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WW2 Era Cloth Trade Patch – Army Wireless Operator A good sewn patch for an army wireless operator, comes in very good condition.
1909 Dated School of Musketry Satara – East Surrey Reg Photograph This is a good sized photograph of men from the East Surrey regiment at the school of musketry at Satara in India dated 1909, the picture quality is remarkably clear and you can see the mens faces and uniform including their medal ribbons for the Boer war. The photo is stuck to a card mount this measures 15 inches x 10 and the photo is 9 inches x 7, it comes in very good condition.
1914 Star Trio to King Norfolk Regiment. A scarce and interesting trio comprising of the 1914 star with contemporary Mons bar correctly named to 7324 Pte. C. V. King. 1/Norf. R. the British war medal is a modern replacement, obviously the original was scrapped out in the 1970’s. the Victory medal correctly named to 7324 Pte. C. V. King. Norf R. Cyril Victor King was a regular with the 1st Norfolk’s, with the number 7324 means he enlisted between 1906 and 1907. He landed in France on the 27th August 1914 Part of 15th Brigade, 5th Division and took part in the following engagements; 1914. The Battle of Mons and subsequent retreat, The Battle of Le Cateau and the Affair of Crepy-en-Valois, The Battle of the Marne, The Battle of the Aisne, The Battles of La Bassee and Messines 1914, The First Battle of Ypres. 1915. The Second Battle of Ypres and the Capture of Hill 60. 1916. The Attacks on High Wood and the Battle of Guillemont. The Battle of Flers-Courcelette, the Battle of Morval, the Battle of Le Transloy. 1917. The Battle of Vimy, the Attack on La Coulotte, the Third Battle of the Scarpe, the Capture of Oppy Wood, the Battle of Polygon Wood, the Battle of Broodseinde, the Battle of Poelcapelle and the Second Battle of Passchendaele. Dec 1917. The battalion moved to Italy to strengthen Italian resistance after a recent disaster at the Battle of Caporetto. The Division was positioned along the River Piave. April 1918. Returned to France arriving at Doullens; 1918. The Battle of Hazebrouck, the Defence of Nieppe Forest, the Battle of Albert, the Battle of Bapaume, the Battle of Drocourt-Queant, the Battle of the Epehy, the Battle of the Canal du Nord, the pursuit to the Selle and the Battle of the Selle. 11.11.1918 the war halted at Jolimetz S.E. of Le Quesnoy, France. Sometime in late 1917 Private King was wounded and discharged on 14th January 1918, but he remarkably survived the war. The two original medals are in very good condition, the copy BWM needs toning down a bit. It comes with two original photographs of Cyril in uniform and it’s interesting to note he is wearing what remains of his Slade Wallis kit and Lee Metford bayonet. Also included is a copy of his medal index card, which confirms his entitlement to the Mons clasp and rose.
1950’s 60’s No1 Dress Belt and Buckle. A white leather Slade Wallis type white leather belt complete with its original buckle worn by the all regiments and corps, except The Light Infantry and Rifle regiments. the leather belt on this one has a guardsman’s details written inside and could be a lot earlier than the buckle. A good piece for any dress uniform.
American Civil War US Ammo Pouch. Original American civil war period black leather ammunition pouch. It has been well used but remains in pretty good condition for its age. There is a little area of stitching which has come adrift on one side and little areas of cracking in the leather to the front, but the punched ‘US’ emblem can still be seen. The inside still has the fabric compartments for the shells, there is wear here, some of the fabric has worn through, due to use. A superb iconic piece from the US’s worst conflict.
Antique Bronze Figure of a WW1 French Officer. A lovely old French bronze of an officer around the Franco Prussian war or WW1 era. It is made of cast bronze and the jaunty officer has a cane in one hand and a pair of gloves in the other. It has no artist or casting marks, which usually means it’s a late casting. It is in very good condition, there is a small casting fault near his arm, but this is common with late casting. They are not the very high quality of the first stage castings as the original template starts to wear. But to be fair, this bronze still has nice detail and a whole lot of charm and depicts the swagger of the early WW1 officers. It measures 15 inches high.
Embellished 1878 Afghanistan Medal. East Lancs Reg. An interesting Victorian Afghan medal, this one has been embellished with engraved lines around the Queens head, very unusual, I can only think it was going to be enamelled, there was briefly a fashion for this during the latter part of the 19th century. It has also at a much later date been remounted on the wrong suspender. The naming has also been erased but there is still a ghosting which can be seen. All I can see is the regiment’s number, which is the 59th regiment of foot, later to become the East Lancashire regiment. please see pictures for overall condition. An interesting oddity for the collection.
French Model 1886 Patt (Modified) Lebel / Fusil Bayonet This is the French Model 1886 Lebel Infantry Bayonet, made for the various WWI era Lebel and Fusil Infantry Rifles,. Most of these were used by France or French-controlled colonies. It has a solid brass grip and the cross guard come latch mechanism is made of steel. It has a typical cruciform blade terminating in a very fine point. the scabbard is steel with a square frog loop near the top. it comes in very good condition, there is a small dent to the grip, but this bayonet has not suffered any rust or pitting. It is mark in various places with French proof marks and numbers. Please see pictures. it measures; 25.75 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only
Interesting WW1 Era Royal Artillery India Embroidery. This very nice wool embroidery was probably wrought just after the first world war. commemorating the Royal Artillery in India. Here we see the flags of the US, France and Italy as well as the Union flag.it is obviously a man’s work, done in scraps of wool. A lovely piece with lots of history behind it. In very good condition and in a modern glazed frame measuring; 20 x 15 inches.
Pre WW2 German Lead Soldiers & Cannon. A collection of German flat lead soldiers,12 pieces in all including three cannon. They have all got most of their original dark green paint remaining and all are in good condition. they would make a nice display in any military cabinet. The tallest measures 2 inches high.
Pre WW2 German Tax Remission Certificate – Nazi Stamp A/F This is a second style Nazi issue tax remission certificate, dated 1937 they were issued when Hitler and the Nazi government was in power to loosen the midterm credit market and to raise funds for the forthcoming war. This is the 20 Mark example, part of a pad of certificates this is the last one, it comes in fair condition with a small tear on the right hand side.
Scarce 1886 New Zealand Police Miniature Medal. Awarded to sworn New Zealand police and prison staff for 14 years service. This is a lovely quality sterling silver miniature which comes on its original silk ribbon. it is in excellent condition showing toning in areas.
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.
Small Early 20th Century British Bowie Knife. A superb little early 20th century Bowie knife, it has a good steel blade marked Made in Sheffield England on one side and William Rodgers on the other. It has a brass guard and a faux stag horn grip. It comes in very good but well used condition and it only measures 7 inches long. It comes in a little handmade soft leather sheath with belt loop. Proof of age required on purchase. Post to UK only.
Superb WW1 German Trench Art Bracelet with Iron Cross. This is an excellent and intriguing piece, made I would think in the trenches by a German soldier from metal from the rifling of a shell case; it has been fitted to the front with the miniature version of the Iron Cross and on the inside, is an engraved metal plate which I have loosely translated as “a reminder of the campaign 1914/16 from brother Gustav”, so possibly made for the soldiers sister or even a brother. This beautiful piece is in very good condition and comes fitted with a safety chain, would fit a slim to medium wrist. Really, my pictures don't do justice to this lovely piece. Ref. 20713
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 Canadian Memorial Cross to; Rutter 26th CEF DOW. WW1 sterling silver Canadian memorial Cross awarded to the next of kin of; 709786 Private / Acting Serjeant Arthur Murray Rutter of the 26th (New Brunswick) Canadian Infantry. He died of wounds 28th August 1918. Arthur M Rutter was born 26th February 1894 in Fredricton New Bruswick, and before the war he was employed as a telegraph operator. He enlisted in the 104th overseas battalion on the 17th November 1915. During his service he was transferred to the 166th battalion for a short time and then returned to the 104th and then on the 26th February he was posted to the 26th battalion part of the 2nd Canadian division. On the 26th August 1918 the 26th battalion were at Scarpe, the Canadian Corps advanced over 5 kilometers and captured the towns of Monchy-le-Preux and Wancourt. On the 27th there had been heavy rains overnight which hampered the troops in their advance, still, there was a lot of heavy fighting against the German’s heavily defended positions, however around a mile of ground was gained. On the 28th, the 2nd and 3rd Canadian Infantry Divisions seized an important portion of the German Fresnes-Rouvroy defence system after three days of intense fighting. Total casualties are reported as 254 officers and 5,547 other ranks. They captured more than 3,300 prisoners, 53 guns and 519 machine guns. But in this action Arthur Rutter received a gunshot wound to his left leg and one in the shoulder; sadly he died the next day in the 1st casualty clearing station. Arthur was just 24 years old. Arthur M Rutter is now remembered with honour at the Ligny-St. Flochel British Cemetery, Averdoingt. The cross comes in excellent original condition, never polished and toned. The GS badge is in the same superb order and unpolished. Along with the memorial cross comes Arthur’s original sterling silver general service badge, commonwealth war graves certificate, a copy of his attestation papers.
WW1 Pair Whyte QMAAC. A WW1 British war and victory medal pair correctly named to 1170 Worker Christian Whyte Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps. The QMAAC first started as the WAAC Woman’s Army Auxiliary Corps formed in February 1917 and renamed in April 1918 after Queen Mary’s patronage. Women were initially asked to take the place of a man in menial jobs, such as army cooks, servers, laundry workers and administration. But they became more than that, most women served overseas in France and took on gruelling long hours, some becoming drivers, hospital attendants, despatch riders and they did free up thousands of men for the front. The medals to the QMAAC were for a long time less valued than medals to the nursing services, but in the last few years, finally people are beginning to recognise the very important role they played in the war effort. Due to a German air raid in September 1940, most of their service records were destroyed and only a few survive, so there is no record of Worker Whyte’s service. but she served in France and her number is a pretty low one so she was probably out there from early 1918. Both medals are in excellent original condition and come on original ribbons.
WW2 Era Air Training Corps Beret with Badge A good example of a Air Training Corps beret complete with badge, ideal for the re-enactor or someone putting together a uniform, comes in very good condition with no moth and only light signs of use, is of a small size.
WW2 Era Kriegsmarine Gold Bullion Cloth Eagle. A wonderful used Kriegsmarine officers gold bullion cloth eagle, probably worn on the breast of an officers uniform. It has been well used and taken from a uniform, totally untouched. A nice little war era piece measuring 2.75 inches wide.
15 Vintage American Civil War Commemorative Postcards Issued in the early part of last century these 15 linin embossed American civil war commemorative postcards depict monuments and memorials in varying locations, they come in very good condition just slightly yellowed with age, they have not been postally used or written on. As I am clearing a large collection of this series of cards, designs may vary slightly.
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 15th/16th century spur star wheel, from a knight’s spur, a great little cabinet piece, which measures 1.25 inches in diameter.
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.
1731 Bronze Oliver Cromwell Commemorative Medallion A lovely rare large bronze medallion struck in 1731 to commemorate the life of Oliver Cromwell, the front shows Cromwell in a Romanesque pose, the name of the designer is below, this is Dassier, the reverse has what looks like a mausoleum with cherubs around it and the Lord Protectors birth and death dates. Of a substantial size measuring 38mm in diameter and comes in a very good condition just one small ding to an edge on the front.
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.
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.
1854-95 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.
1857 Nelson Shipwrecked Mariners Medallion This interesting base white metal medallion is a membership token issued by the Shipwrecked fisherman and mariners royal benevolent society, the token were issued annually as a receipt for subscriptions received. One side has the bust of Nelson with the legend, 'England expects everyman will do his duty', and on the reverse a three-masted ship. Comes in good condition given its age, some wear to the high points and it measures 32mm in diameter. Ref.16885
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.
1866 Prussian Königgrätz Commemorative Cross. Königgrätz Commemorative Cross was instituted on September 20, 1866 by the King of Prussia Wilhelm I and was awarded to Prussian officers, NCOs and other ranks as well as to military officials following the Prussian victory in the Austro-Prussian War June 17th – July 26, 1866. Award was named after the Battle of Königgrätz sometimes referred to as the Battle of Sadowa, that took place on July 3rd, 1866. It was the decisive battle of the war and ended with one of the highest casualties for a major battle: Austrians and their Saxon allies lost 44,000 men killed in action, wounded and missing. 22,000 being held prisoners while Prussians had 360 officers and 8,812 men killed. This cross is in perfect order and still suspended on its original ribbon.
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 Khedive's Star. A heavy solid bronze star which was awarded by the Khedivate of Egypt, to those who had participated in the military campaigns in Egypt between 1882 and 1889, and also for the military actions involving the British Army during the 1882 Anglo-Egyptian War, where recipients of the British Egypt Medal were also eligible for the Khedive's star. This one come’s excellent condition and it has been lightly scratch engraved with ‘R Holden Grenadier Guards’ on the back of the medal. There is a H Holden listed for the 38th coy Grenadier Guards for this period, but more research is needed if you want to pursue the naming.
1884 - 86 Khedive’s Star. A superb example of this very attractive solid bronze star dated 1884 - 6, awarded by Khedive Tewfik of Egypt to those who were awarded the Egypt medal for the Egypt campaign of 1882 to 1889. This one comes in excellent original condition and unnamed as issued.
1885 577/450 Martini–Henry Brass Cartridge / Case. This is a brass shell case or cartridge for the 577/450 Martini–Henry rifle. The .577/450 Martini–Henry was introduced with the Martini–Henry, in service it succeeded the .577 Snider cartridge and was used by all arms of the British armed forces as well British colonial forces throughout the British Empire until it was itself succeeded by the British .303 rifle. This is a rimmed, bottlenecked centerfire rifle cartridge developed for use in the single shot Martini–Henry service rifle, originally loaded with black powder later it used cordite propellant. It was loaded with a 480 gr (31 g) bullet made of an alloy of 1 part tin and 12 parts lead, driven by 85 gr (5.5 g) of RFG2 black powder and later 35.8 gr (2.32 g) of cordite size 3 at a muzzle velocity of 1,300 to 1,350 ft/s (400 to 410 m/s). The .577/450 Martini–Henry was still in British military service in World War I, in the early stages of the war it used by the Royal Flying Corps, both by observers and balloon busters and to shoot down Zeppelin’s and air ships. An interesting piece of ordnance history. Shipping to mainland UK only
1885 577/450 Martini–Henry Brass Cartridge / Case. Unused. This is an unusued & un-fired brass shell case or cartridge for the 577/450 Martini–Henry rifle. The .577/450 Martini–Henry was introduced with the Martini–Henry, in service it succeeded the .577 Snider cartridge and was used by all arms of the British armed forces as well British colonial forces throughout the British Empire until it was itself succeeded by the British .303 rifle. This is a rimmed, bottlenecked centerfire rifle cartridge developed for use in the single shot Martini–Henry service rifle, originally loaded with black powder later it used cordite propellant. It was loaded with a 480 gr (31 g) bullet made of an alloy of 1 part tin and 12 parts lead, driven by 85 gr (5.5 g) of RFG2 black powder and later 35.8 gr (2.32 g) of cordite size 3 at a muzzle velocity of 1,300 to 1,350 ft/s (400 to 410 m/s). The .577/450 Martini–Henry was still in British military service in World War I, in the early stages of the war it used by the Royal Flying Corps, both by observers and balloon busters and to shoot down Zeppelin’s and air ships. An interesting piece of ordnance history. Shipping to mainland UK only
1887 Pattern Martini Henry Sword Bayonet The last of the British true sword bayonets, designed to fit Martini-Henry Infantry Rifle. There are three variants, the mark II, III, and IV. This one has a birds head type pommel, the grips are pressed leather, a steel cross guard with an offset muzzle-ring of about 1/8 forward set of the cross guard. The blade has several earlier dates stamped near the ricasso. There is an explanation for this; A decision was made to bring uniformity to all Sword Bayonets, thus during that same fiscal year 1888/9 the newly named P1887 Mk. I sword bayonets were despatched to RSAF Birmingham to have their old modified crossguards removed and replaced with the now more familiar ‘stepped’ configuration of the Mk. II and Mk. III. You can see the old EM stamp struck through and the date of 87 on the ricasso. It is in good order, the blade has some light pitting and staining and the leather grips have some wear. It measures 23.5 inches long; A very interesting bayonet with a history. Ship to UK inland only
1894 Dated American Civil War Re-Union Postcard A super postcard sent to veterans of the American civil war from the 154th O.V.I. (Ohio volunteer infantry) to attend a re-union in 1894, comes in very good condition just a hand written number on the back and has not been postally used.
1895 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword, Crossover Vict/WW1 An interesting Victorian / WW1 Infantry officers sword, let me explain. This sword has a typical basket guard with queen Victoria’s cypher. Ray skin grip bound with coper wire. The long steel blade has a single fuller to both sides and it has been finely etched with a latticework of scrolls and flowers with King George V cypher on one side and on the other, the royal arms with a king’s crown. To the top of the blade it has the cross of David and the brass button proof mark, the makers mark has been purposely ground out, I really don’t know why that was done. I think this is a lovely old sword which was probably sent for a new blade when the sword was, either passed down to a son, or the original owner was recalled when war broke out in 1914. The condition does confirm this; the steel blade has lovely old patination, a heavy crust of just natural dirt and grime, no rust. The grip has been redone, again a long time ago, probably in the WW1 era. The blade is in lovely condition, it, again has dark patination but the etching is still lovely and deep with no wear, this will clean up really well, if inclined. There is no sign of rust or pitting anywhere on the blade, and you can see it has been fitted to the hilt for a very long time. The scabbard is the original Victorian field leather type with white metal throat and this is now very dark. A lovely piece, both Victorian and WW1, it’s a shame we don’t know who it belonged to, it could all be explained. Ship to UKmainland only via UPS at £12.95
18th Century Flintlock Pistol Replica. A good quality replica Flint lock pistol replica by denix. It shows nice detail and has metal barrel, trigger and guard, lock and butt plate. It also fully cocks and dry firers. A good interesting wall hanger in very good condition. it measures 13.75 inches long.
18th Century Trade Token. Lackington’s Half Penny. A very interesting piece of British history. Trade tokens were produced by individual traders, provinces and towns to combat the lack of coinage of small denominations, such as Farthings, Half Penny’s, Penny’s and on occasions tuppence’s. These started around the 1790’s to about 1810. This one, a Half Penny, shows a mail coach on one side with a motto and John Palmer’s cypher on the other, Payable in London / Middlesex. It is in very good condition, slight wear to the surface, but these were in circulation for a long time, so most are often very worn.
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.
1905 Copper Nelson Centenary Medallion From the Victory and Foudroyant In 1905 the B.F.S.S. (British and Foreign Sailors Society) was instrumental in the program of events for the Nelson Centennial. A fund was set up known as 'The Nelson Centenary Memorial Fund' and the king (Edward VII) who took a great interest in the society allowed his initials, E.R. VII, to be stamped on the souvenirs. This example is made from the copper from the Victory and from the Foudroyant, (Nelsons flagship from the very early 1800's) it is set in a shield shaped medallion and shows the Victory to one side and the society details on the other. The inner coin measures 16mm and the shield is 33mm long. Ref. 16922
1906 Dated French Shell Case – Rennes Although dated 1906 this shell case would have been used during the Great War, it is well marked to the base for Rennes and 160L 1906 S. Comes in very good condition and stands 13.75 inches high.
1908 – 1935 India General Service Medal to RA. Indian general service medal with the North West Fronteer 1935, correctly named to 791437 Gunner. A. Martlow. Royal Artillery. Serving on the North West frontier in the mid 1930’s saw two interest campaigns, the Loe Agra Campaign and the Second Mohmand Campaign, just two of a long history of fighting on the Indian / Afghan border. The first was the Pashtun uprising, a band of Mohmand tribesmen rebelling on the Indian border and the other similar but later in the year. Basically the Mohmands are a Pashtun hill tribes who lived north-west of Peshawar, in the North-West Frontier Province of British India; now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan,. They moved annually across the border to the hills of Afghanistan to escape the summer heat, in 1935 the main road or track, the Mohinand-Gandab Road was under repair and the tribsmen had no way to get through, so around 2000 tribesmen started killing and marauding in the plains that surrounded the area. In September a reconnaissance force southwest of Nahakki was ambushed, with 35 deaths of British and Indian officers and men. Captain Godfrey Meynell was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for his gallantry on 29 September at the Nahqi Pass. The medal is in very good order with some contact marks on the rim, so it looks like it was mounted with other medals at some point, but the medal itself is clean and still full of detail on both sides. It has a good working suspender and the clasp is properly attached; it comes on a full length of original ribbon.
1914 Mons Star Trio to Rifle Brigade – Nominated for MM. A very interesting 1914 star & bar trio to 6521 Private Albert Pratten of the 1st Battalion Rifle Brigade. Albert Pratten was born and raised in Canning Town East London around 1880; before he joined the rifle brigade in 1899 he was working as a general labour on the docks. He saw extensive service in South Africa during the Boer War and was awarded the QSA with the Cape Colony, Orange Free State and Transvaal bars, as well as the KSA with South Africa 01 and 02 bars. He was still serving with the regiment when the war broke out in 1914, having returned from posting in Egypt and malta; the 1st battalion the Rifle Brigade were one of the first regiments to mobilise ready for war, they arrived in France at Le Havre with the 4th division on 23rd August 1914. Almost as soon as his feet hit French soil he was off to battle, arriving just in time to play a valuable part at Le Cateau; the infantry stood and fought alone in this battle as all of the other columns and companies such as the Mounted Troops, Heavy Battery, Divisional Ammunition Column, Field Companies RE, Signals Company RE, Field Ambulances RAMC and Divisional Train, were all still en route from England. The 4th division was ordered to stand at Caudry, the surrounding countryside near Le Cateau, and cover the withdrawing troops from Mons, although very heavily outnumbered, the Brits held their ground suffering heavy casualty’s; The total British casualties at Le Cateau amounted to 7,812 of all ranks, killed, wounded and missing. But our old soldier Albert Pratten was a survivor; it must have seemed without rest bite that his battalion was then ordered to Marne, the battle started on the 6th September 1914. Here it was up to the allies to suspend the German advance towards Paris, there was a fortunate break in the German line and the Allies were quick to respond, but still heavily outnumbered by the advancing army, the day was saved on 7 September by the aid of 6,000 French reserve infantry troops ferried from Paris in streams of taxi cabs. From Marne, again without much rest Albert’s division went on to fight at Aisne and the battle of Armentieres, now heading into the winter of 1914/15 and the 1st battle of Ypres. Needless to say that Albert was active in most of the actions that 4th division undertook; we look forward now passed the 2nd battle of Ypres to the start of July 1915, the early days of the stalemate, the 1st RB was employed on the front line in occasional trench raids and small sorties with other regiments of the division. On the 6th July a major trench raid was planned and was carried out to some degree of success; the 1st battalion Rifle Brigade along with the 1st SLI and assisted by a battery of artillery raided the German trenches near the village of Pilkem. The trenches were held by the 213th and 215th Landstum regiments from Schleswig-Holstein, their snipers were proving to be a real annoyance to the British soldiers in the opposite trenches; taking of the trenches was hard fighting causing many casualty’s, but the regiment captured the trench along with 30 prisoners 2 machine guns, 2 trench mortars and a field telephone, along with some welcome supply’s. It was here that Albert received a gunshot wound, bad enough to get him sent back to blighty via the SS Anglia, he was also recommended for the military medal for his part in this action, but for some reason the award was not granted, instead he was to receive the ‘mark of Distinction to the 14 star’, this I believe was something that was intended to be like a MID, a bar or emblem for the 1914 star, but the war office never followed it through and it came to nothing. Albert never returned to France, instead he was transferred to the reserve and served with the 5th battalion, which was a training battalion at the Thames & Medway Garrison in Winchester. For his 16 years of service, his discharge certificate has his conduct as ‘Very Good’ and he is described as steady, reliable, trustworthy and hardworking with a fine record. The wear-a-bouts of his South African pair is unknown; here is his well-earned WW1 trio which comes with copies of his service records and medal index card. All three medals are in excellent condition, there is a mistake on the naming on the star, it is named to 6521 Private E Pratten, so there are two medal index cards, one, for E Pratten, the more comprehensive card and two, for Albert Pratten, just showing medal entitlement as the pair, but I have been backwards and forwards with his name, number and regiment and I can confirm, both are the same man, never rectified because he never complained about the miss-naming. The Mons bar looks like a replacement, but an old one and it has been on the star for a very long time. A wonderful long serving soldier, just missing out of a Military Medal for Gallantry in the Field.
1914 Star & Bar Medal Group to Everson 1st Lincs & Scots Greys. A very interesting group to an Old Contemptable 8422 Drummer Frederick Arthur Everson of the 1st battalion Lincolnshire Regiment later transferring to the Scots Greys with a brief period during WW1 in the Durham Light Infantry. The medals are; 1914 star with original August – November bar, British war and victory medal correctly named to; 8422 Dmr (Pte on pair) F. A. Everson 1/Linc:R (Linc .R. on pair). WW2 Defence medal, unnamed as issued. George VI coronation medal, unnamed as issued and Army long service and good conduct medal with Regular Army bar correctly named to; _0264 (6630264 number partly obscured) Trooper F. A. Everson The Greys. Frederick Arthur Everson was born in Clerkenwell London around 1890 the first son of three to William Everson a cabinetmaker. Frederick was already serving in the Lincolnshire regiment when the war broke out in 1914, in fact he had served in India from 1908. He must have been on home service when the war started as he was posted with the 1st battalion and they were one of the first regiments to go over to France as they landed at Le Havre on 14 August 1914, part of 9th Brigade, 3rd Division. Frederick was amidst selling from the Germans as early as 23rd August, the 1st Lincs holding a reserve position just outside Mons. On the 24th Aug, they were in a rear guard position in the mining town of Frameries supporting the guns of the 109 battery RFA. The battalion had only two machine guns but the 1st let rip with everything they had against a vastly outnumbering enemy. They fought almost to the last with two officers killed and 130 men becoming casualties. The battalion now with ranks depleted, it wasn’t until 9th September they were in action again in a wooded area west of Bezu, where they took part in capturing a whole German field battery. The 1st Lincs took them completely by surprise and although the German artillery turned their Howitzers around to face them at close quarters, the Lincs were able to shoot a lot of Germans dead. But the British artillery seeing and hearing the engagement and thinking the Germans were trying to retake their guns, they fired on the Lincs position. The bravery of the men of the 1st battalion Lincolnshire’s was the only thing that saved the situation. Through heavy shellfire from British artillery, they still went forward to capture the entire German battery. The again sustained heavy casualties of 4 officers killed and 30 men killed or wounded. Later one of the German guns was presented to the Lincolnshire regiment and I believe it resides in the museum of Lincolnshire life in Lincoln. On the 14th September the 1st Lincs or what was left of them, saw action again on the Aisne. Again, with the 9th brigade they were outnumbered but fought well. With the casualties they received here, the 1st Lincs were withdrawn from the front line fighting for a rest. There was no August – November bar better earnt. With a severe lack of men, some of the remaining men and officers were transferred to other regiments. it may have been here or later that Frederick was relocated to the Durham Light Infantry as it wasn’t until June 1915 that the Bermuda Rifle Volunteer Corps sent a contingent of 2 officers and 125 men, who served with 1st Lincolns from June 1915 onwards. Personally I think he wasn’t transferred until nearer the end of the war, being the drummer of the battalion, almost the mascot, I think he would have stayed with his regiment until the last. The 1st battalion Lincolnshire regiment went on to fight at the 2nd battle of Ypres in 1915, the Somme in 1916, Arras and the 3rd battle of Ypres in 1917 and the Somme again in 1918. Overall the 1st battalion lost over 75% of its men and officers during the great war, Frederick survived, I don’t know how, maybe he was wounded which put him out of some of the fighting. He stayed in the Army transferring to the Scots Greys with a change of number to 6630264; here research is needed. I would think he was with the Greys in 1937 attending in uniform at King George VI coronation as the band of the then Royal Scots Greys played in the procession, perhaps Frederick was one of the drummers. He also served in Second World War, probably as home guard or ARP all this needs more research. But there is no doubt that Frederick Everson did more than his fair share for king and country. The medals come with a lovely original portrait photograph of Everson and various original insignia. Pages of research and a copy of his medal index card. The medals are in good condition but a little worn. Being in uniform for that period of time, he would have worn them on many official occasions, and kept them pristinely polished, and I hope after the wars were over he wore his medals with the pride they deserves.
1914 Star & Bar Trio to Bishop 4th Royal Fusiliers. Mons Star and (replacement) bar trio all correctly named to 6712 Private Edward J Bishop of the 4th battalion Royal Fusiliers. Edward Bishop first landed on French soil on 7th October 1914. The 4th battalion was raised in Parkhurst (Isle of Wight). Under command of 9th Brigade, 3rd Division. His first engagement must have been at Aisne, at the battle of La Bassee, in aid of the 2nd Cavalry Brigade, by then, the battle was already in full swing; this was part of an effort to outflank the Germans in France but the tables turned and the Germans outflanked the allies resulting in high casualties and POW’s. From here the 4th battalion moved on to Ypres, again in attempt to outflank the enemy, but it soon became a desperate epic fight east of the city of Ypres which finally results in stalemate and entrenched warfare. But in one action on the edge of Herenthage wood on the 11th November, the 4th had the French Zouaves on their left and the Northumberland Fusiliers on their right, the battalion now very weak from the losses at Mons receiving only a handful of replacements, they saw a heavy barrage of shelling, later described as a fire storm by the men who were there. The Zouaves were blown out of their trenches and forced back and the Germans got into the wood. The 4th being in the middle held back attack after attack until the 4th battalions Y company delivered a violent counter attack and penetrated the German trenches. Few men returned, the officers who led the attack and sixty two men were lost, but it was thanks to this charge that the line was held and restored. Later historians rated this day as the most critical day of the entire battle. During the early part of 1915 the 9th brigade was attached to 28th Division between 17 February and 2 April 1915 and moved to concentrate in the area between Bailleul and Hazebrouck. For Derek, 1915 saw him in action at 2nd Ypres, the first attack on Bellewaarde, the actions of Hooge and the second attack on Bellewaarde, the latter was made in support of the opening attack in the Battle of Loos. Somewhere during these actions, Derek was wounded, he was discharged due to wounds received on 13th March 1916. Apart from the above information, no detailed research has been done on this man. The war diary’s for the 4th battalion Royal Fusiliers are available to buy online, so a good detailed time line is possible for this man. 1914 star trios are becoming extremely hard to find now, these were the first men to see action in the Great War, known as The Old Contemptable’s. Along with the medal come two original photographs of Derek in uniform with his pals and what is believed to be his cap badge. It is also believed that Derek Bishop originated from Sussex. All now come mounted on card for display or safe storage along with a copy of his medal index card.
1914 Star to L/Cpl Hawkswood Grenadier Guards Early Casualty. A wonderful 1914 star with contemporary replacement bar and original silver rose, correctly named to; 15979 Lance Corporal Robert Hawkswood. 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards. Robert was born in Wolverhampton and due to Robert’s number 15979, he must have joined the Guards around 1912 / 1913. The first Battalion initially served in the 20th Infantry Brigade, 7th Division landing at Zeebrugge on 7th October 1914. From here they went to Ypres and settled just southeast of the town, and went into their battle on the 19th. The guards suffered catastrophic casualties at this battle; all but four officers and 200 men of the 1st Battalion remained. Robert Hawkswood died on 20th October 1914. He is now remembered with honour at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. I have not gone into much detail in regards to the battle, I have included a copy of the battalion war diary on CD rom, so you can go through it yourself. The battalion war diary was not written while they were engaged in battle, a report was written by the commanding officer much later in 1916. The medal is in excellent condition and it has a nice even tone. It comes with various copy documents, medal index card, medal roll, commonwealth war graves details etc. A very sad early casualty, one of the first losses of the 1st battalion Grenadier Guards. Less than a month later he was dead, killed in action at the First Battle of Ypres on 20th October 1914. The Grenadier Guards suffered catastrophic casualties at this battle, all but four officers and 200 men of the 1st Battalion 07.10.1914 Mobilised for war and landed at Zeebrugge and the Division engaged in various actions on the Western Front including; The First Battle of Ypres after which only 4 officers and 200 men remained of the Battalion.
1914 Star Trio to Brown Essex Reg Died From Gas Attack 1915. Three: Private H. Brown, 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment, who died of wounds during the Second Battle of Ypres, the first successful German use of chemical weapons on a large scale on the Western Front. 1914 Star (10086 Pte. H. Brown. 2/Essex R.); British War and Victory Medals (10086 Pte. H. Brown. Essex. R.), the third with neatly erased naming. He should be entitled to the Mons bar; this is missing and I have added a good modern replacement. All medals are in very good original condition. Harry Brown, who was born at Romford, landed at Le Havre on 22 August 1914, in the 2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment, arriving just in time to provide infantry reinforcements at the Battle of Le Cateau. They were then heavily engaged at the Battle of the Marne, the Battle of the Aisne and at the Battle of Messines from 12 October to 2 November 1914, which was fought as a consequence of the race to the Channel and one of the engagements which decided the line of the Western Front. In April and May of 1915 the Essex Regiment fought in the Second Battle of Ypres and were charged with defending the lines of trenches which formed a jutting salient, overlooked to its south-eastern edge by the 150 foot high Hill 60 which acted as a valuable observation post. During the morning of 22 April the Germans poured a heavy bombardment around Ypres, but the line fell silent as the afternoon grew. However, towards evening at around 5 p.m., the bombardment began afresh; sentries posted among the French and Algerian troops noticed a curious yellow-green cloud drifting slowly towards their line; the Germans had released chlorine gas from 5,700 cylinders in front of their trenches. Panic-stricken French and Algerian troops fled in disorder creating a four mile gap in the Allied lines, which was quickly filled by Canadian and British troops, but at terrible cost; gas masks were non-existent at this time. The Germans similarly struggled with their own weapon, for when the gas valves froze due to the rapidly expanding gas, many Germans tried to open them and were themselves subject to burning of the mucous membranes of the lungs and eyes. In desperation, the men resorted to urinating on rags and placing them over their faces, with limited results; the Canadians suffered 6000 casualties alone. At 5 p.m. on 2 May 1915, the Germans launched another significant chlorine gas attack which fell directly upon the men of the 2nd Essex Regiment in the trenches previously occupied by the French and Algerians; the green smoke once again was seen drifting towards the Allied troops and the order was given to don respirators and hold the line. When the gas hit there was considerable panic with men getting out of the trenches and reeling to the rear. Captain Pechell, with 12 men from 'B' Company, including Private Brown, stayed in their position until relieved by the reserves. Such was the intensity of the gas that C.S.M. Tipler was killed during this action. Harry died of wounds on 13 May 1915, eleven days after this chlorine gas attack, it is likely that he was one of the first British casualties of this new type of warfare. Private Harry Brown is now remembered with honour on the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial. A sad and dreadful loss of this old contemptable.
1914 Star Trio to Callighan ASC Ambulance Driver Casualty. A really interesting 1914 Star with copy bar, British War and Victory medal all awarded to T/23593 Driver Thomas Callighan of the Army Service Corps. Firstly the medals, there is a spelling mistake to his surname on the star, his name is spelled without the 'H' Calligan, but on the BWM and Victory it is correct; therefore he has two medal index cards which confirms the mistake, so it is an official mistake, so to speak. Thomas Callighan was born, lived and enlisted in Dundee Scotland. His medal index card states he served in the Balkans campaign as a driver with the 18th Field Ambulance, but 18th were stationed in France for the whole of the war, he probably arrived in France on 8th of August 1914 with the 18th FA but was transferred to the one of the army service corps motor ambulance convoys going out to Salonika in the Autumn of 1915. Here Callaghan would have collected the worst of the wounded that could travel from the field ambulances and clearing stations, and by convoy, take the wounded to a general hospitals in northern Greece, 16 corps headquarters at Kirechkoi; Greece was mostly neutral during the war but its military and government had sympathisers for both sides. The hospitals in Kirechkoi treated battle wounded and sick from the fields of Salonika and some transported by ship from North Africa and Mesopotamia plus the many civilian wounded and sick refugees; nurses and doctors from all of the allied nations served there including contingents from the Red Cross sent by various countries. In the late summer and early autumn of 1918 the hospitals were at full to bursting capacity, now having to deal with the Spanish Flu epidemic which raged for three months and filled three-quarters of the cemetery in Kirechkoi. Without doubt Callighan, now promoted to lance Corporal would have been present at one of the hospitals at this time, delivering wounded and soldiers which had contracted the disease, unfortunately he succumbed to the flu himself and despite the best efforts of the nursing staff he died on 19th September 1918. To die of the Spanish Flue was not at all peaceful, we often call bad colds flue these days, but this form of influenza greatly affected the lungs, heart, liver and kidneys, so many soldiers would have preferred a bullet, I’m sure. Thomas Callighan is now remembered with honour at the Kirechkoi-Hortakoi Military Cemetery in Greece. All three medals are in very good condition and come mounted on card for safe storage or display. Quite a scarce find, an army service corps ambulance driver, we are so quick to discard the medals of the ASC yet so many men who served with this unit did vital work to aid the war machine and were in just as much danger as a front line troops.
1914/15 Star Trio to Bird Royal Warwickshire Regiment. A good WW1 trio comprising of the 1914/15 star, British war and victory medal all correctly named to 3660 Private Leonard Bird of the 6th battalion the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Private Bird must have enlisted at Thorp Street, Birmingham into the Warwick’s soon after war broke out in the August of 1914. He first entered the theatre of war in France on the 25th June 1915 with the territorial 1st/ 6th battalion that formed part of the 143rd brigade, the 48th South Midland Division. the Royal Warwick’s had a hard war, they saw much fighting at the Somme in 1916, on the 1st July they saw very heavy casualties while assaulting the Quadrilateral (Heidenkopf). They were also in action at The Battle of Bazentin Ridge, capturing Ovillers, The Battle of Pozieres Ridge, The Battle of the Ancre Heights and The Battle of the Ancre. In 1917 the Division occupied Peronne during the The German Retreat to the Hindenburg Line and were in action in the Third Battles of Ypres. On the 21st of November 1917 they received orders to set off for Italy to fight Austrian forces. Here the Division relieved 7th Division to hold the front line sector at the Montello Netween 1st and 16th March. It then moved west, to the Asiago sector and took part in the fighting on the Asiago Plateau in June, the battle of the Vittoria Veneto. On 3 November, the Division had the distinction of surrounding and capturing the commander of the Austrian III Corps, General von Ritter-Romer, three Divisional commanders and about 14 battalions. They finished the war in Trissino in the November 1918 and were finally demobilised in the February of 1919. Private Bird survived the war, a lucky one amongst very heavy casualties the battalion took on the western front. This trio comes mounted as worn and look to have been worn with pride on many occasions. The ribbons are scruffy and the medals, although in good condition, have contact marks to the rim. A nice trio of medals to a very interesting regiment.
1914/15 Star Trio to Haines Army Cyclist & Tank Corps. A really interesting WW1 1914/15 star, British war and victory medal all correctly named to; 2726 Corporal (Lance Corporal on star) Gilbert Haines Army Cyclist Corps. Gilbert Haines entered the theatre of war in France on the 19th may 1915, although he was probably part of the territorial force, so he was probably serving long before the war started as a part time cyclist. At the eve of the First World War the Territorial Force contained fourteen cyclist battalions and in 1915 they were incorporated into the Army Cyclist Corps. The bike was designed to enable the rider to travel as a completely self-contained one-man fighting unit. Everything from his rifle to his cape and groundsheet could be stowed away on his bike. A small kitbag carried behind the seat held rations and personal items while an emergency tool kit hung from the crossbar. On tarmac roads the heavy iron bike was fast and effective but often had to be abandoned in rough terrain and muddy conditions. Gilbert served with the 14th (Light) Divisional ACC and saw action at Hooge and the Second Attack on Bellewaarde during 1915. The primary roles of the cyclists were reconnaissance and communications and message taking, but as the bikes proved useless on the terrain of the western front, most cyclists were used as infantry and they spent much time in trench-holding duties and on manual work. In May and June 1916 the divisional cyclist companies were withdrawn from the divisions to form a cyclist battalions for each corps headquarters . I can’t find any papers for this man, but I would think that he saw some action in the trenches and was probably transferred to a machine gun unit, this would explain his movement to the Tank corps and his promotion to Corporal. So in the latter part of 1916 he was posted to 4th Tank corps with a change of number 75539. Service numbers from 75000 to 75999 are known to have come from mainly AAC joining the tank Corps in December 1916. In the July of 1917 the Battalions adopted letter designations rather than numbering so the 4th became D coy. Each Tank Battalion had a complement of 32 officers and 374 men. The war diaries for the 4th D are on line at the national archives and can be downloaded at a cost of £3.50, I believe, so this man could be easily researched. And research is what this trio needs. The Tank Corps went through a number of horrific battles, from Flers–Courcelette on the Somme to Villers-Bretonneux where we saw tank fighting tanks in 1918. A fabulous project awaits to bring life this man’s really interesting wartime service. All three medals are in very good original condition, although all three have contact marks, so this trio was probably mounted and worn at some point. each medal comes on its original ribbon.
1915 Daily Telegraph Supplement Sheet – Death of Edith Cavell As issued later in the day and being only a single front page sheet which looks to have had its second page torn off this paper was obviously preserved as it details the murder of Edith Cavell, sad that its not complete but it is compelling reading covering events from around the world including Zeppelin raids in London. Rough on one edge and yellowed with age but still historically important.
1917 Dated Booklet – Downing of Zepplin L48 Interesting & Rare WW1 Era Pictorial Souvenir – Downing of Zeppelin L48 A full and comprehensive description of the events of Sunday June 17th 1917 and the shooting down of the German Zeppelin L48 can be found online, this booklet was issued to highlight these events, it is detailed in its pictures and text but is quite elusive as to locations and people probably because the war was still on, even a little newspaper clipping included does not give locations away. Issued locally to the crash site in Leiston Suffolk it comes in very good but used condition, roughly A4 in size.
1918 Dated German Newspaper This Berlin issue German newspaper is dated for December 1918 so just after the war was ended and must contain much information regarding the German's situation in the world, one small paragraph headline that I could translate is about Britain supplying food. A small sized paper with four sheets, on the back page someone has highlighted a story about the cadet corps. Comes in very good condition for its age, it has been folded and well stored.
1918 Issue The Strand Magazine – Rasputin Revealed I love a trawl through these old magazines, the adverts and the articles of the day, this one is particularly interesting as it details the story and death of 'the mad monk' Rasputin, it also has the sad tale of the death of Harry Lauder's only son, Harry Lauder was a famous stage music hall star of the day. The magazine comes in good but used condition.
1918-62 General Service Medal – Royal Engineers. QEII General Service medal with Cyprus bar correctly named to 2342099 Sapper G. McDonald of the Royal Engineers. Probably this man’s only entitlement as it comes mounted on a brooch bar and in very good condition and well-toned.
1919 Dated Royal Navy & Army Boxing Medallion Royal Field Artillery A good large solid bronze boxing medallion awarded to Corporal P. Bance of the 57th battery RFA, welterweight in the 8th divisional Royal Navy and army boxing association, measures 1.75 inches in diameter and comes in very good condition.
1920’s / 30’s Motoring Sunglasses. When I first got this pair, I thought they were modern. Then I looked again and saw the quality. They have tinted prescription lenses, gold played bridge and side arms, the latter with flexible ear pieces and parts of the frames are covered with brown enamel. And the leather dust guards are riveted to the frames and fold down with the arms. They have been used and worn but come in superb condition for their age; they must have been very expensive in their day. A wonderful piece of early motoring memorabilia for the discerning collector.
1920’s Brass Ink Stand. A lovely old brass double ink stand, for black and blue ink. It is in very good condition and it still retains both of its Bakelite type ink reservoirs inside the brass pots. It measures 7 x 6 inches.
1920’s Decorative Lidded Box. A beautiful little box, originally a cigarette box, but noe this would make a lovely jewel casket. It is made from different kind of hard woods and decorated with fretted panels. The lid has an ornate handle sitting on more fretwork. It measures 9 x 6 inches and comes in very good condition.
1920’s Leather Driving Helmet. A 1920’s car or motorcycle driving helmet, it is made of a very good quality soft leather and lined with light wool. It still retains its original chin strap and comes in excellent original condition. wear it or display it with a pair of goggles, it will just look great. It will fit up to around a size 7.
1920’s North Staffordshire Regiment Cap Badge. A very good 2-layer bi-metal badge dating from the mid 1920’s. renamed the North Staffordshire regiment in 1920, this style of badge was used until 1959 when the two Staffordshire regiments were merged, after which they used the Mercian brigade badge. this one is in excellent original condition with a light patina. Ref. D3
1920’s Officers Boot Spill / Match Holder. A porcelain officers riding boot decorated in black with an added brass spur with leather strap, it is only marked Foreign on the bottom, which means it was made in Germany just after the First World War. it comes in very good condition with one tiny little firing crack at the top. It measures; 5 inches high. Unusual.
1920’s POWO West Yorks Reg Shoulder Title A lovely old brass shoulder title for the Prince of Wales own West Yorkshire Regiment. It comes in excellent original condition with a good even tone. Ref. X5
1924 Pat Yugoslavian Short Mauser Baynet. This is a knife bayonet used from the period of about 1924 into and through WWII; it was designed to fit the Czech version of the K98 German Mauser but they will fit any number of export Mauser variants. This one is in overall excellent condition showing use but very little wear. The cross guard is numbered 1680 and it has makers details on the blade (please see pictures). the blade has around 99% of its original bluing still present and the steel scabbard has about 95% of its original bluing with just a couple of areas of rust pitting. This bayonet comes with its original leather frog, this shows a bit of wear but is complete. The whole piece measures;16 inches long. Ship to UK mainland only
1927 Commemorative Florin Opening Australian Parliament. A super sterling silver coin, Australian coinage 1927, issued to commemorate the opening of the Australian parliament. Come in extremely fine collectable grade, an interesting coin.
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.
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.
1930'3 German Winter Help Fund Tinnie – Narwa This style of tinnie seems to come in a variety of designs based on the town from which it was issued, this one is from Narwa and was old to raise funds for the winter campaigns. Comes in fair condition, there is some scuffing to the metal around the edges, it measures 1.25 inches long including the pin.
1930's 15th/19th Kings Royal Hussars Cap Badge A lovely quality bi-metal badge issued from 1933-1953, comes in perfect condition. Ref. U9
1930's German Kriegsmarine Cloth Day Badge A pretty cloth day badge for the German Kriegsmarine, onto the cloth there is red crossed flags with a blue and white triangle symbol under, this is mounted within a gilt metal frame and backed again with metal, comes in good condition but has some marks on the front, it measures 1.5 inches long.
1930's German Turnfest (Sports Day) Embroidered Cloth Badge The German Turnfest was first held in 1860 and concentrated mainly on gymnastic displays and competitions, by the turn of the 20th century it included other sports and by the 1930's became a massive publicity event for the Nazi socialist parties. The DT symbol (Deutsch Turnfest) was used extensively and appears on badges both metal and cloth and on propaganda and awards. This badge is made from a white silk with red machine sewn silk thread, it would have been used on a sports shirt or sleeve, comes in good condition, there is some foxing on the white material and a pin hole. Measures 2.75 inches long.
1930's German Wood Sports Badge & Mini Boots If you have noticed my listing for the sports day winners wreaths well this little group of items was attached to one of the wreaths, it consist of a wooden badge, very Germanic in design and shows two figures leaping for a ball, attached by string to the badge are a pair of carved wood boots, a pair of clogs and a dried cup for an acorn. All part of the sports day symbols and all in good order. The badge measures 3.5 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 Faux Tortoiseshell Snuffbox. A lovely 1930’s snuffbox made of silver plate and faux tortoiseshell, typical of the time. It comes in excellent condition, nice and clean in side and measures; 2.5 x 1.25 inches.
1930’s German DRL Sports Badge & Miniature – Bronze The Deutscher Reichsbund für Leibesübungen (DRL) was established in July 1934 as the official Sport’s governing body of the Third Reich. After the DRL's institution, all other German sport associations gradually lost their freedom, and were appointed into the DRL; even the most prestigious ones, like the German Football Association lost their independence. The goal was to build a formidable Nazi sports body to which all German sports associations would be submitted. It was thought that physical exercise would improve the morale and productivity of German workers as well as making sports a source of national pride for the Germans. Sporting skills were made a condition for school graduation as well as a necessary qualification for certain jobs and admission to universities. This one is made of bronze, so a 3rd class award. It has the DRGM mark and number on the back, with maker’s details of Wernstien of Jenna. It also comes with its miniature equivalent the larger badge has a little wear to the surface and the pin is in perfect condition.
1930’s German Hitler Youth Arm Band. A high quality 1930’s era Hitler youth arm band. It is made of very fine quality silk the two outer red sections and the white centre section sewn together, not printed, and the silk embroidered swastika sewn on top. it comes in excellent original condition, there are a few lose threads around the top rim of the arm band, where it was sewn to a uniform; Just a nice little detail.
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 Old Comrades Veterans Cap. A superb 1930’s WW1 veterans cap. it is made from a dark blue woolen material with an embroidered silk band. This has been embroidered with the veterans tower emblem and the swastika. It has its original cap badge and leather strap. on the inside of the cap, it has a leather sweatband and silk liner, the thin Perspex diamond, put in to protect the liner from hair grease, has the manufacturer and veterans logo printed on it. The condition of this cap is amazing; it looks like it has only been used a few times as there is only slight wear to the whole piece. It is quite a large size, I would say about a seven and a quarter or perhaps a little bigger. A very fine naval style cap in just wonderful condition.
1930’s German Police Cloth Badge. Original German Feldgendarmerie or Field police badge worn by ranks up to Lieutenant, it was worn on the upper part of the left arm, on field and service tunics. This one has had the swastika and the bottom part of the wreath, but still an interesting piece of original cloth insignia.
1930’s German SA Sports Badge. Bronze. The Sports Badge of the SA or Sturmabteilung or Stormtroopers, was a decoration issued between the years 1933 and 1945 and held in very high regard. Although originally designed as a physical fitness badge for Nazi Stormtroopers; the SA Sports Badge was issued across every German military and paramilitary organization and it was allowed to freely be displayed on a military uniform. This one comes in excellent original condition with only slight wear to the very high points. It has a good straight pin on the back along with good makers details etc for E. Schneider of Ludenscheid. Ludenscheid is a city in the Märkischer Kreis district situated west-central Germany. A very good example of a 3rd class award.
1930’s Manchester Regiment Cap Badge. The all brass badge of the Manchester regiment issued from 1923 to 1945. This one is in excellent condition with a good even patina. Ref. D36
1930’s Nazi German DRL Sports Badge – Silver. German Sports Badges was issued for the completion of various physical and athletic tests, this one is in silver so a 2nd class award. Although there is some wear to the surface of this badge, it comes in very good condition and a fine example with good makers details on the back for Wernstein Jena.
1930’s Small Arms School Corps Cap Badge. When the Schools of Musketry, the Small Arms School, Hythe and the machine Gun School, Netheravon were combined in 1929, the Small Arms School Corps was born; they wore this all bass badge, which shows the Vickers machine gun and crossed bayoneted rifles, with the Kings crown inside the wreath. It was used up to around 1953, when the queens crown was issued, but this badge was all white metal. This fine example comes in pretty much perfect condition and only showing a minimum amount of use. Ref. Z1
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.
1930’s Worcestershire Regiment Cross Belt Plate. A lovely quality all brass officers cross belt plate, it comes in excellent original condition and measures 3.5 x 4.4 inches
1935 Dated German Seafairing Day Tinnie Here is a super quality German day badge or tinnie for a seafairing day, made from aluminium and nicely marked on the back for Overhoff & Cie of Ludenscheid, to the front is the German eagle and Swastika. It comes in very good condition complete with original pin, it measures 1.75 inches long.
1937 Dated German Bakelite Tinnie or Day Badge – Ludenscheid A 1st of May 1937 workers day badge for Ludensheid, it is made from a black bakelite type material and shows a naked child standing on the open winged eagle with the swastika under. It is quite worn on the front and measures just under 1.5 inches in diameter.
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.
1938 German 1st of May Tinny or Day Badge An interesting booklet issued to the members of the 30th corps whilst in occupation in Germany just post war, it includes a pull out colourised map which is to be followed whilst reading the booklet, it comes in good complete condition but shows signs of use
1938 Nazi German Workers Day Badge A 1938 Nazi German workers day badge issued on the 1st May and made from aluminium, depicts a couple dancing. Well marked on the back with 'Oediger u. co Hanau' Complete with pin for fixing and comes in fair but worn condition. Measures 35mm in diameter.
1939 Dated Marked Silver Hong Kong Rifle Association Medallion An interesting medallion given as a prize for a rifle shooting competition in Hong Kong 1939, the medallion is made from silver and is marked on the rim with ‘90’, the back has been engraved with ‘founders prize aggregate 1939’. It comes in good condition with light contact marks and requires a clean, it is of a good size measuring 35mm or just under 1.5 inches in diameter.
1939 German Nuremberg Nazi Rally Postcard The Nuremberg rallies held each year from 1923-1939 for the Reichspartei or national party convention created many collectable items amongst them this postcard would have been sold at the rally for people to send home or keep. This one comes in super condition and has not been postally used.
1939 Oswald Moseley Anti War Propaganda Flyer this one leans heavily on ending the war with Germany for the sake of our British troops. Published by the British Union or the British fascist party headed by Oswald Mosley, please see pictures for content. A few of these were recently found in the back of an old book, maybe to hide them or to just keep them flat, but it has preserved them in excellent condition, a rare find. Comes in good condition for its age and measures 8 inches x 7. The British Union of Fascists, or BUF, was a fascist political party in the United Kingdom formed in 1932 by Oswald Mosley. It changed its name to the British Union of Fascists and National Socialists in 1936 and, in 1937, to British Union. It was finally disbanded in 1940, after it was proscribed by the British government following the start of the World War Two
1940 Sterling Silver Danish Georg Jensen Pin Badge This style of badge was issued in 1940 to commemorate the 70th birthday of King Christian X, it was made by the famous maker Georg Jensen and carries his mark on the reverse along with 925 for sterling silver. The wearing of this pin became a popular way for the Danes to show patriotism and resistance to the German occupation during WW2. It comes in very good condition, one very small flake on the enamel bottom left, it measures approx. 1.5 inches long.
1940’s Royal Canadian Army Cadets Cap Badge. An attractive all brass badge for the Army Cadets of Canada. This badge was issued from 1942 to 1953 when a Queens crown badge was issued. This one is in excellent original condition with a nice even patina. Ref. D25
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.
1950's Order of St John Officer Serving Brother Brest Badge. A silver and enamel order of St John. Officer Serving Brother Brest Badge. 4th type awarded from 1948 to 1973. This one was awarded to; J. H. W. Sumner on the 16th November 1958. In comes in lovely condition with no damage or loss to the enamels.
1950’s Czech First Pattern AK47 Bayonet. A good 1950’s Czechoslovakian knife bayonet for the AK47 complete with its original leather scabbard. The whole thing has been well used but still comes in good order. the bayonet blade has a little very light rust to the surface and the varnish on the wooden grips has had a few scrapes. The leather scabbard is well worn in but has no damage. All in all a good used example. It measures 11.5 inches long. Ship to UK mainland only
1950’s Enamel Civil Defence Instructor Badge, a great little queens crown badge that comes in perfect condition.
1950’s Green Howards Cap Badge. A small white metal badge, worn on the beret from 1950 to 1958. This one is in very good but used condition. Ref. Y24
1950’s Queens Own Rifles of Canada Cap Badge. An all white-metal Queens crown badge for the 4th Battalion, The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada. Issued, I believe from 1953 to 1968 and this badge is a very good example, being in excellent original condition. Ref. D21
1950’s Silver Hallmarked Cigarette Box. A beautiful small size silver cigarette box with engine turned decoration on the top with a vacant cartouche to the centre. Inside, the single compartment it is fully wood lined and it carries the hallmarks for Birmingham 1957, both to the base and lid. The whole piece is in excellent condition, it has the odd pin head size ding here and there, but on the whole a great vintage piece. It measures 3.25 x 3.25 x 1.5 inches high.
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.
1970’s Onyx Book Ends, Ash Tray Etc, A pair of very unusual book ends in the form of crouching Mexicans, probably taking a siesta under the shade of their Sombrero’s. They are both carved from solid onyx, the marble of the 1960’s 70’s; as well as book ends they can also be used as ash trays, which is something I have never seen before. They are both in very good condition and here’s a little something different for the book shelf or coffee table. The largest measures 6.5 inches tall. These are quite heavy so postage will be £8 to UK mainland.
1977 Royal Jubilee Crown in Mounted Dated Silver Frame There are no shortage of these 1977 QEII crowns around but this is the first I have seen in a purpose made silver dated frame, across the top in the wirework it has 1952 EIIR 1977, the frame is marked silver on the side, it comes in very good condition with very light surface marks.
19th C French Franco Prussian War Medal. The Franco Prussian war was (1870-1871) a conflict between the Second French Empire and the Kingdom of Prussia, which was then a just a part of the northern states of Germany. This medal was awarded to those of the French military who participated in the fighting. It comes in excellent condition and on its original ribbon, a very attractive medal on the obverse side showing the weapons used by the French at that time, including the Chassepot bayonet which appears in numbers. Ref. 15151
19th Century 3 Draw Pocket Telescope. A superb pocket Field Telescope, made of brass with mahogany main body, it comes in superb condition, a few spots on the eye lens which need cleaning but apart from that its perfect, it also comes in its original case. It measures 16 inches when fully extended and only 5.5 inches when folded down.
19th Century Belgian Pin Fire Pocket Revolver for Restoration. A lovely little Victorian Belgian Pin Fire Revolver, mostly complete in need of total restoration. It is all here apart from one small screw. (please see pictures) it is pitted in places, it doesn’t cock or fire, it feels like the hand or bolt spring may be broken. The cylinder has still got a lot of its original nickel plating remaining and the bullet ejector is still present. This revolver is an obsolete calibre, so no worry about certificates etc. Restore or leave it as it is or it would make a good parts piece, but parts for these little guns are pretty easy to source. Please take a good look at the pictures for overall condition. it measures 7.5 inches long. Reduced to Clear. Proof of age required on purchase. Ship to UK mainland only.
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 French Bronzed Spelter Figure The Old Mariner. A lovely French late Victorian Bronzed Spelter figure of an old Mariner, he is looking out to sea, possibly at a ship being wrecked upon a reef, as he is ready to through a buoy from the craggy rocks on which he sands. The base is marked ‘Mestais’ a very good French Sculpture of his day This piece is in lovely condition, no damage or brakes and all of its original bronzing still remains. It measures 20 inches high.
19th Century Iron Rim Lock & Key. (1) A good working early 19th century iron rim lock. These are very easy to fit and this one has its original key, which is a collectable on its own. The lock measures; 4.25 x 3.25 inches.
19th Century Iron Rim Lock & Key. (2) A good working early 19th century iron rim lock. These are very easy to fit and this one has its original key, which is a collectable on its own. The lock measures; 43.75 x 3 inches.
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 Oil Painting of London Harbour. A good original Victorian English School Oil on board, of sailing vessels harboured at London Docks, you can just see St Pauls Cathedral in the back ground. Although the work is un-signed, as far as I can find, it is a nice quality piece in very good condition, measuring 32 x 25 inc
19th Century Powder Horn. A large size powder horn made from a whole cow horn. It is a lovely slightly twisted shape and it is a very attractive bi-colour. What is nice, is it still retains its original stopper, this is also made from carved cow horn, and a leather strap to carry the flask. It comes in perfect condition with no damage, just a little wear and obviously age. It is a Biggy measuring approximately 16 inches long.
19th Century Prattware Plate. Mid Victorian Prattware plate showing the coloured printed classical scene to the centre, surrounded by a pink ground border with a printed gilt border to the rim. At the time an incredibly difficult technique. This piece is in good condition with one fine hairline crack from the rim, this is not really visible from the front. It measures 8.75 inches in diameter. 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 Prattware Pot & Lid. A mid Victorian pot with its original Prattware lid. It is decorated with a scene of 18th century riders with their horses outside an entrance to a grand house. This was probably originally a container for potted meat, so the base is quite stained and crazed. The Prattware lid is in excellent condition and has no chips, cracks or restoration. 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 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 Prisoner of War Work? Miniature Ship. Completely hand carved miniature tall ship which is probably prisoner of war work or sailors work, even the little masts have all been hand carved and it is held together with fine twine. There are a few pieces adrift, but it could prove a worthwhile restoration project for some nimble fingered person. A charming naval antique which measures 10 inches long x 10 inches high.
19th Century US Bowie Knife with Horn Grip. A 19th Century American Bowie knife circa 1860 -80. It has a simple horn grip with a brass pommel and cross guard, terminating in a good steel, unmarked blade. It comes in a later hand-made sheath and the condition of the knife is very good, all round. It has no damage, just some wear cause by use. The blade has some very light pitting, which is old and now looks more like light staining. A really lovely piece which measures; 11.5 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only Ref. 21593
19thC Ottoman Kard Dagger. A superb mid 19th century Ottoman Kard dagger used in Persia, Turkey, Armenia and all the way to India. It has a hilt made of a light coloured horn at the top and silver at the bottom, (the silver tests below .925 grade but higher than .800) with the steel tang passing through the grip. No guard and it has a very well made steel straight single edged blade, which has been inset with the same grade of silver and decorated. This was mostly used as a stabbing weapon, the point reinforced to penetrate chain mail. The sheath must be a latter replacement or the leather has shrunk so it just fits, but I’m sure a dagger of this quality would have had a more ornate sheath. The dagger itself is in wonderful condition with no damage, just slight wear. It measures: 13.5 inches long. Ship to UK mainland only
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.
1st Dragoon Guards Sandhurst Officers Dress Uniform. 1949-53 lightweight officers Sandhurst type dress uniform, carrying the insignia for a major of the 1st Dragoon Guards. It comprises of the dress jacket, trousers and later cummerbund. This uniform is in very good condition. it has a very tiny amount of old moth damage, nothing terribly noticeable. (Please see pictures) it has now been treated against any further infestation. The jacket measures; 38 inch chest. Trousers 32 inch waist.
1st Royal Dragoon Guards Cap Badge. This one is the larger brass badge with single breast wreath, issued from 1948 to 1969. It is in excellent condition, retaining all of its original detail. Ref. C9
2 Imperial German Military Studio Portrait Cards. Two pre WW1 studio portraits of imperial German NCO’s. they are both in fair condition, you can clearly see the uniforms etc, although they are a little faded. Priced to clear.
2 Original Photographs of French NCO’s 1880’s Two nice original portrait photographs of French junior officers dating from around the 1880’s. One shows and 95th infantry NCO’ in full dress uniform holding his Kepi and showing his Lebel bayonet. It was taken by Abel Patureau of Bourges and comes in good condition. The second is of a French cavalryman, again in dress uniform and holding his sabre. This is in lovely order and taken by Emile Rat of Poitiers. A nice historic lot.
2 pair Vintage Russian Ammo Pouches. 2 pairs of leather Russian ammunition pouches that fit on the uniform belt, dating from the 1950’s. They are all nicely marked on the inside and come in almost unused condition. A great addition to any cold war collection. They both measure 7 x 4 inches. WAS £18
2003 Commemorative Model of Concord. A commemorative Revell model of the British Airways Concord. The model comes with all the paints, glue and a limited edition poster. Mint and in its original unopened box.
2010 Issue The War in the Pacific by Richard Overy - NEW A compelling read for those interested in the war in the Pacific from 1941-45, this copy of the book by Richard Overy comes in its hard outer cover and within the book includes 'rare removable facsimile documents'. The original sale price for this book was £25, it comes in excellent condition.
2nd Century Roman Coin “Urbs Roma” The “Urbs Roma", a Roman commemorative bronze reduced centenionalis, struck under Constantine the Great, 330-333 AD, and showing the Trier mint mark. Helmeted, cuirassed bust of Roma left, VRBS ROMA on one side and on the other, the She-wolf sucking the twins Romulus & Remus with two stars above and mintmark below.
2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys) Beret Badge. The small white metal eagle with black cloth backing worn by the regiment in different metals until 1971. This is a fine quality badge in all white metal which comes in perfect condition. Ref. B26
2x George V Kings Medals Two, the Kings Medal awarded to C Wellham 1911 and L Turnbull 1911. The C Wellhan medal still retains most of its original gilt finish, but on the whole both are in good order with their suspender bars.
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 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.
4 Early Interesting Postcards – Charabanc Outings – Great Yarmouth Here are an interesting group of four early circa 1930’s postcards all with a Great Yarmouth and Norfolk interest, 3 of them are for charabanc rides, an early 20th century idea of an open topped bus formerly horse drawn and later motorised to take large numbers of people on outings. One has ‘Norfolk motors touring service’ on the side of a vehicle, another has ‘united automobile service’, the third has ‘Lord Lascelles’. The fourth card is photographic example showing the ‘S.S Porthcawl on fire at Great Yarmouth Sept 14th 1933’. All cards come in very good condition with some signs of age and have not been written on.
4th & 7th Royal Dragoon Guards Cap Badge Super quality white metal badge for the 4th and 7th Dragoon Guards, they became the Royal Dragoon guards in 1936 but with no change of badge, this one is a WW2 issue at the latest and is in excellent condition, nicely toned. Ref: T11
4x Edward VII Kings Medals Three, The Kings Medal, Edward VII, awarded to; 1906 & 1908 C Nouce and 1907 A Baxter, 1907 C Wellham. Two are in white metal and two, the 1907 and 1908 is in brass. all are in good condition the 1906 and 07 is missing its suspender bar.
5 Original War Time Unused German Field Post. Quite a rare find, but being sold as all one lot to clear. Here we have two pieces of unused WW1 German Field Post and three piece from the WW2 era. The two WW1 pieces have very light water staining but the three WW2 pieces are in pretty much perfect condition.
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.
5 WW1 German Postcards – Musical Group Another case of wishing I could read German! Here we have 5 postcards, one really super photographic example showing a group of soldiers with musical instruments singing around a Christmas tree and 4 general ones all having been sent by Feldpost and date 1915/17, they come in good but postally used condition.
8 Silver George V Three Pence 1915 – 1922 Consecutive. 8 x George V silver threepences in consecutive years from 1915 to 1922. All in good collectable grades. Please see pictures.
925 Sterling Silver and Red Stone Bracelet A very pretty bracelet marked on the back with 925 for Sterling silver, it has six highly polished red stones in a graduating sizes, it comes in super condition and would fit a medium sized wrist, comes in a handy gift box.
925 Sterling Silver and Three Colour Amber Earrings A lovely pair of brand new and unused three colour Amber earrings, both are marked 925 for sterling silver on the ear wires, they come in excellent condition and measure just under 2 inches long including the wires.
A Scarce US Navy 1882 Pattern Remington-Lee Socket Bayonet A scarce US Navy M1882 Remington-Lee socket bayonet, for the model Lee 1882 magazine rifle, The M1882 Rifle was a bolt action, .45-70 caliber repeating rifle that was the invention of renowned arms designer James Paris Lee. The first US military acquisition of the Lee design was by the US Navy. This is the navy version with the shorter blade 18" blade. The blade is un-marked and the locking catch is in good working order. There is light pitting and staining overall, but the general condition is very good. It comes with its rare original steel scabbard and leather frog complete with its US brass button. The scabbard and frog shows some wear and use, but again, overall, very good considering how scarce these original parts are together. The scabbard still retains various paper museum labels and the whole piece measures 21 inches long. A rare and iconic bayonet used in the Indian wars. Shipping to mainland UK only via courier at £10.95
A superb WW1 Imperial German States Gallantry Medal Group. A rare WW1 imperial German medal group awarded for Beavery by the Grand Duchy of Hessen. It comprises of the Iron Cross EKII, a very good quality cross and due to the way it has been sewn on to the mount, it is very difficult to read the makers mark. Next comes the Hessen gallantry medal; this has the bust of the Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig Grossherzog. This is a solid silver medal which has a simple moto on the reverse, which says; ‘FUR TAPFERKEIT’ or ‘For Bravery. Lastly is the WW1 Honour Cross for combatants, this is marked on the back G18; All three medals are in excellent original condition and come on their original court mounted ribbon bar. The original silk ribbons are getting a little scruffy, but these the originals and the bar itself is untouched. A wonderful Great War German group awarded for bravery in the field.
A Very Rare Africa Corps Nurses Pith Helmet. What a rare piece from my own collection, this straw weaved pith helmet was worn by the German nurses serving in North Africa during the Second World War. I haven’t had this piece very long, but I have decided to clear a few things to make some room. The condition of this helmet is just superb and it comes with its original pagri and cockade, and it also it still retains its original liner inside. I have never seen another one, they just didn’t survive and were very prone to damage easily. A wonderful piece of WW2 desert campaign history in near mint condition.
A Very Rare Pair of WW1 Suffolk Volunteers Buttons. A rare opportunity to purchase a Suffolk Volunteer Corps button, including is a large and a small example, made of solid brass by J. R. Gaunt which is marked on the reverse. Both pieces come in perfect condition and very nicely toned.
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.
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.
American Civil War Confederate Officer Signed Document 1881 This is a document hand written in 1881 and amongst others signed by William E. Vincent who was an officer with the Confederate states army during the American civil war, the document covers probate court expenses, comes in very good condition and measures 8 inches x 5
American Civil War Copy of The Army of the Potomac Cavalry Badge Issued by C.W. Medals in the USA and dated 2008 this badge is a copy of the cavalry version for the army of the Potomac (please see listing of Potomac medal for more info on the regiment. Comes in super condition and measures 1.5 inches long.
American Civil War Era Confederate States Loan Paper This is a tiny piece of paper issued to the person loaning the Confederate states money to fund the war effort promising to pay interest on the loan given (bet they never saw that!) it is hand signed and was issued in 1861, comes in super condition and measures 3.75 inches x 1.5.
American Civil War Non Comm Officers Shoulder or Ammo Pouch Badge Here is an American civil war period solid and heavy metal non commissioned officers shoulder or ammo pouch bag Badge, it proudly displays the American eagle on the front; it fitted to the shoulder strap of the ammo bag; pictures online mainly show this type of badge being used by the Union soldiers and being made from brass, copper and lead, this example is I think lead as it is dense and heavy.on the back is a buckle and a stop peg, it comes in very good condition, some bloom on the metal on the front and a few dings to the edge, it measures just over 2.25 inches in diameter.
American Civil War Reenactors Sword and Belt/ Hanger. A very nice quality Civil War Union officer’s sword, even though it was made in India. It has a solid brass hilt with a leather-covered grip bound with twisted wire. It has a very good steel blade with a broad and shallow double fuller. The scabbard is made of heavy gauge polished Steel, this has a few rust spots, which at this stage is easy to polish off. The overall condition of the sword is excellent with no damage or rusting and the whole thing is quit a substantial piece. The sword comes complete with the sword belt; this is, again a good quality item, made from black leather with a heavy brass and white metal buckle. It comes fitted to the sword, so the whole lot is ready to wear or display. The belt will fit up to a 48 inch waist. This is also stamped with an American makers mark. Ship to UK Only via UPS at £12.95 Proof of age required on purchase.
American Civil War Reenactors Sword. A very nice heavy quality sword. It has a brass hilt and bound leather grip. The blade is made of good steel and single fullered. It has a well-fitting steel scabbard and it is here where the only faults appear. The scabbard has areas of light rusting on both sides, but its not that bad, where it couldn’t be cleaned away. All in all quite a fine sword made for the reenactor market. It measures; 40 inches long Ship to UK only via UPS at 12.95
American Civil War US Belt Buckle. A good original example of the brass oval brass belt buckle worn by the US army. This one has at some point been broken on the right hand side and had sympathetic restoration. I am unsure if this was a battlefield pick up or a piece that has just knocked around for all this time, it has a deep crust of beautiful patination and untouched from the day it was discarded. A super piece of Civil War history. It measures 3.5 x 2.25 inches.
American Red Cross Korean War Pair to Red Cross. Quite a scarce lot to have all come together, here we have the NATO medal for Korea, American version and the American Korean war medal, plus various insignia for the American red cross, service / rank chevrons and sleeve badges. Unfortunately there is no name but an interesting and scarce lot for the Red Cross collector.
Ames 1832 Pattern Artillery Short Sword and Scabbard A rare US 1832 pattern artilleryman’s side arm. The hilt is made of cast brass with spread winged eagle stamped into both sides of the pommel. Grip has three rivet heads and scalloped feather design. It has a plain, straight cross guard with a round quillon at each end. One side of the cross guard is stamped “MS.” showing this was purchased by the state of Massachusetts. The steel blade, which has three fullers, is fairly clean with some very light pitting and staining on both sides. The ricasso is stamped on one side with eagle and “N. P. Ames, Springfield, Mass.” while the other has “United States, 1839, W. S.” Both stamps are fairly clear and visible. The leather scabbard is in good condition. The leather is strong and pliable but quite dry and it could do with a good oil. The leather surfaces have some crackling. The brass is also in very good order with a few light dents and dings etc. The brass chape is marked “WS” and the brass locket retains the frog button. The scabbard is a little tight due to a slight knock on the frog button which has pushed the throat in slightly. But it still fits well, it’s just a bit stiff. This sword was designed as a personal side arm, it was intended for use by the regular or foot artillery regiments of the United States Army and remained in service until 1872 for use of foot artillerymen. It was the issue sword for sergeants and musicians of infantry regiments from 1832 until 1840. As most artillery regiments were trained and equipped as infantry prior to 1861 a single weapon for both types of troops made sense. While the design was impractical for actual combat, it is believed that artillerymen put this weapon to other uses, such as clearing brush or creating trails. It was an effective tool for cutting paths through the Florida swamps during the Second Seminole War, which occurred during the time it was issued to infantry sergeants, drummers and fifers. This is somewhat corroborated by the French nickname for their version of the sword, coupe choux (cabbage cutter). The last Ames contract for this sword was completed in 1862, although as a stock item it continued to be listed in company catalogs for decades afterwards. An interesting US sword, in very good order and rare in this country, measuring 27 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only via courier at £14.95
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.
Antique Chinese Wicker Coolie Hat (pointed) 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 good condition with just some fraying around the edge, and is just a bit grubby. It measures 17 inches on the longest side.
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 Cow Horn and Brass Powder Horn – Engraved This is an unusual probably home made antique powder horn, the body is made from the usual blond cow horn with brass fittings one of which is a bullet case which is marked ‘W-W 45-70 govt’ on the base and having a brass spout, the base is covered with wood, on the body of the horn it has been engraved with the image of a bearded man who looks like a Viking. The piece comes in good but used condition and measures 11 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 French Powder Shot Measure A good probably early 19th century adjustable powder or shot measure, I believe it to be French as the measurements on the side are in that language, ‘decigrammes’’poudre’ ‘grammes’ and ‘plomb’. The bowl is made from brass and the handle is a straight grain fruit wood, it comes in very good but used condition and measures 5 inches long.
Antique German Carved Antler Chamberstick Made I would think in the 19th century this piece is constructed from two sections of carved antler, the body chamberstick piece has a silver cartouche which has not been engraved and on the opposite side a carved deer figure which looks like ivory or bone, this makes me think that it could have been a hunting trophy, there is a detachable handle which fits into the side for carrying, it comes in good but used condition with a few chips to the rim, it stands just over 3 inches high.
Antique Silver Cairngorm Agate Brooch. A lovely circa 1900 sterling silver brooch set with six slices of agate and set with a large amber stone to the centre. It would have come under the small article rule during the turn of the century, so it is not hallmarked, but it tests as .925 sterling silver. It comes in very good condition, its only faults being it is a little dirty at the back and the silver catch is a little bent over, but no damage. It measures 1.5 inches in diameter. It comes in a pretty gift box.
Arcadian Crested China Charabanc – Arms of Norwich Dating from the early part of the last century when the Charabanc’s were still in use for the outings to the seaside, this one was made by the Arcadian crested china factory and was retailed in ‘Hallams gift shop Royal Arcade Norwich’ and includes the arms of Norwich on the side. It comes in very good condition with no chips or cracks and the gilding is bright and complete, it measures 5.25 inches long.
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Glengarry Badge. 1914 pattern, all white metal Glengarry badge, two lugs on the back, comes in perfect condition. Ref. O1
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 Pewter Tea Caddy. A large pewter tea caddy from the art deco period, circa 1925-35. It is typical art deco design with a stylised handle on each side. It comes in very good condition, very clean on the inside and looks unused. It measures 7 inches high.
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.
August 4th 1915 The Times Newspaper –Review of the First Year of the War This is a four page supplement issued by the Times reviewing the first year of the war, the inner pages are full of maps and the back page has the full list of key dates, it comes in very good but aged condition and has been folded, the largest size of newspaper and a very handy tool for anyone who is interested in the first battles of the war.
Austrian Army M75 Helmet. Vintage Austrian Bundesrepublik helmet styled on the Second World War American examples. The shell is thick steel with its original leather liner and chinstrap. It has been repainted, but this is a usual sight on these helmets as from the mid 70’s they changed their helmet colour from grey to olive green. It comes in excellent condition and you don’t see many on the market, so although quite modern, a scarce find.
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 Military Service Medal. A scarce medal awarded for military service in the first Republic of Austria which was from 1920 to 1927 after which was a period marked by violent strife between those with left-wing and right-wing views, leading to the July Revolt of 1927 and the Austrian Civil War. This is a large-ish bronze medal which is in excellent condition and it comes suspended on its original ribbon.
Austro Hungarian Franz Josef Jubilee Medal. This is the 1898 gilt bronze medal struck and given to military and some civil personnel to commemorate the jubilee of Franz Josef, emperor of the Austro Hungarian Empire. This one comes in near mint condition showing no wear to the gilt.
Austro Hungarian Franz Josef Jubilee Medal. This is the 1898 gilt bronze medal struck and given to military and some civil personnel to commemorate the jubilee of Franz Josef, emperor of the Austro Hungarian Empire. This one comes in very good condition with slight wear to the gilt finish, but it comes on its original ribbon.
Beautiful 9ct Gold Set With a Sapphire Sword Brooch This lovely sword shaped brooch is marked twice on the pin with 375 for 9ct gold, it has been stone set in the top of the handle with a sapphire, there is additional hatching decoration on the handle and pommel with a silver panel of bobbles down the blade. It comes in superb condition, is of a good size measuring 3inches long, a little late for Valentines day but comes in, what looks like its original box.
Beautiful Edwardian Hallmarked Silver Topped Glass Jar This is a lovely piece, a fully hallmarked, silver topped, cut glass dressing table jar of a large size decorated with 5 cherubs. It is clearly hallmarked for Birmingham 1904 and has the makers mark of WJM&Co for WJ Myatt of Birmingham. Standing 3.25 inches high and having a diameter of just under 3.25 inches the piece is in very good condition, a few small dings to the silver, the glass is perfect with no chips or cracks.
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 Late Georgian Yellow High Quality Gold Brooch This is a stunning gold brooch, made circa 1840-1860, it is marked on the back with a makers mark of ER and unusually with the gold grade of 835, the closest to this is 18ct but this is more likely to be 20-22 carat yellow gold. Unlike most brooches in this style which are made from one piece of metal this brooch has been constructed from 2 pieces attached in the middle probably to allow the central section to be changed if required, it also has a very efficient safety clip on the pin on the back, all in all a top quality brooch which measures two inches long. It comes with a period leather covered box.
Beautiful Quality Vintage Bronze Naval Medallion – Rowing Award? I'm not sure about this one, it is made from bronze and appears to be a Naval award of some kind, to the side which has the navy crest at the top is George slaying the dragon, on the reverse side is a rowing boat with 12 rowers and two men overseeing, in the background are two ships in the distance. Very good quality casting and super condition it measures 1.75 inches long and comes in its box of issue made by F. Phillips of Aldershot.
Beautiful Victorian Cased Silver Plated Presentation Set Here is a beautiful presentation set consisting of a desert knife, fork and spoon it is silver plated and has the makers mark of JP & Co on the knife blade, it dates from the late Victorian era and is in virtually unused condition, comes in its original leather covered fitted case. The knife measures 8.5 inches long.
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.
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.
Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) Glengarry Badge. A solid white metal badge issued from 1902 to 1934 when the regiment changed to the Black Watch Royal Highland regiment with a slight badge change. This one comes in very good original condition, it shows very little wear but it has a dull tone to the front. Ref. C15
Blank Firing Colt Army Revolver - The Buntline Special Supposedly, the pistol carried by Wyatt Earp during his time as a law man and peacekeeper, but the only evidence of this was in the dime novels written by Ned Buntline, where this pistol got its name, I believe; nevertheless a revolver filled with Wild West legend. It has a massive 12 inch barrel and the overall length of the gun itself is 17.75 inches. This one is a superb quality vintage replica that fires 44 calibre long blanks. It is made of heavy gauge metal with hard wood polished grips. The condition is excellent, just about perfect, showing very little or no wear to the surface and along one side it is stapped with; Cal 44-40 Long Blank. MGC Manufactory; please see pictures. It is in perfect working condition, everything works well and the shell ejector is also working fine. It is loaded with 44 cal inert solid brass replica bullets. This is a heavy gauge re-enactors example and not a toy, so proof of age required on purchase. Ship to UK only
Boer War Christmas Chocolate Tin. A very good example of this tin, sent to the troops fighting the Boer war in South Africa, Christmas 1900. The top of the tin is in excellent condition with very little wear or damage to the printed colours and gilding, the cartouche of the queen still retains all of its gilt finish. Inside and the bottom of the tin has not fared so well and has pretty lost most of its gilding, but who looks at the bottom, so for display you won’t find better a better tin.
Boer War Era Carved Briar Wood Pipe Bowl – Paul Kruger This is a Boer war era carved bowl briar wood pipe depicting the image of Kruger, below is a brief history for the man. The silver plated stem is marked RG LG with other letters under, the bowl is marked with a registration number with MCC above, it comes in very good condition and measures just over 2 inches high. Stephanus Johannes Paulus "Paul" Kruger 10 October 1825 – 14 July 1904) was one of the dominant political and military figures in 19th-century South Africa, and President of the South African Republic (or Transvaal) from 1883 to 1900. Nicknamed Oom Paul ("Uncle Paul"), he came to international prominence as the face of the Boer cause—that of the Transvaal and its neighbour the Orange Free State—against Britain during the Second Boer War of 1899–1902
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 Lee Metford Bayonet & Scabbard. A good quality double-edged bayonet originally manufactured to fit the Pattern 1888 Lee Metford Infantry Rifle. The hilt incorporates an odd-shaped pommel with push-button spring latch and a steel cross guard. The grips are of wood and held in place by two brass rivets; an oil hole is present behind the second rivet. The double edge blade is un-fullered with a medial rib the runs from the ricasso to the blade tip. This one has Various British proofs and a manufacturer's mark for Sanderson of Sheffield. It also bears the "X" blade proof-mark; the "broad arrow" over WD (War Department) Government acceptance mark; and a unique Birmingham inspectors number mark with the crown over B over 53. It also carries the manufacture date mark for October 1896. The scabbard is made of steel-mounted leather with a single elongated oval frog stud. The condition is very good, there is some very light pitting to the pommel, cross guard and the steel parts on the scabbard but the blade is in very good original condition, as are the wood grips. The leather on the scabbard is also in very good order with no sign of dry cracking. A good example of this Boer war bayonet. Shipping to UK mainland only. Ref. 21892 Pics to follow
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.
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 have been part painted on the kilts and legs they 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.
Boer War Pottery Wall Plaque of General French. This one comes in excellent condition printed with a portrait of the general in dress uniform. Produced in one of the Staffordshire pottery’s around the turn of the 20th century.
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.
Boxed Festival of Britain 1951 Five Shilling Coin During the Festival of Britain the Royal Mint issued this commemorative coin. It has George and the Dragon on one face and on the other profile of King George VI. Around the perimeter it reads "1851 By the industry of its people the State flourishes 1951" in Latin. They could be used as legal tender but they were mainly bought as souvenirs. Comes in good condition, the coin is very good hardly removed from the box but the box shows signs of storage wear.
Brass Combination Tool In Barrel Holder. A 1930’s - 50’s brass combination tool comprising of an Auger, tweezers, screwdriver, bradle and cork screw or it could be a wood drill. All housed in a brass barrel, which also doubles up as the handle. Closed up it measures 3.25 inches long.
British 1864 Pattern Cavalry Sabre. A fine example of the 1864 pattern cavalry troopers sword, it has a steel bowl guard pierced with a Maltese cross design and the grip is chequered pressed leather grip; it has a good blade which is slightly curved. It does not have a makers mark but it is impressed with several WD inspection marks etc, please see pictures. it is in good condition, its main fault is the tip of the blade is a little rounded and although there is not rusting, it does have light pitting, but it is untouched and has never been cleaned back or polished, all in all a very good example. The scabbard is missing, but it is still possible to pick one up. This item is for UK shipping only sent by UPS courier charged at £12.95 Proof of age required on purchase.
British 1907 Pattern SMLE Bayonet. The greatest of old British Bayonets, manufactured to fit the Short Magazine Lee-Enfield No.1 series Infantry Rifles used through WWI and WWII. The hilt has a very basic steel "bird's head" pommel with oil hole, a push-button spring latch and a steel cross guard. The grips are made of wood and are held in place by two rivet type nuts. The blade is a single edge, single fullered to both sides and the ricasso part of the blade is blued and marked with the maker’s details, proof marks, date etc, in this case Wilkinson. It also comes with is original metal and leather scabbard. It comes in very good order the blade is clean and free from and rust or pitting and the hilt is in good order too, just a little dirty, the scabbard is in the same good condition, but this bayonet has been issued and used so I does show some wear indicative of its age. A great specimen of this type of bayonet and a good example to put with a SMLE rifle. Ref. ML27 On Consignment.
British 1944 Pattern Webbing Belt. An interesting WW2 issue belt used from 1944 and designed on the US pattern with a row of open rivets along the bottom so any piece of kit could be strung to the belt by a wire loop. This one is in a dark green webbing known as the jungle issue. it is adjustable by the metal hooks and cloth eyes woven into the belt, very clever. It is in very good order, this is the belt with its original buckle only, all other fittings are missing. It is dated on the inside of the belt 1945 and will fit up to a 38 inch waist.
British Pattern 1827 Infantry Officers Levee Sword A Edward VII officers dress Levee or Levy sword, these were straight bladed light weight versions of a particular pattern of sword, in this case the 1827 pattern, worn with the number one dress or for ceremonial duties; a little rarer than other officers sword of the period, as only officers of the regular army got to use them. Apart from the fine nature of this sword, everything else is typical. It has a hilt is of plated sheet-steel with a hanging Infantry horn pierced into the 1/2 basket guard, which terminates in a rolled upper finial. It has a ray or fish-skin grip, bound with silver wire. The blade is long and straight, finely etched including Edward VII cypher. It has a plated steel scabbard with two rings for the sword belt or hanger. The condition varies on this sword. This hilt is a bit worn and some of the plating is missing, this needs cleaning back from the guard. The grip is in excellent condition with no damage, just light wear and all of the silver wire is still present. The blade is lovely, no damage or any sign apart from an area near the tip. the scabbard is fair to good order with small areas of plate missing here and there. An interesting officer’s sword from the Edwardian period, quite short lived era and a levee sword, which makes it a little more scarce than the normal 1827 pattern. Shipping to UK only via UPS at a cost of £12.95 Proof of age required on purchase. Ship to UK mainland only
British Pattern 1853 3-Band Enfield Socket Bayonet. This is a socket bayonet manufactured from the period of 1853 to about 1870. They were in service - in some form or fashion - until about 1875 passed on to Indian regiments. These were designed to fit the .577" calibre Enfield "3-band" Rifled Infantry Muskets of the period. All metal construction, these are attached by fitting them over the barrel muzzle, and fastened into position by means of a mortise slot and locking ring. It has a good clean 17 inch blade and the locking mechanism is all present and the who bayonet is in wonderful condition considering its age, free from rust and pitting. It comes with its original leather and brass scabbard, which is also in good condition. This has a little bit of damage at the bottom just above the chape, in the form of a crack in the leather; but this feel stable and not likely to brake. It has some marks to the side of the barrel, which could be some kind of regimental marks. On the scabbard are a few old museum or collection paper labels. A very historical bayonet, scarce to find in this condition and with its scabbard. Shipping is to inland UK only
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.
Bronze Medallion of Nelson – Sporting Prize? This extremely well detailed bronze medallion was produced by Phillips of Aldershot who made many sporting awards this one I assume was made for a Naval sporting prize, it has an incredibly well detailed raised bust of Nelson to one side and the reverse side is blank and would have had the recipient’s name and achievement engraved upon it. It comes in super condition and measures 32mm in diameter. Ref. 16942
Bronze Roman Coin Constantine I. 330 AD (1) The coin of Constantine I circa 330 AD. A very good clear coin, which shows a bust of the emperor on the obverse in full amour and on the reverse, victory holding a shield. These are known as commemoratives and used at the time all through the Constantinople and Roman empire. This one was found in Suffolk and has been verified by a museum. Emperor Constantine I refounded Byzantium, renamed it Constantinopolis after himself, and moved the capital of the Roman Empire from Rome to his new city. The new capital was Christian, old gods and traditions were either replaced or assimilated into a framework of Christian symbolism. Constantine built the new Church of the Holy Apostles on the site of a temple to Aphrodite. Generations later there was the story that a divine vision led Constantine to this spot. The capital would often be compared to the 'old' Rome as Nova Roma Constantinopolitana, the "New Rome of Constantinople." Special commemorative coins were issued with types for both Rome and Constantinople to advertise the importance of the new capital.
Bronze Roman Coin Constantine the Great, early 322 AD (3) A good bronze Roman coin of Constantine the Great early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D. it has the bust of Constantine on the obverse and an image of an alter on the reverse. It comes in a good collectable grade, but it needs an eyeglass to see the detail. Flavius Valerius Constantinus, Constantine the Great, was the son of Helena and the First Tetrarchic ruler Constantius I. Constantine is most famous for his conversion to Christianity after the battle of the Milvian Bridge where he defeated emperor Maxentius. Before the battle, he saw the words "In Hoc Signo Victor Eris" (By this sign you shall conquer) emblazoned on the sun around the Chi Rho, the symbol of Christianity. After placing this Christogram on the shields of his army, he defeated his opponent and thus ruled the empire through divine providence. He also shifted the capital of the empire to Constantinople, establishing the foundation for an Empire that would last another 1000 years. He died in 337 and his sons divided the Roman territories.
Bronze Roman Coin Constantius Gallus 354 AD (2) A super bronze Roman coin of Constantius Gallus Caesar from 28th September 351 to the winter of 354 A.D. The obverse clearly shows the bust of the emperor and the reverse, the emperor on horseback in battle against the barbarians. On 15 March 351 Constantius II elevated his 25-year-old cousin Constantius Gallus to Caesar at Sirmium in Pannonia. He arranged a marriage with his sister Constantia and put him in charge of the Eastern Roman Empire including Britain. Constantius II marched West with a large army (60,000 men) to fight against Magnus Magnentius. His rule was so harsh and cruel that Constantius recalled him to Milan, and then had him arrested and executed before he reached Italy.
BWM to Holdsworth – Machine Gun Corps. A good single British War medal correctly named to 3397 Private Edgar Holdsworth of the Machine Gun regiment. This medal is for the most part un-researched apart from a copy of his medal index card which confirms Edgar’s full entitlement as a BWM and Victory medal pair and also he later served in the Liverpool regiment and had a change of number. This medal is in very good condition with just a few very light contact marks.
BWM to Wood Highland Light Infantry. A single British war medal correctly named to 46879 Private Thomas Wood of the Highland Light Infantry. Apart from his medal index card, no research has been done on this man, so may be a nice little project. The medal is in excellent original condition and come with an original HLI glengarry badge, both mounted on card for display.
Cameronians Glengarry Badge, a good quality large white metal badge which dates from around the WW2 era, the condition is very good although it has been fitted with a brooch pin on the back. Ref. Q18
Circa WW1 Era George V Lighter – Customs & Excise Button WW1 or slightly later brass petrol lighter unusual in having a button for His Majesties Customs & Excise button on the bottom, it comes in good but well used condition and needs a clean, it measures just over 2.5 inches long.
Cloth Formation Badge – 7th Field Force A printed formation badge for the 7th field force, comes in very good condition has been mounted on card.
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.
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.
Collection WW2 Home Guard Insignia. A scarce original collection of WW2 Home Guard insignia, comprising of; the buff cotton and screen printed arm band, a true pair of printed shoulder titles, a corporal stripes and a scarce HG brass shoulder title. All of this insignia is in very good condition considering it has been used and all taken from a uniform.
Collectors Vintage Bosuns Whistle & Chart of Calls Purchased as a tourist piece from the Cutty Sark exhibition at Greenwich probably during the 1970's this copper and brass Bosuns whistle comes on a brass chain and with a paper scroll showing the authentic Bosuns calls. Comes in very good condition.
Complete WW1 18 Pounder English Shell Case 1916 Unusual to get these shells complete, this one comes with its fuse, projectile and brass case. The base of the case is well marked including the broad arrow, 4 over 17 and the date 1916, DLA, P.W and many more. The top section has obviously been hand painted and still includes some shrapnel balls and a rod. Comes in very good condition. On Consignment Ref. ML31
Complete WW1 Officers Sam Brown Belt & Kit. Here we have the complete officers Sam Brown belt with kit, which includes, the Sam Brown belt with double shoulder straps with whistle, leather strap and socket, Webley revolver holster. Ammunition pouch and sword frog. All items are in excellent condition and showing no damage. the Sam Brown belt will fit up to a 38 inch waist.
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.
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.
Czechoslovakian Model VZ23 Mauser Bayonet A knife bayonet used from the period of about 1923 into and throughout WWII; it was designed to fit the Czech version of the K98 German Mauser and its most distinct feature is that the blade appears to be upside-down, that is the cutting edge is on top. It has wood grips, a steel pommel and cross guard, and the scabbard is rolled-steel. This one comes in very good condition, it has a nice clean blade free from any rust or pitting, however it does have two nicks to the blades edge. The scabbard is in very good order also and it comes with its original leather frog, which on their own are quite difficult to find, this is also in good order but it has wear to the top of the belt loop. All in all a good collectable bayonet. 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. Ship to UK only Proof of age required on purchase.
Dated 1910 War Office Map Namur Belgium A super quality and condition linen backed map of the area around and including Namur in Belgium. It is dated War Office 1910 bottom right and geographical section General Staff bottom left. Highlighted are things like townships, hamlets, canals,forts, mines and road conditions. Comes in super condition for its age and measures 33.5 inches x 28.
Dated 1930 Original General Post Office Shako This lovely original post office delivery mans shako is date stamped inside with G.P.O. 1930 with the broad arrow mark in between, it has a brass GPO badge to the front and comes in really good condition for its age, it shows signs of age and use and would fit a medium size head.
Dated 1941 WW2 Webbing Putties A pair of matched WW2 webbing putties, date stamped on the inner, complete with buckles and straps, some signs of use and wear on the inside leather strip of one webbing straps on the other., they measure 15 inches long.
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
Death Plaque & Trio to Phillips 3rd Grenadier Guards. WW1 memorial plaque and 1914/15 star trio correctly named to; 22352 Private (later corporal) William Phillips of the 3rd battalion Grenadier Guards. William Phillips was born in Chawton Hampshire around 1894 and he enlisted into the Grenadier Guards in Guilford Surrey in 1914. He first entered the theatre of war in France on 5th October 1915 landing in Le Havre. The 3rd battalion joined the 2nd Guard’s brigade, Guards Division and went on to partake in the actions at the battles of Loos, the Somme, the German retreat to the Hindenburg line, the third battle of Ypres, the battle of Cambrai and in 1918 the battle of the Somme and the Hindenburg line. On 21 March 1918 the German Army launched a large-scale offensive against the Allied front on the Somme battlefield. The offensive is known as the Kaiserschlacht or the Kaiser's Battle and for the British, the 2nd battle of Picardy. The offensive on the Somme battle sector was codenamed Operation Michael. It was the first of several German large-scale attacks made against the Allied line on the northern part of the Western Front in the spring of 1918. Here the German Supreme Command committed thousands of troops, tons of equipment and hundreds of guns as part of a plan to make a series of large-scale surprise offensives and diversions against almost every sector of the Allied lines. This caused very high casualties, almost every available British troop was sent to the front line. It was in this carnage I believe that William was badly wounded and later died of his wounds in the 20th General Hospital on the 20th May 1918, aged 24 years. William Phillips is now remembered with honour at the Etaples Military Cemetery. He was the son of Frederick and Annie Phillips, of Hoe Bridge Cottage, Old Woking, Surrey. The plaque and trio are all in very good condition, the medals come on original ribbons. the star is original but the naming is not conventional, so this may be a late issue or an officially renamed as there is an official correction to one of the numbers. This lot comes with an old photograph of William, which has spent most of its life in a frame, it is a little faded and foxed. You can imagine it sat on Fred and Annie’s sideboard for years in remembrance of the son they lost. also various copied paperwork, medal index card, Commonwealth war grave details and certificate, soldiers died in the great war, soldiers effects etc.
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 Modern Hallmarked Silver Small Bud Vase An elegant little bud vase that is hallmarked for Birmingham 1991 and has the makers mark of K.M.S for the K.M. silver company. Stands 4.75 inches high and is in super condition
Del Prado Mounted Figure – Officer British 5th Dragoon Guards 1812 A great die cast figure from the Del Prado factory, this one is a mounted officer from the British 5th Dragoon guards, he comes in very good condition and stands 4 inches high.
Del Prado Mounted Figure – Private 2nd King’s German Dragoons 1812 A great die cast figure from the Del Prado factory, this one is a mounted private from the 2nd King’s German dragoons, he comes in very good condition and stands 4.5 inches high.
Del Prado Trooper Napoleon’s Imperial Guard Chasseurs 1809 A great die cast figure from the Del Prado factory he is a trooper from Napoleon’s imperial guard, comes in very good condition but missing the tip of his rifle, he stands 4.25 inches high.
Detailed Model of the FLYING SCOTSMAN Steam Train. This is a nicely detailed model, which comes in excellent condition and measures 12 inches long. The first Special Scotch Express ran in 1862, with simultaneous departures at 10:00 from the GNR's London King's Cross and the NBR's Edinburgh Waverley. The original journey took 10 1⁄2 hours, including a half-hour stop at York for lunch; however, increasing competition and improvements in railway technology saw this time reduced to 8 1⁄2 hours by the time of the Race to the North in 1888. From 1896, the train was modernised, introducing such features as corridors between carriages, heating, and dining cars. As passengers could now take luncheon on the train, the York stop was reduced to 15 minutes, but the end-to-end journey time remained 8 1⁄2 hours. Like the earlier carriages built for the service, this rolling stock was jointly owned by the three operating companies, and formed part of the pool known as the East Coast Joint Stock. In 1923, the railways of Britain were grouped into the Big Four. Consequently, all three members of the East Coast Joint Stock became part of the newly formed London & North Eastern Railway (LNER). It was the LNER which, in 1924, officially renamed the 10:00 Special Scotch Express linking Edinburgh and London in both directions as the Flying Scotsman, its unofficial name since the 1870s. To further publicise the train, a recently built A1 Class locomotive was named after the service, and put on display at the 1924 British Empire Exhibition.
Detailed Model of the MALLARD Steam Train A detailed model of the famous steam train the Mallard. It comes in excellent condition and measures 12 inches long. Built in March 1938, Mallard is part of the A4 class of locomotive designed by Sir Nigel Gresley when he was Chief Engineer at the LNER. Its innovative streamlined wedge-shaped design bore no resemblance to the preceeding A3 class (of which Flying Scotsman was an example) and was very much a product of 1930s Britain. At this time speed was seen as the ultimate symbol of modernity. The A4 class, aesthetically an example of art deco styling, cut the journey time from London King’s Cross to Newcastle to just four hours. Until the morning of 3 July 1938, the recently built Mallard appeared to be just another member of the LNER’s express locomotive. However, Gresley and his team had been working hard to implement changes with a view to not only beat the (then) British steam record of 114 mph held by the LMS, but also the world record held by Germany’s DRG’s Class 5 locomotive—which had achieved 124.5 mph in 1936. Gresley chose experienced Joe Duddington as Mallard’s driver, alongside fireman Thomas Bray. The rest of the crew and technical team were only told the true purpose of the run after the train’s northbound run from Wood Green, North London. Racing down Stoke Bank, the dynamometer car behind Mallard recorded 120 mph, which saw off the LMS’s record. However, there was a small window before the crew needed to slow down for the Essendine curves, so they accelerated even more. For a quarter of a mile, the dynamometer car confirmed the train was travelling at 126 mph. Now the German record was also beaten. It was claimed the train rocked so violently that dining car crockery smashed, and red-hot, bullet-like cinders from the locomotive broke windows at Little Bytham. The force exerted by the brakes being applied caused Mallard’s big end bearing to run hot, and a slow run to Peterborough was needed to prevent Mallard from being written off. Driver Duddington and fireman Bray received a hero’s welcome in London. But of course they were soon back on the footplate for another ordinary day at work.
Detailed WW1 French Postcard – Battle of Flanders A very detailed WW1 French postcard showing the battle of Flanders at its height, numerous soldiers in a 'bloody' scene, comes in very good condition and has not been postally used.
Early 19th Century 18ct & Amethyst Brooch. A late Georgian or early Victorian 18ct gold brooch, it is an unusual design with two gold balls on each side of an Amethyst set inside a repousse decorated gold band. It is not hallmarked, which is not unusual for the time, but it tests at 18ct gold. The condition is good for its age, the only real damage is to the balls, these are hollow gold and have a few small dings to them in places, please see detailed pictures. Offered at a price to clear, so wear it as it is, remove the balls and have a very classic brooch or pendant. It measures 3.5cm wide. It comes in a free gift box.
Early 20th C German Porcelain Bear Match Striker. Pre WW1 German Porcelain Match striker formed as a seated bear holding a ball, he is leaning against a tree trunk which is the match holder, this is ribbed, on which you can strike your match. It is in good condition, no damage or restoration, there is two firing faults on the bears legs, this has happened in the manufacturing process. It stands 4.75 inches high.
Early 20th Century French Gas Mask by Fernez Below is a brief history for Maurice Fernez, his main area of expertise was underwater breathing equipment but as you will see he also produced masks for use in mines, so far I have not been able to find a comparison for this style of mask, it certainly is not for use in water as it has soft felt pads for the cheeks. It comes in good but aged condition, and is smaller than the norm. Maurice Fernez (30 August 1885 - 31 January 1952, Alfortville, Paris, France) was a French inventor and pioneer in the field of underwater breathing apparatus, respirators and gas masks. In 1912 the equipment won Fernez a Premier Grand Prix of small inventors and manufacturers at the Concours Lépine. In 1913 he received the gold medal at the Universal Exhibition in Ghent (Belgium) and the silver medal of the Society for the Encouragement of Domestic Industry. Fernez expanded his range of equipment to include respirators for use in mines, and during the first World War (WW1) produced gas masks for men, horses and dogs.
Early 20th Century Heavy Leather Saddle Gun Sling – Winchester Rifle This gun sling made from the thickest leather I’ve ever seen dates from the early part of the last century but could be even earlier and was used on a saddle to house most likely a Winchester rifle, no makers mark that I can find, it comes in good but used condition, some of the stitching has come loose on the edge and it shows signs of age and use, it measures 31 inches long. This cant be folded for shipping so will go by courier at £8.95
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 German Marine Ships Helmet Binnacle Compass A beautifully made instrument by A Carstens of Hamburg. I do not know a lot about these instruments, but I have found that this type is a brass binnacle ship’s compass of helmet form, enclosing a working liquid compass. The compass is of typical form with cardinal points, set in liquid and set on a gimbaled support, so it stays level even with movement of the ship. It is viewable through a round glass window in the gimbal, and illuminated by a side oil lamp accessible by a hinged brass door. It has a carrying bale handle at the top, but also can be bolted in a stationery position by a flange at the base. This now stands on a wooden plinth. The condition is excellent and made by one of the top German manufacturers of nautical instruments and supplier to the German and other European (including British) Navy’s from the 19th century through both world wars. It has no damage and the oil burner is also in excellent condition. it has been polished in its life and although still reasonably clean, it hasn’t been polished for quite a few years. A fantastic piece for display, no matter what your collecting area, it looks great anywhere. It measures; just under 12 inches high. And 10 inches in diameter at the base.
Early 20thC Suffolk Regiment Ring. This was a gold plated blank ring that anybody could buy around the turn of the 20th century, the gold overlay was quite thick, so not a cheap thing to purchase in its day. They were sold blank so you could have it engraved with your monogram or your family crest, this one has been engraved with the three towered castle of the Suffolk regiment and by the quality of the engraving it was probably had done by the original owner. Although the engraving is a little naive, it is a charming little thing that was probably worn by a young officer in the Suffolk’s. It has seen some wear and quite a lot of its gold has worn off but a wonderful little small for the cabinet. was £18
Early WW1 Era Brass Shoulder Title – Notts and Derby Regiment A good solid brass shoulder title for the Notts and Derby Regiment, comes in good condition but is missing two of its four lugs on the back, it measures just under 2 inches long.
Early WW2 General Service with WW1 Medal Ribbon Bar Brooch on Card This would have been worn probably by an officer who had been drafted back into service very early in WW2, he would have served in WW1 and been entitled to the war and Victory medal, carried on in the service and earned the General service medal and subsequently action in Palestine the ribbon for this being awarded in 1939. The three ribbon bar brooch comes on its original card and is a full size ribbon bar, on the reverse of the card are the explanations for the ribbons. Comes in good but slightly grubby in places.
Edward VII Imperial Service Medal. A fabulous star shaped bronze and silver medal awarded from 1902 to 1910. A total of 4,500 stars were awarded for faithful Service during this period. This one comes in excellent, untouched condition, that is, it has never been cleaned or polished, so it shows no wear. A beautiful large civil award, which looks very impressive on display, sorry no case.
Edward VII Volunteer Force Long Service Medal & Miniature. The Volunteer Long Service Medal was instituted in 1894 as an award for long service by other ranks and some officers of the United Kingdom's Volunteer Force. Award of the medal was discontinued when it was superseded by the Territorial Force Efficiency Medal in 1908. This one is in perfect condition, unnamed and comes with its original sterling silver miniature medal.
Edward VII Volunteer Officers Decoration & Photograph. A beautiful medal, awarded for 20 years commissioned service in the Volunteer Force. The medal is solid silver overlaid with gilt and only 4,710 medals were awarded in total. This one is hallmarked for London 1904 with the maker’s mark of SG for S Garrard of Haymarket London. I found this medal about 20 years ago in a house clearance with the photograph, unfortunately, neither are named. The photograph is of a Royal Artillery volunteer officer in his home service uniform proudly wearing the medal. I really can’t split them up even though I have never been able to put a name to the face. The medal is in wonderful original condition suspended on its original ribbon and on a sterling silver brooch bar. It has lost a little of its gilt wash, but there is no loss or wear to the fine detail of the medal. The photograph comes in its original glass sealed mount and has the framers label on the back, from Derby. This is also in excellent condition and both together make a superb cabinet display. The picture measures 9.5 x 12 inches.
Edwardian Era Issue American Civil War Memorial Postcard Issued in the early part of the 20th century as commemoratives of the American civil war this style of embossed postcard was very popular, this one is for the Memorial day and shows the iron-hulled steamship the Monitor in its victory battle of 1862, comes in very good condition with just a sentence in pencil on the back.
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 McVitie & Price Counter Top Biscuit Display Unit Here is quite a rare item, made by the McVitie & Price biscuit company and used on counter tops probably in the small corner shops that were quit common in the early part of the last century. Constructed from tin with an open bottom and a glass lift up lid top they were used to protect open biscuit packets, in the Edwardian war period few working class people could afford whole packets of biscuits so were able to buy just a couple of their choice from the display in the shop. The tin is in good condition given its age, some wear to all sides of the outside, the glass is in excellent condition and the hinges work fine. Measuring 9 inches x 8.5 and being 2.25 inches deep, this would make a great little display cabinet, put in a wooden bottom, or turn an old biscuit tin into a display cabinet, as these fit on top of an old tin perfectly.
Edwardian Royal Artillery Helmet Plate. A lovely quality example of a Royal Artillery Blue cloth or home service helmet plate. Used from 1902 – 1914 this one comes in excellent original condition; originally it would have been covered with gilt, this has long been worn away from the front, but can be seen bright and clean on the back, along with the tree lugs which are also in the same good order. It also has a movable wheel on the cannon and the whole piece is a nice heavy gauge quality.
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 Filigree Ladies Locket. A beautifully made sterling silver filigree work locket, probably made in Birmingham around 1900-1910. It comes in excellent condition and it still retains its original photograph of a woman and child, but this can be easily removed and replaced with a picture or photograph of your choice. It has a matching filigree jump ring and a silver letter ‘S’ on the front. A lovely piece of Edwardian costume, which comes presented in a box. it measures 1.5 x 1.75 not including the ring.
Edwardian Silver Marine Society Merit Medal HMS Warspite This is a scarce heavy gauge silver medal issued to former HMS Warspite boys for five years of exemplary service after they had left the ship and joined the Merchant Navy. This one is named and dated on the reverse to: Athelstan Grace 16th Feb 1905, a super quality detailed medal on a swivel suspender and the remains of its original ribbon, comes in its box of issue, a good sized medal measuring 42mm in diameter and is in excellent condition. Ref. 21315
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.
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.
Excellent Rare WW1 Christmas 1918 Salonika Army Postcard This is an interesting postcard, to the front it has ‘finish Johnny’ and a soldier holding in each hand his enemies, the Germans and ‘Johnny Turk’. To the very bottom left side it has 8th Field Survey Company R.E. No 529, it comes in very good condition, only slightly yellowed and has not been written on.
Fabulous WW1&2 German Gallantry Medal Group. A wonderful group containing the medals, certificates, photos and even the original Pickelhaube Helmet plate all relating to one man Walter Dietrich of the Royal Saxon Infantry. It comprises of his original WW1 medal group of the Kyffhäuserbund Medal, awarded to veterans who served in the first world war, the Iron Cross 2nd class or the Eisernes Kreuz II, this was awarded for acts of gallantry and the Friedrich August Medal in bronze, this was instituted on 23 April 1905 by King Friedrich August III of Saxony, awarded for acknowledgement of notable or gallant service by enlisted men or NCOs, it was also could be awarded to civilians and in peace time, but the medal is suspended on different ribbons, this one is on the ‘War Ribbon’. The other medal relating to First World War service is the Honour or Hindenburg cross with swords, issued to combatants who served in WW1, it was instituted the 13th July 1934 and it was to replace all other veteran medals. Each medal in this lot comes with its corresponding certificate named to Walter Dietrich, along with his original ww1 service book, this needs going through carefully to determine which action Walter received his gallantry medals. Also included is Walter’s original Pickelhaube plate, this has suffered a little but I am sure it will clean up a treat, and various photographs, one with the battalion showing two soldiers wearing their spiked helmets. Walter must has been very proud of his great war service, he obviously felt compelled to do his bit in the second world war too, he joined the Volkssturm the German version of the Home guard, he was awarded the 1939 War Merit Medal, this too comes with its original certificate, again named to Walter Dietrich and his Volkssturm Arm band. This whole lot has just come in from a German family, unseen and its first time on the market. What an interesting research project, everything is here needed to put together this man’s whole service history; everything is in very good original condition and guaranteed 100% genuine, obviously there is signs of age and some wear to these items, including the medals, but there is nothing I would consider as damage. Please note, I’ve just noticed that I have omitted to photograph the Honour cross, this is included in this group, it is a combatants cross with swords with its original ribbon.
Fantastic Group of Medals, Plaque & Ephemera to Burtenshaw 21st London’s KIA at Festubert 1915. MORE PHOTOGRAPHS OF WW1 1914/15 star trio all correctly named to 2298 Private Arthur William Burtenshaw of the 21st Battalion the London Regimnet, the First Surry Rifles.
Fantastic Group of Medals, Plaque & Ephemera to Burtenshaw 21st London’s KIA at Festubert 1915. This is a wonderful untouched and unseen lot containing a good collection of ephemera and personal items all belonging to a young man who gave his life at the age of just 17. The list of items included are; WW1 1914/15 star trio all correctly named to 2298 Private Arthur William Burtenshaw of the 21st Battalion the London Regimnet, the First Surry Rifles. WW1 memorial plaque named to; Arthur William Burtenshaw, this comes with its original card envelop and Kings Letter. WW1 memorial scroll named to Rfn Arthur William Burtenshaw London Regiment, this comes in its original cardboard tube which is named and addressed to his father. Two original photographs of his grave taken at different times, probably on a family visit. A photo of the memorial picture from his works, Makower and Jolowicz, a textiles manufacturers in London, this shows pictures of those employees who had fallen during the great war. interestingly it shows pictures of men from the French and Polish army as well as British, there is a small picture of Burtenshaw in uniform. There are three large portrait and other photographs of him in this lot, please see pictures. A lovely picture postcard sent home by Arthur, it shows a cartoon of a German cavalry officer. The families Kings Medals five in all two of which are named to A Burtenahaw. Lastly there are two WW2 photographs in Arthurs things, this is probably one of the family, but I do not know who. Arthur Wiliam Burtenshaw was born in Fulham London around 1898, we know before the war he was employed at Makower and Jolowicz textiles, despite his age, and the fact he joined up in Camberwell, he must have joined up in the August 1914. The 21st London formed part of 6th London Brigade, 2nd London Division. They were moved to St Albans area for training and on 16th March 1915 they landed at Le Havre. On the 11th May their formation was changed to 142nd Brigade in 47th (2nd London) Division, they first saw action at the battle battle of Aubers Ridge which opened on the 9th May, and the battle of Festubert from the 15th to 25th May. The opening action was preceded by a four day artillery bombardment, by over 400 guns firing 100,000 shells, the attack around the village of Festubert was launched at night on 15th May by two divisions of mostly Indian infantry, and made rapid initial progress, despite the failure of the preliminary bombardment to effectively destroy the German Sixth Army front line defenses (under Crown Prince Rupprecht); when under attack, the Germans retreated to a line directly in front of the village. A further assault upon these lines, by Canadian troops, was begun on 18th May, but was unsuccessful in the face of German artillery fire. In heavy rain, some Allied troops began to prepare trenches to consolidate the small gains made so far. During that same evening the German front line received a further injection of reserves. Renewed attacks by the Allied forces between 20th to 24th May resulted in the capture of Festubert village itself, a position held until the German advance of spring 1918. Despite having captured Festubert however, the Allied forces had advanced less than a kilometer; consequently the attack was ended on 27 May, with the British having suffered some 16,000 casualties during the action. It was in this battle that Arthur was killed or badly wounded and probably taken to the casualty clearing station at Bethune, where he died. He is now remembered with honour at the Bethune Town Cemetery. He as the son of Mr H. N. and Mrs E. M. Burtenshaw of 167 Uxbridge Road, Hanwell, London. A fabulous lot to the London regiment, one of the first territorial units to fight in France. This lot comes with various copied research, mic, medal roll, Commonwealth War Graves certificate and census information. This is the first time this man’s medals and effects have come on the market as it has come direct from the family. The medals, plaque etc are all in very good condition. they have been mounted on their ribbons but not worn. Please see pictures for full content of this collection.
Fantastic Original Victorian Photograph Majors of The Household Regiments This is a superb original Victorian photograph of Majors from various Household Regiments, there are 13 men in total in differing uniforms but all having that fixed stern expression. The photo dates circa 1880 and why they gathered for the shot we will probably never know. Comes in a decent size measuring 10 inches x 8.25 and the mount measures 15 inches x 13. The condition given its age is very good, there is an inky streak across the shot, with some light rubbing this is coming off so a sympathetic clean could improve this greatly.
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.
Fife, Forfar & Scottish Horse Yeomanry The queens crown badge for the two merged yeomanry regiments, used from 1956. It comes in perfect condition and made by Gaunt of Birmingham. Ref. Z17
Film Prop WW2 Hitler Youth Shirt This copy Hitler youth shirt was used in the film 'Fatherland' made in 1994 which starred Rutger Hauer and Miranda Richardson, the plot was set in 1967 and was a fictional historical account of what might have happened if Hitler had won the second world war. The shirt was supplied by Angels costumiers of Shaftesbury Avenue London, this company was founded in 1840 and is the oldest established costume supplier in the world. There is a cloth badge on the left arm for the Berlin Hitler Youth, this badge is the wrong colour and has been made in black with red sewing to stand out and be legible during filming. The shirt came to me from a friend in the film business and he obtained it from a film prop warehouse clearout. It comes in very good condition, 36' has been hand written on the lable so I am taking that as a chest size.
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 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.
For Proficiency in Mental Nursing Medal. An early 20th century bronze medal awarded by the Royal Medico Psychological Association for Proficiency in mental health nursing. These were awarded to men and women who had dedicated a certain amount of time nursing people with mental health issues. A lot were issued after the first world war to those who treated shell shock patients, but without any documentation it’s hard to know when and what this medal was awarded. The medal itself is in near mint condition and it was awarded to C. R. Basson. The original ribbon is tatty and it comes with its original ribbon bar, which is even tattier. An interesting medal awarded at the birth of mental health nursing.
Four Miniature WW2 Stars Four minature WW2 stars, these are the modern issues and include: the Pacific star, the Atlantic star, France and germany star and the Burma star. All are in excellent condition.
Four Pots of Vintage Snuff by Gawith & Co Ltd of Kendal 1 Its hard to date these tins but I think they are early 20th century up to the 1920’s, all have been made by Samuel Gawith & Co Ltd of Kendal, they each have a different title including: Dr Verey’s medicated snuff, best SPI high mill snuff, after glow peppermint snuff and otter hound perfumed snuff. A couple of the tins rattle so may have snuff still in them, they come in fair condition with signs of age to the tins and labels and measure 1.75 inches in diameter.
Four Pots of Vintage Snuff by Gawith & Co Ltd of Kendal 2 Its hard to date these tins but I think they are early 20th century up to the 1920’s, all have been made by Samuel Gawith & Co Ltd of Kendal, they each have a different title including: Cob scented snuff, gold mull, richt kind and original Kendal brown snuff. A couple of the tins rattle so may have snuff still in them, they come in fair condition with signs of age to the tins and labels and measure 1.75 inches 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 WW1 German Postcards From a Soldier to His Sweetheart All four of these postcards were sent by Georg Bremar to his sweetheart Mela during October 1918 when he was stationed with the 11th Infantry company No 91 somewhere in Germany, they are obviously a love letter type card. The fronts which look quite similar vary ever so slightly in design and must have formed part of a series. They all come in very good condition and each has been postally used.
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.
Four WW2 Era Photo Postcards of Eisenhower Three of these postcards were made by Tuck and the 4th by a Dutch manufacturer this one has been postally used, the three Tuck examples I think are also Dutch issues, all four show general Eisenhower in different situations. All are in good 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 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.
Freedom of the City of London Scroll & Date Line Crossing 1945 Here are two interesting bits of ephemera named to one man, Walter Stanley Clapp. In October 1945 Walter crossed the International date line on board the U.S.S. Joseph T. Dickman, this ship was still involved in the campaigns in the Pacific during 1945 so perhaps Walter was a serving seaman. Having crossed the dateline he was awarded a card showing that he had been initiated as a 'trusty guard'. In 1947 he was granted the freedom of the City of London to trade as a Stationer and newspaper maker and given this small waxed paper scroll. Both items come in very good condition.
French Medal Pair for the Korean War Another scarce find the French UN medal for Korea, the Croix de Guerre of the same period and the recipient’s military ID bracelet. Both medals are in very good original condition, but the ribbon is tatty on the Croix de Guerre; the bracelet is named Joseph Fargues, born 1934. Once again, no research has been done on this man and his service in the Korean War, so an interesting project awaits. Ref. 17390
French 1866 Patt Chassepot Sword Bayonet. The French model was designed to fit on the revolutionary French Model 1866 Chassepot Rifled Infantry Musket. It was manufactured from 1866 to about 1874 and was replaced by the French Model 1874 Gras Bayonet. It has a brass grip with a steel cross guard with a hook blade breaker quillion. The blade is steel, yataghan-shape with a single-edged and fullered both sides. The blades are usually marked on the back-edge with the arsenal, month, and year of manufacture etc. this one has no marking except one small French proof mark just under the cross guard. This would suggest it was made for export. As this one came from the US along with a collection of American collection I purchased a while ago, this is a fair bet. The condition is very good. It has a good clean blade with very little pitting and only a few nicks to the edge. It is missing its steel scabbard. These are very easy to obtain, but these bayonets are best displayed without the scabbard, in my opinion; this shows the blades true beauty. A nice piece with a slightly unusual twist.
French 1866 Pattern Chassepot Sword Bayonet This bayonet was designed to fit on the French Model 1866 Chassepot Rifled Infantry Musket (It was manufactured from 1866 to about 1874 and was replaced by the French Model 1874 Gras Bayonet. This bayonet is brass-hilted with a spring steel latch on the right side. The cross guard is steel and has a screw-type latch to tightening the muzzle-ring. The lower quillon is the hooked blade-breaker type and the blade is steel, single-edged and fullered on both sides, with a re-curved or yataghan-shape. The blade is marked on the back-edge with the arsenal details, in this case, it looks like Mre d' Armes de St. Etienne 1870. The marks are a little worn, but still just readable. It isb also marked on the guard, quillon, and ricasso, please see pictures. The condition of the blade is good, some dark staining but no pitting. The hilt is also in the same good order and the brass grip is polished. It has its original steel scabbard, this is marked with the numbers L58874 and the scabbard is in very good order. A very good example of this type of bayonet and in a very collectable grade. It measures 28 inches long. Ship to UK only by UPS at £12.95 Proof of age required on purchase.
French 1874 Gras Bayonet WW1 Trench Knife. A WW1 trench knife made from a French 1874 pattern Gras bayonet. This was done during the Great War and by the look of it, it saw a lot of action. There was a shortage of close combat fighting knives for the ordinary Tommy during the First World War, so they made all sorts of unique weapons to take on trench raids, when this type of weapon was called for. They made clubs, coshes, and all kinds of trench knives from what they could lay their hands on; this one was probably made from a broken bayonet, or from one picked up in the field. The trifoil blade has been significantly shortened to just under 8.5 inches long and it would have proved quite a formidable close combat weapon. It comes from a collection of trench knives recently purchased, so there are a lot more similar to come. It is in very good original condition and the hilt, still retains various proof marks etc. The whole thing measures 13.5 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 1874 Pattern Gras Bayonet. 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 83061 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 1879’. 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 ricasso is also stamped with proof marks. The scabbard is basically a rolled steel tube with a ball finial, this still has around 95% of its original bluing still remaining. It is stamped with 86740 on the back of the frog loop. All in all a collectable grade of bayonet which is untouched from any restoration. It measures; 26 inches long.
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 Cross of Military Valour. A lovely example of this French decoration, it comes in very good condition and on its original ribbon. Ref. 15587
French Marine Franco Prussian War Watercolour. A charming little patriotic watercolour depicting a French marine officer and his ship. Above patriotic swags and the French eagle. Right at the bottom is written in pen “Aligre Auguste” which could be the name of the artist. The picture has suffered a little water damage in areas, but a good historic painting. It comes in its original frame with sealed wood backing. It measures 11 x 14.5 inches.
Full WW2 Royal Naval Reserve Officers Uniform. A full WW2 naval officer’s uniform belonging to Lieutenant Commander R. C. Green of the Royal naval Reserve. It comprises of dress tunic and trousers complete with all insignia in gold bullion and medal ribbons, wool waistcoat, Officers cap with named label inside with bullion cap badge. 2 x RN white shirts, a tin of separate dress collars and studs, RN overcoat summer weight, and RN woolen Balaclava, plus various buttons etc. I purchased this lot from the family of Lieut Comm Green and I was told he served all through WW2 and at some point on artic convoys. After the war he stayed in the navy and later on became an active officer in the training of Royal Naval cadets. The whole uniform is in superb original condition, well looked after and stored very well. It all comes in his original WW2 demob case which is named and addressed to Green, however a part of the label is missing, but the important part can still be read. A fabulous collection of one officers uniform that saw service in the Second World War and a man that devoted his life to the navy, in just superb order. Due to the weight of this substantial lot which weighs 11kgs, UK shipping will be £14.95 via UPS
George III Silver Crown Brooch. 1819 I know, a terrible thing to do to such a wonderful coin in near EF condition, but this was probably done in the Victorian era. It has a brooch pin on the back and also a jump ring so it could be worn as a pendant. The coin itself is in wonderful condition, to the front is the obverse, which shows the fabulous George and the Dragon designed by Benedetto Pistrucci. A lovely piece of Georgian silver regardless.
George V Coinage Florin, Shilling, Sixpence. 1935-1936. Two sets of coinage from the reign of George V. A Florin, Shilling and a Sixpence for the years 1935 and 1936. All are in a good collectable grade, made from 50% silver and 50% Cupra Nickle.
George V Half Crown 1911 An very fine Half Crown, George V 1911. A little beauty, in a very collectable grade, one scratch through reverse shield. Please see pictures.
George V Issue Silver Miniature 1935 Jubilee Medal One of a small group of original miniature medals that I have acquired recently, A solid silver issue of the George V 1935 Jubilee medal distributed to 'the great and good throughout the Empire'. Comes in good condition, needs a clean and the ribbon is grubby.
George V Silver Jubilee Medal 1935. The Kings solid silver jubilee medal, crowned on 16th May 1910. It was awarded to the Royal Family and selected officers of state, officials and servants of the Royal Household, ministers, government officials, mayors, public servants, local government officials, members of the navy, army, air force and police in Britain, her colonies and Dominions and those who were on duty on the day. This one is a lovely example and it comes on its original ribbon.
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 Coronation Medal 1937. The Kings solid silver coronation medal, crowned on 19th May 1937. It was awarded to the Royal Family and selected officers of state, officials and servants of the Royal Household, ministers, government officials, mayors, public servants, local government officials, members of the navy, army, air force and police in Britain, her colonies and Dominions and those who were on duty on the day. This one is a lovely example and it comes on its original ribbon.
Georgian Naval Midshipman’s Lion Head Dirk. A Georgian period Royal Navy Midshipman’s Dirk, circa 1820; it has a gilt brass lion head pommel and under a shagrin grip bound with brass and silver wire. Between the grip and the brass acorn knop guard, it has a sterling silver ferrule. The blade is good Sheffield steel coming to a blunt point. if you look carefully, you can still see the remnants of the highly decorative engraving which once embellished the blade. This is a wonderful historic piece is in very good order for its age, but of course there is a few issues. The grip has a few small areas missing and a little loose, this has been caused by the wood under the shagrin has shrunken, but the lion’s head and back still has some of its original gilt, still visible. The blade is a little worn and the gilt brass and black leather scabbard, is long gone. But who knows what young Midshipman held this dirk, perhaps a young Charles Howe Fremantle or John E Erskine, that is the wonder of antiques such as this, its history in your hand. It measures; 17 inches long Ship to UK mainland only
Georgian Veterinary Fleam. A rare horse and cattle Fleam, in the days when bloodletting was common practice, for animals as well as humans it was instruments such as these that were used to bleed a large animal of all malevolent humours from the body to cure it from all sorts of illnesses. This instrument has two large spade shape blades that fold away into its solid brass scales. The whole piece is in wonderful condition apart from the tip is missing from one of the blades, but has it is not for used, it still remains a very interesting and scarce collectable. WAS £35
German 1936 Tinnie – Freedom and Bread A lightweight German tinnie or day badge for the 29th March 1936, the legend around the edge has ‘freiheit und brot’ ‘freedom and bread’, comes in good condition, has a loop on the back to take a pin, this is a bit buckled, measures one inch in diameter.
German 1st October 1938 Medal. Awarded to those who took part in the occupation of the Sudetenland, or Bohemia and Moravia on the 1st October 1938. This one is in lovely condition and it is suspended from its original ribbon. Ref. 18020
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 Model 1898/05 Butcher Bayonet. A Well-made, single-edged swell-tip steel blade, wooden grips. Designed to fit the 1898 German Mauser Carbines and Rifles. This one is still in very good condition, and it has a good maker’s mark stamped on the ricasso of; SIMSON & CO SUHL. It also has a Prussian proof mark on the back of the blade and this is dated for 1914. The blade has some very light pitting and one small area of heavier pitting near the edge. The wooden grips are also very good but the pommel and guard, again has some pitting. The scabbard, is very good, no rusting and has been clean back at some point. But due to the demand of this pattern of bayonet now, this can only be considered as a very good example by a very good maker; it measures 20.5 inches long in its scabbard. 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.
German SA Dagger with SS Blade. A very interesting German dagger as it was found and probably untouched since the 1930’s. It has a very good SA hilt. Wood grip with original SA rune and eagle, pommel and cross guard, which is stamped ‘NS’ for the region of Niedersachsen. It has a fabulous SS blade, this is not unusual, I have seen this many times. An original member of the SA who later joins the SS wants to show he was in the earlier SA, one of the original Stormtroopers. The blade is very good quality and has the makers mark of Richard A Herder and on the tang it is marked with ‘I’, please see pictures. The condition of this piece is wonderful, there is some light wear to the grip, but no more than would expect from a well-cared for dagger. The blade is clean and free from and rust or pitting and the original etching is still deep and crisp. It measures; 13.5 inches. Ship to UK mainland only
German WW2 Luftwaffe Breast Eagle A lovely breast eagle that looks unissued; machine embroidered example issued to enlisted men or NCO’s. a great example.
Gilt Bronze Roman Seal Ring. 1st Century AD The major part of a Roman seal ring. Made of bronze it would have originally been covered in gold, on the top of the ring, you can still see traces of this. It has an engrave seal, which looks like a dog or a hound etc. Half of the ring is missing, broken off, this is probably why the owner lost it, but the best and important part is here, a fabulous thing in amazing condition considering its age.
Good 19th Century Field Telescope by Newton & Co. A super Late Victorian Brass and Leather three draw field telescope which is engraved on the first draw with the makers details of Newton & Co, Opticians, Fleet Street, London. The condition of this telescope is excellent and untouched, it has lovely clear and bright lenses and comes with its original leather lens cover. The brass parts are not polished and have a nice even dark tone, although it would look fabulous cleaned and the bright brass would stand out against the dark brown leather.
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 Group of Ten WW2 Era Newspapers I have a large selection of these which were found in a attic along with loads of other wartime ephemera. I am grouping into lots of ten, they will be a lucky dip purchase but all are WW2 period and include some of the major happenings of the war. There are various newspapers including: the daily express, the news chronicle, daily mail, daily telegraph and the daily mirror. The condition for the most part is very good, all are completely readable and give a great insight into wartime Britain.
Good Mixed Lot – Ammo Tin Etc A good mixed dealers lot to include: a military issue 200 rounds ammunition tin comes in good order, a camouflage back pack hardly if at all used, a brown leather bullet belt to hold 25 shells good but used condition, two new lanyards and a magazine case in good but used condition. Ref Lot 2
Good Pair Georgian Brass Candlesticks. A good classic pair of Georgian brass candlesticks, dating from around 1790-1800. Beautiful slender design stems standing on oblong bases. They are a little worn, and one corner to one has a little dent, but they have been used and polished for over two hundred years. They stand 9 inches high and due to the heavy and solid way they have been made, they will probably been around for another two hundred years.
Good Pair of Vintage Eastern Command Cloth Patches The defiant bulldog. Eastern Command's wartime HQ was at Luton, it's territory covered East Anglia and the Central Midland Counties. Printed on linen this pair have never been used and are still attached to each other.
Good Pair of WW1 Brass Trench art 6 Pounder Shells 1917 Here are a pair of six pounder shells well decorated with birds and branches, each has an inscribed banner, one is marked, 'souvenir of the Great War 4th August 1914 - 11th November 1918', the other has 'from France Foret DeMormal Englefontaine'. A brief research shoes the battles that occurred in the French locations featured quite heavily regiments from Wales so I am taking an educated guess that these may have come from one of those regiments. Both are in excellent condition, well marked on the basis, needing a good clean and stand 10 inches high.
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 Cloth Shoulder Titles A pair of WW2 RAF cloth shoulder titles, they come in very good but used condition with a cream cotton material backing. They measure 3.25 inches long.
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 Selection of 10 American Civil War Era Patriotic Envelopes Issued as a fund raiser for the civil war these patriotic envelopes came in a vast variety of styles mostly political or patriotic in design, this group of 10 feature the loyal states of the union, pirate connections, fort Sumpter, Cain of Baltimore and one envelope which has been written on and postally used but the stamp has been torn off. Condition wise they are very good
Good Selection of Vintage Cloth & Metal Badges Essex Regiment This is a good group of mixed badges for the Essex regiment, the largest is a super cloth bullion badge made from silver wire which comes in very good condition, there is two part brass and white metal cap badge, a 4th battalion comrades association badge made from brass and enamel (some wear to the enamel) a WW2 white metal and enamel sweetheart brooch, two small pin badges and a white metal Essex county badge. All are 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 and Later Welsh Guards Insignia This is a very good selection of Welsh Guards insignia to include: two cap badges, one WW2 one later, a cloth shoulder patch, 4 large and four medium sized brass buttons, a cloth WG epaulette and a Welsh Guards comrades association brass and enamel badge by Gaunt. All items come in good but used 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 Selection of WW2 War Damage Commission Paperwork The war damage to lands and buildings commission issued a series of small booklets to people whose home and properties had been damaged by bombs, these were guidelines on how to claim compensation and how to get things fixed. This batch includes a typed letter dated 1945 to a claimant. a scarce lot in 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 American Civil War Fund Raising Needle Holder Made in the early part of the 20th century as a fund raising tool for veterans clubs these patriotic needle holder wallets came in a variety of designs this one features the American eagle on a shield to one side, it still has some needles in place and comes in good but used condition with some edge damage, it has Czechoslovakia across the bottom so was probably produced abroad for the American market, it measures 4.75 inches x 2.75.
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 Dawes & Ball Jack Knife WW2 Era The company of Dawes & Ball Sheffield made knives for the military during WW2 this knife is probably from that issue but is not military marked, it carries the makers name on the multi purpose blade probably a tin and bottle opener, it has Bakelite grips and comes in very good condition, some signs of age, the blade is sharp and of original shape, a bit stiff to open and measures 6.25 inches open.
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 Linen Union Flag A WW2 era printed on linen Union flag, a couple of small holes and the hoist is missing; it measures 40 inches x 26.
Good Vintage Linen Union Flag A good condition WW2 era printed on linen Union flag, no holes or tears but a little grubby, it measures 45 inches x 33.
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 Red, White & Blue Linen Banner Probably used as a table runner or long back drop this red, white and blue banner measures 8 foot 5 inches long and is 23 inches wide, it is printed linen and comes in very good condition with the odd hole and some fraying to the edges.
Good Vintage Royal Naval Mine Watching Service Brass Cap Badge A good large vintage brass and coloured enamel cap badge for the RNMWS, below is a brief history for the service, the badge comes in very good condition and includes its brass backplate and pin, it measures two inches long. The Royal Naval Mine Watching Service was a civilian organisation formed in 1952 as part of the auxiliary forces of the British Naval Service. Its intended wartime role was to man observation points overlooking ports and strategic waterways, in order to report mines dropped by aircraft. The service came into existence early in 1952 when nearly 3,000 men and women enrolled for duty in an emergency. In 1962 the service was amalgamated with the Admiralty Ferry Crews Association, to become the Royal Naval Auxiliary Service (R.N.X.S). The flag inscription was altered from "RN MWS" to "RNXS" to reflect that name change.
Good Vintage Sewn Cloth Patch – Green Jackets A good quality sewn cloth patch for the Royal Green Jackets, comes in very good but used condition and measures 3.75inches long.
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 Sewn Cloth Patch – Suffolk Regiment A good quality sewn cloth patch for the Suffolk regiment, comes in very good but used condition and measures 3.5inches 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 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 WW1 Brass Button Stick A nicely marked all brass button stick made by Smith & Wright of Birmingham, it is marked ‘4CH 345’ along the body, comes in very good condition with some light surface scuffs and measures 6.75 inches long.
Good WW1 Era Military Marked Jack Knife This WW1 Jack Knife is nicely marked on the tin opener arm with the broad arrow and D317 on either side, it comes in very good condition with some sign of use and wear and sharpening over the years, it measures 9 inches fully open and 4 when closed.
Good WW1 Medal Pair to Faulkner Norfolk Regiment A good WW1 medal pair comprising of the British War medal and victory medal both correctly named to 23586 Private Albert E Faulkner of the Norfolk Regiment. This pair of medals comes with an original photograph of Faulkner in uniform and a copy of his medal index card which shows his medal entitlement to be the pair. apart from his mic, no other research has been done on this man, so an interesting project awaits. Both medals are in very good original condition.
Good WW2 Military Marked Acme Thunderer Whistle This is a top quality white metal whistle well marked to the side with the military crows foot with C.N. 973-6266 and to the front with ‘the acme thunderer made in England’, comes complete with its wooden pea inside and is in working order.
Good WW2 Para Cloth and Bullion Wings This is a good quality WW2 era RAF parachutist cloth and bullion work patch, it is sewn not printed and has silver wirework to the parachute, taken from a uniform it comes in very good but used condition and measures 3 inches across.
Good WW2 Para Regiment Sewn Cloth Wings A nice sewn cloth patch for an RAF parachutist, comes in super condition and measures just over 3.25 inches long.
Good WW2 Sterling Silver & Enamel RAF Sweetheart Brooch A pretty sweetheart brooch for the RAF, well marked on the back with ‘silver’ and decorated to the front with coloured enamels, comes in very good condition just needing a clean and measures just under two inches long.
Group Lot of Items – RAF Interest A good group lot to include: 1952 dated RAF forage cap, well used and loose sweat band, a pair of black leather putties good but used condition, two new lanyards and a pair of WW1 era field binoculars, these need a bit of attention on the body but the optics are good. All you see in the pictures, sold as seen. Ref Lot 1
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 Four Crested China Pieces Here is a good group of four crested china items to include: an Arcadian china shaving cup with the arms of West Hartlepool, a babies crib with the arms of Brighton (no makers mark), a seaside shell with the arms of Brighton (no makers mark) and an Arcadian blacksmiths anvil with the arms of Felixstowe, all pieces are in very good condition the tallest measuring nearly 2.75 inches high.
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 & Mother of Pearl Fruit Knife -1906 This will be a cheap lot as it comes with a fault, the blade will not close down properly, as you can see from the pictures the blade is in a fixed position, not sure if this can be fixed, otherwise it is very well hallmarked for Sheffield 1906 with a makers mark of A&D, it has a mother of pearl handle and a silver cartouche, it measures 4 inches open and 2.5 closed.
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 Officers Mess Table Lighter Welsh Reg This is a beautiful fully hallmarked silver table lighter for the officers mess of the Welsh regiment, it is hallmarked for London 1923 along the base and comes with its dipping wick and the wick which would have been alight on the table, all in the style of a Roman Oil Lamp. It comes in wonderful condition; there are a couple of small dings to one side but otherwise excellent. It measures just over 4 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 Regular Army Reserve of Officers Lapel Badge All of the examples of this lapel badge I have found all have the same date of 1939 with the same maker of J.F. for James Fenton of Birmingham, so I am assuming they were commissioned that year and despatched to the officers of the reserve army ahead of the outbreak of WW2. Comes in super condition and measures one inch long.
Hallmarked Silver Thimble – B’ham 1927 A decorative hallmarked silver thimble clearly marked for Birmingham 1927 with a makers mark of JF and the size of II not sure if ‘2’ or ‘11’, it comes in very good condition no holes or dents and is of a good gauge.
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.
Head Fuze of a WW1 Shrapnel Shell Used early to mid war these types of shells were used to inflict as much damage as possible on the German soldiers, the body was packed with individual round bullets but had to be accurately fired to do its job properly, trenches, sandbags and a good steel helmet were enough to prevent death and major injury and so these types of shells were used less as the war progressed. This on has been fired and is damaged accordingly, it is of a good size standing 6.5 inches high.
Honour Cross Combatants Crossed Swords Device to be used on a miniature or full size ribbon bar, on the honour cross ribbon to denote a combatant, it has two little prongs on the back to fix it to the ribbon.
Honourable Artillery Company Badge Set. Three scarce brass badges, the service dress cap badge, the typical field gun with the motto in a ribbon swag below, the Infantry sergeants grenade type badge and lastly the H.A.C. shoulder title. All three pieces are in very good but used condition.
Hornby O Gauge Railway Engine Late 1940's to early 1950's Hornby tin plate O gauge railway engine, British Railways No3 engine 82011. This one has had the clockwork mechanism dismantled, probably for cleaning but never replaced. It, I am told is all there including the spring and key, all the relevant cogs are still attached inside the engine. The engine itself is in lovely condition and also comes with some track. A great simple little project for the railway buff.
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.
Hornby ‘O’ Gauge Railway Level Crossing. Pre War Hornby tin plate O gauge railway level crossing. It is in very good condition, complete with both gates and the fixings on both side for the track. Also in good working order. it measures; 10 x 5 inches.
Hornby ‘O’ Gauge Railway Lumber Wagon. 1950's Hornby tin plate O gauge railway Lumber wagon, to take logs or sawn lumber, it was up to the child to collect piles of twigs to go on the wagon. This one comes in near mint condition, it has both original chains to hold down the lumber, these have gone black with age, but not rusty. The paint is good and the wagon is complete. It measures; 5.25 x 2 inches.
Hornby ‘O’ Gauge Railway Signal. Pre war Hornby tin plate O gauge railway signal. It comes in very good condition with good paint and in working order. it measures; 8 inches high.
Hornby ‘O’ Gauge Railway Wagon. 1950's Hornby tin plate O gauge railway wagon. It comes in near mint condition, the paint is perfect, just the metal bar that comes across is a little rusty in places. It is complete, nothing missing. It measures 4.75 x 2.25 inches.
Hornby/Meccano ‘O’ Gauge Railway Fuel Tanker. Vintage Hornby ‘O’ gauge railway BP / Shell fuel tanker. This one is in good order with some scratches to the Lithograph on the tin plate. But still a nice interesting piece of vintage railway, which measures 5 inches long.
Huge WW2 Beach Landing at Salerno Photograph 20' x 16' Unusual to find such large such large photographs, measuring 20 inches x 16 this one showing the Allied landing on the beach at Salerno with the ship in the background. It is in good condition, has been displayed using pins in the corners, it would make an excellent display cabinet back drop, especially to a WW2 collection. This will be sent rolled in a tube.
Icons of Aviation- Battle of Britain Gift Set 1:72 Scale Made by the firm Revell this 2010 issue modellers kit has four plastic model kits: The Mark 1 Hurricane, the Mark 1 Spitfire, the Heinkel H-3 and the Junkers Stuka. Called the icons of aviation and made in tribute to the fighters of the battle of Britain. Original retail price £24.99, all parts appear to be present including instructions, stickers, paint and brush, all in good order a few rough areas on outside of box.
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 Grenadier Officers Shoulder Boards. A lovely quality pair of pre WW1 German shoulder boards. They are made of red wool with Silver bullion tress with brass surround. Used by the Bayern grenadier regiments. They are both in excellent condition and they still retain their original gilt metal pips, although the regiment number is missing. There is an area of moth damage on the underside of one (please see pictures) and both show wear to the undersides. A good pair of boards, which are getting very hard to find.
Imperial German Iron Cross Gallantry Medal Trio. WW1 era German medal group of three court mounted on a traditional German medal bar comprising of the Iron Cross 2nd class, awarded for acts of gallantry or conspicuous service, the WW1 Honour cross with swords, this is a WW1 commemorative medal awarded to those who fought in the great war. And lastly the Kaiser Wilhelm centenary medal, this was Founded by Kaiser Wilhelm II on 22 March 1897 and given to all active duty troops, veterans of the unification wars, etc. in honour of the 100th birthday of his grandfather, Kaiser Wilhelm I. This little group of medals are interesting; during the late 19th century and up until the First World War, Germany had a very well governed National Service type scheme, every man above a certain age had to do a term in the armed forces; this is why they had such a large amount of trained soldiers they could call on during WW1. This little group shows that the recipient was serving his national service around the time of the issue of the Kaiser Wilhelm centenary medal, and was later called up into the army for service in the Great War. He obviously excelled himself during the war, winning the iron cross. All three medals are in excellent original condition and of course come with my usual guarantee of authenticity. Ref. 19649
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.
Imperial German Officers Lion Head Sword. A very high quality Imperial German Officers Sword. It has a highly embellished brass hilt, the guard has ornamentations of crossed swords and pike behind a shield below an iron cross. The lagnets on each side are decorated with crossed cannon on one side and a shield cartouche and foliage on the other. The grip is covered with fine Shagreen, held in place with twisted silver wire. The back of the grip is also well decorated leading to the Lion head pommel; the lion has a bohemian garnet set into his eyes. The blade is just as fine; a single fuller to each side of its long and slightly curved blade which has been etched with scrolls, foliage and military weapons, this is the same on each side. It is still residing in its original steel scabbard, this is complete with its single ring. Now down to condition. The overall condition of this very impressive sword is excellent, but there is always something to point out, in this case not too much. The finally decorated hilt has residue of old polish which is hiding some of the detail. This can be rectified by some warm soapy water and a soft tooth brush, this will not hurt the patination but dissolve what remains of the old polish. The blade is very good, no rust or pitting, the etching can be quite clearly seen, but it is a little faded from what it would have looked like originally. The scabbard was probably once painted black; at some point someone has sanded the paint off leaving sanding marks and scratching to the body of the scabbard, again this is easily polished out. I have taken a picture of the worst affected area to show you, please see pictures. A fabulous sword, it has a makers mark under one on the lagnets, but I can’t photograph it and it is very hard to see, the hilt would have to be dismantled to reveal the maker, going on the quality of the sword, I’m sure it is by one of the top German sword manufacturers. It measures 37 inches long. The blade measures 30.75 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only via courier at £12.95
Imperial Germany Kaiser Wilhelm Centenary Medal Founded by Kaiser Wilhelm II on 22 March 1897 and given to all active duty troops and veterans of the First Schleswig War, Second Schleswig War, Austro-Prussian War, and the Franco-Prussian War in honor of the 100th birthday of his grandfather, Kaiser Wilhelm I. It was made of bronze gun metal from captured cannons, this one is in very good original condition but all traces of the gilt wash which covered the medal has gone.
Imposing Edwardian Era Large Gilded Belgian Medal This is a large well made medal issued in 1910 to commemorate the Belgian exposition or worlds fair held in Brussels, it is made from a gilded base metal with enamel decoration, around the centre it has ‘exposition de l’oeuvre Belge Bruxelles 1910’, the French loaned various exhibits including works of art by Monet and Renoir. My best guess is that this medal was given to very senior representatives and would have been worn on a long ribbon. It comes mounted on a thin wood board with a green baize background, the condition is excellent and it measures 4.5 inches long including the short length of ribbon and is 2.75 inches high.
Impressive Large Dated 1905 Photograph Austrian Officers & NCO’s A really great large photograph of Austrian Officers and NCO”s, it is dated 1905 bottom left and features a cross section of ages from the senior men with their medals down to a few chaps who look around 18 or so. It comes in very good condition for its age the phot having been mounted on white card which is a bit grubby. The mount measures 19.75 inches x just under 13, the photo is 14.5 x 8.25.
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.
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 Silver Hong Kong Rifle Association Shooting Medallion (10) Dated on the reverse 1937-38 this tested sterling medallion was given as a shooting prize, it is engraved with 'H.K.R.A Belilios shield 1937-38' it appears that the Belilios name is attached to a public school in Hong Kong which still exists today. it measures under 1.5 inches in diameter and comes in good condition.
Inter War Solid Silver St John’s Ambulance Medal 1937 This is a solid hallmarked silver St John’s Ambulance medal issued to 442905 Maurne Shaffer, it is clearly hallmarked for Birmingham 1937 with the makers mark of WD&S and ‘registered at St John’s Gate London’ on the reverse, it comes in very good condition, needs a clean and comes on its original ribbon, the medal measures 1.75 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 & Rare WW1 Era BEF Salonika Greetings Card This card was used by a soldier from the British Expeditionary Force in Salonika, a simple Christmas and new year message, it has however been stuck to another postcard, this card was postally used in 1913 so the recipient of the Salonika card may have stuck them together for safe keeping. The main card measures 4.75 inches x 3, it comes in very good condition other than being stuck to the slightly bigger card.
Interesting 1906 Italian Silver Medallion – Railway Tunnel Opening Below is a bit of history on the Italian Simplon tunnel, this medallion was struck in 1905 to commemorate the completion of the tunnel, it is Italian made and I’m sure is sterling silver it is well struck and detailed, the maker is St Johnson Milano, comes in super condition and measures 1.25 inches in diameter. The Simplon Tunnel is a railway tunnel on the homonymous line that connects Brig, Switzerland and Domodossola, Italy, through the Alps, providing a shortcut under the Simplon Pass route, Work on the first tube of the Simplon Tunnel commenced in 1898. The Italian king Victor Emmanuel III of Italy and the president of the National Council of Switzerland Ludwig Forrer opened the tunnel at Brig on 10 May 1906.
Interesting 1920 Navy League Medal/Cornwell Medal I cant find another example of this type of medal, the front is the normal 'Navy League – keep watch' but on the back it has 'the Cornwell medal won by' and then engraved on 'R. Bishop Tooting 1920'. The best connection I can make in the name of Cornwell is for John Travers Cornwell who was a boy sailor of 16 who died at the battle of Jutland in 1916 and was awarded the V.C. Possibly this medal was instituted to commemorate him and the Navy League. Made by Spinks and on its original mount and ribbon it comes in very good condition, I think it is a white metal as it is not hallmarked and the disc measures one inch in diameter.
Interesting 1933 German Magazine – Kriegskunst - The Art of War Issued to the German soldiers in the inter war period to show the might of the German war machine; this interesting paper magazine is called kriegskunst in wort und bild or the art of war in words and pictures. This particular one is dated for 1934 and concentrates on the infantry regiments and also includes a small section on Hitler and Mein Kampf. Issued as part of a series to be collected and made into a booklet this one starts at page 146 and runs to 191. Comes in lovely condition given its age, just some wear to the spine and along the top edge. WAS £16
Interesting 1933 German Magazine – Kriegskunst - The Art of War Issued to the German soldiers in the inter war period to show the might of the German war machine this interesting paper magazine is called kriegskunst in wort und bild or the art of war in words and pictures. This particular one is dated for 1933 and has a wonderful section on the Red Baron – Manfred Von Richthofen in the Luftwaffe. Issued as part of a series to be collected and made into a booklet this one starts at page 97 and runs to 143. Comes in lovely condition given its age, just some wear to the spine.
Interesting ANZAC Gallipoli Plaque 3rd Australian Light Horse. The WW1 ANZAC Gallipoli commemorative plaque or medallion awarded to 376 Trooper Maxwell Gordon Butcher of the 5th Australian Light Horse. There is so much to say about this man, I can only start at his birth in Epping Essex around 1892, as a young man he grew up on a farm but later got himself employed as a drapers outfitter working Sussex and a territorial with the Royal West Surrey Regiment. this was a young man who wanted something more for himself, so around 1912/13 he emigrated to New Norfolk Tasmania and looked for employment as a draper but before he could settle into any job, Brittan and her dominions declared war on Germany in the August 1914. It seems as soon as Tasmania called for men, Max joined up on 20th august 1914 into C squadron 3rd ALH. The regiment was raised in Hobart, Tasmania and it had an establishment of twenty-five officers and 497 other ranks serving in three squadrons. The Australian Light Horse regiments used cavalry unit designations, but were mounted infantry armed with rifles and mounted exclusively on the Australian Waler horse. In October 1914, the regiment left Australia, bound for the Middle East. After arriving in Egypt in December, they took part in the North African campaign defending the Suez Canal. They remained there until May 1915, when they left for the Gallipoli campaign with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC). The regiment left their horses in Egypt, and arrived at the Gallipoli peninsula on 12 May 1915. Here regiment fought in the Landing at Ari Burnu latter renamed Anzac Cove. Here the assault troops, mostly from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC), landed at night on the western, Aegean Sea side of the peninsula on 25th April 1915. They were put ashore one mile north of their intended landing beach, due to their landing craft drifting down shore in the misty darkness. The landing parties became mixed up, but the troops gradually made their way inland, under increasing opposition from the Ottoman Turkish defenders. Although they did not achieve their objectives, by nightfall the ANZAC’s had formed a beachhead, in places they were clinging onto cliff faces with no organised defence system. Due to their precarious position the divisional commanders ask to be evacuated, but were given orders to stay and best of the situation. They were finally sent to reinforce the 11th battalion who were digging in on MacLaurin's Hill and were told to hold this position at all costs. MacLaurin's Hill was a 1,000 yard long section of the Second Ridge, that connects Baby 700 to 400 Plateau with a steep slope on the ANZAC side down to Monash Valley, the troops that had to climb this slope, were grabbing the gorse branches or digging their bayonets into the soil to provide leverage, while the Turkish machine guns and artillery were raining hell on their position. The 3rd finally settled in on Popes Hill, Monash Valley and were under constant heavy fire, it was here that on the 31st May that Max was shot through the shoulder. He was taken to an aid post where he sat for eight days before he was transported to a casualty clearing station before he embarked for a hospital in Alexandra. He stayed in hospital until 25 August when he rejoined his regiment back in Gallipoli at Quinns Post. Quinn’s post was also the last trench in an Anzac line stretching up from Brighton Beach, along Bolton’s Ridge, across 400 Plateau at Lone Pine and Johnston’s Jolly and along Second Ridge. The Turkish front line lay on the other side of the road and in certain places approached close to the trenches at Quinn’s. Here the Turks had only to advance a few meters, breach the Anzac line and the whole Anzac area could be lost. the fighting at Quinn’s was of a ferocity and intensity unequalled on any other part of the line. Anzac attacks to push the line forward from the valley crest, bombing duels and aggressive tunneling below ground from both sides gave the post a fearsome reputation. Part of the incessant danger at Quinn’s lay in the fact that it was overseen by enemy positions on three sides and to raise one’s head here above the parapet of the trench was to invite instant death from ever watchful Turkish riflemen. Another feature of the fighting at Quinn’s was the bombing, it was relentless, and both Turk and ANZAC were constantly throwing grenades at each other night and day with no rest bite for eight months. Max was only back in the fighting for less than a month when he was back in hospital again, this time with Dysentery and Shell Shock. This time he was put on an hospital ship bound for England and then on to 3rd Western general hospital in Cardiff. The Gallipoli campaign for the AIF. The ANZACs had landed two divisions at Ari Burnu but over two thousand of their men had been killed or wounded, a similar number to the Turkish casualties. Trooper Max Butcher found himself in an Australian Hospital in the March of 1916, discharged with wounds, his Honorary Discharge Certificate is on file at the Tasmanian Archives. It took some time for Max to come to terms with what he had experienced in Gallipoli but when he started to recover, he must have felt that he didn’t do enough. He there for reenlisted back into the AIF on 8th January 1918. The enlistment officer, after viewing his previous record could not send him overseas to the war still raging on the western front. So he was put on home service in Australia and Tasmania, where his service was exemplary that when he was finally discharged on 5th December 1919 he was at the rank of Warrant Officer 1st class. His medal entitlement at this point is the WW1 1914/15 Star, British War and Victory medal. Max Butcher’s story does not end here; in fact it’s just beginning. After the war he joined the Australian Boy Scouts Association, date unknown, but it must have been sometime in the 1920’s. He married Dorothy Rosetta Glenorchy and he became a Orchardist maintaining and cultivating an orchard in Tasmania. With this plaque comes a copy of his WW1 service record, but the Tasmanian Achieves hold a whole host of original certificates and photographs from his WW1 service and through the second world war; these can be applied for, I just haven’t had time to do so, but they have forwarded to be a list of Max’s appointments included is the list below: Commissioner of the Boy Scouts Association of Tasmania 10th May 1934. Appointed Lieutenant of military forces of the commonwealth from 14th October 1936. Justice of the peace 1st June 1937 – 30th June 1937. Major in the No1 battalion Volunteer Defence Force 31st December 1943 – 15th January 1946. Awarded the CBE in the 1953 coronation Queen Elizabeth II birthday honours list. London gazette 1 June 1953. What an incredible man, his post great war history is ready to be completed. He gave so much, to his country and the commonwealth during two wars and in civil life, helping mold and influence men next generation. This plaque/medallion comes in perfect condition with several pages of research and a CD rom containing his WW1 service records.
Interesting Boer War Era Hallmarked Silver Medal with Picture This nice little medal is made from English hallmarked silver, it was made in Birmingham 1899 and has a makers mark of JC, the picture to the centre is of Field Marshal Sir George Stuart White a highly decorated officer who is best known for commanding the garrison at the siege of Ladysmith which he held against all the odds for four months before being relieved. Sir George was a VC winner and had a string of letters after his name. The medal comes in excellent condition has a small ribbon with it and measures one inch square.
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 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. WAS £12
Interesting Group of Four 1905 American Military Postcards These four postcards are from the 'calcium light series' produced by P.J. Plant of Washington D.C and are dated for 1905. The series shows various scenes of a soldier with his sweetheart in a park, they have a colourised finish which I think relates to the title of calcium light, perhaps a gimic of the time for coloring postcards. All four are in excellent condition and have not been postally used.
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 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 Military Medal to Bexon RFA. Temporary Deserter A WW1 Military Medal correctly named to 88706 Driver Percy Bexon of the ‘A’ Coy 174 Brigade Royal Field Artillery. Percy Bexon must has been already serving in the RFA or was a Special Reservist before the war started. He lived in Burton – on – Trent, East Staffordshire. He first entered the theatre of war on the 15th September 1914 in France and Flanders with the 40th Brigade RFA. As a driver, we would have sat on lead horse and drove the team hauling the gun carriage as well as being an active member of the gunnery team. At some point he was promoted to acting bombardier and then corporal. He has been recorded as a deserter, going missing on the 23rd July 1917. He must have returned after a certain amount of time, and probably due to his past good conduct, he was only demoted back down to driver again. Now with ‘A’ company of the 147 brigade RFA, he was awarded the Military Medal for Bravery in the Field in 1918, his award appeared in the London Gazette on the 6th August 1918. I have been hindered by any further research because of the misspellings of his name on various paperwork. His name was spelt Beckson and Bescon and later corrected, so probably because of this, I haven’t been able to find any service or pension papers. Driver Bexon had a full medal entitlement to the 1914 star, British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the Military Medal. the MM here is in very good condition but has several contact marks around the rim, this shows he medals were mounted and worn at some stage before they became separated. A very interesting bravery medal for research. He was obviously devoted to his regiment regarding his promotions. However, he must have suffered a brief lack of judgment, perhaps was he tired and exhausted with the constant firing of his guns, maybe he saw his comrades wounded or killed and was blinded by grief. There are so many reasons why he must have gone missing and understandably acquitted of the charge of desertion on his return. The medal comes mounted with an original WW1 RFA cap badge to commemorate his service with the regiment.
Interesting Paperwork & Medal Etc to United States Serving Soldier This is a comprehensive package of information medal and dog tags detailing the WW2 service of in particular one man but includes brief info on the service of his brother. Albert J. Daniels came from New York county and joined up in April 1942 through to Nov 1945, he saw service abroad in Italy and Sicily as both a military policeman and a guard to POW’s, he was entitled to the American service medal, European African middle eastern service medal, good conduct medal and the one we have here the victory medal. His brother Alfred joined up a few months earlier than Albert and left in the same month and year, he does not appear to have served abroad. The American style of paperwork is excellent, it gives you everything down to the mans finger print. This package includes war era paperwork, discharge certificate, photo of the brothers, POW camp lists and orders and a lot of post war booklets/letters etc which must have been thrown at the returning troops to get them back into work. This is basically the man’s scrapbook of interest, to go with this we have as stated his victory medal and his original pair of dog tags. All items are in super condition.
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 Pre WW2 German Postcard Issued in 1938 to commemorate the return of the Sudetenland to Germany, the picture shows Hitler and Konrad Henlein the leader of the Sudeten German party in the centre of a map of Czechoslovakia with the wording 'Wir danken unserm Fuhrer' 'we thank you Fuhrer'. Comes in excellent unused condition.
Interesting 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 skilled driver and machinic.
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 Silk Escape Map Mandalay & Rangoon Escape Map This double sided Silk escape map was issued by the war office in 1957 and was used as an evasion, survival or escape map for the British forces stationed in these locations during the time of the cold war, it was printed by the manufacturer John Waddington Ltd famous for its board games. It comes in very good condition, has been folded and shows many fold lines but no holes or wear, it measures 32 inches x 23 and would look great framed. Ref. 20993
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 Victorian Era Photograph – German General I believe this is a Victorian photograph of the German military general Adolf von Rosenberg-Gruszczynski 1808 – 1884, he was an active military officer receiving many awards. This photo is him in later life and if you Google him and compare to early pictures I’m sure this is correct. The photo is attached to a photographers card from Berlin who was also trading through the Victorian era. The picture measures just under 3.5 inches x 2.25 and is in super condition.
Interesting Victorian White Metal Commemorative Medallion - Shipping This is a substantial white metal commemorative medallion dated 1847 it was issued to commemorate the opening of the Birkenhead commissioners docks which was opened by Viscount Morpeth M.P. To the front is a tall ship under full sail and to the back the engineers details of J.M. Rendel Esq. Comes in good condition, some surface scuffs to the metal and it has been drilled to the top for hanging, measures just over two inches in diameter and is very chunky.
Interesting Vintage 115 Bomber Squadron Bullion Work Plaque Below is a brief history for the 115th bomber squadron. This very well made plaque is gold bullion work on a cloth and felt background, it includes the squadron motto ‘despite the elements’. Comes in very good condition and is mounted without glass in a wood frame, the frame itself measures just under 7.5 inches x 6.25. No. 115 Squadron RAF is a Royal Air Force squadron operating the Grob Tutor, training QFIs for the RAF's Elementary Flying Training (EFT) squadrons and the University Air Squadrons, as well as undertaking evaluation and standardisation duties. 115 Squadron was formed during World War I. It was then equipped with Handley Page O/400 heavy bombers. During World War II the squadron served as a bomber squadron and after the war it flew in a similar role till 1958, when it was engaged as a radio calibration unit. The squadron disbanded for the last time as an operational unit in 1993, but reformed in 2008 at RAF Cranwell as 115(R) Squadron, part of 22 Group, operating the Grob Tutor before moving to their present base.
Interesting Vintage 90th Bomber Squadron Bullion Work Plaque This very well made plaque is gold bullion work on a cloth and felt background, it includes the squadron motto ‘celer’ or ‘swift’, the squadron has an extensive history all available online. Comes in very good condition and is mounted without glass in a wood frame, the frame itself measures just under 7.5 inches x 6.25.
Interesting WW1 1915 Dated Bank of England War Loan Stock or Bond A slightly confusing document as it has dates of 1925-1945 on the front but was issued in 1915 by the Bank of England and it contains the information needed to take out a stock or bond as a ‘war loan’ I assume to raise funds for the war effort. I have seen these as single documents but this one contains a two page booklet and two separate individual pages, they all come in very good but aged condition, slightly smaller than A4.
Interesting WW1 American Stage Musical Booklet Christmas 1917 This is a heavy card booklet for a production entitled ‘hello etretat’ performed by the personnel of No1 Presbyterian USA general hospital BEF France, it describes itself as a ‘revusical comedy in 3 acts and 9 scenes’. Inside has the cast list all of whom are officers, doctors and surgeons bar a couple and it was performed Christmas 1917, there is a pull out ‘lyrics of the play’ sheet. It is A4 in size and comes in good condition for its age, a bit creased and yellowed, but probably now, a unique item.
Interesting WW1 British 1907 SMLE Bayonet. Quillon Removed Variant 1915 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 no oil hole, good wooden grips and a cross guard with muzzle ring and no quillon. It has a long straight blade with no maker’s details I can see but production date of December 1915 to one side, the other side has various proof marks. The blade is in very good condition, with no rust or pitting. It comes in its original leather and steel scabbard, this is in very good order with no rot to the leather on the scabbard or frog. A very good honest untouched example of this type of bayonet, measuring 23 inches long in scabbard. Proof of age required on purchase. Ship to UK inland only
Interesting WW1 Era Booklet- We Drew the Fire 9th Lancers at Mons This is a little booklet issued by the religious movement ‘the gospel forward movement’ to raise funds for HM forces at a soldiers home in Weymouth. It has a series of small stories including the title story of the 9th Lancers but all have a religious leaning, it comes in very good but used and aged condition and measures 5 inches long.
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 Photo German Military Police. An interesting and scarce picture of a unit of German Military Police, dating from the start of the Great War. The condition is excellent but it has been taken from an album at some time, a great original picture. was £9
Interesting WW1 German Zeppelin Postcard 'the Great Double Event' On September 24th 1916 two German Zeppelins were brought down and crashed in Essex this became known as 'the great double event' and this postcard issued on the 30th September commemorates the event. From my research I believe the ship on the left is known as L32 this ignited before landing and on the right is L33 this took multiple hits but never caught fire, one of the ships landed at Little Wigborough and the other at Billericay. Postcard comes in very good condition with some wear to the corners and has not been postally used.
Interesting WW1 Hand Made Bereavement Memorial Pendant Royal Engineers This interesting memorial/mourning pendant has been hand made most likely by the wife or loved one of a man from the Royal Engineers, it features an RE cap badge that has been backed with a thin metal plate which has a fine black silk sewn on with a pleated silk ruff to the edge and finished with a length of black ribbon, quite reminiscent of a Victorian mourning pendant. It comes in very good condition with the ruff being bit delicate and gappy in places.
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 Medal Pair to RE Tunneller. A good WW1 British war and victory medal pair correctly named to; 144547 Sapper Samuel Walker of the Royal Engineers. According to his number 144547, it falls between 144000 and 144999 issued to tunnelling company’s. apart from a copy of this man’s medal index card and medal roll, no other research has been done. His service number was issued to one of these tunnelling coys; 172, 179 to181, 183, 250 to 253 and 257 tunnelling coys. Further research will be able which and what they did during the great war. A decision was taken in February 1915 to form eight Tunnelling Companies, made up of men drawn from the ranks, mixed with drafts of men specially recruited for this kind of work. This has been described as the quickest intentional act in the war: men who were working underground as civilians in the UK on 17 February were underground at Givenchy only four days later, such was the urgency of needing countermeasures against the aggressive German actions. Another twelve Companies were eventually formed in 1915, and one further one in 1916. All of these units were engaged on underground work including the digging of subways, cable trenches, saps, chambers (for such things as signals and medical services), as well as offensive or defensive mining. Once both sides had embarked on mining operations, there was a determined struggle for tactical superiority in those areas where conditions were favourable. The aim was to destroy large areas of enemy trenches and to disorientate the defenders. Mining warfare reached its zenith in June 1917, when 19 huge British mines blew under the Messines Ridge. The Messines craters still exist and are now deep pools. This is Kruisstraat numbers 1 and 4 mines. Tunnellers of the Royal Engineers had dug from 1500 feet from behind the British line to reach this strong point under the enemy trenches. 49500 pounds of explosive, mostly ammonal, buried 57 feet below the surface, blew at 3.20am on 7 June 1917. For more info on any of the tunnelling companies, please go to; longlongtrail.co.uk. Army – Regiments and Corps – Royal Engineers. This pair of medal are in very good condition and come untouched and unpolished.
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 Pair of Brass Ashtrays with German Little Willie A simple pair of brass ashtrays but with interesting centres, the copper insert show the figure of the German crown prince William whose nickname was ‘little Willie’, I have shown a postcard of the time with my photo’s to show the connection but sorry the card is not included in the sale. One ashtray has the central figure who on close inspection appears to be crying and it has the words ‘L’eau Marne est Amere’ and on his collar ‘Verdun’, the other tray has the same profile but this time smiling, this one has ‘Mon Reve’ and on the collar ‘Paris’. They come in good but used condition, need a clean but I have not polished them as the central figures are slightly flat due to cleaning, they measure just over 4.5 inches square.
Interesting WW1 Pair to 2nd Lieut Berkeley BRCS & ASC A very interesting British war and victory medal pair correctly named to 2nd Lieutenant George Roland Berkeley Army Service Corps. George was born into a very affluent family, his father was Major-General Frederick George Berkeley and his twin brother was Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Esme Berkeley DSO of the 2nd battalion the Loyal Regiment. George was bone on 27th November 1873 and educated at Haileybury college Hertfordshire and his youth was spent living with his parents in one or other grand house in the west end of London. After leaving education, unlike his twin brother and father, he decided not to have an army career, but instead became a bank clerk in the city, a choice which must have vexed his father. He was eligible to fight in the Boer as did his brothers, but George was obviously not the fighting type. When the first world war broke out, family pressure must have been on George to join up, with his father’s and brother’s connections, he probably could have got a commision in any regiment he wanted, instead he enrolled in the British Red Cross and served overseas from January 1916 until July 1917 as an ambulance driver. Although totally no combative, an ambulance driver was sometimes constantly working under fire and shell dodging on the rough pot ridden roads to the nearest field hospital or casualty clearing station. I think, reading between the lines regarding George’s service history, he must has shown an aptitude in organising the transport and administration side of his particular ambulance section, because on 1st August 1917 he was commissioned into the Royal Army Service Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant. Although none of the paperwork I have found relating to George tells me which branch he served in, I am sure it was the transport section, as this makes most sense. George then served out the rest of the war in France as a 2nd Lieutenant. After the war, George went back to his bank in the city and remained in London for the rest of his life, never marring. In 1939 we see George resident at no 43 Chester Square, now a bank manager he is living alone with his parlour maid and cook. Sadly, George died on 30th March 1963 in a nursing home in London, he left a legacy of over £35,000. His medal pair comes with various copy paperwork, military and census records etc. a fabulous lot for further research on the Berkeley family. His father served with the 47th regiment and his twin brother served in the Boer and Great War earning the DSO and MID. In my research I found a connection to Winston Churchill, but this would have taken too much time to follow up, so I leave this to the new guardian of Georges medals. And George, although I think he was reluctant, he did do his bit for king and country, as an ambulance driver, he would have seen some horrific sights inflicted on his fellow man. The medal pair is in excellent original condition and look as if they have never been mounted or worn. The victory medal retains all of its original gilt finish and both medals come on their original ribbons.
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 Small Wood Chest of Drawers HMS Foresight SS Minnewska This is a pretty little mahogany three drawer chest which has been hand made is carved on the top with the Navy anchor and HMS Foresight around, off to the left is the Great War dates of 1914-1918 and on the right hand side S Minnewska, below is a brief history for both of the ships, so far I cant tie the two ships together but something joins them perhaps a man who served on both, I find the Minnewska the most interesting with its connection to the Titanic disaster. The chest comes in very good condition for its age, it stands 13 inches high including the back gallery and is 10.75 wide. HMS Foresight was one of two Forward-class scout cruisers built for the Royal Navy during the first decade of the 20th century. The ship was in reserve for most of the first decade of her existence. After the beginning of the First World War in August 1914, she was initially assigned to the Dover Patrol and was then transferred to the 8th Destroyer Flotilla. Foresight was sent to the Mediterranean in mid-1915 and was then assigned to the Aegean Sea a year later, together with her sister ship, Forward, and remained there until the end of the war. After returning home in 1919, she was sold for scrap in 1920. SS Minnewaska was a British Ocean Liner that hit a mine that was laid by SM UC-23 in the Mediterranean Sea 1.5 nautical miles (2.8 km) southeast of Dentero Point, Suda Bay, Crete, while she was travelling from Alexandria, Egypt to Saloniki with 1,600 troops. She was also one of the ships that assisted RMS Carpathia with sending out survivors names following the 1912 RMS Titanic disaster. Minnewaska had made 66 voyages from London to New York between May 1909 and January 1915. She was requisitioned by the British Government for service in World War I as a troopship. It is quite heavy so shipping will be by courier charged at £10.95 but it would make a wonderful little cabinet to hold ones collection.
Interesting WW1 The Times Recruiting Supplement Newspaper 1915 An interesting 16 page supplement issued by the Times newspaper in November 1915 as a massive recruitment campaign, it opens with a letter by King George to ‘his people’ asking for volunteers and the whole paper is full of ‘join up’ patriotic messages. Comes in very good but aged condition.
Interesting WW1 Trench Art Plaque – Essex Regiment – Audruicq This is an interesting and intriguing piece, a nice piece of WW1 trench art made from a slab of Oak with two crossed scimitar shaped knives, usually classed as letter openers, and the badge for the Essex regiment. On the top knife is engraved ‘prisoners of war comp. 163’ and on the bottom one ‘1914 Audruicq 1918’. I cant find anything that relates to a prisoner of war camp at Audruicq and there is also the anomaly of the word ‘comp’ instead of camp, a company of some sort? Audruicq is a village 17 kilometres South East of Calais and was probably used as a base. The piece comes in very good condition, the Essex badge is a bit discoloured in places.It measures 10.5 inches x 7.5 and has a bracket for hanging, it is heavy due to the oak.
Interesting WW2 Era Aluminium Cigarette Case German POW Work I have found a very similar example of this cigarette case online at the Jewish military museum in London, it details the story of a young Jewish pilot who served in Egypt towards the end and after the war and who purchased one of the cases. A brief summary of his story is in 1946 he was posted to an airfield 30 miles from Cairo where crates of new United States planes which had never been assembled where being stored, they had been given to the British on a lend-lease basis and were now being sold off or destroyed, German prisoners of war were put to work smashing up the aircraft and they were able to make trinkets from the debris to swap for items such as cigarettes. This case was made from such metal and was hand decorated by the POW's but really interestingly the coloured sections behind the metal was made using melted toothbrush handles!. The front section has a building and the back a map of Africa with 'Egypt 1947' engraved, the inside is also heavily decorated, to one side with two intertwinned hearts and on the other a reclining scantily clad lady. Comes in great condition, just a few surface scuffs, loaded with history and measures 5 inches x just over 3.
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 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.
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 German Leaflet – Detecting Incendiaries This WW2 German leaflet is dated April 1941 and comes from the office of the police president, I have had a go at translating the very top section and it appears to be on the subject of detecting and dealing with incendiary bobs dropped by the RAF. It is A4 size and as you can see from the pictures it has a section detached, I have not attempted to fix this and will leave it up to the new owner. It measures A4 size.
Interesting WW2 Italian UNPA Bronze Medal – ARP Equivalent The Italian UNPA translates to the National Air Protection Union and served the same function as our ARP wardens. This bronze medal has a woman holding a child to the front with the words 'unione naz. Protizione antiaerea' on the reverse the lettering UNPA with aircraft bombing a town. Comes in good condition and measures just over one inch in diameter.
Interesting WW2 Medal Pair and Queens Jubilee Medal to Woman London Ambulance Driver. A scarce and very interesting group of the WW2 home defence medal pair, of the defence medal and the 1939/45 war medal and the 1977 Queens Silver Jubilee medal, all awarded to Mrs Constance Williams, who served with the London Ambulance service during WW2 and beyond. The medals come with various insignia including her mobile VAD cloth badge, her original Buckingham palace certificate for her Jubilee medal, which also comes in its original box. Her defence medal issue certificate and lastly, a beautiful original photograph of Constance in uniform. Although many women served in the London Ambulance service during the war, medals or any evidence of them is now very scarce. They performed an invaluable service during the London Blitz saving over 30,000 people from the air raids. In total, 36 people working for the Ambulance Service in London lost their lives during the World War 2 and further 121 members of staff were seriously injured. Their own lives were secondary to saving the lives of the injured and wounded in the rubble of the blitz. A wonderful little group which needs some research to bring to life this lady’s amazing history. she was obviously still serving in 1977, which would make her a very long serving member.
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.
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.
Interesting WW2 WRAAF Group to ASO Fulton RAF Intelligence. A superb scarce Second World War group of medals all awarded to Eve Fulton WRAAF. The medals comprise of; 1939 – 45 star, Italy Star, Defence medal and 1939-45 War medal. Also included is her dog tags, set of miniature medals and a beautiful photograph of Eve in uniform, here she is at the rank of corporal. Not much research has been done on this lady, only her name search on the WW2 serving WRAAF lists, this shows Eve at the rank of Assistant Section Officer, Special Duties Branch. The date of this list was 18th April 1945. The special duties branch was another name for Airforce intelligence, she could have worked in the operations room or on photographic Interpretation and reconnaissance intelligence; any of the latter is likely considering her rank of Assistant Section Officer. So a wonderful rewarding project awaits. All of the items included are in very good condition and now come mounted on board for display or safe storage.
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.
Italian M1891 Carcano Knife Bayonet The Carcano knife bayonet was used from 1891, through the first world war and into WWII. It was designed to fit the Italian Model 1891 Carcano Infantry Rifle. This is a first pattern bayonet with the side-mounted release button in the pommel; it has wood grips, steel pommel, cross guard, and blade with single fuller on each side. This one is in good condition; the blade has some pitting, the grips are very good and the release button is in good working order. a good academic example. Sale to UK mainland only. Proof of age on purchase required.
Italian M33 Helmet. A very good clean helmet with original leather liner, chinstrap is missing. There is a set of numbers stamped into the back of the helmet, these read ‘BB5X’, please see pictures. I know these are difficult to identify from WW2 issue to post war examples, and I am no expert on these, so please take a good look at the pictures; but I believe it has certain attributes of a wartime helmet. The leather shims at the back of the liners open rivets. The rectangular chin strap loops and the overall shape. However, please make up your own mind, if it is, you have yourself a bargain.
Jane’s Fighting Aircraft of World War II A very comprehensive large book detailing the worlds aircraft used during WW2, part of the ‘Jane’s’ series this one was published in 1997 from the original in 1989. It comes in good but used condition, the inside is clean but the outer cover shows signs of use. Large and heavy, I will send 2nd class to keep the costs down.
Japanese Order of the Rising Sun 7th Class. A beautiful solid silver & enamel medal awarded since 1875 as an award of merit to the military and civilian services. As this is the 7th class order (8 classes in all) this would have been awarded to NCO’s and middle ranking civilians. It comes in lovely condition dating probably from the WW2 era.
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.
Kings Own Scottish Borderers Glengary Badge A good quality white metal badge with Queens crown used post 1953, in excellent condition. Ref: T23
Kings South Africa Medal to Mills KRRC. A lovely example of the KSA Medal correctly named to 5102 Private Charles Mills of the Kings Royal Rifle Corps, with the South Africa 1901 and 1902 bars. Apart from this man’s attestation papers, no other research has been done, his papers show he enlisted into the reserve in 1899 and was called into the 7th battalion in the May of 1900 and posted to south Africa later that year. The KRRC played a very active part in the 2nd Anglo Boer war, the regimental history is fascinating, although I haven’t read it for some time, but I believe that this regiment became mounted infantry in the latter part of the war. A great website to visit regarding any regiment serving in South Africa is the; AngloBoerWar.com. Here is a brief by concise history on all regiments and they also have some wonderful images, take a look. This medal is in excellent condition, hardly any wear to the surface and the naming is good and clear. It now comes mounted on black velvet with original badges. Ref.18697
Kings South Africa Miniature Medal. A period silver KSA miniature medal with the South Africa 1902 clasp and swivel suspender. It comes in excellent condition and just slightly toned and on its original silk ribbon.
KSA to Case Royal Berkshire Regiment + 2 bars A good example correctly named to 4020 Pte. E. Case. RL. BERKS. REGI. It comes with the South Africa 01 and 02 bars, which are loose. This medal comes with copies of his service papers and medal rolls, which shows Edward Case was born and lived in Wantage Berkshire and he joined the 2nd battalion Berkshire regiment in 1893 at the age of 19 years old. He served at home until October 1897 when he was sent overseas to the West Indies and he remained there for just over a year from 24th October 1897 to 18th November 1898. After another brief spell again at home before his battalion was sent to South Africa and he served in the Anglo Boer war from 31st December 1898 until the 3rd of October 1902. Edward case is also entitled to the Queens South Africa medal with the clasps for cap Colony, Orange Free State and Transvaal. Edward remained at the rank of private his entire service of 12 years, this may have been due to the fact that he was put on trial for striking an officer and for this infraction he was interred. This medal is in very good condition, it has a few minor contact marks and knocks and the swivel suspender is stiff, it comes on its original ribbon which is nice, but this is tatty. His papers confirm his entitlement to both bars. Please see detailed pictures for condition.
Kuwaiti Liberation Medal for the First Gulf War 1991 4th Grade this was the medal issued by the Kuwaiti Government to OR's and NCO's who served, a real collectable of the future and it comes in mint condition with bar in all its original packaging. See medal year book number 206
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 French Trench Art Howitzer Shell. An unusual lard piece of trench art, beautifully hand decorated with an ‘AM’ monogram to the centre. Not only a superb piece of trench art, it is also an interesting piece of ordinance, it has been well marked on the bottom. This is a case from the 155C Schneider Cannon; this was used up until 1917 when he design a slightly different version the 155C 17S which was fitted with a different breech to use bagged propellant rather than the cartridge cases used for this piece of trench art. It is in wonderful condition but big and heavy, but a fabulous display piece which could be used to store bayonets or swords. Measures 9.75 inches tall and is 6.25 inches in diameter. For all marks, please see pictures.
Large Rare Bronze Political Token 1823 I have not been able to find another example of this token, it is dated for 1923 and has five laws for political policy covering: juries, magistrates, Militia etc. A big token measuring 30mm in diameter, also heavy and in excellent condition.
Large Selection of Vintage Ice Skating and Skiing Badges, Pins Etc Here is a great group of vintage ice skating and skiing badges and pins to include one hallmarked silver example, everything you see in the pictures, conditions very good.
Large Silver Medallion – Dog Trials – Lt Colonel Sir M Murray Dated 1929 this silver medallion was presented to Lieutenant Colonel Sir Malcolm Murray for his champion Labrador in the 24th working trials in Kentford Suffolk. Colonel Murray saw active service in the Boer war and subsequently became a courtier to the Royal household, he died in 1938 after a boating accident drowning in a lake in Windsor great park. The medallion comes in super condition, it is not hallmarked but tests as 925 sterling silver, it measures just under 1.5 inches in diameter.
Large Victorian Parchment Indenture 1818 Norfolk (3) I find these things fascinating if a bit ‘wordy’ this one is a huge double sided surrender of estates document between Samuel Porter and John Womack relating to the estate at North Lopham in the county of Norfolk, it has all the relevant stamps and comes in very good but aged condition, it measures 26 inches x 22.
Large Victorian Parchment Indenture 1870 Middlesex (1) I find these things fascinating if a bit ‘wordy’ this one is a huge four page document between Charles Blake and Frederic Snow with other names mentioned relating to property on Grosvenor street (I assume London but it mentions Middlesex), it has all the relevant stamps and comes in very good but aged condition, it measures 22 inches x 13.5.
Large Victorian Parchment Indenture 1897 Norfolk (2) I find these things fascinating if a bit ‘wordy’ this one is a huge double sided lease document between Miss E.E. Hornbuckle and John Rayner relating to Rocklands farm in the county of Norfolk, it has all the relevant stamps and comes in very good but aged condition, it measures 26 inches x 22.
Large Vintage American Style Bowie Knife. A large Vintage style bowie knife, this has a very good steel blade with one long and two short fullers to each side. It has a solid horn grip held on by three brass rivits and a heavy brass cross guard. The original leather scabbard has a retaining strap and a belt loop at the back. The condition is very good overall, the blade has several very small nicks which has lost the blades fine edge, also the very tip of the blade is missing, but due to the side and length of this blade, it can be easily re-profiled by someone who knows what they are doing. The grip and cross guard are in very good order and just need a good clean, the brass guard is heavily patinated. The scabbard is also good and I have given it a good wax recently because it was very dry and in risk of cracking, the wax has done a good job, but this needs repeating to keep it in this condition. a beast of a knife dating, I believe from the late 19th to the early part of the 20th at the latest. The knife measures; 15.25 inches long, out of the scabbard. Proof of age required at purchase Ship to UK mainland only.
Large White Metal Medallion 1814 – Peace Between Britain and France A Scarce and interesting double themed white metal commemorative medallion, to one side it has ‘in commemoration of the definitive treaty of peace and amity between Great Britain and France signed at Paris May 30th 1814’ and on the reverse ‘success to the coal, lime and iron trade’. Comes in good but aged condition and measures 1.75 inches in diameter.
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.
Late 18th Century Dutch Tobacco Box. Dutch Brass coffin shaped Tobacco box, dating from the early 19th century; it has hand engraved decoration on all sides with flowers and scrolls. It comes in good condition for its age, it has got a few knocks and old repairs to the base, it has been well used, so some damage is acceptable, especially at this price. It measures 4.5 x 2 x 1.5 inches high.
Late 18th Early 19th Century Pewter Mess Plate. OR’s Pewter plate by Yates & Birch dating from the late 18th to early 19th century. It has full set of marks on the back plus what looks like ‘58’ on the underside rim for the regiment in this case it would have become the Northamptonshire’s. the rim is a little out of shape but it has wonderful patination. It measures; 12 inches in diameter.
Late 19th Century Ottoman Jambiya Dagger. A beautifully decorated white metal and brass Jambiya, dating from the latter part of the 19th century. The hilt is made of a substantial bone grip with a white metal and brass pommel at the top and a white metal and brass ferrule at the bottom. It has a curved steel blade with a Full and half profiled edge and the most unusual thing, the blade has a cutlers mark at the ricasso. The scabbard is mainly brass with white metal relief decoration and the whole piece has been wonderfully engraved all over with Islamic floral decoration. The white metal tests as a low grade silver; I have a very old test kit which will only determine specific grades, but it does test as a grade of silver. This in its day would have been a fairly high status dagger, the quality and attention to detail is very good. All the white metal has been put to the front of the piece, for show, so it is a status piece probably worn by a wealth merchant or some such. It measures; 15.5 inches long. Shipping to UK inland only
Late 19thC German Uniform ID Booklet. A wonderful little booklet dated 1890, containing hand coloured illustrated pages of German uniforms from 1648 to 1890, showing both infantry and cavalry. The condition is amazing considering its age, no pages are missing and the whole book is clean and free from any damage; a rare and useful little piece of German ephemera.
Late 19thC Scandinavian Hunting Knife. A very interesting Viking style hunting knife and sheath from northern Europe. It has a Reindeer bone grip with a steel blade, which has seen much use, is a little rusty and needs cleaning back. The sheath, again is made from Reindeer bone, one side has been pierced and engraved with a geometric design and on the other side it is engraved with a stag, tree and snow flake. The sheath has a leather upper part which would have held a cord to attach it to the belt. the sheath is in lovely condition. it measures 9.5 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only.
Late WW2 RAF Officers Battle Dress. 1945 pattern private purchase Royal Air Force Battle dress blouse. This one is made from a heavy woollen serge material and it carries the understated insignia of a Pilot Officer / Air Gunner and it also has a small ribbon bar for the 1939-45 star and Air Crew Europe Star. The condition is excellent and I am sure this is a private purchase BD because it is very nicely tailored and very good quality, which stands out. It has a 34 inch size chest and 28 inch size waist. A wonderful tunic for an RAF display. Ref. 20733
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.
Limited Edition Coalport Porcelain Plate for the R34 Airship Issued in 1989 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the first crossing of the Atlantic by an airship this superb condition plate is number 87 out of a run of 2500. Made by the famous high quality Coalport factory and decorated by Melvyn Buckly this plate is slightly larger than the norm measuring 10.5 inches in diameter, it comes in its original box of issue with its certificate.
Lincolnshire Yeomanry Cap Badge. A solid white metal badge dating before 1908. It is very good quality and comes in excellent used condition. the slider has the makers mark of Lambourne & Co Birmingham stamped on it. A very fine and scarce badge. Ref. A6
Lot of Vintage Royal Anglian Regiment Insignia & Ephemera This is a large group of items dating from the 1960’s belonging to one man, his army career was brief but he kept all of his paperwork and insignia, the lot includes cap badge and shoulder titles, a Suffolk regiment patch, stable belt with Suffolk buckle and various paperwork and booklets, all come in very good but used condition.
Lot Shooting Accessories. Various shooting accessories including cartridge belts, old rifle slip and a replica Colt Peace maker missing its cylinder, im sure this will of use to someone. Ref. Lot 39
Lovely 1950's Gents Ramona 25 Jewels Automatic Incabloc Wristwatch This is a great looking vintage Ramona 25 jewel automatic incabloc gents wristwatch, it comes on a good quality expanding bracelet, the hands and face numbers look gilded and there is a very fine luminous section on the hands. It comes in good working condition, I've had it running for three days, and it has kept good time. but I didn't get round to adjusting the date. It has been used and shows signs of wear particularly on the inside of the bracelet, it would benefit from a good clean and it should make a very fine watch.
Lovely Edwardian Hallmarked Silver Cigarette Case –Grenadier Guards This super hallmarked silver cigarette case has the emblem for the Grenadier Guards to the front and was probably the property of an officer from the regiment, on the inside of the lid it has the lion passant and a date letter of ‘P’ which puts it as London 1910, interestingly one side has been lined with a paper showing prices of different countries cigarettes and tobacco’s. it comes in good condition with some dings to the outside and the inside elastic loose. It has a pleasant curve to the case and measures 3 inches x 2.5.
Lovely Polished Agate Geode Paper Weight Something different for the desk this pretty agate geode has been finely polished and shows the crystals to the centre. Stands 2.75 inches high.
Lovely Victorian Wood & Silver Inlay Snuff Box This good sized wooden snuff box dates from the late Victorian era it has been very nicely inlaid with fine silver wire to the lid, there is also a silver cartouche which has not been engraved. The wood has been stained dark and the corners finished with brass bands. The condition is great, some light wear to the high points of the wood and it measures 3.25 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.
Loyal Suffolk Hussars Cap Badge. A stunning bi-metal cap badge worn by the Duke of Yorks own Loyal Suffolk Hussars. It shows bury St Edmunds castle with the date under of 1793; this was the date the regiment was formed. This style of badge was issued until 1961 when the regiment was merged with the Norfolk Yeomanry. This badge comes in near mint condition and the slider is stamped with J. R. Gaunt B’Hamm. Because of its fabulous condition, it is hard to tell the date this badge was produced. It has all the attributes of a WW1 era badge, but it retains much of its original lustre, so it’s hard to be completely sure. Nevertheless a very scarce badge in this condition. Ref. A10
M41 Spanish Bolo Knife Bayonet. A very well made knife bayonet manufactured for the WWII era Spanish Mauser Rifles The hilt is steel, with a bird's head pommel, steel cross guard with muzzle-ring as the upper quillon, lower quillon has a drum or ball finial and crosshatched wooden grips. The blade is bolo shaped with a single-edged, and a single fuller on both sides. Its original scabbard is blued sheet steel with round frog stud, and a ball finial at the bottom. The scabbard has matching numbers as the blade and on the whole, this bayonet is in very good order with just a small amount of rust bloom on the scabbard and blade. This could be easily cleaned off without causing the piece any damage. It measures 15.5 inches long. Proof of age required on purchase. For sale to UK mainland only.
M95 Mauser Bayonet & Scabbard. An interesting bayonet probably of the WW2 era with Nepalese markings, it is in good condition with its original metal scabbard, a good variant to add to the collection. 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.
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 Territorial Group of Six to B.Q.M. Sjt. Royal Artillery. A superb group of six medals all awarded to Frederick Bray of the Royal Artillery. The group comprises of the British War Medal to; 1003 Sjt. F. Bray. R.A. The Territorial Force War Medal to; 1003 Cpl. F. Bray. R.A. the WW2 Defence Medal and 1939-45 War Medal unnamed as issued. Geo V Territorial Force Efficiency Medal to; 865551 Sjt. F. Bray. R.A. and last the Geo VI Territorial Efficiency Medal to; 785771 B.Q.M. Sjt. F. Bray. R.A. there is a small correction to the ‘R’ in Bray in the naming. An incredible long serving territorial NCO who was probably employed in gunnery instruction through both world wars. This group contains two of the rarest non gallantry medals awarded during the first world war, the Territorial Force War and Efficiency medals. The Territorial force War medal was awarded in this case for 4 years’ service in the Territorial force during the war. Although the highest proportion of these medals were awarded to the Artillery, still only 6,460 medals were awarded in total. Rarer than most gallantry medals. The territorial Force Efficiency medal was awarded for 12 years’ service in the Territorial Force. This medal was superseded in 1921 by the Territorial Efficiency medal, this means Frederick Bray was probably serving from around 1909. He would have been awarded the Territorial Efficiency for a further 12 years’ service in the Territorial Army. I bought this group from Spink and Sons last year believing it was an ancestor. But unfortunately it proved not to be. So it is being sold here for what I paid less all the auction room add-ons. The group is in excellent condition with a few contact marks to the rim. It comes court mounted with an original cap badge and framed. A copy of his medal index card is included which confirms his medal entitlement.
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.
Massive Vintage American Bowie Knife & Sheath. A substantial vintage American Bowie Knife. It has a long polished stag horn grip, which is has bolts running through the tang. The massive steel blade has no makers mark, but it is a very fine and well-made blade, measuring 11.5 inches long. It all fits snugly in a beautiful hand-made leather sheath, this has been embellished with native American beadwork. The whole piece comes in perfect condition and it measures a total of 21 inches long in its sheath. Ship to UK only Age required on purchase.
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.
Medals & Personal Items to F/O Gainsbury RAF. A small but interesting group of items all belonging to Kenneth P Gainsbury a Flight Officer with the RAFVR. The medals are the 1939-45 star, Deffence and war medal. All three are mounted on a ribbon bar, as worn. There are several clues to his service with the RAFVR, firstly there are a few photos included, one a wedding photo which shows Ganinsbury with sergeants strips and a full set of wings, so at this stage he is a flight sergeant. There is a key ring with keys, his dog tags and two West African coins. So he probably served with the RAF special duty’s section in West Africa. This was a strategic position which gave access to North Africa and it was a valuable station to get supplies to the 1st and 8th army during the North Africa campaign. Also it was used as a base from which Special Forces were dropped into North Africa. Unfortunately there was no campaign medal for service here, it wasn’t a campaign in itself, the war wasn’t raging there, however most who served there were helping the war effort against Rommel, but they were not awarded the Africa star or even a bar for they’re service. It looks like the only memento of his time there is the two white metal coins on his key chain. Also in this lot are various little pieces of insignia, buttons and his original sergeant’s stripes. His wife’s ID card and a large portrait photograph of Kenneth Gainsbury in later life. He was a member of the Free Masons, the picture shows him in his full regalia. And very handsome he looks too. This man needs research, I’m sure you will uncover something interesting.
Medals and Effects to Thomas Holmes Military Police. Another wonderful lot relating to the 11th Hussars Group to T W Holmes. This lot relates to his son, also Thomas Holmes of the Corps of Military Police. It looks like Thomas was conscripted into national service in the late 1940’s, probably; he was just too young to be involved in the Second World War. This lot includes his national service medal and miniature, 2 cap badges, one very worn. Queens crown bullion blazer badge, brass shoulder title, 2 Geo VI Military police enamelled badges, economy issue Bakelite police whistle, Royal Corps of Military Police plaque, his original Red Cap beret with QEII brass badge, MP armband, a large metal medallion, His original Truncheon in while sheath and various photographs. One picture taken while Thomas was at the rank of Corporal, taken on parade in Benghazi. Another company portrait photograph which is framed and glazed, Thomas is named at the bottom and other snaps taken while overseas. The family lived in Great Yarmouth Norfolk and close surrounding area, although I have not done any research on this man, please see his father group T W Holmes 11th Hussars and also effects to his Uncle 2nd Lieut Albert Holmes who was killed in action in 1918. All of the items here are in very good or perfect condition, the truncheon seems to be stuck in its sheath, well I couldn't pull it out, but then I am a bit of a weakling. There are a lot of interesting original items here, relating to the CMP, you get everything you see in the pictures.
Medieval Bronze Sword Mount. A substantial part of a medieval sword mount, metal detector find in Suffolk. A great conservation piece and an interesting piece for research. It measures; 2 x 1.5 inches.
Medieval Lead Token. Anchor. An interesting Lead token, not the ordinary star decoration you usually see from this period, this one has an anchor, so it probably came from the coast and used in a port district. This one is in very good condition, the anchor isn’t worn or damaged. A very good example.
Message From the Reichs President Hindenburg in Berlin Dated 1932 (2) From a collection of pre WW2 German paperwork which I believe would have been sent to party members with a variety of simple messages, this one is dated October 1932 and was sent by the Reichs president Von Hindenburg, it seems to be a simple ‘thank you for messages received for a birthday’, it carries a facsimile signature, comes on A4 size paper and is in good condition, it has been folded and shows signs of age.
Message From the State Representative in Berlin Dated 1935 (1) From a collection of pre WW2 German paperwork which I believe would have been sent to party members with a variety of simple messages, this one is dated April 1935 and was sent by the State representative Meissner, it seems to be a simple ‘thank you for messages received for a birthday’, it carries a facsimile signature, comes on A4 size paper and is in good condition, it has been folded and shows signs of age.
Metal Knock Down Airgun Target - Bird A good heavy construction all metal air gun target modelled as a bird, the target is mounted on wood and once attached to a surface has a retrieval string to reset the target once knocked down, comes in very good condition and looks like it hasn't been used, the wood block measures just under 7 inches long and the moose is 6.5 inches wide.
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.
Militaria Lucky Bag. A bag full of bits and bobs including a Swiss army knife, and a WW2 Jack knife and three lanyards along with other items. You get everything you see in the pictures. Sold as seen. Ref. Lot 41
Miniature Georgian Toy Bronze Cannon This tiny bronze toy cannon measures just 35mm or just over 1.25 inches long and was capable of being fired, there is a small pin hole in the top which would have allowed a very small amount of powder to be inserted, not much of a ‘bang’ but I bet kids loved it, it would date from the late 18th or early 19th century and are mainly found by metal detectorists, it comes in good 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 Version of United States Copper Powder Flask This powder flask is made from copper and brass and is decorated to the front with a cannon and the stars and stripes flags, it has a push down ejector for the powder so is usable, comes in excellent condition, it measures 7.25 inches long.
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
Modified American Vietnam War Period M7 Bayonet Converted to Fighting Knife This M7 American bayonet has been modified down to a fighting knife, it is marked on the cross guard with US M7 milpar, a heavy lump of brass has been added to the bottom of the handle probably for close combat hitting, the cross guard has been ground down, the blade I think is the correct length at 6.25 inches long and is very sharp, it comes in good but used condition and measures 11.5 inches long. The M7 bayonet is a bayonet that was used by the U.S. military for the M16 rifle, it can also be used with the M4 carbine as well as many other assault rifles, carbines and combat shotguns. It can be used as a fighting knife and utility tool. It was introduced in 1964, when the M16 rifle entered service during the Vietnam War.
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.
Napoleonic POW Bone Dice. Probably the most common item found, which were made by the French Napoleonic prisoners of war; they were from fragments of bone left over from other items and they were very easy and quick to make and at the time very saleable, as dice games were very popular with all social classes. Here we have two, not a pair but both made around the same time 1800-1815. The condition is how you see it in the pictures, they are old and look their age. Largest measures 1x1cm.
Napoleonic Prisoner of War Work Chair. A wonderful piece of Prisoner of war work, a miniature chair completely made from bird feather quills, the seat is woven cloth, again hand made from scrap threads. I have four of these, there were probably a set of six with a table originally, made by a French Prisoner of War held on a prison ship anchored just of the coat of Britain; they would make little oddities to sell for food and luxuries, they made some wonderful pieces all from scrap materials found lying around, such as bone, wood, cloth, or anything that could be used. Not all prisoners were talented enough to make the scale models of mighty war ships; some has to content themselves with making small bone dice or needlework tools etc. This little chair comes in wonderful condition for its age and dates from the 1800 – 1815 period and a wonderful piece of Napoleonic and maritime history.
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.
Northamptonshire Yeomanry Cap Badge. A white metal badge used from 1908 to 1939. This badge is very good quality, just a little thinner than the ones I’ve had before and in mint condition so maybe a very good modern copy. Ref O7
Northumberland Fusiliers Shoulder Title. A superb quality bi-metal title which comes in perfect condition.
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 Clockwork ‘O’ Gauge Railway Engine & Tender. An old tin plate clockwork railway engine with matching tender. The engine is in good condition it retains 99% of its original paint with the odd small chip here and there. The clockwork mechanism needs attention, but it is all there including the key. The tender looks like it has never been played with and apart from it being a bit dusty it is in great condition. It is made in Great Britain, but I’m not sure what make this is. A rally nice old toy, easy to get working, I’m told, or a wonderful display piece, which measures 10.5 inches long with tender.
Old Indonesian Sewar Knife/Short Sword. Quite a good quality old Sewar dagger with some age, it has a steel blade with a makers mark and a light wood grip which has been naively carved to form an animal’s head. The scabbard matched the grip, made of light coloured wood, which has been varnished or lacquered at the time it was made, so the wood has a wonderful silky feel. The condition is very good, although there is a crack in the wood where it has shrunk over the years, but this is nothing too terrible. It measures 17 inches long. 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. Proof of age required on purchase
Old ‘O’ Gauge Tin Plate Railway Fuel Tanker. A lovely old piece of ‘O’ gauge railway, this piece is a fuel tanker, I think. It has most of its original paint with a few chips and playwear, but it looks like nothing is missing and ready to go on a train. It measures 6 inches long.
Order of St John &15 Star Trio Group to Goulburn RAMC Served Salonika. A very interesting great war and WW2 order of St John group comprising of the Oder of St John, serving brothers breast badge. the 1914/15 star, British war and victory medal, all three correctly named to; 61364 Private George Goulburn of the Royal Army Medical Corps. WW2 Defence medal and the St Johns Ambulance service medal (solid silver version) with six bars. This is named to; 18595 D/Supt G. Goulburn. Maddleton Div 1938. George Goulburn was born 1893 in Dalford Lancashire and lived in Middleton Manchester. Before the was George was employed as a spinner, probably in one of Manchester’s cotton mills. Although many reforms had been made in the cotton mills by this stage circa 1912-14, life was still hard and the days long for the workers and labourers. George enlisted into the medical corps in the July 1916 and he set off on the SS Caledonian and arrived in Murdos on 6th October 1915 where he went on to serve in the Dardanelles, evacuating the wounded from the Gallipoli battles. When the horrors of that campaign were over, George was transferred to Salonika, where he finally settled down with the 30th Field Ambulance, although it was supposed to be a temporary position he remained there and abouts for the rest of the war. His service records show, he was back and forth from Salonika to Montenegro, this is a small country below Serbia. This looks like the evacuation of the wounded either by ambulance column or train. I believe this was the rescue of the of what was left of Serbian army's retreat through Albania. They made their way to the Montenegro coast and took boats via the Adriatic Sea. This needs more research. Private George Goulburn was finally discharged on 10th September 1919 after 4 years and 56 days service. Sometime after the war he joined the St Johns Ambulance service which he faithfully served for over 42 years, all through the second world war, as a Divisional Superintendent, he would have organised first aid and rescue parties in his area for which he was awarded the order of St John. There is still quite a lot of research that can be done on this made, who dedicated his life to helping the injured. A wonderful group of six, which comes with copies of George’s WW1 service papers and medal index card. All of the medals are in very good condition and have been mounted and worn at some time, as there are contact marks to the rims. The brother breast badge has a little damage on the white enamel and has been restored.
Original 1914 WW1 Text of Diplomatic Documents – The Times This comprehensive newspaper supplement was issued by The Times in December 1914 it has the full text of documents relating to the negotiations which preceded the declaration of war by Germany on Russia August 1st 1914 and on France August 3rd 1914, it is 32 pages long and is one long read full of historical interest, it comes in very good condition and has been well preserved, some yellowing to the paper. An important document for the true WW1 academic.
Original 1946 King George Victory Certificate for Children A nice idea this, that somebody thought enough of the children to produce this certificate acknowledging their involvement with the war and the hardships that they had suffered, comes with the facsimile signature for King George to the front and on the reverse is a list of key dates for the war and includes a blank section at the bottom for the child in question to list their experiences, this however is blank. Comes in good with slight wear condition.
Original 1968 Vietnam Miniature Medal. Awarded to Australian and New Zealand forces for service in the Vietnam war. I must admit I have never seen a contemporary miniature before and this one comes in very good condition and on its original ribbon.
Original American Civil War Infantry Cap Badge A superb Civil War era brass cap badge worn by a member of the 6th or 9th infantry regiment. It is in very good condition, both pieces still retain what look like their original pins, but both are heavily patinated. The horn has also some light Verdigris, but on the whole an excellent example. Plenty of information can be found about this regiments on the Web.
Original Contemporary Miniature Medal – O.B.E. A super little contemporary silver medal on its original Military ribbon, it comes in excellent condition although most of the gilt has worn off on the front of the medal. Ref. Mini08
Original Framed Photograph of General George B. McClenllan. An original American Civil War era photograph of General George Brinton McClenllan. He was a civil engineer, railroad executive, and politician. A graduate of West Point, McClellan served with distinction during the Mexican-American War, and later left the Army to work in railroads until the outbreak of the American Civil War. Early in the war, McClellan was appointed to the rank of major general and played an important role in raising a well-trained and organized army, which would become the Army of the Potomac; he served a brief period November 1861 to March 1862 as general-in-chief of the Union Army. Although McClellan was meticulous in his planning and preparations, these very characteristics hampered his ability to challenge aggressive opponents in a fast-moving battlefield environment. He chronically overestimated the strength of enemy units and was reluctant to apply principles of mass, frequently leaving large portions of his army unengaged at decisive points. McClellan organized and led the Union army in the Peninsula Campaign in southeastern Virginia from March through July 1862. It was the first large-scale offensive in the Eastern Theater. Making an amphibious clockwise turning movement around the Confederate States Army in northern Virginia, McClellan's forces turned west to move up the Virginia Peninsula, with the Confederate capital, Richmond, as their objective. Initially, McClellan was somewhat successful against the equally cautious General Joseph E. Johnston, but the emergence of General Robert E. Lee turned the subsequent Seven Days Battles into a Union defeat. General McClellan failed to maintain the trust of President Abraham Lincoln. He was insubordinate to his commander-in-chief and privately derisive of him. He was removed from command in November after failing to decisively pursue Lee's Army following the tactically inconclusive but strategic Union victory at the Battle of Antietam, and never received another field command. McClellan went on to become the unsuccessful Democratic Party nominee in the 1864 presidential election against Lincoln. The photograph is in excellent condition with one small stain to the bottom left area of picture. It comes in a lovely solid brass period oval frame with his details written on the back. It measures 2.5 x 3 inches. History of McClellan taken from his Wikipedia entry.
Original Nazi Germany Two Reichs Mark Coin 1939 Later Gold Plated I’m not sure when somebody came up with the idea of gold plating these coins but a good job has been made, this example is a 1939 Paul Von Hindenburg 2 mark coin complete with the swastika and eagle, it has been 24 carat gold plated and preserved in a hard plastic coin case. It comes in very good condition.
Original Pair WW1 Officers Full Length Leather Boots. A pair of regulation leather officer’s boots. They are half laced fronts and have a leather sole and heel and they’re original boot straps. The condition is excellent for such a rare pair of boots, they show very little damage, just a little scuffing to the leather here and there, but this is easily made good with a little wax or polish. They do have some wear to the bottoms and they still show traces, of what I like to think is, Flanders mud. It’s hard to gauge the size as they have no size markings. I would think they are either size eight or a nine at a push. They measure 12 inches from toe to heel and 4 inches wide at the ball of the foot, quite a slim fitting. Inside one of the boots at the top is the original maker’s label, printed in gold in an art nouveau style. Although these could be used and worn, they are becoming so rare now, I would like to see them go to someone who will keep them well oiled, waxed and on display rather than used, because if lost, they just cannot be replaced.
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 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 WW1 Propaganda Poster – Kaiser & Ghosts including Cavell This is a wonderful rare original WW1 propaganda poster issued by ‘The Truth’ periodical in Christmas 1917 it depicts the German Kaiser awakening from a dream and being surrounded by the ghosts of his actions including Edith Cavell, Captain Fryatt a now near forgotten figure who was executed by the Germans when captured, he was a civilian Merchant Navy captain who had rammed a German submarine in a previous encounter, with them a British Tommy, a nun and many women and children. The ‘Truth’ periodical began life in 1877 and in the Christmas Edition 1890 received international attention, as it published a conversation with a professor of hypnosis who described a dream of the German Emperor, under the title "The Kaiser's Dream". In this dream, the Kaiser engages in a war with Russia which results in the fall of all the monarchies of Europe, the story about "The Kaiser's Dream" was sometimes interpreted to be a prophecy for First World War, it appears that the Kaisers dream was rehashed as a political statement in 1917. The poster comes in good but used condition, the edges are rough and there is a small tear on one of the central creases, it measures 25.5 inches x 16.5, it would look great framed.
Original WW1 USA American Artillery Uniform. An original WW1 US Artillery uniform issued to private first class. It comprises of the tunic complete with all original composite buttons, one button broken. The breeches, these are made of a heavy cotton twill with original leg cords, and the wool garrison cap. All in very good condition with no moth damage. A superb uniform for display, a wonderful vehicle for other original insignia and equipment. It measures; Tunic Chest 34 inches. Across shoulder 32 inches. Breeches Waist 34 inches.
Original WW2 Land Army Girl Breeches Original summer wear half length leg breeches made of khaki cotton twill, it has knee grips and its original 6 side buttons, they come in lovely condition with no moth damage. The waist measures 32 inches.
Original WW2 US War Bonds Poster. A brightly coloured WW2 American War stamps and bonds poster by J Daugherty. As you can see the condition is a little scruffy, but a rare piece of US ephemera; measuring 11.25 x 17 inches.
Ornate Pair of 925 Sterling Silver & Amber Earrings This is a very pretty pair of new and unused Amber earrings, the silver is marked 925 on the reverse and the Amber is held in a cage of silver, they come in excellent condition and measures 1.5 inches long including the wires
Ornate Vintage Caucasian Kinjal Dagger. This Kinjal dagger is quite a beautiful piece, the grip and scabbard are made of white metal and it is decorated to the front with white metal wire filigree work in complex patterns, then it is highlighted with a white metal mounted cabochon stone, which looks like a carnelian. The scabbard has a bound white metal wire chape with ball finial. It has a very good steel blade, which has a thin single fuller to both sides, this is very clean and free from rust and pitting. The whole piece is in excellent condition but heavily toned. The back of the dagger looks like this is made of brass this again is heavily toned. A very interesting dagger measuring 16 inches long.
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 1940 Dated Ammo Pouches with Bren Magazines. A good original pair of WW2 1937 pattern ammunition pouches both with the same maker and dated 1940. One is complete with three Bren Gun magazines and the other with two, one missing. These are easy to replace at about £10 each. Both pouches have their original straps and buckles etc. these are quite scarce and would have been worn front and back on the left hand side, unlike standard pouches which were both worn on the front. Both are in excellent original condition.
Pair Black Bakelite Royal Marines Collar Dogs, these are a true pair and come in perfect condition with a full makers mark on the back of both the badges.
Pair Brass Flintlock Pistol Wall hangers pair of vintage brass wall hangers in the form of a pair of flintlock pistols, probably dating from the 1970's, I remember these in the gift shops at the time. Both in perfect order. UK shipping only
Pair British 1937 Pattern Ammo Pouches. A true pair of British ammo pouches in buff / green webbing. Dated 1941 they both come in very good used condition. One has the original owners number on the back. A good find for that WW2 webbing set.
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 of 1920’s Photos the Flight of the Atlantier Seaplane. A pair of very interesting original photographs featuring the flight of the Atlantier Seaplane. Both photos have written commentaries. These look like they date from around the 1920’s or could be a bit earlier, it’s hard to say for sure because I can’t find any information relating to the aircraft. But it was obviously a significant event, to be photographed at the time. Both phots are in very good condition and measure 4.25 inches x 2.75.
Pair of Antique Miniature Photo’s – Boer War Generals These are an interesting pair of photo’s, they only measure 1.5 inches x 1 inch and are mounted onto card which measures just under 3 inches x just under 2. I don’t know who the Generals are but they are Boer war era uniform. They come in very good condition given their age, they have been stuck to the card and the sides are starting to lift.
Pair of Cash's Silk Pictures Victorian Mounted Officers Made in Coventry these interesting very detailed miniature pictures are made from woven silk, one depicts an officer of the Royal Horse Guards and the other an officer of the Royal Horse Artillery. They are in fantastic condition and come mounted in modern glazed frames. The history of the silk industry is detailed on the back as is the history of the regiments. The frames measure 10.25 x 8.25.
Pair of Cloth Formation Badges for Headquarters land Forces Hong Kong This style of cloth badge was used from the mid 1940's up to the 1970's, please see below for further info on the Hong Kong land forces headquarters. Both badges are in very good unused condition, quite large for a cloth badge measuring just under 3.5 inches long. Headquarters Land Forces, Hong Kong, was established on the liberation of the colony in 1945. The formation's dragon emblem emphasised its links with China. The red and black background of the badge are traditional command colours. The badge would have been worn by service personnel directly subordinate to the HQ.
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 Post WW2 Zenith 12x50 Binoculars These binoculars have a magnification of 12 x 50, they come in fair condition, the optics are good but there is a small blemish on the surface of the left eye this doesnt obscure the view, the focus is a bit stiff and there is surface wear in places on the edges so they have had a life. Original leather strap but no carry case.
Pair of Red Cross VAD Lapel Badges – Gaunt A super quality pair of Red Cross VAD brass and enamel lapel badges in their original box of issue manufactured and marked accordingly for J.R. Gaunt & Sons Ltd of London. Queens crown by appointment to her Majesty. Come in very good condition one being slightly more worn.
Pair of Trench Art Brass Shoe Matchbox Holders Trench or war art comes in many differing styles, this pair of brass shoes are quite simple in their construction but probably took pride of place on the families mantle piece after the war. Shoes were a token of good luck to the recipient, and these ones are made to hold a matchbox in each shoe; they come in very good condition and measure four inches long.
Pair of Victorian Hand Coloured Photo’s Needham Family Interest This is a purely indulgent listing, I love doing family history and purchased this pair of pictures based simply on the information given on the back, I wanted to see if I could trace the people concerned and believe that I have, more on that later, the pictures are dated for 1868 and have an interesting combined effect, the faces are taken from a photograph but the bodies and surroundings are water colour and pencil, on the back of the gentleman it has ‘JJ Needham Esq taxidermist of London SE 1851-1938’, in the 1891 census for Bermondsey London there is a James J Needham who for an occupation is described as ‘a preserver of animals’ he is married to Sarah and they have 6 children. If you are a descendant of the Needham family then these will be of incredible interest and there is so much further research that can be done, the pictures come in good but aged condition with some foxing to the paper, the frames are a bit loose and could use some attention, they measure 16 inches x 13. I include a copy of the 1891 census.
Pair of Vintage 1950's Fiji Police Collar Dogs Something a bit unusual, here is a pair of 1950's Fiji police collar dogs, white metal but most likely silver with blue enamel, Queens crown. Both in good but used condition.
Pair of Vintage Air Training Corps Brassards and Insignia This pair of vintage ATC brassards with insignia date from the mid 1960's, they are showing the squadron number 135 which was based at Reigate and Redhill in Surrey, the young cadet who wore these was classed as a 'senior' cadet and had also trained as a marksman. With the brassards are three original photographs dated 1969 on the backs, these show the Duke of Edinburgh inspecting the troops in one and two parade inspections, these cadets have a squad number of 1159 which was based at Edmonton in London. The selection of items came from the same house so either the cadet transferred or visited the Dukes inspection. All items come in very good but used condition.
Pair of Vintage Framed Naval Theme Cigar Box Lables This is something really out of the ordinary, both of these pictures are actually transfers that would have been used to decorated large cigar boxes either on the inside or outside of the box, they are water based transfers and would slide off after soaking. Both have a Naval theme and one is named for Commodore cigars a brand that is still known today, this particular one has raised gilt detail and has a generic 'commodore' to the centre, the other shows many masted sail ships at harbour. Both prints are in super preserved condition. They are framed and glazed in nice deep pine frames which measure 16 inches x 14, the inner picture is 7.75 inches x 5.75.
Pair of Vintage Leather Officers Boots with Box Spur Fitting Size 8 The style of this type of officers boot has changed very little in a 100 years, this pair are dated inside for 1982 and have a box spur fitting in each heel, all black leather uppers with laces, they are a size 8 and I think inside it has L Fitt for large fit. They come in very good but used condition.
Pair of Vintage Suffolk/Cambs Cloth Shoulder Titles and ACF Pair The combined Suffolk and Cambridgeshire regiment came into being in 1961 but by 1967 was greatly in decline, this places these cloth shoulder titles in a nice time frame, they come with a pair of cloth Army cadet force cloth patches. All are in very good condition.
Pair of WW2 Anti-Aircraft Command Cloth Badges. A pair of embroidered cloth badges used from 1943 by all formations and units of Air Defence of Great Britain including the Home Guard batteries, this badge superseded any other badge previously worn. This pair is in very good original condition and as taken from a uniform.
Pair of WW2 Cloth Formation Patches – 30th Corps & Booklet A good true pair of WW2 cloth formation patches for the 30th corps, below is some information on the corps, the patches come in good but used condition with some staining, they measure just over 3 inches x just over 2. These come with an An interesting booklet issued to the members of the 30th corps whilst in occupation in Germany just post war, it includes a pull out colourised map which is to be followed whilst reading the booklet and some old newspaper cuttings, it comes in good complete condition but shows signs of use. The wild boar sign was known affectionately as the Pig to members of 30th Corps. The Corps provided extensive service in the North African Campaign at the Second Battle of El Alamein in late 1942, and in the Tunisia Campaign and the Allied invasion of Sicily in 1943, after which it returned briefly to the United Kingdom; the Corps served in the reclamation of France from June 1944 in the Allied Invasion of Normandy, and then served in Operation Market Garden, in the Netherlands, and finally in Operation Veritable in Germany until May 1945.
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 Era Welsh Guards Cloth Shoulder Patches A good pair of cloth shoulder patches for the Welsh Guards, they come in good but used condition and measure roughly 5 inches long.
Pair of WW2 Putties in Green A good pair of WW2 putties, dated 1942 but unusually they come in green, one has a lable which has the date and the manufacturer of 'Reliance', also another lable with the owners details which sadly I cant read. They come in very good but used condition.
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 of WW2 RAF Medical Corps Brass Collar Badges Good pair of brass WW2 era collar badges for the Royal Air Force Medical Corps, they come in very good condition and measure one inch long.
Pair of WW2 Women's WRAF Overseas Cloth Warm Weather Shoulder Badges A true pair of cloth shoulder badges worn by the women of the RAF in warm weather climes on the khaki dress, they come in very good condition and have been mounted on a stiff linen material.
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 QEII Royal Artillery Ceremonial Drum Sticks. A rare pair of Ceremonial Drum Sticks, with unmarked but tested (9.25) sterling silver tops supporting the badge of the Royal Artillery. The military standard drumsticks are ebonised in black and measure 17 inches long and may have been used in Queen Elizabeth II coronation in 1953. They come in excellent condition and they look as if they have been used but only once or twice. there is one small pin head size ding to the silver top on one of the sticks. Rare things to come onto the market and will go with any military collection.
Pair Replica 19th Century Duelling Pistols. A nice pair of wall hangers in the form of a pair duelling pistols. They are made of metal and plastic with working locks that cock and dry fire. They will look good on a wall or set up in a box with other shooting requisites. Both measure 13 inches long. Ship to UK mainland only.
Pair Scarce 1950’s Painted Lead Motorcycle Racing Figures. These came from a recent house clearance and originally formed part of a Motorcycle racing board game dating from the 1950’s. Unfortunately the game board had got wet at some point and had been eaten away by bugs, just leaving these rare little lead figures. They come totally untouched, so some of the paint is worn in areas, but they seem to be in very good order regarding. Here in this lot is one member of the red team and one from the blue team, I am keeping a pair for myself, so there are two pairs up for grabs. Great little cabinet pieces which are very seldom seen. Each measures 2.25 inches long. was £14
Pair Victorian Brass Candlesticks. A very nice pair of Victorian Brass baluster candlesticks. More ornate than the usual and both sticks still have their original pushes, although the very old way inside the sconces needs cleaning out; this is easily done with a little heat. A lovely pair of sticks in good order with just one corner to one a little out of true. They measure; 10 inches high.
Pair Victorian Brass Postal Scales. A lovely old set of brass postal scales, used in all old post offices up until around the Second World War. This set has no manufacturers details stamped on the beam, but they seem good quality and well balanced and stand on an oak base. They come with a set of period but non matching weights. The base measures 6.75 x 3.5 inches.
Pair WW1 Belt / Epaulette Hooks. A Great War pair that were dug up together in France, they are in surprisingly good order considering their age.
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 Leather Cavalry Gaiters. A very good pair of WW1 cavalry gaiters; they have a strap at the yop and a hook and eye type device at the bottom. They are both in excellent condition and they both have various numbers and the broad arrow stamped inside. They will fit a calf of 15 inches.
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 WW2 1st Guards Armoured Division Patches. The Division retained its famous badge of WW1, the 'ever open eye'. The Divisional HQ was formed in the UK on 17 June 1941. Very good pair of patches, used but still in excellent condition, measuring 2 inches long.
Pair WW2 2nd Army Cloth Shoulder badges. A true pair of cloth formation badges for the 2nd Army. It shows the crusader's shield and sword within a blue cross. Second Army was formed in June 1943 and took part in the Normandy Landings and the Northwest European campaign under General Eisenhower. This pair is made of screen printed on heavy cotton, although they are a little faded and slightly rough around the edges, they still comes in very good condition.
Pair WW2 2nd Infantry Division Badges. WW2 issued pair of embroidered cloth formation signs won on the upper sleeve of the tunic or battle dress. This pair, the crossed keys of the Archbishop of York for the 2nd Infantry Division. A matching pair in very good original condition, it still has turned edges where it has been taken from a uniform.
Pair WW2 Cloth Anti-Aircraft Shoulder Badges. A true pair although they have been folded to different sizes, they are just as they came off a uniform. They are made of screen printed cotton and stand for the Anti-Aircraft command. Originally this formation badge was worn only by the staff of General Sir Frederick Pile's HQ, but in 1943 it was universally adopted for use by all formations and units of Air Defence of Great Britain (ADGB) including the Home Guard batteries. This pair comes in excellent original condition.
Pair WW2 Era Home Guard Putties. A good original pair of putties so some general wear and tear but they still retain their original leather straps, and this pair are still useable for re-enactors.
Pair WW2 Field Binoculars in Original Webbing Case. A good pair of WW2 No 2 Mk II Binoculars by Kershaw and dated 1942. They are in very good condition and superb working order. the lenses are beautiful and clear and they have no damage, just a little wear. The case is the typical WW2 field service webbing case. It has a hard body with lining and padding in the bottom. Both binoculars and case have their original straps.
Pair WW2 L Straps for Marching Order Kit. Pair of WW2 era L straps, these attached to main shoulder straps, ammunition pouch and to the kit bag. These are always hard to find when putting together WW2 kit, they supported the heavy ammo pouches when fully loaded. Both are in very good usable condition
Pair WW2 RAF Putties. A good original pair of putties in RAF blue, they have seen some wear but still in good enough condition to use.
Pair WW2 Sewn Cloth Patches – Royal Army Medical Corps Airborne A good quality pair of sewn cloth patches for the Royal Army Medical Corps who went over to France with the Paras and the airborne forces on D-Day, they come in very good but used condition and measures 3.5inches long.
Plaque & 1915 Star Trio to Scrivener Royal Fusiliers. A Great War memorial plaque and 1914/15 star trio awarded to L/14112 Corporal George R Scrivener of the 1st Battalion Royal Fusiliers. George Scrivener was born in Enfield and enlisted into the Royal Fusiliers in London. He first entered the theatre of war in France on the 2nd May 1915, probably with one of the territorial battalions and then was forwarded on to the 1st battalion while near Hooge, now in the 17th Brigade, 6th division. The action at Hooge is known for the first use of flame throwers by the Germans, although a horrific weapon, little was gained by the enemy during the battle of Givenchy. During 1916 on the Somme the 1st battalion saw most action in the September at the battle of Flers-Courcelette, here the Canadian saw action at the Somme for the first time along with the use of tanks. Here the tanks were mechanically and tactically tested and although many problems arose with their use, they proved to have a very positive effect in battle and with the moral of the troops fighting behind them. The battalion then went on to Moval and the battle of Transloy, during the latter, the bad weather played as much of a force for the battalion as the enemy, but the British gradually pressed forward, still fighting against numerous counter-attacks, in an effort to have the front line on higher ground for a new offensive in 1917, at Arras and the Cambrai operations. 1918 the 6th division was kept extremely busy, taking everything the Germans could throw at them, George’s brigade being in action at the battle of St Quentin, Battle of the Scherpenberg, and the Advance in Flanders with the second army. It was in one of the actions here that George Scrivener was wounded and later killed. He died on the 23rd August 1918. He is now remembered with honour at the Ligny-St Flochel British Cemetery. I purposely haven’t gone too in depth with this man’s history as I know this will prove a very interesting research project. I have got the full Battalion war diary for the period of George’s service, this is included with his group. Also included is the CWGC certificate, medal index card etc, so lots of information supplied to make a good start. With his medals and plaque comes two group photo’s featuring George, he is conveniently marked with a cross. A little silver sweetheart brooch and a RF cap badge; this is not Georges original just a nice example I found to go with his group. The medals are in excellent condition and come modern court mounted. The plaque is just as good with a nice even patina. The photos are a little scruffy around the edges, but still good and clear and not faded. A fabulous lot to a long serving fusilier who never saw the end of the war. Please Note; the war diary can either be supplied by email or on a CD rom in PDF format.
Polish Army 5 Years Long Service Medal Vintage Polish armed forces 5 years service medal. The medal was instituted by Act of Parliament of 26 May 1951 and awarded to military officers and non-commissioned officers for long and meritorious service in the armed forces, comes in excellent condition.
Post War Fairbairn Sykes Dagger. A good late / post war Fairbairn dagger, with black finished aluminium grip and round stud at the top. It has the same aluminium cross guars which leads to a fine steel blade, which retains a good edge. it has a good amount of wear, a lot of the black finish on the grip has gone and the metal showing has good patination. The blade is in very good order but has areas of light pitting and staining. But overall for a used knife it is in good condition. it comes in a black leather scabbard, which is not the original, but will help to keep the blade safe. The dagger measures; 11.5 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only
Post WW1 Hallmarked Silver Navy Football Medallion 1921 A pretty hallmarked silver sports medallion engraved on the reverse ‘runners up inter-mess football comp Fort Blockhouse 1920-21’, as you can see below Fort Blockhouse is a Naval establishment in Hampshire. The medal has a full set of hallmarks on the back for Birmingham 1921 with the makers mark of WHH, the front central cartouche is rose gold and this has not been engraved. Comes in super condition and measures just over 1.25 inches long. Fort Blockhouse is a military establishment in Gosport, Hampshire, England, and the final version of a complicated site. It is surrounded on three sides by water and provides the best view of the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour. It is unique in two respects - firstly, it was built over a number of centuries. Secondly, it is thought to be the oldest fortified position in the United Kingdom that is still in active military use
Post WW1 Rifle Brigade Cap Badge. Superb quality white metal cap badge for the Rifle brigade, post WW1 as the last battle honours showing on the badge are ‘France & Flanders 1914-18 and Macedonia 1915-18. It is in lovely original condition with nice patination. Ref. Z5
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 Army Issue Belt and Bayonet Frog. A good green webbing belt with its bayonet frog, for the No 4 spike socket bayonet. In very good condition, but issued and used.
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 Burma Star Association Badges and Cloth Patch The Burma Star Association was officially founded on the 26 February 1951 with 2,000 founder members. At its peak it had some 24,000 members in the late 80’s to the mid 90’s. Here we have a good sized blazer badge which is sewn through dark velvet, a Burma star assoc pin badge and a ‘friend of the Burma star assoc’ pin badge which unusually comes still attached to its J.R. Gaunt issued card. All three items are in very good condition.
Post WW2 Chinese S.K.S Spike Bayonet, the Chinese version of the bayonet used on the Russian Samozaryadnyj Karabin sistemy Simonova, semi-automatic rifle. It has a cruciform spike blade with a screw driver tip and comes in almost mint condition. 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. WAS £12
Post WW2 Danish M54 Practice Grenade The Danish made M54 grenade appears to have been used by different armies around the world for training purposes over the last 40 plus years, this one is marked 'AMA' to one side and '54' on the other, the top section has been hand painted in white and although used as a training grenade I am not sure why the top section has the holes!, comes in good condition with signs of wear to the paint and it measures just under 4 inches high. Shipping to UK mainland only
Post WW2 Officers Cap. A very good quality post WW2 officers cap with silver & gilt side buttons for the Army Dentist Corps. Inside it has a leather sweat band and silk lining. It also has its original brown leather chin strap to the front. No badge but these are easy to get, or you can convert it to wear and set of insignia you want. Size around a 6&7/8ths and it comes in very good useable condition.
Post WW2 Royal Lincolnshire Regiment Cap Badge. In 1946 the Lincolshire regiment was granted the ‘Royal’ title, so the badge was changed shortly after to this example. Due to the high quality of this badge, it probably dates to one of the first striking’s. It has a white metal Sphinx with a brass ribbon holding the regimental title below, with solid back. This badge was issued until 1958 and this one is a lovely early example, which comes in excellent but used condition. Ref. Y35
Post WW2 Southend-on-Sea Civil Defence Uniform This Sergeants post war battle dress has the official cloth lable inside dating 1952 but the insignia still shows a King’s crown, the battle dress blouse lable shows it is a size 14 with a chest measurement up to 38 inches, it has the sergeants stripe to both arms and the breast badge for the Civil defence Corps has the Southend-on-sea cloth lable under. The heavy wool trousers have a makers lable for Montague Burton Ltd with 1952 under, it says size 10 with a 35 inch waist and a 31.5 inch inner leg. Both pieces come in very good condition and show only slight signs of use.
Post WW2 Wessex Training Brigade Formation Patch. A printed sleeve patch used by the Wessex Training Brigade; The units in the Group were the Devonshire, Gloucestershire, Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire Regiments. The Training Brigade Groups were formed in 1947 and only one patch was issued and worn on the left arm, I believe, just under the shoulder title. This one is in excellent condition and looks unused.
Pre WW1 Era Large Booklet – Six Decisive Battles of British History A large booklet issued by the incorporated soldiers and sailors help society to raise funds for former service men, below is a brief history for the society. This large booklet which measures 13 inches x 10 details (in their opinion) the six most decisive battles in British history starting with the battle of Poictiers in 1356 to the battle of Dettingen 1743. One page of text and one picture per battle. The booklet comes in very good condition for its age showing signs of use. The Forces Help Society, originally known as The Soldiers & Sailors Help Society was founded in 1899 with Princess Christian, Queen Victoria’s third daughter and a founder of the Red Cross, as its first President. It received its Charter of Incorporation in 1901. Following the creation of the Royal Air Force, the Society became the Incorporated Soldiers Sailors and Airmens Help Society.
Pre WW1 Era Photograph of a German Soldier A great shot of a Pre WW1 German soldier in full uniform including his Picklehaube complete with its cover, you can see his belt and buckle and a dagger at his side. It comes in super condition and measures 4 inches x 2.5.
Pre WW1 Era – The Royal Artillery at Oakhampton Pull Out Postcard Dating most likely from the Edwardian era and taken from the Valentine's series this great pull out postcard features 10 photo's around Oakhampton including the camp and Torrs, to the front is the Royal Artillery showing the uniform of the RHA, RFA and RGA. Comes in good condition, someone has written a faint note on the back 'have a apple' 'Winnie from Herbert' but it has not been postally used,
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 Medical Feeding Cup. An early 20th medical feeding cup displaying the red iron cross shaped cross. The cup itself is British made and was probably exported in the white and decorated by the receiving factory or organisation. It could have been used during the First World War, I doubt the sick or wounded noticed or cared where it was made. It comes in perfect condition.
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. V23
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 Postcard Captain Gordon RMLI Interesting and very rare pre WW1 postcard showing Captain Gordon of the Royal Marines Light Infantry in flight leaving the air base at Walmer. Captain Gordon was the second officer of the RMLI to qualify as a pilot and distinguished himself in the destruction of Konigsburg in East Africa and at the battle of Ctesiphon in Mesopotamia. By the outbreak of the war 12 Royal Marine officers had qualified. The post card is stamped and dated 1912 and was sent from Deal Kent to Lowestoft Suffolk, it comes in excellent condition.
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 Dated 1938 German Political Propaganda Poster - Hitler In the turmoil that was 1930’s Germany many political propaganda posters were produced, this one carries a message from Adolf Hitler which translates as ‘it is our great object to build a foundation that will ensure the life of our people for many centuries’. The poster was produced in Hannover and is dated along the bottom for 31st January to 6th February 1938, for its age it comes in very good condition, the paper has yellowed with age and there is a couple of small nicks bottom right, it measures 13.75 inches x 9.25.
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 National Reserve Training Tinnie – Panzerwaffe This style of tinnie was worn by the men who were training in the 'reserve' units before being transferred to active service, this one is for the Panzerwaffe tank unit and shows a Panzer tank with parole heimat (basically home service). It comes in very good condition and has a bronzed finish. It measures just over 1.5 inches long.
Pre WW2 German NSDAP Party Pressed Leather Tinnie – Hannover 1937 The German tinnies or day badges were made in a variety of materials, this one comes in a compressed leather, it is very detailed on the front for a party meeting of the NSDAP in Hannover 1937, the back is also well marked with a maker in Leipzig and the word ' lederplastik'. Comes in perfect condition and measures 1.5 inches in diameter.
Pre WW2 German Tinnie/Day Badge – Unidentified Usually these type of badges have a motto or town with a date and can be traced to the event they commemorate, this one has neither so I cant offer any information other than it is the usual pressed out lightweight metal silver washed and shows a Germanic eagle with drooped wings standing on what might be a ships wheel or similar, no Swastika either so you have to make your own minds up about this one. Good condition some light wear and measures 1.25 inches long.
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 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 Soviet Russia Medal for Battle Merit A well loved and proudly worn 1938 issue Soviet Russian silver medal for battle merit, below is further info on the criteria for issue of this medal. This example has been much worn, the medal ribbon is missing and the metal back has been covered in a waterproof plastic. The back of the medal is otherwise blank except for the recipients number of 2254825. The USSR Medal for Battle Merit was a Soviet military medal awarded for "combat action resulting in a military success", "courageous defense of the state borders", or "successful military and political training and preparation". It was created on October 17, 1938 by the decision of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR.
Pretty 925 Sterling Silver & Amber Brooch This pretty Amber brooch is set in a marked 925 sterling silver mount, this mark is to be found on the back, made in a Celtic style it comes in super condition and measures 1.5 inches long.
Pretty 925 Sterling Silver & Pink Australian Triplet Opal Necklace A really pretty five stone pink Australian triplet Opal set in a marked 925 sterling silver necklace, five oval stones in individual mounts, comes in excellent condition and measures approx. 18 inches long, would sit high to mid on the neckline, comes in a pretty gift box.
Pretty 925 Sterling Silver Small Double Photograph Locket A sweet little piece marked inside with 925 for Sterling silver and designed to hold two small photo's, the outer case has partial decoration and it comes on a fine silver chain which measures 17 inches long. It measures one inch long including the jump ring.
Pretty Amber and Sterling Silver Necklace A very pretty three stone amber necklace, the chain has the Sterling mark for silver, the amber is the not the traditional pale colour but has an interesting almost green hue and is full of bubbles, the pendant part measures just over 1.5 inches long and the chain is 15 inches so will sit high on the neck. Will come supplied in a pretty presentation box.
Pretty Antique Silver & Marcasite Lorgnettes Here are a really pretty pair of antique lorgnettes, they are most likely French in origin and are made from silver but carry no hallmarks, they are studded with marcasite stones down the handle, the mechanism to release the eyepieces works perfectly, they are in very good condition other than they have no glass lenses in them so you are buying just the frame, they measure 6 inches across when open and just over 4 inches long closed.
Pretty Hallmarked Silver Honey/Preserve Spoon – Sheffield 1919 An unusual and uncommon shape of spoon, this is a honey or preserve spoon, the hook on the back of the handle used to hang over the edge of a pot, it carries a clear set of hallmarks for Sheffield 1919 with a makers mark of R&B with a patent number, it is of a very good thick gauge of silver and comes in tarnished but perfect condition, it measures 5.5 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 Sterling Silver Drop Necklace. An elegant sterling silver drop necklace set with six aquamarine stones. It is stamped 9.25 on the back of a mount. It is fastened by a ‘S’ hook catch and comes in new, perfect condition. A really lovely piece which would look good with evening dress or casual wear. It measures 16.5 inches not including the bottom drop stone.
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 Hallmarked Silver Basket of Flowers Pendant This pretty piece carries a full set of hallmarks on the back but they are so small I cannot make out the date letter, based on its styling I would date it from the early part of the 20th century, it is designed as a basket of flowers and the flowers have been highlighted with inset Garnets, it comes in excellent condition, could benefit from a dip in a silver cleaner, the pendant measures an inch long including the jump ring and it comes on a new silver chain measuring 20 inches long.
Pretty Vintage Silver & Gauche Blue Enamel Bracelet This lovely bracelet is very Art Deco in style, it is simply marked ‘silver’ on the spring clip and is I would think continental in manufacture and dates from the 1920’s/30’s, it is decorated with panels of blue gauche enamel and is in excellent condition the silver just needing a clean, it would fit a small to medium sized wrist and is a very pretty piece.
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.
Pretty WW1 Era Gold & Sapphire Earrings From Officers Buttons Purchased recently from an estate sale these lovely earrings came with a piece of paper which explains that they were made from an officers shirt buttons fitted with gold wires and set with a decent sized sapphire to the middle, the note also goes on to say that the officer went on to serve in Gallipoli, this I cannot prove as I haven't his name. Also with this lot comes a single tissue poppy leaf, released from the ceiling of the Albert hall on Commemorative Sunday 1955. They have a screw fixing so perfect for someone without pierced ears they come in excellent condition.
Princess Mary's Own 10th Gurkha Rifles A solid white metal badge showing the Kukri and horn of the 10th Gurkha rifles. Very good condition with two lugs on the back. Ref. U13
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.
QE II Issue Imperial Service Medal – Boxed Issued for 25 plus years service in the civil service this ISM was awarded to Fred Taylor. It is a solid silver medal and it was made by Spinks of London, it comes in its original box of issue, the Spink's issue was for only one year, I believe, the silver jubilee year 1977, so a much rarer issue than the Royal Mint issues. this one has been rarely worn and in excellent condition.
QE II Issue Miniature Iraq Medal with Combat Clasp One of a small group of original miniature medals that I have acquired recently, Issued to anyone involved with the liberation of Iraq and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, military and civilian alike but for those who had an active combat role a clasp was issued with the dates '19th March - 28th April 2003'. This one comes in very good condition and is on a decent length of ribbon.
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.
QE II Royal Horse Guards Cap Badge A bronze cap badge with queens crown, very nice condition with a small fault on the crown, used from 1953. Ref. W12
QEII 12th Lancers Cap Badge. The bi-metal cross lances of the Prince of wales Royal Lancers. This example shows queen Elizabeth II crown, which was introduced in 1958 and used until the merger with the 9th Lancers in the 1960’s. this badge comes in perfect condition. Ref. Z24
QEII 12th Lancers Cap Badge. A very good quality bi-metal badge for the 12th Prince of Wales’s Royal Lancers. The queens crown badge was issued from around 1956 until the early 1960’s when they merged with the 9th Lancers. There was a small change in design of the badge, the Roman numerals between the lancers changed. This one comes in pretty much perfect condition. Ref. A23
QEII Border Regiment Cap Badge Post 1953 cap badge, worn by the border regiment until 1959. This is a superb quality white metal badge, which still has most of the red enamel to the centre. It has been issued and used, but this badge still remains in excellent condition. Ref. Z4
QEII British Empire Miniature Medal. A good contemporary silver plated miniature or dress medal, it comes with civil ribbon and in very good condition
QEII Distinguished Conduct Miniature Medal A superb quality miniature medal for distinguished conduct in the field, Queen Elizabeth II issue. it comes in near mint condition and it is on its official silk ribbon.
QEII General Service medal to Anderson REME. A 1918 – 1962 General Service medal correctly named to 22690935 CFN (Craftsman or private) J.J. Anderson. R.E.M.E (Royal Electrical and mechanical Engineers) This comes in near mint condition and in its original box of issue.
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 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 Imperial Service Medal This Imperial service medal was awarded to Rowland Alexander Norcott, this style of medal was awarded on retirement to the administration and clerical staff of the Civil Service throughout the Empire for long and meritorious service usually after 25 years of service. The medal is in perfect condition, comes in its box of issue and is just a little tarnished from storage.
QEII Issue Imperial Service Medal This Imperial service medal was awarded to Frederick Leonard Pound, this style of medal was awarded on retirement to the administration and clerical staff of the Civil Service throughout the Empire for long and meritorious service usually after 25 years of service. The medal is in perfect condition, comes in its box of issue with spare ribbon and is just a little tarnished from storage.
QEII Life Guards Cap Badge. Queen Elizabeth II Anodised cap badge which comes excellent but used condition. Ref. W15.
QEII Queens Own Hussars Cap Badge. The Queens crown bi-metal cap badge of the 7th Queens Own Hussars. This changed from the kings crown to the queens crown in 1957, so this badges dates sometime after that. It comes in very good condition and it has an even patina. Ref. D1
QEII RA Officers Bronze Cap Badge. A beautiful quality post 1953 bronze officers cap badge which comes in excellent condition with two retaining clips on the back.
QEII Royal Canadian Engineers Cap Badge. A beautiful bi-metal badge with Queens crown. It is in wonderful condition and a must for any collection. Ref. D22
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.
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.
Quality Replica WW1 Broom handle Mauser A very good replica WW1 Mauser, nicknamed the broom handle,first made in 1896 and used by german officers in the first war, popular with both Winston Chuchill who used one during the Boer war and Lawrence of Arabia who carried a Mauser C96 for a period during his time in the middle East. A super quality replica in perfect condition, ideal for the re-enactor.
Quality Replica WW2 SS Dagger. COPY A very good replica WW2 SS dagger as worn by the black uniformed members of Hitlers 'SS'. It has a black composite handle with 'SS' runes and Eagle in cast metal. Complete with hanging chain this replica dagger and scabbard is perfect for the re-enactor. Comes in perfect condition.
Quantity Hornby O Gauge Railway Track A quantity of O gauge railway track over 15 feet, which makes up an oval plus a siding with points.
Quantity of 1958 Pattern British Army Webbing. Quite a large quantity of 58 pattern webbing in green. Included is back straps, large ammo pouches, small ammo pouches and belt. All in good but used condition, you get everything you see in the pictures.
Queen Victoria 1887 Golden Jubilee Medallion This is a large commemorative medallion for Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee in 1887, it is made from brass polished to look like gold but has coppery look to the metal which has happened over time, the Queen and all her key dates are featured on the front, comes in very good condition and measures 2.5 inches long including the crown pin to the top.
Queen Victoria’s Christmas Gift Tin 1900 The Queens Christmas 1900 chocolate gift tin, these were sent to all troops serving in South Africa during the 2nd Anglo-Boer war. The chocolate tins came in two sizes and were produced by Cadbury, Rowntree and Fry in a three-way partnership. The tins were mostly sent home to sweethearts and wives as chocolate was a luxury item to the majority of people at that time and these three company’s produced the best quality chocolate available in the day. This one is the smaller size of tin which are known to be the scarcer, although I have never seen a large tin and I have seen plenty of these small ones, there were over 40,000 of these tins produced but as it contained a consumable they too were discarded or used to contain mementos. This one is an excellent example and it comes in great condition, Please see pictures for full details of condition.
Queens Bays (2nd D G’s) Cap Badge. The regiment used the same badge for over sixty years, the only change was the king and queens crown, this one is from the WW1 – WW2 period, it is hard to say for sure a more precise date; the regiment was amalgamated with the 1st Dragoon Guards in 1959, then this badge was lost altogether. A super badge in excellent condition. Ref. R8 All my badges come with a full money back guarantee. Terms and conditions apply.
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.
Queens South Africa Medal, 4 Bars to Hudson 1st Suffolk’s Wounded. A Boer war QAS medal correctly named to 5730 Private C Hudson of the 1st battalion Suffolk regiment, it comes with 4 bars correctly mounted, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal and South Africa 02. The 1st Battalion arrived in Cape Town on 29th November 1899 and moved up to Colesberg on the railway between Blomfontein and Pretoria. Their first major action, a night attack on 5th/6th January 1900, was doomed to failure through lack of experience and a failure to reconnoitre properly. They attacked a Boer force entrenched on Red or Grassy Hill in a forlorn, but heroic, attempt to take the hill. The Commanding Officer and 36 others were killed outright; a further 99 were captured. The hill is now known as Suffolk hill. Those who died were buried in Colesberg Military Cemetery. The Battalion then joined Lord Roberts's force that advanced on Pretoria and then, later, the Battalion did duty protecting 35 miles of blockhouse line. Companies from all three Volunteer Battalions served for periods throughout the war. In February 1900 the Battalion provided two Mounted Infantry Companies for the newly formed Mounted Infantry Regiments. These were raised as a direct requirement to combat the Boers mobility; cavalry movement, with infantry firepower when dismounted could be used to take advantage. Near the end of the war one Suffolk Company rode 99 miles within 24 hours capturing the Boer General Botha and his Staff along the way. The regiment's losses throughout the conflict were 8 officers and 147 N.C.O.'s and men. The 1st Battalion arrived home on 29th September 1902; the War ended had ended with the signing of the Treaty of Vereeniging in May of that year. The South Africa casualty roll has Hudson as slightly wounded in the battle. A wonderful medal for further research; the medal is in lovely condition with one pin head size knock to the rim, the detail is still very good and sharp and the swivel suspender is a little stiff.
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 Empire Day Official Programme 1939 with Rare Supliment. Here is a programme from the RAF Empire day held on Saturday May 20th 1939, the programme was sold to raise funds for various RAF charities. Most examples of this programme that I can find for sale lack the inner pull out flight schedule fortunately this one has its original which shows the event was held locally to me at Norwich airport, the pull out includes a history for the 52nd bomber squadron, the magazine is full of adverts and articles all relating to flying. Given it s age the condition is very good, the outer cover is loose on one staple and it shows signs of age. An interesting read.
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 18th Century Perfumery Token. A late 18th century half penny trade token for Kendal & Son, manufacturers and importers of perfumes. The obverse has the Civet Cat and under reads; ‘Forgate Street, Worcester & Bull Ring Birmingham’. The reverse has the address again around the edge and to the middle it list the items for sale, this reads; ‘French Fancy Articles, Artificial Flowers, Beads, Fans, Jewellery, Fancy Cutlery, Bracelets of the Most Novel Patterns, Italian, German, French and English Toys Etc’. What a shop, if only we could go back in time, I could spend a month in a place like that, just listening to the sales patter. This scarce coin comes in very good order, it is well toned and has only a little area of wear to the centre of the reverse, but all of the writing is good and clear. It measures just over an inch in diameter.
Rare 1924 German Silver Commemorative Medallion Zeppelin LZ126 This original 800 grade German silver medallion was struck to commemorate the first flight to America of the Zeppelin LZ126 in 1924, this was the first transatlantic crossing by an airship, destination Los Angeles. It commemorates Dr Hugo Eckner who captained many airships. Designed by Lauer of Nuremburg it depicts the bust of Dr Eckener to one side and the ship in flight over a coastal view with statistics below. The airship LZ126 was given over to the USA as part of war reparations, she was commissioned into the US Navy and redesignated ZR3 and remained in service until 1932. The medallion is in excellent condition and measures 33mm in diameter. Ref. 18419
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 RAD Musician Shoulder Wing. A scarce piece of pre WW2 Nazi uniform belonging to the RAD or Reichsarbeitsdienst, the Reich Labour Service. It is a single Swallows Nest or Musician wing, made from white and black silk tress on the top with a tan cotton lining underneath. A beautifully made thing. It is in wonderful condition, just a little bit or wear on the edge.
Rare 19th C French Pastille Box – Commander of the Don Cossacks. A very interesting and scarce brass box which originally would have been covered with gilt or silver plate, featuring the portrait of Mathieu Platoff who was the Russian General commanding the Don Cossacks during the Napoleonic wars. The box dates a little latter than this, around 1820-30 and it was one of a set of eight made to commemorate the heroes of the Napoleonic wars, other featured Wellington, Nelson etc. the lid has the image of Platoff and the sides are decorated with individual cartouches featuring all the instruments of war. The bottom has the arms and motto of Mathieu Platoff with an inscription in French. The inside of the box is as good as the day it was made, no loss to the gilt interior, the outside as lost its original finish, be it silver or gilt and the surface has a little wear and has been polished, but it still shows lovely detail and it has a wonderful feel. A beautiful Napoleonic commemorative, the Mathieu Platoff box is one of the scarcer boxes to obtain as the Wellington and Nelson versions were by far more popular at the time. It measures 3 inches in diameter.
Rare American Civil War Period Regiment Muster Out Roll Dated 1861 A beautiful large document detailing the enrollment of Francis W Johnson into K company 60th regiment of the Indiana infantry, he went in with the rank of Lieutenant, part of his responsibility was the payment of wages to the men in his company, these men are individually listed down the left hand column, their rank and enrollment location, how much they were paid and when, the last two names showing that they had been taken prisoner in April 1864. This is a rare document in super condition given its age, the back is stabilised with tape, I have seen this type of stabilisation on all of this style of document so believe it was the done thing, there are a few holes on the fold lines, a very large document measuring 38 inches x 21
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 War Era German Made Bisque Porcelain British Soldier This is a rare ceramic figure, he is made from a bisque porcelain (basically and un glazed body) depicting a British Boer war soldier and having ‘ a gentleman in khaki’ around the base, unusual in that he is German made and carries the factory mark for Graffenthal on the back, he has been hand decorated and although rare I acquired two of these and you can detect slight variations in the decoration. By his stance he would have been carrying something probably a rifle which is now sadly missing, he is also lacking a left thumb, both figures having the same issue so whatever he was carrying probably caused the damage, other than that he comes in very good condition given his age and material construction, he stands 6.25 inches high. The Gentleman in Khaki is from the poem, the absent minded begger by Rudyard Kipling.
Rare Boer War – WW1 Indian Army Brass Bugle A very rare military bugle dating from the late Victorian to WW1 era and for the 8th Punjab regiment. It is made from solid brass with a white metal mouth piece and white metal regimental insignia. It is in excellent condition for its age but this is a genuine military bugle so it has been well used, there are a few dings and dents, some light pitting and scuffing in areas but its main unique feature only found on Indian bugles is the turned bulge before the start of the bell. It measures 16.75 inches including the mouthpiece, it has a warm sounding tone and works perfectly.
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 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 Full Set of WW1 Savings Stamps – War in the Air Series This is a complete set of 60 National war savings committee stamps, they were issued in only small amounts to savings associations or shopkeepers who passed them on to children who purchased 6d of war savings stamps, they were known as war savings pictures, as the set is complete, and therefor very rare, I suspect they were kept back by the retailer for his children. I obtained these from a private collector who in 1979 enquired after their history and value and also typed out a list of the various stamps, a copy of which will go with the stamps. They feature dog fights, air balloons, airships and aerobatics etc, complete and nicely filed in a book they come in very good condition and have never been stuck. Ref. 22656
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 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. The condition is very good, there is a little wear to the plate on the high points. This piece measures 10 inches long.
Rare Huge Turkish Prisoner Of War Beadwork Snake 7 Foot Long - 1917 This is just about the largest version of this kind of POW beadwork snake you can find, it measures a massive 7 foot long and is in very good condition, on the belly of the snake it has ' Turkish prisoner 1917'. Very clean with only a couple of small losses on the beads.
Rare Imperial German Navy Flotilla Commanders Flag. It is with great pleasure that I can list such a rare item on my website, this flag or pennant was flown from the ship which held the Flotilla Commander; a Flotilla is a formation of small warships that may be part of a larger fleet, such as frigates, destroyers, torpedo boats, submarines, gunboats, or minesweepers. Groups of larger warships are usually called squadrons. A flotilla is usually commanded by a Rear Admiral, a Commodore or a Captain, depending on the importance of the command, this flag was in use during the Great War and possibly at Jutland or Dogger Bank as it carries the imperial markings along the hoist section, please see pictures. The condition is excellent and like all Kaiserliche Marine flags or pennants very rare and hard to obtain. It measures 55 inches x 38 at the hoist. A great piece and the perfect size for display. Don’t forget, all my items come with a full money back guarantee of authenticity. Terms and conditions apply.
Rare Large Vintage RAF Chaplains Printing Block This is a very unusual piece, it is made from a block of wood with a metal printing plate which has the crown over the RAF emblem surrounded by the cross for the Chaplains department, far to big to use as a letter head so I’m not sure of its function, it measures 3.25 inches x 2.75 and comes in very good condition.
Rare Medallion – Peace Treaty Britain & France 1814. This silver plated souvenir medallion was struck in 1814 to commemorate the signing of the peace treaty between Great Britain and France in Paris; it was signed on 30 May 1814 and ended the war between France and British and allied forces and restoring Louis XVIII as king of France. In 1813, Prussia and Russia joined forces with Britain to fight France, the Austrians also joined this Sixth Coalition. In October 1813, a large Allied army defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Leipzig. The next year, the Allies launched an invasion of France and captured Paris, forcing Napoleon to abdicate in April 1814 and he was exiled to the island of Elba. The Bourbons were restored to power and the French lost most territories they had conquered since the Revolution. However, Napoleon escaped from Elba in February 1815 and returned to lead the French government, only to find himself at war against another coalition. This new coalition decisively defeated him at the Battle of Waterloo in June. He attempted to flee to the United States, but the British blocked his escape route. He surrendered to British custody and spent the last six years of his life in confinement on the remote island of Saint Helena. His death in 1821, at the age of 51, was received by shock and grief throughout Europe and the New World. This medallion comes in superb original condition showing only light wear to the surface. There is a hole at the top of the medallion, this is an original feature and not added later.
Rare Memorium Card – R101 Airship Crashed 1930 Based on the German design zeppelins the British built R101 airship was on its maiden voyage from England to India, it crashed on the 5th October 1930 in France killing 48 out of the 54 people on board. These memorium cards were issued and include every name of the victims on the backs. it is in in fair condition, as you can see from the pictures one has a corner missing and it is now in two pieces; they measure 4.5 inches x 3.
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 1926 Dated Photograph – Hawker Heron- Unique Aircraft I thought this was a nice post Great War photo of a bi-plane but when I Googled it turns out that it is a unique aircraft, below is a brief history for the plane. The photo has been attached to a card background, comes in very good condition and measures 11.25 inches x 9.25. The Hawker Heron was the first fighter aircraft designed at Hawker Aircraft with a basically metal structure. The design was produced in 1924 as a private venture version of the Hawker Woodcock fighter with the wooden structure of the Woodcock replaced by a mainly metal structure, but as the design developed, the use of a metal structure resulted in an entirely new aircraft. The first flight of the prototype, serial number J6989, flown by P.S.W. Bulman was made in 1925. Despite being heavier than the similar powered Woodcock, it was 15 mph (24 km/h) faster and was praised by the pilots that flew it for its excellent handling properties. Due to little interest from the Air Ministry, only one aircraft was built and it was returned to Hawker after testing.
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 original WW2 Issue Medical Tincture of Iodine This interesting little parcel contains tincture of iodine used as an antiseptic on minor wounds by military medical staff in the field. The iodine is contained within a roll of paper, sold as a WW2 collectable only and not to be used on any cut or wound. Common sense here please. Quite small measuring just under two inches long.
Rare Pair of Victorian Middlesex VB Officers Epaulets. A rare pair of Victorian officers Epaulets pertaining to a Captain of the 7th, 8th & 9th volunteer battalion, the Middlesex regiment. they both are made of silver bullion wire with gold bullion pips. A silver regimental button with no battle honour and a little silver bullion ‘T’ to denote a territorial or volunteer regiment. the condition is excellent for their age, the bottoms are covered with scarlet wool, which show no signs of moth. Each measures 6 inches long x 1.5 inches wide. Ref. 23310
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 Pre WW2 Dated 1936 German Cavalry Leather Saddlebags Similar in style to the M34 saddlebag introduced in 1934 these leather saddlebags are dated 1936 with a makers stamp the name of which I cant work out but it has Hannover under. Research suggests that the saddle bags were issued as left and right hand with a metal attachment at the top to join them together, most of the issue marks are to be found around the metal fitting including marks for the Wehrmacht but sadly not in this instance. They were designed with one side being for the mounted soldier and the other for the horses equipment including spare shoes. This pair have been rudimentary joined at the top with cord and still show the slit were the metal fixer would have been. They come in good but used condition and require a bit of effort to bring them back to life, the leather needs a clean and a really good feed to restore it to its former glory. A rare find as a pair, they each measure 19 inches long.
Rare Queen Victoria’s Christmas Gift Tin 1900 with Contents The Queens Christmas 1900 chocolate gift tin, these were sent to all troops serving in South Africa during the 2nd Anglo-Boer war. The chocolate tins came in two sizes and were produced by Cadbury, Rowntree and Fry in a three-way partnership. The tins were mostly sent home to sweethearts and wives as chocolate was a luxury item to the majority of people at that time and these three company’s produced the best quality chocolate available in the day. This one comes in fair condition with some obvious wear to the outside but miraculously it still contains its chocolate, I would advise caution when opening as the chocolate has deteriorated of the years and is now a lumpy orange powder! Please see pictures for full details of condition.
Rare Superb Original WW1 Leeds Rifles Insignia Set. All original and untouched set of WW1 brass uniform insignia for a machine gunner with the Leeds Rifles or the 1/8th or 2/8th Battalion Prince of Wales Own West Yorkshire Regiment. I was going to take it off this old board and remount it all on new card, but this set is just so untouched, I have left it just as it was found and I haven’t removed anything. It looks like it was taken from someone’s uniform on his return home from the great war. He mounted it on board for display. The top of the board is broken and lost, this part may have contained his medals. Here we have a cap badge, shoulder titles, 11 buttons, the ‘LG’ light or Lewis gunners sleeve insignia and the crosses rifles of the arms specialist. The Lees Rifles, part of the territorial force, had two battalions, both serving on the western front during the great war and taking part in most of the major battles during the conflict. A fabulous set, all in good condition but used and toned.
Rare Victorian 11th Hussars Busby & Tin. A beautiful Victorian 11th Hussars fur busby complete with all its original gold bullion cords and aiguillettes which were worn around the neck and shoulder. An elaborate system to stop the hussar from losing his busby when charging. This is a wonderful example, fur covered with a red wool felt flap or bag on the side. The fur has a little wear here and there, where the dress plume is fitted and around the top rim, but this in minimal and hopefully something you would expect from headgear this old. Inside it has a lining of red silk with a wide leather sweat band. Inside is the makers name of W. Catterall. Army Taylor. Preston with the royal arms above the name. this is printed in gold below the small handle, which is used to pull the hat from the tin. It also retails its original chinstrap, brass chain on leather with a velvet backing for comfort. An amazing piece of original Victorian cavalry headgear in very good condition, find another at this price.
Rare Victorian Royal Dragoons Horse Martingale Plate. A very rare piece of cavalry horse harness furniture for the 1st Dragoon Guards circa 1840 – 60. It is a two piece badge made of solid bronze, and it has the lion standing on the crown to the centre with a garter strap around, this has the motto ‘Spectemur Ageno’ ‘Let us be judged by our acts’. Above all this is Queen Victoria’s crown. On the back it had five prongs to hold it on to the strap, these are for the most part gone and only parts remain. There is also a small ding to the centre of the badge, but as you can see this is hardy noticeable. A heavy piece which measures; 4 inches high.
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 Silkwork Heart for the Royal Navy This is a super piece made most likely by the wife or sweetheart of a sailor in the late Victorian period. The whole piece is completely sewn with silk thread, there is not a space to be had, nautical themes all over and 'the jolly sailor' through the middle. The work that has gone into this piece is incredible, right down to the fine black edge, it must have taken months to complete. It comes in good order, there are a few marks here and there but no loss to the silkwork, it measures 15 inches long.
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 William IV & Queen Adelaide Coronation Token 1831 There are large numbers of William Iv coronation tokens and medals to be had but this one appears to be quite rare as I can only find one other example in a museum. It is made from brass and depicts William and Adelaide giving the date they were crowned and their birth dates. Dated for 1831 it comes in superb condition, nicely patinated and very little wear, measures one inch in diameter.
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 26th Battalion Canadian Infantry Collar Dog. The 26th Battalion (New Brunswick) CEF, was an infantry battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during World War I. The battalion was authorized on 7 November 1914 and embarked for Britain on 15 June 1915. It disembarked in France on 16 September, where it fought as part of the 5th Infantry Brigade, 2nd Canadian Division in France and Flanders until the end of the war. The battalion was disbanded on 30 August 1920 winning the battle honours; Mount Sorrel, Somme, 1916 & 18, Flers-Courcelette, Thiepval, Ancre Heights, Arras, 1917 & 18, Vimy, Arleux, Scarpe, 1917 & 18, Hill 70, Ypres 1917, Passchendaele, Amiens, Hindenburg Line, Canal Du Nord, Cambrai, Pursuit To Mons and France And Flanders 1915-18. The badge has been used but is still in lovely condition, it has a good untouched even mid-brown tone. Ref. E4
Rare WW1 44th Canadian Infantry Collar Dog. This lovely collar dog for the 44th Battalion (Manitoba), CEF is in just wonderful condition. it has lost all of its original gilt from the front leaving good light toned brass; the reverse still has all of its original gilt finish. The 44th was an infantry battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the Great War. The 44th Battalion was authorized on 7 November 1914 and embarked for Great Britain on 23 October 1915. It disembarked in France on 12 August 1916, where it fought as part of the 10th Infantry Brigade, 4th Canadian Division in France and Flanders until the end of the war. The battalion was disbanded on 15 September 1920. As with all the Canadian battalion, they saw a lot of hard fighting on the western front during the war. This is shown in the battle honours which they were awarded; Somme, 1916, Ancre Heights, the battle of Ancre 1916, Arras, 1917& 18, Vimy, Hill 70, Ypres 1917, Passchendaele, Amiens, Scarpe 1918, Drocourt-Quéant, Hindenburg Line, Canal Du Nord, Valenciennes, France And Flanders, 1916-18. Ref. E6
Rare WW1 89th Battalion Canadian Infantry Collar Dog. The 89th Battalion (Alberta), CEF, was an infantry battalion of the Great War Canadian Expeditionary Force. The 89th Battalion was authorized on 22 December 1915 and embarked for Britain on 2 June 1916, where its personnel were absorbed by the 9th Reserve Battalion, CEF, to provide reinforcements for the Canadian Corps in the field. The battalion disbanded on 21 May 1917. The battalion recruited throughout Alberta and was mobilized at Calgary. The battalion was commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel W.W. Nasmyth from 2 June 1916 to 1 August 1916 The battalion was awarded the battle honour the Great War 1916. This wonderful little badge has been used but still comes in excellent condition with a nice even mid-brown tone. Ref. E5
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 1st Hussars Cap Badge. As with the Boer War, the 1st Hussars did not participate as a unit. At the outbreak of the war, some 66 members of the regiment joined the 1st Western Ontario Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force which was raised in late 1914. The Western Ontario Battalion was present at the Second Battle of Ypres. In November 1914, the 7th Canadian Mounted Rifles was raised. 'A' Squadron was recruited in London, 'B' Squadron drew men from Windsor, Sarnia and Amherstburg and 'C' Squadron was raised in Toronto. 'A' Squadron was attached to the 2nd Canadian Division in March 1915 as the divisional cavalry squadron. In June 1915, 7 CMR sailed for England. In January 1916, 'A' Squadron was renamed Special Service Squadron, First (Canadian) Hussars to reflect the unit's roots in 1st Hussars. By mid-May 1916, the squadron became part of the Canadian Corps Cavalry Regiment, later renamed the Canadian Light Horse, forming 'B' Squadron of the regiment. On 9 April 1917, the Battle of Vimy Ridge commenced. During the battle, the CLH was committed on the southern flank of the line where elements of the regiment were tasked with reconnaissance towards the village of Willerval to determine if a breakthrough would be possible, or if the village could be held. Two mounted patrols set out at around 4:30 p.m., one approaching from the north and the other from the south. The northern patrol entered the village and was able to take about 15 prisoners before withdrawing under fire from a German machine-gun. The southern patrol ran into a German position and was also forced to withdraw under fire. The two patrols lost six men killed, six wounded and another three missing. From 8 August 1918 to 28 August, The 1st Hussars of the Canadian Light Horse were tasked mostly as dispatch riders, traffic controllers and in other support roles in the rear of the Canadian Corps at Amiens. On 9 August, five members of 'B' Squadron attempted to capture a German ammunition convoy they had spotted while running messages. Although they were unsuccessful in capturing the wagons, they managed to take some 20 prisoners. The CLH moved into the Canal Du Nord area on the night of 26 September to 27 September. Some elements of the regiment performed costly reconnaissance patrols in the area while the unit waited in reserve just behind the lines for a breakthrough that the cavalry could exploit. On 9 October 1918, the Canadian Corps attacked the Germans near the French village of Escaudoeuvres on the L'Escaut Canal (north-east of Cambrai). The next day the First Hussars would participate in an action that saw the last of the few cavalry charges in Canadian history. The Canadian Corps continued to advance on the far bank of the canal. The village of Naves was captured by the 19th Battalion, CEF, which continued on to capture a ridgeline to the east of the village. The objective for 'A' and 'C' Squadrons of the CLH was to capture a portion of sunken road on the ridgeline and continue on to take a hill overlooking the village of Iwuy . 'B' Squadron was held in reserve. 'A' and 'C' Squadrons forded the Erclin River and charged up the hill towards the sunken road. The charge resulted in 23 dead troopers and 66 dead horses, but despite the losses, the hill was taken and held. As the Hundred Day's offensive continued, the 1st Hussars and rest of the CLH found itself often leading the advance, and letting the infantry pass through when resistance was met. Members of the 1st Hussars also participated in the following actions, among others: the Second Battle of Ypres, the Battle of Flers-Courcelette the Battle of Hill 70 and the Battle of Passchendaele. This cap badge is in beautiful condition, the front has a nice even tone just showing tint bits of original gilt in the recesses. The back still has all of its original gilt finish. Ref. E2
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. It was commanded by Lt.-Col. D. McLean from 28 June 1916 to 21 August 1916. 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. E1
Rare WW1 Cash’s Silk Postcard – Dixmude 1914 This is a rare card made with ‘Cash’s silk’, the Cash name is usually associated with larger pictures called Stevengraphs which were popular Victorian woven silk pictures but other items such as bookmarks were also made. This card is entitled ‘Dixmude 1914’ and has a striking picture of an exploding building, it comes in very good condition and has been written on the back in pencil.
Rare WW1 Cash’s Silk Postcard – Tilloloy Somme 1916 This is a rare card made with ‘Cash’s silk’, the Cash name is usually associated with larger pictures called Stevengraphs which were popular Victorian woven silk pictures but other items such as bookmarks were also made. This card is entitled ‘Tilloloy (Somme) 1916’ and has a striking picture of an exploding building, it comes in very good condition and has a small amount of writing on the back.
Rare WW1 Embroidery Souvenir of Captivity, Welsh 1st Monmouthshire Regiment. A beautifully wrought embroidered framed picture showing the flags of the allies, a shield with the union flag with the 1st Monmouthshire regiment insignia. A territorial battalion formed in 1914 at Newport. Part of Welsh Border Brigade in the Welsh Division. At the bottom is red roses and thistles and the dates 1916 and 1917. At the top, two leaks, a crown the dates 1914, 1915 and a ribbon which reads 3. Mons. All beautifully done and in superb condition. It comes in a vintage frame with framers label for Norman Parker of Southwold. Norman parkers shop closed in the late fifties. A rare and beautiful piece a must for any collector of the welsh regiments, it measures, 13.5 x 15.5 inches. Shipping will be via courier due to size and weight priced at £10.95
Rare WW1 Era Belgian Lace Framed Allies Picture - Magnificent Flanders claimed the invention of the art of bobbin-lace making, the lace trade rose during the early Renaissance period. Emperor Charles V decreed that lace-making should be a compulsory skill for girls in convents and beguinages throughout Flanders; lace became fashionable on collars and cuffs for both sexes and so trade reached a peak in the 18th century. Lace makers are traditionally women and hundreds of craftswomen still work in Bruges and Brussels, centers of bobbin lace, creating intricate work by hand, often using over 100 threads per bobbin. This piece dates from the Great War era and was made to commemorate the allied victory and woven in the form of Belgian, French and British soldiers with their country's flags, ready to fight. It comes un-touched since it was frame, backing the lace is silk cloth which would have been a dark brown but now faded to a lighter colour, in fact, if you were to open the picture you would have a perfect negative of the image caused by the original colour cloth and the faded cloth, not unlike a camera obscurer. Pieces of lace this size are rare, especially in this condition, a really fabulous piece of art which would appeal to quite a few collecting areas as well as the military aspect; it would look fantastic with the union flag behind it. It measures 25 x 18.5 inches the frame measures 29 x 22 inches I can probably guarantee you won’t find another one of this grandeur. The cost of shipping to the UK mainland is £12.50, I will be happy to remove the lace from the frame and offer a much lower shipping price of £3.75.
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 Era Ersatz Pickelhaube Plate A rare small steel Pickelhaube Plate painted in field grey for use on a grey felt Pickelhaube. It was issued to the 22 reserve infantry regiment, an ersatz regiment raised in 1916. The plate is very plain and simple, the new regiment had no royal affiliation or battle honours, so the plate just shows the regiment’s number and the ‘R’ for Reserve. The condition is good for its age, it retains pretty much all of its original field grey paint. The back has light rust bloom and metal both retaining straps have broken off. But due to its rarity this surely must all be forgiven. It measures 4 x 2.25 inches
Rare WW1 Era German Soldiers 'In the Field' Pocket Song & Prayer Book This example must have accompanied the German soldier who owned it everywhere, it has been much used and the owner highlighted areas of importance. Issued in different styles for different religions this one I think is an evangelical issue. Comes in fair condition, as you can see from the pictures it has been near an ink pen and this has been taken up by the spine and transfers to most of the pages, other than that much loved, it measures 4 x 3 inches.
Rare WW1 Era Risque German Aluminium Pin Tray A pretty pin tray made from aluminium and showing a German soldier in uniform with his sweetheart alongside to the front; when flipped over on the back you can see that the soldier is lifting the ladies skirt, Risqué for the time. It has a makers mark impressed into the side on the back, this is partially obscured. The tray comes in excellent original condition and measures just under 5 inches long. A rare piece.
Rare WW1 Era Scottish Bandsman’s Fife. A late 19th, early 20th century fife made of, what looks like rosewood with nickel metal fittings. It was made and has the makers named stamped near the mouthpiece for A.F Mathews & Co London. It comes in a very unusual fitted brown leather field service case with belt loop. Usually these were in dress cases, either black or white leather and I can’t find another on sale or ever been sold in a brown field leather case, which I believe, this one was taken in to the field. You hear the stories of the brave bandsmen of the Scottish regiments playing their bagpipes, drums and fifes when walking into battle. This one comes in excellent condition with no damage to the fife and just light use to the case, although the case is beautifully patinated and is a lovely mellow colour. The fife which comes apart into two pieces measures; 15 inches long and when broken in case; 11 inches.
Rare WW1 Era Snow Goggles These snow goggles, I believe were military issue and an exact pair was worn by William Laird McKinlay, one of the scientific staff on the disastrous Canadian National Arctic Expedition 1913-1918. Snow goggles were used to protect the eyes and to prevent snow blindness. This was a painful eye condition caused by exposure to sunlight reflected from snow and ice. They are made from a grained leather on the outside and lined with soft kid leather on the inside. They are set with metal plates instead of lenses, these have five slits cut into them at different angles. The other alternative at the time was the ordinary wire-gauze type with smoked glass but the drawback to these was their liability to become frosted over in the extreme cold. These pair, for their age are in very good condition, the metal plates are sewn on, and one has a few threads broken on one side. They retain their original strap with hook and ring catch. These pair of snow goggles are a wonderful piece of history weather or not connected to the great war or the Artic expedition. Please see detailed pictures for overall condition.
Rare WW1 German Memorial Glazed Photograph & Frame. A really superb WW1 German memorial piece dedicated to Musketeer Wilhelm Kres of the 9th company of the 15th (2nd Westphalian) Prince Frederick of the Netherlands Infantry Regiment. Wilhelm was killed in action on 10th January 1915 at the battle of Champagne. The original photograph of Wilhelm shows him in uniform; the uniform is far too big for him, he is such a young man. Notice the hand gesture, this was one of many secret signs used by the fraternity of German students. The photo comes in its original frame, this has a small enamelled iron cross at the top, such frames were usually reserved for EKI or EKII winners, there is no mention of him winning the iron cross on the dedication under the photo, but this is an area that needs research. Wilhelm was killed in the battle of Champagne 1915, this started on 20th December 1914 and went on until the 17th March 1915. At the end of the battle there were 93,432 French casualties against 46,100 German losses of which Wilhelm Kres was just one. The frame measures 21 x 25 inches and it comes with his entry in the WW1 German casualty list.
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 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 Silver Trench Taper Lighter By Aspreys- 2nd Lieu Holmes KIA The title here simply does not do justice to what is on offer here; as you work through this weeks listings you will notice a connection between the lots coming from a family group who came from Great Yarmouth in Norfolk; here we have some more……this very rare officers trench taper or flameless lighter, it was the property of Albert Edward Holmes older brother of Thomas William of the 11th Hussars, whose medals I am selling this week, Albert who was known as ‘Ted’ in the family, and was a casualty of the Great war dying in mid September 1918 at the age of 34, having survived for four years and who also saw service in India around 1910. The census information with Thomas’s medals shows the brothers at home in Yarmouth in 1891 and 1901, by 1911 Ted shows up on a list of personnel serving with the East Yorkshire regiment in India, at this stage he is a Sergeant; a roll for the East Yorkshire regiment shows Teddy as 7895 ‘CR’ sergeant embarking on 15th January 1915 and commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the 6th Yorks and Lancs 29-1-17 (the regiment in which he died). I struggled to find a medal index card for him until his service number came to light this then led to the medal index card contained and it muddies the water a bit further, this shows the same qualifying date, the same service number but being commissioned into the army service corps first, it also has MBE over his name but I cant find any evidence for an MBE award. The main thing that seals this for me as it all belongs to one man is the address given on the bottom of the medal index card as Waveney house, St Olaves Suffolk, St Olaves was formally in Suffolk now Norfolk and is around 4 miles outside of Great Yarmouth. Ted must have moved around getting promoted along the way and he would have seen much active service ultimately losing his life in late ’18. The trench taper is a wonderful thing, it is fully hallmarked for Birmingham 1915 and was made for Aspreys one of THE most highly rated retailers in London, it would have been a private purchase and would not have been cheap. The officers carried these as a flameless lighter to avoid the attention of snipers, this one has been used and has a series of dings and dents, the taper has a clean end and the hallmarks are crisp and clear, the silver measures 2.25 inches long and the taper is 5.5. I have had in the past only a couple of trench tapers, but these have all been made of brass, I have never seen a silver one, and to be retailed by Aspreys, is so incredibly unusual and very rare. It comes with various original photos of him, the main one has written on the back, ‘uncle Ted 2nt LT Albert Edward Holmes killed in action Oct 1918 Yorks and Lancs’. There is also a copy of the 1914 infantry training manual which on an inner page has C.S.M. Holmes E. York R. this has been much used and shows signs of age but interestingly has typed amendments added on odd pages. A super item belonging to a very interesting soldier and somewhere out there are his medals and death plaque, I hope they can be re-united.
Rare WW1 Somerset Veteran Reserve Cap Badge. A rare beautiful large bi-metal badge, the size of a glengarry badge, worn by the Boer war and later veterans who formed a kind of home guard in Somerset during the great war. They wore, I believe the old reservist uniform with a blue glengarry type side cap. This badge is in superb original condition and retains its original pin on the back, which is also in very good order. A rare find. Ref. C12
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 US 77th Division Medics Uniform & Medals. A really fabulous piece of great war history, a full uniform and medals to a sergeant in the United States 77th Infantry division, medical detachment. It comprises of the tunic which has all good original insignia for the medical detachment of the 77th Liberty division, these men were enlisted in New York, the breeches, putties, cap with medic badge and his original medals, the WW1 USA victory medal with the bar for France, and the New York state victory medal, both now becoming very scarce now, especially the latter, these were only issued to the men who served from new York, this is numbered 17487, so it is possible to research this man. The uniform is in just fantastic condition and has been in the same collection for over 50 years; the medals are also in excellent condition and nicely toned. Measurements, Waist 32 and Chest 36 inches for the tunic and breeches. There is a fascinating history to this uniform too; a very brief outline is given below. The 77th Infantry Division was the first American division composed of draftees to arrive in France in World War I, landing in April 1918; overall it was the seventh of 42 divisions to reach France. The division fought in the Battle of Château-Thierry on 18 July 1918. It sustained 10,194 casualties 1,486 killed and 8,708 wounded. The division returned to the U.S. in April 1919 and was disbanded the same month. The 77th were also entered into the history books as being part of the lost battalion, the six hundred or so soldiers that entered the Argonne Forest in the October of 1918, refused to surrender even though they were completely surrounded, constantly attacked, low on ammunition and supplies, they had no food, shelter and limited access to water. Only 194 were able to walk out the rest were killed, missing, captured, or wounded.
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 Era German Mutter und Kind Silk Ribbon This is a tiny silk ribbon with the words ‘mutter und kind’ (mother and child) with a symbol under, it was probably used on a day of celebration for the women and children rather like the workers day events and really was never designed to survive. It measures just 2.5 inches long and has its original pin however the ribbon has separated from the pin, there is a little staining to the silk.
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 Kriegsmarine Minesweeper Badge by Otto Placzek A superb early wartime tomb-back award Minesweepers battle badge. It was awarded for the completion of three operational sorties. For being wounded during an operational sortie. If the recipient had shown exemplary, conduct in the execution of his duties over a six-month period. For the completion of an especially dangerous mission in a mined area. For serving on escort duty for 25 days or more. If the recipient had participated in a specific mission, that had been successfully completed or if the ship was sunk due to enemy action. The condition is excellent, obviously used, but it still retains a lot of its original gilt finish. It has fantastic maker’s details on the back for Otto Placzek of Berlin; the maker who actually designed the badge. It also has a good sturdy wide bodied pin on the back with a good hinge; this is a little out of shape at the top, all a part of its history. A rare early badge by the designer, a great piece of German Navy memorabilia.
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 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.
Roman Bronze Coin Constantine 323 AD. (4) A nice little bronze Roman coin of Constantine the great, 307 – 337 AD. The coin as the bust of Constantine on the obverse and an image of an alter on the reverse which dates the coin from 321-324 AD. It is nice clear condition and with all the antiquities here, they have been museum verified. Flavius Valerius Constantinus, Constantine the Great, was the son of Helena and the First Tetrarchic ruler Constantius I. Constantine is most famous for his conversion to Christianity after the battle of the Milvian Bridge where he defeated emperor Maxentius. Before the battle, he saw the words "In Hoc Signo Victor Eris" (By this sign you shall conquer) emblazoned on the sun around the Chi Rho, the symbol of Christianity. After placing this Christogram on the shields of his army, he defeated his opponent and thus ruled the empire through divine providence. He also shifted the capital of the empire to Constantinople, establishing the foundation for an Empire that would last another 1000 years. He died in 337 and his sons divided the Roman territories.
Royal Anglian Regiment Badge Set. A pair of 1960's anodized shoulder titles and beret badge of the Royal Anglian Regiment. I have only three sets to sell at this bargain price, so snap one up quickly. Each set comes in very good but used condition. Ref. X25
Royal Army Ordnance Corps Cap Badge. A quality bi-metal badge for the RAOC, issued between 1949 and 1955. It comes in excellent original condition, but it has been used and worn. Ref. Z10
Royal Corps of Signals Badge Set. A great set of the Royal Corps of Signals badges just post WW2 dating circa 1947, including the cap badge, pair of collar dogs and a single brass shoulder title. All four pieces are in good order but all have been issued and worn; although the cap badge needs straightening. Please see pictures for overall condition.
Royal Leicestershire Regiment Beret Badge. The scarcer smaller bi-metal beret badge, issued from 1946 until 1958 when the regiment was merged into midland brigade, then they wore the brigade badge. It comes in perfect condition. Ref. A19
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 Naval Reserve LS&GC Medal Copy. A superb modern copy or replacement medal of the RNR long service and good conduct medal, Queen Elizabeth 1st type. Comes in perfect condition.
Royal Navy Air Service Engineers Pilots Badge A super quality early Royal Navy Air Services Engineers Pilots badge, dating from the 1920's-30's, comes in excellent original condition and is mounted for display.
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.
Russian Medal for the Liberation of Belgrade This medal is from a recently acquired private collection, below is further information on the history and criteria for the issue of the medal. The Medal "For the Liberation of Belgrade" was awarded to soldiers of the Red Army, Navy, and troops of the NKVD. The medal comes in very good condition. Awarded to all servicemen of the Soviet Army, Navy, Ministry of Internal Affairs Troops (MVD) and State Security Committee Troops (KGB) who participated in the liberation of Belgrade from 29 September 1944 until 22 October 1944. Soviet troops began an offensive move on 28 September towards Belgrade ( the capital of Yugoslavia ) with the goal of liberating the city from fascist forces. Warships of the Dunai Navy participated. The Yugoslavian Peoples Liberation Army intensified attacks at the rear of fascist troops. On 20 October the city was liberated.
Russian Model 1968 Svd Dragunov Rifle Bayonet. Designed for the Dragunov rifle, these bayonets have a very utilitarian function. They serve as a knife, saw, and wire-cutter. The hilt is 5.25 inches long, with a metal cross-guard. Black plastic grips with rounded pommel and a bayonet-to-bar latching button on left side of pommel, the is a hole just below this which houses a webbing lanyard. It has a straight, 5.75 inch steel blade with a Bowie-type clip-point with false-edge; the oval slot in the blade is for attaching to a lug on scabbard, when attached it functions as a wire cutter. It has a black, metal scabbard, 8 inches long with a rubber throat for insulation when attempting to cut live electrical wires. It comes with its original retaining strap, belt loop. The overall condition is excellent. It has been used but remains in perfect order Shipping is to inland UK only
Sarce WW1 Era 17th Lancers Swagger Stick – Death or Glory A great WW1 era swagger stick set with the badge for the 17th Lancers the famous ‘death or glory boys’, the badge is made from a white metal probably nickle and the stick is a flexible Malacca cane, it coms in good but well used condition with some marks on the cane, the badge needs a good clean and it measures 23 inches long.
Scarc WW1 Era National Reserve London Badge by Gaunt In October 1914 the National Reserve was formed into Protection Companies, which were attached to existing TF battalions, for the guarding of railways and other vulnerable points in Britain ultimately to serve in the regular forces depending on their health and ability. This is a good original WW1 era National Reserve London brass and blue enamel badge made by Gaunt of London, numbered to the recipient 34325, it comes in very good condition with light signs of age and measures just over 1.25 inches long.
Scarce & Unusual Antique Brass Carbide Lamp/Torch This is a small brass lamp dating I should think from the late Victorian/Edwardian era, I cant find a comparison for it anywhere so I’m unsure of its function, it has a gap to allow it to slip onto perhaps a bike frame and two moveable carry handles on the back for carrying, the front opens and the carbide reservoir pulls out, to the side is a closed off what looks like a vent in fact the screw off part is the snuffer for the burner. There are no makers marks to be found and it comes in super condition given its age, the only obvious fault I can find other than age use is inside the burner is held in place by two aluminium lips, one of these is missing. It measures 3 inches in diameter.
Scarce 1796 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword. A superb example of this wonderful Napoleonic period sword. it has a gilt brass hilt with a knuckle bow, vestigial quillon and a twin-shell guard and an urn shaped pommel, on which a lot of its original gilt finish still remains. A silver wire bound grip, with no loss to the silver wire; the wire has just stretch a little over the years. It has a long steel blade with a shallow fuller on both sides. The blade has been decorated with a military figure, George III cypher on both sides and the makers details which is partly obscured by the ridge of the fuller, but I can read, ‘_OLLEY _SKIN & Co’ this is set in a ribbon swag. The blade has some pitting and numerus nicks to the edge, but overall in good order. A wonderful piece of military history, the sword itself was like by the officers who wore it until it was tested in battle, when it proved next to useless, it was hard to wield, it was too long and with the straight blade, it wasn’t a good slashing weapon. The art of courteous swordplay was forgotten on the battlefield in situations of life and death. So many officers had made short infantry sabre type swords, which performed much better in battle. For the price, this is a very good example of this historic sword, which measures; 38 inches long. Shipping to UK inland only via UPS at £12.95
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 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 Alvin Keech Signed Banjulele with Case Scarce 1924 Alvin Keech Signed Banjulele with Case One for the music lovers, here is a 1924 dated and signed Alvin Keech Banjulele, below is a brief history of the instrument. This is the model ‘A’ and the patent number has /24 for the year, it is signed on the back and comes with its original carrying case. The general condition is good shows signs of wear and use, the skin has a hole in it so the piece will need restoration, they retail p to £150 online so priced for the restorer. Measures 22 inches long and the case is 22.5. A banjulele is a cross between a ukulele and a banjo. It is reported that “Alvin Keech” invented the instrument and name in 1917. Players of ukuleles in the music halls wanted more volume but wanted the ease ofplaying with an ukukele – hence the banjulele was born Early Keech banjuleles date from 1917 to 1930 and generally were manufactured in three models, “A”, “B” and “C”. “A” was the base model and “C” was the top model. Generally Keech banjuleles have the model and serial number stamped into the heel of the neck and the last digit of the patent number on the tuning peg section denotes the year e.g. 219720/2 is 1922.
Scarce 1930’s German Diplomatic Officers Cap Wreath. A rare cap wreath worn on German Nazi Government Officials and Diplomatic Officers Summer Cap. It is made of white metal and still shows very good detail with very little wear. The condition is excellent, it now has a good even dark patination to the surface, the centre cockade is present and it still retains both prongs on the back, these look a bit delicate, so I haven’t tried to move them. A superb piece of German insignia, extremely hard to find in this condition. It measures 4.5 inches wide.
Scarce 7th Queens Own Hussars Cap Badge Q/C A good bi-metal badge only used for a short time after the change to the Queens crown in 1957 when the regiment merged with the 3rd Kings own hussars. This cracking original badge comes in perfect condition. Ref. Y14
Scarce Afghan Short Sword 1840’s A scarce Afghan sword dating from the 1st Anglo- Afghan war ear around the 1840’s. also known as the Khyber Knife although it is a short sword measuring 27 inches long. This one has a lone straight steel blade with a ‘T’ back spine and tang, all one piece. It has ivory grips, scales held on with four small rivets. It comes with its original scabbard which is leather and brass, a piece of decorative brass is missing at the throat of the scabbard. The condition is very good for one of this period the blade is a little pitted in areas and there are a nick to the blade in this area. Please see pictures. This is an example made for combat and not ceremonial and may have seen action in the Afghan wars. It is light and extremely well balanced for its size. An interesting piece which holds great history, if only it could talk. Shipping to UK inland only via UPS at £12.95
Scarce and Unusual Book of Postcards on Aluminium Production Entitled 'the lighter way illustrated' this book of postcards was produced during the 1920's for the William Mills Ltd factory of Birmingham, William Mills was best known for his invention of the Mills grenade during the Great War but fundamentally he was a metal worker who opened one of the first factories in the country working with aluminium. This booklet contains at least 30 postcards which could be detached from the book to be sent by post, each card has a different picture and subject matter but all concern aluminium and its wondrous properties. The book is complete and in very good order.
Scarce Boer War Era St Johns Ambulance Triangular Bandage There are many variations of this style of triangular bandage issued by the St Johns Ambulance, this one shows a soldier in early uniform very Boer in appearance but the main dating evidence is in the bottom right hand corner, here we see a registration number of 7764 this places the design around 1884/5, the St Johns Ambulance did not get going until 1877 so this would have been a very early issue for them. As you can see in the photo's the bandage shows many uses, it comes in fair condition given its age, the edges are rough and there is some slight staining to an edge. It is large measuring 48 inches along the bottom and 36 on the sides.
Scarce Booklet of 8 WW1 Postcards – Gun Battery Knocke This is a booklet of 8 postcards all depicting scenes of German gun battery’s at Knocke in Belgium, I cant find another example of a booklet, most of the cards for sale are individual, I think there may have been one card used and the outer cover removed from the booklet. It comes in very good condition and mostly has its wax papers in place between each card for protection.
Scarce Crimea Pair to Yeatman Land Transport Corps. An interesting pair of medals correctly engraved to William F Yeatman. Number 579 of the 4th Battalion Land Transport Corps. The medals comprise of the Crimean War medal with the Sebastopol clasp; this has the correct type of engraved naming; and the Turkish Crimea medal (Sardinian Issue) this has privately engraved naming. The pair of medal comes with copies of Yeatman’s medal rolls for the Crimea medal, this shows he is also entitled to the Alma, Balaclava and Inkerman clasps. The Land Transport corps was form in 1855 in the Crimea, owing to the defective state of the transport service serving. This was organised by the Civil Department and the men who transferred, from other regiments to the Land Transport Corps had no military privileges, they received half pay and had to feed and clothe themselves, this included the officers and non-commissioned officers as well. There was an outcry by the men and some almost mutinied. They felt they were misled when recruited, and there was a government enquiry into the matter in 1856. Most of the officers and NCO’s were given the opportunity to transfer to the military train, which was then being formed in lieu of the LTC in the same year. Most men who were serving with the LTC were already long serving and quite a few were recipients of gallantry and long service awards and those who were wounded in battle. The land Transport Corps was disbanded in 1856 and only a handful of medals were named to the corps, most were named to the Military Train to those men who had transferred. Although William Yeatman was entitled to the other three clasps, it is more than likely due to the confusion surrounding the men who served with the LTC, he never received his clasps. It is also probable the other three clasps were earned while serving with another regiment, or he may have been a veteran of the Indian or other campaigns, well worth researching. Both medals come in very good untouched condition and come mounted on their original silver brooch bar with original ribbons. Obviously there is wear and some contact marks to the medals, but they haven’t been over polished and the Turkish Crimea medal is still has nice clear detail, which is getting unusual for this medal. Both swivel suspenders are easy to turn with no fear of breaking but the ribbons are a little scruffy and dirty. Please see pictures for close up photos.
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 19thC Baker Rifle Bayonet. Indian troop type sword bayonet, Circa 1820 designed to fit on the Baker rifle; named after its maker, Ezekial Baker, was one of the most advanced weapons in the world at the time of the Battle of Waterloo. It was much more accurate than the guns used by most soldiers, but also harder and more expensive to make. The rifles were available in two sizes; the same size as the Infantry musket and that of the Cavalry carbine. Their walnut stocks had little boxes with brass lids in their butts to hold tools and the greased leather patches that were wrapped around the bullets to make them grip the rifling. Riflemen were also issued with a sword bayonet for close combat. The sword bayonet for the rifle was longer than the bayonets used on muskets of the time, it was issued for close combat fighting as the average soldier could fire two rounds per minute from the baker, and so close combat fighting was inevitable when in battle. Generally, issued bayonets were used and abused, not only used for fighting but for chopping wood and beating down fortifications. This one was issued and well used by Indian troops, it has a solid steel hilt and good blade, the langets have been decorated with engraving and the condition and overall it is still in a good collectable grade. It measures; 26 inches long. Shipping to UK inland only
Scarce Edwardian 4th Berkshire Regiment officers Levee Sword. A superb Edward VII officers Levee sword inscribed to the 4th Berkshire regiment. probably made around circa 1905 it is the 1897 pattern sword with pierced and engraved guard with Edward VII cypher. The hilt is excellent, still retaining its nickel plate and the grip is perfect, ray skin bound with silver wire. The blade is exceptional, it has been finely etched with scrolls and foliage and on one side is Edward’s cypher with the makers mark for Hobson & Son, Lexington Street, London. This sits below the royal arms, by appointment to the king. On the other side is the brass button proof mark, the officer’s monogram and ‘4th Royal Berkshire Regt’ below the kings crown. This blade is in perfect order, no rust pitting or staining, not even at the tip. It has a plated steel scabbard, which is clean and free from dents. It has light pitting and some very minor loss to the plating in very small areas. The 4th battalion Royal Berkshire regiment was a territorial battalion and served with the South Midland Brigade in South Midland Division during the first world war. they saw action in France and then Italy, here the Division had the distinction on 3 November of surrounding and capturing the commender of the Austrian III Corps (General von Ritter-Romer), three Divisional commanders and about 14 battalions. Shipping to UK inland only via courier at £14.95
Scarce Geo V Royal Military College Sandhurst Cap Badge. A good quality brass badge used from around 1912 to 1936. This one comes in very good original condition with a very nice even tone. Ref. C2
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 German 1910 Commemorative 3 Mark Silver Coin This silver German three mark coin was issued in 1910 as a commemorative for the wedding of Grand Duke William Ernest and Princess Feodora, information for which can be found online, other examples available for sale mostly in Europe range from 40 -70 Euros. This coin comes in very good but circulated condition, it measures 1.25 inches in diameter.
Scarce German Antique Silver Plated Figural Napkin Ring by WMF This decorative very large sized silver plated napkin ring was made in the late Victorian era in Germany by the famous WMF factory (Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik), the ring is larger than average and would have taken a large linen napkin, the figure to the side is of a young boy in a hat and he appears to be pushing the ring, it is marked on the base with WMF and the boy has ‘60’ on his foot. It comes in good condition, there is some small loss to the plate on high points due to polishing, the boy stands 2.5 inches high and the ring is two inches in diameter.
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 German SA Reserve Stick Pin. 1930’s Sturmabteilung (SA) stick pin. A small winged shield showing the swastika worn by the reserve contingent of the SA. It is in excellent original condition retaining a lot of its original gilt finish and it is marked on the back with Ges Gesch and a makers mark, please see pictures.
Scarce German SA Reserve Stick Pin. 1930’s Sturmabteilung (SA) stick pin. A small winged shiels showing the swastika worn by the reserve contingent of the SA. It is in excellent original condition retaining most of its original gilt finish and it is marked on the back with Ges Gesch and a makers, please see pictures.
Scarce Gettysburg Memorial Mirror Button This is an unusual item, made I would think in the early part of last century and sold as a tourist piece at the Gettysburg memorial in Pennsylvania, it consists of a tin button with a lithograph print of the memorial to one side and a handy mirror on the reverse. Quite a large size for a button measuring 2.25 inches in diameter, the front is in excellent condition but the mirror has bloomed to the edges over the years.
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 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 Korean War Pair to Norfolk Regiment. A scarce pair of the queens medal for Korea, this is correctly named to 22482219 private A. W. Groat of the 1st battalion the Royal Norfolk Regiment. the United nations medal for Korea, this is un-named as issued, his white metal cap badge and the Norfolk regiment association buttonhole badge; both medals come in their original boxes of issue and in near mint condition. The 1st Battalion arrived in Korea in November 1951 and it spent 10 months almost constantly in the front line, improving line defences with barbed wire and trench systems and sending out patrols and laying ambushes and hard fighting. The regiment won a number of decorations for gallantry in Korea but suffered considerable casualties, 33 officers and men dead, 108 injured. Also to accompany this little group of items is a copy of a press cutting regarding the Norfolk’s time in Korea, this contains accounts from the men who were there describing their horrific experiences of what has become known as the forgotten war.
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 1905 Miniature Tibet Medal. Original 1905 sterling silver miniature Tibet medal with swivel suspender. It was awarded for the 1903 – 04 trade mission led by Colonel sir Francis Younghusband and expedition was held up by hostile forces. This medal was mostly awarded to Indian troops, there was a silver version which was awarded to camp followers. This medal is in excellent original condition and comes on its original silk ribbon.
Scarce Original Photo German Cavalry Regiment 1880 A superb sepia photograph showing a troop of Uhlan troopers. The Uhlan were cavalry armed with lances and this picture shows a company of a reserve regiment. Some are displaying Iron cross ribbons, probably from the Franco Prussian War. Some have swords and others carbine rifles, but at the back of the picture you can see the lances and a trooper wearing his Tschapka. A fascinating photo to study, a fabulous piece for anyone who is interested in imperial German uniform. It measures 10 x 8 inches
Scarce Original WW2 Era German Armband – Deutsche Wehrmacht. A scarce original Deutsche Wehrmacht arm band made of yellow silk with screen printed writing, printed examples are rare. These were issued to German non-military personnel and non-German volunteers who were working under the jurisdiction of the German armed forces. It basically reads ‘in the service of the German armed forces’. It comes in excellent original condition. As with all my items, this piece comes with 100% money back guarantee of authenticity.
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 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 Pre WW2 Tinnie Front Line Soldiers Meeting Kreuzburg 1936 A scarce tinnie or day badge for a meeting of the front line soldiers in Kreuzburg 1936, very well detailed it has three marching soldiers with the swastika below and the words 'frontsoldaten treffen kreuzburg Sept 1936' around the edge. Comes in very good but tarnished condition, it measures just over 2 inches high.
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 Romanian Second Balkan’s War Medal The Romanian medal for the Second Balkan War was awarded liberally to both military soldiers and civilian workers after the Romania's victory over Bulgaria in 1913. The medal is made of silver and is suspended by a garland of laurel leaves, the obverse features an eagle with open wings with bust of King Carol I to the centre. The reverse of the medal depicts the Romanian army crossing the Danube river into Bulgaria, it shows an angel holding a laurel crown in her outstretched hand. This one comes in lovely original condition but lacking ribbon.
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 South Wales Borderers Brecknockshire Btn Cap Badge. The scarce Gilt brass cap badge of the Brecknockshire battalion or the 1st volunteer battalion of the South Wales Borderers. The regiment, along with its Territorial units, raised nineteen battalions: all these battalions were either disbanded during the war or in the immediate aftermath of it. 2/1st Brecknockshire Battalion was formed in September 1914 at Brecon. The Battalion joined the 68th (2nd Welsh) Division in 1915. It was absorbed by the 2/7th Royal Welsh Fusiliers in November 1916. 3/1st Brecknockshire Battalion - formed in April 1915 at Brecon. The Battalion became the 1st (Reserve) Battalion in April 1916. The following year, in August, it amalgamated with the 1st (Reserve) Battalion, Monmouthshires. This badge comes in wonderful condition with a long slider on the back. Ref. B17
Scarce Victorian Grenadier Guards Officers Valise Badge. A superb large brass badge used on the officers Valise, a Satchel type pouch/ bag. This one has Queen Victoria’s cypher and comes in good order, however the square slip on the back has been repaired and badly re-soldiered. It measures; 4 inches high.
Scarce Victorian Rifle Volunteers White Metal Belt Buckle. A beautiful Victorian white metal 2-part belt buckle, worn by an officer of the Rifle Volunteers. The two belt loops have been hand chased to highlight the rococo scrolls, the central interlocking disk with a light infantry horn with queen Victoria’s crown above it surrounded by laurel leaves. The condition is superb, just very light wear to the high points and a little dirty on the reverse. It measures 4 x 2.25 inches.
Scarce Victorian Token for Remington Typewriters 1890 The size of an old penny this interesting Victorian token was issued by the Remington typewriter company, one side has the Remington company info and on the other side is Queen Victoria with three generations of her family, son, grandson and great grandson. Comes in good condition, some wear to the surface and it measures 33mm in diameter.
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 WW1 Austro – Hungarian Wound Medal 1st Class A rare medal awarded for wounds received on the front line, this one is on the 1st class ribbon, showing one thin red stripe, 2nd class would have two and third class three. The condition is very good considering the medal itself is made from a base metal. An interesting medal for any WW1 collector.
Scarce WW1 Black Watch Painted Enamel Sweetheart Brooch A scarce and very unusual style First World War period 'Black Watch’ (Royal Highlanders) sweetheart brooch which has been made from brass with a decorated coloured background which has been enameled over, the only other example of this badge I can find available for sale is priced at £60, it comes in super condition and measures 1.25 inches long.
Scarce WW1 Book - With Cavalry 1915 - 2nd Ypres - 1st Edition Written in 1915 and issued in 1916 this books full title is: 'With cavalry in 1915 the British trooper in the trench line through the second battle of Ypres' by Frederick Coleman. I've skip read the opening section and the author appears to have been attached as a driver ( car not horse) to the headquarters staff of the first cavalry division which allowed him to travel around and pick up interesting stories from the soldiers on the front line the first section covering the Christmas truce and the interaction between the British and German trenches. From what little I have read if it carries on in the same vein it will be a captivating read. 302 pages including a pull out map, comes in good condition given its age.
Scarce WW1 British Anti German Iron Cross Many differing opinions surround this type of iron cross including being dropped onto the German lines to demoralise the troops, being sold to raise funds for the British forces, and being used for anti German propaganda purposes, either way it is a glimpse into the British thinking during the Great War. There are at least 12 variations to this style of cross, this one features 6 different European towns but some have British towns to one side. Made from iron and black painted this example has Louvain, Amiens, Rheims, Dinant, antwerp and Ghent and both sides the date of 1914. Measures 1.75 inches square and comes in good condition with some loss to the black paint in areas.
Scarce WW1 BWM to Caswell Derby Yeomanry. A hard to obtain medal awarded to a member of a mounted yeomanry regiment, this British War Medal is correctly named to 3282 Private Ernest P Caswell of the Derbyshire Yeomanry. There were three battalions but only one the 1/1st served overseas. They were, in 1915 a part of the 2nd mounted division and sailed for service in North Africa, being in Egypt for only a few months, the battalion was moved to Gallipoli in the august of the same year, 1915. They landed at Suvla bay on the 21st of august as dismounted infantry and were involved in the advance across the open from Lala Baba to Chocolate Hill in which action losses amounted to 78 with 20 dead. After the evacuation from Gallipoli they Withdrew back to Egypt in December 1915 and were allotted to Western Frontier Force. February 1916: Brigade left Division and moved to Salonika, retitled as 7th Mounted Brigade. D Squadron joined 27th Division between March and June 1916. Regiment remained as GHQ Troops in Macedonia when Brigade returned to Egypt. For a small regiment they had large losses during the war, including officers, one officer who did survive the war was Captain Sir Oswald Mosley, later the head of the British Fascist movement. Apart from his medal index card and a quick look at the regimental history, no other research has been done on Private Caswell; his mic confirms his full medal entitlement to the British war and Victory medal pair. This medal comes in excellent original condition, unpolished and well-toned; a great research project awaits.
Scarce WW1 Canadian 185th Cape Breton Highlanders Cap Badge. A superb early badge in white metal, on the back the slider is marked; J. R. Gaunt. Birmingham. It comes in very good but used condition, with some light wear to the high points. They formed 5th Canadian Division sailed for England on 13th of Oct on board the Olympic. While training in England its sister Battalion the 85th was transferred to the 4th Canadian Division which was already fighting in France . The 185th remained with the 5th Division waiting its turn to go into the front lines. Due to the heavy causalities and the policy of not fighting with under strength battalions the 5th Division was used as reinforcements .The 185th remained in this role until Feb of 1918 when it was struck off strength as a CEF Battalion. Ref. B16
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. D29.
Scarce WW1 Canadian 23rd Battalion (Quebec City) Cap Badge. A beautiful WW1 era gilt brass badge for the 23rd battalion CEF. It is in wonderful original condition retaining all of its original gilt finish. Formed as the 23rd Infantry Battalion on August 6, 1914, the battalion mobilized at Quebec City, and recruited in various cities across Canada, including Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Montreal and Quebec City. The initial core of the battalion comprised trained recruits from The Canadian Grenadier Guards and the 58th Regiment Westmount Rifles. The battalion sailed for England on the S.S. Missanabie on February 2, 1915, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel F.W. Fisher, with a complement of 35 officers and 942 other ranks. On April 29, 1915, the unit was re-organized as the 23rd Reserve Battalion. For the duration of the war, the 23rd Reserve Battalion, based in England, trained and provided reinforcements for Canadian infantry units fighting in France. The unit routinely received reinforcements from Canada, both directly and through the absorption of other infantry battalions. On May 11, 1917, the battalion was re-designated the 23rd Canadian Reserve Battalion (199th Duchess of Connaught's Own Irish Canadian Rangers). It absorbed the 117th (Eastern Townships) Battalion, CEF in August 1916. The battalion was disbanded by general order on September 15, 1920, and is currently perpetuated by The Royal Montreal Regiment. Ref. D26
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. D27
Scarce WW1 Canadian 44th Manitoba Battalion Collar Dog. WW1 Canadian brass collar dog for the 44th battalion CEF. It is in excellent original condition with a nice light even patina. The 44th Battalion (Manitoba), CEF, was an infantry battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the Great War. The 44th Battalion was authorized on 7 November 1914 and embarked for Great Britain on 23 October 1915. It disembarked in France on 12 August 1916, where it fought as part of the 10th Infantry Brigade, 4th Canadian Division in France and Flanders until the end of the war where it was awarded 15 battle honours. The battalion was disbanded on 15 September 1920. Ref. D33
Scarce WW1 Canadian 47th Battalion (British Columbia) Collar Dog. A scarce WW1 collar dog for this Canadian unit. It is in excellent original condition, now with a good deep chocolate colour patina. The 47th Battalion (British Columbia), CEF, was an infantry battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the Great War. The 47th Battalion was authorized on 7 November 1914 and embarked for Britain on 13 November 1915. It disembarked in France on 11 August 1916, where it fought as part of the 10th Infantry Brigade, 4th Canadian Division in France and Flanders until the end of the war. By war's end the 47th had lost 899 men. One third of the fatalities, 271 men, were killed in the last 100 days of the war. The battalion was disbanded on 30 August 1920. Ref. D34
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 Ayrshire Yeomanry Cap Badge. A beautiful solid brass badge for the Earl of Carricks Own Ayrshire Yeomanry. This badge has the large letters in the name scroll at the bottom, so this dates it from 1915 to 1926. This example is in, pretty much perfect condition and has the makers mark of J. R. gaunt B’Ham stamped on the slider. A rare badge in this condition. Ref. A4
Scarce WW1 Era Brass Shoulder Title – Buckingham Battalion A good solid brass shoulder title for the London's Buckingham Regiment, comes in good condition, it measures 2 inches long.
Scarce WW1 Era Cambridgeshire Regiment Sweetheart Badge This is an unusual style of badge, made by Gaunt who is probably best known for making cap badges and buttons, well this badge has both of those elements, the central part is a Cambridgeshire regiment button and the wreath around is typical of a cap badge. There was a huge demand for sweetheart badges for all of the regiments during the great war and resources where thin to make them so companies like Gaunt improvised, this badge constructed from a button has been modified on the back to take the mount, the button is marked for Gaunt with Patent applied for and below a six digit registration number which dates the piece accurately to 1914 so very early on in the war. Comes in super condition.
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 Era German Nurses War Aid Cross. A WW1 era Imperial German War Aid cross mounted on a bow ribbon as awarded to women especially nurses. This medal is in excellent original condition and suspended on its original ribbon bow.
Scarce WW1 Era India War & Relief Fund Medallion Below is a brief history for the Bombay Indian war and relief fund, this medallion would have been one of the issues to raise funds, cast in now dulled copper it has the figure of Lady Willingdon in a large hat on the reverse, all of the examples I can find all have a child on the reverse so this version appears to be rarer, it comes in very good condition and measures 1.25 inches in diameter. During World War I, Lord Willingdon, the governor of Bombay, created the India War & Relief Fund (Bombay Branch) where all the native and princely states neighbouring the Bombay Presidency contributed along with the people of the Bombay Presidency. As a part of that, the Women and Childrens Branch was also established for war victims. Lady Willingdon, president of these branches, led them for collection of funds. As a part of this effort, a couple of stamps were issued to encourage people to donate. In 1917, the Children's Branch also issued 2 bronze medals/token for the Bombay Presidency War & Relief Fund. The medal carried President Lady Willingdon's signature on the obverse and her bust on the reverse.
Scarce WW1 Era Political Anti Conscription Cartoon Paper by Will Dyson This is a rare item and I cant find another for sale anywhere, it was issued by the ‘Herald’ which was a National Labour weekly paper attached to the Transport and general workers union, it is 23 pages of cartoons with occasional adverts and is described on the front as ‘A collection of Will Dyson’s striking cartoons sent forth by the ‘Herald’ to assist in combatting the vicious conscriptionist campaign’, so not your usual patriotic issue, Dyson was an Australian who had a different take on the war and is worth a google. The paper comes in very good but aged condition and has been folded, it measures 14 inches long.
Scarce WW1 Era Royal Naval Air Services Sweetheart Badge This is a nicely constructed badge, to the centre is the emblem for the RNAS this is mounted on a disc of mother-of-pearl, surrounding this is unmarked sterling silver and to the back it is finished with a white metal dome. Comes in very good condition and measures just over an inch in diameter.
Scarce WW1 French Citron Foug or Lemon Model Grenade During 1915 the French had to step up their manufacture of grenades and following early designs copying German stick grenades called ‘asparagus’ grenades they designed the ‘lemon’ variety, simple in construction with a prefragmented steel body equipped with a rudimentary wooden ignition percussion plug which had a percussion block inside the wooden block and no safety devices. This example comes in good condition, missing the plug and measures approx. 4 inches long. I have two of these available.
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 Baden Gallantry Medal Group. A wonderful little group awarded to a Baden soldier, it comprises of the Iron Cross 2nd Class, the Karl-Friedrich Military Service Order for bravery in the field and the WW1 Honour Cross with swords for combatants. The EK2 as far as I can see, is unmarked but the Honour cross is marked A&S for Assmann & Sohne of Ludenscheid. The condition of all three medals is excellent and they come on their original court mounted bar with silk ribbons. A last note; the yellow and red ribbon of the Karl-Friedrich Military Service Order, has the red stripe to represent the blood of battle, if this medal is issued in peace time, it comes on a plain yellow ribbon; a useless fact.
Scarce WW1 Glamorgan Yeomanry Cap Badge A superb Great War issued badge made of brass and white metal. This badge is completely untouched and in excellent condition with a beautiful even tone. A lovely example of this rare badge. Ref. V13
Scarce WW1 His Majesty’s Army Rates of Pay for Servicemen Document A rare document in fact I cant find another example available for sale online, it is dated for June 1915 and is a four sided document detailing the rates of pay for the private soldiers in the regular army and special reserve and is trying to drum up recruits from all trades and ex service people. There is an additional pull out small page detailing ‘separation allowances’, this is dated for March 1915. Both items come in very good but aged condition the larger one being just under A4 size.
Scarce WW1 Imperial German Kugelhandgranate- Kugel Grenade A really good example of the 1915 third pattern of the German kugelhandgranate or hand grenade, comes complete with fuse end cap which screws out and has impressed letters on the base and it is still full of shrapnel balls; it is in very good condition and stands just over 5 inches high with the fuse end cap
Scarce WW1 Medal Pair to Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry. A scarce British war and Victory medal correctly named to; 4162 Private Herbert Luders of the Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry. With the service number of 4162, means he was a wartime enlistment and more than likely served with ‘D’ squadron who joined 14th (Light) Division at Aldershot in spring 1915 and landed at Le Havre on 23 May 1915. Here they saw action at Hooge, in which the Division had the misfortune to be the first to be attacked by flamethrower, and later the Second Attack on Bellewaarde On 14 June 1916 it was reunited with HQ and “C” Squadron in forming the III Corps Cavalry Regiment and were active on the Somme. On 24 September 1917, after infantry training, the regiment joined a battalion of the Manchester Regiment, which was reassigned 12th (Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry) Bn, the Manchester Regiment under the 17th Northern Division. During 1918, this division saw an incredible amount of action, from the battle of St Quentin to the Final Advance in Artois. Apart from medal index card and medal roll, no other research has been done on this man. I have little information regarding Herbert Luders, only he was born around 1894 and he was born and lived near Bolton in Lancashire. Weather he was wounded or injured, I do not know, but it appears he was lucky and survived the war. Included is a single photograph of Herbert with his family, it has written on the back in very small hand ‘Grandparents Henry & Caroline, Aunt Jane and Mary and Uncle Berty.’ In another hand ‘Do you know any of the others here’. I have also included an original WW1 Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry cap badge, this is not Herbert’s original badge but a genuine WW1 badge I have added in tribute to his medals. This is a very scarce badge in excellent 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 Mini German Black Wound Badge Pin. The black wound badge issued for for those wounded, once or twice by hostile action or frost-bitten in the line of duty. This one is in excellent condition for a miniature pin.
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. 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.
Scarce WW1 Pair to 1st County of London Yeomanry. An interesting and scarce WW1 British war and victory medal correctly named to 4057 Private Harry Janaway of the 1st County of London Yeomanry (The Middlesex Hussars). Harry Janaway was born around 1891 in Oxford, he was one of five children to William, a painter by trade and Elizabeth, who was born in Cornwall. Something dramatic happened to the family when Harry was about ten, at that time he was living with his mother in the workhouse, this may have prompted the family move to London. Harry enlisted into the 1st Country of London Yeomanry in April 1915 and probably went straight on to fight as infantry in Gallipoli with the 2nd mounted division as dismounted infantry; after the evacuation move to Egypt where the regiment was remounted. In January 1916 the Division broken up and the brigade moved to Suez Canal Defences and renamed 8th Mounted Brigade. It stayed here nearly all year when in the November it was ordered to Salonika here they served as GHQ Troops with the British Salonika Army. This was quite a dangerous job, spotting for artillery and scouting on and behind the enemy line. In June 1917 they returned to to Egypt, here the brigade came under orders of Yeomanry Mounted Division, a new division, a Territorial Force cavalry division formed at Khan Yunis in Palestine in June 1917 from three yeomanry mounted brigades. A new Machine Gun Squadron was formed in Egypt on 14th June, before the brigade moved forward and joined the new division on 21st July 1917 at el Fuqari. From 31st October it took part in the Third Battle of Gaza, including the Battle of Beersheba and the Capture of the Sheria Position. It took part in the Battle of Mughar Ridge on 13th and 14th November and the Battle of Nebi Samwil for 17th to 24th November and from 27th to 29th November, it withstood the Turkish counter-attacks during the Capture of Jerusalem. During mid 1918, “E” Battalion of the Machine Gun Corps was formed by the amalgamation of the 1/1st City of London Yeomanry and the 1/3rd County of London Yeomanry, in Egypt on 7 April 1918. In early June they moved to Western Front and were reformed. They became the 103rd Bn MGC on 19 August 1918. At some point during the latter part of the war, Harry was wounded, he was transferred back to England and put on light duties with the Army pay Corps. He was finally discharged on the 11th February 1919 with wounds, he is also entitled to a Silver War Badge, this is unfortunately missing. Both medals are in very good condition, but the both look as if they were mounted and worn; not too much, there is just some light contact marks on the rims. Both are suspended on original ribbons and come with various copy paperwork, medal index card etc. A scarce pair of medal which, if could talk, would tell a very interesting story about a man’s service in the Balkans and North African campaigns.
Scarce WW1 Plaque & Pair to Dorken RFA – KIA Italy. A scarce casualty from the little known and appreciated Italy campaign; the plaque, British war and victory medals are all correctly named to 170779 Driver John Dorken of the 35th Brigade Royal Field Artillery. John Dorken was born in Essex around 1888 and he was probably drafted into the army then into the artillery. His early history is still to be researched but at the time he was killed in action he was serving with the 35th brigade RFA part of the 7th division; the 7th spent most of the war fighting in France and they saw action at nearly all the major battles on the western front; however in 1917 they were selected as one of the five British divisions to be moved to Italy. This was a political move, the brainchild of David Lloyd George, it was in effect to back up the Italians resistance against attacks from the Austro Hungarian force, but the mountainous terrain of the Brenta must have been a far cry from the mud and slaughter of the fields of Passchendaele, which they had just left behind. John would have taken part in the battles of Caporetto and Piave River but it was probably in the latter stages of the Battle of Piave River or the early stages of the battle of Vittorio Veneto that John lost his life on the 19th October 1918, a little more research would tie down his exact position at this time; both battles were of equal importance as the enemy were starting to threaten Italy’s major cities of Venice, Padua and Verona; the latter two battles did weaken the Austro – Hungarian army which lead to their defeat; needless to say this campaign and the one on the western front was very costly to the 7th division, from the start of the war until the Armistice it suffered 68,000 of all ranks killed, wounded or missing in action, of which john was just one. Driver John Dorken is now remembered with honour at the Cremona Town Cemetery in Italy, he was the son of George and Sarah Dorken of 18 North Road, Hoddesdon in Herts. The plaque and both medals are in excellent original condition and they come with various paperwork to confirm the above, but more research is needed on this man This is a scarce lot to an Italy casualty as only 80 or so men of the British army lay to rest in the Cremona Town Cemetery. This campaign is now known as the forgotten war, let this man have the recognition he deserves.
Scarce WW1 RE Officers Economy Cap Badge. A scarce WW1 era Royal Engineers solid bronze (economy) cap badge. it comes in good used condition, the front has a mostly even tone apart from the crown which is darker. The back of the badge is heavily patinated along with the slider. It also has a slight depression from the 11 o clock to the 1 o clock position, but this could be push back out if desired. Still a good collectable and scarce badge. Ref. E14
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 Volunteers Arm Band. Now rarely seen in this condition, a WW1 arm band made of green serge with a red kings crown sewn to the front. The inside is linin lined and has a stamp, which reads; ‘Issued Under Authority of Army Council’. These were issued to new volunteers during the early part of the Great War; because of shortages of uniform and equipment caused by the massive influx of new recruits. This superb example is in excellent original condition, just a tiny amount of moth damage to the edges. It still has its original buttons and all stitching is in good condition.
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 American Carlson’s Raiders Combat Knife. Personalised. A superb, very interesting and rare United States Calson’s Raiders Combat Knife, Collins pattern No18 marked Collins & Co Legitimus. It has a horn grip held on with five large pins; the grip has a type of horse head pommel. The blade is still very sharp with fine double fullers on each side. The marks are to be found on the ricasso of the blade. it has a brass cross guard with two ball type finials. One side of the gard has been engraved with the original user’s name, J Seave, and on the other side, ‘March or Die’. The horn grip has been hand engraved with all sorts of personal graffiti, such as; ‘Trust in God and keep your powder dry’. ‘Omaha 6.6.44’ and on the top of the pommel, ‘29th Div’, and some that is just to worn for me to make out. The knife is in excellent condition, no damage or rust on the blade. It is still housed in its original scabbard, although there has been two repairs, one to the top of the scabbard and the other to the bottom, the chape. This has obviously been done due to wear and quite nicely done, it is just all a part of this knifes fascinating history. It measures 15.25 inches long in scabbard. Shipping to UK mainland only
Scarce WW2 Civil Defence Locally Trained Fire Guard Instructor Badge To recognize the training that Civil Defence fire guard instructors had received two styles of badge were produced from 1944, this one is the locally trained version in silver, made by J.R. Gaunt of London it comes in good but used condition and should clean up well, it measures just under 1.25 inches long.
Scarce WW2 Era Coldstream Guards Officers Valise Badge. A superb large brass badge used on the officers Valise, a Satchel type pouch/ bag. This one has its original black leather backing which has the makers name and dated 1938. It comes in excellent condition, the very centre of the badge is a little depressed and it has been issued and used. It measures 4.5 inches high.
Scarce WW2 Era Europe Since Versailles Cartoon Booklet by Low Starting in 1920 and running up to 1939 cartoonist David Low produced up to 4 political cartoons weekly, this booklet issued by Penguin books takes some of the best and draws them together in this booklet, not just the cartoons but additional explanation of the political events which inspired them. Comes in good but used condition.
Scarce WW2 Era Military Cloth Formation Patch & Card Part of the family group from Great Yarmouth Tommy Holmes (son of Thomas whose medals are listed this week) 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 Welsh Guards Officers Valise Badge. A superb large brass badge used on the officers Valise, a Satchel type pouch/ bag. This one has its original black leather backing which has the makers name and dated 1939. It comes in excellent condition but it has been issued and used. It measures 4 inches high.
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 German POW Camp ID Disc Australian Imperial Force. A rare Identity disc worn by British Captured German Prisoners of War during WW2. The discs are typically German, made of a Mazak type metal and stamped with the prisoners number and the camp number, (344) these are now totally researchable. This id tag was issued to 92434 Acting Corporal D. McK Fisher of the Australian Imperial Force. He was a prisoner of Stalag 344 located in Lambinowice, Poland. This camp was famous for ‘the long march’ or death march. In January 1945, as the Soviet armies resumed their offensive and advanced into Germany, many of the prisoners were marched westward in groups of 200 to 300 in the so-called Long March. Many of them died from the bitter cold and exhaustion. The lucky ones got far enough to the west to be liberated by the American or British armies. The unlucky ones were 'liberated' by the Soviets, who instead of turning them over quickly to the western allies, held them as virtual hostages for several more months, until the British agreed to release to the Soviet Union POWs of Soviet origin who had been fighting on the German side, which left the British Government with little choice on the matter, even though they were understandable reluctant to hand these men over to the Soviet Union for their inevitable execution. These soldiers from states such as Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia for example, had fought with the Germans in an effort, as they saw it, to release their own homelands from Soviet occupation and oppression. Many of the allied POWs held by the Soviets were finally repatriated towards the end of 1945 though the port of Odessa on the Black Sea. This disc or tag is in one piece and in good condition and all the details are still readable.
Scarce WW2 German POW Camp ID Disc to Sawyer Ox & Bucks Bugler A rare Identity disc worn by British Captured German Prisoners of War during WW2. The discs are typically German, made of a Mazak type metal and stamped with the prisoners number (11424) and the camp number, (344) these are now totally researchable. This id tag was issued to 5380323 F. J Sawyer who held the rank of bugler with the Ox and Bucks light infantry. He was a prisoner of Stalag 344 located in Lambinowice, Poland. This camp was famous for ‘the long march’ or death march. In January 1945, as the Soviet armies resumed their offensive and advanced into Germany, many of the prisoners were marched westward in groups of 200 to 300 in the so-called Long March. Many of them died from the bitter cold and exhaustion. The lucky ones got far enough to the west to be liberated by the American or British armies. The unlucky ones were 'liberated' by the Soviets, who instead of turning them over quickly to the western allies, held them as virtual hostages for several more months, until the British agreed to release to the Soviet Union POWs of Soviet origin who had been fighting on the German side, which left the British Government with little choice on the matter, even though they were understandable reluctant to hand these men over to the Soviet Union for their inevitable execution. These soldiers from states such as Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia for example, had fought with the Germans in an effort, as they saw it, to release their own homelands from Soviet occupation and oppression. Many of the allied POWs held by the Soviets were finally repatriated towards the end of 1945 though the port of Odessa on the Black Sea. This disc or tag is in one piece and in good condition and all the details are still readable.
Scarce WW2 German Tax Voucher 2.38 Reichmark This style of voucher was issued by the national finance minister Count Schwerin Von Krosigk in 1937 and they were redeemable by the bearer from 1st April 1945 to 31st March 1946. I am assuming they were a fund raising incentive and were issued in batches of five on a tear off pad, this example is for 2.38 Reichmarks and is the last on the pad. The sheet is embossed with the ministry’s seal bottom left and clearly shows the Eagle and Swastika in the middle. It measures just under 9 inches x 6 and is in excellent condition given its age.
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 Prisoner of War German Coin and Metal Tag Two interesting items from a German prisoner of war camp at Lamsdorf, below is a brief history for the Stalag at Lamsdorf. The coin is 25 pfennigs and is marked ‘gefangenenlager (detention camp) kasse (cash) Lamsdorf’, the internees were required to work and paid a very low level for their efforts. The triangular tag which may have come from machinery or similar is marked ‘Lazal VIII B 79’ it is made from a lightweigh metal. Both items come in very good condition the triangular one has some surface marks and rust spots, it measures 1.25 inches. Stalag VIII-B Lamsdorf was a German Army prisoner of war camp, later renumbered Stalag-344, located near the small town of Lamsdorf (now called Łambinowice) in Silesia. The camp initially occupied barracks built to house British and French prisoners in World War I.
Scarce WW2 Silver RAF Volunteer Reserve Sweetheart Brooch A lovely quality sweetheart brooch marked silver on the reverse for the RAF volunteer reserve, it has red and blue enamels to the front and comes in excellent condition just needing a clean, it measures 1.75 inches long.
Scarcer WW1 Officers Sword by Sanderson & Newbould Sheffield A WW1 1895 pattern infantry officers sword; it has a half basket hilt with King George V’s cypher, ray skin grip with twisted brass wire. It has a typical straight blade with a single fuller on both sides and it comes in its original field service leather covered scabbard. This a WW1 war time issued, it has a plain blade with no etching and no brass proof button, instead it is just stamped ‘Proved’ in an etched Star of David at the ricasso on one side. On the other side is the maker’s mark of the Sanderson Brothers & Newbould Ltd Sheffield. The back of the blade is not numbered. A little unusual to find a Sheffield maker, not really rare but probably one Sheffield made sword to every ten from a London retailer. The condition is very good, just a few small faults; On the sword itself, there is just one small area pf pitting to the blade at the top, this is where a little bit of damp has got under the scabbard. But this is quite small and doesn’t stand out at all. The blade has a number of tiny nicks, these could very easily be polish out. The basket has a little pitting to the original nickel plating, nothing too bad, and again, this is easily polished out. The scabbard has some of the leather missing in three small areas and the bottom portion is a bit scuffed. I am being picky of course, this is a 100 year old sword which has probably seen service. All in all though, a very good tidy great war sword in a very good collectable grade. UK SHIPPING ONLY
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 8 American Civil War Era Patriotic Envelopes Issued as a fund raiser for the civil war these patriotic envelopes came in a vast variety of styles mostly political or patriotic in design, this group of 8 feature ‘A Northern traitor’, fort Sumpter, an interesting one with a white and black American and the national flag etc. Condition wise they are very good
Selection of American Civil War Era Paperwork This is a selection of paperwork from the American civil war era 1861-65 and it includes: an embossed calling card for Frank H. Boutwell with a military crest, two GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) post war Ketcham post No495 letter heads, an application form for membership of the GAR and a 1906 memorial service booklet. All pieces are in very good condition and have not been written on.
Selection of German 1930’s to War Years Ephemera etc A good selection of vintage German ephemera including sections of newspapers mainly through the war years, a 1934 booklet etc, all that you see in the photo’s, conditions vary.
Selection of Reproduction WW2 Era Posters – American This is a mixed batch of USA based WW2 era repro posters, 5 in total, they include a film poster originally from 1940 called ‘I take this woman’, a Harpers bizarre 1941 fashions, Norman Rockwell ‘freedom’, the message of Franklin D Roosevelt and a United Nations fight for freedom. All come in very good condition and measure 22 inches x 14.
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 Victorian Christmas Cards A super collection of Victorian Christmas cards to include: an unusual card mounted on a pink silk padded back that could double up as a pin cushion, a silk centred one with a poem, a card mounted on an easel, one other and what I think is a gilded envelope, all come in super condition.
Selection of Victorian Era German Made Flat Tin Soldiers These are quite early examples of ‘flats’ and could be as early as 1870/80’s, made in Germany they are hand painted, made from tin and depict a cavalry horse and rider, small in size they come in fair playworn condition and two of the 10 are missing their heads, they measure just under two inches long.
Selection of Victorian Zulu War Era Die Cast Figures Here are a group of 9 die cast figures made in the late Victorian era to commemorate the Zulu wars, 4 are from the British side and 5 are native Zulus, I think the British are made by Britain’s but I cant find a comparison for the natives. They come in very playworn condition, there are areas of damage to a couple and much loss of paint, the tallest stands just over two inches high.
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 Kids Toy Guns, Rifles Etc Group of ten mixed toy weaponry including rifles, machine guns, hand guns etc used by the likes of Action Man, the condition varies but mostly very good, the largest measures 6.5 inches long.
Selection of Vintage Lead Farmyard Figures and Farmhouse This is a good mixed selection of lead farmyard figures dating from the 1950’s/60’s with a variety of makers including Cherilea and B&S (barrett & sons), the group consist of a large hollow cast hand painted farm house a milkmaid with pail, two goats, a dog, chicken and horse, a bee hive and two sections of fence, all come in good but playworn condition with paint losses, the house measures 3 inches tall, the others are a strange mix of sizes with the chicken being the same size as the milkmaid!
Selection of Vintage Silk Cigarette Cards - Famous Paintings An interesting group of approx. 25 silk cigarette cards all depicting famous paintings, they date from the early part of the last century and come in very good condition with some signs of age and fraying, the roughly measure 2.75 inches x 2.
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 German Postcards Etc A small selection of 6 mainly WW1 era German postcards sent home from a serving soldier, it includes one photo card of men resting in and around a tent using a telephone. There is a family photo and an envelope, all are in good condition.
Selection of WW2 and Later Paperwork to Graham RE A small group of paperwork to 2130197 Lance Corporal Raymond Graham of the Royal Engineers, a bit of guesswork here for Raymond, it looks like he served in North Africa specifically in the Algiers district with the movement control RE as there is a dated 1942 officer’s mess menu which has been signed by an assortment of people, there is a just post war identity card and a selection of post war employment papers showing him working for the railways, interestingly there is a plastic bag with original Durex packets, one did contain the said Durex but the rubber has completely broken down to a dust so I shall leave this as is and the new owner can decide whether to dump or keep. All items are in ok but well used condition.
Selection of WW2 Ephemera and Photo’s to American Airman in UK This is an interesting selection of photo’s and ephemera belonging to an American airman based in Suffolk towards the end of the second world war and who must have stayed in with the American air force into the 1950’s and married a local girl. There are photo’s and menus for thanksgiving dinners and much more.
Selection of WW2 Era Reproduction Posters – Civil Defence etc This is a mixed batch of four WW2 reproduction posters to include: civil defence auxiliary fire service recruitment, vote Labour for Churchill, unnecessary railway journeys and ministry of health coughs and sneezes. They all come in very good condition and measure roughly 23 inches x 16.
Selection of WW2 Era Reproduction Posters – RAF etc This is a mixed batch of three WW2 reproduction posters to include: Civil defence fire guard recruitment, RAF aircrews recruitment and ‘uncensored thoughtlessness’ and its possible result. They all come in very good condition and measure roughly 23 inches x 16.
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 Items Navy Marine Ellis This is an interesting group of items belonging to a Naval Marine who would have served during WW2, the star of the show is a little brass covered note book, it has ‘shopping list’ across the top and is a flip booklet, inside our man has filled in each page, at the beginning he lists 3 people with the surname Ellis, one with initial G. who was serving as a Marine in Hong Kong, one initial J. with an address in Yorkshire and one initial R. who was serving as a Marine in Port Said, so I am assuming brothers and family. The rest of the booklet is peoples addresses and birthdays, to the front is the badge for the Royal Marines, it comes in good but well used condition and is grubby. The rest of his items are made up of a good sized stamped out metal shield shape boxing award, it has engraved to the top ‘boxing tournament depot R.M. Deal October 1947’, there is a small base metal boxing medallion in its box of issue which has ‘Nore command novices boxing Nov 1947 light-weight winner Mne G.B. Ellis’, this is in ok condition but worn. There are also two good photo’s of our man one as a younger man and one later. Something a bit different.
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 3 USA Dated 1905 Postcards – Calcium Light Series During the Edwardian period different techniques were tried to improve the appearance of postcards, this American ‘calcium light series’ used various different ‘light’ effects, these three cards have a duo tone finish others were even given a full rainbow effect. This series of 3 cards have a copyright date of 1905 on the front and show a young officer and his lady, the different titles are ‘load’ ‘aim’ and ‘fire’ relating to the loading of his pipe. They come in very good condition with odd edge knocks and have not been written on.
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 WW1 Devon Yeomanry Officer’s Cap & Collar’s A rare set of WW1 cap and collar badges worn by the Devonshire Yeomanry. Both collar badges are in brass with slight wear to one, while the cap badge is, not only in perfect condition it has a gilt wash denoting it as an officer’s grade badge. In 1920 this regiment was merged with the Royal North Devonshire Hussars and subsequently absorbed into the Artillery.
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.
Silver & Amber Drop Necklace. An attractive sterling silver necklace with five drop chains all set with diamond shape amber cabochons. It is in perfect condition and measures; 17 inches long.
Silver Mounted Riding Crop & Whip – Hon F A Stewart-MacKenzie MID Killed Italy WW2. A very poignant piece belonging to one of the counties brightest piers, who courageously lost his life during world war two. Francis Alan Brodrick. This is a riding / hunting whip is of the highest quality made by Swaine & Aden London. It has a carved stag horn top and the main shaft is covered with platted leather. It still retains its original platted leather whip. There is a very heavy silver collar which has been engraved “Presented to; The Honorable Francis Alan Brodrick on his 21st Birthday by the Peper Harrow Cricket Club. Feb 27th 1931”. The honourable Francis Alan Brodrick was born 1910. He was the second son of the Right Honourable St John Brodrick KP. PC. The 1st Earl of Midleton. His mother was his father’s second wife; Madeleine Cecilia Carlyle Brodrick, the elder daughter of Colonel the Honourable John Constantine Stanley. The family estate was in Peper Harrow, Surrey and it was acquired by the family in 1712. The housr was built in 1765 and the grounds landscaped by Capability Brown. The estate was broken up in 1942 when the Earl of Midleton died. The house is now a complex of private apartments. Francis Broderick, with his elder brother were schooled at Furley’s and rose to be a senior prefect and the president of the boat club in his final year; he also became a Sergeant Major in the schools OTC. Francis served on the Surrey cricket club committee from 1923 to 1925. On the 23rd January 1937 he married Margaret Lyell, the daughter of Major the Honourable Charles Lyell of Kinnordy, whos brother captain Lord Lyell won a VC in north Africa during the second world war. In 1933, on the death of his great aunt, the Baroness Seaforth, he succeeded to the Seaforth estates and changed his name to Francis Alan Stewart-Mackenzie of Seaforth. He was employed as a London stock broker and worked for Hichens, Harrison, Woolston & Co, of which he made partner in 1933. From 1929 Francis held a territorial commission in the Surrey yeomanry, in 1939, as a major, he was put in charge of 392 battery, 98 field regiment, Royal Artillery. He was sent to France with the original BEF and after narrowly escaping capture during the retreat from Dunkirk, he was mentioned in despatches for his actions. His regiment went on to North Africa in June 1942 and as second in command of his regiment, he saw much fighting especially at Alamein. After North Africa, he was posted to Italy, his unit fought through all the Sicilian actions and the invasion of Italy in late 1943. Francis Stewart-mackenzie was killed at Rossano near Salerno, on the 11th September 1943. He was killed by a mine while entering a booby trapped house. He is now remembered with honour at the Salerno War Cemetery, his grave V.F.33 lies next to his brother who died a day later in the same action. They are both commemorated on the war memorial at the Church of St James the Great in Dingwall. The whip comes with copies of commonwealth war graves details and certificate and a potted history.
Silver Order of St John Service Medal. A solid silver (tested) type one St John’s service medal pre 1960. This is probably a much earlier medal which was later engraved with the recipient’s name; J Humphries. It is in very good condition, a few very small nicks to the rim which can only really be seen under an eye glass. It comes on its original ribbon with brooch bar. A lovely example of this medal.
Silver Roman Coin Gallienus, August 260 A.D. A silver Roman coin of Gallienus, the obverse has the emperor bust and the reverse the emperor with standard. It is in nice clear condition and measures just under one inch in diameter. Gallienus was co-emperor with his father Valerian from 253, then ruled alone after his father's capture by Parthia in 260. Ruling during the Crisis of the Third Century that nearly caused the collapse of the empire, he repelled wave after wave of barbarian invaders, but he was unable to prevent the secession of important provinces. Gallienus presided over a late flowering of Roman culture, patronizing poets, artists, and philosophers. He was assassinated by his own soldiers in 268 while besieging Milan.
Silver Territorial Army Buttonhole Badge. Small sterling silver buttonhole badge worn by the off duty Territorial Army. It comes in excellent condition and has the recipient’s number on the reverse. this sale is for one badge only
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.
Small American Civil War Era Occasion Card This is a small card given on an occasion (not sure what) the beautifully decorated front lifts and inside has the hand written name James Johnson, the front shows a colourful General Sheridan with the motto ‘only happy hours’ below. Comes in very good condition for its age and measures just over 3 inches long.
Small Water Colour Picture –Re East Anglian Hero’s. An attractive little piece which high lights the many military heroes and civilian figures that the east of England has produced through the 19th century, included is Nelson born in Norfolk, Thomas Clarkson, born Cambridgeshire, John Constable, born Suffolk, John Narborough, born Norfolk and so on. It also has a nice little quote and it is signed by Joseph J Hall, Great Yarmouth, 1904. It is in very good condition and it measures 9 x 7 inches in the mount.
Solid Silver 1935 King George V Jubilee Medal The King George V Silver Jubilee Medal is a commemorative medal, instituted to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the accession of King George V, from 1910 -1935. This medal was awarded as a personal souvenir by King George V to commemorate his silver jubilee. It was awarded to the Royal Family and selected officers of state, officials and servants of the Royal Household, ministers, government officials, mayors, public servants, local government officials, members of the navy, army, air force and police in Britain, her colonies and Dominions. A beautiful solid silver medal in great sharp condition on its original ribbon, very light surface marks and requires a clean, the ribbon shows use towards the top.
Solid Silver 1937 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Coronation Medal The King George VI Coronation Medal was a commemorative medal, instituted to celebrate the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. This medal was awarded as a personal souvenir by King George VI to commemorate his and Queen Elizabeths coronation in 1937. It was awarded to the Royal Family and selected officers of state, officials and servants of the Royal Household, ministers, government officials, mayors, public servants, local government officials, members of the navy, army, air force and police in Britain, her colonies and Dominions. A beautiful solid silver medal in great condition on its original ribbon, very light surface marks and requires a clean, the ribbon shows use towards the bottom.
South Africa Volunteers Medal for War Service. A very attractive solid sterling silver medal, awarded to both men and women who served for at least two years in any official voluntary organisation. This one is in excellent original condition and with its original ribbon and comes unnamed as issued.
Soviet Russian Identity Book, cold war era Civilian ID book, still complete with photos and written information, as you can see I have acquired a load of these so I am selling them off at this bargain price, I have seen these advertised on other website from £10 – 15 each. All of these books come from the cold war period and all have about the same amount of content, because I have so many and at this price it would be not cost effective to list each individually, so you get one from the top of the pile. They are all in very good condition and would make an interesting addition to any collection.
Spanish Model 1913 Mauser Bayonet. This is a long version of the Spanish 1893 Mauser Knife Bayonet for use on the Spanish Mauser "Short" Infantry Rifle. It has checked-wood grips, although these are a little worn now. It has a birds head pommel, steel cross guard with quite a large muzzle ring. The blade is single-edged, single-fullered on both sides. It is very well marked "Artilleria F-Nacionale Toledo" on one side, on the other is the serial number of 87551. The scabbard is leather with still fittings, which would have originally been blued. It comes in very good condition although it shows some wear and use, as it was probably used through WW1 and the very tip of the blade is broken and missing. Quite a hard to find bayonet now for collectors and this one is still in a good collectable grade. This item is for UK shipping only Proof of age required on purchase
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.
Sterling Silver Tigers Eye Pendant & Chain. A lovely quality silver pendant set with a tiger’s eye cabochon. It also comes with a good gauge fancy link sterling silver chain, which measures 24 inches. Both pieces come in new and perfect condition.
Sterling Silver ‘In Tempestate Securitas’ Medallion. I’ve seen many different types of this medallion and to be honest, I don’t really know what they are for. The front shows a ship in a storm an image from the bible Mark 4:36, you will have to read it for yourself. And on the back is an image of St George slaying the dragon. This one is one of the better quality medals of this type I’ve seen, the detail is lovely. It measures just under 1.5 inches in diameter.
Stunning 925 Sterling Silver & Blue Sapphire Pendant and Chain Marked to the back with 925 for Sterling silver and set with five different sized faceted blue Sapphires, this beautiful pendant would make that perfect 'top up' present. This item is new and will come in a pretty presentation box. The silver chain is 22 inches long and the pendant is two inches long.
Stunning Art Deco Period Hallmarked Silver & Cut Crystal Sugar Shaker This is a really lovely piece, the top section and inside silver collar are hallmarked for Birmingham 1920 and have a makers mark for Henry William Ltd. The body of the piece is a hand blown and heavily cut crystal glass. Perfect for this time of year to dust sugar over Strawberries. It comes in very good condition, there are a couple of dents on the very top of the silver but the glass is in very good order. It stands 6.5 inches high.
Stunning Early 20thC Japanese Inlaid Cigarette Case This beautiful cigarette case dates from the early part of the 20th century and was made in japan using the damascening process which was basically the art of inlaying different metals into one another, in this case three colours of gold into a black background. The decoration consists of three birds, probably birds of paradise, two to the front and one to the back. Inside the case is the signature of the maker also done in gold. The extreme quality of this case stands out, not only the quality of the decoration but also the way it has been made, with a concealed hinge and a concealed catch, so it fits in the pocket with ease and never getting snagged. The case is in superb condition with no faults and measures 3.75 inches x 2.75.
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 Hallmarked Victorian Silver Ancient Order of Foresters Badge This is a beautiful piece, it is a fully hallmarked large sized silver badge for the Ancient Order of Foresters, it is marked on the front for Sheffield 1892 and having the makers mark for William Charles Eaton of Sheffield. To the centre surrounded by a wreath of acorns surmounted by a hunting horn, it comes in superb condition just needing a clean and measures 3.5 inches in diameter.
Stunning Large Hallmarked Silver Knights Templar Jewel This is a stunning piece, a large and heavy fully hallmarked gilded silver Knights Templar presentation jewel and collaret for the Staines Preceptory in Surrey. The jewel is fully hallmarked on the back for Birmingham 1939 but interestingly was not issued to the recipient until 1946/7 obviously the war interrupted their proceedings. The dedication engraved on the back reads: 'Presented to E. Kt. R. H. White in appreciation for his services to the Preceptory 1946-47'. to the front it has 'Staines Preceptory', the large star badge is attached to a Kings crown by a hinge so it can adjust to the bodies movement, this in turn is attached to a jump ring and joining this lovely enamel badge for the County of Surrey with a church and swans swimming on a river. The red and white silk ribbon has the maker sewn in for 'Spencer & Co of Great Queen St'. Everything about the piece is in superb condition; if I have to be picky the ribbon is a little grubby. As stated a large lump of silver, the badge with crown and Surrey badge measure 4.75 inches long, the main medal being 2.25 inches of the length. An imposing piece which will display very well. Ref. 18731
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 Pewter & Enamel Waterloo Chess Set. Produced by Franklin Mint and only available via subscription through the Waterloo museum in 1987 cost well over £400 to complete. It comprises of the French in blue and the allies in red, each figure is different made of solid pewter on a solid brass and enamelled base. The French side, the King is obviously Napoleon, the Queen Empress Marie Louise. The Bishops, Marshal De Grouchy and Marshal Ney. The Knights, Lieut Gen Kellerman and Lieut Gen Pajol. Both Rooks are the imperial eagle standing on a regimental drum. The Pawns are all members of eight different regiments of Napoleon’s army. The Allies. King the Duke of Wellington. The Queen, Catherine Duchess of Wellington. The Bishops, Marshal Blucher and William Prince of Orange. The Knights, Lieut Gen Sir Thomas Picton and Lieut Gen the Earl of Uxbridge (of course). The Rooks, the british Lion standing on a regimental drum. The Pawns are all members of eight different regiments of Wellington army. Every piece of the chess set has a card, which tells the history of the person, or in the case of the pawns, the regiments. The chess set is housed in a purpose made case with chess board on the top, so the pieces can be packed away for safety. An amazing quality set, the detail of each piece is fantastic and was designed by the distinguished military artist Philip J. Haythornthwaite. The whole set is in superb condition and it looks like it has never been used, collected and then put away. This would make a wonderful Christmas present for the Waterloo enthusiast or in fact any military collector. Figures measure from 2 inches high for the king and queens to 1.75 inches for the pawns. The case come chess board measures, 13.5 inches square. Shipping will be via courier priced at £10.95 due to size and weight
Stunning RA Officers Home Service Helmet in Tin. Near Mint. More Pictures of Above helmet
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. For More Pictures see below
Stunning Vintage Framed Original Watercolour - Civil War General This is a wonderful portrait of an officer of the Union army from the American civil war era, at first glance it looks like a hand coloured photograph but on closer inspection you can see that it is a true watercolour. He is difficult to date but I am happy that it comes from the Civil War era, the mount and oak frame are original but based on the back he was re-framed 20-30 years ago. I cant identify the sitter and hope that the new owner can put a name to the face. He comes in super condition, the frame and glass are excellent and the portrait has only some very light foxing to the paper. The frame measures 21.25 inches x 17.75.
Super Collection of Britain’s 1950’s Lead Figures – Cowboys & Indians This is a great collection of original 1950’s Britain’s cast lead figures, most are marked on the bases or bodies for Britain’s and feature four cowboys one mounted on his horse and 13 native American Indians, they come in good but playworn condition with some losses to the paint, the mounted one measures just under 3 inches high.
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 Cigarette Case – London 1928 This is a very good quality but very tarnished hallmarked silver cigarette case which is clearly hallmarked for London 1928 with an indistinct makers mark, it has engine turned decoration to the outer and is curved to fit the body, it comes in very good functioning condition but needs a really good clean, it measures just over 3 inches x 2.5.
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 Inter War Hallmarked Silver Photo Frame with Navy Badge and Photo This good quality frame is made from oak with a silver surround and is fully hallmarked for Birmingham 1926 with the makers mark of S&M for Sanders and Mackenzie, it has a silver Naval badge set to the front and also has a photograph of 10 Navy men in full uniform each holding a rifle, possibly a landing party? It comes in very good condition, could do with a polish and measures 5 inches x 4.
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 Quality WW2 Era Warrant Officers Shirt A very good condition and rare WW2 era warrant officers khaki shirt complete with Sergeants stripes and warrant officers pip and a fold over storm flap on the inside, although it has been worn it comes in very good condition, no signs of moth or repairs, there is a label on the collar with 15 over 32 but the chest measurement is 36 inches.
Super Rare WW1 Royal Flying Corps F.E.8 Aeroplane Propeller with Clock This is a superb piece, it is the central part of a propeller made from laminated mahogany and it was uniquely used on the Royal Flying Corps F.E.8 aircraft circa 1915. Firstly I will explain the markings on the back of the prop as there are many, the strangest sounding one is 'monosoupape Gnome', monosoupape is French for single-valve, a rotary engine first introduced in 1913 by the Gnome engine Company using a single push rod operated exhaust valve which became known as the most reliable of its era. Above this is F.E.8, the type of aircraft it was used on, the F.E.8 was one of the first so called 'scout' aircraft designed as a single seat fighter, an unusual looking plane with the propeller behind the pilots seat, not to the front as we have come to know, the F.E.8's were first tested by No 5 squadron during 1915 and after a few tweaks came into more general use in 1916 by squadrons such as No29, 40 and 41. A successful plane in these early years but German technology was soon to overtake them and they became a poor match for the likes of the Albatros DIII's most famously flown by Manfred Von Richthofen 'The Red Baron' himself, following losses caused by Richthofen's squadron the Jagdstaffe 11 the F.E.8's were replaced by Nieuports. There is a four digit number 7928 this relates to the plane type, followed by 'Darracq motor eng co ltd London 100HP' the manufacturer and the engine capacity. Further marks are AID 88R with the Air Ministry and crowfoot mark with 4379 under. The back of the prop has been fitted with an aluminium hinged cover to protect the inside and the back of the clock which has been fitted to the front and each of the ends of the prop has metal feet. The front of the prop has been fitted with a brass plate onto which is set a brass Royal Flying corps badge and to the centre is a WW1 era cockpit clock with luminous hands and seconds dial, this is wound either from the front or through the back and I have it running as I write and it is working well and keeping good time. The piece is in superb condition, there are a few dings here and there on the brass face and on the top of the wood but nothing to detract from the overall appeal of the piece. It measures 9 inches in diameter on the face and is 19 inches wide and 6 inches deep. A unique opportunity to acquire a rare and interesting item.
Super Victorian Hallmarked Silver Vesta Case – Royal Artillery This lovely small sized vesta case carries a full set of hallmarks for Birmingham 1898 and has a makers mark which is partially rubbed, to the front is a fine rose gold coloured badge for the Royal Artillery, it comes in very good condition given its age, there is a small scuff mark opposite the hinge side and a some very light signs of use, it measures 1.5 inches long.
Super Vintage 1960's Greville Gents Wristwatch – 21 Jewels This is a really lovely vintage gents wristwatch, dating I believe from the 1960's, it is marked to the face with: Greville 21 jewels – antimagnetic waterproof. A Swiss made watch wound manually with luminous hands and number highlights, second hand and magnified date. This came to me from a customer who has recently had it serviced, it appears to work very well and has kept perfect time. Shows signs of use and wear, one small scratch on the face, comes with a leather strap.
Super WW1 Era Photo Postcard Physical & Bayonet Training Class This is a lovely interesting photo postcard showing the No 9 class, physical and bayonet training, H.Q. gymnasium Aldershot Nov 1918, a robust group of men, very proud in their pose. Comes in very good condition some wear to the edges.
Super WW1 Era Royal Army Medical Corps Postcard A lovely quality card with a raised gilded badge for the RAMC, it appears a serving person could send the card to inform friends and family that they were now training with the RAMC. This one comes in very good condition and has not been written on.
Super WW1 Trench Periscope Dated 1918 by Beck Ltd This excellent trench periscope is made from brass which has been coated in green paint I assume to cut down on glare and reflection when in use, it is well marked with ‘periscope Mk IX 1918 R & J Beck Ltd No 25563’, it comes in very good working order, the optics are clear but would benefit from a clean, there are signs of use and a few losses to the paint, it measures 23 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 Sterling Silver and Enamel RAF Sweetheart Brooch This is a high quality piece in super condition, it is marked to the back with ‘silver’ and is decorated on the front with coloured enamels, probably worn by a service mans sweetheart it comes in excellent condition which measures just over two inches long.
Super WW2 Group of Medals & Ephemera - Pools Winner! This group of medals and ephemera belonged to John Doherty Pioneer in the 242nd field company Royal Engineers, he saw service in Greece and from his soldiers service and pay book was entitled to the Africa star with the 1st army clasp. he has a group of five medals including the Africa star with bar, Italy star, 1939-45 star, 39-45 war medal and the defence medal, amongst the paperwork there is his service and pay book, soldiers release book and a good selection of photo's and postcards, included also is his Royal Engineers cap badge and a pip, there is additional paperwork and a dog tag which belong to his brother Joseph. Probably the most interesting thing about John was that he won the Pools in 1952 to the tune of £3069 and kept the greetings telegram he was sent and a copy of his winning pools entry, this would have been a massive life changing win for his family. All items in good but used condition.
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 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 18thC Bronze Oliver Cromwell Commemorative Medallion This medallion made from bronze was struck in 1731 as part of a series designed by Jean Dassier depicting the Kings and Queens of England, it shows the bust of Oliver Cromwell in a Roman style to the front and includes the date of 1658, Dassiers name is under the bust, on the reverse is a tomb with cherubs. This is a heavy gauge medallion in very good condition, I have found them for sale on American web sites with prices around £175, it measures 1.5 inches in diameter.
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 1915 Star Trio to Shelly Norfolk Yeo, MGC, RAF 2nd Lieut. A scarce and interesting 1914/15 star trio correctly named to; 1914/15 star 1722 Private George Alfred Shelley. Norfolk Yeomanry. British War and Victory medal to; 2nd Lieutenant George Alfred Shelley. Royal Air Force. Al so included is, what is believed to be his original Norfolk yeomanry Cap badge. I haven’t had the opportunity to do much research on this man, just the basic, but from I have done, it appears this man has one hell of a service history being involved in some of the fiercest battles of the war; which I can only wonder in amazement, how this man survived. When war was declared in august 1914, George enlisted, or it is possible he was already serving in the 1st Norfolk Yeomanry. After training at Woodbridge in Suffolk, the 1st sailed for Gallipoli from Liverpool on SS Olympic on 25th September 1915. On 10th October 1915, they landed at Anzac cove whereupon brigade came under orders of 54th (East Anglian) Division; arriving as reinforcements of the Suvla landings. But the allied commanders has already decided this was a fruitless cause and decided to evacuate the peninsular as conditions grew worse for everyone as the summer heat and poor sanitation resulted in an explosion in the fly population. Eating became extremely difficult as unburied corpses became bloated and putrid. The Allied billets were poorly situated, which caused supply and shelter problems. A dysentery epidemic spread through the Allied trenches at Anzac and Helles. Evacuation for the 1st Norfolk Yeomanry started on the 15th December and they were sent to join the Eastern and Southern Mounted Brigades and formed the 3rd Dismounted Brigade, on Suez Canal defences. in the July of 1916 they move to join the Western Frontier Force on the coast of the Western dessert of Egypt to fight in the little known Senussi Campaign. In the summer of 1915, the Ottomans persuaded the Grand Senussi Ahmed Sharif es Senussi to declare jihad, attack British-occupied Egypt from the west and encourage a rebellion in Egypt, to divert British forces from an Ottoman Raid on the Suez Canal from Palestine. It was at some point here that George was promoted to Lance Corporal in the machine gun section, later transferred to the 209th battalion Machine Gun Corps. As far as I can tell, George remained here until the regiments return to France in May 1918. He was given a commision in the RFC and became a flight cadet 2nd Lieutenant on 21st June 1918. He trained in England and before the end of the war flew seaplanes, finally qualifying as a Flight Lieutenant on 6th May 1919. What a history, and I have only grazed the surface. A copy of part of his RAF service papers are included, it looks like part is missing. Also included are copies of his medal index cards, he has two and his London Gazette entry for his commision into the RAF. The medal trio is in excellent original condition, it has been court mounted for display. It would have been wonderful to talk to this man, I bet he had a story or two to tell of his exploits during the Great War; now a very exciting and worthwhile research project awaits.
Superb 1917 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 momento of the Great War'. This example is entitled 'what time do they feed the sea-lions Alf?' it comes complete with the early backstamp and has the Bruce Bairnsfather signature bottom left. Very good condition with no chips or cracks just one small blemish in the gilding on an edge at the 5 o'clock position, measures just under 10 inches in diameter. Ref.19843
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 1941 Dated Military Issue Binoculars – Taylor Hobson These really are a super quality pair of binoculars, they were made by Taylor-Hobson a well respected manufacturer of optical lenses, they are very well marked with O.S.308 G.A Bino. Prism. No2. MKII X6 No 53909 on one side and Graticules ½ apart and ¼. ½ and 1 high, Taylor-Hobson 1941, there is the broad arrow mark on the underside. The body is made from brass with a blackened leather covering, the optics are good and clear and they adjust and focus perfectly. They come in a brown leather carry case which has an American manufacturers name so may or may not be original to the binos. A super pair.
Superb Boer War Era Sweetheart Pin Cushion Coldstream Guards This is a lovely hand made piece and hard to believe it has survived nearly 120 years, this style of pin cushion was made by the soldiers and sailors serving abroad in the late Victorian Boer war era and either sent or brought home to loved ones. This one was made by a man of the Coldstream guards and he has attached a silk badge for the regiment to the centre, all of the ornamentation to the cushion is hand done either with threads or blue glass topped pins. The heart shaped cushion itself is tightly stuffed with sawdust allowing the use of pins, it comes in very good condition given its age, there are a few pins missing here and there and the edging is a bit loose in places but otherwise its in great order, it measures 8 inches wide x 8 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 Collection of 12 Boer War Manchester Philatelic War Fund Stamps This is a very rare collection of 12 stamps in a sheet issued by the Manchester philatelic society to raise funds for the Boer war, I have found individual stamps priced between £15-£30 a piece so a sheet of 12 is a rarity, they come in super unused condition and have been well protected under plastic sheet. Each stamp measures roughly 1.75 of an inch x 1.5. Ref. 23531
Superb Early 20thC American Civil War Representatives Badge When the GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) had their reunions the representatives were issued with badges cum medals, they took many varying shapes and styles and some were very elaborate. This one dates from the very early part of the last century and is constructed from a metal hat suspended from a stars and stripes ribbon which is attached to the metal representatives badge. Because of its construction and the weight of the metal hat the ribbon has suffered and has split through the middle, it has not been apart but is not strong enough for this badge to be hung, it will need to be kept flat. A large sized piece measuring nearly 5 inches long.
Superb Early WW1 Era Framed Photograph – Cheshire Regiment This superb original framed and glazed photograph dates from very early in the Great War in fact just before the troops were sent abroad and was probably taken on the same day as the other example I am listing when the Cheshire’s were inspected by the King, this one has the regiment on parade at Aldershot, it comes in its original frame and was framed up in Aldershot by Gale & Polden Ltd. It comes in very good condition with some signs of age, the photo measures 10.75 inches x 4.25 and the frame is 16 x 10.
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 Edwardian Bronze Theatre Cigar Lighter / Lamp. A wonderful solid bronze of a young woman holding a lyre. This was originally a gas cigar lighter; it would have stood on the bar in a theatre or music hall. The gas would have passed through to a burner at the top and it would have been alight constantly, so any gentleman could light a cigar. There may have been a pair at each end of the bar. These were quite a common sight in the late Victorian / Edwardian period. In pubs of the time, they had more jokey subjects, such as Mr Punch, clowns or dogs etc and these were usually made of brass or cast iron, so this one has come from a very high class establishment. After gas lighting when out of fashion and electricity came in, these things were taken out and very few exist today; this one has been converted into a lamp, probably in the 1930’s. It comes with a 1930’s silk lamp shade, which does not do it any justice, to be honest; this one would look fantastic with a coloured glass shade, if you still want to use it as a lamp. Also this must be rewired by a professional electrician, as it still has its old wire and fittings attached, which do not pass modern electrical standards. This is a beautiful and very rare piece, I have never seen another apart from one on the antiques road show many years ago. As it is solid bronze and it stands on a black marble base it is quite heavy, so shipping will be 8.95 to the UK. It measures; 12.5 inches long x 7.5 inches high.
Superb Edwardian Hallmarked Silver Vesta Case – B’ham 1902 This is a beautifully decorated hallmarked silver vesta case, it is clearly marked for Birmingham 1902 with the makers mark of JR, the body has all over decoration of leaves and flowers, it comes in super condition with one small dent along the bottom striker, the hinge works perfectly and it has a vacant cartouche, it measures just under 2 inches long.
Superb Edwardian Hallmarked Silver Vesta Case – Grenadier Guards This lovely silver vesta case is fully hallmarked for Birmingham 1906 and has the makers mark of MBROs most likely Miller brothers of Birmingham. To the front is a silver badge for the Grenadier Guards suggesting that this was probably an officers piece. It comes in very good condition, there is a scuff line on one edge and some shallow dings on some corners, it measures just under 1.75 inches long.
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 George VI Infantry Officers Sword. 1895 pattern Infantry officer’s sword in just fabulous condition, with a beautiful engraved hilt complete with brown leather sword frog. The blade has typical etching with King George VI cypher the royal arms and the brass button proof mark set in the Star of David. There is very little damage to tell you about, it is about as perfect as you are going to get. If I had to be very picky and tell you about every mark, there is a very light graze to the leather on the scabbard on the chape and a little pitting at the blade tip, but this is quite minor. A wonderful sword, I doubt you will not find better. Ship to UK mainland only via courier at £14.95
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 Hallmarked Silver Cigarette Box – HMS Effingham 1928 Here is a lovely quality fully hallmarked silver cigarette box connected to HMS Effingham, it has a full set of hallmarks for Birmingham 1928 and an obscured makers mark, the front of the box has been engraved with the following ‘HMS Effingham East Indies 15-3-1929 thanks for all you’ve done ???? C. Ham-amra’ (I think). The inside of the box is lined with a light probably balsa wood with a pull out divider for varying cigarette sizes. It comes in overall excellent condition, there are some light surface marks on the outer case and some shallow dings here and there. Below I have included some history for the Effingham which shows its East Indies connection. The box measures 6.25 inches x 3.25. HMS Effingham was a Hawkins-class heavy cruiser of the Royal Navy. She was commissioned at Portsmouth in 1925, having had her construction halted for several years following the end of the First World War in 1918. She was named after Lord Howard of Effingham, one of the leaders of the fleet that defeated the Spanish Armada in 1587. Completed in 1925, the vessel saw action during the Second World War and was escorting a convoy to Norway in 1940 when she ran aground. The crew was evacuated and the cruiser destroyed by a torpedo from an accompanying destroyer. Effingham served as flagship of the Far Eastern Squadron in the East Indies between 1925 and 1932, before being placed as the flagship for the reserves on her return. She is mentioned in Evelyn Waugh's short book about the 1930 coronation of Haile Selassie in Abyssinia as having provided her Royal Marine band for the occasion.
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 Hallmarked Silver Travel Clock – HMS Effingham 1929 This is a beautiful little travel clock made from very heavy gauge fully hallmarked silver, she was made by Adie Brothers of Birmingham, a very highly respected company of silversmiths, the piece carries a full set of hallmarks for Birmingham 1929 and it is marked on both parts of the case and the clock is mounted in a hallmarked square support. On the inside of the case it has been engraved with ‘HMS Effingham East Indies from both of us with best wishes John Halsey’. The clock is in working order, winds well and has been ticking and running and keeping good time sitting next to me for a good couple of hours. It comes in overall excellent condition, there are some light surface marks on the outer case but no dings or dents, it’s a great piece and you will be surprised at how heavy it is. Below I have included some history for the Effingham which shows its East Indies connection. The case measures 3 inches x 2.25. HMS Effingham was a Hawkins-class heavy cruiser of the Royal Navy. She was commissioned at Portsmouth in 1925, having had her construction halted for several years following the end of the First World War in 1918. She was named after Lord Howard of Effingham, one of the leaders of the fleet that defeated the Spanish Armada in 1587. Completed in 1925, the vessel saw action during the Second World War and was escorting a convoy to Norway in 1940 when she ran aground. The crew was evacuated and the cruiser destroyed by a torpedo from an accompanying destroyer. Effingham served as flagship of the Far Eastern Squadron in the East Indies between 1925 and 1932, before being placed as the flagship for the reserves on her return. She is mentioned in Evelyn Waugh's short book about the 1930 coronation of Haile Selassie in Abyssinia as having provided her Royal Marine band for the occasion.
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 Medieval Strap End. A beautiful medieval strap end which could date anywhere from the 13th to 15th century. It is probably from a bridle or spurs etc and it has been pierced to show the strap, the two small holes are for the rivets that held the strap and this one still has the buckle end. A scarce little find. it measures; 1.75 inches long.
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 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 Pair of WW1 Officers Boots by Manfield & Sons with Trees These are a cracking pair of WW1 officers boots in a light brown leather, on the inside they are well stamped for the highly regarded maker of Manfield & Sons, their logo showing outlets around the country and Paris. The boots have laced bottoms and a double strap at the top, they come with solid wood boot trees to keep them upright and in shape. The soles have nail fittings and metal protectors to toe and heel, they come in excellent condition, the leather is sound and the stitching is strong and complete, they could do with a good leather feed to keep them protected and supple. I would guess they are a size 8, they show signs of age and use on the soles with some wear to the metalware.
Superb Quality Hallmarked Silver Football Fob 1905 the King’s Liverpool Reg This is a superior quality fully hallmarked silver and enamel football fob dated 1904/5, around the edge it has ‘ 2nd batt The King’s Inter-company football league 1904/5’ on the reverse it is engraved ‘bnds W. Ryan’ and the makers mark of Vaughan Birmingham, comes in very good condition, there is an old repair on the very top jump ring and it measures 1.5 inches long.
Superb Quality WW2 Sterling Silver & Maker Marked USAF Pilot Badge This is a very good quality and heavy gauge sterling silver WW2 United States Air Force pilots air crew badge, it is marked on the reverse with ‘sterling’ and has a makers mark of A.M Co Utica N.Y. it comes in very good condition needing a clean, measures just over 3 inches long and is heavy and chunky.
Superb Rare WW1 Schmidt-Rubin Saw Back Sword Bayonet. A Swiss 1914 long saw back bayonet made for the 1911 Schmidt-Rubin carbine rifle. The 1914 pattern is slightly different to the earlier models as it has only one fuller to one side and a bulge to the end of the blade. These were only issued to select troops, driver corporals and mounted artillery sergeants, engineer NCO’s, horse transport corporals and sergeants, blacksmiths etc. This one is in excellent original condition, the hilt including the wood grips are all clean and free from damage and the button latch works perfectly. It has a steel cross guard with a small muzzle ring; the blade is as good as the day it was made, with just two lines where it has been drawn from the scabbard. It has the maker’s details for Elsener Schwyz on the ricasso and the saw back is clean, free from damage and very sharp, as is the tip of the blade. The blackened steel scabbard is in good order too, this is showing wear to the black finish in places and the scabbard still retains its original leather frog strap. This is a fantastic example of this highly sought after bayonet, I doubt you will find better, measuring; 25 inches long. Ship to UK mainland only
Superb Royal Border Regiment Officers Cap Badge A beautiful white metal and bronze cap badge used during the 1970's, comes in excellent condition, nicely toned with its original red felt backing. Ref. U22
Superb Set of Colonel Gordon's Five Victorian Scrapbooks – DLI and Gordons This is a fascinating and wonderful set of five scrapbooks created by Colonel William Gordon during his military service from 1879 through post Boer war, the books which are rammed full cover newspaper clippings, ephemera both military and social and most interestingly contain 3 pages of Victorian calling cards left by both officers, politicians and high ranking people of the day. To be honest its hard to know were to start with this description as there is just so much to describe fortunately someone has done a lot of the work for me and included in the package is a biography for Colonel Gordon including a large family history and a wonderful photograph of the Colonel in a kilt, they have even gone to the trouble of printing loads of information on the owners of the calling cards some of which are very interesting people of the time. Each book is completely filled, there is no space anywhere, he included much military info but also social news, paper cuttings, comic cartoons and the three superb pages of calling cards. There is simply far to much for me to have read through and the lucky new owner is going to find little gems hidden in many of the pages. The temptation to separate the books and sell them individually was strong as I could get higher prices that way but I believe they should stay together. Condition wise given their age they are remarkably good, one has a loose cover and the odd page has been disturbed but really they are in very good order. They measure larger than A4 size and combined are quite heavy so shipping will be high. This will be a great buy for anyone interested in the Durham Light Infantry and the Gordon Higlanders or simply any history buff, I cant stress enough just how much is contained in these books, you are going to love them.
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 Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Card by Tuck 1897 This is a lovely Victorian card issued to commemorate the diamond jubilee in 1897, the idea was, the public filled in their details and then sent this to the Queen, it was made by Raphael Tuck better known for making postcards. It comes in excellent condition and has not been written in, the front heart opens and inside are two heart shaped cards, scarce unused 120 year old ephemera; it measures 5.5 inches x 4.25.
Superb Victorian Family Group Etc to Merrett Scots/Coldstream Guards. MORE PICTURE OF THE ABOVE GROUP
Superb Victorian Family Group Etc to Merrett Scots/Coldstream Guards. A fabulous group of items and medals all relating to the sons of the Merret / Merrit family spanning from the Egyptian war of 1882 to WW2. This lot comprises of; the 1882 Egypt and Khedives star pair, mounted as worn. The Egypt medal is partly erased leaving the name, J Merritt. The star is numbered 3552 S Gd for Scots Guards. This checks out on John Merritt’s medal rolls, which are included; 3552 Corporal John Merritt service with the 1st battalion Scots Guards through the Egypt campaign and is entitled to both medals, the Egypt medal with the Tel-El-Kebir clasp. Queens South Africa Medal to; 2694 Private J Merrett. 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards. Copy medal roll confirms the entitlement to the South Africa 1901, 1902 and cape Colony clasps. Mounted as worn. Note. There was a J Merrett listed as wounded on 6th February 1901. WW2 Defence medal in box of issue to; Mrs D. M. Merrett of Minehead Somerset. Victorian Coldstream Guards duty / bed plate named; 2694 T Merrett. Coldstream Guards cap badge, silver and rose gold fob with the initials JPM. This is hallmarked for Birmingham 1902. Silver cased English leaver pocket watch, case hallmarked for Chester 1905 and inside the back case, it is engraved J T Merrett. The watch is a key wind and comes in very good working order. A handsome timepiece. Lastly a Victorian photograph of a guardsman which has been cut to fit into a round frame. Scots Guards 1882 Egypt Campaign. In 1881, the 1st Battalion deployed to Dublin, Ireland and the following year the battalion, as part of the Guard Brigade, took part in an expedition to Egypt, which came about in response to a revolt led by Urabi Pasha, an Egyptian military officer. A 25,000 strong British force, under the command of Sir Garnet Wolseley, landed in Egypt in August, and on the 13 September, the decisive engagement of the campaign occurred, the Battle of Tel el-Kebir, which ended in victory for the British, and culminated with the taking of Cairo and the capture of Urabi Pasha. The Scots Guards gained the battle honours "Tel-el-Kebir" and "Egypt 1882" for their taking part in the Egyptian Expedition, and it was the last time the regiment carried the Colours into war. 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards Boer War Camapaign. The 2nd Battalion sailed on the Gascon, and arrived at the Cape about 12th November 1899. Along with the 3rd Grenadier Guards, 1st Coldstream, and 1st Scots Guards, they formed the 1st or Guards Brigade, the work of which has been sketched under the 3rd Grenadiers. At Modder River the battalion was on the left of the Guards Brigade and was opposite the enemy's centre—and was all day under an extremely heavy fire. Many non-commissioned officers and men of the Coldstreams exhibited unsurpassable gallantry, and several were mentioned in Lord Methuen's despatch of 1st December, but the number of the battalion was not given. One officer of the 2nd Coldstreams was mentioned. The battalion's losses were 2 officers, including Colonel Stopford, and 10 men killed, and 1 officer and 56 men wounded. At Magersfontein the battalion was in the firing line most of the day, and lost 1 officer and 2 men killed and 22 men wounded. "Major the Marquis of Winchester was killed whilst displaying almost reckless courage". Three non-commissioned officers were also mentioned in Lord Methuen's despatch of 15th February 1900 for great courage. With the remainder of the brigade the battalion took part in the advances to Bloemfontein, Pretoria, and Koomati Poort. At Pan, in the Eastern Transvaal, they had the misfortune to have 5 men killed and 1 officer and 13 men injured in a railway accident on 1st October 1900. After the Guards Brigade returned from Koomati Poort the 2nd Coldstreams were ordered to Potchefstroom. In the beginning of 1901 they were sent to Cape Colony. The headquarters were generally about Graaf Reinet down to the close of the campaign, but the battalion was much scattered; for example, two companies occupied Richmond and another was at Britstown. About 70 men of the 2nd Coldstreams along with some local troops formed the garrison of Aberdeen when it was attacked on the night of 18th May 1902, shortly before peace was declared. The attack was driven off, the enemy losing several killed. All the items included are in excellent condition, other conditions have already been stated. A scarce lot to one family with other personal items, the pocket wat alone is a very collectable piece and in this excellent condition worth in excess of £100. Victorian duty bed plates are quite scarce, to all together a very fine collection of medals and silverware. A super lot for further research, both great regiments full of history in both campaigns. See Listing Below For More Pictures
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 Swiss Silver Pocket Watch. A beautiful Victorian 9.35 (tested) silver pocket watch. It has a wonderfully engraved case, the back decorated with flowers and foliage, the central cartouche engraved with a single rose. It has an engraved silver dial embellished with gilt roman numerals and gilt flower ornaments around the outside. It has a key wind Swiss movement, which has just been cleaned and serviced, so it is working very well and it keeps good time. It comes with its original key and measures 1.5 inches in diameter.
Superb Vintage Bronze Viking Ship – Edward Aagaard Denmark This excellent bronze Viking ship was hand made by Edward Aagaard for the Copenhagen iron works in Denmark and is marked accordingly on the side of the rudder and also along the hull of the ship, Aagaard was working for this company from the 1950’s to 60’s. It has been very well constructed with individual shields along the side and a copper sail with the image of a bird and comes with a purpose made wooden base. The condition is very good, the only issue I can find is the placing of the shields, they were originally held on a twisted wire, this must have broken and been replaced with a strong fishing wire, it has dulled with age and could do with a good clean, it measures 16 inches long and stands 15.5 high on its base, it is also heavy so please note the shipping will be £8.95.
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 & WW2 German Gallantry Medal Group of 8 A beautiful and scarce original court mounted WW1 and WW2 gallantry group of eight to an unknown recipient who served in the German army for over 27 years and saw front line action in two world wars. He was probably part of the army who marched into Czechoslovakia in their annexation in 1938. He formed some act of gallantry during the great war and again in the second. He served with merit on the eastern front and against the communists with the Bulgarian divisions. An incredibly brave man who offered his life for his country. The medals included here are; 1 1914 Iron cross with 1939 Spange, the medal clasp displayed on the uniforms of German Wehrmacht personnel who had been already awarded the Iron Cross in World War 2 WW1 merit cross for war aid. The cross was awarded for patriotic war aid service, without regard to status or rank 3 WW1 Honour Cross issued to WW1 veterans in the 1930’s to replace all other veterans medals. 4 WW2 Eastern Front medal; for participating in 14 days of combat, or performing 30 combat sorties, or serving 60 days in the combat zone, or being wounded in the line of duty between 15th November 1941 and 26th April 1942. 5 Imperial German 15 years’ service medal in the German Army. 6 Wehrmacht 12 year service medal with army device on ribbon, 7 1938 german October medal. awarded for participation in the annexation of the Sudentenland or Bohemia and Moravia. Those who took part in both occupations were awarded the Prague bar, which this medal has. 8 Rumanian Crusade Against Communism medal. Awarded for distinguished service of Romanian and other Axis Powers military and civilian personnel operating on both the Eastern and Home fronts. This whole group is in wonderful original condition, you can tell it has been worn in the past, but due to the wonderful way the German’s mounted their medals, it has remained in excellent order. the back is slightly padded with a long brooch pin on the back and ready for prominent display in the cabinet.
Superb WW1 1895 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword. A very good WW1 era 1895 Pattern infantry officers sword. It has a nickel-plated sheet steel, half-basket style, Guard with a Ray-skin-grip, wrapped with twisted brass wire and a hatched nickel back strap; the pierced basket bears the royal cypher of King George V. The pommel has a single ball which is really the nut that holds the whole sword together. it has a straight, single-edged, single-fullered blade on both sides which is beautifully etched with scrolland foliage and the royal cypher of George V. This sword is in excellent original condition. the guard still retains its original nickel plating with just one area of very light pitting, this is not really that bad, but better mentioned. The inside of guard has an area where the nickel has worn, mainly due to use. The ray skin covered grip is perfect, no loss to the skin and all brass wire is in tacked, although now heavily toned. The blade is also in very good order, it has suffered no rust or pitting and the etching is still good and clear and free from wear. It has a sunburst circle where the proof button should be to one side and the makers mark of ‘Armfield Ltd. Birmingham’ on the other. This company was a small engineering firm who won a large WD contract during WW1 to make buttons and some badges but diversified into weapons later on during the war. an interesting story of a small company making good. This sword has its original brown leather covered scabbard, this is in good order with the odd knock and scrape and small areas of loss to the surface finish, but its all original and untouched. A great example of this type of sword, a mid range sword, not the very best quality but in no way the worst I’ve seen. Swords were made to fit all budgets, the battle field commissioned tommy couldn’t afford a top quality Wilkinson sword, so there gap in the market was filled by such manufacturers such as this. It measures 40.5 inches long in its scabbard. Shipping to UK only
Superb WW1 1915 Dated Officers Field Compass by Verner It will be hard to beat the quality of this piece, it is a brass Verner’s pattern mark VII officers field compass, it is marked to the back with ‘Anglo-Swiss association No36605 1915’ and the broad arrow mark, the leather case which is also dated for 1915 has the makers name of J.B. Brooks & Co Ltd on the front. The compass has a lock down dial operated by one of the buttons on the side, all hinges and gauges are in excellent condition, in fact all round it is wonderful, there is some minute discolouration to the metal on the front of the case and signs of age on the leather strap on the case. You will be hard pressed to find better.
Superb WW1 Era Officers Pocket Barometer/Altimeter in Case This lovely pocket barometer/altimeter was made by the company of J. Hicks of London who were one of the most highly regarded makers of scientific instruments in its time and were based in Hatton garden London, this example is marked accordingly on the face and has ‘compensated’ to the top, the case is made from blackened brass, the dial with its rotating bezel is calibrated from zero to 10,000 feet and may have been used in balloons or on early aircraft, it has a blued needle. It comes in a super quality light brown leather case and would have been used by officers in the field. The condition of both pieces is very good, the needle on the dial has moved since its removal from the case but I have no idea how to set it, there are signs of age and use on the outer case and leather case, it measures nearly 3 inches in diameter.
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 Sweetheart Bracelet with Iron Cross A lovely sweetheart bracelet fashioned from a solid brass centre piece which has a miniature Iron Cross surrounded by oak leaves, the bracelet is made from a fine flexible series of links, the piece has a gilded appearance probably onto a base metal, 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 Brass & Copper Book Shape Lighter This is a great piece, constructed from brass and copper in the shape of a book but inside is a petrol lighter, to the front is a white metal Imperial German crown and on the other side a Bavarian brass button. The condition is excellent, the mechanism inside is a bit crusty but could be made to work with a flint and petrol if desired. Quite large measuring 2.25 inches square.
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 German Trench Art Shell Case Vailly 1916 This is a well marked German shell case, it is clearly dated for November 1916 and has marks to the base for Haniel Luege brass factory Dusseldorf amongst others and originated from a 7.7cm filed Canon. The body has been very well decorated with flowers and the name Vailly, the village of Vailly-sur-Aisne was the scene of many battles from 1914 to 1918. Comes in excellent condition and stands 9 inches high.
Superb WW1 Naval Officers Dress Sword. A fantastic quality sword in wonderful condition which one belonged to Jon. W. E. Abbott. The hilt is gilt brass with a lion’s head pommel. It has white ray skin grip bound with gilt brass wire. The solid guard has the royal navy motif with kings crown and it has a folding section, which locks by a pin in the scabbard; and it still retains its original sword knot. The whole hilt is in perfect order. There is no loss to any of the gilt finish and even the bullion sword knot has no damage. It has a good long straight steel blade which is etched with foliage and scrolls, the royal navy crest and George V cypher. The blade is in very good condition, the etching is a little light but is still visible and there are just a few very small areas of pitting. There is, what looks like a makers mark near the ricasso, but this is worn and I cannot read it. The scabbard is leather with gilt brass fittings, this again is in very good condition, there is as you will expect a little wear to the gilt, but this is hardly noticeable. The whole sword in the scabbard measures 37.5 inches long. I haven’t seen a naval sword in this condition for some time, it’s just a wonderful example probably worn by a sub lieutenant or commander. Ship to UK inland only via courier at £12.95
Superb WW1 Territorial Group to Walker MID. Low Number A fabulous WW1 Territorial medal group comprising of the British War Medal, the Allied Victory Medal with mentioned in despatches oak leaves, the Territorial Force War Medal and the Territorial Force Efficiency medal. All four medals are correctly named to; 654 Battalion Quarter Master Serjeant Hugh Walker of the Royal Field Artillery. Hugh Walker was born in Kelven, Glasgow in Lanarkshire Scotland in 1892. He enlisted in to the Glasgow Territorial Artillery in 1910 and served with the 2nd City of Glasgow Battery, 2nd Lowland Brigade RFA. He was promoted to Bombardier in 1911, Corporal in 1912, and Serjeant in the June of 1914. When war broke out his unit was very quick to mobilize in the August of 1914 with the BEF Territorial force. Having already served in France, embarked from davenport for Alexandria on the 27th January 1916, here it looks like he spent a year at the Imperial School of instructors before being sent back into the field on 2nd July 1917. He remained in North Africa for the rest of the war, earning himself a MID along the way and he was promoted to BQMS in 1918. As with all the territorial force, he was renumbered in 1917. His number was changed from the very low 654 to 660044 while in the 3rd Lowland brigade. This group comes with copies of his service papers, 25 pages in all, so I have only gone through a few pages to gain the above information. Both TF medals and his MID are confirmed in his papers and his papers also include information of the various battery’s and brigades he served in. This man needs a lot more research, he was clearly a gifted artilleryman. The medals are in superb condition and come court mounted for display. Both of the Territorial Force medals are scarce and very sort after by collectors. A scarce group to a high ranking NCO with a low number; it looks like he continued service in the territorials after the war until 1922. His serving rank when he was finally discharged was Warrant Officer 2nd class. After the war he resided at 89 Raeberry Street, Glasgow. A really beautiful group ready for display and more research.
Superb WW1 Trench Art Field Gun. A WW1 13 or 18 pdr Field gun, totally hand wrought during the war from scrap pieces of brass and bits of bullets etc. it is a lovely piece of engineering and you can see the wheels has been made from cut sections of a 240mm howitzer shell cases. it is in superb condition, it has at some point been very highly polished, but it now has a nice even mellow tone. It is 14 inches long x 5.5 inches wide and it stands 6 inches high.
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 Watercolour ‘Pa Joins the Yeomanry’ 1914. Wonderful little watercolour entitled “Defenders of the Empire – Pa Joins the Yeomanry”. Painted by K Rudd in 1914 it has been nicely re-framed and mounted in an oak frame. It measures 14.75 x 11.25 inches and comes in perfect condition.
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 Era Brass Inkwell by Deschler – Honour Cross Maker This is a lovely piece, the base is made from brass and cast into the body is a Hindenburg cross, on the reverse it is impressed with ‘geschutzt’ which appears to mean ‘protected’, below this is an applied lead type plaque which has ‘Deschler & Sohn Munchen’. Removable from the base is a perfectly fitted Glass ink well with a pull off lid. All in all an ornate piece that would grace any desk top and made by a highly rated maker of WW1 and WW2 medals and badges. It comes in super condition and measures 7 inches across the front.
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 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.
Ten WW2 Nazi German Occupation of Poland Stamps A good selection of ten stamps issued 1943-44 for the German occupation of Poland, not postally used and in superb condition.
Ten WW2 Newspapers Various dates throughout the war years and a good cross section of newspapers of the time from the Daily Mail to the Telegraph with a selection of papers I havent heard of before, some fascinating reports of the time. Conditions vary but fair to good order.
Territorial Force Efficiency Medal to RFA. The scarcer of the Efficiency medals, this one is correctly named to 846259 Driver Samuel Thomas Deakin. Royal Field Artillery. This medal is for most part un-researched apart from a copy of his medal index card which shows he was also entitled to a British war and victory medal pair. The medal itself is in excellent condition, with a few very light contact marks, so it may have been mounted at some point. Ref. 18889
Thailand Order of the Crown. This is a solid silver medal, testing as high grade silver, it is the 7th class award of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand, established in 1869 by King Rama V of The Kingdom of Siam (Yul Brynner), a general award given to civil and military for an act of outstanding services to the Kingdom of Thailand. This one comes in perfect condition and on its original silk ribbon and dates from around the WW2 era. WAS £22
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 Queens Bays (Cavalry) Cap Badge. K/C The Queens bays used the same design of cap badge for 60 years, until 1959. This all brass badge was used until 1953 It comes in very good but used condition, with a good even tone. Ref. Y13
The Queens Bays (Cavalry) Cap Badge. Q/C The Queens bays used the same design of cap badge for 60 years, until 1959. This one was used from 1953 to 1959, so although Queens crown it is the scarcer badge. It comes in very good but used condition with a good even tone. Ref. Y12
The Relief of Ladysmith Beautiful Boer War Print. A fabulous original Boer war print, still in its original bur maple veneer frame with original glazing. We see Major Hubert Gough of the relieving force greeting General Sir George White in Ladysmith. This print is after a painting by John Henry Frederick Bacon. The original oil on canvas was painted in 1900; it now resides at the national Army Museum. This one comes in excellent untouched condition. the bur maple frame is in very good condition, it has the odd little flake of veneer missing from the sides and corners, but this doesn’t show at all. A very large picture measuring 36 x 26 inches. This will be shipped in sturdy packaging with a lot of packing materials around it, so shipping to the UK only, at a cost of £25
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 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 Super Antique Edwardian Essex Regimental Dance Cards These three wonderful antique dance cards date from the Edwardian era, two of them are for the Essex regiment. The first card is dated April 1903 and is a dance programme for ‘H’ company 1st Volunteer Battalion and was called the ‘volunteer dance’ held at the drill hall Hornchurch, inside is the dance programme with the initials of the prospective dance partners, physically the piece is in very good order but it has been written fortunately in pencil with lists and pictures. The second one is a programme for the ‘annual ball’ held in December 1903 by the same company at the same location, this one is also in very good condition and has the list filled in inside. The third one I’m not sure of, again a dance programme from June 1905, it has ‘c’ squadron with a crown with N.C under and pro patria under this, the closest I can get relates to a Canadian regiment. This card is in fair condition, the spine has split and has been taped and the inside has been filled in. A unique little group the largest measuring 4.5 inches long.
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 American Civil War Button & Pins Worn with pride by the veterans of the American civil war this little group includes: a GAR (grand army of the republic) veterans button, tiny in size measuring only 17mm in diameter, shows veterans shaking hands on one side and a cooking pot in a fireplace on the back, it just has slight discolouration on the front. A brass and enamel mini bow tie button, this measures 2 cm in diameter and comes in super condition and a even smaller brass and enamel flag pin, tiny and in very good condition.
Three Vintage Britain’s Die Cast Scottish Pipers Well marked to the base with ‘copyright Britain’s ltd made in England’ these three die cast Scottish pipers come in very good condition, they date probably from the 1970’s and each stands 2.75 inches high.
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 WW1 Bamforths Song Series Postcards 3 good cards from the Bamforths song series, this set being ‘till the sands of the desert grow cold’ they come in good condition, have not been written on but show odd signs of wear on the edges.
Three WW2 era Original Photographs Anti Aircraft Emplacements Three good quality original WW2 photo’s of anti aircraft guns, two look to be in a desert and the other I’m not sure, probably the UK; they come in very good condition, quite rare to find, the larger two measuring 5.5 inches x 3.5.
Trio of Polish Red Cross Miniature Medals A very nicely made trio of Polish Red Cross medals, they come in the Gold, Silver and Bronze award, each is enamelled with the red cross and the top 'ribbon' section is also enamelled. Each is marked to the reverse with the makers initials of P.C.K. They come in superb condition, one pin is slightly bent at the bottom, they measures 2 inches long including the pin.
Two 1915 Daily Telegraph Supplement Sheets As issued later in the day and being only two pages long these two interesting Great War year papers are full of reports of incidences around the world, the first is dated June 5th 1915 and headlines are ‘France and the King: birthday greetings’, the second is July 10th 1915 and the headline is ‘Kitchener’s call to the nation’. Both come in used condition with some edge damage and creases.
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 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 Del Prado British & Indian Die Cast Figures Here are two die cast figures from the Del Prado factory the first is a Captain in the Royal Fusiliers (desert army) 1942 and the other a Dafadar 1st jodhpur Lancers 1916, both come in good condition and stand 3 inches high.
Two Del Prado Die Cast Figures – France and Australia 2 Here are two Del Prado die cast metal soldier figures, the first is a 1916 French infantry corporal verdun and the other a 1918 Australian infantry sergeant, both come in good but playworn condition and measure 2.75 inches high.
Two Del Prado Die Cast Figures – German 3 Here are two Del Prado die cast metal soldier figures both German, the first is a 1941 Obergefreiter from the Cav, Recce. Regiment and the other a 1943 Major from the Panzer division, both come in good but playworn condition and measure 2.75 inches high.
Two Del Prado Die Cast Figures – Napoleonic Here are two Del Prado die cast metal soldier figures, the first is an 1808 sergeant major of the 15th Hussars and the other an 1808 private in the King’s light dragoons, both come in good but playworn condition and measure 2.75 inches high.
Two Del Prado Die Cast Figures – Napoleonic Here are two Del Prado die cast metal soldier figures, the first is an 1812 private in the British 71st light infantry and the other an 1811 officer of the Inniskilling dragoons, both come in good but playworn condition and measure 2.75 inches high.
Two Del Prado Die Cast Figures – Napoleonic Here are two Del Prado die cast metal soldier figures, the first is a 1795 private in the British marines and the other an 1800 fusilier from the French sea soldiers, both come in good but playworn condition and measure 2.75 inches high.
Two Del Prado Figures – Prussian Hussar and Brunswick -1 Two great die cast figures from the Del Prado factory, the first one is a trooper from the Prussian Hussar regiment No7 1806 and the other is a Sergeant-major Brunswick regiment 1815, both come in very good condition.
Two Del Prado Figures –Captain French Hussars & Trooper Carabiniers -3 Two great die cast figures from the Del Prado factory, the first one is a captain of the French Hussars 1811, and the other is a trooper from the French Carabiniers 1812, both come in very good condition.
Two Del Prado Figures –French Guard Cavalry & Lieutenant 6th Hussars -2 Two great die cast figures from the Del Prado factory, the first one is an officer from the French Guard Cavalry 1814, and the other is a Lieutenant from the 6th French Hussars 1814, both come in very good condition.
Two Del Prado French Die Cast Figures Here are two die cast figures from the Del Prado factory the first is a ‘flanqueur’ from the imperial young guard 1813 and the other a 2nd lieutenant from the French lancers 1813, both come in good condition and stand 3 inches high.
Two Formation Patches for Catterick Garrison An embroidered formation patch for the Catterick Garrison, a lovely original badge which has been mounted in a collectors album at some point.
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 Edwardian Era USA Civil War Embossed Postcards Issued in the early part of the 20th century as commemoratives of the American civil war this style of embossed postcard was very popular, the first which is dated 1909 is for the grand army of the republic (GAR) and has ‘decoration day greetings’ to the front, this has been postally used, the second is dated for 1910 and has ‘souvenir of decoration day’ to the front, both are in fair condition and show signs of age.
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 Interesting Booklets – Ulster VC Winners and VC Centenary 1956 The first of these booklets has no date of issue and is relatively modern, it is entitled ‘for valour’ Ulster VCS of the Great War, it details all of the Ulster VC recipients, 38 pages and comes in very good condition. The second booklet is the Victoria cross centenary exhibition 1856-1956 which was held at Marlborough House in July ’56, very few pictures and it details the exhibits, comes in good but used condition.
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 Lead Soldiers Grenade Thrower. Two old lead soldiers, one throwing a grenade and the other firing a rifle. Both are in very good condition retaining nearly all their original paint.
Two Modern Versions of the Kearny Cross Medal of Honour The originals of this type of medal run into thousands of dollars, even this type of modern copy retail at £20 plus each, below is a great description for the issue of the medal. This pair come nicely mounted on black velvet and are in super condition. The Kearny Medal of Honor was a military decoration of the United States Army, which was first established in 1862 during the opening year of the American Civil War.  The original decoration was known as the Kearny Medal and was adopted as an unofficial medal by the officers of the 1st Division (Birney's Division), 3rd Corps, of the Union Army of the Potomac, which had served under Major General Philip Kearny, Jr. before he was killed at the Battle of Chantilly on September 1, 1862. The original Kearny Medal was first bestowed on November 29, 1862, and was awarded to any Union officer who had “performed acts of extreme bravery and heroism in the face of the enemy.”  In 1863, the medal was authorized retroactively to officers who had performed such acts while enlisted soldiers, and had been subsequently commissioned. On March 13, 1863, a second version of the Kearny Medal was ordered established as a "Cross of Valor" for enlisted personnel.  The new medal, known as the Kearny Cross, was awarded to any enlisted Union soldier who displayed meritorious, heroic, of distinguished acts while in the face of an enemy force. By 1865, both the Kearny Medal and the Kearny Cross were commonly referred to by the single name of the Kearny Cross.  Since the decorations were issued by local commanders, the medals remained unofficial awards and were not issued after the close of the Civil War.  Nevertheless, the Kearny Cross and Medal are regarded as one of the oldest military decorations of the United States Army, second only to the Badge of Military Merit [the predecessor of the Purple Heart] and the Fidelity Medallion.
Two Post WW1 Austrian Police Collar Rank Shoulder Tabs The two collar tabs were issued to officers in the inter war period, one is a high quality gold bullion example and depicts the rank of Lieutenant the other is a brass example and is for the rank of Revierinspektor (precint inspector). Both come in very good condition.
Two Post WW1 Era Information Cards – Tank and Catapult These two postcard size information cards were issued just post WW1 and they detail the progression in tanks and aeroplanes, the aeroplane one is the most interesting as it shows a land catapult, a device used to 'throw' planes up into the air with no runway required. Both are in ok but used condition with some rough areas on the edges.
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 WW1 German Military Postcards - Unusual Here are two pre Unusual WW1 German postcards, one has been postally used and is dated 1909, this shows a regiment of Germans complete with a boat in the background and the oars mixed among the men, it has been hand written in pencil along the top front. The second card shows a gymnastics display by the men some holding German flags, this one has not been postally used. Both come in very 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 George IV Elgin Marble Medals Issued in commemoration of the Elgin marbles being located at the British museum these medals date between 1820-30, struck in a white metal showing the Royal arms to one side and a scene from the marbles on the reverse, a set of 48 were issued and mainly appear to be in the possession of museums here and America. They both are in an average condition and measure 47mm in diameter.
Two Sets of WW2 Era Dog Tags Here are two sets of WW2 era dog tags, the first is a pair marked to 14025281 C. E. Adams, the only other info is a single ‘M’ I think for Methodist, the second is a set of three named to 966072 R.E Lunn C/E (church of England) both sets are in very good condition.
Two Vintage Britain’s Die Cast Foot Guards Here are two Britain’s Ltd die cast figures, both are Foot Guards and one is a standard bearer, the pink based one is slightly later being dated for 1990 and he has a rigid cloth standard. Both are in good but playworn condition and the tallest stands 4 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 German Award Medals (carabins and orges) Purchased recently from a private collection this group of European medals are a bit of a mystery, they are all large and very well made, I’m pairing them up and will describe them the best I can. Medal one is dated 1958 and appears to be a shooting distinction award it shows a historical figure with a rifle made by Huguenin Le Locle. Medal two is round again with an historical figure with a rifle, dated 1977 it is also a distinction award made by Paul Kramer Neuchatel. Both are in super condition.
Two Vintage Military Kitchen Utensils Military issue and suitable for a museum set up, here we have a wood handled meat cleaver a good solid piece with plenty of years left in it, together with a wood handled herb chopper also with plenty of life left in it, both come in good but used condition needing a clean. WAS £15
Two Vintage Pictorial Porcelain Pots and a Bell Boy Egg Cup Here are two interesting pictorial porcelain china small pots each depicting famous scenes in London, the first is a small vase with a scene of the Houses of Parliament, the other a small pot with a scene of ‘new tower bridge’ both are in very good condition, on the base of one someone has written in pencil June 1922. The third piece is a bell boy holding and egg cup, probably Victorian in date he is made from porcelain and comes in fair condition with a hairline crack running up his leg. The largest stands just under 3.5 inches high.
Two Vintage Scout Movement Badges The first of these badges is a hallmarked silver example, it dates from 1937 and has a makers mark of D.G.C. for Daniel George Collins a London maker, it has ‘thanks badge’ on the front and was awarded to adults who gave service to the Scout movement, this badge changed in styles over the years have 10 variants, this is type 8, it comes in very good condition just needing a good clean and measures just over one inch long including the jump ring. The second Scout badge is a lapel pin made from brass with enamels, it has ‘verberedt’ along the bottom, I assumed a foreign scout connection but cannot track this down, it does not appear to be Latin so I’ll leave it up to you to sort out, the pin comes in very good condition and measures 1.5 inches long.
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 J. Hill & Co Lead Bugler Figures London based John Hill & Co or johillco as they were known were a rival to the Britain’s manufactory and produced hollowcast lead figures hand painted but sold them individually rather than in sets like Britains. Here are two examples of their work, a pair of buglers, marked to the base for Hill’s, they come in good but playworn condition and stand 2.5inches high.
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 USA Postcards – Boys and Soldier Here are two United States postcards from the WW1 era, the first has two boys, a dog and a toy standing to attention the other a civil war style soldier, both are in very good condition and haven’t been written on.
Two WW2 Australian Interest Official Photographs – King's Visit Two interesting WW2 era official photographs, the first shows two Australian soldiers with a British soldier in the middle and in front of them a signed Union Jack, my guess is the flag is being presented by the Brit to the Ossies. The second picture has the official issue page stuck on the back, this reads, 'King visits Australian troops' 'the King this week paid a visit to Australian troops in Eastern Command', the photo shows the King walking amongst the Australian troops. Both pictures measure just under 8 inches x 6 and come in very good but used condition.
Two WW2 Era Air Training Corps Badges Here are two WW2 era air training corps badges, the first larger one in a white metal comes in super condition, it measures 1.5 inches in diameter and has a split pin on the back for fixing. The second smaller example is made from brass, carries the motto 'venture adventure' along the bottom, as far as I can tell there are four variations of this badge with the Eagle to the middle in different flying positions, this one also includes C1 above the bird, it measures one inch long and is in excellent condition.
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 USA Comedy Postcards Here are two United States postcards from the WW2 era, the first has civilians passing through a supply room and coming out in their first ever uniform, the second is a warning from home about having to much fun abroad, both are in very good condition and haven’t been written on.
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 German Tank Postcards These are interesting postcards, issued during WW2 from a manufacturer in Berlin, they appear to have been taken from original drawings and each has what appears to be a signature of the artist bottom right of the card. One shows a camouflaged Panzer tank and the other has on the back what roughly translates as 'exploration after Dubrowska', there is a town in Poland called Dubrowska. Both cards are in very good condition and have not been postally used.
Unusual Antique Military Stirrup? I cannot find a comparison for this design of stirrup,if it is a stirrup; it is blacksmith made from iron with leather fixings, it could 100 years old it could be 200 its hard to tell. It comes in good condition given its age and measures 4 inches wide. Please see pictures.
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 Cast Aluminium German U-Boat. (1) A very unusual and interesting item, one of two I am selling this week. This flat back casting of a German U-Boat, riding a wave on the surface of the sea, is made from Aluminium and has two small holes drilled into its body, to allow it to be mounted. I am not sure of age, I am not an expert on U-Boats, so I do not know the small differences between a WW1 from a WW2 U-Boat. This piece surly looks old enough to be from the WW1 era. I have no clue why it was made for, but it is nice quality and well made, although simple in design. It is in lovely original condition and it would look wonderful polished up and mounted on a nice piece of dark wood. It measures 8.25 inches long.
Unusual Cast Aluminium German U-Boat. (2) A very unusual and interesting item, one of two I am selling this week. This flat back casting of a German U-Boat, riding a wave on the surface of the sea. It is made from Aluminium and has two small holes drilled into its body, to allow it to be mounted. I am not sure of age, I am not an expert on U-Boats, so I do not know the small differences between a WW1 from a WW2 U-Boat. This piece surly looks old enough to be from the WW1 era. I have no clue why it was made for, but it is nice quality and well made, although simple in design. It is well patinated and looks like it has possibly been kept outside. This would look wonderful polished up and mounted on a nice piece of dark wood. It measures 8.25 inches long.
Unusual German Mauser Sword Export Bayonet. A very interesting German Mauser bayonet produced for export. It is very long measuring 22 inches so almost a sword bayonet size. It has a typical Mauser type hilt but this one has a full muzzle ring and a maker’s mark of the side of the cross guard of ‘CK’ in a diamond stamp. The blade is long; single edged and has a fuller on both sides. The condition is excellent, very clean indeed, no rust or pitting anywhere just a few casting marks on the pommel that haven’t worn away. A great piece for any bayonet collection. Ship to UK mainland only
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 Handmade Aircraft – POW / War Art? An unusual handmade single wing WW2 aircraft, which is completely made of lead. It has a wingspan of 15 inches and measures, 12 inches from nose to tail. It comes with its wheels and bomb in tact but the propeller has suffered a bit of damage. to me it looks like an American Curtiss P-40 War Hawk with Chinese markings, but a little research will be able to identify what it is supposed to be. Apart from the damage already stated, it comes in very good condition, it obviously has wear due to age, but no major damage. (Please see pictures) A really interesting modal aircraft, possibly made by a prisoner of war. This piece is quite heavy so it will cost £8.95 to send to the UK mainland.
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. WAS £15
Unusual Trench Art Brass Shell Vases, possibly made by the Turks during the first world war, they are quite plain with no decoration just a small area of what looks to be Arab writing, they are both in very good order measuring 4.5 inches high.
Unusual Victorian Cameo Carved Cowrie Shell – Lovers Poem This took some doing, to cameo carve a cowrie shell leaving the words proud in the form of a love poem is just incredible, the poem is about remembering somebody and above and below are carved birds, it comes in very good condition and measures 3.5 inches long.
Unusual Vintage Cased DOG Measuring Kit – Lufkin Rule Co USA This intriguing measuring kit dates from the 1920’s -30’s it is made from chromed metal and housed in a wood box, it was made by the Lufkin rule company of Saginaw Michigan, below is a brief history for the company. It has been suggested that this is a height measure for dogs and it was used at breed shows to measure the standard height of a breed, in this case breeds up to sixteen inches at the top of the shoulder. It is a very well made instrument, the central arm moves up or down and a steel rule measures the height of something. All pieces are present in the box and under one of the round feet is an old piece of paper that has an American connection. The condition is very good, the box shows signs of age and complete it is quite heavy, the box measures 19.5 inches long. The company was founded by Edward Taylor Lufkin, an American Civil War veteran of the Sixtieth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry in Cleveland, Ohio 1869 and was originally named E.T. Lufkin Board and Log Rule Manufacturing Company. Its Canada-based plant was in Barrie, Ontario.
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.
Unusual WW1 Regimental Orders Humerous Postcard The day to day itinerary of the day in camp has been set down to the titles of well known hymns, ranging from Reveille to O.O rounds. Comes in very good condition.
US Armoured Division Cloth Badge, for the 2nd/196th Armoured division, it is in perfect condition, it has some residue of paper on the back, where it was once stuck into an album.
US Army 86th Infantry Cloth Patch, good quality WW2 badge for the ‘Black Hawk’ division, which is as new and unused.
Various American, Western Gun Etc A nice mixed lot of USA based items to include: a plastic replica Western style hand gun, non firing film prop, quite a good looking replica, in a cabinet it looks like the real thing, but this one has the trigger missing. Also a small stars and stripes linen flag, 4 1962 first day issue colourful envelopes for the American civil war, 4 vintage Gettysburg postcards and a Wild West picture story book. All you see in the pictures, sold as seen. UK shipping only. Ref Lot 15
Various German Nazi Era Coinage. 7 pieces of Nazi era coinage, various denominations and years, all with the eagle and swastika obverse. All in good order.
Various Vintage St Johns Ambulance Insignia. Cloth shoulder patches for London and Norfolk brigades, plus metal badges and other insignia, some cadet. All in very good condition.
Very Attractive Silver Three Branch Candelabra. A beautiful piece of vintage sterling silver, this three branch candelabra comes in excellent condition showing no damage or wear what so ever. It has a full English hallmark for Birmingham 1976 and it carries the makers mark of S&M for Sanders & Mackenzie. A very good maker of quality silver items since 1911. To show this piece is of excellent quality, each piece of the candelabra is marked with the sterling mark, the Lion passant and the date letter of ‘B’ in italic. Also the middle sconce unscrews and the branches can be removed and the middle sconce screwed back on to form a single candlestick. Also a good feature for cleaning. It measures 9.25 inches high x 10 inches wide.
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 Selection of Vintage Suffolk & Ipswich Police Buttons Etc This is a great large lot of Vintage Suffolk police and earlier Ipswich police buttons, pips and numbers to include: 8 various sized Bakelite Ipswich buttons together with 5 annodised examples, 7 various sized Suffolk’s Bakelite buttons together with 19 annodised examples and two rogue Newport borough police bakelite buttons, 6 pips with a castle surmounted by a lion and the four white metal numbers 1113. All come in very good but used condition.
Very Good Vintage British Rail Multi Glass Lamp A great lamp marked on a side with B.R circa late 1940's. It is black bodies and has a blue and red glass reflector, the front opens on a clip and it looks like the top will come off but is very stiff, you can see a burner through the glass but I’m not sure what else is in the body. It comes in good but used condition and stands 11.5 inches high.
Very Good WW1 Officers Compass by Negretti & Zambra dated 1917 This is a super military marked and dated officers compass, it comes in a white metal case that was most likely made by Dennison the famous pocket watch maker, it is clearly marked on the outer lid with Negretti & Zambra London 1917 No 691 and the broad arrow mark, it is also numbered on the inside of the lid with 108657 and the letter ‘M’ under. It comes in very good condition, the metal is nickle and will polish up, the needle spins but seems confused as to where north is, it measures 1.75 inches in diameter not including the jump ring. A scarce find.
Very Interesting 1915 Dated ‘Germany’s Dishonoured Army’ Booklet An interesting but disturbing read…..in November 1914 Professor Morgan was commissioned by the Secretary of State for Home Office affairs to undertake the investigation into the alleged breaches of the laws of war by the German troops, this is his findings published in 1915 and is quite shocking in its content (if true).12 pages of reports, comes in very good but used condition and is over A5 in size.
Very Interesting and Unique American Civil War 1863 Letters – Casualty Samuel Holloway served with two of his brothers Daniel and William in Company D 148th Pennsylvania Volunteers who were very active during the American civil war 1861-65, our man Samuel is best remembered for being the first man killed at the battle of Chancellorsville 2nd May 1863 a campaign that ranged over a number of days and included some big names from the civil war including General Robert E Lee and Lt. Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. There are three hand written letters by Samuel dated for 1862 and early ’63 all to his wife Mary and if you google Samuel it takes you to a photo of him and his brothers a copy of which is included. So much more info can be added to this mans story if you are so inclined. The letters come in very good but aged condition.
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 British Fascist Badge and Flyer These two items came together from a house clearance and have taken a bit of work to piece together but once sorted give a glimpse into early WW2 history. The paper flyer is entitled 'Germany's peace terms' and is you would think to do with the end of the war but in fact dates from early 1940, it details what Germany wanted in order to call an armistice and is basically ' we want our cake and to eat it'. The man responsible for this revelation was the Marquess of Tavistock better known as Hastings Russell the 12th Duke of Bedford who attended a meeting with the German legation in Dublin and drafted the document following. Hastings Russell had strong ties with many high ups in the British Union of Fascists including Oswald Mosley and only narrowly missed being interned for his right wing political beliefs, saved only by his position in the nobility. So the flyer is propaganda at best but very interesting and I think rare, comes in super condition. The black and enamel badge dates from the early 1930's and is known as the second pattern, the first pattern having the King's crown over and the third pattern having a cross inside of the Tudor rose, this one is marked Gaunt of London and has 'registration applied for' on the back. These badges were worn by the Blackshirts, members of the Fascist party up to late 1940. It comes in a numbered box but I dont think it is its box of issue, measures one inch in diameter and is in very good condition.
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. But all of this is my opinion and I have no research or proof of this. This all left to do. I have toyed with placing this wonderful little group in my own collection, but with all of the rest waiting my attention, I doubt I will ever get around to her, which is a shame. 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 Pretty Hallmarked Silver Cameo Brooch – Chester 1921 This very well carved cameo has been mounted in a hallmarked silver frame, it is clearly marked for Chester 1921 and has the makers mark for Ward Brothers. It has the original pin on the back and a hanging loop so it can be worn as a pendant, comes in super condition with no chips or cracks to the cameo and measures 1.75 inches long.
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 1913 Dated German Army Officers Mess Drinking Glass I cant find another example of this type of glass anywhere so can only work with a translation of the engraving on the front to construct a description, to start with it is engraved with an iron cross which is internally engraved in an unusual manner, it reads, ‘mittgott fur Konig u. vaterland 1813’ ( for God King and Fatherland), below this is ‘offizier – vereinigung der landwehrbezirke IuII’ (officer association Landwehr districts) ‘Coln weihnachten 1913’ (Christmas 1913?). So I am assuming that this is a glass from an officers mess and would have been part of a set. It comes in super condition with no chips or cracks, the base has been blown to include regularly spaced trapped bubbles, it stands 5.5 inches high. Although I have tried my hardest to take good pictures, they in no way do justice to this wonderful piece, you wont be disappointed.
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 Manwoods OTC Swagger Stick Manwood's public school was and still is based in Sandwich Kent, as with all public schools when war came they trained their young men to be officers and the officers proudly carried their swagger sticks. This example has the schools arms with Manwood OTC under, it has a bendy Bamboo cane with white metal mounts, comes in very good condition, one dent and some dings to the ball top. It measures 27.25 inches long.
Very Rare US 1873 Pattern Trowel Bayonet. An original 1873 American trowel bayonet. The first experiment of a combination trowel and bayonet was in 1868, producing 200 experimental examples made from standard socket bayonets. This was immediately followed by an additional 500 Model 1869 trowel bayonets and these were distributed to a few companies of the infantry to test in the field, and the reports were positive. The US infantryman at that time did not carry any sort of entrenching tool, and so even an awkward combination tool was an improvement over a canteen cup or other ad hoc tool for digging. In 1873 the government purchased 10,000 of the improved pattern, which featured a stronger blade and a much more comfortable handle for digging. These were issued and used in the field and used in several combat engagements, but the developmental direction turned towards combination knife trowels instead of bayonets and the iconic trowel bayonet was discontinued just a few years later. This one is a very fine and rare example, the broad steel blade has some light pitting all over but no deep rusting and it still retains a good edge. The grip / handle is in wonderful condition with no rust or pitting and still visible are its engraved lines for grip. Added is a modern wood shaft, this is to show what the men did in the day, they whittled a short piece of wood to make the handle more comfortable for digging. It has three museum paper cataloguing labels attached to the grip / handle, which can be easily soaked off if desired. It measures 15.5 inches long. A rare opportunity to own a uniquely styled and short-lived bayonet in excellent condition.
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 Canvassers Recruitment Campaign Instructions & Letter This printed leaflet was issued by the Parliamentary Recruitment Committee Downing street and it is instructions for canvassers to go door to door recruiting men for service in the army in particular the infantry, it guides the canvasser to recruit or list possibles for recruitment down the line and gives answers to questions that they may be asked which are mainly a bit vague! To go with the leaflet is a typed letter with further instructions about what to do with ‘cards’ that are completed on their rounds, two locations are mentioned in the letter that lead me to think that they came from the Norwich area. Both papers come in very good condition with signs of age.
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 War Service Aircraft Production Badge Issued in very small numbers to important members of staff from private companies involved with war work making, repairing and developing aircraft for the country. This white metal and enamel badge was made by Fattorini of Birmingham, it might be for the Westland company but I have another example for this factory that is different so this could be an unidentified (by me) factory. It comes in very good condition, there is a small loss to the red enamel on the left side of the shield, it measures just over 1.5 inches long.
Vict 1876 Pat Artillery Officers Sword Middlesex Artillery Vols. A superb 1876 pattern artillery officers sword by S. J. Pillin of Soho. It has a steel hilt with a basket type guard, the ray skin grip bound with silver wire. The blade is long with a slight curve and it is etched with, firstly the makers details, S. J. Pillin. 31 Gerrard Street, Soho, London W. above this is Queen Victoria’s arms, then a host of decoration in a long vignette of scrolls featuring a flaming bomb, cannon and a Tudor rose. On the other side of the blade were have a brass proof button in the centre of a star of David. A similar long vignette this time decorated scrolls, a crown in the centre of a lighting strike and ‘3rd Middlesex Volunteers’. The hilt is in lovely condition, no rust or pitting and the blade is in good order too just with some light staining, but no rust. It has a steel scabbard, this is also in good condition with a light dent to one side, but this is clean and free from rust. The Corps was first formed on 12 September 1861, with Headquarters in Islington, London. It occupied several premises during its existence, the last of which was in Lower Kennington Lane. Like all volunteer units the 3rd Middlesex conducted regular camps and took part in Volunteer reviews. In 1868 they attended the Volunteer review at Portsmouth, taking a horsed battery of 9 Pounder smooth bore guns. In 1870, 1878 and 1885 the 3rd Middlesex won the Queen's Prize at the annual National Artillery Association competition held at Shoeburyness. In 1896 the unit won the Queen's Prize for Position/Heavy Artillery. The unit had the distinction of having the Duke of York as their Honorary Colonel from around 1890. It had three divisions, each with three batteries: 1st Division – Armoury House, Farringdon Road, London, 2nd Division – Lower Kennington Lane, SE and the 3rd Division – Porteous Road, Paddington In 1902 the Corps was retitled 3rd Middlesex Royal Garrison Artillery (Volunteers). A rare and interesting sword in good condition. Ship to UK mainland only via courier at £14.95
Victorian 1880/90’s Drummer Boy’s Tunic. A scarce Victorian Drummer boy’s tunic; it is made from scarlet Melton wool with yellow/gold piping. It has bullion embroidered collar tabs which read ‘D S D S’, and to be honest, I do not know what this stands for. This little tunic has dark blue facings which was used by the Kings own royal Lancashire regiment, the royal Warwickshire regiment, Kings Liverpool regiment, the royal Irish regiment and the Irish fusilier regiments; so a little research is needed. The buttons are later kings crown general service replacements, but there are still two of the original buttons holding the silver bullion epaulets, these are decorated with what looks like and acorn with crossed trumpets behind. The interior of the tunic is silk lined and although it has been on display in a museum for over 40 years, it is still in good condition. it has some wear especially around the collar and the tunic is little dirty, but there is no moth damage, I can see and it has now been treated against any in the future. It measures; 26 inch chest.
Victorian 1887 Jubilee Medal. A VC shape brass commemorative medal for Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887. The condition is very good, no sign of wear and nicely toned. It measures 1.5 inches in diameter.
Victorian 1887 Jubilee Printed Cotton Handkerchief Issued to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887 this cotton handkerchief has been printed with images of the Queen, her family and the Prime ministers who served her throughout her reign, it comes in very good condition, a little loose on some of the edges and some staining to the cloth, it measures 23 inches square.
Victorian 1895 Pat Infantry Officers Sword. Scarce VR Cypher A very good 1895 pattern infantry officer’s sword with the VR cypher. You don’t see too many of these, they are all usually the 1822 pattern or the 1895 pattern swords are marked with the GVR cypher. This one is a nice example, the hilt is nickel-plated sheet steel, half-basket style, with a Ray skin grip wrapped with twisted silver wire; as mentioned already it has queen Victoria’s VR cypher set in to the basket. Because this is about as early as you are going to get this pattern, there is no the ball finial on the pommel. Dating this sword from 1896 to 1902. The blade is deeply etched with the royal crown, cypher and coat of arms. The etching is still nice and clear if just lightly stained; but is is clear from any rust or heavy pitting. At the Ricasso, on one side is the proof mark, an inset brass button and on the other side is the makers mark of; Edward Thurkle of Soho, London. One of the best British Sword makers of the period. This sword has some slight damage apart from what is already highlighted. The basket has some very fine pitting and the Ray skin on the grip has a number of flea bites to the edge, but for all this please see pictures It has a leather scabbard with a ling metal Chape and metal throat. The scabbard is also in good order with no damage.
Victorian 1st Royal Dragoons Cap Badge. A superb Victorian bi-metal badge in use for only a short time from 1898 until 1901. This one is in wonderful condition, even though it has been issued and used. It now has a lovely tone and looks like it has never been polished since it was last used. Ref, W18
Victorian Afghanistan Medal 3rd Sikh’s. A beautiful medal showing a column of Indian Cavalry, in front an Indian Elephant caring a canon on it’s back, one of the nicest designed medals of the Victorian era, in my opinion. This one has the Kabul clasp and was awarded to Sepoy Mohkum Din of the 3rd Sikh Infantry. This medal was awarded to those who fought in the second Afghan war of 1878 to 1880. The 3rd Sikh Infantry Regiment well known for their dauntless daring, courage, loyalty and tenacity, is one of the oldest Regiments of the Army; it traces its origin to the middle of the 19th century when the first Mazhabi soldiers were recruited into the British Indian Army. This medal comes in superb condition, showing little or no wear and its only fault is, it has a few very tiny little knocks to the edge, but I’m being picky. An interesting medal with a lot of history to one of the most decorated of Indian regiments.
Victorian Boer War Porcelain Ribbon Plate General Buller Made most likely in the Staffordshire potteries this style of commemorative plate comes in many designs, as a ribbon plate they are always pierced around the edge and would have been strung with a bright coloured ribbon and hung on a wall. This one has a coloured picture of General Sir Redvers Buller to the centre with I am assuming the artist name under his shoulder of Knight, Aldershot. Comes in lovely condition with just some light wear to the gilding. Measures 9 inches in diameter.
Victorian Boer War Porcelain Ribbon Plate Lord Roberts Made most likely in the Staffordshire potteries this style of commemorative plate comes in many designs, as a ribbon plate they are always pierced around the edge and would have been strung with a bright coloured ribbon and hung on a wall. This one has a sepia picture of Field-Marshal Lord Roberts V.C. To the centre with the motto 'Always to the front!'. Comes in lovely condition with just some light wear to the gilding. Measures 8.5 inches 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 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 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. 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 Crimea Medal Unnamed? An interesting Crimea medal awarded for service during the Crimean War of 1853-56. This one for the most part is unnamed, that is, it has the letters NARD at the start of where the naming should be. This is in official impressed lettering and then the naming stops. The rest of the medal has not been erased, filed or polished off, it has just never been finished. This leads me to believe, it was a mistake. The guy impressing the medals to be awarded, made a mistake and the medal put aside and probably wasn’t issued. However, it looks issued, it has contact marks and an edge knock, so perhaps it was given as a replacement at some time. Either way, it is an oddity a small piece of official lettering and then blank. On the whole it is in good condition, it is dirty and comes on its original piece of ribbon, which is faded and also quite dirty, but a good unusual piece or a good gap filler with a difference.
Victorian Crimean War Medal to 82nd R of F Lancashire’s A good Crimean war medal officially impressed to; 2155 Alexander Edgar 82nd Regiment (The Prince of Wales's Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment) and it come with the Sebastopol clasp correctly attached. The 82nd served at the siege of Sebastopol in the summer of 1855. Sevastopol is one of the classic sieges of all time. The city of Sevastopol was the home of the Tsar's Black Sea Fleet, which threatened the Mediterranean. The Russian field army withdrew before the allies could encircle it. The siege was the culminating struggle for the strategic Russian port in 1854–55 and was the final episode in the Crimean War. This medal is in very good order although it has been lacquered at some point a long time ago, this is nearly all worn off but there is traces of it in the deep parts of the medal.
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 Devonshire Regiment OR’s Helmet Plate A Devonshire regiment helmet plate, for the blue cloth home service helmet used from 1881 to 1901. Made of a brass alloy known as gilding metal, this comes in excellent original condition, it obviously has a little wear to the front of the plate, but the back still shows its original gilt finish. It also still retains its original red woollen felt backing on the detachable centre; a lovely piece of original Victorian insignia.
Victorian Doulton Burslem Bone China Plate. A beautiful flower moulded Doulton cabinet plate decorated with flowers in pastel colours which are tube lined in gilt. This is surrounded by a border of porcelain pearls arranged in daisy clusters further surrounded by a delicate gilt ground. It has the Doulton Burslem mark and a decorators mark on the back of the plate and the plate comes in perfect condition. It measures 9 inches in diameter.
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 Florin 1887 Jubilee Head. Extremely fine Florin, Victoria 1887 Jubilee head. A superb example in a very collectable grade milled in the Queens Jubilee year. One small nick to the rim. Please see pictures.
Victorian Florin Gothic Head 1853. A good collectable grade Victorian Gothic Head Florin. It is a little worn but almost of the detail can be seen, especially on the reverse.
Victorian Gordon Highlanders Embroidered Memorial. A really stunning piece of work dedicated to the 2nd battalion the Gordon Highlanders. It is silk embroidery with highlights in gold and silver bullion. Made to commemorate the 2nd battalions feats during the Boer war. it has been on display in a museum for the last 40 years and the glass in the original frame has been missing for quite a few of them, so a few bullion threads have come loose and the whole thing is slightly faded. It measures; 27 x 24 inches The 2nd Battalion was one of the four infantry battalions which, along with three cavalry regiments and three batteries of artillery, were despatched from India to Natal in September 1899, when war was a foregone conclusion. The 2nd Gordons were part of the force in Ladysmith when General Penn-Symons and his force were at Dundee, and they were not at Talana Hill, but, along with the 1st Devon and 1st Manchester, were brigaded under Colonel Ian Hamilton, and with him fought at Elandslaagte, 21st October 1899 (see 1st Devonshire Regiment). The 2nd Gordons took a very prominent part in that battle, and out of the five companies present—about 425 officers and men—they had 123 casualties. Major Denne and 4 lieutenants were killed. Colonel W H Dick-Cunyngham and seven other officers were wounded; 27 men were killed and 83 wounded. Only three officers present were untouched. The action brought two VC's to the battalion, and three officers and one non-commissioned officer were mentioned in Sir G White's despatch of 2nd December 1899. Needless to say, all through the Anglo Boer war, this battalion saw a lot of action, including the battle of Ladysmith at Lombard's Kop, Farquhar's Farm, and Nicholson's Nek where 17 men were killed, two officers and about 30 men were wounded. Through the rest of the war in south Africa, many officers and men of the battalion were mentioned in Lord Roberts dispatches. There are quite a few websites on line, which highlight the brave exploits of this battalion during the Boer war, always worth a Google for a good read. Shipping via courier at £14.95 due to size and weight
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 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 Light House Keeps Kepi Badge. Solid brass Victorian light house keeps 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 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 North Lancashire Regiment OR’s Helmet Plate. A Victorian Loyal North Lancashire regiment helmet plate, for the blue cloth home service helmet used from 1881 to 1901. Made of a brass alloy known as gilding metal, this comes in excellent original condition, it shows only a little wear to the front of the plate and it has a wonderful mellow patina. It also still retains its original red woollen felt backing on the detachable centre; a lovely piece of original Victorian insignia.
Victorian Odd Fellows Medal. A Victorian bronze medal from the grand lodge of Odd Fellows. And interesting medal with all sorts of symbolism to the front, showing great detail. The medal itself measures 1.75 inches and it comes with its ribbon and bars.
Victorian Officers 1895 Pattern Levee Dress Sword. A Victorian officers dress Levee or Levy sword, these were straight bladed light weight versions of a particular pattern of sword, worn with the number one dress or for ceremonial duties; a little rarer than other officers sword of the period, as only officers of the regular army got to use them. This one is an 1895 pattern infantry officers sword; it has a half basket hilt with Queen Victoria’s cypher, ray skin grip with twisted silver wire. It has a typical thin blade and it is a little usual to see etching to the upper part of the blade on both sides, blades are usually found completely plain. It comes with its original metal scabbard. The condition is very good, just a few small faults; a small piece of the Ray skin is missing from the grip and the whole piece needs a light clean, it will come up beautiful. The blade is good and clean with just some light pitting to the tip. The scabbard is in good order, no rust but the patination is blotchy and needs cleaning back; or leave it just as it is for those who like to see things original and untouched. A cracking little sword in good order overall. Ref. 22074 Ship to UK mainland only Shipping will be via courier priced at £14.95 due to size and weight
Victorian Officers Epaulette Lieut –Colonel of the Militia. An interesting and rare Victorian officers bullion epaulette for the rank of Lieutenant Colonel; this one has a small silver bullion ‘M’ to the bottom, this denotes he was an officer of the Militia. It also has a beautiful silver bullion and red velvet Victorian crown and a gold and silver bullion pip. It is in very good condition for its age and a rare find.
Victorian Officers Sword Belt. A Victorian officers sword belt / under belt. a red webbing belt with red leather backing with gold bullion and red leather sword hangers and sword hook attached. This type of sword belt was worn under the tunic, it stopped the sword pulling the tunic down on one side and a another bullion belt with an elaborate buckle was worn on top of the dress tunic. These were in use towards the end of the Victorian period when longer frock type tunics were in style. This one is in very good condition and ready to display a sword or be worn; it measures; up to 32 inches.
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 RA Officers Undress Sabretache Plate. A rare gilt brass plate worn on the patent leather undress Sabretache of a officer of the Royal Horse Artillery circa 1880’s. Very similar to the home service helmet plate but it is a lot heavier, thicker brass and the posts on the back are shorter, as it only has to past through a flap of leather. It would have originally had seven screw posts on the back but only three remain now. Perhaps someone has tried to present this as a helmet plate, but this will not bend to a helmet as it is quite solid. The condition is excellent and a lot of its original gilt finish remains. A rare thing of wonderful quality.
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 Horse Artillery Dress Belt Buckle. A scarce Victorian Royal Horse Artillery No1 dress belt buckle. It consists of two brass ovals showing the Lion over Queen Victoria’s crown, with a snake connector which reads Ubique. All this is finished in gilt, which pretty much all still remains. It comes attached to its original Slade Wallis white leather belt, but this has been substantially altered over the years. A nice rare piece in lovely original condition.
Victorian Royal Marines Valise Back Pack Plate. A Victorian brass plate which fitted to the Valise or back pack of the Royal marines. Im not 100% sure of its date, but the latest it could be is from the 1880’s – 90’s. the condition is just superb, it has a little wear to the high points, but nothing that could be classed as damage. What is very important and quite rare is, it still has all its original fittings on the back. I can only find one other for sale at £120 with all the fittings missing. It measures 4 high x 2.5 inches wide.
Victorian Royal Worcester Porcelain Cabinet Plate. A beautiful Worcester Porcelain plate. Hand painted with flowers and foliage in green, pink and lilac with highlights and the border in gilt. On the back is the Royal Worcester factory mark with the date mark of ‘S’ for 1881. It comes in mint condition, showing no loss to the enamels or to the very fine gilt. It measures 9 inches in diameter.
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 Hat Pin Cameronian's Officers Button This is a very elegant silver hatpin professionally made from a button off a Cameronian officers jacket from the Victorian era. The button is applied to a long pin, made for a woman to show her connections and loyalty to her husband’s regiment, comes in perfect original condition. Ref. 18149
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 Watch Chain with Indian General Service Medal. A very heavy solid silver watch chain with an original silver 1854 Indian General Service medal attached as a fob. The chain is very heavy gauge and every link is hallmarked with the Lion passant, some also have a maker’s mark and the round links have the date letter of a gothic X for 1897 and the anchor mark for Birmingham. It also has a solid silver swivel catch and ‘T’ bar, but these are not marked. They look original to the chain and test as 9.25 sterling silver. The medal is an original solid silver issue but all naming has been erased, although the overall condition of the medal is excellent. A beautiful cabinet lot showing very little wear apart from the swivel catch, this is worn and would probably need renewing if you intend to wear the chain. It measures 14 inches long.
Victorian Sterling Silver Button Brooch. A charming solid sterling silver (tested .925) button brooch. The face of the brooch has been very nicely engraved with ivy leaves and on the back is a long, sharp, silver pin. This lovely piece comes in perfect order and measures 1.25 inches in diameter.
Victorian Tunbridgeware Inlaid Cribbage & Card Storage Box A pretty box which could date as early as the Victorian era, used as a cribbage board with a lockable lid (sadly key is missing) to house the cribbage pieces, the lid is decorated with typical parquetry geometric square patterns and the body has a running band of minute applied wood squares. Given its age it is in good condition, there are a few faults on the lid conducive with age and use, it measures just over 9.25 inches long. Was £22
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.
Vintage 3rd Infantry Division Cloth Formation Patch A good printed cloth patch for the 3rd infantry division who have a long history, below is a brief history for their activities in WW2. The Patch comes in good but used condition and is faded on the black. During the Second World War, the division (now known as the 3rd Infantry Division) fought in the Battle of France including a rearguard action during the Dunkirk Evacuation, and played a prominent role in the D-Day landings of 6 June 1944.
Vintage Bandelier & Clip. I have a few of these cloth bandoliers for sale and I’m throwing in a clip of five rounds of the same period to go with it. All priced to clear, when their gone, their gone.
Vintage Belgian Civil Decoration. A superb quality medal, silver, gilt and enamel, a first class decoration awarded for contributions to Belgium's economy in the industrial and agricultural areas. This beautiful little medal comes in perfect order and on its original ribbon with rosette.
Vintage Bossun Head Figure American Civil War Drummer Boy Issued in 1986 by the Bossun factory this chalkware head is of an American civil war period drummer boy, well marked for the factory on the bottom and back. He comes in fair condition, typically these pieces have faults as the chalk body is so soft, he has a chip to his hat and also small flakes in other areas, he could be improved in the right hands, measures 5 inches long. WAS £8
Vintage Brass Jambiya Dagger A nice old Jambiya, probably a tourist piece from the 1960’s or 70’s. It is very nicely decorated to the front of the hilt and scabbard, which is also embellished with copper wire décor. It has a good steel blade which has engraved decoration near the top, and on the back of the scabbard, is a solid brass belt loop. Quite a nice quality dagger, which will look great with a polish. It measures 15 inches long.
Vintage Brass Royal Artillery Plaque Made like a horse brass but solid and heavy and measuring 4 inches wide this brass plaque has the Royal Artillery crest and motto, I’m not sure of its age but fairly modern I would think. Comes in very good condition.
Vintage Brass Sheathed Jambaiya. A nice old Jambaiya, which must at least be over 50 years old. It is quite a good quality example and probably made for the tourist market. It has a decorated sheath, the knife has a wooden grip and brass pommel; it has a crude steel curved blade which fits nice and tightly in its sheath. This is a good collectable grade, not the best quality, but very attractive for display. It measures 17.5 inches long. 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.
Vintage Brass Thermometer in Carved Wood Frame This brass thermometer registers in Fahrenheit only perfect for those of us who still work in ‘old money’ it is in good working order and is accurate, it comes in a lovely carved wood probably mahogany frame and it measures 14.5 inches long.
Vintage Brass WW2 British Bomber & Stand. A vintage cast brass WW2 British bomber. It is a nice quality example with moving propellers. It comes on a brass stand and measures, 5 inches high with a wingspan of 8 inches.
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 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 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 Cast Iron Boston Terrier Door Stop Here is a super quality vintage cast iron door stop in the form of a Boston terrier, he has been hand painted and has a great expression on his face. He is heavy and stands 8 inches tall, he comes in very good condition with signs of age and use.
Vintage Coldstream Guards Association Pin Badge This is a good quality badge made from white metal and coloured enamels for the Coldstream Guards Association, no makers mark but the condition is very good with little signs of use, it measures 1.25 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 Cut Crystal Claret Jug. A beautifully cut glass claret jug, going on the quality, it must have come from one of the top manufacturers, such Stuart, Edinburgh etc. it was given as trophy at some point by the Arkley Golf Club as is has been professionally hand engraved with their arms. It comes in perfect condition and looks as if it has never been used. It measures 16 inches high and is far better than it looks in the pictures.
Vintage Die Cast Britain’s 4.7 Naval Gun No1264 This is a die cast Britain’s model 1264 4.7 Naval gun, this style was in production as early as 1905 and was produced for 60 plus years having the firing mechanism improved over the years, there appear to be a lot of these out there mostly boxed at very high prices, this one does not have its box and will be priced reasonably. It comes in good but playworn condition, some loss to the paint and the cover for the firing mechanism is rusty, it measures 7.5 inches long.
Vintage Die Cast Dinky Armoured Personnel Carrier No 676 Issued between 1955 – 1962 by Dinky toys manufactured by Meccano this is the die cast armoured personnel carrier No 676, it comes in good but play worn condition with some small losses to the paint work, measures just over 3 inches long.
Vintage First or Grenadier Guards Association Button Badge by Gaunt A super quality vintage brass and enamel badge for the first Grenadier Guards association, marked to the back for Gaunt of London it comes in very good condition and measures just under 1.5 inches long.
Vintage Ford Cortina Grill Badge Made from chrome with a red background this vintage Ford Cortina grill badge dates from most likely the 1950’s /60’s, it comes in very good condition with two lugs on the back for fixing, it measures for inches long.
Vintage French Civil Decoration for Courage & Devotion. A beautiful quality medal, gilt and enamel, awarded for Courage and Devotion in the Arts, Literature, Science and Sports. It comes suspended on its original ribbon with rosette and in mint condition. a really beautiful medal.
Vintage German Made Brass Pocket Compass I would think this handy pocket compass dates from the 1950’s it has ‘Germany’ on the face, the case is made from brass and there is a slit in the lid, a handy button on the side locks down the inner dial for safe transport, comes in working condition, the case shows signs of age and needs a good clean, hinge is perfect and it measures 1.75 inches in diameter.
Vintage German Made Solingen Gilt Metal Cigar Cutter A well made German cigar cutter, marked on the inside ‘rostfrei pfeilring Solingen DBGM’ and foreign. Comes in very good condition with a gilded exterior, measures just over 2 inches long.
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 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 German Wood and Brass Lock Knife A nice quality lock knife made in Germany and marked on the blade ‘fes rostfrei’ (rust free), the handle is wood with brass top and bottom and the blade stainless steel, comes in very good but used condition, it measures 7 inches open, the blade is 3.25 and it is 4 inches when closed.
Vintage Hallmarked Silver Bangle This pretty bangle is clearly hallmarked for Birmingham 1961 with a makers mark of T&HC, the top half of the bangle is decorated with leaves and scrolls, it comes in good condition but does have a series of dents through use, the hinge works perfectly and it is fitted with a safety chain, it measures 2.75inches across and would fit a medium sized wrist.
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 Lieutenant Colonel of the Yorkshire Brigade Dress Cap This is a superb quality cap for a Lieutenant Colonel of the Yorkshire Brigade, it has two button badge on the side and these were is use from 1958 – 1969. The lable inside has the makers details for Herbert Johnson of Bond street London and carries the royal appointment. The peak is lined with gold bullion wire and the condition is excellent with hardly any use, no size given so I would guess at small to medium.
Vintage Linen Banner of Scotland Flag The immediate problem I have with this flag is the white background, all examples are on yellow but the dragon and border are right for the banner of Scotland flag, you decide! Printed on linen with ‘British made’ along the bottom it comes in good but used condition, some staining mostly on the left side but no holes, measures 34 inches x 16.
Vintage London Fire Brigade Enamel Badge – Maker Marked A good brass and enamel badge for the London fire brigade, it dates probably from the 1960’s/70’s or could be earlier as the maker on the back L. Simpson of London produced many WW2 badges and were still going in the 1960’s. This badge comes in good condition, it has a fault in the white enamel on one of the waves and at the bottom, it measures 1.5 inches long.
Vintage Mamod Steam Engine. A lovely old Mamod steam engine, this is a master engine that can drive a whole host of other Mamod equipment and machines. It is in very good but used condition and the little burner is missing, but these are very easy to replace. This is a nice vintage example played by the last owner as a boy in the 1950’s. Please see pictures.
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 Miniature Monocular This is a sweet little thing, a simple one draw miniature monocular, it is made from brass with a green painted body, the optic is surprisingly clear and quite strong for its size, it comes in very good but aged condition and measures 2.75 inches closed and 4.25 open.
Vintage Miniature Survival / Escape Compass, made of brass and only measuring just under an inch in diameter, these were put into survival packs used by the RAF and the other armed services. I only have a few of these which are unissued old army surplus, so they come in perfect condition. Ref. Smks
Vintage Model Lesney Die Cast M3 Personnel Carrier No 49 Issued by the Lesney factory from 1959-1962 and later to become better known as ‘matchbox toys’ this small die cast model M3 personnel carrier No 49 comes in good condition for its age, it is in good ‘playworn’ condition as has some small losses to the paint in places, it measures 2.5 inches long.
Vintage Model Lesney Die Cast Saracen Personnel Carrier No54 Issued by the Lesney factory from 1959-1962 and later to become better known as ‘matchbox toys’ this small die cast model Saracen personnel carrier comes in good condition for its age, it is in good ‘playworn’ condition as has some small losses to the paint in places, it measures 2.25 inches long.
Vintage Model Lesney Die Cast Service Ambulance No 63 Issued by the Lesney factory from 1959-1962 and later to become better known as ‘matchbox toys’ this small die cast model service ambulance Ford 3 ton 4x4 No63 comes in good condition for its age, it is in good ‘playworn’ condition as has some small losses to the paint in places, it measures 2.5 inches long.
Vintage Nautical Battenberg Course Indicator Instrument This is a very large instrument measuring 14.5 inches in diameter, below is a brief history for the invention and use of the instrument. It comes in very good but used condition and would date I think just post WW2. The Battenberg course indicator was invented in 1892 by Prince Louis of Battenberg (later Louis Mountbatten, Marquis of Milford Haven, 1854-1921), who became First Sea Lord in 1912. This instrument was designed to aid various speed and distance calculations, in particular tracking the position of a ship relative to others, and was of particular use when moving in large convoys. The main body of the instrument, which is made of a light alloy, has a degree scale marked on its outer edge. Two celluloid discs are held within it. The bottom one is marked with a distance scale from zero at the centre to 36 in each direction and is free to rotate. The second disc, marked in degrees around the edge, rotates on top of this. The bars on top have scales for distance.
Vintage Parker Hale .303 Rifle Sling. A good old parker Hale service issue webbing rifle sling. Used mainly on target shooting rifles at Bisley. This one would date from around the 1930’s or earlier, it could be as early as a pre WW1 date. It comes in good condition, no tears or breaks to the webbing or leather and the metal hooks on the end are a little worn but still usable and fully adjustable.
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 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 RAC Recovery Car badge A good order silvered metal with a plastic centre vintage RAC recovery car badge, complete with its fitting on the back, comes in very good but used condition.
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 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 1858 Remington Army Revolver. A superb high quality replica of a 1858 model Remington army revolver. It is made of good heavy gauge steel barrel with solid brass frame with hard wood grips. It comes in just wonderful condition, it cocks and dry fires and it has a working bullet ejector underneath the barrel. This is quite a heavy piece so it will cost £8.95 To ship to UK mainland only. A lovely gun which is hard to tell from the real thing in quality. It measures 13.25 inches long. The Remington is a single-action, six-shot, percussion revolver produced by E. Remington & Sons, Ilion, N.Y., based on the Fordyce Beals patent of September 14, 1858 (Patent 21,478). The Remington Army revolver is large-framed revolver in .44 caliber with an 8-inch barrel length. The Remington revolver was a secondary, supplemental issue firearm for the Union Army until the Colt factory fire of 1864. Large numbers of the Remington revolver were ordered by the U.S. government. It was more expensive than the Colt, but those who could afford it remarked on its durability. It saw use in the American West, both in its original percussion configuration and as a metallic cartridge conversion, as well as around the world.
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 Romanian Medal – Carol 1st An early 20th century Romanian medal with the bust of king Carol 1st, below is a brief history for this king. Not sure what this medal was issued for and it comes in good but used condition with a well worn ribbon, the medal measures 1.25 inches in diameter. Carol I, born Prince Karl of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, was the monarch of Romania from 1866 to 1914. He was elected Ruling Prince of the Romanian United Principalities on 20 April 1866 after the overthrow of Alexandru Ioan Cuza by a palace coup d'état.
Vintage Royal Artillery Stable Belt. Coloured webbing British army stable belt worn by the Royal Regiment of Artillery. It is in good used condition and it will fit up to a 42 inch waist.
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 Hampshire Factory Silver Plated Figure – Australian Militia 1943 A good quality white metal and silver plated figure for the Australian Militia 1943 made by the Royal Hampshire factory, stands 4.5 inches high and comes in super condition.
Vintage Sergeants Scarlet Sash. A vintage sergeants red sash. It is hard to determine age as this type were used for so long using the same style and material, a red webbing with long broad tassel. All I can say is; it is of a good age, it has been used and still remains in very good condition. It measures, 35 inches long.
Vintage Sestrel Binacle Compass Its hard to date this piece, it could be WW2 or later, it is not military marked but most examples I can find in this grey paint finish appear to be for nautical use, it is marked 'sestrel' on one of the arms, it comes in working condition and measures 3.5 inches wide.
Vintage Signed Hand Carved Hardwood Netsuki Coiled Carp A super vintage hand carved hardwood Netsuki of two coiled Carp, one large and one small. They are signed with a Chinese character on the belly next to the holes by which it would be attached as a toggle on the Inro. They have black glass eyes and are very detailed in the carving. They measures two inches long.
Vintage Silk United States Army Sweetheart Cushion Cover A pretty all silk printed cushion cover given as a present to a serving soldiers sweetheart. Comes in very good condition and measures 12 inches x 12 including tassles.
Vintage Silver Plated Figure – Battle of Britain 1940 A good quality white metal and silver plated figure for the Battle of Britain 1940 range probably made by the Royal Hampshire factory but is unmarked, stands 4.75 inches high and comes in super condition.
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 Solid Brass Winston Churchill Ashtray Perhaps the most famous cigar smoker of all time who else should be cast into the bottom of an ashtray but Winston Churchill, this piece is made from brass and has been simply cast to show the great man in the middle, it comes in well used condition and measures 4.25 inches wide.
Vintage Solid Pewter Military Figure - 3rd Carabiniers Very good quality solid pewter figure on a square wooden stand detailing a soldier from the 3rd Carabiniers (prince of Wales dragoon guards) in period uniform. Comes perfect condition and stands 4.25 inches high.
Vintage Sterling Silver Cross A pretty sterling silver cross which is set with four bright yellow stones to the centre and what looks like small pink and white corral. It comes on a good gauge sterling silver chain which measures 16 inches and the cross itself measures; 1.5 x 2 inches. Comes in a gift box.
Vintage Straw Filled Teddy Bear. An old teddy bear with yellow coloured plush fur. It has material pads and is either straw or saw dust filled, as the filling is hard and crunchy. It probably dates from the 1950’s / 60’s I would think. He comes in very good condition and still has both original eyes a black embroidered nose and a distinctive red mouth. There is no moth damage and no rips or tears, he or she has been well looked after, although he has been played with. Our bear stands 13.5 inches high.
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 Whitby Bowie Knife & Sheath. A fabulous quality large bowie knife just marked Whitby on the blade. it has a very heavy gauge steel blade terminating at a heavy gauge white metal cross guard. The hilt has thick hard wood grips held in place by three brass rivets. It comes in its original leather sheath embossed with an image of a stag etc. The condition is excellent; the blade was probably blued at one time as there is still remains showing. A lovely substantial piece, measuring 16.5 inches in sheath. Proof of age required on purchase. Ship to UK mainland only.
Vintage White Metal & Enamel Army Youth Selection Badge A good quality badge in white metal and red and blue enamel for the army youth selection centres. No makers mark and in excellent condition, measures .75 of an inch.
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 REME Sweetheart Badge A well detailed sweetheart badge for REME, white metal that tests as .925 sterling silver. Most examples of this badge have blue enamel over the letters but this shows no evidence of ever having any. Measures 1.25 inches long and is in very good condition.
Vintage Women’s Royal Voluntary Service Badge and Membership Card In a style unchanged since WW2 this WRVS badge comes with its original card of issue dated for 1968, it was issued to Mrs Jenkins of Southwold Suffolk, very good condition some signs of age on the card.
Vintage WRVS Boxed Medal and Badges This Women's voluntary service medal was awarded to Mrs I.W. Dixon from Staffordshire for services rendered in the WRVS, this type of medal was first issued in 1961 for 15 years service and I think this selection of items dates from the late 1960's/70's. The medal is in pristine condition and appears not to have been worn, it comes in its box with spare ribbon and a letter explaining the protocol for wearing it, there are also two badges a large WRVS white metal and red enamel sleeve badge and a National Hospital Service Reserve badge in brass and green enamel. All items are in excellent order.
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.
Well Marked WW1 Officers Binoculars Dated 1917 A super pair of WW1 binoculars well marked with military symbols, to the base are two broad arrows along with a star shape, on the top is engraved ' s. 3 18044'. The optics are 8x power. The all leather case has the makers name John & Bennett Green, dated for 1917 and having the broad arrow and the letter 'M'. As far as I can gather binoculars of this time with the 'Green' made case were either made by Ross or Zeiss. The condition of the binoculars is fair, they have had a life and show signs of use, the leather hand grips have been cut and worn through to metal (deliberately it appears) on the inside , the optics are very good but could do with a clean.
Wonderful Set of 36 Boer War Stereo Viewing Cards by Underwood This is a fantastic full set of 36 stereo view cards all depicting scenes from the Boer war, they were produced by Underwood & Underwood Publishers and are copyrighted for 1900, each card has a detailed photographic scene most with regiments including, Suffolks, munsters, Marines, Irish, London Imperial famous people, local scenes and many many more. They come in super condition and are in their original box of issue, this has signs of age and is missing one section of cardboard.
WW! Era Grenadier Guards Sweetheart brooch A super quality vintage brass and enamel sweetheart brooch for the Grenadier Guards, no makers mark, it comes in very good condition and measures 1.5 inches long.
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 & WW2 Red Cross Medals & Badges to Nurse Stanton Smith. A comprehensive group of Red Cross medals and awards to a lady that served with the British Red Cross Society through both world wars. This lot includes the BRCS medal for Great war service, this is in mint condition and in box of issue. BRCS medals: Proficiency in Red Cross Nursing with 1937, 1939 bars and the 1939 bar for Anti – Gas Training, named to M. S. Smith. Proficiency in Anti-Gas Training medal. Unnamed as issued. BRCS medal For Merit, named to M. S. Smith. WW2 Defence medal, unnamed as issued and the Sterling Silver Voluntary Medical Service Long Service and Good Conduct medal with 4 bars, named to Miss Mable Stanton Smith. This medal along with the for bars equates to 35 years’ service. Also the is a quantity of Red Cross badges and buttons, Red Cross cap badge and Red Cross arm band. Mabel Stanton came from and worked in Henley on Thames when the great war broke out, through the first world war she served in Red Cross parties at Park Place, Henley on Thames, this was a grand house, then owned by the Noble Family (Noble's Paints & Varnishes) it was converted to a temporary Red Cross hospital during the war taking, I believe both officers and ordinary men. At some point between the wars she must have married and took the name Stanton Smith, later, probably in later life she reverted back to miss. During WW2 she served again in her home county of Berkshire, undergoing extensive Anti Gas Training being awarded both the bar to the Proficiency in Red Cross Nursing medal and the Anti-Gas Training medal itself. Quite a rare, so it’s possible she may have helped train the civil defence, as there is also an instructors badge in her collection. A really wonderful group of awards to a very long serving member of the red cross.
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 / WW2 era British Army Cloth Trade Badge. An embroidered ‘B’ class army trade badge in very good original but used condition.
WW1 11th Hussars Cap & Shoulder Insignia. 1914 pattern 11th Hussars cap badge in solid brass, this comes with a shoulder title also in brass. Both pieces are excellent original and untouched condition, the cap badge has a good even tone to the brass. An interesting note. This badge was designed from the crest of Saxe-Coburg- Gotha, as the 11th were Prince Albert’s personal escort when he came to England to marry Queen Victoria in 1840.
WW1 1898 Pattern Austrian Short Mauser Bayonet. An interesting Austrian short Mauser bayonet. It has a steel pommel with button latch. Wooden grips held on with two screw rivets and an oil hole near the cross guard. The cross guard has no quillon, but a muzzle ring. It has a very good steel blade with a long fuller on each side. It is marked on the ricasso with CH over WG. This type of bayonet was also exported to places like Serbia for use on the 1912 pattern Mauser rifle. It comes with its original scabbard with round frog button, which denotes Serbian use. It is in good condition but shows signs of wear to the grips. The blade is good with no rust or pitting and the scabbard still has most of its original finish with light wear here and there. a lovely example of this scarcer bayonet, used during the first and second world wars. It measures; 15 inches long. Shipping to UK mainland only.
WW1 1914 Brass & Enamel On War Service Badge A good brass and enamel badge dated to the front for 1914 It was made by Firmin & Sons of London and is clearly marked for this on the back. Comes in good condition, has a few light scuffs to the front that may well polish out, has a button fixing on the back and measures one inch in diameter.
WW1 1914 Star Trio to King Norfolk Regiment. A WW1 1914 star, with copy mons clasp (BWM replacement copy) Victory medal correctly named to 7324 Private Cyril V King of the 1st battalion the Norfolk regiment. The regiment was mustered in early August 1914 in Holywood, Belfast, where they were currently serving. The battalion formed part of 15th Brigade, 5th Division and landed at Le Havre 27th August 1914. The 1st battalion Norfolks were very active during the war and the first action they found themselves in was at Mons. On the 24th August the battalion was standing with the 1st Cheshires and the 119th battery RFA. They were holding the village of Audregnies when a mass of enemy were seen moving out of Quievrain when they’re artillery and machine guns opened up on the three regiments while they were already dealing with a charge from the German cavalry. The CO, that day captain J. L Shore ordered all troops to retire, but the companies at the front, including some of the Norfolk’s, never got the order. and heavy casualties were received. In the retreat from mons, again the Norfolk’s took a good battering it was around the 18th October, they were at Givenchy under the command of Col Ballard. They were stationed there with two battalions of French, close to the church, which all agreed was a shell trap. A heavy bombardment started and all men ran for cover as nearly all of the surrounding buildings exploded, it is said that everything was afire, shells were bursting in the trenches and any man that came out of that days battle had a charmed life. The Norfolk’s held the ever depleting line until the Leicester’s were sent as reinforcements. At the end of 1914 the 5th Division fought at the Battles of Ypres, Often known as the First Battle of Ypres, this is a group of named battles that also form part of the outflanking encounter. It becomes a desperate epic fight east of the city of Ypres which finally results in stalemate and entrenched warfare. during 1915 the 1st battalion was joined by the 7th, 8th and 9th (Service) Battalions due to the dwindled numbers of men lest in the battalion and to strengthen the division. They remained near Ypres through 1915 taking part in many of the actions that made up the 2nd battle, where poison gas was used for the first time. The 1st Norfolks when on to see much action in France and Flanders, to detail every battle here is not possible, but needless to say the battalion lost a lot of men and receive a lot of new recruits to replace them after the battle of the Somme from July 1916. By 5th October 1916 the Division had left the Somme and was holding a quieter line near Festubert. There was a constant threat from enemy artillery and sniper fire, but in comparison with the Somme it was a relatively tranquil period that lasted until March 1917 when they were one again in the line at Arras and the third Ypres. A major change now occurred with 5th Division being one of five British formations selected to be moved to Italy. This was a strategic and political move agreed by the British Government at the request of the Allied Supreme War Council, as an effort to stiffen Italian resistance to enemy attack after a recent disaster at Caporetto. Much work was done preparing to move into the mountainous area of the Brenta, but eventually the Division was instead moved to the line along the River Piave, taking up positions in late January 1918. Italy was such a pleasant change from the western front, amazing views, good weather, billets and good food; but it was not to last, for the Division was recalled hurriedly to France, once the enemy had made an attack in overwhelming strength on 21st March. Once again they were back in the front lines at Lys. Private King’s service ends here, it is unknown why, he was probably woulded, although there is no mention of a silver war badge on his mic. He was discharged on 14th February 1918, just after the division’s return to France. This man had seen action from august 1914 till February 1918. As a regular serving in the first battalion, his time of service might have been up, so he chose to come out of the army. Who wouldn’t, an ‘Old Contemptable’ who has survived what he had, I don’t there would have been a man alive that wouldn’t have thought, he had done enough. His medal index card shows he is entitled to clasp and roses for his service at Mons and the BWM is a replacement copy, the original is missing, probably scrapped during the high silver prices of the 1970’s, I’m sad to say. I hate erased medals and wont encourage their sale by buying one, so I have replaced the BWM with the best copy I could find, just to complete this man’s group. The other two medals are in good condition but have been mounted and worn at some time; they come on their original ribbons which are a little scruffy. A nice lot to a recipient of the 1914 star, bar and roses, who were one of the first to fight in the great war.
WW1 1915 Daily Mirror Newspaper – Destroying U-Boats A good example of the Daily Mirror from September 1915 with the headline Grand fleet’s secret method of destroying U-boats, an 11 page issue full of war news and the usual adverts etc, comes in good but aged condition.
WW1 1915 Daily Mirror Newspaper – Queen Alexandra’s Wish for Cavell Always an interesting read, this Daily Mirror newspaper dates from 27th October 1915 and highlights amongst all the other war news Queen Alexandra’s wish to name a hospital after Edith Cavell. Comes in very good but used condition and is 16 pages long.
WW1 1915 Daily Mirror Newspaper – Zeppelin Raid on London A good example of the Daily Mirror from September 1915 with the headline 106 victims of the Zeppelin raid in the London district, an 11 page issue full of war news and the usual adverts etc, comes in very good but aged condition.
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 1915 Star Trio to Black BRCS & St J of J. A very interesting 1914/15 star trio correctly named to P. Black. British Red Cross Society and the order of St John of Jerusalem. Peter Black came from the midlands area of the country and enlisted into the BRC and sent abroad with his wife in the May of 1915 as a capacity of Chauffeur and arrived in Egypt in the August of the same year. Peter and his wife stayed at 14 Sharia Antikhana Cairo while he served as a driver and later BRCS store keeper and she was a volunteer visitor to the wounded soldiers. Volunteers such as this husband and wife, made a massive difference to the suffering wounded. Mrs Black as a Visitor would have done just that visited the wounded taking them cigarettes and chocolate and let them talk of home. As a Chauffeur, Mr Black probably owned his owned car, and drove it where it was needed. Maybe something happened to it as later he was employed as a store keeper for the BRCS, a very responsible job, that probably very few peoplw wanted in Egypt at the height of the war. Quite a rare trio of medals, apart from a copy of his medal index card and BRCS index cards, no other research has been done on this man or his wife, who did not qualify for any medals, as an unpaid volunteer. All three medals are in excellent condition and mounted on card for display or safe storage. It would be wonderful to know their full story.
WW1 1st Monmouthshire Regiment Officers Cap Badge. A rare WW1 Bronze officer’s cap badge for this Welsh territorial regiment, which was used from 1908 to 1922. It is in very good original condition and nicely toned. Ref. Z19
WW1 Army Ordnance Corps Cap Badge. WW1 era all brass army ordnance corps badge worn by OR’s and non-commissioned officers up to 1919. This one is in excellent original condition, a little light wear to the high points and recently polished, but a good original badge. Ref. E9
WW1 Army Ordnance Corps Officers Cap Badge. The solid bronze badge worn by the officers of the AOC during the first world war. this one is in perfect condition with a beautiful colour and tone. Ref. E10
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. E11
WW1 Army Service Corps Officers Cap Badge. The officers bronze version of the ASC cap badge, worn until 1919 when the regiment was awarded the title of Royal, for their services during the first world war. this superb quality badge comes in three pieces, the backing badge, wreath and the ASC to the centre. It is in wonderful original condition with a lovely tone. it is marked on the back; J R Gaunt London. Ref; E12
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 Austrian Karl Silver Medal for Bravery Austrian 2nd class solid 800 grade silver medal awarded from 1916-1918 for bravery in the field; it comes in superb original condition and on its original ribbon this one was awarded to an enlisted man. Ref. 18108
WW1 Austrian Karl Silver Medal for Bravery Austrian solid silver version of this medal awarded from1916-1918 for bravery in the field; it comes in very good order and on its original ribbon, this one was awarded to an enlisted man.
WW1 Austrian Silver Karl Bravery Medal. A superb medal awarded for acts of bravery in the Austro-Hungarian forces during the first world war. this solid silver medal was awarded to an enlisted man and comes in excellent condition and on its original ribbon.
WW1 Brass 75MM Trench Art Shell Case – Marne An interesting shell case clearly marked on the bottom with Remington UMC, this is a French shell case made under contract by the American manufacturer Remington, the base is well marked and the date for 1915 is hidden amongst it. The outer case has ‘Marne’ amongst leaves. A good sized piece standing 13.5 inches high
WW1 British War Medal to; Mason Yorks Reg. An interesting British war medal correctly named to; 8701 Private Henry Mason of the 1st battalion Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own Yorkshire Regiment, the Green Howards. This BWM is Henry’s only entitlement apart from the Indian General Service medal with North West Frontier clasp. August 1914 the battalion was in Barian, Punjab, attached to 2nd (Rawalpindi) Division. They remained in India throughout the war. In November 1914, briefly moved to the Delhi Brigade in 7th (Meerut) Divisional Area before going to the Kohat Brigade on the North West Frontier. They took part in Third Afghan War in 1919. Apart from this man’s medal index card, no other research has been done, a very interesting only entitlement BWM that needs further research. It comes in superb condition and looks like it has never been polished, mounted or worn.
WW1 British War Medal – Pte King Hampshire Regiment Unusually I have not been able to find a record for this man, the medal is stamped 3-5454 Pte L. King Hampshire Reg, there may be an error on the naming. The medal comes in very good condition, some light surface marks with good patination.
WW1 Buffs Memorial Photograph Frame. A small WW1 memorial picture frame, showing a picture or five young men in uniform, which may all be brothers. The frame itself is made of black leather and has the Buffs dragon to the top. the whole piece in in good condition and comes exactly as found, so it needs a bit of a clean and the glass is cracked on the very top left hand corner. A lovely little frame which holds landscape pictures. It measures; 6.25 x 5.5 inches.
WW1 Bulgarian War Medal, a striking gilt bronze medal awarded to those who fought in the Great War, this medal was also awarded to German, Austrian and Hungarian vets. This one comes in near mint condition, I doubt you find a better example.
WW1 BWM to Mitchell E.A Royal Navy. WW1 British War medal correctly named to; M20171 John Mitchell Engine Room Artificer 4. Royal Navy. John Mitchell was born in Cornwall 1894. He joined the RN in 1906, but before that he was employed as a fitter and turner, this made him perfect for the rate of Engine Room Artificer. These chaps maintained and operated all aspects of the ships engines and machinery. This medal comes with one part of his service record which starts at February 1916, the first part is available to download from the national archives. The service record included shows john serving on various ships and land bases, including HMS Revenge in 1916/17, HMS Ramillies 1917/19. So he was serving on the larger R class battleships. He served with the RN until 1928 and was discharged at the rate of Engine Room Artificer first class and his conduct throughout his service was very good. This medal is in very good condition, it has one small edge knock and contact marks on the rim. It comes suspended on its original silk ribbon.
WW1 Cameron Glengarry Cap Badge A lovely quality 1914 pattern all white metal badge which shows some wear to the high points, comes in very good but used condition. Ref: T2
WW1 Croix de Guerre 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 Croix de Guerre, made of silk cord with a brass bobbin on the end. It comes in excellent condition and It measures; 37 inches long.
WW1 Dated January 1915 Daily Mirror Newspaper A lovely example of a Great War newspaper detailing the up to the minute happenings in the war, this one is dated January 21st 1915 and covers England bombed from the air including photographs mainly covering Kings Lynn and Great Yarmouth,11 pages long and it comes in good but aged condition with some creasing to the pages.
WW1 Dated October 1915 Daily Mirror Newspaper A lovely example of a Great War newspaper detailing the up to the minute happenings in the war, this one is dated October 28th 1915 and covers British Submarines on the front cover and makes reference to the loss of Edith Cavell inside. 16 pages long and it comes in very good but aged condition.
WW1 Death Plaque & Pair to West. Royal Warwick Reg. WW1 Memorial plaque and British war and victory medal pair all awarded and correctly named to 2994 Private Herbert West of the 2nd 8th battalion the Royal Warwickshire regiment. Herbert west came from and enlisted in Birmingham sometime at the latter part of 1914. His battalion formed part of the 182nd Brigade, 61st (2nd South Midland) Division. The units of this second line, the 2nd South Midland Division, remained at home for some time; along with other second line Divisions they suffered greatly from lack of equipment and training was inevitably affected. They were moved to Chelmsford in the April 1915 and soon afterward were issued a full title and became 61st (2nd South Midland Division). The units were inspected by Lord Kitchener on 6 August 1915 and by the King when they finally moved to Salisbury Plain before being sent to the western front in the May of 1916. When on French soil they were subjected to the hard training and drills they lacked back in England, which included time on the rifle and bombing ranges and it wasn’t until June 1916 that they were moved to the front line trenches at Neuve Chapelle on the Somme. The 2nd 8th battalion got their first assignment on the 26th to take a party of the battalion and raid the German trenches opposite their line. This was to be aided by artillery shelling on the enemy’s position just before the raid at 11.40pm. The weather was bad and it was raining heavily which made visibility poor for their first engagement. Unfortunately the details of the raid are not recorded, needless to say it was not a successful venture, the casualties were heavy with the loss of one officer and two OR’s killed one of which was private Herbert West, plus 35 OR’s missing or wounded with two officers missing. 2994 Private Herbert West was killed in action on the 26th June 1916, on the very first action his battalion was to see. He is now remembered with honour at the Loos Memorial, France. The medals and plaque are in excellent original condition and come with a copy of his medal index card and commonwealth war graves certificate, a copy of the battalion’s war diary from their arrival in France until Herbert’s death at the end of June. Also included in a wonderful original WW1 Warwick’s bi-metal cap badge, this is not Herbert’s original, but one I have added, should the buyer want to mount and frame the group, it’s just a nice finishing touch to honour this man.
WW1 Dog Tags, Mini Medals Etc to Steabben Rifle Brigade. WW1 Dog tags, WW1 miniature medal pair, button stick, WW1 Rifle Brigade cap badge with added brooch pin on the back and old photograph all relating to; 0/139 Rifleman John Steabben of the 6th battalion Rifle Brigade. John Steabben enlisted or was drafted on the 20th January 1917. Theb battalion was formed in the August of 1914 at Winchester. A depot/training unit, it moved on mobilisation to Sheerness, going on in March 1916 to Eastchurch where it remained as part of Thames & Medway Garrison. Steabben didn’t go overseas until January 1919 ready for the carnage of the sprig actions on the western front. He was discharged with wounds on 25th November 1919 and he is entitled to the British war and Victory medal pair and the silver war badge. This lot comes with a copy of his medal index card and silver war badge list. All items in good condition, just as found in a recent house clearance.
WW1 Dorsetshire Regiment Cap and Shoulder Badge. WW1 era Dorsetshire Regiment bi-metal cap badge and brass shoulder title. This is a lovely old badge, a little wear on the high points, but a wonderful patina. This badge was, I believe issued from 1901 until 1951 in variants. After this date a very similar badge was issued, but with just ‘Dorset’ in the banner at the bottom. The original shoulder title is also in good order. Ref. Z15
WW1 East Suffolk Police Reserve Lapel Badge A very good quality white metal and blue enamel lapel badge for the east Suffolk police reserve, King’s crown but no makers mark, comes in very good condition with no loss to the enamel, measures 1.5 inches long.
WW1 East Yorkshire Cap & Shoulder Badge Set. 1914 pattern bi-metal cap badge and brass shoulder title. The badge is in lovely original condition but it has been issued and used, so it shows light wear to the high points. The shoulder title is also in very good condition. Ref. Z26
WW1 Era Trench Art Decorated Shell Case This well decorated WW1 era shell case is very indistinctly marked on the base so I am not sure of the country of origin, my best guess would be French. The case is nicely fashioned with a climbing rose on a textured background, stands 13.75 inches high and comes in very good condition.
WW1 Era 'The Queens Regiment' Officers Swagger Stick Here is an officers swagger stick for The Queens or Royal West Surrey regiment, it has a white metal top showing the Lamb with a flag and a halo over its head, the body of the cane is flexible bamboo which is black stained with a metal finial on the end. It comes in very good but used condition and measures 27.5 inches long.
WW1 Era 12th Lancers Cap Badge. 1914 pattern bi-metal cap badge of the 12th Prince of Wales’s Royal Lancers. Used from 1903 to the 1950’s, this one is a very good example of this badge which comes in lovely original condition. Ref. V22
WW1 Era 1903 Pattern Leather Cavalry Bandolier. The 1903 pattern leather cavalry five pouch bandolier. A good original WW1 issue complete with all five pouches, brass fittings and even the little strap on the end of the buckle end to attach it to the belt. it comes in very good condition it is stamped on the leather E.L.D.W. 12. It measures; 43 inches long.
WW1 Era 1915 Daily Mirror Newspaper – Russian Soldiers Featured A good example of a war years newspaper, this daily mirror is dated for 22nd June 1915 and features a piece on the Russian soldiers, it comes in good but aged condition, 16 pages of war era news and adverts.
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 9th Lancers Cap Badge. The 1914 pattern bi-metal badge for the forage cap worn by the 9th Queens Royal Lancers. This badge comes in very good untouched condition. It has slight wear to the high points with a dark tone to both the brass and the white metal. Ref. X1
WW1 Era all Brass Windproof Trench Lighter – Royal Berkshire Reg Here is a WW1 brass windproof trench lighter set to the front with the badge for the Royal Berkshire Regiment, a simple slide action reveals the wick and reversing the action would extinguish the flame. It comes in very good condition with signs of age and use, it measures 3 inches long.
WW1 Era American Issue Postcard From the 'comical soldiers' series this card was posted in Massachusetts in July of 1917, it comes in good condition.
WW1 Era Arcadian China Crested Ware Lifeboat Decorated with the arms of Lowestoft here in Suffolk this model lifeboat was made by the Arcadian china company, it comes in fair condition, there is one small area of damage, where the four bars go across the top of the boat, one has been broken and re-stuck, it measures 5 inches long. WAS £12
WW1 Era Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Glengary Badge A quality white metal badge with domed and fretted centre, it comes in very good original condition however on of the lugs on the back is damaged but still present. Used from 1908 until after the second world war. Ref. W5
WW1 Era Austrian Bravery Medal. A bronze class bravery medal issued from 1866 to 1917, this one is from the great war period and comes in good original condition and nicely toned. It comes with an original piece of un-used ribbon
WW1 Era Batty Grenade The WW1 Batty grenade came into use in 1915 and was the invention of a Major Batty, built on the basis of a simple prefragmented cylinder used by the French armies, the grenade body was filled with an ammonal explosive load and the end closed by a wooden plug, a simple wick connected through the plug with a five second delay. The use of improvised grenades such as the Batty was forbidden by the end of 1915 following to many accidents. This one stands 3 inches high and is in good order with a void interior.
WW1 Era Batty Grenade The WW1 Batty grenade came into use in 1915 and was the invention of a Major Batty, built on the basis of a simple prefragmented cylinder used by the French armies, the grenade body was filled with an ammonal explosive load and the end closed by a wooden plug, a simple wick connected through the plug with a five second delay. The use of improvised grenades such as the Batty was forbidden by the end of 1915 following to many accidents. This one stands 3 inches high and is in good order with a void interior. Ship to UK mainland only.
WW1 Era Brass & Enamel Sweetheart Brooch – Northamptonshire Reg A scarcer version of the WW1 sweetheart brooch for the Northamptonshire regiment, constructed from brass with coloured enamels, no makers mark but complete with original pin, comes in very good condition with no loss to the enamel, it measures just over one inch long.
WW1 Era Brass Metal Trade Badge – Bugler A good WW1 era solid brass proficiency trade badge for a bugler or band member of the company, comes in very good condition and measures 1.75 inches long.
WW1 Era Brass Metal Trade Badge – Drummer A good WW1 era solid brass proficiency trade badge for the drummer of the company, comes in good condition with some staining to the bottom and measures just under 1.25 inches long.
WW1 Era Brass Metal Trade Badge – Gunnery Instructor A good WW1 era solid brass proficiency trade badge for a Royal Artillery Gunnery instructor, comes in very good condition and measures just over 1.75 inches long.
WW1 Era Brass Metal Trade Badge – Marksman A good WW1 era solid brass proficiency trade badge for a marksman or best shot in the company, comes in very good condition and measures 2.25 inches long.
WW1 Era Brass Metal Trade Badge – Pioneer A good WW1 era solid brass proficiency trade badge for a member of the Pioneer corps, comes in very good condition and measures 2.25 inches long.
WW1 Era Brass Metal Trade Badge – Signaler A good WW1 era solid brass proficiency trade badge for a qualified Royal Corps of Signals operative, comes in very good condition and measures 2 inches long.
WW1 Era Brass Shoulder Title – North Lancashire Regiment A good solid brass shoulder title for the North Lancashire Regiment, comes in good condition, it measures 2 inches long.
WW1 Era Brass Shoulder Title – Ox & Bucks Regiment A good solid brass shoulder title for the Ox & Bucks Regiment, comes in good condition, it measures 2.25 inches long.
WW1 Era Brass Shoulder Title – Royal Hampshire Regiment A good solid brass shoulder title for the Royal Hampshire Regiment, comes in good condition, it measures just over 2 inches long.
WW1 Era Brass Trench Art Bell – Welsh Guards This is an interesting piece, constructed as a bell from a small shell case for the body and a 303 bullet for the handle and inside a suspended clapper, to the front is the badge for the Welsh Guards. The piece comes in super condition just some light surface wear and it stands just under 6 inches high.
WW1 Era British Version Lusitania Medal After the sinking of the Lusitania by torpedo a medal was struck by the Germans and a history for this is below. This version is the British iron copy, it comes in very good condition and measures 55mm in diameter. Shortly after the event a commemorative medallion was struck by the Germans. Believed to have originated in Munich the medal was cast in iron and was 2.25 inches in diameter and weighed 1.5 ounces. The designer was Karl Goetz, creator of many medallions, and the initials K.G. are clearly visible on the obverse. On the obverse, under the inscription “No contraband” (Keine Bannware), there is a representation of the Lusitania sinking. The outline of the liner has been altered to resemble a warship. The designer has also put and aeroplanes, which (as was certified by United States Government officials after inspection) the Lusitania did not carry, but has conveniently omitted to put in the women and children who were on board. On the reverse, under the inscription “Business above all” (Geschaft uber alles), a smiling skeleton at the New York booking office of the Cunard Line is depicted. A line of waiting potential passengers and victims refuse to attend to the warning against submarines, given by a German figure in the background. The figure, presumably the German Ambassador, gazes reprovingly on the whole proceedings.
WW1 Era Bruce Bairnsfather's Fragments From All the Fronts No 6 This is the sixth edition of Fragments from France published in November 1918 and features the addition of American, French and Italian soldiers, such was its popularity that it was kept in print throughout the duration of the war, below is a good history for the issue. This one comes in very good condition given its age. The fourth volume of Fragments from France appeared in bookstalls in the last week of August 1917,  and the advertisements for it were full of incredible statistics revealing just how popular the series had been: “Already nearly two million copies of the Fragments have been sold. These must have been read, at a low estimate, by fifty million people....printing machines have been printing Fragments, without ever stopping, for the last eighteen months. Of each volume 60,000 copies have gone to the Dominions, Colonies and America.” Fragments from France No. 5 was published in July 1918, almost a year after its predecessor Having devoted half page advertisements to the previous four volumes, it is interesting to note that The Bystander did not make any mention whatsoever of the release of this latest edition, or of Fragments from All the Fronts No. 6, which was published in November 1918 and featured the cartoons drawn by BB following his visits to the French, Italian and American fronts
WW1 Era Bruce Bairnsfather's Fragments From France No 5 This is the fifth edition of Fragments from France published in July 1918, such was its popularity that it was kept in print throughout the duration of the war, below is a good history for the issue. This one comes in very good condition given its age. The fourth volume of Fragments from France appeared in bookstalls in the last week of August 1917,  and the advertisements for it were full of incredible statistics revealing just how popular the series had been: “Already nearly two million copies of the Fragments have been sold. These must have been read, at a low estimate, by fifty million people....printing machines have been printing Fragments, without ever stopping, for the last eighteen months. Of each volume 60,000 copies have gone to the Dominions, Colonies and America.” Fragments from France No. 5 was published in July 1918, almost a year after its predecessor Having devoted half page advertisements to the previous four volumes, it is interesting to note that The Bystander did not make any mention whatsoever of the release of this latest edition, or of Fragments from All the Fronts No. 6, which was published in November 1918 and featured the cartoons drawn by BB following his visits to the French, Italian and American fronts
WW1 Era Bullet & Button. Lucky Button ? I purchased a princess Mary’s tin full of contents and this intriguing little piece was in it. It is a WW1 general service button with a bullet projectile lodged in it. Weather this is someone’s genuine lifesaving button or something that was made up in the trenches, I don’t know. The bullet is well lodged in there, I’ve tried to pull it out and cant, it seems welded to the button, and whatever it is, it has been done a very long time. Either way, it’s an interesting and unusual bit for the cabinet and a good conversation piece.
WW1 era Bullion Cloth Lewis Gunner Sleeve Badge. A scarce piece of cloth insignia, gold bullion wire embroidered on to black woollen felt backing. The ‘L’ & wreath for a Light or Lewis Machine Gunner., worn on the No 1 dress uniform. The condition is very good for this age of bullion badge, and it is obvious it has been worn on a uniform at some time; the gilt wire is a little toned but no wire missing and no moth damage. It measures 2.5 inches wide.
WW1 era Cameron Highlanders Glengarry Badge. A lovely quality white metal badge which apart from very slight wear to the high points, it comes in excellent original condition. Ref. P8.
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 Cloth Marksman’s Arm Badge Issued to those soldiers who were considered a first class shot and worn on the left sleeve, this example is all sewn onto a green cloth backing, comes in very good condition but has been used on a uniform.
WW1 Era Cold Weather Leather Flying / Driving Coat. A fabulous piece of WW1 uniform, this is a thick leather flying or driving coat. It is military marked with the broad arrow inside on the thick brown blanket lining, the top of the lining around the neck and shoulder area is brown silk. It has a belt and a half belt so it could be kept closed but the officer could still get to his instruments, compass, binoculars etc. it has two deep pockets on the outside and one on the inside. This coat comes in amazing condition, when you think it is around one hundred years old. The leather is all in very good condition, no rips or heavy scuffs. It could do with a good oil, to make it a bit more supple and completely water proof. Inside there is one period repair to the wool lining, but his just looks in keeping with the coat. It measures; 42 inch chest. 19 inches across the shoulders at the back. And overall length is 49 inches long. Because this coat is made out of thick leather and wool, it is very heavy, so postage will be £9.95 via courier.
WW1 Era Coldstream Guards Drummer Insignia. A fabulous and scarce collection of Coldstream Guards drummer insignia cut from a uniform and taken as a souvenir. It includes a bottom of a sleeve, the shoulder birds nest, epaulette, brass cap and drummers badge. All found together and if displayed properly, this set will look fantastic. The condition is good but it is all used and a little dirty but a lovely historical lot.
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 Daily Chronicle War Map of Europe The Daily Chronicle newspaper issued this style of map in three variants, on paper (like this one at a cost of six pence) on cloth or varnished and mounted so that people could keep up with the locations in Europe where the war was taking place. This one has had a lot of use, the front cover is adrift and there are a few holes on the fold lines, please see pictures, that said if it was framed up it would make a great picture.
WW1 Era Dorsetshire Regiment Cap Badge. A good quality period bi-metal badge used from 1901 until 1951 when the title changed to the Dorset regiment. this is a lovely example and in very good used condition showing very little wear. Ref. D15
WW1 era Dorsetshire Regiment Cap Badge. An excellent quality bi-metal badge, issued and used but still in wonderful condition. Ref. Q7
WW1 Era Essex Regiment Cap Badge, a good quality badge in bi-metal, this one is in very good condition but you can see in the pictures it has some wear to the overall surface of the badge. Ref. J25
WW1 Era First Life Guards Cap Badge An all brass badge issued for the Infantry forage cap used from 1896 until 1922, comes in very good condition showing just light wear and is nicely toned. Ref. W9
WW1 Era Flags of the Allies Postcard A great patriotic postcard showing the flags of the various allies, Britain, Belgium, Russia and France with a ‘stand together’ message below. Comes in good but used condition and has been written on.
WW1 Era Framed Suffolk Regiment Silk-Work A beautifully handmade framed and glazed silk-work for the Suffolk regiment dating from the WW1 era, it has been very well executed with gold threads. At some stage when being framed, someone has used an old large print of Admiral Beatty on the back, it has been cut to fit the frame. The condition of the piece is excellent with just a little fading; the frame measures 17.75 inches x 16.5 and my pictures don’t really do this piece justice. Shipping will be via courier due to weight priced at £10.95 Ref. 21101
WW1 Era French Booklet – La Victoire de la Piave The French produced a series of booklets for the Great war covering battles, victories, men and machines, this one is entitled the victory at Piave, this was a battle that took place in June of ’18 in Northern Italy between the French and the Austro-Hungarian army. 24 pages all in French with the occasional picture, comes in very good condition and is A5 size.
WW1 Era French Booklet – Les Pontonniers sur la Marne The French produced a series of booklets for the Great war covering battles, victories, men and machines, this one is entitled the pontoon builders at Marne. 24 pages all in French with the occasional picture, comes in very good condition and is A5 size.
WW1 Era French Commemorative issue – Famous Letters Produced by the French to commemorate the armistice of the Great War, this is a booklet made up of copies of letters from famous high ranking officers from the French nation and written in their own tongue, it does include towards the end a letter from general Haig. It comes bound in an embossed green cover and is just over A4 in size, shows signs of much use and wear.
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 German Der Welt Krieg Cigarette Card Album & Contents Just like the British collecting cigarette cards the Germans did the same thing and here is an album covering the Great War era and featuring a near complete collection of cards covering a variety of subjects. There is one card missing that I can see, the condition is good but used and I noticed one page has tears. Large sized measuring 13.5 inches x 10.
WW1 Era German Hip Flask. A Great War era German hip flask in this unusual round form. It has been embellished with a Prussian belt buckle boss, the imperial crown to the centre with ‘Gott Mit Uns’ around the outside. The condition is good for its age, but it has been through a war, there is a dent around the 4-O-Clock position on the flask and the whole thing is heavily patinated. An interesting and unusual German find.
WW1 Era German Prussian Ersatz Pickelhaube. A pretty much untouched WW1 German Pickelhaube, it comes with its original plate, spike, cockades and chin strap. The shell has suffered a little shrinkage and the spike has impressed into the top of the skull, but apart from a wax polish, it hasn’t been touched or messed with. Inside is in good order but at some point, the liner has been removed, probably because it got to dry and disintegrated, years ago, people would rather remove them than try to save them. But a liner is an easy fix, I have refitted several myself, so it must be easy. On the back neck rim its original Jaeger regimental stamp can still be seen, please see pictures. It isn’t perfect, but a wonderful and scarce helmet for the entry level or budget collector; restore, leave as is, either way it’s a lovely example.
WW1 Era German Soldier Commemorative Death Card Franz Kock Franz Kock was a soldier in the 12th Battalion Infantry Regiment 1st Company, he died on 7th February 1917 at the age of 18. Card comes in fair condition some signs of wear to the reverse side.
WW1 era German Toy Soldier. These old toy soldiers were made from mounded saw dust & resin or just about anything they had to hand. This one is of a WW1 infantryman wearing his M16 helmet and gas mask. It comes in excellent condition and it still retains 95% of its original paint.
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 Grenadier Guards Cap Badge. A quality all brass badge that comes in lovely original condition and it has two lugs on the back for attaching to a cap. Ref. O16
WW1 Era Hallmarked Silver Cigarette Case – London Rifle Brigade 1917 A super hallmarked silver cigarette case with a badge also in silver for the London rifle brigade on the front. The case is hallmarked inside on both sections for Birmingham 1917 but has no makers mark I can find. It comes in very good condition, there a few dings here and there, it still has its elasticated ciggie holders inside but these are very baggy. Measures just under 3.5 inches long and is 2.5 inches wide.
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 Heel Irons for Military Boots A pair of WW1 era heel irons complete with their original nails, they come in unused condition.
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 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 Indian Army LSGC Medal - Indian Hospital Corps A beautiful sterling silver medal with king George V bust to the obverse and the reverse decorated with a wreath of lotus flowers and lily leaves and written inside is ‘For Long Service and Good Conduct’. Issued for 20 years meritorious service in the Indian Army, this one is correctly named to G-33128. 2 Gde. W-Svt. Nabi Bakhsh. 1. IHC. Named to a scarcer regiment this man was a 2nd grade Ward Servant of the 1st Indian Hospital Corps. The work that this man undertook was long and hard, usually posted to combat areas to serve the wounded and sick of the Indiana Army; the IHC manly did the menial service in British Station Hospitals and as a 2nd grade ward servant, he would have had all the horrible jobs that no one else could stomach. The Indian Hospital corps was quite short lived, they were the amalgamation of the Indian Army Hospital Corps and Indian Army Bearer Corps coming together for the great war to treat wounded or sick Indian Soldiers; after the war they were renamed the Indian Army Medical Corps, dates of when this actually happened depends on which book you read, but the corps only lasted for only 8 years or so. This medal is in lovely condition, there are a few contact marks to the rim but no edge knocks; it comes mounted on its original ribbon and on a piece of covered card for display. A beautiful medal for display. Ref.17445
WW1 era Italian 1888 Pat Grenadier Officers Sword. WW1 Italian Grenadier Officers sword, a scarce sword worn by the officers of Italy’s oldest regiments dating back to before the Napoleonic wars. During the first world war they were very active fighting the Austrian army along the Italian-Austrian border and the conquest of Monfalcone on the Adriatic coast. And towards the end of the war became part of Italy’s mechanized infantry. This sword has a bowel/basket guard made of good quality steel, a ebonised wooden grip, cut with finger slots, so it is very comfortable to hold and it will not slip from the hand. The back strap is made of solid nickel and half hatched. It has a very good blade, long and straight which has been beautifully etched with scrolls, foliage and military devices along with Italy’s royal coat of arms. Please see pictures. The blade slips into a steel scabbard fitted with two hanger rings with nickel straps. The condition of this sword is excellent and totally untouched. The hilt is well patinated to a good deep chocolate colour which matches the scabbard. The blade is just as good, no rust or pitting and the etching is still clear and clean. A really nice sword, something a little unusual from a very active WW1 regiment. It measures 38.5 inches long. shipping to UK mainland only
WW1 Era J.T. Coppock Military Issue Binoculars A period pair of military issue binoculars made by J.T. Coppock and marked accordingly but very faintly on one of the sides, the broad arrow mark is near the adjuster. These have had a hard life, one lense on the left side inner has a flaw, you can still see through them but it does affect the vision, the body shows signs of use and wear.
WW1 Era Kershaw Military Marked Binoculars A good pair of WW1 military binoculars made by 'Kershaw' they have the broad arrow mark on the bottom and optical information on each arm, one having 'bino prism No2 MKII (obscured) x6' they are a bit shabby in condition but have the most clear lenses which could do with a clean.
WW1 Era Kings Own Cap Badge. A lovely old solid brass badge for the Kings Own Royal Lancastrian Regiment. this is the large wind badge used during the first world war; the regiment used the badge in varying sizes etc up until the anodized version, then the lettering appeared in a solid block and not skeletal re the above version. It comes in very good but used condition, it has a nice even tone and a long slider on the back, which is a bit bent out of shape. Ref. B13
WW1 Era Leather Buskins A super condition pair of WW1 era leather buskins, not military marked but perfect for the re-enactor, hard to gauge but probably will fit a medium size calf. They are both in very good but used condition, both straps are present and strong, the measure 11.5 inches long.
WW1 Era Leather Case – German I think this solid leather case is German in origin, there are some very faint marks to the front under the flap, they are od.15 with 11M under and ‘A’ under this, the inside is lined with fine blue velvet suggesting that whatever it contained had to be well protected, there are separate pockets inside and an interesting metal lined tube container, at the bottom of the case was a rusty double ended screwdriver/spanner, not sure if it belongs but I will leave it in. So not sure what it protected, it comes in well used condition with some of the stitching loose on the sides and lid, the flap buckle is also detached, it measures 8.5 inches long.
WW1 Era Leather Covered Cosh As cosh’s go this one doesn’t look to mean but I still wouldn’t want to be hit with it! It has a solid yet very flexible core that has a brown leather cover sewn up the middle and finished with a leather strap handle, it has seen some use with the leather being worn in places the handle is solid and complete, it measures 13 inches long.
WW1 era Leicestershire Regiment Cap Badge. A superb Bi-metal badge, which comes in perfect condition. Ref. P20. This badge as well as all my items comes with a full money back guarantee of authenticity. Terms and conditions apply.
WW1 Era Liverpool Scottish Sweetheart Brooch A rare high quality white metal sweetheart badge for the Liverpool Scottish regiment, although not marked for silver the quality of this badge suggests a high grade metal. Comes in super condition and measures 1.25 inches in diameter.
WW1 Era Lord Roberts Workshop Medal Entitled 'A silent tribute' this small WW1 era medal was made in the Lord Roberts Memorial workshops' the workshops were set up following the Boer war to enable disabled ex soldiers to have an occupation and income, the workshops were named after Lord Roberts following his death in 1914. Made from a soft base white metal the front shows Roberts and on the reverse the silent tribute quote, it is just clinging to its victory type ribbon and because of the nature of the metal is a bit worn and stained. Appears to be an uncommon medal and measures one inch in diameter.
WW1 Era Lothians & Border Horse Officers Bronze Cap Badge. A superb Bronze badge showing the wheatsheaf, symbolic to the Lothian and Border farmlands from where the regiment was recruited. This one comes in perfect condition and the slider is stamped J. R. Gaunt Birmingham. Ref. B14
WW1 Era Mercantile marine Miniature Medal Original period medal awarded by the board of trade to members of the Merchant Navy who had undertaken more than one voyage through a danger zone during the great war. This one comes in near mint condition and on its original silk ribbon.
WW1 Era Miniature Medal Ribbon Bar with Roses A good condition miniature medal ribbon bar for a 1914 trio complete with original metal ‘roses’ emblem, shows signs of age and use, measures 1.5 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 Northamptonshire Regiment Cap Badge. Excellent quality 1914 pattern bi-metal badge in perfect condition. Ref. O3
WW1 Era Northamptonshire Regiment Cap Badge. An all brass badge issued only for the great war period only, sometimes referred to the economy issue, as usually this is a bi-metal badge. it has been used, but it still comes in very good original condition. a lovely example. Ref. C4
WW1 Era Officers Bank Book – Lieutenant FRC Soanes Labour Corps & RE This is a bank book for Cox & Co London which has the hand written accounts for an officer in the Labour corps and Royal Engineers, his name was FRC Soanes I believe this is Frederick Robert Cranley Soanes who when googled shows as a member of an important family who had a female casualty on a ship which sunk, ‘the Empress of Ireland’ in 1914. With the book is a photograph from Germany possibly post war. A small glimpse of history which comes in good but used condition.
WW1 era Officers Compass in Leather Case. A wonderful WW1 era Blackened Brass officers compass in its original case which is dated 1917. Most front line officers were issued this type of compass, so they are usually well used and worn. This one is in superb original condition, showing very little wear to black finish over the brass body of the compass. The compass itself is still in very good working condition with no loss to the fluid it is suspended in. The leather case, which looks to be its original, that is, all the wear is in the right places fitting this particular instrument; this is dated 1917, but the date mark is pretty hard to make out, in fact, I didn't notice it myself, a friend pointed it out, but it is there, again, it comes in excellent condition. A really good example and in a very collectable grade. Please see pictures. Ref. 19905
WW1 Era Officers Leather Sword Knot. WW1 officer’s sword knot, to be worn on the 1895 pattern infantry sword with field service leather scabbard. It comes in very good but used condition, the leather is still quite supple and the only damage is a small tear to the leather near the knot (please see pictures) but this feels stable. It measures; 15 inches long.
WW1 Era On War Service Brass Badge 1915 Issued to members of the public engaged in war work either in reserved occupations or otherwise not eligible for active war service, this is an all brass example, it carries a makers mark on the back which is rubbed, good but used condition, measures just under 1.75 inches long.
WW1 Era Patriotic Pamphlet – We’ll Fight and Die for the Motherland My best guess for this pamphlet is that it was issued by the Norwich Hippodrome in the Great War era as a song to be sung before a performance, it is entitled ‘we’ll fight and die for the Motherland the call to arms – obey’ and has the first verse and chorus lyrics for a song. Comes in fair condition with signs of age, yellowing and use, A5 in size.
WW1 era Photograph Post 1916 German Cavalryman. A fabulous original photograph showing a German Cavalry NCO wearing his new pattern of uniform, especially the M16 Stahlhelme. He is also showing his 1891 pattern cavalry sword and wearing his riding boots with spurs. You could have hours of fun researching every element of this photo, it has a few creases and a corner missing, but a rare find, a dismounted cavalry officer. It measures 4.5 x 7 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 Booklet – L’argonne France Here is a booklet of 24 postcards showing various scenes from L’argonne in France just post war with various areas of war damage to buildings and surrounding farmland, it comes in very good and complete condition just one card having a rough edge and some light curling to the corners.
WW1 Era Postcard – 'C.B. !-!' A good WW1 era postcard with the slightly confusing title of 'C.B. !-!' 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 Postcard – 76th The Immortals The 76th Regiment of Foot was a British Army regiment, raised in 1787. Under the Childers Reforms it amalgamated with the 33rd (Duke of Wellington's) Regiment to form the Duke of Wellington's Regiment in 1881. This card dating from the WW1 era shows the battle honours for the regiment and has their nickname ‘the immortals’ to the bottom, it has been written on but not postally sent, comes in fair condition with signs of age to the 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 – Red White and Blue A slightly risqué WW1 era postcard showing a scantily clad girl with the caption ‘three cheers for the red white and blue’, it has not been written on and comes in good condition with some wear to the edges.
WW1 Era Prussian 44th Field Artillery NCO's Schirmmütze. A non-commissioned officers peeked cap of the Prussian Field Artillery, circa late war period. It is very dark blue / black with a black band and red piping; a composite brim and it has both national and state cockades. Inside is a leather sweatband and a textured linen liner. So a medium quality cap in the day. The inside is marked with regimental markings for the 44th Regiment Field Artillery, plus other marks, which needs more research. It comes in wonderful condition, no moth damage, just showing a little wear on the inside.
WW1 era Prussian Ersatz Pickelhaube This scarce 1915 pattern Prussian Infantry Pickelhaube has a leather shell and grey painted metal fittings, both Kokarden, chin strap and liner, all original to this helmet and completely untouched. There is a makers mark and date of 1916 on the inside of the helmet, there is also a unit mark of 55 on the back peek, possibly for the 55th Mixed Ersatz Brigade, but this needs a bit more digging to confirm. The helmet as mentioned is in untouched original condition, this means it has had no restoration, repair or attention from the last day it was taken off the soldiers head, so there is some faults which include, the leather skull has had some amount of shrinkage but the leather on the whole is very good and stable if not a little dry; both Kokarden have never been re-painted and the Prussian plate has not been off this helmet for a very long time. A superb helmet if you like authenticity and a piece with wonderful investment potential.
WW1 Era RA Officers Leather Pouch. A good field brown leather ammunition pouch worn by an offices if the Royal Artillery. It comes in good but used condition, its only faults being, the badge has been replaced by a slider version and the little strap which would have kept it closed is missing, but all the important gilt brass parts are still present. It just needs a good wax and it will look superb.
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 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 Artillery Very Large Trench Art 18 Pounder Scuttle This is a very unusual and very large trench art scuttle made from a very well marked 18 pounder shell case, on the base it is dated for 1914 along with the marks for 18Pr and the broad arrow. The handle has been formed from four bullets, on the top is the badge for the Royal Artillery, the two feet are made from bullet tips and a final finishing touch is the inclusion of a French coin in the inside bottom. This is a large and heavy piece measuring 6.75 inches long, to be honest I cant see a use for it, it is to large to be for sugar and to small for coal so was probably made as an ornament.
WW1 Era Royal Berkshire Regiment Officers Cap badge. The solid bronze cap badge worn by the officers of the Princess Charlotte of Wales’s Royal Berkshire regiment during the great war. This is a wonderful example in very good used condition showing just a little wear to the high points of the badge. Ref. D14
WW1 Era Royal Bucks Hussars Cap Badge. A super quality little white metal badge for Colonel Rothschild’s Bloodhounds, the name given to the regiment at the time. This one is the slightly scarcer white metal variant which comes in wonderful original condition, the slider is stamped J.R. Guant Birm. Ref. S10
WW1 Era Royal Engineers Sweetheart Brooch Here is a super WW1 era Royal Engineers sweetheart brooch, it is made from a brass body which has been silver plated and decorated with coloured enamels and carries the George V cypher to the centre, comes in very good condition with some wear to the plate, it measures 1.25 inches long.
WW1 Era Royal Horse Guards Cap Badge. A quality all brass badge which is in very good condition showing just a little wear to the high points. Ref. O14
WW1 Era Scots Guards Cap Badge. A very good all brass badge worn by the OR’s of the regiment. It comes in very good original condition, with just slight wear to the high points. Ref. C21
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 set of Postcards – Battle of Yser 1914 This is a set of 8 large sized postcards which depict a panoramic view of the battle of Yser in 1914, the original work of the battle by the Belgian artist A. Bastien was 115 meters in length and was painted to raise funds for the Great War, further details on the artist and the fund raising can be found online. This set is complete and in very good condition coming in its original paper wallet.
WW1 Era Ship Searchlight on U-Boat Postcard This WW1 era postcard has a scene of a battleship with its spotlight shining on an emerging U-Boat, it’s a dark and moody picture but on the back it has an advert for the Royalty theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue London, someone was going to send this but only got as far as writing ‘dear’ and ‘Miss’. Comes in good condition.
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 – 1914-1916 with Inner Card – MGC Man A super WW1 era silk postcard decorated with the flags of the allies and the dates of 1914 -1916, this is the lift flap type and includes its original inner card which also has the flags and the motto ‘forget me not’, very faintly on the back in pencil is a message for Miss Marshall from a Jim Crowe of the 1st Kings Dragoon Guards, this I think is James Crowe who served with the Dragoons before transferring to the MGC, I include his medal index card. The post card comes in very good condition with only light yellowing to the card.
WW1 Era Silk Postcard – Army Service Corps A good regimental silk postcard have the emblem for the Army Service Corps flanked by two Union flags with ASC below, it comes in good condition showing signs of age being a bit dirty on the silk and there is a hole top left of the crown which is more visible from the back than the front.
WW1 Era Silk Postcard – Best Christmas Wishes A pretty WW1 era silk postcard showing a dove of peace with patriotic ribbons carrying a branch of mistletoe, it has been written on and was sent from France by a serving soldier on active service, it is dated 19th December 1915, comes in good condition with some yellowing to the card.
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 – Royal Army Medical Corps A super WW1 era silk postcard decorated with the badge of the Royal Army Medical Corps with its motto under, this is the lift flap type and includes its inner card which has the motto ‘forget me not’, it has a small dedication in pencil on the back ‘Pte J. Hannah Jan 1917’. Comes in good condition with some yellowing on the card.
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 Silk Postcard – To My Dear Girl A pretty WW1 era silk postcard, this is the lift flap type and includes the inner card, it is decorated with the flags of the allies amidst flowers and foliage, it has been written on but not postally sent, comes in very good condition with just some light yellowing to the card.
WW1 Era Silk Postcard – To My Dear Mother A pretty WW1 era silk postcard, this is the flap type version and includes its original card, the front is very busily decorated with flags and flowers and includes the American stars and stripes to the centre, it was sent by a Private W.H. Daniels from the 19th Queens Royal West Surrey regiment at the garrison battalion base depot France, and he has written this on the back. Comes in very good condition with light yellowing.
WW1 Era Soldiers Postcard Home A slightly confused postcard home from a soldier in training, partly written right way up partly upside down, he writes that he has been vaccinated and has suffered a headache amongst other things. Card comes in good condition.
WW1 Era South Staffordshire Cap Badge. A good period bi-metal badge used from the late Victorian era until 1959 when the two Staffordshire regiments were combined and the Mercian Brigade badge was used. It comes in lovely original condition with just slight wear to the high points. Ref. D4
WW1 Era South Wales Borderers Cap & Shoulder Badges. 1914 pattern bi-metal cap badge and brass shoulder title for the SWB. A beautiful badge with wonderful detail, showing very little wear. The little three letter shoulder title is in excellent condition too.
WW1 Era South Wales Borderers Copper and Brass Tankard This lovely tankard is made from copper with a brass base and handle, to the front is the badge for the South Wales Borderers Regiment, it dates I would think from the first world war era, it comes in very good condition, the outside has been polished but inside needs some work, on the base the name ‘Tumber’ has been scratched into the brass. It stands 5 inches high.
WW1 Era Sterling Silver & Enamel Sweetheart Brooch Worcester Regiment A well made sterling silver and coloured enamel sweetheart brooch for the Worcestershire regiment, the back is marked 'sterling' with a makers mark of TLM. It comes in super condition just one minor loss to the white enamel at the bottom and although clean it needs a good polish as there is old brasso between the spines of the badge, it measures 1.25 inches long.
WW1 Era Sterling Silver Army Service Corps Sweetheart Badge A very pretty and well detailed sweetheart badge for the Army Service Corps, marked ‘sterling’ on the back, comes in excellent condition and measures just over one inch long.
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 Sterling Silver York & Lancaster Sweetheart Brooch A good early sweetheart brooch for the York & Lancaster regiment, marked silver on the back, it comes in fair condition, could benefit from a good clean, there is some minor loss on the enamel along the bottom, it measures 1.75 inches long.
WW1 Era Sweetheart Brooch - 3rd King's Own Hussars A pretty sweetheart brooch for the 3rd King's Hussars, made from a white metal with blue enamel it comes in good condition just a small area of rust on the horse, it measures 1.25 inches long.
WW1 Era Territorial Force Imperial Service Badge Below is a brief history for the inception of this badge, this example in silvered brass is maker marked to the back with Lambourne & Co Birmingham, it comes in very good condition, the front has been well polished down to the brass, it measures 1.75 inches long. The Territorial Force Imperial Service Badge was a short-lived decoration of the United Kingdom awarded to those members of the Territorial Force who were prepared to serve outside the United Kingdom in defence of the Empire, in the event of national emergency. The conditions of enlistment for the TF laid down at their creation in 1908 did not allow for soldiers to be sent for service overseas against their will, as the TF was intended for home defence. However, any man could volunteer for the Imperial Service Section and serve abroad in times of war, which entitled him to wear this badge
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 Tri-Lingual Postcard A nice quality card printed in French, German and English with the caption 'with you all the world over' and actually made in Belgium. Has not been postally used and is good condition.
WW1 Era Tyneside Scottish Glengarry. A fantastic and rare dark green wool glengarry, with a black silk band at the bottom, a black pompom and silk tails. It still retains its original white metal badge with silk backing badge ribbon. the condition for this age of cap is very good, but it has been issued and used, so there is some wear to the silk band, the in and outside of the cap and the very good quality badge, is in very good order but is now heavily toned, almost black. This badge was used from 1915 for the 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 29th battalion Northumberland fusiliers known as the Tyneside Scottish. On the top rim of the cap, on both sides is a small patch of heavy wear. This puzzled me, as why such wear in a very small area in exactly the same place both sides of the cap. Then it hit me; it is the size if a finger and a thumb, the wear is probably a result of the cap being pulled off and put on the soldiers head over a long period of time. There is no moth damage anywhere on this cap or any signs of infestation. A wonderful piece of Kitchener’s Army history.
WW1 Era USA Postcard A humorous postcard sent in April 1918 In Michigan USA, it has been written on and for the life of me I cant identify the language, comes in good but used condition.
WW1 Era Voluntary Training Corps Brass Badge The central association of Volunteer training corps was formed in 1914 to counter the threat of German invasion, the forerunner of the 'homeguard' it was initially unrecognised by the war office but eventually got recognition as the 'central association of volunteer training corps, in November 1914, it was disbanded in 1920. A nice example of the the badge in brass and enamel and made by Fattorini of Bradford. Measures 1.5inches long with a button fixing on the back.
WW1 Era Water Bottle with Webbing A great condition original British 1908 pattern water bottle complete with stopper and outer webbing, the body is a blue enamelled metal with a white metal topped cork stopper, this is the only bit with a slight issue, there is a split in the cork so it will not pull out easily, it measures nearly 10 inches long.
WW1 Era West Riding Regiment Cap Badge. A wonderful 1914 pattern bi-metal badge showing the Duke of Wellingtons crest and motto, it has a little wear to the high points but still is in excellent original condition. Ref. O21
WW1 Era York & Lancaster Regiment Cap Badge. A wonderful period bi-metal badge issued until 1958 when the regiment was put into the Yorkshire brigade until their disbandment in 1969. A lovely example in excellent condition. Ref. D12
WW1 Era Yorkshire Regiment Cap Badge. A super white metal badge for the Princess of Wales Own Yorkshire Regiment. known by the regiment as the Eiffel Tower badge because of its appearance it was used from 1902 to around 1920. This is a nice example, it does have a little wear to the surface, but it has been issued and used. Ref. B11
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 Essex Regiment Officers Sterling Silver Cap Badge. A beautiful officers sterling silver dress cap badge of the Essex regiment. It is lovely quality with good patination and comes in excellent condition, just slight wear to the high points, which are not at all noticable. It is marked 'Silver' on the back and it has also been tested as .925 sterling silver. A real cracker. Ref. X21
WW1 French Citron Foug or Lemon Model Grenade During 1915 the French had to step up their manufacture of grenades and following early designs copying German stick grenades called ‘asparagus’ grenades they designed the ‘lemon’ variety, simple in construction with a prefragmented steel body equipped with a rudimentary wooden ignition percussion plug which had a percussion block inside the wooden block and no safety devices. This example comes in good condition, missing the plug and measures approx. 3.5 inches long. Ship to UK mainland only.
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 Officers Gallantry Group. Good original French medal groups come up very rarely these days unless they are at specialist auctions, this one just in from France and comprises of the Legion d'Honneur, 1914 – 1918 Croix de Guere with two Palm emblems, the equivalent to a mentioned in dispatches, to accompany this is an award rosette this was to be worn on civilian clothes or by the wife of the recipient; the Combatant's Cross issued to front line combatants, this comes with the Combatant's Fourragère, this is a unit award. This particular one is awarded to any unit that was cited four or five times in Army dispatches, all members of the unit wear it once it has been awarded to that unit; also the Allied Victory Medal and the World War 1 Commemorative Medal This whole group was awarded to Captain Mesnil of the 91st regiment of infantry and comes with his military ID card containing his signature, and a wonderful photograph of the Captain wearing his Legion of Honour and War Cross medals. His ID card which is dated 1918 shows he was transferred into the 66th infantry reserve regiment. I have been in touch with the French National Archives, I can state he was not a casualty and his papers and unit history are available to purchase as they are not yet on line, it would be fascinating to find out why he was awarded these gallantry medals and for what action. Everything included is in very good original condition, the medals do have odd minor faults where they were mounted at one time, but this is only very minor, please see pictures. The picture and ID card are good considering their age, all in all a nice scarce group to an allied officer now they come mounted on card for display or safe storage.
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 – German Surrenders An interesting French produced card showing a German soldier surrendering, below is an lengthy passage describing how the German soldiers threw down their weapons and raised their hands and shouted their surrender. Card comes in fair condition, two pin holes at the bottom.
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 & Austria Alliance Ring. A WW1 brass ring showing the leaders of Prussia and Austria, Kaiser Wilhelm and Emperor Franz Joseph in the centre of an iron cross. It was probably made to commemorate their alliance before the First World War. This historic little piece is in good condition but it is showing some wear to the surface, it has been loved and very well polished, but a rare item which would go in any Great War collection.
WW1 German / Austrian Unity Pin / Badge. A lovely little pin showing the German and Austrian Kings united in war, with the motto ‘viribus initis 1914’ below. The condition is very good with no damage just a little wear.
WW1 German 1898/05 Butcher Bayonet – by Mauser The German Butcher bayonet made between 1905 to around 1918, although they were used during WW2. Designed to fit the 1898 German Mauser Carbines and Rifles. This one is in very good condition; it has good wood grips and the pommel and the cross guard are heavily patinated but no rust. It has no muzzle ring, just two stubs known as ‘ears’. The blade is good with no rust, it is again, heavily patinated and it will clean back, if you wish to do so. It has good makers mark Waffenfabrik Mauser Oberndorf . The mark is a little rubbed but still readable. There is also a proof mark on the back of the blade with the date mark for 1916. The steel scabbard has a polished finish, this has been cleaned back recently, obviously, someone had started to restore this bayonet, luckily they didn’t get to the blade. It measures 20.5 inches long in its scabbard. All in all a very good looking bayonet. Proof of age required on purchase. Ship to UK mainland only
WW1 German Black Wound Badge WW1 German Black Wound Badge, issued to those wounded once or twice by hostile action or frost-bitten in the line of duty. This one obviously has got some wear to the surface paint but in general it is in excellent condition.
WW1 German Black Wound Badge WW1 German Black Wound Badge, issued to those wounded once or twice by hostile action or frost-bitten in the line of duty. This one obviously has got some wear to the surface paint but in general it is in excellent condition.
WW1 German Black Wound Badge issued to those wounded once or twice by hostile action or frost-bitten in the line of duty. This one obviously has got some wear to the surface paint but in general it is in excellent condition.
WW1 German Black Wound Badge, issued to those wounded once or twice by hostile action or frost-bitten in the line of duty. This one is made of blackened brass and it has got some wear to the high points and it is a little dirty, but in general it is in very good condition.
WW1 German Dog Tag, made from a soft white metal it is marked to a soldier whose number was 224 serving in the 9th company, 19th battalion, 179 Infantry Regiment. Well worth researching and it comes in great condition.
WW1 German Epaulet Reg 109, 1st Baden Life Grenadiers. A single WW1 era German field uniform epaulet embroidered with 109 for the 1st Baden Life Grenadiers. It was assigned to the 5th Army Inspectorate, which became the 7th Army at the start of the First World War. It was still in existence at the end of the war as part of the 18th Army and the regiment served on the western front through the whole of the war. This epaulet is in excellent condition and it has been cut from a uniform, probably as a souvenir or a memento of the war.
WW1 German Ersatz Bayonet & Scabbard – Wurttemberg Made in Germany during the early years of World War I, because there were not enough regulation bayonets to equip the rapidly expanding army. Ersatz bayonets were usually made in provincial workshops, resulting in a vast amount of variations. 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 condition of the bayonet is god with a little battle damage. it looks like someone has hammered in a post or probably a barbed wire picket with the back of the blade. you can see this is very old or period damage. under the little knocks you can still see the German proof mark. it is a wiggly W for Wilhelm II used by Wurttemberg 1891 to 1918. The blade is nice and clean and free from any rust or pitting, the hilt has light pitting and the button latch works well. The scabbard is a bit bashed about but it is the original and it still retains the frog stud. A good example of a scarce bayonet, measuring 18 inches long. Ship to UK mainland only
WW1 German Ersatz Pickelhaube. A rare 1915 German Ersatz infantry other ranks Pickelhaube. It has the typical leather shell identical to the 1895 pattern. It comes with its original grey painted steel fittings, removable spike and helmet plate, which has nearly all of the original paint remaining. The leather shell has is in overall solid condition but hasn’t been touched and has suffered from poor storage, probably homed in a shed for 60 years or so; so this needs some attention as it has aged badly. The liner is still present, although quite dry, the whole helmet needs a good oil and wax. But what a wonderful piece of WW1 German headgear, totally untouched and almost complete apart from the cockades, which are easily replaced. With a little effort this helmet could be carefully brought back, or give it a good oil and leave just as is, as its all part of its history. Please see comprehensive photographs for details on overall condition.
WW1 German Hanseatic Cross for Hamburg A beautiful silver and enameled cross Founded 10 September 1915 by the Senate of Hamburg in conjunction with Bremen and Lubeck, for distinction in war without regard to rank. It was primarily given to troops of Hamburg, S.M.S. Hamburg, Hamburg natives serving in other units, and war aid such as caring for the wounded, nurses and medical staff. This example is in just wonderful condition apart from a chip in the enamel on the 9 o clock branch, the rest of the cross is near mint.
WW1 German Honour Cross with Swords. Maker 0.2 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 12 RV 0.7 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. it comes on a good length of original ribbon./
WW1 German Honour Cross with Swords. Maker B10 Probably one of the most overlooked and under rated of all German medals. the Honour cross or Hindenburg Cross was issued in vast numbers 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 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 B10 on the back and the whole medal is in excellent original condition, retaining all of its bronze finish. It comes on a small piece of original ribbon.
WW1 German Honour Cross with Swords. Maker H & Co. L 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 H&Co.L. The mark found inside a circle. This is for Hymmen & Co of Ludenscheid, a good a well-respected maker. It is in excellent condition, no loss to its bronzed finish.
WW1 German Honour Cross without Swords 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 without swords, issued only to non-combatants who supported the war effort 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 D&Co, this maker is unknown to me. (if anyone knows, please get in touch). It is in excellent original condition, retaining all of its bronze finish. it comes on its original ribbon, which is a bit scruffy.
WW1 German Identity Disc – Battlefield Find This WW1 German ID tag was found field walking in France, it is clearly a WW1 example as it not divided into two sections with mirror image information as the WW2 examples have. even though it has been in the ground for a long time, it is still easy to read, I think it is as follows: RICH…(RICHARD) WENZEL GEORGENDORF RUMMLESBURG (LOCATION) 1REK8 DP FRS B J.R 50 NO JB 346 8K 760 IV 753, all of this is relevant information and worthy of research.
WW1 German Iron Cross & Long Service Medal Group & Clasp Beautifully court mounted trio of WW1 era German medals; comprising of the Iron Cross 2nd class or EKII, the WW1 veterans Honour Cross with swords, made by a very desirable maker, Assmann & Sohne, and the Prussian merit medal for long service. Also attached is a Prussian officers long service clasp for four years, these are quite scarce and this one is very nice, to see it in its original state on the bar. All medals are in good condition, and all remain well fixed to the original ribbon bar. A wonderful little gallantry group, these are really becoming hard to find now, totally original and untouched.
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 Long Service Gallantry Group. An interesting WW1 imperial Prussian gallantry group of three medals, which include; the iron cross 2nd class (EKII) the honour cross and the Prussian 15 years’ service cross, all court mounted on a brooch bar, as worn. The condition is very good totally untouched and original. A lovely little group to a long serving Prussian soldier.
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 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 Shell Fuse Head, or the nose cone from the top of an artillery shell, it is made of solid brass with an iron tip, it is an interesting piece that was recently discovered on the battle fields of France. WAS £14
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 Water Bottle. A WW1 German water bottle with its original matt green paint and original stopper, which are almost never present. It is missing its cover, but these were made to come off anyway, they were an insulator to help the water from freezing in winter. Apart from a few small shallow dents to the bottom, this comes in excellent original condition.
WW1 German Wound Badge, Silver Class. A wonderful example of this 2nd class badge, awarded for being wounded three or four times, or suffering loss of a hand, foot or eye facial disfigurement or brain damage caused in action with the enemy. This one is in excellent condition with a good even tone. The pin and catch on the back is in perfect order.
WW1 German Wound Badge, Silver Class. A wonderful example of this 2nd class badge, awarded for being wounded three or four times, or suffering loss of a hand, foot or eye facial disfigurement or brain damage caused in action with the enemy. This one is in excellent condition; it has a nice tone and just a little wear to the high point on the helmet.
WW1 German Wound Badge, Silver Class. A wonderful example of this 2nd class badge, awarded for being wounded three or four times, or suffering loss of a hand, foot or eye facial disfigurement or brain damage caused in action with the enemy. This one is in very good condition no wear obvious but heavily toned.
WW1 Grenadier Guards Cap Badge. All brass Great War era forage cap badge, it comes in perfect condition with a lovely even brown tone. Ref. W17
WW1 Hanseatic Cross. City of Hamburg. In box of issue. A beautiful medal made of 800 grade silver, the front superbly enamelled with scarlet enamel and to the centre is the Hamburg tower. The Hanseatic Cross was jointly instituted by agreement of the senates of the three cities, with each senate ratifying the award on different days. The Lübeck version was established first, on August 21, 1915. The Hamburg version followed on September 10 and the Bremen version on September 14. 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. This one comes in pretty much mint condition and in its rare original box of issue.
WW1 Hardback Cover for the Magazine The Great War Vol 11 This is the outer hardback cover for the WW1 issue magazine ‘The Great War’ in this case vol 11, it includes the inner front cover sheet and contents list and the frontispiece picture for vol 11 featuring the the print 'The Runner', it comes in good but used condition.
WW1 Hardback Cover for the Magazine The Great War Vol 8 This is the outer hardback cover for the WW1 issue magazine ‘The Great War’ in this case vol 8, it includes the inner front cover sheet and contents list and the frontispiece picture for vol 8 featuring a sea battle, the vol 8 issue would have been housed in this outer cover, comes in good but used condition.
WW1 Hertfordshire (Territorial) Regiment Cap Badge. A lovely little WW1 all brass badge for the Hertfordshire regiment. it is in great original condition with just slight wear to the high points. Ref. D19
WW1 Hertfordshire Regiment Cap Badge The small brass badge of the Territorial regiment, it shows a white Hart lying in water in a circle with the regiment’s title. There is a rare variant of this badge, which is worth looking out for, the Deer’s antlers are much wider spread apart. This one has been used but still comes in very good order with a nice even patina. Ref. Z6
WW1 Hungarian War Medal for Combatants. A lovely medal which comes in excellent condition and on a small piece of Prussian issue medal ribbon, this is quite scarce as usually the ribbon is on a triangular mount with winder coloured stripes for the Austro/Hungarian issue. Hard to find a better example.
WW1 Hungarian War Medal for Combatants. A lovely silver plated bronze medal which was instituted on 26 May 1929 by the Regent, Admiral Miklos Horthy to the Great War combatants. It comes in excellent condition and this is the early type issue with a mark near the suspender ring; it comes on a piece of original silk ribbon
WW1 Iron Cross & Honour Cross Court Mounted Pair A good WW1 German pair comprising of the Iron Cross 2nd class (EKII) and the Honour or Hindenburg Cross. Both medal come on a court mounted ribbon with a large pin on the back. The condition of both medal is good, however this pair has been used and worn, so there is a little of wear to both, but they are in a good collectable grade and all ribbon is in good order, just slightly dirty.
WW1 Iron Cross 2nd Class by Assmann A superb example of the EKII, which has a nice clear maker’s mark of (A) on the suspender ring, for Assmann & Sohne of Ludenscheid. A very good maker and a large family firm who started making badges, buttons and medals for the imperial army in a moderate way during the early part of the 20th century, and not really turning out a vast amount until the Munich agreement of 1938. This medal is the typical three-part construction with a magnetic iron core, which comes in excellent condition with no rust or pitting to the iron core and the silver has a nice dark unpolished tone. A nice all original medal from a good maker.
WW1 Iron Cross 2nd Class, Good Maker. A superb example of the EKII, which has a nice clear maker’s mark of G on the suspender ring, for Godet & Sohn of Berlin. A highly respected silversmith and medal maker who made imperial German and 3rd Reich medals. It is the typical three part construction with a magnetic iron core which comes in Very good original condition and it is still suspended on its original silk ribbon, although this is a little tatty.
WW1 Iron Cross 2nd Class, with Makers Mark CD 800 A superb example of the EKII, which has a nice clear maker’s mark of CD 800 on the suspender ring, for Carl Dillenius of Pforzheim. A very well respected maker producing very good quality items. It is the typical three-part construction with a magnetic iron core, which comes in very good original condition, please see pictures. A nice all original medal from a good maker.
WW1 Iron Cross 2nd Class, with Makers Mark GWL? A superb example of the EKII, which has an unclear maker’s mark which looks like GWL on the suspender ring, for Gebruder Wegerhoff of Ludenscheid. I have had medals with his mark before and they are nearly always slightly miss-stamped due to the length of the mark. It is the typical three-part construction with a magnetic iron core, which comes in excellent original condition and the silver is heavily toned, please see pictures. A nice all original medal from a good maker.
WW1 Iron Cross 2nd Class, with Makers Mark MFH A superb example of the EKII, which has a nice clear maker’s mark of MFH on the suspender ring, I do not know who this maker is, unfortunately. It is the typical three-part construction, a silver frame with a magnetic iron core. It comes in excellent condition original condition, with only very slight loss to the original black finish on the core, it is only worn on the high points of the oak leaves. The silver has now a dark tone and on the whole a lovely example of the famous German gallantry medal. If anyone knows this maker, please drop me a line for my own reference.
WW1 Iron Cross 2nd Class, with Makers Mark. A superb example of the EKII, which has a nice clear maker’s mark of, what looks like ‘C’ on the suspender ring, this is an unknown maker, so please take a look at my pictures and see if you concur. It is a very good quality medal, the typical three part construction of a 800 grade silver skeleton with a magnetic iron core, all of which comes in perfect condition, just about as good as you are going to get a WW1 EKII. The silver parts have a nice dark tone.
WW1 Iron Cross 2nd Class, with Makers Mark. A superb example of the EKII, which has a maker’s mark of on the suspender ring, which could be a ‘H’ for Paul Hossauer of Berlin or it could be an ‘M’ it is really hard for me to make out. It is the typical three part construction with a magnetic iron core which comes in good condition but has a slight rust bloom over the iron core; it is still suspended on its original long length of silk ribbon.
WW1 Italian War merit Cross, issued for faithful service or acts of bravery during the Great War, it comes in superb original condition but on the wrong ribbon.
WW1 Lincolnshire Regiment Cap Badge. The striking bi-metal badge of the Lincolnshire regiment. they won the honour to wear the Sphinx in Egypt in 1908, when they were the 10th regiment of foot. This is a wonderful period badge, which has been issued and worn but still comes in very good condition and it shows a nice mellow patina. Ref. A7
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 to Buckle Royal Fusiliers & MGC A good WW1 British war and victory medal pair correctly named to 36007 Private William Cave Buckle of the Royal Fusiliers. Private Buckle was transferred and served with the Machine Gun Corps before the end of the war. He was probably part of his battalion’s machine gun team in the RF before his transfer. Apart from his medal roll and medal index card, no other research has been done on this man. What is known is he was born around 1890 and he originated from Leeds. He was around the age of 24 when serving in the RF and William sadly died around 1965. His medals are with three original photographs taken while serving in the RF and his original RF cap badge. A cracking pair to a machine gunner, in need of more research. Both medals are excellent original condition and look as if they have never been mounted or worn.
WW1 Medal Pair to Marsh 23rd Btn London Regiment. A good WW1 British war and victory medal correctly named to 705312 Private Thomas Marsh of the 23rd London Regiment. Apart from his medal index card, no other research has been done on this man, I have just purchased a collection of London Regiment medals and militaria, so I haven’t really had the time to dedicate to each lot. As he has only one number 705312, he may have joined post the 1917 Territorial number change, if so this saw him in action with the 142nd brigade, 47th or 2nd London division at the third battle of Ypres and the first and second battles of the some 1918. London regiment are always interesting to research and this will prove a fascinating project, I’m sure. Both medals are in very good original condition and now come mounted on card for display or safe storage.
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, 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 Medals to Reynolds Norfolk Reg then RAF John Frederick Reynolds came from Filby near Great Yarmouth Norfolk, he joined the Norfolk regiment in September 1914 and saw service for 3 years in the Mediterranean expeditionary force and in the Middle East, he joined the Royal Flying Corps in September 1917 and was transferred to the RAF in April 1918. Of his medals we have two, the 1914/15 star which is inscribed to 3083 Pte J.F. Reynolds Norf. Reg and the Victory medal which is marked 404113 Cpl J.F. Reynolds RAF, with these is his Norfolk regiment cap badge and copies of his medal index card and his RAF service papers. The medals are in good condition but have been worn and the ribbons faded.
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 & Trio & Brothers Medal to Hall 19th London’s A Great War memorial plaque, 1914/15 star, British war and victory medal correctly named to 2777 Arthur Thomas Hall of the 19th Battalion (St Pancras) the London regiment. This comes with various original photographs of Arthur. With Arthurs trio and plaque was found Horace’s British war medal, this is correctly named as above. Arthur Hall was born in St Pancras London around 1892, his father, also Arthur was a mobile Taylor’s cutter who supported a wife and five children, two girls and three boys. In 1911 Arthur was employed as a Tobacco factory clerk and in 1914 as soon as war broke out, he must have answered Kitchener’s call and enlisted at Camden Town for the 19th battalion, which then formed part of the 5th London Brigade, 2nd London Division. and on mobilisation moved to the St Albans area. Arthur landed in France on 10th March 1915. In May the division took its place in the line and was designated 47th (1/2nd London) Division, with the brigades numbered consecutively: 5th London became 141st (1/5th London) Brigade. The 1/19th served in this brigade throughout the war. their first engagement was the Battle of Festubert 24th–27nd May; this was the continuation of the Battle of Aubers Ridge (9th May) and part of the larger French Second Battle of Artois. The resumption of the British offensive was intended to assist the French Tenth Army offensive against Vimy Ridge near Arras, by attracting German divisions to the British front, rather than reinforcing the defenders opposite the French. The British lost 16,648 casualties from 15th/16th to 25th May, 47th Division had 2,355 losses. From 25th September to 1st October the 19th battalion were heavily engaged at the Battle of Loos. The 1/19th formed part of the second wave attacking the southern side of Loos village itself. Its CO, Lt-Col Collison-Morley, was killed at the head of the battalion soon after leaving the trenches, and the 1/19th encountered stiff opposition in Loos cemetery before pushing on to clear houses and cellars in the village. It ended the day at its final objective, the coal-mine winding gear known as 'Tower Bridge'. 1/19th suffered the heaviest casualties in 47th Division that day 14 officers and 372 other ranks. In the aftermath of the Battle of Loos, from 13th–19th October 1915 the 19th were fighting at the Actions of the Hohenzollern Redoubt; the British attack on 13th October failed and resulted in 3,643 casualties, mostly in the first few minutes. In 1916 Arthur’s brother Horace probably joined the battalion and it must have been a feeling of joy and dismay, for Arthur to see his younger brother in uniform, having already been in action. They must have laughed and joked together and talked of home, when they could and Arthur must have felt some kind of responsibility for young Horace. On the 7th April 1916 now Serjeant Arthur Hall was killed in action at Vimy Ridge; the assault on the ridge didn’t really open until 9th of April, there were early smaller skirmishes and what was called crater fighting, which the 19th battalion were involved. Arthur is now remembered with honour at the Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, it was used mostly by the 47th (London) Division and the Canadian Corps until August 1917, who fought at Vimy against the German forces, they seized the village of Souchez and the surrounding countryside, as they advanced through Northern France in 1914. German artillery units were able to control this sector of the front from two ridges which flanked the village – Vimy Ridge to the east, and Notre Dame de Lorette to the west. After 12 months of bitter fighting, the French forces captured the high ground at Lorette in the autumn of 1915. When the French handed this part of the line to the Commonwealth forces in March 1916, Vimy Ridge was still in German hands. Vimy Ridge was the key to the German defensive system in this sector. It protected an area of occupied France in which coal mines and factories were in full production for the German war effort and the fortified vantage points on the ridge dominated the surrounding battlefields. It is mostly known as a Canadian battle, where they suffered more than 10,000 casualties, 3,500 of whom were killed, but many British men also died there, of which Arthur Hall was one. Private Horace Hall survived the war, unlike his brother, it is believed that Horace went on to become a Civil servant in later life. during the war he also served for a time with the 21st London’s in the same 47th division and went on to see action on the battlefields of the Somme, the 3rd battle of Ypres, the battle of Cambrai an the German Spring Offensive of 1918. Horace’s story needs more research. The plaque comes in its original cardboard envelope and all of the medals are in excellent original condition and with original ribbons. The photos are all in very good condition except one which is worn, it looks like it was kept in a wallet by a loved one. A super lot it another brave young man who was lost at a little known British engagement.
WW1 Merchant Marine Medal Pair to QM Parsons. A WW1 Mercantile marine medal for war service aqnd the British war medal both correctly named to; Alexander Parsons. Alexander was born in Elmshurst, Surrey around 1890 and served about merchant vessels during the war at the rating of Quarter Master. He went on to stay in the MN after the war and he was still serving in 1929. During the First World War, the Merchant Service suffered heavy losses from German U-boat attacks. A policy of unrestricted warfare meant that merchant seafarers were also at risk of attack from enemy ships. The tonnage lost to U-boats in the First World War was around 7,759,090 tons, and around 14,661 merchant seafarers were killed. In honour of the sacrifice made by merchant seafarers in the First World War, George V granted the title "Merchant Navy" to the service. Both medals are in excellent condition and come with copy service documents which also contains a photograph of QM Parsons.
WW1 Middlesex Regiment Badge & Buttons. A great little set of WW1 insignia. Here we have a WW1 Middlesex regiment brass and white metal cap badge and 5 original brass buttons. All of the items here are in very good condition or higher and come mounted on card for display.
WW1 Military Medal Group to Courtis RGA. A superb medal group comprising of the Military Medal for bravery in the Field, this is named; 329137 Cpl.W.F. Courtis. 286/SGE: BY. R.G.A. the British war and victory medal named; 329137 A. Sjt. W. F. Courtis. R.A. and a WW2 era Special Constabulary Faith Service medal, this is named; William F Courtis. All three medals come mounted on a medal bar, the medals are in very good original condition with some contact marks but no major damage or anything deep enough I could call an edge knock. 329137 Private William F Courtis RFA, was born and raised, I believe in Suffolk and he was probably enlisted into the RGA sometime in 1916, his early service needs research, I have concerned myself with the time and whereabouts of William when he won his MM, and this is in no way complete, but I hope I can give enough information for a grounding on which to start the much needed research on this brave young man. 286 Siege Battery, armed with 8-inch howitzers, was part of 77 Mixed Bde RGA from at least Feb 1918, (there is a War diary of this unit at Kew, but as yet it is not online) from the beginig of 1918 through until the end of the war, they were set firm on the Ypres Salient and for most of the time with the 2nd army, in August he may have been moved to the Fourth Army on the Somme for the Battle of Amiens, but by the October he had returned to Second Army in the Salient. It was with Rawlinson’s 4th army I think William was awarded this gallantry medal in the August of 1918 for the battle of Amiens while serving with the 12th Eastern division. Here the artillery supported the successful attack of the French 66th Division near Moreuil on 23 July 1918. It remained in action near Gentelles in covering the 2nd Australian Division, and between 8 and 25 August played a part in the highly successful attack by Fourth Army, the Battle of Amiens, so I’m sure his medal was awarded for this action. This wonderful group just comes with confirmation of the medals awarded, a copy of his medal index card and the entry in the London gazette on the 21st October 1917. Lastly, I haven’t mentioned the Special Constabulary medal, this shows William was active during the 2nd world war too, he was obviously determined to do his bit in this war as well; a very interesting group of medals which needs more research to really do this man justice.
WW1 Military Medal to Seaforth Highlanders. A wonderful gallantry medal correctly named to 240187 Pte. W. Neat. 1/5 Sea:Hdrs. William E Neat served in France from 1st May 1915; the 5th battalion of the Seaforth Highlanders or the Sutherland and Caithness territorial battalion, they served in France with the 51st Highland division, almost as soon as they landed they were hurried to the defence of Ypres, here the enemy using poison gas for the first time, the allies used every means open to halt the Germans in their surprise attack, the 51st division then moved to an area on the river Lys in an attempt to retake Aubers Ridge in the battle of Festubert around 15th May, still quite green and under-trained, from here on William’s battalion was pretty much constantly on the front line until they moved south just north of the Somme to engage in the attacks on High Wood and the battle of the Ancre in which the Division captured Beaumont Hamel and took more than 2000 prisoners. It was around April to early August 1917 at the battlefields of Arras that William earned his military medal for gallantry in the field. It was entered into the London Gazette on 28th September 1917, this along with a copy of his medal index card is included. *A hard winters frost was still in the ground when the Highlanders found themselves in the line near Arras, again at Roclincourt, braced up by a period of intensive training and unremitting rehearsal for the April 1917 attack on the enemy's lines in the valley of the Scarpe, where every Scottish regiment in the army was represented by the best, and in some cases by most of its battalions. The Battle of Arras; on a front twelve miles from Lens to Arras, started on 9th April at half-past five in the morning. The 51st Division, which was in the XVII Corps under Sir Charles Fergusson, and part of Allenby's Third Army, was opposite Thélus and facing the outer spurs of Vimy Ridge, in front of which, to the Division's left, lay four Canadian divisions, while on its right was the 34th Division. A fierce enemy barrage preluded the attack; yet Gordon’s, Black Watch, Argyll’s, Seaforth's, and Royal Scots swept through the first objective line of the German trenches as though they had been a triumphal arch. Only at one point called "The Pump" and the trenches east of it was the 152nd Brigade for a little checked by an appallingly concentrated, fire; two hours later they were assailing the second line with the invaluable aid of the tanks. Rœux and the Chemical Works were not permanently ours till 14th May, when the Fifty-first took them over from the 4th Division and held them through desperate counterattacks. Two days later a new division of the enemy thrust forward north of the Scarpe under an exceedingly heavy barrage, and for a while seriously menaced the Fifty-first in a very awkward situation alongside a railway embankment, flanking it and actually getting to its rear. But this force was virtually destroyed before its daring move had fully developed. "Convey to 51st Division my congratulations on their great gallantry at Roeux and Chemical Works," wired General Allenby to the Third Army three days later. At the end of May the Highlanders moved north to the Lys, and took part with the XVIII Corps in the Third Battle of Ypres, which opened on 31st July. For many weeks there had been formidable preparations in the Salient for an attack against the low Flanders ridges, of which the enemy was fully expectant, and for which he was prepared with an amazing concentration of "pill-box" fortresses. The Fifty-first advanced with a velour there was no withstanding on the dismal morning of the 31st. Every obstacle went down before them; they had learned all that was to be learned about "pill-boxes" and the tactics for them, and these much-vaunted devices of the enemy, with few exceptions, proved comparatively easy to circumvent and put out of action. Mopping up the ground behind them, the Highlanders reached their objective--- the line of Steenbeck---where they dug themselves in and beat off all counter-attacks. So far as the north of the Arras sector was concerned, that opening day of the Arras battle was a decided victory for Britain. A miserable month, for weather, followed; all active operations were impossible, and only once again on this front---on 20th September, on the Poelcapelle road---did the Fifty-first get into grips with the Germans. These were Prussian troops whom they handsomely thrashed. Before the Highlanders quitted the XVIII Corps at the end of September, the Corps Commander wrote to say how much he had appreciated their services throughout three months of strenuous fighting. "What has struck me most," he said, "is the thoroughness of the organization within the Division, and the fact that all usual war problems have been thought out beforehand, discussed in detail, and are embodied in simple doctrines well known to all ranks. The result is the Division always fights with gallantry, and can be depended on to carry out any reasonable task which may be allotted to it in any battle. For this reason I venture to place it among the three best fighting divisions I have met in France during the past three years." * A lot more research is needed to find Williams citation, I have written to the Highlanders museum to see if they could locate Williams’s citation, but I have had no reply, not even an acknowledgement of my letter, I won’t get on my soap box here, but you would think they would care about one of the highlander’s bravest sons. Anyway, if I hear anything I will add it or pass it on. The medal itself is in excellent condition and on its original ribbon; it comes not in its original case but a beautiful fitted medal case of the same period. A scarcer MM to a man of small territorial battalion which was grossly under-trained when arriving in France and one that earned the respect and admiration of every division on the western front. *Excerpts from the 51st Division War Sketches by Fred A Farrell. Text by Neil Munro.
WW1 Miniature German Medal Pin. A great little imperial German award pin displaying the iron Cross and the Black Wound Badge. The condition is excellent showing no damage just very light wear.
WW1 MM & Pair to Cooke Signaller Royal Engineers. A really interesting little gallantry group of the WW1 British war and victory medal correctly named to 149073 sapper Frederick W Cooke. Royal Engineers; and the George V Military Medal correctly named to 149073 Lance Corporal Frederick W Cooke. Royal Engineers. Frederick cook was born in East Grinstead Surrey in 1898 and worked before the war as a Lineman with a wire and telephone Company. He was probably drafted into the army during the latter part of 1915 as a Sapper in the Royal Engineers, but as soon as his skill was realised, he was made signaller at a home depot but was soon on the boat to France, landing on French soil on 10th June 1916. At first he served as an operating signaller at the base depot but by the 25th June he was transferred to the 23rd Field Signal Company in the 1st division, just in time for the Somme offensive. As a Signaller with the Royal Engineers at first he would have been trained in the use of signal flags but as the war progressed the advance in technology improved the service, land telephone lines were laid by the RE, but where it was not possible to lay landlines then many forms of visual signalling were used which made use of light either from sunlight (use of the sun and mirrors) in day time and lamps at night (Lucas Lamps). Messages were sent in Morse code, one man operating the signalling device and one man using a telescope (where distances were great) to read the message sent back. Signallers were also used in forward positions to assist the artillery and provide information on their enemy targets. In these positions, often isolated, the signaller became vulnerable to enemy shelling and attack, and many signallers lost their lives. A device known as the Heliograph was also used for signalling to a distant point and the standard field telephone used with landlines, hundreds of miles of line were laid by the RE through trench systems and over ground. All of these systems needed trained men to operate them, so a lot of in the field training was necessary, we see on Fredericks service papers that he was constantly being upgraded as a signaller until he is described as ‘Skilled’. By following the history of his division, the 1st Division we can see that he was engaged in most of the major battles on the western front, through 1916, including on the Somme, the battles of Albert, Bazentin, Pozieres, Flers-Courcelette and the battle of Morval. One major problem the Signalers faced with the constant moving, leaving and regaining trenches, villages and towns, at each Divisional location the Signallers had to familiarise themselves with the telephone network, its location and any inherent faults. This often involved replacing the equipment in the various exchanges with their own as they took over from the departing Division. During 1917 the 1st division were involved in the Third Battle of Ypres and the second Passchendaele, through 1918 the battles of the Lys, Second battles of Arras, the battles of the Hindenburg Line and the battle of the Sambre, in which the division fought the Passage of the Sambre-Oise Canal. Cooke wasn’t a perfect soldier either, he was punished with 7 days confined to barracks for disobeying company orders in march of 1917, so he obviously had his own ideas when it came to following orders This next part is where this man’s story really gets interesting and in need of much more research; his service papers state he was attached to the 69th Royal Field Artillery from the 28th May 1918 until the 8th June 1918, when he returned to 23rd Field Signal Coy. He was promoted to lance corporal on the 1st June, so it looks like it was with this unit he was awarded the Military Medal for Bravery in the Field. This was publicized in the London Gazette on the 21.10.1918. More research is needed to confirm this and maybe find his citation to find out what he actually did to win the MM. Not unique but quite scarce to find an MM to a RE signaler, so well worth anything further that could be added. All three medals come in excellent original condition and look as if they have never been mounted or worn, they come with two original photographs, one studio picture of Frederick in uniform, the other is a group shot of the whole of the 23rd field signal company in 1917. The medals come mounted on card for display or safe storage and come with copies of his service papers, medal index card and London gazette entry.
WW1 National Relief Fund Patriotic Postcard Showing a photograph of Earl Roberts this National Relief Fund patriotic postcard was sold to raise funds for the assistance of the families at home of serving men, one half penny from the sale of the cards going to the fund. The card comes in very good condition and has not been written on.
WW1 Nurse Edith Lanyon Red Cross Medal and Badges A nice group of four items all awarded to nurse Edith Lanyon who saw service in the Royal Cornwall infirmary Truro and the Royal Naval auxiliary hospital Truro, I have some paperwork to cover this but its safe to assume she saw further service, the group includes: her British Red Cross for war service medal, county of Cornwall Red Cross badge marked ‘25650 Edith Lnyon’ and made by Gaunt, red cross cap or cape badge and a St John’s ambulance pendant marked ‘217828 Edith E Lanyon’, all items come in very good condition.
WW1 Officers Sam Brown Belt. A WW1 Officers Same Brown belt complete with cross strap. it retains all of its original brass fittings and the cross strap is adjustable. it comes in very good used condition but it could use a good oil or wax. It will fit up to a max of 40 inch waist.
WW1 Officers Sam Brown Sword Frog. A good WW1 era infantry officer sword frog, worn on the Sam Brown belt and with the 1895 pattern infantry sword with field service leather scabbard. This one is in excellent original condition, the leather is a little stiff but there is no cracking or damage.
WW1 Pair & Stuff to Lieutenant RFC Flyer. A fabulous group of items including a WW1 British war and Victory medal pair correctly named to Lieutenant George Frank Custance of the Royal Flying Corps, his two training note books which are full of hand written information, a wonderful original photograph of him in uniform and lastly his original cap badge. George F Custance was born in Kings Lynn Norfolk in the December 1899 the only son of a Master Taylor. He joined the RFC as soon as he was of age and trained to become a pilot at the training centre at Hythe. Soon after qualification in January 1918 he was found unfit to be a pilot and was given the rank of Flight Observer, to accompany the Pilot in two seater aircraft serving with No 2 squadron in a reconnaissance roll. From June 1918 he was transferred to no 141 squadron serving in the defence of the home counties it is unclear in his service papers if he saw any overseas service, but the cap badge he is wearing in the photograph and included is the rare early royal Naval Air Service officers cap badge, so it is more than likely he was flying in reconnaissance missions for the navy, before the RNAS was merged with the RFC to form the RAF, here a lot more research is needed on this man. It looks as if he had a short career with the Air Force, being discharged in March of 1919, maybe because his heart was set on being a pilot or he wanted to return to the family business in Kings Lynn, whatever he did post war, it is unclear, it was a real shame he did not live to any kind of old age, as he died in 1937 at the age of only 38 years, again a little more digging is needed to discover what happened to him; he was buried in Wisbech Norfolk, not far from his birth place in Kings Lynn. The medals, cap badge and the ephemera is all in very good original condition, the note books are quite interesting both are full of notes and diagrams. A great and quite scarce lot of an early RAF observer that rarely comes available to purchase and it holds excellent investment potential.
WW1 pair to Jermey R.Berks. Reg. A good WW1 British war and victory medal correctly named to; 3606 Private Walter J Jermey of the Royal Berkshire Regiment. Apart from the usual paperwork, mic, medal roll etc, this pair is unresearhed. Looking at Walter’s number, it looks like he was in a territorial battalion with a later change of number to 201187. He was even later transferred to the Royal Army Ordnance corps and was discharged on 27th July 1919. I have also managed to find on a family tree on Ancestry a photograph of Walter after the war, it is always nice to put a face to the medals. The medals are in very good original condition, the victory medal still retains a good amount of its original gilt finish and both come on their original ribbons.
WW1 Pair to Rawle 8th Middlesex Regiment. A good WW1 British war and victory medal pair correctly named to 242352 Henry John Rawle of the 8th Battalion Middlesex Regiment. Henry Rawle was born 1896 in Bow, East London and in civilian life he was employed as a Van Guard. He enlisted into the 8th Middlesex regiment, which formed part of the 70th brigade, 8th Division, but didn’t arrive in France until the end of 1915 or early 1916, not long after the 8th Middlesex was transferred to 167th Brigade in 56th London Division. He was involved with the diversionary attack at Gommecourt on the opening day of the battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916; here he remained all through 1916, in the actions at Ginchy, Flers-Courcelette, Morval, it was here that the 56th brigade captured Combles and Transloy in the October. 1917 was hard for the division, as the Germans retreated to Hindenburg line. During the battles of the Somme, in the previous year, the Germans had constructed a new defensive system to their rear which ran from Arras to Laffaux on the Aisne. Basically the Germans destroyed all in their path, roads, buildings, everything, leaving a dessert, which due to the weather just left mud and uninhabitable and difficult conditions for the allied advance. This meant that the Germans could leave a reduced force on the line and they could concentrate on other offensives, to recover from the battle of the Somme and Verdun and resupply. He 8th battalion along with the rest of the division were to push on encountering resistance at Arras, supporting the French offensive which was taking part at Chemin des Dames and in the hills of Champagne. In the April and May of 1917, Henry would have been in battle once again at the 1st and 3rd battle of Scarp before moving on to Ypres in August. 1918 proved to be even busier, and the poor 8th battalion didn’t see much rest all through the year, once again at Arras and the Somme until they reached the Hindenburg line itself, unbeknown to Harry and everyone on the western front, the war was drawing to a close, all the the British third and fourth army’s had to do was brake the line. They faced a formidable deep defensive system which was finally broken with the help of the Australian, Canadian, New Zealand and US forces. When the armistice came, the 56th division received orders to join the British force that would advance across Belgium and move into Germany to occupy the Rhine bridgeheads. These orders were cancelled on 21 November, at which time the Division was employed on road and railway repair work in the area of Harveng. Although hard work, it must have seemed like a holiday compared with the rest of that year. Harry was later transferred to the Welsh Regiment with a change of Number, but this would have been very late on, towards the end of the war, or after the armistice. The achievement of braking the Hindenburg line has gone down in history as being one of the greatest in military history. Harry survived the war, which was another great achievement as the loss of men was high, the casualties amounted to 1,470 officers and 33,339 men killed in action on the western front, Harry was Lucky. A few pages of research comes with Harry’s medals, copies of his medal index card and medal roll, census records from 1901 and 1911. Apart from that, no other research has been done, and what I have done here is followed the regiment diary for the 8th Middlesex and the 56th division, so really Harry’s story is still yet to be discovered. The medals comes with an original Middlesex regiment badge etc.
WW1 Pair to Sapper Sid Short Royal Engineers. A good WW1 British war and victory medal correctly named to 191424 Sapper Sidney Short of the Royal Engineers. This pair comes with copies of his medal index card and medal roll, apart from this no other research has been done. The paperwork provided confirms his medal entitlement as the above. The medals are in very good condition, the BWM has never been polished and the victory medal still retains all of its original gilt finish.
WW1 Pair to Staff Nurse Doyle QAIMR Served Hospital Ship Gallipoli Mary E. Doyle from Dublin Ireland was a trained nurse working in the private sector when the war broke out, she joined the Queen Alexanders Imperial Nursing Service in January 1915 and was invalided out in January 1916, during that time she served on the hospital ship Letitia which was recorded as, 'serving with distinction in the Mediterranean and even coming under fire while evacuating wounded troops near the Dardanelles', the Gallipoli campaign ran from April 1915 to January 1916 so Mary would have been in the thick of the action. To accompany her medals are a bundle of National Archives paperwork which helps to piece together a time line for Mary. She returned to Britain in January 1916 and went before a medical board, she was described as having 'valvular disease of the heart' and was awarded a silver war badge, almost immediately she was released from service and the paperwork covers a series of handwritten letters from Mary, the authorities and even the parish priest in Ireland trying to get her back into service, Mary herself declares she is fit for service but is turned down and recommended back to private nursing. The letter from the parish priest is addressed to the Lord lieutenant of Dublin castle appealing for help from the ladyship on Mary's behalf and even suggests that had Mary been an English nurse she would not have been treated so poorly. I would love to know what happened to Mary, did she get back into nursing perhaps with the Red Cross or in a private capacity, she would have seen heavy action and in one of the papers is described as serving 'under fire'. The medals come in good condition, there is an edge knock on the BWM, complete with ribbons and have been worn with pride.
WW1 Pair to Taylor BRCS & Order of St J of J. Ambulance Driver. An interesting & Scarcer WW1 British war and victory medal correctly named to Albert E Taylor of the British Red Cross Society and the Order of St John of Jerusalem. Albert Edward Taylor was 22 years old and living in East Dulwich when he volunteered for service in the BRCS in 1916. It is more than likely Albert didn’t want to fight and probably volunteered into the Red Cross before he was drafted into the army in 1916. He served in Etaples France from 9th January 1917 as an Ambulance Driver. The most important base for the British Army was at Étaples, using Boulogne as its port for personnel. Calais was used mainly for stores, ammunition, etc. Étaples was the BEF's main infantry base, with sections for every regiment with battalions at the front. Étaples serviced the Regular and New Army battalions at the front and included 16 hospitals. Étaples is most remembered today, however, for a September 1917 mutiny. Wilfred Owen described the camp as the "bull ring" because of the brutality of the instructors, many of whom had not served at the front and the generally harsh conditions that reigned there. Tensions between the camp authorities and the soldiers boiled over in a series of events in 1916 & 17. It is said that after two weeks, many of the wounded would rather return to the front with unhealed wounds than remain at Étaples. Taylor would have been around this area in 1917 and must have witnessed what went on there. The BRCS relinquished their claim on Taylor after he went to France although his medals are made out to BRCS etc. he may have been taken up by the RAMC or RASC. An interesting pair for further research. Both medals are in perfect condition, the Victory medal still has all of its original gilt finish intact and the BWM, now heavily toned has never been cleaned or polished. This pair comes with a copy of his mic and BRCS index service card.
WW1 period 'Bombardment of Lowestoft' Photo Booklet On April 25th 1916 the small seaside town of Lowestoft in Suffolk was subjected to aerial bombings by the Germans a local photographer the next day took pictures of the damaged properties around the town and from that this booklet was created. 12 photos unique to the town originally cost one shilling. Comes in very good condition. Ref. 18407
WW1 Period German/Austrian Commemorative Pin An interesting white metal pin depicting Kaiser Wilhelm and Franz Joseph, dated 1914 and having the words viribus unitis 'with united forces'. Issued I'm sure for the uniting of the German and Austrian Empires and coincidentally the motto of Franz Joseph. Comes in super original condition.
WW1 Photograph French Infantryman. A wonderful WW1 studio photograph of a French infantry volunteer NCO. Although the photo is black & white, he is wearing their ever practical red and blue uniform and soft kepi. He is proudly wearing his volunteers armband and standing to attention with his Gras bayonet and rifle. A lovely piece of Great War memorabilia that is nice and clear and in good condition.
WW1 Princes Mary’s Christmas Gift Tin. The Princess Mary Christmas gift box was a brass or silver tin containing a number of gifts intended to be distributed to all members of the armed forces of the British Empire on Christmas day 1914, during World War I, this example comes in good but used condition, there is some wear to the surface on the lid, hinges are in good firm condition.
WW1 Princess Mary Christmas Gift Tin The Princess Mary Christmas gift box was a brass or silver tin containing a number of gifts intended to be distributed to all members of the armed forces of the British Empire on Christmas day 1914, during World War I, this brass example comes in good but used condition, there is some wear to the surface on the lid, hinges are in good firm condition.
WW1 RAMC Silver & Enamel Sweetheart Badge A very good quality silver and enamel sweetheart badge for the Royal Army Medical Corps, it is a small size measuring .75 of an inch long, I think it is hallmarked on the back but the application of the pin has partially obscured what I am taking to be the sterling mark. Comes in very good condition.
WW1 Red Cross Nurses Apron. I have recently been very lucky and cleared an old store in a local cottage hospital. The hospital was used as a red cross VAD hospital during the Great War and treated both civilians and soldiers during the Second World War. So in the old linen store was found a small quantity of WW1 Red Cross nurse’s aprons, this sale does not include the blue dress which is not of the same period. Matching starched collar and head square are being sold separately, please see my nursing uniforms etc. The condition is great; some areas have a few yellow spots just where it has been stored for such a long time,and some fraying to the material, but a superb original item for the re-enactor or collector. size 26'' waist but this can be enlarged to any size. Ref RC1
WW1 Red Cross Shell Shape Fund Raising Collection Tin As used by the Red Cross fund raisers just post war to generate funds for the returning service personnel it is made from aluminium at the top with a lightweight brass base and is marked to the front with the red cross with 1914-1918, originally it had a plug in the bottom but this is sadly missing. Comes in good but used condition with some surface scuffing, it stands 6.75 inches high.
WW1 Royal Berkshire Regiment Cap & Shoulder Badges. WW1 era 1914 pattern brass cap and shoulder badges for the Royal Berkshire Regiment. The cap badge is lovely quality and as with the shoulder title it has a nice bright patina. Both are in excellent original condition. This style of badge, ‘the Dragon of China’ was in use for quite a long time with only very small tweaks to the design. It wasn’t changed until the merger with the Wiltshire regiment in 1959 when the Duke of Edinburgh’s Royal Regiment was formed.
WW1 Royal Berkshire Regiment Cap Badge. WW1 era solid brass cap badge featuring the China Dragon from the campaign of 1840-42. This badge was issued until the regiment merged with the Wiltshire regiment in 1959. It comes in very good original condition with a good even tone, but it does show some residue of old polish in the ridges of the badge. Ref. Z22.
WW1 Royal Engineers Officers Badge. WW1 era RE officers bronze badge. this badge is in very good order and has a nice chocolate colour tone to the front, but it is heavily patinated on the back. Tt also has a slight depression to the centre of the badge, the GvR part of the badge; but not really noticeable though. It has been worn and used, still a good collectable grade. Ref. E13
WW1 Royal Fusiliers Sweetheart Badge. A lovely WW1 era Sweetheart brooch for the Royal Fusiliers; originally this with have been brass overlaid with a gilt finish, unfortunately the gilt has almost all gone from the front. Having said that, this badge remains in very good condition overall. It measures 1.25 inches high.
WW1 Royal Marine Light Infantry Cap Badge. A good quality WW1 brass badge for the Light Infantry component of the Royal Marines. Issued from 1914 to 1923 when they were merged back into the corps of the Royal Marines. This badge is in wonderful original condition, only showing light wear to the high points on the globe. Ref. Z2
WW1 Royal Warwickshire Cap and Shoulder badge Set. Two WW1 period badges for the Royal Warwickshire regiment. the bi-metal cap badge is in good used condition and is quite dirty, a sympathetic clean would do it wonders; apart from that it is in very good order. The brass shoulder badge is the early great war large letter type and although a little out of shape, it comes in very good condition.
WW1 Sam Brown Leather Sword Frog. WW1 era officers sword frog, Sam Brown in brown leather. It is in good order, nothing is missing but the leather is a bit hard and there is a little bit of damage to one of the belt loops, but nothing that will stop it from being used, it just needs a good oil and wax. It comes with its original brass fittings still in tact.
WW1 Sam Brown Sword Frog. A good brown leather Frog for the WW1 officers Sam Brown belt. it is in very good condition, with one little nick to the leather on both side of one of the straps; the leather is soft and pliable but it could do with a good wax or oil. All the original brass fitting are still present, ready to fit to a belt.
WW1 Sam Brown Webley Revolver Holster. A WW1 era brown leather holster for the Military Webley revolver. Made to fit the officers Sam Brown belt, this one in very good condition with just about an inch of lose stiches near the top (please see pictures). all the original brass fittings are still present to attach it to the belt.
WW1 Silk Postcard - Good Luck A very good quality WW1 silk postcard having the flags of the allies with ‘good luck’ under, this is the lift flap type and includes its original inner card which has ‘my thoughts are always with you’. The condition of the card is superb, it is clean and without foxing and has not been written on.
WW1 Silk Postcard – A Happy Christmas This WW1 Silk postcard is the lift up flap type but is lacking its inner card, to the front it has ‘a happy christmas’ with the flags of the allies across the top. It comes in good condition but does show signs of age with some foxing to the silk and it has been written on the back.
WW1 Silk Postcard – French 75 Cannon A super WW1 silk postcard showing the French 75mm cannon, below is a brief history for the weapon. The card comes in good condition, some yellowing to the edge, it has been written on. The Canon de 75 antiaérien mle 1913–1917 were a family of French 75 mm anti-aircraft guns designed and manufactured by Schneider et Cie at Le Creusot. The guns were used by the French Army during the First World War and Second World War.
WW1 Silk Postcard – Lift Flap and Flags A very good quality silk postcard having the flags of the allies including the American flag in a swag across the top, it is the lift flap variety and still includes its original inner card which has ‘forget me not’ on the front and handwritten on the back ‘France 1918’. Comes in very good condition with just mild signs of age and has been written on the back.
WW1 Silver & Gilt Sweetheart Brooch – Wiltshire Regiment A super quality WW1 silver although not marked and gilt sweetheart brooch for the Wiltshire regiment, the central gilt boss is wired through the silver body, it comes in very good condition and measures one inch square.
WW1 Silver Miniature British War Medal As issued, a WW1 silver example of the British war medal in miniature. Perfect condition but needs cleaning.
WW1 Silver Queens Reg Sweetheart Brooch. Great War era sterling silver and enamel sweetheart brooch for the Queens Regiment. It is unmarked but tests as sterling and comes in very good condition apart from a very tiny chip to the blue enamel just on one corner, but this is hardly noticeable, please see pictures.
WW1 Silver War Badge R. Gladwell Middlesex Regiment Robert H. Gladwell was an acting Corporal in the 29th Middlesex regiment, he enlisted in February 1916 and was discharged in May 1917 due to wounds having seen overseas service. Here we have his silver war badge correctly numbered to Robert, it comes with a copy of his medal index card and his war badge entitlement list, the badge is in fair condition missing its pin on the back.
WW1 Silver War Badge – Nicol Warwickshire Reg TFWM 307129 private Robert Nicol would have been a Territorial at the outbreak of the Great war, his enlistment date is given as February 1913 and he served with the 2nd 8th Royal Warwickshire Regiment who saw continual service in France, he was discharged with sickness and awarded his silver war badge in November 1917, he also was awarded the Territorial Force War Medal. His war badge is numbered 264307 and comes in very good condition.
WW1 Silver War Badge – Sergeant Staff Norfolk Reg – Amputee A good WW1 silver war badge numbered 447687 awarded to Sergeant John Staff of the Norfolk regiment, he first went to France in Feb 1916 and was wounded in June 1917, his papers show a gun shot wound to a hand, shrapnel wounds, a fracture to the humorous and ultimately an amputation of the arm. John came from Norwich in Norfolk and was discharged home in late 1918. The badge comes in very good condition and includes paperwork , there is a full package of service papers available for this man available on ‘Ancestry’.
WW1 Silver War Badge – Thornton Northumberland Regiment A good WW1 silver war badge numbered B276432 issued to private Joseph Hall Thornton of the Northumberland regiment who was discharged with wounds in June 1917, he enlisted in January 1915 and saw service overseas. The badge comes in very good condition and is accompanied by some paperwork.
WW1 Solid Brass South Staffordshire Regiment Bed Plate This great brass Staffordshire knot bed plate could date anywhere up to 1957 when the regiment was amalgamated, stamped with the South Staffordshire regiment across the top it comes in very good condition, just needs a clean and it measures 4.5 inches wide.
WW1 South African Belt / Bandolier with Ammo Pouch. A brown leather military bandolier / belt with a brass buckle. It has one ammo pouch which has been riveted on, why it only has one, I don’t know, others I have found have four or more and worn as a bandolier, this one looks like it has been worn as a belt. an interesting piece made in south Africa. It measures 36 inches.
WW1 Sterling Silver ASC Sweetheart Brooch. A lovely little silver and enamel brooch for the Royal Army Medical Corps. It comes in perfect condition, no damage to the enamels and it is marked ‘Sterling’ on the back.
WW1 Territorial Artillery Officers Sword – Lancashire Brigade. A fabulous Great War era Artillery officer’s sword made by Hobson of London and it carries the relevant proof mark. It has a beautifully etched blade showing the royal cypher, an artillery gun and the title ‘Lancashire Brigade’. The condition is excellent apart from a little wear conclusive of its age it is about as perfect as you are going to get an officers sword of this age. The original scabbard is in just as good order and it still retains its original brown leather sword knot. A rare and beautiful sword regimentally marked for a territorial artillery brigade.
WW1 Trench Art Lighter. A very well made little petrol lighter made from brass an embellished with a general service brass badge. It has been well used but still comes in good condition, the flit wheel needs freeing up, at the moment it seems ceased. It measures 3 inches tall.
WW1 Trench Art Paper Knife 1916 Shell A decorative WW1 brass trench art scimitar shaped paper knife with a bullet for a handle which has a period general service button attached, the bullet is marked S67 DM 6 16 to the base. It comes in fair condition, there are a few marks to the blade and it is also a little out of shape, but still a lovely little cabinet item; it measures 6.75 inches long.
WW1 Trench Art Paper Knife. A lovely little piece of trench art made from a bullet and shell brass. It comes in perfect order and ready for display in your cabinet.
WW1 Trench Art Scimitar Shape Paper Knife – Ypres A decorative WW1 trench art brass paper knife made in the shape of a scimitar and engraved on one side with 'souvenir – D'Ypres', the handle is made from a 303 bullet which is marked G15 (for 1915) and VII on the base. Comes in excellent condition and measures 7.25 inches long.
WW1 Trench Art Shell Case 'Borre' 1917/18 Not sure what the intended purpose was for this piece as it has the screw missing from the bottom, perhaps and ashtray! But it does have an interesting slant, the edge is decorated in typical fashion with 'souvenir de France' and on the opposite side it has '1917 Borre 1918', The cemetery, which is located in this village, in route de Sec-Bois. It contains 370 graves from the First World War, of which 129 are British, 238 Australian and 3 German. Borre would have taken the wounded from the battle fields of Hazebrouck and surrounding area. It may even be a a rare piece made by a member of the RAMC. The base is marked for an 18 pounder and dated 1916 but was originally produced in 1910 and it has an assortment of other marks. Comes in very good condition and measures 4 inches in diameter and stands 1.75 inches high. Ref. 18482
WW1 Trench Art Tank – Suffolk Regiment A wonderful little piece of trench art in the form of a great war ‘land ship’, very nicely made and placed on a wooden plinth and a Suffolk regiment button welded to the top. The condition is very good and totally untouched, it is made of brass but now heavily patinated and the wooden plinth, which looks like oak, has a slight bow in the centre. A beautiful little piece full of history and one man’s perception of the large war machine he witnessed from the front line. It measures 5 x 3 inches at the base.
WW1 Trenchart Brass Letter Opener – 303 Bullet Handle A lovely WW1 trenchart brass letter opener, the blade is fashioned into a scimitar shape and has been decorated on one side with a running floral pattern, the handle is made from a 303 bullet which is marked 18 on the base for 1918. It comes in very good condition and measures 6.75 inches long.
WW1 Trio Etc to Coldstream Guards – Tunnelling Coy A very interesting lot comprising of the 1915 star correctly named to 12678 Private Frederick Mansbridge Coldstream Guards, and the British war and victory medal correctly named to 12678 Corporal Frederick Mansbridge Coldstream Guards, silver war badge numbered 134699, this is confirmed by the SWB roll which is included. Also the King Edward VII Police coronation medal to PC Mansbridge ‘T’ Division, and lastly his original police armband. There is so much to tell about this group especially about Frederick Mansbridge that I do not have the space to really do him justice but I will endeavour to detail as much as I can in brief. Frederick Mansbridge was born in Hounslow in Middlesex around 1884, his Father and Mother ran a boarding house in Grove Road Hounslow letting rooms up six lodgers at one time. In the 1911census we see Frederick employed as a Police Constable, policing T division which covered Hammersmith. When the war broke out in 1914, Frederick now at the age of 30 with a wife and two children, was quick to volunteer and he was enlisted into the 3rd Battalion Coldstream Guards; on his enlistment, his occupation is described as a general labour, so he must have given up the police force only a few years earlier. He landed on French soil in the early months of 1915, apart from the odd skirmish it seems their first major engagement was at Loos in the September, it was at this time Frederick was promoted to lance Corporal. In April of 1916 he was transferred to the royal engineers as minor but returned to the guards ten days later. A month on and a handful of men from the 3rd battalion Coldstream Guards and other regiments were attached to the 177 Tunnelling Company RE, Frederick was promoted to full corporal at this point; his service papers are a little hard for me to read, but for whatever he was posted it was a secret operation, it was to do with the digging of 19 huge British mines under the Messines Ridge. With the 177 tunnelling coy of the Royal Engineers they dug from 1500 feet from behind the British line to reach this strong point under the enemy trenches. 49500 pounds of explosive, mostly ammonal, buried 57 feet below the surface; it blew at 3.20am on 7 June 1917. The Messines craters can still be seen today resembling large ponds in the Flanders landscape. It was only two days after this event that Frederick was badly wounded by shrapnel in the chest, a shell exploded next to him and he was hit by Shrapnel, he was admitted to hospital where they remove the shrapnel by operation, his service papers carry on describing his symptoms after his review in November 1917, it said “ he complains of frequent and acute pain in head, memory is affected, he is suffers from tremors and hand writing is shaky, sleep is broken and he suffers with bad dreams which wake him up”. It sounds as if this poor guy also had shell shock, the service papers do not mention shell shock, but that is not unusual, at this point in the war, shell shock was only just being recognised and the title was almost treated as a dirty word that shouldn’t be said. Frederick Mansbridge was discharged with wounds and found no longer fit to give military service, he was awarded a military pension, but who knows how this affected the rest of his life. This group comes with copies of his service and pension papers, medal index card and SWB roll along with census details relating to Frederick and his family. The group would benefit from further research, he was specially picked for the tunnelling coy, so what was his role and what was the secret duty he was chosen for, the details are in his papers, it just needs deciphering. All medals etc are in very good original condition, the silver war badge has lost its pin but otherwise in excellent order, all medals come on their original ribbons and mounted for display or safe storage.
WW1 Trio to Nursing Sister of the Q.A.I.M.N.S.R. A wonderful Great War medal trio comprising of the 1914/15 star named to S/Nurse A. M. Allen. Q.A.I.M.N.S.R. the British War and Victory medal to Sister. A. M. Allen. Before war broke out in the august 1914 Miss Alice Melona Allan was working as a staff nurse at the King Edward VII Hospital in Cardiff Wales, she volunteered for the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Reserve and arrived at the training hospital in Aldershot on 8th August 1914, she served here for just under a year before being recommended for overseas service by her matron. Her first post was Egypt in the July of 1916 and then moved to the Citadel Hospital Cairo, although