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Scarce WW1 Issue 21st Lancers Cap Badge.

Scarce WW1 Issue 21st Lancers Cap Badge.

The all brass badge issued to the 21st Empress of India’s Lancers during the Great War. The condition of this badge is wonderful, near mint and superb quality. The 21st were merged with the 17th lancers in 1922 and became the 17th/21st Lancers and they took the death head skull of the 17th lancers as their badge.
Ref. I3

Code: 27501

18.00 GBP


WW1 Era 5th Royal Irish Lancers Cap Badge.

WW1 Era 5th Royal Irish Lancers Cap Badge.

The first version of the badge with the five to the centre and the bottom of the two pennants are in white metal. This badge was used until the merging of the cavalry in 1922 when this regiment was amalgamated with the 16th the Queens Lancers. It comes in excellent condition no faults.
Ref. I4

Code: 27500

Reserved


WW1 Medal pair to Mundy Suffolk Regiment.

WW1 Medal pair to Mundy Suffolk Regiment.

An interesting Great War medal pair of the British war and victory medal both correctly named to; 38763 Private Frank Mundy of the 1st garrison battalion the Suffolk regiment.
Frank Munday was probably drafted into the army on 25th July 1916, first into the Queens regiment and and soon after enlistment transferred to the 1st garrison battalion the Suffolk regiment.
Garrison battalions were usually home service battalions and his papers certainly show, they didn’t really know what to do with him, being transferred to the Royal West Kent’s, Queens and Royal Scots Fusiliers, however he was probably still with the Suffolk’s but attached to these regiments on home service. But in the September 1917 he was posted overseas to Italy. British troops were rushed to Italy in the wake of the Italian collapse at Caporetto, infantrymen were pretty thin on the ground and with the British involved in so many campaigns, the problem in Italy was least on the mind of the war cabinet. However, when news of Caparetto broke, Lloyd George ordered Robertson (Chief of the Imperial General Staff) and two divisions to be sent to Italy without consulting Haig or the War Cabinet. Men were transfered from France and many men were sent from the home service battalions in Britain, of which Frank was one.
He was probably part of a mixed brigade made up of the fittest men available. At first there time in Italy was spent improving their positions and carrying out patrols and raids on the Austrian lines.
Soldiers like Frank would have done pioneer type duties, renewing communication lines and digging trenches which was no easy task, the trenches in many cases had to be dug out of solid rock, and the difficulty of burying telephone wire meant they had to be strung in trees which made them more susceptible to artillery fire. Getting supplies to the men was difficult as the existing British motor transport was not fit for the mountain roads, and there were difficulties finding suitable platforms for artillery in the rocky and tree-covered terrain. The main Austrian attack on British forces came in June of 1918, known as the battle of Asiago, this was retaliated in August with British raids on the Austrian line resulting in the Astrian withdraw.
Research is needed on this man, especially his time in Italy, this campaign has pretty much been forgotten but many gallantry medals were awarded for this theatre, so although the actions were small they were hard fought.
The medals are in excellent condition and on original ribbon and they come with Franks original cap badge and copies of medal index card and service papers etc.

Code: 27499

65.00 GBP


Pair Original Launch Photographs HMS Renown & Terrible.

Pair Original Launch Photographs HMS Renown & Terrible.

A pair of beautiful early 20th Century photographs in their original gilt frames, one of the launch of HMS Renown and the other of HMS Terrible.
HMS Renown was launched in 1916, she was the lead ship of her class of battlecruisers. Quickly produced in an entirely new design to meet Admiral Lord Fisher's requirements and the builders agreed to deliver the ships in 15 months. They did not quite meet that ambitious goal, but the ship was delivered a few months after the Battle of Jutland in 1916.
During the Second World War, Renown was involved in the search for the Admiral Graf Spee in 1939, participated in the Norwegian Campaign of April–June 1940 and the search for the German battleship Bismarck in 1941. She spent much of 1940 and 1941 assigned to Force H at Gibraltar, escorting convoys and she participated in the inconclusive Battle of Cape Spartivento. Renown was briefly assigned to the Home Fleet and provided cover to several Arctic convoys in early 1942. The ship was transferred back to Force H for Operation Torch and spent much of 1943 refitting or transporting Winston Churchill and his staff to and from various conferences with various Allied leaders. In early 1944, Renown was transferred to the Eastern Fleet in the Indian Ocean where she supported numerous attacks on Japanese-occupied facilities in Indonesia and various island groups in the Indian Ocean. The ship returned to the Home Fleet in early 1945 and was refitted before being placed in reserve after the end of the war. Renown was sold for scrap in 1948.
HMS Terrible was the second and last of the Powerful-class protected cruisers built for the Royal Navy (RN) in the 1890s. She served on the China Station and provided landing parties and guns which participated in the Siege and Relief of Ladysmith in the Second Boer War in South Africa. A few months later she did much the same thing to help suppress the Boxer Rebellion in China. In July 1914, the month before First World War erupted, she was offered for sale. Thus, the offer was withdrawn, and she subsequently made one voyage as a troop transport in 1915 before becoming a depot ship. Terrible was assigned as a training ship in 1918 before being hulked and converted to suit the role two years later. The ship was sold for scrap in July 1932 and demolished several months later.
Both photographs and their frames are in very good condition and ready to hang; two very elegant pictures of grand old ships, measuring 18 x 15 inches.
Quite large and heavy so shipping will be £12.95

Code: 27498

65.00 GBP


WW1 Dated 1915 W. Ottway & Co Mk III Brass Three Draw Telescope

WW1 Dated 1915 W. Ottway & Co Mk III Brass Three Draw Telescope

A superb WW1 brass and leather covered three draw trench sighting telescope, it is clearly marked on the small barrel with ‘Tel. Sig (Mk III) also GS, W. Ottway & Co Ltd Ealing 1915 8009’ and the broad arrow mark. It comes in a fixed leather cover including lense caps and straps. The scope comes in very good condition for its age, the optics are clear, one of the barrels is a bit sticky and it could do with taking apart and the metal being cleaned, for that reason it is hard to get an accurate measurement but the most I can get measures 27.25 inches long open and 12.25 not fully closed.

Code: 27497

Reserved


Boer War Era Siege of Ladysmith Shell Rifling Napkin Ring

Boer War Era Siege of Ladysmith Shell Rifling Napkin Ring

A very unusual and scarce gilded copper napkin ring made from the rifling band of a shell case, it has been engraved with ‘Siege of Ladysmith 1899 1900 E.St. V.T.’ the piece is heavy and a strange shape due to the metal used, it comes in good condition and measures 40mm in diameter and is 21mm high.

Code: 27495

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WW1 Dated 1916 A.Garstin & Co Officers Binoculars

WW1 Dated 1916 A.Garstin & Co Officers Binoculars

A superb set of French WW1 binoculars as used by the British officers in the trenches, the leather cover is dated 1916 with ‘E’ A. Garstin & Co Ltd and the bino’s carry the broad arrow mark on the bottom of both barrels, they are also marked ‘Etablts AFSA Paris’ ‘serie 6 MG’, below this is scratched S.2 18230. Although the outer showing signs of age and use the optics are clear and in working order. The brown leather cover is in fair condition for its age with signs of use and wear.

Code: 27494

Reserved


Historical Records 43rd (Monmouthshire L I)Regiment 1868.

Historical Records 43rd (Monmouthshire L I)Regiment 1868.

1st edition of and first book of the Historical Records of the 43rd regiment of foot, the Monmouthshire Light Infantry. By Sir Richard Levinge Bart 1868. It covers the period from 1739 to around 1865 and details all the engagements the regiment was involved in, plus at the back is a list of all the officers who served in the regiment from those dates, including the Napoleonic wars; the 43rd was part of a force led by Sir Arthur Wellesley which in 1807 captured Copenhagen and the entire Danish fleet. This book was gifted by Lieutenant Colonel J Johnstone and the officers and men of the 1st battalion Oxforshire Light Infantry to the library of the yeoman of the Guard in December 1895.
This book has red linin boards with gilt tooling to the front and spine and I would say this book has never been opened, in fact some of the pages remain uncut. It has slight bending on the corners, where it has been housed on a shelf for a long time, but apart from that, this book is perfect.
A fascinating read from American War of Independence to the Indian Mutiny, but 1881 the Childers Reforms came into effect and the regiment amalgamated with the 52nd (Oxfordshire) Regiment of Foot (Light Infantry) to form the 1st and 2nd battalions of the Oxfordshire Light Infantry (which became the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry in 1908)
353 pages, no index.

Code: 27492

Reserved


9th Century Percussion Rifle or Musket Capper.

9th Century Percussion Rifle or Musket Capper.

These wonderful gizmos were used to load on percussion caps as quickly as possible, instead of fumbling around trying to put tiny percussion cap on your musket with cold fingers, this tool loads them on with no fuss and get the next one ready to load. It is made of copper and brass with a steel spring to push the caps down. The caps are put into the square tube through a small hole in the side. This one also comes with its original lanyard that was slung over the shoulder or around the neck. It is in very good order and in working condition.
It measures 7.5 inches long.

Code: 27491

Reserved


1970’s Toy Remington Army Revolver Cap Gun by Replitoy

1970’s Toy Remington Army Revolver Cap Gun by Replitoy

A toy cap gun dating from the early 1970’s, it takes the reels of paper caps you used to get in those lovely little corrugated boxes. It is quite a good replica of the Remington 1875 Army revolver, it works well and it is in good order, although a little of the original paint is missing. It measures 11 inches long.
Although a toy can still only ship to UK mainland

Code: 27490

Reserved