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Imperial German Officers Lion Head Sword.

A very high quality Imperial German Officers Sword. It has a highly embellished brass hilt, the guard has ornamentations of crossed swords and pike behind a shield below an iron cross. The lagnets on each side are decorated with crossed cannon on one side and a shield cartouche and foliage on the other. The grip is covered with fine Shagreen, held in place with twisted silver wire. The back of the grip is also well decorated leading to the Lion head pommel; the lion has a bohemian garnet set into his eyes. The blade is just as fine; a single fuller to each side of its long and slightly curved blade which has been etched with scrolls, foliage and military weapons, this is the same on each side. It is still residing in its original steel scabbard, this is complete with its single ring.
Now down to condition. The overall condition of this very impressive sword is excellent, but there is always something to point out, in this case not too much. The finally decorated hilt has residue of old polish which is hiding some of the detail. This can be rectified by some warm soapy water and a soft tooth brush, this will not hurt the patination but dissolve what remains of the old polish. The blade is very good, no rust or pitting, the etching can be quite clearly seen, but it is a little faded from what it would have looked like originally. The scabbard was probably once painted black; at some point someone has sanded the paint off leaving sanding marks and scratching to the body of the scabbard, again this is easily polished out. I have taken a picture of the worst affected area to show you, please see pictures.
A fabulous sword, it has a makers mark under one on the lagnets, but I can’t photograph it and it is very hard to see, the hilt would have to be dismantled to reveal the maker, going on the quality of the sword, I’m sure it is by one of the top German sword manufacturers.
It measures 37 inches long. The blade measures 30.75 inches long.
Shipping to UK mainland only via courier at £12.95

Code: 24491Price: 295.00 GBP

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Rare WW1 Era German Prussian Uhlan Officer’s Cap.

A very scarce WW1 era German Cavalry officers cap or Schirmmütze, worn by an officer of the Prussian Uhlan.
A fabulous quality cap made from a dark blue wool, with red piping to the crown. It has a scarlet band with the two officer’s cockades. Inside is lined with silk with a leather sweat band and the cream colour to the underside of the peek.
The condition is excellent for an early WW1 era cap, there is no moth damage and most of the wear is to the inside. Here we can see it has been well worn, this is seen on the sweat band and the silk has perished slightly. It’s all original and untouched and just a very fine piece of Great War German uniform.

Code: 24490Price: 175.00 GBP

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Scarce WW1 Pair to Lacey Warwick Yeomanry Served Gallipoli.

A scarce and interesting WW1 British war and victory medal correctly named to; H-67683 Private Frederick George Lacey of the 1st/1st battalion Warwickshire Yeomanry.
Private Lacey must have enrolled into the Warwickshire Yeomanry C squadron in 1914 and after several months of training as infantry and on horseback in East Anglia he embarked on the ‘Wayfarer’ on 11th April 1915 bound for Egypt. It was an eventful voyage, when they were 60 or so miles NW of the Scilly Isles, the ship was torpedoed; although she did not sink, the horses had to be rescued. Volunteers of the regiment saved 763 horses, receiving a Military Cross and twelve Meritorious Service Medals. The ship was then towed to Queenstown Ireland.
They arrived in Egypt on 24 April, before being moved to Gallipoli for service as dismounted infantry. They landed at Suvla Bay on 18 August and saw action at the Battle of Scimitar Hill, on 21 August. The regiment took heavy losses, but remained in the line until withdrawn at the end of October. It was assigned to the Australian Mounted Division in February 1917, serving in Palestine as cavalry, and seeing action at the First and Second Battles of Gaza, the Charge at Huj as well as the Battle of Mughar Ridge and the Battle of Jerusalem. They captured a Turkish artillery feild gun in the famous mounted charge at Huj on 8 November 1917. The gun still stands today in the museum of the Warwickshire Yeomanry on Jury Street in Warwick. The official history of the regiment states; “Shouting, they burst through the battery position, sabreing and riding down the gunners, and dashed on, through reduced now to a mere handful, to attack the machine guns”.
The regiment was withdrawn in April 1918, and amalgamated with the 1/1st South Nottinghamshire Hussars into B Battalion, Machine Gun Corps, soon renamed the 100th (Warwickshire and South Nottinghamshire Yeomanry) Battalion, Machine Gun Corps. At this time Lacey didn’t transfer to the machine gun corps but went on to serve with the Warwickshire regiment and from 6th January 1918, with the Devon Regiment. This makes me think that at some point he got very sick or was wounded, probably at one of the battles in the Palestine campaign and sent home to England. He made a recovery and was sent to France to serve with the latter two regiments. There was little point send him back to his original regiment as they were already preparing for the posting to France.
Private Lacey was finally discharged on 13th February 1919 with sickness, probably a legacy from his time Palestine and north Africa and was also awarded a silver war badge,
A great pair which comes with what is believe his original very rare cap badge, also a rare find. the medal are in very good condition but look as if they have been mounted and worn at some time and all this comes with copies of his medal index card and SWB roll.

Code: 24489Price: 125.00 GBP

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Victorian RA Officers Undress Sabretache Plate.

A rare gilt brass plate worn on the patent leather undress Sabretache of a officer of the Royal Horse Artillery circa 1880’s.
Very similar to the home service helmet plate but it is a lot heavier, thicker brass and the posts on the back are shorter, as it only has to past through a flap of leather. It would have originally had seven screw posts on the back but only three remain now. Perhaps someone has tried to present this as a helmet plate, but this will not bend to a helmet as it is quite solid.
The condition is excellent and a lot of its original gilt finish remains. A rare thing of wonderful quality.

Code: 24488Price: 120.00 GBP

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An Interesting and Shocking WW2 Group Plus to Morrison Kent Yeomanry RA Desert Rat Killed in Government Cover Up.

Please read all this description as it reveals a shocking government cover up which was not uncovered until the 1990’s and relating to the death of 917847 Bombardier Leslie Henry Morrison of the Kent Yeomanry the 97th Field Regiment Royal Artillery.
This lot was recently found in a house clearance and includes his 1930-45 Star Africa star and 1930-45 War medal. A host of original photographs of Leslie and his family and many in uniform taken in North Africa. Before the war Leslie was also employed as a special constable and a wonderful picture of him in his uniform can be found in this lot.
His regiment joined the BEF in May 1940, initially with III Corps then with the 5th Infantry Division. During the Battle of France, the regiment saw action at Saint-Valery-en-Cauxin June 1940 and after the German advance the regiment destroyed its guns and equipment and headed to Dunkirk for evacuation in Operation Dynamo. After some reorganization of the batteries at home in early 1941, Leslie arrived in Egypt with the division on 31 May. On 5 July it came under command of British Troops in Egypt. The regiment dropped the "Army" designation on 13 September and on the same date joined the 7th Armoured Division. Armed with sixteen 25 pounders, the regiment served with 7th Armoured in the Second Battle of El Alamein.
Here Leslie’s battery were captured and taken as a prisoner of war by the Italian army and marched to Tripoli in Libya. 814 Allied POWs were embarked on the Italian ship the Scillin's and held in the cargo hold, which, reportedly, was suitable for only about 300 men. The result was severe overcrowding and unsanitary conditions. More prisoners would have been embarked, but the British military doctor (Captain Gilbert, RAMC) made vehement and repeated protests. Some reports state that a further 195 POWs were embarked before Scillin sailed and that there were some 200 Italian troops aboard; She sailed on 13 November 1942.
A British S-class submarine, HMS Sahib, intercepted Scillin on the night of 14 November off the coast of Tunisia. Sahib first fired two shells at the cargo ship and then launched a single torpedo, which hit Scillin's cargo hold and rapidly sank her. Prisoners in the hold had little chance of survival. The Sahib rescued 27 POWs (26 British and one South African), Scillin's captain and 34 Italian crew and soldiers before the arrival of an Italian warship which obliged her to leave. Only when Sahib's crew heard survivors speaking English did they realise the ship's purpose of transporting POW’s.
The details of Scillin's loss and the circumstances of the death of the Allied POWs were kept secret for more than 50 years. The first time information was made public was in 1996 when the Ministry of Defence records department put an account of the sinking and a list of POWs into an existing file at The National Archives. Both the account of the sinking and the list of casualties were factually flawed. When the mistakes were pointed out the MoD accepted the errors, but no alterations have been made. Leslie’s place of death was recorded as El Alamein, but when the list of men who were killed on the Scillin was finally publish in the 1990’s Leslie Morrison’s name is on it. So his family were lied to at the time of his death to the circumstances in which he was killed, in fact his name is still listed on the Alamein memorial.
I have uncovered this story, so his family never knew of how he died, which is probably just as well, because it must have been horrific. First stuffed into a cargo hold with no room to sit or lie down and then to be hit by a torpedo, there was no possible way of escape for nearly all the men on that day.
This was all covered up due to the use of British top secret technology, which was being used at the time and its use totally bungled. All this information can be found on the web if you google the ‘Scillin’.
A very sad yet fascinating lot which comes as it was found in an old cigar box. The medals are in mint condition and have never been mounted or worn and most of the photographs look like they have never been out of the packet they came in. there is also a larger portrait photograph of Leslie which was found separately.
also included is a bunch of photographs of his brother who served in the RAF until the war's end, he was ultimately the holder of Leslie's things.

Code: 24487Price:

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Vintage Scottish Sgian Dubh with Hallmarked Silver Mounts.

A really beautiful 1950’s Scottish Sgian Dubh pronounced ‘ski-en doo’. It has a knotted rope molded horn grip with silver mounts with a Celtic design and at the top a silver pommel set with a facet cut yellow stone, probably a citrine, as they were less expensive back then.
It has a good steel blade of typical design, this snugly fits into its original leather sheath also fitted with silver mounts hallmarked for Edinburgh 1950 by the maker T.E for Thomas Kerr Ebbutt of St David's Square, Edinburgh.
The condition is lovely, it looks like it has never been used, the only tiny fault is there is a small light crack to the horn on the back just under the pommel, this was probably done in the manufacture, please see pictures. a really nice piece which measures 7.5 inches long.

Code: 24486Price: 125.00 GBP

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Scarce Victorian Rifle Volunteers White Metal Belt Buckle.

A beautiful Victorian white metal 2-part belt buckle, worn by an officer of the Rifle Volunteers. The two belt loops have been hand chased to highlight the rococo scrolls, the central interlocking disk with a light infantry horn with queen Victoria’s crown above it surrounded by laurel leaves. The condition is superb, just very light wear to the high points and a little dirty on the reverse.
It measures 4 x 2.25 inches.

Code: 24485Price: 130.00 GBP

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Rare WW1 Belgian Officers Miniature Medal Neck Chain.

A beautiful set of original WW1 and later Belgian miniature medals set for an officer to wear between the collar close to the neck. They comprise of; 1. Knight Order of Leopold II with crossed swords for courage in combat. 2. Croix de Guerre. 3. WW1 Belgian Allied Victory medal. 4. Commemorative Medal for WW1 Service. 5 Civil Cross 1st class with long service ribbon. 6. Centenary of National Independence Commemorative Medal 1830-1930.
All professionally set on a fine gilt chain with a pin at either end.
It comes in excellent condition and only shows very slight wear in places. Belgian miniature medals are quite scarce, a set on an officers neck chain, are hard to find, especially a good gallantry group such as this.

Code: 24484Price: 98.00 GBP

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Beautiful 9ct Gold Set With a Sapphire Sword Brooch

This lovely sword shaped brooch is marked twice on the pin with 375 for 9ct gold, it has been stone set in the top of the handle with a sapphire, there is additional hatching decoration on the handle and pommel with a silver panel of bobbles down the blade. It comes in superb condition, is of a good size measuring 3inches long, a little late for Valentines day but comes in, what looks like its original box.

Code: 24483Price: 120.00 GBP

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QEII Queens Own Hussars Cap Badge.

The Queens crown bi-metal cap badge of the 7th Queens Own Hussars. This changed from the kings crown to the queens crown in 1957, so this badges dates sometime after that. It comes in very good condition and it has an even patina.
Ref. D1

Code: 24482Price: 10.00 GBP

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