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Unusual Victorian Officers Leve Sword by Wilkinson.

I have never seen this sword before, very unusual. It is a 19th century officers Leve sword, designed on the 1796 pattern with touches of court sword design. The hilt has this unusual pommel, a ball with a mushroom on the top, with a wire bound grip and a very plain court sword type guard. All of this is heavily nickel plated and just superb quality. The guard is removable, a small screw holds it all in place, so it looks like this sword may have had a choice of guard to match the occasion. This is in beautiful condition with a lovely tone to the nickel. There is only one point of damage, a very small area which has had war and the brass underneath is showing.
The blade is typical Wilkinson quality, nickel plated with etched decoration near and around the ricasso area, one side is the Henry Wilkinson makers mark. The blade is in excellent condition with only a few spots of staining and the only loss to the plate is on the very tip and only to one side.
The scabbard again is heavily nickel plated, there is also a shield on the scabbard, which also had henry Wilkinson’s details, but this is heavily worn. Another very unusual thing about this sword is the Locket and Chape are removable, again a little screw holds them on, which I believe could be remove and replaced with more ornate fittings, maybe to match the guard.
A really beautiful piece, probably a one off, I’ve never seen another. It measures 43 inches long.
Please see pictures or marks, features and damage.
Shipping to UK mainland only via courier priced at £14.95

Code: 26478Price:

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1884 Khedives Star Named to 5th (Royal Irish) Lancers.

A scarce and interesting 1884 Khedives star with small period engraving named to 1978 Private W Sapey of the 5th Lancers. It comes with copies of the medal rolls for Khedives Star and the Egypt medal, which he was also entitled to, along with the clasps for the Nile 1884/85 and the Nile 1884/85 Abu Klea.
British forces occupied Egypt in 1882 to safeguard the Suez Canal and British financial interests. This invasion led to further intervention in the neighbouring Sudan, where British, Egyptian and Indian troops fought two bitter wars against rebellious Islamic tribesmen in hostile desert conditions.
Egypt, which owed nominal allegiance to the Ottoman sultan, had become virtually bankrupt by 1878. The dire economic situation led to Britain and France taking control of Egyptian finances and, in effect, running the country.
This caused outrage among large numbers of Egyptians. Their anger was exacerbated by the decision of their ruler, the Khedive (Viceroy), to get rid of many Egyptian Army officers as a money-saving measure.
In occupying Egypt, Britain had also assumed responsibility for the Egyptian Sudan. An Islamic revolt had begun there in 1881, led by Mohammed Ahmed, who styled himself the ‘Mahdi’ or ‘guide’.
By the end of 1882, the Mahdists controlled much of the Sudan. And on 5 November 1883, at El Obeid, they annihilated an Egyptian force that had been sent to restore order.
Meanwhile, Major-General Charles Gordon had been sent to Khartoum with orders to oversee the evacuation of the Sudan. Instead, he elected to stay and defend the Sudanese capital.
In May 1884, Khartoum was invested by the Mahdi and Britain was forced to organise a relief expedition to rescue Gordon. Wolseley’s relief column set off from Cairo in October 1884. Realising that his infantry, travelling in boats up the Nile, might not reach Khartoum in time to save Gordon, he detached a desert column to travel overland by a faster, but more dangerous route.
This force, commanded by Brigadier-General Sir Herbert Stewart, was composed of four regiments of camel-mounted troops formed from the various units in Egypt and detachments of Cavalry including the 5th Lancers.
On 17 January 1885, the column was attacked by the Mahdists at Abu Klea. Despite suffering heavy losses to British rifle fire, the Mahdists succeeded in penetrating the British square, which was closed only after desperate hand-to-hand fighting. The British suffered 168 casualties, the Mahdists about 1,100.
The column finally reached Khartoum on 28 January 1885, two days after Gordon had been killed and the town had fallen.
Ye sons of Mars, come join with me,
And sing in praise of Sir Herbert Stewart’s little army,
That made ten thousand Arabs flee
At the charge of the bayonet at Abu Klea.
This medal comes in excellent original condition and suspended on a good quality modern ribbon.

Code: 26477Price:

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WW1 Pair and SWB to Miller Seaforth Highlanders.

A WW1 British war and victory medal with Silver War badge correctly named and numbered to; S/9635 Private John Miller of the 9th battalion the Seaforth Highlanders. It comes with a beautiful original photograph of him in his hospital blues. He is also entitled to the 1914/15 star, which is missing.
The 9th battalion of the Seaforth Highlanders were part of Kitchener’s new army and formed at Fort George in October 1914. Moved to Aldershot in November and on 3rd December came under command of 9th Scottish Division as divisional troops. They became a Pioneer Battalion to same Division in early 1915 and moved to Rowledge (Farnham).
They were ordered overseas in march and landed at Boulogne on 10th May 1915. However on John’s medal index card, it states he arrived on 4th November 1915. In 1916 they were in action in the Battle of the Somme, including the capture of Longueval, The Battle of Delville Wood and The Battle of Le Transloy. In 1917 they fought in the the First and Second Battles of the Scarpe during the Arras Offensive, the First Battle of Passchendaele and The action of Welsh Ridge.
Private Miller was discharged with Bomb wounds on 3rd November 1917, probably from wounds received on the Somme battle field, here he received his silver wound badge which is numbered 295023.
The medals are in excellent untouched condition, however the war badge has lost its pin, which happened a lot when worn. The medals come with copies of his medal index card, medal roll and SWB roll. A really lovely lot to this poor wounded man, it needs research to find the history of the war service this man endured.

Code: 26476Price: 85.00 GBP

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WW1 Officers Drinks Compendium Named to MC Winner Casualty Cambridgeshire Reg.

Just a wonderful rare thing of great historical importance, I believe. This is a three part drinks compendium comprising of three small bottles with silver plated lids, intended to hold three different spirits. They come fitted into this field brown leather canister, which has been tooled with a name etc on the top, this reads; ‘CAPT FRANCIS W. FORD. FROM THE MEN OF 1ST BTN CAMBS REG. 10-6-1917’.
This refers to Captain Francis William Ford MC of 1st battalion Cambridgeshire regiment, who was killed in action 26th September 1917.
I have found his commonwealth war graves details, mic and his entry in the Roll of Honour of the Great War. this reads;
‘Ford, Francis William, MC, Capt. 1st Battalion Cambridgeshire regiment (T. F.) only son of the Rev John Thomas Ford rector of Rede, Bury-St-Edmunds, by his wife, Gertrude Lucy Ann, daughter of the late W. Leggott, born Ipswich 10th June 1893, educated the grammer school, March, Cambs and entered Selwyn college Cams in 1912, past both parts of the history tripos and took his BA degree in 1915 being a member of the university OTC. Joined the H.A.C. in June 1915; served with the expeditionary force in France and Flanders from the following October, entered a cadet school in France, obtained a commision in November 1916; took part in the operations at St Julien and was killed in action on the Menin road near Gheluvelt on 26th September 1917 and buried there.
His commanding officer wrote; “he did very gallant work on the 31st July and his MC was a quite inadequate recognition of his gallantry on that occasion. He showed the greatest disregard of personal danger, and was loved by his men in a way that few officers are fortunate enough to be loved.” Brigadier General Riddell wrote; “your brave son died at the head of his men, a position he always held in times of danger. He was one of the bravest men I’ve ever known, and was beloved by all ranks. I cannot speak to highly of his qualities of a soldier. He was always cheerful, always working, an ideal leader of men.” Captain Ford was mentioned in despatches by F. M. Sir Douglas Haig for gallant and distinguished service in the field, and was awarded the Military Cross LG 18th Oct 1917. The official record stating; “in an action he took command of his company when the company commander had been wounded, and held a very important position against four hostile counter attacks, holding on with only a few men until ordered to withdraw. His courage and leadership inspired all ranks.” LG Feb 1918.
I have never heard of such a wonderful commendation for anything less than a VC. Even his commanding officer wrote the the Military Cross was not enough for what he did.
Apart from signs of age to the leather work, which is beautifully patinated with no damage; the inside is mint and looks as if it was never used. The lettering on the top is a little hard to photograph but is quite readable, although you have to turn it to the light in places, due to the patination, which covers it. The whole piece stands 5.5 inches high. A truly fabulous piece to an extremely brave man.

Code: 26475Price:

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WW2 Battle Dress North Kent Corporal Home Guard Uniform

This two piece uniform is in super condition and consists of a jacket with trousers and side cap and has the cloth insignia for a Corporal in the North Kent regiment of the Home Guard, the jacket is dated inside for March 1945 and has a good lable which reads; B450 Battle Dress blouses serge Size No5 height 5’5 to 5’6 breast 36’ to 37 S&G clothing Co Ltd. Both sleeves have their patches and it comes in really lovely condition possibly bot even worn. The trousers are in equally good condition and contain a lable which reads; battle dress serge size No 12 height 5’9 to 5’10, waist 35-36 and breech 41’ to 42 and a suppliers mark of Jack Victor Inc 1250 St. Alexander Montreal P.Q. The side cap with the uniform has the badge for the Royal West Kents and this shows signs of age and use and is of a medium size.
A uniform perfect for the re-enactor.

Code: 26474Price:

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WW1/WW2 Cameronians Glengarry Badge.

Quite a complicated badge to get an accurate date on as this badge was used as the 1st Cameronians since 1881, also always a good quality badge, only dropping slightly in quality for wartime issues. So this particular badge could be dated anywhere from pre WW1 to 1958 when the regiment became part of the Lowland brigade. But as most badges, highest production was during the two world wars. This is the OR’s example being 2.5 inches wide.
This badge is in lovely original used condition showing some light wear to the surface. The back is patinated and shows signs of use.
Ref. G1

Code: 26473Price: 14.00 GBP

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WW1/WW2 Kings Own Scottish Borderers Glengarry Badge.

The all white metal badge of the KOSB, again hard to date as this badge was used from 1901 until 1953, when the queens crown was used until 1958. This is a good quality issue which comes in very good used condition, showing very little wear to the surface. a nice example.
Ref. G2

Code: 26472Price:

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WW1 Era Royal Scots Glengarry Badge.

The bi-metal badge for the 2nd battalion Royal Scots (Lothian regiment) a lovely used badge which still retails its green felt backing, denoting the 2nd battalion. It comes in good condition with signs of wear to the surface, especially the brass part. A good example.
Ref. G3

Code: 26471Price: 14.00 GBP

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Victorian 90th Regiment 2nd Battalion Camaronians, Scottish Rifles

The white metal Bugle with strings Glengarry badge, used by the old Perthshire Volunteer rifles (in brass) until the merger with the Camaronians in 1881, then this became the badge of the 2nd battalion Camaronians and named the Scottish rifles. the white metal badge was used up until the first word war, when both battalion wore the same (Camaronians) badge. This badge is a cracking example, it has signs of light wear to the front and age and use on the back.
Ref. G4

Code: 26470Price: 35.00 GBP

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WW1 Era 6th Iniskilling Dragoons Cap Badge.

A superb two stack bi-metal badge for the 6th Dragoons. it is the larger size badge with solid back. It was worn all through the first world war and up until 1922 when they were merged with the 5th Dragoons to become the 5/6th Dragoons. this badge is in wonderful condition although a little toned especially on the back. a real scarce beauty.

Code: 26469Price: 22.00 GBP

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