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Stunning Anglo/Indo Flintlock Blunderbuss / Musketoon

A superb Antique flintlock Blunderbuss of Anglo/Indo form and made to a very high quality. The word Blunderbuss has Dutch origins and comes from the Dutch word ‘donderbus’, which is a combination of donder, meaning thunder, and bus, meaning Pipe.
This one is in beautiful condition and has a large swan neck lock which is marked with George III crown and the Tower Proof mark. The lock is fully functioning and in good working order. it also includes a Brass trigger guard and military pattern fittings including butt plate and ramrod pipes complete with original ram rod.
The flared barrel is inlaid with brass in a Grecian key pattern on the hexagonal section near the lock and a scroll pattern half wat at the end of the barrel.
It has a full length Mahogany stock, which is chequered around the wrist, the end is decorated with a carved floral pattern, this may be a little later addition.
The condition is beautiful with a nice deep patina which spreads evenly over the wood and metal parts. Obviously with a piece which is around 200 years old it has a few little faults. It has a screw missing at the top of the barrel and the trigger guard strap has broken in two places. But any gunsmith will have a replacement screw and the trigger guard can be easily and invisibly braised by someone who knows what they are doing. Lastly there is a small hole drilled through the stock, this was probably to take a sling ring at some point. That’s it that is the total of the faults to this amazing piece, measuring 42 inches long.
More Photographs available on request.
Shipping to mainland UK only via courier charged at £14.95

Code: 25938Price:


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Edwardian Home Service Helmet of Captain Adnams MID. RFA
An Edwardian Royal Artillery Home Service helmet that belonged to Captain Herbert Adair Adnams.
Herbert A Adnams was a member of the famous brewery family residing in Southwold Suffolk. He enlisted and was commissioned into the Suffolk Volunteer Artillery around 1900 and was awarded the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in 1902. Included with this helmet are original photographs which show the regiment on parade at Lydd Camp at Aldeburgh in Suffolk 1909. He served during the first wold war from 1914 with the 3rd East Anglian Brigade (now territorial) firstly in France, then a short time in North Africa and then back to France. He was mentioned in dispatched on 7th April 1918 for gallant and distinguished service in the field (copy of MID certificate included). He was then promoted to Captain acting Major.
He was awarded a 1915 star trio with oak leaves and Officers territorial decoration.
Also included is another two original photographs of Herbert serving during the war, one with other officers and one of his company in stable gear. Various London Gazette entries relating to his promotions and army list entries. I have never been able to find a mic or service records for this man having looked on and off for the past ten years or so. I still retain his other two helmets, his sword, medal group and photo album, but I have photocopied some more of his photographs to accompany this lot
This helmet is in good condition and retains all of its original fittings. I think it is his first helmet as it has signs of wear and use but no real damage. the leather sweat band has a small piece broken off but it is still attached and there are two small holes near the plate, this is where an earlier plate was fitted, or probably this helmet once held the white metal fittings of the Volunteer artillery. There is also two areas of wear each side of the peek, this looks like it was caused thee thumbs, when the helmet was taken on and off many times.
The helmet was made by Jones Chalk & Dawson of Sackville Street London and inside is written ‘Lieut H. A. Adnams’.
A very interesting and historical piece worn by a member of this Renowned Brewery family in Suffolk.

In 1918 Captain Herbert Adnams was mentioned in despatches on 7th April 1918 for Gallant and Distinguished service in the field in the operations at Berukin, (photocopy of MID included).

Code: 25937Price: 450.00 GBP


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Superb WW2 Medal Group to Surgeon Major Aldous RAMC.

A very interesting WW2 group of five awarded to Major Brian Charles Edward Aldous of the 10th casualty Clearing Station, the Royal Army Medical Corps. He saw service and treated the severe wounded of El Alamein, Tobruk and served in France and German from D-Day.
The group comprises of the 1939-45 star, the Africa Star, the France and Germany star, the Defence medal and the 1939-45 war medal, in box of issue. The group also comes with his Royal College of Surgeons Certificate dated 1942, this comes in its original named and addressed tube of issue. A small ww2 booklet on casualties from El Alamein, his original lanyard, cap badge and various research printed hard copies, including a photocopied book written by a man who served with the 10th British Casualty Clearing Station all through the second world war. This book tells of the experiences he had and the battles he saw and the, sometimes terrible conditions of a working CCS.
I think that Brian Aldous was a native of Bristol, he went to Bristol Grammar school from 1923 to 1932 and what there is online regarding his military service, states a start date of 1939. He must of undergone a certain amount of field training before being sent by ship to Alexandra on the ship Scythia, at points on the journey, the 10th CCS was charged with looking after Italian POW’s aboard ship. the 10th CCS were at El Alamein and Tobruk and in the April 1943 he was made up to a full Lieutenant and after a short stay back in the UK, he was landed on the beaches on D-Day and moved through northern France and into Germany towards the end of the war, where he was made a Major in the RAMC. His Royal College of Surgeons certificate, must have arrived by post at his home of 101 Somerville Road, Bristol, while he was serving abroad in 1942.
As a medical Surgeon, he would have been at the blunt end of the horrible wounds sustained by the men in the North African Desert and the Normandy beaches. I think more research could be done on this man to explore just what he endured through WW2.
All the medals are in near mint condition.

Code: 25936Price: 220.00 GBP


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QSA to Andrews 12th Lancers.

An interesting Queens South Africa medal correctly named to 5271 Private J. J. H. Andrews of the 12th Royal Lancers. It is mounted with the South Africa 1901, 1902 and Cape Colony clasps, these are properly attached to swivel suspender.
Joseph John Henry Andrews came from Bristol when he enlisted in to the 12th Lancers, he served during the Anglo Boer war from 1899.
Below is a brief history of the regiment in South Africa.
The regiment sailed on the City of Vienna and the Mohawk, and arrived at the Cape about 16th November 1899. They joined General French about Naauwpoort, and after doing a fortnight's patrol work and skirmishing in that district they were sent to Modder River about 2nd December, a few days after the battle of that name.
The regiment, along with the 9th Lancers, did much valuable service on 11th December at Magersfontein. Both cavalry regiments were on the right flank and had a great deal of dismounted work to do, being heavily engaged from early morning till dusk. Lord Methuen's despatch of 15th February 1900 gives but few details regarding their task. He says, "Lieutenant Colonel the Earl of Airlie did excellent work with two dismounted squadrons when good service was much needed". The work of the maxim under Lieutenant Macnaghten was also praised. The losses of the regiment on the 11th were approximately 5 killed and 17 wounded.
On 9th January 1900 the regiment took part in a raid some distance into the Orange Free State. On 11th February they set out under General French for Kimberley, their brigadier being Colonel Broadwood of the regiment, and the other regiments in the brigade being the Household Cavalry and the 10th Hussars. The work of the brigade has been sketched under the Household Cavalry.
Colonel the Earl of Airlie and another officer were mentioned in Lord Roberts' despatch of 31st March 1900 for good work up to the entry into Bloemfontein.
The regiment did not accompany their brigadier towards Ladybrand, and so escaped his mishap at Sannah's Post on 31st March (see Household Cavalry). On the 29th they had taken part under General French in the battle of Karee Siding.
At Diamond Hill, 11th and 12th June, a charge of the Household Cavalry and 12th Lancers saved Q Battery, but the regiment and the army had to deplore the loss of the Earl of Airlie, "who fell at the head of his regiment". Lieutenant Wright was also killed, and the regiment had about a dozen other casualties.
In October 1900 the Household Cavalry left the brigade for home. Broadwood operated for the last four months of that year about Rustenburg and the Megaliesberg.
In Lord Roberts' final despatch 9 officers and 8 non-commissioned officers and men were mentioned for good work up to the time he left South Africa.
During the first seven months of 1901 the 10th Hussars and 12th Lancers were with Colonel E C Knox in the Eastern Transvaal, taking part in General French's sweep to the Swazi border and the Vryheid district. They then operated in the north-east of the Orange River Colony; thereafter both regiments went to Cape Colony to do another eight months' chasing and skirmishing. Down to the close of the campaign the regiment frequently had sharp fighting, often involving casualties.
One officer and 4 non-commissioned officers and men were mentioned in despatches during the war by Lord Kitchener, chiefly for good work in the Eastern Transvaal, and in the final despatch the names of 4 officers, 3 non-commissioned officers, and 1 private were added.
This medal is in beautiful original condition and comes on a replacement ribbon. it comes with various copied research including QSA medal rolls and confirmation of clasps and regimental history.

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1888 Pattern Lee-Metford Mk II Bayonet & Scabbard by Enfield.

The typical British Boer war bayonet, although later types were used during WW1. It has a hilt which odd shaped pommel with a push button latch and an oil hole almost to the centre. It has a steel cross guard with muzzle ting and wood grips with two brass rivets. The blade is a double-edge type, un-fullered, with a medial rib, which runs down the centre from the ricasso to the blade tip. on the ricasso are various proof marks, crown and dates including the broad arrow with EFD over, this is the makers mark for the Enfield factory. The pommel also has some markings, here, these are usually regiment marks, so please see pictures. The scabbard is leather with steel fittings and the typical oval frog stud. Both bayonet and scabbard are in excellent original condition. The blade is still nice and bright and free from any rusting or pitting. The scabbard is in similar condition, showing no damage or repairs. A lovely example of the Mk II Lee-Metford, in a superb collectable grade, measuring 17.25 inches long.
Proof of age required on purchase over 18’s only
Ship to UK mainland only.

Code: 25934Price: 120.00 GBP


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1930’s London Scottish Silver Tipped Officers Cane.

A very ornate silver tipped leather covered officers cane bearing the kings crown and thistle motif of the London Scottish. This must have been for ceremonial duties as the solid silver ends are heavy and elaborate. One of the silver tips is hallmarked, the marks are quite rubbed, it’s hard for me to make out, but it is a run of punches used by the Birmingham assay office through the 1930’s. The cane itself is in wonderful condition and the silver parts are also in good order; there are a few dings to the silver, but with heavy tips such as these, they must have been abused in their day. This stick measures a total of 24 inches long.

Code: 25933Price: 75.00 GBP


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Superb Corgi Ltd Edition Die Cast Short Sunderland MKII

A really wonderful 1:72 scale die cast modal of the WW2 Short Sunderland MKII as flown by the RAF and RAAF by No 10 Squadron from Plymouth Sound, Devon during the early part of 1942. It is a limited edition made by Corgi, part of their Aviation Archive series. The detail is stunning with many moving parts and an Aluminium stand. It comes in excellent condition and in its original box, it is missing a few very small parts, which are not really noticeable, I didn’t, but please see pictures. it cost £135 New and it measures; 9.75 inches high on the stand and 14 inches long.

Code: 25932Price: 70.00 GBP


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Replica Western Colt 45 Peacemaker Revolver

A good quality replica by Denix, 7½" made of metal with plastic grips, with simulated mechanism of cock, firing and rotating cylinder.

The Peacemaker revolver, also known as Single Action Army (SAA), was designed by Samuel Colt in 1873 and it was manufactured with different lengths of barrel; it was initially used by the US Army. However, within a few years, most of the American citizens had one. The fact that it used ammunition of the same caliber as the Winchester M1873 rifle helped its popularization as a short weapon in the old North American West in the late nineteenth century.

Curiously, this revolver has received numerous nicknames. Apart of the mentioned Peacemaker, also it was known as Frontier or Widowmaker, in reference to the facility of this revolver to left widows among the wives of the time.
This one comes in mint condition and good working order.

Code: 25931Price: 65.00 GBP


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Good Quality Replica MkIV Webley Revolver

This is a good quality full size Replica Mk IV Webley revolver by Denix. A good copy that dry fires and it comes in mint condition and good working order and boxed
Proof of age required on purchase over 18’s only
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Code: 25930Price:


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Super Victorian Stanley of London Midshipman’s Sextant in Case 1894

Here is a super dated 1894 midshipman’s Sextant made by the famous and well respected maker Stanley of London and is marked accordingly on the back arm, made from brass with 7 moveable lenses it comes in a green velvet lined mahogany wood box. It is of a small size measuring 4 inches across the top arm and comes in very good condition with all lenses intact but one has a small crack with a piece missing, the box measures just over 5 inches long and is in good condition.

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