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NEXT LISTING FRIDAY 5TH MARCH 7.30pm

To include The JERSEY COLLECTION. a collection of items left behind when the German military forces left the island. Found in the underground tunnels and bunkers and this collection consists of some very rare and unique items.
Listing starts at 7.30pm.

Code: 26801

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Rare WW2 Army Chaplains BD & Cap.

Rare WW2 Army Chaplains BD & Cap.

A rare opportunity to purchase a 1945 pattern private purchase battle dress blouse and dress cap belonging to an army chaplain Major who served from the first world war right through to the second and after.
The BD is in excellent original condition with its original collar dogs, medal bars and rank badges plus its entire original cloth insignia. It is silk lined and very high quality and at the time it was being worn, this man was serving with the 2nd Army. He was also the holder of the General service medal and he was awarded the OBE (military).
The only damage it has it a couple of tiny moth holes in the back and one in the front near the bottom belt. It has been regularly treated for future moth infestation around one a year for the last 12 years.
The cap is the dress type, owned by the same man and has a very good quality gilt and enamel queens crown cap badge, but he chin strap buttons are Kings Crown. It is silk lined with a leather sweatband and this is also in excellent used condition.
A fabulous and rare lot in wonderful condition and it displays beautifully.
BD 38 inch chest.
Cap around 7&1/4.

Code: 26800

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Davidson’s Nile Medal 1789

Davidson’s Nile Medal 1789

Alexander Davison was appointed by Nelson sole prize agent for the captured ships after the battle of the Nile. He had this medal struck and presented to all who took part in the action - in gold to Nelson and his captains, in silver to Lieutenants and Warrant Officers, in gilt metal to Petty Officers, and to seamen and marines in copper/bronze.
Obverse: On a rock near the sea Peace is standing holding in her right an olive branch and supporting with her left hand a medallion of Nelson, an anchor behind her. Legend: 'REAR-ADMIRAL LORD NELSON OF THE NILE'. Inscription: 'EUROPE'S HOPE AND BRITAIN'S GLORY'.
Reverse: View of Aboukir Bay, the English Fleet going into action, the French at anchor. Legend: 'ALMIGHTY GOD HAS BLESSED HIS MAJESTY'S ARMS'. Exergue: 'VICTORY OF THE NILE AUGUST 1 1798'
Edge: 'FROM ALEXR DAVISON, ESQR. ST. JAMES' SQUARE A TRIBUTE OF REGARD.'
This example is one of the best I’ve had, it comes in very good condition and apart from a couple areas of dark patination, it still retains a lot of its original lustre.
A really beautiful medal in superb condition, verified by Spink London.

Code: 26799

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Early 19th C Box Lock Percussion Pocket Pistol by Egg.

Early 19th C Box Lock Percussion Pocket Pistol by Egg.

A high quality percussion pock or muff pistol by D Egg circa 1830.
It has a nice walnut slab type grip, set with a sterling silver cartouche, which has never been engraved. It has a good steel lock, hammer, trigger and guard; the lock is engraved with foliate scrolls and signed D. Egg. It has a short steel turn off barrel of 2.25 inches. The hammer action works perfectly, it is nice and tight with no play in the trigger.
Beautiful all round condition, measuring 6 inches long.
Durs (Joseph) Egg, a gun maker originally from Switzerland, spent some of his apprenticeship years in Paris, but came over to England in the early 1770s He set up his own shop in Princes Street in 1778. In 1786 he moved to Coventry Street, then to 132 Strand and then to 1 Pall Mall. After his death in 1831, the business was continued under his sons.
Egg took out many patients for improved locks and percussion weapons and even claimed to have invented the copper percussion cap, but that invention was also claimed by other gunsmiths. He was given a Royal appointment and supplied pistols and long guns to the then, Duke of York.
Shipping to UK mainland only

Code: 26798

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Superb George III 1803 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword.

Superb George III 1803 Pattern Infantry Officers Sword.

A really beautiful Napoleonic era sword. This pattern of Infantry sword was a response to a needed design change in swords. The official 1796 sword was a thin-bladed straight sword, regarded as wholly inadequate for light infantry and riflemen officers who, separated from the dense masses of line infantry and their bayonets, were vulnerable to the fast sabres of light cavalry. Many officers privately purchased cavalry sabres to use, but these were a little unwieldly off horseback, so it was a great relief when the 1903 pattern was standardised.
This one is a wonderful example of this sword, the brass hilt has a Lion head pommel, the pommel or knot ring is attached just below the lion’s head on the guard. It has a Ray Skin grip in lovely condition, although the twisted silver wire is missing. The hand guard is well decorated with the Light Infantry Horn, State Crown and King George III cypher. The cross guard is pierced into four sections on each side, divided by scrolls. The curved blade is in very good order too; it has a shallow fuller to each side, no rust, just some old but light pitting near the ricasso. There are a few small nicks along the blade edge, which can be felt, but nothing terrible. The whole piece measures 35 inches long. Originally the hilt would have been silver plated, in those days there was no electro-plating, so very fine sheets of silver were laid over and burnished on to the ground metal.
The thing is with a sword such as this is; what has it done? Where has it been? And what has it seen. This particular pattern were made for use, so it’s a pretty sure thing it was used in action, it is very well balanced and feels light in the hand. Just a really nice example.
Shipping to UK mainland only via courier priced at £14.95

Code: 26797

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1914 star Trio with Rosette to Groves RFA with Oil Portrait

1914 star Trio with Rosette to Groves RFA with Oil Portrait

A good 1914 star with rosette, british war and victory medal correctly named to 13007 Gunner Ernest A Groves of the Royal Field Artillery.
This trio comes with some nice original personal items, a small portrait photograph with miniature bar attached to the frame, this shows Groves in his hospital blues, when he was wounded. Also a beautiful larger framed oil painted portrait again in uniform; this is really good quality painting, it has been painted on canvas and the detail is wonderful. His original cap badge and shoulder title. Plus the trio is mounted and framed, this is easily opened at the back for viewing.
Ernest Arthur Groves was born in Forest Hill, on his service papers it says this is in Kent, but now it is classed as London around 1894.
He enlisted into the Royal Field Reserve Artillery in 1911 as a Gunner and as soon as war broke out in 1914 he was mobilised with his unit, then the 22nd field battery RFA part of the 34th Brigade.
This brigade was originally formed with 22nd, 50th and 70th Batteries, and attached to 2nd Infantry Division. On 5 August 1914, it was mobilised and was sent to the Continent with the British Expeditionary Force, where it saw service with 2nd Division until 1917. They took part in the Battle of Mons and the subsequent retreat, including the Affair of Landrecies, the Rearguard affair of Le Grand Fayt and the Rearguard actions of Villers-Cotterets. The Battle of the Marne, Aisne, including participation in the Actions on the Aisne heights and the first Battle of Ypres.
In January 1915 he was posted to another battery, possibly the 73rd, or this could be a brigade number, both were firing Howitzers.
During May 1917 he was wounded and spent two months in hospital, his service papers are very vague so say the least. He must have received some kind of wound as later during July 1918 he was transferred to the labour corps, and put on light duties. His service papers have several entries I cannot read, so this needs more study.
He served from 17th August 1914 to 10th June 1917 in France and Flanders.
A lovely Mons star trio to a Gunner who was in the thick of it from the very stary. All three medals are in good condition, they were once mounted and worn as the rims have contact marks and they have been polished. The photographs are wonderful and rare items in themselves, these come in excellent condition with no damage.
This lot comes with copies of his service papers, medal index card and 1914 star medal roll.

Code: 26796

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WW2 Group to Snape London Rifles KIA El Alamein.

WW2 Group to Snape London Rifles KIA El Alamein.

A poignant little group comprising of 1939/45 star, Africa star with 8th army bar and 1939/45 war medal all awarded to 2124999 Rifleman Roland Snape of the 7th/ / 1st London Rifle Brigade.
Roland Snape was born in Cheshire around 1911. It is not known when he enlisted into the London Rifle Brigade, but his regiment stayed in the UK until May 1942.
The 1st Battalion, London Rifle Brigade was originally serving as part of the 2nd London Brigade of the 1st London Division, and later served as the motorised infantry element of the 23rd Armoured Brigade, part of the 8th Armoured Division. The battalion became the 7th Battalion, Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own) (London Rifle Brigade) on 18 January 1941. The division remained in the United Kingdom until May 1942 when it was sent to the Middle East to join the Eighth Army, becoming active there in early July. In mid-July the brigade, now commanded by Brigadier L. E. Misa, was detached from the 8th Armoured Division and with the addition of the 5th Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery became known as the 23rd Armoured Brigade Group. After only 14 days of acclimatisation and without any infantry support training, the brigade was chosen to reinforce an attack by XXX Corps during the Second Battle of Ruweisat Ridge, part of the First Battle of El Alamein. The regiments failed to locate lanes cleared by the leading units through Axis minefields and were virtually annihilated by German anti-tank fire while in the minefield. The brigade had mustered 122 Valentines and 18 Matildas for the attack but at day's end, had lost 116 tanks; the tank crews suffered 44 per cent killed or wounded.
The brigade was rebuilt by cannibalising men and tanks from the newly arrived 24th Armoured Brigade and it was retrained as an infantry support unit, although it was not renamed as an Army Tank Brigade as would have been appropriate. On 11 August 1942, the 7th Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own) was transferred to the 7th Motor Brigade, then part of the 7th Armoured Division but later became part of the 1st Armoured Division. During the Battle of Alam el Halfa in September, the brigade was initially in XXX Corps reserve but was transferred to the 10th Armoured Division, XIII Corps. Before the Second Battle of El Alamein, the brigade was reinforced by the addition of the 8th Royal Tank Regiment to a strength of about 186 Valentines; the 5th RHA was exchanged for the 107th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery, with sixteen Bishop self-propelled guns. During that battle, most of the regiments supported the infantry divisions of XXX Corps. The 8th RTR was attached to the 1st South African Division, 40th RTR was attached to the 9th Australian Division and the 50th RTR was attached to 51st (Highland) Division. The brigade suffered heavily during the battle and it remained in Egypt to refit and reorganise, but it was in the 2nd battle that Rifleman Snape was killed in action, first reported as missing, then later, his death was reported. He was lost on the 3rd November 1942 aged 31, the son of James and Sarah Snape and Husband of Winifred Snape of Beuchill, Manchester.
He is now remembered with honour at the El Alamein war cemetery.
Along with his medals, comes a photograph of Roland in uniform, this is in quite poor condition and faded, it was obviously framed for many years, and a small original photo of his original grave in the middle east before his remains were removed to the war cemetery.
Included is CWGC certificate and a small amount of copied research.
There are several books and websites dedicated to the 2nd battle of El Alamein, which tells of the gruelling conditions and hard fighting far better than I can. It is very well worth reading to a just a small insite to what this brave man and all the other men that served there went through.
The medals are in excellent condition, never mounted or polished and come in a fitted box with the photos, just as found. The 8th army bar is loose in the box, never put onto the medal.

Code: 26795

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WW2 Brodie Helmet 51st (Highland) Division 1939.

WW2 Brodie Helmet 51st (Highland) Division 1939.

A WW2 Brodie helmet completely original with all original green paint and single decal in superb condition.
The outside of the shell has its original green paint, this has a few small chips and scratches but on the whole it is in remarkable condition. It has its original single decal worn by the 51st (Highland) Division during 1940 only, I believe, before it took the HD of the regular highland divisions. The decal is a little worn and has a few chips to the paint. Inside is the same excellent condition, the liner has little wear and it retains its original chin strap.
It is well marked on the underside of the rim with the makers mark of Ro & Co for Rubery Owen & Co of Darleston, England, they made Brodies from 1939 – 1943. In addition, the date of manufacture, January 1939. A wonderful example of an early wartime helmet, probably only used for a very short period.

Code: 26794

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Vintage Full Size Steel Reenactors Helmet.

Vintage Full Size Steel Reenactors Helmet.

This is a full size, very well made reenactors helmet. Made of good gauge steel and a good copy of a medieval Knights helmet, with a lift up front to put on and remove. It is a good man’s size and measures 14 inches high. It needs a little polish but it has no rust or damage of British manufacture and a great display piece. This is a heavy item so shipping will be via courier priced at £10.95

Code: 26793

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Vintage Dutch Officers Shako/Kepi.

Vintage Dutch Officers Shako/Kepi.

Vintage Dutch officers, is it a shako or a kepi, hard to distinguish. It is made of felt with a composite peek, embellished with gold bullion tress, a black and silver bullion cockade with a silver button and brass lion. I really do not know if this is military or police. I have googled the hell out of Dutch Police shako and found nothing like it. It probably dates by materials to around the second world war era, before or a little later.
Inside it is silk lined with a leather sweatband and the makers label is missing. It has some light wear around the rim at the bottom, but overall it’s in great shape. A nice looking cap that displays well and it is a good introduction in headgear collecting. It measures 8 inches high and is around a size 6&7/8ths.

Code: 26792

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