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Listing a diverse collection of interesting militaria from my latest buying trip. come along and take a look.
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Superb WW1 German Pickelhaube Helmet –Wurttemberg.

Thinning my own collection and I have no longer any space for this scarce WW1 helmet. It is everything typical of an early wartime helmet. Thick Leather shell with brass fittings all original with a Wurttemberg plate. Although the plate, as the rest of the helmet, 100% genuine, I can’t say the plate is the original plate it was issued with. Having said that, the fittings and shell are all correct for a helmet from the German state of Wurttemberg. The only things that are not original on this piece is the spike retaining plate on the inside of the helmet. I had these made up some years ago, to stop the pins of the spike rivets from scratching the leather. Similarly I have used modern washers on the plate pins etc.
The rare original Wurttemberg helmet plate is stunning, wonderful detail which shows very little wear, only slight softening to the high points.
It has some markings on the back peek, they are quite faint and I have spent many an hour trying to work them out. It looks like ‘R124’ or ‘RL24’, I can’t say for sure. You have to hold it to the light and get it on the right angle to see it. I would think these markings are a battalion or regiment number.
The condition is just super, as long as I have had it, it has been kept in a relatively cool room, I’ve kept it well waxed and polished. I like to see things sympathetically cleaned, nice and bright but still retaining some of its original patination. So it’s ready to display with no work to do on it.
A fabulous piece of imperial German history rare and unique in this condition.

Code: 22596Price: 395.00 GBP


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Magnificent Territorial Group of Six to B.Q.M. Sjt. Royal Artillery.

A superb group of six medals all awarded to Frederick Bray of the Royal Artillery.
The group comprises of the British War Medal to; 1003 Sjt. F. Bray. R.A. The Territorial Force War Medal to; 1003 Cpl. F. Bray. R.A. the WW2 Defence Medal and 1939-45 War Medal unnamed as issued. Geo V Territorial Force Efficiency Medal to; 865551 Sjt. F. Bray. R.A. and last the Geo VI Territorial Efficiency Medal to; 785771 B.Q.M. Sjt. F. Bray. R.A. there is a small correction to the ‘R’ in Bray in the naming.
An incredible long serving territorial NCO who was probably employed in gunnery instruction through both world wars. This group contains two of the rarest non gallantry medals awarded during the first world war, the Territorial Force War and Efficiency medals.
The Territorial force War medal was awarded in this case for 4 years’ service in the Territorial force during the war. Although the highest proportion of these medals were awarded to the Artillery, still only 6,460 medals were awarded in total. Rarer than most gallantry medals.
The territorial Force Efficiency medal was awarded for 12 years’ service in the Territorial Force. This medal was superseded in 1921 by the Territorial Efficiency medal, this means Frederick Bray was probably serving from around 1909. He would have been awarded the Territorial Efficiency for a further 12 years’ service in the Territorial Army.
I bought this group from Spink and Sons last year believing it was an ancestor. But unfortunately it proved not to be. So it is being sold here for what I paid less all the auction room add-ons.
The group is in excellent condition with a few contact marks to the rim. It comes court mounted with an original cap badge and framed. A copy of his medal index card is included which confirms his medal entitlement.

Code: 22595Price: 360.00 GBP


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Scarcer WW1 Officers Sword by Sanderson & Newbould Sheffield

A WW1 1895 pattern infantry officers sword; it has a half basket hilt with King George V’s cypher, ray skin grip with twisted brass wire. It has a typical straight blade with a single fuller on both sides and it comes in its original field service leather covered scabbard.
This a WW1 war time issued, it has a plain blade with no etching and no brass proof button, instead it is just stamped ‘Proved’ in an etched Star of David at the ricasso on one side. On the other side is the maker’s mark of the Sanderson Brothers & Newbould Ltd Sheffield. The back of the blade is not numbered.
A little unusual to find a Sheffield maker, not really rare but probably one Sheffield made sword to every ten from a London retailer.
The condition is very good, just a few small faults; On the sword itself, there is just one small area pf pitting to the blade at the top, this is where a little bit of damp has got under the scabbard. But this is quite small and doesn’t stand out at all. The blade has a number of tiny nicks, these could very easily be polish out. The basket has a little pitting to the original nickel plating, nothing too bad, and again, this is easily polished out. The scabbard has some of the leather missing in three small areas and the bottom portion is a bit scuffed. I am being picky of course, this is a 100 year old sword which has probably seen service.
All in all though, a very good tidy great war sword in a very good collectable grade.
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Code: 22594Price: 220.00 GBP


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WW1 Plaque & Medal Pair to Wilkinson KOYLI - Staffs Man.

A First World War memorial plaque, British war and victory medal all correctly named to 38794 Private Horace Wilkinson of the 9th Battalion the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.
Horace Wilkinson was born in Dudley Port, Staffordshire around 1899. He enlisted in Smethwick, it is unsure when, but he was serving with the 9th Battalion when he was killed in action.
The 9th battalion was a part of the third phase of Kitchener’s new army’s or K3, and came under command of 64th Brigade in 21st Division. In the early part of 1918, there seemed little hope for the allied army as the German forces commits to a series of large-scale offensives on the western front. In the March and April, the allied fifth army were driven back by overwhelming numbers of the enemy across the Somme battle fields, in the actions known as the first battles of the Somme. Here the British and South African forces suffer extremely heavy losses from the 21st March onwards, starting with the battle of St Quentin opening on that date.
Private Wilkinson was killed in action on the second day of the battle. He’s body was never recovered and he has no known grave. He was just 19 years old.
He is now remembered with honour at the Pozieres Memorial, Somme France. He was the Son of Alfred Wilkinson, of 206, Halfords Lane, Smethwick, Staffs.
His medals and plaque come in excellent original and untouched condition. The plaque still resides in its original hard brown card envelope. There is also a photograph of Horace with a few other bits and bobs, please see pictures.
Also included is a variety of copy paperwork; medal index card, commonwealth war graves certificate, medal roll, soldiers died in the Great War details etc.
A little more research is needed to tie down this young man’s earlier service. And also to honour just one very young life, lost on the battlefields of France.

Code: 22593Price: 240.00 GBP


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The Man Who Taught Mussolini to Play Table Tennis.........

Here is a fascinating group of effects to one man, Major John Temple Bouverie Leader who died in 2008 locally to me in Norfolk aged 94, he lead what appears to be a wonderful life and at his funeral a eulogy was read that contains many details of his life and war service.
John Temple Bouverie Leader was born in 9th June 1913 in Vancouver Canada, his father was a former army officer and later a university lecturer who travelled to America and Canada to lecture. John or Johnny to his friends grew up in the USA and Canada and later went to France with the family, he was already a fine tennis player and whilst winning tournaments on the Riviera he was spotted by Mussolini who invited him to play tennis in Italy and he subsequently taught Mussolini to play table tennis, he played tennis against some of the greats of the time and even mixed doubles at Wimbledon in 1932.
Whilst in Majorca he met the great love of his life, a young American girl, Amoret Fitz Randolph known by all affectionately as 'Weeny', they married in 1934 in Maryland USA and moved to Tidcombe hall Devon, the house was to large and the grounds to small so they bought Monks hall near Diss Norfolk and lived there all their lives, they were the complete 'it' couple, no party was complete without them and they seemed to have it all until war broke out, Johnny was an officer in the Loyal Suffolk Hussars but transferred to the Royal Artillery, when the Americans arrived in Britain Johnny was chosen to be the liason officer to the HQ of the 8th US army airforce, following this he was posted to India, familiar territory for Johnny as he had been there previously teaching tennis to the grandson of the Maharajah of Kutch. The unit he served with were preparing to move to Japan but the dropping of the bomb prevented them going.
Post war Johnny and Wenny with their two sons lived and farmed at Monks hall, he became a magistrate, chairman of the education committee and a vicar's warden.
Amongst the effects are his group of four medals including: 1939/45 star, Burma star, (it is more than likely that this should have a Pacific bar) the defence medal and the 1939/45 war medal, his dog tags and a huge amount of letters written to Wenny and the children mostly from India, a copy of the eulogy which I have shortened for convenience and a printed copy of a picture of Johnny showing a handsome man in uniform.
What a guy and what a great story, there are far to many letters for me to go through so who knows what gems lie among them.
Everything is in good but aged condition.

Code: 22592Price:


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WW1 Medals to Nurse Gover VAD.

A very interesting lot to Nurse Constance Gover who served with the Northumberland Voluntary Aid Detachment.
It comprises of a WW1 Victory medal correctly named; C. B. Gover. V.A.D. The Northumberland V.A.D. medal for service in the European war 1914 – 1919, named; C. Gover. WW1 Red Cross medal for war service 1914 – 1918. Named C. B. Gover. Along with her medal comes a lovely portrait photograph of Constance plus two other photos on one page front and back, taken from a scrap book.
Constance Buttress Gover was bone in Northumberland around 1886, she was a civilian staff nurse before the war working at a hospital in Newcastle. She enrolled for service with the Red Cross on the 7th May 1915. She worked with the number 11 Northumberland V.A.D at the Royal Artillery Hospital Woolsington Camp until 28th August 1915. She volunteered for overseas service so on the 5th October 1915, she arrived in France and served as a Nurse until 10th October 1917 when she was again back in England and nursing at the Military Hospital at Colchester, Essex. She stayed here until the end of the war and was finally discharged back into civil nursing on 10th April 1919.
Constance never married and devoted her life to nursing, she died in the June of 1945 still resident in her beloved Northumberland.
All medals are in perfect condition, never mounted or worn. Her BWM is missing, as so many silver medals during the 1970’s, it was probably sold for scrap.
This lot comes with various copy paperwork, including medal index card, Red Cross service cards, 1901 & 1911 census etc.

Code: 22591Price:


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Rare Full Set of WW1 War Savings Stamps – The Medal Series

This is a complete set of 60 National war savings committee stamps, they were issued in only small amounts to savings associations or shopkeepers who passed them on to children who purchased 6d of war savings stamps, they were known as war savings pictures, as the set is complete I suspect they were kept back by the retailer for his children.
I obtained these from a private collector who in 1979 enquired after their history and value and also typed out a list of the various stamps, a copy of which will go with the stamps.
They feature medals from the V.C through to the Mons star, complete and nicely filed in a book they come in good but show signs of handling.

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American Civil War LeMatt Revolver - Quality Replica.

A good quality replica of the LeMatt revolver, which has been aged and toned.
This was a .42 or .36 caliber cap & ball black powder revolver invented by Jean Alexandre LeMat of New Orleans, which featured an unusual secondary 20 gauge smooth-bore barrel capable of firing buckshot. It saw service with the armed forces of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War.
This is made from heavy gauge metal with plastic grips. It cocks and dry fires and it has a working bullet ejector. It is totally inert but it will fire percussion caps, for budding reenactors. It measures 14 inches long. A formidable weapon in its day.

Code: 22589Price:


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WW2 Era German Luftschutz Merit Medal

The Luftschutz was a civil defence force who served multiple purposes, from fighting fires, air raid warning and clearing debris resulting from bombing raids. This is the second class medal made of a zinc alloy; it could have been awarded for bravery in the Reichluftschutzbund and was awarded to members of the Luftschutz but also to factory guards, fire fighters, police ect. The recipient did however had to have served for four years. It was worn on the left breast pocket.
This one comes in excellent original condition

Code: 22588Price: 32.00 GBP


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WW2 French Adrian Helmet.

The French Adrian Helmet was used through both world wars, introduced to the French troops in 1915, one of the first metal helmets to be used in the trenches, I believe. Its effects were immediate, it instantly saved masses of French soldier’s lives and later in the war, other countries also used the design. But this helmet is a WW2 issue. The interesting thing about it is, it still retains all of its original paint, including the white stripes around the sides and over the comb. This needs some research to determine its meaning. The liner is missing from the inside, but most of the liner retaining pins are still present. The helmet badge is also missing, these are now reproduced and are in abundance on the internet.
Overall in very good condition, a good base for restoration.

Code: 22587Price: 15.00 GBP

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