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WW1 Issue Prussian Officers Pickelhaube Helmet.

A great war issue Prussian Infantry officers Pickelhaube helmet. This is a 1914 / 15 wartime issue, black leather shell with brass fittings. Rear spike with vent, spike with pearling, star studs and standard issue size spike. It has flat chin scales, state, and imperial cockades. These cockades are usually found on Ulan helmets, but they have small holes to fit to an officer’s helmet, these would usually have large holes, I’m sure they have always been on this helmet, they just probably just ran out of officers cockades at the time. It also comes with its original plate; this inin superb condition and has retained most of its original gilt finish. Inside is the standard issued officer’s liner with leather sweat band.
Ok, as you can see by the price, this helmet is not perfect. I can assure you it is a good original helmet, but it has some war. It has suffered some shrinkage and sits a bit lop sided; there is a depression at the back and the front under the plate. The peek has crazing, these were originally coated with shellac to stiffen them, over time sometimes the shellac moves and distorts, which causes this weird effect on the peek; it is quite a common fault on Pickelhaube’s. It is what it is, a good officer’s helmet and with care should last another hundred years.

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WW2 RAF Type C Flying Helmet, Goggles & Mask.

A superb collection of WW2 1st pattern Type C Flying helmet, goggles and communications mask with earphones wire and plug, which all belonged to one man. The type C came in, in 1941 and replaced the type B. It is a leather helmet with padded earphones a dn worn with the rubber communication mask, which has an on / off switch on the top. The goggles are standard early war issue, leather with blacken brass plates supporting the lenses. There is a name inside the helmet, embroidered in black thread, J. Bretherton.
The condition of the whole lot is just great for an original WW2 issued and used flying helmet etc. there are signs of wear but no damage, rips or heavy scuffs to the leather on the helmet. the mask is in excellent condition, again, no damage and the rubber is still good with no degrading. The googles are good, lenses are intact, the leather is still soft and supple but the strap is well used.
A great original lot of RAF kit, please see pictures to see the details of the fabulous lot.

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WW1 Pair to Nurse Monica Bellasis French Red Cross.

A very interesting and scarce pair of medals awarded to an older woman as a totally unselfish act of humanity enrolled into the French Red Cross.
Monica Mary Bellasis was born 25th November 1855. Her early life is unknown, but in 1879 she devoted her life to god and went into a convent on 16th January, following her two sisters Agnes Mary and Cecelia Mary. The three Bellasis girls gave up a career of a life in the Catholic church, Monica being professed 16th January 1881 and given the religious name of Mary Edward all of the Sacred Heart Child Jesus. When war broke out in 1914, two of the sisters, Monica and Agnes were quick to respond to France’s call for medical helpers and in August / September 1914 both women enlisted. I would imagine that being Nuns they would have practiced some form of medical training in the convent. The served under the banner of the French Flag Nursing Corps, which wasn’t really recognised until 1916, before that the women served on their own merits with the French Red Cross. Although I do not know the full history of this women’s service, she did serve in one of the French hospitals at Camiers, known nowadays as Étaples camp in northern France. She served overseas until the war ended which must have been physically and mentally exhausting for a woman of 63 under the strain of seeing the worst of what one man can do to another.
Sadly Monica died on 27th April 1927 at the age of 72. At St Leonards.
More research is needed on the extremely devoted and brave lady, I have found a couple of pictures of her, one taken with her two other sisters as nuns and one when she was serving in France, by the look, dressed in winter clothes.
Both medals are in excellent original condition and come mounted on board, covered with a soft red material. Also a little research is included, medal index card etc.

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1914 Star & Bar Trio to Brooks Norfolk Reg KIA 1914.

A poignant WW1 trio comprising of the 1914 star with Mons bar British war and Victory medal all correctly named to; 8888 Private Herbert H Brooks of the 1st battalion Norfolk regiment.
Herbert Brooks was born in Darsham Suffolk in 1894. Before he joined the army, he was employed as a farm labourer, so, as a young man wanting something from life, he enlisted into the Norfolk regiment in Norwich around 1912. He was serving in Ireland when war broke out in the august of 1914.
The 1st Norfolk’s formed part of 15th Brigade, 5th Division, 2nd corps under the command of Lieutenant-General Smith-Dorrien.
Private Brookes embarked for France on 16th August 1914 and arrived at Le Havre without incident, from here the battalion marched at night to rest camp No8 which stood on a hill six miles away from the port.
The next morning the 17th they were put on a train headed for the front. On the 20th, the whole of the 5th division was paraded for the G.O.C. and on the 21st and 22nd they march as the 15th brigade in support of the 13th and 14th brigades and spread out along the Mons Conde Canal, the 1st Norfolk’s being on the extreme left side of the whole British army. Being so situated they were not in action on the first day of the battle of Mons, their turn was to come the next day, where a series of events forced the Norfolk’s to stand and delay a German attack on retiring cavalry, supported by seven batteries of artillery. The 1st Norfolk’s suffered heavy casualties here, losing one of their officers who was carrying a message to retire, the Norfolk’s along with the Cheshire regiment did not receive the order, leaving some of the Cheshire’s and one platoon of Norfolk’s completely cut off and after fighting until their ammunition had run out, those who were still alive were taken prisoner. Here the Norfolk’s lost 11 officers and 250 other ranks, killed wounded or missing.
From here they were positioned in the second line on the sunken road running from Troisvilles to Le Cateau, here they were not bothered much by the enemy and on the 26th August, Smith- Dorrien decided to break off the action and to continue to retreat. The Norfolk’s were placed in rear guard and held off advancing parties of Germans, now on the main road to St Quentin. On the 28th August the Norfolk’s were again holding the rear guard of the division along the Somme canal working their way to Noyon and through Pontoise and on the 29th to Carlepont passing the eastern edge of the Compiegne forest and by the 2nd September they reached Montge. Here they were relieved of rear guard duty and returned to the 15th brigade. They were almost in sight of Paris, yet the retreat still continued. On 5th September news reached them that the retreat had halted and soon an advance would take place, the effect on the men’s spirits was noted as “marvellous”. Cheerfully singing and whistling they marched through Tournans, forest of Crecy, La Celle and continued to Petit Morin. On the 9th the Marne river was crossed, but just beyond, the first heavy resistance by the German army was felt at hill 189; the Norfolk’s, first on their own and then with the 1st Dorset’s attacked this hill. They crawled forward under very heavy shellfire until they reached a ridge from which they could fire on the enemy, who were about 120 yards away, they dug in for the night, firing constantly at the German trench. At daylight, the German rear guard has vanished, leaving behind them their field battery on the hill surrounded by dead. Still on the move, the 1st Norfolk’s along with the Dorset’s, marched along to the river Aisne and crossed by rafts in the dark, which was not easy, they then marched into St Marguerite; on the 14th September they came under very heavy fire of all sorts, so they moved eastwards to Missy, from here they had orders to move northwards and clear a spur. There were just too many men for the narrow passage, some did get through into the surrounding wood and shot down a handful of Germans who were in the open, but as more men came in, they were forced to a horseshoe in the road and the men lost direction. Confusion set in and some were killed by friendly fire, being mistaken for Germans, they all started to fall back to be greeted by very heavy shellfire. 25 men and 2 officers of C company Norfolk’s went in further forward but were killed, wounded or taken prisoner. The next morning, the 1st Norfolk’s were ordered to try again, supported by two other regiments, they got even further forward, but again had to withdraw with losses.
The old battalion was now becoming much depleted, as were all of our contemptable little army. After a brief rest in billets at Chassemy where the town was shelled, they were moved further north and on the 7th October entrained with the rest of the brigade to Abbeville; from here some men marched and some were taken by motor bus to Bethune, arriving on the 11th they moved forward to the Le Bassee front. A very different terrain than that of the hilly Aisne, it was flat like the fenlands at home, interspersed with coalmines and factories. At first the Norfolk’s were kept in a reserve position until 19th October, when they were in the front line between Festubert and Givenchy, where they received a heavy shelling, with a loss of around 20 men. On the 21st October they were they were about half way between Canteleux and Violains, later joined by their old pals the 1st Cheshire’s. On the 22nd October was a day of terrible battle. At 6am the Cheshire’s, who were on the left, were driven back from Violains with very heavy losses. All day the Germans made frequent attacks and were gradually moving their trenches forward. The Germans losses were appalling wave after wave were shot down just yards from reaching the Norfolk’s position. Again, the Norfolk’s losses were heavy and it was here that Herbert Brooks severely wounded, soon after dying of his wounds. Later that night the whole brigade had to fall back near Givenchy, where they dug themselves in.
Private Herbert Brooks who was just 21 years old, is now remembered with honour at the Boulogne Eastern Cemetery. A brave young man who saw a lot of fierce fighting in his short time on the western front and he was part of the force who held back the Germans from the retreating army. A true old contemptable, who didn’t live to receive the valour of the title.
All three medals are in excellent original condition and were mounted in a frame, which when it came to me was broken, so now it comes mounted on a brown velvet backing. The medals come with a few copy pages, medal index card, census record and CWGC details and certificate.

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Superb Victorian Naval Officers Dirk. Named to Dawes RN.

A very nice Victorian naval officers dirk or short sword. The is a beautiful piece with a gilt brass hilt with lion head pommel; it has a ray skin grip with gilt brass twisted wire terminating in a cross guard with acorn finial’s and to the centre the Royal Naval crest with King Edward VII crown. This has been replaced, originally to would have displayed queen Victoria’s crown. It has a good steel blade which is elaborately etched to the tip with C’ scrolls and foliage with an anchor under queen Victoria’s crown on one side, the other with much the same but with Queen Victoria’s cypher and the makers details of; Mackay & Co Naval Outfitters, Devonport.
It comes with its original leather and gilt brass scabbard, the gilt brass parts have engraved decoration. On the Mouthpiece at the top of the scabbard, the owners name has been engraved; G.W.W. Dawes.
It is in lovely condition for its age; it retains a lot of its original gilt finish on the metalwork and there is no damage to this dirk, just some wear. The scabbard, although in very good order over all, it does have a few light knocks to the metal fittings. A beautiful piece of officers dress attire. It measures 24 inches long.
This was George Wentworth Winsor Dawes. He was born in 27 August 1865 and was commissioned into the Royal navy as a Midshipman in 1881. He had a long and illustrious career in the Royal Navy gradually working his way through the ranks to become a Lieutenant in 1888, a Commander in 1901 and a Captain in 1916.
He served on such ships as HMS Agincourt in the Egypt campaign 1883, HMS Champion in China, HMS Charybdis in the early 1900’s patrolling the Pacific and Indian Ocean. He retired in 1910 but also served during the First World War up to 1919. Sadley George died in June 1931 at his home in Worcestershire.
This dirk comes with a copy of his RN service papers.
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Scarce WW2 22nd Armoured Brigade Brodie Helmet

A good original WW2 Brodie helmet sporting the insignia of the 22nd Armoured brigade. The helmet is in sand coloured paint with hand painted decals on each side. On the back is lettering which looks like C.L.Y, this looks stencilled and has wear through the middle, so it is a little hard to read, but it could stand for City of London Yeomanry. It comes with its original liner and chin strap, these all shows signs of wear and use. As far as I can see, this helmet has no impressed marks but comes in good order with again, some wear to the original paint and decals. The helmet and rim have been waxed to stop any further degrading of the paint etc and it is a fine looking piece.
The 22nd Armoured Brigade was an armoured brigade of the British Army that saw service during and after World War II. The brigade was formed on the outbreak of war on 3 September 1939 from Yeomanry mechanised cavalry regiments of the Territorial Army (TA). It saw a considerable amount of action during the war, beginning with the Western Desert Campaign where it was engaged in Operation Crusader and at the Battles of Gazala, Mersa Matruh, First Alamein and Alam el Halfa. It then joined the 7th Armoured Division (the 'Desert Rats') for the Second Battle of El Alamein. It remained part of 7th Armoured for the rest of the war,

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WW2 Kent Home Guard Battle Dress.

1940 ‘Austerity’ pattern battle dress with original WW2 Kent Home Guard insignia. Made of drab colour woollen serge with high fastening collar and exposed buttons and a single inside pocket. It retains its original label inside and the issue date of 1943 has been blanked out and 1945 added. So this one was sitting in stores for a few years before it was issued. It has the Kent 10 Home Guard recognition badges on each side, these have been hand stencilled but look totally original plus original sergeants stripes on each sleeve.
This battledress is in excellent condition, no moth etc, but, the bottom panel at the back has been unpicked, and looks ready for a little size alteration, but has not been finished. This just need a little bit of sewing to make it perfect.

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Scarce WW2 Wilkinson’s Type D Special Forces Fighting Knife.

A scarce WW2 type D fighting / survival knife by Wilkinson Sword.
Used by Special Forces and some aircrew during WW2, this is the early type D issue. It comes in very good condition considering this one has been issued and used. So it shows some wear to the blade and grip and the original field brown leather scabbard, is still here but this is a little shabby and fragile and has had a field repair to the back. The blade has very good markings, the full Wilkinson’s logo and numbers etc, please see pictures. The knife measures; 12.5 inches long.
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Vintage Fairbairn Sykes Type Commando Dagger.

A good vintage Fairbairn Sykes type fighting knife of the third pattern. It is a very good quality, quite a heavy grip with deep channels and a good steel blade. The hilt is held in place by a small nut. On the fairbairnsykesfightingknives.com web site, it identifies this knife as an old Windlass Steel example. The condition is excellent, just some staining near the ricasso on both sides; it comes in a good quality black leather scabbard. It measures; 11.5 inches long.
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Victorian Shako Plate 13th R of F. Somerset Light Infantry.

The all brass one piece shako plate worn on the 1861-1869 quilted shako. This one for the 13th regiment of foot or what became the Somerset light infantry. I believe at the time this plate was worn, the regiment was known as the 1st Somersetshire Prince Albert's Light Infantry. This badge is a superb example, it has very little wear and it still has its leather insert. It is evenly toned and the detail is quite clogged with old polish. With a little effort and some gentle cleaning, it will come up beautifully. It measures 2.5 x 3 inches.

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