A Victorian officers blur cloth home service helmet. this type of helmet along with the badge was worn by regimental officers from 1881. It is of typical manufacture, the main body made of cork with an inner and outer covering, the peek mounted with brass to denote officer. The fittings are all brass and the original 1881 pattern badge is embellished with silver, the lion to the centre and the title swag at the bottom of the badge. it has its original chin strap and pretty much untouched. As all officers accoutrements were private purchase, this would not have been the most expensive you could buy at the time, but it a good quality helmet with a good blue wool covering and very good quality fittings. There is a name inside, but this has faded over the years and I have never been able to read it. The inner liner is in very good condition as is the leather sweatband, but of course there are signs of use. It is quite a large size, I would say around a 7&1/4 which is a good feature on an old helmet, as will fit most display heads. A lovely Victorian helmet in super condition.
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A stunning lot all made of solid silver, the pieces that are not hallmarked have been tested as .925 sterling silver.
The cross plate badge for the Prince Consorts Own Rifle Brigade, is all sterling silver, even the large back plate is sterling silver as are the posts and nuts. This is in good condition, it shows signs of wear to the surface and it has a small piece of the Princes crown missing. The Whistle boss, solid silver but the posts are plated brass, but the nuts are solid silver. This bares the Lions mask which is silver. The ring I haven’t tested, as there is no where I can do a deceit test with out it spoiling the look. The treble chain is sterling silver and the whistle and holder are also, this part is hallmarked for Birmingham 1887 and a makers mark for Joseph Jennens & Co. a maker renowned for making military buckles and cross belts.
Both the boss and the whistle are in excellent condition, slight wear to the surface, but less than you would expect on a piece of this age.
I have had it all mounted on a piece of good black English leather with a silver eyelet at the top for hanging. The whole piece measures 16.75 inches long.
Superb Egypt medal correctly named to 2574Private W Smith of the 2nd Kings Own Scottish Borderers. This is mounted with the Gemaizah 1888 clasp which is correctly mounted and confirmed. This is one of the scarcer clasps awarded for the Anglo-Egypt campaign.
This medal is in wonderful condition showing only slight wear to the surface high points. the clasp is in the same order and the swivel suspender works well. A really beautiful example which comes with medal roll confirming entitlement and also Private W Smith was entitled to the Sudan medal and the India Medal the rolls for both medals are included also.
The Gallipoli Star was awarded by the Ottoman Empire. It was known as the Ottoman War Medal and instituted by Sultan Mehmed V on 1 March 1915 for gallantry in battle. This decoration was awarded for the duration of World War I to Ottoman German and Austrian troops, primarily in Ottoman areas of engagement.
This one is a beauty, no loss to the enamel just slight wear to the plating on the high points. on the back, the pin is still in place and good and sturdy and under this the makers mark of BB&Co.
A wonderful example in superb original condition.
An interesting 1914/15 star trio all medals correctly named to 3940 Private Charles Broad of the Army Cyclist Corps.
Charles was born around 1895 and on enlistment he resided in Chester and was employed as a carter.
He enlisted at Winchester in August 1914, so he must really wanted to join the Cyclist corps. After training and probably a little home defence he embarked from Southampton on the 19th May 1915 and arrived in France a day later with the 6th battalion ACC, part of the 14th Light Division.
The primary roles of the cyclists were reconnaissance and communications. They were armed as infantry and could provide mobile firepower if required. Those units that went overseas continued in these roles but also during the less mobile phases of war had settled down into entrenched warfare and spent much time in trench-holding duties and on manual work. However during the spring of 1918 they found themselves fighting as infantry in the trenches, as every man was needed against the German spring offensive.
Charles served through the whole of the war with just three leaves home. Research is needed to discover what the cyclists of this division did. They were in the region of Hooge in 1916 and the Somme in 16. During 1917 they stayed in the Somme area and on the whole were very active at both battles of Passchendaele.
The three medals come in very good condition and come on their original ribbons. The BWM has some light contact marks, so this trio was probably mounted for wear at some point. With the medals come printed copies of his medal index card and what was left of his service papers. A lovely untouched trio.
Two matching maritime instruments from the Norfolk Wherry Kiama, one is an 8 day clock with roman numerals and with second dial with Arabic numbers. It is fitted in a stained oak and carved case with a brass bezel to the glass. The dial carries the makers mark for the Ansonia Clock Co New York. The clock works very well and comes with its original key. I have had it running for about three months and it keeps very good time. I have not wound to its full extent, little and often with old clocks, having said this it runs for about five days with not a full wind. The next is a matching naval aneroid barometer, this has a porcelain dial with printed meteorological readings. This piece also works very well and has been accurate with all our local weather conditions here.
I can’t find anything about the Wherry Kiama; wherry boats were once common on the broads and rivers of Norfolk and Suffolk, used for hauling a whole host of goods from the coast and ports of Lowestoft and Gt Yarmouth to the inner towns and cities, as common as the long barges in the North. There are only a handful left now, mostly owned by Charitable Trusts, but a stunning sight when you see one.
Both clock and barometer measures around 9.5 inches in diameter and 3 inches deep.
The primary British bayonet used during the First World War and used during the Second World War as well. It was manufactured to fit the Short Magazine Lee-Enfield No.1 series Infantry Rifles used during WWI and WWII. It has basic birds head pommel with a push button latch and oil hole, good wooden grips and a cross guard with muzzle ring. It has a long straight blade with maker’s details for; Wilkinson and a production date of May 1915 to one side, the other side has various proof marks. The blade is in very good condition, with just light rust, but this is easy cleaned back. It comes in its original leather and steel scabbard, which is in very good order with no rot to the leather.
A very good honest untouched example of this type of bayonet, measuring 23.75 inches long in scabbard.
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A very good replica of the Mauser P96 Semi-Automatic Pistol.
It was originally produced by German arms manufacturer Mauser from 1896 to 1937. The Mauser C96 pistol was extremely popular with British officers at the time, and many purchased it privately. Mauser supplied the C96 to Westley Richards in the UK for resale. Winston Churchill was fond of the Mauser C96 and used one at the 1898 Battle of Omdurman and during the Second Boer War; Lawrence of Arabia carried a Mauser C96 for a period, during his time in the Middle East. During World War I, the Imperial German Army contracted with Mauser for 150,000 C96 pistols chambered in 9mm Parabellum to offset the slow production of the standard-issue Luger P08 pistol. This variant of the C96 was named the "red 9" after a large number 9 burned and painted in red into the grip panels.
This one is an accurate replica. It cocks and dry fires, much more than modern deactivated weapons. This one is new and boxed and made by Denix. It measures 12 inches long.
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A beautiful late Victorian instrument made of brass with a brass dial and compass type hands. It has two screw connectors on the sides which are linked by a thick copper or bronze component inside the heavy glass casing.
Basically a Galvanometer is an early Ammeter an instrument to measure electrical current. Used with detonating explosives and early telegraph communications in the military.
This Galvanometer was made by the Elliott Brother London and patented in 1885. It has several markings on the side; first, the broad arrow with the numbers 27 with an ‘A’ added later. It also has ‘RA’ scratched into the side, so it was obviously at some point used by the Royal Artillery. These were also used during the first world war for measuring the electrical current used to detonate mining explosives.
A very interesting and rare piece measuring 3.5 inches in diameter.
From W Britain Collectors club comes this exclusive set only available to club members and to become a member you must first pay a fee of $75 a year to be offered these wonderful detailed sets, which are now no longer available.
This set is the special collector’s edition WW1 British Trench Set with tree figures. This set has never been out of the box and a comparable item retails for $195. See www.wbritain.com. These sets were not available in shops and all hand decorated metal figures with great detail, for collectors and investors. It measures around 2.75 inches high.
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