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WW1 Pair to Sister Williams QAIMNSR.

A good WW1 British War and Victory medal pair correctly named to Sister Margaret Nancy Williams of the Queen Alexandria’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve.
Margaret Williams was born in Llanelli, South Wales on 21st January 1887. She took her basic nursing training at the Croydon Infirmary from 1908 to 1911, from there she became a Ward and Theatre Nurse, then a Staff Nurse at a fever hospital from 1913 to 1914. She then went on to become a Charge Nurse at a TB hospital for a short while, from April 1914 to the September of the same year. From September 1914 to April 1916 she was employed as a night Sister at the same hospital, before going into military nursing later in April 1916. Her first posting was Bombay India and then to Deolali, with the 34th Welsh General Hospital. The hospital complex consisted of old barracks, stone bungalows and galvanised iron huts spread over a large area nearly one and a half miles long by half a mile wide. Housing over 2000 beds, the nurses cared for patients with diseases such as malaria, smallpox, Spanish influenza and cholera, in trying climatic conditions. She stayed there until 11 May 1917, when she requested a post at a hospital in the UK, because her Mother and father has died in a short time of each other and she wanted to be close to her family. When arriving back in England, she served as Sister at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley. This hospital accommodate around 2,500 beds and treated around 50,000 patients during the Great War. As a sister she would have overseen and probably trained some of the many Red Cross volunteers who passed through its doors. She remained in Military service until 1920, when she married Lieutenant Emlyn Mills a 3rd Sappers and Miners officer of the Indian army, which she must have met in India, possibly wounded from the Mesopotamia campaigns. On informing her Matron in Chief, she was told that only single nurses were permitted in the QAIMNSR and was discharged on 1st March 1920. The reports written about her could not sing her praises high enough. It seems she was a model nurse, professional, diligent and caring with a wide level of skills and an asset to the QAIMNSR.
Both medals are in very good original condition and come with a copy of her medal index card and her service papers on CD Rom in PDF format. A lovely pair medals to a serving Sister, which are getting rarer.

Code: 25753Price: 265.00 GBP


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Rare Victorian Brown Fur Busby & Aiguillettes.

A rare Victorian brown fur busby with its original gold bullion Aiguillettes and storage tin. Belonging to a trooper of a Hussars, Yeomanry or the Honourable Artillery Company cavalry troop, this is a wonderful example, fur covered with a red wool felt flap or bag on the side. The fur has a little wear here and there, where the dress plume is fitted and around the top rim, but this in minimal and hopefully something you would expect from headgear this old. Inside it has a lining of red silk with a wide leather sweat band. Inside is the makers name of W. Catterall. Army Taylor. Preston with the royal arms above the name. this is printed in gold below the small handle, which is used to pull the hat from the tin. It also retails its original chinstrap, brass chain on leather with a velvet backing for comfort.
This Busby also comes with its original gold bullion Aiguillettes, an elaborate system to stop the trooper from losing his busby when charging. This An amazing piece of original Victorian cavalry headgear in very good condition, find another at this price.

Shipping to UK £14.95 by UPS

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Hand Turned Oak Helmet Stand. (1)

I collect WW1 and earlier helmets, and in the past have bought various hat stands and have found that over the years, the stands have marked the inside or misshapen the crown of the hat etc. so I had a selection of stands hand made in antique designs, used by museums and old milliners to make and restore hats. These have proven to be the best thing I ever did to safeguard my collection. The support the hat or helmet in the right places and even supports heavy steel helmets so the liners are not damaged. So here are a few extra I had made to offer out for sale.
This one is a general style, used by antique hat stores to display hats. These are good for any hat or light helmet giving to the crown.
It is hand-turned from solid oak and has been stained and lacquered with an acid free varnish.
There is a choice of two.
A) 13 inches high.
B) 11.5 inches high.
Please state which one A or B when ordering.

Code: 25751Price: 45.00 GBP


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Stunning Replica of WW2 Sten Gun.

It is very difficult to tell this replica from the real thing.it is approximately the same weight as it is made from the same grade of metal as the original, it cocks and dry firers and the magazine is removable. It has all the correct markings as a WW2 issue and it is better than an original deactivated gun, as all the moving parts are working and there is no ugly welds and nothing is cut away.
The condition is excellent, it is aged like an original, it functions perfectly and it is totally inert and legal to own.
The Sten submachine gun was used extensively by British and Commonwealth forces throughout World War II and the Korean War. They had a simple design and very low production cost, so they were also effective insurgency weapons for WW2 resistance groups and special forces.
The Sten emerged while Britain was engaged in the Battle of Britain and facing invasion by Germany. The army was forced to replace weapons lost during the evacuation from Dunkirk while expanding at the same time. Prior to 1941, the British were purchasing all the Thompson submachine guns they could from the United States, but this still did not meet demand. In order to rapidly equip a sufficient fighting force to counter the Axis threat, the Royal Small Arms Factory, Enfield, was commissioned to produce an alternative.
The credited designers were Major R. V. Shepherd, OBE, Inspector of Armaments in the Ministry of Supply Design Department at The Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, and Mr. Harold John Turpin, Senior Draughtsman of the Design Department of the Royal Small Arms Factory, Enfield, produced a weapon which used simple stamped metal components and minor welding, which required minimal machining and manufacturing. Much of the production could be performed by small workshops. Over the period of manufacture the Sten design was further simplified, the most basic model, the Mark III, could be produced from five man-hours of work.
The Sten went on to be produced in many varients and by many different countries and some examples still being produced and used well into the 1970’s, which must make it one of the most iconic weapons ever produced.
Shipping to mainland UK only via courier charged at £14.95 due to size and weight

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Superb Boer War Pair to 19th Hussars.

A very good interesting pair to one of the primary cavalry regiments serving in the Anglo Boer war.
This little group comprises of the Queens South Africa medal with the Belfast, Langs Nek and Orange Free State clasps. This is correctly engraved to 3793 Corporal J. Skingle 19th Hussars.
The Kings South Africa medal with the South Africa 1901 and 1902 clasps. This is correctly impressed to 3793 Private J Skindle 19th hussars. Please see pictures.
Jesse Skindle was born in the parish of Dunwick, close to the town of Chelmsford in Essex in 1873. In civilian life he was employed as a labourer in a distillery and at the age of 19 he decided that army life may hold a better future, so on 5th January 1892 he joined the army and was attested at Canterbury. Later that year he was passed out of Wollwich and transferred to the 19th Hussars. His first posting was to India in February 1894, his first good conduct strip was just before that, awarded on the 5th January. Skingle was appointed Lance Corporal in the July of 1897 and earned his s1econd good conduct stripe in January 1898. Skingle was already in South Africa when the Boer war started, in 1899. A brief history of the regiment follows curtesy of the angloboerwar.com.
The regiment was in Ladysmith when the war broke out. They were not engaged at Elandslaagte, but were present and did good work at Rietfontein on 24th October 1899. At the battle of Lombard's Kop or Ladysmith, 30th October, the 19th Hussars were with the 5th Lancers and some Natal Mounted Volunteers sent out under General French, but were unable to get as far as was intended, and had to be assisted in order to hold their own, and had subsequently to retire.
During the siege the regiment frequently had some fighting. On the night of 7th December one squadron "penetrated some four miles towards the north, destroying the enemy's telegraph line and burning various kraals and shelters ordinarily used by them". On 6th January, the day of the great attack, two squadrons of the 19th Hussars held Maiden's Farm to prevent the Boers attacking Waggon Hill from the west, and part of the regiment were in the fight on the hill itself.
Two officers were mentioned in Sir George White's despatch of 23rd March 1900.
After the relief the regiment was brigaded with the 5th Lancers and 18th Hussars under Major General Brocklehurst, and took part in the advance of General Buller to Volksrust and afterwards to Lydenburg, being constantly engaged.
Four officers were mentioned in General Buller's final despatch, and 5 officers and 6 non-commissioned officers and men in Lord Roberts' despatch of 4th September 1901.
During the second phase of the campaign, the regiment was almost always in the Eastern Transvaal, and their history is much akin to that of the 18th Hussars, whom they accompanied on endless expeditions, and with whom they fought in very many actions. In his despatch of 8th August 1901, para 11, Lord Kitchener says: "On 29th July General Kitchener was able to report from Blauwbank the gratifying news of a very successful engagement, in which the 19th Hussars, after a long chase, had recaptured one of the two pom-poms taken from the Victorians on 11th June. The 18th Hussars, who followed the 19th in support, were also able to come up with the enemy and assist in the capture of 32 prisoners and 20 waggons". On 16th August the 19th Hussars had very heavy fighting in dense bush with a large force of the enemy at Elandskraal, North-East Transvaal. The regiment was for a time very hard pressed, but fortunately, their old friends, the 18th, again appeared on the scene in time to drive off the enemy and to release 4 officers and 19 men who had been captured.
Three officers and 17 non-commissioned officers and men gained mention in Lord Kitchener's despatches written during the war, and in the final despatch the names of 3 officers and 4 non-commissioned officers were added.
On the 27th August 1902 Skingle was transferred to reserve and then joined the South African Constabulary, which many of the cavalry did after the war was over. It looks like the SAC did not offer the same kind of excitement that the hussars did, so when he was offered a discharged, due to the end of his first term of service of 12 years, he took it, on the 4th January 1904.
In the 1911 Census we see Jesse now married to Daisy with one child, Herbert, both Jesse and Daisy are working as Club Stewards.
I also have reason to believe that Jesse Skingle’s original name id Jesse Haighes. It seems this was the family name but sometime after 1881 his father is missing, I do not know if his father dies or leaves home, but after circa this date the family goes by his mother maiden name of Skingle. This may help further research on this cavalryman.
The medals are in very good condition, the QSA has two edge knocks one looks to be cause by contact with the KSA. For detail pictures of condition, please see pictures.
The medals are beautifully mounted in a Victorian period mount, which shows the 19th Hussars in battle and in uniform.
The medals also come with copies of his service papers, census records copies of prints etc.
A interesting and exciting pair for further research, the 19th hussars saw a lot of fighting during the Boer war and only detailed research on each engagement will bring this to light.

Code: 25749Price: 295.00 GBP


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Superb Victorian HAC Dress Tunic.

A wonderful piece of Victorian uniform, this Honourable Artllery Company dress tunic is the 1857 pattern but dates from around the 1870’s. It is made from scarlet Melton wool with white piping, it has the 1857 pattern cuffs with four buttons and white lace. This tunic retains all of its original silver plated buttons with the 1870’s type queen Victoria’s cypher and it still has its original collar badges and the epaulettes are embroidered in bullion wire with HAC. Inside the tunic, it has a white wool lining and the whole jacket comes in remarkable condition for its age. The only fault being a very small amount of moth damage to the piping on the epaulettes, please see pictures.
The HAC can trace its history back as far as 1087, but it received a royal charter from Henry VIII on 25 August 1537, when Letters Patent were received by the Overseers of the Fraternity or Guild of St George, authorising them to establish a perpetual corporation for the defence of the realm, to be known as the Fraternity or Guild of Artillery of Longbows, Crossbows and Handgonnes.
In 1860, control of the Company moved from the Home Office to the War Office and in 1889, a Royal Warrant gave the Secretary of State for War control of the Company's military affairs. In 1883, Queen Victoria decreed that the HAC took precedence next after the Regular Forces and therefore before the Militia and Yeomanry in consideration of its antiquity.
This tunic has a chest size of 34 inches.

Code: 25748Price:


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Vintage King’s Crown Royal Military College of Canada Officers Helmet Plate

A beautiful quality gilt brass officers helmet plate worn on a white colonial style helmet, this one is a King’s crown version so before 1954 and comes in very good original condition showing just slight wear to the gilt on the high points, it measures 3.25 inches x 4.
Ref. E29

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Scarce Victorian Volunteer Artillery Helmet Plate

Worn on the blue home service helmet this white metal plate shows Queen Victoria’s crown and her arms above a field cannon, the badge is in superb original condition with a beautiful patina and showing very little wear, it measures 3.25 inches x 4
Ref. E28

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WW1 Leather Officers Boots.

A good pair of original great war brown leather officers boots; although they need a little attention to bring them back to top condition. the faults are, both heels need replacing and some of the straps on one boot are missing. I have the replacement straps to do the job, they just need taking to a boot repairer to complete the work.
They come with their original set of wooden trees, which are now becoming expensive. They are roughly a size 8 and the soles measure ???? inches.

Code: 25744Price: 95.00 GBP


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Superb 1970’s Royal Scots Greys Valise Badge

A superb gilt bronze badge measuring 2 inches x 2.5 inches and showing the Greys eagle and the Carabiniers cross rifles known as the Carabiniers and the Greys, the badge is in very good condition but has lost a lot of the gilt finish to the front and is missing one post from the back.
Ref. E27

Code: 25745Price: 18.00 GBP

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