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Superb Father & Son Medals – Major Intelligence Corps WW2

A fabulous father and son medal groups, coming direct from the family and first time on the market.
The first lot is a 1915 star trio correctly named to 1572 Driver William P Vinn Royal Engineers. William Palmer Vinn was born on 17th November 1883 and was in a territorial battalion of the Royal Engineers and served in France from 16th March 1915. His family says; early in the war he was hospitalised with a dislocated sholder, later on he was Gassed in the trenches and suffered from chronic ill health for the rest of his life. He died in 1947 having lived just long enough to welcome his only son home from the second world war.
This trio comes mounted as worn and in very good condition and accompanied by copies of his medal index card, medal roll, census and death information, plus a photograph of William after the war.
The next lot is Williams son’s group which comprise of 1930-45 star, Africa star with 8th army clasp, Defence medal, 1939-45 war medal and the general service medal with Palestine 1945-48 bar. This is correctly named to; Major C. F. Vinn. Intelligence Corps. The medals come with his WW2 cap badge and a sets of cap badges and collar dogs with queens crown. His family says; He joined up in 1939 at the start of the war, he was posted abroad and fought with the 8th army at El Alamein and helped to defeat Rommel’s Afrika Corps. He went through Italy and ended up in Austria as an integration officer in the Intelligence corps, dealing with prisoners of war. between 1945 and 1948 he was based in Palestine, he later moved to Malaysia until he left the Army in 1955 as a Major.
I have tried to obtain this man’s service documents, but for some reason they are still classed as Classified.
The Intelligence corps was responsible for gathering, analysing and disseminating military intelligence and also for counter-intelligence and security. It was formed on 19th July 1940 because the Army had been unprepared for collecting intelligence for deployment to France, and the only intelligence had been collected by Major Sir Gerald Templer. The Corps trained operatives to parachute at RAF Ringway; some of these were then dropped over France as part of the Special Operations Executive (SOE). Intelligence Corps officers were involved in forming the highly-effective Long Range Desert Group, and Corps officer Lt Col Peter Clayton was one of the four founders of the Special Air Service (SAS). Around 40 per cent of British Army personnel at Bletchley Park were in the Intelligence Corps.
Among its many responsibilities in the Mediterranean Theatre were debriefing and interrogation of high-ranking prisoners of war in East Africa following Mussolini's invasion of Abyssinia. Counter intelligence operations following Operation Husky the Allied invasion of Sicily in August 1943, and implementation of the Allied Screening Commission. The Commission was established by Field-Marshal Sir Harold Alexander a few days after the fall of Rome in June 1944 to identify and reimburse Italian civilians who had assisted Allied escapees.
After the war and throughout the Cold War, Intelligence Corps officers and NCOs (with changed insignia) were posted behind the Iron Curtain in East Germany, to join in the intelligence-gathering activities of the British Commanders'-in-Chief Mission to the Soviet Forces in Germany. It is not known, at the moment, what this officer really got up to during the war, it is unlikely he told his children his real story, it must have been something of importance that the War Department still feel it should be kept secret; so this is all to find out, I have found details of his rank and dates after the war, but as I mentioned above his WW2 service for the present is still classified.
The WW2 group of medals are in excellent condition and come mounted as worn. The silver general service medal is heavily toned and looks like it has never been polished. Accompanying the medal is a photograph of Major Vinn in uniform taken after the war.
A real valuable collection for the future in beautiful condition and housed in a fitted case.

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British 1907 Mk1 SMLE Bayonet Scarcer Maker

The primary British bayonet used during the First World War and used during the Second World War as well. It was manufactured to fit the Short Magazine Lee-Enfield No.1 series Infantry Rifles used during WWI and WWII. It has basic birds head pommel with a push button latch and oil hole, wooden grips with a chip near the cross guard, the cross guard with muzzle ring. It has a long straight blade with a scarcer maker’s details for, Chapman and a production date of 1918 to one side; the other side has many proof and date marks. The blade is in very good condition, nice and clean, with just light staining in small areas, but this is easy cleaned back. It comes in its original leather and steel scabbard, this is in very good order with no rot to the leather on the scabbard.
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 mainland only

Code: 26298Price: 120.00 GBP


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Victorian Canadian Artillery Helmet Plate.

A Victorian brass helmet plate worn by the ordinary ranks of the Royal Canadian Artillery circa 1890’s. this original plate is in superb condition, it has a lovely even tone over the front and good patination to the back and retains all three lugs; it measures 4 inches high.

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WW2 Officers Sam Brown Belt & Sword Frog.

This piece is new old stock, belonging to a major in the Royal Artillery but never worn. So it comes in as new condition. it comes with cross belt and matching sword frog attached. As it is an old belt and never worn, the leather is a little dry and could do with a good wax or oil. It will fit up to a 36 inch waist without making any new holes. If you are prepared to make new holes it will fit up to a 40 inch waist leaving enough strap to fit into the buckle properly.

Code: 26296Price: 45.00 GBP


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1914 Star & Victory Medal Broken Boer War Group.

Group which originally comprised of the QSA 1914 star with clasp, British war and Victory medal all awarded to 6744 private John Cain of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
The medals are still mounted on the original bar, the two solid silver medals, the queens South Africa medal and the British war medal have been cut off. In the 1970’s the price of silver rose to over £30 an ounce, this was around the average weekly wage for a working man, so much sterling silver got scrapped and British medals were one of the worst casualties. I am not saying that the missing medals are defiantly lost for ever; when the silver prices crashed, some scrappers were left holding silver stocks which they held on to waiting for the prices to rise further.
John Cain enlisted into the Army on 7th February 1902 and served in South Africa during the Boer war. During WW1 he must have served with the 1st battalion as they were the only battalion to have landed in France in 1914. They formed part of the 1st Division, one of the first to arrive on the western front at the start of the war. They were involved in the Battle of Mons and in the retreat and the rear guard action. The battle of Marne and Aisne including participation in the Actions on the Aisne heights and the Action of Chivy. And then the battle of Ypres into the winter of 1914. During 1915 they were back in the action again at Aubers and Loos and they were in front line action in the battle of the Somme in 1916. However John Cain didn’t make it to the somme battle field as he was discharged with wounds and sickness on 18th May 1916. So he is also entitle to a silver war badge.
I haven’t done any real research on this man, only obtaining copies of his medal index card and medal roll, which confirms his entitlements and his discharged and an disembarkation date of 3rd September 1914.
Both medals are in good condition showing some slight wear to the surface, probably through polishing. The original ribbon bar is a little worn. A wonderful lot for research, the LNL regiment were hard fighters and saw a great deal of action in both wars.

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18th C Laurie & Whittle Coloured Engraving HMS Brilliant at Battle

A superb quality 18th century coloured engraving published 21st October 1798 by Laurie & Whittle 53 Fleet Street London.
It shows three ships in battle in full sail, the title of the engraving reads; ‘Engagement between His Majesty’s Ship Brilliant of 28 guns, Capt H Blackwood & the L’Vertue & Renenue, French Frigates of 38 guns & 36 guns. Off Santa Cruz on the coast of Barbary, the 26th July 1798, when after a severe action which lasted from 2pm to ½ past 12, she obliged them both to sheer off. To Capt Blackwood, Lieut’s Cambell & F Trufcott, this plate is respectfully dedicated by their oblg’d friends.’
This refers to an action Between July 1796 and October 1798 Brilliant's captain was Henry Blackwood. On 27 July, at Tenerife, Brilliant observed the frigates Vertu and Régénérée preparing to sail for Rochefort.[6] At 6, the French frigates sailed and started firing on Brilliant; Régénérée was closing in on her opponent when Vertu, which had sailed large, touched the wind; Régénérée imitated her manoeuver, but lost her mizzen and bowsprit, allowing Brilliant to flee. Vertu gave chase, but could not overhaul her opponent and returned to Tenerife. There, Régénérée replaced her rigging, and both frigates eventually arrived in Rochefort on 5 September.
This engraving is in excellent condition showing very little fading and no foxing. It was remounted with a hand wash line and framed sometime in the 1930’s and has been well looked after, it retains its original backing board and the frame is in good order.
It measures 24 x 18.
Laurie & Whittle. Robert Laurie Born about 1755, his background was the Lauries of Maxwelton, Dumfriesshire. He received from the Society of Arts in 1770 a silver palette for a drawing from a picture, and in 1773, 1775, and 1776 premiums for designs of patterns for calico-printing. His earliest portraits in mezzotint are dated 1771. He was a relatively early British user of the à la poupée method of printing in colours, extending the number of colours considerably, and for this received from the Society of Arts in 1776 a bounty of thirty guineas. Early in 1794, in partnership with James Whittle, he succeeded to the business carried on by Robert Sayer at the Golden Buck in Fleet Street, London as a publisher of engravings, maps, charts, and nautical works. He was the publisher of the charts of James Cook's Survey of the South Coast of Newfoundland (1776) and the Surveys of St. George's Channel, (1777). Laurie then gave up the practice of engraving. He retired from business in 1812, and the firm continued as Whittle & Laurie, but the business was run by his son, Richard Holmes Laurie, who, on the death of Whittle in 1818, became the sole proprietor.
Sadly the glare on the glass in the photographs doesn't do justice to this wonderful historic print.
Shipping via courier priced at £10.95

Code: 26294Price: 45.00 GBP


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Vintage Limited Edition Collectors Jambiya Dagger.

Lovely quality collectors limited edition dagger from the ‘Blades of the Conquerors’ edition. Made in Germany and made of solid metal, it has a gilt finished hilt embellished with coloured enamels to one side with a plain latticework pattern on the back. it has a good quality steel blade with a curve towards the tip.
The Jambiya was given its name because it is worn on the side of a person, the word Jambiya is derived from the Arabic word "janb" which mean "side". The Jambiya handle often tells of the social status of the man who wears it. The Jambiya were taken by travelers to other cultures including the Ottoman empire, Persia and India, where they were adopted with slight differences to the blade, hilt and scabbard. This example is a superb replica of the Yemeni Jambiya and comes in perfect condition. it measures 11.5 inches long.
Proof of age required on purchase.
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Code: 26293Price: 35.00 GBP


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Vintage Limited Edition Collectors Stiletto Dagger.

Lovely quality collectors limited edition dagger from the ‘Blades of the Conquerors’ edition. Made in Germany and made of solid metal, a white metal hilt with a very good quality steel blade. this example being the Italian Stiletto dagger.
First developed in Italy, the stiletto dates from the late 15th century, and is thought to be a development of the rondel dagger or misericordia, a needle-pointed weapon with a narrow blade designed primarily for thrusting, though possessing cutting edges. Early stilettos normally used a one-piece cast-metal handle which was shaped and turned on a lathe. The stiletto blade was usually hammer-forged into a dense rod with a narrow, triangular cross-section, without any sharpened edges. This is a beautiful replica of the 15th century type and comes in perfect condition.
It measures 11.5 inches long.
Proof of age required on purchase.
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Code: 26292Price: 32.00 GBP


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Book on Nazi German Daggers Reproduction Recognition.

An interesting and very valuable book for anyone who collects German Daggers of the Nazi period. It shows in detail the little anomalies on original daggers, that usually puts buyers off and compares them to modern and old reproductions and replicas. It not only shows the designs, but marks, blade etchings and prototypes.
A very useful tool to seasoned and new collectors alike.
247 pages, loads of images, written by Frederick J Stephens 1981 revised edition #81-83463.

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WW1 Era Officers Pocket Binoculars by Fournier Paris.

A scarce pair of Officers pocket binoculars, wonderful little things and in lovely original condition. Fully adjustable x 8 magnification and in very good working condition. The lenses are in perfect condition but a little cloudy, but these unscrew for cleaning. They come in their original brown leather field case with strap. Quite expensive binoculars in their day, probably officer’s private purchase.
They measure 4 x 4 inches.

Code: 26290Price: 32.00 GBP

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