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'ACTION' NEWSPAPER No:- 139 OCTOBER 15th 1938 British Union of Fascists ’Action, Britain First’ news paper. One of the news papers issued by the British Union of Fascists (Action had the highest readership of all the British Fascist papers). Issue No 139 October 15th, 1938. Headline:- ‘Air Defence Scandal‘. Issue dealing with BU attitudes towards Britain’s air defence policies, with sub headings still covering the Munich Peace Agreement and its repercussions for Britain. Twenty page news paper in good condition, with slight age foxing only, and fragility to front few pages where folded.
'ACTION' NEWSPAPER No:- 180 AUGUST 5th 1939 British Union of Fascists ’Action, Britain First’ news paper. One of the news papers issued by the British Union of Fascists (Action had the highest readership of all the British Fascist papers). Issue No. 180 August 5th, 1939. Headline:- ‘T.U.C. Aids Refugees ‘. Issue dealing with Trade Union issues, ‘requesting’ skilled refugees and B.U. opposition on the grounds that it would be taking a British workers job. Twenty page news paper in good condition, with age foxing and slight fragility to the papers edge.
'ACTION' NEWSPAPER No:- 181 AUGUST 12TH 1939 British Union of Fascists ’Action, Britain First’ news paper. One of the news papers issued by the British Union of Fascists (Action had the highest readership of all the British Fascist papers). Issue No. 181 August 12th, 1939. Headline:- ‘Poles Before Britons‘. Again the B.U. opposition to the favouring of immigrants and refugees. Twenty page news paper in good condition, with age foxing and slight fragility to the papers edge and front cover scuffing.
'ACTION' NEWSPAPER No:- 194 November 16th 1939 British Union of Fascists ’Action, Britain First’ news paper. One of the news papers issued by the British Union of Fascists (Action had the highest readership of all the British Fascist papers). Issue No. 194 November 16th, 1939. Headline:- ‘Press Wrecks Peace’. B.U. speaks out against peace overtones and the British press’s stance to press on with the war. Eight page news paper in good condition, with age foxing and slight fragility to the papers edge.
'ACTION' NEWSPAPER No:- 195 November 23rd 1939 British Union of Fascists ’Action, Britain First’ news paper. One of the news papers issued by the British Union of Fascists (Action had the highest readership of all the British Fascist papers). Issue No. 195 November 23rd, 1939. Headline:- ‘Peace With Honour’. B.U. Stance on peace and an appeal for support so that their ‘voice' can be heard. Eight page news paper in good condition, with age foxing and slight fragility to the papers edge.
'CUNLIFFE - OWEN AIRCRAFT Ltd' LAPEL BADGE On National Service Factory lapel badge for Cunliffe - Owen Aircraft Ltd. Excellent condition badge, in blue and white enamel on brass. Button hole fitting to reverse. Maker details ‘Fattorini & Sons Ltd. Bradford Works Birmingham‘. Issue numbered 420.
'OLD BILL' BAIRNSFATHER WARE BUTTER-DISH & COVER Bairnsfather Ware ‘Grimwade’s’ ‘Old Bill’ butter dish & cover. An excellent overall condition, piece of ‘Old Bill’ ware. Transfer images are the same all round and are entitled ‘Well if you knows of a better 'ole go to it'. Subject transfers are in excellent damage free condition (see images). Underside of dish cover with Grimwade maker details. Very slight age crazing to the surfaces as is common now with this low grade manufactured pottery, making this piece in well above average condition for its age A reasonably rare piece of ’Old Bill’ china, that is now little encountered.
'THE NAVAL BULLETIN' Vol. 2 No. 6 DECEMBER 1944 The naval news, views and entertainments magazine 'The Naval Bulletin for Port of Spain and Piarco', as read by many naval trainee air crew based in this part of the world for their air training. Excellent damage free condition with many interesting advertisements for local businesses in the West Indies.
'THE REAL GERMAN', ANTI-GERMAN PROGAGANDA PAMPHLET The Real German. Issued by the Economic League 1941. Double sided pamphlet detailing German aims toward Great Britain both economic and civil in the event of a German victory in the war. This pamphlet would have been intended, in the main for British business men’s ‘consumption’, detailing what they had to loose, in terms of capital and money, in the event of the war being lost. Very good condition with some creasing.
'THE SERVICES SIGNALLING MANUAL' A "Key to Victory' publication 'Semaphore Heliograph' signalling, commercially produced by 'Bernard Publications'. A good text and descriptive diagram booklet used to teach and re-fresh semaphore signallers. This is a un-official publication, that was used by the services and on the home front as an instruction manual. Clean damage free condition 'note book' !
'THE WORK AND TRAINING OF THE ROYAL NAVAL AIR SERVICE' One of the earliest if not the earliest account of the work of the Royal Naval Air Service. Published by authority of the Admiralty by the Illustrated London News, this large format 46 page 'magazine' details in text and images the workings of the Royal Fling Corps, from the various trades within the corps, to flight / combat air warfare, through to the care of injured / wounded airmen. It's a most informative period work with many very good close up uniform detail images. Something of a must for all those interested in the Royal Flying Corps, and a collectable in its own right. Slight spine wear and fragility with the usual corrosion to the staples binding the work. Generally excellent overall damage and mark free condition. (This publication is the rarer counter part to the previous listing detailing the work of the R.F.C.).
'WRECKERS of the ZEPPELINS' SOUVENIR PHOTOGRAPHS A privately produced and published by the ’St. James Press’ booklet detailing the destruction of 4 Zeppelins, with details of the air-men responsible for their destruction. Pilots detailed are Lt. Leefe Robinson V.C. Lt Sowrey D.S.O. Lt. de Bathe Brandon D.S.O. M.C. and Lt Tempest R.F.C. The photographs are all comparatively low quality images typical of the period. Pamphlet cover has one area of scuffing. Pages with a few edge ’nicks’ other wise a very nice sound pamphlet.
'YOUR HOME AS AN AIR RAID SHELTER' BOOKLET ‘Your Home as an Air Raid Shelter’. 24 four page booklet issued by the Ministry of Home Security detailing ways in whish your home can be better protected against air raid using materials within the house or readily available around the house. Excellent damage free condition, with slight age foxing to the front and rear covers.
-:SOLD BEFORE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SITE LIST:- A fabulous photographic archive and medal grouping to a Machine Gun Corps officer serving on the Western Front. Just another example of an item that never made it to site listing ! Sold to an established U.K. MGC collector ! WANTED:- MCG, Tank Corps, RFC and RNAS related items !
1/3 WEST RIDING FIELD AMBULANCE 1917 CHRISTMAS CARD A rare 1917, 1/3 West Riding Field Ambulance Christmas and New Year Greeting card. Black and white detail to front cover. Inside with small verse and greeting from ‘Len Smith’ to ‘Miss Rose’. Excellent damage free condition.
113th ASSAULT ENGINEER REGIMENT An excellent condition 113th Assault Eng. Regt. Sleeve formation sign. Heavy yellow thread detail on blue felt wool backing. Traces of glue to reverse where removed from an album.
11th ARMOURED DIVISION FORMATION SIGN (2) 11th Armoured Division screen ‘paint’ printed formation sign, on felt wool backing. Moth and damage free condition, now grubby with use and age.
11th ARMOURED DIVISION FORMATION SIGN (3) 11th Armoured Division paint screen printed formation sign, on cotton canvas backing. Mint condition.
1914 7th BATTALION HANTS REGT WINTER BALL DANCE CARD 7th Battalion Hants Regimental Ball, Jan 10th 1914 ladies dance card. Card complete with original marker pencil and cord. Official named to obverse, with dance programme to the reverse. Some scuffing to reverse. Excellent piece of Regimental social history.
1936 HOME FRONT COMPILLED CIGARETTE PACKET COLLECTION A 1936 dated Home Front album of cigarette packet fronts, displayed in a loose leaf album. The Album contains 300 plus packet front some of which are rare brands even for the time. The frontis piece is a detail of the collector and his address with the album inner cover dated 1936. Brands to include Players, Wills, Cavenders, Callaher, Churchman, Ardath, Phillips, Challis, Wix, etc to name but a few, with many other rare / obscure brands represented. There is brand order to the album with many brands within a maker range displayed together. Ten packets are to the front of the album then moving on to twenty packs in the latter stages. The album has for many years been stored in a loft and as such is grubby but sound, as is the content. A fascinating album appealing to those interested in tobacco manufacturing history as well as the British home front of the period. The album to be fully appreciated needs to be seen as the images seen do not do it full justice.
1937 PATTERN WEBBING \'AM\' MARKED BRACE ATTACHMENTS 1937 pattern webbing, belt / shoulder strap brace attachments. Excellent pair of brace attachments being ‘AM’ (Air Ministry) marked with broad arrow, 1941 date and maker details ‘M. E. Co. Ltd.’ Excellent un - blancoed condition. (5 Pairs available)
1938 MUNICH CRISIS CHAMBERLAIN LETTER OF THANKS TO BRITISH AIRWAYS In the autumn of 1938 the British Prime Minister travelled to Munich to discuss with Herr Hitler his demands for Czechoslovak annexation and the avoidance of another World War…..his famous ‘I have here in my hand, a piece of paper ’ visit. This item is a letter of thanks sent to British Airways from the Prime Minister and his office for their courtesy and efficiency in his carriage to Munich, on both visits. There is a personal touch to the letter as Mr Chamberlain states that he is not a seasoned air traveller (this was in fact the Prime Ministers first trips undertaken by air). The letter was internally copied by British Airways and distributed to all departments connected with the visit. Some age foxing and rust staining from the staple (see images). An item with some historic significance.
1944 DATED ‘DEMOB’ CLOTHING LABELS A rare pair of identification and size labels for ‘DEMOB’ clothing. Rare in so far as they are dated 1944. Victory in WW2 was obviously expected as early as 1944, with the preparations being made for the mass clothing and de-mobilisation of the allied armed forces planned ahead of actual victory. The labels listed have never been used and appear to be specimens of like type labels to be used en-mass. All issued demob clothing I have ever encountered has been 1945 or later dated. I’m sure there are exceptions to this rule….but these exceptions must be rare indeed.
1944 NATIONAL SERVICE \'JUVENILE\' (LABOUR) CALL UP POSTER A rare 1944 British, National Service Labour ‘Call Up’ poster for juveniles. Poster is aimed at all 16 year old boys and girls, stating that they must register for labour under the emergency National Service scheme. Poster is on particularly flimsy paper indicative of the need to save material at this critical time of the war. Poster is in excellent damage and tear free condition, but with slight age foxing and storage creases. Poster dimensions approx. 37 cms X 25 cms.
1945 -1955 TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY, HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL BOOK 'Something of an unusual item for its type' in so far as it is a ten year memorial / remembrance book related to the second world war holocaust, but with at least 40% of its content placing before the reader commercial / business advertisements related to the day (1955). This is a Dutch produced publication entitled 'Aantreden 1945-1955 10 Jaar Expoge'. It contains (in Dutch) accounts of the holocaust by survivors, and related 10 year services of commemoration. Two, thirds of the way through the book is a section on modern day (1955) related war memorials and memorials to those lost to the holocaust. Strangely however it is the impact of those choosing to advertise in the book that is the lasting memory of it once viewed. Many well know companies still trading today can be found within the advertisements. The adverts I feel are very much something of the time (1955). Any such 'similar' account produced today I feel sure would have a certain solemnity about it and no place for business activity....its a document that is very much a product of its day rather than our modern view of the events of 1939-45. Book is in very good condition, produced on 622 pages of high quality art paper. The spine is with some age rubbing and slight discolouration, otherwise being damage free. Further information related to holocaust listings:- I have made it known throughout 2016 that I have been visiting France and Belgium evaluating in essence 4 established collections. A spin off from these evaluations is the introduction to a 'number' of families that used to run WW1 & WW2 military related collections that were presented to the public in the form of private collections / museums. The collections were amassed almost immediately after the cessation of WW1 & WW2 respectively and as such contained very good untouched historic material. A number of years ago said collections were sadly dismantled due to the families age and disinterest of younger members of the families not wishing to perpetuate them. Unlike the new age modern private museums that are now appearing in France and Belgium with artefacts displayed in a 'state of the art manner', the collections I refer to were presented for viewing in a dated and out-moded form of display....the families in question were quite aware of this, and this was a contributing factor to the collections disposal. On introduction to these families I was privileged to have had access to the remainder of some of the material, of which some was good, some 'bad'. All the rarer military material both Allied & Axis is long gone. In one of the collections their was the remainder of some WW2 'ethnic oppression' related items, which I have purchased. I firmly believe that such material, although of a highly sensitive nature should and must be saved; but before presenting it, I need to reiterate Mons Military Antiques sales ethic that, Mons' sells 'moments in time', pieces of history that hopefully are saved in private hands and by public institutions for future generations....NOT ideologies or political points of view or policy. Said material will be 'offered' some time throughout 2017; any institution or individual having any prior interest in it, is at liberty to contact me regarding it via e-mail. It is not a huge collection of items, much of it is period ephemera related.
1947 PATTERN R.E.M.E. No. 1 DRESS CAP AND COLLAR BADGES 1947 Pattern Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers No. 1 dress, cap badge and matching facing collar badge set. Plated nickel and gilt multi-piece construction badges in excellent used condition. All three badges with their fitting pins. Cap badge with maker details, J.R. Gaunt London.
1st ANTI AIRCRAFT DIVISION 1st PAT. FORMATION SIGN 1st Anti - Aircraft Division 1st pattern formation sign. Very good used condition, being removed from a tunic. Moth and damage free. A little grubby due to use., with some surface wear.
1st ANTI AIRCRAFT DIVISION 2nd PAT. FORMATION SIGN (2) 1st Anti - Aircraft Division 2nd pattern formation sign. Very good used condition, being removed from a tunic. Moth and damage free. A little grubby due to use.
1st ANTI AIRCRAFT DIVISION FORMATION SIGN (1) 1st Anti - Aircraft Division formation sign. Very good used condition, being removed from a tunic. Moth and damage free. A little grubby due to use.
1st. Btln. ESSEX REGIMENT WW1 CHRISTMAS CARD A WW1 1st Battalion Essex Regt Christmas greeting card from the front. Gold embossed front with regimental details. Inside, is affixed (via regimental coloured ribbon) the greeting page and photograph of the sender. The pictured soldiers are two NCOs and a Lieutenant all in service dress and with divisional flashes to there helmets. No clue given as to which year this card appertains to. Cover slightly grubby with a couple of areas of staining.
264TH SCOTTISH BEACH BRIGADE (PRINTED) A good used printed 264 Scottish Beach Brigade cloth formation sign. Damage free condition. Slightly grubby with use. Removed from a tunic.
29th MIDDLESEX BATTALION HOME GUARD EPHEMERA GROUPING A small ephemera grouping to the 29th Middlesex Battalion Home Guard. Grouping consists of two letters detailing No 2 Section ‘B’ Coy personnel and the company welfare fund. Two restricted manuals one on demolition and the other on Home Guard Battlecraft and Battle Drill. Lastly a ticket for the Battalion Concert held at Hornsey Town Hall on 28th Sept 1943. All items are in excellent damage free condition. Both letters are folded.
3 CONSTABULARY COLLAR BADGES Three constabulary collar badges. KC & QC Berkshire and KC North Riding. Good untouched condition all with reverse fittings complete and in tact.
30 CORPS H.Q. 1918 CHRITSMAS CARD An very good overall condition Christmas card from 30 Corps H.Q. 1918. Card is with some age foxing but is damage and tear free. Card has been dedicated in ink in the centre page.
40th DIVISION Very good used condition printed 40Th Div formation sign. Some slight fading, but damage free.
53rd INFANRTY DIVISION FORMATION SIGN 53rd (Welsh) Infantry Division cloth formation sign. Red felt motif on heavy khaki wool backing. Very clean, moth and damage free condition. Removed from a tunic.
5th ANTI AIRCRAFT DIVISION FORMATION SIGN 5th Anti - Aircraft Division formation sign. Excellent, very clean bright condition. Moth and damage free.
5th ANTI AIRCRAFT DIVISION FORMATION SIGN (2) 5th Anti - Aircraft Division formation sign. Excellent, very clean bright condition. Moth and damage free.
5th ARMY CORPS A very good condition 5TH Army Corps formation sign. Bi-coloured thread detail on black cotton backing. Damage free.
5th INFANTRY BRIGADE PUGAREE / FORMATION SIGN An excellent condition 5th Infantry Brigade formation sign. High quality black velvet backing with silver bullion wire crossed keys. White cotton backing cloth with pin and hook fitting. Moth and damage free.
60TH DIVISION 1918 CHRITSMAS CARD A super condition Christmas card from 60th Division 1918. Colourful card obverse, with a fairly plain centre. No dedication. Damage and tear free.
7th INDIAN DIVISION FORMATION SIGN 7th Indian Division cloth formation sign. Known as the ’Golden Arrow’ division this example being a bullion wire arrow on a round black cloth backing. Some wear and slight damage to bullion wire. Grubby used condition.
89th ARMY GROUPS RA A mint un-used 89th Army Groups RA printed formation sign.
8th ANTI - AIRCRAFT DIVISION PRINTED FORMATION SIGN WW2 bevo woven 8th Anti - Aircraft Division formation sign. Excellent damage free condition. Now slightly grubby.
8th ARMY THEATRE MADE FORMATION SIGN An excellent theatre made 8th Army formation sign. This example was worn by a Polish officer. Bullion wire detail on small shield shaped backing, mounted on a heavy black wool backing cloth. Some tarnishing to the bullion wire.
9th ANTI - AIRCRAFT DIVISION FORMATION SIGN 9th Anti-Aircraft Division embroidered cloth formation sign. Excellent used grubby condition sign on khaki backing. Moth free, slight damage to one corner.
9th ARMOURED DIVISION FORMATION SIGN Panda face in felt wool with black machine embroidered detail. Moth and damage free condition. Slight traces of glue to reverse.
A-A DIVISION 76th SEARCH LIGHT REGT. FORMATION SIGN A rare 76th Searchlight Regt (Anti-Aircraft Division) embroidered cloth formation sign. Excellent used grubby condition sign with black paper backing. Moth and damage free.
AFS (AUXILIARY FIRE SERVICE) LAPEL BADGE AFS (Auxiliary Fire Service) Lapel badge. Red enamel and nickel finish badge. Reverse with button hole fitting, and maker initials H.W.M. Issue number to button hole fitting 196911. Excellent damage free condition.
AIR MARSHALL SIR RALPH COCHRANE PRESS PHOTOGRAPH. A superb head and shoulders studio posed press photograph of Sir Ralph Cochrane taken on his appointment as C. in C. RAF Transport Command. Photograph is with press agency stamping to reverse and well filled out caption sheet, dated 2 / 2 / 45. Slight sepia tones damage free condition.
AIR MINISTRY PHOTO :- 'RAF TRANSPORT COMMAND AMMUNITION.....' Air Ministry Official Photo (2) :- ‘RAF Transport Command, Ammunition Unloaded by Russian Civilians at an Air Field in Belgium’. Good captions to obverse and reverse. Picture issued March 1945.
AIR MINISTRY PHOTOGRAH BELGIAN AIRFIELD WINTER SCENE Air Ministry official press photograph of RAF ground crew uncovering a snow covered bomb ’dump’ at the Second Tactical Air Force airfield in Belgian. Excellent damage free condition. With official press stamping and attached caption to reverse
AIR RAID PRECAUTIONS HANDBOOK No. 2 A third edition, June 1941 ARP handbook ‘First Aid and Nursing for Gas Casualties’. Excellent damage free condition, with pencilled numeral 4 to front cover and owner initial stamp to inside front cover. 47 page manual.
AIR RAID PRECAUTIONS HANDBOOK No. 8 First edition 1938 ARP handbook ‘The Duties of Air Raid Wardens’. Good ‘warden’ used manual with local history interest inked and pencil detail to the note and borough (Wembley) section…and the names of the wardens serving the area. Slightly grubby used, damage free condition. 26 page manual.
AN EMOTIVE STALAG XXA PRISONER OF WAR POST CARD An emotive POW postcard (Kriegsgefangenenlager) from Stalag XXA May 1942. The card is addressed to Master Tommy Woodhouse from Pte Thomas Woodhouse.(From father to son) wishing Tommy a happy 7th birthday. Beautiful art work to the card front. Card a little fragile with creasing and an edge tear. Card is with date franking and censor clearance stamping, and with some pencil ’doodling’ presumably by the senders son. WANTED:- POW post cards / messages home with original art work !
ANNIVERSARY 2014 MODEL….BRITISH WHIPPET TANK I have commissioned a well know commercial and modern artist to build a small number of British WW1 model vehicles as ‘one-off’ commemorative pieces. All models are scratch made from various modelling materials and hand finished to an extremely high standard of modelling. I do not envisage a large number of original models, possibly numbering between four and six models only, in total. All models will be signed in his own modest way ! I am also negotiating / discussing the production of 5 works of art representing each of the five years of the great war 1914 through to 1918. It is my intention that each item will be a lasting anniversary work of art, one hundred years on from the events of WW1. Again it is my intention that each work will obviously be a one off, with all rights of reproduction going to the buyer. The first model to be completed and offered is this Whippet tank. As can be seen it is finished to the highest of standards and displays incredibly well. I have placed an ink pen in one of the images to give an idea of size and scale. As stated each item is a one off and no copies or like models will be produced by the same artist. It is a light fragile item and would best display under cover !
ANTI-AIRCRAFT COMMAND 2nd. PAT. FORMATION SIGN Anti - Aircraft command 1st pattern printed formation sign. Edges folded. Slightly grubby condition.
ANTI-AIRCRAFT COMMAND Ist. PAT. FORMATION SIGN Anti - Aircraft command 1st pattern ‘paint’ printed formation sign. Mint un-issued condition.
ARMSTRONG WHITWORTH AIRCRAFT FLYING GROUP FACTORY OVERALL BADGE AWA Flying Group Overall badge. Mint condition cloth badge. Thanks to a site viewer I can now attribute this patch to the ‘Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft’ organisation. A.W. were a major producer of aviation products pre and during WW2.
ARMY FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION REFEREE BADGE Army Football Association Referee badge. Blue and red translucent enamel on gilt brass badge, with button hole fitting to reverse. Rare maker ‘Usher Vittoria St B’Ham’. Very good condition badge with very slight edge enamel chipping at 7 o’clock.
ARP (FEMALE) WARDENS LAPEL SERVICE BADGE (1) Probably the most iconic and emotive of badges, representing the British home front services and the symbol of the blitz spirit…A (female) ARP wardens lapel badge. Hallmarked silver badge with brooch pin fitting reverse, the brooch pin indicating it being for wear by a women. (The male counter part was with a lapel button hole fitting). Excellent unpolished / tarnished condition.
ARP (FEMALE) WARDENS LAPEL SERVICE BADGE (4) A (female) ARP wardens lapel badge. Hallmarked silver badge with brooch pin fitting reverse, the brooch pin indicating it being for wear by a women. (The male counter part was with a lapel button hole fitting, as per the previous listing). Excellent untouched condition.
ARP (MALE) WARDENS LAPEL SERVICE BADGE (2) British home front ARP wardens badge in its much rarer format, being manufactured in nickel rather than hallmarked silver. Despite all war material scarcities, by far the greater percentage of these badges were manufactured in hallmarked silver. The accepted reason for the scarcity in this format is that nickel was a much more valuable / use-full war material than silver. Silver has its use limitations within munitions and the vehicles of war….and as such was a metal that lent itself to the production of badges Male, lapel button hole fitting to reverse. With maker details ‘Marples & Beasley Birmingham’ to bottom reverse of badge. Excellent damage free condition.
ARP (MALE) WARDENS LAPEL SERVICE BADGE (3) A (male) ARP wardens lapel badge. Hallmarked silver badge with button hole lapel fitting reverse Excellent untouched condition.
ARP (MALE) WARDENS LAPEL SERVICE BADGE (5) British home front ARP wardens badge in its much rarer format, being manufactured in nickel rather than hallmarked silver. Male, lapel button hole fitting to reverse. With maker details ‘J.R. Gaunt London’ to reverse lapel fitting. Excellent damage free condition, with slight area of age verdigris to badge obverse centre.
ARP / CD / FIRE SERVICE EARLY EALING TUNIC TITLE A hard to find early pre war tunic title as used by the ARP / CD and Fire Service. Red straight lettering on black wool backing, with black paper backing. Title appears un-issued.
ARP / CD EALING BD TITLE & BADGE A good used removed from a tunic ‘Ealing’ ARP / CD battledress pocket title, and CD badge. A little grubby but moth and damage free.
ARP / CD SERVICE CHEVRONS WW2 ARP / CD battledress service chevrons. 4 red chevrons on nay backing. Printed format. Removed from a tunic.
ARP / CIVIL DEFENCE CD BREAST BADGE Battledress ARP / civil defence service left breast pocket badge. Heavy yellow thread detail on navy blue heavy wool backing. Used removed from a tunic, now a little grubby.
ARP / CIVIL DEFENCE PRINTED ‘DECONTAMINATION’ TITLE A rare economy printed ’Decontamination’ title. Yellow detail on navy blue heavy cotton backing. Excellent damage free condition.
ARP / CIVIL DEFENCE PRINTED ‘MEDICAL OFFICER’ TITLE Economy printed ’Medical Officer’ title. Yellow detail on navy blue heavy cotton backing. Excellent damage free condition.
ARP / CIVIL DEFENCE REPORT AND CONTROL SHOULDER TITLE Yellow thread detail on heavy navy wool backing. Very good grubby used, removed from a tunic condition.
ARP BULLETIN NO 3 'FOOD STORAGE' ARP Bulletin No 3 ‘Home Storage of Food Supplies….What to buy and how to use.’ 16 page booklet detailing the safe storage of food and its use in emergency / food shortage. Also gives healthy / cost conscious meals within certain budgets. Some age foxing to front cover, otherwise excellent damage free condition.
ARP LAPEL BADGE WITH SCROLL AND INITIALS 'R T' Chrome finished ARP lapel badge with added scroll to base and initials R.T. (I do not know what the R.T stands for. I‘m reliably informed it is transport company related item). This badge is approximately one third the size of a standard ARP lapel badge. Button hole fitting to reverse and maker details ‘Collins London’. Excellent damage free badge.
BATTLE of BRITAIN PILOT Flt. Sgt. C.W. FRANCIS ID PHOTOGRAPH (1) Battle of Britain Pilot. RAF personal identification photograph. A small head and shoulders (35 mm. X 35 mm.) identification photograph of Flt Sgt Clarence W. Francis. Printed on plain rather than Am photographic paper. Sold with photo-copied details of F. Sgt. Francis posting details from No. 7 O.T.U. to 74 Squadron Hornchurch on 15 / 7 / 40 Images of Sgt Francis are rare…..their is no image accompanying his details even in the book ‘Men of the Battle of Britain’ by K.G. Wynn.
BATTLE of BRITAIN PILOT Flt. Sgt. C.W. FRANCIS ID PHOTOGRAPH (2) Battle of Britain Pilot. RAF personal identification photograph. A small head and shoulders (35 mm. X 35 mm.) identification photograph of Flt Sgt Clarence W. Francis. Printed on plain rather than Am photographic paper. Sold with photo-copied details of F. Sgt. Francis posting details from No. 7 O.T.U. to 74 Squadron Hornchurch on 15 / 7 / 40 Images of Sgt Francis are rare…..their is no image accompanying his details even in the book ‘Men of the Battle of Britain’ by K.G. Wynn. (This image could be termed ‘full profile’ as the next listing of the same pilot is a slightly different (less) profile).
BOER WAR (BRITISH TROOPS) NEW YEAR GIFT TIN & CONTENT & PERIOD POST CARD A superb condition Boer War new year 1899 - 1900 gift tin and chocolate content. The tin has 98% plus original paint finish remaining and is dent & damage free. The red finish has very minor age crazing. Chocolate content complete with some of its foil wrapper and straw packing. Chocolate now appears pinkie / light brown in colour. Excellent complete condition. The chocolate now being 111 years old is I suspect past its best, and not recommended for consumption ! Sold with an accompanying Natal Union Postale Universelle post card. Obverse with three scenes of Boer war interest, Naval Gun at Ladysmith, Native Kraal Natal and Transport Wagons Natal. Reverse with no text, slightly grubby with age foxing.
BOMBER COMMAND 427 (RCAF) Sqd. 1943 DFM GALLANTRY MEDAL GROUPING A super, as worn 1943 DFM (Immediate award) medal grouping to a Canadian air gunner Sergeant. Grouping consists of DFM, 1939-45 Star, Air Crew Europe Star with France and Germany bar, Defence medal, Canadian Volunteer service medal with maple leaf bar and 1939-45 War medal. (the last three correct silver Canadian issue medals). The group comes with the Canadian Overseas Service medal box of issue, maple leaf bar envelope and message of appreciation. This group is in superb untouched condition, mounted as worn, probably on replacement ribbons. The details of this award appeared in the London Gazette 25/1/1944 This N.C.O. on two occasions has shown a high degree of courage and coolness when in danger. On the night of 7th/8th October 1943, when his aircraft in which he was the rear gunner was attacked three times by several enemy fighters. By his co-operation with the pilot and coolness in giving his information, the attacks were evaded. Although his gun turret was temporarily unserviceable, he continued to work on it until it was serviceable again. This N.C.O. has shown a high degree of courage, coolness and excellent spirit of co-operation, both in operations and in training and an inspiring example of devotion to duty and is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal. This citation is concurred by his Station and Base Commanders. Bomber Command Operational records show that on the night 7/8th October 1943 a force of 343 Lancaster’s of 1,3,5,6 and 8 Groups attacked the target area of Stuttgart. 16 Lancaster’s of 8 Group carried out a diversionary raid and claimed hits on the Zeppelin Factory at Friedrichshafen. Minor operations on the same night involved Mosquito's and Sterling’s.
BOROUGH OF HORNSEY FIRE PARTY PASS Borough of Hornsey, Fire Fighting Party pass. Mint condition pass giving name and address details of the bearer, with facsimile signature of the Town Clerk ARP Controller. Obverse is plain with no borough details.
BOY SCOUT EARLY VINTAGE SHOULDER TITLE 111th NORTH LONDON A good early shoulder title rather than unit tape for the 111th North London Tottenham scout pack. Excellent moth and damage free. Used removed from a shirt
BOY SCOUT TROOP FORMATION SIGNS 4 fairly modern Boy Scout troop shirt formation signs. All are Bevo woven on rayon backings. Used very good removed from a shirt condition (4 in total)
BRITISH - INDIA STEAM NAVIGATION SHIPPING COMPANY SHIPS OFFICER CAP A superb British - India Steam Navigation Company ships officer service cap. Cap is without any stiffener material and is very ‘crusher’ like in its demeanour. Overall condition is excellent with the peek showing age crazing to the black patent finish. Interior showing early ‘Gieves’ only maker details. Bullion cap badge is in stunning damage free condition with age tarnishing only. Merchant shipping style cap centre band is with wear and fraying. A name appears to be erased from the tan brown leather head band. Vintage is early, very possibly WW1. The British - India Steam Navigation Company having been raised in the 1850’s was amalgamated in 1914 with ‘P & O’ Shipping. Although a company serving the Indian Ocean and eastern waters primarily, the company worked closely with the Admiralty & Government during WW1 sailing trooping and supply services to all theatres of war.
BRITISH / ALLIED ‘WAR CORRESPONDENT’ SLEEVE TITLE British / Allied ‘War Correspondent’ straight sleeve title. Narrow green wool backing with yellow thread detail. Excellent moth and damage free condition.
BRITISH 17th / 21st LANCERS CLOTH BATTLEDRESS SHOULDER TITLE A very good condition 17th / 21st Lancers (Armoured Brigades) cloth shoulder title. White thread detail, on black wool backing. Excellent moth and damage free condition.
BRITISH 1st INFANRTY DIVISION FORMATION SIGN 1st Infantry Division cloth formation sign. White felt triangle superimposed over a red felt triangle. Moth and damage free.
BRITISH 5th.CITY OF LONDON Btln. LONDON RIFLE BRIGADE CAP BADGE A good clean damage and polish free 5th City of London LRB cap badge. Single blade slider to reverse. Worn throughout the First World war by this battalion.
BRITISH ARMY 18TH BRIGADE A very good, used printed, 18th Brigade cloth formation sign. Excellent damage free condition. Removed from a tunic.
BRITISH ARMY OF OCCUPATION 1919 EMBARKATION PASS A good clear detail, embarkation pass dated April 1919 forwarding to Dunkirk. Pass shows individual troop details and travel times. Has been folded and stored in a wallet.
BRITISH ARMY SIGNALLER SLEEVE PROFICIENCY PATCH An excellent, used crossed signal flags on khaki wool backing. White thread detail has been highlighted in white blanco. Moth and damage free condition.
BRITISH COLD WAR (CHATHAM DOCK YARD) WORKER PASS A celluloid plastic workers pass for the Chatham (Naval) Dock Yard circa late 1950's early 1960's. Photographic I.D. with owner name and accompanying serial number. Reverse with detail as to what to do with the card if found after loss. Excellent damage free condition. WANTED:- British 1945 -1965 Cold War related passes etc. ....especially 'British Atomic Agency' !
BRITISH COLD WAR NUCLEAR ACCIDENT WARNING INSTRUCTION SIGN (CHATHAM DOCK YARD) A card sign (of the type) that would have been pinned at various localities within the dockyard, giving instructions on what to do in the case of a nuclear accident with the yard precinct. The steps detailed are to contain the incident as best as possible and reduce the risk to site workers in equal measure. Slight tear to top, rust marks from drawing pins to the four corners. The reverse has been used at some time as a piece of ‘Art card’. (see images).
BRITISH COMMUNIST / SOCIALIST 1st MAY WORKERS DAY BADGE British Socialist / Communist 1st May International Workers Day supporters badge. Fairly modern badge probably 1980’s vintage. Brooch pin fitting to reverse. Maker details ‘W. Reeves & Co. Ltd. 30 Tenby St. Birmingham'. No enamel damage. WANTED PRE - WW2 BRITISH COMMUNIST PARTY RELATED BADGES
BRITISH EARLY POST WW2 FLYING LICENCE An excellent condition 1947 issued civil pilots licence. The holder is valid to fly civil flying machines land types. The holders photograph may have been taken while wearing an RAF battle dress. The jacket he is wearing has epaulettes. Worthy of further research to determine the holders war service.
BRITISH FASCISTI TROOP LEADER LAPEL RANK BADGE A superb un-touched, un-polished early British fascist organisation Troop Leaders lapel rank badge. Black enamel is undamaged, with some light service wear / abrasing. Reverse with brooch pin fitting, service number 681 and maker details 'Birmingham Medal Co.' A hard to find original badge, given the very good copies / reproductions that have now flooded the market. WANTED:- British Fascist and Communist pre WW2 related items....all items considered !
BRITISH FORCES OVERSEAS CYRENAICA DISTRICT A good printed black and white formation sign for District Cyrenaica. Damage free . Removed from a tunic.
BRITISH FORCES OVERSEAS HANOVER DISTRICT (BAOR) A good bevo woven formation sign for Hanover District Army of Occupation. Damage free, removed from a tunic.
BRITISH FORCES OVERSEAS HQ LAND FORCES HONG KONG A very good, used printed, H.Q. Land Forces Hong Kong cloth formation sign. Excellent damage free condition. Backed with aertex KD material. Popper studs absent.
BRITISH FORCES OVERSEAS PALESTINE A good maroon red patch with embroidered detail. Excellent damage free condition . Slight traces of glue to reverse.
BRITISH FORCES OVERSEAS SINGAPORE DISTRICT A very good, used printed, Singapore District cloth formation sign. Excellent damage free condition. Slight traces of glue to reverse. This is the start of the listing of an intermediate sized British WW2 cloth formation sign & insignia collection bought into stock, to be carried out over the coming months. Listings will be carried out in interspersed batches with our other militaria listings. Listings to suit all levels of collecting.
BRITISH HOME FRONT CC41 PAIR of CHILDS BOOTS A super pair of CC41 (Board of Trade ‘Controlled Commodity’) childes leather boots. Boots are very much like a pair of WW2 ammunition boots and given that they are made under materials restrictions they are incredibly well made. A child would out grow them long before they wore them out. Excellent condition with some storage scuffing to the leather. Sadly the original laces are absent. Clear CC41 markings to both boot interiors. They appear to be un-worn / un-used.
BRITISH HUDSON MADE WD MARKED WHISTLE A good alternate maker address ‘Hudson’ made ‘tube’ whistle with good clear WD broad arrow marking. ‘THE Metropolitan’ whistle with maker details ‘J. Hudson & Co Barr St Hockley Birmingham’ with large WD Broad arrow below (see images). Used by the military pre-WW2.
BRITISH INTER-WAR PHOTO POSTCARD OF A LEWIS GUN TEAM A very good image of a three man Lewis gun team resting in a field. Excellent shirt sleeve order uniform and equipment detail showing many WW1 equipment features. I believe the man a fusiliers of one sort or another Pencil caption to the reverse….’Nutty Bedford 1934’. Excellent damage free condition.
BRITISH KING EDWARD VIII AIDE-de-CAMP SHOULDER CIPHERS A very rare pair of King Edward VIII gilt brass shoulder ciphers indicating the position of Aide-de-Camp to the King. Excellent damage free condition with some wear to the gilt to the cipher obverse. Reverse with 2 loop fittings and complete with fitting split pins. Approx dimensions 37mm X 25mm.
BRITISH KINGS SOUTH AFRICA MEDAL RIBBON A good original grubby used length of silk K.S.A. Medal ribbon. Length approx. 14 cms.
BRITISH MANCHESTER Regt. OFFICER SERVICE DRESS CAP BADGE A good second pattern Manchester Regiment bronze officer service dress cap badge. Excellent damage free condition with both reverse fitting blades present and in ‘strong’ condition. No maker details.
BRITISH NATIONAL CADET ASSOCIATION 'MEDAL OF HONOUR' The ‘British National Cadets Association‘, was strictly speaking not a British Fascist organisation in the true sense of the word. A youth organisation with right wing tendencies, they were linked with British Fascist / right wing political activities of the pre-war years, but have no direct connection in terms of command or leadership. This item is the Association's ‘Medal of Honour' given for outstanding service and or merit. Medal is in hall marked silver. It is probably an un-issued example, as the recipients name and date of issue would have been engraved to the lower blank area of the obverse. Mounted on its original ribbon and suspension bar.
BRITISH POLICE KINGS CROWN KENT CONSTABULARY 'NIGHT' HELMET PLATE A superb, untouched example of a Kent County Constabulary black 'night' helmet plate. Damage free condition, with 99% original finish remaining. Reverse with three loop fitting. I 'may' have other police related items to list in the future. I have viewed a collection of militaria, that has an 'off shoot' collection of police related items....further news on this in due course.
BRITISH R.101 AIRSHIP OCTOBER 1930 AIRCRASH MEMORIAL CARD The memorial card as issued for the service of remembrance for the victims of the R.101 Airship disaster of October 1930. The card has suffered from age storage and as such is a little stained and ‘grazed’, but is in overall very good handle able condition.
BRITISH R.E.M.E BRANCH of SERVICE STRIPE Tri-coloured branch of service sleeve stripe for The Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers. Moth and damage free condition.
BRITISH RAF NATIONAL SERVICE VINTAGE (1950's) A.T.C. LEADING CADET QUALIFICATION PATCH Revised listing :- An Air Training Corps 'Leading Cadet' trade badge. First introduced to the service in 1942. Used removed from a tunic. (I have revised this listing in the light of diligent information supplied by a valued aviation customer).
BRITISH RAF NATIONAL SERVICE VINTAGE RAF INSIGNIA A good matched pair of RAF battledress sleeve ‘birds and an RAF Marksman’s sleeve qualification badge. Worn in the main by members of the RAF regiment. (The RAF marksman’s sleeve qualification was first introduced in 1949.…It is still issued today). This and the two listings above are aimed primarily at the junior aviation collector.
BRITISH RAIL MIDLAND DISTRICT (BR (M)) GUARDS WHISTLE British Railway Midland district guards whistle. Excellent nickel whistle marked to one side B.R.(M) Face is marked ’The Acme Thunderer’. Excellent damage free condition, complete wit original fob ring.
BRITISH ROYAL ARMOURED CORPS SLEEVE QUALIFICATION BADGE A very nice R.A.C. sleeve qualification badge. Miniature RAC cap badge facsimile in yellow thread with black and coloured detail, on a khaki wool backing. Very nice used, removed from a tunic condition. This item is just post WW2 and is the R.A.C.'s equivalent of the R.T.R. sleeve tank.
BRITISH ROYAL ARTILLERY 34TH ANTI-AIRCRAFT BRIGADE FORMATION SIGN. An excellent used removed from a tunic printed Royal Artillery 34th Anti-Aircraft Brigade formation sign. Excellent damage free condition with a little fading due to use / wear.
BRITISH ROYAL CORPS REGIMENT BUTONS x 3 Four R.T.R. brass buttons as used on service dress tunics. Other ranks and officer quality. Varying makers. 2 Large. 1 Small.
BRITISH ROYAL NAVY CLOTH SHOULDER TITLE (Yellow on black) A rare Royal Navy title being yellow detail on black wool backing. Excellent condition woven title being moth and damage free. There is an original inked price of 2 shillings to the top right of the title when viewing the reverse. (See images).
BRITISH ROYAL TANK REGIMENT BUTONS x 4 Four R.T.R. brass buttons as used on service dress tunics. Other ranks and officer quality. Varying makers. 2 Large. 2 Small.
BRITISH SOCIALIST PARTY LECTURE HAND BILL Socialist party of Great Britain lecture hand bill ‘Marx and the March of Time’. Single page flyer detailing the lecture content and times. To be held at Denison House Vauxhall Bridge Road. The start time of the meeting has been pencilled to the front of the bill, and to the reverse is a caricature image of presumably one of the speakers, again in pencil. Excellent damage free condition.
BRITISH TANKER Co. Ltd. SHIPPING LINE A very nice condition, used B.T. Co. Ltd ships (non-executive) officer bullion wire cap badge. Bullion wire is with slight tarnishing. Coloured central flag detail is bright and clean, as is the gilt lion. Black wool backing material is moth and damage free. Reverse complete with its backing material.
BRITISH UNION OF FASCIST'S 'SHILLING LIBRARY' 'FASCISM’ by OSWALD MOSLEY Fascist Shilling Library Vol 1, card covers, BUF publication 'Fascism' by Oswald Mosley, ‘100 Questions Asked and Answered‘. First impression March 1936. 100 British Union points of view, as seen through the eyes of its leader. Excellent condition with card covers.
BRITISH UNION OF FASCIST'S 'SHILLING LIBRARY' 'WE FIGHT FOR FREEDOM' BY A FREEMAN (2) Fascist Shilling Library Vol 3, 62 page, card covers, BUF publication 'We Fight For Freedom'. First impression April 1936, giving BUF policy and the British Fascist struggle for "freedom" for the average man'. Excellent condition with age foxing to cover only. 'A Freeman' a clever anonymous naming for this publication to protect the author from financial and physical attack.
BRITISH UNION of FASCISTS 1st PATTERN WAIST BELT British Union pre 1936, first pattern belt and buckle. Buckle with Fasces axe motif affixed with two short pins. Black leather waist belt now a little age stiff. No maker details of any type, to either buckle or leather band (as is common) Excellent / untouched condition, showing light use. Age verdigis to buckle due to storage. WANTED:- Pre - WW2 British Fascist and British Communist related items !
BRITISH UNION OF FASCISTS :- 'UNIFORM BLACK SHIRT' Mons Military Antiques, is in the fortunate position to be able to offer for sale a rare example of a BUF (British Union of Fascists) active members ‘uniform Blackshirt‘. This is only the fifth shirt of this type that I have been in a position to offer for sale in over 40 years of collecting / trading. Offered is, a 'Fencing' style shirt as used and worn by BUF active members in public prior to the British Governments ban on para-military uniform at out door meeting, march’s, and within BUF official buildings i.e. branch HQ’s and generally when a serving member was on 'duty'. Shirt is in excellent condition for its age, with no damage and complete with all buttons (one cuff button broken see images). The shirt has been little worn and well ‘cared’ for over the years it has been stored, with the colour still ‘deep black’ and showing only light too moderate use. It is a plain ‘Mans’ shirt with no rank insignia having been attached. Remains of size label is affixed to the inner rear collar, with the elasticated rear lower hem in fairly good condition. An overall excellent condition item with size being small and in keeping with its vintage. (Shirt sizes came in four sizes from 1 - 4. 1 being the smallest 4 being the largest….this I believe to be a size 2. A rare item, that rarely appears for sale today ! Mons Military Antiques must reiterate with this listing its Home Page statement that it does not support or expound extremes of politics either old or new. Mons Military Antiques sells historic items that represent a moment in time….not the politics that motivated said items ! WANTED:- Pre WW2 British Fascist & Communist related items, most items considered !
BRITISH UNION of FASCISTS PAMPHLET 'GAINST-TRUST & MONOPOLY ! British Union pamphlet detailing BU policy towards the smaller independent shop keeper, the small business, and the what was then the foundation of British high street business. It 'points the finger' at the chain store and of course its Jewish owners, and details the effects that they (and Government) and their ways are / will have on British daily high street life, if left unchecked. Excellent damage free condition 7 page pamphlet, with the staples as usual absent. I must reiterate Mons' stance on this type of period political propaganda that it neither supports or condones the views within the item....It is sold purely as an historic artefact!
BRITISH UNION of FASCISTS RANK BADGE (1) A rare, 'field used' BU officially produced Blackshirt active member’s rank badge. Single ‘gold’ (bright yellow thread) bar on black wool backing and backed with grey cotton fabric, now very grubby and with a small area of 'damage' to the centre of the bar. This piece of rank insignia would be worn on the left breast of the black 'fencing' style shirt. Rank of ‘Unit Leader’ within the Defence Force.
BRITISH UNION of FASCISTS WOMENS / SPORTS BELT A superb and rare pre WW2 belt as worn by women British Union members, and sometimes referred to as the ‘Sports Belt’ for use with civilian dress. Excellent condition buckle with gilt early fasces axe, mounted on a supple black leather 1 inch belt. Belt leather marked 'Guaranteed All Hide'....Blackman Leather Goods 3 Bermondsey St S.E.1' An uncommon item now hard to find. WANTED:- Good quality original British Fascist items of all types !
BRITISH UNION OF FASCIST\'S \'SHILLING LIBRARY\' \'WE FIGHT FOR FREEDOM\' BY A FREEMAN (3) Fascist Shilling Library Vol. 3, 62 page, card covers, BUF publication \'We Fight For Freedom\'. First impression April 1936, giving BUF policy and the British Fascist struggle for \"freedom\" for the average man\'. Excellent condition with some age / light fading to front cover. The book has a ‘personal’ number label indicating its position within a private library on the front inner cover.
BRITISH UNION ‘UP BRITAIN STOP WAR’ HAND BILL British Union of Fascists Anti Jewish / east European hand bill detailing in blunt terms that it has no place in defending Poland etc. against German invasion, and involving its self in another war of destruction with Germany. Very early WW2 produced British Union hand bill. Excellent undamaged item with only very slight edge age discoloration. For those interested in this subject matter I apologise for the lack of listings over the past year…..Finding new material is not easy….
BRITISH WAR CORRESPONDENT SLIP ON SHOULDER TITLE (1) An excellent condition printed ’British War Correspondent’, slip on shoulder title. Yellow printed detail on mid green backing. The word ’War’ within this title seems to have for some reason been partially obliterated, but is however easily readable. Both securing straps present to reverse. Moth and damage free.
BRITISH WAR CORRESPONDENT SLIP ON SHOULDER TITLE (2) An excellent condition printed ’British War Correspondent’, slip on shoulder title. Yellow printed detail on mid green backing. Both securing straps present to reverse. Moth and damage free.
BRITISH WAR PHOTOGRAPER BRASS SHOULDER TITLE A good size ‘British War Photographer’ brass shoulder tile. Excellent damage free condition title with brooch pin reverse fitting. A much less common item than the equivalent correspondents titles.
BRITISH WW1 OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH :- A TANK TRAVERSING A SHELL HOLE WW1 British official photograph. Photo taken on the Western Front. Image, ‘ This machine with the picturesque name of “Crusty“ is finding no difficulty at all in making way over a newly made shell hole‘. Excellent damage free condition with caption to reverse and official censor stampings. Rare tank photograph. WANTED:- Tank Corps related items....any original items wanted !
BRITISH WW1 PRESS PHOTO, CHILDREN GIVEN A BICYCLE RIDE WW1 British official photograph. Photo taken on the Western Front. Image of ‘Cyclists passing through a newly captured village, give the children a ride on their bicycles‘. Excellent damage free condition with some fragility to the right edge as viewed. Caption to reverse and official censor stampings.
BRITISH WW1 ROYAL NAVAL RESERVE OFFICER CAP BADGE A very nice condition, officer cap badge of the R.N.R. Insignia to the R.N.R. has for some reason always been difficult to find. This example badge is in excellent used, damage free condition. Grubby an untouched for many years, with a nice age toning to the bullion wire work. High relief to both the central dome and kings crown. Reverse in similar matching condition, with some fragmentation to the black paper backing material.
BRITISH WW1 STERN & BELL 1915 ON WAR SERVICE LAPEL BADGE A super condition Stern & Bell 1915 on war service lapel badge. White and blue enamel on gilt brass badge, with button hole lapel fitting to reverse. Maker detail to reverse. Enamel, damage free. Worn by civilians to show w that they were working on war service. Stern & Bell were a heavy engineering manufacturing company, contracted for war work almost immediately on the out set of WW1.
BRITISH WW1 VINTAGE 'MERSEY DOCKS HABOUR BOARD' CAP BADGE Again another rare navel badge relating to the (Liverpool) Mersey Docks Harbour Board. Badge is grubby and untouched with some moth to the badge cloth obverse backing. Bullion wire work is age and storage tarnished, but in the main damage free with only a couple of small snags to wreath 'high light' wires (see images). Central motif is in cotton / silk thread and again is damage free. Reverse with backing material in complete matching grubby condition. The M.D.H.B. were the administrators of the Port of Liverpool and the River Mersey (to include all dock facilities). It was a major port of entry for all forms of war materials both in WW1 & WW2 and a peace time major sailing route destination / departure. It later became the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company. The naval cap badge was worn by staff ('Officers') dealing with all 'on the water' actives...barrages, tugs, lightermen and pilots etc. A very rare badge !
BRITISH WW2 'WARNORM' 1942 DATED UNDER-SHIRT A very good, used condition ‘WARNORM’, military issue under-shirt. Light weight, collar-less wool under-shirt, with three button half front. Short sleeve with elasticated arms and waist. Some slight moth and evidence of wear. Issue label to inner rear collar dated 1942, maker details ‘J.B. Lewis & Sons Ltd.’ WD broad arrow and size 3.
BRITISH WW2 1940 HUDSON MADE WHISTLE A WW2 1940 dated (police style) whistle. Good, used condition nickel whistle with ‘J. Hudson & Co Birmingham’ maker mark. Whistle with honest field use in untouched very clean condition. With the advent of WW2 whistles again became an integral part of military field use. Rather than signalling ‘Over the Top’ they became a generic way of field signalling / and means of attracting attention to issue orders.
BRITISH WW2 1941 ADIE BROS MADE WHISTLE A rare maker made 1941 field service whistle. Made by ‘Adie Bros. Birmingham with royal GR Crown & VI with small date 1941. Complete with leather pocket fob strap. Excellent condition, and noticeably a more utilitarian made whistle than the ’Hudson’ equivalents.
BUF / BRITISH UNION 'CONSTITUTION AND RULES' A ‘news stand’ / BUF shop copy of ‘British Union Constitution and Rules’. 32 page booklet detailing BUF rules on most aspects of there political agenda. Excellent damage free condition, with a central fold. Staples present.
BUF PAMPHLET \'SHOPKEEPERS AT WAR\' BUF propaganda pamphlet ’Shopkeepers at War. ‘Gainst Trust and Monopoly’. Mint condition early war produced pamphlet by Peter Hayward detailing the rise of the chain store, and its effects on the single trader. 8 page booklet, in the cleanest of conditions, complete with sound non rusty fixing staple.
BUF PRE WAR BOOK :- 'THE GREATER BRITAIN' (2) 'The Greater Britain'. First edition of Mosley’s work detailing BUF policy, aims, the ‘Old System’ and the way forward under British Union rule. Excellent fabric bound edition, with owner details in pencil to inside front cover.
BUF PRE WW2 BOOK :- 'THE GREATER BRITAIN' (3) 'The Greater Britain'. First edition of the 1934 edition of Mosley’s work detailing BUF policy, aims, the ‘Old System’ and the way forward under British Fascist rule / leadership. Excellent, pictorial fabric bound edition, complete with its dust jacket. Age wear to the edges of the dust jacket.
BUF PRE WW2 BOOK :- 'THE GREATER BRITAIN' (4) 'The Greater Britain'. 1934 edition (New Edition April 1934) of Mosley’s work detailing BUF policy, aims, the ‘Old System’ and the way forward under British Fascist rule / leadership. Excellent, pictorial fabric bound edition. No dust jacket, with pencil gift dedication to inside fly leaf. Excellent overall condition, with small stain to bottom front cover.
BUF PRE WW2 BOOK :- \'THE GREATER BRITAIN\' (1) \'The Greater Britain\'. First edition of Mosley’s work detailing BUF policy, aims, the ‘Old System’ and the way forward under British Fascist rule / leadership. Excellent fabric bound edition, in damage free condition.
CANADIAN CLOTH SHOULDER TITLE ‘THE OXFORD RIFLES’ WW2 cloth embroidered shoulder title with red lettering on rifle green backing. Very good condition, with no moth. Slightly grubby with use.
CANADIAN FIRST ARMY FORMATION SIGNS A matched pair of Canadian First Army sleeve formation signs. Very good used condition, removed from a tunic signs, one with slight edge damage where pulled from said tunic.
CANADIAN MILITARY HEAD-QUARTERS FORMATION SIGN An excellent condition Canadian Military H.Q. formation sign. Slightly grubby used sign, being moth and damage free.
CHESHIRE AIR RAID WARDENS POST DOOR SIGN A rare unique stylised Air Raid Wardens post door sign for the county of Cheshire. Excellent damage free condition tin plate sign. Used removed from a door. Dark navy blue paint finish mainly lost. Damage and dent free condition.
CHRISTMAS 1914 REGIMENTAL GIFT :- DUKE OF LANCASTER'S OWN A rare (The only one I have ever encountered) Christmas 1914 Regimental gift as given by the Duke of Lancaster's Own (Yeomanry) with the compliments of the Colonel of the Regiment. Gift in the form of a khaki handkerchief with printed detail to its centre. Mention of past glory's in the Boer War, and Christmas 1914. Mint undamaged condition.
CHURCHILL STATUETTE A small (14 cms. high) mantel-piece bust, statuette of Churchill. A composite rubber material head and shoulders representation of Winston Churchill, smoking a cigar. Some age discoloration and minor age cracking. No maker details.
CIVIL AIR GUARD 'PROMISE TO SERVE' RELEASE LETTER Civil Air Guard letter dated 28 Aug 1939 to one of its members releasing them from there promise to serve the Nation, in aviation, should a war emergency arise. An unusual, but typically British letter given the political storm clouds that were amassing in main land Europe at that time, and the shortage of qualified airmen that Britain could call upon in emergency and would subsequently suffer in early to mid 1940. Good untouched condition with some fragility.
CIVIL DEFENCE BOWLING CLUB BADGE A rare local ‘York Road Civil Defence Bowing Club’ lapel badge. Multi coloured enamel badge in excellent damage free condition. Reverse with brooch pin fitting. No maker details.
CIVIL DEFENCE PAMPHLET No.5 FIRE PRECAUTIONS IN WAR TIME Issued in August 1939 in preparation for what was generally accepted would be the coming war, four page pamphlet detailing most aspects of Fire fighting and prevention on the home front. Some slight fading and creasing.
COLD WAR CD BATTLEDRESS BREAST BADGE Post WW2 / early 1950’s ‘Cold War’ Civil Defence Corps battledress breast badge multi - coloured thread on heavy navy wool backing. Some moth to backing material.
COLD WAR CD SHOULDER TITLE Post WW2 / early 1950’s ‘Cold War’ Civil Defence Corps shoulder title ‘Headquarters’ Yellow thread on heavy navy wool backing. Moth and damage free.
COLD WAR VINTAGE BRITISH C.D. WARDENS POST OFFICE SIGN A 1950's vintage Cold War, British civil defence, wardens post office sign. The sign is in plastic with the relevant transfers attached to it. Good damage free condition. From an era when nuclear survival was a reality of day to day life !
COLLECTION OF WW2 AIRGRAPHS A super collection of Airgraphs appertaining to one family (and member of the RAF) mounted in a period photograph album, dating from 1944-45. 25 Airgraphs mainly mounted, with period photo corners and with many carrying superb cartoon drawings. Later stages of the album has a few mounted photographs of LAC Marquet. Marquet was stationed in Africa and Italy serving with Reconnaissance HQ in Africa and Tactical HQ Italy. Airgraghs are in excellent damage free condition. Photographs are sadly uncaptioned. There are also some loose Airgraphs and photographs contained in the album. Images show a selection of the Airgraphs, all being of a similar quality. Photograph album is finished in dark maroon imitation crocodile skin.
COMMUNIST PARTY NOVERBER 1945 COUNCIL ELECTIONS HAND BILL A very good condition Communist party candidate profile hand bill. November 1st 1945 Stepney Borough (Mile End North Ward) east London candidate information and Communist party aims information election pamphlet. Excellent damage free condition…a rare item ! For those interested in this subject matter I apologise for the lack of listings over the past year…..Finding new material is not easy….
CUNARD - WHITE STAR LINE ARTWORK SHIPS POSTCARD Ships postcard for the Cunard - White Star liner RMS Majestic. Postally un-used, with slight damage to left edge as viewed.
CUNARD - WHITE STAR LINE DINNING ROOM TICKET Dinning room ticket for an un-marked SS or MV Liner. Place setting detailed in red pencil. A little folded and creased.
CUNARD - WHITE STAR LINE PROGRAMME M.V. Britannic Wednesday August 18th 1948 ships programme of events. Excellent, damage free, unmarked condition.
CUNARD ARTWORK SHIPS POSTCARDS Five artwork postcards in excellent condition, depicting five different Cunard liners, the liners being the, Lancastria, The Queen Mary, Andania, Saxonia and the Sylvania The one depicting the Andania is postally used and post marked Liverpool 1938.
CYPRUS DISTRICT (MELF) A good printed example formation sign for Cyprus District. Slightly grubby with some slight fading. Damage free, removed from a tunic.
De HAVILLAND EARLY CIVIL AVIATION PHOTOGRAPHS Early civil aviation photographs. Two photographs mounted on card backing of De Havilland aircraft ‘Atlanta’. Aircraft is standing in a fields off Balgores Lane, Gidea Park, Essex; causing much interest from adults and school boys alike. Superb early civil aviation photo studies.
DOUGHBOY TO GI (US Army Clothing and Equipment 1900 - 1945) I have a small quantity of new copies of this superb, must have book for those interested in American fighting forces clothing and equipment 1900 - 1945. Packed with collector accumulated images of actual items and period photographs and information on the equipment of these vintages, this is something of a 'bible' for collectors of American pre 1945 military equipment. Over 250 pages of concise information in hard back binding. 4 COPIES LEFT ! A heavy book I will detail any extra post once an order is made. I have only accounted for standard none insured post in the listing.
E.N.S.A. CLOTH SHOULDER TITLES A rare matched pair of E.N.S.A. (Entertainments National Service Association ) cloth shoulder titles. White embroidered lettering on black arced backing. Title detail shows wear, but are otherwise moth and damage free. E.N.S.A. was an organisation set up in 1939 by Basil Dean and Leslie Henson to provide entertainment for British armed forces personnel during World War II. ENSA operated as part of the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes. Many pre & post war well know British radio and TV personalities served with E.N.S.A. George Formby, Gracie Fields and Frankie Howerd to name but a few.
EARLY CIVIL AVIATION ‘FLYING BOAT’ HOLIDAY BROCHURE An early civil aviation ’Global Holiday Adventures’ (Sunderland) Flying Boat holiday brochure. Details holidays to southern Europe and the Mediterranean, with the main legs of the journeys being covered by flying boat. Excellent complete damage free condition.
EARLY PATTERN RAF PILOT BREVET A fine example of an RAF pilot brevet in keeping with the construction of an RFC brevet. Narrow wing detail, showing high quality manufacture. Moth and damage free, clean brevet very probably of 1920's / early 30's vintage.
EAST ANGLIAN DISTRICT A good used printed East Anglian districts formation sign. Slightly grubby, but in damage free condition.
END OF WAR MINISTRY of FOOD 'DIET FOR THE EXPECTANT MOTHER' PAMPHLET Again with the attitude of turning from death to life with the wars end, a lovely little 13 page pamphlet detailing healthy living and diet for expectant mothers. Produced by the Ministry of Food, preparing for the baby boom of 1946, this gives good plain practical advice on self care, and, don't forget still on ration. Excellent damage free condition.
END OF WAR SOCIAL HISTORY (BARRACK ROOM TABLE) EPHEMERA 'HEALTH & EFFICIENCY' APRIL 1945 With the end of the war nigh, killing and death were perhaps giving way to other thoughts. As such here is a copy of the 'famous' monthly 'adult' magazine 'Health & Efficiency'. The magazine contains a good number of adds for a healthier life style interspersed with articles on naturism with typical black and white images of the 'nude form'. Very much an item of its day ! Damage free condition.
ERII RAF BERET BADGE A good untouched ERII RAF beret badge. All gilt finish remaining. Mounted on a black wool felt backing.
ESSEX & SOUTHEND-ON-SEA CONSTABULARY CAP BADGE A good bright QC cap badge to the Essex & Southend-on-Sea constabulary. Untouched condition complete with reverse fitting slider.
FAIREY AIRCRAFT Co. SPORTS & RECREATION BADGE Fairey Aircraft Company Sports & Recreation Club chrome and enamel lapel badge. Slight enamel chipping to blue enamel work. Lapel button hole fitting to reverse. Maker marked ‘Thomas Fattorini Ltd. Regent St Birmingham‘.
FIELD MARSHAL MONTGOMERY REUTERS PRESS PHOTOGRAPH (1) An excellent condition press photograph of Field Marshal Montgomery receiving an Australian Victory flag from Mr J.A Beasley Australian Resident Minister July 11th 1946. Photograph is approx 205mm X 115mm and is in damage and crease free condition, complete with its reverse descriptive 'flimsy' and Reuters press agency stamping.
FIELD MARSHAL MONTGOMERY REUTERS PRESS PHOTOGRAPH (2) An excellent condition press photograph of Field Marshal Montgomery, leaving for Moscow, January 4th 1947 Photograph is approx 205mm X 115mm and is in damage and crease free condition, complete with its reverse descriptive 'flimsy' and Reuters press agency stamping.
FIELD MARSHAL MONTGOMERY REUTERS PRESS PHOTOGRAPH (3) An excellent condition press photograph of Field Marshal Montgomery, leaving the Law Courts for Guildhall in an open carriage where he was to be made an Honorary Freeman of the City of London, July 18th 1946. Photograph is approx 205mm X 115mm and is in damage and crease free condition, complete with its reverse descriptive 'flimsy' and Reuters press agency stamping.
FIELD MARSHAL MONTGOMERY REUTERS PRESS PHOTOGRAPH (4) An excellent condition press photograph of Field Marshal Montgomery, leaving for Canada, August 19th 1946. A very nice 'study' of the Field Marshal ! Photograph is approx 205mm X 115mm and is in damage and crease free condition, complete with its reverse descriptive 'flimsy' and Reuters press agency stamping.
FIELD MARSHAL MONTGOMERY REUTERS PRESS PHOTOGRAPH (5) An excellent condition press photograph of Field Marshal Montgomery, at Bovington camp October 5th 1946, taking the salute at a passing out parade of Royal Armoured Corps cadets. A very nice 'study' of the Field Marshal ! Photograph is approx 205mm X 115mm and is in damage and crease free condition, complete with its reverse descriptive 'flimsy' and Reuters press agency stamping. This and the previous four listings carries the Reuters printed stamping to the photograph reverse. It is shown only the once here on this listing. It is the same for all five Montgomery photographs !
FIRE GUARD SECTOR CAPTAIN SHOULDER TITLE A rare printed ’Fire Guard Sector Captain’ cloth shoulder title. White lettering on navy blue backing. Slightly grubby. Excellent un-issued condition.
FLEET AIR ARM AIRCRAFT CARRIER AVIATION PHOTOGRAPH Fleet Air Arm photograph of I believe a Sword Fish Bi - plane being brought up from its hanger and readied for flight on an aircraft carrier. Very good condition with two small corner creases. No text or captions to reverse. Approx 15 X 10 cms.
FORMATION SIGN DISTRICTS ALDERSHOT A very good condition machine embroidered on felt, Districts Aldershot formation sign. Damage and wear free. Slightly grubby.
FORMATION SIGN DISTRICTS EAST KENT A good condition paint printed, Districts East Kent formation sign. Slight wear to obverse due to use.
FORMATION SIGN DISTRICTS NORTH MIDLAND A very good condition printed, Districts North Midland formation sign. Damage and wear free. Appears unused.
FORMATION SIGN DISTRICTS NORTHERN IRELAND A very good condition printed, Districts Northern Ireland formation sign. Damage and wear free.
FORMATION SIGN HOME COMMAND NORTHERN A very good condition printed, Home Command Northern formation sign. Damage and wear free.
FORMATION SIGN HOME COMMANDS NORTHERN EASTER (1947) A very good condition printed, Home Commands Northern Easter (1947) formation sign. Damage and wear free. Appears unused.
FORMATION SIGN THE LANCASTRIAN BRIGADE A very good condition machine embroidered on felt, Lancastrian Brigade formation sign. Damage and wear free.
FORMATION SIGN THE WESSEX BRIGADE A very good condition printed, Wessex Brigade formation sign. Damage and wear free.
FORMATION SIGNS EAST ANGLIAN DISTRCT EASTERN COMMAND A very good condition machine embroidered on felt, matched facing pair, East Anglian District Eastern Command. Very slight moth.
FORMATION SIGNS HOME COMMANDS SOUTH EASTERN A very good condition paint printed, matched pair, Home Commands South Eastern. Slight wear to both obverse due to wear.
GERMAN AWARDS & DECORATIONS 1871 - 1945 by KLAUS D. PATZWALL An excellent pocket size reference catalogue of Imperial and Third Reich awards badges and decorations, with mid 1980’s price guide. Excellent for carry to fairs as a cross reference….as new condition.
GERMAN LUGER STRIPPING TOOL A Luger pistol stripping tool. A nice crisp manufactured item with no maker details or serial numbers; so a difficult item to put a vintage on……with no marking details. this item will suit all pistol and holster assemblies ! A nice thing to finish off a holster assembly….
GERMAN THIRD REICH KREIGSMARINE POSTCARD PHOTO PORTRAIT A good head and shoulders, studio posed photo portrait of a serving sailor with the Kreigsmarine. I posted a similar item (106512 now sold & deleted) to this a few weeks ago. This listing was acquired along with the other, this one being with an ink annotation and date 1942 to the reverse (see images). Good uniform detail, showing winter service navy blue attire. Excellent damage free condition. Card / photographer details to the reverse.
GERMAN:- THIRD REICH 'PACK FILLER' REPAIR THREAD A nice period pack filler of black repair thread in un-opened condition. Nice period label.
GERMAN:- THIRD REICH 'POCKET / PACK FILLER' PIPE TOBACCO A good un-opened / un-used pack of Third Reich vintage pipe tobacco. Paper wrapper in excellent damage free condition, complete with its paper tape military issue label. Nice personal item.
GERMAN:- THIRD REICH 'U' BOAT WAR BADGE A fine example of a 'field' used war badge as awarded to U-Boat crew men. Early / mid war example produced badge, showing fine detail, but with the loss (as is common for this vintage of badge) 85 - 90% of its gilt wash finish. Reverse with a thick needle (vertical) pin fitting. Pin hinge assembly and keeper hook in excellent firm condition. No maker details to the reverse.
GERMAN:- THIRD REICH 1934 - 38 NSDAP POLITICAL LEADERS ‘TRADITION’ SHIRT A very nice condition, ‘Tradition’ brown shirt as worn by a political leader. Ortsgruppen level political leader with the rank of Stellenleiter (Department Leader) showing political leader insignia of the III type worn from 1934 - 38. Single silver ‘L’ political leader collar patches piped in blue indicating the political level of Orts. Early printed and multi-piece construction cotton armband, to the upper left sleeve. All matching none, RZM maker marked buttons indicating again early use. Condition is outstanding with two small repairs to both shoulders. Very light surface, none active moth to the collar patches. Some wear to the printed armband. All buttons are detachable, held in place by split rings, with slight rusting. Good maker / tailor label to the inner rear collar with maker detailed hanger loop (see images). Pockets appear to have had badges / awards attached at some time Superb, un - interfered with condition.
GERMAN:- THIRD REICH 1934 - 38 POLITICAL LEADERS FOUR POCKET SERVICE DRESS TUNIC (1) An Ortsgruppen level of command, four pocket service dress tunic, probably a second / Sunday best tunic in outstanding condition. Tunic is best described as pristine condition, and shows very little / light use. Tunic is with an un-piped collar. Matching 1934 - 38 pattern double ‘L’ collar patches for the rank of Hauptstellenleiter (Head Department Leader) in gold bullion and a multi-piece party armband in red wool. Left breast pocket is with medal / badge loops, with matching loops above the pocket for a ribbon bar (showing awards have at some time been worn). Correct narrow WW1 iron cross medal ribbon to the upper-most button loop. All matching buttons, with the four pocket buttons of a slightly lighter gilt. RZM label to the left breast inner pocket. All insignia is in matching condition to each other and the tunic itself. No name or owner details. A truly stunning condition tunic of this lowly level of political leader of the mid 1930’s, which I doubt could be bettered for condition. MONS MILITARY ANTIQUES:- reiterates with this and the next four listings; that it sells military antiques and moments in time. It does not promote or expound the politics behind such items. They are listed purely as items of historic interest / value.
GERMAN:- THIRD REICH 1934 - 38 POLITICAL LEADERS FOUR POCKET SERVICE DRESS TUNIC (2) A good ‘salty’ used condition, Ortsgruppen level of command, four pocket service dress tunic. Tunic is slightly grubby and is with service wear, in keeping with ‘every day’ use. Tunic is with a piped blue collar of a tailoring indicating private purchase. Matching 1934 - 38 pattern double ‘L’ collar patches for the rank of Hauptstellenleiter (Head Department Leader) in gold bullion and a multi-piece party armband in red cotton. Left breast pocket is with a pair of medal loops, with matching loops above the pocket for a ribbon bar. One button appears replaced. Their is no tailor label or RZM label to the liner or inner pockets. No name or owner details. A ‘fabulous’ example of a used working tunic of the period !
GERMAN:- THIRD REICH AFRIKA CORPS RANK PIP An excellent condition rank pip for a senior private in denim material with a blue grey AK pip. Complete with its denim finishing border. Slightly grubby with some rust staining, to obverse and reverse.
GERMAN:- THIRD REICH AFRIKA KORPS ARMY BREAST EAGLE A superb example of this iconic service eagle used in the early stages of the desert campaign. Blue grey BeVo detail on sand brown light denim backing. Cut to shape, with evidence of being removed from a tunic Superb item !
GERMAN:- THIRD REICH ARMY PANZER CAP EAGLE A very nice un-touched example of an army panzer side cap eagle. White fine BeVo detail on black backing. Un-cut backing, with the detail slightly grubby but in damage free condition.
GERMAN:- THIRD REICH DE-NAZIFIED ARMY STEEL ENLISTED MANS BELT BUCKLE An olive green steel buckle with its brown leather belt tab. All paint finish is lost to the obverse with the swastika de-nazified neatly by a 'punch'. Reverse in excellent condition with 90% original finish remaining. Very nice attached leather tab with good clear date marking 1941. A nice buckle showing much character !
GERMAN:- THIRD REICH DE-NAZIFIED ORG. TODT CAP EAGLE A fine detailed example a rare Organisation Todt cap eagle as torn from a cap. The wreath and swastika are missing ! Earth brown backing, with fine white BeVo weave thread detail. This is a moment in time item....it is however a shame its damaged as its a very rare eagle.
GERMAN:- THIRD REICH FIRE POLICE SHOULDER RANK BOARD A good used example of a fire police officers uniform shoulder board. Multi-piece construction police board, with distinctive 'pink' underlay. A little grubby, but other wise in moth and damage free condition.
GERMAN:- THIRD REICH GAU LEVEL IV PATTERN 1939 - 45 POLITICAL LEADER SERVICE DRESS PEAKED CAP Recently, cellar found in Germany within the last 18 months IV pattern political leader service dress cap, for a party member serving at Gau level. Given the cap has been stored for many years in a damping cellar, its in surprising good condition. Their is damp staining throughout, and the red piping colour has run slightly into the cap body. Their are various snags and wear areas to the cap crown, but again surprisingly the cap is moth free. All fittings are correct and present and are in un-touched condition. No RZM label, and the celluloid upper diamond is only partially present. Cap is in good saddle shape. A rare level of political leader cap to now find. Priced to allow for the ‘cellar damage’. MONS MILITARY ANTIQUES:- reiterates with this and the previous four listings; that it sells military antiques and moments in time. It does not promote or expound the politics behind such items. They are listed purely as items of historic interest / value.
GERMAN:- THIRD REICH GENERAL ASSAULT BADGE A crisp example of the Waffen SS / Wehrmacht Heer general assault badge. Fine obverse detail, which is in damage free condition. Reverse, partially voided, with a heavy (vertical) needle pin fitting. Pin hinge assembly and keeper hook held in situe buy two 'rivets'. Good crisp, very clear maker mark 'JFS' within a square border.
GERMAN:- THIRD REICH HEER INFANTRY FELDWEBEL RANK SHOULDER BOARD A good combat tunic example of a detachable infantry Feldwebel's rank shoulder board. White piped board with grey silk tressing on field grey with a single silver pip. Fitting strap in matching condition. A little grubby, but other wise in moth and damage free condition.
GERMAN:- THIRD REICH HITLER YOUTH BELT & BUCKLE (STEEL) A war time produced low quality service belt and buckle for a Hitler Youth junior member. Steel buckle with nickel plate finish, now with some surface rust, and plating loss. Black leather belt is in good serviceable, supple condition with an affixed matching steel buckle keeper. No visible maker details to belt or buckle. (I have not removed the buckle from the belt to fully inspect the inside of the buckle).
GERMAN:- THIRD REICH HITLER YOUTH BREAD BAG A good, used condition brown canvas bread bag with brown leather trim. All fittings and buttons present. Wear to the bag due to honest use, with one small wear hole (see images). Faint name marking on the inner flap and body of the bag.
GERMAN:- THIRD REICH HITLER YOUTH SPORTS VEST EMBLEM A good, un-used example of the Hitler Youth sports vest emblem. BeVo woven detail, in excellent damage free, slightly grubby condition. Age storage only. No woven maker detail to the reverse of the emblem. Used by both male and female HJ members on their respective sports clothing tops.
GERMAN:- THIRD REICH K98 SERVICE BAYONET & FROG (LOW PRODUCTION RUN NUMBERS) A very nice K98 bayonet and frog in excellent used damage free condition with low production run matching numbers to scabbard and blade etc. Scabbard is in very good condition with much of its blue finish worn off and only two very, very small dents visible. Grip in matching very good condition with damage free Bakelite grips. Rifle release button in good firm working order,. Blade is in exceptional condition with most bluing remaining. Black leather frog is with wear but is damage free and carries a maker mark to its rear. (See images). Good clear maker mark and very low two digit matching production run number to blade and scabbard ‘73’. Waffenamt stamps to bayonet and scabbard. A very, very nice item made all the better with the low matching numbers. Age verification required with this item 21 years !
GERMAN:- THIRD REICH KdF CRUISE TICKET A very nice German Labour Front KdF (Kraft Dutch Freud / Strength Through Joy) Mediterranean cruise ticket 20th Feb 2 March 1939, on the 'Sierra Cordoba'. Super art work cover with the reverse carrying the payment stamp of 300R.M for the cruise. Mint damage free condition. Under the Third Reich, German workers through hard work could qualify for a free cruise on a KdF ship. It was however more common for a family / individual to actually pay for a subsidised cruise on a 'single class' vessel. (Last image is of the Sierra Córdoba).
GERMAN:- THIRD REICH KREIGSMARINE ENLISTED MANS BREAST EAGLE Yellow fine BeVo weave, detail on navy blue backing. Eagle is cut to shape and is now grubby with use / storage. A very nice crisp looking eagle, in damage free condition.
GERMAN:- THIRD REICH LUFTWAFFE ENLISTED MANS BREAST EAGLE A good used, removed from a tunic, Luftwaffe enlisted mans breast eagle. Excellent moth and damage free condition, with eagle detail in fine thread. Slightly grubby, with evidence of removal from a tunic.
GERMAN:- THIRD REICH LUFTWAFFE TROPICAL CAP EAGLE A nice example of a Luftwaffe tropical cap eagle, being in white thread detail on tan denim backing. Grubby condition, but other-wise damage free.
GERMAN:- THIRD REICH ORTSGRUPPEN LEVEL III PATTERN 1934 - 38 POLITICAL LEADER SERVICE DRESS PEAKED CAP A superb condition peaked cap for Ortsgruppen service level with blue piping, silver chin cords, silver fitting buttons and central swastika cockade only. Condition is pristine throughout with only light service wear. Cap is complete moth free, and clean throughout. Interior of the cap matches the exterior for condition and wear. Central celluloid plain diamond is present and in damage free condition. RZM label present under the cap head band. One small area of cracking to the head band where to peak is attached to the cap body. Size, would best be described as small and in keeping with the vintage. Would be hard to better for condition. (Fourth patten insignia caps from the summer of 1939 onward carried the addition of a central gilt oak leaf surround to the central swastika cockade).
GERMAN:- THIRD REICH POLICE OFFICER CAP EAGLE A very nice condition aluminium cap eagle for the German Third Reich police service. Crisp obverse detail. Reverse with both its brass wire fittings pins in situe and in good strong condition. Good clear maker detail to the reverse (see images).
GERMAN:- THIRD REICH POLICE OFFICER SLEEVE EAGLE A good condition, field used, police officer, sleeve eagle in silver bullion wire on field grey backing. Wire is showing wear to the eagle wing extremities, otherwise in excellent damage and moth free condition. With this field grey backing, this eagle was worn by police units serving in occupied territories.
GERMAN:- THIRD REICH POLITICAL LEADER BELT & BUCKLE A good used (4th pattern political leader insignia) brown leather belt and gilt aluminium buckle and keeper. Belt leather is supple and serviceable. Buckle and keeper are in very good condition with 80% plus gilt finish remaining. The buckle and keeper have 'stretched' (see images) with wear but are in good strong condition none-the-less. Good clear RZM and maker details M4 / 116 Slight scuffing to the belt leather to reverse as worn. A nice untouched item.
GERMAN:- THIRD REICH PRE-WAR ARMY BREAST EAGLE Fine wire thread detail on an earth grey backing, mounted on field grey wool. Used removed from a tunic, in excellent grubby condition. Small area to obverse staining. Reverse with traces of paper glue where removed from a tunic.
GERMAN:- THIRD REICH TROPICAL SERVICE KRIEGSMARINE BREAST EAGLE A fine example of a Kriegsmarine enlisted mans shirt tropical service breast eagle, in gold brown fine BeVo thread detail on a light tan backing. Used removed from a shirt, in excellent damage free condition.
GERMAN:- THIRD REICH WAR MERIT CROSS FIRST CLASS WITHOUT SWORDS A good used / worn, mid-late war quality pin back award cross in first class without swords. Traces of the silver finish remains to the obverse and reverse. Cross is damage free and is complete with its reverse flat fitting pin and retainer hook. Maker number to the centre reverse of the medal '3'. Veteran 'pick-up' !
GERMAN:- THIRD REICH WOUND BADGE III GRADE A field used wound badge in black III class. Excellent damage free condition with 85% plus black finish remaking to obverse and reverse, with finish wear to high points of the badge obverse only. Reverse with good thick needle pin fitting, with the pin hinge and pin keeper in excellent 'strong' condition.
GERMAN:- THIRD REICH, RETURN of the SAAR-LAND PROPAGANDA 'STAMP' A mint condition (un-used) propaganda stamp 'used' in the promotion and 'push' for the return of the Saar-land to German, Third Reich rule after its confiscation under the Treaty of Versailles and League of Nations Mandate from 1920 onward. The Saar district was a very important coal producing area on the Franco-German border. Its return to the Reich, "Heim zum Reich" campaign was the first step that Nazi Germany took in ending the 'heavy handed' Treaty at the end of WW1 penalising Germany in reparations for the 'monetary cost' of the war. This is a paper item intended for 'the moment'. Items such as this were not manufactured with longevity in mind. Its like (and similar items of what ever nationality) are of immence historic value, a statement of the times and place they are from ! A superb moment in time item....the only one of its type I have ever encountered !
GERMAN:-THIRD REICH 'BRITISH SOLDIER TAKEN' WAR SOUVENIR BELT I will open this description by saying that this item is not easy to show at its best with photographs….It is best appreciated when viewed in the ‘flesh’. A German army enlisted-mans belt and buckle that has been ‘decorated’ with Third Reich war souvenir badges and British cap badges alike (their is also one American Rifle-mans item). The belt may have been a ‘work in progress’ as there are older puncture holes for other badges which presumably were lost. All badges present have been in situe for a considerable time with the badges now showing an imprint into the leather and with an accumulation of dust and verdigris behind those fixed into place. Some items are held in place by their own fittings, but a number of the German badges are with broken reverse fittings and are held in place with copper and steel wire. There are four Third Reich military award badges and 3 Nazi political related badges, and various WW2 vintage British cap badges / titles. The buckle is in pebbled aluminium with matching aluminium keep clasp. Buckle with maker details to reverse. A superb period made item in ’damage’ free condition. View all images to appreciate all the badges present ! (Such belt & buckle ‘assemblies’ were a favourite war souvenir keep by British troops, making the belts up as their war / occupation service brought new items to them. This is the most complete item of its type I have encountered in a long time. As with all war souvenirs they were illegal to keep by British troops. Some however made it to the UK and have survived their storage for ‘70 odd years’).
GERMAN:-THIRD REICH 1941 PRODUCED 20ltr. 'GERRY CAN' A very good condition 20ltr petrol/diesel 'Gerry Can'. Can is rust free and has clear German maker details, date, Wehrmacht use marking and Waffenamt stamping (see images). The can has use denting, but as stated is rust free and appears free from puncturing. Filler cap in good working order, and complete with its rubber sealing grommet. Can has been repainted,not recently with British army green paint typical of the 1950's (Would very probably hold fluid but sold as a collectable rather than an item intended for the use of holding motor fuel).
GERMAN:-THIRD REICH 25 YEAR FAITHFUL SERVICE CROSS Third Reich 25 year civilian municipal / government official work force Faithful Service Cross. A very good condition cross with wear to high points only. Mounted on an original length of corn flower blue ribbon. No enamel damage to central Swastika. Veteran ‘Pick -up’ !
GERMAN:-THIRD REICH ARMY (HEER) PRE-WAR PARATROOPER QUALIFICATION BADGE An extremely rare Army paratrooper qualification badge…instituted for the ‘New German Army’ September 1937. Due to the scarcity of this badge I have made an extensive research / comparison of known original examples and studied known accepted text to validate its originality before listing. The two toned finish when now viewed from the obverse is now difficult to determine. The wreath and eagle are now of a similar appearance. When viewed from the reverse the eagle has its original silver finish partially remaining with evidence of the gilt wreath present to low points of the badge both obverse and reverse. As is correct there is no maker details . The eagle is held to the wreath in the correct place and manner by two small ‘domed’ rivets, with the eagle still firmly attached to the wreath. Thick needle pin fitting with correct hinge and hook assembly. Excellent untouched / uncleaned condition !
GERMAN:-THIRD REICH ARMY UNTEROFFICER LATE WAR RANK SHOULDER STRAP Third Reich Army enlisted mans late war Unterofficer‘s slip on rank shoulder strap, in field grey. No waffenfarbe as is the case with some late war produced items. Complete with fitting strap. Excellent used item showing field use and now with some slight mothing. This item was a Channel Islanders ‘veteran’ find/keep.
GERMAN:-THIRD REICH KREIGSMARINE TRADE BADGE A mint un-used Defensive Ordnance Kreigsmarine trade badge. Excellent condition, yellow thread detail on navy blue wool oval backing. An un-common trade badge ! Moth and damage free. ‘Veteran Pick-up’ The following Third Reich insignia listings are from a batch of veteran ‘pick-ups’ that have never been offered on the market before. They were purchased from the veterans family after they were found while clearing the veterans effects. The veteran served with the British army during WW2 and as a 'regular' was stationed in Germany immediately after the end of hostilities and well into 1946.
GERMAN:-THIRD REICH LUFTSCHUTZ FIRE EXTINGUISHER Similarly as with the previous listing an item not intended for longevity, being one of the simplest forms of fire / incendiary extinguisher. A multi-ply heavy paper bag intended to be filled with earth or sand and simply thrown at the base of a small localised fire. Pictorial and text instructions for use on the bags exterior.
GERMAN:-THIRD REICH LUFTWAFFE ENLISTED MANS STEEL SERVICE BUCKLE A good, field used Luftwaffe field service buckle in painted steel. Dent and damage free, with approx. 65% original blue finish remaining to its obverse and 90% to its reverse. Keeper and buckle attachment bar in good firm working order.
GERMAN:-THIRD REICH LUFTWAFFE HAUPTMAN SHOULDER STRAP A good untouched Luftwaffe Hauptman's detachable shoulder strap. Black underlay in this instant indicating a member of Luftwaffe Construction Engineers. (Black underlay prior to June 1939 was utilised by Luftwaffe Air Ministry Staff.....my own experience of this earlier branch of service waffenfarbe has shown smaller sized pips for this vintage of Air Staff shoulder insignia....hence my listing this as an Engineer). Good grubby used condition, complete with fitting strap. Veteran pick-up !
GERMAN:-THIRD REICH LUFTWAFFE LEUTNANT SHOULDER STRAPS A good used ‘worn pair’ of un-common to find General Staff shoulder straps. Silver grey overlay on crimson underlay. Moth and damage free. It should be said that their is a slight difference in the construction of one strap to the other, and a 'shade' difference in the underlay colour...these have obviously however been worn as a pair. Veteran pick-up !
GERMAN:-THIRD REICH MINIATURE POLICE BAYONET A super veteran pick up, new to the market. A fine example, miniature Third Reich police bayonet. Approximately a half size bayonet showing all the detail of its full size counter part with the exception of the leather frog keeper. No maker details to the blade. Good, slightly grubby, untouched, damage free condition. (The length of this item when in the scabbard is approx 23.5cms.) Veteran Pick-Up ! (Much debate still abounds as to the 'reason' for miniature side arms. Sales men did carry miniature examples of the full size equivalents, to show potential buyers. It is however fair to say that they were also used as presentation pieces as well as desk ornaments / letter openers).
GERMAN:-THIRD REICH POLICE SERVICE BAYONET & BELT FROG A good un-touched Police service bayonet. Black painted scabbard with chromed fittings to the bayonet handle. Black diced grip, complete with its leather belt frog. Good clear Eickhorn maker mark to blade. Some period sharpening / grinding to blade tip (see images). ‘Veteran Pick-up’ Buyer age verification required with this item, 21 years. Also, it is the buyers responsibility to make sure this item is importable into their own country if buying from outside the UK.
GERMAN:-THIRD REICH POLITICAL CAP EAGLE A mid / late war example of an NSDAP cap eagle in gilt. Gilt wash aluminium eagle, now a tad grubby to the obverse and very clean to the reverse. Three wire pin fittings present with good clear RZM and maker M1 / 161. Nice untouched condition. Veteran Pick-Up !
GERMAN:-THIRD REICH RECTANGULAR BUNTING FLAG Another moment in time item, not intended for longevity, being a paper bunting flag, complete with its wooden support pole, phinial ends and original support cord The flag again, given its age is in magnificent double sided condition, with some slight fading and age spotting to what would be called the flags obverse. A rare item to find in this condition. This and the previous listing were the sort of paper flag used on mass for various Party events....for obvious reasons, found stocks were destroyed en-mass at the wars end, and as such are now something of a rarity to survive, especially in this condition.
GERMAN:-THIRD REICH S.A SERVICE BUCKLE (1) A very nice single piece manufactured S.A. Buckle in brass. Very nice detail to the buckle obverse and reverse, with a 'solid' mobile swastika to the buckle centre. Reverse with a good firm keeper bar and buckle attachment fitting. No maker details.
GERMAN:-THIRD REICH S.A. SERVICE BUCKLE (2) A very nice two piece manufactured S.A. Buckle in brass, with centrally affixed detail. Very nice detail to the buckle obverse with the as correct plain reverse. Central detail with a 'nice high-lighted' mobile central swastika. Reverse with a good firm keeper bar (with some surface rusting) and integral buckle attachment fitting. No maker details.
GERMAN:-THIRD REICH SKELETAL SET of LEATHER FIELD EQUIPMENT A fabulous set of homogenous, untouched leather (Army) field equipment. Set consists of the belt & buckle, ammunition pouches, 'Y' straps and bayonet frog. The overall condition is very, very good, with only some of the leathers stitching namely to the buckle keeper flap having suffered from age storage. All the leather is supple and very handle-able. All fittings are present and in matching condition throughout. The steel buckle, with much of its original finish remaining is matched with a steel keeper, with the buckle showing light field use, and no damage Their are various date and issue markings throughout the leather work and buckle, which in some cases are difficult to read (see various images). The belt leather is dated 1940, the pouches 194X. The set has been well stored for many years in France, and has only recently come into my possession and has never been offered in the market before. I very nice piece of German field equipment that would be hard to better for use and age match !
GERMAN:-THIRD REICH TRIANGULAR BUNTING FLAG A moment in time item, not intended for longevity, being a paper bunting flag, complete with its string tie mounts. The flag given its age is in magnificent double sided condition, with only a couple of small creases and minor age spots. A rare item to find in this condition.
GERMAN:-THIRD REICH VINTAGE MERCEDES BENZ LAPEL PIN A pre WW2 vintage Mercedes Benz employees lapel / tie pin. Excellent condition nickel silver emblem on candy twist mounting pin. ‘Veteran Pick-up’
GERMAN:-THIRD REICH WAR MERIT CROSS 2nd CLASS LAPEL RIBBON Lapel ribbon as worn on civilian every day dress. Ribbon with affixed bronze crossed swords, mounted on a button hole fitting. Button hole fitting with maker mark.
GERMAN:-THIRD REICH WAR ORDER of the GERMAN CROSS A super used example of the War Order of the German Cross, commonly named the ‘German Cross’ This award ‘badge’ is in excellent damage free condition with only age and service wear. Its multi-piece construction is held together by a four rivet reverse assembly (indicating it is of German rather than Austrian manufacture). The broad fitting pin is maker numbered 20, this being ‘C.F. Zimmerman Pforzheim’. The black enamelled centre swastika is damage free, there is however wear / finish loss to the white field that it sits in (see images). There is minor finish lose / wear throughout, hence I would rate this item as an 8/10. The award is of the correct know manufacturer dimensions. A nice untouched item !
GERMAN:-THIRD REICH WAR SERVICE CROSS II CLASS WITH SWORDS A mid / late war example of this 'iconic' cross for service during the Third Reich period of war government. Grey alloy medal typical of the late war period mounted on a shortened length or original ribbon. Rare for its vintage, the suspender ring is maker numbered 45 Veteran Pick-Up!
GERMAN:-THIRD REICH ‘SMALL GARDENERS’ ASSOCIATION BADGE A very rare members badge for the Reichsbund Deutscher Klein Gartner’ (National Small Gardeners Association). Excellent condition silvered two piece made badge with green translucent enamel. Correct undamaged brooch pin fitting to reverse with maker details. (see images). ‘Veteran pick-up’
GERMAN:-THIRD:-REICH MOTHERS CROSS I CLASS IN GOLD A good condition mothers cross in gold. Medal is on an original length of grubby neck ribbon. Tri-coloured enamel is in the main damage free, with only a small area of cracking to the bottom arm at the extreme right when viewed….This is probably due to the medal being dropped. Awarded to 'mother's of the Reich' bearing 8 or more children. Veteran ‘Pick-up’ !
GERMAN;- THIRD REICH HITLER YOUTH BELT & BUCKLE (ALUMINIUM) A very nice, early manufacture Hitler youth junior members service belt and buckle. Super quality aluminium buckle, showing honest use with light wear only. Quality belt leather, complete with its matching aluminium buckle keeper. Belt leather is sized 95 and is with interior markings (see images). Buckle marked RZM M4/46. A very nice untouched assembly.
GERMANY’S PEACE TERMS (EARLY WAR PAMPHLET) Right wing point of view pamphlet detailing the Marquess of Tailstock’s (a British Fascist supporter) terms secured from the German Government to bring about an armistice between Britain and Germany, and German assurances regarding the governing of central Europe. I do not believe this was a British Union sponsored pamphlet, it being a more independent produced right wing political hand bill, aimed at bring hostilities to an end.
GIRL GUIDE SHIRT BADGES 3 fairly modern Girl Guide shirt badges. One Girl Guide and two proficiency badges. All three removed from a shirt.
GLAMORGAN CONSTABULARY BUTTON A good untouched / unpolished KC Glamorgan constabulary button. Common maker details to reverse.
GRAF SPEE The 1958 (third impression) paper back book ‘Graf Spee’ by ‘Michael Powell’ 224 page book detailing the Graf Spee incident in 1939 and the subject of the feature film ‘The Battle of the River Plate‘ staring Peter Finch & Bernard Lee. Some fragility to the spine.
GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY SMALL TUNIC BUTTON A nice condition, small tunic button for a uniformed rail worker with the Great Western Railway. Maker:- Webb Campion & Sons Untouched damage free condition.
HELP CHINA, LAPEL PIN ‘Help China’, flag day lapel pin. Very good damage free condition. Fitting pin absent, Date purchased inked to the reverse.
HELP SOUGHT....GERMAN:- THIRD REICH BROWN ON WHITE SUMMER SERVICE EAGLE I am having difficulty in definitively identifying this eagle. I’ve asked every where....the great and the good unable to help ! Its in tan brown BeVo thread detail on a white, light denim backing. Its been used and removed from a tunic. Any one know and care to share their knowledge ?
HELP WANTED:- ‘FASCISTI’ LAPEL BADGE in ORANGE -:HELP WANTED I have owned this badge for over 25 years. It came to me via a house clearance company that I used to buy from. I have, on and off researched and researched what this badge is for the entire time I have owned it. I have had apocryphal information as to what it is or for that matter is not, over all this time. My own academic research has found nothing on the badge in ‘Fascisti’ records that I have been lucky enough to find and look into. The badge is for sale, but I would primarily like to find out the ‘whys and wherefores’ as to what this unusual badge is, ‘real or otherwise‘ (see below). The source it originated from indicates it is of a vintage, but without hard facts I can confirm nothing. The most informative information I have on it is that it is an early rank badge, used prior to badges with lower rank scrolls. The issue number is low which would bare this out….This again is unsubstantiated information. It has a Reg. No. and ‘Gaunt London’ maker details. The enamel work is of a high quality, unlike the enamel work on the modern black enamel copies of this badge that abound. I have never seen another badge of its type in this colour or any other, other than black enamel. Any confirmed, attributable information would be much appreciated (see below) ! With the latest e-mail response for the request for information on this badge, I thought it might be worth while mentioning some of the input, from a few of the people that have taken the time to send 'information'. Sadly nothing definitive ie. period documentation has been found / been sent forth to exactly identify this item. Information has varied from credible to down right bazaar. One of the more off the wall explanations sent to me as to what it is, is as follows:- 'They are fake badges with the black enamel smashed out of them and re-enamelled with coloured enamel to make "an interesting" item'. ....I'm open minded to most things and suggestions but this I cant accept in any way. Firstly why go to the trouble to use already black enamelled fake badges, why not use un-enamelled blanks. Secondly the badge itself would be damaged in this process, not a believable set of parameters. I have had a couple of collectors concur that its an early rank badge, but the most numerous and consistent account is that it has Northern Ireland 'Orange Men' connections. Fascist activity in the north of Ireland was as prevalent their as in the UK mainland both with the Fascisti (which this badge represents) and the BUF in the 1930's. The e-mails received state that the badge is representative of the Fascisti movement in nationalist Orange Northern Ireland. This sounds plausible, but my question would be why should an organisation make an exception of its representative colour (black) for a sub district of its own organisation. My own research (which has been substantiated by an e-mailer) is that the badge is of pre 1934 manufacture, the maker details (style) indicating this. This would be correct for the badge as effectively the Fascisti ceased to exist as working organisation beyond 1933. So it seems we have determined that its a 'real' period badge (this I never doubted given how and when etc it was found). But as for concrete hard facts as to what it is....still remains a mystery.
HMS HOOD SURVIVOR AUTOGRAPH HMS Hood survivor ‘Ted Briggs’ autograph. Signature dedication on a white card to the Royal British Legion. Card reads:- ‘ To The Royal British Legion with best wishes and grateful thanks Ted Briggs last of only three survivors HMS Hood Sadly 1418 perished on 24 May (Empire Day) 1941’. Card is written in blue biro ink. Clean and damage free condition. (1415 of the 1418 crew. actually perished)
HOME FRONT PRESS PHOTOGRAPH OF FIRE FIGHTERS FUNERAL A good large size press photograph of two fire fighters funerals at a village church. Winter scene of snow covered ground with the funeral cortège leaving the church. Damage free condition, with strangely / sadly no text or caption to the reverse.
IMPERIAL GERMAN AVIATOR PHOTOGRAPH POST CARD STUDIO PORTRAIT A very nice signed and dated photographic post card, studio portrait of a WW1 German aviator. Card is in excellent, clean damage free condition, and is postally (FeldPost) used. The reverse has text in black ink and my bad German translates that the card is written from an air field. The bulk of the text needs proper translation. The signature (dated 1915) I have researched but have been un-able to definitively identify. FeldPost franked with the date 11 - 10 - 15.
IMPERIAL GERMAN EARLY ENLISTED MANS WW1 BUCKLE A 'nice' field used enlisted mans two piece manufacture belt buckle in brass with the central motif and motto plaque separately applied in nickel. Wear and minor denting to the buckle obverse. Reverse clean and showing clearly the buckles construction. No maker details as is common.
IMPERIAL GERMAN ENLISTED MANS BELT BUCKLE AND LEATHER TAB A very nice, early war brass buckle with nickel central plate and still with its leather tab. Buckle is in good untouched unpolished condition, with its brown leather tab. Tab appears to be in marked or dated. Nice item !
IMPERIAL GERMAN ENLISTED MANS EARLY BELT & BUCKLE A 'dusty' untouched Imperial German enlisted mans service belt and buckle. Two piece buckle in brass with nickel centre national motif. Grubby brown, lighter weight belt leather in supple serviceable condition, with a steel keeper buckle. Faint size detail to the belt leather buckle tab, with no maker mark or wearer details.
IMPERIAL GERMAN ENLISTED MANS WAR ECONOMY ALL STEEL BELT BUCKLE (2) An excellent condition Imperial German enlisted mans belt buckle, war economy made in all steel. Buckle is possibly un-issued, and is in excellent damage free condition, with virtually all finish remaining to the obverse and reverse. Slight surface rusting to the reverse centre (see images) No maker details to reverse.
IMPERIAL GERMAN ENLISTED MANS WAR ECONOMY ALL STEEL BELT BUCKLE (3) An un-issued / un-used Imperial German enlisted mans belt buckle, mid / late war economy, made in steel. Buckle retains virtually all of its original finish to the obverse and reverse, with some surface rusting to the buckle centre reverse. Would be had to better for condition. No maker details to reverse.
IMPERIAL GERMAN FOOT ARTILLERY ENLISTED MANS SHOULDER BOARD An E.M.’s shoulder strap for the Niedersachsisches Fuss. Artillerie Regt. No 10 White board with high quality red numeral 10 with black backing. Some moth to the white obverse material.
IMPERIAL GERMAN INFANTERIA ENLISTED MANS SHOULDER BOARD (1) An E.M.’s shoulder strap for the 8th Ostpreussisches Infanteria Regt. No 45 (I. Armee-Korps) Raised 1860 White board with typical WW1 chain stitched numerals & black backing. Slightly grubby but moth free.
IMPERIAL GERMAN INFANTERIA ENLISTED MANS SHOULDER BOARD (2) An E.M.’s shoulder strap for the Infanteria Regt. Von Wittich (3 Kurhessisches) No. 83 (XI. Armee-Korps) Red board with typical WW1 chain stitched yellow numerals & steel grey backing. Very clean & moth free.
IMPERIAL GERMAN INFANTERIA ENLISTED MANS SHOULDER BOARD (3) An E.M.’s shoulder strap for the 10 Rheinsches Infanteria Regt. No. 161. (VIII. Armee-Korps) Raised 1897. Mid blue board with typical WW1 chain stitched red numerals & black backing, complete with fitting button. Very clean a & moth free.
IMPERIAL GERMAN IRON CROSS 2nd CLASS CITATION Imperial German 1917 dated award citation for the Iron Cross second class. Awarded to Kessler of the 2nd Company , 400 Infantry Regt., on 27 January 1917. Excellent condition citation which is damage free. Has been folded into four and as such is creased accordingly.
IMPERIAL GERMAN M1915 229th INF. REGT. SHOULDER STRAP Imperial German M1915 tunic shoulder board for the 229th Infantry Regt. Field Grey body with white piped edges. Heavy red thread Regt. detail. Slight mothing to grey field to obverse and reverse. Grubby used condition. WANTED:- Imperial German Enlisted Mans uniform shoulder boards….all services !
IMPERIAL GERMAN OBER-LUETNANT PAIR OF INFANTERIA REGT SHOULDER STRAPS A fine matched pair of shoulder boards for an Ober-Leutnant in the 1 Hannoversches Infanteria Regt No 74. (X Armee-Korps). Silver tressing with black hatching. White underlay, with gilt pips and numerals. Superb condition, being a little grubby. Rare to find a matched pair.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PHOTO 'SNAP' SHOTS 3 interesting Imperial German snap shot photos. German aviators posing in front of a damaged railway locomotive. Pilots badge clearly visible on one of the officers pictured. Outdoor posed image of a naval officer. The last, an outdoor posed image, showing 'interesting' army uniform detail.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PHOTO POSTCARD GROUP IMAGE (INCLUDING CHAPLAINS) A very nice clear group image of six serving German service men, two of which are in distinctive Chaplains uniform. Reverse ‘crammed’ with text in pencil and dated 1918. A rare image.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PHOTO POSTCARD UNTER-OFFICER IMAGE (2) A very good three quarter posed uniform image of a German unter-officer. Very nice tunic detail showing the award of the Iron Cross 1st Class. Plain untouched reverse.
IMPERIAL GERMAN PIONEER (SPECIALIST) LEUTNANT SHOULDER BOARD A rare board for the ‘FBO’ Festungsbauoffizier Pioneer Specialist For Fortification Construction. Silver tressing with black hatching on red wool backing with a fine gilt FOB device. Moth & damage free.....A rare board.
IMPERIAL GERMAN STUDIO PHOTO POSTCARD (3) A superb studio image showing excellent uniform detail of an enlisted man in field uniform, wearing ‘pork pie’ cap and bayonet showing regimental knot. Medals are proudly worn and visible. Plain, no text reverse.
IMPERIAL GERMAN STUDIO PHOTO POSTCARD OF TWO SERVING SOLDIERS (1) An excellent uniform study of an enlisted man and an unter officer. Both have been awarded the iron cross second class and wear peaked caps. The revers is with inked details and the date 1917
IMPERIAL GERMAN TORNISTER BACK PACK For its age, a very nice tornister back pack typical of German forces, as used in both world wars. Brown leather and canvas pack, with its distinctive fur covered back flap. All fittings present and in good serviceable condition. Fur flap is in above average condition with 85%plus of the fur remaining. Maker marked and dated separately '17 to the upper rear leather panel (see images). The leather edging to the pack flap has suffered areas of wear and some fragmenting. Interior canvas with a unit marking. Becoming a hard item to now find in this 'well above average' condition. As with most items of its type, it would benefit from some 'sympathetic', light attention to the leather work, with the application of some hide food, to ensure its longevity.
IMPERIAL GERMAN TRENCH DUG OUT CANDLE A good untouched, un-used trench dug out candle as used by the Imperial German Army during WW1. Waxed heavy card container with I believe the unit they were intended to be used by, stamped to base, underside.
INDIAN ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS SHOULDER TITLE A good condition brass I.A.O.C. shoulder title. Damage free with two loop reverse fitting.
INFORMATION REQUEST I would respectfully request any information on this item of WW2 home front ‘boiler suit’ insignia. It has I believe a connection with government / parliamentary buildings, as the owner worked in an ‘ARP’ capacity within Westminster London. The embroidery is of exceptionally high quality, with the backing made of blue denim. Any information would be much appreciated !
INTELLIGENCE CORPS COMRADES ASSOCIATION MEMBERS LIST A good, old Intelligence Corps Old Comrades Association list of members book. An excellent research aid for those interested in the Intelligence Corps. Given the number of members listed alphabetically, I should believe this to be an early produced item. Their is sadly no indication in the book as to when this edition was published. Soft card covers. Book being in excellent damage free condition.
ITALIAN FASCIST PARTY P.N.F. MEMBERSHIP PASS (1) A hard to find Italian Fascist (P.N.F.) party membership card / pass. Wallet sized card with member name and details along with date of entry into the party and sub district details. (Bolognia). Pictorial, pale blue in colour cover and text. Cover ‘number’ XVI Very good overall condition card, showing obvious signs of being carried.
ITALIAN FASCIST PARTY P.N.F. MEMBERSHIP PASS (2) A hard to find Italian Fascist (P.N.F.) party membership card / pass. Wallet sized card with member name and details along with date of entry into the party and sub district details. (Bari). Pictorial, sienna in colour cover and text. Cover ‘number’ XVIII Very good overall condition card, showing obvious signs of being carried.
ITALIAN FASCIST PARTY U.P.N.A. MEMBERSHIP PASS A very nice used / carried Air Protection / Air Raid Precaution members pass / warrant card. A good pictorial cover encompassing all the aspects of air defence. Issued to a member of the Rome UNPA (Unione Nazionale Protezione Antiaerea), on the 30 November 1936. Interestingly the rear cover is for paid yearly subscriptions….The dates range from 1935 through to 1958.
KING (FUTURE) GEOTGE VI AUTOGRAPH A good clear autograph, signed in 1931, of the future King George VI. Signed on a dinner menu of the Nottingham University Annual Conference of the Industrial Welfare Society 17th April 1931. Signed 'Albert' the future kings actual name. The menu is in excellent damage free condition, but has been removed from an album, thus showing traces of glue to the rear cover.
KOREAN WAR / WW2 ‘37 PATTERN WEBBING OFFICER PISTOL EQUIPMENT SET A good set of ‘37 pattern webbing pistol equipment which has been assembled and used as is. The belt is clearly dated 1952 with maker and WD broad arrow, compass pouch dated 1942 and the pistol holster 1941. The braces do not appear to be marked. The set is complete with a spare shoulder strap. A set of equipment clearly showing that WW2 vintage items were still in use way into the 1950’s
LISTING IN PROGRESS I am in the process of cataloguing and detailing for listing and sale a stunning archive and group of items covering one mans activity in both world wars. Serving firstly with the Army Cyclist Corps and being wounded....recuperating and reassignment to the Artillery. WW2 service with the home front services. I'm taking extreme care in sorting, grouping chronologically and detailing all elements of it to show it in the light that it deserves. This is a stunning group of badges, insignia, ephemera and photographs that details ones mans 'two world wars'....to include the bullet that wounded him in WW1 !!!! To be fully listed soon....!
LOCAL FIRE GUARD INSTRUCTOR LAPEL BADGE Local Fire Guard Instructor lapel badge. Very clean condition bi - coloured enamel on chromed brass badge. Damage free condition, with brooch pin reverse fitting, and maker details ‘J.R.Gaunt London’.
LONDON TRANSPORT 1938 AIR RAID PRECAUTION MANUAL A rare early (1938) dated ARP manual as issued to London Transport staff. 35 page linen covered booklet detailing staff responses to the various kinds of attacks expected via enemy air action. As early as 1938 civil authorities were anticipating the onset of war and as set in place their strategy for counter measures to enemy activity. A mint condition rare manual.
MACHINE GUN CORPS 2ND BATTALION MEDAL An un-issued condition 2nd Battalion Machine Gun Corps medal most popularly issued in shooting competitions. Excellent damage free condition with no issue details to reverse (see images).
MACHINE GUN CORPS OR's CAP BADGE (3) A good used, issued (early war quality) Machine Gun Corps other ranks cap badge. Heavy weight single blade slider badge with some age verdigris spotting to obverse and reverse. Excellent damage free condition with little evidence of polishing wear.
MACHINE GUN CORPS PHOTO POST CARD Studio photo post card of a Machine Gun Corps private. Good uniform and formation sign / insignia detail. Some edge creasing, Faint pencil caption to reverse.
MANTEL PIECE ‘V’ VICTORY SPILL HOLDER An excellent early plastic / perspex, (I believe) workshop made mantel piece spill holder. Black and white plastic 4 piece made mantel display victory ’V’. The base has an engraved heart with the initials ’HSS’ within. ‘V’ held to the base with a single screw. Excellent damage free condition.
MATCHED PAIR OF WW2 PRINTED BRITISH TROOPS FRANCE CLOTH FORMATION SIGNS Matched pair of WW2 printed British Troops France cloth formation signs. Mint un - issued condition.
MAY DAY 1945 (BRITISH) COMMUNIST PARTY 15 PAGE POCKET BOOKLET A small pocket booklet produced just prior to the end of hostilities in WW2 detailing the patriotic struggle against fascism and the aims of the Communist party for the British working classes. Interestingly there is no mention of the middle / upper classes or aristocracy within the pamphlet.
MILITANT CHRISTIAN PATRIOTS, ANTI-JEWISH BOOKLET Zionism and the Christian Church, published by the Militant Christian Patriots. Typical anti-Jewish literature, from this organisation with basically Nazi undertones towards the Jewish race and its quest for world domination in terms of race and economy. Mons Military Antiques must reiterate with this listing its Home Page statement, that it does not support in any way the content of this type of literature. It is sold as an historic document only.
MINI, COMMERCIALLY PRODUCED COMPASS Mini commercially produced compass, available for purchase and use by all services. As a privately purchased item this was not subject to being returned to stores after ‘use’. It was the property of the individual !
MINISTRY OF 'NATIONAL SAVINGS’ DESK PENNANT. A very nice desk pennant for the Ministry of National Savings. Silk pennant with silk thread detail, in excellent damage free condition, showing only slight age foxing and a couple of small rust stains (see images). Hung from a chrome pole and weighted base. Approx 30 cms. high.
Mons' :- Approaching winter 2017 - 2018 Autumn / Winter 2017-18 Mons Military Antiques tries to add to its site sales pages a diverse range of 1914 - 1945 military antiques and collectables, where all spend capabilities are catered for; allowing beginners as well as advanced collectors to enjoy listed items. Not all stocked items are detailed / site listed. Many items are awaiting description, photography and subsequent listing. All listed prices, unlike auction houses, are as stated and are with-out buyer premiums. Easy payment terms are also without surcharges making a purchase as easy as possible. Mons' is always happy to receive the offer of surplus to collection items, either as part exchanges or direct purchase. (As long as a seller is happy / can comply with my buy in regime, see terms 'Buying In'). The 'house-keeping chores' I have started to carry out are on going, with some being a little more time consuming than I would have liked / expected; the organisation of new stock being the worst offender in this respect. Social media is used to give a 'heads up' and prior warning on some future listings, so my Face-Book and Twitter pages are worth a look. My LI page tries to promote the need to value our uniformed services and medical personnel. Mons Military Antiques can be followed via ‘Twitter'....search & follow, Richard Archer@DICKY61ARW ....'Busy times-ahead, and much too do, and catch up on.....please remember its only me doing it all ! 'Hope to hear from you soon' ! Best regards....Richard
MPERIAL GERMAN LEUTNANT FOOT ARTILLERY SHOULDER STRAP Grey cording with white and black hatching with a yellow underlay. Common to Foot Artillery regiments, with the regiment determined by the addition of the relevant numerals. Numerals or pips have never been added to this board. Nice looking board.
My Dad....Ray Archer (Update) Thanks for all the backing and love you ever gave me. If I can be half the man that you were, I would have achieved something...see you again some time ! I'd like to thank for one last time, all the kind people in the 'militaria world' who have sent messages (and approached me personally at the fairs I've now attended since my dads loss) of support and sympathy on the loss of my Dad....Its so, very much appreciated at a 'tough' time....Thank you....Richard
N.A.S.A DEEP SPACE NETWORK 'GOLDSTONE - CANBERRA - MADRID' MISSION BADGE N.A.S.A.'S Deep Space Network antennas at the above locations are inter-linked and jointly observe the solar system to aid interplanetary spacecraft missions. Badge is in excellent damage free condition, and is a hard item to find, especially in the UK. Badge diameter 75mm (Further reading on this 'mission' is well worth while tom those interested in the subject matter).
N.A.S.A. DEEP SPACE NETWORK 'AMPTE' (ACTIVE MAGNETOSPHERIC PARTICLE TRACER EXPLORERS MISSION BADGE This is another 'Deep Space' mission, complex study of solar winds and magnetospheric particles etc., to aid interplanetary space missions and the study of 'our immediate' living conditions. Badge is in excellent damage free condition, and is a hard item to find, especially in the UK. Badge diameter 100mm (This agencies work is well worth further reading for those interested in the subject, and has direct input by the UK). This badge and the previous listing are mission badges that are direct descendants of mans early space missions in the late 1950's & 60's....'We' have travelled a long way on this path in a very short period of time !
NAAFI SHOP IN GERMANY PHOTOPOST CARD & COMPLIMENTS SLIP A good clear photo postcard image of a well stocked NAAFI shop in Germany. This is obviously a post hostilities image of a shop for the use of the occupying forces. Sold with a compliments slip with German phone number. German photo studio details to card reverse (see images). Excellent damage free condition.
NATIONAL SERVICE VINTAGE 1954 LONG UNDERWEAR 2 pairs of 1954 dated National Service vintage long heavy cotton under-pants. Good worn / used, damage free condition items, with both maker / issue labels and garment description labels present. 1950’s National Service vintage items of military wear are now becoming increasingly hard to find, and would seem to have not survived or been saved as WW2 vintage items have. Although not as popular as WW2 collecting, the 1950’s and the ’campaigns’ that the British army found itself involved with, in my own opinion and experience, is gaining in interest, not least of all the Suez Crisis and the involvement of the Parachute Regiment in its last ever large scale airborne drop.
NAZI DECORATIONS & MEDALS 1933 - 1945 by JAMES A SAWICKI Something of a collectors piece in its own right. This very early (1958 privately published in the USA) card cover, 75 page booklet shows line drawings of all (known at the time) Third Reich awards & decorations for all services, with very brief item descriptions. Very much a collectors guide book of the time, being one of the very first books to detail awards and decorations of the period. Has some Biro ink marked items, obviously made by a collector of the day. A rare early book on this subject matter.
NEW ZEALAND SHIPPING COMPANY (London) A very nice, used N.Z.S.C. Line ships officer’s bullion wire cap badge. Bullion wire is with some age use and tarnishing, with the central anchor showing some slight surface verdigris. Coloured flag detail is a little grubby, but damage free.. Black wool backing material in moth and damage free. Reverse complete with its backing material, with a faint inked owner name (see images).
ODHAMS (WATFORD) FORCES MAGAZINE ‘Contact’ the Odhams works magazine produced for ex - employees serving with the armed forces. Winter 1942 edition produced to keep service men and women previously employed with Odhams ‘in touch’ with there old firm. News and views articles interspersed with cartoons and photos of serving Odhams staff.
OFFICIAL PHOTO :- NORWEGIAN 'QUISLING' CAPTURED Official War record photo mounted on its references card. Two Norwegian freedom fighters hold prisoner a ‘Quisling’. Various inked references to the card. Excellent untouched condition.
OFFICIAL WAR OFFICE PHOTO :- 'GOCH UNDER GERMAN SHELL FIRE' Official War Office Photo :- ‘Goch Under German Shell Fire’ Image of a Bren carrier escaping a near miss at the key point town of Goch by the retreating German forces. Good captions to obverse and reverse. No release date.
OLD CONTEMPTIBLES’ ASSOCIATION 1952 PROGRAMME An ‘Old Contemptibles’ Association Gosport and Fareham Branch programme for the dedication service of the ‘Branch Standard’ on Sunday 6th July 1952. Excellent overall condition with some slight age foxing. Fastening staple with corrosion. WANTED:- Battle & Retreat from Mons and Old Contemptibles related items !
ORPINGTON CIVIL DEFENCE FIRE GUARD PASS Urban District of Orpington Civil Defence pass and enrolment notice as a Fire Guard within the Borough of St Mary Cray to Mrs E.R.L. Clark. Well filled out pass giving name and address etc. with Mrs Clark’s corresponding (Compulsory Enrolment) notice, for the home services. Both items in mint undamaged condition and dated 1943.
OTHER RANKS KHAKI FORAGE SIDE CAP (EARLY DATED) A rare early dated (1939) other ranks khaki wool side cap. Stunning un-issued condition, being moth and damage free. Cap badge never fitted. GS cap buttons. Khaki shirt wool head band with heavy khaki cotton liner. Clear maker mark, date and WD broad arrow (see images).
PARACHUTE REGIMENT EMBROIDERED CLOTH SHOULDER TITLE Good used removed from a tunic National Service vintage Parachute Regiment embroidered cloth shoulder tile. Light blue lettering on maroon backing. Faded, but moth and damage free. Title has been held on a display board with drawing pins at some time.
PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT OF Col. JAMES LETHBRIDGE BROOKE TEMPLER KRRC / RE Col. Templer is considered to be the ‘father’ of British military aviation!.... In 1862 the British Army undertook minor trials with balloons. In 1878 (the then) Captain Templer having an interest in ballooning formed with the ‘blessing’ of the War Office, the first British Army Balloon school at Woolwich. During the second Boer war 1899 - 1902 he served with the Scientific and Departmental Corps working with steam power, primarily steam traction. In 1902 now with the rank Colonel Templer decided that it was time to follow German developments in aviation and build a military airship. In 1905 the Balloon factory relocated to Farnborough with the construction of an airship shed. Money shortages delayed the construction of the first British Army Dirigible No.1, named Nulli Secundus (Second to None), which was not completed until 1907, by which time Col. Templer was no longer managing the project. Prior to this Templer had designed and built the 1st Army Balloon (named Pioneer). Balloon and dirigible technology in the early 1900’s was taken over by the Royal Engineers (Col. Templer’s Corps) with the Balloon Factory re-designated the Army Aircraft Factory in 1911. Thus it can be seen that their is a direct line that can be drawn from Captain Templer’s early aviation exploits to the formation of the Royal Engineers (Aviation Section) and the Royal Flying corps. Photograph is in very good condition, and I assume at some time has been framed. The photograph has an ink signature (some of which is faded / worn, I assume due to handling) ending “Templer”. It has been period, crudely bordered, with brown paper. A period photographic image and signature of some historic importance ! (This item has been previously listed on my site without me knowing who the officer was....I found his identity by chance....This image along with others in his earlier service, can be found on the inter-web).
PICTURE POST SPECIAL ‘THE BATTLE of the RIVER PLATE’ A famous special edition of the Picture Post detailing the ‘Battle of the River Plate’ Edition is in good condition with some spine fragility. Good pictures and text detailing the Graf Spee’s destruction. Sold with two modern copy images of the Graf Spee, taken from originals.
POLLARD AIRCRAFT LAPEL BADGE Pollard Aircraft (Pollards - Haskins) worker lapel badge. Chrome finished lapel badge showing tradesmen at work to obverse with factory details . Lapel pin fitting to reverse with issue number 3109. Grubby used condition.
PORTRAIT OF A LEADER by A.K. CHESTERTON ‘Portrait of a Leader Oswald Mosley’ by A.K. Chesterton. This is Mosley's ‘Life’ story so far and the account of the birth of Fascism in Great Britain under Mosley and the British Union of Fascists. Excellent 168 page book with black and white photo plates in very good condition. No dust wrapper. Some age foxing only to the fabric bound covers.
PRE - WW2 SCOUT SPORTS DAY CERTIFICATE KENT MEDWAY DISTRICT A nice moment in time from 1936 being a Scout sports day certificate; first place in the 'Sack Race'. An innocent item / activity from a more innocent time ! Two drawing pin holes to the top corners, plain un-marked reverse.Excellent damage free condition.
PRE-1960 IMPERIAL WAR GRAVES COMMISSION SHOULDER TITLE A rare to find pre 1960 Imperial War Graves Commission shoulder title. This title was worn on overall and top working jackets by field workers within the Commission. Construction I believe to be WW2 / post WW2. A rare title worn by this civilian organisation. The Imperial war Graves Commission was granted Royal Charter in 1917, and was re-designated the Commonwealth W.G.C. In 1960
PRE-WW1 BRITISH 1906 DATED HUDSON TRENCH WHISTLE A nice pre WW1 manufactured 'trench' whistle of the make up synonymous with Boar War vintage. Whistle is good untouched / unpolished condition, now a little grubby and with a few surface abrasions & minor dents. Full Hudson address details and patent marking as is correct for this period of whistle, with good clear 1906 date. Many pre-war dated whistles would have been carried by regular army volunteers and as such seen service at the outbreak of WW1. The term 'Trench Whistle' is something of a 'nick-name' for this type of 'tube' pea-less whistle. Hudson produced by far their greatest number of whistles of this type, for war use between 1914 and 1918. They had been producing whistles long before this (and are still doing so), both for military and police use, as well as for commercial sale. With the onset of WW1, orders for whistles increased by all services that had use for them. Hudson, as was common, continued to date their whistles with their year of manufacture. Many were used by the military, some being WD broad arrow marked some not (due to the numbers issued it was not practical to mark all). The term 'Trench Whistle' as said is a nickname given this type of whistle, as it was this type that was used in the main at the front line, and as such, used as the signal for time to move off 'over the top' on an attack against the enemy. In short, a general purpose whistle, that will be for ever linked as the signal for 'attack'!
PRINCESS MARY 1914 GIFT FUND, GIFT TIN 'DESK ORNAMENT' A good condition Princess Mary Gift Fund gift tin mounted on a polished hard wood base, for the use as a desk ornament. The tin has been well ‘loved’ with polishing, and good use. The tin lid is with some fragility due to use and polishing, but is compete and in good working order. Tin & base only, no content. Possibly the item that most represents Britain's involvement in WW1. The Princess Mary gift fund supplied such tins (and other gifts) with varying contents to troops of all services, serving on all fronts at Christmas and the New Year 1914-15. This item is synonymous with the Western Front Christmas Truce of 1914.…The Christmas it would ‘all be over by’ !
PRINCESS MARY 1914 GIFT FUND, PHOTO POSTCARD OF THE KING & QUEEN A rare Princess Mary 1914 gift fund, photo postcard of the King and Queen, the King being in army uniform (As issued to the army. Their is a similar postcard with the King in Naval uniform for issue to the navy personnel). The card has been at some time cut through the middle and I believe held in a frame with pins. It is now held together with two small pieces of paper to the top and bottom of the cut. An item in the gift set range which is now one of the harder items to find. WANTED:- WW1 Christmas related gifts from 1914 - 1918 !
PRINCESS MARY 1914 GIFT FUND:- GIFT TIN WITH PARTIAL SMOKER CONTENT A very nice condition gift tin, with an un-opened pack of tobacco and the pack of cigarettes with five cigarettes remaining. Tin is in outstanding condition, with only a couple of small dents to the tin base. Gilt finish is dull and un-touched. Tobacco pack is in matching un-touched condition. Cigarette pack, has had the top neatly torn open, and 15 of the cigarettes 'used'. A nice item that could be completed !
PRINCESS MARY 1914 GIFT FUND:- 1914 CHRISTMAS GREETING CARD A very good condition 1914 gift fund Christmas card that accompanied all gift tins etc. in time to be distributed before and up to Christmas 1914. Some slight age and storage marking.
PRINCESS MARY 1914 GIFT FUND:- 1915 NEW YEAR GREETING CARD (1) A good, slightly scruffy condition 1915 gift fund new year card that accompanied all gift tins etc. that was not in time too be distributed before Christmas 1914. Some slight age and storage marking.
PRINCESS MARY 1914 GIFT FUND:- 1915 NEW YEAR GREETING CARD (2) A very good condition 1915 gift fund new year card that accompanied all gift tins etc. that was not in time too be distributed before Christmas 1914. Some slight age and storage marking.
PRINCESS MARY 1914 GIFT FUND:- ASPREY ‘TRENCH’ LIGHTER A fine example of the Asprey of London produced ‘Trench’ lighter, for the 1914 Gift set range. Lighter is in very good damage free condition, with some wear to the plating finish, and with minor surface denting Wick is virtually full length, and is now grubby. I have been lucky enough to offer two or three of these lighters over the years, this is the only one I have ever seen with the striker flint still in situe....just a nice little ‘complete touch’.
PRINCESS MARY 1914 GIFT FUND:- BULLET PENCIL (1) A good condition (7/10) Princess Mary 1914 gift fund bullet pencil as issued in the gift tin, writing set. Issued as requested to non-smokers this set consisted of the the pencil in the form of the bullet and a few sheets of writing paper and envelopes, contained in the gift tin. Cartridge case is in good damage free condition with a good clear Mary monogram and base date 14. Unmarked silver bullet head with a few small dents. Pencil is absent.
PRINCESS MARY 1914 GIFT FUND:- BULLET PENCIL (2) A good condition (7/10) Princess Mary 1914 gift fund bullet pencil as issued in the gift tin, writing set. Issued as requested to non-smokers this set consisted of the the pencil in the form of the bullet and a few sheets of writing paper and envelopes, contained in the gift tin. Cartridge case is in good damage free condition with some age spotting and a good clear Mary monogram. Unmarked silver bullet head with a few small dents. Pencil is absent.
PRINCESS MARY 1914 GIFT FUND:- GIFT TIN (1) A good, grubby unpolished example of the iconic 1914 gift tin, with much original gilt finish Tin is dent and damage free, with some wear to the gilt finish high points. Has been stored well, and with the correct cleaning would look a fine example of this tin. Tin edges and especially the corners are firm and split free. A nice example ! (Interestingly this tin is of a maker variation with the wording 'Christmas 1914' in the lid bottom wreath being slightly smaller than is more common).
PRINCESS MARY 1914 GIFT FUND:- GIFT TIN (2) A good, grubby unpolished example of the iconic 1914 gift tin. Tin is dent and damage free, with some wear to the gilt finish, with the lid being generally grubby and untouched, due to storage. Tin edges and especially the corners are firm and split free. A very nice untouched tin.
PRINCESS MARY 1914 GIFT FUND:- GIFT TIN CIGARETTES WRAPPER The paper wrapper only that contained 20 cigarettes, forming part of the smokers gift tin set. Cigarettes are now all gone / used. The foil liner is absent with only one of the two packet stiffeners still present (see images). The wrapper is of course now with some fragility due to age, but is however fairly complete. (Note:- The cigarette wrapper and its content is much rarer than the tobacco wrapper and content, due to the fact that it was more convenient to smoke cigarettes rather than a pipe).
PRINCESS MARY 1914 GIFT FUND:- WRITING SET WALLET An outstanding example of of the 1914 gift fund writing wallet. Canvas covered wallet with the front flap containing the press stud popper and gift fund detail in red detail. The wallet has been well stored, and is very clean, with the popper and keeper in good firm condition, with slight rust discolouration around the outer stud. Complete with the wallet divider, but sadly (in my own experience of these items) the content, of paper and envelopes, are long gone and used. A rare item in the gift fund range, especially in this fine condition.
QUEENS REGIMENT OFFICER BRONZE CAP BADGE A good untouched WW2 vintage, officer bronze cap badge of The Queens Regt. Grubby condition with two flat badge reverse fittings. No maker details.
QUEENS SOUTH AFRICA MEDAL 'TRANSVAAL' BAR A good spare Queens South Africa 'Transvaal' bar. Un-touched, un-polished condition
R 101 DISASTER COMMEMORATION SOUVENIR An extremely rare printed tissue 'napkin' commemorating the R 101 disaster and the casualties of the crash. The overall condition of the napkin is exceptional given its age, with age foxing only and one small are of splitting. (The splitting is barely visible (see image 5) and follows the line of print detail). It has been folded at some time while stored and as such their are crease marks to it. The printed detail is clear and easily read. Their is something of a 'crudeness' in its manufacture suggesting that it was not intended for longevity. Approx 34cms X 34cms. A superb piece of British airship aviation history.
RAAF WW2 LEADING AIRCRAFTSMAN TRADE BADGE RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force) WW2 vintage Leading Aircraftsman trade badge. Twin blade propeller in mid blue thread. Grubby used condition, with one area of moth.
RADIO SEAC (SOUTH EAST ASIA COMMAND) SLIP ON SHOULDER TITLE A rare ‘Radio SEAC’ slip on shoulder title. Bright green title backing with bright yellow detail. Excellent moth and damage free condition. Worn by, in uniform radio performers and crew broadcasting from S.E.A. to in the main the UK.
RAF / AM 'NIGHT FLIGHT' VISION ACCLIMATISATION GOGGLES A good pair of night flight vision acclimatisation goggles. Darken lens goggles with full peripheral vision leather face piece. Excellent damage free condition with original elasticated head band (elastication now a little slack). Worn in dark rooms by air crew prior tonight flights to acclimatise the eyes to the dark…thus giving best possible night vision. An un-common item of air crew equipment.
RAF / AM AIR CREW TYPE B ‘SPECIAL RATION’ TIN An excellent condition tin as issued to air crew as an ‘in flight treat’, which in its day would have carried boiled sweats and chewing gum etc. Tin with minor scratching and surface abrasing….content sadly long gone.
RAF / AM SNAKE BITE SURVIVAL ‘MEDICAL KIT’ A rare small item of personal kit issued to air crew in the middle and far east theatre’s of war and intended for carrying within flight clothing. It contains a small concealed blade intended to open the bite wound and a small concealed capsule of what was then crude anti - venom medicine (Still present, see images). Excellent complete condition. Age verification required with this order 21 years of age.
RAF / AM TYPE 48 MICROPHONE ASSEMBLY IN BOX OF ISSUE A type 25 microphone with a short length, light tan loom and 2-pin socket as fitted to most G-type oxygen masks. Excellent condition item in unused condition in its box of issue Microphone is complete with its rare rubber 'D - Type Oxygen mask Type 54 Adaptor ring'. Adaptor ring with age hardening and shrinkage (see images). Box of issue in good condition with clear content detail.
RAF 1943 PATTERN ESCAPE AND EVASION FLYING BOOTS A super pair of 1943 pattern, escape and evasion flying boots. This boot was the design of the MI9 escape and evasion expert C. Clayton Hutton to further aid air crew escape / evasion chances. The intention was to cut away the suede calf upper to ‘just ’appear as a pair of black walking shoes. This pair of boots are the later off set zip pattern. Overall condition is very good - excellent, showing honest service use / wear. Black ’shoe’ uppers are in very well kept condition. Black suede uppers are in matching condition. Fleece lining is in similar matching condition, being both moth and damage free. Soles appear original and untouched (see images). Original laces to ‘shoe’ element of the boot. Zips marked with a crown and AM. Both zips are in good working order, but could do with ‘candle wax’ treatment to make them run more smoothly. A now quite hard to find boot due to their production in comparatively low numbers, this coupled, with a short manufacturing period (approx. one year) . Size I would estimate to be 7 - 8. (The cut down knife is absent from the boots). A heavy item that I will dispatch via Parcel Force rather than Royal Mail.
RAF 31 SQUADRON FLAG / PENNANT An 'eagle eyed' site viewer has kindly helped out with this RAF pennant identification. It is a 31 Squadron related item, the Squadrons central crest motif being a 'gold star'. 31 Squadron was formed in 1915, and as of 1941, its WW2 activity was solely operating transports for the Far East campaign. Moving to Germany in 1955, it returned to the UK and now flies out of RAF Mariam. Pennant is in excellent damage free condition. Approx 49 cms. X 30 cms.
RAF AIR SEA RESCUE, OFFICIAL RESCUE REPORT FOR A C-47 DAKOTA TRANSPORT 3rd DECEMBER 1943 A good two page (double sided) rescue report detailing the circumstances of the ditching of a C-47 cargo transport on 3rd December 1943. Excellent detail covering the flight and the ’touch down’, and the crew debrief, detailing their procedure once the craft was on the waters surface. Some edge fragility and foxing (see images).
RAF ESCAPE & EVASION SHIRT COLLAR STUD COMPASS The archetypal M.I. 9 produced RAF escape and evasion aid being a compass in the form of an innocuous shirt collar stud. Compass mounted as the ‘face’ of the collar stud and in its day covered with white paint. (For use the white paint would have been scratched from the glass compass face cover). Worn as the neck fastening of a collar-less shirt and in turn concealed behind the service dress tie. White paint face covering now long gone…. Excellent working condition. WANTED:- RAF escape & evasion related items !
RAF HENDON 1932 FLYING DAY PUBLIC SCHOOLS PASS A very nice condition, RAF Hendon 1932 flying day pass for Public Schools boys. Manufactured in card and complete with is original red chord hanger. Some faint pencilled detail to reverse. Superb damage free condition. An item that was not intended for longevity and as such a rare item !
RAF MOUNTAIN RESCUE SERVICE SLEEVE PATCH A scarce sleeve patch as issued firstly during the National Service period in the RAF\'s history (Feb 23rd 1959) to airman volunteering to rescue air crew from mountain and inaccessible areas after flying accidents, particularly in the mountainous training regions of the Highlands of Scotland. Excellent moth and damage free condition, but grubby where removed from a tunic.
RAF OBSERVER'S HALF BREVET (4) A very early RAF pre WW2 (much like an RFC observer half wing) air crew Observer’s half brevet as worn on the service and battledress. ’Partial padded’ half wing, in moth free condition on very dark blue backing cloth. Black paper backing. Superb, used, removed from a tunic half brevet.
RAF OFFICER KINGS CROWN CAP BADGE (2) An excellent condition Kings crown RAF officer cap badge. Bullion wire in very high relief, with some age tarnishing. Eagle gilding in matching condition. Heavy black cotton / canvas backing. Moth and damage free, slightly grubby.
RAF on PARADE compiled by S. EVELYN THOMAS A late war years produced book of amusing anecdotes and stories many written by serving members of the RAF, many being of the flying branch. Excellent condition printed on higher grade paper. Not sure if this book originally had a dust jacket as the cover is of higher grade canvas cotton with printed detail.
RAF SERVICE BOOK AND EMBODIMENT FORM RAF Service and Release Book and AAF Embodiment form to CR Baines. Baines firstly served in No 906 Balloon Squadron at Stanmore Middlesex, and then saw service in North Africa and the Mediterranean theatre’s of war. Well filled out service book to the point of demob. Also with a photo postcard size picture of Baines brothers grave, killed while serving with the KRRC 20 / 01/ 45.
RAF SQUADRON BADGE 25 MAINTENANCE UNIT A good kings crown gilded base metal and multi-coloured enamel unit badge. Brooch pin fitting, no maker details.
RAF WW2 GUERNSEY NATIONALITY TITLE An excellent condition ‘Guernsey’ nationality title. Moth and damage free, with some minor age staining to obverse and reverse. Remains of small traces of old glue and paper to reverse where removed from a collectors album.
RAF WW2 JAMAICA NATIONALITY TITLE An excellent condition ‘Jamaica’ nationality title. Moth and damage free. Early pale blue on dark blue backing. Remains of small traces of old glue and paper to reverse where removed from a collectors album.
RAF WW2 PHOTO PORTRAIT AIR CREW 'ENGINEER' RAF WW2 postcard size photo portrait in a small card wallet frame, of a Flt Sgt Engineer. Excellent uniform detail. Wallet / frame a little grubby. Signed ‘With best wishes your old pal Ron’.
RAF WW2 TRINIDAD NATIONALITY TITLE An excellent condition ‘Trinidad’ nationality title. Moth and damage free. Early white on dark blue backing. Remains of small traces of old glue and paper to reverse where removed from a collectors album.
RAF ‘GUINEA PIG’ CLUB INTEREST PHOTOGRAPHS 4 1960’s press photographs of ‘Guinea Pig’ club / Sir Archibald McIndoe interest. Three images of McIndoe at the opening of ‘The Guinea Pig’ public house and the other of him looking at a former patients wounds. All are in excellent damage free condition with details of the press agency to the reverse along with caption details. All are 20cms X 15cms.
RAF/ AM MARKED CLOTHES / BOOT BRUSH An \'AM\' Air Ministry marked 1944 dated kit bag, clothes / boot brush. Broad arrow and maker marked. Inked owners service number to one side. Very good condition. Date, and stored Ref. No. faint.
RED VIOLENCE AND BLUE LIES..PRO BUF/FASCIST REPORT ON THE OLYMPIA INDOOR MEETING A rare copy of ‘Red Violence and Blue Lies’ an answer to ‘Fascists at Olympia’. Pro Fascist booklet dealing with the problems faced by the BUF in staging there first big indoor Rally. 46 page booklet with original card covers. Cover now a little grubby and with slight smudging. Interior text very clean and undamaged.
REFERENCE BOOKS Four Volumes:- FLIGHT BADGES' 1914 - 1918 of the Allied & Central powers This is a magnificent series of four reference books detailing the flying badges of all the major belligerents of the First World War, authored by Cdr. Robert S. Pandis USNR (Ret.) I have a number of collector editions (Limited to 250) of these titles signed by the author, as well as a few unsigned copies. (Any ordered book will be treated chronologically, when the signed copies are gone....they are gone). I only have a limited number of each title (see below), as they are not 'so readily' available in the UK at present. Some have sold already via word of mouth and their presentation at a couple of militaria I did fairs immediately before Christmas just past. The books are in a series of two volumes, detailed as follows:- The Central Powers are as follows:- Flight Badges of the Central Powers 1914 - 1918 Volume I :- Detailing the Imperial German Army Aviation & Commemorative Airship Badges (320 pages, hard back on high quality art paper). This is a revised and expanded edition of the now out of print 'Imperial German Flight Badges Vol 1'. Imperial German Flight badges Volume II :- Detailing the German Navy and Central Powers Air Services (to include Austro - Hungarian, Ottoman and Bulgarian Air services, as well as qualification and air trade badges). Their are also sections dealing with fake and reproduction badges. (248 pages, hard back on high quality art paper). The Allied Nations are as follows: Flight Badges of the Allied nations 1914 - 1918 Volume I :- Detailing the qualification badges, training and flight insignia of the French, Russian, and Romanian Air Services. (320 pages, hard back on high quality art paper). Flight Badges of the Allied Nations 1914 - 1918 Volume II :- Detailing the flight badges of the British Empire (Australia & Canada included). American Italian and Combined Air Services. (340 pages, hard back on high quality art paper). This edition deals extensively with British aviation badges to include the Royal Flying Corps, early (First Pattern) Royal Air Force and Royal Naval Air Service, to include Australian and Canadian counter parts. All four editions are magnificent in their presentation, with a mine of information presented in picture, period descriptive and collector / author detailed notes. Good clear close up photographs, front and rear, aid the collector and those interested in the subject with all the nuances of the various variants of any one given badge. The sections dealing with fakes and reproductions are useful in their own right being a help to collectors in identifying in some cases some very good modern examples of rare items. (My own few images do not really do the titles justice). The most popular title I have found (for obvious reasons) is Flight Badges of the Allied nations Vol II, dealing with the RFC. The format of all four is 28.5 cms X 22.5 cms. TO PURCHASE A BOOK:- I'm selling these in a slightly different manner to my usual listings. All title are detailed here, with the prices detailed below. The post will vary greatly depending where they are to be sent as they are a very heavy book (individually). TO MAKE AN ORDER:- e-mail me with the title(s) required, where its to be dispatched, and how you wish to pay (credit cards are subject to our usual charges, see my terms & conditions) I'll then send you an 'invoice' for the amount due / payment required, we can then take things from their ! 1, Flight Badges of the Central Powers 1914 - 1918 Volume I, £75.00 (0 left) 2, Imperial German Flight badges Volume II, £75.00 (0 left) 3, Flight Badges of the Allied nations 1914 - 1918 Volume I, £80.00 (0 left) 4, Flight Badges of the Allied Nations 1914 - 1918 Volume II, £100.00 (1 left) I'm virtually sold out, bar one copy left....If more are required, please e-mail and I will endeavour to obtain more copies of the titles required. A books monetary value might well be money spent on a collectable....However a well written, informative book might well save a collector a great deal of money on avoiding fakes and copies ! THEY ARE A MUST FOR ALL SERIOUS STUDENTS OF THE VARIOUS SUBJECT MATTERS !!
RFC FULL DRESS OBSERVER BREVET An outstanding example of a Royal Flying Corps full dress bullion wire, observer half brevet. Gold wing, and silver 'O' bullion wire in stunning condition with slight age tarnishing / wear. Wing is with black thread detail. Overall condition is superb, being damage free with only a couple of small snags to the wire border detail. Black wool backing is moth and damage free. Backing material is absent showing the brevet construction detail.
RHINE ARMY TROOPS A good used matched pair of Rhine Army Troops formation signs. Very good clean used removed from a tunic signs.
ROYAL ARMOURED CORPS CHRISTMAS GREETING CARD A vintage Kings Crown R.A.C. Christmas greeting card. From the 58th Training Regt. R.A.C. Bovington Camp. Undated. Signed with greeting in ink. Embossed R.A.C. badge in red to card front. Some slight fragility to cards spine.
ROYAL ARTILLERY EMROIDERED CLOTH SHOULDER TITLE (1) Royal Artillery embroidered cloth shoulder title. Red thread detail on navy blue felt wool backing. Used removed from a tunic. Small lettering and title variant.
ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE NAVIGATOR HALF BREVET RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force) Navigator half brevet. Very good clean condition half brevet being moth and damage free. Mid blue and off white thread detail, on RAAF dark blue backing.
ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE OBSERVER HALF BREVET RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force) Observer half brevet. Very good clean condition half brevet being moth and damage free. Mid blue and off white thread detail, on RAAF dark blue backing.
ROYAL EAST KENT (THE BUFFS) PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM A good, well detailed photograph album of The Buffs (R.W. Kent Regt.). The album details embarkation to India via Gibraltar and Port Said. All images carry caption details, with some very interesting images detailing the loading and unloading of the embarkation ships, to include armoured cars. (see images) The later stages of the album contains day to day life of service in India including images of officer wives that have travelled with their husbands. Some images dated 1927. The album contains windows for 64 images. There are 63 snap shot size photographs, the last image is missing. Excellent damage free condition !
ROYAL ENFIELD 'MADE LIKE A GUN' INTERIOR SHOP SIGN This card (approx 15.00cms. X 15.00cms.) shop sign is very probably an advertising card from a bicycle or motor cycle shop out let for Royal Enfield products. The point made on the card is ‘Made Like a Gun’, referring to the other side of the Enfield manufacturing empire being the famous WW1 & WW2 gun manufacture. Bottom left corner when viewed torn off. Many pencil period shop notes made to the cards reverse. An eclectic advertising aid of a by-gone age.
ROYAL FUSILIERS CAP BADGE A good brass Royal Fusiliers cap badge. Worn by 1st 2nd 3rd and 4th Battalions. Good untouched grubby condition, with single blade slider.
ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE CAP BADGE A now hard to find QC Royal Hong Kong police cap badge in chrome and translucent blue enamel. Excellent damage free condition, complete with reverse fitting blade.
ROYAL MAIL STEAM PACKET Co. (London) An exceptional condition R.M.S.P. Co. Kings Crown ships officer’s bullion wire cap badge. Bullion wire is with some tarnishing. Central flag & crown and Royal crown is bright and damage free. Black wool backing material in moth and damage free. Reverse complete with its backing material.
ROYAL MAIL STEAM POCKET COMPANY GILT OFFICER TUNIC BUTTON A fine example of this iconic companies (Victorian Crown) ships officers small tunic button in gilt brass. Slightly grubby untouched condition. Maker:- Firmin & Sons 153 Strand London.
ROYAL MARINE No. 6. COMMANDO TITLE Royal Marine No. 6. Commando title. Red heavy thread detail on heavy serge wool navy blue backing. Excellent moth and damage free condition.
ROYAL NAVY 1908 TORPEDO DRILL MANUAL An early, pre WW1 ‘Torpedo Drill’ training manual. Good used condition, but has suffered very slightly from damp to the covers and inner first few pages. To the inside front cover in pencil, details of the owner and his base, HMS Vernon (See images). The inside rear cover has had the silk centre of a WW1 vintage post card affixed… Very good overall condition and I believe complete. HMS Vernon was in 1908 a shore as well as sea based ’Torpedo Training School’ Two ships were used and for this purpose being the renamed HMS Warrior and HMS Actaeon. The torpedo in 1908 was a comparatively new weapon being used as surface launched weapons from larger ships as well as the main armament for the new ‘Submarine Service’.
ROYAL NAVY CHIEF PETTY OFFICER CAP BADGE (WAR ECONOMY) WW2 Royal Navy Chief Petty Officer war economy all metal cap badge. All metal detail badge with crimson velvet crown infill. Gilt finish in superb crisp condition. Moth and damage free backing. Light canvas cotton backing.
ROYAL NAVY PETTY OFFICER CAP BADGE WW2 Royal Navy Petty Officer cap badge. A good used condition kings crown badge, in bullion wire and coloured thread. Detail clear with bullion wire showing some age tarnishing. Two areas of moth damage to badge edge. Heavy black, waxed cotton backing.
ROYAL NAVY PETTY OFFICER CAP BADGE (WAR ECONOMY) WW2 Royal Navy Petty Officer war economy all metal cap badge. All metal detail badge with crimson velvet crown infill. Gilt finish in superb damage free condition (one slight small area of fading). Moth and damage free. Light canvas cotton backing.
ROYAL NAVY PILOTS TRAINING IN THE USA. JAN 1945 British official press photograph showing Royal Navy pilots being trained in America for the Pacific war. Photograph issued January 1945. Excellent damage free condition. With official press stamping and attached caption to reverse.
ROYAL NAVY TRANSPORT, SHIPS OFFICER CAP BADGE (1) A very nice example of a Royal Navy ships officer bullion wire cap badge. Bullion wire is bright and in nice crisp condition. Their is some slight moth to various points of the cloth backing materials to the badge centre, the badge otherwise being in very good damage free condition. High relief to the badge crown, with the 'jewel configuration and colouring indicating an early construction. A nice looking badge, becoming harder to find.
ROYAL NAVY TRANSPORT, SHIPS OFFICER CAP BADGE (2) A WW1 used and worn RN transport officers cap badge. Well worn, badge which is damage free, but however showing good honest use with dulling to to bullion wire work. No moth, but with fair to say a general grubbiness throughout. A very nice untouched badge.
ROYAL NAVY TRANSPORT, SHIPS OFFICER CAP BADGE (EARLY CENTRAL DETAIL) A very early 20th century ships officer cap badge of the Royal Navy Transport service. This version is a rare variant on the standard RN ships officer cap badge with the addition of the initials 'R.N.T.' in bullion wire work just above the central anchor device. The badge is with good honest service wear and is in the main damage free, however showing some moth to the badge centre and edges. Bullion wire work is dull, due to use. A very, very rare early form of the RN 20th century Transport service ships officer cap badge.
ROYAL TANK CORPS / REGIMENT CHRISTMAS GREETING CARD A good un-detailed Christmas card for a R.T.C. / R.T.R. battalion. Centre image is of the battalions officers. Cover with embossed badge in silver and battalion coloured ribbon to its edge. Excellent damage free condition.
ROYAL TANK CORPS CHRISTMAS GREETING CARD (1) An early vintage Kings Crown R.T.C. Christmas greeting card. From the 8TH Batln. R.T.C. Perham Down. Undated and signed with greeting in ink. Beautiful embossed R.T.C. badge to card front. Excellent damage free card.
ROYAL TANK CORPS CHRISTMAS GREETING CARD (2) A super early vintage R.T.C Christmas greeting card. From the Royal Tank Corps Centre Bovington Camp Dorset. Greeting in ink dated 1934. Good central, artists image of a Mk V in action during WW1. A lovely damage free card!
SENIOR SCOUT SHIRT INSIGNIA A small group of single uniform insignia. Consists of 8 achievement awards and a matched pair slip on shoulder boards. All insignia in very good used, removed from a shirt condition.
SHAW SAVILL ALBION (Shipping) LINE (Aberdeen) A very nice, used S.S.A. Line ships officer’s bullion wire cap badge. Bullion wire is with some age use and tarnishing, with the central anchor showing some slight surface verdigris. Coloured flag detail is bright and clean. Black wool backing material in moth and damage free. Reverse complete with its backing material.
SMALL ARMS TRAINING SUPPLEMENT 2 1941 GRENADES SMALL ARMS TRAINING Vol. 1 Pamphlet No. 13 1937-1941, official copy manual, not to be published, Supplement No 2,1941.. Excellent 8 page manual in very good used undamaged condition. Text and diagrams, detailing the No 73 Anti-Tank Grenade (Hand), the S.T. Grenade (Hand), the Hand Incendiary Bomb. Superb condition, rare manual.
SMALL ARMS TRAINING....APPLICATION OF FIRE 1937 SMALL ARMS TRAINING Vol. 1 Pamphlet No. 2, Application of Fire 1937, official copy manual, not to be published. Excellent 32 page manual in very good used undamaged condition. Text and diagrams. Some minor marking and creasing to some pages.
SOUTH WESTERN DISTRICTS A good used South Western districts formation sign. Heavy black thread detail on white felt wool backing. Removed from a tunic.
SOUTHEND-on-SEA GENERAL HOSPITAL, LAPEL PIN ‘Southend on Sea General Hospital’, flag day lapel pin. Very good damage free condition. Complete with fitting pin, which is now a little rusty.
SPACE FLIGHT GEMINI & APOLLO COMMEMORATIVE LAPEL PINS Two commemorative lapel pins ‘remembering the Gemini & Apollo flight programmes. Excellent damage free condition, on typical American ‘clutch pin’ fittings. No maker details.
SPACE FLIGHT ‘N.A.S.A.’ STICKER The few space exploration / flight items listed here may well not appeal to those interested in militaria. My own interest is born out of the WW2 German rocket programme that ultimately lead to Soviet and American space technology. Listed items will only account for a very, very small percentage of listings due to, as I predict, limited interest, coupled with the difficulty in finding such items in the UK. All listed items here, have been sourced in the U.S.A. These older items covering the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Vostok programmes are becoming quite rare; they rarely appear even on the world wide collectors on line auction that we all know and ‘love’. I hope if nothing else viewers will find the items interesting, and will forgive my own indulgence in this interesting period of manned flight. An un-used ‘N.A.S.A.’ sticker, in excellent condition. Used by many N.A.S.A. staff as car markers and sold as a ‘fund raiser’ for the space programme.
SPANISH CIVIL WAR INTERNATIONAL BRIGADE PASSPORT This is an extremely rare passport as issued by the pre WW2 government of the Republic of Spain to a member of the International Brigade, fighting for the socialist cause against Franco’s fascist’s. Passport is in excellent condition and is well filled out. It has never been fitted with a passport photograph as is the case with most of these documents. Details given are the holders name, country of origin, date of birth (1st Aug 1914), his membership details and affiliation with the Anti-Fascist Party and his joining of the International Brigade in September of 1937. Most interestingly listed, are the details of his being wounded in the right hand, and hospitalized, whilst serving with XV Brigade 35 Division during the fighting at Teruel on 1st February 1938. A virtually unique item to find today. WANTED:- Spanish civil war related items to British participants !
SPANISH CIVIL WAR LABOUR PARTY PAMPHLET Spanish Civil War, Labour party pamphlet :- ‘Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy Have Invaded Spain’. 15 page pamphlet giving much information (from a Labour Party perspective) regarding the ‘invasion’ of Spain by Fascist backed European governments. Rare Labour Party ephemera of the period, on this emotive subject.
THAMES CONSERVANCY BOARD (EARLY) WATERWAYS CAP BADGE A very nice early badge for a waterman working with the Thames Conservancy Board. Fine gilt bullion wire and silk thread detail, with the badge being grubby only due to wear and storage, no damage. The T.C.B. Was responsible for the management and well being of the River Thames. Formed in 1857 it passed many of its responsibilities to the Port of London Authority in 1909.
THE BATTLE of the RIVER PLATE To be listed in two goes, a small archive of period items relating to the Graf Spee. The 1957 (second reprint) paper back book ‘The Battle of the River Plate’ by ‘Gordon Landsborough’ 160 page book with images to the books centre of the Graf Spee incident in 1939. Some fragility to the spine.
THE HISTORY OF THE CAMBRIDGESHIRE HOME GUARD ‘We Also Served’…The History of the Home Guard in Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely 1940 - 1943. A privately produced 107 page history of this Battalion. An excellent account of its activities and the individual activities of its various battalions and companies. Contains several pictorial plates. Dust jacket present but as can be seen is ‘scruffy’. An excellent study of this area Home Guard.
THE REAL GERMAN (EARLY WAR PAMPHLET) ‘The Real German‘. Published by the Economic League 1941 (War Series No. 23). Double sided pamphlet detailing German aims toward Great Britain both economic and civil in the event of a German victory in the war. This pamphlet would have been intended, in the main for British business men’s ‘consumption’, detailing what they had to loose, in terms of capital and money, in the event of the war being lost. A pamphlet dealing with the determination / need to fight on against ‘Nazi tyranny’.
THIRD REICH (EARLY) INFORMAL NSDAP MEMBERS GROUP PHOTOGRAPH A very early NSDAP official’s group photograph. An informal photo of a small group of Nazi party officials coming out of what appears to be a Beer Kellar. Photo shows good early uniform detail (or rather lack of uniform insignia or badges). Approx 12 X 9 cms. (Probably taken from the negative.....old photo.)
THIRD REICH ERA, ZEPPELIN / AIRSHIP TRAVEL / INFORMATION BROCHURE An extremely rare travel / information brochure as produced during the Third Reich era on air ship travel and airships. The brochure details Zeppelin construction, the men involved in their development and tasked to fly the machines, as well as the travel comforts afforded passengers on this new and exciting form of Trans - Atlantic travel. Item has been removed from a photograph album, with the remains of glue to one edge of the pamphlet.
THIRD REICH GERMAN 'PARTY' 'ENROLMENT' RECEIPT An interesting receipt counterfoil for Nazi Party membership….Not something that one would have expected to survive the passing of time after the Reich’s downfall. A simple ‘flimsy’ counterfoil detailing the party members name date of birth, Party entry and various Party district transfer detail to include the Orts, Kreis and Gau that the member was now part of. 'One for the purist collector I feel'. Excellent damage free condition !
THIRD REICH GERMAN HITLER, BORMANN, KEITEL SNAP SHOT (Possibly never before seen image) This 'snap shot' photograph was taken from a German POW by a British veteran at the wars end. It was purchased directly by a collector and then bought into stock recently by myself. The condition is not brilliant being wallet carried, but the image is clear enough to show Hitler, Bormann (in SS uniform) and Keitel (and one other officer of the Air Force, whom I can't identify), I believe visiting the eastern front in 1939 (just post the Polish campaign). The image has been tape re-enforced to its rear by the original liberator, with the tape now absent. Their is age foxing and creasing throughout. No ink or pencil marking to either obverse or reverse. I am sure press and Nazi party agency photographers would have accompanied this visiting party with similar known photographs, but possibly not of this personal close up perspective? This item, I'm going to sell in a slightly different manner. I genuinely do not know how to value it. Therefore it is....-:OPEN TO OFFERS:-....(Make an offer via e-mail). This is the first item I have sold from my site, in the manner detailed above. This sale was reasonably well supported with a number of offers made by UK, European and North American collectors, in a comparatively short space of time. While I am aware that certain buyers will be 'uncomfortable' in making an offer, enough showed interest in this item for it to be sold. I will consider further items for sale in the same manner....watch site sales and my social media pages for further sales of this type. It worth while noting that their are no buyer commissions on items sold in this manner from my site, unlike all auction houses that now charge expensive buyer fees !
THIRD REICH GERMAN POSTAGE STAMPS 10 Third Reich vintage, Hitler head postage stamps. 9 are unused. All are in excellent damage free condition. Interestingly, Hitler amassed a personal fortune from the sale postage stamps alone. He received a royalty for each sale, for the use of his own image upon them.
THIRD REICH HOME FRONT HOUSE, AIR DAMAGE AUSWEIS A German Third Reich Home Air Defence issued 'Ausweis' for a family that has suffered damage to their home and therefore being entitled to home front 'privileges'. Issued to the district of 'Karlsruhe West 1', and detailing the at the family home has suffered 'Leicht' (Light) air raid damage. Good damage free condition with the lower counterfoil removed. Slight edge creasing and foxing.
THIRD REICH R.A.D. PARADE GROUND PHOTOGRAPH RAD parade photo/postcard. Shows RAD leader greeting RAD troop members while on parade (official a little blurred due to movement at the time of exposure). Small crease to top of card. No text to reverse. Postally un-used.
THIRD REICH RAD - ARMY - LUFTWAFFE PHOTO POST CARD A good RAD - Army - Luftwaffe uniform photo - postcard, showing three men in each of the services mentioned posed on the steps of a building. All uniforms pictured are of enlisted men, in there basic working, service dress. Excellent damage free condition, with a small inked quotation to the reverse, which translates I believe to ‘3 Service men’.
THIRD REICH RAD BARRACK PHOTO POSTCARD A super RAD photo - postcard, showing men of the Reserve Ruh Trupp 4 posed, sat and standing in front of there barrack room on 25 / 10 / 38. Good enlisted mans uniform detail, with the unit officer sat to the centre. Excellent damage free condition, with the reverse marked ‘Josef Voss Fotograf Gerlingen (Sauerland)'. Very good clear photograph.
UNION CASTLE MAIL SS Co. Ltd. A nice early, used, Union Castle Line ships officer’s bullion wire cap badge. Bullion wire is with some age use and tarnishing. Coloured central flag detail is bright and clean. Black wool backing material is with some moth nipping at various points. Reverse complete with its backing material, and original paper maker label.
UNION MOVMENT PAPER No. 2 FEBRUARY 1948 Very early Union Movement, 4 page weekly newspaper. No. 2 Sat Feb. 21st 1948. The second edition of the paper of the post war newly reformed BUF (now Union Movement) still under the leadership of Oswald Mosley. Excellent condition with only edge nicking and creasing, and with age foxing. Headline :- Attlee Discovers Africa !
US OFFICIAL PHOTO :- GERMAN HOME FRONT 'GERMANS SEARCH THERE SHELL WRECKED HOMES' US Official Photo :- ‘Germans Search There Shell Wrecked Homes’. Image shows German women search for belonging in a bombed out house. Small caption to obverse, larger & more detailed to reverse. No release date.
US WAR CORRESPONDENT SLIP ON SHOULDER TITLE An excellent condition ’US War Correspondent’, slip on shoulder title. Gold bullion wire with tarnishing on black drill material backing. Moth and damage free, but a little grubby.
VAD MEMBERSHIP CERTIFICATE ‘Joint V.A.D. Committee’ certificate to Miss Phyllis Marjorie Clarkson showing her enrolment with the service on April 3rd 1922. Excellent condition certificate contained in its original leatherette carry case. Some creasing due to the insertion in the carry wallet.
VERY EARLY FIRE GUARD ARMBAND FIRE armband. Heavy duty red cotton canvas armband with the word 'FIRE' stitched to the band face, with a roller buckle as a fastener. This armband is of pre / early war vintage when volunteers came forward for fire prevention duties. This style of band was rendered obsolete with the introduction of the Fire Guard armband under organised fire guard control.
VICKERS ARMSTRONG ARP LAPEL BADGE ‘Vickers Armstrong’ ARP hallmarked silver lapel badge. Stylised ‘VA’ surmounted by lettering (ARP). Brooch pin fitting to reverse. No maker details as such but with a full silver hallmark. Excellent damage free condition.
VICKERS ARMSTRONG WORKSHOP TOOL TAG ‘Vickers Armstrong’ workshop tool tag. Brass ID tag for the Vickers Armstrong works Weybridge. Serial numbered 36 5006. Plain reverse. Small area of staining to obverse.
VICKERS ARMSTRONGS BOWLS CLUB LAPEL BADGE Vickers Armstrongs Bowls Club sports and recreation club lapel badge. Tri - coloured enamel and chrome badge with brooch pin fitting to reverse. Maker marked ‘H.W. Miller Ltd. Birmingham 18’. (VA had pre war bought the Supermarine Aircraft Co and as such during the war produced the world famous Spitfire fighter aeroplane).
VINTAGE APOLLO XI MOON LANDING COMMEMORATIVE BADGE A nice vintage Apollo XI July 29th 1969 moon landing commemorative badge, depicting the three astronauts, with the rounding slogan 'America Salutes - First Men on the Moon. Excellent damage free condition with slight print mark to Micheal Collins forehead. Complete with lapel pin fitting. Maker mark to rear face off the badge.
VINTAGE APOLLO XI MOON LANDING COMMEMORATIVE BADGE A nice vintage Apollo XI July 29th 1969 moon landing commemorative badge, depicting the three astronauts, with the rounding slogan 'America Salutes - First Men on the Moon. Excellent damage free condition with slight age marking to the badge obverse. Complete with lapel pin fitting, and small red favour ribbon Badge approx 45mm diameter.
VINTAGE APOLLO XI MOON LANDING COMMEMORATIVE LARGE BADGE A large lapel badge commemorating the historic first moon landing by man. Badge depicts the three astronauts and all the relevant dates and places regarding the event. Badge is in excellent damage free condition and is complete with its reverse lapel fitting safety pin. (I have used the previous listing as a size guide in one of the images).
VINTAGE BOY SCOUT SERVICE SHIRT (SHOWING WW2 SERVICE AND THE KINGS BADGE AWARD) A very nice officially produced vintage Boy Scout service shirt to a scout leader with WW2 service and the award of the 'Kings Badge'. 1st Sheppey, 12th Epping Forest Group member shirt with many sleeve qualification badges (see images), to include the WW2 National Service badge to the right breast and the Kings Badge to the upper left sleeve. Shirt is damage free with some age foxing / staining.
VINTAGE GORDON COOPER 1963 SPACE FLIGHT COMMEMORATIVE BADGE A rare Gemini, space project, space flight, 22 orbit, by Astronaut Gordon Cooper May 15 - 16 1963, commemorative badge. Excellent damage free condition badge with some slight sun bleaching to the bottom right edge of the badge only. Reverse with lapel safety pin lapel fitting. The badge design is typical of this early period of US space exploration. (Smaller badge used as a size comparison in one of the images). All vintage space flight badges of this type are something of a rarity, especially in the UK....I presume because of the the UK's peripheral involvemnt and interest, in the US space programme.
VINTAGE ROYAL TANK REGIMENT SHOULDER FLASH A good, vintage shoulder strap, Royal Tank Regiment formation sign. Manufactured on cotton canvas with silk formation colour detail. I ‘believe’ this to have been worn on light weight khaki drill tunics / shirts in the Desert or Far East campaigns. Now a little grubby and with wear. Slight traces of glue to reverse where removed from an album (would clean off). A rare item of RTR insignia.
WAR CORRESPONDENT BRASS SHOULDER TITLE (1) A larger size ‘War Correspondent’ brass shoulder tile. Excellent damage free condition title with two loop reverse fitting.
WAR EMERGENCY INFORMATION and INSTRUCTIONS A good eight page pamphlet detailing what to do and not do in case of war activities, details such subjects as ‘Air Raid Warnings’ Evacuation’ and ‘Food Supplies’ etc. Some slight fading and creasing.
WAR TIME FOOD PACKAGING 'ORLOX PLAIN SUIT PUDDING' War time food package, ’Orlox Plain Suit Pudding In War Time Jacket’. Plain grey card package with red content detail. Excellent un-used condition. Damage and tear free. Will fold flat for display or storage.
WAR TIME PACK OF BLAKEY SHOE PROTECTORS Box of Blakey’s Boot Protectors. ‘War Time Pack’ of protectors. Economy card box with content and product details. Content appears complete.
WE CARRY ON, LAPEL FLAG ‘We Carry On’. British Sailors Society, flag day lapel pin. Very good damage free condition. Complete with fitting pin, which is now a little rusty.
WEST RIDING CONSTABULARY BUTTON A good untouched / unpolished West Riding constabulary button. Good local maker details to reverse.
WHITE STAR LINE R.M.S. CEDRIC SOUVENIR CAP TALLY A superb vintage souvenir for the White Star shipping liner R.M.S. Cedric. Sold in the ships shop as a memento of a sailing. Full length damage free condition. R.M.S. Cedric went into white star service in January 1903, finally being scrapped in 1932. Up until 1904 the Cedric was the largest liner in the world. In 1914 it was attached to the 10th Cruiser Squadron serving as an Auxiliary Cruiser. 1915 saw it used as a troop and supply ship. In 1918 before returning to civilian service it was involved in a collision with the Canadian Pacific steamer Montreal.
WHITE STAR LINE R.M.S. MAJESTIC 1927 FIRST CLASS PASSENGER LIST A superb condition W.S.L. R.M.S. Majestic Wednesday 14th September 1927 Southampton to New York first class passenger list. An excellent condition booklet, with all on board shipping details and complete first class passenger list to include members on the Guggenheim Family. Passenger list with some faint pencil markings, other wise, damage free condition.
WHITE STAR LINE R.M.S. MAJESTIC 1927 GALA DINNER MENU An excellent condition W.S.L. R.M.S. Majestic September 17th 1927 gala dinner menu. Damage free unmarked condition, contained in its original W.S. presentation envelope.
WHITE STAR LINE RMS TITANIC DISASTER POSTCARD (1) An art work, Valentines issued post card, immediately post RMS Titanic sinking, showing the Titanic sailing from right to left accompanied by a small steam tug. Excellent condition with no marking. Reverse with Titanic size statistics. Postally un-used.
WHITE STAR LINE RMS TITANIC DISASTER POSTCARD (2) An art work, Valentines issued post card, immediately post RMS Titanic sinking, showing the Titanic sailing from right to left within an ice field, with the sinister caption ‘Among the Icebergs‘. Excellent condition with no marking. Reverse with Titanic size statistics. Postally un-used.
WHITE STAR LINE S.S. CEDRIC 1921 LUNCHEON MENU An excellent condition W.S.L. S.S. Cedric June 27th 1921 luncheon menu. Damage free unmarked condition, with slight age foxing.
WHITE STAR LINE S.S. DORIC 1932 BREAKFAST MENU A very good condition W.S.L. S.S. Doric August 13th 1932 breakfast menu. Damage free, with slight age foxing, and some ‘food’ spotting.
WHITE STAR LINE S.S. DORIC 1932 CRUISE PASSENGER LIST An excellent condition W.S.L. S.S. Doric Oct 1st - 13th 1932, Gibraltar - Spain - N. Africa - Portugal cruise passenger list. Damage free unmarked condition, with slight age foxing.
WHITE STAR LINE S.S. DORIC 1932 FANCY DRESS DINNER MENU An excellent condition W.S.L. S.S. Doric August 11th 1932 fancy dress dinner menu, contained in its outer envelope. Damage free condition with no marking or age foxing.
WHITE STAR LINE S.S. DORIC 1932 LUNCHEON MENU An excellent condition W.S.L. S.S. Doric August 7th 1932 luncheon menu. Damage free unmarked condition, with slight age foxing.
WHITE STAR LINE S.S. DORIC 1933 BREAKFAST MENU An excellent condition W.S.L. S.S. Doric July 10th 1933 breakfast menu. Damage free unmarked condition, with slight age foxing.
WHITE STAR LINE S.S. DORIC NOTE PAPER & ENVELOPE An excellent un-used sheet of SS Doric ships note paper and its accompanying envelope. Un-marked and damage free.
WHITE STAR SHIPPING LINE SHIPS OFFICER CAP An iconic cap to a ships office serving with the White Star Shipping Line. Cap is in very good used condition, being damage free and with only three small moth holes to the cap crown (see images). Early manufacture cap being ‘Gieves’ marked only. Cap vintage is very probably late 1920s / early 1930s. Centre band in matching condition to the cap, fitted with a high relief bullion wire ships office White Star Shipping Line badge. One small area of bullion wire snagging to one flag pole to the badge centre (see images). As with all White Star collectables a very hard item to now find ! The White Star Line is synonymous with the Titanic disaster, but as with the previous listing White Star worked with the Admiralty and Government under emergency regulations and sailed trooping, supply and hospital ship facilities during WW1….The most famous and largest hospital ship in the British fleet HMHS Britannic, floundered on war service in the Mediterranean in November 1916. It was making its 6th outward bound sailing (and as such was empty of wounded personnel) to collect casualties from the middle east campaign. To this day, speculation as to the reason for its sinking still abounds. White Star merged with Cunard in 1934 with both companies suffering financial difficulties and falling passenger numbers due to the depression of the late 1920’s / early 1930’s.
WHO BACKS MOSLEY ? LABOUR RESEARCH DEPT. PUBLICATION Labour Research Department 36 page booklet ‘Who Backs Mosley?’ ‘Fascist Promise and Fascist Performance’. 1934 produced booklet detailing all (to date) BUF and Mosley misdemeanours within the British political arena, including policy and activities such as the Olympia rally. This is an early analysis of the BUF (the party being only two years in existence at this time) and its activities. The Labour Party, at this time, probably to its credit realised the capabilities of this ‘new dynamic party’ with the leadership of a tried and tested (albeit unpredictable) established MP, and a broad spectrum of support from the working class’s to the upper middle class. The Labour Party also realised that this new party would have to be \'hindered\' in its growth, for fear of draining its own corps support from the parties disgruntled middle ground. A rare piece of early anti-BUF / fascist literature, by a main stream political party. Mint condition with slight age discolouring, and a few small internal marks where this item has been used for research purposes.
WW1 / EARLY POST WAR BRITISH SERVICE DRESS CAP (Royal Irish Fusiliers) A very nice, early manufactured service dress cap badged to the Royal Irish Fusiliers. The cap is in excellent, moth and damage free condition and is best described as a cross between the 1905 pattern small peak cap and the regular Army stiff cap of 1914 vintage. Correct narrow leather chin band as is correct for early vintage, held in place by two brass G.S. cap buttons. Badge is polish worn and is held in situe by a single blade slider. Black oil skin liner is in excellent damage free condition, with maker details, size, WD broad arrow and partial date detail. (The third and forth digits of the date have been obliterated. This I have found to be common with items dated after 1918....sadly some collectors for some reason would preference to partially erase a date on an item 'in keeping' with the fields of collecting that is not period, rather than leave an item untouched). A super cap, that displays well on a mannequin form, and priced to allow for the 'date' and vintage other than definitively WW1. (Please be aware that badges on such items are easily interchangeable).
WW1 / INTER WAR BRITISH OFFICER GREAT COAT SHOULDER BOARDS A some-what boring listing, however 4 of the pips are the small type typical of WW1 vintage. Would be useful for a tunic restoration, i.e. a tunic that has had the pips removed.
WW1 / WW2 BRITISH .455 REVOLVER HOLSTER An interesting duel dated .455 revolver holster. Supple tan brown leather in damage free condition. All straps and fittings present in serviceable condition. To the reverse upper edge of the holster is a date marking 1916, on the front securing strap end is a maker marking and date 1940 (see images), indicating either salvage corps repair or re-issue. Very nice overall condition.
WW1 / WW2 BRITISH CHILDS 'TOY' SERVICE HELMET This type of helmet was produced during both world wars as a child's play 'toy'. This example, I personally believe to be early WW2 produced. The shell is a crudely stamped item with metal crimping to its brim. Two brim rivets hold the lace chin strap in position. Finish to the exterior & interior are in excellent condition, with 80% plus of the paint finish remaining. Shell is dent and damage free, with only slight surface rust spots. No liner was ever fitted to this type of toy. It's extremely rare to find helmets of this type with the original chin lace present and still in situ as produced.
WW1 / WW2 BRITISH DURHAM LIGHT INFANTRY CAP BADGE An excellent condition Durham Light Infantry other ranks cap badge. The D.L.I. cap badge in this format served the two world wars. Single blade slider.
WW1 / WW2 BRITISH GENERAL SERVICE OSD CAP BADGE A very nice, clean, damage free example of this much maligned (as un-interesting) is cap badge. Bronze finish virtually 100% intact, with reverse bearing standard two blade fitting. Untouched in recent years. (Given the construction and size of this badge I would conclude that it is of early manufacture). The GS cap badge was worn by many 'interesting' service men in 'interesting' jobs...S.O.E. Agents when on home service and in uniform were just one such group of service personnel to wear this badge with pride !
WW1 / WW2 BRITISH KNEE LENGTH FIELD BOOTS A magnificent pair of (private purchase) tan brown, knee length field boots as worn in the field by officers during WW1, higher ranking staff officers during the inter war and early WW2 years. Boots are in stunning 'wearable' condition with the brown tan leather, in supple serviceable condition. Clear maker details are visible to the inner upper legs of the boots with I believe very faint wearer details inked to boot upper also. I would say the boots are a UK size 9-10, and are with all boot puller straps. Sole showing light, none repaired use. They would benefit from some cleaning and leather treatment both to the uppers and sole to ensure their continuing longevity. Some stitching fragility to the upper inner leg seams. A super looking item in situ on a WW1 officer mannequin body form. (A pair of new tailored boots of this type today would cost well over one thousand pounds).
WW1 / WW2 BRITISH LEE ENFIELD OIL BOTTLE (1) A good early manufactured oil bottle as stored in the wooded butt of the rifle. Good WD maker mark to base with date of manufacture 9 / 18 I have a couple of WW1 dated .303 rifles in stock....e-mail for details !
WW1 / WW2 BRITISH ROYAL ARTILLERY 'STATIC WHEEL' CAP BADGE (2) An excellent un-touched condition Royal Artillery other ranks cap badge. Un-polished grubby condition. Single blade slider to reverse.
WW1 / WW2 BRITISH WILTSHIRE REGT. O.R'S CAP BADGE A good damage free all brass one piece Wiltshire Regt. Cap badge. Single blade slider to reverse, polish damage free also. Untouched in recent years.
WW1 1918 PATTERN RAF AIRMANS CAP BADGE A good, well service used WW1 1918 pattern Airman’s (other ranks) cap badge. Red heavy silk / thread detail on black velvet padded centre. Very good condition, as said with honest service use. Heavy black cotton backing material. Some moth to obverse badge edging.
WW1 3rd Btn ROYAL BERKSHIRE REGT CERTIFICATES OF SERVICE WW1 certificates of service etc relating to a regular soldier (enlisted 1908) Sgt. William Cobbler, 3rd Btn. Royal Berkshire Regt. Certificates to include National Registration Card, 2 certificates of medical discharge to the Army Reserve, medical examination board card and a letter confirming his entitlement to the 1914 Star. Contained in there red certificate of service wallet. Grubby condition items but sound and damage free.
WW1 A.I.F. (AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY FORCES) LEWIS GUNNERS TRAINING COURSE NOTE BOOK A superbly detailed A.I.F. Lewis Gunners training note book. A well kept ‘school’ log of the workings of the Lewis gun and its maintenance. All potential gunners went through a course of training in the use, handling and maintenance of the gun. Good clear notes with a well drawn ink sketch on the ‘Lewis’. Inside front cover with A.I.F. ‘school’s stamping and marked ‘Good’, indicating that the ‘student’ had achieved well enough to pass the course. Approx 50 pages of hand written text. Note book is with stiff card covers. Some pages torn from the rear of the book….blanc pages no text lost ! A nice moment in time item !
WW1 ALL BRASS BEDFORDSHIRE REGIMENT CAP BADGE All brass Bedfordshire Regiment cap badge. Grubby un-touched and un-polished condition. Single blade reverse slider.
WW1 ALL BRASS ECONOMY MIDDLESEX REGT. CAP BADGE WW1 all brass economy other ranks Middlesex Regt. cap badge. Good untouched badge. Single blade reverse slider. No maker details.
WW1 ALLIED FRENCH / BRITISH 1919 VICTORY CUP A rare (for two reasons) 1919 victory cup. Reason 1, The cap is manufactured from tin rather than the more usual ceramic varieties that still abound. This is only the second ‘victory cup’ that I have ever encountered in this format. Excellent damage free condition with only minor marking to the exterior detail (see images). Reason 2, the cup only recognises France and Britain on the cup as victors, rather than the more common ceramic items that carry images of the ‘multi-flags’ of the victorious nations. A very rare item !
WW1 AUSTRALIAN \'MOUNTAIN SERVICE\' LARGE PACK A rare Australian leather equipment mountain use large pack. The pack is of similar fabric construction to the standard large pack used with the leather equipment, but has been officially modified to be worn as a back pack only, with integrally fitted leather shoulder straps. Pack is in excellent used condition being damage free, and showing moderate wear only. Pack is maker marked and dated 1916 to inner front flap (see images). The leather work appears unmarked. (I understand that this form of pack was developed from the Australian experiences in the ‘hilly’ Gallipoli campaign, and the need to carry a back pack only, rather than full equipment)
WW1 BRITISH '08 PATTERN WEBBING BAYONET FROG A good condition, WW1 vintage pea green blancoed bayonet frog without helve tab. Wear to two areas of the frogs edges. Reverse with a multitude of maker, issue and date details....The date I 'believe' reads 1918. Never fitted with a helve strap.
WW1 BRITISH '08 PATTERN WEBBING MATCHED PAIR OF CARTRIDGE POUCHES A good matched pair of '08 pattern webbing ammunition cartridge pouches, in excellent damage free condition. Both left & right pouches have been matching powder coating blancoed in slightly darker than 'pea green' WW1 period finish. All fittings, poppers and straps are present and in working order, but, as with all such fittings, due to age and previous use they should be treated with care and respect. The pouch reserves are blanco free but grubby due to use / storage. Their appears to be no maker or date details having ever been applied to the pouch straps, so they would suit any period representation. A very nice pair of pouches on which to build a set of equipment ! WANTED:- '08 Webbing & '14 Leather equipment items, sets or component parts !
WW1 BRITISH '08 PATTERN WEBBING WAIST BELT A good, damage free '08 pattern webbing waist belt. Blancoed in slightly darker than WW1 vintage 'pea green' powder coating to the exterior only. Interior is blanco free, but grubby due to use / age storage. Maker details, size letter 'M' date 1918/19 and WD broad arrow to the inner belt centre. All metal fittings present. A good untouched item.
WW1 BRITISH '08 PATTERN WEBBING WATER BOTTLE CRADLE A nice early, front fastening 1908 pattern webbing water bottle cradle. Blancoed, in period 'pea green' powder coating, and now grubby due to use and age storage. The front fastening and one side fitting strap are with a couple of areas of webbing fraying (see images). All metal fittings are present. Interior with no discernible date or maker details, but with a capital letter marking 'LEIC' (see images). A harder item to now find with the early front fastening.
WW1 BRITISH 'AIR BOARD' (COVERING R.N.A.S. & R.F.C. TYPES) TECHNICAL NOTES on RIGGING A superb condition, Technical Department note book on rigging covering six different types of aircraft. The book cover is with the owner / user name applied in black ink and 'purple' indelible pencil. The notes are crisp and clear, accompanied by superb technical drawings and a couple of period photographic images. A nice item to find in this outstanding condition.
WW1 BRITISH 'B' PATTERN BRODIE HELMET WITH AFFIXED CAP BADGE A superb field used British ‘B’ pattern Brodie helmet, with workshop affixed Army Service Corps (A.S.C.) period cap badge. This helmet shows immense period character with much of the original paint finish worn to both outer and inner surfaces. The rim protector synonymous with the ’B’ pattern helmet is absent due to wear and use. Helmet liner is complete (apart from the felt upper cushion pad), as is the chin strap, but is now with some evidence of age hardening. Underside of the helmet rim is stamped ‘FKS 57‘, and there is evidence of the owner scratching his initials into the paint finish on the under rim also (see images). There is also a small are of old solder to the under rim, which I can only describe, not explain (see images also). The ASC cap badge is with some minor denting, which is not apparent from the images supplied. A superb helmet and only the second I have ever been able to offer for sale with a period affixed cap badge. Never before on the market.
WW1 BRITISH 'GOSPEL OF St. JOHN' 1914-16 SERVICE TESTAMENT (WITH PATRONAGE STAMPING) A nice WW1 British soldiers testament being the 1914-16 Gospel of St. John. Interestingly to the inside front cover is a patrons stamping (see images) to the Strensall Camp in Yorkshire. Strensall was home to a large garrison and training camp.
WW1 BRITISH 'PROPELLER TIP' PHOTOGRAPH FRAME (1) A very nice 'small' wooden propeller tip, made into a photograph 'frame'. Beautifully polished hard wood, laminated prop. tip shaped frame, with a 'hole' to accommodate the photographic image. Hand painted to the frame obverse is the wording 'Cambrai 1918. a crude stand and backing assembly. The image in the frame is of a Royal Flying Corps observer, formerly of the D.C.L.I. A nice untouched item.
WW1 BRITISH 'PROPELLER TIP' PHOTOGRAPH FRAME (2) A very nice wooden propeller tip, made into a photograph frame Beautifully polished hard wood laminated prop tip shaped frame, with two oval 'holes' cut to accommodate photographic images. The holes are cut expertly by hand. The upper image is of 2Lt. A.E. Ryan (which has been 'hap-hazzardly' cut and repaired), the lower reverse image is signed to the reverse in ink 'Your sincere pal Wally'. To the left of the lower image is fixed via its reverse fitting blades an officer bronze OSD cap badge. The obverse is very 'nicely manufactured' and presented, the reverse is a little more 'amateurish' in its finish with some later 'padding' to the images to hold them firmly in place. The glass picture covers are replaced with Perspex ovals. A very nice looking RFC mantle item !
WW1 BRITISH (FRENCH MADE) ROMANTIC POSTCARD One of a series of cards in the romantic vain, which normally have limited interest. This one however has a superb clear Christmas 1916 greeting to the reverse from a Royal Fusilier to his sweetheart at home. An excellent ‘moment in time’. Damage free card.
WW1 BRITISH .455 'SAM BROWN' 1917 DATED PISTOL HOLSTER An excellent condition dark brown pistol holster for a .455 service revolver. Holster is complete and undamaged and in stunning shape and overall condition. To the reverse belt loop is a maker mark 'R.W. Stiby' and date 1917. Also their is a faint marked owner name and regimental marking (RFA). To the inner side of the cover flap is an inked marking, which is difficult to distinguish. Would be hard to better for overall condition and appearance. This item is pictured with a pistol in situ, the pistol is NOT included in the sale !
WW1 BRITISH .455 WEBLEY Mk VI. 1918 DATED SERVICE REVOLVER (De-activated) A superb condition de-activated .455 WEBLEY Mk VI service revolver dated 1918. The overall condition is best described as excellent. Much original finish remains with good clear maker details and date. Grips are in matching damage free condition. Gun cocks and dry fires and is deactivated in such away that it can carry inert .455 rounds. The overall mechanism is 'firm / positive' rather than the usual well worn items that are now currently found. Sold with its certificate of de-activation, as issued by the Birmingham Gun Barrel Proof house, which is dated 01/10/2012, and six inert .455 rounds which will chamber. This item complies with all current UK laws and can be legally owned within the UK. However due to the differences / complexities in gun de-activation laws out side the UK this item is only open for sale with dispatch to a UK address. Age verification required when this item is ordered....21 years and older !
WW1 BRITISH / AMERICAN ‘TRENCH LIGHTER’ A trench lighter in the vain of the 1914 Princess Mary gift. A little more sophisticated than the Asprey Mary lighter, with a ‘spark wheel’, but with the same smouldering wick lighter. Nice kit bag item, complete and in damage free condition. (Needs a flint).
WW1 BRITISH 1/3RD FIELD AMBULANCE (E. LANCS) FORMATION SIGN A good multi coloured cloth formation sign for the 1/3rd Field Ambulance. An orange ‘3’ (now much faded) mounted on a blue backing and in-turn mounted on a maroon back. Moth and damage free, but faded and with traces of glue to the revere where removed from a ‘collector / photo album’. (The 1/3rd Ambulance column formed part of the East Lancs. Division).
WW1 BRITISH 16TH IRISH DIVISION FORMATION SIGN A superb condition cloth formation sign for the 16TH Irish division. Green thread shamrock on heavy khaki wool backing is in fabulous moth and damage free condition. Would be hard to better for condition. The 16TH Irish Div. started to assemble during September 1914 as part of the 'New Armies'. It saw service throughout WW1 fighting with distinction in many of the well known, bloody battles of the conflict.
WW1 BRITISH 1902 PATTERN SERVICE DRESS TUNIC (1918 MODIFICATION) An excellent condition 1902 pattern other ranks service dress tunic as worn throughout WW1 in its varying forms. This tunic is badged and buttoned to the 'Kings Royal Rifles' and given its vintage the wearing of regimental buttons was now becoming a mainstream dress code, rather than the use of the generic general service button. Tunic is in excellent damage free condition showing light use only, with a tailored interior collar. The shoulder straps have had the shoulder titles repositioned and as such evidence of a second set of holes is present (exactly the same as those holding the titles). The interior is with its vintage buff / brown coloured lining (see history description below) and as was common is without its shell dressing pocket. Moth free, the tunics condition given its age is best described as exceptional. A super example of this '02 pattern of tunic representing the very last stages of WW1 and its transition into the 1922 patten tunic. Would be hard to better for condition. The 1902 pattern service dress tunic basically changed little in its twenty years of service with the British army. It was born in its khaki serge form out of the denim tunic used by the British army in the Boer war. Its first pattern had a waste band and a rear central re-enforcing panel. By the out break of WW1 this form of tunic had been simplified to basically the tunic shown here. For the first two years of the war lining differences were the basic variants only until the introduction of the 'simplified utility' tunic manufactured in late 1915 and introduced main stream throughout the spring and summer of 1916. By the end of 1917 and now into the final year of the war the simplified tunic had become a thing of the past with the reverting back to the 'standard' war time issue 1902 pattern tunic. In mid / late 1918 the 1902 pattern tunic with its distinctive double dart front collar underwent its last transformation, until its replacement in 1922 with the service dress tunic of the same 'name'. The white lining was done away with completely, being replaced by the buff / brown coloured liner. Many tunics were not fitted with shell dressing pockets (this is not a 100% 'rule of thumb', I have seen this later tunic with shell dressing pockets), and I am certain that the paper issue label was not common place with its issue. This 1902 patten of tunic has over the years acquired the 'nick name' the 1918 patten tunic.... In 1922 the '1918' pattern tunic under went another tell tail change with the double dart collar giving way to the single dart (for simplified tailoring); thus the 1922 pattern tunic was born. In real terms, all of the varying patterns of 1902 tunics are to all intense and purposes a 1902 pattern tunic....the 'date markers' are in fact dates in which the tunic underwent a re-modification, mainly to meet the need of the war and war production. By far the greatest change was the mid war change to the 'utility' tunic....this tunic was still a 1902 pattern tunic with economy modifications. The '1922' pattern tunic might well more accurately be described as a 1902 pattern tunic with 1922 pattern modifications. The above dates are for me land-mark points in the tunics evolution and are most useful in detailing when the tunic may well have been manufactured, issued and worn.
WW1 BRITISH 1903 LEATHER EQUIPMENT THREE POCKET AMMUNITION POUCHES An extremely rare pair of little issued / used three pocket ammunition / cartridge pouches. ‘03 leather equipment usually utilised double pocket ammunition pouches and as such the three pouch assembly is as mentioned extremely rare. They were used in the main by small territorial units and home service battalions (their is little information readily available on this item of equipment). They are both matching maker marked (Edward Jones C & M) to the pouch reverses. Both are dated 1914 and both carry issue number and the rare military district markings I.O.M. (Isle of Man). In this instance they were used by the Isle of Man home defence force / possibly V.T.C. The pouches are supple with all fittings, buckles and fitting posts present. They are as with some other items I have recently listed only recently been found and as such never before offered on the market. I have in 40 years never been in a position to offer a piece of equipment of this type !
WW1 BRITISH 1908 PATTERN WEBBING CAVALRY SMALL PACK 1908 pattern webbing cavalry pattern side pack. Pack is in excellent damage free condition with central divider and correct reverse strap fittings. Obverse of pack has inked First Aid marking, which I believe would clean off quite easily. Faint maker, date and WD arrow details to underside of flap, which are now very hard to read. Brass work in good sound untouched condition.
WW1 BRITISH 1908 WEBBING 'WHITE' INFANTRY BELT 1908 pattern webbing, infantry pattern waste belt with exterior reverse buckles and ‘tabs‘. Blancoed white, small size belt with maker and faint date details (I believe 1919). Used by the Military Police, Navy and latterly the Sea Cadets (This passed from military use and is marked to the Sea Cadets). All brass fittings present and in good order.
WW1 BRITISH 1914 -18 OVERSEAS SERVICE CHEVRON GROUPING A whole war grouping of (rare / unusual) half size (5) O/S chevrons. One red for 1914 with four blue above, for the subsequent years. Excellent moth and damage free condition, rare, half size chevrons. Embroidered chevrons on heavy khaki who'll backing.
WW1 BRITISH 1914 NATIONAL VOLUNTEER RESERVE A 1914 National Volunteer Reserve lapel badge. A good used badge, showing signs of wear, but with thankfully no enamel damage. Bi-coloured enamel obverse, with the reverse carrying the rare maker details of ‘W.J. Carroll London’. Not an easy badge to now find ! (Worn by Army reservists when in civilian wear to show that they were still serving under the colours).
WW1 BRITISH 1914 STAR (UN-ISSUED / UN-NAMED) Possibly one of the most iconic British campaign medals ever issued. The 1914 Star as issued to the B.E.F. for overseas service in the very earliest stages of WW1. This example is the perfect ‘filler’ for a 'broken' group with a 1914 star missing. It is un-named / un-issued and as such is the best option for completing a group. Its mounted on a length of original ribbon silk ribbon. Excellent un-touched condition. WANTED:- 1914 Mons Campaign related items !
WW1 BRITISH 1915 SMALL WIRE CUTTER Again just recently attic found, a good clean pair of small, kit bag size wire cutters with maker mark (faint / indistinct) and date 1915. Cutters show period use with some chipping to the cutting jaws (I suspect from being dropped), but with much original finish still remaining. A good other ranks kit bag item.
WW1 BRITISH 1917 FIELD ALMANAC (ESSEX REGT. INTEREST) A 1917 dated and issue soldiers field almanac in very good clean damage free condition, with the cover faintly stamped / issue marked to 1/8 Btn. Essex Regt. Interior in matching damage free condition the card covers.
WW1 BRITISH 2 INCH ‘08 WEBBING BUCKLES I have a few pairs of ‘08 webbing 2 inch buckles as used on the shoulder straps to facilitate the fitting of the large or small packs to the equipment. All are in damage free condition, some being a tad cleaner / brighter than others. (This listing indicates the price per pair).
WW1 BRITISH 3 H SLIP ON SHOULDER TITLE WW1 British 3rd Hussars slip on shoulder title. Excellent condition white on khaki heavy wool backing title. Reverse fitting strap present. Moth and damage free, some storage staining to reverse.
WW1 BRITISH 35TH DIVISION FORMATION SIGN An unusual variation of the WW1 35th Division formation sign. Usual ‘7 arms X 5’s’ representing the 35th division in red silk thread on black heavy wool backing. Some snagging to the thread detail to the obverse otherwise moth and damage free. Formed mainly of Northern Regiments / Battalions, the Division left England in January 1916 and served on the Western front until the wars end. Interestingly the Division was used to quell rioting in Calais in December 1918 (The 35th Div. formation sign existed in two formats. This is generally considered to be the latter version of the two used. It is detailed in Mike Chappell's book British Battle Insignia 1 1914-18).
WW1 BRITISH 37TH DIVISION FORMATION SIGN Still remaining on the whip cord officer quality khaki backing material a felt wool yellow 'horse shoe' formation sign of the 37th division. Fine felt wool sign with minor moth surface tracking. Whip cord backing cut closely to the formation sign with a small area of moth. Formed in March 1915 as part of the 'New Armies' the division saw heavy action in the Somme offensive of 1916 and Passchendaele 1917. The division was relieved from the line in early November 1918, having suffered nearly 30,000 casualties throughout the war.
WW1 BRITISH 52nd (LOWLAND) DIVISION FORMATION SIGN The Division formed part of the 'New Armies' and was made up of Territorial units. Excellent, damage free clean condition, with very light moth tracking to the khaki backing. Would be hard to better for condition. The Division saw action at Gallipoli, and was later withdrawn back to the UK in April 1918 to form part of the forces amassed on the western front.
WW1 BRITISH 58TH (LONDON ) DIV. JUNE 1917 INTELLIGENCE REPORT A rare to survive, intelligence report for activity from June 5th - June 6th for operational areas on the western front for true 58th London Div. Excellent detailed information on both allied and enemy activity, both on the ground and in the air (Zeppelin activities included). The full scape report is headed 'Confidential. Not to be taken into the front line.' It has been folded into four and as such is creased accordingly, but is damage free with age foxing only. A super item for those interested especially in this division.
WW1 BRITISH 67TH DIVISION WATCH FOB A Good watch chain fob as issued to 67th Division men who had enlisted for recreational training in 1918 Good untouched unpolished condition. No engraved details to reverse centre.
WW1 BRITISH 74TH (YEOMANRY) DIVISION FORMATION SIGN A good used grubby condition 74th (Yeomanry) Division formation sign. The divisions broken spur on black wool backing. Nice untouched condition. Appears to have been removed from an album or frame. The broken spur is representative of the Division turning from a cavalry to an infantry division. It was Division was formed in the Middle East in 1917. It was transferred to the Western Front in May 1918 and saw service until the wars end.
WW1 BRITISH 9 L SLIP ON SHOULDER TITLE WW1 British 9th Lancers slip on shoulder title. Excellent condition white on khaki heavy wool backing title. Reverse fitting strap present. Moth and damage free, some storage staining to reverse.
WW1 BRITISH A.& S. H. SLIP ON SHOULDER TITLE A very nice example of a heavy wool backed, with white thread detail A. & S. H. (Argyle and Sutherland Highlander) slip on shoulder title. Used, very clean moth and damage free condition, complete with reverse fitting strap. Some old 'blue tak' to the reverse where removed from a display. A hard title to now find !
WW1 BRITISH A.S.C. (ARMY SERVICE CORPS) AMMUNITION COLUMN SLEEVE FORMATION SIGN An extremely well made ASC ammunition column sleeve formation sign. Red baize shell head with a blue central band. Moth and damage free.
WW1 BRITISH A.S.C. 596 M.T. Coy. MESOPOTAMIA 1916 CHRISTMAS CARD An excellent condition Army Service Corps middle east campaign 1916 Christmas card. A high quality produced card with an excellent photograph within the card of a ‘Service Corps column of lorries. Excellent damage free condition.
WW1 BRITISH ARIAL FLECHETTE DART A superb, multi-piece construction dart, used as an anti-personnel air to ground weapon during WW1. Bulbous weighted dart head, with slender flight shaft and a fully detachable fin. Fin is with a Reg. Pat. No. A rarer dart to now find. (Arial flechette darts were intended as an anti-personnel weapon intended to cause severe none life threatening injury. In doing this the the unfortunate being struck by the weapon was eliminated from the conflict and said medical services called to action to treat the casualty, placing maximum strain on the medical services). WANTED:- Unusual WW1 Ariel darts !
WW1 BRITISH AVIATION MEDAL RIBBON GROUPING A good used removed from a tunic RFC / early RAF medal ribbon grouping. Consists of the second pattern Air Force Cross, War & Victory medals ribbons, all with the same wear. The victory ribbon at one time (from the marks on it) seems to have carried an MID oak-leaf cluster. Nice untouched, worn, grubby condition.
WW1 BRITISH AVIATORS FLYING GOGGLES A fine pair of early aviation googles as used by flyers during WW1 A petite pair of metal frames with imitation fur eye cushions and elasticated head band strap. Lenses are in glass and are held in place by two hinged (left and right) closing panels, allowing lens replacement or a change of lens to tinted glass, an idea typical of their vintage. (See image 4 of a partially removed lens). Superb overall, damage free condition. The elasticated head band is complete and damage free, but the elastication has ‘faded’ with age.
WW1 BRITISH BLANKET / GREAT-COAT KIT ROLE A nice kit assembly for carrying a rolled blanket / great-coat, based on the 1903 pattern carry straps for the same purpose. Leather and canvas assembly with all clips, fittings and straps present. Their is some age darkening to both leather loop straps, but with the leather still handleable with care and the assembly working in its intended form. The item is user marked to both leather and canvas strapping. A fairly rare assembly to now find in this complete condition.
WW1 BRITISH BLUE OVERSEAS SERVICE CHEVRONS (EARLY CONSTRUCTION) A very good set of un-used and un-cut blue service chevrons on heavy khaki wool backing. Produced in their early form on sheets of khaki wool material with the cheaper manufacturing method of being produced on rolls coming later in the war. Good untouched moth free condition.
WW1 BRITISH BORDER Regt. SLIP ON SHOULDER TITLE (1) WW1 British Border Regt. slip on shoulder title. Good condition white on khaki heavy wool backing title. Reverse fitting strap present. Slight surface moth, but otherwise damage free.
WW1 BRITISH BOY SCOUT ORGANISATION GROUP PHOTO-POSTCARD A stunning group photograph of senior Boy Scout leaders posing with an officer from the Royal Artillery and I am presuming a local padre/vicar. Good senior scout leader uniform detail. Nice damage free condition, with the reverse marked in ink 'St James Troop'.
WW1 BRITISH BOY SCOUTS 1914 NATIONAL / WAR SERVICE 1914 SLEEVE TITLE. An excellent, used, removed from a shirt, example of this scarce World War 1 sleeve service / honour badge. Yellow detail with black thread highlight detail on red felt wool backing. Date and crown detail now a little grubby due to use. Moth and damage free. (This sleeve title was issued for 28 days, (within the year detailed) 3 hour per day National / War service, i.e. messenger running for the army, helping police and home front work etc.)
WW1 BRITISH BRODIE 'CRUISE VISOR' FIELD SERVICE HELMET A rare example of the 1st Pattern* 'Cruise Visor' modified Brodie service helmet. Chain mail, square eye guard affixed to the helmet with the addition of a rim attachment and side hooks. The helmet shell is in excellent damage free condition, with the addition of the 'crude' rim bracket. Helmet liner is in very good condition and is complete with its chin strap. Liner upper felt cushion pad is as common absent due to moth / wear / damage. The chin strap is with some fragility as is the liner. The Cruise visor is complete but like the liner is with some fragility. (Due to the liner and visor condition handling of the helmet needs to be with care). Helmet shell has been refinished at some time (not recently) and is now more 'grey' in appearance rather than khaki green. Some rust spotting to various areas of the helmet mostly the Cruise attachment. A very rare example of this iconic WW1 British helmet. Sold as a static display item only....NOT for wear or use in any capacity ! The British Brodie helmet became a necessity of the war due to the increase in head injuries that the British field service cap offered no protection against. Further on from this, eye injuries were a further consequence of war that also needed to be protected against. Capt. R.R. Cruise of the Royal Army Medical Corps was an ophthalmic surgeon that saw the need for just such protection, and as such under the auspices of the' Eye Protection Committee', produced the helmet prototype that was accepted by the committee and ordered for service use. Two hundred and fifty thousand 'modifications' were ordered and first saw issue and service in September 1916. The 1st Model* had a square chain mail guard the 2nd pattern more triangular in appearance. Significantly less than the number of modifications ordered were actually fitted to helmets and as such both 1st & 2nd pattern helmets were a rarity found in service during WW1.
WW1 BRITISH BRODIE ‘B’ PATTERN COMBAT HELMET A superb example of a mid / late war Brodie ‘B’ pattern combat helmet. Untouched condition, with 95% plus, original correct mid green paint finish remaining to the interior and exterior, the exterior with correct period ‘sand’ textured finish. Helmet shell is damage free, with a small area of minor surface rust only. Liner is in matching condition and has never been fitted with a cushion ‘doughnut’. May never have had its wool upper pad also, but this may be absent. Head liner is in well above average condition, and is in good serviceable shape. Both upper and lower elements of the chin strap is present, and agin is in excellent above average condition. A superb helmet, now very difficult to find in this outstanding condition.
WW1 BRITISH BRUCE BAIRNSFATHER ‘BYSTANDER’ CARTOON POSTCARD A nice December 1916 postally used cartoon card, addressed to a Bombardier in the 89th Siege Battery B.E.F. France, from a family member in Rochdale Lancashire. Card is damage free, with minor corner ‘knocks’. Caption:- ‘Situation Shortly Vacant’.
WW1 BRITISH CHILDS CERTIFICATE OF THANKS CHRISTMAS 1916 A nice certificate issued to children as a form of thanks for sending gift comforts to the troops at the front for Christmas 1916. Some fragility where folded and with pencil detail to the reverse. Named in ink to the recipient. I have never had one of these to offer before.
WW1 BRITISH CHRISTMAS 1914 QUEEN ALEXANDRA GIFT TIN The much rarer than the Princess Mary gift fund tin, of the same year, being the Queen Alexandra gift tin. Information and the criteria under which this tin was issued is very scant. One is represented in the Imperial War Museum's collection with only the detail that it contained 18 cigarettes that contained the monogram 'Alexandra'. My own research over a number of years has yielded little more than that sated by the IWM. I would very much like to know if it was intended for certain personages or groups of people of a certain position / rank etc.. The tin is in very good overall condition with the paper frontis detail label suffering from rust bleeding from the tin lid. An un-common item !
WW1 BRITISH CIVILIAN MINISTRY of FOOD RATION BOOK A now hard to find ration book for WW1 civilian use. Standard late war issue booklet in used condition, for the Aylesbury Bucks region of the UK. All coupons fully used, otherwise the booklet is in excellent well stored condition. The usual tradesmen stamping to the inside front cover.
WW1 BRITISH D.C.M. WINNER CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE WITH THE R.G.A A period framed and glazed certificate of service for a Distinguished Conduct Medal winner with the Royal Garrison Artillery, showing service from September 1915 through to the Armistice of 1918. Excellent damage free condition certificate, showing good illuminated detail with super calligraphy, on cartridge, art paper. An item with good scope for research !
WW1 BRITISH DEATH PLAQUE JOHN PERCY SELBY (NOTTS & DERBY, SHERWOOD FORESTERS) A nice condition plaque in good untouched condition. I believe recently removed from a frame, as the edge appears polished. Old period polishing. Private SELBY died 3 September 1916 K.I.A. France & Flanders. Sold with C.W.W.G. print out. (I hope it can be re-united with its medals).
WW1 BRITISH DRUMMER TRADE / QUALIFICATION BADGE A very nice clean condition WW1 vintage drummer, sleeve qualification badge. Damage free heavy thread detail as is typical for the period, on moth free khaki backing wool material. A reasonably rare qualification badge, that would be hard to better for condition.
WW1 BRITISH FATHER & SON PHOTO PORTRAIT An interesting portrait image of (sadly an un-known) father and son, taken in presumably the family grounds. The father a military Padre rather than in service dress is in blue patrols. The son a second lieutenant is interestingly in khaki cuff ranked service dress, but with no regimental insignia of any kind, no cap badge, collar badges of buttons. I assume that the reason for this is that he is just ’passed out’ an officer and is to be assigned to a regiment ? Photo mounted on card backing. Was framed at some time in the past.
WW1 BRITISH FOUR BLUE OVERSEAS SERVICE CHEVRONS A group of well worn, four blue chevrons, on khaki wool backing. Used condition chevrons, now faded and with some staining (see images). Moth free, but with wear to khaki wool edges (A perfect item, for a used tunic that has had the chevrons removed / lost).
WW1 BRITISH FULL DRESSWEAR OVERSEAS SERVICE CHEVRONS Three overseas service chevrons in blue enamel on gilt brass backings. Hair line cracking to enamel in all three chevrons but with all enamel present. Mounted on correct backing plate to take four chevrons. Worn on the full dress or No 2 parade uniform….Hard now to find !
WW1 BRITISH H.A.C. CLOTH SHOULDER TITLE WW1 British H.A.C. (Honourable Artillery Company) stitch on shoulder title. Very good condition red detail on navy blue heavy wool backing title. Slight moth nipping to the edge of the blue material.
WW1 BRITISH HANTS SLIP ON SHOULDER TITLE WW1 British Hants (Hampshire Regt.) slip on shoulder title. Good condition white on khaki heavy wool backing title. Reverse fitting strap present. Moth and damage free, now a little grubby.
WW1 BRITISH HOME FRONT 1916 WAR MUNITIONS WORKER LAPEL BADGE A superb 1916 home front munitions / war worker badge in its original manufacturers wrapping with matching issue numbers. Paper wrapper with badge issue number with the corresponding number on the reverse of the badge. Badge in mint condition. Wrapper with good clear maker details and in mating damage free condition. Could not be bettered !
WW1 BRITISH KIT BAG CANDLE LAMP A super kit bag item of the type sent to troops at the front as part of probably a bigger gift parcel. Commercially produced in the UK, and bought by a family member or comforts committee. Tin is the size of a ‘pencil box’ with painted pictorial hinged lid. When opened it springs forth a candle stand. Used as a source of light to write home by etc. thus making life at the front a little more tolerable. Original dirt and dust to the box base where untouched for many years. Stored well with some light surface rusting to tin lid and pictorial detail. Some paint charing to the tin ‘base’ by the candle where period used (see images). A very nice ‘been there’ item of some rarity....only the second I have ever encountered in 40 years.
WW1 BRITISH KIT BAG ITEM :- CLOTHES BRUSH 1910 DATED A fine condition kit bag, clothes brush named and dated. Brush is dated 1910 and as such was used by a pre-war regular soldier. Clear impressed naming. Overall condition is excellent....A nice kit bag filler.
WW1 BRITISH KITCHENER NEW ARMY RECRUIT BADGE A rare badge appertaining the Kitchener’s New Army Recruits, being a badge for the ‘New Bristol Battalion’ The Gloucestershire Regt. This badge would have been issued to a new volunteer for a new ‘Bristol Battalion’ serving within the Gloucestershire Regt. Some slight rusting under the celluloid face, but otherwise in excellent condition. A very rare badge ! In the early stages of the Kitchener new army recruiting scheme lapel badges for the various new battalions were given to new recruits to show that they were now under the service of the King. The badges took various low cost forms from simple card on lapel pins, to the more elaborate multi-piece badge.
WW1 BRITISH L.R.B. (LONDON RIFLE BRIGADE) CLOTH SHOULDER TITLE (1) A good, well used removed from a tunic cloth shoulder title. Rifle green lettering on black wool backing. Grubby used condition. Moth and wear to title.
WW1 BRITISH L.R.B. (LONDON RIFLE BRIGADE) CLOTH SHOULDER TITLE (2) A good used removed from a tunic cloth shoulder title. Rifle green lettering on black wool backing. Grubby used condition. Moth and damage free.
WW1 BRITISH LATE / EARLY POST WAR 6th BATTALION TANK CORPS ex ROYAL FUSILIERS CUFF RANK TUNIC A very clean, late war, 2nd Lt. cuff ranked tunic, to an officer serving with the 6th Battalion the Tank Corps, previously serving with the Royal Fusiliers. The tunic is mounted with officer quality Royal Fusilier tunic buttons, MGC OSD bronze collar badges (Indicating heavy section Machine Gun Corps....to become the Tank Corps) officer quality khaki backed tank sleeve badge to the upper right sleeve, red and yellow 6th Battalion TC shoulder board identification flashes and a full set of WW1 medal ribbons to include the ribbon for the award of the Military Cross and the bronze oak leaf for mention in dispatches (M.I.D). (It can be assumed that the tunic is late to early post war due to the addition of the WW1 trio of medal ribbons). Tunic lapels have not been multi punctured with holes denoting many changes of collar badge. The tank sleeve badge is with a small area of seem breakage and the khaki cloth backing is with some edge fraying. A couple of the tunic seems are now with some fragility, notably the collar and as such need either professional restoration or at the very least treating with care. The tunic is with light wear and is basically moth free. It has a couple of small 'snags' to the khaki cloth material due to wear / use. Liner in matching condition to exterior. No shell dressing pocket has ever been tailored into the tunic (another late / post war indicator). The tunic is sadly devoid of any tailor labels or issue markings and is un-named. Its a fine clean example of a cuff rank tunic with the added interest of being related to service with this iconic WW1 unit.
WW1 BRITISH LORD DERBY RECRUIT ARMBAND An un-issued example of the Lord Derby recruiting scheme armband. Khaki wool band with the red felt Imperial crown, and army council stamping to the waxed linen interior. Both fixing, tin buttons are still attached via cotton cord. A couple of areas of surface moth tracking and one nip to the bands bottom edge. (The Derby Scheme recruiting drive took recruits from areas in order of birth date, Such were the numbers involved that uniforms were in short supply, some recruits being issued with spare post office uniforms or more commonly this band to be worn with civilian clothing).
WW1 BRITISH M.G.C. I SLIP ON SHOULDER TITLE A fine, clean example of a denim, with white BeVo thread detail M.G.C. I (Machine Gun Corps Infantry) slip on shoulder title. Slightly grubby, damage free condition. Clean condition,complete with reverse fitting strap. A rare, harder to now find title !
WW1 BRITISH M.G.C. SLIP ON SHOULDER TITLE A used example of a heavy wool backed, with white thread detail M.G.C. (Machine Gun Corps) slip on shoulder title. Used condition with a small area of moth to the wool backing material, complete with reverse fitting strap. Slightly grubby.
WW1 BRITISH MACHINE GUN CORPS O.R'S CAP BADGE (3) A good untouched, grubby MGC other ranks cap badge. Single blade reverse slider. Untouched in recent years.
WW1 BRITISH MACHINE GUN CORPS OFFICER CAP BADGE An excellent untouched (recently loft found) MGC OSD (Officer Service Dress) bronze cap badge. 98% bronze finish remaining. Reverse with two flat blade fittings. Reverse with ‘Firmin London’ maker plate attached to the reverse of the crown. Grubby untouched condition.
WW1 BRITISH MANCHESTER REGIMENT SLIP ON SHOULDER TITLE A good clean, used slip on shoulder title to the Manchester Regt. White detail on denim backing complete with its reverse fitting strap. Damage free condition.
WW1 BRITISH MARKSMANS SLEEVE QUALIFICATION A good sleeve marks-mans sleeve qualification badge as worn in the main by V.T.C. troops and young troops under training with the V.T.C. Good multi colour thread detail on felt wool khaki backing. Grubby, but moth and damage free.
WW1 BRITISH MATCHED PAIR OF MGC OFFICER COLLAR BADGES (1) A good matched pair of officer dark bronze Machine Gun Corps (MGC) collar badges. Reverse with two loop fittings. Bronze finish to obverse with slight wear to high points. No maker details.
WW1 BRITISH MATCHED PAIR OF OFFICER MGC COLLAR BADGES (2) An excellent matched pair of officer chocolate bronze Machine Gun Corps (MGC) collar badges. Untouched condition with much original finish to both collars. Reverse with three loop reverse fittings. No maker details.
WW1 BRITISH MUNITION VOLUNTEER WORKER LAPEL BADGE A good untouched example of aWW1 British munitions worker ‘Volunteer’ lapel badge. Maker details ‘J.R. Gaunt & Sons Ltd. London’ also marked ‘Warranted Fire Gilt’ to reverse. Owner issue number to reverse lapel fitting. Such badges were issued nationally as well as by individual privately owned businesses to show that the wearer was in fact employed on war work.
WW1 BRITISH NATIONAL REGISTRATION CARD AND MATCHING MINISTRY of FOOD RATION BOOK A rare to find ration booklet and matching National Registration act 1915 identity card to a female resident of the Hove district in Sussex. I.D. Card is filled out in ink and is in good damage free condition. Ration booklet is with all coupons used with trader stamping to inside front cover. Both items in good damage free condition.
WW1 BRITISH NATIONAL REGISTRATION IDENTIFICATION CARD A WW1 period National Registration Act identity card. A late issue card being issued July 1918, by the Council of Blackwell. Card has been folded to carry, but as such is in very good clean damage free condition.
WW1 BRITISH OFFICER 'TRENCH CAP' TANK CORPS A stunning 'been there', officer quality floppy 'trench cap'. This cap 'oozes character' if you will pardon the theatrical description. Whip cord material, with no cap stiffening of any kind. Narrow leather chin band as is correct for the vintage held in situe by two bronze G.S. Buttons. Heavy bronze Tank Corps Cap badge is held in place by two fitting blades. (What inspection I can make shows no evidence of multiple fitting holes where the badge is fitted). The cap is with period, none to careful period repairs to the peak, badge area and the leather head band. The cap has no 'shape' what-so-ever when placed on a flat surface (see last image), but comes to life when displayed on a mannequin form, when it can then be truly appreciated for what it is ! Only the second officer 'true' 'trench style' cap as it was known, I have ever been in a position to offer for sale in 25 years. A stunning item ! Tank Corps, tank commanders favoured this style of 'floppy' cap, as it was reasonably wearable within the confines of a tank. The more upright, stiff caps of the vintage were not a practicable form of head wear for tank commanders within the machine confines. Most 'trench caps' either other ranks or officer, were working caps, and as such they have a very lived in appearance....The more wear the more lived in they look !
WW1 BRITISH OPEN TOP 1917 DATED .455 HOLSTER A good untouched condition, now appearing very dark brown, .455 open top holster. Used by the Tank, Machine Gun and Royal Flying Corps on their pistol equipment ‘set ups’. Interior of holster has a manufacturer issue number and WD broad arrow. Securing strap has the maker firms initials and issue date 1917. Reverse of holster with belt loop and cleaning rod receptacle. Holster finish is a little dry and dusty.
WW1 BRITISH OVERSEAS SERVICE CHEVRONS (3 BLUE) A nice grouping of overseas service chevrons on woven khaki backing rather than the more common wool backing. 3 blue chevrons in excellent damage free condition, with backing in matching condition. Item in keeping with officer quality uniform insignia. (Suitable for wear when qualifying for any three years O/S service with the exception of 1914)
WW1 BRITISH P.O.W. 1917 EVENT, FUND RAISER TICKET A very nice item, and rare to survive 100 years 'Grand Military Gymkhana', Normanton Recreation Ground, July 1917 admission ticket. An event, locally organised, in aid of British held prisoners of war, to raise funds to send comforts. Some slight creasing, and age staining to obverse and reverse. The reverse advertising a military & scout outfitters (see images). A nice item !
WW1 BRITISH PHOTO-POSTCARD CAPTURED GERMAN ‘U’ BOAT A sepia image of a captured German ‘U’ Boat on what appears to be an open day to view it. Some age foxing. Removed from an album with some identification to reverse (see images).
WW1 BRITISH PHOTO-POSTCARD H.M.S. VALIANT A good clear sepia image of H.M.S. Valiant at rest in a floating dock. Some age foxing. Removed from an album with some identification to reverse (see images).
WW1 BRITISH PHOTO-POSTCARD THE WREAK OF H.M.S. NATAL A sepia image of the up-turned hull of H.M.S. Natal, sunk in the Cromarty Firth in 1915 by an ‘explosion’. Some age foxing. Removed from an album with some identification to reverse (see images).
WW1 BRITISH POSED GROUP UNIFORM PHOTO POSTCARD MEDICS (2) A good group photo postcard of Middlesex Regt and RAMC officer and other ranks posed together. Good uniform and insignia details. Pencil text to the reverse and addressed to A corporal based at ’No. 9 Stationary Hospital Le Harve France’. Some minor edge creasing.
WW1 BRITISH PRESS PHOTO, CIVILIANS RECEIVE FOOD WW1 British official photograph. Photo taken on the Western Front. Image of ‘Inhabitants of a newly captured village receiving food from a British motor car‘. Excellent damage free condition with caption to reverse and official censor stampings.
WW1 BRITISH PRESS PHOTO, GERMAN POW's BEING INTERROGATED WW1 British official photograph. Photo taken on the Western Front. Image of British Intelligence officers interrogating German POW’s. Excellent damage free condition with caption to reverse and official censor stampings. Excellent uniform detail with the German uniform insignia censored (obliterated).
WW1 BRITISH PRESS PHOTOGRAPH :- BRITISH TROOPS CLEARING A CANAL WW1 British official photograph. Photo taken on the Western Front. Image, ‘Clearing up the canal du Nord which we took in our advance‘. Excellent damage free condition with caption to reverse and official censor stampings.
WW1 BRITISH PRESS PHOTOGRAPH :- ROYAL ENGINEERS AT WORK WW1 British official photograph. Photo taken on the Western Front. Image, ‘ R.E.’s A pile driver‘. Excellent damage free condition with caption to reverse and official censor stampings. Good uniform detail.
WW1 BRITISH PRESS PHOTOGRAPH :- THE KING AT PERONNE WW1 British official photograph. Photo taken on the Western Front. Image of ‘The King on a bridge at Peronne‘. Excellent damage free condition with caption to reverse and official censor stampings.
WW1 BRITISH Q.W.R. CLOTH SHOULDER TITLE WW1 British Q.W.R. (Queens Westminster Rifles, 16th County of London Battalion) stitch on shoulder title. Very good condition red detail on khaki heavy wool backing title. Excellent damage free, slightly grubby condition.
WW1 BRITISH R.A.O.C. SLIP ON SHOULDER TITLE A very nice clean example of a heavy wool backed, with white thread detail R.A.O.C. (Royal Army Ordnance Corps) slip on shoulder title. Excellent damage free condition, complete with reverse fitting strap. (Became the R.A.O.C. From the A.O.C. In 1919).
WW1 BRITISH R.E. SLIP ON SHOULDER TITLE WW1 British R.E. (Royal Engineer's) slip on shoulder title. Good condition white on khaki heavy wool backing title. Reverse fitting strap present. Moth to title centre and edges.
WW1 BRITISH R.F. SLIP ON SHOULDER TITLE WW1 British R.F. (Royal Fusiliers) slip on shoulder title. Excellent condition white on khaki heavy wool backing title. Reverse fitting strap present. Moth and damage free.
WW1 BRITISH R.F.A.SLIP ON SHOULDER TITLE A used example of a heavy wool backed, with white thread detail R.F.A. (Royal Field Artillery) slip on shoulder title. Used condition with some moth to the wool backing material,complete with reverse fitting strap.
WW1 BRITISH R.F.A.SLIP ON SHOULDER TITLE (Denim) A fine example of a denim, with white BeVo thread detail R.F.A. (Royal Field Artillery) slip on shoulder title. Clean condition,complete with reverse fitting strap.
WW1 BRITISH R.F.C. PILOT BREVET A fine example of a Royal Flying Corps pilot brevet. Good crisp detail to wing feathers, crown and central monogram. A very clean moth free example of a removed from a tunic, brevet that is now hard to find.
WW1 BRITISH R.G.A. SLIP ON SHOULDER TITLE (1) WW1 British R.G.A. (Royal Garrison Artillery) slip on shoulder title. Mint un-issued condition white on khaki denim backing title. Reverse fitting strap present. Moth and damage free.
WW1 BRITISH R.G.A. SLIP ON SHOULDER TITLE (2) WW1 British R.G.A. (Royal Garrison Artillery) slip on shoulder title. Mint un-issued condition white on khaki ‘light denim’ backing title, with rarer printed detail. Reverse fitting strap present. Damage free.
WW1 BRITISH R.N.A.S. PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPH (1) A small mounted studio posed photograph of a Royal Naval Air Service ‘Air Mechanic‘. Excellent tunic, cap and trade badge details. The insignia worn is in bullion wire on a black backing. Damage free condition. 12 cms. X 7.5 cms. (including frame).
WW1 BRITISH R.N.A.S. PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPH (2) A small mounted studio posed photograph of a Royal naval Air Service ‘Air Mechanic’ Excellent tunic, cap and trade badge details. The insignia worn is in bullion wire on a black backing. Damage free condition. 14 cms. X 11 cms.
WW1 BRITISH R.N.A.S. STUDIO PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPH A very nice sepia photo-portrait of a serving member of the Royal Naval Air Service. Its difficult to ascertain from the picture if this is an officer or petty officer. He is pictured in his foul weather rubberised top coat. Above the image is a hand drawn in ink R.N.A.S. albatross and crown. Also within the field of the picture is a fait pencilled name….this I believe is the photographer rather than the person in the image. A nice study typical of the period. I also assume that this would have been at some time framed.
WW1 BRITISH RFC / RNAS FLYING GOGGLES An exceptionally fine condition air of early flying goggles as used by the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service. Red vulcanised rubber frames with clear lenses, and elasticated fitting strap. Their is a very faint maker mark to the goggles interior....now indistinct. The rubber frame is for its age in supple condition and damage free. Excellent damage free overall condition. A rare accompanying item to the helmet listed above. (As with all such items, gentle, considerate handling and storage is recommended to keep this item in the exceptional condition that its currently in).
WW1 BRITISH RFC OFFICER PEAKED SERVICE DRESS CAP A fine example of a Royal Flying Corps officer service dress peaked cap. Cap is in very good condition, manufactured in whip cord khaki material. Narrow leather chin band is held in place by RFC cap buttons and the cap centre band is fitted with a fine example of a high domed RFC OSD bronze cap badge; held in place by two blades. (Only badge ever fitted, no multiple cap badge holes to the centre band). Cap interior is clean, sadly with part of the water proof oil skin crown membrane torn away. High quality leather sweat band shows moderate use, and is with a faint inked owner name to its underside. A small area of cap cloth has been repaired quite expertly to the rear under side of the cap (see images). Its a ‘stand high’ cap with a sprung front crown (can me worn in two modes, ‘flat’ or ‘high’), the sprung front is with some wear and now does not lock firmly into place. Overall, a fine example of an now rare cap to find in an un-interfered with state.
WW1 BRITISH RFC OFFICER SIDE CAP (3) A truly superb example of a Royal Flying Corps officer, private purchases side cap manufactured in fine quality whip cord. Cap is in stunning condition, being damage free and with only two very, very small moth nips forward of the cap badge. Exterior is with two bronze RFC cap buttons and with an OSD bladed cap badge. Cap badge is maker marked to the bottom rear edge of the badge J. R. Gaunt London. The badge has been expertly and carefully fitted without the blades puncturing the interior quilted lining. Interior high quality quilted liner is in matching condition to the exterior and is with a good clear silk maker / tailors label (see images). Possibly the finest example of this type of cap I have ever handled in over forty years in terms of condition and overall appearance.... Could not be bettered !
WW1 BRITISH ROYAL ENGINEERS CAP BADGE An excellent un-touched condition Royal Engineers King George V other ranks cap badge. Un-polished grubby condition. Single blade slider to reverse.
WW1 BRITISH ROYAL FLING CORPS OFFICER SIDE CAP (1) A fine example of an officer quality RFC side cap. Khaki whip cord material cap, with a quilted silk liner. Exterior is with a couple of small moth holes and use snags. Interior quilting is with surface fragmentation / wear (see images). Bronze OSD cap badge has been in situe 'forever', and is held in place by two reverse riffing blades. Side flaps held in the closed position by two small RFC cap buttons. Very good overall condition, not named !
WW1 BRITISH ROYAL FLYING CORP METAL PIN BACK PILOT BREVET A fine, un-touched example of a metal pin back Royal Flying Corps pilot brevet. Bronze finished brevet showing fine / delicate detail to the obverse with maker details and heavy 'brooch pin' fitting to the reverse. Excellent untouched, unpolished condition. Becoming a hard brevet to find in this original format. (This brevet type is featured in, and discussed in Cdr. Robert S. Pandis USNR (Ret.) book 'Flight Badges of the Allied Nations 1914 - 1918 Vol. II). WANTED:- RFC & RNAS uniform insignia !
WW1 BRITISH ROYAL FLYING CORPS CLOTH SHOULDER TITLES. An excellent used removed from a tunic, matched pair of other ranks and NCO's Royal Flying Corps cloth shoulder titles. Good, clean thread detail with minor moth to the title edges and one area to one title by the letter 'R' in royal (see images). Nice to see as a matched pair.
WW1 BRITISH ROYAL FLYING CORPS OFFICER SIDE CAP (2) Another fine example of this iconic cap being of a lower profile (more typical of the period) than the previously listed item. Khaki whip cord material with a heavy liner, complete with brown velvet head band. Exterior is again with some moth holing and snagging due to wear. Bronze OSD cap badge is held in position by two reverse fitting blades, and has also been stitched through the crown of the badge....never removed or replaced. Side flaps held in the closed position by two small GS cap buttons. Very good overall condition, not named !
WW1 BRITISH ROYAL FLYING CORPS OTHER RANKS CAP BADGE A fine example of this all brass fully voided, other ranks cap badge in super unpolished condition. Reverse with period old polish remains. Complete with its fitting pin. Excellent untouched condition.
WW1 BRITISH ROYAL FLYING CORPS ROOLD / WARREN PATTERN CRASH HELMET A fine example of a British, WW1 used and manufactured light weight cork and leather crash helmet. Helmet is in superb damage free condition, and is complete with all fixtures and fittings. The leather exterior is with some wear, but is otherwise damage free as is the cork crown of the helmet. Interior quilted liner is with wear but is in matching damage free condition. Chin strap in excellent condition also with the buckle assembly in good working order. No maker details to the interior indicating that it is not a 'Warren' manufactured helmet. Their is some fragility to a couple of small areas of the leather covering stitching. A rare helmet. Britains allies had similar manufactured helmets with the chin strap assembly being a tie cord. The Imperial German Air Force also had a very similar looking helmet with a small peak in use with their own air services. The 'Warren", Curtis patent helmet was manufactured in the UK by Tautz & Co of New Bond Street London and as such carried their own maker details. It is because of this maker that this style of helmet is often, generally referred to as the 'Warren Pattern Crash Helmet'. NOTE:- The last image accompanying this listing shows this helmet with the goggles listed below worn on the helmet. This listing is for the helmet only NOT both items.
WW1 BRITISH ROYAL FLYING CORPS ROWING 'EIGHTS' WINNERS CUP A good looking winners trophy for the 1917 Kingston Regatta military eights, won by the Royal Flying Corps M.A. Reading team. A very nice mid-sized silver plated cup, mounted on a hard wood plinth, with the cup details and winning team very elegantly engraved to the cup 'front'. Cup is untouched and unpolished and appears black with tarnishing. Dent and damage free....A very nice looking item !
WW1 BRITISH ROYAL FLYING CORPS SWEETHEART BADGE / BROOCH (1) A fine example of a Sterling Silver sweetheart badge with bi-coloured blue and green enamel detail. Good untouched, undamaged condition, complete with reverse fitting lapel badge. Reverse marked 'Sterling Silver'....A nice looking badge.
WW1 BRITISH ROYAL FLYING CORPS SWEETHEART BADGE / BROOCH (2) A fine example of a gilt base metal (brass) sweetheart badge with bi-coloured red and blue enamel detail. Good untouched, undamaged condition, complete with reverse fitting lapel badge. No maker details.
WW1 BRITISH ROYAL GARRISON ARTILLERY OTHER RANKS ARCHIVE A small photographic and paper archive appertaining to a soldier in the RGA with later WW2 ARP reference. Group consists of a good head and shoulders studio posed image of Bombardier (Corporal) James Wicker. Paper items consists of his Attestation certificate dated 5th Feb. 1915, certificate of transfer and certificate of identity. Also a letter from his CO and certificate regarding his trade within the forces as a spotter and observer. Certificate of war service and birth confirmation. With the grouping is a small artillery sweetheart brooch with the fitting pin broken and Cpl. Wicker’s RGA shoulder titles. Two WW2 ARP identification passes named to James Wicker for the Urban District Council of Dorking accompanies the grouping
WW1 BRITISH ROYAL NAVAL DIVISION OVER-SEAS SERVICE CHEVRONS A rare example of an over-seas service chevron grouping for the Royal Naval Division, I would say officer quality ! 5 chevron grouping being the one red for 1914 and four blue for the subsequent years, detail service from 1914 - 18. Fine 'Bevo' thread detail on navy blue heavy drill material backing. Removed from a tunic. (This has been made as a 5 chevron insignia, it is NOT four blue with the addition of a red). Royal Navy and Royal Marine reservists not required for service at sea formed part of the R.N.D. at the out break of WW1. As an infantry division, much needed at the wars out break, they where dispatched overseas very early in hostilities and served in the defence / siege of Antwerp and coastal retreat in 1914. As such R.N.D. personnel qualified for the 1914 red overseas service chevron unlike their seaborne counter-parts. As can be seen it was issued on navy backing and worn on khaki service-dress. (RN 1914 red overseas service chevrons are extremely rare....this is only the second I have ever been able to offer for sale).
WW1 BRITISH ROYAL NAVAL RESERVE SHIPS OFFICER CAP A good untouched ships officer cap to a serving officer in the Royal Naval Reserve (R.N.R.). Cap is grubby with use and age storage. The white summer service cap cover has been in situe for many years and is in matching untouched condition to the rest of the cap. Bullion wire cap badge is in superb high relief, and is a rare badge in its own right. Bullion wire is tarnished and grubby but is damage free. Black patent peak and chin strap is with some age crazing. Interior showing wear commensurate with the cap and with a stencilled owner / wearer name. Overall, a cap showing much character (not without service wear) and to a branch of the Royal Navy that is little encountered in the collector market. (The caps appearance and make up is very much in keeping with headwear of the Edwardian era and early WW1 vintage, with a small crown and matching small peak).
WW1 BRITISH ROYAL NAVAL TEMPERANCE SOCIETY 1917 CERTIFICATE A Royal Naval Temperance certificate on card, issued and dated 1917 Card is with some age fragility, especially to its edges. Double sided with the reverse detailing the benefits of the abstinence from strong drink. The Temperance Society in general during the First World War was a powerful body of people. It believed and preached that victory in the war could only be achieved with clean alcohol free minds, and to this end urged many, both in uniform and serving on the ’Home Front’ to ‘Sign the Pledge’. So powerful was the movement that it was partly responsible for the changing of British Public House licensing laws, changes that were felt and still in place for many, many years after the conflict.
WW1 BRITISH ROYAL NAVY PETTY OFFICER SERVICE CAP A rare example of a Royal Navy WW1 vintage ‘working dress’ Petty Officer service cap. Excellent used condition, showing slight wear and now a little grubby. The peak could do with polishing as its now dull with slight age verdigris. Interior with matching wear. Cap body moth and damage free. Cap badge is of very high relief as is correct with this vintage cap and insignia.
WW1 BRITISH ROYAL NAVY THREE BLUE OVERSEAS SERVICE CHEVRONS A group of three blue chevrons, on navy blue wool backing. Excellent, possibly un-worn chevrons, in bright clean moth free condition. Indicates any three years overseas service with the exception of 1914. Worn by the Royal Navy sea service, Royal Naval Air Service and Royal Naval Division.
WW1 BRITISH SCOTS GUARDS CLOTH SHOULDER TITLE (1) An excellent condition white thread detail on khaki wool backing Scots Guards cloth shoulder strap title. Intended to be stitched to the 1902 tunic shoulder strap. Moth and damage free. Possibly un-used.
WW1 BRITISH SCOTS GUARDS CLOTH SHOULDER TITLE (2) An excellent condition white thread detail on khaki wool backing Scots Guards cloth shoulder strap title attached to a 1902 pattern tunic shoulder strap, as it should be worn. Slight surface moth, but otherwise damage free.
WW1 BRITISH SCOTTISH O.T.C. PHOTO-POSTCARDS A pair of photographic postcards of Scottish O.T.C. Interest. The subject matter is a visiting 2nd Lt. To his old school, posing for a single (good uniform) detail shot and a posed seated group photograph with younger members of his old school. Both cards are in excellent damage free condition, but sadly with no added detail Aston who the officer is.
WW1 BRITISH SERGEANT RANK CHEVRONS A good used, removed from a tunic matched pair of sergeant rank chevrons. Chevrons are with wear and are a little grubby, but are other wise damage free. Scarce to find this vintage of chevron now in matching condition.
WW1 BRITISH SHOP COUNTER, BOOT SHOP ADVERTISMENT A nice piece of WW1 period shop counter advertising, in the form of an ash tray and .303 14 dated engraved bullet. The ash tray is pressed tin and japanned lacquered, with pressed and printed detail advertising ‘Tyler’s Boots’ (see images). Slogan on the tray and cartridge case reads ‘Tyler’s boots are the best’. A coupler of small areas of surface rust to the tray. Nice that both items are now still together after 100 years. ‘Tyler’ boots were a well know period brand !
WW1 BRITISH SIGNALLER SLEEVE INSIGNIA A good used, removed from a tunic cloth company signaller’s sleeve trade patch. Shows honest service wear, being moth and damage free. Now a hard trade patch to find from this vintage.
WW1 BRITISH SMALL CIRCULATION NEWS PAPER :- SHETLAND & LERWICK NEWS 1916 A double sided, single sheet news paper being ’The Shetland News Lerwick Tuesday June 6th 1916’. A news paper of some historic importance in so far as they have not survived the passing of time, and when issued, had a very small circulation. Detailing the war news in brief at the time, the main headline being the loss of Lord Kitchener and his staff in the sinking of HMS Hampshire. Some age foxing and fragility where folded. A rare item !
WW1 BRITISH ST. DUNSTAN’S MUSIC PROGRAMME A January 1919 music concert given by The National Schools in aid of the St. Dunstan’s Hostel for blinded soldiers & sailors. Very good damage free condition.
WW1 BRITISH STUDIO PORTRAIT PHOTO-POSTCARD R.N.V.R. A good head and shoulders ‘soft edge’ image of a rating serving with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Standard uniform wear, with clear cap tally detail. Removed from an album with some identification to reverse (see images).
WW1 BRITISH STUDIO PORTRAIT PHOTO-POSTCARD ROYAL ARTILLERY A dour image of an identified member of the R.G.A. Interestingly the individual appears to be at the very top end of age entry to the services….or possible an ‘over-age’ volunteer. Standard uniform detail. Removed from an album with identification to reverse (see images).
WW1 BRITISH SUBMARINE PHOTO / POSTCARD ‘M’ CLASS BOATS A simple British photo / postcard being of some historic significance showing four British submarines held in dock, two of which are the rare ‘M‘ class boats. The image clearly shows HMS K6 and HMS K22 along with rare coverage of two of the four ‘M’ Class submarines built during WW1. The unique feature of the 12 inch gun mounted forward of the conning turret are quite clearly visible on the ’M’ class boats. Singular images of the ’M’ class boats are rare. Images of more than one together are virtually non existent especially showing the boats with their unique guns prior to conversion. HMS M2 was converted to a sea plane carrier. HMS M3 to a mine layer. HMS M1 was lost in an exercise accident in the English Channel in November 1925. HMS M4 was broken up before completion. Sadly it cannot be determined which ’M’ class submarines are pictured. Card is postally un-used, and there is no detail to the cards reverse. A very rare image !
WW1 BRITISH TANK CORPS 9crt GOLD & SHELL SWEETHEART BROOCH 9crt gold hand engraved Tank Corp badge surmounted on a shell backing, contained in a lapel button fitting. The T.C. badge is a little 'loose & wobby' to the badge obverse, but otherwise the badge is in excellent damage free condition. Badge backing button is gilt brass.
WW1 BRITISH TANK CORPS O.R'S CAP BADGE A very crisp clean example of an other ranks Tank Corps cap badge. Badge possibly un-issued, with correct single blade slider to reverse. Untouched in recent years.
WW1 BRITISH TANK CORPS OFFICER COLLAR BADGES A good used facing pair of Tank Corps service dress collar badges. Dark bronze finish to both badges (showing a slight variation in colour and appearance). Reverse with two loop fittings complete with fitting pins. One badge with maker details the other plain. Not an exact matching pair, but appear to have been used as a pair. Hard to now find.
WW1 BRITISH TANK CORPS SLEEVE BADGE A very, nice clean, possibly un-used condition Tank Corps, tank crew sleeve badge. Superb thread detail with the period horizontal gun. Would be hard to better for condition.
WW1 BRITISH THREE BLUE OVERSEAS SERVICE CHEVRONS (2) A group of three blue chevrons, on khaki wool backing. Excellent, possibly un-worn chevrons, in bright clean moth free condition. Indicates any three years overseas service with the exception of 1914.
WW1 BRITISH THREE BLUE OVERSEAS SERVICE CHEVRONS (WORN) A group of three blue chevrons, on khaki wool backing. Well worn, field used chevrons, in faded, moth free condition. Indicates any three years overseas service with the exception of 1914.
WW1 BRITISH TINNED MUG A very nice condition ‘tinned’ mug as used by all ranks at the front. Excellent overall condition with some wear to tinned finish. Dent and damage free....Unmarked as in common (Don’t think I have ever encountered a marked or dated mug of the period....If you have one, love to see an image of it).
WW1 BRITISH TRENCH BOMBERS SLEEVE BADGE (2) A trench bombers sleeve badge. Red grenade and bomb flames in heavy red thread detail on khaki wool backing. Good clean damage and moth free condition.
WW1 BRITISH TRENCH BOMBERS SLEEVE BADGE (3) A trench bombers sleeve badge variant, which is considered by academics on the subject to actually be a Royal Marine Siege Artillery sleeve badge ‘Larger’ red grenade and bomb flames in heavy red thread detail on khaki wool backing. Paper backing material still present Good clean damage and moth free condition.
WW1 BRITISH TRENCH MAP NIERGNIES 1917 (INCORPORATING THE AREA OF CAMBRAI) An excellent condition trench map of the NIERGNIES district of France showing 'Detail and Trenches revised to 24-10-17'. All areas of military interest are detailed with waxed pencil detail by the original carrier of the lines and units to include the 'Hants', 'Essex' and 'Worcs' 'dug in' in certain areas. Damage and tear free condition, and when folded showing faint owner pencilled name 'Davies'. The quintessential pocket filler for a WW1 officer !
WW1 BRITISH TRENCH MORTAR SLEEVE BADGE (1) A trench mortar’s sleeve qualification badge. Blue grenade and bomb flames in heavy blue thread detail on khaki wool. The flames have now faded to the obverse, due to wear. The reserve can be seen still to be blue. Nice used item in damage free condition.
WW1 BRITISH TRENCH MORTAR SLEEVE BADGE (2) A very nice / unusual trench mortar’s sleeve qualification badge on an oval khaki wool backing. Blue grenade and bomb flames in heavy blue thread detail on heavy khaki wool backing, complete with calico cotton backing material. Some moth to the khaki field Nice used item in damage free condition, being possibly an un-used item.
WW1 BRITISH V CUMB. SLIP ON SHOULDER TITLE WW1 British V CUMB. (Volunteer Cumbria) slip on shoulder title. Excellent condition white bevo woven detail on heavy denim cotton backed title. No reverse fitting straps. Intended for stitching straight to the tunic shoulder strap. Moth and damage free. Worn by local V.T.C. units and 'young' troops under training serving with this V.T.C.. A Rare title. (V.T.C., Volunteer Training Corps, the for-runner of the WW2 Home Guard).
WW1 BRITISH VOLUNTARY AID DETACHMENT (V.A.D.) DISTRICT LAPEL BADGE A super V.A.D. district lapel badge for Buckinghamshire. Gilt brass and four colour enamel badge in stunning damage free condition. Reverse with brooch pin fitting maker detail ‘J.R. Gaunt London’ and wearer / issue number 224. A fine looking badge !
WW1 BRITISH W.A.A.C. CLOTH OVERALL SHOULDER STRAP An excellent condition W.A.A.C. (Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps) working overall shoulder strap. Attached to the overall by loops this is a complete title. Red centre branch of service indicator with the correctly attached W.A.A.C. cloth title. Now hard to find in the is complete, damage free condition WANTED:- WW1British uniform cloth insignia !
WW1 BRITISH W.A.A.C. CLOTH SHOULDER TITLE A nice un-touched heavy wool backed, with white thread detail W.A.A.C. (Women's Auxiliary Army Corps) cloth shoulder title. Clean damage and moth free condition. Would have been stitched to the teachable branch of service shoulder epaulette.
WW1 BRITISH WAR & VICTORY MEDAL PAIR (OFFICER) & TOBACCO TIN A excellent condition War & Victory medal pair to Lt F.A. Cullard K.R.R.C. and a hallmarked silver tobacco tin with inscription to the lid from a fellow officer. Medal pair in excellent unworn condition. Round pocket sized tobacco tin is in matching excellent damage and dent free condition with good clear dedication (see images) from a fellow officer to the sprung lid. Sold with a medal records office print out of Lt Cullard medal entitlement.
WW1 BRITISH WAR WOUNDED ‘HOSPITAL WORK’ WALL HANGER A superbly, hand produced wall hanger in the form of a Middlesex Regt. cap badge, battle honours and victorious nations flags. The piece of work is specific to the 13th Battalion 24th Division Middlesex Regt. The workmanship is outstanding. Colour still bright but now a little grubby with age. It may well have been mounted in a frame at some time….it is now ‘loose’ on its own. A stunning item ! (Such items as this and the next listing were made by war wounded. They were encouraged in various forms of therapeutic work to help heal the mind while their bodies were attended to in hospital).
WW1 BRITISH WINDSOR CASTLE ROYAL APPOINTMENT CARD An August 1918 Windsor Castle ’By Command’ request / entrance card to this occasion. Issued by the Lord Chamberlains Office, with issue stamping. Numbered card for the seating arrangement. Excellent damage free condition.
WW1 BRITISH WOOL 'TRENCH CAP' A used, grubby condition (but damage and moth free) trench cap in heavy serge wool. Cap is as mentioned grubby with use, and is now devoid of any cap badge (a single blade slider badge seems to have been fitted at some time). Brown leather narrow chin strap is with some fragility and is held in situe by two G.S brass cap buttons. Interior upper crown is in black oil skin material with the inner head band of grey 'shirt material'. Overall condition would best be described as very very good, but as with all such items care should be taken when handling the item. Becoming a hard item to now find.
WW1 BRITISH WRIST ID TAG GUNNER R.F.A. A workshop made, from what appears to be a British penny piece, and mounted on a leather wrist strap. Obverse beautifully engraved with eth Gunner’s name, rank, number and religion. The leather wrist strap although still complete and intact is now with some fragility, with wear to one point in particular. WANTED:- WW1 British and German personal I.D. Tags
WW1 BRITISH ‘08 WEBBING ’14 LEATHER INTER-CHANGABLE SMALL PACK A good Medical Corps used as a side holdall, ‘08 webbing ‘14 leather equipment inter-changeable small pack. The hybrid ’08 webbing small pack that was manufactured with a view to being usable with ’14 leather equipment. Pack is in excellent condition with a painted Red Cross to the front flap, ’telling me’ that it was used as a Medical Corps field side holdall. Centre divider is present. All tabs and fitting are in excellent serviceable condition. Trapezoid side panels. Front flap interior is with a service number, but the issue marking and date are sadly long gone. Pack has been period ‘pea green’ blancoed, with most of it now worn away.
WW1 BRITISH ‘14 LEATHER EQUIPMENT BELT A very nice field used ‘14 pattern leather equipment belt now dark tan brown with age use and period polishing. Good supple condition, with some surface age cracking, with all straps, buckles and fasteners present. Both equipment rear straps are ‘stored’ away in the rear buckles as is common, when the belt is worn with service dress on its own. Interior is with some serial number and regimental markings (see images). ’S’ buckle is with snake detail. A very nice item that would form a good basis on which to build a set of equipment. (As with most items of this type, a leather treatment would help with its overall longevity).
WW1 BRITISH ‘1917 SAILORS & SOLDIERS CHISTMAS FUND’ RIBBON An excellent condition serving soldiers silk fund raising ribbon for the 1917 Christmas fund. Lovely pictorial ribbon mounted on a wire hanger with patriotic coloured drape chords. Would appear to have been removed from on album, with traces of old paper glue and paper to the reverse top edge.
WW1 CABINET PHOTOGRAPH of a CANADIAN INFANTRYMAN A super cabinet photograph on tin of a WW1 Canadian infantryman. Sadly there is no identification of the individual, and the image does not reveal to easily the unit of the soldier. The image is non-the-less super and shows something of a rarity being the award of the Military Cross it would seem to an other rank. Damage free throughout with some wear to the case edges.
WW1 CANADIAN WAR SERVICE BADGE ‘FOR HONOURABLE SERVICE’ ARMY CLASS ’C’ An excellent condition Canadian Army Class ’C’ For Honourable Service badge. Awarded to those not qualifying for the Class ’A’ or ’B’ badges. Excellent condition multi-piece badge complete with lapel safety brooch pin. Issue numbered and terms of wear detailed to the reverse. Maker details 'Caron Bros Montreal 1919' to reverse bottom edge.
WW1 CHRISTMAS 1916 GREETING CARD 'ROYAL SERBIAN ARMY' INTEREST An unusual / rare WW1 Christmas 1916 greeting card of the 36th General Hospital attached to the Royal Serbian Army. The dedication I believe to have been in pencil is now erased. Creasing to the edges and a little age foxed, but other wise damage free condition. Very small printed (but readable) printer details to bottom right of the card ‘Lith Gattegno Salonique’.
WW1 CHRISTMAS EYGPT 1916 FINSBURY RIFLES GREETING CARD A super Christmas 1916 greeting card from the 1st / 11th London Regt. (Finsbury Rifles). Slight age foxing, in excellent damage free condition.. Greeting to inside in indelible pencil.
WW1 CHRISTMAS GREETING CARD 8th FIELD SURVEY Coy RE/ (2) A good cartoon image New Year greeting card from the Salonika Army 8th FSC Royal Engineers. Pencil text to reverse (see images).
WW1 CHRISTMAS GREETING CARD SURVEY Coy RE/ (1) A crudely printed, on low quality paper Christmas Greeting card from the Balkans from the Royal engineers Field Survey Company. No text from a sender.
WW1 EAST EUROPEAN WRIST ID TAG (POLISH) ENGLISH MADE A good English made wrist ID tag I believe named to a Polish officer. My research on this item has been very, very limited, due to the lack of information, on said subject on the internet. Engraved to obverse ’Romaniszyn Mikatag A 1914 P’. Marked ‘Sterling’ to the reverse and with a period repair of the wrist chain being reattached to the tag. A rare tag !
WW1 FRENCH ARTILLERYMAN’S ADRIAN HELMET An exceptional condition (virtually un-worn), un-touched, Adrian Pattern helmet as worn by an artilleryman. Damage and dent free condition shell with ‘Horizon Blue’ finish 95% plus intact Correct period liner in excellent supple matching condition. Helmet is complete with its original full length brown leather chin strap. Correct artillery cap badge affixed to the helmet front. This helmet would most definitely be difficult to better for condition.
WW1 FRENCH JUNIOR INFANTRY OFFICER KEPI A good field used, WW1 French junior officers kepi of the 329th infantry regiment. Cap is with some wear and period stitching repairs to the crown edging. It also has minor mothing to the upper red crown, and overall wear and use in keeping with its age and field use. Silk inner adjuster present but grubby. Good clear maker details to interior also (see images). Complete, untouched condition, showing much character from its period use. The stiff nature of the cap when it was new is now with a general ’floppy’ appearance and feel to it, with shape distortion commensurate with age etc. No owner / user name visible.
WW1 ID TAG R.N.V.R. WW1 single red fibre ID tag to ‘G.H. Degg‘. Reverse marked ‘Sub Lt. 04 R.N.V.R.’
WW1 IMPERIAL GERMAN FIELD POSED IMAGE A super (now a little faded) image of a German infantry man, in basic field / trench equipment, sporting pickelhaube with field grey cover with numeral ‘7’. Indelible pencil text with 1915 9 Inf. Division Field post stamping to reverse. Excellent damage free condition.
WW1 MUNITIONS (EXPLOSIVE) WORKER ‘GRATITUDE’ CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE An excellent condition illuminated certificate of appreciation given by ‘The W.L. Blake Explosive Loading Company’ on the instruction of the Ministry of Munitions to a factory worker for his service 1914-1918. Named to Alfred Smith and signed by the three ‘Blake’ company directors with embossed company seal. Accompanied by a group photo of Blake workers. Group photo included three women and two serving soldiers identifiable by the wearing of service dress. Some pencilled detail to the photograph reverse.
WW1 NEW ZEALAND MACHINE GUN CORPS CONVERTED COLLAR, CAP BADGE A very rare example of a New Zealand, Machine Gun Corps collar badge converted to a cap badge. British made brass collar badge with separately affixed ‘NZ’ initials between the lower arms of the gun. Reverse with ‘J R Gaunt London’ maker plate. Originally had three loop reverse fitting but has been workshop converted to two loop reverse fitting (see reverse images). The Machine Gun Corps more than most other Corps / Regiments ‘thought it’ ‘fashionable’ / prudent to use converted collar badges as cap badges. The smaller badge made it harder to identify at distance ! The New Zealand Machine Gun Corps was formed in 1916 and disbanded at the wars end in 1918.…Hence a rare, hard to find badge !
WW1 NURSE EDITH CAVELL INTEREST Four French produced art work postcards depicting the ‘Foul Hun’ and their persecution of Nurse Cavell as a spy. Four images that tell the story of Cavell very succinctly, and aimed at raising anti-German feeling at the ‘outrage’. All cards in excellent clean damage free condition. Nice that they are all together as a set !
WW1 RMS LUSITANIA SINKING (BRITISH) MEDALLION A very fine example of an RMS Lusitania sinking medallion in its case of issue with descriptive information sheet.... One of the nicest I have offered for sale. (I have been lucky enough to offer a couple in similar condition this year). The medallion and case case are in in exceptional untouched, undamaged condition, having been stored well for many years, undisturbed. The text sheet has a small tear through one of the medallion images (left when viewing the sheet). This item would be hard to better for overall condition. RMS Lusitania was sunk off the Southern Irish coast on 7th May 1915, by the German U-Boat 'U-20'. This period, British replica of the German medallion carries the incorrect date of the 5th May as it was produced in the first German striking. (See the inter-net for more details).
WW1 ROVER SCOUT SERVICE CAP A superb WW1 vintage R.S. ‘Rover Scout’ service cap. Heavy felt wool construction which is in very good shape, being damage free and showing only very slight surface moth tracking (now none active). Exterior leather had band with some slight surface cracking. Interior head band showing light use and in excellent matching condition. Silk upper liner with some areas of fragility but complete. No visible maker details. Complete with original chin cord. Rover Scouts were used during the Great War most importantly as messengers, and more generally as helpers on the home front, a tradition that was later revived in WW2.
WW1 ROYAL FLYING CORPS SOUVENIR FROM FRANCE Made under the same cottage style industry as hand embroidered silk post cards, this is a superb silk pillow case with large embroidered R.F.C. pilot wings, Corps motto and wording ’Souvenir From France’. A more ’up-market’ form of silk embroidery that would probably have been intended for sale to an R.F.C. pilot / air crew for sending home to a sweetheart or parent. There is some age fragility to the silk case (reverse) and bows to the obverse. A beautifully made item in multi-coloured silk thread. This item would benefit greatly….by being framed.
WW1 SILK CHRISTMAS GREETING CARD An undated locally made silk greeting card. Silk thread in excellent damage free condition. Greeting fly leaf page removed.
WW1 TURKISH P.O.W. BEAD-WORK SNAKE An excellent example of a Turkish P.O.W.'s bead work, in the form of a snake. Excellent (as is common) bead work, using multi-coloured beads, to decorate the snakes body. Approx. 75 cms. in length excluding the hand carry strap. One or two beads here and their now broken free (but you have to look to find them). Supper item and piece of P.O.W. 'pass-time' art work. (Snakes and small ladies hand held purse's seem to have been the favoured for of art work of this type).
WW1 U.S. AMERICAN 'ENGINEER'S' BRODIE HELMET A very good condition U.S. manufactured ‘Brodie’ helmet with all correct American maker features. Textured subdued khaki green exterior finish with period affixed Engineers badge / collar button to helmet front (see images). Helmet liner complete but a little ‘crumpled’ in places. Helmet chin band complete and in matching condition. Helmet shell is in very good damage free condition.
WW1 U.S. AMERICAN 3rd ARMY, ARMOURED (US TANK CORPS) DIVISION TUNIC & BRODIE HELMET A superb WW1 US 3rd Army, newly formed US Tank Corps enlisted mans tunic and matching 3rd Army marked helmet uniform grouping. A single mans uniform items consisting of a superb untouched WW1 service dress tunic and US Brodie helmet. Tunic is in stunning un-touched original condition, complete with all correct period vintage insignia. Insignia consist of ‘US’ and Tank Corps collar buttons. Sergeant rank stripes to right sleeve, two good conduct chevrons to lower left sleeve, single red overseas chevron to mid upper left sleeve and correct first pattern US armoured formation sleeve patch to upper left sleeve. To the centre of the armoured sleeve patch is a period hand embroidered 3rd Army formation sign (see images). Tunic is moth and damage free, with some slight staining to the exterior. Interior has been professionally tailored and lined presumably for extra comfort and warmth. US manufactured Brodie helmet with all correct US manufacture features. Period painted 3rd Army formation sign to helmet front. Liner is now a little crumpled, and the chin strap is absent. An area of rusting to the helmet rear brim to its outer and underside. A superb grouping to what was then a very small elite US branch of service.
WW1 U.S. AMERICAN M1917 SERVICE BAYONET A good example of the US American made M1917 equivalent of the British 1907 Bayonet. Very good used condition with good clear maker detail and issue markings to the blade. Wood gips damage free. Scabbard in matching condition to bayonet. British WD broad arrow to scabbard bottom furel, indication re-issue to the British Home Guard in WW2 This example was made in 1917 by the Remington Arms Co., Ilion, New York, USA. Buyer age verification required with this item, 21 years. Also, it is the buyers responsibility to make sure this item is importable into their own country if buying from outside the UK.
WW1 U.S. AMERICAN M1917 SMALL BOX RESPIRATOR A very good condition 1917 Pat. WW1 U.S. small box respirator, complete in its correct period carry bag. Face-mask is of rubberised cotton, being in, well above average condition for its age. There is some flaking and age hardening to the rubberised interior. Eye pieces clear and in very good condition. Nose tongs complete and in serviceable condition. All elasticated head bands present but with elastic now a little fragile, and one band broken. Small hole to mask front (see images). Correct filter box in matching very good, rust free condition. Hose is with the usual age shaping, and some hardening. Carry bag is slightly grubby, and is in the main damage free with only a small wear hole to front bottom edge. Cover flap has ’typical’ U.S. securing fasteners. Owner / user name in indelible pencil to bag front (see images).
WW1 UNPUBLISHED ESSEX REGT & ROYAL IRISH FUSILIERS INTEREST PHOTOGRAPHS A group of 23 unpublished WW1 snap shot photographs and negatives of Essex Regt. and Royal Irish Fusiliers interest. Photos show troops at rest, posing with machine guns and on fatigue duties within a billeting camp. Also embarkation shots of the quay side and shipping with the dock area, two include two photographs of French and French Colonial troops. Good uniform detail. Negatives in good order. Prints of the negatives are old, but not as old as the negatives themselves. A very interesting group of photographs.
WW1 VINTAGE BRITISH TROPICAL DETACHABLE SHIRT EPAULETTES A good pair of WW1 vintage detachable tropical shirt epaulettes. Now grubby and showing evidence of having two pips affixed to both straps, otherwise excellent damage free condition.
WW1 VINTAGE LIVERPOOL SCOTTISH BONNET / POUCH BADGE An excellent un-touched other ranks Liverpool Scottish multi piece construction bonnet / Pouch badge. White metal now grubby in un-touched / polished condition. Reverse with two screw fitting posts. No maker details.
WW1 VINTAGE MARKSMANS SLEEVE TRADE / QUALICATION BADGE A good used, removed from a tunic, WW1 vintage British infantryman’s marks mans or weapons instructor sleeve crossed rifles. Typical period heavy thread tri-coloured detail, with some wear and fraying.
WW1 VINTAGE RIDING INSTRUCTORS TRADE BADGE A little encountered WW1 vintage, riding instructors trade / qualification badge. Heavy thread detail typical of the vintage. Some slight snagging to the badge detail, otherwise in very good damage / moth free condition.
WW1 Y.M.C.A. FUND RAISER 'SHEFFIELD in a TRENCH' A small 4 page card booklet produced by the Boots (the chemist) and sold from their stores to raise money for the Sheffield Y.M.C.A. The subject matter is a locally written poem about Sheffield and the benefits of being in Sheffield. I nice local interest item ! Some edge creasing and grubbiness, with a small tear also.
WW1 ‘D’ COMPANY 2 V.B. HERTFORDSHIRE REGIMENT PRESENTATION ALBUM A unique WW1 related presentation album to Capt. J.B. Wildman ‘D’ Company 2 VB Hertfordshire Regt. on its disbandment at the end of hostilities 1919, from the NCO’s and men within the company as a show of there appreciation and feeling toward Capt. Wildman. This superbly made album has been constructed from items used by the company while on front line duty during WW1, i.e. magazine clips and parts of leather equipment to make the hinge. Cap badge / shoulder title backing plates and fitting pins to bind the album. Artefacts carried by soldiers i.e. bullets and training rounds to decorate the front and rear wooden covers, which themselves are constructed from cartridge boxes. Buttons and badges also adorn the front and rear covers. The interior pages are of velum and the dedications hand inscribed in a beautiful style of hand writing in black art ink. There is also illuminated text and a hand drawn cap badge of the battalion on the last page. The album contains 8 velum pages, the front two detailing its recipient and whom the album is from, and the materials from which it has been constructed. The remainder with all the names of the men who wished to forward there best wishes to Capt. Wildman, listed in alphabetical order. Also with the album is a detailed news paper cutting covering its presentation, dated 28th Jan 1920. A stunning item of unique interest to collectors of this particular Regiment and the Great War in general.
WW2 / KINGS CROWN BULLION WIRE DRESS BREVET A very nice, attractive looking bullion wire, dress brevet, showing good clear bright detail. Silver bullion wire, with black thread wing detail, and multi-coloured thread detail to the crown. Fairly deep padding, making the brevets overall appearance, look very striking.
WW2 / PRE-1953 NAAFI 'FUNDS SIGN' A very nice N.A.A.F.I. (Navy, Army, Air Force Institute) canteen (specific unit) counter sign. A wooden made sign to show credit due to a unit in any given month of trading. This sign has had attached a Parachute Regiment collar badge attached to the top centre of the sign and has been profusely signed to the obverse by all users of this canteen. Month calendar indicator and rebate indicator present. Many of the signatures are dated 1944. Nice moment in time item!
WW2 2nd ANTI - AIRCRAFT DIVISION FORMATION SIGN 2nd Anti - Aircraft Division formation sign. Red detail on navy blue heavy wool backing. Excellent, very clean condition. Moth and damage free.
WW2 4th ANTI - AIRCRAFT DIVISION FORMATION SIGN (1) A hard to find 4th Anti - Aircraft Division sign. Mid-blue printed detail on red canvas cotton. Slightly grubby but damage free.
WW2 AIR TRAINING CORPS FLYING LOGS GROUPING A very hard to find ATC late war and immediate post war (Continuation log) cadets ‘Gliding and Flying log’, named to Cadet F. Denton. The early log has fewer entries within than the later log, with one remark by the flight instructor, stating that the cadet is ‘Nervous’. The post war log has many entries and remarks appertaining to training in 1947. Sold with a navigation aid and single ID tag as used by cadet Denton.
WW2 ALLIED KIT BAG ITEM:- SOAP CONTAINER A good used WW2 British army issue aluminium flip top soap container. Excellent damage free condition with date, WD and maker details to the base.
WW2 ALLIED POLISH POW PARCEL, RECIEPT LETTERS:- OFFICER POW A small archive of 7 POW parcel receipt post cards to the Kossuth family of Wembley Park from Lt Stanislaw (Gerry) Tolloczco, who was a POW held at 'Oflag IIB Oder IIC'. One POW letter from the Kossuth family only addressed, no text and never posted to Lt. Tolloczco. All items dated 1941-42 are in good clean undamaged condition.
WW2 ALLIED PRESS (AIR MINISTRY) PHOTOGRAPH(S) TOURS AIRFIELD BOMBING INTEREST A pair of Air Ministry press photographs (before and after) of Tours Airfield. The two photographs show areal images of the airfield before and after air attack by Fighter and Bomber Command. The main areas of attack are on the airfield hangers and workshops as seen to the the top of the image. As can be seen the attack was 'reasonably successful' ! Excellent damage free images with the 'usual' edge 'creases / knocks'. Reverse with information 'flimsies'.
WW2 ALLIED PRESS PHOTO ‘BRITISH & RUSSIAN TROOPS IN PERSIA’ A good clear press photograph of British & Indian troops in Persia inspecting Russian armoured equipment while Russian troops look on. Excellent damage free condition. Tear to the flimsy information strip to the reverse.
WW2 ALLIED PRESS PHOTO ‘NEW AMERICAN TANKS WITH AN IRISH CAVALRY REGIMENT’ A good clear press photograph of newly delivered American made tanks as used by an ’Irish Cavalry Regt’ in the desert, described as moving off into action . Excellent damage free condition. Full flimsy information strip remaining to the reverse.
WW2 ALLIED PRESS PHOTOGRAPH AIR MINISTRY ISSUED ‘BURMA CAMPAIGN’ INTEREST A damage free British official press photograph as issued by the Air Ministry of Beaufighters bombing Japanese oil pipe lines near Rangoon….(see flimsy). Dated issued May 1943. Complete with reverse information ‘flimsy’ and Press Association stamping.
WW2 ALLIED PRESS PHOTOGRAPH 'D. DAY' SUPPLY D.U.K.W.S. TRANSPORT INTEREST A super image of D.U.K.W.S. amphibious vehicles running back and forth from the beaches to bring ashore essential supplies of petrol and ammunition. The image is described as 'vehicles passing through a Normandy village'. No exact details of units pictured, the local or interestingly the date are supplied with the image. Excellent damage free image with the 'usual' edge 'creases / knocks'. Reverse with information 'flimsy'. (The milky / shinny effect in this image is just reflection of my own photograph of it. The image is clear and mark free when viewed 'in the flesh').
WW2 ALLIED PRESS PHOTOGRAPH DIEPPE RAID INTEREST An excellent study of a captured German prisoner under escort by a British soldier of an undetermined unit. A super moment in time image. Good detail of a Thompson Sub-machine gun carried by the British soldier. Reverse complete with information flimsy.
WW2 ALLIED PRESS PHOTOGRAPH NORMANDY CAMPAIGN INTEREST (2) A group shot of German POW's taken at Normandy being disembarked from a tank landing craft in the UK. A good study of late war axis uniforms in combat wear. Reverse complete with information flimsy.
WW2 ALLIED PRESS PHOTOGRAPH OF AN ITALIAN AIRMAN POW Another super moment in time image of a rather down beat Italian airman under armed military police escort. Reverse complete with information flimsy.
WW2 ALLIED PRESS PHOTOGRAPH OF AXIS PRISONERS TAKEN IN ITALY A good group shot of what are described as Mongolian prisoners taken in Italy being loaded into a cargo ship. Us navy personnel look on with interest from the shore and the boat deck. Reverse complete with information flimsy.
WW2 ALLIED PRESS PHOTOGRAPH OF CHURCHILL INTEREST A very good Daily Mirror press photograph of Mr Churchill and his family travelling in an open carriage to the Guildhall, to receive the Freedom of the City of London. Excellent damage free condition, complete with reverse information flimsy. No date details. Approx 20cms. X 15cms. (The milky / shinny effect in this image is just reflection of my own photograph of it. The image is clear and mark free when viewed 'in the flesh').
WW2 ALLIED PRESS PHOTOGRAPH OF GURKHA V.C. INVESTITURE INTEREST A very good News Agency press photograph of Subadar Lalbahadur of the 4th Indian Div. receiving the Victoria Cross from King George VI at Buckingham Palace. Excellent damage free condition, complete with reverse information flimsy. No date details. Approx 20cms. X 15cms. (The milky / shinny effect in this image is just reflection of my own photograph of it. The image is clear and mark free when viewed 'in the flesh').
WW2 ALLIED PRESS PHOTOGRAPH OF THIRD REICH GERMAN INTEREST 'GEN. UDET SUICIDE' British news paper and news association used item, not Third Reich news agency issued. A postcard sized, early (note the uniform detail, 1937) head and shoulders portrait image of General Udet of the Luftwaffe. The reverse flimsy details reports of his suicide due to differences of opinion with his superiors on policy etc. Good damage free condition. Dated 30/7/41. Approx. 12cms. x 9cms.
WW2 ALLIED PRESS PHOTOGRAPH OF THIRD REICH GERMAN INTEREST 'MACHINE GUNNERS' British news paper and news association used item, not Third Reich news agency issued. A very good Keystone Press Agency image of machine gun crew in action I personally believe the flimsy information sheet is giving information not contemporary with the image. The flimsy details the team defending a bridge in Berlin. I believe the image is from the early offensive campaign in Poland. An example of a stock image used for a specific news storey. Excellent condition with one period crease, complete with reverse information flimsy. No date details. Approx 21cms. X 17cms.
WW2 ALLIED PRESS PHOTOGRAPH OF THIRD REICH GERMAN INTEREST 'TROOPS BOGGED DOWN IN GREECE' British news paper and news association used item, not Third Reich news agency issued. A very good Press Agency image of motorised Panzer support troops bogged down by mud in the Greece campaign. Good winter clothing image and a motorbike combination being pushed through the terrain. Excellent damage free condition, complete with reverse information flimsy. Dated 26 May 1941. Approx 20cms. X 15cms. (The milky / shinny effect in this image is just reflection of my own photograph of it. The image is clear and mark free when viewed 'in the flesh').
WW2 ALLIED PRESS PHOTOGRAPH U.S. FORCES 'D. DAY' INTEREST An image of U.S. American forces taken on the 'D Day' assault and released for issue four days after the landings. Image shows U.S. 'Infantry' crossing a beach wall and embankment. The image is officially, period censored with the uniform insignia visible in the photograph obliterated and no details of the exact local released with the photograph. Excellent damage free image. Reverse with information 'flimsy'.
WW2 ALLIED PRESS PHOTOGRAPH ‘DIEPPE RAID’ INTEREST A damage free British official press photograph of a ’stock’ press image of Dieppe Harbour. The flimsy details that there is an attack in progress on the harbour by Canadian, British, U.S. and French forces, but says little more than this or how the raid is ‘progressing’ (see flimsy)! Dated 19/08/42. Complete with reverse information ‘flimsy’ and Press Association stamping. (In the light of what ‘we’ now know of the ‘Dieppe Raid’ and the catastrophe that befell it from its outset….It is not surprising that a stock image of the harbour was used to ‘report’ news of the raid while it was in progress).
WW2 ALLIED PRESS PHOTOGRAPH ‘ITALIAN CAMPAIGN GUSTAV LINE’ INTEREST A damage free British official press photograph of British troops making their way through rubble on the Gustav Line advance….(see flimsy). Dated issued May 1944. Complete with reverse information ‘flimsy’, no Press Association stamping.
WW2 ALLIED PRESS PHOTOGRAPH ‘SOVIET ARMOURED CAR’ INTEREST A damage free British official press photograph of a Soviet Armoured car in what appears to be an official winter parade. No date and only pencilled subject detail (see images). Complete with reverse Press Association stamping.
WW2 ALLIED PRESS PHOTOGRAPH ‘TUNISIAN LIBERATION’ INTEREST A damage free British official press photograph of celebrating local inhabitants carrying a banner of the British King & Queen ….(see flimsy). Dated 21/05/43. Complete with reverse information ‘flimsy’ and Press Association stamping. A low quality period produced image.
WW2 ALLIED PRESS PHOTOGRAPH ‘U.S RANGERS TRAINING WITH BRITISH COMMANDO’S’ INTEREST A damage free British official press photograph of U.S Ranger troops training at a British Commando deport ‘somewhere in England‘….(see flimsy). Dated 26/06/43. Complete with reverse information ‘flimsy’ and Press Association stamping.
WW2 BRITISH WAR ECONOMY PLASTIC PARACHUTE REGIMENT BERET BADGE Again another fine example of a Parachute Regiment beret badge in war economy plastic. Early plastic in silver appearance, with the reverse having its two brass fitting blades. No visible maker details. A superb example, that would be difficult to better for condition in any way.
WW2 BRITISH '37 PATTERN WEBBING LARGE PACK A good used '37 pattern webbing large pack. Grubby damage free condition (with the exception of one small whole adjacent to one of the rear fitting tabs....see images) with use and age staining. Interior with faint maker details and date 1941 As you know this pack is the same in configuration as its earlier '08 webbing equivalent, hence its use by a WW1 re-enacting.
WW2 BRITISH 'R.A.F. WORKSHOP MADE' HURRICANE / SPITFIRE LAPEl PIN The nicest of this small group of lapel badges in my a opinion; a workshop made, lapel pin of most definitely a Hurricane, in '3-D' profile. Made from aluminium. Excellent obverse detail and execution of the aircraft detail. Reverse fitted with a properly made lapel pin fitting.
WW2 BRITISH / ALLIED 'THE PRISONER OF WAR' :- NEWSPAPER FOR POW'S, DECEMBER 1942 ‘The Prisoner of War' the journal of The Red Cross and St John POW department. Vol.1 No.8 Christmas December 1942. Paper as issued to allied POW's in Axis captivity. The paper front cover is a little fragile with a taped repair to its spine. Content in good order, with interesting articles and photographs.
WW2 BRITISH 1940 DATED SHELL DRESSING A good example of an early version she'll dressing, dated November 1940. Printed detail to the obverse in good clear condition. Two small holes to the obverse, and one to the reverse (see images). Nice untouched / unopened condition.
WW2 BRITISH 1940 PATTERN BATTLEDRESS TROUSERS A very well, field used pair of 1940 pattern BD trousers as worn by a Sgt. of the 7th Armoured Div. (see next BD top listing). Trousers show 'fairly heavy' use with a field repair to the field dressing pocket (see images). Knapp of material worn, and showing various stains due to use. Good overall moth and damage free condition. Tailored hems with the removal of securing tabs and buttons. Interior clean. A very nice honest pair of field worn trousers. Size:- Approx. Waist 30 - 32 inches, leg 43 inches from waists band to hem.
WW2 BRITISH 1945 DATED SHELL DRESSING A good example of a late war shell dressing. Printed obverse detail is with some 'smudging', otherwise being in damage free unopened condition. Dated April / June 1945
WW2 BRITISH 1st ARMY BAR A good used untouched, undamaged 1st Army bar. Worn with the Africa star
WW2 BRITISH 21st BATTALION MIDDLESEX HOME GUARD SHOOTING TARGET An excellent small target made for the 82nd Company 21st Battalion Middlesex Home Guard. Black profile of a German paratrooper with good clear maker and battalion details to the obverse lower edge of the target. Would have been used in a drill hall with small calibre ammunition or more probably air rifle pellets. Target is H 85 mms x W 75 mms. Crease to the neck of the profile.
WW2 BRITISH 3rd DIVISION FORMATION SIGN A good example of a bevo woven 3rd Division formation sign. Red thread detail on black wool backing. Moth and damage free.
WW2 BRITISH 4th ANTI - AIRCRAFT DIVISION FORMATION SIGN A now hard to find second pattern 4th Anti - Aircraft Division sign. Mid-blue printed detail on red canvas cotton backing. Mint, damage free, un - issued condition.
WW2 BRITISH A.T.A. SILVER OFFICIAL ISSUE LAPEL BADGE A superb example of an official issue silver, Air Transport Auxiliary lapel badge. Stunning obverse badge detail, with the reverse having a brooch pin fitting and issue serial number only….no silver marks. Issued as an official badge of recognition for service with the A.T.A. and worn on civilian clothing only. Stunning damage free item ! A.T.A. Pilots have since WW2 achieved the recognition that they deserved as a civilian aircraft transportation unit, delivering new aircraft of all types from the factory to air bases and moving in-use aircraft from air field to air field relieving combat pilots for more pressing air activities. They even flew the Atlantic bringing in American manufactured aircraft (fighters and bombers) for use in the UK….Most flew alone being all things to the aircraft…Pilot, navigator, flight engineer, signaller ! It was not uncommon for an A.T.A. pilot to be presented with a totally un-known aircraft type (women pilots flying single handed heavy bombers as an example) and being expected to deliver it to its destination on time, in most weathers and ’un-damaged’! A fantastic fraternity of men and women drawn from the ‘four corners’ of the globe !
WW2 BRITISH AIR CREW EUROPE STAR A very nice, clean, unpolished example of the Air Crew Europe star. Crisp sticking, with storage marking only. Mounted on its correct original length of silk ribbon. Sold with its miniature counterpart. Becoming harder and harder to now find.
WW2 BRITISH AIR TRANSPORT AUXILIARY (ATA) SIDE CAP BADGE A superb, rare ATA side cap badge in bi-coloured bullion wire. Padded cap badge in gold and silver (the two ‘A’s are in silver) bullion wire on its black wool backing. Moth nip to the badge centre and a couple of edge areas (see image), other wise in very good damage free condition. As with all ATA related items....a rare item ! Formerly worn by 1st Officer K.W.D. Jones ATA, based mainly at flying pool Whitchurch
WW2 BRITISH AIRBORNE FORCE QUALIFICATION WING A nice, used, removed from a tunic Airborne forces qualification wing. Pale blue embroidered, correct for the period wings with white thread parachute, on a khaki wool backing. A little grubby, but damage free condition.
WW2 BRITISH ANTI-GAS ‘GOGGLES’ (EARLY DATED) A good, issued ‘flat’ box for carrying six pairs of anti-gas ‘goggles’, forming part of the gas mask / respirator equipment. Box in excellent condition with one pair of ‘goggles’ still present in their original buff envelope. Clear maker details to box with issue date 1938./ Nice early item !
WW2 BRITISH BATTLEDRESS CLOTH ARMOURED CORPS RANK PIPS A matched pair of vintage yellow backed armoured corps cloth battle dress pips. Not easy to find as a matched pair. Rank 2nd Lieutenant Moth and damage free.
WW2 BRITISH BOARD of TRADE APPROVED NAVAL LIFE JACKET An extremely rare example of a Ministry of Transport (Board of Trade) navel life preserver. Issued to both Merchant and Royal Naval vessels this was the 'staple' life jacket as used on British shipping throughout WW2. A basic two piece item with front and rear float cushions, that was easy to don in case of emergency. Many thousands of these jacket were stowed on British ships for the duration of their use, but when they were up-graded in the 1950's most were destroyed, in favour of new style technology. ....Hence they are a rare item to encounter today. (Perhaps I've lead a sheltered life but this is only the second one I have ever seen on the market in all my years collecting and dealing). This example is in exceptional used condition, with a good clear Ministry of Transport issue marking to the right shoulder strap and issue date May 1941 and good clear M. of T. large marking to the life jacket front (see images). The reverse is marked with a 'name' ? (see images)....I was not aware that they were pre-issued to a crew member but drawn from a common pool ! The jacket is with some age and use staining throughout, but is otherwise damage free. Complete with its original waist tie chords. A very hard collectable to find today.....and new to the market !
WW2 BRITISH BREN CARRIER ’B.C.’ SLEEVE QUALIFICATION BADGE A sleeve trade badge for personnel qualified in the handling and manning of ‘Bren Carrier’ vehicles. Excellent multi-coloured thread detailed winged wheel on khaki wool backing. Moth and damage free. Very hard to now find as an original vintage badge. The second small batch of British armoured Corps related badges to be listed from a larger collection bought into stock.
WW2 BRITISH CATERPILLAR CLUB MEMBERS TIE Formed in 1922 by Leslie Irvin, the 'Caterpillar Club' is an informal group of club members who have bailed out of a stricken aircraft and used a parachute to save their life. The tie is in excellent damage free condition, and shows the silk worm emblem of the club throughout. Good maker labels present.....Slightly grubby and creased due to storage. (Unfortunately I am unable to give the wearers details as requested by the family, but am given permission to say that the wearer was a member of bomber command. Used his parachute to bail out over Germany in late 1943. Was taken prisoner and ultimately moved to Sagen Stalag-Luft III.....The wearer joined the fraternity of club members in 1947).
WW2 BRITISH DISPATCH RIDER BREECHES An excellent condition pair on dispatch rider breeches. Heavy weight wool cloth in clean damage free condition, with very minor moth nipping to one lower leg. All original buttons present. Chamois leather leg inserts. Interior with WD issue and size details. Waist measurement is approx. 90 CMS. (36 Inch) Possibly un-used condition.
WW2 BRITISH EASTERN COMMAND FORMATION SIGNS An excellent matched pair of economy printed Eastern Command formations signs. Facing white printed bull-dogs on black backing. Some slight staining, but damage free.
WW2 BRITISH ECONOMY PLASTIC GENERAL SERVICE CORPS CAP BADGE (2) An excellent, damage free condition General Service Corps WW2 economy plastic cap badge. Complete with original reverse fitting blades. Maker marked ‘1 - A. A Stanley & Sons Walsall’.
WW2 BRITISH ECONOMY PLASTIC GENERAL SERVICE CORPS CAP BADGE(1) An excellent, damage free condition General Service Corps WW2 economy brown plastic cap badge. Complete with original reverse fitting blades. Maker marked ‘A Stanley & Sons Walsall 1-A’.
WW2 BRITISH ECONOMY PLASTIC HIGHLAND REGIMENT CAP BADGE A rare example of this WW2 war raised unit, the Highland Regiment WW2 economy plastic bonnet badge. Plastic, matt bronze in colour. Complete with original reverse rear fitting blades. Maker marked ‘A Stanley & Sons Walsall 1-A’. No age curvature, excellent overall condition, with minor hair line crack at the buckle area.
WW2 BRITISH ECONOMY PLASTIC PIONEER CORPS CAP BADGE An excellent, damage free condition Pioneer Corps WW2 economy plastic cap badge. Complete with original reverse fitting blades. Maker marked ‘A Stanley & Sons Walsall’. No age curvature, and plastic mid brown.
WW2 BRITISH ECONOMY PLASTIC ROYAL ARTILLERY CAP BADGE (GRENADE) (1) An excellent, damage free condition Royal Artillery WW2 economy plastic cap badge. Complete with original reverse fitting blades. Maker marked ‘A Stanley & Sons Walsall’ Plastic is dark brown.
WW2 BRITISH ECONOMY PLASTIC ROYAL ARTILLERY CAP BADGE (GRENADE) (2) An excellent, damage free condition Royal Artillery WW2 economy plastic cap badge. Complete with original reverse fitting blades. Maker marked ‘A Stanley & Sons Walsall’ Plastic is mid brown.
WW2 BRITISH ECONOMY PLASTIC ROYAL MARINE COLLAR BADGES A good matched pair of blue plastic Royal Marine collar badges. Both with original reverse fitting blades. Maker details ‘104 103 A Stanley & Sons Walsall’. Superb damage free condition.
WW2 BRITISH FEMALE CIVIL DEFENCE GROUPING:- ILFORD ESSEX A small group of items relating to an enrolled female Civil Defence Warden from Ilford Essex. C.D. ‘Rainbow’ armband, battle dress breast C.D. badge and the owners warrant / enrolment card. Clear owner details and date 1943. All items a little grubby due to use / being carried.
WW2 BRITISH FIELD SERVICE 'CAP COMFORTER' A superb condition scarf / cap comforter in dark khaki green. Excellent damage free condition with maker, WD broad arrow and date 1942. One small wear hole, easily repaired. Length approx. 75 cms.
WW2 BRITISH FLEET AIR ARM CRASHED AIRCRAFT PHOTOGRAPHS A group of four privately taken, un-published photographs of the Royal Navy F.F.A. recovering the crashed remains of a land crashed 'Corsair' aircraft. The aircraft has 'come down' in an open field and is being recovered by crane. It is quite extensively damaged. Two photographs with pencil I.D. & date markings to the reverse. Damage free, with a couple of stains to two of the images and a central crease to one other.
WW2 BRITISH H.A.C. 1st ANTI-AIRCRAFT DIVISION 1922 PATTERN SERVICE DRESS TUNIC A rare example of a field used and worn, attributable, divisionally marked 1922 pattern, service dress tunic. Used tunic with Honourable Artillery Company brass shoulder titles, correct for period RA collar badges and 2nd pattern 1st Anti-Aircraft Division formation signs to upper right and left sleeves. Complete with correct RA buttons. Tunic is in worn condition and has a few small service / moth holes ‘dotted’ about it. Two small ‘paint’ splashes to rear bottom hem and lower left cuff (see images). It may well have had two RA cannons to each mid-upper sleeves at some time during its use. The overall condition is very, very good with the tunic being clean and damage free. Interior is with matching wear and is made up of its correct for period, khaki brown heavy cotton liner. Issue label absent. Field dressing pocket opened. (Accompanying the tunic are brief owner details (supplied by a family member) written on the back of two A4 photo copies of an original period photograph of the owner / wearer). I have encountered many ‘22 pattern tunics both used and stores new in my time as a collector / dealer. I’m sure their must be others, but this is the only one I have ever encountered in nearly 40 years that is correctly period divisionally marked and attributable to a wearer ! During the opening phase of WW2 the H.A.C. was occupied on home service duty, to include anti-aircraft gunnery. As a regiment with long standing traditions, the H.A.C. at this point in time still wore service dress (and still does to this day on special occasions), and as such went to war very much as it did on the outbreak of WW1.
WW2 BRITISH HEAVY WOOL UNDERSHORTS 1944 DATED An excellent condition pair of 1944 dated mid weight (standard) military issue under-shorts. Elasticated lower leg, complete with maker / date / size issue label (see images). Damage free.
WW2 BRITISH HM FLOATING DOCK CIVILIAN WORKER LAPEL BADGE A rare to find HM Floating Dock civilian workers lapel badge. Gilt sterling silver and bi-coloured ended lapel badge. Gilt is with some surface wear to high points. Reverse with brooch pin fitting, and marked 'Sterling Silver' with maker details 'Thomas Fattorini Bolton'. Excellent grubby, untouched, damage free condition. HM Floating Docks were mobile floating repair docks that could be moved from place to place, were needed, to carry out repairs to damaged ships, not in a position to sail to a static repair yard. They were maned by a mixture of civilian tradesmen and Royal Naval command staff.
WW2 BRITISH HOME FRONT 'AID' ON HM SERVICE HALF SIZE LAPEL BADGE Aeronautical Inspection Directorate (AID) On HM Service mini lapel badge. Gilt brass and enamel lapel badge worn by this organisation involved in the quality control of the aviation manufacturing industry. Lapel button hole fitting reverse, with maker details ‘Roden London’. Excellent damage free condition.
WW2 BRITISH HOME FRONT 'MUSKETRY NOTES' for THE ESSEX HOME GUARD A super little 4 page pamphlet, produced by the Essex County Telegraph on musketry. 17 points of essential interest in the care and use of your service rifle. Excellent damage free condition.
WW2 BRITISH HOME FRONT 'SILHOUETTES OF BRITISH AIRCRAFT' 1940 A 'Confidential' produced booklet by the Ministry of Home Security, in conjunction with the Air Ministry detailing the arsenal of aircraft as used by the RAF and Royal Navy at the time (1940). 143 page manual detailing types of aircraft, many of which are quite clearly a legacy of WW1 and totally unsuitable for 'modern' warfare Some age staining, but in the main damage free !
WW2 BRITISH HOME FRONT / MILITARY PORTABLE ROAD SIGN A good damage free portable (small) road sign as used on the home front by Civil Defence / Military Police authorities. A directional sign that can be used in a multitude of directions, depending how its mounted, being a white arrow on a red back ground. Good clear WD broad arrow and issue date 1945 to the base of the sign along with maker details (see images). Sign approx 30cms in diameter, and is rust and damage free.
WW2 BRITISH HOME FRONT A.R.P. MANUAL 'INCENDIARY BOMBS AND FIRE PRECAUTIONS' (1st EDITION 1939) An excellent condition home front, Air Raid Precaution, manual No. 9 'Incendiary Bombs and Fire Precautions' This is the first edition of the manual as produced in 1939 Fully expecting wide spread fire bombing should war come the Home Office prepared the home services with information on the type of bombs to expect and how to best deal with them. Superb damage free condition manual with red card covers.
WW2 BRITISH HOME FRONT A.R.P. MANUAL 'MEDICAL TREATMENT OF GAS CASUALTIES' (1st EDITION 1938) An excellent condition home front, Air Raid Precaution, manual No. 3 'Medical Treatment of Gas Casualties' This is the first edition of this manual as produced in 1938. Fully expecting gas attacks should war come the Home Office prepared the home services with information on how to treat gas casualties. Superb damage free condition, with hard back card covers.
WW2 BRITISH HOME FRONT ANTI-GERMAN ‘COMIC’ PLATE A very nice British home front, comic, ceramic plate depicting a caricature of Hitler and the Kaiser, with various slogans of the day regarding careless talk. Plate is in very good condition, but, appears to have had a fairly competent / professional repair at 2 o’clock (edge) when viewed (see images). Good bright colours and maker details to the reverse. A nice looking decorative home front item.
WW2 BRITISH HOME FRONT ARP SHELL DRESSING A good untouched / unopened shell dress as issued to the Air Raid Precaution Department as pert of the preparations for 'the war to come'. Excellent clean damage free condition, with clear printed instruction details and issue date 1938/9.
WW2 BRITISH HOME FRONT BOROUGH OF GREENWICH CIVIL DEFENCE ENROLMENT NOTICE A March 1942 dated ’Enrolment Notice’ for compulsory service in the local Civil Defence. This instance the order if for Fire Prevention duties within the borough at designated times and places. Excellent damage free condition, folded into three.
WW2 BRITISH HOME FRONT BOY SCOUT PRINTED SLEEVE INSIGNIA A good used removed from a shirt Boy Scouts war economy printed members fleece patch. Their is some wear to the coloured detail, other than this the patch is in excellent damage free condition. Not an easy badge of this type and vintage to now find !
WW2 BRITISH HOME FRONT CHILDREN'S FOOD RATION BOOK…BEXHILL FOOD OFFICE A good well filled out 1942 children’s food ration book, initially issued in the Borough of Bexhill, but with evidence of a move to Buckinghamshire (Evacuation). Covers a little grubby. A nice touch to the first page being a made up page by the child and stamped by the relevant food suppliers!
WW2 BRITISH HOME FRONT CHILDS GAS MASK & CARRY / STORAGE BOX An excellent condition child gas mask, nick-named ‘The Mickey Mouse’ gas mask, complete with its original box of issue / storage. Issued to minors not needing the bellows mask and to small for the standard issue mask. Red rubber face mask is in excellent, supple, damage free condition (to include the nose valve). All head straps present and in matching serviceable condition. Eye pieces clear and undamaged. Filter canister is with some surface age rusting only Excellent overall untouched damage free condition. Now hard to find in the supple handle-able condition. This mask is an early issue that has not been fitted with the extra filter canister. (All early issued masks were ‘re-called’ for the fitting of an extra filter canister. With later issues, masks were fitted with the extra canister prior to distribution….Not all early issues were returned for this modification). This item is sold as a display piece only. It is not recommended or sold for wear under any circumstance, and is most certainly not serviceable as a working gas mask !!!
WW2 BRITISH HOME FRONT DUNLOP ARP, FACTORY LAPEL BADGE A super, small, sold silver and tri-coloured enamel Dunlop, ARP service lapel badge. Excellent damage free condition badge mounted on a silver brooch pin fitting bar. Reverse marked ‘Solid Silver’ (see images). Mounting bar fitted with a safety chain loop. A lovely stylised badge !
WW2 BRITISH HOME FRONT EARLY HOME GUARD ‘GAS MASK DRILL’ PHOTO-POSTCARD A very nice early photograph of what would have been the fledgling LDV practicing gas mask drill under the instruction of a civil defence warden. Excellent damage free condition Modern pencil detail to reverse.
WW2 BRITISH HOME FRONT EAST RIDING (YORKSHIRE) SPECIAL CONSTABULARY LAPEL BADGE A n excellent condition East Riding Special Constabulary lapel badge. Chrome and blue enamel in excellent damage free condition. Button hole fitting. Still mounted on its original maker backing card. Good clean ‘Miller’ maker details (see images). (I have two in stock).
WW2 BRITISH HOME FRONT EMERGENCY ROAD REPAIR ARMBAND A mint, probably un-issued, armband for road way repair parties. Printed red details on a heavy blue cotton band. Excellent damage free condition.
WW2 BRITISH HOME FRONT ESSEX LAND CORPS ‘TIN’ LAPEL BADGE A rare example of an ‘Essex War Agricultural Executive Committee Women’s Emergency Land Corps’ lapel badge. A basic tin with celluloid facing badge with lapel pin fitting. Damage and rust free. A scarce badge to an important organisation, in a very basic war economy format.
WW2 BRITISH HOME FRONT FIRE GUARD SERVICE ARMBAND (WHITE DETAIL) Fire Guard ‘screen printed’ armband. A very good condition band in navy blue cotton with first pattern issue white detail. (The Fire Guard replaced Street Fire Parties). Excellent damage free condition.
WW2 BRITISH HOME FRONT FOOD SAVINGS SCHEME COUPON A December 1940 ‘Palmer Mann & Co. Ltd.’ food savings coupon. Issued as a means of saving with chosen grocers such coupons were bought by households to make provision for such events as Christmas. They were exchangeable for food stuffs under the National Manufacturers Coupon Association terms and conditions.
WW2 BRITISH HOME FRONT LANCASHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL FIBRE SERVICE HELMET An economy, fibre produced service helmet as used by various home front related services. Black finish with the front identifying transfer coat of arms of the county council of Lancashire. The remains of a red painted rank band can be seen to the crown of the helmet below the front transfer. Very good overall condition, complete with head liner and chin strap. Chin strap securing buckle is absent. Their appears to be no maker details to any part of the helmet.
WW2 BRITISH HOME FRONT LONDON MIDLAND SCOTTISH RAILWAY COMPANY WAR SERVICE LAPEL BADGE A white and red enamel war service badge for an employee serving with the London Midland Scottish (LMS) Railway Company. Good used condition, with a small enamel chip at 4 '0'clock to the white enamel. Reverse with lapel button hole fitting, with three digit wearer number.
WW2 BRITISH HOME FRONT MINISTRY OF HEALTH EVACUATION HOSTEL LAPEL BADGE Ministry of Health ‘Evacuation Hostel’ Lapel badge. Blue enamel and chrome finish badge. Brooch pin fitting to reverse. Maker marked H.W.M. (Miller). Excellent damage free condition.
WW2 BRITISH HOME FRONT MINISTRY OF HEALTH EVACUATION NURSERY LAPEL BADGE Ministry of Health ‘Evacuation Nursery’ Lapel badge. Blue enamel and chrome finish badge. Brooch pin fitting to reverse. Maker marked H.W.M. (Miller). Excellent damage free condition. By far the rarest of this series of badges !
WW2 BRITISH HOME FRONT MINISTRY OF HEALTH HOSPITAL SERVICE LAPEL BADGE Ministry of Health ‘Hospital Service’ Lapel badge. Red enamel and chrome finish badge. Brooch pin fitting to reverse. Maker marked H.W.M. (Miller). Excellent damage free condition.
WW2 BRITISH HOME FRONT TABLE OF PIOSON GAS POSTER CHART A superb un-issued / un-used poster size chart commercially produced, listing all types of poison gas likely to be used by the enemy on British Cities. Folded as issued and in outstanding condition. Would display well glazed and framed. Would have been used in Home Guard / ARP drill halls or public / municipal buildings.
WW2 BRITISH HOME FRONT W.L.A. SEVICE BREECHES A good used pair of Women’s Land Army service breeches in distinctive mid-beige corduroy. Damage free and showing honest use and now slightly grubby. WD issue stamping to the inner rear waist band and accompanying maker label with size details. Original tie chords to leg hems. A nice item !
WW2 BRITISH HOME FRONT W.L.A. TIMBER CORPS CAP BADGE A superb example of the brown economy plastic Women's Land Army, Timer Corps cap badge. One of the finest examples of this badge I have been able to offer for sale; the badge is damage free, with only very, very slight age curvature. Reverse complete with both flat fitting blades, which are in excellent 'firm' condition. Maker marked 'A. Stanley & Sons Walsall 1 - A' A hard badge to now find in this exceptional condition !
WW2 BRITISH HOME FRONT ‘FLYING COLUMN’ (KENT) CIVIL DEFENCE BLITZ SQUAD PRESS PHOTOGRAPH (1) A ’staged’ press photograph of the ‘Kent County Mobile Reserve CD’ taken in December 1942 showing group members relaxing in their mess hall. Standard uniform detail with the exception of the specialist shoulder titles. Flimsy to photograph reverse detailing some of this specialist groups activities. Image is clear and damage free with slight edge foxing.
WW2 BRITISH HOME FRONT ‘FLYING COLUMN’ (KENT) CIVIL DEFENCE BLITZ SQUAD PRESS PHOTOGRAPH (2) A ’staged’ press photograph of the ‘Kent County Mobile Reserve CD’ taken in December 1942 showing group members donning equipment ready to leave on a ‘call out‘. Standard uniform detail with the exception of the specialist shoulder titles. Flimsy to photograph reverse detailing some of this specialist groups activities. Image is clear and damage free with slight edge foxing.
WW2 BRITISH HOME FRONT ‘FLYING COLUMN’ (KENT) CIVIL DEFENCE BLITZ SQUAD PRESS PHOTOGRAPH (3) A ’staged’ press photograph of the ‘Kent County Mobile Reserve CD’ taken in December 1942 showing the operations room being manned ready for action. Standard uniform detail with the exception of the specialist shoulder titles. Flimsy to photograph reverse detailing some of this specialist groups activities. Image is clear and damage free with slight edge foxing.
WW2 BRITISH HOME FRONT ‘FLYING COLUMN’ (KENT) CIVIL DEFENCE BLITZ SQUAD PRESS PHOTOGRAPH (4) A ’staged’ press photograph of the ‘Kent County Mobile Reserve CD’ taken in December 1942 showing group members leaving their billet and off to a ‘call out‘. Standard uniform detail with the exception of the specialist shoulder titles. Flimsy to photograph reverse detailing some of this specialist groups activities. Image is clear and damage free with slight edge foxing. This and the previous four images are of the Kent Mobile Reserve. See below for details of the unit. This mobile reserve unit was formed especially as a response unit for critically bombed civilian areas and was born out of the Blitz of 1940-41. It and others that followed were unlike most CD units, the most notable differance being that the personal were full time. They were hand picked and generally the younger, fitter and more able members of any one given CD district. They served only 4 weeks in the unit, then returning to their normal duties. The mobile reserves were equipped with the latest most up to date equipment that they would need. Transport was new and up to the moment maintained. They were intended for call out to particularly heavily stricken areas in need of emergency aid anywhere in the country. Strangely little is written or know about these mobile ’Flying Squads’ and as such these are extremely rare images of just such a unit.
WW2 BRITISH HOME FRONT ‘I CARRY ON’ LAPEL BADGE A good used, bi-coloured black and white enamel on chrome lapel badge, awarded to workers that carried on production during air raids at their respective places of work. Out border with the famous Battle of Britain ’Never has so much‘…etc. motto. Reverse with lapel button hole fitting (slightly flattened). Slight enamel damage at ’2 o’clock when viewed.
WW2 BRITISH HOME FRONT ‘RED CROSS SCOTTISH BRANCH WAR WORKER’ LAPEL BADGE A fine example of a British red Cross Society, Scottish Branch, War Worker lapel badge in gilt brass and blue enamel. Excellent damage free condition, with large brooch pin fitting to reverse. Rare maker ‘Alex Scott Ltd. Glasgow’ to badge reverse.
WW2 BRITISH K.C. No. 1 DRESS ROYAL TANK REGIMENT COLLAR BADGES A very nice facing pair of ‘silver & gilt’ officer ‘number 1’ dress collar badges. Excellent damage free condition with 99% original finish remaining. Maker marks to reverse ‘J.R. Gaunt London‘. Two loop reverse fitting complete with fitting pins. One badge slightly grubbier than the other.
WW2 BRITISH K.C. ROYAL ARMOURED CORPS O.R’s COLLAR BADGES A good matched pair of nickel white metal Royal Armoured Corps other ranks collar badges. Die struck badges, complete with two loop reverse fittings and fitting pins. This is the start of my listing a very nice collection of British Armoured Corps related badges & insignia new into stock !
WW2 BRITISH K.C. ROYAL ARMOURED CORPS O.S.D. COLLAR BADGES A very nice pair of ‘chocolate’ bronze officer service dress collar badges. Excellent damage free condition with 99% original finish remaining. No maker marks to reverse. Two loop reverse fitting complete with fitting pins.
WW2 BRITISH K.C. ROYAL TANK REGIMENT O.R’s COLLAR BADGES A good matched pair of nickel white metal Royal Tank Regiment other ranks collar badges. Die struck badges, complete with two loop reverse fittings and fitting pins.
WW2 BRITISH K.C. ROYAL TANK REGIMENT O.S.D. COLLAR BADGES A very nice facing pair of ‘chocolate’ bronze officer service dress collar badges. Excellent damage free condition with 99% original finish remaining. Maker marks to reverse ‘J.R. Gaunt London‘. Two loop reverse fitting complete with fitting pins.
WW2 BRITISH K.C. ROYAL TANK REGIMENT THEATRE MADE O.R’s COLLAR BADGES A good sand cast theatre made pair of other ranks Royal Tank Regiment collar badges. Well above average quality casting, matched facing pair of collars. Two loop reverse fitting complete with fitting pins.
WW2 BRITISH KINGS ROYAL RIFLE CORPS ECONOMY PLASTIC CAP BADGE A very nice untouched example of this reasonably common badge, complete with its original issue red felt backing. Badge is in slightly grubby untouched, damage and distortion free condition. The red felt backing is with two areas of moth holing (see images). No maker details to its reverse.
WW2 BRITISH KIT BAG FILLER 'WILLS'S WOODBINE DOMINOES' A superb attic found complete set of vintage Wills, Woodbine cigarettes promotional set of dominoes. Set of dominoes in their original untouched / uncleaned tin container. Some rust spotting to the tin, with the dominoes in matching grubby condition. A superb addition to a period kit bag....Am item for the completist !
WW2 BRITISH KIT BAG ITEM:- FULL KIT ROLL (1) A superb WW2 British army other ranks kit roll with ‘complete’ period content. Kit roll contains fork, spare leather lace, shaving brush, tooth brush, tube of shaving soap. razor, boot polish, skin ointment and darning kit. All the content has had honest field use and has been in the roll for many years. One mans self care items while at war in one kit roll……very hard to find this complete ! The shave cream tube is a little fragile and the tooth brush has had much use.
WW2 BRITISH KIT BAG ITEM:- KIT ROLL (2) A very nice WW2 British army other ranks kit roll with much period content. Kit roll contains tooth brush, button stick, razor & razor blade dispenser, talc-powder shaker, empty house-wife, soap container and shaving brush. Content, showing light field use. Excellent overall condition.
WW2 BRITISH MADE PRINTED US 8th AIR FORCE SLEEVE PATCH A rare British made 8th Air Force printed sleeve patch. Patch is grubby and has traces of glue to its reverse (which I feel would clean with 'white spirit'). Printed versions of this and any US WW2 insignia are now becoming hard to find.
WW2 BRITISH MADE US ARMY AIR CORPS 'WINGED STAR' (1) BRitish made AAC (Army Air Corps) ‘Winged Star’. Good honest used removed from a tunic, felt wool patch. Damage and moth free condition. Slightly grubby with use.
WW2 BRITISH MADE US ARMY AIR CORPS 'WINGED STAR' (2) British made AAC (Army Air Corps) ‘Winged Star’. Good honest used removed from a tunic, felt wool patch. Damage free condition, with very, very small moth nip at 4 o‘clock to the patch edge. Slightly grubby with use.
WW2 BRITISH MADE US ARMY AIR CORPS 'WINGED STAR' (3) English made AAC (Army Air Corps) ‘Winged Star’. Superb condition felt wool patch. Damage and moth free condition, very clean and bright.
WW2 BRITISH MADE US ARMY AIR CORPS 'WINGED STAR' (4) English made AAC (Army Air Corps) ‘Winged Star’. Excellent damage free condition. Slightly grubby with use.
WW2 BRITISH MATCHED FACING PAIR OF XXX CORPS FORMATION SIGNS An excellent matched facing pair of printed XXX Corps formation signs Sound but grubby damage free condition. Removed from a battledress. (XXX Corps distinguished itself in the earlier years of the war in the Western Desert and the closing stages of WW2 in North West Europe).
WW2 BRITISH MECHANISED TRANSPORT 'M.T.' SLEEVE QUALIFICATION BADGE A now hard to find sleeve trade badge for personnel qualified to drive / handle mechanised / motor vehicles. Excellent multi-coloured thread detailed winged wheel on khaki wool backing. Moth and damage free.
WW2 BRITISH MILITARY AUTHORITIES HOUSE REQUISITION ORDER "GREYLANDS", EDGAR ROAD, MARGATE, 1940 This is the hard-bound fulscape requisition inventory made by the military authorities on the property taken over for military use in January 1940, being "Greylands" 'large' house in Edgar Road, Cliftonville, Margate. While not a riveting bedside read this is something of an important piece of social history listing the contents of the house and annex, room by room with amendments in red ink pen, for use on its return to the owner, when the Military relinquished its use of the house. Book is in very good cloth, hard back, bound condition, covering 60 pages of inventory. (The house still stands and is at present a hotel. The image accompanying this listing is NOT with this sale....It is a period image of the house, when it was taken over by the British Military in the 1930's / early 1940's).
WW2 BRITISH Mk IV RESPIRATOR / GAS MASK A very good condition Mk IV military issue respirator / gas mask. Canvas netting covered early mask, with its original hose, filter canister and early carry bag. Mask and mask hose is supple and very pliable. Elasticated head bands in good serviceable condition, with head band spacer now age hardened but complete. Eye pieces clear and undamaged. Filter canister is virtually as new, with 95% red oxide paint finish remaining. The face mask is ‘Dunlop’ made with many issue and date stamps which are now a little trouble-some to read. Filter canister marked and dated 3 / 7 / 42. Carry bag is the early type with reverse ‘exterior’ fittings pocket This is now with some wear and a slightly shortened carry strap. All markings to the bag are now very faint. Complete with all poppers etc. A nice mask assembly that is now hard to find in this condition. This item is sold as a display piece only. It is not recommended for wear under any circumstance, and is most certainly not serviceable as a working gas mask !!!
WW2 BRITISH OFFICER COLLAR-LESS SHIRT & COLLAR A used Van Heusen H.M. Forces produced collar-less shirt complete with matching collar. The shirt is as said field used and as such has a couple of areas of wear to the upper front right & left chest areas (see images). Manufactured as a long sleeve shirt with the option to remove the lower sleeve for conversion to a short sleeve. Good maker label with owner / wearer initial label. Sold with the matching collar. Chest size, approx. 38 - 40 inch
WW2 BRITISH OFFICER KHAKI BERET A good untouched condition officer quality khaki beret. Used beret with artillery grenade cap badge. Interior with no maker / tailor details. Moth and damage free. Slight wear to one area of the head band. Size in keeping with the vintage.
WW2 BRITISH OFFICER P.O.W. IDENTIFICATION ’DISC’ (4) A good damage free British officer P.O.W. identification disc / tag with the usual surface corrosion caused by age and original wear. Marked Oflag II E….Neubranderburg. (This camp was expanded in 1940 to accommodate officers) .
WW2 BRITISH OFFICER QUALITY SERVICE BERET A very nice buff coloured wool, service beret of officer quality as used by infantry regiments. A little grubby, but moth and damage free. Beret has been fitted with a regimental badge at some time, which is now absent. Small size in keeping with its vintage.
WW2 BRITISH P.O.W. IDENTIFICATION ’DISC’ (1) A good damage free British P.O.W. identification disc / tag with the usual surface corrosion caused by age and original wear. Marked Stalag 344. This was previously designated VIII B…. Lamsdorf.
WW2 BRITISH P.O.W. IDENTIFICATION ’DISC’ (2) A good damage free British P.O.W. identification disc / tag with the usual surface corrosion caused by age and original wear. Marked Stalag II E…. Schwerin.
WW2 BRITISH P.O.W. IDENTIFICATION ’DISC’ (3) A good damage free British P.O.W. identification disc / tag with the usual surface corrosion caused by age and original wear. Marked Stalag VIII C…. Neuhammer.
WW2 BRITISH P.O.W. IDENTIFICATION ’DISC’ (6) A good damage free British P.O.W. identification disc / tag with the usual surface corrosion caused by age and original wear. Marked Stalag 318….Lamsdorf.
WW2 BRITISH PARACHUTE REGIMENT BERET BADGE A fine untouched example of standard other ranks pre 1953 beret badge. White metal is untouched and unpolished. Reverse with two loop fittings complete with its fitting pin.
WW2 BRITISH PETTY OFFICER WRNS SLEEVE RANK BADGE A good used Women’s Royal Naval Service Petty Officer sleeve rank badge. Moth and damage free condition now a little grubby due to service wear.
WW2 BRITISH PLASTIC WOMENS LAND ARMY PROFICIENCY BADGE A rare Women’s Land Army Proficiency Badge in light bronze plastic. Complete with correct brooch pin fitting to reverse. Maker marked ‘A Stanley & Sons Walsall 2-A’ Also marked ‘PROV. PAT.’ Very crisp obverse detail. No age curvature.
WW2 BRITISH POSTER 'DON'T BE FUEL-ISH' A very nice, good sized poster in the save fuel vein. Comic pictorial poster, detailing female war workers 'scolding' a fellow worker for wasting electricity. Poster has been folded into two and is with some age foxing. Printer details to the bottom edge of poster 'Printed for H.M. Stationary office.....' issued by the Ministry of Fuel and Power. Small tear to left upper edge as viewed (see images). Creased throughout due to use and storage. Approx 37cms x 25cms
WW2 BRITISH POSTER 'THE SPIRT WHICH WON THE LAST WAR' A WW2 period reprint of a note 'Found in a Pill Box at Passchendaele on its Re-Occupation' in WW1 detailing defiance in the face of the enemy. Poster has been folded into 'two'. It is with storage creasing and edge 'nicking' Their is a 5-6 cms tear to the upper edge and a 3-4 cms tear to the bottom edge. Slightly age foxing to low grade paper. No Pinter details to the poster border. Approx 50cms x 38cms
WW2 BRITISH POSTER 'THIS DID THIS...AND THIS' A good pictorial, moral booster poster expounding Bofors guns production and use within the war effort. Very, very low grade flimsy paper with a small tear through the word 'And' and going into the image of the crashing aeroplane. Age and storage creasing throughout with printer details to the bottom right corner. ' 'M of S No 4'. Approx 50cms x 38cms
WW2 BRITISH POSTER 'WATCH YOUR TALK FOR HIS SAKE' Pictorial poster in the careless talk cost lives vein. 'Watch your talk for his sake....Never mention arrivals, sailings, cargoes or destination to anybody', expounding the need to not discuss ships movements in any capacity, for the sake of crew safety. Folded in four with storage creasing throughout. Slight age foxing to low grade paper. Small drawing pin hole to top left corner when viewed. Print details to bottom right corner 'Printed for H.M. Stationary office.....' Overall condition, very good and damage free. Approx 50cms x 34cms
WW2 BRITISH PRESS PHOTO ‘THE KING REVIEWS LANDING CRAFT’ A good clear press photograph of King George VI reviewing landing craft. Excellent damage free condition. Only a small fragment of the press details flimsy remaining to the reverse.
WW2 BRITISH PRESS PHOTO ‘THE NEW CRUSADER TANK’ A good clear press photograph of one of the first press photos of the new Crusader tank emerging from a hedge row, at a Ministry of Supply Factory test ground. Excellent damage free condition. Full flimsy information strip remaining to the reverse.
WW2 BRITISH PRESS PHOTO ‘WAAF FLIGHT MECHANICS AT WORK’ A good clear press photograph, obviously posed for the camera, of WAAF flight mechanics 'at work' on a Lysander. Excellent damage free condition. Full flimsy information strip remaining to the reverse with ‘Fox Photos Ltd’ stamping.
WW2 BRITISH PRESS PHOTOGRAPH ‘LORIENT U BOAT BASE’ INTEREST A damage free British official press photograph of the Lorient U Boat base under air attack from the U.S. Army Air Force with R.A.F. fighter support….(see flimsy). Dated 21/10/42. Slight crease to one corner. Complete with reverse information ‘flimsy’ and Press Association stamping.
WW2 BRITISH PRESS PHOTOGRAPH ‘MEDITERRANEAN CONVOY’ INTEREST A damage free British official press photograph of A British destroyer picking up a pilots air support rubber dinghy after two days fighting off attackers….(see flimsy). Dated 06/08/41. Complete with reverse information ‘flimsy’ and Press Association stamping.
WW2 BRITISH PRINTED CLOTH, BEDS. & HERTS. SHOULDER TITLE A good used condition WW2 cloth printed Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regt. shoulder title. White lettering on red backing. Used removed from a tunic, and now a little grubby.
WW2 BRITISH PRINTED CLOTH, EAST SURREY SHOULDER TITLE A used removed from a tunic WW2 cloth printed East Surrey shoulder title. White lettering on red backing. Edges with a little service wear.
WW2 BRITISH PRINTED CLOTH, K.R.R.C. SHOULDER TITLE An excellent condition WW2 cloth printed K.R.R.C. (Kings Royal Rifle Corps) shoulder title. Red lettering on grass green backing. Possibly un-used.
WW2 BRITISH PRINTED CLOTH, PIONEER CORPS SHOULDER TITLE A good used condition WW2 cloth printed Pioneer Corps shoulder title. Green lettering on red backing. Used removed from a tunic.
WW2 BRITISH PRINTED CLOTH, ROYAL ENGINEERS SHOULDER TITLES (PAIR) An excellent condition, matched pair of WW2 cloth printed Royal Engineers shoulder titles. Navy blue lettering on red backing. Un-used condition.
WW2 BRITISH PRINTED CLOTH, ROYAL FUSILIERS SHOULDER TITLE A mint un - issued WW2 cloth printed Royal Fusiliers shoulder title. White lettering on red backing. Traces of paper and paper glue to reverse were removed from an album.
WW2 BRITISH PRINTED CLOTH, ROYAL WEST KENT SHOULDER TITLE A good used condition WW2 cloth printed Royal West Kent shoulder title. White lettering on red backing. Used removed from a tunic. (One small area of damage where tugged to remove from its tunic. See images).
WW2 BRITISH PRINTED NORTHAMPTONSHIRE REGIMENT CLOTH SHOULDER TITLE A used removed from a tunic WW2 economy printed cloth shoulder title for the Northamptonshire Regt. White detail on red backing. Grubby but damage free condition.
WW2 BRITISH PRISONER of WAR ARCHIVE An informative, compact archive touching on, one mans war in captivity. An early POW of the Northumberland Hussars (transferring to the R.A. while in captivity) this small archive consist of a copy of The Prisoner of War Vol. 1 No 6, a copy of the POW camp news paper 'The Courier', No. 1 (the journal of Stalag IVB), a pictorial magazine removed article on the return of POW's to the UK. Two service documents regarding pay and record of service. A post war (1946) Northumberland Hussars Old Comrades Association membership card....and most interesting 5 post card size German authorities sanctioned photo-postcards being a group photograph and four of camp amateur theatrical productions. There is some age fragility to the magazine material and as such they need to be handled with respect. A nice grouping !
WW2 BRITISH PRISONER OF WAR RED CROSS & St JOHN APPEAL POSTER A good manageable size (30 X 20cms) Red Cross & St. John Prisoners of War appeal poster. 'POW's Need Your Help. Send your Donations to the Red Cross & St. John St. James's Palace, London, S.W.1'. Superb undamaged condition. Very clean with no tears. Printer details to bottom edge of the poster. Plain reverse. Damage and tear free.
WW2 BRITISH PROPAGANDA POSTER (BATTLE of BRITAIN).....'NEVER WAS SO MUCH OWED BY SO MANY TO SO FEW' Possibly the most iconic (and also one of the rarest to survive) British posters of WW2, responding to the outcome of the Battle of Britain by the Prime Minister. Large pictorial, subtle coloured poster showing 5 airmen with Churchill's famous quote above it. The poster has been backed with calico netting for strength, and has been folded in four with the obvious creasing. The poster edge is with age and use 'nicking', and with small tears to the top left and right corners. The upper edge is with some minor staining, with slight paper age discolouration due to age and possibly the backing. The poster is complete and is in the main damage free....It has been used, and as such shows said use. Printer details to the bottom left corner of the poster 'Printed for H.M. Stationary Office.....' Approx. 73cms x 50cms This and the previous four posters were bought in from the one source. They have all been publicly displayed during WW2 within a Kent rail station, and as such saved by a member of staff. The folds are due to the posters being dispatched via Royal Mail to the station in question, in manageable sized envelopes. They are all working posters and as such have wear in accordance with their intended use. None could be described as mint condition....'Very good used condition', might well describe them all, accurately. I have acquired a few more posters from the same source....all are again used and a 'tad scruffy'....to be listed and priced in accordance with condition in due course.
WW2 BRITISH QUEENS Regt. KHAKI DRILL MATERIAL SERVICE BERET. An unusual beret manufacture in khaki heavy cotton drill material. Beret with brown leather head band, and fitted with an other ranks Queens Regt. Cap badge. Honest service wear and staining. Interior with no maker / tailor details. Size in keeping with the vintage.
WW2 BRITISH RAF / AM 'G' TYPE OXYGEN MASK A very nice used condition ‘G’ Type oxygen mask and microphone. Used grubby condition, but in well above average condition with the rubber work free from age hardening and cracking. All fittings present with the exception of the nose pinch wire which may never have been fitted. One small are of the mask edging material come free. Would display very well with correct helmet assembly. The archetypal oxygen mask used (by 80% of RAF Air crew) from the mid war years until well into the early 1950’s.
WW2 BRITISH RAF / AM AIRCREW SURVIVAL KIT An extremely rare aircrew survival kit, for use when isolated either at sea or on land. This item has never been opened and still has its original outer cover central sealing tape still present (it is now a little fragile). Two stage early plastic container, now with a little age distortion containing survival aids, such as water purification tablets, sweets, water collection bag, compass etc. As mentioned the out plastic case has suffered some age distortion, with the inner container also with distortion but to a much, much lesser degree. The content has ‘sweated’ slightly, discolouring the content. Content is complete and undisturbed, but has suffered slight age degeneration. Exterior with CC No. and marked 'MARK III' (see images). This is only the third complete survival pack I have handled in over 35 years. A very rare item in this complete condition. WANTED:- Air-Crew, S.O.E. & MI9 escape and evasion related items !
WW2 BRITISH RAF / AM CLOTH AUXILIARY SERVICE ‘A’s A good matched pair of RAF Auxiliary service personnel uniform ’A’s. Worn in this format on the upper sleeve. Excellent moth and damage free condition, pale blue detail in heavy black wool backing. The A.A.F. was formed in the early 1920’s and was used to supplement (make up numbers) regular service personnel. It was disbanded in 1945.
WW2 BRITISH RAF / AM ESCAPE AND EVASION SILK MAP:- FRENCH INDO-CHINA RAF/Air Ministry silk escape and evasion map of French Indo-China and Siam (Sheets J & K). Double sided map is in excellent condition with all detail in clear colour and text. Silk maps were issued to all air crew in the event they were 'downed' in enemy held territory to aid there escape. The relevant maps were issued as per the operations flown.
WW2 BRITISH RAF / AM Mk. I ‘E’ TYPE FLYING HELMET & WIRED OXYGEN MASK A good, field used, early, fully wired ‘E’ type cotton canvas flying helmet and ’G’ type oxygen mask. Helmet is fully wired and is complete with type 16 ear receivers and ’G’ type oxygen mask. Early Bennett’s strap and buckle chin securing. Helmet is with honest wear throughout and is with a super piece of ’pilot ’art’ to the crown being a set of initials / serial numbers and a ’Saint pin man, with hallo’. Oxygen mask is not in the greatest condition due to use and age storage. The mask upper edges have suffered some deterioration due to wear and sweat and 60 - 70 years of storage. The set up is complete, with an overall description of being very good. It displays well on a mannequin head, and again because of the art work is unique. Again no user / owner details on the helmet interior. A nice grouping!
WW2 BRITISH RAF / AM P.T. SHORTS A good used pair of AM marked P.T. (physical training) shorts. The only pair of AM marked shorts of this type that I have ever encountered. With AM and crown mark to inner waist band, and various owner / wearer issue numbers. One waist band tie chord absent. Tear and damage free. Probably a rare item of clothing !
WW2 BRITISH RAF / AM ‘THE RESPONSIBILITIES of a PRISONER of WAR’ INSTRUCTION CARD A very rare ‘Air Publication No 1548’ third edition April 1944 ‘Restricted’ instruction card, detailing how a captured airman should behave once captured. A three sided open out card giving comprehensive instructions as to behaviour, responsibilities, and the care to be taken while under interrogation. Excellent damage free condition with what appears to be a period piece of tape stuck to the rear of the card. This item at the time was restricted and not to be taken into the air. The only item of this type I have ever been able to offer for sale in 30 years.
WW2 BRITISH RAF AIR SEA RESCUE PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM A superb ASR album compiled by a single individual 15 page album full of images taken in North Africa all appertaining to the rescue units service / maintenance / crew team. Images consist of unit members both at rest and on duty, as well as many illegally taken (at the time) images on high speed rescue boats showing both exterior views of various boats as well as images taken on board and within certain boats....A quite unique record of a group of men’s service. Album covers the period 1940 until what I believe to be the wars end. Approx 80 images with one loose. Inside front cover has an ASR embroidered sleeve patch mounted to the page centre top (see images). Interestingly their is an larger photo image in the album of a British aeroplane dropping a torpedo….and as such showing what a hazardous job this was….The torpedo bounce is caught perfectly and can only be described as incredible. I have not shown the covers. They are in sound undamaged condition, finished in blue. In all an excellent well presented album.
WW2 BRITISH RAF RADIO OBSERVER AIR CREW B.D. TOP A very good condition Air Crew battle dress top to a Flight Lieutenant Radio Observer. A rare brevet to be found on a BD top as this early issue (1941) brevet was soon superseded by other less conspicuous ‘half wings’. Excellent damage free condition top showing moderate / light use. All insignia is with some fading, and has a ‘dusty / grubby untouched look’. Left breast with half brevet (showing service wear) and end of war medal entitlement. (This officer served in the North African & Italian campaigns). Interior with matching wear to exterior. Good clear maker and issue label dated 1945 (War Service Blouse). Moth and damage free. (For a brevet of this type to be on such a late dated BD top, the wearer must have considered the half wing to be a badge of distinction).
WW2 BRITISH ROYAL NAVY OFFICER SERVICE CAP A 'salty' used cap for a serving officer in the Royal Navy. Cap is a little grubby, but damage free and with genuine service wear. Interior head band is present but loose from the cap body in a couple of areas. The central exterior cap band is stitched into situe, as is the cap badge, with the chin band also stitched into place, rather than held on with cap buttons. The leather interior head band is with a faint, barely readable ink naming. Cap crown in moth and damage free. Peak with some exterior age crazing with the underside showing wear / handling.
WW2 BRITISH ROYAL NAVY WW2 'C' TYPE Mk. II FLYING HELMET A very good condition Navy ’C’ type flying helmet. Helmet is in very good used condition, showing very, very light age scuffing to leather exterior, with later pattern, elasticated canvas chin strap. All straps and poppers present and in good working order. Chamois leather interior damage free and showing service use only, now being a little grubby. Helmet ear receivers fitted with fixed Gosport tube receivers. Ear receiver cover zips in good working order. Very faint stamping to the leather exterior adjacent to the canvas strap (see images). Excellent overall condition.
WW2 BRITISH ROYAL NAVY WW2 'C' TYPE Mk. II FLYING HELMET & GOSPORT A good, used condition Mk II Navy ’C’ type flying helmet. Helmet is in very good used condition, showing light age scuffing to leather exterior with second pattern, elasticated chin strap & buckle attachment. All straps and poppers present and in good working order. Chamois leather interior a little grubby due to use. Complete with Mk I Gosport Tube receiver and original period black foam ear cushions. (Foam ear cushions with very minor age hardening…. I have not removed the foam cushions or receivers from the helmet). Ear receiver cover zips in good working order, complete with leather pull tags. No visible exterior markings. Faint ink markings to lower right inner face flap (see images) A nice untouched helmet.
WW2 BRITISH ROYAL TANK REGIMENT SLEEVE TANK (1) A used removed from a tunic WW2 vintage sleeve MKV tank as worn by R.T.R. tank crew members. Edge trimmed close to tank detail.
WW2 BRITISH S.E.A.C. OCCUPATION FORCE I.D. DOCUMENTS A small group of documents to a female member of the South East Asia Occupying Forces Administration. The documents include a Military I.D. pass, Singapore issued I.D. card, a calling card and ‘Selangor Club Kuala Lumpur’ membership card. Also included is the ladies British Driving licence with permits to drive dating back to 1941 -42. A nice clean damage free group of items from the S.E.A. occupying forces.
WW2 BRITISH SMALL EQUIPMENT / MESSAGE DROP PARACHUTE A used miniature 'low level' parachute as used by the RAF to drop messages and small equipment bundles. Excellent damage free condition, with some straining to the 'chute' body. Complete with all is suspension chords. No visible markings as is correct. A rare surviving piece of message / equipment drop equipment....obviously, intended for single use only.
WW2 BRITISH TRIGGER MITTENS (1) A good pair of British army cold weather trigger mittens. Khaki / brown wool, mittens with index finger knitted into the mitten to allow the use of firearms. Excellent overall condition with slight moth. Still attached together as issued. No visible issue markings or stampings.
WW2 BRITISH TRIGGER MITTENS (2) A good pair of British army cold weather trigger mittens. Khaki / brown wool, mittens with index finger knitted into the mitten to allow the use of firearms. Excellent overall condition with slight moth. Still attached together as issued. No visible issue markings or stampings. This item is in slightly better condition than the previous listing
WW2 BRITISH VAD IMMOBILE SERVICE ARMBAND A good used / issued armband to the 'Immobile VAD' serving the British Red Cross Society. Durable whipcord band with attached VAD badge. To the reverse is a wear ID tape for a member serving the City of London B.R.C.S. (See images). Some fading to the band obverse, and one small moth hole to the royal blue wool centre backing above the letter 'V'. Otherwise damage free condition. (The 'Immobile VAD' served in both WW1 & WW2)
WW2 BRITISH WAR SAVINGS ADVERTISING ‘FLYER’ A war ships for the Navy National Savings Scheme advertising flyer printed / distributed in 1941. Detailing a national savings scheme for aiding the Royal Navy, this flyer gives details of far reaching (into the future) maturing dates being as late as the mid 1960’s. Quite a significant document giving an insight into the governments projections for the costing of the war. Excellent damage free condition.
WW2 BRITISH ‘TOMMY’ SERVICE HELMET (3) An outstanding condition early WW2 British field service ‘Tommy’ helmet. Shell is in damage and dent free condition with most original ‘field green’ rather than khaki finish. Finish is sand textured rather than smooth also. Helmet is fitted with a period netting cover which contains a 1940 dated field dress. Liner is in matching condition with the early oval crown cushion fitted. Liner is with clear maker and date (1939) details (see images). The shell may well be dated but due to the heavy paint finish, is not visible. A helmet that is in a good early war green finish that would be difficult to better for the vintage of 1939/40 !
WW2 BRTISH SEA-BORNE ASSAULT FLOAT RING A good issued and named to an individual (see images), float ring as used on sea-borne assaults. This type and the grey version were used in numbers for both the ’D’ Day and Rhine crossing assaults. Good damage free condition with all straps and fittings present. Inflation tube is with age hardening.
WW2 BY-ELECTION ELECTIONEERING PAMPHLET 1940 KETTERING 1940 Kettering By-Election Anti-War electioneering 4-page pamphlet. Pamphlet issued by the Anti-War Socialist candidate Councillor W. Ross detailing his manifesto to bring Britain out of the war and to oppose Mr Profumo in the local election. Pamphlet has been folded and has a small hole to its centre.
WW2 CANADA NATIONALITY TITLE (1) WW2 RCAF ‘Canada’ & ’bird’ national sleeve title. Good grubby used condition, removed from a tunic. Wear to face of cloth backing. Pale blue thread detail on black backing.
WW2 CANADIAN MANUFACTURED 'TOMMY' HELMET COMPLETE WITH CAMOUFLAGED GAS COVER A superb condition Canadian manufactured 'Tommy' helmet complete with its original camouflaged anti-gas oil skin cover. Helmet is in excellent damage free condition, being only 'storage dusty'. Complete also with its original chin strap, with the wearers issue number. Head liner in matching condition to the helmet, with cruciform top inner cushion pad. No visible maker or date details to the helmet or liner Oil skin cover is in matching exceptional condition, being supple and handleable, with the elasticated helmet retaining chord still pliable. Cover is a little grubby, but damage and tear free. Good clear maker mark to the cover neck flap, with Canadian WD issue stamping. Hard to now find such helmet assemblies with the cover in such good condition.
WW2 CARDIFF ARP RED CROSS CERTIFICATE GROUPING A very nice small Red Cross certificate grouping to Ms. Sylvia Dunn of Cardiff. Grouping consists of a City of Cardiff ARP illuminated first aid certificate dated 26th October 1939. A Red Cross first aid certificate being serial numbered but undated. A post card size photo portrait of Ms. Dunn in Red Cross uniform, the reverse dated 1936. The original delivery envelope for the ARP certificate and a charcoal drawing of two small dogs signed Mark (No date) presumably a gift for Ms Dunn from a ’boyfriend’ (The charcoal picture is not shown in this grouping). All items in excellent, clean, damage free condition.
WW2 CHART OF WAR GASES 1942 WW2 ‘Chart of War Gases’ commercially produced under the auspices of the Ministry of Home Security. Three page fold out chart detailing the types of gases likely to be used by the enemy in a civilian air drop gas attack. Printed by HMSO and dated 1942. Pencilled owner details to front cover, faint and not easy to read. Centre fold but damage free.
WW2 CONTINUED PRODUCTION DURING AIR RAIDS LAPEL BADGE With new information kindly submitted by a friendly site viewer I can now confirm this badge ‘TMC’ is attributable to the firm of the ‘Telephone Manufacturing Company’. This company had manufacturing establishments in Canterbury, Malmesbury and Glasgow. There is some information about them apparently on the modern invention of the world wide web, for those wishing further information. A bi-coloured enamel and chrome badge, with brooch pin reverse fitting, issue number 1507 and maker details 'Thomas Fattorini Ltd. Regent St. Birmingham'. Excellent damage free condition, now also identified !
WW2 DERBYSHIRE AIR RAID WELFARE LAPEL BADGE Derbyshire Air Raid Welfare lapel badge. Multi coloured enamel and gilt brass lapel badge, showing the Derbyshire county coat of arms Brooch pin fitting to reverse. No maker details as is common with this badge.
WW2 DOREST REGT. SLIP ON SHOULDER TITLES Matched pair of Dorset Regt pre. / early WW2 cloth slip on shoulder titles. Black embroidered detail on heavy wool khaki backing. Complete with reverse fitting straps. Moth and damage free.
WW2 EXAMPLE OF A ROYAL FLYING CORPS PILOT BREVET A superb example of a WW2 produced Royal Flying Corps pilots brevet. Fantastic fine thread detail, trying to replicate the detail of a WW1 vintage brevet with all its fine intricacies. Paper reverse backing with some damage. Moth free. Few WW2 brevet produces, produced what were in effect replicas of WW1 RFC pilot brevets. Those manufacturers producing such brevets, created a mix, in terms of its manufacture and overall appearance of a brevet that had a very distinct 'look'. These were produced and officially sanctioned for wear by such qualified WW1 pilots serving with uniformed home front services, namely the Home Guard. WW2 produced items are infinitely rarer than their WW1 counterparts. Only the second example I have ever owned in 40 years.
WW2 FIRE GUARD SERVICE ARMBAND (YELLOW DETAIL) (1) Fire Guard ‘paint printed’ armband. Very good little used band in navy blue cotton with yellow detail. The Fire Guard replaced street fire parties. Excellent damage free condition.
WW2 FIRE GUARD SERVICE ARMBAND (YELLOW DETAIL) (2) Fire Guard ‘screen printed’ armband. Very good little used band in navy blue cotton with yellow detail. The Fire Guard replaced Street Fire Parties. Excellent damage free condition.
WW2 FIRE GUARD TALLY CARD Fire guard tally card as used as a pass / incident card, indicating numbers of fire guards used and team leaders at an incident command post. Card is in mint condition, with only the reverse carrying any detail (see images). The only item of its ‘type’ I have been able to offer in over 30 years. (Approx. 15 X 10 cms)
WW2 FREE CZECH ARMY ‘TOMMY’ HELMEY WITH CZECH NATIONAL MARKING A very nice Free Czechoslovakian Army ‘Tommy’ services helmet. Helmet is in excellent condition with 90% original finish remaking to exterior and interior. Couple of very shallow dents to the helmet crown. Left side of helmet is with a tri-coloured (I believe transfer, rather than painted) Czech flag marking....with very slight marking and a small scratch (see images). Liner in matching condition dated 1942 with period cruciform head cushion. Chin strap matching helmet & liner for condition. A superb, fairly rare helmet as used by this Free fighting force along side their British counterparts. Sold as a static display item only. Not intended for wear or use !
WW2 GERMAN POW GROUP PHOTOGRAPH A postcard size (140 X 90mm) photograph of a group of German WW2 POW's. Taken probably in the UK or Canada; showing a typical group shot of men in uniform, mostly devoid of insignia, and now appearing as a 'motley' group of POW's due to the dishevelled nature of there uniforms. Various ‘uniform’ types depicted. Reverse plain with no detail. Damage free.
WW2 HOME FRONT 'NURSE CAPE' WITH FORMATION SIGNS. Some, nurse capes of this vintage were adorned on the interior with various formation signs by the wearer/owner; many of the signs coming from serving wounded troops that the said nurse may have treated....This is just such a cape ! The cape is new to the market, being 'hap-hazardly' displayed in the wearers/owners house for many years, with some areas in the line of direct sun light, thus fading a couple of areas of the cape interior to include the signs their attached. Their are approximately 100 signs stitched to the interior, from the very common, to, in some cases quite rare. Their is a nice array of WW2 economy printed formation signs and cloth shoulder titles. A rare 2nd S.A.S. embroidered title along with several other special forces items. Far East formations signs are also present, along side a few Allied foreign service titles/formation signs....In all a good mixed group, covering most services. A couple of signs are now 'loose' and when the 'free' area is lifted the said fading of the cape interior can be seen (see images). The cape is with honest wear and with said sun fading (see images)....It is however completely moth and damage free. A stunning item representing a moment in time for a serving nurse! (I have photographed an-mass the signs as viewed with a couple of close ups of the rarer items and those that are a little 'loose'. I'm happy to answer any further reasonable questions regarding the capes make up to prospective serious buyers).
WW2 HOME FRONT MERCHANT NAVY WAR COMFORTS FUND RAISER A parcel / envelope sticker manufactured and sold in bundles of 250 for the price of 5 shillings to aid Merchant sea-mans aid funds. Would be stuck to a parcel or letter and the blanc space in the ship used for the address. Water based adhesive backing still present and in un-used condition. An item that was not intended for longevity and as such now 70 - 75 years on a rare item….In pristine condition.
WW2 HOME FRONT RED CROSS / St. JOHNS AMBULANCE 1943 DOG SHOW PRIZE CARDS So life did try to carry on as ever as these 1943 Red Cross and St. Johns dog show prize cards show. The Wood Green and Palmers Green Kennel Associations held a dog show in aid of the above organisations in August 1943.…These being two second class prize awards in two different dog classes. Both are in excellent damage free condition. Two item that show Britain ‘Carried on Regardless’.
WW2 IDENTITY CARD PROTECTIVE COVER Protective cover for the identity card. Cover with advertising material printed to both obverse and reverse. Inked owner name to obverse (see images). Excellent damage free condition, being something of a period ’middle class’ item.
WW2 LEICESTER CIVIL DEFENCE WELFARE SERVICES LAPEL BADGE WW2 City of Leicester Civil Defence Welfare Services lapel badge. Blue enamel / gilt brass badge, with brooch pin reverse fitting. Excellent used, damage free condition badge. Maker details to reverse ‘Thomas Fattorini Ltd. Regent St. Birmingham.
WW2 LOCAL BRITISH COMMUNIST PARTY POLICY BOOKLET ‘Our Hounslow’. Hounslow Communist Party Plan for the immediate post war development of there Borough. A rare item of WW2 communist propaganda issued on a very localised area level. Excellent damage free condition. Slight age foxing to the front cover.
WW2 LONDON DISTRICT E33 WARDENS CONCERT PROGRAMME. A good concert programme arranged by the E33 Wardens in aid of ’Our Wonderful Merchant Navy’. Four page prog. detailing all contributors and performers. Last page with some hand written notes in pencil.
WW2 METROPOLITAN POLICE WAR RESERVE LAPEL BADGE A very good condition blue enamel and chrome lapel badge as worn by members of the Metropolitan Police place on the war reserve list. Excellent damage free condition. Maker marked to rear lapel, button hole fitting ‘J.R. Gaunt London’.
WW2 Mk III ANTI-GAS EYE SHIELDS (1) Anti-Gas Eye Shields. Mk III shields. Single pair of goggles (one used) as issued in their original card carry case, with printed instructions on how they are to be used
WW2 Mk III ANTI-GAS EYE SHIELDS (2) Anti-Gas Eye Shields. Mk III shields. Two pairs of goggles as issued in their original card carry case, with printed instructions on how they are to be used
WW2 NEW YORK PRESS (NYP) PHOTOGRAPH ‘U.S. TROOPS, PACIFIC WAR’ INTEREST A damage free N.Y.P. official press photograph of U.S troops crossing a New Guinea jungle stream, advancing on Japanese positions ….(see flimsy). No date only serial numbered. Complete with reverse information ‘flimsy’. No Press Association stamping.
WW2 PARACHUTE REGT. QUALIFICATION WING (2) A super, used condition WW2 vintage ‘shaped’ Airborne qualification wing. Wing with excellent parachute detail. Showing some slight wear. Heavy khaki wool backing. Moth and damage free.
WW2 POLISH NAVY, DESTROYER ‘PIORUN’, BISMARCK HUNT ARCHIVE A small historically important period archive grouping of documents made from the Polish destroyer ’Piorun’ on its activity within the chase / hunt for the German Battleship Bismarck. The archive consists of 11 hand written (in Polish) tracking notes for transmission to Royal Navy Intelligence on the movement of Bismarck on its run out to The Atlantic Ocean, after the Hood engagement, and a period tracking map on tracing paper of the Piorun’s course in relation to Bismarck. The notes are on ‘Naval Message’ forms ‘S 1320c’. My Polish is far from good but it can be determined that the ‘Piorun’ is tracking the Bismarck after making contact and making records of her course / change in direction. The Piorun was shadowing the Bismarck in conjunction with H.M.S.‘s Zulu, Sikh, Maori, and Sheffield. The notes are clear and legible with some entries in ’pigeon English’. Positional co-ordinates and times are also prevalent. German air contact is also listed with the mention of a Heinkel 111. The archive has been well stored for many years and is in excellent damage free condition considering that the entries are on period low grade note paper. Some old paper clip rust stains to some corners. A superb item of not inconsiderable historic value ! The endeavours of the Piorun are mentioned within the book ’The Bismarck Episode’ by Capt R Grenfell RN, a Faber & Faber publication. On the night of 26th May 1941, the Piorun and its surrounding small flotilla of ships (4) were within the immediate vicinity of Bismarck and expected to make visual contact. At 2238 hrs the Bismarck having sighted the flotilla first, in particular the Piorun, opened fire upon the Polish destroyer. Piorun returned fire almost immediately and kept up the chase while being frequently straddled by fire from Bismarck. The ships in ’chase’ Zulu, Sikh, Maori and Piorun were ordered to keep contact with Bismarck and shadow her ‘fore and aft’ and on either bow (Box like) for that entire evening and night. It was expected that heavier British ships would be in a position to make an assault on the Bismarck on the 27th provided the German ship didn’t ‘slip’ away from its pursuers in the night. Sold with brief internet sourced details of the Bismarck incident. Worthy of a much more in depth form of research. The Piorun was an ’N’ Class destroyer numbered G65. Captain, Commander Plawski. A superb, UNIQUE, 'Moment in Time / Historic' item !!
WW2 PRESS PHOTOGRAPH 'PRINZ EUGEN BOMBING' INTEREST A very nice British press photograph of Acting Squadron Leader John Swire Dinsdale, of No. 42 Squadron, awarded the D.F.C. for leading a formation of Beaufort aircraft, May 17th 1942 on an attack against the heavy Cruiser 'Prinz Eugen' This image was for immediate release, dated 22nd June 1942. Excellent condition with slight edge creasing, and a small area absent to the top left corner of the border (see images). Complete with rear information 'flimsy'.
WW2 PRINTED CLOTH GENERAL SERVICE CORPS SLIP ON SHOULDER TITLE (1) An excellent condition printed G.S.C. slip on shoulder title. Black detail on khaki denim material. Complete with single reverse fitting strap. It should be remembered that the G.S.C. during WW2 was not just a non-descript corps. Most male and female ‘special duty’ personnel, passed through its ranks……all special agents including S.O.E. agents were attached to the corps (female agents were assigned to their own branch of service once trained) during training and while on ‘home service’.
WW2 PRINTED CLOTH GENERAL SERVICE CORPS SLIP ON SHOULDER TITLE (2) An excellent condition printed G.S.C. slip on shoulder title. Black detail on khaki denim material. Complete with single reverse fitting strap.
WW2 PRISONER OF WAR CAMP, STALAG XVIIB SPORTS DAY PROGRAMME A 1944 produced Stalag XVIIB sports day, single page programme of events. This is a French produced item (under the auspices of their German captors) detailing a small number of athletics disciplines, with the winning nation pencilled along side the event. A multi-national event with winners from France, Russia, Poland,Italy and Yugoslavia. Has been folded in 'four', and is now with a little fragility, and as such needs to be handled with a little care.
WW2 QUEENS REGIMENT OTHER RANKS CAP BADGE A good un-touched brass cap badge of The Queens Regt. Un-polished condition. Single blade reverse slider.
WW2 RAAF (BRITISH TAILORED) SERVICE DRESS TUNIC AND TROUSERS TO AN ATTRIBUTED PILOT Service dress uniform to a Royal Australian Air Force 'Pilot', officer. Tunic and trousers are in excellent condition, showing light wear throughout, with a couple of small period repairs. Their is evidence that the wearer was a smoker, with a couple of small cigarette ash surface burns to the tunic front To the left breast is an Australian made pilot full brevet with the 1939 star ribbon below it. To the lower sleeves matching RAAF albatross and crowns and rank lace, for the rank of 'Flying Officer'. All black plastic RAAF buttons are present and damage free. To the inside pocket and rear of the inner trouser waist band are matching tailor labels, showing the wearer name and date of issue / tailoring 1943 (see images).
WW2 RAF (216 FERRY & TRANSPORT GROUP) FERRY COMMAND PILOT ID BOOK A rare No 3 Ferry Unit Transport Command Pilots ID book named to F/Sgt. W.D. F. Eastwood. Good condition book containing pilot particulars and aircraft proficient details. Internal and external spines have been period repaired with tape. Sold with a number of photographs appertaining to Sgt Eastwood and this unit. The photo ID picture has sadly been removed from the inner front cover.
WW2 RAF / AM GENERAL PURPOSE TORCH A very good condition, brass bodied, nickel plated general purpose torch made by G.E.C. Minor denting and marking to the torch body. No corrosion, or battery content spillage, complete with its paper/card lining material. Detachable end with G.E.C. maker details, AM, Crown and stores reference details. Switch appears in good firm working order; complete with its original glass magnifying lens. A very nice kit bag item in above average condition.
WW2 RAF / AM PADDED PILOT BREVET An archetypal version of a padded pilots brevet with deep padding and curvature to the wings. The 'Rolls Royce' style of wing in terms of manufacture and appearance. Brevet is with some discolouration with age, wear and storage. Complete with its correct reverse backing material and evidence of wear press stud fittings have been applied. A very nice looking wing, the style of which was worn throughout WW2.
WW2 RAF / AM PADDED PILOT BREVET (on press-studs) A very nice example of an RAF pilot brevet with 'long' droop wings. Fine detail to the wing, wreath lettering and crown. Cloth backing is with two small areas of snagging at each wing tip (see images). Reverse with three press stud fittings, making the brevet detachable.
WW2 RAF / AM THEATRE MADE AIR GUNNER HALF BREVET A very typically, crudely made Air Gunner half brevet of the type manufactured in bazaars in the middle east. The detail is clear, and obviously hand made rather than machine embroidered. Some snagging to the wing detail were damaged by a safety harness.
WW2 RAF AIR CADET (NAVIGATOR) TRAINING LOG & NOTES ARCHIVE A good archive to an Air Cadet (navigator), named to R.M. Pickard Archive consists of 'Pilot's Flying Log book, 5 Royal Air Force class room note books on the subjects of Mathematics, Navigation, 2 on cloud and wind front formations and aerodynamics, Pilots Notes General (4th Edition A.P. 2095), 1941 edition book of 'How to Find Your Way in the Air' by G. W. Ferguson, Royal Air Force Examination Answer Book, various loose, hand written and printed school notes on varying flight subjects, such as Flying for Bombing, Aircraft Instruments, Action in Case of Fire and Aircraft Fuel and Oil Systems, to name but a few. Also a list of recommended New York department stores and Air Force Club establishments for officer, airman and WAAF patronage. A complete loose leaf 'Lecture Notes' file for air crew. And lastly a group photograph of Cadet Pickard's instruction course class....sadly the photograph does not name the cadets pictured. The log has a few air training flight entries dated 1943 and all class notes are made out in varying degrees of competence / completeness. Cadet Pickard was obviously under tutelage at some time in the United States. It is not clear from the archive if Cadet Pickard was successful in passing his Navigation course and going onto active service flights......My own feeling from the grouping is that Cadet Pickard was not passed onto OTU's and did not pass out as a navigator (I hope my assumption is not doing any injustice or implying such). A none the less good complete grouping for one of the many who tried for 'Air Crew' and worthy of further study..... !
WW2 RAF AIR CREW CASUALTY MEMORIAL SCROLL A hard to find WW2 RAF memorial scroll to Flight Sergeant A.L. Butler Royal Air Force. F. S. Butler was killed on 21/08/43 while serving with 230 Squadron in the North Africa / Italy campaign. He is commemorated on the Alamein Memorial (See CWGC) The scroll has been framed and glazed long ago, and is in untouched unopened condition. Excellent damage free condition. Sold with CWGC print out and brief 230 Squadron details confirming there service in this part of the World at the time of F.S. Butler’s death. The scroll detail has been photographed through its glazed panel.
WW2 RAF ARGENTINA NATIONALITY TITLE A WW2 ‘Argentina’ RAF nationality title. Excellent overall condition small sized title. Moth and damage free. Traces of glue and paper to reverse where removed from an album.
WW2 RAF BRAZIL NATIONALITY TITLE A WW2 ‘Brazil’ RAF nationality title. Excellent overall condition small sized title. Moth and damage free. Traces of glue and paper to reverse where removed from an album.
WW2 RAF CHRISTMAS CARD & PHOTOGRAPH A good Raphael Tuck & Sons produced Christmas card for 33 Squadron RAF ’B.A.F.O. (British Air-force of Occupation). The card is signed ’Bob’. Accompanied by a small head and shoulders snap shot photograph of a flight cadet signed ‘Bob Christmas 1945’. Both items in excellent damage free condition.
WW2 RAF ECONOMY PLASTIC OR’s CAP BADGE A good quality WW2 black plastic war economy RAF other ranks cap badge. Slightly grubby, with twin blade reverse fitting. Maker marked ‘A Stanley & Sons Walsall’.
WW2 RAF ID NECK DISCS A good pair of other ranks WW2 RAF ID tags with 4 attached ‘souvenir of service’ highly polished tunic buttons. ID tags clearly marked with wearer details to obverse and to reverse stamped RAF.
WW2 RAF PHOTOGRAPH GROUPING A small group of photographs & ephemera of RAF interest collected by one family member. The groupings main interest is that of showing early training flight aircraft and early flying clothing / equipment. 12 items in total, all in very good damage free condition.
WW2 RAF ‘MAE WEST’ LIFE VEST TORCH by G.E.C. An outstanding condition ‘Mae West’ life vest torch as manufactured by G.E.C. An un-issued item still in its original box of issue. The torch battery housing is as new with no corrosion, and carries its pictorial ‘instruction for use’ sticker to the body. Wooden float torch is in similar matching condition. The wire flex connecting the two is with some age determination to the wire covering (see images). The torch and housing is complete with its card box, which has had a very nice repair carried out to one edge of the boxes edge. A lovely complete item, that would be hard to better for condition.
WW2 ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE SHOULDER BOARD DEVICES A good matched facing pair of RAAF officer rank shoulder board devices being winged bird and crown. Dark chocolate bronze finish with slight wear to high points. Reverse fitting blades all present.
WW2 ROYAL NEW ZEALAND NAVY RATING JUMPER AND NECK BIB A good untouched, recently found wool Ratings jumper and neck bib to the RNZN. Excellent moth and damage free condition. Bullion wire New Zealand titles to both upper sleeves. Left sleeve with rank patch Leading Seaman. Right sleeve with trade badge ‘Leading Writer’. Royal Navy related items attributed to the Dominions are scarce to encounter!
WW2 SCRATCH MADE CHILD’S TOY:- HANDLEY-PAGE HALIFAX HEAVY BOMBER A superbly detailed hand carved from hard wood model of a Handley-Page Halifax heavy bomber. Super detail and scale, hand painted and with period model transfers. The model has suffered from some storage damage, notably with the absence of the rear tail fins, some of the under carriage, the tin plate propellers and guns. With competent restoration this would be a stunning period model….As is, it’s a very nice played with period ‘toy’.
WW2 SLIP ON SHOULDER TITLE INTELLIGENCE CORPS WW2 slip on wool shoulder title IC. Black lettering on heavy khaki wool backing. Complete with shoulder strap fitting tape. Moth and damage free.
WW2 SLIP ON SHOULDER TITLE MIDDLESEX WW2 slip on wool shoulder title Middlesex. Black lettering on heavy khaki wool backing. Complete with shoulder strap fitting tape. Moth and damage free.
WW2 SLIP ON SHOULDER TITLE ROYAL FUSILIERS WW2 slip on wool shoulder title R.F (Royal Fusiliers). Black lettering on heavy khaki wool backing. Complete with shoulder strap fitting tape. Slight surface moth but damage free.
WW2 SLIP ON SHOULDER TITLE WORCESTERSHIRE WW2 slip on wool shoulder title Worcestershire. Black lettering on heavy khaki wool backing. Complete with shoulder strap fitting tape. Moth and damage free.
WW2 U.S. AMERICAN AUTOMATIC PISTOL HOLSTER A good field used automatic pistol holster in webbing canvas. ‘Jungle’ green in colour the holster shows honest wear with some webbing fraying to the securing strap. Complete with belt fitting ‘clip’. Would suit a Browning or .45 Automatic pistol.
WW2 US AMERICAN M1 STEEL COMBAT HELMET A pristine condition WW2 vintage US American M1 steel combat helmet and liner. It is difficult to say anything other than all aspect of this helmet are in pristine, untouched, un-issued condition. All paint finish present. Original netting cover is in matching damage free condition. Fibre liner with all head liner fitting straps, again in matching, mint condition. I can't see any helmet shell markings or serial numbers. Head band liner is with a manufacturer marking. Helmet edge rim is with the correct period front seam. Bale arm fittings are 'moving bale'. For anyone wishing an immaculate condition helmet of this type for their collection....this is it....could not be bettered for condition !
WW2 US ARMY SERVICE FORCES FORMATION SIGN US made embroidered formation sign. Worn from 1942 - 46 and then re-designated Army Staff Support October 1950. Good used grubby worn condition.
WW2 US UNIT 'D.I.' WW2 US war economy, made in plastic DI insignia. Sorry my knowledge of this type of insignia is very limited so I’ll let the item images describe itself.
WW2 VINTAGE BRITISH ROYAL TANK REGIMENT OFFICER No.1 DRESS SLEEVE TANK A good bullion wire sleeve tank as worn by R.T.R. officers on No. 1 dress uniforms. Removed from a tunic. Bullion wire with some tarnishing. Excellent damage free condition.
WW2 VINTAGE W.O. 1 BATTLEDRESS SLEEVE COATS of ARMS A super matched pair of Sergeant (Warrant Officer first class) sleeve coat of arms. All brass arms mounted on white shaped fabric backing complete with their crude metal backing plates, as made from an old period cigarette tin. Complete with reverse fitting pins…..Excellent untouched condition.
WW2 WAAF ID TAGS A pair of WW2 identification tags for a WAAF. Bi-coloured hexagonal and round tags with wearer details (see images) Both tags on old tie chord.
WW2 WAAF ‘PMRAFNS’ OFFICER CAP A superb WW2 example of Princess Mary’s Royal Air Force Nursing Service (PMRAFNS) officer service dress cap, complete with its original box of delivery. Cap is in stunning damage free condition showing light service use. Bullion wire standard officer cap badge is mounted in place by three press stud poppers. Silk inner head band with gilt maker details matching that of the maker label to the inner upper crown (see images) ‘Woodrow Piccadilly’. Felt cap body is totally moth free. Cap is contained in its original box of delivery. The box has faint inked owner details to lid top right corner when viewed. Box is with some slight age distortion. Size as usual in keeping with the vintage. A stunning cap !
WW2 WESTERN DESERT CRASHED GERMAN AIRCRAFT PHOTO SNAP SHOTS Two WW2 snap shot photographs of a crashed German aircraft in the western desert with British troops posing in front of it. Both images in good clear damage free condition. Photographs are 6.5cms. X 4.5cms.
WW2 WRNS OFFICER ‘UTILITY’ CAP BADGE A rare Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) WW2 / kings crown utility pattern all metal fittings (rather than the more common bullion wire) and blue cotton officer cap badge. Very good condition used badge, removed from a cap. Slightly grubby obverse. Some moth to badge edges (see images). Waxed cotton canvas backing.
WW2 WRNS RADIO OPERATORS SLEEVE TRADE BADGE WRNS WW2 Radio operators sleeve trade badge. Excellent condition, used removed from a tunic badge.
WW2 ‘KIT BAG / POCKET’ ITEM CIGARETTE PAPERS A good pack of WW2 manufactured ‘Free French’ cigarette papers. English made papers with Free French logos to the outer and inner covers. Mint un-used.
WW2 ‘WAR - TIME’ KNITTING REGISTER An excellent condition card knitting aid. Aid is complete with its card slide register slides (see images). A hard home front item of this type to find in complete working order.
WWII BRITISH ID TAG WWII single red fibre ID tag to ‘B132594 J.M. Bertram Pte. C of E CDN’ Excellent damage free condition.
YPRES 1914 POST CARD, POSTED HOME TO THE UK Not the type of card that I would usually list, but in this instant an image depicting the damage to the Ypres Cloth Hall in the early stages of the Great War, and posted home to the UK. Belgian produced card, entitled ‘Campague de 1914 - Ruines d’Ypres’. Posted home from Belgium to an address in Kent with the caption ‘March 2nd 1915’. The text appears to have been done in purple indelible pencil. Post marked Poperinghe. Very good damage free condition.
ZEPPELIN LZ 4 RELATED SOUVENIR TEA SPOON A very nice tea spoon made from light weight ‘Duralumin’ Zeppelin air frame material commemorating the test / demonstration flight of 5th August 1908. Very nice ornate handle to the obverse and reverse detailing the flight. A rare item ! On the 5th August 1908 the LZ 4 (Zeppelin) flew from Lake Constance down the Rhine to Strasbourg. It stopped for engine repairs and while moored at the Flugfeld Stuttgart-Echterdingen air field was caught in a storm. It was ripped from its mooring, and while adrift caught fire. LZ 4 was subsequently completely destroyed by fire and crash impact. (The last two image shown are of LZ 4 in flight and its crash site).
ZEPPELIN RELATED / INTEREST Such was the interest in the airship (more particularly the German successes with Zeppelin’s) in the early 20th century, that products were produced with the Zeppelin name added to the product or promoted by the addition of the Zeppelin name alone. This is just such an example, German produced safety razor blades from the early 1930’s. A small card box with the Zeppelin name and image to the box. Two, very thin blades still present, wrapped in their wax paper.
‘37 PATTERN WEBBING BREN GUN TOOL POUCH A good WW2 vintage used Bren-Gun tool kit pouch. Webbing is very grubby and with much gun oil soiling, and as such showing much field used character. No visible dates. All poppers and fixings present but one being faulty.
‘A SCHOOL OF PURPOSE’ FOUGASSE POSTERS 1939 - 45’ A first edition, produced 1946, detailing a selection of Fougasse war poster works. 48 page hard bound book with original dust jacket showing mainly Fougasse posters interspersed with text detail the works pictured. Dust jacket with age foxing and slight scuffing. Superb period reference.
‘THE LULL BEFORE THE STORM’ 1913 CHRISTMAS GIFT A ‘non military’ item, but non the less a lovely moment in time collectable related to the Great War. A personalised 1914 calendar ! Personalised with a studio taken photograph with an inked dedication to the photograph and reverse of the calendar. Photograph signed ‘Yours truly Sidney F Marshall’. The reverse with the dedication ‘My best wishes for jolly Xmas and the brightest of New Years Sidney F Marshall Xmas 1913’. I wonder what Mr Marshall’s hopes, wishes and aspirations were for 1914 ?. Excellent damage free condition.
‘THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY !’ BOOK LAUNCH ADVERTISING CARD An excellent condition John Bull publishers book launch advertising card for the title ‘The One That Got Away’, the story of the WW2 German airman Baron Von Werra one of only two German POW’s to escape British captivity. This story of bravery and tenacity was later made into a feature film with Hardy Kruger playing the title role. A rare advertising item ! Approx. 38 cms. X 25 cms.
‘WHY I AM A COMMUNIST’ IMMEDIATE POST WAR POCKET BOOKLET ‘Why I am a Communist’ by Jim Keehan. 15 page pocket booklet detail Mr Keehan’s journey towards him becoming a communist and joining the communist party. An emotive reading dealing with working class poverty within the UK, and the right of the ordinary working man to work and a fair days pay…..The politics aside the words / situations for the 'ordinary' man, seem somewhat familiar today……
‘WW1’ BRITISH 1908 WEBBING COPY ’BAYONET FROG & HELVE’ A film industry manufactured, and used on the film ‘Oh What a Lovely War’ one piece ‘bayonet frog & helve carrier’. A fictitious piece of webbing, manufactured from an original '08 bayonet frog, to give the appearance of this hard to find WW1 webbing assembly. (These can be ‘clearly’ seen when viewing the above mentioned film and studying the webbing on view, in various trench scenes). I am always interested in buying early (war film) props with provenance. This item was originally purchased from a technician that worked on the said film by myself. NOTICE:- Regarding all ‘08 & ‘37 pattern webbing listings:- ‘O8 & ‘37 webbing was intended for combat use and as such a hard life. I will try to point out any faults / wear / damage and or period repairs with these items that are now 100 & 75 years plus old respectively; please therefore, have this in mind when consider purchasing such utilitarian items, and allow for the natural wear and use of the item.