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Next Listing Friday 13th December @ 7.30pm - Militaria

New Plan - Next list will be a large listing of Militaria to include; WW1 & WW2 medals, badges, weapons, ephemera, German militaria, helmets & headgear, Collectors coins plus lots of other interesting military collectables and curios.
Listing starts at 7.30pm. Come for a look, there is something for everyone.

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Superb and Rare 1870 Pattern Royal Artillery Full Dress Sabretache.

A magnificent Victorian 1870 pattern Sabretache, worn by a mounted Royal Artillery officer in full dress uniform.
The leather pouch is made from black morocco leather, with the face elaborately embroidered in gold and silver bullion wire with queen Victoria’s royal crest of arms on a black velvet ground. The lions face and artillery gun are in gilt metal and above the gun are sprays of oak leaves; above this, is the motto ‘Ubique’ and below the gun, the motto ‘Quo Fas Et Gloria Ducant’. All of this is surrounded by a border of gold bullion train lace. What makes this piece unique is, it still has the officers sword belt attached, this part is so very hard to find. This is made of black leather covered with gold bullion lace. It has the three straps for the Sabretache hanging from three ‘D’ rings and a pair of hangers for the officer’s sword; every buckle is gilt metal with a lions head motif. It still retains all of its gilt brass fittings and the snake belt clasp.
The whole piece comes in excellent condition for its age, as you would expect it has a little fading and the bullion has toned over the years. Please see pictures for overall condition.
The ultimate piece for display, the Sabretache measuring; 11.5 x 12.75 inches and the sword belt measures 26 inches long but it will extend a further 9 inches.

Code: 25430Price: 495.00 GBP

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Stunning RA Officers Home Service Helmet in Tin. Near Mint.

A truly stunning Edwardian Royal Artillery Officers Home Service or Blue Cloth helmet which comes in its original tin with original padlock and key.
The helmet belonged to Captain S. M. Gully RA. He is listed in the army lists from 1882 as Captain; he served in India from 1898 to 1912. So, it looks like he only wore his home service helmet but a few times.
The helmet and all of its fittings, Ball spike, plate, side bosses and chinstrap, are all in mint condition, you will not find an original helmet in better order. It is complete, totally untouched and unpolished; the inside of the helmet is clean and looks like it has been worn no more than just two or three times. It came locked in its tin with the key still attached to the carrying handle at the top. It bears a brass nameplate which reads ‘Captn S. M. Gully’. The nameplate is toned and has never been polished. The tin itself is also in good order and it still retains much of its original black paint.it is quite a large size, larger than a size 7.
A fabulous piece of Edwardian Home Service Uniform, if you are stickler for condition, then this one is the best you will find. Please see pictures.
Shipping will be via courier charged at £10.95

Code: 25429Price:

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Interesting Boer War QSA & WW1 Pair to Stevens.

A Queens South Africa medal for active service in the 2nd Anglo Boer war, correctly named to 3450 3rd Class Trooper George. W. Stevens of the South African Constabulary; with Cape Colony, Orange Free State and Transvaal Clasps.
WW1 British war and Victory medal pair, correctly named to; M2/034259 Serjeant George W Stevens of the Army Service Corps.
George W Stevens was born in London on 4th April 1879 and possibly travelled to South Africa under his own steam. He first served with the Warrens Mounted Infantry in South Africa, probably in the Cape Colony. Warren’s mounted infantry were stationed in the Cape colony in the April of 1901. There principle roll was to pursue scattered Boer Commandos and take prisoners. There is not too much information on this very small regiment formed by Lieutenant Colonel F. J. Warren in December 1900. It seems that the regiment was all but disbanded by the end of 1901 and its personnel scattered amongst other regiments, which is probably how Stevens was enlisted in to the South African Constabulary on 30th March 1901. He stayed in South African Constabulary until 1904 when he was discharged and received boat passage home. When he returned home it looks like he became a Domestic Chauffeur and married Nellie. It is more than likely he drove a motor vehicle in domestic service, so during the great war, he was drafted into the Army Service Corps M2 working in a Mechanical Transport unit, and as he had experience with motors and army service he was soon promoted to a Serjeant and served overseas.
There is one aspect I cannot tie down, and that is, on his medal index card, it clearly states that he Died. I cannot find his name on the Commonwealth war graves or Soldiers died in the greats war.
I can assume he was discharged or just before he was finally discharged, he died from the influenza epidemic that was rife at the time.
There are 2 George W Stevens who resided in London, who died from influenza while still serving in the army and who died and buried at home. One at the December of 1918 and the other in the march of 1919. So this is difficult to confirm.
So an interesting lot to a man who was obviously a pioneer skilled driver and mechanic.

Code: 25428Price: 195.00 GBP

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1914 Mons Star Trio to Rifle Brigade – Nominated for MM.

A very interesting 1914 star & bar trio to 6521 Private Albert Pratten of the 1st Battalion Rifle Brigade. Albert Pratten was born and raised in Canning Town East London around 1880; before he joined the rifle brigade in 1899 he was working as a general labour on the docks. He saw extensive service in South Africa during the Boer War and was awarded the QSA with the Cape Colony, Orange Free State and Transvaal bars, as well as the KSA with South Africa 01 and 02 bars.
He was still serving with the regiment when the war broke out in 1914, having returned from posting in Egypt and Malta; the 1st battalion the Rifle Brigade were one of the first regiments to mobilise ready for war, they arrived in France at Le Havre with the 4th division on 23rd August 1914.
Almost as soon as his feet hit French soil he was off to battle, arriving just in time to play a valuable part at Le Cateau; the infantry stood and fought alone in this battle as all of the other columns and companies such as the Mounted Troops, Heavy Battery, Divisional Ammunition Column, Field Companies RE, Signals Company RE, Field Ambulances RAMC and Divisional Train, were all still en route from England. The 4th division was ordered to stand at Caudry, the surrounding countryside near Le Cateau, and cover the withdrawing troops from Mons, although very heavily outnumbered, the Brits held their ground suffering heavy casualty’s; The total British casualties at Le Cateau amounted to 7,812 of all ranks, killed, wounded and missing. But our old soldier Albert Pratten was a survivor; it must have seemed without rest bite that his battalion was then ordered to Marne, the battle started on the 6th September 1914. Here it was up to the allies to suspend the German advance towards Paris, there was a fortunate break in the German line and the Allies were quick to respond, but still heavily outnumbered by the advancing army, the day was saved on 7 September by the aid of 6,000 French reserve infantry troops ferried from Paris in streams of taxi cabs.
From Marne, again without much rest Albert’s division went on to fight at Aisne and the battle of Armentieres, now heading into the winter of 1914/15 and the 1st battle of Ypres.
Needless to say that Albert was active in most of the actions that 4th division undertook; we look forward now passed the 2nd battle of Ypres to the start of July 1915, the early days of the stalemate, the 1st Rifle Brigade was employed on the front line in occasional trench raids and small sorties with other regiments of the division. On the 6th July a major trench raid was planned and was carried out to some degree of success; the 1st battalion Rifle Brigade along with the 1st Shropshire Light Infantry and assisted by a battery of artillery raided the German trenches near the village of Pilkem. The trenches were held by the 213th and 215th Landstum regiments from Schleswig-Holstein, their snipers were proving to be a real annoyance to the British soldiers in the opposite trenches; taking of the trenches was hard fighting causing many casualty’s, but the regiment captured the trench along with 30 prisoners, 2 machine guns, 2 trench mortars and a field telephone, along with some welcome supply’s. It was here that Albert received a gunshot wound, bad enough to get him sent back to blighty via the SS Anglia, he was also recommended for the military medal for his part in this action, but for some reason the award was not granted, instead he was to receive the ‘mark of Distinction to the 14 star’, this I believe was something that was intended to be like a MID, a bar or emblem for the 1914 star, but the war office never followed it through and it came to nothing.
Albert never returned to France, instead he was transferred to the reserve and served with the 5th battalion, which was a training battalion at the Thames & Medway Garrison in Winchester.
For his 16 years of service, his discharge certificate has his conduct as ‘Very Good’ and he is described as steady, reliable, trustworthy and hardworking with a fine record.
The wear-a-bouts of his South African pair is unknown; here is his well-earned WW1 trio which comes with copies of his service records and medal index card. All three medals are in excellent condition, there is a mistake on the naming on the star, it is named to 6521 Private E Pratten, so there are two medal index cards, one, for E Pratten, the more comprehensive card and two, for Albert Pratten, just showing medal entitlement as the pair, but I have been backwards and forwards with his name, number and regiment and I can confirm, both are the same man, never rectified because he never complained about the miss-naming. The Mons bar looks like a replacement, but an old one and it has been on the star for a very long time. A wonderful long serving soldier, just missing out of a Military Medal for Gallantry in the Field.

Code: 25427Price: 155.00 GBP

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Scarce 1860 Pattern Italian Heavy Cavalry Sabre Garibaldi’s Army.

A very impressive 1860 pattern heavy cavalry sabre used by Italy’s heavy cavalry in the Second War of Italian Independence and the capture of Rome, fought in the 1860’s.
The sword is a beast, a German import to Italy. It has a steel hilt with basket guard and heavy skull crusher pommel and a leather covered grip. It has a long curved steel blade with a single fuller on both sides. The blade is marked at the ricasso with S & K for Schnitzler & Kirschbaum of Solingen and it has the superior quality of a German cavalry sword of this period. The scabbard is of steel construction with two loose rings, both quite close to the top.
This sword is in wonderful condition and has very little damage for a cavalry sword of this date. The only faults I can find are some light pitting at the top of the guard and some light staining to the blade, it has been well kept and cared for. It has old museum catalogue labels on the scabbard, which are wrong, it describes this sword as a 1843 pattern French cavalry sword, which it is not. A rare piece for the cavalry sword collector and probably used in Garibaldi’s army and the Second War of Italian Independence. Have a look online, this is a very interesting, though complex era in Italian history.
Shipping to mainland UK only via courier charged at £14.95

Code: 25426Price: 160.00 GBP

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Massive Vintage American Bowie Knife & Sheath.

A substantial vintage American Bowie Knife. It has a long polished stag horn grip, which is has bolts running through the tang.
The massive steel blade has no makers mark, but it is a very fine and well-made blade, measuring 11.5 inches long. It all fits snugly in a beautiful hand-made leather sheath, this has been embellished with native American beadwork. The whole piece comes in perfect condition and it measures a total of 21 inches long in its sheath.
Ref. 22786
Ship to UK mainland only. Age required on purchase.

Code: 25425Price: 125.00 GBP

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Very Interesting WW2 Pair Etc to Gunnery Sjt Mjr &WO ATS.

An interesting lot relating to W/27407 Serjeant Major later Warrant Officer Joan Russell Brown ATS.
Joan Isabella Russell Brown was born November 9th 1921 in Tientsin China. Her father was a diplomat working for the British government.
She enlisted into the Auxiliary Territorial Service in the December of 1939 and was trained as an expert assistant (Gunnery) with the Royal Artillery. She must have served her training on the ack ack guns possibly with the 26th AA brigade, as this booklet came with her things. She must have proved very capable as she was promoted to Company Serjeant Major and then to Warrant Officer II class, the latter around the end of 1940 and then she was then transferred to the MOD Experimental Establishment at Shoeburyness in Essex. Here heaven knows what she got up to or on what new bombing inventions that were being tested by the MOD. Shoeburyness has had an Artillery garrison there since the roman time, a very important spot, the entrance to the Thames estuary, vital to the defence of the the country. What when on there during the war, is still not in the public domain. She is included in a Photograph album containing 58 photographs relating to the Auxiliary Territorial Service Experimental Gunnery Assistants, Experimental Establishment, Shoeburyness, 1940-1941. At the National Army Museum, but several emails to them asking to purchase copies have gone unanswered. (Their catalogue number 1995-01-47). She was discharged from the ATS in 1943 under the termination of period of enrolment, her service conduct is classified as ‘Exemplary’. Which is all very strange. If she left to get married, which happened a lot, it would say in her service book. Being classed as an expert or XP in her field, why was she let go in the middle of the war, with no sign of the war ending. I have been collecting and researching woman’s medal groups for years and I believe she was discharged and entered into a civilian roll, possibly with an organisation like the SOE. It comes with various original insignia and two group photographs, aircraft recognition booklet and of course her service and pay book. For all contents, please see pictures.

Code: 25424Price:

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WW2 Era Royal Canadian Ordinance Corps Cap Badge

A large solid brass cap badge with King’s crown, in very good condition with slight wear to the high points.
Ref: D20

Code: 25423Price:

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WW1 / WW2 Devon Regiment Cap Badge

This badge was used from 1901 to 1956 when the anodised version and the Queen’s crown was changed, it has good age and although in very good condition is now heavily toned.
Ref: D21

Code: 25422Price: 10.00 GBP

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QEII Royal Canadian Engineers Cap Badge

A superb quality bi metal badge, brass QEII cypher upon a wreath of white metal Maple leaves, the badge is in lovely condition with just light wear to the higher points.
Ref: D22

Code: 25421Price: 7.00 GBP

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