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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.

Code: 24254Price: 25.00 GBP

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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 manís 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. Williamsís 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, Williamís 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

Code: 24253Price: 220.00 GBP

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19th Century 1822 Pattern Cavalry Sword.

A good basis for a superb restoration project; here we have an 1822 pattern British cavalry sword by Parker, Field & Sons of Holborn London. It has a steel hilt with a rat skin grip twisted with wire. It has a good sttel blade etched with patterns of scrolls and near the ricasso on one side is the makers details and on the other the brass button British proof mark. It has a steel scabbard with two hanging rings still in place. This whole sword could do with restoring. I bought it some years ago to do myself, but just never got around to it. The hilt is pitted bit the grip is still intact with the ray skin and wire binding. The blade is gunky and incrusted with ancient grease and dirt with some pitting underneath, no doubt. I have just lightly cleaned near the ricasso to see the makers mark and underneath isnít that bad, so with a sensitive clean, it should come back quite well and be able to see the etching. The scabbard is covered with pits, but this is made of thick steel, so you can take it back quite a lot to lose most of the pitting.
It is an interesting sword which was still being used during the Crimean war, well worth saving it will take a bit of work, but a worthwhile project. It measures; 42 inches long
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WW1 1915 Trio to Smethurst RFA. Lancashire Man.

A good WW1 1914/15 star, British war and victory medal trio correctly named to 14019 Driver Samuel Smethurst of the Royal Field Artillery.
Sam Smethurst was 32 years of age and married when he joined up in 1914, he was employed as a carter, so basically a delivery driver with a horse and cart, for this reason he was put into the RFA as a driver, bring shells up to the guns or moving light artillery guns by horse.
He arrived in France at the end of august 1915 with the 233rd brigade, 46th division but in the December they were posted to Egypt so Sam was transferred to the Guards division; for the rest of 1915 he was near loos and moved to Flers-Courcelette on the Somme and took part in the pre-battle bombardment of the enemyís trenches and the continuing shelling until the German withdrawal of march 1917, their strategic withdrawal known as Operation Alberich and as they retreated to the Hindenburg Line they destroyed everything in their path and left no advantage for the allies who followed on.
In the July of 1917 Sam was wounded by a gunshot wound to the right arm which shattered the bone, today it would take many months for this injury to completely heal, with casts and physiotherapy but Sam was back in France 2 months later ready to face the mud and swill of Passchendaele and then back to the Somme during 1918 for St Quentin, Arras, Havrincourt, Cambrai and the final battles for the Hindenburg Line. Samuel Smethurst was finally discharged into reserve on 25th January 1919 returning to his wife Harriet and their three children.
Obviously I have only lightly touched this manís service history with Guards division and well worth further research.
The three medals come in very good original condition and on their original ribbons, which are now a little dirty; there is light contact markís to the medals, so this group was probably mounted and worn at some time, or many times. This trio comes with a photograph of Sam with his wife, probably before he was sent overseas and what is believed to be his original cap badge, a lovely genuine lot, which comes mounted on card for display or safe storage.

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Superb WW1 Era 9ct Gold and Silver Tank Corps Sweetheart Brooch

This very high quality sweetheart brooch for the Tank Corps is marked on the bar with 9ct and is a rose gold in colour, the central tank corps badge is without doubt silver and the piece would have been an expensive purchase in its day probably only in an officers budget.
It comes in superb condition and measures two inches across the bar.

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WW2 Era Nursing Proficiency in Mental Health Nursing Etc

This medal for proficiency in mental health nursing was awarded to Miss Ivy M Rudd, it was issued by the ĎMedico-Psychological associationí she would most likely have earned this medal during the 1930ís and would have taken an examination and received a certificate on completion, I believe she would have taken this qualification into the second world war and may have treated men with shellshock and other mental issues, she received the WW2 defence medal for home service.
To accompany her nursing medal is the defence medal with its original paperwork and spare ribbon, everything comes in very good condition.

Code: 24249Price: 28.00 GBP

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Pair Victorian Infantry Officers Dress Sword Hangers.

Made from red leather and gold bullion wire with brass fittings, this is a good useable pair of Victorian officerís sword hangers. The belts are easy to find, it these parts are always missing. They both come in very good used condition, a little dirty, but they should come up a treat with a light clean. The upper hanger measures; 14 inches long and the lower hanger, 22 inches.

Code: 24248Price: 25.00 GBP

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Edward VII Royal Engineers Volunteers Cap Badge.

An all-white metal badge used during the reign of king Edward VII 1902-1910. It is in excellent original condition, a scarce badge.
Ref. C16

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Scarce WW1 Era Coldstream Guards officers Cap Badge.

A solid bronze badge worn by officers during the First World War only, as in peacetime they wore a silver and enamelled badge of the same design. This is a lovely example showing very little wear.
Ref. C17

Code: 24246Price: 16.00 GBP

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WW1 Era Welsh Guards Cap Badge.

A good WW1 era badge used from when the regiment was formed in 1915. This one comes in good original condition but has some wear to the surface, it is interesting as it has the guardsmanís regimental number stamped on the slider.
Ref. C18

Code: 24245Price: 12.00 GBP

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