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'Final Victory' Michael Turner Print, Signed by Spitfire Pilot Flying Officer Town Superb limited edition print of the last engagement of Spitfire TB 752 which is now housed in the Spitfire Memorial museum at RAF Manston. By famous aviation artist Michael Turner, the print depicts its fourth & final victory against a Heinkel HE 111 on the 3rd May 1945 whilst flown by Flying Officer Frederick W.Town of 403 Squadron R.C.A.F whose signature is also on the print. A certificate of authenticity dated June 1985 from RAF Manston & signed by its then Officer Commanding Wing Commander Ward is also present which confirms that this is number 783 of 850 copies which were commissioned to record the 40th anniversary of Spitfire TB752's last operational flight in World War II. Historic piece of signed WW2 Aviation memorabilia. ***Please call to discuss delivery options or collection by arrangement*******
'Lancaster VC' Print , Signed by Two RAF VC Winners This superb limited edition print by the famous combat aviation artist Robert Taylor entitled 'The Lancaster VC's' depicts two Avro Lancaster bombers heading out towards Germany & is a tribute to all the brave aircrew members who flew with Lancasters & RAF Bomber Command during World War Two. The print is individually signed by the artist & also two Victoria Cross winners Flight Lieutenant William 'Bill' Reid VC 61 Squadron, RAFVR & Sergeant Norman Jackson VC 106 Squadron RAFVR. Bill Reid received his VC on the night of the 3rd November 1943 folowing a mission to attack Dusseldorf. On the way to the target his plane was strafed by a Messerchmitt 110 & the pilots windscreen shattered. During the fight Flight Lieutenant Reid was wounded in the head,shoulders & hands although remarkably he continued on for another 200 miles to deliver his bomb load. With his navigator killed & his wireless operator fatally wounded he dropped his bombs on the target & in his crippled & defenceless plane managed to get back across the North Sea & to an airfield where he was able to land. Norman Jackson was a flight engineer in a Lancaster bomber on his way to attack Schweinfurt on the night of 26th April 1944 when after succesfully having dropped their bombs they were attacked by a fighter at about 20,000 feet which started a fire near a petrol tank on the upper surface of the starboard wing between the fuselage & the inner engine. Receiving wounds from shell splinters in the right leg & shoulder Sgt Jackson tucked a fire extinguisher into his jacket & put on a parachute pack before climbing out onto the Starboard wing to tackle the blaze. Clinging on for his life the extinguisher was blown away causing Sgt Jackson severe burns as the fire spread. Unable to hold on any longer he was swept through the flames with his burning & only partially inflated parachute flailing behind him. As the Captain gave the order for everyone to bail out Sgt Jackson was descending heavily to the ground resulting in a broken ankle. He somehow managed to crawl to a nearby village where he was taken prisoner spending the next 10 months in a hospital needing extensive treatment for the severe burns to his hands. Four of the other crew members survived, the Captain & the rear gunner were killed in the crash. This superb print is a moment captured in time & a fitting tribute to those such men. **Please contact to discuss postal options***
1936 HMSO 'Textbook of Ammunition' This highly sought after 1936 HMSO manual 'Textbook of Ammunition' was & still is one of the bibles of the day on ammunition of the era with 322 pages of information , illustrations, diagrams & pull out colour plates covering the vast & popular subject of British ordnance. Twelve chapters each with numerous sub headings go into detail on subjects such as Explosives used in the Production of Ammunition, Cartridges, Tubes, Primers, Projectiles (I.e, Types;Design of; Length;Driving Bands ect) , Armour Piercing, H.E, Shrapnel Shells, Star Shells, Mortar ammunition, Fuzes & Gains, Markings of, Small Arms ammunition (I.e, .303 ball;.303 Armour Piercing;.303 tracer;.303 observation;.303 blank;.455 revolver & varieties etc), Grenades (I.e, Hand;Rifle; Signal; Markings of etc) Demolition & Blasting Explosives, Detonators etc etc to name but a few of the subjects covered. If you are interested in British ordnance then this pre WW2 manual is for you. An extremely sought after manual by ordnance collectors today.
Anglo-Boer War British 18th Hussars Queens South African Campaign Medal & Regimental Honours Silk Interesting family pair of items to a cavalry private of the 18th Hussars who served in the Anglo Boer war of the 1899 to 1902 period. Medal is of the second type Queens South Africa medal with very faint ghost date the recipient having seen service for which he received the clasps for the Relief of Ladysmith, Belfast, Laings Nek & Orange Free State. Coming with the medal is an 18\' by 11\' frame containing a mounted silk with the crest of the 18th Hussars & entitled \' Engagements Of XVIII Hussars, South Africa \' Listed are all of the regiments South Africa engagements including March To Dundee, Battle of Talana, Retired on Ladysmith, Siege of Ladysmith, Amerdfoort, Bush Veldt to name but a few. An interesting pair coming direct from the family & totally unresearched.
Army/Luftwaffe Tan & Water Winter Parka Good strong coloured winter parka as issued to Army & Luftwaffe troops for cold weather use & seeing much use in the Ardennes Battle of the Bulge in 1944 & 45.. Jacket is of the non reversible pattern which was introduced to replace its reversible to white counterpart. These non reversible uniforms were widely issued to various Army units & also to ground troops of the Luftwaffe as well as the Volksgrenadier units raised by Hitler for the Ardennes offensive. With light overall service use all black bakelite buttons are originally sewn on minus one which is missing from the front right pocket. There are also several small holes around the bottom edge of the hood but it is otherwise sound. Grey artificial silk lining is complete & with its green to white waist ties to draw the jacket in for insulation. RB Number is still partially visible under the wind flap along with size mark of 'II' . Excellent camouflage combat garment.
Brand New Schiffer Book: Fallschirmjager In Portrait A little more than 30,000 men of the Wehrmacht and SS were qualified to wear the famed Fallschirmschützenabzeichen, or Paratrooper Badge, between 1936 and 1944. The badges they wore, and the images of the men who wore them, are avidly sought by collectors and historians around the world today. The authors have assembled over 300 indoor and outdoor posed portrait photographs of the Fallschirmjäger for this volume, most never before published, providing a fascinating representation of the photographers art in World War II and a superb study of their uniforms, badges and insignia. In poses ranging from fierce to thoughtful and even poignant, the German paratroops of World War II are seen here in perfect focus, as they wanted to be seen, preserved in deliberate portraiture for posterity. Brand new in stock.
British 1902 Pattern Shortened Service Trousers A pair of WW1 British '02 pattern trousers which have been shortened , apparently out of service , to just below the knees. This pattern of trouser underwent a few slight changes as the war progressed the most obvious being the doubling up of the number of waist buttons from six to twelve in June 1916. Although only now having six buttons to the waist there is evidence of the twelve having once been there & so we can date them from June 1916 onwards. There are two lines of stitching to the bottom of the side pockets with one earlier underneath this & so these may have been reinforced at a later date to their original manufacture. Two of the buttons at least are most certainly later replacements although all of the zinc dished buttons remain to front fly. Lined in the typical bleached cotton drill there are paired broad arrow markings indicating out of service with a faint black WD broad arrow marking . The unit stores mark ' DSMA '& service number 820531 may well be worthy of further research . A spattering of stitch repaired moth is visible to the front of the trousers with a very small number of moth nips to the rear being seen only upon close inspection . Some additional tailoring to the trousers can be seen to the rear seat plus a large patch replaced on the front right knee area.
British 1908 Pattern Webbing Equipment Set Near matching set of green blancoed 1908 pattern webbing as used by British troops in WW1 right through to the early part of WW2. Comprising this set are waistbelt, cartridge pouches, shoulder straps, bayonet frog, \' 07 bayonet & scabbard & smallpack. All parts are in excellent condition with a couple of WW1 dates visible. Cartridge pouches are marked with MeCo stampings also these are barely visible now , waistbelt is dated 1937. Smallpack is a good WW1 bag being clearly marked & dated \' MECo 1915\'. The 1907 bayonet with this set is dated \' November 1914 & bears the manufacturer markings of \'EFD\' (Enfield) . Cartridge pouches are of the MkII type with fastening straps on the left pouch to prevent ammunition falling out when firing leant up against parapets. Scarce set to find now.
British Civilian Chocolate/Gas Mask Box. Commercially produced dual purpose metal tin sold containing in this case 'Turnwrights Devon Cream Dainties'. Many variations of these tins can be found all of the same size & dimension but with different designs & colours relating to the product contained within. The commercial genius behind these innovative metal tins thought up the idea that once the product had been consumed (more often than not biscuits or chocolates) the empty box could be used as a gas mask container & a stronger alternative to the flimsy cardboard gas mask box of issue. This example has a brown coloured honeycomb type design on its outside with an advertisement for the chocolates on the inside of the lid. The metal catch is standard as with all these tins although the metal carrying handle on the top is unfortunately missing. Interesting Home Front item.
British Lieutenant Denim Overall Set 1940 Dated Used condition green British Army Denim Overalls being Denim Blouse & Trousers both still retaining their calico clothing labels & both dated 1940. These denims were intended for working & training in but were often worn in combat being lighter than the normal BD. This set came from the effects of a WW2 British officer with the shoulders on the Blouse bearing two officer rank pips totally untouched & wartime fitted on as found. Label on the Blouse is very worn out although parts of it can still be seen including some of the size markings (Size '9') & the date 1940. Buttons on the Blouse are of the revolving shank variety. Trousers retain their label which is clear & still legible being also a size '9' & made by 'The REGO Clothiers' in 1940. All buttons on the trousers are of pressed brass. A used set with no gaping holes or rips just light service wear & some soldierly dirt as would be expected.
D Day British Veteran group : Medals,Paybook,Paperwork Etc. Nice group to a British infantry soldier who joined the Boy Service aged 14 in July 1935 & then served in various infantry regiments including 151 Parachute Battalion before ending up in the Hampshire Regiment & landing in the first wave of assault troops on Gold Beach on D Day 6th June 1944. After being in heavy action in Normandy (a bren gunner in a carrier platoon) for 38 days with little rest or sleep he suffered serious front line battle stress & was Court Martialled after one day being requested to join another section for further action & stating he was unable to do so. Various paperwork & reports by psychiatrists on his mental state detail all the above as a Pension Tribunal was held to assess his correct entitlement. These reports outline his service, dates of service & with which regiment from 10/7/1935 right through to 6/10/1946 & show him serving with the Hampshires from 12/4/44 to 8/3/1945. He also served in the Middle East & saw action in N.Africa prior to this. Included in this grouping are his \'45 Issued replacement AB64 Paybook, various period documentation on his pension appeal & service, his Soldiers Release Book, a letter from the Surrey branch of the British Legion , a letter from the Infantry Records office regards his being Discharged from the Royal Army Reserve & his medals. These are the 1939-45 Star, Africa Star, France & Germany Star, Defence Medal & War Medal. There is also some ephemera from after the war including photographs & newspaper cuttings involving him but on unrelated subjects. A fascinating & rare British infantryman group greatly enhanced by its D-Day connection. A true combat veteran.
D-Day US M1 Engineer Special Brigade Helmet Scarce WW2 US helmet bearing the painted emblem of the Engineer Special Brigade.These men landed in Normandy on D Day & were to act as Sappers & Mine Clearers. Due to the heavy German resistance they were forced to abandon their demolition mission & fight alongside their infantry comrades. This example has fixed bails with tan web chinstrap that is in good condition. The overall finish of the shell is of an aged dark olive green with the remains of the emblem visible on the front & overall aging to the exterior. Much of the paint on the rim has come off through use. Helmet displays stress fractures to its rear although one of the cracks may be battle damage being more of a small dent which has caused the metal to slightly split down near to its bottom rim. Helmet is minus its liner & the inside is well weathered. Rare helmet recovered from the St.Marie Du Mont area of Normandy.
Early British 1907 Pattern Hooked Quillon Bayonet & Mk1 Matching Scabbard Rare & highly desirable early WW1 British bayonet being the hooked quillon style with Mk1 Scabbard. The 1907 Pattern bayonet was for use with the MkIII Lee Enfield Rifle & its earliest examples were produced with the hooked quillon as seen here. As of 1913 the quillons were ordered removed & hence surviving examples are very hard to find. This one recently surfaced out of the woodwork & is complimented by still having its matching Mk 1 scabbard. Wooden grips are in excellent condition not being oily or damaged & the pommel is marked to the 4th Battalion, Rifle Brigade reading ' 4. R.B. ' & the number '751' which is also on the scabbard throat. Blade is maker marked' SANDERSON' & has an acceptance stamp of '10 09' with also the ER cipher & the pattern date of '1907'. Exterior of bayonet is in superb condition with some minor surface aging to the blade. Black scabbard is stamped with numbers ' 751' on its upper throat matching the numbers on the pommel & making it a nice matching set. Leather body of the scabbard is clean & extends down its whole length with a metal tip strengthening the bottom as is typical of Mk1 scabbard manufacture. Markings against the rear seam are on one side the view codes & the other 'H.G.R 09' (1909) matching the date on the bayonet. A very nice piece of World War 1 soldiers weaponry & very hard to find in this condition.
Falklands War Argentinian Helmet ( British Soldier Bringback ) Interesting captured Argentinian helmet from the Falklands war having been brought back by a British serviceman as a souvenir. Helmet is of the M1 style with the distinct olive green cover & rubber band as often seen in images of ground strewn abandoned Argentinian equipment in the aftermath of the Falklands conflict. The familiar green helmet cover is the issue parka hood with an Argentinian military clothing label still present to its underside ( see images ) . Much weathering is evident to the cover this being very clear when the rubber band is lifted to see the original colour still underneath. Green fibre glass liner is one of several patterns associated with Argentinian issue & embossed on the leather headband with FM for the Argentinian Fabricacions Militares. The first Argentinian helmets were US surplus however they are known to have produced both shells and liners themselves. A soldiers name is scrawled onto the inside of one of the web straps. A well worn & iconic battlefield worn combat helmet that could no doubt tell the story of a short but brutal conflict .
Falklands War Argentinian Helmet ( British Soldier Bringback ) Interesting captured Argentinian helmet from the Falklands war having been brought back by a British serviceman as a souvenir. Helmet is of the M1 style with the distinct olive green cover & rubber band as often seen in images of ground strewn abandoned Argentinian equipment in the aftermath of the Falklands conflict. The familiar green helmet cover is the Argentinian issue parka hood held in place by a black rubber band. Much weathering is evident to the cover this being very clear when the rubber band is slightly lifted to see the discolouration comparison of the fabric underneath. Inside of the shell there is much wear with the fabric colour fresher in the non weather exposed areas. Rust bleed stains around the inside edge have come through the cover from the shell. The name 'Freire' can be faintly discerned scribbled onto the inside of the shell along with a handpainted number '63' Liner is one of several patterns associated with Argentinian issue the rough fitting of the securing studs around its circumference being very typical. The first Argentinian helmets were US surplus however they are known to have produced both shells and liners themselves this being such an example. Traces of a pen scrawled name are to be seen on the outside shell with initials to the leather headband. A well worn & iconic battlefield worn combat helmet that could no doubt tell the story of a short but brutal conflict .
Father & Sons War Service Document Grouping ( RAF & Welch Regiment ) Document group to a father ( John Tudor Hughes) & son ( Bernard David Tudor Hughes ) both of whom saw war service the father in World War One as an NCO with the Royal Welch Fusiliers then as an officer in the Welch Regiment as of 1917. He continued on & saw service in WW2 finally being discharged from the RWF in 1948. Much paperwork including his May 1917 Temporary Commission relates to his service & amongst other related documentation present is a Welch Regiment stamped Regimental Record outlining his postings at the age of 25 from 1915 as an Orderly Room Sergeant with the 20th RWF then Drill Sergeant with the 63rd Training Battalion. In April 1917 he was commissioned into the Welch Regiment & in May 1917 posted to the 51st Bn Welsh Regiment as Platoon Commander & Acting Company Commander. During WW2 he served as a Major in an Army Records office to which a reference written by a Colonel refers in 1948. Finally his Officers Release Book details his release from Military service in December 1948. His son joined the RAF in 1941 & became a fully trained pilot as of 11/12/1942. In November 1942 he completed , as a Sergeant Pilot , the Naval Aviators Course of the United States Navy as a certificate from a Naval Air Station in Florida testifies. His Royal Air Force Airmans Service & Pay Book is present & dates from 1941. Detailing his training & medical examinations it shows also his entitlement to the 1939-45 Star, Italy Star & Defence medal ( Most probably also war Medal). His last posting is shown as being as a Flight Lieutenant with 294 Squadron ( Iraq & Persia ) as of December 1945. Much paperwork related to his RAF service including wedding photographs, two Dinner Menus from his visit to the USA in 1942. A Certificate of Competence inside his paybook gives his qualification to ferry the Wellington Bomber & also Warwicks. There are also some HMSO publications relating to the RAF including the 'ABC of the RAF'. Certainly a thoroughly researchable group.
Framed & Signed Irvin Parachute Piece From DFC Winner John Bentley Beard , Hurricane Fighter Pilot 249 Sqn RAF. A framed piece of April 1940 dated Irvin parachute signed by the DFC decorated Hurricane fighter pilot John Bentley-Beard who baled out of his aircraft twice during the Battle of Britain . Rare in itself the Irvin parachute piece with a date of April 1940 predates the Battle of Britain & thus it is interesting to note the ' IRVIN AIR-CHUTE' nomenclature as well as the inspection dates of 22 FEB, 11 APR 1940 & 9 APR 1940. Handwritten on to the fabric is the dedication ' Saved me 7th Sept Hurricane 2440 and 25th Oct Hurricane 3615 1940 ' with his signature & squadron underneath this. It is not implausible to conclude that this is a piece of the actual parachute which saved his life on at least one of the occasions although sadly I cannot ,of course, guarantee it! This fighter pilots history is well recorded having started with 609 Sqn in December 1939. Moving to 249 Sqn he was attributed six victories in September 1940 before being shot down on the 7th September by British anti-aircraft fire. Lightning unfortunately struck twice on October 25th when he was shot down over Kent by ME109s & obliged to bale out again spending time recouperating in Pembury Hospital before returning to the Sqn in December. A DFC winner , he was also awarded the Air Force Cross for his work in the armament field .
Framed WW1 RFA Gunners Grouping of Badges,Insignia Etc Interesting grouping of First World War badges, buttons, insignia & other memorabilia relating to one mans service in the Royal Field Artillery & mounted onto a board as a souvenir piece. Included in the group are his early brass cap badge with rotating wheel, RFA Shoulder Titles & Cloth Flashes, RFA buttons, Crossed Flags, .303 Charger Clip & his Queen Mary Gift Tin. Also is a humorous Xmas Card with a small piece of shrapnel mounted onto the front of it the personal significance of which we'll sadly never know. The items have been mounted with wire onto a blue cloth ( now faded) backing then onto a board underneath with a glass wooden framed cover allowing it to be hung from the wall. Nice personal souvenir to one mans service in the Royal Field Artillery during the First World War.
German First Aid Kit & Contents Verbandkasten) Green painted wood & metal construction First Aid Box with the German lettering of ' Verbandkasten ' on the lid & the serial number of the box. These kits were carried on vehicles & various transports to carry medical supplies such as bandages, tourniquets etc & were filled according to the requirement of the medical personnel using them. This box has inside various German medical items including several 1942 dated field dressings, several large paper wrapped bandages, 2 x 1942 dated powders in their boxes (Chloraminpuder) , Foot Cream, Vaseline in its porcelain container, salt tablets, sugar lumps, footpowder, antiseptic cream & various other pills & solutions used by medical personnel. Nice full medical kit probably from a field dressing station.
German M36 Panzer Gefreiter Service Tunic Sound example of the M36 tunic with dark green collar having rose pink piped collar litzen & Gefreiter rank to left arm. Tunic is of typical good quality early wool construction with five button front & bevo national emblem machine stitched to right breast. Early bevo collar litzen is machine stitched on a black backing & has the early central green stripe flanked by two rose pink bolts for Panzer troops. They appear to be originally sewn to the tunic with no trace of any other stitching tracks to the collar underside. Markings to interior of jacket are in the usual dice stamp form with the maker name of 'G.ASSMAN Halle' & the depot stamp 'ML39' denoting the date 1939. Size of tunic is relatively broad in the shoulders although this tunic has evidently been worn by a small statured Panzer soldier or youth due it having been considerably shortened by a tailor of the period. Gefreiter chevron to left arm & single award loops to left breast pocket. Shoulder straps are non period & are included for visual effect only. Overall a good clean example of the Panzer piped service tunic.
German MP34 Sub Machine Gun & Accessories Classic sub machine gun of the early Third Reich period being the MP34 as used by German Army, Police & other ancillary units throughout WW2. These early weapons were extremely well made with all parts being of an unusually high standard having provision for a side mounted bayonet & a unique stripper clip device built into the magazine port for ease of recharging empty magazines whilst still in place. The Overall condition of the wood & metalwork is excellent with all matching numbers & profuse waffenampt markings. This example is an old specification deactivation & as such cocks & dryfires. Comes with three spare waffenampt stamped magazines in their brown leather ammunition pouch , bayonet with scabbard & sling, all in excellent condition. ***Supplied with Home office issued certificate of deactivation***
German Soldier Document grouping Documents relating to a Gefreiter ( Corporal) Jacob Gerhard GROITZSCH wounded twice in February 1943 in Russia & subsequently ending his military service in hospital until returning to the Russian Occupied Zone of Germany in 1945. Group includes a good portrait size photograph of the soldier in M36 Service Tunic & M34 Cap obviously being an early shot before he was wounded. Also is a handwritten sheet ( probably for his Soldbuch) listing his injuries & dates & showing them as received in action & stamped from his unit Infantry Regiment 514 , a paper document issued as an Ausweis in half Russian & half German & dated 17th September 1945. This was issued when the soldier was back in the Occupied Russian Zone of Germany to act as his pass & to be produced on demand. Also is another pass or ' Passierschein' in Russian & German also for getting about in the Russian Zone & valid from the 25th October till the 31st December 1945. It is more than likely the man was fighting as a Panzergrenadier due to his number '479 217/ Panzer' being typed after his name on the Ausweis.
M35 Single Decal Army Helmet Early Model 1935 helmet with leather liner , aluminium band & early brass liner rivets. This is an example of one of the earliest runs with the brass rivets & aluminium band which were found to be too weak for service use & often broke. The band on this helmet has snapped at the stress points on the sides then been field repaired which is a common feature of early M35 helmets. A small portion of the band is missing where it has snapped & dropped out. Outside of helmet is in classic factory painted apple green which has then been overpainted to comply with the 1940 order to roughen the surface finish. Army decal is mostly remaining & has been painted around when the second coat of dark green paint has been applied. National shield has originally been painted around but then removed to comply with regulations . Small traces are still visible. Good honest helmet that has seen much service use.
M38 Gas Mask & Canister, Complete. Super example of standard WW2 German Gas Mask & Canister with all its original straps complete. Gas Mask has the green rubber style facepiece ( Size 3) dated 1941. Snout of the mask is maker coded 'gbv' & also dated 1941. There are the numbers '466' handpainted onto the snout by the soldier & all its straps are complete. Filter is of the FE41 type & is dated '43'. Factory olive green painted canister is maker coded 'eph' & dated 1943 & has two spare gas mask lense packets still contained within its lense compartment which also has a paper label bearing the soldiers rank & name of a 'Gren.Pasch Michael' ( Rank of Grenadier). Inside & at the bottom of the tin are its issue cleaning cloth & retainer which holds it in place. Both the long & short straps are present & are original German WW2 issue & not post war Bundeswehr replacements as is commonly found. This is an excellent untouched & complete example of the standard Wehrmacht Gas Mask & Canister as used by the Army, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine & Waffen SS combat formations in WW2. Overall excellent original condition.
M40 German Helmet , (British Soldier Souvenir) Original M40 German Helmet acquired recently from the family of a WW2 British soldier who brought it back as a souvenir. Helmet is interesting as it has had two decals painted over its original paint to copy the early double decal style. Its not clear when this was done but was more than likely put on to enhance its appearance at some point after the war. Helmet is a steel banded classic reissue with its original rough coat of dark green paint over its factory finish & original leather liner which has never been out. Leather is still in good supple condition with some stitching having come away at the rear seam. Unable to see the inside stampings due to its wartime repaint but size appears to be a 64 as it fits an average mannequin head with no problems. There are a few chips & dings to the outer shell paint & the chinstrap is long gone but this is nevertheless a good example of a classic souvenir pickup.
May 1945 General Dempsey Thankyou Communication To Members Of 83 Group RAF A May 1945 dated thankyou communication from Lt.General Dempsey thanking members of 83 Group RAF for their support under his command. Black composite framed under what appears to be perspex. No. 83 (Composite) Group was formed on 1 April 1943 within the Second Tactical Air Force. By the eve of the D-Day landings, 83 Group had grown to a strength of 29 fighter, ground-attack and reconnaissance squadrons and four artillery observation squadrons, grouped into ten wings. At the time of Operation Market Garden it consisted of the RCAF's 39 Reconnaissance Wing, 121, 122, 123 and 143 Wings flying Hawker Typhoon fighter-bombers, 125 Wing with Supermarine Spitfire fighters, and the RCAF 126 and 127 Wings also flying Spitfires. No 401 (Ram) Squadron with Spitfires was one of its squadrons from 1943. The Group HQ was at RAF Eindhoven from 1 October 1944 to 10 April 1945. It was absorbed into No. 84 Group RAF on 21 April 1946.
Painting of Japanese Lunghwa Allied Internee Camp in Shanghai. This appears to be a copy of an original picture, now held in archive in the Imperial War Museum, painted by a former internee of Lunghwa Camp in Shanghai which was a camp run by the occupying Japanese forces for allied internees. The front of the picture is titled Lunghwa Camp 1943-1945 & the back has handwritten information made by the artist & former prisoner Irene (Duguid) Kilpatrick. This is an old copy of the picture she made which was presented to her whilst her original was donated to the museum & kept in archive. Lunghwa Camp was opened by the Japanese in Feb 1943 & closed in Sept 1945 holding 1700 occupants in its duration. An interesting & historic picture from the possession of a former internee of the infamous Japanese Camp Lunghwa.
Postwar British MKII Paratrooper Helmet A good untouched British MKII paratrooper helmet with all of its original green factory paint, webbing straps & chin cup. Upon inspection of the liner screws to the exterior of the shell it becomes immediately apparent that they are totally unmolested & match completely the colour & wear on the rest of the helmet. This is an attribute not often encountered on many that are now offered . The exterior paint finish displays an attractive patina of service wear with some very roughly & randomly applied splotches of a now subdued dull tan camouflage colour visible in places. Interior of the helmet is all present & correct with the often missing dome crash pad intact. The leather is very supple with no damage & the chamois lining is still present to the underside of the chin cup. The maker mark , size & date 'CCL 7 1/2 1956 ' are impressed into the sweatband. Identical to a wartime dated MK2 paratrooper helmet , & referred to today as the MkIII by collectors , this excellent example of the 'Helmet Steel, Airborne Troops ' would be perfect for mannequin display & considerably more affordable.
Prewar Photo Album of German Battleship Deutschland Funeral & Spanish War, Chinese War Etc An interesting photograph album containing a mix of photographs from immediate prewar campaigns & actions having been period compiled by a British soldier from captured photographs taken from prisoners. The soldier has indexed the pages contained within on the front inside cover starting with views of Gibralter & Spain then moving into shots of a funeral from the German battleship Deutschland. History tells us that the Deutschland was attacked by Soviet bombers in 1937 which fits in well with the prewar period & the shots of Kriegsmarine personnel & swastika flag draped coffins. One photograph also appears to be of Adolf Hitler although from a distance present at the military funeral service. The album then goes on into photographs of HMS Hunter & the Chinese War before more photographs of the Spanish War follow. Many shots of different personnel are present & also some showing corpses & an apparent execution both spanning the Chinese & Spanish war section. The origins of this album & its owner are not known.
Princess Mary Christmas Gift Tin 1914 & Christmas Card Nice example of the famous 1914 Christmas Gift Tin presented as a gift from Princess Mary to the troops in the first year of the Great War. As supply demands were very high for these tins their distribution to the troops ( & also war widows) took some time & as the war dragged on unexpectedly the quality of the tins declined with plating being used for the exterior finish. This example is of early production in good brass with some weight to it & with the decoration detail still being very clear. Also with the tin is a Christmas card bearing good wishes for the New Year from Princess Mary bearing her monogram on the front of it & the date 1915. Outer part of the card is split in two but inside pages bearing the message are intact. Very nice WW1 piece of history & hard to find still with the card.
RAF 1925/37 Pattern Pistol Order Webbing Set Matching set of RAF webbing that is as it was worn during WW2 & in original condition with all of its original components. Set comprises the scarce 1925 pattern pistol ammunition pouch ( wider than the '37 patt & dated 1939 ) 1925 pattern pistol holster dated 1939 & 1937 pattern belt dated 1941. The RAF used much 1925 pattern equipment upon the outbreak of WW2 this being gradually replaced by the 1937 pattern from 1941 onwards. AM stamp with crown is visible on the belt & holster with 'MECo' manufacturer stamp also present. Pistol ammunition pouch is clearly stamped 'MECo 1939'. This set was evidently worn together for a very long time as it is washed out but matching with only very minor traces of blue/grey blanco on some small obscured areas. 1925 pattern RAF webbing is very hard to find now this set having recently surfaced from the effects of a former WW2 RAF pilot.
RAF B Type Flying Helmet 1939 Type 'B' Flying Helmet ( Designation 22C/65 ) standard flying helmet of RAF aircrew personnel between 1936 & 1941. In dark brown leather the helmet is lined in chamois & has a layer of cotton padding between the leather shell & chamois lining. Helmet has a leather chinstrap fitted with a friction buckle & also a similar leather strap & buckle arrangement at the back where there is an opening that has apparently been stitched shut. The Air Ministry designation of 'AM 22C/65' is clearly visible impressed into the leather on the right side & the manufacturer label intact on the inside is still present. This shows the maker as being 'Wareings of Northampton LTD No3 size 7 1/8 - 7 3/8. There is also the clear date 1939. Helmet has had its earcups removed & has certainly seen much use. Would certainly benefit from a good clean. Nice RAF item.
RAOC Captains Service Dress Jacket, Trousers & Sam Browne Set. Nice clean example of the WW2 British officers service dress jacket & trousers belonging to a member of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Jacket is the pre 1942 pattern with box pleated breast pockets, buttoned bottom pockets & built on cuffs in khaki drab material. Also RAOC buttons throughout with correct officers RAOC badges to lapel. Three pips to each shoulder strap indicate rank of Captain with interesting medal ribbons mounted above left pocket. They show that this officer was a North Africa veteran having been awarded the 1939-45 Star, Africa Star & Italy Star & also has the distinction of having been mentioned in despatches represented by the oakleaf sewn next to his ribbons. Interestingly, the uniform was made by a tailor in Egypt , as the label testifies, tying in nicely with his medal entitlement. Comes complete with his Sam browne belt & shoulder strap. Overall in excellent condition with two very small moth nips to the rear shoulder blade area. Leather of Sam Browne is excellent with no dryness & retaining its suppleness.
Rare Transitional M18 Kriegsmarine Double Decal Helmet With Kriegsmarine Marked Chinstrap It is well recorded that Kriegsmarine double decal helmets are very hard to find with only approximately 1/10 of German helmets produced being for the German Navy. With the speed in which the Kriegsmarine were able to procure the M35 helmet this left only a very limited number of transitional double decal KM helmets remaining in service. This time capsule of a piece is an M18 model with M31 liner system installed . It has been roughly brush painted then decals applied to both sides of the exterior. The national colours are still very intact with the distinctive gold/yellow decal of the Kriegsmarine remaining in superb condition. Close examination of the aluminium buckled chinstrap finds the rare Marine marking to its underside. Very faint maker markings can be seen to its pointed end although now not discernible. Age wear & natural oxidisation to the chinstrap studs confirm that it has been undisturbed for many years , coming still on the helmet when recently found. Liner band is of the earliest production being 1931 dated with split pins of the early 1930s period used before the M31 split pin became available. Liner is ink size stamped to one finger tip. A rare piece completely as found & never having been in collector hands before.
Rare WW2 Canadian Normandy Unit Flashed helmet - 1st Canadian Armoured Car Regiment A 1943 dated Canadian steel helmet with rare flash for troops of the 1st Canadian Armoured Carrier Regiment . Recently surfacing in Europe & never having been in a collection before the helmet is in its original untouched khaki paint with flash in excellent order on right side. Some field wear exhibits itself to the exterior of the shell with only minor scuffing to the flash. On the underside of the shell can be seen the maker markings 'G.S.W.' for the Canadian maker General Steel Wares with 'MK1' & date 1941. There is dirt & cobwebs from prolonged farm storage to the inside crown which I have made no attempt to clean. The liner has some dryness with crazing , chinstrap minus. The string remains to each chinstrap lug where it was hung up in a barn for many years , again I have left this untouched. A rare helmet from an often unheard of unit which saw action right through Europe until the end of WW2. Following the successful attack on Falaise in August 1944 using tanks converted for carrying infantry troops to their objectives this regiment was formed on August 28th 1944 thereby revolutionising the then new concept of Armoured Personnel Carriers . Due to the success of the allies final victory in Europe & now being surplus to requirements they were disbanded at 2359 hours on June 20, 1945.
Schiffer Book: Imperial German Field Uniforms & Equipment Vol 1 This two volume set provides the reader with an insight into the wide range of uniforms, weapons and field equipment used by the Imperial German Army during the First World War. The devastating and dramatic character of the war required many innovations in military clothing and equipment. New uniforms and adequate protection was a must and steel helmets appeared on the battlefield, replacing the outdated spiked helmets. Even medieval looking items, like steel breastplates and trench clubs, were produced, giving the soldiers a fearful appearance. The threat of poison gas caused the immediate development of gas masks. It was also the time of the tank, observation balloons, mine warfare, the Zeppelin, airplanes, flame throwers, deadly machine guns, and other war machinery that saw service, sometimes for the first time. Using over 1,000 colour and period photographs from private collections and museums, the author succeeds in showing a broad range of artifacts, together with full and to the point descriptions. This series is aimed towards the novice or advanced German World War I collector and enthusiast, military history student, modeller, researcher and re enactor. Brand new in stock.
Schiffer Book:Imperial German Field Uniforms & Equipment Vol 2 This two volume set provides the reader with an insight into the wide range of uniforms, weapons and field equipment used by the Imperial German Army during the First World War. The devastating and dramatic character of the war required many innovations in military clothing and equipment. New uniforms and adequate protection was a must, and steel helmets appeared on the battlefield, replacing the outdated spiked helmets. Even medieval-looking items, like steel breastplates and trench clubs, were produced, giving the soldiers a fearful appearance. The threat of poison gas caused the immediate development of gas masks. It was also the time of the tank, observation balloons, mine warfare, the Zeppelin, airplanes, flame throwers, deadly machine guns, and other war machinery that saw service, sometimes for the first time. Using over 1,000 color and period photographs from private collections and museums, the author succeeds in showing a broad range of artifacts, together with full and to the point descriptions. This series is aimed towards the novice or advanced German World War I collector and enthusiast, military history student, modeller, researcher and re-enactor. Brand new in stock.
Splinter Pattern Camouflage Luftwaffe Ground Forces Jacket ( Field Division Etc) Classic Luftwaffe Ground Forces Splinter Pattern camouflage Jacket originally designed for use by the Luftwaffe Field Divisions as of 1942 & seeing service in many theatres including Russia , Italy & more popularly in Normandy, France. It was also worn by other Luftwaffe Ground Forces Units including Paratroopers & Army Officer personnel on attachment. Jacket has without doubt seen much combat service evidenced by its used condition but nevertheless retains good strong colours. Jacket is in the earlier & rarer cotton pattern as HBT versions replaced these from mid war onwards.Buttons are of the correct metal dish variety & are all complete with pebbled buttons on the shoulders & cloth retaining loop for shoulder straps still in place. Inside pockets are in blue HBT & there is a wartime repair to the right bottom pocket area where splinter camouflage material has been used as a patch then overstitched several times for strength. Breast eagle removed. Good combat jacket much used in Normandy by Luftwaffe Ground Forces. Helmet & combat equipment shown for display only.
Third Reich Hitler Youth Drum & Hanger Sound example of the Hitler Youth drum as used by the 'Hitler Jugend' movement of the Third Reich era. This piece has been totally restored & as such is in excellent condition & would compliment any Hitler Youth display. Drum skin is constructed of calfskin with four cat gut cords (snares) strung across the lower drum skin. The outer ring of the drum is made from thick wood with thin copper sheet covering the outer ring. Outer sides are triangularly patterned in the white & red of the Hitler Youth with a two hole plate on its upper edge for attachment of the belt hanger. Beneath this on the lower edge is a metal handle for pulling to the body when in use. Faint markings remaining on the belt hanger plate, the hanger itself has some rust to its loop rivets but is otherwise sound.
Third Reich Hitler Youth Uniform & HJ Dagger Nice representation of the standard Hitler Youth uniform as worn from approx 1935 onwards this set comprising the tunic, summer cap, scarf, leather knot, HJ belt & buckle, cross strap ( belt loops are replacements) & dagger. Summer cap is in tan cotton with the RZM marked metal diamond HJ badge affixed to its front. Tan twill tunic was authorised for wear as of August 1935 onwards & is made of heavy ribbed cotton with four pockets & a fixed collar. Swastika HJ armband present with the white on black triangular district badge sewn to the left upper arm for ' nord niedersachsen ' & on each shoulder of the tunic a shoulder strap with standard red piping & the number ' 539 '. The underside of one of the straps is complete with its RZM label intact. All buttons are present. Black HJ scarf is original & still has its RZM label denoting use by the ' HJ,DJ or BDM. Hitler Youth dagger is in excellent condition with black painted scabbard ( 96% paint intact) & brown leather belt loop & keeper having no damage. Dagger itself has brown leather buffer to top of blade under hilt & sprung HJ diamond emblem in its handle. Maker marked ' RZM M7/38' which denotes the firm Paul Seilheimer it is in overall excellent condition. Belt leather is a shortened youth version with some personalisation in the form of initials stitched into the leather. Buckle is original although with some ageing to its prongs. Complete set is offered together as one lot in overall excellent conditon.
Waffen SS 'Reichsfuhrer-SS' KIA Document & Photograph Grouping Interesting group to a member of the SS Panzer Grenadier Division 'Reichsfuhrer-SS' who joined the Waffen SS in January 1944 & was Killed In Action in Italy in 1944 . Group comprises five photographs of SS Sturmann Dieter Albrecht in SS service uniform with runes evidently taken early in his service when he was still a junior rank. One of the photographs is a large size with also two framed shots which have been in the family. There are also two smaller photographs of members of the family, looking like mother & sister, & also two of him when he was a boy. A typed letter from SS Unterscharfuhrer Hans Wendland who was the adjutant of 3KP SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment 36 at the time is dated 14/10/1944 & is addressed to the Albrecht family. It states how on 10/10/44 Dieter died from a head shot in battle & goes on to give further details of the action in which he was killed. The final photograph accompanying the group is of his grave & headstone. There is also an obituary in a 'Mitteilungsblatt' periodical dated 1963 stating him to be a gymnast prior to joining the Wafen SS. SS PZ. Gren Reg 36 was one of the main combat units of the Division which is recorded at this time to have been much used for security duties & anti- partisan sweeps.
WW1 1908 Pattern Webbing Equipment Set ( 1915 Belt ) A near complete & very close pea green colour matched set of the First world war soldiers 1908 pattern web equipment . Set comprises the following with dates shown where are legible; Waistbelt 1915 1 Pr Shoulder straps N/K 1 Pr Cartridge pouches L-1918 , R - Faded 1 Bayonet frog with helve strap N/K 1 Entrenching tool carrier 1918 1 Waterbottle & carrier 1919 Some dates are visible ( as above ) & some not. Cartridge pouches have various regimental/issue markings with the date being visible only on the left side. Only one stud minus from left side lower pouch. Bayonet frog is the scarcer correct WW1 issue still with its helve strap most, of which, were later removed. The hard to come by entrenching tool carrier is 1918 dated & also N marked for naval issue . Overall a very good set with some service use & a good representation of the WW1 British infantry soldier. ( Tunic for display & not for sale ) .
WW1 1908 Pattern Webbing Equipment Set ( 1915 Belt ) A pea green colour matched set of the First world war soldiers 1908 pattern web equipment . Set comprises the following with dates shown where are legible; Waistbelt 1915 1 Pr Shoulder straps N/K 1 Pr Cartridge pouches L-1918 , R - Faded 1 Bayonet frog with helve strap N/K 1 Entrenching tool carrier 1918 1 Waterbottle & carrier 1919 Cartridge pouches have various regimental/issue markings with the date 1918 being visible only on the left side. 1915 date to belt & 1918 to entrenching tool carrier.( '19 to waterbottle cradle) . Only one stud minus from left side lower pouch. Bayonet frog is the scarcer correct WW1 issue still with its helve strap most, of which, were later removed. The hard to come by entrenching tool carrier is 1918 dated & also N marked for naval issue . Overall a very good set with some service use & a good representation of the WW1 British infantry soldier. ( Tunic for display & not for sale ) .
WW1 Australian Soldiers Handwritten & Drawn Notes From Bombing School ( Sgt Fred Gray Died March 6th 1918 ) A fabulous hand drawn book by an Australian Sergeant of the 10th Battalion Australian Infantry Force completed whilst attending a Bombing Course at the Mitcham , Australia Bombing School from May 30th to June 12th 1916. The book is totally hand written & drawn by Sergeant 1074 Fred Gray who has written his name & the date 'May 30th 1916' to the front inside page of the first diagram at the beginning of the book . This first 'Diagram A' is a quite excellent hand drawn & annotated four page pullout of a trench system showing such details as First Line Fire Trench ', Officers Shelter , Support Trench , Loop Holes , Latrine , Bomb Thrower Emplacements , Attack or Jumping Trench Etc. The index of diagrams lists further trench related drawings with many of the grenades themselves shown in some very fine detail. Grenades drawn include the Hair Brush grenade, Mexican Grenade, .303 Short Rifle Grenade , Wests SPring Gun , Stokes Gun & Catapult Trench . A long list of bomb related topics including detonators, dynamite , explosives as well as general trench information are noted upon . At the back of the book are the names of the instructional personnel who ran the course including Chief Instructor Captain Cresswell , Sgt Major Korner & Sergeant Willaston. A truly unique item it is of sad note that Sergeant Fred Gray died on the 6th March 1918 & is buried in Adelaide military cemetery . I have not researched the cause of his death however the Kerwick Garrison MIlitary Hospital is located near to the cemetery & he may well have died there as a result of wounds received. Accompanying the book is a small booklet entitled ' 1914-1919 Remembering Those Years' in which several relevant poems are printed & sergeant Fred Gray is commemorated .
WW1 Austrian Berndorfer Helmet A very rare Austrian 'Berndorfer' helmet complete with its original liner & chinstrap. This was the first steel helmet to be produced by Austria during the Great War its total production reaching only just under 140,000 . Made by 'Arthur Krupp A.G. Berndorf ' these were accepted into service in October 1916 , the first delivery taking place in May 1917. Production ceased in November 1917 when the last of the remaining 1,200 helmets were delivered. Distinctive in its wide brimmed appearance this helmet has the factory painted typically smooth light brown finish with the Krupp trademark of a bear & the size '64' stamped into the underside of its flared rear rim. The protruding disc to the top of the helmet is a part of the helmets ventilation system with their being four holes in the crown of the helmet underneath this. Fitted with a metal banded three pad leather liner system , the metal reinforcing eyelets to each tongue are distinctive to this helmet & were to take the drawstring . Coming complete with its original woven chinstrap , fastened with a clamp buckle as can also be found on the Model 1917 & 1918 Austrian helmets. Leather reinforcement is applied to the end & underside of the chinstrap in the areas prone to fraying. A rare opportunity to own one of these rarely seen Austrian combat helmets.
WW1 Austrian M16/17 Steel Combat Helmet Loft Find Helmet A superb untouched example of a recently 'loft found' Austrian M16/17 helmet. No doubt a British soldier souvenir of the Great War it is unusual to find any German helmet bringback now let alone an Austrian one. Much rarer than their German made counterparts the Austrian helmet is distinctive with its metal eyeletted liner pads, metal liner band , webbing chinstrap & the seperate placement of its lugs. The shell is marked 'AW' for the manufacturer 'A.Western , Cilli ' . Having not seen the light of day for many years a thin film of dirt covers the helmet with its Austrian factory brown colour being visible in places through the dirt. The interior of the helmet is the same but with its leather & webbing prong & buckle chinstrap very much intact. The three leather metal eyeletted liner pads are present & although one remains fully intact the four tongues are torn & only partially still present. I have made no attempt to clean this helmet however I believe its appearance would be enhanced with the most minimal of efforts.
WW1 Austrian M17 helmet One of the rarest camouflage helmets to find being the First World War M16-17 Austrian helmet. In 1918 German storm troops arrived in Austria from the Eastern front where the fighting had stopped due to the Russian revolution. Their presence on the Austrian front caused many changes to their tactics and almost caused the total defeat of the Italians. This helmet shows an Austrian interpretation of helmet camouflage in the three tone colours of green, yellow ochre & rust brown highly typical of combat pieces of the period. The helmet although incomplete in respect of liner and chinstrap still retains its Austrian metal liner band and high chinstrap brackets, their presence indicating early ( i.e,WW1 ) use as opposed to interwar or early Second War use. Some abrasions present to exterior of helmet from service use with light surface rust to interior.
WW1 Bavarian M16 Enlisted Mans Greatcoat A superb example of the M16 Bavarian greatcoat with shoulderboards applicable to the 19th Bavarian Infantry Regiment. Imperial German uniform underwent modification as of September 1915 this including the greatcoat which was now of thicker material & with a better lining intended to be warmer for the troops wearing it . It is of note that the Bavarians kept their collar in field grey 'grundtuch' this possibly to remain identifiable from other troops. This pattern of greatcoat has several early features which were carried over to the new M1916 style with barrel cuffs & the earlier 1894/08 style of backless painted steel buttons . All buttons are present & original to the coat. Of depot issue , there is a clear boxed ink stamp denoting acceptance by the Bavarian III Corps clothing depot in 1917. Size markings appear below this. Having survived exceptionally well for a coat that is 100 years old there are some very modest repairs in places with some holes to the lower edge right cuff only noticeable when examined closely. A very rare item not often seen outside of well established museums today.
WW1 British ' First Army Corps Front ' Oppy Line/Gavrelle Trench Map Of Captain C.T Chevallier , Ox & Bucks Light Infantry - Commanding Light Mortar Btn ... This map of the Oppy Line /Gavrelle marked ' First Army Corps Front Map' & 'N Corps Situation Up To 8-10PM' is one of several listed seperately from Captain CT Chevallier who was Officer Commanding Light Mortar Battery , Ox & Bucks Light Infantry. It is named to him on the reverse with the date 23/4/17. A very well used example of a Trench Map clearly referred to by him on many an occasion with dirty thumb marks from the muddy conditions & much folding to the creases. It is well marked with German MG positions & a Strong Point as well as an Observation Post in the church at Oppy & the telephone exchange. The vicious fighting for Gavrelle ,as part of the Arras Offensive, involved the infamous German 'Oppy Line' which was only partially breached by the Salient into Gavrelle itself . The rest of the Oppy Line North was not taken & this situation can clearly be seen on the map which is marked as up to date until 8-10pm. Map is handwritten to reverse as 'SECRET' with 'CT Chevallier, Gavrelle 23.4.17' . A superb piece of Arras/ Ox & Bucks history. Captain Chevallier was Mentioned in Despatches on 15/6/16 & received the 1914-15 Star, British & Victory medals.
WW1 British '08 Pattern Rare Pre War Early Smallpack With Waterbottle Tab To Top Flap A hard to find component of the '08 webbing equipment this haversack is of the November 1909 pattern with tab & strap to attach the waterbottle on its top flap. These were simplified in Feb/March of 1914 with this provision removed. Undoubtedly these would have still been in use by British troops in the earliest 1914 battles of WW1 with their service continuing through with troops that already had them. This piece is broad arrow marked & dated 1912 with the pre war makers name of a well established leather equipment producer Hazel & Co . Although Mills ( MECo ) & M.Wright & Sons (MW&S) were the only companies authorised to produce the 1908 pattern webbing equipment this well established pre war maker struck a deal with Mills to handle sales to the Territorial Associations until its until war broke out in August 1914. Thus actual piece is featured in the '08 Haversack' section of the superb website ' Karkee web ' where more detaill can be sen regarding its manufacture.
WW1 British 'Battle Of The Somme' Trench Map Of Captain C.T Chevallier , Ox & Bucks Light Infantry - Commanding Light Mortar Btn ... A Trench map of part of the Battle of the Somme area 'Martinpuich' with Trenches Corrected To 6-7-16 . This map is one of several recently acquired ( Listed seperately ) which came from the effects of Captain CT Chevallier who was Officer Commanding Light Mortar Battery , Ox & Bucks Light Infantry. The Martinpuich area was the site of various German supply dumps & was eventually captured on 15th September by the 15th Scottish Division. Several air operations by the Royal Flying Corps were mounted to attack German supply dumps prior to this. Map is of 1/20,000 scale & shows the many German trenches & wire positions which allied troops faced upon their attack. Areas such as the Thiepval Rd, Pozieres , Contalmaison ,Courcelette & Flers are shown in detail. Captain Chevallier was Mentioned in Despatches on 15/6/16 & received the 1914-15 Star, British & Victory medals.
WW1 British 'Cambrai' 1917 Trench Map Of Captain C.T Chevallier , Ox & Bucks Light Infantry - Commanding Light Mortar Btn A hand annotated Trench Map dated 1/11/17 of the Cambrai area named to Captain CT Chevallier, Officer Commanding Light Mortar Battery , Ox & Bucks Light Infantry . This is a large scale ( 1:20000 ) map of 'Detail & Trenches' with the Divisions holding each area handwritten on the map in blue pencil . Classified as 'SECRET' these are the '51st Div' , '2nd Div' & '4th Div' with dividing borders drawn in blue pencil . Also marked on are MG positions with other now faint strategic markings south of Moeuvres. . All of these Divisions were involved in the harsh fighting around the Hindenburg Line , the 51st Div pushed up to take Bourlon Wood in their famous tank battle on 20th November 1917. The extensive German Hindenburg Line can be studied on this map with all of the surrounding position names marked on in detail. Again a Trench map showing considerable use , with a couple of burn marks most likely from a well earned Woodbine . Leaving for France on 19/5/1915 Captain Chevallier was Mentioned in Despatches on 15/6/16 & received the 1914-15 Star, British & Victory medals. I have uploaded some service documents of Captain Chevallier onto the images of two of his other maps now listed as stock codes 8071 & 8069 .
WW1 British 'Passchendaele' Trench Map Of Captain C.T Chevallier, Ox & Bucks Light Infantry - Commanding Light Mortar Btn ( Embarked France 19/5/15 ) One of four Trench Maps ( All seperately listed ) named to Captain CT Chevallier who was Officer Commanding the Light Mortar Battery , Ox & Bucks Light Infantry . Map entitled 'YPRES BATTLEFRONT Sheet 2 ' & of 1,100000 scale. British Lines are shown from June 30th 1917 - October 14th 1917 shown in blue & German Defence Lines & Wire shown in red . This map was originally marked with British Lines until the date October 3rd as shown on the key however an additional new line in purple was added to show advances ( Polygon Wood Area ) in the British Lines up until October 14th as the Battle for Passchendaele raged on. Many well known places appear such as Glencorse Wood , Polygon Wood , ' Plug Street' , Armentieres , Zillebeke & German trenches shown in red such as Passchendaele-Terhand- Line , Dadizeele - Line , Roulers Line & many more. Marked in red handwriting to Capt. Chevallier ( Orderly Room crossed out ) . A fascinating piece of WW1 history. Captain Chevallier was Mentioned in Despatches on 15/6/16 & received the 1914-15 Star, British & Victory medals.
WW1 British .303 Matching Numbers P14 Rifle With Volley Sight Dial & Early Brass Butt Disc Iconic 1914 pattern (P14) British service rifle of the First World War period. A bolt action rifle the P14 was said to be an advanced design of its time being possibly the most advanced service rifle of WW1. It was more accurate, more durable & had nearly the same rate of fire as the SMLE however the magazine had only half the capacity & on the whole it was much heavier . Due to the need for smallarms in the WW1 period & the already stretched industrial output the British government contracted with US manufacturers this example being made by Eddystone. The P14 was well used by the Home Guard in WW2 . Eddystone marking of 'ERA' is to be seen on the receiver of this rifle with matching serial numbers to receiver & its dog leg bolt. This rifle is still in its WW1 configuration complete with volley fire sight dial ( No arm ) & early brass butt disc which are in most cases missing on P14 rifles seen today. Woodwork is excellent with typical light service use & profuse ordnance markings throughout inclluding ' Patt '14 ' to stock. Metal surfaces still retain most of their original blueing. Rifle capable of being cocked & dryfired & still with a nicely workable bolt action. Deactivated to Home Office specifications with deactivation certificate supplied. UK sales only.
WW1 British .303 P14 Rifle With Volley Sights & Early Brass Butt Disc Iconic 1914 pattern (P14) British service rifle of the First World War period. A bolt action rifle the P14 was said to be an advanced design of its time being possibly the most advanced service rifle of WW1. It was more accurate, more durable & had nearly the same rate of fire as the SMLE however the magazine had only half the capacity & on the whole it was much heavier . Due to the need for smallarms in the WW1 period & the already stretched industrial output the British government contracted with US manufacturers this example being made by Remington. The P14 was well used by the Home Guard in WW2 . Remington marking of 'RE' is to be seen on the receiver of this rifle with matching serial numbers to receiver & its dog leg bolt. This rifle is still in its WW1 configuration complete with volley fire sights & early brass butt disc which are in most cases missing on P14 rifles seen today. Woodwork is excellent with typical light service use also metal surfaces still retain most of their original blueing. Rifle capable of being cocked & dryfired & still with a nicely workable bolt action. Deactivated to Home Office specifications with deactivation certificate supplied. UK sales only.
WW1 British 1902 Pattern Army Service Corps Divisional Ammunition Supply Originally Badged Tunic A WW1 standard issue 1902 pattern tunic to a member of the Army Service Corps serving with a Divisional Ammunition Supply Column. The 'Shellshifters' were responsible for the important task of moving ammunition & wore the shell shaped handsewn badge in Divisional colours ( Light blue & dark blue here ) to both shoulders . This tunic has brass ASC titles to both shoulders with all ASC buttons to shoulders & front fastening. The cloth flashes are crudely hand applied but in my opinion totally original to the tunic. There are two blue overseas chevrons to lower right sleeve. Its interior partial lining shows a common mix of glazed cotton for the pocket reinforcements & khaki drill for the pockets. Remnants of the paper label & only one rear brass equipment hook remains. There is some moth to the front of the tunic in between the second & third buttonhole down, also to the rear ( See pictures ) . An untouched WW1 tunic with original insignia straight out of the attic !
WW1 British 1902 Pattern ORs Greatcoat A fine example of the rare 1902 pattern dismounted Greatcoat. This is the second type as issued during the First World War from the 1915 to 1917 timeframe. The Greatcoat retains the deep turnback cuffs which were eliminated in 1917 & has half white wool lining to shoulders & the WW1 off white lining & reinforcements . Pocket flap backings in wool consumate with all WW1 ORs garments. Faint number over letter marking to pocketbag. Although WW1 OR garments came in a plethora of different hues & tones of khaki, this garment is in the sought after classic ginger colour! The garment has one or two cancelled theatrical stamps to the interior & two small old repairs to the front skirt however not detracting from the overall external appearance. All buttons & closure hooks remain to the epaulettes, there are a period pair of curved Middlesex shoulder titles with a collector repair however this does not detract from its external appearance. Good opportunity to acquire an important element of WW1 'Tommy' clothing.
WW1 British 1902 Pattern Service Dress Tunic A scarce WW1 British other ranks service tunic in khaki wool & of the 1902/07 pattern which was being worn by Britains troops as they marched into the first world war. Tunic has two hook fastening to its stand & fall collar ( 1915 onwards ) & also the expected ' two dart ' stitching to upper breast/collar area. This was changed to only one dart in 1918. Other typical characteristics are its WW1 off white reinforcement lining to interior with all pocket flap backings in wool which is totally correct for all WW1 OR garments. All of its brass GS buttons are original to the tunic , there are also three blue overseas chevrons to lower right sleeve indicating this tunic having seen field use with the wearer on active service overseas. Number over letter ink stamp clearly visible on inside reinforcing panel. War & Victory medal ribbons to left breast. There is , of course , a fair spattering of moth to the tunic as can be seen in the images however being a surviving service worn field tunic of the first world war it is prudent that some allowance be made given the history of this wonderful piece.
WW1 British 1902 Pattern Service Tunic A rare WW1 British four pocket service tunic of the wartime 1902 pattern still with much of its manufacturers paper label remaining to inside. This is a tunic that has clearly seen WW1 service & is presented as found with its period placed three blue embroidered overseas service chevrons to lower right sleeve & Army Service Corps brass shoulder titles to each shoulder. These do appear to have been on the tunic for a considerable amount of time with correlating age shadowing visible underneath the outer edges. Paper label is largely remaining with a good proportion of its nomenclature still being legible. Two brass belt equipment hooks are , as expected , stitched into waist with the instantly recognisable 'two dart' stitching to upper breast/collar area. This changed to only one dart in 1918 firmly dating this to a wartime manufacture. Other classic period features are its off white cotton drill lining to interior with strip backing for the top pockets ( denoting mid to late manufacture ) & field dressing pocket to lower right side. All buttons are brass General Service & appearing to be original to the tunic. Condition is overall very good for a scarce tunic of this now sought after period which does display very well with belt equipment however certain allowances must of course be made for the inevitable few moth nips which can be seen on the lower front , arms & back in various places. ( Belt not included ) .
WW1 British 1902 Pattern Service Tunic A WW1 British four pocket service tunic of the wartime 1902 pattern still with much of its manufacturers paper label remaining to inside. This is a tunic that has clearly seen WW1 service & is presented as found with its period placed three blue embroidered overseas service chevrons to lower right sleeve. Paper label is largely remaining with a good proportion of its nomenclature still being legible. Two brass belt equipment hooks are , as expected , stitched into waist with the instantly recognisable two dart stitching to upper breast/collar area. This changed to only one dart in 1918 firmly dating this to a wartime manufacture. Other classic period features are its off white cotton drill lining to interior with strip backing for the top pockets ( denoting mid to late manufacture ) & field dressing pocket to lower right side. All buttons are brass General Service & appearing to be original to the tunic. Condition is overall very good for a scarce tunic of this now sought after period which does display very well with belt equipment however certain allowances must of course be made for the inevitable few moth nips which can be seen on the lower front , arms & back .
WW1 British 1902 Pattern Tunic A rare WW1 British four pocket service tunic of the wartime 1902 pattern still with much of its manufacturers paper label remaining to inside. This is a tunic that has clearly seen WW1 service & is presented as found with its period placed three blue embroidered overseas service chevrons to lower right sleeve & Army Service Corps brass shoulder titles to each shoulder. These do appear to have been on the tunic for a considerable amount of time with correlating age shadowing visible underneath the outer edges. Paper label is largely remaining with a good proportion of its nomenclature still being legible. Two brass belt equipment hooks are , as expected , stitched into waist with the instantly recognisable 'two dart' stitching to upper breast/collar area. This changed to only one dart in 1918 firmly dating this to a wartime manufacture. Other classic period features are its off white cotton drill lining to interior with strip backing for the top pockets ( denoting mid to late manufacture ) & field dressing pocket to lower right side. All buttons are brass General Service & appearing to be original to the tunic. Condition is overall very good for a scarce tunic of this now sought after period which does display very well with belt equipment however certain allowances must of course be made for the inevitable few moth nips which can be seen on the lower front , arms & back in various places. ( Belt not included ) .
WW1 British 1902 Pattern Tunic , 1914 Dated A scarce 1914 dated 1902 pattern tunic showing all of the typical manufacturing traits one would expect to see on a tunic of this early period. There is also an interesting regimental ink stamp to inside top buttonhole area appearing to be for the Sussex regiment ( SX) & of the type commonly seen stamped onto '08 pattern webbing equipment. Remains of the paper label can still be seen to the inside with a detached part of it still preserved & with the tunic showing clear date of 1914. This of course ties in with the construction detail of the interior breast pocket reinforcement in the form of squares of glazed cotton later replaced by one piece strips running straight across the rear of the pocket. Glazed cotton field dressing pocket is intact showing hand stitching around its longer edges most common on earlier production pieces . Brass GS buttons are present throughout with sergeant chevrons to both sleeves & also Machine Gun patch to lower left . Four overseas service chevrons to lower right . In a good large size & surprisingly with no moth at all this is a rare early tunic to find in such excellent condition.
WW1 British 1907 Pattern Hooked Quillon 'Gallipoli' 4th South Wales Borderers Marked Bayonet A scarce first world war 1907 pattern hooked quillon bayonet with unit markings for the 4th battalion South Wales Borderers who took heavy casualties in the Dardenelles campaign in June 1915 . This is a fabulously clean example in excellent condition having virtually all of its original factory blueing remaining & only very light signs of its age in places . Walnut grips are excellent . Made by Enfield the ricasso has the expected 1907 pattern date & issue date of September 1911. Broad arrow & inspection markings to reverse side. It has the correct early brown MK1 internally chaped scabbard with ordnance markings & the date 1909 clearly visible to reverse. Not only is this a desirable example by its condition but also by the unit to which it belonged. The 4th South Wales Borderers were raised as part of the new army in 1914 & landed at Sulva on 15th July 1915. They met heavy fire on the beach & took heavy casualties including their Commanding officer. A highly desirable example & one which most likely saw action at Gallipoli.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Webbing Cartridge Pouch 1914 Dated First World War 1908 pattern Left side webbing cartridge carrier clearly broad arrow marked & dated 1914. 75 rounds were intended to be carried in these pouches , this being the Mk II pattern introduced in 1914 with straps to prevent accidental loss of ammunition. Overall in used condition but with clear black ink markings on rear strap for ' MECO 1914 L ' ( Mills Equipment Company 1914 Left ) . There is what appears to be green blanco to the front of the pouch which has begun to flake in places however just the original untouched finish to rear as was in 1914. Top right section has damage to lower pop stud although not visible when flap closed also one of the the thin belt securement straps & lower left strap female stud . Very scarce pouch with 1914 date.
WW1 British 1908 Pattern Webbing Set ( Unblancoed & Mostly 1915 Dated |) An unblancoed , untouched & matching 1908 pattern webbing set which has been together since World War One. Component parts with visible markings have 1915 dates with the exception of the '18 dated entrenching tool cover. Set comprises the following : 1 X Waistbelt 1 X Pr Cartridge Pouches 1 X Bayonet Frog With Helve Strap 1 X Waterbottle & Carrier 1 X Entrenching Tool Carrier 1 X Pr Shoulder Straps Both cartridge pouches have 1915 date with this also being visible on the belt. Faint markings to rear of helve strapped bayonet frog . Waterbottle carrier has 'MW&S' maker with only the first part of the date '19' having ever been ink stamped on . It is clear from its correlating age wear that this is an original component to the set & not a later addition. Bottle itself is of the correct blue enamel WW1 construction with the distinct ridge to top & bottom. Felt cover has some considerable moth. This set is totally 'as found' with only the shoulder straps & rare helve holder not being present when discovered . The close matching shoulder straps have been added here for display & will come with the set. I have left this set in the condition in which it was found therefore no attempt to clean any of the components has been made .
WW1 British 1910 Matching Numbers & Volley Sights No.1 Mk III Lee Enfield Rifle A pre WW1 example of the iconic No.1 MK III British Short Magazine Lee Enfield Rifle with volley sights , peep sight & original brass numbered butt disc . Dated 1910 this piece has remained in its World War One format with rarely found matching numbers to bolt , receiver & nosecap and same matching serial number to be seen on the muzzle bayonet roundel. Correct pre 1916 round cocking piece still present to bolt. Wrist strap is clearly marked E.R ( Edwardius Rex ) denoting King Edward reign with Enfield maker & date 1910. Some expected light age is apparent in places confirming its original finish & 103 year old age . Profusely British inspection stamped it is a used British rifle that no doubt saw action during the first world war.
WW1 British 1914 Pattern Large Pack & 1914 Pattern Leather Straps Rare large pack being the second model for the 1914 pattern leather equipment with brass buckles to top & bottom rear & a highly desirable pair of 1914 leather shoulder straps attached. Pack has the typical eyeleted tabs on the back ( rivetted ) with \'14 pattern buckles mounted to the side of each for the helmet straps. Pack is marked on the inside of the flap with Mills Equipment Company stamp ( ME CO ) & desirable date of 1915. Both of the 1914 pattern leather straps have markings being very faint & unreadable on one of them . The left strap has the maker name \' JW Mackintosh & Co \' with the date 1915 & a broad arrow & number marking further down the strap. Large pack has been locally used after WW1 as is evidenced by the stitched repairs & fraying to some areas. Straps are generally good with minor cracks in places as would be expected. Faint traces of soldiers details to inside of flap. Nicely dated piece with the very rare 1914 pattern straps attached.
WW1 British 1914 Pattern Pack , Officer Named To London Regiment Very rare 1914 pattern second issue pack with a combination of leather & web fittings all in good intact condition. This unmarked and undated second issue example meets the 1914 pattern specification but differs very slightly having some internal edges which are selvedged in brown cloth. The construction closely resembles that of the Sam Browne equipment leading me to suspect that it was made by a firm that usually dealt in officer\'s private purchase gear. All fittings are very much intact having only very light disturbance to the stitching to one of the upper rear tabs & one of the lower rear also. Interestingly the front flap has an officers name \'Capt Maple A Coy, 6th London Regiment written onto it making the possibilities of researching the war service of this piece quite unique. Without doubt a rare find & in much need of thorough research.
WW1 British 1916 Map of German Positions : 2nd Battalion ,13th Regiment VII Corps, West of Aubers ( Copy Of Sketch Found On German Officer Captured On 25/9/15 ) This is a British March 1916 produced map which , according to the title , is taken from a sketch map found on a German officer captured on 25/9/1915. Shows positions of the 2nd Battalion , 13th Regiment VII Corps West of Aubers. Detailed are the trenches & related positions of the 13th Regiment such as minenwerfer & machine gun emplacements as well as Orderlies dugout, 'Schmidts Post' , Officers dugout , 13th Regt Post , Support Trenches , front line trenches , Battalion boundaries with the 17th regt to its Eastern edge & many more relating to the whole trench position of this particular regiment. A fascinating map & no doubt of vital importance to any troops who were to consider assaulting it. Just one small tear to corner at bottom left edge.
WW1 British 1916 Mills Cavalry Webbing Equipment Set A very rare set of the 1916 Mills Cavalry Web Equipment an almost experimental set of equipment designed for use by Britains cavalry but , due to the commitments of the Great War , never officially issued until it became the Web Equipment cavalry Pattern in 1940. Trials for a Webbing equipment set for the cavalry were taking place as early as 1913 with , at their succesful conclusion , recommendation for adoption given by General Sir John French . Due to the onset of war in 1914 this never happened however Mills (MECo) continued with a programme of development from 1911 right up until 1925. The 1916 design was manufactured by U.S. Mills Woven Cartridge Belt Company of Worcester, Massachusetts, (M.W.C.B. Co.) & is believed to have been done so to satisfy a European contract. Some belief exists that this was Belgian or Portugal with it being known that Britain did supply her oldest ally , Portugal , with webbing equipment or components of , in the first world war. In support of this theory , it is of note that when recently discovered in non collector hands this webbing set still had on it a black leather frog for the Portuguese 1904 pattern Mauser. All the components of the set are Mills marked with the date 1916 being clear . A totally homogenous straight out of the loft & the only one I have seen outside of the Brussels Army Museum. ( More information can be found on the excellent equipment website 'Karkee Web' ) .
WW1 British 1916 Pattern Soft Service Dress Cap I am fortunate to be able to offer this extremely rare & original 1916 pattern soft service dress cap this being the late war pattern in gabardine material. Often erroneously called the 'Trench Cap' these were introduced to replace the impractical stiff SD cap & due to being unstiffened could be placed into the haversack or rolled up & carried in the pocket by the soldier. This is an excellent surviving example having recently been purchased privately from source. It is totally as it came , attic stored , so i havent cleaned or brushed it leaving this up to the next owners individual preference. It is in overall excellent condition with only a very minor area of surface moth tracking to one small area on the caps underside. The American cloth lining is very good indeed being surprisingly supple & without cracks. Chinstrap is intact having no damage or brittle areas , brass GS buttons are present to sides. Underside of cap body has two large ventilation holes to each side , i have taken photographs of these & the stitching so that its originality can be decisively determined from the images provided.
WW1 British 1917 Dated '02 Pattern Field Service Tunic , Grenadier Guards A scarce WW1 1902 pattern four pocket field service tunic still with its paper manufacturers label bearing the date 1917. Becoming very hard to come by now this tunic has had its GS buttons period replaced by those worn by the Grenadier Guards & Honourable Artillery Company. In classic khaki serge all pockets are typically bellows pleated with white cotton drill lining to interior. Inside of tunic has field dressing pocket to lower right with single horizontal strips of cotton lining to interior pocket reinforcement which is correct for a tunic of this period. Two brass belt hooks are stitched in to each side of waist. Its original paper manufacturers label is still present to inside right breast giving sizes , maker & the date ' Hollington Bros. 1917 ' . 'W /I D' broad arrow ink marking surmounts the depot stamp letter 'S'. Two blue embroidered overseas service chevrons to lower right sleeve . All four pocket buttons are present with three of its buttons remaining to front. These are all leather laced to rear by the wearer to allow for easy replacement. One button remains to shoulder strap. Condition is very good with some minor moth pricks ( & two nips to front pockets ) . Other than this there are a few dirt marks in places this having been a service used jacket . Very hard to find an example still bearing its 1917 dated label these in most cases having worn off with wear.
WW1 British 25th (County Of London) Cylists Battalion , London Regiment Ephemera Group Large group of ephemera to a WW1 British soldier George DUDLEY of the 25th (County of London ) Cyclists Battalion , London Regiment who saw active service in the First World War. In this group is to be found , amongst other things, his certified Copy of Attestation showing enlistment into the 25th London Regiment following an initial short period from June 1913 to October 1914 in the 19th Battalion. It is also shown as his initial wish on the form to join the Army Cyclist Corps. His Certificate of Employment is also here giving his regimental number & showing his rank initially as 'Drummer'. On the Regimental Employment particulars he is shown as being a Stretcher Bearer in March to August 1917 for which he is commended by the Officer Commanding of B Coy, 25 Bn London Regiment. There are many regimental related letters & post WW1 correspondence regarding apparent difficult personal circumstances , & many photographs of him in uniform in WW1 & in civilian clothes after the war right up until old age. Other photographs of soldiers appear to be his father ( who appears again in his wedding photo ) & brother . Discharge certificates again list details of his service including his medal entitlement to the British War medal, Victory Medal & India General Service. I enclose a copy of his medal index card from the national Archives confirming these awards. No doubt much more research can be done on this man & his military service.
WW1 British Battle Of The Somme KIA Framed Memorial Scoll , 13th Rifle Brigade Period framed memorial scroll to Rifleman James John Leach of the Rifle Brigade killed during the Battle of the Somme in July 1916. Some preliminary research reveals him belonging to the 13th Battalion , killed on the 16th July following the capture of Contalmaison as the Somme offensive pushed on. In its black wood contemporary frame the original accompanying standard letter from Buckingham Palace is affixed to the rear . The following combat report describes the action in which Rifleman James Leach lost his life : 'At 4.30pm the attack on Contalmaison by 23rd Division was made and this time it was successful. At this stage, 13th Rifle Brigade of 111 Brigade were ordered to renew the offensive and at 8.45 pm they set off, just before orders arrived cancelling their attack. As they moved forward they were raked by machine gun fire from Ovillers but despite this they managed to penetrate three lines of enemy trenches and take two hundred prisoners. Then the orders cancelling the attack finally reached them and they pulled back to their starting positions. 13th Rifle Brigade sustained over three hundred casualties in this needless operation, one of whom was James Leach.
WW1 British Binoculars, Named & Paris Made 1917 WW1 French made binoculars made under contract for the British War Department & maker marked on the top of the lenses with ' L'Petit Fab Paris' . Each neck bears British markings of the War Department broad arrow & the designation 'MkV.SPL 68222'. Of quality construction the binoculars have brown leather coverings to each grip & extendable rain/mist shields on each end. One of the bottom lenses is slightly crazed with age. Brown leather case is complete with its carrying strap & cradle although the often impractical handle has been removed from the top of the lid. There are two wide belt loops on its rear & construction is designed to withstand service use being mainly rivetted . The name of 'W.SWART & 1917' has been impressed into the top of the lid & is more than likely the maker. On the back of the case running alongside the belt loops is a name which appears to be 'CPL H BODDY , D COMPANY. There is some writing on the front of the case also. Fastening buckle & strap arrangement is good with overall the leather remaining in excellent condition. Nice WW1 set with the researchable name of an NCO.
WW1 British Brodie Helmet , 52nd ( Lowland ) Division Markings A scarce British Brodie helmet of the early first pattern with raw edge shell & bearing markings to the 4th Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 52nd ( Lowland ) Division. This helmet is a surviving example of the system of coloured bars used by the Scottish 52nd ( Lowland ) Division which denoted by colour the brigade & number of the battalion. These four red bars are brush applied horizontally to each side of the helmet over its rough textured sand mixed khaki paint with patches of the earlier smooth green paint showing through. Helmet is an early production with this first green paint base colour being apparent in places. A later reissue has then seen the early non hard wearing liner replaced & the rough paint applied over the top before the unit markings were then applied. Inside of helmet is in generally good order with brown leather chinstrap good & supple. Red ink stamp Brodie markings remain to underside of liner with a 6 3/4 size marking to cradle strap. Felt padding to inner crown has moth. Overall a total sleeper of a Brodie helmet that has recently surfaced & is fresh onto the collectors market.
WW1 British Coldstream Guards Military Medal Grouping A WW1 Military Medal grouping to ' 21167 Pte H.Barraclough ' of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards. Group consists of Military Medal , War & Victory Medal with Coldstream Guards cap badge & 'CG' brass titles. I have carried out only partial research into this soldier however the award of his MM appeared in the London Gazette on 27th June 1918, he was from BrigHouse, Yorkshire. Having served in the 1st battalion Coldstream Guards he transferred to the Army Service Corps on 28/08/1918. The MM was most likely for an action during the April German Spring Offensive. Wounds received may well have rendered unfit for frontline service hence his transfer to the ASC. Medal index card states that he is entitled to the BWM and VM only along with his MM so this group is complete. Comes mounted as seen .
WW1 British Dorset Regiment 'Somme' KIA Medal Group , Death Plaque Etc A fascinating KIA medal, death plaque & paperwork group to a soldier of the Dorset regiment killed in the closing stages of the Somme offensive near Beaumont Hamel on 19th November 1916. Within the group are the following contents : Medal trio comprising 1914-15 Star , War & Victory medal. Death Plaque. Memorial scroll. Death Notification from Infantry Record Office dated 8th Dec 1916. Handwritten letter to wife from Platoon Commander Lieutenant Wood dated 27th November 1916 regarding the death of her husband . Handwritten letter to Reverend Bloomfield ( Presumably of the Parish on behalf of Mrs Parsons ) from Lieutenant Wood giving further information on the death of her husband. A photocopy of a studio portrait of Pte Parsons in uniform with wife & son. Lieutenant Wood gives light to the circumstances of his death writing ' The battalion was holding a captured position in the second line of German trenches under very heavy artillery & rifle fire when Parsons was hit & killed instantly in the trench by a sniper. The men who were with him at the time say that his death must have been quite painless. ' Eventually buried at Thiepval Memorial cemetery it is of note that Parsons was wounded three times previously . At the time of his death he was 27 years old.
WW1 British Double Flashed Insignia Brodie Helmet An interesting WW1 British Brodie helmet with double flashed insignia of a yellow V on green square . With some suggestion that this was for a cavalry unit , it is interesting to note that an outer coating of black paint has been applied to the helmet indicating some post WW1 use most likely of civil defence purposes in the early WW2 period. With some early war experimentation of the steel helmet concept this pattern of helmet with steel rim is officially titled the 'Helmet Steel Mark 1 ' & was in service by June 1916. Both chinstrap & liner are of the Mk1 pattern with chinstrap having survived remarkably well. The rubber ring was incorporated into helmets after May 1917 following the suggestion that more protection from blows was necessary. An interesting helmet with usual age to crown pad.
WW1 British Flashed Insignia Raw Edge Brodie Helmet A regimentally flashed WW1 British Brodie helmet believed to be of the Lincolnshire regiment with red cross on square to front of helmet. This helmet has an early to midwar manufactured shell of the 'War Office Pattern' recognisable immediately by the lack of edging around its rim. With the introduction of the new Mark 1 shell , liner & chinstrap system around May 1916 existing stocks of the earlier pattern were modified with the new liner & chinstrap now fitted as here. Upon close examination traces of the early smooth green paint finish can be seen underneath its existing rough textured paint finish, this was done to eliminate the shiny reflective surface of the early green paint finish. Surviving in very good condition with intact leather chinstrap & ' BRODIES STEEL HELMET' marking in red ink to underside of liner.
WW1 British Greatcoat 1914/15 ( American Made Simplified Pattern ) A rare 1915 dated example of the 'Greatcoat, Drab Mixture, Dismounted ,Simplified' introduced as of late 1914 early 1915 . This pattern of greatcoat simplified wartime production with the intricate details of the earlier versions such as turn up cuffs & internal pocket fastenings now omitted. These American made versions were of a higher quality than their British counterparts but rarely turn up in good condition. This particular piece is in quite phenominal condition with correct full khaki cotton drill lining to sleeves & pockets. A darker brown drill lines the undersides of the pocket flap. All brass GS buttons are present to front fly & rear skirt pleat with a good proportion of the original paper label bearing the American makers company name ' Burton Pierce Company' with date February 1915. There are two sections of seperate material used in the construction of this greatcoat along the bottom edge one still bearing a partial paper label from the same maker. There are also stampings from a New York costume company on each interior pocket lining. All brass GS buttons are present these being with no markings to reverse typical of American made clothing. Having survived in astoundingly good condition these are a couple of small moth holes only noticeable upon close inspection. Stitching away on one side of coat hanger loop to rear if collar .
WW1 British Gunsighting Telescope 1916 ( W.Ottway maker) Brass washed 1916 dated Gunsighting Telescope complete in its original wooden transit box. Item has knurled rotation components for changing power at the eyepiece end & is also clearly marked with manufacturers details. This clearly reads ' "GUNSIGHTING" PATENT V.P. 5.t.o15 W. OTTWAY & Co LTD EALING 1916 ' . Wooden transit box has general wear & tear with a seperate compartment at one end. Contained within this is the optical eye that screws on to the main body of the scope although the screws for this are missing. Fittings on the box are of brass as would be expected for this period & there are the stencilled initials 'REP' on one end. W.Ottway are a famous optical manufacturer of the early period & made many different telescopes for the military & commercially over the years. Lenses inside are cloudy although visually this is an excellent display piece of the mid First World War period. Please call to discuss delivery options/ pickup as this is a heavy item.
WW1 British Hooked Quillon 1908 Dated ( 5th Wiltshires ) A 1908 dated hooked quillon bayonet with matching numbered Mk1 scabbard . Regimental markings to pommel were formally that of the '2.R.I.R' ( 2nd Batt , Royal Irish Rifles ) however these have been crossed out & then ' 5 WTS ' (5th Batt, Wiltshire Regiment ) added. Both weapon numbers on pommel match that on the scabbard throat. Ricasso markings are that of Enfield with an initial issue date of December 1908 . The subsequent issue date of ' 10 13' is also seen apparently denoting the transfer of regiment most likely according to the mans service. Scabbard date is of the scarcer internal chape Mk1 with matching date & maker 'EFD '08 ' ( Enfield 1908 ) . An interesting bayonet that has had some rigorous cleaning of metal surfaces due to previous bad storage. Some pitting still to be seen in areas of the blade. Leatherwork is excellent.
WW1 British Hooked Quillon Bayonet & 1908 Pattern Frog 1913 A good 1913 dated 1907 pattern hooked quillon bayonet with brown leather scabbard & 1908 pattern webbing frog. Bayonet is an Enfield production with the expected '1907' pattern date to ricasso . Issue date is of ' 11 13 ' . Reverse is inspection marked & broad arrow complimented. Brown leather scabbard is of the mkII with external chape & totally correct for this bayonets 1913 production date. Marked on leather 'HGR 15' for Hepburn, Gale & Ross 1915 it also is inspection stamped & broad arrow marked. Webbing frog is a scarce unconverted wartime example still with its helve strap to rear. These were ordered removed in 1919 due to the obsolescence of the helve carrier. A close inspection of the faint ink markings discover them to read 'MECO 1915 '. Overall scarce example of a very early WW1 British bayonet.
WW1 British Kidney Shaped Mess Tin & Cover Super condition 1903 pattern Mess Tin still in its original khaki canvas cover with two leather keepers on the rear to attach to the waistbelt & a brass D ring originally intended to attach to the greatcoat carrier. The 1903 Pattern equipment was used in second line service in the First World War & saw active service in Gallipoli in 1915 so this is certainly a good WW1 piece. The classic kidney shaped messtin remained the same throughout & only the canvas cover altered slightly as the war progressed. Messtin has a broad arrow with the number 8 stamped into the metal to its rear & the canvas carrier has some numbers including what is probably the date of \'03\' stamped into the leather of one of the keepers. All stitching is good with only the fastening button missing from the front. The WW1 British messtin is now a scarce piece of equipment & to find one still with its cover is exceptionally difficult these days.
WW1 British Kings Royal Rifles Corps Officer Service Dress Jacket A First world war British Kings Royal Rifle Corps officer shoulder rank service tunic of the 1912 pattern with large 'bag' type pockets to front & multi cloth construction to front waist area & back pleat. This officer shows the rank of Lieutenant Colonel who has WW1 medal ribbons of War medal, Victory medal & Indian General Service. It is of note that in WW1 the KRRC had twenty two battalions & saw much service on the Western Front, Macedonia & Italy. After 1918 they were returned to garrison duties in India, Palestine & Ireland so the India General Service medal points towards a post WW1 posting to India in the case of this officer. Kings Royal Rifle Corps buttons have been added to this tunic at some point with rank badges scarlet backed for infantry & green cloth rectangular patches to each shoulder. An interesting piece with field wear evident , some dirt marks in places.
WW1 British Lincolnshire Regiment POW Indecent Assault Conviction Paperwork Interesting small grouping to a Horace Lacenby of the Lincolnshire Regiment convicted of Indecent Assault whilst a Prisoner of War in German captivity . A later English handwritten translation has been affixed to the rear of the frame . The German typed sheet is dated 21st December 1917 & issued by the 7th Army Corps , Deputy Commanding General. The content of the order states that following the investigation into the case of Indecent Assault by Horace Lacenby the verdict of the Upper Court Martial by the Deputy Commanding General of the 7th Army Corps on 7th December 1917 is upheld. The document goes on to confirm that the verdict is legally correct & by the verdict of the Inspectorate of Prisoners Of War camps under the jurisdiction of 7th Army Corps on 17th October 1917 the verdict is to be carried out. This last wording is slightly confusing as it most likely refers to the sentencing being carried out the nature of which is currently unresearched. Contained with a non period frame along with a studio portrait of the man as well as cap badge, shoulder title & button. Certainly an interesting research project!
WW1 British Machine Gun Corps Named Binoculars & Case An interesting pair of British military X8 binoculars made by the Paris firm 'B.Leger' during the WW1 period. The owner of these binoculars was an ' HEG Cunningham' part of the 'M.E.F' Meditteranean Expeditionary Force serving with the 6th Battalion Machine Gun Corps as has been handwritten onto the rear of the case. Binoculars have the War Department broad arrow to bottom & also to their brown leather case. The inventory number 'S.I. 934011' has been hand painted to right shoulder . Dunsterforce was formed in 1918 under the command of Major General Lionel Charles Dunsterville in the Middle East. Dunsterville was a school friend of Kipling and 'Stalky' was based on him. His force was organised in Baghdad consisting of only a small number of British Officers and NCO's. on reaching the Caspian sea he recruited Cossacks who were trained by his British troops. As the Turks threatened to capture the Baku oil fields he was sent more British troops. The story is very interesting involving any manner of people and adventures including a Gallipoli style retreat across the Caspian sea. A real boys own adventure story at the end of WW1 whose effects are still being felt today. Optics are usable but with some marking to internal lenses.
WW1 British Machine Gun Corps Trench Cap A fine example of the late WW1 pattern of British soldiers field trench cap badged to the Machine Gun Corps & with 1918 date to interior. In quite excellent condition this pattern of cap was widely seen in the late war period & due to its lightweight construction could be easily stowed away in the soldiers kit when not being worn. The clear fold down the length of this caps top is clear evidence of this & demonstrated as such in the images. Its black interior lining is still clearly marked with the maker name of ' MYERS & Co' surmounting the date 1918. Its number coded broad arrow WD marking is also pleasingly visible. It is of note that the MGC cap badge is securely affixed to the front of the cap with a card backing that does show signs of wear however I am unable to determine definitively when this was done. A scarce cap & hard to find with a good clear date.
WW1 British Mk 1 1916 Brodie Helmet A superb untouched example of the Mk 1 1916 Brodie steel helmet with seperate folded rim & two part liner. Exterior of shell has its original matt khaki finish achieved by mixing sand , sawdust or crushed cork into the paint. This continues through to the inside of the shell where can be seen the markings of the steel supplier 'HS' for the firm Hadfield Ltd who were in production from Jan 1916 to 1919. The interior liner still has its drawstrung net with instruction label for headsize adjustment , also the red ink War Office Pattern stamp to interior of headband. This is the 1916 pattern as no rubber ring is present in the crown pad. There is some dryness to the leather with chinstrap in two due to this . Buckle intact. Overall a striking untouched helmet certainly indicative of the WW1 Tommy.
WW1 British No.30 Trench Periscope 1917 Superb example of the No.30 Trench periscope manufactured by Adams & Co in 1917. One of the rarer trench scopes from WW1, these were used by spotters and snipers in front line areas. The large tubular metal body is painted in a green finish & is in excellent hardly used condition still with its Adams & Co 1917 paper label intact & completey discernable on front. On the label are instructions for use and the nomenclature 'Periscope No.30 Adams & Co., 1917' . Complete with the optics are the two disc covers to be placed over the large bottom view point one with a hole in to prevent any broken glass from inside the periscope damaging the users eyes. Faint black WD broad arrow stamp to front. Khaki carrying bag is used but good with carrying strap in good order. Buckle & strap are not present to flap however the black ink stamped War Department broad arrow denotes an issue item on a unit rather than individual level. There is a dent to front area with two small paint chips however this does not detract from what is a rare trench optic seldom seen outside of regimental museums & long established collections.
WW1 British Officer MC Winner Uniform Grouping A rare & historic uniform grouping to a British First World War Military Cross winner of the 7th Battalion , The Wiltshire regiment. Major H.Wayland saw much action with the battalion which left for France on 22nd September 1915. Being heavily engaged against enemy forces after being deployed in Salonika Captain H. Wayland ( A Coy ) is listed as wounded on Wednesday 25th April 1917 in an attack on enemy positions where 2 officers & 7 Other Ranks were killed. On 6th July 1917 Major Wayland was invalided back to England due to his injuries where on 1st January 1918 he was awarded the MIlitary Cross. On 23rd January 1918 he is also listed as having been Mentioned in Despatches. In this group is his field worn high quality officers four pocket tunic field modified from a cuff rank to a shoulder rank often done to minimise the snipers targeting officers in the field the cuff ranks being easier to spot. There is a slight change in shade to the cuff mitres that may also indicate the change to shoulder rank upon his promotion to Major thereby negating the need to change the Captains cuff rank to that of a Major. There is no evidence of any other insignia other than the early correct cuff rank style Crown to the eppaulette. All matching Wiltshires buttons & collars are present with blue 26th Division battle insignia tabs to each shoulder. Also present are a wound stripe & overseas stripes to each sleeve respectively most certainly pertinent to this officers active service. Medal ribbons of Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, War Medal & Victory Medal with Oakleaves present on left breast. Named to Capt. Wayland & dated 1916 on inside tailors nametag Accompanying the tunic is a nicely worn ' Gor Blimey ' trench cap with quilted liner to crown & neck curtain to rear. Matching Sam Browne completes the set which will come with some initial research on the officer & his Battalion. Dug in around the towns of Albert & Meaulte the Division ( 7th Wilts were part of the 79th Brigade of the 26th Division ) became experienced in Trench Warfare before being redeployed to Salonika , arriving on the 21st November 1915. Following a period of digging in & preparation the Wiltshires entered the frontline on 30th July 1916 relieving French troops. With the pushing forward of the frontline they found themselves in positions overlooking Lake Doiran & very much entrenched on the Doiran frontline. Characterized by trench warfare similar to that of the Western Front they were launched into heavy action during the battles for Doiran seeing much action against the Bulgarians , Turks & Austrians where the Battalions losses were heavy. Moved back to a training camp on the 3rd July 1917 this was the first time they had moved out of the shell area since coming up the line at the end of July 1916. Going back into a quieter sector in August they were eventually moved back to France in June 1918 before joining the attack on the Hindenburg Line on 3rd October.
WW1 British Officer Named Trench Map With Trenches & Positions Drawn On Map British Captain Named 1916 dated Trench Map in 1/20000 scale of the North Flanders area with hand drawn German trench positions in red pencil as well as other handwritten notes such as a wooded area being marked 'TANKS' & also many blue pencil marked areas of interest.. One area is marked '51st DAC' being the 51st Divisional Ammunition Column with other blue pencil marked places of interest indicated at Joffre Farm, Iron Cross, Rudolphe Farm, St.Julien, Irish Farm, La Brique & 'Dirty Bucket Corner' at one crossroads. . The map covers some very well known areas in the North Flanders area such as Ypres, Boesinghe , Vlamertinghe , Poperinghe & Peselhoek . Captain Strafford Byng-Maddick served with the Royal Army Service Corps & ended the war as a major.
WW1 British Officer Paperwork Group Ephemera group to a First World War Cavalry officer comprised of photographs, military manuals etc. Several of the books are named to a man named Alan Leonard with all photographs apparently being of the one officer. A large portrait picture of the officer as a second lieutenant weraing uniform & Sam Browne is signed by a Cedric Briggs & dated 1918. An Army Field Service Note Book dated 1917 interestingly contains many handwritten notes on the use of Cavalry in 'modern' warfare as well as notes on the use of the Mills Bomb, Defensive Positions & the feeding of horses. A typed memo dated 1917 from the First Army Corps gives new orders on the use of bombs (handheld) due to accidents happening during Bombing practices. There is also a Training pamphlet entitled ' Physical Training & Bayonet Fighting Lessons ' as well as a manual dated 1915 entitled ' Notes on Map Reading '. A postcard book of the Versailles & Trianons area gives some good prewar shots of the area. Certainly worthy of some research this an interesting group of items to the one WW1 officer.
WW1 British Officers Binoculars & Case Complete with its regulation shoulder strap this pair of binoculars in their brown leather issue binocular case is the pattern often seen in use by officers in the trenches of the First World War in conjunction with the Sam Browne belt equipment set. Binoculars are manufactured by Watson & Sons & have the War Department broad arrow on one of the extendable rain shields. In early blackened brass there are leather sleeves around the body one of which has its stitching undone at its central seam. Optics good. Case has War Department broad arrow to front of body with maker name impressed to lid & date 1918. Carrying strap to lid is intact. Rivetted construction is still good with some very minor dryness to strap in places. Brass buckles to sides. Overall fine example.
WW1 British Officers Binoculars & Case 1917 WW1 French made binoculars made under contract for the British War Department & maker marked on the top of the lenses with ' L'Petit Fab Paris' . One neck bears the markings 'MkV.SPL 39016'. Of quality construction the binoculars have brown leather coverings to each grip & extendable rain/mist shields on each end. Both lenses are excellent. Brown leather case is complete with its top strap which is intact & undamaged. There are two wide belt loops on its rear & construction is designed to withstand service use being mainly rivetted . The name of 'J.CRIPPS 1917' has been impressed into the top of the lid with the WD broad arrow visible on the front of the case. On the back of the case running alongside the belt loops is a unit name written in pen that has been crossed out & may be dechipherable upon close inspection . Fastening buckle & strap arrangement is good with leather overall remaining in excellent condition. Classic British Officers Trench Item.
WW1 British Officers Binoculars 1916 Complete with its regulation shoulder strap this pair of binoculars in their brown leather issue binocular case is the pattern often seen in use by officers in the trenches of the First World War in conjunction with the Sam Browne belt equipment set. Binoculars are Paris maker made under contract for the British army & have the War Department broad arrow on neck. In early blackened brass there are leather sleeves around the body in excellent condition. Optics good. Case has War Department broad arrow to front of body with maker name impressed to lid & date 1916. Carrying strap to lid is intact. Rivetted construction is still good with some very minor dryness to strap in places. Brass buckle to front with rivetted & stitched construction typicla of WW1 produced pieces. Overall fine example of WW1 trench binoculars.
WW1 British Officers Binoculars 1917 Complete with its regulation shoulder strap this pair of binoculars in their brown leather issue binocular case is the pattern often seen in use by officers in the trenches of the First World War in conjunction with the Sam Browne belt equipment set. Binoculars are Paris made under contract for the British army & have the War Department broad arrow on neck with Paris maker to eyepieces. In early blackened brass there are leather sleeves around the body in excellent condition. Optics good with extendable lens shields at ends. Case has War Department broad arrow to front of body with maker name J.Cripps impressed to lid & date 1917. Carrying strap to lid is intact. Rivetted construction is still good. Brass buckle to front with rivetted & stitched construction typical of WW1 produced pieces. Overall fine example of the WW1 trench binocular.
WW1 British Officers Brodie Helmet With Private Purchase Liner Brodie helmets worn by officers were often fitted with a privately purchased liner this being such an example. The helmet shell is typically of issue standard with a dark matt black paint colour to the exterior & brim underside. The factory applied brown paint can be seen in places to the shells interior however the darker finish shows age that would suggest it having been applied the same time as the liner & purely down to the wearers preference . Of a champagne coloured soft silk type material the liner is very well made & shows even wear commensurate with actual service use. Shell marked HH/O 174 denoting the manufacturer & steel supplier Harrison Bros & Howson /Osborn who came under the organisation of the Sheffield Munitions Committee. Chinstrap detached at one end .
WW1 British Officers map case & 1914 Map of France WW1 British Officers private purchase mapcase used in conjunction with the Sam Browne set & dated 1918. Complete with a 1914 dated map of the Amiens area of France. Mapcase is a typical private purchase item as was the case with officers whose responsibility it was to buy their own equipment. This example is made with a brown leather body & a tinted plastic front into which the map would be placed. The flap is closed with two brass press studs. Reverse of the case has two brass D rings for a carrying strap & the markings 'JB BROOKS & Co LTD 1918'. Map is a 1: 250,000 scale of France & shows the French Coast of Etaples down to Le Havre & also inland many well known places as well as Amiens. Overall interesting British officer accoutrement from WW1.
WW1 British Officers MKVI Webley Holster An excellent representation of one of many patterns of the British service revolver holster as purchased by officers in the First World War. Intended to be worn with the Sam Browne equipment set this example is of the closed flap type with belt slide on the back & buckles for attachment of the shoulder strap. In good quality brown leather the maker markings of 'T.Thomasson & Co 1917' are present on the main body of the holster. Interestingly on the underside of the flap can be seen a broad arrow marking with two illegible numbers or letters underneath. Attached to the two buckles on the back of the holster are two buckled belt strap loops to facilitate hanging from the belt, they would also fit a 1908 pattern belt which was worn in action by some officers according to his preference at the time.
WW1 British Officers Whipcord Breeches A pair of WW1 British officers ' Knickerbocker ' type breeches in the favoured whipcord of the period extending down to the ankles with lace fastening at the cuff. Worn with the service dress the lack of reinforcement around the inside of the legs & seat would indicate wear by a non mounted officer. Waist buttons are in pairs ( midwar onwards ) with the tailor name E.Barnes & Sons Ltd , Bournemouth to each. Interior waistband has a quality striped silk lining to its top edge with sturdy off white & khaki cotton drill used for the pockets. It is of note that a small amount of the very early khaki glazed cotton lining has been used at the rear of the waist section . There are , of course , a couple of small areas of moth repair noticeable only upon close inspection as well as a spattering of moth holes to the front top of right side which would be covered by the skirt of the service dress tunic when displayed. Waist measures an approx 37 inches with inside leg an approx 22 inches.
WW1 British P13 Bayonet, Scabbard & Frog 1916 Sound example of the British issue 1913 pattern bayonet designed for the P14 rifle & made by the American firm Remington in May 1916. The bayonet was actually accepted for service in 1913 whereas the rifle not until 1914 hence the confusion over the preceding pattern dates! This example is in overall good condition with what is believed to be a Home Guard marking to pommel of 'X.J 196' . Pattern date of 1913 to be clearly seen on ricasso with date of manufacture '5 16' . Broad arrow acceptance markings to reverse. There is a good finish to metal surfaces with no unsightly damage to blade . Black leather scabbard also shows British ordnance markings but is made again by Remington as denoted by the initials 'RE' on the chape. Brown leather frog is that of a 1939 pattern Home Guard issue with broad arrow & number to reverse. Overall in good used condition & an interesting marked example.
WW1 British Policemans Special Constable Medal & Paperwork Grouping Interesting lot of service certificates, photograph , medals & insignia to a Metropolitan Police Special Constable who served during the First World War. A period framed case , evidently a momento of his former service, has mounted inside it his Special Constabulary Long Service Medal which has the 'GREAT WAR 1914-18' clasp indicating he qualified for the medal during the First World War. Also in the case are his bronze Special Constabulary & SC Long Service 1914 badges as well as his SC & Kings Crown titles & also the Divisional letters of WZ his service being with Wandsworth Division. A black & white photograph shows him wearing his medal & is accompanied by two letters from Buckingham Palace thanking him for his service & awarding him the Long Service Medal for his War Service. A coloured pamphlet entitled the 'Metropolitan Observation Service ' acknowledges again his efforts & contains within it other thankyou letters from various associated Governmental & Civil Defence bodies. Finally a certificate awarded to Special Constable Charles Judge of W Division announces his proficiency in Elementary Drill & is signed by the Divisional Drill Instructor. Overall an interesting group relating to Britains Home Defence history & also that of the Metropolitan Police.
WW1 British Princess Mary Xmas 1914 Fund Writing Case Fine example of the very rarely seen writing case given to non-smokers as part of the Xmas 1914 Fund Gift Set. Upon the Princess Mary gift tin containing tobacco had been decided upon Rowland Berkeley, the Comittees Honorary Secretary, reported that he had received strong representations that an alternative gift should be made available for non-smokers. After some discussion the presiding Committee agreed that non-smokers should be regarded as a special group and decreed that they should receive the brass box, a packet of acid tablets, a khaki writing case containing pencil, paper and envelopes together with the Christmas card and photograph of the Princess. This is a surviving example of the khaki writing case the contents sadly having long gone. Having seen some very practical use as a case for such items it still contains its divider & popper in good order. Measures 19cm across & 12.5 cm high.
WW1 British Queens ( Royal West Surrey Regiment ) KIA Medal & Death Plaque Group WW1 medal group to a Lance Corporal of The Queens ( Royal West Surrey Regiment ) who was Killed In Action in France on 13th November 1915 . Included in the group are his 1914-15 Star, War & Victory medal in original box of issue , Death Plaque in original cardboard envelope, dog tag bearing his full details ,a pendant with his photo inside & a sweetheart card sent home to his family with his dedication on reverse. There is also a retirement card presented to his daughter upon her leaving the NAAFI service in June 1970. The group has been fully researched it having been discovered that Booth was one of four reported as a casualty on that day as a result of enemy shelling. It appears that he may well have been one of the Battalion machine gunners who had been hit by shrapnel during a bombardment of the British lines. Overall a nice complete group complimented by the presence of his field removed dogtag. All research papers regards this group will be provided to purchaser.
WW1 British RAMC Soldier Document Group Group of letters & documents to a WW1 British warrant officer serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps at the Combined Clearing Hospital with Middle Eastern Command & refering to his Leave granted in October 1919 & his travel to the Transit camp at Port Said en route back to the UK. One warrant dated 1919 issued from Haifa on October 10th 1919 gives details of his intended travel to the UK whilst another is a nominal roll stating that he had been despatched from the EEF theatre having signed on for the Army of Occupation for one year from 28/4/1919. Aso gives his home address of Farnham in Surrey whilst on leave for the period of four weeks. Another telegram instructs him to urgently return to the Officers hospital at Cairo whilst other documents refer to his War Pension having been undergoing treatment for a Tropical Disease since 4th February 1920. This is clearly a senior NCO who has served through WW1 ending his service as part of the occupation army in Egypt. It is certainly worth research as to his part played during hostilities his senior rank od Sergeant Major also being noteworthy.
WW1 British Regimentally Marked 1914 Pattern Smallpack , Lancashire Fusiliers A scarce example of a 9th battalion Lancashire Fusiliers marked 1914 pattern smallpack ( first pattern ) with the distinctive leather fastening straps to front. A great historical piece from a regiment that saw much fighting in WW1 at places including Suvla Bay & the Somme. Rear leather tabs have been cut down & side buckles removed. Regimental markings to inside front flap. 9th Battalion Lancashire Fusliers were formed at Bury on 31 August 1914 as part of K1 and came under orders of 34th Brigade, 11th (Northern) Division. Moved to Belton Park near Grantham. In April 1915 moved to Witley Camp near Godalming in Surrey. Sailed from Liverpool on 5 July 1915, going via Mudros to Suvla Bay, disembarking on 6 August 1915. January 1916 : moved to Egypt. Went on to France in July 1916. 12 February 1918 : disbanded in France.
WW1 British RFC ' Cowl ' Flying Helmet A superb fresh to the market standard Royal Flying Corps helmet used from 1916 onwards. This was the 'Cowl' helmet of hood form with slit opening to front for vision. Although excellent for protecting the ears & neck from the cold they were visually restrictive & therefore favoured more by Observers who could still function efficiently whilst manning the Lewis gun. The tan leather helmet has an adjustable buckle & strap arrangement which could be secured under the chin or around the back of the head according to the wearers preference. The interior of the helmet has a partial fur lining with broad arrow WD marks to the reverse of the leather to prevent theft by those involved in its construction . An 'AH Levey' tailor label bears a date however although '191* ' can be made out the last digit is unreadable due to wear. A veteran of the Great War this helmet came with the recently sold RFC coat & shows service wear throughout with some fraying & fur patches minus from the inside. Rust to forehead buckles. A small area approx 5 inches in length & one inch in depth has been cut from the left side lower edge. This can be seen clearly on picture 1.
WW1 British Royal Field Artillery Haversack Early piece of WW1 webbing equipment being the haversack issued to mounted personnel more often Field Artillery Gunners who werent issued the full '08 or '14 equipment set. In typical strong web material the top flap is fastened with a small leather tongue onto one of two studs on the main body secured on the reverse by leather reinforced tabs. It has an integral shoulder strap fitted with a size adjustment buckle & is similar to the pattern issued with the 1903 equipment but without the side pocket so is likely to be a slightly later variation. On the inside flap are markings to a Royal Field Artillery soldier reading in red ink ' RFA 288982 .which is stamped over some previous markings that exist in black ink. Condition is good in need of a cleaning.
WW1 British Royal Flying Corps Photograph & Newspaper Cutting Album Fascinating photograph album of the Royal Flying Corps filled with original black & white photos of life in the RFC as well as period newspaper cuttings featuring RFC personalities & their actions, honours & deaths in combat. It is most probable that this was put together in the immediate post WW1 period by a former member of the RFC who during the Great War has kept many newspaper cuttings relating to the Corps as they were published in the daily newspapers at the time. The first few pages of the album have a number photographs with flying personnel & their ground crews at work & at rest showing various states of dress most commonly being the 'maternity' jacket & some wearing pistol order 1908 pattern webbing. There are also some interesting shots of aircraft some of them intact & some after they have crashed with personnel posing around them. Many of the cuttings feature flying personnel who have been involved in acts of bravery much relished by the newspapers of the time as well as many cuttings from the casualty pages with the pictures of the men Killed In Action & a brief description of where killed. Upon studying the various articles about the men it becomes apparent that some were related to known personalities of the era such as sons of politicians & were highly decorated with VCs,MCs,DSOs etc. The very back pages of the book have pictures of the first tanks to see action as recorded by the Daily Mirror again giving accounts of their various actions & MC winners. The 28 pages of this album have been very well collated by its original owner without doubt immortalising the famous & much admired Royal Flying Corps for prosperity.
WW1 British Sam Browne Belt & Shoulder Strap Scarce & in excellent condition officers EZ ON Sam browne being a high quality private purchase piece with a remopveable brass fastening buckle. This design had a brass plate rivetted onto the belts end with a prong on which the buckle would slide thereby making the polishing of it much easier due to it removeability. The plate is marked 'Reg Design 770578' E.Z.ON ie., the design was patented by Austin Reed & called EZ ON. There is also the Austin Reed address of Regent Street London W1 sewn to the inside of the belt on a leather tab which in itself is very professionally done (Austin Reed opened its flagship Regent Street store in the 1920s). Shoulder strap is complete & matches the belt in its colour a good indication of having been together for many years.
WW1 British Tank Corps Officer Cased Military Cross & Newspaper Cutting ... A WW1 Military Cross attributed to 2nd Lt S.Pavey of the Tank Corps . The name , corps & date '2nd Sept.1918' are engraved to rear. This totally original British gallantry award comes in its original George V case of issue with Military Cross period silk ribbon & pin bar. There is also a newspaper cutting of the period detailing his action & another relevant newspaper cutting with regard to the anniversary of the fighting at Delville Wood. 2nd Lt Paveys' actions are described in the newspaper cutting below : ' T/Sec. Lt S.PAVEY , Tank Corps attd 14th Bn-For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an attack. When his tank was knocked out by a direct hit he found another where crew were nearly all casualties , raised a fresh crew , and went on & cleared a village. Though badly shaken by the direct hit , he then went and , unsupported , drove the enemy from a point which had held up the infantry for some time. He showed great courage and endurance throughout. ' As is commonly known the Military Cross was issued plain & so the naming here would have been at the expense of the officer or his family. It is of note that this medal was originally bought at auction some years ago & comes in its 24th June 1987 dated brown packaging from the reputable auction firm Glendining & Co of Blenheim Street , London.
WW1 British Trench Cap Foul Weather Cover A very rare original example of the WW1 trench cap cover used by infantry in the case of inclement weather prior to the introduction of the steel Brodie helmet. It was worn well after by support troops in the rear who were able to continue wearing the soft cap whilst away from the front. Worn in conjunction with the issue groundsheet or cape it has the recognisable 'Gor Blimey' style neck curtain with two ties to enable this to be worn up when not in use. The 'peak' of the cover has a lip around the underside which slipped over the visor of the stiff service cap. The cover is of khaki duck canvas with a now worn rubber coating to its inside. Faint 'WD' & broad arrow marking visible to inside with a pencil scribbled partial soldiers number visible next to it . Scarce item which was found in the loft of a house & as such does exhibit age & wear.
WW1 Canadian Army Dismounted Greatcoat A very nice example of the WW1 Canadian soldiers greatcoat with all original brass buttons marked 'CANADA' with Canadian cypher. A wartime production garment these differ from the British equivalent by their lack of shoulder straps or rear buttoned central pleat. With full cotton lining to sleeves a heavy cotton drill material serves as the pocket interior with a rough off white partial lining to breast & upper back. The soldiers initials of 'JWB' appear handwritten onto one of the pocket linings with the broad arrow within 'C' ( faintly) to right breast. A small remnant of the original paper label still remains to skirt with 'MONTREAL' visible. There is some minor moth tracking in places certainly not detracting from what is a very hard to find WW1 Canadian garment.
WW1 French 1915 'Coutrot' Trench Dagger Rare French WW1 trench knife complete with sheath & belt loop. The French army in the First world war were not issued with a knife as the bayonet was deemed to be the edged weapon of the infantryman . Combat experience quickly demonstrated the need for a hand held edged weapon that would be effective during chance encounters with enemy patrols this leading to a number of military & civilian variants being used. Lieutenant Colonel Coutrot was posted to arms production at Chatellerault & took responsibility for having several types of knives made by different firms using military blades as the starting point. The piece offered here is an example of one such knife conceived by him in the second half of 1915 & is known as the Model No.1. It has a 15 cm blade which is based on the M1886 sword bayonet. It has a steel hilt with the initials 'G.P.' within a rectangle from the private firm who manufactured it . Brown leather sheath has a studded loop on the reverse for belt attachment with stitiched edges. Overall in excellent condition & a rare fighting knife of the WW1 French infantryman.
WW1 French Army 1915 Pattern Pack Scarce piece of WW1 French soldiers kit this being the 1915 version of the french 1894 marching pack known by the French Poilu as the \"as du carreau \" (ace of diamonds ) . In 1915 the French adopted brown leather & green grey canvas equipment this being a classic example of such a piece. In used condition with some of the edging having come away from the top flap there is the name \'Bernard Niort\' to the inside of the flap & interestingly the traces of some handwriting to one side where the word \'Stalag\' is still legible. This indicates that the owner was captured & took the pack with him into captivity being one of the issue equipment items that he would be allowed to keep. Some leather food would no doubt enhance in certain areas this being a very hard to find item of French fieldgear to find today.
WW1 French Artillery Officers Tunic A rather pleasing named & April 1918 dated gabardine French Artillery officers tunic with Paris tailor label attributable to a frontline officer ' Georges Steinhard ' . Of the so called ' New Tunic ' style which appeared after the spring of 1915 this officer has seen three years of action at the front as is denoted by the embroidered chevron to left upper arm. His rank of ' Sous - Lieutenant ' is indicated by its sleeve rank insignia & his branch of artillery by the red scalloped collar tabs affixed to its stand up collar. The crossed cannon buttons also denote same. Collar tabs do appear to have been resewn. The Paris tailor ' Geo Harrison ' is known to have made military uniforms of some elegance this piece being no exception. Its interior left breast pocket bears the printed cloth tailor name label with soldiers name & April 1918 date handwritten on . In overall excellent condition with light wear in places & the appearance of one worn for every day duty rather than best dress. A worthy research project & a tunic worn by a man with , no doubt , some interesting WW1 service.
WW1 French Infantry 'Adrian' Combat Infantry helmet Named after the French officer responsible for its design , Louis Adrian , the M15 'Adrian' steel combat helmet was adopted for use by the French in 1915 after its already existing soft cap was deemed no longer suitable for adequate protection against head injuries. This example has its first factory issue 'horizon blue' paint visible to the inside & according to the largescale order of July 1916 has then been overpainted on the outside with a dark greenish grey shade of khaki. Some of the first blue paint finish is showing through in a couple of places on the outside. This famous helmet worn by the 'Poilu' has the pre 1916 first pattern of blackened & varnished one piece sheepskin liner. It was discovered that the use of one piece was in fact very wasteful so a second design incorporating several pieces was adopted after 1916. A good proportion of the corrugation remains with approx half of the liner still being held in place by its liner pins. Leather chinstrap is of the first sheepskin pattern. These were found to be too brittle & were later replaced by goatskin. Only one side of the strap remains although complete with its iron buckle there is a repair of the two ends about half way along. Infantry badge of grenade to front with 'RF' (Republique Francais) embossed. There are a few blast dents on the helmet indicative of its combat use. A super combat Adrian straight from the trench warfare of WW1.
WW1 French Infantry 'Adrian' Combat Infantry helmet Named after the French officer responsible for its design , Louis Adrian , the M15 'Adrian' steel combat helmet was adopted for use by the French in 1915 after its already existing soft cap was deemed no longer suitable for adequate protection against head injuries. This example has its first factory issue 'horizon blue' paint visible to the inside & according to the largescale order of July 1916 has then been overpainted on the outside with a dark greenish grey shade of khaki. Some of the first blue paint finish is showing through in a couple of places on the outside. This famous helmet worn by the 'Poilu' has the pre 1916 first pattern of blackened & varnished one piece sheepskin liner. It was discovered that the use of one piece was in fact very wasteful so a second design incorporating several pieces was adopted after 1916. A good proportion of the corrugation remains with approx half of the liner still being held in place by its liner pins. Leather chinstrap is of the first sheepskin pattern. These were found to be too brittle & were later replaced by goatskin. Only one side of the strap remains although complete with its iron buckle there is a repair of the two ends about half way along. Infantry badge of grenade to front with 'RF' (Republique Francais) embossed. There are a few blast dents on the helmet indicative of its combat use. A super combat Adrian straight from the trench warfare of WW1.
WW1 French Infantry Adrian Helmet A good untouched example of the WW1 French Adrian with infantry badge of flaming bomb to front with 'RF' (Republique Francais) embossed. This famous helmet worn by the 'Poilu' has the 1916 hand brush darker blue grey paint finish with the earlier lighter blue visible in places underneath this. Construction features appear to indicate manufacture by the firm 'La Compagnie Coloniale' . The 1916 pattern of liner incorporating a separate headband & six separately sewn in fingers is present here nicely dating this piece to the 1916 period onwards . All of its four piece corrugated liner band remains totally intact with the leather liner still firmly held in place by its liner pins. It is of note that dark blue wool uniform off cuts ( Such as from the early war Kepi & Greatcoat ) have been used to the inside edge of the leather as is expected of WW1 produced pieces. A super combat infantry Adrian straight from the trench warfare of WW1.
WW1 German ' Kaiserliche Marine ' Turret Binoculars , Cased With Mounts 1916-1920 A fine pair of the rare Emil Busch, Rathenow made WW1 Imperial German Kriegsmarine turret binoculars coming cased & with both pivot & German marked foot mounts. In their original battleship grey these binoculars were made by Busch in the 1916-1920 period & were acquired by the Admiralty for Royal Navy use as denoted by the broad arrow marking added by them upon thier acquisition. Fitted with two swivel oculars to each side the larger is of powerful 12 X 80 magnification & the smaller of 12 X 20 magnification. The focus on both is very good with both swivels working perfectly . The right hand lense has suffered a chip in its long lifetime ( As pictured ) however the viewing through both is not affected at all. One small dent to body casing. . Both extendable rain shields & lens covers are intact with their original leather attachment straps. Coming complete with original wooden case in which the whole set can be safely stored when not in use. ***I will ship worldwide but please contact to discuss delivery costs/options to your location***
WW1 German Ersatz 'Rolled Edge' Felt Pickelhaube With Shrapnel Hole A rare Ersatz 'rolled edge' felt Pickelhaube completely untouched from WW1 & straight from the battlefield. Having remained in family hands until now this time capsule of a piece is still caked in mud & also has a small shrapnel hole which has sliced through down into the liner. The Ersatz Pickelhauben were produced to meet a severe leather shortage at the beginning of WW1 brought about by the sudden demand on German industry. Different variations exist albeit in very small numbers . This piece has been made in the Model 1895 style with brass fittings but no rear spine or front visor trim . A rolled & stitched edging can be seen around the whole bottom edge of the helmet intended to help retain its shape. Spike & base plate are still firm to the top of the helmet with its original chinstrap still in place. It is of note that a small shrapnel hole is present in the top side of the felt which upon examination has sliced through into the leather liner underneath causing a corresponding hole & an apparent scorch mark to the surrounding leather. An Army Corps ink stamp is partially visible to the rear brim with the maker name logo embossed into the leather liner. It is fascinating to see the amount of dried mud visible to the inside of the helmet & also up inside the spike. Being undisturbed for many years in a house there is dust to the exterior which I have not attempted to clean off. The helmet plate is original to the helmet although has been off at some point in its life ( matchstick used to rescure) . It has lasted very well for this pattern of helmet with only some slight distortion & a tear to the liner . A rare piece, never in collectors hands before & straight from the battlefields of WW1.
WW1 Gurkha Kukri , 1917 Dated. Very nice example of the WW1 Gurkha issue Kukri complete with its scabbard & belt hanger. The WW1 style of Kukri is more ornate than its WW2 issue counterpart as can be seen here with brass mountings decorating the handle. Brown wood grips are in excellent condition with no unsightly chips, dents or woodworm. Blade is also excellent with only a couple of blemishes through age on one side. Very clear markings remain on the blade near the handle these being ' CO I ' & the Indian I above the broad arrow denoting Indian issue then the date '1917' with '37' underneath this more than likely denoting reissue in 1937. Brown leather scabbard has a brass tip at the bottom with a leather belt mount consisting of two hanging belt loops & a leather lace frontage securing the mount onto the scabbard. Leather work of both is excellent with no tears or brittleness. Overall very nice WW1 example of this scarce Gurkha weapon.
WW1 Imperial German 10 X 50 Dienstglas 1917 WW1 Imperial German 10 X 50 'Dienstglas' with what appears to be a date , or acceptance date, of ' IV 1917' to right prism. The Zeiss serial number range appears to put the number of 741390 into the year of 1917 production . This model of DF ( doppelfernrohr ) were manufactured from 1914-1919 & were used by officers of the Imperial German army & navy. The lack of marine markings would certainly imply army issue however the 'K' on the hinge lug bar is a WW I period 'Gewehr Prüfungskommission Spandau' acceptance marking . Although certainly good for a mannequin/dugout display the optics would require attention for anything more as they are rather hazy & the focus stiff. Only one rain shield remains. Overall they do show the effects of age with some surface rust in places & decay to the paint surfaces. One end of the leather strap is detached although the end studded section is present. Nevertheless an interesting set not often encountered.
WW1 Imperial German 1898 n/A Pattern Bayonet & Scabbard Superb example of the Imperial German Model 1898 Bayonet complete with its leather & steel mounted scabbard. The ricasso is stamped by the manufacturer 'V.C.Schilling Suhl' with Bavarian royal cypher for Konig Otto (1886-1913) to spine of blade with date 1911. It has second type grooved slab wood grips with working pommel catch. The swept crossguard is crisply regimentally stamped with ' B.21.R.R ' denoting a Reserve Regiment & there are Imperial acceptance stamps to pommel, pommel press stud & both wood grip screws. Piped back blade is excellent . It is complete with steel mounted leather scabbard that has Imperial German markings to the chape , throat & mouth . All leather and stitching of the scabbard is intact and it is in near mint condition. A superb example.
WW1 Imperial German 1898/05 Saw-Back ''Butcher' Bayonet , Scabbard & Frog Sound example of the infamous WW1 German 'Butcher Knife' for the GEW 98 Mauser rifle. this example being intended for use by Pioneer troops having a saw backed upper edge. Bayonet has scarce maker mark to ' Durkopp Werke AG ' on the blade & is in overall good condition. Imperial German marks to pommel & scabbard tip. Excellent original wooden grips. Blade condition is very good with no pitting or rust & saw-back teeth are still razor sharp as originally intended. Spine bears cipher with overall good finish to metal surfaces having no pitting. Scabbard is also good with throat lozenge screw still present & is also complete with its brown leather frog which would date to the mid WW1 period. Overall a nice example of the Imperial German pioneers sawback bayonet.
WW1 Imperial German 1898/05 Sawback \'Butcher\' Bayonet ,Scabbard & Frog WW1 Imperial German 1898/05 Saw-Back \'\'Butcher\' Bayonet , Scabbard & Frog. Sound example of the infamous WW1 German \'Butcher Knife\' for the GEW 98 Mauser rifle this example being intended for use by Pioneer troops having a saw backed upper edge. Bayonet has maker mark to \'Simson & Co Suhl\' on the blade & is in overall good condition. Spine bears the cipher of the Kaiser being a crown over a W indicating it to be of Prussian origin then the date \'15\' for 1915. Imperial German marks to pommel. Saw-back teeth on blade still razor sharp as originally intended. What appears to be shrapnel damage is present on the right side grip this being a souvenired item from the brutal trench warfare of WW1. Scabbard is also good with throat lozenge screw still present. Brown leather frog in excellent order still supple with no damage & clearly dated 1915. Overall a nice example of the Imperial German pioneers sawback bayonet.
WW1 Imperial German 1898Aa Bayonet, Guarde Grenadier Regiment Marked An interesting first type 1898 bayonet being the so called aa version with one piece wooden grip. This piece was made at Erfurt & bears regimental markings to hilt ' 3.G.G.5.155. ' of the Garde Grenadier Regiment based at Spandau. Inspectors stamps ( crown over initial ) to pommel with faint ERFURT marking to ricasso & spine of blade. Wooden grip is of the scarce one piece type which were only used for a limited period due to their proneness to cracking. Very slight hairline is apparent here to the grip underside although these early models are hard to find. Black leather scabbard is in good order with some age to metal surfaces . Brown leather frog is dry in places & frayed to front body with stitching coming away on one side. Overall a scarce Imperial German bayonet.
WW1 Imperial German 1908 Pattern Binoculars & case, 1916 Dated. Classic WW1 German binocular set complete with lens cover & brown leather case. Typical of the 1908 pattern of German binocular this set are cased in grey/green stippled metal with early hard rubber green eyepieces. The manufacturer logo of 'Carl Zeiss Jena' & the designation type of 'Fernglas 08' are stamped onto the knurled adjustment dial with the date ' XII 1916 ' stamped onto one of its metal arms. Brown leather neck strap is complete & in supple condition & is threaded through the sides of the grey/green metal lens cover which is a rare accessory to find these days. One of the eyelenses is cracked with its lower adjustable focussing portion only turning very slightly. The other side works perfectly. Brown leather case is maker marked 'Carl Zeiss' & is complete with its paper label in old Gothic German intact on the inside of the lid. Both leather tabs at the side of the case have suffered some damage & one has torn away although the seperated piece could be repaired with some care. Nice complete set.
WW1 Imperial German Artillery/Sturmtruppen Luger 1917 A super 1917 dated bringback example of the famous First world war Imperial German 'Artillery' luger. Designed to meet the request of the German artillery for a pistol-carbine these were first used by Imperial artillery troops but also by German storm troops infiltrating enemy positions . This example is a very nice WW1 piece still with a good slick mechanical toggle action. It has all matching numbers with the exception of the cartridge ejector arm & also has its correct WW1 Imperial German magazine ( non matching ) . This fantastic war souvenired item has not been refinished & has no unsightly pitting or damage to its metal surfaces. Its original brown checquered wood grips remain . Hard to find untouched this is a time capsule piece from the trenches of the first world war. Deactivated according to Home Office guidelines & supplied with Home Office certificate of deactivation. UK sales only.
WW1 Imperial German Battle Damaged M17 Helmet A text book M17 helmet with not often seen maker marked & 1917 dated liner pads to interior. Much of this helmets green factory paint finish remains with only light surface wear to inside & out . The metal liner band confirms its M17 model with very well survived leather liner & pads all bearing the manufacturer name & date 1917. All three of the pads are the original horsehair filled issue typical of these helmets & original to this piece. Markings to the side apron underside of 'Si 62' denote the size & manufacturer 'Eisenhüttenwerk Schlesien, Paruschowitz/ Oberschlesien' & there is also a black ink stamped size marking '62' to the opposite side. Interesting to note that some sort of bullet or blast strike to the rear of the helmet has left a small indentation & paint loss to that small area . The strike has resulted in the loss of the rear rivet which has sheared away upon impact leaving visible scarring to the metal band on the inside where the rivet was ripped out. A very nice Imperial German helmet from the later period of WW1.
WW1 Imperial German Camouflage Helmet A rather striking WW1 German camouflage helmet with camouflage segments divided by finger thick black borders as stipulated by the 1918 'Ludendorff' order. The distinctive colours seen here are of the typical dark brown ,olive green & mid brown colours with all of its original liner pins having matching colour paint in its relevant section. The original factory green paint can be seen under the scheme in places. The interior of the helmet is interesting with evidence of this being a battlefield refurbishment as is well known to have been done with German helmets in the first world war. The first thick leather liner band of the M16 pattern has ,at some point, been removed having then been upgraded with the later M17 metal band. The liner pins are thereafter undisturbed matching in age to the metal band & tight to the shell. The three white leather liner pads show dirt & quite extensive wear however remain remarkably intact with each bearing faint maker ink stamps to their reverse. . The original straw filled cushion pads are present to each these being very hard to find now. With a maker mark & size 'ET66' this is certainly an appealing piece from the trenches of WW1.
WW1 Imperial German Cavalry Sword 1916 An Imperial German cavalry sword in very good condition & with the appealing midwar date of 1916 . Most examples encountered today are rusted , pitted or both to say the least however the blade on this piece can only be described as immaculate. The wood of the handle displays only minor service wear with no unsightly pitting or dents to any other part of the sword or scabbard. The rear of the 30 inch blade has the cypher of W under crown for Kaiser Wilhelm II ( Prussia ) with date '16 ' clearly visible. The maker ' Simson & Co' can be seen to ricasso on close inspection. Profuse Imperial inspection marks appear throughout. Only some minor surface age is present which I have made no attempt to remove this being left to the preference of its new owner. An untouched piece & a souvenir of German cavalry troops in the first world war.
WW1 Imperial German Dagger/Fighting Knife ( Captured French Bayonet Conversion ) Excellent condition dagger made from a shortened French 1866 Sabre bayonet of which large numbers were captured by the Germans in the Franco-Prussian War of 1871. This piece has been professionally converted the blade in its original French bayonet form having been originally purchased from a German firm & put together with the handle & hilt by one of the French arsenals most likely Tulle. Upon having been captured by German forces in the 1870 F-P war the French Arsenal marking has been ground off of the top spine at a later date & the length shortened along with the bayonet ring having also been removed to convert into dagger form. Its early brown leather frog compliments the piece with 'R.Kirschbaum' firm of Solingen markings to the blade.
WW1 Imperial German Doctor Named M16 Camouflage Steel Combat Helmet A superb WW1 M16 Doctor named four colour camouflage steel combat helmet of the Imperial German Army . A true veteran of WW1 trench warfare the striking colours of this helmet have been applied in small black border line seperated sections of forest green , tan ochre , brick red & factory green . All three liner pins are totally undisturbed & still tight to the helmet with minor abrasions & service wear scuffing to its exterior in places. The interior of the helmet bears its original factory green paint with the Doctors name neatly painted under the front lip. Some small areas of very minor rust spotting can be seen upon close inspection however the helmet shell manufacturer & size mark of 'K64' (Remscheid-Hasten K) can be clearly seen to its left side. The leather liner system is still present with the rear arms of each pin being well embedded into the leather untouched for many years. All three pads are still in place & although supple do have dryness to the leather & displacement of the tongue ends through age. A quite superb helmet which do doubt saw many of the horrors of trench warfare in the Great war.
WW1 Imperial German Doubledated 9mm P08 Luger Pistol 1918 A matching numbered first world war example of the German P08 luger dated 1918. A nice Erfurt double dated example with manufacture date of 1918 & profuse Imperial German acceptance & proof markings. The German government was worried about the circulation of illegal war souvenired weapons in the immediate post WW1 period as well as those in possession of them who may have political motive or criminal intent. A regulation to counter this was passed in 1920 at which point government issued lugers were stamped with this date above the manufacture date to show that they were legally state owned & not illegal weapons or battlefield bringbacks. This superb piece is capable of being cocked , stripped & dryfired & has a good sound mechanical toggle action. With correct WW1 checquered wood grips it has a postwar replacement magazine & is believed to have been found without one before its deactivation in 1995. Overall condition is excellent with only some very light surface age. Much of its original blued finish remains. Deactivated according to Home Office guidelines & supplied with Home Office certificate of deactivation. UK sales only.
WW1 Imperial German Eastern Front Photograph Album A WW1 German soldiers photograph album containing many field photographs taken on the Eastern Front in 1915/16 . The soldier was a member of 4th Regiment, Field Artillery Battery 11 manning positions in the East with many depictions of dugouts & artillery casemates contained within the album. One of the first images is of soldiers within a festively decorated bunker sat around a Christmas tree with the caption giving the date 1915. Some field graves including a 'Soldatenfriedhof ' in Radschiechow ( Poland ) are captioned & a very smart battery commander , Hauptmann Freitag , is pictured with snow scenes & the Kurland Spring of 1916 represented in a quiet countryside depiction. Other photographs include Austrian artillery troops at their log built bunker ( 1916 ) , snow scenes, artillery pieces & German & Russian infantry posing together in the field ! As the mans service progresses some photographs ( Including the church ) of the Verdun town of Brandeville appear including the Divisional Staff Headquarters there & an ammunition store in Brenil . Continuing through to the Marne there is a countryside photograph of Ponsart & also one of German troops passing over a bridge . Captioned 'Dorfstrasse in Crugny ' there are horse drawn transports with soldiers in steel helmets etc clearly seen in shot. It would be fascinating to make a 'Then & Now ' comparison of this location. One of the last photographs shows a camouflage painted train gun ..always an interesting point of discussion when one reviews camouflage schemes of the German forces in WW1. 64 photographs in total .
WW1 Imperial German Field Glasses (Fernglas) & Case 1917 An excellent condition pair of the WW1 Imperial German Carl Zeiss 'Fernglas 08' field glasses complete with their original neck strap & brown leather carrying case. Both eyepieces on the glasses are still present & undamaged with the date 1917 clearly visible on one of the arms. Adjusting turn screw is marked with the Zeiss maker & the designation ' Fernglas 08 ' . Optics are clear. Carrying case is in excellent condition with orange painted metal fittings for side strengthening . To the inside of the top cover of the case is the German paper instruction label with a British commercial paper label placed over this pertaining to their commercial sale upon capture. The British label refers to these as 'Zeiss Field Glasses' & instructs sending to ' SM Lennox, Chemists & Optician ' when they required cleaning. This case has belt loops to rear & also carrying strap with a stud & eye closure system to each side of top cover. Scarce set to find in this condition & with clear date.
WW1 Imperial German G98 Mauser Rifle 1908 ( Matching Numbers & Infantry Regiment Marked ) Excellent example of the WW1 Imperial German G98 rifle ordnance marked to ' Deutsche Waffen -Und Munitionsfabriken Berlin 1908 ' . Overall it is in excellent condition with good non damaged wood & regimental markings to butt disc denoting the rifle to be from the 2nd Company of Infanterie-Regt Nr 36 weapon 204. The whole of the piece has all matching numbers & is a genuine bring back souvenir from World War One. There is general age to the metalwork although no apparent serious pitting only surface rust in places which would respond well to cleaning. Being an old piece it has over time lost its bolt retaining catch on the side & also the internal magazine spring & platform however this does not detract from its overal scarcity & desirability as a sought after World War One German piece. Having recently surfaced it has never before been offered on the collectors market & as such is a total sleeper apart from its recent deactivation according to Home Office specifications.
WW1 Imperial German G98 Mauser Rifle 1917 Rare matching numbered example of the Mauser G98 WW1 Imperial German infantry rifle . This classic First world war rifle is Danzig marked & 1917 dated & has matching numbers to every part with the exception of the safety catch. All of its parts are original with steel butt plate & the soldiers initials 'J.K' carved into the right side of the stock. Breech housing is excellent with 'Gew 98. ' to be crisply seen on the left side along with profuse matching serial numbers & Imperial German inspection markings to right side. Rifle comes complete with cleaning rod that has some apparent battle damage to muzzle end. Woodwork on this piece certainly tells a story of a trench used combat weapon with some small dents & grazes in places. Some very light surface age to metal in places. Deactivated only last year in 2012 this was apparently a bringback family piece found languishing in the corner of a loft until discovered upon renovation works. Deactivated to Home Office specification with Home Office certificate of deactivation supplied. UK sales only.
WW1 Imperial German Gas Mask & Canister Excellent condition example of the 1917 pattern Imperial German gas mask with 1917/18 pattern tin & 11-c-11 filter. Typical of this pattern of mask it is made from brown leather with oilcloth edging & acetate eye lenses with metal spider reinforcement. Carrying tin has a fair proportion of its original grey green paint remaining with spare lense compartment to inside of lid. . The scarce original carrying straps are very good & with white leather reinforcement as found on later pieces & only one repaired area to long strap. Shortstrap present & intact . Filter is in its original green grey paint with May 1917 date. Leather facepiece of mask is excellent. . Headstraps excellent with no damage & good elasticity remaining. Overall a nice original example .
WW1 Imperial German Gas Mask & Carrying Tin A good display example of the WW1 German oil impregnated brown leather gas mask coming complete with its 1917 pattern carrying tin. Brown leather of mask with its oilcloth edging is good & is supple with no damage. Headstraps retain elasticity ( Long strap minus ). Carrying tin is in good order in its original green on black paint with spare lenses contained within their special hinged compartment in the lid. Named to soldier \'K.Schulz\' on bottom of tin with stamp of issue still visible. Overall service wear to exterior of tin with some aged rust in places . Filter to gas mask has had its insides removed sometimes done to remove the asbestos content however visually from the outside it is excellent. Overall a good WW1 German trench souvenired example.
WW1 Imperial German Gas Mask 17 & Tin Fine original example of the 1917 pattern Imperial German gas Mask with 1917/18 pattern tin & 11-c-11 filter. Typical of this pattern of mask it is made from brown leather with oilcloth edging & acetate eye lenses with metal spider reinforcement. Carrying tin is in its original green paint with one set of spare lenses contained within the hinged lid compartment. WW1 German breadbag strap has been used here as carrying strap matching the wear & age of the rest of the piece , it is also complete with its one buttonholed short strap which is a rare component to find still on it. Filter is in its original green grey paint with date 'Mai 18' (May 1918 ). There is some age overall with light rust to some metal parts which will clean. It has come from having been stored away for a long time & is new to the collectors market thus is currently in nice 'as found' condition. Most certainly a good representative piece of the WW1 German soldiers gas mask.
WW1 Imperial German Gas Mask 17 & Tin Excellent almost unissued condition example of the 1917 pattern Imperial German gas Mask with 1917/18 pattern tin & 11-c-11 filter. Typical of this pattern of mask it is made from brown leather with oilcloth edging & acetate eye lenses with metal spider reinforcement. Carrying tin has approx 98% of its original grey green paint remaining with one set of spare lenses contained within the hinged lid compartment. Straps are clean & excellent with white leather reinforcement as found on later pieces & only one small area of fraying to long strap. Shortstrap present. Filter is in its original green grey paint with Jan 1918 date. Leather facepiece of mask has the appearance of hardly ever having being worn with the inside appearing like new. Headstraps excellent with no damage & good elasticity remaining. Overall an excellent example with no rust & only light service use. Most certainly one of the best examples i have ever seen.
WW1 Imperial German M15 Prussian Infantry Pickelhaube A fine example of the last model of German pickelhaube with grey steel fittings introduced on 28th June 1915 . By this time in the war the expensive fittings of brass & silver were now needed for the war effort elsewhere & so this version , although still iconic , was rather simplified. This piece has survived very well with a nice even age to its exterior & no unsightly damage to the leather. I have made no attempt to clean the metal fittings & so these are left as found. The paper thin leather liner typifies that found on pickelhaube examples of this period however it is still in good condition & bears traces of a maker name to one tongue. Along with other various traces of soldiers writing to the underside of the helmet a unit ink stamp can be seen to the rear brim. A classic Imperial German item brought back from the trenches of WW1.
WW1 Imperial German M16 Camouflage Helmet An undisputably original German first world war camouflage helmet of the M16 model. A quite superb untouched example the subdued camouflage scheme consists of typical WW1 green & brown colours separated in sections by finger width black lines. There is rust bleed coming through the shell with some chipping to the paint from much field wear. Interior of the helmet is in excellent order being totally untouched & with its three leather pads all containing the original padded inners. Leather shows signs of much wear through sweat staining but remains in excellent undamaged condition. Drawstring intact. Difficult to see any of its shell markings however not a small size. Textbook example & a 100% original German camouflage helmet straight out of the trenches of WW1.
WW1 Imperial German M16 Camouflage Helmet An Imperial German M16 steel combat helmet with classic WW1 camouflage scheme of large dark green & brown segments. The dividing black lines are very distinct on this piece being of finger width thickness as per the 1918 regulations . The rear inside apron of the helmet has a handpainted name & regimental marking in the typical style of the period. Also visible is the lesser encountered bell symbol signifying a manufacturer who is, as yet , unknown. The leather liner band remains intact within the helmet however the three pads are mostly missing due to decay. All three liner pins are original to the helmet & undisturbed. Parts of the original chinstrap remain however this is now delicate & has been held in place with drawcord from the liner system. Totally untouched since WW1 there is a nice age patina to the exterior which I certainly have not attempted to remove.
WW1 Imperial German M16 Camouflage Helmet A superb Imperial German three colour M16 handpainted camouflage helmet complete with liner . Totally untouched since it left the trenches of WW1 its block painted scheme of dark green , ochre & dark brown are immediately apparent. Each segment is divided with thick & thin black lines that sweep into a rather striking pattern at the rear of the helmet. There is much service wear to the exterior of the helmet & what appears to be a small white paint splash to the front left from shed storage. The inside is in its factory green paint with traces of handwritten name in pencil to the underside of the rear skirt. Shell marked 'N.J62' to left side ( Vereinigte Deutsche Nickelwerke, Schwerte i/Westf.) Leather liner band is intact with all three of its original liners pins still present & undisturbed. The three pads are generally good with some dryness & deteroration to the ends of one tongue & cord holes pulled through on another. One leather tongue has a folded up piece of material within it that appears to have been there for man years. A striking helmet , uncleaned & straight from the battlefields of WW1.
WW1 Imperial German M16 Helmet A textbook example of the Imperial German M16 helmet with all original paint & its correct three pad liner system intact. This was the standard issue of German steel combat helmet in the mid to late first world war period now difficult to find in good condition with liner intact. Most of the original paint finish remains to exterior of helmet with some period writing in pencil to right side of shell. The rather 'iconic' ventilation lugs protrude from each side liner pins original to this helmet. Helmet has maker initials & size 'ET64' for the firm 'Eisenhuttenwerk Thale A.G.' to underside of rim. Leather liner system is in very good condition these normally being rotted in one way or another . All three pad pockets are complete & contain their original pad cushions , all ties are intact. A classic German soldiers combat helmet straight out of the trenches of WW1.
WW1 Imperial German M16 Helmet ( Scarce VII Army Corps Repair Depot Marking ) A superb untouched M16 German helmet with all original paint & its leather liner & pads all still present. The rarely encountered black ink stamped marking ' B I.A. VII ' ( Bekleidungs Instandsetzung ) surmounting a 'G' is visible to rim underside this apparently denoting that it was submitted to a repair depot at the Prussian Army Corps VII after found to be unserviceable . The 'G' underneath this stands for ' Garnisonsdienstbrauchbar' meaning for garrison / home service use only. In short , that this is a refurbished helmet no longer deemed fit for front line use. Paintwork to shell is in the correct factory green inside & out with signs of combat use in the form of minor abrasions to the exterior of the shell. Internally the leather band & three pins of this M16 are undisturbed. The three often missing leather pads are present & one of the three padded inners complete. Some considerable wear is visible to the leather of the pads with two of the pads having stress tears to their edges. All of their holed tongues through which the drawstring passes through are intact with the original drawstring still fitted here. It is of note that many WW1 liner fakes have flooded the market now these always being in a much better condition than the originals when encountered. A pencil written soldiers name can be faintly seen to the inside crown of the shell. Overall a textbook example in totally untouched condition.
WW1 Imperial German M16 Steel Combat Helmet A text book example of a bringback WW1 German steel helmet being of the M16 model with leather liner band & seperate chinstrap lugs to underside of neck guard. In its factory green paint with the two distinctive ventilation lugs to front sides it is interesting to note that these have been filled with rolled card by the soldier to prevent heat loss in the cold trench conditions or equally to prevent whistling in exposed windy conditions. Maker marked 'ET' for the firm ' Eisenhuttenwerk Thale A.G.' to underside of rim with the size '62' . The helmet still has its three liner pads two of which have their padding still in place. The front pad has no internal padding & has been resecured into a fixed position by repair. This helmet was recovered from the battlefields of WW1 & has an interesting blast fracture to the front right lip .
WW1 Imperial German M17 Camouflage Helmet A very visually striking & totally original M17 Imperial German steel combat helmet that has received a camouflage scheme according to the Ludendorff order of the 7th July 1918.. The camouflage paint in green , tan ochre & brown is separated by the prescribed finger thick black lines with the different colour segments rather artistically applied. Green is the dominant colour appearing here giving an indication as to the summer time of year in which the helmet was painted. A green circle is apparent to the crown of the helmet. Very nicely intact & untouched to the inside of the helmet the factory green paint is visible with all three tan leather liner pads remaining intact. Complete with original tightening string , the pads are faintly ink stamped with a maker & 1918 date. Two pads have the off white inner cushions with the third being of the blue striped material sometimes seen. Metal liner band is ink stamped with maker mark 'BF' ( F.C.Bellinger ) to shell & size 64. A superb textbook camouflage helmet , untouched & totally original.
WW1 Imperial German M17 Camouflage Helmet A fantastic M17 steel combat helmet with four colour camouflage scheme hand applied by brush to the exterior of the helmet. The colours of this rather distinctive helmet are that of forest green , brown, tan ochre & black painted in blocks without the often seen black dividing lines. It is well known that many different camouflage schemes can be seen on WW1 German helmets with the 1918 Ludendorff order regarding the camouflaging of helmetd either being self interpreted or many field painted helmets already predating the issue of that order. The very simple block scheme here leads to a stacked block type effect culminating in a circle on the crown of the helmet. To the inside can be seen much of its original factory green with the maker & size mark 'ET6' for a size 64 by 'Eisenhuttenwerke'. The metal liner band denotes the model 17 with all three split pins totally original to it & never removed from the helmet. A handwritten name appears written to the rear neck apron of the helmet.
WW1 Imperial German M18 Camouflage Helmet A scarce M18 model Imperial German combat helmet with original three colour camouflage scheme. This helmet is featured on pages 294 & 295 of the superb reference work by Michael Haselgrove & Branislav Radovic 'History of the Steel Helmet in the First World War' . This classic camouflage scheme shows a correlation of dark brown , ochre & dark olive green with the prescribed thick black line separation dividing its segments. Very subtle rust bleed is visible in places with the factory green paint to be seen in some areas around the crown. Within the helmet can be seen its distinctive M18 model liner band with rectangular chinstrap loops fixed directly to it . It is quite apparent that the band is original to the helmet with no disturbance to be seen to its split pins & an age patina that matches the rest of the helmet. No leather pads are present. The interior of the shell shows some remaining factory applied green with the size & maker mark 'Si.62' for 'Sachische Emailles u.Paruschowitz' at side . Excellent M18 camouflage helmet & very hard to find now.
WW1 Imperial German M1915/16 High Explosive Stick Grenade ( Attributed Somme 1916 ) A very rare WW1 German high explosive stick grenade complete with Somme 1916 attributation . This is the model produced from late 1915 onwards & is an example manufactured by the electrical firm AEG ' Allgemeine Elektricitats-Gesellschaft ' . With the grenade head formed from green painted sheet steel the insert detonator before use wording ' Vor Gebrauch Sprengkapseln Einsetzen' is still partly visible with faint lettering to the top of the grenade & belt hook intact to side. Wood shaft has the time designation ' 5 1/2 SEK. A.E.G. ( Five and a half seconds ) with faint ink stamps of fuse fitting. Nice to see on this example is the often rotted away tin screw cap housing with screw cap having thin very old lettering painted to it 'Somme 1916' . A porcelain ball is present within its housing. Now becoming nearly impossible to find this is a very good example straight from the Somme battlefield with most of its original green paint remaining to head , no woodworm to handle & a very good proportion of its original stencilling remaining . Only a couple of holes exist to head through either age or shrapnel , the grenade is totally free from explosive & can be proved as such upon inspection. ***UK sales only***
WW1 Imperial German MG 08 Machine Gun Sight A true veteran of WW1 this is the scarcely encountered MG08 machine gun sight made by Emil Busch A-G Rathenow. Much of the classic WW1 green gray paint remains although this has not adhered well to all of its surfaces. The lens cover at the front end of the sight is secured by an ersatz webbing strap this being a very typical German feature of the WW1 period. Although slightly stiff its adjustment wheel to side still functions moving the inverted 'V' seen in the optics up & down to its desired position. The optics are mostly clear when viewed with a couple of spots to the lense . The eye piece housing has had , at some point , tape applied to tighten the fit of the warped screw thread , this now sits very well onto its mounting. Fresh to the market & totally as found a fascinating piece of German machine gun history.
WW1 Imperial German Model 17 Gas Mask ( Matching Name To Mask & Canister ) Very nice original example of the Imperial German leather gas mask model 1917. This replaced the earlier 'Gummimaske' version & is distinguishable from the later Model 1918 version by the presence of its thin metal spider reinforcement behind the lenses. In very good condition its canvas head straps remain undamaged with lenses uncracked. The oiled string often missing from the front of the facepiece is present here with the soldiers name ' Schlulen ' handpainted to filter housing. It comes with the 11-C-11 filter canister which is July 1918 dated. Gas mask tin is of the correct 1917/18 pattern with spare lense compartment to interior of lid & spare lenses present in protective paper packet. It is very hard to find the original instruction paper which sits in the bottom of the tin still present here. A very good proportion of the original green paint remains to tin with its original short leather edged strap intact. A very nice set.
WW1 Imperial German Model 1915 Stick Grenade Scarce Model 1915 Imperial German stick grenade this being a pattern with detachable lid to its head held on with two prongs . The distinctive belt hook is intact to the head with wooden shaft marked '5 1/2 seconden ' denoting that it has a five and a half second fuse. A Berlin maker is stamped beneath this . The capped ball end was used from late 1915 onwards this being such an example with the later starred screw cap & its housing still present. An original piece it has had , in the most part , a paint refinish to the head & as such makes for a very nice display piece these being now hard to find in anything other than very relic condition. Inert & free from explosive I have shown a picture of the inside of the head to demonstrate it as such. UK & sale within GB only.
WW1 Imperial German Officers Pickelhaube A fabulous souvenired German Officers Pickelhaube recently discovered & having been picked up from the battlefield of WW1. This is a Prussian line infantry officers example originally of private purchase with quality rear spine & officer starred spike base . Other private purchase officer features are the rosette chinscale mounts & officer cockades. Interior of the helmet has fine calf skin sweatband with silk maker marked skullcap. A black felt lining to the underside of the shell body is to be seen when the silk is carefully lifted back. This is an untouched helmet which has not seen the light of day for many years & as such shows the effects of loft storage with much of the brass gilding only faintly visible in places. Helmet fittings were made of weakly gilded zinc or iron as from the end of 1914 due to the shortage of bronze . The chinstrap scales are now rusty however the leather chinstrap is surprisingly intact & although slightly dry remains undamaged. As can be seen the no doubt impressive & once imposing officers spike is long gone & in fear of an injustice i have made no attempt to replace it. It's absence may well be due to them being removed in the field by general order as from late 1915 & the use of covers becoming widespread. A time capsule of a piece & one that most likely saw much action before its capture.
WW1 Imperial German Prussian M15 Enlisted Mans Greatcoat A very good worn example of the M15 enlisted mans greatcoat which was introduced as part of the new uniform changes from September 21st 1915. Shoulder straps are to the 93rd Reserve Infantry Regiment. Manufactured to Wurttemberg/Prussian & Saxony specifications it has the distinctive green colour collar differing from the field grey of its Bavarian counterpart. The barrel cuffs were implemented for this model & only previously existed on the mounted troops version. A six button ( brown painted ) front adorns this coat with two to its adjustable belt at rear. The grey lining is from the April 1916 period onwards & has the XIII Wuttemberg clothing depot acceptance stamp & date 1917 so we can date the manufacture of this 'Einheitsmantel' from 1917 at the earliest. A very nice looking greatcoat ideal for an infantry soldier setup there are some inevitable moth holes on this 100 year old item seen in varying places upon inspection. These , in my opinion, do not detract from what is now a very rare item of German soldiers cold weather uniform.
WW1 Imperial German Prussian Officers Pickelhaube A fabulous souvenired German Officers Pickelhaube recently discovered & having been picked up from the battlefield of WW1. This is a Prussian line infantry officers example of private purchase with quality rear spine & officer starred spike base . Other private purchase officer features are the rosette chinscale mounts & fine officer cockades. Interior of the helmet has fine calf skin sweatband with silk half sectioned champagne skullcap. Helmet fittings were made of weakly gilded zinc or iron as from the end of 1914 due to the shortage of bronze however the quality of the finish on this surviving example would suggest an earlier pre war manufacture. The chinstrap scales are quite excellent with small buckle still present behind it. A small part of the hidden thin leather strap is minus due to age however would only be visible when worn down. As can be seen the tall officers spike is striking in its appearance & fortunately still present on this piece , many were lost in the field or simply removed according to the 1915 order. The helmet plate has never been off & the original nut & washer assembly can be seen to the inside . Pencil markings with a roman numeral II & what may be a handwritten size marking can be seen to the reverse side of the front of the helmet. A time capsule of a piece & now hard to find it has some overall age patina which only adds to its charactor & also of note two stars minus from its spike base. One that most likely saw action in the early days of WW1 .
WW1 Imperial German Prussian ORs Pickelhaube A perfectly superb German first world war Prussian spiked helmet or ' Pickelhaube ' as worn in the trenches by the German soldier prior to the introduction of the steel helmet. This is the 1915 other ranks model with matt field grey fittings & removeable metal spike. Its distinctive leather skull with front & rear peaks define the iconic image of the first world war German soldier this example having a good overall non crushed appearance & an appealing amount of age toning that compliment this ' time capsule ' German spiked helmet. Some very typical minor surface crazing is to be seen to the leather of the skull as is indicative of a good original example. Front & rear peaks remain firm. Some interior ink markings are very faintly visible to rear peak being ' B.A XVI.1915 ' for the army depot of Western Lorraine , Metz . Faint size stamp ' 54 ' to crown area although this number may also refer to the rack number on which the helmet was stored . A classic item of Imperial German headdress the cockades have not survived the passage of time being now long since gone. Replacement chinstrap.
WW1 Imperial German Regimentally Marked G98 Rifle 1909 A quite stunning pre first world war German Gewehr 98 ( G98 ) rifle , the standard issue rifle of the German soldier in WW1. Dated 1909 this example was made at the Prussian Arsenal , Spandau & bears profuse inspection & Imperial German markings including ' Gew 98 ' to left side of receiver & Prussian cypher for King Wilhelm II ( 1888-1918 ) on right. The 'Lange Tangent' backsight on this rifle is in excellent working order & moves backwards & forwards on its rail with very impressive efficiency. Beautiful wood furniture adorns this piece with original brass butt disc having the , as yet , unresearched regimental markings of ' K.G.287' . This superb first world war German rifle cocks & dryfires with ease & is supplied with its Home Office certificate of deactivation . UK sales only.
WW1 Imperial German S98/05 Aa Transitional Sawback Butcher Bayonet ( Rare Regimental Static Smoke Troops Markings ) A rare 1915 dated first world war German sawback butcher bayonet with never before recorded regimental markings for a static smoke troops unit ' NK.B.203.2. ' ( Nebel Kompanie Bodenstandig , 203rd Division , Weapon Number 2 ) . The 'Bodenstandig ' in the abbreviation denotes static & therefore not a motorised or mobile unit. Most likely issued to an NCO due to the low weapon number this is an outstanding Erfurt made sawback example with high ears to crossguard & second model flashguard. Spine of blade has date 1915 with German cypher of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Prussia 1888-1918. In overall excellent condition with some green paint remaining to scabbard. Owners initials etched into handle. A superb piece to a rare WW1 German field unit.
WW1 Italian Farina ' Trench Model ' Helmet A very rare Italian ' Farina ' helmet , the first helmet to be issued to the Italian Army in World War One. These , in conjunction with body armour , were issued to special units whose dangerous task it was to clear barbed wire & other obstacles prior to an assault. Made by the engineering company of 'Ing. F. Farina ' in Milan there were two models one having a deeper depth frontal visor & the other a shallower form referred to as the reduced , or trench model as is the specimen here. Constructed with a rear strip & heavily armoured laminate visor being rivetted to the helmet bowl at front & rear its factory applied grey green finish is still visible in places although this did not adhere well to the nickel- chrome steel of the visor. Issued without any form of liner they were normally worn over a seperate padded cap or the field cap worn back to front in the absence of any other padding. A leather chinstrap was rivetted to the sides of the helmet & although still present here it is detached ( as is often the case ) . A fascinating piece of WW1 protective headgear & practically unobtainable today.
WW1 Italian Farina ' Trench Model' Helmet A very rare Italian ' Farina ' helmet , the first helmet to be issued to the Italian Army in World War One. These , in conjunction with body armour , were issued to special units whose dangerous task it was to clear barbed wire & other obstacles prior to an assault. Made by the engineering company of 'Ing. F. Farina ' in Milan there were two models one having a deeper depth frontal visor & the other a shallower form referred to as the reduced , or trench model as is the specimen here. Constructed with a rear strip & heavily armoured laminate visor being rivetted to the helmet bowl at front & rear its factory applied grey green finish is still visible in places although this did not adhere well to the nickel- chrome steel of the visor. Issued without any form of liner they were normally worn over a seperate padded cap or the field cap worn back to front in the absence of any other padding. A leather chinstrap was rivetted to the sides of the helmet & although still present here it is detached ( as is often the case ) . A fascinating piece of WW1 protective headgear & practically unobtainable today.
WW1 Italian Farina 'Trench Model' Helmet A very rare Italian ' Farina ' helmet , the first helmet to be issued to the Italian Army in World War One. These , in conjunction with body armour , were issued to special units whose dangerous task it was to clear barbed wire & other obstacles prior to an assault. Made by the engineering company of 'Ing. F. Farina ' in Milan there were two models one having a deeper depth frontal visor & the other a shallower form referred to as the reduced , or trench model as is the specimen here. Constructed with a rear strip & heavily armoured laminate visor being rivetted to the helmet bowl at front & rear its factory applied grey green finish is still visible in places although this did not adhere well to the nickel- chrome steel of the visor. Issued without any form of liner they were normally worn over a seperate padded cap or the field cap worn back to front in the absence of any other padding. A leather chinstrap was rivetted to the sides of the helmet & although still present here it is detached ( as is often the case ) . A fascinating piece of WW1 protective headgear & practically unobtainable today.
WW1 KIA Group , West Yorkshire Regiment. This group is to a Private Clarence Davey from the 9th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment who was killed in France on 20th May 1918 aged 19 years. Private Davey is buried in the Philosophe British Cemetery in the Pas De Calais, France where many casualties of the Loos battlefield were laid to rest. Amongst the paperwork & memorial plaque relating to his death are a Princess Mary Gift Tin & also a Greetings card signed 'Clarence' with the coloured motif of the 3rd Batt West Yorkshire Regiment on the front cover. Inside are the crossed flags of the Prince of Wales in colour & a dedication for 'Past remembrances' evidently a tribute to fallen comrades before he himself was Killed in Action in 1918. Also included is a funeral/death notice to Pvt Davey with the West York Reg motif on the front bordered in black, a studio portrait photograph of him in service dress with Lewis Gunners & Marksmanship Badge & two other photographs of a nurse (maybe a sweetheart) & an Australian. There is also a 1921 dated envelope addressed to his mother containing his medal entitlements of the War & Victory Medal. Very interesting group to a World War One infantryman & worthy of further research.
WW1 KIA Memoriam Card & Photograph, W.Yorks Regiment. Interesting WW1 British death notice to a member of the 9th Battalion West Yorkshire regiment killed in action in France on 20th May 1918 aged 19 years. Private Clarence George Edmond Davey is buried in the Philosophe British Cemetery in the Pas De Calais area of Northern France where many casualties from the Loos battlefield now rest. A black bordered white card it has the badge of the West Yorkshire regiment & the words 'In Memoriam' on the front of it & on the inside a poem & a dedication from his parents with the details of death. Accompanying the card is a studio portrait postcard photograph of Private Davey in WW1 service uniform wearing on his tunic the Lewis Gunner & Marksmanship badge. Interesting small lot to a late war casualty.
WW1 M15 Ersatz Prussian Picklehaube Good original example of the scarce Imperial German M15 Ersatz Picklehaube in grey felt with non reflective grey painted metal fittings. This is a good untouched example of this desirable picklehaube with the grey metal fittings being untouched & never removed from their original mounting. Front peak has good metal edging ( not seen on all Ersatz helmets ) still firm with a repair at each end of the peaks stress points only visible upon close inspection. Rear spine is also untouched with original fixing visible to inside of helmet under liner. Top spike mounting is still firm & uninterfered with the pins going through to the underside totally untouched & original as when first mounted. Removable spike has at some point been polished which over time has then rust patinated although this a totally original component which has traces of the original grey paint around its inner edges. Side national & Prussian cockades are perfect with original paint remaining matching nicely with the leather chinstrap which shows good age & the correct grey painted buckles. Prussian plate to front is heavily tarnished & is firm to the helmet with clear age shadow to the felt around its edges visible. Leather liner is in good condition with no tears only a very small area of stitching away from the body at the front peak area. Overall a very nice looking Ersatz Picklehaube with age & wear as would be expected on a WW1 worn piece such as this.
WW1 M15 Ersatz Prussian Picklehaube Good original example of the scarce Imperial German M15 Ersatz Picklehaube in grey felt with non reflective grey painted metal fittings. This is a good untouched example of this desirable picklehaube with the grey metal fittings being untouched & never removed from their original mounting. Front peak has good metal edging ( not seen on all Ersatz helmets ) still firm with a repair at each end of the peaks stress points only visible upon close inspection. Rear spine is also untouched with original fixing visible to inside of helmet under liner. Top spike mounting is still firm & uninterfered with the pins going through to the underside totally untouched & original as when first mounted. Removable spike has at some point been polished which over time has then rust patinated although this a totally original component which has traces of the original grey paint around its inner edges. Side national & Prussian cockades are perfect with original paint remaining matching nicely with the leather chinstrap which shows good age & the correct grey painted buckles. Prussian plate to front is heavily tarnished & is firm to the helmet with clear age shadow to the felt around its edges visible. Leather liner is in good condition with no tears only a very small area of stitching away from the body at the front peak area. Overall a very nice looking Ersatz Picklehaube with age & wear as would be expected on a WW1 worn piece such as this.
WW1 Missing In Action Paperwork Group, Lancashire Fusiliers Very interesting paperwork group relating to a Private in the 2/7 Lancashire Fusiliers who was officially reported as Missing In Action by the War Office on the 21st March 1918. Private 201278 Ernest Edgerton was serving overseas in France with the Lancs Fusiliers in 1918 when notification was sent to his fiancee Bertha Delon. The first official letter sent dated the 21st March 1918 lists his details & army number & is sent from the Infantry records office at Preston. Their are also a further two official notification letters one stating he is missing following an engagement in France on the 21st March 1918. The group includes much 1918 correspondence from the War Office in response to his fiancees enquiries as to his whereabouts as well as seven Field Service Postcards sent between the 8th August 1917 & January 1918 by Pte Edgerton to her from France before he went missing. Following further enquiries by the War Office & much correspondence a Red Cross postcard dated 9/5/1918 stated no more news although on 15th May 1918 a British Red Cross official postcard brings notification that Pte Edgerton is a Prisoner Of War. Three more British Red Cross postcards bear related correspondence. Nicely completing the set is a letter from Buckingham Palace on headed paper dated 1918 welcoming home Pte Edgerton on behalf of the Queen & signed with the Royal signature. Two postwar telegraphs sent in 1920 bring news on the wedding of the soldier & his fiancee in one & in the other the succesful birth of a baby girl on Christmas morning 1920. Interesting & complete group telling a story of one soldier in the final months of World War One.
WW1 Model 1916 Portuguese Helmet A fine example of the Portuguese Model 1916 helmet & one that is instantly recognisable to WW1 collectors by its ribbed design. The origins of these helmets have been widely discussed however it is known that they were available for private purchase by British officers in the early part of WW1. Made only of mild steel they were found not to be effective in the face of an even moderate velocity round as well as the ribbed surface tending to aid the projectile in penetration when hit . Banned for sale in Great Britain around the 1916 period it is believed that they were issued to Portuguese troops as a temporary measure. In a very typical British khaki paint colour of the period the helmet shell is of one piece construction with a ventilation hole in each side of the helmet . A thin strip of corrugated cork is fitted between the shell & leather liner with a woollen inner showing some rust bleeding in places. There are traces of a marking on the wool with some , sadly illegible , handwritten nomenclature to the front of the leather band. Brown leather chinstrap has a knot tied in it perhaps to adjust it but is otherwise intact. An interesting helmet & very hard to find today .
WW1 Northumberland Fusiliers KIA Group ( Letter From The Trenches & Other Battlefield Ephemera ) This is a very nice family lot of photographs & ephemera, some from the trenches, relating to a Private in the Northumberland Fusiliers who was Killed In Action in June 1917 & who is now buried in the Messines Ridge Cemetery. From an initial investigation of the items in the lot it is apparent that Private JA Walker had two young sons Henry & Harry when he went into the army although tragically his wife appears to have died aged 31 in 1916 . The most notable items in the group are a letter handwritten in pencil dated 1917 sent by him from the front & two postcards contained within a period black wallet which all bear a poignancy relating to Pte Walker. The letter dated 29/4/17 is addressed to Harry , his oldest son, in which he provides his army number & unit details to enable food to be sent to him at the front which he requests in his letter . With the letter are two postcard photographs of his sons sent to him from England & also a photograph of him in service dress clearly wearing the cap badge of the Northumberland Fusiliers. On the back of each of these pictures is a pencil scribbled note ' found on the battlefield ' with the added note ' from Pte Riches 46327 his old chum' . Pte JA Walker was Killed In Action on the 13th June 1917 thus the letter was most probably his last . The black wallet & two postcards both with ' To dad ' from Henry & Harry respectively & the photograph of him in uniform were evidently taken from him after his death by Pte Riches ( Northumberland Fusiliers via National Archives ) for return to his next of kin & highlight the tragic fate of many WW1 soldiers. Accompanying the group are two letters from the Imperial War Graves Commission dated 1920 & 1923 referring to his remains being re-interred from a small field cemetery near Joy Farm, Oostaverne to the Messines Ridge British cemetery 5 3/4 miles south of Ypres. Completing the group are photographs & paperwork relating to Harry Walker after WW1 including ephemera from The Aberdeen Line on which he worked as a ships steward, his post (1919) WW1 Medical & National Health Insurance cards & a letter & photographs from the WW2 period. Overall a very interesting group with WW1 battlefield recovered items.
WW1 Precision Model Toy Gun Nice item for the collector of military related model toys this being a precision made model of a Field Gun that incorporates mechanical working parts & is capable of firing small wooden 'rounds'. Piece measures 24 inches in length from end to end & 4 1/2 inches in width at its widest point. Dark green metal parts include revolving metal wheels & a movable gun barrel operated by the long crank wheel to its rear. Another long handle that sits to the side of the barrel cocks the gun whilst the breech can then be opened & the wooden round loaded. When the breech is closed again the trigger handle can then be pushed down firing the wooden round surprisingly several metres. Five wooden rounds come with the gun. No markings so apparently a privately made item. Rare mechanical childs toy of the First World War era.
WW1 Prussian Enlisted Mans Pickelhaube An all leather brass mounted small sized enlisted mans pickelhaube. An excellent display piece, the skull bears some crazing to both the front & back peaks. Black, white & red national cockade & Prussian cockade to opposite side ( Replacements ) , Chinstrap is also a replacement. Brass Prussian front plate is securely mounted with slight indentation marks in leather around edges. Top spike portion has three replacement pins only noticeable from the inside & there is one pin missing to the rear brass mount. Front peak is good & firm with a small stress split to the brass edging to the right side of its centre. Leather liner is in good condition with some sweat staining but no damage or tears to the tongues. Overall general display example of the Prussian Enlisted Mans Pickelhaube.
WW1 Rabbit Ears Trench Periscope /Scherenfernrohr By Carl Zeiss A superb display piece being the cased ' Rabbit Ears' trench optics from the WW1 period. In the classic light field green grey of Imperial Germany these are constructed in brass & were seen being used in camouflaged observation positions by Imperial German troops. Well marked by the acknowledged optic maker 'Carl Zeiss Jena' they are in good used condition with graticuling to right lense . Much of its green gray paint remains with some wear & age bubbling in places. The designation marking of ' S.F.09 Nr ' is visible with Carl Zeiss Jena well marked. The German wording ' Klemme losen bevor Arme bewegt werden. can be seen to right arm. Eyepieces are used but intact. The focus on both lenses appears to be non functional with some loose internal particles visible when looked through. Coming in their correct leather case this has suffered some dry flaking to leather with long strap at rear dry & detached at one end. An excellent German trench display piece! ***Please contact to discuss collection/delivery options & the cost of this to be added to the total***
WW1 Rabbit Ears Trench Periscope /Scherenfernrohr By Carl Zeiss A superb display piece being the cased ' Rabbit Ears' trench optics from the WW1 period. In the classic light field green grey of Imperial Germany these are constructed in brass & were seen being used in camouflaged observation positions by Imperial German troops. Well marked by the acknowledged optic maker 'Carl Zeiss Jena' they are in good used condition with graticuling to right lense . Much of its green gray paint remains with some wear & age bubbling in places. The designation marking of ' S.F.09 Nr ' is visible with Carl Zeiss Jena well marked. The German wording ' Klemme losen bevor Arme bewegt werden. can be seen to right arm. Eyepieces are used but intact. Spare eyepieces still in their case compartment. The focus on both lenses appears to be non functional with some loose internal particles visible when looked through. Coming in their correct leather case this has suffered some dry flaking to leather with long strap at rear dry & detached at one end. An excellent German trench display piece! ***Please contact to discuss collection/delivery options & the cost of this to be added to the total***
WW1 Royal Flying Corps Observers Coat Scarce issue example of the Royal Flying Corps Observers coat in the knee length mid tan wrapover style with angled map pocket to front. It is very hard to find stores issued examples most encountered examples being of officers private purchase. The remains of the stores issue 'WD' code is still visible inside the right sleeve. Still complete with its original waistbelt it also has the orange poppers typical of these WW1 coats. Tan blanket lined it displays some wear & a little bit of minor scuffing with a couple of period repairs one to front & another to rear bottom of skirt. A service used coat there are some subtle black marks in places most typical of the grease & oil marks which one would pick up from the fuel & oil exorbitant flying machines of WW1.
WW1 Royal Flying Corps Playing Cards Rare complete set of World War One playing cards attributed to the Royal Flying Corps & made by the well known card maker of the period Chas.Goodall & Son Ltd. Cards are packaged in a bound cardboard case that has a seperate sleeve that fits over the top. On the front of the sleeve are the wings & initials of the 'RFC' & the manufacturers details. Rear of the sleeve has a sample of what is on the back of each playing card being the wings & motto of the Royal Flying Corps. Sleeve has seperated into three pieces but is nevertheless complete. Chas, Goodall & Son were well known for their playing cards & range of weird & wonderful designs, this is apparent on the Ace of Spades that is intricately designed to incorporate the company name. A rare set of cards to a very popular First World War Corps.
WW1 Royal Irish Rifles Service Dress Cap A late WW1 officers SD cap to a member of the Royal Irish Rifles . This famous Irish regiment were heavily involved in many of the famous campaigns of WW1 including Neuve Chapelle , Fromelles , Loos & the Somme before their name being changed to the Royal Ulster Rifles as of 1st January 1921. Made of fine whipcord material this 'stiff' style cap displays the very typical WW1 feature of a high front maintained by a hinged spring stiffener fitted to the inside of the cap. The pre 1921 Royal Irish Rifles cap badge is black cord boss mounted with small black chinstrap buttons on which the wording ' Royal Irish Rifles ' can be seen upon close inspection. Chinstrap is in thin blackened leather correct for the Rifles. Internally the padded lining has diamond tailor label for 'Battersby London ' . Leather sweatband has its stitching away at the whole of the forehead area however this is only noticeable if one wishes to lift the band. It is notable that on this cap the underside of the peak is covered in the same material as the rest of the cap . When one inspects the chinstrap buttons & cap badge it is quite apparent that they are original to the cap & so we can predate its manufacture to before January 1921 when the name changed to the Royal Ulster Rifles. There is one small moth nip to the top of the cap & two small holes to the rear centre seam crease area seen only when the rear top section of the cap is lifted.
WW1 Transitional Double Decal M18 Cut-Out Helmet A superb example of the seldom found M18 ear cut-out helmet in its rarest form being a double decalled early transitional piece but still with its M18 liner, original paint & scarce two part M18 1918 dated chinstrap present & intact. The often called \'Cavalry helmet\' was made with the ear cut-out to facilitate better hearing & was the last pattern of German helmet that saw service in WW1. Going into the Reichswehr & early National Socialist period these were still much in use & as dictated by the 1934 order were to have the new State shield on the right & the new army decal on the left. It is extremely rare to find both decals still in place on any WW1 pattern German helmet. Appealing about this helmet is its clear early M18 production having utilised an M17 metal liner band with the chinstrap retainer lug rivetted in. Old stocks of M17 parts were used up until exhausted in the new M18 production this being totally period & textbook according to Ludwig Baers superb History of the German Steel Helmet pg 60. Interestingly the M18 tan leather liner pads are still in place with their original seldom seen horsehair filled cloth cushion pads the liner often having been replaced by the M31 system. Two part brown leather chinstrap has maker markings & the clear date 1918. Helmet shell has all of its original factory green paint with the clear \'ET64\' on its inside rim & totally correct for this style of helmet. Both decals show some age & bear testament to its service use much visible in the closeup photographs. A handpainted regimental unit marking to 2/R.R.2 on the inside rim nicely completes this historical helmet the likes of which are rarely seen. See Imperial German Helmets & Headdress for more photographs.
WW1 US .30-06 P17 Rifle ( Winchester ) Fine example of the WW1 US 'P17' rifle this being produced by the United States upon their entry into WW1 to meet their growing rifle demand . Basically a copy of the earlier P14 model produced for the British the P17 differed in that it was made for the 30-06 round other than that they were virtually identical. The P17 saw service with the Home Guard in WW2 along with its earlier counterpart the P14. This rifle was made by Winchester & is in overall sound condition. It has some wear & overall usage to the metal surfaces being that of a most likely Home Guard used example. The Model 1917 & Winchester receiver logo can be seen with serial number 407691 which would appear to date this example to the Sept/October 1918 period. Production of the P17 ceased in 1919. The WW1 eagles head acceptance stamp can also be seen on the left receiver rail as well as other parts of the rifle. Overall a good piece & an interesting part of Americas WW1 history.
WW1 US 28th Infantry Brodie Helmet Interesting British made Brodie helmet with Divisional flash on the side of the US 28th Division . Upon the American entry into WW1 & their subsequent deployment in France in late 1917 the United States government initially purchased 400,000 helmets from Great Britain & did not begin to produce their own until the beginning of 1918. The Divisional flash seen here was used by the 28th from October 1918 onwards after being granted by General Pershing who dubbed them the ' Iron Division' . The Brodie has a rough mud brown finish to exterior & underside with the key flash applied to its right . Correlating age runs through the edges of the handpainted emblem with a few slight dings to its surface as throughout. Underside of rim shows initials 'FKS' for the steel maker with a very nice intact chinstrap & liner system. The brown leather of the chinstrap is impressively supple with no damage to the side buckles & the impressed size '63/4' can still be seen to dome strap. Head band is supple with traces of pink Brodie patent stamp to underside. No moth to dome pad with the post 1917 donut ring in place underneath it. Overall a very nice American helmet from the WW1 period.
WW1 US Gas Mask & Haversack A fine example of the scarce 1917 pattern First World War US soldiers 'ASBR' gas mask or American Small Box Respirator complete with haversack & record card . Americas late entry into the war required a wide issue of equipment to her troops including the threat of gas attack having to be considered. This was a copy of the British Box Respirator & is very similar in appearance. Facepiece is of rubberised fabric & in very good condition with no perishing or damage. Its card envelope containing instructions for use is present. Carrying haversack dated 1918 & in very good condition. Top flap closed by pop studs with soldiers number stencilled to front. String intact. Overall in good condition for a WW1 piece & a scarce piece of US Doughboy equipment. Filter is an apparent later replacement.
WW1 US Gas Mask In Haversack A fine example of the scarce 1917 pattern First World War US soldiers 'ASBR' gas mask or American Small Box Respirator complete with haversack & record card . Americas late entry into the war required a wide issue of equipment to her troops including the threat of gas attack having to be considered. This was a copy of the British Box Respirator & is very similar in appearance. Facepiece is of rubberised fabric & now very brittle so it could not be put on a head for display. Hosepipe is also hard. Card envelope containing instructions for use is present. Carrying haversack is in very good condition with soldiers unit of the 52nd Pioneer Infantry, AEF ( American Expeditionary Force ) & initials drawn to the front & back. Overall a scarce piece of WW1 US Doughboy equipment.
WW1 US M17 Gas Mask & Haversack A fine example of the 1917 pattern First World War US soldiers gas mask complete with haversack & record card attached to filter. Americas late entry into the war required a wide issue of equipment to her troops including the threat of gas attack having to be considered. This was a copy of the British Box Respirator & is very similar in appearance. Facepiece is of rubberised fabric & in excellent near mint condition with no perishing or damage. Hosepipe is crushed although not split with green filter intact. Its card envelope containing instructions, record card & tape plasters for repairs of the hood is present. Carrying haversack dated 1918 & made by Simmons. Top flap closed by pop studs with soldiers name & number written to front. Two small dark patches to bag ( one corner & on strap ) from storage. String intact. Overall in good condition for a WW1 piece & a scarce piece of US Doughboy equipment. .
WW1 US M1917 Gas Mask & Haversack A fine example of the 1917 pattern First World War US soldiers gas mask complete with haversack & record card attached to filter. Americas late entry into the war required a wide issue of equipment to her troops including the threat of gas attack having to be considered. This was a copy of the British Box Respirator & is very similar in appearance. Facepiece is of rubberised fabric with flaking of the inner rubber although hosepipe still supple & overall good. Green filter intact. Its card envelope containing instructions, record card & tape plasters for repairs of the hood is present. Carrying haversack marked to inside flap which is closed by pop studs . Some writing to front of bag. String intact. Overall interesting item of WW1 Doughboy anti gas equipment.
WW1 US P17 Bayonet & Scabbard 1917 Nice example of the US made 1917 bayonet this piece being made by Remington with correct US green scabbard. Original US markings can be seen on the ricasso with Ordnance flaming bomb & eagle head with pattern date of 1917. Walnut grips are excellent with no damage & metal surfaces are good with much blueing remaining. US issue scabbard with the hook for attachment to the US belt still present. There is a 3cm cut to the left & right side of the scabbard which, it has been suggested from the private source where obtained, was originally made to accommodate a thigh strap. This bayonet was issued to US troops for their P17 rifle in WW1 & imported during WW2 for British service ( Home Guard especially ) . Overall a good example of this popular US/British service bayonet.
WW1 US P17 Bayonet , Scabbard & '25 Patt Frog Nice example of the US made 1917 pattern bayonet this piece being made by Remington with correct US green scabbard. Original US markings can be seen on the ricasso with Ordnance flaming bomb & eagle head with pattern date of 1917. Walnut grips are excellent with metal surfaces having much blueing remaining. US issue scabbard with the hook for attachment to the US belt still present. A British 1925 pattern bayonet frog ( RAF )has been period added indicating use with the British Home Guard . The '25 pattern of frog was fitted with the brass pop stud to facilitate attachment to the left cartridge carrier. It is unusual to find this early pattern of frog on a P17 bayonet however being almost identical to its later '37 pattern counterpart it was most likely a stopgap issue finding its way into Home Guard service. Some evidence of blue grey in places would suggest an RAF '25 pattern issue rather than the earlier identical '19 pattern. This bayonet was issued to US troops for their P17 rifle in WW1 & imported during WW2 for British service ( Home Guard especially ) . Overall a good example of this popular US/British service bayonet.
WW1 US Tunic & Brodie Helmet, 6th Infantry Division Artillery A WW1 US M1912 tunic & US issue Brodie helmet badged to a member of the 6th Infantry Division who went overseas in June 1918 & saw 43 days of combat in the Gerdmer Sector , Vosges- France & in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Tunic is standard American issue with the red star of the 6th on the left sleeve & a red 'Discharge Chevron' beneath this. An artillery trade patch is sewn to right arm with bronze collar badges one depicting crossed cannons for artillery. The 'E' denotes unit. A full black lining still has the contract label attached to it although this is now illegible. The Brodie helmet is of British issue this purporting to be one of the 400,000 purchased by the US before it could begin production of the new M1917 helmet. It is in its totally original khaki brown paint with the metal suppliers initials & illegible batch number 'HS399' ( Hadfield Steel ) . A very well aged red star of the 6th Division can be seen to the front . Liner is aged & has a chinstrap repair to one side . Chinstrap hardened slightly with age.
WW2 Battledress Jacket & Trousers, Northern Ireland District. Very nice condition Australian made battledress & trousers worn by a British soldier in WW2. Many examples of non British made battledress used by British troops can be encountered due to the better quality & comfort of , for example the Canadian or Australian styles, compared to the course material of the British BD. This example has been used by a Desert veteran belonging to the Royal Army Service Corps having attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. Under the RASC titles are the scarce embroidered badges of Northern Ireland District being a white gate on an emerald green background. After the defeat at Dunkirk the United Kingdom including Northern Ireland was placed under the command of GHQ Home Forces in this area to assist the Irish army in the event of a German invasion. RASC arm of service strips present with the three stripe rank chevrons & crown. Clothing label inside the BD reads '1943' & a 'size 8' . Medal ribbons to chest are for the 1939-45 Star, Africa Star, Defence Medal & Territorial Efficiency Medal. Trousers are a good size with a stitched in label for the soldiers name & regimental number. The whole set was evidently acquired together by the previous owner as with it came a quality made Australian khaki beret ( some mothing ) with a tailors label & matching name & regimental tag as found in the trousers stitched inside. Overall condition is excellent with no noticeable moth on the jacket or trousers & all nap to cloth remaining. Most probably a uniform kept for special occasions thus seeing minimal wear.
WW2 British '7th Battalion , Herts Home Guard' Paperwork Grouping An interesting group of three items of ephemera all marked to the 7th Battalion of the Herts Home Guard who had their HQ at Chipperfield in WW2. One of the pieces is a March 1944 dated four page typed set of Standing Operational Orders all relating to action in the event of an invasion around their locality. These orders list key instructions such as the mustering of men & their associated code words as well as listing Out-Stations to be manned in the event of invasion . These are numbered 1 to 7 & list the 'Barncroft' or 'Water Tower O.P' & British Legion as points where signals communications should be maintained. Other recognisable points where the battalion had posts are Keys Yard, Northchurch Hall, Cooper Recreation Club Pavilion & the Bridgewater Arms . A printed table of the field telephone lines for the 7th Battalion lists Battalion HQ & Company HQs phone circuits as well as those for A ,B, C & D Coys. Finally a training pamphlet of Field Telephony dated December 1943 is named to a man named 'Webb' . Interesting group with much local history .
WW2 British ' City of London ' Home Guard Sergeants Battledress Blouse 1941 A fantastic originally badged British Home Guard battledress from the 31st Battalion City of London ( 10th GPO ) ( St Pancras ) . The General Post Office was one of the designated public utility services that fielded Home Guard units with this GPO battalion being based in St. Pancras. This Home Guard sergeant was a veteran of the first world war as is denoted by the three WW1 medal ribbons that decorate the left breast. Printed Home Guard titles are to be seen to each shoulder surmounting area & battalion flashes as well as sergeant rank chevrons on each arm. All early brass dished buttons still intact to front fly with one button minus to left front pocket ( not visible beneath pocket flap ) . ' Battledress serge ' label present to inside right breast with P coded stores stamp for year 1941 . Overal in very good condition with some very minor moth nips to be seen in places.
WW2 British '37 Patt Mk1 Basic Ammunition Pouch Pair Specifically designed to hold the 32 round curved Bren Gun magazines these basic ammunition pouches of the 1937 pattern webbing set held many other forms of ammunition for the Tommy on the move. This pair is of the first Mk 1 type having the higher belt hook section on the rear & one having three loops on the inside of the top flap which were intended for the grenade cup discharger. These three looped examples were soon discontinued & are only to be found on the earliest produced of these pouches this one being MECo & broad arrow marked & dated 1938. Second pouch is matching in colour & MECo & broad arrow stamped & dated 1939. Overall they are well used with green blanco/web renovator & some fraying & disfigurement to rear belt hook area. Overall a scarce pair of pouches the MK1 type being now virtually unobtainable.
WW2 British '40 Pattern Army Fire Service Battledress 1943 A very nice army 1940 pattern battledress having all original insignia for that of a corporal in the Army Fire Service. These personnel were military firemen specially trained to protect army stores, equipment & accommodation at home & overseas. Battledress has the rather striking ' Army Fire Service ' badge on both sleeves in red , yellow & blue authorised for wear by all ranks. The formation patch of Northern Command then surmounts rank chevrons for corporal. It is quite apparent that the badges are original to the battledress , neatly handsewn & quite visibly seated into the cloth over a period of years. BD clothing label still intact to interior giving size 13 & date of September 1943 . N mounted WD stores code denotes inspection date of 1943. Condition of this quite unusual army battledress is overall very good having been clearly worn as a working BD . There are only two small moth holes one on the back & one under the right armpit. Defence medal ribbon to left breast.
WW2 British '40 Pattern R.E.M.E 21st Army Group/British Troops In France Battledress Blouse 1944 Dated An untouched originally badged 1940 pattern battledress to a member of the R.E.M.E serving with 21st Army Group/British Troops In France. With its very legible 1944 dated clothing label still intact to inside this is a well worn field used battledress that , according to the medal ribbons on left breast , has seen service in France & Germany . The embroidered R.E.M.E shoulder titles surmount Div patch with the dark blue , yellow & red arm of service strip beneath this on both arms. The application of these badges is typically soldier applied being crudely sewn in brown thread but executed neatly enough to satisfy his senior NCOs. Medal ribbons are 1939-45 Star, France & Germany Star & Defence medal. The 'M' coded inspectors stamp is visible to inside right lining. In very good moth free condition there is dirt to the underside of the collar & cuffs & some wear to the nap of the cloth.
WW2 British 'Desert Rat' Camouflage Tommy Helmet Scarce example of an original sand camouflage painted MKII British steel helmet for Desert use. Underside of helmet shows its first factory applied khaki finish with the rough sandy yellow paint being applied over the top as is correct for early WW2 Tropical issue helmets. There is rust to the inside however the liner & cradle are intact & in relatively good condition ( having not been cleaned ). Markings to the cradle show the manufacturer to be CS&W Ltd , a size 7 1/4 & the manufacture date of 1939. Web chinstrap is in good condition a replacement rectangular bracket has been fitted at one end securing the web strap to the helmet shell ( Only noticeable upon close inspection ). Overall service wear to outside paint, chipped in places with some traces of its khaki paint visible in one area. Certainly a true sleeper of a correct textbook Desert camouflage helmet having recently surfaced from private sources.
WW2 British 'War Finish' Webley Service Revolver 1943 A WW2 British military issue MkIV Webley made .38 service revolver with matching serial numbers dating this gun to having been made in 1943. These Mk IV revolvers were used by the British military under contract as of late 1940 & were produced for the duration of the war. Wartime produced examples were stamped ' War Finish ' as a means of Webley making clear the reasons for the lesser quality of the finish. This piece has non damaged black composite grips with various military inspection markings throughout. ' Webley & Scott Ltd Birmingham ' to top frame & ' Mark IV .38 ' to side. It is capable of being cocked & dryfired & is a new specification deactivation coming with Home Office certificate of deactivation. UK sales only. Comes with Home Office certificate of deactivation. UK sales only.
WW2 British 'Y' Division 5th Infantry, Northamptonshire Regt BD 1942 A superb British army battledress to a Captain of the Northamptonshire regiment serving in the 5th Infantry Division. All badges are the correct tailor applied period originals as would be expected for an officer . They have not been resewn on , this is clearly apparent in a hands on inspection which i have attempted to emulate in the photographs. Both shoulders have embroidered 'Northamptonshire' titles which have been slightly padded & three scarlet (infantry )backed rank pips for Captain to each shoulder. Both shoulders have the seperate sewn Div patch & Brigade strips on khaki drill cloth which is then sewn directly onto the battledress in one piece. Printed 5th infantry 'Y' div patch above brigade strips professionally sewn with all stitching of badges being of the same thread & its originality also evident when viewed from the inside of the cloth. Some slight age fading to one side of the battledress through storage which does not detract. There are a few small moth nips evident which actually confirm the originality of the badges to the jacket where on the right shoulder a couple of nips go through the shoulder title & are consistent with the rest of the BD. There are two 50 pence piece size holes on the upper right back however the scarcity of an untouched NW Europe infantry battledress more than compensates for this. Clothing label is present & dated 1942 with WD stores code also visible. The 5th Infantry Division were based in Yorkshire in 1939 hence the 'Y' being chosen as their div sign. A much blooded infantry division they saw action in the Sicily Landings, Anzio & Rome to name but a few. They are probably most known for their final role in North West Europe.
WW2 British 'Y' Division 5th Infantry, Northamptonshire Regt BD 1942 A superb British army battledress to a Captain of the Northamptonshire regiment serving in the 5th Infantry Division. All badges are the correct tailor applied period originals as would be expected for an officer . They have not been resewn , this is clearly apparent in a hands on inspection which i have attempted to emulate in the photographs. Both shoulders have embroidered 'Northamptonshire' titles with padding & three scarlet (infantry ) backed rank pips for Captain to each shoulder. Both shoulders have the seperate sewn Div patch & Brigade strips on khaki drill cloth which is then sewn directly onto the battledress in one piece. Printed 5th infantry 'Y' div patch above brigade strips are professionally sewn with all stitching of badges being in the same thread & its originality also evident when viewed from the inside of the cloth. Some slight age fading to one side of the battledress through storage which does not detract. There are a few small moth nips which help to confirm the originality of the badges to the jacket as on the right shoulder a couple of nips go through the shoulder title & are consistent with the rest of the BD. There are two 50 pence piece size holes on the upper right back however the scarcity of an untouched NW Europe infantry battledress more than compensates for this. Clothing label is present & dated 1942 with WD stores code also visible. The 5th Infantry Division were based in Yorkshire in 1939 hence the 'Y' being chosen as their div sign. A much blooded infantry division they saw action in the Sicily Landings, Anzio & Rome to name but a few. They are probably most known for their final role in North West Europe.
WW2 British 1908 Pattern Webbing Set ( Various Dates ) Colour matching green blancoed set of 1908 pattern webbing refurbished by Mills Equipment Company for issue in the early World War two period when the expansion of the British Army brought about a shortfall in equipment available for general issue. Remaining in use by the Royal Navy well into WW2 & also supplied by Mills worldwide the legacy of the original 1908 design lived on well into the early war years the component parts of this set varying in date from mid WW1 to early WW2 . Due to the matching colour of the set it would not be unreasonable to assume that it has stayed together since the end of its military service. Comprising the set are a Medium size waisbelt MECO marked & dated 1927, pair of shoulder straps one dated 1940, Entrenching Tool & Carrier the tool being dated 1918 & the carrier MEco marked 1916, pair of cartridge ammunition pouches one marked & dated MECo1915 , a blue enamelled waterbottle with cradle marked & dated 1919 & a 1919 MECo marked & dated smallpack with its internal divider still present. Overall a good virtually complete set all in matching green blanco.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Battledress Trousers 1942 An excellent pair of British battledress trousers of the 1937 pattern 'O' coded WD stores code for the year 1942. The 1940 pattern of battledress trouser was not issued until June 1942 this pair therefore being one of the last pairs of '37 pattern to be manufactured before the switch over. The stores code date on this pair is 1942 indicating late 1941 or 1942 manufacture . Trousers have concealed brass dished buttons on front & back with four trouser belt loops & three outer buttons for BD blouse attachment. Nap of cloth is excellent on this pair with waist size being approx 32-33in & inside leg 31 inches. The strap & button arrangement was discontinued from battledress trousers as of June 1941. Two buttons minus from front fly. There are only a couple of extremely miniscule moth nips to the trousers these only being noticeable upon very close inspection. Most certainly a scarce pair of the early pattern British soldiers battledress trouser & hard to find in such good condition.
WW2 British 1937 Pattern Trousers ( Anti Vessicant Treated ) Good condition pair of the scarce 1937 pattern British battledress trousers with remains of clothing label to rear waist area. With good nap of cloth remaining this early pattern of BD trouser conform with the '37 pattern having concealed button fastenings on pockets & upward buttoning belt loops to waist. Interestingly the waistband has been stamped '4/41 AV' being an abbreviation for ' Anti Vessicant ' indicating that they were Anti Gas impregnated in April 1941. The Battledress & Greatcoat that these trousers were found with is also stamped with same AV markings . ( Listed seperately item 3013 ). Only two very small holes on each leg noticeable upon close inspection & general age to some buttons however overall this pair are in excellent condition having recently surfaced from the effects of a former member of the Home Guard.
WW2 British 1940 Pattern 51st ( Highland Division ) Officers Battledress 1943 British battledress of the '40 pattern with insignia & medal ribbons for a Mentioned in Despatches Royal Artillery Captain of the Highland Division . 'HD' embroidered patches are to be seen on both shoulders with artillery arm of service strips underneath these. Three rank pips to each shoulder strap for captain. Pleating to the back of the BD suggests it was a walking out blouse . Clothing label gives size 7 with clear date. According to his medal ribbons this officer has served with the 8th Army in Africa & also saw service in Italy. He has then fought in France & Germany as indicated by the F&G stars entitlement. His other ribbons include 1939-45 star & Defence medal. An oakleaf tells us that he was also Mentioned in Despatches having been , no doubt , a well fielded officer. There are some moth holes in general , the most noticeable being a 1cm hole to the back & a small spattering to t