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Ames 1832 Pattern Artillery Short Sword and Scabbard

A rare US 1832 pattern artilleryman’s side arm. The hilt is made of cast brass with spread winged eagle stamped into both sides of the pommel. Grip has three rivet heads and scalloped feather design. It has a plain, straight cross guard with a round quillon at each end. One side of the cross guard is stamped “MS.” showing this was purchased by the state of Massachusetts. The steel blade, which has three fullers, is fairly clean with some very light pitting and staining on both sides. The ricasso is stamped on one side with eagle and “N. P. Ames, Springfield, Mass.” while the other has “United States, 1839, W. S.” Both stamps are fairly clear and visible.
The leather scabbard is in good condition. The leather is strong and pliable but quite dry and it could do with a good oil. The leather surfaces have some crackling. The brass is also in very good order with a few light dents and dings etc. The brass chape is marked “WS” and the brass locket retains the frog button. The scabbard is a little tight due to a slight knock on the frog button which has pushed the throat in slightly. But it still fits well, it’s just a bit stiff.
This sword was designed as a personal side arm, it was intended for use by the regular or foot artillery regiments of the United States Army and remained in service until 1872 for use of foot artillerymen. It was the issue sword for sergeants and musicians of infantry regiments from 1832 until 1840. As most artillery regiments were trained and equipped as infantry prior to 1861 a single weapon for both types of troops made sense.
While the design was impractical for actual combat, it is believed that artillerymen put this weapon to other uses, such as clearing brush or creating trails. It was an effective tool for cutting paths through the Florida swamps during the Second Seminole War, which occurred during the time it was issued to infantry sergeants, drummers and fifers. This is somewhat corroborated by the French nickname for their version of the sword, coupe choux (cabbage cutter). The last Ames contract for this sword was completed in 1862, although as a stock item it continued to be listed in company catalogs for decades afterwards.
An interesting US sword, in very good order and rare in this country, measuring 27 inches long.
Shipping to UK mainland only via courier at £14.95

Code: 25266Price: 350.00 GBP


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Order of St John &15 Star Trio Group to Goulburn RAMC Served Salonika.

A very interesting great war and WW2 order of St John group comprising of the Oder of St John, serving brothers breast badge. the 1914/15 star, British war and victory medal, all three correctly named to; 61364 Private George Goulburn of the Royal Army Medical Corps. WW2 Defence medal and the St Johns Ambulance service medal (solid silver version) with six bars. This is named to; 18595 D/Supt G. Goulburn. Maddleton Div 1938.
George Goulburn was born 1893 in Dalford Lancashire and lived in Middleton Manchester. Before the was George was employed as a spinner, probably in one of Manchester’s cotton mills. Although many reforms had been made in the cotton mills by this stage circa 1912-14, life was still hard and the days long for the workers and labourers.
George enlisted into the medical corps in the July 1916 and he set off on the SS Caledonian and arrived in Murdos on 6th October 1915 where he went on to serve in the Dardanelles, evacuating the wounded from the Gallipoli battles. When the horrors of that campaign were over, George was transferred to Salonika, where he finally settled down with the 30th Field Ambulance, although it was supposed to be a temporary position he remained there and abouts for the rest of the war. His service records show, he was back and forth from Salonika to Montenegro, this is a small country below Serbia. This looks like the evacuation of the wounded either by ambulance column or train. I believe this was the rescue of the of what was left of Serbian army's retreat through Albania. They made their way to the Montenegro coast and took boats via the Adriatic Sea. This needs more research. Private George Goulburn was finally discharged on 10th September 1919 after 4 years and 56 days service. Sometime after the war he joined the St Johns Ambulance service which he faithfully served for over 42 years, all through the second world war, as a Divisional Superintendent, he would have organised first aid and rescue parties in his area for which he was awarded the order of St John.
There is still quite a lot of research that can be done on this made, who dedicated his life to helping the injured. A wonderful group of six, which comes with copies of George’s WW1 service papers and medal index card. All of the medals are in very good condition and have been mounted and worn at some time, as there are contact marks to the rims. The brother breast badge has a little damage on the white enamel and has been restored.

Code: 25265Price: 245.00 GBP


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Very Rare US 1873 Pattern Trowel Bayonet.

An original 1873 American trowel bayonet. The first experiment of a combination trowel and bayonet was in 1868, producing 200 experimental examples made from standard socket bayonets. This was immediately followed by an additional 500 Model 1869 trowel bayonets and these were distributed to a few companies of the infantry to test in the field, and the reports were positive. The US infantryman at that time did not carry any sort of entrenching tool, and so even an awkward combination tool was an improvement over a canteen cup or other ad hoc tool for digging. In 1873 the government purchased 10,000 of the improved pattern, which featured a stronger blade and a much more comfortable handle for digging. These were issued and used in the field and used in several combat engagements, but the developmental direction turned towards combination knife trowels instead of bayonets and the iconic trowel bayonet was discontinued just a few years later.
This one is a very fine and rare example, the broad steel blade has some light pitting all over but no deep rusting and it still retains a good edge. The grip / handle is in wonderful condition with no rust or pitting and still visible are its engraved lines for grip. Added is a modern wood shaft, this is to show what the men did in the day, they whittled a short piece of wood to make the handle more comfortable for digging. It has three museum paper cataloguing labels attached to the grip / handle, which can be easily soaked off if desired.
It measures 15.5 inches long. A rare opportunity to own a uniquely styled and short-lived bayonet in excellent condition.

Code: 25264Price: 250.00 GBP


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1914 Star Trio to Callighan ASC Ambulance Driver Casualty.

A really interesting 1914 Star with copy bar, British War and Victory medal all awarded to T/23593 Driver Thomas Callighan of the Army Service Corps.
Firstly the medals, there is a spelling mistake to his surname on the star, his name is spelled without the 'H' Calligan, but on the BWM and Victory it is correct; therefore he has two medal index cards which confirms the mistake, so it is an official mistake, so to speak.
Thomas Callighan was born, lived and enlisted in Dundee Scotland. His medal index card states he served in the Balkans campaign as a driver with the 18th Field Ambulance, but 18th were stationed in France for the whole of the war, he probably arrived in France on 8th of August 1914 with the 18th FA but was transferred to the one of the army service corps motor ambulance convoys going out to Salonika in the Autumn of 1915.
Here Callaghan would have collected the worst of the wounded that could travel from the field ambulances and clearing stations, and by convoy, take the wounded to a general hospitals in northern Greece, 16 corps headquarters at Kirechkoi; Greece was mostly neutral during the war but its military and government had sympathisers for both sides.
The hospitals in Kirechkoi treated battle wounded and sick from the fields of Salonika and some transported by ship from North Africa and Mesopotamia plus the many civilian wounded and sick refugees; nurses and doctors from all of the allied nations served there including contingents from the Red Cross sent by various countries. In the late summer and early autumn of 1918 the hospitals were at full to bursting capacity, now having to deal with the Spanish Flu epidemic which raged for three months and filled three-quarters of the cemetery in Kirechkoi. Without doubt Callighan, now promoted to lance Corporal would have been present at one of the hospitals at this time, delivering wounded and soldiers which had contracted the disease, unfortunately he succumbed to the flu himself and despite the best efforts of the nursing staff he died on 19th September 1918. To die of the Spanish Flue was not at all peaceful, we often call bad colds flue these days, but this form of influenza greatly affected the lungs, heart, liver and kidneys, so many soldiers would have preferred a bullet, I’m sure.
Thomas Callighan is now remembered with honour at the Kirechkoi-Hortakoi Military Cemetery in Greece. All three medals are in very good condition and come mounted on card for safe storage or display.
Quite a scarce find, an army service corps ambulance driver, we are so quick to discard the medals of the ASC yet so many men who served with this unit did vital work to aid the war machine and were in just as much danger as a front line troops.

Code: 25263Price: 135.00 GBP


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Post War Fairbairn Sykes Dagger.

A good late / post war Fairbairn dagger, with black finished aluminium grip and round stud at the top. It has the same aluminium cross guars which leads to a fine steel blade, which retains a good edge. it has a good amount of wear, a lot of the black finish on the grip has gone and the metal showing has good patination. The blade is in very good order but has areas of light pitting and staining. But overall for a used knife it is in good condition. it comes in a black leather scabbard, which is not the original, but will help to keep the blade safe. The dagger measures; 11.5 inches long.
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Code: 25262Price: 75.00 GBP


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Vintage Little Big Horn Commemorative Colt Revolver.

A stunning vintage commemorative Colt 45 revolver made to commemorate Custer’s last stand at the Little Big Horn on 25th June 1876. As you can see by the pictures, it is extremely elaborately decorated with white metal grips depicting the battle, showing General Custer and Sitting Bull engaged in combat. It also has a gold coloured cylinder and the rest of the revolver is finished in gun metal. It cocks and dry firers and it has a working bullet pusher. It comes in excellent condition with no loss to any of the various finishes; the only damage is a very small stain on the mid part of the barrel on one side. A real beauty for display measuring 10 inches long.
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Code: 25261Price: 75.00 GBP


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WW2 Pair & Territorial Efficiency Medal to Falkner RA.

Quite an interesting little home defence group awarded to 2084726 Bombardier S. G. Faulkener of the Coastal Artillery and Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery. The group comprises of the WW2 Defence medal, 1939/45 War medal and the George VI territorial Efficiency medal, named as above. The medals come unmounted and still in their named box of issue, (Faulkner was a Lincolnshire man) an RA cloth shoulder title and a RA beret badge.
With the incredible job the coastal and anti-aircraft battalions did during the Blitz and other air raids on the UK, this should prove an interesting research project. The national archives reference of A.O. 101/49 has been given, which may relate to 5th AA division, so this may be a starting point.
All medals are mint and look as if they have never been out of the box.

Code: 25260Price: 70.00 GBP


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WW1 BWM to Simpson 50th Canadian Infantry.

A WW1 British war medal correctly named to; 434327 (Charles) Thomas Simpson of the 50th Canadian Infantry.
Charles Thomas Simpson, firstly didn’t use his first name and on his medals it is just named to Thomas. he was born in Aberdeen Scotland on 6th August 1894. He volunteered for service in Calgary Canada on the 20th January 1915, and the 50th (Calgary) battalion embarked for Britain on 27 October 1915. The battalion disembarked in France on 11 August 1916, where it fought as part of the 10th Canadian Infantry Brigade, 4th Canadian Division in France and Flanders until the end of the war. The battalion was ordered to Ancre Heights in October 1916, Ancre Heights was the scene of Canada's first involvement in the Battle of the Somme, which had begun on July 1 and which ultimately resulted in 25,000 Canadian casualties. Later, the 50th was ordered into the fighting and during the battle, the 50th Battalion's non-commissioned officers (NCOs) suffered heavily. Positioned in the second wave, they were killed by hidden German machine-gun posts that had been bypassed by the initial assault.
From the Somme, the battalion was moved northward to Artois in November 1916, where they spent their winter and Christmas preparing for the offensive against Vimy Ridge. From January to March, the 4th Division's artillery provided part of the pre-battle barrage. In March, the Canadian Corps changed the commander of the battalion, as Colonel E.G. Mason was transferred to another battalion and replaced Lieutenant-Colonel Page. In April, the Canadians made their three-day offensive, starting the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The 50th Battalion, with the 4th Division was attacking from the north of the ridge and were facing the 16th Bavarian Jäger Division and the 79th Reserve Division
The 50th Battalion and the rest of the 4th Canadian Division were assigned to attack Hill 145. After many attempts to capture the hill, they finally managed to take it from the Bavarian Reserve force. For the next two days, the 4th Canadian Division and 50th Battalion tried to attack the little knoll known as the Pimple. Finally, the Bavarians, low on food and having suffered many casualties, surrendered the Pimple and retreated from Vimy. The 50th, having suffered heavy casualties in the battle. During the rest of the war, the 50th earned themselves many battle honours, which didn’t come easy, these include; Hill 70, Ypres 1917, Passchendaele, Amiens, Scarpe, Drocourt-Quéant, The Hindenburg Line, Canal Du Nord and Valenciennes.
I must note that over 65,000 Canadian soldiers died in the First World War, 25,000 of them on the Somme battlefield alone. I can’t find any evidence that private Simpson was a casualty, he was one of the lucky ones. This would make an interesting and worthwhile medal for research. It comes in very good original condition and on a piece of original ribbon. it comes with copies of his attestation papers.

Code: 25259Price:


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WW1 Victory Medal to Falconer Cameronians & MGC.

An interesting WW1 victory medal correctly named to; 27241 Private William Taylor Falconer of the Scots Rifles (Cameronians) and later the machine Gun Corps. William was born and lived in Edinburgh around 1896 as he was 20 years old when he enlisted or was draft on the 17th May 1916. He was enlisted in to the Scots Rifles, while serving on the western front in 1917 he was Gassed and suffered from the after effects of poison Gas. Later in the August of 1918, I think, he transferred to the machine Gun Corps and served in that regiment until 1922. Unfortunately I can’t fine his Scots rifles service records but I have obtain his records for when he was with the MGC, these accompany this medal along with copies of his medal index card and medal roll, both of these documents show William’s full medal entitlement being the British war and victory medal pair.
A wonderful single medal for further research and it comes in very good condition and on a piece of original ribbon.

Code: 25258Price: 18.00 GBP


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A Scarce US Navy 1882 Pattern Remington-Lee Socket Bayonet

A scarce US Navy M1882 Remington-Lee socket bayonet, for the model Lee 1882 magazine rifle, The M1882 Rifle was a bolt action, .45-70 caliber repeating rifle that was the invention of renowned arms designer James Paris Lee. The first US military acquisition of the Lee design was by the US Navy. This is the navy version with the shorter blade 18" blade. The blade is un-marked and the locking catch is in good working order. There is light pitting and staining overall, but the general condition is very good. It comes with its rare original steel scabbard and leather frog complete with its US brass button. The scabbard and frog shows some wear and use, but again, overall, very good considering how scarce these original parts are together. The scabbard still retains various paper museum labels and the whole piece measures 21 inches long.
A rare and iconic bayonet used in the Indian wars.
Shipping to mainland UK only via courier at £10.95

Code: 25257Price: 95.00 GBP

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