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Victorian British 1822 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword

A very good Early Victorian 1822 pattern Infantry officers sword made by W Buckmaster & Co London. It has a solid brass gothic hilt, sowing the queens cypher, with ray skin grip bound with twisted silver wire. It has a good steel fullered blade decorated with beautiful etching of foliate scrolls and with Queen Victoria’s early cypher on both sides. The blade is clean and has no rust or pitting and it retains a lovely patina. It comes in a steel scabbard with two strap rings attached.
The condition of this sword is lovely, it obviously has some wear and use but it has been very well cared for and remains it top condition for its age. Its faults; the is one small throat screw missing, but the other still there and the scabbard has some light scratching and a few shallow dents towards the bottom on one side. So as you can see, just very minor damage for a sword of this age. A lovely example of the 1822 infantry, measuring 38 inches long.
Shipping to UK mainland only via courier priced at £14.95

Code: 26156Price: 265.00 GBP


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Scarce WW1 Medal Pair to Johnstone RND Hood Btn.

A scarce and interesting WW1 British war and victory medal correctly named ton M.Z. 1489 Able Seaman. William. Henry. Johnstone R.N.V.R.
This lot comprises od the WW1 medal pair on original ribbons, his original Certificate of discharge on waxed paper and in original envelope. Original certificate of Wounds and Hurts detailing his gunshot wound. The top cover of his medal issue box detailing name, rank etc, and his original Housewife.
William henry Johnstone was the son of a Grocer from West Gorton, Manchester and was born on 9th March 1897. He enlisted in to the RNVR Royal Naval Division on the 9th December 1915 and after a period of training entered the Hood Battalion on 15th June 1916.
He arrived in France on the night of the 21st/22nd November 1916 and by the 21st December he was in hospital with Influenza, probably due to the rough conditions and the cold weather the battalion were living in. he was back in the field on the 31st December 1916 but after a few weeks in the trenches he was back in hospital, I assume suffering with the same problem. He was finally well again by May 1917 and was back in the field for the forthcoming Battle of Arras, the aim of which was to take the high ground of Vimy Ridge and the 3 lines of German defences running across the Douai Plain. The battle began on the 9th April, Easter Monday and with the first two lines taken by the 14th; the next stage was to take the 3rd line. The RND’s specific task was to take the heavily fortified village of Gavrelle, 8 miles NE of Arras and a key part of that 3rd line. In a fast-moving assault that began before dawn on 23rd April the trenches immediately in front of the village were quickly taken, followed by the village itself in an intense house-to-house battle that secured the immediate area to the east, north and south. This success was largely due to the outstanding leadership of 2 battalion commanders: Commanders Asquith of Hood and Sterndale-Bennett of Drake, at 23 the youngest battalion commander on the Western Front. In this battle on the 24th April he received a gunshot wound in his left thigh.
It wasn’t a very serious wound as he was back with the regiment on 2nd June 1917.
After resting and refitting the Division then went north to the Ypres Salient to be available in October and November for the last stages of the 3rd Battle of Ypres, the infamous Battle of Passchendaele. The RND joined the line below Poelkapelle at the end of October, alongside the Canadians and NW of Passchendaele village itself, where it found the continuous shelling of the months before had totally destroyed the land’s drainage system and the continuous heavy rain had turned it into a featureless desert of water and mud. It was across this quagmire that the Division was tasked with advancing to capture concrete-reinforced strongpoints and farm buildings and success was only achieved, once again, by the gallant efforts by the men and the inspiring leadership of the officers. More than 1,000 more RND men died and another 2,000 were wounded. The butcher’s bill for the Battle of Passchendaele overall was 350,000 casualties - 35 men killed or wounded for every yard of ground gained.
It was around the end of December 1917 that William was captured by the Germans. On his service papers it was reported as missing in action and it was not revealed until around a month later he was in a German POW camp reported by Kriegsgefangenen – Kommander Wahn Limberg on the 8th February 1918; he was imprisoned at the Geflg Friedrichsfeld camp No 598. It was situated sixty miles north of Cologne near Wesel, in Germany and it had a Capacity 35,000 prisoners of all allied nations.
William was finally repatriated on 27th November 1918 and demobilised on 25th March 1919. He had seen some of the worst parts of the war, seeing action at Passchendaele, he had been wounded and suffered sickness and finally he had become a prisoner of the Germans. I bet he could tell a few good stories of his wartime experiences.
The medals are in excellent original condition and look as if they have never been mounted or worn; they come on good lengths of their original ribbons. Also included is various research, copies of his service index cards, and details on the prisoner of war camp.

Code: 26155Price: 150.00 GBP


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Scarce WW2 era Roamer Military Wrist Watch.

A superb WW2 military Brevette 17 Jewel wrist watch by Roamer. It has a silver plated case with brass bezel, black face with Arabic luminous numerals and hands; also with seconds hand. The back is stainless steel and it is marked as waterproof. It has just been cleaned and serviced, so it comes in good working order and has had a new military black leather strap fitted. A very nice and attractive period watch.

Code: 26154Price: 125.00 GBP


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Vintage German Whitby Bowie Knife.

A beast of a knife made by Whitby Solingen Germany. It has thick horn grips, a steel cross guard and very good steel blade, which has been etched ‘Original Bowie Knife’. It comes in its original leather scabbard which has a tooled Deer figure on the front and the belt strap is marked ‘Solingen Western Germany’. It comes in excellent condition, no rust or pitting anywhere, the blade is just a little dirty and will a light clean, it will come up fantastic. It measures 16 inches long.

Shipping to UK mainland only
Proof of age required on purchase.

Code: 26153Price: 95.00 GBP


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Two Rare Victorian all Hand Painted Magic Lantern Slides – Arctic Exploration

Here are two super quality and excellent condition all hand painted Victorian magic lantern slides, they are housed in box wood frames and each has a scene from an Arctic exploration, one has two ships moored in a bay of ice with figures on land and a large mountain in the back, the other has two figures with a grounded boat having loaded up a sled. These will have come from a large series of similar scenes depicting a famous Franklin exploration. Both come in very good condition with no breaks to the glass but show signs of age to the wood and require a clean, they each measure 6.5 inches long and are just over 3 inches in diameter.

Code: 26152Price: 35.00 GBP


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Early 20th Century Police Truncheon

Its very difficult to put an accurate date on these things but I believe this is an early 20thC example, it is made from a hard wood possibly mahogany, it is dense grained and solid, it comes in very good condition with only a few shallow dents, it has a leather wrist strap which is whole but has signs of age, it measures 15.5 inches long.

Code: 26151Price: 35.00 GBP


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Super 1930’s Large Photo of a Nurse with 3 Badges

Here is a super photo of a nurse in uniform dating from the 1930’s, this is most likely the recipient of the badges I. Storey, she worked at the Hammersmith hospital London and for sure would have seen war service. The badges consist of: a hallmarked silver example marked for Birmingham with the makers mark F&S probably for Fattorini & sons, to the front it has in coloured enamels Hammersmith hospital, super condition to the front but the pin is missing on the rear, it measures 1.25 inches in diameter, the second is a larger example marked silver on the rear and engraved with I. Storey, on the front it has Hammersmith hospital nurses league, comes in very good but grubby condition and measures 1.24 inches in diameter. The third badge is white metal and blue enamel, to the front is ‘the general nursing council for England and Wales, on the reverse is the makers name of Thomas Fattorini Birmingham, it is engraved with ‘I Storey S.R.N. 79519 22.11.33 – R.F.N. 5967 28.7.33’, it comes in super condition and measures one inch in diameter. The photo comes in good condition, it has been had colourised in places like her eyes and lips, it shows signs of age and measures 7.75 x 5.75.

Code: 26150Price: 65.00 GBP


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Lovely but Tragic Group of 3 WW1 Photo’s – Two Brothers, Casualties from Suffolk

So few families write on the backs of photo’s, they didn’t need to, they knew who these people were but down the line they become lost to history, here is a unique example of someone getting it right, three WW1 photo’s of two brothers who both sadly died. Two of the pics are of Private Stephen E. Cornish 21844 1st battalion Grenadier Guards who died 25th January 1916, he was born circa 1887 and would have been 29 when he died, the other pic is of his brother Private Sydney Frank Cornish 28984 King’s Own Royal Lancaster regiment and later the Warwickshire regiment, he died of wounds 26th April 1918, Sydney was born circa 1898 and was 20 when he died. I have included both of their medal index cards and a copy of the 1901 census showing both brothers at home in Woolpit Suffolk with their extended family including two more brothers who may well have served and hopefully survived. The Commonwealth war graves have changed their web site yet again and I can’t find a way to print the certificates, hopefully they will become available again soon.
A lovely group of pics deserving a new home, all are in good but aged condition and roughly postcard size.

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Scarce Pair WW1 Officers Binoculars by Voigtlander & Sohn Germany.

A scare and interesting pair of WW1 Officers field binoculars. They are made by Voigtlander & Sohn of Brunswick Germany, an old company that made optical instruments since 1756. They were of the highest quality and in 1925 sold its interests to the Carl-Zeiss-Foundation. This pair was obviously a private purchase by an officer at the beginning of the first world war. they were retailed by an equally prestigious company of optical equipment, Callaghan & Co London. So a well to do officer going to one of the best shops to by his field gear. They come in very good condition, the makers details of Voigtlander & Sohn on on the top eye pieces and in the tubes are all the retailers details. They come in their original leather case, which has also got Callaghan’s details in the top cover. They work perfectly, the lenses are clear and free from scratches and with all good binoculars, they unscrew for cleaning. An interesting pair bins with an interesting angle.

Code: 26148Price: 65.00 GBP


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Rare Loyal Suffolk Yeomanry Half Penny Token 1790’s Near Mint

18th century tokens were a form of privately minted token coinage struck and used during the latter part of the 18th century in England, Anglesey and Wales, Scotland, and Ireland.
The driving force behind the need for token coinage was the shortage of small denomination coins for everyday transactions. However, the demand was fueled by other factors such as the Industrial Revolution, population growth, the amount of counterfeit circulating coins. Because the government made little effort to ameliorate this shortage, private business owners and merchants took matters into their own hands, and the first tokens of this type were issued in 1787 to pay workers at the Parys Mine Company. By 1795, millions of tokens of a few thousand varying designs had been struck and were in common use throughout Great Britain.
This one was in use by the Loyal Suffolk Yeomanry, it was probably how they got paid their small change. On the obverse is a yeoman on his horse above is written “Loyal Suffolk Yeomanry” and below “First Troop” the reverse has the arms of Suffolk and around the outside “Blything Hundred Half Penny”. The county of Suffolk was divided into hundreds between Saxon times and the 19th century. the county was subdivided into twenty-one hundreds and three municipal boroughs. The majority of these hundreds had remained unchanged since the time of the Domesday Survey. The Blything Hundred being just one. Around the rim is written " For King and Constitution".This one is in near mint condition and retails nearly all of its original luster. A very rare piece of social and military history.

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