A superb quality Box Lock pocket percussion pistol with a short turn off barrel concealed trigger and decorated lock and hammer. It carries the London proof marks on the turn off barrel and two on the percussion chamber. It also has a walnut slab grip with a small silver cartouche and now comes in a period mahogany refitted case.
This wonderful little pistol is in beautiful condition and working perfectly with a nice tight lock. on the sides has the maker mark of Mortimer of London. H.W. Mortimer & Co. London were Gunmakers to his majesty King George IV. And resided at No.89, Fleet Street, London. He made a vast array of quality weaponry and a little pocket pistol such as this would have not have been accessible by most people in the period.
It measures 6 inches long and the case 7.5 inches long.
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The pin fire revolver was a revolution in modern weaponry taking a cartridge instead of a ball. The Pinfire cartridge was invented by a Frenchman named Casimir Lefaucheux around 1828, but the Pinfire revolver did not catch on in Britain until it was displayed and demonstrated at the 1851 Exhibition and later patented in Britain in 1854.
Here we have a baby pinfire revolver, a small pocket type. The revolver is loaded via a gate on the side and would hold five pinfire cartridges. It has a sliding cartridge ejector on the side, cartridges also ejected through the side gate. It has a folding trigger, so the trigger doesn’t get caught up in the pocket. It has composite chequered grips and a long spur type hammer.
This whole piece is in just superb condition, in perfect working order and retaining most of its original blue/black finish, apart from very slight wear to the finish on the cylinder and trigger it looks untouched.
It has a French proof mark on the wide part of the barrel and two numbers, 63 on the frame. It also has a sight notch on the tip of the barrel, as a pocket revolver, the sight was probably never used.
It measures 6 inches long and being an antique Pinfire revolver it is an obsolete calibre and does not require a licence to own and sell etc.
A real beauty, in wonderful original condition.
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An early war time Brodie helmet complete with all original paint, sand textured and 12th Brigade single decal. This Brodie is in remarkable condition and looks as if it was never used, as the liner is also in superb order. It is stamped on the underside of the back rim with C.L./C 1940 and a stencilled number 37603 which may be a service number; I have had a brief look for this number, but there were just too many to wade through in the time I had, this needs more research. It is not mint, it has some usual signs of age and a few odd chips to the paint, mostly on the rim, but it is guaranteed as original and untouched. It has a single painted decal on one side for the 12th Mechanized Brigade.
During the Second World War, except for a few brief periods of detachment, the brigade formed part of the 4th Infantry Division, it was part of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) and took part in Battle of France and the subsequent Dunkirk evacuation in May–June 1940.
The brigade remained in the United Kingdom for the next two years, preparing and training to repel Operation Sea Lion, the German invasion of England, although that never arrived. It moved to North Africa in February 1943 to take part in the later stages of the Tunisian Campaign and saw action at the Battle of Oved Zara, the Battle of Medjez Plain and the Battle of Tunis. It then took part in the Italian Campaign, moving to Naples in February 1944 and saw further action at the Fourth Battle of Monte Cassino. By October 1944 the 4th Division was taking part in the British Eighth Army's battle on the Gothic Line but was withdrawn in November to spend the rest of the war in Greece, part of the Allied force tasked to prevent civil unrest as rival factions attempted to fill the political vacuum when the Germans withdrew from the country.
WW2 Order of Battle; 2nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers. 1st Battalion South Lancashire. Regiment (until June 1940). 1st Battalion Black Watch (until March 1940). 6th Battalion Black Watch (from March 1940). 1st Battalion Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment (from September 1940).
A nice untouched group with various ephemera relating to 11000461 Gunner Albert W Miller of the 488/123 Field Regiment Royal Artillery.
The medals include; 1939/45 star, Burma Star, Defence medal and the 1939/45 War medal. the medals and all the various paperwork, photo etc were found still in his original waxed folder, which he would have had in the field to keep all his important documents dry, this is a bit tatty, but original.
Gunner Miller was born in 1921 and came and lived in Norwich Norfolk. He was enlisted in the Royal Artillery and sent overseas from April 1941 and served with the 123 Field Regiment.
They served in the UK from 1993 to 1941 training and assumed home defence. From 1942 they served with the 32nd Indian division but as this division only consisted of a few battalions, it was soon absorbed by the 20th Division.
123 Parachute Field Regiment RA was formed by the re-designation of 123 Field Regiment RA in January 1945. The regiment had previously arrived in India in 1942 and was already stationed at Secunderabad by the time that 44 Indian Airborne Division was formed there in April 1944. The regiment comprised 3 batteries numbered 283, 284 and 488, of which Gunner miller was attached to no 488 battery. Continuing shortages of British artillery in the South East Asian Command resulted in the withdrawal of the regiment from 44 Indian Airborne Division's Order of Battle at the end of June 1945 and it reverted to a non-airborne role towards the end of the war.
Very little is known about this specialist unit and a goodly amount of research is needed to discover just what this man did in the terrible terrain of Burma. All original paperwork confirms the above information plus these is a lot of other original bits and bobs which will give clues to his service, however it is all a bit tatty, very readable but it needs sorting.
All four medals are in very good condition and look as if they have never been mounted and worn and all come on their original ribbons.
A great lot to this little known para unit.
A beautiful Victorian helmet plate worn on the blue cloth home service helmet by officer cadets at Sandhurst.
It is a three-part plate with an enamelled centre, this plate is in wonderful original condition with all original lugs on the back.
The rare seven book all 1st edition collection of the Second World War by Winston Churchill. Volume One was publish in march 1948 and on release it was found to have some inappropriate content and some important facts were omitted. This book was recalled and a new revised edition was published in June 1949. Because this was a newly published book, this became a 1st edition in its own right. This collection contains both editions along with all the other volumes in the set, the last volume VI published in 1953.
There is no more concise history on WW2, every aspect, political and strategic is described in Churchill’s own voice with his usual odd amusing quip from how and why the war began to its final conclusions. Each book has an index at the back, which makes it easy for researching any particular aspect.
Churchill was a prolific writer, but without doubt, this was his greatest achievement in book form and a must for any book military collector.
All seven books are in good condition and complete, first volume revised edition still retains its rare dust cover.
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A nice Belgian pocket percussion pistol with a hard wood slab type grip and a longer than usual 3.25 inch barrel. The box lock is in good working order and it cocks and dry fires very well. It has the Liege proof mark on the barrel and a provincial mark on the box lock.
Probably thousands of Belgian percussion pistols were imported into Britain during the 19th century, they were cheap to purchase and they were sold through numinous outlets for personal protection and by the end of the 19th century most unscrupulous Foot Pad in the inner cities held something along these lines.
A nice little pistol, a great starter piece measuring 8 inches long.
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A very interesting WW2 1939/45 star, Defence medal and 1939/45 war medal awarded to Flying Officer, Flight Lieutenant and later captain serving with 3611 Fighter Control Unit Royal Auxiliary Air Force.
This lot also includes his original dog tags 2 sets, WW2 era 3611 FCU blazer badge and an early portrait photo of William when he first joined the RAF.
William Arthur Orange was serving in the army when war broke, probably with the Royal Signals and on the 12th October 1941 he was transferred to the RAAF 3611 Fighter Control Unit West Lancashire.
These units were so very important to the safety of the UK during the war. Basically they were Radar stations alerting airfields and stations to incoming foe. They were extremely labour intensive, with its radar stations, Filter Room, Sector Operations Rooms and extensive lines of communication and every member working had to have extensive specialised training. William Orange being a Flight Lieutenant would have held a position of high responsibility, and he would have sent information to main RAF station ops rooms of incoming bombers and helping to control and navigate British stationed fighter planes.
All three medals are in excellent condition and come as they were found with the blazer badge etc. Also there is a few pages of research, but I’m sure there is a lot more to find out about this man. An interesting little group to an officer who helped to safeguard this country during the war.
Owned by a member of the Guards regiment during the 2nd world war and carried with him where ever he went, this fighting knife has a very good Fairbairn Sykes type steel blade, terminating in a steel cross guard. It has a shaped horn grip with a brass pommel bolt at the top. it comes in great used condition with the owners name and details on the back of the brown leather scabbard. A good wartime piece measuring 12 inches long.
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A rare 1940’s sweetheart brooch designed for the parachute regiment. it is made of sterling silver and it is set all over with white stones. All the stones are complete and this wonderful little brooch still has its original pin on the back. I haven’t seen a genuine 1940’s Para regiment sweetheart brooch before, lots of post wartime ones were made as the para regiment was a new concept.
It measures just over 2 inches wide.
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