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'Bombarde' - vintage tinplate exploding cork-firing toy pistol A quirky little French toy designed to fire corks filled with a tiny explosive charge when struck by a spring-loaded 'firing pin' just inside the muzzle. Once fired, the firing pin is ‘re-cocked’ by pushing the trigger forward. An interesting and scarce collectable. Overall condition of the pistol is good apart from the muzzle area which has suffered some paint loss and surface rust owing to the corrosive nature of the explosive charge. Box is in reasonable condition - sellotape repair to one tuck-in flap and missing one small flap at either end. NB. Exploding corks now obsolete. Box: H:8.5 x W: 13.5cm Pistol: H:8 x W: 11.5cm UK sales only.
1938/1939 British Territorial Army buttonhole lapel badge Unmarked sterling silver. Issue number 29688 It was announced in Parliament in March 1938 that a TA badge was to be issued (together with a certificate) to all TA officers and ORs on enlistment. The badges were numbered - numbers 1 and 2 were presented to the King and Queen as Honorary Colonels of TA regiments. Issue ceased when the TA was absorbed into the army in 1939. The Territorial Force was originally formed on 1st April 1908 and combined and re-organised the old Volunteer Force with the Yeomanry. On 1st October 1920, the Territorial Force was renamed the Territorial Army - composition of divisions altered in line with the reduced need for cavalry. Good condition. Toned. H:22mm
1942 year diary - Civil Defence Ambulance Service Yorkshire area with references to Burley, Menston, Guiseley, Leeds, Bradford, Ilkley. As found containing Women's Royal Army Corps shoulder title. With virtually no entries during the months of January and only a few in February, the pages rapidly become filled from March onwards, many with profuse entries, some which include day-to-day tasks such as; "Give gas masks to drivers", "Fill grease gun", "Clean ambulance" etc. and other more interesting events such as; "Interview Sylvia Wolf as propective new driver" and "Ilkley - Cooperation with Home Guard", plus a number of separate notes and messages. For example clipped to Wednesday 15 July 1942: First Aid Party, Ambulance, & sitting case car required at the Corn Mill, Burley. Several casualties. Main St. is blocked opposite Harrison's shop. Incendiaries have caused a number of small fires over a fairly wide area including Grangefield Avenue, Lawn Ave & Norwood Terrace, so you are requested to avoid the following roads in order to leave them clear for fire services, Grange Road, Back Lane & the top half of Langford Lane (above Ashley Lane). 20-15. Entries are generally in pencil and record a more 'uneventful' pace of life when compared to cities and industrial areas. Nevertheless this gives a wonderful first-hand account of life in this part of wartime Britain. Used condition with some rust bleed where paperclips and notes have been attached and are no longer present. A number of paperclips remain but in a fragile condition. Overall a very pleasing example of Home Front memorabilia. H:21 x W:13 x D:3cm
8th Army Old Comrades Association letter stand/pen holder A functional handmade item, possibly from 'reclaimed' timber and quite charming in its simplicity. Overall very good condition. Slight tarnish to chrome bezel. The 8th Army was one of the best-known formations of the British Army during WWII, famously fighting Rommel in North Africa at Tobruk and El Alamein, eventually leading to the invasion of Sicily and mainland Italy. H:10 x W:23.4 x D:8cm
ARP - a Practical Guide for Householder and Air-Raid Warden - 5th Edition The definitive publication covering every conceivable aspect of warfare on the Home Front. Well illustrated with diagrams, black & white photographs and four pages of colour illustrations which formed the basis of the Wills's ARP cigarette cards series. A well used book, named on the front cover. Outer covers are grubby with some distress to the spine, the pages are well-thumbed with some corners turned over. Hint of a central fold mark on each page. No rips or tears. The overall condition certainly points to the likelihood of it having belonged to a warden. Essential reading for British Home Front collectors. H:21.5 x W:14cm
Battlefield relic - Pattern '07 SMLE bayonet with hook quillon - found Messines Purchased from a Dutch detectorist currently living in France who kindly supplied a simple map to illustrate where this bayonet was discovered. (Red arrow added in Photoshop to highlight dots showing where the dig took place). Relic condition. In the summer of 1917, the British Second Army launched a major offensive to capture the Messines Ridge, a salient on the Western front which gave the occupying Germans a commanding position over the British held Ypres salient to the north. Since early 1916, British tunnelling companies had been constructing mine shafts that ran directly beneath the German front line positions. These shafts were packed with enormous explosive charges which were detonated at 3:10am on 7th June, devastating the German front line defences. This was followed by a creeping artillery barrage followed by advancing British, Australian and New Zealand troops. By 7am the town of Messines had been cleared of German defenders. O/A L:50.5cm UK sales only
BBC booklet Economical Cookery III - Autumn 1933 A collection of recipes required for reference during the morning talks on cookery broadcast by Mrs.Arthur Webb. 3rd October - 19th December 1933 The development of British radio broadcasting technology in the 1920s and 1930s and the progressively widespread use of radio sets established a new platform from which to engage and influence the population on a number of matters. The British Broadcasting Corporation's public service principles of programmes to inform, educate and entertain gave rise to various content experiments at a time when there were very few precedents. One such innovation was the cookery talk. This was broadcast live and of course without the possibility of practical demonstration, and constituted a new, and abstract form of communication primarily designed for women in their own homes. Nicely illustrated and an interesting insight into domestic life between the wars. Cover distressed at spine and has separated from main pages. The pages themselves have only minor issues and are all generally in good order. H:21.5 x W:14cm
Belgian Inter-Allied Victory medal mounted on Art Nouveau style wooden plaque Applied fouled anchor badge and impressed into the wood the dates - 1914 . 1916. A name has been scratched on the reverse of the plaque - a little difficult to read but appears to be Henry Lemaire. The medal is unnamed. The Inter-Allied Victory Medal 1914-1918 was established in 1919 and originally awarded only to members of the Belgian Armed Forces who served during WWI, but the list of potential recipients was enlarged to include service in Africa and UNDER SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES, to members of the merchant navy and fishing fleet. As Belgium had no navy at the outbreak of WWI and it wasn't until 1917 that a Corps of Destroyers and Sailors was created it can only be assumed that the anchor relates to service aboard a cargo ship - a number of which were sunk by mines or enemy action in 1916. The medal is undamaged with minor age related wear to the ribbon. The plaque is in very good condition but has four small holes on the reverse, possibly an indication that it has itself been mounted, perhaps in a display case. A highly attractive and intriguing item. H:36 x W:13.8 x D:1.5cm
Berlin relic - bronze worker’s badge Unearthed by construction workers in central Berlin in 2014. The lettering TAG DER ARBEIT (Labour Day) and date 1934 still clearly visible. In April 1933, the recently installed Nazi government declared May 1st 'The Day of National Work' an official state holiday, and all future celebrations would be organised by the government. Any other separate celebrations by communists, social democrats or labour unions were banned. Pin absent Dia: 35mm
Berlin relic - dance token Eldorado Cabaret Club "A mingling of the hetrosexual and homosexual world in 1920s and 30s Berlin". This is one of a small number of Eldorado dance tokens, together with coffee tokens and badges discovered in an ammunition box unearthed by workers on a construction site at Leipziger Platz, Berlin in 2014. These tokens are made from an alloy and the condition varies so they are priced accordingly. This example has suffered badly from corrosion on the reverse. The wording around the token reads: BERLIN MOTZSTR.15 ELDORADO Started in the early 1920s by Ludwig Konjetschni in Kantsrasse, the Eldorado attracted the gay and lesbian community and by 1931 it had relocated to the Grand Cafe Luitpold on Motzstrasse. To spend an evening at the Eldorado was highly fashionable in Berlin society. The height of glamour - tailcoats and evening gowns were de rigueur - it attracted everyone from bank directors, members of the Reichstag and many from theatre and film. It featured regular performances by Marlene Dietrich and Claire Waldoff and became widely known as a regular venue for transvestites and transexuals. Customers could buy tokens to exchange for dances with the regular transvestite hosts. By late 1932, the golden age of the gay bar and club scene was coming to an end and a ban on same-sex couples dancing in public was introduced - the mood in Berlin was darkening. Ludwig Konjetschni was put under pressure, and fearing for his family closed The Eldorado and handed the premises over to the local Sturmabteilung (SA) who turned the Eldorado into their new local headquarters. By 1933 gay men and transvestites were routinely being arrested and imprisoned. More information about the Eldorado Club can be found at and also Dia: 35mm
Book - Reception of His Imperial Majesty The German Emperor (Kaiser Wilhelm II) by The Corporation of the City of London at the Guildhall on 10th July 1891 Cloth bound with gold blocking to front cover and 59 gilt edged pages of facts relating to the Corporation and Guildhall's achievements. Printed letterpress by City Press, W.H. and L.Collingridge, 148 & 189 Aldersgate Street, London. Kaiser Wilhelm II, the eldest grandchild of Queen Victoria, was the last German Emperor and King of Prussia, ruling from June 1888 to November 1918. Having dismissed the Chancellor, Otto von Bismarck in 1890, he launched Germany on a belligerent "New Course" in foreign affairs that culminated in his support for Austria-Hungary in the crisis of July 1914 leading in a matter of days to outbreak of war. Generally in reasonably good condition. Front cover has some slight creasing to bottom right corner. Some foxing to end sheets and title page and one or two minor marks throughout. No tears or rips. H:16 x W:10.5cm
Book - War Pictures by British Artists No.4; Army Published by Oxford University Press, 1942 A collection of 50 interesting drawings and paintings reproduced from originals created by artists working under the official direction of the War Office. The subjects are varied and sometimes record important 'trivialities' of military life that are easily overlooked. There are 5 pages containing notes on the pictures at the back of the book. Pages show small areas of yellowing and foxing but remain firmly attached. Cover/dust jacket distressed and separating at spine. H:19 x W:12cm
Brass button stick - RAF issue dated 1940 Stamped with a crown over AM (Air Ministry) and the code B147101/40/CI(B) Some light surface marks/scratches but otherwise good condition. When cleaning buttons on a uniform, the button stick was placed behind the buttons to prevent the fabric being stained by polish. L:17.3cm
Brass button stick - West Riding Divisional Transport & Supply Column Stamped W. R. DIVL T&S and low service number 92. Manufactured by HIATT, a Birmingham company established c.1880 and more widely associated with the manufacture of handcuffs. The West Riding Division was a formation of the Territorial Force created as a result of the army reforms of 1908. During WWI it was retitled as part of the Divisional Train, Army Service Corps. Age related surface marks and a large circular scratch around HIATT. Does not lie flat, but otherwise good, cleaned condition. NB. The 'L' in 'DIVL' is raised to accomodate an underscore.
British GS Mk 6 combat helmet dated 2007 with Multi-Terrain pattern cover Ballistic nylon standard British combat helmet that replaced the steel Mk IV introduced into service in 1985. Both helmet and cover are in overall very good used condition. No fraying or damage, just the normal signs of having been worn. The cover has a name and serial number handwritten in ink in the space provided on the label. Helmet size: Medium. Cover size: Large
British Military .303 drill rounds - clip of 5 "Cartridge S.A. Drill .303 inch D Mk10" - approved in September 1954, production started in 1950. Plated brass case with three flutes painted red and a standard MkVII bullet supported on a wooden distance piece secured in the neck by a crimp. All matching headstamps: RG D10 60. Dummy drill cartridges are of course totally inert and intended for training troops in the handling and functionality of their weapons and to be as different as possible from a live round. The D Mk10 was the final pattern. The first pattern - "Cartridge S.A. Dummy Drill Magazine Rifle Mark I" was approved in February 1890. Used condition with some loss of red paint, surface scratches and some minor dings. Charger clip - Mk4 with loss of finish. UK sales only.
British WWI artillery No.101 percussion fuze dated 2/18 Body stamped No.7838 with various other markings as shown (some partially obscured) including RF either side of the Broad Arrow and also a Lot No. etc. Found on the Somme by a business aquaintance - no doubt a relic from the Second Battle of the Somme - late August until early September, 1918. Has been partially cleaned and is in good relic condition with impact marks and minor surface pitting. Totally inert. UK sales only.
Buchenwald survivor's pin badge commemorating a Liberation Day meeting in 1954 International Liberation Day 11th April 1954 - The hand representing the sworn oath "Never again an SS Europe". This was linked to a campaign against the war treaties of Bonn and Paris favouring a revival of West German military power adding weight to Europe's defences during the Cold War. Buchenwald concentration camp, located near the City of Weimar, Germany, was liberated on 11th April 1945 by four US soldiers in the 6th Armoured Division commanded by General Patton. Just before the Americans arrived, the camp had already been taken over by the Communist prisoners. More information can be found at: under World War II history - Who liberated Buchenwald? Overall very good condition. H:5 x W:4.2cm
Cigarette card album - Cycling 1839 - 1939 Issued by John Player & Sons A nicely illustrated and informative set of cards which are all present and correct, remaining bright and colourful. The pages are clean with no tears or creases and no ink or pencil marks apart from the date, June 1939, hand-written in ink inside front cover. Foxing to outer covers and to a far lesser degree throughout. Rust bleed from staples in the centre spread. H:12.7 x W:19cm
Cigarette card album - Our King and Queen Issued by W.D. & H.O. Wills to commemorate the Coronation of George VI on 12th May 1937 All cards are present and are very bright. There is some curvature to the pages owing to the added thickness of the cigarette cards but all pages are clean with no marks. The staples are badly rusted however and the centre leaves have come away, so priced accordingly. Despite the faults it remains a very informative booklet for anyone who has an interest in the Monarchy prior to WWII. H:12.7 x W:19cm
Cigarette card album - Sea Fishes Issued by John Player & Sons circa 1935 Well illustrated and interesting cards. All are present and correct but some have been glued in at a slight angle or slightly overlapping the printed borders. The pages are clean with no tears or creases and no ink or pencil marks. Rust bleed from staples in the centre spread. H:18.5 x W:12.5cm
Cold cast Alvis FV107 Scimitar Armed Reconnaissance Vehicle This heavy finely detailed model has been Individually cast and finished completely by hand utilising silver infused cold cast resin with a final silvered coated finish. The base has been lined with a soft green antique style fabric. It is certainly eye-catching and would make a perfect desk ornament. Armed with a long-barrel 30mm RARDEN cannon capable of firing 90 rounds per minute and a co-axial 7.62mm machine gun, it entered service with the British Army in 1971 as a replacement for the ageing Saladin armoured scout car. With a three man crew - driver in the hull, commander and gunner in the turret - the Scimitar is protected by aluminium based armour, the turret sides sloped to help with small arms and grenade ballistics protection. Upgraded in 2010, the MkII variant offers better mine blast protection for the crew, improved armour, improvements to space and crew conditions and a Cummins 5.9 litre diesel engine replacing the Jaguar 4.2litre petrol engine (as used by several Jaguar cars). O/A including plinth - H:9 x W:13.8 x L:16.2cm NB. No moving parts.
Cold War era plaque - No. 247 (China British) Squadron, Royal Air Force Handpainted wooden plaque in original heavy duty cardboard retailer's box - unused condition. Stamped on reverse - Made in Gt. Britain. Known as China British squadron in recognition of the donations made by the British colonies during WWII which were established on the Chinese Coast. The financial gift also included the badge with the scroll with Chinese characters ‘Cheu Feng’ meaning “fierce wind or hurricane” and the motto “Rise from the East”. The squadron was heavily involved both in the defence of the UK during WWII and the Cold War. The squadron’s history is interesting - from its formation in 1918 as an anti-submarine and reconnaissance flying boat squadron patrolling the North Sea, to its final disbandment in 1963 as a Bristol Bloodhound surface-to-air missile unit. More information available online. Box: H:19.5 x W:17 x D:2.5cm Plaque: H:17.5 x W:14.7 x D:2cm
Cold War era Romanian M73/80 combat helmet Standard military issue during the regime of Nicolae Ceausescu. A replacement for the M73 (with frontal badge), the helmet design dates from pre-WWII and is a variant of the Dutch M34. Made from magnetic steel, it has a four-point chinstrap and insulated liner. It is believed the first two digits of the batch number date this to 1975. There are also several ink stamps to the inner band and the owner's name hand-written in ink. Overall very good used, but not abused condition with only light surface abrasions and minor paint loss under front rim. No dings or dents. Lace tie and one grommet in a liner tongue absent. NB. Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, Elena were executed by soldiers on Christmas Day, 1989 after a brief 'show trial' on charges of genocide and illegal gathering of wealth.
Corgi Classics D-Day Anniversary boxed set No. 97714 Created to mark the 50th Anniversary of Operation Overlord June 6th 1944 - June 6th 1994. This four vehicle set comprises the Southampton double deck open top tram, Morris J RAF recruiting van, Ford Popular Royal Navy staff car and a Bedford O Series army stores vehicle. The vehicles have not been used as toys and are in excellent to mint condition. The box is in overall good condition with slight fading to the yellow background and vertical corners to lid and base are slightly stressed - minor faults and do not detract from the overall look. The polystyrene inner tray is in overall good condition with minimal signs of disturbance to the formed edges. There are finger holes in the base of the box and the polystyrene tray to enable the vehicles to be pushed up and extracted easily. Includes Classic Collectables leaflet with an invitation to send off for a free Collectors Pack - the reply section has been removed. The set should also contain a small serial numbered certificate which is absent. Box: H:6 x W:27.5 x D:18cm
Coronation of King George VI / Edward VIII commemorative set Edward VIII became king on the death of his father George V on 20th January 1936. Due to be crowned in 1937, he abdicated on 11th December 1936 having created a constitutional crisis by proposing marriage to socialite and divorcee Wallis Simpson. Edward was succeeded by his younger brother George VI, the coronation taking place on the day originally planned for Edward - 12th May 1937. The set includes the following: Pin brooch and a spoon with enamelled terminal, both inset with a gold coloured medallion with bust of Edward VIII facing right and the words Edward VIII Crowned May XII. MCM XXX VII. Capital letters G (George) and E (Edward) in blue enamel are incorporated into the brooch on either side of the medallion. Two medallions 36mm dia. - one in a silver finish and one in a gold finish suspended from a red, white and blue ribbon. The design of the medallions is identical. Both carry the busts (facing left) of George V and Elizabeth (Queen Mother to be) and the words George V. Elizabeth Crowned May XII. MCM XXX VII. The reverse bears an image of Britannia seated right with the words CANADA. INDIA S.AFRICA. AUSTRALIA. NEW ZEALAND. BRITAIN. Engraver's initials ECRP - Edward Carter Preston. The brooch is pinned into the velvet lining, the other three items are held in position with the original cotton thread and have never been removed. The box is made up from stiff card and is covered with a thin navy blue faux leather finish. The top has some minor indentations with slight wear to corners. The silk lining inside the lid is marked with the impressions of all four items. This is an unusual and scarce set and rare to find in this condition. NB. Edward and Wallis Simpson visited Germany in October 1937 and met with Adolph Hitler at his Obersalzberg retreat at Berchtesgaden. During the visit Edward gave full Nazi salutes. Hitler is reported to have said; "I am certain through him permanent friendly relations could have been achieved. If he had stayed, everything would have been different. His abdication was a severe loss to us". Box L:16.2 x W:10.3 x D:2.2cm
Cover, British combat helmet GS, Mk6 - Desert DP Size: Medium. Unissued and in original polythene wrapper dated 2010. Four available. The Mk 6 helmet was the standard issue helmet for the British Armed Forces introduced into service from 1985. It was replaced by the Mk7 helmet in 2009.
Daily Mirror Friday, July 13, 1917 One of a bundle found parcelled up in a loft in 2014 Twelve pages of war news, gossip, advertising and the personal column. Front cover feature: Four items including resignation of Mr. Chamberlain the Secretaryship of State for India and the death of 2nd Lt. John E.R. Young R.F.C. killed in Action. Inside features: London to have air raid warnings. Great day and night raids by British airmen. Condition reflects age and storage. Pages have yellowed, folds are fragile with a number of small tears and creases, some page edges quite rough.
Deutsches Reich Reisepass - named to Elisabeth Tegge A German National travel passport belonging to a postal assistant from Potsdam, Berlin. Born 18.11.1896. This document has been de-nazified with the obliteration of all swastikas within official stamps and the cover has been removed. Majority of pages blank. Very good used condition, staining to top corner of every page. H:16.5 x W:11cm
Die Deutsche Arbeitsfront Mitgliedsbuch grouping WWII DAF Membership book to Hermann Schmidt - bricklayer Interesting group of three items. When found, the membership book contained a solicitor's letter confirming the signing of a house purchase contract and a Feldpost letter with a tantilising admission "I was with Ingrid alone in the cinema". The last two documents associated with a Paul Stolze. The book carries contribution stamps to confirm membership dues paid, from August 1935 to December 1944. The book is in particularly nice condition. The paperwork is in vintage condition with age fading and minor stains but little to criticise. When the Nazis came to power in Germany in1933, the free trade unions were dissolved and their members were absorbed into the newly created DAF - Deutsche Arbeitsfront (German Labour Front) and became the largest of all the various Nazi organizations. The aims were to create a national community of professional and manual labourers, and to educate them in National Socialist principles. Membership benefits included entertainment, sport, and travel opportunities provided by the attached KdF - "Kraft durch Freude" (Strength through Joy), welfare organization.
DJH Booklet - Ranzlein 1937 "Knapsack - A merry yearbook for small migrant people" written by von Otto Scholz a prolific author of 'inspirational books' for young people. Yearbook for the German Youth with 48 pages of stories, poems and puzzles, many with an NSDAP message or moral and also a calendar. Fair overall condition with page yellowing throughout. The front cover is stained and has started to split at the spine but remains firmly attached. A small number of the illustrations have been coloured in - a nice personal touch. DJH was the merger of the Deutsches Jugendherbergswerk (German Youth Hostel Association) into the Hitlerjugend (Hitler Youth). H:15.7 x W10.7cm
Five WWII era song sheets Great titles from the 40s - a reminder that music and entertainment were vitally important in morale boosting, both on the Fighting Front and the Home Front. These evocative cover designs epitomise the style and mood of the war years and conjure up images of sing-songs with British and American servicemen around the piano in the 'local'. Well-used condition, a few creases and the odd torn corner. Two sizes; H:31.5 x W:30cm and H:28 x W:21.5cm
Forever Young movie - original press pack A 1992 Warner Bros. film starring Mel Gibson and Jamie Lee Curtis In 1939, test pilot Daniel McCormick (Mel Gibson) has the perfect job - flying B-25s for the newly formed Air Corps and volunteers for a top secret cryogenics experiment that accidentally puts him into a frozen slumber for over 50 years. He awakens in 1992, lost, alone and out of step... Given out to the press/media just before the release of a film, press kits are put together once only and never re-issued. This complete kit comprises: Oversize A4 pocket folder containing an A4 4-page colour synopsis, a very interesting and lengthy typewritten background information document and 8 glossy 10 x 8in B&W bromide photographs. Slight creasing and signs of use to outside of folder. All contents in excellent unmarked condition.
Framed Coldstream Guards silver bullion badge - unique leaving gift A memento presented to a serving soldier who was leaving the regiment. Various signed good wishes are written on the reverse. The Coldstream Guards are recognised the world over by their scarlet tunics and black busbies worn when performing royal duties. An interesting one-off in overall good condition. Very slight discolouration to mount on left hand side. Overall: H:24 x W:24cm Badge size: H:9.5 x W:9.5cm
French postcard - April Fool's Day (Poisson D'Avril) Traditionally related to the classic April Fool's ritual of attaching paper fishes to the backs of unsuspecting victims without them noticing (inspired by the calendar reform of 1564) to being a device for a man to reveal his romantic feelings towards the woman of his desire - and with many other associations in-between. Poisson D'Avril cards certainly offer an incredible range of interesting designs to collect. Stamp and postmark to the front dated 1908, addressed to a Mademoiselle Sophie in Constantinople - this could certainly lead one to a romantic train of thought. Very good overall condition - one small crease bottom right corner.
Greek black military beret with embroidered bullion badge Handwritten adhesive label states: Officer's Beret Greek Army and also Cavalry WW2. Numerals 31 in a circle is no doubt a reference number. Overall good condition with no moth holes. The exterior shows signs of pilling and light creases and minor corrosion on the metal vents.
Hand carved wood dish - Hampshire Regiment An attractive and no doubt unique wood dish featuring the distinctive 'Hampshire Tigers' cap badge and the wording 'Winsen/Luhe 1945 Germany' around the circumference. The initials F.B. can be found on the reverse. The Hampshire Regiment played an important role in the advance from the Normandy beaches through Holland to Bremerhaven and Germany's eventual surrender, including taking part in Operation Market garden, sustaining many casualties fighting on the south bank of the Lower Rhine opposite Arnhem. After Germany's surrender they formed part of the Occupation Force at Winsen (Luhe) - the capital district of Harburg, Lower Saxony, then on to Soltau and Berlin before disbandment in Lüneburg in July 1946. Very nice overall condition. Dia:19 x H:1.5cm
Hand painted wooden plaque - Royal Army Pay Corps Granted the title ‘Royal’ at the end of WWI in recognition of its valuable service, the Royal Army Pay Corps deals with every kind of pay and allowance to all ranks, their wives, families and dependents. Things have changed enormously from the days of the Peninsular War when their forerunners (the Paymasters) hauled boxes of gold coins all over Spain. Some minor edge knocks and loss of finish to varnish on corners and edges. The artwork remains bright and is in very good condition with just two or three minor surface scratches which are not immediately noticeable. The original suspender has been removed and replaced with side mounting brackets. H:24.5 x W:24 x D:2cm
Handcrafted model cast from aluminium recovered from the wreckage of Seafire NN631 Crashed just weeks after the end of WWII on 10th October 1945 in Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland, piloted by Sub Lieutenant John Samuel Hornby (RNZNVR), 718 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm (aged 21). He is buried at St. Andrews Churchyard, Ballyhalbert, County Down, Northern Ireland. Sand cast by hand from parts of the recovered wreckage utilising a commercially manufactured model of a 1/72 scale Spitfire as a master (the word 'Spitfire' is impressed on the underside). The casting has been lightly polished without detracting from the charming rustic finish and is loosely mounted on a pebble base. Revolving propeller (removable for transit). Sold with a Certificate of Authenticity and information booklet compiled by modeller and aviation historian Robin Ruddock who together with a colleague marked the crash site in 2008. Robin created a small number of these models, one of which was presented to the school in New Zealand where John Hornby was a pupil. Model L:12.5 x Wingspan:16.5cm
Handmade and painted wooden 'wireless' money box with secret opener No provenance at all with this but a little research uncovered some interesting facts. Firstly, the four-leaf clover, the quintessential symbol of good luck was adopted by Alfa Romeo in 1923 as a hallmark for their works racing cars - the ladybirds bring security and good fortune. As for the cities on the 'tuner', Naples was the most bombed Italian city in WWII, Milan was the most bombed city in Northern Italy and of course Rome had its fair share until declared an open city in August1943. The surprise air raid on Bari by German bombers on 2nd December 1943 lasted little more than an hour but because of the considerable damage and loss of life became known as the "Little Pearl Harbour", the release of mustard gas from one of the wrecked cargo ships adding to the death toll - a fact that British and US governments suppressed. Is any of this relevant? Is this a P.O.W. item? The jury's well and truly out. Apart from the odd minor blemish and some areas where the varnish has worn off on the base this is in nice condition. L:16 x W:9 x H:6cm
L/Cpl Rambahadur Limbu VC - 2nd Bn 10th Princess Mary's Own Gurkha Rifles Two Christmas cards, each containing an original photograph of L/Cpl Rambahadur Limbu VC, one of which was taken during a reception held on July 18th 1968. The gentleman who is accompanying Rambahadur Limbu in both these two photographs sent the cards to his family friends with personal greetings which have not been shown out of courtesy. Lance Corporal Rambahadur Limbu (later promoted to Captain) was awarded his VC by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 12th July 1966 in recognition of his heroism during a battle that took place on 21st November 1965 in Sarawak, Borneo. He is the only surviving Gurkha VC winner and he gave evidence at a Parliamentary investigation in 2014 into alleged injustices faced by Gurkhas in terms of pay, pensions and welfare. Both cards are in good vintage condition - the front of the smaller one has yellowed with age.
Large WWII hand carved wooden wall plaque - 34 Bomber Squadron RAF Badge: In front of an increscent, a wolf passant. Motto: Lupus vult, lupus volant - wolf wishes, wolf flies. Inscription carved on the reverse: To the best ground staff I have worked with 34 Squadron May 1945 from F/O A.G. Webb R.A.A.F. An impressive and unique piece in overall very good vintage condition - the only fault being one corner of the scroll banner is missing (see images). The plaque was originally fixed to a batten - evidenced by an area of unstained wood on the reverse and four screw holes. Formed in 1916, 34 Squadron was disbanded after WWI, reforming in 1935. In 1939 it went to Singapore and remained until Japan entered the war in 1941. After two months of continuous action suffering heavy losses followed by a forced retreat, it ceased to exist as a fighting unit - the ground staff being evacuated to India. In April 1942 No.34 reformed at Chakrata with Blenheim IVs and carried out bombing raids on Japanese bases in Burma until April 1943. Conversion to Hurricanes then took place and fighter-bomber operations continued until March 1945 by which time the squadron had advanced deep into Burma. The Hurricanes were replaced by P-47 Thunderbolts which were mainly employed in ground attack missions until the end of the war. H:63.5 x W:52 x D:2.5cm A heavy item - 2.7kg. UK sales please order through the checkout in the normal way. Overseas sales including Republic of Ireland & Channel Islands please email your address details to place the item on hold (with no obligation) and await details of shipping costs before confirming your purchase.
Manchester City Police engraved commemorative tankard Inscription reads: Manchester City Police PC S. Griffiths 1925 - 1954 With service throughout the war years, no doubt having first hand experience of the heavy bombing during the Manchester (Christmas) Blitz, after which Nazi propaganda claimed that the entire city had been burned to the ground. Polished hammered pewter in overall good vintage condition with no dents. Slight staining to handle and interior with faint scratches on base which is stamped: Craftsman Pewter Sheffield Made in England H:19.5 x dia:9.1cm
Miniature cabasset helmet A handmade half-size reproduction of a late 16th century cabasset helmet with typical brass rosette rivets and steel faced leather ear protection. Shaped so that sword blows would easily glance off, the cabasset was worn by foot soldiers from Italy, Spain and France in the second half of the 16th century and throughout the 17th century. The name is Italian and means ‘pear’ - the curious little point on the top is supposed to represent the stem - its real function is unknown. “Rustique” aged finish. L:18.5 x W:17 x H:11cm
Oil on canvas - unknown soldier Not signed or dated but almost certainly of WWI era. The cap badge appears to be a Birmingham Pals Battalion (Royal Warwickshire Regiment). A case of 'wounded in action', this painting arrived looking very drab and with a bullet sized hole through the canvas (approx. 3 o'clock) adding to the distress. A professional restorer repaired the damage and added some 'spit and polish'. The transformation was remarkable and well worth the cost involved. That was some years ago and since then our unknown hero has been 'standing to' in a historic home with many hundreds of visitors admiring his handsome looks. Without doubt he has done his tour of duty. Condition is commensurate with age. The wood stretcher has evidence of worm (long gone) in one small area and some of the tacks holding the canvas are now rusty. The outline of the stretcher can be seen from the front, as can evidence of the repair (utilising a patch) when viewed from a certain angle or with the light just catching it. 'Reeves & Sons Limited, London, prepared canvas' ink stamp to the reverse. Overall a very striking and captivating painting - probably by a gifted amateur. H:51 x W:41 x D:1.7cm
Paperwork grouping to W.H. Kendrick - WWI RAMC / WWII Home Guard Certificate of Employment during WWI Certificate of Disembodiment on Demobilisation Certificate of Proficiency Home Guard National Registration Identity Card Born in 1890, 339388 Cpl. William Herbert Kendrick RAMC served from 10.11.1914 to 2.3.1919 as a Nursing Orderly - qualified 1st Class. His WWII service - LCpl. 90th Bn. Lancs. Home Guard (Liverpool Corporation Passenger Transport). His Certificate of Proficiency lists rifle, grenade and Sten and of course First Aid. Fair condition overall, folds on Certificate of Employment in particular becoming fragile.
Pattern 1907 SMLE bayonet - quillon removed - conversion to bread knife Bayonet to fighting knife conversions are fairly commonplace, but conversions to breadknives are somewhat scarcer. Someone has spent a good deal of time on the grinding wheel with this '07 - the blade thickness along the back has been significantly reduced from 7mm and it now varies from 1.5 to 2mm along the entire length. So much metal has been removed that the fuller has almost disappeared. What has been achieved however, is a thin, flexible blade with a rounded tip and a VERY sharp cutting edge. The original markings on the ricasso have mostly been ground away - the bending mark can be seen clearly (this knife would now exceed the original tolerance by a country mile) and the Enfield maker mark (EFD) is just about visible. One of the wood grips has some damage, the crossguard/muzzle ring and pommel have suffered from corrosion and the cutting edge has some tiny nicks. The locking bolt works perfectly. If you are a collector of '07s, then this is a worthy addition. A perfect example of equipment modification on a 'needs must' basis. If you've ever tried to cut a loaf with a standard '07 then the practicality of this knife becomes abundantly clear. NB. Removal of the hooked quillon was approved 29.10.1913. No scabbard - will be dispatched in thick cardboard sheath. UK sales only.
Photo postcard - Hitler Youth From a Berlin house clearance. Signed and dated on the reverse. H:14 x W:9cm
Piper - 1st Bn Royal Irish Regiment Cyprus 1992 (No. 3 Dress Ceremonial) A framed fine art print from an original by Alix Baker FRSA PCAFAS, one of the UK's leading artists and an expert on military uniforms. In 2002 she was elected chairman of The Armed Forces Art Society and in 2009 she was elected a life member. The signature/reference code on the print is AB 92 1153. The print was originally purchased by a soldier serving with the regiment in Cyprus. The label on the reverse reads: Punjab House, M. Shahab Din & Sons, Episkopi Garrison, BFPO 53 (Cyprus). Tel: 05-221344. The print has never been hung, the screw-in cord eyelets remain taped to the reverse. Overall: H:32 x W:24 x D:1.2cm Print area: H:21 x W:13.7cm
Plaque - Guards Armoured Division Handpainted design representing the "eye of vigilance", the red and blue being the Household Brigade colours - a simplified version of the sign worn by the Guards Division, an infantry division formed during WWI. The main body of the plaque is made from 1cm thick plywood, the front has been stained and varnished and is in good vintage condition. It has all been hand cut and painted - apart from the title which is dry transfer lettering - this has minor abrasions in some areas. The reverse in a gloss black finish has some slight damage including a number of marks, scratches and vacant screw holes. The alloy hanger is stamped: ALBERICH REF. 2/60 NB. The Guards Armoured Division was formed during WWII on 17th June 1941 from elements of the Guards units and became part of 21 Army Group for the Invasion of Europe. Almost exactly 4 years later, on 12th June 1945 it was converted to an infantry division and became part of BAOR. H:31 x W:24 x D:1.8cm
Player's Navy Cut - Finest Virginia cigarette drum Classic 50 cigarettes tin with wraparound paper label with blue band and small "Hero" sailor logo. Printed lid. Retains the paper liners to side and base also thin metal sealing disc. Good vintage condition with light corrosion to exterior, interior remains bright. Label slightly grubby with minor stains and rust marks from overlapping lid. H:8 x Dia:7cm
Postcard - a proud moment They say a picture is worth a thousand words... Blank reverse. H:14 x W:9cm
Presentation trophy teaspoon With revolver terminal and engraved on the stem: A BAD A. R. CLUB MARCH 1930 CLII Overall good vintage condition with some light surface scratches etc. commensurate with age. Overall length:12.5cm
Prop 9mm semi-auto pistol magazine used in Black Hawk Down Stamped P3 CAL 9 PARA MADE IN U.S.A. From Ridley Scott’s 2001 action film starring: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore and Eric Bana. An interesting item for display made from solid moulded rubber with painted 'bullets'. Used for set-dressing and to fill the ammo pouches of the US Rangers. Supplied with encapsulated Certificate of Authenticity from Movie Bits, Braintree, Essex. Magazine: H:12cm Certificate: A5 UK sales only.
Prospecting permit - Cripple Creek Colorado (Independence) Granted to Wilson & Co. from April 18 1925 to Jan 1 1926 and written in pencil 'Cancelled'. This has been folded several times but remains in good condition apart from where it has been torn from the filing mechanism. Watermark reads ??DINE PARCHMENT NB. Cripple Creek, was a former small mining town which grew out of nowhere when a prospector called Bob Womak found small amounts of gold in 1890. This soon led to the discovery of rich vein deposits they called the Independence Lode, creating a major gold rush. By the early 1900s Cripple Creek was fully established with a railroad passing through and by 1910 the town had produced 22million ounces of gold with no signs of slowing down. It is still in operation. H:33 x W:20.5cm
Replica of the Seal of Charles University, Prague - flight crew fatigue connection Presented to Vivian Slight in recognition of a thesis on the legal aspects of flight crew fatigue, prepared for McGill University's Institute of Air and Space Law, Montreal in 1966. The seal is accompanied by a signed typewritten note explaining the significance of the award. Flight International 5th May 1966 carries a short feature entitled Canadian Pilot Fatigue Study which refers to Mr Vivian Slight who was Head of the Transport Division of the Scottish Council returning to Montreal to lead a four-man research team into the subject of flight crew fatigue. The study was sponsored by Professor Dr. Michael Milde, an associate director of Charles University, Prague who at that time was living in Montreal and served from 1966 - 1991 in senior legal positions in the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) including Director of the ICAO legal bureau. He later became Director of McGill University's Institute of Air and Space Law. Further information available online. Faux shagreen velvet lined presentation box with Art Nouveau style clasp. Box: Overall very good condition - very slight wear to base. Seal: Toned, E.F. Seal: Dia:7cm x thickness:0.5cm Box: L:11 x W:11 x D:2.5cm
Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (RAOB) medallion Armstrong Lodge - Inscribed on the reverse A. DINELY. Supplied pinned to velvet covered card (now quite fragile) which appears to have been a component of the original presentation box.
Royal Artillery sweetheart brooch in presentation box Gilded and enamelled brooch with Deco style three step suspension bar. Leatherette covered box with velvet covered pad and silk lining to lid. Gold foil lettering inside lid has almost completely worn away. It reads CO-OPERATIVE WHOLESALE SOCIETY LD MANCHESTER. The box shows wear to all surfaces, underside especially, and all corners and edges. The hinge is firmly attached and works perfectly as does the locking catch. The brooch shows wear to gilding on high points and red enamel is absent from crown. No maker's mark. The fact that this has had a life and not been put carefully at the back of a drawer for "safekeeping" adds so much to its charm. Box: L:7 x W:5.5 x D:2cm Brooch: H:4 x W:3.4cm
Sachsenhausen survivor's pin badge commemorating a meeting in 1961 Nazi concentration camps operated a classification system to differentiate between different types of prisoners. Eg. Criminals were identified with green inverted triangles - political prisoners with red. Sachsenhausen concentration camp, located near the town Oranienburg in Brandenburg, Germany, was used primarily for political prisoners from 1936 until May 1945. After the end of the war, Oranienberg was in the Soviet Occupation Zone and the camp was utilised as an NKVD special camp until 1950. Overall very good condition. H:4 x W:3cm
Sand cast solid brass Colt percussion revolver Two available - items A & B. Approximately life size, these shop display items were purchased from a gunsmiths in the East Midlands some years ago after the business closed down. Both are virtually identical but with slight differences in finish and colour. The flat undersides show dark patination. Item 'B' has a more yellow hue than 'A'. The first to order should please state a preference (if any) in the comments box when going through the check out. Although quite 'rustic' in finish, they are very eye-catching when displayed. Each weighs just under1.4kg. H:13 x W:2 x L:31cm
Scratchbuilt scale model - Napoleonic era British Naval cannon Fascinating model built and finished entirely by hand. The metal gun barrel has been turned on a lathe - the bucket of (dirty) water used to swab out the barrel and extinguish burning residue started life as a plastic bottle cap. An innovative way of recycling materials. This was lovingly created some years ago by a gentleman whose hobby was building model boats and working miniature steam engines before taking an interest in artillery pieces, of which he has only made a small number - each one is unique. Overall very good condition - three or four very minor paint chips, only visible under close scrutiny. All the elements are freestanding and the cannon balls are all individual. There are a number of painted parts which may possibly have been moveable when built and may now be partially seized/stiffened with age - generally where painted surfaces are in contact. A lovely item for display with all round appeal. Platform L:26.5 x W:23.8 x H:2cm Cannon L:26 x W:12 x H:12cm
Silver Plated Tablespoon Shooting Trophy Made c1930s by the firm Sternegg in the ancient city of Schaffhausen, Switzerland and marked 90 - 45 indicating the standard process for high durability silver plate. The motif comprises a Swiss Karabiner Model 31 military straight pull bolt-action rifle together with laurel leaves. This spoon was without doubt one of a set presented as a shooting trophy - prior to WWII. The Swiss culture venerated rifle skills and most towns had their own rifle ranges. Regular competitions were held and the rifles together with ammunition were supplied by the military. Good vintage condition. Some very fine surface scratches and isolated tiny knocks but overall pleasing condition for display. L:20.5 x W:4.5cm
The Daily Mirror June 30 1917 One of a bundle found parcelled up in a loft in 2014 Twelve pages of war news, gossip, advertising and the personal column. Front cover feature: The glorification of piracy by the Germans. Inside feature: Greece now the Germans' latest enemy. Snippet on page 11. "Woman Dressed as Tommy". A young woman in Liverpool (Gertrude McDonald) was remanded, charged with wearing a soldier's uniform without authority. Condition reflects age and storage. Pages have yellowed, folds are fragile with some small tears and creases but overall reasonable.
The Royal Family in Wartime plus two official photographs First edition published by Odhams Press Limited, 1945 128 pages packed with over 100 black and white photos. This has been described as a little treasure of a book and the introduction says it all - "The illustrated story of the activities of the Royal Family in the service of People and Empire". The variety of the photos is immense and there are some very interesting and sometimes humorous anecdotes. Original official photographs of Queen Mary inspecting a mixed A.A. battery Along with the book are two pictures which have been removed from an album or mounting card. They are very faintly ink stamped on the reverse "British Official Photograph Crown Copyright Reserved. This photograph should not be reproduced without permission". Also something written in pencil which has been partially obscured. Ironically the photos came along first and the book a month later - it was an amazing coincidence to see one of the images reproduced on page 47. The dust jacket has a number of tears, the price on the inside flap (5/-) has not been removed. The binding remains firm, nearly all the pages suffer from cockling towards the spine and along the bottom - may have been stored in slightly damp atmosphere. However, the pages are all in generally reasonably good condition, all the images are strong and bright. The photographs do not lie flat, but there are no creases or tears. The exposure of the photos is darker than those in the book. Book: H:25.5 x W:18cm Photos: H:8.3 x W:13.5cm
The words of His Majesty the King A framed fine art print from an original watercolour by Sir William Russell Flint, one of the most celebrated British painters of the 20th century. The painting was commissioned for the Queen's Book of the Red Cross - a total of 50 British authors and artists contributed to the contents. The handwritten label on the reverse reads: The words of King George V. (1939) Illustrated by Sir William Russell Flint RA. Rare collectors item. There are two very minor marks to the frame - otherwise very good used condition. Overall: H:30.5 x W:25.8 x D:2cm Print area: H:18 x W:13cm
Two WWI embroidered silk postcards The first card is embroidered with the words "To my dear mother from your loving son" and has a handwritten message on the reverse. Nice to find complete with illustrated "Souvenir from France" card insert and the original waxed envelope with a pencilled message on the front. These two items are often discarded. All the above are in very good condition, colours remaining bright. The envelope has damage to the flap as can be seen in the photograph. The second card with flags of Italy, Russia, Great Britain and France has the embroidered message; Victory and Liberty and a handwritten message on the reverse. This card has two small tears and appears to have been removed from an album. Condition average.
Unique WWII birthday card from a P.O.W. Kriegsgefangenenpost embellished to create a unique birthday card to his parents from a Scottish Prisoner of War held by the Germans. Dated 16th May 1944. This man obviously had an artistic flair with a good understanding of calligraphy and illustration and was possibly a commercial artist by trade. The phrase "Where will you find another?" comes to mind. Fold mark and two small tears but reasonable condition. H:9.5 x W:14.7cm
Victorian / Edwardian Wood-Milne steel button hook Promotional item for the Wood-Milne company - established in 1896 and based in London and Preston. They produced rubber heels and soles for boots and shoes, tyres and inner tubes for cars and motorcycles, drive belts, foot pumps and golf balls. In 1924 they were taken over by an American company and in 1934 became The British Tyre and Rubber Co. Minor corrosion stains. L:13 x W:2.5cm
Victorian Flobert parlour pistol relic mounted on a wooden plaque Parlour pistols came into fashion in the mid-19th century and were a small calibre gun used for target shooting in larger homes and saloons/pubs with a dedicated parlour or gallery for the purpose. The low power round was designed by Louis Nicolas Flobert and was basically a combined percussion cap and lead bullet with no powder, relying on the explosive force of the cap to propel the bullet. An interesting display item no doubt created by an enthusiast, suitable as a desk ornament or can be wall hung. Pistol in relic condition with some moving parts. O/A H:14.5 x L:35.5cm
Victorian Mangnall & Co. steel button hook “Wear Bective Boots & Shoes”. Promotional item for the boot and shoe manufacturer Mangnall & Co. 51 Market Street, Chorley. Patent date of 12.1.94 and the letters USA - the significance of the latter unresearched. Overall good condition for age - minor corrosion to shaft. L:15.5 x W:1.2cm
Vintage "Kadets of America" trainer/drill rifle One of a range of toy and drill/trainer rifles produced by the Parris Manufacturing Company. Cecil Parris founded a paramilitary youth organisation in Savannah, Tennessee in the early 50s called "Kadets of America" - the idea being to promote self-discipline and leadership for boys and girls through the use of rifle drill and to teach young children the basics of gun safety. The single piece shaped wood stock with grasping grooves and a short length of metal tube with foresight creates a look reminiscent of a M1903 Springfield. The working bolt encompasses a spring-loaded non-ejecting wooden cartridge which is visible in the action body when the bolt is open and retracts under spring pressure when the bolt is closed - giving the appearance of chambering a round. The spring-loaded trigger operates independently with no link to other mechanisms. Fitted with webbing sling and a stacking swivel screwed into the forend. Overall good vintage used condition with some paint loss. The wood has a slightly darker strip just forward of the stacking swivel and appears to have originally been fitted with a metal band and the left side has bruising and some small indentations as shown in the photographs. Corrosion to butt plate, screws and metal fittings. An interesting and unusual item. UK sales only. Overall length: 107cm
Vintage 1950s era British police constable/sergeant night cape Cheshire constabulary, manufactured by Briggs, Jones & Gibson Ltd. Heavy and warm woollen unlined material, with upright collar and lion's heads/chain clasp. Three buttons, hidden closure. Label states to fit height 5' 10". Measurement from top of collar to bottom: 92cm. Width across shoulders: 55cm. Excellent condition, some minor fold marks - appears unworn.
Vintage Battle Picture Library bundle Fleetway Publications Ltd. Cover price 1/- (one shilling) No. 251 Vendetta - 1966 No. 292 Shield of Fate - 1967 No. 427 Armed Escort - 1969 Good used condition with only a few minor faults commensurate with age.
Vintage beret - French Armoured Cavalry Dark blue beret with sewn-in tailor's labels - ETAB. HENRI VEVRIER size 57 and feint ink stamp possibly 1150. Smaller label reads Preservé des Mites EULAN (moth proofed). Cloth in overall very good condition, just a small split in the leather headband (pictured) and of course no mothing. Badge has lost some of its finish. Lettering to the reverse reads BV 63600. AMBERT BERAUDY - VAURE Fittingly, the origins of the military beret can be attributed to the French. In the late 1800s the Chasseurs Alpins (Mountain Light Infantry) wore a wide floppy headdress which subsequently evolved into a smaller, tighter version which French armoured troops adopted towards the end of WWI - and the practice spread world wide. Most French forces wear the beret pulled to the left with the badge over the right eye - contrary to British practice.
Vintage Boy Scouts bundle Items comprising belt and beret of similar vintage and an earlier period photograph. The belt is named to H.C. James No.43. There is some corrosion to the metal fittings but nothing too serious and the leather shows age related wear but remains supple. The adjustment holes have been utilised to accomodate growth. The beret has no direct association with the belt. It is in good overall vintage condition with minor age-related wear. There are just a few tiny areas where the nap is missing, no doubt due to mothing, but the fabric is not holed and the areas are not particularly noticeable unless the beret is scrutinised. Traces of red screen printing remain on the inner crown. The badge is bright and shows very little wear. Raised lettering on the reverse reads: SCOUTS BP ASSCN. The image which is a cut down photographic postcard is handwritten in pencil on the reverse: Master Fred Crossley No. 8 Peel Street Cloughfold Nr Rawtenstall.
Vintage decorative cow horn Believed to originate from East Africa, skilfully decorated and bound with raffia and leather. This would have been carried utilising a cord - holes have been pierced in the leather to accomodate this. Possibly used as a drinking vessel. Generally in good condition with slight damage to the leather as shown with one further tiny split. This does not detract from the overall pleasing impresssion - an interesting display item. L:32 x dia:8cm
Vintage Milbro 'junior' microscope Using the terminology of today this would be described as entry level, and was no doubt costed and manufactured to sell at a pocket money price - and therein lies its charm. Made in Japan, it is supplied with two plain glass slides and one pre-prepared with a fibre sample. Boxed and complete with corrugated card as it left the factory. Overall good condition. Some minor traces of corrosion under the base. Fully extended H:15cm x W:5cm approx.
Vintage promotional coathanger - Bleyle clothing die Kleidung, in der man sich wohlfühlt - the clothing in which you feel comfortable Hugo Vollrath, Fernruf ??7 (telephone number) Sangerehausen The company Bleyle (Wilhelm) was founded in Stuttgart in 1889. During the first half of the 20th century it was one of the largest German manufacturers of knitwear and hosiery and became well known for manufacturing children's clothes, in particular the sailor suits that boys wore before WWII. The paint is in poor condition as can be seen in the photos and is liable to flake off unless handled with care. Hook is rusty. Wood is sound with no evidence of woodworm. NB. Interestingly, a man with the name Hugo Vollrath established a Theosophical Publishing House in Leipzig in 1906. Whether this is one and the same person has not been established. Overall width: 42cm
Vintage promotional letter opener - Deutsche Spiegelglas - Ausfuhrges.m.b.H. Aachen Exporter of mirror glass based in Aachen, Germany. An interesting collectable manufactured by AMICUS, Solingen. One side of the blade is marked with imperial measurements and the word 'LONDON' and metric measurements on the reverse. Comprises one piece plated steel blade/hilt with Art Nouveau style cast brass picture facings riveted to hilt. Traces of corrosion on steel (largest area pictured) but generally pleasing condition. O/A length: 21cm Incorporated into the Siegfried Line, in late 1944 the city of Aachen became the centre of one of the largest urban battles fought by US forces during WWII, and the first city on German soil to be captured. The German army finally surrendered after much of the city was destroyed - both sides suffered heavy losses. The action significantly disrupted Allied plans for the advance into Germany.
Vintage souvenir brooch - Traisen Tyrolean hat and edelweiss - banner stamped Traisen Traisen is a small picturesque town in lower Austria and the Tyrolean (or Alpine) hat together with edelweiss (which grows at high altitudes) are the archetypal tourist symbols for the region. During WWI, the edelweiss insignia was granted to the German Alpine troops for their bravery, but its symbolic use in the miltary was introduced in the mid 19th century by the Swiss Armed Forces. H:3 x W:3.4cm
Vintage souvenir brooch, Grindelwald, Switzerland Climbing ice pick with cap, chain & cow bell - banner stamped Grindelwald Famous as a skiing /hiking destination and the starting point for ascents of the Eiger and the Wetterhorn. THe films On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Star Wars Episode III, Clint Eastwood’s The Eiger Sanction and The Golden Compass all brought Grindelwald to the cinema screen. It also appears as a race course in Gran Turismo 2 and the name is given to a character in the Harry Potter series - Gellert Grindelwald. Complete with ringing bell. H:2.5 x W:3.7cm
Vintage souvenir brooch, Oberjoch - Allgäu, Bavaria Crossed skis with eidelweiss - banner stamped Oberjoch - Allgäu. Oberjoch is the highest village in Germany, the perfect venue for winter sports. The Oberjoch Pass which lies just 1km west of the Austrian border was known as “Adolf Hitler Pass” during WWII. The scientist Wernher von Braun together with other scientists who developed the notorious V-2 rocket during WWII surrendered to US troops in Oberjoch - their knowledge proving to be a valuable commodity to the United States. H:2.5 x W:5cm
Vintage US Air Force fire resistant coveralls with captain's insignia and velcro backed embroidered cloth patches A summer weight one-piece garment with full length zip and a multitude of zipped pockets. Velcro fasteners to cuffs, ankles and waist band. 552d Air Control Wing is responsible to Air Combat Command in a number of roles including combat support of E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) and from 1976 has operated from Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Air Mobility Command provides global air mobility including airlift and aerial refuelling. Overall very good condition with only light wear and no damage and no moth. Minor faint red stain to left hip pocket and corresponding area at back of garment. Patches show minor marks associated with age and use but remain bright. Size 36 Short - Chest: 36in Waist: 32in Inside leg: 28in approx.
Vintage US Airmail photographs Framed original airbrushed bromide prints. Three 'snapshots' of the fascinating era of postal planes which took over carrying mail from the U.S. Army Air Service in 1918, originally using mainly WWI surplus aircraft. Much interesting information on the subject is available online. Plane 1: Signwriting on the fuselage - No. 1 NAT U.S. MAIL EXPRESS ©1925 NAT inc On the tail: CARRIER PIGEON Curtiss Plane 2: Signwriting on the fuselage - Survey Plane PACIFIC AIR TRANSPORT Air Mail On the tail: RYAN M-1 Los Angeles, Bakerfield, Fresno, San Francisco, Medford, Portland, Seattle Plane 3: Signwriting on the fuselage - U.S. AIR MAIL ROUTE C.A.M. 5 (Contract Air Mail - Route 5) On the tail: Swallow 3 There is a label on the back of each print for a picture framing company in Hyde, Cheshire, UK with pre 1995 telephone area code. All fitted with brass screw eyes and cord ready for hanging - in overall very good condition. Frame: H:29 x W:34cm Image: H:18 x W:23cm
Vintage War Picture Library bundle Fleetway Publications Ltd. 1966 Cover price 1/- (one shilling) No. 336 Deed of Valour No. 351 The Exiles No. 364 Sword of Oshima Good used condition with only a few minor faults commensurate with age.
Vintage wooden cigarette lighter Quirky style and remaining a bit of an enigma. First thoughts were along the lines of British WWII Civil Defence rescue chap with helmet lamp - but the helmet isn't quite the right shape. Then thoughts turned to miner - but the helmet isn't quite the right shape. So on we go... not knowing. Requires flint and fuel. Only traces of varnish remaining on the tunic and helmet, but 90% varnish remaining on head and neck. Apart from the loss of varnish and the odd scrape here and there it remains a nice thing. H:8.5 x W:5.5cm
Vintage wooden napkin ring - bugler boy Carved and hand-painted with 'nodding' head. For anyone who collects interesting napkin rings this one is certainly quirky. The head is attached with elastic cord so it can be turned, lowered and elevated - presumably to keep guests entertained / preoccupied between courses should the conversation falter. Possibly Austrian. H:10.5 x W:5.5cm
Vintage ‘Bully Beef’ can opener The bull design theme originated in the mid 1800s and was issued by the US Army with its rations of canned ‘Bully Beef’ during the American Civil War. The design was adopted by manufacturers in Great Britain as well as the US, and a number of slight variations in design can be encountered. It was in use during the Boer War and was popular with Allied troops in WWI. Difficult to date precisely, this particular item is probably late Victorian/Edwardian and comprises a cast iron body with separate removable steel blade. Some staining and areas of corrosion to blade but in overall good condition. No visible manufacturers markings. O/A length:17cm
War souvenir Arab dagger & sheath - 8th Army connection A simple steel V-edge blade with a wooden handle and sheath, both bound with plaited jute cord. A leather thong is fitted through a hole in the end of the sheath. An attached handwritten label reads: Hand-made Arab knife worn inside clothing, 1942-43 Marsa Matruh Egypt. On the reverse: Knife taken from Arab shot in Africa during campaign between 8th army and Rommel by Albert (surname removed) 1942-43. Overall very good condition, some minor corrosion to blade, tip rounded. The Battle of Marsa Matruh (Mersa alternative spelling) fought in June 1942 was the last major victory for Rommel following the capture of Tobruk a few days earlier. O/A L:31cm Blade: 17cm UK sales only
Wehrpass and Ausmusterungsschein (certificate of rejection) - Fritz Schweiniger Fritz Schweiniger was born 06/04/1894 and was registered for military service and issued with his Wehrpass on 21st August 1943. The same day he was also issued with a Ausmusterungsschein - a document given to those who were unfit/disabled and "totally unsuitable to serve the army". Both police and army officials had to sign off these documents and of course forging/misuse was a criminal offence. It is presumed from his photograph that Fritz was blind or at best, partially sighted. Overall excellent condition.
Wille und Macht (Will and Power) - February 1938 This was the official and regularly published magazine for the leaders of the Hitler-Jugend (Hitler Youth). Its editor was Baldur von Schirach who at that time was the head of the Hitler Youth and part of Hitler’s inner circle. He became known as “the man who educated Germany’s youngsters”. This edition has 64 text pages and a four-page black and white picture centre section. Roughly translated the contents include: A Letter from a Village Ways and Diversions of the German Film The Triumph of the Step-Son Film Art in Europe Filming in Red Russia Dramatisation of the German Film Catholic Action of the Holy Production Our Film Through the Eyes of Switzerland Reasonable condition, with page yellowing through age. It has been carried doubled over in early life and each page has a vertical fold mark. H:21 x W:16.7cm approx.
Wooden trinket box made by a German P.O.W. during WWII From a house clearance in Berlin. An attractive marquetry jewellery box with lift-out tray - made by a German P.O.W. being held in America, as a present for his wife. A skilfully hand-painted inscription inside the lid translates: "My dear wife for birthdays America the 28th May, 1945". Generally in good condition, however one of the feet has been broken off and the vertical corner section above it is missing. The base has been lined with cloth inside and out, with moth damage to the interior as can be seen in the photo. Nonetheless, it remains an interesting and desirable item for anyone interested in Prisoners of War work. NB. The British government approached The United States with a request for help to house P.O.Ws owing to a shortage of suitable accommodation in the UK. The prisoners were transported in Liberty ships returning to the US and of course ran the risk of being sunk by U-boats. The majority of German prisoners were held in the U.S. until 1946, then spent three more years as labourers in France and the UK before returning home. H:16.5 x W:27 x D:16cm approx.
WW1 era - City of London Yeomanry badge - manufacturer's pattern The City of London Yeomanry (Rough Riders) South Africa 1900-02 Non-ferrous metal sample mounted onto paper-covered fibreboard and fastened with string utilising holes drilled through the metal for the purpose. Pattern number in ink below. This is one of a number of different patterns originally mounted onto one board and subsequently separated - judging by appearances, some considerable time ago. Minor damage to paper/board. Badge in good overall condition with some minor EKs / contact wear. An interesting and ultra scarce item - quite possibly unique. Badge inc. surplus metal: H:3.1 x W:2.7cm
WW1 era - HMS Wallflower badge - manufacturer's pattern Non-ferrous metal sample mounted onto paper-covered fibreboard and fastened with string utilising holes drilled through the metal for the purpose. Pattern number in ink below. This is one of a number of different patterns originally mounted onto one board and subsequently separated - judging by appearances, some considerable time ago. Damage to paper/board. Badge has two contact scratches but good overall condition. An interesting and ultra scarce item - quite possibly unique. NB. HMS Wallflower, an Arabis-class minesweeping sloop launched November 1915; served in the Grand Fleet, at Queenstown, in the North Sea and the Mediterranean. Badge inc. surplus metal: H:3.9 x W:2.8cm
WW1 era - Reckitt's Hospital badge - manufacturer's pattern Reckitt and Sons Ltd - Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) hospital Non-ferrous metal sample mounted onto paper-covered fibreboard and fastened with string utilising holes drilled through the metal for the purpose. Pattern number in ink below. This is one of a number of different patterns originally mounted onto one board and subsequently separated - judging by appearances, some considerable time ago. Some damage to paper/board. Badge in good overall condition with some minor surface marks. An interesting and ultra scarce item - quite possibly unique. Beginning in 1840, Reckitt and Sons was a leading British manufacturer of household products (including Brasso and Windolene) based in Kingston upon Hull. Their social club hall was used as a Voluntary Aid Detachment hospital during WWI. Badge inc. surplus metal: H:3.5 x W:3.5cm
WW1 era - War Hospital badge - manufacturer's pattern Bournemouth Woodwork Depot Non-ferrous metal sample mounted onto paper-covered fibreboard and fastened with string utilising holes drilled through the metal for the purpose. Pattern number in ink below. This is one of a number of different patterns originally mounted onto one board and subsequently separated - judging by appearances, some considerable time ago. Damage to paper/board. Badge in good overall condition with some minor contact wear. An interesting and ultra scarce item - quite possibly unique. Bournemouth War Hospital Woodwork Depot was started in October 1915 utilising skilled volunteers to make useful items for hospitals in their spare time. Donated wooden boxes and tea chests were taken to pieces and reworked into bed rests, tables, trays, knife boxes, writing desks, ward cupboards and even crutches. The Depot closed in March 1919. Information taken from an interesting online publication: Bournemouth and the First World War (The Evergreen Valley 1914 to 1919) by M A Edgington. Badge inc. surplus metal: H:2.9 x W:2.9cm
WW1 era badge - manufacturer's pattern Fighting for King and Country Rd.652566 Non-ferrous metal sample mounted onto paper-covered fibreboard and fastened with string utilising holes drilled through the metal for the purpose. Pattern number in ink below. This is one of a number of different patterns originally mounted onto one board and subsequently separated - judging by appearances, some considerable time ago. Damage to paper/board. Badge in good overall condition with some minor contact wear. An interesting and ultra scarce item - quite possibly unique. Badge inc. surplus metal: H:3.7 x W:3.3cm
WWI - The Soldier's Bible - Gunner W. Firth The Holy Bible - containing the Old and New Testaments. Printed by Humphrey Milford at Oxford University Press, London. No printed published year present. Supplied for the Public Service. Includes colour maps of Egypt and Palestine. Printed on inside front cover 'A Soldier's Prayer' followed by a blank page and handwritten on the reverse: No. 173894 Gunner W. Firth 29th Reserve Battery Royal Field Artillery This page has had a small section cut from the top edge. Overall good used condition. There are no tears and binding remains firm. Some pages have corners turned over, edges are slightly grubby with some minor foxing and stains. Board covers each have a minor vertical pressure crease. H:13.5 x W:9 x D:3cm
WWI 6pdr shell case - "one of six fired at a German submarine" A highly interesting shell case that has been carefully stamped on the base with the following inscription: ONE OF SIX FIRED AT GERMAN SUBMARINE AUG 20 J. HARKESS MEDITERRANEAN 1917 I.W.T. I.W.T. (The Inland Water Transport and Docks Section of the Royal Engineers) was formed in December 1914 to deal with and develop transport on canals and waterways in France and Belgium. By 1916 its scope was extended to cover Inland Water Transport and Dock Working in other theatres of war including Salonika and Egypt. Many of Egypt's seaports are situated on the Mediterranean which was of course an attractive theatre of operations for German U-Boats. Harkess is an unusual name and Forces War Records have John Harkess, Skipper RNR, Service No.1817 W.S.A. and also James Harkess, Seaman RNR, Service No.6360/A - certainly worthy of further investigation. Overall very good condition with three minor surface blemishes/dings to case wall. Slight distortion to neck - not quite perfectly round.
WWI British Field Post card dated August 22nd 1918 Stamped Passed by Censor No. 1484. This is the sixth version of the Censor stamp which appeared in October 1917. NB. It was decided soon after the outbreak of war that all letters and cards written by soldiers on active service could be sent unstamped - without payment by the serviceman and without any charge being made upon the recipient. However all mail was subject to censorship - usually by junior officers before being stamped "Passed by Censor". H:14 x W:9cm
WWI bullet ashtray - Anti-German propaganda A depiction of Reims Cathedral in flames as a result of German bombardment in 1914. The lettering reads: REIMS MARTYRE - Reims put to death in martyrdom. Overall condition very good but one corner bent over. Small areas of staining on the underside. A city in the Champagne-Ardenne region of France, Reims played a prominent ceremonial role as the city where French kings were traditionally crowned. During WWI, Reims was badly damaged by German artillery and a subsequent fire in 1914 severely damaged the cathedral - the ruins of which became one of France’s central images of anti-German propaganda, alongside the ruins of the Cloth Hall at Ypres and the University Library in Louvain. They were presented as evidence that German aggression targeted cultural landmarks of European civilisation. W:10 x 10 x H:1.5cm
WWI Enfield oiler Mk IV Serial numbered cap - 461. Base carries BSA (italic B) inspection mark plus Broad Arrow denoting British Government ownership. Evidence of corrosion on spoon. Two 'flats' on edge of cap possibly caused by the use of a vice and small ding on body, otherwise good condition. Retains its original leather washer. This oil bottle was designed to be carried in the butt trap of the Short Magazine Lee Enfield (SMLE). L:9.5cm
WWI era Postcard - HMS Leviathan Royal Marine Light Infantry football team Competition winners 1915-1916-1917-1918. Various badges visible including Bandsman, front row left and right. Good overall condition - slight fading to outer edges on front. Reverse clean and unused. Red ink stamp G. Dabell.
WWI Naval patriotic pin tray Pressed and formed from wafer thin aluminium with printed transfers - a Naval scene with warship and submarine in the foreground surrounded by flags representing Great Britain, France and Belgium plus the St. Andrew’s Cross - the Imperial Russian Naval ensign in existence from 1696 until the Revolution in 1917. As can be seen in the photos, the upper surface is suffering from oxidisation which is also showing through in the sky area. There is some loss of the main image left side and two scratches through to the metal in the foreground. The underneath, apart from minor blemishes is in pretty good condition. Remarkably, for such a delicate and easily deformed object, the shape is almost as perfect as the moment it was pressed. L:11 x W:7.3 X H:1cm
WWI New Testament Pocket Bible dated 1917 together with two lace handkerchiefs Pocket Bible presented to Sam Platt by the National Bible Society of Scotland, who in turn gave it to (his sweetheart?) Mary A. Johnson. Another handwritten inscription on the last page reads: Came home on leave Oct. 27 went back to France Nov. 4th. A handwritten extract from a Psalm can be found on page 2. Overall good pleasing condition. All pages firmly attached and no tears. Cloth covering showing some wear with slight foxing / discolouration to the endpapers. Handkerchief 1: White, bordered with lace and embroidered panel entitled "With fondest love". With defined storage creases and foxing, embroidery work remains very bright. Handkerchief 2: Salmon pink, bordered with lace and embroidered panel "The South Wales Borderers" regimental crest and flowers. Defined storage creases and foxing, embroidery work remains very bright. These items came together but the connection can only be guessed at. NB. The South Wales Borderers came into existence as the 24th Regiment of Foot in 1689 and have distinguished themselves with many battle honours and were of course immortalised in the 1964 movie 'Zulu' for their stand at Rorke's Drift.
WWI postcard - Pope Benedict XV Written on the reverse and postmarked 24.VI.15 Pope Benedict XV was Pope from 3rd September 1914 until his death from pneumonia on 22nd January 1922. He is probably the least remembered pontiff of the 20th century, nevertheless an unsung hero for his valiant efforts to bring an end to WWI. Amongst his many achievements he succeeded in reaching agreements with the warring parties which focused on humanitarian efforts - conditions for prisoners of war, exchange of wounded soldiers, the plight of children and food deliveries to the needy throughout Europe. Very slight age yellowing, the corners just losing their sharpness and no creases. Generally very good overall condition.
WWI Trench Art - French 75mm Field Gun shell case With a moose on a textured background and overstamped on the base - Soissons May 1917. This is a little different from other examples of the genre that we have seen, and until recently was in a large private collection. It has been polished some time ago and there is light patination in some areas and minor stains on the base. Overall nice condition with no damage. NB. In March 1917, German command launched operation Alberich, a strategic withdrawal of the front between Arras and Soissons in order to establish themselves behind vast impregnable fortifications. The French Army, lacking accurate information and believing the withdrawal to be a sign of weakness pressed ahead with an attack along a 40 kilometre front. The result was a total disaster - a fiasco that led to the French mutinies on 20th May. H:20.5cm
WWII 'Trench Art' shell case Prince Albert Volunteers collar badge mounted on a Japanese Type 96 25mm AT/AA shell case - an interesting combination. During WWII the Japanese Navy were the major users of this weapon, a variant of the French Hotchkiss - the anchor symbol confirming Japanese Naval issue. The Prince Albert Volunteers originated in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada serving as a body of Canadian Government militia during the North-West Rebellion of 1885. Their subsequent history is somewhat complicated - more information online. Overall condition of the case is very good, just two minor and virtually unnoticeable 'dings' on the case wall, opposite side to badge. The buffalo has become slightly less defined through normal usage. H:16.3 x Dia:4.3cm
WWII Alexander Club, Rome - folder and postcards Published by NAAFI / EFI, this is the complete set of 16 cards with the original paper folder, depicting the full range of club facilities available to servicemen. The reverse of each card is captioned accordingly. The Club (named after General Alexander) was created in a commandeered department store, with six floors centred around a roofed open space and a huge candelabra hanging from the ceiling. Unfortunately, on one occasion this light fitting became the subject of a bet between a group of commandos and paras as to who could swing from it the best. After a short while the inevitable happened and the whole thing crashed to the ground, landing on top of the para that had been clinging on to it causing him serious injuries. The folder has suffered badly from light staining in some areas which contrasts vividly with the natural colour. The postcards have yellowed around the edges but this is far less noticeable, one in particular has yellowed on the reverse mimicking the stain on the front cover. Apart from the staining they are all in sound condition, corners remaining quite sharp and with no tears or creases. None have been written on. NB. The Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes (NAAFI) was created by the British Government in 1921 to provide recreational establishments and to sell goods to servicemen (and their families). The EFI (Expeditionary Force Institutes) provided NAAFI facilities in war zones. H:10.5 x W:15.5cm
WWII ATS & VAD Release Book Class "A" Together with Regulations for ATS Amendments No.3 and No.4. W/241844 Pte. Lilian Needham, a dressmaker from the Manchester area. "Exemplary military conduct". Release book in overall very good used condition, rust bleed to staple on Amendments No.4 .
WWII British Home Front Mk.II steel helmet Manufactured in 1939 by Briggs Motor Bodies (BMB), Dagenham. This is a plain black non-magnetic steel helmet with stainless steel rim as issued to members of the Air Raid Precautions Services. It has the second pattern moulded rubber cruciform crown pad, the fibre lining clearly stamped BMB 1939 and the size 71/4. The helmet has a partial stamp on the underside adjacent to a chin strap securing lug - BMB 1939 together with the code G29 indicating the batch of steel from which the helmet was made. The initials D B have been carefully written in ink on the chin strap. This is a good looking helmet and the overall condition is very pleasing. There are some minor paint chips to the stainless rim and areas of paint loss to the body adjacent to the rim, the two most significant are pictured. There are minor surface scratches but the paint remains smooth and bright with no corrosion lying under the surface, inside or out. The interior is very clean, the leather cloth tongues are supple, with no splits or cracks.
WWII British Military issue candle lamp Stamped with Broad Arrow, Made by T.E. Bladon & Son Ltd. 1942 Versatile lamp with sturdy base and carry handle with screw slot for wall hanging. The candle would have been inserted in the pillar from below by removing the bayonet cap and spring lift mechanism. A small hinged door on the left of the body allows the candle to be lit. The lamp body can be unscrewed from the base. Originally issued with a lens blackout cover which is absent as is the tiny hinge pin for the opening lens. It has been converted to electric light bulb at some point in its life but the wire has been cut by a previous owner with only a short length remaining*. This lamp has had a lot of use and appears to have been repainted but this has been some considerable time ago as the areas of corrosion and paint loss testify. Overall condition is far from perfect but there are no dents or damage apart from paint loss and patches of corrosion. There is surface rust to the interior of the lamp body and the reflectors are dull. Nevertheless it holds a great deal of charm and displays well. As a matter of interest, during WWII the Bladon factory was used for essential war work and produced heaters, railway lamps, oil cans and horse singeing tools (see item 50208). *Not safe to re-wire/use without inspection by a qualified electrician. H:20.5 x W:12 x Base Dia:10.5cm
WWII Burma Road hand carved box This box came with a handwritten note which reads: This box was carved by a World War II soldier who had worked on the Burma Road, which was built to bring supplies to beleaguered China, to help them resist the Japanese invasion. It might interest a collector of WWII memorabilia. The condition, look and feel is very pleasing. The lid is now slightly distorted creating a wider gap on one side when shut and the relief carving has suffered slight loss of wood in three small areas. But the love and care that has gone into creating this box is there for all to see. An absolute gem and without doubt a one-off. The Burma Road is 717miles (1,154km) long and runs through rough mountainous territory, much of it completed in 1938 by Burmese and Chinese labourers during the Second Sino-Japanese War. At that time the road stopped at the Burmese border. After the Japanese overran Burma in 1942 the Allies were forced to supply Chiang Kai-shek and the nationalist Chinese by air. After a Japanese attempt to capture Assam was defeated and northern Burma was recaptured by the Allies, a new road was built running from Ledo in Assam and connecting with the older road at Wandingzhen, China. It was operational by the end of January 1945. H:6 x L:20 x W:12cm
WWII era badge - Cheshire Corps of Air Raid Wardens Pin fitting for female use. Unusual maker - Butt & Co. Ltd. Chester - a firm of jewellers dating back to the mid 1800s. Vintage condition with some loss of finish to high spots of plumes and coronet and the rim at 2 o'clock. The lettering around the circumference is generally good although the 'O' in Corps has lost some finish. Blue enamel intact but some light scratches can be seen under a glass. Pin and catch in good order. Dia: 2.5cm
WWII era Deutsche Polizei type M34 helmet with British liner Manufactured at the Eisenhüttenwerke, Thale. The helmet remains something of an enigma since it has been fitted with a British Tommy helmet liner utilising the original helmet liner holes in the shell, with holes drilled in the replacement liner to suit. The liner is a Mk. II size 7, manufactured by J C S & W (J. Crompton Sons & Webb Ltd, London) and dated 1940. No chinstrap fitted. This kind of 'marriage' is not something we have encountered before, and it would seem that someone has gone to a lot of (unnecessary?) effort to fit this liner - a subject that has attracted much theorising. If anyone has a definitive answer we would be most interested to know. There is general surface corrosion/pitting and loss of paint but no dents. An interesting item that looks good on display.
WWII Era ink pad and stamps - National Fire Service (NFS) The NFS was created in 1941 by the amalgamation of the Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS) and local authority fire brigades. The operational unit of the NFS was the Fire Force. Found together, this group comprises an H. C. Stephens' Endorsing Ink Pad and 3 rubber stamps which read as follows: Divisional Officer. (Small plain wood handle - lettering in italics) Assistant Fire Force Commander, (Large black handle - this stamp is labelled DEPUTY FIRE COMMANDER) 'B' DIVISION No. 29 AREA (Stained wood stamp - No. 29 was the Preston area). The tin has the numerals 4210 stencilled on the base. There is light corrosion to all surfaces of the tin - the paper label has survived in surprisingly good condition. Traces of stamp use can be seen on the ink pad which is now dry. All 3 stamps are in very good condition for display. Dr Henry Stephens developed his indelible "blue-black writing fluid" in 1832 and being indelible and non-fading, Stephens' ink was made mandatory by the British Government for use on all legal documents and ship's logs. On 28th June 1919, The Treaty of Versailles, bringing a formal end to WWI, was signed using Stephens' indelible blue-black ink.
WWII German Arbeitsbuch belonging to Else Scheurel D.O.B. 27 October 1913, Berlin Else's first employment (1930 - 1938) was as a salesperson with Herrmann Gerson GMBH, a company founded in the 1800s by a Jewish merchant who created the first luxury fashion house/department store in Berlin. In 1939 the building was taken over by the Reichskriminalpolizeiamt and during the course of the war it was destroyed. This is the first pattern of Arbeitsbuch with Weimar Eagle and a small swastika on each corner of every page. Good used condition with some minor creases. Small 'rust' coloured stain to the top edge of each page. The workbook was issued to document the work history of each German citizen. Employers would stamp the book with the date employment commenced on the left hand page and again on the right when the worker left thereby creating an employment history at a glance. It was also useful in providing proof that the individual had a need to be in a particular area if challenged by the authorities.
WWII German submarine U-534 - cutlery knife relic Marked Rostfrei (stainless) on the blade together with eagle and swastika on hilt. Sunk east of Anholt Island, Denmark on 5th May 1945, U-534 was recovered in 1993 and became part of the Warship Preservation Trust's collection at Birkenhead Docks. The museum closed in 2006 and in 2007 Merseytravel acquired U-534 to display at the "U-Boat Story" Exhibition, Woodside Ferry Terminal, Wirral, Merseyside. The vessel is now in sectioned form allowing visitors better visibility of the cramped and difficult to access areas. This knife is one of a large number of recovered 'everyday items' including razors, tooth brushes etc, bottles, tins, crockery, utensils and medical equipment which are on display at the museum - the excess/poorer condition items being sold off owing to lack of storage/display space. Many artefacts were preserved to varying degrees by pockets of air - some, including even paperwork have been recovered in unbelievably good condition. See National Geographic on YouTube. O/A length: 19.7cm Images: Aerial view (courtesy of Australian War Memorial) shows U-534, attempting to evade the attack of Liberator G of 86 Squadron, RAF, Coastal Command which sank it with depth charges. U-534 at Birkenhead Docks, Merseyside, England - courtesy of Paul Adams.
WWII German submarine U-534 - No.14 locker key - stamped ‘14’ with hand-numbered fob Sunk east of Anholt Island, Denmark on 5th May 1945, U-534 was recovered in 1993 and became part of the Warship Preservation Trust's collection at Birkenhead Docks. The museum closed in 2006 and in 2007 Merseytravel acquired U-534 to display at the "U-Boat Story" Exhibition, Woodside Ferry Terminal, Wirral, Merseyside. The vessel is now in sectioned form allowing visitors better visibility of the cramped and difficult to access areas. This key is one of a large number of recovered 'everyday items' including razors, tooth brushes etc, bottles, tins, crockery, utensils and medical equipment which are on display at the museum - the excess/poorer condition items being sold off owing to lack of storage/display space. Many artefacts were preserved to varying degrees by pockets of air - some, including even paperwork have been recovered in unbelievably good condition. See National Geographic on YouTube. Key length: 5.5cm Images: Aerial view (courtesy of Australian War Memorial) shows U-534, attempting to evade the attack of Liberator G of 86 Squadron, RAF, Coastal Command which sank it with depth charges. U-534 at Birkenhead Docks, Merseyside, England - courtesy of Paul Adams.
WWII German submarine U-534 - No.19 locker key - stamped ‘19’ with hand-numbered fob Sunk east of Anholt Island, Denmark on 5th May 1945, U-534 was recovered in 1993 and became part of the Warship Preservation Trust's collection at Birkenhead Docks. The museum closed in 2006 and in 2007 Merseytravel acquired U-534 to display at the "U-Boat Story" Exhibition, Woodside Ferry Terminal, Wirral, Merseyside. The vessel is now in sectioned form allowing visitors better visibility of the cramped and difficult to access areas. This key is one of a large number of recovered 'everyday items' including razors, tooth brushes etc, bottles, tins, crockery, utensils and medical equipment which are on display at the museum - the excess/poorer condition items being sold off owing to lack of storage/display space. Many artefacts were preserved to varying degrees by pockets of air - some, including even paperwork have been recovered in unbelievably good condition. See National Geographic on YouTube. Key length: 5.5cm Images: Aerial view (courtesy of Australian War Memorial) shows U-534, attempting to evade the attack of Liberator G of 86 Squadron, RAF, Coastal Command which sank it with depth charges. U-534 at Birkenhead Docks, Merseyside, England - courtesy of Paul Adams.
WWII German submarine U-534 - No.4 locker key - stamped ‘4’ with hand-numbered fob Sunk east of Anholt Island, Denmark on 5th May 1945, U-534 was recovered in 1993 and became part of the Warship Preservation Trust's collection at Birkenhead Docks. The museum closed in 2006 and in 2007 Merseytravel acquired U-534 to display at the "U-Boat Story" Exhibition, Woodside Ferry Terminal, Wirral, Merseyside. The vessel is now in sectioned form allowing visitors better visibility of the cramped and difficult to access areas. This key is one of a large number of recovered 'everyday items' including razors, tooth brushes etc, bottles, tins, crockery, utensils and medical equipment which are on display at the museum - the excess/poorer condition items being sold off owing to lack of storage/display space. Many artefacts were preserved to varying degrees by pockets of air - some, including even paperwork have been recovered in unbelievably good condition. See National Geographic on YouTube. Key length: 5.5cm Images: Aerial view (courtesy of Australian War Memorial) shows U-534, attempting to evade the attack of Liberator G of 86 Squadron, RAF, Coastal Command which sank it with depth charges. U-534 at Birkenhead Docks, Merseyside, England - courtesy of Paul Adams.
WWII German Winterhilfswerk booklet Das Tapfere Schneiderlein (The Valiant Little Tailor) No.4 in a set of 10. Handed out by the Hitlerjugend and Bund Deutscher Mädel (boys and girls associations) in exchange for a few pfennigs to raise funds to provide necessities for the poor and needy during the winter months. Das Winterhilfswerk des Deutschen Volkes (Winter Relief of the German Peoples) ran from 1933 - 1945. Stain to front cover, otherwise very good used condition. H:5 x W:7cm
WWII NAAFI fork Stamped NAAFI 2904 T.Turner’s Hygienic One of the tines is slightly bent near the tip. General scuffs and scratches commensurate with age and use. Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes (NAAFI) is an organisation that was created by the British government in 1921 to provide retail, catering and recreational facilities for members of the armed forces all over the world. L:16.5cm
WWII phrase book - Sofort Französisch sprechen ohne Mühe "Speak French immediately without any problem", the essential handbook for German troops in occupied France. Divided into sections, it covers all the areas of normal civilian life that can be enjoyed in any town or city from visiting a cafe or restaurant to buying cigarettes / tobacco. Card covers with cloth spine in fragile condition. The glue holding the pages to the cloth spine has perished and some pages are now detached. Pages 27-28 and 29-30 have been torn out. H:13 x W:10.5cm
WWII Practical Cookery by Phyllis Davidson and Margaret Hindley Published by Blackie & Son Limited in 1939 according to War Economy Standards. Inside front cover carries the delightful hand-written momento for “Mum” from “Dadda and The Bhoys” (Bhoys maybe a reference to Celtic F.C.) to commemorate their Silver Wedding Day on 26th March 1943. The book itself is a collector’s item and has added appeal with the amusing inscription together with the wedding photograph which has been glued onto the page. A fascinating insight into British social history. Slight foxing to pages - otherwise very good used condition. H:16.5 x W:11.5cm
WWII Royal Tank Regiment Gilt and Enamel Sweetheart Brooch Obtained by a colleague directly from the family who provided the information that this brooch was given to his wife by Trooper H. Yates - Service No. 144886, ‘C’ Squadron, 47th Battalion, Royal Tank Regiment. He served with the 8th Army as part of the Allied Central Mediterranean Force. Overall good vintage condition. The red enamel does not fully fill the crown and the blue enamel appears to have flooded slightly, partially obscuring some of the lettering in the motto "Fear naught". Some loss of finish to the reverse. The pin remains sharp and fittings undamaged. H:2.5cm Made popular in WWI, these sweetheart brooches were usually given by servicemen to their wives or girlfriends to be worn as a token of loyalty and pride.
WWII theatre programme for Lot's Wife, Alexandria January 1945 Written by Peter Blackmore and presented by The ServiS Players for the benefit of service personnel. An interesting item of ephemera containing a wide variety of advertisements which in themselves are quite engrossing - particularly the one for Four Square cigarettes - "Everything ends in smoke" says the NFS girl, "but it might as well be good smoke. Probably few programmes have survived so assumed scarce. Reasonable condition with rust bled from staples. Centre section detached. H:20 x W:14cm
WWl Era embroidered sweetheart handkerchief Always popular with servicemen wanting to bring back a small gift for a mother, wife or sweetheart. Many flourishing cottage industries grew up in France producing a number of handkerchief designs which often included a patriotic combination of flags. Overall reasonably good aged condition with some foxing and storage creases. W:26 x D:26cm