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19th Century Black Irish Bog Oak Truncheon with Carved Shamrock Pattern Here on offer is a 19th century Black Irish Bog Oak Truncheon with a hand carved a spiral of shamrocks around the shaft, in low relief. There is also a shamrock carved into the top and it has a skilfully knotted suspension cord attached. It is in lovely original condition with no cracks, splits or damage that I can see. Bog wood also known as Bog Oak, is created from the trunks of trees that have lain in bogs, and bog-like conditions such as lakes, river bottoms and swamps, for centuries and even millennia. Deprived of oxygen, the wood undergoes the process of fossilization and morta formation. Water flow and depth play a special role in the creation of morta. Currents bind the minerals and iron in the water with tannins in the wood, naturally staining the wood in the process. This centuries-long process, often termed \"maturation,\" turns the wood from golden-brown to completely black, while increasing its hardness to such a level that it can only be carved with the use of specialty cutting tools. During the nineteenth century bog oak was used to make carved decorative items such as jewellery, ornaments and truncheons like this one. The Truncheon (without the cord) measures 12.2” (30.8cm) long It weighs 252g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
1st Pattern Luftwaffe Dagger by ALCOSO Here on offer is an untouched 1st Pattern Luftwaffe Dagger by ALCOSO in excellent condition. As with all ALCOSO produced edged weapons, the quality of this dagger is exceptional. It seems to have nickel silver fittings throughout, which all show some loss of plating and dark patination to the remaining plating. The pommel and crossguard have the early-stylised gilt swastikas, that have loss most of the gilt finish. The dark blue leather grip is in great condition with a dark patina with just some tiny scuffs. It retains its original triple twist wire wrap, which is still held tightly in place. The blade is in excellent condition, no pitting, greying or nicks and is complete with its blue leather buffer pad. It has what I think is a late 1930’s ALCOSO makers maker, with the name and scales, with the letters A W S. There are signs of light runner marks where it has been inserted into the scabbard. The blade is that mirror bright it was really hard to get some clear photos. The dark blue leather scabbard has just a couple of slithers missing on the bottom edges and just minor light age/usage bruising. All three-scabbard fittings are undamaged and all 5 retaining screws are in place. It original chain and spring clasp are still in place and in excellent condition. The clip has GES.GESCH. and the makers stamp OLC in a diamond. The short chain has 8 rings and the long chain 10 rings, with no repairs or damage. The blade measures 12.2” (30.7cm) and the Dagger itself 17.9” (45.5cm) long. Inserted in the scabbard it measures 19.25” (49cm) long. It weighs 580g. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger with Dark Orange Grip and Original Portepee by Rare Maker - RICH. Abr. HERDER Here on offer is an untouched 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger with its original silver portepee by the seldom seen maker of Luftwaffe daggers, RICH. Abr. HERDER. The Pommel is in excellent condition, retaining some of the original factory darkening and the hand-enhanced oak leaves on the swastikas remain crisp. The Grip is a lovely dark orange coloured trolon/celluloid type and is complete with a twisted brass wire, which is secure, but has a dark aged patina, that will clean off if required. The grip is in excellent condition and there are no cracks or splits to the finish. The ferrule has the finely detailed oak leaf design. The plated Blade measures 10.25” (26cm) in length and is in really excellent condition, no rust, just some very light pitting, to a 2cm section near the tip on one side. You can still see some of the original cross graining on the flat surface and there are some slight runner marks, but I am being really picky! The leather buffer pad is still in place inside the crossguard. On the reverse it has the later version of their trademark, being the name “RICH. A. HERDER” and their four pointed STAR, with the word “SOLINGEN” underneath. The plated metal Scabbard is in great condition, with just a slight dent near the bottom oak leaf on one side. It has an overall bright finish and the edges and lower faces, show plating loss. The throat is held in place by a pair of slightly round-headed screws. It still retains what looks to be its original short Luftwaffe silver thread portepee, which is in worn/fraid condition but is correctly tide around the base of the grip. The Dagger in the scabbard measures a total of 17.1” (43.5cm) long and weighs a heavy 390g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger with White Grip and Original Portepee by E. & F. HORSTER Here on offer is an untouched 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger by E. & F. Horster and still with its original silver portepee. The Pommel is in excellent condition, but has lost most of the original factory darkening. The hand-enhanced oak leaves on the swastikas remain crisp. The Grip is a beautiful white coloured trolon/celluloid type and is complete with a twisted brass wire, which is secure, but has some aged patina, that will clean off if required. The grip is in excellent condition and there are no cracks or splits to the finish. The ferrule has the finely detailed oak leaf design. The fine guard eagle faces to the viewers left and retains very fine detailing to the wing feathers, talons and the swastika it is clutching. The reverse of the guard has the pebbled pattern surface and just shows slight signs of rubbing. The upper quillion arms have panels set with finely engraved oak leaves and acorns. The plated Blade measures 10.25” (26cm) in length and is in near mint condition, no rust or pitting. You can still see some of the original cross graining on the flat surface and there are some slight runner marks, but I am being really picky! The brown leather buffer pad is still in place inside the crossguard. On the reverse it has the clear and crisp double oval trademark for E.& F. Horster. The plated metal Scabbard is in great condition, with just a slight dent near the bottom oak leaf on one side. It has an overall bright finish and the edges and lower faces, show plating loss. There is only one round-headed throat screw still in place. It still retains what looks to be its original short Luftwaffe silver thread portepee, which is in slightly worn condition but is correctly tide around the base of the grip. The Dagger in the scabbard measures a total of 17.1” (43.5cm) long and weighs a heavy 390g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
2nd Model RLB Officers Dagger with Leather Hangers and Rare Maker Here on offer is a beautiful example of a 1938 RLB 2nd Model Officers Dagger with its original leather hangers, by the rare maker, KRONECK, ERNST ERICH WITTE, SOLINGEN. All the metal fitting appear to be nickel silver plated and have a dark aged patina finish, that would clean to a bright finish if required. The grip is made of a two-piece leather covered wood construction. The leather has a beautiful grain finish in a very dark blue, almost black colour. Set on the front of the grip is a silver metal sunburst symbol set with a black enamel swastika, both in excellent condition. The oval pommel has only some tiny pin-prick marks on the top and I don’t think it has been removed since the dagger was made. The unique RLB style crossguard has the “stubby winged eagle” clutching a plain wreath with an open swastika in the centre. The guards are triangular and decorated with lines on both sides. The blade is an excellent example, mirror bright through with nearly all its gross graining in place. There are just some light slider marks and some light greying on the reverse, near the dark blue leather throat buffer pad. The point is still needle sharp! The reverse of the ricasso is marked lightly with the diamond shaped makers mark for KRONECK with a crown and ERNST ERICH WITTE, SOLINGEN below the trade mark. The scabbard is straight and covered with a matching dark blue almost black-grained leather, in-between the nickel mounts and ferrule. There are some minor dings and a small piece (just under 1cm) of leather missing or the top surface has been worn off on the reverse, just by the ferrule. The scabbard mounts and rings are of solid nickel and have a patinated silver finish and still have their original retaining flat head screws in place. The rare original leather hangers are in great condition, with the dark blue/black leather matching the scabbard and grip leather. They have a set of decorative stitches that run the length of each strap. The leather shows some slight age cracking and is ‘firm’, would no doubt soften up with some leather balm treatment if required. The silver plated light weight cast metal snap clip at the top has a pebble finish and on the reverse is marked with DRGM and an RZM mark of M5/10. The oval buckles and slides have an oak leaf design. The hanger clips are the deluxe ‘push up’ version, with oak leaves on the front and DRGM on the reverse. The RLB, R (Reich) L (Luftschutz) B (Bund) was actually a civilian organization subdivided into two separate formations: 1)… the Luftschutz (Air Raid Protection) 2)… the Warndienst (Air Raid Warning Service). After 1943, the Warndiest became a part of the German Order Police although it still functioned as the Air Raid Warning Service of the Reich. By 1939 over 15 million men had joined the RLB as volunteers. Volunteers had to purchase their own steel helmets and had no uniform. These volunteers mainly managed the air raid shelters on a street by street basis. The small cadre of career officers carried out training and management of the volunteer force. As the war progressed the role of the RLB was expanded to include search and rescue, fire fighting, decontamination, demolition of damaged buildings etc. A great opportunity to acquire a really great complete RLB set in excellent condition, by a rare maker of these daggers. The blade measures 9.6” (24.5cm) and the dagger itself 14.4” (36cm). Inserted in the scabbard it measures 15.5” (39.4cm). The set weighs 580g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
An Untouched 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger with Original Bullion Portepee by ALCOSO Here on offer is an untouched 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger with its original silver bullion portepee by ALCOSO. The Pommel is in excellent condition, retaining some of the original factory darkening and the hand-enhanced oak leaves on the swastikas remain very crisp. The Grip is a lovely ivory/cream coloured trolon/celluloid type and is complete with a twisted brass wire, which is secure, but slightly loose near the top. The grip is in excellent condition and there are no cracks or splits to the finish. The ferrule has the finely detailed oak leaf design. The plated Blade measures 10.25” (26cm) in length and is in very clean condition, no rust or pitting, just bizarrely some scratch marks to all the chamfered flat surfaces? They don’t appear to be sharpening marks as the blade edges are blunt and look to be in original condition. I am sure some or most of these scratches would polish out with a good metal polish. The leather buffer pad is now missing and you can see where it was originally held in place inside the crossguard. On the reverse it has an ALCOSO, ‘ACS Scales’ makers trademark with the word SOLINGEN underneath. The plated metal Scabbard is dent free and in great condition. It has an overall dark patina and the edges and lower faces, show plating loss. The throat is held in place by a pair of round-headed screws. It still retains what looks to be its original short Luftwaffe silver thread portepee, which is in excellent condition and is correctly tide around the base of the grip. The Dagger in the scabbard measures a total of 17” (43.2cm) long and weighs a heavy 385g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Antique Bone & Silver Cased Tibetan or Chinese Eating Utensil Kit –Trousse c1820 Here on offer is a rare and beautiful example of an antique Tibetan or North Chinese set of encased eating utensils, consisting of a cow bone handled knife or carving utensil, two cow bone chopsticks, all in a silver over bamboo carrying case. Another name for a set of these eating utensils is called a \"TROUSSE\" or Kit. I understand that similar sets were used in Tibet and were also popular with the equestrian cultures of North China and Mongolia. The designs in the silver casing appear to be of Tibetan origin but I have no expertise in this area and have drawn this conclusion only from comparing this set to other sets available on line. There is an outer sheathing on the case and a cap on the knife, that appear to be \"Tibetan silver\" a lower grade silver than we find in England. There is a ring attached to the case to attach to the owners belt when he is traveling or mounted on horseback. The handle of the knife is made of cow bone held onto the shaft of the blade with copper pins. This trousse is in great antique used condition, please see all my pictures. The kit measures 12.5” (31.8cm) long and 0.9” (2.1cm) wide. It weighs 170g. This is a wonderful survivor from another century....circa 1820. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched
Antique Edwardian Japanese Bamboo Cane Sword Stick with German Blade and English Hallmarked Silver Mounts 1908 Here on offer is a fine antique Edwardian Japanese Bamboo Cane Sword Stick with English Hallmarked Silver Mounts, dated 1908. The square sectioned German steel blade is 20” (51cm) long and 0.3” (0.9cm) wide at the base and still retains a sharp point. On opposite sides of the square blade is stamped a maker’s symbol and “A-Solingen”. I can’t find a reference to this maker’s symbol but feel this blade is a 19th century blade, possibly even an old fencing sword blade, that has then been used to make this Japanese Bamboo Sword Cane. This quality blade is rust free and just has some minimal greying on the blade but these would clean off and the blade would polish up bright, if so required. At the top it has been with what looks like very old sticking paper, to make it wider and a snug fit into the cane scabbard. The handle is made from the slightly curved root ball of the bamboo shaft/cane and has a hole drilled through it with metal eyelets, which retains an original platted leather strap. The bottom of the handle has a solid silver unmarked collar. The blade fits snugly into the top of the bamboo scabbard, which is also finished with a silver collar and has some English Hallmarks, the LION Passat for English Sterling Silver and the London date letter “n” for the year 1908. The bamboo cane itself is in excellent condition and has a beautiful dark brown coloured patina finish. There is no damage or cracks that I can see. The tip has a large fitted brass ferrule that has a slight split at the top. It is just a fine quality Edwardian Sword Stick/Cane that also acts perfectly as a walking stick. With the blade inserted, it measures 36.6” (93cm) long and about 0.8” (2.3cm) diameter at the top. It weighs 230g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Antique English “Queen of Hearts Gamblers” or Prostitutes Dagger with Scabbard c1870 Here on offer is a rare and beautiful antique English made, Queen of Hearts gamblers or Prostitutes Dagger, with its leather scabbard, circa 1870. These discreetly hidden small Prostitute Daggers where used as a form of self-defence in the late 19th century. The old ivory handle has been skilfully worked and grooved with a lovely ornate relief pattern on both sides. The old ivory has gone a gorgeous cream colour and slightly darker is some areas. The handle is fitted to an ornate nickel plated ferrule which intern sits on top of a plain oval shaped plated cross guard. The lovely double-edged blade still retains some original blueing near the cross guard and has a makers name and stamp by the throat, which reads: J CLARKE & SON “NEVA” SHEFFIELD John Clarke & Son were a famous manufacturer and in business in Sheffield, England from 1848 to 1983, making cutlery, pocket knives, daggers etc. Apparently they used the marks, NEVA, THE RING, EXPRESS (acquired from Henry Hobson) and I CUT MY WAY (from William Rodgers). It still retains its brown leather scabbard, which has a belt loop on one side and is in excellent condition. In its scabbard it measures 7.75” (19.8cm) long and weighs 41g. The knife blade measures 4” (10.2cm). Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Antique Silver Plated NAPOLEON Medallion by Louis Armand Rault Here on offer is an excellent example of an antique silver plated NAPOLEON medallion by Louis Armand Rault. Louis Armand Rault (1847 to 1903), was a French jeweller, sculptor and medallist who worked during the 2nd half of the 19th century. This fine silver plated medallion has on one side, the classic portrait of Napoleon I with the “LR” monogram for Louis Rault in raised letters and NAPOLEON I in raised letters around the edge. On the reverse is a stunning raised image of the Imperial French Eagle. There is also a fixed ring on the top edge to allow it to be hung from a chain. Nearly all the silver plate remains, with just a slight loss to the raised edges of the eagles wings and chest. It measures 1.4” (3.7cm) diameter (without the top suspension ring) and weighs 31g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Antique Victorian Malacca & Stag Horn Handled Sword Stick with Silver Mounts c1880 Here on offer is a beautiful antique Malacca and Stag Horn handled Sword Stick or Sword Cane, with Silver mounts, c1880. The long fullered steel blade is 27” (68.5cm) long and 0.3” (0.9cm) wide at the base and still retains its very sharp point! There are no maker’s marks on the blade but given its quality, I believe it was made by one of the many sword smiths in Solingen, Germany. There are some light surface rust patches on the blade but these would clean off and the blade would polish up bright, if so required. The angled handle is made from a solid piece of Stag Horn and has been skilfully carved to leave the two sides with the rough finish, which make a perfect grip for your hand. The handle fits tightly into the top of the Malacca cane section and is finished with a thick silver collar, which is stamped “SILVER”. It is not uncommon for pieces of Victorian silver to not carry hallmarks and marks of any description. All post-Victorian pieces had to carry a hallmark or continental grade of silver. The top section and blade fit really snugly into the main section of cane which is topped with another solid silver collar, also stamped “SILVER”. The Malacca cane itself is very thick and solid and has a beautiful golden patina finish. There are some slight knocks to the finish as one would expect for something that is nearly 140 years old. The tip has a large fitted brass ferrule. It is just a fine quality Victorian Sword Stick/Cane that also acts perfectly as a walking stick. With the blade inserted, it measures 34.75” (88.3cm) long and about 1” (2.5cm) diameter at the top. It weighs 340g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Applegate-Fairbairn Special 1997 Commemorative Knife Set Here on offer is a Special 1997 Commemorative Limited Edition Applegate-Fairbairn knife set that was a collaboration between Boker of Solingen, Germany and Gerber of the USA to recognize Col. Rex Applegate and William Fairbairn for their contribution to design of combat knives. The set is made up of two affixed knives on a walnut Presentation Plaque and is set number 2901 of a Limited Edition run of 3000 sets. The wooden plaque measures 12" (30.5cm) x 9" (22.8cm) and including the knifes weighs 1.4Kg. The knives consist of a Gerber USA Applegate-Fairbairn foldable blade, serial number AF2901/3000 and engraved with signatures along with a Boker Solingen Applegate-Fairbairn fixed blade, serial number AF 2901/3000 and also engraved with signatures. The knife measurements are as follows: The Gerber Folder is 10" (25.4cm) open and the blade is 4.5" (11cm) long and double edged. The composite black grooved handle is 5.6" (14.2cm). The Boker Dagger is 10.9" (27.6cm) long and the double edged blade is 6" (15.3cm) long. The composite black grooved handle is 4.75" (12cm). These knives are in excellent condition and have been displayed but unfortunately the certificate, box and other related paperwork is no longer with them. They make a great wall mounted display and have a screw slot in the back of the plaque to assist with fixing. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Army Officer Dagger by WKC with beautiful Dark Orange Grip Here on offer is a WW2 German Army Officers Dagger by WKC. The solid celluloid grip has a beautiful deep dark orange colour with a high sheen and no cracks or splits, just a tiny piece missing where the pommel touches the top swirl. The nickel-plated pommel shows loss of plating, but the oak leaf ferrule is in excellent condition. The nickel-plated crossguard shows some loss of plating to the top edges and the reverse. The front appears to have the unusual “Mark 3” type eagle, with 5 layers of feathers to each wing. The blade has the Knight’s helmet over WKC SOLINGEN trademark clearly stamped on the reverse. It has some very minor (needle point) pitting and some greying to both sides, which may clean up if required by the new owner. The edges are fine with no nicks and it still retains its tan leather blade buffer pad. The scabbard is has one very slight bruise on the reverse near the tip, which is really hard to see. It shows signs of loss of nickel-plating to the side edges and has a slightly grey/silver finish to the front and back stippled sections. It has its original single scabbard throat retention screw on the reverse of the scabbard. The blade measures 10.25” (26cm) and the Dagger itself 14.75” (37.4cm) long. Inserted in the scabbard it measures 15.5” (39.4cm) long. It weighs 320g. A really nice example of a WKC Army Dagger, with a stunning grip. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Army Officers Dagger with beautiful Dark Orange Grip Here on offer is an excellent WW2 German Army Officers Dagger. The solid celluloid grip has a beautiful deep dark orange colour with a high sheen and no cracks or splits, just a tiny slice missing where the pommel touches the top swirl. The nickel-plated pommel and ferrule show no loss of plating and the 12 oak leaves around the pommel are very well defined. The nickel-plated crossguard shows no loss of plating just some very tiny surface bubbling on the reverse. The front appears to have the ‘Tomahawk’ type eagle, with 4 layers of feathers to each wing, possibly by WKC? The blade does no have a maker’s trademark and is in excellent condition with just some very slight greying marks near the tip. The edges are fine with no nicks. The leather blade buffer pad is no longer in place. The scabbard is in just excellent condition, no bruises, dents or splits, just some slight bubbling under the plating on the edges. It has its original two scabbard throat retention screws in place on the sides. The blade measures 10.25” (26cm) and the dagger itself 14.75” (37.4cm) long. Inserted in the scabbard it measures 15.6” (39.6cm) long. It weighs 370g. A really nice example of an Army Dagger with a stunning orange coloured grip. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Boer War Officers Wooden Handled Campaign Cutlery Set c1890 Here on offer is a lovely Boer War Officers Campaign Cutlery Set, circa 1900. The wooden handles of the knife and fork are each made of two sections of walnut wood that are pinned together and the throat then has a metal collar. The knife and fork blades are made from steel and have a slight greying finish to the metal that would clean up if so required. The fork prongs are still and the knife blade are still very sharp. The wooden handles have a slot on one side so the two utensils can slot into each other’s handles for safe storage. There are no maker’s marks that I can see, but these have clearly been made by a top quality Victorian cutlery manufacturer. I actual acquired this along with a small wooden chest that was from the P.O.W. camp on Bermuda, which was one of may that the British used to intern the Boer Republican fighters, during the Boer Wars. Slotted together they measure 8” (20.3cm) long and weigh 60g. The knife blade measures 3.4” (8.7cm) and the fork 3” (7.7cm). A rare set to find today in such great condition. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Boer War P.O.W. Trench Art Wooden Letter Opener – Pokerwork - Mafeking 1900 Here on offer is a Boer War hand made, Prisoner of War (P.O.W.) “Trench Art” wooden letter opener. The letter opener is made from a beautiful light coloured wood, possibly a fruitwood? The handle has MAFEKING (actually looks like MAFAKING?) on the front that has been created using a heated rod or pin, to burn the letters into the wood, known as Pokerwork. The top of the blade also has 1900 burnt into it, again using pokerwork. The slightly tapered blade does have some old nicks to the edges, but overall it is in excellent condition. I actual acquired this along with a small wooden chest that was from the P.O.W. camp on Bermuda, which was one of may that the British used to intern the Boer Republican fighters, during the Boer Wars. It measures 8” (20.3cm) long and weighs 26g. The Siege of Mafeking was a 217-day siege battle for the town of Mafeking (now called Mahikeng) in South Africa during the Second Boer War from October 1899 to May 1900. The siege received considerable attention as Lord Edward Cecil, the son of the British Prime Minister, was in the besieged town. The siege turned the British commander, Colonel Robert Baden-Powell, into a national hero. The relief of Mafeking (the lifting of the siege), while of little military significance, was a morale boost for the struggling British. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Boer War POW “Trench Art” Brass Victorian Ladies Shoe Desk Ornament on Oak Base c1903 Here on offer is a Boer War POW made “Trench Art”, lovely brass Victorian Ladies Shoe ornament on a brass and oak wooden base. This is one of two Boer War POW “Brass Shoe” items that I am selling and they both came in a beautiful wooden POW box from the island of Bermuda, dated 1903. This relates to the South African Boer soldiers that the British interned on Bermuda during the 2nd Boer War. The last prisoners where released as late as 1903. The Shoe itself has been hand cut-out from a flattened thick artillery shell base. The beautifully shaped Victorian Show has been ornately engraved and chiselled to give the effects of the pattern finish on a leather shoe. There is one copper round head rivet near the top, which acts as a stud button on a shoe. The flat shoe has two brass pins soldered on the back that slot perfectly into a thick and heavy rectangular brass plate, that has been mounted on top of an edged oak wooden base. I think this was just made as a fine display ornament, possibly a ladies desk piece? The brass has a lovely mellow tone and the wood has a rich aged patina. A wonderful piece of POW Trench Art memorabilia, from the 2nd Boer War. It measures 6.5” (15.8cm) wide at the base, 4.25” (10.8cm) high and weighs a heavy 570g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Boer War POW “Trench Art” Small Brass & Copper Victorian Ladies Shoe – Paperweight c1903 Here on offer is a Boer War POW made “Trench Art”, small brass and copper Victorian Ladies Shoe shaped Paperweight. This is one of two Boer War POW “Brass Shoe” items that I am selling and they both came in a beautiful wooden POW box from the island of Bermuda, dated 1903. This relates to the South African Boer soldiers that the British interned on Bermuda during the 2nd Boer War. The last prisoners being released as late as 1903. The Shoe itself has been made from a flattened artillery shell case that has a shaped top section copper riveted in place to look like the shoe studs and a copper toe piece soldered in place. There are some marks tapped into the brass to look like the stitching on a shoe. It has an overall age patina finish to the brass and slight watermark on the front, which could probably be polished out if required. A great piece of POW Trench Art memorabilia, from the 2nd Boer War. It measures 4.3” (11cm) wide, 2.75” (7cm) high and weighs 70g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Boer War Related “Trench Art” Small Copper Tray Made from a repair of HMCS NIOBE c1911 Here on offer is a Boer War related “Trench Art” small copper tray made from a repair of HMCS NIOBE back in August 1911. The ship ran aground in July 1911 and it took 18 months to repair her and this tray was made from some of the copper used on the original ship that was removed as part of the repairs. The rectangular tray is in excellent condition and has four round feet made from circular impressions and it is lightly marked on the inside of the tray with: H.M.C.S. NIOBE AUG 1911 There is also a series of decorative lines hand engraved onto the tray. HMS NIOBE was a ship of the Diadem-class of protected cruiser in the Royal Navy. She served in the Boer War and was then given to Canada as the first ship of the then newly-created Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as HMCS NIOBE. She was built by Vickers Limited, Barrow-in-Furness and launched on February 20, 1897 entering service in 1898. In her Royal Navy service, she was part of the Channel Squadron at the outbreak of the Boer War (1899-1900), and was sent to Gibraltar to escort troop transports ferrying reinforcements to the Cape. On 4 December 1899, NIOBE and HMS Doris rescued troops from the SS Ismore, which had run aground. She saw further action in the Boer War and the Queen\'s South Africa Medal was subsequently awarded to the crew. She returned to the English Channel, but later escorted vessels as far as Colombo in Ceylon. She and HMS Rainbow were given to the Dominion of Canada to seed the new Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). She was transferred to the RCN on September 6, 1910, commissioning at Devonport Dockyard and reaching Halifax on October 21 that year. She ran aground off Cape Sable, Nova Scotia, on the night of July 30-31 July 1911. Repairs took 18 months and she had a permanently reduced maximum speed as a result. With the outbreak of the First World War she joined the Royal Navy\'s 4th Cruiser Squadron on the North America and West Indies Station. She was engaged in intercepting German ships along the American coast for a year until as a result of being worn out, she was paid off on 6 September 1915 to become a depot ship in Halifax. The Halifax Explosion of 1917 caused serious damage to upper works, and the deaths of several of her crew. However she remained in use as a depot ship until disposed of in 1920, decommissioned and sold for scrap. She was broken up in 1922 in Philadelphia. A great piece of RN and RCN early Naval Ship memorabilia that served during the Boer War. It measures 6.5” (16.5cm) wide and 2.6” (6.5cm) deep. It weighs 95g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Boer War Trench Art Knife – G W Ratclife – Cape Town c1900 Here on offer is a Boer War, hand made “Trench Art” knife with its original leather scabbard, that I acquired with other Boer War memorabilia. The handle is made up of discs of Bakelite and aluminium that have been shaped and held in place by what looks like a lead alloy top and bottom fitting. The very top has a brass ring and it looks like the knife shaft has been professional rounded off into a secure domed cap. The blade looks to be steel and has been cleaned to a bright finish by its previous owner. The heavy knife fits really snuggly into its brown leather covered scabbard, which still retains its belt loop, which also has a metal stud fixed to the top. The scabbard has two aluminium bands around the main section and an aluminium chape or tip, all riveted into place. The central band has CAPE TOWN stamped on the front and the chape has the original owners name, G W RATCLIFE stamped into the metal. I can’t confirm if a Boer Republican fighter made this or if it was a British soldier serving in South Africa at the time? A rare and unusual knife, that warrants further research. It measures 9.9” (25cm) long in the scabbard and the blade is 5.5” (14cm) long. It weighs 235g. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
British Army Sniper Pointer Staff (TIT) for a Lee Enfield No.4(T) Sniper Rifle with Webbing Carry Case Here on offer is a rare British Army ‘Pointer Staff Mk.1’, that I am told was used with the famous Lee Enfield No.4(T) Sniper Rifle. I have also seen reference to them being used on Vickers and Bren machine guns? This excellent example still retains nearly all of its matt black paint finish and folds up perfectly to fit neatly into its original webbing carry case, with working stud button. The front of the case is faintly marked with “CASE POINTER STAFF Mk I” and the reverse has what looks like a reference number, but I can’t make it out. I can’t see any markings on the metal frame itself. I believe a Pointer Staff or Target Indication Tool (TIT) was for use between a spotter and a sniper or observer/sniper pairs. They where used to accurately and silently confirm targets prior to engagement. One observer looks through one iron sight at the target and the other person looks through the other and thus sees the same target. The Pointer Staff is one of the oldest serving pieces of equipment that is still in use today. The design was used from WW2 to the present day and has still been in use in conflicts in Iraq. The case measures 7.25” (18.5cm) long by 1.75” (4.5cm) wide. It weighs 185g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
British WW1 SMLE 1907 Pattern Sanderson Bayonet with Scabbard and Later Canvas Frog Here on offer is an excellent genuine British WW1 SMLE 1907 Pattern Sanderson Bayonet with Scabbard and later Frog. The Bayonet retains most of its original blue finish to all the hilt fittings. There is just some very light surface rust on the front of the pommel and inside the ring of the crossguard. The release button in the pommel still works perfectly and it still retains its original dark wood grips which have a couple of slight dents on the front, but I doubt the grip screws have ever been removed since it was made! The blade is just a beauty, still retaining all of its dark grey finish and the edge is just perfect, no nicks or sharpening. One side of the ricasso stamped with a Crown over \"G.R. 1907 (Pattern Date) 3 17\" (March 1917 Acceptance Date) and the makers name \"Sanderson\" (Sanderson Bros. & Newbold. The ‘3’ for the month is hard to make out. The other side carries the War Department \'Broad Arrow\' an ‘X’ which is the bend mark and FOUR separate Enfield inspection marks. There is also the number ‘23’ which I believe relates to 1923 when this bayonet was reissued. The scabbard is in excellent condition, the leather is firm and has no cracks or splits and all the stitching is secure. The chape/throat and frog stud all remain secure. The metalwork shows some signs of light rust. On the reverse near the top are stamped what I think is an inspection mark, being a Crown over some letters I can’t read and the numbers 77. There are also some letters: H.G.R and another Reign Mark Crown I think, but it’s hard to make out? It is also fitted with a canvas frog, but I am sure this is a later addition, from the WW2 period? This is just one of the nicest examples I have seen for a long time. The blade measures 17” (43.2cm) long and the bayonet is 21.75” (55.3cm) in total length. Inserted in the scabbard it measures 22.75” (57.8cm) long. It weighs a heavy 730g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Cased WW2 Miniature British Medals - Defence - War - 39 Star - Burma Star by SPINK & SON Here on offer is a superb set of FOUR ORIGINAL British WW2 miniature medals with their correct ribbons mounted on a miniature medal pin bar, supplied by SPINK & SON London. The Four medals are the: The 1939-1945 Star Burma Star Defence Medal War Medal 1939-1945 The two round medals (Defence and War) are SILVER as can been seen from the dark patina that they have. The medal bar has the following details on the back: SPINK & SON Ltd 17-18 PICADILLY LONDON W The medals and bar fit into their original black velvet and ivory silk lined leatherette case that has the SPINK name and Royal crest stamped inside the top lid. The medals are in excellent original uncleaned condition and the case does show some slight wear and staining. The case measures 4” (10.2cm) by 3.2” (8cm) by 0.9” (2.5cm) and weighs 80g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Copper & Gilt Medal Token Issued to Commemorate Lord Nelson\'s Death Centenary in 1905 by the British & Foreign Sailor’s Society Here on offer is a copper & gilt medal token issued to commemorate Lord Nelson\'s Death centenary in 1905 by the British & foreign sailor’s society In 1905 the B.F.S.S. (British & Foreign Sailor\'s Society) was instrumental in the program of events for the Nelson Centennial. A fund was set up known as \'The Nelson Centenary Memorial Fund\' and the King, who took a great interest in the Society, allowed his initials, E.R. VII, to be stamped on the souvenirs. The subscribers to the fund were able to acquire medals and badges, amongst other items, for the donations and collections. Copper was also used to make Nelson busts which were available for donations of £50. The remaining copper from H.M.S. FOUDROYANT was also acquired and used to provide HMS Victory souvenirs for the boys and girls of the Empire. The front of the medal token shows Lord Nelson with writing underneath \'Death of Nelson Oct.21, 1805 centenary Memento Oct. 21, 1905\'. Edging reads \'Presented by British & Foreign Sailors Society - Containing Victory copper From Lords of the Admiralty\'. The reverse shows a ship with writing underneath \'Victory Trafalgar Oct. 21, 1805\'. Wording around edge reads \'England Expects That Everyman Will Do His Duty - Thank God I have Done My Duty\'. The token is in great condition with crisp and clear images and writing to both sides. There is still a small amount of the original gilt left, please see my pictures. A small hole was drilled into these tokens to allow them to be worn as pendants. It measures 1.1” (2.8cm) diameter and weighs 11.5g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
DLV Flyers Knife – Rare Maker - Carl Julius Krebs Here on offer is a rare example of a 1935 model DLV Flyers Knife or Dagger, by Carl Julius Krebs. It has an aluminium crossguard and pommel top, with some light usage wear, along with nickel silver grip rings which are in excellent condition. The black enamel swastikas and discs on the quillion block are again in excellent condition. The dark blue leather covered grip itself is in excellent condition, with just some tiny surface scuffs. The blade is in great condition retaining most of its cross graining and very sharp point! It does have an overall light grey speckling and some light runner marks, but is still a stunning crisp blade! The blue leather throat washer is still in place under the cross-guard. The dark blue leather covered scabbard is in just excellent condition, no surface wear, rips or splits. The nickel silver upper and lower scabbard fittings show some loss of plating, but are not dented or split. The scabbard throat is perfect and the original scabbard screws are in place. It also still retains its short fixed leather hanger and nickel silver clip. The clip has some loss of plating, the spring still works and it has a maker’s “A” stamp on the reverse along with DRGM. There are no waffenamt, DLV symbols or NSFK wings on the scabbard throat or gross guard, which is unusual in its own right. If you are looking for a rare DLV Knife/Dagger, this is a beautiful crisp example. The blade measures 7” (17.7cm) and the Knife/Dagger itself 12.1” (31cm). Inserted in the scabbard it measures 13.25” (33.6cm). Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Early 1st Pattern Luftwaffe Dagger by rare maker F & A HELBIG STEINBACH KrM with Waffenamt Stamp Here on offer is an early-untouched 1st Pattern Luftwaffe Dagger by a rare maker of this dagger, F.A. HELBIG STEINBACH KrM. This early example has nickel silver fittings throughout, which all show some loss of plating and dark patination to the remaining plating. The pommel and crossguard have the early-stylised brass swastikas. The dark blue leather grip is in great condition with a dark patina and some brown showing through on the front, with just some tiny scuffs. It retains its original triple twist wire wrap, which is still held tightly in place. The blade is in excellent condition, no pitting, greying or nicks and is complete with its blue leather buffer pad. It has a lightly engraved early makers mark for F & A HELBIG STEINBACH KrM, without the double ovals and has the official Eagle and 5 Waffenamt stamp. There are signs of light runner marks where it has been inserted into the scabbard. The blade is that mirror bright it was really hard to get some clear photos. The dark blue leather is all in place on the scabbard, with just minor age/usage bruising. The scabbard tip has some “train door” dents on both sides but the middle and top fittings are undamaged. All three fittings show loss of plating but all 5 retaining screws are in place and they would polish up bright if required. It original chain and spring clasp are still in place and in excellent condition. The blade measures 12” (30.5cm) and the Dagger itself 17.75” (45cm) long. Inserted in the scabbard it measures 18.75” (47.6cm) long. It weighs 585g. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Early SA Dagger by CLEMEN & JUNG with Wedding Day Dedication on Blade 1935 Here on offer is an early SA Dagger by CLEMEN & JUNG, that has a Wedding Day dedication on the blade dated 1935. The engraved dedication is on the reverse of the blade and is faint and hard to make out all the words, especially as they are written in a gothic font. The nickel-plated blade has the deeply etched ‘Alles Fur Deutschland’ motto on the front and a nice early oval CLEMEN & JUNG trademark, with the Z in a shield and the crown above, on the reverse. The blade is not at its best and looks to have been polished bright at some point in its life, showing the remains of pitting and oval water/grease marks where the scabbard grips have touched the blade. It has good nick free edges. Interestingly the dedication has been engraved on the blade BEFORE the CLEMEN & JUNG oval makers mark was applied. This can be observed by using a glass to view where the oval mark over stamps the number 12. So this clearly is a true and early inscription/dedication on the blade. I believe it reads as: Truppf Petersen zur Hochzeit 19/1.35 gewidmet vom Sturme 6/M12 Which translates to English as: Truppf Petersen for the wedding 19/1.35 dedicated to the Storm 6/M12 So this appears to be for an early member of the SA who was a Truppf or Truppführer, which was a Nazi Party paramilitary rank that was first created in 1930 as a rank of the Sturmabteilung (SA). Translated as \"Troop Leader” the rank of Truppführer evolved from early Freikorps titles which traced their origins to WW1. As an SA rank, Truppführer was considered the equivalent of a Senior Serjeant or Serjeant First Class. A Truppführer normally served as the SA non-commissioned officer of platoon sized SA-Truppen, formed into company sized SA-Sturm. Therefore the SA members name was Petersen, he got married on the 19/01/1935 and this dedication was a show of appreciation from his SA Storm named 6/M12. The crossguards and tang nut are of the early nickel type, with crisp edges and deep accent groves. They have an aged patina finish which would polish up bright if so required. The reverse of the lower crossguard is stamped with the SA Gruppe Mark, “S” for SCHLESIEN. These symbols where used to designate the appropriate regional command, division command, or defence centre. The dark brown wooden grip is in excellent condition, no cracks or repairs, just a couple of dents. The grip fits the guards perfectly and it looks as if the dagger hasn’t been apart for years, if at all. The SA runes disc has age patina but all the red enamel is in place. The early nickel grip eagle is a fine ‘crisp’ quality version. The scabbard is straight with just a very small shallow ding on the lower edge. It looks to have the brown anodised finish to the shell which no has a very fine pitting all over, a bit like sandpaper? The finish is still all in place and it does still look good, juts feels weird. The scabbard mounts are also nickel silver and show some usage marks on the surface. The hanger loop and ring are still attached but the fixed leather hanger is missing. The lower scabbard ball has been dented slightly but isn’t split. All four-scabbard screws are in place. The blade measures 8.5” (21.5cm) and the dagger itself 13.4” (34cm) long. Inserted in the scabbard it measures 14.6” (37cm) long. It weighs 455g. A really interesting early genuine example that hasn’t been played around with and with the rare dedication warrants further research. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Early Third Reich Gilt Brass Navy Hangers Complete with Blue Cloth Under-Belt Here on offer is a nice early pair of hangers that came with the blue cloth under-uniform belt. The hangers are early Third Reich period and all the fittings are brass with a lovely gilt finish. There is some loss of gilt to the highlights on the lion’s faces and the sprung clips where they attach to a dagger. The short hanger has the small chain and hook fitted, but I don’t think it ever had any gilt finish, or if it did it has all gone. The blue moiré fronts are in great condition, no fraying; or additional holes. The black velvet backing on the long strap is perfect, but there is some slight edges wear on the short strap. The blue under uniform belt has one leather fixed loop and one adjustable. The leather shows some surface wear and the buckle shows some light surface pitting. The belt measures 45” (114cm) end to end. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Early un-cleaned SA Dagger by Carl Eickhorn with SA Membership Number Here on offer is an early un-cleaned SA Dagger by Carl Eickhorn. The crossguards and tang nut are of the early nickel type, with crisp edges and deep accent groves, as you would expect from a premium manufacturer of the time. The reverse of the lower crossguard is stamped with the Gruppe Mark, “Wf” for WESTFALEN and under the crossguard is stamped the number ‘1”. These symbols where used to designate the appropriate regional command, division command, or defence centre. The beautiful wooden grip seems to be made from a fruit wood or possibly maple? It is in excellent condition, no cracks or repairs, just a couple of dents. As would be expected with Eickhorn the grip fits the guards perfectly and it looks as if the dagger hasn’t been apart for years, if at all. The SA runes disc has age patina and the top left section of the red enamel is missing. The early nickel grip eagle is a fine ‘crisp’ quality version and it fits into the grip like a glove. The scabbard is straight with just a couple of very small shallow dings on the reverse, which are hard to see. All the surface coating has gone apart from near to the scabbard mounts, where it looks to have been the painted brown version, so could be repainted/restored as required. The scabbard mounts are also nickel silver and show some usage marks on the surface. The front of the top scabbard mounting has the numbers: 16/4270 “dot” faintly etched into it, which I believe could be the SA membership number and unit and warrant further research. The hanger loop and ring are still attached but the fixed leather hanger is missing. The lower scabbard ball has dented and the ball join has split slightly, as is the case with any daggers that where dropped. All four-scabbard screws are in place and look to be undisturbed. The blade has the deeply etched ‘Alles Fur Deutschland’ motto on the front and a clear early Eickhorn trademark, being the double ovals with, “CARL EICKHORN, SOLINGEN” and a seated squirrel inside, on the reverse. Apparently this style of trademark was first introduced in 1931. The blade has an overall greying and some fine pitting near the tip, but most of this would clean off as can be seen by the light runner marks on the blade, which show the bright steel underneath. The blade measures 8.75” (22.3cm) and the dagger itself 13.75” (35cm) long. Inserted in the scabbard it measures 14.7” (37.3cm) long. It weighs 460g. A really nice early genuine example that hasn’t been played around with and seems to have an early SA members number that can be researched. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Early Untouched WW2 Luftwaffe Officers Sword by ALCOSO with Hanger Here on offer is a beautiful original example of an early Luftwaffe Officers Sword complete with Hanger by ALCOSO. ALCOSO is known for the fine quality of its edged weapons and it appears to be a rare maker of Luftwaffe swords? I have a few of the miniatures swords by this maker but this is the only one I have come across in 40 years of collecting? The sword is in untouched condition and has a lovely patina throughout the quality nickel silver mounts. The Pommel is in excellent undamaged condition, no nicks to the rim and the Swastika Sunwheels have a lovely burnished finish to them on both sides and the top edge is engraved with the oak leaf pattern. Some of the silvering seems to have worn off between the Sunwheels. The Grip is made from wood covered with fine quality dark blue Moroccan leather, which is in excellent aged condition. There is just one rub mark to the reverse in the centre. It has a tightly wrapped twisted solid brass wire in the centre and two thinner twisted wires set either side, which are slightly loose at the base of the grip. The sweeping ‘wing’ style crossguard has the finely detailed feathering on the wings and the central Swastika Sunwheels have the same age burnished finish to them as the Pommel. The plated Blade measures 27.5” (69cm) in length and is in stunning near mint condition with just light surface runner marks. It has a ‘crisp’ ALCOSO ‘ACS Scales’ makers trade mark with the word SOLINGEN underneath. It also still retains its original dark blue leather blade washer. The metal Scabbard is perfectly straight and covered with the same high quality dark blue Moroccan leather as the Grip. The leather has weird small dimple effect on the front where the adhesive has reacted with the metal or leather and caused a reaction over time. The dimples do flatten under pressure with a flat surface, but I am selling the sword as untouched so will be up to the next owner what they want to do. There are no cuts on the front and they don’t distract from the overall finish. The reverse leather does have some dimples and a number of nicks to the leather The Scabbard mounts have a lovely aged patina to the silver finish and four scabbard screws are in place. Still attached is the original dark blue leather crescent hanger with its metal clip loop at the top. It is in near perfect condition! The blade fits very snuggly into the scabbard. Just a top quality sword in untouched condition, which could be cleaned to its original bright finish or just left with 80 years of patina, which personally I think adds to its appeal as a collector. Hard to find examples of ALCOSO Luftwaffe Swords, so missing from a lot of Luftwaffe collections! A rare example. The Sword in the scabbard measures a total of 36.2” (92cm) long and weighs a heavy 870g. As this is a large and heavy item, UK postage will be £12 via Parcel Force but please contact me via email for the best international postage charge for your specific country. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Early WW2 German Small Solid Bronze Desk Plaque of Adolf Hitler Here on offer is a finely detailed small solid bronze plaque that shows the profile image of Adolf Hitler. The detailed image has been finely cast from bronze but I cant see any maker’s or casting marks on the plaque. The reverse has a single pivot arm that once pull out, allows the plaque to be displayed on a desk or table top. I have been told that these where made to be given to high-ranking German Officials when Hitler came to power and was appointed as Chancellor on 30 January 1933. The plaque is in excellent condition; no damage and a nice age patina finish to the bronze. The plaque measures 3.1” (7.8cm) high and 2.4” (6cm) wide. It weighs 150g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
English Hallmarked Silver Spoon Commemorating Admiral Nelson and HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 Here on offer is an English hallmarked silver Spoon commemorating Admiral Nelson and his ship, HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The bowl of the Spoon has an image in relief of HMS Victory in full sail, with above it the words: “HMS Victory” and below it “1805”, the date of the Battle of Trafalgar. The top of the Spoon has a detailed cut-out profile of Admiral Nelson with his naval hat and uniform. On the back of the Spoon arm are a full set of crisp English Hallmarks, the Lion Passant along with a Crown, indicating it was assayed in Sheffield and the date letter F for 1923. Next to the hallmarks is the maker’s mark T.B & S within a shield. I believe this relates to Thomas Bradbury & Sons, who were established in Sheffield as cutlers in 1736. In mid 18th century it traded under the style of Matthew Fenton & Co. Later they became silversmiths and Sheffield platers and registered their mark at the opening of the Sheffield Assay Office. In 1795 the business was sold to Thomas Watson who was joined by Thomas Bradbury (I). The firm became Thomas Bradbury & Son (1831), Thomas Bradbury & Sons (1855), Thomas Bradbury & Sons Ltd (1905). Goodwill and dies acquired by Atkin Brother in 1943. The spoon is in excellent condition, no damage or repairs and would make a great addition to any Nelson or Battle of Trafalgar collection. The Spoon measures 5.4” (13.7cm) long by 1.1” (2.8cm) wide at the bowl. It weighs 22.8g of silver. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Excellent WW2 German Navy Officers Kriegsmarine Dagger by WKC with Gold Toned Bullion Portepee Here on offer is an original WW2 German Kriegsmarine Dagger by WKC with a gold toned bullion portepee/knot, which is just in excellent condition. The excellent condition grip is ivory in colour and the celluloid over wood version, which still has its original twisted gilt grip wire. The lovely brass cross guard and eagle pommel, still retain some original gilt finish. The blade release button still works perfectly. The near mint blade has the crisp image of the Knight’s head maker’s mark for WKC on the ricasso. Both sides of the blade are beautifully etched with the dolphin and fouled anchor design. The nickel-plated blade is just in near mint condition, no pitting or loss of plating and it still retains its red felt scabbard buffer pad. The lightning pattern scabbard is in excellent condition, none of the classic ‘train door’ dents and still retains most of its original gilt finish. Both scabbard screws are still in place. The dagger is complete with its original silver bullion portepee, which has aged to a Gold Tone over the last 80 years. It has been tied correctly around the cross guard and looped around the base of the pommel. The blade measures 9.8” (24.9cm) and the dagger itself 16.5” (42cm) long. It weighs 411g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Extremely Rare Gold Coast Cocoa Bronze Token 1920-1921 Elephant & Castle Here on offer is a very rare Gold Coast Cocoa Elephant and Castle Bronze Token, 1920-1921. The Cocoa advertising Token from the Gold Coast, modern Ghana is 50.9mm diameter and weighs 44.3g of solid bronze. The elephant and castle emblem references the country\'s colonial heritage and expresses an uncommon appeal to the British demographic. The condition of the coin is excellent, it still retains all it fine detail. It just has a few minor rim bumps and scuffs to the raised areas. (please see my pictures) The Token is a very rare FIRST ISSUE, manufactured in bronze and was struck in 1921 by the maker, Wright & Son, Edgware, Eng. The company, Charles Wright Ltd., was established in Clerkenwell, London 1867, making Crimean war medals. Due to complaints about the noise, the company moved to Thorn Bank, Edgware in 1900. On the Obverse is an Elephant facing left in front of a castle and Coca palm tree. On the lower inner edge in raised letters is the maker’s name: WRIGHT & SON, EDGWARE, ENG. On the Reverse is a chart showing world cocoa distribution and the words around the edge: NEARLY HALF THE WORLDS COCOA SUPPLY 1920 - 1921 The British Empire Exhibition held at Wembley in 1924-5 launched the Gold Coast Cocoa campaign that boosted the sales of chocolate and cocoa. Inside the walls of the West Africa exhibit was a village of thatched huts, where people from Nigeria, the Gold Coast (now Ghana) and Sierra Leone showed how they produced woven, carved and leather crafts and grew cocoa, rubber and nuts. The British Empire Exhibition was so popular that it re-opened in 1925 with many new attractions, so that the organisers used the slogan “The Same Empire but a New Exhibition” in their advertising. It is thought that many of the aluminium issues may have been struck for the Exhibition in 1924, where the tickets would have been freely distributed to visitors. This Token is one of the very rare first issue, manufactured in bronze, struck in 1921. The Gold Coast achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1957. The name Ghana was chosen for the new nation to reflect the ancient Empire of Ghana, which once extended throughout much of West Africa. I have been told that this token is extremely rare because it the last 8 years only one token has been offered up for sale? If you are a coin collector this will make a stunning addition to your collection and a fantastic discussion piece. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Fairbairn Sykes 3rd Pattern FS Commando Knife by J. Nowill & Sons Here on offer is a Post War Fairbairn Sykes 3rd Pattern FS Commando Knife made by J Nowill & Sons. This type has the painted black handle and blued blade finish. There is some minor loss of black paint on the ribbed grip and this version has the hexagonal tag nut on the top. The crossguard has some loss of the black finish mainly underneath the crossguard and where exposed the steel has some light surface rust, which would easily clean off. The blued blade has some overall very light surface rust that I am sure will clean off with some oil and a cloth? It also seem that it still retains its original sharp edges and hasn’t been sharpened. It also has the maker’s name lightly etched on the blade, which states: J. NOWILL & SONS SHEFFIELD ENGLAND ESTABLISHED A.D. 1700 It also has the Crossed Keys and the Asterik \"D\" logo. It is unusual to find examples with the makers name on the blade, most examples seem to have it stamped on the crossguard. I am thinking this may be an earlier piece, possibly late 40’s or early 50’s? It does retains its original dark brown leather scabbard, with its black metal scabbard tip and elasticated retaining strap at the top. The BRITISH F-S COMMANDO FIGHTING KNIFE was first issued during World War II to elite units such as the BRITISH COMMANDOS, AUSTRALIAN COMMANDOS, U.S. RANGERS & OSS SPIES etc, and even today is still considered one of the best combat fighting knives of it\'s type. This 3rd Pattern F-S knife is still manufactured by the same company today. The blade measures 6.9” (17.4cm) and the knife itself 11.6” (29.5cm) long. Inserted in the scabbard it measures 13” (33cm) long. It weighs 300g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Fairbairn Sykes 3rd Pattern FS Commando Knife by William Rodgers Here on offer is a Fairbairn Sykes 3rd Pattern FS Commando Knife made by William Rodgers. This example has seen some service and would have originally had an all over black finish, including the blade. The only black finish remaining on this knife is in the recesses of the grip, the oval crossguard and to top ricasso of the blade, all the remaining finish has been worn off. The grip has some flattening to the concentric rings on one edge and the brass circular nut is still firmly in place. The crossguard has some black finish remaining and on the upper surface on one side is stamped: WILLIAM RODGERS I CUT MY WAY and on the other top side: MADE IN SHEFFIELD ENGLAND The blade itself has been sharpened over time and retains a sharp finish to both edges. Nearly all the black finish has gone, apart from near the top ricasso. It could be polished bright or recoated black if required. It does not retain its original scabbard, but has had a hand made brown leather belt loop version made to fit the knife. The hand stitching around the edges has nearly all come away, but this can easily be re-stitched. The top has another section riveted in place to provide extra support. The back has a nice buckle adjustable belt loop, as the owner obviously preferred to wear this from a belt as apposed to keep it in his boot. Also on the back of the scabbard is the owners name and a number: 1801 E.H. ALLEN This is worth further research. This is just a nice genuine untouched used FS knife. The BRITISH F-S COMMANDO FIGHTING KNIFE was first issued during World War II to elite units such as the BRITISH COMMANDOS, AUSTRALIAN COMMANDOS, U.S. RANGERS & OSS SPIES etc, and even today is still considered one of the best combat fighting knives of it\'s type. 3rd Pattern F-S is still manufactured by the same company since 1941, WILLIAM RODGERS, SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND. The blade measures 6.4” (16.3cm) and the knife itself 11.1” (28.2cm) long. Inserted in the scabbard it measures 12.25” (31.3cm) long. It weighs 290g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Framed Antique Hand Coloured Print of HMS MONARCH (1868) Here on offer is a large framed antique hand coloured print of the Royal Navy ship, HMS MONARCH (1868) that I recently acquired in Cornwall. These types of antique prints where coloured in by hand using coloured inks. This fine example has been professionally framed by Cornmill Picture Frames prior to 1995 as the phone code on their label is 0726, which changed in 1995. The print itself looks to be in great condition, with just a couple of very small stain marks. The frame measures 18.75” (47.6cm) wide by 14.7” (37.3cm) wide. It weighs 1.6Kg. HMS Monarch a masted turret ship was the first sea going turret ship and the first British Navy warship that was equipped with 12” guns. She was the fastest battleship of her time and was also fact under sail, but apparently difficult to handle. Built at Chatham Dockyard and laid down on 1st June 1866, launched on 25th May 1868 and completed on 12th June 1869. She was modified in 1872 to carry a barque-rig and in 1878 two torpedo launchers where fitted. More modifications were completed in 1890 and 1897. She took part in the bombardment of Alexandra before becoming a guardship in 1897. She was renamed SIMOOM in 1904 when she became a depot ship. She was sold for scrap in 1905. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Framed Coloured Print of the Battle of Tofrek Sudan on 22nd March 1885 by 49th Regiment Here on offer is a framed colour print of the Battle of Tofrek in Sudan on 22nd March 1885 by the 49th Regiment. The print is in excellent clear crisp condition and has been professionally mounted and framed with a clear glass front and thin light coloured wood edges. The Battle of Tofrek was fought on 22nd March 1885 some 5 miles inland from the port of Suakin on the Red Sea coast of Sudan. A contingent of some 3000 troops from the British and Indian “Suakin Field Force” led by Major General Sir John Carstairs was attacked by a Mahdist force under the leadership of Osman Digna. The Mahdists were heavily defeated, losing some 1000 of their 2000 fighters as compared to the loss of 70 British and Indian soldiers plus over 100 casualties. It became a hollow victory however, when two months later, the British government changed tack and withdrew the bulk of its forces from the Sudan, leaving the Mahdi’s successor, Abdallahi ibn Muhammad (the Khalifa), in control of the region for the next 13 years. The frame measures 18.25” (46.3cm) by 14.6” (37.2cm). It weighs 1.4kg. As this is a large and heavy item, UK postage will be £12 via Parcel Force and please contact me via email for the international postage charge for your specific country. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Framed Coloured Print of the Storming of Badajoz by Duke of Wellingtons 30th Foot on 6th April 1812 Here on offer is a framed colour print of the Storming of Badajoz by Duke of Wellington’s 30th Foot on 6th April 1812. The print is in excellent clear crisp condition and has been professionally mounted and framed with a clear glass front and dark wood effect edges. The storming of Badajoz was an epic action, which involved Wellington’s infantry in some of the most savage hand-to-hand fighting of the Peninsular War. At appalling cost in a nightmare assault during the night of the 6th April 1812, Wellington’s 30th Foot regiment, hacked their way over the bodies of their dead and wounded and through the huge medieval walls of the town. These were held with great tenacity, skill and courage by the resolute French and German garrison. Having stormed the town the battle-crazed soldiers went berserk and the horrors of the sacking which followed, as much as the sublime courage of the attackers has passed into legend. The frame measures 20” (51cm) by 15.7” (40cm). It weighs 1.6kg. As this is a large and heavy item, UK postage will be £12 via Parcel Force and please contact me via email for the international postage charge for your specific country. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Genuine Near Mint WW1 Princess Mary Christmas Tin 1914 Here on offer is a GENUINE WW1 1914 Princess Mary Christmas Tin. This tin is empty of its contents and is in excellent condition with all the fine gilt detail still present. On the outer surface, most of the original gilt finish is retained, albeit the finish has slightly tarnished over the last 100 years. The inside still has all its gilt finish remaining and is in excellent condition, with just some minor discolouration on the inside of the lid. There is also a slight discolouration on the top side edge of the base of the tin. The hinge still works as originally designed, and the tin closes snuggly. Some history relating to the creation of these tins that you may find of interest: In November 1914, an advertisement was placed in the national press inviting monetary contributions to a \'Sailors & Soldiers Christmas Fund\', which had been created by Princess Mary, the seventeen year old daughter of King George V and Queen Mary. The purpose was to provide everyone wearing the King\'s uniform and serving overseas on Christmas Day 1914 with a \'gift from the Nation\'. The response was truly overwhelming, and it was decided to spend the money on an embossed brass box, based on a design by Messrs Adshead and Ramsey. The contents varied considerably; officers and men on active service afloat or at the front received a box containing a combination of pipe, lighter, 1 oz of tobacco and twenty cigarettes in distinctive yellow monogrammed wrappers. Non-smokers and boys received a bullet pencil and a packet of sweets instead. Indian troops often got sweets and spices, and nurses were treated to chocolate. Many of these items were dispatched separately from the tins themselves, as once the standard issue of tobacco and cigarettes was placed in the tin there was little room for much else apart from the greeting card. The \'tin\' itself was approximately 5\" long by 3¼\" wide by 1¼\" deep with a double-skinned, hinged, lid. The surface of the lid depicts the head of Princess Mary in the centre, surrounded by a laurel wreath and flanked on either side by the \'M\' monogram. At the top, a decorative cartouche contains the words \'Imperium Britannicum\' with a sword and scabbard either side. On the lower edge, another cartouche contains the words \'Christmas 1914\', which is flanked by the bows of battleships forging through a heavy sea. In the corners, small roundels house the names of the Allies: Belgium, Japan, Montenegro and Servia; France and Russia are at the edges, each superimposed on three furled flags or standards. This tin measures 5.1” (13cm) wide, 3.7” (8.5cm) high, 1.2” (3cm) deep and weighs 133g. A fine example of a 1914 Queen Mary tin and a great collectable that are becoming hard to find in this condition. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Genuine WW1 Princess Mary Christmas Tin 1914 Here on offer is a GENUINE WW1 1914 Princess Mary Christmas Tin. This tin is empty of its contents and is in great condition with some of the fine gilt detail still present. It only has some minor dents in the base, but the sides and top lid are in excellent undented condition. On the top surface of the lid, most of the original gilt finish has been lost on the raised images, but is still present in the recesses. The outside of the lower section still retains most of its original gilt finish. Again the inside still has most of its original gilt finish remaining and is in great condition, with just some minor discolouration on the base. The hinge still works as originally designed, and the tin closes snuggly. Some history relating to the creation of these tins that you may find of interest: In November 1914, an advertisement was placed in the national press inviting monetary contributions to a \'Sailors & Soldiers Christmas Fund\', which had been created by Princess Mary, the seventeen year old daughter of King George V and Queen Mary. The purpose was to provide everyone wearing the King\'s uniform and serving overseas on Christmas Day 1914 with a \'gift from the Nation\'. The response was truly overwhelming, and it was decided to spend the money on an embossed brass box, based on a design by Messrs Adshead and Ramsey. The contents varied considerably; officers and men on active service afloat or at the front received a box containing a combination of pipe, lighter, 1 oz of tobacco and twenty cigarettes in distinctive yellow monogrammed wrappers. Non-smokers and boys received a bullet pencil and a packet of sweets instead. Indian troops often got sweets and spices, and nurses were treated to chocolate. Many of these items were dispatched separately from the tins themselves, as once the standard issue of tobacco and cigarettes was placed in the tin there was little room for much else apart from the greeting card. The \'tin\' itself was approximately 5\" long by 3¼\" wide by 1¼\" deep with a double-skinned, hinged, lid. The surface of the lid depicts the head of Princess Mary in the centre, surrounded by a laurel wreath and flanked on either side by the \'M\' monogram. At the top, a decorative cartouche contains the words \'Imperium Britannicum\' with a sword and scabbard either side. On the lower edge, another cartouche contains the words \'Christmas 1914\', which is flanked by the bows of battleships forging through a heavy sea. In the corners, small roundels house the names of the Allies: Belgium, Japan, Montenegro and Servia; France and Russia are at the edges, each superimposed on three furled flags or standards. This tin measures 5.1” (13cm) wide, 3.7” (8.5cm) high, 1.2” (3cm) deep and weighs 133g. A great original example of a 1914 Queen Mary tin and a true collectable that are becoming hard to find in this condition. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Impressive “B17 Bomber” Award - Presented by The Warrant Officers’ and Sergeants’ Mess - Army Training Regiment, Bassingbourn Here on offer is an impressive award that was presented by the Warrant Officers’ and Sergeants’ Mess of the Army Training Regiment, Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England. The award is made up of a heavy solid nickel silver model of a B17 American Bomber, that has been mounted onto a large square wooden base and may have a connection to the famous Memphis Belle Flying Fortress? On top of the base is an etched aluminium plate that has the motto of the Army Training Regiment and a lovely image of an American long legged “pin up” model, as seen of the sides of the Memphis Bell B17 Bomber. It also has the following words on it: PRESENTED BY THE WARRANT OFFICERS’ AND SERGEANTS’ MESS ARMY TRAINING REGIMENT BASSINGBOURN On the front of the base is cast aluminium image of the Army Training Regiment’s motto. During WW2, Royal Air Force Bassingbourn served first as an RAF station and then as a B17 bomber airfield of the Eight Air force, of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF). During 1943 RAF Bassingbourn was the focus of a number of media events. The station and its locality were featured in the documentary film Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress. One of the Memphis Belle’s propellers stood to greet you at the gatehouse on entering the Army Training Regiment. The British Army barracks were established, on the site of the former RAF Bassingbourn airfield, in January 1970, as the new Depot for the Queen’s Division. The depot was responsible for training recruits undergoing their 19-week basic training before joining a regular battalion (adult trainees did 19 weeks of training but junior trainees did 46 weeks of training); in 1993 the Barracks were re-designated the home of the \"Army Training Regiment, Bassingbourn\" and remained as such for nearly 20 years. Bassingbourn Barracks closed as an army training location in August 2012. It remains the home of the Tower Museum Bassingbourn. The award B17 Bomber measures 8” (20.4cm) wide and 5.6” (14.2cm) long. The base measures 5.6” (14.2cm) square and 2.5” (6.3cm) high. The award weighs a heavy 1.1Kg. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Impressive Original WW2 Prisoner of War (POW) Hand Drawn Framed Image of a German Soldier Here on offer is an impressive original WW2 Prisoner of War (POW) hand drawn glass framed image of a German Soldier with a rifle slung over his shoulder. The image has been really well drawn by using a white paint or chalk on black paper. The image is slightly ‘spooky’ and you see more detail and depth the longer you gaze at it! I was told it was traded for cigarettes with a British Guard at one of the POW camps during WW2. Unfortunately there is no provenance with the picture, but I haven’t removed the backing board from the frame, so who knows what’s under it? The frame measures 13.6” (34.5cm) by 10.1” (25.7cm). It weighs 650g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
INERT British Navy Time Fuse No198 MkII dated 1942 Here on offer is an original INERT British Navy Time Fuse No198 MkII. This brass fuse was a naval star shell type adopted in 1925. It was a standard time combustion fuse and it went through only two marks, being used throughout WW2. Prior to firing, the cap is removed and the time required is set by moving the top time ring. On firing the detonator holder sets back against its spring. This action drives the detonator onto the needle, and the flash from this passes into the flash channels thus commencing the burning of the time rings. At the end of the time as set the flash from the time rings is passed into the magazine and then into the shell filling. This example is in great condition with some corrosion in the base threads that would clean out to a bright finish if required. All the ordnance and timing scales markings are visible and it is dated 1942. It measures 2.75” (7cm) high, 2.5” (6.4cm) diameter and weighs 800g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Kriegsmarine Head Profile Wall Plaque of a Rating from 6th Division Marine Artillery Here on offer is an unusual Nazi “head profile” wall plaque, showing the image of a Kriegsmarine rating, wearing a hat with a cap tally for what appears to be the 6th Division of the Marine Artillery. The profile image is cast from a white metal alloy that has been silvered and shows some really fine detail of the sailors face. I can\'t see any makers or casting marks. In raised letters on his cap tally are: 6. Marineartill These raised letters on the cap tally and the badges on his cap, show signs of a gilt finish. The metal image has been fixed to a wooden base that looks to have been painted black, but most of the paint has worn off. The plaque measures 9.25” (23.5cm) high by 6.9” (17.5cm) wide. The plaque weighs a heavy 650g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Large and Heavy WW2 Chrome Metal Royal Engineers ‘Grenade Emblem’ Wall Mounted Shield Plaque Here on offer is an excellent WW2 chrome metal Royal Engineers ‘Grenade Emblem’ wall mounted shield plaque. This large and very heavy emblem has been made from cast chrome plated metal and the ribbon and motto at the bottom have been painted and shows some minor paint loss. The chrome on the nine flames has some minor pitting in the recesses, which might clean off? The emblem has been mounted onto a thick shield shaped wooden plaque, which has a whole on the back to enable it to be hung from a wall. It has probably been displayed in an Officers mess. The shield measures 10.75” (26.5cm) high by 7” (18cm) wide by 1” (2.5cm) thick. It weighs a heavy 1.2Kg. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Mint 2nd Boer War Commemorative Glass Plate - Marking The Arrival of Frederick Roberts in Pretoria on 5th June 1900 Here on offer is a mint example of a 2nd Boer War commemorative glass plate, marking the arrival of Frederick Roberts in Pretoria on 5th June 1900. Apparently President Kruger and his senior government officials left in a hurry, leaving behind a general state of panic! To mark event this commemorative plate was made by Jobling & Co (formally Green & Co. Glassworks, England) This impressive pressed glass plate has relief hobnail decoration on the underside. With a lovely scalloped edge, the plate has the legend \'ROBERTS PRETORIA\' with the \'VR\' for Queen Victoria and a shamrock motif on the rim. The centre features crossed British ensigns with the legend \'ENTERED JUNE 5 1900\'. The plate is in mint condition, no chips or cracks or even wear to the base rim. It measures 10.25” (26cm) diameter and is about 1” (2.5cm) high. It weighs 665g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
MINT Vintage Stag Handled Hunting Boot Knife with Ornate Metal Fittings by Herbertz Here on offer is a MINT condition ornately decorated, stag handled hunting boot knife by Herbertz, Solingen, that still retains its original makers label/tag. I think this was made back in the 1970’s and it has been proudly displayed in my collection for years. All the metal fitting on this knife and scabbard have a dark finish and those on the scabbard seem to be cast in a white metal and those on the knife cast in brass? The handle is made from a beautiful section of stag horn and it has a stunning Boar figure mounted on an oak leaf edged pommel cap. The ferrule also has a crisp oak leaf pattern. The blade has a mint ‘mirror’ finish blade with a partly worked top edge. It has the makers name and details on the blade: HERBERTZ ROSTFREI SOLINGEN INOX The brown leather scabbard has oak leaf patterned fittings. The HERBERTZ triangular makers label/tag is connected by a cord to the ferrule. This is just in mint unused condition, with the slightest hint of brass showing through on the ferrule raised oak leaves. Just a really impressive hunting knife that can’t be ungraded. The blade measures 4” (10.2cm) long and the knife is 9.2” (23.3cm) in total length. Inserted in the scabbard it measures 9.75” (24.8cm) long It weighs 155g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Model 1933 SS Enlisted Man\'s Dagger with ‘Tiger Stripe’ Grip by Robert Klaas - RZM M7/37 1051/38 SS Here on offer is an original model 1933 RZM SS Dagger by Robert Klaas. What makes this dagger interesting is the fine ebony wood grip has subtle dark thick ‘Tiger Stripe’ marks running across it horizontally. These can be made out if you view it under a bright light and I believe it is very rare to see Tiger Stripes in ebony wood? The grip itself is in excellent condition with no repairs and fits into the crossguards really well. The grip eagle is of a fine quality and you can see all the detail of the birds feathering, talons, wreath and swastika, a nice early example. The SS runes button is securely in place and has a slight rubbing to the top left hand edge, which has removed a tiny part of the outer circle of black enamel. The crossguards and tang nut are the early solid nickel variety and are all in excellent order. The lower reverse crossguard is stamped with the District Roman numeral, “I”. The blade is in great condition, with just the slightest amount of grey on the surfaces. There are some light surface scratches and you can see the In and Out runner marks. The front is engraved with the SS motto, \"Meine Ehre heißt Treue\" and the reverse is marked with the RZM insignia, maker marked \"M7/37\" (Robert Klaas, Solingen-Ohligs) and marked \"RZM 1051/38\" with the SS runes. It hasn’t been sharpened and he edges are not notched and the tip is still very sharp. Most of the darkening to the motto and RZM mark has gone. It still retains its original dark leather scabbard buffer and the blade sits perfectly central in the lower crossguard. The scabbard fittings are the solid nickel type as well to match the crossguards and are in excellent condition, with just a slight flattening to the lower ball. (no splits). One of the scabbard screws is missing near the hanger ring, but this can be easily replaced as required. The metal scabbard shell still has some of its original black paint and is in great-undented condition. If this was to be professionally repainted, the dagger would make a very impressive display piece, but I like to leave the daggers as original as I can. A great original SS dagger with a very unusual and rare version of a subtle ‘Tiger Stripe” grip. The blade measures 8.75” (22.3cm) and the dagger itself 13.7” (34.8cm) long. It weighs 440g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Near Mint SA Dagger by Rare Maker GEBR. KRUSIUS with Leaping Gazelle Trademark Here on offer is a near mint example of an SA Dagger by the rare maker GEBR KRUSIUS. The crossguards and tang nut are of the nickel-plated type, with crisp edges and deep accent groves. There is some “rubbed” loss of plating to the upper crossguard. The reverse of the lower crossguard is stamped with the Gruppe Mark, “Wm” for Westmark. These symbols where used to designate the appropriate regional command, division command, or defence centre. The beautiful dark wooden grip is in excellent condition, with just a couple of very light dents, that are hard to see. There is a tiny surface crack running from the top of the SA disc straight up to the upper crossguard. The SA runes disc has some light age patina and retains all its original enamel. The nickel grip eagle is a fine ‘crisp’ quality version and it fits into the grip like a glove. The scabbard is in excellent condition, completely straight and has the gloss finish of the brown painted type. The finish has some light scratches but retains all the original paint finish. There are some tiny “Worm Trail” marks on the front section near the upper fitting, but they are very hard to see. The scabbard mounts are the bright nickel-plated type and again are in excellent condition. The reverse of the top scabbard mounting has some light etching dots, as if someone has tried to leave an initial on the mounting, which I can’t make out? The hanger loop and ring are still attached but the fixed leather hanger is missing. The lower scabbard ball isn’t dented or split and the whole mounting has a mirror bright finish. All four-scabbard screws are in place and look to be undisturbed. The blade has the deeply etched “Alles Fur Deutschland’ motto on the front and a clear circular GEBR. KRUSIUS trademark, being the double circles with a leaping Gazelle in the centre, with the word GAZELLE underneath. GEBR. KRUSIUS SOLINGEN is then set within the outer circle. The blade is just in near mint condition, with nearly all the cross graining remaining along with the bright nickel-plating finish. There are scabbard runner marks on both sides. The blade measures 8.75” (22.3cm) and the dagger itself 13.6” (34.7cm) long. Inserted in the scabbard it measures 14.73” (37.3cm) long. It weighs 441g. A really beautiful example of an SA Dagger, that hasn’t been played around with and is by an unusual and rare maker of these daggers. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Near MINT WW2 Aluminium Luftwaffe Officers Sword by SMF with Hanger & Waffenamt Stamp Here on offer is a near MINT example of a WW2 Aluminium Luftwaffe Officers Sword complete with Hanger by SMF. All the Aluminium mounts are in ‘crisp’ as new condition, they just don’t seem to age on these beautiful swords. The Pommel retains nearly all the gilding, which has slightly dulled with age, to the Swastika Sunwheels on both sides and the top edge is engraved with the oak leaves and acorn pattern. The Grip is made from wood covered with fine quality dark blue Moroccan leather, which is in perfect condition. The Grip has a pair of tightly wrapped springy aluminium wires that are also in perfect condition. The sweeping ‘wing’ style crossguard has the finely detailed feathering on the wings and the central Swastika Sunwheels retain nearly all their original gilding, just some rubbing to the rear where the leather hanger has sat against the crossguard. The plated Blade measures 26.4” (67cm) in length and is in near mint condition with just the very slightest greying on a couple of places on the blade edge, no nicks or pitting and just light surface runner marks. It has a ‘crisp’ Seated King SMF makers trade mark with the word SOLINGEN underneath and above the mark is has the official Eagle and 5 Waffenamt stamp. It also still retains its original dark blue leather scabbard buffer pad. The Scabbard is perfectly straight and covered with the same high quality dark blue Moroccan leather as the Grip. The leather is in just perfect condition, with just a couple of very tiny indentations towards the top. The Scabbard mounts are matching Aluminium with a small rub/scratch mark to the front lower fitting and one the reverse of the top fitting. Still attached is the original dark blue leather crescent hanger with its Aluminium clip loop at the top. It just shows the slightest wear to the front edge, but I am being really picky! All four scabbard ‘flat’ screws are in place and look to have never been removed. The blade fits very snuggly into the scabbard. Just a top quality sword in near mint condition, which would be really hard to upgrade! The Sword in the scabbard measures a total of 34.5” (87.6cm) long and weighs a heavy 695g. As this is a large and heavy item, UK postage will be £12 via Parcel Force but please contact me via email for the best international postage charge for your specific country. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Near Mint WW2 British War Savings Campaign 1944 “Salute The Soldier Week” Bakelite Wall Plaque Here on offer is a really excellent example of a rare WW2 British War Savings Campaign 1944, “salute the soldier week” wall plaque. These plaques where presented by the War Office to the local savings committee in appreciation of their success in ‘Salute The Soldier Week\'. Once local councils had attained certain targets these plaques were presented and displayed in the Town Hall or similar civic buildings. I actually acquired this fine and undamaged example in Lostwithiel, Cornwall where it had been on display in the recently closed local museum. The museum reference number is still shown on the reverse, 1989.169.1. The plaque itself is made of ivory coloured Bakelite, by De La Rue Plastics, their name is shown on the reverse. The front displays a fully kitted out British solider along with his rifle and bayonet and bomber aircraft and searchlights in the background. Above him is the wording \'FOR FREEDOM’ and below the soldier are the words - War Savings Campaign 1944 - Presented By The War Office To The Local Savings Committee In Appreciation Of Their Success In Salute The Soldier Week\' - all moulded in relief. At the bottom is the image of the British Army moto, the lion on a crown with crossed swords. This plaque is in near mint condition, no cracks or chips, just some light grubby age marks that will clean off if required. It measures 15.75” (40cm) by 9.5” (24cm) and is about 1” (2.5cm) thick, to the raised solider. It weighs a heavy 1kg. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Original Boer War Bible ‘New Testament - South Africa 1900’ Here on offer is an original Boer War Pocket Bible that where given to the colonial forces that where stationed in South Africa during the Boer War. The front cover of this bible has the following embossed into it: MARKED TESTAMENT South Africa. 1900. Inside it has a hand written message: To John from Granddad with love. There is also a large red label that states this was a ‘gift of friends in England’ and gives a correspondence address which was in Durban, Natal, dated 7th January 1900. The bible is in good condition, all 362 pages are present and some have text marked by the owner. The covers are faded and slightly stained and the book spine is a little delicate. The only damage I can see is a page with a section missing at the very back of the book. This Bible measures 5.5” (14cm) high, 3.75” (9.5cm) wide, 0.75” (2cm) thick and weighs 175g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Original Third Reich Issue of the SS educational Booklet - SS – LEITHEFT – April 1944 Many years ago I acquired a set of five original Third Reich issues of the SS educational periodical booklet: SS – LEITHEFT The five I have are late war 1944 issues, booklets 1 to 5, so January to May 1944. On offer here is issue - 10. JAHRGANG . HEFT 4, 1944 This translates to a 10th year issue for April 1944. They are also known as the “SS Leadership Magazine” and where published from 1934 to 1945. The goal of these educational periodicals was to teach the members of the SS (and Waffen-SS) the National Socialist ideology and also the ideology of the SS, the elite who watches over the purity of the German blood, German culture, the future of the German youth and the German way of life in general. The publisher was the SS-Hauptamt, the main office of the Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler and the printing was done by M. Müller and Sohn in Berlin. This issue has 48 pages and there is some very minor staining to the edge on the pages inside. The front cover is in great condition and the centre double picture page has become detached from the staples but still sits firmly in the booklet. The booklet measures 6.3” (16.2cm) by 9” (22.7cm) and weighs 80g. SS periodicals are very hard to find and sought after items today. Please email me if you wish to have all five copies and I can apply some discount to the final price. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Original Third Reich Issue of the SS educational Booklet - SS – LEITHEFT – February 1944 Many years ago I acquired a set of five original Third Reich issues of the SS educational periodical booklet: SS – LEITHEFT The five I have are late war 1944 issues, booklets 1 to 5, so January to May 1944. On offer here is issue - 10. JAHRGANG . HEFT 2, 1944 This translates to a 10th year issue for February 1944. They are also known as the “SS Leadership Magazine” and where published from 1934 to 1945. The goal of these educational periodicals was to teach the members of the SS (and Waffen-SS) the National Socialist ideology and also the ideology of the SS, the elite who watches over the purity of the German blood, German culture, the future of the German youth and the German way of life in general. The publisher was the SS-Hauptamt, the main office of the Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler and the printing was done by M. Müller and Sohn in Berlin. This issue has 48 pages and there is some very minor staining to the edge on the pages inside. The front cover is in great condition and a couple of the picture pages are coming slightly detached inside. The booklet measures 6.3” (16.2cm) by 9” (22.7cm) and weighs 80g. SS periodicals are very hard to find and sought after items today. Please email me if you wish to have all five copies and I can apply some discount to the final price. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Original Third Reich Issue of the SS educational Booklet - SS – LEITHEFT – January 1944 Many years ago I acquired a set of five original Third Reich issues of the SS educational periodical booklet: SS – LEITHEFT The five I have are late war 1944 issues, booklets 1 to 5, so January to May 1944. On offer here is issue - 10. JAHRGANG . HEFT 1, 1944 This translates to a 10th year issue for January 1944. They are also known as the “SS Leadership Magazine” and where published from 1934 to 1945. The goal of these educational periodicals was to teach the members of the SS (and Waffen-SS) the National Socialist ideology and also the ideology of the SS, the elite who watches over the purity of the German blood, German culture, the future of the German youth and the German way of life in general. The publisher was the SS-Hauptamt, the main office of the Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler and the printing was done by M. Müller and Sohn in Berlin. This issue has 48 pages and there is some staining to the edge on the pages inside. The front cover has some scratch marks and the double centre page has come detached but still sits perfectly in the booklet. The booklet measures 6.3” (16.2cm) by 9” (22.7cm) and weighs 80g. These SS Booklets are very hard to find and are highly collectable items. Please email me if you are interested in all five copies and I will apply some discount to the final price. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Original Third Reich Issue of the SS educational Booklet - SS – LEITHEFT – March 1944 Many years ago I acquired a set of five original Third Reich issues of the SS educational periodical booklet: SS – LEITHEFT The five I have are late war 1944 issues, booklets 1 to 5, so January to May 1944. On offer here is issue - 10. JAHRGANG . HEFT 3, 1944 This translates to a 10th year issue for March 1944. They are also known as the “SS Leadership Magazine” and where published from 1934 to 1945. The goal of these educational periodicals was to teach the members of the SS (and Waffen-SS) the National Socialist ideology and also the ideology of the SS, the elite who watches over the purity of the German blood, German culture, the future of the German youth and the German way of life in general. The publisher was the SS-Hauptamt, the main office of the Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler and the printing was done by M. Müller and Sohn in Berlin. This issue has 48 pages and there is some very minor staining to the edge on the pages inside. The front cover is in great condition and all the pages are still firmly fixed in place. The booklet measures 6.3” (16.2cm) by 9” (22.7cm) and weighs 80g. SS periodicals are very hard to find and sought after items today. Please email me if you wish to have all five copies and I can apply some discount to the final price. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Original Third Reich Issue of the SS educational Booklet - SS – LEITHEFT – May 1944 Many years ago I acquired a set of five original Third Reich issues of the SS educational periodical booklet: SS – LEITHEFT The five I have are late war 1944 issues, booklets 1 to 5, so January to May 1944. On offer here is issue - 10. JAHRGANG . HEFT 5, 1944 This translates to a 10th year issue for May 1944. They are also known as the “SS Leadership Magazine” and where published from 1934 to 1945. The goal of these educational periodicals was to teach the members of the SS (and Waffen-SS) the National Socialist ideology and also the ideology of the SS, the elite who watches over the purity of the German blood, German culture, the future of the German youth and the German way of life in general. The publisher was the SS-Hauptamt, the main office of the Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler and the printing was done by M. Müller and Sohn in Berlin. This issue has 48 pages and there is some very minor staining to the edge on the pages inside. The front cover is in good condition with some slight tears to the edge. The centre double picture page has become detached from the staples but still sits firmly in the booklet. The booklet measures 6.3” (16.2cm) by 9” (22.7cm) and weighs 80g. SS periodicals are very hard to find and sought after items today. Please email me if you wish to have all five copies and I can apply some discount to the final price. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Original U.S. WWI Model 1918 Mark I Trench Knife by L.F. & C with Theatre Made Leather Scabbard Here on offer is an excellent original U.S. WWI Model 1918 Mark I Trench Knife by L.F. & C with theatre made leather scabbard. Some history relating to these knives: The U.S. Model 1918 Mark I Trench Knife was the second major Knuckle Knife to be officially adopted and issued to the US military. It was developed for use in the horrific trench warfare that typified the stalemate on the Western Front during the latter part of World War One and saw use not only there, but during World War Two as well. The knife was manufactured in the United States by Henry Disston & Sons (H.D. & S.) as well as Landers, Frary & Clark (L.F. & C.) and Oneida Community Ltd (O.C.L.). The knives were also produced in France and are marked with the usual 1918 and US marks, as well as Au Lion on the blade. Whether this mark was a maker’s mark or simply a motto is not known. The U.S. M-1918 Mark I Trench Knife is easily identifiable due to its large brass knuckle style guard and grip. The brass grips were marked U.S. 1918 and with the makers name or initials. As originally issued, the knives were entirely blackened; both the blades and the brass knuckle hilts. These knives remained in use with the US military, classified as limited standard (secondary issue) through January of 1945, when the knives were officially classified as obsolete. As originally issued, the knives were carried in a blued sheet steel scabbard that was typically maker marked, and was equipped with a pair of wire tabs that were intended to engage the US pistol web belt in use at that time. Many of the knives issued during World War II ended up in substitute leather scabbards of various designs and styles, many of which were theatre made. This great example of the U.S. Model 1918 Mk I Trench Knife offered here is in great condition. The knife was produced by the Landers, Frary & Clark company of New Britain, CT. L.F. & C. was established in 1865 and produced a wide variety of housewares, cutlery and event appliances. Many of their products were marketed under the trade name Universal. The products of L.F. & C. included everything from scales, mousetraps and ice skates to electric ranges and toasters. L.F. & C. also produced the triangular blade US M-1917 Trench Knife as well. The assets of the L.F. & C. Company, were purchased by General Electric in 1965. This Mark I Trench Knife is clearly marked in two lines on the front of the brass grip: U. S. 1918 L. F. & C – 1918 The brass grip and knuckle guard retain about 20% of their original blackened finish, on the edges and areas that didn’t get rubbed. The grip has a lovely un-cleaned deep, dark bronze patina. The blackened steel dagger blade is smooth and rust free and has lost nearly all of the original blackened finish, there is just some on the thick edges of the ricasso. It also still retains its original brown scabbard “buffer” washer. Although it don’t have its original metal scabbard, it does have a custom-made theatre dark brown leather scabbard, that has been with this knife for many years. I imagine this was made for its use during WW2, as this seemed to be the preference of many American soldiers at the time. This skilfully made example still retains all its original stitching and fixing rivets. It even still has its top retaining leather strap and press fastener. The leather is quite stiff and acts as a perfect scabbard, with a large belt slot cut in the top. It’s a work of art in its own right! This is a highly collectible WW1 and WW2 era US trench knife, and would make a fantastic addition to any military edged weapons collection. These brass D guard knuckle knives always make a great centrepiece to any military knife display and certainly draw attention due to their size and fierce appearance. The knife measures 11.25” (28.6cm) long and the blade measures 6.4” (16.2cm) long and 1” (2.5cm) wide at the ricasso. With the scabbard it weighs 528g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Original Vintage Skull & Crossbones Car Badge by J.R. Gaunt of London c1960’s Here on offer is a genuine vintage Skull & Crossbones Car Badge by J.R. Gaunt of London, circa 1960’s. The round car badge is made from heavy chrome plated brass metal and has the image of a skull & crossbones in the centre and an ornate crown and wheel one the top. The front at the base of the badge by the fixing holes, it has the maker’s name: J.R. GAUNT LONDON MADE IN ENGLAND Someone in its life has started to drill an additional hole just over the maker’s name, which doesn’t distract from the image or appeal of the badge. The badge is in great condition, just some minor pitting to the back and very slight wear to the chrome on the nostrils of the skull. I am not sure if this badge was associated with any particular organisation, but it appears that ‘Mods’ liked them back in the 1960’s and some were fitted to scooters. The car badge measures 3.2” (7.8cm) diameter and weighs 220g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Original WW1 ‘FUMSUP’ & TOUCH WOOD Soldier’s Lucking Gold Plated Charm dated to 1914 Here on offer is an original WW1 ‘FUMSUP’ and TOUCH WOOD soldiers lucky Gold Plated charm. These charms were given to WW1 soldiers as a “Good Luck” token that could be carried with them into battle. They come in all sorts of types and this one has a lovely Gold Plated body with moving arms (with Thumbs UP) and a woodenhead, so the soldier could ‘Touch Wood’ for luck before a battle. On the front of the body is stamped the word ‘FUMSUP’ and on the back is an Rd No. 636612, which when the Registration Numbers are checked, dates this charm to 1914, the beginning of WW1. A wire goes through the head allowing it to swivel and is folded into a loop at the top so it can be attached to a chain. The hollow metal body is in great original condition, with just one dent where the left hand rests against the body. The nice woodenhead still has its nose, mouth and eyes, albeit they are rubbed through use over the years. On the back of the woodenhead you can just make out the words: “TOUCH WOOD”. The charm measures 1.2” (3cm) long and 0.4” (1cm) wide across the arms. It weighs 1.7g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Original WW1 ‘FUMSUP’ & TOUCH WOOD Soldier’s Lucking Silver Charm dated to 1914 Here on offer is an original WW1 ‘FUMSUP’ and TOUCH WOOD soldiers lucky silver charm. These charms were given to WW1 soldiers as a Good Luck token, that could be carried with them into battle. They come in all sorts of types and this one has a lovely silver body with moving arms (with Thumbs UP) and a woodenhead, so the soldier could ‘Touch Wood’ for luck before a battle. On the front of the body is stamped the word ‘FUMSUP’ and on the back is an Rd No. 636612, which when the Registration Numbers are checked, dates this charm to 1914, the beginning of WW1. A wire goes through the head allowing it to swivel and is folded into a loop at the top so it can be attached to a chain. The hollow silver body is in great original condition, with no dents and the head still has its nose, mouth and eyes, albeit they are rubbed through use and hard to make out. The charm measures 1.3” (3.5cm) long and 0.4” (1.1cm) wide across the arms. It weighs 2g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Original WW1 Miniature British Medals - Mons 1914 Star & Bar, War, Victory and Special Constabulary, Mounted on a Pin Bar Here on offer is an excellent set of ORIGINAL British WWI miniature medals. They are made up of the; Mons 1914 Star (with 5th Aug – 22nd Nov. 1914 bar), War, Victory and Special Constabulary medals with their correct ribbons sewn onto a medal pin bar. They come inside a blue case which is actually for a gents dress set, not medals, but that is how they came into my possession so I am selling them with it. The silver War medal has an aged dark patina but they are all in excellent original condition and a truly genuine set of WW1 medals that have been worn with pride. The ribbon colours are crisp and bright and have been protected in the case. The case measures 3.4” (8.7cm) by 2.75” (7cm) by 0.75” (2cm) and weighs 80g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Original WW2 Mills Hand Grenade Converted into a Money Box Here on offer is an inert original Mills hand grenade that has been converted into a money or savings box. I think this is a WW2 period piece and has been made from factory-rejected metal casings and sold to the public as a novelty. The front has a slot cut into it to allow coins to be inserted and the base has a metal plug that can be removed to access the saved money. The front has been stamped with ‘F’ and the back has a ‘J’. It measures 3.5” (9cm) high and about 2.25” (5.8cm) diameter. It weighs 485g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Original WWI Sterling Silver Kewpie or Pixie \"FUMSUP\" Doll Charm c1914 Here on offer is an original WW1 FUMSUP style, Kewpie or Pixie doll, sterling silver charm. The hollow charm is in excellent undamaged condition and test positive for sterling silver. On the back it is clearly marked, RD 633819 indicating that this adorable little charm dates to 1914, the beginning of WW1. Fumsup was a popular name for good luck charms dating to the 19th and 20th century and it\'s believed to be a derivative of the saying \"thumbs up\" and was often given to WW1 soldiers as a “Good Luck” token that could be carried with them into battle. The charm measures 1.1” (2.7cm) long including the suspension ring and 0.5” (1.3cm) wide across the arms. It weighs 1.2g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Pair of Ww2 ‘Trench Art Candlesticks’ - Inert 20mm Cannon Cartridges Here on offer is a great pair of ww2 ‘trench art candlestick’ inert 20mm cannon cartridges. I am no ammunition expert but believe these may be the type known as ‘20x120’ that was developed in Denmark in the 1920s for the Madsen automatic cannon. They where offered in various mountings for aircraft, AA and anti-tank use, although only successful in the AA role. It was never the primary armament of any major army, but was widely used in WW2 and remained in service for decades afterwards. The ammunition for the gun was made in several countries, mostly notably in the UK by Kynoch, as was usually the case for Madsen ammunition as they had no ammunition production facilities of their own. The base of the brass shells have been expertly fitted with a five pronged heavy brass footing to enable the cartridges to stand securely. The steel projectile pulls out of the shell casing and has been fitted with a copper collar. The top of the projectile can then be inserted into the casing and there is a circular hole in the base of it that a candle can be fitted into. Both cartridges are in great condition, with a dark age patina finish to the steel projectile. They just make a great desk display as well as candleholders. They each measure about 7.9” (19.7cm) high and the shell case look to be about 1” (2.5cm) diameter. They each weigh about 390g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Paul Chen Nickel Damascus Fairbairn-Sykes Commando Dagger Knife & Belt Buckle No. 642 of 1000 Here on offer is a beautiful hand made Paul Chen Nickel Damascus Fairbairn-Sykes Dagger Knife and Damascus Belt Buckle set. Paul Chen created 1000 of these knives in 1998 for distribution through C.A.S. IBERIA in Sale Creek, Tennessee and this set is number 642 of 1000, and 642 is stamped on the ricasso of the dagger and the back of the buckle. This set is housed in a varnished solid light oak presentation case that is lined with red velvet. The knife is a hand made copy of the original Fairbairn-Sykes British Commando dagger. It is 12\" (30.5cm) in overall length with a 7\" (17.8cm) blued and hand-forged nickel Damascus steel blade, the delicate edges of which are exceptionally sharp. The colours in this Nickel Damascus creation are truly exceptional including a silver light brown, maroon and black. The handle is made of stacked leather that is hand finished to a smooth texture. There is a slight rub where it has rested in the case. The guard and pommel are also made of blued nickel Damascus and the guard is hand engraved with beautiful scrollwork. A matching hand-forged Damascus belt buckle has the Fairbairn-Sykes initials FS, inset in gold. The only flaw in this set was some oxidation on the top tip of the ‘S’ initial, which has been removed. I think originally a separate leather scabbard was on offer with these sets, in a separate box, but this set does not include one. Paul Chen grew up in Taiwan where, as a young man, he developed a fascination for swords and knives and since he was unable to afford antique and custom-made pieces, he became a custom maker enjoying success in both Asia and the United States. In 1991 Paul decided to become a full-time manufacturer and moved to Dalian, the “Steel City” of northern China, where he knew that he could find talented artisans capable of being trained as first-class sword and knife makers. Early endeavours largely took the form of making knives and components for major knife companies, but by 1993 the company was ready to start trading under its own banner and Dalian Hanwei Metal Co. Ltd. (Hanwei) was formed. Today Paul\'s Samurai swords are regarded as state of the art. This dagger is a very rare opportunity to own a limited production Paul Chen original. These sets have been long discontinued and are a rare find nowadays The Dagger is 12” (30.5cm) long, 5” with a 7” (17.8cm) blade. The oval Belt Buckle is 3” (7.5cm) wide and 1.9” (4.9cm) high. The whole set in the case weighs 1Kg. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Personalized Rad Officers Dagger By Alcoso Complete With Rare Leather Hangers Here on offer is really fine quality personalized RAD officers dagger that still retains much original silver platting with excellent detail to the eagles head hilt and crossguard emblem. It is also very rare to find a personalized RAD officers dagger and this example has the owners name professionally engraved on the reverse side of the cross guard: Siebenrock The white/ivory grip plates are in perfect condition with no chips or cracks. The excellent blade by the premier maker ALCOSO, the obverse side features the RAD motto and the reverse side the makers “scales” trademark. This is a really nice blade with just some runner insertion marks where the blade has been inserted into the scabbard. (which is a tight fit) The matching scabbard still retains much silver plating, just some loss on the inner (hanger) edge and by the scabbard screws. This dagger comes with its original very rare dark brown adjustable leather hangers, that are stamped with the maker’s mark of FLL on the metal belt loop. The alloy buckle fasteners have a lovely stipple finish. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched
Rare Antique Horn Handled Bowie Scout Knife By C. Johnson & Co – Owned By WW2 RAF Chief Technician in 1940 Here on offer is a rare antique but WW2 related, horn handled Bowie Scout Knife that was owned by a RAF Chief Technician, who’s surname was SAINTY and his service number was 959955. He apparently served in Iraq back in 1940. The old gentleman that I acquired this from years ago had the information about the previous owner on a label that I have left attached for reference. The beautiful dark horn handle is held in place by two metal pins and has a lovely shiny age patina on both sections of horn. The handle is fitted to a plain quite crudely made aluminium cross guard. The thin Bowie shaped blade has some slight greying and a slightly rounded tip, which may have been how it was made? The centre of the blade is clearly stamped with SCOUT KNIFE and it has a makers name stamped by the throat, which reads: C.JOHNSON & Co SHEFFIELD, ENG Christopher Johnson, who was born in Sheffield in about 1809, started his cutlery business (according to a trade catalogue) in 1836 in Howard Street, Sheffield. His early career, however, is obscure and the firm did not appear at the in Western Works in Howard Street until 1854, with an outlet in Hatton Garden, London. Western Works was apparently so named because of Johnson\'s flourishing trade in the south-western counties of England. In 1859, he relocated to Portobello Street, which was to be the centre of the firm\'s operations well into the twentieth century. Johnson was essentially a merchant: but he listed himself as a steel converter and refiner, and a \'manufacturer\' of files, tools, and a complete range of cutlery (including table and pocket knives). Johnson soon developed a liking for country life, partly one suspects because his business was so profitable. He brought new partners into the business, such as his nephew John Hibbert (c.1832-1908). In 1868, another partner, John Marshall, joined the business, and the title \'& Co\' was added. By 1871, Christopher Johnson had moved to The Grange, Carlton, Nottinghamshire, and withdrew from the partnership with Hibbert and Marshall in 1879. Johnson died at The Grange on 2 May 1881, aged 72, after \'a lingering illness\'. Marshall and Hibbert now took over the business. In 1881, the firm employed 200 workers(according to Hibbert\'s enumeration in the Census). Hibbert himself retired from the firm in 1886 (he died, aged 77, on 1 June 1908, and was buried in Fulwood). Marshall became the owner of the business in the late nineteenth century, when the company operated at Western Works and Western Steel Works in Portobello, with a London agent in Victoria Street, London. Sheffield City Library Local Studies Collection has several trade catalogues and manuscript letter-books for this firm. These show almost every type of cutlery from table knives to hunting knives. A Johnson sample book, probably pre-1914, has photographs of sportsman\'s knives and farmers\' knives. Hafted in buffalo, ivory and stag, the quality is self-evident. Many of these products were exported. Johnson, Hibbert and Marshall described themselves as \'Australian merchants\'. In 1880, Johnson\'s won a gold medal at the Melbourne International Exhibition and then appointed an Australian agent, J. W. Bunby, who developed a flourishing trade in the 1880s and 1890s for Johnson\'s table cutlery and pocket knives. Besides steel and files, the firm sold plated-ware and registered silver marks in Sheffield in 1890 and 1903. Johnson\'s trade mark - a flag enclosing his initials - was also well known in South Africa, where the firm won a gold medal at the Kimberley Exhibition in 1892. At the turn of the century, Johnson\'s were hard pressed to satisfy the demand from these markets. John Marshall died on 6 April 1915, at his residence Woodville, in Broomhall Park. He was aged 78 and was buried in Ecclesall. An extensive obituary in The Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 8 April 1915, discussed his work as chairman of the board of Sheffield Royal Infirmary, but hardly mentioned his business career. Marshall\'s son-in-law, J.M. Denton, took control of the firm and extended its trade in New Zealand. Christopher Johnson & Co. continued to trade in the early 20th century. It had become a limited company by 1939. But after 1945, the decline of its overseas markets, particularly Australia, hit Western Works hard. In 1955, it was bought by Wostenholm and Johnson\'s factory was closed. It still retains its brown leather scabbard, which has a belt loop at the top and is in great condition. In its scabbard it measures 10.25” (26cm) long and weighs 157g. The knife blade measures 5.5” (14cm). Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Rare Early WW2 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger with Double-Etched Blade & Glass-Like Orange Grip by ALCOSO Here on offer is a rare early 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger with Double-Etched Blade and glass-like Orange Grip by ALCOSO, which was most likely made in the late 1930’s. ALCOSO is known for the fine quality of its edged weapons and it appears to be a rare maker of Luftwaffe etched blade daggers, certainly much more uncommon than the Emil Voos versions that can be found on Militaria sites today. The dagger is in excellent, near mint condition and has a lovely mellow patina on the aluminium mounts. The Pommel is in near mint condition, retaining has nearly all the original factory darkening and the hand-enhanced oak leaves on the swastikas remains very crisp. The Grip is beautiful deep orange solid trolon/celluloid type, with a ‘Glass-Like’ finish and is complete with its tight fitting springy aluminium wire. In near mint condition, no cracks or chips, just a slight rub mark in the centre on the reverse, but I am being very picky! The spread winged Eagle crossguard retains most of its detailing with just some slight loss of detailing to the front breast feathers. It has generic relief style quillions with the right over left oak leaf design and a large pebble pattern on the reverse, with some slight rubbing to the centre. The ferrule has the finely detailed oak leaf design. The richly nickel-plated Double Engraved Blade measures 10.25” (26cm) in length and is in stunning near mint condition with just light surface runner marks. The blade has been etched with beautiful arabesque motifs on both sides. On the obverse is a central frosted panel that features an early droop-tailed Luftwaffe eagle in the centre. The original factory background frosting is in place and there is no lifting or nicks to the edges. The blade is complete with its dark blue leather buffer pad. On the reverse it has a ‘crisp’ older style ALCOSO ‘ACS Scales’ makers trade mark with the word SOLINGEN underneath. The plated metal Scabbard is dent free and in excellent condition. It has an overall dark patina and the edges show minor oxidisation. The throat is held in place by a pair of round-headed screws. I my opinion the blade on this dagger is just a work of art and it would make a great addition to any Luftwaffe collection. The Dagger in the scabbard measures a total of 17.2” (43.5cm) long and weighs a heavy 405g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Rare Finnish Puukko Knife by Johannes Lauri of Rovaniemi circa 1930 removed from the Reichs Chancellery by an English Nurse in 1945 Here on offer is one of two Finnish Puukko knives I acquired years ago from an old gentleman in Aldershot, England. The story the man told me was he was gifted them by a woman who was a nurse serving with the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps who acquired them from the Reichs Chancellery in Berlin after it was destroyed in 1945. Sadly he didn’t remember her name, but he did right out some labels (still attached) to remind him of where they came from. The puukko is a Finnish knife, and the name lends itself to the Finnish word “puukotta,” which means “to stab/knife.” The prefix, “puu” means “wood” in Finnish. The design of the puukko is attributed to the indigenous Sami people, who created several knives to use for day to day tasks; the puukko was the smaller option, used to skin fish or animals. Although historical records vary, the puukko dates back about 1000 years. Both men and women carried (and carry) puukkos, although the sizes change depending on the person, as the puukko handle is meant to fit the hand size of the user. By World War 2 large number of puukko-knife designs individual to certain manufacturer or manufacturers of certain geographical area had become available from multitude of factories and smaller scale manufacturers spread all over Finland. Hence when each Finnish soldier brought his own puukko-knife with him, they brought extremely wide variety of puukko-knives with them, which would make making any effort of trying to determine standard puukko-knife for Finnish soldiers of World War 2 completely impossible. What can be notes is, that during the war soldiers apparently had certain tendency of favoring puukko-knives with longer blade than typical – presumably because longer blade made knife better suited to be used as a weapon in hand-to-hand combat. Especially during long trench war period of Continuation War making trench-art items developed into such a wide-spread hobby among Finnish Army, that it reached almost industrial scale. Besides puukko-knife being the most common tool for trench-art it also become with one of the most common trench-war items to be made by soldiers. These trench-art puukko-knives and their sheaths tended to be more lavish and decorative than the everyday puukko-knives that most of soldiers otherwise carried with them. Finland was actually an ally of Germany, but never controlled or occupied by Germany as such and they mainly fought the Russians during WW2. So it is more than possible that Finnish military hardware could end up in Berlin during WW2. This fine example of a Puukko has a reindeer bone handle and a single cutting edged steel blade. The blade has the maker’s name and location hand engraved on it, which is the famous knife maker, Johannes Lauri of Rovaniemi. The plain blade has been sharpened over the years, which can be seen on the blades cutting edge. The sheath has been tooled from brown leather, which I believe is reindeer leather with tassels on the front and a loop on the back. It is in great original condition. Johannes was born 1901 in Kauhava, Finland. His father Jaakko Lauri was Iisakki Järvenpää\'s cousin and together they worked and made knives in Kauhava. Jaakko Lauri moved to USA (maybe in Canada) in 1913. He was not able to take his family with him because one of his children (Johannes younger sister) had an eye disease. Jaakko Lauri never came back to Finland. Jaakko Lauri\'s family moved up to Rovaniemi (Located in Northern Finland, close to Polar Circle) when Joahnnes Lauri was 15. As young as 19 year old he was already a goldsmith, but for reason or another he moved back to Kauhava to work with knifes at Iisakki Järvenpää and after three years (1924) started a knife workshop called \"Lapin Puukkotehdas\" in Rovaniemi. Before World War II he had over 40 workers at his workshop. Johannes Lauri has won several gold medals in various Fairs in Finland since 1925 and has personally trained almost all Northern Finland knife makers (Paaso brothers, Ilmari Laiti,Veikko Piipponen, Eino Juntunen, etc.). Johannes also helped his friend Janne Martiini to start his Knife Factory in Rovaniemi. The most expensive knife was the \"Loistopuukko\" (\"Splendor Knife\") where both the grip and the sheet was made of reindeer antler. These were made mainly in 1920 - 1930\'s. Apparently the highest price paid for such a knife was $1500. The blade measures 2.9” (7.5cm) and the knife itself 6.25” (15.8cm) long. Inserted in the scabbard it measures 7” (17.8cm) long. It weighs 60g. A rare opportunity to acquire an early example of a Johannes Lauri knife with a connection to the Nazi Reichs Chancellery. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. 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Rare Finnish Puukko Knife removed from the Reichs Chancellery by an English Nurse in 1945 Here on offer is one of two Finnish Puukko knives I acquired years ago from an old gentleman in Aldershot, England. The story the man told me was he was gifted them by a woman who was a nurse serving with the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps who acquired them from the Reichs Chancellery in Berlin after it was destroyed in 1945. Sadly he didn’t remember her name, but he did right out some labels (still attached) to remind him of where they came from. The Puukko is a Finnish knife, and the name lends itself to the Finnish word “puukotta,” which means “to stab/knife.” The prefix, “puu” means “wood” in Finnish. The design of the puukko is attributed to the indigenous Sami people, who created several knives to use for day to day tasks; the puukko was the smaller option, used to skin fish or animals. Although historical records vary, the puukko dates back about 1000 years. Both men and women carried (and carry) puukkos, although the sizes change depending on the person, as the puukko handle is meant to fit the hand size of the user. By World War 2 large number of puukko-knife designs individual to certain manufacturer or manufacturers of certain geographical area had become available from multitude of factories and smaller scale manufacturers spread all over Finland. Hence when each Finnish soldier brought his own puukko-knife with him, they brought extremely wide variety of puukko-knives with them, which would make making any effort of trying to determine standard puukko-knife for Finnish soldiers of World War 2 completely impossible. What can be notes is, that during the war soldiers apparently had certain tendency of favoring puukko-knives with longer blade than typical – presumably because longer blade made knife better suited to be used as a weapon in hand-to-hand combat. Especially during long trench war period of Continuation War making trench-art items developed into such a wide-spread hobby among Finnish Army, that it reached almost industrial scale. Besides puukko-knife being the most common tool for trench-art it also become with one of the most common trench-war items to be made by soldiers. These trench-art puukko-knives and their sheaths tended to be more lavish and decorative than the everyday puukko-knives that most of soldiers otherwise carried with them. Finland was actually an ally of Germany, but never controlled or occupied by Germany as such and they mainly fought the Russians during WW2. So it is more than possible that Finnish military hardware could end up in Berlin during WW2. This fine example of a Puukko has a Birch bark handle with aluminium bolsters and the remains of a Finnish Flag decal on the front of the grip. The blade is a single edged steel blade that has been sharpened over the years and this has sadly removed the makers name, only the traces of a few letters remain. The cutting edge is sharp but does have a couple of nicks in the blade edge. The sheath has been tooled from brown leather, which I believe is reindeer leather with a belt loop on the back. The edges have been stitched and riveted together, although the rivets show signs of rust, but they could be cleaned. There is also an “S” marked on the front and some usage scuffs and black marks on the sheath. The blade measures 4.2” (10.6cm) and the knife itself 8.25” (21cm) long. Inserted in the scabbard it measures 8.7” (22cm) long. It weighs 125g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Rare Horsehair Bracelet From Duke Of Wellingtons Horse ‘Copenhagen’ - Waterloo 1815 Here on offer is a very unusual and rare Horsehair Bracelet was made from the hair of the tail of the Duke of Wellington\'s horse, ‘Copenhagen’ that he rode at the famous Battle of Waterloo in 1815. This came into my possession form a lady in Hampshire, who lived near Stratfield Saye House. The Bracelet comes in its original square light blue silk covered box that has wear and splits to the top edges of the silk. The Bracelet itself is made from finely plaited hair and has ornate gilt or gold mounts and clasp. When stretched out straight it measures 8” (20.3cm) It also comes with a hand written note in pencil that is not that easy to read, but I can make out the following: \'Given (.?.) by Lady Wellesley\' and \'From tail of the Horse the Duke of Wellington rode at Waterloo\'. The note has been folded and would have been fitted inside the bottom of the box, I believe. Catherine Sarah Dorothea Wellesley, Duchess of Wellington was the wife of the 1st Duke of Wellington. She was commonly known as Kitty Pakenham. There is also a letter from the Wellington Museum from 1961, that helps confirm the providence of the Bracelet, but is a bit confusing, although the fact that the then Duke of Wellington saw the same coloring in this bracelet as in other items made from Copenhagen\'s hair is really positive and encouraging. I think the name written is: \'Lady Wellesley\' and not Walmsley, which would be a relation of the then Duke of Wellington. The letter mentions the date 1866, but I cant see any sign of that date on the note or box? Copenhagen (1808 – 12 February 1836) was the Duke of Wellington’s warhorse, which he most famously rode at the Battle of Waterloo. Copenhagen was of mixed thoroughbred and Arabian parentage, with his dame being sired by the Epsom Derby winner John Bull and his sire Meteor finishing second in the Derby. Copenhagen was foaled in 1808 and was named in honour of the British victory at the Second Battle of Copenhagen. Copenhagen did race in England for a short period, winning two races and finishing at least third in nine races out of his 12 career starts. Copenhagen was sent to Spain with Sir Charles Vane in 1813 and was then sold to the Duke of Wellington. Becoming his favourite, Copenhagen was the Duke\'s mount in the Battle of Waterloo. The horse was retired to the Duke\'s estate Stratfield Saye House and lived there for the remainder of his life, dying on 12 February 1836 at the age of 28 years. His gravesite is marked with a marble headstone that is situated under a 174-year-old Turkey Oak. Wellington rode Copenhagen in a number of battles. Before Waterloo he took him on his hazardous ride to Wavre to liaise with Marshal Blucher. Copenhagen was the Duke\'s mount during the Battle of Waterloo, carrying him for 17 hours continuously during the battle. Immediately after the battle, from which Wellington emerged uninjured, Wellington dismounted and patted Copenhagen on the flank, causing the horse to kick towards the Duke\'s head, which the Duke narrowly avoided! The Duke continued to ride Copenhagen in parades and other ceremonial events after the battle. HAIR FROM THE HORSE WAS MADE INTO JEWELLERY. The horse was retired to the Duke\'s Stratfield Saye House and lived as a pensioner there for the remainder of his long life. Copenhagen was said to, \"like being noticed\" and \"kissed hands and ate his apples with all possible grace.\" This is a real rare opportunity to obtain a fine piece of jewellery made from Wellington’s horse, Copenhagen. It warrants further research, but would be of great interest to a collector of memorabilia of both Wellington and the Age of the Napoleonic Wars. The Bracelet has been independently appraised by the online antique experts at “Value My Stuff” and they have provided an insurance valuation of £2000. A copy of the certificate/appraisal will be provided to the buyer. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Rare Near Mint Early WW2 German Army Dagger with Double-Etched Nickel-Plated Blade & Glass-Like Orange Grip by ALCOSO Here on offer is a rare and as near mint example of an early WW2 German Army Dagger with Double-Etched Blade and glass-like Orange Grip by ALCOSO. ALCOSO is known for the fine quality of its edged weapons and it appears to be a rare maker of Army double-etched blade daggers, certainly much more uncommon than the Emil Voos versions that can be found on Militaria sites today. The dagger is in stunning near mint condition with a thick silver-plating finish to all the mounts and fittings, including the scabbard, with NO loss of plating! The early 14 oak leaf pattern Pommel is in near mint condition, showing the varying standard to the hand finishing of the oak leaves. The Grip is beautiful deep orange solid trolon/celluloid type, with a ‘Glass-Like’ finish and is in mint condition, no cracks or chips. The spread winged Army Eagle crossguard retains its detailing with the “known” loss of detail to the eagles head from the Alcoso worn moulds of the time. The reverse retains all its plating. The ferrule has the finely detailed oak leaf design. The richly nickel-plated Double Engraved Blade measures 10.25” (26cm) in length and is in stunning near mint condition with just light surface runner marks. The blade has been etched with beautiful arabesque motifs on both sides. On the obverse is a central frosted panel that features a finely detailed spread winged Army Eagle in the centre. The original factory background frosting is in place and there is no lifting or nicks to the edges. The blade is complete with its dark brown leather buffer pad. On the reverse it has a ‘crisp’ older style ALCOSO ‘ACS Scales’ makers trademark with the word SOLINGEN underneath. The silver-plated metal Scabbard is dent free and again near mint condition. It still retains most of the dark background finish to the raised stippling. The throat is held in place by a pair of round-headed screws. In my opinion the blade on this dagger is a work of art and the dagger would make a great addition to any Army collection. The Dagger in the scabbard measures a total of 15.75” (40cm) long and weighs 310g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Rare Near Mint WW2 German Army Officers Dagger with Double-Etched Nickel-Plated Blade & Glass-Like Orange Grip & Portepee by F.W. HOLLER Here on offer is a rare and stunning example of a WW2 German Army Officers Dagger with Double-Etched blade and glass-like deep orange grip by F.W. HOLLER, complete with its correct silver Portepee. The dagger is in stunning near mint condition with a thick silver-plating finish to all the mounts and fittings, including the scabbard, with NO loss of plating! The dagger is in untouched condition and all the silver-plating has a beautiful aged dark patina that I personally prefer to leave but could be cleaned off to a bright silver finish. The 12 oak leaf pattern Pommel is in near mint condition, showing quality hand finishing to the oak leaves. The Grip is beautiful deep orange solid trolon/celluloid type, with a ‘Glass-Like’ finish and is in mint condition, no cracks or chips. The spread winged Army Eagle crossguard retains all its crisp detailing and no loss of plating. The reverse is smooth and still has all its plating in place. The ferrule has the finely detailed oak leaf design. The richly nickel-plated Double Engraved Blade measures 10.25” (26cm) in length and is in truly excellent condition with just light surface runner marks and the slightest pinhead grey spots near the crossguard. The blade has been etched with beautiful arabesque motifs on both sides. On the obverse is a central frosted panel that features a finely detailed spread winged Army Eagle in the centre. The original factory background frosting is in place and there is no lifting or nicks to the edges. The blade is complete with its dark green leather buffer pad. On the reverse it has a ‘crisp’ oval F.W. HOLLER makers trademark with the “thermometer” image in the centre. The silver-plated metal Scabbard is dent free and again in excellent condition. It still retains most of the dark background finish to the raised stippling. On the lower edge there are signs of some minor “spider web” pattern lifting to the plating, but I am being picky. The throat is held in place by one round-headed screw on the side. The correct length silver finished Portepee is in mint condition and is correctly tied in place on the dagger. In my opinion the blade on this dagger is a work of art and the dagger would make a great addition to any Army collection. The Dagger in the scabbard measures a total of 15.75” (40cm) long and weighs 380g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Rare Polish to English Text Book for The Free Polish Soldiers - Published In Scotland in 1942 Here on offer is a rare polish to English textbook for the FREE POLISH SOLDIERS, published in Scotland in 1942. This rare textbook surfaced with a hand made Polish pilots dagger I bought many years ago. It is clearly in ‘used’ condition, with Polish writing and names on the front and back covers. One may have been a famous Polish fighter ace? The pages have some corner creases, but all the images and 40 pages are still in place. A great piece of Polish WW2 memorabilia. It measures 6.4” (16.3cm) wide by 7.6” (19.5cm) high and weighs 70g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Rare Stick or Bar Shot Cannonball with Chain circa 1812 Here on offer is a very rare cast iron Stick or Bar Shot Cannonball with its chain still attached. I am no expert, but believe Bar Shot Cannonball’s were generally used by ship’s cannon personnel, during either ship-to-ship combat by destroying a ships mast and/or rigging or for anti-personnel effect. The spinning action of the bar alone was disastrous, but with a heavy chain lashing out as well, it would obliterate anything in its path! I can find a reference on the Internet that relates them possibly to either from the Revolutionary War or the War of 1812. If anybody has any further information on these Cannonball’s it will be gratefully received. It is in great condition, with no splits or cracks, just some age related loss of blacking to its finish. It can only increase in value and would make a great display piece of Naval Militaria. The Bar Shot measures 13.75” (35.5cm) long (ball to ball) and each ball is 3” (7.7cm) diameter. The connecting bar measures 7.5” (19cm) long and is 0.9” (2cm) diameter. The chain is 15” (38cm) long. It weighs a heavy 4.8Kg! As it is extremely heavy so shipping sadly will be expensive to countries outside the UK. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Rare Vintage ‘PIRELLI” Collectors Large Spring Activated Speargun with Line and Harpoon c1960 Here on offer is a rare vintage collectors large Speargun including line and harpoon. It was made by the famous Italian tyre company “Pirelli” probably back in the 1960’s. I am told this larger type of Speargun where obviously much more powerful than the short pistol types and where used to catch larger fish, such as sharks and large rays, etc. The heavy solid metal harpoon has a small-hinged flap at the top to ensure the harpoon doesn’t pull out of the fish once it has penetrated its body. I have searched on the Internet and can’t find another example; in fact I can’t find any that where made by Pirelli? The Speargun is in full working order and is powered by a strong spring contained inside the aluminium metal tube. It is loaded by twisting the knurled ring near the base of the gun and then the heavy metal harpoon is inserted into the tube at the top and pressed down (against something hard that won’t be damaged by the sharp point) until it clicks in place. There is a safety catch on the pistol grip. The line can be tied to the movable metal spring around the harpoon, which slides down the harpoon once it has been fired. The black metal pistol grip has the famous Pirelli logo in raised letters on both sides. This really is an impressive piece of engineering and I can’t find another one like it. It has been used and shows wear to the black paint on the grip and fittings, but this could be repainted if so required. There may also be a screw/nut missing on the front of the grip or the hole has another purpose? Makes a great display piece from the 1960’s and can still be used today for catching large fish. It Speargun measures 55.5” (141cm) long and the harpoon is 35.5” (90.2cm) long. Combined they weigh 1.58Kg. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Rare WW1 RAF French Franc ID Bracelet to A.K.IMPREY based in France Here on offer is a rare WW1 RAF French Franc ID bracelet. This white metal (possibly silver) ID chain bracelet has a French 2 franc coin attached in the middle. One side of the coin still has the French woman and the words \"Republique Francaise\". The other side has been smoothed and inscribed with the early RAF motto of the spread winged eagle and Kings crown, below which are the letters RAF FRANCE and at the top is the owners name, which looks to be: A. K. IMPREY The “A” has been rubbed so is hard to read. Given the RAF only formed in name in 1918, I guess this is a late WW1 piece owned by a person based at a RAF station on the French battle lines. A rare find that is in great condition and worth researching the RAF owners service history….. who knows what it might uncover. Identity discs - known as \'cold-meat tickets\' to the British soldiery of the Great War - have not always been worn in battle. The first tags were a mid-nineteenth century German innovation while the British Army resorted to the use of an identity card in the uniform pocket - hardly durable. Clearly inadequate, this form of identification was replaced in 1907 by a single stamped aluminium disc, which carried the solder\'s name, rank, serial number, unit details and his religion. Issued to soldiers on mobilisation, the valuable aluminium was replaced by fibre in August 1914. These discs were much more appropriate than identity cards, but they had their problems; if this single disc was removed from the body, as stipulated in the 1909 Field Service Regulations, the chances of identification of the body were much reduced. Therefore in August 1916, a two-disc system ws evolved, the discs themselves carrying the same information as before, in duplicate, but this time stamped on compressed fibre discs: a green octagonal one that, it was intended, would stay with the body, and a red disc that would be taken as part of the accounting procedure. Both were to be worn on a string around the neck, the red disc suspended from the green one. Unfortunately, neither disc would last long in the damp conditions of much of the Western Front. Perhaps because of this, few soldiers had absolute faith in the discs and many commissioned or made their own identity bracelets, to be worn on the wrist.\' It would appear this bracelet is one of the more durable identity discs that were a back-up to the official identity tags. The bracelet measures 6.25” (16cm) end to end and the coin is 0.9” (2.3cm) diameter. It weighs 8g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Rare WW2 Dummy Home Guard Lee Enfield SMLE .303 Bolt Action Rifle Complete with Sling c1940 Here on offer is a scarce WW2 ‘Dummy’ Home Guard Lee Enfield SMLE .303, bolt action rifle complete with sling, circa 1940. It has been hand made made from one piece of carved and shaped wood with some metal fittings. The wooden frame is a good copy of an original .303 rifle and is complete with a fixed black painted wooden bullet magazine. The trigger, guard, barrel brackets and the tip of the barrel including the ‘sight fins’ are made from metal. The bolt action has been made from an old metal door bolt, which really looks and works well, very clever! There is also an authentic webbing sling fixed in place, which makes it look even more authentic. These dummy rifles were used for drill purposes, probably before the actual real rifles arrived with the LDV/Home Guard later during WW2. It is in great condition with light age related surface rust to the metal fittings and a slight split in the wood where the door bolt has been screwed to the frame. This is a rare piece of Home Guard/Home Front memorabilia and would make a great re-enactment rifle as looks like the real thing from a distance. It measures 46” (117cm) long and weighs a heavy 1.3Kg. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the weight and size of this item, UK postage will be about £12.00 and International will depend on the country, so please email me before placing an order. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Rare WW2 German Army Officers Dagger by CARL EICKHORN with Death Dedication to Lieutenant Holst Albert Draeger of the Enlightenment Division 328 - 23rdAug 1943 on the Blade Here on offer is a great example of a WW2 German Army Officers Dagger with a nickel-plated blade and a deep orange grip by CARL EICKHORN, that I believe was owned by a battle honoured, Lieutenant Horst Albert DRAGGER. What makes this one special is the beautiful professional period engraving on the obverse of the blade, which reads: Oberleutnant Draeger – Adjutant Der Aufklärungs Abteilung 328 in Ausübung Seines Dienstes als Schwadron Fuhrer Getotet an Der Donetz am 23 August 1943 Now the best translation that I can come up with is as follows: Lieutenant Draeger - Adjutant Of the Enlightenment Division 328 in the exercise of his service as Schwadron Fuhrer Taken on the Donetz on 23 August 1943 I have found that a Horst Albert DRAEGER, a First Lieutenant of the German Enlightenment Division 328 was born on 06/01/1916 at Graudenz in Northern Poland. He died in action on the Russian Front on 23/08/1943 at Ssuchaja Gomolscha, which I can’t find exactly but believe is near the Russian town in Rostov Oblast, located on the Seversky Donets River on the border with Ukraine. The 328th Infantry Division (328th ID) was a major military organisation of the German Wehrmacht. The division was set up in the winter of 1941 as a Valkyrie Unit. It should be mobilized in the event of airborne landings in the home or unrest in occupied territories. As the situation on the Eastern Front intensified during the Battle of Moscow, the 328th Infantry Division as well as the other Valkyrie units were mobilized. The execution order was issued on December 17, 1941 and designates December 18, 1941 as the first day of formation. The division was marched from Suwalki to Army Group Center. After the destruction in the area Subzow in the fall of 1942, the remainder of the division were moved to France in October and refreshed there. The division was subordinate to the army group Felber in southern France. In the summer of 1943, the repeated relocation to the Eastern Front followed, where the division was used in the area of the 1st Panzer Army. On November 2, 1943, the division was formally dissolved in Russia. The remnants formed the division group 328 of the 306th Infantry Division. Lieutenant Horst Albert DRAEGER received Battle Honours for his bravery on the Russian Front and I have found a lot of translated records on the Internet that provide some detail of these encounters. Here are a couple that refer to DRAEGER. On 10.08.1942 Lieutenant Wosegien fell; this was the prelude to the climax of the fight. By supremacy of the enemy came the Aufkl.Abt. 328 into a dangerous situation. When she was trapped, the commander decided to retreat backwards. The serious order was announced to everyone. It said: \" Breakthrough in assault is the only way to break the confinement and free even cut off comrades attack is done without consideration, dead and wounded must first lie down, without respect of the person ... \" A single will animated the department, and the impossible seemed to succeed by a dashing attack of the Pomeranian and East Prussian horsemen. A new defensive position could be obtained, which was vigorously defended as long as possible. Slightly wounded remained in the front of the troop and fired on. By and by, all officers and platoon leaders have been killed or wounded. The department adjutant OLt. Draeger, who had taken over the 1st squadron, was also wounded. When he took the train from OWm. He wanted to help Horn, he reached for the MG, swung himself on one of the two StuG subordinate to the department, to knock out the men. This succeeded, but Lieutenant Draeger was wounded and brought back. The abbot. Dr. Krause sent the unconscious with a head bandage to the HVPl. and from there it went in the hospital train direction home. When Draeger awoke from unconsciousness, the train stopped straight, and lying wounded on straw between others, he found that he was just in Nowo Dugino, the railway station of Andreyevskoye, where the remainder of the detachment staff was still. Draeger left the train, ordered a car by phone, and cured his wounds with his comrades. The Aufkl.Abt. 328 had made a valiant contribution to the fact that the planned Soviet breakthrough was prevented and could be built south of the Volga, a new front. This was recognized. All the combatants received the assault badge, in addition more than 40 Iron Crosses II and 7 Iron Crosses of the 1st Class were awarded. Our commander received the German Cross in Gold. Numerous orders of superior posts expressed the recognition that the services of the department found in Russia in the summer of 1942. OLt. Draeger has put together the most important: 87th Infantry Division / Order of 27.06.1942 \" ... The Division 328 subordinate to the Division also participated in the attack on June 27. It stormed the towns of Demidovo, Lubenkino and Goroshanskoje in a fierce battle ... The 26th June Wehrmacht Report commends the achievements of the Division with the following words: In the rear area of the middle frontline, troops from an infantry division threw the enemy into field-based local combat operations, taking 118 bunkers and making numerous loot ... \" signed v. Studnitz General Command XXXIV. Panzer Corps / Order of the Day of June 28, 1942 \" ... The troops of the division and its subordinate reconnaissance department 328 have again proved that the German soldier could not benefit from the harsh Russian winter ... \" marked anger Infantry Regiment 173 / Order of the Day of June 28, 1942 \" ... The regiment has solved the task of attack with great success, excellently supported it and side by side with the brave comrades of the reconnaissance department 328 \". Signed Bechler 87th Infantry Division / Order of the Day of July 1, 1942 \" The commander-in-chief of Army Group Center, Field Marshal von Kluge, during his visit on June 30, gave me his special recognition for the achievements of the Division and its subordinate AA 328. \" signed v. Studnitz 256th Infantry Division / Order of the Day of 18 September 1942 \" Intelligence Division 328 is returning to its division today, and when leaving my division, where she has been assigned to Gribejewo since August 12, I extend my full appreciation to all AA members for their valiant work her wounded, brave commander Major v. Kalben, as well as his dashing aide and all killed and wounded ... \" Signed Danhauser Army High Command 9 - The Commander-in-Chief - from October 4, 1942 \" The 328th Division fought successfully against the 39th Russian Army and has its proud share in the Battle of the Boiler southwest of Rzhev ... making the name of Rzhev a landmark in the history of the Division.I commemorate the brave officers, noncommissioned officers and men working in the hard fights of the Division for Life and Health for Germany ... \" signed model Army Group Center - The Commander-in-Chief - of 18 October 1942 \" ... In the war history of Army Group Center\'s Eastern campaign, the battle of the 328th Division in Attack and Defense will remain a glorious page and unforgotten. \" signed by Kluge Personally, the department had been replenished completely. For the first time since its inception, there were no defects in the officers. Officer position on 01.05.1943 Department Commander: Major v. Calve Adjutant: Lieutenant Becker Ordinance officer: Lieutenant Draeger Message train leader: Staff sergeant Braband Purser: War Administration Inspector (KVI) Marzikowski Departmental Physician: Senior Physician frill War-Ing .: Märrig War Technician: Diemer 1st (Radf.) Squadron: Chief: Lieutenant Wellmann-Eichhorst Captain: Lieutenant Neumann, Lieutenant Lammers 2nd (Pz.Jg.) squadron: Chief: Lieutenant Voss Captain: Lieutenant Becker (II), Lieutenant Murawski 3rd (Pz.Jg.) Squadron: Chief: Captain Bolten Captain: Lieutenant Wiesner, Fahnenjunker-Sergeant Mecke On 22 and 23 May 1943, the department was transported by express from Beaucaire southwest of Avignon to Krassnograd southwest of Kharkov / Ukraine and then reached the 18 km long drawn Starowerovka. In contrast to the desolation of central Russia, the landscape and quarters of the south were directly pleasant. At first, the department had a longer period of rest here. Vehicles and cannons left in France were re-fed. The 2nd squadron finally got the coveted 7.5-cm cannon Ts 40, while the 3rd squadron had to settle for the 7.5-cm-Pak 97/38. As pulling means came 3-to-ZgKw.First on the Kommandowege was a second cycling squadron, which was not approved at the time in Mailly Camp, set up again. SHE RECEIVED OLT. DRAEGER AS CHIEF AND NUMBER 4 WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT.MID-JULY 1943 WAS THE FIRST USE OF PARTS OF THE DEPARTMENT TO SEAL OFF AN ADVANCE OF THE BROKEN AT ISJUM ENEMY. The 3rd / 328, reinforced by a platoon of the 2nd, and the 4th Squadron fought on the threatened section. But they soon returned to the department, which was now about 4 km behind the front as a reserve. At the beginning of August 1943, the large-scale attacks of the Russian \"Voronezh Front\" (roughly comparable to a German army group) began, followed mid-month by the onslaught of the \"steppe front\" on Kharkov and Isyum. After the break-in at Suchaja Gomolsche the division was thrown into the big fight and experienced again difficult weeks. Our Kdr. Major Stecken faced difficult situations. By good counterattacks, the opponent could be brought to a halt first, but again and again he attacked with enormous superiority. Similar to a year before at Rshew, the losses were very high. ON AUGUST 23, 1943, THREE OFFICERS DROPPED OUT WITHIN A FEW HOURS OF THE 4TH SQUADRON. HER BRAVE FIRST LIEUTENANT DRAEGER FELL AT THE HEAD OF HIS MEN IN A COUNTERATTACK. THE HIGH ESTEEM HE ENJOYED THROUGHOUT THE DEPARTMENT SHOWED AT HIS FUNERAL. MEN FROM THE BAGGAGE TOOK HIM FROM THE FRONT LINE, TOOK HIM TO THE ABBOT\'S STAND AND MADE A COFFIN. AND ALL WITHOUT ANY COMMAND! THE COMMANDER OBTAINED PERMISSION FOR A FUNERAL WITH ALL MILITARY HONORS, WHICH HE DID NOT GIVE WITHOUT CONCERN BECAUSE OF THE ONGOING FIGHTING. When it temporarily seemed a little quieter, on 24.08.1943 a tractor brought the dead to the cemetery of the 328th Infantry Division in Kissili; All the men of the detachment had come, and a platoon of the 3rd squadron was under Lt. Kolberg pulled out of position to pay the Schwd.Chef the last honor. The coffin was carried by Uffz. By the abbot, one with the order cushion. After the farewell words of the div. Pastor and the salvo of the honor train, Russian airmen roared across the cemetery, and grenades struck near him. The battle noise of the front was heard throughout the party. The next days were also marked by heavy defensive battles in our positions on the Dnieper. The 4th squadron now led Lieutenant Becker until he also fell on 29.08.1943. The head of the 1st squadron, Lieutenant Wellmann-Eichhorst, was severely wounded, and Lieutenant Lammers, who had taken over the squadron, fell on 01.09.1943. A hard blow hit the department when, as one year ago, their commander, Major Stecken, was badly wounded and came to the main dressing-station. The two cycling squadrons were completely bled and no longer operational; the 1st squadron still had 25 men, the 4th squadron only 6 men left. The two Pak squadrons were still strong in spite of high losses. Since the Rapid Division 328 had now fallen without a commander and also the adjutant Lieutenant Becker, the Pak squadrons were assigned to another association. The remnants of the Radfs. Squadrons, the staff and the hawser were supplied to other divisions; only a small remnant of the staff, weapons masters, cowsmiths, etc., came to France to form the basis for the reorganization. But this did not happen, the existing men were transferred to other units. Now, in the fall of 1943, this was the end of a detachment that had worked well everywhere it was deployed. Officers, NCOs and teams were closely associated in a community of fate. The camaraderie in the department was outstanding and everyone did their best when needed. So I believe this Army Officers Dagger was owned by First Lieutenant DRAEGER and his “men” or possibly his family had it engraved after his death to honour him. A truly rare find and worth further research to find some photos of him and find out what battle honours he was issued with? The dagger itself is in excellent condition with a thick age patinated silver-plating finish to all the mounts and fittings, including the scabbard. The 12 oak leaf pattern Pommel is in excellent mint condition, showing quality hand finishing to the oak leaves. The Grip is beautiful deep orange solid trolon/celluloid type, in excellent near mint condition, no cracks or chips. The spread winged Army Eagle crossguard retains all its crisp detailing and no loss of plating apart from some slight pinhead bubbling to the reverse. The ferrule has the finely detailed oak leaf design. It also still has its original silver coloured Portepee correctly tied around the grip and crossguard. It shows wear to the finish but it looks like it hasn’t been off the dagger since it was made. The nickel-plated Blade measures 10.25” (26cm) in length and is in excellent condition with just light surface runner marks and some dull greying to the finish on both sides. I am sure this would polish bright if required. I prefer to leave it ‘untouched’. The obverse has the beautifully engraved dedication for the service and to commemorate First Lieutenant DRAEGER’s death. The blade is complete with its dark brown leather buffer pad. On the reverse it has a ‘crisp’ Carl Eickhorn makers trademark with the “Squirrel and Sword” image. The silver-plated metal Scabbard is dent free and again in excellent condition, with just some very slight plating loss to the middle lower edge. The throat is held in place by one flat-headed screw on the back. The Dagger in the scabbard measures a total of 15.75” (40cm) long and weighs 370g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Rare WW2 German Navy Officers Kriegsmarine Dagger by P.D. Luneschloss with genuine IVORY Grip Here on offer is an original WW2 German Kriegsmarine Dagger by P.D. Luneschloss with very rare genuine IVORY grip. In all the years of my collecting, this is the only dagger I have found with a genuine carved ivory grip. A real treasure and will make a great addition to any German edged weapons collection. The solid grip is just a stunning piece of old ivory that has a beautiful mellow aged patina to its finish. It is in near mint condition with just a tiny age crack to the front base where it sits in the crossguard. The pictures really don’t do the grip justice, but you can see the internal light-graining pattern to the ivory. It is fitted with a springy twisted gilt grip wire. I have left the eagle pommel slightly loose as to not put any pressure onto the ivory grip itself. The lovely brass cross guard and eagle pommel, still retain some original gilt finish. The blade release button still works perfectly. The excellent and rarer to find, plain blade has the crisp image of the oval maker’s mark for P.D. Luneschloss on the ricasso. The nickel-plated blade has a slight greying to the finish with some dark pitting in small patches to the front of the blade. The very tip looks to have been slightly rounded off at some point in its life. It still retains its red felt scabbard buffer pad. The lightning pattern scabbard is in excellent condition and still retains most of its original gilt finish. Both scabbard screws are still in place. It has two very shallow dents to the front lower section, that are hard to see but can be felt with your fingers. The blade measures 9.25” (23.5cm) and the dagger itself 15” (38cm) long. It weighs 422g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Rare WW2 German TENO Subordinate Hewer by Eickhorn with Hanger and Very Rare Knot Here on offer is a really rare near mint condition TENO Subordinate Hewer/Dagger with its original leather hanger and ultra rare knot. This fine example would be almost impossible to upgrade and has been in my collection for the last 25 years. The white grip plates are in perfect condition as are the retaining screws. The silver platting to the hilt is in excellent condition and it still retains most of its original clear lacquer finish. There are just some very light scratches to the pommel and a rub mark where the pommel rests on the hanger loop. The detail to the TENO eagle is excellent and it is as crisp as the day it was made. The near mint massive Hewer blade, just has some light runner marks on each side and still retains its large brown leather scabbard buffer pad. The obverse side is etched with the early TENO issue number 2598, the reverse side is etched with the Eickhorn Solingen makers trade mark being the 1935/41 pattern and also the TENO eagle and ‘Ges Gesch’ (patent pending). The scabbard retains almost 100% original black paint, and just has some very light surface scratches. The silver fittings are in near mint condition with again just some light surface scratches to the lacquer. The upper fitting is stamped 2598 which matches the number on the blade. It comes with its original black leather and metal TENO hanger, which again is in superb condition, even the small grip retaining strap and stud are in perfect condition. Wrapped around the hanger is a very rare TENO knot which features a silver flat strap with double blue zig-zag stripes and a black and silver acorn with a green and silver stem. A great opportunity to obtain a complete set in beautiful condition and really very rare. The blade measures 9.75” (24.7cm) and the dagger itself 14.75” (37.5cm) long. It weighs a heavy 925g! Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
RARE WW2 Luftwaffe Falshirmjager-Paratrooper ‘Take-Down’ Blued Finish Gravity Knife by Paul Weyersberg & Co Here on offer is an example of the very rare WW2 Luftwaffe Falshirmjager-Paratrooper ‘Take-Down’ Gravity Knife. All the main fittings, including the spike have the rare to find ‘Blued Metal’ finish and are in mint condition, no speckling, lifting or pitting. All the mechanisms work properly and the blade locks into place. The blade is in excellent condition and has been very lightly sharpened during its life and retains a sharp cutting edge. It has a mirror finish to both sides and you can still see the original ‘cross graining’ on the blade. There is an area of very light scratching on one side that could easily be polished out if so required. The blade has the ‘Sword in a Wreath’ oval trade mark around which is stamped: PAUL WEYERSBERG & Co SOLINGEN below which is stamped: ROSTFREI The blade release mechanism is stamped with “57”. The base of the spike is stamped with the Waffen-Amt stylised eagle with the number “5”. The spike doesn’t look to have had its point reground that is very rare to find on these knives! It still retains all of its original Blued finish. The beautifully grained wooden grips appear to be walnut and are in great condition, with no cracks or splits, just some very light usage bruises. It still retains its undamaged large nickel metal lanyard ring. The Take Down button works perfectly to allow the head to be removed and the grip plates can then be swivelled to gain access to the blade. Examples of Take-Down versions of Gravity knives are becoming very rare to find in good condition these days. I only managed to obtain two examples in 40 years of collecting. This is the finest example I have ever owned and would be hard to upgrade. With the blade extended and including the lanyard ring, the Knife measures 10.75” (27.4cm). The blade measures 4.25” (10.8cm) and the spike 3.4” (8.7cm). It weighs 292g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
RARE WW2 Luftwaffe Falshirmjager-Paratrooper ‘Take-Down’ Gravity Knife Attributed to Paul Weyersberg & Co Here on offer is an example of the rarer WW2 Luftwaffe Falshirmjager-Paratrooper ‘Take-Down’ Gravity Knife. All the fittings are nickel-plated and show light surface wear, no speckling, lifting or pitting. All the mechanisms work properly and the blade locks into place. The blade is in great condition and has been lightly sharpened during its life and retains a sharp cutting edge. There is some light greying to both sides but you can still see some of the original ‘cross graining’ on the blade. The blade doesn’t have a maker’s mark, but does have the R.B. NR on the spike that attributes this knife to Paul Weyersberg. The blade mechanism is stamped with “215”. The base of the spike is stamped with the Waffen-Amt stylised eagle with the number “5”. On the other side of the spike is stamped a reference number: R.B. NR. 0/0561/0019 This number is the ‘Reichs Betriebs Nummer’ that was a code system which was in use from 1943 onwards, it replaced the makers name and address (or company’s logo) on government contract uniforms, caps and equipment. It was a nine digit number, build up like this: RB Nr: 0/0000/0000. The first number represents most likely the branch of the company. The second group of four numbers would represent the area/location. And the third and last group op four numbers would represent the individual companies. The number 0/0561/0019 is associated with the knife manufacturer Paul Weyersberg and is known to be found on Gravity Knives. The spike doesn’t look to have had its point reground that is very rare to find on these knives! The beautifully grained wooden grips are in great condition, with no cracks or splits, just some light usage nicks and dings. It still retains its undamaged large nickel-plated lanyard ring, which has slight rust marks. The Take Down button works perfectly to allow the head to be removed and the grip plates can then be swivelled to gain access to the blade for replacement or cleaning. Examples of Take-Down versions of Gravity knives are becoming very rare to find in good condition these days. I only managed to find two examples worth buying in 40 years of collecting. With the blade extended and including the lanyard ring, the Knife measures 10.9” (27.5cm). The blade measures 4.25” (10.8cm) and the spike 3.4” (8.6cm). It weighs 285g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Scottish Hallmarked Silver Sgian Dubh – Citrine Stone - 1937 Here on offer is a Scottish Sgain Dubh with silver fitting dating to 1937. The knife itself has a hand carved ebony wood handle with thistle designs and is topped with a silver cap in which is set a stunning amber coloured citrine cut stone. The base of the hilt is finished with a solid silver collar that fits snuggly over the scabbard throat silver fitting. The short blade is beautifully made and still has a needle sharp point. The blade has a blood grove on both sides and half the top edge has been worked along the edge. The blade still retains its red felt washer. There is some greying to the finish near the hilt, which may polish out, as it doesn’t appear to be pitted. The black grained leather-covered scabbard is in great condition with just one tiny scuff. Both the worked metal fittings are hallmarked solid silver and the scabbard throat is shaped to only allow the blade to be inserted, one way. The silver fittings where assayed in Birmingham in 1937, date letter “N”. There is a makers mark J.C & S which stands for Joseph Cook & Son Ltd, of Hiberian Works, Livery Street, Birmingham, England. The sgian-dubh is a small, single-edged knife (Gaelic sgian) worn as part of traditional Scottish Highland Dress along with the Kilt. Originally used for eating and preparing fruit, meat, and cutting bread and cheese - as well as serving for other more general day to day uses such as cutting material and protection, it is now worn as part of traditional Scottish dress tucked into the top of the kilt hose with only the upper portion of the hilt visible. The knife in the scabbard measures 7.25” (18.2cm) long with the blade measuring just 3.1” (8cm). With the scabbard it weighs 71g. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Second Boer War Hallmarked Silver Watch Fob Medallion – with Picture of Colonel Robert Baden Powell 1899 Here on offer is nice English silver watch fob/medallion, which is fully hallmarked and was assayed in Birmingham in 1899. The FRONT has fine ‘chisel work’ that depicts a leaf pattern on the eight fan shaped sections. The centre depicts a round sepia photo image of Baden Powell (1896) as he was depicted in uniform during the Second Boer War. The REAR is plain and just has a clear set of English silver hallmarks, the Lion Passant for English silver (925), an anchor for the assay office of Birmingham and the date letter “Z” for the year 1899. It also shows the makers mark, “JC” set in a rectangle, which I believe could be any number of makers who used similar marks, possibly: John Clarke, John Coakley, John Clifton or James Critchley. Overall this fob is in excellent condition, with NO dedications and only lightest of age scratches on the back. It measures 1.25” (3.2cm) diameter and weighs 7g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Third Reich Gilt Aluminium Navy Hangers Complete with Blue Cloth Under-Belt Here on offer is a nice matched pair of hangers that came with the blue cloth under-uniform belt, so I am selling them together. The hangers are Third Reich period and all the fittings are aluminium with a lovely bright gilt finish. There is some loss of gilt to the highlights on the lion’s faces and the sprung clips where they attach to a dagger. The buckles are a matched pair as they have the same casting mark on the reverse, of “two raised dots”. The small hanger doesn’t have the small chain and hook that is usually fitted, but as all the gilt is in place around the loop that it would have attached too, I am not sure if it ever had on fitted? The blue moiré fronts are in great condition, no fraying; just a small hole on the long strap where I think the owner has used it to shorten the strap at some point. The black velvet backing on both straps is perfect. The blue under uniform belt has one leather fixed loop and one adjustable. The belt is a little grubby in areas and the buckle is fine. The belt measures 39” (99cm) end to end. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Top Quality Antique Silver and Carved MOP Folding Pocket Fruit Knife by John Yeomans Cowlishaw, Sheffield 1875 Here on offer is a top quality antique English silver and carved Mother of Pearl folding pocket fruit knife by John Yeomans Cowlishaw 1875. This beautiful knife is just in a class above the rest. It has a solid silver plain blade with a clear set of English silver hallmarks, the Lion Passant for English silver (925), Queen Victoria’s head in profile, a Lions Head for the assay office of Sheffield and the date letter “H” for the year 1875. It also shows the maker’s mark, “JYC” set in a rectangle, which relates to the top quality English knife maker and silversmith, John Yeomans Cowlishaw, of Market Street, Sheffield, England. John Yeomans Cowlishaw was related to the Mappin family through his mother Mary; he was nephew to John Newton Mappin, and was cousin to the Mappin brothers, who founded Mappin Brothers and Mappin & Webb. John Cowlishaw lived with his uncle John Newton Mappin from a young age and followed him into the family business, making silver fruit knives. Cowlishaw joined the family firm, Joseph Mappin & Son, in Pepper Alley as a pearl cutter and dealer, and by 1854 he had started his own firm in Norfolk Street making silver fruit knives and cutting mother of pearl. When John N. Mappin finally retired from pearl cutting he gave the business to Cowlishaw who combined it with his own. As the business grew, he moved into larger workshops finally working from 67 Arundel Street. After Cowlishaw’s death in 1895, his son John Edward Cowlishaw took over running the company until his retirement in 1901. The Cowlishaw name passed out of the family and was run from various different addresses in the city. By the early 1970s the company was based at Portland Works, Hill Street. The blade is in great condition but the very tip has been bent over and then straightened at some point in its life. Please see my pictures. The blade spring is still strong and it slots easily back into the handle when closed up. What makes this fruit knife stand out from the rest is the stunning carved Mother of Pearl handle. I have never seen one with a raised ‘diamond’ pattern carved into it, in this case on both sides of the handle. Then a tiny silver pin has been inserted into the centre of every diamond, it is truly a work of art! I have seen simpler examples of Cowlishaw’s work sell for £175 as he was considered to be the best Pearl carver in the business. This knife blade measures 2.75” (7cm) long and the handle measures 3.25” (8.5cm). So combined the knife measures 6” (15.3cm). It weighs 27g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Unique Beautifully Hand Carved Wooden Figure of a WW2 Kriegsmarine Navy Dagger Pommel Eagle Here on offer is a beautifully hand carved wooden figure of a WW2 Kriegsmarine Navy Dagger Pommel Eagle. It has been skillfully carved from a soft wood and then painted gold to mimic the gilt finish to the Navy Pommels. I actually acquired this along with an early Navy Dagger, many years ago but don’t have any provenance to prove it is a period-carved piece or post WW2? Either way it makes a great display piece for a desk or even a wall as it has a flat section at the rear of the base and a small hole where it may have been hung from a wall or display in the past. A unique piece and I am sure you wont find another like it. For size comparison I have shown it along side a genuine Navy Dagger Pommel, but I am ONLY selling the carved wooden figure. It measures 3.5” (9cm) high and 2.6” (6.5cm) wide and weighs 40g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Unique Hand Carved Mother of Pearl Letter Opener with Duke of Wellington’s Profile Commemorating Waterloo 1815 Here on offer is a very unusual and possibly unique hand carved Mother of Pearl or Nacre shell letter opener with Duke of Wellington’s Profile, that I believe was made to Commemorate the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. This came into my possession form a lady in Hampshire, who lived near Stratfield Saye House, along with a Horse Hair Bracelet made form the hair of the Duke of Wellingtons horse, Copenhagen, that is also listed on my web site (50075). Who knows it may have been made for and owned by the Duke himself? The letter opener has been made in the style of a dagger with a crossguard and quillions that seem to be carved in the image of a griffin bird? The beautifully carved handle has the profile image of the Duke of Wellington exquisitely carved into an oval cartouche, on the reverse of the handle it has been left blank, possibly for the owner’s initials to be carved in at a later date? The wide ended flat blade has a raised central ridge that originates from a carved ricasso. The blade, crossguard and handle are pinned together with to long steel pins that show signs of rust over the years, which can just be seen where the blade fits to the cross guard. It is in superb condition for its age and the shell finish has a bright patina and a stunning iridescent quality. If I am being really picky there is the slightest nick (pin head size) to the top edge of the blade. I believe this warrants further research, but would be of great interest to a collector of memorabilia of both Wellington and the Age of the Napoleonic Wars. The letter opener measures 8.6” (22cm) long and 2.2” (5.5cm) wide at the crossguard. It weighs 45g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Unique WW2 British Dispatch Rider or Paratroopers Helmet made into a “Pull-A-Long” Toy Tortoise Here on offer is what appears to be a WW2 British Dispatch Rider or Paratroopers Helmet that has made into a wonderful “Pull A Long” Toy Tortoise. I am no expert when it comes to WW2 helmets, but I am pretty sure it isn’t a Paratroopers Helmet, as I believe these where constructed of steel and this one is made from fibre. The old gent I bought it from along with some edged weapons, was sure it had been used as a Paratroopers Helmet during the D-Day landings, as some of the troops liked the lighter weight of the fibre Helmets over the steel versions? Sadly there is no provenance to support the story, so only the helmet itself knows its history! I think this was a shellac- coated fibre motorcycle Dispatch Rider`s helmet and the bottom section has been trimmed off to leave a nice tortoise shell shaped dome. It has been lovingly converted into a “Pull A Long” Toy, by adding a wooden frame to the base, which in turn has been fitted with four wooden wheels. There is a nicely carved tortoise head which connects to an offset front axle, so when it is pulled along by the string, the head moves backwards and forwards through the large whole in the front. It really works well! There is also a short stubby wooden tail, nailed to the back of the Helmet. (The nails have worked loose but can be hammered back in place if required. Most of lining has been removed from inside the Helmet, but the black rubbery inner liner is still stuck to the inside top section. I can only make out one internal mark (by the tail), which looks like a mirror image number ‘4’. It looks to have been painted with a olive green paint, then yellow and black markings have been added to imitate the shell sections of a tortoise. The face and tail also retain the original paint, the face even has a slot craved into it for its mouth! It is just a great piece of home made WW2 ‘Trench Art’, that hopefully provided his child with hours of fun after the drama of WW2. Makes a great and unusual addition to any Helmet collection. A unique piece and I am sure you wont find another like it! It measures 13.5” (34.3cm) long with the head extended and to the tip of the tail. It is 7.4” (19cm) wide and weighs 700g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Untouched Double Proofed Hitler Youth Knife by J. A. Henckels and Dated 1939 Here on offer is a nice untouched original double proofed Hitler Youth Knife by J. A. Henckels and dated 1939. The nickel plated hilt fittings show loss of plating and tarnishing. The Bakelite grip plates are in perfect condition and are still held in place by the two original nickel rivets. The HJ diamond emblem still fits tightly into the grip and just has a couple of light scratched to the surface. The blade is the version with a ricasso and WITHOUT the motto and has an overall dulled grey and scratched surface finish but no deep pitting or nicks in the cutting edge. The reverse shows double proof marks, one being the joined twin figures for J.A. Henckels and below this is etched a RZM circle with the code M7/10 – 1939 below. The leather buffer pad is still in place. The steel scabbard still retains most of its black paint, and is undented, but the finish is lightly scratched has some light surface rust on the back. The leather belt loop hanger and fastening strap and stud are still in place, but it shows wear to the dark finish, that could be treated if required. The blade measures 5.5” (13.9cm) long and the knife is 9.75” (24.8cm) in total length. Inserted in the scabbard it measures 9.9” (25.3cm) long. It weighs 300g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Unusual and rare WW1 1914 Princess Mary Christmas Tin – Chrome Plated Here on offer is a GENUINE WW1 1914 Princess Mary Christmas Tin that the owner has had Chrome Plated after the war. I have had a few of these tins in my collection over the years but never one that has been Chrome Plated. The owner clearly valued this tin and wanted to recognise that after the war. This tin is empty of its contents and is in excellent condition with all the fine detail still present. On the outer surface, most of the Chrome plated finish is retained, there is just some loss over the raised ‘M’ letters and the laurel and ring around the Queens head. The inside still has all the Chrome finish remaining and is in excellent condition. The hinge still works as originally designed, and the tin closes nicely. A fine example of a 1914 Queen Mary tin and a great collectable that are becoming hard to find in this condition and even rarer being Chrome Plated. Some history relating to the creation of these tins that you may find of interest: In November 1914, an advertisement was placed in the national press inviting monetary contributions to a \'Sailors & Soldiers Christmas Fund\' which had been created by Princess Mary, the seventeen year old daughter of King George V and Queen Mary. The purpose was to provide everyone wearing the King\'s uniform and serving overseas on Christmas Day 1914 with a \'gift from the Nation\'. The response was truly overwhelming, and it was decided to spend the money on an embossed brass box, based on a design by Messrs Adshead and Ramsey. The contents varied considerably; officers and men on active service afloat or at the front received a box containing a combination of pipe, lighter, 1 oz of tobacco and twenty cigarettes in distinctive yellow monogrammed wrappers. Non-smokers and boys received a bullet pencil and a packet of sweets instead. Indian troops often got sweets and spices, and nurses were treated to chocolate. Many of these items were dispatched separately from the tins themselves, as once the standard issue of tobacco and cigarettes was placed in the tin there was little room for much else apart from the greeting card. The \'tin\' itself was approximately 5\" long by 3¼\" wide by 1¼\" deep with a double-skinned, hinged, lid. The surface of the lid depicts the head of Princess Mary in the centre, surrounded by a laurel wreath and flanked on either side by the \'M\' monogram. At the top, a decorative cartouche contains the words \'Imperium Britannicum\' with a sword and scabbard either side. On the lower edge, another cartouche contains the words \'Christmas 1914\', which is flanked by the bows of battleships forging through a heavy sea. In the corners, small roundels house the names of the Allies: Belgium, Japan, Montenegro and Servia; France and Russia are at the edges, each superimposed on three furled flags or standards. This tin measures 5.1” (13cm) wide, 3.7” (8.5cm) high, 1.2” (3cm) deep and weighs 135g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Unusual Antique German Hunting Knife with Golden Eagle Talons Handle – Blade stamped Paul Grundig Munchen Here on offer is a rare and very unusual antique German hunting knife with a handle made from the folded talons of what I think is a Golden Eagle. I have never come across a knife with an eagle “foot” handle before and I acquired this one many years ago for my collection. I am also surprised how well it fits and grips into your hand, albeit you have to be aware of the talons, which are still needle sharp! The reason I believe this is a Golden Eagle is the Tarsi (the long foot bone that lead to the toes) have feathers not scales, but I am no expert! The white metal ferrule has a beautiful oak leaf pattern and the scabbard top mount has a white metal image of a running deer on one side and a hunting dog on the other. The scabbard itself is made from dark brown leather and has some wear to the tip. The single edges blade has a mirror finish with some minor light pitting on the upper edges, which could be polished out if required. The front has the makers or distributers name stamped into it: PAUL GRUNDIG MUNCHEN This is just a really unusual and quality made hunting knife that will make a great addition to any knife collection and I doubt you will find another like it! The blade measures 4” (10.2cm) long and the knife is 9” (23cm) in total length. Inserted in the scabbard it measures 9.5” (24.2cm) long It weighs 100g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Unusual Hand Made Soldiers Wooden Truncheon – Liverpool & Irish Regiment c1890 Here on offer is a rare hand made soldiers wooden truncheon that was owner by a member of the Liverpool & Irish Regiment circa 1890 and possibly used in the Second Boer War, whilst supporting the King’s Liverpool Regiment. The hard wood truncheon has been made from a branch or root of a tree that had a spur near the top that provides a hard “nodule”. The truncheon has usage marks and some age splits near the base where the hole has been made to take the leather cord. It still has a very old paper label attached that states: Belonged to Pte Callaghan Liverpool & Irish Regt circa 1890. Liverpool’s large Irish community formed the 64th Lancashire Rifle Volunteer Corps on 25 April 1860, one of many volunteer corps raised in Lancashire in response to heightened tension with France. The Liverpool Irish became a volunteer (later Territorial Force) battalion of the King’s (Liverpool Regiment) in July 1881. As such, it fought in the Second Boer War and, sustaining thousands of casualties in numerous battles that prominently included Givenchy, Guillemont, Third Ypres, and the Hundred Days Offensive. Disbanded after the Great War in 1922, the Liverpool Irish reformed in 1939 before WW2 and constituted the nucleus of the 7th Beach Group that landed at Juno Beach on 6 June 1944, D-Day. The truncheon measures 12.75” (32.4cm) long and about 1.3” (3.5cm) diameter on the shaft. It weighs 195g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Unusual Scout Association Machete with Original Leather Scabbard by TomTom Here on offer is an unusual vintage machete that was issued for use by the Scout Association. I have come across many different types of Scout Knives in my years of collecting, but never a Scout machete! It has the post 1967 Scout membership badge a “fleur-de-li with stars”, stamped on the front of the wooden handle and also on the front of the leather scabbard. The machete has a dark wooden handle, with a lovely dark aged patina. The two wooden slabs that make up the handle are held in place on the metal tang by three large flat rivets. The heavy steel blade has a curved pointed end and three long groves on each side of the flat blade. The blade has a dark greyed finish with some light surface rust marks and a good sharp finish to the single cutting edge. The blade has a maker’s logo and the name TOMTOM encased in a circle. I can’t find any reference to this maker but have seen a similar blade on the Internet without the Scout emblems and by a different maker, but it claims to be French in origin? The dark brown leather scabbard is tightly threaded together along all the edges using a thick leather twine, which has been knotted at the tip and partly left as a tassel. It also has a belt loop flap on the back enabling it to be fitted to a Scout belt. The Machete measures a total of 20.7” (52.5cm) long and the blade measures 14.7” (37.2cm) by 2” (5cm) wide at the ricasso. With the scabbard it weighs 680g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Unusual Vintage Metal & Brass Model Artillery Cannon That Fires Blank Caps Here on offer is a really well engineered vintage pressed metal and brass model artillery cannon that actually fires blank caps. I think this was ‘factory’ made and is possibly German in origin, but I can’t find a makers name or stamp on it. The main chassis and wheels are made from a thick pressed and folded steel metal and the firing mechanism and barrel are formed out of brass. The wheels rotate and have springs inside on the axel. The trigger is pulled back like a revolver and locks in place allowing the brass cover to be unscrewed from the base of the barrel. Then I assume a rimmed blank cap was placed into the barrel and the cover screwed back in place. Then the impact of the trigger being fired, its very strong being powered by two strong springs under the chassis, would fire the blank, emitting a flame and smoke from the top of the barrel. Interestingly it has four small holes drilled underneath the barrel near the top, which are normally added to a barrel to allow gasses to escape. The diameter at the top of the barrel is far smaller than at the base, about big enough to fire a wooden matchstick. The trigger is fired by pressing down on the flat release pad on the top and rear of the chassis. This is located just in front of the threaded height adjustment screw, which adjusts the angle of elevation. The brass is in excellent condition , which a nice aged patina, but the steel does show some light surface rust in some areas, please see my pictures. As I stated at the start, this is a very well and skilfully engineered model and it makes a great desk ornament and discussion piece. The model measures 7” (18cm) long, the barrel is 4” (10.2cm) long and it is 2.2” (5.5cm) wide wheel to wheel. It weighs 215g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Unusual WW2 Trench Art German ‘Bullet’ Sweetheart Brooch with Silver Swastika Here on offer is an unusual WW2 Trench Art German ‘Bullet” sweetheart brooch, with a silver Swastika. The bullet used for this brooch appears to have been fired given the marks on its surface? It may have related to a German soldier who was wounded during WW2 and made a keepsake from it once it had been removed, as I know soldiers from both WW1 and WW2 did in the past. The hollow bullet head has been fitted with a brass pipe that has the rim of a fired cartridge fitted to it. It fits nicely but only stays in place when turned to a certain position. It could be glued in place if required, but I have left it as I found it. The front has a silver swastika soldered in place and the reverse has an old style metal pin fitted. Like a lot of Trench Art, it is rather crudely made but displays very well and makes a great conversation piece. The brooch is 1.25” (3cm) wide and about 0.25” (6mm) diameter, possibly a British 303 bullet? It weighs 7g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Very Rare Near Mint WW2 German Army Officers Dagger with Artificial Acid Etched Band Pattern Damascus Blade & Deep Orange Grip by CARL EICKHORN Here on offer is a very rare and stunning example of a WW2 German Army Officers Dagger with an artificial acid etched “Band Pattern” Damascus blade and glass-like deep orange grip by CARL EICKHORN. The dagger is in stunning near mint condition with a thick silver-plating finish to all the mounts and fittings, including the scabbard, with NO loss of plating! The 12 oak leaf pattern Pommel is in near mint condition, showing quality hand finishing to the oak leaves. The Grip is beautiful deep orange solid trolon/celluloid type, with a ‘Glass-Like’ finish and is in mint condition, no cracks and just the slightest chip on the bottom right hand side where it touches the ferrule ring. The spread winged Army Eagle crossguard retains all its crisp detailing and no loss of plating. The reverse is smooth and still has all its plating in place. The ferrule has the finely detailed oak leaf design. The beautifully “band patterned” acid etched Damascus blade is just stunning. It measures 10.25” (26cm) in length and is in truly mint condition. For an acid etched blade it has a really smooth finish (only very slightly raised) as one would expect with an EICKHORN produced blade. These artificial acid etched blades where created by a controlled process whereby metal-attacking acid was applied to a blade surface to produce a Damascus type design. The reason these where produced is that they where far cheaper to purchase than a real smith made blade and the real blades where hard to obtain during WW2. A number of fake blades where made in the 1960’s which had poor finishes and normally spurious inscriptions to German Soldiers or War Events. Period artificial blades are very rare to find and this is a truly fine example, which in my opinion can’t be bettered! I have only come across this one in over 40 years of collecting, a really rare piece! The blade is complete with its dark brown leather buffer pad. On the reverse it has a clear EICKHORN ‘Seated Squirrel with Sword’, maker’s trademark which was used between 1935 and 1941. The silver-plated metal Scabbard is dent free and again in near mint condition. The throat is held in place by one round-headed screw on the reverse. The blade on this dagger is just stunning and the dagger would make a great addition to any Army collection. The Dagger in the scabbard measures a total of 15.75” (40cm) long and weighs 350g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Very Unusual Antique Scottish Sgian Dubh with Wooden Blade and Leather Scabbard Here on offer is a very unusual antique Scottish Sgain Dubh a wooden blade! The knife itself has a hand carved ebony wood handle with Celtic designs and is topped with a plain unmarked silver cap. The curved blade is beautifully made from wood that has the strangest finish I have seen! It looks like a tiny chequered pattern has been applied all over the blade? Almost like a Tartan cloth effect? The blade is fixed/pinned to the handle buy a strong metal collar. The black-grained leather scabbard is in great condition with just one tiny scuff on the reverse. The sgian-dubh is a small, single-edged knife (Gaelic sgian) worn as part of traditional Scottish Highland Dress along with the Kilt. Originally used for eating and preparing fruit, meat, and cutting bread and cheese - as well as serving for other more general day to day uses such as cutting material and protection, it is now worn as part of traditional Scottish dress tucked into the top of the kilt hose with only the upper portion of the hilt visible. The knife in the scabbard measures 7.25” (18.2cm) long with the blade measuring just 3.1” (8cm). With the scabbard it weighs 71g. Given it has a wooden blade maybe it was made for a child to wear? If anyone has any ideas, information would be greatly appreciated. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Victorian Boer War Period Lord Roberts Brass & Cast Iron Doorstop or Fire Place Ornament Here on offer is a lovely original Victorian Boer War period, brass and cast iron doorstop. Cast in solid brass is the image of Lord Roberts in military uniform astride his horse. The horse legs are then attached by two square headed nuts, to a stepped cast iron base that was originally painted gloss black. Some of the original paint remains and it could be easily repainted if required. There is some nice detail to the image of Lord Roberts and his horse and the brass has a lovely mellow age patina. Makes an impressive display piece of Boer War related memorabilia and still works as a great doorstop! It measures 9.9” (25cm) high and 7.6” (19.5cm) wide at the base. It weighs a heavy 2.1Kg so please contact me before paying regarding postage costs. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Vintage American Indian Inuit Knife with Scrimshaw Decorated Reindeer Antler Scabbard and Grip Here on offer is a vintage American Indian Inuit Knife with decorated reindeer antler scabbard and grip. The single edged polished steel blade is 2.75” (7cm) long and has a really well fitting carved and decorated antler grip. The knife fits into a large reindeer antler ‘slab’ scabbard, which has also been decorated and has a brown leather scabbard collar covering where the knife fits into the slot in the antler. The hand carved ‘scrimshaw’ decoration is more of a geometric diamond design. The antler itself looks to have some real age given the old scratches and wear on the back. I believe these knifes where made for the tourist trade back in the 1930’s/40’s and I found a similar one in the Reading Museum. This one has a faint pencil or ink numbers on the front, which look like 040, similar to those used by museums to track their display items? I have been told the Arctic Coast Indians, living in Greenland, probably made this knife. A fine example of an Inuit made knife, that makes a great display item and can only increase in value! It measures 11.75” (30cm) long and 5.5” (14cm) wide at its widest point. It weighs 205g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Vintage Boxed Example of a Submarine OCA (Old Comrades Association) Car Badge - Mint Unused Condition c1950 Here on offer is a vintage boxed example of a Submarine OCA (Old Comrades Association) car badge, in mint unused condition, circa 1950. The round car badge is made from heavy chrome plated metal and has the image of the Submarine OCA cap badge on the front, under a thick Perspex domed cover. On the back of the badge is a distributers label, for Club Sports of New Cross, Woolwich, with their old 4 digit phone numbers. The front of the box cover and the base of the badge by the fixing holes, has the makers name: BEAULAH. The company was established in the late 1930’s by G K Beaulah who recognised the need for finely produced heraldic shields and crests and coats of arms, including car badges. They are still in existence today. The badge also comes with one fixing nut and bolt, but it looks like there should have been two originally. On the other side of the box cover is the word: “AUTOMOTIVE”. I have never seen one of these car badges before and believe they are indeed rare to come on the market, especially in boxed unused condition. I understand that the Submarine OCA was the forerunner of the Submariners Association, which is an Association of ex and serving Submariners which seeks to maintain the special bonds of friendship, loyalty and comradeship, together with a pride in the Submarine Service, formed during service in Her Majesty\'s Submarines. It is recognised by the Ministry of Defence. The car badge measures 3.7” (9.3cm) diameter and weighs 322g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Vintage Deer’s Foot Hunting Knife with Leather Sheath by W Clauberg Solingen Germany Here on offer is a nice example of a vintage Deer’s Foot hunting knife by W CLAUBERG, Solingen, Germany. The hilt is made from a large Deer’s foot/hoof that has been pinned together at the tip. It shows some slight loss of fur to the grip where the leather-retaining strap rests. Please see my pictures. A ribbed polished nickel ferrule connects the hoof to the blade. The single edged blade retains all of its mirror finish and cross graining, with just some very slight surface scratches. On the front it has the makers name and details: W CLAUBERG EST. 1810 SOLINGEN GERMANY On the reverse of the blade is: /001 The brown leather scabbard has a ribbed metal tip, a belt loop and retaining strap and press catch at the top. The knife is in excellent unused condition and the grip fits the hand very well. The blade measures 3.6” (9cm) long and the knife is 9.6” (24.5cm) in total length. Inserted in the scabbard it measures 10.25” (26cm) long. It weighs 103g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Vintage Hand Carved Bone “Wolf’s Head” Inuit (Eskimo) Knife with Bone Sheath Here on offer is a vintage hand carved bone Inuit (Eskimo) knife with bone sheath. The handle of the knife is made from one piece of smooth bone, the top of which has been painted black and then has been carved into a wolf’s head with its mouth open, showing its fanged teeth. The single edged curved tipped steel blade is in mint condition and fits snuggly into the bone sheath. It is very sharp! The smooth bone sheath has a solid top section that has been attached (brass pinned) to the lower curved section that has been made from to slabs of bone. The top has been painted black then skilfully carved with images of a reindeer and a wolf running below a mountain range. The top of the sheath has a leather strap and a twisted leather cord looped through a hole at the back to hang or carry the knife. The whole knife is in excellent condition and is a high quality example of these types of Inuit knives. The blade measures 3.5” (9.7cm) and the knife itself 7.9” (20cm) long. Inserted in the sheath it measures 10” (25.3cm) long. It weighs 93g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
Vintage Hand Made Wooden Wall Plaque for the British Military Intelligence Corps 50th Anniversary 1977 Here on offer is one of three quality hand made vintage wooden wall plaques that I acquired, which relate to the British Military Intelligence Corps 50th Anniversary in 1977. This hand painted example has the Intelligence Corps badge set on a central shield with a large gold ‘V’ in the background and on a wooden ribbon below it the years: 1947 . 1967 . 1977 The reverse has a hole to allow it to be hung from a wall and the words: Made in Great Britain The plaque measures 6.9” (17.5cm) high and 5.9” (15cm) wide at the top. It weighs 230g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Vintage Hand Made Wooden Wall Plaque for the British Military Intelligence Corps – Prince of Wales - Number 90 Half Company Here on offer is one of three quality hand made vintage wooden wall plaques that I acquired, which I believe relate to the British Military Intelligence Corps. This hand painted example has a raised shield with the Prince of Wales feathers, Fleur De Lis above two crossed rifles and the number ‘90’. Below the shield are the words: NUMBER 90 HALF COMPANY I have no idea what unit this refers too, but as all the shields came together, I can only assume it relates to the Intelligence Corps? If anybody knows its origins, any information would be gratefully received. The reverse has a hole to allow it to be hung from a wall and the words: Made in Great Britain The plaque measures 6.9” (17.5cm) high and 5.9” (15cm) wide at the top. It weighs 223g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Vintage Hand Made Wooden Wall Plaque for the British Military Intelligence Corps, circa 1980 Here on offer is one of three quality hand made vintage wooden wall plaques that I acquired, which all I believe relate to the British Military Intelligence Corps, circa 1980. This hand painted example has the Intelligence Corps badge set on a central shield with the motto, on a wooden ribbon below it: Manui Dat Cognitio Vires (Knowledge gives strength to the arm) The reverse has a hole to allow it to be hung from a wall and the words: Made in Great Britain The plaque measures 6.6” (17cm) high and 5.9” (15cm) wide at the top. It weighs 180g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Vintage Spear Pointed Hunting Knife with Leather Sheath by IMCO Solingen Germany Here on offer is a stunning example of a spear pointed hunting dagger with stag horn grips, by IMCO Solingen, Germany. The hilt is made from solid cast and polished aluminium, which has two lovely slabs of stag horn, inlaid and pinned into the grip. The crossguard has hand finished acorn shaped points. The long spear pointed blade retains all of its mirror finish and has a very sharp double cutting edge. It has the makers name and details on the blade: IMCO SOLINGEN GERMANY 34 The brown leather scabbard has a ribbed metal tip, a belt loop and retaining strap and press catch at the top. The knife is in excellent/mint unused condition and is just a beautifully balanced knife to hold. The blade measures 6” (15.3cm) long and the knife is 10.25” (26.2cm) in total length. Inserted in the scabbard it measures 11” (28cm) long It weighs 175g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
Willow Art Crested China WW1 British Tank – Mark 1 – Weston-Super-Mare - c1916 Here on offer is a lovely Willow Art China model of a WW1 British Tank made in 1916. I think this is a model of the first British Tank that was made, the Mark 1. The Mark 1 was armed with two 6 pounder guns and three .303 Hotchkiss machine guns and were called “Male\" tanks; those with four Vickers machine guns and one Hotchkiss, were called \"Female”. To aid steering, a pair of large wheels were added behind the tank. These were not as effective as hoped and were subsequently dropped. On the top of this model is a beautiful colourful crest transfer image of the shield for the City of: WESTON-SUPER-MARE Also on the top it has the following words printed: MODEL OF BRITISH “TANK” On the base is the printed makers mark for: WILLOW ART CHINA LONGTON Also there is a REG No 658588, which dates it to 1916 to 1917. The British Tank model is in excellent condition, no chips or cracks, just some very minor loss of gilt to the edges of the tracks. A great piece of Antique Willow Art China, which can only increase in value. The model measures 5” (12.8cm) long by 2.75” (7.1cm) wide. It weighs 135g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
WW1 1914 Half Sovereign Mounted In English Hallmarked Gold Pendant “Key” Setting Here on offer is a fine quality 22ct half sovereign coin dated 1914 at the start of WW1, that has been professionally mounted in an ornate English Hallmarked 9ct gold Pendant “Key” setting. The lady I bought it from stated that her father, a British Solider in the Royal engineers, had bought the half sovereign for her mother the week before he went away to fight in France at the beginning of WW1. He apparently wanted her to have some gold, as a financial backup should he not return! Luckily he survived the war and they kept the coin safely locked away until he passed away in the late 1970’s. The lady then had the Key Pendant made to hold the coin so it could be worn as a pendant. Sadly there is no one to pass the Key onto so she felt it was time to let someone else enjoy owning it! The Half Sovereign is in excellent ‘fine’ condition and has been fixed in place by four flat claws that have not damaged the coin in anyway. The coin is mounted into a solid 9ct gold ornately pierced heart that has a suspension loop on the top to allow a chain to be fitted. The loop has a full set of English gold hallmarks and a maker’s mark stamped on the reverse, albeit they are very small. The maker’s initials are set in a diamond lozenge and appear to be: J.H.L I can find a reference to the initials but the maker hasn’t been identified as yet? There is also a full set of English Gold hallmarks, the leopards head for the assay office of LONDON, The CROWN and 375 for 9-carat gold and a gothic date letter \'C\' for the year it was assayed, being 1977. The circular hollow Key arm is attached to the heart and the teeth of the Key are formed with another heart in the middle. The Key Pendant is just in mint undamaged condition and is a truly quality piece of hallmarked English Gold, with an antique Half Sovereign from the WW1 period. The Pendant measures 2.3” (5.9cm) long by 1.1” (2.7cm) wide across the heart. It weighs 11.2g, so about 4g of 22ct gold (half sovereign) and 7.2g of 9ct gold. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
WW1 Australian Brass Trench Art Slouch Hat - Pont Noyelles Somme – 23/09/1918 Here on offer is a large example of an Australian WW1 Brass Trench Art Slouch Hat, with an inscription from a WW1 Battle at Pont-Noyelles, 23rd September 1918. Pont-Noyelles is a commune in the Somme department in Hauts-de-France in northern France. I can’t find any specific reference to a recorded battle at Pont-Noyelles but in late September/early October, one of the epic battles of the whole war (Second Battle of the Somme) was the breach of the Hindenburg Line (the Battle of St. Quentin Canal) by British, Australian and American troops (under the command of Australian General John Monash ). Soon after, the Canadians breached the Hindenburg Line at the Battle of Cambrai. The conical section of the hat has some ordinance marks stamped near the fold in the hat that are: V.S.M. 80M Mk IV These markings relate to a WW1 British FUSE which has been skilfully reworked to form the dome of the hat. The flat portion of the hat is also made from a WW1 brass shell case that has been soldered onto the Fuse. The upper rim has some hand chiselled work to provide a patterned edge and the underneath is lightly hand engraved with: Souvenir of Pont Noyelles 23/9/18 On the fold of the hat is an Australian Commonwealth Military Forces brass cap badge, that has been skilfully attached. It measures 4.75” (12cm) by 3.6” (9.2cm) and is 1.6” (4.2cm) high. It weighs 113g. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
WW1 ‘Welcome Home’ Hand Made Crochet Knitted Tea Cosy – Woman’s Own Magazine Pattern c1916 Here on offer is a wonderful WW1 period crochet knitted “WELCOME HOME” Navy related Tea Cosy. I believe these patriotic pieces where actually hand made from patterns that where published in the “Woman’s Own” Magazine around 1916. The front and back have the same design, with the slogan “UNITED” at the top and \"WELCOME HOME\" at the bottom and above it is a Navy Battleship framed by British and French flags and an anchors in the bottom corners. The \"WELCOME HOME\" slogan is really touching, because presumably it was made in anticipation of a sailor coming home on leave, or at the end of the war. The WOMAN”S OWN Magazines dido have quite a few patterns for garments for the armed forces, mainly knitting patterns, but there are probably more patterns for decorative bits of crochet (doyleys, fancy edgings, and so on). The Cosy measures 11” (28cm) high and 14” (35.5cm) wide. It weighs 65g. The Tea Cosy is in excellent condition, no damage that I can see and in very clean unused condition. A rare find that makes a great WW1 display piece. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
WW1 Bookrest made by Disabled Soldiers & Sailors - Lord Roberts Memorial Fund Here on offer is a lovely original WW1 dark mahogany wooden Bookrest made by disabled soldiers and sailors in the factory provided by the lord Roberts Memorial Fund. It has been very well made to a high standard considering many of these injured WW1 servicemen were missing limbs and eyes. There is no damage that I can see, just some old marks on the wood which has a beautiful rich dark patina. Underneath it still has its original brass label which states: MADE BY DISABLED SOLDIERS & SAILORS 122 BROMPTON RD S.W. \" This address is recorded as the head office of the Lord Roberts Charity that ran the workshops. The idea for the Fund originated in December l908, when the Daily Telegraph celebrated its half centenary, by holding a dinner for 700 Crimean and Indian mutiny veterans in the Albert Hall. One of the guest speakers there was a much loved and highly decorated soldier, Lord Roberts VC. After paying tribute to the regiments in which they had served, he walked among the veterans and was distressed to learn that many of them were now living in poverty. Lord Roberts immediately launched an appeal to help them and within seven days £ll,500 had been raised, within twelve months£38,000 had been donated. (£1,500,000 today). The money which was raised, assisted over 800 ex-soldiers, many of whom were “Taken from the workhouse and enabled to end their lives in dignity and modest comfort.” The Fund was looked after by The Soldiers and Sailors Help Society and was intended to expire on the death of the last survivor of the Crimea and Mutiny campaigns. In June l9l4, the trustees of the Fund met for the last time. Lord Roberts was there, and later remarked to a colleague - Miss Acton, that he thought “ a European war was imminent and hoped the Society would expand greatly to deal with the casualties that were bound to come.” Sadly, five months later Lord Roberts\' death was announced and Miss Action remembered his words, particularly as Britain was now at war with Germany. She reported her conversion with Roberts to her boss Lord Cheylesmore, the chairman of the Help Society. As a result The Lord Roberts Memorial Fund was launched and soon £500,000 was raised which enabled the first workshop for disabled soldiers to be opened in Fulham in l9l5. The bookrest is 11” (28cm) wide, 5” (12.7cm) high and 7.25” (18.4mm) deep. It weighs 626g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
WW1 Bookrest with Marquetry made by Disabled Soldiers & Sailors - Lord Roberts Memorial Fund Here on offer is a beautiful and original WW1 inlaid wooden Bookrest made by disabled soldiers and sailors in the factory provided by the lord Roberts Memorial Fund. It has been beautifully made and the detailing in the marquetry is of a high standard considering many of these injured WW1 servicemen were missing limbs and eyes. The seashell set in the light green oval is just stunning. There is a slight bit of wear to the outer edges of the rest and both the rear supports have splits in the wood, but are still fitted as solid as a rock! Underneath it still has its original brass label which states: MADE BY DISABLED SOLDIERS & SAILORS 122 BROMPTON RD S.W. This address is recorded as the head office of the Lord Roberts Charity that ran the workshops. The idea for the Fund originated in December l908, when the Daily Telegraph celebrated its half centenary, by holding a dinner for 700 Crimean and Indian mutiny veterans in the Albert Hall. One of the guest speakers there was a much loved and highly decorated soldier, Lord Roberts VC. After paying tribute to the regiments in which they had served, he walked among the veterans and was distressed to learn that many of them were now living in poverty. Lord Roberts immediately launched an appeal to help them and within seven days £ll,500 had been raised, within twelve months£38,000 had been donated. (£1,500,000 today). The money which was raised, assisted over 800 ex-soldiers, many of whom were “Taken from the workhouse and enabled to end their lives in dignity and modest comfort.” The Fund was looked after by The Soldiers and Sailors Help Society and was intended to expire on the death of the last survivor of the Crimea and Mutiny campaigns. In June l9l4, the trustees of the Fund met for the last time. Lord Roberts was there, and later remarked to a colleague - Miss Acton, that he thought “ a European war was imminent and hoped the Society would expand greatly to deal with the casualties that were bound to come.” Sadly, five months later Lord Roberts\' death was announced and Miss Action remembered his words, particularly as Britain was now at war with Germany. She reported her conversion with Roberts to her boss Lord Cheylesmore, the chairman of the Help Society. As a result The Lord Roberts Memorial Fund was launched and soon £500,000 was raised which enabled the first workshop for disabled soldiers to be opened in Fulham in l9l5. The bookrest is 12.75” (32.5cm) wide, 5” (12.7cm) high and 7.5” (19mm) deep. It weighs 455g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
WW1 British War & Mercantile Marine Medals to JAMES PROVIS of Port Isaac Cornwall. Served on ROSS and HMHS LIBERTY Here on offer is a really nice pair of original WW1 medals issued to a JAMES POVIS who served as a Merchant Navy Seaman on ROSS and HMHS LIBERTY. He was born in 1891 in Port Isaac, Cornwall and from my limited research seems to have survived WW1. The medals consist of a Silver (with age patina) WW1 BRITISH WAR MEDAL and a bronze MERCANTILE MARINE MEDAL, both full size, and correctly named to JAMES PROVIS The medals are in excellent issued condition, complete with their coloured correct ribbons, which have been cut short and are grubby. The medals have the following stamped on their lower rims: JAMES PROVIS The Mercantile Marine medal was issued by the Board of Trade to all nationalities and ranks of men and women who sailed through a danger zone with the Merchant Navy, including those employed on Merchant Navy vessels by the Royal Navy or Merchant Fleet Auxilliary and those employed as pilots, lighthouse vessels, cable ships or fishermen, between 04.08.1914 and 11.11.1918. For a Merchant Navy member to qualify for a further British War Medal required 6 months at sea between the same dates. If a group contains further medals (for example a Victory Medal or a \"Star\"), this was for service outside of the Merchant Navy. Just over 250,00 Mercantile Marine Medals were produced, yet only 133,345 were issued. This is because seaman had to apply for their medal and many did not. Also, seaman came from all over the world and had no fixed address. The National Archives have his Medal Records online, which I have printed off and will be included with his medals. Interestingly they show both the Mercantile and British medals where issued on 4/4/21, but there is an entry against the British medal that states ‘not eligible from diary’, but then there is a ‘tick’ and a date 17/8/27, which must be the date it was finally approved? I have also found out from the National Maritime Museum that he was on the crew list in 1915, aged 23, of the coal transport vessel “ROSS”, registered in Cardiff in 1907. Then at the age of 26, he is shown on the crew list for the hospital ship, HMHS LIBERTY which a large steam yacht, owned by Lord Tredegar and loaned to the Admiralty as a hospital ship, and fitted out as such in 1914. She had been built by Ramage & Ferguson at Leith at 1908, and measured 1571 tons. She was beautifully fitted out as a yacht and no doubt the sick and wounded men she carried would have enjoyed the benefits of some of her facilities. Unusually, she was a Royal Navy hospital ship. Most hospital ships were controlled by the army under the red ensign with a merchant service crew and Army personnel (RAMC and QARINC) for medical staff, but when she was first in service the idea was that she could care for sailors in remote anchorages, and the horrific number of wounded soldiers who were to need care later in the year was then totally unexpected. Besides serving as a base hospital ship, the Liberty took part in the Dardanelles Campaign. For some reason she was redefined as an auxiliary patrol yacht for a while in 1915, probably when at Gallipoli, but reverted to being a hospital ship later the same year. It is possible that the temporary change was simply because she was diverted to a task not compatible with her legal status as a non-combatant vessel with the protection of international conventions, or possibly because the Turks had said they would not recognise the Red Cross. She later became a hospital carrier. In October 1918 she was renamed Liberty IV and was returned to her owner in 1919. A great set of medals worth further research. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
WW1 British War & Victory Medals to 163818 PTE G.E.H. DAVY – ARMY SERVICE CORPS Here on offer is a really nice pair of original WW1 medals issued to a GEORGE.E.H. DAVY who served with the Army Service Corps. The medals consist of a Silver (with age patina) WW1 BRITISH WAR MEDAL and a gilt WW1 BRITISH VICTORY MEDAL, both full size, and correctly named to G.E.H. DAVY. The medals are in excellent issued condition, complete with their coloured correct ribbons, which have been stitched into a loop for wearing on a bar. The medals have the following stamped on their lower rims: DM2-163818 PTE G.E.H. DAVY. A.S.C. The National Archives have his medal records under reference WO 372/5/213754 and show that his Christian name was ‘George’. On checking the CWGC, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, there isn’t a grave recorded against him, so he must have been one of the lucky ones who survived the war! Worth further research. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
WW1 British War & Victory Medals to 240620 SJT F.J. DOLTON - DEVONSHIRE REGIMENT Here on offer is a really nice pair of original WW1 medals issued to a Serjeant Frederich.J. Dolton of the Devonshire Regiment. The medals consist of a Silver (with age patina) WW1 BRITISH WAR MEDAL and a gilt WW1 BRITISH VICTORY MEDAL, both full size, and correctly named to Serjeant F.J. DOLTON The medals are in excellent issued condition, complete with their coloured correct ribbons, which look like they have never been fitted to the medals and are still contained in a small brown envelope. The medals also come with a section of the original envelope that the medals where posted to him in. You can still make his name, Mr F J Dolton, of 14 Rosebery Avenue (I think) Plymouth. This house still exists and you can see a picture of it on Google Street Map. The medals have the following stamped on their lower rims: 240620 SJT F.J. DOLTON – DEVON. R. The National Archives don’t show any records for him, which is not unusual as a lot of WW1 records where destroyed during bombing in WW2, so I have been told. On checking the CWGC, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, there isn’t a grave recorded against him, so he must have been one of the lucky ones who survived the war! Worth further research. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
WW1 Bronze Death Plaque to Private WILLIAM JOHN SLEEP – 1st/4th Bn Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry – Died 27/04/1918 at Battle of Berukin in Palastine Here on offer is a WWI 1914-1918 Bronze Death Plaque, which is also known as the Death Penny. This is a very fine example of a GENUINE Bronze Memorial Plaque issued to the next of kin of those who died during WW1 (or those who died later from causes attributable to service) This particular example was awarded to: WILLIAM SLEEP The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) states that William Sleep was a Private with the 1st/4th Battalion of the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry (DCLI). His service number was 200683. He was born in 1895, the son of William John and Emma Sleep, of Chapel Row, St Blazey Gate, Par Station, Cornwall. Sadly on the 27th April 1918, aged 23, he was killed in action at I believe the Battle of Berukin in Palestine, that took place between the 9th and 30th April 1918. He is remembered with honour at the Ramleh War Cemetery grave reference S.53. Included with this death plaque is a copy (folded) of the CWGC Certificate with a picture of the Ramleh Cemetery. Some Unit History: Duke of Cornwall\'s Light Infantry 1st/4th Battalion 1/4th Battalion Territorial Force 04.08.1914 Stationed at Truro as part of the Devon & Cornwall Brigade of the Wessex Division and then moved to Falmouth and then Perham Down, Salisbury Plain. 09.10.1914 Embarked for India from Southampton arriving at Bombay 10.11.1914 where the Division was broken up. 22.01.1916 Embarked for Aden from Bombay. Feb 1917 Deployed to Egypt arriving at Suez. 13.02.1917 Defending the Lines of communication. 14.04.1917 Transferred to the232nd Brigade and then the 233rd Brigade. 25.06.1917 Transferred to the 234th Brigade of the 75th Division and engaged in various actions as part of the Palestine Campaign including; 1917 The Third Battle of Gaza, The Capture of Gaza, The Capture of Junction Station, The Battle of Nabi Samweil. 1918 The Battle of Tell\'Asur, The Battle of Berukin, The Battle of Sharon. 31.10.1918 Ended the war at Kerkus south of Haifa, Palestine. This finely detailed plaque measures 4.75” (12cm) diameter and is in excellent condition with a beautiful dark aged bronze patina. I haven’t seen a plaque with such detail to the raised images. It has never been cleaned which has ensured the detail is as “crisp” and sharp as the day it was made. The plaque weighs 320g. Behind the lions back foot is a small engraved “50” By the lions front foot are the engraved initials of the artist who designed the plaque, Edward Carter-Preston (E.CR.P.) This is an unusual example of a Death Plaque that relates to a DCLI Private who died in one least known battles in Palestine during WW1. I actually acquired this fine example from an old gentleman in Cornwall, not far form Par in Cornwall, where he lived. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
WW1 Trench Art Dish made from 77mm German Artillery Shell with French Silver Franc Coin Here on offer is a beautiful WW1 Trench Art Dish that has been made from the base of a WW1 German 77mm artillery shell case. A silver French Franc coin (slightly worn) has been skilfully fitted on the inside, to cover the hole left by removing the percussion cap. The top of the dish has been carefully worked into a curved rim, with a couple of light usage dents to the edge. The base has a nice set of German manufacturer and inspection stamps. The “HL” refers to the brass supplier Haniel Luege of Dusseldof with the “25” being the inspection mark. The “St” means the case was “Strengthened” and I think the “83” is the batch number. The “G” refers to the manufacturer, who I can’t find a reference to and “MAI 1917” means made in May 1917. It measures 3.6” (9cm) diameter at the rim of the base and is 1” (2.5cm) high. It weighs 358g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
WW1 Trench Art Double ‘Bullet’ Chrome Plated Sweetheart Brooch with French 50c Coin 1916 Here on offer is an unusual WW1 Trench Art double ‘Bullet’ chrome plated sweetheart brooch with French 50c coin, dated 1916. Two WW1 bullets, which look to be English, have been soldered together, then a 50c French coin has been soldered to the front and a strong fixing pin fitted to the back. You can just see the date on the reverse of the coin, which is 1916. The brooch is in great condition with just some minor It measures 2.2” (5.5cm) wide and about 0.3” (7mm) diameter. It weighs 8g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
WW1 Trench Art Small Wooden Clog Shoe Puzzle Snuffbox – Royal Munster Fusiliers 1914 Here on offer is lovely WW1 Trench Art small wooden clog shoe ‘puzzle’ snuffbox relating to the Royal Munster Fusiliers and dated to 1914. It probably relates to the famous battle at Étreux in 1914, when the 2nd Battalion was nearly wiped out! The top of the clog has been hand carved with the words: MUNSTER 1914 The box is opened by swivelling the back section to the right, then slide the top section back, then swivel it to the right or left. The Royal Munster Fusiliers was a regular infantry Regiment of the British Army. One of eight Irish Regiments raised largely in Ireland, it had its home depot in Tralee. It was originally formed in 1881 by the amalgamation of two regiments of the former East India Company. It served in India and in WW1 the Great War. Following establishment of the independent Irish Free State in 1922, the five regiments that had their traditional recruiting grounds in the counties of the new state were disbanded. The regiment won three Victoria Crosses in WW1. The regiments\' two regular battalions subsequently garrisoned posts across the British Empire before serving in the Boer War (1899-1902) and First World War (1914-18). During the latter, 1st Battalion landed at Cape Helles, Gallipoli (1915) before moving to the Middle East, while 2nd Battalion was almost completely wiped out on two occasions: first at Étreux in September 1914 and then on the Somme during the German Spring Offensive of 1918. The snuffbox measures 3.9” (10cm) long and 1.5” (3.8cm) wide at its widest point. It weighs 29g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
WW2 Allied Forces Matchbox Cover with Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin Here on offer is a WW2 allied forces matchbox cover that depicts Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin on one side and the Allied flags on the other. The spine has words: \"Our Deepest Gratitude and Admiration to the Allies who stood United in Defeating the Greatest Tyrant in History\" along with British Made and Copyright It is made of tin, with a covering of clear celluloid. The front edges shows signs of light rust as does the inside surface. I have left the empty wooden “Prestige” matchbox inside the cover, as that is how I found it. The cover measures 2.25” (5.7cm) wide, 1.5” (3.8cm) high and 0.9” (2.4cm) thick. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
WW2 German Army Officers Dagger with Plain Blade & Deep Orange Grip along with Owners Initials “W.E.” Engraved on Crossguard - by TIGER SOLINGEN Here on offer is a beautiful example of a WW2 German Army Officers Dagger with a plain nickel-plated blade and deep orange grip by TIGER. It also has the original Officers initials “W.E.” finely engraved on the reverse of the crossguard. The dagger is in excellent condition with a thick silver-plating finish to all the mounts and fittings; including the scabbard and the only loss of plating I can see is a tiny spot on the very top of the pommel. The 12 oak leaf pattern Pommel is in excellent mint condition, showing quality hand finishing to the oak leaves. Just the small area of plating rubbed off on the very top. The Grip is beautiful deep orange solid trolon/celluloid type, in excellent near mint condition, no cracks and just a couple of tiny pinhead size nicks to the right hand edge. The spread winged Army Eagle crossguard retains all its crisp detailing and no loss of plating. The reverse is smooth and still has all its plating in place, along with the owners initials “W.E.” which have been professionally engraved. Sadly I have no idea who the Officer was with the initials W.E.? The ferrule has the finely detailed oak leaf design. The richly nickel-plated plain Blade measures 10.25” (26cm) in length and is in excellent condition with just light surface runner marks and some very fine “worm track” greying to the very top plated finish on both sides. I am sure these marks can be polished out if required. The blade is complete with its dark brown leather buffer pad. On the reverse it has a ‘crisp’ TIGER SOLINGEN makers trademark with the “Tiger” image to the left of the makers name. The silver-plated metal Scabbard is dent free and again in excellent near mint condition. The throat is held in place by one flat-headed screw on the back. The Dagger in the scabbard measures a total of 15.75” (40cm) long and weighs 360g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
WW2 German Kriegsmarine Navy Officers 2nd Model “Parts” Gilt Brass Dagger Pommel Here on offer is a WW2 German Kriegsmarine Navy Officers 2nd model gilt brass dagger pommel. The pommel is in excellent condition with most of its original gilt still remaining. It is made in the image of a Naval eagle holding a wreathed swastika in its claws. It has a hole drilled in the base but has not been threaded to take the end of the blade tang. I have checked the dimensions of the hole and at the base that fits over the recess in the grip and it fits perfectly. Also the drilled hole is small enough to take a treading tool to make it big enough to screw onto a blade tang. I think this example was recovered from the factories of Solingen at the end of WW2 before it was finished and fitted to a dagger, as many “parts” where recovered by soldiers in this way. It makes a great display piece on its own or of course can be threaded to fit to a Navy Dagger. It measures 1.6” (4.1cm) high and weighs 47g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
WW2 German Luftwaffe Large Sports-Vest Eagle Here on offer is a great original WW2 German large Luftwaffe Sports-Vest Eagle. This example came with a set of British Military Policeman’s WW2 medals and effects and was brought back from Germany after the war ended. The main white cotton triangle and black eagle and swastika image are in excellent condition. Some of the thinner cotton edging has come unstitched over time, but is all there. I am pretty sure this has never been attached to a vest, but has been stored folded which would easily iron out if required. Makes a great Luftwaffe display piece. It measures 9.75” (24.8cm) wide by 4.4” (11.2cm) deep. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
WW2 German Navy Officers Kriegsmarine 2nd Model Dagger by WKC with Silver Bullion Knot Here on offer is an original WW2 2nd Model German Kriegsmarine Dagger by WKC with its original silver bullion knot. The excellent condition grip is ivory in colour and the celluloid over wood version, which still has its original twisted grip wire. The lovely brass cross guard and eagle pommel, still retain some original gilt finish. The blade has the Knight’s head maker’s mark for WKC lightly impressed on the ricasso with part of the face and “W” missing. It is just where the die wasn’t quite level when it was stamped onto the blade in manufacture. Both sides of the blade are etched with the dolphin and fouled anchor design. There is some slight greying/spotting to the blade, mainly on the ricasso but the etching is still crisp and the point is very sharp. It still retains its red felt scabbard buffer pad. The lightning pattern scabbard is in good condition and does have a number of “train door” dents at the bottom and still retains some original gilt finish. It still retains its two scabbard screws. The dagger is complete with its original silver bullion knot that is tied correctly around the cross guard and interestingly has been very neatly sown together around the base of the pommel. There is some slight fraying to the cord near the acorn. A great genuine example of a ‘service worn’ German Navy dagger. The blade measures 10” (25.3cm) and the dagger itself 15.1” (38.4cm) long. It weighs 420g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
WW2 German Navy Officers Kriegsmarine Dagger by Carl Eickhorn with Rare Plain Blade c1941 Here on offer is an original excellent condition WW2 German Kriegsmarine by Eickhorn with the rare plain blade. The excellent condition grip is ivory in colour and the celluloid over wood version, which still has its original twisted grip wire. The lovely brass cross guard and eagle pommel, still retain some original gilt finish. The Plain Double fullered blade is in stunning condition and has the ‘Over the Shoulder’ Squirrel 1941(onwards) maker’s mark for Carl Eickhorn and the words: ORIGINAL EICKHORN SOLINGEN impressed on the ricasso. Both sides of the blade have a mirror finish with just a few light scratch marks to the surface. These plain blade versions are much harder to find than the more common Anchor and Dolphin etched versions and to find one is such excellent condition is a rare find. It still retains its orange felt scabbard buffer pad. The blade fits very snuggly into the scabbard and the domed release button works perfectly. The lightning pattern scabbard is in excellent un-dented condition and still retains most of the original gilt finish. It still retains its two rounded scabbard screws. The blade measures 9.9” (250cm) and the dagger itself 16.5” (42cm) long. It weighs 323g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
WW2 German Navy Officers Kriegsmarine Dagger by E. & F. Horster with Hammer Scabbard and Gold Toned Bullion Portepee Here on offer is an original WW2 German Kriegsmarine Dagger by E. & F. Horster with gorgeous gilt finished hammered scabbard and gold toned portepee. The excellent grip is ivory in colour and the celluloid over wood version, which still has its original twisted gilt grip wire. There are no splits or damage that I can see, apart from some slight rubbing marks on the back wear it has rubbed against a uniform. The lovely brass cross guard and finely detailed eagle pommel, still retain some original gilt finish. The blade release button still works perfectly. The blade is in excellent condition and has the crisp double oval trademark for E. & F. Horster, stamped on the ricasso. Both sides of the blade are beautifully etched with the dolphin and fouled anchor design. The nickel-plated blade is excellent condition, no pitting or loss of plating, just some scabbard runner marks, near the tip. It still retains its brown felt scabbard buffer pad. The scabbard is just beautiful, being the “hammered” pattern type and retains ALL of its gilt finish, none of the classic ‘train door’ dents. Both scabbard screws are still in place. The dagger is complete with its original silver bullion portepee, which has aged to a Gold Tone over the last 80 years. It has been tied correctly around the cross guard and looped around the base of the pommel. The blade measures 9.75” (24.7cm) and the dagger itself 14.9” (38cm) long. It weighs 400g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
WW2 Gilt & Enamel Kings Crown Royal Army Service Corps ‘Good Luck’ Sweetheart Brooch Here on offer is a lovely detailed example of a gilt metal and enamel Royal Army Service Corps (RASC) sweetheart brooch, probably from the WW2 period as it displays the Kings Crown and GR cypher. The brooch has been made in the shape of a horseshoe, with the words ‘GOOD LUCK’ around the bottom edge. The centre displays a detailed RSAC gilt and enamel badge emblem, with the GR Royal cypher in the centre. The reverse is plain and I can’t see a makers mark anywhere. This is a quality piece in great condition, with fine detail to central badge. The brooch is 1.1” (2.8cm) wide and is complete with its original long brooch pin and “C” clasp. It weighs 9g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
WW2 Hard Rubber Bust of Sir Winston Churchill circa 1940 Here on offer is a genuine WW2 Bust of Sir Winston Churchill, circa 1940. The bust is made from a black hard rubber compound. The base has a metal (steel) disc fitted in the bottom, which I guess acts as a weight? The detail of the face and hair is excellent as is the necktie and medal he wears. The front edge has the words: Winston S. Churchill recessed in to it. It is great original condition. It even still has his original cigar in place. The Bust is 5.25” (13cm) high and 3.4” (8.5cm) wide. It weighs 134g. It is truly a great reproduction of the great man himself and would make a great display item or desk ornament for any WW2 collector. Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was born on 30 November 1874 at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. He was a British politician known chiefly for his leadership of the United Kingdom during World War II. He served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. A noted statesman and orator, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, a Nobel Prize-winning writer, and an artist. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
WW2 Luftwaffe Falshirmjager-Paratrooper Non Take-Down Gravity Knife by Paul Weyersberg & Co Here on offer is a WW2 Luftwaffe Falshirmjager-Paratrooper ‘non take-down’ Gravity Knife by Paul Weyersberg & Co. All the fittings are nickel-plated and show light surface wear, no speckling, lifting or pitting. All the mechanisms work properly and the blade locks into place. The blade is in great condition and has been lightly sharpened during its life and retains a sharp cutting edge. There are some long light scratches along the length of the blade, which I think would partly polish out if so required. The blade has the ‘Sword in a Wreath’ trade mark around which is stamped: PAUL WEYERSBERG & Co SOLINGEN below which is stamped: ROSTFREI The blade mechanism is stamped with what looks like “66” or possibly “99”. The base of the spike doesn’t have the Waffen-Amt stylised eagle stamp, but not all knives carried it as the Wehrmacht also used them. The spike looks to have had its point reground at some time in the past. The beautifully grained wooden grips are in great condition, with no cracks or splits, just some light usage nicks and dings. There is also a dark mark where the lanyard ring has rested against the wood of the years. It still retains its undamaged large lanyard ring but the nickel plate has been lost to time, leaving it with a dark metal finish. A beautiful and complete example of a used gravity knife that are hard to come by these days. With the blade extended and including the lanyard ring, the Knife measures 10.75” (27.4cm). The blade measures 4.2” (10.5cm) and the spike 3.4” (8.6cm). It weighs 298g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
WW2 Luftwaffe Falshirmjager-Paratrooper Non Take-Down Gravity Knife by SMF Here on offer is a WW2 Luftwaffe Falshirmjager-Paratrooper ‘non take-down’ Gravity Knife by SMF. All the fittings are nickel-plated and show light surface wear, no speckling, lifting or pitting. All the mechanisms work properly and the blade locks into place. One thing I will point out is when the blade is fully retracted and tipped down the blade sometimes does protrude by a few millimetres. (see my pictures). The blade is in great condition and has been lightly sharpened during its life and retains a sharp cutting edge. There are some long light scratches along the length of the blade, which I think would partly polish out if so required. The blade has the SMF seated King trade mark, below which is written: SOLINGEN ROSTFREI The blade mechanism is stamped “2” and “106” and the base of the spike is stamped with the Waffen-Amt stylised eagle with the number “5”. The spike looks to have had its point reground at some time in the past. The beautifully grained wooden grips are in great condition, with no cracks or splits, just some light usage nicks and dings. It still retains its undamaged nickel-plated large lanyard ring. A very good and complete example of a used gravity knife. With the blade extended and including the lanyard ring, the Knife measures 10.8” (27.6cm). The blade measures 4.25” (10.8cm) and the spike 3.3” (8.4cm). It weighs 285g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
WW2 Luftwaffe Falshirmjager-Paratrooper Non Take-Down Gravity Knife by SMF – Sharped Blade Here on offer is a WW2 Luftwaffe Falshirmjager-Paratrooper ‘non take-down’ Gravity Knife by SMF. All the fittings are nickel-plated and show light surface wear and there are some slight ‘hammer’ dents on the top fitting where someone has used it to bang in a nail! But no speckling, lifting or pitting. All the mechanisms work properly and the blade locks into place. What lets this fine example down is the fact the blade has been over sharpened during its life but it does retain a sharp cutting edge. There are some long light scratches along the length of the blade, which I think would partly polish out if so required. The blade has the SMF seated King trade mark, below which is written: SOLINGEN ROSTFREI The blade mechanism is stamped “373” and the base of the spike is stamped with the Waffen-Amt stylised eagle with the number “5”. The spike looks to have had its point reground at some time in the past. The lovely grained wooden grips are in great condition, with no cracks or splits, just some light usage nicks and dings. There is a wood knot on one of surfaces which I think just adds appeal to this example. It still retains its undamaged nickel-plated large lanyard ring. A very good and complete example of a used gravity knife. With the blade extended and including the lanyard ring, the Knife measures 10.4” (26.5cm). The blade measures 3.75” (9.5cm) and the spike 3.4” (8.6cm). It weighs 288g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
WW2 MVSN Fascist Senior Italian Officer\'s Dagger with rare Leather Hanger and Portepee Here on offer is a excellent example of a rare WW2 MVSN Fascist Senior Italian Officer’s \"Volunteer National Security Militia\" Dagger with its original scabbard, deluxe leather hanger and dress bouillon portepee. The grip is made of bright aluminium with an eagle head pommel and half quillion. There are two black painted sections on the front and back, the front is also set in the centre with a gilt metal Italian Fascist’s Axe symbol, held in place by a screw on the reverse. There are some minor dings near the eagle’s head; otherwise it is in truly excellent condition. The single edged plain blade is in perfect original condition, with a bright mirror finish. The scabbard has gilt brass chiselled hanger bands and a plain throat and ferrule, all with an aged patina finish. It retains all its black paint, with just some very minor scratches and nicks. The throat still retains its unturned retaining screws. The rare hanger is a deluxe leather version with the Roman Legion Eagle SPQR gilt metal belt clip. SPQR translates to \"Senatus Populusque Romanus\" which in English means \"Senate and the People of Rome\". It also has the stylised large gilt meatl “M” for Mussolini under the Eagle clip. The black leather straps are in great condition with just some rubbing at the ends where the small hanger clips attach. The small gilt bullion portepee comes with a beautiful gilt and black patterned thin strap and a gilt sliding ring. If you are looking for a rare Italian Officers Dagger, this is a beautiful crisp original example, in excellent condition. The blade measures 7.75” (19.7cm) and the dagger itself 12.2” (30.8cm). Inserted in the scabbard it measures 13.75” (35cm). The set weighs 355g. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
WW2 Period Hand Carved Large Wooden Plaque for RAF No.353 Squadron Here on offer is a WW2 period hand carved large wooden Plaque, relating to RAF No.353 Squadron. This Plaque came with a solid brass ‘Trench Art’ model of an RAF Lockheed Hudson light bomber and reconnaissance aircraft, which I have also listed for sale. The Plaque itself has been skilfully hand carved from one solid piece of hardwood, possibly an Indian rosewood and depicts the crowned badge of the “Bengal Tiger Rampart” for No.353 Squadron. At the base in raised letters is the squadron’s motto: \"FEAR NAUGHT IN UNITY\" No.353 Squadron was active during WW2 and was formed at Dum Dum, Calcutta on 1 June 1942, with three Hudsons for general reconnaissance duties. Patrols over the Bay of Bengal began on 13 July, which continued until 8 August 1943 after which the squadron moved to Palam to take over the mail runs from No.194 Squadron. The Hudsons operated a network of services throughout India and in April 1944 they were supplemented by Dakotas, which formed D Flight. In August, five Ansons were taken into use for short-range communications and by October the Hudsons had all been replaced by Dakotas. Expediters took place of Ansons early in 1945, but by May 1945 the squadron had standardised on Dakotas of which it had twenty-seven on strength during the latter half of the year. Transport duties continued until No.353 disbanded on 1 October 1946. The Plaque measures 11.3” (29cm) diameter and weighs a heavy 720g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
WW2 Period Model of a British “S” Class Submarine Dated 1942 Here on offer is an impressive WW2 period, hand made metal model of a WW2 British Submarine, which I think from its shape is an “S” class submarine? This type of WW2 “Trench Art” where normally made by Naval engineering ratings in their spare time, from any materials that where not being used at the time. The submarine has been made from a solid piece of aluminium that has been beautifully hand tooled into the sleek lines of a WW2 submarine. The conning tower has been crafted to scale and has what I think are two brightly polished snorkels, joined together at the top, inserted on the bridge. There is a small hole just in front of the conning tower that may have held a model cannon or mast and a similar hole at the back for a mast? The model has been mounted onto a solid (oak) wooden base, which has 1942, and BN stamped into the wooden surface. I guess 1942 is the year it was made and BN are the initials of the maker? This model makes a great desk display item and can act as a paperweight as well. The S class was a medium sized patrol submarine, designed with the proposed international restriction of 600 tons displacement in mind. Intended for use in north European or Mediterranean waters, they were highly manoeuvrable and fast diving with a heavy armament of torpedoes. This allowed large salvoes to be fired from long range in an effort to counter the improved anti submarine techniques. This proved to be a very successful design that was put back into production during the WW2, 62 boats of this class being built. Some boats were partially welded and the later ones fully welded construction, improving the strength of the pressure hull and consequently increasing their diving depth. The model measures 8” (20.4cm) long and the base is 10.25” (26.8cm) by 2.25” (5.8cm). It weighs 430g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
WW2 Period RAF No. 62 Transport Squadron Wooden Wall Plaque Here on offer is a WW2 period; large hand carved wooden wall plaque in the image of the badge/emblem for the No. 62 Royal Air Force Transport Squadron. The plaque has been beautifully hand carved from a dark wood, possibly mahogany that now has a lovely aged patina finish to the wood. There is a metal ring fitted to the top to enable it to be hung on a wall. It depicts the 62nd RAF Transport Squadrons ‘emblem’ which is a star shaped meteor and the motto ‘INSPERATO’ which means ‘unexpectedly’. The plaque is in great original condition, but has an old repair to a break that has been re-glued, on the right hand edge of the motto ribbon. The plaque measures 8.25” (21cm) high and 6.5” (16.5cm) wide. It weighs 140g. No. 62 Squadron of the RAF was originally established as a Royal Flying Corps squadron in 1916 and operated the Bristol F2B fighter in France during the last year of WW1. After the war the squadron was disbanded and it was re-established in 1937 as part of the build-up of the RAF in the late 1930s. During WW2 the Squadron was deployed to the Far East, operating the Bristol Blenheim from Singapore and Malaya. On 30 April 1942, the squadron reformed when No. 139 Squadron, equipped with Hudsons and based at Calcutta was renumbered. The squadron was a General Reconnaissance unit, flying coastal reconnaissance and anti-submarine patrols off the coast of Burma. From January 1943, the squadron concentrated on bombing missions rather than the maritime mission which it had previously. In May that year, it withdrew from front line operations as its Hudsons were modified for the transport role, while in November, before becoming operational, it re-equipped with Douglas Dakotas. The squadron flew in support of British and Commonwealth forces during the Battle of the Admin Box in February 1944 and of Operation Thursday, the second Chindit operation in March. It was heavily deployed in dropping supplies during the Battle off Imphal, continuing to fly through the heavy rains of the Monsoon season. The squadron was withdrawn for operations for rest in August 1944, returning to supply dropping in November, continuing these duties and more general transport flying until the end of the war in August 1945. The squadron disbanded on 15 March 1946 at Mingaladon near Rangoon, Burma. After the close of World War II the squadron disbanded for the second time. It was briefly re-established from 1946 to 1947 as a Dakota squadron and operated out of Burma and India. It final incarnation was as a Bristol Bloodhound missile unit in the early 1960s. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
WW2 R.A.F Solid Brass Trench Art Model Lockheed Hudson Light Bomber & Costal Reconnaissance Aircraft c1942 Here on offer is a beautifully detailed solid brass ‘Trench Art’ model of a WW2 RAF Lockheed Hudson Light Bomber and Reconnaissance Aircraft. This model came with a large wooden Plaque (for sale on my site) that related to RAF No.353 Squadron, which was formed at Dum Dum, Calcutta on 1 June 1942, with three Lockheed Hudsons for general reconnaissance duties. The heavy (1.28Kg!) brass model has been skilfully made and reflects the details, like wing fins, that where present on the full size aircraft. It is just a stunning model and is in excellent condition, with some slight surface pitting and scratches, to be expected on a model of this age. Underneath scratched into the fuselage, are the initials ‘TF’ and the date 1942, which corresponds to when RAF No.353 squadron was formed! There is no hole drilled underneath so it clearly hasn’t been mounted on a stand, I actually think its too heavy or would need a thick support to maintain its weight. It has probably been used as a desk ornament or possibly a heavy paperweight? It would make a great display model along with the wooden Plaque, to represent a squadron that only existed for 4 years during WW2. The aircraft itself has a wingspan of 10.75” (27.4cm) a length of 7.25” (18.4cm) and weighs a heavy 1.28Kg!! Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched. The responsibility lies with the customer to check with your Customs restrictions that this item can be imported into your country.
WW2 RAF Brass Trench Art Pocket Petrol Lighter by TCW TAIFUN Here on offer is a WW2 RAF brass trench art pocket petrol lighter. The lighter was originally made by TCW TAIFUN in Austria in the 1930’s and has the maker’s marks on the base. It has then been adapted by someone in the RAF by removing any exterior finish it had and adding a brass RAF eagle on the lower section and a brass Kings Crown to the top section. The lighter itself has a vertical placed flint and a windshield. It is sold with no petrol or flint to conform with shipping regulations. The TCW company was founded by Karl Auer Baron von Welsbach, an Austrian chemist and the inventor of the lighter flint. TCW was not a manufacturer of lighters, Karl Auer was selling the lighters of other manufacturers (for example IMCO) under the TCW brand-name. The lighter is in great condition, it has a small split to the bottom corner and an overall aged patina to the brass metal. It measures 1.6” (4cm) wide, 2.25” (5.7cm) high and 0.6” (1.4cm) thick. It weighs 45g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
WW2 RAF ID “Dog Tags” for W Thorpe - Service No.1103689 – from 1939 Here on offer are a genuine set of 1939 WW2 RAF ID “Dog Tags”, still with their original cord. The RAF ID Tags (Dog Tags) consist of two separate disks, one red/brown round one and one grey/green octagonal one, made from a Bakelite like material and tide with a cord that was worn around the neck. Each of the Tags has the following hand punched on one side: 1103689 C O E R.A.F W THORPE On the back of the grey/green disc it has: DO NOT REMOVE My understanding is that if a body was found with ID Tags, the red/brown disc could be removed to send back with the effects, but the grey/green disc had to stay with the body. The 7 digit number is the RAF service number (which seems to have been issued in 1939), W THORPE is their initial and surname and C O E was short for their religion, Church Of England. These WW2 ID tags warrant further researching into W Thorpe’s RAF service history. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
WW2 Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Perspex “WINGS” Sweetheart Pendant Necklace Here on offer is a rare hand made example of a WW2 Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Perspex “WINGS” shaped sweetheart pendant necklace. I was told from the family I bought it from, that it was made from the Perspex canopy of a damaged WW2 fighter plane and the cut-out crown and anchor from a Navy Officers brass button. The beautifully made Perspex ribbed “WINGS” are set in the centre with a carefully cut-out Royal Navy (Kings Crown) emblem from a Navy Officers uniform button. Two small rings are set at the tips of the wings and a thin gilt brass necklace chain has been thread through them, with an opening clasp at the top. It is excellent original condition and the emblem shows the true age patina for an item from the WW2 period. The Pendant is 1.5” (3.8cm) high, 1.8” (4.7cm) wide and 0.2” (5cm) thick. The chain necklace is 17.5” (44.4cm) long end to end. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.
WW2 Silver Kings Crown Royal Army Medical Corps ‘Wishbone’ Sweetheart Brooch Here on offer is a lovely detailed example of a silver Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) sweetheart brooch, probably from the WW2 period as it displays the Kings Crown. The brooch has been made in the shape of a wishbone, with a detailed silver RSMC badge emblem, fixed to the front. The reverse is plain and doesn’t have any hallmarks or silver grade marks, but it does test positive for 925 silver. There is a maker’s mark on the pin near the hinge, which reads as: W.B s Unfortunately I can’t find a reference listed for this maker’s initials? This is a quality piece in great condition, with fine detail to central badge. The brooch is 1.1” (2.8cm) wide and is complete with its original long brooch pin and “C” clasp. It weighs 4g. Please see my pictures for the details of the condition, which complement this description. Please see my TERMS OF BUSINESS regarding Deliver Charges and Insurance regarding additional insurance cover, should you require it, BEFORE the item is dispatched.