signs of wear and use but retain all their original straps etc. each pouch measures 15.5 inches long and both pouches together are quite heavy, so the shipping will be £14.95 to UK mainland. Ship to UK mainland only.
Complete WW2 German Officers Cap Insignia. Complete WW2 era German army officers cap insignia, comprising of; the Eagle. It is very good, used condition, still retaining both pins on the back. it is marked with the number 38 and the makers mark for Herman Aurich. The Wreath and Cockade. Is constructed in one piece structure with the cockade made up of two pieces with red cloth sandwiched between. It comes in very good used condition and still retains one of its original pins on the back. The Chin Strap. A lovely quality metal bullion strap of twisted bullion wire, which is cold to the touch. It has been used, so the silver colour isn’t as bright as it once was, but there is no fraying or brakes. A wonderful original complete set, in very good original condition, ready for a cap or it will look fabulous just on display in the cabinet.
Copy Miniature Afghanistan Medal with Kabul Clasp This is a good quality copy miniature Afghanistan medal with the Kabul clasp, the original medal was issued in 1878 -80, comes in very good unused condition.
Copy Miniature Ashantee Medal with Coomassie Clasp This is a good quality copy miniature Ashantee medal with the Coomassie clasp, the original medal was issued 1873 -74, comes in very good unused condition.
Copy Miniature Waterloo Medal This is a good quality copy miniature Waterloo medal, the original medal was issued in 1815, comes in very good unused condition.
Crimea era Paper Sampler from a Young Girl to Her Father A paper sampler which could be store bought was probably embroidered by a young girl at the time, the paper is punched with holes for the little girl to follow and these were sold in all sorts of subjects and sizes. This one is commemorating the Crimean war, my pictures don’t really do this piece justice but to each side of the embroidery stands a soldier and the centre is embroidered ‘God Defend The Right’ with the British and French flags. Like all silk thread it is prone to fading and parts have faded but are still visible; the whole thing is still in its beautiful little Victorian mahogany frame and glass, on the back is written ‘Crimea 1856 To My Father on Retirement from the War By Lydia Engligh’, this is written in pencil but under this is the name L. J. Goodwin written in pen. A wonderful historic piece which rarely survive today, this frame has never been opened and should be left, but is you with to make this piece really stand out, just a piece of dark coloured card behind the sampler would make all the difference.
Crimean War Casualty Rolls I have at my disposal the confirmed casualty roll for the Crimean war. This includes battle casualties, wounded and prisoners of war but does not include those who died of sickness, this information usually appears on the medal roll anyway. Also the roll of the Light Brigade, this includes confirmed chargers, casualties, wounded and non-chargers. I am happy to check any information on anyone who served in the Army, Navy or Cavalry during the Crimean war free of charge, but please contact me by text only with Name, Number and Regiment, I will get back to you with any information as soon as possible.
D of E Royal Regiment Beret Badge. The very attractive little badge worn on the beret of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Royal regiment. It is the white metal cross from the Wiltshire regiment and the brass Chinese Dragon in the centre of the Royal Berkshire’s representing their merger. this badge was used from around 1970 and it is in lovely used condition. Ref. F22
Daily Telegraph Military Obituaries Book 1 and 2. The Daily Telegraph book of Military Obituaries Book 1 and 2. By David Twiston Davies. These books are moor interesting than they sound with around 100 Obituaries in each book, and they tell the amazing stories of the not so well-known military heroes, who were sadly only truly honoured in their Obituary. Both books are new and unused with a total retail ticket of £35.98.
Deagostini by Cassandra Die Cast Hand Painted Figure – Austrian Cuirassier (3) A super mounted figurine from Deagostini by Cassandra, die cast and hand painted, this one is an Austrian Cuirassier, comes in very good condition and stands just under 4.25 inches high.
Deagostini by Cassandra Die Cast Hand Painted Figure – French Cuirassier (6) A super mounted figurine from Deagostini by Cassandra, die cast and hand painted, this one is a French Cuirassier, comes in very good condition and stands just under 4.25 inches high.
Deagostini by Cassandra Die Cast Hand Painted Figure – French Grenadier (4) A super mounted figurine from Deagostini by Cassandra, die cast and hand painted, this one is a French Imperial guard horse grenadier, comes in very good condition and stands just under 4.25 inches high.
Deagostini by Cassandra Die Cast Hand Painted Figure – French Guard (7) A super mounted figurine from Deagostini by Cassandra, die cast and hand painted, this one is a French imperial guard Empress Dragoon, comes in very good condition and stands just under 4.25 inches high.
Deagostini by Cassandra Die Cast Hand Painted Figure – Prussian Life Hussar (1) A super mounted figurine from Deagostini by Cassandra, die cast and hand painted, this one is a Prussian life Hussar, comes in very good condition and stands just under 4.25 inches high.
Deagostini by Cassandra Die Cast Hand Painted Figure – Russian Guard (5) A super mounted figurine from Deagostini by Cassandra, die cast and hand painted, this one is a Russian guard cavalryman, comes in very good condition and stands just under 4.25 inches high.
Deagostini by Cassandra Die Cast Hand Painted Figure – Scots Greys (2) A super mounted figurine from Deagostini by Cassandra, die cast and hand painted, this one is a British 2nd dragoons – Scots Greys, comes in very good condition and stands just under 4.25 inches high.
Death Plaque & Pair to Keynton Berks / Warwick Reg. 1st Day Casualty Amiens 1918. A WW1 memorial Plaque, British war and victory medal all correctly named to 26547 Private William John Keynton 1/5th battalion Royal Warwickshire regiment; it comes with a few pages of research, the commonwealth war graves commision certificate, soldiers died in the Great War register and medal index card, so below is a brief account of this man’s service history. William John Keynton was born in Wootton-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire around 1899. He enlisted into the Gloucestershire regiment or was drafted sometime during 1916/17 and was later transferred into the 8th Royal Berkshire Regiment. Williams’s earlier service needs research when with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, he must have seen action at the Battle of Albert, the Battle of Bazentin Ridge, the Battle of Pozieres Ridge, the Battle of the Ancre Heights, and the Battle of the Ancre during 1916. During 1917 the German Retreat to the Hindenburg Line, the Battle of Langemarck, the Battle of Polygon Wood, the Battle of Broodseinde, and the Battle of Poelcapelle. But here we join him after the February of 1918 when he was transferred into the 8th battalion Berkshires regiment, probably around the November of 1917; they formed part 53rd brigade of the 18th (Eastern) division. he was present at the battle St Quentin in the March of 18 his battalion was with the 5th army under Gough; then off to the Somme at Avre and the actions of Villers-Brettoneux, next came the Battle of Amiens, the battle opened on the 8th August 1918, William’s battalion, the 8th this time was with the Fourth Army under Rawlinson, this was a significant action of the war, Allied forces advanced over seven miles on the first day, one of the greatest advances of the war, with the 4th Army playing the decisive role. The battle began in dense fog at 4:20 am on 8 August 1918 the British Fourth Army was in the centre of the advancing front supported by a battalion of 72 Whippet tanks. The attack was so unexpected that German forces only began to return fire after five minutes. In the first phase, seven divisions attacked: the British 18th (Eastern) and 58th (2/1st London), the Australian 2nd and 3rd, and the Canadian 1st, 2nd and 3rd Divisions. Parts of the American 33rd Division supported the British attackers north of the Somme. The attackers captured the first German position, advancing about 4,000 yards by about 7:30 am. The British Fourth Army took 13,000 prisoners while the French captured a further 3,000. Total German losses were estimated to be 30,000 on 8 August. The Fourth Army's casualties, British, Australian and Canadian infantry, were approximately 8,800 of which William John Keynton was just one. He is now remembered with honour at the Vis-En-Artois Memorial, France. He was the Son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Keynton, of Haw St., Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, he was aged just 19. Both the plaque and the medal pair are in superb condition, both medals are named to the Royal Warwickshire regiment
Decorative Edwardian Silver Vesta – Birmingham 1908 A smaller sized silver vesta fully hallmarked for Birmingham 1908 and having the makers mark of WHH, it comes in good condition but has a number of dents across the body, it measures just under 1.75 inches long.
Decorative Wooden Model of Early 19th Century Naval Mortar This is a great display piece, made from wood it is a model of an early 19thC Naval mortar complete with sailor, ball and barrels of powder, it comes in very good condition and measures 9.5 inches x 6.
Defeat of the Ashantees. 19thC Hand Coloured Print. A framed and glazed hand colloured print from around the 1830’s. it is entitled ‘Defeat of the Ashantees – the British forces under the command of Col’l Sutherland July 1824’. I will let the picture talk for itself, please see photographs. This print depicts an engagement from the 1st Ashanti War (1823-1825). The British wanted to stop the incursions made from the interior by the warlike Ashanti against the more peaceable Fanti tribe which inhabited the coastal region. The Ashanti was also opposed to British efforts to end the slave trade as they supplied most of Europe with slaves of peaceful coastal peoples such as the Fante and the Ga from that region of Africa. This print is in very good condition with slight signs of a crease down the centre. It has been in this frame for quite a long time but could be hung straight on the wall, but it would benefit from opening and cleaning. It measures 23 x 16 inches.
Dorsetshire Regiment Cap Badge. The brass and white metal layered badge of the Dorsetshire regiment. This type of badge was issued from 1900 until 1951 when it became the Dorset regiment. This one is a WW1 to WW2 badge, it is a well made badge with no economy elements. It is in lovely original condition with a nice even tone. Ref. M2
Durham Light Infantry Cap & Shoulder Badge Set. All white metal cap badge and shoulder title for the Durham light Infantry. Both pieces are in excellent but used condition.
Early 1930’s German Iron Front Members Pin. The Iron Front was formed on 16 December 1931 in the Weimar Republic by the Social Democratic Party it was chiefly opposed the paramilitary organisations of both the fascist National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP), known as the Nazi Party, and the Communist Party of Germany (KPD). In November 1932 the party adopted this three arrows badge. The organisation was abolished in 1933 when Hitler became chancellor of Germany. This scarce little pin is in excellent original used condition.
Early 1960’s Austin Sales Brochure Full Range of Cars. An original polychrome Austin sales brochure for their full range of cars; including the 1800, the Mini, A60 Saloon, A40, 1100 Saloon and the A110 Westminster. It was compiled by the Austin Distributors of London and Essex. It measures around A4 in size and folds out to A2 and comes in very good condition.
Early 19th Century Hair Curling Tongs Ever wondered how those Regency ladies got ringlets in their hair, well it was with a pair of these curing tongs. Made of a mild steel they are quite unrefined, they were heated by the fire of lamp and used to curl hair. Silver plated and decorated versions didn’t start appearing until Queen Victoria took up the practice in the 1840’s. this pair date around 1810-20. They come in very good condition and measure 11 inches long. An interesting curiosity.
Early 19th Century Percussion Pocket Pistol. A beautiful little pocket pistol, with a turn off barrel, which is approximately 75 bore. It has a lock, which is engraved with scrolls, and a hard wood slab grip with a small white metal cartouche let in. The action is in excellent working condition, nice and tight. It also is untouched and unrestored; it has a lovely all over dark patination and hasn’t been cleaned for many years. A superb little piece which is obsolete calibre, so completely safe and legal to own. It measures 6 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only.
Early 19th Century Print of the Battle of Camperdown 1797. An original hand coloured print circa 1800 of Admiral Duncan’s victory over the Dutch fleet in 1797. The Battle of Camperdown (known in Dutch as the Zeeslag bij Kamperduin) was a major naval action fought on 11 October 1797, between the British North Sea Fleet under Admiral Adam Duncan and a Batavian Naval fleet under Vice-Admiral Jan de Winter. The battle was the most significant action between British and Dutch forces during the French Revolutionary Wars and resulted in a complete victory for the British, who captured eleven Dutch ships without losing any of their own. This antique print is in very good condition, the white space is a little discoloured but this is nice and even and doesn’t look unsightly. It is framed and glaze in a 1950’s style of frame and measures 14 x 10.5 inches. Ready to hang.
Early 19th Century Tower Musket Flintlock Plate. A Georgian musket flintlock plate marked with the Crown with ‘G R’ under and it has the maker’s name of J & W Richards. It has a few lock parts luckily the hard to find bits; it has its original bolster, tumbler, bridle, hammer post and sear spring and comes in very good condition, no rust just a nice dark patina. It measures 5.75 inches long.
Early 19thC Shellac Town Seal Impressions. (3) During the late 18th century, collecting fever took over the middle and upper classes in Britain. All sorts of things were being collected, from butterfly’s and insects to lavish Greek and Roman antiquities from the grand tour. The less wealthy collected things such as these. They would go on a tour of their own in this country and visit town halls and take impressions of the country, grand and even royal charter seals, by permission of course. This was done with Shellac, the latex of the day. These were highly prized by collectors of the day, a unique souvenir of each town visited. Here we have a small collection of these Shellac impressions. It will take a little research to find out what they are, but each is a very interesting piece of antiquity. They are all in good order but being over 150 years old have some amount of fragility. The largest measures 1.5 x 3 inches.
Early 20th Century Advertising Cloths Brush. An old natural bristle close brush, probably a free gift from Bradleys Taylors and Outfitters Chester. It measures 9.5 inches long and looks unused.
Early 20th Century Flint Gas lighter. This little tool lit your gas burner in the 1910’s -20’s. an ingenious little device which holds a flint and strikes to light a gas flame. The metal construction is fitted into a wooden handle. All works well just needs new flint.
Early 20th Century French Binoculars Iris De Paris A good pair of early 20thC French binoculars marked on both barrels one has ‘ hippique’ and the other ‘marque iris de Paris’, they are brass bodied with black paint and leather grips, the optics are nice and clear but the body shows signs of age and use missing one of the leather grips.
Early 20thC 800g Silver Argentinian Gaucho Knife. A fantastic early 20th century Argentinian Gaucho Knife. The hilt is made of 800 grade silver with repousse decoration and further embellished with what tests as around 18ct gold flowers. It has a good steel blade with maker’s details for La Movediza, Argentina. The scabbard is the same, made of 800 grade silver and overlaid with 18ct gold flowers. The large and ornate belt clip is marked with the makers details and 800, for the grade of silver and the words Argentina Industria which was used up until the art deco period. A really beautiful piece which similar are still being made today, completely by hand by such renown silversmiths as Daniel Escasany of Buenos Aires but using .925 sterling silver and throwing off their earlier German influences. It comes in perfect condition, only the blade shows a little wear. It measures 9 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only
Early 20thC Blackened Brass Binoculars – Military Issue? Unusually these binoculars totally lack any makers details unless it is very well hidden under the black paint. The body is brass which has been blackened and the barrels are black leather clad, they are adjustable and the optics are very good and clear but would benefit from a strip down clean, they measure 6.5 inches closed and aside from general age use marks have a dent on one eye piece.
Early 20thC Bronze Army Rifles Association Medal A very good quality bronze medal for the Army rifles association, this example has not been engraved on the reverse for a recipient and comes in very good condition on its original ribbon, the disc measures 40mm in diameter.
Early 20thC Cased Casella London Anemometer Air Meter A finely balanced technical instrument made by Casella London to measure low speed air speed to 1000 feet, the anemometer measures air speed, air velocity or air flow and is used for sailing, water sports amongst other uses, this example comes in its original box with brass mount, the body is blackened brass and the wind veins are very finely balanced. It comes in working order and shows mild signs of age and use, the unit stands just under 3.5 inches high.
Early 20thC Combined Prismatic Sighting Compass and Clinometer Housed in their original leather holder complete with straps and buckle this pair of instruments date from the Boer war period up to and including the Great War, the blackened brass compass was made by J. Hicks of Hatton Garden London and the clinometer is marked ‘Watkin’s clinometer patent 217 J. Hicks 8 Hatton Garden London’ and it is numbered 178, quite a low number compared to other examples available, both appear to be in good but aged condition and the compass is free spinning, the leather holder has the name B. Brittan hand written on one side, possibly an officer during the war. A good order pair of precision instruments.
Early 20thC Queen’s Own Worcestershire Hussars Brass Button 6 A nice example of an early Pre WW1 brass button for the Queen’s own Worcestershire Hussars, it carries their battle honours for service during the Boer war, it is maker marked on the back for Jennens & Co Ltd London a mark which was used from 1912-1924, the ornate button comes in very good condition with some surface marks to the metal and measures 26mm in diameter. In 1837, Queen Victoria altered the title of the regiment which was for the future to bear the designation of the Queen's Own Worcestershire Hussars.
Early 20thC Solid Brass and Wood Carriage Desk Cannon This is a well constructed 1920's desk cannon made from a brass barrel mounted on a black painted wooden carriage, it has metal wheel which turn and the barrel moves up and down, it comes in very good condition just some light wear to the black paint and it measures 7 inches long.
Early RAF Air Gunners Badge. The brass winged bomb issued from around 1920 to 1939. This one comes in excellent used condition. Ref. AF10
Early RAF PT Instructors Brass Sleeve Badge. This style of Physical Training Instructors badge was used from 1923 to 1949, however the later badges appeared in cloth. This example is in excellent condition. Ref. L23
Early REME Bullion Badge. A large early Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers badge in silk and bullion wire. It is in good used condition and measures 3.5 x 4.5 inches.
Early Royal Highland Fusiliers Glengarry Badge. The gilt brass and white metal badge used from aro0und 1960 when the Highland Light Infantry was amalgamated with the Royal Scots Fusiliers to form the new regiment, soon after the anodised badge was issued. This one is in very good used condition. Ref. N3
Early Solid Silver Copy Queens Sudan Medal. A solid silver cast copy of the 1896 – 1898 Queens Sudan medal. These were produced in the late 1970’s / early 1980’s as collector’s copies and were never produced to deceive. The quality is just beautiful, cast from the original medal and a super gap filler or replacement, better than any modern copy, now nicely toned and on silk ribbon.
Early Victorian Military Marked Pewter Soldiers Spoon A large bowled pewter spoon, it is stamped VR with 23 in-between on the inside of the bowl and has the broad arrow with 47 (possibly the year date) on the back of the bowl, it measures 7.25 inches long and has had an active life with dings and dents.
Early Victorian Plated Cheese Scoop. A good early Victorian silver plated cheese scoop with an ivory handle. It is in excellent original condition and a nice piece of dining history. it measures 9 inches long.
East Kent Regiment (the Buffs) Officers Cap Badge A super officer’s bronze cap badge for the Buffs, East Kent Regiment. A beautiful quality badge in just about mint condition with a nice bright colour. Ref. C6
Echoes, from the Battlefields of South Africa by Dudley Kidd 1900 Written from the prospect of SAGM the South Africa General Mission, a group of missionary based people who went among the soldiers on and off the battlefield and detailed the events as they happened, 192 pages of text and adverts at the back, good condition with signs of age and use.
Edward I Long Cross Silver Penny. Edward I Silver long cross penny, London mint. Edward I also known as Edward Longshanks and the Hammer of the Scots, was King of England from 1272 to 1307. This penny is in very good VF condition.
Edward I Long Cross Silver Penny. 2 Edward I Silver long cross penny, London mint. Edward I also known as Edward Longshanks and the Hammer of the Scots, was King of England from 1272 to 1307. This penny is in good VG condition.
Edward VIII Souvenir Match Box Cover. Given with compliments by A Whyman of the Invicta (Pub) Ashford, Kent and shows a line portrait of the Future King. It comes in excellent unused condition.
Edwardian / WW1 Era Naval Captain’s Full Dress Uniform. A sunning Royal Naval Captains full dress uniform. The double-breasted tailcoat, which is probably late Victorian, is made of Melton wool fabric and embellished with gilt buttons and gold bullion insignia. It is also as a quilted wool lining and comes with the matching trousers. The coat comes with the original accessories tin which contains the Bicorn hat which has matching buttons and fine gold bullion tassels and cockade. And the shoulder boards, again gold bullion with a silver anchor and kings crown of siler and red velvet. The hat and shoulder boards are in superb condition, with some signs of use. The coat is also in great order but has one old area of moth damage on the shoulder, but this is completely covered by the shoulder boards. It obviously shows signs of light use and age as does the trousers, but over all a beautiful complete uniform which has seen some service, which my pictures really do not do justice. The Tailcoat measures Chest 36, Waist 32. Trousers, Waist 32, Inside leg 29 inches.
Edwardian Brass Dress Belt Buckle. A good Edwardian infantry dress, two part belt buckle, used from 1901 to 1914. A lovely old buckle in excellent condition, showing just light wear to the surface. With 1.75 inch belt loops.
Edwardian Hallmarked Silver and Rose Gold ladies Brooch This very pretty brooch is clearly hallmarked on the back for Birmingham 1912 and has a makers mark of S Bros, the front is decorated with rose gold inter twinned hearts surrounded with gilded flowers, it comes in very good order but the silver is tarnished and this brooch will shine up with a good clean, it measures 1.75 inches long and will come in a display box.
Edwardian John Jaques Snap Cards. The original Snap game hand coloured playing cards by John Jaques. These cards from Jaques & Son c.1910 edition with square corners. Designed by John Tenniel (1820-1914), had joined the staff of Punch magazine in 1851 and contributed over 2000 cartoons. He also illustrated numerous books. His fantastic characters on the fast-paced game of Snap have captured the imaginations of children for over a century. He was knighted by Queen Victoria in 1893. This is a rare original set not a reprint, all cards have been hand coloured and come in very good condition. They come in the original box which is a bit scruffy.
Edwardian Royal Artillery Officers Home Service Helmet. A beautiful Edwardian home service worn by an officer of the royal artillery. This one comes in near mint condition, let’s start at the top. the ball and spike plate is gilded brass with silver rose studs and ball embellishments. All of the original gilt finish remains and the silver parts are heavily tone and looks as if it has never been polished. The only wear here is very slight to the top of the ball. The kings crown artillery plate with movable wheel is also in mint condition and never been polished, here again all the original gilt finish is still present. The chinstrap of gilded brass chain has a little wear but about 50% of the gilt is there. it has one gilt brass and one silver rose side bosses, these are again perfect and untouched. The inside of the helmet is just as good; you can see it has been worn as there is a little wear to the leather sweatband and there is a little split to the red silk, about an inch long, silk can deteriorate easily just through time. Inside are the maker’s details for Hawkes & Co London, which explains the overall stunning quality of this helmet. This helmet also comes in its original unnamed tin. If you are looking to buy a good home service helmet, you will not find better with this one and it holds great investment potential.
Edwardian Silver Name Brooch – LILIAN A lovely Edwardian silver ladies brooch, embellished with the name of Lilian. It has a small but clear hallmark for Birmingham 1907. A very pretty brooch, which also has engraved decoration. It measures; 1.75 inches long.
Edwardian/WW1 Naval Officers Sword Belt & Buckle A nice example of an Edwardian up to WW1 Navy officers leather sword belt with brass buckle, it includes the hanger with brass loop, it measures up to a 34 inch waist showing signs of age and use, there is some wear to the leather and is still quite supple.
Elegant 1930's Cut Crystal Whisky Decanter A super quality vintage cut crystal whisky decanter, look like it has never had any contents as the inside is so clean but there is evidence of use around the neck and there is a small chip to the base peg of the stopper, stands just over 10 inches high.
Elisabeth I Hammered Silver Sixpence. Elisabeth I (1533 –1603) Hammered Silver Sixpence. Both sides worn but bust and crossed shield still visible, good condition.
Excellent Quality Replica WW2 German Heer Officers Cap A super quality and condition replica cap for a Heer officer from the German army, it has a label with ‘60’ on it inside I am assuming this is the size which is medium to large. Perfect condition and a perfect vehicle for displaying original cap insignia.
Falklands War Veteran Royal Fleet Air Arm Tunic This Royal Fleet Air Arm tunic dates from around or just after the Falklands war era and belonged to a man who was a veteran of this conflict, it is a double breasted dark blue/near black tunic with annodised buttons, it has rank insignia on the collar and the patches for an aircraft handler, there is an attached medal bar with the ribbons for the South Atlantic medal for the Falklands war with rosette for operational service, and the Royal Naval long service and good conduct medal. It comes in very good but used condition and has a 40 inch chest.
Famous Original Watercolour Painting by Joe Crowfoot. Artist Joe Crowfoot was born in Suffolk in 1946 and is very famous locally for his paintings of ships, farm scenes and WW2 aviation themes, Joe sadly passed away in 2017 but was an accomplished artist and is much sought after all over the world. This original watercolour is probably his most famous. It was reproduced many times as prints and greetings cards. It shows a Norfolk US Air Base During the second world war the 446th Bomb group, one of Joe’s favourite subject. A B24 Bomber comes come from a mission, while an air force officer waits watching in his jeep. This is beautifully painted and well mounted and framed. It has Joe’s signature bottom left hand side. This particular picture was a presentation piece in 2007 and has a printed presentation on the back. It comes in perfect condition and measures 21 x 17 inches. Shipping via courier priced at £12.95
Famous Regiments – The West Yorkshire Regiment. One of a series of books giving a history of a regiment, in this case the West Yorkshire regiment and the old 14th regiment of foot. It covers the period from 1742 to 1956 including the Waterloo, the Crimean war WW1 and 2 etc. Quick and easy to read, not a concise volume but a lot packed into 77 pages, for a basic history highlighting the great battles, this is a great little book.
Fantastic Original Victorian Photograph Royal Horse Artillery with Cannon This is a super original Victorian photograph of members of the Royal Horse Artillery posing alongside a breech loading 12 pounder canon, each man has a different length of whiskers and most are holding a swagger stick. The canon is in spotless condition and you can see the ram rod and bucket underneath. Comes in a decent size measuring 11 inches x 9 and the mount measures 15.75 inches x 13. The condition given its age is very good, there are a few surface marks on both the photo and mount.
Fine Pair Victorian Binoculars by Negretti & Zambra. A beautiful pair of 19th century Binoculars made by Negretti and Zambra of Hatton Garden London, maker to the Queen; they have Galilean optics set in to a brass body with sliding eye pieces, these date from anything around the 1860’s – 90’s so in military terms these were probably a private purchase, they are also engraved with the original owners monogram and would have been very expensive in the day as well as carrying kudos with collectors today. The firm Negretti and Zambra was a producer of scientific and optical instruments and also operated a photographic studio based in London from around 1850, Henry Negretti (1818–1879) and Joseph Zambra (1822–1897) formed a partnership in 1850, thereby founding the firm which would eventually be appointed opticians and scientific instrument makers to Her Majesty Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and Edward VII, the Royal Observatory and the British Admiralty. This pair comes in quite remarkable condition considering their age and function, they are now heavily patinated and have not been cleaned for years, however the lenses are clear and clean and have quite good magnification with clarity better than some modern examples. A fabulous antique collectable that is still a joy to use.
Fine Sterling Silver Gilt Royal Engineers Pendant and Chain This is a very fine and delicate sterling silver gilt pendant for the Royal Engineers, it would date from the Great war era up to the mid 30’s as it is marked for George V, marked to the back with ‘Sterling’ the front has been very delicately engraved with the King’s cypher and the motto for the RE. Comes in super condition just needing a clean and it measures .75 inches in diameter.
Five British 1866 .577 Snider–Enfield Projectiles (3) Three period .577 Snider–Enfield Projectiles found at the site of the 19th century Blackpool Militia shooting range, used to test the new rifle in 1866. Here we have five fired lead projectiles, some with steel tips, all are in very good fired condition.
Five Good Vintage London County Council Ambulance Service Buttons Here is a good group of five, four large and one small button for the London County Council ambulance service from the early to mid part of last century, the four large which are not maker marked have I think a bakelite front with a metal back, the small is brass and marked for H. Lotery & Co London, they all come in very good condition.
Five Packaged Del Prado Men at War Series Lead Soldiers Here are a group of five still in their packaging Del Prado men at war series lead soldier, each pack includes its magazine relating to the particular soldiers unit. All are in excellent condition though the packaging varies in its condition, this group includes: French army WW1 – Infantry corporal Verdun 1916 German Army WW2 – Private 2nd machine gun battalion Tobruk 1941 The Scots – Piper Black Watch 1914 German Army WW1 – 1st Prussian foot guards Royal Air Force WW2 – fighter pilot 1940
Five Taylor & Barret Lead Soldiers The company of Taylor & Barret was established in the early 1920’s in London by two demobbed soldiers, they made lead toys and soldiers such as these, their factory was bombed out in 1940 and they never returned to the same kind of production so I can safely date these for late 1920 into the 30’s, they are hand painted and marked to the base, originally they would have had full bayonets on the rifles but sadly all are broken, otherwise they are in playworn condition standing just over two inches high.
Five Vintage Books Napoleon and his Regiments (2) These little books are remarkably informative, within this group of five we have: French Napoleonic Artillery The years of Napoleon French Napoleonic line infantry French Napoleonic Lancer regiments Foot regiments of the Imperial guard Issued mainly in the early 1970's they are all in very good condition.
Five Vintage Lead Soldiers – WW2 Army (1) Here are 5 vintage hand painted lead soldiers, one is marked to the base with crescent toys England and one with made in England, they come in fair but used condition with some paint loss and a hand missing on one, they stand approx. 2 inches high.
Four British Army Lanyards. Here are four British army lanyards in one lot. Maroon for the Royal Army Medical Corps, Yellow & Dark Blue for Royal Logistics Corps, Red Blue & Yellow for the Royal Electrical & mechanical Engineers and Red & Green for the Royal Tank Regiment. All as new and unused.
Four Circa 1970’s Aviation, Pilots and Instruction Books Here are four instruction books for pilots, they include: aviation law for pilots 1973, a checklist for Cessna 150 and 172, flying the VOR 1974 and identifying private aircraft since 1946 dated 1967, all come in good but used condition.
Four Victorian United Service Club Brass Buttons & Two Others The United Service Club was a London gentlemen's club founded in 1815 for the use of senior officers in the British Army and Royal Navy – those above the rank of Major or Commander – and the club was accordingly known to its members as "The Senior". These four large brass buttons are of a very high quality made by Firmin of London they show the founding date of 1815 within the design, very good condition they each measure 26mm in diameter and come with two small ‘The Corn Exchange Company’ brass buttons, these are also made by Firmin and come in super condition measuring 16mm in diameter.
Four Vintage Books 19thC Uniforms and Regiments (1) These little books are remarkably informative, within this group of for we have: Uniforms of the Napoleonic campaigns Regiments at Waterloo The Prussian army 15th Kings Hussars Issued mainly in the early 1970's they are all in very good condition.
Four Vintage Russian Navy Badges and Patches Other than saying these are Russian Navy I know little else, the group of four consist of a metal faced shoulder board showing a ship, it is 4.5 inches long and has a small flag missing on the top, a full metal shield shaped badge, a black cloth patch and a small round badge, all are in good but used condition.
Four WW2 Era \'Simply Explained\' Booklets These four booklets date from the 1940's and they come from the Pitmans 'simply explained' series, they include: Camouflage, radio, air training mathematics and your motor car, all are in very good but used condition.
Framed and Glazed Photograph - Proclamation of George V 1910 A large sized photograph taken at the parade for the proclamation of George V at Temple Bar, the three men in the foreground clearly show the Edward VII livery worn by the yeoman trumpeters. The picture is clear but has some damage to the edges and two sections missing, one top left the other at the bottom middle. The photo measures 11 inches x 9 and the frame is 15 x 13.
Framed WW1 Casualty Scroll – E. Wilcockson N’umberland Fus This WW1 casualty scroll was issued to commemorate the death and service of private 7/18883 later 292906 Ernest Wilcockson 2nd/7th battalion Northumberland fusiliers, he died in Cairo Egypt 24th October 1917, I’ve found a nice write up for Ernest online which outlines his life, he was born in Brampton Derbyshire and later became a ‘beerhouse’ keeper with his wife in Palterton Derbyshire, as a 38 year old in August 1916 he joined up possibly having territorial experience, sadly he died from a gastric ulcer in Cairo and is remembered with honour at the Cairo war memorial. The scroll comes in very good condition in a semi modern frame which measures 16 x 12 inches.
Framed WW1 French Silk Greetings Card. While the war raged in northern French, it was pretty much business as usual in the south. These cards were produced in their thousands by French workers and sent to the trenches in France and Flanders for the soldiers to buy and send home to their loved ones. This one comes just as I found it, very nicely framed and glazed, and it makes a really good display piece for the collector or decorator. I haven’t opened the frame, so I have no idea if this card is written on or what condition the back of the card is in, the front comes in excellent order, just a little faded. I have three of these which all came from the same house clearance; they are all in different frames but being sold separately, there is a postage discount if you want to purchase all three.
Framed WW2 German Medal Pair to Eastern Front Casualty. A framed German medal pair of the War Merit medal and the German Eastern Front medal with original death card and photographs relating to Obergefreiter (Lance Corporal) Alois Bulach who was born in Hechingen a town in central Baden-Württemberg, Germany 29th June 1913. He was killed in action on the 24th December 1941in Gshatsk, Russia. This was a small town on the main road to Moscow. This area saw heavy fighting during the Soviet counter attack in late 1941 and early 1942. Both medals look totally genuine, and the faming must have been done more than 50 years ago. The back is sealed and has never been opened and obviously comes with my personal guarantee of authenticity. The frame measures 9.5 x 13 inches and it is ready to hang.
Franco-Prussian War Era Dated 1870 Silver Medallion An interesting piece dating from 1870 during the Franco-Prussian war, it features to one side a female figure in a landscape with the river around her and the legend ‘fest steht und true die wacht am Rhein’ which translates as ‘the watch on the Rhein’ this originates from a patriotic anthem used during the early war up to the first world war, on the reverse is the German cross with the date of 1870 within. The piece comes in very good condition but has been holed with a jump ring for wearing, it measures just over one inch in diameter.
French 1874 Pattern Gras Bayonet A very good example of this 19th century French bayonet which was originally made for the French Model 1874 Gras Infantry Rifle, manufactured from 1874 to about 1885 It has a solid brass pommel with push-button latching mechanism. the grips are wood and the cross guard is steel with a muzzle ring and hooked quillon, which is numbered and stamped with proof marks. This is all in very good condition, the brass parts are toned and the grips show some wear but have a good untouched patina. The blade is steel and triangular, with two edges and a broad spine. The spine is clearly engraved with the arsenal, ‘Mre d' Armes de St. Etienne Janvier 1880’. The blade is nice, clean and free from any rust or pitting. There is some light wear, where it has been pulled from the scabbard countless times. The scabbard is basically a rolled steel tube with a ball finial, It is stamped with numbers on the back of the frog loop. All in all a good grade bayonet which is untouched from any restoration. It measures; 26 inches long.
French 1874 Pattern Gras Bayonet – Matching Numbers. A wonderful example of this 19th century French bayonet which was originally made for the French Model 1874 Gras Infantry Rifle, manufactured from 1874 to about 1885 It has a solid brass pommel with push-button latching mechanism. the grips are wood and the cross guard is steel with a muzzle ring and hooked quillon, which is numbered 51164 and stamped with proof marks. This is all in very good condition, the brass parts are toned and the grips show some wear but have a good untouched patina. The blade is steel and triangular, with two edges and a broad spine. The spine is clearly engraved with the arsenal, ‘Mre d' Armes de Chat Mai 1882’. The blade is beautiful, clean and free from any rust or pitting. There is some light wear, where it has been pulled from the scabbard countless times. The scabbard is basically a rolled steel tube with a ball finial, this still has around 98% of its original bluing still remaining. It is stamped with 51164 on the back of the frog loop. All in all a top grade bayonet which is untouched from any restoration. It measures; 26 inches long. Proof of age required on purchase. For sale to UK mainland only.
French Cross for Military Valour. An interesting medal which was established in 1956 to reward soldiers, sailors, and airmen serving in Algeria who had committed acts of valor or gallantry in combat, with extra recognition was given by way of stars and palm leaves on the ribbon. This one is the earliest version, in excellent condition and on its original condition.
French Italian Campaign Medal 1859. A solid silver medal awarded to those who took part in the 1859 Italian Campaign, established by Napoleon III, following the 1859 French campaign in Italy during the Second Italian War of Independence, also called the Franco-Austrian War, the Sardinian War, the Austro-Sardinian War or Italian War of 1859. During in the Plombières Agreement 1858, France agreed to support Sardinia\'s efforts to expel Austria from Italy in return for territorial compensation in the form of the Duchy of Savoy and the County of Nice. The two states signed a military alliance in January 1859. Sardinia mobilised its army on 9th March 1859, and Austria mobilized a month later. On 23rd April, Austria delivered an ultimatum to Sardinia demanding its demobilization. Upon Sardinia\'s refusal, the war began on 26th April 1859. Austria invaded Sardinia three days later, and France declared war on Austria on 3rd May. The Austrian invasion was stopped by the arrival of French troops in Piedmont that had begun in late April. The Austrians were defeated at the Battle of Magenta on 4th June and pushed back to Lombardy, where the Franco-Sardinian victory at the Battle of Solferino on 24th June resulted in the end of the war and the signing of the Armistice of Villafranca on 12 July. Austria ceded Lombardy to France, which, in turn, gave it to Sardinia. Exploiting the collapse of Austrian power in Italy, Sardinia annexed the United Provinces of Central Italy on 22nd March 1860, consisting of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, the Duchy of Parma, the Duchy of Modena and Reggio and the Papal Legations,. Two days later, Sardinia ceded Savoy and Nice to France at the Treaty of Turin as compensation for its assistance. During the bloody three-month campaign, French losses amounted to 8,000 dead and 40,000 wounded. To reward all participants and ensure the memory of this glorious military campaign, the Medal was created by Imperial Decree on August 11, 1859. This fine example is in very good condition with just slight wear to the high points. It comes on replacement ribbon.
French WW2 Commemorative Medal & Bar 1939-45. A commemorative medal of France established on 21st May 1946 to recognize individual participation in the Second World War. this one as the scarce ‘Defense Passive’ bar, awarded for those invalided following an injury or wound from and act protecting the civilian population. Decree 2nd August 1949. It is in very good order with original ribbon and bar.
Genuine 3rd to 6th Century Roman Ballista Catapult Shot Balls Here are three varying sized Ballista shot balls from a small collection recently acquired, used in both machines like onagers and catapults to hand thrown from leather slings, they were fashioned from sandstone and have a hand hewn appearance, the largest measures 6cm or 2.25 inches and the smallest is 3.5 cm or 1.5 inches, a rare opportunity to own pure ancient history.
Genuine 3rd to 6th Century Roman Ballista Catapult/Onager Shot Ball This is the largest example I have available having acquired a collection of ancient ballista shot balls all of varying sizes, this example is approx 7cm or just under 3 inches in diameter and has been fashioned from sandstone, not truly round it would have been fired from a Onager (also mangonel) was a kind of war machine used in antiquity, especially in the Roman army. Equipped with a “spoon” on a rigid arm, was able to throw stone missiles and burning logs on a long distance. Slightly larger than a tennis ball when thrown with power its effect would have been tremendous. Comes in very good condition, it has odd bits of silver paint on it which should clean off.
Geo V Royal Horse Guards Cap Badge. All brass badge with voided centre bearing King George V cypher worn from 1913 to 37 on Khaki serve dress. This badge is in excellent condition, showing much of its original lustre. Ref. C2
George II Farthing. George II Copper Farthing 1754. In fair condition, fair detail both sides.
George III Cartwheel Penny. George III 1797 Cartwheel copper penny very good condition slightly bent, good detail both sides.
George III Half Penny. George II 1807 copper half Penny. Good condition nice detail both sides.
George IV Silver Six Pence 1826. King George IV (1762 – 1830) silver 6d fair obverse and reverse dated for his middle reign 1826.
George V Territorial Efficiency Medal to Sotheran 6th West Yorkshire Reg. A single TEM correctly named to 240062 Sargent James Sotheran 6th Battalion West Yorkshire regiment. The naming on this medal has been partly erased but the number, surname and regiment is still just readable. James Sotheran Enlisted into the 6th West Yorks (Territorials) in 1911 at the age of 17. He came from and lived in Bradford Yorkshire and working for Holdsworth & Co in the cloth industry. He saw service in the first world war arriving in France with the 146th Brigade, 49th (West Riding) Division on 16th April 1915. He saw action at the Somme in 1916 but later that year he was kicked in the head by a horse and spent some time in hospital in France and at home, finally being sent back to his regiment in the field in June 1917, where he served out the rest of the war. On demobilisation, now Acting Serjeant, he stayed with the Territorials and was awarded the Territorial Efficiency Medal in 1934. As well as the TEM he is also entitled to the 1914/15 star, British war and victory medal. Apart from the partial erasure of the naming, this medal is in very good condition and comes with some copied paperwork including medal index card and part service papers.
George VI British Empire Medal to Miss Maud Tayt What a beautiful medal the British Empire medal is, especially the lady’s version on the ribbon bow, it was awarded to civil and military personnel for meritorious service and gallantry in some cases (see Medal Year Book .19) This one was awarded and correctly named to Miss Maud Tayt in 1950 for services at Fraser Hind & Sons of Norwich. Fraser Hind & Sons were a large cloth making factory that manufactured uniform cloth for the War Department and made parachutes for the Para Reg and the RAF. Mr Fraser was Mayor of Norwich at one time and miss Tayt’s award is listed in the London Gazette 8th June 1950, so she was awarded this medal in King George VI birthdays honour list; here she is described as a Warping Forewoman, whatever that may be; it is also accompanied with the original Buckingham Palace issue slip named to miss Tayt and comes in excellent condition.
George VI Penny 1940 Uncirculated. A very good 1940 George VI Penny, Uncirculated and retaining a lot of its original lustre.
George VI Period Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps Association Badge A scarce original King George VI period Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps Association silver plated badge inlaid with red enamel, marked to the back for J.R. Gaunt of London and having a double pin fitting. Comes in very good condition measuring 1.25 inches long. In 1949 the QAIMNS 'Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service' was renamed 'Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps' QARANC. In 1953 the badge was replaced with a Elizabeth II Crowned version.
George VI Territorial Efficiency Medal to Baker RA. A good George VI Territorial Efficiency Medal correctly named to 916938 Bombardier V. H. Baker of the Royal Artillery. This medal is unresearched but comes in perfect condition with no wear and on a piece of original ribbon.
George VI Territorial Efficiency Medal to Warfing RAPC A wonderful untouched example of the King George VI Territorial Efficiency Medal, with Territorial Bar; correctly named to 4615624 Private S Warfing of the Royal Army Pay Corps. Well someone had to do it. This medal comes in excellent original condition and suspended on its original ribbon.
Georgian Period Belgian Flintlock Coat Pistol. A late 18th / early 19th Century Belgian Muzzle loading Flintlock pistol. It has a half hexagonal barrel with small site. It has a nice little flint lock which half and full cocks and dry fires. The internal spring feels a little slack but sill fires nicely. It has a walnut full stock with some carved detail and all brass furniture, including trigger guard and butt cap. It has no makers marks or proof marks visible. Proof marks may be under the barrel. It has a screw missing from the butt cap, this has been missing a long while as the hole is full of dust etc. the overall condition is very good with lovely patination. It measures 10.5 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only.
Georgian Shoe Buckle. An ornate late Georgian shoe buckle set with marcasite and paste stones into a soft white metal. Every Marcasite stone has been hand riveted into the back of this piece, the work involved in making this shoe ornament, is quite incredible. It is also set with little blue paste stones, which a few are missing, but an interesting piece of fashion history. it measures; 2.5 x 2 inches.
Georgian Silver Sugar Nips. A superb pair of Georgian silver sugar nips hallmarked in London 1801. They have beautiful bright cut decoration and have no signs of wear. They come in perfect condition and measure 5.25 inches long.
German 1930’s WW1 Veterans Pin. A 1930’s white metal pin worn by the combat veterans of the great war. It comes in superb condition and has the correct Wehrmacht supply marks on the back.
German 1935 Seafaring Festival Badge. An aluminium badge showing the eagle and swastika above a tall ship. Made to celebrate Seefahrt or seafaring day November 1935. It is in excellent original condition made by Fr. Zimmermann Stuttgart, with original pin. 1.5 x 1.75 inches.
German 1st October 1938 Sudetenland Medal The 1st October medal awarded to those who took part in the annexation of the Sudetenland or Bohemia and Moravia 1938; later it was awarded to military personnel participating in the occupation of the remnants of Czechoslovakia on March 15, 1939. It comes in very good original condition and it comes on a piece of original silk ribbon.
German Army DSB Sports Pin The German Sports miniature badge in bronze (DSB) Deutscher Schützenbund, . The full size badge was awarded for sporting achievements in shooting and Archery. This is the small award lapel pin that comes in excellent condition by S.T & L Ltd.
German DAF 1935 Labour Worker \'Tinnie\' made from Wood The German 'tinnies' where made in a variety of materials including wood and leather, this example made from wood is dated to the centre for 1935 and was worn by a labourer of 'hand worker'. Comes in excellent condition with a pin on the back. Measures 35mm in diameter.
German Dagger Cross Guards & Pommel A/F Here we have German dagger cross guards etc, one for a full size SA dagger, broken in two but both parts are present, this comes with its pommel in the same condition and the third piece is a cross guard from a Naval dagger, this has a piece missing. This lot may be of use to someone, all one lot.
German Export M98 Mauser Bayonet & Frog. A good probably 1930’s Mauser sword bayonet made for export. It has wood grips and all steel parts have a blackened finish. It has a full muzzle ring and a long, good quality steel blade. It is unmarked, Export bayonets are typically unmarked, except for serial numbers added later by the purchasing government, in this case ‘4634’ Probably for Spanish use. It comes in excellent condition and with its original black leather frog. It measures 21 inches long.
German Franco Prussian War Era Part Photo Album. Four double sided stiff board pages of photographs dating just post of the Franco-Prussian war of 1870-71. Here are 32 photographs mainly of German officers in dress uniform displaying their awards. Many are named so lots of potential for research. A rare collection which comes in very good condition.
German Friekorps Enamel Pin. Post WW1 Friekorps supporter’s Tie pin. A beautiful quality pin in fine gilt and enamel of the German national colours and four ‘F’s which make up a cross in the centre. In excellent condition, measuring 2.75 inches long.
German M1898/02 n/A Mauser Gewehr Sword Bayonet. An interesting and scarce bayonet made for use with the 8 mm. Mauser Gewehr 98 rifle and used during the first world war. This is the second pattern known as the n/A neuer Art or newer model which has the two-piece wooden grips. It has a ling slender blade with a pipe back and a narrow deep fuller on both sides. The ricasso has the makers mark of WK&C for Weyersburg & Kirschbaum of Solingen. It has an original scabbard but with non-matching regimental marks. One set of marks can be found on the cross guard, these are quite worn but re for the 138 infantry regiment (2nd Lower Alsatian) Infantry, part of the XXI Army Corps. And the scabbard is marked for the 89th (Grand Ducal Mecklenburgian) Grenadiers, part of the IX Army Corps. This bayonet is in lovely condition with no sign of rust, but it has come from a very good private collection. The only thing I can describe as a fault is, the grips may have been sanded at some point as they are a little on the thin side. A superb example of this hard to find bayonet. It measures 27 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only via courier priced at £10.95
German Made Brazilian 1899 Pattern Heavy Cavalry Sword An interesting German made 1899 pattern Brizilian heavy cavalry sword by Weyersberg, Kirschbaum & Co of Solingen. It has a heavy steel guard engraved to the front E U B (Estados Unido Brazil) United State of Brazil. This has a tapering turned over quillon. It has a leather grip bound with white metal wire, a heavy steel pommel and back strap. there is no rust to the guard, it is nicely patinated with a few scratches. The blade is very good quality steel with a pipe back spine and no fullers. At the ricasso, it is marked with the makers details and on the spine a five pointed star, which is the Brazilian proof mark. the blade is clean and free from any rust or staining. It has a steel scabbard with one large fixed ring; the scabbard is a little bashed about with various small dents but no rust just a nice even patination. An interesting sword which measures 40 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only via courier priced at £15.95
German Veterans 25-year Kyffhauserbund Members Pin The bronze and enamel Kyffhauserbund Members Pin for 25 years membership. The Kyffhauserbund was established in 1900 to unite all the German war veteran’s associations. This one is in excellent condition although metal is toned. It measures 2.25 inches long.
German Veterans 40-year Kyffhauserbund Members Pin The silver wash and enamel Kyffhauserbund Members Pin for 40 years membership. The Kyffhauserbund was established in 1900 to unite all the German war veteran’s associations. This one was obviously issued after the 2nd world war as the Kyffhauserbund was abolished during the Third Reich era. It comes is in excellent condition. It measures 2.25 inches long.
German Württemberg Friekorps Enamelled Pin. A rare little enamelled pin for the DNO Württemberg branch of the Friekorps post 1919. It is decorated with a shield with the German national colours dissected by a medieval sword, written around the outside “Furchtlos und True” (fearless and faithful). This badge comes in excellent original condition with maker’s mark on the back. It measures one inch in diameter.
Gilt Brass 1886 Commemorative Medallion Indian & Colonial Exhibition Issued in 1886 to commemorate the Indian and colonial exhibition held in London, the medallion comes in a gilt brass holed at 12 o’clock to take a jump ring, it comes in very good condition measuring just under one inch in diameter.
Glider Pilot Regiment Cap Badge. The kings crown badge worn by the Glider Pilot regiment from 1950 to 54. During the second world war they war the AAC badge and their own design of badge wasn’t authorised until 1949. This one comes in very good used condition. Ref. AF16
Glider Pilot Regiment Cap Badge. The Queens crown badge worn by the Glider Pilot regiment from 1954 until gliders disappeared as tactical vehicles and the pilots were redesignated to the reformed AAC in 1957. This one comes in very good used condition. Ref. AF17
Good Collection of WW2 WVS and Civil Defence Medal, patches and Ephemera This is an interesting group of items belonging I believe to one lady, Mrs I.M. Cole of Snailwell West Suffolk, she was awarded the Women’s voluntary service medal which comes in its box of issue and is in superb condition, there is a WVS uniform permit with her details on, a Civil Defence Corps Welfare arm band and a handy booklet for how to wear your uniform, there are a series of cloth patches including a National hospital service reserve example and finally a bundle of 1950’s Civil Defence paperwork, quite simple stuff like lighting stoves etc and a selection of ‘rest centre’ paperwork. All items come in very good condition for their age.
Good Early 20thC Silver Plated Royal Artillery Officers Mess Spoon A dessert size plated spoon with the intertwined initial for the RA to the top of the terminal with the Kings crown over and ‘Ubique’ under, dating from the early part of the 20thC possibly Edwardian it would have been used in the officers mess and is marked ‘RA Mess 30’ on the back of the handle. Comes in good but used condition and measures just over 7 inches long.
Good Inter War Era Hard Leather REME Suitcase This is a super high quality hard leather suitcase dating from the inter war up to WW2 era and would have suited an officer, there is the remains of a lable inside the lid which is partially missing but can be attributed to Reid & Todd 212 Sauchiehall St Glasgow and to the front is a coloured inset panel with the colours for the REME regiment. The case comes in good but used condition with some inner staining mainly to the corners, the catches work but there is no key. A good size case measuring 24 x 14 inches. A good sized case which will be shipped via courier priced at £8.95
Good large Dealer Lot of Mixed Cloth Patches Inc Sergeants Stripes 12 A good mixed lot of various cloth patches including sergeants stripes and trade badges, all you see in the photo’s, conditions generally very good.
Good large Dealer Lot of Mixed Cloth Patches Inc Sergeants Stripes 13 A good mixed lot of various cloth patches including sergeants stripes and trade badges, all you see in the photo’s, conditions generally very good.
Good large Dealer Lot of Mixed Cloth Patches Inc Sergeants Stripes 14 A good mixed lot of various cloth patches including sergeants stripes and trade badges, all you see in the photo’s, conditions generally very good.
Good Pair of Boer War Magic Lantern Slides – Generals Gordon & Roberts Numbered 49 and 50 from a series produced around 1900 and used to show the folks at home the famous generals of the Boer war these two slides depict generals Gordon and Roberts. Both come in lovely bright condition and measure 3.25 inches square (the whole frame).
Good Pair of French Military Spurs. A good pair of WW1 era French military spurs made of Nickle silver with leather straps. They have had the rowels removed, which is not unusual. They come in excellent condition, leather straps as new but could still do with a wax or oil.
Good Pair of Royal Marines Cufflinks A nice brightly coloured pair of Royal Marines cufflinks, they have a yellow metal body and are the twist fix variety, no makers mark but the condition is super, the discs measure 21mm long
Good Pair of WW1 Era Cavalry Officers Leather Boots A super pair of WW1 era officers riding boots, they come complete with their top fastening strap which attaches to the leg, they have their laces but these appear broken and shortened. The pair are in very good solid condition, there are signs of age and use with some scuffs to the leather but a good feed and polish should get rid of some of the marks, I would estimate them to be a size 8 and a slim fit.
Good Pair of WW1 Era Ladies Leather Putties Worn at the top of the boot on the leg this pair of WW1 era ladies leather putties come in very good condition, each has the leather strap and should have three buttons per putty but a few of the buttons are missing and two are broken, still great for a display mannequin.
Good Pair of WW2 16th/5th Queens Royal Lancers Shoulder Titles Here are a good pair of all brass shoulder titles for the 16th/5 Queens Royal Lancers, they could date from 1922 up to the second world war, they come in very good condition and measure 2 inches long. The 16th/5th The Queen\'s Royal Lancers was a cavalry regiment of the British Army. It was formed by the amalgamation of the 16th The Queen\'s Lancers and the 5th Royal Irish Lancers in 1922 and, after service in the Second World War and the Gulf War, amalgamated with the 17th/21st Lancers to form the Queen\'s Royal Lancers in 1993.
Good Pair of WW2 RAF Leading Aircraftman Cloth Patches A good true pair of cloth patches for a leading RA Aircraftman, they come in excellent condition and measure 3.5 inches long.
Good Pair of WW2 RAF Sleeve Patches These patches are sewn with a light colour thread on a blue background they are also backed with hessian, dating from the WW2 era they have been used but still come in very good condition just a little faded. Pictures to follow
Good Quality White Metal Cigar Cutter Made by ‘Gofa’ this white metal cigar cutter comes in super condition with a lovely sharp blade, it measures two inches long.
Good Selection of Vintage Police Badges, Buttons & Epaulettes Here is a good selection of vintage police regalia including four large and 8 small buttons all mixed constabulary including Welsh examples, two pips, two Essex badges, a bullion Queen’s crown cloth patch and six special constable epaulettes, all come in very good condition.
Good Selection of Vintage Royal Marines Insignia, Patches Etc A great group of Royal marines items to include patches and badges for a wireless operator and musician, there are two cloth patches for the wireless operator and one cloth for the musician, in brass we have two cap badges, a lovely all brass with back plate musicians cap badge, a pair of post war Royal marines Forces Volunteer Reserve collar dogs, a pair of brass buttons and a small button badge, all items come in very good condition.
Good Selection of WW2 St Johns Ambulance Items to One Man A64788 Philip Martin served with the Norfolk St Johns Ambulance from 1943 to 1960 and earned a label each year following a re-examination of his skills. With this large group is his WW2 defence medal, a large white metal probably sleeve badge, a white metal cap badge, two shoulder titles, his award chain named to him on the back, a Norwich district officers shield medallion dated 1933, a St Johns Norfolk cloth badge, a pair of St Johns pips and a booklet ‘the catechism of home nursing’ this is named inside to Alice Ball. A great collection in very good order.
Good Set of WW2 Era King’s Shropshire Light Infantry Brass Buttons Here is a nice set of six large and four medium sized all brass badge for the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry regiment. Four of the large buttons were made by the Army and Navy supply stores the other two by Pitt & Co of London, these two are a bit worn compared to the four, the other medium buttons are unmarked. Bar the two being a little flat the rest comes in very good condition.
Good Sized Edwardian Silver Vesta – Birmingham 1902 This is a larger sized fully hallmarked silver vesta, it carries the marks for Birmingham 1902 and has the makers mark of T.H, the body is decorated all over with a foliate design, the centre is engraved with RHL in period script. It comes in very good condition with just a few dings here and there, it measures just under 2.25 inches long.
Good True Pair of Hallmarked Silver Salt Spoons – B’ham 1919 This pair of spoons are clearly hallmarked for Birmingham 1919 and have a makers mark of E.S.R, used as salt spoons in open salt cellars they come in very good condition with some wear to the bowls, they measure 2.75 inches long.
Good Vintage Airship Photograph 1909 – Espana Below is a bit of history for the production of airships including the Espana, on the back of the photo it has ‘Espagna wreck 1909’ and then a sentence possibly in Spanish, I cant find details for this ship being wrecked but in the photo it doesn’t look good! Comes in good order with some surface marks to the photo, it measures 7 inches x 5. In 1902, the Spanish engineer Leonardo Torres Quevedo published details of an innovative airship design in Spain and France. With a non-rigid body and internal bracing wires, it overcame the flaws of these types of aircraft as regards both rigid structure (zeppelin type) and flexibility, providing the airships with more stability during flight, and the capability of using heavier engines and a greater passenger load. In 1905, helped by Captain A. Kindelán, he built the airship "España" at the Guadalajara military base. Next year he patented his design without attracting official interest. In 1909 he patented an improved design that he offered to the French Astra company, who started mass-producing it in 1911 as the Astra-Torres airship. The distinctive three-lobed design was widely used during the Great War by the Entente powers.
Good Vintage Army Air Forces 41st Service Group Badge Below is a brief history for the group, this style of badge was worn on the sleeve of a dress uniform, it is marked on the back with A. Aubis. Lyon, the only example of this badge I can find is for sale in the states at $115, it comes in very good condition and measures one inch long. The 41st Tactical Group is an inactive United States Air Force unit. Its last assignment was with the 7217th Air Division at Cigli Air Base, Turkey, where it was inactivated in 1970. From 1966 to 1970 the group controlled deployed fighter squadrons. During World War II, the unit was a North American B-25 Mitchell unit serving with Seventh Air Force in the Pacific. It was inactivated in January 1946 at Manila, Philippines.
Good Vintage Bronze Norfolk Constabulary Special Constable Badge A very good condition lapel pin badge made from bronze for the Norfolk special constabulary, has a King’s crown so is probably inter war era, measures just over two inches long.
Good Vintage Colour Sergeant Sewn Cloth Sleeve Badge Insignia This is a lovely quality Sergeants sleeve badge dating from the 1940’s/50’s, it is sewn cloth with bullion work embellishments, it comes in good condition with a paper back which has degraded over time, it measures 3.5 inches long.
Good Vintage Era Machine Gun Belt This machine gun belt is undated, definitely vintage, it would hold 50 shells and currently has small selection of 303 shells fitted into it. Comes in very good condition and measures 32 inches long.
Good Vintage Hand Painted Royal Artillery Oak Plaque Usually constructed with a transfer print this example has been hand painted with the badge for the Royal Artillery with a Queen’s crown above, the wood is oak and it has been varnished. The decoration is very well done and the condition is good however the varnish has worn in places making it look a bit tired, it measures just over 7 inches long not including the hanging hook.
Good Vintage Naval Bosun’s Call Pipe or Whistle on Chain This is a nice example of a boatswain’s call pipe or bosun’s whistle, it is silver plated and comes on a very long length of silver plated chain, it comes in very good condition with some light surface marks and a bit of wear to the plate on the ball, it measures 4.5 inches long.
Good Vintage Photo Postcard German Airship LZ8 This is a great vintage photo postcard of the German airship LZ8 which had its maiden voyage on the 30th March 1911 and just under two months later was caught by a strong crosswind while being walked out of its hangar and damaged beyond repair on 16 May 1911. It comes in very good condition and has not been written on.
Good Vintage Photograph – British Army Dirigible No2A 1910 This photo taken around 1910 shows a British army dirigible, on the back of the pic it suggests that it is ‘No2A’ but my research indicates that it might be the earlier version known as Beta 1, below is a bit of history for the model. This picture comes in very good condition with signs of age and measures 7 inches x 5. The Beta 1 was a non-rigid airship constructed for experimental purposes in the United Kingdom by the Army Balloon Factory in 1910. Reconstructed as Beta II, it was used successfully by the British Army and then by the Royal Naval Air Service as HMA No.17, and was finally struck off charge in 1916
Good Vintage Sewn Cloth Patch – Somerset & Cornwall Light Infantry A good quality sewn cloth patch for the Somerset & Cornwall Light Infantry regiment , comes in very good but used condition and measures 5.75inches long.
Good Vintage United States Navy Boatswain Rating Bullion Arm Patch This is a super quality arm patch made from silver bullion work, probably dating just post WW2, it denotes a boatswain mate rating as denoted by the bullion anchor below the eagle. It looks like it has never been used and is in very clean condition, measures nearly 6 inches long.
Good Vintage USA 62nd Engineers Badge 3 This style of badge was worn on the sleeve of the dress uniform, this one is made from white metal and is marked on the back ‘Ira Green Inc G23’, the 62nd Engineers battalion has its origins at Fort Deven Massachusetts, it was activated in 1939 as the 2nd battalion, 18th engineers, In February 1942, the Battalion was the first unit assigned to a task force being organized to construct the Alcan Highway, a vitally needed overland supply route. This badge comes in good condition but has some surface marks on the front from storage, it will I think clean up, it measures just over one inch long.
Good Vintage USA 702 Division Badge..4 Below is a good history for the regiment during WW2, this is a vintage badge but very hard to be specific about the date, it is made from a brass type metal and is marked on the back ‘IE’, it comes in good condition with some surface marks due to storage, it measures just over one inch long. Motto: MEMOR ESTO or "Be Mindful" Unit History: The “Seven O Deuce” was activated 15 December, 1941, at Fort Benning, Georgia. Equipped with T70s (M18's) before shipping to the United Kingdom, where the battalion arrived on 25 February, 1944, only to be issued M10's. Landed at Omaha Beach on 11 June. Entered line at Livry on 2 July. Formed part of 2d Armored Division’s spearhead during Cobra breakout in late July. Fought at Mortain, established first contact with Canadians during encirclement of Falaise Pocket. Entered Belgium on 5 September and crossed German border near Gangelt. Fought against Siegfried Line along Wurm River in October and November. Re-equipped with M36's in late November. Supported drive on Roer River. Moved to Ardennes in December. Crossed Roer River on 28 February, 1945, and Rhine on 28 March. Participated in encirclement of Ruhr Pocket, reached Weser River on 4 April. Reached Elbe River near Magdeburg, after which they took on occupation duties. Attached to: 2d Armored Division.
Good Vintage Wood Handle Corkscrew with Brush Dating from the late Victorian/Edwardian era this corkscrew comes in really good condition, the handle is made from wood, I think rosewood, it still retains its original brush and the worm is straight and sharp,it measures just over 5 inches long.
Good WW2 Army B Class Tradesman Cloth Patch A good original WW2 cloth tradesman patch for a B class recipient, it comes in very good two part sewn construction, a bit grubby on the back and measures just under 2.5 inches across.
Good WW2 Army Special Proficiency Tradesman Cloth Patch A good original WW2 cloth tradesman patch for a special proficiency recipient, it comes in very good sewn construction, a bit grubby on the back and measures just under 2.5 inches across.
Good WW2 Era Solid Brass Model of a Spitfire This is a good period made solid brass model of the famous Spitfire, the base may have been used as an ashtray but is clean, it comes in very good condition with some light surface marks and a small dent in the base, it stands just over 5 inches high.
Group 6 Anodised Cap Badges The Scottish Regiments. Here we have a group of 1960’s era anodised or stay bright badges all to the Scottish regiments, including Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders, Highland Light Infantry, Royal Scots, Kings Own Scottish Borderers, Black Watch and the Scots Brigade badge. All are in perfect condition and good original issues.
Group of 24 WW2 Era National Fire Service Buttons A great group of 24 NFS (national fire service) buttons, first founded during WW2 in 1941, they include 18 large and 3 small white metal and 3 bakelite examples, without checking them all some are marked ‘Cheney’ Birmingham on the reverse, all are in very good condition and the largest measures one inch in diameter.
Group of 5 WW1 German Postcards An interesting group of 5 WW1 era German postcards all used and dating in range from 1915 – 1918, 4 are pictoral and one is a photo card (not used) showing a group of men possibly in a German hospital.
Group of 8 Vintage Britain’s Hand Painted Lead Soldiers 3 This group of early 20C hand painted lead soldiers consist of three marked to the bottom for Britain’s and five others most likely from the same set, three are kneeling and one is laying down, one of the guys kneeling has articulated arms holding a pair of binoculars. They are all in playworn condition with some paint loss.
Group of Eleven Georgian to Victorian Hand Written Letters An interesting group of letters written to various recipients the earliest dated 1790 and range through to 1840, the content can be hard to read and some are requests for payments for services rendered, a couple still have their red wax seals present, all pre dating the use of postage stamps as we know it and are all folded to form envelopes, signs of age and some have tears.
Group of WW2 Nursing Medals, Badges etc This group of WW2 era nursing related medals, badges etc consist of a proficiency in Red Cross first aid medal named on the back to: E. E. Goddard, a three years service medal with 3 additional 3 year service bars, a Red Cross and St John war organisation badge made by Gaunt, a British Red Cross society badge by Gaunt and a brass shoulder title. All items are in very good condition.
Gulf War Medal & Clasp & Medals to Snell Royal Navy. 1990/91 Gulf War medal with 16 Jan-28 Feb 1991 clasp awarded for the Liberation of Kuwait, correctly named to; AB (EW) M E J Snell D212369J RN. There were only 3,942 Royal Navy recipients to the 16 Jan-28 Feb 1991 clasp, which was awarded for seven days continuous service between these dates in the designated Theatre of Operations. This clasp signifies service during the actual war. Also this Royal Navy Able Seaman has a rare and interesting job, the EW stands for Welfare Specialist Electronic and they identify an enemy ship, submarine or aircraft by its electronic emissions. A very highly trained and specialised job. So this is a Gulf war medal which is a little special. It comes with his Saudi Arabian medal for the liberation of Kuwait and his Kuwaiti liberation medal. All three medals have never been mounted or worn and come in perfect condition. The clasp is correctly attached to the bar by side pins.
Hallmarked Silver 1935 Dated Life Saving Medallion – Boxed Issued in 1935 to a J. Martin for saving of a life in water this fully hallmarked medallion comes in its box of issue made by and marked accordingly Thomas Fattorini Ltd of Birmingham, the medallion is in super condition and the box is very good but with edge wear.
Hallmarked Silver Mustard Spoon – London 1932 This silver mustard spoon has nice clear hallmarks for London 1932 with a makers mark of D.F, it comes in very good condition with some marks in the bowl, it measures just under 3.5 inches long.
Hallmarked Silver Pencil Holder A great little pencil holder fully hallmarked for Birmingham 1934 and having the makers mark of E.B for E. Barker & sons of Birmingham. Still retains a small piece of pencil, comes in good condition but does have a few dings on the body, measures just over 3 inches long.
Hallmarked Silver Shell Shape Caddy Spoon A superior quality, heavy gauge hallmarked silver caddy spoon in a shell pattern, it carries a full set of hallmarks for Birmingham 1964 with a makers mark of P&H, it comes in super condition with no dings or dents and is a good weight, it measures just over 3 inches long.
Hallmarked Silver Spirit Measure. A silver double spirit measures hallmarked Birmingham 1990 and made byW. I. Broadway & Co. it comes in lovely condition with a couple of little faults, a small dent to the small cup and on the bigger cup the rim is slightly distorted in one area. It measures 4.5 inches tall.
Hallmarked Silver Trumpet Vase – Birmingham 1919 A good sized hallmarked silver trumpet vase well marked for Birmingham 1919 and having the makers mark for William Hutton and Son, it stands 8 inches tall and has a loaded base for stability, there are a few dings to the rim and a crease in the metal on the ridge near the base. A lovely showy piece which displays well and can be used for floral displays.
Hallmarked Silver Vesta Case Birmingham 1904 This is a good quality hallmarked silver vesta case complete with a couple of period matches, it has a clear set of hallmarks for Birmingham 1904 and a makers mark of J.G probably for Joseph Gloster, the body has foliate engraved decoration and a central cartouche which has been monogrammed with EC in period script, it comes in very good condition with a couple of shallow dings and requires a good clean, it measures just under 1.75 inches.
Hallmarked Silver WW1 Era London Scottish Matchbox Holder A lovely silver matchbox holder set with the badge for the London Scottish regiment, the hallmarks are on the back but have been polished almost flat so I cant give an accurate date, the lion passant mark and part of the makers mark is all that is legible. Comes in fair condition, one side has a few dents to one end where it has possibly been compressed, would hold a traditional sized small matchbox.
Hand Made Wooden Toy Rifle. A vintage hand-made riffle, cut from ¾ inch plywood with added metal fittings and even a leather strap. It measures 36 inches long with no damage.
Hand Painted Water Colour German Albatross Bi-Plane. A beautifully executed hand painted in watercolours is this German Albatross C. XII Bi-Plane. This was a German military reconnaissance aircraft which saw service during World War One. It differed markedly from previous Albatros C-type aircraft by adopting an elliptical-section fuselage similar to that of the Albatros D.V. The C.XII also featured a tail plane of reduced area, but it retained the wings of the earlier Albatros C.X. Despite the aerodynamic advantages, no significant increase in performance was achieved over the C.X. Examples remained in service until the end of the War. This painting has lovely detail and was painted by a retired architect in the 1970’s. It is very good condition, no fading and measures 17 x 10 inches.
Hand Turned Oak Helmet Stand. (1) I collect WW1 and earlier helmets, and in the past have bought various hat stands and have found that over the years, the stands have marked the inside or misshapen the crown of the hat etc. so I had a selection of stands hand made in antique designs, used by museums and old milliners to make and restore hats. These have proven to be the best thing I ever did to safeguard my collection. The support the hat or helmet in the right places and even supports heavy steel helmets so the liners are not damaged. So here are a few extra I had made to offer out for sale. This one is a general style, used by antique hat stores to display hats. These are good for any hat or light helmet giving to the crown. It is hand-turned from solid oak and has been stained and lacquered with an acid free varnish. There is a choice of two. A) 13 inches high. B) 11.5 inches high. Please state which one A or B when ordering.
Hand Turned Wood Helmet Stand. (2) I collect WW1 and earlier helmets, and in the past have bought various hat stands and have found that over the years, the stands have marked the inside or misshapen the crown of the hat etc. so I had a selection of stands hand made in antique designs, used by museums and old milliners to make and restore hats. These have proven to be the best thing I ever did to safeguard my collection. The support the hat or helmet in the right places and even supports heavy steel helmets so the liners are not damaged. So here are a few extra I had made to offer out for sale. This one is a general style, used by museums to display helmets, it will take a heavy steel helmet and any hat giving to the crown support while not damaging liner. It is hand-turned from solid wood and has been stained and lacquered with an acid free varnish. It measures 10.5 inches high.
Hand Turned Wood Helmet Stand. (3) I collect WW1 and earlier helmets, and in the past have bought various hat stands and have found that over the years, the stands have marked the inside or misshapen the crown of the hat etc. so I had a selection of stands hand made in antique designs, used by museums and old milliners to make and restore hats. These have proven to be the best thing I ever did to safeguard my collection. The support the hat or helmet in the right places and even supports heavy steel helmets so the liners are not damaged. So here are a few extra I had made to offer out for sale. This one is a general style, used by museums to display any helmet or cap, it will take a heavy steel helmet and any hat giving to the crown support with no stress on the liner. It is hand-turned from solid wood and has been stained and lacquered with an acid free varnish. It measures 12 inches high.
Heavy Gauge Hallmarked Silver Antique Albert Pocket Watch Chain A good hallmarked on every link with the lion passant silver mark Albert watch chain, it has a graduating link and a small separate chain with a 1915 George IV 3 pence coin, the T-bar and clip are not marked, the total weight is 45 grams and it comes in very good condition with signs of age.
Heavy Gauge Hallmarked Silver Shell Dish. A really beautiful heavy gauge silver shell dish hallmarked for Birmingham 1908 by Joseph Gloster. It is in lovely condition with no damage or repairs and measures 4 x 5.25 inches.
Heavy Large Link Hallmarked Silver Albert Watch Chain B’ham 1919 This is a stunning hallmarked silver Albert watch chain, it carries marks on every link, the t-bar, clips and even the fob has the same date of Birmingham 1919 this having a makers mark of CU for Charles Usher of the Usher manufacturing Co B’ham, it comes with two watch keys to one end, it weighs in at 66.5 grams and comes in very good condition and measures 14 inches long including the clips, all in all a super piece.
Hertfordshire Territorial Regiment Cap Badge. The small brass badge of the Hertfordshire Regiment; showing a white Hart laying in a flowing ford (a bit on the nose) surrounded by a circle bearing the regiments title. There are a couple of rare variants to this badge to look out for; one with wide spaced antlers and another solid strike economy issue. This one is in lovely original condition. Ref. M11
Hornby ‘O’ Gauge Railway Buffer. 1950's Hornby O gauge railway buffer. This one is in near mint condition and looks like it has never been played with, the paint is perfect apart from a small spot of wear on the bottom. It also comes in perfect working order. It measures; just under 3 x 3 inches.
Imperial Austrian Frans Joseph 50th Anniversary Medal. The medal was instituted by Emperor Franz Joseph on 18 August 1898 on the occasion of his approaching 50th anniversary of his reign. Made of gilded bronze, it was awarded on this solid red ribbon to all members of the armed forces and Gendarmes who served under his reign from 2 December 1848 until 2 December 1898. This one is in very good condition just showing wear to the gild wash finish, but traces can still be seen.
Imperial German Baden Students or Veterans M1867 Schirmmütze. An Imperial German 1867 Schirmmütze or visor cap, this one dates from around 1875 85. We can tell that by a number of things; it has a wide plate like top a deep Pagri and a very small visor or peek. This is a very unusual cap as it has the colours of the imperial German flag as its Pagri. This is the only one of this kind I have ever had, one book says it was worn by Military students, in this case an NCO, around the 1870’s. and another book says it was worn by veterans of the Franco Prussian War around 1875 onward. But it is a find quality cap made of woollen felt with integrated Pagri. It has two cockades, one state cockade and another for the Grand Duchy of Baden. Inside is lined with silk with a leather sweat band. The condition is very good, it has had a very small amount of moth damage, please see pictures; and some light wear. Apart from in reference books, I’ve never seen another one, a good old historic cap with a tale to tell, I’m sure.
Imperial German Officers Helmet Box – Maker to the Kaiser A very rare original helmet box from the uniform maker to the Kaiser, this has a wonderful label on the outside saying just this; on the inside of the box, what would be classed as the base, is missing its silk or velvet lining showing old German newspaper used as padding by the makers. The box is in very good order considering it has survived over 100 years of use, the only real fault is the main leather strap which goes around the box and secures the base to the main part is broken but not missing, so a repair could be done quite easily; it is in original untouched condition so it has never been repainted or seen any restoration. These are rare and hard to find and usually falling to pieces when you do manage to find one, a must for any German officer’s helmet, it keeps it dry and away from humidity.
Indian Mutiny Medal, 95th Regiment. A superb example of this medal correctly named to 3907 Drummer A. Taylor. 95th reg. it comes with its original Central India Clasp. This medal was awarded officers and men of British and Indian units who served in operations in suppression of the Indian Mutiny of 1857. Soon after the Crimean War ended the Sepoy Rebellion broke out in India in 1857. The 95th Regiment was on its way to South Africa and was diverted to India. Over the next sixteen months it marched 3,000 miles through jungle and desert and fought in fourteen actions. Private Bernard McQuirt won the Victoria Cross at Rowa. The 95th remained in India until 1870 after which they returned to England before becoming the 2nd Battalion of the newly formed Sherwood Foresters. The Central India clasp was awarded to all those who served under Major-General Sir Hugh Rose in actions against Jhansi, Kalpi, and Gwalior. Also awarded to those who served with Major-General Roberts in the Rajputana Field Force and Major-General Whitlock of the Madras Column, between January and June 1858. This medal is in just excellent condition, almost near mint for this age of medal, it shows very little wear to the surface and the naming is clear and easily legible, an all-round wonderful piece for investment and research.
Ingersoll Private Purchase Military Pocket Watch. A post war example of the Ingersoll military pocket watch. The Ingersoll military pocket watch was issued by the WD until around 1947. But being a very reliable name, it was very often privately purchased, this one has the black dial with luminous hands and numbers in a plated case. It has been engraved on the reverse “To Lewis Love from Joan”. It is in mint condition and comes in its original box priced at 32 shillings and 6 pence. It is in very good working order; I have kept it running for about 2 weeks and it has run steadily without stopping winding it once a day. A lovely old watch which looks unused.
Inter War Era Sterling Silver Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Sweetheart Brooch A super quality sweetheart bar brooch for the Beds and Herts regiment, it is marked sterling on the back and is decorated with blue enamel, this style of badge was used just after the great War through to WW2, it comes in very good condition and measures just over 1.75 inches long.
Inter War Period Royal Navy Sweetheart Badge A good vintage white metal and enamel Royal Navy sweetheart badge, comes in fair condition, shows signs of use, has a pin fixing on the back and measures two inches long.
Inter War Royal Navy Chief Sailmaker Trade Sewn Cloth Patch A good original Royal Navy chief sailmakers sewn trade cloth patch, constructed from blue thread on a white background and depicting the tools of the trade of a sailmaker, it comes in good but used condition and is a little grubby, it measures just under 4 inches long.
Inter War Suffolk Regiment Sterling Silver Sports Medal. An attractive 2nd battalion the Suffolk regiment sports medal, in tested sterling silver. One side shows a cross-country runner leading the pack, and on the other side the regimental emblem of the Suffolk regiment. What is interesting about this medal is, there is no where to engrave any winners details, so the winner has had his service number stamped below the castle, of the regiments emblem. So this little piece is probably researchable as well as being a nice piece of Suffolk regiment history. It is in very good condition and is of a good heavy gauge of silver, measuring 1.25 inches in diameter.
Interesting & Rare 19th Century Copper Token Kelly\'s Sadlery Kelly's of Middlesex were a manufacturer of sadles and horse related equipment and retailed from the Strand in London, they were saddlers and patent whip makers to the Prince of Wales and the Duke of York. This halfpenny copper token comes in very good condition and shows clearly a Postilion holding a harnessed horse on one side and an assortment of their other wares on the reverse.
Interesting Boer War QSA & WW1 Pair to Stevens. A Queens South Africa medal for active service in the 2nd Anglo Boer war, correctly named to 3450 3rd Class Trooper George. W. Stevens of the South African Constabulary; with Cape Colony, Orange Free State and Transvaal Clasps. WW1 British war and Victory medal pair, correctly named to; M2/034259 Serjeant George W Stevens of the Army Service Corps. George W Stevens was born in London on 4th April 1879 and possibly travelled to South Africa under his own steam. He first served with the Warrens Mounted Infantry in South Africa, probably in the Cape Colony. Warren’s mounted infantry were stationed in the Cape colony in the April of 1901. There principle roll was to pursue scattered Boer Commandos and take prisoners. There is not too much information on this very small regiment formed by Lieutenant Colonel F. J. Warren in December 1900. It seems that the regiment was all but disbanded by the end of 1901 and its personnel scattered amongst other regiments, which is probably how Stevens was enlisted in to the South African Constabulary on 30th March 1901. He stayed in South African Constabulary until 1904 when he was discharged and received boat passage home. When he returned home it looks like he became a Domestic Chauffeur and married Nellie. It is more than likely he drove a motor vehicle in domestic service, so during the great war, he was drafted into the Army Service Corps M2 working in a Mechanical Transport unit, and as he had experience with motors and army service he was soon promoted to a Serjeant and served overseas. There is one aspect I cannot tie down, and that is, on his medal index card, it clearly states that he Died. I cannot find his name on the Commonwealth war graves or Soldiers died in the greats war. I can assume he was discharged or just before he was finally discharged, he died from the influenza epidemic that was rife at the time. There are 2 George W Stevens who resided in London, who died from influenza while still serving in the army and who died and buried at home. One at the December of 1918 and the other in the march of 1919. So this is difficult to confirm. So an interesting lot to a man who was obviously a pioneer skilled driver and mechanic.
Interesting but Unknown Victorian Photo Man In Uniform This Victorian cabinet card photograph is of a whiskered gentleman in uniform, I've had a good look around and cant find a match for this man I thought at first that he might have been police or perhaps prison officer but nothing matches, I think he is a high ranking officer and it would be interesting to know his occupation. The photo itself is in good condition but the card has suffered around the edges but particularly along the bottom. he has a very similar uniform to a high ranking police officer of the 1880's period.
Interesting Early 19thC Silvered Medallion – Signing of Peace of Paris Treaty 1814 A small silvered jeton issued on the 31st March 1814 to commemorate the signing of the peace of Paris treaty, to the front is the bust of Alexander emperor of all the Russians, on the reverse it has ‘we conquour to set free, emp of Russian K. off Russia marquis Wellington prince Schwartzenberg’. It comes in good condition with some wear to the silvering and it measures just under one inch in diameter.
Interesting Edwardian Book for Marine Engineers A very specialist little book published in 1906 in its 9th edition dealing with all aspects of marine engineering. The property of a gentleman from Glasgow he has written his name to the front and has used the back 'notes' section to draw diagrams and formulae. 541 pages with some interesting adverts. Comes in fair but used condition.
Interesting European Cavalry Sword. An interesting and unusual mid-19th century cavalry sword. I’m not 100% sure the country of original as it has elements from a few European countries. The hilt has a guard that is all Austrian, brass, quite fine with a curled quillon and these unusual shield shaped Langets. It has a leather covered grips with a fine brass back strap leading to a very heavy unusual brass pommel, similar in style to the Hungarian pattern. It has a long slightly curved blade with a wide single fuller on each side and a spear point tip. It has no marks anywhere on this sword apart from a single small stamp on the back of the blade. This has a crown with a gothic letter under, see pictures. It has a steel scabbard with no hanging rings but a fog button on one side. The condition is very good showing no rust to the sword itself, the leather grip is just missing its twisted wire and the scabbard has a few shallow dents near the bottom. With the brass and scabbard cleaned, it will be a good looking piece and a nice example of whatever it is. It measures 40.5 inches Shipping to UK mainland only via courier priced at £15.95
Interesting Inter War 5 Per Cent War Stock Certificate £100 Value It appears that this type of certificate and purchase of war stock shares were issued post war in this case in 1930 to raise funds for reparations, this certificate is for a £100 purchase of shares by two gentlemen, a reverend from Ireland and a Major from Norfolk. The investment was to generate an income twice a year for the investor. This example comes in very good condition but has been folded, it measures 9 inches x 7.5.
Interesting Large Album – One Man’s Information About Awards & Medals This large hand compiled album has been constructed by one gentleman a lieutenant colonel F. Massey Sharpe who I believe served with the South African forces during WW2, however some of this is guesswork, he is as named with the rank given and there is a strong connection to South Africa within the album. The album which dates at the earliest from the 1950’s consists of a series of sections detailing cut out newspaper reports, hand written and typed letters all concerning medals and awards news world wide. Not quite A4 size pages with multiple articles.
Interesting Large Japanese Photograph WW2 Era A large mounted photograph showing Japanese military alongside civilians, it looks like a town scene and some sort of celebration as the background is adorned with flowers. The central figures are in uniform and some are wearing medals, the civilians are in black robes and the men are wearing the high stacked shoes. An interesting and intriguing piece in good condition, the mount measures 16.5 inches x 13.75 and the photo is 11 inches x 9.
Interesting October 1914 The Times Monthly Review of the War An interesting large pull out page from The Times dated October 1st 1914, it shows individual maps for battle locations on any individual day of September ’14 along with key dates and events in text down the side, it measures 37 x 24 inches and comes in good condition for its age with a couple of small holes on the creases and the paper yellowed with age.
Interesting Post WW2 Badge and Ephemera to Polish Nurse This little group of badges and paperwork belonged to sister Izabella Staroszczuk, in 1950 she was serving in Beirut and may well have served throughout the war, all of her correspondence is addressed to the Polish hospital in Denbighshire and following it chronologically following Beirut she returned to England, in 1958 she was fighting being made redundant and by 1963 she was applying to the BBC to work as a programme assistant in the Polish section. With the paperwork is her general nursing council for England and Wales badge which is named to her on the back and was made by Fattorini of Birmingham, this has her initials as M.S. not I for Izabella, there is also a certificate of registration card for Australia dated 1958 this is in the name of Maria, I believe these to be the same person. Also a pair of SRN pips. All items in good but used condition, one letter torn on seams.
Interesting QSA to Hornsby Volunteer Coy Border Regiment. A very interesting and scarce Queens South Africa Medal with ghost date marks to 7196 Private J Hornsby Volunteer Coy Border Regiment with Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal and South Africa 1901 clasps. Research shows he is also entitled to the Natal clasp which is not present. Naming has professional correction to initial J. This medal caused me many hours of research due to transcript errors and a contemporary error in the naming on the medal. Medal roll transcript errors included his last name, which was recorded as Homsby, correct spelling of Hornsby on original paperwork, also on the original paperwork he is down as A. Hornsby, this I believe is down to his Cumberland accent on attestation, A sounding like J. John Hornsby was born in Workington, Cumberland around March 1849. His father died before he was two years old, so he was raised by his mother Jane with his brother Richard in their little house in Whitehaven, Cumberland. As soon as he could work, he sort employment down the mines and became a Coal Miner. He married Elisabeth Murphy in 1876 and had three children. He joined the Whitehaven Volunteers sometime during the 1880’s, may be for a few extra pennies a week, they were formed to protect the harbour with its valuable exports of coal and minerals. When the 2nd Anglo Boer war broke out in 1899, for the first time Milita and Volunteer units were allowed to join their regular battalions in South Africa. John sailed for South Africa and arrived around February/March 1900 with the rest of the Volunteer Company 1st Border Regiment part of the 10th division. The Company comprises of 4 Officers and just 135 Other ranks. About the middle of April 1900, the Xth Division, under Sir Archibald Hunter, was brought round from Natal to Cape Colony and to action in some fighting about the 22nd and 23rd, losing 7 wounded. After the division were put on trains to the Transvaal western border, the 1st Border Regiment and 1st Connaught Rangers went to Irene and were posted east of that place under Colonel Bryan Thomas Mahon. On 9th July General French, with Sir Edward Hutton and other troops, including those of Mahon, engaged the enemy and pushed them back beyond Bronkhorst Spruit. On the 12th the Border Regiment, Connaught Rangers, and Royal Fusiliers marched back to Pretoria clear the country north of the area. They had some stiff fighting in hilly country, the Border Regiment was left in the Megaliesberg; the remainder returned to Pretoria in August, very short of supplies they heard De Wet had crossed to the north of the Vaal. An attempt was made to surround him. The Border Regiment and some mounted troops were posted at Commando Nek with Baden-Powell. De Wet crossed the Megaliesberg range at Oliphant\'s Nek and paid a visit to Baden-Powell, sending a message asking surrender, which was politely rejected. Next day De Wet was driven from the district pursued by Mahon. In September 1900 the battalion was again in a column operating from Commando Nek under General Clements, and at the end of December 1900 the battalion had some skirmishes in the Megaliesberg; they also fortified and held Breedt\'s Nek. In January 1901, now under General Cunningham was engaged against Delarey at Middlefontein, the regiment had 6 killed and 15 wounded in fierce fighting. In April 1901 they were detailed to guard the Klerksdorp-Krugersdorp Railway where they were often troubled by small groups of Boer Commando’s. In January 1902, after a visit from Lord Kitchener, the battalion built a line of blockhouses from near Ventersdorp to Lichtenburg so expeditiously as to gain a complimentary wire from Lord Kitchener. The battalion garrisoned this line till the end of the war. They claim that no Boers crossed it, although some thirty attempts were made. In Lord Roberts\' final despatch 11 officers and 16 non-commissioned officers and men were mentioned. Three officers and 3 non-commissioned officers and men were mentioned by Lord Kitchener in despatches during the later phases of the war, and in the final despatch the names of 3 officers and 3 non-commissioned officers were added. Private Gibson was discharged, weather he stayed with the volunteers and later went into the Territorials is unknown, but due to his age, he probably called it a day after his return to south Africa. The Border regiment was highly commended for their service during the Boer war and John and other serving men of the Boer war from Whitehaven were honoured with a Supper and presentation of a Gold medal by the Whitehaven Mayor J. Davis. Each gold medal was engraved with the soldiers details. The occasion was reported by the Maryport Advertiser on 11th May 1902. In 1925 we see John living with his wife Jane and working for Penrith Council as a Roadman in a Quarry, he is now 71 years old. John Died in Penrith in 1934 at the age of 84. With his QSA comes various copied research, medal rolls, census records, transcript from Mayport Advertiser and birth and death index. The medal is in very good original condition, unpolished and on its original silk ribbon. A very nice and unusual QSA to a Volunteer only 140 medals were awarded to this contingent.
Interesting Set of 12 Victorian Hand Coloured Magic Lantern Slides This set of 12 hand coloured magic lantern slides date from the early Victorian period, they are most likely German in origin and consist of four small pictures on each slide depicting various indoor and outdoor scenes of people and animals in day to day life, they probably if used in a set order tell a story but there seems to be no logical order. Each slide is just over 5 inches long and the individual pictures are approx .75 of an inch in diameter, they come in very good condition, some of the pink paper wrapping the slides is loose in places.
Interesting Silver Medallion – Institute of British Engineers There is no date on this medallion but I would guess its from between the wars, it is not hallmarked but tests as 925 Sterling. On the front it has 'The institute of British engineers' and on the reverse 'presented to W.J.B. Soper on his election as an associate member'. Made by D. George Collins Ltd of London and comes in its box of issue. Medallion measures one inch in diameter and is in perfect condition.
Interesting WW1 Ephemera to One Man Denyer West Kent & Labour Corps Here is a large collection of WW1 era ephemera all relating to one man Henry Alfred Denyer of Islington London, he was enlisted in April 1917 into the Royal West Kent regiment and subsequently attached to the Royal Engineers and eventually the Labour Corps, he saw service overseas and sent home postcards including two silk examples to his wife and children. The paperwork included mostly date from around 1917 his joining up and movements around the country. Before the war Henry worked for His Majesties Stationary Office and included are a number of ‘fund’ books that he belonged to most being post war, there are some papers and letters from the WW2 era and a print of a WW1 map of France perhaps where he served. An interesting archive of ephemera some of which I have not seen before, all are in fair but aged condition.
Interesting WW1 Era David Lloyd George Munitions Poster Headed ‘the passing show’ this was apparently a newspaper issued just post war by Odhams press in London containing cartoons by well known artists and cartoonists of the day, depicting LLoyd George in a go cart and having a dig at munitions with a double meaning caption which was probably very relevant at the time. The poster comes in very good condition with signs of age and it has been folded, it measures 30 inches x 20.
Interesting WW1 Era Liberation of Trieste Commemorative Handkerchief This printed cotton handkerchief was produced to celebrate the liberation of Trento and Trieste from the German army in November 1918, as far as I can see a complicated story of occupation, liberation and annexation, Google it! The handkerchief is made from printed cotton and shows the various towns involved, it comes in very good condition (needs an iron) and measures 14 inches square
Interesting WW1 Era Silver Hip Flask, Sniper & Camouflage Expert This super hallmarked silver and engraved hip flask was the property of Frederick Beni Beddington who had a very interesting first world war and also saw service in the second war, the easiest way to tell you his story Is chronologically so here we go….Frederick Beni Beddington was born in 1896 in South Kensington London and was educated at Wellington leaving school at 18 to join the army, he first served with the 13th Kings Royal Rifle Corps in France as a Lieutenant, Fred was an artist and had acute eyesight and this allowed him to shine as a sharp shooter and sniper with the regiment and to create his own camouflage, during early 1918 he joined the No6 Raf cadet wing and also was a lucky survivor of the flu during that year, after the war he returned to London and studied art at Slade before leaving to make a living in the city as his father before him. When the second war started he re joined and rose up to the rank of Colonel, his previous experience with both art and camouflage led him to become the countries leading expert on camo and he was called on to initiate and organise the whole army camouflage programme throughout the war. Post war he stayed in London and was heavily into the art scene for which he is best known in later life. The hip flask is hallmarked silver and dates from 1914 and is marked to the base with the makers mark of WN Ltd, to the front it has been engraved with F.B. Beddington 60th Rifles, the body has a series of dents and shows that it has an active life and it comes in its original red Moroccan leather pouch which also has signs of age and wear, a good sized flask measuring 5 inches x 4. There is extensive paperwork to go with the flask covering Fredericks life and war service, there is also information on one of his brothers who also served in the Great War and was important during WW2 as a director of the Ministry of films. An interesting and unusual item belonging to an instrumental man.
Interesting WW1 Italian Political Satyrical Postcard By Rizzi From a series produced by the Italians to make political satyrical comment on the state of the war, designed by L. Rizzi, there appear to be very few of these available, this one is in excellent condition.
Interesting WW1 Officers Sword - Named Dublin Fusiliers. A very interesting WW1 era infantry officer’s sword and scabbard, the sword its self is the normal 1897 pattern sword with the George V cypher and brown leather covered scabbard, the blade is clean free from any pitting or bloom and very nicely etched with the usual infantry horn and kings crown etc, what makes this one just a little different from most is that it has an engraved dedication on one side of the blade, this reads ‘--------------------------------‘. Charles Rowland Macnamara was a captain with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, he got his commision as a 2nd lieutenant in 1910 and rose to the rank of captain before the outbreak of the first world war, before seeing any service overseas, he was an officer with the Northern Protective force based in Dublin to help ease the tension and to protect the Unionists during the start of the troubles ignited by the tthird home rule bill of 1914. Weather Captain Macnamara was serving in Ireland during the Easter uprising, I cannot confirm, however he did later see service overseas and he is only entitled to the WW1 pair and silver war Badge, so it is possible that he didn’t arrive in France after 1916. The sword itself is in very good condition, the basket type hand guard is a little depressed on one side, this is not really noticeable, (please see pictures) but I still think it is worth a mention. A very interesting man that needs further research and a rare dedication on his sword, presented to him by his loyal troop, it comes with a copy of his medal index card, SWB roll and London gazette entry for his commission in 1910.
Interesting WW1 Photo Postcard Yorkshire Regiment Boxing Team This is an interesting photographic postcard showing a team of men from the 18th Yorkshire Regiment boxing team. At their feet you can see boxing gloves either side of a ball which says '3rd course'. On the back is written 'J. Garratt L/Sgt 18th Yorkshire Reg'. The card is in fair condition, one tear along the top edge and signs of wear.
Interesting WW1 Trench Art Shell Base –Dated 1916 – Borre Borre was a very small village in France with a population of 650 but which saw action from 1914 through to the end of the war, this 18 pounder shell case base commemorates the village of Borre and has a series of dates, engraved to the body is 1917/1918 and the shell itself is dated 1916 on the bottom, the base is very well marked (please see pictures) it comes in very good condition and measures 4 inches in diameter. In April 1918, the German offensive Operation “Georgette” (the Battle of the Lys), aiming to seize the key railway junctions at Hazebouck, brought the fighting front to within just six miles of Borre. The Merris and Borre North railway facilities had to be abandoned as they were now under shell fire, and the operation of the supply line to Ypres was rendered most hazardous. The remaining civilian population of Borre was evacuated. This situation remained unchanged until the Allies began offensive action during September and pushed the enemy further from the area.
Interesting WW2 Era Berlin Nazi Police Stamp These very high quality paper stamps are made from embossed paper and are the official stamps for the Berlin Police (Polizeiprasident) the backs are gummed for sticking. Super un-used condition and measure just over 1.5 inches in diameter. Ref. 19534
Interesting WW2 USA Sweetheart Powder Compact with Mirror A great brass finish sweetheart powder compact set on the top of the lid with a copper finish USA peaked cap, on the inside is a mirror and a lift up flap under which the powder would have been kept and the puff would have been on top of the flap. Comes in good condition, some wear to the outside metal and the mirror has suffered over the years, measures 2.25 inches x 2 inches.
Irish 1917 – 21 General Service Medal. An original unnamed medal awarded to those who took part in the struggle for independence between the Easter uprising of 1916 and the 1921 independence from Britain treaty. This medal comes in superb original condition and it is covered with a nice even patination all over front and back. it comes on a piece of replacement ribbon.
Japanese Red Cross Cape Medal. WW2 era aluminium medal awarded to all serving Red Cross members. This one is in excellent condition and on its original ribbon.
JJRC Remote Control Military Transporter Truck for Display. New and boxed remote controlled military truck, this one has never been used and comes in box; but the box is shop soiled and the remote control is missing, however it does have the battery and charger cable. A nice big item for display, or you can buy the remotes separate from the manufacturer, if you want to get it going. It measures 16 inches long. Priced to clear.
K98 Long Dress Bayonet by Eickhorn. A K98 long dress or parade bayonet by Carl Eickhorn of Solingen. It is in superb condition but the locking catch in the top of the pommel is missing. Also the scabbard has some wear and scratching to the original paint finish. But this could be cleverly repaired, blanked off as this bayonet was never intended for use. It measures 16 inches long. Ship to UK mainland only. Proof of age required on purchase.
Kaiser Wilhelm & Augusta Victoria 25th Wedding Commemorative Coin 1906. A commemorative coin produced in 1906 to commemorate the 25th wedding anniversary of Price Wilhelm of Prussia and Princess Augusta Viktoria of Schleswig-Holstein. Wilhelm later became Kaiser Wilhelm II and they were married on 27th February 1881and they had seven children. It comes in very good condition, although it has lost some of its original gilding.
Kaiser Wilhelm II Centenary Medal 1897. The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Medal also known as the Centenary Medal was established on March 22, 1897, by Wilhelm II on the occasion of the 100th Birthday of his grandfather, Emperor Wilhelm I. issued to all military officers, non-commissioned officers and enlisted personnel, which were actively serving in army, navy and veterans of previous wars. This one is in very good original condition and measures 1.5 inches in diameter.
King George V Reign Told in Pictures. A 64 page booklet of the significant events of the kings reign 1910 to 1936 and includes a lot on the great war and various disasters, this comes with the souvenir programme of the wedding of Princess Alexandra of Kent and Angus Ogilvy 1963. Both in good readable condition.
Kings Own Borderers By James Grant. A late 19th century 1st edition low print run book by James Grant. It tells the story of the Scottish Borderers during the Peninsula war through a novel. It follows a young Scottish volunteer from Carrick going to war. it has everything a late Victorian novel should have, action, romance all set within historical facts. A nice little book. It is in good order, complete but all the pages are a little discoloured.
Kings Regiment Beret Badge. The badge of the merged Manchester and Liverpool regiment. A small fleur-de-lys in brass surmounted by a small white horse in white metal which was issued in the early 1970’s. this one is in excellent condition but quite heavily toned. Ref. F25
KO Royal Border Regiment Belt Buckle. A post 1959 Kings Own Royal Border Regiment belt buckle. Made of solid brass with queens crown brass badge. it comes in excellent but used condition.
KOYLI Territorial Battalion Collar Dog. A brass and white metal collar dog worn by the territorial and volunteer battalions of the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry from 1908 until the end of the first world war. There are slight differences between the collar badges worn by the regular and territorial battalions. The regular battalions had some fleur-de-lis decoration on the horn, where for the territorials, the horn is left plain. Hardly noticeable, but it makes this collar a scarce piece.
Large & heavy Old Cast Iron & Brass Cannon. A large vintage cannon made of cast iron with a solid brass barrel. It probably dates to somewhere around the 1930’s and it is well made and would made a good fireplace or garden piece. The brass barrel id a little worn, where it has been polished over the years, but apart from that, it is in very good condition with no damage, cracks or breaks. It measures; 14 inches long x 7.25 inches high. Postage to UK mainland £10.95.
Large 16th Century Spur Piece The major part of a 16th century spur, probably lost in battle or skirmish. It measures 5 inches long, quite large for the period. A great piece for the cabinet.
Large 19th-Century Spelter Figure of Soldiers Playing Dice. A large Victorian bronzed spelter figure of two continental 17th century soldiers at rest, playing dice of the regimental drum. Around them lay the utensils of war, a mortar, shield, helmet etc. this imposing piece is in very good condition with old damage to the shield near the back of the piece. A lovely centrepiece which has nice detail and has been well cast. It measures 19 inches wide. ..... this is also a very heavy piece weighing close to ten kilos so it will be shipped via courier priced at £10.95
Large and Heavy Silver Bengal Rifle Assoc Winning Team Badge This very large and very heavy silver badge was a prize award for rifle shooting, it is marked to the front ‘Bengal Rifle Association winning team Inter. Regimental match’ sadly no date but is probably mid century, it is marked ‘sterling’ on the back. Heavy for a badge weighing 38 grams and measures just over 2 inches long.
Large Aviation & Combined Services Lodge 8504 Masonic Medallion This vintage medallion was probably produced in the 1970’s/80’s, it is made from a blackened white metal and is quite large and heavy, to the front it has ‘aviation & combined services lodge 8504’ and below is a brief history for the lodge which is based in Horsham East Sussex. It measures 1.75 inches long and comes in very good condition. Our founders, who petitioned for the grant of a Warrant to found the Lodge in 1973, comprised eleven former members of the Royal Air Force (ten former members of Bomber Command – six of whom had served as Pathfinders and two of whom were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross), four from the Royal Navy and seven from the Army.
Large group of 12 WW1 Era Royal Army Ordnance Corp Brass Buttons Here is a good large group of 12 brass buttons for the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, two large and ten small, the smaller ones are maker marked with a variety of good makers, they come in good but used condition.
Large Military Marked 1967 Stainless Steel ladle/Spoon A large sized spoon or ladle probably liberated from the canteen for other uses, made from stainless steel it is marked along the upper handle 37 63 315 S.G. & Co Ltd 1967 with the broad arrow mark, it measures 14 inches long and comes in good condition with signs of use.
Large Mounted Lt Edition Print B-17 Flying Fortress Signed by Vera Lynn This large limited edition mounted print depicts the ‘Sally B’ Britain’s only airworthy B-17 Flying Fortress here shown symbolically over a wartime Duxford airfield, it is taken from an original by the artist Michael Turner and has been signed by the artist and the world famous Vera Lynn, it is numbered 130/850, the print measures 23.5 x 19.75 inches and the mount is 30 x 24, it comes in super condition ready for framing and has its certificate of authenticity. Because of the rigid mount the print will be sent flat and not rolled priced at £7.95
Large Mounted Lt Edition Print Signed by 3 Battle of Britain Pilots This large mounted limited edition print is taken from the original by the artist Michael Turner, it is entitled ‘piece of cake’ and is numbered 1306/1494, along the bottom margin it has been hand signed by three famous WW2 Battle of Britain pilots, these include Squadron leader ‘Ginger Lacey’ (DFM), Group Captain Brian Kingcome (DSO DFC) and Wing Commander ‘Paddy Barthropp (DFC AFC) it is also additional signed by the artist Michael Turner. The print measures 24 inches x 17.5 and the mount is 30 x 24, it comes in super condition and is ready for framing. Because of the rigid mount the print will be sent flat and not rolled priced at £7.95
Large Piece of WW1 era Propeller Blade. Here is a large section of Wooden propeller blade that has obviously been damaged in a crash as it has been broken from the hub end and it also has some damage at the tip. Because it has been broken, I would say around a good 12 inches from the hub, it shows no markings. It is a double blade type and made of laminated Teak and would make a stunning piece of wall art. It measures 37.5 inches long. Shipping will be via courier priced at £15.95
Large Selection of Pre and Post WW2 Ephemera Etc St John Ambulance Here is a large and interesting selection of items all relating to the St John Ambulance the dates range from 1933 to the mid 1950’s and may have been brought together by a serving member, the selection includes: a run of hallmarked silver year service bars, a hallmarked silver fob with 1941 bar, medal service stripes and bar with year service pips, cloth patch and British Legion badge along with a large amount of ephemera and photographs, conditions very good throughout.
Large Victorian Solid Brass Pub or Club Cigar Lighter This quite unusual and rare piece would have been stood on a bar or countertop and had a continual small flame burning used to light cigars or cigarettes. It would have been filled with oil and had a small wick from the spout. It dates from the mid to late Victorian era and is of a classical figure head, the base is heavily weighted now for stability and it stands 12 inches high, it comes in very good condition for its age with just a few dings here and there. A great talking point piece which could be converted to an interesting Lamp.
Large WW1 Era Trench Art Candle Sconce – Royal Artillery This is a huge piece of trench art, the base measures just over 5 inches in diameter, it has a brass fan shape piece added to the back with a hook for hanging, the base has the badge for the Royal Artillery and a second badge added to the middle of the back, it is marked on the bottom with the broad arrow mark CF and Lot 102 but sadly no date, it stands 7 inches high and comes in very good condition.
Large WW1 General Service Brass Button Sweetheart Brooch Its hard to put a date on this piece it may be as early as WW1 but is more likely WW2 era in date, constructed from one large and two small highly shined general service buttons, the large button is marked on the back fro Sutton of Birmingham, one small one is Smith and Wright of Birmingham and the other is unmarked. A good chunky brass pin holds them together and they are in super condition, it measures 2.25 inches long.
Large WW2 Royal Armoured Corps Officer Cadet Training Unit Photo 1943 A good large sized group photograph of the 1943 Royal Armoured Corps officer cadet training unit at Sandhurst, the photo is attached to a card mount which carries the emblem for the Royal Military College. There are 27 men pictured and I wonder what happened to them all!, comes in very good condition with some signs of age and use, the photo measures 7.75 inches x 6 and the mount is 11.75 x 10.
Large WW2 Truck Black-Out Lamp Shield. Large truck or lorry size black-out shield for the offside lamp. Only one was used on vehicles the nearside lamp was completely blacked out. This one is in excellent used untouched condition, measuring 9 inches in diameter.
Late 1930’s German NS-RKB Veterans Pin. The enamelled pin of the National Socialist-State Soldiers League (Nationalsozialistische-Reichskriegerbund). The league was formed in early 1938 and were an amalgamation of all other veteran’s societies. This one is in excellent condition with the correct supply mark on the back.
Late 19th century Black Forest Carved Nut & Leaf Inkwell. A nicely carved wooden inkwell in the form of a nut with a double leaf stand. It has also been engraved on the top of the leaf ‘Hornberg’, this is a town in the Ortenaukreis, in western Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It is situated in the Black Forest, 35 km southeast of Offenburg, so probably a tourist piece in its day. It is in perfect order and it still retains its original glass ink fountain.
Late 19th/early 20thC Naval Midshipman’s 3 Draw Telescope This small 3 draw telescope dates from the late 19th to early 20th century and would have been used by a Naval midshipman, solid brass construction with a leather grip and protective brass cap, it comes in good condition for its age, the optics are clear but would benefit from a clean, the leather grip is worn with a small loss. It measures 16 inches extended and is just under 6 closed.
Late 19thC Broadhurst Clarkson & Co Ltd Three Drawer Telescope This is a super quality all brass three drawer telescope made by Broadhurst Clarkson & Co ltd 63 Farringdon Road London, Mr Broadhurst and Mr Clarkson went into business in 1892 but fell out in 1908 so the telescope falls within this time scale. This style of scope was used by the Navy but it is not military marked. The condition is very good with clear optics and no damage to the metalware, the leather cover, double cap ends and strap are all in good order and it shows only minor sign of age and use, measuring 30 inches fully extended.
Late Victorian HMS Condor Cap Tally HMS Condor was a ten gun screw steel sloop built for the Royal Navy between 1898 and 190, she served on the Pacific station and foundered in a gale with a loss of 130. This original cap tally comes mounted on card with relevant information and is in very good condition.
Late Victorian New Zealand Volunteers Helmet Plate. A gilt metal helmet plate worn on the home service type helmet by the New Zealand Volunteers. The NZV was a part time force which provided NZ with most of its defence during the late 19th century and it was made up of small independent battalions of around one hundred men. The NZ volunteers saw action during the Boer war and lasted to around 1910 when its was converted into the Territorial force of New Zealand. This plate with queen Victoria’s crown is in superb condition, retaining most if not all of its original gilt finish. It measures 3.5 x 4.5 inches.
Late Victorian Night and Day Two Draw Telescope – Lione & Co London A good solid brass two draw telescope well marked on the top barrel with ‘ Lione & Co Brook Street Holbourn Day or Night’, the bottom barrel is covered with a light weight stained wood and to each end are protective sliding lense protectors, the optics are clear and appear to be all present, it measures 26.5 inches long fully drawn and comes in a leather protective case, the telescope shows nominal signs of age and use, the leather case is missing its top section and shows signs of age and use.
Late Victorian Royal Naval Sextant. An English, brass admiralty naval sextant in excellent original condition with all lenses and filter present and a shaped Mahogany handle suitable for all weather conditions. The radius sextant moves around its arc to aid navigation, Vernier adjustment, folding UV filters to protect against daytime sunlight and it comes in its original fitted Mahogany case with brass fittings. It has a final calibration certificate inside the lid of its box, done by Hughes & Son London on the 16th April 1900. This whole piece is in excellent condition, it shows some signs of use to various parts, but these are not worn. A fabulous maritime instrument in wonderful condition.
Late WW2 3rd Pattern Fairbairn Sykes Fighting Knife. A very good 3rd pattern F/S fighting or commando knife. It has the usual cast ribbed grip with straight sided pommel nut. It has a brass guard .and a very good machine ground blade. It comes in superb condition with nearly all of its original finish still remaining but is unmarked and it comes in its original scabbard, which is also in very good order apart from the elastic retaining strap, that has perished and broken. It measures 11.75 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only.
Length of Replacement 1914 / 1915 Star Medal Ribbon. A generous 6 inch length of good quality replacement ribbon. I have a short supply at this price so snap a piece up while it’s available.
Length of Replacement Military Medal Ribbon. A generous 6 inch length of good quality replacement. I have a short supply at this price so snap a piece up while it’s available.
Length of Replacement Military Medal Ribbon. A generous 6 inch length of good quality replacement. I have a short supply at this price so snap a piece up while it’s available.
Length of Replacement TFWM Ribbon. A generous 6 inch length of good quality replacement ribbon for the Territorial Force War Medal. I have a short supply at this price so snap a piece up while it’s available.
Lot Machine Gun Belts Parts Various machine gun belts or parts of. A long belt measuring 32 inches long containing fired blanks. Plus short parts including drill rounds. All you see here. Due to weight shipping will be £7.95 Shipping to UK mainland only
Lovely Antique Miniature Carved Treen Barrel Usually these kind of items are made from wood taken from ships that have been scrapped, I’m not sure if this is the case with this piece but it is very in keeping. Made from I think from turned oak this little barrel unscrews and when done up all of the grain meets, It stands just over two inches high and is in very good condition aside from a couple of small splits were it has been over tightened.
Lovely Victorian Boxed Game of Bone Spellicans/Jack Straws This is a lovely original late Victorian wood boxed game that I know as Jack Straws but is named as ‘spellicans’ on the box but also known as pick up sticks, the sticks are made from bone and there are 30 of them plus two hooked picks. The original lightwood box has a lable on the top naming the game and on the bottom is a retailers lable which reads ‘from Taylor’s fancy repository 27 King’s road Brighton’. The set comes in very good condition, the box has had a repair to the lid and is missing a small section of the wood on the end. It measures just under 5 inches long.
Lovely WW2 Era Silk Runner Royal Artillery A really pretty silk runner measuring 37 inches long having a green background with gold thread patterns, to the centre is a pink silk square with the badge and motto for the Royal Artillery, it comes in wonderful condition with no signs of moth damage.
Lovely WW2 Era Silver WRNS Sweetheart Brooch and Bow A really pretty sweetheart brooch for the Womens Royal Naval Service constructed from Sterling silver and coloured enamels, marked to the back 'silver' it comes in super condition and measures 1.5 inches long.
Lt Ed Artist Signed Print of a Lancaster with 11 WW2 Pathfinder Crew Signatures A good sized print of a WW2 Lancaster bomber in flight entitled ‘dawn over the East Coast’, it was painted by the artist Anthony C. Harold and his signature is bottom right, across the bottom are eleven signatures from WW2 RAF squadron 83rd Pathfinders including Jack Slaughter navigator, Maurice Chick pilot, Tony Ellwood rear gunner etc, all of the men on the right hand side are decorated with DFM’s and DFC’s, the print is numbered 265/1000, it measures 26 x 20 (total page) and comes in fair condition with some surface marks. This will come rolled in a tube
Lt Victorian Gilt Metal Artillery Officers Pouch Badge. A super piece worn on the officer’s ammo pouch. This one is beautiful quality and comes in near mint condition. it has movable wheel and three screw posts on the back for fixing, but the nuts for the posts are missing. It measures 3.25 inches wide. Ref. G2
Lt Victorian Lancashire Fusiliers Dress Belt Buckle Late Victorian Lancashire Fusiliers Officers Dress Belt buckle. It is fine 2-part buckle with a gilt metal backing and a white metal grenade badge. Worn with a fine white leather belt it comes in excellent condition with most of its original gilt still present. It measures, 2.5 x 2 inches.
Ltd Edition Print ‘Achtung Spitfire’ signed by artist. A Limited Edition print by Mark Postlethwaite entitled ‘Achtung Spitfire’ A Spitfire of 72 Squadron about to engage Dornier 17’s approaching the coast, September 1914. It has been signed by the artist and numbered 266 / 1250. It is in good condition with a mark near the signature, it measures 16.5 x 12 inches. This print is unframed and will be sent rolled in a tube.
M1891 Italian Long Knife Bayonet. The main bayonet for the Italian infantry which remained in service for over 50 years. It was made to fit the Mannlicher-Carcano rifle and came with three different types of scabbards, this one has the ribbed steel type. It has no makers mark but has issue / proof marks on the cross guard. The condition is very good, no rusting and a nice even patination overall. measures 17.5 inches long Ship to mainland UK only
Magnificent & Rare RN Surgeon’s 3 Complete Dress Uniforms. A very rare dress uniform that belonged to Surgeon Lieutenant Commander W. Greaves. RN. It comprises of; The Tail Coat this was for ceremonial and no 1 dress. This is a beautiful piece, embellished with gold bullion and gilt buttons, this dates from the early 1930’s but it was re-buttoned with Kings Crown buttons. It has the removable shoulder boards, again made from heavy gold bullion, these show some wear but still in good condition. This coat in general is in wonderful condition, it was last used during WW2 and since then it has been stored really well so there is no moth damage. It does have a few faults which I will list, but all of these were caused just by wear. The collar rim is worn a slightly tatty, some of the bullion braid has come loose, this is just because the original silk cotton that fixed it to the coat has perished, unfortunately fine silk cotton isn’t very hard wearing, so the bullion just needs re-stitching. The Mess Dress Jacket. Again a really beautifully made garment made of wool with gold bullion and it also retains its waist coat, this has gilt and silver buttons displaying the Kings Crown. Both of these garments are in excellent condition with no damage. The Frock or Morning Coat, this is my favourite piece, typical of the Edwardian period, the quality of this jacket is amazing, it is made from thick black mohair with a black silk lining and once again with gold bullion insignia and gilt buttons, the shoulder boards also can fit to this coat as well. This is in stunning condition with just a couple of very minor faults. The stitching to parts of the silk lining has come loose, so it needs re-stitching but this is not damage or worn. This coat was specially tailored by Gieves of London and it was last attended to by that company in 1936. The Trousers, wool with a gold bullion stripe down the outside of each leg, these are in excellent condition with no damage I can see, but the gold bullion is a little dirty. Bi-Corn Hat. This in itself is a fabulous collectable made of black felt and silk with gold bullion ends to the hat. This is in very good condition, the silk lining shows it has been worn, it is a little dirty but it has no major damage. The Sword Belt, made from silk covered leather embellished with bullion braid, the main part of the buckle is missing, I used an old badge just to hold it together for display but an original gilt buckle, shouldn’t be too hard to find for a reasonable price. A truly wonderful display uniform which being for a Surgeon Lieutenant commander it is very rare, and never seem to come onto the market. Apart from natural ware which has been caused by use, there is no damage to any of the garments and the quality is quite stunning and all completely hand tailored, I would advise this for display only, it is to important to risk damaging by wearing it, as we are only temporary guardians of these pieces of history, it must be looked after and maintained for future generations to admire and enjoy. I haven’t had the chance to research this man, it is obvious that he must have served during the First World War and held this rank by WW2, so his early years as a young officer must have been during the early 1900’s As with all my uniforms, they are checked for any damage and sprayed with a modern anti-moth preparation, which is perfectly harmless to old materials, the uniform is them placed into a ‘space bag’ and sealed this gives the uniform an air tight seal free from any dust, damp, bugs or moth, it is then stored at room temperature.
Magnificent Victorian Silver Musket Shooting Award. A really stunning hallmarked silver gilt award. On the obverse it is beautifully engraved with a cannon and in a ribbon swag above is written “Stand Fast”. Also on this side is the hallmark of London 1849. The reverse is covered with beautiful period engraving, which reads “Presented to the Artillery Division by Captain Robinson for the Best Shot at the Annual Musket Practice 10th July 1851”. Holding the round disk is a silver gilt suspender of crossed cannons bound with silver gilt rope and a piece of maroon silk ribbon. This piece is in superb condition still with its original gilt finish untouched, no damage or repairs. A beautiful and rare piece awarded just before the Crimean war. the main disk measures 1.75 inches in diameter.
Magnificent WW1 Belgian Gallantry Group. A really beautiful group comprising of 8 medals, which I will list in a moment, 4 original photographs of the recipient and a tested silver watch chain with locket containing a photograph of a young lady. The group is attributed to 1er Soldat and latter Sous-Lieutenant Armand Frimout of the Belgian Medical Corps and comprises of the King Albert’s Veterans medal, the Centenary of National Independence Commemorative Medal 1830-1930, the Allied Victory medal, Belgian issue, The Fire Cross, awarded to those wounded or those that performed an act of courage in WWI. The commemorative medal for WW1 service this has 4 silver bars and a red cross. The first silver bar was awarded for one year of front line service and each other bar was awarded for six months service on the front line’ the Red Cross was awarded for receiving a wound in battle. The Croix de Guerre with one bronze and one silver palm; this was awarded for bravery or other military virtue on the battlefield, or for serving three years of good service on the front line; the two palms were for two different citations. The Knight - Order of the Crown, Large crossed swords ribbon device denote a long service award to a World War 1 veteran. And lastly the Officer of the Order of Leopold II Gold medal; Awarded after 20 years of meritorious service to a non-commissioned officer (9 years for non-commissioned officers member of the flying personnel), and after 25 years of service for a private or corporal. The four original photographs show Armand in various poses, one studio picture at the bottom of the frame, Armand is wearing the silver watch chain which is also included. Now condition. All of the medals are in perfect condition and look as if they have never been worn, just stored, all eight have their original two tine pins on the back. The photographs are also in excellent order and the watch chain is in very good condition but looks as if it has had a few very minor repairs over the years; the photo it contains is a little faded and creased, but you can just make it out in the picture. A stunning collection to one man, the frame simply unscrews at the back so all of the medals etc can easily be inspected. The watch chain is much longer than it appears in the frame, each silver chain measure about 8 inches long with the locket in the middle. This is the first time this group has appeared on the market, it has come direct from Belgium with another to an army and resistance officer which I hope to have on sale in a few weeks. A marvelous lot which holds great investment potential.
Medal Album - Brand New. Brand new padded medal album complete with 4 sheet medal wallets which will hold 24 medals, further sheets are easy to purchase from eBay etc, also included is the white spacer card, this can be written on or just used as added protection to the medals. This album is new and unused.
Memorial Frame & Photograph to Chandler 5th Canadian MGC Killed Arras 1917 A beautiful memorial in glazed frame honouring 175142 Private John Turnbull Chandler of the Canadian Machine Gun Corps. These memorials were usually issued by the regiment to the family, so they could add there loved one’s photograph and, in this case, to honour and remember their lost son. A poignant piece which needs full research to discover this young man’s service history but in brief; John T Chandler was born in Parson Drove, Cambridge on 31st August 1897 and he was educated at Framlingham School in Suffolk, where this frame was originally on display. He was the eldest son of John William and Agnes Chandler, his father a local minister in the Parrish. John Enlisted on January 20th 1915, in Grimsby Ontario Canada. He served with first the 86th Battalion Canadian Machine gun corps and later when the Canadian MGC was reorganised, he became part of 5th Company, 2nd Canadian division. They saw action at the Somme in 1916 and in 1917 ay Vimmy Ridge and other encounters near Arras. Sadly, John was Killed or died of wounds on 3rd July 1917. He is now remembered with honour at the Bully-Grenay Communal Cemetery, British Extension, Near Arras, France. On John’s Attestation papers, he gives his date of birth as 1894, but his year of birth was actually 1897. Its is unknown, why he lied about his age because he was 18 when enlisted. It may be because you had to be older to qualify for the machine gun corps, I’m not sure, but John was just 20 years old when he died. It comes in very good original condition and in its original glazed oak frame. It measures 16 x 22 inches. Because of the glass, I will ship to the UK mainland only. But I will remove it from the frame if wanted and for overseas shipping. The cost of shipping by courier to mainland UK will be £12.95.
Mid 19th Century Enfield Type Percussion Carbine. Almost Identical to the 1853 Carbine used at the end of the Crimean war by British artillery and cavalry. This interesting Carbine has the standard shape stock with a Tower type percussion lock marked with Queen Victoria’s crown and other markings I cant quite make out. It has a 23 inch barrel, with ram rod underneath and it looks like the original sight has been removed an a fixed sight put on. It has two bands. One of iron and the other of brass, the bras band probably a replacement and also two fixed strap loops and a brass trigger guard, all in keeping with the 1853 pattern. This type of carbine was produced from 1853 to 1861 and in use for a lot longer, so bits were added and repaired while in service. This piece is in good order but with a little attention it could be made into a lovely example. The metal could be given a clean up and under the lock there is a crack in the stock. Where the barrel sits into the stock, it looks like the barrel is pitted. Water has got under the barrel at some point. Also it dry fires but the lock only with engage in half cock, but the spring is nice and tight and gives a very sharp snap when fired. So and interesting Carbine that needs a little TLC to make it a very good example. Total measurement 38 inches long. Shipping strictly to UK mainland only via courier priced at £15.95
Mid 20th Century Original Pen and Ink Civil War Drawings with Certificate Sold by Sulis fine art in the USA these 3 mid 20th century pen and ink drawings show elements from the American civil war, they include General Grants kerosene lamp, the bugle that blew the cease fire and a canon with dead bodies around, they come with their certificate of authenticity dated 2015, they come in good condition but have been stuck in something with tape on the corners, the largest measures 9.5 inches x 5.
Military Figures of WWII DVD Box Set. A 10 DVD box set highlighting the main players of the second world war, such as Mussolini, Rudolf Hess, Himmler, Bormann, Roosevelt and of course Churchill plus others. The box has been opened but DVD’s are unused. Hours of fun.
Military Medal (MM) to Kay L N Lancs Regt. For Passchendaele A superb MM awarded for gallantry and correctly named to Pte 4857 / 242292 Robert Kay. 2/5th Loyal North Lancs Regt: Robert Kay was born in Bolton in 1880 the third son of William Kay a cotton spinner and Margaret (nee Parker) of 18 Great Moor Street who were married at St Peters Church Bolton on 20th February 1875. In 1881 the family were living at 15 Gregson Field, Great Lever Bolton. Other children of the family were: Charles (b1875), Thomas (b1877), Mary E (b1882), Betsy (b1884), William (b1887) and Nathan (b1890). In 1901 the family had moved to 87 Plover Street, the father William now 50 years of age who had also worked in an Iron foundry was now back as a labourer within the cotton mill with the rest of the family, his wife aged 51yrs was the housekeeper. Charles 25, Robert 21 and William 13 were cotton piecers Mary 18 was a cotton doffer whilst Betsy 16 a cotton doubler, Nathan 11 was still at school. On New Year\'s Day 1904 Robert married Mary Jane Atkinson Jones (b1881) of 20 Plover Street at St Bartholomew\'s Church Great Lever, Atkinson was her mother\'s maiden name, no mention of a father. Robert\'s father William died in 1908 aged 57 years, probably from years of working in the cotton mills and iron works, life expectancy was not high for these workers in that time. While living in Bolton, Robert served for four years with the 2nd Volunteer Battalion of the L.N.L. he was obviously looking for an alternative life and seeing the local news advertisements were for the White Star Dominion Line showing regular sailings from Liverpool to Canada. Taking advantage of this in 1910 Robert and Mary Jane made the decision to relocate to Canada. Sailing aboard the \'Virginian\' from Liverpool to Quebec landing on 3 rd June 1910 they settled in Hamilton Ontario. The 1911 Canadian census lists their address as 13 Edinburgh Ave, Wentworth Hamilton Ontario.When the sounds of war were in the air, Robert felt the call of duty. It is possible that Robert tried to join a Canadian regiment but for some reason this didn’t work out, but his wife Mary Jane returned to the UK on the RMS \'Empress of Britain\' of the Canadian Pacific Line sailing on 6th August 1914 disembarking at Liverpool on 15th August 1914 three months earlier than Robert who later also returned to the UK travelling 3rd class aboard the SS \'Zeeland\' of the White Dominion Line from Portland, Maine and disembarked at Liverpool on 15th December 1914 travelling on to the family home in Bolton. So on Friday 19th March 1915 at Bolton Town Hall Kay enlisted into the 2/5th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment as a private. He served on home service undergoing military training from 21st May 1915 until 8th February 1917 when he sailed for France serving there with the battalion in the field from the 9th February 1917. On the 24th October 1917 the battalion had moved up to Poelcapelle ready for the attack on the 26th. The battle took place in the Ypres salient around the village of Passchendaele and was the culminating attack of the third battle of Ypres. \'At 05.40am that day the battalion moved off from the tape line towards the enemy positions in atrocious weather conditions, the ground was heavy with mud after much rain, the conditions being described as dreadful\'. (Extract from war diary). The battalion hadn\'t moved 50 yards before they were met by intense enemy machine gun fire causing many casualties. The enemy machine guns had been placed in strengthened shell holes, they and accurate sniping accounted for the casualties including all the company officers. The advance was continued by the NCO\'s and small pockets of soldiers had managed to find safety in shell holes 500 yards in advance. Their rifles and Lewis guns for the most part could not be fired back at the enemy due to the mud and shell holes filled half full of water. Attacks were carried out at the point of the bayonet. After a day full of fighting, it was decided for the attack to cease and to retire and consolidate their initial positions from whence they started, it was here that Robert won the Military Medal for gallantry and devotion to duty in action there are no surviving records to explain the exact action for the award. His photo accompanied with a short news item appeared both in the Bolton Evening News and the Journal & Guardian on 18th January 1918 and the official announcement of his MM appeared in the London Gazette of 23rd February 1918, Copies included with research. During his service Robert suffered from deafness and trench fever being treated at the base hospital Calais, he was medically classed as suffering 30% deafness debility attributable to his service. Trench fever is a moderately serious disease transmitted by body lice. The onset of symptoms is usually sudden, with high fever, severe headache, pain on moving the eyeballs, soreness of the muscles of the legs and back, the latter being the most constant symptom. Recovery takes a month or more and although lethal cases are rare, the persistent fever might lead to heart failure. Aftereffects may include neurasthenia, cardiac disturbances, and myalgia. Robert was transferred to the Labour Corps Pte 646353 on 10th April 1918 and was posted to 386 (H.S.) Labour Corps, at Colchester. On 15th April 1918 he was now at Heaton Park in Manchester a military camp used as a centre to rehabilitate injured servicemen working in fatigues as a saw filer and it was here that he was presented with his MM. He was discharged from the Labour Corps on 1st April 1919, the cause of his discharge being no longer physically fit for service He was to receive a pension of 8s 3d per week from 5th March 1919 to be reviewed annually. he briefly went home to Bolton residing at 73 Grecian Street before applying for passage back to Canada. On 30th January 1920 he embarked at Liverpool aboard the S.S. \'Metagama\' of the Canadian Pacific Line at Liverpool for his return home to Canada. In the 1921 Canadian census Robert and his wife were now recorded as living at 47 Highland Street, Hamilton City, Ontario his occupation was as a saw filer. This is the address to which he requested his war medals be forwarded onto. Robert is also entitled to a British war and victory medals and a silver war badge No: B 302802 for the injuries he had sustained. This medal is in excellent condition and comes with a folder full of research relating to this brave young man, who was awarded for gallantry for one of the worst battles on the western front during the great war.
Miniature German 1898 Pattern Bayonet. A very interesting miniature German 1898 pattern bayonet and scabbard. The bayonet is of all metal construction with painted grips. It has its correct metal scabbard which has been engraved with ‘Bonn 1/Rh. This I think stands for the 1st Rhenish Infantry Regiment, its men were recruited from Bonn, Dietz and Euskirchen. During WW1 they formed the 160th (9th Rhenish) Infantry part of the VIII Army Corps. It is in excellent condition with just some wear to the painted grips. It measures 9.25 inches long. Ship to UK mainland only. Proof of age required on purchase.
Miniature German M39 Dress Bayonet. A late 1930’s or wartime miniature German bayonet and scabbard a perfect miniature example of this type of bayonet. It is all metal with black composite grips held in place by two rivets, bird’s head pommel and a single upward swept quillon. It has a good steel blade with a single fuller on each side and a blued steel scabbard. it is in very good condition slight wear and staining to the pommel and a light rust bloom to an area of one side of the scabbard, but all in all a very nice piece which are now very scarce. It measures around 9 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only
Miniature Replica Civil War Cannon 1861 by Denix. This is a replica of an 1861 Civil War Cannon which has been made from metal. This model nicknamed as 'Napoleon' was the most popular one used throughout the American Civil War. This particular weapon was one of the most important pieces of the conflict that supposedly made up almost 40% of the ordnance of the artillery. It was widely admired for its safety, reliability and efficiency particularly in short ranges. A lovely edition to the cabinet or desk in mint condition and boxed and measuring 7 inches long.
Miniature Replica Gatling Gun 1861 by Denix. This is a miniature replica of a US Gatling Gun from 1861. You may wonder why you still know the name of a 19th Century weapon, well there are many reasons why this particular model has remained so popular and well known. The Gatling Gun is one of the best-known early rapid-fire spring loaded, hand cranked weapons and a forerunner of the modern machine gun and rotary cannon. It was invented by Richard Gatling and saw occasional use by the Union Forces during the American Civil War in the 1860's. This was the first time this weapon was employed in combat. Later, it was used again in numerous military conflicts such as the Boshin War and the Anglo-Zulu War. A lovely cabinet or desk piece, in mint condition and boxed, measuring just under 7 inches long.
Miniature Swiss M1889 Bayonet. 1920’s Miniature Swiss 1889 pattern bayonet. The full size bayonet was manufactured from the period of 1889 to about 1917 and they were in service until after WWII. This miniature example has good detail of the full size version and it even has a little working release catch, wood grips and muzzle ring. It has been fitted with a badge showing the Swiss army helmet above the Swiss white cross emblem in a shield below and the blade has been engraved Luzern. A lovely little piece in excellent condition measuring 8 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only.
Mixed Lot of WW2 Era Field Dressings Here is a good mixed lot of three WW2 era field dressings, the first is dated 1943 and is a single unit from a packed pair, the second is a package that would have been for a pair but now contains a single dressing, this is dated 1938 and the third is a small plain wound dressing authorized by the ‘Mines Dept’. All come in fair but aged condition.
MM Gallantry Group to Cradduck RE 7th Armoured. Dessert Rat Casualty. MM for Tobruk I believe a very important group comprising of medals, photo and Scroll all to 1870089 Corporal Kenneth Amos Cradduck of the 2nd Field Squadron Royal Engineers. This lot comprises of the 1939-45 star, the Africa Star, the Defence Medal, the 1939-45 war medal and a George VI Military Medal replacement copy. More about that later. Also his original death scroll, this is still in its original envelope of issue. Kenneth Cradduck was born in 1925, in London. He was a Kent Police Constable before the war started and in 1939 he volunteered into the army. Probably because he was in a responsible job and showing himself to be a good leader he was soon promoted to the rank of Corporal in the Royal Engineers. He must of undergone training in bomb and mine disposal and trained in infantry and close combat fighting to be posted with the 2nd Field Squadron RE. the 2nd Field squadron or Field Coy formed part of the 7th Armoured division (Dessert Rats) These were the units that went onto the battlefield and did activities (mostly under fire) like building bridges, installing the Bailey Bridge, laying or removing mines, repairing roads, demolishing roadblocks and bridges, plus lots of other general tasks in combat. They were also trained in close combat and to use a verity of weapons so that they could defend themselves if necessary. All an Engineer had to clear a minefield was nothing more than the tip of his bayonet to feel for mines with, until the arrival in the Western Desert a Mine Detector in 1942. To clear barbed wire areas they used Bangalore Torpedo's, Satchel Charges, or even just their wire cutters. Also they had to destroy anything that lay in the way of the tanks or armoured vehicles, they would also use TNT or Dynamite, so they were very well versed in all sorts of explosives and to cap it all, most of the work was done while under fire. On January 21st 1941 Corporal Craddock was in charge of an RE detachment of three sappers whose role was to put Bangalore Torpedo's in the barbed wire defences surrounding Tobruch (Tubruk). The party was in the charge of an Infantry Major (with a company of his battalion supporting). Having successfully accomplished their task, the party came under very heavy fire, the major in charge and all accompanying infantry became casualties. Corporal Cradduck rallied the remainder in the dark and found himself to be the only unwounded man. Carrying one infantryman with them, he directed the party through the very heavy fire to saftety. It is quite certain that had it not been for Corporal Cradduck’s cool direction of the remaining members of his part all would have been lost. For this action he was awarded the Military Medal. The above has been taken from his citation, on which his name is miss-spelt Craddock. After the action in Tubruk it seems Cradduck was in the Palestine area, Kenneth Cradduck died on 3rd October 1941 and he is now remembered with honour at the Khayat Beach War Cemetery Palestine. Here needs researching. I haven’t got too involved in his death, researching into the 7th armoured and the 2nd Field Squadron RE timeline will uncover some explanation on how he lost his life, but looking at his duties in his unit, it almost seems inevitable he would become a casualty before the war was over. He is also remembered on the Kent Police Second World War memorial. Also included is a copy of his MM citation, commonwealth war graves certificate and probate. This is probably the saddest part, it looks like Kenneth had no family, his estate was left to a fellow police officer Edward Ernest Dennett. Corporal Cradduck’s medals are still in their original box of issue addressed to Mr E Dennett, C/o 5 Hibernia Street Ramsgate; they come with just one small photograph of him. This is not in wonderful condition but shows Craddock in his warm weather uniform displaying his corporal strips. This was folded inside the medal box. The Military Medal was missing from his medals, this could mean a couple of things, one, his medal was sold or scrapped at some point, or, which I think may be true, he was never issued it. Having no blood next of kin it was never issued. It was an immediate award and because he was sadly killed soon after he was awarded the medal, it is very unlikely it was issued in the field. I have personally added this MM, it is a very good quality replacement. The best I could find without buying an erased medal. I just feel, the gallantry award should be with what remains of his effects. His medal group etc now comes mounted for display, framing, or safe storage. An amazing, and I think a very important piece of Royal Engineers and Desert Rat’s history. An extremely brave young man that lost his life in service for the cause of freedom at only 26 years old.
Modern Copy Miniature Medal – General Service with Palestine Clasp A good quality modern copy of the General service 1918-62 army and RAF with Palestine clasp miniature medal comes in excellent condition with ribbon.
Modern Copy Miniature Medal – Gulf War 1990-91 with Clasp A good quality modern copy of the Gulf war 1990 91 with 16th Jan to 28th Feb 1991 clasp miniature medal comes in excellent condition with ribbon.
Modern Small Arms by Major Myatt MC. Major Frederick Myatt’s books on firearms are some of the best books you can buy on the subject. This one on modern small arms covers the period from 1873 to the 1970’s when the book was produced. It has large detailed pictures of the weapon with an accurate and concise information, plus larger pull outs of rifles such as the SMLE. It covers everything from the larger machine guns to hand guns with wonderful illustrations. Coveted amongst expert and novice collectors as one of their main form of reference. 235 pages, in very good condition, original dust cover a little scruffy.
Modern WW1 Memorial Plaque to Colonel Beech. A modern Bronzed memorial plaque showing two soldiers bowing their heads in lament. It has a cartouche to the side, which reads; ‘Colonel Robert Beech Commanding 2nd Scottish Horse Died August 1916’. It comes in a black surround and hanger on the back. a nice piece for any study or war room. It measures 5 inches in diameter. WAS £16
More Photo's of the Naval Officer Surgeon's Uniform Click the thunmnail to view more photographs of the Royal Naval Lieutenant Commander's Full Dress Uniform. Tail Coat, Trousers, Mess Dress, Morning Jacket, Trousers, Bi-corn Hat and sword Belt.
Mosin-Nagant Socket Bayonet. The Mosin-Nagant folding socket bayonet fitted the later Model 1891 rifles, those manufactured after 1930 and up to the 1950s. This one has the typical screw driver end and comes in very good used condition. Shipping to UK mainland only
Mounted German Badges Brought Back From War. Here is an interesting lot comprising of a wooden shield mounted with a 1930’s German Police Shako plate and what looks like the centre of the German Silver Cross. We purchased these recently from a lady who said her father brought them back from the war and she really didn’t want them in her house. The shako plate has some damage, weather this was done after it was mounted or it was found like this, I cannot say. There is a crack beside the swastika and the tip of the right wing is broken, also a piece missing from the top of the wing. The enamelled swastika seems to be in very good order. both items are quite heavily toned but I’m sure they will both polish up well if wished. The shield measures 7 x 8.5 inches.
Museum Quality Replica of Oliver Cromwell’s Sword. A superb quality museum quality replica of the sword used by Oliver Cromwell by John Barnett. John Barnett is a contemporary swordsmith producing a variety of very good quality swords for academic display. This one a faithful reproduction of the sword used by Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil war 1642 – 1652. A 17th century mortuary sword, made of a good heavy gauge steel with a fine steel blade and leather grip with twisted steel wire. The original is finely decorated with relief panels. In the centre a shield is surmounted by a mantled close helmet bearing the Cromwell arms and crest. On each of the two side shells there are engravings of a combat between two horsemen with a town in the background, this one is un decorated, but you can add whatever you want. The original is on display at the Cromwell Museum in Huntingdon, a fabulous place well worth a visit. www.cromwellmuseum.org This sword is in mint condition and would look fantastic with the replica Lobster pot helmet I currently have for sale. A full size piece measuring 39 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only via courier priced at £15.95
Musket Flintlock Parts by Wilson. Late 18th / early 19th century flintlock parts for a musket. It includes, Plate, Pan, Frizzon and Frizzon spring (broken), Trigger mechanism (sear, sear spring, tumbler etc) and cock, this is loose, cock screw broken. The plate is marked ‘Wilson’ and in overall good order, measuring 6.5 inches long.
Named & Dated General Nursing Council Badge – Nurse Goddard A super condition white metal and blue enamel badge for The General Nursing Council for England & Wales issued to R.C. Goddard S.R.N. it has her number 176588 with the date 28.11.50 below with R.M.N. and then added in is 12796 with the date 22/10/48. The maker is Thomas Fattorini Ltd Birmingham. No condition issues and measures just over one inch in diameter.
Nazi German 1st October (Sudetenland) Medal The 1st October medal awarded to those who took part in the annexation of the Sudetenland or Bohemia and Moravia, later it was awarded to military personnel participating in the occupation of the remnants of Czechoslovakia on March 15, 1939. This one is in very good original condition and on its original ribbon.
New & Boxed Vintage Ever Ready Police Lamp Torch A good vintage boxed Ever Ready Police lamp torch, it comes with its original price ticket and instructions sheet, the original price for the torch was 17’6 which feels like it was expensive in its time. I don’t think it has ever been used however it has picked up some rust spots mainly over the back case.
New Mini 3d Metal Model – Early Bi Plane I did intend to make this model up but you know how it is….so its brand new and still in its packet, made from metal which you cut out and build, a nice little stoking filler.
New Mini 3d Metal Model – Lunar Landing Craft I did intend to make this model up but you know how it is….so its brand new and still in its packet, made from metal which you cut out and build, the picture on the back shows a lunar landing craft, ideal for something to do during the ‘isolation’.
New Mini 3d Metal Model – Titanic I did intend to make this model up but you know how it is….so its brand new and still in its packet, made from metal which you cut out and build, the picture on the back shows a four funnel ship so I think it’s the Titanic, ideal for something to do during the ‘isolation’.
NEXT LISTING FRIDAY 5TH MARCH 7.30pm To include The JERSEY COLLECTION. a collection of items left behind when the German military forces left the island. Found in the underground tunnels and bunkers and this collection consists of some very rare and unique items. Listing starts at 7.30pm.
Nine Antique Hand Painted Lead Soldiers – Scots Guards These lead Scots Guards have been hand painted, they come in very good condition with just some minor wear to the paintwork, they stand 2.25 inches high.
Nine Packaged Del Prado – Men at War 1914 -1945 Series Lead Soldiers Here are nine lead soldiers from the Del Prado men at war series depicting soldiers from world regiments including the UK, Canada, USA, Gurkha etc. They come in their original packaging with booklets and are in good condition, a couple have escaped the packaging but can be re sealed if desired.
No 9 Rifle Bayonet Scarce South African Issue. An interesting South African made and issue No 9 Bayonet made by the Armaments Corporation of South Africa (ARMSCOR). The blade profile differs significantly from its British counterpart in that the tip has no clipped point, instead it has a spear point and a bit shorter. The scabbard differs too, instead of using the typical No9 scabbard, which was too long, they fitted it with the M1 bayonet scabbard, bit it is still too long for the blade. This wonderful example of a scarcer No 9 variant, it comes in excellent original condition, with just a slight rust bloom to one area of the bulk of the bayonet, please see pictures. The blade is nice and clean as is the scabbard, this has just some scratches. It measures 11 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only
nteresting Collection of WW1 Era Photographs and Ephemera – Tait MGC This is a quite fascinating large collection of photographs both loose and in a large album, certificates and diaries all belonging to one man, Greville Brend Tait who served as a Captain with the Middlesex regiment and later as temporary major with the MGC, he first saw service in France from March 1915 and during 1916 was in Egypt. Greville was born in 1892 and by 1910 had been given certificate ‘A’ to certify his qualifications for the infantry at the officers training corps Highgate, by 1912 he had certificate ‘B’ from the officers training corps from Cambridge University and in 1913 received his commission certificate to serve as an officer in the territorial force as a second lieutenant. His medal index card is busy to say the least, it shows his service in France and the move to the MGC, there are two small diaries which he kept in army note books, his writing is sometimes easy to read and at other times very difficult but he does detail the boredom of day to day serving in Egypt with occasional action but far more interest in a good meal and clean water. Greville was a very good photographer and he took some very good photo’s of his surroundings, his fellow officers, the machine guns, natives and their life styles and later housed them in the large album, there are some loose slightly larger examples and everything is housed in his original brown leather monogrammed suitcase which has preserved the contents extremely well so everything is in very good condition the suitcase showing signs of age and use. A fascinating glimpse into one man’s service in a difficult war zone. Shipping weight is in excess of 10KG so shipping will be via courier priced at £12.95
nteresting Collection of WW1 Era Photographs and Ephemera – Tait MGC More Pictures of this amazing collection above
Official Bronze George VI Coronation Medallion. The Official Bronze coronation medallion to celebrate the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. In good condition, 1.75 inches in diameter.
Official Naval Dispatches of WW1. A very interesting little booklet telling the story of the Admiralty’s story of the navy’s part in the Great War. It details battles and the ships that took part with drawings and maps. A fascinating little book which comes in very good condition.
Official War Office Issue 1924 Field Service Regs Book A handy little book produced by the war office in 1924 detailing the 'field service regulations Vol II operations' everything that an officer should know. Comes in fair condition, there is damage to the front cover and the spine shows wear. Of a small size measuring 5.25 inches x 4.25.
Old 16 Bore Shotgun Wad Cutter. An early 20th century 16 bore wad or patch cutter for a muzzle-loading shotgun. It has a light rust bloom on the outside of the cutter but the cutting edge is still quite sharp. It measures 4.5 inches long.
Old Printed Blue Ensign Linen Flag A good old vintage printed blue ensign linen flag which has been used and has faded a bit through use however it comes in good condition otherwise with no holes and still has its tie ends, it measures 32 inches x 18.
Old Rifle Pull-Through. An old rifle pull-through with jute cord and a metal weight on one end and on the other a brass toggle. In good order.
Original Dunkirk Veterans Medal 1970. A solid bronze medal awarded in 1970 to British and allied veterans involved in Operation Dynamo, the evacuation of Allied forces from the Dunkirk sector between 29 May and 3 June 1940 and those soldiers evacuated from the beaches. All British servicemen from the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, Merchant Navy, and the civilian little ship volunteers were eligible to receive the award. Issued to French veterans from 1960. This one is the first type with French style two prong tine attachment and comes in mint condition and in its box and packet of issue.
Original Family Photographs of Dame Anne Warburton - Diplomat A collection of photographs of Dame Anne Warburton and her family, including her Brother. She was a diplomat and the first female British ambassador. The lot has photographs of various men in uniform and other family members and include a lovely wedding shot WW1 era the man having the Military Cross and trio RHA, WW2 and later Guards regiment and a Lieutenant in the Royal artillery. To go with Dame Anne’s items is a sheet of paper bearing 7 signatures and headed ‘from past and present members of the Intelligence department’ and a signed postcard which includes Dame Anne dated 1940. An interesting lot in very good condition for its age. various sizes. Dame Anne Warburton DCVO CMG (8 June 1927 – 4 June 2015) was a British diplomat who was the first female British ambassador. She served as British Ambassador to Denmark from 1976 to 1983 and British Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva from 1983 to 1985. Having retired from her diplomatic career, she was President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge University from 1985 to 1994.
Original Framed Oil on Board by Suffolk Artist Joe Crowfoot – B24 Liberator Artist Joe Crowfoot was born in Suffolk in 1946 and is very famous locally for his paintings of ships, farm scenes and WW2 aviation themes, Joe sadly passed away in 2017 but was an accomplished artist and is much sought after locally. This painting is an oil on board and features a WW2 United States Air Force B24 Liberator named as the ‘brown knowser’ a basic search suggests that this is a known aircraft that was lost over Germany In June 1944, in the painting the aircraft looks to be venting smoke from an engine so possibly an image of just before it crashed. The work comes in very good condition and is in its original frame and stamped on the back with Joe’s gallery stamp, it measures in the frame 22 inches x 18. Due to the size and weight this will be sent via courier priced at £10.95
Original French Saint Helena Medal 1857 The Saint Helena Medal was the first French campaign medal. It was established in 1857 by a decree of emperor Napoleon III to recognise participation in the campaigns led by emperor Napoleon Bonapart. Issued to all veterans of the la Grande Armée, the land armies or naval fleets, who served the Republic or the Empire between the years 1792 and 1815 inclusive. This one an original issue comes in superb condition and on a short piece of its original ribbon.
Original QEII Efficiency Decoration (Territorial) Miniature Awarded for 12 years’ service in the territorial and army volunteer reserve. This sterling silver medal was issued from 1969 to 1982, denoted by the ‘Territorial’ bar on the ribbon. it comes in good but used condition and on its original ribbon with sterling silver bar.
Original Signed Autograph Bill Howarth Dambuster Original signed autograph and copy photograph of Flight Lieutenant William (Bill) Howarth DFM RAF. He flew with 617 Squadron as flight sergeant and front gunner with Munro\'s crew on 17th May 1943 Dam buster raid. He flew in the second wave on an aircraft named AJ-Willie. His plane was badly damaged by flak over the Dutch coast, and it limped back to base with electrical failure, its mission aborted. He was awarded the DFM after 41 operations. There are many books and biographs of this man including No 617 Dambusters Squadron by Alex Bateman. A scarce autograph, Bill only signed a few autographs at special events.
Original Signed Autograph Dudley Heal – Dambuster The Original Signed Autograph of Sergeant and Navigator Dudley Heal DFM who flew with 617 Squadron and flew part of the third wave. The second aircraft to attack Sorpe Dam where their mine dropped successfully but failed to breach dam. On the Dams Raid itself, Heal found that AJ-F was tending to drift off track, so he had to adjust the courses he was giving to his pilot. But they found no real difficulty in finding their eventual target, the Sorpe Dam. Failing to breach it was a disappointment, but this was mitigated when their return journey took them past the Möhne, and they saw the damage their comrades had caused. In early 1945, he was offered the chance to join 214 Squadron, flying American Fortresses specially equipped for radio counter measures, mainly the “jamming” of German radio signals. All went well for seven operations but then on the eighth, their aircraft suffered engine problems, dropped to 8000 feet and was hit by flak. The crew baled-out. Heal and a few others survived and were captured. Sadley Mr Heal died on 7th February 1999, Southampton. Dudley Heal’s autographs are not that common but can be found on mainly on Dambuster’s first day covers. Loan signatures are scarce.
Original Signed Autograph Wing Commander Leonard Cheshire VC An original signed autograph by Wing Commander Geoffrey Leonard Cheshire, Baron Cheshire, VC, OM, DSO & Two Bars, DFC (7 September 1917 – 31 July 1992). He was the youngest group captain in the RAF and one of the most highly decorated pilots of the war. After the war he founded a nursing home that grew into the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability. He became known for his work in conflict resolution. In 1991 he was created a life peer in recognition of his charitable work. His signature comes mounted with a photograph and in very good condition.
Original Victorian Photograph HAC 1880’s A wonderful original Victorian Photograph of a company Honerable Artillery Company in barracks in London. You can see in the pictures they are wearing the typical brown fur busby’s with Slade Wallace cross belts and holding their Martini Henry Carbine rifles with their bayonets at their sides. At the back you can see onlookers from other companies wearing their stable caps. A superb look into military life in the 1880’s. The photo measures 8.5 x 6.
Original Watercolour Junkers Stuka JU87D By Hepworth A superb proof watercolour by the illustrator W. F. Hepworth, used in the 1970’s books on aircraft and aviation used by Harleyford Publishing. This one of a Junker Stuka Dive Bomber JU87D. This was a German dive bomber and ground-attack aircraft. Designed by Hermann Pohlmann, it first flew in 1935. The Ju 87 made its combat debut in 1937 with the Luftwaffe's Condor Legion during the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939 and served in Axis forces in World War II (1939-1945). This is not a print but the original hand painted proof watercolour painting and the detail and quality is just stunning. It comes framed and glazed and in excellent condition, ready to hang. It measures 25 x 15 inches. Shipping via courier priced at £12.95
Original WW1 ID Bracelet of Lieut Col Burdett DSO. MC .A wonderful original item that belonged to a highly decorated officer Lieutenant Colonel James Charles Burdett of the 6th Battalion the Leicestershire regiment, winner of the Military Cross and the Distinguished Service Order and he is also entitled to the 1915 star. Apart from his medal index card which confirms his awards and his entitlement to the 15 star trio, this piece is un-researched, there is a lot of information I could of obtained online, but I thought it would be a great project for its new owner, and believe me when I say, it is well worth the research, even just putting his name into Google brings up several entries, so lots of places to start. This fine little piece comes in great condition; it has minor wear conducive to its age.
Original WW2 AM Whistle. An original WW2 era Air Ministry Ditching Whistle. I know there are a lot of reproductions around, but the original AM issues are not marked Acme Thunderer, are Nickle plated over brass and have a pea inside not a small wooden ball. This one is in very good working order and is showing light wear and comes attached to an old white lanyard as found.
Original WW2 German Portrait Photo SA Sports Badge. A scarce find this original WW2 photograph of a young Luftwaffe NCO in full dress uniform and wearing the SA Sports Badge badge. There is a name at the bottom of the picture, weather this refers to the man in the picture or the photographer, its hard to say. A lovely portrait in perfect condition.
Ornate WW2 Painted Container for 14lb Spigot Mortar Bomb Head. A painted Head container for the 14lb Spigot Mortar Bomb. It is made of pulp wood fibre with a metal bottom which is well marked. The body is painted red with a fine hand collared gilt transfer of the royal arms with king’s crown. It is in excellent condition but it should have a metal lid, I believe, which is missing. it measures 5.25 inches in diameter and 6.5 inches high.
Pair 16 Air Assault Brigade Cloth Badges. A genuine pair of cloth DPM Subdued green sleeve badges worn by the 16 Air Assault Brigade from 1999 until 2015. Both are in very good used condition. 2.25 x 2.5 inches.
Pair 1937 Pattern Ammo Pouches. A true pair of mark III basic ammo pouches, these post war pouches are slightly longer than the mark I or II so they could hold 5 x 32-round STEN Machine Carbine Magazines. These are in excellent condition and have been covered with Blanco green.
Pair 54th Infantry Division Cloth Patches. An unused pair of post war embroidered silk cloth patches worn by the 54th (East Anglian) Division / District after 1947. Both badges are uncut and in excellent condition. Each patch measures 2 x 2.5 inches.
Pair 58 Pattern Ammunition Pouches. A very good pair of the Mk1 58 pattern ammo pouches. In very good overall condition, although they have been used and were originally buff coloured and later coloured green. Only showing a little wear and padded out so they don’t lose shape. Ready to display.
Pair Kriegsmarine Administration Officer’s Shoulder Badges. Quite a rare little pair of badges, worn on the officers shoulder boards or epaulets. They are made of a light white metal, now with a nice dark tone. they look unused as both pins still remain flat and unbent on the back. They both measure 0.75 inches high.
Pair Kriegsmarine Administration Officer’s Shoulder Boards. A very good pair of shoulder straps worn by the officers of the Kriegsmarine Administration; white bullion wire mounted on blue wool and still retaining their original insignia. The pips are mis-matched, although they have always been together, I am reliably told that mis-matched boards are more common than matched as men were promoted throughout the war and I suppose they took what was available. Nevertheless, these are in very good untouched condition and quite rare.
Pair Middle East Land Forces Cloth Patches. A pair of 2nd pattern 1950’s Middle East land forces screen printed cloth badges. Worn by the land forces in the Suez Canal area, Egypt and Port Said, Sudan, Palestine and Cyprus head quarters. Both badges are in very good used condition and measure 2.5 x 3 inches.
Pair of 19thC Hand Painted Oriental Pictures A good pair of well executed 19th century pictures of Oriental figures, each character has been painted in water colours, cut from its paper and applied to the background giving it a raised feel, both are in very good condition one having a small round stain to the card, but well framed they will look fantastic; they each measure 6 x 4.25 inches.
Pair of Early 20thC Porcelain Figures – Napoleon & Wellington A good pair of early 20th century porcelain bust figures of Napoleon and Wellington, both are hand painted then over glazed, they have no makers marks but I think are continental in manufacture, both come in very good condition with no chips or cracks and they measure just under 6 inches high.
Pair of Large Naval Photographs – 20\' x 16 Unusual to find such large such large photographs, both measuring 20 inches x 16 the first showing the H.M.S. King George firing a salvo. It is in fair condition, has been displayed using pins in the corners. The second shows part of the historic North Africa convoy, again in fair condition and has been displayed using pins in the corners. Both would make an excellent display cabinet back drops, especially to a WW2 collection. These will be sent rolled in a tube. WAS £22
Pair of Late Victorian Lithograph Prints Lancs and Middlesex Reg A lovely pair of lithographic prints dating from the late Victorian era, the first is of the 20th Middlesex artists regiment, drawn by G.D. Giles and dated 1887, the second is of the 30th East Lancashire regiment, drawn by Frank Feller. Both come in a cut mount and would benefit greatly from being framed. The prints measure 9.5 x 6.5 inches and the mounts are 16 x 13.
Pair of original Royal Artillery Cloth Shoulder Titles A good pair of red cotton sewn on blue felt background, they come in good but used condition.
Pair of QEII Era Staff Officer Collar Tabs and Bullion Cap Badge Lovely quality pair of QEII era staff officers collar tabs and a bullion work cloth cap badge, the tabs measure two inches long and come in super probably unused condition.
Pair of Re-enactor White Canvas Braces or Suspenders Stamped to one side with ‘Kay Canvas Manufacturing 1944 airborne.com’ and having ‘long’ to the centre, this company appears to make re-enactor products for British, American and German uniform. Constructed from white canvas with brown leather ends, they come in very good condition with light signs of use and are adjustable.
Pair of Unusual Drinks Coasters with Shotgun Caps These unusual drinks coasters have been constructed from resin which has been inset with the bases of brass shotgun cartridges, they each measure just under 4 inches in diameter and are quite thick, mild wear and signs of use to both.
Pair of Victorian Plate and Ivory Handle Pickle Forks Something for the dinner table, a pair of Victorian silver plated pickle forks with ornate ivory handles and plated collars, they come in very good condition just needing a clean, one has a small split in the ivory near the collar, they each measure 8.75 inches long.
Pair of Vintage French Porcelain Figurines A good sized pair of porcelain figurines depicting French Infantry and Cavalry, they are unmarked so I cannot say where they were made but typical of the French porcelain of the 1950's - 70's, both come in excellent condition and stand just over 12 inches high.
Pair of Vintage Grenadier Silver Plated Riding Boot Shot Measures A great novelty pair of shot/drinks measures in the form of grenadier riding boots both with a removable plastic interior cup, simply marked ‘Silver plated England’ on the heels, they come in very good condition with mild signs of age and use and it measure 3.5 inches high.
Pair of Vintage Hand Painted Pottery Golly Musician Figures Associated to Robinson’s marmalade the ‘golly’ figure was used extensively in their advertising and spawned many collectables, from that range and dating probably from the 1970’s are these two hand painted pottery musician figures, one playing a trumpet the other a saxophone. Both come in good condition with a few chips and loss to the paint on the bases.
Pair of Vintage Military Bandsman’s Wings. A good clean pair of Military bandsman’s wings, worn on the shoulder of the No1 uniform. They are made of a dark blue wool with buff coloured cotton lace. They are both in excellent condition and the design hasn’t changed since the Victorian era, so they will fit most bandsman’s uniform of any age. They measure 10.25 inches long and there is a hook on both corners for attachment.
Pair of Vintage Sewn Cloth Shoulder Titles – East Lancashire A good pair of sewn cloth shoulder titles for the East Lancashire Regiment, they comes in good but used condition both having some loss to the red material on the left sides, they measure 4.5 inches wide.
Pair of Vintage St John Ambulance Collar Badges with Backing Plates A good pair of white metal collar badges for the St John Ambulance complete with brass backing plates, they both come in very good condition and measure just under 1.5 inches long.
Pair of WW2 1st Anti Aircraft Division Cloth Badges The sword was taken from the arms of the City of London. This was the first Anti-Aircraft Division and was raised in 1935, composed originally of Territorials from London and the Home Counties; in 1938 it became a purely London Territorial formation. An earlier pattern of this badge had a kahki background. Many surviving examples seem to have faded to grey. A good true pair of period patches in fair condition, a number of holes on the grey felt, signs of age and use and they measure just over 3 inches long.
Pair of WW2 Era Dated 1944 Soldiers Under Drawers Here are a super pair of unused WW2 era soldiers under drawers, they are marked on the inside of the waist with ‘size 4 I & R Morley Ltd 42 ins 1944’, made from a warm wool they were a standard issue in either a short or long leg, these I think are the shorter leg and would resemble shorts when worn, they come in super unused condition.
Pair of WW2 Era Suffolk Red Cross Shoulder Boards A super quality pair of WW2 era shoulder boards for the Suffolk Red Cross branch number 50, the all brass badges are fixed by pins on the reverse, comes in very good but used condition, and measures 5 inches long.
Pair of WW2 RAF Chief Technician Rank Cloth Patches A good unused pair of cloth patches for an RAF chief technician, they have not been used and measure 1.5 inches in diameter.
Pair Officers Cloth Pips RAMC. Pair of 2nd Lieutenant cloth pips, smaller side worn on the battle dress or shirt. Cherry red backing for the Royal Army Medical corps. In good used condition, measuring .75 inches square.
Pair old Bullion Sergeant Dress Stripes. A superb quality pair of Sergeant Stripes made from gold bullion tress on red woollen felt. Both come in excellent original condition, could have been used by a number of British regiments including the Guards regiments.
Pair Old Fusilier Collar Dogs. The generic brass fusilier collar badges, worn by most fusilier regiment through time, either vertically or horizontally. This pattern was introduced in 1891 to be worn on the collar of service dress but they have been continued on and off up until 1962 in stay bright. Handy if you have a Fusilier uniform with no collar badges, these make a good stop-gap. Both badges are in good used condition. Pics to follow
Pair Old Military Officers Breeches. A good old pair of military breeches that haven’t been kept too well, they have had some moth damage in the past and one leg seam and part of the front seam needs restitching. They have now been treated but need saving. They measure 32 inch waist.
Pair Original Launch Photographs HMS Renown & Terrible. A pair of beautiful early 20th Century photographs in their original gilt frames, one of the launch of HMS Renown and the other of HMS Terrible. HMS Renown was launched in 1916, she was the lead ship of her class of battlecruisers. Quickly produced in an entirely new design to meet Admiral Lord Fisher's requirements and the builders agreed to deliver the ships in 15 months. They did not quite meet that ambitious goal, but the ship was delivered a few months after the Battle of Jutland in 1916. During the Second World War, Renown was involved in the search for the Admiral Graf Spee in 1939, participated in the Norwegian Campaign of April–June 1940 and the search for the German battleship Bismarck in 1941. She spent much of 1940 and 1941 assigned to Force H at Gibraltar, escorting convoys and she participated in the inconclusive Battle of Cape Spartivento. Renown was briefly assigned to the Home Fleet and provided cover to several Arctic convoys in early 1942. The ship was transferred back to Force H for Operation Torch and spent much of 1943 refitting or transporting Winston Churchill and his staff to and from various conferences with various Allied leaders. In early 1944, Renown was transferred to the Eastern Fleet in the Indian Ocean where she supported numerous attacks on Japanese-occupied facilities in Indonesia and various island groups in the Indian Ocean. The ship returned to the Home Fleet in early 1945 and was refitted before being placed in reserve after the end of the war. Renown was sold for scrap in 1948. HMS Terrible was the second and last of the Powerful-class protected cruisers built for the Royal Navy (RN) in the 1890s. She served on the China Station and provided landing parties and guns which participated in the Siege and Relief of Ladysmith in the Second Boer War in South Africa. A few months later she did much the same thing to help suppress the Boxer Rebellion in China. In July 1914, the month before First World War erupted, she was offered for sale. Thus, the offer was withdrawn, and she subsequently made one voyage as a troop transport in 1915 before becoming a depot ship. Terrible was assigned as a training ship in 1918 before being hulked and converted to suit the role two years later. The ship was sold for scrap in July 1932 and demolished several months later. Both photographs and their frames are in very good condition and ready to hang; two very elegant pictures of grand old ships, measuring 18 x 15 inches. Quite large and heavy so shipping will be £12.95
Pair Post War Essex Regiment Shoulder Titles. Pair of 1950’s embroidered shoulder titles for the Essex regiment. both are in good used condition.
Pair Post WW2 5th Army Group RA Cloth Patches. A good pair of woven cloth sleeve patches worn by the 5th Army Group Royal Artillery. Formed in November 1950 from HQ 5th AA Brigade; suspended 31st March 1958 and formally disbanded 1st January 1962. Both badges in very good used condition and measure 2 x 2 inches.
Pair Post WW2 Royal Air Force VRT Collar Badges. A pair of brass RAF Volunteer reserve (training) collar badges used from 1947 until the anodised badge cam in during the early 1950’s. Both badges are in good condition but one has lost one of its tines on the back. Ref. AF13
Pair QEII RASC Officers Collar Dogs. White metal, brass and enamel collar dogs with Queens crown worn by an officers of the Royal Army Service Corps. A lovely pair of matching badges made by J R Gaunt London.
Pair Superb 19thC Cavalry Officers Spurs By Maxwell. A superb pair of gilt brass cavalry officers spurs made by the famous London Boot and Spur maker Maxwell. The body is half sold half chain with hinge and with leather over and under straps with gilt brass fittings. They have plain wheel rowels and they come in excellent condition. All 19th century officer’s uniform was private purchase, these are of a very high quality and would have been expensive in the day. Their only fault is the leather is dry and could do with a good oil and one strap has an old repair. Also I put them on a size 8 boot and the leather straps are a little short, so to use on a boot, they will need new starps.
Pair Vintage Replica Percussion Dueling Pistols. A Vintage replica pair of Dueling pistols with wooden stocks and metal barrels and locks. They have been used as wall hangers for years and with a clean and a bit of TLC they could look quite authentic. Each measures 12 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only
Pair Vintage Silver Plated Officers Box Spurs. A very nice pair of silver plated officers box spurs with finely spiked rowels. That are both in excellent condition, in need of a clean but the plate looks all-good. They should fit most officers boots with box spur fitting.
Pair WW1 Canadian Army Service Corps Collar Dogs. A scarce pair of WW1 collar dogs of the Army Service corps of Canada. Made of gilt brass they are a true pair and only issued, I believe from 1915 to 1918. The condition is excellent and both badges still retain a lot of their original gilt finish. Ref. D38
Pair WW1 German Tunic Belt Hooks. A Great War pair that were dug up together in France, they are in surprisingly good order considering their age.
Pair WW1 Middlesex Reg Shoulder Titles. A good pair of WW1 era brass shoulder titles of the Middlesex regiment. Both titles have been issued and used, so there is some wear. Ref. Y8
Pair WW1 Shropshire Light Infantry Buttons. A good pair of Kings Shropshire Light Infantry WW1 brass tunic buttons. They are both in good condition with slight wear to the surface. Made by J R Gaunt.
Pair WW2 1st Corps Cloth Formation Patches. A good pair of WW2 screen printed cloth patches worn by the 1st Corps East Midlands district. Both are in very good used condition. Measuring 1.37 x 2.75 inches.
Pair WW2 1st Pattern Anti-Aircraft Cloth Patches. WW2 1st Pattern Anti-Aircraft formation cloth patches. Not quite matching. Embroidered silk onto a wool felt back. Both are in good used condition and measure 2 x 2 inches.
Pair WW2 21st Army Group Cloth Patches. Pair WW2 21st Army Group Cloth Patches worn on the sleeve by the Lines of Communications troops along with corps of service stripes under. This pair are in very good used condition and measure 1.75 x 2.5 inches.
Pair WW2 22nd East African Brigade Cloth Patches. Pair of original WW2 unused and uncut cloth patches worn by the 22nd East African brigade, which was formed on 19th September 1939. The brigade was initially called the 2nd (East Africa) Infantry Brigade but was redesignated on 18 October 1940 as the 22nd (East Africa) Infantry Brigade. The brigade was composed of units from the King\'s African Rifles, the Northern Rhodesia Regiment and the Rhodesian African Rifles. As individual badges each measures 2.5 x 2.5 inches.
Pair WW2 231st Infantry Brigade Cloth Badges. A good pair of screen printed cloth badges worn by the 231st infantry brigade during WW2. It was formed on 1st April 1943 by the redesignation of the 1st (Malta) Infantry Brigade. This was composed of three Regular Army battalions that had been stationed on or been transported to Malta since the start of the Second World War and had served there during the siege. in late 1942, Malta lost some of its strategic significance and the 231st Independent Infantry Brigade, joined the British Eighth Army in North Africa, who were preparing for the Allied invasion of Sicily (Operation Husky). After hard fighting in Italy they assaulted Gold Beach during the Allied invasion of Normandy on 6th June 1944. Both badges are in very good used condition.
Pair WW2 46th Infantry Division Cloth Badges. A pair of WW2 cloth screen printed sleeve badges worn by the 46th Infantry division. They were formed during the Second World War and fought during the Battle of France, the Tunisian Campaign, and the Italian Campaign. Both badges are in good used condition and measure 2.5 x 2.75 inches.
Pair WW2 55th (West Lancashire) Infantry Division Patches. A good pair of early 55th Infantry division cloth sleeve patches made of embroidered silk onto a drab wool backing. Both are in very good used condition. 2.25 inches in diameter.
Pair WW2 BAOR Cloth Patch. A good pair of WW2 British Army of the Rhine woven silk cloth sleeve patch. Used from 1945 to 1949 this early patch comes in very good used condition. 1.75 x 2.25 inches
Pair WW2 British Army War Office Controlled Troops Cloth Badges. A pair of screen printed wartime issue badges in good used condition, measuring 2.25 x 1.75 inches.
Pair WW2 Era German Kriegsmarine Officers Tunic Buttons. A very nice pair of Kriegsmarine officer’s tunic buttons in gilt metal and dated 1939. Both are in very good used condition, one with just slight wear. Both measure 1 inch in diameter.
Pair WW2 Era German Reichsbahn Uniform Buttons. A pair of gilt metal Deutsche Reichsbahn, or the German National Railway tunic buttons. Both are in very good used condition. Both measure 1 inch in diameter.
Pair WW2 Era HQ Land Forces Hong Kong Cloth Patches. A pair of early war or pre-WW2, woven and embroidered silk badges worn by the overseas force, HQ Land Forces Hong Kong. Beautiful quality badges in excellent used condition, measuring 3 x 2 inches.
Pair WW2 Era RAF Light Weight LAC Shoulder Badges. A pair of light weight silk RAF Leading Aircraftman / Woman shoulder badges. Both in very good used condition. Ref. AF37
Pair WW2 Era RAF Printed LAC Shoulder Badges. A pair of screen-printed RAF Leading Aircraftman / Woman shoulder badges. Both in good condition, one is a little more faded. Ref. AF36
Pair WW2 Flight Lieutenant Shoulder Slides. Pair WW2 era shoulder slides worn by a Flight Lieutenant on the Khaki uniform. They are both in excellent used condition. Ref. AF38
Pair WW2 German Army Ammo Pouches. Pair of WW2 German black leather three compartment ammo pouches made by Jobra and dated 1942, stamped on the back. They both come in excellent used condition with all straps intact.
Pair WW2 GHQ Middle East Land Forces Cloth Patches. Pair of original 1st pattern but unused screen printed cloth patches, in excellent condition, measuring 3x3 inches
Pair WW2 M38 American Marine Corps Gaiters. A pair of WW2 era US marine corps leggings or gaiters in kaki webbing. They have been used but comes in excellent condition, they just need laces. A great find at this price, I have only a few pairs so get them quick. Size R2.
Pair WW2 Muzzle Pegs for Horse Gas Mask. A large stock of these were left on Jersey, they are Nose pegs for a horse gas mask. These items went up the horses nose, one on each side, there was a filter attached to each one, these were made of paper and gauze, so disposable. They were strapped to the horses head or formed part of a larger canvas covering, which covered the whole head. But just the strap type only appears to be used on the island. The last picture shows the full kit which as far as I can find out was used mainly on the eastern front. This pair are in good order but have suffered some storage damage, found in the German tunnels poorly stored. They each measure 7.25 inches long.
Pair WW2 Northern Ireland District Cloth Badges. Pair of WW2 screen printed cloth badges for the Northern Ireland District HQ. During the Second World War the role of the District was enhanced from internal security to that of combatting any threat of invasion from the Republic of Ireland.3 In June 1940, VI Corps was formed to control the British forces based in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland District was made responsible for all local defence. Both badges are in excellent unused condition with kings crown, measuring 2.25 x 2.5 inches.
Pair WW2 Officers Cloth Pips ACD. Pair if Cloth pips worn on the battle dress or shirt by a 2nd Lieutenant of the Army Chaplains Dept until 1941 when the purple cloth backing was introduced. They look to be in unused condition, measuring just over 1 inch square.
Pair WW2 Officers Cloth Pips Inf. Pair if Cloth pips worn on the battle dress or shirt by a 2nd Lieutenant of an infantry regiment. They look to be in unused condition, 1 x 1 inch.
Pair WW2 RAF Leading Aircraftman’s Sleeve Badges. A good pair of WW2 Leading Aircraftman / Woman’s sleeve badges. Embroidered light blur propeller onto a very dark blue woollen background. In excellent condition.
Pair WW2 RAF Leading Aircraftsman Embroidered Cloth Patches A good pair of WW2 RAF leading aircraftsman embroidered cloth patches, they come in good condition with some signs of age and use, they measure 3.75 inches long.
Persian 98/29 Mauser Bayonet. A very nice example of this bayonet the Persian Mauser Long Bayonet with short pommel slot, for use on the 8mm 98/29 Mauser rifles. This one is marked on the top of the pommel with the Pahlavi crest with Arabic writing under. The condition is excellent. A nice clean example but no scabbard, measuring 21 inches long. Ship to UK over 18\'s only
Post War 161st Independent Infantry Brigade TA. Cloth Patch A screen-printed cloth patch of this East Anglian formation; the badge design reflects the East Anglian connection of Boudicea and the Iceni tribe with the recruiting area of the Brigade. The Brigade was formed in May 1947 with the reformation of the TA. it is in very good condition but has been stuck in a collectors album at some time. it measures 2.5 x 2 inches.
Post War Officers Battle Dress and Trousers. Post WW2 Battle dress blouse and trousers. Trousers named to Lieutenant Colonel Lister, blouse with Lieutenant Colonel rank insignia. Both items are in excellent condition with no moth damage noted. For measurements please see all photos.
Post War RNR officers Insignia. Post WW2 Royal Navy Reserve officers shoulder slides for a Lieutenant Commander and his bullion wire hat badge and band. Both items are in very good condition but have been used.
Post WW1 German Naval Veterans Cap. A post WW1 naval veterans cap, made of black wool with acorn and oak leaf band, and smaller similar band to front of cloth brim. It has a WW1 veterans association cap badge made up of a gilt wreath with silk embroidered centre. Inside it is silk lined with large makers makers label for ‘Prinz Heinrich Mutze’. It comes in lovely condition, no moth or damage just signs of light wear. It measures approximately a size 7 & 1/4 .
Post WW1 German Silesian Eagle 1st Class with Swords A rare Silesian Eagle (Schlesischer Adler) was awarded to members of the German right-wing paramilitary group Freikorps for three or six months of service, as well as for fighting during the Silesian Uprisings during the Weimar Republic. Instituted June 1919, it was awarded with swords for fighting in the Battle of Annaberg which took place between May 21st and 26th 1921. This one the first with swords version highlighted with gilt and enamel with a gilt back and needle pin. There are many versions of this medal including an iron type by many different makers, so spotting replicas can be difficult, however most replicas I have seen have been made of a soft base metal or in one part. Originals were always made from 2 – 4 individual applied parts, this one has three applied parts and comes in very good condition showing slight wear and some toning to the gilt. It measures 1.25 x 1,75 inches.
Post WW1 German Workers Medallion 1925. Post war Germany was almost in chaos, with hyperinflation, unemployment and lack of basic necessities caused various uprisings around the country. I do not know why this white metal medallion was minted but it is pro worker, probably by the communist or another political party at the time; around the obverse is written, roughly, ‘The work is the rock on which the Riech will benefit’. It also lists the cost of everyday goods, such as 1lb meat 3200 Milld, Bread 840 Milliard, Potato 5000 Milld, and so on. May be these were just given out in the street to passers by to gain support for the party, what ever it was I can not find another one. It is in very good condition and measures 1.5 inches in diameter. An interesting piece of German social history after the great war.
Post WW1 Soldiers Sailors and Airmens Families Association Badge A good white metal and coloured enamel pin badge for the SSAFA. The inclusion of ‘airmen’ in the title date this to just after the Great War and will place this between the wars, it comes in very good condition with some surface marks, measures 1.25 inches long.
Post WW2 7th Armoured Division Cloth Patch. A post World War Two 7th armoured divisional embroidered silk sleeve patch. This one is in excellent condition but has been used and taken from a uniform. Measuring 2.25 x 2.25 inches.
Post WW2 7th Army Group RA Formation Patch. A woven silk patch for the 7th Army Group (AA) Royal Artillery. It comes in excellent condition even though it has been issued and worn.
Post WW2 Blues & Royals Association Badge A nice brass and enamel badge for the association of the blues and Royals, comes in very good condition and has the makers name of J. Pinches London on the back, it measures just under one inch long.
Post WW2 Canadian Veterans Army and Navy Button Badge A very clean example made from brass and enamel for the Canadian veterans of the army and Navy, manufactured by Birks of Winnipeg and has the owners registration number of 2294 on the back, comes in very good condition measuring just under one inch in diameter.
Post WW2 Dated 1952 Royal Air Force Restricted Radio Facility Charts Here’s one for the radio buffs, issued in July 1952 to replace the previous months issue by the Royal Air Force in a restricted format it details the radio frequency charts used as an aid to navigation, there are 73 pages of maps and text covering the country covering aerodromes and air traffic control etc. A4 size which comes in very good condition with light signs of use.
Post WW2 German Gas Mask in Original AUER Tin A just post WW2 German gas mask in its original metal tin, the top of the lid of the tin is well marked with German text which appears to translate as ‘Sales approved in accordance with the Luftschulz Act’ it also has RL1-38/3 with a hand painted 51 which I assume is the date also contained within the lid is a waxed paper containing a cork type replacement filter. It comes in good but used condition with some wear to the blue paint on the nose.
Post WW2 Italian War Merit Cross Instituted in 1918 with an obverse having a 5-pointed star on a rayed background. The reverse differs from the WW1 & 2 version as it was issued by the republic of Italy. It was awarded to members of the armed forces with a minimum of one year's service in contact with an enemy who received the Medal of the Wounded, or to those who, when mentioned for war merit. It could be awarded three times and multiple awards were shown by bronze stars. This one possibly awarded for the Korean war. It is in near mint condition in envelope of issued with ribbon.
Post WW2 Officers Pips & Crowns. RAMC Officer’s pips and Queens crowns for a Lieutenant Colonel of the Royal Army Medical Corps, denoted by the cheery red backing and worn on the battle dress or shirt. All are in good used condition, measuring 1-inch square.
Post WW2 Royal Engineers Sergeant’s Leather Documents Folder Marked with a sticker on the outside this folder belonged to Sergeant P.P. Cole 122 field regiment engineer RE No 2278344, included in side was paperwork showing Sergeant Cole had served during WW2 with the service corps as a driver and by 1954 was serving with the RE territorial army. The folder holds various sized papers and equipment and includes his army book 153 ‘field message book’. The folder just over A4 size comes in good but used condition.
Post WW2 White Metal Home Guard Lapel Badge A good original circa 1953 post-war period 'Home Guard badge'; small white metal Crowned Order of the Garter bearing "Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense" motto, with embossed "HG" initials to the centre, comes in good condition but the back button has wear and is slightly out of shape, it measures one inch long.
Pr Scarce WW2 Orkney and Shetland District Defence Com Cloth Patches A pair of scarce WW2 cloth patches made of embroidered silk on to wool felt backing, for the Orkney and Shetland district defence command. This district command included anti-aircraft units and search light units, mainly taken from Northern regiments. These badges are in good original order, one has several old moth holes and the other only has slight moth damage to the top. each measures 2 x 2.5 inches.
Pre 1881 38th South Staffordshire Regiment of Foot Brass Button 2 First raised in 1705 the 38th (1st Staffordshire) regiment existed for many years before being amalgamated in 1881, active through the Victorian era below are some of the engagements they were involved with. This small brass button has the Queen’s crown with 38 below and the Staffordshire knot, made by Firmins London it comes in super condition and measures In 1854, it sailed for the Crimean War (1854-56), fighting at the Alma (1854), Inkerman (1854) and Sevastopol (1854-55). It was then briefly in Ireland, before being sent to India during the Mutiny (1857-59). It took part in the capture of Lucknow in 1858 and then stayed in India until 1871. During this time, it took part in the Black Mountain Expedition (1868).
Pre 1908 HAC Brass Belt Buckle. An Edwardian solid brass belt buckle worn by the Honourable Artillery Company. It is in very good condition just showing wear to the high points.
Pre WW1 German Booklet for Army Uniform Regulations Issued in 1899 and was probably still current at the outbreak of the war, this A5 size booklet is a German army uniform regulations booklet, I would imagine it is very strict in its instruction of what and how uniform should be worn. Comes in fair condition, there are 30 pages in all, none are loose but the spine is worn.
Pre WW1 German Stadt or Towns Letter Seals (1) These group of four paper seals would have been used to seal the back of an envelope in place of the old fashioned wax seal as an anti-tamper device, most were broken upon opening so to find them complete is quite rare. They come in very good condition.
Pre WW1 German Stadt or Towns Letter Seals (2) These group of four paper seals would have been used to seal the back of an envelope in place of the old fashioned wax seal as an anti-tamper device, most were broken upon opening so to find them complete is quite rare. They come in very good condition.
Pre WW1 King Edwards Horse Cap Badge. The badge for the King Edwards Horse, worn by the Kings Colonials. A very interesting white metal badge, the regiment was also known as the Kings Overseas Dominions Regiment, in fact the badge carries the names of the countries in swags amongst oak leaves; Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and India. This badge was worn up to the outbreak of the First World War, then the regiment was broken up into squadrons, each dominium taking its own badge. This one comes in good used condition, it has some light wear to the high points and it has a nice even tone. The badge has been slightly bent to fit a cap comfortably. A very good example. Ref. G1
Pre WW1 London Volunteer Rifles Cap Badge. Post 1908 badge worn on the blue volunteer side cap. This one is in excellent condition with just slight wear to the high points.
Pre WW1 Photograph Postcard Mounted Royal Army Medical Corps This is an interesting photo postcard showing a Sergeant in the Royal Army Medical Corps mounted, the card was sent in mid 1911 from Littleton-Parnell which is in Wiltshire and is hand written to his wife and suggests that they will be involved in a 'night attack'. Comes in good order, one fold on a corner.
Pre WW1 Photograph – Territorial Unit - London Reg A great group photograph of a territorial unit, probably one of the London regiments, taken between the Boer and Great war, a group of 9 young men including the bugle player to the front, on the back is written ' Alfred Sibley Page is seated on the RHS) (right hand side) Mounted on card it comes in good but used condition and the mount has a few dings to the edges, the photo measures 8 inches x 6 and the mount is 14 x 10.5.
Pre WW1 Postcard - French Air Ship the Patrie The ‘Patrie’ was the first airship built for the French military, she was completed in 1906 and had training manoeuvres in 1907, in November 1907 she broke her moorings in a storm and drifted from France to Ireland, she came to ground but was blown back into the air and vanished across the ocean never to be seen again. The postcard shows the ship in flight and is in very good condition.
Pre WW1 Royal Fusiliers Fur Cap Badge. The large brass grenade badge worn by the Royal Fusiliers on the Fur cap or Bearskin. This one is in excellent original condition with both longs forked posts intact. It measures 3.75 inches high. Ref. M22
Pre WW1 US Army Bandsman Photograph. A wonderful original photograph showing a US army bandsman standing to attention, holding his tuba in camp outside his tent. A great picture for students of US uniform. It is in very good condition, a little fades but still clear enough to pick out all the details. It measures 10 x 8 inches.
Pre WW2 era Graf Zeppelin Crew Cap and Tie. Two amazing pieces of Zeppelin memorabilia, the crewman cap with original tally embroidered with the ‘Graf Zeppelin’, the cap is in wonderful condition, no moth and on the inside lining is a good maker’s mark. The tie did not originate with the cap, I have put these two pieces together as they display so well. This is also embroidered in silk with the Zeppelin Logo and either side is a German flag with an iron cross, so a very early piece. This is also in excellent condition with no moth damage. Two very rare original pieces worn by crew on the Zeppelins, these very seldom come up for sale and never in this amazing condition.
Pre WW2 German Fund Raising Badge – Regimental Series This plastic badge was issued by the WHW or Winterhilfswerk to raise funds, below is a brief history for the event. The badge is from the regimental shields series and was issued during the 1930’s it is marked to the back and comes in very good condition, it measures 33mm wide. Winterhilfswerk (WHW), was an annual donation drive by the National Socialist People's Welfare (German: Nationalsozialistische Volkswohlfahrt) to help finance charitable work. Initially an emergency measure to support people during the Great Depression, it went on to become a major source of funding for the activities of the NSV and a major component of Germany's welfare state.
Pre WW2 German Hindenburg ‘faithfully beyond the grave’ Badge This small brass badge made in the manner of a tinnie so this pressed out metal has the image of Paul Von Hindenburg, around him in German ‘treu ubers grass hinaus’ which appears to translate to ‘faithfully beyond the grave’. It comes in very good condition and measures one inch in diameter.
Pre WW2 German Workers Book & Apprenticeship Book. x2 Two superb condition 1930's German identity books, the first is the more common workers party book and the second is a more unusual apprenticeship book. They both belonged to Arno Stopp (I think) who was born 1906 in Chemnitz in Saxony. Both are in very good condition.
Pre WW2 German Workers Book with Photograph A good example of a pre WW2 German workers book issued to Georg Schimk who joined the workers party in 1934, the book contains many paid up Nazi symbol stamps up to 1940, included also is a photograph of a young man in workers party uniform which I would like to think is Georg. Book comes in good but used condition.
Pre WW2 Italy Ethiopian War Medal 1935 Below is a very brief history for the campaign for which this medal was awarded a very lengthy description can be found online and makes interesting reading. The Second Italo-Ethiopian War, also referred to as the Second Italo-Abyssinian War, was a war of aggression waged by Italy against Ethiopia, which lasted from October 1935 to May 1936 The Royal Decree N: 1150 instituted the medal on April 27, 1936. Measuring 33.5mm, it was awarded to those troops who were engaged, either directly or indirectly, in the campaign in Italian East Africa. Although initially presented to those troops who took part in the campaign between 1935 and 1936, the medal continued to be awarded to those who served in the theatre until Italy declared war against France and Britain in June 1940. This example comes in very good condition, well patinated but does have the wrong ribbon attached.
Pre WW2 MkII Officers Compass A 1938 dated blackened brass officers compass made by F Barker & Sons of London. The condition is very good, it still works with a little tap at the dial and most of its original blacking is still intact. No damage to the glass and nothing missing, it just a very good example of of its type in a very good collectable grade.
Pre WW2 Royal Military Academy Woolwich Cap Badge. The Gilt metal badge of the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich. This was the main military academy for the training of commissioned officers of the Royal Artillery and Royal Engineers and later officers of the Royal Corps of Signals and other technical corps. RMA Woolwich was commonly known as \"The Shop\" because its first building was a converted workshop of the Woolwich Arsenal. This badge was worn until early 1939 when the Academy closed. It is in excellent condition with slight loss to the gilded finish. Ref. N19
Pretty 9ct Gold Double Sided Brooch with Soldier A lovely all original 9ct gold brooch with a picture of a soldier to one side and a very pretty lady on the reverse, also on the back it is clearly marked 9ct, it comes in very good condition but could do with a good clean to bring it back to its former glory, it measures 1.5 inches long.
Pretty Late 19thC Air Twist Stem Wine Glass A really pretty air twist stem drinking glass dating from the early part of the 20th century, the pontil has been polished back on the base and there is a makers mark within in it but I cant read it. Comes in super condition and stands 6.25 inches high.
Pretty Vintage Hallmarked Silver & Cut Glass Dressing Table Powder Pot This is a pretty piece which would have been used on a dressing table for powder or for keeping small items inside, it has a hallmarked silver lid which dates it for Birmingham 1923 and a very pretty cut glass base which has been engraved with a fern pattern, it comes in good condition, the silver marks are a bit rubbed and there is evidence of an old repair to the lid under the ball knop, the glass is in super condition with no chips or cracks, it measures 4.5 inches in diameter at the base and stands 4 inches high.
Pretty Vintage Hallmarked Silver Bangle (small) A very pretty hallmarked silver ladies bangle decorated on one side and having a full set of hallmarks on the inside for Birmingham 1991 and a makers mark of RPH, it comes in good condition, there are a few dings here and there, the catch and hinge work perfectly but the safety chain has been broken and can be replaced quite simply. Would fit a slim to medium wrist.
Pretty Vintage Oriental Enamel Matchbox Holder A pretty enamelled metal matchbox holder I believe oriental in origin, nicely decorated with flowers and foliage, it comes in very good condition and measures 1.75 inches long.
Pretty Vintage Stratton Ladies Compact – Grenadier Guards Association This is a very pretty ladies compact made by the famous Stratton of London company specifically for the Grenadier Guards Association, it comes complete in its box of issue and has not been used for powder, it comes in very good condition with some very minor light signs of use, it measures 3 inches in diameter.
Pretty WW1 Era German Sweetheart Brooch – with Soldier A pretty pin brooch made from a base metal with a gilded finish showing the portrait of a young German soldier in uniform, comes in good but with some slight wear condition, measures 1.25 inches in diameter.
Printed Cloth Badge for British Air Formation Signals A single printed WW2 cloth badge for the British Air Formation Signals, comes in good but used condition.
Prussian 1897 Wilhelm I Centenary Medal & Bar. The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Medal also known as the Centenary Medal; established on March 22 1897, by Wilhelm II on the occasion of the 100th Birthday of his grandfather, Emperor Wilhelm I. Made from gilded gun metal taken from captured cannon and awarded to all military officers, non-commissioned officers and enlisted personnel, which were actively serving in army, navy and Schutztruppe. Medals were also awarded to the surviving veterans of the First Schleswig War, Second Schleswig War, Austro-Prussian War, and the Franco-Prussian War. This one comes in good condition with wear to the gilt finish, it also comes with an original ribbon bar.
QE II Issue Womens Imperial Service Medal A lovely medal named to Ellen Hill Wilson, typically I have not been able to find her London Gazette entry so do not know what she did to be awarded the medal, comes in its box of issue and is in perfect condition.
QEII 1950’s Era V.A.D Singapore Red Cross Badge Etc A super condition vintage 1950’s Voluntary Aid Detachment badge issued for the Singapore Red Cross and made in London by J.R. Gaunt Ltd coming on its original card and probably having never been used, to go with this badge is a large British Red Cross first aid badge a junior nursing badge and a BRCS cap badge (signs of age and use) etc, most are in very good condition.
QEII 2001 £5 Coin – Death Queen Victoria. 1998 £5 coin (GB tender) minted to commemorate the death of Queen Victoria in 1901. In near mint uncirculated condition. 1.5 inches in diameter.
QEII Army Air Corps Cap Badge. Anodised Queens Crown Badge issued from 1957, in very good used condition. Ref. AF18
QEII Campaign Service Medal to Mould Royal Marines – Disk Only. A Queen Elizabeth II medal for Campaign service, correctly named to Marine RM 19742 H. S. Mould Royal Marines. Original solid silver disk only, suspender missing. Research shows he was awarded the clasp for Borneo. The disk is in very good condition, some contact marks to rim.
QEII Era RAF Pilots Wings. Silk embroidered Royal Air Force Pilots wings with Queens Crown, they come in very good used condition. Ref. AF28
QEII General Service Medal to RN Malay Clasp. A good Queen Elizabeth II General Service medal correctly named to 062505 A. C. Seago Radio Opps 1st Class. Royal Navy. This comes with a swivel suspender and the Malay Peninsular Clasp. The condition is excellent, no damage, very little wear and a lovely tone.
QEII General Service Medal with Cyprus Bar to Browitt. A good Queen Elizabeth II general Service medal with Cyprus bar correctly named to; 23347619 Gunner N. Browitt. Royal Artillery. This medal is in lovely clean condition and it comes on its original ribbon.
QEII Imperial Service Medal to Dorothy Warne. A beautiful and under rated solid silver medal awarded for long and faithful service in the civil service; this one is correctly named and awarded to Dorothy Irene Warne in 1967 she was a Telephonist in the London region. It comes in mint condition, in its original box with copy of London gazette entry.
QEII ISM to Woman Photo Printer to the Admiralty. A very interesting Imperial Service medal awarded to Mrs Doreen Marguerite Perrett for service as Photo Printer to the Admiralty during the second world war. she joined in 1941 and retired in 1966, she received her awarded for 25 years devoted service. The medal is in mint condition and in its case of issue with copy of London gazette Entry and period newspaper cutting. A rare award to a woman for WW2 through to cold war service.
QEII Issue North Wales Police Helmet Badge The large sized vintage badge worn on the police helmet, issued in a white metal for the North Wales police, it comes in excellent probably unused condition and measures 4.5 inches long.
QEII Royal Artillery Officers Bronze Service Dress Cap Badge A super early QEII Royal Artillery bronze officers service dress cap badge, it comes with two pins on the back for fixing and a central wheel that should spin, very good condition but has been issued and used, it measures 2.5 inches across.
QEII Royal Canadian Air Force Cap Badge. The large third pattern gilt metal badge with queens crown issued from around 1954. This one is in excellent condition showing very little wear to the gilt finish. Ref. AF6
QEII Royal Canadian Engineers Cap Badge A superb quality bi metal badge, brass QEII cypher upon a wreath of white metal Maple leaves, the badge is in lovely condition with just light wear to the higher points. Ref: F10
QEII Royal Fusiliers Cap Badge. Quite a rare badge in brass, it changed from king’s crown in 1952/53 and almost immediately change to the anodised issue. Then in 1958 the creation of the Fusilier Brigade meant that the RF assumed the brigade badge. This one is in excellent condition and made by J R Gaunt Birmingham. Ref. M5
QEII Royal Horse Guards Bronze Cap Badge For wear on the forage cap and issued up until 1969 when they merged with the 1st Royal Dragoons to form the Blues and Royals, this one comes in perfect condition. Ref. F4
QEII Slade Wallis Type Belt & Buckle. A good post war Slade Wallis type white leather belt with brass buckle bearing the QEII crown and the motto ‘Dieu Et Mon Droit’ meaning ‘God and my right’ the motto of the British monarch. This belt comes in very good used condition and has the name and number of the original owner inside. It will fit up to a 36 inch waist.
QEII W.R.A.F. officers Cap Badge. A beautiful quality Woman’s Royal Air Force officers cap badge. made of gilt metal embellished with a little silver, backed by red and black silk velvet. It comes in excellent condition although it has been used. Smaller than a gents badge measuring; 2 x 2 inches.
QEII WRAF Officers Cap Badge The bullion cap badge worn by officers of the Women’s Royal Air Force. It comes in perfect condition and measures 2 x 2 inches
QSA + 3 Named to Sutton 2nd East Yorks Reg. A Queens South Africa medal with 3 clasps. Cape Colony, Orange Free State and South Africa 02. This medal is named to 6500 Private C. S. Sutton East Yorks Regiment. It has been partly renamed or it has been issued incorrectly and it has been privately corrected. On the rim some parts are engraved and some are the original impressed naming. The parts that are reengraved are underlined. 6500 PTE C. S. SUTTON E. YORKS REGT. I can confirm that private C. S. Sutton served in the Anglo Boer war and is entitled to Cape Colony, Orange Free State and Transvaal clsps. He is also entitled to the Kings South Africa Medal with the 1901 and 1902 clasps. This medal is in good order apart from the rim which has been filed to fit in the engraved naming. It also comes on its original ribbon.
QSA + 3 to Smith 2nd Battalion Norfolk Regiment. A Queens South Africa medal with the Cape Colony, Paardeberg and Johnnesburg clasps, correctly named to 2215 Private S Smith of the 2nd battalion, the Norfolk regiment. The 2nd Battalion sailed on the Assaye on 4th January 1900, and arrived at the Cape on the 23rd. They formed the 14th Brigade under Brigadier General Chermside, and part of the VIIth Division under Lieutenant General Tucker. The VIIth Division took part in the advance from Modder River to Bloemfontein. Crossing various drifts along the Riet and Modder River from 11th to 15th February 1900. On the 18th, the day of the battle of Paardeberg, the 14th Brigade, under Chermside, was ordered to march from Jacobsdal to Paardeberg, where it arrived on the evening of the 19th. The battalion was engaged in repelling the Boer reinforcements coming to assist the main force. The 2nd battalion was in action again at the battle of Battle of Poplar Grove on 7th March 1900. After the Battle of Paardeberg on the Modder River, the Boer commander, General Cronje, surrendered on 27th February. Christiaan de Wet was appointed as commander-in-chief of the Orange Free State. He gathered his commandos at Poplar Grove, about ten miles upstream of Paardeberg and on the way to Bloemfontein, the capital of the Orange Free State.   De Wet hastily assembled his burghers in sangars which straddled the Modder River along a line of hillocks, about ten miles wide. The plan was to make a wide sweep around the six thousand Boers\' left flank, without making contact, and then attack them from the rear. The infantry and the artillery would then attack them from the right. French with the cavalry division, some mounted infantry units and the horse artillery from the left. But when the Boers saw the cavalry at a distance, they all fled. De Wet and his officers tried in vain to stop them. They eventually stopped at Abraham\'s Kraal, some 18 miles from Poplar Grove. After passing through Bloemfontein the division was posted north of the town, General Maxwell succeeding to the command of the 14th Brigade when General Chermside was given the 3rd Division. The 2nd battalion then saw some fighting at the action at Karee Siding on 29th March. This was a railway siding, 30 km north of the Free State capital of Bloemfontein. Initially the British advance met no resistance. The flanking movements encountered no opposition, and the 14th brigade set off to take the first of the ridges on the far east of the three. By 1.30 p.m. the second ridge was taken, with the leading troops attracting sporadic fire from the Boers. Approaching the hill closest the railway lines the Boers commandos from Utrecht and Wakkerstroom disclosed their presence in strength, opening with heavy fire from positions concealed in the natural cover on the hillside. For about an hour a firefight took place on this front, with the British retreating to a nearby ditch for cover. On the left the British line also encountered the Boers on the Houtenbeck plateau. British artillery was brought up to deal with the Boers on both sides of the railway, and shortly after 4 p.m. a bayonet charge against the Houtenbeck trenches found the Boers already in flight. The battalion lost 1 man killed and 2 officers and 20 men wounded. From here they were in action on 10th May at the crossing of the Zand River. They also took part in the surrender of Johannesburg on 31st May 1900. After this the VIIth Division was broken down and after Pretoria was occupied on 5th June the 14th Brigade, including the 2nd battalion Norfolk’s was detailed to garrison the city. The Norfolk’s were present at the ceremony of proclaiming the annexation of the Transvaal on 25th October 1900. During the later stages of the war the battalion was employed mainly in the Central Transvaal, being for a considerable time in the garrison of Rustenburg. Private Smith was sent home for discharge on 22nd January 1901. This medal comes in excellent original condition, all three clasps are correctly attached. It comes with a copy of the medal roll, which confirms his entitlement for the three clasps.
QSA + 4 to Bawcombe Essex Regiment. A Boer War Queens South Africa medal correctly named to 3717 Private William Bawcombe of the 2nd battalion Essex regiment. It has four clasps correctly attached for Orand Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 01 and South Africa 02. William Bawcombe came from West Ham, then on the eastern most side of London in the county of Essex and born in the December of 1 873. He was employed as a Carman, probably a delivery or goods diver for the railway of a company in his area. At the age of 19 years in 1892, he enlisted into the Essex regiment at the Warley barracks in Brentwood, the home of the Essex regiment, so he must have particularly desired to join the Essex. He spent almost a year at home training before being sent to India in November 1893 where he spent nearly 9 years, until December 1901 when his battalion was shipped to South Africa. They arrived in Durban where they marched to the Orange River Colony. The Regiment was asked to improve defences by construction of blockhouses under cover from cavalry units. This was surprisingly dangerous work as the Boers constantly harassed them with lightning raids and by driving cattle and animals through the buildings. During 1902 the 2nd battalion were placed under the command of Brigadier General E O Hamilton for duty on the blockhouse line east of Tafel Kop, in the north-east corner of the Orange River Colony. During January and February 1902 great cattle and supply drives were taking place in the district, which made the holding of the containing lines difficult as there was almost constant skirmishes from the Boers. William returned home on the 14th of August 1902 after serving 162 days in South Africa. He was finally discharged from the army in the February 1903. He later married Hester Annie and in the 1920’s they both worked for Ladies Blouse manufacturers. This medal is in excellent original condition and comes with copies of service papers and medal roll for the QSA confirming clasps.
QSA + 4 to Hughes Royal Welsh Fusiliers. A Queens South Africa medal with four correctly attached clasps of Cape Colony, Transvaal, Orange Free State and South Africa 1901 correctly named to, 2068 private P Hughes Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Hughes served with the first battalion and they sailed on the Oriental on 22nd October 1899, and arrived at the Cape about 13th November. They were sent on to Durban, and along with the 2nd Royal Fusiliers, 2nd Royal Scots Fusiliers, and 2nd Royal Irish Fusiliers, formed the 6th Brigade under Major General Barton. They were first at the battle of Colenso 15 December 1899 with light casualties. The Battle of Colenso was the third and final battle fought during the Black Week, the start of the Second Boer War; although the RWF were not the first of the British regiments to arrive, but they were there from the start of the war. When General Buller made his second attempt against the Colenso position the battalion went out with Lord Dundonald to Hussar Hill on 12th February, and again on the 14th when the hill was finally occupied. All through the fourteen days\' fighting the battalion took part in all aspects of the battle. On the 24th the Royal Fusiliers and Royal Welsh Fusiliers were holding some kopjes near Langerwachte under very heavy shellfire and rifle-fire. In the fourteen days the battalion\'s losses were approximately 2 officers and 8 men killed, 2 officers and 60 men wounded. Six officers were mentioned in General Buller\'s despatch of 30th March 1900, and 1 non-commissioned officer was recommended for the distinguished conduct medal. A week after the battle Buller was replaced as Commander-in-Chief in South Africa by Field Marshal Lord Roberts; however he remained in command in Natal. (Extracts taken from British Regiments in South Africa by John Sterling) This medal comes in very good condition with nice crisp detail. It comes with one part of his medal roll and only the Cap Colony and Transvaal clasps are confirmed. There should be a second medal roll to confirm his other two clasps, but this is not available online. Looking at the battalions history which fits to the clasps, I don’t think any unawarded clasps have been added. A lovely example to the RWF, who saw plenty of action during this war. In April 1900 the brigade was brought round to Cape Colony and concentrated at Kimberley. On 5th May the battle of Rooidam was fought, the RWF and the Royal Fusiliers being in the first line. For their work in the very arduous pursuit of De Wet, in August 1900, the Welsh Fusiliers as well as the Scots Fusiliers were highly praised by Lord Methuen. At Frederickstad between 15th and 25th October 1900 General Barton had a lot of very severe fighting, in which the battalion again gained great praise from the general and Commander-in-Chief. In these actions the battalion had about 15 men killed and 3 officers and 30 men wounded. Twelve officers and 19 non-commissioned officers and men were mentioned in Lord Roberts\' final despatch. During 1901 the battalion remained in the Western Transvaal and took part in the very successful operations of General Babington. In his despatch of 8th May 1901, para 13, Lord Kitchener refers to an attack which was made on 22nd April by 700 Boers under the personal command of General Delarey upon a convoy passing between General Babington\'s camp and Klerksdorp; \"the escort, however, being well handled, repelled the attack, inflicting a loss upon the enemy of 12 killed and 6 wounded\". The escort was mainly from this battalion, and Colonel Sir R Colleton and two other officers were commended in despatches for their excellent work. One month before, General Babington had captured a Boer convoy and several guns, and on that occasion Sergeant Darragh gained the distinguished conduct medal for, \"on his own initiative, keeping a very superior force of the enemy at bay in a most gallant manner\". On 23rd May 1901 another convoy going to Ventersdorp was very heavily attacked, but the enemy was driven off. A detachment of the battalion again formed part of the escort, and lost 1 man killed and 1 officer and 11 men wounded. On this occasion the wounded officer, Captain Hay, and 5 non-cominissioned officers and men gained mention for exceptional gallantry. Towards the close of 1901 the battalion occupied the northern portion of the line of blockhouses running from Potchefstroom to the Kroonstad district. That the Royal Welsh Fusiliers added to their reputation in South Africa is beyond doubt, and the fact that they gained sixteen mentions during the later stages of the war, after Lord Roberts left South Africa, proves they did not grow stale. In Lord Kitchener\'s final or supplementary despatch the names of 4 officers and 3 non-commissioned officers were added.
QSA + 5 Bars to Burton Manchester Reg Casualty A great scarce queens South Africa medal correctly named to 5906 Private H. Burton of the Manchester regiment. the QSA has the bars; South Africa 02, South Africa 01, Transvaal, Orange Free State and Cape Colony, all original and properly fixed although they are in the wrong order. The medal comes with copies of his medal roll which confirms all of the bars and Casualties of the Boer War list for this man. Both state that he died in Elandsfontein in South Africa of ‘Enteric’ which was the old term for Typhoid, on 5th February 1902, while serving with the 3rd battalion. Apart from the medal roll etc, no other research has been done on this man, which is a great shame, the Manchester’s arrived in south Africa very early and were operational when the war began, taking a fundamental part in the opening assaults. It looks as if Private Burman was present all through the 3 year war and died so close to the end of the war. This medal is in excellent condition, nice and crisp with no wear, its only fault being an edge knock to the rim, but this is the only one and not bad enough to make a difference.
Quality German Badge - Reichstag Berlin 1930\'s Normally made from lightweight metal this one is different in its construction, made from a decent weight brass it shows the Reichstag in Berlin. These ere bought at the Reichstag as souvenirs in the 1930's - 40's and came in many different sizes. No makers mark and comes in very good condition, it measures just over one inch in diameter.
Queens Crown HM Armed Forces Veterans Badge A nice quality quite modern badge for the armed forces veterans, it comes in very good condition and measures one inch long.
Queens Crown Joint Norfolk Special Constabulary Cap Badge & Collars A very good white metal post WW2 vintage cap badge and pair of collar dogs for the joint Norfolk special constabulary, the cap badge is marked Firmin London on the slider. All three come in super condition, the cap badge measures two inches long.
Queens Korea Miniature Medal Pair. A good period miniature medal pair of the Queens Korea and the United nations medal for Korea. Both are in very good but used condition and both come on a very good length of original silk ribbon.
Radnor Home Guard Cap Badge. The 2nd pattern badge dating from the mid to late 1950’s, it comes in very good but used condition. Ref. R6 All my badges come with a full money back guarantee. Terms and conditions apply.
RAF 1st Pattern Service Cap Badge. 1918 first pattern NCO’s, Flight Sergeant and Flying Officer service cap bade made from gilt brass and should be supported by a red cloth cushion. This one is in excellent condition, probably never used. It measures just over 2 inches wide. Ref L19
RAF Air Training Corps Shoulder Titles. A good old pair of Air Training Corps Shoulder Titles, issued from 1941 to 1963. This pair comes in very good used condition. Ref. AF34
Rare 1745 Pattern British Infantry Hanger. A very rare 1745 pattern infantry officers hanger sword. It has a solid brass hilt with a heavy ball pommel, twisted grip and heart shape guard, the small quillon is missing. It has a beautiful short steel curved blade with a fine fuller running on both sides. It has a cuttlers mark on both sides of the blade for Samuel Harvey of Birmingham and the mark dates to 1748. The condition of this sword is excellent for its age. As mentioned the small knop type quillon has been broken and is missing and there are a couple of cracks to the guard and some scratches. There is a small repair to the area where the guard meets the pommel; someone has put a bit of solder to hold it firmly in place; it most likely became a bit loose due to wear and use. The blade is very good, clean free from any rust or pitting and it amazingly still retains most of its original bluing. The sword on a whole is remarkably well balanced and it was probably a very effective weapon in its day. It is said that the heart shaped guard is designed on the Honourable East India Company logo of the time and some officers of the company defiantly used this type of sword. It was also used by British officers in the Indian wars and during the American Revolution, which a similar style was adopted by the American forces. This is in no way a highly decorative sword but I doubt there is a weapon with more historic value than this one. it measures 31 inches long. Ship to UK mainland only via courier priced at £14.95
Rare 1796 Pattern Cavalry Sword & Scabbard. A very rare and unusual cavalry sword dating from the latter part of the 18th century, the Napoleonic wars era. It is the 1795 pattern in looks with a single fullered curved blade. The hilt has a typical stirrup or ‘D’ shape brass guard of the period with half oval lagnet, a scrolled quillion and a solid iron grip. The latter must a have been used as extra weight for balance or as a handy skull crusher when in close combat with another cavalryman. I have never seen this on a sword of this age before, it is surprisingly well balanced and makes it easy to wield the long curved blade. Its original scabbard is made from black leather with ornate brass fittings, the rings are missing which has left a small hole on the middle fitment. Apart from that, and the odd small dent to the brass on the scabbard, it is in excellent condition. The sword itself is really good. The blade is pretty much free from rust or pitting, the tip of the blade is a little crimped; the hilt is undamaged apart from the usual wear and the odd small ding and scrape here and there, which must be expected from a trooper’s sword of this period. This sword is unmarked, so, as for country of origin, I’m not sure; it could be British as there were so many variants to this pattern at the time, but as a British sword, I would expect it to be marked somewhere, even if it was just regimental markings. In my opinion, I would say it is from the south German region or from the Low Countries, Flanders etc. regardless from where it started life, it is a rare and very interesting example in all round good condition. It measures 35 inches long. Blade measures 30 inches from ricasso to tip.
Rare 18th C Satirical Print by West Napoleonic War Interest Satirical prints flourished in the late 18th and early 19th century especially in London. Most prints or cartoons showed the then current political scene as well as parodying theatre, royalty, and any other fashionable subject. These prints were produced by the big production houses as well as small independent works and were sold in black and white, but for a few pence more you could buy them beautifully hand coloured. To get the most from this interesting collecting subject, you have to have some understanding of social history of the time. this wonderful example is entitled ‘The Three Plagues of Europe’ and shows three figures, ‘The Turberlent Mr Fight All’ (Napoleon) The Honble Mr Tax All’ (the Prime Minister Pitt the Younger) and ‘The Worshipfull Mr Take All’ (the Devil). This particular print is a hand coloured engraving originally drawn by M. West and published by Roberts Caracature Warehouse of 28 Middle Row Holborn. (Please note. Spellings taken from the print itself). It comes in pretty good condition and comes in an old frame. There are a few faults, it has two tape marks to the top and a tear to the bottom middle and one about 4 inches from the left corner. The colour is still very good and it has suffered very little fading. This is a rare example with an original low print run. It would look amazing in a Georgian wooden cushion frame with a nice plain mount. I have left it just as it was found in this frame, which was probably done in the 1950’s. A fabulous piece for the collector of the Napoleonic era, a true piece of Georgian history.
Rare 1929 Commemorative badge Zeppelin LZ127 In 1929 the German Zeppelin airship LZ127 circumnavigated the globe, its starting point was Lakehurst New Jersey, from there to Friedrichshafen in Germany onto Tokyo (spelt Tokio on badge) then Los Angeles before returning to Lakehurst, the trip took 21 days and covered 30,000 miles. Commemoratives where produced and sold in most locations this one I think comes from Germany, it has a makers mark of FLL on the back, the condition is fair, some of the enamel is chipped on the edge and there are a few rough spots here and there. It measures 1.75 inches in diameter and is quite heavy.
Rare 1930’s Childs or Trade Sample Kriegsmarine Uniform. A 1930’s beautifully tailored small Childs or a Trade sample Kriegsmarine tunic and cap. made of dark blue wool with a silk lining and fitted with all original buttons and the embroidered insignia for a 1st class signaller in the German Navy. It comes with its original little cap with silk cap tally embroidered in gold with Deutsche Wehrmacht and with a little silver eagle and swastika. This is also made of dark blue wool with a blue silk lining. Although this is a child’s size, it was probably made by a tailoring firm as a sample to bid for a contract to make uniforms for the Kriegsmarine. The quality is just lovely, far better than any child’s costume or mini uniform I’ve ever seen. It comes on a child size mannequin with cap display, but it would look fantastic on an old Steiff Teddy bear and it would look amazing in any German collection. The condition is perfect, no moth damage and it has been treated against future insect infestation. The mannequin supplied has a wooden core and well stuffed, so it is quite heavy, this adds to the cost of posting. If the mannequin is not needed, please let me know, this will reduce the cost of posting. Shipping quoted is for the uniform and mannequin.
Rare 19th Century Prussian General Medal of Honour Miniature Medal. The Prussian silver miniature medal of the General Honour decoration 2nd class. Awarded from 1814 until 1918. It has the cypher of Kaiser Frederick William III of Prussia on the obverse and on the reverse ‘Verdienst Um Den Staat’ (Merit to the State). All German miniature medals are scarce, as they were smaller and usually worn on a neck chain. This one is in excellent condition and on its original silk ribbon.
Rare 1st Pattern Luftwaffe Officers Belt & Buckle. A very scarce item left on Jersey is this first pattern Luftwaffe officers belt complete with its original buckle. It has been well used but still remains in beautiful condition. The brown leather belt has wonderful patination and feel and the buckle has some wear especially on the back, the front is still in very good order with all of its dimpled finish still remaining. It measures 46 inches long.
Rare Antique Chamois Hoof and Goat Horn Pipe This is a rare piece, research suggests that it dates from circa 1880 and is probably Swiss or French in origin, it is constructed from a small goats horn with a Chamois goat hoof and a horn mouthpiece, set into the horn bowl is a Stanhope, a small round piece of glass which contained a miniature picture, the one example of this pipe I can find for sale in the United States at the bizarre price of $723 suggests that the Stanhope contained a picture of two nude ladies, scandalous in its day but sadly the picture has gone from this piece, it is in otherwise very good condition but has been used, it measures 5.25 inches long.
Rare Antique Photograph Commander Church Lads Brigade Nottingham This is a great mounted photograph showing a high ranking official from the Church Lads Brigade, he is in uniform with his belts and in his hand resting on the table a cap, swagger stick and gloves. On the back written very faintly in pencil is: Dr L D Clinch(?) 1905 Major Commander Church Lads Brigade Nottinghamshire. The picture comes in good condition, shows signs of age and some foxing on the back, the frame measures 9.75 inches x 8 and the photo is 5.5 x 3.75.
Rare Boer Prisoner of War Work Quill Photograph Frame This is a very well constructed Boer era prisoner of war work photo frame, it is made I think from porcupine quills or possibly bird feather quills which have been wired together and finished with little blue beads, to the centre is a small photo space with a glass front. It comes in very good condition for its age and stands 3.5 inches high the centre section being one inch x just under 1.25.
Rare Boer War Royal Reserve Regiment Light Infantry Cap Badge. The Royal Reserve Regiments were infantry and cavalry regiments formed for home defence during the Boer war and existence from 1900 to 1902. Royal Reserve battalions were formed from veteran soldiers in the United Kingdom for Home Service and comprised of time-expired officers, non-commissioned officers and other ranks between the ages of 21 and 45 who would enlist for service in the United Kingdom for a period of one year and they received a bounty of £22. This (originally) blackened badge was issued to NCO’s and other ranks of the light infantry brigade from 1901 to 1902 for the field service cap. It is in wonderful original condition, most of its original blacking has now gone but a rare badge used for just a short time. Ref. G11
Rare Boulton’s Trafalgar Medal 1805 with Paperwork A very rare piece of original Trafalgar Militaria, it comprises of the medal issued by 19th century philanthropist and silversmith Matthew Boulton, he made one of these medals for every Naval rating that served in the battle, it is made of a base metal which at the time was more commonly known as Britannia metal a mixture of lead, pewter and zinc which could be given a high polished finish to resemble silver. This one is a wonderful example and it has been hand scratch engraved with the recipients monogram, due to wear this is quite faint now, but still visible to the naked eye. It comes with a very interesting piece of paperwork which gives it the most amazing provenance. Here is a quite unique piece of paperwork, printed and hand written on a sheet of parchment, it is dated for 1811 and details an accident and subsequent pensions allowance for one Charles Pearne who is known to have served at the battle of Trafalgar on HMS Britannia. The vellum is faded and the hand written sections are hard to read but not impossible.....on the 2nd April 1811 Charles Pearne who is described as a 'landsman' was 'scrapping the hull' of HMS Victory when an accident occurred, he fell from a 'port' landing on his arm, he severely damaged the Carpels and Metacarpals of his left hand, so severe was the injury that immediate amputation was called for. On the 28th may 1811 he was granted a pension’s allowance of £14 per annum and the document was signed by the major officers of the ship including the new Captain James Saumarez who was later to become a Vice Admiral of the fleet, the ships surgeon R Eden, a Lieutenant and the master J. Nelson (no relation I think!) Charles was 30 at the time of his accident and in 1830 at the age of 49 years he was applying for admission into Greenwich hospital as an 'in-pensioner' I'm not sure he was admitted as he applied twice in two months. Included with this package is Census information and a printed list of the men of Devonport who fought at the battle of Trafalgar, Charles is on the list as serving on HMS Britannia as a 22 year old Landsman. At the battle of Trafalgar HMS Britannia carried the flag of Rear Admiral of the white William Carnegie, Earl of Northesk, during the battle Britannia lost 10 men killed and 42 wounded. The parchment is just over 200 years old and is in excellent condition all things considered, as I said it is faded but legible, there is some foxing and the edges are rough but otherwise a unique piece of history. It was folded and kept in a small metal box with the medal, so the fold lines are still evident. This kind of piece never comes up for sale these days unless in an important auction, I am selling this for a member of the Pearne family, so a wonderful piece of 19th century naval history.
Rare Britain’s Collectors Club 4.5 Howitzer 4 Man Crew. Mint. From W Britain Collectors club comes this exclusive set from the Premier Collection. This set was only available to club members and to become a member you must first pay a fee of $75 a year to be offered these wonderful detailed sets, which are now no longer available. This set is the Mark I 4.5” Howitzer and Home Service Review Order Detachment 1914 . This set has never been out of the box and I had to break the seal on the tissue paper to photograph this lot. A comparable set retails through the W Britain Collectors club for $195. See www.wbritain.com. These sets were not available in shops are intended for WW1 diorama’s; all hand decorated metal figures with great detail for collectors and investors. The Gun measures 5.5 inches long.
Rare Britain’s Collectors Club French Machine Gun Section. Mint. From W Britain Collectors club comes this exclusive set from the Premier Collection. This set was only available to club members and to become a member you must first pay a fee of $75 a year to be offered these wonderful detailed sets, which are now no longer available. This set is the WW1 French Machine Gun Section (1997). This set has never been out of the box and I had to break the seal on the tissue paper to photograph this lot. A comparable set retails through the W Britain Collectors club for $140. See www.wbritain.com. These sets were not available in shops are intended for WW1 diorama’s; all hand decorated metal figures with great detail for collectors and investors. Each figure measures around 1.75 inches high.
Rare Britain’s Collectors Club RNAS Armoured Car. Mint. From W Britain Collectors club comes this exclusive set from the Premier Collection. This set was only available to club members and to become a member you must first pay a fee of $75 a year to be offered these wonderful detailed sets, which are now no longer available. This set is the Royal Naval Air Service Armoured Car. This set has never been out of the box and I had to break the seal on the tissue paper to photograph this lot. A comparable set retails through the W Britain Collectors club for $265. See www.wbritain.com. These sets were not available in shops are intended for WW1 diorama’s; all hand decorated metal figures with great detail for collectors and investors. The Car measures 5.5 inches long.
Rare Britain’s Collectors Club WW1 British Over The Top. Mint. From W Britain Collectors club comes this exclusive set from the Premier Collection. This set was only available to club members and to become a member you must first pay a fee of $75 a year to be offered these wonderful detailed sets, which are now no longer available. This set is the WW1 ‘Over the Top’ British trench with officer and two men. This set has never been out of the box and I had to break the seal on the tissue paper to photograph this lot. A comparable set retails through the W Britain Collectors club for $195. See www.wbritain.com. These sets were not available in shops are intended for WW1 diorama’s; all hand decorated metal figures with great detail for collectors and investors. It measures around 2.75 inches high.
Rare Britain’s Collectors Club WW2 British Field Gun & Crew. Mint. From W Britain Collectors club comes this exclusive set only available to club members and to become a member you must first pay a fee of $75 a year to be offered these wonderful detailed sets, which are now no longer available. This set is the British 25 Pound Field Piece and Crew. This set has never been out of the box and I had to break the seal on the tissue paper to photograph this lot. I can not find another example for sale anywhere, but See www.wbritain.com for comparable items. These sets were not available in shops are intended for WW2 diorama’s; all hand decorated metal figures with great detail for collectors and investors. The Gun measures 7 inches long.
Rare Bronze The Aldershot Cup Navy Medal The only other example of this medal I can find is in the National Maritime museum, they date their example for 1927 and it must be engraved to the recipient, this one is not but is identical, theirs comes in its box of issue and was made by the high end maker Elkington & Co, this one lacks a box. To the main side it has the Naval crown with ‘The Aldershot cup’ under. It comes in very good condition and measures 40mm in diameter.
Rare Complete The Second World War by Winston Churchill. The rare seven book all 1st edition collection of the Second World War by Winston Churchill. Volume One was publish in march 1948 and on release it was found to have some inappropriate content and some important facts were omitted. This book was recalled and a new revised edition was published in June 1949. Because this was a newly published book, this became a 1st edition in its own right. This collection contains both editions along with all the other volumes in the set, the last volume VI published in 1953. There is no more concise history on WW2, every aspect, political and strategic is described in Churchill’s own voice with his usual odd amusing quip from how and why the war began to its final conclusions. Each book has an index at the back, which makes it easy for researching any particular aspect. Churchill was a prolific writer, but without doubt, this was his greatest achievement in book form and a must for any book military collector. All seven books are in good condition and complete, first volume revised edition still retains its rare dust cover. These are very heavy so I will subsidise the cost and charge you £7.95
Rare Drum of the 5th Volunteer Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment. A rare drum from the 5th Royal Anglian’s. it is beautifully hand decorated with the regiments badge and title. The drum itself is made by Premier and was produced solely for military use, one of only a very few. The condition is great considering it would have been used many times on parade etc. it has no damage apart from the odd minor scuff here and there and it sounds superb. It measures; 14.5 inches in diameter x 14 inches high. The Royal Anglian Regiment was formed in 1964, making it the oldest of the Line Regiments now operating in the British Army. It was formed from the amalgamation of the four regiments of the East Anglian Brigade, the Norfolk’s, Suffolk’s, Northampton’s and the Essex, and later to encompass all of the East Anglian regiments. The regiment carried out tours-of-duty throughout the Troubles in Northern Ireland and was present on 'Bloody Sunday' in Derry in 1972, when 14 unarmed civilians were killed, also the Yugoslav Wars, Bosnia, Croatia, Sierra Leone and more recently Afghanistan. A large item so shipping will be £10.95 via courier
Rare Early 20th Century Mercury Light Bulb. A very rare piece of technological history, this dates from around 1910 and probably French. It was in its time a quirky novelty, when the filament gets hot, the mercury will jump about causing a light effect. It is in perfect working condition and looking at the thickness of the filament and glass, it will never blow. It measures 3.5 inches.
Rare Early 20th Century Pocket Globe. A rare tin plate pocket globe dating from around 1900 – 1910 or may be earlier dating to the late 19th century. It shows the world as it was and highlights the British empire in pink. It would of originally had a tin plate case which it sat in, this is now missing. The condition of this globe is very good, it does show a little wear to the surface but it still has good colour and it has a small shallow dent in the north Atlantic and another just over the Falklands, but with no loss to the surface. A very rare piece which measures approximately 2 inches in diameter.
Rare Early Spanish Civil War German Wound Badge Silver Class 1936 German Condor Legion Wound Badge 2nd class, awarded during the Spanish Civil war. This early version is made of white metal with a silver wash, slightly smaller than the common type and with a good substantial pin on the back. Silver or 2nd class badges were awarded for being wounded three or four times. It comes in excellent condition with just slight wear.
Rare Edward VIII 1937 Calendar. A as new, unused 1937 Edward VIII calendar. Photographic cut-out on board with small by month calendar attached. Comes with a Tucks post card, also in very good condition.
Rare First Edition Book – A Green Tent In Flanders by Maud Mortimer Having done some research on this book I find that it simply does not exist for sale in a first edition format the only copies available are later reprints and modern copies. First written by Maud Mortimer in 1917 it is sub titled ‘ life in a French field hospital, an American woman’s account of her experiences five miles back of the firing line in Belgium’, not only rare but an interesting read which comes in remarkably good condition for its age with its original dust cover, there is a hand written dedication in the front being sent from one lady to another with something having been erased underneath. The outer cover shows signs of age and wear to the spine. A rarity.
Rare French Napoleonic Cartridge Pouch 2nd Light Regiment. A French black leather pouch dating from around 1810 and issued to a solider in the 2nd battalion of the 2nd light regiment and could have easily been used during the battle of Waterloo 1815. It is a cartridge pouch in very good condition. If you lift the front flap, there should be a second small pouch for percussion caps, this is missing, but you can see the holes where it was sewn to the main body. This could easily be replaced if you want to restore to original spec. but as it is it is untouched and beautifully regimentally marked inside. These are rare things, anything original to the Napoleonic wars is very hard to find and sort after. It measures 8 x 7 x 2.25 including the belt loop.
Rare George V Issue Miniature Distinguished Conduct Medal One of a small group of original miniature medals that I have acquired recently, A lovely example of an Original George V issue in solid silver of the Distinguished Conduct medal for gallantry in the field issued to \'other ranks\'. This is the type II version with a swivel suspender and comes in very good condition, requiring a clean and the ribbon is a little worn at the top.
Rare George VI RNV(W)R LS&GC Medal to Gibson A rare George VI Royal Navy Volunteer Wireless Reserve Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, only around 200 hundred of these were awarded from 1939 to 1957; this is correctly named to 1014 B. Gibson. Tel. R. N. V. (W). R. also comes with named and addressed box of issue to Mr B Gibson 55 Mansfield Lane Norwich, Norfolk. Benjamin Gibson was born in Norwich Norfolk on 25th January 1903. He was employed as a Mustard Seed Dresser at Colman’s Mustard Plant in Norwich. On the 1939 UK register he is already serving with the RNV(W)R in Unit 8 District 68. Living at the same address as box of issue. A very interesting a scarce medal which comes in mint condition, never mounted or worn.
Rare German Franco-Prussian War Era Gents Bracelet. A wonderful unusual and rare piece of German memorabilia from the Franco-Prussian war (July 1870 to May 1871) it is made of silver plate and adorned with three charms, one is a wreath with the dates of 1870 and 1871 on alternate sides; cross swords and cross cannon. The bracelet is fastened by a jump ring and swivel catch. It probably originated as a watch chain that was shortened. The condition is very good, there is a little wear to the plate on the high points. This piece measures 10 inches long.
Rare Metropolitan Police Christmas Card 1923-1924 This is a lovely Christmas card produced for the Metropolitan police in 1923/24, to the front it bears the police badge but on the inside is a great scene of police through the ages from the ‘Robin Redbreast’ in 1796 to the ‘Robert’ in 1924, the card was sent by Mr & Mrs Sullivan, it comes in very good condition, there is rust to the staple and it shows signs of age, it measures 6.5 inches long.
Rare Napoleon 1804 Coronation Medal in Bronze. A good solid bronze Napoleon coronation medal, dating from 1804, to the front is the bust of Napoleon, the designers name of \'Andrieu F.\' is on the base of the neck, below this stamped on the rim is the word \'bronze. On the reverse is the Eagle emblem and either side of the Napoleonic \'N\' is \'Denon F.\' and Jairy F. 1804\'. It comes in wonderful condition, there is some light wear to the high points on both sides, measures 40mm in diameter. Ref. 15271
Rare Nazi Air Sea Rescue Officers Cap Badge. A rare badge made of the usual white metal displaying wings with crossed anchors to the centre, worn on a peeked cap by an officer of the Seenotdienst or Air Sea Rescue service. This was a German military organization formed within the Luftwaffe to save downed airmen from emergency water landings, the service operated from 1935 to 1945, the last active group served in the Baltic Sea in March 1945. It was the first organized air-sea rescue service to exist closely followed by Britain and the USA. The badge is in very good original and untouched condition although it is missing one of its retaining pins on the back, it is a large badge measuring 4.5 inches and a rare find.
Rare Original WW1 Thanks Giving Programme Felixstowe July the 19th 1919, held at the Spa Pavilion at 10 am, musical accompaniments by the Salvation Army. So very few of these original programmes survive, this one comes in very good condition just a little discoloured. Ref.12412
Rare Pair WW1 Artillery Officers Boots. A rare pair of WW1 brown leather boots known as the Norwegian pattern and worn by Royal Artillery officers. As all officer’s uniform was private purchase. Some artillery officer’s preferred and more robust boot to wear in the mud and cold conditions on the western front. These are exceptional quality made of a thick brown leather with first third eyelets for laces and then hooks, finishing in two leather straps at the top with a long folding tongue / gusset in between. The leather soles are heavily hobnailed and both boots are in very good order with some wear and a few faults. To one boot there is a small tear under the flat that takes the laces and some of the hobnails are missing from the sole. But the leather on the whole is sound with a beautiful patina. The original leather laces are missing but this is not unusual as the leather almost always when brittle and broke. They measure 11 inches from heel to toe and using a shoe size converter this is around a size 8-9UK.
Rare Photographic Booklet WW1 Bombardment of Lowestoft Issued not long after the end of WW1 this interesting photographic booklet is made up of a series of pictures copied from original photographs showing the devastation as a result of the bombardment of Lowestoft by the Germans on April 5th 1916. Printed in Lowestoft these are quite rare outside of the area. Comes in good but used condition.
Rare Silver King Sisowath of Cambodia Coronation Medallion 1906 Sisowath the 1st was king of Cambodia from 1904 to 1927, many varieties of medal and medallions were struck in commemoration but are considered quite scarce, this example struck in silver is 33mm in diameter, please see pictures for detail, it comes in very good condition and should polish up nicely.
Rare Silver Kings Medal 1911George V. 1911 hallmarked silver Kings medal awarded to G. Thomas from the County of London for punctual attendance for the year of 1911 and the previous seven years. Both the medal and suspender are hallmarked for London 1911 with a makers mark of W&S. These are rare and only a few were awarded each year; this one is in wonderful original condition showing very little or no wear. The medal disk measures 1.5 inches in diameter.
Rare Victorian Military Galvanometer by Elliott Bros. A beautiful late Victorian instrument made of brass with a brass dial and compass type hands. It has two screw connectors on the sides which are linked by a thick copper or bronze component inside the heavy glass casing. Basically a Galvanometer is an early Ammeter an instrument to measure electrical current. Used with detonating explosives and early telegraph communications in the military. This Galvanometer was made by the Elliott Brother London and patented in 1885. It has several markings on the side; first, the broad arrow with the numbers 27 with an ‘A’ added later. It also has ‘RA’ scratched into the side, so it was obviously at some point used by the Royal Artillery. These were also used during the first world war for measuring the electrical current used to detonate mining explosives. A very interesting and rare piece measuring 3.5 inches in diameter.
Rare Victorian Royal County Down 86th Reg Glengarry Badge. The all-brass Glengarry badge worn by the 86th Regiment of foot, the Royal County Down regiment worn from 1874 to 1881. This badge is in excellent condition for its age, but it does show signs of wear and use, correct brooch pin fitting on the back. It measures 1.75 x 3 inches.
Rare Victorian Royal Irish Fusiliers Officers Slouch Hat Badge. A rare badge worn on the Late Victorian Slouch hat by officers of the Royal Irish Fusiliers with dark green hackle. This large round badge is made of gilt a metal back with a gilt metal fusilier grenade and silver eagle in several different parts, beautiful quality and with broad sharp pin on the back and it comes in excellent original condition, some loss to the gilt and toning. It measures 2 inches in diameter. A very rare beast.
Rare Victorian Royal Marine Artillery Officers Sabretache. The 1872 pattern Royal marine Artillery officers full dress Sabretache. Just a beautiful leather pouch, the front flap covered with gold bullion wire work, embellished with red silk velvet, to the centre and surrounded by wide gold bullion tress. Under the front flap reveals the pouch, all in red Morocco leather. Also, it comes in its original red Morocco leather case, 1872 pattern for undress. A superb piece of Victorian uniform, which comes in very good condition. there is no damage, but the whole piece is a little dirty after neaqrly 140 years, this can be restored, but why take away its history, it looks fabulous as it is. It measures; 11 x 13 inches.
Rare Victorian Volunteer Artillery Officers Home Service Helmet. A scarce Victorian post 1881 volunteer officer’s helmet with all white metal fittings and a ball top. It carries its original plate for the Artillery Volunteers and has a maker’s mark inside for Cater & Co Pall Mall London. A beautiful quality helmet that has obviously seen some service so there a few minor faults, the first being its original chin strap is missing, this would have been white metal curb chain on a leather backing; reproductions are easy to pick up very cheaply online. It has various areas of wear, mostly on the inside, the red silk liner under the leather sweat band has deteriorated a little and there is wear to the back brim. Where the helmet plate lugs fit through the helmet, the holes have worn over the years and got bigger. I have has leather washers made to hold the helmet plate in place without putting any more stress on the cork body of the helmet. But apart from all that it remains in very collectable condition and it is a very hansom looking helmet. Size approximately 6&7/8ths.
Rare Vintage MOD Enamel Warning Sign. A rare vintage Ministry of Defence enamelled metal Restricted Area warning sign probably from an Air Force installation. it has red and black lettering on a white reflective surface, and it looks like it is enamelled onto aluminium. It is in excellent used condition with a few scratches to the surface, it measures 18 x 15 inches.
Rare Vintage Scots Guards Officers Uniform and Bear Skin. It is a pleasure to offer this wonderful original Scots Guards officers uniform with its original Bear Skin. The uniform dates from the 1960’s and is to a 2nd Lieutenant and comprises of his dress tunic, belt, trousers and of course the Bear Skin which is a extremely rare piece and very seldom come onto the market, and when they do, they fetch very high prices; this also still retains its chin scales. Every item from this uniform comes in excellent condition and in fact, it comes from part of my own collection, so it is with some regret I have to sell to make space for a new cabinet. if I had to be very picky, there is a tiny amount of damage to the trousers, which is hard to spot, but I thought I would mention it anyway. This piece displays very well, and with the Bear Skin sitting on the tunic shoulders, it’s hard not to salute when passing. A really stunning lot and a scarce find to an officer.
Rare WW1 & WW2 Medal Group to Gloucestershire Yeomanry. An interesting a scarce 1915 star trio and the WW2 defence medal all awarded to 3022 Lance Corporal Rayner H. G. Vicker of the 1st Royal Gloucestershire Hussars Yeomanry and Home Guard. The 1914/15 star is correctly named to 3022 L/Cpl. R. H. G. Vicker. Glouc. Yeo. And the British war and victory medal is correctly named as above by to Private R. H. G. Vicker. The ww2 defence medal is un-named as issued. Rayner Herbert Godwin Vicker was born in 1898 in Gloucester the 3rd son of Ernest a grocer’s manager. It seems at the age of 16 Rayner enlisted into his local yeomanry, probably only due to his age his miss out Gallipoli and went straight to Egypt landing at Alexandria on the 7th December 1915 only to find most of his old regiment had been killed or wounded at the Green Hill and Chocolate Hill sectors at Gallipoli, his regiment was so depleted it was allied with the 1/1st Warwickshire and 1/1st Worcestershire Yeomanry; they were camped at Mena, near Cairo and restored to a cavalry role, the Regiment strength was now 17 Officers, 316 O.R., and 354 horses and were re-named the 5th Mounted Brigade. By the end of March 1916 the Regiment was at Romani and on 1st April a report arrived of a 500 strong enemy force at Bir-el-Abd. The regiment now less one squadron and the Worcester Yeomanry were ordered to move to Qatia which lay about 6 miles away. April 2nd they left Qatia and found the enemy had fled, they sent scouting parties out to pin down the position of the Turks but all seemed quiet until April 23rd, the enemy attacked, the Gloucester Hussars commanded by Captain Lloyd-Baker, were only 101 men strong facing a mighty enemy force, with artillery, they attacked and inflicted heavy casualties, the other Squadrons attempted to help but after severe fighting the brigade had to fall back to Romani. February 1917 the brigade transferred to Imperial Mounted Division where they saw a lot of fighting in the Sinai and Palestine Campaigns, such as the Battle of Rafa, and with the victory’s at Romani and Magdhaba, including the recapture of substantial territory were followed by two defeats at the First and Second battles for Gaza. The 1917 British victory in October at the Third Battle of Gaza was followed by the capture of substantial territory during the Battle of Mughar Ridge in November, quickly followed in December by the capture of Jerusalem. In the August of 1918 the brigade was retitled the 13th Cavalry Brigade and transferred to 5th Cavalry Division, they remained in North Africa until the end of the war, when what was left of the regiment was returned home to England. It is amazing how Ratner survived the war, it seems he suffered no more from a bought of Tonsillitis when first arriving in Egypt and Scabies in 1916; the Egypt / Palestine campaigns were rife with disease due to poor sanitation, the lack of supply’s and fresh water must of made the situation almost unbearable, yet thousands of young men from the shires of Britain did their duty, still too few came home. Rayner Vicker also saw fit to volunteer for home service during the second world war, his service here is unknown, but, I am sure this will all become researchable one day; Rayner Died in 1979 at the age of 81. All four medals are in excellent condition, there is a few very light contact marks to the medals, so they may have been mounted and worn at some time.
Rare WW1 Almeric Paget Military Massage Corps Cloth Sleeve Badge An extremely rare original WW1 1916 era Almeric Paget Military Massage Corps nurse\'s uniform sleeve badge. It is a large hand-made cloth wing bearing cross to the centre and embroidered APMMC through one arm of the cross. These were made by the nurses to a set pattern. The first badge was embroidered with APMC in the centre. The APMMC was a privately funded by Almeric Paget and his wife Pauline from 1914 and it proved a vital service in the treatment of the wounded in recovery. There was one sleeve badge worn on the white uniform, much later an enamelled badge was produced. This one is nicely made from woollen felt and comes in excellent used condition.
Rare WW1 ARRC & More to Matron & Lady Superintendent BRCS. A rare WW1 Associates Royal Red Cross to Matron & Lady Superintendent Annie Henderson Young. Also included is her WW1 Red Cross service medal, silver and enamel student nurses badge, BRCS Roll of Honour bar with its original certificate, BRCS for service badge, various bronze and sterling silver early NSPCC medals, plus a lot of original certificates, paperwork and photographs. Although this woman needs thorough research, there is enough paperwork and certificates here to get a very good start. In short, Annie Henderson Young (nee Walters) served with the British Red Cross Society during WW1, as Matron then Lady Superintendent from May 1915 to February 1919 at the Braintree Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospital Essex. During the war, she married Captain KeithYoung of the Royal Army Medical Corps, who served in France throughout the war. The ARRC was awarded to her by King George V at Buckingham Palace on the 13th April 1918 and she was instructed to attend Queen Alexandra for tea at Marlborough House afterwards, this was a great honour to be bestowed. She was awarded a place on the BRCS Roll of Honour on 1st April 1920. The documentation which accompanies this medal is; her Nursing qualification certificate from the Royal Infirmary Sheffield, this is dated 1905. The official BRCS directors report on which she is named, naming the persons to be awarded the ARRC and other awards, the telegram informing her of her award of the ARRC, other paperwork relating to this award, railway warrant etc. her invitation to Buckingham Palace and her invitation to Marlborough House. Copy newspaper cuttings relating to her and her award, one, she is pictured. And lastly some original photographs of Annie including a couple of her in later life. Also there is a certificate relating to the International health Exhibition named to her husband Keith Young. After the war, it is believed she became one of the original members of the fledgling NSPCC, then the Children’s League of Pity. She was awarded several medals from this organisation, which are included. The ARRC is in mint condition and in its case of issue and comes with its original sterling silver and enamel miniature. All of the other medals and badges are also in excellent condition and it looks like she did not wear any of them very much. The original paperwork is in good condition and has been stored well over the years. A rare lot to a truly remarkable woman who dedicated her life to the care of the sick and later to children, tending the sick and wounded during the great war to an extent that was noticed, to win her the ARRC while serving as a high ranking officer of the British Red Cross.
Rare WW1 Belgian Officers Miniature Medal Neck Chain. A beautiful set of original WW1 and later Belgian miniature medals set for an officer to wear between the collar close to the neck. They comprise of; 1. Knight Order of Leopold II with crossed swords for courage in combat. 2. Croix de Guerre. 3. WW1 Belgian Allied Victory medal. 4. Commemorative Medal for WW1 Service. 5 Civil Cross 1st class with long service ribbon. 6. Centenary of National Independence Commemorative Medal 1830-1930. All professionally set on a fine gilt chain with a pin at either end. It comes in excellent condition and only shows very slight wear in places. Belgian miniature medals are quite scarce, a set on an officers neck chain, are hard to find, especially a good gallantry group such as this.
Rare WW1 Canadian Winnipeg Light Infantry Cap Badge. A WW1 era Cap badge of the 101st Battalion (Winnipeg Light Infantry), CEF. It was an infantry battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. The Battalion was authorized on 22 December 1915 and was recruited in, and was mobilized at, Winnipeg, Manitoba; it embarked for Great Britain on 29 June 1916, where, on 13 July 1916, its personnel were absorbed by the 17th Reserve Battalion, CEF, to provide reinforcements to other Canadian Corps in the field. The battalion disbanded on 12 October 1917 and it was awarded the battle honour The Great War 1916. This badge comes in very good but used condition, it has a lovely even dark tone overall. Ref. F15
Rare WW1 Chinese Labour Corps Dragon Decorated Trench Art Shell Case 1918 A very well decorated WW1 era Chinese Labour Corps trench art shell case, the body is heavily decorated with two coiled dragons with branches and flowers around them, the base is also very well marked although some of the detail is worn, I can pick out Auf 1918, FN in a circle, 143 and H with a backwards J over 27. The top has been cut and flared out, it comes in very good condition with a few dings and really needs a good clean, it stands 9 inches high.
Rare WW1 Era Bicorn Hat & Epaulets Royal Naval Surgeon Orwin. MORE PHOTOGRAPHS
Rare WW1 Era Bicorn Hat & Epaulets Royal Naval Surgeon Orwin. A very rare opportunity to purchase a historic piece of Royal naval dress uniform. It includes an Officers Bicorn Hat with all the gold bullion trimmings and the epaulets in gold bullion and sterling silver anchor highlighted with silver bullion. The whole set is made by Gieve, Mathews and Seagrove Ltd, London, Portsmouth and Devonport. It also comes in its original fitted and named tin to Royal Navy Surgeon Commander James Steward Orwin M.B. Ch. B. J. S. Orwin was educated at Edinburgh University and qualified in 1909. I am not sure when he joined the Royal Navy, but it must have been soon after. It looks like his first ship was HMS Clio from July 1911 serving as Ships Surgeon. During the first world war he spent a short time at HMS Vivid shore establishment and then served on HMS Illustrious as surgeon from 1st August 1914. In late July 1914, the Royal Navy began a precautionary mobilisation, as war seemed imminent. The Majestic-class ships were by then the oldest and least effective battleships in service in the Royal Navy. At first, it was planned that Illustrious would pay off to provide crewmen for the new dreadnought battleship HMS Erin, but instead she was placed in full commission to serve as a guard ship for the Grand Fleet once World War I began in August 1914. She began guard ship duty at Loch Ewe on 23 August 1914, transferring to Loch Na Keal on 17 October 1914, to the Tyne in November 1914, and to Grimsby on the Humber in December 1914. She remained on guard ship duty on the Humber until November 1915. From December 1916 he was the Lieutenant - Commander Surgeon on board HMS Concord. He served all through WW1 and stayed with the Navy in the inter-war years and around 1929 he was promoted to Commander Surgeon and during WW2 he served as a Surgeon Captain. I have not been able to obtain his service records as they are still listed as ‘Restricted’ and cannot be viewed. They are at the National Archives in Kew and I think they can be viewed at Kew but no copies taken, so all the information above come from the Royal Navy Officers lists, which are included. Just a superb lot which comes in amazing condition, the hat and epaulets look hardly worn and almost as good as new. The tin however has worn to the outside and signs of its age it has his name painted to the top and the Gieve, Mathews and Seagrove brass plaque also on the top. Inside it is all good and fitted to hold the hat and epaulets in red velvet. Just beautiful.
Rare WW1 era Cyclists Battalion Bugle. A very rare company bugle acquired via my local Suffolk regiment museum, it was originally given to the Yorkshire cyclist battalion by a Sergeant Haigh who was also a member of Ossett cycling club in Yorkshire; I think to commemorate the start of the First World War. The members of the Ossett Cycle club formed a battalion in the Yorkshire National Reserve; basically Home Guard on bikes, and this piece was the Ossett company’s bugle. It has an inscription in the front of the horn which reads ‘Ossett Cycling Club’ engraved in gothic text, and at the bottom rim it has another inscription which reads ‘Presented to the Ossett Companies National Reserve, by Sergeant Haigh August 1914’. The condition is good, it has the usual dings and dents found on a bugle of this age and it looks like it hasn’t been cleaned for many a year, but it still retains its original mouth piece and cord, so on the whole, an untouched rare and unusual item.
Rare WW1 German Cloth and Gold Bullion Lion Button I cannot find another example of this type of button, it dates from the Great War era and has a silk German flag background with a gold bullion wire probably Bavarian eagle to the centre, the button itself is black metal with an off set fixing, it comes in very good condition and measures just under one inch in diameter.
Rare WW1 Group to an Assistant Surgeon. A fabulous group of four to a medical officer serving with the Indian Medical Department; the medals comprise of the 1915 star named to; A. S/G. E Duckworth. I.M.D. the British war and victory medals both named to; Asst. Surgn. G. E. Duckworth. I.M.D. and lastly the Army Long Service and Good Conduct medal, this is named; 1-CL. A.S. G. E. Duckworth. I.M.D. The history of the Indian Medical Department or Service (IMD or IMS) dates back to 19th century. Initially starting as compounders and dressers in the three Presidency Medical Services they became Sub Surgeons and later on as Indian Medical Assistants in Indian Regiments. In 1868, they were renamed as Hospital Assistants, In 1900 the Senior Hospital Assistants were granted the rank of Viceroy’s Commissioned Officers and in 1910 the designation was finally changed to Sub Assistant Surgeons officers of IMD or IMS they were primarily for work with the Indian troops and they were just as highly qualified as any other assistant surgeons although the work was harder, longer with less specialist equipment but they were devoted to their service. All four medals are mounted as worn so there is the odd contact marks on the rims but nothing terrible that could be called an edge knock. The IMS shoulder badge doesn’t belong with this group but as they are so rare and I had one, I thought it would go well with the group as a free item.
Rare WW1 Hand Sewn Flags of the Allies Excelsior Button I cannot find another example of this type of button, I’m fairly sure it is a hand sewn one off, it features the flags of the allies sewn to a yellow silk background, the metal button is marked ‘excelsior’ on the back, the work is tight and skilful, it measures one inch in diameter and is in super condition.
Rare WW1 Memorial Plaque to Bourton RN Killed Jutland. A rare WW1 bronze memorial plaque to P238629 Able Seaman Frederick James Bourton HMS Shark. Frederick Bourton was born in Croydon, Surrey on 27th March 1891. Before joining the Royal Navy, he was employed as a farm boy. In the late 19th century as a farm boy with a limited education, the Royal navy offered incredible opportunities. He enlisted in 1907 at the age of 16 and signed up for 12 years, however the 12 year term didn’t start until he was classed as an adult at 19. Starting as a boy at HMS Impregnable and other shore establishments until his first ship HMS Jupiter in May 1908. When the great war started, he was serving on HMS Shark a Acasta class destroyer part of the 4th Flotilla and part of the grand fleet based at Scapa Flow near the Orkney’s. On 15 December 1914, German battlecruisers, supported by the battleships of the main German High Seas Fleet set out on a raid against the coastal towns of Scarborough, Whitby and Hartlepool, with the intent of drawing out units of the British Grand Fleet, where they could be engaged by the battleships of the High Seas Fleet. The British, aware from radio intercepts that the Germans were planning a raid with their battlecruisers (but not that they were supported by the whole of the High Seas Fleet), sent out the battlecruiser squadron under Vice Admiral David Beatty with four battlecruisers and the Second Battle Squadron, commanded by Vice Admiral Sir George Warrender, with six battleships, to oppose the raid. Shark was one of seven destroyers that sailed in support of the British battlecruiser squadron. At 05:15 on 16 December, the lead ship of the British destroyers, Lynx, spotted a German destroyer, V155 (part of the screen of the High Seas Fleet) and set off with the other destroyers in pursuit of the German ship. In a brief exchange of fire, V155 hit both Lynx and Ambuscade, forcing both to break off. Soon afterwards, Shark and Hardy encountered the German light cruiser Hamburg. After Hardy was badly damaged by shells from Hamburg, Shark and the remaining British destroyers resumed station screening the British battlecruisers. They encountered five German destroyers at about 06:03, which they chased away, and at about 06:50 encountered the German cruiser Roon, screened by destroyers, and shadowed them, while reporting their position by radio, but when Shark attempted to lead her division in a torpedo attack against the German cruiser, the appearance of two more German cruisers, Stuttgart and Hamburg, and were forced to break off the attack with the German cruisers in pursuit, before losing contact with the Germans due to poor visibility. During the Battle of Jutland 31st May 1916, Shark was one of four destroyers from the 4th Flotilla assigned to cover the 3rd Battlecruiser Squadron. During the battle, at around 6 pm, Shark led an unsuccessful torpedo attack by the four destroyers on the German 2nd Scouting Group, with Shark firing two torpedoes. The other three destroyers escaped with little damage, but Shark was crippled by gunfire, having her fuel pipes and steering gear wrecked. The forecastle gun was completely blown away with most of its gun crew shortly before the captain, Commander Loftus Jones, declined an offer of assistance from the destroyer Acasta, as it would put Acasta in too much danger. Soon afterwards the aft 4-inch gun was also destroyed, and the bridge wrecked. Jones and three seamen continued working the midship gun, engaging nearby German destroyers and leading to the sinking of V48. The German destroyers closed on the ship and returned heavy fire, during which Jones lost a leg. Shortly before 7 pm he ordered the ship to be abandoned and around thirty of the crew got onto the rafts. Only seven were picked up six hours later by a Danish ship, but one died soon afterwards. Although there are reports that Jones went down with the ship, survivors told his wife that he was put onto a raft. In total, 86 men out of a crew of 92 were killed of which Frederick Bourton was one aged just 25 years. He is now remembered with honour at the Kviberg Cemetery Sweden. He was the Son of Alfred and Ellen Bourton, of The White Horse, Wokingham, Berks. This plaque is in excellent condition and comes with various research, service record. Commonwealth war graves details, casualty details etc.
Rare WW1 Plaque & Pair to Trumpeter Ellison Northumberland Yeomanry Hussars. A rare and very interesting WW1 British war and victory medal pair and memorial plaque correctly named to; 1856 Private George Robert Ellison of the 1st Northumberland Yeomanry Hussars. George was born in High Westwood, Hamsterley Colliery, County Durham, around 1895. He must have volunteered for the 2nd/1st Northumberland Hussars soon after the war broke out in 1914. He must have undergone training and finally arrived in France in 1917 and transferred to the 1st/1st battalion soon after, either because they had become short of good horsemen or they were in need of a trumpeter. From August 1917 they were attached to VIII corps, November 17, transferred to III Corps and from 8 October 1918 : transferred to XII Corps. Obviously I have done little research on this man, mainly because, I think there is a lot to find out here. I think he was in a Colliery band before the war and he was a natural choice for trumpeter. The 1st/1st Northumberland Hussars remained mounted throughout the war in France and Flanders and I am in no doubt he saw action at the second battle of Cambrai in the October 1918. Here I am sure he was wounded and later died of his wounds in the either the 12th, 37th or 48th casualty clearing station. His date of death is the 15th November 1918, just 4 days after the armistice, I have been all through the battalion war diary for his death on this date, but there is nothing written, so he must have been wounded earlier. There is also another possibility he was taken prisoner, as many of the regiment were captured during the battle. They were taken to a prison camp in Germany and kept in very poor conditions, many died of sickness before they were liberated. How sad that would be if George died in a POW camp, only days before he could have been set free. In all the Northumberland Hussars had 62 casualties during their time on the western Front, of which George is one. George Robert Ellison is now remembered with honour at the Busigny Communal Cemetery Extention, Nord, France. He was the son of Joseph and Mary Ellison of 28 Yewdale Street, High Westwood, Co Durham. The medals are in very good original condition, never mounted or worn. The victory medal still retains around 99% of its original gilt finish. The plaque is in mint condition with a lovely even chocolate coloured tone and comes in its original brown card envelope. This lot comes with various copy paperwork, mic, medal roll, casualty roll, CWGC certificate and details, soldiers died in the great war details, and soldiers effects. A very interesting an worthwhile project awaits on a brave Durham man who gave his life at just 23 years old.
Rare WW1 Trio to Greeff Brands Free State Rifles. And interesting and scarce WW1 1914/15 star, British war and victory medal correctly named to; Private M. D. Greeff Brands Free State Rifles. The outbreak of hostilities in Europe in August 1914 was an enormous surprise, but the government of the Union of South Africa was well aware of the significance of the common border South Africa shared with the German colony of South-West Africa. Prime Minister Louis Botha informed London that South Africa could defend itself and that the imperial garrison could depart for France; when the British government asked Botha whether his forces would invade German South-West Africa, the reply was that they could and would. During the latter months of 1914, some prominent members of the government and armed forces tried a rebellion, stating they wanted a unified South Africa and sided with the Germans, this was short lived and soon put down by loyal forces. This was known as the Maritz rebellion, the Boer revolt and also the Five Shilling rebellion. After the rebels were put down the South African forces along with the Brand Free State Rifles were to concentrate on the South West Africa Campaign, the conquest and occupation of German South West Africa (now Namibia). By February 1915, with the home front secure, the South Africans were ready to begin the complete occupation of the German territory. Botha in his military capacity as a senior and experienced military commander took command of the invasion. He split his command in two with Smuts commanding the southern forces while he took direct command of the northern forces. The Brands Free State Rifles were reformed and now became the 5th Mounted Brigade in January-February 1915 and were numbered as 1-6th regiments B.V.S.S. Greeff being in the 1st Regiment. They served much of the time as front fighters and saw quite a lot of the action. After the campaign was over, South African casualties were 113 killed, 153 died of injury or illness and 263 wounded. German casualties were 103 killed, 890 taken prisoner, 37 field guns and 22 machine-guns captured. After defeating the German force in South West Africa, South Africa occupied the colony and then administered it as a League of Nations mandate territory from 1919. Private Greeff was then transferred to the western front, The Brigade sailed from Alexandria between 13th and 15th April 1916 and landed at Marseilles. By 23rd April, the leading units had de-trained and were arriving at Steenwerck in Flanders. The entire Brigade came under orders of the 9th (Scottish) Division, in which it replaced 28th Brigade. Its first major engagement was the Battle of the Somme. On 2nd July 1916, moved up from Grovetown to Billon Valley, relieving 27th Brigade which had been ordered up to the battle. Moved up to relieve 89th Brigade of 30th Division in Glatz (Glatz Redoubt / Chimney Trench) sector of front line near Montauban. They came under heavy shellfire. The 4th Bn involved in fighting for Trones Wood. The entire Brigade attacked at Longueval (Delville Wood) in afternoon of 14th July 1916. Fighting of the most severe kind in the wood, in which Private William Faulds of 1st Regiment won the Victoria Cross. Only some 750 of the 3153 officers and men that entered the wood mustered when the Brigade was finally relieved on 20th July. The Division was rebuilt with new drafts and spent most of the summer of 1916 in the Arras and Vimy areas. It re-entered Fourth Army area on the Somme in early October. The SA Brigade moved back into the front line there at High Wood on 9 October. Three days later an attack was made against Snag and Tail Trenches, just short of the Butte de Warlencourt, in appalling conditions and weather. Again, there was severe fighting that was continued with a rewnewed attack in the same area on 18 October. The cost to the South Africans in this dismal affair was 1150 casualties. The commander of the brigade, Brigadier-General Lukin, was appointed to command of 9th (Scottish) Division on 2 December 1916. In 1917 the brigade took part in the Battle of Arras and in the Third Battle of Ypres. In the latter battle, in a successful advance at Bremen Redoubt near Zonnebeke, Private William Hewitt of 2nd Regiment won the VC. Possibly the most impressive feat of arms by the South African forces in the war took place in March 1918, when the Germans attacked in Operation Michael. The brigade fought a staunch defence on the first morning of the attack – 21st March 1918 – at Gauche Wood, near Villers Guislain. By 24th March they had carried out a fighting withdrawal to Marrieres Wood near Bouchavesnes and there held on, completely unsupported. They fought on until only some 100 men were left, yet it was only when ammunition ran out that the remnant, many of them wounded, surrendered. When the enemy launched their second major offensive of 1918, on the Lys, the South African brigade – now in Flanders – was ordered to counter attack at Messines. It did so, with some success, but the enemy attack was overwhelming and over the next days the fight continued with the South Africans being pushed back from the Messines ridge and up the gentle slope to Vierstraat. The old brigade was effectively destroyed. 1st, 2nd and 4th Regiments were temporarily merged, while other, British, units were attached to carry on the fight. The composite battalion took part in further defensive fighting, at Mount Kemmel. Later in the summer, it took part in the capture of Meteren, as the British Army executed a successful advance in Flanders. On 11 September 1918, the brigade finally parted from 9th (Scottish) Division and moved to join the 66th (2nd West Lancashire) Division. The best known event while with this Division was the recapture of Le Cateau on 17th-18th October 1918. By the armistice, the South Africans had suffered some 15000 casualties in France, of who one third were dead. It must have been a shock to fight in the heat of their native South Africa to then fight in the mud and western front winters. Private Greeff Survived the war and little is known of him after the war, this is to research as well as a definite timeline of his wartime service. it is unlikely he came out of the war unscathed, but I have no information of any wounds or disease. All three medals are in excellent condition and come on a ribbon bar.
Rare WW1-2 Group to 2nd Lieut Vaughan SSZ Airship Pilot. A superb and rare group comprising of the WW1 British war and victory medal and the 1939/45 star, France & Germany star, defence medal and 1939/45 war medal. The WW1 pair correctly named to 2nd Lieut S. Vaughan RAF. Stanley Vaughan was born in Peckham, London on 6th November 1899. His father was a Taylor with his own shop. He was educated at the Westminster City School. The school had good army cadet training and in 1914 Stanley enrolled into the Queens Westminster Cadet Corps. His cadet school report said he was a very keen cadet, a good shot and signaller and earned an efficiency badge in his first year. In this report it also recommends him to make an efficient officer. After he left school he worked at his father shop and part time as a cadet. In January 1916 he enlisted into the RFC as an officer cadet, he must have shown great promise as he was given a commision in the September 1917 as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Flying Corps as a Free Balloon Pilot with the Naval wing at Roehampton. He later went on to fly RN air ships from Upton and pilot observation balloons. The pilots who flew the airships from Upton in Dorset, went out over the English Channel and played a vital role deterring the German U-Boats from attacking British ships. He flew the single engine sea scout zero SSZ airship. They were over 140 feet long, it carried a crew of three, the Pilot, in the nose was the wireless operator who also fired a machine gun and a mechanic sat near the engine. Patrols were exhausting taking 20 hours or more in freezing conditions. Patrols continued quite a while after the armistice because the U-Boats didn’t get the news the war had ended. Stanley flew operations from Upton and Polegate from July 18 to February 20. He was discharged in the march 1920 as no longer required for service. I don’t know exactly what he was doing between the wars, he may have gone back to work for his father in the tailoring business for a while or he may have continued his passion for flying. In 1939 he is listed on the 1939 register as a flying Instructor and he applied for a new flying licence on 16th January 1939, he is also listed as a mechanical engineer. So some clues are there. Ina 1941 RAF muster roll I have found Stanley as a FE (Flight Engineer), a valuable member of the flight crew with a host of ground and in flight duties maintain and monitoring the aircrafts engines and systems. I do not know how long he served during the 2nd world war, this needs more research. This group comes with copies of his WW1 service papers, 1939 census and Flying licence index card. The medal are in excellent original condition and although they are mounted as worn, they look hardly used.
Rare WW2 Cast Brass Model of the Westland Whirlwind Fighter. An original WW2 made solid brass model of the Westland Whirlwind Fighter. The British twin-engine fighter was a contemporary of the Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane, it was the first single-seat, twin-engine, cannon-armed fighter of the Royal Air Force. When it first flew in 1938, the Whirlwind was one of the fastest combat aircraft in the world and with four 20 mm autocannon in its nose, the most heavily armed. But with development problems with its Rolls-Royce Peregrine engines delayed the project and only 114 Whirlwinds were built. During the Second World War, only three RAF squadrons were equipped with the aircraft and, despite its success as a fighter and ground attack aircraft, it was withdrawn from service in 1943. This one is nicely cast, and it is set on a tiered brass stand. It measures 4.75 inches high, wingspan 7.5 inches and is 5.25 inches long. In excellent condition, it just needs a clean.
Rare WW2 Era Italian Silver Bullion Wing Badge – Observer Reconnaissance Operator This original WW2 Italian silver bullion work wings cloth badge was worn by either an observer/reconnaissance or photographer operator, from my research the style of badges were changed during 1943 so this would date mid war. Comes in very good but used condition.
Rare WW2 German Factory Workers Badge – HEINKEL. A very interesting and rare badge dating from the WW2 period, it would have been worn by a worker at the German aircraft manufacturing company founded by and named after Ernst Heinkel. The badge is quite large (1.75 x 2 inches) made of metal and displaying the workers number 794 with a red painted square each side of the number, this would probably relate to what work the worker did, under this is a white metal, possibly silver, RAD or Reich Labour Service badge. On the back it still retains its original pin and the Heinkel logo of a winged ‘H’. The condition is excellent when you consider that it was worn every day and needed to gain access to the factory, a fabulous piece, guaranteed you will not find another in this condition or at all.
Rare WW2 German Hitler Youth Training & Information Map I cannot find a comparison for this map, it is a genuine WW2 era German Hitler Youth training map in fact I have 16 of them, all different each giving different details to educate and inform, This example shows the map of Southern Europe featuring Italy and details the German advance in the South. Bottom left it has ‘Volk und Reich karte’ (people and Empire map), bottom left it has ‘karte fur die schulung der Hitler-Jungend’ (card for the training of the Hitler Youth). The main title translates as ‘the campaign in the South’, It measures 16 inches x 13.75, comes in very good condition tho the paper has yellowed with age and has an attached string for hanging. will be shipped loose rolled in a tube.
Rare WW2 German Hitler Youth Training and Information Map – Hitler’s Army I cannot find a comparison for this map, it is a genuine WW2 era German Hitler Youth training map in fact I have 16 of them, all different each giving different details to educate and inform, This example shows the map of Europe with Germany in red with the heading Adolf Hitler’s German empire along with a statement by Alfred Kofenberg which I have not translated. Bottom left it has ‘Volk und Reich karte’ (people and Empire map), bottom left it has ‘karte fur die schulung der Hitler-Jungend’ (card for the training of the Hitler Youth). It measures 16 inches x 13.75, comes in very good condition tho the paper has yellowed with age and has an attached string for hanging. will be shipped loose rolled in a tube or flat if requested.
Rare WW2 German Hitler Youth Training and Information Map – Poland Campaign I cannot find a comparison for this map, it is a genuine WW2 era German Hitler Youth training map in fact I have 16 of them, all different each giving different details to educate and inform, This example shows the map of Poland in black with Germany in red with the heading of ‘the campaign against Poland’. Bottom right it has ‘Volk und Reich karte’ (people and Empire map) and the date of May 1941, bottom left it has ‘karte fur die schulung der Hitler-Jungend’ (card for the training of the Hitler Youth). It measures 16 inches x 13.75, comes in very good condition tho the paper has yellowed with age and has an attached string for hanging. will be shipped loose rolled in a tube or flat if requested.
Rare WW2 German Radio Battery A very rare WW2 German single terminal radio battery, used in all kinds of German Field Line Communication Equipment. These just do not exists on the market, most can only be seen in museums, I have only a few of these that were left by the Germans In Jersey when they left. They are on the whole in good order but were left down the tunnels on Jersey and have been subjected to damp. Incredible they survived. It measures 2.25 , x 2.25 x 5 inches.
Rare WW2 Hallmarked Silver City of Manchester 613 Squadron Badge Below is a WW2 history for the squadron, this large sized and rare badge has a full set of hallmarks for Birmingham 1945 and with the makers mark for Thomas Fatorrini of Birmingham, it comes in excellent condition just needing a clean and it measures just over 1.5 inches long. No. 613 (City of Manchester) Squadron was an Auxiliary Air Force later Royal Auxiliary Air Force squadron formed on 1 February 19397 at the then new municipal airport at Ringway, nine miles south of Manchester. The squadron served at first in the army cooperation role, and later during the Second World War became a tactical bomber unit. After the war the squadron reformed as a fighter unit and as such flew until its last disbandment in March 1957. In April 1940 it converted to the Westland Lysander and saw support operations to the besieged troops at Calais undertaking close support bombing operations and food drops. In 1941 it changed role to tactical reconnaissance converting to fighter aircraft including the Mustang and in 1943 changed its role once again to night intrusion sorties and daylight precision bombing with the De Havilland Mosquito. During the early post war years it operated from it’s original base RAF Ringway flying Spitfires FR 14’s and later MK22’s.
Rare WW2 Italian White Metal Air Force Wireless Operator Badge Part of a private collection of Italian badges purchased recently, this one is a rare white metal Air Force wireless operators badge, comes in good condition just needing a clean, it measures just over 3 inches long.
Rare WW2 Luftwaffe Officers Back Pack / Suitcase A very rare fine, left behind by a Luftwaffe officer in Jersey, this Suitcase come back pack is designed to take the officers No1 dress uniform. Inside there is also an attached cap bag and a small bag for toiletries etc. It is in excellent used condition and it retains all of its original leather traps, its only fault apart from a little wear is, on the front it should have two small toggles to hold the top envelope flap down, these are missing. A unique case with a hard base / top, which could be worn on the back or carried as a Suitcase, rarely seen. It measures 20 x 24 x 5.5 inches shipping via courier priced at £14.95
Rare WW2 Spitfire Oil Pressure Gauge. An original WW2 oil pressure gauge fitted to Spitfires and Hurricanes of that era. This one is rare as it comes complete with its original capillary still intact. The unit itself is in excellent condition, obviously I have no idea if it would still work, what an amazing find.
Rare WW2 Spitfire Radiator Temperature Gauge. This is the early type of war time gauge used on mark one Spitfires and Hurricanes of that period. It comes complete with its capillary and in excellent condition; obviously I have no idea if it is still in working order. A very rare piece of spitfire history.
Re-enactors Civil War Lobster Pot Helmet. Re-enactors Civil War Lobster Pot Helmet. A very good full size replica of a 17th century Lobster Pot helmet, used all through Europe and Great Britain from around 1600 to the end of the century in some parts. Known for its use during the English Civil war by the Parliamentarian officers and cavalry. This one is in as new condition and come complete with a stand.
Reach For the Sky - Douglas Bader 1954 Edition. An August 1954 edition of Douglas Bader’s life story ‘Reach for the Sky’ by Paul Brickhill. It is blue linin bound with original paper dust cover. It is in very good condition although the dust cover is a little tired. A fabulous story about this amazing airman.
Relic 1888 Lee Metford Bayonet. An interesting relic, an 1888 pattern Lee Metford bayonet that was found in Marne area of France during a dig in the 1980’s. this shows old equipment was still being issued to the British forces during the early part of the war. It is heavily corroded and was broken when removed from the soil. It has been crudely welded together. It is what it is an interesting curio from the battlefield of the great war. It measures 15.5 inches long. Ship to UK mainland only. Proof of age required on purchase.
Replica 17th Century Spanish Main-gauche Dagger. A very good quality replica of the early 17th century Spanish Main-gauche Dagger or Cup Hilt Rapier dagger. It is made of all heavy gauge metal with gilt hilt and very nicely decorated. It has a good steel blade with a fine spear point. the whole piece is in perfect condition and a nice desk or cabinet piece. It measures 13 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only. Age required on purchase.
Replica WW2 Era Webley Mk IV Service Revolver. A good full size modern replica of the WW2 era Webley service revolver by Denix. This one cocks and dry fires and it and a great piece for display or to fit into an original holster and it comes with an authentic lanyard ring. A wonderful revolver for reenactors, comes in mint condition. Shipping strictly to UK mainland only
RMS Mauretania The Old Lady of the Atlantic Teak Letter Opener A nice teak letter opener taken from the salvage of the decking from the RMS Mauretania known affectionately as ‘the old lady of the Atlantic’ and the sister ship of the Titanic, set with a brass plaque it comes in very good condition and measures 9.5 inches long.
Roman Coin Marcus Aurelius Mausaeus Carausius 286 – 293 Roman bronze coin of Marcus Aurelius Mausaeus Carausius. He was an officer in the Roman military service who created a short-lived independent state in Britain. Born in Menapia, a district between the Scheldt and Meuse rivers (now in Belgium), Carausius was a Naval pilot by profession. He had won honour in the Roman war against the Bagaudae. About AD 285, Maximian, coruler with the emperor Diocletian, had assembled a naval force to counter the Franks and Saxons who were then plundering the coasts of Spain and Gaul. Carausius was given command of this fleet, which was based at Gesoriacum (modern Boulogne). Carausius was accused of waiting until after the pirates had carried out raids, then attacking them and seizing their cargoes for himself. Enraged by this, Maximian ordered Carausius’s death, but Carausius escaped with his troops into Britain, where he set himself up as ruler, with the title of Augustus. He trained the local barbarians as sailors and soon controlled the western sea and ruled Gaul as far as Rotomagus (modern Rouen). Maximian failed in several attempts to dislodge him and acknowledged him as ruler of Britain in 290. Constantius I drove Carausius from Gesoriacum, his European base, in 293, and that same year Carausius was slain by his finance minister, Allectus, who succeeded him for three years. This coin is in good condition and measures approximately 2cm indiameter.
Roman Silver Coin Antoninus Pius 138 – 161AD Roman silver coin (probably a Denarius,16 asses) of Antoninus Pius 138 – 161. Obverse; emperor’s head. Reverse; Legionnaire with shield and spear. Antoninus Pius 19th September 86 – 7th March 161. He was the fourth of the Five Good Emperors from the Nerva–Antonine dynasty. Born into a senatorial family, Antoninus held various offices during the reign of Emperor Hadrian. He married Hadrian's niece Faustina, and Hadrian adopted him as his son and successor shortly before his death. Antoninus acquired the cognomen Pius after his accession to the throne, either because he compelled the Senate to deify his adoptive father, or because he had saved senators sentenced to death by Hadrian in his later years. His reign is notable for the peaceful state of the Empire, with no major revolts or military incursions during this time. A successful military campaign in southern Scotland early in his reign resulted in the construction of the Antonine Wall. Antoninus was an effective administrator, leaving his successors a large surplus in the treasury, expanding free access to drinking water throughout the Empire, encouraging legal conformity, and facilitating the enfranchisement of freed slaves. He died of illness in 161 and was succeeded by his adopted sons Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus as co-emperors. This coin is in superb condition and measures 1.8cm in diameter
Roman Silver Coin Claudius 41 – 54AD Roman silver coin (probably a Denarius,16 asses) for Claudius 41 – 54 AD. Obverse; emperor’s head. Reverse; figure with staff. Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus 1st August 10 BC – 13th October AD 54. He was the fourth Roman emperor, ruling from AD 41 to 54. A member of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, Claudius was born to Drusus and Antonia Minor at Lugdunum in Roman Gaul, where his father was stationed as a military legate. He was the first Roman emperor to be born outside Italy. Nonetheless, Claudius was an Italian of Sabine origins. As he had a limp and slight deafness due to sickness at a young age, he was ostracized by his family and was excluded from public office until his consulship (which was shared with his nephew, Caligula, in 37). Claudius's infirmity probably saved him from the fate of many other nobles during the purges throughout the reigns of Tiberius and Caligula, as potential enemies did not see him as a serious threat. His survival led to him being declared emperor by the Praetorian Guard after Caligula's assassination, at which point he was the last adult male of his family. Many authors contend that he was murdered by his own wife, Agrippina the Younger. After his death at the age of 63, his grand-nephew and legally adopted stepson, Nero, succeeded him as emperor. This coin is in excellent condition and measures 2cm in diameter
Roman Silver Coin Tetricus II 270 – 273 Roman silver coin (probably a Denarius,16 asses) of Tetricus II 270 – 273. It has the radiated head of the emperor on the obverse, the reverse has what is known as priestly implements. Gaius Pius Esuvius Tetricus was the son of Tetricus I, Emperor of the Gallic Empire. In 273, he was raised to the rank of Caesar, with the title of princeps iuventutis, and in January 274 he started his first consulship, together with his father. After the defeat and deposition of his father in the autumn of 274 by the Emperor Aurelian, he and his father appeared as prisoners in Aurelian's triumph, but the emperor spared their lives. According to some sources, Tetricus II also kept his senatorial rank. This coin is in excellent condition and measures 2cm in diameter
Royal Air Force 1918 – 2018 £5 Coin 1 Issued in 2018 to commemorate one hundred years of the RAF, manufactured by the Westminster coin collection Co and legal tender in Jersey this coin comes in its original plastic protective wallet and is in superb condition.
Royal Air Force Medical Branch Collar Badge. This is the large 2nd pattern collar badge worn by officers of the branch. These are not cap badges and these were never worn as cap badges. They were issued (1st pattern) from 1918 to distinguish medal officers; these officers wore the usual RAF cap badge with a maroon cap band. This 2nd pattern collar was used in 1919 and as far as I can determine was quickly replaced by the smaller 3rd pattern from 1920. This one is in excellent, looks unused condition.
Royal Anglian Regiment White Metal Belt Buckle A good quality white metal belt buckle for the Royal Anglian regiment, the central badge attached by a plate and pin at the back this being a little loose, it comes in very good condition and measures 3.25 inches wide.
Royal Army Ordinance Corps Badge Set. A set of brass badges of the RAOC, comprising of a cap badge and a pair of collar dogs, used from 1919 to 1947. All are in very good used condition.
Royal Artillery Sergeants Mess Dress Uniform. A beautiful quality QEII Royal Artillery Gunnery Sergeants Mess dress uniform including the scarlet wool jacket with full insignia and lined with red satin. Matching waist coat with gilt buttons and matching Trousers with red side stripe. All in perfect condition with just signs of light use. Measurements; Jacket, Chest 38 inches. Trousers, Waist 42 inches and inside leg, 29 inches.
Royal Australian Air Force Training Corps Enamel Badge. A small, enamelled badge with queens crown of the Royal Australian Air Force Air Training Corps. This nice little badge is in very good used condition. Ref. AF19
Royal Berkshire regiment Cap Badge. Gilt brass cap badge of the Princess Charlotte of Wales Royal Berkshire regiment. This badge was used for a long time, until 1959 when it was merged with the Wiltshire regiment. I would think it probably dates from the either pre WW2 or post WW2 when brass badges were gilded. It is in wonderful condition still showing a lot of its original gilt finish. Ref. F29
Royal Corps of Transport Stable Belt & Buckle. Vintage RCT coloured webbing stable belt with chromed buckle. In very good order and it will fit up to 38 inch waist.
Royal Engineers Belt & Buckle. The webbing belt of the Royal Engineers with plated queens crown two-part buckle, it comes in perfect condition and will fit up to a 42 inch waist.
Royal Fusiliers Cap & Shoulder Badge Set. All brass cap badge and shoulder title for the Royal Fusiliers. Both pieces are in superb original condition.
Royal Hampshire Art Foundry Silver Plated Figure – Aussie Militia A still boxed silver plated figure of a soldier from the Australian militia 1943, from the Hampshire art foundry, he comes in very good condition standing 4.25 inches high.
Royal Hampshire Art Foundry Silver Plated Figure – lancer A silver plated figure of a Victorian Lancer from the Hampshire art foundry, he comes in very good but displayed condition standing 5.25 inches high.
Royal Hampshire Art Foundry Silver Plated Figure – Special Boat Squadron 1944 A still boxed silver plated figure of a Special boat squadron soldier from 1944, from the Hampshire art foundry, he comes in very good condition standing 4.25 inches high.
Royal Hampshire Art Foundry Silver Plated Figure – Tank Commander 1991 A silver plated figure of a Tank Commander from the Gulf war 1991 from the Hampshire art foundry, he comes in very good but displayed condition standing 4.5 inches high.
Royal Logistics Corps Belt & Buckle. The webbing belt of the Royal Logistics Corps with Gilt plated queens crown two-part buckle, it comes in perfect condition and will fit up to a 38 inch waist.
Royal Logistics Corps Lanyard. A vintage yellow and blue twisted cord lanyard worn on the service dress of the Royal Logistics Corps. Comes in very good condition
Royal Naval Auxiliary Service Button Badge- Gaunt of London A very good vintage button hole badge for the Royal Naval Auxiliary Service (RNXS) maker marked to the back for Gaunt of London, made from brass with coloured enamels, below is a brief history for the service. It comes in very good condition and measures just under 1.25 inches long. The RNXS was formed in 1963 from the amalgamation of the Royal Naval Mine Watching Service RNMWS and Admiralty Ferry Crew Association in response to the perceived nuclear threat to British ports. It was disbanded in 1994.
Royal Navy LS&GC Medal QEII. An original era miniature Naval long service and good conduct medal, made of sterling silver and being the QEII issue. It is in lovely condition and on its original ribbon.
Royal Welch Fusiliers Cap Badge. The 1930’s bi-metal grenade badge of the Royal Welch / Welsh Fusiliers. The name ‘Welch was reintroduced from 1920 until the regiment became part of the Welsh brigade in 1958. This badge comes in very good used condition. Ref. 7
Royal West Kent Regiment Cap Badge. A superb quality cap badge for the Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment worn through both world wars until the regiment joined the Home Counties brigade in 1958. The quality relates this badge to be an earlier version, probably between the wars. Ref. M12
S.M.L.E. Rifle cleaning Pull-Through. A rifle barrel cleaning pull-through, for the short magazine Lee Enfield .303 rifle. This one is complete and in unused condition.
Saudi Arabian Medal for the Liberation of Kuwait 1991. Awarded by the government of Saudi Arabia to all allied personnel who took part in the campaign. This one is the original 1991 British issue in its original box with the ribbon bar and in mint condition.
Scarce 1896 Kaiser Wilhelm II Parade Medal. An interesting white metal medal which was given to all military personnel (white base metal to enlisted men) who took part in the 1896 military parade and manoeuvres, which was watch by the kaiser himself. This one is in good order with some wear to the high points and it measures 1.5 inches in diameter.
Scarce 1914 Star Trio & TFEM Group to Suffolk Regiment. A scarce and interesting group comprising of the 1914 star correctly named to 17 Private Frederick Harrison 1/4th Suffolk Regiment. The British war and Victory medal, correctly named to 17 Private Frederick Harrison, Suffolk Regiment and the territorial Force Efficiency medal, correctly named to 41096 Private Frederick Harrison. 4th Suffolk Regiment. Frederick Harrison born in Ipswich in 1891, most of his younger life, he spent with his two brothers, Ernest and Edward and his sister Gertrude in St Johns Home for Boys and Girls, a home for pauper Children; the boys were taught to work on the land, and in tailoring and shoe-making. The girls were taught needlework and other household skills to equip them for domestic service, otherwise known as the ‘workhouse’, our Frederick chose to join the army when he came of age. He joined the 4th territorial battalion Suffolk regiment on the 2nd March 1908 and he was still serving when the Great War broke out, Frederick was called to duty and arrived in France on 8th November 1914, at first he was to undergo training for mobile warfare and a course of musketry; on the last day of November the battalion marched in the rain and wind over bad roads to Lambres and then on to Vieille Chapelle here joining the Jullunder brigade before moving on to the trenches at Bethune and La Beuvry. The battalion’s first real action was in the defence of Givenchy in the winter operations of 1914-1915. On the 10th March 1915 the 4th battalion took their place in the trenches at Neuve Chapelle; the attack began at noon the next day, the battalion fought hard, sometimes under fire from our own guns, but they drove the Germans from well-established positions in a trench by trench attack, but sadly it made little ground and the attack was deemed as failed, losing 217 men in the process, however Sergeant Sones was awarded the DCM for carrying messages for 48 consecutive hours under very heavy rifle and machine gun fire. Later sir John French congratulated the 4th battalion on their bearing at Neuve Chapelle. The rest of spring 1915 was spent roughly in the same area supporting attacks on the enemy at Aubers ridge near Arras and Biez Farm and distillery at La Tourelle, here suffering over one hundred casualties; and on to Ypres where the battlefield was hell, there was hardly no respite from German shelling, the days must have seemed like months, but getting through the battle of St Julien with a total of fifty casualties, the battalion considered themselves very fortunate in deed. After this, day to day life in the trench was mundane, carrying out trench duties, marching back and forth from billets in the village etc. On June 21st the Germans bombarded the 4th battalions trenches with 5.9 Howitzers, an officer and three men were killed, and many anti – aircraft gun were put out of action. From here to the end of September the front line was pretty quiet, the 25th September saw the battalion involved with the main operations at Loos and in that battle Frederick was wounded by a gunshot wound to the neck and shoulder. It is unclear how long he was hospitalised or if he returned to blighty for rest and recuperation, but he was not officially discharged until 20th August 1918, from the nature of his earlier wounds. It always amazes me how any man could survive this war, the life of the soldier was a mixture of being bored to fighting for your life, at least Frederick survived, but what happened to him after, this is up to the new owner to find out. He was on the western front for two years and saw more than his fair share of the horrors, I’m sure, it is not known how severe his wounds were, did this have a major effect on his future life. This group comes mounted on card for display and with copies of the 1891 and 1901census information, medal index card, medal roll card for the TFEM and the roll for the silver war badge. The trio are mounted on a brooch bar as worn but the TFEM is separate, he was awarded the TFEM on 1st August 1918 All medals are in excellent original condition but they do have a few contact marks where they have been mounted together.
Scarce 1919 Ration Books – Haverhill Suffolk Interesting collection of 3 Ministry of food National ration books named to the Barrett family of Haverhill Suffolk, each have been used but still come in fair condition given their age. To go with the ration books is a 1934 copy of the South West Suffolk Echo newspaper addressed to the Barretts, not sure of the connection but possible one of the family are mentioned in an article.
Scarce 1920’s German Social Democratic Party Pin. A scarce early 1920’s German Social Democratic Party enamelled pin. The German SPD was established in 1863. It was one of the earliest Marxist-influenced parties in the world. From the 1890s through the early 20th century, the SPD was Europe\'s largest Marxist party, and the most popular political party in Germany. During the First World War, the party split between a pro-war mainstream and the anti-war Independent Social Democratic Party, of which some members went on to form the Communist Party of Germany (KPD). The SPD played a leading role in the German Revolution of 1918–1919 and in the foundation of the Weimar Republic. SPD politician Friedrich Ebert served as the first president of Germany after the Great War. This scarce little pin is in excellent original condition and is marked on the back Ges. Gesch.
Scarce 1922 Dated National Association of German Officers Magazine Translated as 'magazine' this is more a mini newspaper, entitled 'Deutsche treue' which again translates as German fidelity this periodical was intended for veteran German officers. My very broken German can pick out words relating to 'war in the air' and political information. 8 pages of information which for someone who can read German will find interesting I'm sure. Comes in good but yellowed condition.
Scarce 1924 Bronze Centenary Cavalry School of the Italian Army Medallion I cant find another one of these on the internet but the info on the medallion tells me enough to be sure that it is a centenary issue for the Italian army cavalry school, cast in bronze it has ‘Scula di cavalleria pinerolo’ around a scene with St George and the dragon and on the reverse the Italian shield with the dates 1824-1924 and the legend ‘non ristare’. It comes in very good condition and measures 28mm in diameter.
Scarce 1930’s Sky- Lady Car Mascot. A scarce 1930’s car mascot the \'Ski-Lady\', originally produced for the Riley \'Alpine\' 6-cylinder models and made of chromed brass. This one is in very good condition for age, minor loss to the chrome and her sky polls are missing. it would look fantastic mounted on a nice slab of wood. Just under 5 inches high.
Scarce 19th Century Cavalry Officers Wellington Boots. Black leather Wellington boots worn by cavalry officers from the early 19th century. This is a very good pair, looking at the manufacture and design they may date quit early, however age is difficult to determine as they are in such good condition. They were probably Patent leather but over the years this has worn. They have a leather sole with a stacked leather heel. The leather uppers have no rips or tears just a few scuffs and some creasing due to wear, nothing a good coat of boot polish wouldn’t fix. The measures 13 inches high from heel to calf and 10 inches from heel to toe tip. They also comes with wooden trees, these are also in very good condition.
Scarce 19thC Artillery Tunic Button. A superb gilt brass button used from 1802 until the 1830’s. this one is remarkably in perfect condition and made by; Jennens & Co, London.
Scarce 1st Batt Royal Anglian’s East Tyrone Tour 1990’s Booklet I say this is a scarce booklet as I cant find anything even similar online, it appears the various regiments printed this type of booklet to be distributed solely to the members of the particular force who took part in the relevant ‘tour’, this booklet covers the 1st Battalion the Royal Anglian regiment known as the ‘Vikings’ following their tour in East Tyrone between December 1993 and June 1994, 35 pages which include photo’s and text, the booklet comes in fair condition having a section on the papers edge where it has been in contact with a liquid which has seeped into the pages. Together with this is a booklet detailing the history of the Suffolk regiment from 1695 to 1959, smaller in size it has pictures and text and comes in good condition.
Scarce 1st Pattern (1837) Brunswick Sword Bayonet. Designed to fit the Brunswick Rifle and variants manufactured from 1837, this one is well marked by the maker Enfield and dated 1842, along with various other marks, please see pictures. It has a brass hilt with down turned quillons, a plain wide blade with a single fuller on each side and the blade has a double edge with a spear point. The catch has a distinctive proud (nail head) button on one side attached to a steel spring held by a single screw. The whole bayonet is in excellent condition, it shows some wear and use and the blade has some staining and very light pitting, but on the whole it is a very good untouched bayonet in original condition. very hard to find. it measures 26.75 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only via courier prices at £12.95
Scarce 1st Pattern RFC Officers Cap Badge. Scarce 1st pattern Royal Flying Corps officers cap badge in gilt covered bronze circa 1913. This one is in beautiful condition with most of its original gilt remaining, but it has lost one of its tines on the back. But still a lovely rare original badge. Ref. M23
Scarce 4th- 5th- 6th & 7th Black Watch Glengarry Badge. The scarce WW1 white metal cap badge worn by the Territorial Battalions of the Black Watch, the 4th City of Dundee Battalion, 5th Angus and Dundee Battalion, 6th Perthshire Battalion and the 7th Fife Battalion. The badge is designed on the main Royal Highlanders, Black Watch Glengarry badge but this one has no Sphinx emblem at the bottom as these battalions did not earn the battle honour of Egypt. Also, there are two variations of the badge within the spelling of ‘Lacessit’ in the motto around the centre boss, there is another version which is spelt ‘Lacesset’. This badge is in very good original condition with some slight wear to the high points and with a nice even patina. Ref. N1
Scarce Australian Garrison Artillery Badge 1909-12. A large solid brass slouch hat badge worn by the Australian Garrison Artillery from 1902 to 1907. A very fine quality badge, which measures 2 x 3 inches.
Scarce Cheshire Rifle Volunteers Shoulder Belt Plate. A scarce white metal shoulder belt plate for the Cheshire Rifle Volunteers. The regiment was formed around 1860 and over the course of 20 years founded numinous battalions from different admin areas. In 1887 the regiment was designated to become the Volunteer battalions of the Cheshire regiment and all various insignia was changed. This shoulder belt plate was worn by an officer from around 1860 to about 1880 and it is in very good used condition, the two threaded posts on the back, have been replaced at some time with lugs. A good rare Victorian badge which measures 4 inches high. Ref. G4
Scarce Davidson’s 1798 Nile Medal awarded to Petty Officers. A rare medal which was a privately-issued in commemoration of the British victory at the Battle of the Nile, in 1798. The medal was commissioned by Alexander Davison, whom Admiral Nelson had appointed the sole prize agent for the ships captured at the Battle of the Nile, he commissioned the medal from his profits. Various grades were made, gold was presented to Nelson and his captains, silver to lieutenants and warrant officers, gilt bronze to petty officers and copper to Royal Marines and seamen. This one is the gilt bronze version only awarded to Petty Officers, the gilt has now mostly worn away but there is still a good amount to show it was this issue. This one has also had a ring and ribbon added this is often seen, just because the recipient wanted to wear the medal, which was awarded as a medallion. A very fine medal very rarely seen in this grade issued for petty officers and in a good collectable condition, ideal for investment.
Scarce Early RAF Officers Pilots Wings. Royal Air Force Pilots wings in silver bullion. Worn on blue uniform from 1918 to 1925. This scarce pair of wings are in very good used condition. Ref. AF29
Scarce Ed VII 1892 Pattern RAMC Officers Sword. A scarce Edward VII 1892 Pattern Royal Army Medical Corps officer’s sword with Brown leather field scabbard. It has a typical gothic style hilt of the 1892 with the cypher of Edward VII, gilded with a gold finish to the guard, pommel and back strap. It has a ray skin grip bound with twisted gilt wire and it still retains its original brown leather sword knot. The hilt is in superb order with only slight wear and use and still showing most of its original gilt finish. The top half of the blade is nicely etched with the monogram/ family crest of the owner, the medical corps emblem and Edward VII’s cypher amidst foliate scrolls. The blade is good but does have areas of dark stained but light pitting on the bottom half. At the ricasso, on one side there is the proof button and on the other side the makers mark of Hobson & Sons 1-3 & 5 Lexington Street, Golden Square. London. This sword was probably made with two scabbards, a plated steel scabbard for formal wear and this brown leather scabbard for field service. The scabbard is in lovely original condition just with signs of wear and use and no damage. Hobson & Sons really were the top end of military outfitters in the 19th and early 20th century. They had their own factory in Woolwich and made everything to order and supplied officers of the Royal Horse Guards and Foot Guards plus many cavalry and yeomanry regiments, well only the officers who could afford it. A good unusual sword in overall very nice order. It measures 40 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only priced at £15.95 via courier
Scarce Edward VIII Life Guards Cap Badge Blank. A scarce King Edward VIII bronze Life Guards Cap badge. These were never issued, and most you see are later fakes, however a few did get out as souvenirs and are rare. This one got out of the factory unfinished, it has never had the slider on the back and it retains its original finish. A rare genuine example.
Scarce Edwardian Norfolk Yeomanry Breast Plate. A heavy solid brass plate worn on the cross section of the Cavalry horse’s breast strap, which attached to the front of the saddle and between the horses front legs to the girth. This style was used from 1901 to 1910 and comes in excellent original condition. it shows light wear to the front and signs of age and use on the back, where one of the fixing prongs has been replaced. A scarce piece of yeomanry insignia of beautiful quality, measuring 3.25 inches long. Ref. G10
Scarce Geo VI GSM Palestine and Bomb Clearance Clasps. An interesting single King George 6th General Service Medal correctly named to 14081559 Sapper Desmond Herbert Williamson of the Bomb Disposal Squadron, Royal Engineers, with the Palestine and Bomb and Mine Clearance 1945-1956 clasps. The medal comes in its original box of issue, army service and pay book, release book, cap badge and various other paperwork including issue slips for the GSM, Palestine clasp and the B&MC 1945 – 56 clasp. So all awarded is confirmed. Sapper Desmond Williamson was born and came from Kings Lynn in Norfolk, he was born in 1927 so he grew up through the war years but as soon as he reached the age of 18 he joined the army in the October of 1945. He went through specialise training in rifle shooting, light machine gun, swim tests and even the gas chamber test all before he was sent overseas. All in all he spent just over three years in the army, being discharged towards the end of 1948. A very interesting and scarce medal for future research complete with paperwork and the relevant provenance.
Scarce George V Indian Territorial Efficiency Medal. A scarce Indian Territorial Efficiency Medal correctly named to Private E. A. Heppolette. 2. G. I. P. RY. R. A.F.I The regiment translates as; 2nd Great Indian Peninsular Railway Regiment. Auxiliary Force India. Now this scarce medal is not without its faults, the rim has contact marks and its original suspender and Indian bar are missing. This may be because the suspender broke, so now it has been made into a watch fob or pendant. The medal itself is in very good condition and shows very little wear. There were a very limited amount of Territorial Efficiency Medals awarded to Indian Auxiliary Forces; I don’t know the exact amount but no more than a handful. It’s just a shame the medal is incomplete, but with such scarce awards, we have to take what we can get. If it did have its suspender and India bar, this would be a valuable medal. We have all seen images in films etc of the armed guards usually perched on top of the trains, that were bursting full of passengers, in a time of great civil unrest in India. This man probably went on to serve in the second world war, so a possible great research project.
Scarce German 1st Pattern Political Cap Eagle German political / SA cap eagle, first patten used from around 1929. It is in very good order but missing both pins from the back. It measures 1.5 inches wide.
Scarce German Chassepot Remington Rolling Block Bayonet An interesting sword bayonet for use on the Egyptian Remington Rolling Block Rifle produced by Remington for the Egyptian government. It is a clone of the French 1866 pattern Chassepot bayonet, the Egyptian Remington bayonet is distinguished from the French M1866 by the lack of a chamfered mortise and lack of the tenon slot at the inside top of the muzzle ring. These bayonets were made by three Germany firms; Alexander Coppel, Gebruder Weyersberg, and W. R. Kirschbaum all of Solingen. The markings have gone on this example, apart for the letter "O" on the forward face of the crosspiece and a set of numbers on the quillon. Please see pictures. It comes in good order, the cross guard and quillon is pitted and the blade is completely rust free but needs a clean. A rare variant which is hard to find. Shipping to UK inland only at £9.95
Scarce Group of 4 Victorian Era 9th East Norfolk Regiment of Foot Buttons Here we have two large and two small brass coatee buttons marked with a crown with 9 under for the 9th East Norfolk regiment of foot circa 1855 – 1874, all are maker marked on the backs for Pitt & Co 31 Maddox street London and they come in super condition given their age just one having a stain on the metal, the larger measure approx. 20mm in diameter and the smaller are approx. 14mm
Scarce India General Service Medal to More Durham Vol RA Rocket Section. An India General Service Medal 1895-1902, 2 Clasps: Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Tirah 1897-98, awarded to 46329 Gunner Joseph More of the 5th Company, Western Division, Royal Artillery. This regiment was previously the Durham Artillery Volunteers and later Durham Territorial Royal Garrison Artillery. by 1890 the regiment consisted of eight batteries and their HQ was in Sunderland More was present during the operations on the Punjab Frontier including on the Samana Ridge and with the Tirah Field Force during 1897 to 1898. The medal comes with a copy of his medal roll which confirms his entitlement to the award and bars but also it states that Gunner More was part of the Rocket section RA. Rockets were used in battle, defiantly since the Napoleonic wars, when they used the Congrave rocket. During the 19th century the British army were firing the Hale rocket. An Englishman named William Hale was the first rocket designer to adopted a combination of tail fins and secondary nozzles through which exhaust could pass. Hale rockets became the first spin-stabilized rockets, and quickly became standard equipment for both the United States and British armies, the latter especially in British colonial wars. The rockets were carried in special sacks on the backs of mules and 24-pounder had an explosive warhead and could be useful for both anti-personnel use and bombardments of small structures. Their average range was about 1,200 yards, though depending upon firing angle and other factors could range up to 4,000 yards. This medal is in lovely original condition, just showing light wear to the high points on the surface. It has the correct engraved naming and both bars or clasps are fixed in the correct manner. It comes suspended on a piece of replacement ribbon and as mentioned comes with a copy of his original medal roll.
Scarce Indian Air Force Cap Badge. The post 1947 (India Independence) cap badge, white metal with Kings crown replaced by an eagle. This was only used for a short time when the Indian Air Force took on a less British type badge. It is on the whole a horrid little badge in cast white metal and a badly soldered slider on the back, typical of being made in a rush. But it is scarce and a hard to find badge if you are collecting Air Force badges. Ref. AF12
Scarce Inter War Era Royal Navy Photographer Sewn Cloth Trade Patch This is a rare sewn cloth trade patch for a Royal Navy photographer 1920's / 30's, constructed from red thread on a black background with a white cloth backing, it comes in good but used condition and measures 2.5 inches long.
Scarce Inter War Period Badge Air League of the British Empire The Air League of the British Empire was established in 1909 to further the cause of aviation in Britain and badges of this design were worn by the supporters of the organization. Made from brass with white and blue enamels, comes in fair condition with some wear to the gilding on the eagle and a bit of loss to the blue enamel. A large sized badge measuring 1.75 inches across.
Scarce Kent and County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters) Officers Belt Buckle. A solid brass belt buckle with the bi-metal badge of the Kent and County of London Yeomanry, Sharpshooters. The Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry was a unit of the Territorial Army that was established in 1961 as the Kent and County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters). This type of buckle was worn by officers from 1961 until 1967 when the Territorial Army underwent re-organization and the regiment was disbanded and reconstituted as three separate units. This buckle is in excellent used condition with an even tone. It measures, 3.25 x 2.25 inches.
Scarce King John Hammered Silver Clipped Half Penny. King John (1199 – 1216) hammered silver clipped half Penny. Although clipped it is in very good condition bottom of face visible and clear, short cross with four pellet cross in each segment.
Scarce Korean War Pair to Canadian Brockville Rifles. A scarce Canadian Korean War pair both correctly named to F-800159 H. G. Langille. The Canadian Korian war numbering system from 80000 – 80999 relates to the Brockville Rifles (Active Force). (Full list of these numbers include) From April 1946, the regiment (the \"Brocks\") was converted to artillery and redesignated the 60th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment (Brockville Rifles), RCA and saw active service through the Korean war. As I have no definitive books on this subject more research is needed on this man. Both medals are in excellent original condition and have been court mounted.
Scarce Large WW1 Savoy Crested China British Trench Mortar Gun – Brighton This is a very good example of a WW1 crested ware British trench mortar gun, it has the arms of Brighton to the base and the marks for Savoy china Stoke on Trent to the base, it comes in very good condition, there is a firing fault in the barrel but otherwise very good, it measures 4 inches long.
Scarce Malta Silver Scudo of the Order of St John 1774. A scarce Scudo coin of Grand Master Francisco Ximenes de Texada (1773 - 1775). This coin was minted in 1973 & 1774 however the 1774 is the only year that seems to exist. Usually, a very expensive coin but this one has had a brooch pin fitted to the back and a hole drilled in the top. It weights 11.75 grams of pure silver, and it is in good condition. Francisco Ximénez de Texada was a Spanish knight who served as the 69th Prince and Grand Master of the Order of Malta from 1773 to 1775. During his reign the Order became unpopular mainly due to bankruptcy brought by the lavish lifestyle of his predecessor Manuel Pinto da Fonseca. His reign was marked by the unsuccessful Rising of the Priests known as the Maltese Rebellion of 1775. This was an uprising led by Maltese clergy against the Order of Saint John, who had sovereignty over Malta. The uprising took place on 8 September 1775, but was suppressed by the Order within a few hours.
Scarce Mons Star Trio to Cpl/Sjt Barrett 10th Hussars / Tank Corps A superb WW1 trio comprising of the 1914 star with the August to November Mons bar. The WW1 British war and victory medal; all correctly named to 2228 Serjeant (Corporal on star) William. G. Barrett. Of the 10th Prince of Wales Own Hussars. This trio comes with various research including a copy of his mic and the 10th Hussars war diary on Cd Rom in pdf format. William Barrett served with the 10th Hussars until the introduction of the Tank Corps when Barrett was transferred to the new unit, but a brief history of 10th Hussars and Serjeant Barrett’s service can be found below. William Barrette boarded HMS Bosnia from Southampton on the 6th October 1914, bound for Ostend. His shop docked during the night of the 8th and the 10th Hussars gradually came ashore and by 9am on the 9th October, they were ready to be assigned billets. On the 13th October they were on the march to Ypres with the 6th Cavalry Brigade, on rout it was reported that one Bavarian cavalry division was spotted at Warneton. 20,00 all arms at Tournai, 20,00 at Hazebrouck and heavy fighting reported at Lille and the Germans were bombing that town. On the 19th the regiment was ordered to advance east at Ledegham, ‘A’ squadron to the advance guard and ‘B’ the baggage guard. They drove the enemy to the outskirts of the village. The enemy received strong reinforcements and the cavalry was forced to retire. The next day the regiment took up a defensive line with the 7th brigade and the French cavalry running south from Westoozebeke, but once again they were forced to retire. Either on the advance of the 19th or the defensive action of the 20th, William Barrett was wounded. I do not know to what extent, but he must have made a full recovery as he returned to his regiment. With the establishment of trench warfare, the Regiment couldn’t be used in a traditional cavalry role for parts of the war. The 10th Hussars were in and out of the front line trenches and suffered a constant stream of casualties. The 10th Hussars took part in the Battle of Frezenburg Ridge at the Second Battle of Ypres and suffered heavy casualties on the last day of the battle, 13th May 1915; these casualties amounted to 138 officers and men and included their Lieutenant-Colonel. In the September 1915 they took an active part in the battle Loos 26th to the 28th of September and although most of the historic accounts say that the 10th didn’t really take part in any engagements during 1916 the regimental diary says different. They didn’t take part as a regiment, but the men and horses were used in all different rolls, many were subbed out to the machine Gun Corps, the horses used to carry Lewis guns. At this time, the regiment was constantly receiving reinforcements, and subsequently these reinforcements needed training. It was probably around here, Corporal Barratt was promoted to Serjeant. He would have been of great use for training the new arrivals, ready for the battle of Arras, which was the next major engagement for the 10th. Orders were received on the 9th April 1917, “to saddle up at once” and move to the Arras area, here to take part in the attack on Monchy le Preux. The 10th set off on the 9th of April up near the front line ready to advance on orange Hill and found the infantry had not yet arrived. Here they halted for a few hours, dismounting and watering the horses in the river Scarp. At 2.30 am on the morning of the 10th, the moved back along the main Arras road about 1 Km west of Arras and tethered the horses in a nearby field. At 10.30am they again got orders to advance to the first objective, orange hill, this they did, but again were halted, the infantry had not advanced to attack Monchy-Le-Preux. At 3pm, Lieutenant Lord W Scott took a patrol through heavy machine gun fire, to try and find out the situation and located the infantry coming up behind with the remainder of the brigade. The 10th were ordered to push on around the side of Orange hill but came under a crossfire of machine guns. The squadron wheeled about trying to find another route to their objective but met, the diary says; “with high explosives being wield”, this was probably a barrage of grenades. The squadron met with very heavy casualties, men and horses and were only saved by a very heavy snow storm coming on at that moment. At 8pm the whole brigade moved back just north of Feuchy Chapel. The next day, the brigade was given the task to advance, seize and hold the high ground villages and woods, east side facing the river Scarp. The 10th Hussars along with the Essex Yeomanry charged, meeting heavy machine gun fire coming from the north of the Scarp canal. Still both regiments continued forward despite heavy casualties. Reaching the outskirts of the villages, they again hit heavy machine gun fire, but undeterred the 10th followed the Essex Yeomanry to the centre of Monchy-Le-Preux. They then turned due north until reaching the outskirts of the village. On emerging from the village, they were face with another enemy machinegun emplacement, it was now quite apparent that the infantry were not holding the villages and were pin down in a nearby Chateau. Soon after the remainder of the two regiments arrived in the village, they were met with German artillery, but behind them came our machine guns, Hotchkiss’s and automatic rifles. 189 men of the 10th fell that day, who knows how many horses, remarkably Serjeant Barrett wasn’t one of them. Their numbers were diminished, so the rest of 1917 was spent in and out of trenches, receiving new recruits and training. 1918 saw the brigade in action again at the Battle of St Quentin 21st to 23rd March, but between 22nd and 25th March 1918 the Division provided the 3rd Dismounted Division, organised into three dismounted brigades. It also provided a mounted detachment under “Harman’s Detachment” and then “Reynolds’s Force” between 23rd and 29th March. Here I am going to stop with the accounts of the 10th Hussars, it seems logical that at this point Serjeant Barrett would have transferred to the Tank Corps. It, in my opinion, couldn’t have been any earlier, or his medal pair would have been named to the later regiment. And, as now the regiment is totally dismounted, here seems likely. The 10th went on to the German Spring Offensive, and during 1918, the 10th Hussars also took part in the Hundred Days Offensive and suffered 70 casualties during the attack on the village of Honnechy on 9th October 1918. (Oops couldn’t help myself) Weather Barrett saw any action with the Tank Corps, I do not know, as there was still plenty of fighting to come, he probably did. He survived, he was one of the blessed; he lived to receive his trio and probably, hopefully wore them with pride. All of the online regimental histories tell a very different story to the one in the original war diary. It leads me to think, that no one has actually read through this edifying document. Yes this regiment was dismounted and fought as infantry on occasions in the early and latter part of the war, but the bulk of their action, they saw on and with their horses. These actions were fierce and bloody and should not be in any way taken away from them. The medals are in excellent original condition. a few minor contact marks from the star on the BWM, but nothing that could be considered as damage. They now come nicely mounted on card for display or framing with an engraved brass plaque with the medals detail. Code: 22904
Scarce Original WW2 Civil Defence 1939 Information Leaflet – Food Issued from the Lord Privy Seal’s office in July of 1939 this Civil Defence public information leaflet No 4 is entitled ‘your food in wartime’ and details the plans for food in the early stages of the impending war. It comes in very good condition with some very light foxing to the paper and is A5 in size.
Scarce Pair 3rd / 6th Dragoon Guards Shoulder Titles. 3/6 Dragoon Guards brass shoulder titles. The 3rd and 6th Dragoon Guards merged in 1922 to form the above. In 1928 they were reformed as the 3rd Carabiniers (the Prince of Wales Dragoon Guards) so these titles were only in use from 1922 to 1928. This pair have been issued and worn, so there is some wear and one lug is missing from the back of one title, but a hard to find pair for the collection. Ref. Y10
Scarce Pair WW1 Officers Binoculars by Voigtlander & Sohn Germany. A scare and interesting pair of WW1 Officers field binoculars. They are made by Voigtlander & Sohn of Brunswick Germany, an old company that made optical instruments since 1756. They were of the highest quality and in 1925 sold its interests to the Carl-Zeiss-Foundation. This pair was obviously a private purchase by an officer at the beginning of the first world war. they were retailed by an equally prestigious company of optical equipment, Callaghan & Co London. So a well to do officer going to one of the best shops to by his field gear. They come in very good condition, the makers details of Voigtlander & Sohn on on the top eye pieces and in the tubes are all the retailers details. They come in their original leather case, which has also got Callaghan’s details in the top cover. They work perfectly, the lenses are clear and free from scratches and with all good binoculars, they unscrew for cleaning. An interesting pair bins with an interesting angle.
Scarce Pr 14th /20th Hussars Shoulder Titles. Probably dating from the 1920’s these are the older style brass titles worn by the two regiments after they merged post WW1. Nice heavy gauge brass and in perfect condition.
Scarce Prussian 9 year Long Service Miniature Medal A scarce WW1 era Prussian Silver Long service medal for nine years’ service in miniature. It is in excellent condition and on a piece of original silk ribbon. The medal measures 1.5 cm in diameter.
Scarce Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps Marcasite Set Brooch A scarce fine quality 'Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps’ regimental unmarked silver and marcasite brooch,it has a Q E II crowned wreath the centre displaying the Dannebrog lettered "A" for Alexandra with "Q.A.R.A.N.C" title below. Super condition, with a pin fitting incorporating safety roller catch in good working order, complete with all stones, it measures 1.25 inches long.
Scarce Queens Crown Canadian Le Regiment De Chateauguay Cap Badge This regiment was formed as early as 1869 in Quebec Canada and saw service throughout the various campaigns, it was a predominantly French speaking regiment, in 1954 it was amalgamated into the 22nd Royal Regiment, if these dates are correct then this badge can only have been in production for 2-3 years as it has the modern queen’s crown to the top. It has a two part construction, a white metal background with a brass cross attached. No makers mark and comes in excellent condition, it measures just over 1.5 inches long.
Scarce Queen’s Institute of District Nursing Silver Bullion Cloak Cloth Badge A good original vintage silver bullion work cloth badge for the Queen’s Institute of district nursing, it has Queen Victoria’s Imperial cypher to the front in silver bullion embroidery and is lined on the back with a black paper lining, comes in very good condition and measures 2.25 inches long.
Scarce RAF Judge Advocate NCO’s Mess Dress Badge. A gilt metal and enamel badge worn by senior NCO’s of the Judge Advocate department on the right sleeve of the mess dress. A scarce badge issued from 1954 but it is obsolete now in favour of the liberty design, exactly when this was changed, I am not sure but this one is in superb condition.
Scarce Roman Gallienus Double Stamped Coin. An Emperor Gallienus (218 – 268) striking error double stamped bronze coin. Publius Licinius Egnatius Gallienus was emperor with his father Valerian from 253 to 260 and alone from 260 to 268. He ruled during the Crisis of the Third Century that nearly caused the collapse of the empire. He won numerous military victories against usurpers and Germanic tribes, but was unable to prevent the secession of important provinces. His 15-year reign was the longest in half a century. He was assassinated, stabbed to death by the officer Cecropius, as part of a conspiracy in 268. It comes in good order, not the best example I’ve seen but an interesting scarcity for the collection
Scarce Somerset Light Infantry VB Shoulder Title. Worn by the volunteer battalion, this brass shoulder dates from around the WW1 era and comes in very good original condition. Ref. Y3
Scarce Southern Railway St John Ambulance 7 Year Service Medal Etc Dating from the 1940’s this scarce original full size issue from the Southern Railway medal comes in bronze and was awarded for 7 years first aid efficiency, it was awarded to James Dorey in 1948, to go with the medal are 15 year service bars starting in 1945 and finishing in 1960, the year fro 1950 is missing but I assume the owner has mislaid this one as he saw continuous service, there is also a brass pendant engraved to the back A81031 James Dorey and this service number is repeated on the backs of some of the early year bars. The medal comes in very good condition in its original case of issue, everything else is in good order.
Scarce Victorian 100 Regiment of Foot Glengarry Badge. Brass OR’s glengarry badge of the Prince of Wales 100th Regiment of foot. This badge was used from 1875 to 1881. The regiment was raised in Canada 1858 and in 1875 was deemed successor to the 100th Foot. From 1881 it became known as the1st Battalion, The Prince of Wales\'s Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians). This badge comes in very good condition but has suffered a little wear to the high points, but nice untouched condition.
Scarce Victorian 2nd Staffordshire Light Infantry Militia Glengarry Badge. The white metal glengarry badge of the Kings Own 2nd Staffordshire Light Infantry Militia, used from 1874 to 1881. A scarce badge that comes in very good order with some wear and a nice even patina. It measures just over 2 inches x 2.25 inches.
Scarce Victorian 42 Regiment Officers Glengarry Badge. A superb quality officer’s badge in gilt metal moto garter and crown and a silver St Andrew with cross and the number 42 on a black silk velvet backing. This badge was worn by officers of the regiment on the Glengarry from 1874 to 1881. In 1881 the regiment changed slightly from the 42nd The Royal Highland Regiment of Foot to 1st Battalion, The Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) It is in wonderful original condition retaining most of its original gilt finish, silver parts slightly toned. It measures 2.75 inches high.
Scarce Victorian Manchester Regiment Collar Badge. All white metal Sphinx, quite unlike any of the similar badges worn by other regiments. This one is much longer the Sphinx’s tail comes from between the back leg and the word ‘Egypt’ is well spaced out. This badge was used by OR’s from 1882 until 1897 and it was also issued for use on the new field service cap. This one is in very good condition with slight wear.
Scarce Victorian Royal Artillery Volunteers Officers Home Service Helmet. A superb and scarce home service, blue cloth helmet, worn by a high ranking officer of the Volunteer Artillery. Dating from around 1881 to 1890 this helmet has a makers label for Gardener & Co. Argyle Street, Glasgow. To it may have been connected to one of the Scottish Artillery Volunteer regiments. It is typically made of a cork shell covered with a dark blue woollen cloth, all if the fittings are in white metal, including the chinstrap chain, this is also backed in velvet. The original helmet plate bears Queen Victoria’s crown and the lower strap below the gun, has ‘Artillery Volunteers’ highlighted and backed with red wool fabric. As mentioned all of the fittings are all-original to the helmet and come in white metal, this helmet is pretty much untouched so some of the fittings are quite heavily toned. These will clean up a treat and look fabulous, if you want to bring it back to parade level. On the inside of the helmet, it retains its original red silk lining, although a little faded, with a deep leather sweatband. All of this is in very good order too. The only damage I can find on this beautiful helmet is a small patch of wear on the right side of the helmet, just behind one of the side bosses. (Please see pictures) This helmet comes in its original tin for safekeeping and I would say this helmet is around 6&7/8ths in size. A scarce piece of Victorian headgear which my pictures really do not do justice. Shipping via courier priced at £10.95
Scarce Victorian Volunteers Belt Buckle. A solid white metal belt buckle bearing the royal lion over queen Victoria’s crown, with the motto ‘Diet Et Mon Droit’ around the outside. This is the Queens motto and means; ‘God and my right’ and was on all general service insignia. This buckle was worn by any of the volunteer regiments before the onset of the territorial force. It comes in good condition but has been well used, so there is some wear to the surface detail and high points of the buckle. It measures 4 inches wide.
Scarce Vintage British 3 Inch Inert Mortar Shell on Stand This is a lovely display piece an inert 3 inch mortar shell with transit fuse on a purpose made stand, it has a series of marks around the neck including BE 3 MK 2 and TV23.05, as far as I can work out the MK2 mortar came into use in the mid 1930’s and was used through the war and beyond including use with the parachute regiment for illuminating purposes, gas laying and shelling. This example has been over painted with green and black for display purposes and is on a wooden display stand. It measures 14 inches long and is very heavy, shipping will be to UK mainland only.
Scarce Vintage British European Airways Uniform Buttons British European Airways (BEA) was in existence from 1946 – 1974 before being merged with other airlines to become BA British Airways, so these buttons are at the latest 1970’s but as 12 of them are Bakelite I believe they date from the very earliest period of the company. No makers marks, 15 in total, 12 bakelite and 3 brass finish, all are in very good condition.
Scarce Vintage Bulgarian Car Club Badge Circa 1930’s There seem to be very few of these badges available other than in Bulgaria itself, I believe it dates from the 1930’s and is a car club members badge, constructed in two parts with the gilded car attached through the back plate, no makers marks and it comes in very good condition for its age, it measures just under 1.5 inches long.
Scarce Vintage Cloth Trade Patch – Camera Operator I cant find a comparison or information on this cloth patch but I believe it is for a camera operator, it is a sewn badge and unfortunately the moth has been at the red material making it less detailed than it should be, measures 2.75 inches long.
Scarce Vintage Display Box for Willys Motors Jeep Spares A display piece only with no contents but for the petrol heads amongst you this is a great piece for a man cave, the outer box has ‘seal tested automotive parts’ and within it are three original Willys Motors Inc Toledo Ohio conn rod jeep parts boxes, the Willys jeep was the famous American WW2 vehicle. The inner boxes are nice and clean and the outer box has signs of age and measures 5 x 3.5 inches
Scarce WW1 Canadian 21st Btn Prince of Wales Own regiment Cap Badge. The 21st Battalion (Eastern Ontario), CEF, was authorized on 7 November 1914 and embarked for Britain on 6 May 1915, disembarking in France on 15 September 1915, where it fought as part of the 4th Infantry Brigade, 2nd Canadian Division in France and Flanders until the end of the war. The response by members of the regiment on the outbreak of World War I in 1914 was quite remarkable. Very quickly a contingent of 80 men was formed under Captain George T. Richardson, who became the PWOR’s first officer fatality. The history of the 21st Battalion, which the PWOR perpetuates, is far too long to relate here, however, it should be mentioned that the unit earned eighteen Battle Honours were won in three years of frontline service. The battalion was disbanded on 30 August 1920. Ref. F24
Scarce WW1 Canadian 27th Infantry Collar Badge. A bronze collar badge of the 27th (City of Winnipeg) battalion Canadian infantry. It comes in beautiful condition and nicely toned. The 27th Battalion (City of Winnipeg), CEF was an infantry battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War. The battalion was authorized on 7 November 1914 and embarked for Great Britain on 17 May 1915. It disembarked in France on 18 September 1915, where it fought as part of the 6th Infantry Brigade, 2nd Canadian Division in France and Flanders until the end of the war. The battalion was disbanded on 15 September 1920. Ref. H20
Scarce WW1 Canadian 30th Battalion, 2nd British Columbia Cap Badge. A WW1 gilt brass cap badge for the 30th battalion CEF. It is in wonderful original condition, although most of the gilt finish is now missing from the front of the badge. apart from that this badge is near perfect. The 30th Battalion, CEF was an infantry battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the Great War. The 30th Battalion was authorized on 27 October 1914 and embarked for Britain on 23 February 1915. It was redesignated as the 30th Reserve Battalion, CEF on 18 April 1915 to provide reinforcements for the Canadian Corps in the field. On 4 January 1917 its personnel were absorbed by the 1st Reserve Battalion, CEF. The battalion was subsequently disbanded on 1 September 1917. Ref. F23
Scarce WW1 Canadian 49th Battalion (Edmonton Regiment) Collar Dog. A rare little brass collar dog of the 49th battalion CEF. It is in excellent original condition with a lovely deep patina. The 49th Battalion (Edmonton Regiment), CEF, was an infantry battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the Great War. The 49th Battalion was authorized on 7 November 1914 and embarked for Great Britain on 3 June 1915. It disembarked in France on 9 October 1915, where it fought as part of the 7th Infantry Brigade, 3rd Canadian Division in France and Flanders until the end of the war. The battalion was disbanded on 15 September 1920. Two members of the 49th Battalion were awarded the Victoria Cross. Private John Chipman Kerr was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 16 September 1916 at Courcelette, France. Private Cecil John Kinross was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 30 October 1917 during the Battle of Passchendaele. Ref. D37
Scarce WW1 Era 1914 Austro Hungarian Railroad Personnel Cap Badge A nice quality brass badge with the motto ‘Viribus unitis’ or power in union, it was worn by the Austo Hungarian empire KuK railroad personnel as either a cap or button badge and was issued by the Austro Hungarian war effort office. It comes in very good condition and has some writing on the back in pencil which I cannot read, it measures .75 of an inch in diameter.
Scarce WW1 Era 9ct Gold RNAS Royal Naval Air Service Sweetheart Brooch 6 This is a superb quality WW1 era sweetheart brooch for the RNAS Royal Naval Air Services, it is made from and marked for 9ct gold and has been hand decorated to a very high standard, it measures 1.5 inches long and weighs 2.5 grams, it is also fitted with a gold safety chain.
Scarce WW1 Era Arcadian Porcelain Crested Ware Mono Plane – Lowestoft Made by the Arcadian porcelain factory who were second in quality to the famous Goss factory, in fact Goss sold their moulds to Arcadian, this example is of a WW1 mono aeroplane, it carries the arms of Lowestoft on the top and has the Arcadian mark to the bottom, lacking its propeller, this was detachable and vulnerable and most are found without, it measures 5.75 inches long and is otherwise in good condition.
Scarce WW1 Era Edith Cavell Photo Postcard This WW1 era postcard of the famous Edith Cavell is constructed from a woven silk front attached to a card backing, it has one of her famous statements to the bottom ‘I have seen death so often that it is not strange or painful to me, I am glad to die for my country’ Brussels October 12th 1915. The card comes in good but aged condition with some light foxing and fraying to the silk on the edge.
Scarce WW1 Era Frederick August Saxony Medal. Instituted on 23 April 1905 by King Friedrich August III of Saxony, it was awarded to enlisted men for notable service on the field of battle, the civilian version is on a different ribbon. This one comes in near mint condition and still shows signs of its original lustre, it also comes on a small length of its original ribbon.
Scarce WW1 German 1898/05 Butcher Bayonet - Saw Back Removed The German Butcher bayonet made between 1905 to around 1918, although they were used during WW2. There are several variations of this bayonet, including; the Saw Back, Shortened and this scarce variety the Saw Back Removed. During the First World War there was an outcry regarding the horrific wounds left by the saw back bayonet. Both sides agreed that they would reframe from producing such weapons, so the infamous saw back was cut away in the manufacturing process. This one is in excellent condition; it has good wood grips but the pommel and the cross guard are slightly pitted. It has no muzzle ring, just two stubs known as ‘ears’. The blade is excellent with just a very small area of rust just under the cross guard. It retains around 98% of its original finish and its edge is still sharp. It has good makers mark for H. Mundlos & Co of Magdeburg, a very good maker, who concentrated on Butcher bayonets during the first world war. The steel scabbard has a beautiful polished finish, this has a few areas of rush bloom but on the whole it is in very good order. So all in all an excellent example of this rare type of bayonet. It measures 20.5 inches long in its scabbard. Proof of age required on purchase. Ship to UK only PLEASE NOTE Due to recent issues with certain courier delivery companies I am changing my pricing policy for the shipping of large edged and replica weapons , they will be sent within the UK only via UPS or Parcelforce, there will be a minimum charge of £12.95, this is the only way I can insure that your purchase reaches you safely and quickly.
Scarce WW1 German Honour Cross Without Swords. Rare Maker Probably one of the most overlooked and under rated of all German medals. the Honour cross or Hindenburg Cross was issued in vast number but with numerous different variants and makers, it makes it an interesting and low budget collectable. It was instituted in the July 1934 by Paul von Hindenburg himself, and by government order, it replaced every other veterans medal issued. This medal is with cross swords, issued only to non-combatants who served during WW1. This one is in mint condition and on a small piece of original ribbon. on the back is the makers stamp for Kallenbach, Mayer & Franke. The firm of Kallenbach, Mayer & Franke. Was located 30 miles south of Berlin. They were specialist making furniture fittings but during the first world war, they won a commision to make belt buckles, but they were never made official RZM or LDO makers. They made just a small quantity of Honour crosses before the company was closed as Messer’s Mayer and Kallenbach were of the Jewish faith and one of the logo’s used on furniture fittings was the Jewish candle holder the Hannukia. A beautiful quality cross in mint condition.
Scarce WW1 Medal Trio to Mrs Black Served East Africa. A rare medal trio of the 1914/15 star, British War and Victory medal all correctly named to J. Black BRC & St J of J. Mrs Janet Black served with the British Red Cross and the Order of St John of Jerusalem from June 1915 in zone ‘4a’ which is the East African campaign. This fabulous trio comes with this lady’s medal index card, which shows no rank, such as ‘Nurse’ or ‘Sister’ etc, so she must have served in a non-medical role or a possibility she may have been a doctor or a surgeon. The East African Campaign was a series of battles and guerilla actions which started in German East Africa and spread to portions of Mozambique, Northern Rhodesia, British East Africa, Uganda and the Belgian Congo. The strategy of the German colonial forces, led by Lieutenant Colonel Paul Emil von Lettow-Vorbeck, was to divert forces from the Western Front to Africa. His strategy achieved only mixed results after 1916, when he was driven out of German East Africa and Allied forces became composed almost entirely of South African, Indian, and other colonial troops. The East African campaign was not a particular bloody one, but the workload of British and commonwealth doctors and nurses was horrific, as disease was rife, in fact British losses in the East African campaign was 3,443 killed in action, 6,558 died of disease; the losses of native carriers and porters was dreadful, in the realm of 90,000 The native carriers impressed by the Germans were rarely paid and food and cattle were stolen from civilians; a famine caused by the consequent food shortage and poor rains in 1917, led to another 300,000 civilian deaths in Ruanda, Urundi and German East Africa. Also the impressment of farm labour in British East Africa, the failure of the rains in early 1918 led to famine and in September of that year Spanish flu reached sub-Saharan Africa. In British East Africa up to 200,000 people died. The small allied hospitals which were set up to cope with low counts of wounded were having to deal with famine and the worlds flu pandemic, the relatively low numbers of allied professional and voluntary doctors and nurses must have been pushed to their limit as they fought a different war altogether than the one raging in Europe. This is a Lady needs a lot more research, regarding her service in this little known and rare campaign of the first world war; this is an area for me that I know very little about, so I cannot give this group the attention or justice it deserves. All three medals come in excellent original condition, it looks as if they were mounted and worn at one time, as there are a few contact marks on the rims, but nothing bad enough that would be considered as damage. They come nicely mounted on a red and black felt covered board, ready for display or framing. To find any medals awarded for this campaign are rare, but a woman’s trio, I have never come across another one.
Scarce WW1 MM to BQMS RFA for Mesopotamia. A scarce and interesting WW1 Military Medal awarded for Bravery in the Field correctly named to 905720 Battalion Quarter Master Serjeant Edward Francis Ball of the 337th Brigade Royal field Artillery. One on only 366 MM’s awarded for the Mesopotamia campaign. Ball came from Bexhill-on-Sea and he enrolled into the 1st Cinque Ports Artillery Volunteers in the November of 1914 and formed part of the 337 Brigade. In the early part of the war it performed home counties defence duties before being sent to Mesopotamia in 1917 where it joined the newly formed 18th Indian Division at Baghdad by February 1918. At the beginning of March 1918 the division began moving up the Tigris to join I Indian Corps, and 337th Bde went to Samarra with 55th Indian Brigade. By October 1918 the Turks were in retreat in Palestine and on the Euphrates Front in Mesopotamia. Rather than make a direct assault with the untried 18th Indian Division, the British Corps commander, Lt-Gen Sir Alexander Cobbe, VC, chose to outflank the gorge with a mobile column. Covered by the 55th Indian Bde, 337th Bde moved into position during the night of 22/23 October and by morning was within a mile of the Fat-Ha trenches, registering guns on its targets. Advancing after dark, the infantry found the outflanked trenches abandoned, and 53rd Indian Brigade passed through the gorge, followed by 337th Bde, despite the appalling terrain for hauling guns. The following day the division had reached Tell-ad-Dhahab, and cavalry patrols were across the Little Zab. Next day, 25 October, the advance continued, with 53rd Indian Bde and C/337 Bty reaching the Shumait Ford early in the morning, followed by the rest of the artillery. By noon the three field batteries of 337th Bde were in action, in the open in full view of the enemy but with magnificent observation posts on a nearby hill. 341 Battery reached the Tigris–Little Zab junction and came into action at close range, but was suddenly hit by accurate Turkish shellfire, losing all but two guns, most of its wagons and several men. However, its action allowed C/337 Bty to come into action a couple of miles away undisturbed and for more of the corps artillery to close up and support the infantry crossing. The following day 337th Bde was across the Little Zab and engaging enemy guns. Once again the position was outflanked by the mobile column, and early on 27 October patrols found the Turkish trenches empty. At dawn on 28 October the Battle of Sharqat opened, with the guns on the east bank firing across the river, A/337 Bty later crossing the Tigris by a ford and galloping up to join in. The following morning C/337 Bty also crossed to the west bank where an afternoon attack made good progress, A/337 Bty supporting a charge by the 13th Hussars. The force on the west bank was about to attack Sharqat on the morning of 30 October, when the Turks in the town surrendered. The commander of 18th Indian Division, Maj-Gen Hew Fanshawe, was immediately sent on with a mobile column including A/337 Bty to destroy the remaining Turkish forces and capture Mosul. The column forded the Tigris, with artillery horses assisting the mule carts, and pushed on to the city, which fell without a fight after news arrived of the signing of the Armistice of Mudros and the end of hostilities on 31 October. At the end of the war 18th Indian Division was selected to form part of the occupation force in Iraq but at some point after the armistice, BQMS Ball fell sick with one of the diseases rife in the country and he was discharged at the end of December 1919. Life was hard for all the soldiers in Mesopotamia, it was either burning hot or freezing cold on difficult terrain, adequate supplies were few and all manner of nasty diseases were the only thing in abundance. His MM was almost certainly awarded for the action along the Tigris, although a little more research with help to discover at what point, the battalion war diary would be of help. A more detailed account of this battle is included, along with a copy of his medal index card, medal roll, Military Medal index card and London Gazette entry for the 20th August 1919. The medal is in lovely original condition and looks as if it has never been mounted or worn. A scarce gallantry award for a very under rated campaign.
Scarce WW1 Territorial Medal Group to RGA – Low No An outstanding territorial medal group of four comprising of the British war and Victory medal pair correctly named to 414 Gunner Harold Thomas Royal Artillery. The Territorial War medal correctly named as pair to Royal Artillery and the scarcer Territorial Force Efficiency medal correctly named to 374112 Bombardier Harold Thomas Royal Garrison Artillery. Also included are his original territorial force badge and various photos of Harold in uniform and civy’s. For the most part, this group is un-researched, but it comes with a copy of his medal index card, this confirms his medal entitlement and gives various number changes throughout the war where he was transferred, at one point he was transferred to the Royal Engineers, unusual for a long serving artillery man, so it may be possible he did some kind of special service. All medals are in excellent original condition and they now come court mounted with his photos and badges ready for framing or display.
Scarce WW1 TFWM Trio to RAMC. A scarce Territorial Force War Medal, British War and Victory medal all correctly named to; 2607 Private John Mills of the Royal Army Medical Corps. John was born in Ashted, Birmingham Warwickshire around 1891, the only son of John and Lilly Mills. Before the war John was employed as an engineer, so it is unusual that he was not scooped up into the royal engineers, but going by his number 2607, he was a territorial before the war started. I have not had a chance to do much, if any research on this man apart from obtaining a copy of his medal index card, medal roll and 1911 census and these tell me very little, so a very interesting and worthwhile project awaits its new guardian. The medal are in very good condition, there is some contact marks to the rims of the medals, so John mounted and worn these medals on occasions. Alson with the medal are two portrait photographs of john taken in 1914, and what a dapper chap he looks, so full of pride, I’m sure any phots taken after the war showed a different face. Aa scarce trio to a long serving territorial, there were only 1,030 TFWM awarded to the OR’s and NCO’s of the RAMC compared to the 66,139 men that were serving in the Corps by December 1915.
Scarce WW1 Turkish-Shortened German Ersatz Bayonet. This one has the typical all metal hilt with the scarcer two part two step cross guard with muzzle ring. The two part guard and muzzle ring allows fitment on both the 8 mm. Mauser Gewehr 98 and earlier 8 mm. M1888 Commission Rifle. The blade is made of good steel with a shallow fuller to both sides. It has a pressed steel scabbard with the makers name impressed on one side, which I just can’t make out, please see pictures. a very interesting bayonet in good condition, it has all over light pitting and staining, but if necessary it should clean up. The scabbard is missing its mouthpiece at the top but the still has the inside drag. It measures 18 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only
Scarce WW2 2nd Corps Head Quarters Cloth Formation Patch An interesting small cloth patch for the 2nd corps hq, below is a brief history for the naming of the corps. The patch comes in good but used condition, it is a bit grubby and quite small measuring just over 1.5 inches across. The sign, a brook with a leaping fish, was chosen after the name of II Corps' first commander, Lieutenant-General (as he then was) Sir Alan Brooke
Scarce WW2 Brass Greatcoat Button Stick. WW 2 brass button stick for polishing the large buttons on a greatcoat. In good but used condition. It measures eight inches long.
Scarce WW2 Cloth Formation Patch Scottish Command. A scarce WW2 patch worn only by the Scottish command HQ staff, probably and officers badge. In September 1939 consisted of Highland Area with 9th (Highland) Infantry Division and 51st (Highland) Infantry Division, and Lowland Area with 15th (Scottish) Infantry Division and 52nd (Lowland) Infantry Division, plus other troops.[8] By 1940 during the Battle of Britain the command was responsible to Commander-in-Chief, Home Forces. This badge is in very good condition but it has been used and taken from a uniform. It measures 2 x 1.5 inches.
Scarce WW2 Cloth Patch Northumberland County Division. A real rarity WW2 divisional cloth sleeve patch for the Northumberland County Division, made from embroidered silk on a wool felt backing. This badge is in excellent original condition but has been used and has been taken from a uniform. It measures 2 x 2 inches. This was a formation of the British Army formed in World War II on 24th February 1941. It ceased to function on 1 December 1941, and was disbanded on 21 December 1941. It was commanded by Major General R. C. Money and consisted of the 202nd Independent Infantry Brigade, 216th Independent Infantry Brigade and 225th Independent Infantry Brigade. It was commanded by X Corps until 9 April, IX Corps until 30 November and War Office control from then until disbandment.
Scarce WW2 Early Pattern Para Wings. A wonderful scarce early pattern embroidered para wings. Well used but still in good original condition. Measuring 3.5 inches wide.
Scarce WW2 Era ATS Horse Brass Quite an unusual item, constructed from solid brass and having the emblem for the ATS to the centre surrounded by a wreath and having a King’s crown above, it comes in very good condition, on the back is some blue residue, possibly old glue where it has been stuck to something, it measures 3.25 long.
Scarce WW2 Era Middle Eastern Silver Niello RAF Sweetheart Brooch A very unusual example of a Second World War period Middle Eastern silver Niello 'Royal Air Force sweetheart brooch', not marked for silver but tests as 925, Niello is a black mixture, usually of sulphur, copper, silver, and lead, used as an inlay on engraved or etched metal, especially silver. It is added as a powder or paste, then fired until it melts or at least softens, and flows or is pushed into the engraved lines in the metal. It hardens and blackens when cool, and the niello on the flat surface is polished off to show the filled lines in black, contrasting with the polished metal (usually silver) around it. This example comes in very good condition with a simple pin on the back and measures two inches long.
Scarce WW2 Era Military Cloth Formation Patch & Card Part of the family group from Great Yarmouth. Tommy Holmes was a military police officer, it appears he was based in Cyrenaica during the occupation of Libya anywhere from 1943-51, below is a small bit of history for the occupation. Here we have a cloth formation patch for the Cyrenaica district and a Christmas card sent by Tommy with the same motif on the front, inside the card is Cyrenaica district M.E.L.F. 6. Both items come in very good but used condition. Cyrenaica was the name of an administrative division of Italian Libya from 1927 until 1943, then under British military and civil administration from 1943 until 1951, and finally in the Kingdom of Libya from 1951 until 1963. In November 1942, the Allied forces retook Cyrenaica. By February 1943, the last German and Italian soldiers were driven from Libya and the Allied occupation of Libya began.
Scarce WW2 Era National Fire Service Benevolent Fund Badge This does appear to be a scarce badge as I can only find one other example, made from white metal with coloured enamels it was issued by the National Fire Service to raise funds for their benevolent society, it comes in good condition with some surface marks and the pin needs attention, it measures one inch in diameter.
Scarce WW2 Era Regimental Stitch Pack – Middlesex Regiment I say scarce for this item as I simply cant find another outside of a museum context, never designed to survive the idea was for people to be able to stitch the emblems for their preferred regiments, in this case the Middlesex regiment. produced by a company called WM Briggs & Co Ltd of Manchester they supplied the colour four page booklet and two tissue paper transfers of the emblem these having been designed by the Royal school of needlework and being approved by the HM war office. A5 size booklet in very good condition with some fold lines and two transfers in super condition.
Scarce WW2 Fairbairn Sykes Commando Dagger by William Rodgers. A real beauty of a third pattern Fairbairn Sykes dagger by William Rodgers of Sheffield. It has a bronze hilt, which was finished in black, available from this company from October 1943 and the makers mark would suggest war time manufacture. (Please see pictures). Now a lot of the black finish is missing, worn away but the hilt and the blade are still in very good condition, the blade having no rust or pitting. It comes with its original sheath with side tabs still intact, however the elastic which held the top of the grip is missing. This is not unusual of a used dagger of this age. It measures, 13 inches long. Shipping to mainland UK only
Scarce WW2 German Luftschutz Helmet (Fire Dept) If you are looking for an example of this type of helmet, then you will not find better than this one. It is the Gladiator style helmet worn by the Luftschutzwarndienst or Air Protection Warning Service, this one is different from most because of its original comb worn by the fire branch of the service, which is very rarely seen and also the condition which is just superb. Its original and untouched Luftschutz decal on the front has virtually no wear or damage and it still retains its original liner which is also in excellent condition. There are no major scuffs to the paint anywhere on the helmet and the original chin strap is present. The white metal comb is also in wonderful condition and original to this particular helmet and not a later addition, as the fit is perfect; a scarce variant of this otherwise quite common helmet, a fabulous piece and NO disappointment guaranteed.
Scarce WW2 Lovat’s Scouts Balmoral Bonnet. A scarce WW2 era Balmoral bonnet worn by the Lovat Scouts. During the early years of WW2, the Lovat scouts underwent serious survival and special service training, including skiing; in 1944 they took part in the battle of Monte Cassino, as part of the 10th Indian Infantry Division, II Corps (Poland), and the recently arrived Jewish Brigade, the regiment took part in the remainder of the Italian campaign, and the German surrender in early May 1945. This bonnet is in very good original condition, it obviously has some wear but no moth or damage. it still retains its original badge, the Je Suis Prest in garter band in white metal. All in all a rare piece of WW2 headgear. Size approximately 6&7/8ths.
Scarce WW2 St Johns Ambulance Water Bottle. A very hard to find St Johns Ambulance water bottle, used by its members when serving in the field. The water bottle itself is a standard military issue bottle but this one comes in a black wool cover and black leather straps. It is in very good condition, showing wear in one spot under the black leather harness.
Scarce WW2 United States Navy Stratford Bullet Ink Pen This is a quite rare WW2 era ink pen made by Stratford for the United States Navy, a few weeks ago I found the details for the pen on an American pen specialist web site but typically cannot find my way back to the information, as I remember it the pens were produced around 1943 for use by senior officers in the US navy. The pen comes with a bullet shaped base and is made from a rigid plastic and is marked on the cap with a cross with an anchor below and U.S.A. below that, the nib is marked for Stratford and 14kt gold plated, it has had a life and has been used, there are some rust spots on the metal ink draw and I am unable to access the bottom section so cannot comment on the condition of the ink reservoir.
Scare WW1 Canadian 140th Battalion Collar Dog This is a scarce little WW1 brass collar dog for the Canadian Overseas Battalion the 140th St John, New Brunswick. The 140th battalion known as the St John's Tigers of the Canadian Expeditionary Force were based in St John New Brunswick, they began recruiting in late 1915 and by September 1916 sailed to England where they were absorbed into the 13th battalion, hence the rarity of this badge. It comes in very good condition with two lugs on the back for fixing, measures 1.25 inches high.
Selection of 7 Vintage St John Ambulance Badges & Medals Here is a good group of 7 vintage St John Ambulance award medals and badges, the three medallions are individually named to: A47863 George Ball, 419620 Frederick E Stephens and the smallest to: 379420 Henry J. Evans, there is a small St John cadet badge a larger white metal cap badge and two brigade badges, all come in very good condition for their age.
Selection of QEII Era Royal Artillery Officers Buttons A good group of four large and six small Royal Artillery officers buttons made from a two part construction with a brass back and silver artillery gun, the larger ones are maker marked for Pitt & Co Maddox St London and all come in very good condition with signs of use.
Selection of Royal Army Ordinance Corps Badge Set Here we have a pair of shoulder titles for the ROAC together with two cap badge, one is a brass issue, kings crown comes in good but used condition, the other is a brown plastic economy issue, kings crown and in good condition. The titles are in fair condition, they are a matched pair and one has a couple of old moth holes.
Selection of Vintage Air Training Corps Badges The ATC started life as the air defence cadet corps in 1938 with the intention of training young men in various aviation-related skills, this proved very popular and in 1941 it became the ATC by Royal Warrant allowing teenagers and young men to train who might later join the RAF. This collection of four badges include: a large white metal cap badge, a small white metal button badge, a crowned brass and enamel pin badge and a small brass pin badge. All are in very good condition.
Selection of Vintage German Police Inspector Cloth Patches, Shoulder Board, Badge Etc An interesting selection of vintage, possibly 1970’s era, German police inspector uniform items, these include: two cloth patches, a pair of shoulder boards, brass and enamel badge and an open flag armband which has not been sewn to size, interestingly the paper on which three of the items have been taped has on the inside an old photocopy of the police inspector who must have owned the items, his name was Bernd Adler. All items come in good but mildly used condition.
Selection of Vintage Silk Cigarette Cards - Flags An interesting group of approx. 17 silk cigarette cards all depicting flags, they date from the early part of the last century and come in very good condition with some signs of age and fraying, they roughly measure 2.75 inches x 2, there are some duplicates.
Selection of WW1 Era Field Walking and Metal Detector Finds An interesting mixed bag of WW1 era field walking and metal detector finds from the battlefields of France, including some ceramic pot, old leather and wood ware and rusty metal bits, all you see in the photo’s.
Selection of WW2 Era Black Bakelite Navy Buttons A good group of 16 WW2 Navy buttons in a black Bakelite, no makers marks but all are in very good condition, there are 3 large 27mm in diameter, 12 medium 21mm and one smaller 20mm.
Selection of WW2 Era Mixed Material Navy Buttons A good group of 18 WW2 Navy buttons in a mixed materials, there are large Bakelite 30 mm in diameter, 6 medium 23mm, 4 white plastic maker marked for ‘Grove Halesowen’ 21mm and 3 white metal, all are in very good condition.
Selection of WW2 Era Reproduction Posters – Women at War This is a mixed batch of three WW2 reproduction posters to include: Women balloon operatives, join the Wrens and Land Army recruitment. They all come in very good condition and measure roughly 23 inches x 16.
Selection of WW2 Soldiers Ephemera – Major R. Bell Served Nigeria A good selection of photo’s and ephemera relating to one man, Major Randal M. Bell who served with the senior supply offices 55th West Lancs division Royal Army Service Corps and later as the commanding officer 456 general transport coy RASC W.A.F.F at Abba Nigeria. To go with two photo’s of the Major is his officers release book and a selection of end of war and post war release papers. All items come in good but used condition.
Set 4 French Coloured Prints Military Uniforms. A set of four very interesting early 20th century coloured prints showing different French uniforms. One is of an officer of the lancers in parade uniform, two showing the uniforms of the Fusiliers, a Musiker or bandsman, an officer and O.R. Three the summer uniforms of the Grenadiers, O.R and sergeant. Lastly the infantry, sergent 2nd battalion, 2nd lieutenant and sergeant 3rd battalion. All are in very good condition and they were probably framed during the 1950’s. Each measures 9 x 12 inches.
Set of 12 Vintage Imperial War Museum Postcards, German Uniform Taken from the Imperial war museums WW1 series this set of 12 postcards cover the uniforms of the German army, printed by Raithby, Lawrence & Co, they come in very good condition.
Set of Four WW1 Era Bamforth & Co ‘Songs’ Series Postcards – When You Come Home Issued by Bamforths during the Great War usually in a set of four these ‘songs’ series postcards are of a sentimental nature with the lyrics under and a pair of young lovers the man always in uniform, this set entitled ‘when you come home’ come in good condition, some aging to the edges and have not been written on.
Set of Six Vintage Campari Glasses I’m selling these as a set of six but have a couple of extras spare if you would like them, decorated around the base with the ‘Campari’ name they all come in excellent condition and stand 5.25 inches high.
Set of Six WW1 Era North Staffordshire Brass Buttons A super condition set of six WW1 era all brass buttons for the North Staffordshire regiment on original card, they come in superb unused condition, there are no makers marks and each measure approx. .75 of an inch in diameter.
Set of Six WW1 Seaforth Highlanders Brass Buttons A good set of six brass buttons dating from the WW1 era for the Seaforth Highlanders, they are not marked on the back and all six come in very good condition.
Set of Six WW2 Officers General Service Pips A good quality and excellent condition set of six WW2 era officers general service pips, no makers marks and only one has its pin on the back.
Set Replica WW2 Airborne Cloth Insignia. A set of four pieces of insignia to be worn on the top of the sleeve, on the WW2 battledress. These are very good modern reproductions, screen printed on cloth, just like the originals, the only difference being, these are slightly better quality than the originals. I have only got a handful of these at this price to trial.
Set Three 19thC Black Forest Carved Wooden Bears. Mum, Dad and baby bears all hand carved during the latter part of the 19th century. For years we believed these beautiful carvings came from the Bavarian Black Forest of southwestern Germany, it has in fact been established that they are the creation of Swiss carvers, originating in the town of Brienz. They are incredibly detailed they have even got bone teeth and little glass eyes. They are all in very good condition although Mum has a chip to one paw. The largest measures 6 inches long x 4 inches high.
Set Vintage Military Themed Place Mats. Dating from around the 1960’s – 70’s printed metal place or dinner mats. The six are printed with images of the Grenadier Guards from different periods. They have been used but are still in very good condition and still usable. Each measures 10 x 7 inches.
Set WW2 Royal Army Ordinance Corps Insignia. This lot includes everything you see in the pictures, an early pair of brass shoulder titles in perfect condition, pair cloth shoulder titles, these are well used and a one has a little moth damage, early post WW1 shoulder slide, embroidered on to drab wool fabric. A WW2 era Brass cap badge in perfect condition and a late WW2 economy cap badge in Bakelite plastic, this is also in perfect condition. All seven items are excellent examples of their kind and would look great framed.
Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry Cap Badge. The Gilt brass badge of the Sherwood Rangers, which dates from around 1955 and used until 1967 when they form part of the Royal yeomanry regiment. In near perfect condition. Ref. M1
Silver Handled Cheese Knife. 1970’s silver handle cheese knife in Kings pattern and hallmarked Sheffield 1972 with the makers mark of HB. It is in perfect unused condition and measures 8 inches long.
Six lead Soldiers ‘On Guard’ Six old lead solders all the same in the on guard position and all in very good condition, retaining most, if not all of their original paint.
Six Victorian 13th Hussars Brass Buttons – Maker Marked Here are 4 large and 2 small flat brass buttons for the 13th Hussars, all are marked to the backs for Jennens & Co London and come in very good condition, the largest measures 20mm and the smaller 14mm.
Six WW1 Era Shooting Medals to One Man – Sergeant Hobbis Here are six WW1 era shooting award medallions all engraved to one man sergeant George Hobbis of the 4th volunteer battalion Yorks and Lancs regiment, sadly I have not been able to track any service details for George but he must have served during the great War. The medallions in date order include (the largest) a 1915 dated bronze 1st prize award engraved to Geo Hobbis, this one 1.75 inches in diameter, the next two are dated 1916 named to George and are from the Park district rifle club, the 4th is a shield shape fob dated 1917 this time with Sergeant, the last two one of which is hallmarked silver are from 1918 and have the first evidence of his regiment, these measure just under one inch in diameter. All are in super condition.
Small 19th Century British Bowie Knife. A late 19th Century British Bowie type knife. The simple grip made of horn with a small brass guard and a good steel clip point blade, marked made in England. It is in good order but looks well used. No sheath but this was probably a simple leather one and easy to make or replace. It measures 9.5 inches long. Ship to UK mainland only. Proof of age required on purchase.
Small Antique Finnish Puukko Knife. A lovely quality little Puukko of a very good old age. It has a white metal pommel which has delicate engraved decoration, a dark white flecked grip; I can’t decide what this is, horn possibly but very unusual. A while metal ferrule with no guard but with matching engraved decoration to the pommel. Then comes a very well-made little blade with a deep fuller along the top edge. There are a few very small knicks to the blade edge. The blade has an engraved signature almost its whole length, scrolly writing, difficult to make out but the place of manufacture is Kauhava. I know there are several great Finnish knife makers and all from Kauhava are very collectable. It comes with its original leather sheath which also has a white metal mount with the same engraved decoration. I would think the sheath should have a Chape at the bottom, but this is missing. a wonderful little piece that measures 7.75 inches long Shipping to UK mainland only.
Small Sized Brass & Enamel Tank Corps Sweetheart Badge – Fearnaught A good WW2 sweetheart badge for the Tank Corps complete with the motto ‘Fearnaught’, it is made from brass with enamels and comes in good condition with one tiny loss to the red enamel on the crown, of a smaller size it measures just under one inch long.
Small Vintage Brass and Copper Bossun’s Whistle This small sized Bossun’s whistle measures just 3.5 inches long, constructed from brass and copper it has two nautical anchors either side of the ball, it comes in fair condition having a welded repair along the pipe and is suspended on a white metal chain.
Small WW1 German Iron Cross Enamelled Pin. A very sweet WW1 era German white metal and black enamel pin. In good condition but the tiny little pin catch on the back is missing. it measures .75 inches in diameter.
Small WW2 Brass Button Stick. Small size WW2 brass button stick. It is unmarked and in used condition measuring 6 inches long.
Solid Brass Desk Cannon. A nice vintage solid brass model desk cannon, which looks like it would date somewhere around the 1970’s. it is quite nicely constructed and measures 9 inches long.
Southampton University Air Squadron Cloth Patch A modern but interesting cloth patch for the Southampton university air squadron, the university trains students as cadets if they wish to join the RAF even teaching them to fly light aircraft but with no obligation to pursue the occupation if it doesn’t suit. The patch is in excellent condition and measures 3 inches long.
Stag Grip Utility Knife by Carl Schlieper Solingen. A good utility knife by Carl Schlieper of Solingen, Germany. It has a white metal pommel and a stag horn grip with a small brass guard. It has a very good steel blade barked on one side ‘Carl Schlieper, Solingen, Germany and the other side has the, what is know as the German Eye Brand logo. With the word ‘Germany it dates this knife to the 1950’s. it is in very good condition and comes with its original leather scabbard. It measures 8 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only.
Sterling Silver & Mother-of Pearl HMS Ganges Sweetheart Badge A good quality badge marked on the back fine Sterling silver and constructed from a disc of mother-of-pearl, white metal and enamel colours, dates I would think from the WW2 era. Good condition some light wear to the front anchor, measures just over one inch in diameter.
Stunning Anglo/Indo Flintlock Blunderbuss / Musketoon A superb Antique flintlock Blunderbuss of Anglo/Indo form and made to a very high quality. The word Blunderbuss has Dutch origins and comes from the Dutch word ‘donderbus’, which is a combination of donder, meaning thunder, and bus, meaning Pipe. This one is in beautiful condition and has a large swan neck lock which is marked with George III crown and the Tower Proof mark. The lock is fully functioning and in good working order. it also includes a Brass trigger guard and military pattern fittings including butt plate and ramrod pipes complete with original ram rod. The flared barrel is inlaid with brass in a Grecian key pattern on the hexagonal section near the lock and a scroll pattern half wat at the end of the barrel. It has a full length Mahogany stock, which is chequered around the wrist, the end is decorated with a carved floral pattern, this may be a little later addition. The condition is beautiful with a nice deep patina which spreads evenly over the wood and metal parts. Obviously with a piece which is around 200 years old it has a few little faults. It has a screw missing at the top of the barrel and the trigger guard strap has broken in two places. But any gunsmith will have a replacement screw and the trigger guard can be easily and invisibly braised by someone who knows what they are doing. Lastly there is a small hole drilled through the stock, this was probably to take a sling ring at some point. That’s it that is the total of the faults to this amazing piece, measuring 42 inches long. More Photographs available on request. Shipping to mainland UK only via courier charged at £14.95
Stunning Edwardian Silver Cigarette Case This is a beautiful case, fully hallmarked for Birmingham 1904 and having the makers mark for Samuel Levi of Birmingham. Both front and back have been elaborately engraved with flowers and leaves with a large vacant cartouche to the centre. A couple of very small dings on two corners but other wise perfect, measures 3.5 inches long and weighs 75 grams. A real Stunner.
Stunning Pair of Victorian Dress Gold Bullion Shoulder Boards This superb pair of dress shoulder boards were worn by the Royal Artillery, they are large and heavy being constructed from a large brass ring with a silver officers flaming bomb badge to the middle, the top section is gold bullion work and to the centre of this a small brass RA button with a Queen’s crown over and VR to the centre. They are housed in a black painted metal tin and this has preserved them very well, they are in superb condition, a little dulling to the goldwork and they show little signs of use and wear, they measure 7.5 inches long and are 5.25 inches wide at the base.
Stunning RA Officers Home Service Helmet in Tin. Near Mint. A truly stunning Edwardian Royal Artillery Officers Home Service or Blue Cloth helmet which comes in its original tin with original padlock and key. The helmet belonged to Captain S. M. Gully RA. He is listed in the army lists from 1882 as Captain; he served in India from 1898 to 1912. So, it looks like he only wore his home service helmet but a few times. The helmet and all of its fittings, Ball spike, plate, side bosses and chinstrap, are all in mint condition, you will not find an original helmet in better order. It is complete, totally untouched and unpolished; the inside of the helmet is clean and looks like it has been worn no more than just two or three times. It came locked in its tin with the key still attached to the carrying handle at the top. It bears a brass nameplate which reads ‘Captn S. M. Gully’. The nameplate is toned and has never been polished. The tin itself is also in good order and it still retains much of its original black paint.it is quite a large size, larger than a size 7. A fabulous piece of Edwardian Home Service Uniform, if you are stickler for condition, then this one is the best you will find. Please see pictures. Shipping will be via courier charged at £10.95
Stunning Vintage Trifari Choker Necklace This is a very high quality costume choker necklace made by the company Trifari, below is a brief history for the company, this piece dates I think from the 1970’s and is constructed from a gilded metal base set with cut glass amber coloured stones flanked by small cut glass black stones. It comes in very good condition but there are 5 small black stones missing, it measures 14 inches long. Since the 1920s, Trifari has been one of the most respected and admired producers of costume jewelry in the United States. Founded in the 1910s by Gustavo Trifari, the Italian-immigrant son of a Napoli goldsmith, the company has designed jewelry that’s been worn by countless high-profile clients, from Mamie Eisenhower to Madonna.
Super Delicate WW1 Era Silk Handkerchief Embroidered with Badge of the MGC This is such a delicate piece, made from silk it is a handkerchief embroidered with the badge for the MGC, given it‘s age and vulnerability it comes in very good condition with no holes and just some light staining to the edges.
Super Edwardian Hallmarked Silver Vesta Chester 1907 This is a super quality hallmarked silver vesta case, it is clearly hallmarked for Chester 1907 with a makers mark for James Deakin & Sons. It has foliate decoration to the front and back with a curved back to fit a pocket and a jump ring to the side for a watch chain, it comes in really excellent condition with one small ding to the top, the hinge works perfectly, it measures 1.75 inches long.
Super Edwardian The Gourmet Pie Cup A great piece of kitchenalia, dating from the Edwardian era with a registration number for 1901this ‘gourmet pie cup’ was used as a pie funnel to keep the pastry from sagging, it comes in very good condition no chips or cracks but it does have fritting in the glaze caused during manufacture, it stands just under 3 inches high.
Super Hallmarked Silver Vesta Case B’Ham 1920 – Warwickshire Reg This is a lovely hallmarked silver vesta case displaying the regimental badge for the Royal Warwickshire regiment, it carries a full set of hallmarks for Birmingham 1920 on the inner lip along with the makers mark of S.B.&S Ltd for S. Blackensee & Sons Ltd of Frederick Street & Great Hampton St Birmingham. It comes in good condition with one dent on the top corner and a few light surface marks, it measures just under two inches long including the jump ring.
Super Hallmarked Silver Vesta Case – B’ham 1918 This is a lovely hallmarked silver vesta case which has been decorated front and back with scrolls it has an engraved central panel which has ‘M.C.S. S. 1919’ it is clearly hallmarked for Birmingham 1918 with a makers mark of S&B, it comes in very good condition with signs of age and use, it measures just under two inches long.
Super Large Framed Photograph - MGC at Shornecliffe 1930 A lovely large photo of a company from the machine Gun Corps in 1930 at a summer camp at Shornecliffe, some of the lads are very young and most probably saw service in WW2. Two machine guns proudly on display and 34 men in the company. Comes in very good clean condition, the photo measures 11 inches x 8.5 and the frame is 17.25 x 13.25.
Super Mixed Lot of Eleven Sterling Silver & Stone Set Items of Jewellery 1 A great dealer lot of 11 sterling silver and mostly stone set pieces of jewellery, all are marked 925 for Sterling silver and include pendants, earrings and brooch, the largest piece is 1.75 inches long and all are in good unused condition. All you see in the pictures.
Super Mixed Lot of Eleven Sterling Silver & Stone Set Items of Jewellery 5 A great dealer lot of 11 sterling silver and mostly stone set pieces of jewellery, all are marked 925 for Sterling silver and include pendants, earrings and two on a chain, the largest piece is one inch long and all are in good unused condition. All you see in the pictures.
Super Mixed Lot of Twelve Sterling Silver & Stone Set Items of Jewellery 3 A great dealer lot of 12 sterling silver and mostly stone set pieces of jewellery, all are marked 925 for Sterling silver and include pendants, earrings and two on a chain, the largest piece is one inche long and all are in good unused condition. All you see in the pictures.
Super Mixed Lot of Twelve Sterling Silver & Stone Set Items of Jewellery 4 A great dealer lot of 12 sterling silver and mostly stone set pieces of jewellery, all are marked 925 for Sterling silver and include pendants, earrings and one on a chain, the largest piece is one inch long and all are in good unused condition. All you see in the pictures.
Super Mixed Lot of Twelve Sterling Silver & Stone Set Items of Jewellery 6 A great dealer lot of 12 sterling silver and mostly stone set pieces of jewellery, all are marked 925 for Sterling silver and include pendants, earrings and two on a chain, the largest piece is one inch long and all are in good unused condition. All you see in the pictures.
Super Quality Brass Box Lock Pocket Pistol. A beautiful little pocket percussion pistol. It has an decorative engraved brass box lock, hexagonal turn off barrel, engraved steel trigger guard and cross hatched walnut stock inset with a silver cartouche. It is in wonderful condition and was probably one of a boxed pair, the lock needs a little attention, I don’t think there is anything terribly wrong, the spring feel good, but the hammer is loose. If you hold the trigger forward it with double cock and fire, so I think the trigger needs just repositioning, a job I would usually do myself, it is a bit fiddly on a box lock but not difficult. But well worth doing on this lovely little pistol. It has a 2.75-inch barrel which is proof marked, as is the brass lock. It measures a total of 7.5 inches long.
Super Quality Early 20thC Miniature Model 1902 American Sword Letter Opener There appears to be a few of these available mostly in the United States but the stand out difference with this one is that the scabbard is named, it has been engraved with ‘Lieut J.R. McGowan Fort Monroe, VA’. Constructed from high quality white metal with a German made blade which has been engraved with a pattern, an eagle and US, it comes complete with its sword knot. Apart from some light wear to the black paint on the handle it comes in super condition, it measures 9.75 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only
Super Quality Pair of Manhattan-Windsor Merchant Navy Cufflinks A really high quality pair of cufflinks for the Merchant Navy made by Manhattan-Windsor and housed in their original named box. A yellow metal body with coloured enamels, maker marked on the backs, they come in super probably unworn condition and the ovals measure 20mm long.
Super WW1 Era Trench Art Brass Tobacco Box – The Royal Dragoons This is a really well hand made trench art Tobacco box constructed from a brass body and set with the badge of the Royal Dragoons, it even has hand made brass hinges and a decorative copper half bullet to the front, it comes in very good condition for its age with signs of age and use and a couple of rust spots on the base and it measures 2.5 inches long.
Super WW1 Trio to Nurse Fletcher. V.A.D A wonderful untouched 1915 star trio correctly named to M. Fletcher. V.A.D. Miss Muriel Fletcher arrived in France with the Voluntary Aid Detachment on the 17th October 1915 and probably served on the western front for most of the war. Accompanying the trio is her original Red Cross ID Tag officially named 6433 Muriel Fletcher, these are very rare and for some reason and it comes on the cord she used to suspend it around her neck. A few Red Cross badges etc and a wonderful photograph of her in uniform, this comes in an old leatherette wallet. This is a wonderful group for research, a letter and donation to the red cross will get her service record and discover where this lady was station, her name does appear on the BRCS overseas Register, so it is confirmed she served in France, also on her medal index card, which is included, it states that at some point during the war she was married and her surname changed to Ewing, it will be very interesting to find if it was a soldier or perhaps an officer she met while in France. All three medals are in very good condition, mounted as worn and it looks as if they were worn with pride on many occasions, the original ribbons are now a little tatty. All of this is mounded on card for display or framing.
Super WW2 Era Hallmarked Silver Royal Engineers Cigarette Box A lovely little silver box fully hallmarked for Birmingham 1938 and having the makers mark most likely for William Neale & Sons Ltd, probably the property of an officer of the Royal Engineers as it has been set with the RE badge in silver with blue and re enamel, it comes in good condition, there are a few dings to the metal but the hinge is good and it retains its wood inner lining, it measures just under 3.5 inches wide.
Super WW2 Territorial Group to BQMS Gray RA. A lovely WW2 mounted territorial group with the Territorial Efficiency medal correctly named to 1442567 Battery Quarter Quartermaster Sergeant. E Gray. Royal Artillery. The group includes the 1939-45 star, the Africa star, the Italy star, the Defence medal, 1939-45 war medal and the Territorial Efficiency medal, named as above. Also with this group came various original WW2 brass insignia, including a cap badge, shoulder titles and collar dogs. A wonderful group for research, on the Territorial Efficiency medal roll it states that Gray was serving with a heavy anti-aircraft battery, which is a little something to go on when looking at his WW2 service. All of the medals are in excellent original condition and come mounted on a brooch ribbon bar, all with original silk ribbons. The various insignia is also in very good but used condition.
Superb 1796 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword. A beautiful and untouched example of the 1796 pattern British Infantry Officers Sword. It has a gilded brass hilt; gilt has gone, and the brass has a lovely deep patina. A silver wire foil grip and a folding guard, which would date this piece to the early 19th Century around 1805-10. This is the typical hourglass shape and has decoration underneath and an acorn type knop. The blade it just about as good as you are going to get, retaining its superb blue and gilt decoration of engraved foliate scrolls, weapons of war and George III royal cypher. Towards the bottom of the blade, there are two small areas of rust, this is outside of the decoration and could easily be cleaned off. The blade is marked ‘Warranted’ and has no maker’s mark. It has its original leather scabbard; this has signs of age and use, and the leather has shrunk so it has made a tight fit and the metal parts a little baggy. But it is amazing that the scabbard is still present in any condition and this one is still very serviceable. This sword measures Shipping to UK mainland only via courier priced at £15.95
Superb 1864 Pattern Cavalry Troopers Sword. This is probably one of the best 1864 pattern cavalry swords I have ever had, its not the condition, its because this sword is the whole package when it comes to this particular pattern. It has a steel bowl type hand guard pierced with a Maltese cross, it has a single slot for a sword knot at the top of the hilt, the grip is basicly a slab of leather cross-hatched and held with five rivets on each side, a wonderful curved blade which is free from pits and rusting; the blade has the makers mark for Mole of Birmingham and the blade is stamped with many and various inspection stamps, some dated 88 and 90. The two ring scabbard is good, although it does have a few dents, the top of the scabbard also has various marks, again some are dated and letters which may be regimental ID marks. Because of my great enthusiasm for this sword, please don’t think it is mint, it is not, it obviously has been very well used in its life and probably has seen a lot of action, but it is untouched, it hasn’t been cleaned, the blade hasn’t had work and the scabbard has a little pitting, this has never been sanded clean, it has the patination and feel of pure history like it has never been touched since the last day it was drawn. Please note: This item is for UK shipping only, due to changes at customs it is no longer possible to send edged weapons by post or courier internationally.
Superb 1914 Star & Bar Trio & More to 11th Hussars - Mons & Charge at Nery. Here is a magnificent group of medals and a whole load of personal items all belonging to 6032 Private Thomas W Holmes of the 11th Prince Alberts Own Hussars. This lot comprises of; his 1914 star & Mons bar trio. The same ribbon bar, family photo/post card album, this contains WW1 photographs of Thomas and his cavalry troop in France, postcards sent home during the war, later his wife and family, many postcards sent to and from himself and his wife and children. His WW1 army issue diary, his spurs, WW1 issue document wallet. WW1 army Jack Knife, WW1 era Cigarette case with some original Cigarettes. 1914 Christmas tin and other bits and bobs which you can see in the pictures. Thomas William Holmes was born in Great Yarmouth Norfolk around 1890, the third of Seven sons and one daughter of Johnathan and Rachel Holmes. Johnathan a Yarmouth Ships Chandler. His Brother 2nd Lieutenant Albert Holmes was KIA in September 1918 on the Somme. Please see my other listing. Thomas first entered the theatre of war in France on the 15th August 1914 with the 11th Hussars, part of the 1st Cavalry Brigade of the 1st Cavalry Division. Thomas’s first engagement was at Mons and he took part in the Great Retreat. The Retreat from Mons is the name given to the long withdrawal to the River Marne, in August and September of 1914. The battle of Marne ended the British retreat 5th to 12th September, this forced the German armies to retire towards the Aisne river and fight the First Battle of the Aisne, 13th to 28th September 1914. Thomas also took part in the famous cavalry charge which led to the capture of eight German guns at Néry in September 1914. The 11th were sent on patrol early in the morning, they spotted a column of Geman Ulans 150 yards away. One of the men fired on them unaware it was a main body of German cavalry, so 2nd Lieutenant Tailby ordered a charge. Surprisingly the Germans retreated but it had given the British position away. A German cavalry division of about twice their strength attacked shortly after dawn. The British artillery was mostly put out of action in the first few minutes, but a single gun of L Battery, Royal Horse Artillery, successfully kept up a steady fire for two and a half hours against a full battery of German artillery. The 11th Hussars endured a heavy German bombardment that left many of its soldiers buried in a trench, while another squadron from the regiment used a vantage point at the top of a building to train a machine gun on the advancing Germans. The 1st cavalry division suffered 81 casualty’s that day, the mounted 11th Hussars gave a cavalry charged with drawn swords, that helped to rout the German forces and capture the guns with what was left of the 2nd Dragoon Guards, but it would be very unjust of me not to mention; it was the efforts of L Battery, Royal Horse Artillery who really won the day. It lost over a quarter of its men and all five officers, of which three men won the VC for their actions. One of the guns still survives in the Imperial war museum; it carries the title of the ‘Nery Gun’. From here Thomas would have gone on to an area near Ypres, between October 19th and 23rd 1914 the 11th fought successfully in the Ploegsteert area, helping to stop the advance of 3 German cavalry divisions. From here the regiment was dismounted, due to a lack of infantry, the British were gravely outnumbered by German forces, the Germans brought in 6 new divisions to make an all-out assault on the British line between Messines and Gheluvelt. Here they fought bravely and Sergeant T Frane won the DCM. A period of rest and training followed and the regiment more or less stayed in the salient. At the Second Battle of Ypres in April 1915 the regiment, working with the Durham Light Infantry and 9th Lancers, held the village of Hooge despite being under attack from the German forces using poison gas. Later in March the 1st Cavalry Division were ordered to hold at all cost, the ground between the Somme and the Ancre. The fighting was so hard around Sailly Laurette that the 11th were pulled back across the Somme to hold the line at Hamel to block the German advance on Amiens. They took, what was said to be one of the heaviest German bombardments of the war, they took part in intense hand-to-hand fighting. This battle, lasting 2 weeks had cost the 11th three officers and 24 other ranks killed and 86 officers and men wounded. At this point, I do not know what happened to Thomas, this needs further research. I think it is very unlikely he wasn’t wounded during his time in France, but as his medal index card shows he was renumbered, it is possible he stayed with the regiment throughout the entire conflict. Most regiment history’s say that the cavalry did little from 1915 until the latter part of the war, when they were mounted and charged again against impossible odds; but the regimental diary’s say different. They took part in many different skirmishes and suffered very many casualties in their part. Thomas survived the war and after married Carrie Lamb and had two children Tom and Lillian, Tom when on to serve in the Military Police, please see my other listing for Tom Juniors medals photographs and effects. Carrie sadly out lived Thomas, Thomas died in 1957 in Gt Yarmouth. Carrie went on to be a prominent member of the Cobholm Women Methodists. Their Daughter Lillian died recently, all of this family effects have come from her estate. The medals are in excellent condition and were professionally mounted in 2008. The rest of the items are in good condition, but obviously do show some age. The photo / post card album as mentioned earlier, contains photographs from the first world war period, along with a whole host of family photos and greeting cards from Thomas, Carrie, Tom and Lillian, they were all great card senders, later photographs of Carrie with the Women’s Methodists and a few historic pictures of the famous Gt Yarmouth Scot Women, the women who processed the fish on the docks. An incredible complete record of one man and his family and his Great War history. To accompany this lot is the usual research, a copy of his medal index card, census records and family history and record of Tom’s death. There is still a lot more research needed to be done on this man, a very interesting project awaits. PLEASE SEE MORE PICTURES BELOW.
Superb 1917 Early Bruce Bairnsfather \'Old Bill\' Plate by Grimwades Towards the end of 1917 the Bystander magazine granted Leonard Grimwade permission to reproduce a limited number of cartoons from the 'Fragments from France' publications and place these on items from the Grimwades range of pottery then in production. The first piece to be made by the Staffordshire firm was their 'wartime butter dish for a family of ten' followed quickly by a whole range of pieces from plates to teapots, it was a huge success and became known as 'Bairnsfather ware'. Many of the early pieces featured on the back a stamp which read 'made by the girls of Staffordshire during the winter of 1917 when the boys were in the trenches fighting for liberty and civilisation', when the war ended in 1918 this stamp was changed to 'a souvenir or memento of the Great War'. This example is entitled 'give it a good ard un Bert,you can generally ear em fizzing a bit first if they are agoing to explode' it comes complete with the early backstamp and has the Bruce Bairnsfather signature bottom left. Very good condition with no chips or cracks, measures just under 10 inches in diameter. Ref.19842
Superb 19th Century Coloured Engraving Nelson Fighting Barge 1797. A beautifully done hand coloured engraving after the painting by R Westall RA of “Rear Admiral Nelson’s conflict in his barge with a Spanish launch, night of July 3rd 1797”. It is in very good condition and comes in a modern frame and mount. It measures 15 x 19 inches.
Superb 3rd Carabiniers Cap Badge Issued from 1928 when the Carabiniers merged with the 3rd Dragoon Guards to produce the 3rd Carabiniers Prince of Wales Dragoon Guards, worn by the regiment until 1971 when they had another merger with the Royal Scots Greys and another badge change. This badge is wonderful quality, 3 part construction with a solid back. Ref. F9
Superb 4 Bar QSA Medal to Walker Border Regiment. A Queens South Africa Medal with Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal and South Africa 1902 clasps correctly named to 4840 Corporal S. M. Walker of the 1st battalion the Border Regiment. The 1st borders had a hard war and saw extensive service; the battalion were serving in Malta when war was announced, they were returned to London and thence by steamer to Durban landing in the December 1899. Along with the 1st Inniskilling Fusiliers, 1st Connaught Rangers and the 1st Dublin Fusiliers made up the 5th brigade lead by Major General Hart. At once the Borders were put in a support position in an attack at Bridle Drift where the battalion lost six men and one officer killed, the battalion was specially mentioned in General Butlers dispatches. On 20th January 1900 the battalion was heavily engaged at Venters Spruit, this little known battle went on until the 26th, here 133 men and 4 officers were wounded with 7 men and 1 officer killed. Around the middle of April 1900 the battalion was moved to Cape Colony on the outskirts of Kimberley here they were involved in heavy fighting on the 22nd and 23rd losing 7 wounded. From here they were moved by train to the Transvaal western border, the Border’s and Connaught Rangers went to Irene both battalions engaged the enemy and pushed them back beyond Bronkhorst Spruit. The battalions were tired but still they were marched back to Pretoria to help clear the country north of the region; so with the KOSB’s, 2nd Berkshire’s, 1st Argyle’s the 1st Borders were put in this new column under Ian Hamilton. They saw some very stiff fighting in the hilly areas. They covered an area of 25 miles north of Pretoria and then swinging to the right forming the left side of the army’s eastern advance. It is noted that the battalion preformed splendidly being mentioned in lord Roberts dispatches of the 10th October. The Border regiment suffered losses of 6 killed and 15 wounded. The battalion continued to operate in the south west Transvaal until April 1901 when they were detailed to guard the Klerksdrop-Krugersdorp Railway. In January 1902 after a visit from lord Kitchener, the battalion built a line of blockhouses from Venterdrop to Lichtenburg. The battalion garrisoned this line until the end of the war. No Boers crossed it although some thirty attempts were made. In Lord Roberts Final dispatch, 11 officers and 16 non-commissioned officers and men were mentioned in his dispatches. The 1st Border Regiment played a major role in the defences of the Transvaal region in the latter part of the war and stopped the Boers braking through the line. After his return to England Corporal Walker was discharged into the Army reserve. It looks like he never wore his medal, as it comes in wonderful original condition with all four clasps attached correctly and on its original ribbon. Tt looks like it has never been polished and all detail is beautiful and crisp. This medal comes with a copy of Walker’s medal roll confirming all four clasps.
Superb and Rare 1870 Pattern Royal Artillery Full Dress Sabretache. A magnificent Victorian 1870 pattern Sabretache, worn by a mounted Royal Artillery officer in full dress uniform. The leather pouch is made from black morocco leather, with the face elaborately embroidered in gold and silver bullion wire with queen Victoria’s royal crest of arms on a black velvet ground. The lions face and artillery gun are in gilt metal and above the gun are sprays of oak leaves; above this, is the motto ‘Ubique’ and below the gun, the motto ‘Quo Fas Et Gloria Ducant’. All of this is surrounded by a border of gold bullion train lace. What makes this piece unique is, it still has the officers sword belt attached, this part is so very hard to find. This is made of black leather covered with gold bullion lace. It has the three straps for the Sabretache hanging from three ‘D’ rings and a pair of hangers for the officer’s sword; every buckle is gilt metal with a lions head motif. It still retains all of its gilt brass fittings and the snake belt clasp. The whole piece comes in excellent condition for its age, as you would expect it has a little fading and the bullion has toned over the years. Please see pictures for overall condition. The ultimate piece for display, the Sabretache measuring; 11.5 x 12.75 inches and the sword belt measures 26 inches long but it will extend a further 9 inches.
Superb Boer War Era Mafeking Baden-Powell Wire Brooch This excellent Boer War era brooch has been hand fashioned from a gilded wire into the name ‘Mafeking’ and a small photo of Lord Baden-Powell fitted into a glass fronted pendant suspended below, the quality of the piece is excellent as is the condition, it measures just under 1.75 long and is just over 1.25 deep.
Superb Boer War – Edwardian Norfolk Regiment Lieutenants Tunic This scarce and wonderful Norfolk regimental Tunic dates from the Boer war into the Edwardian period up to the Great war and could not be more ‘Norfolk’ if it tried…it was made in Norwich by R.H. Mason & Son Castle Meadow Norwich and has really never left the area. It is a Lieutenants jacket and possibly carries the name of the owner ‘Walsh’ on a period little sticky label on the inside of the collar. The body is quality Melton wool and the inner is lined and quilted with a cream silk, it is emblazoned with gold and silver bullion work and is complete with its full set of original buttons and collar dogs. For its age it is in super condition, there are no holes and it shows light signs of age and use. Remember people were much smaller back then so for its age it is of a reasonable size, the chest measures 32 inches, the collar is 15 and 30 inches long from collar to bottom at the back. This will make a great display piece.
Superb Decorative Gladius Type Dagger. Lovely quality wide bladed dagger of the Roman gladius shape. It is made all of metal with a very decorative hilt with eagles, lions heads and a pommel of foliage and acorns. It has a very good quality wide spear point blade and the whole thing measures 12 inches long and in perfect condition. Ship to UK mainland only
Superb Early WW1 Era Framed Photograph – Cheshire Regiment (king) This superb original framed and glazed photograph dates from very early in the Great War in fact just before the troops were sent abroad, it features the Cheshire regiment being inspected by the King at Aldershot. It comes in its original frame and the condition is very good. The photo itself measures just over 11 inches x just over 8, the frame is 16.25 x 12.25, there are signs of age to the frame but the photo is bright and clear.
Superb Framed & Glazed Display Personal Effects of an Amazing Woman Flyer I have great pleasure in being able to offer for sale this wonderful framed display, obtained from a Bonhams estate sale some years ago; she was, still is, my hero and this lot has been in my collection for well over a decade. I am only offering this for sale now, due to another project I am trying to finance. This wonderful framed display has the personal effects of a most amazing women, Mary Lady Heath, she was instrumental in furthering the cause of both women pilots and women atheletes. Included in the frame are her leather flying hat and flying goggles, two framed original photographs, one showing a huge crowd attending an appearance of the aircraft she flew on her flight from Cape Town and the other showing her in the cockpit of her plane, note the fur coat and gloves!. Plus the backing is a union flag, this was the one she held on the street procession after she set her world altitude record. all items come in the original frame the cap, goggles and flag was originally framed in; I have over time cleaned and rearranged the frames contents to as you see it now. On the back of the frame is a wonderful biography for Lady Heath, she led an amazing life and if you go online you can see loads of photographs and read huge amounts of information about this wonderful woman. The wonder of the internet. I have included below a copy of the biography. Please note this is a large and heavy oak frame and will be expensive to ship internationally, potential buyers abroad should get intouch first for a shipping quote. The amazing Mary Lady Heath (a.k.a Lady Icarus) Born Sophie Catherine Theresa Mary Pierce-Evans on the 10th November 1896 in Knockaderry County Limerick was one of the best known women in the world for a five year period during the 1920's. She lead an amazing life but had an inauspicious start, when just one year old her father Jacky Peirce-Evans murdered her mother by bludgeoning her to death with a large stick, declared insane he spent the rest of his life in Dublin's lunatic asylum, Sophie was sent to live with her Grandfather and was raised by two maiden aunts, well educated she attended the royal college of science and achieved a top class degree in science specialising in agriculture, here she also became an accomplished sportswoman. At the age of 20 she married Captain Eliot-Lynn a British soldier 20 years her her senior, just six months later she abandoned her studies and husband to join the women's auxiliary corps as a dispatch rider, she spent two years in England and France later becoming an ambulance driver. After the war she joined her husband on a coffee farm in East Africa, the marriage however was not a happy one and she returned to Britain where she became a founder member of the Women's Athletics Association and campaigned for womens sports. In 1924 she held a (disputed) world record for the high jump and was the first British javelin champion using the unusual two handed throw. In 1926 she took her first flying lesson and soon became the first woman to hold a commercial flying license. Not content with this she very quickly set altitude records earning herself the name 'Lady Icarus', she was the first woman to parachute from an aeroplane landing in the middle of a football match, she also flew newspapers to France during the General Strike. Another triumph was the first flight by either a woman or man in a small open cockpit plane from Cape town to London, she believed it would take three weeks, it took three months! She subsequently sold the plane to Amelia earhart who took it back to the USA. Briefly she flew as first officer at KLM on European routes becoming the first woman to fly a commercial aircraft unfortunately the public were not ready to accept women pilots and after an aggressive press campaign she quit. This took her to America where she accepted and invitation to lecture and promote flying and ended up selling Cirrus engines to USA aircraft manufacturers all over the United States. In 1929 she married her second husband Sir James Heath who was 45 years her senior, she became Mary Lady Heath, the same year she attended the National air show in Cleveland and was due to take part in a women's air Derby race, much rivaly existed and a number of the womens planes were tampered with and whilst on a training flight Lady Mary's plane stalled and crashed through the roof of a factory, she was seriously injured and thought might not survive, months of medical treatment followed including brain surgery and plastic surgery and although she recovered her health was never the same. She divorced her husband on 1930 and in 1931 married for the third time, this time G.A.R. Williams with whom she returned to Ireland and set up her own aircraft company, Dublin Air Ferries Ltd. By 1939 her health was failing probably due to the plane crash and had also developed a serious drink problem, in May of 1939 she died following a fall on a tram car in London, a post mortem suggests a blood clot and possible stroke as the cause. In accordance with her wishes her ashes were scattered by plane over Newcastle West in Ireland, the only memorial to this wonderful adventurous and pioneering woman is a plaque on a wall of a bank in Limerick Ireland. It is with great pleasure to say, she has gone back home to Ireland and will be on display in the near future in Limerick museum.
Superb German 1924 Dated Shooting Prize Badge This is a really well made badge and I am having to guess at its use, the obvious choice is a shooting prize award based on the cross rifles and central target. It is made in 3 sections from brass and enamel with a sandwich of green wool in the middle, on the bottom is written ‘burger schutz 19. Verein.24 Materborn’ a very rough translation gives me ‘civil defence club’ and Materborn being a place. For some reason the information on the reverse has been completely covered and spoiled, no idea why. It comes in very good condition and measures just under 1.75 inches in diameter.
Superb German Army Officers Dress Dagger by Klass. An 1930’s German army officers dagger by Robert Klass, Solingen. Adopted in 1935, this dagger has all high quality nickel plated fittings and a yellow grip. It has a long thin blade with spear point and the (kissing Cranes) makers mark for Robert Klass; and it comes with its original scabbard, portepee and hangers. The condition of this dagger is excellent, obviously some signs of use, but hardly any wear. Its faults are only slight wear on the blade where it has been withdrawn from the scabbard, no rust or staining what so ever. The scabbard has some light pitting or plate loss on the edges. The portepee and hangers have signs of wear, which you would expect on a dagger of this vintage. It is complete and untouched. Not polished or messed about with, a very fine example. More pictures available on request. Shipping strictly to UK mainland only
Superb Hallmarked Silver ladies Powder Compact B’ham 1920 This beautiful hallmarked silver ladies powder compact has engine turned decoration to the body, it has a partial set of hallmarks inside consisting of the lion passant and a date letter ‘V’ this is most likely for Birmingham 1920 which ties in with the design. Inside it has a mirror and the original pull out powder holding mesh, it comes in very good condition, has a couple of shallow dings and measures 3 inches in diameter.
Superb Korean War / St Johns Group to Medical Corps. A scarce group all awarded to 22404541 Private Sidney Clark of the Royal Army Medical Corps. It comprises of the queens medal for Korea, the United Nations medal for Korea, the service medal of the Order of St John with a five year service bar, total service 20 years and lastly the order of St John, serving Brother’s Breast badge, the latter two are mounted to be worn. Also his St Johns Ambulance Examination badge, St Johns cap badge, the issue slip for the UN medal for Korea, the issue slip for the Queens medal for Korea and the British forces in Germany medal. This wonderful collection of medals makes for a very interesting research project and a good investment for the future, the Queens Korea medal is the only medal here named to Sidney, all others are just as issued, both Korea medals come in box of issue with issue slips named to S Clark; all medals here are in near mint condition.
Superb Large Bore Flintlock Pistol by Sommers & Stanley London. An early 19th century Flintlock pistol with a 3.25 screw off barrel and an approximate 31 bore, a real man stopper. It has a two-stage box lock in perfect working order, which is decorated and marked on either side with the maker’s details. It has a Walnut slab grip with a sliding safety set into the top. there is a little scuffing to the wood beside the safety on one side, see pictures. There are two proof marks under the barrel and it has a decorated steel trigger guard. It comes in beautiful condition and with an old auction ticket from Buckland Gun Auctions dated October 1961, lot 116. A fine Georgian defence weapon that meant business, measuring 8.75 inches long. Shipping to Uk mainland only
Superb Malcberry Ltd True Love 1897 Blade Skinner Knife The Malcberry knives are considered one of the best quality knives on the market, the ‘1897’ on the blade refers to the year of manufacture of the steel used in the current era blades. This knife dates from the 1970’s and comes in virtually unused condition, it is in its original leather sheath, this showing signs of age and use but even better it comes with original Malcberry booklet entitled ‘focus on knives’ and a small catalogue of their knife range with a separate dated 1980 price list. The knife is in super condition with a clean still sharp blade and an antler constructed handle, it measures 9.5 inches long (total length) Shipping to UK mainland only
Superb Military Drum AAC Arborfield – REME Superb Military Drum AAC Arborfield – REME A fantastic piece, all military drums are rare and seldom come onto the market. This is one of two I have and it is extremely rare. It is from the band of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, of the Army Apprentice School, Arborfield. The military college at Arborfield was opened in the 1920’s and served to train all army specialists, and it obviously played a significant roll during the war. The college was closed many years ago, but the old soldiers that I have had the pleasure to talk to, who were educated there, loved it, and it left them with many happy memories. This drum is in very good condition, there are a couple of scratches on the skin but this was used on very many military occasions. There is, in my opinion, no sight like a military drum, this one would look good in the corner of any war room. The last drum I sold was turned into a display table; at the time, I wasn’t too happy about it, but on seeing it, it looked fantastic. A really beautiful piece which measures; 14 x 14 x 12 inches. Shipping by UPS courier at £12.95
Superb MM Medal Group to Taylor – From Ipswich. A really wonderful lot of personal items and medals awarded to a young man who really went through hell and came out the other side with his life and a gallantry medal. The medal pair are both correctly named to 52011 Gnr. F.C. Taylor. R.A. and the Military medal is correctly named to 52011 Bmbr. F.C. Taylor. 130/HY: BY: R.G.A. Frederick Craven Taylor was born 1895 and raised in Ipswich Suffolk, one of four children to Ernest a Railway Carman and Edith a Washer Woman, Frederick himself being employed as a Warehouseman at the age of 19. He joined the Royal Garrison Artillery in Great Yarmouth in the November of 1914, he must have been eager to join traveling that distance up the coast. He stayed at home for a year training on the big guns until finally landing on French soil in the April of 1916 with the 124 Heavy Battery as a Gunner, later promoted to Bombardier in November 1916. He was seriously wounded on the 13th April 1917 with a gunshot wound to the chest; it was in this particular action where he was wounded he won the military medal. I haven’t been able to find his citation, but to be honest, I haven’t tried too hard as the MM is confirmed a few times in his service papers, which are included. He wasn’t always a modal Soldier; he was charged and confined to Barracks for 7 days for going absent without leave for 48 hours, quite a lenient charge for the time. He was wounded in May of 1918, being once again admitted to the Military General Hospital in Rouen having been gassed. It doesn’t say how long he spent out of action, but he is back behind his heavy gun for the final push in the august and September of 1918. He was finally discharged 15th May 1919 having caught the Spanish Flu, this pandemic killed more human lives than the war and claimed many a soldier who had escaped death on the battlefields of the Western front, however Frederick also survived this and went on to have a wife and family and did not pass away until 1974 still resident in Ipswich. All three medals are in excellent condition, they are all toned and look like they have never been polished or not polished for many years, the Victory medal has a slightly diferent style of naming, this could be just due to a latter issue, they come with his original Brass cap badge which is now damaged, Brass shoulder title, various postcards which he sent home, two are written on, just birthday greetings, a couple of photos, one is interesting and shows royal artillery with horses and a cart, this looks to been taken in England, possibly in Suffolk; and a wonderful portrait photo of Frederick in uniform, this really brings home how young he was, and lastly his WW1 service strips, these are getting so rare, they never seem to come on the market these days and are a nice original accompaniment to the group.
Superb Order of St Johns Medal Pair. Over 30 years Service. A superb Order of St Johns Serving Brother Breast badge in silver and enamel 4th type and Order of St John service medal, solid silver with straight bar suspension. This is correctly engraved to 74838 Corporal E. C. Ardley Number 10 District. St Johns Ambulance Brigade. 1941. The ribbon also has five silver bars, each for five years’ service. Along with the medals comes Corporal Ardley’s St John’s service chain, this contains the main medallion engraved; 299797 Edward Ardley. This has 33 year links from 1929 to 1962. There is also a small box of badges etc which came with this lot, it contains a WW2 era Civil defence button badge in original box, pair collar dogs in small box, order of St John Brother Breast Badge miniature button badge, in original box. Pair 10 SJAB shoulder titles, two small buttons, 2 Blood Donors badges, silver and gold class and Order of St John service medal ribbon bar with two crosses. This wonderful lot is unresearhed, so it comes with no paperwork, but a lovely project for someone. There is a lot of solid silver in the medals and bars, so always a good investment. A good long service pair which comes in excellent condition with no damage, just one very light edge knock to service medal. Please see pictures.
Superb Pair 19th C Hand Coloured Print - Ship Wreck Royal Charter A really wonderful and scarce pair of mid-19th century hand coloured prints The Foundering of the Royal Charter. This print is an engravings that has been beautifully hand coloured with water colours. It tells the story of HMS Royal Charter foundering off the coast of Anglesey. The Royal Charter was a steam clipper which was wrecked off the beach of Porth Alerth in Dulas Bay on the northeast coast of Anglesey on 26 October 1859. The ship was used on the route from Liverpool to Australia, mainly as a passenger ship although there was room for some cargo. There was room for up to 600 passengers, with luxury accommodation in the first class. She was considered a very fast ship, able to make the passage to Australia via Cape Horn in under 60 days. The ship initially grounded on a sandbank, but in the early morning of the 26th the rising tide drove her on to the rocks at a point just north of Moelfre at Porth Alerth on the north coast of Anglesey. Battered against the rocks by huge waves whipped up by winds of over 100 mph, she quickly broke up. One member of the crew, Maltese-born Guzi Ruggier also known as Joseph Rogers managed to swim ashore with a line, enabling a few people to be rescued, and a few others were able to struggle to shore through the surf. Most of the passengers and crew, a total of over 450 people, died. Many of them were killed by being dashed against the rocks by the waves rather than drowned. Others were said to have drowned, weighed down by the belts of gold they were wearing around their bodies. The survivors, 21 passengers and 18 crew members, were all men, with no women or children saved. It comes in very good condition and has been reframed and glazed at some point quite recently. It has a good quality gilt frame and it has been well mounted, which includes double ink lining. It measures 21 x 18 inches.
Superb Pair of Mini Antique German Hand Blown Schnapps Glasses Here are a great pair of mini hand blown German Schnpps glasses, they have a long hollow foot with a ribbed effect and a flat hollow stem, this is an unusual size standing 4.75 inches tall, they come in very good condition, one has a very minor chip in the bottom of the foot. They date between 1890 - 1910.
Superb Pair of Tall Antique German Hand Blown Hock Glasses Here are a great pair of tall hand blown German hock glasses, they have a tall hollow foot with an applied spiral twist, a hollow stem with three prunts, all very technical and skillful work, this is an unusual size standing 8 inches tall and they date between 1890 - 1910, they come in very good condition, one however does have a chip in the bottom of the foot.
Superb Quality Vintage Officers Service Cap. A beautiful quality officers service dress cap. it is made from a drab green wool felt with a leather chin strap with brass fitting. Inside it is lined with silk and has a brown leather sweatband. Inside has the makers name and it is dated 1982. This cap is mint and is as new and has never been worn. A lovely private purchase cap with around a size 7 & ½.
Superb Set of Six Antique German Hand Blown Hock Glasses Nice to find a full set of six of these antique German hock glasses, dating from around 1900, they have been hand blown and include a hollow stem with three prunts, the darker glass on the foot would have been applied when molten and the control and skill needed was considerable. They come in excellent condition with no chips, as they are hand blown there are very slight differences in the form and colour, they measure 5.25 inches high.
Superb Victorian East Kent Reg Officer’s Helmet Plate. Multi layered gilt metal and silver East Kent Regiment officer’s blue cloth helmet plate used from 1881 to 1901. The quality of this plate is fabulous as is the condition, showing very little wear to the original gilding. The surface has a few scratches, and it has four threaded posts which holds the front part on to the backing plate. This is secured by four gilt nuts, unfortunately three of these nuts are missing. a beautiful piece which rarely seen in this condition.
Superb Victorian Gilt Brass & Silver HAC Officers Belt Buckle. A beautiful quality Victorian two-piece dress belt buckle worn by an officer of the Honourable Artillery Company. This buckle is made of gilt brass which has been highlighted by silver to the moto around the outside and the grenade to the centre. It is in wonderful condition, light signs of wear and with traces of old price / catalogue tickets on the back. It will take 1.75 inch bullion and leather belt and it measures 3.75 inches wide.
Superb Victorian Group 3 Gordon Highlanders. A group of three Victorian medals comprising of the Egypt medal with Tel-El-Kebir clasp, correctly named to 1634 Private T McKee. 1st battalion Gordon Highlanders. Victorian Long Service & Good Conduct medal correctly named to 1841 Private T McKee Gordon Highlanders and the Khedives Star 1882 unnamed as issued. All court mounted by Spink of London. Thomas McKee was born in September 1857 in the village of Calry near the town of Sligo in Ireland. The political and social environment in Ireland at that time is well documented needless to say life in rural areas was hard although before joining the army in Glasgow in 1879, Thomas was employed as a Policeman, I would stay quite a stable job at that time, so for what ever reason he felt a change was needed and he enrolled into the No1 company (then) 75th Regiment of Foot. He was on home service from August 1879 – March 1881 then he served in Malta from March 81 till August 82. He was then sent to Egypt with his battalion on 2nd August and remained there until 13th May 1885. In response to internal unrest in Egypt caused by a rising tide of Egyptian Nationalism and resentment of foreign involvement in its affairs, Britain sent a military expeditionary force to Egypt in August 1882 in order to protect British lives and property. The Gordons were part of a large British force sent to quell it. Landing at Port Said on 1 September 1882, the force marched west, heading for their main target – Tel-el-Kebir. Moving across the desert at night, the force struck before sunrise on 13 September in a surprise attack. Deep ditches and high parapets were crossed under heavy fire, and fierce hand to hand fighting secured victory, ending the revolt. At Tel-el-Kebir the Egyptian army was probably around 20,000 troops with 60 guns. The British and Indian force comprised 11,000 infantry, 2,000 cavalry and 45 guns. When he returned home, he extended his term of service which meant he received a slight pay rise. As by this point, he was married to Amie and had three children. At home it looks like he transferred to the 2nd battalion Gordon Highlanders with a change of Number. He stayed at home for the rest of his long service and was finally discharged on 26th August 1901 after 22 years’ service with the colours. On his discharge he went to live near Liverpool. These medals are in very good condition some contact marks from the star and Egypt medal has a little pitting on face. This group comes with various copied paperwork including service records, medal rolls etc.
Superb Victorian Harris & Son London Day or Night 3 Draw Telescope This is a lovely Victorian era brass telescope marked on the top barrel for Harris & Son of London, it pulls out in 3 draws and has an additional slide out end with a good wood probably oak hand piece, both ends have their slide protective covers, the optics are clear and sharp but given its age could do with a clean, it measures 37.75 inches fully open and a compact 12 inches closed. Signs of age to the wood and the odd dent but otherwise in super condition.
Superb Victorian Helmet Plate Officers Cadets Sandhurst. A beautiful Victorian helmet plate worn on the blue cloth home service helmet by officer cadets at Sandhurst. It is a three-part brass plate with an enamelled centre, this plate is in wonderful original condition with all original lugs on the back.
Superb Victorian Officers Sword Belt & Sash in Original Tin. A fabulous lot of beautiful gold bullion work. Here is a black painted metal tin lined with red velvet. It contains a gold bullion and scarlet leather high ranking officer’s sword belt with matching hangers and parade sash. The belt buckle is very fine quality gilt metal with a white metal lion standing over Queen Victoria’s crown. It all comes in excellent condition, it has been very well cared for over the years and the only wear is to the sword hangers which have a little friction wear. A stunning set, which is unmarked, which is a little surprising considering the quality. The belt will fit up to a 34 waist.
Superb Victorian Silver & Mother-of-Pearl Fruit Knife 1869 G. Unite This is a really lovely quality hallmarked silver and decorated mother-of-pearl fruit or quill knife, it is marked for Birmingham 1869 with the makers mark for George Unite along the blade, the handle has an inlaid silver cartouche which has not been engraved, the hafts of the handle have been decorated with flowers and leaves, it comes in super condition, the blade has signs of age and use and the hinge works well, it measures just under 6 inches long open and 3.25 closed.
Superb Watercolour of Bell Airacobra Mk1 by W. F. Hepworth. A superb proof watercolour by the illustrator W. F. Hepworth, used in the 1970’s books on aircraft and aviation used by Harleyford Publishing. This is of the WW2 Bell Aircobra MkI No 601 Squadron, Duxford, September 1941. An interesting aircraft, the first used by the Americans in the battle of Britain, but on the whole, the aircraft wasn’t a success and was only used in a few other operations. This beautiful watercolour has stunning detail and comes glazed and framed. It measures 25 x 15 inches, an imposing piece for any aviation collector.
Superb WW1 & WW2 Father & Daughter Group. A very interesting group of original photographs and medals belonging to a Father and Daughter serving through both world wars. A WW1 British war and victory medal pair to Louis J Adams who served with the British Red Cross & St John of Jerusalem as a Hospital Orderly in France from February 1917 to April 1919. He was aged 46 when he joined, this was probably the only way he could get into the war at the time, being an older man. His address at the time was in Malvern, Worcestershire. These were sometimes unqualified men who did most of the donkeywork around the hospital or clearing station, but most got close to the sick and wounded of their ward and became invaluable to them, running errands, supplying paper and writing material, cigarettes etc, so they helped with morale as well. This pair of medals are in very good order, the victory medal still retains most of its gilt finish and they come mounted as worn. WW2 1939-45 star and the 1939-45 war medal to 2013834 Beryl Kathleen Maiden (nee Adams) of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force, she enlisted in the May of 1941 and served until the war ended in 1945. She married during the war to Bob Maiden, a Radio Ops Sergeant. Her medals come in named box of issue, addressed to Sussex, but with a change of address to Malvern Worcestershire. RAF badge & Buttons etc. This lot comes with a quantity of original WW2 photographs of her, including one of her marriage, which shows her father to right hand side. A really lovely untouched lot, ready for research, comes with copy of Louis Adams medal index card and also a copy of his BRCS service index cards and Forces War Records info on Kathleen Maiden, which confirms her maiden name etc.
Superb WW1 Era Silver Officers Half Hunter Wrist Watch. A really beautiful officers private purchase wrist watch, the silver and enamel front case has Arabic numerals around the outside, this case covers and protects the main face of the watch, which has a black dial with luminous hands and numbers, it also has a second dial to the bottom. The back of the silver case is the unscrew type, so no chance of the case popping open, unscrew and this reveals a very good quality 15 Jewel Swiss movement and I wouldn't trust it for constant wear. I have been wearing this watch for about a week, it runs very well and keeps good time, it still retains what looks to be the original strap, I have left this on for the authenticity of the piece but it is a little worn and I wouldn't trust it for constant wear. Please Note. I can in no way guarantee this watch and it is sold as seen, I have sold very good watches in the past that have arrived at their new home to be mishandled, over wound or damaged, that is the only reason why I do not guarantee this piece.
Superb WW1 Fret Cut Watch Stand. A fabulous piece handmade and fret cut to resemble an earlier French mantle clock but made and dedicated to the Great War; I think the pictures speak for themselves. It retains its original pocket watch, this has been modified to fit the stand, it has its original key so I have had this watch running for about 5 weeks, it runs really well, I have kept it going and it hasn’t faltered; its case was once silver plated, the silver is now all polished away just leaving the brass, but I think it looks much better this way. The wooden case is in superb original condition and looks wonderful against a coloured wall, in fact if I had any spare room, it would be staying with me, but unfortunately I just haven’t the space to place it in a position where it can be enjoyed.
Superb WW1 German Pickelhaube Helmet –Wurttemberg. Thinning my own collection and I have no longer any space for this scarce WW1 helmet. It is everything typical of an early wartime helmet. Thick Leather shell with brass fittings all original with a Wurttemberg plate. Although the plate, as the rest of the helmet, 100% genuine, I can’t say the plate is the original plate it was issued with. Having said that, the fittings and shell are all correct for a helmet from the German state of Wurttemberg. The only things that are not original on this piece is the spike retaining plate on the inside of the helmet. I had these made up some years ago, to stop the pins of the spike rivets from scratching the leather. Similarly I have used modern washers on the plate pins etc. The rare original Wurttemberg helmet plate is stunning, wonderful detail which shows very little wear, only slight softening to the high points. It has some markings on the back peek, they are quite faint and I have spent many an hour trying to work them out. It looks like ‘R124’ or ‘RL24’, I can’t say for sure. You have to hold it to the light and get it on the right angle to see it. I would think these markings are a battalion or regiment number. The condition is just super, as long as I have had it, it has been kept in a relatively cool room, I’ve kept it well waxed and polished. I like to see things sympathetically cleaned, nice and bright but still retaining some of its original patination. So it’s ready to display with no work to do on it. A fabulous piece of imperial German history rare and unique in this condition.
Superb WW1 German Silver Gilt Sweetheart Bracelet with Iron Cross A lovely sweetheart bracelet fashioned from a solid 800 grade silver centre piece which has a miniature Iron Cross surrounded by oak leaves, the bracelet is made from a fine flexible series of silver links, the whole piece has been gilded and it comes in very good condition, there are a couple of minor faults on the bracelet links and some light discolouration on the central section which I think will clean, it would fit a small to medium wrist.
Superb WW1 German Trench Art Shell 1915 This well decorated shell case is full of marks on the base, it is clearly dated for 1915 and originated from a 7.7cm field canon, it was manufactured in Karlsruhe and has inspection marks and lot number etc amongst others on the base. The case has been decorated with a basket with branches and leaves. It comes in excellent condition and stands 9 inches high.
Superb WW1 Hallmarked Silver Gilt Army Service Corps Sweetheart Brooch This is a super quality sweetheart brooch for the Army Service Corps, it has a full set of hallmarks on the back for Birmingham 1915 with a makers mark of W.J.D. the front has been enamelled and gilded, an expensive gift in its day, it comes in very good condition and measures 1.25 inches in diameter.
Superb WW1 Trio to Nurse Dodd, Served Egypt. A wonderful WW1 1915 star trio all awarded to Nurse Dora Dodd of the Voluntary Aid Detachment. Dora Dodd served with the Red Cross VAD in Egypt from 11th September 1915, Egypt was hard place for voluntary nurses to start during the war, most likely she was posted to the 15th general hospital in Alexandria, this was the largest hospital and more likely to take probationary nurses. Not only did they have to deal with the wounded but also with most horrible of diseases, the nurses being no more immune to the diseases than the soldiers serving in the area. Although Dora Dodd is for the most part un-researched, it is easy to imagine the conditions she worked in, alongside nurses from Australia and other commonwealth countries as well as TFNS and QAIMNSR nurses. This lady needs further research to bring to life her experiences during the Great War. The medals are in excellent condition, also included is a couple of pages from her own photo album which contained few of her nursing service in Egypt, but I was allowed to take the photos relevant, there are two or three wonderful pictures of her with her patients, a view of a hospital ship, and one of the ambulances that brought and took the wounded from the battlefield and to the hospital ships docked in Alexandria. The photographs are rare and very valuable by themselves and the temptation to keep them is great, but I do hate splitting anything from its rightful place, so the original photos are included.
Superb WW1 Turkish Gallipoli Star A WW1 era Turkish Gallipoli Star in absolutely stunning condition. It was instituted by Sultan Mehmed V on 1st March 1915 for gallantry in battle. This decoration was also awarded to other Central Powers troops, primarily in Ottoman areas of engagement. This one is in near mint condition with makers mark B B & Co on the back. Enamels and plating all perfect. You Will not find a better example.
Superb WW1/2 German Gallantry Medal Group & More. A wonderful original group of medals all awarded to one man for his service through the Great War and into world war two. The medals were awarded to Heinrich Knief, he was born in 1897 in Feld, near Kiel in northern Germany, but at the outbreak of the war, Heinrich with his family were living in Hamburg. When he Joined the army for war in late 14 or early 15 he was a 2nd Lieutenant, given he was probably a NCO in peace time as all German men saw a kind of national service when they came of age. The medals and awards include, Iron Cross 1st Class EKI, Iron Cross 2nd Class EKII, Black Wound Badge, the Honour Cross with Swords, Nazi 12 Year Service Medal, the SA Sports Badge in Bronze and a medal bar containing ribbons of the EKII, Honour Cross and 12 Year Medal; he is also entitled to the 1939 Spange to the Iron Cross EKII, which is missing. The Iron Cross EKII and Honour Cross are court mounted together the 12 year service medal is un-mounted; all medals and badges are in excellent original condition, that is they have been worn many times but have no major damage. Also with this lot comes a large amount of original photographs from the first world war to his service in the second world war, it makes a wonderful complete group with his post war ID card also, which means here is a super group for research. Most photos are written on, giving date and place taken, there are some great clear photos which detail his uniform insignia, and so with a little time and patience you should be able to put together this man’s service history ending with a promotion to Captain during WW2.
Superb WW2 German Pilot / Observer Badge. A beautiful badge which comes in a fitted case made by C. E. Juncker of Berlin. This badge comes in totally untouched condition, it looks as if it has never been out of its case, I would describe it as mint for just a minor amount of tarnishing to the surface of the metal. A very fine piece and an asset to any collection. Don’t forget, every item I sell comes with a full money back guarantee. Terms and conditions apply.
Superb WW2 Scottish Officers Trench Coat. A beautiful wool officer’s trench coat. It was worn by a major in the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders as it has all its original buttons apart from one on the sleeve, this must have been lost during the war as it has been replaced with a WW2 economy general issue button. The coat itself is made of a thick drab green wool, inside the coat, it is lined with a tan wool under coat with an inside pocket and the rest is wool same as the outside. It must have been very warm in its day. Inside it has its original label which is dated 1945. The condition is excellent although it does have a few small moth holes here and there. It has been recently treated against any further insect infestation this treatment is guaranteed for a year. It measures; Length 44 inches. Chest 42 inches and 18 inches across the shoulder.
Superb WW2 Silver & Enamel Sweetheart Badge Royal Navy This is a lovely high quality Royal Navy sweetheart badge, marked to the back on both sections with silver and finished with red and blue enamels, it comes in excellent condition and measures just under 1.25 inches long.
Superb WW2 Silver & Enamel Sweetheart Badge Wiltshire Regiment This is a lovely high quality sweetheart badge for the Wiltshire regiment, marked to the back with silver and finished with red and blue enamels, it comes in excellent condition and measures just under 1.25 inches long.
Superb WW22 USAAF V-44 Survival Knife The V-44 survival knife was issued to US Army Air Force personnel in case that they were shot down and needed to survive in the jungles of the South Pacific. This knife was manufactured by the Kinfolks Company and consists of a black composite handle secured to the tang by three brass rivets. It has a straight brass cross guard with ball finials finishing in an imposing wide Bowie type blade. It comes in its original brown leather sheath with its belt loop still attached. The whole piece is in excellent original condition. It shows a little very light wear but no damage or rusting to any of the metal. The grips is also in the same very good order with no damage. A beautiful piece scarce in this amazing condition. Proof of age required on purchase.
Territorial Efficiency Medal 1921-1930. 9th A & S H The scarcer TEF which bridged the gap between the Territorial Force Efficiency Medal and the Territorial medal for Efficient Service. this one is correctly named to; 2969522 Warrant Officer 2nd class. A Simpson. 9th battalion Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders, the The Dumbartonshire battalion. In 1914 to the early part of 15, 1/9th were being trained and equipped in preparation for their departure to France. On the night of 19/20th February 1915 the Battalion sailed to Le Harve and was soon engaged in the Ypres Salient, attached to the 81st Brigade, 27th Division. On 10th March 1915 the Battalion took its first casualties, with 5 men wounded. 10 days later a Corporal MacKay became the first 9th Argyll to be killed in action. For the first two months of their posting in Ypres the 9th’s casualties were relatively light, it was their turn to suffer. From the 10th to the 17/18 May 1915 the Battalion took part in fierce fighting and had to bear heavy German bombardment. On the 10th of May itself the Battalion losses amounted to 12 officers and 300 men, including the CO Colonel Clark. Sadly the losses continued to mount. A terrible gas attack which was launched by the Germans on 24th May all but overwhelmed the men, who had been ordered forward to support the Royal Dublin Fusiliers. When the Battalion was formally withdrawn from the front that day its strength mustered just 2 officers and 85 men. Tragedy haunted the Battalion even at home. Captain Findlay and Lieutenants Jackson, Kirsop and Bonnar left the front for a spot of leave that same month of May. Two days after their departure 3 of them were killed in the train disaster near Gretna. By the end of the terrible month of May 1915 the 1/9 were instructed to amalgamate with the 7th Battalion, who had also suffered heavy losses, under the title “The Composite Battalion of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders”. The amalgamation was intended as a temporary measure and would exist until such times as reinforcements could come from 2/9th Battalion. Six months after the terrible losses of May 1915, the Battalion had been brought up to a strength of 25 Officers and 461 other ranks. But the Battalion could not be brought up to its required strength. Because of the great demands of industry in the county, the problem of obtaining new recruits in Dumbartonshire was apparent to all. Eventually the Battalion had to be disbanded. Everything was done to preserve the local identity of the Dumbartonshire Territorials but sentimental feelings could not be allowed to stand in the way of the efficiency of the Army as a whole. The Battalion no longer existed but the Officers and Men of the 1/9th continued to serve in other battalions and other regiments. In its short time in France it was mentioned in dispatches 3 times and personally complimented by Field Marshall Sir John French. A very interesting medal for research, which comes in very good condition apart from some contact wear on the rim, which would suggest that it was once mounted as a part of a group at some time.
The British Army in Northan Ireland by Colonel M Dewar. The 1996 revised edition of this work, outlining the Northern Ireland campaign from its beginnings to the 1984 – 94 cease-fire. Very well written and well-illustrated with 280 pages plus index and includes a tour of duty list of every regiment who served. Plus the Northern Ireland roll of Honour booklet. In Very good unused condition. RRP £20
The Fight for Gallipoli – Admiral Sir Roger Keyes This book was published in 1941 and was taken from the Naval memoirs of the Admiral of the fleet Sir Roger Keyes, entitled ‘the fight for Gallipoli’ it was first published in 1934 and republished in this form in ’41. 341 pages of text with the occasional picture and maps it comes in good but aged condition with yellowing of the pages and the odd stain on the outer cover.
The Great War Remembered – Gary Sheffield – Imperial War Museum 10 A large boxed book – the centenary edition which contains 30 facsimile documents and a DVD with a documentary film and first hand accounts, really nicely packaged and in super condition.
The Kings Own Regiment Badge Set. WW2 issue Cap Badge and shoulder title both in all brass and come in good but used condition.
The Naval History of Gt Britain Vol 1 & 2 2 Books the Naval History of Great Britain volume one 1793 – 1796 and volume two 1797 – 1799. An in depth look at Britain’s naval history between these dates, detailing battles, the ships and their officers during the French revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. Both books as new. RRP £25 each.
Three Books RAF Interest. Three interesting reads all relating to WW2 RAF. The Dam Busters by Paul Brickhill; brown linin bound in good condition. Tail-End Charlie by John Wainwright, blue linin bound in good condition. Reach for the Sky, the story of Douglas Bader by Paul Brickhill 1954. Blue linin bound in good condition.
Three Books – Denis Richards & Hilary Saunders The Royal Air Force 1939-45 Issued in 1953/4 this trio of books were produced by the HMSO, book one by Richards is entitled ‘the fight at odds’ vol 2 by Richards and Saunders is ‘the fight avails and vol 3 by Saunders ‘the fight is won’. All three come in good but aged condition and I expect will make an interesting read.
Three Early 20th C Lead Bandsmen Figures Here are three marching band figures all cast in lead and hand painted, on the belly of the black horse is made in England, as you see two are mounted and one on foot, they come in good but playworn condition and the tallest stands 3.5 inches high.
Three Edward VII Commemorative Badges & Medallion Here are a good group of three Edwardian royal commemoratives including a 1902 Coronation medallion issued by the mayor of Ipswich a photographic pin badge and a rarer coloured pin badge, all come in good but aged condition.
Three Generation Family Group to Lukey A fantastic Victorian, WW1 & WW2 grandfather, father and son medals, now, this takes a little explaining so please bear with me. The first medal, Victorian Volunteer Force Long Service medal, privately named to; No 7 Private Edward Lukey of the 2nd London Rifle Volunteers (dated) 14th January 1895. This medal was awarded for 20 years’ service in the volunteer forces. Edward Lukey enlisted around 1875, he worked has a Cloth Worker and was married to Francis and lived in Marylebone London. With a number as low as number 7 he must have been one of the first to enrol after the reforms of 1872 when the regiment was taken under the wing of the 48th Middlesex RVC. This medal is in superb condition and it is now court mounted. WW1 group comprises of the British war and Victory medal correctly named to; 118362 Private Albert. E. P. Lukey. (son of Edward Lukey) Machine Gun Corps. WW2 Defence medal, unnamed as issued and a large very heavy solid silver sports medal with an image of Ugallu the storm demon with a sun at his back with the number 17 within it and at the bottom ‘Babylonia’. On the reverse is engraved ‘Pte A Lukey 1st Tug of war’. All medals have been court mounted obviously within the last ten years or so and come with original cap badge and photograph of Albert in uniform. Plus box of issue for his defence medal with issue slip. Albert Edward Lukey was born in London around 1884 and in civilian life, he was a wood polisher. He was probably drafted into the army in 1916 and found his way to the MGC. If the ’17’ on the tug of war medal is a unit or battalion, there was no 17 battalion or company of MGC fighting in Mesopotamia only the 17th Motor Machine corps. The 17th MGC was formed February 1918 and only served in France and I can find little information regarding the 17th MMGC battalion, only that later in the war they served under the command of General Sir Frederick Maude. Anglo-Indian troops advanced back up the River Tigris recapturing Kut and Baghdad on their way. This offensive, culminating in the Battle of Istabulat and the capture of Samarra, this was a great boost to the British war effort, although at a great cost. This man need more research and the information above only my opinion. Private Albert Lukey survived and discharged in the May of 1920. A lot of MMGC and Armoured car units stayed in Mesopotamia after the Armistice the Iraqi revolt devolved from several secret societies that had been formed in the region during 1918 and 1919. WW2 Group of three comprising of 1939/45 star, Africa star and 1939/45 war medal, all court mounted unnamed as issued but with casualty medal issue slip named to 6916783 Rifleman A. E. Lukey. Also included is a WW2 era Rifle Brigade cap badge. Rifleman Albert Edward Lukey born 1917 (the son of Albert E. P. Lukey) served with the 1st battalion Rifle Brigade; it was in England on the outbreak of the Second World War, originally part of the 1st Support Group, part of the 1st Armoured Division. In late April 1940, however, the battalion transferred to the newly created 30th Infantry Brigade and landed in France the following month within the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) but was lost at the defence of Calais, due to the lack of food water and ammunition, however the brigade slowed the German advance and enabled the Dunkirk evacuation to proceed. The battalion was reformed in the United Kingdom and became part of the 2nd Armoured Brigade of the 1st Armoured Division and took part in many battles in the North African Campaign which took place from 10th June 1940 to 13th May 1943. It included campaigns fought in the Libyan and Egyptian deserts. When the division arrived in Egypt in mid-November 1941, the latest British offensive Operation Crusader had already started. By the end of that year's December, Operation Crusader had concluded with an Axis withdrawal to western Libya. The 1st Armoured Division moved into eastern Libya, took over the front line and was reinforced with the 200th Guards Brigade. Apart from small infantry forces, the division was the only force within 100 miles of the front line. In early January 1942, the division was subjected to an aerial attack and on 21st January 1942, Axis forces attacked the 150-tank strong division and forced it to conduct a fighting withdrawal. The division, along with the rest of the Eighth Army, retreated until the army regrouped at Gazala in February. The division had lost 42 tanks in combat, with a further 30 damaged or abandoned. On 26 May 1942, Axis forces struck the Allied positions and initiated the Battle of Gazala which took place west of the port of Tobruk in Libya, from 26 May to 21 June 1942, the allies facing an enemy of German and Italian troops of over 80,000 men. Here Albert was probably taken prisoner by an Italian contingent around 21st January 1942 and he would have been placed in a pow camp in north Africa for a while before being shipped off to Italian-controlled territory, either to Italy or to Greece by ship, either on naval units or on homeward bound Italian merchant vessels. At the time there was a top secret British Submarine operation in progress off the coast of north Africa to stop munitions and supplies reaching the Axis fighting forces. This could be dangerous, since POW transports were not marked. Albert was probably put on board the Italian steam ship the Ariosto. The Ariosto was sunk, hit by two torpedoes, and going down after a few hours in the early hours of 15 February. As the prisoners were crammed into the hull of the ship nearly all souls were lost, Albert Lukey being just one. His death was not confirmed until March of 42. He is now remembered with honour at the Alamein Memorial although his death is recorded ‘at sea’. All medals are in excellent condition and all come court mounted. Along with the medals etc comes many pages of research including medal rolls, index card and commonwealth war graves certificate confirming above.
Three Interesting WW1 Era Sporting Photograph Postcards A great group of three photo postcards showing military sporting teams, the first is dated 1916 on the back and has ‘No 12 platoon hockey team C coy 1916’, the second has the bayonet fighting team and the third is the football team for 12 platoon with a ball dated 1917 in the centre. They come in very good but aged condition the hockey team having a pin hole in the top margin.
Three Various West German NCO Army Cap Badges This style of badge was used during the 1950’s – the cold war era by West German Bundeswehr NCO’s, they are identical in shape and style but vary in colour, one has both its fixing pins intact the other two lack theirs, otherwise very good condition and measure 3 inches in diameter.
Three Vintage Darts Medallions one Hallmarked Silver Here are three darts medallions all awarded to S. I. Barnes in 1949/50, two are bronze and the third is hallmarked silver all are engraved on the back and depict a dartboard on the front, the largest measures one inch across.
Three Vintage Royal Artillery Cloth & Metal Badges First of the 3 badges is an embroidered cloth badge, comes in a good size and has been attached to a uniform showing signs of wear with rough edges it measures 3.25 inches x 3, the second is what appears to be a home made hand painted with gold paint cloth badge for the Royal Artillery Association, it has a pop stud sewn onto the back to simply ‘pop’ onto a hat or uniform, the third is a brass and enamel sweetheart badge which comes in good condition and measures just over 2 centimeters long.
Three Vintage Silver Plated National Rifle Association Spoons Here are three, a pair and a single, silver plated spoons for the national smallbore rifle association, usually given as prizes at events, the pair are marked EPNS to the back and carry the motto ‘look forward’ along the front of the handles, the single is a better quality spoon with red and blue enamels to the terminal. All three come in very good condition and the largest measures 4.75 inches long.
Trafalgar Period 1790 Pattern Naval Boarding Cutlass. A rare 1790 pattern naval cutlass totally untouched, so covered in a heavy patina of rust bloom with some pitting. It has a blade measuring 25 inches in length with a fuller groove on the back edge both sides. It has a steel hourglass guard, typical for this period and wrought iron grip. These were made by a variety of different makers, so no two seem to be the same. This I would say is in fair condition but it is a fighting weapon over two hundred years old, just a good piece in any condition and a bit better than most.
Two 1945/46 Alamein Club Cairo Cricket Photographs An interesting pair of pictures that come with details on the back, the first has a lable that says ‘army V New Zealand. Alemein club, Cairo, Sunday Sept 2nd 1945’, it then lists the players from the British team. The second one has, ‘Egypt united services V Palestine united services. Alemein club June 29th and 30th 1946’, and then the list of players. Both photographs are in very good condition the frames less so, they show signs of age and use. They measure 10 inches x 8 and 11 inches x 9.
Two 1950’s Panoramic Photographs 4th Batt Suffolk Reg (T.A.) These two large panoramic photographs feature the 4th T.A. battalion the Suffolk regiment, the slightly smaller one is dated for 1957 and features hundreds of uniformed soldiers, the larger one is dated for 1958 and has the caption ‘on the occasion of the visit of H.R.H. The Princess Margaret Colonel-in-chief the Suffolk regiment to Benacre park 8th June 1958’. This one measures 38 x 8 inches and comes in good condition, the other is 35.5 x 8 and has a few tears along the edge.
Two 2nd Infantry Division Cloth Patches 2nd Div's emblem was chosen in 1940 by its commander, Major-General H.C. Lloyd, who had previously commanded a Guards Brigade which had a single key for its badge. The crossed keys are the emblem of the Archbishop of York. The badges are not a true pair,one is slightly smaller than the other and has had a much harder life having been worn and roughly removed from a uniform, the other is in much better condition and measures two inches square.
Two Boxed Sets of 3 Silver Plated Rifle Association Prize Spoons Here are two original boxed sets of three each silver plated tea spoons for the National smallbore rifle association, these were usually given as prizes at events, each one is marked to the back with E.B & Co with the EP mark and to the front with the crossed rifles, the boxes are marked for the association. They come in good condition but the boxes are worn from storage.
Two Cased Winston Churchill Crowns – Isle of Man and 1965 Two cased commemorative crowns for Winston Churchill, the first dates from 1965 and the other was issued in the Isle of Man and is dated 1974, both come in very good condition.
Two De Agostini Atlas Editions Model WW2 Ships – American Two mint and boxed die cast WW2 British model ships from the Atlas Editions range by De Agostini, US Navy Missouri and USS Massachusetts, both come with their information leaflet and measure approx 7 inches long.
Two General Staff Cloth Collar Tabs Not a pair in fact one is King’s crown the other Queen’s crown, general service cloth collar tabs, both in good condition but both used.
Two Good large Size Inter War Naval Photo’s HMS Conway HMS Conway was a naval training school or "school ship", founded in 1859 and housed for most of her life aboard a 19th-century wooden ship of the line. The ship was originally stationed on the Mersey near Liverpool, then moved to the Menai Strait during World War II. While being towed back to Birkenhead for a refit in 1953, she ran aground and was wrecked, and later burned. The smaller of the two pics shows the Conway’s boat race racing crew, taken in June 1929, each man is named some with their crew positions, it has been signed ‘love Derek’ bottom left and this ties in with the larger picture which has on the back ‘Derek right hand corner of picture’ I am assuming that this is the complete ships compliment of the Conway including the nurse, two other ladies and one man in civvies, some of the boys look so very young but would probably have served in WW2. Both pics come in very good condition, the larger measures 13.5 inches x 8 and the smaller is 8.5 inches x 6.5 with the mount being 12 x 9.
Two Good Vintage Hand Painted Lead Bandsman Figures 4 Both of these figures are not maker marked but would have come from a good quality set, they have each been hand painted and originate from a bandsman group, both are in playworn condition and stand 2.5 inches high.
Two Large Size Magazine Articles \'Women and Wartime\' One of these articles covers women and their role in the Great war including: Red cross, volunteer police, mechanics and Land girls amongst others, the other covers WW2 nurses, bus conductors, land girls and transport. Two large sized sheets in very good condition.
Two Modern Zeppelin Postcards from Original Photo’s These are French issue postcards, fairly modern showing the French airship ‘Spiess’ and the other a German zepellin airship which was forced to land at Luneville both pictures taken from original photo’s. Both come in very good condition.
Two Post War Navy Cloth Trade Patches – Gunner Here are two super quality Naval cloth trade patches for a Navy gunner, the first is a super gold bullion on black cloth with a decorative Queen’s crown and the other a red sewn on black cloth also with the Queen’s crown, both come in super condition and the largest measures just over 4.5 inches long.
Two Post WW2 European Voluntary Worker Stamped Envelopes Following the end of the second world war this country was short of manual labour so continental Europeans were invited over to plug the labour shortage, they mostly came from the Ukraine, Poland and Latvia having already been displaced by the war, they became known as E.V.W's (European voluntary workers) from 1946-49 91,000 people came to the UK under various schemes. These two envelopes are addressed to the same man, Josef Rehuk, the brown stamped one was sent to him in early March 1948 when he was living in Baden, by the end of march of the same year he was at the E.V.W. Holding hostel at the RAF site at Wrattling common Cambridgeshire,how long he stayed is anyones guess, he may have returned to Germany or remained and has family living today. Something a bit different, both are in good condition.
Two Pre WW2 Photo Postcards – LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin Both of these postcards have the date of 1943 on the back but by then the Graf Zeppelin had been retired for 3 years so I am assuming the date to be an error. Both photo postcards come in very good condition.
Two Rare Victorian all Hand Painted Magic Lantern Slides – Arctic Exploration Here are two super quality and excellent condition all hand painted Victorian magic lantern slides, they are housed in box wood frames and each has a scene from an Arctic exploration, one has two ships moored in a bay of ice with figures on land and a large mountain in the back, the other has two figures with a grounded boat having loaded up a sled. These will have come from a large series of similar scenes depicting a famous Franklin exploration. Both come in very good condition with no breaks to the glass but show signs of age to the wood and require a clean, they each measure 6.5 inches long and are just over 3 inches in diameter.
Two Vintage 30mm Rarden Autocannon Shell Cases for AFV’s The Rarden 30mm AFV (armoured fighting vehicle) was used as a combat vehicle weapon and fired this type of shell, one case is well marked to the base with ‘30mm AFV RG 800 86’, the other is similar with ‘002 and 00. Both as you can see are complete and come in good condition on the bases with the tops having some rust and surface marks, they stand approx. 10 inches high.
Two Vintage Britain’s Die Cast Yeoman Warden & Life Guards Here are two Britain’s Ltd die cast figures, the first is a Beefeater or Yeoman Warden and the second is a man of the Life Guards, he is dated on the base for 1973, both come in very good but playworn condition and stand 2.5 to 2.75 inches high.
Two Vintage Del Prado Hand Painted Die Cast Figures Belgian & Polish Two very good quality hand painted Del Prado die cast metal figurines of early 19th century soldiers, one is a Polish Lancer, French guard cavalry 1807, the other is a Trooper Belgian 5th light Dragoons 1815, both are in very good condition and the tallest one stands just over 3.5 inches tall.
Two Vintage Gibraltar Issue Military Uniforms Stamps 1969/70 Each wallet contains four stamps in a pre decimal format showing various historic military uniforms, one set was issued November 1969 and the other August 1970, all come in very good condition.
Two Vintage Leather Rifle Slings. Two leather rifle slings one made from platted leather 33.5 inches long. The other is much older and just has a loop at one end, this measures 36 inches long. Both in good order.
Two Vintage RAF Squadron Badges -54 and 216 Waddington Lincolnshire Here are two vintage RAF squadron badges both being based at Waddington Lincolnshire, they are for LIV or 54th and 216 squadrons, both come in very good condition and measure 1.25 inches long. Number 54 Squadron (sometimes written as No. LIV Squadron) is a squadron of the Royal Air Force based at RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire Number 216 Squadron is a squadron of the Royal Air Force based at RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire,
Two Vintage St John’s Ambulance Association Medals Here are two vintage St John medals, the larger one is marked to the back with A207680 Elsie M. Sims and was made by Dowler of Birmingham, the small one has 489734 Ivy Hawksworth, both come in very good condition.
Two WW1 Era French Booklets – Jutland and Zeebrugge From the collection ‘Patrie’ issued in France probably just post war these two booklets detail the naval combat at Jutland and the action at Zebrugge. All in French and 24 pages long they come in very good condition
Two WW1 Era Photographic Postcards Fargo Camp 1913 These two photographic postcards just pre-date WW1, they each show group shots of Fargo camp in 1913 with the 12th company Army Service Corps. Both are in very good condition.
Two WW1 Era Postcards – Sad Partings Two good WW1 era postcards both with a sad parting theme, one looks quite formal with the soldier shaking hands with his loved one. Both come in very good condition and have not been written on.
Two WW1 Era Vickers Son & Maxim Pom Pom Trench Art Shell Cases Here are two WW1 trench art shell cases made from Vickers pompom shells, One carries the full ‘V over S & M’ mark for Vickers Son and Maxim, the other has a clear ‘S’ but little else, they have each been decorated differently from the other and come in very good condition, they each stand 3.25 inches high.
Two WW1 Photographs – The Esbekia Military Rink Hockey Team Here are two WW1 photo’s, the group shot has ‘The Esbekia military rink hockey team’ printed on the pic, below is a brief history for the Esbekia gardens in Cairo, the central uniformed chap looks to be from an Australian unit, the man bottom right has a second picture of him in uniform, he is a sergeant but lacks any other identifying features. The three front members of the team are all wearing roller skates and the goalie is wearing pads. Both pics come in very good condition, the group shot measures 5.5 inches x 3.5 and the sergeant is in a brass frame which measures 5.25 x 3.75. Esbekia Gardens in central Cairo was a popular recreational area for British and Anzac soldiers. There was a roller-skating ring and the New Zealand YMCA established canteen there. The area was also popular with prostitutes.
Two WW2 Era Army Shooting Medallions Here are two army shooting medallions, the first made from bronze shows a lion to the front with ‘the army rifle association’ above, this one is blank on the reverse, the other made from a brass type metal has ‘command small arms meeting Egypt’ to the front and team championship runners up on the reverse. Both come in good condition and are 1.25 in diameter.
Two WW2 Era Horse Brasses – Our Monty and Victory Two interesting WW2 horse brasses, the first decorated with the head and shoulders of Field Marshal Montgomery, around him it has ‘El Alamein to Berlin our Monty’, the second one has ‘1939 victory 1945’, both come in very good condition and measure 3 inches in diameter not including the hanger.
Two WW2 Era National Savings Badges – one Ten Year Service by Fattorini First instituted in 1916 to raise funds for the war effort the National Savings movement continued into the 1970’s, these two badges date from the WW2 and later era, made from brass and enamel one has a ten year service bar, both were made by Fattorini & Sons of Birmingham and both come in very good condition, they measure (minus the bar) one inch long.
Two WW2 German Memorial Death Cards to Brothers These two memorial cards commemorate the deaths of brothers Michael and Georg Biberger. Michael who was 34 when he died on the 18th February 1945 in a field hospital was a mechanic in the Panzer regiment, Georg was only 20 when he died on 10th November 1943, he was a soldier. Unusual to find family death cards, Michaels is in very good conditon, georg's is a little worn.
Two WW2 United States .50 Calibre Browning Machine Gun Cartridge This pair of WW2 era United States made .50 calibre cartridge cases were used with the Browning machine gun on tanks, jeeps, half tracks and most aircraft. These examples are marked SL 43 to the base for the Saint louis plant USA, they come in good condition and measures 5.5 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only
Two WW2 United States .50 Calibre Browning Machine Gun Cartridge This pair of WW2 era United States made .50 calibre cartridge cases were used with the Browning machine gun on tanks, jeeps, half tracks and most aircraft. These examples are marked SL 43 to the base for the Saint louis plant USA and DM for Des Moines Iowa, they come in good condition and measures 5.5 inches long.
United States Air Forces in Europe Cloth Patch & Corporal Chevrons Two original Vintage cloth patches for the United States air forces in Europe and a pair of Corporal chevrons, both come in good condition but have been used, the Europe patch being a bit grubby, this one measures 3 inches long.
Unknown WW2 1941 Dated Boxed Electrical Component I have not been able to sort out what this item is, my best guess is something for a radio and is used to conduct a current, It has 8 metal pins for plugging in separated by 3 layers of Bakelite, two central cylinders that are marked with a series of numbers and various metal plates and wires. It is well marked with impressed numbers and letters including what I am taking as the date of ’41, printed it has T. rls. 43a in black and in red 2 August 1941. It comes in its original box, the piece measures 4 inches long and is in excellent condition the box having signs of age.
Unusual Air Training Corps Cap Badge. A very unusual variant of the Air Training Corps Cap Badge. This one is made of white metal with a gilt eagle to the centre. The gilt has been baked on, so it is original to the badge. Maybe an early officer or instructor’s badge. In good used condition. Ref. AF15
Unusual Antique Shot Flask, Horn with Leather This is an unusual shot flask and I cannot find a comparison, sadly there are no makers marks which would have helped, at first glance it appears a regular leather covered shot flask but as the leather has shrunk and moved with age you can see that the body is made from horn, the edges have been finished with metal and then leather covered, the top end fitments are brass, it has a flat back and a distinct domed front. Condition wise its not at its best, the metal clip on the top doesn’t work and the leather has a large hole on the back probably caused by storage over the years, it measures 7.25 inches long.
Unusual Dated 1938 Trench Art Brass Ashtray This solid brass small ashtray is clearly dated for 1938 on the base it also has other markings including P152 and 33, I think it is German in origin and is the central part of a much larger shell case which has been machined down and converted into the ashtray. It is heavy and comes in good condition although the rest for the cigarette looks out of shape, it measures just under two inches in diameter.
Unusual Gilded Metal & Enamel Women’s Auxiliary badge Dating probably between the wars this gilded metal and enamel badge has printed to the front ' women's auxiliary league licensed trade' as far as I can gather this was an association of ladies who established their league in 1918 to counter the activities of the women’s temperance movement and thus promote the interests of the licensed victuallers. Made by fattorini of Birmingham it measures one inch in diameter and comes in good condition with a few marks on the metal.
Unusual High Quality WW2 Era Silver Filigree & Gold RAF Sweetheart Brooch This is a lovely quality WW2 era RAF sweetheart brooch made from silver filigree wirework and an applied central plaque of rose gold, it carries no marks but that is not unusual as the nature of the work does not allow for marks to be added, it comes in super condition just needing a clean and it measures just over 2.25 inches long.
Unusual Made in the Field Swagger Stick This unusual swagger stick came with a parcel of items from a family who had a serving man in Gallipoli, it is understood by the family to have originated from there but to be honest I cant give proof that that is the case. The swagger stick is made from one piece of bamboo painted black, the knobbly top lending itself to being painted to resemble a face and head. Comes in good condition, the bottom being a little rough. Measures 29.5 inches long.
Unusual Style Antique Ebony Police Truncheon There seems to be many variations of style within the truncheon community and I have not been able to find this exact one, it is made from ebony and has distinctive flattened ends with only a light turned handle grip, it measures 13 inches long and comes in very good condition.
Unusual Victorian Scots Guards Kilt/Shoulder? Button This is a very unusual button the like of which I cannot find another example, the back is stepped with two metal looped pins, it has a very specific design and therefore a specific use, made from brass for the Scots Guards it has the makers mark for Issacs & Co London, this tyle of mark was only in use from 1861 to 1865 so dates the button very accurately. It measures 26mm in diameter and comes in very good condition but is very tarnished.
Unusual Vintage White Metal Indian Delhi Press Corps ‘Kalli Trophy’ Dated March 1967 this unusual trophy has a plaque to the front which reads ‘Kalli trophy’ presented to H. R. Sivaramakrishna by his friends and admirers of Delhi press corps March 1969’, it is made from a silver plated metal on a solid black base and I assume the shape on the top is relevant to the press corps. It is worth further research and comes in good condition requiring a good clean and it rattles as something is loose inside. It stands 7 inches high.
Unusual Vintage White Metal Kris Knife Brooch This is something different, made from a white metal but most likely silver this vintage brooch is in the shape of a Kris. Measuring 2.75 inches long the piece comes in very good condition just requiring a clean.
Unusual WW1 Dated 1917 German Trench Art Shell Case This is a most unusual WW1 trench art shell case for a number of reasons, firstly the base is made from steel, towards the end of the war brass was getting scarce so steel was used wherever possible, secondly the decoration on the outside has a central picture of a Medieval lady with full headdress (I am thinking possibly a saint) below this ‘Boilleux Somme’ I assumed the Boilleux was a place but I cant tie it down the closest I get is that it is a family name rather than a location. The base due to the steel has rusted but you can pick up the Sp61 Spandau mark and the date for 1916. It comes in very good condition and stands 9 inches high.
US Army 86th Infantry Cloth Patch, good quality WW2 badge for the ‘Black Hawk’ division, which is as new and unused.
US Civil War Model Cannon & Ammo Carriage A new and boxed model of the American civil war field cannon and ammo carriage. Both are in perfect condition and made of all metal by denix. Nice quality, the cannon measures 7.5 inches long.
Various 1959 Pattern Webbing. Various 59 pattern green webbing, all you see here, the main haversack plus assorted pouches in one lot. All in good used condition.
Various 19th Century & Later Silver-Plated Flatware. A nice collection of good quality silver plated flatware. From late Georgian Fiddle & Thread pattern to late Victorian pieces. All you see in the pictures. All pieces in good usable condition.
Various Original Edward VIII Ephemera. A lot of original 1930’s ephemera all relating to Edward VIII. Included is Children’s book, “An historical record of king Edward VIII from birth to abdication”. King Edward VIII Coronation Year Blotter. Prince Edwards Farwell to the Nation. Broadcast December 11th 1936. Booklet “The King and the Lady” three kings in one year, the facts which were not told. Booklet, “The Woman I Love” the romance of Edward and Wallis. All fives pieces are in good used condition.
Various Pre Decimal Coinage. A lot of pre decimal coinage from the 1950’s and 60’s, including 7 two shillings, a one shilling, 2 three pence and 2 pennies. 12 coins in all. Grades vary but mostly good. Please see pictures.
Various QEII Ephemera. Five original booklets relating to the early reign of Queen Elizabeth II. First a children’s book, “Her majesty the Queen”, the life story in pictures. Complete but a little scruffy. Official Coronation programme. Princess Elizbeth’s Wedding Day Souvenir booklet. Birth of Prince Charles Souvenir booklet and the birth of Princess Anne Souvenir booklet. Apart from the first all other booklets are in very good condition.
Various RAF Note Books by A.C. 2 Ernest Foster. Various Royal Air Forse Training notebooks written by 626421 Ernest G Foster A.C. 2. The books mainly relate to the workings of Hawker aircraft. A fascinating read for anyone who has an interest in aircraft structure and engineering. Eight books in all plus a book Ernest gave to his sister Stella, this includes a lists of family members and how they were serving the war effort. All in good readable condition.
Various WW1 Metal Detecting Finds. An interesting assortment of metal detector finds, all found on the western front between Ypres and Wytschaete. This lot includes a fuse tool, a large fragment of rifling, belt buckle and belt loop, the nozzle from a tin burner, .303 shell case and what looks like a Mills grenade pin lever. All in as found condition.
Very Fine Antique Tibetan Buddhist Silver Dagger. A truly beautiful Dagger made from quite a high grade of silver that tests above sterling, this covers the hilt and scabbard. The scabbard is particularly fine repousse work of fish, vases, scrolls and other ornate decoration. The hilt is covered with the same white metal, pierced to the front and bound with fine twisted wire. It has a good steel blade, but all the work has gone on the decoration, probably for ceremonial purposes dating from the late 19th to the early 20th century. It is in lovely condition and measures 10.75 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only
Very Good Selection of Large Sized Royal Naval Cloth Patches Here are six good vintage large sized Naval cloth patches, all you see in the pictures, the largest (blue and white stripes) measures 7 inches across and all come in very good condition.
Very Good Vintage Royal Horse Artillery Drivers Bullion Cloth Badge This is a super quality gold bullion on black cloth background, I think it is for a Royal Artillery driver, comes in super condition and measures 2.5 inches in diameter.
Very Interesting and Scarce WW2 German Christmas Message to Elite Regiments This is a simple single piece of paper dated for 1940, it carries the German eagle and swastika with J.R. 365 to either side, the message below translates as ‘in memory of the advance of the regiment from the Rhine to the Atlantic’, bottom left it has Weihnachten, in felde (Christmas in the field) and it was written by Dr. Hulle Oberstleutnant to the regiments. It comes in very good condition with some signs of age and has a crease along to the top edge, it measures 8 inches x 6.
Very Interesting Post War Medal Group to RAF. An interesting post WW2 medal group of three, mounted as worn, which must have been awarded to Volunteer Royal Air Force personnel. It comprises of three solid silver medals, the first; Queen Elizabeth II Coronation medal Solid Silver. British Army of the Rhine medal for the Berlin Air Lift 1948/49 (Hallmarked Silver). And the Voluntary Serves Medal 1993. (hallmarked silver) Established in 1993 this medal is available to all those who have volunteered in any of the three services, available to Officers and or non-commissioned men. All three medals are in wonderful condition and now have a dark tone to show they have never been polished. The Berlin Air Lift. At the end of the Second World War, U.S., British, and Soviet military forces divided and occupied Germany. Also divided into occupation zones, Berlin was located far inside Soviet-controlled eastern Germany. The United States, United Kingdom, and France controlled western portions of the city, while Soviet troops controlled the eastern sector. As the wartime alliance between the Western Allies and the Soviet Union ended and friendly relations turned hostile, the question of whether the western occupation zones in Berlin would remain under Western Allied control or whether the city would be absorbed into Soviet-controlled eastern Germany led to the first Berlin crisis of the Cold War. The crisis started on June 24, 1948, when Soviet forces blockaded rail, road, and water access to Allied-controlled areas of Berlin. The United States and United Kingdom responded by airlifting food, water and fuel to Berlin from Allied airbases in western Germany. The crisis ended on May 12, 1949, when Soviet forces lifted the blockade on land access to western Berlin.
Very Interesting WW2 Pair Etc to Gunnery Sjt Mjr &WO ATS. An interesting lot relating to W/27407 Serjeant Major later Warrant Officer Joan Russell Brown ATS. Joan Isabella Russell Brown was born November 9th 1921 in Tientsin China. Her father was a diplomat working for the British government. She enlisted into the Auxiliary Territorial Service in the December of 1939 and was trained as an expert assistant (Gunnery) with the Royal Artillery. She must have served her training on the ack ack guns possibly with the 26th AA brigade, as this booklet came with her things. She must have proved very capable as she was promoted to Company Serjeant Major and then to Warrant Officer II class, the latter around the end of 1940 and then she was then transferred to the MOD Experimental Establishment at Shoeburyness in Essex. Here heaven knows what she got up to or on what new bombing inventions that were being tested by the MOD. Shoeburyness has had an Artillery garrison there since the roman time, a very important spot, the entrance to the Thames estuary, vital to the defence of the the country. What when on there during the war, is still not in the public domain. She is included in a Photograph album containing 58 photographs relating to the Auxiliary Territorial Service Experimental Gunnery Assistants, Experimental Establishment, Shoeburyness, 1940-1941. At the National Army Museum, but several emails to them asking to purchase copies have gone unanswered. (Their catalogue number 1995-01-47). She was discharged from the ATS in 1943 under the termination of period of enrolment, her service conduct is classified as ‘Exemplary’. Which is all very strange. If she left to get married, which happened a lot, it would say in her service book. Being classed as an expert or XP in her field, why was she let go in the middle of the war, with no sign of the war ending. I have been collecting and researching woman’s medal groups for years and I believe she was discharged and entered into a civilian roll, possibly with an organisation like the SOE. It comes with various original insignia and two group photographs, aircraft recognition booklet and of course her service and pay book. For all contents, please see pictures.
Very Large Late Victorian Brass Scale rule – Troughton & Simms This is a huge two foot long solid brass (I think) mathematical scale rule made for military use as it has ‘guns shot’ at one end, it was made by the Troughton & Simms company of London and could date from the late Victoria era up to 1915 when the name was changed, it has different mathematical scales on both sides and comes housed in its original mahogany box of issue, below is a brief history for the company. This piece is in excellent condition, the rule measures 24.5 inches long and the box is 26.25 long this showing signs of age and use. Because of the size and weight of the piece the shipping will be £9.95. By 1887, Troughton & Simms employed 200 people at their Charlton works. Military production began to be important with production of coincidence rangefinders for the British government. Among their clients were the Italian Navy, the Russian government and the Austro-Hungarian Hydrographic Department Observatory.
Very Rare 18th century Anti French Satirical Half Penny Token. A very good example of this very rare token issued in 1794 to be used as small coinage. On one side it has an image of a foot and the words around it read; ‘A map of France’ there is also a square of rope and in each corner the words ‘FIRE’ inside the square also has words written, ‘Throne, Honour, Glory and RELI/GION written as so. On the reverse has a sunburst, a symbol of the French King Louis and the words ‘May Great Britain Always Remain the Reverse’. On the rim of the coin it has ‘payable in London, Bristol and Lancaster, so it was possibly in circulation from the 1890’s to the early 1900’s. It is in very good condition for this coin, formally in my own collection but I have just managed to upgrade, it is a very rare coin, full of 18th century political sarcasm which is a bit lost over time but shows the feeling towards the French republic at the time.
Very Rare Boer War Era Crested Ware Hull Memorial Statue Issued by ‘Waterfall china FCC’ to commemorate the fallen from the Boer war who originated in Hull, this piece bears the arms for Hull to the front and is a copy of the Hull Boer war memorial that stands in Paragon square, it reads to the side, ‘erected to the memory of the men of Hull who fell in the late South African war’. The piece stands 6.25 inches tall and comes in superb condition, some light wear to the gilding but no chips or cracks.
Very Rare WW1 Childs Kaiserliche Marine Cap. A beautiful and very rare cap worn by the young boy apprentices of the German navy from 1872 to 1918. This piece comes in just wonderful condition, as a dress cap it wouldn’t have been worn very often and even less at a time of war. It is made of a dark blue wool material and it still has its original Deutschland cap tally and its original cockade. The inside is also in very good order, you can see it has been worn but beautifully looked after. I wonder what happened to the young boy who owned this cap, did he graduate into the navy and serve at Jutland or any other sea battle. A very fine piece of German youth memorabilia in remarkable condition.
Very Rare WW1 Era De Havilland 6 Propeller Clock The De Havilland 6 was used extensively throughout the first world war, initially as a training craft but subsequently for many uses including home guard duties and off shore reconnaissance for submarines, decommissioned in 1918 many were scrapped but others found their way into civilian hands and had a useful life. This solid mahogany propeller is from a De Havilland 6 and is marked accordingly on the base, the marks are punched into the wood and read, 'DEC LP. 790.LH ...HP RENAULT ...AVILLAND.6' part of the wording has been erased where the base has been squared off so that it stands flat. The DH6's had a Renault engine used from 1917. The face of the clock has been studded with 8 bullet ends each individually marked 1917. The clock movement is a key wind which is included, I have had it running and it runs very well, appears to keep good time, there is a time advance and retard on the back of the movement. This is a solid piece of wood and is very heavy, it comes in wonderful condition, there are a couple of small chips to the wood on the face but otherwise it is excellent. It measures 10.5 inches high and is 13 inches wide at the base. The ultimate 'man cave' item.
Very Rare WW1 era Don Cossack Medal. A very rare Russian Don Cossack silver medal which tests around .830-.850 grade silver, given to the Don Cossack regiments for their service in the Russian civil war 1917 to 1922. The Don Cossacks came from a region of southern Russia and had a rich military tradition, playing an important part in the historical development of the Russian Empire and successfully participating in all of its major wars, including Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812. In 1916, over 1.5 million Cossacks enlisted to fight in World War I, but they were disbanded on Russian soil in 1918, after the Russian Revolution, but the Don Cossacks when on to serve with the White Army fighting against the Bolshevik Red Army during the civil war, still loyal to the crown. When the new Soviet regime took over the people of the Don Cossack region were either killed, deported or were left to starve during the Russian famine of 1932-33. This medal comes in excellent condition and has been residing in my own collection for around 10 years, it comes on its original ribbon, which is a little tatty but it is impossible to find a replacement. An interesting medal which very seldom come on to the market.
Very Rare WW1 Era Packet of Surgeon’s Needles Manufactured by Emanual Shrimpton & Fletcher at their premier works Redditch this very rare packet of surgeon’s needles is complete with 6 needles in their original wax paper, they are a half circle needle used for sewing wounds. The packet has the broad arrow mark to one side and for its age comes in very good condition with some staining to the outer packet, it measures just under 2.5 inches long.
Very Rare WW2 German Coastal Artillery Photograph with Negative JC2 During the occupation of the Channel Islands the German military had their photo’s taken and for whatever reason did not return to collect them so here is one from the collection, this man is shown in full uniform with the early pattern shoulder strap for the Marine Coastal Artillery, His photo comes with the negative, the photo and negative are in super condition, the photo measures just under 5 inches x 3.75 the negative being fractionally larger.
Very Rare WW2 German Kriegsmarine Photograph with Negative JC4 During the occupation of the Channel Islands the German military had their photo’s taken and for whatever reason did not return to collect them so here is one from the collection, this man is Kriegsmarine he is shown in full uniform complete with battle badge on his chest, His photo comes with the negative, the photo and negative are in super condition, the photo measures just under 6 inches x 4.5 the negative being fractionally larger.
Very Rare WW2 Named German Coastal Artillery Photograph with Negative JC1 During the occupation of the Channel Islands the German military had their photo’s taken and for whatever reason did not return to collect them so here is one from the collection, this man is named on the packet as Robert Hicker he is shown in full uniform with the early pattern shoulder strap for the Marine Coastal Artillery, His photo comes with the negative and the packet of issue dated 1945, the photo and negative are in super condition and the packet shows signs of age, the photo measures just under 6 inches x 4.55 the negative being fractionally larger.
Vict LS&GC Medal to McGill 79th Cameron Highlanders 1837-59 An interesting army long service and good conduct medal correctly named to Sergeant Robert McGill 79th Highlanders. Robert McGill was born in Galashiels, Selkirk Scotland in 1817. He enlisted in Edinburgh on 23rd October 1837 into the 79th (Cameron) Highlanders. Although he was trained as fighting man, he was also employed as the company tailor. When he returned to Britain after his two tours (see regimental history below), he was promoted very quickly, to corporal 11th December 1854 and to full sergeant on 14th December 1854. This was I believe, because there had to be a company of the regiment to stay behind when the rest went off to the Crimea in 1854. According to his character and conduct sheet he was a very good soldier and he was the recipient of three good conduct stripes. It is surprising that an old regular soldier like McGill didn’t go to the Crimea, but there is no record of him on the Crimea roll. 1417 Sergeant Robert McGill was discharged on 26th February 1859 after 21 years and 127 days with the colours. He went home and resided in Peebles Scotland. There is a record for a Robert McGill who enlisted into the Tweeddale Volunteers in 1861. But there is no further information on this man. In the 1861 census we see Robert married to Margaret and working as a Finisher in a Woollen Factory and listed as a Chelsea Pensioner and listed with four children. The medal is in superb original condition with beautiful detail. It is suspended on a good piece of replacement ribbon. Regimental History. In the month of June, 1840, the head-quarters of the regiment moved to Haydock Lodge near Warrington with detachments at Bolton, Liverpool, Wigan, and Stockport. In the month of August following the regiment received orders to hold itself in readiness to proceed on foreign service to Gibraltar, and consequently on board the Boyne and Prince Regent transports, under the command of Major the Honourable Landerdale Maule arrived at Gibraltar on the 25th and 26th of January, 1841 , respectively on the 7th of June 1848 the regiment embarked on board H.M.S. Resistance at Gibraltar for Canada, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel the Honourable Landerdale Maule; and, after a prosperous voyage, arrived at Quebec on the 27th of July following. On the 28th the regiment disembarked and occupied the Citadel barracks. Previous to the embarkation of the regiment for Canada a handsome marble tablet was erected by voluntary contribution of the officers and men in the Wesleyan Chapel at Gibraltar to the memory of those non-commissioned officers and soldiers, who died during their period of service on the Rock. The following is the inscription thus recorded on the tablet : - TO THE MEMORY OF THE UNDERMENTIONED NON- COMMISSIONED OFFICERS AND PRIVATES OF THE CAMERON HIGHLANDERS, A.D. 1841-1847. Cuimhne Nan Sonn Nach Maireann. In the month of June, 1851 , the service companies received orders of readiness to embark for England, and on the 4th of August they embarked accordingly, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel the Honourable Landerdale Maule, in the freight-ship Herefordshire, and, after a highly favourable voyage, arrived in Leith Roads on the 30th of the same month. When the regiment was about to embark for England a highly complementary letter was addressed to Lieutenant-Colonel the Honourable Landerdale Maule by the Magistrates and Council of Quebec, of which the following is a copy: Quebec, 29th July, 1851 . “ To Lieutenant-Colonel the Honourable Landerdale Maule, Commanding the 79th Highlanders. “ The Magistrates of this city have learned with regret that the expiration of your period of service here will shortly cause the removal of yourself and your distinguished regiment from amongst them. “ They avail themselves of this occasion to acknowledge their obligation to you for your willing and efficient co -operation with them upon all occasions when your aid was required to assist them in the performance of their duties, nor can they pass over without acknowledgment the cordial manner in which you and your officers have at 79TH CAMERON HIGHLANDERS. 101 all times contributed to the amusements of the citizens of Quebec. “ It is with great pleasure that the Magistrates bear testimony to the excellent conduct of the men of your regiment during their sojourn in Quebec, where they will be long and favourably remembered. “ With our warmest wishes for your welfare, and that of the officers and men of your corps, we beg to subscribe ourselves, &c. SIGNED BY THE WHOLE OF THE “ MAGISTRATES AND COUNCIL.”
Victoria 1897 Royal Commemorative Medallion A very good example of the 1897 Diamond Jubilee medallion in brass issued to commemorate Queen Victoria’s 60th year of her reign, it comes in very clean condition for its age, complete with original ribbon with bar at the top, it measures 2.5 inches long including the ribbon.
Victorian 12th Regiment (East Suffolk Reg) Glengarry Badge. An all brass badge worn on the 1874 pattern Glengarry from 1874 to 1881. Worn by the 12th regiment of foot, the East Suffolk regiment. This badge is in excellent condition for its age, there is some light wear to the surface high points, the back shows signs of age and use with both original lugs intact. A super example. Ref. G7
Victorian 1889 Silver Crown. Victorian 1889 Silver (Jubilee head) crown. Nice detail and in VG condition.
Victorian 1890 Silver Crown. Victorian 1890 Silver (Jubilee head) crown. Nice detail and in VF condition.
Victorian 20th Foot East Devon Glengarry Badge. A superb Victorian all brass Glengarry badge for the 20th of foot the East Devon regiment. this badge was issued from 1874 to 1881 when the Glengarry was introduced as the new undress cap and these were the last run of badges to show the regimental number. This one comes in lovely original but used condition. Ref. G13
Victorian 2nd Afghan War Medal to 12th Bengal Cavalry A Victorian Afghanistan medal 1878-80, correctly named in engraved script to Sowar Jot Ram 12th Bengal Cavalry. This medal is in very good condition with a couple of light rim knocks visible on the obverse. This man is probably entitled to clasps, but these are missing, otherwise a very good example.
Victorian 34th County of London Btn KRRC Glengarry Badge. 34th County of London Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps Glengarry badge; worn by the regiment from 1898 to 1901. A volunteer regiment that became part of the territorials in 1908. Due to being a volunteer battalion, they were not entitled to wear any battle honours. A lovely bronze badge is very good used condition. Ref. G12
Victorian 6th (Royal First Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot Glengarry Badge. A very nice scarce original Victorian brass glengarry badge. Worn by OR’s of the regiment from 1873-1881 and comes with both original lugs on the back. It is in very good condition showing some wear to the high points and heavily toned on the reverse. It measures 1.75 x 3 inches.
Victorian 96th Regiment (2nd Manchester Reg) Glengarry Badge. A superb all brass badge worn on the 1874 pattern Glengarry and issued from 1874 to 1881. It is in very good original condition, some wear to the surface, especially the high points, the back with signs of use and age with both original lugs intact. A good Victorian piece worn by the 96th regiment of foot that was the 2nd battalion of the Manchester regiment. Ref. G6
Victorian 97th (Earl of Ulster\'s) Regiment of Foot Glengarry Badge. A Scarce Victorian, pre 1881 97th regiment of Foot other ranks Glengarry badge, 1874 to 1881 when it amalgamated with the 50th (The Queen\'s Own) Regiment of Foot to form The Queen\'s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). This badge is in very good original condition with light wear and a very nice dark even patina. It measures 1.75 x 3 inches.
Victorian Army Pay Corps Brass Tunic Button A medium sized tunic button with the Queen’s crown for the Victorian army pay corps, all brass construction, no makers mark, comes in very good condition measuring 19mm in diameter.
Victorian Boer War Print; The New Recruit. An original Victorian coloured print, ‘the new recruit’; it shows a father returning from the Boer war greeted by his young son and wife; his father stands in the background, he has a wooden leg, a wound from the Napoleonic wars perhaps. A charming vision, which comes in excellent condition and in its original glazed frame that measures 23 x 31.5 inches. Shipping will be by courier charged at £14.95 due to size and weight
Victorian Brass Army belt Buckle. A Victorian solid brass belt buckle used by infantry and corps from around 1881. This one is in very good condition with some wear to the high points.
Victorian Brass and Leather Bound Three Draw Field Telescope Here is a good probably mid Victorian in date brass and leather bound three draw field telescope, there is no makers mark that I can find, the optics are very good and you can focus it easily, it comes in fair condition with cosmetic issues, the main bottom barrel has three dents, this has no effect on its performance, some of the leather shows signs of age and use but it comes complete with its top and bottom lense covers, the lenses themselves could do with a clean. It measures 11 inches closed and 29 fully extended.
Victorian Brass Iron Trivet. A lovely old Victorian solid brass Iron trivet, pierced with a design of a fox and tree. You would put your iron on the fire to heat before ironing your clothes, when iron was hot and not in used it would be put on the trivet, also used to cool down the iron. To think ever house had one. This one measures 8 inches long.
Victorian British and Foreign Sailors Society Medallion. Issued in 1888 this commemorative white metal medallion was given to commemorate 70 years of the British and foreign sailors society who had as their patron Prince Edward. It comes in good condition, there are some dark stains on each side, it is a good sized medal measuring 1.5 inches in diameter. Ref. 16910
Victorian Bronze Sea Gallantry Medal - Possible Proof. A rare Victorian medal originally authorised by parliamentary legislation under the terms of the merchant shipping act of 1854 and 1894. The former gave monetary rewards for life saving at sea, from 1855 this was changed into the award of this medal. There were two category’s, it was given for gallentry where the rescuer placed their own life at risk or for humanity, where the risk to life was minimal. These early medals were table medals and not for wearing, later silver medals were awarded suspended on a ribbon. This medal was the one awarded for gallantry, the difference in the two, is found in the inscription around the outside of the reverse of the medal. “Awarded by the Board of Trade for Gallantry in Saving Life” This one is an original issue but has not been engraved to a recipient. most were issued named, so I think this one may be an original proof. The rim is clean and free from any marks, so I can confirm 100% it has not been erased. A rare example of this medal. The condition is very good, but it has been stored uncased, so it shows some wear and some dirt build up. If only it had been kept in its original case and kept in mint condition, this would be a very valuable medal indeed. As it is, still rare and a great example for anyone who collects gallantry or lifesaving medals. As will all my items, this medal comes with a full money back guarantee that it is described as genuine. It measure just over 2.25 inches in diameter.
Victorian Colemans Mustard Tin. A printed tin which would have sat in a corner store for dispensing Colemans Mustard. Two sides still have the original prints remaining the other two sides the decoration is lost. It has a lovely embossed queens crown on the top lid. It measures 8 x 8 x 8 inches high.
Victorian Crown 1889 Jubilee Head. A very fine Crown, Victoria Jubilee head dated 1889. A lovely coin in a very collectable grade, please see pictures.
Victorian Day or Night Telescope – Spencer Browning & Rust This two draw telescope is marked on the eye piece with SBR possibly for Spencer Browning & Rust of London, if so this scope pre dates 1840 when the company name was changed. The barrels are silver plated with a stitched leather hand grip, on the bottom barrel someone has scratched their name ‘Rodwells Hall rd Sheffield. The optics are dirty, light will pass through but I cant focus the piece so it will need a clean before functioning properly, it measures 23 inches fully open and is 10 inches closed, the top slide over cover is missing.
Victorian East Kent Regiment (The Buffs) Brass Tunic Button – Firmin A good Victorian all brass tunic button for the East Kent (the Buffs) regiment, marked on the back for Firmin & Sons London. Approx 21mm in diameter, it comes in very good condition.
Victorian Era Lead Bust of a German Officer with Pickelhaube Maybe a childs toy or perhaps a game piece this little lead bust of a German officer with pickelhaube stands just under 1.5 inches high, it has been hollow cast from lead and would have been painted in colours as residue blue, red and black can be seen faintly. Comes in good but used condition.
Victorian Era Solid Brass Shoe Horn – Queen’s Crown As used by the military this late Victorian solid brass shoe horn has the Queen’s crown to the top, it comes in very good condition with the metal being tarnished, it measures 5.5 inches long.
Victorian Golden Jubilee 1887 Silver & Enamel Pin Brooch A well made silver and enamel brooch produced to commemorate Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee in 1887, it is not hallmarked but tests as 925 sterling silver, it comes in good condition but shows signs of its age and wear, the enamels have a few small losses, the pin is present and in good order, it measures just over 1.25 inches in diameter.
Victorian India General Service Medal – Burma Clasp to Martin 2nd Norfolk’s An India General Service Medal with Bura 1887 – 89 clasp correctly attached, correct engraved naming to 877 Private Charles Martin 2nd Battalion the Norfolk Regiment. Burma was annexed by the British on January 1, 1886, by the proclamation of the Viceroy and Governor-General of India, Lord Dufferin. The annexation sparked an anti-colonial resistance which would last until 1896. This resulted in the conquest of the country, under the direction of Sir Frederick (later Earl) Roberts. He encouraged the construction of a network of small military and police posts across the country. These were supported by lightly equipped mobile columns that were despatched to trouble spots. During these campaigns, several foot regiments formed mounted infantry platoons for scouting and skirmishing. The troops travelled great distances by horses but fought on foot with rifles. The clasps for ‘Burma 1885-87’ and ‘Burma 1887-89’ were added to the Indian General Service Medal. These were awarded to troops who took part in the initial invasion, as well as the subsequent anti-guerrilla campaigns that followed the annexation of Upper Burma. This medal comes in superb original condition and with a copy of his medal roll.
Victorian Infantry Officers Belt Buckle. A stunning Victorian infantry officer’s belt buckle circa 1880. These were used as a general service buckle worn by most infantry officers during the period. They are not uncommon, but what is different about this one is the condition. it is made from a solid brass back plate with a separate sterling silver wreath featuring Queen Victoria’s cypher. This buckle looks hardly used and comes with its original brass belt loop, so it is ready to fix to a belt. It measures 2.5 x 2 inches, not including the belt loops.
Victorian Infantry Officers Sword with Field Scabbard. A very good Victorian 1897 pattern Infantry officer’s sword. Always interesting these swords were used during the Boer war, in fact their issued steel scabbards were replaced with field brown leather scabbards for use in the war. Unusually this one has a picquet weight blade, a lighter blade ideal for combat situations, it had to be worn but not necessarily used unless in desperation as the Webley revolver was standard issue by this period. It has a standard hilt with Queen Victoria’s latter cypher, and a ray skin grip. The blade is just beautiful, clean and bright with deep etching which is unworn and shows the Queens cypher and the arms of Great Britain with decorative scrolls and geometric patterns; plus, the proof button at the ricasso. The brown leather scabbard has some wear but it is still in good order and this was the first sword and scabbard to be worn with the Sam Brown Belt. The leather has a few knocks and scrapes, as you would expect for a sword of this vintage. It measures 41 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only via courier priced at £15.95
Victorian Jubilee Beaker by Keeling & Co. A Victorian 60 year commemorative Beaker, printed in monochrome with Queen Victoria’s with fags either side. It comes in lovely original condition, no chips or cracks. It measures 4.25 inches high.
Victorian Jubilee Commemorative Glass Dish. An amber pressed glass dish ‘For the Queens Jubilee 1837 – 1897’. Superb quality for pressed glass and it comes in perfect condition.it measures 9.5 inches in diameter.
Victorian Khedives Star 1882 The Anglo–Egyptian war is an interesting campaign to study, but in brief it all started when an Egyptian rebel army officer initiated a coup against Tewfik Pasha, the Khedive of Egypt and Sudan in 1878,the Egyptians were very unhappy at their rate of pay, minimal compared to any European worker. The French and British declared their allegiance to the Khedive\'s authority; mainly due to British interest in the Suez Canal; after a riot occurred in Alexandria in the May 1882 that killed over 50 Europeans, the British sent a small fleet of war ships which bombarded the city of Alexandria; a large part of the city was destroyed partly by the bombardment and partly by the rebels that set fires to property, so the British had nothing to take over. The medal comes in very good condition just some light wear on the high points, overall it has a good even tone. Ref. 17735
Victorian Khedives Star 1882 Egypt. The solid bronze Khedives star, there are four variations of the star that correspond to the different campaigns, this one dated 1882 for service in support of the Khedive in the 1882 Anglo-Egyptian War also known as the British conquest of Egypt, which occurred between Egyptian and Sudanese forces under Ahmed ‘Urabi and the United Kingdom to quell the perceived anarchy of the ‘Urabi Revolt, as well as to protect British control over the Suez Canal in order to maintain its shipping route to the Indian Ocean. It comes in very good original condition unnamed as issued.
Victorian Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Pagri Badge. Victorian Bi-metal Pagri Badge won by the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry on the pagri of the foreign service helmet. A lovely badge in original untouched condition, toned and showing some wear. Ref. C11
Victorian Light House Keepers Kepi Badge. Solid brass Victorian light house keepers badge, a crowned lion holding a sword surrounded by a garter strap with the Motto ‘Trinitas In Unitate’. The detail on the badge is beautiful and it has suffered very little wear, however the three prongs on the back are missing. It measures; just under 2 inches in diameter.
Victorian Lincolnshire Regiment Helmet Plate Centre. A good original badge which formed the centre to a home service helmet plate, this one is in poor condition as it was a metal detector find; I’m sure it could be easily restored back to its former glory.
Victorian Loyal North Lancashire Reg Helmet Plate Centre. A Victorian all brass centre for the home service helmet plate. This one is for the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and was used from around the late 1880’s until 1901 when it changed to a Kings crown. It is in perfect condition, showing virtually no wear.
Victorian LS&GC Medal to George Betts Norfolk Regiment. An interesting Victorian Army Long Service and Good Conduct medal correctly named to; 199 private George Betts 2nd Battalion Norfolk Regiment. The medal, 2nd type with swivel suspender and private purchase engraved sterling silver brooch bar suspender. George Betts was born and lived in Notting Hill London around 1833, before joining the army he was employed as a Coach Painter. He joined the army on 22nd January 1858 and attested into the 2nd battalion 9th Foot the Norfolk Regiment. he served in Japan guarding the European settlement at Yokohama during the Japanese Civil War (1863-68); also in Gibraltar, Hong Kong and in India around 1874 and joining the Jowaki expedition (1877-78). He was promoted to Corporal on 1st April 1859 but in 1862 he was court martialled, for something I cannot read on his papers, it was serious enough for him to be demoted back down to a private. He served as a private for the rest of his career in the army and was finally discharged 1878 after serving 20 years. It looks like he tried to reengage for another 12 years, but was found unfit. What does a long serving soldier do after serving most of his adult life in the army. It seems that George tried to go back to the only other thing he knew, coach painting, we see him as a painters labourer in the 1881 census, married with children. In 1906 George now 73 is on his own and destitute, he is taken in by the Royal Hospital, Chelsea. Sadley George died as a Chelsea pensioner in 1912 at the age of 79. The LS&GC medal is his only entitlement, although a long serving soldier spending most of his service in foreign climes and probably seeing his fair share of minor skirmishes, he did not take part in any specific campaigns. The medal is in superb condition with original suspender and private purchase brooch bar, which is engraved with foliate scrolls; the ribbon is a replacement. It comes with copies of Georges service papers, census and death details etc. The 2nd type LS&GC medal with scroll suspender is a beautiful medal, the best of all LS&GC’s and only awarded for 18 years of exemplary service, which shows what kind of soldier George was, even though he was court martialled and demoted.
Victorian Medal Trio to Grenadier Guards, Crimean War Interesting trio of medals awarded to 6470 Corporal Thomas Charles of the 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards. The medals are the Victorian Long Service and Good Conduct medal correctly named to Charles, the Turkish Crimea medal, this is also correctly named to Charles and the Crimean War medal, this is an original erased medal which has been added because his original medal was lost. The medals comes with a copy of his service papers which gives the details below and two copy photographs of Charles with his old comrades, these are delightful and were obtained via the Grenadier Guards Museum. Also included are two very old letters written by his family, his Daughter I believe, to his old friends after his death, it appears that he was a Chelsea pensioner in later life; and lastly the best, an old original photograph of Thomas in full dress uniform; this is quite faded but is an image of him as a young guardsman so it must have been taken around the 1860’s by a professional portrait photographer, what a very rare thing to have accompanying Victorian medals. Thomas Charles was born 1829 in Cambridge, before joining the army he was employed as a labour, probably on local farms. He enlisted in to the Grenadier Guards in Cambridge 1853 at the age of 24 years; he served in the Crimean war earning two clasps, Alma and Sebastopol and in North Africa. Over all he served a total of 22 years earning the Long Service and Good Conduct medal. Both of his original medals are in good condition for their age, the Crimea medal is also in very good condition but looks erased. It is unknown what happened to Thomas’s Crimea medal, one of the pictures featuring him clearly shows him wearing all three medals and the other picture was taken with, the then Prince of Wales, later Edward VII. A wonderful Victorian trio to a long serving Guardsman which could be further researched if wished, if not a great group for future investment.
Victorian Norfolk Regiment officers Uniform & Helmet. A very rare full dress uniform for an officer in the 2nd volunteer battalion Norfolk regiment, it comprises of the blue cloth home service helmet, this has all silver fittings including its original helmet plate; it has the owners name as ‘Arnold’ inside on a paper label, I have tried to research this officer but there are a couple of possibility’s with the same name; the helmet is in excellent condition, showing some wear, but this is only conclusive of its age. The tunic, this is beautiful scarlet Melton woollen cloth, embellished with silver bullion ornamentation, silver buttons and collar dogs; the tunic is in just wonderful condition showing only a little wear. Lastly the trousers, these are mohair and again in superb original condition dark blue/black with a red pinstripe down the outside legs. All three pieces are 100% guaranteed original and come from my own collection; they come completely untouched and in original condition, the silver parts are now toned, these are easily cleaned if desired but it was something I just never got around to doing. As you can see from the pictures it displays really well, this is a rare uniform of museum quality being sold for just the price of the helmet. More pictures available on request.
Victorian Officers Lobster Tail Epaulettes. A pair of brass epaulettes worn by officers of most regiments including cavalry during the middle of the century. They are in excellent condition for their age, both with all four lugs on the back for attaching to the uniform. They measure 7.5 inches long.
Victorian Officers Sword Belt. This is a Victorian officer’s under sword belt. The belt itself is worn under the tunic to take the weight of the sword without distorting the tunic. A bullion officer’s belt would have been worn above the tunic for show. The belt itself is made of a fine webbing with leather reinforced areas. The sword straps, the parts that can be seen are made of silver bullion with a red silk stripe and red leather backed. All the fittings, buckles etc are silver plated. The whole belt is in very good condition although it does show signs of use and age, but no damage. Worn by most infantry officers under their scarlet tunics during the latter part of the 19th century. It will fit up to 38 inch waist.
Victorian Pembrokeshire Police Hanger. Quite a scarce little sword dating from the late 19th century and worn by police and prison officers, this one is engraved on the blade ‘Pembroke County’. The condition over all is very good, a few little faults, (please see pictures) and no scabbard, but these dint use to be too hard to find, but then again it needs to be displayed with blade on show, which is probably how it got separated in the first place. A nice collectable sword.
Victorian Percussion Lock Plate – Tower & Crown. A Victorian Tower percussion lock plate for rifle or musket. Its in very good condition and well-marked with the queen’s crown, VR under and under that ‘Tower’. It also has a good set of proof marks on the inside of the plate. It measures 5.25 inches long.
Victorian Rifle Officers Whistle, Chain & Boss. A stunning heavy gauge sterling silver, chain and lion head boss, worn by rifle officers during the 19th century, from the Napoleonic wars to the 1880’s. this one is in lovely condition, the boss has its original back plate and although it isn’t hallmarked, it tests as .925 sterling silver, even the chain. The back plate is silver-plated. The whistle unusually has a Tudor rose on the top, but obviously, this could be a Yorkshire or a Lancashire rose, so this may be connected to one of these county’s regiments. A very fine piece, which will look fabulous in any collection.
Victorian Royal Artillery Busby Badge & Hackle. Victorian OR’s Fur Busby grenade badge with Victorian crown and royal arms and long slider on the back and it comes with a vintage red feather hackle. The badge is in superb original condition with a nice even tone. The hackle is a little fragile. The badge measures 3.5 inches high.
Victorian Royal Artillery Button. A good Victorian gilt brass button used from the 1870’s until 1901. This one is in very good condition and was made by; Smith & Wright Ltd Birmingham. 1 inch in diameter.
Victorian Royal Artillery Militia Busby Badge & Hackle. Victorian white metal Fur Busby badge worn by the Royal Artillery Militia. It is in superb original condition with a long slider on the back and a vintage red and white hackle. It is now toned, and the hackle is a little fragile. The badge measures 3.25 inches high.
Victorian Royal Engineers Militia Officers Pouch Badge. A very fine gilt metal pouch badge for officers of the royal engineer’s militia. A Queen Victoria’s crowned knightly helmet with full plumes Royal Arms below with three scrolls the first “Dieu Et Mon Droit” the moto of the monarch meaning \'God and my right\'. The second; “Ubique” (Everywhere) and the third; “Quo Fas Et Gloria Ducunt” (Where fate and glory lead) the motto of the Royal Artillery and Engineers. This badge is beautiful quality and comes in superb condition with just loss to the gilt on the very high points, but also the four posts are missing on the back. A very rare piece of RE insignia. It measures 3 x 3.25 inches.
Victorian Royal Engineers NCO’s Belt Buckle. A good quality Royal Engineers NCO’s belt buckle, in solid brass. it shows Queen Victoria’s arms in a wreath with the motto Ubique (meaning everywhere) at the bottom. It is in lovely original condition, just showing light wear to the surface but it still has very good detail. This buckle would has been worn with Slade Wallis equipment and dates to around 1890 to 1900.
Victorian Royal Welsh Fusiliers Fur Cap Badge. The long slender white metal grenade badge worn by the Royal Welsh (Volunteer) Fusiliers on the Racoon fur cap up to 1901. This badge is in very good used condition white metal toned. It measures 1.75 x 3.75 inches.
Victorian Royal Welsh Fusiliers Glengarry Badge. The large brass grenade Glengarry badge worn by other ranks of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers from 1874 until around the late 1881. this one is in lovely condition with signs of wear and use. A nice example. Ref. M25
Victorian Royal Welsh Fusiliers Glengarry Badge. The large brass grenade Glengarry badge worn by other ranks of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers from 1981 until around the late 1890’s. this one is in lovely condition with signs of wear and use. A nice example. Ref. M24
Victorian Ships Brass Bell From The Wild Flower, Famed Rescue Vessel LT557, The Wild Flower was a fishing smack out of Lowestoft and on the 30th January 1895 was involved in a famous rescue involving the German passenger ship the SS ELBE. In late January of 1895 the SS Elbe was enroute from Germany to New York with 354 passengers aboard, by a combination of bad luck and poor seamanship on the part of the steamship Craithie sailing from Scotland to Rotterdam there was a collision 50 miles offshore on a wild and stormy night. The Elbe had been firing warning rockets but the Craithie either didnt see them or choose to ignore them and ultimately ran into the Elbe at 5.30 in the morning with such force that the Elbe was sunk within 20 minutes. Two lifeboats were scrambled but one overturned, the Craithie didnt stop to help and although damaged carried on her journey. To far from land and their distress rockets having gone unseen the people in the lifeboat looked doomed, fortunately for them the fishing vessel Wildflower came to their rescue and took the 20 surviving passengers and crew aboard just in time as the lifeboat was beginning to break up. The crew of the Wildflower were rewarded by Kaiser Wilhelm II with a gold and silver watch and £5. When the Wildflower ceased sailing the bell went into private hands, it was in the possesion of a Mr H.J. Finch who bequethed it to the Reydon Sea Scouts in October 1948, this information having been engraved on the side. (Reydon adjoins Southwold in Suffolk) ultimately it was housed in the British Legion in Southwold and when that closed came to me. The bell is in superb condition, it is missing its clapper but comes with its original bracket and it is seriously heavy. The bell is 8 inches in diameter and comes with a selection of paperwork detailing the Elbe and one has a picture of the Wildflower.
Victorian Silver & Mother-of-pearl Fruit Knife This is a lovely quality Victorian fruit or quill knife, the blade is clearly marked for Sheffield 1878 and the makers mark of JF for John Fenton. The handle is covered with mother-of-pearl and has a shield inset which has been engraved with the initials 'AD'. It comes in good condition, the main blade is straight and the hinge works well, there is a second smaller blade, this is not hallmarked and has the tip of the blade broken, the mother-of-pearl is in good order with one small break on each side. Measures 6.5 inches long with both blades open.
Victorian Silver Blade & Mother-of-pearl Handle Fruit Knife A lovely Victorian example of a silver bladed fruit knife with a mother-of-pearl handle, the blade is clearly hallmarked for Sheffield 1895 and has the makers mark of HH for Hukin & Heath a highly respected Sheffield maker. The mother-of-pearl handle has pretty decoration on both sides and to the front is a silver cartouche which has been monogrammed with the name P.G. Bree. The condition is very good, the tip of the blade has been rounded with use and is slightly out of shape, the mother-of-pearl is in excellent condition. It measures 3.25 inches closed and 5.5 fully open.
Victorian Silver Caddy Spoon Exeter 1854. A superb quality heavy gauge silver caddy spoon with shell finial and engraved family crest, clearly hallmarked for Exeter 1854 and the makers mark for Josia & Williams, Bristol silversmiths. It is in excellent condition and measures just over 4 inches long.
Victorian Silver Infantry Officers Whistle. A fabulous piece of early Victorian Officers Kit, dating from around 1840 - 60 these were worn on the cross belt by infantry officers such as officers of the Rifle Brigade and if you are a fan of ‘Sharp’, he wears one on his dark green uniform. This one is in superb condition, made of white metal and it is not hallmarked, there is makers details on the back of the lion head boss, please see pictures. This would look wonderful remounted on a leather cross belt, back where it belongs.
Victorian Silver Pencil by Sampson Mordan. A lovely quality Victorian silver sliding pencil, beautifully engraved with foliate scroll decoration and clearly hallmarked for London 1890 and the makers mark for Sampson Mordan, one of the best of Victorian / Edwardian silversmiths. It is in superb condition still retaining old pencil and measuring just over 3 inches long.
Victorian Silver Plate Stag Brooch. A Victorian silver plated Stag brooch. These became fashionable with Queen Victoria’s constant visits to Balmoral and the highlands of Scotland. It is in lovely condition with nice detail, although the original pin on the back, is a little bent and there are tiny area of copper peeping through, which gives it a lovely tone. It measures 2.5 inches long.
Victorian Silver Shooting Medal ‘In Defence’ The second pattern silver medal with Victoria ‘old’ head. Usually awarded to volunteer companies for skill in marksmanship and shooting in various rifle associations. This one has unfortunately had its naming erased from the rim, but apart from that it is in very good condition. It measures 1.5 inches in diameter.
Victorian Small Brass 12th Royal Lancers Coate Button A lovely quality Victorian Coate button for the 12th Prince of Wales Royal Lancers, a quality produced product maker marked for Hawkes & Co London, it comes in very good condition with very mild signs of use, it measures 20mm in diameter.
Victorian Solid Brass Horse Harness Swinger A lovely decorative piece used on horse harness and swings with the movement of the animal, it measures 4 inches long and comes in very good condition with some signs of age and use
Victorian Special Constables Truncheon 1848. A beautifully decorated Victorian Special Constabulary Truncheon with Queen Victoria’s crown, royal arms and a cartouche painted with the name ‘R Mallet’ and dated 1848. It comes in wonderful condition, obviously some wear to the paint and shallow crack in the wood. It measures 17.5 inches long.
Victorian Sterling Silver & Enamel Jubilee Badge A super quality Victorian 1837-1887 jubilee badge, it is marked on the back ‘sterling silver’ and the front has been enamelled in colours, it comes in very good condition with no loss to the enamel and just requires a clean, it measures 1.25 inches long.
Victorian VI Inniskilling Dragoon Guards Officers Belt Buckle. Stunning quality belt buckle made from gilt metal with applied silver badge to the centre (tests .925). In beautiful near perfect condition apart from some wear on the back. It measures 3 x 2.25 inches.
Victorian Volunteer Force Long Service Medal. This medal was awarded to OR’s for 20 years’ service and issued from 1894 to 1908 when it was replaced by the Territorial Efficiency Medal, so quite a short lived medal. This one is a very fine example of this medal, un-named as issued, it is in excellent original condition and on a length of its original silk ribbon.
Vietnam War Era American Army Rations Sealed Can of Peanut Butter Made by Stevens Industries Inc, Cinderella foods division Dawson GA 31742 this unopened tin of peanut butter dates from the Vietnam war era, the contents weighed 1.5 ounces, the tin measures just under 2.75 inches in diameter and comes in very good condition.
Vintage 10th Gurkha Rifles Cap Badge. The small white metal badge of the 10th Gurkha Rifles worn from 1947 until the 1970’s. this one is in excellent condition. Ref. N18
Vintage 1950 Drill and Ceremonies United States Army Field Manual Issued in 1950 by the United States department of the army Washington DC covering all aspects of drill and ceremonies, it has 280 plus pages of text and odd pictures, A5 pocket size it comes in very good condition with signs of use.
Vintage 1975 Airfix Forward Command Post Diorama Boxed Model This vintage Airfix diorama model appears to be complete with the parts still in a sealed bag, constructed it becomes a HO-OO scale forward command post which has been shell torn and includes figures and equipment. Signs of age and storage to box.
Vintage 1976 Airfix Bofors Gun & Tractor Boxed Model This vintage Airfix model kit dates from 1976 and is the Bofors gun and tractor set with 5 crew figures, it has been mostly constructed with just a few small bits to be attached all of which appears to be present. Signs of age and storage to box.
Vintage 562nd Air Defence Artillery Regiment Badge A nice badge for the United States army 562nd air defence artillery regiment, below is a history for this regiment, the badge comes in good but used condition and has a simple maker mark of S-21 on the back, it measures just over one inch long. The 562nd Air Defence Artillery Regiment was an air defense regiment of the United States Army. It was organized under the Combat Arms Regimental System. 21 AAA Battalion (AW)(SP) was constituted 5 September 1928 in the Organized Reserves as the 2nd Battalion, 562nd Coast Artillery Regiment (Antiaircraft). Redesignated as the 2nd Battalion, 917th Coast Artillery Regiment (Antiaircraft) and organized in Virginia on 30 November 1929. Allotted to the Regular Army, redesignated as the 2nd Battalion, 70th Coast Artillery Regiment (Antiaircraft) and activated at Fort Monroe, VA on 4 November 1939. During World War II, the 70th Coast Artillery landed on Guadalcanal with the XIV Corps on 23 May 1943. On 10 November 1943 the 70th Coast Artillery Regiment was reorganized and redesignated as the 70th Antiaircraft Artillery Group.
Vintage 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards Buckle . Large white metal buckle for the 2.5-inch coloured webbing stable belt. It is in excellent condition and measures 3.75 inches wide.
Vintage African Long Dagger. A nice old African dagger with wooden leather covered hilt and flared pommel, no guard and a long broad double edge steel blade with decoration running down the centre. It is a good old piece which come in good order but no sheath. It measures 15.5 inches long. Ship to UK mainland only. Proof of age required on purchase.
Vintage African short Dagger. A nice old African dagger with wooden leather covered hilt and flared pommel, integral guard and a broad double edge steel blade. It comes in its original tooled and decorated leather sheath. It measures 10 inches long and comes in very good condition with signs of use and wear, Ship to UK mainland only. Proof of age required on purchase.
Vintage Army Wool Mittens with Trigger Finger A good pair of vintage wool army mittens which includes the additional ‘trigger’ finger. Good size and very good condition just one small hole on a thumb.
Vintage Army Wool Socks A good pair of vintage wool army socks. Good size and very good condition.
Vintage Belgian Military Long Service Gallantry Medal Group. A super vintage Belgian medal group of four with matching medal bar to be worn on uniform. The medals include; Knight Order of Leopold, Bi-lingual French / Dutch. Awarded after 13 years of meritorious service to a commissioned officer member of the flying personnel, after 30 years of meritorious service for a non-commissioned officer (13 years for non-commissioned officers member of the flying personnel), and after 40 years of service for a private or corporal. Crown order of the Gold Palms. Awarded after 25 years of meritorious service to a non-commissioned officer, and after 35 years of service for a private or corporal. Order of Leopold gold. Gold medal Awarded after 20 years of meritorious service to a non-commissioned officer (9 years for non-commissioned officers member of the flying personnel), and after 25 years of service for a private or corporal. Military Decoration 1st class. For 15 years of service, awarded for gallantry, devotion to duty, or exceptional service; Chevron denotes 1st class award. This group is in perfect condition, medal bar as worn on uniform.
Vintage Boosey & Hawkes Military Brass Bugle This brass bugle could date anywhere from the Great War era onwards, these are called cavalry bugles in some older books. It is marked on the bell for Boosey & Hawkes London, the body is brass and the mouthpiece is silver plated, it has had a hard life and is quite dented especially along one section of the pipe travelling down to the bell. It measures 16.75 inches long.
Vintage Brass & Copper Bosun’s Whistle on Chain Here is a vintage Boatswain's call, pipe or bosun's whistle, made from brass and copper with the Naval anchor to the ball, it comes on a brass chain and is in very good condition with mild signs of use.
Vintage Brass Harrier Jump Jet Good quality solid cast brass model of a Harrier Jump jet, this is a weighty piece in very good condition, it measures 7.25 inches long.
Vintage Brass Telescope by Thompson London. A nice old vintage telescoped, excellent quality, single draw, leather covered and with day or night cover. The lenses are good and undamaged, they just need a clean. This piece is in lovely condition, it looks like the leather has been replaced at some point, but with a bit of wax polish will tone down the newness. It is marked on the single draw with W. H. Thompson. London. It measures 26.5 inches when fully drawn and 18 inches when closed.
Vintage Britains Special Collectors Edition – 8844 25th Cavalry A 1995 issue from Britain’s special collectors edition (now obsolete) this box contains four mounted soldiers from the 25th Cavalry Frontier force, these items were only available to club members who were subscription paid. They come in super condition never having been used.
Vintage Britains Special Collectors Edition – The Royal Engineers A 1995 issue from Britain’s special collectors edition (now obsolete) this box contains six soldiers from the vintage Royal Engineers regiment, these items were only available to club members who were subscription paid. They come in super condition never having been used.
Vintage Britains WW1 German Machine Gunners. Britain’s Special Collectors limited edition of the WW1 German machine Gun set 2005. They come in the original box and in mint (never been out of the box) condition. These were produced in limited numbers for the Britains collectors club, now obsolete, for dioramas or for investment collectors. It measures 4.25 x 2.5 inches at the base.
Vintage Britain’s Collectors Edition – WW1 German 84th Infantrie Regiment A 2006 issue from Britain’s collectors edition (now obsolete) this box contains three WW1 German 84th Infantrie Regiment von Manstein, advancing set 2 Mons 1914. They come in super condition never having been used, the box showing very light signs of storage scuffing.
Vintage Britain’s Die Cast Field Firing Gun Pat No 641319 A decent example of a vintage Britain’s die cast field gun marked with the pattern number 641319, it has a spring barrel for firing projectiles and it comes in playworn condition with some loss to the paint, it measures 4 inches long.
Vintage Britain’s Die Cast Gun Turret Issued as part of an artillery set this individual die cast gun turret by Britain’s comes in fair but playworn condition, there is some damage to an edge, it measures 4 inches long.
Vintage Britain’s Die Cast – Blues and Royals Here is a Britain’s die cast figure of a member of the Blues and Royals mounted guard, the piece is marked for Britain’s on the inside of the back leg of the horse, he comes in very good but playworn condition and stands 3.5 inches high.
Vintage Britain’s Die Cast – Mounted Life Guard Here is a Britain’s die cast figure of a member of the life guards, the piece is marked for Britain’s on the inside of the back leg of the horse, he comes in very good but playworn condition and stands 3.5 inches high.
Vintage Britain’s Special Collectors Edition – Princess Patricia’s Canadian L.I. A 1994 issue from Britain’s special collectors edition (now obsolete) this box contains six soldiers from the vintage Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry regiment, these items were only available to club members who were subscription paid. They come in super condition never having been used, the box showing light signs of storage scuffing.
Vintage Britain’s Special Collectors Edition – The 6th Caribiniers Dragoon Guards A 1993 issue from Britain’s special collectors edition (now obsolete) this box contains four mounted soldiers from the 6th Caribiniers Dragoon Guards, these items were only available to club members who were subscription paid. They come in super condition never having been used, the box showing very light signs of storage scuffing.
Vintage Britain’s WW1 German 84th Reg at Mons 1914. Britain’s Special Collectors limited edition of the German 84th Infantry regiment advancing at Mons 1914. They come in the original box and in mint (never been out of the box) condition. These were produced in limited numbers for the Britain’s collectors club, now obsolete, for dioramas or for investment collectors. Each figure measures 2.75 inches high.
Vintage British Army Airborne Forces Belt Buckle. The 1st pattern post WW2 British Army Airborne Forces Belt Buckle. To be used with regimental webbing belt. That is; if used by the Royal Engineers Airborne, it would have the Engineers coloured webbing, same for infantry corps etc. It has a chrome finish and makers details in the back. In good used condition.
Vintage British Rail Midlands The Acme City Whistle A very nice example of a vintage white metal The Acme City whistle having B.R.(M) for British rail Midlands to the front, it comes complete with its chain and hook. It has mild signs of age and use and the whistle measures 3.25 inches and the chain is 14 inches.
Vintage British South African Police Brass Cap Badge Below is a brief history for this police force, the all brass badge comes in very good but used condition and measures 1.75inches long. The British South Africa Police (BSAP) was, for most of its existence, the police force of Rhodesia (renamed Zimbabwe in 1980). It was formed as a paramilitary force of mounted infantrymen in 1889 by Cecil Rhodes' British South Africa Company, from which it took its original name, the British South Africa Company's Police. Initially run directly by the company, it began to operate independently in 1896, at which time it also dropped "Company's" from its name. It thereafter served as Rhodesia's regular police force, retaining its name, until 1980, when it was superseded by the Zimbabwe Republic Police, soon after the country's reconstitution into Zimbabwe in April that year.
Vintage Bronze Royal Medico Psychological Assoc Mental Nursing Medal Dating from the inter war period and named to M. Lovell this medal was awarded by the royal medico psychological association for proficiency in mental nursing, made from bronze it comes in very good condition measuring two inches long and lacking its ribbon.
Vintage Bronze St Andrew’s Ambulance Association Bronze Medallion There is a comprehensive history for the association online but basically the St Andrew’s ambulance association was the first Scottish volunteer ambulance service founded in 1882, members must have been issued with this type of medallion which were individually numbered, this one being 693, as it comes in its packet of issue I can attribute it to a Mary A. Watson. The medallion comes in very good condition and the packet is worn.
Vintage Buckmaster Type Knife & Scabbard. Vintage Buckmaster Type knife with a long Bowie type blade with saw back, both parts extremely sharp. Blade is marked ‘Stainless’. A cross guard with the two spikes, which is this knifes most distinguished feature; they should unscrew and fit into the pocket on the scabbard. It has quite a round grip which is tied with para cord, and a lanyard loop and pommel, which looks like it unscrews. It comes with its original leather scabbard The legendary Buckmaster Model 184 took the knife world by storm in the 1980s. Built as a mission-critical tool for military use by the U.S. Navy SEALs in 1985. The spikes were an unusual invention, the thought was divers could tie a rope through the lanyard loop on the hilt, secure extra gear to the rope, then use the knife as an \"anchor\" in harbour rocks to secure items underwater and unseen. This one is in very good condition and the knife measures 14 inches long. Ship to UK Mainland only. Purchase by over 18’s only.
Vintage Bullion Merchant Navy Breast Patch A good vintage possibly WW2 era bullion breast patch for the Merchant Navy, comes in good but used condition with some discolouration to the bullion work, measures 3.25 inches long.
Vintage Bullion Royal British Legion Breast Badge A very well made gold bullion breast cloth badge for the Royal British Legion worn I’m sure with pride by an ex service person, it has a dark blue background attached to a black cloth backing, comes in super condition.
Vintage C1930’s Driving/Aviator Goggles in Case A good pair of vintage probably circa 1930’s driving or aviator goggles, they have green tinted lenses with a fur lined eye piece with green material sides and elasticated head band, they come in their original box which has protected them really well so they come in super condition.
Vintage Canadian Essex and Kent Scottish Glengarry Badge. A large white metal badge for this Canadian regiment. it comes in very good but used condition. A very attractive badge with good detail. Ref. F31
Vintage Cased Five Piece Geometry Set A good quality cased geometry set consisting of two compass with extra parts and a little tub of spare needles housed in its original black case which has BB and MS.4 to the front, it looks like it has barely been used and measures nearly 11 inches long.
Vintage Cased large Cartographers Rolling Brass Rule UWW Birmingham A very good quality solid and heavy brass rolling cartographers rule in original wood case, manufacturer marked for UWW of Birmingham, it comes in very good condition with some movement of the wood stabilisers within the case, it measures just under 19 inches long, and is a heavy piece.
Vintage Cased Sphygmomanometer – Blood Pressure Gauge Called the Dominion model this cased sphygmomanometer or blood pressure gauge has a makers mark that is partially obscured but it could be Jewell & Croyden London, there is a ticket inside showing it was last checked for functionality in 1957, it appears in good condition and is complete, the case measures 12.5 inches long.
Vintage Civil Service Motoring Association Members Button Badge Super quality white metal and blue enamel button badge for a member of the Civil Service motoring association, no makers mark and very good condition measuring .75 of an inch long.
Vintage Cold War Era Soviet Russian Navy Sailor’s Belt and Brass Buckle This is a good vintage Cold War era Soviet Russia belt and buckle for a sailor in the Navy, the buckle is made from brass and the belt from a white plastic covered thick material base, it comes in very good but used condition and measures 39 inches long.
Vintage Coldstream Guards Bed Plate – Addison Vintage Coldstream Guards Brass Duty Bed Plate with detachable brass badge. Named to 23206006 M Addison. Maker mark on the back for J. R. Gaunt London. In good used condition, measuring 4.5 x 3.5 not including hook.
Vintage Colt 1851 Navy Revolver Replica. A superb replica of the Colt 1851 Navy Revolver, civilian Now York model. It was made in Japan By MRC in the late 1970’s / 80’s for reenactors, so it will fire percussion caps and can be stripped but has a solid barrel and inert. It is a superb replica in every way, about the same weight as the original made from steel composite grips. It comes in its original box and looks like it has hardly been out of the box in the past, so almost as new. Eith polished or patinated it would be hard to tell from an original. It is a full-size replica measuring 13.5 inches long and box measures 14.5 x 6.5. out-side of the box is scruffy. Ship to UK mainland only. Sell to over 18 only.
Vintage Copper & Brass Bugle – Canadian Ontario Regiment Badge Below is a brief history for the Canadian Ontario regiment, this vintage copper and brass bugle has a brass badge for the regiment applied to the horn, it has a queen’s crown and the Latin fidelis et paratus ‘faithful and prepared’. The bugle does however look much older than the queen’s crown would suggest so may have been changed out at some stage, it comes in very good but used condition with some surface wear and a few minor dents and comes complete with its mouthpiece, it measures 11 inches long. The Ontario Regiment (RCAC) is a Primary Reserve armoured reconnaissance regiment of the Canadian Army. The unit is based in downtown Oshawa, Ontario, and is named after Ontario County (1852–1973). Formed in 1866, and more commonly known as the \'Ontarios\', \'black cats\' or \'ONT R\' (pronounced \"ON-tar\"), the regiment ranks among the oldest continuously serving Reserve (Militia) regiments in Canada and is one of the senior armoured regiments in the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps.
Vintage Copper & Brass Military Bugle with Lanyard This is a good quality genuine military bugle made from seamed copper and brass complete with an original lanyard, it is not marked but shows signs of use and function, there are a few shallow dents here and there and some wear to the metal, it measures 11.5 inches long.
Vintage County of Lancashire Rifle Association Medallion A great bronze medallion issued by the County of Lancashire rifle association as a prize award, it has not been engraved and comes in its box of issue with a manufacturers name of John Bagshaw & Sons of Liverpool. Super unused condition and measures just under 1.75 inches long.
Vintage Curved Blade Throwing Knife. An interesting little knife, it has wood and brass grip, hard wood scales with a brass ends. It has a good stainless steel curved blade with a sharp point, ideal for throwing. It is in good condition with some pitting to the blade. It measures 7.5 inches long. Ship to UK Mainland Only. Proof of age required at purchase.
Vintage Dated 1953 Linen Sewn Section Flag of Jordan This is a super quality linen flag constructed in sections for the country of Jordan, it is British made by Porter Bros Ltd Liverpool and has the date of 1953 printed along the hoist. Britain had a military presence in Jordan through the 1950’s in a peaceable capacity helping the country with things like up grading communications. The flag comes in very good condition and measures 48 x 24 inches.
Vintage Dated 1955 Brass Button Stick A well marked button polishing stick, it has the makers mark of J.R.G.&S. WD with the broad arrow between and the date of 1955, comes in good but used condition and measures 6.75 inches long.
Vintage East Anglian Regiment Officers Tunic. A vintage East Anglian Regiment Officers tunic with all original buttons a general service medal ribbon bar but rank pips to a captain have been removed. It has bag style front pockets, so it could be used as a WW2 tunic by a reenactor. Superb quality and will fit up to a 40 inch chest, 28 inch waist.
Vintage East German Medal for Faithful Service – National People’s Army A vintage DDR (German Democratic Republic) medal for 15 years faithful service in the National people’s army, the gold version with 15 year bar, comes in very good condition.
Vintage East German Medal for Faithful Service – Fighting Groups A good vintage German DDR (German Democratic Republic) medal for faithful service in fighting groups of working class, the silver version for 10 years service, comes in very good condition.
Vintage Ever Ready Fish Eye Torch An interesting pre WW2 Ever Ready ‘fish eye’ torch, an unusual looking item with a bulbous glass ball lense to amplify the light, marked to the bottom with Ever Ready made in England, it pops open at the bottom to fit the batteries and the top I assume to change a bulb, it comes in good order for its age with signs of use and is lacking a bulb and wires inside. It measures 5.5 inches long.
Vintage Flint & Denbigh Yeomanry Cap Badge. A post 1962 anodised two colour badge, in super used condition. Ref. N14
Vintage Folding Knife by Kenbourne. A super quality wide bladed folding pocketknife by Kenbourne, Sheffield. It has a very good steel blade with a hard wood grip with lanyard ring at the end. When open it measures 7.75 inches long and it is in very good condition. Shipping to UK mainland only
Vintage German Automobile Club Hamburg Board of Directors Enamel Badge 12 This is a super quality badge made from brass and coloured enamels for an automobile club in Hamburg, a translation of the word ‘Vorstand’ suggests its from the board of directors. As with all things German it is very well made with quality enamel work, it is maker marked on the back with ‘Nurnberg Berlin L. Chr Lauer’. It measures 35mm long and aside from one small flake to the black enamel is in very good condition.
Vintage German Metal Badge No Parking? This little metal badge seems to be about no parking but I cant see why anyone would have needed to wear a badge for that purpose! A crossed out 'P' on the front and 'parkverbot' on the back. Comes in fair condition and measures one inch in diameter.
Vintage German Military Stein -2nd Batt Field Artillery Regiment Always superior quality this very well marked German lidded stein was made in commemoration of early battalions, to the base it has the makers name of Alt-Grenzau and dates I think from the 1970’s, to the front around the top rim it has ‘2nd Battr. Grossch hess. Feld. Art.reg’ there is the number 19 in a red shield within the german eagle and crossed cannons, around the base it has ‘reservist Heurer’. The ceramic body fitted with a prewter hinged lid comes in superb condition, no chips or cracks and stands 9.75 inches high.
Vintage German Police Insignia. A good lot of vintage German police insignia including shoulder boards. Collar tabs, cap badge, sleeve badges etc. all in very good used condition.
Vintage German Postcard – Graf Zeppelin at Dock Original photo postcard of the famous Graf Zeppelin at dock with numerous soldiers marching past, with official stamps on the back. It comes in very good condition.
Vintage German Webbing Spade Cover. Green webbing spade cover, made of olive green webbing with press clasp on the front, this is marked ‘Knip Hier’. It is in very good order, looks like it has never been used.
Vintage Girls Life Brigade Good Service Medal The Girls Life Brigade later the Girls Brigade first came into being in England in 1902 having been started in Ireland in 1893, Scotland came in 1900 and during the 1960’s the various services were amalgamated, this style of medal was awarded in the earlier years for good service, it is un named and comes in very good condition with a bit of dirt on the ribbon.
Vintage Hallmarked Silver Flower Vase A very pretty and still functional vintage hallmarked silver flower vase, it stands 7.25 inches tall, it does have a full set of hallmarks but these have been polished quite flat and are now illegible, it has a loaded base for stability and comes in good condition with only some minor dings.
Vintage High Quality Replica Victorian Sea Service Pistol. A very good quality inert replica of the 19th century British Sea Service pistol. It has a polished walnut stock with solid brass trigger guard, butt plate and ram rod pipe. A very high-quality steel percussion lock and barrel with a steel captive ram rod. It has been beautifully put together and it comes in excellent condition with a good working lock and trigger, and it will fire percussion caps. but it looks very fine as a display piece. It measures 14 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only
Vintage HMS Bristol Cap Tally HMS Forth was a type 82 destroyer, she came into service in the early 1970’s as an escort to aircraft carriers and later saw service during the Falklands war. This original cap tally comes mounted on card with relevant information and is in very good condition.
Vintage HMS Crescent Cap Tally HMS Crescent was the leader of the 14th emergency flotilla, launches in July 1944 and transferred to Canada in 1945. This original cap tally comes mounted on card with relevant information and is in very good condition.
Vintage HMS Excellent Cap Tally HMS Excellent was a Royal Navy ‘stone frigate’ (shore establishment) sited on Whale Island near Potsmouth. This original cap tally comes mounted on card with relevant information and is in very good condition.
Vintage HMS Vidal Cap Tally HMS Vidal was a survey ship of the Royal Navy, she was designed as a surveying vessel and was the first survey ship to carry a helicopter. This original cap tally comes mounted on card with relevant information and is in very good condition.
Vintage Hurricane Print with Squadron Leader J G Millard Signature. A vintage print by A. C Harrold entitled 1056 hours September 3rd 1940 and is signed by battle of Britain pilot squadron leader Jocelyn G P Millard. Millard Volunteered for the RAFVR in August 1939 and was called up for full time service the following month. Converting to Hurricanes, he was posted to 1 Squadron at Wittering in October 1940, and shortly after transferred to Dougla Baders 242 Squadron at Coltishall. In November he moved to 615 Squadron at Northolt. After the Battle of Britain he spent time as an instructor, going to Canada. He later became Squadron Commander of 35 SFTS. Sadly, Jocelyn Millard passed away on the 10th of May 2010. This print is unframed and in very good condition and will be sent rolled in a tube it measures 20 x 13.5
Vintage Indian Navy Officers Gilt Brass Belt Buckle A nice clean example of a vintage officer of the Indian Navy belt buckle, made from gilded brass it has no makers mark and is in very good condition with only light sign of age and use, it measures 2.5 inches long.
Vintage Institute of Hygiene Pin Badge – Gaunt A good vintage Institute of Hygiene pin badge, marked to the back for Gaunt and numbered to the recipient M1130, it comes in very good condition measuring .75 of an inch long.
Vintage Irish Guards Dress Belt Buckle. A two-piece gilt brass belt buckle worn on dress uniform of the Irish guards. The condition is excellent with all of its original gilt finish remaining.
Vintage Keegan & Baldwin Triple Horse Brass Strap – Armed Forces 1945-1995 A really lovely vintage horse brass made in 1995 to commemorate 50 years since the war, each brass is marked on the back KB for Keegan & Baldwin a Worcestershire heavy horse company and each brass covers an element of the armed forces, air force, army and navy. Mounted on a leather strap they come in very good condition and measure 16 inches long.
Vintage Kings Crown East Suffolk Police Reserve Badge Probably dating from the inter war period this white metal and blue enamel badge was issued to members of the East Suffolk police reserve, it comes in very good condition, some staining on the back and could do with a good clean, it measures 1.5 inches long.
Vintage Large Sized Shell Case NATO 308 Winchester This large sized shell case measures just over 4.25 inches long, it is simply marked to the base LC77, research suggests that it is for the NATO 308 Winchester first used in the 1950’s, the LC stands for the Lake City ordinance plant in Missouri and 77 as the year date. It comes in very good condition.
Vintage Leather Frog. It came fitted to a 1907 SMLE bayonet, but not sure what it belongs to. All leather and stitched on the sides, with frog stud slit down the front. It is marked on the back GPO 1955 WP and comes in good well used condition. May be handy as it resembles a Victorian pattern.
Vintage Leather Rifle Sling. A nice old leather rifle sling with a swivelling spring hook on each end and an adjustable buckle in the centre. It has been used but comes in good order, it just needs a good oil.
Vintage Matchbox Lesney Service Ambulance No 63 A nice example of a vintage Matchbox Lesney service ambulance, also marked on the bottom with ‘Ford 3 ton 4x4’ and numbered 63, it comes in playworn condition with some loss to the paint, it measures 2.5 inches long.
Vintage Medium Size Printed Union Linen Flag A good vintage medium sized printed Union linen flag which has been used but retains a good colour, it does have some holes and the hoist end is a bit ragged, it measures 65 inches x 38.
Vintage Memorable Order of Tin Hats Stick Pin Below is a very brief history for the M.O.T.H. a lot more can be found online, this stick pin example has the tin hat to the top with moth in a raised form on the front, it comes in very good condition and measures just under 2 inches long. The Memorable Order of Tin Hats (M.O.T.H.) was founded in 1927 by Charles Evenden as a brotherhood of South African former front-line soldiers. The ideal is to help comrades in need, either financially or physically; and to remember all servicemen who have answered the Sunset Call, both in war and peacetime.
Vintage Metropolitan Police Tunic. A 1960’s/70’s very good quality blue wool Metropolitan Police tunic. It still retains all its original insignia and QEII crown buttons. It is in lovely condition with no moth damage. It measures 40-inch chest and a 38-inch waist.
Vintage Mid Century BCXB All Russian Exhibition Centre Moscow Cigarette Case This unusual cigarette case has a white metal cartouche to the centre depicting two figures with the letters BCXB under, this is the lettering for the All Russian exhibition centre in Moscow, the centre was first opened in the late 1930’s and over time was renamed a few times, its ethos was to show off the Russian peoples productivity and inventions, I’m assuming this cigarette case was a purchase from the exhibition, It started life as a white metal case and at some stage it has been black painted to leave the central cartouche visible. There is some wear to the paint in places and it measures 4.25 x 3 inches.
Vintage Military Band Brass Lyre Shaped Music Sheet Holder As used by the marching military bands in the brass section, it would strap over the instrument to hold the sheet music, I’m not sure for what instrument but the brass lyre shaped holder is set off centre to accommodate the relevant instrument, there are no maker marks and it comes in used condition, the leather strap which has been white dubbed is well used and the brass needs a clean , hard to measure but roughly 5 inches long.
Vintage Military Tunic Sergeant Royal Engineers. A vintage Circa (1990’s) Royal Engineers Sergeant’s No 2 dress tunic complete with stripes and Queens crown stay-bright buttons. It comes in very good condition and has a 40 inch chest. It would make a good WW2 reenactors tunic with a change of buttons and it’s a good modern size.
Vintage Moroccan Jambiya Dagger. A nice old well-made Moroccan Jambiya Dagger, known as the Koummya. This one has, what looks like a wooden grip with white metal fan pommel. A good hand wrought curved blade and a white metal sheath which has hammered decoration on the main side and engraved décor on the back. It is in very nice condition with no damage, it measures 15.5 inches long.
Vintage Moroccan Jambiya Dagger. A vintage Moroccan version of the Jambiya called the Koummya. This one is made from brass and white metal with a wooden grip and a steel blade. It is in good condition showing some signs of age and well patinated. It measures 16 inches long. Ship to UK mainland only. Proof of age required on purchase.
Vintage Multi Tool Pocket Knife with Eleven Pull Out Functions This is a Chinese made stainless steel multi function pocket knife, it has eleven different pull out tools and it comes in good condition showing signs of age and use, it measures 6 inches when open.
Vintage Nato Cold War Era Hudson Whistle – Military Marked Marked to the barrel with J. Hudson & Co Birmingham 973-7001 and the broad arrow under this vintage whistle dates from the cold war era and was issued by the NATO forces, it comes in very good condition and measures 3.25 inches long.
Vintage New Zealand Maori Carved War Canoe A carved hard wood Maori Waka Taua War Canoe from Te Aroha New Zealand. It comes with all the paddles and has been inlaid with mother of pearl. It comes on its original stand and in excellent condition and with another Maori wood carving. The Canoe measures 20 inches long
Vintage Novelty Brass Door Knocker Cat & Fiddle. A vintage brass door knocker featuring the cat and fiddle. I am not sure how old it is, it is new old stock and came from an old Iron Monger’s in our town which closed about twenty years ago and was trading since the 1900’s. It came in its original brown paper wrapping and is in as new condition. it measures 3.75 inches high.
Vintage Novelty Brass Doorknocker Winking Cat. A vintage brass doorknocker featuring the A Winking Cat. I am not sure how old it is, it is new old stock and came from an old Iron Monger’s in our town which closed about twenty years ago and was trading since the 1900’s. It came in its original brown paper wrapping and is in as new condition. it measures 3.25 inches high.
Vintage Oil on Board of the Schooner Lilla Dan. A very attractive oil on this wooden board of the Schooner, the Lilla Dan. The Lilla Dan is a 35-meter topsail schooner built in 1951 by J. Lauritzen as a training ship, she has been with the same company ever since. Taken out of service as a training vessel in 1996, the Lilla Dan was completely renovated and put to work as a charter ship, and she is still sailing today. This painting is very well executed in traditional maritime style. It is dated October 1951 and was probably commision by the company. It measures; 15 x 10 inches and comes in good condition.
Vintage Oriental Carved Wood Devils Ball I am calling this a Devil’s ball as the principal is the same but generally they are ball shaped, this one is elongated with an applied top and bottom, such a clever thing to create, so involved and easily messed up, the carver takes a single piece of wood and carves individual moving balls with the frame, there are at least 3 balls contained and the outside has a dragon scale type pattern. This one is made from sandalwood and hung in a wardrobe to keep clothes smelling nice and to keep the moths away. It comes good condition with a age crack on one side and measures just under 5 inches long.
Vintage Pair of North Staffordshire Bronze Officers Collar Dogs Difficult to date this pair as they are in such very good condition, they could be WW1 or 2, made from solid bronze they are officers collar dogs for the North staffs regiment, each measures just over an inch long.
Vintage Polish Communist Medal Below is a brief history for the introduction of this medal, this example comes in very good condition. Medal of the 40th anniversary of People's Poland - Polish civilian state decoration of the communist period. The Medal of the 40th anniversary of People's Poland was established by the Act of April 26, 1984 on the 40th anniversary of the establishment of People's Poland in order to express recognition for the effort of people working in building and strengthening the socialist state, socio-economic development and national culture . The Resolution of the Council of State of May 10, 1984 defined the rules of broadcasting and the description of the medal badge.
Vintage Polish Order of Polonia Restituta 1944 Order of the Rebirth of Poland is a Polish state order established 4th February 1921. It is conferred on both military and civilians as well as on foreigners for outstanding achievements in all forms of art and defence. This one is the knights cross or fifth class and comes in very good used condition and in its original box of issue.
Vintage Postcard Shots of American Airships 1946 Two vintage photo postcards dated 1946 showing American airships at I assume an airshow in this country as the photographers details are for Liverpool, one shows the airship ‘resolute’ and the other the ‘macon’, there is a third small photo of part of the resolute, this is a bit worn on the surface, the postcards are in very good condition.
Vintage Printed linen Union Flag (2) Quite distressed and faded from use this vintage union flag is printed on linen but would still serve as a good back drop in a display cabinet or similar, it does have some holes and has lost some colour, it measures 32 inches x 21.
Vintage Printed Saint George Linen Flag A good vintage printed cross of Saint George linen flag which has been used and is a bit dirty through use however it comes in good condition otherwise with no holes and still has its tie ends, it measures 34 inches x 23.
Vintage QEII RAF Medical Services Staff Sergeants Uniform A No1 dress staff sergeants uniform for medical services with the RAF, it includes full insignia including the collar badges and GSM bar. It comes in very good condition with no moth and the measurements are: Tunic…40 inch chest, trousers 32 inch waist and 30 inner leg.
Vintage RAF LM (Loadmaster) Aircrew Padded Brevet Badge An aircrew brevet (officially known as an aircrew badge) is the badge worn on the left breast, above any medal ribbons, by qualified aircrew in the Royal Air Force, this example has LM for the rank of Loadmaster, this is the person responsible for the safe loading, transport and unloading of an aircraft. This one is a sewn badge that comes in super condition.
Vintage RAF Mk.6C Artificial Horizon Aircraft Instrument This very heavy Artificial Horizon Aircraft instrument is marked with the broad arrow and was made by Ferranti Ltd of Moston Manchester. The unit is deemed ‘unserviceable’ it originated at RAF station Lossiemouth and attached to it is a service card which describes its fault as being ‘violent precession when fast erected’ and also described as ‘handle like eggs’. So a big piece of kit that would otherwise have been disposed of, it measures 8 inches long with a long lead and weighs like a brick!
Vintage RAF QM (Quartermaster) Aircrew Padded Brevet Badge An aircrew brevet (officially known as an aircrew badge) is the badge worn on the left breast, above any medal ribbons, by qualified aircrew in the Royal Air Force, this example has QM for the rank of quartermaster. This one is a sewn badge that comes in super condition.
Vintage RAMC Lanyard. Maroon cord lanyard worn on the service dress of the Royal Army medical Corps. Comes in very good condition.
Vintage Replica Flintlock Holster Pistol. A good quality vintage replica of an 18th century flintlock holster pistol. It has a solid wood stock and metal barrel and lock, which cocks and dry firers. A good wall hanger or cabinet piece which measures 19 inches long. Shipping to mainland UK only
Vintage Republic of Zaire Women’s Mother’s Medal Issued to a female recipient and mounted on a women’s bow this medal comes from the republic of Zaire and is most likely for breeding success, it has ‘merite conjugal’ on the reverse, comes in very good condition.
Vintage Rifle Cleaning Kit A good quality vintage rifle or gun barrel cleaning kit complete with brushes and pull through chain, there is an oil bottle but this is empty, comes in good but used condition.
Vintage Royal Canadian Air Force Cap Badge & Collars. A reasonably modern issue of the Royal Canadian Air Force Cap Badge and a pair of collar dogs all in gilt metal and enamel. Lovely quality and in very good used condition.
Vintage Royal Canadian Air Force Tunic. Just post WW2 RCAF kaki tunic. It has gilt Kings Crown Buttons and half silk lined so probably a summer tunic. It its lovely original condition and no moth damage. It measures 34 inch chest, 32 inch waist.
Vintage Royal Doulton Winston Churchill Toby Jug One of the earliest produced Royal Doulton toby jugs of Winston Churchill lacking an identity number to the base, he stands (or sits) 5 inches high and comes in very good condition with no chips or cracks.
Vintage Royal Engineers Lanyard. Dark blue macramé lanyard worn on the service dress of the Royal Engineers and Corp of Signals. Comes in very good condition.
Vintage Royal Engineers Sergeant No1 Mess Dress A scarce and interesting vintage No1 mess dress belonging to Sergeant Gooding of the Royal Engineers. The tunic is made from red and black Melton wool with a red quilted silk lining and made by Costello of London, it comes with matching trousers and a wool and silk waist coat (shirt and bow tie not included). The uniform comes in very good condition and is of beautiful quality with bullion insignia. The tunic measures 42 inch chest and the trousers are 34 waist and 30 inch leg. Sergeant Gooding was also a qualified compressed air diver and a close combat expert
Vintage Royal Navy Nursing Reserve Tippet Badge – Queen’s Crown A super quality queen’s crown Royal Navy Nursing Reserve rank tippet badge, constructed form gold bullion work with sewn sections on a padded material, it comes in super condition with mild signs of age and use, it measures 4 inches long.
Vintage Royal Navy Ratings Cap. WW2 or just post WW2 RN rating service cap with tally for HMS Diana. The top is made of white cotton which has had ‘Blanco’ applied many times. Inside it is very clean with a maker’s label for Sanders & Brightman, Luton. Size 6 3/4. It is in very Good used condition, chin strap has been reattached at some point.
Vintage Royal Order of Buffaloes Neck Collar with Jewels A great Royal Andalusian Order of Buffaloes (RAOB) neck collar set with six jewels (medals) one of which is hallmarked silver and various badges mostly all named to the same person Brother George Batty but coming from various lodges, the silver example dates from 1937 and the other jewels carry on into the war years. A really good display piece measuring 18 inches long and coming in very good condition.
Vintage Royal Regiment of Wales Officers Summer Dress Tunic. Officers white summer dress tunic with all original Royal Regiment of Wales buttons. It is in excellent condition and measures 36 chest and 30 inch waist.
Vintage Royal Warwickshire Regiment Cap Badge. A good brass and white metal badge worn by the Royal Warwickshire Regiment until 1958 when the regiment became part of the Midland brigade. A nice example in very good used condition. Ref. N9
Vintage Scots Guards Tunic Kings Crown. A good old Scots Guards tunic dating from around the WW2 ear. This tunic is in good order, no sign of moth what so ever, but it will need a little TLC there are some small holes due to wear and It has some buttons missing, but I found three, so there’s a start. All original buttons are Kings Crown with two GS buttons on the epaulettes and some of the main buttonholes have been sewn up, probably a reissued tunic after The war. The cloth is a little dull and it could do with a light steam, just to brighten it up. But a superb original OR’s tunic in original condition, measuring a 36 inch chest.
Vintage Ship In A Bottle A very nice example of a many masted ship in a bottle bearing the name ‘Rachel’, originally I think a whisky bottle the glass has been reverse painted on the back and even the sea is painted and textured, it comes in very good condition for its age with just some wear to the paint on the back and it measures ten inches long.
Vintage Slade Wallace Style Scots Guards Belt and Buckle A nice quality white leather Slade Wallace style belt with a brass Scots Guards buckle, on the inside of the belt it has printed ‘H&S (Lon) Ltd 1984 with 9736288’ added by hand in black felt pen is the broad arrow and 1951., on the back of the brass buckle it has the broad arrow and 973-6440 with 1988 under. The belt come in very good but used condition, it is adjustable and is set at a 36 inch waist.
Vintage Small Childs Size Russian Ushanka Hat A lovely piece designed for a small child probably around 10 years or so, it has a brass and red enamel badge to the front and tie up ear flaps, it comes in good but used condition.
Vintage Small Linen Scottish Flag A well loved vintage Scottish linen flag, with odd holes but will still display well, it measures 34 x 18 inches.
Vintage Smith’s Bezel Wind Car/Cockpit Clock This style of clock was used in the 1920’s/30’s in the dash board of cars and sometimes in the cockpit of planes, it is wound from the front on the bezel and the time is changed by a pull out button at the bottom. Some bright spark realised that these clocks could be placed in bespoke cases and this one has been placed in a solid mahogany Edwardian case with inlaid decoration to the front. The clock was made by Smith’s of London and is marked accordingly on the front, it has P-151.359 either side of the hands. It winds and runs, I have had it running for a few hours and it has kept good time although a professional clean is recommended, the case and clock are both in very good order, it is a heavy piece which measures 11 inches across the front.
Vintage Soviet Union Solid Bronze Railway Train Plaque An unusual item and seemingly quite highly prized online with some very high price tickets to be seen, it is made from solid bronze and dates post 1941, this type of emblem was used on the Soviet Russian trains and railroads and can be seen in varying forms on the rolling stock, it has two screw holes in the back for mounting and is a heavy piece which measures 4.5 inches long.
Vintage St Johns Ambulance Nurse Cadett Uniform. A St Johns Ambulance Nurse Cadett uniform comprising of the grey cotton short dress with insignia and separate collar, the wool cloak / poncho, excellent quality with two arm slits and this all comes with her original First aid shoulder bag complete with contents. All in excellent condition, no moth damage and it all probably dates from the 1970’s. the dress measures 36inch bust and a 32 inch waist.
Vintage Sterling Silver Dr Barnardo’s Young Helpers League Badge Issued to the children of the ‘middle and upper classes’ who helped to fund raise on behalf of children of the ‘waif class’ (Dr Barnardo’s actual words) this example is marked on the back for Sterling silver with a makers mark and is decorated with blue enamel. It comes in very good condition with some light wear to the surface, it measures one inch long.
Vintage Sterling Silver Scottish Clan Brooch This is a large Scottish clan brooch, marked to the back with silver and 925 for Sterling and it has also been tested and it tests as sterling silver; the brooch depicts a garter belt with a hand holding a heart, not sure to which clan this belongs, it comes in super condition is very heavy gauge and measures just over two inches in diameter.
Vintage Superb Quality Sterling Silver Masonic President Medal 1970 Festival The Masonic pieces are always superior quality and this is a lovely example, it is dated for a festival in 1970 and was awarded to the president, it has a full set of hallmarks for Birmingham 1969 with a makers mark of V&S which ties in with its box of issue made by Vaughtons limited goldsmiths of Birmingham. It has not been engraved and comes in near perfect condition with just the ribbon showing slight signs of use, the medal measures 1.5 inches long and is 4.5 inches long with the ribbon.
Vintage Tank Periscope Possibly Russian This is the top section of a tank periscope, the closest comparison I can find is for a cold war era Russian tank, it is heavy and solid with its mirrors in place, it measures 4.25 inches long and comes in good condition with some signs of wear and use.
Vintage Tebu Arm Dagger with Scarce Fish Tail Scabbard. An unusually large Tebu peoples arm dagger with iron pommel, leather bound grip, hand wrought steel blade ending in a spear point. It comes with its original and scarce leather fish tail scabbard, why there are just a few examples of this type of scabbard, I do not know, however they are highly prized by collectors. The Tebu people are an ethnic group native to the Tibesti Mountains that inhabit the central Sahara in northern Chad, southern Libya and north eastern Niger. They live either as herders and nomads or as farmers near oases. Their society is clan-based, with each clan having certain oases, pastures and wells. This dagger is in excellent condition, no rust to the blade or pommel and nice overall patination. It measures 22 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only.
Vintage The Acme Thunderer Whistle A good example of a vintage ‘The Acme Thunderer’ whistle, marked accordingly on the top, complete with original pea and in good working order, there are a few surface marks and rust on the jump ring, comes attached to a piece of black ribbon. It is marked with just England on the bottom which dates it from 1891 to 1929.
Vintage the ECMA City Police Whistle – J. Hudson & Co This vintage police whistle is well marked with ‘the ECMA city whistle England’ to the body, made from base metal with a white metal covering sadly it has had a lot of use and is worn down to the base metal in places. Interestingly Hudson & Co are very well known for the ‘ACME’ whistle and for some reason decided to reverse the name to ‘ECMA’ as shown on this example.
Vintage The St John Ambulance Association Large Cap Badge A large sized white metal cap or sleeve badge for the St John Ambulance Association, it is of a domed shape and carries a registration number to the front of 111905, this would date it to 1889 but I think that must be its inception date, it comes in good condition and a previous owner has scratched his name on the back ‘Smith’, it measures just under two inches in diameter.
Vintage Trench Art Type Knife - German Shell Case. A trench / war art type knife, the grip made from a German 20 x 139 DM shell case and a very good steel Bowie type blade. The bottom of the shell case is dated 1964. For other markings please see pictures. It is in good used condition and measures 9 inches long. Ship to UK Mainland only. Purchase by over 18’s only.
Vintage Trio of White Metal & Glass Arm Bracelets I would date these bracelets from the 1970’s, they are designed to be worn either up the arm or loose on the wrist, although sold as white metal I’m fairly sure they are silver and probably Indian in manufacture, each is set with a run of cut glass stones in three colours, they come in very good condition and measure 3 inches in diameter.
Vintage United Sates Army Tank Periscope This is the top section of a tank periscope, I believe based on the hand written letters and numbers inside the item that is from a WW2 to cold war era United States army tank , written inside is ‘O.W.L/TD. 31914/2/5’ it is heavy and solid with its mirrors in place, it measures nearly 4.5 inches wide and comes in good condition with some signs of wear and use.
Vintage United States Navy Wardroom Officers Mess Jug This silver plated jug has the emblem for the United States Navy to one side, it was manufactured by the American company of Reed and Barton, it came to me with a ticked inside which reads ‘ 1900-1930 United States Navy Reed and Barton wardroom officers mess’ and I have no reason to doubt this information. The piece itself is very heavy and solid, sensible on a ship, it comes in good condition with signs of age and use and it measures 5.25 inches long.
Vintage United States Vietnam Service Medal Below is a brief history for the criteria of award for this medal, this example comes in very good condition, it has a makers mark on the back of the pin bar and has its original ribbon, the medal is 1.25 inches in diameter. The Vietnam Service Medal (VSM) is a decoration of the U.S. military presented to personnel of any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces who performed military service during the Vietnam War and meet specific qualifications laid out by the United States Department of Defense. To be eligible service members must have completed 30 consecutive days or 60 non-consecutive days of service relating to direct support of ground operations or maritime service directly aiding military operations within specific regions of the Republic of Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand between the dates of November 15, 1961 - March 28, 1973 and April 29, 1975 - April 30, 1975. U.S. Air Force members who flew in missions over Vietnam Airspace are also eligible for the award.
Vintage US Military Issue Otis M9 9mm Pistol Cleaning System A hardly used cleaning kit, comprehensive description below from a current advert retailing at £24.99, this one is clean and hardly touched but the oil has been used. THIS CLEANING SYSTEM IS DESIGNED TO CLEAN AND MAINTAIN M9 9mm PISTOLS AND SUB GUNS. NOW AUTOMATICS CAN BE CLEANED CORRECTLY FROM BREECH TO MUZZLE WITHOUT DISASSEMBLY. MEMORY FLEX CLEANING RODS, PANOPLY PATCHES AND A HEAVY DUTY BORE BRUSH EASILY STRIP THE COPPER FROM BORES. SPECIAL HANDLE WITH SCRAPER, PICK AND BRUSHES CLEAN THE RECEIVER, TRIGGER GROUP AND BOLT.
Vintage USA 469th Field Artillery Unit Crest Badge The 469th saw active service in the Korean war 1950-53 and were part of the 7th cavalry regiment based at different locations including Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Camp Drake, Japan; Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Pusan, Korea. This vintage badge has a bit of age to it and is simply marked IE on the back, it comes in good condition but is a bit grubby and measures just over one inch long.
Vintage USA Military Printed Cloth Remove Before Flight Banner These banners appear to have been used on military aircraft and anything that went into or attached to the aircraft, used as a reminder to ‘remove before flight’ the only examples of these I can find appear to be in the United States, this one is vintage but hard to date, it is printed on cloth and on the back there is a faint stamp which I think reads. ‘holding device auto selector general (something) company Vermont USA. It comes in very good condition and measures 22 inches with a 12.5 rope tail.
Vintage USA Unit Insignia Badge 122nd Aviation Support Battalion Probably dating from the 1980’s this distinctive unit insignia badge is for the 122nd aviation support battalion, marked Denmark N.Y. D22 to the back, it comes in very good condition and measures just over one inch long.
Vintage Warwickshire Regiment set of 19/25 Anodised Buttons – Firmin Here is a card of vintage anodised buttons for the Warwickshire regiment, there are 19 present from a total of 25, they are marked for Firmin of London on the back and are in an unused condition.
Vintage Webbing Rifle Sling. An old rifle sling, one end loops over the rifle’s sling loop and the other end has a hook catch. There is a stamped mark on the webbing, this looks like GTK2 39. Please see pictures. it measures; 52 inches long.
Vintage Welsh Guards Officers No2 Uniform with Sam Brown Belt A good vintage Welsh Guards officers No2 uniform complete with Sam Brown belt, anodised buttons with Queen’s crown and rank insignia. The uniform was made by Meyer & Mortimer Ltd of London and carries a date of 1988. It comes in very good, ready to wear condition, the jacket measures: chest 34 inches, waist 34, the trousers have an inside leg of 29 inches and a waist of 30
Vintage White Metal & Enamel West Ham Fire Brigade Cap A two part construction white metal and enamel cap badge for the West Ham fire brigade. It has some damage to the enamel and is missing a lug on the back.
Vintage White Metal Double Bladed Commemorative Penknife This is a very good quality double bladed pocket or pen knife, it is marked on the haft C.B.W.D. Jubilee 1954, I haven’t been able to find who or what cbwd were. The knife was made by Harrison Brothers & Howson and is rustless steel, it is marked on both blades with the above and also ‘cutlers to his majesty’. Aside from some very mild marks to the metal it comes in super condition and measures 7 inches fully open and just under 3.5 closed.
Vintage White Metal Gettysburg Peace Memorial Ashtray Made from a soft white metal and embossed with a scene of the peace memorial at Gettysburg this commemorative ashtray would have been a tourist piece probably from the 1920's/30's. Comes in fair condition there is some staining to the metal in places, measures just under 4.5 inches in diameter.
Vintage White Metal Scottish Clan Brooch – Clan Cameron A good example of a vintage white metal Scottish clan brooch for the Cameron clan with the Latin motto ‘pro rege et patria’ or ‘for King and country’. It comes in very good condition and measures two inches long.
Vintage White Metal Scottish Clan Brooch – Clan Gordon A good example of a vintage white metal Scottish clan brooch for the Gordon clan with the Latin motto ‘Bydand’ or ‘abiding/steadfast’. It comes in very good condition and measures two inches long.
Vintage White Metal Scottish Clan Brooch – Clan Mackenzie A good example of a vintage white metal Scottish clan brooch for the Mackenzie clan with the Latin motto ‘Guidich anrich’ or ‘help to the king’. It comes in very good condition and measures two inches long.
Vintage William Rogers Coronation Utility Knife. A lovely old utility knife by William Rodgers of Sheffield. It has an aluminium pommel with a layered leather grip. A brass guard and a good well used steel blade. It comes in, what looks like its original leather scabbard, this has a tooled stamp on the front for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. This may have been a gift to the ground workers at Sandringham. The condition is used but still a nice old piece. It measures 9.25 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only. Proof of age required at time of purchase. Over 18 only
Vintage Wood Shield/Plaque T.S. Mercury The Training Ship Mercury, or TS Mercury, was a naval training establishment founded as a ship in 1885 and then a shore-based school at Hamble in Hampshire from 1892 until its closure in July 1968. Although one of over thirty pre-sea training schools founded during the Victorian period, it was the only privately owned establishment training boys for both the Royal and Merchant Navies. This solid oak shield/plaque has the motto ‘men are the souls of ships’ to the bottom, it comes in excellent condition and measures 7.5 inches long.
Vintage Yellow Metal and Stone Set Brooch A very pretty rose gold brooch which tests around 9ct, there are no hallmarks I can find so have to present this as yellow metal, it has been set with two turquoise stones and a central pearl, it comes in very good condition weighing approx. 3.2 grams and measures 1.5 inches long.
Vintage ‘The Acme’ Whistle with Pea J. Hudson & Co A nice example of an early ‘ACME’ white metal whistle made by the famous company of J. Hudson & Co and marked with the factories initials on both side barrels, an early style complete with rattling pea it comes in very good condition, a few blemishes on the sides and works perfectly, it measures 1.75 inches long.
Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) Patch and Badges Post WW2 VAD arm patch badge and two Red Cross brass and enamel 'Branch' and 'Division' badges, all three are in excellent condition.
Wanted Kitchener Memorabilia Any Memorabilia relating to Lord Kitchener, anything but pictures. Jugs, Plates, Postcards, medals and medallions etc.
Wanted; German Battle Badges. Genuine German WW2 Battle Badges, Luftwaffe, Heer, Kriegsmarine etc. Contact website
Welsh Guards Cap & Shoulder Badge Set. All brass Cap badge and shoulder title of the Welsh Guards. The shoulder title is in excellent original condition, the cap badge has signs of light wear.
Welsh Interest – WW1 Era Postcard V.C Winner Williams Presentation This WW1 era photographic postcard shows a large crowd scene attending the presentation of a gold watch to Victoria Cross winner seaman W. William of Amlwch 28th June 1917, below is the description of the action in which Williams earned his V.C. At some stage a good quality blow up photograph of the postcard has been made showing the people in more detail. The postcard comes in very good condition. On 7 June 1917, HMS Pargust (a Q ship) was out in the Atlantic Ocean when her engine room was damaged by a torpedo fired from the U-boat SM UC-29. The explosion loosened the gun covers and Seaman Williams, with great presence of mind, took the whole weight on himself and physically prevented the covers from falling and betraying the ship to the enemy. The Pargust\'s \'panic party\', the decoy crew carried on every Q ship for the purpose of leaving it apparently abandoned when attacked, took to the lifeboats and the U-boat then surfaced, believing the Pargust to be a crewless and defenceless merchant vessel. When the U-boat was about 50 yards (46 m) away, the captain of HMS Pargust gave the order to fire and the submarine was blown up and sank.
White Metal RAF Seletar (Singapore) Tankard to Flight Lietenant RAF Seletar was a Royal Air Force station in Singapore between 1928 and 1971. Plans for establishing an airfield, flying boat and naval base in Singapore were first agreed by the RAF in 1921. This silver plated tankard was presented by Flight Lieutenant L.T. Chapman to the officers of the mess, sadly lacking a date I would place it post war up to the 60’s, it comes in very good condition just needing a clean, it stands 5 inches high.
White Metal Royal Air Force Cap Badge. An unusual king’s crown badge of the Royal Air Force in white metal. It is a bright silver colour and could be sterling (not tested) but it has been die stamped, sterling silver badges are usually cast. It is quite worn but most of the original detail is evident. Another white metal oddity. Ref. L3
William III Silver 6 Pence 1696. King William III (William of Orange 1650 – 1702) Silver 6d. a well-used coin in good condition, obverse and reverse visible, a good gap filler.
WW1 & WW2 Group to Nurse Christie. A fabulous group which includes WW1 British War and Victory medals correctly named to Nurse E K Christie, 1939-45 star, Defence and war medal, WW2 Belgian Red Cross Service badge, named box of issue for WW2 medals, named to Sister Evelyn K Christie 20th G/H 1st Eastern, Cambridge. Apart of 2 different medal index cards for this lady, no other research has been done; the first mic states the award of both medals to E. K. Christie issued by the Government India, her rank being a Temporary Nurse with the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Reserve, the second mic, which I am 100% sure is the same lady is dated 1923 and shows her at the No3 general Hospital, still as a temporary nurse for the VAD, in the remarks box, it states her two medals were issued from India. During the second world war she is serving again, maybe totally voluntary with the Belgian Red Cross or she may have been sent overseas to aid the Belgian red cross, however after the war she has the rank of sister working at the Cambridge general. All medals are in excellent condition and look as if they have never been mounted or worn, I have left them totally as I found them many years ago, in the box of issue and an old cardboard box with various bits and bobs which I have no idea how they relate, only that all were once her property, it includes everything you see in the pictures. To be totally frank, research on this lady is going to be time consuming, I have obtained everything that can be obtained online, the next step being the national archives at Kew or this is a group for future research as I’m sure every document in the public domain will be online someday. This is no doubt a very interesting lady, who was not afraid to go overseas to nurse the sick and wounded during both wars and nothing is known of her work in between, a great project which offers superb investment potential.
WW1 & WW2 Medals & Insignia to; Lieut Dawe RGA & Civil Defence. A superb group of medal and effects all belonging to Lieutenant Thomas Dawe of the Hampshire Territorial Royal Garrison Artillery, Wessex Brigade. It comprises of the WW1 British War and Victory medal pair correctly named to Lieutenant T Daw. Both medal come in mint condition and in their box of issue, which they have never been out of. Both boxes are named to Lieut T Daw. Also included is a nice portrait photograph of Thomas in uniform. WW2 Defence medal in box of issue with issue slip, box named to Mr T Dawe. 25 Park View Gardens, Hendon, London. Various WW2 Civil Defence and ARP badges and insignia for the Hampstead Area. Here is some quite rare original insignia, including cloth badges for Control and Intelligence & Operations, so it looks like Thomas held and important position during the Second World War with the civil defence. There is also a group of press photographs showing cadets a large artillery gun. These date around the WW2 era and Thomas is in one of the pictures in overalls. Apart from a copy of his medal index card and medal roll, no other research has been done on this man, I believe this man has a very interesting service history, especially during WW2 when he was chief warden with the civil defence and served with control and Intelligence and operations. As already mentioned all the medals are in mint never worn, never polished condition and come in all of their boxes of issue. the insignia is used and worn and have evidence they have been taken off a uniform. A very interesting lot in need of research.
WW1 / 2 Royal Navy Bullion Cloth Insignia for a leading weapons engineer, superb quality to be worn on the number one uniform, it comes in excellent condition.
WW1 / 2 Royal Navy Bullion Cloth Insignia for leading air macanic, very good quality gold wire work and this one comes in superb condition.
WW1 1914/15 Star to Gilbert Norfolk Regiment This 1914/15 star medal was awarded to Frederick Gilbert 3-6556 of the Norfolk regiment, his medal index card shows he first served in France from January 1915, his medal award roll shows him firstly with the 1st battalion followed by the 8th probably after the battle of the Somme and subsequently with the 9th and 12th, he is also shown as being discharged in May 19 and this has been amended to March 1920, the medal comes in very good condition for its age.
WW1 1914/15 Star Trio to Hancox Royal Flying Corps & Grimsby Chums. An interesting 1914/15 star, British war and victory medal all correctly named to 10686 2nd AM – Private William J Hancox Royal Flying Corps. William Hancox served in France with the RFC Kite Balloon section from 23rd November 1915 as an Air Mechanic 2nd class, having probably first serving a year in the UK. A RFC AM2 was roughly a rank of Private but of the technical branch and could hold one or several positions as, Armourer, Acetylene Welder, Blacksmith, Coppersmith, Tinsmith, Engine Fitter, Gear Mechanic, Aircraft Rigger, Electrician, Magneto-Repairer, Fitter, Machinist, Sailmaker etc. Each RFC Brigade had a Kite Balloon Wing commanded by a Lieutenant Colonel. Within each wing was a number (typically five) Kite Balloon Companies – these being commanded by a Captain or Major. Each Company would have two or three Kite Balloon Sections. The First World War kite balloons were fabric envelopes filled with hydrogen gas. Kite balloons were controlled by a cable attached to the ground and first used on the Western Front on 8 May 1915 in the Aubers Ridge area. Each balloon was maintained and tethered by a team of 48 highly-trained men, carried two passengers, a commander and an observer, who, via a telegraph wire down to the ground would send back information on troop formations and artillery locations. Each basket was equipped with telecommunication equipment, binoculars, a long-range camera, maps, sandbags, pressure gauge, code book, a barometer, an air speed indicator, two sheath knives, two life savers and two parachutes. William having the rank of AM2 would have had technical skills to maintain the balloon but also would have served as ground crew when the balloon was being used. On 23rd September 1917 William was transferred to the 10th Battalion the Lincolnshire regiment (the Grimsby Chums) part of the 34th Division. Probably due to the extremely heavy losses at the Somme in 1916. From here he would have seen action at 3rd battle of Ypres in October that year, especially Battle of Passchendaele and the attack between the Watervlietbeek and Broenbeek streams on the 22nd of October. In 1918 he went on to see action at the Battle of St Quentin and the battles at Lys, where they saw heavy casualties. After suffering such a great loss in number, the 34th Division was reorganised and took a period of rest and retraining before the 10th Lincs were transferred to the 39th Division from around June 1918 and was engaged in supervising courses of instruction for American troops, beginning with units of the 77th American Division. William Survived the war and was finally demobilised on the 10th of February 1919. His medals are in excellent original condition and all three are unusually named to Royal Flying Corps. They come with some copy research including Medal index card, RFC transfer papers and other information confirming the above.
WW1 1914/15 Trio to Kiddle KRRC Lewis Gunner - Wounded – POW. A very interesting 1914/15 star, British war and victory medal correctly named to R1389 Rifleman Ernest Charles Kiddle of the 11th battalion Kings Royal Rifle Corps. The trio comes with original photographs, POW release slip and what is believed to be his original cap badge and insignia. Ernest Charles Kiddle was born in Rushmore, near Salisbury, Wiltshire 1889. He was the third son of William and Ellen Kiddle, William a Sawer working in Rushmore. Ernest enlisted into the army on the 4th September 1914 and was trained as a battalion Machine Gunner. In 1914 each Battalion had two machine gun teams (initially armed with Maxim machine guns, then Vickers). In 1915 Battalions started to receive the Lewis Gun (4 per Battalion), but by July 1918 each infantry and cavalry Battalion had 36 Lewis gun teams. A Lewis Gun team was made-up of 6 to 8 men. The first two were trained at the machine gun school (formed in 1914 in France), the remaining members of the team trained within their Battalion (probably by the Number One and Two) and carried the ammunition and were armed with SMLE rifles, their role was to support the two gunners and take-over if necessary. Ernest is listed as a machine gunner; this must have been a difficult task for him as he was a man of 5’3’’ and of slight stature. He served with the 11th battalion throughout most of the war, the 11th (Service) Battalion, King\'s Royal Rifle Corps was raised at Winchester in September 1914 as part of Kitchener\'s Second New Army. It joined 59th Brigade, 20th (Light) Division. After training close to home they moved to Blackdown, then in February 1915 to Witley and to Larkhill in April for final training. They proceeded to France on the 21st of July 1915, landing at Boulogne and the division concentrating in the Saint-Omer area. Here Ernest was probably sent to the Lewis gun training school in France. After the battalion moved to the Fleurbaix area for trench familiarisation. In 1916 they were in action at the The Battle of Mount Sorrel, in which the Division, along with the Canadians, recaptured the heights. They were in action on the Somme in The Battle of Delville Wood, the Battle of Guillemont, the Battle of Flers-Courcelette, The Battle of Morval and the Battle of Le Transloy. In 1917 they were in action during the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line and the Battle of Langemarck. It was around this time that Ernest was wounded with a gun shot wound to the right arm and head, his head wound was luckily just confined to the scalp. His wounds were severe enough for him to be sent home, spending some time at the war hospital in Sunderland. By January 1918 Ernest was back with his regiment in the field, now with the 8th battalion KRRC. It is hard to determine exactly when Ernest was taken prisoner, but it was around the 15th April he was reported as missing, however the Red Cross archives has him being a prisoner from 21st March, the start of operations of the German spring offensive. Further research is needed here, but Ernest remained prisoner until the end of the war only being released in early 1919. He was finally demobbed in March 1920, after which he was employed as a gardener at the estate of Baronet Sir John de Fonblanque Pennefather, Cotton Merchant, Landowner and Member of Parliament in Markyate, Hemel Hempstead. Very sadly Ernest died in April 1922 at the age 33. The circumstances of his death are unknown, for this, a copy of his death certificate needs to be acquired. Everything included here is in very good condition, his medals look like they were never mounted or worn and come on their original ribbons. Various researcg is also included, copies of his medal index card, medal roll, service papers, census information and death register etc.
WW1 1915 Star Trio & Memorial Cross to Canadian Infantry KIA – Vimy Ridge? An interesting 1915 star trio awarded to 71240 Private Frederick Walter Boalch of the 27th Battalion (Manitoba Regiment) Canadian Infantry. Frederick Boalch was born in Bristol England in 1886 the son of George a joiner living and working in Bristol Gloucestershire, Frederick was working as at a saw mill before he decided to emigrate, sailing on the Royal George and heading for New Brunswick in Canada on Christmas eve 1913. He joined up on the 31st October 1914 into the 27th battalion Canadian Infantry in Winnipeg Manitoba, they were part of a second contingent recruited during the winter of 1914-1915 and in the spring of 1915 they sailed for England, but instead of sailing in a great armada like the First Contingent they left in separate smaller transports. The summer of 1915 was spent in training at Shorncliffe on the coast of Kent and in September they left for the France as the Second Canadian Division. Once in France after a short time training they were sent into battle and here they saw much action on the Somme, being involved in most of the major battles including the Battle of Thiepval and the Battle of the Ancre Heights. In the early months of 1917 the second Canadian division moved towards Arras and stopped a few miles north east from the town at Vimy, the town was Seized and held by the German 6th Army in 1914, it was of great military importance to both sides due to it overlooking much of the Allied-held ground. It was the subject of a failed French assault in 1915 and now it was now the task of the Canadian Corps, operating under British General Julian Byng to recapture Vimy Ridge. What followed was one of the most enthralling and astonishing large scale bloody battle of the war, involving not only infantry and artillery but bombardment from the air and the use of Tanks to overcome the enemy, I could write for ever about this action, if you haven’t done already, please at least Google this battle, you will get a taste of what a formidable task the Canadian divisions achieved that day, suffering over 10,000 wounded or killed. Weather Frederick went on to also serve at the attack on La Coulotte, Lens and the Battle of Hill 70, I do not know, or if he was severely wounded at Vimy and taken to a field ambulance or a clearing station nearby and later died, I am unsure, but now he is remembered with honour at the Vimy Memorial in France. This superb trio comes in very good condition however the victory medal has been erased for some reason, or this may be a replacement for a lost medal. The group comes with various research and a commonwealth war graves details etc. the memorial cross comes in good condition, this is just named on the back F. W. Boalch, when I got it, it was completely black and hadn’t been touched for years, I wrestled with myself should I clean or leave alone, in the end, well you can see the result, but now I can see it shows a little wear to the high points. Also included is a small book on Vimy Ridge, It is a good read, I’ve read it myself many times, it has some good pictures of the Canadians, battle plans and hard to find information regarding German divisions. A wonderful and scarce casualty group which holds excellent investment potential.
WW1 6th Inniskilling Dragoons Cap Badge. A splendid quality badge for the 6th Dragoons. The 6th Inniskilling Dragoons merged with the 5th Dragoon guards in 1922 but there appears to be no change in badge for either regiment until 1935 when the now 5th Inniskilling Dragoon guards was given the ‘Royal’ title and a brand-new design of badge was issued. This one, the larger type 1914 pattern comes in just about mint condition with little or no sign of wear. A real cracker.
WW1 Allied Flag Mini Photo Frame. A small double photo frame with engraved aluminium front and a roundel in the centre showing the flags of the allies, Serbia, Great Britain, France and Belgium. A purely patriotic piece in which you could put pictures of your loved ones serving at the front. The frame measures 5 x 3.5 inches.
WW1 Army Service Corps Cap Badge. A WW1 era ASC all brass badge worn by the OR’s and NCO’s of the regiment during the first world war until 1919 when the regiment was awarded the title of Royal for their services during the great war. this one is in very good but used condition and with a good even tone. Ref. F14
WW1 Army Signaller Brass Trade Badge A nice clean example of a WW1 army signallers all brass trade badge showing the crossed flags, it comes in very good condition and measures 2 inches long.
WW1 ARRC to Nursing Sister with certificate. The Associates of the Royal Red Cross awarded to Sister Esther Mahoney for her work at the Red Cross Hospital for Officers at 4 Percival Terrace, Brighton. Included here is her original Royal Red Cross medal in the Garrard & Co box of issue, her red cross medal for service during WW1 and a little red cross brooch which is pinned to the top of the medal, also her original award certificate from the British Red Cross and St John of Jerusalem joint war committee, this is named to Miss Esther Mahoney. A.R.R.C. and signed by the chairman of the committee. And lastly the entry in the London Gazette for her award dated 6th August 1918. The ARRC medal comes in near mint condition and looks as if it has never left its box, the war service medal is also in excellent condition, it also comes in its box of issue. A superb medal for research, she is named several times in the British Nursing Journals, but I just haven’t had the time to wade through all of the pages for her entry. There is also several documents stored at the national Archives relating to the Red Cross Hospital for Officers at 4 Percival Terrace, Brighton, this includes information on patients as well as staff, so this too is going to need some sorting.
WW1 Austro-Hungarian Karl Troop Cross The Karl Troop Cross was instituted on 13 December 1916 by Emperor Karl I of Austria-Hungary. The cross was awarded for service up to the end of the First World War to soldiers and sailors of all arms of the Austro-Hungarian armed forces, regardless of rank, who had been with a combatant unit for at least twelve weeks and who had participated in at least one battle. Members of the air service who made ten flights over enemy lines were also eligible. This one in in very good original condition.
WW1 Austro-Hungarian Karl Troop Cross Medal The Karl Troop Cross (German: Karl-Truppenkreuz) was instituted on 13 December 1916 by Emperor Karl I of Austria-Hungary. The cross was awarded for service up to the end of the First World War to soldiers and sailors of all arms of the Austro-Hungarian armed forces, regardless of rank, who had been with a combatant unit for at least twelve weeks and who had participated in at least one battle. This example comes in good condition, the ribbon being a bit worn.
WW1 Austro-Hungarian Veterans Medal Group 3 A superb group of three WW1 veterans medal group comprising of the 1914 – 1918 Honour Cross with swords for combatants; makers mark of N&H for Nolle & Huck of Ludenscheid. The Austro / Hungary war veterans medal with crossed swords device on ribbon awarded to front line troops or personnel who had been wounded in action or taken prisoner of war. And the Austro-Hungarian war service medal. All are period court style mounted on original ribbons and comes in excellent condition.
WW1 Berkshire Yeomanry Cap Badge 1914 pattern brass badge showing an image of the white horse of Uffington which was cut into the chalk Downs, after the first world war the regiment became Royal Artillery gunners, this badge is in near perfect condition and is stamped on the slider J R Gaunt B’Ham. Ref. F8
WW1 Berkshire Yeomanry Cap Badge. A superb WW1 era all brass badge for the Berkshire Yeomanry. It comes in excellent condition with just slight wear and slider on back marked J R Gaunt B’ham.
WW1 Billikin Crested China Figure. Billikin a WW1 good luck charm that is said to give the purchaser luck, but to receive one as a gift would be better luck, sounds like a sales ploy to me. He originated from America but became popular here during the great war, as any good luck charm as, I’m sure always welcome. This little figure has the crest of Teignmouth and made by Carlton China. He comes in perfect condition and measures just under two inches high.
WW1 Black Wound Badge Miniature Pin. A very nicely made black wound badge mini pin set in a white metal backing. it is in excellent condition, pin measuring 2 inches long.
WW1 Brass Army Service Corps Trench Lighter A super WW1 era all brass trench lighter with the badge for the Army Service Corps to the front and the owners engraved initials of intertwined HM or MH also to the front. The piece comes in very good but aged condition and with a service could be made to work.
WW1 Brass Kit Bag Clasp / Lock. The solid brass ‘D’ shaped clasp that kept the contents of a kit bag secure. You twisted the top of the kit or duffle bag and clamped the clasp around the top. Then locked it by a small padlock. This one is in excellent original condition.
WW1 British 1907 Mk1 SMLE Bayonet by Chapman. The primary British bayonet used during the First World War and used during the Second World War as well. It was manufactured to fit the Short Magazine Lee-Enfield No.1 series Infantry Rifles used during WWI and WWII. It has basic birds head pommel with a push button latch and oil hole, good wooden grips and a cross guard with muzzle ring. It has a long straight blade with maker’s details for James A Chapman and a production date of May 1916 to one side, the other side has various proof marks. The blade is in very good condition, measuring 22 inches long. No scabbard. Proof of age required on purchase. Ship to UK only
WW1 British 1907 Mk1 SMLE Bayonet by Wilkinson. The primary British bayonet used during the First World War and used during the Second World War as well. It was manufactured to fit the Short Magazine Lee-Enfield No.1 series Infantry Rifles used during WWI and WWII. It has basic birds head pommel with a push button latch and oil hole, good wooden grips and a cross guard with muzzle ring. It has a long straight blade with maker’s details for Wilkinson and various proof marks. The blade is in very good condition, with no rust, and it comes in its original leather and steel scabbard, which is in very good order with no rot to the leather just light pitting to the steel parts. A very good honest untouched example of this type of bayonet, measuring 23.75 inches long in scabbard. Proof of age required on purchase. Ship to UK mainland only
WW1 British War & Red Cross Medal to Nurse Greenwood VAD A WW1 British war medal correctly named to Lilian Mary Greenwood of the Voluntary Aid Detachment and the British Red Cross society Service medal for the great war, unnamed as issued. Lilian Greenwood was the only child of the Reverend William Greenwood and Augusta Mary Greenwood. Lillian was born in Oakly, Buckinghamshire 1889. Later with her father and mother moved she to Cambridgeshire for her father to become the vicar of St Bene’t’s Church, Cambridge. She was already a long serving member of the Red Cross when war broke out in August 1914. During the war, from October 1914, she worked at first at the auxiliary hospital based in Cintra Terrace and then the Red Cross Hospital at St Chad’s, Cambridge, nursing wounded Belgian solders and then patients with less serious wounds, all voluntary receiving no pay serving over 1000 hours. She left the hospital in September 1917 but remained with the Red Cross until December 1919. The BWM and RC service medal are her only entitlement. The BWM is in excellent original condition with original ribbon, the RC medal is a little tatty. She probably wore her red cross medal and never the BWM. They comes with various copied research and RC index card.
WW1 British War Medal to Bullough North Lancs Reg later AVC A single British war medal awarded to private 37614 John Bullough of the Loyal North Lancashire regiment who later joined the Army Vetinary Corps. The medal comes in good condition with a few surface marks.
WW1 British War Medal to Topping South Lancashire Reg WW1 British War Medal issued to 201497 Private W. (William) Topping of the South Lancashire regiment, William’s medal index card shows his entitlement to a pair but gives no further insight into his service, no further research has been done, the medal comes in fair condition but the suspender is broken at the back.
WW1 British War Medal – R. Whittle Royal Lancashire Regiment Here is a single British war medal awarded to 3278 private Rueben Whittle of the Royal Lancashire regiment, his medal index card shows he was entitled to a 15 star trio and joined in December 1915, it looks like he was discharged. No further research has been done on this man, the medal comes in good condition but has some edge knocks and surface marks.
WW1 Bulgarian Red Cross Medal 1915. A Scarce WW1 era Bulgarian Red Cross medal awarded for service with the Red Cross during the great war. The 1915 date on the medal is the date when the Bulgaria joined the war on the side of the Central Powers . These were not issued until 1918 for the first world war and again for the second world war in silver and silver with red enamel. This one is in good condition on original ribbon mount and now toned.
WW1 BWM to Edith M Archer VAD Served Salonika A WW1 British war medal correctly named to Edith Maud Archer of the Voluntary Detachment. Edith Archer was born in 1887 and served with the British Red Cross Society No 18 Norfolk Voluntary Aid Detachment as a Ward Orderly. She served with the 61st General Military Hospital in Hortajkoi, Salonika from June 1918. This was a base hospital just northeast of Thessaloniki. It saw its fair share of allied wounded and the obvious sickness with dogged the campaign but in September 1918, the influenza epidemic began which raged for three months and filled three-quarters of the local cemetery. Edith was still serving at this hospital in May 1919. It looks like Edith went on to serve with the BRC well after the war. She is entitled to a British war and victory medal pair along with any red cross medals she may have earnt. This medal is in excellent original condition and comes with copies of her BRC service index card and Medal index card.
WW1 Canadian 1st Hussars Cap Badge. A Scarce WW1 Canadian 1st Hussars Cap Badge This cap badge is in beautiful condition, the front has a nice even tone just showing slight wear. Ref. F12
WW1 Canadian For Honourable Service Silver Badge A nice little silver badge awarded to personnel of the Canadian expeditionary force who served abroad and were returned home due to injury or completion of service, very similar to our silver war badge. To the front it has ‘for honourable service’ and on the reverse the makers name of Caron Bros Montreal 1919, the recipients number is to the top 108697 and to the middle ‘penalty for misuse 500 dollars or six months imprisonment’. The badge comes in good but used condition with lots of old brasso in the detail, this should clean up, it has a pin back and has been well used, it measures one inch in diameter.
WW1 Canadian Memorial Cross to Garden CFA. WW1 silver Canadian memorial cross in case of issue and ribbon awarded to the mother, or next of kin of 335049 Gunner David Wilbur Garden of the 9th brigade Canadian Field Artillery. He was born in Poona, India on 13th June 1895. He was the son of Reverand Joseph Garden and Frances Edith Byers-Garden of Singareni Collieries, Yellandu India. He enlisted into the army on 2nd January 1917 at Stratford Ontario, Canada. He arrived in England after a short period of training aboard SS Olympic on 9th June 1917. After another short period of training he arrived on the western front 4th November 1917 with the 45th Battery 9th Brigade 3rd Canadian division. He was posted near the Ypres salient, the brigade heavily involved in the action at Passchendaele. Sadly Gunner Garden was Killed in action on Sunday 11th November 1917, just a week after arriving on the front, he was 22 years old. He is now remembered with honour at the Vlaamertinge New Military Cemetery, Ypres. The cross in is excellent condition, in its original box of issue and on its original silk ribbon. It comes with copied service papers, commonwealth war graves certificate etc.
WW1 Commemorative Wood Framed Mirror- For Home & Empire This decorative wood framed mirror is vintage but not period, I think it might have been someone’s woodwork project or a piece of shed art, it is made from ply wood and has been constructed in three sections with the mirror fitted to the middle and a chain for hanging on the back, it comes in very good condition and measures 11.5 x 10.5 inches.
WW1 Dated 1916 Brass Enfield Rifle Oiler Bottle This is a well marked oiler bottle for the Lee Enfield Rifle, to one end it has the broad arrow with W.D under for the war department, below this is the crown with 16 under and H under this for Henry Rifle Barrel Co, it comes in very good condition with the metal being tarnished.
WW1 Domed Iron Cross 1st Class by Wermer Berlin. A scarce WW1Iron Cross 1st class (1914 EKI). It has the usual iron core and a domed silver frame with a threaded stun on the back and with its original two-part fixing plate and nut. The cross is marked on the back 900 and the little makers logo mark of A Wermer & Sohne of Berlin. The round nut is marked Zukov Praha XI, at that time a province in Bohemia. It comes in superb untouched condition, the silver back now a little toned.
WW1 East Yorkshire Cap and Shoulder Badge. The WW1 era bi-metal badge and brass shoulder title of the East Yorkshire regiment. both badges are in very good but used condition but the shoulder badge has no lugs.
WW1 Embroidered Tea Cosy – Made by Wounded Soldiers. WW1 era silk Tea Pot Cosy embroidered on the front with the flags of the allies and the date 1914 – 15; on the back the makers has put his initials F.P.A. Recuperating wounded soldiers and soldiers being treated for shell shock were encouraged to sew and embroider as part of their recovery. This I believe was established by the Famouse WW1 female Doctor and Surgeon Louisa Garrett Anderson at her military hospital in London. This is a particular early piece dated 1914-15, it shows that it was wrought in 1915, when the practice was first discovered to help and sooth those who suffered trauma from their war experiences. This one is in great condition, there are two areas of the silk on the back which has split, but the front has no damage. a beautifully made piece, I hope the soldier who made this was proud of his work. It measures 12.5 x 15 inches.
WW1 Era 1908 India Pattern Cavalry Sword by Wilkinson Always interesting and scarce these India Pattern Cavalry Troopers Swords made for the Indian cavalry. This one is a scarce early pattern, modified from the general 1908 pattern cavalry sword in 19 18 especially for the Indian Cavalry and marked on the back of blade close to the guard with ‘IP 08’. The hilt is smaller than the general 1908 pattern to fit the smaller hand of the Indian cavalryman with a smaller gip which is usually made from a composite material, early plastics, but this one has the earlier walnut wooden grip. It has a steel guard, most have been polished but this one still has most of its original drab paint remaining. It has a long straight blade with a long single fuller on both sides. It is well marked on the ricasso with the makers mark of ‘Wilkinson Pal Mal’ on one side, the other side, along with various proof marks has the date of May 1918. The blade is in lovely condition with no rust and has a distinctive small of old oil. It has its original painted two ring scabbard, here there is some light pitting to the paint and some scratches, but again, most of its original paint remains. These along with everything else are being reproduced, so it is so good to see one in its untouched original state. It measures a total of 43 inches long in scabbard. Shipping to UK mainland only via courier priced now due to rising costs at £21.95
WW1 Era 1915 Dated Postcard – Grub\'s Going Up A sweet card with the header 'latest war news – grub's going up', designed by Reg Carter. This card was postally used in May 1915 and has been written on the back. It comes in good condition, some yellowing and a postal mark on the front.
WW1 Era 1st Monmouthshire Regiment Cap Badge. The all brass Welsh Dragon worn by the 1st Battalion Monmouthshire Territorial Regiment from 1908 to 1922 when the badge was changed to a smaller dragon surrounded by a wreath of laurels and Flanders poppies in the honour of their service during the great war. This is a superb example, lovely quality and good detail. Ref. F26
WW1 Era 2nd Life Guards Officers Riding Crop. A WW1 era linin bound riding crop with a silver-plated knop bearing the cypher of the 2nd Life Guards. The top is marked of Swaine and made in England. It is in very good used condition, a nice cavalry piece. It measures 28 inches long.
WW1 Era Allies Brass Tray A nice little tray made from embossed brass showing a group of three allied soldiers shaking hands, it marked to the front with ‘S&Co Copyright’ and comes in good order with some shallow dents and requires a clean, it measures just under 5 inches in diameter
WW1 Era Army Service Corps Sweetheart Brooch A good quality WW1 era brass and enamel sweetheart brooch for the Army Service Corps, it comes in very good condition just some light signs of age and use, it measures just under 1.25 inches long.
WW1 Era Battye Grenade Cylinder Below is a very good history for the use of improvised grenades in use during the Great War, this suggests that this style of grenade was only in use for a short while, this example comes in very good condition for its age and it measures 3.5 inches long. The Battye grenade was born in 1915 and was an idea of a major named Battye, built on the basis of a simple prefragmented cast iron cylinder made in Bethune (France) by the thousands. This grenade body was filled with an ammonal explosive load, and closed by a wood plug. A simple wick or a more complex igniting device (traction or percussion) connected to a 5-seconds delay was introduced through that plug. The use of improvised grenades such as this one was forbidden at the end of 1915 in the British Army, because of too numerous accidents. Shipping to UK mainland only
WW1 Era Blackened Brass Marching Compass Although not military marked this blackened brass compass was most likely used during the Great War, there is no makers name and when placed on a level surface it is still accurate, measuring two inches in diameter across the face it comes in an aged condition with some wear to the black finish.
WW1 Era Brass Dress Belt Buckle. A very good quality solid brass dress belt buckle, worn by most of the British army ordinary ranks. It comes in very good used condition and with a good mid tone patina. Belt size 2 inches.
WW1 Era Brass Trade Musicians Badge A good WW2 era brass musicians trade proficiency badge, fitted with lugs on the back and complete with brass backing plate, it comes in very good toned condition and measures just over 1.75 in diameter.
WW1 Era Brass Trade Physical Instructor Badge A good WW1 era brass physical instructors trade proficiency badge, unusually fitted with a pin on the back, it comes in very good toned condition and measures 2.25 wide.
WW1 Era Brass Trade Proficiency Army Signaller Badge A good WW1 era brass army signaller trade proficiency badge, fitted with lugs on the back, it comes in very good toned condition and measure just under 2.25 inches long
WW1 Era Brass Trade Proficiency Assault Pioneer Badge A good WW1 era brass assault pioneer trade proficiency badge, fitted with lugs on the back, it comes in very good toned condition and measures 2.25 inches long
WW1 Era Brass Trade Proficiency Drummers Badge A good WW2 era brass drummers trade proficiency badge, fitted with two lugs on the back it come in very good toned condition and measures 1.25 inches long.
WW1 Era Brass Trade Proficiency Marksman Badge A good WW1 era brass marksman trade proficiency badge, fitted with lugs on the back, it comes in very good toned condition and measures just over 2.25 inches long
WW1 Era Brass Trumpeter Trade Proficiency Badge A good original WW2 era solid brass trade proficiency badge for a trumpeter, it has four lugs on the back and is in very good toned condition, it measures 2 inches long.
WW1 Era British Red Cross Society Cap Badge A nice clean example of a WW1 era Red Cross cap badge made from brass with red and white enamel centre, it carries the legend ‘inter arma caritas’ or humanity in war. It comes in very good condition with mild wear to the enamel and measures 1.25 inches long.
WW1 Era Brown Leather Drum Belt & Hanger. A rare field service Drum belt in brown leather. Worn with field service dress and produced during the First World War era. This one looks hardly used and comes with white metal fittings and complete and it will fit up to a 38 inch waist. It is in superb condition but the leather is quite dry and it needs a good oil or wax.
WW1 Era Brown Leather Pistol Holster. A WW1 field brown leather holster for the Webley service revolver. It has been used and only showing a little wear, mainly to the inside, it comes in wonderful condition. However, the leather is quite dry and stiff and needs a good oil or wax. The bottom muzzle end of this holster has been left open. There is a name inside which reads, G. P. Dolding and the number 177830. Interesting.
WW1 Era Canadian Engineers Bronze Cap Badge Part of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during WW1they were first raised in 1903, this badge is made from a darkened bronze, it should be noted that after the Great War the badge was changed to include the word ‘royal’, this example comes in very good condition and measures 1.75 inches across.
WW1 Era Canadian Expeditionary Force Cap Badge. The WW1 Canadian bronze general service cap badge worn by most of the CEF later during world war one. This one is a wonderful example with a lovely chocolate colour tone and still retaining both lugs on the back. Ref, F20
WW1 Era Canadian For Service at the Front Veterans Bronze & Enamel Badge An interesting little badge having an enamelled Union flag to the centre with CEF above for Canadian expeditionary forces, around the rim it reads ‘for service at the front’ on the back is ‘penalty for misuse 500 dollars or six months imprisonment’ with the issue number 195944 below. This badge was issued to members of the Canadian Expeditionary Force who had seen service at the front and been honourably discharged or were still on military duty in Canada. The badge indicated that the wearer was a veteran. It measures just under one inch in diameter and comes in good condition with some staining to the front which may clean up better, it also has a screw pin on the back.
WW1 Era Cheshire Yeomanry Cap Badge. WW1 Cheshire Yeomanry cap badge that has had a bit of a life. it originally would have started life just plain brass but it has now been white metal plated and a couple of repairs on the back. still a good academic example. Ref F28
WW1 Era Commemorative Peace Beaker – Treaty of Versailles 1919 A super quality WW1 era commemorative mug, to the front it has the dove with ‘peace’ and the date 28th June 1919 this was the signing of the treaty of Versailles which officially brought peace to the world. There is no makers mark on the beaker and it comes in excellent condition with no chips or cracks, the glaze is crazed and it stands 4 inches high.
WW1 Era Copper & Brass Bugle. Early 20th century copper and brass bugle. By WW1 most regiments still had a bugler to sound instructions in battle and to call Reveille etc, and of course there was the famous bugle call that sounded the end of hostility’s on the 11th November 1918. This one is in very good order and has a nice mellow tone. it has some wear and signs of use and it comes with its original mouth piece.
WW1 Era Crested Sir Francis Drake Figure - Plymouth Made by the Devonia Art china factory this crested china figure of Sir Francis Drake carries the arms for Plymouth to the front with his name under, comes in very good condition with no chips or cracks, it stands just over 6 inches high.
WW1 Era Crested Ware Military Tent – Arms of Norwich A good example of a WW1 crested ware military tent, it has the arms of Norwich to one side, the base is not marked for a factory, it stands 2.5 inches high and is in very good condition with just some glaze issues on the peak but it was issued this way.
WW1 Era Crested Ware Red Cross Ambulance – Arms of Cambridge A WW1 era crested ware Red Cross ambulance decorated with the arms of Cambridge Borough, unusually there is no makers mark to the base, it comes in good condition, there are two chips on the bottom of the wheels but these have been glazed which shows it was originally retailed like it and I think it had a radiator cap but this is missing, it measures 4 inches long.
WW1 Era Dated 1916 Two Pounder Shell Case - Vickers This is a very well marked dated 1916 two pounder shell case, on the bottom amongst many other marks is the broad arrow with N2 under, the date of 1916, it also has V.S.M. for Vickers, Sons and Maxim, it stands just under 5 inches high and comes in very good condition. Shipping to UK mainland only
WW1 Era Devonshire Regiment Officers Cap Badge. The all-bronze badge worn by officers of the Devonshire regiment. This badge is in very good condition, nicely toned but with slight Verdigris on some of the points. Ref. C12
WW1 Era Duchy of Wurttemberg Fieldmarshall Albrecht Medallion An interesting bronze medallion, so far I have not been able to find another exact example but a description of a 1916 similar one on the Imperial war museum website roughly reads: fieldmarshall Duke Albrecht of Wurttemberg, right profile, 1915 at base of head, reverse design lion and stag with ‘furchtlos und trew’ (fearless and faithful) ‘LH’ monogram. It comes in good condition, well toned and measures just over one inch in diameter.
WW1 Era Durham Light Infantry Cap Badge. Durham Light Infantry Cap badge, war time issue in all brass. It is in very good order but used and toned. Ref. M20
WW1 Era East Yorkshire Regiment Cap Badge. A good brass badge with the white metal Rose of York to the centre. This one comes in very nice original condition, heavily toned on the back. Ref. N6
WW1 Era Essex Regiment Officers Collar Dog. A superb WW1 era solid bronze collar dog worn by the officers of the regiment from 1905, through the first world war and smaller variants in gilt metal were worn by officers until the mid 1940’s. A lovely period badge in excellent condition.
WW1 Era French Alpine Mounted Troops Badge There are a few modern versions of this badge available but I cant find a period one for sale, marked to the back for Drago Paris it is made from a base metal with coloured enamels and shows the climbing axe through a blue star, it comes in good but aged condition and is missing the pin on the back, it measures just over 1.5 inches long.
WW1 Era French Military Fold Out Map of Europe Postcard An interesting and different style of postcard issued during the Great War in France for use by the French military personnel, to the front is the map of Europe and on the back the usual space for addressing and writing of messages, this one opens up to show a double page map of France and its battle fronts. It has not been written on but shows signs of age.
WW1 Era French Postcard – Assassination of Edith Cavell A Scarce French WW1 era issue commemorating the assassination of the famous Nurse Edith Cavell, there is some poetic license used in the picture with the evil German bending over her body preparing to shoot her, she did in fact face a firing squad, probably the four ghostly figures hovering in the background. The postcard comes in very good condition.
WW1 Era French Postcard – German Soldiers In a Church A French postcard which shows German soldiers over running a church, one man is held at bayonet point another is being hit with the butt of a rifle and the priest who is ringing the church bell is held at gunpoint, the caption below 'le tocsin sonnait toujours' translates roughly as 'the bell is always ringing'. Unusually the sender has placed the postage stamp on the front of the card. The reverse has not been written on and the card is in very good condition.
WW1 Era French Trench Art Ashtray & Matchbox Holder Stand This is a really nice example of a WW1 trench art shell case ornament, the base which I think is French in origin has a series of marks including 75 DEC, C.17 and others, it has been engraved with a series of battles from both Belgium and Franch including: Alsace, Marne, Verdun, Somme and around the base ‘Yser’, the central column has been constructed from brass possibly bullet casings designed to hold a matchbox holder and this is engraved with 1914 – 1917 souvenir. A heavy piece. It comes in very good condition with a few rust spots to one edge and would benefit from a good clean, it measures 4.75 inches in diameter at the widest point.
WW1 Era German Coin Trench Art Brooch Here is a brooch made from three German coins, I think they are 5 Pfennig and 10 Pfennig coins, one has a visible date on the back for 1913 but it would have been made after this date, the centre coin has been cut to let the two smaller ones in and all three are fixed together by a back plate with heavy solder, this has been done in a messy way and some of the solder has bled through to the front, other than that it is in good condition and measures 1.75 inches long.
WW1 Era German Egg Hand Grenade A great example of a WW1 German Eierhandgranate or hand grenade, below is a brief history for the use of the item, this one comes in very good condition for its age with its transportation plug in place, it has been cleaned. The Model 17 Eierhandgranate (German for \"egg hand grenade\") is a small defensive and offensive hand grenade which was used by Germany during World War I. The average soldier could throw it 40 meters or farther. It was more portable than the heavier Kugelhandgranate and less awkward to handle than the stick grenade. The body of the grenade was initially smooth and thus difficult to hold so the design was modified with the addition of a raised band to provide better grip. Shipping to UK mainland only.
WW1 Era German Love Poem Feldpost Postcard A good example of a WW1 German Feldpost postcard sent from a soldier to his sweetheart, it includes a poem on the front and is fully written on the back, it is dated 17th November 1915 and comes in very good condition for its age.
WW1 Era German Merit Cross for War Aid medal The Merit Cross for War Aid (German: Verdienstkreuz für Kriegshilfe) was a war decoration of Prussia awarded during World War I. Instituted 5 December 1916, the cross was awarded for patriotic war aid service, without regard to status or rank. This example comes in very good condition.
WW1 Era German Miniature Double Medal Ribbon Bar with Crossed Swords Device Worn by the German soldiers who had been awarded the Iron Cross and the Hindenburg cross this excellent miniature double medal ribbon bar comes complete with the crossed swords device denoting a combatant front fighter, it is mounted on a metal bar with pin and is in very good condition showing just some light signs of age and use, it measures just under 1.25 inches long.
WW1 Era German Miniature Double Medal Ribbon with Crossed Swords Device Worn by the German soldiers who had been awarded the Iron Cross and the Hindenburg cross this excellent miniature double medal ribbon comes complete with the crossed swords device denoting a combatant front fighter, it has the Iron cross ribbon to the top and the Hindenburg ribbon below along with the crossed swords deice all sewn together on a metal button which has ‘ solide neuheit’on the reverse. It comes in very good condition, slightly grubby on the top ribbon and measures 1.25 inches long.
WW1 Era German Trench Art Mauser Bullet – Anchor An unusual piece of WW1 German trench art, made from a Mauser bullet casing this piece has a copper insert in the top in the shape of an anchor, the base has a series of markings and includes ‘15’ for 1915, standing 3.5 inches high it comes in excellent condition.
WW1 Era German Trench Art Mauser Bullet – Obelisk An unusual piece of WW1 German trench art, made from a Mauser bullet casing this piece has a copper insert in the top in the shape of a pointed obelisk, the base has a series of markings and includes ‘16’ for 1916, standing 3 inches high it comes in excellent condition.
WW1 Era Grimwade’s Old Bill Souvenir Plate Bruce Bairnsfather Produced by the Grimwade’s factory Stoke on Trent as a souvenir of the Great war and depicting a cartoon by Bruce Bairnsfsther ‘plum and apple’ with punchline underneath, ‘When the ‘ell is it goin’ to be strawberry’. This example comes in fair condition for its age, there a chip on the underside on the edge and some discolouration to the glaze on the back, the front is nice and clear with the usual crazing, it measures just over 9 inches in diameter.
WW1 Era Hallmarked Silver Sweetheart Badge – Wiltshire Regiment This is a nice quality sweetheart badge for the Wiltshire regiment, it took me a while to find the silver hallmarks but they are to be found along the top edge of the bar behind the central emblem, to hard to read unfortunately. The badge is in very good condition and measures two inches long.
WW1 Era Hertfordshire Regiment Cap Badge. The all-brass badge worn by this territorial regiment from around 1908 until 1921 when it was merged with the Bedfordshire regiment, however the 1st battalion Hertfordshire’s remained as TA and the same badge was used in white metal. It is in very good order with slight wear to the high points. Ref. N10
WW1 Era Hertfordshire Regiment Cap Badge. The all brass economy issue for this WW1 territorial regiment. This badge is in wonderful original used condition. Ref F20
WW1 Era Household Battalion Cap Badge. WW1 short lived cap badge for the war raise Household Battalion unit. It is in gilding metal but most of its original gilding has gone just leaving faint traces. The Household Battalion was an infantry battalion of the British army formed in September 1916 from the reserves of the Household Cavalry regiments, the 1st and 2nd Life Guards and the Royal Horse Guards. Apart from this badge missing its original gilt finish it comes in very good order. Ref C13
WW1 Era Humerous Postcard - Egyptian Fruit Seller Taken from the 'Egyptian Humour' series this card depicts a fruit seller with the caption, 'oranges! Very sweet, very clean' this must have had a relevance in its time perhaps not sweet or clean, the card comes in very good condition.
WW1 Era Humerous Satirical Postcard \'Commandeered\' An interesting postcard showing a number of children in various styles of uniforms marching to defend the country, it is entitled 'commandeered'. It has been written on and was sent from Aldershot, it comes in fair condition but a little rough in places.
WW1 Era Humorous Post Card – German Soldiers Scared of Royal Engineers WW1 era humorous post card showing three German soldiers reeling back with the caption under ;For goodness sake go back! Here kom der Royal Engineers’ under which someone has written in pencil ‘Artillery’, the reverse has a hand written note from the sender but it has not been posted or stamped, it comes in good condition for its age with some edge knocks.
WW1 Era Imperial German Belt Buckle. A good Prussian enlisted mans all steel belt buckle. Roundel to the centre the imperial crown surrounded by the motto ‘Gott Mit Uns’ God With Us. It has been well used but remains in good original condition with light wear to the high points and a nice patination overall.
WW1 Era Imperial German Officers Sword. Imperial German Army Officer's Sword (Heer Mannschaftsabel) from about 1890 through to WWII. Used by the officers of various branches of service. These sabre type swords were made by a number of well-known German edged weapon manufacturers. This particular example was manufactured by WKC. Weyersburg Kirschbaum & C of Solingen, Germany. the hilt is a ‘D’ guard made from all metal and nickel-plated. It has a leather grip with decorative twisted silver wire wrap. The guard is down swept with a ball type finial, with langet’s or ears which extend over the scabbard throat. It has a good steel blade, which is single-edged with a single fuller on each side. There is no rust on the blade, but there is some pitting to the blade in small areas, nothing too bad. Scabbards were usually nickel-plated, with a single hanger-ring and attaching loop for a belt frog, this one has been later painted black and has a dent on the bottom half of the scabbard. The condition is very good overall, some pitting to the nickel finish on the guard, but nearly all the original plate still exists. The scabbard, is as mentioned painted black, also has one dent on each side. All in all a very good example of this type of Imperial German officers sword. Shipping to UK only via courier charged at £12.95
WW1 Era Kaiserliche Marine Boatswain’s Whistle & Lanyard. A WW1 era Kaiserliche Marine Boatswain’s white metal whistle or pipe attached to its original silver bullion lanyard. The lanyard medallion has been bound with maroon silk thread and has an anchor device to the front. It comes in excellent original condition, however both the whistle and lanyard shows signs of wear and use. A very interesting and scarce piece, which measures 30 inches long.
WW1 Era KSLI Cap Badge. The WW1 all brass economy issue badge worn by the Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. It comes in excellent condition and with a nice even tone. Ref. C14
WW1 Era Large BDV Cigarettes Allies Flags Printed Silk The larger size printed silk ‘Allies flags’ issued with BDV cigarettes, comes in really good condition and has been well preserved, it measures 6.25 x 5
WW1 Era Large BDV Cigarettes Allies Flags Printed Silk The larger size printed silk ‘Allies flags’ issued with BDV cigarettes, comes in really good condition and has been well preserved, it measures 6.25 x 5
WW1 Era Large Trench Art Brass Shell Case Gong with Striker A really well constructed and very heavy dinner gong fashioned from a WW1 era large brass shell case suspended from a solid bras arm attached to a metal plate and mounted on a wood base, it comes complete with a turned oak striker. The top of the shell case is very well marked with RL for the Royal Laboratories Woolwich, the broad arrow mark with 19 under, 01/03, F16, C.F 4 4 01and others, the shell case measures 12.25 inches long and the whole piece stands nearly 17.5 high, it comes in super condition for its age with mild signs of age and use.
WW1 era Leicestershire Regiment Cap Badge. A superb bimetal badge it excellent original condition and lovely detail. Ref. M3
WW1 Era Leicestershire Regiment Cap Badge. The earlier large 3-part bi-metal badge worn by the regiment until 1946 when it was granted the ‘Royal’ title. This is lovely quality badge and the brass parts have a nice even tone. Ref. C9
WW1 Era Lincolnshire Yeomanry Cap Badge. The all-brass badge worn by the regiment during the first world war, however this style of badge was issued from 1905. The regiment was disbanded in 1920 as they did not want to be converted into artillery. This badge is in very good used condition. Ref. M26
WW1 Era Lothian & Border Horse Cap Badge. A small brass badge for this yeomanry regiment worn from 1910 to 1956. It is a simple wheat sheaf, a symbol of the border farmlands where the regiment was recruited, this one is in excellent original condition, showing very little wear. On the back it is toned and a little dirty and the slider is marked J. R. Gaunt Birmingham. Ref. F6
WW1 Era Loyal North Lancashire Regiment Cap Badge. A good example of this badge used from 1901 until 1920 when the badge was slightly redesigned with a gap under the rose and a little later with a gap all around the rose. This one comes in excellent condition. Ref N11
WW1 Era Military Bugle. A good WW1 era copper and brass military bugle. It is in very good condition, although it has a few small knocks and dents here and there. it has its original mouth piece and it has a nice tone. it just needs a good clean. It measures 12 inches high.
WW1 Era Military Marked Blackened Brass Binoculars A lovely pair of military marked binoculars dating from the WW1 era, they come in their original brown leather case which is marked inside the lid Broadhurst, Clarkson & Co opticians 69 Fenchurch St E.C.3, the broad arrow mark is found on one of the sides and it has the numbers 12124 under. Constructed from blackened brass they come in remarkably good condition for their age, the optics are clear, there is some wear to the black paint and a dent around one eye piece, the case is in good order with signs of age and use and is missing its strap.
WW1 Era Mills Bomb Hand Grenade – No23 MK1 Falkirk Iron Co This is a very nice example of a WW1 Mills hand grenade made at the Falkirk Iron Co possibly in 1916 as it has 10/16 to the base plug, below is a good history for the Mills, this example comes in very good condition for its age, the brass base plug has been cleaned up revealing all of the relevant information, it measures 4 inches long. \"Mills bomb\" is the popular name for a series of British hand grenades which were designed by William Mills. They were the first modern fragmentation grenades used by the British Army and saw widespread use in the First and Second World Wars. The Mills bomb underwent numerous modifications. The No. 23 was a No. 5 with a rodded base plug which allowed it to be fired from a rifle. By 1918 the No. 5 and No. 23 had been declared obsolete Shipping to UK mainland only
WW1 Era Miniature Bruxelles Bayonet Stick Pin This is a super condition WW1 era miniature bayonet fashioned as a stick pin, it has ‘Bruxelles’ along one side of the blad and has been finished with a tiny mother-of-pearl grip, it measures 2.25 total length and the bayonet is 1.25 long.
WW1 Era Miniature Silk Table Flag – Belgium Flag A wonderful miniature coloured silk flag, the Belgium flag dating from the Great War era and probably used as a table decoration at a celebratory function, the ball topped steel pole measures 7.5 inches long and the flag is 4 inches wide, as you can see from the pictures there are a few faults with the silk and it needs a gentle iron to get it flat.
WW1 Era Miniature Silk Table Flag – Russian Flag A wonderful miniature coloured silk flag, the Russian flag dating from the Great War era and probably used as a table decoration at a celebratory function, the ball topped steel pole measures 7.5 inches long and the flag is 4 inches wide, as you can see from the pictures there are a few faults with the silk and it needs a gentle iron to get it flat.
WW1 Era Miniature Ypres Bayonet Sweetheart Brooch A super quality miniature bayonet sweetheart brooch modelled as a bayonet, it has ‘Ypres’ along one side of the blade and has a mother-of-pearl grip, the condition is excellent and it measures just over two inches long.
WW1 Era Norfolk Constabulary Special Constable Bronze Badge A good chunky lump of a badge made from bronze issued to the special constables of the Norfolk constabulary, this is the button hole type and comes in very good but used condition, measures just over two inches long.
WW1 Era North Staffordshire Regiment Cap Badge. A good bi-metal badge for the regiment worn until 1958 when the regiment was merged with the South Staffs. This is a lovely quality badge in very good condition with signs of light polishing. Ref. N12
WW1 Era Officers Enbeeco Curlew 25x 40x Brass Field Telescope A lovely clean example of a WW1 era field telescope as privately purchased by officers during the Great War, it is a three draw scope with night and day option, it is marked on one barrel for Enbeeco and the model is the curlew with 25x -40x magnification. It comes in excellent condition, apart from some light surface wear to the leather case it is near perfect with good clear optics, it measures 29 inches long fully open and is just under 11 inches long closed.
WW1 Era Officers Revolver Holster. WW1 Field brown leather revolver holster for the Webley service revolver. It is in good used condition with a interesting hand written warning on the inside, ‘This Revolver is always Kept LOADED’. The leather is in very good order, still quite supple, and just one small area of stitching adrift. It measures 13 inches long.
WW1 Era original Photograph HMS Irresistible. Original WW1 era framed photograph of HMS Irresistible ready for battle. It is in good order although the mount has some foxing, or it could be on the inside of the glass. It measures 16 x 13 inches.
WW1 Era Photograph Postcard RFA \'Tifies\' A nice photo postcard showing a group of men from the Royal Field Artillery in front of their tents, it is marked to the front RFA 'Tifies' I have not been able to work out what tifies are perhaps just a slang name for their unit?, the card is marked to the back, France August 30th Cyril'. Comes in very good condition.
WW1 Era Photograph Postcard – The Q.O Cameron Highlanders Taken from the Aldershot tattoo series this card shows a regiment of the Cameron Highlanders with rifles and bayonets attached. The card comes in very good condition.
WW1 Era Photographic Postcard Army Small Bore Rifle Teams An interesting photographic postcard showing the winners of a small bore rifle shooting contest from different regiments including: Middlesex, MGC, Black Watch, RE, Lancashire Fusiliers etc. Card comes in good condition, rough on one corner.
WW1 Era Photographic Postcard R.F.A Royal Review 1920 A very clear photographic postcard issued in 1920 showing the Royal review of the 1st battery 37th brigade Royal Field Artillery. Has not been postally used and comes in ok condition, one corner has been folded and some roughness to edges.
WW1 Era Postcard – Crashed Zeppelin Suffolk 1917 An interesting photo postcard showing the remains of a crashed Zeppelin entitled 'the strafed Zepp' No 3 in a series, to go with it is a vintage hand written note detailing the survivors (all 3 of them) and all of the crew who died, 16 in total, the note makes reference to two different numbers for the Zeppelin, a quick Google of LZ95 brings up a full explanation of the number change. Postcard comes in very good not postally used condition.
WW1 Era Postcard – \'C.B. !-!\' A good WW1 era postcard with the slightly confusing title of 'C.B. !-!' Must mean confined to barracks, and showing a duck ankle tied to a post. This card has been postally sent and includes stamp and message, comes in good condition.
WW1 Era Prussian Reserve Regiment Pickelhaube. 1895 pattern leather Pickelhaube with all original Prussian reserve regiment white metal fittings, apart from the spine which is brass. The leather shell is in excellent original condition and has only suffered a little shrinkage and remains a good size. It has its original leather liner; this is a little dry but sound and complete. It has the white metal plate of the Prussian reserve regiment; the motto has been highlighted in gilt. I’m not 100% sure that the gilt highlighting is original as I have not seen this before, but the gilding is quite dull and looks very old, so it is possible. It has its original white metal non detachable spike, WW1 issue, this is held by four brass studs. The peek rim is also white metal, and it has a brass spine with vent. It has only one original (Reichs) cockade, depending on battalion, this may be correct. It also comes with its original chin strap with white metal fittings. The slight miss match in different metals used is typical of an early great war reissue. It is pretty much untouched and needs a good wax, I tend to use a good quality wax boot polish, this feeds the leather and gives a nice shine. A superb example in excellent overall condition.
WW1 Era Queen Mary’s Needlework Guild Volunteers Worker Badge A good original First World War era 'Queen Mary's Needlework Guild’ volunteer worker's gilt and enamel badge, comes in the form of a Crowned MR cypher Tudor rose, suspended from a 'Q.M.N.G.' bar. Below is a brief history for the inception of the guild, this example comes in very good condition for its age and measures 1.75 inches long. The Queen Mary's Needlework Guild came into being after just a few days into the Great War, when Queen Mary's issued a letter on the 4th August 1914 through the Press, to the Women of the Empire asking that it might be rendered 'To alleviate all distress occasioned by the War!' which was the purpose of the guild to provide comforts and create articles of clothing and surgical equipment as well as other gifts to the troops fighting for King and Country at home and abroad.
WW1 Era Regimental Signaller or Signals Instructor Cloth Badge A WW1 era cloth badge for a regimental signaller or a signals instructor cloth sleeve patch, this one has seen better days, it comes in fair but well used condition, there is some loss to the white stitching on the right hand flag, but an historical badge, if only it could talk.
WW1 Era RFC Pilots Wings. WW1 era silk Royal Flying Corps pilot’s wings with ten feathers on each side, used from 1913 to 1918. This badge is in good used condition, but the back is a bit scruffy, it looks like it has been stuck with old glue in to an album at some point. Ref. AF30
WW1 Era RFC Shoulder Patch. WW1 era Royal Flying Corps Shoulder Patch. White embroidered title on a black woollen background. It is in good condition but showing some light wear and use. Ref. AF31
WW1 Era Rolled Gold Double Sided Photograph Pendant An endearing double sided photo locket worn I’d like to think by the sweetheart and sister of the two men in the photo’s, the pendant is made from and marked rolled gold and comes in two colour metal having a rose gold coloured band, the photo’s are both in good order but one side has a little damage to the celluloid covering, it measures 1.5 inches long.
WW1 Era Ross Binoculars in Leather Case Super pair of WW1 binoculars made by Ross of London, marked with the broad arrow on the top and called 'stereo prism binoculars power x 8' these are unusual in the fact that they have Bakelite eye pieces, made to resemble Tortoiseshell possibly private purchase by an officer. The optics are perfect, there is wear on the body where hands have held them many times, the field brown leather case is complete, a bit faded and stained but retains its original leather strap. Ref.15397
WW1 Era Royal Army Medical Corps Silver Sweetheart Bar Brooch A well made sterling silver (tested) and enamel WW1 era sweetheart bar brooch for the RAMC, comes in good condition, one small loss to the red enamel on the crown and measures just over two inches long.
WW1 Era Royal Army Medical Corps Sweetheart Badge. A super little brass sweetheart badge for the RAMC, unusally this one also has a swag with the regiments moto along the bottom; ‘In Arduis Fide Lis’; ‘Faithful in Adversity’, along with the regiments name. It comes in excellent condition with its original pin, which is also in good order. It measures; 1.25 x 1.25 inches.
WW1 Era Royal Flying Corps Cap Badge. A superb WW1 era brass OR’s badge issued from 1913 to around 1919. It is in lovely original condition with a nice even tone. Ref. AF1
WW1 Era Royal Flying Corps Cap Badge. A WW1 brass Royal Flying Corps OR’s Cap badge, solid type economy variant with domed centre. Issued from around 1915 and it is believed used until the new RAF badge came in. this one is in very good, toned condition. Ref. AF1a
WW1 Era Royal Navy Officers Dress Bi-Corn Hat & Tin. A superb Royal Navy Lieutenants Dress Bi-Corn no1 Dress hat. A lovely quality thing made of mole skin with gold bullion boards, silk lined with leather sweat band. It comes in its original tin with a large unnamed cartouche. The hat has a name inside which just reads ‘Roach’. It is in excellent condition showing some wear to the edges but no moth or damage. Size approximately 6 & 7/8ths.
WW1 Era Royal Scots Fusiliers Glengarry Badge, A super all brass Glengarry badge worn by the Royal Scots Fusiliers from around 1902, this one with the George V crown, with slightly more sloping sides to the crown than the George VI. It comes in excellent condition and with a nice even tone front and back, but missing one lug on the back.
WW1 Era Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry Cap Badge. A WW1 era bi-metal badge for this most senior yeomanry regiment. this badge is in wonderful original but used condition. Ref. F13
WW1 Era Satirical Print – Souvenir of Captivity at Munster 1914-1918 by Julius Adams This is a very detailed print taken from an original pencil drawing by Julius Adams who must have been a prisoner of war held at Rennbahn Munster Germany between 1914 and 1918. The poor men in the picture are all trying to wash and clean up in very cramped conditions and the subject is treated with humour and pathos. Printed on a strong card it has a paper cover attached to one edge, it comes in very good condition having been protected by the cover and it measures 12 inches x 9 (the print) and 15 x 12 total.
WW1 Era Sergeants Cloth Arm Band An intriguing one this, it has a 'home made' feel to it as the centre stripe is nicely sewn on then the two outer ones have been added with less care. It could be a sergeants arm band or if turned the other way could be service stripes, I'm not sure either way it comes in good but a little grubby condition.
WW1 Era Silk Post Card – Royal Fusiliers A super quality WW1 era silk postcard with the sewn emblem of the Royal Fusiliers, it has been hand written on the back in pencil but has not been posted or stamped, it comes in very good condition with just some minor scuffs and foxing to the silk.
WW1 Era Silk Postcard – 1914 - 1918 A super WW1 era silk postcard decorated with all the year dates from 1914 – 1918 the main dates coloured as the flags of the allies, this is the lift flap type but lacks its inner card, it has a small dedication in pencil on the back ‘from Charlie with love to Flo’. Comes in good condition with some yellowing on the card.
WW1 Era Silk Postcard – 1917 Allies Flags A lovely WW1 era silk postcard depicting the date of 1917 which is made up of the flags of the allies, this is the lift up flap type but is lacking the inner card, it comes in very good condition with some light foxing to the silk and has not been written on.
WW1 Era Silk Postcard – Best Remembrance A pretty WW1 era silk postcard showing the flags of Britain and France with ‘best remembrance’ below, it has not been written on and comes in very good condition with some light yellowing to the card.
WW1 Era Silk Postcard – French Republique Right and Liberty A lovely WW1 era silk postcard depicting the flags of the allies with FR to the centre for the French republique and the words ‘right and liberty below, it comes in very good condition with some light foxing to the silk and has been written on with pencil on the back.
WW1 Era Silk Postcard – Grenadier Guards A lovely WW1 era silk postcard depicting the crest for the Grenadier Guards complete with motto, it comes in very good condition with some light foxing to the silk and has not been written on.
WW1 Era Silk Postcard – Souvenir De France A pretty WW1 era silk postcard, this is the lift flap type but is lacking the inner card, it is decorated with the flags of the allies with ‘souvenir de France’ in a banner below, it comes in good condition for its age, has not been written on and the card has yellowed with age.
WW1 Era Silk Postcard – Souvenir of Loos This is a super quality silk postcard having the British flag flying over a building with ‘souvenir of Loos’ below, it comes in the very best of conditions, has not been written on and has no foxing.
WW1 Era Silver & Enamel Canadian Sweetheart Badge A pretty little sweetheart badge fashioned as a maple leaf, it is marked to the back sterling silver and the front has been very well enamelled in colours with a King’s crown to the centre, it comes in very good condition and measures .75 of an inch long.
WW1 Era Somerset Light Infantry Jellalabad PA sweetheart brooch A lovely example of a WW1 era Sweetheart brooch for the Somerset Light Infantry PA (Prince Albert’s) regiment constructed from a gilded base metal with blue enamel, it comes in very good condition and measures just over one inch long.
WW1 Era South Lancashire Regiment Cap Badge. Beautiful example of the Prince of Wales Volunteers South Lancashire Regiment cap badge in brass and white metal. Lovely quality and in excellent original condition, brass just a little toned. Ref. N4
WW1 Era Sterling Silver New Zealand Sweetheart Brooch A delicate little badge marked Sterling silver on the back and decorated with blue enamel, it has the motto 'onward' for the New Zealand regiment. Comes in fair condition, there is some loss to the enamel on the left hand side, it measures one inch in diameter.
WW1 Era The Times – Empire Day Edition May 1915 This Times Empire day edition dates from 22nd May 1915 and was a ‘pull out’ from a main edition, it covers news from the dominion countries including Australia, Canada and South Africa. 7 pages of interes in good condition for its age, also included are two single sheets both from the Times one for April 30th 1915 and November 2nd ’15.
WW1 Era Trench Art Brass Tank A great hand made piece based loosely on the many variations of tanks used, the base is a sheet of brass and inscribed on it is 'souvenir of the Great War', the body is also brass with white metal runners and turret, the guns are copper rod and the sides are painted black. It comes in very good condition and the base measures 5 inches x 4.
WW1 Era West Riding Regiment Silver Sweetheart Brooch A really super quality WW1 Sweetheart brooch for the West Riding regiment, it is unmarked but tests as 925 Sterling silver, complete with its original pin it comes in very good condition and measures one inch long.
WW1 Era – The Children’s Story of the War – Booklet This is a booklet printed for children allowing them to understand various elements of the war, it is volume 9 part 192 of the series, printed by Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd in July 1918, text and pictures 14 pages long and comes in very good condition, some signs of age and staples are rusty, just over A5 size.
WW1 Frances Day 1917 Fund Raising Pin Badge Issued during the Great War to raise funds for various war related charities this gold toned base metal example was made by Fattorini of Bolton and is marked accordingly on the back, it comes in very good condition with its original pin fitting and it measures just under one inch in diameter.
WW1 French Coin Trench Lighter An interesting piece made from two French copper coins one side being dated 1909, the body is brass with brass fittings, there are many variations of style of this type of lighter and this one appears mostly complete, the screw thread on the top suggests something is missing, it comes in good condition for its age, needs a polish and measures 1.75 inches long.
WW1 French Médaille Militaire Unit Citation Fourragère Lanyard The fourragère is a unit award. This particular one is awarded to any unit that was cited two or three times in Army dispatches while operating in foreign theaters. All members of the unit wear it once it has been awarded to a unit. New members pass through an initiation before being allowed to wear the fourragère of the unit they are joining. This one is for the Médaille Militaire, made of silk cord with a brass bobbin on the end. It comes in excellent condition and It measures; 24 inches long but with separate shoulder lanyard.
WW1 French Postcard – Explosion in German Trench One from a series issued by France showing the Germans taking a beating, this one has soldiers being thrown into the air following an explosion from a sapped tunnel under their trench. Comes in very good condition and has not been written on.
WW1 French Postcard – Germans in Retreat – Battle of Marne One from a series issued by France showing the Germans taking a beating, this one has soldiers retreating following the battle of Marne, being thwarted by the French 75 Cannon. Comes in very good condition and has not been written on.
WW1 German Ammo Pouches. (1) A bank of three black leather German ammunition pouches. These have been very well used but remain in good order. The leather is quite dry and will need a good wax or oil. The maker and date on the back of the pouches is well worn but you can still just make out the date of 1914. The leather is a little thinner than the normal infantry pouch, so they may have been made for mounted troop. They measure 7.5 x 4 inches high.
WW1 German Ammo Pouches. (2) A bank of three black leather German ammunition pouches. These have been very well used but remain in good order. The leather is quite dry and will need a good wax or oil. One of the belt straps on the back looks like it has been replaced, as it does not match the other, but the rivet and stitches that holds it looks just as old. During the period when Germany was amassing an army, manufacturers used what they had. It may be from date of manufacture; it is hard to be certain. The leather is a little thinner than the normal infantry pouch, so they may have been made for mounted troops. They measure 7.5 x 4 inches high.
WW1 German Hanseatic Cross Gallantry Group. A very good scarce mounted group of three WW1 era German medals comprising of the Iron Cross 2nd class (1914 EKII) large ring suspender with makers mark ‘K’. the WW1 honour cross with swords, unmarked issue, and the Hamburg Hanseatic Cross, Silver and enamel, a particularly fine example. The Hanseatic Cross was jointly instituted by agreement of the senates of the three cities, Lübeck, Bremen and Hamburg, the Hamburg version issued from 10th September 1915. The cross was awarded for merit in war, and could be awarded to civilians as well as military personnel. When awarded for bravery or combat merit, it was the three cities\' equivalent of the Prussian Iron Cross. All medals are original and in excellent condition, but it looks like the group was remounted in the 1930’s probably when the Honour cross was issued to replace all other veterans medals.
WW1 German Honour Cross with Swords - Good Maker It was instituted in the July 1934 by Paul von Hindenburg himself, and by government order, it replaced all other veteran medals issued. This medal is with cross swords, issued only to combatants who fought during WW1. This one is marked on the back K M & F for Kallenbach Meyer & Frankie. Luckenwald. A scarce and interesting maker, they were not prolific and just produced belt buckles, tinnies and a few medals, most of which were the Honour Cross. They were approved for the RZM licence for buckles but were never issued the LDO license. This medal is in excellent condition with ribbon.
WW1 German Honour Cross with Swords. By Werner Redo Probably one of the most overlooked and under rated of all German medals. the Honour cross or Hindenburg Cross was issued in vast number but with numerous different variants and makers, it makes it an interesting and low budget collectable. It was instituted in the July 1934 by Paul von Hindenburg himself, and by government order, it replaced all other veteran medals issued. This medal is with cross swords, issued only to combatants who fought during WW1. The number of makers is unknown, but some estimate well over two hundred, many of which, no record survives. This one is marked with M.R. for Werner redo of Saalautern. A scarce maker of the Honour cross, he mainly concentrated on Party badges and Tinny’s but also Eastern Front medals and sports badges are known It is in excellent original condition, retaining all its bronze finish. It comes on a good length of original ribbon, which is a little grubby.
WW1 German Honour Cross with Swords. Maker G11 Probably one of the most overlooked and under rated of all German medals. the Honour cross or Hindenburg Cross was issued in vast number but with numerous different variants and makers, it makes it an interesting and low budget collectable. It was instituted in the July 1934 by Paul von Hindenburg himself, and by government order, it replaced every other veterans medal issued. This medal is with cross swords, issued only to combatants who fought during WW1. The number of makers is unknown, but some estimate well over two hundred, many of which, no record survives. This one is marked with G11 and it is in excellent original condition, retaining all of its bronze finish, and it comes on a small length of original ribbon.
WW1 German Honour Cross with Swords. Maker GG Probably one of the most overlooked and under rated of all German medals. the Honour cross or Hindenburg Cross was issued in vast number but with numerous different variants and makers, it makes it an interesting and low budget collectable. It was instituted in the July 1934 by Paul von Hindenburg himself, and by government order, it replaced every other veterans medal issued. This medal is with cross swords, issued only to combatants who fought during WW1. The number of makers is unknown, but some estimate well over two hundred, many of which, no record survives. This one is marked with a G inside a G for Gebrueder Gloerfeld of Ludenscheid. It is in excellent original condition, retaining all of its bronze finish and it comes on a good length of original ribbon.
WW1 German Honour Cross with Swords. Maker RV24 Probably one of the most overlooked and under rated of all German medals. the Honour cross or Hindenburg Cross was issued in vast number but with numerous different variants and makers, it makes it an interesting and low budget collectable. It was instituted in the July 1934 by Paul von Hindenburg himself, and by government order, it replaced every other veterans medal issued. This medal is with cross swords, issued only to combatants who fought during WW1. This one is marked RV. 24 Pforzheim. The RV stands for Richsverband, meaning National Association. During the period 1919 to 1945 the Richsverband makers numbered between 1 to 91 and all RV makers resided in Pforzheim, a key medal making centre from the imperial through the NSDAP periods. During the air raids of 1945, the town was almost destroyed and any list of medal makers with it, so who these makers were, may be something we will never know. It is in excellent original condition, retaining all of its bronze finish.
WW1 German Honour Cross with Swords. Rare Maker O&B Probably one of the most overlooked and under rated of all German medals. the Honour cross or Hindenburg Cross was issued in vast number but with numerous different variants and makers, it makes it an interesting and low budget collectable. It was instituted in the July 1934 by Paul von Hindenburg himself, and by government order, it replaced every other veterans medal issued. This medal is with cross swords, issued only to combatants who fought during WW1. The number of makers is unknown, but some estimate well over two hundred, many of which, no record survives. This one is marked with O&B for Ochs & Bonn of Hanau a rare maker. It is in excellent original condition, retaining all of its bronze finish and it comes on a good length of original ribbon.
WW1 German Honour Cross without Swords The Honour cross or Hindenburg Cross was issued in vast number but with numerous different variants and makers, it makes it an interesting and low budget collectable. It was instituted in the July 1934 by Paul von Hindenburg and by government order, it replaced every other veteran’s medal issued. This medal is without swords, issued only to non-combatants who supported the war effort during WW1. This one is marked with a logo featuring an intertwined PS&L for Paul Schulze & Co in the Hanseatic City of Lübeck. This medal comes in excellent condition and on a piece of original ribbon.
WW1 German Iron Cross Medal Pair. A good pair of German medals awarded for service during the great war; the iron cross was awarded as a gallantry or meritorious service award, this one comes in lovely condition, the typical three part construction, silver with an iron core in the centre, and it carries a good makers mark on the suspender ring of SW for Sy Wagner of Berlin. The Honour or Hindenburg with swords, this was established by Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg, President of the Third Reich, by an order dated 13 July 1934, to those combatants who fought during the great war; this example is in good original condition with only slight pitting on the reverse; it also carries a good makers mark of G4 for ??? a scarce maker of this cross I believe. Both medals came from Germany together with this imperial ribbon or helmet boss, unfortunately there was no ephemera to tie a name to the medals, so they are as you see them here, now mounted on black velvet, a wonderful pair of medals in super original untouched condition.
WW1 German M16 Helmet – Superb Condition. A really wonderful example of the German M16 steel helmet. This one is totally original and untouched. On the outside of the shell it still has its original painted finish, there is just a few areas of wear mostly to the top. On the inside it has its original liner and chin strap. the leather liner has its three original pads and it is attached to the helmet by a think leather band. The strap is the old Pickelhaube type with two buckles, the latch riveted on to the helmet. It is stamped on the inside of the rim with what looks like ‘TJ66’ probably made by C. Thiel & Soehne of Luebeck who numbered from 66 to 68.
WW1 German M1898/05 (Butcher) Bayonet by Simson & Co. The iconic German bayonet used on the 1898 German Mauser Carbines and Rifles and manufactured from the period of 1905 to about 1918. This is a pretty much untouched example, and it still retains all its original patination. It is in excellent condition but is was issued and used so there is signs of use and wear. It has the makers mark of Simson & Co Suhl and dated 1916 with the usual imperial proof marks. It comes with its original scabbard, this has a few dents, but again very nicely patinated. It measures 20.5 inches. A wonderful untouched piece that has never been cleaned or tampered with. Shipping to UK mainland only
WW1 German Miniature Collar Medal Group. A lovely little miniature medal grouping to be worn on dress uniform between the collar. It comprises of the Iron cross, the war aid cross and the Honour cross with swords, all mounted on a chain with ball and pin fixtures at each end. It is in very good used condition and measures 2.25 inches wide.
WW1 German Mortar & Pestle 1915. A scarce WW1 German cast iron mortar with the date of 1915 and the iron cross symbol to the centre, this has been cast on both sides. It comes with its original pestle, which is solid bronze. The mortar has white metal plating, of which the majority remains. These are a bit of a conundrum, I have only ever had one of these before, it is suggested that they were traded in the (Gold gab ich für Eisen) the ‘I Gave Gold for Iron’ drive when the German state asked its citizens to donate their gold for funding the war and support families who lost relatives. People donated their gold jewellery, coins etc and received as a thank you iron medals or trinkets, but on all of these items is the slogan ‘Gold gab ich für Eisen’. There was definately room to cast this on these items and these would have been quite expensive to produce. Mortar & pestles were used in cooking but this is a medical pattern Mortar, much larger and deeper than those used for cooking. Wether these were produced for medical units in the field or were part of the Iron for Gold campaign, no one has done the definitive research, but they are rare and this one is in exceptional condition for one of these. The Mortar measures 6 inches high and 5.5 inches in diameter at the top. The bronze pestle is 7 inches long. A heavy piece.
WW1 German Officers Luger Pistol Holster 1915. A well-used WW1 leather Luger holster. It comes in untouched original condition; however it has seen use so there is some wear to the leather, the strap and inside the tool strap is damaged. It has a maker’s mark which just visible and dated 1915. It has been well oiled in its day so the leather is still nice and supple and it still retains both original belt loops on the back.
WW1 German Patriotic Print & Iron Cross. A beautiful WW1 German print showing the mounted Kaiser giving an Iron Cross to a wounded soldier, while victory stands behind them, shrouding them both. Also mounted in the frame is an original WW1 EKII. I have opened the frame, to make sure the cross is original, which there is no doubt, but the cross has had a repair to the little jump ring. Apart from that, it is a very good example and it is suspended on its original ribbon. A superb display piece, it will looks fabulous on any wall.
WW1 German State of Saxony Gallantry Medal Group. A superb Saxony Gallantry group of 4 comprising of the Iron Cross 2nd class (EKII) the State of Saxony Friedrich August Medal in silver for military merit, the State of Saxony Friedrich August Medal in Bronze and the Honour cross WW1 veteran’s medal with swords. All are good original full size medals in very good condition and German court mount as worn. The bar measures 5 inches wide.
WW1 German Trench Art Brass Shell Case Dated 1917 A well worked piece of WW1 German trench art,decorated to the body with a scene of two deer in a landscape, the base is nicely marked with the date of March 1917 and POLTE MAGDEBURG. Comes in good condition and stands 9 inches high.
WW1 German Trench Art Gents Ring. A white metal finger ring inset with a small brass shield, which reads ‘Welt-Krieg’ and with the Dates 1914, 1915 on the shoulders. ‘Welt-Krieg’ is German for ‘Great War’. This ring is quite a large mans size which measures 1 inch in diameter.
WW1 German Veterans Honour Cross with Swords – maker O2. The Honour or Hindenburg Cross with crossed swords, issued only to combatants who fought during WW1. The number of makers is unknown, but some estimate well over two hundred, many of which, no record survives. This one is marked with 0.2 for Ordenshersteller-Gemeinschaft of Pforzheim. This was the forerunner to the LDO, the Administration of German Orders Manufactures. 0 – 16 numbers are known, all makers in the industrial town of Pforzheim. During the air raids of 1945, the town was almost destroyed and any list of medal makers with it, so who these makers were, may be something we will never know. It is in excellent original condition, retaining all of its bronze finish and it comes on a piece of original ribbon.
WW1 German Veterans Honour Cross with Swords – maker RV 21. The Honour or Hindenburg Cross with crossed swords, issued only to combatants who fought during WW1. The number of makers is unknown, but some estimate well over two hundred, many of which, no record survives. This one is marked with R. V. Pforzheim 21. For the Reichsverband maker number 21. This was the national association of medal makers, they number from 1 to 91 and unfortunately no list of makers and their allocated numbers exists. It is in excellent original condition, retaining all of its bronze finish and it comes on a small piece of original ribbon.
WW1 German Veterans Medal & Ribbon Wurttemberg Kriegerbund. An unusual German WW1 war veteran’s ribbon, mount and Kyffhauser Veterans medal. The ribbon has a large plated metal mount showing the arms of Wurttemberg in front of flags swords and rifle butts; below is written Wurttemb Kriegerbund (Wurttemberg Warrior League) to this, is suspended the Kyffhauser Veterans medal in gilt bronze. The metal mount has a pin attached to the back and the makers details of W. Mayer & F. W. Wilhelm. Stuttgart. It is in wonderful condition and the whole piece measures 4 inches long.
WW1 German Veterans Pin 23rd Infantry Regiment. A scarce little early veteran’s pin, an enamelled shoulder board of the 23rd (2nd Upper Silesian) Infantry regiment. They came from the small towns of the Upper Sorbian region on the Czech Polish border. During the first world war they formed part of the VI army corps and saw extensive action on the western front with the 4th Army. This pin is in excellent condition with gilt back.
WW1 German War Aid Cross. An interesting award issue to military and civilians who greatly helped the war effort during the great war. This one is in very good original condition and on a small piece of original ribbon.
WW1 Grand Cross of Iron Medal Ribbon. Replacement WW1 Grand Cross of Iron neck medal ribbon, not that I have ever seen a real one. These ribbons just look nice in a display of iron crosses either WW1 or WW2 examples and at just £3 each, it can be used for a whole variety of things. the come in Black and While for service dress and Silver and Black for No1 dress. Please state which you would like. It measures; 25 inches long.
WW1 Hallmarked Silver & Tortoiseshell Royal Flying Corps Sweetheart Brooch This super WW1 period Royal Flying Corps sweetheart brooch has a fully hallmarked silver surround, it carries the date for London 1916 and has the makers mark for Corke brothers & Co, the central silver is set into a disc of tortoiseshell and in its day would have been an expensive private purchase, sadly the shell chipped around the edge but the silver and the pin are in good condition, it measures just over one inch in diameter.
WW1 Honour Cross Without Swords for Next of Kin. WW1 honour Cross for Widows and Parents (Ehrenkreuz für Hinterbliebene). Comes on a bow type ribbon and very good condition. Maker G6 on the back.
WW1 Iron Cross 2nd Class by Junker. A Good example of the EKII, which has the maker’s mark of J on the suspender ring, for C. E. Junker of Berlin. It is the typical three-part construction with a magnetic iron core which comes in very good condition but has a scratch to the black finish near the edge. Above the J is another mark which may be the remains of the 800 mark, but hard to say for sure.
WW1 Iron Cross 2nd Class, with Makers Mark. A superb example of the EKII, which has a nice clear maker’s mark of KO on the suspender ring, for Konigliches Munzamt of Berlin, which basically stands for ‘Royal Mint Department of Medals’, which is now believed that these were issued in the field. It is the typical three part construction with a magnetic iron core which comes in excellent condition and it is still suspended on its original silk ribbon, which is scruffy. An all original medal from a good maker a real beauty
WW1 Iron Cross 2nd Class, with Makers Mark. A lovely example of the EKII, which has a nice clear maker’s mark of G on the suspender ring, for Godet & Sohn of Berlin. It is the typical three-part construction with a magnetic iron core which comes in excellent condition.I nice all original medal from a good maker.
WW1 Iron Cross 2nd Class, with Makers Mark. A superb example of the EKII, which has a nice clear maker’s mark of N with a small R after on the suspender ring, for Neun of Rösner, Sachsen a good scarce maker. It is the typical three-part construction with a magnetic iron core which comes in excellent condition with just a little rust to the corners of the iron core. A nice all original medal from a good maker.
WW1 Issued German Saxon Artillery Pickelhaube. A German great war issued Pickelhaube worn by an enlisted man in the Saxon Artillery. It is an 1897 pattern helmet that has been reissued for the war. It has a good leather shell which has only suffered a small amount of shrinkage and is still a good size. This original shellack finish on the helmet is still good with some light cracking and a couple of areas of deeper cracking, which cant be off on a leather helmet. It has the correct wide brass rim on the peek and brass spine with vent. It has the earlier ball top which unscrews, and it is held in place by four brass studs. It has a war time issue two-part plate, (Brass backing plate with a white metal centre plate) not as good quality as prewar issues, the metal is a bit thinner and one point on the starburst has cracked over the years and the plate has worn into the helmet shell which has also cause slight damage to the finish. It has wartime issue cockades, these have some rust, and black leather chinstrap. The chin strap was on the helmet when I got it, but originally it is probably off a Chapka (German Lancers Helmet). Inside it still has its original leather liner, this is a little dry and has some wear, but still complete and not torn. Overall, a very good example of a rare Saxon helmet.
WW1 Kings Royal Rifle Corps Bronze Officers Cap Badge. WW1 Officers Bronze badge with no blacking. In very nice used condition, slight wear and toned. Ref. N5
WW1 medal Group to Sister Rowland French Red Cross. A wonderful great war medal group of four awarded to Nursing Sister Charlotte Rowland of the French Red Cross; the group includes the British war and Victory medal correctly named to Charlotte Rowland, the French medal for front line red cross service, this is silver plated on bronze and lastly the French Cross medal for meritorial service with one extra enamelled blue star, for further recognition, this is a silver medal and is quite scarce awarded to a British nurse; also included is a small photo album with pictures of Sister charlotte and soldiers in France, towards the back of the album it turns into more general snaps. I am slightly embarrass to say I have done no research on this lady apart from her medal index card which confirms her British medal entitlement and the date she first traveled overseas, which was July 1915, this is a little vague on the mic, mainly because she probably traveled to France by her own means to serve, possibly a lot earlier than the mic states but it was only in the July of 1915 that she was recognised by the British red cross society and war ministry, this is the same reason she was only awarded the pair of medals and no star. This will be, I’m sure a wonderful group for research, the medals come mounted on a brooch bar for wearing and in excellent original condition; this lady must be recognised for her service with the wounded in France, if they stay with me, it will be years before I will get the time and my main passion is with the Balkans campaign, so she deserves to be with someone more worthy.
WW1 Medal Pair Etc to Lacey Warwickshire Yeomanry. A scarce WW1 British war and victory medal correctly named to H/67683 Private Frederick George Lacey of the Warwickshire Yeomanry. Frederick Lacey was born around 1900 in Welton Northamptonshire. He probably didn’t see action until later in the war being transferred to the 14th Battalion Royal Warwickshire regiment (1st Birmingham pals) and later to the 1st / 5th Devon regiment and being part of some of the most ferocious fighting of the war during 1918, finishing the war in Germany, where it formed part of the British Army of the Rhine. Frederick was discharged due to sickness on 13th February 1919, being entitled to the WW1 pair and the silver war badge. His medals come with part of the original box and envelope of issue, original Silver War Badge issue slip, what is believed to be his original Warwickshire Yeomanry cap badge and various research including copies of his medal index card, SWB list, pension card and census details. An interesting pair that would benefit from further research.
WW1 Medal Pair to Bevis South Staffordshire Regiment. WW1 British war and victory medal correctly named to 242365 Private Alfred E Bevis South Staffordshire regiment. George Edward Bevis was born in the Middlesex Side of London in 1877. Before the war he was employed as a jewellery salesman in a shop / pawnbroker in east London. He lived with his wife Ada and his two sons Alfred and Albert at 90 Sandmere Road Clapham. He enlisted or was drafted on 13th May 1916 and mobilised for France on 22nd September 1916 with the 5th Reserve battalion South Staffs regiment, part of the 46th (North Midland) Division, joining the battalion near the Somme an seeing action in that area for the next year. In the May of 1917 Alfred contracted Dysentery and was admitted to hospital. Dysentery was a problem for the armed forces in almost all wars. It was a truly horrific illness to those who suffered. It is caused by a parasite called Entamoeba Histolytica and thrives in situations of bad sanitation. The long tern effects of Dysentery are very dangerous, and it looks like Alfred was suffering from an extreme case. He was evacuated back to England and spent a time in a specialist Dysentery hospital in Birmingham. When he became fit enough to serve, he was on light duties and served the rest of the war at home. While this was happening to Alfred, his young son, Alfred Ernest Bevis was serving in the 2nd Battalion the Welsh regiment having originally enlisted into the London regiment. Sadly, he was Killed in action on 25th October 1918, just weeks from the Armistice. 285617 Private Alfred E Bevis is now remembered with honour at the Vadencourt British Cemetery, Maissemy. These medals are in very good condition and come with copy paperwork including service records and medal index card and medal roll.
WW1 Medal Pair to Hoyle Cheshire Regiment. A good British war and victory medal awarded to 46130 Private Walter Hoyal of the Cheshire regiment. It comes with copies of his medal index card and medal roll to show the pair as his full entitlement. Private Hoyle was later transferred to the Labour Corps with a change of number to 37374. Both medals are in excellent unworn condition, near mint.
WW1 Medal Pair to Jones Cheshire Reg / Machine Gun Corps. A very nice WW1 British war and victory medal pair correctly named to 15549 Private William Jones Cheshire Regiment. The medals come with copies of this mans medal index card and medal roll which shows he was later transferred to the machine gun corps with a change of number to 171617. He was discharged on 23rd October 1919 and put on the reserve list. He was obviously trained as a battalion machine gunner and was later transferred to the MGC when it became established as a regiment. And interesting pair for research and the only reason I haven’t gone any further with the research is the time it will take to go through the large amount of William Jones that served during the war. The medals themselves are in superb original condition.
WW1 Medal Pair to Jones Cheshire Regiment. A good WW1 British war and Victory medal correctly named to 55480 Private George Jones. Cheshire Regiment. George Jones was born and resided in Wales and joined the Cheshire regiment on 8th December 1915. He arrived in the field in France with the BEF on 12th December 1916. On the 1st May 1917 he was transferred to the 64th Coy the Labour Corps. On the 4th October 1917 he was again transferred, this time to the 2/5th D of W West Riding regiment, part of the 186th Brigade in 62nd (2nd West Riding) Division. He would have been present at the Cambrai operations and witnessed the Tank attack and capture of Bourlon wood. It was probably during the Battle of Bapaume he received a gun shot wound in the chest. He must have spent some time in hospital and after, put on light duties at 3rd battalion depot. He was discharged on 24th February 1919 with a war pension having suffered 20% disability from his wounds. Both medals are in very good condition and come on replacement ribbons. They come with various copy paperwork including his medal index card and what remains of his service records.
WW1 Medal Pair to Nurse Willis V.A.D. WW1 British war and victory medal correctly named to Agnes Nina Willis Voluntary Aid Detachment. The pair comes with her British Red Cross service medal for the Great War. Agnes Nina Willis was born around 1888 in Bridgewater Sommerset. Her father was a builder and when he died her mother took on the company and employed Agnes as a bookkeeper. When war broke out Agnes joined the Red Cross as a VAD and was stationed at the Sothern General Hospital in Oxford from June 1917 and from there to a Military hospital in France. She stayed there until March 1919 earning herself two scarlet efficiency stripes. When she returned home, she went back into the family business once again as a bookkeeper. What she did from here is unknown but in the 1939 register she is employed as a secretary of the local hospital. All three medals are in very good condition and comes with various research including medal index card, medal roll, census details, Red Cross index cards etc.
WW1 Medal Pair to P West Worcestershire Reg Casualty This WW1 medal pair was awarded to Lance Corporal (private on medals) 30116 Percy West of the 3rd battalion Worcestershire regiment, sadly Percy was killed on the 1st November 1918 just 10 days short of the cessation of hostilities, he was only 21. There is little information for Percy, his parent at the time of his death were living in Small Heath Birmingham, census records show the family moving around probably for the fathers work as an edge tool grinder. The medals come in very good clean condition and I include some copy paperwork.
WW1 Medal Pair to Price 4th Suffolk Regiment. A good WW1 British war and victory medal correctly named to 241600 Private Stanley M Price 4th Battalion the Suffolk regiment. Stanley Price was probably not born in Suffolk as the collection I recently acquired were all East London Men. He was probably one of the replacements recruited after the 4th battalion’s severe losses at the battle of Neuve Chapelle in March 1915. So, when Stanley arrived in France it was with the 98th Brigade, 33rd Division and probably in time to take part in the battles at the Somme in 1916. In 1917 they saw action at the Arras Offensive and the third battle Ypres. On the 15th of February 1918 they transferred to 58th (2nd London) Division as a Pioneer Battalion. They were in action during The Battle of St Quentin, The Battle of the Avre, The Battle of Villers-Bretonneux, The Battle of Amiens, The Battle of Albert and The Second Battle of Bapaume on the Somme. In September they fought in The Battle of Epehy and were in action in October and November during the Final Advance in Artois. The 98th Brigade was at Sassegnies near Aulnoye when the Armistice came into force on 11 November, and went into billets around Caullery. Between 6 and 17 December it marched back to the Amiens area. Demobilisation proceeded rapidly in 1919, and the 33rd division and its brigades ceased to exist on 30 June. Both medals are in very good original condition and come on original ribbons and come with copies of Stanley’s medal index card and medal roll. Apart from this no other research has been done on this made, so an interesting and worthwhile project awaits.
WW1 Medal Pair to QMAAC Amy Cherry WW1 Medal pair awarded to worker 1102 Amy L. Cherry, other than her medal index card any info about Amy has been hard to find, she has a fairly low number so must have gone in early, her medals come in good condition with signs of age and use.
WW1 Medal Pair to Sapper Read Royal Engineers. A good WW1 British War and Victory medal correctly named to 541113. Sapper Henry. F. Read of the Royal Engineers. (There is an error on the victory medal, which has his number 241113, 541113 is confirmed in his mic). He was a territorial and his original number was 1957. Apart from a copy of his medal index card, no other research has been done on this man, but in my opinion, he was serving with the territorials well before the war; he is an older man, and probably a digger or from a field coy, and the reason he was sent overseas, after 1916, was to dig or repair trenches etc. Both medals are in very good condition, never mounted or worn and come totally untouched and pretty much all of the original gilt remains on the victory medal and the BWM has never been polished.
WW1 Medal Pair to Speet Cyclist Corps later Gordons Private 20626 Frank Leonard Speet served first with the Cyclist Corps and was renumbered 42727 in the Gordon Highlanders, he was born in Norwich Norfolk and in 1911 was working in a shoe factory, post war he lived in Great Yarmouth. His pair of medals come mounted and show signs of age and use. I have not dug any deeper into this man and there may well be more information to be found.
WW1 Medal Pair to Sumner Lancashire Fusiliers A British war and victory medal issued to private 202391 Frederick J Sumner of the Lancashire Fusiliers, I have found his medal index card but no further info so this chap needs more research, the medals come in good but used condition the war medal being a little flat on the front through polishing.
WW1 Medal Pair, Badges & Fobs to Hamilton DLI A lovely group of items all relating to one man. The British war and Victory medals are correctly named to 73842 Private James Hamilton of the 15th Battalion Durham Light Infantry. The 15th (Service) Battalion was Formed at Newcastle in September 1914 as part of Kitchener’s new Army’s K3 and came under orders of 64th Brigade in 21st Division. They moved to Halton Park, going on to billets in Maidenhead in December 1914 and then back to Halton Park in April 1915. Finally they moved to Witley in July. On 11th September 1915 they landed at Boulogne. James Hamilton was probably drafted into the army in 1916 and posted first with the 2nd battalion and then the 15th battalion of 21st division to replace the massive amount of men lost at the battle of Loos in 1915. During 1916 the battalion was no stranger to action seeing much of it during the battle of the Somme. During 1917 they were engaged in the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line 14th March – 5th April. The First Battle of the Scarpe, 9th – 14th April. The Third Battle of the Scarpe, 3rd – 4th May. The actions on the Hindenburg Line, 20th May – 16th June. Ypres, the Battle of Polygon Wood, 26th September – 3rd October, the Battle of Broodseinde, 4th October, and the Second Battle of Passchendaele, 26th October – 10th November 1917. During 1918, with the Russians now out of the war, Germany was able to transfer forces and at last outnumber the Allies on the Western Front before the arrival of the Americans in force. Large numbers of Stormtroopers were to be used, together with new artillery tactics. The Allies knew what was in store and began to prepare a defence in depth with varying degrees of effectiveness. As a result of manpower shortages, in February the British Army was reorganised from a four battalion to a three battalion infantry brigade structure, with many infantry battalions being disbanded to strengthen remaining battalions. At this point Hamilton was transferred to the 15th battalion still with the 21st division, 64th brigade. On 21 March 1918, when the German Army attacked on the Somme, the 21st Division was in reserve. Rushed forwards to the front, 15 DLI counter attacked, only to be driven back. In four days of fighting, 15 DLI lost almost 500 men killed, wounded or missing, including the commanding officer killed in action. Further fighting in April caused yet more casualties. In late April, the 21st Division was sent to recover near Rheims, but on 27 May it once more faced a massive German attack and was forced to retreat. In two days of fighting, 15 DLI lost over 450 men killed, wounded or missing. Drafts of conscripts arrived during the summer of 1918, as 15 DLI rebuilt and retrained, and in late August the battalion joined the British advance across the old Somme battlefield that pushed the German Army back towards Maubeuge. This fighting, however, cost the life of yet another commanding officer and Captain Lascelles VC, late of 14 DLI, who died in the battalion’s last fight of the war on 7 November 1918. I have mostly followed the history of the 21st division and the 15th Battalion in 1918, but the Durham Record office have a fantastic archive so it will be worth getting in touch with them to shed more light on this man’s history. Both medals are in very good condition and come on original ribbons. They come with his original cap badge, what looks like a silver cap badge which has been made into a sweetheart brooch. Also a hallmarked silver football fob and a bronze DLI sports medallion are in included in his things. Copies of his medal index card and medal roll are included. Avery interesting lot well worth further research.
WW1 Medal Trio to Nurse Hollingum V.A.D. Served HMHS. WW1 Trio awarded to Nurse Muriel Hollingum of the Voluntary Aid Detachment. Muriel Hollingum was born in Poplar London on June 15th 1884; she was one of five children born to Spencer and Hanna Hollingum, Spencer a Clerk and Emma a School teacher. Muriel was quick to volunteer for the red cross as her medal index card states she was serving on Hospital ships on the 15th December 1915; although it is not unique to see a VAD on a Hospital ship, it is quite scarce, so this lady is worthy of much more research. It must have been while she was serving with the VAD that she met her husband and married captain Henry Charles Roberts of the Royal Army Medical Corps in the July of 1916. Captain Roberts served in Mesopotamia from 11th February 1917 and his full medal entitlement is the WW1 British war and victory medal pair. All three medals are in very good condition but do have contact marks from where they have been mounted and worn, the BWM has a slightly different style of naming to that of the victory medal, but the BWM has no loss of metal to the rim or has any file marks from re-naming. A superb trio in need of much more research to make this lady’s history come to life, in good order and all three are mounted on replacement ribbons.
WW1 Memorial Death Plaque and Pair to RGA KIA 1917. An interesting plaque and British war and victory medal pair correctly named to 166345 Gunner Robert Norris of the 25th Siege Battery Royal garrison Artillery. He was the husband of Alice Norris and they resided at 8 Scarsdale road Camberwell, London, not far from where he was born in 1887. The 25th Siege battery arrived in France in the august of 1915, at this stage it is unclear if Robert was serving with them or he join or was drafted in the recruiting drive of 1916, and the latter is the more probable. As a gunner of a siege battery, he would have been employed with heavy howitzers using 6, 8, 9.2 or 12 inch shell, firing on the enemy’s artillery or destroying other strong points. I haven’t done much research on this man but it would be quite easy to track the actions that the 25th siege battery was involved in, on the western front. Robert died on the 30 September 1917, and he is now remembered with honour at the Outtersteene Communal cemetery Bailleul, France. This is located quite close to the battle grounds of Ypres and Passchendaele and going on the date he died it must have been the action known as the third battle of Ypres which that took his life. Both the plaque and the medals come in excellent condition, and now come mounted on board for display or safe storage. Also included is a copy of the medal index card, commonwealth war graves certificate, a lovely original photograph of Robert, his original British war and victory medal condolence issued slip, part of the original box of issue and a handful of silk postcards sent from France. These were written on, but someone has removed the writing at some point. An excellent group in need of more research, I’m sure an interesting project awaits to uncover the history of this brave young man.
WW1 Memorial Plaque & Pair to Smithson Grimsby Chums. A Great War Broze memorial plaque named to William Henry Smithson, British war and Victory medal correctly named to 1239 Private William Henry Smithson of the 10th battalion Lincolnshire regiment (the Grimsby Chums). William Smithson was born around 1896 in Morton, Gainsborough, Lincolshire. He joined the 10th battalion in Grimsby on 7th January 1915. The 10th (Grimsby) Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. The Grimsby Chums trained in a camp erected on the Brocklesby Estate, 10 miles from their hometown. They joined 101st Brigade, 34th Division at Ripon Camp in June 1915 and later moved to Sutton Veny, Wiltshire for final training before proceeding to France in January 1916. They were marched to the trenches at Bois-Grenier, just south of Armentières February 1916. It was cold and snowing and they occupied the frontline trench with 16th Royal Scots. Almost immediately they were taking casualties and wounded, probably by sniper. They were in and out of the front line while moving north arriving at Nieppe on 23rd March then on to Fleurbaix or Fromelles on the 27th. It was here that William was seriously wounded and died of his wounds on 1st April 1916. This was inevitable as the battalion was almost decimated three months later on the First Day of the Somme, the Grimsby Chums were in the first wave attacking the fortified village of La Boisselle, just south of the Albert-Bapaume road. William Henry Smithson is now remembered with honour at the Rue-David Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix. He was the only son of the late William Henry Smithson and of Annie Smithson, of Morton, Gainsborough.
WW1 Memorial Plaque to Peak 11th (Cambridge Battalion) Suffolk Regiment. An interesting and scarce WW1 bronze memorial plaque named to Private Arthur Peak (unique name) of the 11th (Cambridge Battalion) Suffolk Regiment, who was killed in action during the savage fighting of the German Spring offensive of 1918. Arthur Peak was born in Carlton Coville, Lowestoft Suffolk 1881. Lowestoft in those days was predominantly a Fishing town with a small harbour and with the building of the Railway in the 19th century, turned the little town around. During the first world war, Lowestoft became a Naval base for patrol boats, and it suffered a heavy bombardment by the German Navy in 1916. For the working classes of Lowestoft life was hard, most making their living from the sea. Arthur was no different, before the war he was employed as Fish Poacher in the fish market. He was married to Mable in 1903 and by the time war was declared he had one son and three daughters living at No 2 Cathcart Street in Lowestoft. In 1915 he joined the 11th battalion the Suffolk regiment, the regiment was a form of Palls battalion raised in Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely, so it is unknown why he joined this regiment. The battalion left Cambridge on 19th June 1915 to join 34th Division, which was assembling round Ripon in North Yorkshire. The 11th Suffolks camped at Fountains Abbey where it was brigaded with the 1st and 2nd Edinburgh Pals battalions and the Grimsby Chums in 101st Brigade. After training on the moors of North Yorkshire, 34th Division proceeded to Salisbury Plain in late August for final intensive training, with the 11th Suffolks at Perham Down Camp, later at Warminster. On 13th December 34th Division was ordered to mobilise for service in Egypt, but these orders were rescinded on 26th December and instead the division embarked for France to join the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) fighting on the Western Front. Entrainment for the embarkation ports began on 7th January 1916 and the 11th Suffolks landed at Boulogne on 9th January. The division completed its concentration around La Crosse (east of Saint-Omer) on 15th January 1916. On 23 January 34th Division went into reserve behind III Corps, with 101st Bde around Morbecque. Parties were then sent into the line with 23rd Division near Erquinghem in the Armentières sector to learn the routines of Trench warfare; 11th Suffolks went up from 2 to 7 February, suffering its first casualties. On 21 February the division took over its own sector of the front line, with 101st Bde on the right, at the dangerous Bridoux salient, overlooked by the German positions on Radinghem Ridge. Over the following weeks the brigades were rotated between the frontline trenches and reserve. Most of April was spent in divisional training, then on 5th May the battalion entrained for the Somme sector. The 11th Suffolks were in reserve, then in support, and on 21st May went into the line on the division\'s right, facing the fortified ruins of La Boisselle. It then began periods of 6 days in the line alternating with 4 days of rest, until it went into camp behind Albert on 23 June. On the 1st day of the battle of the Somme, the 11th battalion was one of only two battalions of the Suffolks to be engaged in the bloody fighting on the 1st of July. With the 34th division its position was in the front line of the attack opposite the village of La Boisselle, with the 8th division on then lest and the 21st division on its right. At 07.28, 2 minutes before Zero hour the Lochnagar mine was detonated obliterating a section of the German defences and creating a very large crater. The 11th allowing the debris to settle went over the top on time at 7.30 am. The attack was a disaster. The German defences had not been suppressed by the long bombardment, and although some of the 10th Lincolns were able to rush forward and occupy Lochnagar crater before the Germans, they and the 11th Suffolks following them up Sausage Valley were shot down by German machine gun teams who came out of their deep dugouts as soon as the British barrage lifted. The 11th went on to distinguish themselves at the capture of Scots and Sausage Redoubts, The Battles of Bazentin Ridge and Pozieres Ridge. In 1917 they fought in the The First and Second Battles of the Scarpe and the Battle of Arleux during the Arras Offensive. In August they were involved in the fighting at Hargicourt and in October they took part in The Third Battles of Ypres at the Broenbeek. On the 3rd of February 1918 they transferred to 103rd Brigade still with 34th Division. In 1918 they were in action in The Battle of St Quentin and then moved to Flanders seeing action in The Battle of Estaires, The Battle of Bailleul and The First Battle for Kemmel Ridge during the Battles of the Lys. On the 20th March 1918, the view over the front line was all peace and quietness, one officer wrote it was hard to believe they were in the middle of a war, the Sensee valley looked restful with just the faint sound of working parties in the distance. However, the next dawn that broke was vastly different. The Germans opened with a heavy bombardment on the 11th battalion’s sector, then followed a bombardment of gas. The 11th was driven out of the front-line trench leaving many men dead behind. Then another heavy shelling took place on the battalion’s position followed by a German advance on their trenches. At this point chaos broke out, heavy hand to hand fighting, low flying planes were discharging machine gun fire, everywhere batteries were bustling into new positions. Severe fighting continued uninterruptedly all through the night and the following morning. The battalion was subjected to the heaviest and most concentrated bombardment it ever experienced. On the 22nd of March the battalion fought desperately to defend Henin Hill, all day the enemy tried again and again to force their way into the trenches until the German army finally withdrew leaving behind heavy casualties in the battalion. But through all this Arthur was still with us, what he was experiencing we can only guess, from the little fishing town of Lowestoft to the very depths of hell. The 11th battalion was officially congratulated on there efforts by the commander of the division. Around the 5th of April after a series of marches and a railway journey the battalion arrived at Erquinghem and made their way to the front line in the Houplines sector a short way, some 8000 yards in front of Armentieres. On the 7th the Germans bombarded the town with gas shells causing heavy losses and on the 8th the enemy opened with heavy shelling and on the 9th the battalion along with the rest of the brigade was sent south of Bac St Maur, here they were told to hold the line to protect flank of the 40th division. Terrific fighting followed, although the brigade was in reserve, due to a tactical anomaly, found themselves the first troops to face the enemy. Here they beat off attack after attack, twice the Germans broke through and were beaten back. From the 7th to 19th of April, the battalion were engaged in heavy fighting, gas attacks and bombing. Some of the battalions in the brigade got disorientated and mixed and it was a desperate struggle to stay alive. 33543 Private Arthur Peak was killed between the 9th and 19th April. His body was never recovered and for many of the 11th battalion they were just gone, no trace was found, bodies obliterated in the dense fighting and shelling. It was so impossible to determine where and when Arthur was killed, unusually he is remembered with honour on two memorials, the Ploegsteert memorial and on the Tyne Cot memorial. He is also remembered at the Great War memorial chapel at St Margarets Church in Lowestoft. His plaque is in excellent condition and comes with various research including copies of medal index card, medal roll, Commonwealth War Grave certificate and memorial details x 2, extracts from the war diary and census information etc.
WW1 Mercantile Marine Medal to Ennew. A WW2 Mercantile Marine war medal correctly named to 863873 William Thomas Daniel Ennew. He was born 1875 and came from Poplar, London. He is also entitled to the British war medal. This medal comes with a copy of his medal index card.
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